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Swachh Bharat: Maharashtra constructs most toilets; BJP-ruled states shine 21.1.2018 Business Standard: Economy & Policy
The Centre is focusing on construction of toilets to make the cities open defecation free by 2019
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Surfers may be swallowing antibiotic-resistant bacteria 21.1.2018 Life | The Asian Age
They also more likely to have in their bellies E. coli containing a mobile gene that makes bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
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New study finds surfers may be swallowing antibiotic-resistant bacteria 21.1.2018
Surfers and body-boarders were three times more likely to have potentially dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts than non-surfers, new research from the UK shows. The findings highlight the omnipresence of superbugs and the peril they might pose even for healthy people participating in water sports, said lead author Anne Leonard, a research fellow at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School in Truro, England. "When people think of superbugs and antibiotic resistant-bacteria, they think of the hospital," she said in a Skype interview. "But there"s evidence that new resistant genes could be evolving in the environment and getting into people." "Protecting our environment will have a multitude of benefits," she said. Drug-resistant infections could kill 10 million people every year starting in 2050, a previous study estimated. Because surfers swallow more seawater than other swimmers, Leonard ...
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Coimbatore Smart Cities ranking baffles many 21.1.2018 Hindu: Coimbatore
The ranking does not reflect the reality, for there is very little on the ground, say observers
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Release water in Cauvery to save standing crops: farmers 21.1.2018 Hindu: News
State govt. urged to seek release of at least 15 tmc ft. of water from Karnataka
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AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu hopeful of more investments from Davos 21.1.2018
Vijayawada: The Chief Minister"s Davos visit is aimed at bringing in more investments in five prominent sectors. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed the hope that this visit would support Andhra Pradesh a lot in the form of new investments in the happening sectors, and also help the growth of the industrial sector in AP. The CM will be attending five key meetings, and also one-on-one meetings with global CEOs. In fact, Mr Naidu met SUEZ environment CEO Marie-Ange Debon during his to Davos last year. He proposed possible collaboration in the areas of water treatment and waste to energy projects.  Zurich State government office for economy and labour general manager Bruno Sauter had then said that a sister-state relation between Andhra Pradesh and Zurich State could be worked out. An agreement in accordance to that promise is expected to be signed between AP and Zurich, during Mr Naidu"s visit.  WEF Global Universities Leadership Forum chairman ...
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French experts to take part in Smart City workshop 21.1.2018 Hindu: Home
Boulevard comprising the French and Tamil town to get a makeover
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LRS funds boost up civic works in Nizamabad 21.1.2018
Nizamabad: Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS) funds have been boosting up civic amenities in municipal towns of undivided Nizamabad district.  In spite of the funds of the 14th Finance Commission, general fund and plan grants, the Telangana state government has directed all urban local bodies to utilise the LRS funds for local requirements.  Nizamabad municipal corporation, Bodhan, Armoor and Kamareddy municipal councils have begun spending the funds for civic works such as solving drinking water issues, repairing roads, drainages and for works in parks.  Officials of the Nizamabad municipal corporation and Councillors of municipalities have proposed various works with these special funds.  Nizamabad mayor Akula Sujatha said that Rs 13.42 crore LRS funds will be utilised for various works in the town. "All 50 municipal divisions in the town will get Rs 20 lakh each for drain and road works," she said. "`2.50 crore will be allotted for setting up new electrical poles, ...
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Bhadrakali bund works yet to be completed 21.1.2018
Warangal: The works of the Bhadrakali tank bund which is said to be developed under the Smart City mission and HRIDAY schemes have not been moving forward as expected. The Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation has allocated Rs 14.50 crore in 2015 with a plan to develop it along the lines of Hussain Sagar tank bund in Hyderabad. During the same year, the tank was selected to be revived under the Mission Kakatiya program to increase its capacity. Funds to the tune of Rs 4.5 crore were also sanctioned. However, these works never took off.  The tank serves as the drinking water source for Warangal city and surrounding areas. When the Mission Kakatiya works are to be conducted, the tank was filled with water through the Devadula project for the drinking water needs. As a result, the works could not be done.   The tank located behind the Bhadrakali temple in Warangal provides a beautiful environment and scenic view for the devotees.  According to the proposals, the Bhadrakali tank"s bund ...
