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Workshop on Exploring Palaeochannels for Groundwater Held by MoWR

Workshop on Exploring Palaeochannels for Groundwater Held by MoWR

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The Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Sanwar Lal Jat addressing at the workshop on Palaeochannels :Geological Evolution and Ground Water Prospects in New Delhi on June 16, 2016. The Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) organised a day long workshop on Palaeochannels - Evolution and ground Water Prospects to promote wide-ranging discussions on palaeochannels in India and collate available information and research outputs. The key organizer of the even was the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), which is the principal agency under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation for managing India's ground water resource. The Workshop was inaugurated by Union Minister for State for Water Resources, River
Public Lecture on ‘Dancing With the River’ at NMML

Public Lecture on ‘Dancing With the River’ at NMML

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The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) invites all interested to a Public Lecture in its ‘Science, Society and Nature’ series on the topic: ‘Dancing with the River: Hybrid landscapes and livelihoods of Chars in Bengal’ by Dr. Kuntala Lahiri Dutt from Australian National University, Australia. Lecture Abstract: In their efforts to redefine the physical-human split in geography, a number of geographers have in recent years contested the nature-culture binary in understanding the environment. The ‘hybrid landscapes’ they imagine are where nature is neither entirely autonomous of human endeavour nor entirely a ‘social nature’ in which human agency constructs all environments. Following this line of argument, the Lecture will present the chars, small pieces of low-lying, sandy, all
Yamuna Rises from the Ashes to Reclaim Its Floodplain

Yamuna Rises from the Ashes to Reclaim Its Floodplain

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Activists and researchers working on River Yamuna in Delhi have long declared it sick and dead. River Yamuna is also considered to be a drain, as it flows through the eastern part of India's national capital: Delhi. Not only does Delhi gulp down every single drop of water in River Yamuna, it even sends out requests to the upstream state of Haryana to "release more water" in the peak summer months of April-May. However, it is certainly not administrative delays in addressing Delhi's requests as to why Haryana releases MUCH MORE water in River Yamuna than Delhi asked for, in the following months of June-July-Aug! A major part of North India remains hot and dry until the month of May, during which time the water demand of the region peaks. The water demand peaks maximum in Delhi whi...
Water and Forests: Basic Necessity for Maintaining Life and Biodiversity

Water and Forests: Basic Necessity for Maintaining Life and Biodiversity

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The past week witnessed the celebrations of two important and inter-connected days of environmental importance. 21st March marked the observance of World Forestry Day, supported by all members of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. World Forestry Day has been celebrated since 1972 as a day to highlight the importance of forests and calling for urgent attention towards the protection and preservation of 'our forest heritage'. The very next day, 22nd March 2012 was celebrated as World Water Day (WWD), also in coordination with the FAO. World Water Day 2012 was themed on 'Water and Food Security' and highlighted the importance of securing water resources for feeding the rapidly increasing global population. WWD 2012 was also more significant this year as it ...

Delhi: 100 Years of Being the National Capital, Time Now to Save its Lifelines

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Delhi, as the National Capital of modern day India turns one hundred years old (or some would say young) today. On 12 December, 1911 the National Capital of the then colonized India was shifted by the British from Kolkata to Delhi. With this, the political focus also shifted and Delhi was re-established as the center for ruling the Indian sub-continent. This was not the first time that Delhi, which has reference dating back to 1450 BC, became a capital. Between the 12th and the 19th century AD, Delhi was the capital for many rulers. Siri, Tughlakabad, Jahanapanah, Ferozabad, Dinpanah, Shergarh and Shahajahanabad are the historic 'seven cities' that took shape in Delhi. Shahajahanabad, built by Shah Jahan between 1639 and 1648 AD remained the capital of the Mughal Empire until 1857. ...
MoEF Invites Applications for Various Posts for NGRBA

MoEF Invites Applications for Various Posts for NGRBA

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The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) invites applications for various posts for setting up the Project Preparation & Management Unit (PPMU) for the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA). The Ministry has already received Project Preparation Facility (PPF) from the World Bank in this regard for supporting preparation for the NGRBA. Suitable candidates for the below mentioned designations will be selected for a period of five years, with a probation period of two years. All positions are based in New Delhi and higher salary will be considered for deserving candidates. Based on the response, suitable candidates will be shortlisted and called for an interview. The positions advertised for are as below: 1. Project Officer (Waste and Waste Water Management) Ed...
Dear ‘Mainstream’ Media, Nation “Building” is far from Over

Dear ‘Mainstream’ Media, Nation “Building” is far from Over

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20 years of building: The time it took for completing this bridge over River Siang at Passighat in Arunachal Pradesh "When was it ever on the media map?" is how Subir Bhaumik, BBC Eastern India Correspondent and Author of “Troubled Periphery” began the Media Dialogue on North East: Fallen off the Media Map? at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library in New Delhi. The dialogue was called upon to address the query that does the media, described as mainstream, give little space to the North East out of an assumption that readers are not interested?  Or because their marketing departments tell them advertisers are not interested? After him, the series of invited panelists from various media houses including Dibang, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, stressed upon facts and issues such
Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna: A Citizens Unite for a Clean River

Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna: A Citizens Unite for a Clean River

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Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna is a project for making a difference to our city of Delhi-NCR. What started as an initiative of The Art of Living, has now become a full blown citizen’s action plan. Dozens of civil society groups have already joined the movement and many companies including Microsoft, Educomp and Kent RO have become partners. The UNESCO, World Bank, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) etc. among many others are already on board the campaign and more and more people and groups are joining every day. Delhi-NCR is not clean – India is at the centre of the world today, poised for global leadership in future – we can’t remain dirty, something needs to happen. Commonwealth Games are in October, and it would be great to present a clean city to the world. Over the next few w
River Pollution Control Strategy: Ganga Declared the “National River” of India

River Pollution Control Strategy: Ganga Declared the “National River” of India

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It took a radical fast-unto-death decision by a Professor, playing the religion-political card and much activism, that the Government of India has now accepted the fact - otherwise as crystal clear as should have been the water of the Ganges - that the holiest of holy River Ganga is polluted, the Ganga Action Plan has failed and that constructing dams upstream of the river is only making matters worse. Earlier this year, pained by the unrelenting destruction of the Ganga river, Dr G. D. Agrawal, India’s pre-eminent scientist and a legendary Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at IIT-Kanpur went on a fast-unto-death to oppose the river’s continuing desecration. His campaign was taken up by leader of the opposition party who called for stopping all dam constructions upst

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