The Hindustan Times – Delhi Metro services on Blue line hit

HT Correspondent

New Delhi – India, 04 October 2019. Many Delhi Metro commuters had to face inconvenience while travelling on the Blue line after services were severely hit on Friday afternoon.

There was a delay of 25 to 30 minutes on the Blue line between Dwarka Sector 21 and Rajiv Chowk.

The services were later resumed.

Why was there a delay, when did the delay start and when did it end, what was the cause of the delay ?
I am interested in Public transport news, but this article is not very informative, to put it mildly !

Man in Blue

The Tribune – 7 KZF operatives in police custody till 09 October 2019

Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 03 October 2019. A local court today extended the police remand of seven alleged members of terror module of the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) by six days.

According to information, the Stated Special Operation Cell (SSOC) sought the extension of remand while stating that certain members of the terror module were yet to be arrested. Sources in the counter-intelligence wing said considering the point raised by the police, the court extended their police custody till 09 October.

The SSOC reportedly told the court that they needed the custody of KZF members to ascertain funding routes of the module besides investigating their foreign links. The sources said the police claimed it was trying to locate more weapons which might have been smuggled with the help of drones in the recent past.

Earlier, the terror module members were brought to the court amid heavy police security cover. Among those produced in the court included Baba Balwant Singh, Akashdeep, Harbhajan Singh, Balbir Singh, Maan Singh, Gurdev Singh and Shubhdeep Singh.

Their eighth accomplice Sajanpreet, who was arrested on Tuesday, was sent to five-day custody on Wednesday.

The sources said the police had launched a manhunt for one of their accomplices who had been evading arrest till now. His name also figured during the interrogation of Shubhdeep Singh. “We are closing in on him and he is expected to be arrested in a day or two,” said a counter-intelligence official preferring not to be named.

On September 22, the SSOC claimed to have busted a terror module and arrested Baba Balwant Singh, Akashdeep Singh Randhawa, Harbhajan Singh and Balbir Singh.

Accused remanded

Mohali: The Special CBI Court on Thursday remanded Palwinder Singh in 14-day judicial custody in the murder case of Chand Kaur, wife of former head of Namdhari sect Satguru Jagjit Singh. Palwinder Singh, who has been in police custody since his arrest on 26 September, was produced in the court.

After their arrest the policemen kindly asked the KZF members to produce their membership cards. Now they only need to establish their link with Pakistan and Sikhs for Justice and the investigation is done.
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Gent-Sint-Pieters – Alken NMBS – Alken Oude Baan – Alken Gurdwara

15 September 2019

Track not in use

IC train to Knokke (seaside resort)

Alken NMBS
15 September 2019

Alken NMBS StationTracks to/from Hasselt

Alken Oude Baan
15 September 2019

The old ‘steenweg’ between Sint-Truiden and Hasselt

It is more pleasant to walk here than along the new steenweg

Alken Gurdwara
15 September 2019

The Palki Sahib with the Guru Granth Sahib

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
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The Guardian – Ocean cleanup device successfully collects plastic for first time

Daniel Boffey

Brussels – Belgium, 03 Oct 2019. Floating boom finally retains debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, creator says

The boom skims up waste ranging in size from a discarded net and a car wheel to tiny chips of plastic.

A huge floating device designed by Dutch scientists to clean up an island of rubbish in the Pacific Ocean that is three times the size of France has successfully picked up plastic from the high seas for the first time.

Boyan Slat, the creator of the Ocean Cleanup project, tweeted that the 600 metre-long (2,000ft) free-floating boom had captured and retained debris from what is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Alongside a picture of the collected rubbish, which includes a car wheel, Slat wrote: “Our ocean cleanup system is now finally catching plastic, from one-ton ghost nets to tiny micro-plastics! Also, anyone missing a wheel?”

About 600,000 to 800,000 metric tonnes of fishing gear is abandoned or lost at sea each year. Another 8 million tonnes of plastic waste flows in from beaches.

Ocean currents have brought a vast patch of such detritus together halfway between Hawaii and California, where it is kept in rough formation by an ocean gyre, a whirlpool of currents. It is the largest accumulation of plastic in the world’s oceans.

