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Levels of arsenic, lead in city drinking water very high: study 28.6.2017 The Assam Tribune
Levels of arsenic, lead in city drinking water very high: study
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Froth in lake: Residents say toxic, pollution board claims detergent 28.6.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Froth in lake: Residents say toxic, pollution board claims detergent
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Nestle to buy back $21 billion in its own stock by 2020 28.6.2017

New York: Nestle says it plans to spend about $21 billion to buy its own stock in the next three years as the food and beverage giant seeks to boost shareholder value.

The Swiss food and beverage giant also said Tuesday that that after a review of its wide-ranging business, it will mostly focus on high-growth areas, such as coffee, pet care, baby food and bottled water.

Nestle says it may adjust its portfolio of brands to fit in with its new strategy. Earlier this month, the company said it may sell its US candy business, which makes the Butterfinger and Crunch bars.

The moves come after news reports this week said that activist shareholder Third Point was pushing Nestle to sell its stake in French cosmetics company L'Oreal.

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Stepfather acquitted of charge of raping minor girl 28.6.2017 PTI: All news
Stepfather acquitted of charge of raping minor girl
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Media workshop on climate change in the Himalayas 28.6.2017 The Shillong Times
SHILLONG: A media workshop on climate change reporting will be conducted from June 28 to 30 by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Department of Science and Technology and Centre for Media Studies. The impact of climate change in the Himalayan region is more pronounced than […]
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Tamil Nadu farmers in dilemma over drought situation 28.6.2017
Chennai: The failure of two consecutive monsoons from 2015 is likely to push the price of paddy by at least 20 per cent during the Pongal season next year. The overall production of rice in Delta and other districts has been hit more than 40 per cent. Farmers had been relying on ground water for cultivation, but now they face a situation where the ground water is also drying up. While ground water was extracted at 40 feet earlier, following the drought, one has to go as low as 200ft to 600 ft in the delta region to get water. This is leading to seawater intrusion affecting the crops. Sowing of seeds got delayed due to shortage of water and the November rains flooded the area completely damaging the crops. This caused huge loss to the farmers and paddy is the best crop for cultivation in the region. Arupathy S. Kalyanam, President of the Thanjavur Delta farmers said, "Agro climatic zonal cropping, judicial water management and supporting irrigational needs, are to be addressed to save the plight of ...
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MK Stalin writes to PM Modi, seeks river linking project 28.6.2017 India – The Indian Express
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CM suggests setting up of SPV for drain-cleaning 28.6.2017 The Tribune
New Delhi, June 27 Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today suggested setting up of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to minimise "negative impact" of multiplicity of agencies on cleaning of city's drains. Lack of desilting and cleaning of drains leads to waterlogging and subsequent traffic jams during monsoon. The suggestion comes at a meeting of the Apex Committee to review flood-control measures, chaired by the Chief Minister. "There is multiplicity of agencies in the city as far as cleaning of drains is concerned. We must try for an SPV for better coordination and cleaning. Such an integrated body will help in the long term," he said. Kejriwal also said till such a body is in place, authorities should coordinate efforts to prevent problems including of waterlogging during the monsoon season. "The process of cleaning the drains being used by the Public Works Department and the municipal corporations in most of the cases is very primitive. Garbage from the drains is kept on the side of the road to dry up and ...
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2-day special assembly session starts today 28.6.2017 The Tribune
New Delhi, June 27 Reservation for city students in 28 DU colleges, a House committee report on desilting of drains, and weightage for Delhi-domicile aspirants in teacher recruitment will dominate the proceedings during a two-day special session of the Delhi Assembly starting tomorrow. A senior government official said AAP MLAs are also likely to table a resolution demanding ownership rights to those who were allotted small plots of gram sabha land under the Centre's 20-point programme around four decades ago. However, the government has not made public the entire agenda for the session, which BJP MAL Vijender Gupta alleged is a tactic to "deprive" the Opposition of any chance or possibility to raise any issue. "The government shrouds the agenda under the secrecy as per its cunning strategy...It is an attack on democratic functioning of the government," Gupta said. An official said, "On the second day, the MLAs will raise the issue of reservation for city students in 28 DU colleges that get financial aid ...
