New Delhi

  • Petrol price breaches all-time high; tops Rs 84/litre in Delhi
    New Delhi, January 7 (IANS): Petrol prices have breached all-time high levels in the new year as rising global oil prices pushed fuel marketing companies to raise the pump price of auto fuels for the second time this year on Thursday. Accordingly, petrol prices in Delhi increased by 23 paise a litre on Thursday, the second successive day of fuel price rise, to Rs 84.20 a litre from Rs 83.97 on the previous day. This is the highest level of retail price of petrol in the national capi
  • Dussehra celebrations worsen Delhi's air pollution woes
    NEW DELHI, October 26 (Reuters): New Delhi's appalling air quality turned a lot worse over the weekend as Hindus in India's capital burned effigies of the mythological demon king Ravana and lit firecrackers to celebrate the triumph of good over evil during the Dussehra festival. As pollution spiked on Monday morning, India Gate - a monument near the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office - was blanketed in smog, and the mega-city's 20 million people breathed in &
  • Gujarat was first state to adopt policy for solar power: Modi
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated three projects in Gujarat, including the Kisan Sarvodaya Scheme, in which farmers will get electricity during the day for irrigation purposes and said that Gujarat was the first state to adopt the policy for solar power generation. Besides the Kisan Suryoday Scheme, PM Modi also inaugurated a Paediatric Heart Hospital attached with the U.N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology & Research Centre and a Mob
  • Delhi's anti-dengue campaign garners celebrity support
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS): The Arvind Kejriwal government-led campaign to combat the dengue menace in the national capital is garnering support from celebrities. Running into its eighth week, the aim of the "10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute" is to encourage citizens to take steps in combating the vector-borne disease like changing the accumulated and stagnant water to prevent the Dengue mosquito from breeding. Prominent singer Shankar Mahadevan is expected to participate i
  • Doctors in Delhi see jump in breathing issues amid COVID-19, pollution
    NEW DELHI, October 22 (Reuters): Top doctors in New Delhi are reporting a jump in respiratory problems among its residents, coinciding with the onset of peak pollution season in India's capital and raising concerns about complications for COVID-19 patients. Doctors from five different Delhi hospitals told Reuters they have received twice the number of patients with respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis in the past two weeks. Dust and smoke fill Delhi's air every w
  • India sends out scientists to tackle winter air pollution woes
    NEW DELHI, October 15  (Reuters): Indian authorities sent teams of scientists out to various parts of the capital, New Delhi, and surrounding districts on Thursday to clamp down on illegal factories and construction sites as part of efforts to combat worsening winter air pollution. Fifty teams from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) would track down industrial emissions, dust from building sites and smoke from burning rubbish - some of the main sources of the city&
  • As wind drops and stubble smoulders, smog returns to New Delhi
    NEW DELHI, October 13 (Reuters): Air quality in India's capital, New Delhi, deteriorated sharply on Tuesday as wind died down just as the burning of crop waste in fields sent smoke billowing across the north of the country. A smoggy haze settled over the city, reducing visibility significantly, as the Air Quality Index (AQI) rose past 300 on a scale of 500, indicating "very poor" conditions that pose a risk of respiratory problems, according to the federal pollution co
  • Delhi police file rioting charges against government critics
    NEW DELHI, September 17 (Reuters): Delhi police have filed charges against 15 people over Hindu-Muslim riots in the capital, a spokesman said on Thursday, prompting criticism from rights groups that authorities were targeting the opposition and minority Muslims. February's violence killed more than 50 people and drove thousands from their homes, most of them members of the Muslim minority, which forms about 15% of a population of roughly 1.3 billion. The riots followed m
  • Govt does not discriminate on basis of faith, caste: PM
    New Delhi, June 27 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sent out a strong message of inclusivity, saying his Government does not discriminate on the basis of any faith or caste. Prime Minister Modi also praised the role of Mar Thoma Church in the freedom struggle.   Modi was addressing the 90th birthday celebrations of Rev Dr Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan. He joined the Kerala based Church via video conference.   "Government does not discriminate
  • Shah visits LNJP Hospital to review Covid-19 preparedness
    New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital, here around 4 p.m. on Monday, to review it preparedness for Covid-19 cases.   The visit followed an all-party meeting, chaired by Shah at his North Block office in the morning, in the backdrop of worrying spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the national capital.   The Covid-designated hospital recently invited negative publicity after several purported v
  • Delhi rules: Pay Rs 500 fine for not wearing masks, spitting in public
    New Delhi, June 14 (IANS): Amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the national capital, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has approved rules imposing a fine of Rs 500 on those flouting quarantine rules, not wearing masks, not maintaining social distancing and chewing and spitting tobacco in public places in Delhi from Sunday.   The order issued on Saturday is aimed at cracking down on those violating rules of safety protocol to prevent the spread of Covid-19.   Accord