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Mahanadi’s water yield has decreased by a huge 10% in the recent decades

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:55 Written by

30-07-2016

Mahanadi’s water yield has decreased by a huge 10% in the recent decadesReport;Bureau,Orissabarta

This is the highest among major surplus basins in India, according to an IIT Study

This puts serious question mark on the plan of Interlinking of Rivers.

Odisha and Chhattisgarh joint dialogue must recognize climate change impacts

Sambalpur, 30th July 2016 – We have always been warning that Mahanadi is no more a water surplus basin, as being marketed by governments, but a deficit basin. “A study carried out by a team of researchers from IIT Madras and IIT Bombay has now come up with a scientific analysis and found out that Mahanadi’s water yield has decreased by a huge 10% in recent years owing to significant decrease in rainfall over the basin,” informed Ranjan Panda, Mahanadi River Waterkeeper, in a press release.

Refering to the study titled, “Indian Summer Monsoon Rainfall: Implications of Contrasting Trends in the Spatial Variability of Means and Extremes” by Prof. Subimal Ghosh of IIT Bombay and team, Panda said that the decrease in yield in Mahanadi is highest in the country along with another river. Panda referred the study and said, “The study has found out that he water yields of major surplus basins, such as Mahanadi, Godavari and West Flow River–I, have exhibited decreases in recent periods. The water yields show decreases of more than 10% for the Mahanadi and West Flow River–I. For other surplus basins, the changes are within 10%”.

“This is mainly because of significant decreases in rainfall,” said Panda referring to the study. Brahmani has also faced significant decrease in rainfall, informs he, quoting the study.

The study findings say that the decrease in the monsoon rainfall in the surplus river basins, which are majorly present in the core Indian monsoon zone, may be due to the drying of rainfall in these regions during recent decades. The monsoon over Indian region is typically associated with a strengthened cyclonic circulation, with the moisture flux converging over this region. However, when the changes in mean vertically integrated moisture flux (VIMF) and wind patterns are analyzed an anticyclonic circulation leading to divergence in VIMF was found, especially in the central part of India, along with convergence in the Gangetic plains. Hence, this could be the reason for which the major surplus basins have a decreasing rainfall trend.

“This study also confirms our apprehensions about the Interlinking of Rivers (ILR) plans of the government of India”, said Panda, adding, “We have been warning the government about Mahanadi being a deficit basin already and is going to further starved of water owing to climate change. The ILR plan for Mahanadi is not suitable at all.

The IIT study says, “Our analysis also raises concerns about the suitability of major nation-wide projects related to river water-basin interlinking, in which the sustainability of water surplus conditions in river basins in response to a changing climate is not ascertained. Therefore, the water demand in a surplus basin first needs to be assessed and met under decreasing water availability scenarios before transferring water to the deficit basins. Hence, we argue that planning for inter-basin water transfer necessitates an immediate reassessment with a systematic approach”.

“This study findings are significant and have come at the right time when we are trying to pursue both Odisha and Chhattisgarh to recognise that Mahanadi is a water deficit basin and hence planning all development projects need to consider this”, said Panda.

“We have initiated a Mahanadi River Basin Peace Initiative and are demanding both the state governments to initiate a dialogue for integrated planning and management of Mahanadi basin in which the ecological carrying capacity of the river needs to be assessed under such climate change induced scenarios in which the water availability of the basin would be further decreasing, “ said Pand hoping that the governments would be seriously considering this.

Members of Parliament in Rajya Sabha echo our urge for an inter-state Dialogue between Odisha and Chhattisgarh

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:54 Written by

26-07-2016

Members of Parliament in Rajya Sabha echo our urge for an inter-state Dialogue between Odisha and ChhattisgarhReport;Bureau,Orissabarta
Doubts still remain about many projects being undertaken by Chhattisgarh upstream Mahanadi.
Minister of Govt. of India admits to Chhattisgarh’s violations in some projects.
Inter-State Water Disputes Act 1956 needs revisiting.

Law Of Karma

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:50 Written by


29-07-2016

LAW OF KARMABy;Ashwini Jii

Posted;Orissabarta

Creation, like anything else that is orderly, rests on certain fundamental laws, which cannot be broken, law of karma being the foremost. Even Gods, which are energies that run this creation, are bound by this law. And yet, modern man insists on his superiority over nature and foolishly tries to defy the laws of nature to create a utopian world for himself, thereby getting stuck in the spiral of devolution. The Bhagavad Gita too speaks of the infallible Law of Karma.

