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Polluted city Delhi worst to live in. Watch school going children wearing mask while going to school early morning.

SHAME ON WE DELHITES ?

Despite the stringent directives of the Supreme Court of India restricting Delhites to use fire crackers only for two hours from eight to ten PM on the Diwali day i. e. today the 7th of November, hardly had an impact to any extent in controlling the sound and fire cracker pollution emanating toxic gases adding to the already existing pollution in the capital city of India, Delhi and its surroundings, the national capital region viz Gurugram, Noida etc.

Deepawali is the most ancient festival of the majority community in India and worldwide where ever the Hindus live celebrated with utmost gaiety and fervour.

But the increasing global warming and the worsening climatic conditions and environment due to the rapidly and multiply enhancing pollution due to green house emissions, pollution from construction activities, stubble burning in Haryana n UP flouting court’s orders , factory emissions, emmisions from the 80 lakh odd vehicles in Delhi including thousands of Diesal trucks that pass through the Delhi territory, emission through millions of air conditions during the summer and of course the Diwali emissions that breaks all records, have finally compelled the Supreme court issue directives curtailing fire cracking limit on Deepawali for just two hours from 8 to 10 AM.

I personally kept a tab to watch whether the Supreme court’s moratorium on fire crackers would be abided by the citizens of Delhi or not. I was however satisfied that till 10.20 PM atleast 65 to 70 percent of the people stopped using fire crackers with thirty percent still busy defying the court’s order.

Being the festival season it’s next to impossible for the police personel and the department to curb this menace fully as it has to deal with serious crimes as well and the staff too is on Deepawali holiday.

It’s actually the people who are to be blamed. Sounds shocking and worrisome that majority of the population of the capital city is educated and well aware of the apex court’s orders as well as the anguishing situation of the enhancing pollution levels leading to various hazardous deseases taking place and causing unparalleled harm to the patients of critical illnesses, heart deseases, patients of lung infections, asthmatic patients, patients inflicted with tuberculosis and cancers etc but the rich and influential are still showing their money power and hostile prestige in exploding more and more fire crackers not only des – respecting and openly flouting the court’s orders but also making thousands of Delhites die of various pollution oriented physical n mental disorders.

Just about two weeks’ ago the Air Quality Index was the highest to 426 PM 2.5 in the capital making peoples’ lives hell to respirate and live comfortably.

Just imagine what will happen after Deepawali when thousands, even lakhs of tons of fire crackers emanate unacounted amount of pollution in our environment already having become toxic and not prone for healthy living.

Now enough is enough. For God Sake give up the crackers, once for all. Now its 45 minutes over 10 PM, I could easily hear fire crackers being exploded again with full speed and against the open dereliction of the Apex Court’s orders. Shame on we Delhites. The Supreme Court of India should take suo motto cognizance of this violation and call the chief secretary Delhi and the Delhi Police Commissioner to respond on this?

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  1. Niharika Ghia

    November 7, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    Diwali is just 4-5 days in a year. Why blame a festival specifically ? What about the other 360 days ? No doubt crackers increse pollution but that hardly contributes to 5% of the total pollution isnt it ? Why are other factors being overlooked or taken lightly and diwali is targetted ? Why no ban on cow or goat slaughter which leads to bloodshed and causing soil and water pollution and spreading infections through various agents like air , soil and water. If banning is so important then ban everything or nothing !

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PM Narendra Modi To Inaugurate KMP Expressway On November 19

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To ease traffic flow through the national capital, the much awaited Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway is all set to be inaugurated on November 19. The announcement has been made by Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and it will be done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Manohar Lal Khattar who reviewed the KMP Expressway project and the arrangements regarding the Prime Minister’s visit to Sultanpur village in Gurugram on November 19 said, “The prime minister will address a public meeting near Farukhnagar crossing in Gurgaon, where he would dedicate various projects to the people of the state. All the preparations are done for the inauguration,”

“Apart from the expressway, he will also inaugurate the Ballabhgarh Metro Link, lay foundation stone of Haryana Vishwakarma Skill University in Palwal and various other development projects on the same day,” Khattar added.

Talking about the expressway, it will connect four major national highways (NH), NH-1 (Delhi-Ambala-Amritsar), NH-2 (Delhi-Agra-Varanasi-Dankuni), NH-8 (Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai) and NH-10 (Delhi-Hisar-Fazilka-Indo-Pak border), as it passes through five districts in Haryana namely Sonipat, Jhajjar, Gurgaon, Mewat, and Palwal.

