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Prioritise canal water project, says Mayor 18.8.2017 The Tribune
Amritsar, August 17 With Chief Minister Capt Amrinder Singh announcing the World Bank-aided project to provide canal-based drinking water supply in the city, Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora, who had supervised the same proposal during the SAD-BJP regime, today said the plan should be materialised at the earliest. According to the government’s plan, the surface water scheme will replace the existing groundwater supply, thus addressing a serious concern of the region which is facing groundwater depletion and cases of vector-borne diseases. “Earlier, we had sent a detailed report of the project to the World Bank and the state government, but the government dropped the plan without intimating us,” the mayor said. On July 10, 2012, the then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had chaired a meeting to discuss the scheme under which the canal-based water supply was to be introduced in the city. Mayor Bakshi Ram had advocated the usage of Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC), generally known Sultanwind Canal, instead of Beas ...
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Dry spell persists, farmers worried 18.8.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Bathinda/Ferozepur, Aug 17 The prolonged dry spell in the state is a cause for concern for farmers. And there seems to be no respite in sight, for the forecast indicates “increased rain deficiency” till August-end. Experts say rain deficiency is not only going to increase the cost of production, but will also put pressure on the already over-stressed water table. “There can be occasional thunderstorms coupled with slight rainfall, but there seems no possibility of incessant rainfall in the near future,” Surinder Pal Singh, Director, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Chandigarh, told The Tribune. The state has witnessed a rainfall deficiency 15 per cent between June 1 and August 17. Against the average expected rainfall of 336.2 mm during this period, the state has received 284.8 mm this season — a shortfall of 15.2 per cent compared with the corresponding period last year. Farm experts say that humid weather minus rains is likely to increase pest attacks on paddy. “In Jalandhar ...
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Heavy flow into Mettur dam as rain lashes K’taka 18.8.2017 Coimbatore - City - The Times of India
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The health spin-off of PAP extension 17.8.2017 Hindu: National
Groundwater the prime reason for dental fluorosis in 33 Palakkad villages
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Bring water to distressed areas: Minister 17.8.2017 Hindu: Kerala
Special attention for Thiruvananthpuram, Kollam, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kasaragod
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PAP extension to mitigate fluoride threat 17.8.2017 Hindu: National
Dependence on groundwater leading to dental fluorosis in 33 Palakkad border villages
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Panel to look at any procedural lapses in Justice Narang report 17.8.2017 TOI: Chandigarh Times
Sources said chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh will name bureaucrats from three key departments-finance, home, and industries-to take a close look at the findings in terms of the set procedures.
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Tirupati: Stupa built in memory of accident victims 17.8.2017

Tirupati: Residents of Munagapalem village in Yerpedu mandal built a monument (Smaraka Sthoopam) in memory of 16 persons, who were crushed to death under the wheels of a lorry in front of the police station at Yerpedu in Chittoor district on August 16 last year. The villagers named the monument after the martyrs who laid their lives to protect groundwater in the area.

It may be recalled that a lorry accident took place when they went to police station to complain against illegal sand mining in the Swarnamukhi river passing next to their village. Their concern was about depleting water levels because of illegal sand mining. The villagers formed a committee with one member from each house to fight against the menace then. As the ruling party leaders failed to come for inaugurating the monument because of the byelection in Nandyal, locals invited Padmasri awardee Munirathnam Naidu of Rayalaseema Seva Samiti who inaugurated the memorial on Wednesday.

