Saturday, 20 August, 2022

Topic: Smog

Higher wind speed flushes out pollution in Delhi, air quality improves slightly

Due to bursting of crackers on Diwali, Delhi recorded its poorest air quality in five years. The winds are expected to flush out pollutants further over the next two days, experts said.

Delhi records worst air quality in five years a day after Diwali

Residents flouting firecracker ban & emissions from farm fires peaking at 36% push Delhi's 24-hour average air quality index after Diwali to 462.

Air pollution could reduce life expectancy of 40% Indians by 8.5 years, study says

The Air Quality Life Index prepared by the Energy Policy Institute says India’s average PM concentration in 2019 was the highest in the world and 7 times the WHO’s guideline.

No, AAP govt is not the first one to install a smog tower in India

A smog tower installed near the Shivaji Stadium Metro station by the Delhi govt has been touted by it as the first in India. But there are already such towers in India.

Toxic smog that reduces lifespan to persist in India till March — climate change service

The forecast by the Copernicus Climate Change Service follows a new study by scientists at Harvard University showing that around 2.5 million Indians die annually from air pollution.

Compare lung sizes of Indian and US children, you’ll know who air pollution affects most

In 'Breathing Here Is Injurious To Your Health’, Jyoti Pande writes about why air pollution has become a public health emergency in India.

SC asks Centre to ensure no smog in Delhi-NCR as commission on air quality starts work

The top court was informed that the commission on Air Quality Management will start functioning from Friday as it fixed to hear pleas on pollution after Diwali vacation.

SC puts order appointing Justice Lokur to monitor states on stubble burning in abeyance

Supreme Court put its own order in abeyance after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the Centre is planning to create a permanent body to tackle the issue of stubble burning.

Early spurt in farm fires could give Delhi relief from toxic smog this winter, CPCB says

Peak stubble-burning period in Punjab, Haryana unlikely to coincide with the time when meteorological conditions in Delhi and neighbouring regions create smog.

These six steps are key to Arvind Kejriwal govt’s war against winter smog in Delhi

A war room, an app and an anti-dust drive are three of the measures the Delhi govt has envisaged to tackle Delhi’s notorious winter smog.

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Sir Ganga Ram hospital Consultants, Residents and DNB students hold placards during a protest in New Delhi, on 30 December 2021 | PTI

Distrust of Indian doctors isn’t new. Class-caste bias always ruled medical profession

As a practising doctor, I discovered large question marks on claims of a trustful patient-doctor relationship in the past. The routine dehumanisation of underprivileged patients remains a rarely mentioned topic.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

IAF operation underway to rescue Italian mountaineer stranded on Mount Nun in Ladakh

The IAF deployed its ‘Cheetah’ helicopter to rescue mountaineer Federico Nicoli. Mount Nun is the second highest peak in the Zanskar Valley of Ladakh.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.