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A cyclist rides through smog post 'Diwali' celebrations, in New Delhi.(PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: After a short breather, pollution levels rise in Delhi and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 08:57 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion at 9pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The Delhi government’s EV policy focuses on a very clear goal - 25% of all newly-registered vehicles should be EVs by 2024. As of now, the number is 0.2%(PTI)
The Delhi government’s EV policy focuses on a very clear goal - 25% of all newly-registered vehicles should be EVs by 2024. As of now, the number is 0.2%(PTI)

EV policy to reduce carbon emission by 4.8 million tonnes in 4 yrs: Delhi govt

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 09:01 PM IST
The dialogue was organised by the climate group in collaboration with the UN High-Level Climate Champions and the UK COP26 Presidency.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(PTI)
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(PTI)

Centre’s timely intervention could have reduced pollution surge in Delhi: Gopal Rai

Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 02:18 PM IST
Justifying the ban imposed on bursting firecrackers during the on-going festive period in the city, the Delhi Minister said that the ban was necessary amidst rising pollution during the pandemic.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai(PTI photo)
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai(PTI photo)

Neighbouring states living in denial over effecs of farm fires on Delhi pollution: Gopal Rai

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 08:15 AM IST
A day after the contribution of stubble fires to the pollution load in Delhi’s air touched the season’s highest on Sunday at 40%, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai accused the governments in the neighbouring states of living in denial while urging the Centre to find a lasting solution to the problem.
In Mundka, the average AQI on Saturday was 425, while in Alipur, the levels were measured at around 413 throughout the day.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
In Mundka, the average AQI on Saturday was 425, while in Alipur, the levels were measured at around 413 throughout the day.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Delhi pollution: Mundka, Alipur choke on severely bad air

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 12:24 AM IST
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recordings on Saturday showed that while the city’s overall air quality index improved to 345 from Friday’s 366, Mundka and Alipur — both of which were categorised as pollution ‘hotspots’ by CPCB in 2018 — have now been in the ‘severe’ zone for over 38 hours at a stretch.
Despite this, Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) on Friday was 366, and about 12 of the 35 monitoring stations in the city were over the “severe” 400 mark for large parts of the day.(HT Photo)
Despite this, Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) on Friday was 366, and about 12 of the 35 monitoring stations in the city were over the “severe” 400 mark for large parts of the day.(HT Photo)

Delhi pollution: Plans on paper, and poison in the air

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 01:24 AM IST
Starting October 15, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (Epca), enforced several preventive measures listed under the “very poor” category, including banning diesel generator sets, starting mechanised sweeping, and closely monitoring the garbage burning ban, among other steps.
Wind direction was variable with easterly in the morning, and north-westerly in the afternoon.(HT photo)
Wind direction was variable with easterly in the morning, and north-westerly in the afternoon.(HT photo)

Wind shift brings drop in air quality in Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi:
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 02:09 AM IST
The condition is expected to further deteriorate over Friday and Saturday as conditions will remain unfavourable for the dispersion of pollutants, government agencies have warned.
Vehicles ply amid a dense layer of smog at Rajpath, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Vehicles ply amid a dense layer of smog at Rajpath, in New Delhi.(PTI)

Delhi: AQI rises slightly, may plunge to ‘very poor’ by weekend

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 06:49 AM IST
While the air quality is likely to improve marginally on Thursday with a change in wind direction, it is expected to plunge to ‘very poor’ over the weekend, government agencies said.
A Civil Defence personnel offers a rose to a commuter during the launch of ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’’ campaign at ITO crossing in New Delhi.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
A Civil Defence personnel offers a rose to a commuter during the launch of ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’’ campaign at ITO crossing in New Delhi.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Placards, roses at traffic signals on Day 1 of govt campaign against pollution

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 06:48 AM IST
Hundreds of environment marshals like Singh were deployed at 100 traffic signals across the national capital on Wednesday -- the first day of Delhi government’s awareness campaign, ‘red light on, gaadi off’ (red light on, ignition off) to reduce levels of vehicular emissions in the national capital.
The three municipal bodies (north, south and east Delhi municipal corporations) together have around 8,000 staff, a number officials say is inadequate for a city of nearly 20 million people.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The three municipal bodies (north, south and east Delhi municipal corporations) together have around 8,000 staff, a number officials say is inadequate for a city of nearly 20 million people.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Staff crunch threatens to derail pollution fight in Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 05:13 AM IST
Delhi and its surrounding areas are now under the winter phase of the Graded Response Action Plan (Grap), a protocol that curbs certain sets of polluting activities based on the state of the air quality in the area.
Contribution of stubble fires to PM2.5 pollution is likely to rise on Monday and Tuesday.(HT photo)
Contribution of stubble fires to PM2.5 pollution is likely to rise on Monday and Tuesday.(HT photo)

