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Rain, snow in J&K will reduce Delhi smog: Met Office

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Srinagar, Nov 14: The Regional Met Office on Tuesday said rain and snowfall forecast in Jammu and Kashmir will help reduce the smog and pollution levels in Delhi and its adjoining areas.

Speaking to IANS, Sonam Lotus, director of the Met Department said: “The balancing of a weather system in the coming days in Jammu and Kashmir will definitely help in decreasing the pollution levels in Delhi and adjoining areas as the system is moving Westwards from the state.

“The smog and pollutant levels will drop in Delhi because of the wind speed generated by the gathering weather system in the state.

“We are expecting light to moderate rain in the plains and snowfall in the higher reaches beginning today (Tuesday) afternoon.

“This will break the long dry spell that continued in the state for nearly three months”.

Due to the night-long cloud cover, the night’s minimum temperature that had dropped below the freezing point on Monday rose to 2.9 degrees Celsius in Srinagar on Tuesday.

The maximum temperature was 18.2 degrees in Srinagar on Monday. “The large gap between the minimum and maximum temperatures in the valley will also narrow down in the coming days due to cloud cover,” Lotus said.

The night’s lowest temperature in Jammu city was 14.4 on Tuesday while the maximum was 25.6 degrees Celsius on Monday.

Pahalgam recorded 0.8 degrees as the night’s lowest while Gulmarg recorded zero degrees as the lowest night temperature.

In the Jammu region, Bannihal town recorded 3.6, Katra 11.9 and Bhaderwah 5.7 as the night’s minimum temperature, Lotus said.

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Foggy Tuesday morning in Delhi, air quality ‘severe’

Drop in temperature is contributing to air quality deterioration to “severe” levels in Delhi-National Capital Region.

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : It was a foggy morning in the national capital on Tuesday with the air quality remaining “severe” and the minimum temperature recorded at 8.8 degrees Celsius, average for the season, the weather office said.

Drop in temperature is contributing to air quality deterioration to “severe” levels in Delhi-National Capital Region.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 9 a.m. was 409 (severe) against 403 (severe) on Monday recorded at 4 p.m., on a scale of 0 to 500.

“There was mist and shallow fog in the morning. The sky will remain mainly clear becoming partially cloudy in the later part of the day. Very light rain and thundershower is likely in some areas,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 92 per cent, an unfavourable condition for pollutants to disperse.

The maximum temperature on Tuesday was likely to hover at around 23 degrees Celsius.

Monday was the second coldest day of the month with minimum temperature dipping to 7.6 degrees Celsius, one notch below season’s average, while the maximum temperature settled at 23.8 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average.

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Senior Congress leader C.N. Balakrishnan dead

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Kochi, Dec 11 : Senior Congress leader and former Kerala Minister C.N. Balakrishnan died at a private hospital here due to pneumonia, party sources said on Tuesday. He was 87.

He died on Monday night, the sources said.

A long standing aide of former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, Balakrishnan was the Thrissur district Congress committee president for 17 years and was also the treasurer of the state unit for long.

It was in 2011 that Balakrishnan first contested the polls and went on to become the state Cooperation Minister in the Oommen Chandy cabinet.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Boat capsizes in Yamuna river: 5 missing, 3 critical

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Prayagraj,Dec 10 : Five persons went missing and three others were admitted to hospital in a critical state after a boat carrying 14 people capsized in river Yamuna in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

Rescue operations are underway and nine persons have been rescued .

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered deployment of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and state disaster Response Force (SDRF) for the rescue operation.

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