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  • Monsoons in the North affect people and wildlifeHeavy rains in the last week have water-logged Delhi, flooded Gujarat, caused landslides in Uttarakhand & cloud-bursts in Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh is on a high alert. Char Dham Yatra pilgrims have been stranded because of the landslides i...
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  • NGT cancels MoEF's go ahead to 10 irrigation projects The National Green Tribunal has cancelled the Office Memoranda issued by the Environment Ministry to 10 irrigation projects in Maharashtra and Karnataka. The Ministry had considered these project proposals for ToRs (Terms of Reference)/ envi...
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  • India's poor sanitation facilities have a direct correlation with stunting in childrenAccording to a recent report titled “Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water: 2015 Update and MDG Assessment” by World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, 1 in 3 people in the world lack sanitaiton faciliti...
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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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  • Krishna-Marathwada irrigation project worth Rs 4,845 crore gets Govt nodThe Environment Ministry has sanctioned funds of Rs 4,845 crore to the Krishna-Marathwada irrigation project that aims to irrigate nearly one lakh hectares of land in the Marathwada region. The project envisages two li...
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  • Domestic sewerage responsible for 75-80% of water pollution in the country Per WaterAid's assessment based on the latest data from the Ministry of Urban Development, Census 2011 and the Central Pollution Control Board, 80% of India's surface water is polluted. The report holds domestic sewerage, ina...
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  • Humans are consuming groundwater rapidly: NASAData from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites has shown that groundwater is depleting fast from the world owing to human consumption. Out of the world's 37 biggest aquifers observed, eight have been classified as 'overstress...
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  • Construction of 109 Kuhl projects proposed in Himachal, still on papersThe Water Ministry in the regime of the UPA Government had approved the construction of 109 micro hydel projects or Kulhs, worth Rs. 348 crore. However, the projects have been shelved due to the Central Government not r...
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  • New criteria for villages and Gram Panchayats to be termed Open Defacation Free The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has given a uniform definition to the term Open Defecation Free (ODF) to bring more clarity in the granting of ODF status to a Gram Panchayat or village. The two c...
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  • Committee warns against raising Sardar Sarovar Dam height In its report 'Drowning a valley: Destroying a civilization', the six-member Central Fact Finding Committee has warned that raising the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river in Gujarat will be disastrous. Also, the heigh...
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  • Goa rivers water unfit for human consumption: GSPCB In a recent study by the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB), the rivers in the state are polluted to such an extent that their waters are unfit for human consumption. Presence of faecal coliform bacteria, nearly 1,300 to 7,900 colonies per ...
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  • Centre constitutes third expert body to review Uttarakhand dams The Environment Ministry has appointed yet another Committee to review hydropower projects on the Ganga basin in Uttarakhand, after it has received a negative response from the earlier two bodies. It is altogether a new body and not ju...
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  • Centre gives nod to 170 eco- sensitive zones in the country The Environment Ministry has cleared 170 eco-sensitive zones in the country and by the end of the year plans to wrap up the entire business of such zones. With the completion of the mandatory 60-day period of public comments that...
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  • Yamuna pollution stays the same, despite a drop in sewage flow Per the Environment Ministry’s Annual Report (2014-15), although there is a decline in the discharge of sewage water into the Yamuna in the last year, the water quality continues to deteriorate. The reason attributed behind the unchan...
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  • Green nod to Arunachal's Dibang project The Environment Ministry has given green clearance to the 2,880 MW Dibang project in Lower Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh. The clearance is valid for 10 years from the date of commissioning and 5 years post this, the Ministry has ordered an impa...
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  • Over 500 people succumb to killer heat wave Several parts of the country are reeling under ever rising temperatures that have claimed over 500 lives. Most deaths have occurred in southern parts of India, primarily from heatstroke and extreme dehydration. The capital has recorded a temperature of 43...
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  • Centre okays Rs 20,000 crore for the 'Namami Gange' programme Under the 'Namami Gange' programme, the Centre has approved Rs 20,000 crore for Ganga rejuvenation in the next five years. The fund is in addition to the Rs 2,037 crore sanctioned for the Ganga revival last year. Since 1986, nearly ...
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  • India prepares to fight the impacts of El Nino According to the Indian Meteorological Department, there is a 70% probability of El Nino, or a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific. The phenomenon will lead to a below normal monsoon this year. However, to battle the impacts of El Nino, ...
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  • Dismal state of groundwater in the country According to an assessment done by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), the groundwater in 276 districts of the 676 districts in India is contaminated with fluoride, 387 districts contaminated with nitrate and another 87 districts have high levels o...
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  • Delhites to bear the brunt of Yamuna pollution Based on the ‘Polluters Pay Principle’, the National Green Tribunal has ordered the various authorities in Delhi to levy environmental compensation on every household which generates sewage that goes into theYamuna, in the National Capita...
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Rs 5000 fine on those dumping waste on Yamuna floodplains

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Audit reveals poor quality of water in UP rivers

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Centre urges states to gear up for possible monsoon failure

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Women in drought-hit Karnataka takes on the task to revive lakes

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Oil spill in Ennore has highly impacted the zone between Ennore and Marina beach

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Following Ganga and Yamuna, Narmada river also gets living entity status

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After becoming a human entity, Ganga river receives first legal notice

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Ambitious solution to curb Karnataka's drought

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Normal monsoon expected this year: IMD

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Shut down industries around Bellandur lake: NGT to Karnataka govt

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