Fisheries

  • Elumalai holds 8 acres of farmland in the village of Keelathivakkam near Orathi, which is in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. Paddy is his main crop, currently occupying more than 6 acres of the property. A small mango grove and some jackfruit trees complete his inheritance. In addition to crop product...
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  • Cabinet committee clears three hydel projects in North-East The Power Ministry had sent project reports of Tawang and Tato in Arunachal and Teesta in Sikkim for approval of the Cabinet Committee on Investment last year.No canals for Narmada water leaves farmers at sea80% minor canals are yet to...
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  • GSI report suggests channeling Mandakini riverThe Geological Survey of India's report on Uttarakhand's flash floods of June 2013, recommends channeling the Mandakini river to its original course, as the river is merged with Sarswati river in the south post-floods. The original course of the Man...
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  • Rayalaseema gets tense over waterPoor allocation and diversion of water for upstream areas has created tension between districts in this Andhra Pradesh region.CBI registers five FIRs in Delhi Jal Board scam caseConducts raids in Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad and files five FIRs in relation to costly pr...
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  • HC directs shutting operations in Mundra Port and SEZThe Gujarat High Court has directed 12 industrial units in the Mundra Port and SEZ in Kutch district to stop operations unless the industrial complex gets environmental clearance.Tribal Ministry dilutes laws to clear Thoubal multi-purpose projectA...
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  • Dam bursts in Himachal during first trialA newly built dam with a capacity of 12,000 cubic feet burst in Manali district of the State whiles first trial was taking place. No casulaties however, resulted from the accident.Site visit compulsory for diversion of forest landThe Environment Ministry has ...
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  • MGNREGS to help build toilets in villagesRural sanitation works included under the list of jobs that can be done under MGNREGS in collaboration with Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan.Madras HC restrains NGT from suo motu actionsOrder came on a PIL filed against south zone of the tribunal which was tak...
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  • Environment Ministry delinks clearance of power plants from captive minesThe new Environment Minister Veerappa Moily has delinked the green clearance process for a thermal power plant and its source of fuel, a captive coal mine. This will make it easier for the project proponents to get clearance an...
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  • Welfare schemes not of much use to urban slumsA survey by the National Sample Survey Organisation has revealed that over 30% urban slums across India have no toilets or drainage facilities. This is inspite of fund allocation for the same from Central government welfare schemes such as the Jawaharlal...
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  • Kejriwal frees water in DelhiPromises to supply 20 kilolitres of free water per month to each household in Delhi but with a 10% hike in tariff for those consuming over 20 kilolitres water. However, CAG reports that raw water available in the capital not enough to meet potable water de...
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  • India allowed to construct Kishenganga hydel projectThe International Court of Arbitration rejects Pakistan's contention and allows India to divert water from Kishenganga river for power generation.Odisha's disaster management earns UN felicitationUN appreciates the state's efforts terming Odis...
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  • MoEF to submit the Yamuna Action Plan by February 17, 2014.Promises National Green Tribunal on formulation of an action plan for restoration and preservation of Yamuna river by February 17.Report on illegal groundwater usage vague, says NGTNational Green Tribunal pans the expert panel for the p...
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  • Climate change affects bamboo production in the NortheastChanging rainfall pattern, a sign of climate change, has affected life and livelihoods in the seven states of Northeast India. Bamboo, the backbone of the Northeast's agrarian economy, has started flowering early and wilting soon after, t...
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  • NGT stops construction of Mapithel damNational Green Tribunal halts Manipur's Mapithel Dam as it violates the Forest Rights Act. To go ahead with the project, state government may now need people's approval.India grants Rs 374 million to Nepal for flood mitigationGrant given to build embankments on ...
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  • At Sultanpur, migratory birds visit an artificial lakeBirds are back at the Sultanpur bird sanctuary near the capital, thanks to an artificial lake created by the Forest Department. A popular wintering site for migratory birds in Haryana's Gurgaon district, Sultanpur lake had dried up due ...
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  • Pakistan asks India to withdraw its troop from the virgin snowAsserts that the presence of Indian troops in Siachen is leading to environmental degradation and pollution in one of the main sources of water in Pakistan.Water sharing issues of new states to be dealt by Central govtCentral governm...
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  • Tribunal favours Karnataka on Almatti dam's heightWinning the legal battle against Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka allowed to raise the height of Almatti reservoir across Krishna river to 524 metres.Master Blaster to bat for sanitationSachin Tendulkar is all set to support UNICEF in pr...
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  • New division dedicated to only Himalayas createdMoEF has formed a separate unit to deal with policy matters related to conservation and development in the Himalayan region. The new division was formally announced in 2011 but became active following the Uttarakhand flash floods.Authorities plan to re...
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  • Andhra coast reels under cyclone HelenFollowing 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 Ch...
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  • Athirappilly falls is situated 70 km from Kochi city in Kerala's Thrissur district. The 80 ft high falls is a part of the Chalakudy River and originates in the upper reaches of the Sholayar ranges in the Western Ghats. Lush greenery and little streams that cover the winding route up and down to the ...
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A walk along the Ganga is all it takes to get a better perspective on the river and its deteriorating ecosystem. Here’s an attempt at it.

