Why plastic still has city in chokehold

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NEW DELHI: A dozen cows placidly munch away at plastic bags at a garbage dump in Sadar Bazar. The scene is emblematic of how the ban on plastic bags in the capital is playing out. At a time when Mumbai is going all out to curb the use of polybags, Delhi appears to have quietly made its peace with the environmental nuisance, with a visit to popular markets revealing a distinct disregard for the ban on bags made of plastic sheets less than 50 microns in thickness imposed by the…

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Power cuts: Here’s how you’ll be compensated

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NEW DELHI: A day after LG Anil Baijal approved a policy to compensate consumers for unscheduled power cuts, Delhi government moved to provide more clarity on how they would be paid. While the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission already has a penalty clause in the Delhi Electricity Code and Performance Standard Regulations, the government stated in the policy that “it will supersede existing provisions and new provisions will directly benefit a majority of consumers who are affected due to frequent power cuts in different parts of Delhi”. This is the second…

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Ban on polythene bags: Other options have catching up to do

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NEW DELHI: Following the ban on polythene bags, paper, cloth and non-plastic bags are in some demand, but the cheapest option is the non-woven bag made of a material that resembles plastic and cloth together. Though this material is not more compostable than the banned polybags, it can be reused and recycled, and hence represents a greener alternative. Demand for non-woven bags has gone up 20% after August last year, say market experts. Deepanshu Singhal of Bharati Packers, who had been manufacturing non-woven bags for over a decade, said, “We…

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Not all of us can handle token vending machines, say commuters

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NEW DELHI: While Delhi Metro Rail Corporation hopes to go ‘counterless’ at most of its stations, commuters feel that at least one manual counter should be kept at every station as many find using token vending machines (TVMs) difficult. “Perhaps Delhi Metro is trying to modernise its system by replacing manual token counters with vending machines but they must understand that not every commuter is comfortable with the latest technology,” said Dilip Chandak, a private firm employee. To get a token from a TVM, a commuter has to first select…

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Delhi: All metro stations to go counterless soon, tokens only from machines

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NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is planning to make almost all metro stations ‘counterless’ soon by replacing manual token counters with token vending machines (TVMs). Almost all running and upcoming Phase III stations — except those having interchange facilities with railway stations and bus terminals— don’t have manual counters and DMRC has started replacing them at many Phase I and II stations as well. A DMRC spokesperson said manual sales counters had been substituted at 118 stations by 519 TVMs and all of them were already operational. The…

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China counters Modi’s ‘terror factory’ tag on Pakistan

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BEIJING: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently described Pakistan as a “terror export factory”, China on Friday sprung up to back its all-weather ally and called on the international community to support its counter terrorism efforts. China is particularly worried India will raise the issue at the meetings of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) which will be attended by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and defence minister Nirmala Sitaraman this week. Swaraj is expected to engage in intense negotiations and some hard bargaining with China on the issue of Pakistan-based…

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Vladimir Putin ready to meet Donald Trump: Russia

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MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump following an invitation by the latter, but Moscow is waiting for a detailed proposal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday. Trump proposed a meeting with Putin at the White House in a phone conversation on March 20, Lavrov recalled in an interview with Russia Today published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website, adding that Moscow hopes Trump will give specifics on his invitation. Trump told reporters on the same day of the phone call…

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Top DJ Avicii dead at 28

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Avicii, one of the world’s most successful DJs who helped lead the global boom in electronic music, died Friday in Oman, his representative said. He was 28. Two years after his unusually early retirement, the Swedish DJ was found dead on a visit to the Gulf kingdom’s capital Muscat, a statement said without specifying a cause.

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