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Environment ministry simplifies measurement of pollution in industrial clusters (April Week #2 (2015))

NEW DELHI: In another apparent industry-friendly move, the government has simplified the measurement of pollution in industrial clusters. The environment ministry, with the full backing of the states, has tweaked the comprehensive environmental pollution
index (CEPI), a composite measurement of air and water pollution and land degradation that is used in 88 industrial clusters.

The CEPI is based on parameters such as the nature of toxins, the scale of industrial activities, the level of ambient pollution, impact on humans and eco-geological features and the number of people potentially affected within
a 2 km radius. It has a maximum composite score of 100. The two parameters have been dropped when awareness about the adverse impact of pollution is growing. 

First time, sanitary waste gets environment ministry's attention (April Week #2 (2015))

For the first time, the new draft rules on solid waste management released by environment ministry, clearly defines what comprises of sanitary waste that did not find even a mention in its previous version in force since 2000.

The new rules released along with draft rules on managing plastic waste, electronic waste and biomedical waste defines sanitary waste as "wastes comprising of used diapers, sanitary towels or napkins, tampons, condoms, incontinence
sheets any similar waste." The rules state that these wastes should also be wrapped before dumping it.

Thane named India’s Earth Hour Capital (April Week #2 (2015))

 An 11-member international jury has declared Thane the National Earth Hour Capital with the city emerging the winner from India in the Earth Hour City Challenge this year.

On Thursday, the city represented India in the Global Earth Hour Capital Competition of 16 countries in Seoul. The host city was declared the winner and acknowledged as the Global Earth Hour Capital 2015.

Rajasthan's efforts for greenery commendable: Javadekar (April Week #2 (2015))

UDAIPUR: Rajasthan would soon be turned into a "green state" with the development of more biological parks such as Sajjangarh, said the Union environment and forest minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday during inauguration of the first biological park at

He also appreciated the state government's efforts in the spheres of environment and water conservation. Rajasthan's glorious past and its people are well-known for their love towards forests and natural resources. The Bishnoi community had even laid its
life for the noble cause and, therefore, the state remains ahead in the country in environment care, he added. 

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