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Green court bans vehicles older than 15 years in Delhi

Written By kom nampultig on Senin, 22 Desember 2014 | 07.20

NEW DELHI: On the day TOI highlighted the worsening state of Delhi's air, the National Green Tribunal cited the report and issued a slew of directions to immediately address the problem.

Among the 14 measures ordered by the green court on Wednesday was a ban on petrol and diesel vehicles older than 15 years — a move that's likely to take an estimated 10 lakh vehicles off the road. It also barred burning of waste in the open besides placing restrictions on parking and ordering stricter vigil on overloaded trucks entering the city.

NGT, which has the powers of a civil court, sought immediate steps for building cycle tracks in the city and asked authorities to probe the possibility of installing air purifiers at marketplaces.

READ ALSO: Jittery owners say they maintain vehicles well

The order was issued by a bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar, with expert members D K Agarwal and A R Yousuf, in response to a petition filed early this year on Delhi's air pollution by Vardhaman Kaushik.

"An article published in the Times of India today has been brought to the notice of the tribunal. It not only projects a very dismal state of affairs ... with clear indication that worst is likely to follow," the bench said.

NGT said petrol and diesel vehicles more than 15 years old shall not be permitted to on Delhi roads. These vehicles are to be seized by authorities as per the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act.

READ ALSO: Auto industry pushes for scrapping old vehicles

It also ordered that the RTO shall not renew or issue registration for such vehicles or provide fitness certificates. If any such old vehicle is parked in a public area, it would towed away and challaned, the tribunal said.

"It is undisputed...that the air pollution of NCT, Delhi is getting worse with each passing day," it stated.

READ ALSO: Burning of leaves — agencies pass buck

Referring to air pollution peaking in the morning hours, as reported by TOI, the order said, "This article declares that it may not be safe for residents of Delhi to go out for morning walks due to heavy pollutants present in the air."

TOI's report on Wednesday had displayed data from the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and Delhi Pollution Control Committee, which showed PM2.5 (fine pollution particles) peaking early in the morning, creating a health risk for those who exercise outdoors. Those exposed to air in the evenings are equally at risk of developing respiratory illnesses and complications, the data suggests.

READ ALSO: Traffic cops to help pumps enforce PUC-for-fuel rule

Delhi's air pollution levels are comparable with Beijing which has started implementing radical measures such as shutting industries during high pollution days, putting a cap on vehicles on the road and keeping schools closed on bad air quality days.

The NGT bench went a step ahead and ordered that any person will have the right to approach the tribunal, police or DPCC to complain about open burning of plastics, leaves and other materials which can result in air pollution. It directed DPCC and Delhi government to create a web portal where the public can upload pictures of any such violations. A "special force" constituted by the government will enforce the direction and ensure compliance.

READ ALSO: Enforcement needed now for results, say activists

The bench said no parking shall be allowed on tarred roads meant for regular traffic movement. "The chairperson was concerned about how Delhiites are going to cope in the high air pollution season that will last for the next six months. He was stern about immediate action on air pollution and gave the example of Lajpat Nagar, where it can take up to 40 minutes for motorists to reach the market from the main road due to congestion. He directed that parking be allowed only on one side of such roads near market areas," said Narender Pal Singh, advocate representing Delhi government.

The bench also directed that cycle tracks be constructed in most parts of the city immediately. DPCC was asked to examine the possibility of installing air purifiers in all markets, crowded places and areas where traffic was heavy.

"We make it clear that in the event of any officer or person found violating these directions or not complying with them, we will be compelled to take coercive steps and pass such orders as may be required in accordance with law," the order stated.


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At least 17 inmates dead of poisoning in Venezuela: Police

AFP | Nov 27, 2014, 09.01AM IST

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CARACAS: At least 17 Venezuelan inmates who had been on hunger strike over prison conditions, died Wednesday of drug poisoning, police sources said.

The prisoners at David Viloria Correction Center, known as Uribana prison, in Venezuela's Lara state, had been protesting since Tuesday over what they said was inhumane treatment and rights violations by prison officials, anonymous police sources said.

Prison officials said the dead inmates were poisoned after ingesting prescription drugs.

How the inmates all came to consume one or more medications was not immediately clear.

A non-governmental group, Venezuelan Prisons Watch, said however there were 17 dead at the prison in Lara state, and that four more inmates died at a facility in the state of Maracay.

Prisons Minister Iris Varela said on Twitter there had been an incident involving "prisoners affected by inappropriate ingestion of medications" in the Lara jail.

She did not immediately confirm deaths.