Share of farm fires in PM2.5 forecast to rise

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 12:30 AM IST
The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research (SAFAR) model under the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (used by the Central Pollution Control Board for pollution analysis) showed 17% contribution to Delhi’s PM 2.5 load on Sunday. It was 18% on Saturday
The capital city is enveloped in smog.(ANI Photo)
The capital city is enveloped in smog.(ANI Photo)

Delhi wakes up to hazy skies, air quality remains ‘poor’

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 10:02 AM IST
The wind direction was north-westerly on Saturday and will continue to remain so for the next couple of days, an IMD scientist said.
Morning haze envelops the skyline on the outskirts of New Delhi on Friday.(AP)
Morning haze envelops the skyline on the outskirts of New Delhi on Friday.(AP)

Delhi’s air quality remains in ‘poor’ category

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prerna Madan
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2020 09:48 AM IST
The deteriorating air quality during winter months has become an annual crisis in Delhi-NCR with the onset of cold weather conditions and increase in stubble burning in neighbouring states
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai addresses a press conference on current situation of pollution in Delhi and NCR.(PTI)
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai addresses a press conference on current situation of pollution in Delhi and NCR.(PTI)

‘What did Delhi people do in last 15 days?’ Delhi versus Centre on pollution

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 03:06 PM IST
Why Delhi’s air quality worsened in 15 days if only 4 per cent pollution is caused by stubble burning, Delhi’s environment minister Gopal Rai asks Centre.
A mild haze seen over Vijay Chowk, in New Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
A mild haze seen over Vijay Chowk, in New Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

How Delhi plans to combat pollution: All you need to know

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Kaleem Ullah Fasihi
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 03:27 PM IST
Every year in the month of October, Delhi witnesses a steep increase in pollution level due to stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, rise in vehicular activity ahead of Dussehra and Diwali, and crackers bursting in Delhi.
An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous.(PTI)
An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous.(PTI)

Delhi: Air quality in Wazipur, Jahangirpuri in ‘poor’ category

New Delhi, Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 09:21 AM IST
In Wazirpur, Jahangirpuri and Delhi Technological University (DTU), the Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 207, 226 and 221 respectively on Sunday morning. All three are in the ‘poor’ category, according to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) data.
Rishi Kapoor at Kareena Kapoor’s Christmas party in Mumbai on Dec 25, 2019.(IANS)
Rishi Kapoor at Kareena Kapoor’s Christmas party in Mumbai on Dec 25, 2019.(IANS)

Rishi Kapoor on reports of hospitalisation: ‘Had an infection, getting treated. Pollution got me I guess’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2020 05:42 PM IST
Rishi Kapoor said he was suffering from an infection and was undergoing treatment for the same. He could not attend nephew Armaan Jain’s mehendi in Mumbai on Saturday.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the temperature in Delhi at around 8 am on 1 January was 2.4 degrees Celsius and the visibility was about 500 meters.(AP File Photo)
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the temperature in Delhi at around 8 am on 1 January was 2.4 degrees Celsius and the visibility was about 500 meters.(AP File Photo)

New Year eve celebrations in Delhi push pollution level to severe

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2020 10:22 AM IST
Some of the areas such as IIT Delhi, Airport Terminal 3, Chandni Chowk, Mathura Road, Dhirpur and Pusa experienced severe AQI marked between 390-530. An approaching Western Disturbance likely to bring relief, say experts.
Leonardo DiCaprio has expressed concern about Delhi air pollution.
Leonardo DiCaprio has expressed concern about Delhi air pollution.

Leonardo DiCaprio posts about Delhi air pollution, says ‘despite promises, air is still unsafe’

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2019 11:50 AM IST
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio raised concern over Delhi’s air pollution crisis, saying efforts should not be spared till safe levels are achieved.
The sun is vaguely seen behind the Signature Bridge amid heavy smog, in New Delhi. The Narendra Modi government deployed 300 field teams to curb pollution after it reached record levels earlier this month, as winds carried smoke from farm stubble burning in areas around New Delhi.(PTI FILE)
The sun is vaguely seen behind the Signature Bridge amid heavy smog, in New Delhi. The Narendra Modi government deployed 300 field teams to curb pollution after it reached record levels earlier this month, as winds carried smoke from farm stubble burning in areas around New Delhi.(PTI FILE)

