Daily Archive: November 9, 2017

No need to panic over air pollution in #Delhi: Vardhan

Panaji, Nov 9 (PTI) Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan today said there was no need to panic over the poor air quality in Delhi and hoped the situation would return to normal in the “next few days”.

Air pollutant touched calamitous levels in Delhi yesterday, as a thick grey smog hung low across the region, prompting the government to declare schools closed till Sunday, halt construction activity and ban the entry of trucks in the city.

Vardhan, who was here to participate in a function organised by the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography said, “From yesterday to today, things have become better (on the air pollution front in Delhi). All this actually got precipitated because of weather conditions.”

“There was some moisture, which came from eastern Uttar Pradesh and due to wind speed this particulate matter got accumulated in the atmosphere,” the minister said.

Vardhan, who also holds the portfolio of Science, Technology and Earth Sciences, said it was expected that in another 24 hours things would be under control due to measures being undertaken by various government agencies.

“I am hopeful that things would be under control. There is no reason for anyone to panic. We should be taking adequate amount of precautions to ensure that we by and large stay indoors and do not expose our children to too much of polluted air,” Vardhan maintained.

“We should be performing a positive role and contributing positively to improve the situation,” he said.

The minister said governments of Delhi and the neighbouring states should fulfil their respective responsibilities.

“Steps (to improve the situation) have to taken by the Delhi government, they should work with total sincerity.

Similarly, neighbouring state governments will also have to fulfil their part of the responsibility,” he said.

Vardhan said, “I am sure in the near future, in the next few days, things would return to normal.”

The minister said the Centre is already in touch with all the state governments in the Delhi-NCR region.

“We have once again asked them to implement the graded action plan. There is a detailed action plan whenever such a situation on air pollution arises. Everybody has to get into action.”

Vardhan said the Union government is monitoring the situation at its own level and considering a slew of steps to curb the air pollution, including closing the Badarpur Thermal Power Station (in NCT Delhi), and shutting down stone crushers.

“Similarly, we have asked the Delhi government to sprinkle water on roads or use mechanised ways for dust removal from roads,” he added.

The minister said the neighbouring states have been instructed to stop crop burning.

कोहली ने किया खुलासा, न्यूजीलैंड के खिलाफ जब आखिरी ओवर में फंसा था मैच तो पंड्या ने उनसे क्या कहा

न्यूजीलैंड के खिलाफ तीसरे टी20 में आखिरी ओवर में अपनी बेहतरीन गेंदबाजी से किवी टीम को जीत के लिए जरूरी 19 रन बनाने से रोकने वाले गेंदबाज हार्दिक पंड्या की कप्तान विराट कोहली ने जमकर तारीफ की है. कोहली ने बताया कि उस मैच में आखिरी ओवर के तनाव भरे क्षणों में पंड्या ने उनसे क्या कहा था. पंड्या ने आखिरी ओवर में 12 रन देकर भारत को 6 रन से जीत दिला थी.

कोहली ने कहा, ‘हमें हार्दिक पंड्या पर भरोसा था, जिनके ऑफ कटर्स काफी अच्छे हैं.’ विकेट में नमी थी इसलिए गेंद उस पर रुक रही थी. मैं उनके (पंड्या) पास जाने की कोशिश की, लेकिन तीन गेंदों के बाद उन्होंने कहा, ‘मैं डाल दूंगा, आप टेंशन मत लो.’

कोहली ने कहा, ‘एक कप्तान के तौर पर जब आपको अपने गेंदबाज से इस तरह का आत्मविश्वास मिलता है तो आपके पास ज्यादा कुछ कहने को नहीं रहता है. उसे अपनी काबिलियत पर भरोसा है और वह मैच को अच्छी तरह से खत्म करता है.’

भारत ने तिरुवनंतपुरम में वर्षा प्रभावित तीसरे टी20 मैच में 8 ओवर में 5 विकेट पर 67 रन बनाए और फिर जसप्रीत बुमराह (9/2) की घातक गेंदबाजी की बदौलत न्यूजीलैंड को 8 ओवर में 6 विकेट पर 61 रन से स्कोर पर रोकते हुए मैच 6 रन से जीतते हुए तीन मैचों की सीरीज 2-1 से अपने नाम कर ली. ये भारत की न्यूजीलैंड के खिलाफ पहली टी20 सीरीज जीत है.

Delhi pollution: #NGT says right to life being snatched, orders ban on vehicles

India’s environment watchdog ordered a ban on old vehicles and trucks with construction material from the national capital region on Thursday morning, strengthening curbs and heavily criticising authorities for failing to tackle an unprecedented pollution build-up.

Diesel vehicles older than 10 years, petrol cars older than 15 years should not be allowed to enter Delhi and trucks carrying construction material must be stopped in the entire NCR, which includes cities of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the National Green Tribunal ordered, according to news agency ANI.

Almost in tandem, the Delhi high court too issued orders to the Union and state governments to hold emergency meetings within three days to tackle the smog crisis and explore options such as bringing back the Odd-Even restrictions – an alternate-day vehicle rationing system.

The other option the HC suggested be looked at was cloud seeding to create artificial rain.

The NGT, which has previously issued several orders to governments in states surrounding Delhi, took a strong line on Thursday’s hearings.

“Articles 21 & 48 of the Constitution mandate that it is the responsibility of governments to make sure that citizens get a clean and conducive environment. Right to life is being snatched from people since they’re not getting a clean environment,” ANI quoted the tribunal as saying.

Global Crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 62.42 per bbl on 08.11.2017

The international crude oil price of Indian Basket as computed/published today by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was US$ 62.42 per barrel (bbl) on 08.11.2017. This was lower than the price of US$ 62.83 per bbl on previous publishing day of 07.11.2017.

In rupee terms, the price of Indian Basket decreased to Rs 4060.91 per bbl on 08.11.2017 as compared to Rs. 4071.49 per bbl on 07.11.2017. Rupee closed weaker at Rs. 65.06 per US$ on 08.11.2017 as compared to 64.81 per US$ on 07.11.2017. The table below gives details in this regard:

Particulars Unit Price on November 8, 2017 (Previous trading day i.e. 07.11.2017)
Crude Oil (Indian Basket) ($/bbl)    62.42                         (62.83)
(Rs/bbl)   4060.91                   (4071.49)
Exchange Rate (Rs/$)    65.06                         (64.81)


AD/SA Daily Crude Oil Price

This matter shouldn’t be politicized, it is the time for everyone to come together and fight this problem: MoS Environment, Mahesh Sharma Air Pollution #smog

This matter shouldn’t be politicized, it is the time for everyone to come together and fight this problem: MoS Environment, Mahesh Sharma