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Dr Emma Williamsof the British Nutrition Foundationsays the solution is to pick a form of exercise that doesnt involve getting too hot and sweatysuch as doing household chores or going for a brisk walk For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top News Delhi breathed poison with pollutants touching calamitous levels as a thick grey smog hung low across the region prompting authorities to declare schools shut till Sunday halt construction activities and ban entry of trucks in the city Lt Governor Anil Baijal approved the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority’s decision to enforce these measures enlisted under the ‘severe plus’ or emergency category of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in a meeting attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal A decision on whether or not to implement the odd-even car-rationing scheme will be taken the EPCA said "The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) task force has advised EPCA that given the prevailing air pollution emergency in the city there is a need to take actions which are listed in the severe plus category" it said Authorities in the city scrambled to tackle the extraordinary situation as hospitals recorded a surge in the number of patients complaining of respiratory problems reminiscent of the ‘1952 Great Smog of London’ After Diwali last year Delhi witnessed a similar episode of smog which lasted nearly a week prompting authorities to declare such emergency measures for the first time in the city’s history Representational image PTI The smog which triggered near zero visibility at many places pile-ups on highways and delay in flight operations is a mixture of carbon monoxide particulate matter such as PM25 PM10 ground level ozone and oxides of nitrogen and sulphur dioxide the Delhi government said in a health advisory The government also announced that all schools in the national capital would remain closed till Sunday in view of the "unbearable" air pollution The metro and Delhi Transport Corporation announced decisions to augment services by pressing more trains and buses into service in a bid to reduce dependence on private vehicles On Twitter Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it was "an emergency" and that his office was "continuously trying" to fix a meeting with his counterparts in Punjab and Haryana on stubble burning a practice which aggravates air pollution in Delhi However EPCA member Sunita Narain cautioned against putting too much hope in temporary solutions such as closure of schools and deplored the "lack of political will" in executing tougher decisions Subsequently the LG directed that agencies such as the municipal corporations and the Delhi Metro should strictly enforce the decisions taken by the EPCA including hiking parking fares by four times The civic bodies were dilly-dallying in executing the EPCA’s orders However it was decided that metro will not have to slash commuting fares temporarily as it already has a differential pricing system for peak and off-peak hours in place In its health advisory the government said people should stay indoors as much as possible as the "smog is poisonous" and may create many health hazards like asthma attacks and other breathing complications The day-long average air quality index of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had a score of 478 on a scale of 500 indicating ‘severe’ levels of pollution while many individual stations recorded AQI as high as 487 If the score touches 500 and persists there for at least 48 hours measures like odd-even and a ban on construction and demolition activities will come into force across the Delhi-NCR under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot told PTI that the government was ready to implement the odd-even car-rationing scheme and arrangements were underway to press more buses into service "We will enforce odd-even in Delhi if air quality turns severe plus I have also directed DTC to procure 500 buses on short-term basis to augment public transport till March Metro has also been asked to hire around 300 buses for 15-20 days if odd-even is implemented" Gahlot said adding that two-wheelers will be exempted from the scheme as and when it is rolled out The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) said it would run an additional 186 train trips from tomorrow "Cities and administrations need to implement solutions and take bold decisions to reduce emissions The range of actions recommended and directed by the EPCA is targeted at doing just that and it is now up to the political leadership of Delhi and NCR to take their implementation forward" Narain who is also the chief of the Centre For Science and Environment (CSE) said The EPCA had made it clear yesterday that its orders were legally binding and had to be enforced once the chief secretaries of the respective states issue them It was the Environment Ministry which in January had empowered the EPCA through a gazette notification to enforce the GRAP to combat air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region Meanwhile in incidents of pile-ups at multiple locations on the busy Yamuna Expressway over 20 vehicles collided and around 22 people suffered minor injuries during the morning hours when visibility was a measly 10 metres For the second day in a row operations at the Delhi airport were hampered and there were delays of up to two hours Airport sources said that there were times when