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User: whoisoncaveat Topic: Environment
Category: Environment
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Ganga's status in Haridwar to be restored finally as CM vows to scrap Congress ... 22.11.2020 Hindustan Times - india
Congress government had declared the stretch of Ganga at Haridwar to be a channel of the main river to negate the impact of an NGT order.
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NGT directs states, UTs to designate nodal agency for the protection of water bodies 22.11.2020 Politics and Nation-News-Economic Times
The NGT directed that under the oversight of chief secretaries of States/UTs, the designated nodal agency may hold its meeting not later than January 31, 2021, to take stock of the situation and plan further steps, including directions to district authorities for further course of action.
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Bengali Ethnic Groups Set Up Vigils, Prevent Chhath Puja In Kolkata’s Lakes 21.11.2020 Outlook India

The SC banned devotees from conducting Puja rituals in the city’s Rabindra Sarobar and Subhas Sarobar lakes.

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Note To Companies: Get Eco-Friendly, Or Prepare To Fold 16.11.2020 Outlook India

Environmental, social and governance credentials of a company are key factors determining its success and growth.

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Delhi’s air quality turns ‘severe’ on Diwali 14.11.2020 Business Line - Home
Delhi recorded an overall AQI of 414 on Saturday, which falls in the “severe” category.
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Firecracker ban: Vijay Goel submits memorandum to NGT, seeks direction to Delhi... 11.11.2020 Hindustan Times - india
After a meeting held to review the Covid-19 situation in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on November 5 announced a ban on firecrackers in the city
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Preserving life more important than festivals: SC dismisses challenge to Calcutta HC firecracker ban 11.11.2020 Scroll.in
The court said that anything improving life for senior citizens and people with comorbidities should be encouraged during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Only green cracker sale allowed in 6 Uttarakhand cities, 2-hour window for bursting... 11.11.2020 Hindustan Times - india
The Trivendra Singh Rawat-led government allowed the public to burst green crackers from 8 pm to 10 pm on the occasion of Diwali and Gurupurab and from 6 am to 8 am for Chhath Puja.
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Gurugram imposes total ban on firecrackers; UP restricts their sale, use in 13 cities 11.11.2020 Scroll.in
Meanwhile, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh have allowed bursting of green firecrackers for two hours.
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NGT bans firecrackers during Diwali in India due to the health risks with COVID-19 and air pollution 11.11.2020 firstpost.com
NGT bans firecrackers during Diwali in India due to the health risks with COVID-19 and air pollution
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Forest laws cannot be defeated by allowing encroachments: NGT 10.11.2020 India News | Latest News Headlines & Live Updates from India - Times of India
The National Green Tribunal Tuesday directed the Delhi government to remove illegal constructions in south Delhi's Jaunapur and Dera Mandi forest areas, saying forest laws cannot be defeated by allowing encroachments. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel passed the order after SDM, Mehrauli assured that further action according to law will be taken.
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Punjab CM announces 2-hour window for use of green firecrackers on Diwali, Gurp... 10.11.2020 Hindustan Times - india
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed cities and towns in India with ‘moderate’ air quality (or below) to only allow the sale of green crackers and restricted timings to burst them during festivals.
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Diwali Gone Up In Smoke, Say Traders Facing Losses After Firecracker Ban 10.11.2020 Outlook India

Traders, shopkeepers plan to move Lt governor to seek his help

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No crackers for Diwali in Lucknow, 12 other UP cities with poor air quality 10.11.2020 Hindustan Times - india
The Uttar Pradesh government has identified 13 cities on the basis of the average ambient air quality found in November last year to enforce the NGT directions banning crackers.
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Diwali 2020: List of states, UTs in India which have ordered complete ban on sale and bursting of firecrackers 10.11.2020 firstpost.com
Diwali 2020: List of states, UTs in India which have ordered complete ban on sale and bursting of firecrackers
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Diwali gone up in smoke, say traders facing huge losses after firecracker ban 10.11.2020 Politics and Nation-News-Economic Times
"Police have stopped us from opening the shops we had stocked with hundreds of kilograms of firecrackers. This is a seasonal item and will be worthless if not sold in next 1-2 months," said a firecracker trader in Jama Masjid area. The traders said temporary licences were issued by authorities for up to 650 kg of firecrackers but normally they purchase 400-500 kg in view of safety and demand in the market.
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Air quality in Delhi-NCR on brink of ‘emergency’ 10.11.2020 Business Line - Home
This is the sixth severe air day on the trot in Delhi; calm wind speeds were exacerbating the effect of stubble burning
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Emergency in the air: NGT extends cracker ban, curbs 9.11.2020 Hindustan Times - india
Imposes ban on their sale and use in NCR and other cities across the country from Nov 9 to Nov 30.
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NGT bans crackers in NCR, other cities with poor air quality in Nov 9.11.2020 Business Line - Home
Other cities can allow green crackers, but only for two hours during festivals
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Cracker ban triggers row 9.11.2020 Hindustan Times - india
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