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  • A committee has been constituted to draft a new National Water Policy (NWP) and make key changes in the water governance structure and regulatory framework. It is chaired by Mihir Shah, who is a former Planning Commission member and a water expert. The committee is expected to produce a report withi...
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  • 2019 was the seventh warmest year on record in 118 years: IMD According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), despite recording the second coldest December in 118 years, 2019 was the seventh warmest year on record since 1901. Moreover, the average temperature during the monsoon season from ...
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  • With respect to the above-cited subject request you to give us detailed information regarding any training programmes conducted.
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  • Kerala retains the top slot with a score of 70, followed closely by Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana in the latest edition of NITI Aayog’s annual assessment of progress made by states in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDG). “Kerala is well on track to ac...
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  • The Department of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries, University of Kerala, is organizing an International Conference “Rivers for Future” (RFF-2020). Rivers, the lifeline of people all over the world, are facing increasing threats in Anthropocene, which not only impacts the supp...
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  • Can I get names and contacts of agencies which conduct e-flows studies?
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  • We are from a society with 840 flats in 4 blocks of 21 floors each. Our builder and the STP person says that it is recommended to have a 50/50 or 60/40 ratio of sewage treated water and potable water before it is released to our domestic flush tanks. Is this ratio justified? We have seen earlier tha...
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  • Hi Sir, I want to reuse greywater for flushing tank at appartment with four floors and 16 flats. Want to use wastewater from bathroom, washing machine and kitchen for flushing in toilets. What steps to be taken. Please give me your valuable information and necessary suggestions.
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  • Centre approves Atal Bhujal Yojana, worth Rs 6,000 croreConsidering the acute groundwater shortage in the country, the Union Cabinet has approved the Atal Bhujal Yojana with a total outlay of Rs 6,000 crore to manage the critical resources of water through multiple activities. The scheme, that wi...
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  • Sustainable development goals index 2019-20: India's composite score improvesThe list of states that have topped in the sustainable development goals index 2019-20 are Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Also, the index revealed that Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim h...
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  • Dear Team, Recently I constructed my house and the construction work is almost at the end stage. I plan to dig a borewell in my house, however, there isn't any space for it. Moreover, I fear of cracks to develop because of the digging work which might impact my basement as well. I have a space of o...
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  • What is the GST rate for water supplied through Water ATM. I am planning to install a water ATM in my area but unable to get a answer from tax practitioners. They say it's 18℅ but it is for bottled water. Pls help
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  • Droughts are becoming common in India India has a long history of droughts. There were 26 major droughts from 1870 to 2018, when the All India Summer Monsoon Rainfall (AISMR) was found to be lesser than the mean rainfall for the country. Even the most recent drought was disastrous for India, affect...
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  • A new study by the Centre for Science and Environment has exposed that levels of salt and fat in junk food is far higher than proposed thresholds in the country. The tests at the New Delhi based non-profit’s Environment Monitoring Laboratory indicate that food manufacturers sell packaged food and ...
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  • This compendium by Mihir Kumar Maitra is a valuable resource for all practitioners engaged in watershed management activities in the field. The first part of the book addresses the technical and engineering aspects useful in developing natural resources like land, surface water, groundwater, crops a...
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  • New Delhi, December 20 (India Science Wire): With rise in the population size the demand for food is also increasing and expected to increase up to 59 percent to 98 percent by 2050. Looking at this emerging demand hydroponics may be seen as a better technique of agriculture. Keeping this in mind Cou...
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  • Recently the prime minister of India Narendra Modi launched a scheme named Atal Bhujal Scheme. Please share what you think about it? Does It work?
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  • India leads the world in pollution-linked deaths: StudyAccording to a report by the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), India and China led in the number of deaths linked to pollution, with about 2.3 million and 1.8 million respectively, followed by Nigeria, Indonesia and Pakistan. ...
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  • I have borewell, around 300 ft depth, which s being used from past five years.1 HP submersible pump is fitted, but suddenly the motor is running and water is not pumping out to tank, is there any dryness of well? What would be the reason and what steps I need to take to resolve this problem. Regard...
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  • Panel expresses displeasure over slow pace of Namami Gange In its latest report, the parliamentary committee has expressed its disappointment over the pace of flagship projects like Namami Gange programme and urged the Jal Shakti ministry to step up its performance on groundwater management, aquife...
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The Tata Trusts are reaching out to 1.2 million rural households across 21 states through a twelve-day campaign to spread awareness on COVID-19.

