Odd-even rule clears millions of cars from streets of world's filthiest city New Delhi began a sweeping plan to reduce its record-high air pollution on Friday by limiting the numbers of cars on the streets for two weeks. The Indian capital is testing its odd-even scheme（单双号计划） where private cars will be allowed on the roads only on alternate days from January 1 to January 15, depending on whether their licence plates（汽车牌照）end in an even or an odd number. On Friday, most cars appeared to be following the rules and traffic was a trickle compared with the usual rush-hour（交通高峰时刻） chaos. But with schools and colleges shut and many offices closed for the new year holiday, far fewer people were on the roads.
odd-even scheme 单双号计划 odd 在形容人时表示古怪的，如 odd people 古怪的人；在形容物时一方面可以表式怪异的，另一方面也可以表示不常见的，偶尔发生的 如smoke the odd cigarette 偶尔吸一支烟；另外还可指大约或稍微超过某一数量 如fifty-odd years 五十多年。even 作形容词时可以表示平滑的，平稳的；还可以指人平和的，平静的；形容比赛风可以表示势均力敌的；break even, to neither make a profit nor lose money 收支平衡；也可表示 同样可能: She has more than an even chance of winning tomorrow. 明天她获胜的机会要大些。
The regulations came in after the World Health Organization last year named New Delhi the world's most polluted city. The city government has announced a number of exemptions to the rules, including politicians, judges, police and prison officials, women and sick people and two-wheelers such as motorbikes and scooters. Police appeared to be keeping a low profile Friday. Except for a handful of major intersections, where police and civil defence volunteers set up checkpoints to watch for wrong-numbered licence plates, there was little official presence on the roads. When cars were pulled over, the result was almost always a warning, not the $30 fine that has been announced.
和钱有关的一些单词: wage/ profit/ pension/ penalty/ fine/ bonus/ charge/ allowance/ expense/ outlay/ tuition
We’ll have to undertake even sterner（严格的） measures in the future to safeguard our health, and especially our children’s future. It has to become a movement.