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Green Delhi: NGT announces Rs 5,000 fine for open burning of garbage

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

All those burning garbage, leaves, rubber etc, openly in Delhi will now be fined Rs 5,000 under the new ruling of National Green Tribunal.

” Stepping up its effort to curb pollution, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday announced a fine of Rs 5,000 on individuals spotted burning garbage, leaves, plastic, rubber, etc in open areas in parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR),” a media report said.

A few days back the Green tribunal had issued an order which banned the plying of diesel vehicles which were older than 10 years on Delhi roads.

The recent rulings have come in place mainly due to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report which termed Delhi’s air as the worst in the world. At present, the levels of pollutants in Delhi’s air are 10 times higher than acceptable standards.

Other than Delhi, burning of garbage and leaf litter is already banned in Nagpur under the “Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000,” that came into effect in 2001.

Earlier, the DPCC and Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIDC) were asked by the NGT to submit a complete plan regarding the establishment of a hazardous waste disposal unit in Bawana and Narela.

 

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Reported Deaths from New Coronavirus Probably an Underestimation: WHO

WHO Expects Coronavirus Cases, Deaths to Escalate

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People wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus on a street in Hong Kong. VOA

By Lisa Schlein

The World Health Organization says the number of reported cases and deaths from the new coronavirus is probably an underestimation. The latest reports put the number of confirmed cases at 830, including 26 deaths.

Most of the infections and all of the deaths have occurred in China. A small number of coronavirus cases have been reported in seven other countries, including the United States. All have been mild, and all of those patients have recovered.

World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic says it is too early to draw conclusions about the severity of the coronavirus.

“Because at the beginning of any outbreak, you would focus more on the severe cases and you will have more of those and then maybe we are missing some mild cases because people will just be a little bit sick and will not be ever tested and they will recover,” Jasarevic said. “We may see more mild cases as surveillance intensifies. So, the issue is not really so much on numbers that we know that will go up.”

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People travelling for the Lunar New Year wear protective masks as they head to the departure area at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing. VOA

Michael Ryan, the executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, says there is no particular treatment for this new pneumonia-like coronavirus.

“There have been a number of compounds that have been used in the fight against coronavirus, but it is very important to recognize that there is no recognized effective therapeutic against coronaviruses,” he said. “However, there are potential clinical trials that can be done with agents and that is what we are focused on right now — identifying other therapeutic agents and opportunities to test new drugs.”

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On Thursday, a WHO expert committee decided not to declare the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted the virus was an emergency in China, but had not yet become a global health emergency.

He did, however, add the WHO was ready to reconvene another emergency meeting to review the decision if the evolution of the epidemic warranted a re-examination. (VOA)