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  1. As India gears up for Republic Day tomorrow, anticipations run high for what promises to be an important and momentous parade ceremony - although with over 10,000 security personnel assigned to cover the event, itâs also one of the countryâs most extensive displays of armed and even digitized security forces throughout its history. Controversial Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro happens to be this yearâs chief guest, and according to DCP (New Delhi Zone) Eish Singhal, special security arrangements have been made to accommodate him and his entourage. © Reuters âWe have a four-layer security arrangement. Inner, middle, outer and one along the border areas across the national capital,â Singhal said, adding that drones will also be deployed. âAround 5,000 to 6,000 Delhi Police personnel have been deployed in New Delhi district along with 50 companies of paramilitary forces.â No traffic will be allowed on Rajpath from Vijay Chowk to India Gate from 6 pm on Saturday till the parade gets over on Sunday. Access to Rajpathâs main zone will continue to be cut off till 12 PM on Sunday with several facial recognition cameras deployed around the area to help identify and apprehend potential suspects during the event. âWe have intensified patrolling in public places. Group patrolling, night patrolling and vehicle checking is being carried out with the help of Central Armed Police Forces. Frisking at metro stations, railway stations, airports and bus terminals has also been tightened,â a senior police official said. Along with the heightened patrols, the police have also instructed hotel staff, taxi and autorickshaw drivers to stay alert. âTenant and servant verification, border checking, security of vital installations, malls and markets, patrolling in heavy footfall areasâ were among the anti-terror measures listed by police officials. View the full article
  2. It all began a long, long time ago. 2014 to be exact - in the early months leading up to Indiaâs most groundbreaking general elections so far. Before Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, several social outreach programmes were conducted to cement his influence among the masses - one of them being a campaign called #ChaiPeCharcha. Today, six years on, weâre seeing chai and politics mix once again - just in a very different camp. In a new campaign called âKaam Ki Chaiâ, the Aam Aadmi party has set up chai stalls throughout all of Delhiâs assembly constituencies, with various kinds of tea on offer, each highlighting various achievements and campaign promises of Delhiâs currently reigning party. The campaign was spearheaded by an Ahmedabad MBA-dropout named Praful Billor. Billor, who goes by the moniker âMBA-Chaiwalaâ, contacted the Delhi chief minister directly and offered to spread through the tea stall concept information about the work done by the Kejriwal government. © PTI According to party members, 30-40 volunteers will soon join him and put up tea stalls in all assembly constituencies here. © PTI The first available chai is named shiksha wali chai (education tea), and represents recent work on education facilities and programmes in Delhi, such as mega PTMs (Parent-Teacher Meetings) and the cabinetâs recent approval of a âSports Universityâ, which aims to help train and develop world-class athletes. Another variety named swasthya wali chai (health tea) represents the partyâs work on improving healthcare facilities in the capital for government hospitals, and initiatives such as free tests, surgeries and medicines, mohalla clinics and poly-clinics. The third kind, âspecial teaâ aims to highlight special subsidies such as cheap electricity, water and free bus/metro travel for women - while the last kind, vikas wali chai (development tea) focuses on the governmentâs doorstep delivery of citizen services, free Wi-Fi schemes and installation of CCTV cameras. © BCCL While Billor seems to clearly have a favourite, he insists that he is not directly associated with any political party and simply wishes to support good work being done. He said he decided to come all the way from Ahmedabad to put up a tea stall here as he believes that Kejriwal has delivered good governance in Delhi, which "is evident on the ground and needs no promotion". View the full article
  3. As the Delhi Elections loom ever closer, one of the fiercest campaign battlefields is turning out to be Twitter, rather unsurprisingly. Yesterday evening, the BJP Twitter account decided to highlight party President Amit Shahâs statements criticising the AAP governmentâs recently advertised free Wi-Fi scheme. à¤à¥à¤à¤°à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤² à¤à¥ à¤à¤ªà¤¨à¥ à¤à¤¹à¤¾ था à¤à¤¿ पà¥à¤°à¥ दिलà¥à¤²à¥ मà¥à¤ फà¥à¤°à¥ Wi-Fi à¤à¤° दà¥à¤à¤à¤¾à¥¤ मà¥à¤ रासà¥à¤¤à¥ मà¥à¤ Wi-Fi ढà¥à¤à¤¢à¤¤à¥ हà¥à¤ à¤à¤¯à¤¾ हà¥à¤, लà¥à¤à¤¿à¤¨ बà¥à¤à¤°à¥ à¤à¤¤à¥à¤® हॠà¤à¤ मà¤à¤° Wi-Fi नहà¥à¤ मिला: शà¥à¤°à¥ @AmitShah pic.twitter.com/oTEfBkbOPA â BJP Delhi (@BJP4Delhi) January 23, 2020 âKejriwal-ji, you said that I will make free Wi-Fi in all of Delhi. I came on the way looking for Wi-Fi - the battery ran out but could not find the Wi-Fi.â Mere hours later however, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwalâs Twitter account hit back with a quick-witted reply. सर, हमनॠफ़à¥à¤°à¥ wi-fi à¤à¥ साथ साथ फ़à¥à¤°à¥ बà¥à¤à¤°à¥ à¤à¤¾à¤°à¥à¤à¤¿à¤à¤ à¤à¤¾ भॠà¤à¤à¤¤à¤à¤¼à¤¾à¤® à¤à¤° दिया हà¥à¥¤ दिलà¥à¤²à¥ मà¥à¤ 200 यà¥à¤¨à¤¿à¤ बिà¤à¤²à¥ फ़à¥à¤°à¥ हà¥à¥¤ https://t.co/eCe51evCFz â Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 24, 2020 âSir, we have also arranged free battery charging along with free Wi-Fi. Delhi has 200 units of electricity free of cost,â quipped Kejriwal, pointing towards the recent power subsidies that have made his party hugely popular in the capital. Several users followed suit, as the post gained more traction through the afternoon: WiFi ka password hai: AccountMein15lakhAaGaye Amit Shah ne password daala hi nahi toh wifi kaise connect hota â Kapil (@kapsology) January 24, 2020 pic.twitter.com/BsRackQjYu â Rishi (@Rishi04798295) January 24, 2020@AmitShah Amit sir, 50 car ke kafila n jammer ko hatake aam insan ki tarah nikalte to wifi bhi milta n charging station bhi.Jammer me net kaise ayga?apne bola tha kaha h cctv camera lakin baad me dikhaya tha na @msisodia sir ne cctv footage apka â BharatMataKiJai (@NirankushKejri1) January 24, 2020Really Sri Kejriwal has made his state example for other CM by relaxing 200 units electricity unit free for Delhi consumers. He is really god father for Delhi residents. He has done what he has committed not fake like jumla party. â B. B. Mohanty (@bibhukhusi) January 24, 2020.@AmitShah à¤à¤ª à¤à¥à¤°à¥à¤¨à¥à¤²à¥à¤à¥ समà¤à¤¿à¤, पहलॠबिà¤à¤²à¥ फà¥à¤°à¥ à¤à¤°à¥à¤à¤à¥, फिर wifi लà¤à¤µà¤¾ à¤à¤° डाà¤à¤¾ फà¥à¤°à¥ दà¥à¤à¤à¥à¥¤ ताà¤à¤¿ à¤à¤ªà¤à¥ à¤à¤à¤à¤°à¤¨à¥à¤ à¤à¤° à¤à¤¾à¤°à¥à¤à¤¿à¤à¤ दà¥à¤¨à¥ à¤à¥ सà¥à¤µà¤¿à¤§à¤¾ मिल सà¤à¥à¥¤ â Vivek Gupta (@30guptavivek) January 24, 2020बाà¤à¥ राà¤à¥à¤¯à¥à¤ मॠà¤à¤¨à¤à¥ भà¤à¥à¤¤à¥à¤ सॠपà¥à¤à¥ तॠà¤à¤¹à¤¤à¥ हॠ70 साल à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤à¤°à¤¾ हॠसाफ़ à¤à¤°à¤¨à¥ मॠसमय तॠलà¤à¥à¤à¤¾! यहॠभà¤à¥à¤¤ दिलà¥à¤²à¥ मॠ: यॠà¤à¥à¤¯à¥ नहà¥à¤ हà¥à¤? वॠà¤à¥à¤¯à¥ नहà¥à¤ हà¥à¤? वाह रॠदà¥à¤à¤²à¥ ð¤¦ââï¸ð¤¦ââï¸ð¤¦ââï¸ à¤à¤¿à¤¤à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤¾à¤® à¤à¥à¤à¤°à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤² नॠ5 साल मॠà¤à¤° लिठवॠतà¥à¤® à¤à¤¿à¤à¤¦à¤à¥ मॠना à¤à¤° सà¤à¤¤à¥! Only AAP for future of India ð®ð³ð®ð³ ð®ð³ â Anup Agrawal (@anupagrawal23) January 23, 2020With only 15 days to go for Delhiâs elections, Kejriwal is hoping that recent populist measures, such as free power, water subsidies and system improvements along with education reforms will make this year a clean sweep win for the AAP. His last (and first) elections in 2015 led to the party winning a resounding 76 of 80 seats. Meanwhile, the BJP has resorted to contradictory measures - simultaneously criticising while looking to one-up AAPâs promises. Kejriwalâs BJP counterpart Manoj Tiwari recently claimed that his party would offer âfive times moreâ to the people of Delhi. Hot air or genuine campaigning? Weâll just have to see. View the full article
