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Green norms for project expansion could be relaxed -Jayashree Nandi

nt of public consultations, with certain riders. If approved, the EIA Notification 2019 will replace the EIA Notification 2006 which made prior EIA, environmental clearance and public consultations maNDAtory even for expansion of projects. All projects concerning national defence and security or involving other strategic considerations, as determined by the Centre, will also be exempted from public consultations, and so will all linear projects suc

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Toilet targets: On ending open defecation

s concerns for his vast number of impoverished countrymen, and should ideally have been pursued zealously by governments in free India, along with good housing and access to clean water. In 2014, the NDA government made total sanitation a high priority, with the avowed goal of bridging decades of neglect through a policy focused on toilet construction. That 110 million toilets were built under this programme since then counts as an achievement in itse

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Delhi's tap water fails to meet BIS test; not safe to drink -Priscilla Jebaraj

, the Centre has announced plans to test the quality of piped drinking water in the states and release Swachh Pani rankings early next month. It is also trying to build a consensus to make quality staNDArds for tap water a maNDAtory requirement. A team from the Bureau of Indian StaNDArds has been sent to state capitals to collect samples of tap water to see if

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'Developing Asia' is urbanising faster than rest of the world

rms of growth rate. Urban population in this region increased at an average of 3.4 per cent per annum between 1970-2017. This is much faster than the 2.6 per cent in the rest of the developing world &NDAsh; mainly Africa and Latin America &NDAsh; and 1.0 per cent in the developed world. Please click here to read more.

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68% of child deaths in India due to malnutrition, says study

nal The Lancet, examined the period from 1990 to 2017 to gauge the state-wise health disease burden in the country. It was conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health FouNDAtion of India, and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, with the help of the ministry of health and family welfare. The study observed that though the quantum of malnutrition-related deaths in children has come down by two-third since 1990,

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With low birth weight and child deaths, malnourishment remains a big challenge for Centre's ambitious POSHAN Plan -Sneha Mordani

major challenge: reducing malnourishment in the country. Several targets are likely to be missed, says a study, which is a joint initiative of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Public Health FouNDAtion of India and the ministry of health and family welfare. Comprehensive estimates of trends on key child and maternal malnourishment published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal show that dietary deficiency continues to be the ma

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Onion export ban: Farmer bodies in Maharashtra threaten to disrupt APMCs

tocks. Farmers in the onion hub of Nashik said that they would agitate against the government’s decision as farmers are facing the brunt. With onion prices rising, the government had on SuNDAy prohibited exports until further notice and imposed limits on stocks that can be held, to prevent hoarding. As farmers across India have opposed the decision, their counterparts in Maharashtra have taken an aggressive stand. After a series of mee

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From droughts to floods: India's tryst with climate extremes -Aarti Kelkar Khambete

d? These were some of the questions contemplated at the Water Talk Series organised by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai,  on ‘The Discourse of Flood and Drought in India &NDAsh; The Question of Life, Livelihood and Environment’ . Human interventions, faulty developmental models exacerbate impact of floods Floods and droughts are inevitable, says Himanshu Thakkar from South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and Peopl

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