Water

World’s cheapest clean drinking water

With the launch of the cost-effective innovative water project, Bihar will soon provide the cheapest drinking water in the world. The first of such project was launched in Bihar’s Darbhanga district, by Sulabh International. With the help of this project, people will be able to get clean water in 50paisa/litre. The project converts contaminated pond & river water into safe drinking water.

IR Installs Automatic Train Washing System

An automatic train washing system has been installed by Northern Railways at Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi. This move of govt promotes minimum quantity of water, soap and disinfectants and is eco-friendly. It is said that this would save 1,24,000 litres of water per day and more depots will be constructed in the future.

Water level of major reservoir went up 20%

The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country has gone to 20% of their total capacity which was reported 18% in last week. 37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with an installed capacity of more than 60 MW. The storage during the current year is less than last year in Northern, Western and Central regions.

Karnataka to release water

The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA), directed Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu and other States. The CWMA, which is yet to appoint full-time members, is scheduled to meet every 10 days during the monsoon months. The CWMA consists of a Chairman, a senior and eminent engineer, 2 whole-time members, 6 part-time members and a Secretary.

1st meeting of Cauvery Water Management Board

The first meeting of the Cauvery Water Management Board will be held in New Delhi to resolve the dispute among southern states. The meeting of the 9-member board will be chaired by the Central Water Commission Chairman S Masood Hussain. The meeting will discuss the issues including water storage in Cauvery basin reservoirs with the judgement of the Supreme Court in this regard.

Mumbai’s water stock to last another 56 days

The seven lakes that provide water to Mumbai are reportedly 14.87% full, which means they have water only for 56 days. However, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said the corporation does not plan to announce water cuts as of now. Mumbai requires 4,200 million litres of water daily (MLD), of which the BMC supplies 3,800 MLD.

Govt agrees with Google for flood forecasting

Central Water Commission, India’s apex technical organization in the field of Water Resources, has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Google. CWC would use state-of-the-art advances made by Google in the in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and geospatial mapping for effective management of water resources. It will give flood-related information to the masses.

Composite Water Management Index by NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog has come up with the Composite Water Management Index as a useful tool to assess and improve the performance in the efficient management of water resources. This index is an attempt to inspire States and UTs towards efficient and optimal utilization of water. The index would provide useful information for the States and also for the concerned Central Departments.

Min of Water Resources accepts major projects

The Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has accepted two major irrigation/multipurpose projects and four flood management schemes/master plans. The Kaleshwaram Project of Telangana and The Upper Pravara (Nilwande-II) Project of Maharashtra are two projects. The Advisory Committee met in Central Water Commission, New Delhi.

Traces of water, metal found in exoplanet

Scientists have identified traces of of multiple metals, along with possible signs of water, in one of the least dense exoplanets ever found. The team used the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) to observe WASP-127b, a giant gaseous planet with partly clear skies and strong signatures of metals in its atmosphere. WASP-127b has a radius 1.4 times larger than Jupiter but has only 20% of its mass.

Twin spacecraft to track Earth’s water cycle

A joint U.S./German space mission to track the global water cycle was successfully lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On, GRACE-FO, is a joint mission by NASA & German Research Centre for Geosciences. GRACE-FO will monitor the movement of mass around the earth by measuring where & how the moving mass changes Earth’s gravitational pull.

Convention on Rejuvenation of Krishna River

Experts in water conservation from across the country will deliberate on ways to rejuvenate the Krishna river at the maiden national convention of the Indian Water Council (IWC) May 22. The Indian Water Council was formed in April 2018 in Rajasthan. The ‘National Convention on Rejuvenation of the Krishna River’, is the IWC’s first event.

Freshwater decline in India

India is among the hotspots where overuse of water resources has caused a decline in the availability of freshwater, according to study using an array of NASA satellite observations of Earth. The study found that Earth’s wetland areas are getting wetter and dry areas are getting drier.In northern India, groundwater extraction for irrigation of crops has caused a decline in available water.

SC approves draft Cauvery Management Scheme

The Supreme Court approved the Centre’s draft Cauvery Management Scheme for smooth distribution of water among four southern riparian states. The scheme would deal with the issue of water share of the four states in different circumstances like normal and deficient water years in the Cauvery river basin. The top court had modified the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) award of 2007.