  4. Due to the ongoing protest in Delhi against the CAA and NRC, Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has recently given a thumbs up to Delhi Police Commissioner to have the power to detain people under the NSA (National Security Act, 1980) from January 19, 2020 to April 18, 2020. The Delhi Police claims it is a routine order that is regulated every quarter in order to maintain law and order in the country. However, keeping the current scenario of the country in mind, the police can detain any individual under this act who is seen as a threat to the national security or tries to harm the law and order in any way without any charges. The detained individual under this act is not charged by the police. © BCCL What Is The National Security Act? The NSA was brought in by the Indian parliament as an act in the year 1980. The act is focused on maintaining law and order in the country and is used for detention for individuals who try to hamper the law and order of the state or country. The act applies to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir. The Act gives power to state and central government to detain people in order to prevent them from acting against the national security of the country or if they hamper relations of India with any foreign country or break the law and order in any way or if they disturb public order as well. NSA lets the official detain an individual without any charge sheet in the court and can detain the individual for up to twelve months. © BCCL Now, you must be wondering how is this any different from regular detention. Here you go! Usually, when a person is detained, he or she is informed the basis on which the detention took place or on what grounds they have been taken into custody but it is not the same with NSA. NSA gives unambiguous power to the government to keep the person in jail for days without informing them about the grounds of their charges and their right to bail is taken away. Moreover, they aren't allowed to talk to their lawyers. The detained cannot take their lawyer's help and can be detained for up to 12 months. A similar order was also issued on January 14 in Andhra Pradesh. View the full article
  5. As the clock ticks closer to the 8th of February, all eyes are on the capital for a variety of reasons. After becoming the epicentre of India's current nationwide protests, another massively important political phenomenon looms heavy on the horizon - Delhi's Legislative Assembly Elections. And like any good election bout, the finger-pointing started well in advance. It all began when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) put out this tongue-in-cheek tweet - and surprised us all by referencing one of India's favourite 90's films, Baazigar. All the best Sir @ManojTiwariMP pic.twitter.com/C9oTfInf7u — AAP (@AamAadmiParty) January 12, 2020 For context, the scene implies AAP Chief Kejriwal (Shah Rukh Khan) setting his sights on Delhi's MLA Seats (Kajol) - while BJP Delhi Leader Manoj Tiwari (Siddhart Ray) looks on from the sidelines. Note that they didn't even mention the Indian National Congress. The BJP Twitter account wasn't going to take such an insult lightly, however - and unfortunately for AAP, they seemed to be pretty serious SRK fans themselves. In Baazigar, Khan plays the role of a man hell-bent on revenge regardless of the cost - going so far as to cheat, murder and die in the process, and the BJP wasn't going down without reminding everyone about the film's, uh… chronology. Whoever is handling this account is writing Arvind Kejriwal's political obituary. SRK was a manipulative villain in the movie who was plotting against Kajol & her family. He killed Kajol's sister. And, in the end, he got killed for his sins. Same fate awaits Kejriwal in Delhi! https://t.co/Bv2mTHBD2N — BJP Delhi (@BJP4Delhi) January 12, 2020 Last (and probably the least), the Delhi Congress showed up late to the party. Dear @AamAadmiParty & @BJP4India, As you can see in the picture, Kajol (Delhi) doesn't seem interested in either of you and is actually looking towards Congress! We assure you that we will rescue Delhi from both of you. https://t.co/PTxzvNg40L — Delhi Congress (@INCDelhi) January 13, 2020 Jokes aside, it's strange how a meme war over Twitter can hold parallels to a real-life election. Thousands of users chimed in with their own tweets, making light of the situation and supporting whichever side they wanted: If we go by your meme, this is going to happen in the end : pic.twitter.com/pRYMn1ryxR — THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) January 12, 2020 Others considered the memes unnecessary. Stop unnecessary thing. Use time for sharing positing thing rather than trolling. This is official handle of AAP. Keep some respect. Dont behave like BJP ideology. We are not BJP. We have values. — Think Wisely (@ThinkWisely5) January 12, 2020 It's definitely a strange time for Indian politics, that's to be sure. After a well-publicised #MeToo scandal, event management company OML's CEO Vijay Nair has played a hand in working with the AAP's digital media strategies - perhaps this 'millennial' angle owes itself to his influence within the organisation. A recent video further makes that target demographic even more clear with a 'Super-Mario' themed promotional animation. SUPER KEJRIWAL pic.twitter.com/PDZoUYxd6s — AAP (@AamAadmiParty) January 13, 2020 We can only expect more of this in the coming weeks. View the full article
  6. Photo: APPA poster in support of Kashmir was displayed during a protest at Delhi University against the attack on students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The students of Delhi’s St Stephens College University boycotted their classes and took part in the massive protest to represent their solidarity with the JNU students. As pictures of the protest surfaced, a student was seen holding an ‘Azad Kashmir’ poster. The students also chanted 'Azaadi' (freedom) slogans. Earlier in a protest in Mumbai against the violence on the JNU students, a woman was spotted holding a 'Free Kashmir' placard. After the incident, Mumbai police filed an FIR against the woman identified as Mahek Mirza Prabhu. Also read: EU envoys refuse Kashmir visit, say don’t want a ‘guided tour’ On Sunday evening, JNU students were attacked by masked goons affiliated with Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, a right wing all India student organisation linked to the extremist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. As many as 50 odd goons entered the campus and went on a rampage attacking people and vandalising cars. The president of the JNU Students Union, Aishe Ghosh was severely injured in the attack.
