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15 more gastro cases reported 22.6.2018 The Tribune
Ludhiana: Fifteen cases of gastroenteritis were reported from Bharti Colony, Geeta Colony and Aman Colony in Ward Number 1 on Thursday. No new patient was admitted to the hospital. A health team visited Ward Number 2 after complaints of contaminated water. However, no case of gastro was detected in this ward. “The situation is under control,” said Dr Ramesh, District Epidemiologist. TNS Mobiles recovered at Central Jail Ludhiana: The police recovered two mobile phones allegedly from two inmates at Central Jail here. A case under the Prison Act 1894 has been registered  against Pankaj Rajpoot and Gagandeep Singh. TNS  90 cartons of illicit liquor recovered Samrala: The police claimed to have arrested a person with 90 cartons of illicit liquor at a naka near the Neelon bridge. While Mandip Singh of Jalandhar was arrested, vehicle driver Mana, also from Jalandhar, escaped. OC Travel agent Ghai faces fresh FIR Ludhiana: A fresh FIR was registered against Nitish Ghai, a travel agent and owner of an ...
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Groundwater depletion pushes Sangrur district into dark zone 22.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Sangrur, June 21 With farmers reluctant to go in for direct sowing of rice (DSR), which guzzles 30 per cent less water, crisis stares Sangrur in the face, with the groundwater depleting by the day. Out of the total 2.83 lakh hectares under paddy cultivation, the DSR was done on 1,800 hectares this year. Sources said last year, the area in the district under the DSR was 600 hectares and despite efforts of the Agriculture Department and the Sangrur administration, only 1,200 hectares has increased this year. But in a majority of villages, the damage appears to have been done as the water table has gone down to around 500-600 feet deeper, while earlier it was 200 feet. “The situation is alarming. The Punjab Government must make the DSR mandatory to save the water table,” the sources said. With the growing interference of various kisan unions, Punjab farmers have developed a habit of challenging measures taken by the authorities,” said Kulwant Singh, a farmer from Dirba, who was sitting ...
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AAP leaders take on each other 22.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 21 The infighting in the AAP turned ugly when the party’s state co-convener Balbir Singh and Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira took on each other at a press conference here today. Khaira left the press conference, which was called on the alleged manhandling of Ropar MLA Amarjit Sandoya by men of a sand mining group, in a huff soon after the media pushed the leaders for their comments on the Sikh Referendum issue. Last week, Khaira claimed that the party leaders, including Balbir, did not verify his statements on the Sikh Referendum 2020, before criticising it. However, Balbir had tweeted that he called Khaira five times, but the calls were not answered. At the press conference today, both stuck to their stand. Khaira said he did not receive any call while Balbir brandished his phone, trying to show the call logs. Soon, Kotkapura MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan intervened and asked the media to raise questions on the manhandling issue only. He said vested interests wanted ...
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Akali-BJP leaders submit memo to governor 22.6.2018 The Tribune

Chandigarh: The SAD on Thursday condemned the attack on the AAP MLA and demanded a judicial inquiry. In a statement, Daljit Singh Cheema said, “Those indulging in sand mining were accusing the MLA of seeking Rs5-10 lakh from them while attacking him and thrashing his security guards. These allegations are serious and should be verified.”

Meanwhile, a SAD-BJP delegation on Thursday submitted a memorandum to Governor VP Singh Badnore. They urged him to direct the state government to hold a judicial inquiry into the murderous assault on forest officials by the sand mafia in Mohali as well as into illegal activities of the mafia. The delegation was led by SAD MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and BJP state president Shvait Malik. TN

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Nagla village sans water supply for 8 days 22.6.2018 The Tribune
Satinder Pal Singh Zirakpur, June 21 Nearly 150 families of Nagla village falling under the jurisdiction of the Zirakpur Municipal Council have been facing a tough time for the past eight days due to a shortage of potable water. The reason behind the shortage is said to be a snag developed by the motor of the tubewell from which the village gets water. It has not been repaired for the past one week. To meet their need for water, residents of Nagla village have now switch to water tankers and are forced to purchase water for Rs 350 per tanker.  Some residents are forced to fetch water from nearby houses that has submersibles. Submersible water is also not safe for drinking, poses a threat of epidemic. The water provided through the tankers is also not enough for each household. The residents said despite repeated complaints, MC officials did not take any step to redress their issue. On Thursday, a delegation of villagers met MC officials and urged them to make arrangements to run the tubewell.  The ...
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Diarrhoea cases decline in Mauli Jagran 22.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 21 A day after the Health Department had issued a report which proved that water contamination had led to the diarrhoea outbreak in Mauli Jagran five days ago, the cases have finally began to decline in the area. Nearly 10 cases of mild diarrhoea were reported on Thursday, taking the count to total 171 patients. On the other hand, Health Department teams continue to conduct their field visits. The teams on Thursday visited nearly 100 houses. Besides distributing chlorine tablets, the teams also collected samples of the water stored in the houses. According to the health official, the real worry is about the water stored in the houses. “There is a huge scarcity of water and we fear that people may have stored contaminated water. We went to the houses and advised people to clean their water tanks and store fresh water,” said a health department employee while conducting the survey. On June 18, the Health Department had collected water samples from five tube wells which ...
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Boy killed as water tank gives way 22.6.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 21

