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This Diwali, let plants breathe too

Vivek Shukla If plants could speak, they would definitely beg cracker-lovers not to use crackers during Diwali. It is no secret that Diwali crackers play havoc with plants and gardens. According to JPS Dabas, senior agricultural scientist of the Delhi-based Indian Institute of Agricultural Research, “After crackers burst in the air, they emit toxic gases

Saving green lung of capital

Manjula Pal Lush green parks are the lungs of the national capital, which is the most densely populated State in the country. It is unfortunate that they have been the target of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) for long. Increasing vehicular congestion and rapid urbanisation has pushed air pollution levels beyond permissible limits. Besides,

Saving green lung of capital

Manjula Pal Lush green parks are the lungs of the national capital, which is the most densely populated State in the country. It is unfortunate that they have been the target of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) for long. Increasing vehicular congestion and rapid urbanisation has pushed air pollution levels beyond permissible limits. Besides,

Rahul Gandhi’s failures

In pure electoral terms, Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s departure from the Congress may not significantly impact the party’s prospects in the 2017 Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress’s position is so bleak that the loss (or even gain) of a handful of seats due to Joshi’s decision will make no difference to the imminent defeat

Rahul Gandhi’s failures

In pure electoral terms, Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s departure from the Congress may not significantly impact the party’s prospects in the 2017 Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress’s position is so bleak that the loss (or even gain) of a handful of seats due to Joshi’s decision will make no difference to the imminent defeat

Paris deal remains an unfinished business

The Paris agenda requires a sharp and early reduction of aggregate emissions of GHGs at the global level, and a sincere attempt to address the inequitable manner in which climate change has been dealt with thus far In November, the Paris agreement on climate change is expected to come into existence with the requisite number

Criminal negligence

The fire incident at the SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar on Monday is a grim reminder how a number of private hospitals in the country continue to ignore fire safety norms. It needs to be investigated how a 1,000-bed hospital was allowed to function when it lost its accreditation with the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals

For cleaner air to breathe

Climate change is a distinct facet of modern life in the 21st century. No nation and human habitation would be left bereft of its impact. Thus, the deal signed by 197 nations in Kigali, Rwanda, to cut back on greenhouse gases (GHG) that are used in refrigerators and air-conditioners, ought to be intelligently welcomed. The

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