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Kalyan residents celebrate Independence Day through hunger strike 16.8.2018 DNA: Money
On Independence day Kalyan residents sat on a hunger strike to seek freedom from 15 issues which plague the city. Some of these issues include freedom from potholes, bad roads, proper water supply, etc. The 72nd Independence day was celebrated in a different manner by some of the Kalyan residents this year. On August 15 they sat on a hunger strike in front of the KDMC (Kalyan Dombivli Municipal corporation) to set Kalyan free from various problems. "For years the city has been facing problems like potholes, bad roads, poor water supply, lack of proper solid waste management, etc.," says activist Shrinivas Ghanekar from Kalyan. "We have raised the issue with the KDMC as well as the commissioner many times but in vain. Hence, we have organised this chain hunger strike to get our demands met," says he. Through this strike the residents want KDMC to do proper waste segregation, improve road conditions, have social audits of its various projects, rehabilitation of those affected by road widening the project, ...
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Ahmedabad: Sarkhej police inspector helps school restore power 12.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Nearly 350 kids are igniting their minds in school, but in dark. These kids of Safal English Medium school in Juhapura have finally got some relief from the power cut. Thanks to the Sarkhej police inspector, who, on Saturday, came to their rescue and ensured that a new power link was set and classes resume from Monday. The students of the school, which has been running since the last three years on the first floor of Jambuwala Cooperative Bank on Sarkhej Road, were being forced to sit outside their classrooms. Also, there has been a fight between the trustee of the school, AR Pathan, and the landlord. The latter has also stopped water supply to the school since last 15 days and power since last 10 days. The examination will start on August 16 and the school authorities called the police inspector to intervene. “It is disheartening to see children studying in dark. I called the chairman of the premise but he did not come to the spot. They had locked the room from where the main electric supply comes. So, ...
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Bisalpur Dam records lowest water level in 6 yrs 11.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Bisalpur dam in Deoli of Tonk district, which has become the lifeline of Rajasthan, has reached its minimum water level in the last ten years. The situation is that there has been a huge reduction in drinking water supply in hundreds of villages and several cities including Tonk, Ajmer, Jaipur. Within the last five months, 6 TMC water has been vapourized. Now, if there is no rain in the coming days, then the dam water will be able to serve the people of cities like Jaipur and Ajmer for only 3 months, till November. The total water level of the dam is 315.50 RL metres and 38.70 TMC water is filled in it. Now, the gauge of the dam is recorded as 309.19 RL metres. Only 8.61 TMC of water is remaining, which is 22.24% of the total water capacity. Assistant Engineer of Dam Project Manish Bansal said that till date, 4 TMC water has been given for irrigation and 10.35 TMC for drinking. On one hand, the water level of the dam is decreasing and on the other hand, the dam is constantly accumulating the waste, which ...
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Utilise textile mills land for small biz, Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry tells AMC 7.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Making suggestions on upgrading various infrastructure in the city, the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) said land lying unused in old textile mills should be turned to mini industrial estates for small businesses. A team of experts has spoken to city Mayor Bijal Patel during his visit to GCCI. "Of about 76 mills that used to operate in the city, 70 are closed and their land is lying unutilised. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) should revive these spaces into vibrant industrial zones by converting them into mini industrial estates," GCCI president Jaimin Vasa told DNA. Vasa these spaces should have multistorey industrial estates in order to reduce the capital cost of investors so that even small-scale entrepreneurs can afford them, or else the cost of land would exceed other costs, making the project unviable. GCCI also asked the AMC to improve the road, water supply, and sewage infrastructure in industrial estates of Naroda, Vatva, Odhav, Narol, and Kathwada. "In some areas, even ...