  7. In yet another case of animal brutality in the capital, a street dog was tied up and beaten to death by some people from a popular locality. This isn't an isolated incident of street dog torture and murder and while we condemn any form of brutality, why do we fall short of doing the same for an animal? Especially for street dogs in India. © Instagram While Australia is battling with saving their own animal species in wildfires, India is a notch ahead, killing animals without much remorse. A street dog (female), whose legs were tied together, was found badly injured, with a cracked skull, after she was beaten up by the locals of Masigarh, Sukhdev Vihar - a posh locality in South Delhi. Although no one has been identified behind the crime committed, it is believed a group of people were behind this and the only reason they beat her to death was because she was biting a few residents there. The dog, left to die, was then spotted by an animal lover, who called others from the fraternity for help. While she was taken to Friendicoes, the capital's leading dog shelter, another volunteer stayed back to round up some formalities with the police. While at Friendicoes, the dog was diagnosed with a broken skull and multiple fractures on her snout. Unfortunately, she didn't survive and passed away a few days ago. This incident alone is very unfortunate and we definitely believe the perpetrators need to be punished. But what is the punishment for animal abuse, torture and murder? Because we don't have stricter laws for animal abuse, most of us are unaware of a fulfilling and rightful punishment for the accused. © Instagram Currently a complaint under Section 11(1) of the PCA and Sections 428 and 429 of IPC against unknown accused persons who beat the dog, has been filed. The section states that anyone who tortures an animal in any way or kills them shall be liable to imprisonment and fined as well. "We took the dog to tis hazari hospital where the doctor Rekha Kumari, informed us that she had no jurisdiction and was the duty doctor for that day. After speaking with several authorities and waiting for 3 hours with the body of the dog, the doctor informed the IO that there were no instruments to do the post mortem and it's the IOs responsibility to get the instruments to cut the dog's body" said Gauri Puri, a lawyer by profession and an animal rights activist, in an interview with MensXP As it is, Delhi Police has been facing a lot of wrath from the capital for their inactions towards particular incidents that occurred around the city, and in this case too, they failed to mitigate the dire situation. View this post on Instagram A dog was tied and beaten nearly to death in the morning at Masihgarh, Sukhdev Vihar. The dogs leg was tied and repeated beaten by an iron rod till her skull cracked. She was spotted by an animal lover who immediately called me and Gauri. I took her to Friendicoes whereas Gauri stayed back to do the necessary formalities with the cops. The poor dog has a broken skull, multiple fractures on her snout and her prognosis is poor. We have shifted her to Earthlings for personalized care. All the necessary steps for identifying the culprit and filing a FIR are being taken. In case you wish to sponsor this dog treatment please send your contributions to - Karan Puri Foundation account number 603820110000838 IFSC Code - BKID0006038 Bank of India New Friends Colony Branch Paytm/Gpay - +91-9810577560 A post shared by Karan Puri Foundation (@karan_puri_foundation) on Jan 3, 2020 at 9:21am PST "As a Lawyer, I have faced several procedural difficulties not only with the police, but the govt vetenary hospitals too. While there is hope with the FIR, in the absence of any efforts to investigate the culprits or inquire who the accused were, the police has been taking statements of people allegedly bitten by the dog. This cruel act was admittedly done by the local residents of Masigarh, all of whom are known to be goons. Each one claims to have knowledge of how the incident happened , but with the lack of action of police, no name has been forthcoming" - Gauri added. There are a lot of incidents pertaining to animal torture that go by without the perpetrators paying for their heinous crimes. Remember Lucky? the Worli based street dog, who was beaten to death when he came to a gated colony to take refuge from rain? He died, and with him died the struggle to nab the culprits and put them behind bars. #SaveLucky We spoke with #IramRizvi who along with her friends is trying to #SaveLucky the #WorliDog Let's pray to #SaveLucky Let's have your suggestions also. .@MumbaiDog .@MumbaiMirror .@MirrorNow .@DeShobhaa .@Sonam_Kapoor .@AnushkaSharma .@TheJohnAbraham @fayedsouza pic.twitter.com/WZXjDxJwQV — jeeturaaj rj (@MirchiJeeturaaj) July 30, 2019 So, at any given point in time, if you see animal torture in any form around you, this is what you can do! (1) If you see someone hurt/torture/abuse an animal, the first thing you should do is confront them an ask them to stop. If you think that's not a safe option, try and gather a crowd and humiliate them for doing what they are. (2) Write to an active animal welfare group on social media, with adequate evidence of the abuse in the form of pictures and videos. Do this to garner as much support as you can. (3) Call the police and make sure the complaint is under Section 11 of the Prevention to cruelty to animals and section 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal code. Read up on these sections and do your research beforehand. Make sure your complaint is registered under all three sections. Many times complaint is only under Section 11 of the PCA, where the punishment is nothing. © Instagram (4) Legally file a complaint and take a DD No. Make sure to take a copy of it. It's the complainant's right (5) Follow up with the Investigating Officer. Give a letter for reservations of CCTVs, as that can at as a vital proof of the incident. (6) Give the animal first aid ASAP. MLC (medico legal complaint) of the dog can be done afterward also (7) If the animal dies, and there is a complaint, it's the IOs responsibility to preserve the body, get the PM and dispose the body. While you follow these legalities, make sure to reach out to prominent people who can help you with such cases, legally an otherwise. While the investigations are still ongoing for this dog who succumbed to her injuries, we only hope we can prevent animal torture of this degree in the future and make a safe haven for all living creatures, around us. With inputs from Gauri Puri, Advocate (Delhi High Court) & Animal Rights Activist. View the full article