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NCP attacks Maharashtra CM for not paying visit to 26/11 memorial

PTI | Nov 26, 2014, 08.28PM IST

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MUMBAI: NCP today slammed chief minister DevendraFadnavis for not paying homage to the martyrs of 26/11 terror attacks by visiting the memorial built for them.

This is the first time Fadnavis has come under attack from NCP which has supported his minority government.

NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said for the last six years since the attacks Fadnavis had taken the lead in targeting the then state government over the issue and had derived political mileage.

"But after coming to power, he has conveniently forgotten the martyrs and stayed away from paying homage at the memorial in Mumbai. The excuse being given is he is with the President of India who is on tour of the state. But previous chief ministers, on such occasions, would send ministers in charge of protocol to the President's function," Malik said.

Malik alleged that Fadnavis had no sympathy for for the martyrs.

Meanwhile, state unit NCP president Sunil Tatkare visited the memorial of 26/11 martyrs here and paid homage.

Similarly, the state Congress also organised a function to mark the sixth anniversary of the terror attacks and observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the martyrs.

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Chinks in security, heroin recovered from goods train form Pak

Yudhvir Rana, TNN | Nov 26, 2014, 08.55PM IST

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AMRITSAR :Despite claims of strict safety measures taken post November 2nd Wagah , Pakistan, suicide bomb blast, the security officials here recovered 7.480 kilogram heroin from goods train that arrived from Pakistan on Wednesday.

Sources seeking anonymity informed that the contraband was recovered on the specific intelligence input of Border Security Force. The heroin packets were concealed in the vacuum pipe of the goods train informed sources. Customer commissioner Sunil Shaney didn't' pick the phone to inform about the seizure. After Wagah bomb blast that claimed 61 lives custom officials here claimed to have made elaborate security arrangements. Earlier also there have been huge recoveries of heroin from goods train plying between India and Pakistan.

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Wall Street up for sixth straight week despite oil rout

Reuters | Nov 29, 2014, 02.03AM IST
NEW YORK: US stocks ended mostly flat in a holiday-shortened session on Friday as a massive decline in the energy sector offset strength in consumer names, but major indexes rose for a sixth straight week.

Crude oil fell below $68 per barrel a day after OPEC decided not to cut output, which could leave markets over supplied. The 7% decline was the biggest one-day drop since May 2011, with prices lowest since 2010.

"Crude seems to have no floor right now, and we could easily see the price drop into the low $60s," said Tony Roth, chief investment officer at Wilmington Trust in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Energy Select Sector SPDR exchange-traded fund fell 6.4% to $79.82 while the S&P energy index lost 6.3%, extending its run as the worst-performing S&P industry group of the year. Exxon Mobil Corp lost 4.2% to $90.54 while Chevron Corp fell 5.4% to $108.87; both are Dow components.

Shale energy companies saw outsized declines, as $70 oil is considered the level at which shale becomes an unprofitable alternative. Denbury Resources, QEP Resources and Newfield Exploration all lost more than 15%.

Oil weakness boosted airlines, which are inversely correlated to oil prices. Southwest Airlines rose 6.5% to $41.82 as the S&P 500's biggest percentage gainer, followed by Delta Air Lines, up 5.5% to $46.67.

Retailers rallied as lower gas prices could increase consumer spending. Wal-Mart Stores Inc rose 3% to $87.54, boosting the Dow, while the S&P 500 Retailing index was up 1.4%.

"[Oil] this low should be very additive to economic activity, not just with gas prices but across the economy," said Roth, who oversees $80 billion in assets. "Early holiday shopping numbers should come in pretty strong."

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.49 points to 17,828.24, the S&P 500 lost 5.27 points, or 0.25%, to 2,067.56 and the Nasdaq Composite added 4.31 points, or 0.09%, to 4,791.63.

Major indexes rose for a sixth straight week, the S&P's longest streak since November 2013. For the week, the Dow rose 0.1%, the S&P rose 0.2% and the Nasdaq rose 1.7%.

For November, the Dow rose 2.5%, the S&P added 2.5% and the Nasdaq 3.5%.

NYSE decliners issues outnumbered advancers 1,846 to 1,137, for a 1.62-to-1 ratio; on the Nasdaq, 1,777 issues fell and 875 advanced, for a 2.03-to-1 ratio.

The S&P 500 posted 152 new 52-week highs and 21 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 163 new highs and 80 new lows.

About 4.2 billion shares traded on all U.S. platforms, according to BATS exchange data.


