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Tamil Nadu government to revive Kudimaramathu, to launch projects 24.2.2017

Chennai: The State government has announced to revive the traditional Kudimaramathu system of encouraging the farmers and locals too, to undertake repair and maintenance of the waterbodies in the respective villages. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisami will launch the programme in March first week. This will enable the farmers and the people to take up the work of desilting of tanks and channels that irrigate the paddy fields, at an estimated cost of Rs 10 lakhs.

Those projects exceeding this sum will be formulated and implemented through the Water Resources Orgnisation. A decision to this effect was made at a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister on Thursday. About 1, 519 works would be taken up under the Kudimaramathu in 30 district at a cost of Rs 100 crores. During the 2017 - 18 fiscal similar works will be taken up for Rs 300 crore.

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Rs 15 crore for water supply scheme 24.2.2017 The Tribune
HAMIRPUR: A Rs 15-crore water supply scheme will be launched to supply water to remote villages, including Chamiyana, Karada and Kasiri Mahadev, in Patlandar area of the district.
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A pink wall on water 23.2.2017 Hindu: News
Drawn by Madurai’s water bodies, a flock of flamingos makes the city its temporary home
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Chennai: Crocodile spotted in city temple tank 23.2.2017
Chennai: Chennai wildlife authorities on Wednesday cordoned off Sadanandhapuram temple tank near Perungalathur after sighting a three and a half foot mugger crocodile. The foresters and the local civic body have issued warning advisory for the public to stay away from the water body. Jayaraman, 28, of Alapakkam, who sighted the crocodile resting on a stone, informed the villagers about the presence of a reptile. A team led by Velachery wildlife rescue headquarters ranger T. Murugesan on Wednesday inspected the pond and took photographs of the crocodile. The Sadanandhapuram civic authorities also dispatched messengers to make a public announcement to keep the residents informed about the crocodile threat. “We have requested the Kattankulathur block development office to drain the water body so that the reptile can be rescued at the earliest and we are working on strategies to fish out the crocodile”, said ranger T. Murugesan. In the past 10 years, three crocodiles have been fished out of the same pond and ...
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Bellandur fire: NGT asks state authorities why they shouldn’t be prosecuted 22.2.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Bellandur fire: NGT asks state authorities why they shouldn’t be prosecuted
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Sewage let into Korattur lake 22.2.2017
Chennai: Clearly defying the order from the southern bench of the National Green Tribunal, sewerage carrying private tankers is disposing of the load at Korattur lake. The violation is causing a serious inconvenience to residents, whose lives have turned miserable owing to the bad stench and contamination. The lake has become a main point of disposal for the lorries carrying sewage, from various localities of Ambattur. Though the activity stopped for a few days after the Tribunal stayed the disposal of sewerage and effluent water at the lake, last December, it was resumed, much deliberately. It may be noted that the majority of the localities in Ambattur zone is not benefited with an underground drainage system, thus prompting them to rely on septic tank system. The tankers, rather than treating the water are disposing of it in the water bodies. S .Sekharan, a petitioner and a resident, said, “They were earlier leaving the untreated sewage water during nights. The situation has deteriorated as the sewage ...
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Healing pond of Vemulawada is bone-dry 22.2.2017
Hyderabad: Sivaratri festival looms ahead, but ‘Dharma Gundam’ in the prominent Vemulawada shrine is dried up and there is no water for pilgrims to take a holy dip. The Sivaratri festival will be celebrated on Friday and temple authorities have been planning special pujas from Thursday. The celebrations  will end on Sunday morning.  Officials are expecting more than 5 lakh pilgrims to come to  the shrine on Sivaratri. Pilgrims from Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Chattisgarh generally visit the shrine on Sivaratri and temple authorities are making all  arrangements for the convenience of the devotees. For decades, pilgrims used to take a holy dip in the Pushkarini (Dharma Gundam) before entering the temple’s sanctum sanctorum to perform special pujas. The pond did not ever dry up as it always had plenty of water supply from a tank nearby. During the extension work of the temple, the tank was disturbed and it shrunk,  which led to the water crisis in both the tank and ...
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Teenagers kill another boy? 22.2.2017 Hindu: News
In a ghastly incident, two teenagers allegedly killed a nine-year-old boy at Bibipet village of Kalher mandal of the district. Though the incident took place a month ago and a case of suspicious death...
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Kerala: All-party meet on ration, drought 22.2.2017
