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Police to crackdown on smokers at public places, violators of COPTA

Police to crackdown on smokers at public places, violators of COPTA

New Delhi, May 29 (UNI) As around five million children are addicted to tobacco and the number is increasing in India, Delhi Police announced to crackdown at the violators of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Prohibition Act(COPTA). COPTA Act bars smoking at public places, promotion of tobacco products, sale to minors and near educational institutions and mandatory pictorial warnings on tobacco packets. A pledge to strictly enforce the law to save children from tobacco was reiterated here by K Kamraj, Special Commissioner (Law and Order) on the launch of 'Tobacco-Free Delhi' campaign in collaboration with Sambanth Health Foundation and Voice of Tobacco victims (VoTv). The campaign is supported by Max India Foundation. Calling cigarette smoking at a public place a 'serious crime' in the society as it affected health of others, Mr Kamraj underlined that police had been penalising law defaulters earlier also. Asked if challans be imposed on those smoking at public places from tomorrow, the Special CP put in clear words that action will be taken against them as per law and fines imposed. Mr Kamraj also assured to look into complaints of policemen smoking and chewing tobacco during duty hours. He advocated for counseling for addicted persons and favored a massive general awareness campaign to discourage prevalence of tobacco in society while releasing a COPTA guideline booklet for policemen. Dr Harit Chaturvedi, VoTv Patron and Chairman Max Oncology, said 90 per cent people start smoking or chewing tobacco during their teenage and if one restrains her/himself during that period, chances get very low of addiction. During the campaign, the police will also educate owners of public places such as educational institutes, malls, eateries, and other organisations about the various sections of the law. UNI RG SW 1510

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Unprecedented and inclusive development across Chandni Chowk: Vardhan

Unprecedented and inclusive development across Chandni Chowk: Vardhan

19 Jun 2018 | 11:46 PM

New Delhi, June 19 (UNI) Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said there has been unprecedented and inclusive development across his parliamentary constituency of Chandni Chowk, which he represents.

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PM to interact directly with farmers across the country on Wednesday

PM to interact directly with farmers across the country on Wednesday

19 Jun 2018 | 9:42 PM

New Delhi, June 19 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact directly with farmers across the country through video bridge on Wednesday, a statement from the PMO said on Tuesday.

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3 MoUs signed and 6 at advanced stage under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme: Culture Ministry

19 Jun 2018 | 9:30 PM

New Delhi, June 19 (UNI) The Ministry of Culture has said that Adopt a Heritage’ Scheme of the Government is making good progress with three MoUs having already been signed and six at an advanced stage
In response to certain reports appearing recently in the media regarding ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) pertaining to Red Fort being ‘put on hold’, the Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Raghvendra Singh said under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Scheme, three MoUs have already been signed and six are at an advanced stage and 31 more Adarsh Monuments are enlisted for coverage under the scheme.

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J&K heading for Governor rule;Vohra sends report to President

19 Jun 2018 | 9:14 PM

New Delhi, June 19 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir is headed for Governor’s rule for the eighth time with the Governor NN Vohra making a recommendation in this regard to President Ram Nath Kovind.

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India, Australia agree to further enhance counter-terrorism cooperation

India, Australia agree to further enhance counter-terrorism cooperation

19 Jun 2018 | 8:22 PM

New Delhi, June 19 (UNI) India and Australia have agreed to further strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation through regular exchange of information, capacity building efforts, mutual legal assistance and sharing of best practices on countering violent extremism.

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