Rising pollution in India's once-pristine north-eastern states triggers concern

People commuting along a street amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi on Dec 23, 2021. PHOTO: AFP
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NEW DELHI - India's capital city, Delhi, which is part of the polluted Indo-Gangetic Plain, is always in focus during the winter months, when pollution climbs to the worst category.

But a recent study has shown worrying trends emerging for the South Asian country, with pollution starting to rise in parts of the country's north-east, otherwise known for the pristine beauty of its ecologically sensitive areas.

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