'As you sow shall you reap' is the quintessential proverb that embodies this very concept. Every action or deed, no matter how insignificant it may appear to be, will definitely bear fruit. Since every action is preceded with a thought, it is your thought process that distinguishes one from the other. Your thought process can either be selfish or selfless. Selfless acts are directed towards aiding the creation and bring = peace, harmony and good health in return. Selfish thoughts breed a toxic environment invariably leading to imbalance, chaos, natural calamities and a host of diseases.

Lets view the current scenario. If you look around you will find stray animals neglected and left to die and rot, without so much as even a thought. Trusted for having a sixth sense and called the man’s best friends, dogs today are not only ignored, abused, exploited and abandoned but also murdered and burnt alive!

The fate of wild animals is no different. Selfish thought of man has taken shape of urbanization and deforestation leaving monkeys hungry and homeless. Being called as ‘vermin’ these animals are electrocuted and shot down. Here one forgets that monkeys were revered, not just by Vedic people, but also by Mayans, Greeks and Romans.

It is the dharma of every human being to protect and provide for those weaker than him irrespective of their faith, culture and geographical boundary for the law of karma is universal. The karmic repercussions of hurting animals or watching it happen, are severe and will ensure a life of pain, suffering and ill health. If such atrocities continue, diseases and sickness will increase, human pain and suffering will continue to mount and nature will take recourse in order to restore balance.

Service and charity, an integral aspect of Sanatan kriya, is the key to ending pain and suffering. Even a seemingly small act of kindness will make a difference. Wake up and act now, or hells await you.

Guru Purnima-Part- Ii

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:48 Written by


17-07-2016

GURU PURNIMA-PART- IIBy;Yogi Aswini,Posted;Orissabarta

OM DHYAN MOOLAM GURU MURTI ,PUJA MOOLAM GURU PADAM, MANTRA MOOLAM GURU VAKYAM, MOKSHA MOOLAM GURU KRIPA, OM SHRI GURUVE NAMAH OM

The foundation of Dhyan is your Guru’s image, the foundation of your puja is your Guru’s feet, Guru’s words are like the mantra that cannot be defied and moksha or nirvana is possible only by your Guru’s grace.

It is so interesting to know that the concept of Guru is prevalent only in India. There is no synonym of Guru in no other language and the closest that you can get is teacher or master. A Guru is much above both.

The Guru is the channel between you and the Divine and the only medium to get to know the Divine. Guru is the one who knows your capacity and leads you on the path of Sadhna as per your entitlements.Guru is just like a mother and the shishya a child. The Guru knows exactly what and how much the shishya wants and provides with the same. The Guru transfers just that much gyan to the shishya as much the shishya can absorb or hold.

It is like if you pour extremely hot water on a cold rock it will break. The gyan is like hot water and the shishya is the cold rock. The Guru holds the gyan and transfers it slowly to the shishya as per his or her capacity

It is extremely difficult to find a right Guru but in your search for a Guru do not go by what you get to hear from others. Yoga is all about experiences and it is your own experience and own insights that will lead you to a Guru. Once you reach your Guru you no longer feel the need to go to any other discourse or any other teacher to get the answers to your questions. Your search is said to end when you find yourGuru.

Guru Purnima is a powerful day. Just being in your guru’s presence on this day can lead to phenomenal experiences of the inner world and have amazing effects on your evolution.

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Self Healing With Sanatan Kriya

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:46 Written by


09-07-2016

SELF HEALING WITH SANATAN KRIYABy: Yogi Ashwini,Posted;Orissabarta.com

The physical body consists of five elements in various permutations and combinations. These elements are controlled by the dimension of colour. Everything in creation has a colour to it. Even the colourless is a colour and every colour has a specific frequency. Everything looks the way it does because it is in a state of balance as it is vibrating at a specific frequency.

If there is an imbalance in any of these colours or energy, the manifestation happens in colours, which further effects the object which maybe the physical body that we are talking about in this case. That distortion is called a disease, also called imbalance in Ayurveda. To correct that imbalance, there are various powerful techniques given in Sanatan Kriya under the topic of self-healing. For example, if you have an upset stomach, the primary constituting colours of stomach are – green and light saffron. By introducing the right shade of these colours into the stomach in the prescribed quantities, the stomach will automatically resume its normal functioning.

