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The IGI airport's Terminal 3 - T3, an integrated terminal for International and Domestic which can handle 34 million passengers annually ahead of the Commonwealth Games

By NewsGram Staff Writer

A 40-year- old Delhi based businessman Harjinder Singh and his family were detained by the Heathrow airport authorities, after being accused of purchasing the tickets by using a stolen credit card.

As reported by TOI, Singh explained that he had paid Rs 2.4 lakh in cash to the travel agent, and had no idea how the agent had purchased the tickets.

He contacted his travel agent who apologized for the “confusion” and promised to reimburse the money once the family returned to India.

The airport authorities confiscated the passports of the family and asked Harjinder to purchase the four tickets all over again.

As per the report, Singh’s family was detained at the airport for almost seven hours and to put an end to their misery, Harjinder agreed to purchase the fresh tickets.

Reportedly the travel agent refused to reimburse the money on Singh’s return to Delhi.

An FIR has been filed against the agent and police have also registered a fraud case against him. Further investigations are underway, as reported by TOI.

 

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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)