Cyclone Sagar formed over Gulf of Aden

A cyclonic storm named Sagar has formed in the Gulf of Aden. Cyclone Sagar is the first cyclonic storm of the season in Indian waters. Gulf of Aden is located in the Arabian Sea and is surrounded by Yemen, Djibouti and Somalia. Fishermen have been advised to not venture into Gulf of Aden and adjoining areas of Arabian Sea.

YES Bank to launch water-security programme

YES Bank is all set to roll out a capacity building project with farmers in Haryana and Rajasthan under its ‘Livelihood and Water Security’ CSR initiative. The overall focus of the programme would be on sustainable agricultural practices and digital literacy. The programme would be rolled out initially across 15 districts (eight districts in Haryana and seven in Rajasthan).

Govt launches NWIC to maintain water data

Govt has set up a central body – National Water Informatics Centre to maintain a comprehensive water resources data. NWIC will be a single window source of updated data on water resources in India. NWIC will collaborate with national & international research institutes to provide technical support to central & state organisations dealing with water emergency response of hydrological extremes

NASA to track Earth’s ice and water

NASA is gearing up for the upcoming launch of its Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission. The mission will map changes in water and ice around the world by detecting variations in Earth’s gravity & it involves 2 identical spacecraft that will orbit the Earth. The mission is a joint project between NASA and the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, Germany.

Gobardhan Yojana launched from Haryana

Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation launched the Gobardhan scheme from Haryana’s Karnal district on 30th April. The scheme would focus on managing and converting cattle dung and solid waste in farms to compost, biogas and bio-CNG. The Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources Dhan (GOBAR-DHAN) scheme was first announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in budget.

Gujarat to launch water conservation project

The Gujarat Government will start a month-long initiative from May 1 to increase its water conservation capacity.Tasks like deepening ponds, desilting water reservoirs and check dams & repairing Narmada canal networks will be undertaken during the 31-day statewide “Sujalam Sufalam Water Conservation Initiative”. The government aims to increase rain water conservation capacity in the state.

Government to install water ATMs in Haryana

The Haryana government has prepared Water ATM Policy to provide clean drinking water to people at public places in cities.Under this policy, public places such as bus-stands, railway stations, parks, bus stops, parking areas and markets would be identified. There would be a distance of 400 meters between two water ATMs which could be adjusted according to the convenience of people.

Indus Commission meet commenced in Delhi

India & Pakistan held the meeting on Indus water treaty on 29th March. This will be the 114th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) that looks into the sharing of the waters of the Indus since the treaty was signed by the two countries in 1960. The Indus water treaty covers the water distribution and sharing rights of six rivers—Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.

3 districts of Rajasthan to get Yamuna water

30 : Yamuna river water will be supplied to Churu, Sikar and Jhunjhunu districts in Rajasthan from Tajewala headworks in Haryana. As per an interstate Yamuna water-sharing agreement in 1994, 1917 cusec water was allotted to Rajasthan from Tajewala headworks. The water will be supplied through a pipeline and the Centre will provide financial assistance for the same.

China resumes data sharing on Brahmaputra

China pledged to continue data sharing of Brahmaputra and Sutlej waters. The decision was taken during the 11th meeting of the India-China Expert Level Mechanism (ELM) on Trans-border Rivers. The two-day meeting began on March 26 in Hangzhou. The data on water flows in both rivers is shared during the monsoons, to predict flooding, mainly in the northeast.

Chhattisgarh won ‘Water Digest Award’

Chhattisgarh bagged the National ‘Water Digest Award’ for Water Conservation-Diversion and for increasing the irrigation capacity in the State. It is for the first time that Chhattisgarh Water Resources Department had been given national Award during the past 17 years. The Award is presented every year by globally renowned magazine =Water Digest‘-which focuses mainly on water resources.

Indian firm among finalist in a competition

Indian startup ‘Uravu’ that has developed a technology to create water from the air is among the 5 finalists in a global competition. The 2-year competition is to create a device that extracts a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from air using 100% renewable energy. Los Angeles-based XPRIZE is running the water abundance prize with the support of the Tata Group and Australian Aid.

