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14 of World’s 20 Most Polluted Cities in India, WHO Reveals

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Polluted Cities in India: Delhi and Varanasi are among the 14 Indian cities that are featured in the list of most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM2.5 levels in 2016, a report released by WHO today. The report also stated that 9 out of 10 people in the world breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Other polluted cities in India were Kanpur, Gaya, Patna, Faridabad, Srinagar, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Gurgaon, Patiala, Jaipur and Jodhpur followed by Ali Subah Al-Salem in Kuwait and few cities in Mongolia and China. In terms of PM10 levels, 13 cities in India are figured among the 20 most-polluted in the world in 2016.

WHO has called upon the Southeast Asia region member countries to address the double burden of household & outdoor air pollution, saying the region, which includes India, accounts for 34 pc or 2.4 million of 7 million premature deaths caused by household and ambient air pollution together globally every year. The PM2.5 contains pollutants like sulfate, black carbon and nitrate, which poses a high level of risk to human health.

Polluted Cities in India

Polluted Cities in India

According to WHO’s world urban air pollution database, ambient air pollution alone caused 4.2 million deaths in 2016, and household air pollution caused nearly 3.8 million died in the same period. From 2016, almost 1,000 additional cities have been added to the database of WHO’s, which indicates that more countries are taking specific measures to reduce air pollution. The report also stated that “nearly 7 million people die every year due the exposure of fine particles in the polluted air which penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system, thereby causing diseases including heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.”

The report also revealed that nearly 90% of air pollution-related deaths occur in low and middle-income countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, followed by low and middle-income countries of the eastern Mediterranean region of Europe and America. Regarding that, India’s Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’s plan has provided 37 million women living below the poverty line with free LPG connections in just two years. All the countries in the polluted region are taking certain efforts to expand the availability of clean fuels and technologies, but 60% of the population doesn’t have clean fuel.

Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director of WHO southeast Asia said,

“Air pollution needs to be brought under control with urgent and effective action. Non-communicable diseases are the leading cause of deaths globally, and air pollution contributes significantly to NCDs such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and lung cancer. Cleaning up the air we breathe will help prevent NCDs, particularly among women and vulnerable groups such as children, those already ill and the elderly.”

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Thoothukudi Sterlite Protest: 1 Dead as Police Shot Once Again

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Thoothukudi Sterlite Protest: Protests for closing the copper smelting plant in Tuticorin has been occurring for the past three months but no positive result was gained by the protestors. Ten protesters were killed in police firing while agitating against the Vedanta group’s Sterlite Copper plant on Tuesday. Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Dhanush and MK Stalin took to Twitter to condemn the use of force against the protestors.

According to reports, a man has been killed after the police opened fire again on Wednesday in Thoothukudi’s Anna Nagar after people pelted stones. Reportedly, a 22-year-old Kaliyappan was killed after receiving a fatal injury on the leg. Further, five others are injured in the firing. The situation is tensed in the district after the clashes between the police and the protesters turned into a tragedy when at least 11 protesters were killed on Tuesday in police firing.

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Thoothukudi Sterlite Protest: Police Shot Once Again and 1 Dead

Thoothukudi Sterlite Protest: Police Shot Once Again and 1 Dead

National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the Tamil Nadu chief secretary and the director general of police over the firing. NHRC earlier ordered the state to submit a detailed report within two weeks on police firing and the deaths.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami has ordered a judicial inquiry into the violence and police firing while appealing for calm from the people. The CM has also assured to take necessary steps in line with their demands against Sterlite Industries.

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Happy National Brother's Day 2018

Happy Brother’s Day 2018: Brother’s Day or National Brother’s Day seeks to celebrate brother’s, the male sibling and their contributions to every one of their families. National Brother’s Day is celebrated annually on 24th may, and it seeks to honour the bond between brothers and its significance. C. Daniel Rhodes of Alabama created National Brother’s Day. Whether we have one or many, our brothers will hold a special place in our hearts. Brothers are the dependable source of endless love and joy in our lives. No matter what the distance between you and your brother, they are always there when you need them the most. On this day, celebrate and appreciate the unique bond which exists between you and your brother. Check below for Happy Brothers Day 2018 | Images, Wishes, Greetings, Quotes, Messages and much more.

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How to Celebrate Brother’s Day 2018

Celebrate National Brother’s Day 2018 by giving your brother a call and reminisce on stories from your childhood. Spend an entire day with your brother and create some new memories. Take your brother out for a meal and discuss cherished family memories together. If it is a long time since you have seen your brother, perhaps it is the day to get back in touch with your brother. Take pictures with your brother and use the hashtags #HappyBrothersDay, #NationalBrothersDay, #BrothersDay, #Brothers and #NBD to share your celebrations on social media.

Happy Brother’s Day Wishes

Here are some of the National Brother’s Day 2018 Wishes that you can use to wish your brother on that day.

