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Sowmiya Ashok


Sowmiya Ashok, a former Assistant Editor at The Indian Express, is now an independent journalist based in Chennai. She reports on China, politics and the environment. She tweets @sowmiyashok

Delhi’s air quality is poor — just like last year
Thu, May 25, 2017

Anumita Roychowdhury from the Centre for Science and Environment said, “The Delhi government should take action based on daily air quality levels. They need to expedite mechanisms for implementation of the action plan.”

Parched: Delhi doesn’t have enough water for its ever-growing needs
Mon, Jun 25, 2018

The AAP government has maintained that it will, unlike the previous Congress government, not privatise water supply.

Fly Away Home
Sun, May 21, 2017

This year, a conservation centre in Pinjore, Haryana will release eight vultures back into the wild — a small but significant effort in the rehabilitation of the endangered species.

NGT: Work to treat 67 per cent of Yamuna pollution is on
Sat, May 20, 2017

The committee, which has representatives from the DDA and the National Mission for Clean Ganga, was directed to submit status reports at regular intervals.

EPCA report on capital’s pucs: ‘Data from PUC system is virtually unusable’
Sun, May 14, 2017

Analysis of Delhi data also showed that the recording of all emission test results was stored, collated and reported very poorly

Damage to Yamuna floodplains: Found no violation by AOL, DDA tells NGT
Fri, May 12, 2017

The Art of Living also released a statement highlighting DDA’s admission

Demonetisation, 6 Months On: ‘Chosen for cashless, don’t even have 3G’
Wed, May 10, 2017

But people did go “cashless” for a brief period: soon after the demonetisation drive.

On Rajasthan-Haryana border, car pollution checks on push carts
Sun, May 07, 2017

A recent report by the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had described these hand-carted PUC pop-ups as an “extreme form” of “unauthorised PUC certification”.

NASA images show massive upsurge in crop burning
Thu, May 04, 2017

The images available through NASA’s Fire Mapper show a massive spike in the number of fires in the area between April 25 and May 3

Current PUC ineffective in testing diesel vehicles: EPCA
Thu, May 04, 2017

The EPCA has recommended to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to set up advanced inspection centres to measure key pollutants

Hardlook: A look at troubled waters of Yamuna floodplains one year after World Culture Festival
Mon, Jun 25, 2018

An expert panel set up by the green tribunal has said it would take 10 years and Rs 42 crore to revive the Yamuna floodplains, after the damage caused by the World Culture Festival.

Current norms are not enough to enforce BS-VI standards, says EPCA
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Delhi has 971 PUC centres but the transport department has 28 inspectors and only one available for “ground inspection”.

MCD election results: Empty Congress office tells story of defection and defeat
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

But Tuesday, as results were tallied up for the civic polls, Sheila Dikshit’s sentinels — Arvinder Singh Lovely, Haroon Yusuf and Ramakant Goswami — were all scattered. One had defected, the other two disappeared.

MCD elections: At Dalit locality, a better life is just across the road
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Residents claimed their request for development work has been ignored, but said the roads and drains have been laid promptly for a resident who lives across the road.

‘No Braille, wasn’t allowed to press button’
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

From behind the small enclosure that contained the EVM, Ram whispered his choice into the man’s ears, and he pressed the button.

Exact number of trucks entering Delhi still unclear, over 10,000 FIRs against environment tax violators
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

In 2015, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) pointed out a mismatch between their survey and the civic body’s claims over the numbers of commercial vehicles entering the city.

UP ATS arrests: Life revolved around mosque, Faizan rarely left town, says family
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Faizan was arrested outside the masjid for allegedly being involved in arranging for arms and inciting communal sentiments.

Hurdle in dust surveys: Violators who refuse to cough up fines
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Nine junior-rank engineers in this office have been assigned the task of monitoring dust in construction sites in an area spanning from Daryaganj to Badarpur.

A civic mess: At SDMC school, missing teachers, unusable toilets
Mon, Jun 25, 2018

As health and education emerge as key poll planks ahead of the municipal elections, and lofty promises are made by each party, a visit to a school run by two civic bodies presents a grim picture

Will take 10 years to restore river bank hit by Sri Ravi Shankar event, panel tells NGT
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Kedar Desai, a spokesperson for AOL, alleged that “the report has been leaked to the media once again even as we were getting hold of our copy”.

Significant traces of lead in ambient air samples: IIT study
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

The samples were collected on National Highway 2 to see how much traffic coming in from outside Delhi contributes to the formation of particulate matter.

MCD Polls 2017: The fight for Delhi
Mon, Jun 25, 2018

From garbage to pollution, roads to education, the municipal elections will have far-reaching consequences for the capital’s future. As Delhi votes on April 23, Indian Express take stock of the five big issues that could decide the fate of the polls

Re-utilise, treat crop residue instead of burning, says report
Thu, Apr 06, 2017

Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy’s action plan suggests measures to control pollution from six major sources of pollution.

Delhi: Biting mice to rolling on ground, Tamil farmers stage unique protests
Thu, Apr 06, 2017

At Jantar Mantar, Drought-hit Farmers Demand Loan Waiver

Africans hear from own in Greater Noida: Stay home, we will send food
Thu, Mar 30, 2017

The latest allegation followed a mob attack on four Nigerian students at Pari Chowk on Monday evening.