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  • 'Below normal' rainfall for India this monsoon: IMDBased on the assessment of a global forum of weather experts, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has indicated a 33% and 35% possibility of rainfall being 90-96% and 96-104% of the long period average, respectively, during the upcoming monso...
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  • Himachal villages to carry out own EIA90,000 people from 250 villages in the Sutlej basin of Himachal Pradesh decide to carry out their own assessment of the environmental damage caused by hydropower projects. They allege that the state-sponsored Indian Council of Forest Research and Education repor...
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  • Garudeshwar dam: for a statue or for people?The dam in Gujarat's Bharuch district will act as downstream storage for the Sardar Sarovar project which means it can't be used for irrigation, flood control or even net power generation.However, it will create a reservoir around the 'Statue of Unity' pro...
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  • Tribunal's order over Kalasa-Banduri Project brings respite to Goa and KarnatakaThe Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal has rejected the Goa government's plea to stop work on the Kalasa-Banduri Project. It has ordered Karnataka to plug the vents so as to avoid the automatic flow of flood water from Maha...
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  • Govt to increase irrigation potential by 10%The move is cut down reliance on monsoon rain which sustains agriculture on 50% of the farmland in the country, says A B Pandya, chairman of the Central Water Commission. As of now, 97 million hectares of land is under irrigationHimachal dam protesters cha...
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  • Marathwada on a suicide spree, again After last year's drought, it is the hailstorm in February this year which led to large scale crop destruction. 73 farmers have committed suicide since then even as the numbers keep growingWorld Bank rejects loan for Himachal hydro projectThe Bank dropped th...
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  • No toilets for 52% Delhi slum kidsOpen defecation and lack of drinking water in the slums of Delhi leads to frequent instances of water-borne diseases, says a study conducted by the NGO Child Relief and YouDams contribute to climate change: IPCCThe working group report of the Intergovernmental Panel...
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  • Delhi prone to floods: IPCCThe Yamuna River floodplains need to be kept free as buffer zones to absorb the damage due to extreme weather events, says the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report also says Mumbai and Kolkata prone to coastal floodingPower everywhere ...
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  • Abolish manual scavenging: SCThe Court said entering sewer lines without safety gears should be made a crime and that safai karamchari women should be provided support for dignified livelihoodSow short duration crops: GovtThe Union Agriculture Ministry has suggested farmers sow short and medium dura...
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  • India will be the hotspot of water crisis by 2025: UNThe United Nation's report on the World Water Day talks about conflicts between India and its neighbouring countries over river water sharing.  Areas of conflict might include Ganga-Brahamputra basin and the Indus and Mekong river basins, say...
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  • Maharashtra reels under hail stormsFarmers of Marathwada, Vidarbha, Northern Maharashtra and parts of Western Maharashtra are facing the impacts of unprecedented hail storms and unseasonal rainfall. Nearly, 12 lakh hectares of crops have been destroyed due to the disaster, along with spread of ...
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  • Spur in farmer suicides after untimely rain in Maharashtra18 farmers end their lives in less than a month after unseasonal rain and hailstorm destroyed their crops. Social activists claim the figure could be anywhere above 80, more than the average for every two monthsPlatform made with waste pollut...
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  • Mewat, a historical region comprising of the present Mewat district of Haryana and parts of Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur districts of Rajasthan, lies in a semi-arid belt. It experiences variable rainfall annually and receives, on average, 336 mm to 540 mm, as per the Mewat Development Agency.Gr...
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  • A little less than 40 km away from the district headquarters of Tikamgarh in northern Madhya Pradesh lies a watershed, which is an area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place (US Environmental Protection Agency). Called the Baldeogarh w...
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  • In Jhansi, Bundelkhand farmers experience great uncertainties in agriculture due to erratic rainfall. Covering 13 districts of southwest Uttar Pradesh and Northern Madhya Pradesh with a population of approximately 21 million, Bundelkhand is a typical semi-arid region.  Around 83% of the area is...
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  • Nidhan is about 30 km away from its district headquarter Morena, Madhya Pradesh. The village receives an annual average rainfall of 450 mm concentrated in the months of July and August. While much of the village depends on rainfed agriculture, the main source of irrigation in the rabi (winter) seaso...
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  • Bhopal gas leak victims protest for clean waterContaminated groundwater due to hazardous waste from the abandoned Union Carbide plant impacts 50,000 people from 22 areas. Groundwater was declared chemically polluted way back in 1991.2010 was wettest for Tibet in last 3,500 yearsIncreased precip...
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  • A new law GangaPMO asks the Environment Ministry to frame the law that will give authorities the power to monitor and regulate the dischare of wastewater, industrial effluents and management of municipal solid waste through the imposition of penalties and damages.Eco-friendly development for&nb...
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  • MP interlinks Narmada with KshipraThe 432 crore project includes lifting water from the Narmada with pumps upto a height of 350 metres from a distance of 50 km and bringing it to the origin of Kshipra river. Project targetted to benefit 3,000 villages and 70 towns of the Malwa region in Madhya Prade...
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  • Mumbai slums to get potable water Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan announced the scheme to supply water to around 10 lakh residents of unauthorised slums.Tamil Nadu village sets example in water conservationPoongudi village in Tiruchi district renovated its tank three years ago which ...
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Is the soil health card scheme introduced to improve the economic condition of the farmers by bettering the health of the soil effective?

