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Delhi experiences coldest March night in 40 years

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Delhi experienced its coldest March night in 40 years, with the minimum temperature being recorded at 6.8 degrees Celsius for the second consecutive day on Friday as an unusually longer winter stretched on.

This is approximately 6 degrees Celsius lower than what is typically seen at this time of the year, qualifying the weather to be classified as a cold wave, officials at the weather department said. A cold wave is when the minimum temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius and it deviates by more than five degrees from the normal low expected for that period.

“This is the third coldest night in 118 years and the coldest night in 40 years in the month of March,” said BP Yadav, deputy director general of India Meteorological Department (IMD), attributing the phenomenon to after effects of snowfall in mountains up north recently.

“The western disturbance that had hit Delhi-NCR [National Capital Region] and other parts of northwest India early this week triggered snow in the hills and hail in the plains of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Now that the disturbance has passed, strong northerly winds are blowing and bringing that chill. Hence the temperature has dropped,” Yadav said.

The maximum temperature was 24.1 degrees Celsius, 3 degrees below normal.

The IMD has, however, said the cold will relent over the next few days as another western disturbance approaches.

“The minimum temperature is expected to rise and reach 11 degrees Celsius over the next few days because of an approaching western disturbance. The day temperature is likely to drop by a few degrees. There are chances of light rain and thundershower on March 2 and March 3,” said an IMD official.

There could be another dip in temperatures once the next western disturbance passes off, though officials believe it won’t fall to such levels and hover around 9 degrees Celsius.

In 2018, Delhi had witnessed the third coldest December in 50 years — after 2005 and 1996. IMD data showed the average monthly minimum temperature in December 2018 was 6.7 degrees Celsius.

The western disturbance on March 2 and 3 will be the fifteenth of the season, surpassing the usual five-six seen every winter. This despite the IMD having forecast last year that this would be a warmer winter due to the influence of El Nino over the Pacific Ocean.

Officials have attributed the weakening of the Polar Vortex — a system of very cold winds that remain in the Arctic Circle — to the increased frequency of western disturbances. The weaker Polar Vortex has made the temperature colder in the northern hemisphere, pushing up the divergence with the temperatures in the southern hemisphere. This leads to formation of western disturbances that form somewhere over the Mediterranean and sweep over parts of West Asia into India.

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17-year-old boy apprehended in Delhi for stalking girls on Instagram.

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A 17-year-old boy has been apprehended by the Delhi Police for allegedly stalking a number of minor girls on Instagram and threatening to publish their private photos.

According to the police, a father filed a complaint after becoming concerned that his 14-year-old daughter’s Instagram photos might have been shared with others.

According to the police, both the father and the daughter were counseled. The girl had shared her private photos and videos with a friend on instagram, and now the friend is pressurizing her to have more inappropriate conversations and send more of her private photos, the police said.

A case was filed based on the statement made by the minor girl.

Source: IndianExpress

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Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann inaugurates 400 Mohalla Clinic in Amritsar

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Image: Bhagwant Mann (Twitter)

Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated 400 Mohalla Clinics in Amritsar’s Putlighar.
Amritsar now has 400 mohalla clinics, bringing the total in the state to 500.

As a chief guest at the inauguration, Delhi CM Kejriwal expressed his happiness and noted that Punjab’s clinics were constructed in ten months rather than the five years it took to construct them in Delhi. He added that a lot of districts and villages will get new clinics.

“I am very happy and thankful for the citizens for believing in us. My little brother, Mann, has fulfilled another guarantee,” he said.

Kejriwal said, “Being a full state, Punjab suffers no interference from the central government unlike Delhi,” in an attack on the central government. Every village will receive more of these clinics in the coming years.”

Source: ANI

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Another Hit & Run Case: Car dragged scooty rider for 300 meters, one died

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Once again a case of hit, run, and drag has come to the fore in Delhi. One person died in this accident while the other is still admitted to the hospital. Delhi Police has arrested a total of 5 accused including the driver by registering a case under the section of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. CCTV footage of this incident has also come to the fore.

On the intervening night of Thursday-Friday, at around 3 pm, two PCR vans of Keshavpuram police station were patrolling the area. Only then the police personnel riding in it saw that a Tata Zest car hit an Activa scooty at Prerna Chowk in Kanhaiya Nagar area. Two youths were sitting on this scooty. One of the young men jumped in the air and fell on the roof of the car. At the same time, another young man jumped and got stuck between the windscreen and the bonnet of the car, while the scooty got stuck in the bumper below.

After this accident, instead of stopping the car, the accused fled from the spot, but the policemen posted in PCR caught all the 5 people in the car after chasing them for about 350 meters. During this, the policemen called the control room and informed them about the accident. The team that reached the spot took both the injured to the hospital, where one was declared brought dead by the doctors. The condition of the other youth remains critical.

Source: Aajtak

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