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Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel in court over riot case

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New Delhi: Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel appeared before a court here on Saturday in a 2008 rioting case.

He appeared before Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Kumar Sharma, who cancelled a bailable warrant issued against him. The court on March 21 issued the warrant against him after Goel failed to appear before it.

The court has fixed September 19 as the next date of hearing.

Police in its chargesheet has alleged that BJP workers pelted stones at the CPI-M office on March 9, 2008, damaged property and assaulted policemen who stopped them.

Goel, now an AAP leader, represents the Shahdara Assembly constituency of Delhi.

The police had chargesheeted 21 people, including Goel, BJP leaders and now a Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, Jagdish Mukhi and Aarti Mehra, in an alleged case of rioting and damaging public property during a protest by BJP activists at the CPI-M office in central Delhi in March 2008.

One of the 21 chargesheeted accused has died.

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Delhi Schools Encourage Students to Celebrate Eco-Friendly Diwali

In a circular on Friday, it asked the schools to spread this message among parents during the parent teacher meetings (PTMs) to be held on Saturday

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In a circular on Friday, it asked the schools to spread the message of Eco-Friendly Diwali among parents during the parent teacher meetings (PTMs) to be held on Saturday. Pixabay

To encourage the children to opt for a greener Diwali, the Delhi Directorate of Education (DoE) has asked the school heads to address the students and staff members in the morning assembly to adopt safer and eco-friendly measures to celebrate the festival.

In a circular on Friday, it asked the schools to spread this message among parents during the parent teacher meetings (PTMs) to be held on Saturday.

“Festive season of Diwali, Chhat Puja, Guru Parv, etc., is marked by the heavy use of firecrackers which release toxic pollutants like sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and many others, which pollute the air and cause serious ailments like asthma, bronchitis, hypertension and cardiovascular problems. The air and noise pollution caused by the firecrackers also affect the lives of animals, birds and other living beings on the earth,” the circular said.

It added that the ailing and the old persons are all the more prone to catch different allergies and diseases caused by pollution.

“Therefore, all the heads of government, government-aided and unaided recognised schools under the Directorate of Education are hereby directed to sensitise the students about the ill effects of burning of firecrackers and also encourage them to celebrate the festivals like Diwali, Chhat Puja, Guru Parv, etc., by the lighting of candles, electric fancy lights, earthen lamps and keeping the environment neat and clean.”

The circular also said that the students should be motivated to ‘Say No to Firecrackers’. “Eco-club of the school must play a vital role in spreading mass awareness among the students, parents and School Management Committee members to keep Delhi pollution-free during the festive seasons.”

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Recognised schools under the Directorate of Education are hereby directed to sensitise the students about the ill effects of burning of firecrackers and also encourage them to celebrate the festivals like Diwali, Chhat Puja, Guru Parv, etc., by the lighting of candles, electric fancy lights, earthen lamps and keeping the environment neat and clean. Pixabay

In addition to this, it added that the heads of the schools should personally address the students and staff members in the morning assembly to adopt safer and eco-friendly measures to celebrate Diwali and other festivals in a different way instead of burning firecrackers.

Delhi has been facing deteriorating air quality from the past few days and the situation is expected to get worse with Diwali and the stubble burning season, according to the Delhi government.

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Last year, the Supreme Court had banned the firecrackers and allowed the manufacture and sale of only green crackers — the low emission crackers — in the National Capital Region. (IANS)