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Union Minister Gadkari says waste recycling offers Rs 5L cr opportunity; urges Niti Aayog to form policy 6.8.2018 DNA: Money
Urging Niti Aayog to formulate a policy for waste recycling, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said converting waste into wealth offers a more than Rs 5 lakh crore opportunity in the country. Gadkari said the policy can create huge employment potential and can bolster the country's economic growth. "Economy of this waste recycling is of more than Rs 5 lakh crore. It has huge potential...NITI Aayog can formulate a waste recycling policy. This policy will see economic transformation of the country and create huge employment potential," Gadkari said addressing an international conference on 'Sustainable Growth through Material Recycling' at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra here. The Road Transport, Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister said efforts should be made to convert waste into wealth. He said there are 12 thermal power plants along the sides of the Ganga river and the power ministry has issued an order making it mandatory for plants within 50 km distance ...
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Rajasthan: Keoladeo sanctuary to get water from Goverdhan Drain 31.7.2018 DNA: Opinion
While the monsoonal rains have not lashed the state in the way it was expected to, a recent development has come as a sigh of relief to the forest department officials and conservationists. Parched even during monsoon season, the Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur was facing a severe problem as the region has not received adequate rainfall. However, after DNA highlighted the issue, the government stepped in and instructed water to be lifted from the Goverdhan Drain as a good rainfall had been received in Haryana and UP, the catchment areas of the drain. From past few days, a steady supply of water is being received from the drain and so far two pumps have been started by the authorities to lift water. “Owing to good rainfall in Haryana and nearby areas, we have received 40mcft water till now. We need 350 mcft on an annual basis for the park’s good environmental health, but we believe that we will continue to receive water as there is a good quantity of water in the catchment area and the drain. We ...
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Global Tiger Day: India looks at a potential rise in population 30.7.2018 DNA: Opinion
As the world celebrates Global Tiger Day, India looks forward to some bright developments as preliminary indications from the all India tiger population estimation are pointing to a potential rise in tiger numbers. On Friday, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan spoke about the indications of a rise in tiger numbers and called for a bigger social movement to enhance tiger conservation. DNA had reported last July that during the Phase-IV estimation, presence of nearly 1,700 individual tigers has been established in 46 of the 50 tiger reserves using the camera-trapping survey. Phase-IV estimation is held each year to monitor tiger source populations while the more comprehensive tiger population estimation is held once every four years, over three phases. Harsh Vardhan was referring to this quadrennial exercise. Officials from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) said most states have already got a lot of inputs and they have begun sharing it with the NTCA. The final results, though, would be out ...
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Special drive for green revolution in Gujarat by afforestation on mission mode 28.7.2018 DNA: Mumbai
The Gujarat government has decided to run a special drive for afforestation to increase green cover in the state. The government will go on a mission mode for a tree plantation during August like they ran special drive for water conservation Jal Sanchay Abhiyan during May. The Chief Minister Vijay Rupani made this announcement in Kutch on Friday while inaugurating 69th Van Mahotsav in the state. "We wish to integrate people's support in government's efforts for the drive as we did it for Jal Sanchay Abhiyan. Gujarat's green cover excluding forest area is 4.06% of the land mass and that is only 2.87% of national average. So far, we could plant around 35 crore trees in last ten years period after the Van Mahotsav began. We could create new forests at 18 different places and with this, there is an increase of 37% in a number of trees," Rupani said. Vijay Rupani inaugurated a forest named as 'Rakshak Van' at Saraspar village near Rudra Mata dam site in Kutch under the annual event of Van Mahotsav. The forest ...
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Thane Municipal Corporation to stop dumping of debris at waterfronts 27.7.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Thane Municipal Corporation to stop dumping of debris at waterfronts
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Gujarat govt launches 'zero waste' policy 27.7.2018 DNA: India
Gujarat government has launched a policy with the aim to make all civic bodies "zero-waste" cities in the state. The policy was launched on Thursday after the chief minister approved the same. The policy gives power to each of the civic bodies to frame their individual laws to act against individuals or organisations committing erratic disposal of waste. The policy's main focus is over 100% segregation of waste, recycling and systematic disposal of the same. The policy also aims to ensure toilets for each household, manual scavenging-free societies, disposal of sewerage water after treatment and providing additional funds to civic bodies for the same. The policy has set ten goals to make all cities free from waste. It mentions: "All cities should be zero-waste cities and for that, 100% waste from residential, industrial and commercial areas is to be collected and stored after segregation. Construction waste and debris is to be collected and reused after recycling." The policy states that all local urban ...
