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New Delhi implements odd-even vehicular restriction scheme as pollution soars

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NEW DELHI — The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government on Friday implemented odd-even vehicular restriction scheme on the streets of the national capital in a bid to battle air pollution.

From New Year’s Day, number plates ending with odd number can drive on odd dates – like January first – and even numbers on the others.

Under this 8 am-8 pm scheme, movement of private cars will be restricted on the roads of the national capital for 15 days. Those not abiding the rule would be fined Rs 2,000.

The odd-even vehicular limitation scheme will stay in force in the national capital till January 15.

With pollution levels reaching alarming levels, the Delhi government said the measure was necessary to deal with what it described as an “emergency situation”.

“I would like to appeal to the people of Delhi, that this is for you, for your children, all of us are suffocating in this dirty air,” Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s Chief Minister, said.

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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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