The erratic and heavy rainfall last year has turned a large part of the deep desert country into a vast submerged landscape.

Coca Cola India earned itself a drop of hard-earned joy this week for its corporate social responsibility initiatives in the form of the Golden Peacock award for CSR for 2008. But the award which cites its work in water management comes just a few weeks after it had received advice from The Energy Research Institute or TERI run by R K Pachauri to shut down its bottling plant in Kaladera, Nabipur and Mehdiganj in Rajasthan saying that these were bringing down ground water levels at an alarming scale.

A number of residents from Sancorda have voiced objections to the proposed renewal of a mining lease in the locality. At an environmental public hearing, presided over by Additional Collector (South Goa) Prasanna Acharya, in the Sancorda panchayat hall on February 15, many residents pointed out that two wildlife sanctuaries, the famed Tambdi Surla temple and schools were located in the vicinity of the mines.

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the Kerala High Court verdict quashing an order of a panchayat that canceled the licence of soft-drinks major Pepsi's plant at Kanjikode in Palakaad district. A Bench headed by Justice Arijit Passayat dismissed the appeal filed by the state government against the HC judgement, which held that the Puthussery panchayat had no jurisdiction under the Kerala Panchayat Raj Act in the matter of issuing, renewal or cancellation of license since the area had been excluded from the Act's purview.

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a judgment of the Kerala High Court quashing the Pudussery grama panchayat's order cancelling the licence of Pepsico India Holdings Private Limited for running its factory at Kanjikode in Palakkad. The panchayat cancelled the licence in 2003 stating that there was scarcity of drinking water in the areas near the company due to over-exploitation of groundwater.

If the government is to be believed there is enough usable water in the country to meet projected demand until 2050. Stumped by this claim, scientists at iit Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia, New

more than 80 per cent of the groundwater in Aligarh is susceptible to contamination. A new study shows more than 56 per cent of the city's groundwater resources are at a high risk of pollution

This paper examines the Saurashtra recharging movement as a response to growing water scarcity conditions and increasing agrarian-based livelihood challenges.

Hydrogeomorphological mapping is one of the best-suited approaches to explore the possibility of groundwater resources especially in those areas where availability of surface water in insufficient. The present paper is an attempt to study hydrogeomorphological features and their prospects for groundwater exploration in Chandraprabha basin, Chandauli District of Vindhayan Upland, U.P. using remotely sensed data.

To identify the source and origin of groundwater, and to estimate the rate of recharge, there are a number of classical conventional methods but these are not very effective in solving problems.