AAP govt presented its first ‘Green Budget’

The AAP government presented its Rs 53,000 crore budget for 2018-19 in the Assembly, which laid emphasis on environment, health, education and water. This is the first ‘Green budget’ of the government for effective containment of pollution in the city. They also proposed to set aside Rs 1000 crore for repair and maintenance of smaller roads owned by the municipal corporations of the city.

World Water Day- 22nd March

The World Water Day is observed every year on 22nd March to mark the importance of fresh water. The first World Water Day, designated by the United Nations, was observed in the year 1993. The theme of World Water Day, 2018 is ?Nature for Water?. The UN World Water Development Report is released each year around World Water Day.

New low-cost material to reduce pollution

Scientists have developed a new low-cost and sustainable material that may displace activated carbon as the preferred choice for reducing water and air pollution. The material is synthesized inexpensively from solid wastes and a naturally abundant polymer. Activated carbon is the common adsorbent used to reduce both atmospheric and water pollution but is expensive to produce and regenerate.

New species of water strider found

Scientists from the Zoological Survey of India have discovered a new species of the water strider. The species, named Ptilomera nagalanda Jehamalar and Chandra, was found in the river Intanki in Peren district of Nagaland. Water striders are a group of insects adapted to life on the surface of the water. Their presence serves as an indicator of the water quality.

NASA to search for interstellar water

NASA‘s James Webb Space Telescope will get into interstellar reservoirs to know about the origin and evolution of water and key building blocks for habitable planets. This will help the scientists to know the conditions required for formation of the new habitable planets. Molecular clouds hold most of the water in the universe and serve as nurseries for newborn stars and their planets.

Swachh Shakti 2018

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in association with the Government of Uttar Pradesh, is organizing a Women‘s Convention – called Swachh Shakti 2018 on International Women‘s Day on 8th March at Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh will be hosting Swachh Shakti 2018 as the largest State in the country. Swachh Shakti 2018 will provide momentum to the sanitation coverage in Uttar Pradesh.

The Shape of Water won best picture award

The Shape of Water has won the Oscar for best picture at the 90th Academy Awards. The Shape of Water is American fantasy drama film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured humanoid-amphibian creature.

NASA finds water on Saturn-mass planet

Using NASA‘s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, astronomers have found evidence of water in the atmosphere of a Saturn-mass exoplanet some 700 light-years away. The planet, WASP-39b, has three times as much water as Saturn does, which suggests it developed far away from its host star, where it was bombarded by a lot of icy material, said NASA.

Waterbird species down in EGREE Region

The number of water bird species has declined by half in most habitats across the East Godavari River Estuarine Ecosystem (EGREE) region. This was revealed during a census conducted in the region, including the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary and parts of Mada forest and Papikondalu regions. The census was conducted on February 20 and 21 in accordance with Asian Waterbird Census guidelines.

2nd Project Of Swajal Yojana launched

Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Uma Bharti launched the Swajal pilot project at Village Bhikampura in Rajasthan.Besides ensuring the availability of clean drinking water to every household round the year, the project would also generate employment. Swajal is a community-owned drinking water programme for sustained drinking water supply.

Team India, Proteas donate ` 5.5L

Team India captain Virat Kohli and his Proteas counterpart Faf du Plessis have donated ` 5.5 lakh to the Cape Town Water Crisis on behalf of both the teams for drought relief efforts in Cape Town.This comes days after Cape Town pushed back ‘Day Zero’ to July 9, the day the city is expected to run out of water. The currency of Cape Town is South African Rand.

Tribunal to settle Mahanadi water dispute

Cabinet has approved setting up of a tribunal to resolve the dispute b/w Odisha & Chhattisgarh on sharing Mahanadi river water.The tribunal would determine water sharing on the basis of availability of water in Mahanadi basin, present utilisation of water resource & potential for future development. Decision comes after SC directive to form the tribunal to resolve the long-standing dispute.

UK, India launch joint research projects

UK- India Joint research projects on Water Quality Research & Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment were launched in New Delhi.Water Quality Research programme has 8 projects & Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment programme has 4 projects. Projects aims to deliver benefits & research solutions not only to UK & India but also to address global sustainable development goals.

