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  • Meghalaya's draft water policy gets approval To address conservation and protection of water sources in the state, the Meghalaya cabinet has approved a draft water policy for the state. The policy was drafted by the state water resources department in consultation with experts in wate...
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  • Meghalaya in the northeast of India is richly endowed with natural resources such as streams and rivers as well as mineral resources such as coal, limestone, clay, sillimanite, uranium, and more. The estimated coal reserve in Meghalaya is around 576.48 million tonnes while limestone reserves are aro...
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  • India has the fifth largest coal reserves in the world [1]. The power sector is the largest consumer of coal, followed by iron, steel and cement segments in India [1] This paper, Coal mining in northeast India: an overview of environmental issues and treatment approaches, published in the Internatio...
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  • Meghalaya boasts one of the rainiest places on the planet at Cherrapunjee, receiving over 11,000 mm of annual rainfall. Yet, despite all the rain, water availability remains a problem for many rural and urban communities across the State. Natural springs that have provided drinking water for generat...
    Usha Dewaniposted 4 years 5 months agoread more
  • World Water Day 2015 proved to be significant to the people of Meghalaya. That day is when the state's Springshed Management Initiative was launched. The Chief Secretary, PBO Warjri said that the people of Shillong have traditionally depended on springs but in recent years, land use changes and...
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  • Maharashtra Government to probe into cost overruns of Vidarbha dams The Maharashtra Government has ordered the Anti Corruption Bureau to further investigate the reasons behind the huge cost overruns in the Gosikhurd, Lower Painganga and Jigaon irrigation projects in Vidarbha. A recent CAG repo...
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  • Bihar's government offices to soon become free of plastic bottles As part of its green initiatives, Bihar Government has prohibited all its offices from using or buying plastic packaged water bottles. Officials have been advised to serve purified water in steel tumblers and glasses in place of plas...
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  • Kerala's Ashtamudi lake recognised for sustainable clam fishing Ashtamudi lake, the second largest estuarine system in Kerala and a livelihood support of 3000 fisherfolk who trade clams, has become India's first Marine Stewardship Council-certified fishery. When faced with crisis of reduced catch d...
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  • Heavy rain causes floods in Uttarakahand, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Two days of incessant rains have severely affected Uttarkhand with the major rivers like Ganga, Nandakini and Pindar flowing above the danger level. In Uttar Pradesh, 28 people have been killed due to floods with nearly 1500 v...
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  • Sardar Sarovar dam height to be raised by 17m The Central Water Resources Ministry has allowed the Gujarat Government to increase the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam by 17 metres. This will lead to the submergence of 245 tribal villages displacing over 250,000 people across Madhya Prades...
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  • BJP should learn from Congress' defeat: EnvironmentalistsEnvironmentalists suggest that the new government should focus on urbanisation, air and water pollution. Blame the ealrier government for ignoring the environmental and social concerns of the people, which has led to its defeat.New hopes for G...
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  • Shifting cultivation, locally called 'Jhum', is a widely practiced system of crop cultivation among the indigenous communities of Northeast India. While it is generally contested as a destructive method of farming, it is also argued that the system lends itself as much more than just a farming pract...
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  • PM terms Teesta pact with B'desh 'difficult'India and Bangladesh share 54 rivers. Tension on water sharing continues despite a Joint River Commission seeking solutions since 1972UP CM inaugurates controversial dam project in U'khandThe 330 Megawatt Shrinagar dam will supply only 12% power to the hos...
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  • Meghalaya, the wettest place in the world till date, has started facing the consequences of climate change. In the recent past, the state has seen pronounced variability in rainfall. This has given rise to myriad problems in the predominantly agricultural state.Research has shown that Northeast Indi...
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  • Sikkim only state in the country with 100% sanitationAll 6,10,577 rural and urban families in Sikkim have latrines with high sanitation and hygiene standard. It's mandatory for gram sabhas in the state to take up sanitation at top priorityLand near Tehri reservoir sinkingAs many as 80 villages ...
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  • Meghalaya is rich in minerals, especially coal. This has led to rampant mining in the state. Large scale denudation of forest cover, scarcity of water, destruction of water sources, pollution of air, water and soil, and degradation of agricultural lands are some of the conspicuous environmental impl...
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  • GSI report suggests channeling Mandakini riverThe Geological Survey of India's report on Uttarakhand's flash floods of June 2013, recommends channeling the Mandakini river to its original course, as the river is merged with Sarswati river in the south post-floods. The original course of the Man...
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  • Delhi metro stations to conserve rainwater By March 2015, 17 metro stations will have rainwater harvesting system, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation informed the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The NGT had earlier ordered rainwater harvesting system at all metro stations.Meghayaya favours livelih...
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  • In one of the wettest places on earth the tangled roots of trees are persuaded to create a network of bridges that will survive any deluge and connect the valleys of Meghalaya.
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  • Dam bursts in Himachal during first trialA newly built dam with a capacity of 12,000 cubic feet burst in Manali district of the State whiles first trial was taking place. No casulaties however, resulted from the accident.Site visit compulsory for diversion of forest landThe Environment Ministry has ...
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Heavily polluted and poisoned at its confluence with the Lunar river, the Lukha turns mysteriously blue as it flows downstream. The studies are on to know the cause.

Meghalaya in the northeast of India is richly endowed with natural resources such as streams and rivers as well as mineral resources such as coal, limestone, clay, sillimanite, uranium, and more. The estimated coal reserve in Meghalaya is around 576.48 million tonnes while limestone reserves are around 15,100 million tonnes. Exploitation of coal and limestone has been taking place on a large scale in the state.

 

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This paper tries to understand the effect of coal mining in the northeast India and ways to control its impact on the environment

India has the fifth largest coal reserves in the world [1].

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6000 villages in Meghalaya depend on springs and spring-fed rivers for household water needs. Their drying up threatens water security and future growth. Now, there is some hope.

Meghalaya boasts one of the rainiest places on the planet at Cherrapunjee, receiving over 11,000 mm of annual rainfall. Yet, despite all the rain, water availability remains a problem for many rural and urban communities across the State. Natural springs that have provided drinking water for generations are in crisis. Declining flow and contamination of aquifers means less water for everyone just as demand for water is on the rise. Flow is decreasing due to ecological degradation and possibly a changing a climate.

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"The mapping exercise should yield some 2000-4000 spring data points within a few months", says Dr.Jared Buono, hydrogeologist. He talks with IWP about the programme and its potential.

World Water Day 2015 proved to be significant to the people of Meghalaya. That day is when the state's Springshed Management Initiative was launched.

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Maharashtra Government to probe into cost overruns of Vidarbha dams

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Bihar's government offices to soon become free of plastic bottles

As part of its green initiatives, Bihar Government has prohibited all its offices from using or buying plastic packaged water bottles. Officials have been advised to serve purified water in steel tumblers and glasses in place of plastic bottles. Moreover, no bills related to the purchase of packaged water bottles will be cleared, in order to ensure strict implementation of the ban. 

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Kerala's Ashtamudi lake recognised for sustainable clam fishing

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Heavy rain causes floods in Uttarakahand, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

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Sardar Sarovar dam height to be raised by 17m

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