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Vastu elements for right winter vibes at home 16.12.2017 Lifestyle – The Indian Express
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RJD's Bihar bandh on December 21 is against the Sikhs, says JDU 16.12.2017 India Today| Must Read
Invoking the 1984 Sikh riots, JDU also slammed the Congress party for having no respect for the Sikhs and extending their support to Lalu for his Bihar bandh call.
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‘Forest officers must innovate to tackle climate change’ 16.12.2017 Central Chronicle » Bhopal
  Madhya Pradesh demands 1200 crore to prevent tigers from hunting by electrocution  Chronicle Reporter,... more »
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Andhra Pradesh: Chlorinated water within three months 16.12.2017
Eluru: West Godavari Collector K. Bhaskar assured residents that potable water would be supplied to them in about three months from 1,700 drinking water schemes keeping in mind their health. Taking part in a meeting here on Friday, he said that they were going to subject the water to auto-chlorination by using liquid chlorine to purify it before pumping to people for consumption.  He said that they were taking steps to install LED bulbs in 909 gram panchyats in the district. A third power line would be laid for a distance of 900 km and directed the concerned officials to complete the works in 60 days. For maintenance of sanitation, the Collector asked panchayat officials to set up solid waste management sheds in gram panchayats and assured them to release subsidy amount for purchasing 1,600 vehicles through SC and BC Corporations in order to collect garbage door-to-door in gram panchayats.  He directed the panchayat officials to organise gram panchayat meetings in the offices with all ...
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Technical glitches mar Sriram Sagar Project 16.12.2017
Khammam: Bhakta Ramadas Lift Irrigation Project is facing teething problems. The project has commenced on "trial and error" basis since inception and ten-year-old motors erected to lift water for the project from the Palair Reservoir are not able to pump water due to technical snags.  About 59,800 acres in Tirumalayapalem, Kusumanchi, Nelakondapalli and Mudigonda mandals are supposed to get irrigated under the project. Minister for roads and buildings Tummala Nageswara Rao decided to give water another ten villages under Tirumalayapalem mandal by lifting Palair water to them. All these villages came under Sriram Sagar Project and pipes were already laid there. It is planned to turn the water from DBM – 60 (distributor main canal). The government planned to extend irrigation water to all the villages of Tirumalayapalem mandal. Officials said that this might require irrigating 16,000 acre more ayacut than the earlier designed to Bhakta Ramadas Project. There is less possibility for ...
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NGT bans plastic in towns on Ganga banks 16.12.2017 India – The Indian Express
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Interlinking of rivers disastrous: Experts 16.12.2017
BENGALURU: In 2015, a task force for interlinking of rivers was constituted by the Ministry of Water Resources. But the experts not only term it unfeasible but also call it economically and socially disastrous. Terming Union Minister and former chairman of the task force committee on linking rivers, Mr Suresh Prabhu"s statement that interlinking of rivers would solve the problem of drought and flood as oversimplistic, Maj Gen (retd) S.G. Vombatkere of National Alliance of People"s Movement at a symposium organised by Environment Support Group (ESG) said on Friday that the project will lead to displacement of people and may lead to social tensions. He said, "When the government talks of interlinking, they do not mention dams as they are required at every spot to interlink rivers. Moreover, if the project fails to achieve its aim, the economic recovery will be difficult."Taking the example of Bihar which witnesses floods every year, it was highlighted that Ganga floods at ...
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Haryana NOC for IG canal repair: Nitin Gadkari 16.12.2017 DNA: India
Injecting a boosting dose in Rajasthan’s infrastructure and irrigation works, the Union minister for road transport and water resources, Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stone of ambitious Parwan Irrigation water project. He also announced the completion of Jaipur’s Ring Road project in record deadline of one year and commence civil works on Greenfield Express highway between Jaipur and Delhi, soon. “Whatever commitments I make, I fulfill,” said Gadkari as a chief guest addressing a function in Baran which was presided by the chief minister, Vasundhara Raje. Fetching water from Yamuna River to Rajasthan, restoration of Indira Gandhi Canal and uses of ethanol as a fuel for farmers were also proclaimed by the minister from the stage. He emphasised that he is working on schemes contentiously to supply water to the desert state and increase earnings of the farmers. “At the time of the partition, six rivers were divided between India and Pakistan equally. However, three rivers which India had, flow into ...
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Ambitious Rs 6.5K cr Parwan agri project initiated by Raj-Centre 16.12.2017 DNA: India
Accusing Congress government for delaying ambitious Parwan irrigation project, chief minister, Vasundhara Raje has claimed that her government worked with sincerity on the project and laid its foundation, finally. She was addressing a gathering in Baran district where she along with Union road surface and water minister, Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stones and inaugurated development works worth Rs8,487 crore, including Rs 6,490 crore of Parwan alone. “Congress has done politics in 50 years of its rule but we implemented it. When it gets completed, it will become lifeline of Baran, Jhalawar and Kota districts. The dam capacity of this project is 490 million cubic metre. After completion, 317million cubic metres of water will be available for irrigation. Along with irrigation, this project will also provide 50 million cubic metres of water to quench thirst of 1,821 villages of Baran, Jhalawar and Kota districts. The thermal power generation of 2,970 MW will be achieved with 79 million cubic metre of the ...
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Silt may have reduced Bhakra capacity by 15% 16.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 15 The storage capacity of the Gobind Sagar reservoir at Bhakra Dam may have been reduced by over 15 per cent since its inception due to the continues inflow and settlement of silt over the past about seven decades. Estimating this, senior functionaries of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) said the board had decided to undertake a silt survey to assess the levels of silt deposited on the reservoir bed over the years. A decision to de-silt the reservoir would depend upon the survey’s results. Gobind Sagar has never been de-silted so far. “We expect the survey to begin in about two months,” a senior BBMB officer said. “An external agency with the requisite expertise will execute the project, which is expected to take about three months,” he added. Over 2.27 lakh feet of the reservoir’s length would be surveyed. Silt can affect or damage the hydropower generating machinery. Gobind Sagar’s defined storage capacity is 6.229 billion cubic metres (BCM). As on ...
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Fix My Street: 2,500 plaints in 3 days 16.12.2017
Bengaluru: Just four days after the launch of the mobile phone application, Fix My Street, by the BBMP to address civic issues, over 2,500 complaints have been registered till Friday.  The app was launched on December 11 and saw more than 5,000 downloads on Android and IOS systems. Complaints related to streetlights not functioning, garbage dumping, no pourakarmikas to collect garbage from the doorstep, dumping of constructional debris and water and drainage problems topped the list of complaints. Mayor Sampath Raj told Deccan Chronicle, "Highest complaints through the app have been received from Mahadevapura which is around 550. We have also been receiving complaints about water or drain problem and these are being forwarded to the BWSSB." He said, "We will create more awareness among the people about the Fix My Street app and also people who do not use apps can always register a complaint at our control room and ward level offices. For now, we have received a good response ...
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Four FIRs registered over illegal mining 16.12.2017 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 15

