Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday appealed to the Centre to play a "crucial role" in controlling pollution in north India and curb stubble burning. The national capital's air quality was in the "very poor" category in the morning, the first time this season, with calm winds and low temperatures allowing the accumulation of pollutants. "Stubble burning has started in neighboring states and smoke has started reaching Delhi. The Delhi government has taken several measures to reduce pollution throughout the year but why is that suddenly when stubble burning begins everybody is concerned about pollution and nothing is done throughout the year," Sisodia said. "We say it again and again that it is not just Delhi which is affected by pollution but the whole of north India," he said. By the time smoke from crop residue burning reaches Delhi, its "intensity is somewhat reduced but imagine how bad it will be affecting people living in Punjab and Haryana where stubble burning is actually taking place", the deputy chief minister said.
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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia came down heavy on central government for not solving the issue of stubble burning. Sisodia accused the centre of sitting idle throughout the year. Delhi Deputy CM said, "Pollution especially that related to stubble burning is not an issue for Delhi alone, it is for entire north India. Unfortunately, central govt did not do anything to resolve it. They sat idly throughout the year. Entire north India is suffering." Manish Sisodia said that pollution plus Corona has become lethal for people. "Centre sits idly all through the year, holds some meetings around this time and then don't do anything after that. I would like to tell them that they will have to play a role to reduce pollution in north India," he added.
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the hospitality industry adversely, some restaurateurs of Delhi-NCR are doing their bit for society during the festivities amid these unprecedented times. A group of restaurant owners in Delhi are distributing food among refugees and needy people during Navratri festival. Restaurants and bars-'The Marketplace', 'Josh-The High Energy Bar' and 'Swagath Restaurant and Bar' are serving food to the Rohingya refugees living in Jasola slum. The food is being distributed with precaution following all the safety guidelines among the Rohingyas. Speaking to ANI, owner of 'Josh-The High Energy Bar' and 'The Market Place', Shivam Sehgal said "The festival is just another reason for me to spread happiness and you know blessings from these poor people can never be enough. I do this a few times a year. I am in the hospitality industry for almost five years and this helps me with doing this all the more." Rohingya refugee Mohd Shirajullah said there are more facilities in India than Burma. He said, "People here help us a lot, whether it is with food or shelter. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people have been helping us with food, oil, soaps and shampoos right from the time of the lockdown." Another refugee said that they have no problem here. He added, "Government has made all the arrangements. We are thankful that India is helping us." Serving the refugees during festivities of India is a wonderful act by these people. India certainly need more people like them.
The Health Minister of Delhi, Satyendar Jain stated that COVID-19 patients have been benefit via plasma therapy in the state and it has also saved his own life. "Plasma saved my life, and it is beneficial in Delhi. Over 2,000 people got positive response from plasma therapy," said Satyendar Jain on being asked that Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) may soon scrap plasma therapy from COVID-19 national treatment protocol as it failed to benefit COVID-19 patients. "Even America had said that it is beneficial," the Health Minister added. It is noted that Delhi is running plasma blood bank for the treatment of COVID-19.
Health Minister of Delhi, Satyendar Jain on October 19 informed that 5034 beds occupied at hospitals in Delhi, around 70% still available in wake of COVID-19. He said, "5034 beds occupied at hospitals in Delhi, around 70% still available. Situation is slightly better than what it was around 1 month back. Still, I request all to wear mask and maintain social distancing, so that COVID-19 doesn't spread again during festive season."
Air quality is continuously deteriorating in the national capital with rise of pollutants. Stubble burning in neighbouring states is said to be among major reasons for pollution. Speaking to media, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said, "Thermal power stations were a major cause of pollution here. Therefore, Delhi government's power stations were closed down in the past few years." "Delhi is the only state where there is no thermal power station," he added.
The Delhi government on Saturday ordered shifting of all COVID-19 patients from civic-run Hindu Rao Hospital to its own facilities, days after the resident doctors went on a "symbolic indefinite strike" over non-payment of their due salaries for the last three months. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, interacting with reporters, said, as of now 20 patients are at the Hindu Rao Hospital."Today, we have ordered to shift all COVID-19 patients from Hindu Rao Hospital to our own facilities. They have the choice to be shifted to LNJP Hospital or any other government hospital nearby their homes," he said.Hindu Rao Hospital is the largest municipal hospital in Delhi with 900 beds, and is currently a dedicated COVID-19 facility. Many of its healthcare workers had contracted the infection earlier.
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Political campaigning and rallies have been ended ahead of the Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) election scheduled to take place on October 22 in which people of the region are going to vote through Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) for the first time. The local administration has sought help from the Indian Air Force (IAF) to transport polling parties and their material to places where road connectivity is poor. This time around, the administration has also made a special arrangement for the senior citizen and physically challenged voters. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are the major political parties in the fray in the Leh council election.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh handed over to Governor the resolution passed against Centre’s farm laws. Singh said he doesn’t care if President’s rule is imposed or if his government is sacked. Punjab Assembly had passed four bills and a resolution against the Centre’s farm laws. The bills were unanimously passed in the assembly by Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Shiromani Akali Dal, and Lok Insaaf Party. Watch the full video for more details.
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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on October 10 met the family of 18-year-old student who was allegedly fatally beaten by a girl's family members. After expressing his condolences to victim's..