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Shimla, Manali have more snow; mercury dips below zero in most of HP



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Shimla, Jan 11 

The picturesque tourist resorts of Shimla and Manali experienced more snow on Wednesday but the state capital also saw a sunny day after four days of intermittent snowfall.

The temperatures remained below the freezing point at most places in the state with more snow and rain, an official of the meteorological office here told IANS.

The state capital that saw one cm of snowfall recorded the minimum temperature at 3.2 degrees Celsius below the freezing point.

Bharmour in Chamba district had 10 cm of snowfall in the past 24 hours, which is the state’s highest.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest place in the state with a minimum temperature recorded at minus 11.4 degrees Celsius, while the temperature was minus 8.6 degrees in Kalpa in Kinnaur district, minus 6.6 degrees in Manali, but 7.2 degrees Celsius in Dharamsala.

Manali and Kalpa towns saw six cm and eight cm of snowfall, respectively.

The Met Office said western disturbance — a storm system originating from the Mediterranean-Caspian Sea region which brings rain or snow in the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent — would be active again in the region on January 14 and 15, with chances of widespread rain and snow.



Minimum temp settles at 7.8 degrees Celsius in Delhi




New Delhi, Dec 17 : Delhiites today witnessed clear skies with the minimum temperature settling at 7.8 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year.

According to the Meteorological (MeT) department, the maximum temperature was recorded at 23.6 degrees Celsius, one degree above the normal.

The humidity level was between 92 and 33 per cent respectively.

The MeT office has forecast mainly clear skies with mist in the morning for tomorrow.

“The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover at 23 and nine degrees Celsius tomorrow,” the weatherman said.

The visibility was today recorded at 1,500 meters at 5.30 am which significantly improved to 3,000 meters at 8.30 am, the MeT office said.

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Two actresses held in Hyderabad on charges of prostitution



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Hyderabad, Dec 17: A prostitution racket was busted here with the arrest of four persons, including two actresses from Mumbai, police said on Sunday.

The arrests were made during raids on two five-star hotels in posh Banjara Hills area late on Saturday night, police said.

Those arrested include an actress from Bollywood and another television actress. Two brokers, who were running the racket online and booking rooms in star hotels for the customers, were also taken into custody.

Police, however, have not identified the actresses. A police officer said two girls from Mumbai were arrested from the hotels. He said further investigations were on.

S. Ravinder, inspector at Panjgutta police station, said the police conducted the raid on a room at Taj Deccan following information that organised sex racket was being conducted.

Later, two more persons, including the television actress, were arrested from another star hotel in the same area.

This is not the first time that actresses have been arrested on charges of prostitution. In 2014, an actress from Mumbai was caught on similar charges. However she was acquitted by a court in December that year.


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Bhopal: Fire breaks out in shopping complex, 100 shops gutted



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More than 100 shops gutted in the fire which broke out in a shopping complex in Bhopal’s Bairagarh, more than 20 fire tenders at the spot, cause of fire yet to be ascertained

However, Fire fighting operations are underway at the shopping complex.

Army vehicle and jawans have reached the shopping complex to join in the fire fighting operation. More than 20 fire tenders at the spot.


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