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Pollutant level at all-time high in Delhi during morning hours

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New Delhi, Oct 12: The national capital on Thursday saw one of the worst surges in the pollutant concentration in air during morning hours, with PM2.5 crossing the 700 level in east Delhi’s Anand Vihar, while recorded as ‘severe’ and ‘very poor’ at several other places.

With stubble burning continuing in neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana, also revealed by the satellite images of NASA’s Fire Mapper, the north-westerly winds coming from those states are effecting Delhi’s air quality, even as the wind speed is comparatively low.

“Currently Delhi is receiving moderate winds coming from the direction of Punjab. The winds are not high now and are around 10 kmph. However, these winds will continue at least till October 16,” Mahesh Palawat, director private weather forecaster at Skymet, told IANS.

According to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) data, the level of PM2.5 or the particles in air with diameter less than 2.5 mm, touched 772 after 5 a.m. at Anand Vihar area, while dropping to 350 in next hour, still way beyond the permissible range. The international permissible limit for PM2.5 is 25 micro grammes per cubic metre while for India, it is 60.

The PM2.5 level at Mandir Marg in central Delhi oscillated between 135 to 165 in the morning hours, 131 to 205 at Punjabi Bagh in west Delhi and 139 to 174 at R.K. Puram in south Delhi.

The average PM2.5 level in Delhi till 4.30 p.m. was 112, showed data recorded by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

PM2.5 is one of the major and common pollutants with direct consequences on life expectancy. Any recorded value between 251-350 is considered “severe” for PM2.5, while value between 121 to 250 units is considered “very poor”.

The severe value of PM2.5 affects healthy people and seriously impacts those living with diseases.

According to SAFAR, Delhi, on Thursday till 4.30 p.m., four areas – Delhi University, Pitampura (both north Delhi), Lodhi Road (central Delhi) and Mathura Road (south Delhi) – had “very poor” air quality in terms of PM2.5.

In other places including Indira Gandhi International Airport, adjoining Gurugram (Haryana) and Noida (Uttar Pradesh), the air quality was placed under “poor” category.

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Sunny morning in Delhi, rains likely

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New Delhi, June 23: It was a sunny morning in the national capital on Saturday with the minimum temperature recorded at 31.6 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average.

There might be light rains towards evening, with maximum temperature likely to hover around 43 degrees, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

“The sky will remain partly cloudy with the possibility of very light rains towards evening,” an IMD official told IANS.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 47 per cent.

Friday’s maximum temperature settled at 42.5 degrees, four notches above the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 30 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average.

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Uttar Pradesh: Minor gang-raped in Bulandshahr

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Lucknow, June 23: A minor girl was allegedly raped by seven people in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district.

Speaking to ANI, Superintendent of Police,  Bulandshahr, Raees Akhtar said that the Case has been registered and a search operation has been launched by the police to find the culprits’.

As per the reports, the incident took place on Monday when the girl had gone with her family members to attend her cousin’s engagement ceremony in Chacheri village.

On Friday, the victim’s brother registered a case against all the accused.

The girl also accused them of filming the incident.

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7 killed in Gujarat road accident

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Amreli, June 23: At least seven people lost their lives and 24 others wounded after a truck skidded off a bridge near Bhavnagar-Somnath highway in Gujarat’s Amreli district.

The accident took place on Friday late night.

The injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital, and are undergoing treatment.

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