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Pictures do the rounds of 'ice in Jaipur'. Here's the truth 25.7.2018 DNA: Money
It appears that toxicity in Rajasthan's waters has reached a point where Jaipur has ended up having a Bengaluru-like situation with foam coming out of water bodies. However, in Jaipur's case, it is a drain that has released frothy water full of chemicals and effluents. In Bengaluru, the dirty water was the result of overpollution of the Bellandur Lake. Foam is formed due to heavy metals in water, and exposure to this results in skin diseases. Further exposure can resulted in further health complications. The frothy water has overflowed from the drain onto the road, which has resulted in traffic snarls in Sector 35 of Sanganer in the Pink City. According to reports, a portion of the drainage system is connected to the Central River Project that recycles water and supplies the clean water back to the drain. The project, which now needs a major inspection, has cost the Rajasthan government Rs 2,500 crore. While the foam has come onto the city, people have been taking pictures and claiming that it 'has ...
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Uber driver in Mumbai went on a trip without passenger and the entire journey will make you laugh 23.7.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
When Mumbai resident Preshit Deorukhkar booked a cab from Uber, he didn’t think he would have such an interesting experience. On July 19, Deorukhkar booked a cab from the Uber app but soon realized that after booking it, the driver began the drive without picking him. According to reports, it was the first working day of the cab driver with Uber. @UberINSupport Hi, your 1-trip driver has started the trip without arriving at the location. His phone isn't reachable. What do I do? pic.twitter.com/L6tRT95gmI — Preshit Deorukhkar (@preshit) July 19, 2018 @UberINSupport Hi, your 1-trip driver has started the trip without arriving at the location. His phone isn't reachable. What do I do? pic.twitter.com/L6tRT95gmI — Preshit Deorukhkar (@preshit) July 19, 2018 Deorukhkar quickly raised the issue on Twitter and also with the Uber authority. He also tweeted that he tried to contact the driver but was unreachable. @UberINSupport Also, how is "P" an acceptable driver name by your standards? ...
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Pakistan General Elections: From gutters and war zones, Pakistan's colourful election candidates 22.7.2018 DNA: Top News
There is the ecologist, the "semi-corrupt", the opportunist, and the indestructible. Alongside Pakistan's mainstream politicians a battery of flamboyant candidates are contesting nationwide elections on July 25. Here are five who each embody the myriad challenges facing the country. Ayaz Memon Motiwala, the ecologist - To make his point, Ayaz Memon Motiwala campaigns from the gutters. Running as an independent in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi, Motiwala prefers to get his anti-corruption, pro-environment message out as he lies in pools of sewage -- all while draped in Pakistan's green and white flag. "If they do not cover the gutters then this is my right to sit inside the gutter and protest," Motiwala tells AFP. Motiwala has chosen the water tap as his election symbol. Water is a highly charged issue, with experts saying Pakistan faces "absolute scarcity" -- less than 500 cubic metres available per person nationwide -- by 2025. "Vote for me -- but even if you don't -- please remember that clean ...
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Residents of Noida and Greater Noida demand audit on high-rises building 22.7.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
Following the collapse of two 6-storeyed buildings in Shahberi area, the residents of high rises in Noida and Greater Noida are demanding the structure audit from the state government. The residents want the authorities to audit the quality of construction material used in the buildings, the strengths of the building columns, beams, pillars, iron bars and plaster, sewage discharge systems, water pipeline system, electrical cabin and wiring system, lifts and podiums. The residents have sent a letter to the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar requesting the structure audit of their buildings. They also made a request through IGRS for the audit of the societies. Noida and Greater Noida have more than two hundred high rise societies. According to the residents, they fear that the builders have not used the high-quality material in the buildings as there have been incidents in the past in which plaster of the wall or ceilings has fallen. "On June 27, a concrete chunk fell off from the ceiling of our ...
