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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday sought a meeting with union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the rationing of vehicles on the capital’s roads from January 1.

Kejriwal tweeted he had sought the audience to “discuss the implementation of the odd-even formula”.

The Delhi government has announced that from the start of 2016, private vehicles with odd registration numbers will ply on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and with even numbers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The plan for Sundays is yet to be announced.

The decision followed widespread warnings that Delhi’s air pollution had breached tolerable limits and after the judiciary ruled that the city had become like a “gas chamber”.

On Sunday, Kejriwal’s odd-even formula earned the backing of new Supreme Court Chief Justice T S Thakur who said he won’t mind taking a bus to the court or even walking down from his residence to work.

The national capital has nearly 90 lakh registered vehicles, with cars accounts for nearly a third of the vehicular population.

The odd-even division won’t apply to CNG-driven public transport including buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws.

If implemented, the measure is expected to steeply bring down the number of vehicles on Delhi’s choked roads. Air pollution is also tipped to fall, providing solace to those hit by pollution-related health issues.

But Delhi being the national capital, the Delhi government’s path-breaking decision will need the backing of the central government,

Aam Aadmi Party sources said Kejriwal’s request for a meeting with Rajnath Singh should be seen in this context.

The Kejriwal government has been at loggerheads with the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a host of issues though both are seemingly committed to cleaning up Delhi’s polluted air.

(IANS)

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Cyber Crimes Pose a Challenge to Traditional Policing, Says Home Minister Rajnath Singh

The Home Minister also inaugurated a Delhi Police residential block comprising 56 flats. The Delhi Police built 312 dwelling units last year and another 969 units are under construction

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that cyber crimes pose a challenge to traditional policing and called upon police personnel to enhance their skills to tackle threats posed from the cyber world.

“If we have to build public trust in a digital world, then we will have to bear zero tolerance towards cyber crime,” he said after inaugurating the Cyber Prevention, Awareness and Detection Centre (CyPAD) of Delhi Police and the National Cyber Forensic Lab of the Home Ministry.

Home Minister said in this era of internet and computers, there exists an aspect of cyber crime whether it is cyber cheating or fraud, women harassment or terror recruitment which needs to be strongly addressed.

“Internet is a platform not only aiding the evolution of social media but also crucial to online banking, shopping and remotely operated systems in industry. We have to develop institutional mechanisms for undertaking timely assessment to challenges in cyber space and securing it for the common man,” he said.

He said the ministry has initiated several steps in the last more than four years to deal with cyber crimes including setting up of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Phone Frauds.

“For effectively tackling challenges to cyber space, we need an institutional mechanism at the national level involving the private sector also and coordination at the national and international levels,” he said.

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The Home Ministry has set up an Expert Group for a detailed study and initiated creation of the Cyber Crime Coordination Centre which will deal with cyber forensics, cyber investigation, cyber research and innovation, threat analytics and cyber training.

Rajnath Singh said the setting up of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (i-4C) is a step towards its implementation.

He said the CyPAD will deal with crypto-currency frauds and international tech-supported frauds.

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All these steps are aimed at achieving the “minimum government, maximum governance” goal set under the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.

The Home Minister also inaugurated a Delhi Police residential block comprising 56 flats. The Delhi Police built 312 dwelling units last year and another 969 units are under construction. (IANS)