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Delhi air quality turns ‘severe’, may remain so for at least 2 more days

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), Delhi’s air quality is showing improvement but at a very slow pace due to weather conditions.

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New Delhi, Nov 9 : Unfavourable weather conditions coupled with extra pollutants from firecrackers in Delhi-NCR led to “severe-plus” or “emergency” air quality on Friday, and the toxicity isn’t going to improve for at least 2 more days.

With maximum fire counts from stubble burning in neighbouring states — 2,100, which is four times higher than last year, on Thursday, Delhi and areas around it on Friday were found more polluted than Thursday, a day after Diwali.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was 423 (Severe) on Friday, against 390 (Very poor). The AQI deteriorated on Friday across the region with an AQI of 460 in Faridabad, 441 in Ghaziabad, 447 in Greater Noida, 453 in Bhiwadi, 442 in Noida and 400 in Gurugram.

In 2017, the AQI of Delhi two days after Diwali was 389 or ‘very poor’.

“Currently, Delhi has calm wind with indefinite direction. A western disturbance has entered Jammu and Kashmir, which has cut off the winds. This will persist for November 10 and 11, so conditions will remain around severe for the next two days,” said Mahesh Palawt, Director of Skymet.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), Delhi’s air quality is showing improvement but at a very slow pace due to weather conditions.

“There is a possibility that wind may pick up at upper level, late in the night and push the level of pollution and keep it in SEVERE zone tomorrow (Saturday) with intensified Fog which will further help in trapping the pollutants,” said a forecast from SAFAR.

It, however, adds that the contribution of stubble fire emissions is marginal as upper winds are northerly.

The concentration of PM2.5 and PM10, or particles with diameter less than 2.5 mm and 10mm, remained in ‘severe-plus’ or ‘severe’ levels.

The average concentration of PM2.5 and PM10 in Delhi was 327 and 482 microgrammes per cubic meters on Friday. Across NCR, it was 320 and 477 units, respectively.

“Delhi may see some improvement after Saturday, if the winds catch up,” said Shambhavi Shukla, research analyst from the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

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Women’s Wall: Kerala Assembly in turmoil, MLAs come to blows

The opposition Congress-led UDF has been up in arms against the Pinarayi Vijayan government for turning Sabarimala into a police fortress, causing innumerable hardships to the pilgrims.

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Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 13 : Kerala MLAs came to blows on Thursday inside the Assembly after the opposition called the upcoming Women’s Wall event on New Year’s Day meant to take forward gender equality, “nothing but a communal wall that will be dismantled”.

The Assembly session, which concluded on Thursday, has been facing turmoil right from the beginning of the 13-day session, coinciding with the ongoing Sabarimala pilgrimage amid prohibitory orders.

The opposition Congress-led UDF has been up in arms against the Pinarayi Vijayan government for turning Sabarimala into a police fortress, causing innumerable hardships to the pilgrims.

On Thursday, as the question hour ended, Deputy Leader of Opposition and senior Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) member M.K. Muneer sought to move an adjournment motion to discuss the Women’s Wall programme of the state government.

Vijayan responded saying that the event was being held to take forward the ideology of gender equality and uphold the dignity of women.

“If you (the opposition) are against this, please say that. We assure the House, no government money is being spent for this programme. The state government is just taking part to see that the ideology of great reformer Sree Narayana Guru is taken forward,” he told the Assembly.

Vijayan asked the opposition: “How can you all say that this is a communal event?” His speech was greeted by the treasury benches by thumping the desk.

Then, Muneer got up to speak. He said: “Like in West Germany, if the Berlin wall was dismantled, the Women’s Wall, which is a communal wall would be dismantled.”

That was all that he could say, and the entire treasury bench was up on their feet, sloganeering.

They trooped to the Speaker’s podium, forcing P. Sreeramakrishnan to adjourn the house.

When the house met again, Muneer said: “Why is that when I say the word communal wall, you go berserk, when others use the same word, there is no issue. I stick by what I said that this is nothing but a ‘communal wall’.

“You (Vijayan) say that this wall is part of the renaissance movement, but what right do you have to speak about renaissance.

“It’s just not the Hindus who took part in the erstwhile Renaissance Movement, Christians and Muslims also took part and we wish to ask you what wall are you now going to build without the Christians and Muslims,” said Muneer.

Following which the sloganeering from across the benches increased, forcing the Speaker to rush through the listed business of the day.

The sloganeering and trooping of both benches’ MLAs almost led to a clash, with P.K. Basheer of the IUML and V.Joy of the CPI-M coming to blows.

State Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunilkumar forcefully took away Joy, while Basheer was also taken away by others.

With the session coming to a close, Congress’ Ramesh Chennithala said: “Vijayan knows that he has been caught on the wrong foot on the ‘communal wall’. This is a communal wall and we will oppose it.”

The three protesting UDF members moved out of the foyer to take the protest outside the Assembly, as it was closed.

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Light rain, snow in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, Dec 13: Light rain and snow occurred in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday as the weather office has forecast an improvement in the weather.

“We are expecting improvement in the weather from today (Thursday) afternoon,” an official of the MET Department said.

The rain and snowfall occurred during the last 24 hours in the state.

At minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg was the coldest in the Kashmir Valley, while Srinagar recorded 0.1 and Pahalgam minus 1.5 as the minimum temperatures.

Jammu city recorded 7.9 degrees Celsius, Katra town 6.5, Batote minus 1.5, Bannihal 0.5 and Bhaderwah 0.1 as the minimum temperatures on Thursday.

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Boy killed in Noida celebratory firing

To mark the occasion, someone from the groom’s side opened fire in the air and a bullet hit the victim identified as Gaurav, who died on the spot.

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Noida, Dec 13: A 14-year-old boy was killed during celebratory firing at a wedding function in Noida, police said on Thursday.

The incident took place on Wednesday night at Ghodi Bacheda village in Jarcha area.

To mark the occasion, someone from the groom’s side opened fire in the air and a bullet hit the victim identified as Gaurav, who died on the spot, according to the police.

His father Jagdish has filed a complaint with the police, naming four persons including the groom, for being responsible for the death of his son.

“A complaint has been filed and we are gathering video and other evidences based on which action will be taken,” police official Ramsen Singh said.

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