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  • NGT seeks MP, Rajasthan's opinion on maintaining e-flow in Chambal river The National Green Tribunal has ordered the Madhya Pradesh and the Rajasthan governments to give their opinion on parting with 10 percent of their water share of the Chambal river for maintaining the river's environmental flow...
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  • On a 29 sq km tract of land in Bharatpur, Rajasthan lies the wildlife reserve, Keoladeo national park, locally known as Ghana. Birds enjoy the open water while wildlife roams freely in this montage of wetland, grassland and forest. The wetland, which is man-made, has a diversity of open water, trees...
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  • Environment minister calls Delhi pollution 'emergency situation' NGT questioned Delhi government’s initiative to curb air pollution in the capital and slammed the neighbouring Punjab and Haryana governments over the lack of measures taken to control crop burning. Meanwhile, the SC also ...
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  • Country's first mobile chilled water kiosk in Rajasthan Rajasthan’s Barmer district has received the country’s first mobile-any-time-water kiosk that dispenses chilled water for the community. The initiative is a part of the corporate social responsibility of Cairn India that is supporting...
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  • The city of Udaipur is all about its lakes. If Pichola gets the maximum tourist footfall, the scenic beauty of Fateh Sagar invites solitude lovers. The Udai Sagar lake in the east, which remained the first line of defence for the city, now meets the industrial need for water.  The city and its...
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  • The pitiful state of some of the water bodies in the country, coupled with the sheer apathy of the government, have forced some well-meaning citizens to come out of their comfort zones and make a difference. Some of these efforts, like the Puttenahalli lake in Bengaluru that is now overflowing with ...
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  • India witnesses 40 percent rise in farmer suicides in a year Between the years 2014 and 2015, farmer suicides in the country have increased by over 40 percent. In 2015, the country witnessed 8,000 farmer suicides as against 5,650 in 2014. With 18 percent jump in farmer suicides, Maharashtra witness...
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  • "Jatene dekho utene bawri" (wherever you look, there’s a stepwell). This is how the woman standing on the threshold of her house, in the walled city of Jodhpur, told us when we asked where we could find stepwells in her neighbourhood.  According to Rajyavallabh and Prasad Mandan, two tr...
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  • Not enough water available for interlinking rivers: IIT study  The analysis of the weather data for 103 years, conducted by IIT Mumbai and Chennai, shows a significant decrease in the rainfall in the major surplus basin raising a question about the sustainability of the interlinking of rivers....
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  • NGT raps UP government over Yamuna's pollution near the Taj Mahal The National Green Tribunal has reprimanded the Uttar Pradesh government, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board, Agra Development Authority and Agra Nagar Nigam for not ensuring cleanliness and proper disposal of untreated sewage in ...
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  • Centre launches 231 projects under Namami Gange The water resources ministry has launched 231 projects at 103 locations in seven states, with an estimated cost of Rs 1500 crore, to fast track the implementation of Namami Gange programme. The projects have been split among the seven states...
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  • Most water packaging units operating without license: FSSAI Going by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), out of the 5,842 registered water packaging units, only 1,495 units have both BIS and FSSAI licences, while 4,347 units, including reputed firms like Hindustan Coca-cola, P...
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  • Gajanand Sharma is excited about the monsoon this year. He is building an anicut on the small stream that runs through his farm. “After the rain, the land will be filled with water and then I will sow wheat and reap record production in this area,” he prophesises. This forecast doesn’t come fr...
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  • SC directs Centre to prepare National Disaster Plan, implement MGNREGA, Food Security Act to tackle drought As the drought affects 33 crore people across 256 districts, the impact of drought on economy has been pegged at Rs 6,50,000 crore. Taking note of the situation, the Supreme Court has ordered...
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  • Shift IPL matches out of Maharashtra: SC Dismissing the plea by the Maharashtra and Mumbai Cricket Associations, the Supreme Court has directed to shift the Indian Premier League cricket matches outside of Maharashtra. However, the State Bodies were wanting a stay on the order by vowing not to use ...
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  • Good southwest monsoon expected this year as El Nino declines Owing to the declining El Nino condition, the Government is expecting a good monsoon this year after two long years of deficient rainfall. The states have been directed to come up with plans to boost crop acreage and and produc...
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  • Forts and palaces of Rajasthan are well known for their water-based architecture, which sustained life and also kept out the extreme summer heat. Though mostly absent from travel itineraries, Deeg Palace in Bharatpur district scores over the big names when it comes to aquatic ingenunity. Histor...
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  • Maharashtra reeling under its worst water crisis With no live storage in many reservoirs in Maharashtra, the State is having a tough time in providing drinking water to its people. With intensifying drinking water scarcity, the number of tankers supplying drinking water to remote villages and hamle...
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  • Large-scale people participation in important schemes concludes Jal Manthan  The two day event with the theme ‘Integrated Approach for Sustainable Water Management’ was held in Delhi last week. During the event, the Water Ministry announced that all the 46 projects under Pradhan Mantri Kri...
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  • Karanataka records failure of winter crops, seeks Rs 1,417 crore Central assistance  With a Rs 7,209 crore worth damage to its rabi crops, Karnataka has become the first state in the country to witness a loss in its winter harvest. The State has sought financial assistance of Rs 1,417 from the...
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SC refuses to lift ban on sand mining in Rajasthan 

