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1,000 MW in new power plants up for grabs

Aug 08, 2017 The Power and Energy Ministry has begun the process of procuring power up to 1,000 MW to meet the demands of the Long-Term Generation Expansion Plan (LTGEP). Under pressure from the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka to launch the long-term generation plan and thereby avoid a shortage, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has drawn up plans to call for bids for a number of renewable plants as well as a barge-mounted Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) plant. The 13 plants in total are to be commissioned by the beginning of 2020.
 

No power in 70% Meghalaya schools

Aug 08, 2017 Meghalaya, once classified as a power-surplus state, now has several schools that are “powerless”, according to data in School Education in India. The document, School Education in India: 2015-16, is based on data collected during Unified District Information System for Education (U-DISE) 2015-16. It is published by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi, and based on the data received from 1.52 million schools spread across 680 districts in 36 states and Union Territories.
 

Saying a big ‘no’ to plastic straws, a ‘yes’ for planet

Aug 08, 2017 The fact that a plastic straw that you use to sip a beverage and casually throw away,This is what has triggered a global outrage against straws and other use-and-throw plastic products. “There is a major challenge to collect plastic waste in the city, as at the segregation stage itself the plastics go off to the informal sector that may not value small items like plastic straws. As a result, the plastic straws, made of polypropylene (PP), end up in the city’s landfills or lakes,”
 

Kaggadasapura lake, residents ‘take the plunge’

Aug 08, 2017 After being fed up with by government apathy, some residents of Kaggadasapura have now decided to clean up the dying Kaggadasapura lake themselves. The residents, equipped with safety harnesses like gloves, gum boots and raft, swung into action to clean the lake and its surroundings.
 

The conflict between big cats and humans in Guwahati

Aug 08, 2017 Each time the rain ends in Assam, wild animals come out of their dens and into the direct line of fire of their worst enemy — man. Every year, the State Forest Department rescues five or six elephants and leopards in and around Guwahati city, though no reliable data on leopard attacks on human beings or livestock can be found. The leopard-man conflict is mainly confined to the hilly areas. In the past 10 years, more than 50 of these big cats have either been captured or killed in the city.
 

Rise in number of farmers opting for crop insurance in Vijayapura

Aug 08, 2017 With the district staring at another possible drought owing to deficient rainfall, the number of farmers applying for crop insurance has gone up substantially. Farmers reason that if they face drought this year too, at least insurance would help tide them over.
 

Heavy rain drowns Dhaka again

Aug 02, 2017 The storm-water drainage system of Dhaka is in a shambles and the capital’s residents were reminded of that yet again after one and a half hours rain inundated many busy thoroughfares. Dhaka witnessed 24-mm rainfall from 1:27pm to 3:00pm, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department told The Daily Star. Some of the busiest roads in the city’s Motijheel, Karwan Bazar, Fakirapool and Kakoli went underwater in the rains.
 

Nabbed poachers back to old ways

Aug 02, 2017 At a time when rhino poaching in Assam has been catching national and international headlines, many of the arrested notorious and habitual poachers are going back to their old ways due to poor conviction rates. Official records available with The Sentinel has revealed that 20 poachers were caught in 2011, followed by 46 in 2012, 89 in 2013, 55 in 2014, 99 in 2015 and 25 up to May in 2016. A total of 182 poachers were arrested in between June, 2016 to January, 2017,” a source in the State Forest department told this newspaper.
 

WATER, STREET LIGHTS, POWER FINALLY IN SITE

Aug 02, 2017 The BDA will spend Rs 1,320 cr to develop Kempe Gowda Layout after it was accused of allotting sites without providing basic infrastructure. After being accused of not providing required amenities in the newly formed Nadaprabhu Kempe Gowda Layout, the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has now floated a tender for utility development and management in the layout on a design, build and operate basis.
 

Green tips for children

Aug 02, 2017 The civic body today organised a special workshop with the help of Bhubaneswar Urban Knowledge Center to create awareness on importance of segregation of waste at source. The center is a wing of the Bhubaneswar Development Authority meant for capacity building of the officials. It is a common platform among the major city authorities, and it mainly looks after capacity building of the planners.
 
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