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SC says despite odd-even scheme, pollution in Delhi became severe

“According to the authorities, stubble burning has reduced to somewhere near five per cent now…we are concerned about Delhi’s local air pollution. What is the government doing?”

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New Delhi, Nov 15 : The Supreme Court on Friday said in spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level, and again called the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Harayana and Uttar Pradesh, to report on measures taken to curb air pollution particularly related to stubble burning.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said, “Do not give exemption to two-wheelers, and it will work.”

During the hearing, the judges scrutinized the Odd-Even scheme of the Delhi government in respect of air quality index data gathered in the past two years. The judges queried the Delhi government counsel, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, what purpose the scheme served by keeping out cars which contribute mere three per cent of the total pollution.

The court observed that Delhi’s local pollution is a major problem, if stubble burning which contributes 40 per cent is kept out.

“According to the authorities, stubble burning has reduced to somewhere near five per cent now…we are concerned about Delhi’s local air pollution. What is the government doing?”

The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Eeven scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. “Question is what are you gaining by this scheme?” observed the court.

Further commenting on the social aspect of the Odd-Even scheme, the court said “Odd-Even will only affect the lower middle class but not the affluent ones since they have multiple cars… Odd-Even isn’t a solution, but public transport could be. But nothing has been done about that”, said the court.

The hearing on the matter will continue on November 25.

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Nine members of two families commit suicide in Tamil Nadu

Prior to his death, Arunkumar sent a WhatsApp message to his friends about the reasons for taking the extreme decision.

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Chennai, Dec 13 : Nine members of two different families in Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram and Dindigul districts committed suicide, police said.

According to the police, Villupuram district resident M. Arunkumar and his family members consisting of wife Sivagami, daughters Yuvashri (3), Priyadarshini (5) and three-month-old infant Bharathi died after consuming poison.

Police said, Arunkumar had incurred debt in his business and had also invested heavily in the banned lottery in the state to recoup his business losses.

Arunkumar and his wife decided to commit suicide after he lost a huge amount of money in the lottery also.

On Thursday night, after poisoning their children, the couple also consumed the poison and died.

Prior to his death, Arunkumar sent a WhatsApp message to his friends about the reasons for taking the extreme decision.

In the Dindigul district, four members of a family jumped before a running train near the Kodai Road Railway Station on Friday, police said.

The police were investigating the reasons for the suicide.

The four deceased were identified as Uthirapathi, Sangeetha, Abhinaya Shree and Akash. All hailed from Truchirappalli.

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Andhra Assembly passes Bill for death to rapists

It prescribes life imprisonment for other sexual offences against children and for this news sections 354 F and 354 G will be added to the IPC.

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Amaravati, Dec 13 : Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Friday unanimously passed two Bills, providing death penalty for rapists in cases where there is conclusive evidence and for stringent punishment in cases of other sexual offences against women and children.

The Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill-Criminal Law (Andhra Pradesh Amendment) Bill 2019 amending the India Penal Code, says that all cases regarding offences against women will be investigated and tried expeditiously with provisions of death penalty.

The judgment period has been reduced to 21 days from four months prescribed under Nirbhaya Act, 2013 and Criminal Amendment Act, 2018.

Under the Bill passed on Friday, the investigation will be completed in seven working days and trial completed in 14 working days.

The Bill is named after Disha, as the victim in the recent gang-rape and murder case of Hyderabad was called by the police to protect her identity.

Andhra Pradesh became first state in the country to come with such a Bill in the wake of the national outrage over Hyderabad veterinarian’s rape and murder.

Chief Minister Y. S Jagan Mohan Reddy told the Assembly that Disha Bill is in the concurrent list of State and Centre and it will be sent for President’s assent.

Reddy noted that in Nirbhaya Case the culprits are yet to be punished. He said outcry the recent Disha case received was considered before drafting the Bills.

He was apparently referring to many people hailing the killing of all four accused in an “encounter” by the police on December 6, nearly 10 days after they allegedly committed the gruesome crime.

“The government of Andhra Pradesh has prescribed exclusively death penalty for rape crimes where adequate conclusive evidence is there. No other options are provided. The provision is given by amending Section 376 of Indian Penal Code, 1860,” the government said, calling the Bill historic.

The Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill-Andhra Pradesh Special Court for Specified Offences against Women and Children Bill, 2019 will enable the state government to set up exclusive special courts for speedy trial of specified offences against women and children.

It prescribes life imprisonment for other sexual offences against children and for this news sections 354 F and 354 G will be added to the IPC.

In cases of harassment of women through social or digital media, the Bill prescribed two years of imprisonment for the first conviction and four years for second and subsequent convictions. For this Section 354 E will be inserted in the IPC.

To ensure speedy trial, the state will set up exclusive special courts in all the 13 districts to deal with cases of offences against women and children including rape, acid attacks, stalking, voyeurism, social media harassment of women, sexual harassment and all cases under POCSO Act.

The state will also employ special public prosecutors and special police force dedicated for such crimes only.

A Women and Children Offenders Registry will be maintained and will be in public domain and available to law enforcement agencies.

Home Minister Mekathoti Sucharitha said even in cases of sexual assault on children, the judgment period has been reduced from one year to 21 days.

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Internet services in Aligarh suspended

On Thursday, a protest was held at AMU against the CAB. Swaraj Party’s founder Yogendra Yadav and Dr. Kafeel Khan, who was in the news after the Gorakhpur oxygen case, supported the students movement.

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Aligarh, Dec 13 : The Aligarh district administration is taking all preventive measures to avoid any untoward incident following the tense situation in the district after protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, which was passed in Parliament earlier this week.

Police have been deployed across the district and Internet services have been suspended.

“Internet services have been suspended since Thursday midnight and will remain suspended till 5 p.m. on Friday. The city has been divided into 25 sectors and 50 magistrates have been deployed in two shifts to keep an eye on the situation. At the Tehsil level, SMD and CO have been ordered to deploy magistrates. The district administration is also not giving permission to carry out any peace march,” said ADM City Rakesh Malpani.

Outgoing president of AMU students union Md. Salman Imtiaz on Friday announced a huge procession from the campus to the District Magistrate’s (DM) office after the Friday prayers as a protest against the CAB. He called on the people to join the procession in huge numbers.

Imtiaz said the AMU students’ union has decided to take out a peaceful march from AMU to the DM’s office after the Friday prayers. The prayers will be held only in the Jama Masjid. A memorandum addressed to the President and the Chief Justice of India will be handed over to the DM. He claimed that 32,000 students will participate in this march.

On Thursday, a protest was held at AMU against the CAB. Swaraj Party’s founder Yogendra Yadav and Dr. Kafeel Khan, who was in the news after the Gorakhpur oxygen case, supported the students movement.

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