User: aseem Topic: Water
Category: Rain_Water_Harvesting
Last updated: Sep 30 2014 21:55 IST RSS 2.0
 
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India's monsoon report card 2014 30.9.2014 DNA: Top News
From the first week of June 2014 until the middle of September 2014, there have been floods and conditions equivalent to drought in many districts. For India, the tale of monsoon 2014 comes from a reading of individual districts, not from a national ‘average’ or a ‘cumulative’. Despite the advances made by our agencies in weather forecasting and climate monitoring, the science of meteorology still remains to be effectively distilled so that it can be used by citizens and, wherever possible, expanded and given context by ground-based observation and recording. One sector in which this does take place - albeit at a level still far below its potential - is agriculture. The reason is clear: our crop staples (cereals, pulses, vegetables and fruit) have their individual calendars for preparation, sowing, tending and harvesting. And so we have an agricultural meteorology system that faithfully and reliably informs kisans and cultivators in 641 districts what to expect from the weather for the next week. Thanks ...
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Paddy harvesting starts in Punjab, Haryana; late rains improve sentiment 30.9.2014 ET: Agriculture
According to agriculture ministry, total crop plantings at 101.93 mn hectares for the week ended Sept, 26 were 2% below last year's level.
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Rewind: 20 stunning PHOTOS of the week gone by 15.9.2014 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
Here's a collection of images of the past week.
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DDA to ready Rohini flats by Oct 1.9.2014 TOI: Delhi Times
DDA, which is building 10,000 one-bedroom flats in Rohini, has finished work on hundreds of them and is planning to complete many more before the results of its 2014 housing scheme draw are announced in ...
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Average Annual Water Availability for the Country has been Assessed as 1869 Billion Cubic Meters 31.7.2014 Govt of india: PIB
The average annual water availability for the country has been assessed as 1869 billion cubic meters (BCM).
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Green benefits for eco-friendly buildings 31.7.2014 DNA: Urban Tales
Pune: Even as the ESR shows Pune losing its green cover, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) says there is an increase in green buildings in city. According to IGBC, this year, at least 40 residential and commercial complex get green building certifications including the pre-certificates. A relative increase than last year which accounted for only 7 - 8 certifications. "Last year it was only 7-8 certifications in institutes and organizations. This year there are residential complexes applying for Green Building certification, especially pre certificates," said Poorva Keskar, vice chairman of IGBC, Pune chapter. Out of the 40, 10 to 15 are pre-certifications, which are certificates awarded to under construction buildings using eco-friendly material along with implementing water and energy conservation techniques. Asking Anagha Paranjpe, member of IGBC, Pune on what qualifies a building for the coveted Green ratings, she said, "It is like a competition, we have points allotted for each system. We check ...
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Safeguarding Interests of Muga Silk Farmers of Assam 25.7.2014 Govt of india: PIB
Production of Muga Silk in Assam as well as in country during the last five years period is given below, which indicates Muga silk production, has shown an increasing trend and therefore, it is not on the verge of extinction.
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Availability of Surface and Ground Water 24.7.2014 Govt of india: PIB
Central Water Commission has assessed the average annual water availability in the country as 1869 Billion Cubic Meters (BCM).
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Late monsoon and its impact: be it essential items for the farm or non-essential items for the house, rural India is cutting down or holding back 24.7.2014 ET: Indicators
Rural sales are not a write off yet, but early signs show a pullback, one that could intensify if the rains fall short of farmer needs.
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Despite water cuts, Wadia College has ample of water 21.7.2014 DNA: Urban Tales
Pune: When the entire city is reeling with water cuts, Nowrosjee Wadia College Campus including Ness Wadia Building, College of Engineering, boys and girls hostel are unaffected by water cuts. Thanks to the college's rain water harvesting project started four years back, which has a well developed borewell network catering to the needs of 15,000 students.   "In the time of water crisis like this we are relying on open wells and bore wells of the campus, which recharged all throughout the year. We no longer depend on the corporation water for any domestic use," said Modern Education Society's (MES) secretary Dr M. N. Andar "The rain water harvesting project has recharged the two bore wells and one open well in the campus. The groundwater is used for the domestic needs for toilets, gardening, cooking, lab requirements and hostel needs total to 50-55 thousand liters per day." said Abhay Hake, Vice Principal of MES College of Engineering. The total water requirement of the 5 -6 residential quarters and ...
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Now, a national body to upgrade skill of civil engineers 13.7.2014 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
The government will set up a National Academy of Public Works at Ghaziabad to take up skill upgradation of civil ...
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Best holiday reads 2014 - top authors recommend their favourites 12.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Summer picks from Nick Hornby, Hilary Mantel, Philip Pullman and others

I loved Akhil Sharma's novel Family Life (Faber) because it feels emotionally true. I also loved Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko (Pintail), a debut novel set in western Nigeria, which on the surface is about a young woman coming of age, but is really an exploration of social taboos, gender and family. I have just started reading  and am really enjoying Lily King's novel Father of the Rain (Atlantic); it's so well done.

