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Who posts, transfers Delhi bureaucrats?
Mon, Jul 16, 2018

AAP Govt says Supreme Court ruling gives it control of services but L-G cites a central notification. What is this notification?

Inspection at Golf Club amid tree-felling claims
Sat, Jul 14, 2018

According to the complainant, who requested anonymity, the club decided to expand the Peacock course two years ago and felled trees to make space for it without taking requisite permissions.

Delhi tree felling: Death by a thousand cuts
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

Over the last two weeks, the capital rallied to save its trees — and won. But with compensatory plantation often falling short of target and ‘inferior’ trees being planted, the issue is far from over.

What’s replacing Delhi’s felled trees? Many non-native species with little ecological value
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

The National Buildings Construction Corporation, in the eye of a storm over redevelopment of seven central government colonies in south Delhi, too leans towards plants with these characteristics.

Trees vs ‘development’ in Delhi
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

Why do thousands of trees in the heart of polluted, dust-choked Delhi have to be cut?

Delhi: State forest dept had rejected plan to cut 11,000 trees in Sarojini Nagar
Mon, Jun 25, 2018

The AAP has joined a citizens’ campaign to stop the tree felling. Party spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said the government will not give its nod for tree felling anymore.

Trees in Delhi to be felled for housing project despite NGT order saying replant first
Sat, Jun 23, 2018

Sources said that in Kidwai Nagar, which was redeveloped by the NBCC, royal palms are among the main trees that have been planted as replacement for the neem and peepal trees that were cut.

Officials back at work, doorstep ration fight will continue: Sisodia
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

On Tuesday, after Sisodia held a press conference saying officers were attending meetings called by ministers, Kejriwal and Rai finally walked out of the L-G Secretariat, where they had been on a sit-in since June 11.

AAP govt’s dharna for statehood: How the demand for autonomy played out in the past
Mon, Jun 25, 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 25, 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.

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