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‘The Urgent Run’ to address sanitation problem in Delhi

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New Delhi: In a bid to address the public sanitation problems, ‘The Flush Mob’ is gearing up to bolster the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ through numerous programs in the capital on November 7. The body which is associated with the World Toilet Organization (WTO) endorsed by UN Waters, is aiming to increase the efficiency in maintaining sanitation in public toilets.

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The outfit, in their program, would also include workers deployed in various privately run public conveniences and apprise the rural people to be more aware about sanitation.

Among the plethora of activities, a walkathon from Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station gate no. 4 to Ramjas College, Delhi University at 7 am, a poetry workshop, pottery, dance, spilling colors through painting, creative relay and quizzing mainly for children, are slated to take place.

The group would also organize events like “Poop Hunt”, “Poop Eye”, “Poop to the Loo” and “Poop Mine” to lure people into their initiative. A musical extravaganza will also enthral the crowd at the Ramjas campus. This would be the first time such an event would take place in Delhi.

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‘The Flush Mob’, founded by documentary film-maker Saptarshi Roy, recently became a part of the popular and lively initiative Raahgiri!

Speaking on setting up “The Flush Mob”, Roy said, “Meeting Mr Jack Sim, Mr Toilet, the founder of the World Toilet Organization, I exactly knew what and how I had to start what I always wanted to do. He became my biggest inspiration. If not the whole India, me and my super energetic team of volunteers would keep doing small and big things to improve the situation in Delhi & NCR.”

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Activists of the organisation are not a group of people whom you see running with ‘Harpics’ and broomsticks, but dedicated cadres who are taking the task of promoting sanitation and health-care to the next level.

At least 13 countries have observed the UN World Toilet Day: Sanitation for All in the past. Mumbai too had hosted various programmes on the day. But this would be the first time that such an event would be celebrated in the capital city.

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With slogans, posters and screaming taglines like, “who does not want to give a shit?”, “Giving a shit is always fun!”, “Let’s run for the urgent run together”, the “Urgent Run” initiative by The Flush Mob is expected to grab a lot of eye-balls in its vision to bring in a change in issues of sanitation.

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The Urgent Run is set to take place on the November 7 at Ramjas College.

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Air Pollutants Can Be Stopped If They Are Frozen : Scientists

The air-quality across the NCR was very poor

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India's Rashtrapati Bhawan, or the Presidential Palace is partly visible due to smog as traffic plies on Rajapth, the ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi. VOA

Freezing pollutants can prevent deadly outdoor air pollution — thought to cause more than three million premature deaths worldwide every year — from seeping indoors by 99 per cent, scientists have discovered.

The research, by a team of scientists from the Nottingham Trent University in the UK and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, involved studying the effectiveness of cryogenics for indoor air purification, by removing the gaseous pollutants and tiny particulates caused by haze.

The team found that as they circulated haze-polluted air through a cryogenic condenser, the finer particles stuck together in the condenser tube before dropping out by gravity, and emerging as clean air.

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A man wearing a respiratory protection mask walks toward an office building during the smog after a red alert was issued for heavy air pollution in Beijing’s central business district, China. VOA

Their method was able to remove 99 per cent of particulates and 98 per cent of nitrogen oxide pollutants.

“Hazardous outdoor air pollution has severely affected indoor air quality, threatening the health of billions of people,” said Professor Robert Mortimer, Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham.

“Outdoor air pollution in cities is a global problem. While there are some existing technologies to purify indoor air, they can be inefficient, expensive or produce harmful by-products.

“When outdoor air quality is poor, people tend to spend even more time indoors – but outdoor pollution also leads to indoor pollution and people are still impacted.”

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In this Sept. 19, 2018 photo steam and cooling towers of a lignite power plant are reflected in a pond in Peitz, eastern Germany. VOA

The experiments, reported in the journal Science of the Total Environment, showed that by simply circulating polluted air through a small freezing chamber we can remove most of the fine particles and gas pollutants.

“Our study makes it possible to add an ‘air cleaner’ option to household appliances in areas which might experience extremely poor air conditions. By controlling indoor air pollution and improving air quality in this way, this work could be greatly beneficial for public health,” added Gang Pan, Professor at the varsity.

It is hoped that the work could pave the way for simple modification of air conditioning and humidifier units so that they can also clean polluted indoor air, the team said.

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Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday witnessed “very poor” air quality with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.

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The air-quality across the NCR was very poor, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 87 per cent. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius. (IANS)