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  • Study shows half of Srinagar's water bodies have disappeared in the past centuryPer a study by Srinagar’s Directorate of Environment, Ecology and Remote Sensing, more than 50% of water bodies in and around Srinagar have disappeared during the past century. The State Water Mission has attributed th...
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  • MoEFCC can approve hydel projects in Uttarakhand, except in Alaknanda-Bhagirathi river basins: SCMuch to the relief of Uttarakhand Government, the Supreme Court has allowed the Environment Ministry to give a green nod to hydropower projects in the State. However, the ban on hydel projects in the Ala...
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  • China's Zangmu Hydropower Project, one of the biggest dams on Brahmaputra, is operationalThe 510 MW Zangmu Hydropower Project on the Brahmaputra in Tibet is now operational. The project is regarded as the highest in the world and it is just 550 km away from the Indian border. Zangmu Hydropower is a ...
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  • Cabinet approves the National Watershed Management Project, worth Rs.2,142 croreGovernment has given a go ahead to the National Watershed Management Project, also termed as Neeranchal, to ensure access to irrigation for every farm as well as efficient water use. The total cost of the project is Rs 2...
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  • Ganga and its tributaries, except the Ramganga show increased dolphin numbersPer Census 2015 conducted by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) India, the Ganga and its tributaries have 1,263 Gangetic dolphins in Uttar Pradesh. The number of the National Aquatic Animal in the state has increased from ...
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  • Monsoon leaves the country with 39% area still parchedAround 39% of the country's area has received deficient to scanty rainfall this year. 18 out of 36 states and Union Territories have been affected including the top grain producing states like Punjab, Haryana, UP, MP and Bihar. In addition t...
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  • India announces its new climate planAhead of the UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change, India has submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). India has pledged to improve the emissions intensity of its G...
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  • Social Impact Assessment alone not enough for Yettinahole, say activistsThe Karnataka Government has decided to conduct a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) study for the Yettinahole project through the Revenue Department. However, activists have also been demanding an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA...
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  • Government announces launch of Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan YojanaThe Centre has announced a new scheme to safeguard health, environment and economic conditions of tribals living in mining areas. The aim of the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana is to minimise or mitigate the a...
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  • Delhi Government gets strict towards Yamuna pollution Prior to the festive season, the Delhi Government has decided to get stern with polluters of the Yamuna river. They will strictly impose the National Green Tribunal's order of a fine of Rs 5,000 on those found throwing waste or puja offering...
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  • 50 more days of work under MGNREGA in drought-hit areasIn view of the deficit monsoon, the Centre has agreed to an additional 50 days of employment per household per year under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in drought affected areas. The objective behind i...
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  • Godavari, Krishna rivers interlinkedOn September 9, 2015, now a historic date for Andhra Pradesh, the Godavari water reached the Polavaram canal in the Krishna Delta region after flowing for 124 km. The Godavari water was released through the Tatipudi Lift Irrigation Project and will meet the Krishn...
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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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Committee formed for the management of water resources in the Northeast

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