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INDIA ENVIRONMENT PORTAL NEWSLETTER, VOL 1. ISSUE 1, APRIL 2013

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REPORTS SCAN
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The global distribution and burden of dengue
 

India leads the world in dengue burden according to this study published in Nature. Dengue is a systemic viral infection transmitted between humans by Aedes mosquitoes. For some patients, dengue is a life-threatening illness. There are currently no licensed vaccines or specific therapeutics, and substantial vector control efforts have not stopped its rapid emergence and global spread.  More...

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State of Indian agriculture 2012-13
This report on the State of Indian Agriculture calls for wide-ranging reforms in agriculture sector to enable it to meet tshe growing demands and meet the challenges posed by various human and environmental factors. More...
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85% of private sector employees - a laggard in healthcare
Due to demanding schedules, high stress levels and performance linked perquisites in private sectors, nearly 85% of employees in private sectors are afflicted to life-style, chronic diseases and acute ailment than the government employees. Read ASSOCHAM survey report.  More...
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The Business Case for Green Building
A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, Investors and Occupants. More...
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Report on eighteenth electric power survey  (EPS) of mega cities
This draft report containing EPS of Mega Cities has been prepared based on the input data furnished by concerned State utilities. More...
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Energy statistics 2013
This recent publication of the Central Statistics Office  consists of latest data available on different energy sources and a brief analysis of the data on reserves, installed capacity, potential for generation, production,etc.  More...
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Petroleum product pricing and complementary policies
Experience of 65 developing countries since 2009.  More...
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End preventable deaths: global action plan for prevention and control of pneumonia and diarrhoea
The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea launched by the WHO and UNICEF has the potential to save up to 2 million children every year from deaths caused by these diseses, some of the leading killers of children under five globally. More...
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The political economy of food price policy: the case study of India
India did not experience any food price spikes during 2007-08 when global food prices erupted. It was partly due to India's ban on exports of wheat and common rice India resorted to.  More...
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SPOTLIGHT
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Drought in Maharashtra
As Maharashtra  reels from the worst drought in more than four decades and almost 1/5th of Maharashtra is reeling under drought, this first edition of the weekly newsletter from India environment portal brings to you a selection of analysis, studies, reports, policies, debates, opinions, on this issue. If you wonder whether Maharashtra can tide over the current drought situation, do read the success story from Hiware Bazar - a village with 54 millionaires.
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Debate: It is not about absolute shortage of water but it is about equity and the use of water said Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment. Watch this video...
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Special report: Drought of equity
A large part of Maharashtra has been declared drought-hit.
But distribution of water is quite incongruous.  More...
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Feature:  Hiware Bazar - A village with 54 millionaires.. More...
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Report:   How is 2012-13 Maharashtra drought worse than the one in 1972?. More...
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Report: Economic survey of Maharashtra 2012-13 More...
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Opinion: Why drought reigns eternal. More...
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Opinion: Missing details.  More...
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Manual: Manual for drought management. More...
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Guidelines: Management of Drought. More...
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Policy: Maharashtra State Water Policy. 2002. More...
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Policy: Revised draft National Water Policy 2012. More...
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GOVERNMENT POLICIES , RULES AND REGULATIONS
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Jharkhand action plan on climate change 
 
Department of Forest and Environment, Government of Jharkhand has drafted  this State Climate Change Action Plan  to help the state address the challenges of climate change. More...
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The National Food Security Bill, 2013

 
This revised version of the National Food Security Bill 2013 tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2013 gives legal entitlement to 67 per cent population for subsidised grains under the Targeted Public Distribution System. More...
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Delhi vision statement: the green climate fund
 
This set of three papers published by the finance ministry provides a Delhi Vision Statement for Enhanced Operationalization of the UNFCCC Green Climate Fund (GCF). More...
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GOVERNMENT AUDITS
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Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG) on Government of Odisha
This is the second volume of the Report of the CAG of India on the Government of Odisha for the year ended 31 March 2012 relating to General and Social sector.  More...
 
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Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on social sector (Non-PSUs) of Government of Delhi. Read CAG audit report More...

 
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Performance audit on assessment, levy and collection of major and minor mineral receipts of Government of Chhattisgarh. Read CAG audit report  More...
 
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LEADER'S QUOTE
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Manmohan's big push to revive infra sectors

Addressing the annual general meeting of industry chamber CCI, Manamoha Singh said, "The most important thing we can do to revive the investment climate domestcially is to deal with the many impediments affecting the implementation of infrastructure projects."s Read full text of the speech. More...

