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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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No cards or e-wallets, small vendors struggle to stay afloat

With a dearth of cash in a predominantly cash economy, many such vendors, who deal in perishable goods such as flowers, fruits, meat, and ice cream, have been complaining of slow business, large losses and a threat to their livelihood.

With a dearth of cash in a predominantly cash economy, many such vendors, who deal in perishable goods such as flowers, fruits, meat, and ice cream, have been complaining of slow business, large losses and a threat to their livelihood.
Updated on Dec 12, 2016 07:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi: Respite from fog likely in a couple of days

A scientist at the RWFC had earlier said that climactic conditions, such as the movement of western disturbances and associated induced cyclonic circulation, were expected to bring westerly winds from Sunday.

The dense fog on Sunday delayed 90 inbound trains, while 28 trains had to rescheduled and four others had to be cancelled.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 11, 2016 09:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

90 trains delayed, flights affected as dense fog drops visibility in Delhi

Though Regional Weather Forecasting Centre (RWFC) officials had expected the dense fog to subside starting Sunday, the fog still persists.

Early morning fog engulfed Delhi once again and threw train schedules into disarray.(Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 11, 2016 10:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Mist in the air, time to take out your woollens in Delhi

The first fog of the season announced the arrival of winter in the national Capital on Wednesday. It came as a surprise as people, including the Met officials, were not expecting the dense fog to set in this quickly.
Updated on Nov 30, 2016 11:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

No child’s play: Breathing in Delhi taking a toll on our kids’ future

It is not just the lungs that are harmed permanently at a young age. Children in Delhi complain of skin irritations and burning eyes that could leave a lasting impact on both organs.

School children wear masks to protect themselves from the toxic in Mayur Vihar Phase III in New Delhi on November 7, 2016.(Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 08, 2016 04:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Trade fair 2017 to be back in Pragati Maidan in a new avatar

If the main attractions at the India International Trade Fair (IITF) for you were the different state pavilions and the layout of some of the buildings, then today may be your last chance to experience it.

The Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) has proposed plans to redevelop Pragati Maidan, which includes demolishing all existing halls and pavilions, except halls seven to 12. However, ITPO plans to continue to organise the trade fair at Pragati Maidan, sans the halls and state pavilions.)(Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 27, 2016 11:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi: Second fire in two weeks at Sadar Bazaar guts shops, no injuries

A fire in Sadar Bazaar, one of the largest wholesale markets in Delhi, on Wednesday destroyed several shops and gutted out stock, but no casualties were reported, officials said.

Fire at Sadar Bazar in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2016 03:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi: Two weeks pass, little money in pockets

Small vendors in city’s major markets still reeling under note ban impact

A view of Janpath Market on Tuesday.
Updated on Nov 23, 2016 11:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Trade fair in Delhi gets high on Sunday, food

Visitors throng one of the food courts during the 36th India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on Sunday.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 21, 2016 12:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Cash crunch shadow over Delhi trade fair

Vendors have been complaining about a lukewarm response to the fair this year, and some veteran traders have even claimed that this has been one of the worst years at the fair for them.(Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 18, 2016 10:29 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi: Guest teachers demand fixed pay, job security

Officials, parents and students may be rejoicing for the successful implementation of the reading challenge under Mission Chunauti 2018, but teachers are an unhappy lot.

A number of mentors, who work as guest teachers, claimed that they were employed on a daily wage basis whose salaries were deducted during public holidays.(Representative photo)(Sushil KumarHindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 18, 2016 03:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Fearing fewer visitors, entry fee reduced at Delhi trade fair

The IITF will be open to general public from November 19 (Saturday) to November 27 (Sunday).(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 18, 2016 03:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Trade fair in Delhi begins amid fear of cash crunch, govt allays concerns

The India International Trade Fair opened on Monday at Pragati Maidan.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2016 02:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Smoggy days may return to Delhi as wind slows down

Smog may return to Delhi as the wind speed slowing down. On Thursday, the smog cover was thicker and longer compared to the previous day.

Thick smog near the Akshardham temple flyover last week,. According to data recorded at the IGI Airport, visibility has not been more than 800 m since 9 pm on Wednesday. Even during the daytime on Thursday, the visibility was recorded at 600-800m; compared to Wednesday’s visibility of 1200-1500m at the same time.(Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 10, 2016 08:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

After a week of smog, winds bring a breath of fresh air in Delhi

After nearly a week of blinding smog, crippling air quality and debilitating pollution levels, winds blowing from the north and northwest directions brought Delhi some much-needed respite on Monday.

Vehicles ply on Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway through dense smog in Gurugram on Monday.(PTI Photo)
Published on Nov 08, 2016 12:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

These dogs at an adoption drive in Delhi are no less than survivors

Munna, age 3, suffers from rickets was at the dog adoption drive in Select CityWalk in Saket, New Delhi.(Sahiba Chawdhary / HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 07, 2016 08:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByA. Mariyam Alavi

Gasping Delhi residents take matters into their own hands

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) recorded that the AQI of Delhi at 381 on Friday, which is expected to drop to 360 on Saturday; a reading still considered very poor. On Saturday, the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre (RWFC) has predicted clear skies with moderate to shallow fog and maximum temperature is expected to be 31°C and the minimum is expected to be 14°C. With no winds predicted until Monday, the smog and low visibility days will persist over the weekend.

