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Flood fury in 'God's Own Country': 47 dead in Kerala, P... 15.8.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Flood fury in 'God's Own Country': 47 dead in Kerala, P...
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Kerala rains: Cochin airport suspends flight operations; dam shutters raised across state 15.8.2018 DNA: India
Cochin International Airport today suspended all flight operations till 2 pm as water level has increased in the airport area following continuous rains and the opening of dam shutters in Periyar river. The decision to suspend the operations was taken after shutters of the Idamalayar and Cheruthoni dams, part of Idukki reservoir, were opened last evening to release excess water. The airport is situated near the Periyar river bank. "Operations suspended to/from Cochin International Airport till 1400 hrs...due to flood level in and around Airport," an airport spokesperson said this morning. The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), which decided to suspend the arrival operations at 4 am to 7 am today as a precautionary measure, took the decision to shut the airport till afternoon after reviewing the situation. The arrival operations at the airport were suspended for two hours on August 9 in view of possible inundation in the airport area. The operations were resumed later on. Torrential rains, ...
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Most of Ganga water in UP-Bengal stretch unfit for drinking, bathing, says... 14.8.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Most of Ganga water in UP-Bengal stretch unfit for drinking, bathing, says...
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Maharashtra: Tiger suspectedly poached in Jalgaon, rope found around n... 14.8.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Maharashtra: Tiger suspectedly poached in Jalgaon, rope found around n...
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Everglades National Park: Into the wild 14.8.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Everglades National Park: Into the wild
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Gujarat: Equipment quality, enrolling farmers risks for KUSUM scheme 14.8.2018 DNA: Mumbai
Quality of solar pumps and getting farmers on board are the two key risks for the success of the net-metered solar pumps, according to an analysis by Greenpeace India, Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) and IWMI-Tata Water Policy Program. The analysis, which was released at a conference earlier this week, showed that India could surpass its solar power target of 100 GW by 2022 if solar pumps were to replace traditional water pumps in farms. It said that while the 60 GW target for large-scale solar power projects is on track, the 40 GW target for roof-top solar is still to gather momentum, and as of March, only 2.4 GW roof-top capacity had been installed. While talking about several benefits the solar pumps could provide, the analysis identified the quality of solar pumps and maintenance as a key potential risk for the success of net-metered solar pumps. Incidentally, the central government had recently launched KUSUM (Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahaabhiyan) scheme to promote ...
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Despite Centre, Maharashtra crackdown, 75,000 daily wage sand miners work without safety measures 13.8.2018 DNA: India
Raghunath Bartade watched helplessly as his brother was dragged off the sand-mining boat, his leg tangled in the anchor rope and his arms flailing as he sank into the murky creek near Mumbai. Moments earlier, Raghunath and Babban Bartade had been dredging sand by hand from the bottom of the creek - an often deadly trade that fuels the nation’s booming construction industry, and continues despite an official crackdown. "We found his body within minutes," said Bartade, adding that he has witnessed several incidents of drowning since he began mining sand 13 years ago. "The miners usually drift away in the water and their body surfaces days later," he said, standing outside his hut in Bharatpada village in Palghar district adjoining Mumbai on a rainy afternoon with his brother's children hovering close by. Babban's death in June came a year after a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation revealed workers were drowning while illegally mining sand in Vasai Creek, one of the two main distributaries of the ...
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Increasing farmers' income through reduction in cost of cultivation 13.8.2018 DNA: India
When the goal of increasing the income of farmers and workers has gained national priority across the spectrum of ideological boundaries, is not it strange that excessive focus is on increasing prices and not on decreasing cost? What is the political economy of this bias? Reducing cost requires triggering debate on sustainability, saving water, soil, seed and all inputs in such a manner that farmers improve his income by reducing the cost to oneself but also to mother nature. Reduction in cost takes place when we get more crop with less water as Harbhajan, suggested in early 2000. He suggested irrigation in alternate rows of cotton thus halving water requirement and also reducing the incidence of pest without any adverse effect on crop yield (more on it next week). Growing coriander around chickpea reduces pest attack in parts of Haryana due to predators attracted by nectar-rich coriander. Micro-toxins produced by using old bajra flour in early nineties in Gujarat were used as pesticides in Gujarat. One ...
