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'Draft policy on giving forest land to private players dangerous' 13.4.2018 Deccan Herald - City
Former Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh has objected to a provision in the Centres new draft forest policy to grant forest land to private players. He was speaking at a discussion on the draft forest policy organised by Environment Support Group and Action Aid in the city on Friday. "The new policy is only beneficial to private players. Everyone should oppose this draft policy," he said. About 40% of the forests in our country are facing threats today. Instead of framing policies to develop the forest area, it is being given away to private players, he said. "The government reasons that private companies, with their advanced technology, will be able to develop the forests. But this would be as good as handing over," Ramesh said. He said state governments should gather courage and write to the Centre expressing their objections to this policy. The Central government is thinking only in the short term on this. It has not discussed the pros and cons of involving private players in the management of ...
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Confusion over the BBMP’s solid waste management plan 4.4.2018 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition
Civic body is talking of segregation at source but implementing mixed waste processing
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Governor signs lake amendment 1.4.2018 Hindu: Fitness
Activists to challenge move in Karnataka High Court
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Governor signs lake amendment 1.4.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
Activists to challenge move in Karnataka High Court
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Data misuse: 'Socially responsible' investors reassess Facebook ownership 20.3.2018 Business Standard: News Now
Facebook's shares closed down nearly 7.0 per cent on Monday, wiping nearly $40 billion off its market value
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'Socially responsible' investors reassess Facebook ownership 20.3.2018 Reuters: Top News
NEW YORK (Reuters) - With European and U.S. lawmakers calling for investigations into reports that Facebook user data was accessed by UK based consultancy Cambridge Analytica to help President Donald Trump win the 2016 election, investors are asking even more questions about the social media company's ...
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Household biomedical waste adds to hazards at landfill sites 19.3.2018 Deccan Herald - City
Tons of extremely hazardous biomedical waste (BMW) generated by households goes directly to landfills in Bengaluru. There are no clear rules mandating the segregation of BMW from either wet or dry waste, and the civic agencies tasked with regulating this have no real data. Infected adult diapers, used syringes and insulin needles from houses with senior citizens and patients are being dumped directly into municipal waste bins and trucks. With no real monitoring, roadside clinics and pharmacies are also dumping expired drugs into that waste pile. Exposed to this risk are thousands of sanitation workers handling waste, often found working without any protection. To arrest this dangerous slide into public health chaos, the Environment Support Group (ESG) has sought a proper audit of all biomedical facilities at the BBMP ward level. It wants citizen groups in ward committees empowered to inspect and collate data for quick remedial action. A comptroller and auditor general (CAG) report had pulled up the ...
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Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba to begin five-day US visit tomorrow; defence discussions on cards 19.3.2018 Latest News India on Firstpost
Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will be visiting the US from March 19-23, an official statement said.
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Indian Navy Chief to begin US visit on Monday 18.3.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will be visiting the US from March 19-23, an official statement said.
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Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Chief Ofthe Naval Staff to Visit USA (19-23Mar) 18.3.2018 Govt of india: PIB
Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Chief of the Naval Staff is visiting USA on a bilateral visit from 19 to 23 Mar 18. The visit aims to consolidate cooperation between the Armed Forces of both India and USA and also to explore new avenues of defence cooperation.
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Recyling notebooks in a novel way 12.3.2018 Deccan Herald - City
Students, heres something to keep in mind on the last day of the exams. If your notebooks have unused pages, dont keep them away in a cupboard or give them to a scrap dealer. Instead, you can donate them to make new books which will help both the environment and other students like you. Youth for Seva, a non-profit organisation, will be collecting notebooks with unused pages from across the city and state. The unused pages will then be rebound and new notebooks will be given to other students who need them. Last year, during their first Give Paper Back drive, the organisation collected over 1.5 lakh notebooks from Karnataka. They generated 35,000 new books with the leftover pages and distributed them among children studying in government schools. "Seeing last years success, this year we are aiming to generate at least 1.5 lakh new books from Bengaluru alone," said Bhargavi Nagabhushan, the Bengaluru coordinator of Youth for Seva. For this, they would have to collect five lakh used notebooks from the ...
