User: divya_rrs Topic: Bangalore
Category: Air Quality
Last updated: Jul 14 2014 17:00 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Save your lungs, eyes and skin from this invisible enemy 14.7.2014 Citizen Matters

It would be wise to think twice while pushing a baby stroller on a road with heavy traffic in Bengaluru, as the child is at the level of the exhaust pipes.

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On the northeast 7.7.2014 Hindu: Opinion
This is in response to the article “Centring the Northeast” (June 5). I have recently relocate...
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Foul air, everywhere 3.7.2014 HBL: Home
Vehicular traffic, garbage burning and construction dust are all the usual suspects contributing to air pollution in Indian cities. But did you know that in Chennai, around 5.4 per cent of the part...
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Missing monsoons and melting ice: Who's the culprit? 2.7.2014 Citizen Matters

Air pollution is invisible, but affects all of us in multiple ways. This Citizen Matters series is an attempt to put the spotlight back on air pollution.

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Vehicle noise polluters may be penalised 1.7.2014 deccanherald.com
The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board is holding weekly discussions with the traffic police and the transport department on how to penalise those causing vehicular noise pollution, the KSPCB chairman Vaman Acharya said on Monday. Speaking at 'Pachashudhikarana', a seminar on how to handle waste, organised by the KSPCB and Akashvani, Bangalore, he said: "Noise pollution is the major cause of many ailments. There are many sources of noise pollution - religious institutions, rallies, mass events using microphones and loudspeakers, vehicles and construction activities. But the worst is vehicular pollution. "Weekly meetings are being held with the traffic police and transport department on ways to check this pollution. Traffic policemen have been provided with noise meters to identify noise-making vehicles. We want the Union government to discard the use of phrases on vehicles to seek way. Instead of 'Horn Please', people should use dippers while asking for direction." Acharya said that in all ...
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Do Vehicular Fumes Confuse Pollinating Insects? 29.6.2014 newindianexpress.com
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'Traffic cops, best samples for lead content in blood' 29.6.2014 deccanherald.com
An initiative to check lead content in the blood of 3,000 police personnel began in the City on Saturday. The project has been launched by the City police, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) in technical collaboration with National Referral Centre for Lead Project in India (NRCLPI) is conducting as part of a study titled "Effect on Environmental Lead Pollution." Explaining the rationale for selecting traffic policemen for the study, Dr Venkatesh, Director, NRCLPI, said that traffic policemen were the best samples to study the lead content in blood as they are the most exposed to pollution and spend most of the hours outdoors. "Since traffic police are exposed to polluted air for a long time, the content of lead in their blood is an indicator of air quality. We will take 45 days to screen 3,000 traffic policemen for lead content in their blood. The results will be furnished to the department by the end of August or first week of September," he added. The policemen will be screened at Anand ...
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Health camp for traffic police to detect lead content in blood 29.6.2014 Hindu: Cities
As many as 3,000 personnel to benefit from it
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Students design 3-wheeler 24.6.2014 newindianexpress.com
The hybrid vehicle runs on battery and petrol
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BMTC to Replace its Fleet with CNG Buses, Says Reddy 21.6.2014 newindianexpress.com
Joining the battle against rising air pollution levels, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has decided to bid goodbye to diesel buses and run vehicles on compressed natural gas(CNG).
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Punjab's paddy straw burning impacts climate, health 10.6.2014 New Kerala: Punjab
K.S.Jayaraman, Bangalore, June 10 : A study by an international team using satellite and ground-based instruments has shown that crop residue burning, a common practice in northern India and particularly in Punjab, is contributing to atmospheric pollution over the entire Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) that may have climate and health implications.
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High costs put brakes on BMTC's green bus plans 10.6.2014 deccanherald.com
Uncertainty looms over procurement of India's first zero-emission, no-pollution electric bus by BMTC. The three-month free trial period of the first such bus got over on June 1. But officials of the BMTC are in a fix on whether to procure electric buses or not even as these vehicles promise to contribute towards reducing air pollution. BMTCofficials say that the bus stopped operations after June 1 as per the agreement for a free trial period and the response of commuters has been satisfactory. However, whether BMTC will buy such buses on its own is a decision which is still to be taken as the cost proposed by the Chinese manufacturer is substantially higher. Officials in BMTC say that the bus costs a whopping Rs 3 crore, which is very expensive even though the operation cost is relatively less. While a Volvo bus costs about Rs 80 lakh to Rs 90 lakh, officials are in a dilemma over buying the electric bus at such a huge cost. They say three luxury buses can be purchased at the price of one electric bus. ...
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Embracing the responsibilities 9.6.2014 Deccan Herald - Supplements
