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Stubble burning: This formula could have saved Delhi its smog menace

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Ben Pena | 14 November, 2017, 11:31

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday told his Delhi counterpart to stop playing "pollution politics" and asked him what steps he had taken to end stubble burning in the national Capital.

Kejriwal said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had called him and told him that the latter was in Delhi till tomorrow, but can not meet him in Delhi, citing "he (Khattar) was very busy". "You may feel free to call me to fine tune a mutually convenient date, time and venue for the meeting", he wrote. "It is in collective interest", Kejriwal said in a tweet.

As Delhi battles dense smog and pollution aggravated by stubble-burning in neighbouring agrarian states, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is fixing up meetings with his Haryana and Punjab counterparts on Twitter.

Gopal Rai said that a final call on the issue will be taken after the Supreme Court hearing on November 13.

Hariri says he will return to Lebanon soon, leaves doubt about resignation
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that Hariri was "detained in Saudi Arabia" and "banned from returning to Lebanon". Hariri explained after the break that the man was one of his staff, telling him of the latest developments in Lebanon.

The Union agriculture ministry last week said it had issued an advisory to state governments to check stubble burning that caused severe pollution in the National Capital Region in the past few days. He has asked me to come to Chandigarh on Wednesday. On November 8, he had written to the Chief Ministers of Haryana and Punjab for a joint meeting to find a solution to the problem that has led to widespread health concerns. ML Khattar also launched a scathing attack, saying what had Kejriwal done for "stubble burning over 40000 hectares of land in Delhi".

He added that no single person, organisation or government could improve the quality of air. "Unfortunately your letter contains no hint of such a mindset", Khattar wrote in his reply to Kejriwal's invitation for talks. Khattar was in Delhi on Monday but wasn't able to meet the Delhi CM due to his busy schedule.

He said that satellite imagery data clearly showed substantial reduction in number of stubble burning cases in Haryana from 2014 onwards.

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