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Born out of citizens' concern for the Yamuna, the bi-lingual Yamuna Manifesto presents a lucid and succinct snapshot of the river, it's troubles, and the potential for its resuscitation.

The Yamuna Manifesto -or Yamuna Nama- is a bilingual book with passages in both Hindi and English, published as part of the Yamuna Elbe project. In five deceptively short sections, the book takes us from the birth to the river to its future. The Manifesto is exhaustively researched and includes in one volume authentic data about dams, pollution, withdrawals, and flood plain encroachment on the river.

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The Timarpur Okhla Waste to Energy (WtE) power plant, lauded as the most successful in India, brazenly pollutes the environment. Residents' plea to the Government and NGT falls on deaf ears.

Blue facades line the Sukhdev Vihar colony in South Delhi, considered plush by Delhi standards. They are in place to shield houses from layers of soot that would otherwise settle on their walls and grills. Soot from a power plant that began operations almost two years ago.

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News this week: migratory birds return to Sultanpur lake (Gurgaon district), groundwater level dips in Maharashtra and Kerala grows saline-resistant rice after 25 years.

At Sultanpur, migratory birds visit an artificial lake

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Maharashtra govt plans for land reclamation from sea

State government revives its past suggestion for large-scale restoration of land in Mumbai from the Arabian Sea. Recommends undertaking the study to assess the environmental and social impact of the reclamation project.

UP govt releases Rs. 10 crore for Ganga project

News this week: 40% people in Delhi live in houses without sewerage, cyclone Leher passes off peacefully and farmers affected by erosion in Tripura sell land.

40% people in the National capital live in houses not connected to sewerage network

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Andhra coast reels under cyclone Helen

Following Phailin, cyclone Helen creates a havoc in Krishna and Godavari delta areas of Andhra Pradesh. The cyclone killed seven people and destroyed paddy crops worth Rs. 5000 crore.

Rajasthan mute as MP proceeds with dam project in inter-state Chambal basin

Policy Matters this week: Bihar government makes toilet compulsory for contesting polls, Ganga Jal pitchers to collect religious waste and Rs 1,444 crore for rural water supply in Maharashtra.

Don't have toilet, can't contest polls

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News this week: Rainfall after Phailin increases groundwater level in Andhra, poor sanitation in eastern UP and activists rise against petroleum investment zone in Visakhapatnam.

Phailin increases Andhra groundwater levels

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