The expressway will also significantly reduce the traffic from north Indian states to central, western and south India and vice versa. Also, it will provide an alternative route to vehicles, especially heavy ones to go towards Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan without creating traffic vows in the national capital.

Recently, the Haryana Government has also given its approval for the development of five new cities along Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) expressway. These cities will be developed in an area of 50,000 hectares on each side of the 135 km long expressway and will cover eight districts of the state — Sonipat, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Gurugram, Rewari, Mewat, Faridabad, and Palwal.

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A new pan Indian Green Party to take birth on 17th 18th November. Two day convention at Garhwal Bhawan, New Delhi

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Hectic preparations are on for the formation of the first ever green party at a pan India level namely INDIA GREENS with its two day convention being held in New Delhi on 17th and 18th November where about 300 delegates who’d already registered themselves would interact, deliever speeches, present their valuable views and papers, and pass resolutions in this two day event.

The invitees comprise of enlightened individuals, members and office bearers of the Indian Greens, journalists, writers, activists from other like minded political parties, lawyers, members of the intelligentia, NGo representatives, college students, and environmental activists.

According to the convenor of the convention Sr journalist Suresh Nautiyal India Green is fully committed to the Global Green Charter and its core principles namely ecological wisdom, sustainability, social justice, non violence, participatory democracy and respect for diversity.

While there will be speeches and presentations on the significant and burning environmental and ecological issues, the main features of this two day event would be : Adoption of the party constitution, Preamble, Principles and policies.

In addition there will also be dance performances on climate change, poster competition of the art work on the theme of ecology, environment including global warming , poetries on environment n global change including a book stall on green books.

Speaking to newsviewsnetwork.com the convenor Suresh Nautiyal revealed that the executive of the pan India Green party will also be duly elected in this two day convention.

Meanwhile, Bob Brown, former Senator and one of the tallest Green leaders in Australia has in a congratulatory message send to India Greens said that he is delighted to know that India Greens is organising a meeting to formalise a national Green party in ‘the world’s largest democracy’. He said: ‘We share a single little planet on which our one species Homo sapiens is already consuming 170 per cent of the living resources.

The Greens are the ONLY party to tackle the overriding problems created by human injustice and short-sightedness such as inequality, environmental destruction, global warming and nuclear proliferation.’ Further Bob has added in his message: ‘That we share these problems are underscored by Gautam Adani’s proposed mega coal mine in Queensland — after all the injustice and environmental damage he has caused in India. If his mine starts in 2019, It will lead a cavalcade from Tasmania (Australia) up there to peacefully protest on behalf of the planet.’ Bob concluded his message by saying: ‘May your meeting and the India Green Party future be rewarded with enduring success!’ Cheers friends as we are a rapidly growing global family which is also consolidating its Green footprints day-by-day!”

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Fuel prices continue downward trend, petrol retails at Rs 77.56 in Delhi

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Continuing the declining trend that has been going for the past couple of days, oil marketing firms across the country once again slashed the rates for transportation fuels on Monday.

In Delhi, petrol is being sold at Rs 77.56 whereas diesel is available at Rs 72.31 per litre. Yesterday, commuters in the national capital shelled out Rs 77.89 and Rs 72.58 for a litre of petrol and diesel respectively.

The prices of the fuel in the national capital stand lowest as compared to other metropolitan cities.

In the financial capital Mumbai, petrol price has slipped to Rs 83.07 per litre and diesel to Rs 75.76. On Sunday, the petrol cost at Rs 83.24 and diesel at Rs 75.92 per litre here.

The rates of the fuel across India have been slashing due to the slip in the prices of crude oil prices. The United States recently softened its stand on Iran’s sanctions and given nod to eight oil countries to continue to import oil from Tehran temporarily. The list includes India, China, South Korea, Japan, Turkey, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had, on October 4, announced a reduction of Rs 2.50 per litre on both petrol and diesel prices after curbing excise duty on the commodity by Rs 1.50 per litre. He had also urged state governments to slash the same amount at their end.