Delhi’s dirty air carries intangible costs for a slowing economy

Bloomberg | By Vrishti Beniwal
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 06:49 AM IST
India’s losses from air pollution increased more than four times to $560 billion between 1990 and 2013, according to the World Bank, which attributed the economic burden to the rising costs of public health-care and workforce disruption.
A view of the Akshardham flyover in Delhi as air quality improved in the city on Tuesday.(Raj K Raj/HT photo)
A view of the Akshardham flyover in Delhi as air quality improved in the city on Tuesday.(Raj K Raj/HT photo)

Delhi air quality may plunge in next few days with another smog spell

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2019 10:01 AM IST
India Meteorological Department has said that from November 19 to November 21 there will be little wind and ventilation, which will not allow pollutants to disperse.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal address a press conference on Monday in New Delhi(Sonu Mehta/ HT photo)
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal address a press conference on Monday in New Delhi(Sonu Mehta/ HT photo)

Arvind Kejriwal says no need to reintroduce odd-even scheme as Delhi’s air clears up

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 06:16 PM IST
The third edition of the odd-even scheme was implemented between November 4 and 15. Last week, Kejriwal had put off a decision on extending the scheme for Monday saying that the air quality was likely to improve.
A clear sky is seen at Lodhi Garden as air quality improved in the city, in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A clear sky is seen at Lodhi Garden as air quality improved in the city, in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Delhi’s air quality remains in ‘poor’ category, likely to dip further

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 09:28 AM IST
AQI started improving from Saturday - with average AQI recorded at 357 for the day by the central pollution monitoring agency. With that, the air quality had improved from ‘severe’ to the ‘very poor’ category after four days.
The image of the essay is doing rounds of the Internet.(Twitter/@BeSamyak)
The image of the essay is doing rounds of the Internet.(Twitter/@BeSamyak)

Delhi Pollution holiday is a thing. ‘Kids’ are writing essays about it

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2019 06:11 PM IST
The image, shared on various social media platforms, details an essay apparently written by a kid on holidays during Delhi’s pollution.
Priyanka Chopra is back in Mumbai.
Priyanka Chopra is back in Mumbai.

Priyanka Chopra shares appreciation post for Mumbai’s blue sky as she returns from Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 06:03 PM IST
Priyanka Chopra is loving the fresh air of Mumbai after spending two weeks in polluted Delhi.
Dostana 2 stars Kartik Aaryan, Janhvi Kapoor and newcomer Lakshya in lead roles.(Instagram)
Dostana 2 stars Kartik Aaryan, Janhvi Kapoor and newcomer Lakshya in lead roles.(Instagram)

Dostana 2: Janhvi Kapoor, Kartik Aaryan’s shoot cancelled due to Delhi pollution, ‘cast and crew couldn’t breathe’

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2019 09:47 AM IST
The team of Dostana 2, including cast members Janhvi Kapoor and Kartik Aaryan and crew, have reportedly called off their Delhi leg of shooting over pollution concerns.
People seen without pollution mask amid smog near ISBT in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, November 03, 2019.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
People seen without pollution mask amid smog near ISBT in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, November 03, 2019.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

‘You want to sit in ivory towers and rule’: Supreme Court pulls up states on pollution

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2019 10:39 PM IST
A two-judge bench has summoned chief secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to explain their failure to curb stubble burning that is blamed for the toxic smog hanging over the region.
Commuters on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway amid heavy smog, in Gurugram, on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Commuters on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway amid heavy smog, in Gurugram, on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Not just winter, bad air troubles Delhi, neighbouring cities round the year

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2019 11:17 AM IST
Delhi and its neighbouring cities – Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram and Faridabad – were among the most polluted cities in the world round the year in 2018, a Hindustan Times analysis with data from airvisual.com shows.
The directives from the Supreme Court come amid Delhi’s air quality reaching hazardous levels.(Mohd Zakir/HT photo)
The directives from the Supreme Court come amid Delhi’s air quality reaching hazardous levels.(Mohd Zakir/HT photo)

‘Be here else…’: SC warns chief secretaries of 3 states on Delhi’s deadly air

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 07:43 PM IST
The apex court, also described the emergency level of the toxic air worse than Emergency and told chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to be present in court when it resumes hearing on the matter on November 6.
A letter circulating on social media mentions that schools would remain closed until November 8.(Twitter)
A letter circulating on social media mentions that schools would remain closed until November 8.(Twitter)

Fake alert! Delhi schools to be shut till November 5, not 8, clears Manish Sisodia

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 05:57 PM IST
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