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Discontinue sowing oldest paddy variety to check stubble burning: Centre to Punjab

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2020 11:39 PM IST
PUSA-44 is a 130-day crop, which is sown early, before the onset of monsoon leading to more consumption of ground water. It also matures late, leaving a short window for wheat sowing in the rabi season.
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Punjab: Unruly scenes in House as SAD seeks health minister’s dismissal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2020 11:48 PM IST
A World Bank team will visit Amritsar on March 3 to give a presentation on the project. Tenders will also be floated the same month.
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Capt Amarinder Singh seeks WB support for crop diversification

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2019 11:29 PM IST
The chief minister made the request during a meeting with a World Bank delegation led by Dr Juergen Voegele, global director, agriculture and water
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The water sample collected from the bore wells in the area shows a high level of contamination. This is due to the leaching of chemical fertilisers into groundwater, said Fawzia Tarannum, assistant professor, department of regional water studies, TERI.(AP Photo/Representative Image)
The water sample collected from the bore wells in the area shows a high level of contamination. This is due to the leaching of chemical fertilisers into groundwater, said Fawzia Tarannum, assistant professor, department of regional water studies, TERI.(AP Photo/Representative Image)

Chemical fertilisers polluting groundwater table in Sohna area of Gurugram: Survey

By Archana Mishra | Hindustan Times, Gurugram, Gurugram
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2019 10:44 AM IST
Groundwater contamination in rural areas under the Sohna Municipal Council (MC) has exceeded beyond the permissible limit, due to heavy use of chemical fertilisers by farmers in the area.
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Parts of Chennai have gone without piped water for several months now. The city’s crisis was aggravated when Tamil Nadu received 55% less rains during the so-called winter monsoon in December 2018, according to weather bureau data. (HT Photo)
Parts of Chennai have gone without piped water for several months now. The city’s crisis was aggravated when Tamil Nadu received 55% less rains during the so-called winter monsoon in December 2018, according to weather bureau data. (HT Photo)

Government planning water reforms by bringing in new model law

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2019 06:11 AM IST
The law is likely to be called the model water resources regulatory authority bill and only Maharashtra has such a body functioning since 2005, an official said, requesting anonymity.
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On June 22, the Prime Minister wrote letters to all village panchayat heads, urging them to undertake rainwater harvesting and water conservation activities in rural India.(HT Photo)
On June 22, the Prime Minister wrote letters to all village panchayat heads, urging them to undertake rainwater harvesting and water conservation activities in rural India.(HT Photo)

Under Jal Shakti scheme, Centre to focus on replenishing water bodies

By Saubhadra Chatterji and Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2019 06:01 AM IST
According to a paper released in 2018 by the Niti Ayog, the state-run policy think-tank, India’s ground water in 21 cities is set to plunge to bare-minimum levels by 2020.
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The department has decided to give ₹5,000 as reward to those who give information about the abandoned borewells that have not been plugged.(HT File Photo/ Representive image)
The department has decided to give ₹5,000 as reward to those who give information about the abandoned borewells that have not been plugged.(HT File Photo/ Representive image)

Open borewell owners to face legal action under Punjab government

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 14, 2019 01:56 PM IST
Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh had ordered plugging of all open borewells after the Sangrur incident in which a two-year-old child died after being remaining trapped in an unused borewell for 110 hours.
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All users will have to seek prior registration of their submersible pumps, tube wells. Heavy penalty to be imposed on industrial and commercial consumers for violation of norms.(Representative image)
All users will have to seek prior registration of their submersible pumps, tube wells. Heavy penalty to be imposed on industrial and commercial consumers for violation of norms.(Representative image)

Stringent law on the cards to regulate ground water extraction

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2019 03:15 PM IST
Uttar Pradesh will soon have a special legislation to manage and regulate extraction of ground water with the provision of heavy penalty on industrial and commercial consumers if they do not recharge water back into the ground.
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NGT stops illegal groundwater use at Appu Ghar (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
NGT stops illegal groundwater use at Appu Ghar (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)

