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दिल्ली-एनसीआर में लगातार दूसरे दिन भी जहरीली धुंध का कहर जारी है। इसकी वजह से विजिबिलिटी में भी कमी आई है। इंडिया गेट, राजपथ समेत गाजियाबाद के इंदिरापुरम, वसुंधरा, वैशाली आदि इलाकों में भी सुबह जहरीली धुंध छाई रही। इससे पहले मंगलवार को भी दिल्ली-एनसीआर, गुरुग्राम में धुंध का प्रकोप देखा गया था।

वहीं अगर हवा में प्रदूषण की मात्रा की बात करें तो आज दिल्ली के लोदी रोड में सुबह करीब 5.50 बजे यहां कार्बन मोनोऑक्साइड की मात्रा 123 रही। जबकि पीएम 2.5 की मात्रा 500 और पीएम 10 की मात्रा भी 500 रही। ये सभी आंकड़े खतरे के निशान से काफी ऊपर हैं।

पिछले सप्ताह बढ़ी पीएम की मात्रा 

पिछले सप्ताह पीएम की मात्रा में बढ़ोतरी देखी गई है। एक नवंबर को 342 से शुरू होकर लगातार यह मात्रा बढ़ती गई। दो नवंबर को 329, तीन नवंबर को 340, चार नवंबर को 339, पांच नवंबर को 345 पीएम की मात्रा मापी गई।

बंद रहेंगे स्कूल 

दिल्ली में प्रदूषण के चलते हुए बुधवार को पांचवी कक्षा तक निजी व सरकारी स्कूलों को बंद रखने के आदेश दिए गए हैं। दिल्ली सरकार ने स्कूलों को पत्र लिखकर स्कूल बंद रखने के साथ साथ आउटडोर एक्टीविटीज को भी बंद करने के लिए कहा है। मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल ने ट्वीट कर लिखा कि प्रदूषण के स्तर को देखते हुए शिक्षा मंत्री मनीष सिसोदिया से स्कूलों को बंद करने को कहा है।

एनजीटी ने भी लगाई फटकार 

राष्ट्रीय राजधानी में हवा की गुणवत्ता खराब होने पर राष्ट्रीय हरित अधिकरण ने दिल्ली, उत्तर प्रदेश और हरियाणा को फटकार लगाई। एनजीटी ने उनसे यह बताने को कहा कि आज बने आपात हालात से निबटने के लिए उन्होंने क्या एहतियाती कदम उठाए।

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Cartoonist Bala G, 36, was arrested in Chennai on Sunday for a “demeaning” caricature that blamed top government functionaries including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami of not acting against loan sharks. He has been charged with publishing defamatory and obscene material under the  penal code and information technology act, crimes punishable with five years in jail.

Cartoonist Bala had uploaded the cartoon, that the police describe as “obscene”, to his Facebook page a dayafter labourer Isaki Muthu, 32, doused himself and his family in kerosene and set them on fire in the campus of the collector’s office in Tirunelveli, 630 km from state capital Chennai. His wife and two daughters died within hours; Isaki Muthu a few days later due to burn injuries.

Their family had alleged that the man, who had hoped to start a small business, had approached the authorities against the loan shark who had lent him money at a very high interest rate and killed himself in disappointment.

Chief Minister Palaniswami had responded to the suicide with appeals to people to come forward with complaints against loan sharks.

Usury, the practice of lending money at high interest rates, has been illegal in Tamil Nadu but enforcement is patchy. The loan shark who was alleged to have lent Rs. 1.4 lakh to Isaki Muthu was arrested only after the family’s suicide.

Sunday’s arrest was made on a complaint by Tirunelveli collector Sandeep Nanduri, who sought action against Bala for the “derogatory, demeaning and malicious cartoon”.

“In the cartoon,” his complaint said, “he (Bala) depicts the burning body of a baby which is watched by 3 persons without clothes” and who are identified as Nellai police commissioner, Nellai Collector and Chief Minister.

“The three persons are depicted as naked and carrying currency notes which are used to cover their private parts. This highly demeaning cartoon shows the government officers in poor light and also casts aspersions about their integrity… the Chief Minister in a highly derogatory and belittling way,” the Tirunelveli district chief said.

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) leader Anbumani Ramadoss criticised the arrest, calling for the cartoonist’s immediate release.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has reiterated that Article 370, that grants special autonomous status to the state, should remain intact.

In a series of tweets, Mufti demanded for autonomy and self-rule in the Valley, saying “Democracy is a battle of ideas and dialogue is the only way forward. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has an unprecedented mandate and can create history by changing the narrative on Jammu and Kashmir”.

“The country should take advantage of Jammu and Kashmir`s geostrategic location and revive its traditional routes to foster greater economic activity. Article 370 is the nation`s commitment to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and therefore should be honoured,” the J&K CM’s another tweet said.

Mufti’s statements come at a time when some state BJP leaders have demanded removal of Article 370.

J&K BJP spokesperson professor Virender Gupta had recently said Article 370 is responsible for keeping the settled issue of J&K alive and encourages the separatists and external forces to interfere in the internal matters of India.

“The time has come when the people of Jammu and Kashmir should say goodbye to Article 370 and ask the Government of India to revoke Article 35 A,” he had said.

Article 370 grants special status to J&K, while Article 35 A, added to the Indian Constitution through a presidential order, empowers the J&K legislature to define the state’s “permanent residents” and their special rights and privileges.

The BJP is a part of the ruling alliance in J&K where it has partnered the PDP.

Article 35 A has come under focus after two Kashmiri women approached the Supreme Court and challenged it. They contended that it had disenfranchised their children.

The Supreme Court on October 30 deferred the hearing on challenge to the Constitution’s Article 35A granting special rights to natives of Jammu and Kashmir as the Central government told the court that it may have implications for the dialogue being held by its interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma to find solution to the state’s troubled situation.

The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud adjourned the matter for eight weeks as Attorney General KK Venugopal told the court that the Centre’s special representative was holding dialogue with different stakeholders to find some solution and if hearing on the challenge to Article 35A takes place, then it will have some effect.


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Four Professors of IIT-Kanpur got a reprieve from the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday when it stayed action against them in connection with harassment...