Mallica Joshi

Articles By Mallica Joshi

Explained: Why is Delhi’s air cleaner? Count of farm fires is not the only factor

The AQI in Delhi fell 243 points between Friday and Sunday, and from severe to poor in less than 24 hours. Was it just a dip in the number of farm fires that helped clear Delhi’s air within hours?

Odd-even scheme road test: Did the initiative help bring down air pollution

The third edition of the Delhi government’s odd-even scheme ended on Friday — the same day the Supreme Court sought to know how effective it really is.

Sanjay Singh: Centre’s policies benefiting only a few rich

AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh speaks to The Indian Express on his party’s new election strategy, leaders leaving on a bitter note, and why he believes BJP and Congress won’t be able to get Purvanchalis on their side

‘75% crop harvested, farm fires to reduce in Punjab’: K S Pannu

So far this year, the number of fires in the fields of Punjab has already exceeded those recorded last year.

An old Delhi demand met: Govt will regularise illegal colonies

Over 40 lakh in 1,728 colonies stand to benefit, property rights for a fee

Delhi unauthorised colonies decision: Demarcation left, work cut out for DDA; previous attempts failed

After the Bill is passed in Parliament, DDA has been tasked with laying down a “simplified procedure” to register any property. In Delhi, property registration is the responsibility of the revenue department; what role DDA will play remains to be seen.

Mentor teachers — Delhi govt’s secret sauce for education reforms

Inspired by ideas of Nobel winners Banerjee & Duflo, they bring the govt and schools on the same page.

In Delhi, from improving learning levels to setting Outcome Budget

Drawing on the success in India, African countries such as Zambia and Nigeria have used the method in their schools.

Odd-even rule: Hit & trial across the world

Among the first countries in the world to experiment with the scheme was Mexico City and vicinity towns.

Explained: How plan for clean air works

Stricter measures under Graded Response Action Plan in Delhi-NCR from October 15. How has the plan worked in Delhi so far, what is being extended to NCR towns, and where do other states figure in it?

Trees and car sheds: How Delhi Metro did it

There was sporadic outrage against the tree felling. The biggest opposition was seen after DMRC decided to build a depot (car shed) in Sultanpur on a belt in Rajokri where several trees would have to be cut.

Hardlook: Root cause

In Delhi, a spurt of projects that could clash with the green cover. In Mumbai, protests over trees being felled in Aarey Colony. In striking a balance between growth and saving a city’s lungs, tree transplantation has emerged as a key option. The Indian Express explore whether it’s a viable one.

Modi ji would not know names of all ministers in his cabinet, but he knows me: Satyendar Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who also holds the Power, PWD and Home portfolios, speaks to The Indian Express on the recent burglary at his home, the tussle with MCDs, and Delhi government’s big-ticket announcements — from 2.1 lakh streetlights to mohalla clinics

For odd-even, Delhi govt wants staggered office timings, option to work from home

Several companies offer employees the freedom to work from home and the Delhi government, officials said, will push for more firms, especially where there is no public interface, to look at the option while odd-even is enforced.

IIT-Delhi developing blockchain to plug adulteration of honey

The blockchain technology records transactions at every stage where honey changes hands — right from the honey collector to the aggregator who then sells it to the processor — to make sure there is a clear record of where the product has come from.

Delhi’s odd-even scheme in 2016: Challenges and lessons

The first time the policy was implemented in 2016, the government had taken the risk of becoming the first city in India to implement such a road-rationing policy.

Explained: Air pollution in Delhi drops 25% in four years — what worked?

Four years after a WHO study declared Delhi the world’s most polluted city, CM Arvind Kejriwal has announced that pollution has dropped 25% since. What do data show? How did the city achieve this?

Delhi pollution: Kejriwal invokes neighbours, experts say that may not tell full story

On Friday, however, as Delhi recorded an Air Quality Index value of 90 (satisfactory), the value was 85 in Ghaziabad and 66 in Gurgaon.

Restaurant association raises issues: Excise dept to tweak its unsold liquor order

The duration is five days for Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and Foreign Liquor that costs less than Rs 1,500, and eight days for IMFL and Foreign Liquor costing between Rs 1,501 and Rs 6,000.

Polls approaching, govt keeps focus on bijli-paani, throws transport in the mix

The free public transport for women scheme, announced in June, will cost the government Rs 290 crore to begin with.