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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.