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‘Ab Bus Karen’ to be Delhi’s car-free day campaign

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New Delhi: The state government’s intensive campaign for traffic decongestion and reduction in air pollution would be titled ‘Ab Bus Karen‘ and its slogan will be ‘Jan Parivahan – Swasthya Jeevan‘, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said on Monday.

“To begin with, on October 22, the stretch from India Gate to Red Fort will be declared car-free zone. It will be ensured that modes of public transport are available in sufficient numbers so that there is no inconvenience to the public on that day,” the minister told reporters.

“The government also proposes a cycle rally on the same day on the car-free stretch. A preparatory meeting of all agencies concerned has been convened on Thursday,” he said.

Officials of the transport department, Delhi Transport Corporation, Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit System, Delhi Traffic Police, Delhi Police, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, Public Works Department, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Council and Archeological Survey of India would participate in the meeting.

“We have also called a meeting of AAP MLAs and various organisations on October 9 to ensure their participation in the drive. This campaign will create awareness about the benefits of using public transport and will also promote car-pooling,” Rai added.

The pollution level of the stretch from Red Fort to India Gate will be checked before and after observing the car-free day to gauge the result of the campaign.

(IANS)

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11 mn Saplings Were Simultaneously Planted in Turkey During Mass Campaign

Despite the initial target of 11 million, nearly 14 million saplings were adopted for the campaign

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The planting started precisely at 11.11 a.m. lwith a view to carrying Turkey into the Guinness Book of Records by planting the highest number of Saplings in an hour and creating the largest digital photo album of the event. Pixabay

Eleven million Saplings were simultaneously planted on Monday across Turkey as part of a mass campaign aimed at contributing to the agriculture while establishing a greener landscape for future generations.

The campaign is dubbed “Breath Into the Future”, Xinhua news agency quoted Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli as saying.

“We ensured that 11 million saplings were planted in three hours at 2,023 different points in 81 provinces,” he said.

The planting started precisely at 11.11 a.m. lwith a view to carrying Turkey into the Guinness Book of Records by planting the highest number of saplings in an hour and creating the largest digital photo album of the event.

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Eleven million Saplings were simultaneously planted on Monday across Turkey as part of a mass campaign aimed at contributing to the agriculture while establishing a greener landscape for future generations. Pixabay

Despite the initial target of 11 million, nearly 14 million saplings were adopted for the campaign, with 212,000 in Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city, and nearly 340,000 in the capital Ankara.

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Last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared November 11 as National Forestation Day. (IANS)