Data ecosystem in smart cities
Implications for technology based interventions during the pandemic: Lessons from India Posted on 10 Jul, 2021 11:17 AM

Disease control is a long-standing consideration in building smart city architecture, while humanitarian actions are increasingly digitised. However, there are competing city visions being employed in the COVID-19 response.

National data policies need to promote standardisation and encourage local innovation (Image: Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)
Locals reject social impact assessment report of Luhri II hydropower project
News this week Posted on 11 Dec, 2019 12:05 PM

Locals say impact assessment report does not accurately represent the real impact of Luhri II hydropower project

Sutlej river in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh (Image source: Sanyam Bahga, Wikipedia)
MoRD asks states to focus on water conservation and harvesting in MGNREGA to help achieve Jal Jeevan Mission targets
Policy matters this week Posted on 05 Nov, 2019 12:08 PM

Focus on water conservation in MGNREGA: Rural Development ministry to states

Image source: The Indian Express
Jal Jeevan Mission: States to bear half the cost, local bodies to decide water charges
Policy matters this week Posted on 16 Oct, 2019 02:12 PM

Under Jal Jeevan Mission, state to bear half the cost and local bodies to decide water charges

Women filling water from a tap (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Himachal govt to restrict commercial activities on Rohtang
Policy matters this week: Commercial activities on Rohtang to be restricted; SC orders Centre to set up National Regulator by April 30; Warning to Pollution Control Boards over pollution in Ganga. Posted on 28 Apr, 2014 10:10 PM

No more commercial activities on Rohtang pass after May 6: HP govt

Rohtang pass (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Abolish manual scavenging: SC
Policy matters this month: SC directs all states to abolish manual scavenging; MoEF reduces ESA in its new draft notification on Western Ghats; Maharashtra all set to clean its rivers. Posted on 31 Mar, 2014 11:14 PM

Abolish manual scavenging: SC

A manual scavenger in Chennai (Namathu Blogspot)
Bird sanctuary Chilika designated 'Destination Flyways'
News this week: UN to develop strategies to protect migratory birds in Chilika, Odisha; Cochin estuary has highest in toxicity in the world; Jaipur farmers in conflict with bottling plant. Posted on 29 Jan, 2014 12:29 PM

Chilika lagoon named as 'Destination Flyways' by UN

Chilika bird sanctuary, Odisha (Source:Aditi Pany)
Big steel firms illegally mined Rs. 45,000 Cr worth
News this week: Commission finds that big corporates mined Rs. 45000 Cr worth iron ore, Delhi residents protest waste incinerator and POSCO's clearance to be revalidated. Posted on 14 Jan, 2014 06:40 PM

Corporates like Tata Steel, Essel Mining violate green laws in Odisha

Illegal Ironore mining in Odisha (Indialatest.org)
Climate change hits Northeast bamboo crop
News this week: Climate change hits bamboo crop in the Northeast, people in Himachal reject EIA report on dams on the Satluj and marine pollution results in economic losses. Posted on 15 Dec, 2013 09:18 PM

Climate change affects bamboo production in the Northeast

Bamboo hit by climate change Source: Wikimedia
Cyclone Phailin finally wanes
News this week: Cyclone Phailin wanes, Chandrapur power plant pollutes city and Central Railways save power worth Rs. 5 crore. Posted on 15 Oct, 2013 12:26 PM

Cyclone Phailin finally wanes

Phailin over the Bay of Bengal (Wikimedia)