Green firecracker norms may rob Sivakasi's sparkle



Some experts opine that green crackers are yet not practical and question government’s move to promote them.



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India's toilet challenge



‘India’s achievement will go a long way in the world meeting its Sustainable Development Goals of universal coverage to toilets and safe disposal of excreta. However, this success must be made sustainable – it must last. This is where the big risk lies, says Sunita Narain.



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66m of Indian Internet users are children of 5-11 age



Overall, India had 451 million internet users at the end of March this year, second only to China in terms of monthly active internet users, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) said in its report titled ‘India Internet 2019’.



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Kharif crop: No major production loss seen



However, the estimates could change in the coming months, as full impact of excess rainfall and floods on the standing soybean and urad crops in central and western India in late August and September has not yet been fully taken into account.



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Water to all households will need Rs 70,000 cr a year



‘The Jal Jeevan Mission would require services ranging from groundwater recharge, pumping, small-scale water treatment facilities, piping, metering for flow/usage measurement, and most importantly, training and communication of local communities, and social and environmental audit of projects.



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SoBo's Tardeo is India's costliest residential area



Worli and Mahalaxmi in Mumbai Metropolitan Region are placed at second and third positions with average housing prices of Rs 41,500 and Rs 40,000 per sq ft, respectively.



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'We are overdrawing water, depleting aquifers'



Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has the task of bringing clean tap water to all households by 2024.



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States keen on linking central grants with reforms



The high-level panel also asked the government to work towards re-orienting subsidies in a targeted manner from the crop sector to the non-crop sector and redesign the electronic National Agriculture Market.



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