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Council fund crunch affects Northeastern states 9.9.2019 The Shillong Times
Conrad rues delay in approval of schemes, wrong guidelines SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has expressed concern over North Eastern Council (NEC) not being able to take up new projects owing to resource constraints. Speaking at the 68th plenary session of NEC in Guwahati on Sunday, he said in the recent past, the council has ...
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Mettur: Water release further up to 25,000 cusecs, Flood alert for 12 districts 7.9.2019
SALEM: Amid another record inflow of 73,000 cusecs into Mettur reservoir on Friday evening, PWD authorities have further stepped up the water discharge from 18,000 cusecs to 25,000 cusecs for Cauvery delta irrigation. The enhanced quantum of water release from the dam was effected from 5-30 pm, even as the water level in the Stanley reservoir stood at 118.11-feet against its full level of 120-feet. Consequently, people living in low-lying areas and along the banks of Cauvery including farmers have been advised to move to safer places along with their cattle and other belongings immediately. In fact a flood-alert has been sounded for 12 Cauvery delta districts as the volume of water could get out of control. Even as the authorities including the Salem district administration are monitoring the situation 24x7 and the NDRF alerted, the districts for which flood-alert has been issued Salem, Namakkal, Erode, Coimbatore, Karur and Tiruchirappalli, sources said. The Salem collector, Mr. S.A. Raman has warned ...
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‘Navdhanya’ to check drought damage 7.9.2019
New Delhi: The Andhra Pradesh government is hoping that navdhanya or nine grains, coupled with various water budgeting initiatives, will help its farmers, particularly those from the most drought-prone Rayalaseema area and Anantapur districts. Between 2000 and 2017, there were only four years of satisfactory monsoon with no drought declared for any district; in all other years there was critical drought. The year 2018-19 too has been exceptionally bad. This has not just affected the livelihood of the people but has also led to increased migration from these areas. The Andhra Pradesh Drought Mitigation Project (APDMP) seeks to arrest the damage. The ideal crop pattern being promoted under navdhanya focuses on millets, with groundnut, sunflower, maize and vegetables with intercropping of sorghum, bajra and red gram. It will also have mixed cropping ranging from 5-20 per cent of the land for one crop and 5-20 per cent of the land reserved for another crop. Vegetable crops too are being encouraged. Asked how ...
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How India's ongoing digital transformation will drive the rise of its economy 3.9.2019
While presenting the Union Budget in the Parliament, the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman laid out an ambitious project: turning India into a USD 5 trillion economy by 2025. The announcement has sparked discussions about the plan"s feasibility and the various conditions that the country would have to meet to achieve this target. This brings us to a commonly asked question: is it even possible? Conservative projections say that it isn"t.The Indian economy is currently worth USD 2.8 trillion. To reach the milestone of USD 5 trillion by 2025, it will need to grow at a nominal CAGR of 12 per cent over the next five years. With government data putting the actual growth over the last quarter at lower than 6 per cent, the gap between the current market situation and the required growth rate seems too wide to bridge on the surface. For this to turn to reality, improvements in productivity leading with the agricultural space is crucial. Public spending is being primed in this regard through ...
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Arun Jaitley, the farmers’ finance minister 2.9.2019 Columns – The Indian Express
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Water release from Mettur dam hiked 2.9.2019
SALEM: Bowing to delta farmers" demands, with many areas downstream not having received Cauvery water so far, the govt on Sunday stepped up the discharge from the Mettur reservoir to 18,000 cusecs from 10,000 cusecs.   While water for delta irrigation for the "Samba (long-term)" paddy crop this year was released by the CM on Aug 13, several farmers organisations complained that the quantity of discharge at 10,000 cusecs was not sufficient to enable the water reach all the canal irrigated areas, particularly tail-end areas. Hence, the PWD authorities today decided to increase the outflow to 18,000 cusecs with the water level in the reservoir being 117-ft today against its full level of 120-ft. The storage in the reservoir on Sunday morning was 89.43 tmcft against its full capacity to hold 93.47 tmcft of water, official sources said. The inflows into the dam have come down to 12,000 cusecs. Despite the farmers" clamour to step up the discharge to 20,000 cusecs, the government ...
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Five ways the fashion industry is killing the environment 1.9.2019
While we are busy trying to cut out plastics from our lifestyle for the betterment of the planet, we are forgetting on e industry that also negatively impacting the environment- the fashion industry. Several researches are exposing how the clothing industry is silently destroying the environment, one pair of jeans at a time. Here are five ways this is happening, as listed by The Guardian : Collective failure A report by EU in 2019 stated that all fashion houses used to come out with two collections in a year but that number has markedly increased in the last couple of years. From two in 2000 to around five in 2011, the number keeps increasing. Some brands like Zara come out with 24 collections in a year, which has led to clothes being a disposable commodity, something that has to be changed often to keep up with the trends. Gone to ground Reports suggest that an average UK household wastes nearly 300,000 tons of clothing to landfills. There is a ban on incinerating or buying the clothes that could be ...
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Lag in kharif sowing not cause for concern; will recover: Agri Min official 1.9.2019
New Delhi: The current lag in area sown to kharif crops especially rice and pulses is not a major cause for concern as sowing is still underway in eastern states and many flood-hit areas,according to a senior agriculture ministry official. The area sown to most kharif crops will be recovered as sowing window is till September 15 and the total kharif output will be as per the target, the official added. Sowing of kharif (summer) crops begins with the onset of southwest monsoon from June and harvesting starts from October onwards. The agriculture ministry has set the production target for food grains at a record 291.1 million tonnes for 2019-20 crop year (July-June), comprising 147.9 million tonnes in kharif (summer) season and 143.2 million tonnes for rabi (winter) crops. "Sowing area is lagging marginally as of now but that is not a cause for concern. The transplanting of paddy will continue till September15 in eastern states. In flood-hit areas of Assam and Bihar, transplanting is being done in ...
