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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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Terrorist Safe Havens Should Be Eliminated: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok that the international community should come together to disrupt terrorist networks

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok on Monday that the international community should come together to eliminate terrorist safe havens. Wikimedia Commons

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok on Monday that the international community should come together to eliminate terrorist safe havens and disrupt their networks and financing in order to thwart cross-border movements for achieving sustainable regional security is achieved.

Singh was addressing the sixth ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Thailand, which holds the rotating chairmanship of the regional framework this year. Describing terrorism as the most heinous cross-border crime, Singh said some states have been using terror to pursue their political goals.

“It is so much worse when terrorists are aided, abetted, armed, financed and sheltered by States. The interplay between states and non-state actors, used as proxies to foment violence, has worsened this menace. The persistence of State-sponsored terrorism is not just a painful cancer, it is also the leading reason for unsustainable security,” said Singh.

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Rajnath Singh says that The persistence of State-sponsored terrorism is the leading reason for unsustainable security. Wikimedia Commons

The theme of the meeting this year is ‘Sustainable Security.’ Singh said there is a need for a more cooperative, equitable and consultative paradigm to deal with the broad and complex security challenges to find sustainable solutions.

Singh further said that India’s Indo-Pacific vision is based on the idea of sustainable security as it focuses on a free, open, inclusive and rules-based region in which there is respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all natikons.

“Our region must remain open and welcoming to the interests of all, those who live in it and others whose interests are in it. In short, our approach to security in the Indo-Pacific is sustainable by definition because it emphasises Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR),” added Singh.

On negotiations for a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea, Singh said the outcome of these talks will be in keeping with all relevant international laws, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He said the forum promotes freedom of navigation, overflight and lawful commerce and also emphasised the need to protect the rights of States that are not party to these negotiations.

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Singh emphasied that India looks forward to the progress made through dialogue in addressing all related issues, including the proliferation trail that links South and East Asia on the issue of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. “As dialogue remains on the table, we hope missile launches and such destabilising activities will cease”, he said.

During the course of his address, Singh said India is eager to co-chair the India-Indonesia Expert Working Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) in the next cycle. (IANS)