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At least 17 inmates dead of poisoning in Venezuela: Police

Written By kom nampultig on Sabtu, 20 Desember 2014 | 07.21

AFP | Nov 27, 2014, 09.01AM IST

Page 1 of 4

CARACAS: At least 17 Venezuelan inmates who had been on hunger strike over prison conditions, died Wednesday of drug poisoning, police sources said.

The prisoners at David Viloria Correction Center, known as Uribana prison, in Venezuela's Lara state, had been protesting since Tuesday over what they said was inhumane treatment and rights violations by prison officials, anonymous police sources said.

Prison officials said the dead inmates were poisoned after ingesting prescription drugs.

How the inmates all came to consume one or more medications was not immediately clear.

A non-governmental group, Venezuelan Prisons Watch, said however there were 17 dead at the prison in Lara state, and that four more inmates died at a facility in the state of Maracay.

Prisons Minister Iris Varela said on Twitter there had been an incident involving "prisoners affected by inappropriate ingestion of medications" in the Lara jail.

She did not immediately confirm deaths.

Article continues

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Chinks in security, heroin recovered from goods train form Pak

Yudhvir Rana, TNN | Nov 26, 2014, 08.55PM IST

Page 1 of 4

AMRITSAR :Despite claims of strict safety measures taken post November 2nd Wagah , Pakistan, suicide bomb blast, the security officials here recovered 7.480 kilogram heroin from goods train that arrived from Pakistan on Wednesday.

Sources seeking anonymity informed that the contraband was recovered on the specific intelligence input of Border Security Force. The heroin packets were concealed in the vacuum pipe of the goods train informed sources. Customer commissioner Sunil Shaney didn't' pick the phone to inform about the seizure. After Wagah bomb blast that claimed 61 lives custom officials here claimed to have made elaborate security arrangements. Earlier also there have been huge recoveries of heroin from goods train plying between India and Pakistan.

Article continues

Stay updated on the go with The Times of India's mobile apps. Click here to download it for your device.


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NCP attacks Maharashtra CM for not paying visit to 26/11 memorial

PTI | Nov 26, 2014, 08.28PM IST

Page 1 of 4

MUMBAI: NCP today slammed chief minister DevendraFadnavis for not paying homage to the martyrs of 26/11 terror attacks by visiting the memorial built for them.

This is the first time Fadnavis has come under attack from NCP which has supported his minority government.

NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said for the last six years since the attacks Fadnavis had taken the lead in targeting the then state government over the issue and had derived political mileage.

"But after coming to power, he has conveniently forgotten the martyrs and stayed away from paying homage at the memorial in Mumbai. The excuse being given is he is with the President of India who is on tour of the state. But previous chief ministers, on such occasions, would send ministers in charge of protocol to the President's function," Malik said.

Malik alleged that Fadnavis had no sympathy for for the martyrs.

Meanwhile, state unit NCP president Sunil Tatkare visited the memorial of 26/11 martyrs here and paid homage.

Similarly, the state Congress also organised a function to mark the sixth anniversary of the terror attacks and observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the martyrs.

Article continues

Stay updated on the go with The Times of India's mobile apps. Click here to download it for your device.


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Green court bans vehicles older than 15 years in Delhi

NEW DELHI: On the day TOI highlighted the worsening state of Delhi's air, the National Green Tribunal cited the report and issued a slew of directions to immediately address the problem.

Among the 14 measures ordered by the green court on Wednesday was a ban on petrol and diesel vehicles older than 15 years — a move that's likely to take an estimated 10 lakh vehicles off the road. It also barred burning of waste in the open besides placing restrictions on parking and ordering stricter vigil on overloaded trucks entering the city.

NGT, which has the powers of a civil court, sought immediate steps for building cycle tracks in the city and asked authorities to probe the possibility of installing air purifiers at marketplaces.

READ ALSO: Jittery owners say they maintain vehicles well

The order was issued by a bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar, with expert members D K Agarwal and A R Yousuf, in response to a petition filed early this year on Delhi's air pollution by Vardhaman Kaushik.

"An article published in the Times of India today has been brought to the notice of the tribunal. It not only projects a very dismal state of affairs ... with clear indication that worst is likely to follow," the bench said.

NGT said petrol and diesel vehicles more than 15 years old shall not be permitted to on Delhi roads. These vehicles are to be seized by authorities as per the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act.

READ ALSO: Auto industry pushes for scrapping old vehicles

It also ordered that the RTO shall not renew or issue registration for such vehicles or provide fitness certificates. If any such old vehicle is parked in a public area, it would towed away and challaned, the tribunal said.

"It is undisputed...that the air pollution of NCT, Delhi is getting worse with each passing day," it stated.

