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Bengaluru: Solar powered irrigation pumpset project launched 20.1.2018
Bengaluru: The Surya Raitha, a pilot project, is a win-win for both the government and farmers. For the government, the power subsidy burden will decrease, while the farmers will get quality power, besides having an alternative source of income by selling excess solar power, said Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar inaugurating the project at Harobele in Kanakapura taluk of Ramanagara district on Friday. Under the scheme, solar panels will be installed on farmers" land, which generate solar power to be used for irrigation pumpsets throughout the day without any power disruptions. The excess solar power generated can be diverted to the Bescom grid under the net metering concept and farmers will be paid as per the KERC-determined tariff. Shivakumar said, "It is an ambitious project and for the first time, such a project has been implemented in the country. Bescom has initiated the pilot project on F2 feeder for 310 IP sets. It is financed by a combination of farmer investment, state government ...
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Bengaluru: The Bellandur inferno 20.1.2018
Bengaluru: Bengaluru's largest lake combusted and exploded at around noon on Friday emitting smoke and fire for almost seven hours, with attempts to douse it failing as fresh fires were reported again at two separate places after sundown, with the unending stream of toxic smoke billowing into  homes and apartments surrounding the lake as well as into the upmarket residential and commercial neighbourhood of Koramangla till late into the night.  "There was ash all over my garden," said one shocked resident, adding "it was getting difficult to breathe, " setting off fears for the health of the young and the elderly. Officials from the Bangalore Development Authority which is tasked with keeping the city's 262 lakes and tanks clean had no answer on why Bellandur had combusted, although city activists and conservationists say that despite all the talk, the task of policing the flow of untreated sewage into the lake was a major challenge. The release of methane could be ...
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Neer-athon: A run to save our water bodies 20.1.2018
Bengaluru: There"s a lot that rural visits and outreach programmes can do for college students. Organising a 10-km run towards water conservation is a result of that, said Prof. Kiran Jeevan, Staff Co-ordinator of Wildlife Awareness and Conservation Club (WACC) and PRO at St Joseph"s College. The student members of WACC at the college have joined hands with concerned citizens and like-minded organisations of the city to organise a "Neer-athon" in the city on January 21.  The event upholds the necessity to educate the youth on efficient ways to conserve and use water, equip them to salvage depleting lakes and drying basins. Supporting the initiative is Dr Ayyappa Masagi, popularily known as "Water Gandhi" for his noteworthy contribution of constructing more than 700 lakes, told Deccan Chronicle, "Such an initiative taking form student brains itself shows how the younger generations have thought for the environment.  When young minds are brought together ...
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Water charges to rise outside city 20.1.2018 Metros | The Asian Age
Beer, cold drinks may be dearer now.
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Bengaluru: 5000 army personnel deployed to douse fire at Bellandur lake 20.1.2018
Bengaluru: More than 5,000 army personnel led by Major General NS Rajpurohith, Deputy Commandant and chief instructor of ASC centre along with the officials of Karnataka Lake Development Authority (KLCDA) have been deployed to douse the third biggest fire at the Bellandur lake. The fire reportedly happened in the vicinity of the army firing range premises. The CEO of KLCDA, Ms Seema Garg, maintained that the grass growing on and in the lake was under fire. "It would be appropriate to have few guards on duty to avoid intentional lighting of the fire by the grass harvesters to get the fresh flush of grass for cattle feed." Bellandur lake Though in the afternoon, the KLCDA said that the fire would be doused soon but the situation was so grave that more army personnel had to be rushed in to douse the fire and the firefighting equipments were brought from the army premises. As per the official statement released by the Ministry of Defence, Bengaluru, the outbreak of the fire at the lake was ...
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Geared up to take on challenges 20.1.2018 tribuneindia.com
Yadupati Singhania The Indian cement industry, which is the second largest producer of cement globally, has added 110 million tonnes by way of capacity in the past five years. FY 2017-18 was a relatively tough year for the industry, with growth coming in at a muted low single digit. The most obvious cause of this was the slowdown in the housing sector, which consumes about 65 per cent of India’s total cement production. FY 2017-18 was also the year of challenges as the ban on sand mining, and use of pet coke diminished market concentration of industry leaders. Cost vs demand The cost of cement is about 10-12 per cent (approx.) of the total construction cost, the cost of steel is about 15-20 per cent (approx.) of the total construction cost, and other materials account for 25-30 per cent of the total construction cost. Thus, increase in the cost of these will have enormous impact on the construction sector.  The recent mining restriction, the doubling of prices, along with further hike in input costs is ...
