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  • Survey reveals MGNREGA failed to curb migration As per the survey conducted by the Institute of Economic Growth, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has been able to create livelihood assets but failed to have significant impact on migration. Reducing migration is&n...
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  • Government data shows decreasing suicide trend among farmers for the second consecutive year According to government statistics, after peaking in 2015, farmer suicides have shown a decreasing trend for the second year in succession in 2017 in the six suicide-prone districts--Vidarbha’s Buldhana, ...
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  • Art of Living responsible for destroying the Yamuna floodplains: NGT The National Green Tribunal has held the Art of Living responsible for damaging the Yamuna floodplains in Delhi by holding the World Culture Festival at the site in 2016. However, no additional penalty has been levied on the organ...
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  • Carbon content in India's soil decreases According to a recent report by a consortium of agriculture institutes, out of 350 million hectares of soil in India, 120 million hectares has already turned problematic, that is, either the soil has turned acidic, saline, or alkaline. The carbon content in ...
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  • More than 50 percent districts yet to be declared open defecation free According to the latest data from the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, out of the 640 districts in the country, 400 are yet to be declared open defecation free (ODF). Among the smaller states, Goa has fared the wo...
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  • Cyclone Ockhi makes landfall, affects Lakshadweep islands, Kerala and Tamil Nadu Cyclone Ockhi intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and made landfall in the Lakshadweep islands last Friday. It further moved to coastal areas of Kerala and Tamil Nadu causing heavy rains in the two states. The dea...
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  • Green nod to Inland waterway terminal at Haldia Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) clearance has been granted to the proposed inland waterways terminal at Haldia, West Bengal. The clearance, however, is subject to specific conditions regarding protection of Gangetic dolphins and marine biodiversity. The...
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  • Railways biodigesters are not better than septic tanks: IIT study According to a two-year-long study by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, the biodigesters installed in Indian trains over four years at a cost of Rs 1,305 crore are no better than a septic tank. Biodigesters are a new ...
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  • India has the highest number of people without access to toilets: Report According to a report by WaterAid, the number of people having no access to a toilet in India is around 732 million which include 355 million women and girls. Despite the ongoing Swachh Bharat Mission that was launched in...
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  • SC orders Maharashtra government to pay Rs 100 crore for restoration of Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers In a landmark order, the Supreme Court has directed the Maharashtra government to pay Rs 100 crore for tackling the pollution of Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers in Thane district. The amount disbursed for th...
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  • Restructuring of National Rural Drinking Water Programme approved The union cabinet has approved the continuation and restructuring of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). The aim of the move is to make the programme outcome-based, competitive and better monitored with an increased ...
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  • Yet again, North India shrouded in heavy smog Delhi and parts of north India are once again enveloped in heavy toxic smog, thanks to crop burning in Punjab. Taking note of the crisis, the National Green Tribunal has rapped the state governments concerned and has instructed them to ta...
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  • States freeze payments to MGNREGA workers As per the official data, 19 states have frozen payments under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, a network of grassroots organisations, has informed that over 92 million active workers may not ...
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  • Reuse of wastewater becomes mandatory in Maharashtra Maharashtra government has adopted a new policy that makes municipalities responsible for recycling wastewater and reusing treated wastewater to cool thermal power plants, serve industrial estates, and for other non-potable purposes. The governme...
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  • Norms relaxed to allow thermal power plants to use more water The environment ministry has allowed thermal power plants to use up to three cubic metres of water per megawatt-hour as against the earlier cap of 2.5 cubic metres per megawatt-hour. The new rule will allow the thermal power plants to co...
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  • Study says 40 percent of NCR's water bodies lost to urbanisation in 42 years As per a study conducted by IIT Delhi, nearly 40 percent of water bodies in the national capital region (NCR) has disappeared between 1972 and 2014 due to rapid urbanisation. The study also revealed that due...
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  • NGT raps authorities for Yamuna cleanup in Delhi  The National Green Tribunal has rapped both the Delhi government and the Delhi Jal Board for delaying compliance with orders on the Yamuna cleaning project. It has also sought show cause from authorities for why contempt proceedings should not ...
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  • Niti Aayog proposes 300-metre high dam in Arunachal Pradesh Niti Aayog has proposed the biggest ever hydropower project in the country in Arunachal Pradesh. The project, proposed on Siang river, Brahmaputra's main tributary, is estimated to be a 300-metre-high dam with power generation capacity of ...
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  • New guidelines proposed by the Centre on groundwater usage by industries The water ministry has proposed new guidelines for groundwater use according to which industries, mining and infrastructure dewatering projects—whether existing or new— will need to obtain a no-objection certific...
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  • Alien fish spotted in Telangana waters after Krishna-Godavari interlinking Following the interlinking of the Krishna and the Godavari rivers, the devilfish or sucker catfish, which has so far been alien to Telangana waters, has made its way into the Musi river from the Krishna river. The fish ...
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Put aside Rs 500 crore for lake clean-up: NGT to Karnataka government

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CWC allows preparation of DPR while TN objects to the Mekedatu project on the Cauvery river

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Thousands of farmers march to Delhi against the looming agrarian crisis

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