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Gujarat fishermen can earn 8-fold through 'cage culture' 16.6.2018 DNA: Top News
A new fishing technique that was developed by scientists from the Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE) has yielded eight-fold returns in fishing under a trial conducted in the past 8 months. Come monsoon, the fish cage culture will now be actively adopted by over 500 fishermen across the state. The cage, built with bamboo, drum and barrel, costs between Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 with a life of four to five years inwater. What is the cage culture? Fishes are raised commercially in one of four culture settings — open ponds, raceways, tanks, or cages. The cage culture utilizes existing water resources but encloses the fishes in a cage or basket, which allows water to pass freely between the fish and the pond. "In this technique, a floating structure with enclosed fishnets, synthetic ropes, buoys, and anchors is installed in open sea or estuary, which is used for culturing fishes, shrimps and crabs. We have experimented for milkfish," said Vijay Kumar, Director, GUIDE. "The cage culture provides high ...
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See how Indian states fared on the water index 15.6.2018 Downtoearth
The NITI Aayog, in its latest assessment, analyses the water index scores of states between 2015-16 and 2016-17
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Bengaluru and its lakes 15.6.2018 Hindu: Religion
The first source of water for the city lay on the outskirts and this started a dependence on external sources, which continues to this day. By S. Vishwanath
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Environmental emergency in Bellandur lake, not even 1 ml of clean water available, NGT informed 14.6.2018 DNA: Top News
 Indiscriminate discharge of untreated sewage into Bengaluru's Bellandur lake has resulted in an "environmental emergency", a committee has told the National Green Tribunal, adding that there is not even one millilitre of clean water in the lake. The NGT-mandated committee said the biggest lake of the beautiful city of Bengaluru had become the largest septic tank of the city due to "sheer callousness and indifference" of the authorities. "According to the material collected, the water holding capacity of Bellandur lake has rapidly shrunk due to indiscriminate dumping of construction and demolition waste, municipal solid waste and due to vast spread of hydrophyte and microphytes in the lake water. Hydrophytes are aquatic plants that grow in or near water and provides cover for fish and other aquatic organisms. "The commission during the inspection was shocked to notice a road that has been constructed on the Varthur lake by dumping construction and demolition waste under the garb of laying a pipeline," ...
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Is your state using water efficiently? Govt's new assessment tool will find out 14.6.2018 Downtoearth
NITI Aayog will launch Composite Water Management Index to assess and improve states’ performance in efficient management of water resources
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You have made Bengaluru's largest lake into the city's biggest septic tank: NGT-formed committee slams K'taka govt 13.6.2018 DNA: Opinion
A special commission that has been set up by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to inspect Bengaluru’s lakes slammed the Karnataka government saying that it had ‘miserably failed to discharge their obligations to the society and their duties,’ India Today reported. “The biggest lake of the beautiful city of Bengaluru by sheer callousness and indifference of the authorities has become the largest septic tank of the city," the commission stated in its report.  Last February, the Union Ministry for Environment had ordered an inquiry into a fire that had broken out in the garbage strewn around Bellandur lake. Due to several reasons, the main being dumping of construction waste and municipal solid waste, along with the spreads of hydrophytes (underwater plants) and microphytes, the lake’s water holding capacity has reduced. Commission members also pointed out that the storm water drain outlets near the lake were discharging sewage and industrial effluents, which in turn were released into the lake.  The report ...
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Centre washes its hands off drought relief by introducing new parameters 7.6.2018 Downtoearth
Thousands of villages in Maharashtra are water stressed but will not receive help from the Centre because they fall short of the new definition of drought
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Centre washes its hands off drought relief by introducing new parametres 7.6.2018 Downtoearth
Thousands of villages in Maharashtra are water stressed but will not receive help from the Centre because they fall short of the new definition of drought
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Cloudburst in Rampur villages 6.6.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 5 

A cloudburst triggered by rain caused damage in twin villages of Darshal and Matelani in Rampur of Shimla district on Tuesday.

Debris entered some houses and cowsheds as gushing water swept the villages. A house owned by Tara Chand in Matelani and four cowsheds were damaged and plantations over several bighas were destroyed. The tragedy struck around 8:30 am this morning but no loss of life has been reported.

DC Amit Kashyap said two head of cattle were washed away and a water tank was also damaged. The SDM and tehsildar reached the spot to supervise the rescue operations.

