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  • 150 river stretches in India cannot support aquatic lifeCPCB findings show 150 river stretches across the country highly polluted with discharge of untreated water.Bangladesh against Meghalaya's hydel projectsRaises concern over construction of 85 MW Mawphu and 84 MW Myntdu dams in Me...
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  • MoEF denies clearance to Tipaimukh and Dibang HEPsEnvironment clearance rejected to 1500 MW Tipaimukh multipurpose hydroelectric project in Manipur and 3000 MW Dibang in Arunachal Pradesh. Ministry suggests constructing smaller dams by diverting smaller forest areas as an alternative.Land reform bil...
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  • Forest Advisory Committee rejects the controversial Tipaimukh and Dibang hydro-electric projects In its meeting held on July 11 and 12, the Committee cites large scale tree-felling, diversion of a large tract of forest land and impact on wildlife and people's livelihood as reasons for rejection of ...
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  • Floods are an annual event in the north-eastern state of Assam. The newspapers expect it at this time of year, every year. For the world, this is routine, something not even worth a front-page story like the Uttarakhand floods maybe because it does not involve pilgrims or religion. But even as we wa...
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  • Havoc in the hillsFury of the water that has swept away life and property in Uttarakhand continues unabated. City-based environmentalists say that planning in the hills has to be different from that of the plains as the fragile Himalayas cannot take the load of industrialization it is being subjecte...
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  • The project in Manipur needs cutting of 78 lakh trees and 27,000 bamboo columns- a great ecological damage- making the environment ministry think twice
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  • The project in Manipur needs cutting of 78 lakh trees and 27,000 bamboo columns- a great ecological damage- making the environment ministry think twice
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  • The Indian government and two other Indian authorities have signed an agreement on October 22, 2011 regarding construction of the Tipaimukh Dam. Since the announcement was published in the news media, there has been a lot of discussion and debate about the potential impacts of the proposed Tipaimukh...
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  • This report by Kalpavriksh, Aaranyak and ActionAid India deals with the large dams’ juggernaut, which happens to be the biggest ‘development’ intervention in this ecologically and geologically fragile, seismically active and culturally sensitive region in the coming days. With the Northeast id...
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  • As part of the research study, River Basins and River Basin Organisations in South Asia, done by the Society for Participatory Development Hyderabad, CapNet South Asia (Read More) and Gomukh Environmental Trust for Sustainable Development Pune (Click Here), data about individual river basins has bee...
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150 river stretches in India cannot support aquatic life

CPCB findings show 150 river stretches across the country highly polluted with discharge of untreated water.

Bangladesh against Meghalaya's hydel projects

MoEF denies clearance to Tipaimukh and Dibang HEPs

Environment clearance rejected to 1500 MW Tipaimukh multipurpose hydroelectric project in Manipur and 3000 MW Dibang in Arunachal Pradesh. Ministry suggests constructing smaller dams by diverting smaller forest areas as an alternative.

Land reform bill comes as a shocker

Forest panel rejects dams in the Northeast, government releases new poverty statistics and citizens' refuse the '24x7' water supply scheme are the highlights of this week's news.

Forest Advisory Committee rejects the controversial Tipaimukh and Dibang hydro-electric projects

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Flooding in Assam caused by embankments on the mighty Brahmaputra is routine news. It makes the headlines every year but not for long. Political apathy however, continues.

Floods are an annual event in the north-eastern state of Assam. The newspapers expect it at this time of year, every year. For the world, this is routine, something not even worth a front-page story like the Uttarakhand floods maybe because it does not involve pilgrims or religion. But even as we watch the news about Assam floods ensconced in our cosy couch, the people of Assam have lost their home, their livelihood, their family members, their community and their sense of belonging.

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Floods ravage Uttarakhand, Yamuna crosses the danger mark and Shimsha river goes dry are the highlights of this week’s news.

Havoc in the hills

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This article by Md. Khalequzzaman deals with Bangladesh's position on the Tipaimukh dam.

The Indian government and two other Indian authorities have signed an agreement on October 22, 2011 regarding construction of the Tipaimukh Dam. Since the announcement was published in the news media, there has been a lot of discussion and debate about the potential impacts of the proposed Tipaimukh dam on the economy and environment of Bangladesh in general, and on the haor (wetlands that are breeding ground for fish and are cultivated for rice crops) region in particular.

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168 large hydroelectric projects to be set in the Northeast: Power or more conflict in the altered riverscape?

This report by Kalpavriksh, Aaranyak and ActionAid India deals with the large dams’ juggernaut, which happens to be the biggest ‘development’ intervention in this ecologically and geologically fragile, seismically active and culturally sensitive region in the coming days. With the Northeast identified as India’s ‘future powerhouse’ and at least 168 large hydroelectric projects set to majorly alter the riverscape, large dams are emerging as a major issue of conflict in the region.

Although the current scale of dam-related developments far outstrips anything which took place in the past, the region has been no stranger to dam-related conflicts. For example, the Kaptai dam, built in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in the 1960s, submerged the traditional homelands of the Hajong and Chakma indigenous communities, and forced them to migrate into parts of Northeast India.

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The research study will help in providing the basis for planning for future strategic interventions in the river basins mentioned in the study, and to encourage similar exercises in other regions

As part of the research study, River Basins and River Basin Organisations in South Asia, done by the Society for Participatory Development Hyderabad, CapNet South Asia (Read More) and Gomukh Environmental Trust for Sustainable Development Pune (Click Here), data about individual river basins has been collected for the river basins in South Asia.

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