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Hats Off to Paris

Hats Off to Paris

                Air Pollution is the contamination of air by impurities, which adversely affect the living components. Air pollution are the substances that contaminate the air.

                       Scientists have revealed that the temperature of the earth is rising by 0.5`C every year. The dark clouds that are visible in the sky today are not those of rain but of smoke, fog and haze. Scanty rainfall and change in weather conditions are showing up. Vanishing greenery, lack of fresh air and water is causing harm to living beings. The environment is degrading fast as harmful substances are adding up and polluting it.

                 On 17 March 2014 Paris restricts car use to tackle pollution. Paris launched alternate driving days for the first time in nearly 20 years to tackle dangerous air pollution levels amid controversy on whether the ban is warranted or will yield results.

                     About 700 police officers will be deployed to man 60 checkpoints to ensure that only cars and motorcycles with number plates ending in odd digits are on the roads. Electric and hybrid cars will be exempted from the ban as well as any vehicle carrying three people or more.

              Parking was free on 17th March 2014 for vehicles with even number plates, the Paris city hall said, calling on residents to consult car-pooling or car-sharing sites to work out their commutes and rides. The restrictions will be reviewed on daily basis to determine if an extension is necessary. The ban means that drivers can only use means that drivers can only use their cars or motorcycles every other day.

             We need to reduce the emission of pollutants in air to reduce air pollution. This can be done by reducing power consumption which will reduce the use of coal in power stations; which in turn will reduce pollution and hence save energy and power; Grow more and more plants and trees; use Eco-friendly products and motivate others to do the same; Organize campaigns for cleaner environment.          

the ‘Great Night of Shiva’

the 'Great Night of Shiva'

Maha Shivratri, which literally translates to “great night of Shiva” is a Hindu festival largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture.
There are many mythological legends associated with this day. According to a popular legend, when a hunter could not find anything to kill for his food in a forest, he waited on the branch of a Woodapple tree. In order to attract deer, he started throwing the leaves of the tree on the ground, unaware that there was a Shiva Lingam beneath the tree. Pleased with the Woodapple leaves and the patience of the hunter, it is believed that Lord Shiva appeared in front of the hunter and blessed him with wisdom. From that day onwards, the hunter stopped eating meat.

Another legend has it that after the Earth was faced with an imminent destruction, Goddess Parvati pledged with Lord Shiva to save the world. Pleased with her prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to save the world on the pretext that the people of the Earth would have to worship him with dedication and passion. From that day onwards, the night came to be known as Maha Shivratri and people began worshipping Shiva with a great enthusiasm.

Some folklore also consider this to be Shiva’s day as this was believed to be the answer given by Lord Shiva when asked about his favorite day by Goddess Parvati.

Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival which is celebrated by people following Hinduism in India. People often fast on the night of Shivratri and sing hymns and praises in the name of Lord Shiva. Hindu temples across the country are decorated with lights and colorful decorations and people can be seen offering night long prayers to Shiva Lingam. Woodapple leaves, cold water and milk are offered to the Shiva Lingam on this day as they are believed to be Lord Shiva’s favorite.

It is believed that the people who fast on this night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva bring good luck into their life. The most popular Maha Shivratri celebrations take place in Ujjain, believed to be the place of residence of Lord Shiva. Large processions are carried out throughout the city, with people thronging the streets to catch a glimpse of the revered idol of Lord Shiva.