Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, spoke on the Covid-19 pandemic and Central government's role in the battle. He was speaking at the 18th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. Baghel said that the state managed to prevent a migrant worker exodus and a blow to industry, but the Union government didn't have much of a role to play. Reacting to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's praise of the Modi administration, Baghel said that the Aam Aadmi Party government in the capital was also responsible for the spread of the pandemic across the country, and so the AAP and BJP were scratching each other's backs. Watch the full video for more.
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A fire broke out at the Ghazipur landfill site in Delhi on November 24. Delhi Fire Services received a call around 10 pm. Nine fire tenders were deployed to control the blaze. An official said that although the fire wasn't spreading, it wasn't doused completely by November 25 evening. The fire added to Delhi's pollution woes. The capital's air quality index slipped into the severe category on November 25. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that increasing pollution played a role in the capital's recent Covid-19 surge. Watch the full video for more.
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Delhi's annual wave of air pollution has coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic this year. Speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2020, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that pollution played a big role in the onset of the third wave of infections in the capital. He also linked pollution to a higher death toll due to the disease. Kejriwal blamed neighbouring states for failing to control stubble burning by farmers, despite the availability of cheap solutions. He also listed how the Aam Aadmi Party government has worked to reduce pollution from local sources in the capital. Watch the full video for more.
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Group of farmers participating in 'Delhi Chalo' protest march, settled in for the night at Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari, where they have been permitted to hold their protest against Farm Laws. Arrangements have been made for the farmers at the Ground, by Delhi Government.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari spoke about the government’s ambitious plans for electric vehicles at the 18th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. The minister said that the cost of electric vehicles is high due to the cost of lithium-ion batteries and added that the cost is coming down steadily as well. ‘A mobile phone used to cost a lot in the past but is much more affordable today. Electric vehicles are costly now but their running cost is low,’ Gadkari said. ‘We are developing electric buses, e-double-decker buses. A pilot project is being considered for e-highway between Delhi and Mumbai. Just like railway, I want to see electric trucks on our highways,’ Gadkari added. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Thousands of farmers are heading towards Delhi to protest against recently enacted farm laws. Bharatiya Kisan Union, Spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said farmers want to discuss their issues with the government. "We want the government to discuss issues, address our concerns and prepare a draft for required legislation. We are staying at Meerut toll plaza tonight and will leave for Delhi tomorrow morning," said Rakesh Tikait.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the government of the national capital is going to formally file petition at Air Quality Commission requesting the body to issue directions for every state (dealing with stubble burning) to implement use of bio-decomposers to remove stubble, so that the air pollution can be curbed. He said that Delhi Government is going to show the report which came from the fields of Delhi where PUSA's bio decomposer was sprayed and almost 70-95 per cent stubble has been converted into compost.
While Delhi Government imposed ban on firecrackers ahead of Diwali over pollution concerns and extant COVID situation, a few children feel there should be some relaxations, as the decision would "spoil fun". "I am sad, but anyway we have to follow the rule, but there should be some relaxations, for half hour at least," said Yash near India Gate. "As Diwali came, govt got reason to ban firecrackers, but it is the only festival when we burst crackers. They should shut factories causing pollution," said Arpit. However, another child said that we should burst as less crackers as we can.
The air quality of national capital is continuously deteriorating with rise of pollutants in the atmosphere. Air Quality Index was again in 'very poor' category at several locations in the national capital on November 01. Thick layer of smog enveloped in Delhi related to which residents raised their concerns. Delhi Government has launched campaigns like - 'Yudh Pradushan ke Virudh' and 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' to combat the problems of air pollution.