A water tank collapsed at Kona village in Pinjore late on Thursday evening, leaving a nine-year-old boy dead and eight injured.

The tank gave way when local people were filling water in their buckets. The incident took place around 8 pm. As the 10-foot-high tank collapsed, a portion of its wall fell on people, including children.

In the accident, Sanju (9) died on the spot while eight others, including six children, sustained injuries. Manju (18), Rajnish (6) and Shamli (40) were rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, from where Shamli was referred to the PGI.

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Forest officer out of coma, in pvt room 22.6.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 21

Having remained in a coma for over 48 hours, Block Forest Officer Devinder Singh is finally recovering. He was brutally assaulted by six men allegedly involved in illegal sand mining. Devinder was shifted to a private room at the PGI on Thursday and movement was seen in his limbs. However, till the filing of this report, Devinder was yet to regain consciousness.

Devinder is stated to have undergone two surgeries and received over 100 stitches. On Tuesday, doctors had kept him under a 72-hour observation. However, Devinder showed improvement on Wednesday as well as Thursday, following which the doctors decided to shift him to a private room.

Devinder, along with his colleagues, had laid a naka at Seonk village when a trailer full of sand and some logs arrived. When they stopped the trailer, checked it and questioned the six accused, the officials were brutally attacked.

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CM Arvind Kejriwal in office for just one day before flying off to Bengaluru 22.6.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chaired a meeting of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and power department on Thursday before leaving for Bangalore to seek naturopathy treatment. This was the first meeting between him and IAS officers after four months. DJB Chief Executive Officer AK Singh, vice-chairman Dinesh Mohaniya and other senior officials attended the meeting. Kejriwal took stock of water projects and sought a daily report from Friday onwards on the problems, actions, solutions and time-line of the solutions. His health deteriorated on Monday after he ended his sit-in protest at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s house. Kejriwal was charged by opposition BJP and Congress of sitting on dharna for nine long days at a time when people were facing water and power supply woes in the city. Wrap It Up DJB CEO AK Singh, V-C Dinesh Mohaniya and other senior officers attended  This was the first meeting between Kejriwal and IAS officers in four months The officers observed 5 minutes of silence to protest alleged attack ...
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Kejriwal holds review meetings on water, power 22.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 21 Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal, who today left for Bengaluru to undergo naturopathy treatment, held back-to-back meetings on Thursday at the Delhi Secretariat. The CM reviewed several projects of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and sought daily report on water scenario in the city with details of area-wise problem, action taken and timeline of resolving the issue. Officials are supposed to submit daily report on the status of water production in the capital and water augmentation projects. They have been told to give details of solution of the problem and whether they have been solved or not, said a senior official. The reports will be sent to the Kejriwal, who heads the DJB, everyday from tomorrow. The AAP government has been targeted by the opposition BJP and the Congress on concerns over shortage of water in several parts of the city. The CM took stock of the ongoing projects in the city apart from the situation of water in Delhi. Daily production of water, water ...
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Water conservation our priority: Minister 22.6.2018 The Tribune

Our correspondent

Hamirpur, June 21

“Providing sufficient water to people is the priority of our government,” said Mahender Singh, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, here Thursday.

He was addressing representatives of panchyati raj institutions in a function ‘Jal hai to Kal hai’. He said the water problem in Shimla had sent a message across the world that conservation of water could no more be ignored and people must stand together to conserve water. Though the water crisis in Shimla was handled, but the government had mooted a plan so that the problem may not arise in coming years.

He said the Centre had approved a plan submitted by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and he had been successful in getting Rs 800 crore for the augmentation of all old water supply schemes.

