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Gandhi Jayanti: President Kovind,PM Modi pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.



Address to the nation on the eve of the birth anniversary of national icon Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shahstri Wednesday, President Ram Nath Kovind appealed to people to follow the Gandhian ideals of truth and non-violence. He also asked citizens to make efforts for a clean and prosperous India.

Kovind said that Gandhi’s message of truth, non-violence and love paves the way for the welfare of the world by bringing harmony and equality in the society.

To mark the occasion, the Gujarat government has organised a programme in which around 5 lakh women will wash their hands to spread the message of cleanliness and importance of frequently washing hands in the times of Covid-19 pandemic.  The programme, to be organised under the aegis of Women & Child Development department, was announced by senior minister of the department, Ganpat Vasava, Wednesday. Vasava said that the programme will be held at around 3,800 locations and a state-level function will be held in Gandhinagar. A number of district level programme will be attended by several ministers.

Also, The National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN), Pune, in association with the Regional Outreach Bureau (Maharashtra and Goa) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, is organising a 48-day-long series of webinars, starting on Gandhi Jayanti (October 2) and ending on Naturopathy Day (November 18). The webinars will be on the theme ‘Mahatma Gandhi– The Healer’, and are intended to propagate the relevance of Gandhi‘s thoughts on health and nutrition in the 21st century.


Complete ban on crackers from Nov’9 to Nov’30 in Delhi, nearby areas.



  • NGT imposed a complete ban on sale and use of firecrackers.
  • This ban has been imposed in view of rising air air pollution.
  • The order relevant more than 2 dozen districts of 4 states.
  • Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad and others be affected by the ban.

NGT (National Green Tribunal) has imposed a complete ban on sale and use of firecrackers in Delhi and adjoining areas beginning midnight of November 9 to November 30. The ban has been imposed forward of Diwali to forestall additional rise in air air pollution – already within the “severe” zone – due to firecrackers.

The order can be relevant to greater than 2 dozen districts throughout 4 states which can be part of the NCR.

Nationwide, the ban on firecrackers can be relevant to all “cities and towns where the average ambient air quality in November last year was “poor” or worse”, the inexperienced tribunal has stated.

Only inexperienced crackers – thought of to be much less polluting – can be bought in cities and cities the place air high quality is “moderate”, the tribunal ordered additionally proscribing the timing of use to 2 hours, as specified by the state, “due to Covid19 ”.

“If nothing is specified, timing will be 8-10 pm on Diwali and Gurupurb, 6am-8 am on Chhath and 11.55pm-12.30am during Christmas and New Year’s eve,” the order learn.

For “other areas” with higher air high quality, NGT has made the cracker ban elective, however directed states to “initiate special drives to contain air pollution from all sources in view of COVID-19”.

It added that if there are “more stringent measures (to check air pollution) under orders of the authorities, the same will prevail”. Even earlier than in the present day’s order, many states, together with Sikkim, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Delhi, had banned sale and use of every kind of firecrackers.

The order additionally directs the central and state air pollution management boards to usually monitor compliance and compile air air pollution information from November 9 to November 30, put it on their web sites and “file a consolidated report”.

The National Green Tribunal’s order got here on a petition in search of motion towards firecracker-caused air air pollution, together with inexperienced crackers, in NCR in the course of the time air high quality is unsatisfactory – the winter months beginning with stubble burning in October – with potential impact on severity of the coronavirus pandemic. It referred to statements by the central and state well being ministers warning of rise in COVID-19 instances – by as much as 15,000 instances a day – as a consequence of air air pollution in the course of the festive season.

Delhi is at the moment in the course of a 3rd wave and recorded greater than 7,000 instances in a day – the second time in three days. Over this era, air high quality within the National Capital Region has remained “severe” –  identified to have an effect on wholesome folks and severely influence these with present ailments.

The Indian Medical Association has linked at the very least 17.5 per cent of Delhi’s Covid19 instances since October-end to air air pollution.

Mumbai’s municipal physique, BMC, has additionally banned sale and use of fireside crackers within the monetary metropolis and surrounding areas, besides on the day of Laxmi Puja on November 14.

The choice comes a day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray stated he wouldn’t ban crackers however sought “people’s cooperation”.

Mumbai, the capital metropolis of nation’s worst hit state of Maharashtra, has already recorded two peaks in July and September, with the latter seeing as much as 20,000 instances a day.

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