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Not good to play politics on water: Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said it is not good to play politics over issues concerning water, expressing confidence that Haryana won’t stop supplying Delhi its share of water.

“People in Haryana, Punjab and Delhi all are our own people. It is not good to play politics this way. Everybody should get water,” Kejriwal told reporters after meeting Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at Rail Bhawan.

Asked if Delhi was prepared for a water crisis if Haryana stops supplying water to Delhi, Kejriwal confidently replied: “Haryana will not stop water supply.”

Haryana’s Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar on Thursday asked Kejriwal to construct a canal to get water from the Nangal dam, saying the state can’t provide water to the national capital as it has no other option left after Kejriwal opposed the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal project.

“Water is available in the Nangal dam for Haryana and Delhi, but we don’t have any resource to supply it and you (Kejriwal) opposed our only resource SYL canal in Punjab for your political gains. By doing this, you in fact stood against the interests of the people of Delhi,” Dhankar said in a letter to Kejriwal.

“Seeing your stand, Haryana will be unable to supply your share of water through its own canal as you have stood against the interests of the farmers and people of Haryana,” Dhankar said.

The Delhi government had termed Dhankar’s statement as an effort to draw public attention away from the real issues of Haryana.

“This letter has no value for us. It is just an attempt to divert the attention of the people of Haryana from their real issues,” Delhi’s Water Minister Kapil Mishra told IANS on Thursday.

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Misty morning in Delhi, air quality ‘poor’

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New Delhi, Nov 15: It was a misty morning in the national capital on Thursday with the minimum temperature recorded at 16.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average, weather office said.

The MeT has predicted a clear day ahead.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the air quality was recorded in the ‘poor’ category after overnight drizzle led to a drop in the pollution level.

“It is expected to be a mainly clear sky throughout the day,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

There was 1.4 mm of rainfall recorded in the past 24 hours. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 88 per cent.

Wednesday’s maximum temperature settled at 28.5 degrees, at par with the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 17.6 degrees Celsius, four notches above season’s average.

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Manali, Narkanda witness season’s 1st snowfall

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Shimla, Nov 15: There was overnight moderate snowfall in Manali and Narkanda, the season’s first, a Met official said on Thursday as snow continued to elude the Himachal Pradesh capital here.

The tourist resort of Manali recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius as the hills overlooking it also experienced moderate spells of snow, Manmohan Singh, Director of the meteorological office here, told IANS.

He said the picturesque Kalpa, some 250 km from here, experienced seven cm of snow.

“High-altitude areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Chamba, Kullu and Kinnaur districts have been experiencing snow since early Thursday,” he added.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest at minus 3.3.degrees Celsius, while it was minus 0.8 degrees in Kalpa, 8.8 in Dharamsala and 3.3 degrees in Shimla.

As news of the snowfall flashed across the plains, tourists started arriving at Manali and the nearby hills.

Peaks overlooking other popular tourist resorts like Dharamsala and Palampur have also got fresh snow.

The other hill destinations Shimla, Kufri, Dharamsala, Nahan, Chamba and Mandi got rains.

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Agarwal named new Ghaziabad police chief

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Lucknow, Nov 14 : In a late night reshuffle on Wednesday, the Uttar Pradesh government transferred Ghaziabad district police chief Vaibhav Krishna, a home department spokesman said.

Krishna has been replaced by Upendra Kumar Agarwal, who was posted as the senior superintendent of police (SSP) Saharanpur.

Krishna has been sent as Superintendent of Police (SP) Police Headquarters (PHQ) Prayagraj, erstwhile known as Allahabad. Dinesh Kumar P, posted as SP of Shamli in western UP, has been assigned Saharanpur as its new SSP.

Ajay Kumar who was the commandant of the 8th battalion of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) in Bareli has been posted as the new district police chief of Shamli.

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