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CSE welcomes Bharat Stage VI norms addressing it as a “landmark” move


New Delhi: The government’s decision to skip one stage and leapfrog to Bharat Stage VI standards in 2020 was a great step forward and will lower the gap between emission standards for diesel and petrol vehicles, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) director general Sunita Narain said in a statement on Thursday.

The CSE hailed the government’s move, calling it a “landmark” decision.

This is a game-changer decision and will help India leapfrog to much cleaner emissions. This is needed at a time when India is motorising very rapidly. Stringent emission standards are needed to reduce the pollution impact of this immense motorisation,

As India leaps from BS IV to BS VI, particulate emissions from diesel cars will be reduced by 68 percent, and 87 percent from heavy duty vehicles, the CSE said.
Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director for research and advocacy in CSE also welcomed this step taken by the union government.

These outdated emission standards allow diesel vehicles to emit several times more nitrogen oxides and particulate matter compared to petrol vehicles. The government’s latest move will reduce the time lag with Europe to just six years in 2020,


The current emissions standards of BS IV in a few cities and BS III in the rest of the country are 10-15 years behind the norms followed by Europe, the organisation added.(Inputs from IANS)(Picture Courtesy:



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Know Your Diet “Apna Ahaar Janein” is India’s Biggest Online interactive tool on Food and Diet

The Hindi version of Know Your Diet is known as Apna Ahaar Janein

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  • An online interactive tool was launched to help the users to improve the food and dietary habits
  • The Hindi version of Know Your Diet is known as Apna Ahaar Janein
  • India needs a clear policy to promote good food

New Delhi, Sept 21, 2016: On Tuesday, an online interactive tool was launched to help the users to improve the food and dietary habits. The online interactive tool launched by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been named as Know Your Diet and is available in Hindi as well as English.


It would be advantageous to anyone who is nine years or above. They can use it from smartphones, computers or tablets. The Hindi version is known as Apna Ahaar Janein.

According to PTI, on this occasion, the CSE Director General Sunita Narain said, “India needs a clear policy to promote good food. We cannot afford food that is bad for health and bad for the environment. This tool will help us push for better policy and practices on the promotion of good food.”

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“What we eat affects our health. But most of us do not know what we eat and how it affects our health. Know your diet is a first of its kind initiative to help people of India know about their food and dietary habits.”

Diet. Pixabay
Diet. Pixabay

It will be easy for the users to understand their personal diet as they would provide reports comprising of feedback and advice. Users will also get the answers to their problems on food and diet on a frequent basis. There are no costs involved in this.

“We hope that it will ignite a good food movement in our country,” said Chandra Bhushan,
“From across India, over 25 schools, colleges and universities have already joined us in this initiative. Several companies have also expressed their interest.”

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“We would like institutions to come forward and participate. We encourage people of this country to use this tool and be a part of the good food movement,” Bhushan said.

-prepared by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Government to implement BS VI emission norms from 2020

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New Delhi: The central government on Wednesday has decided to implement Bharat Stage, BS VI emission norms  from April 1, 2020, and to skip BS V norms.

Implementation of BS V emission norms will be skipped and the government will come out with a notification in this regard soon, it was decided at a meeting chaired by Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari.

The Auto Fuel Policy had recommended implementation of BS-VI norms by 2024. Earlier in the draft notification by the ministry, the date was advanced to April 1, 2021 and now it has been further advanced to April 1, 2020.

The others who attended the meeting are Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Anant Geete, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar and Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

According to Pradhan, public sector oil companies will invest about Rs.28,750 crore for switching over to BS-VI auto fuels.

Delhi recently was found out to be the world’s one of the most polluted city. Delhi government in an attempt to counter this implemented the odd-even formula on a trial basis. The growing concern regarding the climate change is forcing government to take steps.(IANS)(

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Air pollution takes upto 30,000 lives annually in Delhi: CSE

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New Delhi: Air pollution, one of the top ten killers in the world and fifth leading cause of death in India, is responsible for about 10,000 to 30,000 deaths annually in Delhi, a report by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said on Tuesday.

A report titled ‘Body Burden 2015: State of India’s Health’ released here focuses on public health threats and their environment linkages.

It says air pollution results in about 620,000 premature deaths which are caused by stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ischemic heart disease, lower respiratory infections and trachea, bronchus and lung cancer among others.

CSE director general Sunita Narain also expressed her concerns in this matter.

The report shows us that we must focus on prevention and not treatment. We need to improve the environment reduce the disease burden and save money in private or public healthcare.

Forest degradation that help the pathogens which were restricted to animals, jump the species barrier and infect humans, the report states. Open defecation and malnutrition rates are also linked, it adds.

Revamping transportation systems and cleaner technologies are needed urgently.

The analysis includes air pollution, pesticides, degradation of forests, water and sanitation, climate change and lifestyle diseases. From January 1, the odd-even formula would be followed in Delhi. Vehicles with odd-even number plates would be allowed to run on the rotation every other day. (IANS)