  8. During the 2018 Under-19 World Cup, under the tutelage of coach Rahul Dravid, a youngster stood out in the tournament and grabbed everyone's attention on the back of his brilliant batting skills. Slamming a match-winning hundred and three fifties, Shubman Gill amassed 221 runs to be rightly adjudged the 'Player of the Tournament'. Following his masterclass in India's successful campaign in the U-19 World Cup, young Gill revealed how he looked up to Virat Kohli and learnt the tools of the trade after watching his batting videos for countless hours. Since then, pundits and fans have been busy drooling over the similarities between the two batsmen. Just like Kohli, Gill is a right-handed batsman who boasts of almost every single shot that has been found in the Indian captain's armoury over the years. Both the cricketers love batting at the No. 3 position. And, just like Kohli, Gill has been shattering one record after another in domestic cricket. © BCCL There is so much potential on display by young Gill that he is now been looked upon as a future star who could be a key ingredient to India's success in international cricket in the years to come. But, Gill, in his bid to replicate the success of Kohli, appears to be making the same mistake his idol made early in his career: losing his patience and eventually his cool. For a youngster who has enjoyed the limelight for his clinical batting display in recent times, Gill produced a rare moment of madness during Punjab's ongoing Ranji Trophy clash against Delhi at the IS Bindra stadium in Chandigarh. Generally known for his calm and composed demeanour, Gill didn't just lose his cool but also reportedly ended up abusing the on-field umpire on 3rd January. Huge controversy here in Mohali. Shubman Gill was given caught behind but he is not moving anywhere. And the decision has been overturned — Pratyush Raj (@pratyush_RajTOI) January 3, 2020 According to a TOI journalist, who is believed to be have witnessed the turn of events at the stadium, narrated the whole incident in a series of tweets. The scribe claimed that Gill was ruled out by on-field umpire Mohammed Rafi (who was making his umpiring debut), but rather than walking off the field, the youngster stood his ground and looked unimpressed with the decision. The umpire was Mohammed Rafi not Paschim Pathak. Sorry for the inconvenience. https://t.co/zKz4X0XTSs — Pratyush Raj (@pratyush_RajTOI) January 3, 2020 In his tweets, the journalist also quoted Delhi captain Nitish Rana as saying: "Gill walked down to umpire Rafi and abused him". Following which, the umpire, after consultation with other on-field umpire Paschim Pathak, overturned his decision to further extend Gill's stay at the crease. Delhi camp is fuming. They are not bowling. — Pratyush Raj (@pratyush_RajTOI) January 3, 2020 Delhi team is walking off the ground. — Pratyush Raj (@pratyush_RajTOI) January 3, 2020 Irked by Gill's unwarranted intervention to overturn umpire's decision, Delhi skipper Rana and his teammates decided to walk off the field in protest of the turn of events. The play was halted for a while before the match referee's intervention saw the cricketers returning to the field. The match has been re-started after the intervention of match referee. — Pratyush Raj (@pratyush_RajTOI) January 3, 2020 Punjab opener Gill, once again, returned to the crease but couldn't make the most of the opportunity before falling prey to Simarjeet Singh who got him caught behind the stumps by wicket-keeper Anuj Rawat for a mere 23 runs. A quickfire knock of 65 runs by Gurkeerat Singh saw Punjab posting 127/3 at lunch, but Gill's theatrics on the field undeniably earned him flak on social media. The young gun is one of the most promising talents in the country and, still, has a long way to go when it comes to carrying the baton for India in national colours in international cricket. And, for someone who idolises Kohli, Gill should take a leaf out of the Indian captain's playbook and work on his temperament to avoid such incidents. All his potential and talent wouldn't mean anything if Gill is not able to respect the game and show some maturity - something Kohli has mastered in the latter part of his career. View the full article
  9. Delhi's air pollution problem needed urgent fixing and the government has finally launched a pilot project to tackle the ongoing problem of smog. In the capital, a 20-feet air purifier has been installed in Delhi's Lajpat Nagar market. © Kickstarter/Concept Image The Air Purifier tower has been installed to reduce the particulate matter in the area and experts involved with the project claim it will be able to reduce the same by 80%. Delhi has experienced dangerous levels of air pollution this winter which has been at an alarming level these past few days. © Youtube This is not the first time we've seen air purifiers being installed in cities to combat the problem of air pollution. China has already been experimenting with air purifiers appropriate for cities for a while and has installed the world's biggest air purifier two years ago. As a result of the same, air quality saw improvement in an area of 10 square kilometres over a period of few months and the tower produced more than 10 million cubic metres of clean air in the same period of time. #Delhi gets first #smog tower to combat #Airpollution in LajpatNagar, cost borne by @BjpEastdelhi's #MP @GautamGambhir Foundation - delhi news - Hindustan Times pic.twitter.com/4SYljfDAha — The Sunil Kapoor™ (@sunilkapoor8) January 3, 2020 Similarly, the Supreme Court asked the Centre and the Delhi Government to take inspiration from China and come up with a roadmap on installing smog towers in NCR. The newly installed tower cost Rs 7 lakh and was procured by the Gautam Gambhir Foundation. The average running cost of the tower is Rs 30,000 per month and will be paid by the traders' association of Lajpat Nagar. This particular smog tower will treat the air in a circumference area of 500-750 square meters and will be able to treat 2,50,000 to 6,00,000 cubic metre of air per day. View the full article
  10. A Delhi Fire Service truck is parked next to the site of a fire and building collapse at a factory in New Delhi, India, December 2, 2020. AFP/Surender KumarNEW DELHI: A firefighter battling a blaze at a New Delhi factory was killed Thursday after the building collapsed, officials said, in the third major fire in the Indian capital in less than a month. 18 others, 14 of them firefighters, were also injured in the fire that broke out at a battery factory in Peeragarhi district just before dawn on Thursday, Delhi Police said in a statement. More than 150 firefighters had been called to battle the blaze, which saw flames of more than 10 metres (33 feet) shoot up into the sky, according to reports. Also read: At least 43 killed in New Delhi factory fire An explosion later rocked the back of the building which collapsed into a heap of debris, giving off black toxic smoke and trapping many inside. Two caretakers and a security guard were among those who were rescued. Emergency services in New Delhi have been put on special alert following a series of high profile disasters in recent weeks. Read more: Building housing Indian Air Force office catches fire A blaze that tore through a bag factory on December 9 killed 43 people, while nine others died in a later incident. Delhi Police is investigating what triggered the blaze. India is frequently rocked by fire disasters blamed on poor planning and lax enforcement of safety rules. Related:Death toll rises to 17 in India hotel fire: official
  11. If you live in Delhi, you must be experiencing the biting cold with temperatures dropping every other day. Delhi experienced its coldest winter in December 2019, in more than a hundred years and while we were all wrapped up in our blankets and heavy winter wear, animals on the road had to brave this rather unforgiving cold! © Instagram/themodernmowgli19 A lot of people around the city do take care of street dogs around. From feeding them to even keeping them warm, these Good Samaritans do a terrific job. But there are some unfortunate street dogs that have no option but to scrounge for warmer spaces in the city as the cold makes it quite unbearable for them too. But, recently, we saw something very endearing and warm. A viral picture of a street dog wrapped up in a blanket while taking a cycle rickshaw ride is actually winning the internet and how! The dog is seen closely tucked in, sitting behind the man who is riding the rickshaw around the capital and we can't stop gushing over this absolutely adorable picture! The picture was shared on Twitter, with the caption zoom in on the rickshaw and thank the heavens later. zoom in on the rickshaw and thank the heavens later pic.twitter.com/PFDvrlwxGw — hayat ⨠(@sevdazola) January 2, 2020 The picture was originally Tweeted by Twitter user @sevdazola, and she asks people