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CSIR research unit set up in Arunachal 21.8.2019 The Assam Tribune
CSIR research unit set up in Arunachal
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Water purification plant donated to flood-hit village school 21.8.2019 The Assam Tribune
Water purification plant donated to flood-hit village school
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Consumption of fluoridated tap water during pregnancy can lower IQ score in infants 20.8.2019
Washington: A study published Monday linked consumption of fluoridated tap water during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in infants, a finding at odds with decades of public health messaging extolling the mineral's benefits in reducing cavities. Several outside experts expressed concern over the research's methodology and questioned its conclusions, though some found the results compelling enough to merit further investigation. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named community water fluoridation one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th century because of its contribution to the steep decline in tooth cavities in the United States over several decades. But although high levels of fluoride have been found to be toxic to rat brains, the concentrations seen in fluoridated tap water are deemed safe. "We realised that there were major questions about the safety of fluoride, especially for pregnant women and young children," Christine Till, an associate ...
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Half marathon to create awareness on drinking water 19.8.2019 The Assam Tribune
Half marathon to create awareness on drinking water
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EC wants legal backing to seek Aadhaar numbers to clean up voters list 18.8.2019
New Delhi: The Election Commission has asked the government to give it statutory backing to collect Aadhaar numbers of new applicants and existing voters to check multiple entries in electoral rolls. In a letter to the Law Ministry, the commission has proposed that provisions of the Representation of the People Act be amended to allow the EC to seek Aadhaar numbers of those applying to be voters and those who are already part of voters list. According to the EC proposal sent earlier this month, the electoral law should be amended to empower electoral registration officer to seek Aadhaar numbers of the existing voters as well as of those applying to the voters'' list. In August 2015, a Supreme Court order on Aadhaar card has put brakes on the Election Commission's project to link Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) (Aadhaar) numbers with voters' electoral data to check multiple entries in electoral rolls. The poll panel was then collecting Aadhaar numbers as part of its ...
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3 pound oyster caught in western France 9.8.2019
For a food festival that takes place in western France every year, oyster farmers put together a seafood feast of the freshest produce from the sea. "I was working in the channel and walking along I felt something with my foot," said Mathieu Naslin, an employee of the Viviers de la Guittiere oyster farm. "I picked it up and it was a huge oyster," he told AFP. Another massive oyster was found at a farm close by, in the Sables d'Olonne area. It weighed 1.4 kgs and was found in April. "It's extremely rare," said Naslin. He said that in his eight years on the job, he had seen nothing like it, reported NDTV. There are no doubt such bigger or even bigger oysters out there. The salinity level of the water body determines the size of the oysters. The salinity occasionally drops as a nearby lake usually dumps water into the channel. That throws off the levels of salt thus restricting the growth of the oysters. The oyster, which was nicknamed "Georgette" in honour ...
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Fluoride in drinking water can cause potential liver damage 9.8.2019
Washington: Fluoride exposure may lead to a reduction in kidney and liver function in adolescents, suggests a study. The study published in the journal 'Environment International' by Mount Sinai researchers examined the relationship between fluoride levels in drinking water and blood with kidney and liver health among adolescents. The findings showed that exposure to fluoride may contribute to complex changes in kidney and liver function among youth in the United States, where 74 per cent of public water systems add fluoride for dental health benefits. The findings also suggest that adolescents with poorer kidney or liver function may absorb more fluoride in their bodies. While fluoride exposure in animals and adults has been associated with kidney and liver toxicity, this study examined the potential effects of chronic low-level exposure among youth. This is important to study because a child's body excretes only 45 per cent of fluoride in urine via the kidneys, while an adult's body ...
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Scientists create world’s thinnest gold 9.8.2019 The Shillong Times
Scientists have created world’s thinnest gold which is just two atoms thick or one million times leaner than a human finger nail. The researchers at the University of Leeds in the UK measured the thickness of the gold to be 0.47 nanometres–the thinnest unsupported gold ever created. The material is regarded as two-dimensional (2D) because […]
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Centre earmarks Rs 70 cr for beach tourism project: Kiran Bedi 4.8.2019 PTI: All news
Centre earmarks Rs 70 cr for beach tourism project: Kiran Bedi
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'Iceberg Corridor' sparks tourist boom on Canada's east coast 2.8.2019
Canada: At dusk, tourists marvel at the sensational collapse of an iceberg at the end of its long journey from Greenland to Canada's east coast, which now has a front row seat to the melting of the Arctic's ice. While the rest of the world nervously eyes the impact of global warming, the calving of Greenland's glaciers -- the breaking off of ice chunks from its edge -- has breathed new life into the remote coastal villages of Newfoundland and Labrador. Once a hub of cod fishing, the province now plays host to hordes of amateur photographers and tourists hoping to capture the epic ice melt for posterity. As winter ends, iceberg spotting begins. "It keeps getting better every year," says Barry Strickland, a 58-year-old former fisherman who now takes tourists in his small boat around King's Point in the north of the province. Tour guide and former fisherman Barry Strickland steers his boat near an iceberg at King's Point -- iceberg tourism has been a success for the area on ...
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Kerala Cong workers sprinkle cow dung water to 'purify' venue after Dalit's protest 29.7.2019 The Asian Age | Home
In a counter-protest, the Youth Congress activists staged a march against the MLA, alleging her protest was an act to 'befool' the people.