NDB to lend $100 mn for water project

India has signed 2nd loan agreement for $100 million with New Development Bank for efficient use of water in desert areas of Rajasthan.The objective is to rehabilitate 678-km-long Indira Gandhi Canal system to prevent seepage, conserve water & enhance water use efficiency. Project is aimed at rehabilitation of waterlogged areas & modernisation of irrigation management practices among others

Cauvery Water Dispute

Declaring Cauvery a national asset & upholding principle of equitable apportionment of inter-State river water among riparian States, the SC reduced the allocation of Cauvery water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu.Karnataka would now need to supply 177.25 TMC rather than 192 TMC Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. Court has also granted global status to Bengaluru, hence it will get more Cauvery water.

UN urges to ‘break up’ with plastics on V-Day

The UN has urged people around the world to break up with plastics on Valentine’s Day.It also focused on ending the use of mineral water bottles and straws, among other plastic products. The UN released a video as part of its Clean Seas initiative to address the global challenge of plastic pollution which is affecting “marine life”.

India, UAE to hold first naval drill in Gulf

Modi completed his 3 nations visit and made various developements.Before he flew on to Muscat, the PM, reiterated strong cooperation on combating terrorism and a defence partnership that will see the Indian Navy conducting an exercise in the Gulf waters.This is the first time Indian Navy will be exercising in the Gulf, going beyond the Arabian Sea.

Centre drafts 10-city plan to clean Ganga

12 : The Centre has drafted a plan to check the flow of sewer water into the river Ganga by installing sewage treatment plants (STP) in 10 major cities.These cities reportedly contribute about 65% of the total polluted water flowing into the river. As per an official of National Mission for Clean Ganga, these STPs would ensure 100% sewage treatment.

US Democrat gives record 8-hour-long speech

US Democrat Nancy Pelosi gave an eight-hour-long speech, demanding a vote on an immigration bill to give protection to ‘Dreamers’, the immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children.The address is the longest speech ever delivered in the US House of Representatives.Pelosi delivered the speech wearing four-inch-heels, forgoing any breaks, and only sipping water.

‘Superionic water ice’ made on Earth

8 : US-based scientists have detected the first experimental evidence of ‘superionic water ice’.The new form of matter is said to occur naturally on Uranus and Neptune, when water is heated to several thousand degrees at high pressure.First predicted in 1988, the exotic state of water is characterised by liquid-like hydrogen ions moving within a solid lattice of oxygen.

The Shape of Water won award: Guild Awards

Guillermo del Toro, director of ‘The Shape of Water’, won the prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film at the Directors Guild of America Awards.Movie has received 13 nominations at Oscars 2018.Reed Morano was named best director in Dramatic Series for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ while Jordan Peele was awarded best First-Time Feature Film Director for ‘Get Out’.

Floating Treatment wetlands inaugurated

It is the largest floating treatment wetland having plants as cleaning agents was inaugurated on Nekampur lake, Hyderabad.The plants on the floating treatment wetlands help to clean the lakes by absorbing nitrates and oxygen in water.Cleaning agents planted on the FTW include vetivers, canna, cattalis, bulrush, citronella, hibiscus, fountain grass, flowering herbs, Tulsi and ashwagandha.

India’s first floating market

India’s first floating market is now open in Kolkata’s Patuli area in West Bengal.Set up by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority, the market functions solely on boats at the lake in Patuli, where shopkeepers sell fruits, vegetables, fish among other produce. The floating market is 500 meters long and 60 meters wide, around Rs 10 crore has been spent to develop the water body.

Rachel chosen for Cinematography Oscar

Rachel Morrison, became the first woman to receive an Oscar nomination for cinematography.She was nominated for her work on Dee Rees’ Mudbound for Netflix. This year, she’s nominated for the Academy Award in a competitive field that also includes Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049, Bruno Delbonnel for Darkest Hour, Hoyte Van Hoytema for Dunkirk and Dan Laustsen for The Shape of Water.

Moss that can remove lead from water

Scientists have identified a type of moss that can efficiently absorb a large amount of lead, providing a green alternative for decontaminating polluted water and soil.Lead-contaminated water is a serious environmental concern. Researchers from RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) in Japan conducted the research.

