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November 27, 2014
India court slams Delhi's worsening air pollution
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 27, 2014
India's environment court has slammed the government over the capital's horrendous air pollution, which it said was "getting worse" every day, and ordered a string of measures to bring it down. The National Green Tribunal directed all vehicles older than 15 years be taken off New Delhi roads, pollution checks undertaken for all state-run buses and air purifiers installed at the city's busy markets. Environmentalists welcomed Thursday the decision, saying policy makers were failing to heed the "e ... read more

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