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Toxic waste, callous treatment 10.3.2018 deccanherald.com
Deadly, hazardous and toxic, untreated bio-medical waste could trap us in all in a twister of nightmarish infections. Isnt this reason enough to bring every healthcare setup in the city under a stringent regulatory system with the utmost urgency? Not so, if a damning report based by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is any indication. First, what do the rules say: The Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016 (BMW Rules) mandate every Health Care Establishment (HCE) generating BMW to take all steps to ensure that such waste is handled without any adverse effect on the human health and environment. Glaring lacuna The infectious wastes are required to be collected, transported, treated and disposed of strictly in accordance with the BMW rules. The CAG report found a glaring lacuna in the enforcement of this rule by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB): "KSPCB does not have details of the mode of treatment and disposal of BMW of 3,473 HCEs in the state. Disposal of a significant ...
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Excise Department moves from paper to polyester 6.3.2018 Hindu: Bangalore
Green activists protest as the tenders will result in the production of 1,152 crore labels, amounting to 1,140 tonnes of plastic waste
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Report on Bengaluru’s waste crisis reveals the reality of landfills 6.3.2018 Citizen Matters, Bengaluru
Bengaluru has been in the forefront of progressive measures to handle waste. But what's the reality? What issues are the landfills and villages around facing? A report has been released by Environment Support Group. ...
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Polluted tanks, lakes prove health hazard for children in Mavallipura 2.3.2018 deccanherald.com
Children living in Mavallipura village, where the BBMP dumps the citys garbage, show signs of deteriorating health due to the increasing toxicity in the waterbodies. A report by the Environment Support Group (ESG), titled Bangalores Toxic Legacy Intensifies, which was released on Friday, revealed that the children in the village struggle with high respiratory disorders like frequent coughs, meningitis, bronchopneumonia, skin infections and susceptibility to vector-borne diseases like dengue. It also revealed that the women have constant headaches, skin infections, respiratory disorders, menstrual problems and musculoskeletal disorders. The report is based on a survey undertaken by the ESG in September. The organisation interviewed 4,500 people residing in the villages of Shivakote panchayat, Yelahanka taluk, Ramagondanahalli and Subedarpalya, which is closer to the Mavallipura landfill. The report said dumping millions of tonnes of unprocessed garbage has affected the streams emptying into the Arkavathy ...
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Landfills, processing units remain a festering problem: Report 2.3.2018 Hindu: Bangalore
Findings of study by Environment Support Group
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High court pulls up BBMP for defying court orders on SWM 23.2.2018 deccanherald.com
The Karnataka High Court on Friday, directed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to deposit Rs 50,000 for failing to comply with the courts directions pertaining to setting up of additional solid waste management plants in all the wards of the city. A division bench of Justice B S Patil and Justice B V Nagarathana was hearing a batch of public interest litigations filed by Kavitha Shankar, Leo Saldanha and others who charged the BBMP of dumping solid waste in the quarries of Bagalur, Mittiganahalli and Bellahalli. The petitions, being heard by the court since July 2012, are concerned with tackling solid waste management crises. The court directed the BBMP commissioner to take strict action against the ward committees and erring officials who fail to comply with the courts directions. The court also directed the commissioner to file a compliance of the courts directions through an affidavit that shall be submitted in the next hearing. The court came down heavily on the BBMP and orally observed ...
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The city needs its trees 23.2.2018 Hindu: Religion
Green activists see no use in amending the 1976 KPT Act and plead for an Urban Forestry and Land Management Act to stop reckless felling of trees. By M.A. Siraj
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Drone Crashes Into Farmer's Land In Karnataka During Trial 22.2.2018 NDTV News - India-news
A video has emerged that shows a small drone or an unmanned aerial vehicle that crashed during a trial in a farmer's field near Chitradurga in Karnataka, about 200 km from Bengaluru. The drone belongs...
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DRDO’s drone crashes in Challakere taluk 22.2.2018 Hindu: National

An unmanned aerial vehicle, which was being tested by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, crashed at Doreyagalhalli village in Challakere taluk of Chitradurga district on Wednesday

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