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Delhi government bans sale of all forms of chewable tobacco for 1 year

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has banned for one year the sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewable tobacco, including “guktha, pan masala, khaini and zarda”, in the national capital.

The Department of Food Safety on Wednesday issued a notification in this regard.

According to the notification, unpackaged products of chewable tobacco, too, are covered under the ambit of the ban.

“The manufacture, storage, distribution, or sale of tobacco which is either flavoured, scented or mixed… and whether going by the name or form of gutka, pan, masala, flavoured/scented tobacco, kharra, or otherwise… whether packaged or unpackaged and/or sold as one product, or though packaged as separate products, sold or distributed in such manner so as to easily facilitate mixing by the consumer” is prohibited for a period of one year, the notification stated.

Health department officials said a notification was issued by Delhi government in September, 2012, in pursuance of a series of directions from Supreme Court for a ban on ‘gutkha’ in the city.

But since the term ‘gutkha’ was used in that notification, tobacco retailers started selling the components of ‘gutkha’ (betel nut and raw tobacco) in separate pouches, thus defeating the purpose behind the ban on gutkha.

The health department had, therefore, come up with a new proposal for banning all raw chewable tobacco products in Delhi, a senior official said.
Source: TOI-Delhi


Odd-even phase 2 returns, govt to turn on heat with more boots on ground

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New Delhi: Aware that summer heat and functioning schools are likely to dampen enthusiasm for the second phase of odd-even traffic restrictions beginning on Friday, the Delhi government is pulling out all stops to enforce the rule. Riding on the success of this 16-day road-rationing plan is the AAP government’s ambition to make odd-even a permanent fixture in Delhi.

The government has decided to deploy 120 challan teams compared with 110 in the first trial period in January. There will also be around 1,000 more volunteers than the 4,300 put on the ground last time to spread awareness and cajole Delhiites into following the rule.

The 120 teams for this phase will also have 400 ex-servicemen who have been specially hired by the transport department as traffic inspectors. The teams this time around will consist of 180 personnel from the enforcement wing of the transport department, ex-servicemen and volunteers. The enforcement apparatus will be backed by the prospect of a steep challan of Rs 2,000 for violating the rule.

The weather, which is totally different from that in the the first phase, is expected to play spoiler, as it is likely to make people mull taking out the car instead of taking public transport.

Transport minister Gopal Rai has been acknowledging the difficulties in implementing odd-even this time around. “It will be more difficult because of the weather, but we have faith in the people of the city,” said Rai recently, adding that the Delhi government will be ramping up its enforcement to help people follow the rule.

“The city has been divided into 11 zones, consisting of 10 sectors. Each enforcement team will be monitoring a sector from different spots. These teams will be mobile, and will be inspecting different areas each day,” said Rai.

A task force consisting of representatives from all the agencies concerned will be coordinating the entire city, to ensure that movement of traffic and transport vehicles is smooth.

The Delhi government has also signed on 5,331 volunteers this time around. These volunteers will be deployed at 205 spots, and will be primarily be for awareness and Gandhigiri, said Rai.

Making an appeal to Delhiites, Rai added, “Citizens also need to be proactive. If they see someone violating the rule, they should go over and appeal to the person to think about the future of Delhi and its children.”

Besides the 6,000-odd buses and Delhi Metro, the Delhi government has also tweaked its Poochh-O app. The app, which has segments on carpooling, taxis and autorickshaws, already has 8,730 users who have registered for the carpool option. The app has been downloaded by 81,295 people till date, said Rai, adding that 2,162 drivers are also part of the app for direct calling. There are 40,000 autorickshaws on the app as well.

The transport minister added that 2,000 cops will be on roads from Friday onwards for odd-even phase II.
Source: TOI-Delhi


DU students celebrating their last day at least five times!

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As the last semester is about to end, Delhi University’s final-year students are going through a series of emotions. For some, it’s a beginning of a new chapter and for others, it marks the end of their mass bunks and hanging out with friends. This is probably the reason most start coming to college more often to spend some extra time with their buddies. With all of this, come the farewell parties. But it’s not just one party that the students are preparing for. There are at least three to five farewell parties lined up and many are attending them all! “I will be attending five farewell parties – organised by my college, department, society and hostel, and also an unofficial one. Farewell is the time where you get together and party with your classmates and friends one last time. So, why miss any of them?” asks Pavitra Mattoo from Hindu College. Here’s a lowdown on the number and type of farewells happening in DU colleges.

1. College farewell is a starry affair
The college faculty bids adieu to the students the same way as it welcomes them in their first year – in a grand manner. As part of the official farewell of the college, a formal lunch or a dinner is organized by the faculty. “Our college farewell is called the grad night. Sometimes, a star is invited for the evening. Last year, Imtiaz Ali had come. I don’t know if they will call someone this time,” says Ayotakshi Tanz from Miranda House.

2. Group photo with teachers in department farewell
If a college farewell is a formal event, a department farewell is more about saying goodbye to your favourite teachers and classmates. “For a department farewell, each senior is given a title depending on their personality. After that, some give their parting speeches and then we all pose for a group photo,” says Suja Chandran from Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College. She adds, “I belong to the English department. This one will be the most special for me because I have spent most of my time with my teachers and classmates. They are family to me. A part of it will stay with us forever.”

3. Society farewells are an intimate affair
A college has several cultural societies – debating, dramatics, dance, and music being the major ones. If a student is part of any cultural society, there are chances they would have hardly attended any classes. That’s the reason society farewell parties are an intimate affair. If a society has 20 members, there might be just four who are graduating. “I’m most excited for my society farewell because this is the place where I’ve spent the majority of my college life,” says Aakash, who is part of Ibtida, the dramatics society of Hindu College.

“For the college farewell, we have students from all courses attending the event. But in a society farewell, there are only a few who are graduating and the juniors do everything possible to make their seniors feel special,” shares Vandita from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies.

4. HosteL farewell for the roomies

DU has students from all parts of the country who stay in PGs or hostels. Whether it is about late-night snacking or making chai in the dead of the night – a hostel becomes home for many. “College is coming to an end, so is our hostel life and I am like, ‘how did this happen so fast?'” says Devika from Hindu College. So, a farewell party in the hostel or PG is a must to say goodbye properly to one’s homies.

5. After-party is A must

Most events in Delhi University have an after-party. So how can students not have an unofficial farewell party? Sometimes, two or three departments contribute and organize a party together at a club. “We will have an unofficial party at someone’s flat or a club where will chill with friends. This might be the last time all of us will be partying together as college students,” shares Devika.

Why there are so many parties to attend

Anyone studying in Delhi University is not just a student. They have multiple identities, the foremost being that the student belongs to the college, and then to the department he/she studies in. And if they take part in extracurricular activities, they also belong to the college’s cultural society. A hosteller is not just an occupant, but someone who ‘belongs’ to the PG or hostel. Thus, a student doesn’t just graduate from a college, he/she graduates from a department, society and hostel or PG as well.
Source: TOI-Delhi

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