to zoom into the picture to see the dog clearly sitting behind on the rickshaw, cosily tucked in! Delhi is bound to get colder in the coming days, before it starts getting warmer. Slight rain and hailstorm is also expected between the 1st and 3rd. View this post on Instagram CHESTER PART 1 (A bit of a long read, but worth it.) . I wonder what my purpose in life is. Sometimes, it isn't anything more than just connecting the dots. I don't know who is weaving the fabric of my life but some improbable threads are interconnected with each other, that I can't help but wonder is it mystical or just the mundane? Chester was rescued by the team of @mission_paws in Kota. He was hit so hard on the head multiple times as recounted by a guard posted there, that he was rendered paralyzed for months. The bystanders who watched him, be beaten to death, are just as big of a part of this heinous crime as the perpetrators. After countless trips to the vet, he made made a full recovery and was sent by the rescue team to Delhi to a home where they thought he would be loved forever. After days of keeping him, the family served the team an ultimatum that Chester would be thrown out overnight. He was so calm in disposition, even after going through so much travesty in his life. Little shoulders with heaviest burdens yet no complaints. A post shared by The Modern Mowgli (@themodernmowgli19) on Oct 13, 2019 at 5:13am PDT It's difficult for some street dogs to survive this winter. The puppies don't make it if they don't have their mother taking care of them. So, if you see a street dog shivering in this weather, maybe cover them with a blanket so they can survive the rest of the winter. Just like humans, animals need the basic necessities to survive too and while there are many helping hands aiding street animals in the city, you can do your bit too and keep them warm and safe. View the full article
  12. In another bizarre robbery incident that went wrong, a bunch of thieves tried their luck in Delhi, only to get the opposite of what they bargained for. A group of thieves planned a smooth robbery and drilled a hole in a post office wall to steal all the money, however, fate had something else in store for them. While they did successfully manage to dig a hole in the safe and get away a bag of money that was left by the cashier the previous day, much to their chagrin, all the bag had was Rs 487, and that too in coins. © BCCL According to TOI, the hole in the wall was around two feet wide and one foot long which also made the investigators reckon that the heist also involved a slim, minor boy who helped the robbers. DCP East Delhi told HT, “It is likely that the dilapidated condition of the building gave the thief the idea to commit the theft. It wouldn't have taken him much effort to break a hole in such a wall.” The official also added, “The hole is so narrow that only a slim child could have entered it. We are probing whether it is the role of an individual boy or he was used by someone to carry out the theft.” The robbery took so much effort to be pulled off and the ridiculous outcome somehow makes us feel a little bad for the robbers. Nonetheless, a case has been registered and the police are on the lookout for the suspects. View the full article
  13. The way Delhi's weather is treating us right now, with slaps of chilly winds in the bone-chilling winters; looks like 'Dilli Ki Sardi' is going to get far more worse than the song that came out in 2003. While as kids we took the winter vacations for granted, as adults we are paying for it by waking up at 8 to go to office. If waking up wasn't tough already, we also have to deal with the tantrums of cabs drivers who take advantage of the fact that winters and auto rickshaws don't really go hand in hand. © BCCL But, not anymore! Thanks to this autowala and his genius 'jugaad'. What he did is not rocket science, but a clever hack that we never thought of. Recently, a Twitter user shared a GIF of an autorickshaw with most part wrapped with bubble wrap to stop wind from entering the passengers seat at the back. The Twitter user wrote, "Autowala won my heart! Simple technique but really effective to save the passenger from Dilli ki sardi!" Autowala won my heart! Simple technique but really effective to save the passenger from Dilli ki sardi! #jugaadzindabad #dillikisardi pic.twitter.com/dpemE09f0x — Polychai (@Polychai1) December 23, 2019 Internet is impressed with this creative jugaad and can't help but salute him with their freezing hands. @anandmahindra, Indian jugaad against cold breeze in New Delhi. — Guruprasad (@kulkarnigs) December 28, 2019 Sardi se bachao + mini airbags ki safety.. — rahul tiwari (@rahultiwari254) December 29, 2019 When some people were laughing at those who were travelling to hill stations during winters, the temperature in Delhi dropped to less than 2 degrees, making it colder than some of those hill stations. In fact, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has reported that the temperature is expected to fall further in the following days. View the full article
  14. Peaceful protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act are going on in full swing throughout the country, actually the entire world, and it's heartwarming to see people unite for humanity. Delhi has become the epicentre for these protests with thousands and thousands of people showing up to peacefully resist the CAA. People are singing songs, giving flowers to cops, and coming together to show the government the power of the people. In these protests, there are a lot of people making sure the protesters don't go hungry and stay well-hydrated by handing out food, water and tea. One of them has become a sort of a champion of humanity. © VICE Here's Jabarjang Singh, a Sikh man making sure students stay well-fed during this dissent. He was initially on his way to the eastern state of Odisha, where a historic Gurudwara is being demolished by the administration, but he decided to change his plans. Talking to VICE, he said, "I was on my way to Mangu Mutt in Puri (Odisha) from Punjab when I got to know about the police excesses on the university students. I thought it wise not to go there, and express solidarity with the students instead. When I saw videos of students getting brutally beaten up, with some losing hands and eyes, I thought it better to serve them than to go to the Gurudwara." He added, “I am here for humanity.” It's such a great thought and so well-put too. That is exactly why people are out on the streets - they're fighting for other people, they're fighting for the ones with broken bones after the Jamia incident and those who have been left blind. Those who have lost their lives fighting - an act that will exclude people from the country on the basis of religion. © VICE Not only was Jabarjang Singh distributing food, but he also helped educate people about why the act is problematic. While explaining things in a little more detail to the protestors around him, he was quoted as saying, "This law is not just against Muslims. This is also a trap to strip backward classes of reservation that they are currently entitled to. In the process of National Register of Citizens (NRC), a large number of people from backward classes would be declared stateless. Then, the government will give them fresh citizenship under CAA. As fresh citizens, they will not be provided with reservations." A farmer from Bathinda, he has devoted his life to humanitarian efforts. He said, "Whenever I feel people are being wronged, I try to help. Whenever I feel someone is helping people, I support them—in whatever little capacity I can. I worked against drug abuse in Punjab. I protested against the burning of religious scriptures of Muslims and Sikhs. I even campaigned for Kanhaiya Kumar for I felt he was right." Basically, this ain't his first rodeo. He also chanted "Inquilab Zindabad" with all the students while marching. © Reuters Moreover, he has an important message for people - "We got freedom because of the efforts of freedom fighters like Ashfaqullah Khan and Bhagat Singh. We have got a Constitution that we need to preserve. We should look beyond religion. At least now, we should oppose this law in our personal capacity. If we can't come here and protest, we should protest against it in our temples, in mosques and in gurudwaras." Lastly, he leaves everyone with this, "I want the new act to go as soon as possible. But I will stay here with the students till the bill is revoked, or even until I breathe my last." Source - VICE View the full article