The Jalandhar administration has initiated a special campaign in the district against illegal mining. Four FIRs have been lodged against people involved in sand mining, said Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma. Besides, four tractor trolleys have been confiscated.

The DC called upon the people to come forward and help the district administration keep a strict vigil over illegal mining in the district by registering their complaints.

In order to check the menace of illegal mining in the state, the Punjab government has launched PB GRAM online portal where people can lodge their complaints. The District Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) has been appointed nodal officer. He said that besides this portal, people could also lodge their complaint regarding the illegal mining on helpline number 0181-2459664.

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Coal burying Goa: State House resolves to crack down on coal dust pollution 16.12.2017 Front Page – The Indian Express
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NGT bans plastic in Haridwar, Rishikesh 16.12.2017 The Tribune

New Delhi, December 15

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today reiterated its 2015 order banning the use, sale, manufacturing and storage of plastic items in the pilgrimage towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh. The tribunal ordered a fine of Rs 5,000 on the 

violators. The ban has been imposed on plastic items used in any form such as polybags, and items used for serving or packing food.

In July and December 2015, the Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had expressed displeasure at the pathetic state of affairs on the banks of the Ganga and had reprimanded the civic authorities.  The National Green Tribunal then passed a slew of orders to make the river pollution-free. However, the use of plastic items continued. The National Green Tribunal’s earlier directions were also aimed at making the Ganga pollution-free, thereby allowing devotees to take a dip and collect clean water from the river. — IANS

