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Mask sales surge as smog shrouds Delhi

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New Delhi, Nov 6 : With Delhi witnessing poorest air quality of the season, the sale of air mask has increased over 70 per cent in the last two-three days with many chemist outlets in the city reporting that stocks have ben sold out.

Chemist outlet owners across the city on Sunday said that unlike in the past, N-99 masks were most in demand though they are priced around Rs 2,000 apiece.

“We have never ever recorded such high sale of masks. Situation is such that after Diwali, every day we are compelled to place orders for more masks from suppliers to meet customer’s need,” Ajit Rai, a worker with south Delhi-based Religare Wellness Pharmacies, told.

“Keeping in mind the air quality, people are mostly seeking the N-99 mask which assures the best protection in comparison to other ones such as N-95 and routine ones,” he said.

Explaining the types of mask, Rai said that the difference between an N-95 and N-99 masks is the efficiency level of the filter.

“The N-95 mask ispriced at Rs 150-200 and has three layers of filter, while N-99 has more than that and priced Rs 2,000-2,200. There are routine masks as well which are the most simple one and available at Rs 5-10,” he added.

Ranjeet Kumar of Baxico, a chemist outlet in South Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, told that his customers were mostly opting for the N-95 and N-99 masks.

“We sold around 100 N-99 masks today (Sunday) in comparison to none before Diwali. Observing the rising demand for the last couple of days, we have decided to increase the stock,” Kumar told.

Delhi on Saturday saw the worst air pollution of the season. The smog that hung low over the city kept pollution levels extremely high breaching the safe limit by over 17 times at several places.

The National Cancer Registry has revealed that incidents of lung cancers Delhi have increased by over 33.3 per cent since the middle of last decade in Delhi.

The survey conducted by Centre for Science and Environment in June 2016 also stated that particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and ozone were high and increasing in Delhi’s air.

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DU second cut-off: SRCC drops 0.25% for Economics, LSR 1% for BA

The equally sought-after SRCC, in the varsity’s North Campus, had set its first cut-off, announced on June 19, at 98.50 per cent.

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New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Delhi University colleges on Sunday announced their second cut-off lists for admission, with Shri Ram College of Commerce marginally trimming its cut-off by 0.25 points to 98.25 per cent for Economics (Honours).

One of the most sought-after colleges, Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College which had set the highest cut-off at 98.75 per cent in the first list, dropped it by one per cent to 97.75 per cent in the second list.

The equally sought-after SRCC, in the varsity’s North Campus, had set its first cut-off, announced on June 19, at 98.50 per cent.

The cut-off for B.Com (Honours) was 97.75 per cent in the first list, while in the second, it is 97.37 per cent.

For Journalism course, the highest cut-off, set by the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce at 98.50 per cent, dropped it to 97.25 percent in the second cut-off list.

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15 killed as tractor falls in Telangana canal

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Hyderabad, June 24 : Fifteen agriculture workers were killed and 15 others injured when a tractor plunged into a canal in Telangana’s Yadadri district on Sunday, police said.

The incident occurred when the tractor carrying the workers fell in Musi canal near Veligonda. The dead include 14 women and a boy.

According to the police, the tractor driver lost control of the vehicle while trying to avoid a motorcycle coming from the opposite direction.

The injured were shifted to nearby hospitals. The death toll may rise as the condition of some of the injured is stated to be critical.

The agriculture workers were on their way to nearby fields for sowing when the incident took place. Police personnel and revenue workers with the help of locals retrieved the bodies from the canal.

State Energy Minister Jagdish Reddy visited the accident site. He told reporters that a probe would be conducted into the incident. He assured all help to the families of the deceased and to the injured.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has expressed shock over the incident. He conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased and directed officials to provide best medical care to the injured.(IANS)

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Army major arrested in Meerut for allegedly killing another officer’s wife

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New Delhi, June 24: An Indian Army Major was arrested in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut on Sunday after the wife of another officer was found dead on Saturday with her throat slit on a street in the Delhi Cantonment area.

Army Major’s wife was found with her throat slit near Brar Square in the Delhi Cantonment area on Saturday. She had left home on Saturday morning for a physiotherapy session at the Army’s Base hospital in Delhi Cantonment but after half-an-hour later, she was found dead, police said.

Major Nikhil Handa, who is currently posted in Nagaland’s Dimapur , has been arrested from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut, is being brought to Delhi for further investigation.

 

Major Handa left Delhi in a Honda City car after allegedly murdering the woman, police said.
Police on Saturday had said that the accused had allegedly run a car over her face to make the incident appear as an accident.

Indian Army Major Nikhil Handa arrested in Meerut’s Daurala; He is accused of murdering wife of another Indian Army major, who was found dead with her throat slit in Delhi’s Brar Square yesterday: Sources

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