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Odd-Even called off for now, says Kailash Gehlot

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New Delhi, Nov 11: The Delhi Transport Minister said that Odd-Even called off for now.

In light of the two conditions by NGT on 2 wheelers and women, at the moment we are calling it off. We will go back to NGT on Monday, file a review petition for them to reconsider their decision regarding the two, said Kailash Gehlot, Delhi Delhi Transport Minister, ANI reported.

The decision was announced after Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal called an emergency meeting in view of NGT’s order.

Earlier Today, National Green Tribunal has given nod to the Odd-even scheme in Delhi.

This time, ‘no exemption’ is given for two-wheelers, government servants or women.

NGT directed “Odd Even scheme must be implemented in Delhi NCR as and when PM 10 crosses 300 level and PM 2.5 crosses 500”.

Only emergency vehicles to get exemption from the scheme.

The NGT headed by Justice Swatantra Kumar asked CPCB, DPCC and Delhi Govt “why didn’t you implement it earlier? NGT pulled up CMD of DTC for not reading the former judgements in this regard. NGT observed that it was unfortunate. NGT asked DTC on the number of its unused buses in its workshops.

NGT even asked the Delhi government “Won’t the hike of parking fees only benefit the parking lots, and would stress people even further, thereby encouraging them to park vehicles on the roads instead, choking them in the process?”

The National Green Tribunal observed “it is most worrying that there is absolute non-cooperation between various departments of government.

NGT asks Delhi government to show the letter on basis of which this decision was taken, and whether the LG’s approval was taken for the same. NGT asked the Delhi government to state how many times does a person breathe in a day.

NGT directed Traffic Police to deploy its personnel at traffic lights, observing that almost all the main roads in the city are witness to diesel vehicles which are older than 10 years and petrol vehicles which are older than 15 years.

NGT asked the Centre and the Delhi government to name a big city where PM 10 levels were lower than 100.

CPCB and DPCC submitted that two-wheelers are more polluting than four-wheelers, and their emissions comprise 20% of the total vehicular pollution. NGT observed that water sprinkling is a better way to control pollution.

Central Pollution Control Board submitted that they had warned the Delhi government orally in advance about the impending problem, which the Delhi government denied.

NGT observed that its patience shouldn’t be tested, asking the Delhi government that when the statistics have indicated that rain leads to a fall in pollution levels, why wasn’t action taken? It’s now being taken after the Tribunal said so.

The National Green Tribunal also asked Uttar Pradesh Government over the number of violators challaned in Noida and Greater Noida over rising pollution.

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Sudden rains bring brief respite to Kolkata

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Kolkata, June 20: A sudden spell of afternoon rains brought relief in boiling Kolkata and parts of south Bengal region on Wednesday but the monsoon will only progress in the next two to three days, a Met official said here.

“This was a local thunderstorm resulting from the scorching heat and the moisture present, very similar to pre-monsoon rains. This has no relation with monsoon… We feel it is likely that monsoon progress will re-start after Friday,” said A.K. Sen, a scientist of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Kolkata.

He also said Wednesday’s rainfall occurred in isolated places of Kolkata, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas and also in Midnapore district.

“Overall prediction of monsoon looks promising as India will get almost 97 per cent rainfall and the eastern region may get 95 per cent in a four-month period of monsoon,” added Sen.

The temperature shot up to 40 degrees Celsius, inconveniencing those on the roads and even those who preferred to remain indoors due to the high humidity over the past few days. The heat wave has claimed at least four lives in the state.

The rain brought temporary relief and would also bring down the temperature gradually.

According to the Met department, the maximum recorded temperature has reached around 39.6 degrees Celsius which is almost 7 degrees above normal. The minimum temperature was around 29.6 degrees, 4 degrees above normal.

The relative humidity recorded in the last 24 hours was 64 per cent in the morning and 73 per cent on Tuesday evening, causing immense problems.

Heavy rains (7-11 cm) with lightning are likely at one or two places over Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, Kalimpong, Alipurduar, Malda, North and South Dinajpur districts of Sub Himalayan West Bengal on Friday, the weatherman said.

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Police files FIR in Charbagh Hotel fire

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Lucknow, June 20: An FIR has been filed against the owners and workers of SSJ International and Virat Hotels, in connection with the hotel fire accident in Lucknow’s busy Charbagh area, which killed six people.

Uttar Pradesh Police has lodged the case under Sections 285,337,338 and 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), ANI reported.

According to police, the investigation is underway.

More than 50 people were rescued from the hotel and injured admitted to the hospital.

“Four people have died and more than 50 people were rescued from the building. Cause of fire still to be ascertained,” Lucknow Inspector General (I.G.) of Police, S Pandey told media on Tuesday.

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Food poisoning kills 4, at least 70 hospitalised in Maharashtra

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After the dinner, many people complained of stomach aches, suddenly started vomiting incessantly and were rushed to nearby private clinics and hospitals. (Representative Photo)

Raigad (Maharashtra), June 19: At least four people were killed due to suspected food-poisoning after a house-warming dinner here, news agency IANS quoted police official as saying on Tuesday.

The incident occurred at the new home of Subhash Mane, who had organised a vaastu-shanti pooja in Mahad village, followed by the celebratory dinner on Monday night, a Raigad Police spokesman said.

After the dinner, many people complained of stomach aches, suddenly started vomiting incessantly and were rushed to nearby private clinics and hospitals, the report said.

Mahad village in Khalapur is around 75 kms from Mumbai.

Of the 70 others still admitted to the hospital, the condition of at least five is described as critical, IANS quoted the spokesperson as saying.

Meanwhile, the  case has been registered as further investigations are underway.

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