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Supreme Court slams Delhi government over pollution, asks if odd-even scheme ever succeeded

Pollution levels in Delhi marginally dipped on Tuesday morning and were recorded in the very poor category after five consecutive days of severe air quality.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government over its pollution control measures, especially its flagship odd-even car rationing scheme. On Monday, the Delhi government announced the return of its odd-even scheme after four years, anticipating further deterioration of air quality post-Diwali. 

Reportedly, the odd-even scheme allows cars to operate on alternate days based on their odd or even number plates in a bid to keep down vehicular emissions. Hearing Delhi’s air pollution woes, the apex court bench comprising Justices SK Kaul and Sudhanshu Dhulia said that odd-even has been implemented in Delhi. However, has it ever succeeded, the bench questioned. It is all optics, it added. 

Reports said the remarks were part of a broader set of orders aimed at mitigating rising air pollution in the national capital. Furthermore, the apex court directed Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to ascertain that stubble burning by farmers was stopped forthwith, observing that the national capital cannot be made to go through this year after year.

The Supreme Court bench further directed the Delhi government to ensure that municipal solid waste is not burnt in the open. It questioned where the reduction is in farm fires. The Supreme Court pointed out that the only difference is that the government has suddenly sought to shift the blame on other states. The bench remarked that the pollution issue cannot be a political battle all the time.

The Supreme Court further stressed that the choking air quality is responsible for the murder of people’s health. It said the burning of crop residue in neighbouring states Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan is a key factor behind the massive spike in Delhi’s air pollution every winter. It also ordered the state governments to take steps to stop stubble burning immediately. 

Reports stated that pollution levels in Delhi marginally dipped on Tuesday morning and were recorded in the very poor category after five consecutive days of severe air quality. Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 394, a marginal improvement from 421 recorded at 4 pm on Monday.

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200 gunmen abduct police officer in Manipur

The Manipur Police posted on X about the firing incident at the residence of Additional SP, IW, Moirangthem Amit, MPS on Tuesday. 200 gunmen came in vehicles and stormed the residence of the Additional Superintendant of Police, Shri Moirangthem Amit Singh, MPS, s/o Dr.M.Kulla Singh of Wangkhei Tokpam Leikai, under Porompat PS of Imphal East district. The armed men vandalized the household property.

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Tensions heightened in Manipur on Tuesday as an additional superintendant of police was abducted by cadres of Arambai Tenggol, Meitei organization, in Imphal distrct. The Manipur police said that Imphal East additional superintendent of police Amit Singh was later rescued after a swift action by police officers and security forces.

Amit Singh is posted in the operations wing of Manipur Police and has been admitted to a hospital, where his condition is said to be stable. On Tuesday evening, armed cadres allegedly belonging to the Arambai Tenggol ransacked the house and damaged at least 4 vehicles with gunfire.

The Manipur Police posted on X about the firing incident at the residence of Additional SP, IW, Moirangthem Amit, MPS on Tuesday. 200 gunmen came in vehicles and stormed the residence of the Additional Superintendant of Police, Shri Moirangthem Amit Singh, MPS, s/o Dr.M.Kulla Singh of Wangkhei Tokpam Leikai, under Porompat PS of Imphal East district. The armed men vandalized the household property.

On getting information, additional security forces rushed to the spot. In the resulting police action, two individuals namely Rabinash Moirangthem, 24 yrs s/o M. Ranjan of  Kwakeithel Akham Leikai and Kangujam Bhimsen, 20 yrs c/o K Abosana K Khongman Bashikhong sustained injuries on their persons and were admitted to JNIMS Hospital, Porompat.

In the midst of the incident, the Additional SP andc one of his escorts were abducted by the armed gunmen. They were later rescued from Kwakeithel Kongjeng Leikaib area and admitted to Raj Medicity for medical treatment. A case has been registered in this regard and investigation has started.