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AMC set to become 1st urban local body to issue green bonds 21.1.2018 DNA: India
After a year's wait for the central government nod to issue tax-free bonds, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is finally set to issue green bonds, reportedly the first Urban Local Body (ULB) to issue such bonds in the country. The civic body has been exploring new ways to raise money through the market, eyeing international investors as well. In his draft budget for the 2018-19 fiscal, civic chief Mukesh Kumar has proposed to issue green bonds worth Rs 200 crore. Green bonds are expected to bring a solution to the issue of Pirana garbage dump as AMC may utilise the money raised from selling the bonds to initiate bio-mining of the garbage hill. The money raised from green bonds is primarily utilised for projects in sanitation, cleanliness and waste recycling. "We will now carry out all the paper work required to issue green bonds and then send our proposal to the state government, followed by the Ministry of Urban Development and then to the Ministry of Finance," said Amish Shah, chief accountant of ...
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Dumping of garbage at Sec 74 sans PPCB nod 21.1.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Mohali, January 20 Around 125 tonnes of garbage, generated by the city everyday, is being dumped at Sector 74, the IT hub of the city, without an approval of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB). The PPCB has raised some objections and asked the Mohali Municipal Corporation (MC) to take action to remove these immediately. As the MC has failed so far to comply with decisions of the PPCB in this regard, the board did not renew its approval for dumping garbage at the site for the past one year. The PPCB has raised objections after finding total dissolved solids, iron and chloride beyond the permissible limits, prescribed in the Solid Waste Management Rules framed after the analysis of groundwater sampling, conducted on August 4, 2016. The other report of sampling, conducted on March 16, 2017, again showed similar results, showing the value of copper, mercury, chloride, total dissolved solids and hardness beyond the permissible limits. Besides, the PPCB also found that the MC was ...
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Bellandur Lake fire put out after 27 hours 21.1.2018
Bengaluru: It took  27 hours of a tireless operation for army men, personnel of the Karnataka Lake Development Authority (KLCDA) and the Bengaluru Developlment Authority to douse the fire at Bellandur lake, reportedly the fourth biggest  of its kind since 2015 in the city. Seeing the lake area still on fire Friday night, the army personnel stayed back to ensure that it did not spread to surrounding localities.  At 9 am,  Saturday, over 70 firemen were spotted dousing the fire using  boats and over 16 fire tenders were rushed to be the spot.  At 12 pm, the Director General of Police, fire department, M N Reddi took to Twitter to announce that the fire had been completely suppressed and inaccessibility of the lake had proved a major hurdle  for the firefighters.    Lt Gen. Vipin Gupta, Commandant, ASC Centre, said the area where the fire broke out had always been under their watch, given its vulnerability and this allowed them to act fast. "The biggest ...
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Bellandur smoke on the water leaves many gasping 21.1.2018
Bengaluru: People of Bellandur, Koramangala, HSR Layout and neighbouring areas had a hard time Friday as smoke from the  Bellandur lake fire spread to their localities. By evening, the smoke had got  denser, leaving many struggling to breathe. Recounted a techie and a resident of 80 feet road Koramangala, Anirudha Koppal, "I was returning home from work around 6 pm and found smoke  and tiny particles of soot everywhere.  People were walking around covering their nose and mouth. The air was already polluted by vehicle fumes and this toxic smoke from the lake fire only added to the problem. We really don"t understand  why the civic bodies are not taking any steps to clean the lake." People near Forum Mall in Koramangala also found soot falling from the sky and smoke filling their surroundings. "The smoke was spreading  and this is a dangerous sign. It is a  serious health hazard and steps need to be taken to save the ...
