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  • Centre notifies minimum e-flow for the Ganga river Following the demise of 87-year old G.D. Agarwal who passed away while on a hunger strike to save river Ganga, the water ministry has notified that the upcoming dams or structures diverting the Ganga river water for the purpose of irrigation, hydro...
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  • Cyclone Titli devastates Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Cyclone Titli causes severe damage to agriculture, roads and housing infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal. The cyclone has taken 15 lives and affected 60 lakh people in Odisha, especially in Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada distric...
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  • Hello, There is silt in my borewell which gets extracted into the water storage tank, because of this drinking water unit needs frequent replacement. Please provide solution for filtering of silt prior to collection in storage tank. Please suggest the options which could be helpful. 
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  • On March 16, 2017, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India began a performance audit of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) by discussing with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation the scope and methodology of the performance audit. Records relating to the implemen...
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  • India gets its first soil moisture map developed using hydrological model In a joint exercise by IIT Gandhinagar and the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a country-wide soil moisture forecast has been developed at seven and 30-day lead times. The product, termed as ‘Experimental Forecasts L...
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  • The latest report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), formally released on Monday, warns that global warming is occurring faster than anticipated and that it can have devastating impacts if steps are not taken to cut down emissions.  India will be among the worst hi...
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  • We have just a year to go for Swachh Bharat Mission’s (SBM) deadline of making India open-defecation free (ODF). In the last four years, the government has built 86.08 million toilets (as on September 26, 2018) throughout the country as a part of this flagship programme on providing safe sani...
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  • Disasters managers and scientists in Sikkim are keeping a close watch on a lake formed due to the melting of glaciers to see how successful is an experiment they began two years back to siphon off excess water from the lake to prevent it from bursting. Floods caused due to outbursts of such la...
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  • Wildlife Board clears Lower Demwe hydel project despite flaws in report Despite non-completion of the rapid impact assessment of wildlife, the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has cleared the 1,750 MW Lower Demwe hydel project on the Lohit River, Arunachal Pradesh. The two-year wildlife impact st...
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  • World is losing the wetlands at a rate of 0.78 percent a year: Ramsar Convention The Global Wetland Outlook, presented by Ramsar Convention, has reported that wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests with 35 percent of world's wetland lost between 1970-2015. As per the report, the ...
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  • PJRB-SPARC has compiled an extensive database of Central Government and Punjab State Government schemes for agriculture and agriculturists. In this ToT, an overview will be shared about these schemes and how to enable farmers to avail of their benefits. The following are attached for your reference...
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  • Funding is available to support at least two researcher exchanges to be undertaken during the period 01 January 2019- 30 June 2019: at least one exchange by an Indian water scientist to the UK and at least one exchange by a UK water scientist to India. Exchange Purpose: Applicants must clearly...
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  • Hello, I am living in a gated community where we have around 300 families. We use groundwater during winter and we buy water from outside during the absence of groundwater. So I am not sure how it would help me to test my water for buying a purifier. So far, I have been buying water bottles but woul...
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  • 1. In Brief The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) which has for long refrained from openly publishing its station-wise precipitation data is now doing so. I recently came across their new web app: http://aws.imd.gov.in/, which allows users to select a state and view a table of hourly precipita...
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  • Vulnerability to climate change can be correlated to poverty, as the poor have fewer financial and technical resources. They are heavily dependent on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture and forestry; they often live on marginal land and their economic structures are fragile. India’s agri...
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  • Cyclone causes rain in 18 states; floods, landslides reported in North India A cyclonic storm Daye made its landfall in Odisha on September 21. Although the tropical storm had weakened into a deep depression soon after making landfall, the wind pattern has changed triggering rainfall in Punjab, Har...
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  • Additional funds of over Rs 1,300 crore allocated to dam safety project The Centre has approved the revision of the cost estimate for the ongoing Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) from Rs 2,100 crore to Rs 3,466 crore. The project has also got a two-year extension and now it is sche...
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  • Uttar Pradesh generates second most urban sewage in India at 12 percent of the national total behind only Maharashtra at 13 percent. As per the response of Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan to a question asked in the Lok Sabha on August 1, 2017, urban areas in...
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Identify farmers for income support scheme: NITI Aayog to states

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Indian Sunderbans gets recognition under Ramsar Convention on Wetlands 

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I am interested to know whether the electromagnetic water conditioners are certified by you/other bodies/institutions for use as anti-scale forming/scale-inhibiting  device/method  for routine domestic  use. Have  you conducted studies/ experiments/research to prove their effectiveness in preventing scale formation on tubes? If so, kindly share with me the relevant data you have so that I can purchase them with confidence.

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What are the climate conditions required for fog harvesting?

 

 

 

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Country's groundwater crisis showcases need to enact model groundwater bill

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Though the statistics and numbers from the Swachh Bharat Mission indicate success, there are still gaps within the programme that need to be examined.

One of the most laudable initiatives of the current government’s regime is the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) that was launched on Oct 2, 2014, with a larger vision of a clean India. The critical aspect of the mission was that—unlike many of the movements that preceded it—this had a measurable outcome (making India open defecation free) and a firm timeline (by 2019).

"Prior to this, urban sanitation was a space largely neglected by policy makers."

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We are living in flats. We have separate tank for storing kitchen & bathroom water. Now the tank is overflowing. What should we do with the excess water as we cannot recycle it and there is no extra space to reuse it. Please help.

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Many hydraulic factors such as physiography, drainage, catchment size and vegetation cover are critical for peak flood conditions.

It has been reported that extreme rainfall events are increasing over India and widespread floods have increased threefold over the last several decades from an average of two events per year to six events per year. But the link between extreme rainfall events and rising incidence of floods remains tenuous.  

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Hi,

We have our 100ft borewell dug in 2013. Recently our drainage got clogged and the sewage water got mixed in our borewell. Now the drainage clogging has been cleared but still the borewell water is contaminated and the water yield is very less. Is there any ways to clean my borewell? Please suggest.

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We have a borewell which giver smelly water during rainy days. Any reliable and perment solution to test the water and fix it to have a clean water.

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