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States hook on to inland aquaculture 30.8.2019
Hyderabad: In order to develop aquaculture in the country, the focus has now shifted to inland aquaculture in states like Telangana state, Chhattisgarh and Haryana as coastal markets are getting saturated. Hyderabad will be hosting Aqua Aquaria 2019, from August 30 to September 1, in order to increase awareness about aquaculture. K.S. Srinivas, chairman of the Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA), said that in the last year alone, India"s seafood exports have grown exponentially with the country shipping over 1.4 lakh million metric tonnes of seafood worth $6.80 billion in the financial year 2018-19. The buoyancy in exports has been propelled by increased aquaculture production, particularly that of whiteleg shrimps. He added that MPEDA has envisaged a target of $15 billion for seafood exports for the year 2024. "As coastal areas are getting saturated, we are tapping the potential of inland aquaculture in various stages to reach the targets. To reach our target we will focus ...
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Palamuru project K Chandrasekhar Rao's next target 30.8.2019
Hyderabad: After completing the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation scheme in a record three years, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has now decided to take up the Palamuru-Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PLIS) as a prestige issue and set a deadline of one year for its completion. He wants the PLIS to be ready before the start of the next Kharif season for the project. Mr Rao, along with his ministers, on Thursday conducted an aerial survey of the Karvena, Vattem and Narlapur reservoirs to inspect the ongoing works and reviewed the progress of works with the officials, engineers and agencies concerned. Mr Rao had laid the foundation stone for the Palamuru-Ranga Reddy lift irrigation project on June 11, 2015, making it the first major irrigation project to be taken up after the formation of TS. While inspecting the Karvena reservoir, he instructed engineers and contract agencies to take up construction on a war-footing basis and have works implemented on 24/7 basis given the significant role the Karvena ...
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Telangana CM orders officials to complete Karivena project on a war footing 29.8.2019
Telangana: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday visited the under-construction Karivena reservoir and asked the officials to ensure the completion of the project on a war footing. The reservoir is a key project under the Palamur lift irrigation scheme. "The Chief Minister said that since Karivena reservoir plays a major role under Palamur Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Project, works pertaining to the reservoir should be completed on a war footing and has directed the engineers and agencies to act accordingly," said an official statement. Rao on Thursday reviewed several projects under the Palamuru Ranga Reddy Lift irrigation (PRRLI) scheme. "Keep four and a half-month period as the target before the summer begins and all works have to be completed before the advent of the monsoon. By this time, farmers should get water in their fields," Rao said. He said the Kaleswaram project works are almost completed. The Chief Minister also said that there is a need to increase the ...
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Plan to ensure farmers full value & consumption of their increasing produce 29.8.2019 Central Chronicle
Bhopal, Chief Minister Kamal Nath has said that the Madhya Pradesh government is making a plan to provide the farmers the full value and consumption of the increasing produce.  The Chief Minister has asked NABARD to cooperate in this scheme. Kamal Nath said this during a meeting with a delegation from NABARD in the Ministry […]
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Drought-like situation hits Paschim Nalbari; foodgrain production likely to dip 29.8.2019 The Assam Tribune
Drought-like situation hits Paschim Nalbari; foodgrain production likely to dip
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Manipur faces drought-like situation: Minister 28.8.2019 The Assam Tribune
Manipur faces drought-like situation: Minister
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The Last Window 27.8.2019 Columns – The Indian Express
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Tunagabhadra water allocated to Seema 27.8.2019
ANANTAPUR: The Irrigation Advisory Board of the Tungabhadra High Level Main Canal (HLMC) has allocated water towards subsidiary canals and projects under HLMC in Rayalaseema region during the IAB meeting here on Monday. The meeting was headed by BC welfare minister M. Shankar Narayana and MPs T. Rangaiah of Anantapur, Y.S. Avinash Reddy of Kadapa, MLAs — Ananta Venkatrami Reddy, K. Ramachandra Reddy, P. Ravindranath Reddy, K. Pedda Reddy, K. Venkatrami Reddy, J. Padmavathi and  several others participated. As the Tungabhadra Board during a meeting held on June 11 at Hospet in Karnataka allotted 24.988 TMC ft of water towards HLMC in AP, the IAB meeting passed resolutions towards allocations of available water towards subsidiary canals and reservoirs in the Rayalaseema region. However, the Board authorities observed that heavy silt in the dam had reduced water capacity from 132.47 to 100.85. Based on the allocations, the authorities proposed 10 tmc ft towards Penna Ahobilum Reservoir (PABR) to ...
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AP government to take up Polavaram project, says minister 27.8.2019
Vijayawada: Amidst speculation that the Centre may take over the execution of the Polavaram irrigation project in the wake of the AP government stalling its works by opting for reverse tendering by terminating the contract agreement with Navayuga Engieering Company and calling for fresh bids alleging irregularities. However, minister for panchayat raj and rural develoment Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy ruled out any chance of handing over the project to the Centre and vowed to make efforts to finalise the contracts and start works to execute the project. The minister said on Monday that they were going ahead with the reverse tendering process in order to call for bids and finalise them to take up project works. He said that the Union minister for water resources, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, would visit the Polavaram project in September to inspect the progress of works. It may be mentioned that the AP High Court issued a stay order earlier on the state government"s move to go for reverse tendering of ...
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Jagan to attend anti-Naxal meeting chaired by Amit Shah today, KCR to skip 26.8.2019

