Hyderabad: Monsoon-dependent groundwater levels in the state have fallen by more than 11 metres in 2012. In 1988, the fall was a mere five metres and in 1998, it fell by seven metres.

Interestingly all this happened despite normal average rainfall in the past two decades. Sharing the aforementioned with this newspaper, Dr K. Venugopal, joint director of the AP Ground-water Department said that what is more alarming is that perennial resource of groundwater in the state is not only declining but has started drying up.

Jamshedpur: Uranium Corporation of India (UCIL), the sole domestic nuclear fuel provider to the country’s indigenously built nuclear reactors, is poised to start a giant uranium mining-cum-processing project in Kanampalle.

The company is already on the verge of completing its 3,000-tpd mine-cum-processing plant at Tummalapalle in Andhra Pradesh. To be taken up on full completion of the Tummalapalle expansion project, the neighbouring Kanampalle project is slated to be a “very, very big” project of around 6,000 tpd, three times the size of its largest and most modern 2,000-tpd Narwapahar mine.

With no rain or dust, November was one of the better months for solar power plants in the country

The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) recently released data of power generation from solar plants constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) for November. And the results span from very good to dismal. November means short days for the solar plants, but according to Vineet Mittal, managing director of Welspun Energy, a solar power developer: “November is one of the better months with no rain or dust and with lower temperatures, closer to the conditions they are made for, increasing output from the cells.”

The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to cancel the 8,848 acres of land allotted to the Lepakshi Knowledge Hub (LKH), which had proposed to set up a multi-sector industrial park project in Anantapur district bordering Karnataka.

“Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) to initiate action for the cancellation process with regard to allotment of land to Lepakhshi for violation of terms of memorandum of understanding,” the chief minister's office said.

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered iron ore mining in six leases in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district to be stopped due to a pending inter-state border survey.

The court’s forest bench, which is hearing cases on illegal mining, said mining operations and transportation of ore from the six leases should be suspended till further orders.

Fixed drug combinations are a major marketing strategy in India but it can compromise the rational use of medicines. In
this study we compared the fixed drug combinations and dosage forms in the hospital pharmacy before and after introducing the essential drug list. We also compared the Hospital Essential Drug List (HEDL) 2011 with the World Health Organization (WHO) Essential Drug List (EDL) 2011 and the National Essential Drug List of India (NEDL) 2011.

Several proposals to set up windmills remain in cold storage

Non-conventional or renewable energy projects, which have become the topic of discussion these days following the acute crisis faced by the power sector, have not come up to the desired level in the State despite their vast potential. The State is by far an underperformer when it comes to tapping the renewable energy when compared to neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This, according to experts, was primarily due to absence of foresight to exploit these sources for supplementing the power generation in the event of shortages.

The Justice M.B. Shah Commission inquiring into illegal mining across the country has finally landed in the state which has been emerging as the epicentre for the loot of minerals and ores by mining barons.

Though delayed, the commission will probe illegal mining in various districts including Anantapur where Mr Gali Janardhan Reddy’s Obulapuram Mining Company allegedly plundered precious ore worth thousands of crores of rupees and exported it. Mr Janardhan Reddy was arrested by the CBI along with then mines secretary Y. Srilakshmi and then mines director V.D. Rajagopal in the mining scam.

Survey data collected in 2007 from three districts in Andhra Pradesh, this article assesses the performance of 72 primary agricultural credit cooperatives. It finds that these credit cooperatives tend to be used as political instruments and, as a result, borrowers prioritise all debt obligations to microfinance institutions, informal moneylenders and others, before primary agricultural credit cooperatives. The authors suggest that if the performance of these credit cooperatives does not improve, a larger government role in the supply of credit may undermine the culture of repayment.

Shows cold response to recommendations on curbing illegal mining of iron, manganese

THE UNION Ministry of Mines has responded coldly to the recommendations of the M B Shah Commission on curbing illegal mining of iron and manganese ores. In its response, filed in December last year, the ministry also seemed at loggerheads with the state mining departments over their suggestion to ban export of the minerals to check illegal mining. The commission was set up by the Centre in November 2010 to look into the growing illegal mining of the minerals and suggest remedial measures.