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Half of water samples fail test in Muktsar district 28.6.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Muktsar, June 27 The results of the water samples tested by the health authorities in Muktsar district show that the residents here are at a risk of contracting waterborne diseases. Of the total 45 water sample reports came so far this year, 23 have failed to clear the “potability” test. These samples were of underground water, canal water and reverse osmosis (RO) water being used in schools, other public and private places, including eateries in the district. Health Department officials said 15 water samples were lifted in January and five of them failed the test. Similarly, 10 water samples were taken in April and six of them failed the test. Further, 20 water samples were lifted in May and 12 of them failed the purity test. The report of 10 water samples lifted this month is awaited. Muktsar district has the perennial problem of waterlogging and the salinity level of underground water is much higher than the other neighbouring districts. At some places the TDS level of water is ...
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Real estate boom likely with Smart city status 28.6.2017 Hindu: Home
Realtors are of the opinion that Karimnagar will be the most happening place
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200 ill as diarrhoea strikes 28.6.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 27 As many as 200 persons have fallen prey to diarrhoea outbreak in ward numbers 9 and 10 of Phillaur. The outbreak has also claimed the life of resident Suresh Rani (50) in ward number 9. Rani died on Saturday due to vomiting and loose motions. People of several streets across both wards have been taken ill due to the outbreak. Among areas hit by the outbreak include Mohalla Malaha, Uchi Gheti, Mohalla Sheikhan, among others. While the outbreak was reportedly caused by sewerage water mixing with the clean water supply, the contamination caused due to this gave rise to the outbreak in the area. As many as 40 water connections were also cut in the area by teams of the sewerage board today, owing to concerns regarding the mixing of the contaminated water. While Member of Parliament, Jalandhar, Chaudhary Santokh Singh, visited the wards yesterday, it was after a magisterial inquiry was marked by him in the matter to the Deputy Commissiner that various departments sprung ...
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Devinagar citizens worry over toxic groundwater 28.6.2017
Hyderabad: Alleged gross negligence of the municipality is causing residents of Devinagar anxiety over the quality of water they are forced to consume. Residents claim that the Ramakrishnapuram Lake is contaminated and now with the rains, this contamination has seeped into the groundwater.   When the borewell motors are switched on, an inexplicable and terrible foul smell emanates from the water. While they await municipal action on this, residents are using bleaching powder to combat the foul smell and discoloration.  Says Devinagar resident T. Madhusudhan Rao, "I had alerted the GHMC last week about the foul smell of the groundwater. They checked the manholes near my house, suspecting them to be clogged and even checked for leakage of sewage drains, but there was nothing. The lake has polluted the groundwater", he said. For the last couple of weeks, the lake water has been frothing, evidently from some effluents released into it recently. Says area corporator K. Sridevi ...
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Rains in Mahabaleshwar to raise Krishna river inflows 28.6.2017
Hyderabad: The Central Water Commission is expecting good inflows in the Krishna river later this week as Mahabaleshwar, the origin of the river, has been receiving heavy rain. A CWC official on Tuesday said that Mahabaleswar recorded 11.2 cm, 12.4 and 16.6 cm of rain in the last three days. "This will bring good inflow into the Almatti dam. It will take three days for the water to reach the dam," said a senior official from the CWC (Krishna division). However, there was no inflow into the Almatti dam on Tuesday, he said, adding that inflows were noted Kurudwada, a flood gauge station located between Mahabaleshwar and Almatti.       Skymet, a private weather forescasting agency, said heavy rain would continue in and around Mahabaleshwar till July 5. Jurala, the first project in TS on the Krishna, has received 5 tmc ft of water in the last week. This water came from the local rains in the catchment area of the Bhima river, a Krishna tributary, and heavy rain in Mahbubnagar. The ...
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Fire officials join GHMC in clearing waterlogged places 28.6.2017