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government is all set to evolve a consensus on ration quota and drought, the two critical issues confronting the people of the state, at the all party meeting to be held here on Wednesday. A decision on sending an all party delegation to Delhi for urging Prime Minister and food minister to restore ration quota of the state, will be taken at the meeting. “All parties are on board on the issue of restoration of ration quota. Lakhs of families have been deprived of the statutory ration quota.   During the last meeting that chief minister had with Prime Minter in Delhi, the latter had given a positive response , However, nothing concrete came after that. We hope the Centre will act favourably,"  Food Minister P. Thilothaman told DC. He said the BJP state unit was also on board on the issue. The all party meeting is also set to pass a resolution urging the Centre to provide 16.02 lakh metric tonne of grains as ration allocation. Following the implementation of the Food Security Act the ...
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A bronze statue to celebrate a visionary civil servant 21.2.2017 Hindu: National
V. Venkatayapalem residents steeped in the memory of Zaheer Ahmad
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Farmers can lift silt from waterbodies 21.2.2017 The Hindu - Tamil Nadu
Dindigul Collector earmarks 199 tanks and lakes
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Bellandur Lake: a story of toxic froth and fire 17.2.2017 Downtoearth
Bengaluru’s failure in managing solid waste and lack of a sewage management plan explain repeated incidents of Bellandur lake catching fire
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Bengaluru's largest lake catches fire yet again; waste burning, untreated sewage to be blamed 17.2.2017 Downtoearth
Locals have time and again approached the civic authority to stop the discharge of chemicals and other toxic substances from factories and households into Bellandur lake
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Vellore gears up to root out ‘seemai karuvelam’ trees 16.2.2017 Hindu: Cities
Area infested by the invasive species to be assessed by officials
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Farm varsity extends tips to farmers for a bumper yield 15.2.2017 BusinessLine - Aesha Datta
Experts recommend integrated crop management, use of soil health cards to enhance productivity
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Painted storks: Officials forget AP’s migratory guests 14.2.2017
Anantapur: The district administration appears to have no sympathy even for painted storks (mycteria leucocephala), migratory birds that come from Siberia to interior parts of Anantapur district, as the birds have to fly to Karnataka tanks to  feed every day. The bird sanctuary is left in a state of negligence for another consecutive year. Not even the regular budget of Rs 5 lakh was allotted for minimum maintenance in the current year. The Forest department has to pay pending bills for the local NGO, which was taking care of chicks and injured birds last year. Various species of migratory birds fly to India for breeding and in search of feeding grounds every year. In AP, painted storks are spotted regularly at Nelapattu bird sanctuary, Pulicat Lake, Telineelapuram, Kolleru Lake, Uppalapadu, Chintapalli, Chinna Madu-ru and Karivirala villages and Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary. “But a group of 1,500 birds prefer drought-hit Veerapuram in Anantapur district every year, except in the worst conditions,” ...
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Chennai: Lake festival calls for nature conservation 13.2.2017
Chennai: Enthusiasm, cheer, and a colorful milieu prevailed around the Perungudi Lake on Sunday as people of various ages and across all walks come together to celebrate a daylong Lake Festival, themed ‘Preserve Nature, Secure Future.’ Hundreds of school students joined the celebrations and took part in the rangoli, essay, poetry and painting competitions, and brought out their creative best. E.Saipriya, a student of the seventh grade, was awake since 4:30 am to take part in rangoli competition and art contest that followed it, said her mother. Saipriya’s drawing showed the practice of rainwater harvesting; it showed rain and a house and the rainwater was being collected in an underground tank. Vocal and passionate about the theme of saving nature, Saipriya said she plays her part by conserving water. “When it rains, we collect water in vessels and drums and use it instead of letting it go waste,” she said. Hundreds of school going students like her were enthusiastic about taking part in various ...
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Citizens’ initiative picks up pace in Vellore 13.2.2017 Hindu: Home
Two or three voluntary groups have taken up major cleaning drive to save lakes
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Farmers being encouraged to construct farm ponds 13.2.2017 Hindu: Home
The govt. will provide the complete unit cost of the ponds under MGNREGS
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Rangian not dependent on grants for development 13.2.2017 The Tribune
MANDI AHMEDGARH: Rangian village in Dehlon Block of Ludhiana district has emerged as one of the rare localities where development has kept pace with other localities, without having a source of income of its own.
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