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The farm laws: How not to do reforms

One of the fallouts of the shock tactics strategy is social discord and that makes reforms counterproductive because these first create a conflict and thereafter try to find a solution, as is being now attempted in the prolonged negotiations.
Farmers during their protest against the Center's new farm law at the Delhi-Haryana, Singhu border,in New Delhi, on Friday.(PTI)
Farmers during their protest against the Center's new farm law at the Delhi-Haryana, Singhu border,in New Delhi, on Friday.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 19, 2020 12:38 AM IST
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By Ramesh Inder Singh

There are solutions to Delhi’s pollution crisis

Instead of paddy, farmers have to be incentivised to move to millets
I’ve met several women who’ve been plucking out stubble from the fields. One of them told me that they were too few in number to replace burning with plucking in such a short window of time(Sameer Sehgal/ Hindustan Times)
I’ve met several women who’ve been plucking out stubble from the fields. One of them told me that they were too few in number to replace burning with plucking in such a short window of time(Sameer Sehgal/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 02, 2019 08:10 PM IST
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Groundwater depleting fast, Ghaziabad stares at severe crisis in 5-6 years

According to the department’s latest groundwater report, the 28 localities being assessed witnessed a decline from 20.31 metres below ground level (mbgl) in 2013 (post-monsoon) to 26.97 mbgl (post-monsoon) in 2018.
The situation, according to groundwater department officials, has reached an alarming level and in another 5-6 years, city areas will experience a “heavy shortage”.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times (Representative image))
The situation, according to groundwater department officials, has reached an alarming level and in another 5-6 years, city areas will experience a “heavy shortage”.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times (Representative image))
Updated on Aug 14, 2019 12:39 AM IST
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Ghaziabad | By Peeyush Khandelwal

Only 9% private buildings in Chandigarh have rainwater harvesting system

As per the Chandigarh building rules, installation of rainwater harvesting system is mandatory in all educational institutions, residential and industrial buildings constructed on plots above 1 kanal, group housing societies, commercial establishments, hospital, cultural and religious institutions, clubs etc
Of the 826 buildings surveyed, including educational institutions, commercial (shopping malls, hotels) and group housing societies, only 78 have functional rainwater harvesting systems. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Of the 826 buildings surveyed, including educational institutions, commercial (shopping malls, hotels) and group housing societies, only 78 have functional rainwater harvesting systems. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 12, 2019 06:33 PM IST
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Chandigarh | By Munieshwer A Sagar, Chandigarh

Haryana farmers give up rice crop to conserve water

Every hectare that farmers would bring under maize cultivation will save 14,000 litres of water.
Farmers in Haryana have opted for a model designed by the state government where they are encouraged to grow maize instead of rice.(Bloomberg)
Farmers in Haryana have opted for a model designed by the state government where they are encouraged to grow maize instead of rice.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jul 21, 2019 11:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq

NDMC will harvest rainwater to check falling water table

Another senior NDMC official said a list of 60 places where rain water harvesting chambers will be developed has been sent to the Central Ground Water Board for permission.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will develop rainwater harvesting chambers at nearly 60 locations under its jurisdiction(HT Photo)
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will develop rainwater harvesting chambers at nearly 60 locations under its jurisdiction(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 07, 2019 02:47 PM IST
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New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Cashing in on city’s water shortage: Opinion

A few days later, a photographer and I conducted a recce in different areas of the city to find out if what he said was really happening. We wanted to see how many such “businesses” were thriving, how the water mafia actually operated, and the areas they supplied to.
The modus operandi involved setting up illegal borewells in secluded areas to extract water from Gurugram’s already depleted water table before selling it off to builders, residents and distributors, he said.(HT Photo)
The modus operandi involved setting up illegal borewells in secluded areas to extract water from Gurugram’s already depleted water table before selling it off to builders, residents and distributors, he said.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2019 04:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Leena Dhankhar

Concrete bases choking trees at DDA’s open gyms: Activists

Verhaen Khanna, founder of New Delhi Nature Society (NDNS), said outdoor gyms could be set up without cementing the grass and soil. He said concretisation would affect the groundwater table.
An under-construction open gym at Sanjay Van.(Amal KS/HT)
An under-construction open gym at Sanjay Van.(Amal KS/HT)
Published on Jun 20, 2019 02:37 AM IST
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New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Crisis looms as Moga water table going down a metre every year