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Unregulated salt production near Sambhar lake is not just causing health problems among salt workers, it is also depleting groundwater and ruining the ecosystem of the wetland.

The fields are silvery white with raw salt crusts in the vicinity of Nawa, a small town on the northwestern banks of Sambhar lake, India’s largest inland lake. Nawa lies about 90 kilometres east of Jaipur. Also an extensive saline wetland and a Ramsar site, the blinding white salt flats stretch as far as one can see. The place is a key wintering area for thousands of pink flamingos and other migratory birds from northern Asia and Siberia. Surrounded by the Aravalli on all sides, the lake straddles Nagaur, Sikar, Ajmer and Jaipur districts of Rajasthan.

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Mahaveer Singh Sukarlai was awarded the Bhagirath Prayas Samman at the India Rivers Day 2017 for his valiant effort to safeguard the integrity of the Bandi river in Pali.

A seasonal river in Pali, Rajasthan, the Bandi is nothing short of a sewer. The textile town has witnessed rampant industrial growth, raw sewage discharges and toxic contamination of its waters. The river, which is devoid of lean season flow, is polluted up to 55 km downstream. The river water is unfit for drinking as well as irrigation.

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A Rajasthan institute trains women from inaccessible villages of poor countries to make their villages solar energy efficient.

In her mid-30s, Lino Lameko works as an assistant at the office of the national women’s council in Funafuti, the capital of Tuvalu. She has come all the way from the Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean to Tilonia, a small village located in Ajmer in Rajasthan to become a “barefoot solar engineer”. Tuvalu is a low lying coastal country comprising a set of small islands. Being an island nation, it is concerned about its vulnerability to the adverse effects of global climate change.

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A Rajasthan village gets to drink sweetwater despite high salinity in its groundwater, thanks to a solar-powered desalination unit.

Solawata, a small village in Jaipur district is barely 10 kilometers away from Sambhar, India's largest saline lake which is a major centre of salt production that produces about two lakh tonnes of salt a year. On our way to the village from Sambhar, we see caravans packed with bright coloured camel saddles parked on the road. In sharp contrast, the villages on the way look dry and dreary with their bleak infertile lands.

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No compaction of soil on the World Culture Festival site: New panel to NGT

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Illegal slums on Maharashtra mudflats cause loss to state

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Is the soil health card scheme introduced to improve the economic condition of the farmers by bettering the health of the soil effective?

Decades of skating over environmental concerns have clearly cost us dear. The folly of pursuing better crop yields using chemical fertilisers in an indiscriminate manner has been surfacing lately. “Decades of agricultural abuse using fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides have taken its toll on us. We have been shooting ourselves in the foot by doing it,” says Raman Tyagi, director of Neer Foundation, a Meerut-based nonprofit working on water and agriculture.

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Maharashtra cabinet decides on drip irrigation for sugarcane cultivation 

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While several studies confirm that GM crops can have serious impact on the safety of both humans and environment, the government is going ahead with GM mustard.

Signs of mustard aphid, a key pest of the mustard crop appeared predictably in November last year in Dinesh’s farm. Drifting across the open green fields, it landed on the tender leaves of the mustard crop. “It sets in November during the flowering and pod bearing stage of the crop and lasts till January. It hits our crop yields substantially--often by as much as three quarters--sending the jitters among farmers,” says Dinesh, a farmer in Bharatpur in the eastern plain zone of Rajasthan.

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