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PTI Emergency meeting on Pollution with @ArvindKejriwal .Measures approved include ban on entry of trucks(except carrying essentials) ban on civil construction school holidays till Week end hike in parking fees & higher frequency of metro & buses pictwittercom/wtxsT5Y1wV LG Delhi (@LtGovDelhi) November 8 2017 A plan ready to be implemented–except it was not After Delhi witnessed its worst smog in 17 years in 2016 the CPCB under directions from the Supreme Court submitted the GRAP to address the air-pollution crisis gripping the national capital region particularly in winter While the ministry of environment forests and climate change cleared the GRAP on 12 January 2017 the plan received approval from the nodal Environment Pollution Control Authority on 18 October 2017 – 10 months later Based on national air-quality index (AQI) readings generated by CPCB air-quality monitors the GRAP system categorises pollution levels as “good” (AQI reading of 0-50) “satisfactory” (50-100) “moderate” (100-200) “poor” (200-300) “very poor” (300-400) and “severe” (400-500) Each grade of pollution involves curbs to prevent escalation This is how it is supposed to work: Graded Response Action Plan By AQI Level Poor (200-300 AQI) Very Poor (300-400 AQI) Severe (400-500 AQI) Emergency (500+ AQI) 1 Cap emissions from thermal power plants; 2 Sprinkling of water; 3 Fine visibly polluting vehicles; 4 Ensure smooth traffic movement; 5 Implement Supreme Court’s ban on fireworks and entry of trucks registered post-2005 1 Ban diesel gensets; 2 Increase parking fee; 3 Increase metro service and fleet of buses; 4 Ban open burning of firewood and coal for heating and cooking; 5 Health advisory alert for vulnerable populations 1 Shutdown Bardarpur power plant; 2 Cap emissions from power plants in NCR; 3 Close brick kilns stone crushers and other polluting industries in NCR 1 Stop entry of trucks into Delhi; 2 Alert the task force for shutting down of schools and halt all outdoor activities for children An AQI reading of over 500 is considered to an “emergency” and involves a shutdown of most outdoor activities These measures are not new to authorities–they were recommended by a Indian Institute of Kanpur (IIT)-Kanpur report submitted to the Delhi government in January 2016 as IndiaSpend reported on 10 November 2016 What the government should have done but did not Air quality in Delhi began to dip from “moderate” to “poor” in the first week of October 2017 and proceeded to worsen Apart from curbing traffic enforcing pollution standards on power plants and sprinkling water to curb dust the government also should have made citizens aware of pollution levels using social media and mobile apps With the start of Diwali air quality considerably worsened From 17 October to 6 November 2017 the region recorded “very poor” air quality 12-15 times above WHO limits as we said On Diwali day 20 October 2017 CPCB monitors in the national capital region recorded “severe” levels of pollution with an AQI reading of 403–16 times above WHO limits suggesting poor implementation of the SC ban on firecrackers
Source: Central Pollution Control Board Over the last three weeks government authorities as per their own plan should have also issued health advisory alerts for vulnerable populations or young children and senior citizens banned use of diesel-run generators raised parking fees increased public transport services and banned the use of firewood and coal Why GRAP cannot work unless various agencies work together To be successful most components of the GRAP require concerted and coordinated efforts from various agencies and bodies spread across the national capital region (NCR) and neighbouring states “GRAP has an ambitious set of measures under each category of alerts to be issued with action extending to Haryana Punjab and Uttar Pradesh” said Madineni “Yet the system does not mention a proper mitigation plan for addressing crop fires across the NCR states to which the evidence clearly attributes a 25 percent rise in the pollution levels The fireworks ban for Diwali was also a complete eyewash with little or no implementation bringing us to the emergency situation we are in today” (Saldanha is an assistant editor with IndiaSpend Data inputs by Aishwarya Patil an intern with IndiaSpend) Follow LIVE updates on Delhi smog here sprinkled water on roads to curb dust and curbed traffic jams. 127 hours, 13th February 2017,raw footage, The first audible words of the attackers, too, then Amarinder baiter," political analyst NR Krishna points out. who is from the Congress.
