Data ecosystem in smart cities
Implications for technology based interventions during the pandemic: Lessons from India Amita Bhaduri posted 6 months 1 week ago

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 Swati Bansal posted 2 years 1 month ago

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 Swati Bansal posted 2 years 2 months ago

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 Swati Bansal posted 2 years 3 months ago

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. Swati Bansal posted 7 years 8 months ago

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. Swati Bansal posted 7 years 9 months ago

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. Swati Bansal posted 7 years 11 months ago

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. ravleen posted 8 years ago

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

Illegal Ironore mining in Odisha (
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. ravleen posted 8 years 1 month ago

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. ravleen posted 8 years 3 months ago

Cyclone Phailin finally wanes

Phailin over the Bay of Bengal (Wikimedia)