Intense fog affects trains, flights in Delhi (NCR)

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Railways had to cancel 18 trains while 62 were delayed, besides 20 rescheduled due to fog in several parts of North India.
New Delhi, January 05: In the last 2 days, Delhi has witnessed very dense fog in the early hours of the day. Thick, dense fog built up in the last two days led to suspension of landing operations at Delhi Airport for couple of hours. As of the morning of January 5, shallow to moderate fog is witnessed by many areas of the city.
Hundreds of passengers at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport and railways stations were stranded after operations of trains and flights continued to be affected. Around 62 trains in Delhi have been delayed, 20 rescheduled and 18 cancelled due to low visibility as fog continues to grip the region, reports ANI. 17 flights have been delayed at the Delhi Airport, at the time of filing this report. The air quality in the national capital has been keeping under ‘very poor’ category as the fog has not been allowing the particulate matter to disperse.
Yesterday, Northern Railway Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Nitin Chowdhary told ANI that the Indian Railways has installed a fog-safety device in the trains to prevent their long delays in winters.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Indian Railways has decided to extend the services of few weekly special trains, in order to clear the holiday rush of passengers and the inconvenience caused due to dense fog in the national capital region. Moreover, hundreds of passengers at several railway stations in north India have been left stranded after multiple trains have been cancelled, delayed and rescheduled for the last couple of days.
The weather condition is likely to remain the same for the next few days.

SC lifts ban on Firecrackers in Delhi-NCR region

The Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted the ban on the sale of fire crackers in Delhi and the NCR region for coming time but also passed a verdict that number of licensed sellers should not exceed 500. The License will be issued by Delhi Police to shopkeepers after fulfilling the desired criterion.

The apex Court also added that there will no fire crackers in the silence zones and has also demanded a detailed report on the same by the eight members constituted committee chaired by the chairperson of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The report will be of the health hazards of pollution caused by the fire crackers in the coming festive season.

The earlier order of Supreme court of banning firecrackers in Delhi and NCR region was challenged by The firecracker association and they were joined by the total of 100 fire cracker companies.

Supreme Court also ordered that fire crackers cannot be brought in Delhi-NCR from another states giving the argument of adverse effects of chemicals on humans and their effort to keep it minimum.

Last year, the air quality of Delhi became poisonous after Diwali Celebrations on October 30, 2016. Thick smog was formed all over and schools were closed for 3 days. An environmental emergency was imposed on Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and the apex court banned the sale of fire careackers in Delhi-NCR on November 25, 2016.

Sources: ANI,

AAP constitutes a panel to probe into cases of crimes against women

The National Capital Territory Delhi government issued a notice in response to the resolution during the Delhi Legislative Assembly and has decided to constitute an Independent Commission of Inquiry under the Commission of Enquiry Act, 1952. The commission would enquire and probe n to the complaints of crime committed against women since February, 2013.

The commission will look into the matters of harassment of women, sexual violence, voyeurism, stalking and other related crimes under the latest issued notification.

The committee members consists of Retired district judge Dinesh Dayal who is appointed as the chairman, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Dinesh Pandey’s wife Richa Pandey Mishra and Dr. Surbhi Singh as other appointed members.

The commission will look into the cases of unheeded complaints and will make necessary suggestions and amendments to the laws. These recommendations will be forwarded to the Delhi government to see whether any case of negligence or collusion is made.

The committee will propose measures to implement existing laws, mandated to recommend measures to expedite proceedings in criminal cases as well as suggest measures for welfare and improving working condition of personnel in law enforcement agencies. In the two year tenure of the committee, it has to submit a report of its findings every three months after the date of the first meeting.


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