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B.R. Ambedkar’s London house to be converted into a memorial

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

AmbedkarAfter India signed a deal worth $3.1 million to acquire the bungalow of the Dalit icon Dr. B.R. Amdebkar, the latter would become the first Indian to have an entire house dedicated to his memory in London.

The Maharashtra government will transform the house into an international study centre or to say a memorial on the Dalit leader. The 2050 sq ft property on King Henry Road was where Ambedkar lived as a PG while he was a student in the 1920s.

“This property also has the distinction of being recognised as an English Heritage since 1991 and carries a blue plaque with the words ‘Dr Bhimjirao Ramji Ambedkar 1891-1956, Indian Crusader for social justice lived here” said Rajkumar Badole, Maharashtra’s minister of social justice and special assistance.

For this house, the govt. will set up a committee in order to transform it into an international tourist spot and a study centre. The property will be equipped with the entire body of Ambedkar’s works on subjects such as politics, social justice, economics, international relations and the constitution.

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“Generations of Indians in the UK and visitors studying, interested or inspired by Dr Ambedkar’s key roles in furthering social justice, human rights and equal treatment issues will be able to visit… Additionally, its five bedrooms could be used as accommodation for Indian students from Dalit backgrounds while doing post-graduate studies in the UK,” said FABO UK president Santosh Dass.

The memorial is expected to be opened to visitors by later this year or early next year.

 

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London Becomes First City to Use Pollution Charge Zone: Report

London's famous red bus fleet is also being updated as part of these efforts, and all 9,200 vehicles will meet or exceed ULEZ standards by October 2020, according to the mayor's office

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Environmental campaigners from the direct action group Rebellion demonstrate on Westminster Bridge in central London, Britain. VOA

London is the first city in the world to implement a 24-hour, seven day a week Ultra Low Emission Zone, inside which vehicles will have to meet tough emissions standards or face a charge, media reported.

Monday’s introduction of the zone, known as the ULEZ, aims to reduce toxic air pollution and protect public health, according to a press release from the office of Sadiq Khan, mayor of London.

Vehicles are responsible for around half of harmful nitrogen oxide air emissions in the British capital, contributing to a toxic air health crisis that increases the risk of asthma, cancer and dementia as well as causing thousands of premature deaths every year, the release says.

“This is a landmark day for our city. Our toxic air is an invisible killer responsible for one of the biggest national health emergencies of our generation,” Khan said in the statement.

“The ULEZ is the centerpiece of our plans to clean up London’s air — the boldest plans of any city on the planet, and the eyes of the world are on us.”

According to a CNN Business report, under new rules introduced April 8, polluting vehicles will be discouraged from entering the ULEZ thanks to a daily charge of £12.50 (around $16) for some cars, vans and motorbikes and £100 ($130) for trucks, buses and coaches.

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A Facebook billboard advertisement can be seen at Earls Court underground station in London, July 28, 2018. (VOA)

The zone will cover the same area as the existing Congestion Charge — collected from drivers in the city center — until 2021, when it will be expanded to cover the area between the major orbital roads known as the North and South Circular, it added.

Drivers can check whether their vehicle meets ULEZ emission standards using an online tool provided by travel authority Transport for London.

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The ULEZ is the next stage in a plan to clean up London’s air, which started with the so-called T-charge — an extra charge for highly polluting vehicles in the city center — introduced in February 2017.

Since then, the number of vehicles entering the zone has fallen by around 11,000 per day, according to official figures, and there has been a 55 per cent increase in emissions-compliant vehicles in the zone.

London’s famous red bus fleet is also being updated as part of these efforts, and all 9,200 vehicles will meet or exceed ULEZ standards by October 2020, according to the mayor’s office. (IANS)