Flood situation improves in Assam; 3.89 lakh in 17 districts still affected | India News

GUWAHATI: The flood situation in Assam improved considerably on Monday as the water receded from vast areas of the state, though one more person lost his life in the deluge and around 3.89 lakh people in 17 districts are still affected, an official bulletin said. The number of flood-hit people decreased by 4.65 lakh since Sunday while that of the district was down by two. According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person drowned at Manikpur area of Bongaigaon district. This year’s…

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NGT raps MoEF over monitoring of environmental norms | India News

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has rapped the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) over compliance of conditions mentioned in environmental clearances granted for projects, saying the mechanism for monitoring environmental norms is inadequate. The green panel said compliance of conditions of environmental clearance must be monitored on periodical basis, atleast once in a quarter. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel said there is poor monitoring and there are huge gaps in laying down of conditions and its enforcement. It asked the Environment Ministry to…

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Pollution matter: SC asks states about arrangements made to prevent stubble burning | India News

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked governments of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan about the arrangements made by them for preventing stubble burning which is a source of pollution in the region. The apex court has also asked the states concerned to apprise it about the instances of stubble burning in previous year, its locations and also how many farmers were responsible so that “special arrangements” could be made in advance for those areas. “With respect to stubble burning, we would like to hear, by…

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11 districts in Bihar inundated, 15 lakh people affected | India News

PATNA: The surging floods in Bihar have spread to 11 districts, affecting nearly 15 lakh people in the state. Relief and rescue operations by the state government have not proved adequate. Major rivers in the state are in spate and flowing above the danger mark. The water resources department report said the water level of Kosi, near Veerpur barrage, rose from 1.55 lakh cusec at 6 am on Monday to 1.62 lakh cusec at 8 am. The Gandak river was flowing at 1.89 lakh cusec at the Balmikinagar barrage at…

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Uniform country-wide peak in Covid-19 cases will not happen: Expert | India News

HYDERABAD: There cannot be a uniform peak in Covid-19 cases in a large country like India and each state has its own trajectory based on when people there were exposed to the infection, a public health expert said. The peak could be witnessed in states like Delhi by this month end or early August while it may be around September in others such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka, Director of the Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) here Prof. G V S Murthy said. IIPH was set up under…

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Amit Shah launches ‘Tree Plantation Drive-2020’ | India News

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched the ‘Tree Plantation Drive-2020‘, organised by the Ministry of Coal, here on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, the Home Minister said that under the drive trees will be planted on 6,000 acres of land in 38 districts across ten states. “Today, trees will be planted on 600-acre land at 150 places. 5 lakh plants will be distributed,” he said. Launching ‘Tree Plantation Drive-2020’ organised by @CoalMinistry. https://t.co/RobTytKio1 — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) 1595485682000 “In the blind race of development, we forget the mantra…

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Meghalaya floods: Amit Shah assures all possible help to state govt | India News

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday condoled the loss of lives due to floods in West Garo Hills, Meghalaya and assured all possible help to the state government. “Loss of lives due to the floods in West Garo Hills, Meghalaya is very disturbing. I have spoken to Chief Minister Sangma Conrad and assured him all possible help from the Centre,” Shah said. “Nation stands resolutely with the people of Meghalaya in these trying times,” he added. At least five people have lost their lives and over a…

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India’s deepest solar eclipse on Sunday | India News

NEW DELHI: India will witness its “deepest” annular solar eclipse of this century this Sunday (June 21), with the Sun appearing as a necklace of pearls for around 30 seconds during the maximum phase along a narrow corridor running through Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand. The eclipse will be partial in the rest of the country. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the apparent size of the Moon is slightly less than that of the Sun, which leaves the outer rim of the latter uncovered, giving the appearance of a “ring…

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Let’s commit efforts for cleaner, greener environment: Nadda on environment day | India News

NEW DELHI: On World Environment Day, BJP president J P Nadda on Friday highlighted Indian traditions of preserving and venerating nature, while asking people to commit their efforts for a cleaner and greener environment. “On the World Environment Day 2020, we cherish our traditions of preservation and veneration of nature & biodiversity. Now is the time for nature. Let’s commit efforts for a cleaner, greener environment,” he tweeted. He also planted a sapling to mark the day, saying that one small step goes a long way to protect nature &…

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Reiterate pledge to preserve biodiversity: PM Modi on World Environment Day | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday pitched for collective efforts to ensure that the planet becomes a better place for future generations. “On #WorldEnvironmentDay, we reiterate our pledge to preserve our planet’s rich biodiversity. Let us collectively do whatever possible to ensure the flora and fauna with whom we share the Earth thrive,” he wrote on Twitter. “May we leave an even better planet for the coming generations,” he said. Modi also shared a brief video of his latest “Mann ki Baat” programme in which he had referred…

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Important to implement environmental rules to sustain gains of lockdown: Javadekar | India News

NEW DELHI: To sustain the environmental “gains” of the coronavirus lockdown during normal times, it is important that the states and the union territories should strictly implement relevant rules governing pollution, Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar has said. Due to the unforeseen situation arising out of COVID-19, there has been a significant reduction in industrial activity, vehicular movement and construction activities due to which air and water quality have improved, he said in a letter to the states and the UTs, urging them to strive for this benchmark in normal…

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Cyclonic storm brewing in Bay of Bengal, several coastal districts to experience heavy rain from Tuesday | India News

KOLKATA: A cyclonic storm brewing in the Bay of Bengal lay 1,220 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal on Saturday morning, and is likely to bring heavy to very heavy rain in the coastal districts of the state from May 19, the Met office said here. The system is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by Sunday evening and move north-northwestwards till May 17, Regional Met Director G K Das said. It is very likely to recurve north-northeastwards thereafter towards the West Bengal coast during May 18…

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