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Government cancels green nod to Odisha's coal washery project

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The film “Rainwater Harvesting: From books to fields”, showcases how rooftop rainwater harvesting can also bring about social and economic change.

Chhattisgarh ranked number 1 in the country for providing domestic water connections in 2014-15 under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). Despite this, the government has failed to provide safe and clean drinking water to many who are still affected by fluoride, arsenic and iron contamination.

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Decreasing demand in India for earthen pots to store drinking water has affected thousands of potters' livelihoods. The film 'Vanishing Potters' provides a closer look.

What's not to like about clay pots? "They cool water naturally due to the tiny air pores present in them, are affordable, save energy and are eco-friendly when compared to refrigerators", says Gautam Bandhopadhaya, a water expert in Chhattisgarh.

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I have dug seven borewells 380 ft deep in a farm. All the point sources of the borewells have failed. Can you help me in locating the point source for the borewells and what depth should be maintained for the borewells? Please contact me on my phone number: 07587189851.

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20 years ago, Amatikra village in Chhattisgarh wasn't full of fluorosis-affected residents. Today, they walk with bent backs and have severe dental issues. What has caused this situation?

45 year old Ved Prasad, a farmer in Amatikra village in Korba district, Chhattisgarh, didn't always have a bent back. 20 years ago, he walked in an upright manner but over the last five years, he's had severe back pain, which has affected his gait. 50 year old Bhola Singh from the same village has an identical story to tell. Both these farmers visited local government hospitals to find ways to ease their pain but came back time and again without any real solution.

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Policy Matters this week - Gulf of Kutch is India's first marine eco zone, Environment Ministry wants cess for shale gas exploration and NGT directs waste-to-energy plant to control emissions.

Gulf of Kutch will be India's first marine eco-sensitive zone

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Govt reconstitutes panel on hydel projects

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The Directorate of AYUSH, Government of Chhattisgarh has been implementing a scheme called "Ayurvedgram" which focuses on prevention of diseases through promotion of AYUSH and knowledge dissemination among the people on various aspects of prevention of diseases such as hygiene and sanitation etc. In order to supplement these efforts, it is proposed to undertake a pilot project on promotion of safe drinking water in 3 selected Ayurvedgrams.

May 26, 2013 12:00AM

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