Manual scavengers get under-reported
News this week Posted on 07 Jan, 2019 06:55 AM

States resort to under-reporting of manual scavengers in the final verification stage

A manual scavenger at work (Image source: CS Sharada Prasad and Isha Ray)
Himalayan State Regional Council constituted
Policy matters this week Posted on 18 Nov, 2018 06:34 PM

Himalayan council constituted for sustainable development of the Himalayas

A view of the Himalayas. (Source: IWP Flickr photos--photo for representation purpose only)
Kanjli: A wetland in despair
Migrant birds skip this Ramsar site in Punjab due to lack of freshwater and high pollution. Posted on 23 Nov, 2016 09:02 PM

A couple of Swan boats are lying beside the library wall. The cages to keep animals and birds are rusting while weeds have taken over the compound which hosts a few swings and a restaurant.

Water hyacinth dominates Kanjli.
River dispute: Haryana manages water better than Punjab
Data shows Haryana has done better than its parent state, but the positives are getting lost as both states clamour for more. Posted on 03 May, 2016 02:30 PM

Rapid growth in population, agriculture production, industrialisation and urbanisation have put an extreme burden on India's dwindling water resources. Water-guzzling paddy covers maximum gross area under cultivation at 44 million hectares.

A bridge over Satluj river in Punjab. Source: Harpreet Riat/Wikimedia Commons
The nonexistent bridge in Punjab
At Punjab's Mand island, not many children go to school and pregnant women deliver at the river bank -- all because there is no bridge connecting it to the mainland. Posted on 10 Aug, 2015 12:14 PM

Bakshish Singh once had 13 acres of farmland; now he only has one. He lost the rest in 2013 when the Beas river changed its course and started flowing near his house. Bakshish lives at Rampur Gaura village in Kapurthala district of Punjab, the state generally known for good roads, urbanised villages and wealthy farmers.

The only connection of the island with mainland is through a pontoon bridge which the Public Works Department removes as the water level rises during monsoon.
Water news: A recap of 2014
Water made big news in 2014 with the formation of the new Water Ministry, initiation of the Swachh Bharat Mission, disasters due to erratic weather, and several scientific achievements. Posted on 05 Jan, 2015 09:58 PM

New Water Ministry, Clean Ganga Portal, Ganga Manthan: Goverment makes efforts towards rejuvenating the Ganga

Sunset at Gadmukhteshwar
June 2014: The driest June in 113 years!
News this week Posted on 08 Jul, 2014 09:40 AM

India receives only 85.8 mm of rain this June

June 2014: driest since 1901
Dam' safety and management!
A recent accident that killed 24 students in Himachal Pradesh has pointed fingers yet again to the much neglected area of dam safety. More than assigning blame, it's time we assigned responsibility. Posted on 24 Jun, 2014 09:10 PM

Twenty four students were washed away in the Beas river in Himachal Pradesh earlier this month. The students, all from an engineering college in Hyderabad, were picknicking in the river on their way back from the tourist town of Manali. While cooling their heels in the knee deep water and clicking photographs, they missed the rising wall of water that engulfed them in minutes.

Dam induced terror (Source: Matu Jan Sangathan)
IMD predicts less rainfall thanks to strong El Nino
News this week Posted on 17 Jun, 2014 11:02 PM

Strong El Nino, less rainfall this year: IMD

IMD predicts strong El Nino (Source: MSN Weather)
Indian islands declared 'hope spots'
Policy matters this week: IUCN declares Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep as 'hope spots', CWPRS plans to channelise the Beas and NGT tells Assam to protect Kaziranga animals. Posted on 05 Nov, 2013 03:59 PM

Indian Ocean's "hope spots"

Coral reefs at Havelock, Andaman Source: Wikipedia