User: rose_skyzen Topic: water pollution
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Policy Watch: Restrict, de-house, degrade 29.3.2015 DNA: Opinion
Affordable houses of 300 sq feet be provided at just Rs3 lakh! Really? (http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-policy-watch-house-that-for-a-change-2070936). Is it possible? What about both the availability and cost of land?  The sad truth is that land was never the problem.  It was always a question of political will on the one hand, and the necessity for the right policies to be kicked into place on the other. Crucial to both was the urgent requirement for a “zero-tolerance” policy relating to unauthorised squatting and incremental slum formation.   But then, politicians are always the biggest beneficiaries of slum formation (http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-policy-watch-the-state-as-slumlord-2068903). Slums allow them to create vote-banks and to distort the demographics in any given area. Hence legislators cannot be trusted to put a stop to slum development. Much, therefore depends on the role of the election commission and the courts. Unless they ensure that voting rights in cities are ...
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Keiran O’Nightley, off-season queen: a short story by Rupert Everett 29.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Who’s that ageing matinée idol drinking cocktails and flirting with gondoliers? Why, it’s Rupert Everett’s alter ego, Keiran O’Nightley, on an off-season European holiday… The long-toothed matinee idol – that lesser-spotted showbusiness queen Keiran O’Nightley – has developed a tendency to shun the world. (She met everyone and they all turned out to be the same person. She got bored with the person.) Unfortunately she has developed a fixed taste for the good life, but the tiny principality of show business in which she is still crown princess produces a spiral of diminishing returns and so she has taken to skulking around the world off-season. When everyone else is busy doing fabulous things, taking the kiddies back to school, going to Clouds for a winter top up or simply churning out one fabulous film after another she is on the night train to Venice with a picnic from Fouquet’s and a Tramadol. Don’t take this train, by the way. It is a disease trap.) Miss O’Nightley attacks the ski slopes of Kitzbuhel ...
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Karnataka HC imposes Rs 60 k cost on a polluting unit 28.3.2015 TOI: Cities
The Karnataka high court has imposed a cost of Rs 60, 000 upon Nagashree Home Products on Lakkavanahalli Road in Hiriyur town of Chitradurga district for causing air/water ...
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Unn Creek case: ED attaches Rs 2.82 cr property of GEPIL in Surat 28.3.2015 TOI: Ahmedabad Times
The Ahmedabad zonal unit of Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday attached properties and cash worth Rs 2.82 crore of Gujarat Enviro Protection and Infrastructure Ltd (GEPIL) for environmental violations under prevention of money laundering act ...
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National Green Tribunal gives states deadline to mark out Yamuna's flood plains 28.3.2015 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
In a bid to speed up cleaning of the Yamuna, the National Green Tribunal has set timelines for the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to demarcate the river's flood plain, close unauthorised industrial units and report on the state of common effluent ...
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National Green Tribunal gives states deadline to mark out Yamuna's flood plains 28.3.2015 ET: Policy
Delhi had been asked to demarcate the Yamuna flood plain and submit a compliance report to the tribunal, a fast-track environment court.
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The question of care 28.3.2015 Telegraph: Opinion
Everyone wants good health; we want it for ourselves and our families, organizations want it for their members and in a larger perspective, nations want it for their citizens. Paradoxically, to ensure basic health, one does not need the help of health-care professionals. Safe drinking water, proper toilets and hygienic disposal of sewage will save far more lives than all our nation's dialysis machines put together. To get these basics on the table needs the focusing of public policy, political will and the consent and participation of citizens. A state-of-the-art super speciality hospital in the middle of swaying rice fields will save very few lives, but will fetch many more votes than if the sewage system for the area is upgraded. This is sad though true, and politicians knowingly succumb to this approach.
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Japan to extend Rs 2,760 crore loan to India for river projects 27.3.2015 ET: Infrastructure
India has signed a Rs 2,760 crore loan deal with Japan for the development of the second phase of the Rengali irrigation project in Odisha and cleaning of river Mula-Mutha in Pune, Maharashtra.
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It's taken seven years, but California is finally cleaning up microbead pollution 27.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Nonprofits are using the state’s new stormwater requirements to sue plastic manufacturers for polluting waterways — and they’re winning