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Water crisis: Civic body, IPH Dept under HC lens 22.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Shimla, June 21 The role of the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) and the Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) Department has come under the High Court scanner days after the city faced its worst water crisis in the history. Over a dozen hotels in Craignano, Mashobra, Charabara, Kufri and Dhalli have "direct water connections through one-to-six-inch diameter pipes from the main supply lines of Guma and Giri rivulets", reveals an investigation by the Himachal Pradesh Legal Services Authority (HPLSA) under the directions of the High Court. Though the IPH and SMC authorities say they are yet to frame guidelines for giving water connections to consumers, an IPH engineer said: "Generally, water is supplied through a half-inch diameter pipe from the service line or branch line, which has controlling keys. Direct connections are illegal and supplying water through huge pipes is in complete violation of norms." The investigating teams, comprising legal experts and inspectors of the tourism ...
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World Yoga Day: From Kareena Kapoor Khan to Alia Bhatt - 5 actresses who swear by yoga for that hot bod! 21.6.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Yoga is not just for the body, it is for the mind as well and Bollywood actors have sworn by yoga forever because it makes them fit but lets them stay calm, composed and peaceful as well. This world yoga day, June 21, 2018, we discuss a few B-Town celebs who don’t just do yoga but promote it and believe in it whole heartedly. Here are 5 actresses who remind you that doing the ‘downward dog’ is great for you: 1. Kareena Kapoor Khan: Kareena has a body to die for there is no denying that at all. While the actress does hits the gym, she vouches whole heartedly for Yoga and tries not to miss a single day of doing her 108 Surya Namaskars each day. With a schedule as busy as hers and a body to maintain, we understand why she loves it so much. 2. Alia Bhatt: Alia who is currently riding high on Raazi’s success has acted in a variety of roles in such a short time. The actress whose acting skills are outstanding, does Yoga to ensure her mental and physical health is in great shape too. The actress loves Asthanga ...
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India’s very own Dust Bowl 21.6.2018 Downtoearth
Rising temperatures, changing weather patterns, depleting groundwater, unsustainable agriculture and deforestation are turning large parts of North India into a Dust Bowl. It is time we recognised this ecological disaster
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After attack, Punjab says will arm its forest staff, arms bought gather dust 21.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 20 Waking up from slumber after a murderous attack on a block forest officer in Seonk (Mohali) on Monday night, Punjab Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot on Wednesday proposed bringing in a policy to equip the field staff with firearms and setting up a “forest protection force” to deal firmly with the mafia involved in illegal sand mining and theft of wood. However, what the minister failed to mention was that a similar proposal was mooted in 2014, but three departments — Forest, Home and Legal Remembrancer — had yet to clear it. In fact, the plan had reached a stage where around 30 firearms — double-barrel guns and pistols — were purchased by the Forest Department to equip the field staff. But these could not be handed over  as the enabling law could not be enacted. The weapons are currently lying with the police at Phillaur. A few states such as Jammu and Kashmir and Assam, with extensive forest lands, have armed forest protection forces. At a media briefing on ...
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Another year, another mismanaged flood response in Assam 21.6.2018 Downtoearth
As floods ravage Assam and other north-eastern states in India, failed promises by politicians to deal with floods come under close scrutiny
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Hailakandi facing shortage of drinking water 21.6.2018 The Assam Tribune
Hailakandi facing shortage of drinking water
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Waste management in Guwahati - the Indore formula 21.6.2018 The Assam Tribune
Waste management in Guwahati - the Indore formula
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'Artificial blubber' to protect divers in icy water: Here's how 21.6.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
Scientists have created wetsuits with 'artificial blubber' that can keep deep sea divers warm in icy cold water. When rescue teams are diving under ice-covered rivers or ponds, the survival time even in the best wetsuits is very limited - as little as tens of minutes, and the experience can be extremely painful at best. Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and George Mason University in the US developed a simple treatment that can improve the survival time for a conventional wetsuit by a factor of three. The process works by simply placing the standard neoprene wetsuit inside a pressure tank autoclave no bigger than a beer keg, filled with a heavy inert gas, for about a day. The treatment then lasts for about 20 hours, far longer than anyone would spend on a dive, said Jacopo Buongiorno, professor at MIT. The process could also be done in advance, with the wetsuit placed in a sealed bag to be opened just before use, he said. Researchers looked at the different strategies that ...
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Indian plant seed could bring clean water to millions, say scientists 21.6.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
Proteins from the Moringa oleifera plant - a tree native to India - can help effectively purify water in developing nations at a low cost, say scientists. The plant - commonly known as the drumstick tree - is cultivated for food and natural oils, and the seeds are already used for a type of rudimentary water purification. However, this traditional means of purification leaves behind high amounts of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from the seeds, allowing bacteria to regrow after just 24 hours. This leaves only a short window in which the water is drinkable. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US used sand and plant materials to create a cheap and effective water filtration medium, termed "f-sand." F-sand was created by extracting the seed proteins from the Moringa oleifera plant, and adhering them to the surface of silica particles, the principal component of sand.  It kills microorganisms and reduces turbidity, adhering to particulate and organic matter. These undesirable contaminants and ...
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