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is unlikely to take part in a meeting on anti-Maoist operations which would be headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Monday.

However, Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced his intentions to attend the meeting. In the meeting, Shah would share his views and plans on mitigating the Naxalite problem by ushering in development in the affected areas.

Read | Amit Shah to meet CMs of Maoist-hit states, review ongoing ops today

According to News18 report, Reddy is scheduled to hold meetings with other Union ministers to seek funds for development and resolve issues like bifurcation, irrigation and lifting of Godavari waters to the Krishna basin.

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Mangaluru: Vented dams gone, farmers worried 26.8.2019
Mangaluru: The flash flood and landslides that damaged houses and crops in the first week of August, have also wrecked the embankments of vented dams and the channels that feed fields and plantations leaving farmers worried. These have to be repaired and restored at the earliest to store and feed water to the fields for the coming months. The flash floods in the Western Ghats on August 9 had brought with it huge amount of soil, sand, stones and trees from the Western Ghats. While the immediate effect was that it flooded houses and crops, it also severely damaged the embankments of  vented dams and also the channels supplying water to the fields. According to the minor irrigation department, the embankments of 87 vented dams have been damaged causing a loss of Rs 35.77 crore.   The maximum loss was in Belthangady Taluk where in several places the course of the rivers has changed and vented dams are filled with sand! In Belthangady 38 dams have been damaged resulting in a loss of Rs 25.25 ...
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Hyderabad: Congress steps up stir against irrigation graft 25.8.2019
Hyderabad: The Congress has decided to highlight the alleged failure of the TRS government with regard to irrigation pr-ojects. As a first step, TPCC president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy along with party MPs, legislators and senior leaders will visit the river Pranahita at Tummidi Hatti in Komaram Bheem district on Monday. Late Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy led Congress government had taken up the Pranahita-Chevella project with an outlay of Rs 38,000 crore to provide water to 16.5 lakh acres. After the TRS came to power in 2014, the Tummidi Hatti project was set aside in the name of redesign and the barrage was built at Medigadda for the Kaleswaram project. From August 27, former MP Konda Vishwe-shwar Reddy, former ministers Prasad Kum-ar, A. Chandrasekhar, and others will go on a four-day 88-km padayatra from Shan-karpally to Shadnagar to protest the cancellation of the Pranahita-Chevella project Mr Rammohan Reddy said the Congress government had sanctioned Rs 11 crore for the survey of the Palamu-ru–Ranga ...
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