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  • Teesta-III project in Sikkim gets a green signalIn order to give a push to the renewable energy sector, the Centre has cleared the disputes blocking the Teesta-III hydropower project worth Rs 9000 crore. 90% work on the Teesta is already completed and with the resolving of its years-long d...
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  • 40% of India still rain deficitAs predicted, El Nino has gained strength in the past two months and will continue to remain strong for some more time and also might affect next year's monsoon too. Overall the country has experienced 12% of rain deficit this year, with 47% facing normal rain, 40% def...
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  • No approval of dams until e-flow report is out: Water Ministry to CWCThe Ministry of Water Resources has ordered the Central Water Commission (CWC) not to grant any approval or to design any dam project until the report to determine the quantum of environmental flows is out. The decision will impact...
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  • Sunderbans and Siachen glacier proposed to be recognised as a trans-boundary protected areaThe Sunderbans between India and Bangladesh and the Siachen Glacier between India and Pakistan have been proposed as a trans-boundary protected area. This will ease the share in information between the two cou...
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  • Massive national effort needed to resolve India's depleting groundwaterGroundwater contributes to nearly 85% of India's drinking water security, 60% of agriculture needs and 50% of urban requirements; however, the major chunk of public money goes into surface water. Also, digging deep borewells has ...
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  • Centre approves bringing down protected zone around Okhla Bird Sanctuary from 10 km to 1The Environment Ministry has approved the draft notification that proposes an eco-sensitive zone of 100 metres to 1 km around the Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Noida, as against the 10 km suggested by the NGT. Per the ...
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  • Ganga clean-up takes its inspiration from the Rhine riverIndia is planning to apply the success model of the Rhine river, which was one western Europe's most polluted rivers, to rejuvenate the Ganga. Officials from the Water Resources Ministry will soon visit Europe to understand how count...
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  • This I-Day new name given to the Agriculture Ministry and the Swachh Vidyalaya mission accomplished On August 15, 2015, the Prime Minister announced that the Agriculture Ministry will be renamed as the Ministry for ‘Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare’. The new name has been s...
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  • Ganga catchment area has lost over 1500 billion cusecs of water flow: StudyA study conducted jointly by the Australian National University of Canberra and the Kumaon University, Nainital has revealed that more than 1500 billion cusecs of water flow has been reduced in the Ganga catchment area&n...
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  • Villagers win as SJVNL drops its tunnel plan for Luhri hydel project Once again, farmers and environmentalists win a battle against an ambitious plan as the Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) drops its idea to construct a 38 km long tunnel for the Luhri Hydro project in Himachal Pradesh. T...
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  • South India performs better in the Swachh Bharat rankingsKarnataka's Mysore city has been ranked first in the Swachh Bharat rankings released by the Ministry of Urban Development. The rankings are based on the extent of open defecation and solid waste management practices in 476 cities across the co...
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  • Charge fees, use funds to clean Yamuna: NGT The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed Delhi's civic agency to charge residents an 'environmental compensation fee'. Every household in the city will now have to pay a minimum environment compensation of Rs. 100 for generating sewage and the f...
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  • India set to become water scarce in 10 years time: Govt tells ParliamentCiting a recent study, Minister of State for Water Resources Sanwar Lal Jat, said that India's demand for water is expected to exceed all current sources of supply and become water scarce by the 2025. According to him, the ...
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  • In the last 26 years, polluted river stretches rise from 22 to over 300A recent report has revealed that polluted river stretches in the country have risen 14 times in the last 26 years from 22 in 1989 to 302 now. Per environmetalists, this is because the Central Pollution Control Board ha...
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  • Panel suggests that the Govt not rush through with changes in green lawsTaking into consideration the views of over 50 organisations, individuals and experts from across the country, the Parlimentary Panel has asked the Government not to rush through the proposals of the high-level committee&nb...
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  • Petition filed against green nod granted to Dibang hydel projectA petition has been filed in the National Green Tribunal against the environmental clearance granted to the 2880 MW Dibang hydro project in Arunachal Pradesh. Per the petition, the project would cause irreversible environmental damage&n...
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  • Maharashtra recorded highest number of farmers' suicides during 2014Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has shown that Maharashtra recorded the highest number of farmers' suicides in 2014. Nearly 2,568 farmer suicides were registered in the state, which are fewer than those in ...
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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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