Web Portal Launched for Star
Rating of Mines in India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
to inaugurate the key UN Summit on migratory species
EXTRACTION OF GROUNDWATER
Periodically assessed jointly
by Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) and State Governments
As per the 2017 assessment,
total Annual Ground Water Recharge is 432 Billion Cubic Meter (BCM) and
the Annual Extractable Ground Water Resource is 393 BCM.
The Annual Ground Water
Extraction for all uses is 249 BCM, out of which 221 BCM (89%) is for
irrigation use and 25 BCM (10%) is for domestic uses.
Out of the total 6881
assessment units (Block/ Taluks/ Mandals/ watersheds/ Firkas) in the
country, 1186 units in 17 States/UTs have been categorized as
‘Over-exploited’ where the Annual Ground Water Extraction is more than
Annual Extractable Ground Water Resource. India receives annual precipitation of about 3880 BCM (Billion Cubic
After accounting for
evaporation and evapo-transpiration etc., the average annual water
availability in the Country has been assessed as 1999.20 BCM as natural
It has been estimated that
owing to topographic, hydrological and other constraints, the utilizable
water is 1122 BCM which comprises of 690 BCM of surface water and 432 BCM
of total annual ground water recharge.
The Country has an estimated
live storage capacity of 257.812 BCM.
GODAVARI AND KAVERI RIVER
The draft Detailed Project
Report (DPR) of Godavari(Inchampalli / Janampet) – Cauvery (Grand Anicut)
link project consisting of 3 links viz., Godavari (Inchampalli/Janampet) –
Krishna (Nagarjunasagar), Krishna (Nagarjunasagar) – Pennar (Somasila) and
Pennar (Somasila) – Cauvery (Grand Anicut) link projects has been
completed by National Water Development Agency (NWDA)
As per the draft DPR, about
247 TMC can be diverted from Godavari river to Nagarjunsagar dam(through
lifting) and further south for meeting the demands of Krishna, Pennar and
As per the draft DPR, the
cost of the project has been estimated as Rs.60361 Crore at 2018-19 price
level by NWDA.
WEB PORTAL LAUNCHED FOR STAR
RATING OF MINES IN INDIA
In order to promote green,
safe and sustainable mining practices using technology as a tool, Ministry
of Coal (MoC) has launched a web portal for star rating of coal mines.
Based on the star ratings
obtained through a well-defined mechanism on this web portal, the highest
scoring mines in the country will be awarded in a public ceremony
All the mines will be given
an official certificate by the CCO mentioning their star rating and the
particular reporting year.
The mines that score from 91
to 100% will get 5 star, 81 to 90% 4 star, 71 to 80% 3 star, 61 to 70% 2
star, 41 to 60% 1 star and mines that score from 0 to 40% will get No star
on the portal as per laid down procedures of the Star Rating Policy for
Coal Mines in India.
This policy envisages 50
evaluation parameters in Opencast Mines and 47 in Underground Mines as
star rating criteria
PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI
TO INAUGURATE THE KEY UN SUMMIT ON MIGRATORY SPECIES
The 13th Conference of
Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species
of Wild Animals (CMS), an environmental treaty under the aegis of United
Nations Environment Programme, is going to be hosted by India during 17th
to 22nd February 2020 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
India shall be designated the
President for the next three years.
The Government of India is
Signatory to the Convention on Conservation of Migratory wild Animals
(CMS) since 1983
The Government of India has
been taking necessary actions to protect and conserve migratory marine
species. Seven species that include Dugong, Whale Shark, Marine Turtle
(two species), have been identified for preparation of Conservation and
Recovery Action Plan.
The Theme is Migratory
species connect the planet and we welcome them home.
“The CMS COP 13 logo is
inspired by ‘Kolam’, a traditional artform from southern India.
In the logo of CMS COP-13,
Kolam art form is used to depict key migratory species in India like Amur
falcon, humpback whale and marine turtles.
The mascot for CMS COP13,
“Gibi – The Great Indian Bustard” is a critically endangered species which
has been accorded the highest protection status under the Wildlife
Protection Act, 1972
The Indian sub-continent is
also part of the major bird flyway network, i.e., the Central Asian Flyway
(CAF) that covers areas between the Arctic and Indian Oceans, and covers
at least 279 populations of 182 migratory water bird species, including 29
globally threatened species.