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Groundwater depletion pushes Sangrur district into dark zone 22.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Sangrur, June 21 With farmers reluctant to go in for direct sowing of rice (DSR), which guzzles 30 per cent less water, crisis stares Sangrur in the face, with the groundwater depleting by the day. Out of the total 2.83 lakh hectares under paddy cultivation, the DSR was done on 1,800 hectares this year. Sources said last year, the area in the district under the DSR was 600 hectares and despite efforts of the Agriculture Department and the Sangrur administration, only 1,200 hectares has increased this year. But in a majority of villages, the damage appears to have been done as the water table has gone down to around 500-600 feet deeper, while earlier it was 200 feet. “The situation is alarming. The Punjab Government must make the DSR mandatory to save the water table,” the sources said. With the growing interference of various kisan unions, Punjab farmers have developed a habit of challenging measures taken by the authorities,” said Kulwant Singh, a farmer from Dirba, who was sitting ...
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Agri dept. sets higher kharif targets 22.6.2018 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition
The approach, however, is realistic when it comes to normal area
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Water conservation our priority: Minister 22.6.2018 The Tribune

Our correspondent

Hamirpur, June 21

“Providing sufficient water to people is the priority of our government,” said Mahender Singh, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, here Thursday.

He was addressing representatives of panchyati raj institutions in a function ‘Jal hai to Kal hai’. He said the water problem in Shimla had sent a message across the world that conservation of water could no more be ignored and people must stand together to conserve water. Though the water crisis in Shimla was handled, but the government had mooted a plan so that the problem may not arise in coming years.

He said the Centre had approved a plan submitted by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and he had been successful in getting Rs 800 crore for the augmentation of all old water supply schemes.

