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Pollution emergency steps in Delhi-NCR from today, violators to face criminal cases



Smog in Delhi

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As patients pour into hospitals with respiratory and allergic complaints and players participating matches fall sick, emergency measures to check pollution kicked in today (Thursday, November 1) in Delhi-NCR amid fears of air quality deteriorating further.

State pollution control bodies have been directed to initiate criminal prosecution against violators. A move to restrict or stop use of private vehicles was also contemplated.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1541071507856{border-top-width: 10px !important;border-right-width: 10px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;border-left-width: 10px !important;padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;border-radius: 10px !important;}”]From vox.com:

A whopping nine in 10 people on Earth breathe highly polluted air, and more than 80 percent of urban dwellers have to endure outdoor pollution that exceeds health standards, according to the WHO’s World Global Ambient Air Quality Database.

But even among countries gasping for breath, India stands out for air that is consistently, epically terrible. Eleven out of the 12 most polluted cities on a World Health Organization list were in India.

Cities with the highest small particulate measurements in the world

Country City PM2.5 (µg/m³)
India Kanpur 173
India Faridabad 172
India Varanasi 151
India Gaya 149
India Patna 144
India Delhi 143
India Lucknow 138
Cameroon Bamenda 132
India Agra 131
India Muzaffarpur 120
India Srinagar 113
India Gurgaon 113

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A map of particulate air pollution in India on October 31, 2018. Berkeley Earth[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Measures for air pollution control to be in force from November 1 to November 10 include shut down of Mundka industrial area, ban on construction and excavation (digging) activities, shutting down of industries that run on coal and biomass, ban on stone crushers, brick kilns and hot mix plants. Diesel generators have already been banned and Badarpur power plant has been shut down since October 15, when the Graded Response Action Plan (Grap) came into force.

The Supreme Court-appointed body Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has also warned that it could even ban private vehicles or introduce odd and even road rationing measures in the coming days after consulting the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) task force.

“These measures are pre-emptive and go beyond what is stipulated in the Grap. These measures are being introduced keeping in mind the forecast and the need for emergency actions to combat pollution,” said Bhure Lal, chairman of EPCA.

The EPCA urged Delhiites on Wednesday to use public transport for the next 10 days when the air quality is likely to deteriorate further. Noting that private vehicles contribute to 40 per cent pollution in Delhi-NCR, the EPCA urged people to reduce use of private vehicles and completely stop plying diesel vehicles during this period. There are a total of 35 lakh private vehicles in the Delhi NCR region.

An EPCA member had on Tuesday said in case of further deterioration of air quality, they are even contemplating regulating the use of private vehicles from November 1. On its part, the Delhi government on Wednesday said it is “fully prepared” to implement the emergency plan.

“The Delhi government is fully prepared to take measures as per Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), including the odd-even scheme are concerned. We will take them when needed,” Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said.

In 2016, the odd-even scheme was enforced twice — January 1-15 and April 15-30 in the city when vehicles having odd and even numbers were allowed to ply on alternate days. The GRAP is an emergency plan implemented in phases to combat pollution depending upon the air quality of the city. It came into effect from October 15.

Delhi Metro announced that it has introduced 21 additional trains on its network with effect from Wednesday which will provide 812 additional number of trips to passengers using public transport. This includes 14 trains with 730 trips of Trilokpuri-Sanjay Lake to Shiv Vihar section of Line-7 also which has been thrown open to public from Wednesday.

The EPCA’s call to public comes as the city’s air quality deteriorated in the last two weeks with the pollution reaching severe levels on Tuesday, prompting authorities to issue a slew of directions including ban construction activities along with halting operations of industries using coal and biomass as fuel between November 1 and 10.

From Thursday, there will be a halt of all construction activities involving excavation. Civil construction will remain closed in Delhi and other NCR districts, besides closure of all stone crushers, hot mix plants generating dust pollution in Delhi and NCR districts, according to a Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) order.

The DPCC has also directed the transport department and traffic police to intensify checking of polluting vehicles and control travel congestion in Delhi and other NCR districts during November 1-10.

“Ensure that we do not burn garbage and we report all instances of garbage burning and other pollution carefully and responsibly on the CPCB Facebook/Twitter accounts,” the EPCA said Wednesday.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has directed the state pollution control bodies of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to start criminal prosecution against agencies or individuals who do not comply with directives to check air pollution.

The overall air quality index of Delhi on Wednesday was recorded at 366 by the CPCB. An official with the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said the improvement in air quality can be attributed to increased speed of early morning winds.

“Early morning winds picked up, which came as respite and dispersed particles rapidly and pulled back air quality towards very poor range,” the official said. SAFAR further said the AQI for next two days would remain in “very poor” range but with increasing trend.

“Air quality is likely to deteriorate on November 3 as a result of post westerly disturbances which are likely to hit over Western Himalayas today,” SAFAR said.

Gurgaon recorded ‘severe’ air quality at 416, while it was ‘very poor’ in Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida and Greater Noida. Ten areas in Delhi recorded ‘severe’ air quality while 23 areas recorded ‘very poor’ air quality, according to the CPCB data.

CPCB Chairperson SP Singh Parihar has also issued directions to construction agencies, municipal corporations and land owning industries to comply with the directions of the NGT and the CPCB and ensure corrective actions within 48 hours in cases of air polluting activities as reported by the CPCB inspection teams.

“Failure to which will make the defaulting agencies and individuals liable to criminal prosecution which may be initiated by the CPCB under appropriate provision of the law,” Parihar said in the letter.