Ganga Gram Project launched

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched ‘Ganga Gram’ – a project for sanitation based integrated development of all 4470 villages along the River Ganga.The Ganga Gram Swachhta Sammelan was attended by more than 1400 delegates including 500 village sarpanches. Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is the nodal agency for implementation of the Ganga Gram Project.

‘The Shape of Water’ won Guild Award

The monster romance “The Shape of Water” took the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards.It is an honor that often predicts the best picture winner at the Oscars. The movie was directed by Guillermo del Toro.

17 Indian fishermen arrested in Pakistan

Seventeen Indian fishermen have been arrested for allegedly fishing in Pakistani waters and a court here remanded them into custody.Most of the fishermen belonged to Gujarat. The 17 Indian fishermen were arrested for fishing in Pakistan’s territorial waters, according to the Maritime Security Force. The arrests come after the release of 145 Indian fishermen on December 28.

Solar-based irrigation schemes: Haryana

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar directed the state irrigation department to implement the integrated solar-based micro irrigation scheme in all districts of Haryana.Mr. Khattar has constituted a committee headed by Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency chairman to form a strategy to execute this scheme.This scheme will save electricity and water.

Spider named after Bob Marley

Scientists have named new water adapted species of spider after Bob Marley, as a homage to his famous song “High tide or low tide.”The species of water-adapted spider was first discovered in the year 2009, when the sea along the coastline of Queensland in Australia receded and revealed the population of spider.
The study was published in the Evolutionary Systematic journal.

Amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight

China’s domestically developed AG600, world’s largest amphibious aircraft performed its maiden flight from an airport on the shores of South China Sea. It is roughly the size of Boeing Co 737 & is designed to carry out marine rescue & battle forest fires. It can carry 50 people during maritime search & rescue missions & can scoop up 12 metric tons of water within 20 sec for fire fighting trips

Introduction of NESIDS till March 2020

Cabinet has approved the introduction of new Central Sector Scheme of “North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme” (NESIDS) from 2017-18.It will fill up the gaps in creation of infrastructure in specified sectors till March, 2020.NESIDS will broadly cover Physical infrastructure relating to water supply, power, connectivity and specially the projects promoting tourism.

India’s first mobile food testing lab

Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar will soon launch India’s ‘first’ mobile food testing laboratory.The vehicle is equipped to conduct on-the-spot tests to check the food quality & will also check the hygiene level of water. The results can be received within 15 minutes.The mobile lab will do away with need to get the food samples to the FDA laboratory near Panaji for tests.

India’s 1st offshore desalination plant

Scientists from NIOT will build India’s first offshore desalination plant about 40km from the Chennai coast. The capacity of the plant will be 10 million liters of water per day. The plant will operate on Low-Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD), a low cost and environment-friendly technology to get potable water.

National Rural Drinking Water Programme

Cabinet has accorded its approval for continuation and restructuring of National Rural Drinking Water Programme. The scheme was launched to ensure good quality service delivery to the rural population. The restructuring will make the programme flexible and will enable the Ministry towards to reach the goal of increasing coverage of sustainable Piped Water Supply.

Srirangam temple wins UNESCO award

Srirangam temple of Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu has won the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Merit 2017 for cultural heritage conservation. The use of traditional methods in renovating temple and re-establishment of rainwater harvesting and historic drainage system were the main reasons behind getting the award. It has become the first temple in Tamil Nadu to be given the prestigious award.

9th global green film festival in Delhi

The 9th edition of ‘CMS Vatavaran’, a global film festival on environment and wildlife, will begin on November 2, 2017, in Delhi. 113 films, including 4 films from Kashmir, will be showcased during this five-day film festival, ‘CMS Vatavaran’. The theme of CMS Vatavaran is “Conservation 4 Water”. The aim of this festival is to spread awareness about water conservation and sensitize people.

AIIB grants Rs. 13,000 cr loan to AP

China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank approved USD 2 million loans (Rs. 13,000 crores) for five projects in Andhra Pradesh. Five projects for which the loan has been granted includes two projects of roads and buildings department. One project each of rural safe drinking water department and municipal and urban development department one project of Panchayat Raj department.