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Water crisis: Civic body, IPH Dept under HC lens 22.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Shimla, June 21 The role of the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) and the Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) Department has come under the High Court scanner days after the city faced its worst water crisis in the history. Over a dozen hotels in Craignano, Mashobra, Charabara, Kufri and Dhalli have "direct water connections through one-to-six-inch diameter pipes from the main supply lines of Guma and Giri rivulets", reveals an investigation by the Himachal Pradesh Legal Services Authority (HPLSA) under the directions of the High Court. Though the IPH and SMC authorities say they are yet to frame guidelines for giving water connections to consumers, an IPH engineer said: "Generally, water is supplied through a half-inch diameter pipe from the service line or branch line, which has controlling keys. Direct connections are illegal and supplying water through huge pipes is in complete violation of norms." The investigating teams, comprising legal experts and inspectors of the tourism ...
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Musi to be developed in two phases 22.6.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
Officials asked to formulate action plan for removal of encroachments
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Cauvery basin farmers to get water for paddy, sugarcane 21.6.2018 Hindu: National
Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said on Thursday that he has instructed the Irrigation Department to release water to the canals of the Cauvery basin
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Govt to fine misuse of piped drinking water 21.6.2018 Hindu: News
Hints at reducing charge of piped drinking water
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India’s very own Dust Bowl 21.6.2018 Downtoearth
Rising temperatures, changing weather patterns, depleting groundwater, unsustainable agriculture and deforestation are turning large parts of North India into a Dust Bowl. It is time we recognised this ecological disaster
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A rice, lost and found 21.6.2018 Hindu: Home
The farmers of Ezhikkara, a local cooperative bank and a responsible travel company come together to revive the farming of Pokkali, a rice endemic to Kerala
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‘Farmers’ income increasing’ 21.6.2018 Business – The Navhind Times
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the income of farmers in the country increased, and also doubled in many cases, due to various initiatives taken by the Central government. During his interaction with select farmers from the various parts of the country through “Narendra Modi App”, Modi asked them about their success ...
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Pattiseema will help revive Krishna delta, says CM 21.6.2018 Hindu: Fitness
He lists measures being taken to bring the Krishna back to life, says Polavaram will put an end to water crisis
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Maharashtra: Delayed monsoons have farmers worried, only 2% fields sowed 21.6.2018 DNA: Top News
With monsoon in a lull phase, farmers have sowed only 2 per cent of the total crop area so far. And with only 16 per cent water left in the state's major dams, aagriculture is the most hit sector. According to the Department of Agriculture of Maharashtra, sowing activities have declined by 2 per cent compared to last year. "However, we are not yet worried. We are expecting good monsoon even though it is delayed. So far most of the agricultural activities are taking place in Kolhapur, Konkan and North Maharashtra region that produces paddy and cotton," said Bijay Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary, (agriculture). According the to Water Resource Department, reservoirs in Maharashtra have only 16 per cent of water stock left. "The Nagpur and Amarawati region is worst affected with only 10 per cent and 13 per cent water left in the dams respectively. While in Pune it is 15 per cent , 18 per cent in Marathwada, 33 per cent in Konkan and 18 per cent in Nasik region. Vidharbha is most worst affected region," ...
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‘Farmers’ income increasing’ 21.6.2018 The Navhind Times
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the income of farmers in the country increased, and also doubled in many cases, due to various initiatives taken by the Central government. During his interaction with select farmers from the various parts of the country through “Narendra Modi App”, Modi asked them about their success ...
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Fisheries department to push for regional boards 21.6.2018 Hindu: News
A high-level team of the Fisheries department will meet Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu next week to pursue the proposal for regional ce
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Heli-taxis from more places soon 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Shimla, June 20 Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the closing ceremony of the ‘Kotkhai Utsav’, which conlcuded on Wednesday, said the state government would operate heli-taxi services from other places also to bring in tourists in the state. He said Rs 55-crore drinking water project for 27 panchayats in Jubbal-Kotkhai would be funded by BRICS. “The state government has got schemes and projects worth Rs 4,365 crore sanctioned from the Union Government during a short period of five months,” he said. He announced Rs 5 crore for beautification of Hatkoti temple complex, PWD division at Kotkhai, degree college at Kotkhai, Rs 1 crore for Vikas Bhawan at Kotkhai, PG classes in four subjects at Degree College Saraswati Nagar, and new trades for students at Atal Behari Vajpayee Engineering College, Pragatinagar. He also announced Rs 4 crore for sewerage scheme at Saraswati Nagar and Rs 2.11 crore for improving power supply in Nawar area. The Chief Minister also announced ...
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Ordinance promulgated to protect, develop ponds 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News service Chandigarh, June 20 Haryana has decided to improve its poor water management with the help of a special authority that will keep a watch on state’s water resources. The state on Wednesday promulgated the State Pond and Water Management Authority Ordinance, 2018 to develop, protect, and rejuvenate ponds and water bodies. The objective is to reduce the overexploitation of groundwater. The ordinance will come into force once the government notifies it. It will apply to all ponds in the state, except those having an area of less than 0.5 acres and those located on private land or in notified forest area. Besides a chairperson, the authority would have district committees and monitoring committees. The Chief Minister will be the chairperson, while two ministers — one from the Irrigation and Water Resources Department and the other from the Development and Panchayats Department — will be the senior vice-chairpersons. A person of eminence in the field of water resources will be the ...
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State scores poorly in water management: Niti Aayog report 21.6.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
Slips to fifth slot on Composite Water Management Index; poor planning, policy omissions to blame
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The seeds of sustainability 20.6.2018 Hindu: Health
How Zero Budget Natural Farming could be the model for the future
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Saingarayakonda project to be filled with Kaleswaram water: Harish 20.6.2018 Hindu: Cities
Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao said Singarayakonda and Shanigaram projects will be filled with Godavari water through Kaleshwaram Project.Participa
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Rajasthan No.1 in water conservation: NITI Ayog 20.6.2018 The Tribune
Jaipur, June 20 NITI Aayog has ranked Rajasthan at No.1 among the states in water conversation as it registered a significant increase in the level of ground water. Shriram Vedire, President, Rajasthan River basin and Water Resources Planning Authority, said on Tuesday the NITI Aayog's report confirmed that the water level has increased in state due to water conservation structures built under Chief Minister's Jal Swawlamban Abhiyaan programme. Also, there has been an increase in irrigation capacity by 81 per cent. The innovative techniques adopted under the project such as geo-tagging and surveying with the help of drone while engaging people who too participated actively in the campaign is something which other states should follow and adopt, said Vedire. A total of 4 lakh water conservation structures were created and 1.5 million plantations were done in last three years under the directions of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. With these efforts, the ground water level has risen by 5 feet in around 21 ...
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