India will be the hotspot of water crisis by 2025: UN

India to get its first solar-powered toilet

The waterless toilet converts human waste into charcoal that can be used as fertilizer in farming or as a fuel, say researchers at the University of Colorado who developed the toilet.

Grams in Tripura not 'Nirmal'

Manipur villagers spend Rs 400 per month on drinking water

79% people living in villages of the four valley districts in Manipur use raw water from ponds, rivers and canals, says the Village Development Profile published by the Manipur State Panchayat Parishad

Pollution plagues holy wells of Rameshwaram temple

HC directs shutting operations in Mundra Port and SEZ

The Gujarat High Court has directed 12 industrial units in the Mundra Port and SEZ in Kutch district to stop operations unless the industrial complex gets environmental clearance.

Tribal Ministry dilutes laws to clear Thoubal multi-purpose project

Centre issues guidelines to simplify green clearance process

MoEF comes out with new guidelines on environmental clearance that will give more powers to states and help them quicken the decision making process.

SC issues notice to MoEF and states for worsening critically polluted clusters

150 river stretches in India cannot support aquatic life

CPCB findings show 150 river stretches across the country highly polluted with discharge of untreated water.

Bangladesh against Meghalaya's hydel projects

NGT stops construction of Mapithel dam

National Green Tribunal halts Manipur's Mapithel Dam as it violates the Forest Rights Act. To go ahead with the project, state government may now need people's approval.

India grants Rs 374 million to Nepal for flood mitigation

The Northeast region of India is connected to the rest of the India via a narrow strip of land called the Silliguri Corridor or ‘Chicken’s Neck’. It consists of the seven sister states namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizorum, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and the Himalayan state of Sikkim [Figure (1)]. As per the 2011 census, the total population of this region is 455,87,982, which is 4% of the total population of India. The region occupies 8% India's landmass. Table (1) shows some facts about states in this region.

Policy matters this week: Environment ministry withdraws amendments to waste rules, Odisha sanctions 12 crores for water in slums and the NGT halts dam construction in Manipur.

Environment Ministry withdraws amendment to waste rules




MoEF left with no choice but to withdraw

MoEF withdraws the draft amendments to Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2000, following the opposition from activists and Karnataka High Court order against the controversial amendments.

Haryana demands more water from Punjab rivers


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