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Delhi Government Goes All Out to Ensure a Clean, Green Diwali 2018

Delhi Government Goes All Out to Ensure a Clean, Green Diwali 2018

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The festival of Diwali is no longer a festival of joy alone and is accompanied by misery especially for those suffering from breathing disorders. This is true for the entire NCT of Delhi, which has an alarming population of over 20 million people. Every year during Diwali, the air quality worsens and is worst during and immediately after the Diwali night. The large-scale burning of fire crackers during the Diwali night, which spikes up the already air polluted National Capital is the principal cause of this pollution. This year, the Government of NCT of Delhi has taken significant steps for ensuring the reduction of air pollution due to Diwali. The Government began with writing a letter to all the schools, through its Eco Clubs Scheme. The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Manish ...
Can Delhi Afford to Pollute This Diwali?

Can Delhi Afford to Pollute This Diwali?

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The festival of Diwali marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. The festival has always been an occasion for celebrating happiness, prosperity and well being of one and all. However, the situation in Delhi today is such that the celebrations revolving around this festival are becoming a threat to the health and well being of the society at large. Take, for example, the sweets which are manufactured and distributed specifically to meet the high demand during Diwali. The news of toxic laden ingredients as well as chemical treated dry fruits etc. becomes the talk of the town days before the onset of the festival preparations. The consumption of sweets and other eatables made from these ingredients leads to considerable loss of health and happi...
Biomedical Waste Management in Delhi: Need of the Hour

Biomedical Waste Management in Delhi: Need of the Hour

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Biomedical waste is defined as any waste which is generated from any health related facility and which could be injurious to the health and well being humans or the environment. Consequently, under the Biomedical Waste (Management & Handling) Rules 1998, all health care institutions are required to handle biomedical waste in a specified manner. Delhi generates approximately 7,000 metric tonnes of waste out every day out of which 70 tonnes/day is the biomedical waste. According to a Government report (2010), only about 10.125 tonnes/day of biomedical waste gets properly treated in Delhi. This is concerning and we will have to much more than what we are doing at present to ensure minimum exposure to the health risks posed by inadequate handling of biomedical waste. Fortunately, a rec...

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 12, 2013

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 12 (starting March 18, 2013) 2013. 1. Carcinogens in groundwater in areas near Najafgarh drain The groundwater table near the Najafgarh drain has been contaminated with metals such as the cancer-inducing lead, and cadmium apart from other health hazards such as arsenic, nitrate, manganese and iron. 2. Pushed to wall, govt may extend Re 1 power subsidy Cornered by Resident Welfare Associations  and the Opposition, the government is likely to announce a subsidy of Rs. 1 for domestic consumers. 3. Delhi govt goofs up on World Sparrow Day Sparrows have become so rare in the capital that it seems not even Delhi's environment department can identify it correctly. 4. Environment is Delhi’s Achille
Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 4, 2013

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 4, 2013

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 4 (starting January 21, 2013) 2013. 1. Plastic remains in use as ban hangs in balance Plastic carrybags are back in Delhi markets despite a ban. Though the government maintains the material is banned in the Capital, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, which has the mandate to implement the ban, says it cannot really take action against the offenders. 2. February date for first-ever tree census The Delhi government has finally set a deadline of February 2013, for the launch of the Capital's first-ever tree census. The Delhi Preservation of Trees Act came into force in 1994, with a mandate to count trees, but it could never take off despite promises. 3. Solar pump project hit as states ignor...
Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 35, 2012

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 35, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 35 (starting August 27, 2012) 2012. 1. Delhi zoo spares some time for vultures Coinciding with the International Vulture Awareness Day on Saturday, the authorities at the National Zoological Park have organised daylong programmes for spreading a word about the bird on the verge of extinction. For some years now, the park - known popularly as the Delhi zoo - has just one white vulture in its aviary. 2. East Delhi's first solar water treatment plant started Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated east Delhi's first solar water purification plant at Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidhyalaya, Surajmal Vihar. The treatment plant has been set up by an NGO called Social Awareness Newer Alternatives. Di...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 49, 2011

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 49 (starting December 5), 2011. 1. Durban climate talks end, new global climate change regime from 2020 The Durban climate talks finally ended more than 36 hours after the scheduled closure on Sunday early morning. The world agreed to a new global climate change regime that will come in to force starting 2020. 2. Staid Capital (Delhi) turns global city Till a decade ago, all New Delhi received were backhanded compliments - a stately but staid city; a city of grand boulevards and wide open spaces, but bereft of any chemistry. Most people believed the Capital was not quite a melting pot of cultures the way several celebrated cities of the world -such as New York, London, and, to some extent, Mumbai - ...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 45, 2011

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 45 (starting November 7), 2011. 1. CWG construction added to pollution Frenzied construction activities carried out for the Commonwealth Games last year, and increasing number of vehicles being added to the city roads every year are some of the factors responsible for polluting Delhi's air. 2. DTC headquarters to be modernised The decks have been cleared for giving the Delhi Transport Corporation headquarters at I.P. Bus Depot on Ring Road a new look with the construction of a modern green building and introduction of a new traffic circulation plan within and around the depot premises. 3. NDMC mulls hike in charges New Delhi Municipal Council is planning to increase parking charges at NDMC pa...
Now Online: Real Time Ambient Air Quality Data for Delhi

Now Online: Real Time Ambient Air Quality Data for Delhi

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The Department of Environment (DoE), Govt. of NCT of Delhi has now placed online, real time ambient air quality data from the various monitoring stations across Delhi. As of 4th October 2010, data from four stations, viz. Civil Lines, Punjabi Bagh, IGI Airport and R.K. Puram was made available for online viewing as continuous data files containing averages. Maintained by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), the online database of Delhi's ambient air quality reveals concentration of pollutant gases along with particulate matter concentration and the given meteorological condition through a state-of-the-art interface. Air quality in New Delhi has seen severe deterioration in the past decade mainly due to the rapid and steady increase in the total number of automobiles on t...

Top 10 Reasons Why Delhi Turned Up To Vote

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Circulating on the Internet: "Ten Reasons Why South Mumbai Did Not Vote" 10. Clashed with Salsa class 9. Election whites not drycleaned 8. No candidate a hottie 7. Tony Jethmalani contesting from suburbs. Sigh! 6. No valet parking at booth 5. Spotted servant in queue ahead of us 4. Driver not come 3. “Elections over dude, Obama won!" 2. No party tackling real issues, eg, reduce Gold Gym rates... 1. No home delivery! "Ten Reasons Why Delhi Turned Up to Vote" 1. They loved the Tata Tea ad 2. They saw the Chopras go out, and thought they must overtake the Lancer from left 3. Bunty’s girlfriend wanted it when they were going out for some Chinese 4. Diwan Saheb on second floor persuaded them. He is "jaaaint saactry" in DPCC 5. Without stable government, real estate will n

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