From smog cutters to diet tips: Vadra, Kohli and other celebs on Delhi smog

 

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Ordinary mortals are not the only people concerned about Delhi’s abysmal air quality and its blanket of Delhi smog. celebrities and well-known individuals are voicing their concerns, and possible solutions, too.

 

In a bipartisan appeal on Facebook for tackling the menace, Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra says,”Poisoned air doesn’t care which caste or religion you belong to. It is an undiscriminating killer. The time to lay down a road-map is now. The road to a solution starts with us.”

 

Calling on the Centre and the Delhi state government to set aside their “political slug fest” and focus on “the safety and well being of Delhi’s citizens”, Vadra points at China’s success at “drastically” reducing its smog levels by “employing such techniques as massive windmill style fans (to dissipate smog cover)”.

 

Calling for long-term sustainable solutions, Vadra goes on to list out some himself: “The previous Government imposed energy efficiency standards on air conditioners, fridges and other electronic appliances. This in turn led to a drastic cut in electricity consumption. We need more electric cars and buses. We need better solutions for our farmers. It is a one time cost for the Government to purchase the machines which can turn husk into safe and non-toxic refuse.”

 

He also highlighted that in the wake of reports that the Delhi government was sitting on a Rs 787-cr green fund, it was time to deploy “imaginative solutions”.

 

As reported earlier, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday blamed the Centre for blocking projects, an RTI query revealed that the Arvind Kejriwal-led government did not spend even a paisa out of the Rs 787 crore it collected as environment cess since January 1 this year.

 

As the capital city grappled with dangerously high pollution levels, the Right to Information (RTI) query on Wednesday found the Delhi government was unable to specify its utilisation of the Rs 787 crore green cess collected during 2017. The government said it spent Rs 93 lakh of the cess in 2016, but there was “no mention of any expenditure” in 2017.

 

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Peepli Live’ actor Sitaram Panchal passes away

 

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Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away early morning today after battling kidney and lung cancer. He was 54.

 

The actor, who made his Bollywood debut in 1994 with “Bandit Queen” and went on to feature in critically-acclaimed films such as, “Peepli Live”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, “Paan Singh Tomar” and “Jolly LLB 2”, died at his residence here, family sources confirmed.

 

“He died today morning. He was suffering from cancer and was unwell. He wasn’t keeping well in the last few months,” family sources said.

 

The actor had celebrated his 26th wedding anniversary with his son Rishabh Panchal and wife Uma Panchal on Wednesday.

 

Panchal’s son had posted a picture with the actor and wished his parents– “Happy 26th anniversary mom and dad.”

 

Last month, Panchal had even put up a post on social media seeking financial help for his cancer treatment.

 

“Brothers, please help me, I have cancer, your artiste, Sitaram Panchal,” he had written.

 

Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) then came forward to help the actor.

 

“We assure him of all the help we can provide to him in his hour of need and also urge all of you to open your hearts,” it wrote at the time.

 

He was discharged from the hospital last month.