Green court bans vehicles older than 15 years in Delhi | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: On the day TOI highlighted the worsening state of Delhi’s air, the National Green Tribunal cited the report and issued a slew of directions to immediately address the problem.

Among the 14 measures ordered by the green court on Wednesday was a ban on petrol and diesel vehicles older than 15 years — a move that’s likely to take an estimated 10 lakh vehicles off the road. It also barred burning of waste in the open besides placing restrictions on parking and ordering stricter vigil on overloaded trucks entering the city.

NGT, which has the powers of a civil court, sought immediate steps for building cycle tracks in the city and asked authorities to probe the possibility of installing air purifiers at marketplaces.

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The order was issued by a bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar, with expert members D K Agarwal and A R Yousuf, in response to a petition filed early this year on Delhi’s air pollution by Vardhaman Kaushik.

“An article published in the Times of India today has been brought to the notice of the tribunal. It not only projects a very dismal state of affairs … with clear indication that worst is likely to follow,” the bench said.

NGT said petrol and diesel vehicles more than 15 years old shall not be permitted to on Delhi roads. These vehicles are to be seized by authorities as per the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act.

Auto industry pushes for scrapping old vehicles

It also ordered that the RTO shall not renew or issue registration for such vehicles or provide fitness certificates. If any such old vehicle is parked in a public area, it would towed away and challaned, the tribunal said.

“It is undisputed…that the air pollution of NCT, Delhi is getting worse with each passing day,” it stated.

Burning of leaves — agencies pass buck

Referring to air pollution peaking in the morning hours, as reported by TOI, the order said, “This article declares that it may not be safe for residents of Delhi to go out for morning walks due to heavy pollutants present in the air.”

TOI’s report on Wednesday had displayed data from the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and Delhi Pollution Control Committee, which showed PM2.5 (fine pollution particles) peaking early in the morning, creating a health risk for those who exercise outdoors. Those exposed to air in the evenings are equally at risk of developing respiratory illnesses and complications, the data suggests.

Traffic cops to help pumps enforce PUC-for-fuel rule

Delhi’s air pollution levels are comparable with Beijing which has started implementing radical measures such as shutting industries during high pollution days, putting a cap on vehicles on the road and keeping schools closed on bad air quality days.

The NGT bench went a step ahead and ordered that any person will have the right to approach the tribunal, police or DPCC to complain about open burning of plastics, leaves and other materials which can result in air pollution. It directed DPCC and Delhi government to create a web portal where the public can upload pictures of any such violations. A “special force” constituted by the government will enforce the direction and ensure compliance.

Enforcement needed now for results, say activists

The bench said no parking shall be allowed on tarred roads meant for regular traffic movement. “The chairperson was concerned about how Delhiites are going to cope in the high air pollution season that will last for the next six months. He was stern about immediate action on air pollution and gave the example of Lajpat Nagar, where it can take up to 40 minutes for motorists to reach the market from the main road due to congestion. He directed that parking be allowed only on one side of such roads near market areas,” said Narender Pal Singh, advocate representing Delhi government.

The bench also directed that cycle tracks be constructed in most parts of the city immediately. DPCC was asked to examine the possibility of installing air purifiers in all markets, crowded places and areas where traffic was heavy.

“We make it clear that in the event of any officer or person found violating these directions or not complying with them, we will be compelled to take coercive steps and pass such orders as may be required in accordance with law,” the order stated.

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Chinks in security, heroin recovered from goods train form Pak | Chandigarh News

AMRITSAR :Despite claims of strict safety measures taken post November 2nd Wagah , Pakistan, suicide bomb blast, the security officials here recovered 7.480 kilogram heroin from goods train that arrived from Pakistan on Wednesday.

Sources seeking anonymity informed that the contraband was recovered on the specific intelligence input of Border Security Force. The heroin packets were concealed in the vacuum pipe of the goods train informed sources. Customer commissioner Sunil Shaney didn’t’ pick the phone to inform about the seizure. After Wagah bomb blast that claimed 61 lives custom officials here claimed to have made elaborate security arrangements. Earlier also there have been huge recoveries of heroin from goods train plying between India and Pakistan.

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NCP attacks Maharashtra CM for not paying visit to 26/11 memorial | Mumbai News

today slammed chief minister

for not paying homage to the martyrs of 26/11 terror attacks by visiting the memorial built for them.

This is the first time Fadnavis has come under attack from NCP which has supported his minority government.

NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said for the last six years since the attacks Fadnavis had taken the lead in targeting the then state government over the issue and had derived political mileage.

“But after coming to power, he has conveniently forgotten the martyrs and stayed away from paying homage at the memorial in Mumbai. The excuse being given is he is with the President of India who is on tour of the state. But previous chief ministers, on such occasions, would send ministers in charge of protocol to the President’s function,” Malik said.

Malik alleged that Fadnavis had no sympathy for for the martyrs.

Meanwhile, state unit NCP president Sunil Tatkare visited the memorial of 26/11 martyrs here and paid homage.

Similarly, the state Congress also organised a function to mark the sixth anniversary of the terror attacks and observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the martyrs.

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Lilavati hospital’s former trustee arrested in foreign exchange violation case | India News

MUMBAI: Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday arrested a former trustee of Lilavati hospital in connection with a foreign exchange violation case.

“We have arrested Kishore Mehta in connection with foreign transaction of $20 million by allegedly violating foreign exchange rules,” said an ED official.

Mehta committed the alleged violation through his diamond firm.

He is likely to be produced before the local court later in the day.

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Vasan unveils party flag sporting images of Kamaraj, Moopanar | India News

CHENNAI: Former Union minister G K Vasan, who quit the Congress recently, unveiled a tri-colour flag for his yet-to-be named party on Wednesday. The flag sports the images of Congress icons K Kamaraj and G K Moopanar.