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PROTESTS AND CONFLICTS
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Indiscriminate quarrying in Wayanad draws protest
Public protest is mountinSg against the sky-rocketing price of granite products and the increase in granite quarrying activities in Wayanad district. More...
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Uprooted Manipur lake fishermen in deep water, will fight

Loktak lake has been the source of living for fishermen for generations and protesting eviction, they have decided to fight for their rights. More...
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IN-COURT
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Green tribunal stays airport work in Kerala

The National Green Tribunal, Southern Bench stayed all activities related to the construction of a greenfield airport at Aranmula  in Kerala until further orders. Read NGT judgement.  More...
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SC fines Sterlite 100cr for its polluting plant
 
Supreme Court imposed Rs 100 crore fine on Sterlite industries for polluting environment through its copper smelting plant in Tuticorin. Read text of this judgement, related orders and other documents. More...
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India's Supreme Court denied Novartis AG (NOVN)'ss request for patent
 
India's Supreme Court denied Novartis AG (NOVN)'s request for patent protection for its Gleevec cancer treatment, allowing the nation's generic-drug makers to continue to sell copies of the drug at a lower price. This order is being reviewed by the US industry. More...
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EXPERT BLOGS
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A green facade

Building green is definitely important. But equally important is to know how green is a green building.  More...
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Are Off-Grid Solutions Really More Expensive for the Rural Poor?
A number you likely know: 400 million. That'ss how many people live without electricity in India. And not coincidentally, most of these people are poorest of the poor and live in rural villages or hamlets. More...
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ENVIRONMENT NEWS > INSIDE INDIA
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Environment News Bulletin brings you a selection of latest news from India and the South Asian countries on almost all topics of environmental concerns. Subscribe to Daily Environment News Digest...
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Assam

MGNREGA implementation poor in Assam: Report
The main objectives of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) are rural development and employment. But so far as Assam is concerned, these objectives have hardly been achieved. More...

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Gujarat
Residents file PIL against Chandrabhaga pollution
Complaining about environmental pollution and difficulty faced due to the very dirty Chandrabhaga river, residents of Ranip area have moved Gujarat high court. More...
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Goa
Ground clearance for Mopa
In what could be the final lift off for the Mopa Greenfield airport, the government Monday took possession of almost 99 per cent of the land required for the airport proper, with now only the land for approach road remaining to be acquired More...
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Jharkhand
Here all's not well
 well-building project in Jharkhand has fallen flat on its face with more incompleteor collapsed wells and unpaid wages. More than three years after the Jharkhand government ordered that 50 wells. More...
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Jharkhand
More forests burning in Jharkhand
Forest fire is one major reason behind the depleting forest cover in the state, claims environmentalist and forest activist. . More...
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Kerala
Rise in minimum temperature hits Kerala hard
Unlike in north India, where there is no respite from summer and the mercury just keeps soaring, the atmospheric temperature in the state used to remain constant almost throughout the summer months. Not   More...
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Madhya Pradesh
HC seeks details on illegal mobile tower near school
Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court has directed Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to give details about an illegal construction near Star Public School More...
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Maharashtra
Campaigners rubbish satellite-based study of FRA implementation
Forest rights campaigners have slammed the satellite image-based study on the implementation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA) in Maharashtra as "deeply faulty and obviously biased,"s arguing that it manipulates data and facts to make a case against the Act. More...
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Meghalaya
Rs 139.31 crore loss due to floods
Power Minister, Clement R Marak today informed the house that the total financial loss due to floods during the construction of the Myntdu-sLeshka hydel power project was Rs 139.31 crore. More...
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Maharashtra

Maharashtra villagers protest against DMIC project
Around 72 villages from Maharashtra's Raigad district have started a sit-in demonstration in front of the tehsil office in Mangaon against the multi-billion-dollar ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). More...
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Madhya Pradesh

Indore biggest plastic waste generator in MP
Plastic waste generation is no longer a problem confined to metro cities. Even tier two cities like Indore and Bhopal are generating mounds of plastic in industrial, residential and even slum areas. More...

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Tamil Nadu

TNPCB nod for dyeing waste disposal units in Nallur
TNPCB issues consent to establish two such sludge disposal facilities at Tirupur and Karur. The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has issued consent to establish two facilities for disposal of sludge generated from textile dyeing effluents. More...

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Rainwater harvesting spreads a green carpet in Madurai district

Farmers hopes soar seeing the success of watershed projects in arid areas. The arid stracts of Madurai district are gradually turning fertile. The district has 1 lakh hectares of cultivable land spread over 13 blocks -ss from Kottampatti (near Melur) to Kalligudi (near Tirumangalam). These areas were earlier witnessing lopsided distribution of water for irrigation. More...

 


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