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1. Check Petrol/Diesel Price at your nearest Indian Oil Petrol Pump using Pump Locator

You can visit Indian Oil’s official website to locate your nearest Indian Oil petrol pump and view prices of petrol and diesel. Using the Petrol Pump Locator, you can also check the various facilities and services offered at these petrol pumps.

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Remembering Kaka is like remembering an era of Superstardom ! Join us on 26th December at Islamic Centre, New Delhi

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The Uttarakhand Journalists Forum in association with a renowned entertaining musical group of the capital,Harmony, famous for organising legendary Bollywood musician RD Burman’s musical nights in Delhi every year, is organising a grand musical evening at the prestigious India Islamic Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 26th December from 5.00 PM to 10.00 PM to commemorate the 76th Birth Anniversary of the first and original superstar of Bollywood Rajesh Khanna aka Kaka n MP who would have been of 76 years, had he been physically within us.

Having entertained billions of his fans globally by his outstanding histrionics and distinctive performance as a superstar n incredible hero of more than 200 films during his chequered career of four decades in Bollywood Rajesh Khanna is a legend unparalleled pronounced as the superstar of the millenium.

Having given more than two dozens of super duper hits and having acted in over 200 films Rajesh Khanna was a phenomena who ruled the hearts of billions of his die hard fans world over for years together.

We miss him too much. However, the true fact is Rajesh Khanna never dies. He is immortal.

In order to remember this true original and only super star of Indian Bollywood silver screen may we request all of you to join us by paying tributes to the SUPER STAR OF THE MILLENIUM RAJESH KHANNA AKA KAKAJI on 26th December 2018 at INDIA ISLAMIC CENTRE AUDITORIUM, LODHI ROAD, NEW DELHI.

Several outstanding singers from Delhi, Mumbai and other parts of India would sing Kaka’s song and make the evening really memorable. So do come n be the significant part of the mesmerising evening of Rajesh Khanna’s super duper songs of his golden n diamond jubilee movies. Eagerly looking forward to see all of you.
REMEMBERING KAKA IS LIKE REMEMBERING AN ERA OF SUPERSTARDOM

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Delhi air remains in ‘hazardous’ category after largest-ever stubble burning of year

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Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi remained in ‘hazardous’ category on Saturday, two days after neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab recorded the “largest-ever” stubble burning.

According to the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, 2,100 fire counts were observed on Thursday over north western region of India. The government-run agency warned that the stubble burning might lead to a further deterioration in the already “severe” air quality of the national capital.

“It was the largest-ever recorded for this year. It was around four times higher than Wednesday,” IITM said.

“The PM2.5 concentration is likely to increase again from Friday afternoon and may remain severe or severe-plus in Delhi-NCR till Sunday,” it said.

The increase in PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) concentration would be due to “stable” meteorological conditions, trapping the polluted air-mass in Delhi and significant increase in contribution from biomass burning, IITM said in a report.

The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) too warned that Delhi’s air quality would remain in the severe category till Saturday as the toxic smoke from fireworks is likely to aggravate due to intensified stubble burning in neighbouring states.

Stubble burning in neighbouring states combined with localised factors in Delhi such as vehicular emissions, industrial pollution and smoke from firecrackers around Diwali every year plague the national capital’s air quality every year.

This year too, the air pollution level spiked to severe-plus emergency levels due to rampant burning of firecrackers leading to the formation of a smoky layer across Delhi.

Delhi’s air quality on Thursday went off the charts as smog caused due to smoke from firecrackers engulfed the national capital.

Late last month, the Supreme Court had restricted bursting of crackers to a two-hour window between 8 pm and 10 pm on the day of Diwali. But Delhiites violated the order, as did surrounding Noida, Ghaziabad and Greater Noida. At the same time, Twitter was full of people grousing about the terrible air and the trangressions.

On Saturday morning, the AQI was in ‘hazardous’ category in many parts of the capital, while it was observed to be in ‘very unhealthy’ catagory in some areas.

The overall AQI Thursday was recorded in the “severe plus emergency” category at 642. On Friday, the AQI was recorded at 421, which falls in the ‘severe’ category, according to the the Central Pollution Control Board.