only one runway was operable as visibility dropped in the afternoon According to the forecast of the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences’ System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) the 24-hour-average concentrations of PM25 and PM10 will be around 420 and 678 micrograms per cubic metre The corresponding safe standards of these ultra-fine particulates up to 30 times finer than the width of a human hair are 60 and 100 respectively The secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences Madhavan Rajeevan said the smog in Delhi is not localised but spread across the entire region He said the conditions would persist for another two-three days The SAFAR suggested that the "sudden" intrusion of pollutant-laden smoke from neighbouring Punjab and Haryana from the night of November 6 led to the spike as the high quantity of moisture in the city’s air trapped the particulates "There is absolutely no wind movement Moreover temperature is also not coming down substantially which could have resulted in the conversion of the fog into water and subsequent dispersion of the suspended particulates" CPCB scientist Dipankar Saha explained Apart from Delhi neighbouring Faridabad Ghaziabad Gurgaon and Noida were also in the ‘severe’ category Residents of the city complained of heavy breathing and watery eyes as the smog did not even spare living rooms or underground metro stations In London smog of 1952 about 4000 people had died prematurely when average PM levels were about 500 micrograms per cubic metre along with high SO2 levels On Wednesday with a score of 448 in a scale of 500 the air quality index was at the year’s worst The Indian Medical Association had declared a "public health emergency" and appealed to the government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children By: Tech Desk | Updated: December 29 2016 9:15 am OnePlus 3T went on sale in India on December 14 and brings moderate changes over the six months old OnePlus 3 Related News OnePlus has announced the availability of the OnePlus 3T inSoft Gold colour in early January The phone was launched in India at the beginning of this month and just six months after the launch of its successor OnePlus 3 Even while the phone was launched in both Gun Metal and Soft Gold versions only the former was available on the website of OnePlus’s online retail partner Amazon India OnePlus 3T devices are currently out of stock on Amazon’s website ”We look forward to fulfilling yet another promise and commitment by introducing a brand-new colour variant for the OnePlus 3T Soft Gold for our fans in the New Year The colour Soft Gold is unbelievably beautiful and presents a lighter yet elegant look To complement this more low-profile take on gold we went with a subtle texture reminiscent of holding fine silky-soft sand” said OnePlus is a statement The Soft Gold version of the OnePlus 3T (64GB) will be priced at Rs 29999 Meanwhile the 128GB version of the phone will only be available in the Gun Metal finish at Rs 34999 The Soft Gold variant can be registered for on the Amazon app only sale on January 5 with pre-registrations starting December 28 till January 3 The phone will eventually be open for sale on the website starting January 6 Read: OnePlus 3T review: A faster smartphone sure but worth the extra price The company has also said that the OnePlus 3T has been a hit with its fans and has drawn glowing reviews from both users and critics alike OnePlus 3T went on sale in India on December 14 and features a 55-inch Full HD AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection (1920 x 1080 pixels resolution) The phone is powered by a 235GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 831 processor Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X with Snapdragon 653 4GB RAM leaked online OnePlus 3T comes in two variants 6GB RAM/64GB ROM and 6GB RAM/128GB ROM The primary camera on the phone is a 16MP sensor with a Sapphire crystal lens cover The front of the phone also sports a 16MP camera OnePlus 3T gets a marginal bump in battery life (3400 mAh) as compared to the OnePlus 3 For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad | Published: November 14 2016 3:14 pm Under PaRanjith’s direction Kabali released earlier in this year has reportedly minted close to Rs 500 worldwide at the box office Top News Clearing the air on who would be making the sequel to Rajinikanth’s blockbuster hit Kabali latest update says that Kalaipuli S Thanu will be producing Kabali 2 Reports suggest that title Kabali 2 has been registered at the Tamil Nadu Film Chambers clearly sending the signal that Thanu will also bankroll the sequel to the Malaysian don flick The regular shooting of the film is said to start next year More from the world of Entertainment: However speculation says that Rajinikanth would take up the lead role only after listening to the final draft of the project The rest of the crew is not yet confirmed Popular Bollywood actor Radhika Apte played the lead opposite Rajinikanth in Kabali Under PaRanjith’s direction Kabali released earlier in this year has reportedly minted close to Rs 500 worldwide at the box office The news would also lead us to conclude that Dhanush would not be producing this project Dhanush tweeted a clip a few months back suggesting that after Rajinikanth’s 20 he would be working with Rajinikanth and PaRanjith This had led to buzz that Kabali 2 would be made by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films “I’m so proud and honoured to announce