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GMC embarking on cleanliness drive: Commissioner 18.8.2019 The Assam Tribune
GMC embarking on cleanliness drive: Commissioner
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Torrential rains lash northern states, alert sounded in Punjab 18.8.2019 PTI: All news
Torrential rains lash northern states, alert sounded in Punjab
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Bengaluru: Rejuvenated but we still can't drink lake water 18.8.2019
Bengaluru: Despite the money being allotted towards the rejuvenation of lake and protest marches being organised against the encroachment of water bodies and their catchments, not a single lake or tank within the city limits is free from pollution. The Water Quality Index (WQI) from April to June released by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board has confirmed that major lakes such as Madiwala, Jakkur, Sarakki and Puttenahalli have unsatisfactory water quality. One of the major reasons behind the worsening water quality is the entry of sewage into the lakes. Manoj Kumar, Member Secretary, KSPCB, said, "The major source of pollution is sewage. The city generates 1,400 mld of sewage, considering 80% of the water supplied to the city is sewage. Out of this, the BWSSB has the capacity to treat only 50% of the sewage. Once the STP"s will be fully functional by 2020 things will improve. The implementation of the zero liquid discharge policy for the apartments is also being adhered ...
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The last straw: Why India needs freedom from plastic 18.8.2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech earlier this week, urged the people to make India free of single-use plastic by October 2. This is a pledge we should make and move towards, an effort that requires every citizen, municipality and gram panchayat to work in tandem for a common goal. Plastic waste is a global problem and has been discussed in state, national and international forums. The plastic industry is seen as a big contributor to India"s economic growth. By 2020, India is likely to export USD 12 billion worth of plastic, the quantity of which is likely to double in the next five years. However, this economic growth means the production of 25,000 tonnes of plastic every day. Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru are the Indian cities that generate the highest amount of plastic waste. Single-use plastic refers to any form of the substance that can only be used once before it ends up in landfills, and while polyurethane bags spring to mind, these represent only a ...
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Wake up now, fight climate change: RV Deshpande 18.8.2019
Bengaluru: Former revenue minister, R.V. Deshpande, who initiated several measures to mitigate the havoc caused by floods and landslides in Kodagu last year, says political parties should jointly address challenges such as climate change, deforestation and encroachment of water bodies. He told Deccan Chronicle: "Our state has experienced either floods or drought, or at times both, for 14 years. We had normal rainfall for only four years in the last 19 years. This clearly tells us where we are headed. We destroyed the environment, and if we do not take proactive measures, we will have no future."   Geological Survey of India (GSI) commissioned a study on landslides in Kodagu at the behest of Mr Deshpande. "Following submission of the report (BY GSI), I tried to sensitise different agencies on precautionary measures and long term steps to be taken. We bought lifesaving jackets and other materials and stored them with the district administration of areas which experienced heavy rains. ...
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Flood toll at 241 in 5 states, water receding from several parts of Kerala, Maharashtra 17.8.2019 The Assam Tribune
Flood toll at 241 in 5 states, water receding from several parts of Kerala, Maharashtra
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Widespread rainfall continues across state, rivers in spate 17.8.2019 Central Chronicle
Bhopal, Rivers, dams and streams are in spate due to continuous heavy rains in Madhya Pradesh. During the last 24 hours, heavy rains have been received in many parts of the state. 200 mm rainfall has been received in Jabalpur, 67 mm in Bhopal, 121.6 mm in Guna, 108 mm in Shajapur. Life has been […]
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Drone cameras around Chandrababu Naidu's home sparks row 17.8.2019 The Asian Age | Home
Two days ago, aerial photographs and a video of Naidu's house on the banks of Krishna river were widely shared on social media.
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Khandu’s stress on all-round welfare 17.8.2019 The Assam Tribune
Khandu’s stress on all-round welfare
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I-Day in Manipur 17.8.2019 The Assam Tribune
I-Day in Manipur
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Kisan Mela to make farmers aware of water conservation 17.8.2019 The Assam Tribune
Kisan Mela to make farmers aware of water conservation
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73rd Independence Day celebrated with patriotic fervour 17.8.2019 The Assam Tribune
73rd Independence Day celebrated with patriotic fervour
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Flood toll at 241 in five states, water receding from several parts of Kerala, Maha 17.8.2019 PTI: All news
Flood toll at 241 in five states, water receding from several parts of Kerala, Maha
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Krishna river stings tail-end areas 17.8.2019
VIJAYAWADA: The swollen River Krishna has left a trail of devastation affecting thousands of people and farmers. Low-lying areas have been inundated and crops across thousands of acres located along the course of river on both the banks in Krishna and Guntur districts have been submerged. According to flood water discharge readings in Krishna river at various irrigation projects recorded at 6 pm on Friday, nearly 8.65 lakh cusecs of water is being discharged from Srisailam project while 7.32 lakh cusecs from Nagarjunasagar, 7.52 lakh cusecs from Pulichinthala and 7.68 lakh cusecs from Prakasam Barrage in the city. Water level at the Barrage was recorded at 16.8 feet against the FRL of 12 feet and the quantum of discharge of water from the barrage is expected to touch eight lakh cusecs in the hours ahead. Authorities have already issued a second warning level when water discharge was recorded at 5.68 lakh cusecs. As a huge quantum of water is being released from the projects upstream, Prakasam Barrage ...
