Delhi pollution level 11 times over WHO’s PM10 limit, ranked 10th most polluted city in India; check list

Financial Express | Jan 21, 2020

The Greenpeace India report also said that more emphasis is required both on the regional and air-shed approach for air quality control.

Delhi has shown “signs of improvement” in terms of its ranking among most polluted cities in India. Though the national capital has shown some improvement in comparison with last two years, the prevalent pollution levels in the city still make it ‘3.5 times more polluted than the NAAQS and more than 11 times the WHO prescribed limits for PM10’, as per the latest report ‘Fourth version of Airpocalypse report’ released by Greenpeace India. Read more

Coal dust covers Jharia

The Telegraph | Jan 09, 2020

Increased mining activities by Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) in the absence of proper measures to mitigate its impact have resulted in a thick layer of coal dust shrouding Jharia town.

Ashok Keshri, 50, a resident of Hetli Bandh locality in Jharia, said: “When I went to the terrace this morning, I saw a thick layer of coal dust deposited there. I have never seen pollution reach such dangerous levels in Jharia. I am very worried about the health of my children. I have a few more years to live. The worst impact of this pollution will be felt by the young people.” Read more

नई सरकार ने दिया बड़ा तोहफा, एक झटके में इतने लोगों को बदल दी जिंदगी | Dec 30, 2019

झारखंड की नई सरकार ने अपने वादों पर अमल करते हुए छोटानागपुर काश्तकारी (सीएनटी), संथालपरगना काश्तकारी (एसपीटी) संशोधन अधिनियम का विरोध करने वालों पर हुए मुकदमे वापस लेने निर्णय लिया है। झारखंड के दूसरी बार मुख्यमंत्री बने हेमंत सोरेन की अध्यक्षता में हुए नए मंत्रिमंडल की बैठक में इस आशय के प्रस्ताव को मंजूरी दी गई है। Read more

CM directive to organise Arogya Melas at PHCs every Sunday

The Pioneer | Dec 27, 2019

With the aim to take health services to the doorsteps of the poor, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that Arogya Mela (Wellness Fair) will be organised at primary health centres (PHCs) across the state every Sunday from February, 2020.

“Medical experts will treat patients at these ‘melas’ and the programme will continue for the next two years,” the chief minister said.

Yogi Adityanath also directed officials to emphasise on making people aware of prevention of diseases. “In this regard, the departments concerned should prepare a booklet in simple language,” he said. Read more

Silicosis cases in Australia rising, with thousands exposed to unsafe quantities of silica in past decade | Dec 26, 2019

The number of known silicosis cases in Australia is rapidly climbing.

The latest estimate puts the number of cases at 350 nationwide — about 100 more than in September.

The spike in the sometimes fatal disease is being driven by a trend towards engineered stone kitchen benchtops.

Thousands of workers have inhaled dangerous quantities of silica during the installation process over the last decade. Read more

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