  15. Just days after a clash between Jamia students and the police, thousands of protesters continue to gather in various parts of Delhi to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, and reports of innumerable protesters being detained by Delhi Police continue to pour in. Amidst all the unrest, there are a few pictures going viral on social media that give hope that not everything is lost. The pictures are of Delhi Police offering refreshments to the detained protesters. According to a report and pictures shared by ANI, Delhi Police provided the protesters, detained at Surajmal and Rajiv Gandhi stadiums, with bananas, dates, tea and lunch. Delhi: Police personnel offered refreshments at Surajmal stadium to protesters who were detained. (Source: Delhi Police) #CitizenshipAmendmentAct pic.twitter.com/5G890zitEN — ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2019 Reportedly, police said, "In order to provide a human touch, tea and lunch were served to protesters at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Bawana. Sheet, chairs and mats are also provided to all." Delhi Police even tweeted about the same on their official Twitter handle with pictures and wrote, "Officers of Delhi Police interacting with the protesters...Offering tea, biscuits, water, etc." Officers of Delhi Police interacting with the protestors... Offering tea,biscuit,water etc...#DelhiPolice #JantarMantar pic.twitter.com/XC07JFDszx — DCP New Delhi (@DCPNewDelhi) December 19, 2019 According to reports, Delhi Police detained various protestors from the Red Fort and Mandi House and took them to Surajmal and Rajiv Gandhi stadiums. During the protests, many students were clicked giving roses to the police personnel. View the full article
  16. The capital is ready to host a marvellous weekend filled with all things geek and pop culture. Comic Con India, India's greatest pop culture experience, is back with its premier edition of the Delhi Comic Con convention. Biggest among all, the ninth edition of Delhi Comic Con will be held from December 20th to December 22nd 2019 between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm at NSIC Exhibition Ground, Okhla – powered by an awesome line-up of Indian & International creators, performances, meet & greet sessions, and gaming and experiential zones from the world's leading studios. © Comic Con Tickets for the ninth Maruti Suzuki Delhi Comic Con 2019 are available on the Delhi Comic Con Website and will be available on-ground at the venue as well. Here are the different types of passes you can grab: . The Single Day Pass: Priced at an online-only price of INR 599, this pass will come with a limited-edition Archie Comic, a Marvel Avengers Bag and an exclusive poster. . The SuperFan Three-Day Pass: At an online-only price of INR 1999, this pass will enable entry on both days and will have a specially crafted SuperFan Box, loaded with a Thanos Funko-Pop, Iron Man tee, Avengers bag, a Captain America badge, a limited-edition Archie Comic Book, and an exclusive poster. © Comic Con Not a bad set of goodies, huh? This year, the popular international artists marking their presence are America-based artist and storyteller of Archie Comics, Bill Golliher; Illustrator Chad Hardin who works for DC Comics and Harley Quinn series; and Asian American artist/designer Bernard Chang, who has illustrated books for Marvel and DC Comics © Comic Con/Luigi Novi Joining them at the show will be the leading Indian comic book publishers, illustrators and writers such as Abhijeet Kini (Abhijeet Kini Studios): View this post on Instagram Posing happily with my art on display and was even happier to see 2 of them being sold at the auction for charity :) Feels good to do good! At #bombayoldfashioned @sbowindia @palladiummumbai @lightoflifetrust_lolt #mumbai #bombay #rhymefighters #abhijeetkiniart #sketches #art #artistsoninstagram #artwork #instaart A post shared by Abhijeet Kini (@abhikini) on Apr 27, 2018 at 11:25am PDT Gaurav Basu (Acid Toad): View this post on Instagram Super stoked to see this print being featured. #art #illustrationnow #illustration #comicconindia #comiccon #comicart #comicconmumbai A post shared by Gaurav Basu (@acid_toad) on Dec 6, 2019 at 9:57pm PST They'll also be joined by newer webcomic sensations, Sailesh Gopalan (Brown Paperbag Comics): View this post on Instagram Cot in the act. A post shared by Saigo (@saileshgopalan) on Nov 27, 2018 at 6:13am PST As well as Bhagya Mathew (Awkwerrrd): View this post on Instagram *insert long sentimental caption about how much I appreciate you all which took me 20mins to type but ended up deleting cause too awkward to actual post about it* @comicconindia #comiccon A post shared by Awkwerrrd (@awkwerrrrrd) on Oct 16, 2019 at 1:58am PDT Along with several other artists, this year's event promises several live events, such as performances by Beatboxer Ish, dance performing crew MISBA, mentalist Karan Singh & comedians Abish Mathew, Rahul Dua and Sumiara Sheikh. “Organising Comic Con in Delhi will always be close to my heart as we did our inaugural show in the city nine years ago,” said Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India. The city has the most enthusiastic comic book fans and cosplayers, who take this celebration of their beloved fandoms very seriously. This year we have some special guests, new launches, and experiential zones.” “This year,” continued Varma, ”we wanted to align our Cosplay competitions to international formats and we have introduced two new formats of cosplaying, which will certainly delight the city's fans.” The first category, Indian Championship of Cosplay 2019 Delhi Qualifier, will see participants compete online, thereafter, pre-selected participants will go through a stage display session and compete on 3 parameters – needlework, FX and Armor. © Comic Con The registrations for ICC 2019 Delhi Qualifier will be done online only. Each day, the winners of the Delhi qualifier round will not only win awards but also qualify to participate in the Indian Championship of Cosplay 2020. © Comic Con The second contest format, namely the Delhi Comic Con Cosplay Contest 2019 is a celebration of all pop culture. For which the participants can register on-ground at the venue each day, and then compete on the Arena stage to eventually, win the grand prize for the contest. © Comic Con The Delhi Comic Con will offer fans a chance to enjoy real-world exhibits of their favourite comics, TV shows, games, anime and movies. The New Delhi edition will be finally followed by the Ahmedabad city's debut edition of Comic Con at the Gujarat University Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 1st and 2nd 2020. View the full article