An aerospace engineer from IIT, Kharagpur, Siddharth Agarwal could have been drawing a fancy salary like any other 25-year-old if he hadn’t followed his passion. Born and bred in Kolkata, his curiosity of life around rivers and his interest in knowing it first hand to form the right perspective of it inspired him to undertake a 3000-km walk upstream of Ganga as a part of Veditum India Foundation's moving upstream project that is working to document and dynamically map India's rivers.

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Government decides to create a permanent tribunal for all inter-state river disputes

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Apart from her charisma, Jayalalithaa will be remembered for her untiring efforts to make food and water available for the people.

One of Tamil Nadu’s most populist leaders and a big inspiration to women across the state and beyond, J. Jayalalithaa has left an indelible mark on the people as well as the politics of the state. Though detractors objected to the ‘Amma’ prefix in most of her schemes, the people of Tamil Nadu did not seem to mind, given that many of their basic needs stood satisfied to a great extent.

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Not just a site of global importance for migratory birds, Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary is home to diverse creatures that depend on it for food, shelter and livelihood.

Long necked, rosy white birds with heavy pink bills stand etched across the horizon. These are the flamingos that fly miles from across Iran’s Caspian Sea and the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, to reach the inland waters of Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. A natural coastal area, this beautiful land serves as a breeding ground for migratory and resident birds, fish, prawns and crabs.

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Ken-Betwa river-linking project, if realised, will wipe out a portion of the Panna Tiger Reserve with its flora and fauna. The government, however, is adamant about its plan.

Set in India-ka-dil, Madhya Pradesh, is the unending expanse of Panna.

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Inland fishermen are fast disappearing. With inshore fishing picking up pace in India, this community needs to be saved.

In his late 30s, Nilesh Heda is a renowned expert on issues related to fishing communities and wetland ecology. While doing his PhD on fish diversity, he worked with the fishing communities in Vidarbha in Maharashtra. He is currently heading an NGO, Samvardhan in Maharashtra's Washim district, that works on holistic approach to conservation of natural resources. He is currently focusing on establishing a chain of cooperative societies and River Study Groups (RSGs) to support fishing communities.

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Not many smokers realise that their discarded cigarette butts are not just a litter problem. It is a huge toxic waste for the environment, especially the water bodies.

Senthil takes a long puff of the cigarette before flicking it on the road nonchalantly. “I started smoking on the sly when I was in school,” he reminisces. “Sixty years later, I still do the same, only more smokes per day.”

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A film on the decline of traditional, sustainable way of fishing puts forth pertinent questions on the future of the marine life and the fishermen who are dependent on it.

What makes a good fisherman? His tools like boats and intricate nets, the ability to make deep dives or the tenacity to stand the elements? For most of the fishers, it’s about having a deep understanding of the ecosystem and the wisdom to make it work for them. The fishing community at Palk Bay is a good example for this. A shallow water region between India and Sri Lanka, the bay is home to several biological resources and the people who thrive on this wealth. 

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December 14, 2016 9:30AM

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Not enough water available for interlinking rivers: IIT study 

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