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Paddy transplantation picks up 18.12.2017 Hindu: Cities
Farm workers from Nalgonda earn up to ₹350 a day
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Nellore: Average groundwater level on the decline 17.12.2017
Nellore: Average groundwater levels in SPSR Nellore district have been gradually dropping following excessive tapping of the resource  for various utilities including drinking, agriculture and aquaculture apart from industrial use. The situation is such that the water levels have dropped to 8.49 metres from 5.74 metres five years back in the district. Though the levels improved considerably in November and December 2015 because of heavy rains, they came down to 10.88 metres by July 2017. According to groundwater officials, over exploitation of water was recorded in 14 villages and the situation is critical in 48 villages and semi critical in 109 habitations of the district as per the latest findings. Worst hit is Manubolu mandal with water availability at 22.5 metres followed by 19.4 metres at Seetharamapuram and Varikuntapadu mandals. Incidentally, Seetharamapuram is notorious for acute shortage for water whether it is for drinking or for irrigation for decades. Even when the district recorded good ...
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Admn launches helpline No. against illegal sand mining 17.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 16 Unabated illegal sand mining has caused headache for the Mining Department and the District Administration. They are calling upon public to register their complaints on web a portal. The Deputy Commissioner, KS Sangha, said, a helpline number 94638-19838 was launched in the city to register complaints against illegal sand mining and the same complaints can be registered at the portal. He informed that officers of drainage, forest, panchayat and pollution control board departments have been authorised to register the FIRs against the illegal mining of minor minerals. He said teams of officials, drawn from different departments, including, irrigation, drainage, forest and mining was formed under the concerned SDMs to jointly hold meeting and carry out raids to check illegal mining of minor minerals. The team monthly meets and jointly carries out raids against illegal mining. He said a strict action was invariably taken whenever illegal mining was detected. ...
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Eleven people from two families rescued from bonded labour in city 16.12.2017 Hindu: Home
Eleven people from two families from Krishnagiri were rescued by the Bengaluru Urban District Administration’s South Sub-Division and the Labour Department on Friday from a rock in Jigani. According t...
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RJD's Bihar bandh on December 21 is against the Sikhs, says JDU 16.12.2017 India Today| Must Read
Invoking the 1984 Sikh riots, JDU also slammed the Congress party for having no respect for the Sikhs and extending their support to Lalu for his Bihar bandh call.
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Four FIRs registered over illegal mining 16.12.2017 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 15

The Jalandhar administration has initiated a special campaign in the district against illegal mining. Four FIRs have been lodged against people involved in sand mining, said Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma. Besides, four tractor trolleys have been confiscated.

The DC called upon the people to come forward and help the district administration keep a strict vigil over illegal mining in the district by registering their complaints.

In order to check the menace of illegal mining in the state, the Punjab government has launched PB GRAM online portal where people can lodge their complaints. The District Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) has been appointed nodal officer. He said that besides this portal, people could also lodge their complaint regarding the illegal mining on helpline number 0181-2459664.

