Mallica Joshi

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AAP govt’s dharna for statehood: How the demand for autonomy played out in the past
Mon, Jun 18, 2018

A Chief Minister on protest, an embattled bureaucracy and a case in Supreme Court — the AAP govt’s pitch for statehood has many moving parts. The Indian Express look at how the demand for autonomy has played out in the past, and where different parties have stood on it.

Officer who was locked out of office transferred back to Delhi
Sat, Jun 16, 2018

Five environment secys in three years Environment secretary and Delhi Jal Board CEO A K Singh is among the officers who were transferred from Delhi.

From statehood to breaking silence on PM, AAP shifts gears ahead of LS polls
Thu, Jun 14, 2018

The final act began when Kejriwal and three AAP ministers started camping at Raj Niwas on Monday, asking the L-G to persuade officers to end their “partial strike”. They are yet to leave.

Hardlook — Water scarcity in Delhi is playing out in many ways this year
Mon, Jun 04, 2018

From a court battle between Delhi and Haryana to angry exchanges between neighbours — water scarcity in the capital is playing out in many ways this year. The Indian Express takes stock of the worst-hit areas, where life revolves around when the water tanker will arrive

How to uproot an ecology threat
Tue, May 29, 2018

Vilayati kikar, introduced by the British, has wiped out other trees wherever it has grown. Delhi has come up with a plan to remove it from the Ridge. How does it address a challenge that many other states, too, face?

Despite challans and subsidies to farmers: Stubble burning season returns to Punjab, Haryana
Sun, May 20, 2018

Wheat is harvested in this belt during the last week of April. The stalks left behind after harvesting are then set on fire by farmers to prepare for the next crop, adding to air pollution in the entire region from Punjab to Uttar Pradesh.

Tree Native To Mexico, introduced by British: Bid begins to remove vilayati kikar, so other trees also stand a chance
Sat, May 19, 2018

It was brought to Delhi by the British in 1920s, when New Delhi was being built. The tree has deep roots and monopolises water and sunlight, effectively killing off any competition, especially Delhi’s native trees.

In first half of May, Delhi saw five squalls — twice as much as last year
Fri, May 18, 2018

In 2017, four episodes of squalls along with dust storms and thunderstorms were reported throughout the month. In 2016, this number was eight — of which only three were reported in the first half of the month.

Hot Pursuit
Sat, Apr 28, 2018

The story of the tandoor case that fired up the nation’s imagination in the mid-90s.

Education projects hit after Atishi removal: Manish Sisodia
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

Mission Buniyaad is an exercise to improve learning levels in students of classes III-IX. It is an extension of the Chunauti scheme, started by the Delhi government to improve learning levels after a survey found that students were faring poorly.

Delhi: AAP’s advisors removed but salary worries remain
Fri, Apr 20, 2018

According to Delhi government sources, since the appointments were considered “void ab initio”, or having no legal validity since the beginning, questions about the salaries paid to them can be raised in the future.

DPCC report: Water at eight of 22 sewage plants fails test
Sun, Apr 15, 2018

Dinesh Mohaniya, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) vice-chairperson, said he was not aware of the problem. A senior DJB official, however, said that several STPs have not been working as desired for a long time now, and DPCC reports have flagged this issue several times.

Once upon a river: Amid water tussle between Delhi and Haryana, Yamuna trickles at entrance of the capital
Mon, Apr 09, 2018

Even as Delhi and Haryana tussle over water from the Yamuna, the river has practically turned into a trickle at the entrance of the capital. Mallica Joshi looks at the consequences for the city and its people.

Target to plant 65,000 trees in Delhi but forest dept could only manage 21,000: CAG
Wed, Apr 04, 2018

The forest department will not be able to achieve the targetted plantation for more than 25% of its area if it keeps working at the current pace, the report said. As per the Forest Research Institute report, 20.59% of Delhi's area had forest and tree cover in 2017. In 2015, this figure was 20.22%.

Badarpur thermal plant set to shut months before July deadline
Mon, Apr 02, 2018

According to the IIT-Kanpur pollution apportionment study of 2015, the plant contributes to around 11% of PM 2.5 in the capital’s air.

‘Situation hasn’t been this bad since 1988’: At mouth of capital, the Yamuna runs dry
Sat, Mar 31, 2018

As Delhi and Haryana tussle in Supreme Court over flow of water into capital, the river at middle of it all is in trouble.

Delhi: AAP to focus on work, no hurry to settle issue
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

While the Election Commission has been asked to hear the matter afresh, senior party leaders said that AAP’s strategy going forward is to focus on ground work, instead of court hearings and the EC.

Delhi-Punjab gap nothing new for AAP
Sat, Mar 17, 2018

For the AAP unit in Punjab, where it won 20 out of 117 seats and became the main opposition party, the last two days have been a culmination of almost a month-long freeze between the main leadership and the state unit.

Okhla waste plant has no takers for tonnes of compost
Thu, Mar 15, 2018

Speaking at a roundtable discussion on ‘Managing Delhi’s Solid Waste’ under the Delhi Matters series, SDMC chief engineer Umesh Sachdeva said the plant produces close to 40 metric tonnes of compost per day, but has not managed to find many people willing to use it.

Delhi Master Plan: What was in the offing, what has the Supreme Court stopped?
Wed, Mar 07, 2018

The amendments were intended to protect commercial establishments from SC-mandated sealing drive. ‘This is contempt,’ the court said.

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