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8th March- The Hindu Editorial - Part-1 (in Hindi)
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  1. THEDU EDITORIAL DISCUSSION gth March THE HINDU


  2. Probing the press The Official Secrets Act can't be an instrument to censor embarrassing media revelations. UBHODESP


  3. Official Secrets Act, 1923 (OSAI SECRET Anti-espionage act held over from the British colonial period States that actions which involve helping an enemy state against India are strongly condemned According to this Act, helping the enemy state can be in the form of communicating a sketch, plan, model of an official secret, or of official codes or passwords, to the enemy UBHODESP


  4. The essential distinction between public interest and the interest of the government of the day seems to have been lost Few can doubt that these revelationsadvance the public interest, and have no impact on national security. The documentary evidence published so far indicatesthat "parallel parleys" held at the behest of the Prime Minister's Office undermined the Indian Negotiating Team's discussions with the French side. OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT Adverse effect on the pricing of the 36 jets to be bought in fly-away condition. UBHODESP


  5. The publication of the documents and news reports based on them constitute the legitimate exercise of the freedom of the press. The threat of a criminal investigation under the Official Secrets Act, 1923 (OSA) is disappointing. Can the government seek shelter behind the notion of national security if a corrupt practice had indeed taken place? In times when information freedom is seen as salutary for democracy, laws such as the OSA should yield to the moral imperative behind the Right to Information Act UBHODESP


  6. Breathing clean Political will is integral to the tackling of India's hazardous air pollution UBHODESP


  7. An assessment of the quality of air across countries and in cities has come as a fresh warning to India on the levels of deadly pollutants its citizens are breathing The IQ AirVisual 2018 World Air Quality Report published in collaboration with Greenpeace underscores that Delhi remains an extremely hazardous city to live in. The national capital exposes people to air containing annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5) of 113.5 micrograms per cubic metre, when it should be no more than 10 micrograms as per WHO guidelines. In fact, Gurugram, which borders Delhi, fares even worse with a PM2.5 level of 135.8 micrograms, while 15 of the 20 cities worldwide ranked the worst on air pollution metrics are in India, UBHODESP


  8. Delhi's air quality has been making headlines for years now. Yet, measures to mitigate emissions have not moved into crisis mode: the launch this year of the National Clean Air Programme for 102 cities and towns, including the capital, talks only of long-term benefits of mitigation programmes beyond 2024, and not a dramatic reduction in near-term pollutiorn This has to change, and an annual target for reduction be set to make governments accountable. Achieving a reduction within a short window is not impossible if there is the political will to reform key sectors: transport, biomass and construction UBHODESP


  9. The monitoring of air quality in real time across cities and towns in India is far from adequate or uniform. Dusty sources such as roads, construction sites and bare soil added about 42% of the coarse particulate matter (PM10) in summer, while in winter it was a significant 31%. Similarly, PM10 from t seasons. ra n sport varied between 15% and 18% across Yet, it is the even more unhealthy PM2.5 penetratingthe lungs that causes greater worry. UBHODESP


  10. Vehicles contributed 18-23% of these particulates, while biomass burning was estimated to make up 15-22%, and dusty sources 34% during summer. These insights provide a road map for action. The Delhi government, which has done well to decide on inducting 1,000 electric buses, should speed up the plan and turn its entire fleet green. A transition to electric vehicles for all commercial applications, with funding from the Centre's programme for adoption of EVs, should be a priority in cities. Cutting nitrogen and sulphur emissions from industrial processes needs a time-bound programme supervised by the Environment Ministry. UBHODESP


  11. These are priority measures to get urban India out of the red zone. UBHODESP


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