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Bengaluru: Dams at dead storage, dry days ahead 23.2.2017
Bengaluru is in for a long, dry summer. The situation is dire, even in the run up to the hottest months of the year, as the city is already being forced to draw its drinking water from dead storage in the Cauvery dam. Pumping water will cost the government Rs 40 crore, an expensive and inefficient solution, reports Team DC. It’s February and the city is already getting hot. While most Bengalureans are not complaining of water shortage yet, their days of comfort may be numbered as the outskirts of the city are already facing the heat with water supply here far more intermittent now than before. With Bengaluru drawing most of the 1.5 TMC ft of water it needs every month from the Cauvery reservoirs,  it is looking at a bleak summer  as the poor monsoon has left the KRS and Kabini reservoirs with only  7.9 TMC ft of water of which  4.2 TMC ft is dead storage. Seeing the writing on the wall and anticipating a water crisis in coming weeks, the BWSSB is now preparing to dip into the dead storage of these dams ...
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Water supply plan ready for summer 23.2.2017 Hindu: Home
GVMC to arrange water through tankers
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Empowering through waste 23.2.2017
Around the world, irresponsible human activities seem to be leading to absolute entropy, but thankfully, there are a few people who are doing their bit to save the environment. Two such individuals from the city are Renu Rao and Abhinav Gangumalla, who run We Recycle, an organisation which not only upcycles waste into beautiful and functional products, but also empowers women from the economically challenged areas of the city by hiring them to craft waste papers, bottles, soda cans and tetrapacks into books, lamps and photo frames, among other things. The four-year-old organisation had a few setbacks since its inception due to family issues of the founders, but is now back in the game. They were recently invited to set up a stall at the NY Now Trade Show, the biggest gift fare in the US. Abhinav, a gold medallist in civil engineering and a graduate from IIT Bombay, talks about how he turned to the sustainability sector seven years ago. “I love travelling and even 60 km away from Hyderabad, I see people ...
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Paonta Sahib to have degree college 23.2.2017 The Tribune
SOLAN: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said he neither used derogatory remarks, nor criticised anyone as it was the BJP which was adopting such tactics.
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Manmohan Kalia Enclave flat allottees demand refund 23.2.2017 The Tribune
BATHINDA: The Manmohan Kalia Enclave Flat Allottees’ Association has written to the Secretary of the Local Bodies Department, demanding a probe by an independent agency into a Bathinda Improvement Trust’s scheme and refund of their money deposited with the Trust for purchasing the flats.
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A disaster that’s still unfolding 23.2.2017 Hindu: Opinion
The inadequate response to the oil spill off the coast of Chennai raises questions of accountability
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Plastic from tyres, clothes major source of ocean pollution 23.2.2017 The Tribune
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Shilphata-Mhape road widened, but at what cost? 22.2.2017 news
The pipeline was damaged in December last year and the TMC is yet to repair it. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar The drive against illegal str­u­ctures along roads in a bid to widen them has come at an immense inconvenience to motorists. Over the last two months, they have been dealing with the broken roads as well as leaking water because pip­elines near Shilphata-Mhape road have been damaged. Th­ere are also potholes to navigate through. When contacted, deputy municipal commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), Sandeep Malvi said, "I don't know about the leakage issue. We will check under whose jurisdiction the water pipelines are situated. If it is under TMC, we will undertake repair work as soon as possible or else we will inform the authorities concer­ned to take proper action." Apparently, in early December last year, TMC commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal had ordered the demolition of illegal structures along this road, which has led to this current debacle. Lamenting the hardships they face in ...
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‘Microplastic particles clogging oceans’ 22.2.2017 Hindu: S & T
Micro particles account for 15-31% of the estimated 9.5 million tonnes dumped in oceans, says IUCN
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‘Big river’ down to a trickle 22.2.2017 Hindu: News
With the Periyar at a low ebb, questions are being asked about power generation and irrigation
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Sewage spoiling Raia vegetables sold in Margao market 22.2.2017 Video News – The Navhind Times
Raw sewage is being released into the fields which are cultivated by farmers Raia. The farmers say that despite repeated complaints to the authorities concerned nothing has changed.
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Bellandur fire: NGT asks state authorities why they shouldn’t be prosecuted 22.2.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Bellandur fire: NGT asks state authorities why they shouldn’t be prosecuted
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Fourth drinking water pipeline likely to be commissioned soon 22.2.2017 The Hindu - Tamil Nadu
The project, taken up at a cost of ₹282.44 crore, will provide water to three lakh people
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Plastic from tyres, clothes major source of ocean pollution 22.2.2017 DNA: Evolutions
Sources of primary microplastics include car tyres, synthetic textiles, marine coatings, road markings, personal care products, plastic pellets and city dust.
