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Villagers in six villages protest standing in water in their fight for Land-for-Land compensation from the government.

Oustees of the Indrasagar and Omkareshwar dam protest in six villages in Madhya Pradesh protest in the form of Jalsatyagraha (mode of Satyagragha is by standing in water). This protest that began on 1st of September is spread across the three districts of Harda, Khanda and Dewas when the backwater that submerged the land of 254 villages caused displacement of 50,000 families. The Jalsatyagrahis are from all walks of life- young, old, children. With them, giving sheer determination is also a physicalled challenged member who shares his name with the river Narmada- Narmada Prasad.

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Policy Matters this week - Gulf of Kutch is India's first marine eco zone, Environment Ministry wants cess for shale gas exploration and NGT directs waste-to-energy plant to control emissions.

Gulf of Kutch will be India's first marine eco-sensitive zone

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The swampy area of Pallikaranai, 20 km away from Chennai, has reduced from 5000 to 500 hectares in about 40 years. Despite it being made a partial Reserve Forest, it is under threat of dying out.

The term wetland is a bit difficult to understand. Is it land or water or land that is wet? It is likely this difficulty in comprehending the term that has led to the sad state of affairs for most wetlands in the country today.

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No phasing out of hydrofluorocarbons for India

India disagrees to draft the proposal of phasing out hydrofluorocarbons unless it has a cost-effective and environmental friendly alternative.

Water meter to get handy in Delhi

News this week - Chromium contaminates drinking water in Peenya industrial area, NEERI develops new technology to treat effluents and water crisis hits 22 big cities in India.

Chromium afflicts borewells in India's largest industrial area

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Food bill turns into an act

The much awaited National Food Security Bill, 2013 receives the President's approval

The irrigation programme to continue in the XII plan

Government approves continuation of Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme worth Rs. 55200 crore in the XII plan alongwith two related schemes of the National Projects and Command Area Development. 

Once thought to be common property of the village, these traditional water-powered grinding mills are disappearing. Can reviving them restore a sense of community as well?

Gharats are water-powered grinding mills found in Himalayan villages. Though these are owned and managed by individuals, they are considered to be the common property of the entire village. Traditionally, the villagers contributed labour to the gharat owner at the time of its installation or during repairs in return for which their grains were ground for free for social and religious ceremonies.

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Rajiv Awas Yojana to make India slum free

Government uncovers its plan to launch urban housing programme, Rajiv Awas Yojana, for slum dwellers under JNNURM.

Power ministry gears up for hydel development

Landscape architecture, an age-old concept that blends science and art to create outdoor designs that incorporate existing natural landscapes, is regaining popularity in India.

Bright-eyed in the morning, I walk down the pavement for some fresh air. As I squish over greasy paper bags and forsaken Coke bottles, the stale smell of plastic bags strewn all over hits me. Stamping on them, I charge onto the already cramped road, jostle for space with other people, dodge honking cars, and reach the park breathless, dishevelled and foul. All this, for some fresh air!

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MoEF denies clearance to Tipaimukh and Dibang HEPs

Environment clearance rejected to 1500 MW Tipaimukh multipurpose hydroelectric project in Manipur and 3000 MW Dibang in Arunachal Pradesh. Ministry suggests constructing smaller dams by diverting smaller forest areas as an alternative.

Land reform bill comes as a shocker

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