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Bihar sets 2019 as target to free state of open defecation

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 19:27

The Bihar government today admitted it has fallen way behind its target of constructing toilets and said a roadmap was being prepared to make the state free from open defecation by 2019.

Remove dumped construction material from capital: NGT to DMRC

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 19:25

Taking a stern view on dumping of construction material in national capital by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, the National Green Tribunal today directed DMRC to ensure that all such materials be removed and taken to a designated site without any further delay.

Forest cover increases to 12.86 per cent in Bihar

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 19:21

Forest cover in Bihar has increased to 12.86 per cent even as extensive afforestation campaign was on to achieve the target of 15 per cent by 2017, state forest and environment minister P K Shahi said today.

Dredging can double fatal disease risks in corals: Study

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 19:19

A new study has revealed that coral reefs face more than twice as much coral disease risks at dredging sites than at control sites.

Not considering artificial rainmaking programme: Govt

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 19:02

The government is not considering any artificial rainfall/cloud seeding programmes with the help of state governments and commercial firms due to scarcity in rainfall, parliament was told Thursday.

67% rural households don`t have access to toilets: Govt

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 17:59

The government today said that over 67 per cent rural households of the country do not have access to toilets as per Census 2011 and that it will review the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) to accelerate the pace of sanitation coverage.

3 projects for interlinking of rivers identified: Govt

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 17:54

Government today said it has identified three projects for interlinking of rivers and all such initiatives will be taken only when the concerned state governments give their concurrence.

Ganga action plan may be extended to other rivers: Govt

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 17:49

The government today said that based on the outcome of the action plan on Ganga, it may extend it to other major rivers of the country.

Nagoya Protocol to help conserve biodiversity: Javadekar

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 17:42

The Nagoya Protocol, which will create incentives to conserve biodiversity, has received the required 50th instrument of ratification on July 14, India today said.

Dams reducing Indus river dolphin numbers

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 14:28

Removal of river water for irrigation and habitat fragmentation by irrigation dams are decreasing the number of Indus river dolphins, says a study.