Tag - air pollution

Delhi covered in toxic smog, air quality still “severe”


New Delhi: The air quality in Delhi continues to be in the 'severe' category, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded at over 450 in some locations this morning. Some of the worst affected areas are RK Puram (453), Punjabi Bagh (444), ITO (441) and Anand Vihar (432). The national capital remained shrouded in a blanket...

Maharashtra students pledge for ‘pollution-free’ Diwali


Mumbai: As pollution levels rise all over, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde administered a pledge to students to celebrate a 'pollution-free' Diwali and play an environment-friendly role here. The pledge came at an event by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and Department of Environment & Climate Change's 'Pollution-free Diwali Sankalp Abhiyan-2023'. Chief Minister Shinde said that...

Supreme Court bans fire-crackers across India


New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered a ban on firecrackers across India, saying the directions against the use of barium and banned chemicals in firecrackers are applicable to all states and not just Delhi-NCR. The clarification was made by the apex court while hearing a plea relating to issue of firecrackers in the state...

India had most pollution deaths in 2019, over 23.5 Lakh: Lancet


New Delhi: India saw over 23.5 lakh premature deaths due to pollution of all types - including 16.7 lakh fatalities caused by air pollution - in 2019, the highest among all countries globally, according to a new study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal. The majority of air pollution-related deaths - 9.8 lakh - in...

Tamil Nadu fireworks manufacturers not to appeal against ban


Chennai: Fireworks manufacturers in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu will not appeal against the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order to ban bursting of firecrackers during Diwali in places where average ambient air quality falls is 'poor' and 'worse' categories. "There will be a total ban against the sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in...

SC favors crackers ban, says preserving life most important


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said there cannot be anything more important than preservation of life amid the pandemic, as it declined to interfere with the Calcutta High Court order, banning sale and use of firecrackers in West Bengal during Kali Puja, Diwali and other festivals. A vacation bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud...