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Sikkim only state in the country with 100% sanitation

All 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 priority

Land near Tehri reservoir sinking

Water for Mumbai a cost to ecology

All 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 bottles

Women have always had an important role in water management. A study in South Sikkim aims to find out if topography, in addition to gender, influences access to water.

Gender influences access to water to a high degree throughout the world, a fact recognised in the Dublin Principles but how does topography influence this access? This study detailed in this post aims to find the answer to this question.

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Cabinet committee clears three hydel projects in North-East

90% of people living around dams in Sikkim testify to environmental damage, increased hazards and decreased resources. Can their situation be changed?

Hydropower is considered as 'green' power and the Sikkim Government's policy has been to synchronize development imperatives with conscious efforts on environment sustainability. This paper presents the results of a survey carried out among communities living along a 54-km long project affected stretch of the Teesta river. It highlights the conflicts, community-culture-development nexus and the growing issues raised by hydropower projects in the Rangpo-Dikchu stretch in Sikkim as related by citizens of that state.

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Despite being fed by 84 glaciers, the state fails to optimally use water. Climate change is just one cause for this situation. What can be done to alter this trend?

The term ‘water tower’ has been widely adopted to express the importance of mountains in providing freshwater to downstream areas. In fact, more than half of humanity relies on freshwater from mountain regions (UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation).  

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HC upholds ban on plastic packaging for junk food in HP

Vacates stay on Himachal Pradesh government's order banning plastic packaging for 25 junk food items. Directs enforcement of the ban from January 26, 2014.

MoEF gives conditional nod to Haryana's nuclear power project

The Northeast region of India is connected to the rest of the India via a narrow strip of land called the Silliguri Corridor or ‘Chicken’s Neck’. It consists of the seven sister states namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizorum, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and the Himalayan state of Sikkim [Figure (1)]. As per the 2011 census, the total population of this region is 455,87,982, which is 4% of the total population of India. The region occupies 8% India's landmass. Table (1) shows some facts about states in this region.

NGT slams MoEF on idol immersions

National Green Tribunal issues notice to environment ministry following a petition filed by an environmentalist demanding constitution of a high powered committee for monitoring idol immersions in the rivers and water bodies across the country.

Power producers ask for an unbiased assessment

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