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No consistent rains raises PHED concern over Bisalpur Dam 19.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
All eyes of PHED officials in Jaipur are on the water level in the Bisalpur Dam. The officials are caught in a confusion about the future planning of water supply in the city in case the water level of the dam doesn’t increase. A few days back, the department had already cut down the water supply the city was receiving from 547mld to 520 mld. Officials informed that during the summer days, 547 mld water was being given. One of the alternatives which is being given thought is to provide water on an alternative day basis to various colonies. Few colonies may get water one-one day and another half may get on another day. The department is also considering other options like opening up more tube wells for the supply of water in the city while the tubewells which have become defunct they may also be repaired and opened up soon. However, since in most of the areas of the city the water level is down and under the dark zone, the places where the water level is high will be chosen for digging new tubewells, ...
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In Pics: Rain fury devastates Kerala, Cochin International Aiport completel... 16.8.2018 DNA: Bangalore
In Pics: Rain fury devastates Kerala, Cochin International Aiport completel...
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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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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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UP temple purified with Gangajal after visit of Dalit woman BJP MLA 30.7.2018 DNA: India
In a shocking incident, a temple in Hamirpur district of Uttar Pradesh was purified with ‘Gangajal’ and statues of deities were sent to Prayag for purification with Sangam holy water after a Dalit BJP woman MLA entered the temple. The Dalit BJP woman MLA from Raath, Manisha Anuragi had visited Muskara Khurd village in her assembly constituency on July 12 to attend a function. On the insistence of party workers, she visited the famous Dhrum Rishi temple in the village to offer prayers, not knowing that woman entry into the temple is banned. The temple is believed to be of Mahabharat era and entry to women devotees is banned for centuries. People believe that even if a woman touches the boundary wall of the temple, the area faces natural calamities like famine etc. “Due to an old belief, entry of women is banned inside the temple. They are allowed to pay obeisance from outside only without touching even its boundary walls,” pointed a visibly upset villager. During her visit inside the temple, the Dalit BJP ...
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Nothing wrong with Byculla Jail food: FDA 25.7.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Nothing wrong with Byculla Jail food: FDA
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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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Mumbai: 87 inmates of Byculla jail sent to JJ hospital for nausea, diarrhoea 21.7.2018 DNA: Popular News
Eighty-five inmates of Byculla Women's Prison, one male prisoner and a four-month-old boy were admitted to Sir JJ Hospital on Friday morning for vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea. They had been ill since Thursday night. Though the condition of all the patients is said to be stable, they have been shifted to the disaster management ward. Two inmates — one is 24-weeks pregnant and the other, 26 weeks — have been shifted to the gynaecology ward. The baby boy, whose mother is also in hospital, is in the paediatric ward. According to the officers at Byculla jail, some inmates experienced stomachache on Thursday night and began vomiting, and were administered doxycycline. Soon, other inmates began showing the same symptoms. "They did not fall ill due to the antibiotic," Dr Wiquar Shaikh, medicine unit head at Sir JJ Hospital, said. "It looks like an outbreak of a monsoon-related ailment. We have taken their blood, urine, and stool samples and sent it for testing," he added. "It can be due to contaminated water or ...
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Desh ki mitti: How IIT Jodhpur is treating contaminated water by using Raja... 19.7.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Desh ki mitti: How IIT Jodhpur is treating contaminated water by using Raja...
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Mumbai Rains: It's a long swim home for Vasai after its 26/7 12.7.2018 DNA: Top News
Life started limping back to normalcy in the Nallasapora-Vasai belt on Wednesday, which was marooned by the torrential rains for the past three days. On Wednesday afternoon, wading through waterlogged streets in many parts of Palghar district, residents stepped out to buy bare essentials. A spot visit made by the DNA team revealed the plight of common people, who had to shell out extra money for vegetables, milk and water. Many residents across the western suburbs complained of vegetables becoming dearer and shortage of milk. Bottled water, that is normally sold at Rs 30 was being sold at Rs 80, while one litre milk was being sold for Rs 100. Several officegoers said that they would resume work on Thursday if the water subsided and the rain gods had mercy. Even as mobile network, electricity and rail connectivity remained erratic, the Western Railway stated that local train services were running normal between Dahanu and Churchgate. Trains ran at 10 km per hour on the Nallasopara-Vasai belt. On ...