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IT graduate posts video on FB against Tamil Nadu CM, held 17.8.2017
Chennai: An information technology graduate and the son of a farmer from Vellore was arrested by the police for allegedly sharing a self-made video on Facebook in which he issued life threats to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, the district collector and the superintendent of police of Vellore for continuing sand mining from Palar river bed. The arrested was identified as Vigneswaran of Thirumalaicheri village in Walajah. Apart from criminal intimidation, the youth was also slapped with Section 67 of the IT Act, and being abusive with foul language, police said.  His father own 13 acres of land in the village and had posted a video, taken on his mobile phone, against sand smuggling on Facebook. In the video he alleged that sand smuggling from Palar was done in connivance with the state government for the past 12 years. He had urged authorities to understand the plight of farmers due to sand mining in Palar river bed and then threatened the CM and other officials. The video was posted on ...
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Madras High Court stays sand mining in Cauvery 17.8.2017
Madurai: In a significant development, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday passed an interim order staying the sand quarrying operations in a long stretch of the river Cauvery between Karur (Mayanur) and Tiruchirappalli. A division bench comprising Justices K. K . Sasidharan and G. R . Swaminathan ordered interim injunction based on a petition filed by one V.  Srinivasan from Musiri town who alleged illegal sand quarrying in the above mentioned river areas was causing threat to the very stability of the bridge near Kulithalai and water scarcity. Srinivasan also produced photographs and other documentary evidence, prima facie, to support his contention, said the court. The petitioner contended that due to indiscriminate sand quarrying activities in the river the water table in Karur and Tiruchy districts have gone down drastically which cause drinking water crisis for the people. The farmers were also suffering due to these unscrupulous mining activities, he said. Recording his ...
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Munagalapalem memorial unveiled 17.8.2017 thehansindia3899
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Municipal complex yet to become a reality 17.8.2017 thehansindia3899
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Alternative jobs can settle dust in mining-hit areas 17.8.2017 TOI: Goa
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Chennai: Two-month rain has gone down the drain 17.8.2017
Chennai: From now on, Greater Chennai that comprises suburbs located in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts will have to rely only on artificial ways to meet its drinking water needs. The capital city has lost its eco balance in water conservation. The surplus rains since June has completely gone waste without serving drinking water shortage. Further the recharging groundwater is no match to the Chennai"s population influx, said a senior municipal administration official. The two desalination plants have been the saviour for water starved Chennai and now the state is focused on establishing the third desalination plant. A re-tender has been floated again with August 31 as the last date for submission of forms. The project will be on design build and maintenance base at Nemmeli, East Coast Road. The 150 MLD project will be supported through a loan from kfw, Germany, the official said. Justifying the need for desalination plant the officer further explained that the inflow of all the four major ...
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Defunct borewells in Andhra Pradesh to be shut 17.8.2017

Guntur: Following the borewell incident in Vinukonda in Guntur district on Tuesday, the state government has decided to close defunct borewells on a war-footing. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who closely monitored the rescue operation, directed officials to take necessary measures to identify abandoned borewells and close them as early as possible.

“Closing borewells is needed to ensure safety. Directions were passed to agriculture, groundwater, panchayat raj and revenue departments to close borewells, said health minister Kamineni Srinivas. 

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Plea in NGT on rise of encephalitis in Gorakhpur 17.8.2017 Hindu: Cities
Close on the heels of the death of several children in a Gorakhpur hospital, a plea was mentioned before a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, with allegations of contaminated gro...
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BJP accuses Rana Gurjit of ignoring work as Irrigation and Power minister 17.8.2017 India – The Indian Express
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Residents live in constant fear of water-borne diseases 17.8.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
With sump water getting contaminated in Koramangala and other parts of the city, including Wilson Garden and HSR Layout, residents and health officials are on high alert to prevent the spread of water...
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HC bars sand quarrying between Karur, Tiruchi 17.8.2017 Hindu: Home
Seeks report on projects under way on Cauvery riverbed
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Amarinder announces Rs 3,000-cr drinking water scheme for Amritsar 17.8.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Amritsar, August 14 Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday announced a slew of welfare and development schemes for Amritsar, including a Rs 3,000 crore World Bank-aided project to provide surface-water-based drinking water supply system in the city. The surface water scheme will replace the existing groundwater-based drinking water supply scheme, thus addressing a serious concern of the region, which is facing severe depletion of groundwater and cases of vector-borne diseases. Announcing this at a press conference here, the Chief Minister also announced several new development projects, entailing Rs 556.9 crore, for Amritsar, which is being developed as a Smart City at a Rs 200 crore investment, of which Rs 100 crore will be shared by the state government. (Follow  The Tribune on Facebook ; and  Twitter @thetribunechd ) The Chief Minister announced the establishment of a Directorate of Fire Services at state level in Amritsar, along with 50% seat reservation for women in urban ...
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