MUMBAI: The city woke up to a thick blanket of haze on Saturday as pollution levels rose and visibility dropped, delaying local trains, flights and slowing down traffic on highways.
According to the weather bureau, the haze during early hours of the morning was fog and later, with the increase in pollutants getting suspended into the air, it intensified and turned into smog.
The pollution levels, measured by the air quality index (AQI), rose sharply, making Saturday the most polluted day in the city since Diwali this year. The city had witnessed a thick cover of smog on Friday too. Continue reading
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NEW DELHI: The body of a 20-year old student from Jamia Millia Islamia, was found with a gunshot wound in his car parked inside a gated government colony in south Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar on Tuesday.
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The family of the student, Rizwan Khan, said he was a national level hockey player.
While DCP (south) Romil Baaniya said prima facie it appeared to be a case of suicide, Khan’s family said they suspected foul play as the body was found in the same neighbourhood where his female friend, also a hockey player, lives.
No suicide note has been found in the car, police said. Continue reading
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NEW DELHI: The Delhi government temporarily shelved its plan on Saturday to introduce a five-day road rationing arrangement after the National Green Tribunal denied exemption to two-wheeler riders and women. The drive would have mandated that vehicles with odd and even registration numbers ply on alternate days.
“We respect the NGT’s order, but the existing public transport system won’t be able to take the load of three million additional passengers who otherwise use two-wheelers,” Kailash Gahlot, state transport minister, said on Saturday. “Also, keeping women’s security in mind, the government has decided to call off the scheme for now.”
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The Delhi Metro’s proposed 104 km Phase IV network for six new lines is delayed because of differences between the Centre and the city’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government over the funding mechanism.
The city government approved the ~50,000-crore project this January but sought exemption from paying its share of the subordinate debt for central taxes that amounts to ~3,098 crore. Or, it wanted Delhi’s share of state taxes for the project written off. Continue reading
NEWDELHI: Pressing a button at the stroke of midnight on Friday, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India’s biggest tax reform from the historic central hall of Parliament, cheered on by some of the country’s top names in politics, business and law.
It was a luxury welcome for the long-awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST), ending a 14-year struggle to enlist political support for a move that will replace some 20 federal and state levies and unify a country of 1.3 billion people into one of the world’s biggest common markets. Continue reading
NEWDELHI: 43 of the 55 outlets belonging to the American fast food chain in Delhi temporarily suspended operations from Thursday, after its north and east India licensee failed to renew eating-house permits.
The licensee – Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt Ltd (CPRL) – is a joint venture between entrepreneur Vikram Bakshi and McDonald’s India Pvt Ltd (MIPL).
“The eating-house licenses of a number of McDonald’s restaurants in Delhi have expired. The CPRL board is working towards obtaining the required permits. Pending this, the CPRL is temporarily suspending operations at the affected restaurants,” a statement issued by the MIPL read. However, it did not specify the reason or the likely duration of the suspension.
“Though unfortunate, it is correct that around 40 McDonald’s restaurants have temporarily suspended operations in Delhi from today morning,” Bakshi, who is on the CPRL board, said.
Bakshi and McDonald’s have been at loggerheads over control of the CPRL, and the matter is being pursued at the London Court of International Arbitration.
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NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday announced rs.10 lakh reward for anyone who could give information on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed. Najeeb, a biotechnology student at JNU, went missing from his hostel on October 16, 2016 after an alleged confrontation with student members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a body affiliated to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). “The information regarding Shri Najeeb Ahmed can be given to the CBI over telephone/mobile Nos. 24368641, 24368638, 24368634, 9650394796 and 9650394791,” the CBI said in a statement issued on Thursday. With the Delhi Police failing to find her son, Fatima approached the Delhi high court demanding a CBI probe. On May 16, a bench of Justices GS Sistani and Rekha Palli handed over the investigation to the CBI with the direction that it has to be monitored by an officer not less than the rank of DIG.
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NEW DELHI: You will soon have to pay more to park at Connaught Place beyond a period of five hours.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to remove the current upper cap of ~100 on parking charges, effecting a steep hike in the rates.
Currently, people pay ~20 per hour for the first five hours and a flat rate of ~100 for any period beyond that. According to the council’s new plan, people will pay ~20 for every extra hour even beyond the five-hour limit.
“We will soon implement this in Connaught Place as part of the smart parking initiative. There will be no cap on the parking charges. People will have to pay up ~20 for every extra hour even beyond the five-hour limit. Earlier, even if anyone parked for 2-3 days, they paid only ~100,” a senior NDMC official said.
NEW DELHI: A high-speed bike stunt killed a 15-year-old boy and injured his neighbour in northeast Delhi’s Shastri Park on Sunday morning, an accident that underscores rising fatalities from underage driving.
Mohammad Umar Sheikh was riding a ~1.5-lakh Duke, manufactured by Austrian bike major KTM AG, that his father had gifted him. He was trying to perform wheelies on a public road with 19-year-old neighbour Mohammad Anas as the pillion passenger.
New Delhi: The Delhi high court rapped the city’s municipal corporations on Wednesday, saying “heads must roll” for not clearing garbage and allowing mosquitoes that spread dengue, chikungunya and malaria to breed.
Letting vector-borne diseases to shoot up is equal to penal offences such as culpable homicide, said a bench of acting chief justice Gita Mittal and justice C Hari Shankar.
The court was hearing two petitions, seeking directions to the corporations to prevent spread of mosquito-borne diseases. The corporations listed preventive measures against mosquito breeding before the onset of monsoon. But the court was unimpressed. Continue reading