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Odd-even scheme starts in Delhi

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Delhi government’s odd-even scheme on car movement to curb pollution in the national capital started on Friday.

As there was less traffic, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hoped that the plan would be successful.

“Hello Delhi! Ready for odd-even? We shall overcome,” he tweeted.

As per the rule, cars with odd-number registration would be allowed to ply on Friday.

Those not abiding the rule would be fined Rs.2,000.Sending a strong message to people, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet ministers decided to carpool and use public transport for office as the odd-even scheme kicked off today restricting movement of private cars on Delhi’s roads for 15 days .

Starting on a trial basis for fifteen days, cars with odd-numbered licence plates will only be allowed on the roads on odd-numbered dates and those with even-numbered plates on the others from 8am to 8 pm. Though the rule will not apply on Sundays.

Kejriwal will share his car with Transport Minister Gopal Rai and PWD Minister Satyendar Jain while Environment Minister Imran Hussain and Social Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar will take an auto and a bus, respectively, to Delhi Secretariat.

Kejriwal, Jain and Kumar stay in North Delhi’s Civil Line area.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will go to work in an odd-numbered car. Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra will ride a bike to office.

Kejriwal had recently said he and his cabinet ministers will carpool to work and follow the rules of the odd-even scheme.

“Rai, who has an even-numbered car along with Jain will carpool with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today at 10 AM,” said a senior government official.

Hussain, who owns an even-numbered car, will come in an auto on odd-numbered days, the official said.

Kumar will commute by bus and will leave his Raj Niwas Road residence for Secretariat at 11 AM.

Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra will ride a bike to Secretariat from his Yamuna Vihar residence.

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Lalu Prasad ‘stable and recovering’, to undergo CT scan

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Incarcerated RJD President Lalu Prasad will undergo a CT scan on Friday to ascertain his exact health condition even as a senior officer said he was “stable and recovering”.

An official at the Hotwar jail in Ranchi said that the former Bihar Chief Minister’s health had caused concern after he complained of uneasiness in breathing on Thursday evening. Subsequently, a team of doctors from Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences examined the RJD leader.

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta also rushed to the RIMS and met with the doctors treating the veteran politician. Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Jails) Birendra Bhushon said that Lalu Prasad’s health had deteriorated on Thursday but was now “recovering and stable”. Earlier, Lalu Prasad also underwent a Covid test and was found negative.

Lalu Prasad is suffering from kidney ailment, besides diabetes and high blood pressure. The RIMS doctors have diagnosed that his kidneys are damaged to the extent of 75 per cent. Doctors could go for a dialysis if his kidneys’ functioning deteriorated further.

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Fire at Delhi’s ITO building, no casualties

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A fire broke out at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO on Friday here. No injuries were reported, and the blaze has been brought under control, the Fire Department said.

The fire started from a meter board of the building. “We received a call around 8.30 a.m. about a fire in the meter board at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO. A total of 12 fire tenders were rushed to the site. The fire was on the second floor of the building,” said Atul Garg, Director Delhi Fire Service.

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Girl and father end life in UP

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A teenager battling depression for two years following her mother’s death ended her life, prompting even the father to take his life out of sheer hopelessness.

According to reports, Shalu, 18, first committed suicide by hanging herself because she could not come to terms with the death of her mother. Suraj, too followed suit, leaving behind two more daughters.

The incident took place in Nankari village in Khairabad area in Sitapur district on Wednesday. Circle Officer Piyush Kumar Singh said that Suraj, who worked as a tailor, lived there with his wife and three daughters. His wife had died two years ago and his daughter Shalu could not come to terms with the death of her mother.

“She went into depression and finally ended her life. Seeing this, Suraj also committed suicide by hanging form the same ceiling fan,” the police official said.

Both the bodies have been sent for the post-mortem. The police had filed a case and further investigations are underway.

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