The water recharging process in all five blocks in Punjab’s Moga district is moving at a very slow pace and, according to official records, the water table is depleting at a rate of one metre every year.
Despite efforts by government officials, farmers in Punjab’s Moga district are firm on sowing paddy in more than 1.77 lakh hectares of land.(HT Photo)
Despite efforts by government officials, farmers in Punjab’s Moga district are firm on sowing paddy in more than 1.77 lakh hectares of land.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 19, 2019 08:41 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Moga | By Parteek Singh Mahal, Moga

Boost in profits as Rajasthan farmers turn to rainwater harvesting

Kumarappa Institute of Gram Swaraj a Jaipur based NGO took the initiative of recharging dry wells through rainwater harvesting and chose Chaksu panchayat samiti.
During rains, the rainwater from the field is directed to these collection pits, the water then enters the collection pits via a series of trenches or pipes thus replenishing the water tables and aquifers(HT File Photo / Representative image)
During rains, the rainwater from the field is directed to these collection pits, the water then enters the collection pits via a series of trenches or pipes thus replenishing the water tables and aquifers(HT File Photo / Representative image)
Updated on Jun 12, 2019 02:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By HT Correspondent

DTCP pushes for rainwater harvesting

Occupancy certificates of properties that violate the rules prescribed for rainwater harvesting will be cancelled, said KM Pandurang, director, DTCP.
Rainwater harvesting pits in Parkview Residency.(HT Photo)
Rainwater harvesting pits in Parkview Residency.(HT Photo)
Published on Jun 01, 2019 01:24 AM IST
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Gurugram | By HT Correspondent

To grow or not to grow: Farmers lock horns over Sattha rice

While one group says Sattha requires massive irrigation and depletes underground water, the other group says small farmers cannot sustain without its cultivation.
This short grain variety of rice develops seeds within 60-70 days of sowing which makes it suitable for cultivation in summers i.e from April-June.(Representative image)
This short grain variety of rice develops seeds within 60-70 days of sowing which makes it suitable for cultivation in summers i.e from April-June.(Representative image)
Published on May 20, 2019 03:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Chandan Kumar, Lucknow

NGT stops illegal groundwater use at Appu Ghar

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.
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)
Updated on Mar 30, 2019 08:08 AM IST
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Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai

Punjab CM seeks Israeli co-operation in recycling of sewage in cities

The CM held extensive talks in Jerusalem with Israel’s minister for energy and water resources, Dr Yuval Steinitz, on the issue of water management to boost water conservation in Punjab.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin at his official residence in Jerusalem.(PTI)
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin at his official residence in Jerusalem.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 25, 2018 09:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh

Explosive eruption sends ash 30,000 feet over Hawaii volcano

The Hawaii volcano has destroyed 37 homes and other structures in a small southeast area of the island and forced around 2,000 people to evacuate their homes.
Lava spattering from an area between active fissures of the Kilauea volcano, near Pahoa, Hawaii.(AP File Photo)
Lava spattering from an area between active fissures of the Kilauea volcano, near Pahoa, Hawaii.(AP File Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2018 10:34 PM IST
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Narmada River once had 7 sources of water feeding into it, now only one remains

Several factors, some of neglect and wilful destruction, have contributed to the drying out of Amarkantak - a town once lush with perennial rivers, streams, tributaries, wetlands, even swamps.
Remnants of the Gayatri River during summer.(Gayatri Jayaraman/HT Photo)
Remnants of the Gayatri River during summer.(Gayatri Jayaraman/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2018 10:10 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Gayatri Jayaraman

Gurugram: Villagers call off stir after assurance on Bandhwari plant

Villagers demanded relocation of the waste treatment plant claiming it poses a risk to their health
Leachate from the Bandhwari waste treatment plant is believed to have contaminated all groundwater resources in the village and adjoining areas.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Leachate from the Bandhwari waste treatment plant is believed to have contaminated all groundwater resources in the village and adjoining areas.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 12, 2018 10:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Kartik Kumar, Gurugram
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