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Supreme Court upholds NGT order on banning 10-year-old diesel vehicles from plying on Delhi roads

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Supreme Court today upheld the ban imposed by National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) on plying of diesel vehicles that are over 10 years old in Delhi.

The apex court dismissed the plea challenging the NGT’s order and said, “Let us assist and not discourage them (NGT).”

In the original NGT ruling, a five-member bench, headed by Swatanter Kumar, had said that while older vehicles would be phased out in Delhi, those coming from other states would not be allowed to enter the city.

The NGT’s April 8 order is expected to impact 1,18,773 private vehicles and 34,659 commercial vehicles plying on the roads of National Capital Region.

The new upgraded ruling bans all 10-year-old diesel vehicles and 15-year-old petrol from  the roads of Delhi.

Though environmentalists have welcomed the move, implementation of the process is a tough task. Every day  more than 5 lakh vehicles enter Delhi, and to implement the ruling with this daily influx of vehicles will be a tough task, a newspaper reported.

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Atlanta’s City Approves Ban on Smoking, Vaping in Restaurants, Bars and Airports

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the few major U.S. hubs where people can still smoke inside designated rooms

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Unclaimed bags sit in baggage claim at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlant. Atlanta's city council has approved a far-reaching ban on smoking and vaping in restaurants, bars and inside the airport. VOA

Atlanta’s city council has approved a far-reaching ban on smoking and vaping in restaurants and bars – and inside one of the world’s busiest airports. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that city council members approved the ban on Monday. It covers cigarettes, cigars and electronic cigarettes. If signed by the mayor, it would take effect on Jan. 2, 2020.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the few major U.S. hubs where people can still smoke inside designated rooms.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a 2017 report that most busy U.S. airports ban smoking in all indoor areas. Denver International Airport last year closed the last of its indoor smoking lounges and is now smoke-free indoors. (VOA)