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Experts and clean air activists on Thursday welcomed the Centre’s decision to set up a commission to tackle air pollution in Delhi-NCR but hoped for better implementation of its decisions and orders.
The Centre has issued an ordinance making pollution an offense with a jail term up to five years and a penalty up to Rs one crore. It was issued on Wednesday night after the approval of the President.
According to the notification, the commission will replace the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) which was earlier formed by the Supreme Court as the apex monitoring body in matters of pollution.
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EPCA Chairman Bhure Lal, in a statement, said: “We welcome this move as it clearly shows the intent and determination of the Union government to mitigate toxic pollution in the region. As chairman and one of the members of the now-dissolved EPCA, we would like to place on record our gratitude for the opportunity given to us to address air pollution challenges.”
Arun Duggal, Founder of the Centre of Excellence for Research and Clean Air at IIT-Delhi, also welcomed the step and hoped that the Commission would be fully empowered and include representatives from the government, the scientific community, business, industry, civil society, and citizens.
“I also recommend that commission must review its own performance objectively on annual basis about their contribution in reducing air pollution and results achieved,” Duggal told IANS.
Sunil Dahiya, analyst, Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, said that the major issue with the ordinance will be when it comes to implementation, as the EPCA had almost similar powers but failed miserably in cleaning the air even after being in force for more than 20 years.
“The question of whether it is a positive move or just a distraction and wasteful exercise will be decided on the fact whether the ordinance changes the status quo when it comes to ground implementation and strict action on polluters or not,” Dahiya added.
Aditya Dubey, a young environmentalist from Delhi, said: “Grateful to (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and (Environment Minister) Prakash Javadekar for the speedy enactment of this law creating a very powerful commission for tackling air pollution and stubble burning. I would request them to appoint the chairperson today and get it functioning so that it can defend us from the Covid-19 explosion waiting to happen.”
Third-year law student Aman Banka, who along with Dubey, has been fighting a case against stubble burning in the Supreme Court, said: “We welcome the new executive order for the formation of a committee to enact a new law on air pollution. We hope for better implementation.”
The ordinance, which proposes to set up a permanent body to monitor air quality in the NCR comes just days after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Supreme Court that the Centre will enact a law to combat the menace of air pollution in Delhi-NCR.
According to the ordinance, a Commission for Air Quality Management will be set up for the National Capital Region (NCR) and adjoining areas in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan, and will look into issues of stubble burning, vehicular pollution, dust pollution, and all other factors, which contribute towards deteriorating air quality in Delhi-NCR.
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“Any non-compliance of this Ordinance, rules made thereunder or any other order or direction issued by the Commission shall be an offense punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to five years or with fine which may extend up to one crore rupees or with both,” said the ordinance.
The Commission will be headed by a full-time Chairperson who has been a Secretary in the Central Government or Chief Secretary of a state. The Chairperson will be selected by a committee headed by the Environment and Forest Minister and comprising the Transport, Commerce, and Science and Technology Minister as well as the Cabinet Secretary as members.
Out of the Commission’s 18 members, 10 will be bureaucrats while others will be experts and activists.
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One of the important aspects of the Commission is that the Centre has proposed to replace the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA and all other bodies with it, which will make this Commission an exclusive authority on air quality management for Delhi-NCR, and it will submit annual reports to Parliament.
Orders of the Commission can be challenged only before the National Green Tribunal and not in any civil court. (IANS)
When it comes to our day-to-day life, there are several things which help us enhance our day with every step. One such thing is music. It enhances, motivates and boosts certain aspects of our personality in ways that may not come into notice. There have been several researches on how music affects human brain. Studies show it helps us in recovery and healing, and also, encouraging us to be better if exposed to the right kind and fit.
From kids to elderly, music as a commodity, can be consumed by all. It is the universal language that is spoken by each and every being, from animals to humans to plants, each respond to it in their own ways. Suffice to say, we are united by music and the effect it has over us. Plants, for example, grow better when exposed to good music. Many songs are being composed specifically to enhance and boost their growth. Same is the case for humans. For humans, the right kind of music can boost good health, physically as well as mentally. You might have noticed how in gyms, upbeat music is played. That is to channel energy into everyone present. It adds to the workout. Several researches around the world have shown better physical output when exposed to appropriate music. Fast paced songs with upbeat nature channeled speed and the slower ones slowed downs the listeners, without them noticing. The sub-conscious effects of music are continuously being studied.
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Our heart starts beating according to the music we are listening to.Unsplash
Listening to upbeat or happy music also reduces stress and pressure from our minds. Many people become relaxed while listening to calming music. This is why calming sounds are used during a yoga session. Classical music seems to have the same calming and soothing effect. Furthermore, classical music has much more advantages over metal or techno music, it has proven to enhance learning and improve sleep in its listeners. A study was conducted in which participants were divided in groups where one group was exposed to classical music, another to metal and last one was supervised without any music. The group exposed to classical music showed healthier sleeping pattern than the rest.