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Gujarat Police foil Hardik Patel, Congress MLAs’ Jal Samadhi attempt 12.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Quota leader Hardik Patel, Congress MLAs Lalit Vasoya, Pratap Dudhat and others attempted Jal Samadhi (drowning oneself) on Saturday in Bhadar River near Bhukhi village of Rajkot district. The police detained around 200 people including Hardik and Vasoya, making their attempt futile. Congress MLA from Dhoraji and former colleague of Hardik Patel in quota stir, Lalit Vasoya, had warned the government saying that if no actions were taken to control the pollution in Bhadar-2 dam reservoir caused by local textile dyeing units through the release of untreated effluents.  Vasoya has also written to the Governor, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, water resource department and hordes of other officials, staged the protest programme on Saturday.  He headed towards the reservoir with Hardik and some 100 people. They were, however,  detained by the local police and released on bail. “I will take Jal Samadhi again. The BJP government tried to break our agitation, but we all will stay united and Congress will fight for ...
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Innovate in India, do it for humanity: PM Narendra Modi at IIT-B convocation in Mumbai 12.8.2018 DNA: Mumbai
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called IITs 'India's Instrument for Transformation' on Saturday while lauding the institutes for enriching Brand India globally and catapulting the nation to the forefront of the world's technological powerhouses. The Prime Minister, who was addressing the 56th annual convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), said reputable institutes such as IITs would steer the course of development with the keystones of innovation and enterprise. Underscoring sustainable development, the PM exhorted the students to "innovate in India, innovate for humanity" in areas ranging from mitigating climate change to enhancing agricultural productivity, generating cleaner energy and conserving water. "The nation is proud of IITs and what IIT graduates have achieved. Their success inspired engineering colleges across the country, and this made India one of the world's largest pools of technical manpower,'' he said, in his 32-minute speech. "We must build on this. We must make ...
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Kerala floods: Over 10,000 people relocated from banks of Periyar river and tributaries 11.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Over 10,000 people living on the banks of Periyar river and its tributaries have been shifted to 78 camps opened in Ernakulam district as part of measures taken by it to deal with the threats following release of water from two major dams. Officials said 10,510 people have been provided shelter at 78 relief camps opened in Paravoor, Aluva, Kanayannur and Kunnathunad taluks in the district. The district authorities said they have made all necessary preparations for providing food, drinking water and medical facilities to the people shifted in the camps. People said rise in water level in Periyar river has affected their normal life. Meanwhile, braving adverse weather conditions, thousands of pilgrims thronged on the bank of Periyar river in Aluva to perform 'Karkkidaka Vavu Bali' at a Lord Shiva temple known for the annual ritual. The temple situated in the middle of the river remained submerged in gushing waters. Ernakulam district administration officials said elaborate arrangements were made by the ...
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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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Tamil Nadu: Flood alert issued for Cauvery river in 6 districts 10.8.2018 DNA: Money
A flood alert was issued along the banks of Cauvery in six Tamil Nadu districts today with Karnataka releasing more than one lakh cusecs of water into the inter-state river in the wake of heavy rains there, officials said today. The alert was issued a day after the Central Water Commission (CWC) gave the first advisory warning, saying combined discharge of water (more than one lakh cusecs) from Kabani and KRS dams in Karnataka was expected to reach Mettur Dam in Salem district of Tamil Nadu by tomorrow. "Suitable precautionary steps may be taken and downstream areas informed of the (water) release", the advisory issued by CWC's Southern Rivers Division. Accordingly, the collectors of Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Salem, Erode, Tiruchirapalli and Thanjavur districts gave the flood alert asking people living along the banks of the river, particularly those in low lying areas, to move to safer places in case of flood, official sources said. All preventive and safety measures have been taken to meet any ...
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Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in Kerala 10.8.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in Kerala
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Rajasthan: Jal Swavlamban revitalises water sources in Dausa 10.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
The Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Yojana is proving to be a milestone in eliminating the water problem in the state to great extent. Under the scheme, water storage reservoirs of ancient times have been rejuvenated and are getting the rainwater. The water level in the wells has also gone up. Speaking on the Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Yojana, Dausa Collector Naresh Sharma said that the scheme has been to solve the problem of water shortage in the state. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s efforts have solved the drinking water problem and the villagers are also getting water for irrigation. Talking specifically about Dausa district, Sharma added that where the old water resources have been restored for the purpose of storing water , the work has also been done in the direction of developing some new water sources. Moreover, hurdles that stopped the water reaching these sources have also been removed for maximum storage. MLA Shankar Sharma said that when he became the MLA of Dausa, the situation of water in ...
