Delhi considers anti-smog gun to curb pollution

The Delhi government on Monday conducted a trial run of an ‘Anti-Smog Gun’ which sprays atomised water into the atmosphere to control air pollution.

The device, which is connected to a water tank and mounted on a vehicle, could be taken across the city to spray water to settle dust and other suspended particles. The trial done at the Secretariat on Monday evening was reviewed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Environment Minister Imran Hussain. A government official told IANS that further study will be done before taking any decision on using the device. Sushant Saini, Managing Director of Cloud Tech, the company which manufactured the Anti-Smog Gun, told IANS that it can spray water up to a height of 50 metres and the results were positive as the spray acts like rain and settles dust particles and also PM 2.5. He said that government would conduct another trial on Wednesday (December 20) at Anand Vihar ISBT and pollutants before and after the trial will be measured. Saini said the device would cost around Rs 20 lakh but added that no decision has been taken on whether the company would sell the device or provide its services to the government. (IANS)  
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Smog makes Lanka bowler vomit during Delhi Test

To all the Indians who said Sri Lankans are cowards to wear masks, here are few pics of your own people covering their faces due to Delhi pollution. It’s currently on very unhealthy stage and India must take actions before these innocent people suffer even more. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/GtO3uWrnwc

— Sakun Sankalana ?? (@Sakun_SD) December 3, 2017 Sri Lanka seamer Suranga Lakmal actually vomited in the fourth Test with India at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the capital on Tuesday. Lakmal had bowled only three overs when he was seen vomiting on the field, prompting the physiotherapist to run to the field. After consultation, he went off the ground. Similar complaints were made by the Lankan test players on Sunday while fielding before they left the ground halting the game before lunch time. The players wore masks while fielding after the lunch session on the second day. The air quality in Delhi remained “very poor” on Tuesday, the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (Safar) recording an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 372 for the national capital, labelling it as “very poor”. On the whole, the Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) in the city was also recorded as “very poor”– the fine particles are considered a prominent cause of lung infections and other breathing problems. The level of PM 2.5 was recorded at “very poor” at all ten monitoring stations of Safar across the city and neighbouring areas. Meanwhile, Smog Day was observed. This day is inspired from the first day of the lethal smog that hit London in 1952 and which led to Britain’s Clean Air Act. UNEP said that an “estimated 18,000 people die every day worldwide as a result of air pollution”. “Today is the first international #SmogDay, a moment to remember all of the people who have died prematurely, and avoidably, because of air pollution. #BeatPollution,” the US agency said in a tweet. Growing as an initiative to share the experiences of people living in London and New Delhi, the UNEP points out that each of us will breath about 250 million litres of air in lifetime “no matter where we live and how polluted the air is”. “On the worst day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 during the First World War, 20,000 British soldiers are thought to have died. Yet, an estimated 18,000 people die every day worldwide as a result of air pollution,” said a report under a UNEP campaign — “clearing the air – a tale of two cities (Delhi and London)”. Alos on Tuesday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan who is currently in Delhi as the Vice Chair on the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, on Tuesday announced “a new air quality partnership between London and Bengaluru”. “I’m proud today to announce London and Bengaluru will be leading a new air quality partnership. We hope to work with key cities across the world and in India, including with our good friends here in Delhi,” said Khan, who had earlier this year called for a new Clean Air Act. Aiming to control air pollution, Clean Air Act was passed in 1956 by the British parliament after its 1952 smog situation killed 9000 people. In India following the 2016 post Diwali smog situation, the Union Environment Ministry notified Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) under the Supreme Court appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority. The GRAP applies preventive measures based on the severity of air quality and the “severe and emergency” level measures were for the first time applied this November after the Delhi-NCR faced an environment emergency situation mostly due to emissions from stubble burning in the neighbouring states. (Reproduced tweets do not reflect Lokmarg editorial policy)
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UP had most crime, Delhi highest rate in 2016

Uttar Pradesh was the state where maximum number of crimes took place in 2016, while Delhi reported the highest crime rate, latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report said on Thursday. Uttar Pradesh accounted for 9.5 per cent of total Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes reported in the country followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 per cent), Maharashtra (8.8 per cent) and Kerala (8.7 per cent), while Delhi reported the highest crime rate, or incidents per 100,000 persons at 974.9 followed by Kerala at 727.6 and Madhya Pradesh at 337.9 against the national average of 233.6. While Uttar Pradesh reported 4,889 murder cases, the national capital reported nearly 40 per cent of rape cases, said NCRB’s annual publication “Crime in India 2016” released by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Uttar Pradesh also saw the highest number of crimes against women with 14.5 per cent (49,262 cases) of the total cases. Delhi reported 33 per cent (13,803 cases of the total 41,761 cases in 19 cities with a population above two million) of total crimes against women, and was followed by Mumbai at 12.3 per cent (5,128 cases). Overall, rape cases saw an increase of 12.4 per cent from 34,651 cases in the country in 2015 to 38,947 in 2016. Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh reported the highest incidence of rape with 4,882 cases (12.5 per cent) and 4,816 (12.4 per cent) respectively followed by Maharashtra 4,189 (10.7 per cent) last year, according to the NCRB data. The national capital also recorded the highest crime rate of 182.1 compared to the national average of 77.2 and reported the highest number of murders — 479 out of 2,194 cases (21.8 per cent), followed by Bengaluru 10.4 per cent (229 cases) and Patna 8.9 per cent (195 cases). Delhi also reported the highest number of kidnappings and abductions — 5,453 cases (48.3 per cent) followed by Mumbai with 1,876 cases (16.6 per cent) and Bengaluru 879 cases (7.8 per cent) during 2016. The city reported the highest number of murders — 479 out of 2,194 cases (21.8 per cent) followed by Bengaluru 10.4 per cent (229 cases) and Patna 8.9 per cent (195 cases).

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