The police officials said the reason for this indiscriminate firing was that the officer concerned had arrested 6 members of the group for their alleged involvement in vehicle theft. After the arrest a group of Meira Paibis had protested and blocked roads demanding their release.

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Rajya Sabha Election: Congress wins 3 seats in Karnataka, BJP 1

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CM DK Shivakumar said this shows the unity and integrity of Congress. He thanked all the MLAs, party workers and the media. He said he is very happy that all the candidates from Congress won. He thanked all the voters, chief minister and the party workers and the AICC president also.

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The ruling Congress in Karnataka won three seats and the BJP one in the Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka on Tuesday. The candidates who were selected to Rajya Sabha are Syed Naseer Hussain, GC Chandrasekhar and Ajay Maken who belong to the Congress, and Narayansa K Bhandage of the BJP.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CM DK Shivakumar said this shows the unity and integrity of Congress. He thanked all the MLAs, party workers and the media. He said he is very happy that all the candidates from Congress won. He thanked all the voters, chief minister and the party workers and the AICC president also. He said he would like to thank Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge.

Congress candidates Naseer Hussain and former union minster Ajay Maken won with 47 votes, while GC Chandrasekhar secured 45 votes. The BJP won 1 Rajya Sabha seat from Karnataka with candidate Narayansa Bhandage securing 47 votes.

Each Rajya Sabha candidate needed at least 45 votes in the 224-MLA Karnataka Assembly to win a Rajya Sabha seat from the state. With 135 MLAs, the Congress had the exact number to elect its three candidates. The BJP has 66 MLAs, which secured a comfortable win for party worker Narayansa Bhandage.

The Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant following the retirement of 4 members – Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar (BJP) and Congress’s GC Chandrashekhar, Syed Naseer Hussain and L Hanumanthaiah

5 candidates contested for the 4 Rajya Sabha seats in the elections, including JD(S) contestant D Kupendra Reddy. The elections were marred by cross-voting. One of the BJP MLAs, ST Somasekhar voted for the Congress’s Maken, the other, A Shivaram Hebbar, abstained. Leader of Opposition R Ashoka said they would seek action against Somahekhar, and termed the MLA’s decision political suicide. Soon after voting, Somashekhar told the media that he voted as per his conscience.  

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Karan Johar hails Anant Ambani’s Vantara initiative, here’s more about the project

Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation announced the launch of Vantara on Monday.

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Karan Johar thanked Anant Ambani for his new initiative, Vantara, on his Instagram post today. KJo discussed the program and the Ambani family’s deep-rooted passion for animals in this post.

Taking to Instagram, the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai-director shared a video and said, with its foundation in a profound love for animals and wildlife in general, Anant Ambani’s Vantara effort only serves to confirm his faith in his compassion and commitment for the cause. Karan Johar also said Anant Ambani never dose anything half-hearted as he gave the world a more heart-ful space.

The Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani director said Vantara is not only about saving and caring for animals; it also strives to give them the greatest possible rehabilitation. The Vantara initiative, recently introduced by Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation, is dedicated to the rescue, medical attention, and rehabilitation of hurt, mistreated, and endangered animals, both domestically and overseas. The filmmaker extended his love and support to the entire Reliance group and also thanked them again for providing a safe space for wildlife.

What is Vantara Initiative?

On Monday, Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation announced the launch of Vantara, a broad program designed to save, caring for, treat, and rehabilitate wounded abused, and threatened animals both domestically and worldwide.

The project is regarded as the largest animal rescue and rehabilitation center in the world. It was the idea of Anant Ambani,who is on the boards of Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation.

Located across 3,000 acres, the animal refuge is situated in the Green Belt of Reliance’s Jamnagar Refinery Complex and features a jungle-like environment that mimics the natural, enriching, lush and verdant habitat for the rescued species to thrive in. It is said that more than 2,000 rescued animals have been transported to the facility from all around the world and the country.

Meanwhile, Anant Ambani soon-to-be wife Radhika Merchant is also involved in this initiative.

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