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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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Akshay Kumar Lends Support to The Niine Movement Through His #18to82 Campaign

New Delhi, May 10 : Even months after the release of "Pad Man", Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has continued his effort to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene. He has now lent support to a new campaign, bridging the gap between sanitary napkin users from 18 per cent to 82 per cent.

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New Delhi, May 10 : Even months after the release of “Pad Man”, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has continued his effort to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene. He has now lent support to a new campaign, bridging the gap between sanitary napkin users from 18 per cent to 82 per cent.

The #18to82 campaign is a part of the Niine Movement, aimed at raising awareness about menstrual hygiene and tackling the age-old stigma against menstruation across both genders and all age groups.

Akshay, who boldly tackled the issue in Hindi film “Pad Man”, took to social media to support the campaign with the message: “Only 18 per cent of Indian women use sanitary napkins v/s 82 per cent who use unhygienic means. I support the #NIINEMovement which breaks the taboos on periods. Help bridge the gap from #18to82.”

The actor said in a statement: “Open and unafraid conversations on menstruation are powerful as they help to breakdown taboos… Menstrual hygiene is an urgent issue that we must resolve in India.

“Together, we can ensure that every female has the right to manage her period safely and with dignity, and the Niine Movement can drive the social revolution that India needs to initiate change for an entire country. The empowerment of women is the empowerment of a nation.”

The Niine Movement is conceived by social entrepreneur Amar Tulsiyan.

Tulsiyan said: “We each have a responsibility to do what we can to tackle the taboos around menstruation and educate the next generation about periods in the right way. It is my hope that through the campaign, the Niine Movement becomes the spark that leads the way in bringing menstrual hygiene and dignity to every woman and girl in India.”

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An ambitious five-year plan committed to grass-root change, the movement will be launched at the Menstrual Awareness Conclave, to be held here on Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Day on May 28. It will convene film personalities, academics, policymakers, government officials, activists, business stalwarts, NGOs and thought-leaders, including Akshay, to discuss the impact that stigma and taboos on menstruation have had on holding girls and women back for centuries. (Bollywood Country)