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September 19, 2013 | Call the monitor

There are always two faces of a coin. As strong institution is needed to check the pilferage similarly growth is also required. Why? If mines are operating then the labour are paid, related institutions also get service providing opportunities thus providing valuable livelihood to many people directly or indirectly. Also in case of pollution monitoring 3rd party organizations will get their change to provide this service thus they will make a profit on the job, a part of which is expected to be invested back to buy more sophisticated instruments and train people in identifying pollutants and their way of mitigation. Halting the total mining operation thus put a stop on this growth. And when mining is carried out strong regulatory organizations are required to see the process is carried out efficiently and effectively.

By Sudipto Ghosh
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September 19, 2013 | Drought of equity

Integrated Watershed Development is the only solution. It is adapted by the Governmental Agencies, but there are two problems along.

One, it is well known as it is chronicle . . . corruption ! Till date the money used to improve the water resources is countless. If someone gives me only 50% of what it is utilized till date in Maharashtra; i shall solve the water problem of whole India ! Forever ! Sustainably !!!

Second, Scientific approach is not adapted while treating the watersheds. Geology is the most neglected field while the development of watershed. As a result, the storage reservoirs acts as percolation tanks, and, the funds utilised for percolation tanks appears to be not percolating down ! ;-)))))) . . . more than 40% is evaporated in corruption % rest goes off by surface evaporation !

This year (2013-14) Ujani dam is full to 111% . . . its really fun to see that in the name of Vitthal of Pandharpur, how the water turns up in to juicy sugarcane ! True warkari remains as juice sucked bugass !

There was generous campaign launched by the Akaluj lead. To harvest the opportunity of emptied/dry Ujani reservoir. Idea of removing silt from the reservoir was really EXCELLENT. It was lets say life time opportunity to increase the storage capacity of dam. The implementation of idea would have generated crores of revenue through selling the silt . . . but the problem of identity crisis killed it ! Adapted the idea, the credit would have gone to the particular person or political party who had suggested it! This is good example of an 'solution to the problem being politically victimised' . . . the solution is sunk at the bottom of highly polluted DEAD reservoir. . . . sometimes the politics puts people in really an awkward situation ! That means we have to WAIT for another DROUGHT (which nobody in fact) . . . to remove the silt.

By Prof. R L Jagzap (Applied Geology), Ground Water Consultent
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September 18, 2013 | Taken by the horns

It is well fought battle and the Prime Ministerial candidate of the BJP, first time in his political life bow down to the farmers rather any agitation. This was really a people's victory.

By Sagar Rabari
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September 18, 2013 | Axe subsidy, not the bus

In fact it should be the other way. There should be encouragement to public transport rather than personal.
The price can be decontrolled for all.

By Rao PVM
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September 18, 2013 | Turtles in trouble

It's sad to see turtles or any other animals to suffer like that. They should come up with a plan to save them.

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Mr. Raghuram,

Thank you for raising a very valid point. The government, in its hurry to privatize, has not thought the whole process through. As you rightly put it, private monopolies are being created in place of government ones. The consumer remains the innocent bystander in the whole drama.

By Sai
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September 18, 2013 | Mosquito matters

Mr Sharma,

Bio-environmental control with fishes such as guppy is a good idea mainly for control of Anopheles (malaria transmitting) and Culex (filariasis, JE transmitting) species of mosquitoes which breed primarily in larger water bodies such as ponds, rice fields etc. When it comes to Aedes mosquitoes (Dengue transmitting) - they breed in small collections such as in air coolers, plastic cups, discarded coconut shells etc - and are primarily addressed by better waste management, and prevention of collection of water in coolers and pots etc - a behavioural change.

Regards,

Adithya

By Adithya Pradyumna
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As I was taken aback by the number of deaths due to lightning strikes in Odisha, I did some additional reading to understand the problem - but landed up with more questions. Being an epidemiologist, I looked at the issue from the perspective of - "exposure" and approaches to prevention. To understand "exposure" we need to identify whether the problem is the occurrence of too many lightnings in Odisha, or whether the population exposed to regular number of lightnings is higher in Odisha, or is it a combination of both? There is also the question of what can be done to prevent exposure to lightning or minimize risk? From a technological perspective, it appears that the main emphasis is on appropriate placement of lightning conductors - but how relevant this is for rural populations needs to be explored. In addition, is there any methods for personal protection - for instance, is it technically feasible to identify "danger times" when people can be discouraged to head out of homes etc?

By Adithya Pradyumna
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this is really very bad that the gov.t has not taken any survey to fix the poverty line.in my survey with the least count it is 135 and more for a person a day

By Anonymous
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September 18, 2013 | Earthwitness

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