Interlinking of Rivers Project in India – Explained, Pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction The funding and implementation of the Ken-Betwa river inter-linking project, a part of national river linking project (NRLP), has been approved by the Union Cabinet at a cost of ₹44,605 crore. The Ken-Betwa project has the status of a national project, as the Centre will contribute 90% of the cost.… Continue reading Interlinking of Rivers Project in India – Explained, Pointwise

“Sardar Sarovar Dam” provides irrigation water in summer for the first time in history

What is the News? Sardar Sarovar Dam usually has no water for irrigation during summers. However, for the first time in history, the dam has been filled with Narmada water.  About Sardar Sarovar Dam: Sardar Sarovar Narmada Dam is a terminal dam built on the Narmada river at Kevadia in Gujarat’s Narmada district. The dam… Continue reading “Sardar Sarovar Dam” provides irrigation water in summer for the first time in history

“Mekedatu Project” – A Panel to investigate charges of illegal construction

What is the News? The National Green Tribunal(NGT) has formed a committee to investigate the alleged violation of norms in the construction of the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river. The NGT has also directed the panel to submit a report on or before July 5. About Mekedatu Project: Mekedatu project is a balancing reservoir… Continue reading “Mekedatu Project” – A Panel to investigate charges of illegal construction

High Mercury level Found in Rivers linked to Greenland’s Glacial Meltwaters

What is the News? According to a study published in Nature Geoscience, Greenland’s glacial meltwaters have unusually high levels of mercury. About the study: Researchers from the Florida State University have analyzed the meltwater rivers. These rivers receive substantial amounts of water from the Greenland ice sheet. The samples were filtered to remove any sediment… Continue reading High Mercury level Found in Rivers linked to Greenland’s Glacial Meltwaters

Impact of Groundwater Depletion on Cropping Intensity

Sypnosis: An International team conducted a study to understand the impact of Groundwater depletion on Cropping Intensity in India. About the study: The International team studied the impact of groundwater depletion on cropping intensity in India. It analysed India’s three main irrigation types of winter cropped areas: dug wells, tube wells, canals. It also analyzed… Continue reading Impact of Groundwater Depletion on Cropping Intensity

Concerns Associated to Ken-Betwa Link project

Synopsis –The Ken-Betwa link project raised serious concerns about the project’s benefits and the massive environmental impact it would have.  Introduction- On World Water Day (March 22nd), MP and UP signed a tripartite agreement with the Centre to introduce the Ken-Betwa link Project (KBLP). But the project will have a significant environmental impact, and its… Continue reading Concerns Associated to Ken-Betwa Link project

“Chilika Lake” was a part of the Bay of Bengal: Study

What is the News? According to a study by the National Institute of Oceanography(NIO), Chilika lake was once a part of the Bay of Bengal. About Chilika Lake: Chilika Lake is Asia’s largest brackish water lake located in the State of Odisha. A narrow spit separates it from the Bay of Bengal. Click Here to… Continue reading “Chilika Lake” was a part of the Bay of Bengal: Study

Water conservation is must for preventing another pandemic

Synopsis: NITI Aayog has expressed concerns over the poor water quality in India. This gives a conducive environment for the spread of another pandemic through the water. Thus, it requires an effective mechanism for water conservation. Background: NITI Aayog, Water Aid, and others have found that over 70% of India’s surface and groundwater is contaminated… Continue reading Water conservation is must for preventing another pandemic

What is the “Ken-Betwa Link Project”?

What is the News? Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh signed a memorandum of agreement to implement the Ken Betwa Link Project(KBLP). About Ken-Betwa Link Project: Ken-Betwa Link Project is the first project under the National Perspective Plan for the interlinking of rivers. Under this project, water from the Ken River will be… Continue reading What is the “Ken-Betwa Link Project”?

Initiatives under ‘Namami Gange Programme’

What is the News? The Government of India is currently implementing several initiatives under the Namami Gange Programme to clean the polluted rivers of Ganga. Namami Gange Programme: Launched in: The Programme was launched in 2014. It is an Integrated Conservation Mission under the Ministry of Jal Shakti. Aim: To achieve effective abatement of pollution,… Continue reading Initiatives under ‘Namami Gange Programme’

Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill 2021- Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha passed the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Amendment Bill,2021. The MMDR Bill 2021 seeks to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. This bill is expected to be the watershed moment in the development of mines and minerals in India.  In this article,… Continue reading Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill 2021- Explained, Pointwise

116th meeting of the “Permanent Indus Commission(PIC)”

What is the News? India and Pakistan will hold the 116th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission(PIC) in New Delhi. They will discuss water sharing issues and address each other’s concerns with the Indus Water Treaty. About Permanent Indus Commission(PIC): The Permanent Indus Commission is a bilateral commission of officials from India and Pakistan. It… Continue reading 116th meeting of the “Permanent Indus Commission(PIC)”

PM launched Jal Shakti Abhiyan: ‘Catch the Rain’ campaign

What is the News? The Prime Minister has launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain campaign on World Water Day. About Catch the Rain Campaign: Catch the Rain is a Jan Andolan campaign. It aims to take water conservation at the grass-roots level through people’s participation. The campaign intends to accelerate water conservation across… Continue reading PM launched Jal Shakti Abhiyan: ‘Catch the Rain’ campaign