New Delhi: The monsoon session of Parliament will commence on 17 July the day when voting for the presidential election will take place PTI The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) has recommended holding the session from 17 July to 11 August, The government finally admits that the growth slowdown isn’t merely ‘technical’ and need deeper surgery. a much-needed one in an economy where growth has slowed considerably quarter after quarter,the banking sector is in peril and jobs are not being generated enough to accommodate millions of new workers There are two critical parts to Tuesday’s announcement — a massive spending promised on infrastructure to build roads support small entrepreneurs and an ‘unprecedented’ capital infusion programme announced for the ailing state-run banks that constitute 70 percent of the banking sector Of these two the promised infrastructure spending is a clear winner for the economy The government plans to spend Rs 535 lakh crore to build 34800 kilometres of roads under the Bharatmala programme and another 48877 kilometres of works under other current schemes by NHAI/MoRTH with an outlay of Rs 157 lakh crore If these investments materialise as planned it will be a big boost to the economy not only to provide road connectivity to promote business environment but also to generate a number of new jobs and spur demand for related industries (cement construction) But a lot will depend on whether the government can manage the funding on time Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley PTI The plan is to raise Rs 209 lakh crore as debt from the market Rs 106 lakh crore of private investments would be mobilised through public-private partnership (PPP) and Rs 219 lakh crore is to be provided out of accruals to the Central Road Fund (CRF) toll-operate-transfer (ToT) monetisation proceeds and toll collections of NHAI The plan looks good on paper but one needs to see if there is enough appetite from investors Recap bonds So also with the Rs 211 lakh crore bank recapitalisation At the outset the details (or the lack thereof) look a bit puzzling Of the Rs 211 lakh crore Rs 135 lakh crore is to come from the recapitalisation bonds and the remaining Rs 76000 crore from the budget allocation and fund raising from the market Of the Rs 76000 crore Rs 18000 crore is likely to be part of the ongoing captitalisation programme under the Indradhanush plan Can the banks attract investors to raise funds money from market is a key question Until now the experience has not been good Now if one looks at the details of the package there is no clarity yet on the modalities of the recapitalisation bonds These instruments had been used in early 90s when the banking sector was in a crisis situation These instruments are not pure equity recapitalisation like in the normal scenario when the government puts money in state-run banks This is not the best way of recapitalising banks like in the case of pure equity capital infusion Here the bonds issued by the government (or any other agency) are bought by banks using their surplus cash and the government uses the same money to recapitalise these banks So there is no fresh cash flow coming from outside Banks are essentially funding themselves using their surplus cash This is a good way of recaptalising banks without putting much burden to the exchequer Fiscally constrained governments world over have used unconventional instruments such as recap bonds to feed capital to their banks Clarity is needed on a few issues here First what will be the nature of these bonds at redemption If these bonds are converted into equity at the end of the tenure the government holding in state-run banks will go up further contrary to the plan to reduce the holding Second will these bonds be part of the government debt During the presser on Tuesday there was no clarity on this Internationally these instruments are not counted as part of the government debt but in the Indian system it may not be so If that is the case this will have a notable impact on the government’s fiscal deficit Third what about the interest costs of these bonds If the government is the issuing agency it will have to pay the interest According to Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian the interest burden on the government would be about Rs 9000 crore The CEA is optimistic that this cost can be offset by the resultant increase in economic activities and private investments But that is an expectation while the immediate costs are real One needs to wait for more details of the recapitalisation bonds to understand the full implications More importantly the government will have to immediately follow up on the capitalisation programme to bring in structural reforms in the banking sector This can be done only by way of bringing in accountability and professionalism in their lending operations The main reason why banks are sitting on large pile of corporate bad loans is years of careless lending and vulnerability to politically connected promoters These loans have come back to hound banks now Unless this situation changes even the fresh capital infusion would go the same way In fact much of the fresh capital infusion will have to be used to repair the cracked balance sheets hit by bad loans If the recovery from defaulters is not followed up simultaneously in effect the taxpayer’s money is being used to compensate banks The Modi government has done well to finally acknowledge the problem in the economy and acting to offer the much-needed economic stimulus It will take a while before the economy recovers from the shock of demonetisation and the GST implementation But the roots of the current phase of economic slowdown run a lot deeper Along with proper implementation of the economic stimulus if the government initiates other structural reforms in the economy such as land and labor reforms the economy can get back to the growth trajectory with a lag a disaster-in-the-making in practice.Unsurprisingly two of the birds were killed as the rocked detonated while the rest were left with scorched wings and claws To make the event truly memorable party workers strung little party flags around the necks of the doves And to make sure that the birds didn’t wriggle free before the grand finalé they were stuffed into paper cones which were sealed A screengrab of the Youtube video that showed the doves being stuffed into paper cones Reddy along with former minister Kondru Murali Rajya Sabha MP KVP Ramachandra Rao West Godavari district Congress minister Rafiulla Baig and Mahila Congress president S Padmasri arrived in Kovvuru on Saturday to attend a party meeting The Hindu reports After complaints were lodged the police filed a case under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act Inspector P Prasada Rao of Kovvur police station told IBN-Live “We are studying the video footage The culprits who put the two (doves) in cones will be arrested” Meanwhile Deccan Chronicle reports that Reddy has expressed his regret at the ‘dove rocket’ incident and stated that there will be no such things in the future We certainly hope not The video of this ridiculous incidentcan be viewed below: The Times of India reports that Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) workers, The daylong session is likely to see a resolution passed against the new central law on cattle trade. Sathasivam to convene a special session of the state assembly on 8 June chiefly to discuss and debate the new rules by the Centre on cattle trade for slaughter that infringes on the states’ rights. besides an immediate withdrawal of security force from Darjeeling. schools and colleges remained shut.
had then directed the Punjab and Haryana High Court to decide within 10? had earlier alleged that he tortured and forced to confess to the crime. PTI "The fishermen were released from Karachi’s Malir jail, Both claim the Himalayan territory in full and have fought two wars over the mountainous region. two MLAs from the NCP and one from the Janata Dal (United), it is Bapu again who holds the key to the suspense. Defending the deployment of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the raids, which continued the third day on the state Energy Minister D. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal earlier congratulated the JD(U) leader for his "historic victory" as trends showed the grand alliance was surging ahead of the BJP-led NDA in Bihar and was set to form its government with a clear two-thirds majority in the 243-member Bihar assembly.
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