OPV Vikram, handed over to Coast Guard

An offshore patrol vessel (OPV), entirely developed in-house by Larsen and Toubro and the country’s first-ever such defence craft to be built in a private shipyard, was handed over to the Coast Guard. The vessel is named as “Vikram”. This is the first of the seven vessels for which the Rs 1,432-crore contract was made.

World’s oldest astrolabe found

A navigation tool recovered from a ship of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, that guided ships to India in the 16th century, has been confirmed as the world’s oldest astrolabe (maritime navigation tool). The object was recovered by Blue Water Recovery, from the wreck of the ship Esmeralda, that sank in the Indian Ocean in 1503. The astrolabe is a bronze disc of 17.5 cm in diameter.

ITS Ship Visit JAKARTA

IN Ships Tir, Sujata, Shardul, and ICGS Sarathi are visiting Jakarta, Indonesia from 18 to 22 Oct 17. The visit is aimed to expose the trainees to the conduct of IN warship in foreign waters, port familiarisation and foster bridges of friendship between the two countries. The ships belong to the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy functioning under the Southern Naval Command.

Aerial survey of Tapi

To meet the demand of potable water in future, the Surat Municipal Corporation started a heliborne survey of Tapi riverbed and its banks. The SMC has thus become the first civic body in the country to carry out a scientific study to find out potable water. Through this survey, scanning will be done around 500 m beneath the riverbed to identify and locate confined and saturated aquifer.

India Water Week 2017

President Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated India Water Week 2017 on October 10, 2017 in New Delhi. About 1500 delegates from India and 13 other countries will attend the five day international event. The theme of India Water Week – 2017 is “Water and Energy for Inclusive Growth”.

2-day world conference on environment

The National Green Tribunal will hold a two-day world conference on environment in the national capital from November 3. The conference will be held in association with the United Nations Environment Programme, the Asian Development Bank, the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the Ministry of Water Resources. The National Green Tribunal is headed by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.

Committee for North Eastern Region

The Government has constituted a committee for proper management of the water resources in the North Eastern Region under the Chairmanship of Vice-Chairman, Niti Aayog. This is a sequel to the Modi’s visit to Guwahati in August this year to review the flood situation and relief work in the North Eastern States. Committee would facilitate optimising benefits of appropriate water management.

Allahabad to have Turtle Sanctuary

In order to protect the rich aquatic biodiversity of river Ganga from escalating anthropogenic pressures a Turtle sanctuary is built in Allahabad. The Sanctuary along with a River Biodiversity Park at Sangam have been approved under Namami Gange programme. The project would include development of River Biodiversity Park at Sangam and establishment of a Turtle Rearing Centre.

National waterway on Krishna River

Vice president Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone of the 2,890-km National Waterway-4 at Amravati in Andhra Pradesh. The first phase involves development of a water channel from Muktyala to Vijayawada on Krishna river along with 4 floating terminals and 3 fixed terminals to handle cargo operations. The project will provide efficient logistics solution to boost economic growth of region

Odisha government creating land bank

Odisha Government is creating a 1.2 lakh acre land bank across the state which will be allocated for industrial use and purposes. The bank is being created to cut red tape and pre-emptively settle local issues. It is a plug and play kind of model wherein the facilities related to water, power, roads and all clearances are in place and companies need to only make the payment of base premium.

INS Tarasa commissioned into Indian Navy

INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft has been commissioned into the Indian Navy It is 50 m long & powered by 3 waterjets which give it speeds of over 35 knots It is armed with a 30 mm main gun indigenously built & a no. of medium & heavy machine guns to undertake coastal defence operations It is the 2nd ship of Indian Navy to be named INS Tarasa. The 1st was in service from 1999 to 2014

Modi dedicates Sardar Sarovar Dam

17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the Sardar Sarovar Dam, almost 56 years after its foundation stone was laid. The foundation stone of the dam was laid on 5 April 1961 by the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. The dam on the river Narmada has been described as ‘Gujarat’s lifeline’ as it aims to provide drinking water to 131 urban centres and 9,633 villages.