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Several brands and outlets encash on different characteristics of music. Calm and soothing music is used in spas to help customer relax. It is a known fact that our heart starts beating according to the music we are listening to. So, music with faster beats will have our heart beating faster and the slow one will have calmer effect. This is why slow music channels calm. And the same fact has led to faster and upbeat music being played in food outlets. A study conducted in a farm, where people were invited to have food, where one half was exposed to slower music and for other fast-paced music was played. Not only did the group exposed to fast-music ate faster but also ate more than the group who ate in slower one. Next time you are in a food outlet or a restaurant observe the kind of music they are playing and the eating pattern.
Music can even be a facilitator of communication. We can sometimes convey our thoughts through the medium of a song. Sometimes someone’s words justify our inner feelings better than us. Or sometimes a song brings back certain memory or a place, and takes us to that certain moment. To say music is a time-machine would not be wrong. It is a dynamic blessing that can be used throughout our lives.
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As more and more people are acknowledging the importance of their mental well-being, the wave of awareness the acknowledgment has brought is unprecedented. It may not have paved a clear path towards complete healing but it certainly has shown the way. The awareness is the key to heal. Healing begins only after the problem is identified. Similar to physical illness, the identification of the problem area is the first step. Even in case of a minor wound, when we go to the hospital the nurse first locates the wound. They, then, ask how we got hurt and identify the nature of the wound. Only then, they clean, put ointment and wrap it up if it needs wrapping and protection from air and dust. Sometimes, that protection is not needed. The wound heals out in the open. Same goes when it comes to healing of a mental trauma or illness. Sometimes, we confine in professionals or our loved ones, in order to let it out and process it openly. Sometimes, the trauma reduces with time. In any way, being aware and vigilant is the way to go.
Being knowledgeable about life in general, opens many channels for you. Being knowledgeable about yourself, opens gates inside you that lead to spiritual and general awareness about the concept of self. And the inner awareness is not necessarily internal, it can be seen from the outside as well. When we have positive energy from within it radiates physically as well. Have you encountered someone who’s spiritually awakened and aware? Do they stand out in the crowd? There are prominent examples of people who have made their mark in history, there is Swami Vivekanada, his awakening has revolutionised generations, one live example we can witness is The Dalai Lama.
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Awareness is the first step towards the staircase of spirituality. Healing is part of that journey. In our world, we go by our lives without paying much attention to causes of our actions. Every little thing we do, we do it for a reason. We might be suffering without being aware of it. There might be certain actions which are screaming those are trauma-response and not really us. But we go by our days, without paying heed to the fact that it really is the small actions that carry weightage in our lives. When we become attentive and thoughtful with what we do, we introspect, and then act. Thoughtless actions do not bear much fruit anyway. Thoughtfulness not only benefits us personally, but makes world a better place to live in. It really is the need of the hour to introspect every little doing and if it does not fit with the idea of self, then, it is time to find the root cause of what has us where we are.
Being self-aware is crucial as a human quality as well. When we face our problems, we gain experience, that experience leads us to understand and empathise with others’ sufferings too. It is a wholesome development.
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Honestly, who hasn’t watched one of the epic series of HBO– Game of Thrones?
There’s no question that when the first episode of Game of Thrones was released on April 11, 2011, the youth population of the world became exuberant. The main reasons behind this reaction was, first, the theme of the show, and second, the hidden lessons which it put forward.
Some of the valuable lessons which the Game of Thrones taught us are:
1. The pack always survives. This aptly meant that whether your pack consists of your family or your friends, you are the strongest when you are surrounded by a support system. This is what Ned Stark taught his children, to be together when “the winter comes”.
2. Never forget who you truly are. One of the most important lessons was given by Tyrion Lannister. He taught us that we should never forget who we really are. This means that we must not forget our bad habits and where we lack. So, once we know who we are, no one could ever use our lagging points against us.
3. Reading is necessary. Tyrion Lannister said, “A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.” There is absolutely no denying that reading is not a habit now-a-days, but a necessity. If you want to be sharp and smart, then you must devote sometime to books, for they would teach you a lot!
4. Always pay your debts. Well, one of the most philosophical and learned houses if Game of Thrones is House Lannister. And so, one of the sayings of their house is, “A Lannister always pays his debts.” From here we get another life lesson that we must always pay off what we owe from people.
5. Always believe, “You know nothing.” Ygritte said this to Jon Snow in a teasing manner. But, this is actually for all those who believe that they know each and everything. Well, never believe that you know everything. Always learn from new experiences and never hesitate to take advice from others.
So, these were five most significant lessons which the series Game of Thrones offered us. In reality, we all are aware of these lessons, but we never really work upon them. But now, let’s try to understand each lesson and become the heir someday!
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