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  • Southern India reels under drought-like conditions All the southern states, except Telangana, are facing drought-like conditions. Tamil Nadu is the worst hit with 80 percent deficit in water storage in the state’s reservoirs, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. The collective water ...
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  • Madras HC dismisses plea to stop supply of Tamirabarani water to Coca-Cola and Pepsi While the Indian traders are boycotting Coca-Cola for exploiting the country’s water resources, the Madras high court has rejected the petition to stop Tamirabarani water supply to soft drink units in Tirunelveli...
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  • SC gets strict with industrial units  The Supreme Court has issued a common notice to all industries across the country to verify if they have installed primary effluent treatment plants (PETPs) as mandated under the legal provisions. The notice expires in three months after which the state po...
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  • Arunachal’s Etalin and J&K’s Sawalkote hydel projects get clearance The expert panel of the environment ministry has given green clearance to the 3,097 mega-watt (MW) Etalin hydropower project in Arunachal Pradesh and 1,856 MW Sawalkote hydropower project on the Chenab river in Jammu and Ka...
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  • Committee rules out any change in Krishna water sharing ratio In a major relief to the Telangana government, the AK Bajaj Committee has dismissed any changes in the water sharing ratio of the Krishna river from what was decided by the Bachawat Tribunal in 1973. The union water resources ministry in...
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  • Yet again, Bengaluru’s lake on fire Last week, Bellandur lake, which has been in the news for the last one year for froth and toxic fumes spilling out of it, was engulfed in fire followed by thick smoke that had caused panic among people. While Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) offic...
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  • NGT blames Centre for wasting public money in the name of Ganga clean-up The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has once again reprimanded the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and other agencies for wasting public money in the name of Ganga rejuvenation as, according to the NGT, not a single drop ...
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  • Arsenic present in drinking water at many habitations: Centre The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has informed the Rajya Sabha that drinking water in 66,663 habitations across the country is affected by arsenic and fluoride contamination. However, the government is working to provide...
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  • Budget up by 11 and 19 percent for water and environment ministries respectively In the union budget this year, the government has raised 11 percent allocation for the water resources ministry. Along with this, the allocation for the environment ministry has also been raised by 19 percent ...
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  • Negligence behind the degradation of Uttarakhand wetlands: WWF According to a report by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), nearly 70 percent of wetlands in the state have degraded due to negligence. Excessive tourism pressure with trekkers camping at the site, spreading of filth and pollutants in...
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  • NGT to hear petition on Ganga revival on a day-to-day basis The National Green Tribunal has decided to hear a petition filed in 1985 on the Ganga river clean-up on a day-to-day basis from February 6. The decision has been taken following the transfer of matter concerning the dis...
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  • People of Sikkim stand against Teesta hydel project The proposed 520 MW Teesta Stage IV hydropower project in Sikkim is being opposed by the indigenous Lepchas, a local community in the state that worships mountains and rivers. The project that has been proposed by the National Hydro Power Corporat...
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  • India should inform us about its future hydel projects: Pakistan Pakistan has asked the World Bank and India to inform them about the dams and hydropower projects to be built on the western rivers. The statement has come following the news that India plans to start constructing Bursar dam on Chenab...
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  • Process to move water to concurrent list begins Due to the rising number of conflicts between the states over water sharing, the water ministry has initiated the process of moving water to the concurrent list. Currently, rivers are a state subject and the regulation and development of water of thes...
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  • Why are lands acquired from farmers barren? SC asks states The Supreme Court has issued notices and sought responses from the Centre and the state governments--Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Punjab--over the forceful acquisition of fertile agricultura...
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  • Tamil Nadu declares drought Following the suicide of 144 farmers in the state, the Tamil Nadu government has declared a drought. The country is experiencing the worst ever north-east monsoon in 140 years. This has severely affected 21 out of 32 districts in the state with Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur a...
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  • Maharashtra approves cost overrun in irrigation projects, set to complete Gosikhurd project The Maharashtra government has given its approval for the cost overrun of more than Rs 20,000 crore in 133 irrigation projects in the state. These projects, approved during the Congress-NCP regime were worth...
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  • A majority of states fail to stop overexploitation of groundwater The central government has informed the parliamentary committee that most of the states have not complied with the 2013 order of preparing a master plan for artificial recharge of groundwater. Only six states--Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat...
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  • No final approval for Ken-Betwa river link as claimed by Centre Union water minister Uma Bharti has informed through an official press release that the wildlife board has cleared the Ken-Betwa river link and that only the decision on the funding pattern remains now for the project to take off....
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  • Kerala hit by worst drought in 115 years With 61 percent shortfall in rains from the north-west monsoon this year, Kerala has been hit by one of the worst droughts in 115 years. Owing to this water crisis, the Kerala state disaster management authority (KSDMA) is planning to impose a water rationin...
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Green nod to Inland waterway terminal at Haldia

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India has the highest number of people without access to toilets: Report

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SC orders Maharashtra government to pay Rs 100 crore for restoration of Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers

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Restructuring of National Rural Drinking Water Programme approved

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Yet again, North India shrouded in heavy smog

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