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Pedestrians walk past the India Gate monument shrouded in smog in New Delhi.

Finally! World’s worst air emerges as a Lok Sabha election issue

BJP, Congress, AAP have all pledged to combat air pollution, unlike in 2014 when no party manifesto mentioned clean air or pollution.
A woman in Uttar Pradesh cooks on a LPG-connected stove | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Modi govt schemes on LPG, power could save India 2.7 lakh lives each year: IIT study

Led by IIT-Delhi researchers, the study dwells on the impact of government schemes such as Ujjwala on curbing outdoor pollution.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi at the National Women Livelihood Meet 2019, Uttar Pradesh | PTI

These are the ‘unfulfilled tasks’ for which Modi govt is asking for another 5 years

The running theme in BJP ads on TV and radio is that the party is seeking more time to “further” and “expand” its initiatives and schemes.
Women try to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution | PTI

Air pollution third highest health risk in India, ranking just below smoking, finds study

A report by a US-based organisation states that over 1.2 million people died in India due to air pollution in 2017, and warned against overall long-term exposure.
School children leaving for school amid heavy smog in New Delhi | Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Rising air pollution harms children’s growing brains

The WHO says more than 93% of the world’s 1.8 billion children are exposed to toxic air pollution, including 630 million under the age of five.
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Air pollution is a public health problem also related to racial injustice

In sum, African-Americans are hit especially hard by air pollution, even though they cause relatively little of it.

7 of the world’s 10 most polluted cities are in India

Reducing particulate matter in the air could add 1.3 years to the lifespan of the average Indian, and nearly three years to residents of Delhi.
A cyclist protects himself with a handkerchief against air-pollution as he rides through smog, at ITO Bridge in New Delhi

The world’s most polluted air is in India and it’s killing people

India's healthcare costs & productivity losses from pollution are as much as 8.5% of GDP, according to the World Bank.
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Delhi’s air pollution is probably making you sad

There is now good evidence of a direct link between air quality and overall mental health and happiness.
Red tape and lethargy ensure Delhi remains a gas chamber

Modi govt’s 50% cut to pollution control budget invites criticism from environment experts 

The interim budget presented by Piyush Goyal reduced the budget for pollution control to Rs 10 crore for 2019-20 from Rs 20 crore in the last fiscal.

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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

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IAF men face action in Kashmir Mi-17 chopper crash as probe ‘almost confirms’ friendly fire

Six IAF personnel, one civilian were killed as an Mi-17 chopper was shot down in Kashmir on 27 February while Indian and Pakistan air forces were locked in a dogfoght 100 km away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.