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His first printed cartoon was in Shankars [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sarah Hafeez | New Delhi | Published: March 29 2017 4:45 am Over 13000 vehicles have been issued challans since November 12 2016 Archive Top News OF THE 19 lakh diesel vehicles in the city that have been plying for more than 15 years and de-registered by the Transport Department last year only 114 have been impounded by traffic police so far The de-registration was done after the National Green Tribunal called for it as an immediate measure to curb air pollution “Since de-registering 19 lakh diesel vehicles on November 12 Delhi Traffic Police have impounded 114 vehicles Diesel vehicles older than 15 years have scarcely been found plying on the roads No one is taking them out or driving them around” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Garima Bhatnagar said Stating the reason for the number of impounded vehicles being so few traffic police said owners are selling off the old vehicles in neighbouring states such as Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh where these vehicles are allowed to ply “People are selling off their vehicles or sending them to relatives living in neighbouring states That is why so few vehicles have been challaned so far” Bhatnagar said In comparison over 13000 vehicles without “pollution under control certificates” have been issued challans since November 12 when traffic police intensified its drive to abate pollution Taking old diesel vehicles off the roads was one of the primary agendas set by the NGT and other courts in the fight against air pollution When 19 lakh vehicles were deregistered traffic police the Delhi government and the DDA had planned to tackle the space shortage by drawing up a list of vacant DDA plots where the impounded vehicles would be parked temporarily till March 31 With the March 31 deadline nearing and so few cars in traffic police have not used the DDA plot in Narela in the northwest of the capital at all Bhatnagar however said “We refused to use the plot because towing vehicles from south Delhi for instance to Narela would be difficult” There is also a chance that owners are plying old vehicles in bylanes or smaller roads unmanned by traffic personnel since traffic police are restricted to main roads or owners are keeping old vehicles parked at homes sources said “The courts have asked the Delhi government not to issue NOCs allowing vehicles older than 15 years to be sold in states outside the NCR so owners are selling vehicles on the sly And while we are authorised to issue NOCs to vehicles aged between 10 and 15 years for sale outside neighbouring states are not willing to take these vehicles” a Delhi government official said Two states including Himachal Pradesh have already refused residents permission to buy old diesel vehicles In some districts in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh however purchase of old cars are being allowed Other states haven’t responded to our notification yet So vehicle owners are not approaching us with NOC requests They are selling off vehicles secretly he said For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsDamascus Syria: Palmyra the ancient Syrian city that has fallen to the Islamic State jihadist group has withstood the last 2000 years with its immaculate temples and colonnaded streets Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site the "pearl of the desert" is a well-preserved oasis 210 kilometres (130 miles) northeast of Damascus Palmyra which means City of Palms is known in Syria as Tadmor or City of Dates Its name first appeared on a tablet in the 19th Century BC as a stopping point for caravans travelling on the Silk Road and between the Gulf and the Mediterranean But it was during the Roman Empire beginning in the 1st Century BC and lasting another 400 years that Palmyra rose to prominence File photo of Palmyra AFP Though surrounded by desert dunes Palmyra developed into a luxurious metropolis thanks to the trade of spices perfumes silk and ivory from the east and statues and glasswork from Phoenicia In the year 129 AD Roman emperor Hadrian declared Palmyra a "free city" within his empire During the rest of the century its famous temples — including the Agora and the temple honouring Bel (Baal) — were built Before the arrival of Christianity in the second century Palmyra worshipped the trinity of the Babylonian god Bel as well Yarhibol (the sun) and Aglibol (the moon) As the Roman Empire faced internal political instability in the third century Palmyra took the opportunity to declare its independence Palmyrans beat back the Romans in the west and Persian forces in the east in a revolt led by Zenobia who then became queen By 270 Zenobia had conquered all of Syria and parts of Egypt and had arrived at Asia Minor’s doorstep But when Roman emperor Aurelian retook the city the powerful queen was taken back to Rome and Palmyra began to decline in prominence Scars of war Before Syria’s crisis began in March 2011 more than 150000 tourists visited Palmyra every year admiring its beautiful statues over 1000 columns and formidable necropolis of over 500 tombs Palmyra’s richest residents had constructed and sumptuously decorated these monuments to the dead some of which have been recently looted Palmyra bears scars of Syria’s ongoing war: clashes between armed rebels and government forces in 2013 left collapsed columns and statues in their wake Hundreds of statues and artefacts from Palmyra’s museum were transferred out of the city before it fell to the Islamic State jihadist group in May according to Syria’s antiquities chief Mamoun Abdulkarim But many others including massive tombs could not be moved Islamic State militants have now started a campaign of destruction against what they see as the idolatrous structures The Temple of Bel the centrepiece of Palmyra’s famed ruins was confirmed destroyed on Monday by satellite images from the United Nations a week after the jihadists blew up the ancient shrine of Baal Shamin While most of Palmyra’s famous sites are still intact there have been reports that IS has laid them with mines and the group has reportedly also destroyed a famous statue of a lion outside the city’s museum AFP By: Express Web Desk | Galle | Updated: July 29 2017 11:05 pm Virat Kohli was brilliant with the bat as he scored a brisk 103* in the second innings for the visitors (Source: AP) Related News Virat Kohli after an indifferent outing in the home series against Australia was back among the runs as the Indian skipper scored a brisk hundred in the second innings against Sri Lanka The right-hander scored his 17th hundred in the format and was happy to have a positive outing when the team needed it “I wasn’t