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Kejriwal announces 15-pt Winter Action Plan to curb air pollution

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Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced the 15-point Winter Action Plan to curb air pollution in the national capital ahead of the upcoming cold season.

“As winter approaches, we often see an increase in pollution levels. The Delhi government, in consultation with various agencies, has prepared the plan to curb air pollution,” Kejriwal said.

He added that the city’s 2 million residents and the government have worked very hard to reduce air pollution, which has brought the levels down significantly.

“According to a report from the Center’s National Clean Air Program (NCAP), pollution in the city has been significantly reduced in 2021-22 compared to four years ago,” the Chief Minister said, adding that the level of PM10 is has reduced by 18.6 percent.

He also said that the 24-hour power supply in the capital has also contributed significantly to reducing pollution by reducing the use of generators.

Kejriwal further said that with the closure of two thermal power plants that were responsible for generating fly ash, Delhi has become a model state.

Speaking of other steps that have helped reduce pollution in the city, he mentioned the increase in green roofs in the city, the electric vehicle policy and the peripheral highway, among others.

However, the Chief Minister said that air pollution from stubble burning remains a major concern at this time of year.

A biodecomposer prepared by the PUSA Institute will be given to farmers for free, while an anti-dust campaign will start from October 6, Kejriwal noted, adding that 586 teams will carry out active monitoring.

He also said that for vehicular contamination around 380 teams have been formed to verify compliance with the PUC policy and the ban on firecrackers will be maintained as every year.

The Chief Minister further said that together with IIT-Kanpur, data is being collected on the likely causes of pollution in Delhi, adding that a super site has been formed, 8,500 Paryavan Mitras have been established, as well as a waste park. electronics. to dispose of electronic waste.

Kejriwal said that to increase green cover, the government was aiming to plant 42 lakh trees.

“A 24×7 green war room would be operational from October 3, where a nine-member team of experts would be doing constant analysis to prepare a plan. We did a green application in Delhi about two years ago. So far, 53,000 complaints have been received. I encourage you to continue to share feedback on this,” he added.

He also said the Phased Response Action Plan would be followed to forecast for three days at a time and urged neighboring states to ensure that most vehicles coming from abroad run on CNG.

(IANS)


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Apple threatens to withhold Twitter from App Store: Musk

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San Francisco: Twitter CEO Elon Musk said Apple has “threatened to withhold” the micro-blogging platform from its App Store without giving a reason.

Musk’s accusation came shortly after he tweeted late Monday that Apple has “mostly stopped advertising” on Twitter following a survey that asked users whether the iPhone maker should “publish all shares of censorship that it has taken that affect its customers”.

In a series of tweets, Musk said: “Apple also threatened to remove Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why.

“Did you know that Apple puts a 30 percent secret tax on everything you buy through its App Store?”

Several users expressed their thoughts on Musk’s claim.

While one user commented, “Apple doesn’t support free speech,” another said, “because it’s violating the rules about moderating extremist content.”

Meanwhile, Yoel Roth, who resigned from Twitter as head of trust and safety earlier this month, said that while Musk perpetuates the lack of legitimacy through his impulsive changes and lengthy tweet pronouncements about the platform’s rules, Twitter it now faces close scrutiny from Apple and Google. app stores

In a New York Times article amid the #RIPTwitter trend on social media, Roth said that “Twitter will have to balance its new owner’s goals with the practical realities of Apple’s and Google’s internet life, a no-brainer.” easy for employees who have chosen to stay.

“And when I left the company, the calls from the application review teams had already started,” Roth wrote.

(IANOS)


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After furore for slurring women, Ramdev regrets and apologises

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Mumbai: Just 72 hours after his comments about women sparked a furor, a chastened yoga guru, Swami Ramdev, expressed his regret and apologized for his comments.

Ramdev emailed Maharashtra State Commission for Women Chairman Rupali Chakankar in response to her letter on Friday demanding an explanation of his remarks within 72 hours.

Confirming the developments, the MSCW boss reported that Ramdev sent him the reply, expressing regret and offering an apology, but also stating that his comments were allegedly twisted out of context.

“We have received your response to our notice… However, if there are any further objections or complaints, we will conduct a full investigation and obtain the full video recording of the show made last week,” Chakankar warned, while speaking to IANS. .

Addressing a free women’s yoga training program in Thane, Ramdev Baba blurted out to the mostly women gathering: “Women look good in sarees, they look great in salwar suits and, in My opinion, they look good even if they are not wearing anything.

At the time, Ramdev was flanked by Balasahebanchi MP Shrikant Shinde Shiv Sena Thane, son of Prime Minister Eknath Shinde, and singer Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Bharatiya Janata Party Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other prominent personalities.

The blatant statements prompted calls for Ramdev to “slap, kick and admonish” them from various locations in Maharashtra and other parts of India.

Agitated top leaders from various parties, including Sanjay Raut, Dr. Manisha Kayande, Kishore Tiwari, Mahesh Tapase, women activists like Aparna Malikar, Trupti Desai and others, pounced on Ramdev, seeking an unconditional apology, framing him for demoting women and other demands. even as the MSCW slapped a notice.

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Uorfi calls Chetan Bhagat a ‘pervert’ after he questions her dress sense

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Mumbai: Internet personality Uorfi Javed clashed with popular writer Chetan Bhagat over the latter’s comment calling her a “distraction” to children. Although Bhagat later clarified that he had been quoted out of context, Worfi went after him, all guns blazing.

Uorfi took to her Instagram Stories and shared a series of her chats that had gone viral a few years ago during the #MeToo campaign. He was later accused of sexual misconduct by author and yoga instructor Ira Trivedi.

After bringing the allegations against Bhagat to the attention of his followers, Uorfi reacted to the author’s comment: “Guys, let’s not forget how many women accused him during the #MeToo case!!”

He added that men like Bhagat only blame women and said there was no need to drag her into the conversation and make comments about the type of clothing she chooses to wear.

“Men like him will always blame women rather than accept their own shortcomings!! Just because you’re a pervert doesn’t mean it’s the girl’s fault or what she’s wearing! Uorfi said.

“Unnecessarily dragging myself into a conversation, commenting on how my clothes distract kids is such a fucked up thing to say! Isn’t texting young girls distracting to them though? She continued.

Uorfi also pointed out how Bhagat’s comment showed that his way of thinking was quite old-fashioned.

“Stop promoting rape culture you psychos out there! Blaming women’s clothing for men’s behavior is so 80s. Mr. Chetan Bhagat. Who was distracting you when you texted girls half your age? Uorfi said. “Always blame the opposite sex and never accept your own shortcomings or failings! People like you are cheating young people, not me. Encourage men to blame women or their clothes when they are to blame.

The former ‘Bigg Boss OTT’ contestant said all this in a video she shared, where she asked what was the need for the ‘Two States’ author to bear her name at a literature festival, despite the fact that she is not a writer, nor of his age.

“I don’t understand the need to mention my name at a literature festival. I’m not an author. Also, you said that the young man is distracted by looking at my photos. Put that aside. First, tell me why you, who are twice the age of youth, would send messages to girls half your age. Wasn’t that a distraction? Were your marriage and children not affected by it? Worfi asked.

Bhagat also took to his Twitter account to clarify that he was being questioned unnecessarily for what he had not said.

“I told the guys to focus on fitness and their running and not waste time on Instagram,” Bhagat said. “Apparently, that’s not right! So they cut out my statement, said it out of context, the headline added things I never said, and made an age discrimination click-bait piece,” he added.

(IANOS)


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