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  • Nearly 88% irrigation projects lying unused in Maharashtra According to Maharashtra's Economic Survey for 2014-15, out of the 70,000 small irrigation projects constructed in the state, only 12% have been utilised. The projects, worth Rs. 4,500 crore, have fallen into disrepair, as there i...
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  • Centre appoints task force, with an aim to speed up implementation of river interlinking In the wake of emerging differences among the states over the interlinking of the rivers, the Centre has constituted a task force to build consensus between the states. B N Navalawala (ex-UPSC member and o...
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  • Pollution index no more includes human health and environmental degradation The Environment Ministry with full support from the states has simplified the Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI).  CEPI is a composite measurement of air and water pollution, and land degradation that i...
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  • 596 brick kilns along Ganga's banks are pushing it away from Patna Per records of the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB), there are nearly 596 brick kilns along the banks of the Ganga, which are pushing away the river from Patna. This has been reiterated by the technical panel of the State...
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  • Swachh Bharat Mission: Gujarat leads the implementation In its assessment for 2014-15, the Union Urban Development Ministry has reported that Gujarat has topped the list of states in implementing the Swachh Bharat Mission, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. While Gujarat lead in construction...
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  • Maharashtra Government to probe into cost overruns of Vidarbha dams The Maharashtra Government has ordered the Anti Corruption Bureau to further investigate the reasons behind the huge cost overruns in the Gosikhurd, Lower Painganga and Jigaon irrigation projects in Vidarbha. A recent CAG repo...
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  • Fear of floods looms over Kashmir again Heavy rainfall in Kashmir over the past few hours has led to the river Jhelum flowing above the danger mark, intermittent power cuts, landslides and water logging in different parts of the valley. Eight teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been ...
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  • Coal Ministry bans mining in Mahan forest The indigenous communities of the region are victorious as the Ministry of Coal confirms that the Mahan forests will be kept off-limits to mining. The Ministry's confirmation on the coal mining ban has come in response to a Right to Information request from...
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  • Rajya Sabha passes the Mining Bill The Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) (Amendment) Bill (MMDR), 2015 has been passed in the Rajya Sabha on the strength of 117 votes. The MMDR has gained a lot of criticsm, the major one being that the Bill gives overarching power to the Centre rath...
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  • Rajendra Singh is the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate Rajendra Singh, the water man of India, has won accolades for his efforts towards innovative water restoration as well as for improving water security in rural India. The Stockholm Water Prize is a global award presented annually by the Stoc...
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  • Centre launches National Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Awareness Week The week long campaign was inaugrated on March 16 at Kankrola-Bhanglora in Gurgaon, Haryana and will conclude on March 22 at Kohima, Nagaland. The whole week will focus on extensive awareness measures related to the co...
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  • Opposition to the Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill The controversial Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill has met with opposition in the Rajya Sabha from Congress, Biju Janta Dal and Telangana Rashtra Samithi. However, the Lok Sabha has passed the Bill with nine amendments and two new claus...
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  • Restore Ganga's original course: Patna HC High Court has ordered the Central and Bihar Governments to restore the Ganga's original course, which has shifted northward from Patna by about 2-3 km in the last two decades due to illegal sand mining. The Court has now ordered authorities to start d...
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  • Rabi crop damaged in north and central India Unseasonal rains have damaged rabi crops, estimated to be worth Rs 10,000 crore, in north and central India. Per the initial assessment, crop loss upto 20% of total production could have been damaged. The Centre has ordered all impacted states to assess ...
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  • Government bends its own guideline, fast-tracks green nod to Arunachal hydel project After giving its green nod to the 1200-MW project on the Lohit river, the expert panel of the Ministry of Environment and Forests is all set to consider the 3097-MW hydel project in Dibang Valley and the 3097-MW Et...
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  • Union Budget 2015-16 reduces funds for Water and Environment Ministry  Centre has allocated Rs 4,173 crore for Water Resources and Namami Gange, thus slashing a substantial amount of funds to the Water Ministry to which Rs. 13,836 crore had been allocated in last year's budget. Also, the Gover...
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Committee rules out any change in Krishna water sharing ratio

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NGT blames Centre for wasting public money in the name of Ganga clean-up

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Budget up by 11 and 19 percent for water and environment ministries respectively

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Negligence behind the degradation of Uttarakhand wetlands: WWF

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NGT to hear petition on Ganga revival on a day-to-day basis

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People of Sikkim stand against Teesta hydel project

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