<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of the Delhi Metro train at the Kashmere Gate station on Wednesday.The 23-year-old victim had come with a friend to board the train. Instead, she jumped in front of the train, which was going towards Dilshad Garden.The services on the Red Line have been stopped for now leaving several passengers stranded.Many took to Twitter to talk about the delay. The incident that took place around 7:30 pm affected the evening peak hour rush.The Delhi Metro, which is a lifeline for the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), is used by around 28 lakh passengers every day.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person was killed and 13 others injured when over one dozen vehicles were involved in two separate incidents of vehicle pile-up due to smog, which reduced visibility on the Yamuna Expressway on Wednesday morning. While one accident took place in Greater Noida’s Dankaur area, another accident was reported from near Mathura.The accident took place at early morning near Hataura village. According to police, the accident was triggered after a car was rammed from behind by a speeding truck. The truck turned turtle after the collision and because of the foggy morning, over a dozen cars and trucks rammed into each other.Traffic remained affected on the route for several hours due to the mishap.Reports of accidents also came in from other parts of the Delhi National Capital Region, which has been affected by this year’s worst spell of air pollution for the last few days.According to police, the Dankaur incident took place around 8:30 am. The collision took place on both sides of the expressway near the under-construction eastern peripheral flyway where lanes on both the sides have been closed and sacks have been also placed.Around seven cars smashed into each other as there was zero visibility on the road towards Noida from Agra.”A Scorpio SUV hit the sacks placed on the roadside after which the other cars smashed into the Scorpio one after another,” said Farmood Ali Pundir, SHO, Dankaur Police Station.Four people received minor injuries and were shifted to Kailash Hospital where they were discharged within an hour’s time after being given first aid. None of them suffered serious injury.According to the drivers, due to extremely low visibility, they couldn’t see anything on the roads which led to the pileup.”The drivers claimed that they were not driving too fast as they couldn’t spot anything beyond a distance of 20 metres,” Pundir added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday pulled up the state governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Punjab for failing to give any concrete response on action taken to curb the worsening air quality in the region.”The ambient air quality is so bad that children are not able to breathe properly. Why didn’t you spray water using helicopters, as per our direction? You take instructions and inform us day after tomorrow,” the bench said.The bench raised questions about why did the state governments not take “preventive” and “precautionary” measures even though it had been reported earlier that the situation was likely to be bad after Diwali and was likely to degrade further.The pollution levels in the Capital breached the ‘severe’ category on Tuesday. As per top pollution watchdog Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), when the air quality index spirals past 401-500, it is marked as severe levels of pollution, which can affect people who are healthy and seriously impact those already suffering from respiratory diseases.The NGT was hearing a plea that sought urgent action against the deteriorating air quality in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR).
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has exhorted people to ensure no damage is caused to the environment while celebrating Diwali and the festivities do not lead to air and noise pollution.The Supreme Court had on Monday banned the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR until October 31 in an effort to check pollution during Diwali.”All Indian festivals have a bond with nature. People should take precautions that there is no damage caused to the environment so as to be able to live in a healthy and pollution-free environment,” Fadnavis had yesterday said in the Mantralaya. He said this while administering a pledge to a group of school children to celebrate a pollution-free Diwali.While celebrating festivals, it should be ensured that air and noise pollution are not caused, the chief minister said. Maharashtra’s Environment Minister and Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam yesterday told reporters that he would request the chief minister to ban the sale of fire crackers in the state, on the lines of the Supreme Court’s verdict for Delhi- NCR.”The Supreme Court gave its decision that there should not be fire crackers’ shops in residential areas. Keeping people’s health in mind, and there should be no pollution, and for this, everybody should take care,” Kadam said. “I will request the chief minister and see if something similar could be done here as firecrackers cause pollution, human beings and animals get affected and even shops at times catch fire,” the minister had said. The Supreme Court had on Monday directed that its order of last November banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi- National Capital Region (NCR) would continue till October 31 – Diwali falls on October 19 — in a bid to check pollution during the festival of lights.