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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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Greater Noida residents to receive Ganga water soon 24.6.2018 DNA: Money
Residents of Greater Noida can hope to see their indefinite hope for Ganga water ending soon. This part of Gautam Buddh Nagar is expected to get Ganga water by the end of 2018. A 210 MLD capacity water plant is almost ready which will start supplying Ganga water in the next 4 months. People staying in Greater Noida have been facing harrowing time due to bad quality water in their area.  The water that they receive is hard and saline. To ensure a better quality of drinking water, the Greater Noida Authority had started the Ganga water project. The project is now on the verge of its completion. According to the officials, Ganga water project is almost 75 per cent complete. "Work is going on at the primary refinement plant in Gangnahar which is almost 75 per cent complete. The remaining work is expected to be completed soon. "For the supply of Ganga water project, overhead tanks and water pump houses have already been made," said an official. Ganga water will be supplied according to priorities at the ...
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No straws, plastic bags at platform stalls 24.6.2018 Hindu: News
Stalls at railway stations were partly affected as they had to stop takeaway services for liquid food items. Otherwise, it was business as usual. “Be
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A pilot project that makes waste water reusable 24.6.2018 Hindu: Chennai
Anna varsity-L&T initiative aims to makes sewage treatment less power intensive
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Declare districts open defecation-free by Oct. 2, says Minister 23.6.2018 Hindu: Fitness
The State government has directed officials of north Karnataka districts to utilise funds under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan for declaring all districts
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Hodeidah Port Battle: Amidst constant bombardment, residents suffer lack of... 23.6.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Hodeidah Port Battle: Amidst constant bombardment, residents suffer lack of...
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DNA Jaipur 10th Anniversary: No more typifying Rajasthan, we have changed 23.6.2018 DNA: Opinion
Adecade is not even a drop in the ocean of history and heritage; cultures and communities; sights and sounds that make up our state. Change is inevitable in an increasingly connected world. Our Rajasthan, too has been undergoing a metamorphosis. The ghunghat is being replaced. Manju Devi, a porter in Jaipur station has broken into a very male bastion. So has Meera Bai Meena who repairs handpumps in hamlets nestled in the hills of Udaipur. The travails and triumphs of Rupa Yadav, a child bride who is now pursuing her MBBS, exemplifies the change in mindsets. I see a difference in every sector. It was the women of the state who campaigned to make the state free of open defecation. Village Wildlife Watchers, unread in most part and volunteers at that, use Whatsapp to monitor wild animals in their charge. Today, Rajasthan has institutions of National repute – IIT, IIM, AIIMS, National Law School. Youth from Rajasthan are acquiring skills that make them employable. Just running after a degree has become a ...
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Notice served on owners of Eroor garbage pit 23.6.2018 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition
Dirty water seeping from pit breeding worms and polluting wells
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Fluoride-hit Rajupalem thirsts for a few pots of safe drinking water 22.6.2018 Hindu: National
One or two persons from every family suffer from fluorosis and are bedridden
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Waste stabilisation ponds 22.6.2018 Hindu: Religion
A look at how they work and save the city by S. Vishwanath
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