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Why filthy literature should not be cleaned up 27.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The Clean Reader app, which removes profanities from ebooks, is an insult to readers and to language Thanks to reading my books to my father in bed, at the age of 84 my mother has finally learned to say “fuck” aloud. Though my father revealed his wife’s new skill to me with rueful chiding, I felt proud. Late in the day, my mother has discovered that potty mouth can’t sully her moral interior with ineradicable sewage. It’s the same favour she did for me when shining a torch into a murky bedroom closet: “Look, no monsters.” An app created in Twin Falls, Idaho, would keep the likes of my mother in the dark about the fact that words can’t bite. Clean Reader blanks out dirty, scary words in ebooks. If you poke at the empty space, the app provides a bland substitute, sometimes producing a biological inaccuracy that could make prose even racier. For Americans, if you replace “cunt” with “bottom”, the body part in question migrates to the posterior, and risks implying that church-sanctioned, reproductively sound ...
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'The super-rich don't vote in Nigeria': election in the land of rising inequality 27.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Over the last decade, the number of millionaires in Nigeria has soared by over 44% while absolute poverty has risen from 55% to 61%. Few expect the election to tackle that trend Angel was nine months old when she fell off the edge and drowned. Filthy, 6ft-deep water surrounds her family home and is visible through gaps in its crooked floorboards, which bend precariously underfoot. About 30 grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, teenagers and young children are crammed into two flimsy wooden rooms perched above a lagoon. “There was a lot of sadness that day,” said Teodor Afia, 55, recalling his granddaughter’s death three months ago. “She was playing with her two-year-old brother, Samuel, and just went over the edge while nobody was at home. Everything that happens is God’s ...
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UK clears first batch of Indian Alphonso mangoes post year-long ban 27.3.2015 ET: Agriculture
Last year, the EU had imposed a two-year ban on Indian mangoes and four vegetables. But after inspection of Indian facilities, the EU lifted the ban within a year.
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Rs 110cr sought for river clean-up 27.3.2015 Telegraph: Front Page
Chief minister Raghubar Das (below) demanded Rs 110 crore from the Centre during a meeting of the National Ganga River Basin Authority chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today and sought single-window clearances to speed up the process.
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Widen ‘Namami Gange’ scheme ambit: Nitish 26.3.2015 Patna News, News from Patna, Bihar| Latest Patna News - Times of India Patna and Bihar News
CM Nitish Kumar on Thursday urged the Centre to bring the subsidiary rivers in Bihar under the umbrella of ‘Namami Gange’ programme to restore the original flow of the ...
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Centre asks states to furnish its action plan to clean river Ganga within 15 days or face action 25.3.2015 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
Waking up to the recent reports which highlighted how more than two-thirds of the sewage generated in 118 towns - located in the Ganga river basin - get discharged into the country's national river 'untreated', the Centre has asked five states to furnish their action plan to set up and modernise sewage treatment plants (STPs) to it within 15 days, otherwise it would be constrained to report the states' inaction to the Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal that have been hearing pending petitions on river ...
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NMCG Ask Municipal Bodies and Industries to Furnish Action Plan for the Sewage Treatment and Trade Effluent Within 15 Days 25.3.2015 Govt of india: PIB
National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG) has directed 118 Municipalities/ Urban Local Bodies in the States of UP, Uttrakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and West-Bengal and 687 industrial units in the States of UP, Uttrakhand, Bihar and West-Bengal to furnish the action plans directly to the concerned State Program Management Group (SPMGs) in the respective State with a copy to the NMCG, for construction / rehabilitation and / or upgradation of the sewage treatment plants (STPs) , installation of requisite equipments / augmentation
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Peter Oborne: advertising is consumerist sewage 24.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Ex-Daily Telegraph columnist, who resigned over HSBC row, argues politicians should intervene to protect society – but Lord Bell attacks his views as ‘drivel’

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Cleanup plans fail in muddy Yamuna NGT seeks action 24.3.2015 Hindustan Times: India
The National Green Tribunal NGT has asked the Centre and states to hold consultations and submit by March 27 an action plan to ensure there is fresh water flow in the ...
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Gold in faeces 'is worth millions and could save the environment' 23.3.2015 Guardian: Science

Geologist suggests extracting precious metals from human waste would keep harmful substances out of the ground – and recover valuable objects

Fortunes could be saved from going down the drain by extracting gold and precious metals from human excrement, scientists suggest.

Sewage sludge contains traces of gold, silver and platinum at levels that would be seen as commercially viable by traditional prospectors. “The gold we found was at the level of a minimal mineral deposit,” said Kathleen Smith, of the US Geological Survey.

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Greater Kailash residents get a taste of sewage water 23.3.2015 Hindustan Times: India
21yearold Kshitij Goyal an MBA aspirant could not appear for the entrance exam as he fell sick after consuming contaminated water Goyal a resident of SBlock Greater KailashI has missed a couple of competitive exams after he was diagnosed with severe stomach ...
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