looking at things from people’s point of view I think people on the outside start counting the number of innings when a batsman doesn’t score well But for us as batsmen or anyone playing in the eleven it’s about what the team wants in that particular situation” said Kohli at the post match presser after India thrashed Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test “I think the second innings required us to play a bit more positively and I am glad I was able to do that along with Abhinav Mukund It helped to get us enough time to get the opposition out and put enough runs on the board for us to feel comfortable “I mean I certainly wasn’t looking at how many innings I haven’t scored because when you are playing all formats you are not thinking which format you have not scored runs in how many innings You cannot utilise so much energy in that but it always feels good to score runs especially when the team wins” Kohli added Rangana Herath felt that Sri Lankan batting didn’t live up to the expectations (Source: AP) Kohli termed team’s performance as clinical but felt there were some areas to improve on “Yes we would like to think we ticked all the boxes with this win There are still some areas that we can look back and try to improve on Especially when you get 4-5 wickets we need to not let the lower order get away with a few runs in the latter half of the innings It is something that we can identify and work on in the next two games as well “All in all playing Test cricket after February when we played last from then having played so much one-day cricket and not having the time to prepare so much in between I think it was good to get back in the groove and do the things that are supposed to be done to win a Test match” said Kohli Virat Kohli says that the win over Sri Lanka at Galle was special (Source: AP) “From that point of view I would say that we had a pretty good game As I mentioned we always look for things that we can still improve on but very happy with the first game” Galle wicket was no where close to the one India got back in 2015 After the win Kohli was pleased with the teams show and their art of winning matches on flat tracks Kohli expressed pleasure that his team had become adept at the art of winning Test matches on flat tracks “The last time when we played here on this surface it offered much more to the bowlers It kept the bowlers in the game throughout both the quicks and the spinners more so This time it was good to bat on even till today and if you applied yourselves well you could easily score runs on this “So we had to work hard to get all the wickets that we did I think the bowlers came up with different plans and they persisted long enough to get those breakthroughs That is something that always helps at the beginning of the series if you get a victory like that on a surface that is not offering much” explained the skipper Kohli lauded the team’s bowlers for performing consistently in the last two years He even praised his batsmen for reading the game well and playing according to the situation “Plus they know what they have to do on the pitch to get people out now which is the most important factor Especially in Test matches if you are not getting wickets then how to contain runs or how to create opportunities to get wickets “Even batsmen have become smarter now You don’t need to necessarily tell someone how to bat or how to plan an innings They understand they prepare themselves really well so guys have become more professional in the last two years and they understand how Test matches are won That understanding of the game is something that has come a long way in the last three years” he said (With PTI inputs) For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Parthasarathi Biswas | Pune | Updated: July 1 2017 5:03 am DCCBs were barred from accepting as well as exchanging old notes from November 14 with the RBI citing the non-compliance of KYC norms for account holders as the reason Related News After over seven months the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given the beleaguered District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) the green signal to exchange their deposits in old currency notes The remittance however will be restricted only to deposits the banks had received between November 10-14 The 31 DCCBs in Maharashtra like their counterparts across the country had faced severe restrictions from the RBI soon after the central government announced on November 8 its decision to withdraw Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes These banks were barred from accepting as well as exchanging old notes from November 14 with the RBI citing the non-compliance of KYC norms for account holders as the reason Between November 10 and 14 these banks had seen more than Rs 2000 crore in deposits which the RBI had refused to remit citing non-sanitised KYC accounts While hearing a plea by the DCCBs the Supreme Court had allowed the remittance of old currency notes but asked for KYC compliance of the accounts Subsequently NABARD had conducted four verifications of the bank accounts Last week the central government had given the green signal for the exchange of old notes but RBI had not issued any directions about that The deep rural penetration of DCCBs makes them invaluable for securing rural credit The seven-month limbo had hampered the disposal of both rabi and kharif crop loans Till June end only Rs 570742 crore in crop loans had been disbursed by these banks; they had disbursed as much as Rs 1045177 crore worth of kharif crop loan last year Banks had cited liquidity crunch and mounting losses as the reason behind their failure to disburse loans The cumulative losses to the bank due to non-remittance of old currency notes is estimated to be Rs 300 crore However the RBI’s green signal has come with a rider and the DCCBs will not be able to exchange old notes deposited before November 10 Narendra Darade chairman of the Nashik DCCB said the bank has Rs 25 crore from the pre-demonetisation period “What are we going to do with that money It was deposited with the bank as part of usual transactions” he said The Pune DCCB had tried to deposit Rs 25 crore just before the note ban but the currency chest banks had written to them about their lack of space and refused to accept the same Ramesh Thorat chairman of the Pune DCCB said the bank will furnish the written refusal to the RBI However Thorat said the RBI has specified only certain branches for remittance and that would mean further logistical trouble for the banks For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related Newst recall last fortnight, We watched dozens of repetitions of Porto taking corners, 2-1 at Porto in the Champions League.

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