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Cold weather grips Bengaluru, disrupts flights

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Bengaluru, Jan 4: Cold weather with minimum temperature up to 7 degrees Celsius accompanied by fog has been disrupting flights in Bengaluru, officials said on Friday.

“A minimum temperature of 6.3 degrees Celsius was recorded on Friday morning in Bengaluru, which has been among the lowest temperatures witnessed in the past few years,” Director of Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) G.S. Srinivasa Reddy told IANS here.

The city recorded a maximum temperature of 31 degrees Celsius during the past 24 hours, according to KSNDMC.

“The cold waves from northern part of the country towards the south have brought down the temperature in the city and is likely to continue for another week,” Reddy said.

At least 35 flights were affected on Friday through delays, diversions to other airports and cancellation of services at the Kempegowda International Airport on the city outskirts as a result of fog, according to the airport’s website.

While the minimum temperature on KSNDMC was recorded at 6.3 degrees Celsius, state-run India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Bengaluru centre recorded the minimum temperature at 10 degrees Celsius.

“The KSNDMC has 15 weather recording stations in Bengaluru Urban district while the IMD has stations only in district headquarters, leading to disparities in temperature recordings,” Reddy added.

Besides the state capital, cold weather has also been gripping the southern state’s northern districts including Bidar, Kalaburagi and Vijayapura.

Minimum temperatures in the northern districts on Friday stood at about 6 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature was around 30 degrees Celsius.

“As the cold winds from states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh flowing towards south India hit the northern districts of Karnataka first, they have been witnessing colder temperatures,” the KSNDMC official assessed.

As result of the low temperatures, the grape crop which is predominantly grown in the northern parts of Vijayapura has been affected.

“Grape crops, which are highly sensitive to low temperatures, have been hit due to the cold temperatures,” Reddy added.

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BJP accuses TMC of vandalising posters ahead of Shah’s rally

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Malda (West Bengal), Jan 22 (IANS) The West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday accused the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers of vandalising posters and decorative gates ahead of party chief Amit Shah’s rally here.

“Gates, welcome arches, posters, cut-outs, festoons have been vandalised ahead of our national president’s rally. Gates have set on fire. Vehicles carrying our supporters are being stopped in many places,” state BJP President Dilip Ghosh said.

BJP supporters and activists were threatened and harassed so that they could not attend the programme, he alleged.

“Despite all these, our supporters are active and the process of ‘paribartan’ (change) has been started,” he added.

After high drama over denial of permission for facilitating the landing of Shah’s chopper in Malda, the state’s BJP leadership said that they finally received the clearance at two places in the district.

The BJP received permission to land the chopper at the helipads in Golden Park Hotel here and the one used by the Border Security Force in Malda district.

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Himachal Pradesh: 26 injured after tourist bus skids off road in Bilaspur

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Himachal Pradesh, Jan 22: At least 26 people were injured after a tourist bus skidded off the road near Swarghat area in Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur district on Monday.

The 18 injured people have been shifted to the hospital in Nalaghar in Solan district.

Other 8 people who were seriously injured were shifted to PGIMER at Chandigarh.

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Heavy rain, snow lash Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 22: Incessant rain in Jammu division and light to moderate fresh snowfall in the Kashmir Valley occurred on Tuesday as the Met forecast improvement from Wednesday onwards.

“The western disturbance active over Jammu and Kashmir has resulted in rains in the Jammu division and the snowfall in the valley over the past 24 hours, since Monday.

“The system is likely to weaken from Tuesday evening and we are expecting gradual improvement from tomorrow onwards,” a Met official said.

The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed following landslides and snowfall and reports of an avalanche hitting the highway in the Jawahar Tunnel area.

Srinagar recorded minus 0.2 degrees Celsius while Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded minus 0.2 and minus 4 degrees, respectively.

Kargil was coldest at minus 12.2, Drass town of Ladakh recorded minus 6.8, while Leh was warmer at 2.8 degrees Celsius.

Jammu city was at 8.7, Katra 6, Batote minus 2.1, Bannihal minus 0.1 and Bhaderwah was at minus 0.2.

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