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It’s curtains for town project conceived by GLADA 16.12.2017 The Tribune
Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, December 15 Bowing to prolonged agitation by the employees of two power corporations and pressure of trade unions of the power utility, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has taken a policy decision not to hand over 32 acre land under its possession in Ludhiana to the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) for commercial purposes under the ‘Down Town’ project. GLADA had conceptualised a ‘Down Town’ project for the city way back in 2013 and, allegedly under the pressure of the then SAD-BJP government, the PSPCL had agreed to hand over the 32 acre prime land on Ferozepeur Road (National Highway) for the project, which was to be spread in a total area of 100 acre land adjoining Sidhwan Canal. However, the staff and engineers of the two power corporations – the PSPCL and the Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited, had been vehemently protesting the decision on the ground that all administrative offices of the two power corporations would have to be ...
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Steel pipes to replace canals for irrigation 16.12.2017 The Tribune
New Delhi, December 15 The Centre will promote the use of steel pipes for irrigation instead of canals, in a move aimed at cutting down land acquisition costs and promoting innovation, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said. Gadkari, who holds the portfolios of Road Transport, Highways, Shipping, Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation, was yesterday addressing a Moroccan delegation led by its Minister for Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water Abdelkader Amara. Strengthening ties with the African nation is a priority for India, he also said. “In one part of India, we have lots of water and the other faces shortage. Water conservation is important here and we are encouraging innovations and technologies. Now, we have taken a decision that in place of the canal system, we will use steel pipes in supplying water for irrigation. We are saving the cost of land acquisition,” Gadkari said. Land acquisition, he explained, has become a costly proposition here and using steel pipes will lead to not only ...
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Blame game eclipses civic issues in Patiala 16.12.2017 The Tribune
With Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh staying away from campaigning on his home turf, his wife Preneet Kaur and Cabinet Minister Brahm Mohindra have been busy wooing voters. Both are assuring the electorate that all promises made by the Congress ahead of the Vidhan Sabha polls would be fulfilled, besides overall development of the district. Ex-minister Surjit Singh Rakhra has been holding the fort for the SAD, while another former minister Daljit Singh Cheema and BJP leaders Vijay Sampla, Prabhat Jha and Rajinder Bhandari have visited Patiala to canvass for party candidates. From the AAP camp, Bhagwant Mann spared a day for party candidates. Campaigning has revolved around allegations and counter-allegations, even as civic issues such as encroachments, erratic water supply, poor roads and absence of a sewage treatment plant have taken a back seat. The SAD-BJP alliance has accused the Congress of misusing police to threaten its candidates and failing to fulfil promises after forming the government. AAP ...
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Kathua villagers protest illegal mining in Ravi 16.12.2017 The Tribune
Kathua, December 15 Residents of Kerrian-Gandyal, Bhagthali and Jarai villages today held a protest outside the mini secretariat here and accused the officials concerned of having a nexus with stone crushers. The protesters raised slogans against the mining department and administration, blaming them for having a deep-rooted nexus with the stone crushers operating in their area. “The mining mafia has dug up the Ravi up to 50 feet, which is higher than the prescribed norms, thereby posing a great threat to the lives of the villagers,” Mohinder Pal Sharma, president, Ravi River Action Committee, said. He alleged, “Our villages are the worst hit by illegal mining. It has affected the ecology and environment of the area. Even the water table has come down drastically while the department concerned has turned a blind eye towards our sufferings.” Sharma said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had recently ordered the banning of mining in the Ravi, but no action was taken by the departments concerned, which showed ...
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17 lakh acres to get irrigation during Rabi 16.12.2017
Hyderabad: About 17 lakh acres will be irrigated under major and minor irrigation projects in the Rabi season, irrigation minister T. Harish Rao said on Friday. He directed collectors and officials at a videoconference to ensure that water reaches every acre.  He asked officials to give priority to the supply of water for drinking purposes from all projects. He instructed them to store adequate water for drinking purpose and use the rest for irrigation. He asked officials to ensure that crop is not damaged even on a single acre due to the lack of irrigation. Mr Rao said that due to the effective measures taken up by the department last year in  Nizamabad, nearly 16,000 acres could be irrigated for every tmc ft (thousand million cubic feet of water) utilised. Due to this, the agriculture fields covered under Nizamsagar project had received water for irrigation after a gap of 30 years, Mr Rao noted. He asked officials to take the Nizamsagar achievement as a benchmark. Mr Rao asked collectors ...
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Bhendi Bazaar: A model makeover 15.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
Bohri Mohalla is a nugget of heritage and culture nestled in the crowded market area of Bhendi Bazaar. If you have ever visited this neighbourhood and not devoured the succulent kebabs and tikkas of Haji Tikka Corner, your trip to this part of the city would be considered incomplete. Established in 1989, it is currently owned by Abdul Samad Qureshi, who is suffering a customer loss of nearly 50 per cent, thanks to the redevelopment project. Bhendi Bazaar, spread over a 16.5-acre land comprising more than 250 buildings, is undergoing one of the biggest redevelopment projects in India. The project which is being carried out by Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) has divided Bhendi Bazaar in nine clusters. Located in the heart of south Mumbai, Bhendi Bazaar is a shopper’s paradise. From carpets to hardware and antique pieces, the place has something to offer everyone. For the less-initiated, the Bhendibazaar gharana is one of the vocal gharanas of Indian classical music, which originated in Bhendi Bazaar ...
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