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Amarinder flags off 25 PRTC buses 20.1.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh flagged off a fleet of 25 new buses of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) here today. The PRTC bus strength has increased to 1,075.

Underlining the government’s commitment to strengthening infrastructure, Capt Amarinder said the PRTC reported an operating profit of Rs 9.21 crore between April and December 2017.

In response to a question on Rana Gurjit’s resignation from the Cabinet, Capt Amarinder said the resignation was voluntary. The Commission of Inquiry set up to probe the sand mining auctions had done its job and there was no need to confuse these two issues, he added.

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Unauthorised construction of flats exposed 20.1.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 19 In yet another example of gross violations of building bylaws, unauthorised flats are being constructed at Ishar Nagar here. A complaint has also been made to the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), Local Bodies Department, in this regard. A resident of Ishar Nagar, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, has alleged that the flats are being constructed on a large chunk of agricultural land in the area. He has claimed that no permission could be given by the Ludhiana MC as the land is adjoining only a single passage which is an old water channel and is owned by the Department of Irrigation, Punjab. “It is not possible that anybody can take up unauthorised construction of flats or carve out any unauthorised colony without active connivance of MC officials as the LMC has a big network of zone-wise building branch officials who keep a vigil on every nook and corner of mohallas in the city,” he has stated in the complaint. He has also demanded action against the MC officials under whose ...
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SRA to fly drones to survey city's slums 20.1.2018 Metros | The Asian Age
The use of drones is expected to facilitate the work of digitisation of each individual hut, said sources.
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Haritha Keralam: From barren land to lustrous green 20.1.2018
Kollam: The Haritha Keralam  mission  has come as a boon to the farmers to turn their barren paddy lands  into fertile fields which will help the state attain  self-sufficiency in food production. The Thazhava panchayt in Karunagapally  has initiated an integral paddy development project to revive paddy cultivation in 1,000 acres of Thazhava –Thodiyoor–Vattakkayal padasekharam  at an estimated cost  of `70 lakh. The panchayat has taken on lease the fields owned by 100 individuals to implement the project and formed a padasekhara samithi  with  panchayat president S. Sreelatha as the president and Mr  K.K. Krishnakumar, a panchayat member, as convener. The panchayat  will also supply the paddy seeds and fertilisers   from its annual plan fund. The fields  that have  remained barren for over ten years are  part of the erstwhile Onattukara, a feudal state in medieval Travancore.  The area that was once famous ...
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Raising the bar 20.1.2018 Opinion – The Indian Express
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Supreme Court to hear plea seeking Aadhaar-Voter ID link 20.1.2018
New Delhi: A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a writ petition seeking a direction to the Election Commission to link the voter identity card with Aadhaar to remove bogus voters from the electoral list. A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Kanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud told senior counsel V. Krishnamurthy appearing for the petitioner, dissident AIADMK member of Parliament Sasikala Pushpalatha, that he could assist in the hearing before the Constitution bench which is underway and disposed of the petition. The petitioner submitted that in February 2015 the Election Commission had launched the national electoral rolls purification and authentication programme in the backdrop of duplicate names, multiple entries, and bogus voters in the electoral lists. She said the procedure for deletion of names had not been streamlined and not followed in all the states. It was pointed out that various courts had also expressed concern over defective electoral ...
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State files interlocutory appeal before Mhadei tribunal 20.1.2018 The Navhind Times
NT NETWORK   PANAJI The state government on Friday filed an interlocutory application before the Mhadei Interstate Water Disputes Tribunal and has moved for circulation and urgent hearing preceding final arguments on the matter, following the violation of the court order by the Karnataka. The government in its interlocutory application has stated that the Mhadei ...
