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Delhi battles 4.7-degree chill, ‘very poor’ air quality

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New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) Delhi continued to battle chilly nights and toxic air on Friday with the minimum temperature dropping to 4.7 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s normal, and air quality hitting the “very poor” zone.

“Increase in winter chill can be attributed to the fact that there has been no significant changes in the weather pattern across northwestern plains of the country in the past 24 hours. In the wake of this, light and cold northwesterly winds are prevailing over Punjab, Haryana and Delhi region, leading to cold wave conditions in some areas,” private weather agency Skymet said.

While the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 386 touched the upper level of “very poor”, many areas of the national capital were in “severe” category with AQI reading above 400.

The areas with “severe” levels of toxic Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 included Ashok Vihar, Delhi Technological University (DTU), Jahangirpuri, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Mundka, Wazirpur, Sonia Vihar, Rohini, R.K. Puram, Pusa, Delhi University’s North Campus and Nehru Nagar.

Greater Noida and Ghaziabad of the national capital region (NCR) were also in the “severe” zone with 407 AQI. Faridabad at 370, however, has been consistent with its “very poor” air quality for some days now. Gurugram also stuck to its “poor” air quality on Friday.

Noida saw a little improvement from Thursday’s “severe” air quality (404) and turned “very poor” on Friday with its AQI at 394.

“While overall air quality remains very poor, slightly increased surface wind speed — from 2.5 kmph to 3.6 kmph — might disperse pollutants very slowly,” System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said in its daily pollution analysis on Friday.

However, the agency said rest of the meteorological conditions are likely to be unfavourable for pollutants to disperse which will keep AQI “very poor”.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) and SAFAR both have predicted moderate fog over the next few days which will help both gaseous and particulate pollutants (PM2.5 and PM10) to “stagnate near the surface”.

“Shallow to moderate fog is likely to cover the plains of northwest India over the weekend,” the IMD said.

It also said that ground frost and cold wave conditions are likely to prevail over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan during the next two days and abate thereafter due to a rise in minimum temperature by 1-3 degrees Celsius.

As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the average concentration of particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) in Delhi were 233 and 397 microgrammes per cubic metre, respectively. Across NCR, it was between 244 and 402 units.

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Mayawati neither man nor woman: BJP MLA Sadhana Singh

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Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Mughalsarai Sadhana Singh sparked outrage after she used offensive language against former Chief Minister Mayawati.

During a public meeting, Singh said that Mayawati is neither a man nor a woman and added that in spite of being humiliated by the Samajwadi Party in the infamous 1995 Lucknow guest house incident she joined hands with the same party.

Singh said that Mayawati is a blot in the name of women and added that it was a BJP leader who saved her.

Reacting to Sadhana Singh’s comment BSP leader Satish Mishra said after the announcement of SP-BSP coalition the BJP leaders have lost their mental balance and they should be admitted to mental hospitals in Agra and Bareilly.

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FTII student missing since suspension orders

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Pune, Jan 19 : A student of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has been missing since January 13 after he was suspended by the college authorities.

The college authorities have lodged a missing complaint on January 17 with the local police.

The missing student was identified as Manoj Kumar. The FTII director B Kainthola on Kumar’s missing mentioned that the college has reported him missing and they are hopeful that he will return to the Campus soon.

Reportedly, the FIR stated that Manoj Kumar Verma was disturbed after being suspended and left without informing anybody.

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‘Felt like chopping off his hand’: Misa Bharti on Ram Kripal Yadav joining BJP

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Patna, Jan 19: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Misa Bharti has said that she wanted to chop off Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav’s hand when he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

While addressing RJD workers at Vikram near Patna on January 16, she said when she “heard that Yadav is joining the BJP, then I felt like chopping off his hand…I was so angry inside”, reports in the local media said on Saturday.

Yadav, once considered close to Lalu Prasad and his family, joined the BJP in 2014. He contested and won the Lok Sabha poll from Patliputra constituency of Bihar defeating RJD candidate Bharti.

Bharti, elder daughter of Lalu Prasad, said that she had great respect for Yadav but that respect was over after he joined the saffron party and stood with Sushil Kumar Modi, a BJP leader and the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

Doctor-turned-politician Bharti is likely to contest the general elections from the same seat again.

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