Newspaper GIST


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Chinese telecom products vulnerable, says Mehrishi

Red flags raised over backing: Outgoing Home Secretary
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99% of demonetised note returned, says RBI report

Confiscation of money was never the objective of the exercise: Arun Jaitley
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Aadhaar can be linked to schemes by December 31: Centre to SC

Also the same deadline for linking bank accounts
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Tireless service of Margao’s women coolies immortalized in steel

Life size stainless steel sculpture of a Bhadel installed in Goa’s capital to pay tribute to practitioners of the dying trade
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IRNSS-1H set for launch on Thursday

Industry co-built regional navigation satellite will back up, replace first of series
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Editorial: Après le déluge

Mumbai’s flood shows the need to improve infrastructure and protocols in urban centres
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BRICS off the wall By Suhasini Haidar

How India and China repair ties at the Xiamen summit will determine the future of BRICS itself
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Powering aspirational India By R. B. Grover

Much more investment is needed to increase the use of low-carbon energy sources
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Rainbow of possibilities by Danish Sheikh

The privacy judgement can be uses to push for queer rights in spaces beyond the scrapping of Section 377
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Single life: Why go to school? By Prasanth Perumal J.

Economic freedom has a substantial positive impact on building up human capital
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Bloomberg-aided NGOs lose licence

‘Lobbying violated FCRA norms’


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Managing embankments by Nirmalya Choudhury

This year, Assam, Bihar and West Bengal are devastated by the heavy floods. In Assam, particularly, the heavy flood takes lives of more than hundred peoples. Flood not only destroyed agricultural lands by covering sands, but also disturbed the sanitation process and contaminated water that produce water-borne diseases. The standard system of flood protection in India is embankments, but there are miserably failed to protect the people. In this scenario, Nirmalya Chodhury discusses the alternatives for flood protections in his article ‘Managing embankments’. An embankment is an uplifted earthen structure constructed along the river channel to artificially reduce the size of the floodplains by constricting floodwaters to a narrow stretch. The land outside the embankment is supposed to be safe from floods. However, these embankments are frequently broken and flooded the so-called ‘safe’ areas regularly. Choudhury’s study revealed that families inhabited inside the embankment are vulnerable to floods and riverbank erosion while families lived in outside of embankment (the so-called ‘safe’ areas) is prone to extended periods of inundation. This is happened because of the blockage in the drainage lines, the dysfunctional regulators in the embankments, or when there is a backflow of the larger river in spate. The embankments are commonly managed by irrigation or flood-control departments in flood- affected states. However, Choudhury argued that to stop the devastating effect of floods because of the embankments breach, the communities near the embankments should be involved in the management of embankments. He suggests few directives for participatory embankment management: • State has to create an environment to incentivize collective action from the community. • The community-based organizations (embankment management committees) should be empowered to earn revenue from the embankments through levying tolls (as most embankments are also used as roads) and undertake plantation activities and can sale of the harvest. • The inside inhabitants of the embankments should be gets a greater share of the revenue so they will put off from breaching the embankments. • The local embankment management committees could should engaged as a partner in implementation or work as a monitoring agency when the irrigation or flood-control departments issue tenders for periodic maintenance activity. • Payment to contractors could be conditioned upon a joint inspection by the irrigation department and the embankment management committees

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