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RJD MLA bought five flats from Rabri in one day: SuMo 19.8.2017 TOI: Patna
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Naidu apprises House Panel of water projects? progress 19.8.2017 dailypioneer3971
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Cleansing of land records on pilot basis underway 19.8.2017 thehansindia3899
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Project delays, cost overruns continue to plague infra sector 19.8.2017 News
A total of 962 projects at a cost of over Rs 150 crore have been delayed
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No move to denotify tanks, says Siddaramaiah 19.8.2017
Vijayapura: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was once again emphatic on Friday that his government had no intention of denotifying tanks, dry or  otherwise,  and claimed that the rumour was being spread by some people, who had a vested interest in showing the Congress in poor light. "No such proposal ever came up before the cabinet. I am making it clear that our government has no plans to denotify tanks  as we are for their protection and not destruction. The canard has been spread by some, who have a vested interest in this,'' he said. Mr Siddaramaiah, who was addressing the valedictory function of the National Water Convention for Drought Free India at Vijayapura, noted that after Rajasthan,  Karnataka had the largest tract of agricultural land dependant on rain for cultivation in the country. "So the challenge before us is to use the limited available water to bring more area under irrigation , which is possible by implementing more micro irrigation ...
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Make fertiliser from straw, farmers told 19.8.2017 The Tribune

Our Correspondent

Fazilka, August 18

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) scientists have urged farmers not to burn paddy straw. Scientists have advised farmers to use paddy residue to prepare organic fertiliser to save the land and prevent air pollution.

PAU scientists, agriculture experts and farmers from Fazilka, Ferozepur, Muktsar and Faridkot districts participated in a seminar “Don’t burn paddy straw; save land” organised by Sampuran Agri Venture Pvt Ltd (SAVPL) here today.

Senior PAU scientist Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar said there are four major benefits of using bio-fertilisers prepared from paddy straw. These are financial benefits, preservation of the environment, checking of arsenic content in sub-soil water and improvement in the quality of land.

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Stoppage Of Mhadei Diversion By Karnataka 19.8.2017 Editorial – The Navhind Times
GOA scored a major victory over Karnataka on the issue of diversion of water from the Mhadei basin. The counsel for Karnataka, Fali Nariman, on Thursday assured the apex court that no construction work on the Kalasa-Bhandura diversion project will be undertaken by the state. Such assurances given in the past were not honoured by ...
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Crop acreage up 3.5% in last phase of kharif planting 19.8.2017 ET: Agriculture
Compared to the previous year it was 0.84% less covering 97.63 million hectare, according to the Agriculture ministry data.
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Demand survey from Sept 1 19.8.2017 The Tribune
Chandigarh, August 18 The Punjab Department of Housing and Urban Development in conjunction with the Department of Local Government will carry out a demand survey from September 1 under the Punjab Shehri Awas Yojana (PSAY) to provide free housing to eligible houseless SC/BC urban families with an annual income less than Rs 3 lakh and subsidised housing/cheap home loans to eligible slum dwellers. Disclosing this here today, Additional Chief Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Vini Mahajan said detailed eligibility conditions as per the PSAY guidelines would be mentioned in the demand survey form, which could be downloaded from www.puda.nic.in or could be obtained from the help desk counter of any civic body and sewa kendras in the state. The demand survey forms could be submitted at the respective civic body office from September 1 to 30. The applicants could upload their forms on the PMAY-MIS portal also, she said. Private firms — Oasis, Jayesh A Dalal and Savjani A&E Consultants — have already ...
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HC extends bail of 1984 riots convict 19.8.2017 The Tribune
New Delhi, August 18 The Delhi High Court today extended till August 24 the interim bail granted to a former Congress councillor, serving life term in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, to enable him to arrange funds for paying his lawyers. A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra granted relief to Balwan Khokhar, who had sought extension of bail till October to finalise the sale of his properties. Initially, he was given interim bail on July 20, which was extended till August 8. His application for extension was moved as the interim bail was expiring today. Congress leader Sajjan Kumar had been acquitted in this case by the trial court, but Khokhar was convicted along with four others. Khokhar, retired naval officer Capt Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and two others were held guilty in a case about the murder of five members of a family in Raj Nagar area of Delhi Cantonment on November 1, 1984, after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. They had challenged their ...
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Don’t distort prayer: Takht to Namdharis 19.8.2017 The Tribune

Amritsar, August 18

Akal Takht has cautioned the Namdhari sect to refrain from violating the “rehat maryada” (religious tenets) by distorting the Sikh “aarti” (prayer) prescribed in Guru Granth Sahib.

