Gorakhpur District

  • Maharashtra farmers to need approval to sow water-intensive crops  In its latest draft of Maharashtra Groundwater (Development and Management) Rules 2018, the government has made a provision that will require farmers in notified groundwater-stressed areas to seek permission before sowing "wate...
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  • Destruction of river and mangroves blamed for Mumbai floods On August 29, Mumbai received 298 mm of rain within a nine-hour period which paralysed the city and caused five deaths. The inability to tackle the flood waters has been attributed to the authorities' failure in improving the city's draina...
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  • Gorakhpur is back in the news with 42 more children dying in 48 hours at one of the biggest hospitals here--Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital or BRD hospital. This small city located in the north-eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh has seen 1256 such deaths since January, a large number of childre...
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  • Gorakhpur of Eastern UP is not new to floods. Her people have understood and adapted to the flow and ebb of the waters that have been a part of their lives for long. People here have learned to live with the flood in tune with nature’s wayward ways. Though nature continues to play truant, recent y...
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  • Ecosystems are complex functioning units that include living as well as non living entities and build on interdependent relationships among these living resources, surrounding habitats and residents of an area. Thus, they can include plants, trees, animals, fish, birds, microorganisms, water bodies,...
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  • There is nothing special about Mahewa. It is a small ward in the town of Gorakhpur, far enough on the outskirts of the city, and it hasn't seem to have made up its mind on whether it is a city or a village. Part of it is in the form of 'bungalow colonies', part in the form of small farms. Small shar...
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  • Phailin increases Andhra groundwater levelsThe heavy rainfall that followed super cyclone Phailin combined with the monsoon rainfall this year, has raised the groundwater level in many districts of the state. According to the district Groundwater Department, the rise in the water table in Hyder...
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  • Post harvest management can save one tenth of country's outputEducating farmers to adopt proper post harvest handeling can help save 25 million tonnes of foodgrains annually, evaluates a recent study.Centre gears up for installation of Arunachal's HEPTo establish its lower riparian rights ...
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  • We sat in a plush climate-controlled room and deliberated climate change as the outside world collapsed around us.. It could have been a scene straight out of Michael Crichton's book, 'State of Fear', where a group of renegade environmentalists engineer massive 'natural' disasters to secure funding ...
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  • Boys sit here, girls sit there. A rule I grew up to as well, it seemed the easiest thing to do, back in school. Girls talk more and boys are irritating, who wants to sit with them anyway. We did talk to them. We had crushes on them and vice-versa.In Gorakhpur, at the teacher training on the Nirmal B...
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  • Women folk in Gorakhpur village5 Nov 2012: Gorakhpur, a small village in Uttar Pradesh is the fifth stop of the Nirmal Bharat Yatra. The Yatra has travelled to four major places already - Wardha, Indore, Kota and Gwalior, carrying  the message of ending open defecation, the importance of washin...
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  • Guest post by : Aarti Kelkar-KhambeteThe encephalitis episode aptly indicates that temporary solutions that do not seek to address the root of the problem cannot help and that there is a risk that one problem gets replaced by another, like Japanese encephalitis being followed by viral encephalitis. ...
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  • Organizers:Women's Earth AllianceGorakhpur Environmental Action GroupVenue: Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG) training center, GorakhpurTopics:Create a safe space for rural women to share their experiences with climate change, as well as indigenous solutions to tackle such environmental cr...
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Destruction of river and mangroves blamed for Mumbai floods

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Recent encephalitis deaths in Gorakhpur put the spotlight back on the disease and the importance of better sanitation as a preventive measure.

Gorakhpur is back in the news with 42 more children dying in 48 hours at one of the biggest hospitals here--Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital or BRD hospital. This small city located in the north-eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh has seen 1256 such deaths since January, a large number of children dying from encephalitis alone.

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As the earth warms up, farmers face the most heat. Can they be better prepared and move towards a safer future? The film ‘For a safer future: Insights on climate resilience from India’, shows how.

Gorakhpur of Eastern UP is not new to floods. Her people have understood and adapted to the flow and ebb of the waters that have been a part of their lives for long. People here have learned to live with the flood in tune with nature’s wayward ways. Though nature continues to play truant, recent years have seen an increasingy abrupt, uncertain and accelerated face of these disasters. Flash floods, landslides, water logging–all have become more frequent.

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An ecosystems-approach based on an understanding of the importance and contribution of ecosystem services is needed if both urban and peri-urban areas are to be developed sustainably and inclusively.

Ecosystems are complex functioning units that include living as well as non living entities and build on interdependent relationships among these living resources, surrounding habitats and residents of an area. Thus, they can include plants, trees, animals, fish, birds, microorganisms, water bodies, soil and people.

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Residents of one ward in Gorakhpur, UP, did a few things to reduce their vulnerability against climate change, which is causing crises in many areas.

There is nothing special about Mahewa. It is a small ward in the town of Gorakhpur, far enough on the outskirts of the city, and it hasn't seem to have made up its mind on whether it is a city or a village. Part of it is in the form of 'bungalow colonies', part in the form of small farms. Small share-autos service the area. It has a couple of schools, a few roads and practically no other infrastructure. Most distressing is the lack of adequate storm water drains and solid waste management.

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News this week: Rainfall after Phailin increases groundwater level in Andhra, poor sanitation in eastern UP and activists rise against petroleum investment zone in Visakhapatnam.

Phailin increases Andhra groundwater levels

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Post harvest management can save one tenth of country's output

Educating farmers to adopt proper post harvest handeling can help save 25 million tonnes of foodgrains annually, evaluates a recent study.

Centre gears up for installation of Arunachal's HEP

Climate change is manifesting itself through modified rainfall patterns, extreme events and temperature fluctuations. What effect will these have on water, sanitation and health in India?

We sat in a plush climate-controlled room and deliberated climate change as the outside world collapsed around us.. It could have been a scene straight out of Michael Crichton's book, 'State of Fear', where a group of renegade environmentalists engineer massive 'natural' disasters to secure funding for climate change. Only this time, the disaster was frightening and frustratingly real.

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Building integrated classrooms looks like a distant dream, when teachers themselves follow an unwritten code of segregation

Boys sit here, girls sit there. A rule I grew up to as well, it seemed the easiest thing to do, back in school. Girls talk more and boys are irritating, who wants to sit with them anyway. We did talk to them. We had crushes on them and vice-versa.

In Gorakhpur, at the teacher training on the Nirmal Bharat Yatra, I saw the same things at play. The only difference was we weren't children any more and these weren't children attending the training. These were adults. Teachers, to be precise.

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