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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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  • Toxic foam observed in Bengaluru lakes Three major lakes in Bengaluru -- Bellandur, Varthur, and Yemalur -- look like a giant pool of foam these days. Some residents even thought that it resembled snow! The foam has been formed due to high content of ammonia and phosphate coupled with very low...
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  • After Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand also bids goodbye to Coca Cola The Supreme Court has denied land to the Coca-Cola bottling plant proposed to be set up in Chharba, located around 32 kilometres away from Dehradun. In 2005, the Chharba gram panchayat had transferred 100 acres of its land to the Uttarakh...
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  • Stop use of fresh groundwater in city parks: Delhi Government The Delhi Government has ordered land-owners and civic agencies to buy treated wastewater for horticulture purposes while banning the use of fresh groundwater. Delhi has 8,000 parks in total for which nearly 80 million gallons per day of...
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  • Nepal earthquake toll exceeds 4300 Nepal was struck by the worst earthquake in 80 years on April 25 (7.9 on Richter scale). The quake has affected Kathmadu and Pokhara the most along with northern and eastern parts of India that also felt severe tremors. The death toll currently is a...
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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 releases fund for water conservation under MGNREGS

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Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu governments waive off farm loans

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Marine litter is heavy along Mumbai’s beaches: Study

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Uttarakhand takes decisions to save its natural resources

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Just seven to eight percent water left in TN’s reservoirs

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Ganga, Yamuna have been recognised as living entities

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Seven percent of rural India has no access to clean water: World Water Day report

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