Piercing the haze [IE Ed2] Summer in Delhi is hot and oppressive But rarely is the city's air laden with toxic amounts of particulate matter The city's pollution levels worsened after a dust storm on June 12. O On June 14, PM 10 in the city's air skyrocketed to 938 microgrammes per cubic metre (ug/m3), significantly higher than the year's next highest of 650 ug/m3 on January 10 the safe limit for PM10 is 100ug/m3. With the Delhi government pressing in emergency measures, including a ban on construction activity, the city's air quality has improved somewhat. However, the city's PM 10 levels are still in the "severe" category. This is different from the localised storm that is a regular feature of the summer in most parts of North India Storms such as the one on June 12 are caused by prolonged dry spells and westerly winds blowing at high speeds. The haze they whip up is different from the winter pollution when lack of wind and low temperatures trap pollution inside Delhi. The dust carried by the June 12 storm was a mixture of particles released by the natural erosion of soil, pollen and microscopic organisms. This cocktail is, ipso facto, not hazardous. But the mixture carried by the storm was unhealthy because it had accumulated toxic substances from combustion sources in the wind's route pollution from vehicles, industry and biomass This means that local emergency measures, such as those instituted in Delhi, can, at best, mitigate the haze to a limited extent The most important lesson of Delhi's latest pollution problem is that the city will need a year-round strategy to ensure that its air remains healthy Pollution control agencies will have to scale up their coordination with the India Meteorological Department
Page1: Dhanush artillery gun clears final trials SPECIFICATIONS Length 45 caliber Crew 6-8 Caliber* 155 mm Breech: Screw type Recoil: Electro-rheological/ Magneto-rheological Elevation: -3 to 70 degree RATE OF FIRE Burst: 3 rounds in 15 seconds Intense: 15 rounds in 3 minutes Sustained: 60 rounds in 60 min Indigenous firepower A look at Dhanush, an upgraded version of the Swedish Bofors gun which was procured by India in the mid-1980s It is a 155-mm, 45-calibre gun with a range of 36 km, and has demonstrated a range of 38 km with specialised ammunition. It is Maximum firing range 38 km also compatible with all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) (DIAMETER OF THE PROJECTILE 155 mm ammunition systems IT SHOOTS)
Page11: New health scheme flawed: IMA The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded a review of the Centre's ambitious National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), saying it has "conceptual deficits and operational flaws". ssues the rates quoted by the government for various procedures were abysmal and impractical and most do not cover even 30% of the costs "No hospital can work on these rates without seriously compromising patient safety In the garb of cost-cutting, the government is exposing the people to danger in the hospitals The money allotted for the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS) would have better served the country if eve "The highly optic NHPS fails to create any new national asset The same money invested in our public hospitals would have brought secondary and tertiary care closer to the poor in our government hospitals "In addition to non-creation of new public sector hospitals, the government will lose around 400 crore to private health insurance companies which will manage the scheme. The insurance-driven healthcare is a failed experiment,". ry district hospital was strengthened with an infrastructure o 2 crore each "The IMA has suggested to the government that the NHPS be modelled as healthcare purchase directly from the provider hospitals, removing insurance companies and third party administrators These intermediaries siphon off 40% of the budgeted money and are breeders of corruption and unethical practices,".
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