The science of colours is very closely linked with the science of sound. When creation began, first sound manifested and from it emerged various hues and colours, which finally took the form of the elements and physical body that normal eyes can see. Therefore to affect a change in the physical body, one utilizes the dimension of colours which in turn is governed by specific sounds and mantras. There is a specific mantra detailed in the Sanatan Kriya, ‘ram’.

SELF HEALING WITH SANATAN KRIYA

When it is chanted keeping awareness of the form of your Guru in front of you, you can see and access the colour and energy of saffron which then can be utilized for healing the stomach.

For this, sit in any comfortable position and keep your fingertips pointing towards the navel with palms and fingers on both sides of the stomach. Close your eyes and becoming aware of your guru figure in front of you, start with the slow, soft and deep chant of the mantra, ram. After sometime your body will start heating up, continue with the chant, now internally, and redistribute the prana so generated into the affected areas of stomach.

Anti-Ageing | Breathe It Right

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:42 Written by


09-07-2016

ANTI-AGEING | BREATHE IT RIGHTBy: Yogi Ashwini,Posted;Orissabarta.com

If you trace a person from being an infant to a full grown adult, you will notice, in most cases, a progressive decline in the skin texture and complexion. A baby is glowing pink whereas most adults, even in their prime youth, are plagued with a diseased skin and dull complexion. This is because, in the process of growing up, one is exposed to certain unnatural practices and stimuli from which it was kept protected in the womb.

 
Take for example, the simple act of breathing. If you observe a baby breathing, you would notice a pronounced abdominal movement. The stomach inflates as it breathes in and deflates as it breathes out. If you observe your own breathing patterns, most likely, you will find it to be the opposite and with little or no abdominal movement…this breathing pattern of yours, holds the key to the way you look and your present state of health.

 
Abdominal breathing maximizes the up and down movement of the diaphragm and ensures that lungs function at their optimal level, that is, they throw out spent air completely and also adequately replenish the body with fresh air from the environment. A decreased lung activity causes toxic residue to stay put in the body manifesting as disease and loss of natural radiance.

Our physical body, formed of the five elements, is a grosser reflection of the next layer, commonly known as the aura, which comprises of various energy centers and channels, called chakras and nadis respectively. The physical lungs and respiratory system, for example, are a reflection of the functioning of the anahat chakra in the etheric body. These chakras interpenetrate the physical and etheric layers, spiraling three and a half times in clockwise, and three and a half times in the anti-clockwise direction. When a chakra moves clockwise it is pulling fresh prana in, and while in reverse motion, it is throwing out heavy prana.

Our hyperactive lifestyle and artificial environment, results in decreased activity of the chakras hampering the proper exchange of prana. As a result, there is a congestion of prana in the pranic layer and the physical body being a reflection of the pranic body, shows symptoms of old age and disease. The book ‘the ageless dimension’ details specific practices from the Sanatan Kriya to stimulate and ensure optimal functioning of the various chakral points to prolong youth and radiance. For the specific example of the act of breathing, one may practice the Ujjai pranayam.

Guru Purnima- Part-1

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:39 Written by

16-07-2016

GURU PURNIMA- PART-1By;Yogi Aswini,Posted ;Orissabarta

You are a poorna ansh of creation. That which is poorna, from which everything emerged and goes back to, that is you. Tied to the limited buddhi and the limitations of the five senses, you identify yourself as apoorna, incomplete.

Lifetime after lifetime is spent in pursuit of the incomplete...till a being finds his Guru.


A Guru is someone who does not charge you a fee because someone who is him/herself tied in maya cannot release you, he/she exudes the glow and attraction associated with yog, diseases disappear in his/her presence, whatever he/she says happens, and his chants result in divine manifestations and experiences, a phenomenon experienced daily at Dhyan Ashram.

The Guru one by one removes the veils of maya and avidya, helping a being realise his/her true potential, the realisation of which is anand or pure bliss. Before that one tends to look for happiness in the temporary, that which is destructible and certain to leave you, that which when leaves causes immense pain because you take it to be all that is there, unaware of what lies beyond.

