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5.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to the property as a result of the earthquake.

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KATHMANDU: An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck Nepal on Tuesday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at around 7:30 pm (local time), was located at a shallow depth of 14 kilometers, about 87 kilometers northwest of Dailekh district, the EMSC said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to the property as a result of the quake.

Meanwhile, tremors were felt in parts of Delhi-NCR.

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Delhi air ‘very poor’ for 3rd day, AQI crosses 400 mark

The SAFAR model forecast suggests calm surface winds and a decrease in ventilation coefficient for the coming days and the condition was conducive for the pollutant accumulation.

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New Delhi, Dec 6 : The air quality of the national capital remains ‘very poor’ for the third consecutive day on Friday and was likely to further deteriorate to the ‘severe’ category in some parts of the city on Saturday.

According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded at 410 on Friday, against Thursday’s 334.

The SAFAR model forecast suggests calm surface winds and a decrease in ventilation coefficient for the coming days and the condition was conducive for the pollutant accumulation.

“AQI is forecasted to stay at the border of very poor to the severe category until Saturday,” SAFAR said.

It said the overall Delhi AQI was in the lower end of the very poor category on Wednesday.

The city had witnessed drastic improvement in the air quality last week as the AQI was recorded in double digits at the ‘satisfactory’ category, after being seeing few of the worst air quality days in November.

The air in the national capital was so toxic after Diwali that the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had declared a public health emergency in Delhi-NCR and had advised people, especially children and the aged, to limit their exposure to the environment.

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Thunderstorm forecast for parts of Karnataka

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Bengaluru, Dec 2 : The Met Department on Monday issued a thunderstorm warning for coastal and south interior Karnataka.

In addition to the thunderstorm, isolated heavy rain was also expected in the areas.

Coastal Karnataka comprises the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada.

The south interior region comprises Ballari, Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru Urban, Chamaraja Nagar, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Hassan, Kodagu, Kolar, Mandya, Mysuru, Ramanagara, Shivamogga and Tumkur.

Following three days of isolated rainfall, the two regions were expected to experience dry weather on Friday and Saturday, the official said.

However, north interior Karnataka, comprising 11 districts, has been forecast to receive scattered rainfall on Monday, to be followed by isolated downpours and dry weather on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

In Bengaluru, Monday and Tuesday have been forecast to be generally cloudy with a few spells of rain, accompanied by fog and mist in the morning.

The city is expected to record a minimum temperature of 19.9 degrees Celsius and a maximum temperature of 23.3 degrees Celsius on Monday, with an expected rainfall of 6.9 mm, a Met official said.

On Sunday, no rainfall was recorded in coastal Karnataka while only 0.2 mm downpour was registered in Koppal district in north interior Karnataka.

Except Mysuru in south interior Karnataka, all other districts received rainfall on Sunday. Kolar recorded the highest rainfall at 9.6 mm.

Bengaluru registered 5.5 mm rainfall on Sunday.

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SC says despite odd-even scheme, pollution in Delhi became severe

“According to the authorities, stubble burning has reduced to somewhere near five per cent now…we are concerned about Delhi’s local air pollution. What is the government doing?”

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New Delhi, Nov 15 : The Supreme Court on Friday said in spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level, and again called the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Harayana and Uttar Pradesh, to report on measures taken to curb air pollution particularly related to stubble burning.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said, “Do not give exemption to two-wheelers, and it will work.”

During the hearing, the judges scrutinized the Odd-Even scheme of the Delhi government in respect of air quality index data gathered in the past two years. The judges queried the Delhi government counsel, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, what purpose the scheme served by keeping out cars which contribute mere three per cent of the total pollution.

The court observed that Delhi’s local pollution is a major problem, if stubble burning which contributes 40 per cent is kept out.

“According to the authorities, stubble burning has reduced to somewhere near five per cent now…we are concerned about Delhi’s local air pollution. What is the government doing?”

The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Eeven scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. “Question is what are you gaining by this scheme?” observed the court.

Further commenting on the social aspect of the Odd-Even scheme, the court said “Odd-Even will only affect the lower middle class but not the affluent ones since they have multiple cars… Odd-Even isn’t a solution, but public transport could be. But nothing has been done about that”, said the court.

The hearing on the matter will continue on November 25.

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