World Environment Day is observed every year to promote awareness on the importance of preserving biodiversity and the need to identify problems related to the environment and ways to take corrective action. | This World Environment Day, Esko-Graphics India Pvt Ltd initiated free fuel emission testing for close to 150 vehicles at Kumara Park West. Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for the packaging and labels, sign and display, commercial printing and publishing industries. This initiative was open to public and sponsored by the organisation. The objective of this programme was to encourage employees and citizens of Bangalore to embrace their responsibility to help improve the environment and, in particular, to take actions that will reduce air pollution as a step towards reducing carbon footprint. Enthusiastic participation from Esko employees and residents of Kumara Park made this a successful event. Internal campaigning has also been done on the judicious use of office resources, ...
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'Polluted air leads to 30 pc increase in asthma cases in City' 9.6.2014 deccanherald.com
Frequent exposure to polluted air has led to a rise in the number of asthma cases in the City by at least 30 per cent, said Dr KSSatish, Chief Pulmonologist, Vikram Hospital. He added that the increase in garbage had also been adding to the number of cases. "There is also a rise in those suffering from chest diseases," he said. Increasing cases of asthma, age-related issues and geriatrics were the main topics discussed at the inauguration of the Continuous Medical Education (CME) event, organised by the Indian Medical Association here on Sunday. Vikram Hospital Medical Director Dr IRRavish, who was also present on the occasion, said the session would help professionals in the field share their experience so as to ensure quality treatment for the patients. He explained that it would also give them ideas for different dimensions of treating a patient. Can save money "Consulting a doctor regularly after reaching 50 years can help detect diseases at an early stage. This can save money for the elderly, as ...
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Mandur residents protest at Palike office in KR Puram 7.6.2014 deccanherald.com
Mandur may be peaceful due to prohibitory orders, but the villagers are not. As the administration imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC on Mandur, facilitating dumping of municipal waste at the landfill site in the village, angry villagers changed the venue of their demonstration. Nearly 200 Mandur residents staged a demonstration at the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) office in KR Puram on Friday, from morning till evening. They shouted slogans against the Palike for being apathetic to their plight. Rajanna, a protester, alleged that the BBMP had already taken away their right to clean water, clean air and clean environment. Now, it is taking away their right to protest, he said. "About 30 people were arrested a week ago when we protested against the dumping of trash in our village. Now, they want to arrest many of us. This is how our voices are stifled," said Rajanna. Village panchayat member Chandrashekhar said, "The protest was organised at KR Puram due to prohibitory ...
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Bangalore among top 10 polluted places, govt turns blind eye 5.6.2014 deccanherald.com
Bangalore is among the top 10 polluted cities in the country as found by the Ministry of Environment and the prime cause is the pollution caused by motor vehicles. But, there is no mechanism as such to check the increasing vehicular pollution that is affecting the air quality and health of people in the so-called Garden City. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), transport department and traffic police say that its not their job to check vehicular pollution. KSPCB Chairman Vaman Acharya admitted that there is no mechanism to check air pollution. There are only emission test centres where people should get their vehicle compulsorily checked. "It is also the duty of traffic police and transport department to take action," he added. "Checking emission level of each vehicle is not our job. We only check ambient air quality. We have issued 20-point directions for vehicle owners and managers which should be compulsorily followed, like no vehicle below Bharat-4 stage is permitted to ply on ...
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KSPCB Chief Proposes Closing Mandur Landfills 1.6.2014 The New Indian Express - Karnataka - http://newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/
Pressure seems to be mounting on the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to find a new landfill and dispose of waste scientifically.
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Thingful.net founder Usman Haque believes his venture has potential to become the next Google 31.5.2014 ET: Infotech
According to McKinsey Global Institute, Internet of Things revolution has potential to create economic impact of $2.7-6 .2 trillion annually by 2025.
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Study to Test Blood Lead Level of Cops 14.5.2014 newindianexpress.com
The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) will soon undertake a study to assess the blood lead levels (BLL) among traffic policemen manning the city streets.
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Air quality at 'closed' bus stands on pollution radar 14.5.2014 deccanherald.com
The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has undertaken a study to assess the air quality at bus stands in and around Bangalore. The Board is conducting the study to assess the levels of pollutants, especially carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, which are present in closed buildings of the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) bus stations. KSPCB chairman Vaman Acharya said that it had become a fad to have closed bus stands in the City and utilise the spaces above the buildings for commercial purposes, official purposes, restaurants and so on. "The smoke emitted from vehicles parked in the assigned spaces has limited escape route. It circulates inside the building, which is very dangerous, especially carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. So, we decided to undertake a study to know the levels and how it is affecting the health of those working in the area. People work in closed areas, but are inhaling lot of pollutants, including dust, thus getting exposed to many health hazards," ...
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