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PM Modi reminds Kutch of the importance of Narmada water 23.5.2017 India – The Indian Express
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Beware! Causeways can be death traps 23.5.2017
Chennai: Samuel's heart was pounding as he walked through a deserted street at night with a constant fear that he would meet his death anytime. Before he knew what happened, he tripped and fell into something too deep. All he could hear was people yelling before his heartbeat stopped. What looks more like a horror film plot is what happens in Chennai everyday when people walk through the risky causeways. Battered paths with protruding wires accompanied with poor illumination have become a nightmare for the pedestrians. The accidental death of a senior journalist who fell into Adyar river at Ekkattuthangal has rung alarm bells on the need to raise voice against poor safety measures for the pedestrians. Residents say numerous accidents have taken place in the area since the last decade and hand railings were last laid in 2015 damaged within three months. "From Aladanur where Adyar river starts to Guduvancherry, water canals meet the road at various intersections, mainly at the turnings. Many motorists and ...
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PM Modi in Gujarat, takes water route to Kutchi hearts 23.5.2017 TOI: Ahmedabad Times
Modi arrived in Gujarat on a two-day visit - fourth in the past five months in the election year - and laid foundation stone for Rs 996 crore worth infrastructure projects at Kandla Port Trust (KPT) in Gandhidham.
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Doomsday vault a likely victim of excesses 23.5.2017
Deep in the Arctic Circle, in the land of permanent ice and snow, in the Svalbard archipelago on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, a long, narrow mass of concrete protrudes out of the lands-cape, its sides exuding frost like smoke. This is the Global Seed Vault, also known as the doomsday vault, run by the Norwegian government. It was designed as an impregnable deep freezer where the cold would sustain itself. Inside are almost a million packets of seeds, each one a variety of a vital food crop. The facility was created to protect the world’s important seeds from global disaster — manmade or natural. It was created so that mankind’s food supply was forever protected. Opened in 2008, it was expected that the deep permafrost into which the vault is sunk would provide “failsafe” protection. But this is no longer the land of permanent ice and snow. This weekend saw the vault’s entrance breached, with water flowing into the start of the tunnel. The water then froze, “so it was like a glacier when you went ...
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Rain puts focus on desilting again 23.5.2017 TOI: Delhi Times
Sunday's showers may have brought brief respite from the scorching heat, but they had an averse effect on Delhi's civic infrastructure.
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Monsoon mess: Bengaluru drained out 23.5.2017
Every year, the monsoon unleashes a plethora of miseries on Bengaluru; city-wide blackouts, fallen trees and floods make for a sordid and all-too-familiar refrain. Stormwater drains, which double as sewage outlets and also garbage dumps for apathetic residents, overflow with a single spell of rain. And despite the authorities’ annual, monsoon-related theatrics, our problems persist. At the same time, community efforts have proved successful in several instances, from rejuvenating lakes and tackling solid waste to stopping ill-conceived civic projects. Why should our monsoon woes be any different? It’s time we dropped our dependence on insouciant babus and took charge of the situation. The monsoons have not arrived yet and the city is already a mess in the rains that have lashed it of late. While it is usual for trees to fall and pockets of city to go without electricity in rain, Saturday night’s heavy downpour wreaked more than the usual havoc as a 100 trees came crashing down and nearly half of ...
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Hawaii faces more flooding with possible record high tides 23.5.2017 DNA: Evolutions
Hawaii will likely suffer more coastal flooding this week driven by record high tides, a symptom of global warming that could become routine within decades, scientists said Monday.
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Pollution levels high around pharma hub in Visakhapatnam 23.5.2017
Visakhapatnam: Pollution in and around the pharma hub in Vizag where bulk drug manufacturing units are located is very high due to the effluents released by pharmaceutical manufacturing companies. A majority of pharmaceutical factories are located in and around Parawada area of the district. Investigation by the Netherlands-based Chan-ging Markets Foundation, a UK-based ethical investigative agency Ecostorm for Sweden’s financial group Nordea found that the effluent treatment systems set up to process industrial waste fail to fulfil their purpose. There is also systematic dumping of chemical effluents by pharmaceutical factories in rivers, lakes and groundwater. “The effect of pollution is so severe that it is easily identified even by a casual observer not just in areas immediately adjacent to the factories and treatment plants but many kilometres away,” said the report ‘Impact of pharmaceutical pollution on communities and environment in India,’ researched and prepared for Nordea Asset Management by ...
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Land Bill: Congress govt in Karnataka disagrees with Congress party 23.5.2017 Front Page – The Indian Express
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Sewa offers lessons to African grassroots workers 23.5.2017 TOI: Ahmedabad Times
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NHAI: Won’t invite bids till land acquired 23.5.2017 TOI: Home
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will not invite any bids for road projects until it has completed the process of land acquisition and shifting of utilities, and obtained in-principle forest clearance.
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Bengaluru: Rain victim's body still missing 23.5.2017
Bengaluru: Search operations to fish out the body of Shanthakumar, who was washed away in floods during Saturday's squall, has yielded no result. Over 380 men from the National Disaster Relief Force, Madras Engineering Group and BBMP are searching over 30 km stretch of the drain in Summanahalli, Mysuru Road, Bangalore University, Kambipura, Hampapura and Kumbalagudu areas since Monday morning. Three boats and 20 earthmovers have also been pressed into service.   Operation intensified near Kambipura After Mr M. Sajid, an area resident, gave a clue about the presence of a body, the operation was intensified at Kambipura. He told a local television channel that he saw a body floating in the stormwater drain near Kambipura on Sunday morning, but kept mum as he didn't know who to contact. But the body had not been found till late Monday night. Workers said the froth in the Vrishabhavathi Valley has been affecting the search operation. “Stormwater drains should have 'check mesh' at regular intervals and near ...
