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Action plan formulated to reduce Delhi-NCR pollution: Prakash Javadekar

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A three month action plan has been formulated to curb rising air pollution levels in the national capital region, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday.

Interacting with the media after meeting the ministers and officials from Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, he said: “A three month action plan and another for one year have been formulated to tackle the four focus areas–agriculture, construction waste and demolition waste and vehicular pollution.”

“Air quality monitoring stations will be increased from present 19 spots to 30 spots covering every state,” he added.

About Delhi, Javadekar said that one lakh vehicles have been fined for polluting while a new pollution checking mechanism would be introduced in the city by the end of August.

“Under the new system of pollution checking, there is no scope of tampering with results. The new technology is being tested and will be introduced soon,” he said.

In addition, efforts were being made to stop overloaded vehicles from entering Delhi while the pace of constructing bypasses had also been increased.

As far as industrial pollution in neighbouring Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) is concerned, the minister said 57 industries have been kept under constant watch list and asked to improve their pollution situation.

In Rajasthan, 30 brick kilns have been shut down for polluting in excess while action has been initiated against 12 and show-cause notice have been issued to another nine units, he said.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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No firecrackers for Delhi-NCR, says Supreme Court

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Supreme court ordered banning the sale and stocking of firecrackers. ians

New Delhi, Oct 9: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that there will be no sale of firecrackers during Diwali, as it restored a November 2016 order banning the sale and stocking of firecrackers in Delhi and National Capital Region.

A bench headed by Justice A.K. Sikri, while restoring the order, said: “We should see at least in one Diwali the impact of a cracker-free festivity.”

However, the court said that the September 12, 2017 order lifting the ban on the sale and stocking of firecrackers in Delhi NCR will be back into effect from November 1. (IANS)

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Innovation kit for out-of-box ideas catching up in schools

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New Delhi: If you feel that your fifth grader is brimming with creative ideas but you can’t find him or her a platform to make those happen, an innovation kit from BiBox may help.

The kit helps your kids to build simple toys from robots to a working replica of Delhi Metro’s signalling system.

Brainchild of a Bangalore-based startup, BiBox (brain in a box) is a hardware kit which, according to its developers, can guide schoolchildren to not just create science and technology models but also help them in problem solving and logical thinking.

“With BiBox, the idea is to strengthen the cognitive abilities early in life. If you could structure the thinking process, our kids will be far ahead in terms of looking at problems with a practical approach, Madhusudan N, co-founder and director of the venture, said.

Launched three years back, nearly 10,000 schoolchildren in over 40 schools in Bangalore, Kerala and Delhi-NCR are now part of the so-called “Bibox Innovation Lab”.

In Delhi-NCR, the concept has been adopted at DLF Public School in Ghaziabad.

“Children in my school have responded well to BiBox and this hands-on learning experience has given their ideas a boost. This concept is affordable and has allowed kids to experience science as it happens,” Seema Jerath, principal, DLF Public School, said.

She, however, said that training of teachers was also required to change their mind-set towards science experiments.

The BiBox kit comes with a hardware board along with basic components like motors sensors and LEDs, among other things. It also enables external units to be attached to it, allowing the students to create machines.

Schoolchildren are using this technology to create model traffic lights, automatic locking doors, smart room lights, water throwing alarm, drip irrigation system, asthma detector, vibratory blind stick, interactive robotic arm for lifting things, controllable boats, smart cars and more.

A Bisoft app for use on tablet or computer to create the project logic can be downloaded from Google store. The app has a simple drag and drop interface.

The company says its kit is a service model and an yearly fee is charged from each child. It sends its trained staff to take classes in schools.

 

(IANS)

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Tremors of earthquake in Delhi, NCR region

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New Delhi: Minor tremors were felt in parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region areas on Saturday after an earthquake of magnitude 3.0 on the Richter Scale struck.

The tremors were felt around 1:40 AM and remained for a few seconds.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department website the intensity was slight and the epicenter was Delhi-NCR region.

According to police, there were no reports of any damage so far.

“Just checked from Emergency operation center of Delhi as well as Police control room, No damage has been reported so far,” Deputy Commissioner of Police North Delhi Madhur Verma tweeted.

(IANS)