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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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  • Erratic rainfall, heavy storms, extreme weather and droughts are some of the major impacts of climate changes. Though it affects everyone, certain sections of society, like indigenous people who live closer to the natural environment, are in fact more vulnerable to these variations. However, they ar...
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  • A water ATM, as the name implies, is a sort of a water vending machine similar to bank ATMs except that in a water ATM, money goes in to the machine in return for water. These machines, which run on a cash as well as a prepaid card or smart card system are built, owned and operated by private c...
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  • Besides water scarcity, allocation of water has become an important concern in India over the last few decades. This is especially true in the drier areas of  Western Rajasthan where along with limitations in physical availability of water, social and economic aspects of water scarcity have mad...
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  • Study shows half of Srinagar's water bodies have disappeared in the past centuryPer a study by Srinagar’s Directorate of Environment, Ecology and Remote Sensing, more than 50% of water bodies in and around Srinagar have disappeared during the past century. The State Water Mission has attributed th...
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  • It had not rained for awhile and the tiny cracks in the earth in Bapugaon were opening up. This little village in Chaksu tehsil of Jaipur was yet again faced with a drought in the mid 1980s. The situation was aggravated in 1986 when the river Dhund, an important water source for Bapugaon, went dry. ...
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  • We were driving down the long desert road that runs parallel to the Indo-Pakistan border in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. There was little else to see except the surrounding sand dunes and desert grass. That's where I saw a ‘taanka’--a raised platform with a small opening to fetch water from its wo...
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  • Godavari, Krishna rivers interlinkedOn September 9, 2015, now a historic date for Andhra Pradesh, the Godavari water reached the Polavaram canal in the Krishna Delta region after flowing for 124 km. The Godavari water was released through the Tatipudi Lift Irrigation Project and will meet the Krishn...
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  • Ten years ago five farmers were shot protesting the diversion of waters from Bisalpur dam to Jaipur city, located about 130 kms away. People from villages en route the pipeline insisted that their drinking and domestic water needs be met before catering to urban demands. A crowd of around 2500 peopl...
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  • As we leave behind the smooth, straight drive of NH 89 and take a dirt path that whirls around a few miles of undulating desert grassland, we end at a large patch of emerald green which looks outlandish. “The reason for such a spectacle in these harsh conditions lies close to the ground,” says R...
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  • Amanishah nallah flowing through Sanganer, a town located 15 kms from Jaipur, is getting murkier by the day as the the textile hand printing industry in the area is getting more prosperous. The craft of printing colourful ethnic designs on a cotton base using natural vegetable-based dyes is centurie...
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  • This I-Day new name given to the Agriculture Ministry and the Swachh Vidyalaya mission accomplished On August 15, 2015, the Prime Minister announced that the Agriculture Ministry will be renamed as the Ministry for ‘Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare’. The new name has been s...
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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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Centre urges states to gear up for possible monsoon failure

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