NGT stops illegal groundwater use at Appu Ghar

By Prayag Arora-Desai | Gurugram
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2019 08:08 AM IST
Monday’s order came in response to a 2017 petition filed by city-based activist Harinder Dhingra against International Recreation & Amusement Park – the company which runs Appu Ghar – and HSVP.
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The survey comes after the National Green Tribunal ordered a probe into the development and maintenance of the colony after two residents filed separate petitions alleging the developer had violated environment and town planning norms.(Picture for representation)
The survey comes after the National Green Tribunal ordered a probe into the development and maintenance of the colony after two residents filed separate petitions alleging the developer had violated environment and town planning norms.(Picture for representation)

Forest ministry officials inspect Gurugram’s Sushant Lok-3 for layout plan violations

By Abhishek Behl | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2018 02:36 PM IST
A team comprising officials of the ministry of environment and forest and Central Pollution Control Board carried out a survey in Sushant Lok-3 to assess the status of basic amenities, diversion of land use and encroachment of green belts, among other violations of the layout plan by the developer.
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Dirty sewerage water with all its pollutants flows into the Ganga.(HT File Photo)
Dirty sewerage water with all its pollutants flows into the Ganga.(HT File Photo)

Bill suggests armed force for protection of Ganga, punitive measures for polluters

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2018 03:38 PM IST
The draft bill, which has been circulated to different ministries for consultation, envisages constitution of National Ganga Council and a National Ganga Rejuvenation Authority to enforce the law
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Amit Bhatt, director of integrated transport, WRI India.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Amit Bhatt, director of integrated transport, WRI India.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Road design fundamentally wrong

By Amit Bhatt | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2018 12:02 PM IST
Lack of drains alongside roads, massive tree felling to widen roads and unreliable infrastructure are the main reasons for the problem.
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The NITI Aayog had recently warned that Delhi could run out of ground water by 2020.(AFP/Picture for representation)
The NITI Aayog had recently warned that Delhi could run out of ground water by 2020.(AFP/Picture for representation)

NGT tells 5-star hotels in Delhi to take nod before extracting ground water

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 23, 2018 03:28 AM IST
A bench headed by Justice RS Rathore said the hotels would have to apply to the Central Ground Water Authority. They would have to inform how much water they are extracting and since when.
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The scheme will soon be launched in the water-scarce states of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.(HT/File Photo)
The scheme will soon be launched in the water-scarce states of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.(HT/File Photo)

Now panchayats to manage water usage, monitor levels, devise plans for recharge

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2018 11:18 PM IST
Under Atal Bhujal Yojana, which aims to decentralise water management, panchayats in 8,350 villages in seven states of the country facing severe water crisis will soon manage water usage in their areas, monitor water levels and devise plans for its use and recharge.
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A man watches as Mount Merapi spews volcanic smoke in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 22, 2018.(AP)
A man watches as Mount Merapi spews volcanic smoke in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 22, 2018.(AP)

Indonesia’s most active volcano rumbles, public ordered to stay away

By Reuters | Reuters, Jakarta
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2018 11:22 AM IST
A series of eruptions at Mount Merapi in 2010 killed more than 350 people and authorities are taking no chances after plumes of smoke and ash billowed into the sky late on Monday.
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The rooftop rainwater harvesting model has been devised by state planning commission advisor HP Uniyal, who was formerly the chief general manager of Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan.(HT FILE (REPRESENTATIVE PIC))
The rooftop rainwater harvesting model has been devised by state planning commission advisor HP Uniyal, who was formerly the chief general manager of Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan.(HT FILE (REPRESENTATIVE PIC))

Rainwater harvesting system model to be replicated in state, a law in the offing

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2018 10:10 PM IST
The structure can help collect 831,000 liters of rainwater annually whereas the capacity of its subsurface storage tank comes to 30,000 liters. On an average, per day 600 liters of water can be drawn from the rainwater harvesting structure.
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People being served food during ‘zero-waste lunch’ organised at Rajpur Gurudwara in Dehradun on Sunday.(HT)
People being served food during ‘zero-waste lunch’ organised at Rajpur Gurudwara in Dehradun on Sunday.(HT)

Earth Day: Concern over depleting natural water sources in U’khand

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Pithoragarh
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2018 10:15 PM IST
Depleting natural water sources and unseasonal rains affecting traditional crop patterns were dominating issues during the World Earth Day celebrations in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand on Sunday
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