Decades of skating over environmental concerns have clearly cost us dear. The folly of pursuing better crop yields using chemical fertilisers in an indiscriminate manner has been surfacing lately. “Decades of agricultural abuse using fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides have taken its toll on us. We have been shooting ourselves in the foot by doing it,” says Raman Tyagi, director of Neer Foundation, a Meerut-based nonprofit working on water and agriculture.

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A video tells the story of a poor farmer who, through effective water conservation methods, became rich and a role model to other villagers.

Vasant Baburao Parkale, a 52-year-old farmer, has become a role model for many farmers in the drought-prone Marathwada region. His determination and the will to excel in life have helped him to transform his dreams into reality.

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A study finds faulty agricultural policies and practices and not just indebtedness to blame for rising suicides among farmers.

Over the last few months, we saw protests by distressed farmers of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and other states over farming crisis and farmer suicides. In what seemed like a knee-jerk reaction, many state governments announced farm loan waivers without thinking if it would actually help the farmers. 

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The government’s nutrient-based subsidy has done more harm to the soil than good. Only sustainable agriculture can save the nutrient and water holding capacity of the soil.

Bhanu is bracing herself for an income loss this year. The wheat she sowed after bajra in winter did not give her the productivity expected. Her soil health is declining, she says. To top it all, she is afraid there will be deficient rainfall this year in her village in Ferozepur Jhirka in Mewat in Haryana. A semi-arid water scarce region with very low annual rainfall of about 300-550 mm, increasing the productivity of crops in her land looks bleak this year.

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A short film provides insight into the water sector situation in the Marathwada region in Maharashtra.

The people of the Marathwada region have been facing severe water crisis for more than three decades. Despite adverse circumstances, the Akoladev panchayat in the Jalna district has set an example for other panchayats by solving their water woes through community participation and effective water harvesting measures that suit their geographic terrain.

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The economic condition of farmers is getting progressively worse resulting in increasing number of farmer suicides. Here's a look at possible solutions.

The year 2009 was an exceptionally dry year for Maharashtra. There was an acute shortage of water. The farmlands went dry. The farmers, unable to pay their debts, were a worried lot. Lakshman Ambilkar of Kinni village in the Yavatmal district of Maharashtra was one such farmer who could not take it anymore. He killed himself, leaving a young, distraught wife to fend for herself. Needless to say, his wife Jaishree Ambilkar’s life shattered and her financial condition deteriorated drastically. The little financial support provided by the government was just not enough.

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Oil spill in Ennore has highly impacted the zone between Ennore and Marina beach

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As the TN farmers’ protest in Delhi enters its fourth week, all eyes are on the Centre which is not budging.

A woman stands with a begging bowl and a placard strung around her neck. An old man shuffles along barefoot in the street at Jantar Mantar, the official site of a farmers’ protest in the heart of New Delhi. He finds his way through a group of farmers gathered at the protest site on a hot summer afternoon. Dressed in green loincloths, they are lying motionless on the road and the footpath exhausted after their meetings with the deputy speaker of Lok Sabha M.

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Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu governments waive off farm loans

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Arunachal’s Etalin and J&K’s Sawalkote hydel projects get clearance

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