 

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Protest demonstrations against demonetisation on its second anniversary in the capital ! Congress tries to derive maximum advantage out of every issue going against BJP

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Hundreds of Congressmen under the banner of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee led by its president Ajay Maken today held a candle march at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi and also marched thereafter from there to Reserve Bank of India headquarter in the form of a protest demonstration raising anti government slogans condemning the demonetisation decision of the BJP led NDA government as reckless, arbitrary and anti people which led to the loss of jobs of lakhs of countrymen working in private sector, death of more than hundred persons and endless inconvenience to the people of the country. The arbitrary decision was imposed on the people of the country two years ago on 8th November 2016. The Congress party workers and leades were commemorating 9th November as the black day.

The protest demonstrators were carrying Congress flags and playcards in their hands and raising anti govt and anti BJP slogans.

Yesterday the left parties had protested in Delhi by holding an impressive demonstration participated by the former RS MP and CPM polit bureau member Brinda Karat, Secretary of the national council of Communist Party of India Atul Anjan and Delhi state secretary Professor Dinesh Varshney.

8th November is being named as the Black Day in the Indian political history by the entire non BJP opposition parties of the country and protest demonstrations and symbolic anti demonetisation protests are being organised in various states of the country.

In Uttarakhand too a protest march was held under the leadership of the Uttatakhand Pradesh Congress Committee. In view of the state elections taking place in 5 states of the country and the general elections due for 2019, just eight months ahead, the major opposition party Congress and its ideological affiliates of the future Grand Alliance are losing no opportunities to take political advantage out of issues like Rafale, demonetisation and inflation including the agrarian crisis, banking frauds n sky rocketting petro prices.

The Congress party and the rest of the anti BJP opposition parties have organised good number of protest demonstrations, sit ins and debates all over the country highlighting them in the national and regional media to a great extent.

The recent CBI crisis was also exploited to the full by the Congress party in league with the grand allaince partners. The recent killing spree in Dantewada, Chattisgarh by the naxalites ruled by the BJP chief minister Raman Singh for the last 15 years has also come in under severe criticism nationally, resulting in the BJP led NDA governments at the centre and the states coming into a defensive posture.

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Signature bridge inauguration controversy makes mockery of Delhi politicians

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The way, politics of Delhi is moving ahead these days makes all of us give a serious rethinking about the indesciplined or rogue politicians of Delhi whether they belong to AAP or the Bhartiya Janata Party, making mockery of themselves and their ridiculous actions.

The point in reference is the inauguration ceremony of the long awaited assymmetrical highest bridge in the country, one of the best architectural marvel of the present times started by the then Congress government led by Shiela Dikshit with the foundation stone having been laid in 2014 and finally completed in 2018 after lots of hiccups, inaugurated by the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, amid lots of controversy amounting to allegedly forcibly pushing back of the East Delhi MP and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari by one of the AAP lawmakers claiming that had he not pushed him back the former would have attacked the CM who was too angry and furious for not having been invited in the inauguration ceremony.

Sounds shocking and ironical, as well?

The point here is, despite the hard fact that the Signature bridge has been built by the Delhi state government , perhaps by its PWD department but one should not forget the fact that the protocol demands that the area MP, MLA n even if need be the councillor are duly invited for participation in such inaugural functions and even the inauguration plate has to mention the name of the area MP alongwith the chief minister, the PWD minister and the area MLA and as such the forcible visit of the East Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari was to certain extent justifiable and correct as he wanted to get himself noticed since he was’nt invited at the function by the AAP government.

However, there is no denying the fact that the BJP party and the government too has also in the recent part not invited Arvind Kejrival in some of the metro rail corporation’s inauguration functions’ despite the hard fact that he is the chief minister of the capital city and the protocol also demanded so.

So it was rather a tit for tat then who’s to be blame for such controversies n who not is a moot question ? However, what makes things worse and unethical is when any public representative is physically pushed or allegedly hit or insulted ? In a democracy, such indecencies and unethical acts does not behove well for the status of politicians or elected representatives on whom lies the basic responsibility to establish harmony, decency, morality and ethics in the socio political scenerio of the state or the country which is unfortunately badly missing these days with criminals holding constitutional positions and also being elected in parliament n state assemblies in good number.

Why don’t these politicians or political parties understand that it’s primarily the public exchequers’ tax payer money which is being incurred on developmental works whether they are construction of bridges, metro rails or other pro people projects. Being the duly elected public representatives it is their bounden duty to serve the masses and it’s no obligation on them. They are in essence the peoples’ servants then what’s a big deal ?

