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Delhi pollution: Air quality in National Capital enters 'very poor' category, likely to turn 'severe' in next two days, warn officials
India

Delhi pollution: Air quality in National Capital enters 'very poor' category, likely to turn 'severe' in next two days, warn officials

The smoke from stubble burning accounted for 14 percent of Delhi pollution on Wednesday. It is likely to dip to decrease to 7 percent.

Dip in wind speed to once again affect Delhi-NCR's air quality; pollution levels likely to enter 'severe' zone by Thursday
India

Dip in wind speed to once again affect Delhi-NCR's air quality; pollution levels likely to enter 'severe' zone by Thursday

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court-mandated anti-pollution authority, EPCA, on Monday asked Delhi and NCR states to step up surveillance and enforcement to check local sources of pollution and crop burning in view of the predicted dip in air quality.

After air quality in Delhi turns 'severe', Congress MP to introduce bill to strengthen central pollution control body
India

After air quality in Delhi turns 'severe', Congress MP to introduce bill to strengthen central pollution control body

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said on Thursday he will introduce a private member's bill to give "more teeth" to the apex pollution control body, CPCB, in the upcoming session of Parliament.

CPCB extends ban on night-time construction in Delhi-NCR till 2 Nov, asks Punjab and Haryana to take immediate action to curb stubble burning
India

CPCB extends ban on night-time construction in Delhi-NCR till 2 Nov, asks Punjab and Haryana to take immediate action to curb stubble burning

It recommended coal-based industries, barring power plants, in satellite towns of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Sonepat, Bahadurgarh be also shut till 2 November

Prakash Javadekar refuses to comment on Aarey Colony protests, but says India's green cover up by 15,000 square kilometres
India

Prakash Javadekar refuses to comment on Aarey Colony protests, but says India's green cover up by 15,000 square kilometres

India's green cover has increased by 15,000 square kilometres, Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday.

SC directs Meghalaya govt to deposit Rs 100 cr with CPCB for causing environmental degradation by 'illegal, unregulated' coal mining
India

SC directs Meghalaya govt to deposit Rs 100 cr with CPCB for causing environmental degradation by 'illegal, unregulated' coal mining

Environmental degradation by illegal and unregulated coal mining has taken place in Meghalaya, the Supreme Court held Wednesday and directed the state to deposit Rs 100 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board for restoration work. It said however that Meghalaya has very limited sources of revenue and allowed it to transfer Rs 100 crore from the Environment Protection and Restoration Fund. A total of 15 miners were trapped on 13 December last year in an illegal coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya, about 3.7 kilometres deep inside a forest, when water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into it.

National Green Tribunal raps Bihar, Jharkhand, WB govts for inaction over damage to Ganga, slaps penalty of Rs 25 lakh
India

National Green Tribunal raps Bihar, Jharkhand, WB govts for inaction over damage to Ganga, slaps penalty of Rs 25 lakh

The NGT has rapped the of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal govts and slapped a penalty of Rs 25 lakh on them for inaction over continued damage to Ganga

Ganga water in UP-WB stretch unfit for direct drinking and bathing, contains high level of coliform: Pollution control board
India

Ganga water in UP-WB stretch unfit for direct drinking and bathing, contains high level of coliform: Pollution control board

The Ganga River water is absolutely unfit for "direct drinking" and only seven spots from where it passes can be consumed after disinfection, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has said

Delhi air quality deteriorates to ‘severe’ category with AQI at 408, authorities issue list of precautions
India

Delhi air quality deteriorates to ‘severe’ category with AQI at 408, authorities issue list of precautions

Delhi's air quality deteriorated to 'severe' due to a dust storm in northwest India which led to a sudden spike in the pollution level in the national capital, the Centre-run SAFAR said.

Delhi's air quality deteriorates to severe level after dust storm hits northwest India, CPCB convenes emergency meeting
India

Delhi's air quality deteriorates to severe level after dust storm hits northwest India, CPCB convenes emergency meeting

Delhi's air quality deteriorated to 'severe' due to a dust storm in northwest India which led to a sudden spike in the pollution level in the national capital, the Centre-run SAFAR said

Volkswagen slammed with a Rs 500 crore penalty for cheating on emission tests
auto

Volkswagen slammed with a Rs 500 crore penalty for cheating on emission tests

NGT has directed Volkswagen to pay the penalty in a matter of two months time.

