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Environment Ministry celebrates International Ozone Day



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New Delhi, Sep 16 : The Ozone Cell of the Environment Ministry here celebrated International Ozone Day on Friday.

Many young schoolchildren celebrated by participating and winning in painting, poster-making and slogan writing competitions organised by the ministry.

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated every year on September 16 to commemorate the day when several nations signed the Montreal Protocol, agreeing on the substances that deplete the ozone layer from the atmosphere and trying to banish them.

On this occasion, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change released a report ‘The Montreal Protocol: India’s Success Story’, detailing the Indian endeavours in phasing out harmful CFC (Chlorofluorocarbons), used in electrical appliances.

“CFC has been replaced by HFC (Hydrocflourocarbon) completely. We have stopped using harmful gases… according to estimates we will have completely done away with HCFCs (Hydrochloroflourocarbon, an alternative of CFC) too, by the year 2025,” said Ajay Mathur, Director-General, TERI (The Energy and Research Institute), who was present at the event as a chief guest.

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CFC, HCFC and HFC are all compounds of gases used in refrigerants, coolants, solvents, contact lenses and foam industry among others — the former two contain chlorine and flourine, two chemicals which are the major cause of ozone depletion, while HFC, though causing no harm to the ozone layer, contributes to global warming.

He also praised corporates for doing their bit in restoring ozone levels in the atmosphere.The event was also attended by M.K. Singh, Joint Secretary in the Environment Ministry. (IANS)



6 held for robbing, assaulting wife, daughter of Delhi HC ex-CJ

The accused have been identified as Dinesh, Dheerender, Upender Rai, Ram Swaroop, Deepak and domestic help Sandeep. They were arrested from different areas of their native state Jharkhand



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New Delhi, Sep 21 : Delhi Police on Thursday arrested six persons, including a domestic help, for assaulting, robbing and holding captive the wife and daughter of a former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court here.

“The accused have been identified as Dinesh, Dheerender, Upender Rai, Ram Swaroop, Deepak and domestic help Sandeep. They were arrested from different areas of their native state Jharkhand,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Chinmoy Biswal.

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The incident occurred on Monday night when their recently hired domestic help Sandeep called the other accused to the former Chief Justice Dalip Kapoor’s residence in New Friends Colony.

The accused allegedly assaulted and held captive wife and daughter of the former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and later escaped with jewellery and cash, Biswal said.

“Reeba Kapoor,78, wife of former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Dalip Kapoor, in her statement to the police had said Sandeep, along with accomplices, assaulted her and her daughter Sheeba, 45. They then tied them with ropes and escaped with jewellery and cash worth lakhs of rupees,” the officer added

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FIR against Delhi Police ACP over rape accusation




New Delhi, Sep 20: An FIR has been lodged against Additional Commissioner of Delhi Police for allegedly raping a woman.

The accused officer has identified as Ramesh Dahiya was posted as the Station House Officer at Sadar Bazar Police Station in the national capital.

“Last month, the woman registered a rape complaint at Sadar Bazar Police station against Dahiya, claiming that the cop had developed physical intimacy with her and promised to marry her when he was the Station House Officer at Sadar Bazar. They allegedly also have a son, ANI reported.

The victim also alleged that the officer had molested her minor daughter, and abducted the son born of Dahiya.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Delhi) Nupur Prasad told media “A complaint has come to Sadar Bazar police station regarding rape and molestation against an ACP. A case has been registered under 376, 328, 506, 363 of IPC and the POCSO Act”.

“The case has also been transferred to the crime branch”, She added.


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Cyclone alert issued for Odisha, Andhra Pradesh



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Bhubaneswar, Sep 20: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday issued a cyclone alert for Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

The IMD in a statement said a depression over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours.

“The depression over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal moved nearly westwards with a speed about 15 kmph in the past six hours. It has intensified into a deep depression and lay centred at about 310 km east-southeast of Kalingapatnam (coastal Andhra Pradesh) and about 300 km east-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha),” the statement said.

“It is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross south Odisha – north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Kalingapatnam and Puri (Odisha), close to Gopalpur around midnight as a cyclonic storm with wind speed of 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph.”

Heavy to very heavy rain was predicted at a few places over Odisha and extremely heavy downpour at isolated places over south Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh.

“Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely along and off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts. It will gradually increase, becoming 60-70 kmph gusting 80 kmph from today (Thursday) evening for subsequent 12 hours,” said the IMD statement.

Damage by the storm was expected in the districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh and Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri districts in Odisha.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the northwest Bay of Bengal and along and off the Odisha, West Bengal and north Andhra Pradesh coasts.


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