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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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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

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Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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