AHMEDABAD: Scanty rainfall has reduced the water stock in dams which have 255 million cubic metre (mcm) less water compared to last year.

Officials said that less rains in the past fortnight completely changed the water levels in the dams. On July 20, the state had 12% more water compared to last year. On Monday, dams reported 1.12% less water than August 8, 2010. Officials said that the situation was such that the agricultural department was even forced to release some water for irrigation. Citing example of north Gujarat, he said that on August 7, 2011, there was 299.16 mcm, but on August 8 about 0.16 mcm water was released from the dams for irrigation.

GANDHINAGAR: In a major SOP to Gujarat farmers, the state government on Wednesday announced that it will give a much higher compensation to 86,000 cultivators whose land is being acquired for Narmada canal network. This is based on the new jantri rate plus 30 per cent solatium.

AHMEDABAD: The green quotient of your surroundings might grow.

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Rajkot: Word is spreading about the watershed development projects in the villages of Rajkot district carried out by Vruksh Prem Seva Trust, an NGO, run by Premji Patel, 80. A team of 25 senior government officials from Maharashtra would visit watershed development-related works in the villages of Jamkandorna taluka on January 6.

Mr Narendrabhai N. Limbasaya of Kotada Nayan village in Gujarat's Rajkot district has been growing cotton on 15 acres of land he owns for the last 7-8 years.

Garbage in open dumpsites on the streets of Indian cities is a common sight and a huge health hazard. The solution has not only to do with

Rajkot: Residents of the stretch between Nanamava chokadi and Nanamava Gam on 150-feet Ring Road were panic stricken as the main pipeline of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) carrying LPG developed a leak on Monday.
Though no casualty or damage to property was reported, fumes could be seen emanating out of the pipeline.

Swiss Agency for ent and Cooperation (SDC) and Action for Food Production (AFPRO) have tied up for promoting sustainable approaches for improving rural livelihoods through socio-technical interventions.

To commemorate the SDC-AFPRO partnership, Philippe Welti, ambassador of Switzerland to India, released a document

Rajkot: On the second consecutive day since the Gujarat coast was warned of an approaching cyclonic system, people and administration across Saurashtra and Kutch were on standby. However, the fear had subsided among locals substantially as after the stormy wind and heavy rain in parts of Saurashtra and Kutch region on Wednesday, there was none reported on Thursday.

Wankaner (Rajkot): Eleven decomposed carcasses of Nil Gai (blue bulls) were found from the outskirts of Waghasiya village near Wankaner town of Rajkot district late on Monday night. According to Wankaner police station officials, they received the information from passers-by who got the whiff of stink emanating from the area and alerted police.

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