our production’s next film” Dhanush had shared Now this might be another big project with the similar combination Meanwhile Rajinikanth is gearing for the release of 20 as the shoot was wrapped in Chennai last month The film is a sequel to the 2010 blockbuster Enthiran which is said to be Shankar’s most ambitious project so far Its Hindi version was titled Robot and starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Anil Sasi | Published: September 25 2012 1:22 am Related News The landmark Supreme Court judgment of September 6which held that if an Indian investor were to go in for arbitration with a foreign company abroadthat Indian courts will then have no jurisdiction to interfere with such an arbitration awardcould have several ramification in the current context Coming at a time when a growing list of arbitration notices at six and counting served by international investors invoking provisions of the numerous bilateral investment protection pacts signed by India has already put the government in a spot of botherthe apex court judgment by a five-judge Constitution Bencheffectively overturning a 10-year-old ruling that had allowed domestic companies to approach Indian courts against unfavourable awards by foreign arbitration panelsis clearly a big boost for foreign investors involved in litigation with Indian firms As the number of arbitration notices is mountingthe other big worry for the government is that India hasin the pastlost the only such dispute that went on to the arbitration stage The award (September 302011) of the International Tribunal in the case between Australias White Industries Ltd and the Government of India (Ministry of Coal)under the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPA) between India and Australiawent against the Government of India This is a case that dates back to a decadewhen White Industries won a foreign arbitration against Coal India but was unsuccessful in enforcing the award till last year when it used the Indo-Australian bilateral investment protection treaty Till dateIndia has signed BIPAs with 82 countriesstarting with the United Kingdom in 1994 Of these 82 countriesBIPAs with 72 countries have been enforced BesidesIndia has signed 17 Free Trade AgreementsComprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) and Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) [email protected] Notices served against India under BIPAs/CECA: Devas Employees Mauritius Pvt Ltdunder BIPA with Mauritius Sistema JSFCRussia under BIPA between India and Russia Telenor Asia Pte LtdSingapore under CECA with Singapore Capital Global/Kaif Investment (Loop Telecom) under BIPA with Mauritius Vodafone International BV under BIPA with the Netherlands The Childrens Investment Fund under BIPA with the UK and Cyprus For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsMumbai: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court that it was pertinent to regulate the operations of app-based cab operators such as Ola and Uber in order to foil their "predatory" "monopolistic" and "exploitative" business tactics Representational image IBNLive In an affidavit filed in the court to defend its City Taxi Rules 2017 that have been challenged by some drivers of Ola and Uber the state government alleged that the only reason the app-based cab operators were opposing the new rules was that they wished for a free reign The government said the implementation of its new rules was crucial to bring about a level playing field for all cab operators in Mumbai and to ensure better services to the commuters In June some drivers from Ola and Uber had approached the high court challenging the new rules on the ground that the imposed terms made it unnecessarily difficult for them to get licences The petitioners’ main complaint is that the new rules do not allow app-based cabs to ply on national tourist permits Instead it makes it mandatory for them to apply for new local permits if they wish to continue operations within the city limits The existing permits restrict such cabs within the city of their registration the petitioner said Also to obtain the local permits the petitioners claimed they will have to shell out more than 10 times of what the drivers of black and yellow taxis have to pay However the government maintained that Ola and Uber have been flouting the regional transport authority’s rules on licensing until now by plying intra-city as hail taxis on tourist vehicle permits According to the state it is mandatory for all contract carriage vehicles or hail taxis with valid permits to run on CNG LPG or petrol since these are clean fuels In this case since Ola and Uber cabs operate on tourist permits some vehicles run on diesel too All hail cabs must also have a metered fare structure and hence the petitioners’ surge price fare structure is not only exploitative but also illegal the state informed a bench led by Justice Shantanu Kemkar "The petitioners are opposing the new rules because they do not wish to be regulated They want an unfettered playing field to further their monetary benefits and exploit commuters It is pertinent to note that during peak hours their fares are almost two or three times the normal fare" the affidavit reads "The petitioners (Ola Uber) have predatory tactics they aspire for a monopoly in the market and want to wipe out competition including the common men who drive the yellow and black taxis Such tactics cannot be permitted by a welfare state like Maharashtra" the affidavit reads The state has also said that merely