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Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao: Will protect oustees interests 8.2.2017
KAKINADA: Minister for water resources Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao on Tuesday assured farmers and other sections of the people who stand lose their lands due to irrigation projects that they would be adequately compensated and rehabilitated as per the Land Acquisition Act, 2013. Mr Rao told reporters that the land oustees of Purushottampatnam scheme would get good compensation for their lands and discussions were on with farmers, Rajanagaram MLA P. Venkatesh, Pithapuram MLA S.V.S.N. Varma, finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and others to arrive at determine appropriate compensation. He condemned the criticisms of the Purushottampatnam LI scheme saying that it would be more useful for the upcoming Polavaram project. Mr Rao said that water can be released through Polavaram project by 2019. He lashed out at YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Rajya Sabha Member V. Vijaya Sai Reddy, Congress leader K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao and former MP Vundavilli Arun Kumar who made adverse remarks against ...
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Stop sand mining: Vijaya Sai Reddy 8.2.2017
Kurnool: Rajya Sabha Member V. Vijaya Sai Reddy on Tuesday urged the Central government to take immediate steps to curb indiscriminate sand mining in Andhra Pradesh. Making a special mention in Rajya Sabha, Mr Vijaya Sai Reddy said that illegal sand mining is prevalent in the districts of Guntur, Krishna, Srikakulam and East Godavari where about 2,000 trucks of sand is transported to Hyderabad every day. “It is causing grave environmental, health and security threats,” he said. Further, he said that the Hyderabad High Court has contended that revenue authorities have turned a blind eye in spite of repeated complaints regarding illegal mining of sand on the banks of river Handri. “Indiscriminate extraction of sand from floodplains raises ecological, economic and social concerns. It destroys the flora and fauna along the river bed and decreased fertility of land”, Mr Vijaya Sai Reddy said. He was apprehensive that unless steps were taken, the $157 billion construction sector was expected to spike the ...
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Safeda Basti, a home to deadly diseases 8.2.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
Kanhaiya Kumar, 17, has not only contracted deadly chikungunya but dengue as well in the recent past. If you are wondering what are the odds, the answer is that Kumar is a resident of Safeda Basti in east Delhi.  The illegal squatter settlement on the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) land, which has been notified by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), has been facing issues of sanitation, including open drains and defecation, and water supply for years now. “Several diseases arise because of the lack of cleanliness in the area. The drains are not covered and the Municipal corporation works according to its will. The workers come once in two months to clean the drains but they simply sieve out the filth and leave it on the roads, making it difficult for us to even breathe,” said Anju Devi, a resident of Safeda Basti. The other major problem that the residents face is the lack of toilets. Public toilets open at 6 am and shut as early as 10 pm, forcing people to defecate in the ...
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Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline  8.2.2017 World – The Indian Express
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Routt County's ranch preservation program closes in on 50,000 acres conserved 8.2.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Routt County’s tradition of leveraging dedicated tax dollars to conserve working agricultural landscapes was nearing a landmark as 2017 began, and with the closing of another five pending conservation easements this year, the county’s Purchase of Development Rights program will have surpassed 50,000 acres conserved. Beginning in 1997, when voters in Routt County approved a 1.5-mill increase in their property taxes with the funds dedicated to protecting rural landscapes, the PDR program has provided money to help leverage conservation easements that remove development rights from the conserved acres in perpetuity. Voters reaffirmed their support for the tax in November 2005, extending its term through 2025. When the next five easements close, the PDR tax will have contributed about $24.7 million to the conservation of the more than 50,000 acres. PDR easements are evaluated by a board of citizens including Chairwoman Claire Sollars, Vice Chairman Tarn Dickerson, Treasurer Carl Vail, Mary Alice Page-Allen, ...
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7-year-old girl goes missing 8.2.2017 TOI: Chennai
A seven-year-old girl went missing from her house at Mugalivakkam on Sunday evening.
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Madras high court steps in to save Chitlapakkam Lake 8.2.2017 TOI: Chennai
TOI report, will now ensure that the lake and its tail-end areas remained free of encroachers and no illegal buildings are constructed.
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Kudumbashree water at Rs 1 per litre 8.2.2017
KOZHIKODE: Foreseeing a severe drought looming over the city from March due to deficient rainfall in the south-west monsoon, Kudumbashree is all set to launch a mega drinking water project shortly. Kudumbashree units working within the Corporation limits have come up with a plan to provide water at a minimal cost of Rs 1 per litre. For the city residents who spend Rs 50 for 20 litres of purified water, the mega drinking water project will be a great relief, as they will get these 20 litres of purified water by paying just Rs 20.  “Scientists of the Centre for Water Resource Development Management, based on several studies predicted the drought, and hence such a drinking water project would be a boon,” said Ramsy Ismail, Kudum-bashree Project Officer. After discussions with an agency about the installation of a water treatment plant, it has been decided to install a plant within the old corporation office having a capacity to treat an average of 1000 litres per day. The maximum capacity of the tank is ...
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AAP government ropes in Israeli firm for city's drain cleanup 8.2.2017 India Today| Must Read
The AAP government has roped in Middle East's famous firm-Ayala Water and Ecology Limited-to spruce up an 8-km stretch of the Supplementary drain that joins Najafgarh drain and finally falls into Yamuna.
