Friday, May 22, 2015

PRITHA CHATTERJEE

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Tracking system in medical colleges for ‘ghost’ faculty
Thu, May 21, 2015

There have been so many complaints from students about many private colleges not having any real faculty in critical subjects.

Bio-waste plant’s contract expires today, govt scrambles for alternative
Tue, May 19, 2015

The Delhi High Court first ordered the closure of the plant over possible health hazards and pollution concerns over two years ago.

Kidneys damaged, woman runs from pillar to post
Mon, May 18, 2015

Both her kidneys have long stopped working. But she is still struggling to get a dialysis session.

Death By Breath Challenges: Bharat-III vehicles likely to be phased out by next year
Wed, May 13, 2015

Manufacturers should strengthen their research and development activities to produce vehicles that are cleaner and more fuel efficient.

Delhi pollution: Protective eyewear for Delhi traffic police soon
Tue, May 12, 2015

Delhi traffic police has sent a requirement of around 2,000 such glasses in their first batch, tenders for which will be floated soon, a top official said.

Delhi Master Plan: Clinics, labs in residential areas face closure
Sun, May 10, 2015

MCD, anti-pollution agency begin drive to shut medical facilities but no one knows how many there are, and where.

Pile-up fears for hospital waste as plant licence set to expire
Thu, May 07, 2015

Licence of capital’s oldest treatment plant, which caters to about 1,600 hospitals, expires on May 18.

How plan to stop Delhi’s guzzler trucks remains a plan
Fri, May 01, 2015

As 80,000 trucks enter every night, minister claims he will revive plan to install weighing system.

Family, friends mourn death of mountaineer on Everest
Tue, Apr 28, 2015

Late Monday afternoon, after reports of someone with the same second name being rescued emerged, her family in India started posting frantic messages, hoping for a miracle.

‘We were earlier taught to plan for war, now we’re taught to fight nature’
Mon, Apr 27, 2015

Two major tremors — one on Saturday and again on Sunday — had shaken the capital.

Death By Breath Challenges: Age of trucks for ban tricky issue at govt’s NGT meet
Wed, Apr 22, 2015

Officials say checks pose a challenge as old trucks found to be not always dirty and new ones not always clean.

For trial check under minister gaze, officials ‘arrange’ trucks
Wed, Apr 22, 2015

The trial run also saw a representative from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee arriving around 1.30 pm.

He is gay, she was in love. He couldn’t change, she couldn’t live
Tue, Apr 21, 2015

A court sent the husband, also a doctor at AIIMS and described in his wife’s suicide note as a “homosexual”, to 14 days in custody.

Death by Breath: On Delhi’s edge, a township of 25,000 more toxic than Delhi
Mon, Apr 20, 2015

The Kaushambi story: Industrial areas, bus depots and garbage landfill

Six people to check 16 trucks per minute, NGT must look at own monitors’ reports
Wed, Apr 15, 2015

Apart from the trucks, the report highlighted the lack of any monitoring of buses run by state governments — the drivers were “shocked” at the checks.

500 trucks seized in one week, no more space left
Tue, Apr 14, 2015

The NGT’s orders came close on the heels of an investigative series by The Indian Express on how Delhi’s air turned toxic over the last seven years.

Haryana’s fix for Delhi’s air: BS-IV vehicles only
Tue, Apr 14, 2015

Delhi has plan for tracking trucks that sneak in, UP for moving from coal to gas in power units

Men at Work
Sun, Apr 12, 2015

Millions of Indian men live away from their homes, forming the bulk of the labour force that drives its cities. Their lives are about relentless toil, and little reprieve.

Death by Breath: Metro helps but
Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Expansion will still account for only 15% of commuter trips.

‘Imagine how it would have been without Metro,’ says Delhi Metro CMD Mangu Singh
Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Air quality cannot be the responsibility of the Metro, just like the whole transport system of the city cannot depend only on the Metro, says Singh.

Death by Breath: Thirst for diesel food for poison
Tue, Apr 07, 2015

From vehicles to gensets, 40% surge in diesel use means more cancer-causing chemicals in air.

Death by Breath: For generators, rules in place but no one to enforce them
Tue, Apr 07, 2015

A 2013 pollution inventory found that diesel combustion from generators contributed 6 per cent of PM2.5 and 10 per cent of PM10 levels in Delhi and satellite towns.

Death by Breath: How, why diesel is dirty
Tue, Apr 07, 2015

Its fumes can damage the lungs and brains and cause cancer; India yet to assess threat while rest of world takes note.

Death by Breath: Why building dust is lethal mix
Mon, Apr 06, 2015

Cement manufacturing, which involves burning of coal and limestone at very high temperatures, contributes to seven per cent of carbon dioxide emissions globally.

Death by Breath: Construction destruction
Mon, Apr 06, 2015

Area the size of 1,34,000 football fields built upon, rule book thrown to the wind.

From demolition, dust city won’t manage and debris it can’t
Mon, Apr 06, 2015

The capital generates over 5,000 tonnes waste daily from demolition, according to figures with Delhi’s three municipal corporations.

The road that larger particles travel
Mon, Apr 06, 2015

In the 2010 survey, SAFAR estimated that 10 per cent of the roads in in NCR and Delhi are unpaved.

Why each truck injects a toxic dose into the night
Fri, Apr 03, 2015

Experts said that without uniform fuel standards, trucks with national permits will continue to use cheaper, poor quality diesel.

While you are sleeping: 80,000 trucks enter Delhi every night, poison on wheels
Fri, Apr 03, 2015

A driver at the Shahdara checkpost blamed the owner of his truck for forcing him to mix diesel with kerosene to save money.

No bypass for Delhi’s choked heart
Fri, Apr 03, 2015

Toxic fumes left behind by trucks entering every night, Delhi waits endlessly for a highway that would have skirted the city

Landmark study lies buried: How Delhi’s poisonous air is damaging its children for life
Thu, Apr 02, 2015

Just under half of the 44 lakh schoolchildren studied are growing up into adults with irreversible lung damage.

‘We made it clear kids were suffering… absolutely nothing was followed up’
Thu, Apr 02, 2015

Dr Manas Ray, lead author of biggest study on air pollution effects on Delhi kids, in conversation with Pritha Chatterjee

Over 398 medical colleges in India, one course for environment science
Wed, Apr 01, 2015

Course's director Dr T K Joshi says one reason why this course never really took off was lack of 'incentive'.

Delhi air made Arvind Kejriwal ill, says Bangalore doctor
Wed, Apr 01, 2015

Doctors found that a stressful lifestyle and the living conditions in Delhi were responsible for his ill health.

Leave Delhi: That’s what doctors are prescribing to patients with serious respiratory ailments
Thu, Apr 02, 2015

11-time rise in ICU cases at Patel Chest Institute; pollution not only affects lung function, it hits blood pressure levels too.

Seven years ago, everyone saw Delhi’s air take a deadly U-turn but no one did a thing
Tue, Mar 31, 2015

As many as 15 authoritative studies red-flagged how landmark gains from CNG were being frittered away.