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Chitale Committee recommends measures for desiltation of river Ganga

Chitale Committee recommends measures for desiltation  of  river Ganga

New Delhi, May 19 (UNI) The Chitale Committee on Desiltation of Ganga has recommended a slew of measures including study of reach-wise sediment transport processes along with establishing annual sediment budgets to guide desilting activities and entrusting a technical institute to conduct sediment budget, morphological and flood routing studies that would examine and confirm the necessity of the de-silting of the reach under consideration. The committee was constituted in July 2016 by the Ministry of Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation under the chairmanship of Madhav Chitale. It was formed to prepare guidelines for desiltation of Ganga from Bhimgauda in Uttarakhand to Farakka in West Bengal. According to a statement, the committee was asked to establish difference between desilting and sand mining and also establish need for desilting for ecology and e-flow of the Ganga. The committee in its report said erosion, sediment transport and siltation were very complex phenomena. It was impossible to apply a "one-size-fits-all" approach to sediment management and control, because the issues involved were frequently regional specific. Local factors such as topography, river control structures, soil and water conservation measures, tree cover, and riparian land-use or land disturbance could have a large impact on sediment loads in rivers. River control structures such as reservoirs, soil conservation measures and sediment control programmes could cause downstream sediment loads to decrease, while factors like land disturbance could cause increased sediment loads. At the same time, indiscriminate de-siltation works might result into more harm to ecology and environment flow. There was a need to evolve guidelines, better broad principles, which should be kept in mind while planning and implementing de-silting works. The report also said that erosion, sediment transport and siltation in large rivers like Ganga were very complex phenomena and their estimation had inherent limitations and uncertainties. A reconnaissance of main river Ganga on Google earth map revealed that different reaches were in a dynamic equilibrium phase. Sedimentation was mainly seen downstream of Bhimgauda barrage and near the confluences of tributary rivers with Ganga. More UNI RBE SNU 2314

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SC rejects plea of pregnant woman seeking to appear in LLB exams

SC rejects plea of pregnant woman seeking to appear in LLB exams

23 May 2018 | 4:15 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (UNI) The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the petition of a pregnant woman seeking its direction to sit in her LLB examination.

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Cabinet approves MoU between India and Turkey on trade in poppy

23 May 2018 | 4:07 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (UNI) The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Turkey on trade in poppy seeds to ensure quick and transparent processing for import of poppy seeds from Turkey.

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Suspected IM ultra, Fasih Mahmood, bail plea: Apex court seeks Delhi Police response

Suspected IM ultra, Fasih Mahmood, bail plea: Apex court seeks Delhi Police response

23 May 2018 | 4:06 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (UNI) The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to Delhi police on a bail plea filed by suspected Indian Mujahideen member, Fasih Mahmood, in connection with his alleged involvement in an illegal arms factory case.

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IAF’s Cheetah chopper crashes in J&K

IAF’s Cheetah chopper crashes in J&K

23 May 2018 | 3:51 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (UNI) A Cheetah helicopter of the Indian Air Force crash landed at Jammu and Kashmir's Natha Top on Wednesday.

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Cong to observe May 26 as 'Betrayal Day'  & highlight misgovernance of Modi Govt

Cong to observe May 26 as 'Betrayal Day' & highlight misgovernance of Modi Govt

23 May 2018 | 3:50 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (UNI) As the Modi Government at the Centre completes four years of its rule on May 26, the Congress will observe the day as 'betrayal day' and organise press conferences, dharnas and protests across the country to highlight the misgovernance of the Government on all fronts and its failure to fulfil the promises made to various sections of society during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

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