05DD01Anew.qxd 11/4/2013 9:58 PM Page 1 SPORTS 2 Wills Youth, Nehrugram enter final STAR TRACK 3 Farhan to go live The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Dehradun Plus Dehradun Tuesday November 5, 2013 Pollution levels go through the roof this Diwali GAURAV TALWAR NOISE POLLUTION TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE ❚ CMI Chowk- 68 dB ❚ Vasant Vihar- 69 dB ❚ Ballupur Road- 77 dB ❚ Krishan Nagar- 80 dB ❚ Clock Tower- 76 dB ❚ Saharanpur Chowk- 78 dB ❚ Nehru Colony- 70 dB ❚ Race Course- 71 dB ❚ Prince Chowk- 72 dB ❚ Doon Hospital- 66 dB DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 4 The state capital is feeling the after-effects of Diwali. According to the Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board, air and noise pollutions peaked across Dehradun on Sunday evening as people burst crackers to celebrate the festival. Sulphur dioxide (SO 2) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) remained above the permissible levels. The respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) was recorded three times above the danger level at some All set for UK royals' visit tomorrow DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 4 The Dehradun police has made all preparations for the visit of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla to Dehradun on November 6. A review meeting was also held at the Police Lines here today to discuss security arrangements. IGP (Law & Order) Ram Singh Meena presided over the meeting, which was attended by DIG, Garhwal, Amit Sinha and SSP, Dehradun, Kewal Khuranna. During the meeting, SSP Kewal Khuranna directed police personnel to remain vigil and follow all instructions. The SSP said tight security arrangements would be in place on all routes going towards the Forest Research Institute (FRI) and the Indian Military Academy (IMA). — TNS places. The maximum SO2 level at Clock Tower was 29.61 (micrograms per meter cube), followed by 28.47 on Rajpur Road and 28.28 at Nehru Colony. The maximum NO 2 pollution was measured at Nehru Colony with 34.29. The NO2 level at Clock Tower and Rajpur Road remained at 33.21 and 32.47, respectively. The Nehru Colony area remained the most polluted as far as the RSPM level is concerned. It was measured at 397.96 Gala celebrations with a difference at Nehru Colony, followed by 244.27 Rajpur Road and 227.03 Clock Tower. Notably, 100 RSPM is the standard level and anything above that is considered dangerous for human beings. Eighty (micrograms per meter cube) is the standard level for SO2 and NO2. The noise pollution level also crossed all limits on Sunday evening. Krishan Nagar Chowk recorded the maximum noise pollution (80 decibel), followed by Saharanpur Chowk (78 decibel). Notably, the safe limit of noise pollution in residential areas is 55 decibel and in silent zones like hospitals, it is 45 decibel. Leopard captured, released in forest MAD activists with children of Bihari Basti during the Diwali celebrations in Dehradun on Sunday. A Tribune photograph TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 4 DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 4 A leopard was captured from the FRI campus here by the forest department officials and later released in jungle yesterday, FRI sources disclosed. The female leopard had been entering the FRI residential complex from the Ton-Birpur side on a regular basis and is believed to have devoured domestic dogs, instilling fear among the residents. According to FRI Range Officer Vijay Kumar, the female leopard was caught in one of the traps laid down on the intervening night of November 2 and 3. The trap was laid near bungalow No 9 after several complaints of its sighting by the inhabitants of the area. Security officials immediately informed the public infor- The leopard captured by the forest department in Dehradun on Monday. A Tribune photograph mation officer about the catch to secretary, public information officer; Director, FRI, and the Wildlife Department. The team from Malsi Wildlife Department took the leopard in its custody and released it in the nearby forest. Director FRI Dr PP Bhojvaid, Registrar Sashikar Samant, Information officer Dr KP Singh and other senior officials were present during the exercise. Sashikar Samant said the www.tribuneindia.com leopard had been devouring the stray dogs in the area. Fearing attacks on the pets as well, the residents had been demanding that the animal be caught without any delay. Samant said during the capture and release, no injury was caused to the animal. He said in the past the leopards that were not even man-eaters were killed by villagers, sometimes in the most cruel fashion. Dehradun’s student activist group Making a Difference (MAD) celebrated the festival of lights at the homes of some of the poorest of the city. The group had been planning Diwali activity for quite some time. Preparations for the same were under way since the mid of October. “When we realised that Diwali was round the corner, we decided to do something special for the slum dwellers for whose interest we have been working for the past almost two years,” remarked Abhinav Bhatia, one of the regular MAD members. The group made frequent visits to Bihari Basti located at Raipur Road so as to involve the children resid- ing in those slum areas in their gala Diwali activity. The plan was to explain to the schoolchildren of the slum area the significance of Diwali as a festival of lights, the homecoming of Lord Ram and why such a festival need not be an occasion for pollution but an opportunity to celebrate the victory of good over evil. “When we visited the slum areas, we noticed that the schoolchildren were not fully aware of some of the basic aspects of the Indian society. They did not know the significance of August 15 or January 26. The goal of MADdians was to sensitise at least the poor schoolchildren about the relevance of the festival of lights,” explained Saurav Joshi, a Graphic Era student and a MAD member. The idea of the campaign was not just to organise a lecture for the slum children but also to ensure that they learnt the values MAD wished them to inculcate. In pursuance of this objective, the group organised a writing competition in which they asked everybody present to pen ten sentences on what they had learnt from the Diwali lecture and to draw what they conceptualised as a true Diwali festival. With just moderate motivation, almost 50 students were ready with a script on Diwali and with posters about the same. “We were sure of such a solid participation because of our frequent activities in the Raipur Road Basti. The students as well as their parents trust us now and we are glad that we managed to organise such a constructive and for- ward-looking activity. The light of knowledge must transcend the darkness of ignorance not just for us but also for our less fortunate Doonites,” said Soumya Sharma, an active MADdian and a Class VIII student of Convent of Jesus and Mary school. The scripts and the posters were collected by MAD on Diwali and the winners were felicitated with extra chocolates and sweets. Saving their pocket money contributions, MAD members purchased adequate amount of sweets, candles and diyas for the children living in slums and distributed these to them on Diwali. The group is regular with its weekly activities since its inception in June 2011 and urges all Doonites to participate in the same. Thieves make mockery of security plans on Diwali WHAT’S ON Commit 2 robberies in presence of house occupants TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 4 Dehradun Football: Dehradun District Football League, PRD grounds, Raipur, 2.30pm WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY 26.2°C MAXIMUM 12.4°C A sea of devotees at Brahamkund, Har-ki-Pauri, in Haridwar on Monday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur Despite tight security arrangements put in place by the Dehradun police on Diwali, burglars struck at Patel Nagar and Vikasnagar and decamped with valuables worth lakhs. In one such incident reported from Badowala in the Patel Nagar police station area, seven-eight miscreants allegedly barged into the house of former Navy officer Virendra Singh Gusain at 2 am on Monday. Gusain, his wife and daughter were sleeping at that time. The miscreants entered the house after breaking open the main door. The miscreants also allegedly thrashed Gusain and his family members when they woke up after hearing a commotion. They later locked them in a the washroom and decamped with Rs 3 lakh in cash and other valuable items. The injured were admitted to Indresh Hospital, where the condition of Virendra Gusain is stated to be critical. His wife and daughter were discharged after the first aid. Patel Nagar police station in charge MP Saini said special teams had been formed to solve the case. In another incident reported from Bhimawala in the Vikasnagar area on Saturday night, four miscreants broke into the house of one Puneet Kumar and beat up family members with batons, rendering them unconscious. They allegedly decamped with cash, jewellery and other valuables from the house. At the time of the incident, Puneet, his wife Jyoti, mother Sampoorna Devi and his brother Pradeep Kumar were present in the house. According to the police, the burglars also tried to commit a theft in the adjacent house, but they could not break open the door.
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