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Air pollution kills over 100,000 children every year in India

11:36 PM | 5 Jun, 2019
Air pollution kills over 100,000 children every year in India
NEW DELHI – A damning report published on the occasion of World Environment Day said air pollution kills more than one hundred thousand children under five every year in India.

Carried out by the Centre for Science and Environment, the report found that 86 percent of Indian water bodies are critically polluted.

It further said the country's progress in renewable energy is dismal.

India has repeatedly failed to address the environmental concerns.

Last year a UN report found that fourteen out of the world's fifteen most polluted cities are in India.

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/world/india-tops-global-list-of-pollution-related-deaths-with-2-5-million-victims-report/

Despite calls for action against pollution around the globe, Indian politicians mostly side-stepped the issue in the last election.

The State of India's Environment Report has found that air pollution is responsible for 12.5 percent of all deaths in the country, painting a bleak picture of the environmental record of recent Indian governments.

As of last month, India had 280,000 electric vehicles, a fraction of the target of 15 million-16 million by 2020.

India's greenhouse gas emissions rose more than 20% between 2010 and 2014, while its natural gas and hydroelectric plants were in a "shambles", the report continued.

The report found gas-based power plants are running at 24% of their capacity, and hydropower projects are running at just 19%.

"The country's progress in renewable energy in 2018-19 has also been dismal," the CSE said.

"In wind, the country met only 6.3% of the target this year. In solar, it met 5.86%."

India also recorded a 56% rise in the number of industries creating hazardous waste between 2009 and 2016-17, while the number of grossly polluting industries soared 136% between 2011 and 2018.

India is projected to add 416 million town and city dwellers to the world's urban population by 2050.

But Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recently re-elected in a campaign in which climate change was barely mentioned, instead tweeted appealing to people to "live in harmony with nature" on World Environment Day.

https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/1136104717405302784

"We have been brought up in a tradition, where nature is equal to God. Where sanctity of nature is meaningful and where nature's protection has been put at par with humans," Modi said.

"On this Environment Day we all need to spare some time to think what can we do to make our planet clean and green," he said.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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