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Mariyam is a correspondent with the Hindustan Times’ Delhi team. She covers stories related to weather, pollution, and education.

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Delhi Metro smart cards to become non-refundable from April 1

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has decided to make its smart cards non-refundable in accordance with the guidelines of Reserve Bak of India.

After April 1, only the security deposit, after deduction of relevant charges, will be returned to the customer upon surrendering the card.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2017 08:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Ramjas protests: AAP speaks for Gurmehar, Kejriwal demands action against ABVP

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has jumped into the controversy over Ramjas protests. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has demanded action against ABVP. AAP leaders are also going to meet Delhi top cop Amulya Patnaik.

AAP members Atishi Marlena, Alka Lamba, and Sarita Singh will meet Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik on Tuesday.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2017 04:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Parents, teachers in Delhi’s govt schools interact ahead of board exams for XII th graders

These PTMs can prove beneficial for schools like the Government Boys’ Senior Secondary School (GBSSS) in Sangam Vihar, where the school boasts of a 100 % attendance at these meetings for senior secondary classes.

Many parents said that they never visited their children’s schools or met with their teachers before.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 25, 2017 11:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Diwali pollution in Delhi getting worse over years, says report

Delhi pollution: Most of Delhi had noise and air pollution problems even on ‘normal days’ but it was seen to spike on Diwali, especially last year. In 2016, the PM10 level ranged between 203 and 318 μg/m3 in different parts of the Capital before the festival. The acceptable standards are 100 μg/m3.

Most of Delhi had noise and air pollution problems even on ‘normal days’ but it was seen to spike on Diwali, especially last year.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 27, 2017 10:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRitam Halder and A Mariyam Alavi, New Delhi

Restaurant fire: Delhi firefighters say motivated enough, risks won’t deter them

Atul Garg, the current chief fire officer of central and south Delhi zone and the fire prevention wing, said that his team was motivated and no amount of risk ever slowed them down.

The restaurant in which the gas cylinder exploded on Friday morning,(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 25, 2017 11:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi continues to remain warm, Met says it is only going to get hotter

Tuesday recorded above normal temperature, when it spiked to 25.6 degrees and never dropped below 16.4 degrees Celsius.

Tuesday recorded above normal temperature, when it spiked to 25.6 degrees and never dropped below 16.4 degrees Celsius.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 21, 2017 11:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi pollution: SC-appointed body tells two-wheeler makers to meet BS IV emission deadline

The EPCA pulled up two wheeler manufacturers, especially Hero and Honda, for the delay in stopping production of two wheelers that were not BS IV emission standards compliant.

The BS IV emission standards is expected to reduce harmful vehicular emissions by almost 80% as compared to the older BS III standards, and is expected to help improve the air quality in the country.
Updated on Feb 21, 2017 12:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Winter may be over in Delhi as city sees hottest February 19 in 5 years

Sunday was an unseasonably hot day in Delhi, when temperature rose to as high as 30.8°C, and never dropped below 15.6°C

This was the hottest February 19th the city witnessed in the last five years.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 21, 2017 06:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

India’s air rivals China’s as deadliest in the world: Study

India is catching up fast with China in terms of deaths linked to foul air; and could go past its northern neighbour if pollution counter-measures stay as it is.

According to a report, almost 1.1 million people died in India two years ago because of air pollution.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 15, 2017 09:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Driver unrest continues in Delhi, govt tells Ola, Uber to find a solution

With multiple reports coming in about drivers being harassed and their cars being vandalised from across the Capital, the Delhi government convened a meeting between representatives of Rajdhani Tourist Driver Union and managements of Ola and Uber

Strike eases up, more cabs on the road, but the situation is far from normal(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 14, 2017 11:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi cab strike: Ola promotes auto-rickshaws at discounted fares

Ola on Tuesday announced that autos will be available for hire at a flat rate of Rs 29 for the first 4 km, after which commuters will have to pay the government assigned rate of Rs 8 per km per km.

Ola on Tuesday announced that autos will be available for hire at a flat rate of Rs 29 for the first 4 km, after which commuters will have to pay the government assigned rate of Rs 8 per km per km.(Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 14, 2017 06:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi Ola, Uber strike continues but more cabs on the road

The Ola and Uber drivers’ strike in Delhi eases slightly on Tuesday, with some cabbies deciding to resume work. But commuter woes continue.

Commuters may see some respite soon, with leaders of the Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi claiming that representatives of Ola have met them for negotiations.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2017 10:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Most colonies will get clean, cheap water by December 2017, promises AAP govt

The AAP government on Tuesday released a report on the DJB’s achievements. Delhi’s water minister Kapil Mishra said consumers had benefitted from various schemes, water supply had been increased and the network reinforced.

New Delhi, India - Feb. 23, 2016: Residents with their empty containers crowd around a municipal tanker to fetch water in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 15, 2017 10:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi: Gardens, nature trails, walking tracks along Yamuna soon

The ambitious plans to redevelop Yamuna riverfront will soon be underway, as details have been worked out, said Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra on Monday.

HT Image(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2017 10:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Manic Monday for Delhi commuters; Ola, Uber drivers carry on with strike

Metros and buses are likely to run choked on Monday with Uber and Ola cabs pledging to remain off the roads in the fourth day of their strike that has seen nearly most of the 1.5 lakh taxis on the two platforms being unavailable.

Drivers of Ola and Uber are protesting slashed incentives, increased commission rates, declining number of rides, long working hours and decreased earnings.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 13, 2017 11:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Ola-Uber strike: Get ready for cab-less, chaotic Monday

Ola-Uber cab drivers are demanding better incentives and benefits. With app-based cabs off the roads, there might be chaos on Delhi roads with demand for other modes of transport such as autos, Delhi Metro and radio cabs, increasing.