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Bellandur Lake fire: Government ignored expert panel's findings 21.1.2018
We have been witnessing the same level of inefficiency and callous attitude by the regulatory agencies for the past 10 years. Friday"s fire was a result of that. Over 460 million litres of untreated sewage enters the lake along with the unabated dumping of solid waste. This has led to the enrichment of the nutrients and generation of methane, which is highly combustible. Someone might have lit the fire, which got aggravated due to the presence of methane and dry materials. The pontificating attitude of the regulatory agencies, which was clearly exhibited when they blamed the grass cutters for lighting the fire, shows their inefficiency. The government has sat on the expert committee"s recommendations and came up with bizarre solutions to control the menace, one of which was to concretize the Storm Water Drains (SWD) and putting up a waste weir at the lakes which would not even stop frothing. The expert committee had listed all the short term and long term solutions but none has been taken ...
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Rising Harike water level leaves farm land nearby inundated 21.1.2018 The Tribune
The farmers having agricultural land alongside rivers in and around Harike are in a trouble these days as they say the closing of gates of headworks has lead to a rise in the water level, submerging their fields. This flood-like situation has damaged the wheat, fodder and other crops of Gharka, Mundapind, Dhun, Chamba Kalan and others villages in Mand. Kharif crop too was damaged in the rainy season in the area for which compensation hadn’t been given to the affected farmers. Farmers said that as per the policy of the government, the canal water was being released in the Beas river. Whenever the gates of the Harike headworks are closed, water starts getting accumulated in nearby villages and destroys crops. Member of Parliament Sunil Jakhar, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, along with MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki visited the area around two months back  and assured the farmers of compensation. Pargat Singh, a farmer of Chamba Kalan, said farmers had been waiting for compensation for months, but ...
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No water for 15 days, people of six villages stage protest 21.1.2018 The Tribune
Our Correspondent Garhshankar , January 20 The supply of drinking water in six villages, including Malakowal, Gaddiwal, Ratanpur, Jhonowal, Kanewal, Ratanpur and Maharaj Bhuriwale Degree College, has been inconsistent for nearly a fortnight. Annoyed by it, people in these villages, longing for every drop of water, held a protest in Malkowal against the officers of the water supply department. The villagers said they are given water from Malakowal drinking water supply scheme and it has been stalled for 15 days due to the faulty pump. They alleged that the pump’s motor creates problems almost every month and lack of technical staff to run it has also been a major reason for it. Today, the women, children and people in these villages, gathered at Malakowal and raised sogans against the authorities concerned. They alleged that the department deliberately uses spurious material in its repairs so the motor burns, stalling drinking water supply in half a dozen villages. They alleged that the department does ...
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Oratorical skill activity held 21.1.2018 The Tribune
Ludhiana: An oratory skill activity for the students of Montessori II and III was conducted at Ryan International School, Dugri. All students spoke on the topic 'My State-Pride of My Country'. Students spoke few lines about different states. To make their presentation more effective, students used different props related to it. Basant Panchami celebrations Maple Bear Canadian Play Way and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, celebrated Vasant Panchami on the school premises and revered Goddess Saraswati. Children attired in yellow colored dressed worshipped the Goddess Saraswati. Children also made beautiful yellow flowers on the occasion. Science exhibition at Bal Bharti A science exhibition named 'JAM Show' was organised on the premises of Bal Bharati Public School, Ludhiana. Students of Class V presented their models on electric circuit, fire alarm, respiratory system and gravitational force. The students also displayed Micelle Formation, dancing bath, rain water harvesting, electric fan, soda ...
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Army to take up Bellandur lake fire issue with State government 21.1.2018 Hindu: Bangalore
The fire had kept over 5,000 Army personnel on tenterhooks through Friday and Saturday morning
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There’s No One Home 21.1.2018 Eye – The Indian Express
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Govt agency vs govt agency as lake's condition worsens 20.1.2018 Deccan Herald - TOP STORIES RSS FEEDS
With growing outrage over the massive fire at Bellandur Lake, government agencies are pointing fingers at one another.  The pollution control authorities are slapping notices on two agencies for the conflagration, and are being asked, in turn, to fund the protection and rejuvenation of the lake. Lakshman, chairman of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, told DH the notices were going out on Monday to the Bangalore Development Authority and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board. Saturday's meeting Lake stakeholders, including the BDA, BWSSB, KSPCB and the Karnataka Lake Conser
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