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CPBC pulls up Telangana and AP government over 'illegal' sand-mining 23.5.2017 Rxpress – The Indian Express
Hyderabad: The Central Pollution Control Board has faulted the TS and AP governments for undertaking sand-mining in reservoirs and rivers without obtaining environmental clearances, without carrying out detailed assessment of sand deposition and without studying the impact on the environment. A team of scientists of the Central Pollution Control Board that visited both states submitted an additional report to the National Green Tribunal at Delhi on the matter. The tribunal had asked the CPBC whether the activity which the TS and AP governments claim to be desilting was indeed that or sand-mining. If the activity could be deemed desilting was it acceptable to use machines, the NGT asked. The CPBC in its additional report on TS said sand excavation was carried out in hundreds of hectares using hundreds of vehicles. It said full-fledged desilting was in progress in TS and the government was earning money by selling sand. It said a detailed study was not done to verify environmental sustainability as was ...
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India uses up more groundwater than US & China 23.5.2017 TOI: Home
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After lunch, Amit Shah talks loos, sops 23.5.2017
Theratpally (Nalgonda): Farmer Gode Beerappa, sarpanch Ramulamma and Dalit women in this tiny village with whom BJP national president Amit Shah interacted and took lunch are on the cloud nine at being the centre of attention. On the menu was white rice, tomato pappu, sambar, alu curry, veg biryani, mirchi ka salan and ice cream. Sitting on a chair in the modest house of Beerappa, Amit Shah enquired about problems faced by them while TS BJP chief K. Laxman played the role of an interpreter. Z category security was all around and police had a tough time keeping the onlookers at bay. The village itself, and the route, was full of posters, cut-outs and banners welcoming the BJP president. “Sir, we are facing drinking water problem. There are also no proper irrigation facilities for the lands,” Beerappa told Amit Shah. He was offered coconut water. Asked if the house has a toilet, Beerappa replied in the negative. As he was chatting, he invited the other members of the family members to join him even as ...
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With bumper mango crop, Malda eyes European Union countries 23.5.2017 India – The Indian Express
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Madhya Pradesh govt bans sand mining in Narmada 23.5.2017 India – The Indian Express
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Hyderabad clearly not ready for monsoon 23.5.2017
Hyderabad: Is the city prepared for the monsoon? It's the question that we ask every year and every year the answer is the same: No. The weathermen have predicted that the monsoon will be like last year, which means heavy to very heavy rains on certain days for short durations; the deluge and subsequent flooding on September 21, 2016, had shown how unprepared the city was. Some 20 dilapidated buildings have been issued notices but not demolished yet. Some parts of the 370-km of drains have not been de-silted, and certain old sewerage lines are on the verge of giving up. No major road repairs have been done, only potholes filled. Encroachments on nalas have not been removed and no new storm water drains have been constructed. The city has barely moved an inch in the last one year. When this newspaper asked residents to comment on the GHMC’s monsoon preparedness, many said their complaints had not been attended to. Mr A, Janardhan Rao of Moulali said that on May 9. when a thunderstorm hit the city, ...
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Telangana: Probe into mass fish death ordered 23.5.2017
Hyderabad: A day after mass fish deaths were reported from Shamirpet Lake, the Collector of Medchal, Mr M.V. Reddy, asked the fisheries department to launch an enquiry into the issue, suspecting heat wave to be the cause. The enquiry, headed by District Fisheries Officer E. Balliah found that bacterial infection due to heat wave conditions killed the fishes in around a week. The official figures slate that the loss would be 10,000 fishes or 10 tonnes, but locals claim the numbers are much higher. Meanwhile, those living around the lake were irked by the rotting smell and the fear of spread of diseases. They confirmed that no cleaning has taken place and that the fishes were been put aside. The Joint Director of Fisheries Department, Ratod Shankar clarified, “The cause of death of the fish in the Shamirpet Lake may be due to high temperature and low oxygen level of water in the tank.” He also issued a number of guidelines for fishermen groups to follow to prevent such problems like harvesting fishes ...
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Working his brains through art and craft from water hyacinth 23.5.2017
Hyderabad: Shaik Abdul Mujeeb, a 28-year-old electronic engineer, didn’t want to follow the beaten paths and instead tried to do something innovative. He founded Allika Weave, a startup that uses dried water hyacinth to make handicraft items. Located in Tenali, Allika Weave produces laptop bags, coasters, handbags, lamp shades and dining mats. Normally, clearing water bodies of water hyacinth is a costly proposition. Government tenders that amount to crores are given for this purpose. Known locally also as the Terror of Bengal, its potential for damage is high. It blocks the openings of canals, affecting smooth flow of irrigation water. Water Hyacinth is one of the fastest growing plants, seen also in lakes and ponds. It denies other plants and sea animals of sunlight and oxygen. The plant, periodically cleared of lakes and rivers under special efforts of the government, is often thrown on the banks of water bodies or burnt. Once it is burnt, there is another problem: it emits methane gas that is harmful ...
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