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Lancet came out with a study that stated that Air Pollution was responsible for 9 million deaths worldwide in 2015, that is 16% of all deaths worldwide. This figure is also 3 time more than the deaths from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. On the show, we also speak with Anumita Roychowdhury from Centre of Science and Environment on the matter of Air Pollution and how can we approach it with stringent law and rules.

Is it the time for a cracker ban all across India? Even though the pollution levels have risen during the past few days, the overall pollution levels were 32% less than those compared to last Diwali.

NEW DELHI : In a move that will impact marketplaces, housing societies and the upcoming wedding season, diesel generator sets were banned in the capital from Tuesday as the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to improve Delhi's air quality during the high-pollution winter months kicked in.

DNA: Ghazipur Landfill plastic burn breaks 3 years pollution record in Delhi

Graded action plan put in place to curb Delhi air pollution

DNA: Delhi air quality climbs dangerous levels after Diwali

Air pollution in Delhi has reached critical levels due to heavy traffic jams as well as the recent fire in Ghaziabad landfill site. The condition is expected to worsen during Diwali due to the smoke emitted from firecrackers.


Did the deadly PM2.5 pollutant kill half a million or 5 lakh Indians in 2015? That's the alarming finding of a major new report by the Lancet Countdown. The report estimates that the ultra-fine PM2.5 pollutant was responsible for 1.9 million deaths in Asia and one out of every four of those deaths was right here in India. The report also says that indoor air pollution was the single largest cause of deaths killing over one lakh people in India that year. On The Buck Stops Here, we debate: is India losing the battle against pollution?

Its fight for clean air and it is no longer limited to Delhi. There was a ban on sale of crackers but not on bursting them and the capital woke up to another haze filled morning today. Yes, it wasn't as bad as it was last year, in fact it was the best in three years, but far from the safe levels we would like our children to breathe in. Cities like Delhi and Mumbai so far considered safer due to their geographical locations were not spared either. This even as an explosive Lancet Medical Journal study says in 2015, five Indians died, every minute due to pollution-related illnesses.

Pollution levels in Delhi are already high and as we head into winter, it is going to get worse. On the show, we do a reality check on the promises made by governments on the steps that were meant to be taken. Are we ready? Or is there a lack of political will to deal with air pollution?