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DTC Bus staff on strike after a DTC Driver was beaten to death in road rage at Munirka. All DTC buses are parked on road at Anand Vihar in New Delhi on Monday. EXPRESS PHOTO BY PRAVEEN KHANNA 11 05 2015.

New Delhi, 21 Dec 2016 : With a view to battle pollution by encouraging people to take public transport, the Delhi government on Wednesday significantly cut bus fares for January.

Commuters will now have to pay a maximum of Rs 10 to travel in air conditioned buses. This is down from Rs 25. The maximum fare in non-air conditioned buses has been slashed from Rs 15 to Rs 5.

The Delhi government runs some 4,500 buses.

“The decision was taken to reduce the pollution level in Delhi which is at peak during winter,” Transport Minister Satyendar Jain said here. “We decided to reduce fares to encourage the use of public transport.”

Jain hoped the decision would help bring down the number of cars on the roads.

Last month, pollution levels soared in Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world.

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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SAD breaks alliance with BJP Leaves NDA in protest against farmers ordinance

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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