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11/10/2018 9:24:00 AM'

‘Odisha making significant strides in tribal development’

It was possible due to innovative schemes and special measures, says research institute Odisha has made significant strides in tribal empowerment and development during the past couple of decades, according to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute, a premier State-run institute on tribes. “A comparative analysis between two reference periods such as 2001-02 and 2011-12 in 13 tribal-dominated districts indicates that seven districts have climbed up, two di...

7/21/2018 9:12:00 AM'

Hima Das: From obscurity to fame in 51.46 seconds

Hima Das’ historic gold at the World U20 Championships captured the nation’s imagination. Coaches say the 18-year-old quartermiler has the potential to be a breakout star, but she will need support and careful handling. No device can measure the impact created by Hima Das in Tampere, Finland. Considering the buzz the historic gold medal generated in the news and social media, one can safely assume that Hima caught the nation’s imagination when she became the first Indian to win a track event ...

6/15/2018 5:56:00 AM'

Delhi air still 'severe', construction work to stop from June 15-17

Delhi's air quality remained "severe" for a second straight day on Thursday with PM10 levels hovering around seven times the safe standard and "hazy" conditions across the capital. Till 3pm on Thursday, it had already been 39 hours since PM10 levels had crossed the "emergency", or "severe plus", limit under the Graded Response Action Plan of 500 micrograms per cubic metre as it hovered close to 800 micrograms, forcing the lieutenant governor to impose certain measures and precautions after an...

6/8/2018 4:47:00 AM'

World Bank nod for ₹6,000 cr. groundwater recharge plan

To address concerns about depleting groundwater reserves in India, the government has joined hands with the World Bank to execute a ₹6,000-crore scheme called the Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY). The scheme is to be implemented over a period of five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23, according to a statement from the Union water Ministry. It is yet to be cleared by the Cabinet. The Atal Bhujal Yojana “aims to improve ground water management in priority areas in the country through community participa...

6/8/2018 4:40:00 AM'

How rice cultivation in Punjab has become environmentally sustainable

Since the initiation of rice research at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), right from its establishment in 1962, there have been tremendous achievements in both varietal development, and standardisation of production and protection technologies in the crop. The impact can be seen from milled rice production in Punjab rising from a mere 6.88 lakh tonnes (lt) to 132.58 lt between 1970-71 and 2017-18, with average per-hectare yields, too, going up from 1,765 kg to 4,325 kg. This jump in ou...

6/4/2018 4:50:00 AM'

Delhi government wants adequate drinking water arrangements for birds, animals this summer

NEW DELHI: In view of the unbearable heat, the environment department of Delhi government has decided to communicate to various civic and greening agencies on making adequate drinking waterarrangements for birds and animals, officials said. In a note issued by Environment Minister Imran Hussain, the emphasis has been laid on preservation of biodiversiy in the city. "During summer months in the midst of scorching heat an high temperatures, availability of drinking water for birds and animals ...

6/4/2018 4:44:00 AM'

COLLEGE TO CONVERT ORGANIC WASTE TO TURN CAMPUS GREEN

The Rajdhani College of Delhi University (DU) has installed a "Composting Unit" which will convert the organic waste generated within the campus into the nutrient-rich compost or soil. The installation cost of Composting Unit is Rs 3, 10, 000 and it has capacity of handling 25 kilograms of organic waste material per day. The unit will convert 25 kg of waste it into about 5 kg of compost every day. The compost unit was inaugurated on Sunday by Prof Rajesh Tandon, Dean of Student Welfare , DU. ...

6/1/2018 5:23:00 AM'

Punjab tweaks bid process to curb illegal mining

Cabinet also okays making financial frauds non-bailable The Punjab government on Thursday decided to grant mining contracts through progressive bidding, in a move that is expected to boost government revenue and curb illegal mining. The decision on re-auction of mines through progressive bidding was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. “Following the decision, contractors of mines auctioned through reverse bidding process would be given their advance pr...

6/1/2018 5:00:00 AM'

Eleven polluting factories sealed in Tronica City

GHAZIABAD: The district administration and the pollution control board on Thursday closed down 11 factories in Tronica City for not abiding by norms laid down by the National Green Tribunal. Officials said they would continue with the campaign until all 53 factories that have been found to pollute nearby water bodies were sealed. At the core of the problem is a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) that the UP government had set up to facilitate treatment of waste water from these factorie...

5/31/2018 5:37:00 AM'

NGT issues notices to Centre, Gujarat govt over ‘drying’ Narmada river

The National Green Tribunal has sought response of the Union Ministry of Environment, the Gujarat government and others on a plea seeking adequate release of water from the Sardar Sarovar Dam to downstream Narmada. The Tribunal was hearing a petition filed by the Narmada Pradushan Nivaran Samiti and the Bharuch Citizen Council, which claimed that the Narmada riverbed was drying, which was further causing damage to environment, agriculture and local industries. The petitioners said the river h...

5/31/2018 5:34:00 AM'

34 leopards die each year in Rajasthan, says wildlife report

The population of the big cat faces several serious challenges in the State, prominent among them man-animal conflict With an alarming average of 34 leopard deaths every year in Rajasthan , according to a report, as many as 238 big cats have died in the desert State from January 2012 to May 21, 2018. Listed on a par with tigers under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA), 1972, the population of leopards faces a serious challenge due to various reasons, prominent among those are m...

5/30/2018 5:41:00 AM'

Cities at Crossroads: Who pays to save this lake?

Bengaluru waterbody, Jakkur, restored by a citizen’s initiative, now stands to be deprived of water by a power plant, raising questions about making environmentally sound practices economically viable. My last column dealt with the restoration of Kaikondrahalli lake in Bengaluru (‘Bring back the lakes,’ IE, April 25), the city which was once known for its thousand lakes. Citizen involvement was a big part of the story. I had pointed out that the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) had wor...

5/30/2018 5:37:00 AM'

Garbage outside Mandoli Jail: Delhi HC raps EDMC

The Delhi High Court Tuesday pulled up the East corporation for not ensuring cleanliness around the newly commissioned Mandoli Jail, which houses over 3,500 prisoners and staff. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also issued a showcause notice to an East MCD assistant commissioner, who had earlier told the court that the area was being kept clean, asking why contempt action shouldn’t be initiated against him. The bench was of the view that garbage along the...

5/30/2018 5:16:00 AM'

EU may ban plastic straws, stirs, cotton buds Read more at: //economictimes.indiatimes.com/article

BRUSSELS: The European Union (EU) on Monday proposed a bloc-wide ban on single-use plastics such as straws and cutlery while urging the collection of most plastic drinks bottles by 2025.  The proposals are part of a growing EU drive to rid the environment of plastic waste which has begun showing up in the food chain.  “Plastic waste is a big issue and Europeans need to act together to tackle this problem,” EU First vice president Frans Timmermans said. “Today’s proposals will red .....

5/25/2018 4:53:00 AM'

Global warming may have ‘devastating’ effects on rice

As CO2 rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin content, putting millions of people at risk of malnutrition, As carbon dioxide rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin content, putting millions of people at risk of malnutrition, scientists warned on Wednesday. The change could be particularly dire in southeast Asia where rice is a major part of the daily diet, said the report in the journal Scien...