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The previous all-time high price of petrol was ₹84 a litre on October 4, 2018.(REUTERS)

Petrol prices touch record high at 84.20 a litre in NCR

By Utpal Bhaskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:47 AM IST
Central and state taxes and the commission of dealers are added to the refinery gate price of auto fuel to arrive at the retail price.
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Representational Image.(File photo)
Representational Image.(File photo)

Heavy rain, hailstorm hit several parts of Delhi-NCR

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:35 AM IST
Delhi and parts of NCR have been receiving rain over the past three days because of the impact of a passing Western Disturbance
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File photo: Waves of dust blows from an under-construction site in Ghaziabad.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
File photo: Waves of dust blows from an under-construction site in Ghaziabad.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

Pollution control boards slap Rs 2.76 crore fine for violating air pollution norms in NCR

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 07:56 PM IST
The Commission for Air Quality Management for Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas had directed to constitute special teams and launch inspection drives at construction sites in NCR.
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Representational image.(HT Archive)
Representational image.(HT Archive)

All industries in Delhi to switch to PNG by January 31, 2021, directs air quality commission

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 04:44 PM IST
About 1,644 of the industrial units spread across 50 industrial areas in Delhi have been identified for the switch over to PNG
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An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 on the Richter Scale hit Haryana’s Rewari on Thursday night, the tremors of which were felt in Delhi-NCR.
An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 on the Richter Scale hit Haryana’s Rewari on Thursday night, the tremors of which were felt in Delhi-NCR.

12 mild earthquakes since June, Delhi feels tremors again

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 11:29 AM IST
Delhi, which lies close to a faultline, is susceptible to big earthquakes, geologists say. The city falls in seismic zone IV - a very high-risk zone.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(File photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(File photo)

Law-making process ‘unconstitutional’, BJP leader urges PM, home minister for reform

By Risha Chitlangia | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 04:49 PM IST
The three farm laws are not anti-farmer, but anti-middlemen. But due to the misinformation campaign and lack of awareness among people, farmers are on the streets, says Delhi BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay
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On Tuesday, the air pollution levels in Delhi and National Capital Region was between very poor to severe with Ghaziabad being the most polluted city with Air Quality Index (AQI) of 415.(PTI file photo)
On Tuesday, the air pollution levels in Delhi and National Capital Region was between very poor to severe with Ghaziabad being the most polluted city with Air Quality Index (AQI) of 415.(PTI file photo)

Bad-air law drafted, cleared in less than a week

By Chetan Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 08:30 AM IST
On October 16, the Supreme Court said it was setting up a committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Madan Lokur for monitoring stubble burning and air pollution in the NCR and nearby areas, considered to be some of the most polluted in India, particularly in the winter months when post-harvest crop residue burning in Punjab and Haryana causes the capital to be shrouded by smoky haze.
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Bad air knows no boundaries and a multiplicity of agencies working in silos doesn’t help the situation(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Bad air knows no boundaries and a multiplicity of agencies working in silos doesn’t help the situation(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Tackling pollution, beyond stubble burning | Opinion

By Sumant Sinha
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 08:23 PM IST
While stubble burning continues to be a sensitive inter-state issue, the local administration should focus on these “internal” factors and mitigate them through proper planning, strict governance and the active participation of common citizens
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This marks the first-ever appearance of the avian species in Haryana and Delhi-NCR. A previous sighting of the bird in India, in December 2016, at a Mumbai wetland, had sent ripples among country’s birding community .(Rakesh Ahlawat)
This marks the first-ever appearance of the avian species in Haryana and Delhi-NCR. A previous sighting of the bird in India, in December 2016, at a Mumbai wetland, had sent ripples among country’s birding community .(Rakesh Ahlawat)

Red-breasted merganser duck sighted in NCR for first time

By Prayag Arora-Desai | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 06:13 AM IST
Red-breasted merganser ducks are among the fastest ducks in flight, clocking speeds above 150 kilometres per hour. “It’s hard to say where exactly this bird’s migratory path has originated as their breeding range is very large,” said Sonu Dalal, who first spotted the duck on Sunday.
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The CPCB has issued three directions to Delhi government to redress complaints on Sameer app.(HT file photo)
The CPCB has issued three directions to Delhi government to redress complaints on Sameer app.(HT file photo)

