Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her Union Budget 2020-21 presentation on February 1, allocates Rs 3,100 crore to the Ministry of Environment while Rs 4,400 crore was allocated to encourage states to formulate plans that will ensure clean air in cities with a population of above a million.

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Winter tightened its icy grip across large parts of north India, particularly the national capital where the maximum temperature dipped to 3.7 degrees Celsius making Tuesday the city's coldest recorded December day since 1901.

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Delhi-NCR continued to battle severe pollution for the fourth consecutive day on Friday with thick smog engulfed several areas in the capital due to the influence of a western disturbance.

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Pollution levels in Delhi and neighbouring cities deteriorated further but remained in the 'severe' category with the pollution level hovering at 447 on Sunday even after light showers were recorded.

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The ill effects of air pollution may literally be causing some people to lose sleep, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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Cyclonic storm Phethai is roaring over the southwest Bay of Bengal and adjacent areas.

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