Former Chief Secretary of Delhi M.M. Kutty was appointed chairperson of the Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas.
Other full-time members include Mukesh Khare, of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, and Ramesh K.J., Ex-Director General, India Meteorological Department, and A.K. Nautiyal, a joint secretary in the Ministry.
Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy Resources Institute, and Ashish Dhawan of the Air Pollution Action Group were also appointed members as representatives of members from non-government organisations.
The Delhi government has imposed a blanket ban on firecrackers, including those branded ‘green’, between November 7 and 30, with the city reeling under the impact of hazardous air quality.
The Supreme Court had in October, 2018, prohibited the sale and use of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR, allowing only green crackers which are supposed to be made of less polluting substances and trigger limited smoke and noise.
Green crackers are supposed to be labelled with specially identifiable ‘green logos’ and bought by retailers from certain authorised companies.
The amount and type of antibodies produced by children and adults as a response to COVID-19 infection may differ. This difference could also be the cause of the difference in the course of infection, and immune response in both age groups.
In kids, the infectious course is much shorter and probably not as disseminated as in adults. Kids may clear this virus more efficiently than adults and they may not need a strong antibody immune response to get rid of it.
A pattern that has been observed in children infected with COVID-19 all around the world is that they do not struggle with severe symptoms of the infection, while older people can find themselves with COVID-19 symptoms for weeks, and even at a high risk of death due to the complications.
Army Chief Gen M M Naravanewas conferred the rank of Honorary General of the Nepal Army by President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
This tradition of each country bestowing the honorary title on the Army Chief of the other goes back decades. Commander-in-Chief Gen KM Cariappa was the first Indian Army chief to be decorated with this title in 1950.
The Chief of the Nepal Army, Gen Purna Chandra Thapa, was earlier given the same rank by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony in New Delhi.