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Delhi pollution live: Kejriwal govt withdraws petition to modify odd-even
Hindustan Times

Delhi battled with severe air pollution on Tuesday morning as well, with the Air Quality Index recorded at 406. Here are the live updates of the situation in the National Capital Region


The air quality in Delhi-NCR was back in ‘severe’ category on Monday — for the second time in past six days — even as the Delhi government urged the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to allow exemptions for women drivers and two-wheelers for “this year” in implementation of the odd-even traffic restriction scheme.
The toxicity in the air rose to ‘severe’ category on a day schools in the national capital reopened after remaining closed since Thursday due to ‘severe’ air pollution levels.
With light rain or drizzle expected on Wednesday, air quality may improve in the coming days.
Here are the live updates:
12.50pm: Delhi govt withdraws its petition for modifications. NGT suggested Delhi govt take care of the logical explanations for odd-even exemptions when they approach NGT again
12.40pm: NGT to Delhi government: When reports have stated that two-wheelers are more polluting than four-wheelers, why do you intend to give arbitrary exemptions? Is this a joke? What does one stand to gain from this?
12.30pm: Why don’t you take positive steps? Why should we exempt anybody? If they (two-wheelers) are not polluting, we will allow them: NGT tells Delhi government .
12.20pm: NGT asks Delhi Govt as to why it can’t run ladies only buses to solve the problem of transport during odd-even scheme.
12.10pm: If you show us you sprinkled water in a proper way and pollution doesn’t come down, we will withdraw that order (of sprinkling): NGT tells Delhi government
12pm: Kejriwal asks Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to join the meeting with Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday.
11.40am: Terming the air quality in the national capital as poor and unsafe, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) urged the Delhi High Court on Tuesday to pass directions to postpone the Delhi Half Marathon.
11.20am: HC issues notice to Delhi govt, DPCC, police and organiser of Delhi Half Marathon on IMA plea to postpone event in view of poor air quality.
11am: “The minimum temperature was recorded at 14.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal,” a MeT department official said.
9.55am: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he would be meeting the Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday.
9.45am: Train operations were still affected. Around 10 inbound trains were cancelled, 34 rescheduled, and 73 trains were delayed.
8.30am: Areas close to the Delhi Technical University were the most polluted with a severe AQI of 492. The primary pollutant here was PM2.5.
8.20am: Dilshad Garden had the cleanest air, with an AQI of 312.
8am: The EPCA, a Supreme Court-appointed panel to monitor pollution in Delhi-NCR, has suggested banning plying of diesel vehicles and shutting down thermal power plants when pollution breaches ‘emergency’ levels as a part of its new recommendations to strengthen the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).


Secular word is the biggest lie, says Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath

Yogi Adityanath also said “distorting history was no less a crime than sedition”, and claimed that the word “Paki” was the “biggest insult” used in Europe.


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said that the word “secular” was the “biggest lie” that has been told since Independence, and has damaged the country. The BJP leader also said that “distorting history was no less a crime than sedition”, and claimed that the word “Paki” was the “biggest insult” used in Europe.
Responding to a question on communalism and secularism at a function organised by the Dainik Jagran group in Raipur, Adityanath said, “Mera maanna hai ki azadi ke baad Bharat mein sabse bada jhooth dharmnirpeksh shabd hai. Nagrikon ke saath, Bharat ke logon ke saath… un logon ko maafi maangni chahiye, jinhone is shabd ko janm diya aur jo yeh shabd istemaal karte hai… koi vyavastha dharmnirpeksh nahin ho sakti. Rajneetik vyavastha panthnirpeksh ho sakti hai. Agar koi humse kahega ki shasan us upasna vidhi se chalni chahiye, toh nahin chal sakti. UP ke andar dekhunga to 22 crore logon ko dekhna hoga. Mein in logon ke suraksha ke prati, unki bhavnaon ke prati javabdeh hoon. Lekin ek samuday ka dushtikaran karne ke liye bhi nahin baitha hoon. Panthnirpeksh ho lekin dharmnirpeksh nahin ho sakta” (I believe that the word secular is the biggest lie since Independence. Those that have given birth to this lie and those that use it should apologise to the people and this country. No system can be secular. Political system can be sect-neutral. If someone were to say that government has to be run by one way of prayer, that is not possible. In UP, I have to look at 22 crore people and I am answerable for their security and their feelings. But I am not sitting here to ruin one community either. You can be sect-neutral but not secular).
Referring to India’s standing in the West during the interaction, Adityanath claimed that the words “Pakistan” and “Paki” carried a derogatory connotation in Europe. “Europe mein sabse badi apmaan-janak shabd hai to voh Paki shabd hai. Pakistan shabd hi gaali ka prayaylay ho gaya hai (Paki has become an scornful word in Europe. The word Pakistan itself has become a synonym for abuse),” he said.
Earlier, delivering a short address at the interaction, Adityanath said, “Itihas ko tod-marod ke prastut karna, rashtradroh se kam nahin (Distorting history is no less a crime that sedition).”
The UP Chief Minister also attended a felicitation organised by the BJP in a separate function at the indoor stadium in Raipur, where he targeted the Congress for committing mistakes that led to terrorism, Naxalism and separatism in parts of the country.
“Congress ne is desh ki mool bhavnayon ke saath khilvaad kiya. Apne swarth ke liye is desh ko jaati ke naam par, bhasha ke naam par, kshetra ke naam par vibhajit kya. Desh mein kahin aatankvaad, kahin naxalvaad, kahin algavaad ko janm diya. Uksi keemat ye desh aaj bhi chuka raha hai… Humare liye sampoorna Bharat ek parivar hai. (The Congress played with the core emotions of this country. For its own selfish aims, it divided the country on the lines of caste, region, language. There is terrorism somewhere, Naxalism somewhere, separatism somewhere. We are still paying the price… for us, the entire country is one complete family),” he said.
Comparing the Narendra Modi government to “Ram Rajya”, he said that while the Prime Minister understands the pain of the people, the Congress does not.
Adityanath said that Chhattisgarh goes to polls in exactly a year and exhorted BJP workers to begin preparations. The BJP was out in full force at the party event, with slogans of “Jai Shri Ram” renting the air, and many Chhattisgarh ministers garlanding Adityanath and touching his feet.


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