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Delhi AQI in very poor range but relief likely on Saturday

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New Delhi, Nov 22 : Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) has deteriorated sharply to 339 on Friday with a toxic haze covering the city and neighbouring areas but relief is likely to come on Saturday as wind speed provides ventilation for the pollutants.

According to Safar India, the overall Delhi AQI is in the higher end of the very poor category and in some locations are in a higher category but now, will start to show signs of improvement.

An increase in surface and boundary layer wind speeds from Friday will continue for the next two days. The condition is forecast to improve significantly by Saturday to the lower end of the very poor category, and further improvement to the poor category is expected by November 24, Safar India said.

The high wind speed is likely to flush out accumulated pollutants over the Delhi region. The fire counts, as per SAFAR multi-satellite product estimate, is 141, with significant reduction from the last two days counts are partly due to satellites’ inability to detect fire during cloudy conditions. The stubble transport-level winds are westerly and not very favorable for plume intrusion, thus no significant stubble impact is expecting for the next two days, the forecast said.

The extended range outlook indicates that a consecutive western disturbance is expected in the next few days and is likely to have a positive impact on the AQI of northwest India.

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DTC gets 100 more new buses

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New Delhi, Dec 10 : Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot here on Tuesday flagged off 100 buses from the Rajghat Bus Depot to be included in the DTC fleet. The new buses are equipped with GPS trackers, panic buttons, CCTV and hydraulic lifts for the convenience of the differently-abled.

The government has flagged off 429 buses in the previous months by the government.

He said the safety features in the 37-seater buses, include three CCTV cameras on each bus, a panic button on every alternate seat. “If a panic button is pressed, a large hooter goes off activating the command center,” he said.

“There are marshals on every bus in Delhi,” he reminded.

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MP honeytrap: I-T, SIT face-off over money trail

Cash worth Rs 47 lakh was found from the ICICI Bank locker of accused Shweta Vijay Jain. This locker was opened by SIT itself.

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Bhopal, Dec 10 : The Income Tax Department and the Special Investigation team (SIT) of Madhya Pradesh Police have come face to face over the transactions of money between various officials, politicians, others and the women accused in the infamous honeytrap scandal in the state.

The I-T has sought information from the SIT, which is investigating the financial transactions of the women accused. Evidence and information so far points to transaction of several crores rupees between the women accused and their ‘victims’.

The Income Tax Department wants to investigate these transactions, but the SIT contends that the information can be shared only after the High Court order.

Alok Johri, Director of the Investigation Wing of the Income Tax Department said his office wrote to the SIT in September after the disclosure in the honeytrap case and sought information about the financial transactions of the accused.

The department sent a reminder to the SIT in November. Sources in the IT department said the SIT has not responded so far.

Johri said the department took suo moto cognizance on the basis of media reports. The department cannot investigate it at its level. It needs specific documents to investigate the case, which he has not yet received.

Cash worth Rs 47 lakh was found from the ICICI Bank locker of accused Shweta Vijay Jain. This locker was opened by SIT itself.

In the diary of accused Monika Yadav, some bureaucrats of Chhattisgarh had given Rs 2 crore to the Honey Trap Gang through Hawala in Goa.

Some diaries also mentioned about taking Rs 7 crores from two leaders in Chhattisgarh. The department had asked SIT to give more details to investigate these cases.

Recently, the Central Agency for Enforcement Directorate (ED) has asked the SIT for complete details of the money transactions.

The SIT chief Rajendra Kumar said that the cash recovered from the accused has been handed to the Income Tax Department.

He said the Income Tax Department wants the statement of transactions, which cannot be given without the order of the High Court because the investigation of the case is being done under the supervision of the Court. If the I-T authorities want more information, they will have to approach the High Court, Kumar said.

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UP police escorts for women travelling alone at night

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Lucknow: Police Response Vehicles (PRV) in Uttar Pradesh will now escort unaccompanied women to their destination between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Any unaccompanied woman, who is out on road during these hours could call a PRV to escort her by dialing 112, the emergency response service of UP police.

Director General of Police (DGP) O.P. Singh issued the order in the wake of recent spurt in crime against women in the state.

The DGP said: “The service has been started to provide better security to woman at night. Any unaccompanied woman in distress, or otherwise, can use this service to reach her destination safely.”

The PRV escorting the woman, will necessarily have two women officials. Police chiefs of each district have been asked to make arrangements for the same.

Ten per cent of PRVs in a district should definitely have women officials so that such PRVs could be sent to escort unaccompanied woman, the order said.

The district police chiefs have also been advised to provide necessary training for the same to these women officials.

The DGP, last week, had asked all private establishments to make necessary arrangements for the safe travel of women employees who are on late night duties.

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