Since the MPs, MLAs or the corporators are not incurring their pocket money, then why is the curiosity to demean each other on party lines or to claim political credit for various works and make mockery of themselves in the media and amongst the people. YE PUBLIC HAI YE SAB JAANTI HAI ANDAR KYA BAHAR KYA HAI, SAB PEHCHASNTI HAI.

The voters of the country know everything in this hi tech n digital world as to who has executed the development and who is trying derive undue mileage out of such inaugurations or protests at the site.

Whether it’s Delhi CM Arvind kejrival or the East Delhi MP n Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, both of them must avoid such tactics of chief popularity and publicity and try to set the best examples of decency and mutual accord in the socio political life in the near future instead of becoming subject of mockery and ridicule in the media. What’s your take friends?

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Ram Mandir seems to have become the core issue of BJP, Dharmadesh convention of saints demand introduction of legislation/ ordinance for Ram Temple construction.

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DHARMADESH CONVENTION OF SAINTS AT TALKATORA STADIUM, NEW DELHI WHIC DEMANDED BRINGING OF LEGISLATION OR ORDINANCE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF RAM TEMPLE

The emergence of all of a sudden cumulative voices by the BJP leaders and its frontal organisations including its saffron offshoots in favour of construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, despite the vexed matter being in the apex court, particularly at the time when the elections in the five states are going to polls this month and the 2019 general elections just eight months ahead, it has become absolutely unambiguous that Ram Temple would be the Bhartiya Janata Party’s core issue in the general election as the ruling party dispensation is badly in the dock on issues like corruption, Rafale, unemployment, agrarian distress, prise rise in petro products, CBI crisis and inflation etc.

The top leadership of the ruling party and the prime minister Narendra Modi has though tried their best to increase the MSP on food grains/ crops, easy sanctioning of loans up to Rs one crores to the medium and small enterprises and assurance of jobs to the youths of the country including insurance to countrymen to the tune of Rs 5 lakhs, free distribution of LPG gas connections, contruction of lakhs of toilets, opening of crores of Jan Dhan accounts etc but nothing seems to have been practically implemented on the ground till yet say political analysts as was expected .

The controvertially hyped Rafale Jet Fighter Deal and the CBI controversy most eloquently and vociferously raised and exposed by the Congress and the non BJP opposition parties, especially the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has infact dominated the so called achievements and populist measures of the BJP government at the centre and in the states ruled by the saffron parties.

Currently, the BJP ruled states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh where the saffron party is in power for more three terms in continuity except Rajasthan and suffering from acute anti incumbency factors due to corruption, inefficiency, non performance, scams like Vyapan etc, and the heightened Maoist problem having claimed several innocent lives of mediamen, security forces and civilians , the ruling party dispensations in these states are trying hard to play with the religious sentiments of the electorates by again popularising the Ram temple construction issue, dear to everyone, with an apparent pre strategic move to influence them , score re victories and achieve power but the fact remains that out of these three states the BJP seems likely to loose in two states for sure.

If one sees the sequence of the statements and events of BJP high ups and its various off shoots and the parent organisation RSS including organisation of the saints after and before the decision of supreme court it becomes absolutely unambiguous that the entire politics of BJP in future is based on the Ram Temple issue.

The two day DHARMADESH convention of all the prominent Hindu saints numbering in hundreds held in Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium renting the air with Ram Mandir supportive slogans, have unanimously passed a resolution for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, come what may. The unanimous decision of the Dharmadesh is that the government should immediately bring a legislation or ordinance to construct Ram Temple at Ayodhya. Nothing less than this would be accepted to them said their resolution apart from other demands like expulsion of illegal Bangladeshies and muslim Rohingya immigrats from India.

The union minister of BJP Giriraj Kishore Singh has openly said that the apex court is testing the already frayed tempers of the majority community and is delaying the verdict on this vexed issue of Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya thus allegedly disrespecting the majority sentiments.

The saffron clad devout hindu Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath has appealed to the hindus of the country to visit Ayodhya on the day of Deepawali and light a lamp in honour of Lord Rama in order to express their undaunted solidarity to the cause of Ram Temple construction at the disputed site.

He has also sanctioned a proposal for the construction of the biggest statue of Lord Rama in the world costing whopping Rs. 775 crores and being as high as 201 metres, even more in height than the recently built Sardar’s statue in Gujarat.

