Uttar Pradesh

  • NABARD sanctions loan to NWDA for irrigation projects To double the farmers’ income by 2022, NABARD has sanctioned loan worth Rs 19,702 crore to National Water Development Agency (NWDA) for 50 irrigation projects in 11 states. Along with the utilisation of irrigation potential, the initiative wou...
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  • Jail term for selling packaged water above MRP: Government Consumer affairs minister, Ram Vilas Paswan has ordered to impose a penalty and jail term on those who sell bottled water above the maximum retail price (MRP). The order is in line with the section 36 of Legal Metrology Act, that clearly or...
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  • In August 2016, the Karnataka government gave Abu Dhabi-based businessman B.R. Shetty permission to privatise the iconic Jog Falls to make it a perennial waterfall and to develop it into a tourism hotspot. As per the newspaper report, Shetty is to invest Rs 450 crore towards the project and charge v...
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  • Government starts river transport project with eight waterways Shipping ministry identifies 37 inland waterways, that include rivers in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Assam and West Bengal, for the development and transport of cargo and passengers. The work on eight of these waterways ha...
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  • No water to TN till a special state legislature session takes a call: Karnataka  Despite the Supreme Court order, the Karnataka government has decided not to release water to Tamil Nadu till a special state legislature session takes a call on the matter. Opposition parties in Karnata...
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  • Cauvery river dispute: Karnataka to share less water, SC raps the two states over protestsModifying its earlier order, the Supreme Court has asked the Karnataka government to release 12,000 cusecs of water, instead of 15,000 cusecs as ordered earlier, but for five more days, to Tamil Nadu. The ...
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  • Raghunath Lakhpat is a terrified man. He can only watch warily as the land on either side of his modest home is being dug up by huge earthmovers. “We are stuck in the middle. Sooner or later, we will have to leave. But where will we go? What will we eat?” he asks helplessly. Raghunath, his wife...
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  • DJB to give individual water connections in slums The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has introduced Jal Adhikar Connections for slum dwellers and 100 percent waiver of late payment surcharge for all commercial consumers totalling Rs 1,100 crore. The decisions were taken at the 128th meeting of DJB. Th...
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  • Release water to Tamil Nadu: SC to Karnataka There was widespread protest of farmers in Tamil Nadu demanding water from the Cauvery reservoir following a statement from the chief Minister of Karnataka of his inability to release water due to inadequate rainfall. Following this, the Supreme Court ha...
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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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  • 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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  • Provide potable water to villages: NGT asks UP government  The National Green Tribunal has slammed the Uttar Pradesh government for failing to provide potable water to villages along the Hindon and Krishna rivers. The Tribunal has also constituted a committee and has directed authorities to as...
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  • There is a severe crisis plaguing the rivers in India. Going by a study by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in 2013, the number of contaminated rivers in the country has more than doubled over the past five years. This is mainly due to the deposition of untreated sewage and industrial effluent...
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  • NGT gets tough over wetland notification The National Green Tribunal has ordered all the State Governments along with the Union Territories to identify and notify wetlands in at least five (in case of smaller States like Haryana and Delhi) to ten districts (in case of bigger States like UP or Tamil...
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  • UP, Maharshtra and Karnataka seeks more funds from Centre to tackle drought Post the rejection of Centre's offer of a water train to Bundelkhand, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has sought the central assistance of Rs. 11,000 crore. Going the UP way, Maharashtra, which is battling drought in 28,00...
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  • Maharashtra government to choose between revenue or drought-struck people The severity of drought in Maharashtra has reached such an extent that the Ramkund, the sacred bathing ghat on the Godavari river and the epicentre of the Kumbh Mela, has dried up after 139 years. Amidst such a situation, the...
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  • Centre releases DPR on forestry intervention for Ganga river The Water Resource Ministry has unveiled the Detailed Project Report (DPR) on Forestry Intervention for the Ganga which has been prepared by the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. The project envisages the plantation of 4 crore native t...
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  • Sirkoo, a 39 year old woman in Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh, walked 8 km every day to fetch water. As a woman, it was obviously her responsibility to ensure the household's water availability. This put an additional stress on her already depleted health as well as time--until she decided to tackl...
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  • Despite India's rapid economic growth in recent decades, open defecation rates continue to be very high. This presents a unique puzzle for scholars of development because other regions where people are poorer, literacy rates lower, and drinking water more scarce, are better off that India when it co...
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  • CPCB finds Coca Cola plant in Hapur pumping toxic water into a pond The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has found that the Coca Cola plant in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, has been pumping out nearly 350 kilo litres of toxic wastewater a day into a pond, and that the effluent treatmen...
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While banning stubble burning is a positive step towards reducing air pollution in the Delhi-NCR sector, the farmers need support from the government to adopt measures to enable smooth crop rotation.

Amar Singh sits in his huge courtyard at the centre of his home in the village of Atraula in Meerut. Lying in the far west part of Uttar Pradesh, this is a flourishing sugarcane belt. An important agricultural region, its demographic, economic and cultural patterns are similar to that of nearby Haryana and Rajasthan.

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On this World Toilet Day, let's turn the spotlight behind the scenes of the sanitation chain, on those who clean out latrines where there are no sewers to carry away the waste.

November 19 is World Toilet Day. Enormous progress has been made in the global effort to provide safe and affordable toilets for the world’s poorest citizens since World Toilet Day was first declared in 2001.

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SC orders Maharashtra government to pay Rs 100 crore for restoration of Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers

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An NGO comes forward to restore the forgotten kunds of Vrindavan which are not just historical marvels but are also freshwater sources.

Vrindavan, the small dusty twin town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, has a special place in the Hindu mythology. This is where Lord Krishna is believed to have spent most of his childhood and adolescence. The river Yamuna straddles through the town, a hot destination for thousands of devotees lining up for a dip in it every day. The place is also known for the rich saturated colours and messy revelry during “lathmar” holi where people hit each other with sticks.

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PM Modi inaugurates the controversial Sardar Sarovar Project

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Destruction of river and mangroves blamed for Mumbai floods

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A video tells us why it is important to study the Ken river and its flow properly before implementing any project on it so the ecosystem and biodiversity are not harmed.

One of the tributaries of the Yamuna, the Ken, is a major river of the Bundelkhand region of central India and flows through two states, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. River Ken regulates groundwater recharge and provides vegetation found on its banks. It is also flush with fish and the sand found here is an important commodity. 

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Recent encephalitis deaths in Gorakhpur put the spotlight back on the disease and the importance of better sanitation as a preventive measure.

Gorakhpur is back in the news with 42 more children dying in 48 hours at one of the biggest hospitals here--Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital or BRD hospital. This small city located in the north-eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh has seen 1256 such deaths since January, a large number of children dying from encephalitis alone.

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As cities spread wide, grey infrastructure projects flout green norms to provide affordable housing for all.

Far in the distance, towards the edge of Noida and Greater Noida flows the Hindon river amidst clusters of modern highrise buildings. A few years ago, the landscape here was more countrified and quite distinct from the low rise neghbourhoods of Delhi dotted with its numerous parks and abundant institutional spaces. 

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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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