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Diwali on the anvil, the Supreme Court on Thursday said it would hear a plea seeking restoration of its last year’s order banning firecrackers in the Delhi-National Capital Region on Friday.The plea has also sought recall of last month’s apex court verdict which had temporarily lifted the order of November 11, 2016, suspending permanent licences for sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR.The matter came up for hearing before a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan and lawyer Gopal Shankarnarayanan, appearing for the petitioner, said last year’s order should continue.The apex court had then suspended all licences which “permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR”.During the brief hearing, Shankarnarayanan told the bench that the top court had on September 12 this year temporarily lifted its earlier order on the applications filed by some firecracker manufacturers.He said when the court had passed the order last year, it had already considered the submissions of the firecracker manufacturers and it was admitted that firecrackers was one of the reasons for rise of pollution in Delhi-NCR.”What modification you are seeking,” the bench asked.”We are seeking recall of this (September 12) order and restoration of the earlier order of November 2016,” the lawyer said, adding “the ban order of 2016 should continue”.However, the bench observed the matter had “progressed from time to time” after the order was passed in November last year.”We will hear it tomorrow,” the bench said.The Delhi government said that as directed by the court on September 12, they have came out with a plan of action to sensitise and educate school children about the health hazards and ill-effects of breathing polluted air, including the pollution caused by the fireworks.The counsel representing the Delhi government said they would file an affidavit in this regard later today.The apex court had last month temporarily lifted its earlier order suspending licences for sale of fire crackers in the NCR, saying a complete ban would be an “extreme step” and a graded approach was needed to curb pollution caused by them.The court, however, had said its order lifting the ban on sale of fire crackers might require a “review” after Diwali depending on the ambient air quality after the festival.Besides passing several directions, it had also set up a committee to study the impact of the firecrackers on health of Delhi’ites during the upcoming festivals and directed the police to slash by half the number of temporary licences this year compared to last year and cap it at 500.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even though the Jat community, up in arms demanding caste-based reservation, called off their march to the national capital scheduled for Monday, the law enforcement agencies are not taking a chance.The Delhi police on Sunday said all security arrangements will be in place and no agitator will be allowed inside the city. This is in view of the board examinations. “Barring entry in Lutyens’ Delhi which was earlier restricted, the entire security arrangements will be in place,” said Dependra Pathak, a senior IPS officer.On Sunday, a truce was reached after a meeting between the leaders of the Jat community and the Haryana government. All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) chairperson Yashpal Malik, along with other Jat leaders, met Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and two Union Ministers Birender Singh and PP Chaudhary, both from the same community. After a four-hour meeting, the Jat leaders decided to call off their agitation wherein they had threatened to ghearo the Parliament.Once the meeting concluded, Malik said, “Now we are not coming to Delhi. We have called off our agitation and march towards Delhi. The state government has agreed to our demands.” He also stated that the community has called off its dharna from most of the places in the state, barring few where it will continue to hold symbolic protests.Khattar, in a joint press conference along with Malik, said, “Centre and state will soon begin the process of granting reservation, following the Delhi High court order. We appeal to people in the state to cooperate in maintaining peace and harmony.” Khattar appealed for peace following incidents of violence that were reported in various parts of Haryana in the wake of protests on Monday.Earlier in the day at Haryana’s Fatehabad, a deputy superintendent of police and three other policemen were injured when Jat protesters clashed with police during their march towards Delhi .The clash took place in Dhani Gopal village on Sirsa-Hisar Delhi National Highway, when police tried to stop tractor trolleys carrying protesters from heading towards the national capital. They said stones were also pelted by protesters as they clashed with the policemen. DSP rank officer Gurdial Singh and three constables were injured. Police also said two of its buses were damaged while some electronic media equipment was snatched while they were covering the event, allegedly by protesters.Interestingly, besides quotas, Jats have also been demanding the release of people jailed during the 2016 agitation, withdrawal of cases slapped during the protests, and government jobs for kin of those killed and injured while taking part in the stir.Khattar added that they will review all the cases registered against community members during the 2016 protest.In view of the planned march on Monday, prohibitory orders had been clamped in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan to stop Jat protesters from entering Delhi. About 24,700 paramilitary personnel had been mobilised.After the Jat community announced they would call off the agitation, Pathak, posted with Delhi Police, said, “They have called off the agitation but we will not take any chance. The security arrangements at bordering areas will be in place. Only movement in Central Delhi, which was restricted, will be allowed. We will be fully prepared to avoid any untoward incident.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Deputy Superintendent of Police was among four policemen injured when Jat protesters clashed with police during their march towards Delhi here today, police said. A Jat leader, however, claimed that police had lobbed tear gas shells and tried to disperse them when they were marching in a peaceful manner. He claimed a few protesters were also injured. The clash took place in Dhani Gopal village on Sirsa-Hisar Delhi National Highway when police tried to stop tractor trolleys carrying protesters from heading towards the national capital, police said. They said some stones were also pelted by the protesters as they clashed with the cops. Police said that DSP rank officer Gurdial Singh and three constables were injured. Police also said that two of its buses were damaged while some equipment of the electronic media was snatched allegedly by the protesters while they were covering the event. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has invited Jat leaders for talks in Delhi today, in a bid to end the community’s 50-day long quota stir. The talks come ahead of the Jat community’s plans to gherao Parliament tomorrow in support of their demands.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)