Shivam Patel

Articles By Shivam Patel

Explained: After a clean spell, how Delhi’s air is getting worse now

The contribution from stubble burning to Delhi’s air in the form of particulate matter of 2.5 micrometres (PM2.5)started around Friday, and has increased since. Its share in the overall pollution increased from 1% on Friday to 8% on Monday.

Punjab, Haryana claim farm fires not affecting Delhi’s air, Gahlot says their actions not visible

Punjab agriculture secretary K S Pannu said a number of measures have been taken to control stubble burning in the state, including distribution of happy seeder and other machines that are alternative to stubble burning.

Green crackers yet to catch on in Delhi, banned ones yet to leave markets

With police cracking down on sale of ‘non-green firecrackers’, such shop owners are cautious not to take many questions and engage only with customers who mean business.

AQIS chief killed in Afghanistan: Feels like we never knew him, says family

Umar, known to Indian security agencies as Sanaul Haq, was killed in a joint strike by US and Afghan forces at a Taliban compound in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) confirmed Tuesday.

Delhi chokes as Ravana burns, pollutants spike post 7 pm

Concentration of pollutants in the air at many stations was within the prescribed standards till around 6 pm Tuesday. However, as the effigies started burning, combined with other pollution contributors, the air quality dipped by 10 pm.

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.

Stubble burning can be controlled if farmers are compensated: Punjab

Around October every year, farmers in Punjab, Haryana and other North West Indian states set fire to paddy residue in order to clear their fields to sow fresh wheat crops.

Delhi: Rita, country’s oldest chimp, on Maaza diet

Rita was born in ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo in Netherlands and was brought to the Delhi Zoo in 1964. Chimpanzees usually have a lifespan of around 45 years, but in captivity, that can increase.

Zoo tiger death: Post-mortem rules out external injuries

Rama fell sick on July 29 after which it stopped eating. The tiger was on a liquid diet for past several days and later stopped eating entirely. It died of multiple organ failure Friday.

Delhi National Museum sent fine of Rs 5.4 lakh for ‘damaging trees’

As per an order of the National Green Tribunal from April 2013, an area within one metre radius of the tree trunk has to be left deconcretised around the base, to ensure its good health.

Delhi: ‘62% of stubble pollution from 11 districts in Punjab & Haryana’

The districts that need to be prioritised, as per the assessment, in Punjab are Amritsar, Firozpur, Ludhiana, Faridkot (village Kot Kapura), Bathinda, Mansa (village Joga), Patiala and Sangrur (villages Longwal, Bhadaur, Sehna). In Haryana, the districts are Kaithal, Hisar and Sirsa.

After 3 decades, elephant Laxmi is moved out of Delhi

Laxmi, who is 37 years old and was brought to Delhi around three decades ago, was given a night-time snack of grass after being rescued, followed by bananas for breakfast and sugarcane for lunch.

Delhi: Laxmi was under police nose, says wildlife dept; search op intensifies, but in vain

Wildlife officials claimed that Laxmi, Delhi’s last elephant that has been missing since July 6, was last kept hidden in I P Extension, Patparganj, for around 10-15 days — less than a kilometre from the office of the DCP (East).

Delhi: This is the elephant police and wildlife officials are looking for

Delhi’s last elephant, Laxmi, was reported missing in July, triggering a nationwide alert. More than two months later, The Indian Express met the elephant’s owner Yusuf Ali (45) with Laxmi in Delhi.

Army officer who died in Congo was to return to India this month

Solanki, who had been stationed as a military staff officer with the United Nations Peacekeeping mission in Congo since September last year, had drowned in Lake Kivu while attempting to rescue a fellow Indian Army officer who had fallen into the lake kayaking.

CM Kejriwal takes aim at pollution with laser show, environment marshals and masks

Discussions are expected over the next few days to decide how these masks will be distributed, officials said.

Odd-Even back in Delhi from November 4 to counter stubble burning: Arvind Kejriwal

“Studies show 10% to 13%  reduction in pollution because of this scheme, which is only an emergency measure, but the smog from stubble burning creates such an emergency,” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said.

Big tech firms had e-waste centres but only on paper, many addresses fake: Delhi probe

The Indian Express has learnt that when the DPCC inspected 43 out of a list of 80 centres sent to them by the CPCB, at least 20 e-waste collection centres of multinational giants, including Samsung, HP, Canon and Vivo, were found either untraceable or non-existent.

Hardlook: Space programme

Choked markets, neighbourhoods on edge — the capital’s parking crisis extracts a heavy toll on residents. With the Supreme Court putting authorities on a deadline, the next few months will be crucial.

Queues lasting 10 hrs as vehicle owners scurry to get pollution certificates

On Saturday, several pollution checking centres in Delhi’s Kalkaji, Lodhi Road, Karol Bagh, Patparganj and nearby Noida and Gurgaon had hundreds of vehicles waiting in queues to take a test for the “pollution under check” (PUC) certificate.

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