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Run a marathon for Malad's mangroves 22.2.2017 culture
Marathons are no more head-turners. The distance covered varies but they are regularly held across countries and states. The newest run in the city is set to promote mangroves. The road running parallel to Malad Mindspace, a business park, will witness a unique 10K run (Mangrove Marathon) this weekend, which will be flagged off from Inorbit Mall. The process started on February 2, which was World Wetlands Day. "We had a campaign inside the mall about mangroves. The shoppers were enlightened about the importance of the landmark area in the city. We wanted to know their knowledge about the mangroves, which protect the city from encroachment by the sea or erosion. Similarly, they also guard the sea from pollution," says Paresh Pimpale, one of the members of the Mangrove Marathon team. Two acres of mangroves near Evershine Nagar in Malad Pimpale believes the marathon will raise awareness about mangroves. "They have been on the fringe of human imagination purely because they are inaccessible. People need to ...
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Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report 22.2.2017
Invisible particles washed off products like synthetic clothing and car tyres account for up to a third of the plastic polluting oceans, impacting eco-systems and human health, a top conservationist body warned Wednesday. Unlike the shocking images of country-sized garbage patches floating in the oceans, the microplastic particles that wash off textiles and roadways leave the waterways looking pristine. But they constitute a significant part of the "plastic soup" clogging our waters -- accounting for between 15 and 31 percent of the estimated 9.5 million tonnes of plastic released into the oceans each year, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In its report "Primary Microplastics in the Oceans", IUCN found that in many developed countries in North America and Europe, which have effective waste management, tiny plastic particles are in fact a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic waste. In addition to car tyres and synthetic textiles, such particles stem ...
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Mizo minister’s resignation accepted 22.2.2017 The Shillong Times
Aizawl:The resignation of Mizoram’s Labour Minister Lalrinmawia Ralte, who has been blamed for sending 32 students from the state to a fake institute in Kolkata and misusing money, has been accepted by Governor Nirbhay Sharma, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said on Tuesday. Ralte’s resignation, which had been submitted on February 15, was accepted as he had pleaded that there should be fair and impartial inquiry into the allegations against his department, the chief minister told newsmen here. Ralte and Mizoram Youth Commission(MYC) chairman T. Sangkunga were “compelled” to resign as some government officials had misguided them, he said. The minister’s […]
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Neyyar-Aruvikkara link may be a non-starter 22.2.2017
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Officials are revisiting a 42-year-old proposal for linking Neyyar dam to Aruvikkara reservoir in the wake of the current drought situation. However, prima facie, it wasn't found to be feasible anymore as water levels in Neyyar dam are much lower than four decades ago. Peppara which feeds Aruvikkara dam, on the other hand, is in a slightly better position with water to last for another 60 days. During the chief ministership of C. Achutha Menon, a severe drought hit the city in 1975. There was no municipal water in the capital city for ten days. "Aruvikkara, the only source of drinking water dried up, and a plan was charted to lay pipes from Neyyar dam through Kottur side. The pipe from Kappukadu was to end up on a canal that runs into Karamana river which feeds Aruvikkara reservoir. A company named Kerala Electrical Works was to execute the project and pipes were also bought,” recalls activist Raj Kumar. “However, government alternatively worked on Peppara dam commissioned in 1983. It ...
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Healing pond of Vemulawada is bone-dry 22.2.2017
Hyderabad: Sivaratri festival looms ahead, but ‘Dharma Gundam’ in the prominent Vemulawada shrine is dried up and there is no water for pilgrims to take a holy dip. The Sivaratri festival will be celebrated on Friday and temple authorities have been planning special pujas from Thursday. The celebrations  will end on Sunday morning.  Officials are expecting more than 5 lakh pilgrims to come to  the shrine on Sivaratri. Pilgrims from Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Chattisgarh generally visit the shrine on Sivaratri and temple authorities are making all  arrangements for the convenience of the devotees. For decades, pilgrims used to take a holy dip in the Pushkarini (Dharma Gundam) before entering the temple’s sanctum sanctorum to perform special pujas. The pond did not ever dry up as it always had plenty of water supply from a tank nearby. During the extension work of the temple, the tank was disturbed and it shrunk,  which led to the water crisis in both the tank and ...
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Tamil Nadu's capital expenditure matches interest paid on loans 22.2.2017
Chennai: The state’s spending on infrastructure development and allocation of funds for education almost matches the payment of interest, going by the budget estimates for the year 2016-17. While the spending on infrastructure and education stands at Rs 21,376 crore, the annual debt paid by the government comes to Rs 21,304 crore. During the financial year 2015-16, the debts were Rs 18,350 crore and the capital expenditure was Rs 20,765 crore. There was a small difference of around Rs 2,000 crore between the spending on infrastructure and interests paid during last year. But, the gap between them is narrow as per the estimates for this year, as the amount of debts had gone up. The entire amount spend on construction and maintenance of roads and bridges is Rs 7,064 crore, while the amount of water supply is Rs 1,597 crore. The entire amount spent on irrigation is Rs 1,657 crore. The funds allocated for education is Rs 1,035 crore, while agriculture gets Rs 1,148 crore. The total amount allocated for ...
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