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.

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation is funding a pilot project to enable the state’s farmers to reverse the environmental degradation and rural poverty in the state by applying scientific methods to groundwater management.

Baseline studies jointly conducted by the FAO, Centre and state government have identified seven districts in Andhra Pradesh to effectively implement the best practices in sustainable cropping patterns to combat climate change.

Gamesa Wind Turbines has bagged an order for a 5.95 MW project from the New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP).

Groundwater levels plummet; dried up wells, boreswells and tanks a common sight

A drinking water crisis looms large over Anantapur district. With the monsoon playing truant and the water from the Tungabhadra High Level canal mismanaged, groundwater levels around the district have plummeted to depths unheard of before. Dried up bores, wells and tanks are the order of the day in the district.

New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the petitions filed by Emaar MGF Land, Sandur Power Company and others seeking to stall the ongoing CBI probe into the land allotments made to these

Andhra Pradesh will request a Central assistance of Rs 3,006 crore towards drought relief according to the revised norms, the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, has said.

HYDERABAD: The Obulapuram Mining Company Pvt Ltd (OMC) owned by mining baron and former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy earned over Rs 4,310 crore by selling illegally mined iron ore by wa