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Vedanta gets limited access to Tamil Nadu plant 10.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday allowed Vedanta permission to access the administrative section at its Sterlite copper smelter plant in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, but turned down its request to independently maintain the plant for 30 days under Tribunal’s observation.  It also ordered the Tamil Nadu government to submit in ten days a scientific analysis of the baseline pollution data at the SIPCOT Industrial area in Tuticorin and posted the matter for next hearing on August 20.  Besides, NGT directed that the representative of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) should be nominated to a joint committee under the District Collector, that is inspecting the Sterlite plant site to check for disposal of any hazardous material. A four-member bench, headed by NGT chairperson Justice A.K.Goel,  was hearing Vedanta’s on-going plea challenging Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board’s (TNPCB) closure order of its copper smelter unit in Tuticorin.  The TN government had issued a closure order on May 28 on ...
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22 dead as heavy rains lash Kerala, Red Alert issued for Idukki Reservoir, Navy launches 'Operation Madad' 9.8.2018 DNA: Money
— ANI (@ANI) August 9, 2018 With water levels rising in various dams and reaching almost their maximum capacity, shutters of at least 22 reservoirs in Kerala have been opened to drain out excess water. Earlier in the day, arrival operations at the Cochin International Airport Limited resumed nearly two hours after it was suspended in view of possible inundation in the airport area following a rising water level in the Periyar river. The CIAL is situated close to the river. "As the situation is improved we are resuming all operations from 3.05 pm today," a CIAL spokesperson had said. The CIAL had earlier stopped arrival operations from 1.10 pm, as a precautionary measure. The decision to resume arrival operations was taken after the situation was reviewed by Ernakulam District Collector and top officials of the airport management, the spokesperson said. Earlier, the Ernakulam district administration conducted a review of the situation at the airport after the water level in a canal near it started ...
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Kerala: Shutters of Idamalayar dam opened, water level in Periyar river increases 9.8.2018 DNA: Opinion
 Four shutters of the Idamalayar dam were opened this morning to release excess water from it, resulting in an increase in water level in Periyar river. Ernakulam district administration officials said relief camps have been opened in Choornikkara and Kombanad villages as it is anticipated that the release of water may cause inundation in these areas. Kerala State Disaster Management Authority officials said there was no need for people living on the bank of river Periyar to panic. The dam shutters were opened at 5 am, 6 am and 8 am. They were opened 1 metre each after the water level reached maximum storage capacity. The authority had yesterday sounded a red alert at Idamalayar dam after water level in the reservoir touched 168.20 metres. The authority said 164 cumecs (cubic metres/sec) water is being released. Considering the tide levels, the KSEB dam safety department advance the opening of the shutters to 5 a.m. Earlier, it was proposed to release water from Idamalayar dam at 8 a.m today. Opening of ...
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Heavy rains in Kerala; red alert sounded at Idamalayar dam 8.8.2018 DNA: Popular News
Heavy rains lashed several parts of Kerala today, leading to copious inflows into reservoirs and sounding of a red alert at Idamalayar dam in Ernakulam district. The rapid rise in water levels at the dam led the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) to prepone opening of the shutters to 6 AM tomorrow from 8 AM. The KSDMA took the decision at its meeting here today. It asked the public not to panic and said that if the water level rises to 170 meters before 6 AM tomorrow, only one shutter would be opened and 82 cusecs released. "The increase in water level downstream due to this limited discharge is estimated to be contained within the river banks," it said in a release. KSDMA said that a decision on having a trial run to open the shutters of Idukki dam at 2,398 feet would be taken after assessing the situation on a concurrent basis and be announced subsequently, if necessary. The water level in the Idukki reservoir touched 2396.96 feet this afternoon against its full level of 2,403 ...
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NGT orders closure and action on 124 industries polluting rivers in Uttar Pradesh 8.8.2018 DNA: India
The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday ordered closure and registration of cases against 124 industrial units which are polluting the Kali, Krishna and Hindon rivers in six districts of western Uttar Pradesh. Observing that people have a fundamental right to clean air and water, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the district magistrates of these six districts to submit an action plan for providing potable water to the villagers in a time bound manner. The green panel directed the UP government to immediately seal all hand pumps which are discharging contaminated water and also sought an action plan to clean the Kali, Krishna and Hindon rivers. The tribunal asked the state government to devise health benefit schemes for persons suffering from ailments caused due to drinking polluted water. Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, appearing for the petitioner NGO Doaba Paryavaran Samiti, said due to lackadaisical approach of the authorities, the children were forced to drink water ...
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