The environment ministry, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and top officials of Punjab and Haryana governments have faced the Supreme Court’s ire over “severe” levels of air pollution in Delhi-NCR and the lack of adequate steps taken to counter the menace.
The CBDT has recently written to CEC Sunil Arora with details on the alleged income tax evasions by Lavasa’s family members. IT notices have been issued to Lavasa’s wife and son.
The Centre has asked the top institutes to station their prototypes and models at IIT Delhi for testing and possible scaling up for use by next year. The government has indicated it will help with funding these projects.
The Grand Old Party had spent Rs 516 crore in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections while the BJP had pumped in Rs 714 crore. BJP is yet to submit its Lok Sabha expense statement to EC and is expected to outdo the Congress as has been the trend since 2013. The latest records show that the Congress’ headquarters raised Rs 856 crore ahead of the Lok Sabha polls across the poll-bound states.
"In 6 lakh villages, ensuring drinking water supply will generate new employment as plumbing will be required everywhere. Sustainable development goals apart, the Jal Jeevan Mission provides a huge oppotunity for business and for employment, " Jal Shakti minister said.
Researchers had suggested prompt corrective action in 75 km radius of Delhi. They had submitted a study, based on modelling of Delhi’s air quality and meteorological data in early October, recommending that a number of measures be taken as soon as Air Quality Index (AI) hits 200.
Experts monitoring the Delhi air crisis told that while the Graded Response Action Plan is a good start for “emergency” action, a “massive” and sustained series of action are required to address the scale of the problem.
Apart from creating a single National Recruitment Agency for recruitment, bring all government training institute under one department and usher in a unified single foundation course for entrants to AIS, the Centre also wants to address shortfall of IAS officers.
While the NEP advocates a decentralised regulatory model with four autonomous bodies, the proposed Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) runs counter to the idea by seeking a single, centralised regulator.
Every village will be asked to start waste segregation and send its plastic waste to the block level plastic waste management unit. The unit will work at converting waste into bales, and transport them to aggregators for recycling.
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