CPCB issues notice to Delhi government for immediate action against local pollution

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 02:13 PM IST
Out of 3,094 complaints lodged on Sameer app during October 7 and November 18, only 34% of the complaints have been redressed so far
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People burst firecrackers on the occasion of Diwali festival at Shivaji Park, Dadar in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
People burst firecrackers on the occasion of Diwali festival at Shivaji Park, Dadar in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)

NGT extends ban on sale and use of firecrackers during Covid-19 in NCR and cities where AQI falls under ‘poor’ or above categories

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 03:19 PM IST
NGT extends ban on sale and use of firecrackers during Covid-19 in NCR and cities where AQI falls under ‘poor’ or above categories
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A Metro train stops amid farmers’ protest, at Anand Vihar Metro station in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI)
A Metro train stops amid farmers’ protest, at Anand Vihar Metro station in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI)

Farmers’ protest: Metro stations near Delhi-Haryana border to remain closed, says DMRC

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 11:53 AM IST
In a statement, DMRC said that on Friday, train services from NCR towards Delhi will not be available
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Representational Image.(File photo)

Farmers’ protest: Delhi-NCR commuters bear brunt of suspended Metro services

By Anvit Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 06:08 PM IST
The restriction on trains going from Delhi towards NCR were lifted after 2pm while incoming trains remained suspended till further orders, officials said
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Representational photo.(HT File)
Representational photo.(HT File)

Metro services from NCR to Delhi suspended till further orders: DMRC

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 03:48 PM IST
The Metro resumed train services from Delhi to NCR sections after 2pm on Thursday
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In view of the rising Covid-19 cases, the Maharashtra government on Monday also announced certain restrictions and guidelines for all citizens to follow. As per guidelines, passengers travelling in flights from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat will have to produce a negative RT-PCR report on landing at airports in Maharashtra.(ANI)
In view of the rising Covid-19 cases, the Maharashtra government on Monday also announced certain restrictions and guidelines for all citizens to follow. As per guidelines, passengers travelling in flights from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat will have to produce a negative RT-PCR report on landing at airports in Maharashtra.(ANI)

Starting today, outstation travellers to be screened by Mumbai civic body

By Mehul R Thakkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 12:43 AM IST
Incoming passengers from Delhi, NCR, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa will be screened and those showing symptoms will be tested using rapid antigen kits
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A man walking near the Union Home Ministry during a sudden rain in Delhi.(Rakj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
A man walking near the Union Home Ministry during a sudden rain in Delhi.(Rakj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

MeT office sounds hail, rain warning for parts of Delhi, NCR

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 05:13 PM IST
The rain and thunder is associated with a western disturbance which started impacting the western Himalayas on Saturday.
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People bursting crackers in the National Capital Region on Diwali despite a ban on fireworks leading to rising pollution levels.(SANCHIT KHANNA/HT PHOTO.)
People bursting crackers in the National Capital Region on Diwali despite a ban on fireworks leading to rising pollution levels.(SANCHIT KHANNA/HT PHOTO.)

Delhi’s air quality remains in ‘severe’ zone post Diwali, likely to improve later today

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 08:24 AM IST
The forecast said that a western disturbance passing over Delhi-NCR is likely to improve the wind speed over the city by Sunday afternoon, helping disperse the pollution particles that have accumulated close to the surface.
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Fishermen seen at work in heavily polluted waters of the Yamuna River at Kalindi Kunj in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Fishermen seen at work in heavily polluted waters of the Yamuna River at Kalindi Kunj in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Will Diwali again lead to a bad air spike?