“It is a significant milestone. We are confident that this flag will fly very high in Tamil Nadu,” Vasan said, evoking loud applause from his supporters in a community hall here.

The saffron on the flag signified sacrifice while white and green represented peace and prosperity, he said.

Vasan quit the Congress along with senior functionaries and elected representatives on November 3, after a controversy erupted over the images of the Congress leaders in the membership cards.

“I am sure, today’s event will assure the revival of great leaders — Kamaraj’s rule in Tamil Nadu and Moopanar’s prosperous Tamil Nadu and strong India,” he said, reiterating that his party would strive hard to take to the public the facets of Kamaraj’s rule – clean and transparent governance.

Vasan moved the Election Commission last week to revive his father Moopanar’s Tamil Maanila Congress. However, the party’s name will officially be made known in a rally to be held in Trichy on Friday.

With the state awaiting assembly polls in 2016, Vasan said the question of alliance with the DMK and the AIADMK did not arise now. “Especially with the BJP, it does not arise. We have different paths,” he said.

When prodded, the former Union minister said the electoral alliances could be decided only at the time of elections.

“I really believe and work to be the first party in Tamil Nadu before elections,” he said, declaring majority of the Congress cadres were with him in all districts.

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472 Maoist surrendered this year, highest in 3 years: Govt | India News

NEW DELHI: Maoist surrenders have seen a quantum jump this year, with 472 surrenders being reported until October 31 against 283 for the whole of 2013. Of course, Chhattisgarh has single-handedly contributed to this rise, having clocked 247 surrenders by October-end, up from just 28 in 2013.
Incidentally, Chhattisgarh has also reported a major increase in the number of Maoists arrested this year. According to data shared by the Union home ministry in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, arrests in the state grew from 387 in 2013 to 517 until October 15 this year.

However, the nearly nine-fold rise in surrenders as well as notable rise in arrests is essentially limited to Chhattisgarh. Surrenders in Andhra Pradesh were 76 until October 31 against 82 for whole of last year. Bihar reported 150 Left wing extremism-related incidents and arrested 329 Maoists (until November 15) but managed just 4 surrenders until October 31.

Jharkhand recorded the highest number of incidents at 318, highest number of civilian killings at 77, while Maoists killed were 8 and arrested, 364. The surrenders were a measly 17, almost at the same level of 15 recorded last year.

Odisha has shown incidents at around the same level (97 until November 15 against 101 last year), but surrenders are down at 80 as on October 31 (from 101 in 2013) and Maoists arrests at just half (67) of the 2013 levels (129).

A special session on police response in rural areas of Left-wing extremism-hit states will be conducted during the DGP/IGP meet slated to be held on November 29 and 30 in Guwahati.

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Former UP advocate general SMA Kazmi killed in road accident | Lucknow News

PRATAPGARH (UP): Former Uttar Pradesh advocate general S M A Kazmi was today killed and three others were injured when the car they were travelling in rammed into a tree in Hatigawan area, a senior police officer said here.

According to deputy Superintendent of Police S P Tomar, the driver lost control while he swerved the car to avoid hitting a motorcyclist and rammed into the tree near Bhadri this afternoon.

He said that three more car occupants — Shakeel Ahmad, Shakir Ahmad and Syed Iqbal — were injured in the accident and have been referred to a hospital in Allahabad.

The accident took place when Kazmi was returning to Lucknow from Allahabad.

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Ragpicker, beggar raped, murdered in Salem | Chennai News

In brutal attacks on women from the poor strata, a
and a beggar were found murdered after rape in two different incidents in the city today, police said.

The ragpicker, in her mid 40s, was found naked with cut injuries in her head in a hotel at Gorimedu while the beggar woman was seen hanging from a tree in another busy locality here, sending shock waves among the residents.

Police said the body of the ragpicker was found inside the hotel with its door ransacked when its owner went there after being away from the city for two days.

A worker of the hotel, who used to take care of it in the absence of the owner, was found absconding, they said.

In the other incident in Fairland area, the semi-naked body of the beggar woman was found hanging from a tree.

Police said both the women had been raped before their murders. They were identified by locals as ragpicker and beggar who used to frequent the area.

The twin murders, especially of women from poor background, triggered tension in the localities.

Special teams had been formed to nab the culprits and ascertain full details about the victims, they said.

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Bird flu outbreak in Kerala: Tamil Nadu poultry farmers take precautionary measures | Chennai News

NAMAKKAL: Poultry farmers in Tamil Nadu, especially those in Namakkal district, have taken precautionary measures in the wake of bird flu outbreak in Kerala.

The Kerala animal husbandry department on Monday announced that thousands of ducks in Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts died of bird flu.

Though there is no avian flu outbreak in Tamil Nadu, poultry farmers across the state have taken precautionary measures.

“We vaccinate the chicks without fail. But in the wake of the bird flu outbreak in Kerala, we have tightened biosecurity in all farms,” said P Nallathambi, president, Tamil Nadu Poultry Farmers Association.

According to the biosecurity method, all persons working in poultry farms should wear separate clothes and be sprayed with a medicine (a mix of an anti-viral drug and salt).

Similarly, persons coming from other places for business purpose should wash their hands and legs in the medicine before entering the farms.

“We are using the same method when it comes to vehicles transporting the chickens. All the wheels of the vehicles should be sprayed with the medicine,” he said.

Some poultry farmers feared that egg exports would be affected due to the bird flu outbreak. However, National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) sources allayed the fears saying egg exports would not be affected.

“Countries like Oman, Afghanistan and Algeria are still importing eggs from India even after the World Organization for Animal Health classified India as a bird flu affected country,” a top NECC officials told TOI on condition of anonymity.

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