Eco-friendly Ganesha idols: an unprofitable venture

Eco-friendly idols are heavily promoted, and Plaster of Paris idols have been banned. Yet, the eco-friendly idol sellers face consistent loss. The sellers of eco-friendly Ganesha idols say they are facing a loss of 50 to 60 percent over the last few years. However, Plaster of Paris (PoP) idols have been banned since 2014. M. […]

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Faecal Coliform levels in Yamuna way above limits

A type of bacteria, faecal coliform is indicative of the presence of faecal material of man or animal and can result in a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. Delhi: Ammar, a Delhi-based photographer, frequently visits the Yamuna shore between the Delhi-Noida Direct Flyover and Zakir Nagar, near Okhla. “I went there last year to […]

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Building work breaks patients’ calm

Patients are struggling to recover from covid, and the ongoing construction of houses in their neighbourhood isn’t helping. Sonepat: The lockdown might have kept you from going outside but it doesn’t keep a house from being built. It’s been more than two months since construction of several houses started in Sector-12, Sonepat — before the […]

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Silence, Residential zones stay awake with noise

Eight out of the 10 noise monitoring stations spread across Bangalore recorded decibel levels above the permissible limit. Bengaluru: The constant honking at a traffic jam, sounds of modified bike silencers, commotion of jackhammers and cranes working round the clock. All of this keeps the city awake as noise pollution levels stay constantly above the […]

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BBMP powerless to rid the city of hoardings, policy in limbo

Hoardings—both legal and illegal—still dot the city skyline, while the new advertising bylaws are yet to come into effect. Bengaluru: The pandemic may be subsiding, but the real disease plaguing the city—hoardings and distracting advertisements—may not go away anytime soon.  “They are not even different ads, just the same ones over and over again,” said […]

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Road construction gathers dust

Road construction under the Smart Cities Mission has made life difficult for commuters and local business owners. Rourkela: The ongoing construction on the two-lane Panposh Road and the Link road (Civil Township Bypass) has led to a one-way movement, resulting in traffic on that one lane and dust everywhere.  Kanta Devi (name changed), a local […]

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People’s health worsens after Visakhapatnam gas leak

The  poisonous Styrene gas leak from the explosion seven months ago still haunts many people in the surrounding villages. Visakhapatnam: After seven months of the gas leak, most people who lived in surrounding areas of the L.G Polymers Company are still suffering from health-related side effects. Nearly 45 to 60 people in villages around L.G […]

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