  17. A man from Delhi found an ingenious idea to get inside the airport by cutting the chase of long queues. He impersonated a Lufthansa airline pilot and was arrested by the CISF personnel at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Tuesday. According to Deccan Chronicle, Rajan Mahbubani was dressed up as a pilot and was arrested at the departure gate of the airport. He was about to board the AirAsia flight to Kolkata. A senior CISF official said, "The man who lives in the Vasant Kunj area of the national capital, owned a fake ID card of Lufthansa Airlines captain, and he used it to get privilege at airports.” © BCCL "The passenger disclosed that he used to shoot YouTube videos on aviation and had obtained the Lufthansa fake ID card in Bangkok," the officer added. While talking to him, police found out that Rajan used to make TikTok videos and he also had videos wearing different uniforms in his phone which included him dressing up as an Army Colonel. © BCCL Also, this is not the first time someone has tried to enter the airport by dressing up as someone else, a few months ago 32-year-old Jayesh Patel was also caught by the CISF personnel at the Delhi airport for disguising himself as an 81-year-old man. He arrived in a wheelchair to board the flight from Delhi to New York. View the full article
  18. While we haven't completely recovered from the damage of the thick smog blanket, there is another trouble in-line for the people living in the Capital. As per a recent report, the city's water is toxic and unfit for direct consumption. According to a Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) study, around 11 samples of tap water from the Delhi region failed the BIS test. This leads us to one conclusion and that is Delhi has the poorest water quality. © BCCL Delhi's water is extremely toxic and isn't fit for drinking, suggests the study. Besides the Capital, Kolkata and Chennai also failed 10 out of 11 quality parameters of the test by BIS. Also, samples were gathered from 17 other state capitals which were also found out to be unfit for drinking according to the specifications of ''Indian Standard (IS)-10500:2012'' for drinking water. However, Mumbai topped the list and has the highest-ranked quality of water in the country. All the 10 samples of the city's tap water passed the BIS test. And, Hyderabad claimed the second position with only one sample failing the test. Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan: Mumbai tops ranking released by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for quality of tap water. Delhi at the bottom, with 11 out of 11 samples failing on 19 parameters. pic.twitter.com/3nuLuXAuqw — ANI (@ANI) November 16, 2019 “Mumbai tops the ranking released by the Bureau of Indian Standards for quality of tap water. Delhi at the bottom, with 11 out of 11 samples failing on 19 parameters,” said Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan. According to Indiatimes, Paswan also said, “Stringent actions cannot be taken as the quality standards for piped water at present are not mandatory. Once it becomes, we can take action.” "None of the samples drawn from 13 of the state capitals -- Chandigarh, Guwahati, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Lucknow, Jammu, Jaipur, Dehradun, Chennai, Kolkata --complied with the requirements of the IS," added Paswan. © BCCL The solution to this issue is to make compliance of quality standards for piped water mandatory across the country. The ministry has written to state governments in this regard, Paswan told reporters. First the air and now the water, it's high time we start thinking about what we are doing to the environment. If this doesn't call for urgent measures, we don't know what does! View the full article
  19. Delhi is under a blanket of pollution which has earned the city the sad reputation of being the most polluted city in the world. Hazardous pollution levels, burning of crops in the neighbouring states and a government which is maybe trying to resolve or ignore the situation, all of these factors are making breathing fresh air a luxury we certainly cannot afford right now. The Delhi government did implement the odd-even scheme and that helped to a tiny extent, but this problem calls for an urgent plan of action. To discuss this very situation and how to deal with it, a parliamentary meeting was called which was very conveniently, and sadly, skipped by some of the key members including DDA vice chairman Tarun Kapoor and even MP Gautam Gambhir. While it drew a lot of criticism, Gautam, being in the public eye for his community work and association with cricket, drew the maximum amount of attention. Apparently, Gautam was in Indore and a picture of him eating 'jalebis' went viral which didn't go too well with the internet. BJP MP Gautam Gambhir attending Parliamentary Committee meeting on Pollution- November 15, 2019. Citizens get the representatives they deserve. pic.twitter.com/Zu9EVAA5iH — George (@georgevargh) November 15, 2019 Gautam tweeted out an official response to the criticism later explaining the fiasco. My work will speak for itself! P.S. Agar mujhe gaali dene se Dilli ka pollution kam hoga to AAP jee bhar ke gaali dijiye. cc: Trolls pic.twitter.com/bRyYoFB02c — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) November 15, 2019 Now, posters of 'lapata Gautam Gambhir' have been posted across Delhi to draw attention and looks like this controversy is not getting over for him any time soon. Delhi: Missing posters of BJP MP and former cricketer Gautam Gambhir seen in ITO area. He had missed the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Urban Development meeting, over air pollution in Delhi, on 15th November. pic.twitter.com/cIWBtszMYZ — ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2019 While there is no denying the work he has previously done and the efforts to spread awareness about various issues by him are worth mentioning, all government representatives need to understand and take responsibility for the position that they sometimes ignorantly enjoy as public servants. Not to forget, our MPs have decent salaries, good financial backing and perhaps all the money to install air purifiers at the homes. However, at a time when the capital city is stuggling to breathe, they need to be here to contribute in the decision making. View the full article
  20. India is going places with a ton of achievements in her kitty, and it's all thanks to the people who have played their part to put India on the global map. Now India, and especially the National Capital have yet again bagged global limelight but unfortunately, there is nothing to celebrate about it this 'achievement'. © Reuters Delhi has now officially become the most polluted city in the world as per the data shared by IQ AirVisual (https://www.airvisual.com/), a Swiss establishment that gathers global air-quality data. That's not all, two other Indian states have made it to the top 10 most polluted cities list, with Kolkata on the eighth spot and Mumbai in the tenth spot. © Reuters With three of the country's metropolitan cities on this list, it's some achievement that the country has unlocked. Yet, this one we cannot be proud of. Rather, imagine the amount of shame and criticism this is bound to bring our way. “Delhi experienced its longest period of hazardous air pollution on record during late October and early November 2019,” AirVisual said. “For nine consecutive days from Sunday, October 27, 2019, overall Delhi air quality was in the hazardous zone, a level at which the entire population is likely to be affected.” © Reuters With four Chinese cities also on the list, it's another association that the two countries can now shake hands over, and perhaps seek fraternity over. View the full article
  21. Image: AFPNEW DELHI: The Indian capital's notorious air pollution hit "emergency" levels again Wednesday, coinciding with a visit by Britain's Prince Charles.New Delhi has been choked on and off for weeks, as industrial and traffic pollution ?...