Swachhta Hi Seva campaign

Centre will launch a nation-wide, fortnight-long sanitation campaign to highlight govt’s flagship cleanliness initiative Swachh Bharat Mission. The initiative, which is being coordinated by ministry of drinking water & sanitation, will include ‘sharamdaan’ or voluntary work & will focus on mass mobilisation. The campaign will be launched by President Kovind from Ishworiganj village in Kanpur

Inland Water Transportation Summit

Kochi will host the 5th edition of Coastal Shipping & Inland Water Transportation Business Summit 2017. The summit will be an initiative to explore immense potential of coastal shipping & waterways as well as an effort to build a shared commitment. It will create a platform to discuss various topics such as Indian Coastal Shipping & Inland Water Transport: Policies, Current Updates & Vision.

Foundation for smart city project

Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone of Greenfield Smart City at Ranchi in Jharkhand. The Greenfield Smart City will cost Rs. 10,000 crore and will also have 16,000 residential flats for 70,000 residents. The smart city will have modern transport system, world class education hub, 24 hours water and electricity, wi-fi, public toilets at every 200 meters and will be carbon free zone.

Water ATM in Hyderabad

Safe Water Network, an international NGO has partnered with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to launch water ATMs, providing affordable, 24×7 safe water access in Hyderabad. A total of 200 ATMs will be set up to reach a targetted 150,000 people. Consumers can collect water that is affordably priced at Rs. 1 per glass, Rs. 2 per litre, Rs. 5 per 10 litres, and
Rs. 10 per 20 litres.

Foundation stone of SAUNI Yojana

President Kovind laid the foundation stone of 2nd phase of link IV pipeline canal of Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation Yojana in Rajkot. The project is aimed at bringing waters of Narmada River to reservoir of parched Saurashtra region. SAUNI was launched with the objective of filling 115 dams by diverting floodwater overflowing from Sardar Sarovar Dam across Narmada river to drought areas

Fuel from sunlight, water

Scientists have developed an artificial leaf that absorb sunlight to generate hydrogen fuel from water Device consists of semiconductors stacked in a manner to simulate natural leaf system. When visible light strikes semiconductors, electrons move in 1 direction producing electric current. The current almost instantaneously splits water into hydrogen which is one of the cleanest forms of fuel

Task force for Namami Gange

Nitin Gadkari, who assumed additional charge of water resources has announced formation of an inter-ministerial task force to expedite implementation of Namami Gange mission Task force is expected to have ministers & officials from water resources, urban development, drinking water & sanitation among others on board Aim is of NMCG is to clean Ganga & its tributaries in a comprehensive manner

TRAPPIST-1 planets likely to have water

The Earth-sized planets orbiting the TRAPPIST-1 dwarf star may have substantial amounts of water and could be habitable. They had used Hubble Space Telescope, a joint project of European Space Agency & NASA. The seven Earth-sized planets (named TRAPPIST-1b, c, d, e, f, g and h) were discovered in 2017.

Atomic Fuel Reserve in Kazakhstan

International Atomic Energy Agency’s Low Enriched Uranium Bank is all set to open this week in Kazakhstan. The reserve is a “mechanism of last resort” for situations in which a UN member nation cannot access fuel by the usual means. The reserve will store 90 tons of low-enriched uranium, the essential ingredient needed to make the fuel for light-water nuclear reactors.

Water as propellant for tiny satellites

Engineers at Purdue University in US have designed & tested a micro propulsion system that uses liquid water as a propellant for orbital manoeuvring of tiny satellites called CubeSats. Pure water is chosen since it is green, safe, easy to use & free from the risk of contaminating sensitive instruments. CubeSats are poised to take over the sky in the future to carry out imaging & remote-sensing.

Sanwar Lal Jat passes away

BJP’s Member of Parliament from Ajmer and former Union minister Prof Sanwar Lal Jat passed away in New Delhi. He was member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly for five terms. He also served as Minister in the Rajasthan Government thrice. He served as Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation till July last year.