Complying with the Supreme Court directions, the CPCB has also put up guidelines for public to file complaints on air pollution in Delhi NCR on its social media accounts, CPCB website and also through an app developed by it called Sameer app.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Voting for Telangana elections ends with 64% voter turnout till 5pm

The voting percentage increased steadily with about 9% recorded in the first two hours, increasing to 20% by 11 am. The voter turnout exceeded 35% by 1pm and 50% by 3pm. About 3.26 crore registered voters cast their votes at 35,655 polling booths sealing the fate of 2,990 candidates in fray.



The voter turnout during Telangana Assembly elections on Thursday was at 64% till 5pm as per the data shared by the Election Commision of India. The polling started at 7am on all 119 constituencies across the state and ended at 5pm on 106 seats. For the 13 seats affected by Left Wing Extremisim, elections concluded at 4pm.

The voting percentage increased steadily with about 9% recorded in the first two hours, increasing to 20% by 11 am. The voter turnout exceeded 35% by 1pm and 50% by 3pm. About 3.26 crore registered voters cast their votes at 35,655 polling booths sealing the fate of 2,990 candidates in fray. The polling percentage is likely to increase as many people were in line by 5pm in the polling stations. The polling was brisk in districts like Medak, Mulugu, Nirmal, Adilabad whereas it was low in Hyderabad district.

During the elections Telangana BJP president and Union Minister G Kishan Reddy wrote a letter to the Election Commission of India. He alleged the workers and candidates of ruling Bharat Rashtra Samiti are involved in electoral malpractices. Reddy wrote BRS people are working in groups of 100 – 200 people around polling stations and the police did not take any action on the same.

The letter read the Police and other officials instead of taking action against such incidents, is allowing the BRS workers to attack the BJP workers. Earlier Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, state BJP president G Kishan Reddy, BRS working president KT Rama Rao, his sister and MLC K Kavitha, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi cast their votes.

Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya and Tripura Governor Indrasena Reddy were important personalities who cast their vote in Hyderabad. The ruling BRS faces competition from the BJP and the Congress. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is banking on social welfare schemes to win a third consecutive term.

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PM Modi launches initiative to increase number of Jan Aushadhi Kendras from 10,000 to 25,000

PM Narendra Modi also dedicated to the nation the landmark 10,000th Jan Aushadi Kendra at AIIMS, Deoghar.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday interacted with the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra beneficiaries through video conferencing. During the event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an initiative to increase the Jan Aushadhi Kendras from 10,000 to 25,000. Under the aegis of Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Pariyojana, these Kendra’s sell medicines at subsidised rates. 

PM Narendra Modi also dedicated to the nation the landmark 10,000th Jan Aushadi Kendra at AIIMS, Deoghar. The Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana is a campaign-public welfare scheme by the Indian government. Launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Jan Aushadhi Kendras provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses.  

A statement from the Prime Minister’s office stated that the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra is being undertaken across the country with an aim to attain saturation of flagship schemes of the government by ensuring that the benefits of these schemes reach all targeted beneficiaries in a time bound manner.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also launched the Drone Didi Yojana. The aforesaid scheme aims to provide drones to 15,000 select women Self Help Groups during the period 2024-25 to 2025-2026 for providing rental services to farmers for agriculture purposes. 

Earlier on Wednesday, the Union Cabinet  approved a central scheme for providing drones to 15,000 women Self Help Groups (SHGs), with an outlay of Rs 1,261 crore for two years beginning 2024-25 fiscal year. Under the aegis of this drone scheme, it has been ensured that the use of technology in farming drones will improve efficiency in spraying fertilisers and pesticides.

While interacting with the beneficiaries of the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked that he believes that people are saying on the basis of their experience and their heart that PM Modi’s guarantees begin from the point one stops expecting from others.

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Telangana elections: Clash between Bharat Rashtra Samithi and Congress workers breaks out in Rangareddy district

According to reports BRS workers stopped state Congress president – party candidate Revanth Reddy’s brother Konadal Reddy from visiting the polling station in Kamareddy. They said Reddy is not a voter here and as a result is not authorized to visit.



A clash between workers of the rulling Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) and the Congress party broke out in Rangareddy district during the ongoing state elections in Telangana. The police reached the spot to control the situation and no injuries have been reported in the clashes.

Earlier scuffle broke out the Congress, BRS and BJP workers at a polling booth in Jangaon. According to reports BRS workers stopped state Congress president – party candidate Revanth Reddy’s brother Konadal Reddy from visiting the polling station in Kamareddy. They said Reddy is not a voter here and as a result is not authorized to visit.

BRS workers told the media, Kondal Reddy is roaming around with a fake pass with 20 people. He went to three polling stations with them in three vehicles but the police did not stop them. The BRS workers said Reddy is indulging in hooliganisim after coming here. BRS workers told the media that they are going to complain to the Election Commision.

Telangana is the youngest state in India where the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party are up against each other. A total of 2290 contestants are fighting the elections. Some of the important candidates fighting the election are  Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, his son KT Rama Rao, Congress President A Revanth Reddy and BJP’s Bandi Sanjay Kumar and D Arvind.

A total of 119 candidates are contesting the elections from 119 seats from the BRS. According to the seat sharing agreement between the BJP and Jana Sena are contesting the state elctions on 111 and 8 seats respectively. The voting started at 7am and will continue till 5pm in 106 constituencies. In 13 Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas in the state, the polling started at 7am and will continue till 4pm. According to the Election commission a total of 20.64% polling was recorded till 11 am.

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