From odd-even to fines, Delhi struggles to curb smog
For the third straight day, Delhi and the National Capital Region clocked “severe” level of pollution, forcing the State government to shut schools for the rest of the week, stop the entry of trucks carrying non-essential goods and ban construction activities.
Delhi’s poor bear the brunt of deadly smog
Rickshaw driver Sanjay can only afford a handkerchief to shield his face from the smog-filled streets of Delhi, even as many residents rush to buy protective masks to combat the toxic menace. Better off inhabitants of the world’s most polluted capital are swarming sellers of face masks — costing more than the ₹ 300 that Sanjay earns in a day — and high-tech air purifiers that could easily cost his annual wage.
NHRC issues notice to Centre, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana on pollution
With Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) facing severe pollution for the third day on Thursday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notice to the Centre and the governments of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana.Taking suo motu cognisance of the matter, the NHRC said it was apparent that the authorities had not taken the adequate measures throughout the year and it amounted to the violation of the Right to Life and Health of the NCR residents.
I-T dept. raids Jaya TV offices, Sasikala family members’ premises
Income Tax officials on Thursday searched the offices of Jaya TV in Chennai and conducted raids at nine more firms at various places in Tamil Nadu and across the country. Armed police personnel were deployed on the premises of Jaya TV, which is controlled by the family of jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala.
35% voting till 1 p.m. in Himachal Pradesh
Moderate to heavy polling was recorded in Himachal Pradesh with 35% people exercising their franchise till 1 p.m. Polling was peaceful but there were reports of malfunctioning of EVMs and VVAPTs from several places.
Plea against bribes taken in names of judges goes to Constitution Bench
The Supreme Court on Thursday referred to a Constitution Bench a plea against alleged bribes being taken in the names of judges. The Bench comprises top five senior-most judges.
‘Bandhan Express’, linking Kolkata with Bangladesh’s Khulna, flagged off
A passenger train between Kolkata and Bangladesh’s southwestern industrial city of Khulna was on Thursday flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee through a video conference.
Priti Patel quits U.K. Cabinet as International Development Secretary
Priti Patel, Britain’s first Indian-origin Cabinet Minister resigned as International Development Secretary on Wednesday evening, as the political crisis engulfing the British government intensified. Hers was the second Cabinet resignation within a week – Defence Secretary Michael Fallon resigned over sexual harassment allegations last Wednesday.
Chennai is now part of UNESCO’s ‘creative cities network’
It’s a feature Chennai has always flaunted with pride. And now, it has got international recognition. The city has been included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, congratulating the city: “Chennai’s contribution to our rich culture is precious. This is a proud moment for India.”
In pictures: The fall of the Berlin Wall, 28 years later
As an ideological divide between the two fronts of the Cold War, and as physical divide between the two halves of Berlin, the Wall stood for 28 years until November 9, 1989, when the first hammer struck. It completely fell by 1992.