because Ola and Uber are registered as mobile app based technology companies they can’t be beyond the purview of the state’s transport rules "Their app that fixes routes decided fares is neither regulated nor subject to any scrutiny" the affidavit reads The government’s counsel advocate GW Mattos also told bench that the committee appointed earlier this year to specifically look into fare fixation for such cabs submitted its report before the state yesterday and sought time till November 21 to place the state’s response on the same before the high court While granting the state time the bench ordered that the state refrain from taking any coercive action against Ola and Uber until then Chennai: Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal has contended in the Madras High Court that if the 18 disqualified MLAs loyal to sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran had intentions to continue in the party they would have approached it for redressing their grievance This was on Wednesday submitted by the Speaker’s counsel before Justice K Ravichandra Baabu during resumed arguments on a batch of petitions including those by the 18 MLAs challenging their disqualification under the anti-defection law on 18 September A file image of Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswamy in Chennai PTI In his counter affidavit Assembly Secretary K Boopathy submitted that the 18 MLAs had "embraced a total different ideology from that of the AIADMK and had disassociated themselves from the party Therefore by their conduct they had voluntarily surrendered their membership of AIADMK" Rejecting the claim of the disqualified MLAs that they were not given adequate opportunity to submit their explanation the counter affidavit said "as per rules only seven days are required to be given to the MLAs" "But the speaker had granted them 21 days to file their reply for his notice and had fixed hearing on two occasions for them to appear They chose not to appear and are now accusing that enough time was not provided" the counter said On the allegation that he failed to act upon the representation given against O Panneerselvam and 10 other MLAs for voting against motion of confidence moved by the Chief Minister K Palaniswamy on 18 February he submitted that the disqualification petition against the 11 MLAs was completely different and was not connected to this disqualification issue While raising several "untenable allegations" against the office of the speaker and the orders passed the 18 MLAs have not been able to state as to what they wanted the governor to do the counter said Written by Surjit S Bhalla | Updated: November 8 2014 8:29 am There is no economic reason for targeting but the experience of the last 10 years does indicate a political need Can India afford another irresponsible politician or an adventurous political party Possibly not Related News In several previous articles I have made the point that at least in India monetary policy (MP) has had precious little effect on inflation From this it does not follow that MP is inconsequential because importantly MP has had a large effect on growth Real interest rates matter for capital formation and growth and the lower such rates ceteris paribus the higher the investment and therefore growth Now before a smart graduate student objects and states that there will be no investment if land acquisition laws are enforced or no investment if retrospective taxation is enforced or no investment if projects don’t get cleared or little investment when it is so difficult to do business in India… Of course of course of course But for the umpteenth time let me emphasise the importance of the Latin god “ceteris paribus” or a situation where all other things are equal In laywoman’s terms this is a situation where for example only interest rates are changed and all other factors are isolated from causing any disruptions or confounding the shock to the system As discussed in several articles and the one on November 7 (‘A cut in time saves nine’ IE) the RBI has little empirical basis for not aggressively cutting rates Anchoring of inflationary expectations on which the RBI has spent considerable intellectual and policy energy has been repeatedly revealed to be a false god It is high time the RBI consulted the many organisations involved in political and economic polling to design their questionnaire on inflation expectations I am happy to offer my services But the RBI inflation expectations survey has to improve; at present it is an embarrassment to the RBI and all those involved in statistical work in India There is one other (chinky) defence that the RBI has to delay reducing policy rates They can argue as some rate-hawk experts are doing that the RBI should wait until the implementation of the new monetary policy “inflation-targeting framework” This framework would bestow all authority to the RBI for setting monetary policy that is no formal intervention of politicians will be possible The logic of this recommendation to wait escapes me It is like saying the government should not have prepared a July budget since they were going to present a full budget in February In any case the “inflation-targeting” model deserves a fuller examination What evidence exists that inflation targeting works in reducing inflation in an economy One might think that the RBI’s voluminous Urjit Patel’s “Report of the expert committee to revise and strengthen the monetary policy framework” might have some evidence regarding this important question It does