Sharing the right information with rural communities is emerging as an important need in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. The unavailability of content in local dialects and regional languages is posing a big challenge to NGOs that are working in rural areas to spread awareness. Traditional forms of communication like face to face meetings, posters, handouts and wall paintings are also not possible during the lockdown making it harder for them to reach rural households.

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This webinar will explore the following questions:

  • What are some of the immediate responses panchayats are making to address vulnerabilities arising out of the reverse migration?
  • What roles can PRIs play to deal with pandemic and its impacts in the medium-term?
  • How can PRIs be supported to play such roles effectively and sensitively?

For more details please download the event background note from below. For registration please click here

April 14, 2020 11:00AM - April 14, 2020 12:45PM

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The new policy needs to build context specificity and have enabling mechanisms for equitable resource allocation.

The way water as a resource has been viewed in the policies of India has evolved significantly over the years. Reduction in per capita availability over the years (5177 to 1463 cubic metres between 1950-2015) has forced every new policy to change the way it has approached its management. It was considered an economic commodity in the second National Water Policy (NWP) drafted in 2002. Finally in 2012, the third NWP recognized the importance of managing water as a “common-pool resource”.

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The Covid pandemic has worsened the condition of migrant women farmers, who have been left with no food, water, shelter and means of subsistence while cities have come to a standstill.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc worldwide, India continues to be in the line of fire. While cases continue to rise, India also is experiencing a crisis of another kind, that of the lockdown affecting the livelihoods of a huge number of farm migrants working in cities. Not only has the lockdown caused immense suffering for migrants, it has worsened the situation of women who have been left with no food, water, shelter and means of subsistence.

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CPCB releases guidelines to handle COVID-19 biomedical waste

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News this week

Lockdown impact: Health of water bodies improves

According to the experts, the health of the Ganga river along with its tributaries, Yamuna and Hindon, has improved significantly since the enforcement of the nationwide lockdown that has led to reduction in dumping of industrial waste into it.

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What is the session about?

In these difficult and uncertain times, misinformation and inadequate resources are hitting the rural communities the most. The preventive lockdown itself brings several difficulties like those of livelihood loss and mental stress.

April 6, 2020 1:00PM - April 6, 2020 2:00PM

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Those who need to work to survive cannot stay home. What can they do during such times?

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus disease), an acute respiratory disease emerged in late 2019 and has been spreading rapidly across the globe. The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. It is marked by respiratory problems that are usually mild (coughing, fever) but can be severe (pneumonia, trouble breathing).

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All you need to know on Jal Jeevan Mission, a time-bound mission-mode programme that was launched in 2019 to provide water to all by 2024.
On 15 August, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), a time-bound mission-mode programme, to enable all rural household to have functional household tap connection (FHTC) i.e. Har Ghar Nal Se Jal by 2024. The goal of JJM is to provide FHTC to every household with service level at the rate of 55 litres per capita per day (lpcd).  
 

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NGOs involvement in implementation of the FRA provides an extremely valuable support system, study says.

The Forest Rights Act or FRA was enacted in 2006, following collective pressure from a massive social movement to correct the historical injustices imposed since the colonial takeover of India's forests. Community Forest Resource (CFR) Rights recognized under FRA transfers collective rights and responsibilities to forest dwelling communities for sustainable use of their customary forests.

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