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Telangana: 1,000 water harvesting units soon 20.1.2018
Hyderabad: In a bid to give a big fillip to rainwater harvesting programme in the state, the TS government is taking up construction of some 1,000 rainwater harvesting structures around Hyderabad city.  Municipal administration and urban development minister K.T. Rama Rao will formally launch the programme on February 1.  Municipal administration department principal secretary Arvind Kumar on Friday held a meeting with the officials of water board, GHMC, director of municipal administration, TS Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) and ground water department and discussed the modalities for building rainwater structures.   The TSIIC will take up building 500 rainwater harvesting structures in the Industrial Area Local Authority (IALAS) while GHMC and water board will take up 250 each.  The director of municipal administration (DMA) has been asked to take up another 250 structures in all the seven Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).  In a press note, the municipal department ...
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Controlling Dust Pollution In Goa 20.1.2018 The Navhind Times
BINAYAK DATTA How I dearly missed the clear January skies in Goa when coming back from business overseas. I realised the other day, the biggest change we see all around is living under a haze of dust particularly in Vasco and Alto-Dabolim, very much the type you find when you are landing in Delhi in ...
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Sitarama dam gets stage-1 clearance 20.1.2018
Hyderabad: The Regional Empowered Committee of  the Union ministry of environment and forests, Chennai, accorded Stage-I clearance for Sitarama irrigation project on the Godavari river. The committee approved diversion of 1,531 hectares of forest land to the project. The Sitarama project is first to prepare estimations as per the  Centre"s revised orders based on a cost-benefit analysis. Irrigation minister T. Harish Rao expressed happiness over the development and asked officials to secure Stage-II clearances quickly. The project, which needs 1,798 hectares, is aimed to irrigate 6.74 lakh acres including creation of irrigation potential of 3.28 lakh acres in Khammam and Bhadradri-Kothagudem  districts. The forest department has identified 1,640 hectares of alternative land and obtained permission from the revenue department. The government will plant 2.6 lakh saplings in forest lands, 12.89 lakh in degraded forest lands, as also along 94-km of canal banks to compensate for diversion ...
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Srinagar village turns into city’s veggie basket 20.1.2018 The Tribune
Umar Ahmad Srinagar, January 19 Residents of Shunglipora, a village on the outskirts of the city, have turned their agricultural land — previously used for rice cultivation — into vegetable farms, making it the main source of income. The village is now one of the major producers of vegetables in the city and almost 98 per cent of the village population is engaged in farming with daily production of 40 to 50 quintals of vegetables. Despite shorter sunny days and limited scope for practising agriculture, the villagers manage a way of farming throughout the year. “We cultivatea variety of vegetables in different seasons. The vegetables include radishes, carrots, cucumbers, onions and potatoes,” Farooq Ahmad, a local farmer, said. The village has been officially notified as an ‘organic village’ by the Agriculture Department this year and Rs 5 lakh has been allotted to it which benefited 75 farmers under the first phase. All the produce from Shunglipora is consumed by the local market. The Agriculture ...
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Madras high court upholds order directing govt to halt sand mining 20.1.2018
Chennai: The Madras high court has upheld an order of a single judge, which directed the state government to stop sand mining/quarrying in the state within six months and to permit the importers to transport and sell imported river sand from other countries. Dismissing an appeal filed by the state government against the order of a single judge, a division bench comprising Justices K. Kalyanasundaram and T. Krishnavalli said, "This court is of the view that the appellants have not made out any case, for interference with the order of the single judge. Hence, the appeal is dismissed". Citing several judgments of the Supreme Court, the bench said it is clear that the courts have stepped in to protect the environment by curbing mining activity, wherever the state has failed in its duty under Article 48 A and 51 A. Also from the various reports of the authorities concerned, it is evident that the direction and the orders of the apex court and this court have been violated and the illegal ...
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25-fold rise in water tariff; city may not feel the pinch 20.1.2018 Hindu: Home
Beer, cold drinks likely to get costlier; private townships to be charged five-fold
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The sun powers irrigation pump sets here 20.1.2018 Hindu: National
The State government’s ambitious project ‘Surya Raitha’, which helps farmers to generate electricity to run their irrigation pump (IP) sets, was inaugurated at Harobele in Kanakapura taluk of Ramanag...
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