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Stubble burning is not a hobby for us, says Punjab CM at HTLS

Charanjit Singh Channi made the remarks while speaking with Hindustan Times’ national political editor Sunetra Choudhury on the last day of HTLS 2021.
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi speaks during a session of HTLS 2021 with Hindustan Times national political editor Sunetra Choudhury.
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi speaks during a session of HTLS 2021 with Hindustan Times national political editor Sunetra Choudhury.
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 03:59 PM IST
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By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Local pollution sources at fault as stubble fire season wraps up

According to data collated by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, since November 30, the share of stubble burning in Delhi’s pollution came down to zero, a level it is likely to stay at for the next five days.
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Published on Dec 02, 2021 02:12 AM IST
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Stubble fire count in north India at five-year high, Nasa satellite data shows

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) found that there have been 90,984 fires cumulatively in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh this year, almost 7,000 more than last year’s 84,525.
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Published on Nov 30, 2021 11:47 PM IST
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ByJasjeev Gandhiok, New Delhi

Stubble fires go past 2020 tally, rise four-fold since November 1

  • The farm fire analysis is based on a study of VIIRS-SNP satellite data by a NASA scientist, who said that while daily numbers have begun to reduce, it is unclear whether the 2016 record will remain unbroken – and if fires continue, the threat of bad air continues to loom over Delhi.
Till November 16, Punjab recorded 74,015 farm fire counts, compared to 72,373 in the same period last year. In 2016, the figure stood at 84,886.(PTI file photo)
Till November 16, Punjab recorded 74,015 farm fire counts, compared to 72,373 in the same period last year. In 2016, the figure stood at 84,886.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 04:41 AM IST
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ByJasjeev Gandhiok, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Punjab cannot handle its paddy, but it can’t change without help

The toxic air in Delhi and adjoining areas is a by-product of multiple factors. Smoke from stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana is an important contributor.
Punjab is responsible for the largest number of farm fires in the northern region, over six times the number of fires in the states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.(PTI)
Punjab is responsible for the largest number of farm fires in the northern region, over six times the number of fires in the states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 09:17 PM IST
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ByAbhishek Jha and Roshan Kishore, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Dust and smoke from farm fires in deadly cocktail

  • The estimates are from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology’s (IITM) decision support system (DSS), which provides a forecast for Delhi’s air quality and identifies the components of the pollution, which at present includes a spike in all major sources.
Stubble burning smoke emanates from a field in Gharaunda in Haryana(REUTERS)
Stubble burning smoke emanates from a field in Gharaunda in Haryana(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 06:40 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Farm fires at a record high; FIRs by 2 NCR states: Nil

At least 50,000 instances of farm fires have been recorded since October 1 in two NCR states, but not a single police case has been registered over any of them in Punjab – where most of the incidents have been recorded – and Uttar Pradesh.
Punjab farm fires spike has resulted due to the delay in paddy harvest, with 10,000 cases in two days; the Malwa belt has been worst-hit. (HT FILE )
Punjab farm fires spike has resulted due to the delay in paddy harvest, with 10,000 cases in two days; the Malwa belt has been worst-hit. (HT FILE )
Updated on Nov 11, 2021 02:01 AM IST
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By, Abhishek Jha, Chandan Kumar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Stubble burning emissions account for 36% of Delhi’s pollution: SAFAR

The Centre-run SAFAR has forecasted that the contribution of stubble burning emissions will remain almost the same today, and that the air quality of Delhi is likely to improve from tonight given no more firecrackers are burnt.
Public Works Department (PWD) workers spray water to curb the air pollution in New Delhi on November 6, 2021. (ANI Photo)(Ishant Kumar)
Public Works Department (PWD) workers spray water to curb the air pollution in New Delhi on November 6, 2021. (ANI Photo)(Ishant Kumar)
Published on Nov 06, 2021 05:10 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Centre says lesser stubble burning incidents observed in Delhi, NCR this year

In a statement, the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change said that the paddy residue burning events in the three states during the one-month period between September 15 and October 15 have reduced from a similar observation last year.
In Punjab, four districts, namely Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Patiala and Ludhiana, contributed more than 70% to the total stubble burning events.(PTI | Representational image)
In Punjab, four districts, namely Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Patiala and Ludhiana, contributed more than 70% to the total stubble burning events.(PTI | Representational image)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 03:30 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Stubble fires count likely to hit 4,000 by month-end: Experts

Since October 7, Delhi’s PM 2.5 (particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 micrometres) concentration has started showing an increasing trend with the daily average PM 2.5 levels exceeding the permissible limit of 60 microgram per metre cube
On October 13, a total of 132 events were captured by the satellite in Punjab. On the same day in 2019, 117 active fire events were captured, while there were 240 active fire events in the state in 2020. (Representational image/PTI File)
On October 13, a total of 132 events were captured by the satellite in Punjab. On the same day in 2019, 117 active fire events were captured, while there were 240 active fire events in the state in 2020. (Representational image/PTI File)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 06:14 AM IST
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BySoumya Pillai and Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal unveils plan to combat winter pollution