School students cover their face with a handkerchief to avoid thick smog in Delhi.(Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 06, 2016 12:51 PM IST
Hindustan TImes | By, New Delhi

Delhi pollution levels 15 times the safe limit, no respite in sight

Delhi’s pollution touched a new high on Saturday with the levels of particulate matter finer than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) crossing the 900 mark in some stations, almost 15 times the permissible levels.

Smog near Anand Vihar, in New Delhi on Saturday.(Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 06, 2016 09:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByA Mariyam Alavi and Soumya Pillai, New Delhi

After Diwali, Delhi wakes up to smoggy morning

Delhi residents woke up to a smoggy morning, after a night of Diwali celebrations. The shallow fog mixed with firecracker emissions have become smog, affecting visibility.

Commuters make their way amid heavy smog in New Delhi.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 31, 2016 12:06 PM IST
New Delhi | BySoumya Pillai and A Mariyam Alavi, New Delhi

Delhi’s kids show the way, say no to crackers for a clean Diwali

Many children across the National Capital Region have set the record straight by refusing to use crackers this festive season.

Many children across the National Capital Region have set the record straight by refusing to use crackers this festive season.(Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 29, 2016 11:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Focus on easing traffic congestion in Pragati Maidan revamp plan

The proposed redevelopment of Pragati Maidan by the India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) will not only give the buildings a facelift and re-imagine the Delhi skyline, but may also relieve traffic congestion in the area.

Exhibitions and book fairs take place at Pragati Maidan throughout the year. The biggest is the India International Trade Fair that takes place in November.(Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 27, 2016 11:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Ben 10, Kareena Kapoor cracker covers add to Diwali flavour

If you overhear someone ask for a Thor, X-Men, or Ben 10 at a neighbourhood cracker store, do not be confused.

On Saturday, the cracker market on Esplanade Road exploded with images of Bollywood actors Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Sunny Leone, and characters like Chota Bheem and X-Men.(Raj K Raj/HT photo)
Published on Oct 22, 2016 11:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

‘Banned’ Chinese crackers are a hit in Delhi markets

Despite a ban on sale and use of firecrackers made in China, pop-pops, match crackers, pulling fireworks and other such popular firecrackers continues to be available in abundance in Delhi markets.

Delhiites buy fireworks from a shop near Jama Masjid on Saturday.(Raj K Raj/HT photo)
Updated on Oct 23, 2016 07:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi: Train drivers, guards turn unlikely chefs as cooks go on strike

Indian Railways’ train drivers and guards halting at the Nizamuddin Railway Station stepped out of their engines after long journeys on Friday and went straight to the kitchen — to cook.

The men took to knives and ladles to quell their hunger as the contractual kitchen workers started a strike on Friday, claiming that they haven’t been paid salaries.(Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 21, 2016 11:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Bird flu scare: Delhi minister calls meeting to chart action plan

Delhi minister Gopal Rai inspected the Delhi zoo on Wednesday.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 20, 2016 01:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Election Museum to celebrate Indian democracy

The museum, which will be open to groups of public on prior online booking, was conceptualized and set up by Chandra Bhushan Kumar, the Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi, and his team.

The museum was inaugurated by Nasim Zaidi, the Chief Election Commissioner of India, in New Delhi on Tuesday(Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 18, 2016 11:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByA. Mariyam Alavi, New Delhi

In Delhi, faces of ‘terrorist nation’ Pakistan to be set burned on Dussehra

The Ramlila organisers at Indraprastha in east Delhi are planning to burn an effigy that signifies “Terrorist nation Pakistan”, on Tuesday.

The Ramlila organisers at Indraprastha are planning to burn an effigy that signifies “Terrorist nation Pakistan”(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 11, 2016 09:19 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Puja pandals go eco-friendly this season

This festive season, Durga Puja pandals of the National Capital have taken a green jump. Reports of immersion of toxic idols, those made from non-biodegradable and toxic materials like plaster of paris, gypsum and lead-based paint polluting our many water sources, are a yearly occurrence after festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja in Delhi.

The Matri Mandir Durga Puja Samiti’s pandal in Safdarjung Enclave has opted for idols made of soluble clay and organic paints to ensure minimal pollution after immersion.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 10, 2016 01:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Showers increase fear of diseases

A spell of mild showers in and around the Capital on Tuesday raised concerns about the dengue and chikungunya outbreak in the city intensifying.

People should empty any sources of open standing water, like tanks, barrels, and even plant saucers, to curb the breeding of mosquitoes.(Raj K Raj/HT filee photo)
Published on Oct 05, 2016 01:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
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