Cities in India are dreaming of becoming New York and London but we seldom worry about as basic an issue as sewage and its disposal in our country. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has brought out a two-volume book titled Excreta Matters: Report on the State of India’s Environment to highlight how only 20 per cent of sewage is being treated in the country. Sunita Narain, director general, CSE, talks about the murky issue plaguing the water sources in this interview to Rashme Sehgal.

In a move that could accelerate the process of reducing the carbon footprint, IISc Bangalore has joined GreenTouch.

Land losers to get 40 pc of the developed land. After years of inaction, the formation of Arkavathi Layout seems to be back on track, with the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) starting the process of giving compensation to the land losers.

At last: The Bangalore Development Authority begins work at Arkavathy Layout in Bangalore on Wednesday. The layout, with more than 12,000 sites, is coming up in and around Jakkur in the North Bangalore region on 1,100 acres of land encompassing 16 villages.

Tremors: Residents and fishermen in coastal areas put on tsunami alert

Bangalore and most parts of Karnataka are located in the least (seismic) active zone in the country, according to the seismic map of Indian Meteorological Department. The country is divided into five different zones, depending on the seismic activities. While zone one has the least activity, zone five has the highest. Parts of Malnad and Coastal regions of the State fall in zone two and three.

An 8.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia on Wednesday, sending residents around the region dashing out of their homes and offices in fear.

Nearly 300 wards across the State no longer get piped drinking water

Searing summer heat and drought have hit piped water supply quite hard in urban areas. According to a report on drinking water crisis, prepared by the Department of Municipal Administration (DMA), residents of about 300 wards in various urban local bodies (ULBs) in the State are no longer getting piped water supply.

New Delhi: The southern cities of Chennai and Bangalore have better and efficient fleets of buses compared to other big cities in India.

Doctors suspect virus could have mutated

The ghost of Influenza A (H1N1) which spooked the State three years ago has returned to haunt it again. The State Health and Family Welfare Department has said that the disease has killed three persons since January 2012.

Haryana tops the list of 16 States where environment and forest clearance norms are being violated, fully or partially, by projects.

Govt agencies among the infringers, says minister

Government agencies along with private individuals and companies have encroached 2,482 acres of forest land worth Rs 7,000 crore in and around Bangalore, Forest Minister C P Yogeeshwara told the Legislative Council on Wednesday.