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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Shivam Patel


Delhi: Least polluted November since 2015, but average air quality still ‘very poor’
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

This November had the highest average minimum temperature, 15 degrees Celsius, in the last nine years, as per data from the IMD. The normal value is 12.9 degrees Celsius. The city, however, received lower than normal rainfall this time — 1.1 mm, as opposed to a normal of 5.6 mm.

33 dogs stolen from Noida vet hospital, 10 recovered in raid
Sun, Dec 01, 2019

Among the dogs recovered are a female golden retriever, a male golden retriever stud, two chihuahua puppies, a maltese puppy and a blue-eyed beagle. Police said they have been handed over to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Police are looking for the rest of the animals.

Construction ban in Delhi: Good for air, tough for daily wagers
Tue, Dec 03, 2019

A 2018 joint study by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) found that dust and construction activities contributed 31% to PM10 levels and 15% to PM2.5 levels in Delhi during winters.

Delhi: Used as a cricket ground, lake gets new lease of life
Wed, Nov 27, 2019

The water in the lake is recycled waste water treated through a constructed wetland method, said Ankit Srivastava, technical advisor to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) who is also involved with the I&FC project.

To tackle pollution, smog tower to come up in Delhi
Tue, Nov 26, 2019

On Monday, the Supreme Court directed the Centre and the Delhi government to draw up a comprehensive plan in 10 days to install ‘smog towers’ across the capital to deal with air pollution.

Source to tap: How water reaches homes in Delhi
Mon, Nov 25, 2019

The recent face-off between a Union Minister and the Delhi government has raised a crucial question: How clean is Delhi’s water? The Indian Express traces its route from two rivers to your tap, and discovers the checks and balances along the way

Delhi: From today, fine on vacant plots with construction waste, garbage
Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Officials said MCD deputy commissioners from all zones would lead teams to identify such vacant plots.

60% jump in farm fires between 2002 and 2016: Study
Sun, Nov 17, 2019

Since the first week of November, the combined impact of a change in wind direction, dip in temperature and crop residue burning has plunged Delhi’s air quality to the ‘severe’ and ‘very poor’ categories.

‘Need new model to dispose stubble’: Environment ministry official
Fri, Nov 15, 2019

The official, on condition of anonymity, said a model other than the current approach of giving subsidies to farmers for stubble management machines and incentives for not burning crop residue may need to be considered.

Farm fires have 25% share as pollution reaches severe level
Wed, Nov 13, 2019

Pollution control bodies say the situation is being closely monitored and further action would be taken if air quality dips to ‘Severe+’ or ‘Emergency’ category.

Delhi: Pollution may return to ‘severe’ level today
Tue, Nov 12, 2019

According to the forecast issued by the Centre’s air quality monitoring system, SAFAR, wind, which till last week was blowing from the south/southeast direction, is now blowing from the northwesterly direction.

Ayodhya Verdict: As police fan out, Aman Committees scan WhatsApp to keep peace intact
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

Minutes after the Ayodhya verdict was delivered by the Supreme Court Saturday morning, Shehzada reached the Jama Masjid police chowki.

Ground Zero Sangrur: Farmers battle gaps in govt’s subsidy cover
Mon, Nov 04, 2019

The state government maintains that farm fires in Punjab contribute barely over 15 per cent to Delhi’s pollution. But officials in Sangrur admit there are problems, including the slow switch to “expensive” mechanical alternatives to stubble burning.

Delhi Chief Secy’s pollution control pitch to MCDs: Dust suppressants at major intersections
Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Officials said use of such suppressants can control the suspension of dust in the air for around six hours, depending on the temperature, as compared to around one hour through sprinkling of water alone.

Pollution in Delhi lower than last year, but little reason to cheer
Tue, Oct 29, 2019

Firecrackers heard across city despite ban, expect poor air for 2-3 days.

‘Dilli ki Diwali’: Hundreds flock to laser show, say will help air quality
Sun, Oct 27, 2019

Several people The Indian Express spoke to at the event expressed concern over the poor air quality in Delhi-NCR during winters, which often deteriorates after Diwali due to bursting of firecrackers, among other factors.

Kin of air hostess who killed self, urge parties not to take Gopal Kanda’s support
Sat, Oct 26, 2019

The woman’s brother said Kanda should be stopped from getting any ministerial portfolio in the upcoming state government.

Explained: As Diwali approaches, where do cleaner ‘green crackers’ stand?
Tue, Oct 22, 2019

The “green firecrackers” are supposed to have a changed composition of chemicals, and emit 30% less particulate matter when burned as compared to traditional firecrackers.

Need to control dust, waste burning to tackle air pollution in Delhi: Environment secretary C K Mishra
Tue, Oct 22, 2019

On stubble burning, the environment secretary said it does have an impact on Delhi’s air quality and that he is in touch with chief secretaries of Punjab and Haryana over the issue.

Village elders, bahus and betis steal the show at Shahpur Jat fest
Mon, Oct 21, 2019

As the show ended, the crowd erupted into applause and praises. “We feel really proud seeing them on the stage. We were thinking just now that we would like to be up there too,” said Suriya (35), who runs a boutique in the area.