Sand extraction from rivers in Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) is set to see a break for at least of couple of months as the environment clearance (EC) for the same is expiring on different dates this month and fresh clearance is yet to be obtained by the District Sand Monitoring Committee.The EC has expired for 12 sand bars, eight in Netravati and four in Phalguni (Gurupura) recently, as a consequence of which sand extraction activities in these areas have stopped completely. While boats used for extraction are brought on the shore, migrant workers staying in temporary sheds have vacated the same, pursuant to directions from the Mines and Geology Department.The environment clearance for another 10 sand bars would expire by December 26 thus completely bringing to halt sand extraction in CRZ area, according to department officials.Though the Sand Monitoring Committee had completed all other formalities to obtain fresh EC for sand bars, the crucial bathymetry survey to scientifically … [Read more...] about Sand extraction from rivers in CRZ area coming to an end
Mines and Geology Minister C.C. Patil has said that illegal sand extraction will be prevented by implementing a new sand policy soon. He added that he will also form a special team of officials to curb such activities in Raichur district. He was talking with reporters here on Saturday. Mr. Patil, who was here to attend a private function, said that the State government had planned to make arrangements to provide sand through the department. He also said that a team of officials will be sent to Telangana to study the steps taken to curb illegal extraction. To a question, he said that party senior leaders will take appropriate steps regarding the post of the Deputy Chief Minister. … [Read more...] about New sand policy to prevent illegal extraction: C.C. Patil
Indrani was cheering Pasbola on from the back, with little, happy whoops, that she muffled with her chunni.Rediff.com A walk up the stairs of the Mumbai city civil and sessions court building, opposite south Mumbai's Oval Maidan, floor by floor, is like taking your emotions on a stop-start-stop, bumpity, Indian train ride. Your feelings are always in a state of suspense. On Friday, December 13, 2019 on the first floor, where the courtrooms that deal with narcotics cases are located, a tall, resigned woman, in a long blue kaftan, her head wrapped in a red and black chunni, was quietly weeping. Huge tears rolled down her pretty face that she was mopping away with the corner her chunni. Her husband wearing a light pink T-shirt and blue pants, was standing by her side trying to comfort her with a few softly-spoken words. A cop hovered behind them. On the third floor two cute, young boys were squealing in delight as they raced up the stairs. A day's outing at the dull, dreary, court was for … [Read more...] about Sheena Bora Trial: Why was Indrani overjoyed?
Video PlayerClose GUANGZHOU, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- For those who still remember what it was like to suffer from water shortages, like 80-year-old Macao resident Lee Zan Dok, fresh and clean water is seen as the lifeline of everything. With a land area of only 32.8 square km, Macao is extensively covered with low hills, free from any lakes or rivers, making it impossible to build a big reservoir in this already tiny area. "For centuries, local residents' water demand was met largely through groundwater extraction," said Lee, who worked for Macao's water supply company for 24 years. Lee, also the author of a book on 500 years of water affairs in Macao, recalled that residents had relied on groundwater for hundreds of years. Macao's development picked up pace in the mid-1950s, as did its population, which increased to more than 100,000, leading to a surge in water demand. Local people suffered acute water shortages, and groundwater over-exploitation was inevitable. The city was filled … [Read more...] about Across China: Mainland water powers Macao’s development
'Rahul Gandhi has shown that he can field questions on the fly -- something the frontrunner in this election has failed to do in the last five years -- but does it mean he can survive another bout with a primed-up ArGo?' asks Saisuresh Sivaswamy. Photograph: Vijay Verma/PTI Photo Interviews, genuine interviews -- not scripted ones with predetermined questions and answers that we have become all too familiar with in this election season -- sometimes don't go the way they are expected to. The interviewer approaches it with one set of expectations -- usually hoping to be counted as the definitive interview -- while the interviewee approaches with a different set of expectations -- ranging from saying what s/he wants to get across, to giving a good account of oneself when faced with uncomfortable questions. The problem for the interviewer is when he has not done his homework and doesn't ask the questions that need to be asked, instead focusing on aam questions, while for the interviewee it … [Read more...] about Sai’s Take: Has RaGa gotten over ArGo?