Unhappy with Yamuna cleaning, NGT asks Delhi, UP and Haryana govts to deposit Rs 10 crore each
India

Unhappy with Yamuna cleaning, NGT asks Delhi, UP and Haryana govts to deposit Rs 10 crore each

The National Green Tribunal Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction over the cleaning of river Yamuna and directed Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments to submit a performance guarantee of Rs 10 crore each within a month

Delhi's air quality remains 'poor', authorities warn of pollution increasing over next three days
India

Delhi's air quality remains 'poor', authorities warn of pollution increasing over next three days

Delhi's air quality was recorded in the 'poor' category on Monday and is expected to deteriorate slightly over the next three days, according to the authorities. As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the overall air quality index (AQI) in the city was 267, which falls in the 'poor' category.

Volkswagen vows to comply with NGT order to deposit Rs 100 cr; reiterates firm's vehicles adhere to emission norms
Business

Volkswagen vows to comply with NGT order to deposit Rs 100 cr; reiterates firm's vehicles adhere to emission norms

Volkswagen's response came after the NGT slammed it for not depositing Rs 100 crore in accordance with its November 16, 2018 order and directed the company to submit the amount within 24 hours.

Delhi air quality plummets to 'very poor': SAFAR advises minimal physical exertion; heavy fog delays 11 trains
India

Delhi air quality plummets to 'very poor': SAFAR advises minimal physical exertion; heavy fog delays 11 trains

People residing in Delhi woke up to another cold and gloomy morning as the temperature remained below normal level and a thick blanket of fog engulfed the region on Thursday. The maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 21 degree Celsius and 5 degree Celsius respectively.

Emission row: Volkswagen to object to certain recommendations of NGT panel, says vehicles from group BS-IV compliant
Business

Emission row: Volkswagen to object to certain recommendations of NGT panel, says vehicles from group BS-IV compliant

The company insisted that its vehicles were compliant with Indian emission norms and claimed that "the committee appointed by the NGT has accepted that Volkswagen Group India has not violated the permissible limits under BS-IV norms".

NGT imposes Rs 100 crore fine on Meghalaya govt for failing to curb illegal coal mining, gives state 2 months to pay CPCB
India

NGT imposes Rs 100 crore fine on Meghalaya govt for failing to curb illegal coal mining, gives state 2 months to pay CPCB

NGT chairperson AK Goel imposed a fine worth Rs 100 crore on the state for its inaction to curb illegal mining, after a recent report filed in the NGT stated that most of the mines were operating in the state without a licence.

Severe pollution in Delhi forces residents to celebrate Christmas indoors; air quality remains at 'severe to emergency' levels
India

Severe pollution in Delhi forces residents to celebrate Christmas indoors; air quality remains at 'severe to emergency' levels

On Christmas Day, the air quality index of Delhi averaged 420, slightly better than 449-450 the previous two days, which was the worst this year.

Delhi pollution: EPCA shuts industries, bans construction activities for 3 days as national capital's air quality remains 'severe'
India

Delhi pollution: EPCA shuts industries, bans construction activities for 3 days as national capital's air quality remains 'severe'

The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) on Monday imposed a three-day ban on industrial activities in pollution hotspots and construction work across Delhi-NCR in view of the national capital's 'severe' air quality.

Air pollution killed 12.4 lakh in India in 2017; exposure to PM 2.5 pollutant highest in Delhi, says report
India

Air pollution killed 12.4 lakh in India in 2017; exposure to PM 2.5 pollutant highest in Delhi, says report

Around 12.4 lakh deaths in India in 2017 is attributable to air pollution, it said and termed air pollution a leading risk factor for deaths in the country where the average life expectancy would have been 1.7 years higher if the pollution levels were less than the minimal level causing health loss.