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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...
    Manu Moudgilposted 3 years 8 months agoread more
  • 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...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 years 9 months agoread more
  • 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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  • Water Ministry restricts permission to dam projects hindering e-flow of riversThe Water Resources Ministry has ordered the Central Water Commission (CWC) to not allow dam projects that will affect the environmental flow of the rivers. The Ministry has also announced that it will spend Rs 3...
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  • What's not to like about clay pots? "They cool water naturally due to the tiny air pores present in them, are affordable, save energy and are eco-friendly when compared to refrigerators", says Gautam Bandhopadhaya, a water expert in Chhattisgarh. Apart from cooling water, the alkaline clay inte...
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  • Huddled in the Aravali range in the southern part of Rajasthan about 26 km from Udaipur, is the largest reserve of phosphate in India. Also known as the Jhamarkotra mines, it is the only commercially exploitable rock phosphate deposit in the country. Phosphate is crucial for the sustenance of f...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 years 11 months agoread more
  • Pollution index no more includes human health and environmental degradation The Environment Ministry with full support from the states has simplified the Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI).  CEPI is a composite measurement of air and water pollution, and land degradation that i...
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  • Western Rajasthan is dotted by thousands of ponds, many of which are architectural wonders. Among these, Gadsisar (also called Gadisar) stands out. Besides its unparalleled expanse and architecture, the pond narrates tales of sacrifice, dedication and ingenuity but more importantly, it upholds water...
    Manu Moudgilposted 4 years 1 month agoread more
  • Women in bright, colourful clothes carrying pots on their heads -- this is how popular media often depicts the women of rural Rajasthan. This is what I expected to see in the Bakhasar region of Barmer district, which borders the famous salt desert, the Rann of Kutch. The groundwater is often sa...
    Manu Moudgilposted 4 years 2 months agoread more
  • Rajya Sabha passes the Mining Bill The Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) (Amendment) Bill (MMDR), 2015 has been passed in the Rajya Sabha on the strength of 117 votes. The MMDR has gained a lot of criticsm, the major one being that the Bill gives overarching power to the Centre rath...
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  • Rabi crop damaged in north and central India Unseasonal rains have damaged rabi crops, estimated to be worth Rs 10,000 crore, in north and central India. Per the initial assessment, crop loss upto 20% of total production could have been damaged. The Centre has ordered all impacted states to assess ...
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  • Union Budget 2015-16 reduces funds for Water and Environment Ministry  Centre has allocated Rs 4,173 crore for Water Resources and Namami Gange, thus slashing a substantial amount of funds to the Water Ministry to which Rs. 13,836 crore had been allocated in last year's budget. Also, the Gover...
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  • As the race to bridge the gap between limited water availability and increasing demand for water narrows in India, rain water harvesting has been increasingly recommended in urban areas to harness the available water, rather than relying on expensive and unsustainable means of procuring water.  ...
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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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  • NGT announces heavy fines, bans farming to clean up Yamuna Under its judgement 'Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Project 2017', the National Green Tribunal has announced a fine ranging from Rs 5000-50,000 for anyone found throwing waste into the Yamuna river. Also, the Tribunal has ordered the Delhi Jal Boar...
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  • Despite its shrinking greens, Delhi has significant tree diversity. Pradip Krishen, a naturalist, author and filmmaker, identifies around 250 tree species in the concrete jungle, in his book titled ‘Trees of Delhi’ published in 2007. But these trees do not have the breathing room they need ...
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Arunachal’s Etalin and J&K’s Sawalkote hydel projects get clearance

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The sorry state of urban slums are testimony to poorly implemented policies for the rehabilitation of migrants.

In the last few decades, India has seen an increasing number of people migrating from rural areas to urban cities in search of work and better living. These migrants often get employed in the informal sector as construction workers, vendors, domestic servants, etc. They also live in informal settlements, generally known as slums.

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All efforts to rejuvenate the lake near Jaipur have failed as authorities continue to ignore obstructions to its natural flow.

Last year, a crocodile walked seven kilometres to reach Jamwa Ramgarh village near Jaipur looking for food. It had ventured out from Jamwa Ramgarh dam, which used to have around 100 of its species at one time. Since 2006, however, the dam is dry, leaving little fish or other prey for the aquatic reptiles. 

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There are many unsung heroes amidst us who go about their good work silently. Chattar Singh is one such hero who has revived traditional water management system of the parched Jaisalmer villages.

“Can you see the alternating bands of light and shadow in the sky?” Chattar Singh asks me. When I nod in affirmation, he continues, “This is Mogh. There are clouds where the sun is setting right now. If we get a favourable wind, these clouds will reach here and we may get rain by night. In desert, people live by such clues from nature.”  

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Kerala hit by worst drought in 115 years

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'Jal Aur Samaj' takes the readers through the pond culture of Bikaner that nurtured its past and holds promise for its future.

A scarcity of something makes it special. That’s the reason why Rajasthan has always sanctified water much more than any other place in India. Low rainfall and saline groundwater turned people into great conservers who not only built beautiful and durable structures but also developed sustainable practices around them.

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NGT seeks MP, Rajasthan's opinion on maintaining e-flow in Chambal river

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A wetland which is one of the Ramsar sites in India, struggles to maintain its character due to lack of water.

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 and grasses. Historically, it served as a hunting ground of Maharajahs for ducks which can be seen skimming its waters at all times. The wetland site protected the town of Bharatpur which flooded often. The area also served as a grazing ground for local cattle.

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Environment minister calls Delhi pollution 'emergency situation'

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Country's first mobile chilled water kiosk in Rajasthan

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