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  • Cauvery dispute: New Supreme Court bench constituted A fresh three-member bench will hear the dispute related to the sharing of Cauvery water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on  October 18. Earlier, a high level technical team had visited the Cauvery basin area to assess the ground ...
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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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  • Ganga polluted with heavy metals and pesticides: CPCB According to a recent report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on contamination of the Ganga, the river water has the presence of bacterial contamination besides traces of pollutants like heavy metals and pesticides. There are n...
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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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  • NABARD to raise Rs 77,000 crore to fund 100 prioritised irrigation projects Under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKYS), the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will raise over Rs 77,000 crore to fund nearly 100 prioritised irrigation projects, including 56 in d...
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  • Guinness World Records names Assam’s Majuli world’s largest river island The Guinness World Records has declared Majuli riverine island of Assam as the largest river island in the world. The island which has a total area of 880 km2 covers 144 villages with a tribal population of over 160,000 an...
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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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  • Farakka behind Bihar flood: CM This year, Bihar witnessed one of its worst floods in four decades and has already claimed 156 lives and affected nearly five lakh people across 12 districts in the state. Chief minister Nitish Kumar has held Farakka dam responsible for the floods as it has caused hea...
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  • Telangana, Maharashtra sign pact for irrigation projects across Godavari Bringing an end to their dispute, the Telangana and Maharashtra governments have finally signed a historic pact for the construction of three barrages on the Godavari river and its tributaries--Penganga and Pranahita. The...
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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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  • Encroachment of lakes and riverbeds caused Chennai floods: Panel According to the Parliamentary standing committee, the encroachment of lakes and riverbeds had caused the massive Chennai floods last year. The committee has ordered the Tamil Nadu government to check the real estate mafia involved in...
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  • World Culture Festival damaged Yamuna floodplains, concludes NGT The committee appointed by the National Green Tribunal has found that Art of Living's World Culture Festival, held in March 2016, damaged the ecology of the Yamuna floodplains in Delhi. This means that the latter will have to pay a fi...
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  • Not enough water available for interlinking rivers: IIT study  The analysis of the weather data for 103 years, conducted by IIT Mumbai and Chennai, shows a significant decrease in the rainfall in the major surplus basin raising a question about the sustainability of the interlinking of rivers....
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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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  • One of the worst floods in Assam and Bihar Assam is reeling under one of the worst floods this year following incessant rains. Out of the 35 districts in Assam, 23 are facing floods, affecting lakhs of people. In Morigaon, which is the worst-affected, 3.5 lakh people are hit. Even in Bihar,&nb...
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  • NGT orders CWRA to meet every month for identification of wetlands In a landmark judgment, the National Green Tribunal has ordered the Central Wetlands Regulatory Authority (CWRA) to conduct a meeting with states and union territories every month for identification and notification of wetlands...
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  • India has largest number of stunted children in the world: Study According to the recent report by WaterAid, India has the largest number of stunted children in the world, thanks to poor sanitation and poor quality of water. The study further states that, with 48 million stunted children under...
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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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  • Small islands in southern Kerala lakes sinking The small islands--formed by the backwaters of Ashtamudi lake and Kallada river--in Kerala are sinking due to the rise in sea level and erosion. The saline water has started invading the localities, resulting in people migrating from these shrinking ti...
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