Just a few days ago the RSS chief while addressing the swayam sewaks at Nagpur had publicly demanded from the union government to introduce a legislation on the Ram Temple in order to construct it at Ayodhya at the earliest backed and outrightly supported by the BJP leaders, Sant samaj, various off shoots of the party and the saffron supporters all over the country n the globe.

The conclusion is that the saffron party and the government seems to be quite serious this time to bring a legislation in the winter session of parliament in order to get it ratified by both the houses of parliament and in case the bill is not passed it may resort to the ordinance route to prove its honesty on the Ram Temple cause which has been lagging behind for the last 26 years since 1992 after the demolition of Babri Masjid.

Since the incoming session of the parliament would be too vociferous and action/ uproar oriented, hence bringing of legislation on Ram Temple construction to sideline important controversies like the Rafale and CBI imbroglios will be a better bet for the ruling party which seems to be in the defensive at present. What’s your take friends?

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Delhi Congress demonstrates in the capital against harassment of Poorvanchalies !

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The Congress party is not leaving a single moment condemning the ruling saffron party political dispensation on any issue, be it a Rafale controversy, CBI imbroglio or the attacks on the people of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in Bihar compelling them leave Gujarat and even in the capital city of India by the religious fundamentalists, especially the most uncalled for obnoxious comment by the ruling party BJP’s sitting Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri.

The ex MP from Delhi hailing from Bihar Mahabal Mishra and the Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken held a strong protest demonstration in Delhi under the auspicies of Delhi Pradesh Congress committee raising the anti BJP and government slogans for the anti UP and Bihar attitude ofthe ruling party in Gujarat and Delhi where just two days ago some people of UP n Bihar origins were allegedly attacked and threatened with dire consequences.

Such caste oriented attacks are being condemned everywhere at the pan India level as the country like India having diverse cultures, religions, castes, creeds and identities believes in secularism, togetherness, a plularistic society and peaceful coexistence.

The Congress demonstration comprising of hundreds n thousands of protestors tried to break the police cordon demanding immediate stoppage to such divisionery tactics and attitude of the ruling party and demanded all those responsible for these obnoxious acts to be brought to justice and penalised under the strictest sections of the law.

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Ban on private vehicles, odd-even scheme likely if Delhi continues to choke

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The Supreme Court-appointed body Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has said it might completely ban private vehicles or ask the government to roll out the odd-even car rationing initiative across the Delhiin the coming days.
Bringing down the number of vehicles in Delhi can reduce PM2.5 levels significantly, past experiments have shown.
Experts, however, said that if the road rationing scheme is implemented with too many exemptions — as done in January 2016 — then it will hardly have any impact on pollution levels.
“If road rationing scheme or ban on private vehicles is implemented in the right manner then there could be a significant drop in levels of particulate matter, primarily the levels of PM2.5. We have seen this in the past,” said Anumita Roy Chowdhury, executive director of CSE’s research and advocacy wing.
Delhi had observed two ‘car-free’ days on October 22 and November 22 in 2015. The city had also celebrated Dussehra on October 22 that year, hence the number of cars on the roads had gone down further. Citing data from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, experts from CSE had shown that the level of PM2.5, which is mainly caused by vehicular emissions, had dropped by nearly 45% on October 22. On November 22, the PM2.5 dropped by 21%.
Whereas when the road rationing scheme was observed in January 2016 — which had given exemptions to women drivers, CNG cars, two-wheelers and VIP vehicles — the drop in pollution level was negligible.
“Only three pockets in the city – Najafgarh, Shalimar Bagh and Greater Kailash – registered around 8 – 10% drop in pollution levels. In the remaining areas the decline was just around 2 – 3%,” said Sagnik Dey, associate professor at Centre for Atmospheric Sciences in IIT-Delhi.
Experts said that controlling the number of vehicles in Delhi to combat emergency levels of pollution becomes important because a study by the ministry of earth sciences has recently revealed that there has been a 40% increase in vehicular pollution over the past eight years. The study also showed that the average speed of vehicles on major roads in Delhi is just about 20km/hour – 30km/hour. This leads to poor mileage and heavy pollution. Also the app-based cabs travel around 1.45 lakh kilometres per year, which is much more than privately owned vehicles. This also compromises the positive effect of CNG, the study revealed.

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