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  • NGT Water pollution

    NGT says situation of water pollution grim, directs 100 per cent treatment of sewage entering rivers

    India | December 06, 2019 22:40 IST

    Water pollution situation is grim in the country, the National Green Tribunal said 100 per cent treatment of sewage entering the rivers across the country by March 31 next year. The NGT warned that if this is not done, the local bodies and concerned departments of the states and Union Territories (UTs) will be liable to pay compensation of Rs 5 lakh a month per drain in the case of river Ganga and Rs 5 lakh for default in commencement of setting up of sewage treatment plant.

  • Air quality in Delhi-NCR deteriorates

    Delhi air 'very poor' for 3rd day, AQI crosses 350 mark

    India | December 06, 2019 11:11 IST

    The SAFAR model forecast suggests calm surface winds and a decrease in ventilation coefficient for the coming days and the condition was conducive for the pollutant accumulation.

  • Uttar Pradesh man finds shredding solution to stubble

    Uttar Pradesh man finds shredding solution to stubble burning

    India | December 06, 2019 10:12 IST

    Ganga Ram Chauhan has invented a bicycle-based shredder machine which can crush and grind elements, including wood, leaves and crop remains into particles of less than 80 mm size. These particles can then be easily converted into compost. The machine costs only around Rs 5,000-6000, he says.  

  • Give number of idols immersed in artificial ponds on Ganesh

    Give number of idols immersed in artificial ponds on Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja: NGT panel to DPCC

    India | December 05, 2019 19:44 IST

    The Delhi government had created 89 artificial ponds for idol immersion across the city to check pollution of the Yamuna. 

  • Delhi's air 'very poor', AQI crosses 300 mark

    Delhi's air 'very poor', AQI crosses 300 mark

    India | December 05, 2019 13:16 IST

    The air quality of the national capital remained 'very poor' for the second consecutive day on Thursday and is likely to further deteriorate to 'severe' category in some parts of the city on Friday.According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded at 334 on Thursday morning.

  • Karnataka bypolls

    By-election in Karnataka underway; 17.60 pc voter turnout so far

    Elections | December 05, 2019 12:56 IST

    The Election Commission and police have made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the bypolls in all the 15 constituencies in Karnataka. Out of a total 42,509 personnel deployed for election management, 19,299 are polling personnel.

  • h&m

    H&M to offer apparel rental services with an aim to support sustainable fashion

    Fashion | December 03, 2019 17:51 IST

    In an attempt to promote sustainable fashion, H&M will soon be offering apparel rental services.

  • Double-digit AQI in Delhi

    Delhi enjoys cleanest air in Nov, AQI in double digits

    India | November 29, 2019 12:16 IST

    The air in the national capital was so toxic after Diwali that the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR and had advised people, especially children and the aged, to limit their exposure to the environment.

  • Lower air pollution levels linked to hospitalisation, WHO guidelines need change

    Lower air pollution levels linked to hospitalisation, WHO guidelines need change

    World | November 28, 2019 15:40 IST

    Short term exposure to fine particulate matter in the air is related to several new causes of hospital admissions, according to a study which suggests that even pollution levels below international air quality guidelines set by WHO may be hazardous to health.

  • Delhi's air quality improves to moderate category, AQI

    Delhi's air quality improves to moderate category, AQI drops to 158

    India | November 27, 2019 12:45 IST

    An AQI between 0-50 is considered 'good', 51-100 'satisfactory', 101-200 'moderate', 201-300 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe'. An AQI above 500 falls in the 'severe plus' category. The city's air quality index was 254 at 9.42 am, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) on Tuesday.

  • Scientists make low-calorie sugar using bacteria

    Scientists make low-calorie sugar using bacteria

    November 25, 2019 14:52 IST

    In the study published in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers described a process that may unlock the commercial potential of this low-calorie, low-glycemic sugar.

  • Massive turnout in Hong Kong district polls

    Massive turnout in Hong Kong district polls

    World | November 24, 2019 15:01 IST

    Although the position of councillor has little political relevance, Sunday's elections are seen as a barometer to gauge the political leanings of the city in the wake of the pro-democracy movement that has led to prolonged protests on the streets in recent months, as well as determine the support enjoyed by the pro-mainland Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

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    Pollution debate in Parliament gets musical, and a witty response to carrots and music suggestion

    India | November 21, 2019 23:56 IST

    A debate on pollution in Parliament went musical on Thursday with a union minister belting out a Bollywood number for clean air and a member echoing similar songs.

  • Rajya Sabha witnesses uproar over discussion on pollution in Delhi

    Rajya Sabha witnesses uproar over discussion on pollution in Delhi

    India | November 21, 2019 17:02 IST

    The Rajya Sabha on Thursday witnessed brief disruptions during the debate on pollution in Delhi and other parts of the country. Members from the BJP and the opposition led by the AAP and supported by Congress, SP and others were involved in heated exchanges for around 10 minutes, when Rajya Sabha assembled after lunch to discuss about rising pollution levels. 

  • This Pune sanitation worker is spreading awareness about waste management through Hindi songs

    November 21, 2019 15:59 IST

    A sanitation worker in Pune has been parodising Hindi songs in order to create awareness amongst people to do their bit for their country.

  • NGT slaps Rs 10 crore fine on UP govt, Rs 280 crore on tanneries

    NGT slaps Rs 10 crore fine on UP govt, Rs 280 crore on tanneries

    India | November 19, 2019 11:47 IST

    The environment compensation of Rs 280.01 crore was also assessed by the state pollution control board. "Compensation has been assessed only in the year 2019 without it being clear whether there is a chance of actual recovery of the same. There is no explanation for earlier inaction by the State of UP and the UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB)," the bench said.

  • Lanka votes for new president amid multiple poll-related incidents

    Sri Lanka votes for new president amid multiple poll-related incidents

    World | November 16, 2019 20:19 IST

    Polls opened at 7 am local time and concluded at 5 pm with overall voter turnout at "almost 80 per cent", the National Elections Commission said. In the northern districts, the turnout was as large as the previous election held in 2015 when Tamils opted to vote for the incumbent Maithripala Sirisena

  • Bus carries voters in Sri Lanka elections

    Gunmen open fire on buses carrying Sri Lanka voters

    World | November 16, 2019 10:30 IST

    A group of unidentified gunmen open fire on two buses on two buses carrying voters in Sri Lanka's Mannar district on Saturday as polling was underway for the island nation's presidential election

  • Delhi most polluted city in the world on Friday; Kolkata,

    Delhi most polluted city in the world on Friday; Kolkata, Mumbai in top 10 list

    India | November 15, 2019 13:34 IST

    Delhi has earned the dubious distinction of becoming the most polluted major city in the world with an air quality index (AQI) of 527 on Friday, as per data by Air Visual on the World AQI rankings. The Air Visual data is updated frequently, so the caveat is that rankings and AQI counts change accordingly during the day itself.

  • Nodal officers to ensure farmers do not burn stubble in

    Nodal officers to ensure farmers do not burn stubble in Haryana

    India | November 12, 2019 9:17 IST

    Nodal officers have been appointed across Haryana to ensure that farmers do not burn the crop residue, according to a statement issued on Monday. The Deputy Commissioner of every district has appointed one nodal officer per village for management of stubble burning