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Dams near full, Karnataka, city may not face power cuts 17.8.2019
Bengaluru: The hydel power generation in the state is normal and this year again the state and city may not face a shortage of power. An official from Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd said that once excess water from the dams is released hydel power generation will be increased. "For now, major reservoirs like Linganamakki, Supa and Mani are almost full and we will observe the situation in the coming days. Last year too, there was sufficient rain and the dams were almost full, and the power shortage was not severe. This year, we still can"t confirm whether there will be enough power generation or a shortage taking into consideration the current situation, which is still being observed." According to a report from Karnataka Power Corporation Limited, Linganamakki dam"s full reservoir level in is 1,819 ft and as of August 15, it had reached 1,812 ft, Supa dam in Uttara Karnataka has the full reservoir level of 1,849 ft and its present level is 1,840 ft and Mani dam on the Varahi ...
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Minister justifies drone video shoot on Chandrababu Naidu's residence 17.8.2019
VIJAYAWADA: In a counter reaction to former CM N. Chandrababu Naidu"s allegations that security at his residence was breached at Undavalli with drone cameras capturing images of his residence, minister for water resources Anil Kumar justified the act by saying that it was at the direction of the state government that drones were being used to video record the flood affected areas to assess the extent of damage and to come up with plans to provide relief. The minister said here on Friday that the state government was trying to provide protection to the residence of former CM as the flood waters were beginning to touch it. He added that as they had expected earlier, the ex-CM"s residence was getting affected as it was located on the river bed in violation of all norms. He said that they had ordered video recording of areas located on either side of Bhavani island to assess the flood situation and added that as the ex-CM"s residence was located along the flood bank of Krishna river, it was ...
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Vijayawada: Water project norms issued for reverse tendering process 17.8.2019
VIJAYAWADA: The state Water Resources Department has released the modalities to be implemented for the reverse tendering process for the ongoing works and fresh tendering process for the existing works. The new modalities were issued in the wake of the government getting ready to call fresh tenders for Polavaram project works after pre closing the tenders of Navayuga company. The same modalities are to be followed for other irrigation projects where the state government has cancelled the old tenders and are getting ready for reverse tendering. Interestingly, as per the modalities, the existing contractor may also be given a chance to participate in the tender-cum-reverse auctioning process. "The guidelines are intended to be applicable for contracts where the government is desirous of discovering a fair price through a competitive bidding process for the execution of ongoing projects. In this process it should be ensured that the prevailing terms and conditions of the contract remain unchanged ...
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At least 70 farmers end lives in two months in Seema region alone 17.8.2019
ANANTAPUR: The suicide of farmer D. Bayyapu Reddy, 67, of Dadireddypalli in OD Cheruvu mandal, who owns 30 acres land in the district, has exposed the dreadful situation of the farming sector in Rayalaseema region and failure of governments to concentrate on precautionary measures to avoid series of suicides, due to crop failures, along with high state of debts. Bayappa Reddy family was familiar with land lords from Dadireddy Palli after lands were sold by the elders, who had 30 acres. Reddy was enthusiastic of raising various type of crops, including vegetables and fruit orchards with the help of groundwater sources as there is no perennial and assured sources in surrounding areas. The deep depletion of groundwater sources has led progressive farmers to search for tapping ground water, by drilling more borewells, to save the outstanding crops. He drilled at least 10 borewells but couldn"t get sufficient water. Debts of both banks and private lenders had reached to `26 lakh while Reddy was unable ...
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Slush in Kurnool storage tanks is of no help 17.8.2019
KURNOOL: The drinking water shortage in Kurnool has been compounded by the fact that the authorities could not do anything to alleviate the problem as they failed to clear the slush in summer storage tanks. With Tungabhadra flood water, Sunkesula Dam received good inflow. From Sunkesula, water was transferred to the summer storage tanks. Here the water became muddy and not fit for pumping, said the officials concerned in the municipality. The denizens of Kurnool have been getting water once in four days, that too through tanker supply. Kallur, Shareen Nagar, B-Camp, C-Camp, NR Pet, Chennamma circle, Old City, Bus Stand, I-town area and new colonies on Nandikotkur road have been virtually suffering due to lack of drinking water. Packaged water is available in departmental stores and also quickly going off the shelves, said Munirathnam, a resident of Ganesh Nagar. Kurnool MLA Hafeez Khan directed the municipal authorities concerned to swing into action and solve the water crisis. He summoned municipal ...
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Godavari water rises again 17.8.2019

KAKINADA: About 27 days after almost submerging villages with flood water, the river Godavari is once again in spate putting several villages in East Godavari and West Godavari districts at flood risk.

The flood water has already entered agricultural fields of villages in Devipatnam mandal.

By 6 pm on Friday, 7,49,664 cusecs waters was discharged into the Bay of Bengal from Dowles-waram barrage, while 11,500 cusecs water was released into canals for agriculture and drinking water purposes.

The water level at the temple town of Bhadrachalam, however, has receded as the water levels to 37.9 feet in the evening from 41.1 feet in the morning.

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