  22. The first match T20I between India and Bangladesh was scheduled to take place in Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla ground and went on seamlessly. It started at the right time and there was no delay of game by either side. Despite requests made by sensible fans of the game and environmentalists from all regions of the country to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, about considering changing the location of the match due to the highly toxic air of the national capital, the Indian cricket board went ahead with the same plan. Ganguly later thanked the two teams for putting their health in jeopardy and playing under such testing conditions. Thank u to both the teams to play this game @ImRo45 @BCBtigers under tuff conditions .. well done bangladesh .. — Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) November 3, 2019 But a couple of days after the match, an ESPNcricinfo report confirmed that the visiting players did in fact suffer during the game and threw up in the middle of the ground. “Soumya Sarkar and one other player vomitted on the field during Bangladesh's chase,” reads the report. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that international athletes had to suffer from harmful respiratory conditions during a cricket match in Delhi. In 2017, Sri Lankan cricketer Lahiru Gamage experienced severe nausea and had to leave the field to feel better. It was later confirmed that Gamage was vomiting on the field and in the team's dressing room as well. Good from Lakmal to vomit on the ground. Otherwise all Indian pun will keep saying that Sri Lanka players are overreacting. Lol — Janesh Rupasinghe (@Im_Janesh) December 5, 2017 Not buying into the fact that the Delhi air was horrible, the local fans called the international athletes losers and believed that it was just a way to save face after being thrashed by Virat Kohli's side in the prior Test matches. They were called Oscar worthy actors and were blamed for eating and drinking too much a day ahead of the match. And the oscar goes to Sri Lankan players for their amazing acting skills. #DelhiSmog #INDvSL #delhipollution pic.twitter.com/MSW8hFFsKz — Subhankar Banerjee ð®ð³ (@SubhankarBan) December 3, 2017 But now that the Tigers not only played through the poisonous air, they also managed to defeat the Men in Blue in great fashion, what explanation can we give for Sarkar's ill health? It is funny how we can come up with the worst and the most hilarious of reasons to make fun of someone's problems but fail to accept that they are in that position because of our deeds. View the full article
  23. Mushfiqur Rahim (standing) and Soumya Sarkar (centre, sitting). Photo: Prashant Bhoot/SportzpicsThe first T20I between India and Bangladesh in Delhi became a victim of the smog engulfing the city leading to Bangladesh's Soumya Sarkar and one other...
  24. Arvind Kejriwal's flagship scheme and ultimate 'weapon to curb pollution and traffic' is back for another round and will be in force from Novemver 4 to November 15. In the wake of pollution in Delhi-NCR growing to hazardous levels, the Delhi government accounced the odd-even scheme, wherein vehicles whose registration numbers end with odd-digits like 1,3,5,7 and 9 will run on odd dates and the vehicles with even numbers like 0,2,4,6 and 8 will run on even days. People who are exempt from this rule are women drivers, emergency vehicles, two-wheelers and vehicles that are driven by disabled people. © BCCL But, looks like more than Kejriwal, the Delhiites were the ones waiting for it with 'bated breath'. Not because they have faith in the scheme or maybe they do, but they were waiting just so they can do what they're good at - crack funny jokes and memes and post it on social media. And let's just say these memes are making us choke on laughter, more than the air pollution ever did. Bollwood Movies New Versions Launched after #DelhiPollution & #OddEven #DelhiAirEmergency pic.twitter.com/QSAahmk6J1 — Rosy (@rose_k01) November 4, 2019 #OddEven is like trying to save a person from a Heart attack by Homeopathy. — Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) November 4, 2019 Delhi ; Choking BJP ; Bursted Crackers ð ; Defying #OddEven ð #BJPAgainstCleanAir pic.twitter.com/Qklf03eM3L — Aarti (@aartic02) November 4, 2019 #OddEven Priyanka Chopra on ODD DAYS EVEN DAYS pic.twitter.com/RnBKakv5oa — Stutið¸ (@morphinediary) November 4, 2019 For Delhiites who have a forgetful memory and can't remember #OddEven pic.twitter.com/DB3VV7qzks — Rajiv Gupta (@irajivg) November 4, 2019 Waiting for Nirmala Sitharaman to claim that #OddEven is responsible for the slowdown in car sales. — Suvojit (@suvojitc) November 4, 2019 This could be us lekin hum delhi mein rehte hai.. #OddEven #DelhiAirEmergency pic.twitter.com/y6E8YeWHSq — Bhatt ji (@Pahaadi_Tweet) November 4, 2019 View the full article
  25. Actor Priyanka Chopra is currently in Delhi shooting for her next Netflix film The White Tiger and has expressed the amount of difficulty she is facing to shoot in such a severe level of pollution in the city. She has conveyed her disappointment on the deteriorating air quality in the city, saying how it isn't possible to shoot under such conditions. The actor took to her Instagram account and posted a selfie while wearing an anti-pollution mask, covering almost all of her face. She wrote, "Shoot days for #thewhitetiger. It's so hard to shoot here right now that I can't even imagine what it must be like to live here under these conditions. We r blessed with air purifiers and masks. Pray for the homeless. Be safe everyone. #airpollution #delhipollution #weneedsolutions #righttobreathe.” (sic) View this post on Instagram Shoot days for #thewhitetiger. It's so hard to shoot here right now that I can't even imagine what it must be like to live here under these conditions. We r blessed with air purifiers and masks. Pray for the homeless. Be safe everyone. #airpollution #delhipollutionð· #weneedsolutions #righttobreathe A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Nov 3, 2019 at 8:52am PST Earlier, Priyanka had shared a video stating her happiness to be in Delhi. The video was captioned, “Early morning shoot, when it is still in the middle of the night. Fun!” However, since Diwali, the Capital is witnessing a dip in air quality across Delhi-NCR. The entire city is covered in a thick blanket of smog due to air pollution from the past many days now. The condition is such that Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has issued a public health emergency due to the bad air quality. Besides, on the work front, PeeCee will also be part of the much-anticipated animated flick Frozen 2 as Elsa which is set to release on November 22. For the Indian fans, the Hindi version of the film will have PeeCee and Parineeti Chopra take on the voice roles of Elsa and Anna. View the full article
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