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Chennai records 56 per cent above normal rainfall, but little water in reservoirs 29.7.2019
CHENNAI: Chennai has recorded 56 per cent above normal rainfall since June 1, with 247.5 millimetres rainfall from June 1 to July 27. Despite the good rains, Chennai"s reservoirs — Poondi, Cholavaram, Redhills and Chembarakkam — have not seen any significant improvement in water levels. The combined storage at the four reservoirs stood at 16 Mcft against 1,734 Mcft last year. Chennai, which has been facing the worst water crisis since April, is dependent on supplies from desalination plants, Veeranam lake, quarries and agricultural wells in neighbouring districts. The normal rainfall that Chennai receives every year from southwest monsoon season is 159.1 mm. The metro recorded 56 % above normal since June 1. The highest in the State is Tiruvannamalai district, which received 251.1mm rainfall between June 1 and July 27, which is 81 % higher than the normal amount of rainfall that the district gets during this time of the year. While districts in northern Tamil Nadu recorded decent ...
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ABITA reaches out to flood victims 28.7.2019 The Assam Tribune
ABITA reaches out to flood victims
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New water purification tech that curbs wastage 28.7.2019
Bengaluru: Bengaluru-based InnoDI Water Technologies Private Company has come up with an innovative technology called Capacitive Deionization (CDI) to purify water. This technology helps treat ground and surface water by reducing the amount of reject water and help retain essential minerals in the liquid and meets World Health Organisation standards. It is said that in current water purification technology methods nearly 60 percent of the raw water is wasted as a reject during purification and the rejected water goes down the drain. "Using CDI technology the water wastage is only up to 20 per cent water and unlike the Reverse Osmosis (RO) process, which takes away majority of the minerals from water, the CDI technology helps in removing all toxins like Fluoride, Nitrate, Arsenic etc, while retaining the desired levels of minerals required for our human body like calcium, magnesium etc," explained Vijay Sampath, MD, InnoDI. In CDI technology water is sent between carbon-based electrodes at low ...
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Hyderabad: Groundwater after rains has high fluoride content 28.7.2019
Hyderabad: A study has revealed that about 31 per cent in the pre-monsoon and 80 per cent of the post-monsoon groundwater sampling showed 1.5 to 4 mg per litre of fluoride content in the state. A considerable amount of fluoride enters the human body through drinking water and excess fluoride can be toxic for health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has set the minimum and maximum limits of fluoride content for drinking water purposes at 0.5 and 1.5 mg/l, respectively. The intake of elevated fluoride has a significant impact on the health of human beings. Immediate problems are seen in children"s teeth. Excess fluoride leads to mottling of teeth, calcification of ligaments, and crippling of bones, says a WHO report. As per the findings of the study published in the journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, the people from Telangana state are vulnerable to dental and skeletal fluorosis, due to the intake of high fluoride content in drinking water. The elevated level of fluoride in ...
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Vijayawada: Panels for Clean Krishna formed 25.7.2019
Vijayawada: River Krishna, the fourth-biggest river in terms of water flow and basin in India, is among the most polluted. The river figures in the list of the 51 polluted rivers in India and has been identified as such by the Central Pollution Control Board. Almost all the canals of the river that pass through the district are being polluted relentlessly. This menace has increased over the past few years with locals releasing sewage into the canals at Amaravati where the river enters the district and at Hamsaladeevi, where it merges into the Bay of Bengal. The plastic waste that is dumped into the river at almost every spot that it passes through is becoming an obstacle to its flow, besides polluting the water. Adding to this, people who live on the riverbanks are releasing their household waste and sewage directly into the river, causing discolouration of the water.   Visitors, devotees and pilgrims who come to the city also pollute the river by throwing plastic wastes into the water. Also, ...
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Rajahmundry: 3-member joint panel inspects Polavaram site 25.7.2019
Rajahmundry: Polavaram project-affected people alleged that the presence of muck was polluting drinking water in wells and causing several health problems affecting lungs, kidneys and allergy. Based on direction from the National Green Tribunal, a three-member joint committee including Dr Madhu from Central Pollution Control Board, Bengaluru, Dr C. Palapandi, chief senior scientist, MoEF, Chennai and West Godavri district collector Revu Muthyalaraju inspected the Polavaram project at Polavaram in West Godavari on Wednesday. Affected villagers identified as Fatima Unnisa, Jagan Mohan Rao, K. Rama Chandra Rao and others submitted representations to the team members. They complained to the team members stating that the presence of dumping yard was resulting in pollution of ground water tables as the water from the drinking water well got polluted and was not fit for consumption. The committee members inspected the Mula Lanka area where the dumping yard was located and checked the wells in the houses. Mr ...
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Post-flood relief measures in Goalpara 24.7.2019 The Assam Tribune
Post-flood relief measures in Goalpara
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Chennai: Elders mourn death of their water bod 24.7.2019
Chennai: In the midst of all the sobbing over the acute drinking water crisis in Chennai, a 75-year-old environment activist riding an old bicycle is doing his bit campaigning for the restoration of seven ancient ponds that have disappeared years ago under human encroachments in his Padi-Korattur-Ambattur area. Among all those hundreds of buildings that have come up over the parched water bodies is a large fish-market built by the Corporation of Chennai close to the Chennai-Tiruvallur highway at Padi. It was inaugurated with much fanfare by none other than Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in 2017 and was closed-sealed following a stinging order by the First Bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, presently a judge of the Supreme Court. The petitioner in this case was none other than our septuagenarian hero, N Shanmugam, who retired as a PWD contractor to take up public causes and environment issues. "I had filed that petition and was very happy when the Honourable Court quickly saw ...
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Flood waters in Assam recede, death toll hits 65 22.7.2019 The Asian Age | Home
The Brahmaputra river was flowing above danger level at three places only.
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