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Mumbai: 84 Byculla jail inmates out of hospital, four new admitted 22.7.2018 DNA: Popular News
Four new inmates from Byculla jail were admitted to the government-run Sir JJ Hospital on Saturday after they too complained of vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and subsequent dehydration. Eight inmates were taken to the hospital, but four were discharged after treatment in OPD. Meanwhile, 80 inmates – including a four-month-old baby – were discharged from the hospital. They were admitted on Friday for the same symptoms. Seven inmates from the earlier batch of 87 still remain in hospital. All inmates are in stable condition, said Dr Sanjay Surase, medical superintendent of Sir JJ Hospital. The investigation is still on for the cause of the outbreak. BMC cleared the prison's water supply of any contamination on Saturday after testing samples. An antibiotic called doxycycline was administered by jail authorities to some inmates on Thursday. While the drugs have been sealed and submitted for testing, Dr Padmaja Keskar, BMC's executive health officer, says as the same batch of drugs were distributed ...
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Back to basics my mantra, says AMC commissioner Vijay Nehra 17.7.2018 DNA: Money
In an exclusive one-on-one interview with Gargi Raval, municipal commissioner Vijay Nehra talks about how to strengthen the city administration and give the citizens timely basic amenities. The civic body official says he has always rooted on 'back to basics' mantra, and increase in people's participation. A 2001 batch IAS officer, Nehra took over the new charge on Monday. What will be your priorities for the largest urban local body of the state? I will go back to basics. The Smart City Project is very ambitious. Our main focus will be on infrastructure. The roads have to be good, garbage will have to be collected on time, drainage system and water supply system to be in place. We've to look at the project both on a short-term basis (when relief is immediately provided to people) and long-term vision plans which over the next 30 to 40 years How do you plan to the city forward from its current status? We have a glorious past and the city has even achieved the world heritage city tag. The civic body ...
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Huma Qureshi invited to speak on go-green initiatives 16.7.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Huma Qureshi invited to speak on go-green initiatives
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Cloud Sourcing 13.7.2018 DNA: Bangalore
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Maharashtra government bats for solar projects on large dams 12.7.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
In a major push for the renewable energy sector and to overcome resistance to the acquisition of private land for infrastructure projects, the state government has set the ball rolling for floating solar power projects on large dams. This will see solar panels being installed on the Ujani dam, followed by sites like the Jaikwadi and Koyna reservoirs. A senior official from the Maharashtra energy department said the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MahaVitaran) had floated expressions of interest (EoI) for a 1,000 MW floating solar power project at Ujani dam. The project will be awarded through the tariff-based competitive bidding method, where the bidder quoting the lowest tariff is selected. "After Ujani, we are planning to take up work at the Koyna dam in Satara district and the Jaikwadi dam in Aurangabad," he added. At the Ujani dam, which is one of the largest in Maharashtra, and a crucial water supply and irrigation source for Solapur district, the project will cover 2,000 ...
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Plastic ban: AMC nets Rs 81 lakh in one month 11.7.2018 DNA: India
The civic body has collected Rs 81.35 lakh in fine from manufacturers for not following Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2016. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has also passed a resolution to take action in this regard in its health and solid waste committee and standing committee. On World Environment Day, the AMC joined United Nation's 'Beat the Plastic' programme. In a one-month-long drive, the city has witnessed a transformation with drastic plastic waste reduction. There is a blanket ban on the use of water pouches, plastic cups/glasses, and polythene bags. The Health Department is keeping a strict vigil in the city to make it plastic free. On a pilot basis, a reverse vending machine was placed in Kankaria Lakefront to recycle plastic bottles. In the first week of its installation, 5,000 bottles were collected. "The banned items cannot be seen anywhere in the city limits. Our strategy was to arrive at the root cause of the menace. We had sealed around 168 manufacturing units. ...
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