Hyderabad: Water stagnation points are turning critical across the twin cities, to the extent that, besides the Greater Hyderabad Municipality staff, the traffic police and the fire services are being roped in to lend a hand to clear the stagnation points, especially at major junctions like Model House-Khairatabad, RTC crossroads, Raj Bhavan road, Ayyappa Society, Lake View and Lower Tank Bund. The fire department, with a staff strength of 1,500, has taken up the job to clear critical points only in the monsoons, as more hands are needed. The teams that reach these critical water logging points are dedicated to the concerned area fire station, said a fire department official. The city has 16 fire stations. The fire department has been doing its bit for disaster management issues like waterlogging, collapse of buildings and floods. These rescue teams are trained to use the equipment and are provided with various equipment like portable pumps, deep water pumps and nylon ropes. In order to provide better ...
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Experts find new strain of cholera that spreads faster 28.6.2017
Hyderabad: Forty-five strains of "vibrio" cholera were isolated from 10 different places in India and their genetic modules compared to the Haitian strain, which was responsible for the outbreak of cholera in 2010 in Haiti.   The latter showed that the disease was virulent and severe. Cholera strikes in the rainy season as human and animal waste mixes with the water and finds its way into drinking water. There are sporadic cases of cholera which are reported in the city every year. The patient requires rehydration as the body loses out completely on water. The patient can have more than 50 stools and severe diarrhea. If timely medical help is not provided, it can even be fatal. The new strain does not lead to sporadic cases, but attacks groups of people, which is why it is stated to be virulent. The samples were taken from sewage treatment plants in Hyderabad and 16 strains were isolated, showing that that there was a gene mutation. The new strain of vibrio cholera showed that it had ...
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India a land of opportunities: PM Narendra Modi tells Dutch CEOs 28.6.2017 All Current Affairs Stories
PM Modi describes Netherlands as India's 'natural partner' in its economic development
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Rawat announces Science City in U’khand 28.6.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Dehradun, June 27 Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat today announced the setting up of a Science City in the state. He was addressing a workshop organised by the Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA) at Vigyan Dham in Uttarakhand Council of Science and Technology office, Dehradun. The Chief Minister while announcing the setting up of a Science City in the state asserted that it would help in developing scientific temper within society. He, however, also praised science promotion activities undertaken by the regional science centre in Dehradun. Referring to climate change, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat exhorted the people to come forward towards the cause of environment conservation vis-à-vis climate change. He said climate change in Indian Himalayan regions was not only a matter of grave concern for the country but for the entire globe.  Addressing a workshop, Karanprayag MLA Surendra Singh Negi expressed concern over the impact of climate change on agriculture ...
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Clogged nalas has Hyderabad colonies flooded in rains 28.6.2017
 Hyderabad: Stormwater drains are not being desilted and debris is being dumped on the banks of the Alwal lake which could result in colonies like Bharatinagar, Vasa-vinagar and Anand Rao Nagar getting submerged if there is heavy rain. Piles of sand, bricks and garbage lie on the banks of the Alwal lake. One rain wash it all into the lake, causing it to overflow into the nearby colonies. Even after several complaints were lodged with the GHMC, no action has been taken to desilt the nalas and lake. The Greater Alwal Allied Service Assoc-iation conducted a survey on the cleaning of stormwater drains and nalas and found that the cleaning had been superficial. They would get choked again quickly, leaving the area open to flooding. GAASA general secretary Dr G V. Rao said, "Even after submitting several representation to the GHMC seeking desilting of nalas and stormwater drains in the past six months, no initiative has been taken. The government is releasing funds to the GHMC every year to de-silt ...
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Kaul Singh inaugurates drinking water scheme 28.6.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Mandi, June 27 Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur said Rs 501.48 lakh would be spent on drinking water schemes in his constituency at Drang in the district during the current financial year. The minister today inaugurated a drinking water scheme at Neri village under Gram Panchayat Tandu at a cost of Rs 44 lakh. He also inaugurated the Bijni-Nari road and the Bhatog-Hyun link road. Addressing a public meeting in Neri village, the minister stated that with the completion of this scheme, about 500 inhabitants of Neri, Upper and lower Maigal villages would get drinking water facilities. He added that 18 drinking water schemes were under progress, which will provide drinking water facility to the habitants of 19 villages. He said that 261 hand pumps were functional in the area out of which 97 had been provided during the Congress regime. A target of installing 20 new hand pumps this year has been achieved. The construction work of Katindi lifting drinking water scheme was in the final ...
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