  • I feel proud when I call you my brother. I want to feel this today and every day.” – Happy Brothers Day 2018
  • Do you know which is the world’s stickiest glue? The one that’s between me and you. Love you bro.” – Happy National Brothers Day 2018
  • From saying I Hate You during childhood to I Miss You during college to Thank You right now – we both have come a long way. Love you bro.” – Happy Brothers Day 2018
  • The best part of having a brother like you is that I have never feared losing a best friend. Thanks dear.” – Happy National Brothers Day 2018
  • You are the reason my childhood has been special, teenage memorable, grown-up years unforgettable and my whole life remarkable. Thank you brother.” – Happy Brothers Day 2018

  • The beauty of having a little brother is that he will always protect his sister even if he is half her size. Thanks bro, you will always be my little buddy.” – Happy National Brothers Day 2018
  • I fearlessly chased all my BIG dreams knowing that my BIG brother will always look out for me. I will never be able to be a BIG bro to you but the least I can do is start by saying a BIG Thank You to you.” – Happy Brothers Day 2018
  • I never knew the meaning of unconditional support until you picked me up even when I was wrong – again and again until I started doing the right things in life. Thanks bro.” – Happy National Brothers Day 2018

Happy Brother’s Day Quotes

Here are some of the National Brother’s Day 2018 Quotes that you can use to wish your brother on that day.

  • There is a little boy inside the man who is my brother… Oh, how I hated that little boy. And how I love him too.” – Anna Quindlen
  • Oh, brothers! I don’t care for brothers. My elder brother won’t die, and my younger brothers seem never to do anything else.” – Oscar Wilde
  • There is a destiny which makes us brothers; none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” – Edwin Markham
  • I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.” – Maya Angelou
Happy Brother's Day

Happy Brother’s Day

  • When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life.”- Antisthenes
  • A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” – King Solomon
  • Brothers don’t necessarily have to say anything to each other – they can sit in a room and be together and just be completely comfortable with each other.” – Leonardo DiCaprio
  • If you want to know how your girl will treat you after marriage, just listen to her talking to her little brother.” – Sam Levenson

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Happy National Brother's Day 2018

Happy National Brother’s Day 2018

Happy National Brother's Day 2018

Happy Brother’s Day 2018

Happy National Brother's Day 2018

Happy National Brother’s Day 2018

Happy National Brother's Day 2018

Happy Brother’s Day 2018

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Anti-Sterlite Protests Turn Violent | 9 Dead and Many Injured as Police Open Fire

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Thoothukudi Sterlite Protest: Protests for closing the copper smelting plant in Tuticorin has been occurring for the past three months but no positive result was gained by the protestors. Thus the frustrated protestors went on a rampage today appealing the ruling government to take legal actions on the plant. The official statement from the government did not mention any casualties but the local media reports confirm around 9 begin dead in today’s riots. Around 20,000 people gathered today in front of district collector’s office and started abusing the government.

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Police open fire in Tuticorin | Thoothukudi Sterlite Protest

The AIADMK spokesperson Jayakumar said that the cops didn’t have any option but to open fire to keep the chaos under control, which had turned “extremely violent”. MK Stalin, working president of the opposition DMK Party has blamed the government for such arrogant activity on protestors who had been peacefully protesting. The Sterlite plant should be shut down he added.

“Citizens are not criminals. They are the ones who lose their lives,”

Mr Kamal Haasan of the Makkal Needhi Maiam commented on the event. “It is the negligence of the government. The government ignored peaceful protests,” he added.

Environmental activists point out that the plant, controlled by London-headquartered Vedanta Resources, can produce 400,000 tonnes of copper a year. It has been shut for more than 50 days pending permission from the state pollution regulator due to alleged non-compliance with pollution rules.

Anti-Sterlite Protests Turn Violent

Anti-Sterlite Protests Turn Violent

In the year 2013, hundreds of people suffered breathing difficulty, nausea and throat infection following an alleged gas leak from the plant. The Sterlite plant was ordered to shut down following allegations of violating pollution control norms but reopened after authorities “failed” to establish that the gas had leaked from Sterlite. Later, the Supreme Court ordered the company to pay a 100 crores fine.

Anti-Sterlite Protests Turn Violent

Anti-Sterlite Protests Turn Violent | Thoothukudi Sterlite Protest

But there is no clarity on why the protest turned violent this time. The police officials said that the protesters toppled vehicles, set fire on many vehicles, hurled stones at the police and destroys the district collector’s office. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami said that they had no other choice to stop the protestors and also tweeted,

DMK working president and opposition leader MK Stalin have blamed the government for ignoring the protests for 100 days because it was peaceful. He also condemned “police atrocities” on the protestors.

Makkal Neethi Maiam Leader Kamal Haasan also blamed the ruling AIADMK  government for ignoring peaceful protests. He said that Citizens are not criminals… They are the ones who lose their lives,”.

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