The emerging “Helium” crisis in India

What is the News? India imports the majority of helium for its domestic needs. However, the U.S appears to cut off exports of helium from 2021. Hence, the Indian industry may have to find an alternative. About Helium: Helium is a chemical element with the symbol He and atomic number 2. It is a colourless,… Continue reading The emerging “Helium” crisis in India

Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Amendment Act, 2021

Introduced: The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on 15.03.2021 as a Government Bill (Ministry of Mines). Present Status: The Bill was passed in both the Houses and received President’s assent on 28.03.2021. The Act seeks to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. This act regulates the mining sector in India. Salient… Continue reading Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Amendment Act, 2021

SC orders Info. on Rule Curve for “Mullaperiyar Dam”

What is the News? The Supreme Court orders the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary to give information on the ‘rule curve’ for the Mullaperiyar dam. It also directed the Supervisory Committee to issue directions or take steps to address the three core safety issues. What is Rule Curve? The ‘rule curve’ in a dam decides the… Continue reading SC orders Info. on Rule Curve for “Mullaperiyar Dam”

Centre reconstitutes “Committee on Saraswati river”

What is the news? The Central Government reconstitutes an advisory committee for studying the mythical Saraswati river for the next two years. The earlier panel’s term ended in 2019. About the Advisory Committee on Saraswati River: The Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) had first set up the Advisory Committee for the Study of the River Saraswati… Continue reading Centre reconstitutes “Committee on Saraswati river”

China’s plans for new dams on Brahmaputra River- Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The Chinese government’s new five-year plan(2021-2025) is about to approve the construction of dams in the lower stretch of the Brahmaputra River (Yarlung Zangbo in China). It is a matter of serious concern for the lower riparian states namely India and Bangladesh. The move is expected to give China an edge in International diplomacy… Continue reading China’s plans for new dams on Brahmaputra River- Explained, Pointwise

China Approves Dam Building on “Brahmaputra River”

What is the news? Chinese Government approves dam-building on Brahmaputra river under its draft of the New Five year plan (2021-2025). What does the five-year plan provide? The New Five-year plan approves the dams to be built on the lower reaches of the Brahmaputra river. The river is also known as Yarlung Zangbo in Tibet.… Continue reading China Approves Dam Building on “Brahmaputra River”

“M-Sand Policy” a policy to promote manufactured sand

Why in News? The Rajasthan government has brought a policy on manufactured sand (M-sand). It will provide an industry status to the units producing manufactured sand for construction work. It will reduce the dependence on riverbed sand. Facts: What is Manufactured Sand(M-Sand)? Manufactured sand (M-Sand) is a substitute of river sand for concrete construction. It… Continue reading “M-Sand Policy” a policy to promote manufactured sand

Ensuring Intergenerational Equity in Mining in India 

Synopsis:  For ensuring Intergenerational Equity, it is important to ensure availability of resources for future generation. For this, sustainable mining should be ensured.   Introduction   India’s National Mineral Policy 2019 states that “natural resources, including minerals, are a shared inheritance where the state is the trustee on behalf of the people to make sure that future generations receive the… Continue reading Ensuring Intergenerational Equity in Mining in India 

India finds a small deposits of lithium in Karnataka

News: Preliminary surveys by the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research(AMD) are learnt to have shown the presence of 1,600 tonnes of lithium resources in the igneous rocks of the Margalla-Allapatna region of Karnataka’s Mandya district. Facts: Lithium: It is a chemical element with the symbol Li and atomic number 3. It is a… Continue reading India finds a small deposits of lithium in Karnataka

Arunachal harbours a Vanadium source

News: Geological Survey of India(GSI) has found concentrations of vanadium in the palaeo-proterozoic carbonaceous phyllite rocks in the Depo and Tamang areas of Papum Pare district in Arunachal Pradesh. This was the first report of a primary deposit of vanadium in India. Facts: Vanadium: It is a chemical element with the symbol V and atomic… Continue reading Arunachal harbours a Vanadium source

30 Indian cities will face ‘water risk’ by 2050: Water Risk Filter analysis report

News: World Wildlife Fund(WWF) has released the Water Risk Filter analysis report. Facts: Water Risk Filter: It is an online tool co-developed by the WWF that helps evaluate the severity of risk places faced by graphically illustrating various factors that can contribute to water risk. Key Takeaways: Water Risk: 100 cities that hold importance in… Continue reading 30 Indian cities will face ‘water risk’ by 2050: Water Risk Filter analysis report

Scientists excavate ‘Ancient River’ in Uttar Pradesh

News: The Jal Shakti Ministry has excavated an old, dried-up river in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) that linked the Ganga and Yamuna rivers. Facts: About the river: The “ancient buried river” is around 4 km wide, 45 km long, consisted of a 15metre-thick layer buried under soil. It joins the Yamuna River at Durgapur village, about… Continue reading Scientists excavate ‘Ancient River’ in Uttar Pradesh