East Khasi Hills District

News this week: GSI recommends channeling Mandakini river to its original course; Sohra experiences one of the driest year; HC orders close down of 12 units in Mundra SEZ, Gujarat.

GSI report suggests channeling Mandakini river

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Dam bursts in Himachal during first trial

A newly built dam with a capacity of 12,000 cubic feet burst in Manali district of the State whiles first trial was taking place. No casulaties however, resulted from the accident.

Site visit compulsory for diversion of forest land

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

Is this sacred grove of Mawphlang, Meghalaya spiritually significant or have legends been passed down through the years just to preserve it?

Meghalaya, one of the seven sisters of the beautiful northeast Indian states, means 'abode of the clouds' (megh - clouds, alaya - abode). Lush green paddy fields, swirling mists and the whisper of rain in every breath add to this serene landscape. It is home to three indigenous communities, the Khasis, the Jaintias and the Garos, who follow a matrilineal system, where the lineage and inheritance is through the mother; the youngest daughter inherits ancestral property.

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Powerless by choice: Updates from the Eco - Earth Care Optimised magazine's January 2013 issue

Powerless by choice

In India electricity produced is much lesser than needed, and nearly half of it is wasted. In fact about one third electricity is wasted even before it reaches the consumer. This wastage is not only criminal considering that we generate thermal driven power, our energy saving too remains merely a lip service. Eco evaluates how energy efficiency may be improved, benefitting both the economy and the individual.

Tinkering with time

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Aaranayak

 

Aaranyak is a registered society working in the field of biodiversity conservation in North East India since 1989. Its strength lies in applied research in biological and social field and its thrust area of work is the North East India and Eastern Himalayas.

April 25, 2012 12:00AM

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bhuvanOrganizers:

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
  • North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC)

Venue: North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC), Shillong

March 24, 2011 12:00AM

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The study develops a precipitation network design for the Myntdu-Leska basin, which lies near Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, the zone of highest rainfall in the world.

The study develops a precipitation network design for the Myntdu-Leska basin, which lies near Cherrapunji, the zone of highest rainfall in the world. Network design offers an estimation of the number and location of the rain gauge stations to provide adequate information regarding rainfall falling over the catchment. 

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Guest Post by: Amitangshu Acharya The Umiam Lake Conservation - Stakeholder Dialogue and Future Strategies was held on 9th and 10th March 2009 in Shillong. The presentations and some videos from the conference can be viewed here -https://www.indiawaterportal.org/data/conf/ULC.html To give help learn more about the Lake Umiam in Shillong, here is a backgrounder about Lake Umiam and its importance to Shillong. You can join the discussion forum about Umiam Lake here https://www.indiawaterportal.org/Network/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3044 Umiam Lake ( also known as Barapaani) originated as an artificial reservoir for the Umiam Umtru Hydro Electric Power project, the first of its kind in the North East. For a long time, this project had supplied the bulk of its power needs to the State of Meghalaya. The state's love affair with this lake spans 43 years. With approximately 12,000 mm of rainfall each year and a catchment area of 221.5 sq km (almost double the size of Chandigarh) Umiam rarely saw any dry days. Until now, that is. For two years now, Shillong has confronted one of the worst power crises ever. The reason is not hard to imagine: Umiam doesn't have enough water. Officially, inadequate rainfall has been cited as the sole reason, and a correlation does exist between decreasing water levels (about 39 feet over 3 years) in the lake and lesser rainfall since 2005. And once the water level falls below 3150 feet, there can be no power generation. However, the question is, whether the role of rainfall is being overplayed while the other issues remains unaddressed.

March 9, 2009 10:00AM

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