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Delhi Govt mulls invoking ESMA after doctors refuse to call off indefinite strike

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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government may invoke the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) on the resident doctors who have not returned to work despite government orders.

Earlier, the government had warned the doctors to call off their indefinite strike by 11 am on Tuesday.

On Monday, resident doctors in Delhi’s government hospitals decided to continue their strike even as their demands for proper security, accommodation and adequate availability of generic drugs in hospitals were accepted by the Arvind Kejriwal government.

The strike, which began earlier on Monday and severely affected functioning in the 25 government hospitals in the capital, is the second protest by the resident doctors in the past six months.

The doctors had worn black badges in February for a few days seeking better working conditions.

The Delhi government on Monday evening issued a statement saying it had accepted all 19 demands of the resident doctors.  In fact, Delhi CM had even tweeted that, “Most demands of striking docs genuine. I hv directed health dept to implement them. Health dept shud hv resolved it earlier 1/2 (sic).”

In other tweet, Delhi CM asked why the doctors were not coming for talks. “Why aren’t docs coming for talks? They were first invited on sat, then sun and then at 3 pm today. They r not showing up. Baat to karo (sic).”

The resident doctors were on strike under the banner of the Federation Of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA), an association of 25 Delhi-based government hospitals run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Delhi government and the central government.

-With inputs from IANS

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Air Pollutants Can Be Stopped If They Are Frozen : Scientists

The air-quality across the NCR was very poor

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India's Rashtrapati Bhawan, or the Presidential Palace is partly visible due to smog as traffic plies on Rajapth, the ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi. VOA

Freezing pollutants can prevent deadly outdoor air pollution — thought to cause more than three million premature deaths worldwide every year — from seeping indoors by 99 per cent, scientists have discovered.

The research, by a team of scientists from the Nottingham Trent University in the UK and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, involved studying the effectiveness of cryogenics for indoor air purification, by removing the gaseous pollutants and tiny particulates caused by haze.

The team found that as they circulated haze-polluted air through a cryogenic condenser, the finer particles stuck together in the condenser tube before dropping out by gravity, and emerging as clean air.

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Their method was able to remove 99 per cent of particulates and 98 per cent of nitrogen oxide pollutants.

“Hazardous outdoor air pollution has severely affected indoor air quality, threatening the health of billions of people,” said Professor Robert Mortimer, Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham.

“Outdoor air pollution in cities is a global problem. While there are some existing technologies to purify indoor air, they can be inefficient, expensive or produce harmful by-products.

“When outdoor air quality is poor, people tend to spend even more time indoors – but outdoor pollution also leads to indoor pollution and people are still impacted.”

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In this Sept. 19, 2018 photo steam and cooling towers of a lignite power plant are reflected in a pond in Peitz, eastern Germany. VOA

The experiments, reported in the journal Science of the Total Environment, showed that by simply circulating polluted air through a small freezing chamber we can remove most of the fine particles and gas pollutants.

“Our study makes it possible to add an ‘air cleaner’ option to household appliances in areas which might experience extremely poor air conditions. By controlling indoor air pollution and improving air quality in this way, this work could be greatly beneficial for public health,” added Gang Pan, Professor at the varsity.

It is hoped that the work could pave the way for simple modification of air conditioning and humidifier units so that they can also clean polluted indoor air, the team said.

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Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday witnessed “very poor” air quality with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.

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The air-quality across the NCR was very poor, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 87 per cent. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius. (IANS)