Finding a Guru maybe likened to finding a boatman as you are stuck in rough waters. The boatman does not smoothen the rough waters, but puts you on the boat that takes you across the ocean…That is, a Guru does not promise to rid you of your problems, he shows you the path to positive karma and then liberation from the cycle of the pain of birth and death. Your problems are a result of your karma and only your karma shall rid you of them.

Making a Guru is a sadhna, which calls for 100% focus, faith and devotion. There are only a few who can ride the boat, because there are only as many who desire the final reality. The night of Guru Purnima is of special significane to a shishya. Yagya and mantra sadhna performed on this night under the sanidhya of Guru, bestows with boons equivalent to many years of sadhna put together, in just one night.

Guru Purnima is on July 19th. To become a part of Guru Purnima Celebrations at Dhyan Ashram with Yogi Ashwini ji,

Odisha’s land degrading at a rate of more than1,95,000 hectare per year(!)

Saturday, 09 December 2017 13:36 Written by

22-04-2016

Odisha’s land degrading at a rate of more than1,95,000 hectare per year(!)Report;Bureau,Orissabarta

Almost 30 per cent of state’s land in degraded conditions.

Desertification process getting faster than WIO predicted in 2006.

Combined factors of increased barren land, diversion of forest and agricultural lands are leading to severe land erosion and water crisis.

Odisha must adopt green ways of development without any further delay.

SAMBALPUR, 21 April 2016 – In 2006, Odisha’s leading water and environment watchdog Water Inititaives Odisha (WIO) had warned that many parts of Odisha are already showing symptoms of desertification. The state is ‘developing’ from a drought prone to desert prone region. Desertification is a process of productivity loss of lands. When severe, it leads to permanent damages to land.

By analysing government statistics, WIO had said in 2006 that “In just 13years, severely degraded land in the state had increased by 136 percent, barren land had increased by 69 percent and land converted to non-agricultural uses had increased by 34 percent. In 1991-92, about 10percent of total geographical area of the state was unfit for agriculture, forest and tree cover excluded. In 2004-05, such spread increased to nearly 17.5 percent of total area of the state,” informed Ranjan Panda, Convenor of WIO. “Based on the rate of degradation we had then predicted that Odisha would go totally barren in about 150 years,” said Panda further.


“As the state is facing worst ever heat and water crisis, we wanted to add up to our 2006 analysis and do some more calculations based on government statistics. We are shocked to find that the state will turn barren even much faster, if urgent measures are not taken to arrest desertification,” warned Panda in a press release issued on occasion of Earth Day 2016 falling on 22nd April.

“Between 2005 and 2015, in ten years time, the barren and fallow land of the state have increased further by almost 50000 hectares to reach at 1753000 hectares.

Adding the ‘culturable wastelands,’ that is at 375000 hectares, the degraded land of the state reaches to about 22 per cent of total georgraphical area. Then, the state has lost about 5 per cent forests in forest lands and 1 per cent tree cover in plantation areas during the last decade. This adds up the land degradation rate to 28 per cent of total geographical area.


“During this decade, agricultural land given away for other purposes has increased by a whooping 299000 hectares. We have every reason to believe that all this agricultural land has gone to developmental activities that does not contribute to ecological restoration, and hence have added to heat woes either by degrading water resources or increasing concrete cover,” said Panda.


If we add the agricultural land taken away for other purposes, that also cause degradation of fertile lands, another about 1.92 per cent of land stand degraded, the total degraded land of the state adds up to almost 30 per cent of its geographical area. That means, during the last ten years, the state degraded at least 195000 hectares of its land per year on an average.


In this decade, the net sown area of the state has shrunk by as high as 243000 hectares indicating the reduction of water resources and increased eisodes of drought.


The state’s temperature is on an upward trend. Land degradation increases the devastating impacts of increased warming. It reduces the water retention capacity of the soil, making both surface water and ground water more scarce; and makes the land further vulnerable to erosion during rains and floods. All these factors increase the pace of desertificatio
 

“This Earth Day, the state of Odisha must decide to mend its ways and drastically redisign development programmes that put emphasis on conservation of forests; rejuvination of rivers and water bodies; reduction of coal fired power plants; increase in alternative energy sources; and promotion of land,” urged Panda.

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