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Huge Swarms of Desert Locusts Reach Delhi After Covering Gurugram Skies, Authorities Issue Advisory

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Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai called an emergency meeting to discuss the situation.

Swarms of crop-destroying desert locusts have reached the outskirts of Delhi after entering Gurugram this morning. Multiple videos shot by residents of Gurugram city and villages in the district this morning show massive clusters of locusts flying in.

Thousands of locusts were seen covering the sky near the Cyber Hub area of Gurugram. Similarly, videos from Delhi’s Chhatrapur showed swarms of locusts flying in.

The Haryana government has issued a high alert after locusts entered Rewari and Gurugram districts, with officials saying that all necessary measures have been taken, including deploying tractor-mounted spraying facilities, according to news agency PTI.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai called an emergency meeting to discuss the situation following the locust attack in neighbouring Gurugram. The minister also directed the administration to be alert, an official said.

The Delhi government in an advisory asked people to keep their windows closed and if possible cover plants at home with plastic sheets. It asked residents to apply household insecticides like melathion or chloropyriphos at night since locusts don’t fly after sundown.

“As per the information we’re getting, the swarms of locusts are headed towards Palwal (in Haryana). But a small portion has entered Jasola and Bhati (at Delhi border). An instruction as been issued to beat dhols and drums. This is a way to ward them off… the government will issue an advisory on this,” Mr Rai said after the meeting.

The District Magistrates of South, West and South West districts in Delhi have been asked to be on high alert. The administration of Noida in Uttar Pradesh, that neighbours Delhi, has issued a similar advisory.

Gurugram residents were last evening asked to keep their windows shut as precaution against a locust attack by the city administration as a swarm was sighted in an adjoining district.

The administration has asked residents to make clanging noises by beating utensils to ward the insects off.”The swarm of locusts started around 11:00am. We immediately closed the windows and doors, and the society administration started bellowing hooters installed on buildings to drive away the insects,” says Rita Sharma, a resident of Beverly Park 2 at MG Road in Gurugram.

Monsoon Session Of Parliament 2018

Hriday Narayan Dikshit said three-day session of the state legislative assembly will begin on August 20.

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Uttar Pradesh Assembly Speaker Hriday Narayan Dikshit on Sunday said a three-day session of the state legislative assembly will begin on August 20, with MLAs being seated leaving a seat between them vacant and occupying the visitors’ gallery to maintain social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have to ensure that during the session, scheduled to be held soon because of Constitutional obligations, COVID-19 protocol was strictly followed,” he had said.

Elaborating about the seating plan of the assembly, Mr. Dikshit on Sunday said the members will be seated leaving a seat between them vacant.Some of them will be seated in the lobby and the visitors’ gallery, he said.

“The MLAs will be thermally scanned before they enter the House. I am sure that members will come here wearing a mask. If they do not come wearing a mask, we will give them one,” he said.

Mr. Dikshit said the air conditioner of the legislature building will work as per the standards set by the central government.

“Governor Anandiben Patel has summoned the session of 17th Vidhan Sabha at 11 am on August 20. This will be the second session of the year,” U.P. Vidhan Sabha’s Principal Secretary Pradeep Dubey had recently said.

At present, there are 306 BJP MLAs in the U.P. Legislative Assembly, followed by 48 from the Samajwadi Party. The BSP has 18 MLAs, while Apna Dal (Sonelal), an ally of the BJP has nine MLAs.

The Congress has seven MLAs in the House, while the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party has four MLAs. There are three independent MLAs in the House. Rashtriya Lok Dal and Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Apna Dal has one MLA each in the U.P. Assembly.In the U.P. Legislative Assembly, there are 403 elected members.

 

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