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  • Polluted river stretches increases to 351, as against 302 in 2015 According to a recent assessment by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), there are 351 polluted river stretches in the country  with 45 of them being critically polluted. Although a greater focus is given to the Ganga riv...
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  • Clean chit to dam management, CWC says congested Vembanad lake worsened floods in Kerala In its assessment of the cause of the devastating floods in Kerala, the Central Water Commission (CWC) has said that it was the congestion in the carrying capacity of the Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in Kera...
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  • No more clearance to activities affecting eco zones in the Western Ghats: NGT Taking note of the recent floods in Kerala, the National Green Tribunal has restrained the six states falling in the Western Ghats region from giving environmental clearance to activities which may adversely affect the ec...
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  • Maharashtra farmers to need approval to sow water-intensive crops  In its latest draft of Maharashtra Groundwater (Development and Management) Rules 2018, the government has made a provision that will require farmers in notified groundwater-stressed areas to seek permission before sowing "wate...
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  • More than 1000 people dead in three months in India due to heavy rains According to the National Emergency Response Centre, since May 28, 1400 people have died in India from rain and flood-related incidents. With the highest number of fatalities, Kerala floods accounted for 488 deaths due to drowni...
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  • Kerala blames Tamil Nadu for massive floods in the state Entering into a legal battle, the Kerala government has told the Supreme Court that the reason behind the deluge in the state was the sudden release of Mullaperiyar dam water by Tamil Nadu. As per Kerala, it had requested Tamil Nadu to gradua...
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  • Nearly 30 percent of springs in the Himalayas are drying up: Niti Ayog According to the report prepared by five working groups set up by Niti Aayog, nearly 30 percent of springs in the Himalayas are drying up while 50 percent have reported reduced discharge. The working groups were a...
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  • Mahadayi water dispute: Goa to get maximum share of water Bringing an end to the 50-year-old dispute between Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka over the Mahadayi's water, the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal has awarded the maximum share of water to Goa in its final verdict. Goa has been allowed to use...
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  • Kerala floods: Death toll rises to 373 The floods in Kerala have taken away nearly 400 lives and have displaced around 1.2 million people. The Centre has classified the flood fury as a calamity of severe nature even though the state had pitched it as a national disaster. Reviewing the flo...
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  • National Rural Drinking Water Programme: Targets remain unachieved According to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), the National Rural Drinking Water Programme has been unable to achieve its target of supplying safe drinking water to all rural habitations, government sc...
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  • Kerala floods take 38 lives, severe loss reported On August 9, gates of Idukki Dam, an arch dam located across the Periyar river, were opened due to incessant rainfall in the region. The opening of the dam gates has caused heavy floods in the state claiming nearly 38 lives. At least 30,000 people s...
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  • SC issues notice to Centre on environmental clearance of Polavaram project Following objections raised by the Odisha government, the Supreme Court has issued notices to the central government and Andhra Pradesh over environmental clearances pertaining to the Polavaram project. As per the Odisha gov...
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  • Yamuna river water quality improves, thanks to floodwater: Experts According to experts, the Yamuna river is at its healthiest state this year. This has been attributed to the improved water quality in the river due to a rise in the inflow of floodwaters. Increased flow in water leads to more oxyge...
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  • India's water woes increase due to depleted and contaminated groundwater: Government Depleting groundwater levels coupled with extreme weather conditions are impacting the agriculture output and may also become a hindrance to the Centre's target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. As per the gov...
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  • NGT slams NMCG and DJB over pollution in Ganga and Yamuna rivers Concerned about the level of pollution in the Ganga between Haridwar and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to install display boards at a gap of 100 kilom...
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  • All districts but three in Bihar experience drought While lakes overflow in Mumbai and Kerala gets 22 percent excess rain, Bihar stares at a drought. With a 48 percent rain deficit, as many as 35 out of 38 districts in Bihar are experiencing drought. The only districts to have received average rain...
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  • CAG blames TN government for Chennai floods in 2015 The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has held the Tamil Nadu government responsible for Chennai floods of 2015. The CAG report, ‘Flood management and response in Chennai and its suburban areas’, has revealed that the state's wate...
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  • Decline in Dolphin population observed in India's only dolphin sanctuary As per the survey conducted by Vikramshila Biodiversity Research and Education Centre (VBREC) in partnership with researchers from Ashoka Trust for Research on Ecology and Environment (ATREE), Bangalore and Wildlife Institute ...
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  • Karnataka budget focuses on big water projects, misses out on sustainability In its budget, the Karnataka government has announced speeding up of the Mekedatu project. It has also earmarked Rs 50 crore for the rejuvenation of Bellandur lake and has promised to take steps towards supplying the ...
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  • Monsoon shows a deficit of five percent in June The rainfall shows a deficit of five percent in the month of June for the whole country. While the north-west India recorded 'large excesses', Saurashtra, Kutch and east Uttar Pradesh are among the rain def...
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