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Misty Saturday morning in Delhi with ‘very poor’ air quality; rain expected



Delhi Fog Pollution
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New Delhi, Jan 5: It was a misty morning in the national capital on Saturday with the minimum temperature recorded at 5.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below average, while the air quality was ‘very poor’.

“There was mist or shallow fog in the morning. During the day, a partly cloudy sky can be seen with gusty winds which is likely to lead to light rains or thundershower later in the day,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS.

“Light rain is expected to occur at isolated places in the national capital until January 7,” the official added.

The maximum temperature on Saturday was recorded at 20 degrees Celsius. The Met Office has forecast a fall in the maximum temperature by 2-3 degrees until January 9-10.

Humidity at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 100 per cent — a highly unfavourable condition for pollutants to disperse.

In terms of pollution, the overall air quality on Saturday morning was recorded in the upper level of the ‘very poor’ category with Air Quality Index (AQI) hovering around 368.

“The air quality is likely to improve significantly until tonight (Saturday) but will continue to remain in the ‘very poor’ range for the next three days.

“Rapid improvement is expected only if sufficient amount of rainfall occurs whose probability is less. Little shower with calm winds only aggravates the situation,” System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said.

As per SAFAR, fog intensity is likely to decline with increased gusty winds.

“An active western disturbance is very likely to cause fairly widespread moisture intrusion over the northern region of the country including Delhi and withdrawal is expected only after three days,” the agency said.

Across 35 areas in Delhi where pollution is actively monitored, the average concentration of PM2.5 and PM10 was 295 and 466 microgrammes per cubic meters on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The PM2.5 and PM10 concentration across 48 monitoring stations in the NCR was 277 and 440, respectively.



Mayawati neither man nor woman: BJP MLA Sadhana Singh



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



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



Misa Bharti

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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