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Run for cover: 100 days, 44 storms, 16 states, 423 deaths 4.6.2018 Downtoearth
An unprecedented storm season challenges India's scientific community
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Hardlook — Water Scarcity: Dry Days in Delhi 4.6.2018 Delhi – The Indian Express
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Increasing pollution a grave threat to Rewalsar lake 4.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Mandi, June 3 The existence of the Rewalsar Lake is at stake due to the increasing pollution level. The lake has turned muddy. Locals are concerned about its conservation, which has religious importance. This is for the second time when locals have observed a big change in the colour of lake water. Last year, the same situation was witnessed when a large number of fish died in the lake which had forced the district administration to shift these to another water stream. The reason behind the increasing pollution level is stated to be poor drainage system and lack of sewerage facility. Houses are built around the lake and septic tanks are constructed. The seepage of sewage in the lake cannot be ruled out. The district administration took some preventive measures last year to reduce the pollution level and banned the feeding of fish. Apart from this, fresh water was poured in lake. Jagdish Chand, a local resident, said there were a few natural water resources in the lake. But following ...
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‘Priority to natural farming’ 4.6.2018 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition
Explains schemes being implemented for people’s welfare
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Mounting molasses, and a scare in Beas 3.6.2018 India – The Indian Express
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A sugar rush 3.6.2018 India – The Indian Express
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Villages still not getting clean water 2.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Muktsar, June 1 Two weeks after contaminated water was released in some canals, a number of villages are still not getting potable water as many waterworks are yet to become operational. As a result, people are being forced to either use underground water, which has been declared unfit for human consumption in most parts of the district, or buy it from private reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plants. JPS Brar, a resident of Sheranwala village, said, “The water supply through waterworks is yet to be resumed in our village. The RO system in the village is supplying underground water without even treating it. In such circumstances, a majority of residents are fetching water from their tubewells. The authorities must speed up the repair process and supply clean water at the earliest.” A village sarpanch said the tank of the local waterworks was cleaned on Friday. “We are hopeful of starting the water supply soon,” he said. In other villages too the situation was almost similar. “The ...
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SC stays NGT order on renovation of ponds in Braj region 1.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 1 Supreme Court on Friday stayed an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order, which had disallowed an NGO to carry on renovation work of ponds in the Braj area of the pilgrimage town of Goverdhan. A Vacation Bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao passed the order on a petition filed by Braj Foundation against the NGT order. The Bench also issued notice to the Centre and UP Government on the petition filed by the NGO, which said the ponds renovated by it faced demolition because of the May 24 NGT order. The petition filed through Braj Foundation chairman Vineet Narain challenged the NGT order refusing it permission to continue the renovation work. The NGT had said the renovation project should be taken up by the government and no private individual, organisation, NGO or any other body should undertake the work of preservation and restoration of water bodies. Due to the NGT order, the local authorities had stayed the restoration work being undertaken by Braj ...
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Jal Sanchay Abhiyan ends, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani hopes for adequate rains 1.6.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
The ambitious month-long Jal Sanchay Abhiyan officially concluded on Thursday. The announcement was made by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at a ceremony in Dhandhuka town in Ahmedabad district. The CM said the drive would achieve its goal when the state receives adequate rainfall this monsoon, as predicted by the Met department. As part of the drive, the Gujarat government has deepened lakes, tanks, reservoirs and constructed new check dams and bori bandhs beside desilting river beds and canals. The project covered 40 locations across the state. The drive received public support following a government call. People who contributed to the drive, financially or through labour, were felicitated at the concluding ceremony. All members of the Rupani Cabinet and other office bearers were present at the event. "The efforts invested in this drive would give the Midas touch to the development of Gujarat region in near future," the CM said at the event. "As development is highly dependent on availability of water, the ...
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Two farmers commit suicide in Mansa 1.6.2018 The Tribune
Bathinda, May 31 Two farmers reportedly committed suicide in Mansa district on Thursday. While one of them consumed a poisonous substance, the other jumped off a water tank. Bodies of the deceased were handed over to their respective families after autopsy. Balbir Singh (40) of Kharag Singh Wala village was rushed to a private hospital in Maur Mandi after he consumed some poisonous substance. He could not be saved. Balbir Singh, having a landholding of only half an acre, was reportedly finding it difficult to make both ends meet. Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) leader Hansa Singh said Balbir Singh also used to work as an electrician to supplement his family income. He had taken some money on credit from his acquaintances. Joga police station ASI Namdev Singh said Balbir used to be upset over having two daughters, but no son. He had taken to liquor consumption. The ASI also didn’t rule out the possibility that Balbir might have consumed poison by mistake as he had become an alcoholic. In another case, ...
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Theme park project takes initial steps 31.5.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 30 The Municipal Corporation of Bathinda (MCB) is planning to develop theme parks in the city. Officials have even selected 15 sites for the project.  A team of landscaping and forestry experts from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Tuesday visited Bathinda and held discussion on developing theme-based parks. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, who conceived the idea of such parks, had instructed the Municipal commissioner to develop these parks. After the meeting, a team of experts, along with MC officials, also visited Lake Number 3, water tank number 4, fly ash site, strip along Janta Nagar, DAV pond, Sanguana Basti pond, Sanjay Nagar pond.  They held discussions regarding which theme park could be developed and what landscaping could be done.   Experts explained three themes — waves, circular and illusion.   Municipal Commissioner Rishipal Singh said, “The project to develop theme parks in the city is a brainchild of Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal. ...
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