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Twin satellites to track Earth's water have been successfully launched: NASA 26.5.2018 DNA: Evolutions
A twin spacecraft to monitor the changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth was today successfully launched aboard a SpaceX rocket, along with five communication satellites, NASA said. The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) is a joint mission by NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). It lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US, sharing their ride into space with five Iridium NEXT communications satellites.
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Passengers getting unsafe drinking water at bus stand 26.5.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 25 Showing scant regard to the health of thousands of passengers visiting the city bus stand on a daily basis, the PRTC management has been serving them ground water for years. It is pertinent to mention here that Malwa region is known for the presence of uranium and other heavy metals in its ground water. Unaware of the source of water, passengers here have been drinking ground water for over decades now. Despite being well aware of the situation, the PRTC authorities did not bother to install Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant to provide safe water to passengers. According to sources, the PRTC has availed canal water connection, but due to the fact that the bus stand has the lone water tank, the canal water too gets stored in the same tank in which the ground water is stored. Officials of the PRTC city bus stand said they had time and again written letters to the higher authorities to release funds for the construction of another water storage tank so that they could store ...
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Water supply halted for past 5 days 26.5.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Faridkot, May 25 Due to spilling of sugar mill molasses in rivers, the drinking water supply has been halted in the town and nearby areas for the past five days. While the Water Supply and Sanitation Board (WSSB) authorities are already in the dock as they failed in checking the flow of polluted water in the already stored safe drinking water in its reservoir, the negligence by board employees has pushed residents to drinking water crisis. Now, before it resumes the drinking water supply, the WSSB is emptying its reservoirs of several crore liters of polluted water. In absence of scientific method to dispose of the polluted water to empty the reservoirs, the WSSB is letting it flow in the open. It is further percolating into groundwater near the WSSB’s reservoirs, thus polluting the underground water sources. Groundwater in this region is known for high fluoride contents, so it is not usable for the purpose for drinking. “With no water supply from the WSSB, we are facing many ...
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Paddy sown early destroyed 26.5.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Muktsar, May 25 A few days after The Tribune published a report, ‘In Muktsar dist, paddy sowing on before date’, the Agriculture Department on Friday swung into action and destroyed paddy crop sown in advance in some fields. Department officials said the state government had this year set June 10 as the date to begin sowing of paddy. Baljinder Singh Brar, Chief Agriculture Officer, Muktsar, said, “In all, 32 villages affected by waterlogging of the 236 villages in the district have been given an exemption by the state government and the farmers there can sow paddy a month in advance from the set date. However, the water table is decreasing in other parts of the state. So, the farmers are stopped from advanced sowing.” Meanwhile, Karanjit Singh, project director, Agricultural Technology Management Agency, said, “The state government had delayed the sowing by five days from June 15 to June 20 this year to save the extra consumption of water. The state has 14 lakh tube well connections ...
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Pipes stolen, Rajouri school without water 26.5.2018 The Tribune
Shyam Sood Rajouri, May 25 The pipes which supplied water to Government High School, Thandikassi, under the Rajouri education zone, were damaged three months ago reportedly by a local, causing inconvenience to its 300 students and staff. The groundwater division of the Public Health Engineering Department had installed a hand pump exclusively for the school after the water supply pipes were damaged but that has also been rendered non-functional by another local, leaving the school without water. “The matter was taken up with the senior officials of the education department and the district administration several times but nothing has been done. The worst sufferers are the girl students,” said Mukhtar Dar, school headmaster. Executive engineer, Public Health Engineering Department, Nissar Khan said the matter had been brought to his notice and a ground report from the assistant executive engineer (AEE) concerned had established that locals had stolen the school’s water supply pipes while levelling the ...
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Sterlite row: Environment minister Harsh Vardhan to look into the matter 26.5.2018 Latest News
The ministry has also sought a report from the district collector and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board
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NEERI made way for Sterlite to pollute Tuticorin 25.5.2018 Downtoearth
The research organization’s efforts to ensure that pollution was not directly attributed to the copper smelting plant led to the SC not ordering the plant to be shut down earlier
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Sand mining temporarily suspended in Hailakandi 25.5.2018 The Assam Tribune
Sand mining temporarily suspended in Hailakandi
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Why give free water to the rich, Delhi High Court on government scheme 25.5.2018 Delhi – The Indian Express
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Madras HC orders closure of Sterlite copper smelter; power supply cut 24.5.2018 Downtoearth
Protests against the expansion of the smelter have been going on for three months
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Thoothukudi anti-Sterlite stir: Plea in Delhi HC seeks NHRC probe; updates 24.5.2018 Business Standard: Front Page Headlines
Death toll in the Sterlite protest police firing has climbed to 13, while no fresh protest has been reported overnight as a large contingent of police has been deployed in Tamil Nadu's coastal areas
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Anti-Sterlite stir: Why Tuticorin flare-up is different from other protests 24.5.2018 Business Standard: News Now
Residents have been agitating for months that the plant has been polluting the groundwater, the level of which has been depleting, affecting farming and the environment
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Anti-Sterlite protest: Why Tuticorin is different from other agitations 23.5.2018 Latest News
But a mass agitation led by an environment-related issue that has gone out of hand is not something that can be easily recalled
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NASA: Twin satellites to track Earth’s water launched 23.5.2018 Technology – The Indian Express
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Twin spacecraft to track Earth’s water cycle successfully launched 23.5.2018 Free Press Journal: World
Washington: a twin spacecraft to track the global water cycle has been successfully launched aboard the
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Two sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth’s water 23.5.2018 The Tribune
Washington, May 23 A SpaceX rocket on Wednesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth. “Three, two, one, liftoff!” said a SpaceX commentator as the Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 12:47 pm Pacific time (1947 GMT). The USD 521 million payload, called the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on (GRACE-FO), was successfully deployed into its planned orbit some 500 kilometers above the Earth about 10 minutes after liftoff. The mission picks up from GRACE, a satellite pair that launched in 2002 and tracked, among other things, precisely how much ice was lost each year in Greenland and Antarctica until 2017. Groundwater, oceans, lakes, rivers and ice sheets will be monitored by the twin satellites, a joint mission between the US space agency and German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). The pair will fly 220 kilometers apart, or about the distance from ...
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Shahkot bypoll: Congress stars yet to hit campaign trail 23.5.2018 Chandigarh – The Indian Express
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Anti-Sterlite protest in Tamil Nadu turns violent, at least eight killed in police firing 22.5.2018 Downtoearth
At least 30 others were injured when police opened fire to quell the protest
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Punjab: In Malwa, drinking water supply hit 22.5.2018 India – The Indian Express
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Nullah destroying biodiversity, ecology 22.5.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 21 Indicating that the pollution levels in Buddha Nullah continue to be a threat to ecology, biodiversity and health of people, a Sri Lankan student, who carried out a research study at Desh Bhagat University, as part of his PhD, has found that toxicity of the nullah waters is a danger to its catchment area and beyond. The finding was part of a comparative study of pollution in Buddha Nullah here and the Kelani river in Sri Lanka. The study was carried out by Ravindra Gunavardana, a PhD student at Desh Bhagat University. Heavy metals beyond limit at Walligpur Kalan village The student found presence of heavy metals, including arsenic, mercury, cadmium, chromium, thallium and lead, in the nullah. In fact, the presence of arsenic was double the amount of maximum permissible limit at Walligpur Kalan. Even cadmium was much above the permissible limits. It is causing several problems, including destruction of biodiversity besides several health problems. Not just the heavy ...
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