As part of its 10-point plan, the Delhi government will help spraying a bio-decomposer -- developed by Indian Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR -- also known as Pusa Institute) -- which converts paddy stubble into manure without burning, in rural areas in the Capital.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (ANI file photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (ANI file photo)
Updated on Oct 05, 2021 01:35 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Govt taking steps to check stubble burning, says Union minister

Union environment minister Bhupender Yadav said the Centre has been supported by Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi governments to deal with menace.
Union environment minister Bhupender Yadav was interacting with the media at Shram Bureau Bhawan in Chandigarh on the sidelines of the 101st foundation day celebration of the Labour Bureau. He outlined the measures taken by the government to reduce stubble burning. (HT FILE)
Union environment minister Bhupender Yadav was interacting with the media at Shram Bureau Bhawan in Chandigarh on the sidelines of the 101st foundation day celebration of the Labour Bureau. He outlined the measures taken by the government to reduce stubble burning. (HT FILE)
Updated on Oct 04, 2021 04:13 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh

News updates from HT: Bhupendra Yadav says states cooperating on stubble burning

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Stubble burning in the neighbouring states is one of the major contributors of air pollution in Delhi during winter (HT Archive)
Stubble burning in the neighbouring states is one of the major contributors of air pollution in Delhi during winter (HT Archive)
Published on Oct 03, 2021 09:06 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Got positive help from Punjab, Haryana on stubble burning: Environment minister

Environment minister Bhupender Yadav said with technologies available now, there was economic viability of stubble nowadays.
Stubble burning in the neighbouring states is one of the major contributors of air pollution in Delhi during winter. (File photo / HT)
Stubble burning in the neighbouring states is one of the major contributors of air pollution in Delhi during winter. (File photo / HT)
Published on Oct 03, 2021 07:18 PM IST
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‘Neighbouring states ready to try bio-decomposer for stubble pollution’: Rai

“Neighbouring states have said that they're ready for the experiment of bio-decomposer to tackle stubble burning, However, there is a lack in the action plan,” Gopal Rai said.
“The Central and the concerned State Governments should prepare for [the] sprinkling of bio-decomposer on a war footing as a measure,” Gopal Rai said.(ANI)
“The Central and the concerned State Governments should prepare for [the] sprinkling of bio-decomposer on a war footing as a measure,” Gopal Rai said.(ANI)
Published on Sep 23, 2021 04:17 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Stubble burning on agenda as Delhi environment minister chairs key meet today

Delhi witnesses a surge in air pollution levels every winter due to many reasons, including stubble burning in neighbouring states.
Smoke billows from paddy waste stubble as it burns in a field near Jewar, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Smoke billows from paddy waste stubble as it burns in a field near Jewar, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Sep 09, 2021 05:31 AM IST
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AAP slams UP, Haryana, Punjab Rajasthan for ‘failing to control stubble burning’

“The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has found that the Congress-ruled states Punjab and Rajasthan, and BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have done nothing to prevent stubble burning. The governments in all these states have failed to subside and provide machinery to farmers to prevent stubble burning,” said AAP’s chief spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj in a press conference at the party head office in central Delhi.
Saurabh Bhardwaj claimed an air quality commission rejected the plans put forward by the four neighbouring states. (Mohd Zakir/HT Archive)
Saurabh Bhardwaj claimed an air quality commission rejected the plans put forward by the four neighbouring states. (Mohd Zakir/HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 08, 2021 01:25 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

CAQM asks states to follow protocol developed by Isro to check stubble burning

  • The CAQM had in December last stressed the need to develop and implement a standard set of methods across NCR and adjoining areas for monitoring fire events.
A farmer burns paddy stubble in a field, in Amritsar in this file picture from October 2020. (PTI Photo)
A farmer burns paddy stubble in a field, in Amritsar in this file picture from October 2020. (PTI Photo)
Published on Aug 22, 2021 05:25 PM IST
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Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Tackling pollution, beyond stubble burning | Opinion

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
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)
Published on Dec 08, 2020 08:23 PM IST
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BySumant Sinha

Field trials of Pusa’s stubble solution show mixed results

Deepak Yadav, a farmer in Jhuljhuli village of south-west Delhi’s Najafgarh, picks up and displays the stubble of a late variety of Basmati strewn on his two-acre farm.
A farmer in Jhuljhuli village near Najafgarh shows remains of stubble after the Pusa bio-decomposer was sprayed on his field.(Vipin Kumar/HT photo)
A farmer in Jhuljhuli village near Najafgarh shows remains of stubble after the Pusa bio-decomposer was sprayed on his field.(Vipin Kumar/HT photo)
Updated on Dec 03, 2020 02:25 AM IST
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Working on long-term solution to stubble burning: Air commission

