Wednesday, 17 August, 2022

Topic: odd-even

‘Odd-even’ in emergency only, Delhi will try other ways to tackle air pollution: Minister Rai

As winter onset brings peak pollution phase, environment minister Gopal Rai explains government's stress on turning off car engines at traffic signals, bio-decomposers & monitoring smog tower inputs.

Vendors or buyers, no one can afford social distancing at Delhi’s wholesale vegetable markets

As odd-even rule kicks in amid lockdown, fruit & vegetable wholesale markets are also staring at rotting produce & huge losses.

Delhi air quality improves to ‘very poor’, but it’s not due to odd-even traffic rule

Government's pollution monitoring system SAFAR had predicted Sunday that air quality will improve during the week.

Delhi pollution crisis turns into political issue, and it’s not good news for Kejriwal

Sheila Dikshit won on her air pollution track record in 2003 Delhi election. Can Arvind Kejriwal do the same in 2020?

Delhi’s odd-even scheme was a 50-50 bet that ended as a 100% failure

In research published in a peer-reviewed science journal, Indian experts blame the multiple exemptions granted, including to two-wheelers.

As Delhi air quality improves, NGT lifts ban on construction

All previous NGT orders, including on odd-even exemptions, will stand; Delhi, UP, Punjab, and Haryana asked to chalk out comprehensive action plan in two weeks.

Talk Point: A representative govt can’t ignore women’s security in a city like Delhi

The government's responsibility is to ensure that those who are restricted from driving private vehicles, should have alternative modes of transport.

Talk Point: Scientifically, exemptions defeat the purpose of odd-even

The reason why exemptions are given is because our public transport is unable to handle the demand, and is considered unsafe.

Talk Point: Being an emergency measure, odd-even cannot have exemptions

The total number of cars moved off the roads during previous odd-evens was so small that pollution came down only by 7%.

Talk Point: Odd-even without exemptions is a stay-at-home scheme for the disabled

The disabled were not originally exempt from odd-even. I was forced to file a PIL in the Delhi HC that granted us an exemption

On Camera


Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar with Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav | ANI File Photo

Operation Lantern fails to light up in Bihar. And BJP in search of a Brahmin face in UP

The no-fuss change of government in Bihar, without horse-trading or MLAs in resorts, has prompted a coalition partner to request the CM to make arrangements for a trip to a hill station.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


(From left) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken after the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, in Washington, 12 April, 2022 | Credit: ANI Photo/ PIB

USAF secy needs Pentagon escort but Indian attaché doesn’t — that’s how deep India-US ties are

Frank Kendall, Secretary of the US Air Force, says the unescorted access to Pentagon for Indian defence attaché 'is aligned with the trust and cooperation we share'.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.