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2013 Sonai murders: Nashik court awards death sentence to six 20.1.2018 Hindu: National
Traumatized by the horrific murders, the families of the kin were forced to shift residence for fear of their lives.
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US to overtake saudi as crude oil producer: IEA 20.1.2018 Free Press Journal: Business
Paris : The United States are set to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s number two oil producer
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B'luru: Bellandur lake catches fire, 5000 Armymen douse blaze 20.1.2018
Bengaluru: A huge fire emanated from the highly polluted Bellandur lake, the biggest water body of the city, giving anxious moments to hundreds of residents living nearby. The locals noticed huge clouds of smoke billowing from the lake replete with sewage, chemical effluents and construction debris. The fire was in the middle of the wetlands, fire brigade officials said. Soon pictures and videos of the smoke and fire went viral even as various government agencies and Defence personnel doused the blaze, which also raised concerns about apathy of civic agencies towards a recurring problem in the lake. According to Defence officials, a strong contingent of 5,000 army jawans of the ASC centre led by Major General N S Rajpurohit doused the fire in the lake. Spread over 1,000 acres near the infotech hub, the lake is highly contaminated receiving 60 per cent of the sewage generated in the city. The lake is in bad shape despite the National Green Tribunal pulling up the government and its various agencies for ...
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Workshop on collaboration during crises 20.1.2018 The Assam Tribune
Workshop on collaboration during crises
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Maharashtra: From February 1, bulk hike in water tariffs for domestic, agriculture & industries 20.1.2018 Free Press Journal: Mumbai
Mumbai: The Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) has hiked bulk water tariff rates
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Maharashtra govt hikes water tariff for agriculture, domestic and industrial sectors 20.1.2018 Mumbai – The Indian Express
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Smart Cities list: Three from Uttar Pradesh among nine new entries 20.1.2018 India – The Indian Express
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Bengaluru | 5,000 army jawans douse Bellandur lake fire 20.1.2018 DNA: Opinion
On Friday, a huge fire was reported from Bengaluru’s highly-polluted Bellandur lake, the biggest water body of the city, giving anxious moments to hundreds of residents living nearby. The locals noticed huge clouds of smoke billowing from the lake replete with sewage, chemical effluents and construction debris. The fire was in the middle of the wetlands, fire brigade officials said. Soon pictures and videos of the smoke and fire went viral even as various government agencies and Defence personnel doused the blaze, which also raised concerns about apathy of civic agencies towards a recurring problem in the lake. According to Defence officials, a strong contingent of 5,000 army jawans of the ASC centre led by Major General N S Rajpurohit doused the fire in the lake. Spread over 1,000 acres near the infotech hub, the lake is highly contaminated receiving 60 per cent of the sewage generated in the city. The lake is in bad shape despite the National Green Tribunal pulling up the government and its various ...
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No new taxes in AMC's Rs6,550 cr draft budget 20.1.2018 DNA: Popular News
Ahmedabad civic chief Mukesh Kumar presented on Friday the draft budget worth Rs 6,500 crore for the 2018-19 fiscal. No increase in taxes has been introduced while the main focus has been on seamless traffic management. Briefing media persons on his draft budget, Kumar said the thrust would be on a clean and secure Ahmedabad. "There will be no rise in civic taxes this year. Our main aim is to provide better amenities such as good roads, drainage lines and drinking water supply; 46 per cent allocation will be made for this purpose from the total budget," Kumar said. "We are working on a new parking policy called on-street parking policy. It will have the pay and park facility. A multi-storeyed parking space has been proposed along the SG Highway," the commissioner noted. Jantri may return While the tax burden would remain unchanged, the Jantri-based tax relief has been recalled this year. Jantri is the government document that specifies the market price of land and buildings and the stamp duty is decided ...
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National Urban Policy: Single policy for multiple states 20.1.2018 India – The Indian Express
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Bengaluru: Solar powered irrigation pumpset project launched 20.1.2018
Bengaluru: The Surya Raitha, a pilot project, is a win-win for both the government and farmers. For the government, the power subsidy burden will decrease, while the farmers will get quality power, besides having an alternative source of income by selling excess solar power, said Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar inaugurating the project at Harobele in Kanakapura taluk of Ramanagara district on Friday. Under the scheme, solar panels will be installed on farmers" land, which generate solar power to be used for irrigation pumpsets throughout the day without any power disruptions. The excess solar power generated can be diverted to the Bescom grid under the net metering concept and farmers will be paid as per the KERC-determined tariff. Shivakumar said, "It is an ambitious project and for the first time, such a project has been implemented in the country. Bescom has initiated the pilot project on F2 feeder for 310 IP sets. It is financed by a combination of farmer investment, state government ...
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LED lights along Marine Drive dangerous: Experts 20.1.2018 Metros | The Asian Age
The resident also asserted that earlier the floodlights were kept on till late hours of night during wedding functions.
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Bengaluru: The Bellandur inferno 20.1.2018
Bengaluru: Bengaluru's largest lake combusted and exploded at around noon on Friday emitting smoke and fire for almost seven hours, with attempts to douse it failing as fresh fires were reported again at two separate places after sundown, with the unending stream of toxic smoke billowing into  homes and apartments surrounding the lake as well as into the upmarket residential and commercial neighbourhood of Koramangla till late into the night.  "There was ash all over my garden," said one shocked resident, adding "it was getting difficult to breathe, " setting off fears for the health of the young and the elderly. Officials from the Bangalore Development Authority which is tasked with keeping the city's 262 lakes and tanks clean had no answer on why Bellandur had combusted, although city activists and conservationists say that despite all the talk, the task of policing the flow of untreated sewage into the lake was a major challenge. The release of methane could be ...
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Bombay HC: BMC can't build toilets anywhere 20.1.2018 Metros | The Asian Age
He added that apart from its foul stench the society residents are troubled by breeding of mosquitoes, rats and other insects and animals.
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Neer-athon: A run to save our water bodies 20.1.2018
Bengaluru: There"s a lot that rural visits and outreach programmes can do for college students. Organising a 10-km run towards water conservation is a result of that, said Prof. Kiran Jeevan, Staff Co-ordinator of Wildlife Awareness and Conservation Club (WACC) and PRO at St Joseph"s College. The student members of WACC at the college have joined hands with concerned citizens and like-minded organisations of the city to organise a "Neer-athon" in the city on January 21.  The event upholds the necessity to educate the youth on efficient ways to conserve and use water, equip them to salvage depleting lakes and drying basins. Supporting the initiative is Dr Ayyappa Masagi, popularily known as "Water Gandhi" for his noteworthy contribution of constructing more than 700 lakes, told Deccan Chronicle, "Such an initiative taking form student brains itself shows how the younger generations have thought for the environment.  When young minds are brought together ...
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Bengaluru: 5000 army personnel deployed to douse fire at Bellandur lake 20.1.2018
Bengaluru: More than 5,000 army personnel led by Major General NS Rajpurohith, Deputy Commandant and chief instructor of ASC centre along with the officials of Karnataka Lake Development Authority (KLCDA) have been deployed to douse the third biggest fire at the Bellandur lake. The fire reportedly happened in the vicinity of the army firing range premises. The CEO of KLCDA, Ms Seema Garg, maintained that the grass growing on and in the lake was under fire. "It would be appropriate to have few guards on duty to avoid intentional lighting of the fire by the grass harvesters to get the fresh flush of grass for cattle feed." Bellandur lake Though in the afternoon, the KLCDA said that the fire would be doused soon but the situation was so grave that more army personnel had to be rushed in to douse the fire and the firefighting equipments were brought from the army premises. As per the official statement released by the Ministry of Defence, Bengaluru, the outbreak of the fire at the lake was ...
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Geared up to take on challenges 20.1.2018 tribuneindia.com
Yadupati Singhania The Indian cement industry, which is the second largest producer of cement globally, has added 110 million tonnes by way of capacity in the past five years. FY 2017-18 was a relatively tough year for the industry, with growth coming in at a muted low single digit. The most obvious cause of this was the slowdown in the housing sector, which consumes about 65 per cent of India’s total cement production. FY 2017-18 was also the year of challenges as the ban on sand mining, and use of pet coke diminished market concentration of industry leaders. Cost vs demand The cost of cement is about 10-12 per cent (approx.) of the total construction cost, the cost of steel is about 15-20 per cent (approx.) of the total construction cost, and other materials account for 25-30 per cent of the total construction cost. Thus, increase in the cost of these will have enormous impact on the construction sector.  The recent mining restriction, the doubling of prices, along with further hike in input costs is ...
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Make state open defecation-free: CM 20.1.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, while chairing a review meeting on the ongoing schemes, today directed the Water Supply and Sanitation Department to ensure that the state is open defecation-free (ODF) by March 31.

