ENVIRONMENT

Amarnath shrine not declared as silent zone, Clarifies NGT

AMN The green tribunal headed by chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said the only restriction is that devotees will maintain silence in front of Shivlinga, not applicable to any other part. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday issued a clarification on the Amarnath matter saying it’s not declared a ‘silence zone’, and that silence restriction … Continue reading Amarnath shrine not declared as silent zone, Clarifies NGT

NGT declares Amarnath cave shrine ‘silence zone’

AMN National Green Tribunal, NGT Wednesday declared Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas as a silence zone and prohibited religious offerings beyond the entry point. The NGT said that declaring the area around the shrine a silence zone would be helpful in preventing avalanches and maintaining its pristine nature. The green panel also directed … Continue reading NGT declares Amarnath cave shrine ‘silence zone’

NGT pulls up Delhi govt over air pollution

AMN / NEW DELHI The National Green Tribunal today came down heavily on the Delhi government for not filing a comprehensive action plan on ways to deal with severe air pollution in the city and slammed authorities for holding the India-Sri Lanka cricket match despite bad air quality. During the hearing, the Delhi government said … Continue reading NGT pulls up Delhi govt over air pollution

UN chief calls for redouble efforts to respond to climate shocks

AMN Amid the growing impact of climate change around the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the global community to redouble efforts to help countries respond to climate shocks, especially the most vulnerable. “I am encouraged to see climate action taking hold, at all scales, at all levels, involving an ever-wider coalition … Continue reading UN chief calls for redouble efforts to respond to climate shocks

Govt issues advisory to states about harmful effects of straw burning

AMN / NEW DELHI The Agriculture Ministry has issued an advisory to the state governments to create awareness among the farmers about the harmful effects of straw burning. The Ministry, in a release, said burning of crop residue in states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan contributes in increasing environmental pollution levels. In view … Continue reading Govt issues advisory to states about harmful effects of straw burning

NGT bans all construction work in Delhi-NCR

AMN National Green Tribunal NGT banned today construction and industrial activities in Delhi-NCR till Tuesday.It directed that no trucks from outside or within Delhi will be permitted to transport any construction material. NGS also issued direction for sprinkling of water where Suspended Particulate Matter is found to be in excess of 600 micrograms per cubic … Continue reading NGT bans all construction work in Delhi-NCR

NHRC notices to Centre, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana on pollution levels

AMN / NEW DELHI The National Human Rights Commission NHRC today sent notices to the Centre and the governments of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana in view of “life-threatening” pollution levels in the Delhi-NCR region. The NHRC also criticised authorities for not taking proper steps to tackle the “hazard”, amounting to violation of right to life … Continue reading NHRC notices to Centre, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana on pollution levels

SC imposes a fine of Rs 2 lakh on Environment Ministry

TIA NEWS /New Delhi In a landmark ruling the Supreme Court today imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on the Environment Ministry for not fixing emission norms of Sulphur Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxide for 34 categories of industries — important to mitigate air pollution in Delhi and the NCR. Imposing the fine, the apex … Continue reading SC imposes a fine of Rs 2 lakh on Environment Ministry

Pollution killing more people than war and violence: Report

    AMN Environmental pollution is killing more people each year than wars, disasters and hunger. It is also causing huge economic damage to the world. Almost half the total deaths occur in just two countries. According to a major study released in The Lancet medical journal on Thursday, one in every six of the … Continue reading Pollution killing more people than war and violence: Report

Wetlands issue deserves very serious attention: SC to Centre

AMN Supreme Court has expressed concern over the disappearance of wetlands in the country and told the government that this was an important issue which deserved very serious attention. A wetland is a marshy land area like swamps or mangroves that has water either permanently or seasonally and which could also have a distinct ecosystem. … Continue reading Wetlands issue deserves very serious attention: SC to Centre

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