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Post-Diwali air still polluted There was a slight dip in the air pollution levels during the Diwali days (from November 12th to November 14th) this time compared to last year, according to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB).  The average Air Quality Index (AQI) in the KSPCB station of Jayanagar on the first day was 214, a decline from 254 last year. On the second day, it was 248 (poor category), still better than 312 (very poor category) in 2022. The average AQI for the three days was 234, against last year’s 257.  The uptick was issued for 39 stations,…

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As the city continues to grow and evolve, so does the need for robust fire safety preparedness. Chennai has had its fair share of fire accidents, claiming lives and gutting properties. This Diwali weekend, the fire department received more than 100 calls, most of them for minor incidents. According to the data from the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services, there has been a noticeable uptick in fire mishaps over the past few years. In 2022, Tamil Nadu recorded over 19,206 fire-related emergencies, and 67 lives lost to fire hazards. Property worth 29.76 crores was lost, underlining the financial impact…

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Mosquito breeding sites identified by GCC The Greater Chennai Corporation has located sites where there is extensive mosquito breeding in the city. The civic body has tagged 1500 such sites across the city. The sites include commercial buildings and spots that are under construction. The exercise has been underway since August. Thiruvottiyur zone has the highest number of mosquito breeding sites, followed by Manali.  Mosquito breeding and the onset of monsoon have caused a spike in Dengue cases in the city with the current tally for the year at 493. The civic body has undertaken several mosquito control measures in…

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Mumbai breathes ‘temporary’ fresh air  The recent light rain across Mumbai has significantly improved the city's air quality, registering an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 74 on Friday. Out of the 24 monitoring stations, several recorded a 'satisfactory' AQI between 50 and 100. This unexpected rainfall is linked to a low-pressure system in the east-central Arabian Sea. In contrast, Mumbai had been witnessing poor air quality since last month, post-monsoon, with the overall AQI reaching as high as 193 last week. Numerous areas in the city had reported 'poor' air quality, with AQI levels consistently above 250. Source: Indian Express…

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24 TMC Cauvery water for city The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is drawing up a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to use additional 6 tmcft Cauvery water for the drinking water needs of Bengaluru. The government has issued an order to the BWSSB to use 24 TMC of Cauvery water annually for the City and its surrounding areas. After meeting the legal team in the national capital, Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar, in charge of Water Resources Department, said that the city can use 24 TMC, according to the Supreme Court’s order in 2018. Currently, it is using…

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அக்டோபர் முதல் டிசம்பர் வரையிலான பருவமழைக் காலத்தில் சென்னை அதன் ஆண்டுவாரியான மழையின் பெரும்பகுதியைப் பெறுகிறது. இது பருவமழை வெயிலில் இருந்து நிவாரணம் அளித்தாலும், வாகன ஓட்டிகளுக்கு பல்வேறு சவால்களை ஏற்படுத்துகிறது.  மழைக்காலத்தில் வாகனம் ஓட்டுவது ஆபத்தானது. இதனால் சாலை விபத்துகள் மற்றும் உயிரிழப்புகள் கூட ஏற்படலாம். இந்த அபாயங்கள் இரண்டு முக்கிய காரணிகளால் விளைகின்றன: சாலை நிலைமைகள் மற்றும் ஓட்டுநர்கள் போதுமான பாதுகாப்பு முன்னெச்சரிக்கை நடவடிக்கைகளை எடுக்காமை. Read more: Road accidents in Chennai and what can be done to prevent them மழைக்காலத்தில் சென்னை சாலைகள் மழை நாளில் ஓட்டுநர்கள் எதிர்கொள்ளக்கூடிய மிக வெளிப்படையான ஆபத்து மேற்பரப்பு நீர் தேங்கலாக இருக்கலாம். எடுத்துக்காட்டாக,  ஜூன் இ 2023 இல் , சென்னையில் ஒரே இரவில் பெய்த மழை குறிப்பிடத்தக்க விளைவுகளை ஏற்படுத்தியது, அங்கு காவல்துறை மற்றும் பேரிடர் மீட்புப் பணியாளர்களை நியமிக்கக் கோரி கிட்டத்தட்ட 80 இடங்களில் தண்ணீர் தேங்கியது. மேற்பரப்பு நீர் தேங்குவது ஏற்கனவே உள்ள…

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Every time the rainy season brings its share of thundershowers and gusty winds, Roshni Pillai, a resident of Thiruvanmiyur is wary of taking her three-year-old out of the house. Last year, the little girl caught a respiratory infection during the monsoons, which took a while to resolve. "Children are vulnerable to seasonal infections, especially during the monsoons and we are being careful so that the severe cough and runny nose do not come back," says Roshni. With the onset of the rainy season, diseases tend to surge, creating health concerns for residents. Meanwhile, Chennai's public health system is also gearing…

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Every season brings its own positives and challenges for Aapli Mumbai. Monsoon is over and we are now grappling with the onset of winter and air pollution. Whatever the season and its challenges, it is important to look at the systemic issues and keep the focus on solutions. Only the collective will and efforts of the people and the administration can make the city more liveable. With that thought, Citizen Matters had organised an Essay Competition – Mumbai Monsoon Masterminds, calling for opinions from residents of Mumbai to share their experiences about monsoons and offer unique solutions. In the following…

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GCC to work with NGOs for stray dog census The Greater Chennai Corporation is planning to work with various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to carry out the census of stray dogs in Chennai. The census will be part of the Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme that will ensure that all strays in the city are sterilised. A comprehensive policy for the census, vaccination and sterilisation of strays will also be evolved by the civic body.  The meeting of the civic body officials also flagged the issue of the city having only two NGOs which have been authorised to carry out sterilisations.…

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Four-year degrees at non-autonomous colleges Starting from the academic year 2024-25, 812 non-autonomous colleges affiliated with the University of Mumbai will offer four-year degree courses such as BA, BSc, and BCom. The academic council of the University of Mumbai decided to introduce it in alignment with the guidelines of the New Education Policy (NEP). It is aimed at providing innovative and career-focused educational pathways. The undergraduate degree course will offer multiple entry and exit points, with options for certification, diploma, and basic Bachelor's degrees. Previously, the University of Mumbai had already implemented this four-year degree system in the majority of…

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