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70% Indians not willing to take COVID-19 vaccine, finds study

A study conducted by LocalCircles, a community social media platform, with more than 18000 people from 242 districts has revealed that almost 70% Indians are not interested in taking the COVID-19 vaccine shot. As per the study, in October, this number stood at 61%. Out of the total respondents, 66% were men and 34% were women. The study was conducted in two phases: the first phase from October 15th to 20th. while the second was from December 10th to 15th.

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The members of LocalCircles have said that the reason for unwillingness of the citizens can be misinformation about the vaccine and its side effects, and also a growing belief that one will not be infected with higher immunity levels.

Source: The Indian Express

Farmer protests: Chilla border partially opened for traffic

One side of the Chilla border, where the aggrieved farmers have been protesting for more than twenty days, has been opened for commuters, whereas Tikri and Dhansa borders remain closed. Jhatikara border has been opened for pedestrians and two-wheelers, informed the Delhi Traffic Police.

As borders for Delhi to Noida and Ghaziabad were closed due to ongoing protests, police urged residents to take the DND route, Anand Vihar, Apsara or Bhopra borders.

Source: Hindustan Times

Delhi prepares to process the Ghazipur landfill waste site by 2024

In a review meeting of Delhi Assembly’s Environment Committee, East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir has stated that the waste at the Ghazipur landfill site will be completely processed by December 2024. The meeting was being chaired by AAP MLA Atishi Marlena.

Ghazipur landfill is one of the largest dumping sites in India. It spans across an area as huge as 70 acres and stands 65 metres tall. Frequent fires and pollution is a huge health hazard for those living in its vicinity. The committee has directed the Municipal Commissioners of East and North Delhi Municipal Corporations to submit a plan to reduce the height of the landfill along with proper timelines and targets.

Source: Times Now

Nizampet Municipal Corporation seals illegal buildings and structures in Hyderabad

Spread over an area of 88 square kilometers, Nizampet Municipal Corporation (NMC) has identified 1,001 illegal buildings in Nizampet, Bachupally and Pragatinagar areas of the city. In the last few days, the corporation has been successful in sealing 113 such illegal structures. The buildings have been sealed under Section 181 of the Telangana Municipalities Act.

The officials have said that the above mentioned areas have become a hub of illegal construction due to their close proximity to the IT corridor and Hi-tech city.

Source: Times Now

23 new areas merged into Pune Municipal Corporation

In the government order signed by the Urban Development Minister of Maharashtra, 23 new areas were merged into PMC limits. With this the city’s new area has now increased from 331 square km to 485 square km. Kolewadi, Sus, Kopre, Nanded, Mhalunge, Pisoli are some of the areas that have been merged into the PMC.

Source: Free Press Journal

No new year celebrations, night curfew extended till Jan 5 in Shimla

Four major tourist districts in Himachal will be under night curfew till 5th January 2021, as per the decision taken by the state cabinet. Also, these cities will not host any public new year events, said the government. Shimla, Kullu, Kangra and Mandi are the four districts that will witness the night curfew and hence, would not be able to host any new year celebrations.

Source: Times Now

Compiled by Rishabh Shrivastava

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