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A strange paradox for Indian women -Sonalde Desai

-The Hindu Better education is not leading to better job opportunities, marriage prospects or freedom of movement Abigail Adams, wife of the second President of the U.S. and mother of the sixth President, wrote to her husband, “If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion.” As last year’s #MeToo movement and Sabarimala protests showed, perhaps Indian women are echoing her

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Gujarat interim budget: Irrigation schemes in tribal belt to defuse crisis

rict at an estimated cost of Rs 715 crore. The pipeline, the government claimed, will provide irrigation facilities to 73 villages covering 21,760 hectare area, besides filling the existing 100 check dams. For Panchmahal district, the government announced to build Panam high level canal at an estimated cost of Rs 215 crore and another irrigation project for the eastern belt of the district at the cost of Rs 250 crore. Also, the government has ta

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Policy bias against rainfed agriculture -Priscilla Jebaraj

oordinator of the Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture (RRA) Network, which published the atlas, laid out the stark differences in government policy and expenditure. “Lands irrigated through big dams and canal networks get a per hectare investment of ?5 lakh. Watershed management spending in rainfed lands is only ?18,000-25,000,” he said, adding that the difference in yield is not proportionate to the difference in investment. “When i

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Forest land the size of Kolkata diverted for projects over past three years -Mayank Aggarwal

itions on which environment ministry clears the diversion. The Indian government has diverted over 20,000 hectares of forest area for developmental activities such as mining, thermal power plants, dams, road, railways and irrigation projects in the past three years (2015-18) across India. According to the official data revealed by the National Democratic Alliance government in Parliament in December 2018, a total of 20,314.12 hectares of forest

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Dam Safety Bill: its objective, the objections -Pradeep Kaushal

-The Indian Express The Bill provides for “surveillance, inspection, operation and maintenance of specified dams for prevention of dam failure related disasters and to provide for institutional mechanism to ensure their safe functioning”. New Delhi: WHEN THE government introduced the Dam Safety Bill, 2018 in Lok Sabha last week, BJD floor leader Bhartruhari Mahtab questioned Parliament’s competence to do so. Days later, Tami

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Two states and a river: More power or more water? -Amita Bhaduri

joining the Bay of Bengal at Odisha’s coast. Of late, Odisha has been complaining about the reduced flow of water at the Hirakud dam—Asia’s longest earthen dam—because of the dams and barrages constructed upstream by Chhattisgarh. “Yet, coal-fired power plants that have put the water resources and people to severe stress have never come up for discussion between the two states. Instead, the state governments are using

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Why is Maharashtra reeling under drought? -Alok Deshpande

story of the State since Independence. It has accused the government of working only from Twitter and losing touch with reality. Which area is worst hit? As of November 16, water storage in all dams stood at 55.25% of the total capacity. On the same day last year, the storage was 73.91%. The Marathwada division is the worst affected region, with the total water storage down to 22.17%, as against 68.34% last year. The Nashik division (in north Ma

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Researchers warn Kerala of more landslides -Vinson Kurian

-The Hindu Business Line The North-East monsoon could reactivate ‘aborted landslides’ in hilly areas Thiruvananthapuram: While managing dams and reservoirs, Kerala should opt for an approach that maximises power generation by suitably incorporating weather prediction needs. This is one of the major highlights of a survey of the damage from the August floods by a team headed by Thomas Oommen, geoscientist and Associate Professor

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