READ ALSO: Burning of leaves — agencies pass buck

Referring to air pollution peaking in the morning hours, as reported by TOI, the order said, "This article declares that it may not be safe for residents of Delhi to go out for morning walks due to heavy pollutants present in the air."

TOI's report on Wednesday had displayed data from the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and Delhi Pollution Control Committee, which showed PM2.5 (fine pollution particles) peaking early in the morning, creating a health risk for those who exercise outdoors. Those exposed to air in the evenings are equally at risk of developing respiratory illnesses and complications, the data suggests.

READ ALSO: Traffic cops to help pumps enforce PUC-for-fuel rule

Delhi's air pollution levels are comparable with Beijing which has started implementing radical measures such as shutting industries during high pollution days, putting a cap on vehicles on the road and keeping schools closed on bad air quality days.

The NGT bench went a step ahead and ordered that any person will have the right to approach the tribunal, police or DPCC to complain about open burning of plastics, leaves and other materials which can result in air pollution. It directed DPCC and Delhi government to create a web portal where the public can upload pictures of any such violations. A "special force" constituted by the government will enforce the direction and ensure compliance.

READ ALSO: Enforcement needed now for results, say activists

The bench said no parking shall be allowed on tarred roads meant for regular traffic movement. "The chairperson was concerned about how Delhiites are going to cope in the high air pollution season that will last for the next six months. He was stern about immediate action on air pollution and gave the example of Lajpat Nagar, where it can take up to 40 minutes for motorists to reach the market from the main road due to congestion. He directed that parking be allowed only on one side of such roads near market areas," said Narender Pal Singh, advocate representing Delhi government.

The bench also directed that cycle tracks be constructed in most parts of the city immediately. DPCC was asked to examine the possibility of installing air purifiers in all markets, crowded places and areas where traffic was heavy.

"We make it clear that in the event of any officer or person found violating these directions or not complying with them, we will be compelled to take coercive steps and pass such orders as may be required in accordance with law," the order stated.


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Wall Street up for sixth straight week despite oil rout

Reuters | Nov 29, 2014, 02.03AM IST
NEW YORK: US stocks ended mostly flat in a holiday-shortened session on Friday as a massive decline in the energy sector offset strength in consumer names, but major indexes rose for a sixth straight week.

Crude oil fell below $68 per barrel a day after OPEC decided not to cut output, which could leave markets over supplied. The 7% decline was the biggest one-day drop since May 2011, with prices lowest since 2010.

"Crude seems to have no floor right now, and we could easily see the price drop into the low $60s," said Tony Roth, chief investment officer at Wilmington Trust in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Energy Select Sector SPDR exchange-traded fund fell 6.4% to $79.82 while the S&P energy index lost 6.3%, extending its run as the worst-performing S&P industry group of the year. Exxon Mobil Corp lost 4.2% to $90.54 while Chevron Corp fell 5.4% to $108.87; both are Dow components.

Shale energy companies saw outsized declines, as $70 oil is considered the level at which shale becomes an unprofitable alternative. Denbury Resources, QEP Resources and Newfield Exploration all lost more than 15%.

Oil weakness boosted airlines, which are inversely correlated to oil prices. Southwest Airlines rose 6.5% to $41.82 as the S&P 500's biggest percentage gainer, followed by Delta Air Lines, up 5.5% to $46.67.

Retailers rallied as lower gas prices could increase consumer spending. Wal-Mart Stores Inc rose 3% to $87.54, boosting the Dow, while the S&P 500 Retailing index was up 1.4%.

"[Oil] this low should be very additive to economic activity, not just with gas prices but across the economy," said Roth, who oversees $80 billion in assets. "Early holiday shopping numbers should come in pretty strong."

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.49 points to 17,828.24, the S&P 500 lost 5.27 points, or 0.25%, to 2,067.56 and the Nasdaq Composite added 4.31 points, or 0.09%, to 4,791.63.

Major indexes rose for a sixth straight week, the S&P's longest streak since November 2013. For the week, the Dow rose 0.1%, the S&P rose 0.2% and the Nasdaq rose 1.7%.

For November, the Dow rose 2.5%, the S&P added 2.5% and the Nasdaq 3.5%.

NYSE decliners issues outnumbered advancers 1,846 to 1,137, for a 1.62-to-1 ratio; on the Nasdaq, 1,777 issues fell and 875 advanced, for a 2.03-to-1 ratio.

The S&P 500 posted 152 new 52-week highs and 21 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 163 new highs and 80 new lows.

About 4.2 billion shares traded on all U.S. platforms, according to BATS exchange data.


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