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  • HC issues notice to Indian Railways over poor quality waterDelhi High Court has issued notice to the Central Government for supplying poor quality water to railway passengers and staff living in railway colonies. The High Court has sought improvements in the quality of drinking water in Indian Railw...
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  • Need to find source of uranium contamination in Punjab: Experts Doctors in Patiala say Centre should support the state government to find out how uranium is constantly contaminating water in the state, especially in the Malwa belt. Excessive use of pesticides over the years is said to be a poss...
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  • Himachal irked at dam saleExpressing shock over Jaypee group's sale of the Karcham Wangtoo and Baspa hydropower projects to an Abu Dhabi firm, the state chief minister Virbhadra Singh said the company cannot sell its projects without the government's consent as it has signed an MoU with the stateKer...
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  • El Nino might affect 2014 monsoonThe weather phenomenon that disturbs cloud formation could bring down India's economic growth from the current 6% to 5.2% in the next financial year, says a study by the credit Rating Information Services of India LimitedCentre accepts Kerala's demands on Western Gha...
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  • India's largest pvt hydel project soldIn a deal involving Rs 10,500 crores, Jaypee sells two hydel projects in Himachal Pradesh to an Abu Dhabi firm. The 1000 mega watt Karcham Wangtoo one of themRajasthan complains against contaminated water in SatlujThe Indira Gandhi canal from the Satluj, that pr...
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  • Hi. How can I download rainfall data for Bharatpur, Rajasthan?
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  • 764 industries behind Ganga pollutionIn a survey conducted between 2011 and 2013, the Central Pollution Control Board identified the polluting industries in five states on the main stem of the river and its tributariesIneffective chlorination behind railway stations' contaminated waterAbout seven la...
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  • India's first river interlinking project inuaguratedBJP leader LK Advani inuagurated the first phase of the Narmada-Kshipra river interlinking project in Ujjaini village near Indore. The 432 crore project will lift water from the Narmada with pumps upto a height of 350 metres from a distance of 50 k...
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  • It is an astonishing thing to see the five rivers of Alwar in Rajasthan flowing for more than 6-8 months in a year. This is no miracle though. It is the result of a decade-long effort by Jal Jungle Andolan lead by Dr. Rajendra Singh.  Traditional rainwater harvesting structues called Johads th...
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  • Maharashtra village reclaim rights on submerged forestKorku tribals in Amravathi district lost their agricultural and forest land to a dam in 2005-06; reclaim fishing and management rights over part of the reservoir under Forest Rights Act'Rajasthan getting only 1% of its share in Yamuna water'Chief...
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  • River diversion project launch put offThe Yettinahole project, which Union Environment Minister Veerappa Moily was to launch, has not received clearance from the environment and forest department yet. Timely letter by NGO SANDRP puts brakes on the launch plansPatna to have biggest sewerage...
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  • Water for Mumbai a cost to ecologyAll 12 dams planned to quench Mumbai's thirst fall in the ecologically sensitive region of Western Ghats. Will submerge more than 22,000 hectares.We welcome tourists, not their plastice bottlesLachen in Sikkim becomes the first village in India to ban bottled water....
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  • President approves Maharashtra's groundwater billRecognition of groundwater as public property is the basic premise of the Bill introduced in 2009. Will include formation of a regulatory authority and notification of overexploited areasBIS mark mandatory for packaged waterThe Food Safety and Standar...
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  • Chilika lagoon named as 'Destination Flyways' by UNThe United Nations World Tourism Organisation designates Chilika lagoon, Odisha's biodiversity hotspot, as 'Destination Flyways', for being a sustainable and resilient abode for migratory birds. The UN's body arm will aid Chilika Development Authori...
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  • Groundwater hits bottom near Coca Cola's plant in RajasthanFarmers in Kaladera block of Jaipur claim that agriculture has become difficult due to rapid fall in ground water after the beverage giant entered the region in 2000.Ammonia in Delhi's water rises yet againTwo water treatment plants in Delhi...
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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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  • Sunita Kasera from Rajasthan videographs the challenges faced by railway passengers at Hindaun station in Rajasthan due to non-availability of drinking water.
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  • A research in Sitapura Industrial Area, Jaipur, Rajasthan shows activated red mud has better fluoride absorption capacity than in its normal state
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  • Trails showcasing artificial lakes as both storage and defensive units, efficient network of aqueducts and drains and beautiful stepwells can help increase tourist footfall at Amber fort in Jaipur, says this research paper.
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  • Kejriwal frees water in DelhiPromises to supply 20 kilolitres of free water per month to each household in Delhi but with a 10% hike in tariff for those consuming over 20 kilolitres water. However, CAG reports that raw water available in the capital not enough to meet potable water de...
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Shift IPL matches out of Maharashtra: SC

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Good southwest monsoon expected this year as El Nino declines

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The Deeg palace, also known as 'Jal Mahal' for its extensive water designs which mimic the clouds and rains, is a must visit.

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.

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Maharashtra reeling under its worst water crisis

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Large-scale people participation in important schemes concludes Jal Manthan 

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Karanataka records failure of winter crops, seeks Rs 1,417 crore Central assistance 

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Farmers have been known to observe the movement of ants and butterflies to forecast rainfall. Do such indigenous practices hold the key to addressing climate change issues?

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 are also the first to observe, identify and formulate required strategies to adapt to climate change. This wisdom, insight and knowledge of local people is termed as indigenous technical knowledge (ITK).

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Water ATMs have been in use in India for a decade but who are they helping and are they fulfilling their objective, which is to provide safe and clean drinking water to the poor at a low cost?

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 companies that have rights over public resources such as land and water. It is also not clear how much of groundwater a company can draw in a day.

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This study on water allocation from Rajsamand Lake in Rajasthan reveals that current law & policy frameworks are underdeveloped & do not address concerns on equitable allocation of water among users.

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 made water allocation among different users a complex issue.

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Study shows half of Srinagar's water bodies have disappeared in the past century

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