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Madras HC against construction on Chitlapakkam lake 8.2.2017
Chennai: The Madras high court has directed the authorities that no construction shall be carried out on the Chitlapakkam lake and in the bund area abutting the lake. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M. Sundar gave the directive on a public interest litigation from advocate S. Vaidyanathan, also a resident of the area, which sought a direction to the authorities to repossess the government lands forming part of the Chitlapakkam lake from the illegal occupants, and restore the lake and its tail end areas to its original extent and size and maintain it properly. According to petitioner, during the monsoon season the Chitlapakkam lake overflows and since there was no proper outlet for the flood water, it enters all the main arterial road and lay-out of the area surrounding it, causing untold hardship to the residents who have constructed houses after obtaining due permission and approvals from the civic authorities. This was all the more grave during the year 2015 ...
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Cops hand-in-glove with Gadag sand mafia: Jagadish Shettar 8.2.2017
Bengaluru: Charging that the police are hand-in-glove with the sand mafia in the lock-up-death of a 21-year-old driver at Lakshmeshwara in Gadag district, opposition leader Jagadish Shettar said that police are harassing the innocents. Raking up the issue during zero hour in the Assembly on Tuesday, he said that sand mining is rampant in Gadag district, which has the blessings of powerful people. The deceased, Shivanand Ganiger, was detained by a police sub-inspector and was beaten up. Later, he was brought to the police station, where he died. However, the police had not seized the tractor, in which he was allegedly transporting sand. This shows that there is foul play in the incident, he said. Mr Shettar charged that police inspector Meti has been continuing in the same post for the last, while in other places, inspectors are transferred every two years. “This shows how well connected Mr Meti is.” Home Minister Parameshwar said that there is no question of protecting anyone in the issue. The government ...
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Osmansagar, built in 1916, is crucial for Hyderabad’s water 8.2.2017
Hyderabad: Osmansagar and Himayatsagar are the lifelines of Hyderabad and they have played a major role in recharging  ground water and balancing atmospheric vagaries — apart from being the main source of drinking water supply for the city. Explaining the benefits of protecting the twin reservoirs, Omim Maneckshaw Debara, an engineer and environmentalist, said: “These reservoirs are economical and safe for the simple reason that they are the closest to the city. Conveyance losses are the least compared to other sources, apart from minimising possibilities of contamination during transit of water. “These provide the cheapest source of water by gravity (`.2/kl) compared to any other existing or projected sources. The water from river Krishna drinking water project is estimated to cost more than `10/kl. The costs of bringing water from river Godavari are expected to be much higher.” The Osmansagar reservoir was created by constructing a dam on Musi river in 1916, to serve as drinking water reservoir for ...
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HC seeks Google maps to find out wetland damage 8.2.2017 TOI: Mumbai
The Bombay high court on Tuesday said the state government must equally take care of citizens’ interests as it does of builders and ruthlessly stop destruction of wetlands near Mumbai.
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Kashmir valley sees widest whiteout in 25 years 8.2.2017 TOI: Home
With three spells of heavy snowfall of over 16.2cm in January alone, Kashmir valley turned picture postcard beautiful receiving the thickest whiteout in 25 years.
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2 Mohali villages without water for 4 days 8.2.2017 The Tribune
MOHALI: Residents of Daun and Ballomajra villages are not getting water supply for the past four days.
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Telangana’s ‘VAT of tax’ fleecing consumers 8.2.2017
Hyderabad: If you’re wondering why your restaurant bills look bloated, with the final total far in excess of the charges listed in the menu, you can blame the extremely confusing scenario in respect of taxes/charges that the restaurant, the state and the central governments are imposing.     Two major culprits are the collection of excess VAT (value added tax imposed by the state government) and service charge which is levied by the restaurant. Both these are questionable and hit the pockets of consumers. However, the commercial taxes department has done nothing to rein them in because it earns huge revenues from these illegal taxes and charges.  In January this year, the Union government issued directions making the service charge voluntary and not mandatory. This is the charge that is supposed to be shared by the restaurant staff for rendering their services and is in lieu of the ‘tip’. It ranges from four to 10 per cent. But despite this central directive, top five-star hotels in the city such as the ...
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Varnar pond dries up even as summer sets in 8.2.2017
Palakkad: Giving clear indication of a future shortage in the availability of water in its sources and sinking groundwater levels in drought-prone Palakkad, the Varnar pond spread across two acres at Mannathukkavu in Koduvayur Panchayat has dried up with three months left to tide over the scorching summer. “Earlier the water from the pond was used for paddy cultivation in nearly four acres of paddy field lying below it by channeling water from it. But, this year, the yield came down considerably as there was acute shortage of water before the harvest of the paddy,” Environmental activist Shyam Kumar who is known for planting and preserving medicinal plants on road sides in Palakkad, said. The environmental activist said that such instances were clear indication of climatic change pointing to acute shortage of water.  He added that the pond started drying similarly only in the last two years. Shyam who took up the issue of the pond drying up before summer with the authorities said that as the Moolathara ...
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Rs 55 cr spent on projects in Lahaul-Spiti, says MLA 8.2.2017 The Tribune
MANDI: Lahaul Spiti MLA Ravi Thakur said this year, an amount of Rs 55 crore was spent on development works under different departments in the district.
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No new tubewell connections in Khattar, Abhay’s segments 8.2.2017 The Tribune
CHANDIGARH: The areas represented by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Leader of the Opposition Abhay Chautala besides Gurgaon and Faridabad in the National Capital Region(NCR) fall in the ‘dark blocks’ where the Electricity Department has ‘banned’ the installation of tubewells for the agricultural purposes.
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Parched suburbs reel under water deficit 8.2.2017 TOI: Chennai
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