The Varanasi district has launched an innovative campaign Swachhata Bandan to motivate people to construct toilets and gift them to their sisters on the Raksha Bandhan day. Villages at eight blocks of the district are running the campaign with rallies and a contest called "Bhai No. 1" to recognise men...
Over 11.5 million Indians are at a very high risk of fluorosis because they lack access to clean drinking water. The central ministry of health and family welfare has found that people living at 132 districts in 19 states with high groundwater fluoride content are at very high risk of...
Uttar Pradesh  will be the first state in India to work with Israel on water utility reforms, including drinking water supply, improving efficiency of usage and water conservation, after the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the country. UP Jal Nigam has signed an MoU with Israel's ministry of national...
Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture in Uttar Pradesh has developed a hybrid of Lucknow's Dussehri and Chausa varieties. Named CISH-M-2, it has the shape of Dussehri, but taste as the blend of both. The hybrid ripens at the end of the Dussehri season before Chausa hits the market. With a shelf...
While the National Blood Bank Policy 2002 discourages blood collection through replacement donors, data shows the practice is still high. The practice of family or relatives of a patient giving blood to replace the blood used for the patient is discouraged as it carries a higher risk of infection such...
A field experiment by researchers on off-grid solar power in Uttar Pradesh finds that the India’s kerosene subsidies may hold back the expansion of off-grid solar power in rural areas. The research group conducted a randomized controlled trial (RCT) on the energy access and socioeconomic benefits of an off-grid solar...
In Gorakpur of Uttar Pradesh, farmers revive traditional multi cropping systems, and find it helps them earn more money and make farming more resilient to erratic weather, according to a report in Down To Earth magazine. Under the initiative of Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG), a nonprofit based in eastern...
When it come to addressing severe acute malnutrition among children, counselling of parents and reference to the nearest primary health centre are more effective methods than providing packaged theraputic food items, shows a study. The recent study by doctors from AIIMS, Delhi, and the Sitaram Bharatiya Institute, titled `Survival and...
The National Green Tribunal has banned dumping any waste within half a kilometers of Ganga, and declared a non-construction zone of 100 meter on either side of the river, on a stretch between Haridwar and Unnao. The bench, headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said there will be a...
With 15 people killed in tiger attack last year alone, Pilbhit tiger reserve in Uttar Pradesh witnesses acute man-animal conflicts. The conflicts are often a result deliberate human attempts, as it is also a result of grim economic situation, shows reports. Declared a tiger reserve in 2008, Pilbhit saw the...

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