not What it does have is a lot of discussion on the junk RBI inflation expectations survey (the very first chart shows inflation expectations in September 2013 of 13 per cent for September 2014 — the actual number was 65 per cent) On page 21 the report does present a table for the year of adoption of inflation-targeting the fiscal balanceon that date and the fiscal balance in 2007 There are two problems with this table First one would have expected documentation of where the fiscal balance was in 2013; second this presentation takes for granted that there is a confirmed one-to-one link between fiscal imbalances and inflation Peruse through any document of the RBI or any research paper which shows any statistical (not theoretical and not ideological) link between fiscal deficits and inflation in India There is a reward waiting for you upon finding this evidence — however if I were you I would not waste my time But the nation needs to know the inflation-reduction record of targeting and non-targeting countries And a fair amount of academic literature does exist on this subject The table shows the inflation record of several economies grouped according to whether they formally adopted targeting versus those that did not The former are further divided into Asian and non-Asian economies The years have been grouped as follows First a base period before the advent of targeting that is the years 1991 to 1996 The second time-group is for the period of the Asian financial crisis 1997 to 2000 The third for the pre-global crisis period of 2001 to 2006; and the fourth for the post-global crisis period of 2009 to 2013 The following data are presented for each group of countries and India and China separately The CPI inflation level for the base period and the average change in the inflation rate for different periods In addition the IMF WEO forecast of inflation in 2015 is reported A robust conclusion is that there is no evidence that inflation targeting works The average reduction in inflation for the non-targeting countries between 1991-96 to 2009-13 is -25 per cent and excluding India -29 per cent For the Asian targeters the reduction is considerably less at -21 per cent For the non-Asian targeters the decline is somewhat greater at -36 per cent India’s record in inflation decline at least till 2006 is among the best From near-double-digit levels in 1991-96 inflation averaged less than 5 per cent between 1997 and 2006 In summary there does not appear to be any consistent evidence that targeting helps in the reduction of inflation It may not hurt but it does not help either However CPI inflation in India did go through the roof and this explosion started sometime in 2006-07 The reason for this explosion has been well documented in this column — extremely irresponsible behaviour on the part of the Sonia Gandhi-led UPA to increase minimum support prices of foodgrains Now that that story is over inflation has come down to 65 per cent and Oxus’s estimate is that the October CPI print will be much lower and possibly as low as 55 per cent So in another year or so inflation will be respectfully low in India that is less than 5 per cent So what is the need for inflation targeting The IMF forecast for 2015 inflation makes for interesting reading Substituting an inflation estimate of 5 per cent for India (rather than the exaggerated IMF estimate of 72) one obtains a near-identical estimate of inflation for Asia (31 per cent non-targeting and 32 per cent targeting) and a slightly lower estimate for non-Asia (25 per cent) Welcome to the world of inflation convergence There is no economic reason for targeting but the experience of the last 10 years does indicate a political need Can India afford another irresponsible politician (that is Sonia Gandhi) or an adventurous political party Possibly not which is why I am not against the adoption of inflation targeting in India But don’t fib me by saying we need targeting to reduce the inflation rate The writer is chairman of Oxus Investments an emerging market advisory firm and a senior advisor to Zyfin a leading financial information company For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ruchika Talwar | Published: September 22 2012 1:07 am Related News No House for mr Malik REHMAN MALIK is Pakistans Mamata Banerjee: readily inviting controversy He has once again been disqualified from his parliament seat over his dual nationality Ten othersincluding President Asif Ali Zardaris media advisor Farhanaz Isphanaithe wife of former Pakistan envoy to the US Husain Haqqanihave also lost their memberships The News reported on September 21: The Supreme Court on Thursday declared 11 parliamentarians disqualified… for acquiring citizenship of foreign countries and directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to de-notify… these lawmakers… The court ruled that Interior Minister Rehman Malik had filed a false declaration at the time of the 2008 Senate election in which he was elected and thus could no longer be considered sagaciousrighteoushonest and ameen… The court also directed the parliamentarians to submit a new declaration before the electionswhichif turns out to be falsewould make them liable to be disqualified from being elected or chosen as member of parliament or a provincial assembly for making mis-statements and concealing facts The court said such an act would also be ground for criminal proceedings?too many women are foregoing physical activity because it will ruin their hair. 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