EPCA Reiterates Its Recommendations To Take Private Vehicles Off The Road

New Delhi: In an unprecedented recommendation, the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority, or EPCA has reiterated to take private vehicles off the road. This is a move that threatens to plunge Delhi into a public commuting catastrophe, bringing the city to its knees, while doing little to improve air quality – if data, expert opinion and past experience are anything to go by. The ‘big idea’ to solve Delhi’s pollution crisis shows that the primary custodians of the capital’s air quality have run out of ideas.

The Supreme Court-mandated body has suggested that all non-CNG vehicles – including all private cars and two-wheelers – in the National Capital Region (NCR) be barred from the roads if pollution levels spike again. That means grounding more than 92% of Delhi’s 10.8 million registered vehicles, leaving the capital at the mercy of its inadequate bus fleet, its still-burgeoning Metro network, and its poor last-mile connectivity.


Akhilesh Yadav Goes lyrical While Slamming Adityanath Government For Renaming Cities

New Delhi: Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav went lyrical while slamming the Adityanath government for renaming Uttar Pradesh cities. He said that the developmental works in the state have come to a halt due to it.

“Band pade hain saare kaam, bikhra pada sab samaan; tarakki ke ruke hain raste, badal rahe hain bus naam,” (All works have stopped, materials lie scattered; paths of development stand blocked, only names are being changed),” tweeted Yadav, tagging a few photographs of some stalled works with his tweet.

The former chief minister’s lyrical criticism of the Adityanath regime’s name-changing spree came on a day when it faced another “poetic” attack from its own minister, Om Prakash Rajbhar, the chief of ruling NDA constituent Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP).


Mamata Banerjee Lashes Out At The Centre For Delaying The Renaming Of WB

New Delhi: Amid name changing spree by the Centre, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the Central government for delaying the renaming of the state by ignoring the proposal sent to the Union home ministry in July.

“They are changing names of places unilaterally without consulting anybody. However, our proposal was passed unilaterally in the state Assembly. Yet they are sitting on it,” said the Bengal chief minister.

The assembly has proposed renaming the state Bangla. Banerjee said she had taken up the issue with Union home minister Rajnath Singh several times over the past few months.


New Data Suggest, Indians Among World’s Highest Spenders Per Visit Made Abroad

New Delhi: According to new data released, Indians are among the world’s highest spenders per visit made abroad. The number of Indian visitors traveling to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations over the coming five years will create an extra 10.8 million room nights.

The latest research published by Colliers International, ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2019 (ATM), predicts around nine million Indians will travel to the GCC states by 2022 – 37 per cent of India’s total outbound market – with business, place of work and leisure underpinning this demand.

Indian outbound tourists will account for 22.5 million worldwide tourists in 2018, with reports from the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) estimating this figure will increase by 122 per cent to reach over 50 million by 2022. The ATM is scheduled to take place here from April 28 -May 1, 2019.


Kerala Government To Consult Legal Experts Before Taking Any Call On Sabarimala Issue

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing stalemate, Kerala chief inister Pinarayi Vijayan said that his government would take a final call on the issue after consulting legal experts. However, the Supreme Court has not stayed its September 28 decision permitting all women to offer prayers at the hill shrine at Sabarimala.

Speaking to reporters here, Vijayan said the state government would take legal advice on the matter. “As per my understanding, the top court has clearly stated that there is no stay on its September 28 verdict. We will consult legal experts on the matter”, Vijayan said when asked if the verdict would be implemented during the Mandala Makaravillakku pilgrim season, starting on November 17.