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Jaipur: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that his party will under no circumstances allow the passage of the land acquisition bill in parliament.


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“We (Congress) will not allow the government to acquire even an inch of land of the farmers and won’t let the land acquisition bill to be passed in parliament,” he told a Congress convention here.

Parliament’s monsoon session is set to begin on Tuesday.

It was the second straight day in Rajasthan that Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

“For the first time we have a government which is helping the opposition by giving them issue after issue,” he said.

And targeting Modi, he said: “People, especially the poor and the farmers, will turn the 56-inch chest into 5.6 inches in six months… You just watch.”

Gandhi denounced Vasundhara Raje on the issue of former IPL chief Lalit Modi, who he said remote-controlled the Rajasthan government.

“Over 100 years ago there was a remote in London that used to control the government here,” he said, in an obvious reference to the British Raj. “Now again a government here is controlled by remote from London.”

Gandhi added: “It’s not Vasundhara Raje’s or BJP’s government in Rajasthan. It’s Lalit Modi’s government.

“They (Raje and Modi) are business partners. She broke the law of this country, helped a wanted fugitive.

“Scams and issues are everywhere in Madhya Pradesh. It’s Vyapam (in Madhya Pradesh) and it’s Munde in Maharasthra.

“Why is the PM silent, the senior Modi? Bring him (Lalit Modi) back. But after becoming PM, he has forgotten all this,” Gandhi said.

Praising the previous Congress government in Rajasthan led by Ashok Gehlot, Gandhi said it provided free medicine to everyone while the present BJP government in the state was closing down hospitals.

On Thursday, Gandhi met farmers and other public representatives in Hanumangarh district, over 400 km from here, and told them that his party was firmly standing by them.

(IANS)


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Developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, a Decision Support System (DSS) that extends the ability of the existing air quality early warning system (AQEWS) to have decision-making capability for air quality management in Delhi-NCR was launched on Tuesday.

The website for the DSS (https://ews.tropmet.res.in/dss/) is designed to help the Commission for Air Quality Management for NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) by delivering quantitative information about the contribution of emissions from Delhi and its 19 surrounding districts; the contribution of emissions from eight different sectors in Delhi; and the contribution from biomass-burning activities in the neighbouring states.

These information would assist in managing the air quality in a timely manner, a release from the Ministry of Earth Sciences said.

The need was stated by the CAQM, which was formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, during a meeting held in January 2021.

Recently, the Commission reviewed the progress made by IITM and had in principle approved the current version of DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR. The IITM has also developed a new website for DSS with the entire system made operational, the release said.

Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, while launching the website for AQEWS on the occasion of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' week organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said, "DSS is a significant contribution to 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' on behalf of MoES and IITM and suggestions are invited on this issue."

The website also has a feature whereby the users can create their own emission reduction scenarios (from 20 different districts, including Delhi) so as to examine the possible projected improvement in air quality in Delhi for the next five days.

"This information would explicitly highlight the most important emission sources responsible for the degradation of air quality in Delhi and suggest possible solutions to ameliorate the same. With a plethora of quantitative data, the AQEWS integrated with DSS could become a user-friendly tool for air-quality management in and around Delhi," the release said. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, India, Pollution, IITM, Ministry of Earth Sciences