Delhi Air Pollution: People sitting in 5-star hotels blame farmers, but ignore firecrackers, says SC

“People sitting in 5, 7-star hotels in Delhi criticise how they [farmers] contribute to pollution. Have you seen their earnings per land holding?” Chief Justice of India NV Ramana asked. The Supreme Court said that people in Delhi sit in 5- and 7-star hotels and blame farmers for pollution. (Representative image) A Supreme Court bench, … Read more

India’s Diwali Plans: Green crackers, new guidelines & more – This is how people will celebrate Diwali this year

Several state governments in the country have imposed various kinds of restrictions to check air pollution and keep the pandemic in check. Even as people are getting ready to celebrate the biggest festival of the year, perennially worsening air pollution and fear of spread of Coronavirus pandemic are going to dampen the spirits of festivity. … Read more

Diwali 2020: Coronavirus, air pollution dampen firecrackers demand, earthen lamps register huge demand

Potters in Varanasi city expressed happiness over the renewed interest and jump in demand of diyas this year. (Credit:ANI) Even as the spectre of Coronavirus second wave in the country looms large during the impending festive season, the country is preparing for arguably its biggest festival of the year- Diwali. Various state governments are also … Read more

Sale of firecrackers banned in Rajasthan

JAIPUR (Rajasthan): Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday said that he has issued directions to ban the sale of firecrackers and restrict their use to protect COVID-19 patients and the public from their ill-effects. “In order to protect the health of COVID-19 infected patients and general public due to poisonous smoke emanating from firecrackers, … Read more

Pollution board to abide by govt’s COVID advisory, 90-db noise cap for Diwali in place: Official

The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) said on Sunday that the existing noise cap of 90 decibel on crackers will be in place during this Diwali, and all COVID-19 advisories by the state and the Centre would be strictly followed to avoid the spread of the viral disease. The pollution watchdog is working in … Read more