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

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  • 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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447 cases of adverse effect reported,Covid-19 vaccine given to 2,24,301 beneficiaries :Govt.

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A total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine so far, out of which only 447 adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) were reported, the Union Health Ministry said on day two of the nationwide vaccination drive on Sunday.

Addressing a press briefing, the ministry’s Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani said out of the 447 adverse events following immunisation, only three required hospitalisation.

“Today being Sunday, only six states conducted vaccination drive and in 553 sessions a total of 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated,” he said.

The six states where the vaccination drive was carried out on Sunday are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur and Tamil Nadu, he added.

Agnani said a total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till January 17 as per provisional reports, adding that 2,07,229 of them received the jabs on day one of the drive.

“A total of 447 AEFI have been reported on January 16 and 17, out of which only three required hospitalisation. Most of the AEFI reported so far are minor like fever, headache, nausea,” he said.

He said a meeting was held with all states and union territories on Sunday to review the progress of the drive, identify bottlenecks and plan corrective actions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the world’s largest inoculation drive against COVID-19 on Saturday and said the two vaccines being deployed will ensure a “decisive victory” for India against the pandemic.

India has approved two vaccines—Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and Covishield from the Oxford/AstraZeneca stable being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India—for emergency use in the country.

According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers and around two coror frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities. PTI

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