The state had already achieved the target in 13 districts, the Chief Minister said. The department needed to take steps to ensure clean drinking water for all, besides 24x7 water supply in 100 more villages annually.

Rural Development Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa informed that online payment of water supply and sewerage bills would be launched on January 26.

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Amarinder flags off 25 PRTC buses 20.1.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh flagged off a fleet of 25 new buses of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) here today. The PRTC bus strength has increased to 1,075.

Underlining the government’s commitment to strengthening infrastructure, Capt Amarinder said the PRTC reported an operating profit of Rs 9.21 crore between April and December 2017.

In response to a question on Rana Gurjit’s resignation from the Cabinet, Capt Amarinder said the resignation was voluntary. The Commission of Inquiry set up to probe the sand mining auctions had done its job and there was no need to confuse these two issues, he added.

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Dues not paid, PSPCL snaps 14 connections in Talwara 20.1.2018 The Tribune

Our Correspondent

Talwara (Hoshiarpur), Jan 19

In a bid to recover dues, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has snapped 14 connections of public sector establishments in the Talwara region, including those related to officers, water supply schemes and Sewa Kendras.

On Friday, the PSPCL snapped nine connections, including that of Sewa Kendras and government departments. Similar action was taken against four such institutions last evening.

SDO Varun Chadda said out of the total 13 connections snapped in the last 24 hours, nine were of Sewa Kendras. Other connections snapped were included that of the Naib Tehsildar, Talwara office, and the patwar work station.

Prior to this, the connections of government dispensary in Datarpur, water supply scheme of Redu Patti, water supply of Labber, besides some Sewa Kendras were snapped last evening.

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