Himachal Pradesh Extends Lockdown Till June 30
Coronavirus vaccine update: After Moderna, CanSino Biologics claims positive results in early trials
No Exam For Remaining Subjects Of Class 10, Class 12 Exam In June: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
International Flights May Start "Even By Middle June": Aviation Minister
Pakistan Plane Crash: PIA Flight With 99 On Board Crashes In Karachi Minute Before Landing
RBI rate cut: For home loan of Rs 50 lakh, EMI to reduce by this much
Coronavirus impact: MSMEs demand loan moratorium till March 2021
Domestic Flights To Resume From Monday In "Calibrated Manner", SOPs Soon
Trump tells WHO to prove 'independence' from China within 30 days; warns freeze on funding
New EPF rules rolled out: 5 things to know
Yogi Government To Send 12,000 Buses To Bring Back Migrants From States
Buses, Autos, Cabs Can Run In Delhi, Markets To Open
States Planning For Lockdown 4, Starting Monday: 10 Points
Nirmala Sitharaman Announces Reforms To Help Farmers Earn Better Prices
Coronavirus Updates: PM Modi to hold high-level meet today; to discuss lockdown 4.0
FM Sitharaman announces Rs 3 lakh crore collateral-free automatic loans for MSMEs
"People's Will," PM Tells Chief Ministers On Easing Lockdown Curbs
ICICI Bank cuts fixed deposit rates by up to 0.50% effective May 11
Coronavirus India Live Updates: Delhi ropes in 4 more private hospital for COVID cases; total cases-59,662
Coronavirus lockdown: It's Delhi vs Bihar on who pays the train fare for migrant workers

Latest Posts

Over 80 Punjab Farmers Arrested Over Fires That Smothered Delhi

More than 80 farmers have been arrested in Punjab for starting fires that contributed to the recent pollution crisis in New Delhi and other cities, officials said Thursday.

Each winter the post-harvest burning of crop stubble covers swaths of the region in toxic smog, which combines with car and factory emissions to turn Delhi into the world's most polluted capital.

The Supreme Court this week ordered a crackdown on illegal stubble-burning, but the fires continued across Punjab and Haryana states -- with many started at night to try and avoid detection.

A senior Punjab police officer said more than 17,000 farm fires had been reported in the state in the past three days, with 4,741 on Wednesday alone.

"More than 84 people have been arrested for violating the law. Cases have been filed against 174 farmers," the officer told AFP.

Punjab and Haryana make up a key agricultural region that produces nearly 18 million tonnes of rice each year. This, in turn, creates nearly 20 million tonnes of crop stubble -- most of which is burnt.

Authorities said more than 48,000 farm fires had been reported in the two states since late September -- a dramatic increase from 30,000 cases in 2018.

The Supreme Court ordered a complete stop to the fires on Monday and on Wednesday slammed local governments for not taking action, instructing them to pay hard-up farmers to stop burning the stubble.

"You just want to sit in your ivory towers and rule. You are not bothered and are letting the people die," said Justice Arun Mishra.

Pollution levels in Delhi remained bad on Thursday, four days after one of its worst pollution attacks in several years during which schools were closed and a public health emergency declared.

Dirty air causes hundreds of thousands of premature deaths across cities each year, according to medical studies.

Tiny particles from the fires, which can enter the bloodstream and penetrate the lungs and heart, get blown over Delhi.

Is stubble burning the only option for farmers?

  • 105
  • 175
  • 124
×

Alert Message

Ok
Please Wait...

Share the Opinion Poll with your Friends At

Ok

Share the Survey with your
Friends At

Ok
×

Statistics

Ok
No
×

Statistics

Ok