Maharashtra to raise $270 million

2030 Water Resources Group will help Maharashtra Govt raise $270mn from Green Climate Fund. Funds will be invested in integrated watershed programmes such as Jalyukt Shivar Yojana. Approvals for raising money will take place in 2018 & could take a year to get the funding. WRG along with Mah. Govt launched Water Resources Multi-Stakeholder Platform to address critical water resources challenges

DRDO’s black box

DRDO has developed an ejectable black box for planes which will eject from an aircraft when it sinks after an accident & will get activated after coming in contact with water. It is Developed as part of Make in India initiative, is aimed for use on planes & submarines. It can help in situations like AN32 crash where in spite of using deep-sea probes, authorities were not able to trace debris

IOB goes live with Bharat Bill Payment

29 : Indian Overseas Bank has started to offer Bharat Bill Payment System for its customers. BBPS is an integrated bill payment system that offers inter-operable online bill payments to customers. The services include online payments of electricity, telecommunication, DTH, water and gas bills. IOB is one of the three public sector banks to get approval from RBI for providing the service.

World’s 1st fullscale floating wind farm

World’s 1st full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland. It will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for current conventional bottom-standing turbines. 5 turbines will be installed which will provide 30MW of energy, enough to power 20000 homes. Each turbine is 175m high & weighs 11500 tonnes, using a large buoy to keep upright.

IRCTC to install 100 vending machines

Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation plans to install 1100 water vending machines at 450 stations in 2017-2018 to ensure clean drinking water at low cost across the country. A glass of 300 ml water dispensed through these machines will cost just Rs. 1. Water is dispensed through Reverse Osmosis in these machines. It will help in generating employment for around 2,000 people.

Free water, toilets at Metro stations

Lucknow Metro stations will be the 1st in India to provide free drinking water at all 21 metro stations of North-South metro corridor. Stations will have a kiosk providing purified, chilled water to commuters free. Lucknow Metro is also going to provide free toilet facility at each of its stations. These will be available only for commuters who pay using token or the Go-Smart card.

Scientists create artificial silk

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed super-stretchy and strong artificial spider silk, almost entirely composed of water. The fibres of the synthetic spider silk are spun from hydrogel, a soupy material which is 98% water & remaining 2% of the hydrogel is made of naturally available silica and cellulose. The silk can support stresses in the range of 100-150 megapascals.

Minerals found in Indian waters

Scientists from the Geological Survey of India have discovered the presence of millions of tonnes of precious metals and minerals deep under the waters that surround peninsular India. It was first identified off Mangaluru, Chennai, Mannar Basin, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and around Lakshadweep in early 2014. 3 research vessels — Ratnakar, Kaustabh and Saudikama carried out the research.

First Maize based Mega Food Park

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industry laid the foundation stone for 1st Maize based Mega Food Park in Kapurthala, Punjab. It is a major step for containing desertification problem of Punjab and would make farmers turn to maize cultivation which need less water for more production. It will provide employment to 5,000 persons & benefit about 25,000 farmers.

India’s largest fresh water aquarium

Jharkhand Chief Minister has inaugurated India’s largest fresh water aquarium in Bhagwan Birsa Munda Biodiversity Park premises and laying the foundation stone for the upcoming Eco Park at Ormanjhi in Ranchi. It houses over 1,500 fishes from 120 fish species displayed in 58 fish tanks. It is built at a cost of ` 5.67 crore

India and Netherlands sign 3 agreements

India and the Netherlands have signed three agreements, including a memorandum of understanding on water cooperation. India and Netherlands signed MoU’s on Cultural Cooperation and on Water Cooperation and an agreement on Amending Social Security Arrangement. The two countries are marking the 70th anniversary of establishment of their diplomatic ties this year.

India’s first canal top solar PV system

NTPC has energised 150 kWp canal top solar PV System on cooling water channel inside power station premises at its 2,320 MW, Mouda Thermal Power Project, near Nagpur. This novel Solar PV system makes use of side walls of CW channels as load bearing structure thereby significantly decreasing cost of civil and mounting structure. It also helps in conserving land and water.

UN holds first Ocean Conference

United Nations held its first-ever Ocean Conference to renew member nations’ commitment to combatting rising sea levels, pollution, and harmful fishing practices for the protection of world’s waterways. The conference ended with the adoption by consensus of a ’14-point Call for Action’ to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.