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New Delhi, May 6 : The national capital witnessed a second cool day, with maximum temperature settling at 35.5 degrees Celsius, three degrees below the season’s normal. Thursday’s maximum temperature was recorded at 35.4 degrees Celsius.

It was a partly cloudy Friday morning here and the minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius, which is normal for this time of the season.

The sky over Delhi is likely to remain partly cloudy with the possibility of haze in the morning on Saturday, though the mercury may climb one or two notches, according to the weatherman.

“There will be partly cloudy sky and haze is likely in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be 37 degree Celsius and 26 degree Celsius,” an India Meteorological Department official said.

The mercury is not likely to climb beyond the 40 degrees mark in the next two-three days, the weatherman said.

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Lockdown Impact: Ganga gets cleaner in Uttar Pradesh

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New Delhi, The national lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19 has thrown up something to smile about.

The water quality of the Ganga river in Uttar Pradesh has improved considerably in cities like Varanasi and Kanpur. Dr P.K. Mishra, Professor at Chemical Engineering & Technology, IIT-BHU, Varanasi, said that there has been 40-50 per cent improvement in quality of water in the Ganga.

This is primarily because factories along the river bank that discharged effluents into the Ganga have been shut due to the lockdown and this has naturally improved the water quality.

Kalika Singh, regional officer of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) in Varanasi said: “The dissolved oxygen level upstream in river Ganga is 8.9 mg per litre while downstream, the dissolved oxygen level is 8.3 mg per litre.

This clearly shows that water quality has improved significantly, and it is good for bathing. Healthy water should have a dissolved oxygen level of at least 7 mg/litre.” Singh said that during the lockdown period, the air quality in Varanasi had also improved.

“The roads in Varanasi are completely deserted because people are inside their houses and all vehicles are off the roads. Those engaged in essential services can only be seen in the city with their vehicles. Due to this, the air quality has improved in the city,” he said.

The Ganga enters Uttar Pradesh in Bijnor district and passes through major districts such as Meerut, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Kanpur, Allahabad, and Varanasi. In Kanpur too, the Ganga waters are cleaner.

A priest at the famous Parmat temple in Kanpur, said: “The major cause of water pollution in Kanpur is the toxic industrial waste which is discharged into the river. Since all the factories are closed due to the lockdown, the Ganga river has become cleaner.

The priests at the temple earlier used to refrain from taking a holy dip because the water was highly contaminated. However, since the past week, we are bathing in the river.”

The Sisamau drain which used to discharged millions of litres of dirty water into the river was completely tapped last year under the Namami Gange project. This has also brought down the water pollution but the improvement being witnessed at present is unprecedented.The lockdown has done what other government projects could not do for the Ganga.

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8 more COVID-19 cases in Noida, count in district reaches 58

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Gautam Buddh Nagar , April 5 : Eight new cases of coronavirus has been reported in Noida city of Gautam Buddh Nagar district in the last 24 hours, taking the tally in the district to 58.
According to officials, four people were found positive in the JJ Colony of Sector 5 of the city, three victims are the residents of Designer Park Society of Noida Sector 62 and one from Vajipur village.
Out of the total, eight people have recovered so far and the remaining 50 are undergoing treatment for the infection.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday said that there are 3,072 coronavirus positive cases in India, including 2,784 active cases, 213 cured/discharged/migrated people and 75 deaths.

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Rajasthan Jamaat Impact: Doctor refuses to admit pregnant woman because she’s Muslim, her child dies after delivery

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Jaipur, April 4 : A woman experiencing labour pain was allegedly refused admission into a government hospital by its staff citing her religion in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district.

The pregnant woman delivered the infant inside an ambulance, after leaving the hospital, but the child could not survive.

Irfan Khan, the husband, said, “My wife was referred from Sikri to the Janana hospital in the district headquarter, however doctors here asked us to go to Jaipur as we are Muslim. While on our way to Jaipur, my wife delivered the child but the baby passed away for which the administration is responsible.”

However, Dr Rupendra Jha, Principal, Janana hospital, Bharatpur, said, “This woman who came for delivery was critical and hence was referred to Jaipur. We shall further look into the matter.

Meanwhile, Vishvendra Singh, Rajasthan Tourism Minister, criticised the doctor’s act and tweeted, “Pregnant Muslim Woman was refused medical attention at the Zenana Hospital in #Bharatpur & was told to go to Jaipur given her religion. Local Bharatpur MLA is State Health Minister & this is the condition of the hospital in Bharatpur City. Shameful.”

He further tweeted, “The #Jamaat was/is a national disaster and hazard. But innocent Muslims suffering like this – is simply put – painful for us to see. The State Minister of Health is from Bharatpur – but still this happened.”

Meanwhile, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi also condemned the incident in a tweet, saying, “The staff must be tried & punished as common criminals & should receive exemplary punishmentA @ashokgehlot1. They are responsible for the death of an innocent woman. Should we now stop seeking healthcare? Anti-Muslim hate reaches new heights every day & is costing us our lives.”

Singh, however, said that action will be taken against the accused doctor in the matter.

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