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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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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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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)

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Kejriwal leads ‘Car Free Day’; pollution level drops by 60%


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New Delhi: The city witnessed a 60 per cent drop in the air pollution on the first Car Free Day, said a report released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Thursday.

The car-free initiative as well as the low traffic load on Dussehra has helped lower the pollution levels and toxic exposure in the city.

“Today (Thursday), the air particulate matter (PM 2.5) was 265 micrograms per cubic metre (cu m) in comparison to a normal day, when the particulate normally was 689 micrograms per cu m,” said the report released on Thursday evening.

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) is an air pollutant that is a concern for people’s health when its levels in the air are high.

PM2.5 are tiny particles in the air that reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee too has supported the CSE report and has observed overall drop of 45 percent in PM2.5 level in the city.

The car-free day in Delhi was observed on the stretch between Red Fort and India Gate with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal leading a cycle rally in the morning.

“This initiative of the Delhi government has only helped to prove how the growing car numbers in the city aggravate toxic pollution. If these numbers are controlled, pollution can be lowered significantly,” said Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director (research and advocacy), CSE.

The exposure monitoring on the road was carried out by CSE first on October 21, a regular day, and during the car-free event on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to social media to share the impact of car free day, saying we need to reduce traffic.

In the series of tweets, he said: “Almost 60 percent reduction in pollution noted on that road. It means traffic is main culprit. We have to reduce traffic.”

“Comfortable, reliable, accessible public transport system and better designed roads is the key. I’ll personally work on this,” he added.

(With inputs from IANS)