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Delhi’s pollution being controlled by smog tower, the government claimed



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With the knock of winters in Delhi, pollution has also started spreading its feet. The Meteorological Institute has issued an alert for deteriorating air quality in Delhi. A 6-day alert has been issued in the capital regarding air quality before Diwali. Meanwhile, the Delhi government has talked about a reduction in air pollution from the smog tower.

Smog towers reduce pollution by 70 to 80 percent within 50 meters distance

The Delhi government has talked about a reduction in pollution, citing the interim report of last year’s study of IIT Mumbai. It has been claimed that the smog tower reduces air pollution by 70 to 80 percent up to 50 meters and by 15 to 20 percent at a distance of 300 meters. Also, smog towers up to a distance of 300 meters have been effective in reducing air pollution.

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Stray Dogs Missing in Delhi After G20, Community Efforts Underway to Locate Them.



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In the wake of the G20 Summit, a puzzling situation has arisen in Delhi. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) recently declared that they had released all the stray dogs they had captured before the event. However, this move has left many dog feeders, animal enthusiasts, and animal welfare organizations scratching their heads, as they’ve noticed that several dogs are nowhere to be found, prompting grassroots efforts to reunite these dogs with their rightful territories.

According to these concerned groups, the MCD’s approach was quite unconventional. They claim that without any clear records of where these animals originally roamed, the MCD released them at random locations on September 11, causing a state of confusion for both the dogs and their caregivers.

One passionate activist, Gunjan Uppal, stumbled upon an elderly and frail dog named Granny at an Animal Birth Control (ABC) facility in Masoodpur. Gunjan, who had been closely monitoring the ABC units due to concerns about their treatment of animals, shared her discovery, saying, “Some of these dogs had tags, but many were without any identification.” It took her a painstaking four days to locate Granny.

Shashank Malhotra, who has been dedicatedly feeding dogs near the airport terminals since 2019, is on a quest to find nine out of the eighteen missing dogs. He also raised concerns about the lack of proper tagging for these dogs. “Fifteen to sixteen new dogs have mysteriously appeared at the cargo terminal,” Shashank explained, highlighting the bewildering nature of the situation. Dog feeders like Shashank are now coming together through social media channels to collaborate in their search for the missing dogs.

Manni Singh, a dedicated dog rescuer, has also turned to social media to aid in her quest to find the missing dogs. She’s even taken her efforts offline, distributing pamphlets to local chaiwalas with the promise of a ?5,000 reward for any information leading to their recovery.

Divya Puri, a devoted member of the Karanpuri Foundation, an animal welfare group, has been keeping a watchful eye on the situation. She noted, “In total, there are 31 dogs missing from Pragati Maidan and the Airport terminals.” She has gone the extra mile by sharing this list with the MCD caretakers in hopes of a resolution.

Despite the mounting concerns and community efforts, MCD officials remain steadfast in their assertion that all the dogs were released in the same areas they were captured from and that proper tagging was carried out. The mystery of the missing dogs in Delhi continues, leaving those who care deeply about these animals determined to bring them back to their rightful homes.

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Delhi Metro Introduces Special ‘Tourist Smart Cards’ for G20 Summit Visitors.



In a wonderful effort to enhance the experience of our international friends and visitors who will be attending the G20 Summit in Delhi, we have some exciting news to share! The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is rolling out something special just for you – ‘Tourist Smart Cards.’ These nifty cards have been specially crafted to make your travel within our city an absolute breeze, and they will be available at selected metro stations starting from September 4th for a limited 10-day period.

Now, let’s dive into the details. These smart cards will be waiting for you at dedicated counters in a total of 36 metro stations across Delhi. And guess what? We’ve got not one but two fantastic options for you to choose from – the one-day validity card and the three-day validity card. With these in your pocket, you’ll have the freedom to hop on and off our extensive metro network as much as you like, making it super convenient to explore all of Delhi’s amazing tourist hotspots.

So, let’s talk prices! The one-day validity Tourist Smart Card comes at an affordable rate of just Rs 200, and if you’re planning to stay a bit longer and soak in all the Delhi vibes, the three-day validity Tourist Smart Card is priced at Rs 500. And don’t worry, we’ve got your back with a refundable security deposit of Rs 50 included in that.

Now, here’s the best part – these cards give you unrestricted access to the entire metro network. No need to worry about entry/exit mismatches or overstaying within the system – we won’t be hitting you with any pesky penalties or surcharges. We’re here to make sure your journey is smooth and hassle-free.

To make your Delhi exploration even more enjoyable, we’ve got a little bonus for you. The Delhi Metro Rail offers a handy app that’s your go-to guide for everything metro-related. Inside the app, you’ll find a dedicated ‘Tour Guide’ section, where we’ve laid out all the metro stations and nearby tourist attractions just for you. It’s like having your own personal tour guide right in your pocket!

Here’s a quick list of metro stations with dedicated ‘Tourist Smart Card’ counters to help you get started:

1. Kashmere Gate 10. Jor Bagh 19. JLN Stadium 28. Sarojini Nagar
2. Chandni Chowk 11. Dilli haat – INA 20. Jangpura 29. Chhatarpur
3. Chawri Bazar 12. Lal Quila 21. Lajpat Nagar 30. Qutub Minar
4. New Delhi 13. Jama Masjid 22. Barakhamba Road 31. Hauz Khas
5. Rajiv Chowk 14. Delhi Gate 23. Ramakrishana Ashram Marg 32. Nehru Place
6. Patel Chowk 15. ITO 24. Jhandewalan 33. Kalkaji Mandir
7. Central Secretariat 16. Mandi House 25. Supreme Court 34. Akshardham
8. Udyog Bhawan 17. Janpath 26. Indraprastha 35. Terminal 1 IGI Airport
9. Lok Kalyan Marg 18. Khan Market 27. South Extension 36. Karol Bagh

So, dear international guests, get ready to explore Delhi with ease and enjoy your time at the G20 Summit to the fullest. We’re thrilled to welcome you, and we hope these ‘Tourist Smart Cards’ will add an extra layer of convenience and fun to your stay. Safe travels, and happy exploring!

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Unveils Five New Mohalla Clinics, Including Women’s Health Facility.



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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal unveiled five new Mohalla Clinics, including one specifically catering to women’s health known as a Mahila Mohalla Clinic, within the city on Tuesday. During the event, Kejriwal emphasized the exceptional skills and dedication exhibited by the medical personnel at these clinics, underlining their profound impact on the populace.

Addressing the audience, the AAP national convenor also highlighted that a total of eleven Mohalla Clinics are presently operational in Greater Kailash, attesting to the significant expansion of this initiative.

The recently inaugurated healthcare facilities are strategically situated at Keshopur Sabzi Mandi, Shahbad Diary (housing both a general Mohalla Clinic and the Mahila Mohalla Clinic), as well as Govindpuri and Kalkaji Market. Utilizing their online platform, X (formerly known as Twitter), the party announced that the National Capital now boasts a total of 533 fully operational Mohalla Clinics, with 512 running during the morning shift and 21 catering to patients during the evening hours.

Initiated in 2015, Mohalla Clinics are community health centers that were originally introduced in New Delhi. These establishments offer essential medical services at no cost, encompassing prescription medications, diagnostic tests, and medical consultations.

Extending beyond the capital, the AAP-led Punjab government, led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, celebrated the eve of Independence Day, August 14, by inaugurating 76 Mohalla Clinics throughout the state. This step showcases the positive trajectory of the Mohalla Clinic initiative beyond its New Delhi origins.

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