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Shedhi canal repairs still on, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to supply bore well water 11.7.2018 DNA: India
Starting this summer, the city stopped receiving a 200 MLD water supply from Shedhi canal. There was reportedly a breach in the canal, and due to the ongoing repair work, water supply can only be resumed by June end. To compensate for this water shortage, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) continued acquiring water from bore wells. For one more month, the AMC will have to resort to groundwater for supplies. For this, the civic body is going to fetch water for 12 hours continuously. "Supply from the Shedhi canal has been delayed further by a month. So we have to depend on water from bore wells for that month. Shedhi canal is the main source of water for the Raska water treatment plant. From Raska treatment plant, AMC gets 250 MLD water," said a senior civic body official. "Constant use of groundwater has pushed the water level down from 15 feet to 18 feet. Due to delay in the onset of monsoons, the situation is likely to get worse if we continue extracting groundwater," said a civic official. In ...
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Japan rains: Death toll goes up to 112; rescuers race to find survivors 9.7.2018 DNA: Top News
Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides that killed at least 112 people, with dozens missing. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled an overseas trip to deal with Japan's worst flood disaster since 1983, with several million people forced from their homes. Officials said the overall economic impact was not clear. Rain tapered off across the western region on Monday to reveal blue skies and a scorching sun that pushed temperatures well above 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), fuelling fears of heat-stroke in areas cut off from power or water. "We cannot take baths, the toilet doesn't work and our food stockpile is running low," said Yumeko Matsui, whose home in the city of Mihara, in Hiroshima prefecture, has been without water since Saturday. "Bottled water and bottled tea are all gone from convenience stores and other shops," the 23-year-old nursery school worker said at an emergency water supply station. Some 11,200 ...
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Japan rains: Nearly 100 killed; residents struggle without electricity and water 9.7.2018 DNA: Mumbai
Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rains unleashed widespread floods and landslides that killed nearly 100, with dozens missing. Rain tapered off across the western region battered by last week's downpour, revealing blue skies and scorching sun forecast to push temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86°F), fuelling fears of heatstroke in areas cut off from power or water. "We cannot take baths, the toilet doesn't work and our food stockpile is running low," said Yumeko Matsui, whose home in the city of Mihara has been without water since Saturday. "Bottled water and bottled tea are all gone from convenience stores and other shops," the 23-year-old nursery school worker said at an emergency water supply station. About 12,700 customers had no electricity on Monday, power companies said. Tens of thousands had no water, Japanese media said. The death toll from the rains reached at least 94 after floodwaters forced several million people from ...
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Ahmedabad: Wastewater irrigation also leads to diarrhea! 27.6.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
A study has found that a large portion of Ahmedabad's farming population relies on water unsuitable for irrigation, which has had significant adverse health effects on them. The year long study covered 187 households from four communities that used surface water, groundwater and wastewater for irrigation. Apart from getting reports about the health of the households, the study also analysed the water samples for E.coli and found that in all the three water sources, the average E-coli numbers per 100 ml exceeded the international irrigation water standard. The study also found a positive correlation between irrigation water quality and incidence of diarrhea. The study found that the incidence of diarrhea in areas that used groundwater (7.92 episodes/1000 person-week) was lesser than those that used wastewater (13.1 episodes) and surface water (13.4 episode). Overall, the incidence of diarrhea in the study sample was 11.5 episodes/1,000 person-weeks. Based on the microbiological assessment, the average E. ...
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Coastal villagers fume over aquaculture 27.6.2018 Hindu: National
Increased salinity plagues 10 mandals, says official
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Affordable toilets planned for rural poor 25.6.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
Each toilet to cost ₹20,000; govt. to provide ₹12,000, NGO ₹5,000 as subsidy; the rest to be borne by beneficiaries
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Vennalappara housing scheme nearing completion 25.6.2018 Hindu: News
Government agencies and philanthropic groups join hands for the project
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Should we take horse to water or water to horse? 25.6.2018 DNA: Top News
I am typing this in company of a langur troupe in a state of exuberance that only the first rain can bring, and hence enjoying intermittent shower from the bamboo canopy above me. While the panic about water that builds up during hot summer seems to have subsided in our wiser cousins, my Facebook wall has just popped a video by great Sadhguru telling me that we are heading for a water crisis. For some strange reason, whenever the water Gurus of this planet do their maths, it starts with a premise that 97 % of water on this blue-green planet being salty, it is good for fish only. So, left with 3 % and most of it frozen in polar ice caps, they conclude that we will rather have world war III and self-destruct than solve the problem of water using a technology that we already have. As they presume that the cost of desalination will ensure that we rather die than do it, I would not like to apply my understating of the economics of demand-supply to their wisdom either. So, instead of worrying about a distant ...
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High alert against spread of communicable diseases 24.6.2018 Hindu: Fitness
Cleaning activities, drives to eradicate mosquitos being taken up
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Plastic banned in GWMC office 24.6.2018 Hindu: Rx
To encourage sustainable environmental practices
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