Updated on Feb 13, 2017 09:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Ola, Uber strike: Surge pricing returns, passengers pay extra for app-based cab rides

Ola and Uber drivers have pulled their cabs off the roads in Delhi-NCR demanding that their companies reinstate bonuses that they had doled out in the initial days, reduce their hiked commission rates, limit the number of cabs registered on the app and shorten working hours, among other issues.

Ola and Uber taxi drivers have been on strike since Friday. They are demanding better incentives and benefits.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 13, 2017 01:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

AAP govt and Delhi education: A look at the hits, misses and future plans

Hindustan Times takes stock of the AAP government’s hits and misses during its two year stint in the field of education and analyses its election promises.

Unable to find land to build 500 “new” schools it promised two years ago, the Delhi government is constructing “new” classrooms in existing schools to increase enrolment.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 13, 2017 09:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByHeena Kausar and A Mariyam Alavi

Two years of AAP: Govt push puts schools back on learning curve

Chunauti Mission: Teachers, officials and other authorities pledged on Teacher’s Day — September 5, 2016 — to ensure every child in government schools is able to read by Children’s Day on November 14, 2016.

These students were given special attention and every day two hours were spent teaching them basic reading skills, using different methods such as videos and interactive stories to teach alphabets.(Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 13, 2017 09:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHeena Kausar and A Mariyam Alavi

Rain on Sunday may spell some respite from air pollution in Delhi

With the weathermen predicting light rain on Sunday, Delhi residents may get some respite from the bad air quality in the national capital.

Rain has a washout effect on air pollution, as it was seen on the days following Republic Day(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2017 08:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

21-month-old moves NGT against ‘noisy’ neighbourhood school in Delhi’s Ashok Vihar

A 21-month-old baby, her mother and grandmother have approached the National Green Tribunal alleging that the activities at a private school in their neighbourhood was causing noise and air pollution and had hence become a health hazard for residents.

Baby Arshia, with her mother Parul Sharma and grand mother Meena Chaudhary Sharma.(Handout)
Updated on Feb 04, 2017 05:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Okhla waste-to-energy plant not polluting, says National Green Tribunal

Residents of Sukhdev Vihar had petitioned the NGT, claiming that the plant was situated closed to residential colonies and posed a serious health and environmental hazard. The green court, however, imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh on the company running the plant for non-compliance with rules until December 2014.

Residents of nearby Sukhdev Vihar had moved the NGT, claiming that the waste-to-energy plant posed a risk to their health and environment.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 02, 2017 11:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Beating the Retreat marks the end of Republic Day celebrations

The four-day long Republic day celebrations came to an end after the bands of the armed forces and paramilitary staged their ‘beating the retreat’ ceremony at Vijay Chowk on Sunday.

President Pranab Mukherjee arrives to attend Beating the Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Sunday.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 29, 2017 11:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi’s vintage car rally gets go-ahead from green tribunal

Now that they have been granted permission by the NGT bench, the seventh edition of the vintage car rally will be held in Delhi-NCR in the third week of February.

The fifth and sixth editions of the rally had also taken place after getting exemptions and permissions approved by the tribunal. This year the rally will be held from February 17 to 19.
Updated on Jan 27, 2017 09:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Flavours of India in state tableaux at Republic Day parade

Odisha started the procession of state tableaux on Thursday, with floats from 17 states and union territories, including Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Lakshwadeep, following.

The tableau representing Harayana at Rajpath in New Delhi on Thursday.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 26, 2017 10:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Thursday was wettest Republic Day in Delhi in the last six years

Despite the rain, the temperature in the capital never went over 18.1°C and the minimum temperature was recorded at 16°C. The maximum temperature was 4 degrees below normal, while the minimum was 7 degrees above normal.

Despite the rain, the temperature in the capital never went over 18.1°C and the minimum temperature was recorded at 16°C. The maximum temperature was 4 degrees below normal, while the minimum was 7 degrees above normal.
Updated on Jan 26, 2017 11:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Republic Day: Delhi govt’s education tableau, students’ performances steal the show

Republic Day parade: Delhi’s AAP government chose to highlight its strides in the field of education by modeling its Republic Day tableau on this theme. Also, the performance of Delhi students at Rajpath remained the crowd’s favourites. The mobile tableau featured model government schools, the parent-teacher meetings, classrooms, chemistry laboratories, and above all, happy students.

The tableau of Delhi passes through the 68th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 27, 2017 12:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Sanitary woes: Sewage in water, locals take to streets in east Delhi’s Swasthya Vihar

Swasthya Vihar residents protested outside east Delhi Delhi Jal Board executive engineer’s office against the dirty sewage mixed drinking water supplied to their houses. The residents are prone to many water-borne diseases due to this.

Residents (above) of Swasthya Vihar in east Delhi marched to the office of the DJB’s executive engineer (East-II) with a bottle of the dirty water.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 25, 2017 10:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Rain showers on Wednesday may bring down Delhi temperature, improve air quality

Weathermen have predicted a spell of rains in the Capital on Wednesday evening. It could bring back the winter chill in the capital and improve the air quality.

The minimum temperature is expected to drop to 5-6 degrees Celsius following rains on Wednesday evening.(Ravi Choudhary/HT FILE)
Updated on Jan 24, 2017 05:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRitam Halder & A Mariyam Alavi, New Delhi

Taslima Nasrin gives surprise appearance, calls for a uniform civil code

In a surprise appearance at JLF2017, Taslima Nasrin reiterated her stand against all forms of fanaticism.

Taslima Nasrin during the last day of the Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace on Monday.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2017 01:47 PM IST
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