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Harvesting rain will keep water cut problems at bay for these societies 3.7.2014 DNA: India
Pune: While most residential societies are facing water shortage after the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) cut water supply to once a day, there are some societies in the city which are still getting ample water, all thanks to rainwater harvesting. According to the residents of such societies, even in the acute water shortage scenario, they do not have to be dependent on water tankers. The activists in this field have urged other societies to follow rainwater harvesting which can solve their water supply problems in the future. Even in the first week of July, the sky in Pune is still clear and there are no signs of rain. As all the four dams, Khadakwasala, Panshet, Warasgaon and Temghar have very little water, Pune Municipal Corporation has decided to cut water supply. From June 28, civic administration has started supplying water only once a day due to which citizens from many parts of the city are facing water shortage. However, some have water supply for nearly 24 hours a day. Archiebelle society on ...
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'State of the art' Mumbai Metro suffers leakage due to rain in first month 2.7.2014 DNA: Recent Columns
State of the art Mumbai Metro gave city what suburban railway could not in its historic existence. It gave the citizens travelling an opportunity for a 'rain dance' – as many tweets that went viral stated for the pouring it gave them from its Air Conditioning ducts.   Tweets and comments that went viral soon after even called it metro's humble attempt at 'rain water harvesting' – something city often discussed but never got down to doing to resolve its water woes. The city's first heavy showers that until recently exposed ill preparedness of the civic and railway authorities poked holes in a service that went over ground too.    Some tweets did not express surprise while stating that the trains were "China made". Metro train started giving out rain water instead of fresh air from the air-conditioning system at around 11 am on Thursday morning, when it was pouring all over Mumbai. But GUYS. Buy one #MumbaiMetro ticket, and get a water park ride free! YAY! pic.twitter.com/1TM8KUMejs — Aniruddha Guha ...
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Delhi govt sanctions 10 school building projects 2.7.2014 TOI: Cities
Delhi government has sanctioned 10 senior secondary school building projects at various locations in Delhi, construction work of which will start within two months ...
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Fearing weak rains, Indian cotton farmers switch to high-yield seeds 12.6.2014 ET: Agriculture
Some farmers are also raising cotton acreage as the crop is generally less water-intensive, a trend that will help increase output and pressure global prices.
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Modi strikes non-partisan note, says will take opposition along 12.6.2014 TOI: India
Striking a conciliatory chord, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached across the aisles in Parliament promising to engage states in "cooperative federalism" and said he would not like to progress without the opposition's ...
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Pay rebate to those harvesting rainwater, says Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) chief 6.6.2014 DNA: India
Pune: After receiving several complaints from citizens claiming that they are not getting a rebate even after implementing rainwater harvesting, Pune municipal commissioner Vikas Deshmukh has taken cognizance of these complaints. On Thursday he issued orders to concerned officials to prepare a report on the number of applications which are pending.  Recently dna had carried out a campaign on rainwater harvesting and in the last seminar which was attended by Deshmukh, some participants had said that they were not getting rebates despite harvesting water. Deshmukh had assured them he would resolve the issue.  On Thursday, he issued an order to the property tax department to take immediate action on the applications for rebate. Speaking to dna, Deshmukh said, “Today, I have given orders to the head of the property tax department to prepare a report on the number of applications received for the rebate following rainwater harvesting. I have also instructed that after the report is prepared, rebate to the ...
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Seminar at MCCIA draws attention to groundwater dip and the need for conserving rainwater in Pune 31.5.2014 DNA: Opinion
Pune: Even after the phenomenal rainfall last year, the groundwater level at 15 talukas of Pune district has depleted. According to experts, the only solution to improving groundwater levels is by recharging water.  They stressed that merely restoring water wasn’t enough but must adopt rainwater harvesting methods. With the ever-growing population there may not be enough water for everyone.  Experts from the fields of water restoration, industry and civic administration shared their views on the same at a seminar conducted by dna in association with Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA). Pune municipal commissioner Vikas Deshmukh, additional director of Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency (GSDA) Suresh Khandale, deputy director general of MCCIA Wg Cdr (Retd) Shalak Gandhi and Col (Retd) Shashikant Dalvi, director of Parjanya, a rainwater harvesting consultancy shared their views.  During his presentation, Khandale said, “Approximately only 10 per cent of groundwater is ...
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50,000 rain water harvesting structures to come up in Chennai 30.5.2014 TOI: Cities
Stepping up efforts for water conservation, Tamil Nadu government will set up 50,000 rain water harvesting structures at various places in the ...
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