A combination of extremely high number of stubble fires in Punjab, low to calm winds in the region and subsidence of air had led to Delhi recording “severe” air quality for six days consecutively since November 5 this month.
A farmer burns paddy stubble, in Rupnagar distric.(PTI)
A farmer burns paddy stubble, in Rupnagar distric.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 26, 2020 02:40 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Delhi govt asks Centre to use bio-decomoposer in Punjab, Haryana

Gopal Rai said the bio-decomoposer used on 22,000 acres of land in Delhi turned 90% crop residue into manure within 15-20 days.
Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(ANI)
Environment Minister Gopal Rai.(ANI)
Updated on Nov 25, 2020 07:59 AM IST
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Delhi’s air quality ‘poor’, likely to deteriorate further

The city’s 24-hour average AQI was 274 on Sunday It was 251 on Saturday, 296 on Friday, 283 on Thursday and 211 on Wednesday.
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”.(ANI)
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”.(ANI)
Published on Nov 22, 2020 06:51 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

HT Chandigarh Our Take: Let’s celebrate a happy but safe Diwali

The festival of lights, Diwali, is just around the corner, heralding the advent of the winter months and the final months of a gloomy year or annus horribilis, as Queen Elizabeth once famously put it, in which a Covid-19 wreaked havoc on the planet, forcing nations to declare lockdowns, keeping people confined indoors for months, destroying economies and lives.
In a year that has virtually been written off because of Covid-19, it’s important that we celebrate festivities responsibly.(HT Photo)
In a year that has virtually been written off because of Covid-19, it’s important that we celebrate festivities responsibly.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2020 12:13 AM IST
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Delhi govt forms assessment panel to ascertain effect of Pusa bio-decomposer for stubble burning-caused pollution

Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the panel will have 15 members, including MLAs, and officials from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, and Agriculture Department.
The impact assessment committee set up by the Delhi government has been asked to submit an assessment report to the government within a week.(HT file photo)
The impact assessment committee set up by the Delhi government has been asked to submit an assessment report to the government within a week.(HT file photo)
Updated on Nov 06, 2020 04:27 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma

Delhi pollution unchanged despite high wind speed, air quality still ‘poor’

Delhi’s AQI was 364 on Sunday, with stubble burning contributing 40 per cent to Delhi’s pollution and negating the effect of better ventilation.
Delhi recorded a 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of 293, which falls in the ‘poor’ category.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Delhi recorded a 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of 293, which falls in the ‘poor’ category.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 02, 2020 08:42 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Deepali Sharma

Decline in Punjab’s stubble burning area this year, says official

During a virtual meeting with senior officers,deputy commissioners,and senior superintendent of police,she expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the state government to end the hazardous practice
The total straw burning area this year was 7.49 lakh hectares as compared to 7.90 lakh hectares last year, which is 5.23 per cent lower(Hindustan Times)
The total straw burning area this year was 7.49 lakh hectares as compared to 7.90 lakh hectares last year, which is 5.23 per cent lower(Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 31, 2020 10:52 PM IST
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Chandigarh | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

Working with India to find solutions to Covid pandemic: Finland envoy

The pandemic has “shown very strongly that we need strong multilateral cooperation and rules-based order”, but the crisis is also an opportunity to make changes to address issues such as climate change, said Finland’s ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde.
Covid-19-related restrictions have suspended flights between the two countries and Finland is working to slowly open up its immigration services, particularly for students and skilled professionals, from November, Koukku-Ronde said. (Photo @AmbKoukkuRonde)
Covid-19-related restrictions have suspended flights between the two countries and Finland is working to slowly open up its immigration services, particularly for students and skilled professionals, from November, Koukku-Ronde said. (Photo @AmbKoukkuRonde)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 10:39 PM IST
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Delhi air quality stays severe for most parts of day, settles at very poor

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).
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)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 04:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Air quality slips back into ‘very poor’ category

The level of ultrafine particulate matter having a diameter of 2.5 microns or less (PM 2.5), the city’s primary pollutant, was 267.25 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3) on Tuesday, as per data recorded by CPCB’s air quality monitor at Vikas Sadan in Sector 11.
Hazy conditions at the Iffco Chowk flyover, as the city recorded a PM2.5 concentration of 267µg/m3 on Tuesday.
Hazy conditions at the Iffco Chowk flyover, as the city recorded a PM2.5 concentration of 267µg/m3 on Tuesday.
Updated on Oct 27, 2020 11:49 PM IST
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