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Liquor prices hiked in Maharashtra

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As the Maharashtra government presented the budget for the state today, opposition MLAs burnt copies of the budget outside the state assembly.

In the budget, the government has raised liquor prices after Value Added Tax (VAT) was raised from 23.08% to 25.93%. Also, in a major push towards the promotion of digital transaction, the government has reduced the Value-Added Tax on the purchase od card swipe machines to nil from 13.5 %.

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Two days after moderate rain, NCR air quality again ‘very poor’

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New Delhi, Dec 13: The air quality in the National Capital Region, including Delhi, again went down to “very poor” by Wednesday morning from “poor” for a day only in the wake of moderate rain on Monday.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality at 11 of the 21 monitoring stations across NCR was “very poor”, as against only four regions on Tuesday night.

In Delhi, concentration of major pollutant PM2.5 — air particles with diameter less than 2.5 micrometers — was 133 units at 15 active monitoring stations, and 131 units at 21 stations across NCR, considered “very poor”.

On Wednesday, the number of areas exposed to toxic air jumped from four (Tuesday night) to 11 towards noon.

The most-polluted areas included Anand Vihar in east Delhi, Delhi Technical University in north Delhi, ITO, Mandir Marg and Lodhi road in central Delhi, Siri Fort and R.K Puram in south Delhi, Sector 125 in Noida and Vasundhara in Ghaziabad.

The PM2.5 in these areas ranged between 123 and 194 units — five to eight times the permissible limit.

According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) across 10 stations in the NCR was 252 at noon, as compared with 219 at 4 p.m. on Tuesday after 7.8 mm rainfall.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the NCR with high moisture has no chances of rains on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Currently, Delhi is experiencing north-westerly winds with low speeds of 5 to 10 kmph,” an IMD official told IANS.

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Kashmir Valley freezes at sub-zero temperatures

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Srinagar, Dec 13: Minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region remained below freezing point on Wednesday as the ski resort of Gulmarg recorded the coldest temperature at minus 9.8.

The weather office has forecast rain in the plains and snowfall in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir till Thursday.

Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.5 and Kargil was at minus 5.8 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar was at minus 0.7, Pahalgam at minus 2.1, Jammu recorded 8.8, Katra 8.2, Batote 1.1, Bannihal 0.6, Bhaderwah 0.4 and Udhampur was at 8.0 degrees Celsius, the Met said.

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Jammu-Srinagar highway remains shut

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Jammu, Dec 13: Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained shut for the third consecutive day on Wednesday due to multiple landslides in Ramban district, a traffic official said.

“Snow clearance operation in Bannihal and landslide debris removal elsewhere has started. However, travellers are advised not to undertake any journey without contacting our control rooms in Jammu and Srinagar,” news agency IANS quoted official was saying.

Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, Basheer Khan has issued an advisory asking people not to undertake the journey till it is completely restored for traffic movement.

The highway was closed on Monday evening as a precautionary measure following the weather advisory issued by the meteorological department.

Numbers of valley-bound commuters were stranded in Jammu. They have been complaining of running out of money as hotels and restaurants have been charging exorbitant rates.

The historic Mughal Road connecting Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country, was also closed on Tuesday following heavy snowfall in the Pir Ki Gali stretch.

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