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 02:39 AM IST
The AQI on Friday was 339, while it was 314 on Thursday. CPCB data shows that over the past five years, the pollution levels in the city have remained in the “severe” levels in the days following Diwali.
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A stone crusher at work.(Representational photo)
A stone crusher at work.(Representational photo)

CPCB orders closure of stone crushers, asks Punjab, Haryana to curb stubble burning

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sandip Bardhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 05:09 PM IST
The Commission on Air Quality Management in the NCR and adjoining areas decided on November 10 that the task of implementing the Graded Response Action Plan will be temporarily given to CPCB
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A man pedals his cart amid an atmosphere shrouded in smog, in New Delhi on Thursday.(File photo)
A man pedals his cart amid an atmosphere shrouded in smog, in New Delhi on Thursday.(File photo)

Former Delhi chief secretary MM Kutty to be chairperson of Air Quality Commission

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 12:45 PM IST
The Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and adjoining areas will coordinate, resolve issues,and implement air pollution management strategies in Delhi-NCR
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Cracker sellers in Delhi-NCR feel the awareness on green crackers being available in the market is low.(Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Cracker sellers in Delhi-NCR feel the awareness on green crackers being available in the market is low.(Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT)

Cracker ‘less’ Diwali? Sellers in Delhi-NCR say sale is not good so far

By Aprajita Sharad | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 01:59 PM IST
Ahead of Diwali, cracker sellers say that the sale of crackers is at an all time low this year.
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File photo: Healthcare workers conduct temperature and swab test at Covid-19 testing center.(Praful Gangurde)
File photo: Healthcare workers conduct temperature and swab test at Covid-19 testing center.(Praful Gangurde)

West UP districts, NCR on alert after Covid-19 surge in Delhi

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 11:25 PM IST
There has been a decline in active Covid-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh. There has also been a decline in the number of hotspots and containment zones.
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Benefits of wearing a face mask were at par, if not better, that with those of a lockdown, Delhi health minister Satyendar Kumar Jain said.(PTI)
Benefits of wearing a face mask were at par, if not better, that with those of a lockdown, Delhi health minister Satyendar Kumar Jain said.(PTI)

‘Consider face masks like Covid-19 vaccine,’ says Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 03:20 PM IST
Active Covid-19 cases in the country stood at 5,94,386 while the infection tally soared to 8,088,851,  according to the health ministry dashboard on Friday morning.
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Children playing football on a hazy morning in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Children playing football on a hazy morning in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Air pollution: New law, new hope, old challenges

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 04:35 PM IST
Legal experts said the commission may not be able to do much more than what Epca was already doing.
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Morning walkers at India Gate despite rising air pollution in New Delhi on Thursday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Morning walkers at India Gate despite rising air pollution in New Delhi on Thursday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

CAQM: Stronger body, but some gaps remain

By Navroz K Dubash, Shibani Ghosh and Santosh Harish | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 05:40 AM IST
CAQM’s creation is not a trivial change, and almost certainly represents a step-up from Epca. A new commission, with full-time members and dedicated staff, is likely to help address the problem of intermittent focus on air quality.
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Morning walkers at India Gate despite rising air pollution in New Delhi on Thursday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Morning walkers at India Gate despite rising air pollution in New Delhi on Thursday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Delhi air quality stays severe for most parts of day, settles at very poor

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 04:13 AM IST
Scientists attributed the bad air to calm surface wind conditions that have led to the accumulation of pollutants in the atmosphere and stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana that is affecting the National Capital Region (NCR).
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A farmer burns paddy stubble at Dhearhi Jatta village on NH-7 in Patiala, Punjab on Thursday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)
A farmer burns paddy stubble at Dhearhi Jatta village on NH-7 in Patiala, Punjab on Thursday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

Farmer bodies oppose air pollution ordinance; Haryana,UP govts welcome it

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh/Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 05:26 AM IST
Different industry body leaders said that the Ordinance will further slow down the industry output which is facing dire straits due to Covid-19 and economic slowdown.
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A hazy sky on Wednesday morning in Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
A hazy sky on Wednesday morning in Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Implementation of critical air pollution solutions pending, Epca tells SC

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 04:35 AM IST
The Centre informed the top court on Monday that it has drafted a comprehensive law to control air pollution, especially in the Delhi-NCR region. This triggered speculation that a new agency or body created by the government could replace Epca.
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Incomet extending a helping hand to the underprivileged section of the society

UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 05:16 PM IST
Incomet’s 5% revenue goes to social service; it has joined hands with many non-governmental organizations for various social causes that need immediate attention and support from the citizens and institutions.
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Bhutani Group: Offering the best commercial projects to clients

UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 05:04 PM IST
With the ongoing festival season, the Group has already started getting inquiries, and the offer announcement is likely to act as a catalyst for sales.
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