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Helpline for wetlands to be launched soon 16.12.2017 Metros | The Asian Age
In 2013, the Bombay high court had banned any kind of construction or reclamation of wetlands across the state.
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Kathua villagers protest illegal mining in Ravi 16.12.2017 The Tribune
Kathua, December 15 Residents of Kerrian-Gandyal, Bhagthali and Jarai villages today held a protest outside the mini secretariat here and accused the officials concerned of having a nexus with stone crushers. The protesters raised slogans against the mining department and administration, blaming them for having a deep-rooted nexus with the stone crushers operating in their area. “The mining mafia has dug up the Ravi up to 50 feet, which is higher than the prescribed norms, thereby posing a great threat to the lives of the villagers,” Mohinder Pal Sharma, president, Ravi River Action Committee, said. He alleged, “Our villages are the worst hit by illegal mining. It has affected the ecology and environment of the area. Even the water table has come down drastically while the department concerned has turned a blind eye towards our sufferings.” Sharma said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had recently ordered the banning of mining in the Ravi, but no action was taken by the departments concerned, which showed ...
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Saligao plant proves to be saviour for Salmona spring 16.12.2017 Goa News – The Navhind Times
ABDUL WAHAB KHAN | NT   PANAJI The state-of-the-art solid waste management plant at Saligao has proved to be a saviour for the Salmona spring which is located in the vicinity of the plant. The scientific methods adopted to treat the waste at the plant have immensely improved the quality of the spring water   making ...
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Accused gets bail in bribe case 15.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 14 An accused in a Rs 1.50-lakh bribe case, who is a technician from the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh, has filed a bail plea in a local court. The CBI has been asked to file a reply by December 18 in this regard. The technician, Chander Prakash Midda, has applied for bail while another accused in the case Dinesh Kumar has been granted bail by the court. The CBI had arrested Savraj Kandoi, a Gurgaon-based businessman; Sanjay Pandey, a scientist from the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), along with Midda and Dinesh. Kandoi had allegedly tried to bribe officials to obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) for his bottling plant, Vrishti Beverages Private Limited, based in Gurgaon, Haryana. Midda, in his bail application, has stated that the applicant was not running any consultancy as alleged by the CBI, but by Surekha Midda and Vanita Pandey independently. Therefore, he has been falsely implicated in the case and had no connection with the ...
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Superbacteria could soon be eating China’s textile waste 14.12.2017 Technology – The Indian Express
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Sand from Tungabhadra costly 14.12.2017
Kurnool: A lucrative trade in sand is prospering between the inter-state border villages on either side of river Tungabhadra. The Tungabhadra river divides Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states near Kurnool. With better quality of sand reserves still existing in Tungabhadra, the border district of Gadwal Jogulamba in Telangana state is depending on the sand mined from the river bed of Tungabhadra. Though there is nor restriction on sand mining in AP, Telangana end of river bank is under scrutiny Telangana Mineral Development Corportation has not called for tenders so far, said officials. With rising demand from construction activity in the Telangana state, some enterprising businessmen are resorting to hoarding of sand. There are allegations that sand is mined from marsh areas of the river bed despite presence of water. According to one estimate there is about 3.5 lakhs cubic meters of sand in Ryalampadu and 25 thousand cubic meters each in Pullur and Chinna Dhanwada villages. This ...
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Land abandoned after mining 14.12.2017 DNA: Urban Tales
Land mining near Bhamod Gram Panchayat has led farmers to abandon their cultivation due to a shortage of water. This was revealed in a recent study conducted by 30 research scholars during a short course organised by Institute of Development Studies. According to the research, the land mining has led to depletion of the groundwater level and the water shortage in the village. As a result, small farmers have abandoned their cultivation as there was no money to bring water through the pipeline from faraway places. Hence, a major chunk of the cultivable and fertile land in the village is left uncultivated for a long time. Farmers reportedly remain idle throughout the year as there is no other alternative employment opportunities in the village. In the field survey, 74 per cent farmers reported that farming is not profitable for them as a source of livelihood. The next best alternative is to depend on cattle rearing as 43 per cent of farmers reported. However, cattle rearing is also not considered as a ...
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Dist admn launches helpline to register complaints 14.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 13 Unabated illegal sand mining has caused a headache to the mining department and district administration. They are urging the public to register their complaints on the web portal. Deputy Commissioner KS Sangha said a helpline number 94638-19838 was launched in the city to register complaints against illegal sand mining. The DC said the complaints could be registered at the portal as well. He said apart from the Punjab Pollution Control Board, officials of drainage, forest and panchayat departments had been authorised to register FIRs against those found involved in illegal sand mining. He said teams of officials had been formed under the SDMs concerned to jointly hold monthly meetings and carry out raids to check illegal sand mining. The DC said, “The team meets every month and carries out raids against illegal sand mining. Strict action is taken against those found involved in mining. Besides, cases have been registered against those who excavate their land ...
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RJD to observe ‘Bihar Bandh’ on Dec 21 14.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Patna, December 13 The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has called a statewide bandh on December 21 to protest rampant corruption and the Bihar Government’s sand mine policy. Leader of Opposition in the legislative Assembly and Lalu Prasad’s younger son Tejaswi Yadav said, “To protest the Nitish Kumar government’s sand mining policy and rampant corruption, the RJD has called the ‘Bihar Bandh’ on December 21. We earlier announced the strike on December 18, but the results of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat Assembly polls coincided on this day, so we deferred it.” RJD’s vice-president and former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh sought the people’s support against the Nitish government. “For the public sake, the RJD has called a strike. The sand mining policy hit construction works in the state. Construction workers are migrating in search of jobs,” he said. Questioning CM Nitish’s “Samiksha Yatra”, Tejaswi said, “What happened to his seven vows? Nothing has happened at the ground level,” ...
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Appeal against ban on sand mining posted for orders 13.12.2017 Hindu: National
Govt. says it is monitoring quarrying operations across State
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Genetically modified crops profitable: Experts 13.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Karnal, December 12 As many as 60 scientists of various research institutes, representatives of state agriculture universities, project directorates and representatives of governments of Haryana, Punjab and Delhi today assembled at the Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI) in a mid-term review meeting of the Regional Committee Zone-V of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Delhi. Apart from reviewing recommendations made at the XXIV meeting held on October 3-4, 2016, in Delhi, the scientists discussed problems being faced by farmers and measures to resolve them. They also deliberated upon steps to enhance agriculture production, deteriorating soil health, climatic change, depleting groundwater table and development of appropriate recourses conserving technologies. Dr JK Jena, Deputy Director General (DDG) (fisheries science and animal science), ICAR, chaired the meeting and batted for genetically modified food crops to meet the increasing food supply ...
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Hydrogeologists’ warning on groundwater goes unheeded 13.12.2017 Hindu: News
‘Plea for banning sinking of new borewells fails to get government’s attention’
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K Chandrasekhar Rao wants auto starters removed 13.12.2017
Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday directed officials to draw up a comprehensive plan to encourage farmers to remove auto-starters from their pump sets when the 24x7 free supply to the agriculture sector begins next year. Mr Rao was responding to fears that if farmers do not remove auto-starters, ground water would be depleted and they would be left with no water for standing crops. "If such a situation arises, it would be like jumping from frying pan to the fire," the Chief Minister told a high-level review meeting with power officials at Pragathi Bhavan. Mr Rao expressed the hope that once farmers are briefed on the harm of having auto starters, they would understand and voluntarily remove the equipment. He asked agriculture and power officials and public representatives to tour the villages and educate farmers. Mr Rao said in the past farmers had installed auto starters due to non-availability of power; these will not be needed now. He said the government would pick ...
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RJD defers ‘Bihar bandh’ to December 21 12.12.2017 India – The Indian Express
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