The vast cleaning system is designed to not only collect discarded fishing nets and large visible plastic objects, but also microplastics.

The plastic barrier floating on the surface of the sea has a three metre-deep (10ft) screen below it, which is intended to trap some of the 1.8tn pieces of plastic without disturbing the marine life below.

The device is fitted with satellites and sensors so it can communicate its position to a vessel that will collect the gathered rubbish every few months.

Slat told a press conference in Rotterdam that the problem he was seeking to solve was the vast expense that would come with using a trawler to collect plastics.

He said: “We are now catching plastics. After beginning this journey seven years ago, this first year of testing in the unforgivable environment of the high seas strongly indicates that our vision is attainable and that the beginning of our mission to rid the ocean of plastic garbage, which has accumulated for decades, is within our sights.

“We now have a self-contained system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that is using the natural forces of the ocean to passively catch and concentrate plastics. This now gives us sufficient confidence in the general concept to keep going on this project.”

The plastic gathered so far will be brought to shore in December for recycling. The project believes there may be a premium market for items that have been made using plastic reclaimed from the ocean.

“I think in a few years’ time when we have the full-scale fleet out there, I think it should be possible to cover the operational cost of the cleanup operation using the plastic harvested,” Slat said.

The plan is to now scale up the device and make it more durable so it can retain plastic for up to a year or possibly longer before collection is necessary.

During a previous four-month trial the boom broke apart and no plastic was collected. Since then, changes have been made to the design including the addition of a “parachute anchor” to slow down the device’s movement in the ocean, allowing for faster-moving plastic debris to float into the system.

The latest trial began in June when the system was launched into the sea from Vancouver. The project was started in 2013 and its design has undergone several major revisions. It is hoped the final design will be able to clean up half of the debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Dawn – ‘Control population before it’s too late’

Speakers at a seminar on ‘Population Dynamics in Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities’ at the Punjab University Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (PUISCS) said on Thursday unchecked population would not only hamper socio-economic development of the country but would also create certain issues beyond anyone’s control.

Our Staff Reporter

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 04 October 2019. PUISCS Director Professor Dr Rubeena Zakar, Deputy Secretary of the Punjab Population Welfare Department Dr Ayesha Qureshi, Population Welfare Training Institute Principal Rukhsana Kausar, Assistent Professor Rahla Rahat, faculty members and students were present.

Dr Rubeena said it would have far reaching consequences on development, environment, health and other relevant sectors in Pakistan if population growth remained uncontrolled.

She said investment on girl’s education was the best solution to reduce population growth in the country because of rapid increase in population, the next generation could face various challenges, such as unemployment, price hike, polluted environment, over-crowded urban areas, lack of natural resources etc.

She said the aim of the seminar was to sensitise students on population issues and small family norms and to mobilise them for raising awareness in their communities.

She said population issues were core concepts in teaching and research activities at the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies. Ms Kausar explained the salient features of the Punjab Population Policy of 2017 and informed the students about the crucial role of the Health Department in providing family planning services.

Also, PU Examinations Department has issued the schedule for submission of admission forms for BA/BSc Part-I and Part-II annual examination of 2020.

The last date for submission of admission forms for regular candidates of BA/BSc Part-II annual examination 2020 with a single fee is Dec 16, 2019, (by post) and Dec 23 (by hand) while forms can be submitted with a double fee till Dec 30 (by post) and Jan 6, 2020, (by hand).

Last date for submission of admission forms for late college/private candidates/improve division/additional subjects of BA/BSc Part-II annual examination of 2020 with a single fee is Oct 18 (by post) and Oct 24 (by hand) while forms can be submitted with a double fee till Nov 5 (by post) and Nov 8 (by hand).

Similarly, the last date for submission of admission forms for late college/private candidates having compartment in Part-I/improve division of BA/BSc Part-I annual examination 2020 with a single fee is Nov 8 (by post) and Nov 14 (by hand) while forms can be submitted with double fee till Nov 22 (by post) and Nov 26 (by hand).