Pollution may increase virus transmissibility making people more vulnerable to Covid-19, say experts | India News

NEW DELHI: Air pollution may increase transmissibility of the novel coronavirus making people more vulnerable to the disease and aggravating the Covid-19 situation, experts have said, while warning that those who have had the infection in the past may also have to face new challenges. With winters approaching and easing of the coronavirus-induced lockdown, Delhi-NCR is bracing for months of poor air quality. The national capital’s air quality was in the ‘poor’ category on Sunday morning. According to doctors, respiratory illnesses like viral influenza increase with a spike in pollution…

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Air pollution, hypertension among top 5 risk factors for death in India in 2019: Study | India News

NEW DELHI: Air pollution, hypertension, tobacco use, poor diet and high blood sugar levels were the top-five riskfactors for death in India in 2019 according to a new study. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study, published in the Lancet journal on Friday, assessed more than 286 causes of death and 369 diseases and injuries in more than 200 countries and territories across the world. It noted that India has gained more than a decade of life expectancy since 1990, but with wide inequalities between states. According to the researchers,…

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NGT forms committee to probe violation of environmental norms by ‘TDI City Kundli’ in Sonipat | India News

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has formed a committee to look into allegation of violation of compliance of environmental norms in the course of setting up ‘TDI City Kundli’ project spread over 1200 acres of area in Haryana’s Sonipat city. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel asked representatives of the Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment and Forests and IIT- Delhi to give a report with reference to the compliance of environmental norms in respect of the project within two months by e-mail. “CPCB…

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India launches Dolphin safaris in river Ganga | India News

NEW DELHI: The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) launched Dolphin-based ecotourism programme, including Dolphin safari, at six sites in three states – Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal — along the country’s national river on the occasion of the ‘Ganga River Dolphin Day’ on Monday. The ‘Ganga Praharis‘ – trained volunteers from among the local community working for cleanliness of Ganga – will take the tourists at these sites on boat rides to view Dolphin in the Ganga river. Besides, a new campaign, ‘My Ganga My Dolphin’, was also…

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Sounding rocket Rohini launched with new propellant | India News

BENGALURU: The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), earlier this month, launched Rohini Sounding Rocket (RH200) with a new propellant formulation based on Hydroxyl-terminated Polybutadiene (HTPB) from the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) at its Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC). “This was 180th successive successful flight of RH200 (meteorological) sounding rocket and the first flight with HTPB based propellant. The mission achieved an altitude of 62.7km against the predicted nominal 60.6km in 123 seconds and released the chaff payload successfully. Performance of the motor was normal,” Isro said. India started…

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Team led by Indian scientists finds X-ray signature of boundary around black holes | India News

NEW DELHI: A team of international scientists, led by those from India, has found a distinctive signature of cosmic X-rays to identify the boundary around black holes, which “unmistakably separate them” from other objects in the cosmos such as neutron stars that are comparable in mass and size. According to the astrophysicists, including Sudip Bhattacharyya from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, the current discovery is by far the strongest steady signature of the smaller, but more extreme stellar-mass black holes to date, from the cosmic X-rays…

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‘Lockdown cut emission but had little effect on warming’ | India News

NEW DELHI: Emission of carbon dioxide in 2020 will fall by an estimated 4-7% compared to last year due to Covid-19 confinement policies, though they seem to have had little effect on stemming climate change, says United in Science 2020 report of multiple global agencies, led by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The report, released on Wednesday, says reduction in emissions of CO2 in 2020 will only slightly impact the rate of increase in atmospheric concentrations, which are the result of past and current emissions, as well as the long…

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On I-Day, PM announces govt’s plans for environmental protection | India News

NEW DELHI: From launching projects to conserve Gangetic dolphins and Asiatic lions to making Ladakh carbon neutral, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his government’s plans in the kitty for the protection of the environment on Saturday. Delivering his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day, the prime minister said, “A special campaign is being worked out to reduce pollution in 100 selected cities with a holistic approach.” Announcing big plans for Ladakh, he said, “Just like Sikkim has made its mark…

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Bihar flood situation remains grim, 74.40 lakh people affected in 16 districts | India News

PATNA: The flood situation in Bihar remained grim on Monday with 20,000 more people affected by the calamity in 16 districts in the past 24 hours, a Disaster Management Department bulletin said. The total number of flood-affected people in the state has risen to 74.40 lakh, while deaths caused due to the deluge stood at 24. As many as 74.19 lakh people were hit by the calamity and 23 deaths were reported till Sunday evening. However, there is a ray of hope with a reduction in the number of flood-hit…

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Flood situation improves in Assam; 3.89 lakh in 17 districts still affected | India News

GUWAHATI: The flood situation in Assam improved considerably on Monday as the water receded from vast areas of the state, though one more person lost his life in the deluge and around 3.89 lakh people in 17 districts are still affected, an official bulletin said. The number of flood-hit people decreased by 4.65 lakh since Sunday while that of the district was down by two. According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person drowned at Manikpur area of Bongaigaon district. This year’s…

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NGT raps MoEF over monitoring of environmental norms | India News

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has rapped the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) over compliance of conditions mentioned in environmental clearances granted for projects, saying the mechanism for monitoring environmental norms is inadequate. The green panel said compliance of conditions of environmental clearance must be monitored on periodical basis, atleast once in a quarter. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel said there is poor monitoring and there are huge gaps in laying down of conditions and its enforcement. It asked the Environment Ministry to…

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Pollution matter: SC asks states about arrangements made to prevent stubble burning | India News

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked governments of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan about the arrangements made by them for preventing stubble burning which is a source of pollution in the region. The apex court has also asked the states concerned to apprise it about the instances of stubble burning in previous year, its locations and also how many farmers were responsible so that “special arrangements” could be made in advance for those areas. “With respect to stubble burning, we would like to hear, by…

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