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This is why Modi govt is going slow on single-use plastic ban

PM Modi promised to crack down on single-use plastic from October 2019 with a plan to completely ban it by 2022.
Tourists in Delhi

Govt agencies can’t agree if Delhi’s air quality after Diwali was ‘severe’ or ‘very poor’

CPCB said Delhi's Air Quality Index the morning after Diwali was a 'very poor' 368, while SAFAR reported a 'severe' reading of 506.
Stubble burning

Take a leaf out of Kejriwal’s strategies in Delhi, AAP tells CPCB on tackling pollution

AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha said it was "distressing" that PM Modi's Varanasi constituency had recorded the highest levels of pollution.
A waste picker segregating plastic waste at Tikri Kalan in New Delhi. | Simrin Surur/ThePrint

It’s like demonetisation, plastic industry says about ban confusion, business uncertainty

Uncertainty lingers over whether Modi govt will completely ban single-use plastic. And if it does, stakeholders are unsure what products will fall in the category.
River Yamuna in Delhi

Govt sanctions Rs 5,800 crore for cleaning 34 polluted river stretches, Ganga excluded

The Centre has already released Rs 2,522 crore out of the sanctioned amount under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP).
Ganga

Ganges water unfit for direct drinking and bathing, says pollution board

The latest data shows high level of coliform bacteria in the river making the water unsafe for consumption.

This Kanpur village drinks neon green water & lives near a toxic waste dump as big as CP

The groundwater in Khan Chandpur and surrounding villages is contaminated with a carcinogenic heavy metal, thanks to 45,000 tonnes of toxic waste dumped nearby.
The Volkswagen AG logo | Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Volkswagen was injurious to health: How NGT caught auto major cheating

In its report, a panel set up by the National Green Tribunal stated that Volkswagen cars released around 48.678 tonnes of nitrogen oxide in 2016.
Women try to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution | PTI

NGT fines Arvind Kejriwal govt Rs 25 crore for letting Delhi choke

Tribunal says money should be deposited with central pollution borad, says failure to abide by order will lead to a further Rs 10 crore per month fine.
A pedestrian covers his face with a handkerchief for protection against air pollution in New Delhi | Shahbaz Khan/PTI

Delhi’s ‘very poor’ air quality might get worse over the weekend

According to SAFAR, a government-run agency, the air quality of the national capital is expected to "significantly deteriorate" Sunday due to a decline in temperature.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.