This was the reaction of Akal Takht to a video clip which went viral on the social media showing a group of women followers performing “aarti” of Thakur Dalip Singh, head of the Namdhari sect.

Taking cognisance of it, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said it was against the principles of Sikhism, as described in Gurbani. — TNS

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Terminator out to kill mosquitoes 19.8.2017 TOI: Delhi Times
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CM vows to pursue state’s case for special incentives 19.8.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 18 Opposing the Centre’s decision to extend special incentives to hill states, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said today that he would pursue Punjab’s demand for extending similar incentives to the border areas and the Kandi belt. Speaking at the Punjab Kala Bhawan here after inaugurating an exhibition of the Photo Journalists Welfare Association, the Chief Minister said Kandi and border areas should be treated on a par with the hill states in terms of these incentives. On the probe into the sand mining auctions, the CM said no committee had been formed to examine Justice JS Narang’s report. “I’ve marked the report to the Chief Secretary, who may have involved other officials for studying its findings,” he said. Earlier, the Chief Minister after observing a two-minute silence in memory of award-winning photojournalist S Paul, announced a Running Trophy for the Best Photographer of the Year, to be presented in December every year. The three-day exhibition ...
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Capt’s nod to groundwater authority 19.8.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 18 Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday initiated the process of implementation of the Centre’s Incentivisation Scheme for Bridging Irrigation Gap (ISBIG). He gave in-principle approval to the establishment of a groundwater authority to tackle the state’s groundwater crisis. Chairing a high-level meeting to review the groundwater situation and discuss the implementation of the central scheme, the CM gave his concurrence to the state’s share of 40 per cent, amounting to Rs 3,448 crore against the total project cost of Rs 8,658 crore for Punjab. The scheme -- aimed at bridging the gap between Irrigation Potential Created (IPC) and Irrigation Potential Utilised (IPU) in India's completed water resources projects -- will provide better irrigation facilities to 1,249.257 lakh hectares of 12 canal commands falling in 21 districts of Punjab and benefitting nearly three lakh farming families. Punjab has the highest water exploitation rate and the maximum ...
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Yemen cholera outbreak eases but alert continues: Unicef 19.8.2017 World News – The Navhind Times
IANS Sanaa The cholera outbreak in Yemen, which has killed over 2,000 people, has started to recede but there was still no grounds for complacency regarding the health situation in the country, according to the Unicef. Deputy Representative of Unicef to Yemen Sherin Varkey told Efe news on Thursday that although the situation is easing ...
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Marooned villagers in Saran wait for relief 19.8.2017 TOI: Patna
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Unpotable water supply irks consumers 19.8.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Jammu, August 18 The private water supply chain in Jammu catering to the needs of shopkeepers, small hotels, restaurants and inns is serving water filled from ‘unknown sources’ and charging consumers Rs 750 per month. Though the sellers claim that they get the water checked every six months from the Food and Supplies Department, they fail to answer if the water is fit for consumption and does not contain germs and bacteria. The consumption of this water at Nai Basti recently led to diarrhoea and vomiting among a few residents who complained that besides dirty water, the campers in which it was brought were filthy and broken. The Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department supplies water to the sellers who in turn supply it to the shopkeepers. “In such circumstances, the six-monthly check-up of water is an eyewash. From what source the water is collected and distributed to us is not known,” said Ramesh Gupta, a mobile shop owner at Nai Basti. The owner of Aryan Sheetal Jal Company at ...
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Govt. implementing more micro irrigation projects for judicious use of water, says CM 19.8.2017 Hindu: News
‘The challenge before us is to use available water to bring more area under irrigation’
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Poisonous Fruits Of Development 19.8.2017 Commentary – The Navhind Times
GANAPATHI  BHAT, AKOLA THE situation that was created after incessant rains in Bengaluru should set  the alarm bells ringing in India’s silicon city.  Monday night  witnessed the highest rainfall ever in the city since 1890 with 12.9 cm rain recorded in 24 hours.  Rains lashed the city in the wee hours to catch the citizens ...
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Sewer deaths: CM to meet DJB officials 19.8.2017 Hindu: Cities
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called a meeting with executive engineers and senior officials of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on August 22 in the wake of the death of nine labourers while cleaning se...
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