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Andhra Pradesh

Pranhita irrigation project: Maharashtra agrees to form inter-state board

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Jan 30, 2012
Even as Andhra Pradesh is waging a legal battle against Maharashtra’s Babli project and eleven other barrages across the Godavari river, Maharashtra has agreed to its neighbour’s proposal for constituting an Inter State Board (ISB) for implementing the Rs 40,300 crore mega Pranhita-Chevella lift irrigation project. With this green signal, Andhra Pradesh has overcome a major hurdle in making its dream project a reality.

Andhra hospitals flout bio-medical rules

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Jan 24, 2012
More than hundred hospitals in Andhra Pradesh have been found flouting rules for handling bio-medical waste. 119 hospitals have been served show cause notice by the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB). The Board during its recent inspections found that most hospitals violated rules related to segregation, storage, transport, treatment and disposal of the hazardous waste prescribed by the Bio-medical Waste (Management & Handling) Rules of 1998.

Cold takes south India by surprise

Author(s): Dinsa Sachan
Issue Date: Jan 20, 2012
Southern parts of the country have been hit by an unexpected and unprecedented drop in temperatures. While the government has not confirmed this, media reports claim that several people have died of the cold in Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad saw a decline of four degrees in its maximum temperature, while its minimum temperature dropped by 2°C.

Cheated for bauxite

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012

A million opportunities lost

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2011
This is the little known big story of India’s nationwide rural employment programme. In the past five years the programme has sought to create tanks, ponds, wells and revive traditional water conservation structures at a scale and pace not witnessed before in the country. Millions of people in the countryside seeking jobs under the programme embarked on building or reviving 3.4 million water conservation structures, according to the Union rural development ministry. This is unprecedented given that before 2005, all the public wage schemes together created just about two million structures in six decades.

Lives of others

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2011
BEYOND USUAL SUSPECTS A case for neglected species in wildlife research and conservation For most of us wildlife is represented by large mammals like elephant, rhino, lion and tiger, may be birds like hornbill, raptors, peafowl and waterfowl and awe inspiring reptiles like marine turtles, crocodiles, python and king cobra. The fact is that wildlife ranges from very small insects to gigantic trees and from coral polyps to whales. Unfortunately, only a very small number of species have received attention of researchers and conservationists. While charismatic species largely drive the conservation scenario, they also seem to be the focus of wildlife research mainly because of the availability of funds and the role of charismatic species in setting our wildlife policies.

Wealth of forests withheld

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2011
Some 40 years ago an experiment began in Arabari forest range of West Bengal that caught the fancy of the nation. The forest authorities roped in the people living in the area in regenerating degraded forests. In return they offered them a share in forest resources and revenue. It worked. Two decades later the Centre adopted the Arabari model to start the Joint Forest Management programme. The response was such that today it involves 25 million people.

How Bellary was laid waste

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2011
The all-powerful iron ore mining mafia of Karnataka has hurled red dust into the eyes of democratic India with impunity, and for long. Convinced of their invincibility, the Reddy brothers, along with their mentors and cohorts, have ravaged the state’s rich mines. Between April 2006 and July 2010 the state lost Rs 16,085 crore due to illegal mining.

Polavaram fraud

Issue Date: May 15, 2011
Fear of submergence haunts Kurturu, a village nestled in the Papi hills of the Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh. In 2005, a band of officials, an unusual sight in this remote village in West Godavari district, visited the place and marked a rock.
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