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Will close Delhi landfills if win MCD polls: Congress

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New Delhi, April 17: The Congress on Sunday said it will ensure closure of all sanitary landfills in Delhi in two years if elected to power in Delhi municipal bodies.

At an event organised by Congress at the Gazipur landfill site, former Union Environment Minster Jairam Ramesh termed the presence of such sites in the national capital as a “disgrace” not only for the incumbent government but also for the society as a whole.

While accepting the magnitude of trash generated by a city as populous as Delhi (approximately 9,000 metric tonnes daily), he said that more than 40 per cent or 3,600 metric tonnes of this waste goes untreated.

He said efficient waste management system including proper segregation and composting needs to be deployed in Delhi at the earliest, and added that households will be given free blue and green bins for waste segregation.

The Congress-led municipal corporations will build a mechanism to transport biodegradable waste to the local compost machine which will then be converted into fertiliser bringing down the amount of waste going to landfill sites,” he said.

Ramesh said that Congress-run civic bodies will strictly adhere to the revised Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.

“Keeping up with the best practices, the municipal bodies will follow the 5-R concept for waste-management, that is, reduce, reuse, recover, recycle and re-manufacture,” the former Minister added.

He said he made efforts for closing the landfills located in Narela-Bawana, Bhalaswa, Okhla and Ghazipur localities during his tenure as the Union Environment Minster. But all directives sent by his Ministry fell on deaf ears in the BJP-ruled civic bodies.

Accompanied by the local Congress leaders and the candidate, Ramesh also erected a flag bearing “Mission Zero Landfill Delhi” on the giant waste mountain.

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Siddaramaiah files nomination from Chamundeshwari seat

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Bengaluru, April 20 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday filed his nomination to contest the ensuing state Legislative Assembly elections from Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru, an official said.

“Siddaramaiah, along with his son Yathindra, visited the Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi Hills in Mysuru to pray to goddess Durga before filing his nomination,” an official from the Chief Minister’s Office told IANS here.

The 69-year-old veteran leader contested from Chamundeshwari seat seven times since 1983 and won five times. He later shifted his constituency to Varuna in Mysuru district, from where he was elected twice since 2008, including the last assembly polls in 2013.

Siddaramaiah has paved way for his son, Yathindra, to contest the May 12 assembly elections from his home constituency Varuna. Yathindra, who will be contesting the state elections for the first time, also filed his nomination papers on Friday.

Siddaramaiah switched over to the Congress from the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) in August 2006 following differences with its supremo and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and his second son and former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

He is also only second lawmaker in the southern state to complete the five-year term as Chief Minister in 40 years after Devaraj Urs did from 1972-78, as about 10 chief ministers could not complete their full term in between for various reasons.

Meanwhile, JD-S state president Kumaraswamy filed his nomination for the state polls from both Channapatna and Ramanagara assembly segments in Ramanagara district, about 50km southwest from here.

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BJP releases third list of candidates for Karnataka Polls

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New Delhi, April 20: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday released the third list of candidates for the upcoming crucial Karnataka Assembly Elections. 

The Central Election Committee of the BJP has decided the name for the ensuing elections.

Last week, the saffron party had announced the second list of 82 candidates. Prior to this, on April 8, it had released the first list of 72 candidates who will contest the high stakes Karnataka assembly polls.

Karnataka will vote on May 12 to elect its representatives for the 224-member assembly.

The results will be announced on May 15.

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Karnataka Elections: Siddaramaiah files nomination from Chamundeshwari constituency

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Bengaluru, April 20: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday filed nomination from Chamundeshwari constituency for the upcoming Karnataka elections.

Prior to this Congress candidate Priyank Kharge, son of Mallikarjun Kharge, filed nomination papers from Chittapur constituency.

On the other hand, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy filed nomination from BTM Layout constituency.

Meanwhile, Janata Dal (Secular)’s HD Kumaraswamy filed nomination from Ramanagara and Channapatna.

Siddaramaiah, earlier in the day, visited Chamundeshwari temple to seek blessings.

Karnataka will vote on May 12 to elect its representatives for the 224-member assembly.

The results will be announced on May 15.

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