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Hazardous levels of pollution in Delhi on cold Monday morning



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New Delhi, Dec 24: Pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) reached hazardous levels on Monday morning as minimum temperature slightly improved to 4.6 degrees Celsius, the Met said.

Pollution levels depreciated to ‘severe plus’ category with many areas recording Particulate Matter (PM)10 levels way beyond the safe standard.

“Overall air quality in Delhi is in severe plus zone and it is expected to remain in the severe range until tomorrow (Tuesday).

“It might touch very poor levels thereafter,” System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said in its daily pollution analysis.

The agency considered the fall in minimum temperature a major cause for the pollution to reach hazardous levels as drop in mercury brings with it a “huge amount of moisture near the surface” and presence of humidity hampers dispersal of pollutants.

“There is a significant fall in temperature which has brought down the boundary layer significantly with huge amount of moisture beneath,” SAFAR said.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the minimum temperature on Monday slightly increased to 4.6 degrees Celsius from Sunday’s 3.7 degrees Celsius (the coldest so far in December in the past four years) due to easterly winds.

The Met forecast a chilly weekend ahead as temperatures might fall to 3 degree Celsius around New Year.

The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 22 degree Celsius and might remain the same over the next few days.

As per the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), the major pollutant at many areas was PM10.

The PM10 and PM2.5 level in Anand Vihar was at 1,186 and 953 microgrammes per cubic metre — being the most polluted, followed by Wazirpur with 1,055 of PM10 and 727 of PM2.5.

The safe standard for PM10 is 100 microgrammes per cubic metre, whereas for PM2.5 it is 60 microgrammes per cubic metre.

The other hotspots with hazardous levels of PM10 include R.K Puram (903), Mundka (826), Dwarka Sector-8 (824), Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium (714), and Jahangirpuri (781).

In terms of pollution, the SAFAR said that a shallow thin layer of Radiation fog has been developing over Delhi which increases the share of finer particles like PM2.5 and “significantly PM10”.

“The levels of gaseous carbon dioxide has also increased to moderate levels due to advecation,” the agency said.

Experts advised against all physical activities outdoors, including morning walks.

“Do not to rely on dust masks for protection against pollutants. Instead, use N-95 or P-100 respirators when stepping outdoors,” an expert said.



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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