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Delhi Grapples with Heavy Fog, Flight and Train Schedules Disrupted.



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Early Tuesday morning, Delhi found itself shrouded in dense fog, creating a challenging scenario for both air and rail travel as visibility plummeted and delays ensued.

The impact of the fog was particularly felt at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, where visibility dropped to a mere 50 meters. This led to a series of delays and diversions, with airport authorities noting that, between 8:30 am and 10 am, five flights had to be redirected to Jaipur. Contrary to official reports, Flightradar24, an online platform that monitors global flights in real-time, reported a more staggering figure, stating that 301 flights faced delays, and seven were outright cancelled at Delhi airport on Tuesday.

According to statements from airport officials to ANI, Delhi airport grappled with delays for around 30 flights, encompassing both international arrivals and departures. The cause? The pervasive and dense fog that had settled over the region.

By 10 am on Tuesday, the Runway Visual Range (RVRs) at the airport ranged from 125 to 275 meters, signaling CAT-III dense fog conditions. The official Delhi airport website highlighted disruptions in flights destined for Warsaw, Dubai, Kuwait, Kathmandu, London, and Mauritius. Additionally, arrivals from Baku, Abu Dhabi, Milan, Addis Ababa, and Doha were subjected to delays.

Not limited to international flights, the impact of the fog extended to domestic routes. Flights to Chennai and Shimla faced delays, while a Lucknow-bound flight had to be canceled. Arrival delays were reported from various domestic locations, including Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Lucknow, Jaipur, and Ahmedabad, all attributing the setbacks to the adverse weather conditions.

Simultaneously, the Northern Railways reported disruptions in the schedules of 14 trains bound for Delhi, originating from diverse parts of the country. The affected routes included those from Puri, Howrah, Kanpur, Allahabad, Azamgarh, Bhagalpur, Gaya, Dibrugarh, Durg, Chennai, Hyderabad, Habibganj, Khajuraho, and Vasco.

The dense fog that blanketed Delhi on Tuesday not only created a visually challenging environment but also sent ripple effects through the city’s transportation network, leading to a day marked by delays and inconveniences for both air and rail travelers.


Pankaj Udhas, Renowned Singer of ‘Chitthi Aayi Hai,’ Passes Away at 72.



Renowned Indian singer Pankaj Udhas, celebrated for his soulful renditions in iconic films like “Naam” and “Saajan,” has passed away at the age of 72 in Mumbai. The sad news was confirmed by his family, who announced that Udhas succumbed to a prolonged illness at Breach Candy hospital.

Udhas’ musical journey was marked by his mastery over ghazals, with hits like ‘Chandani Raat Mein,’ ‘Na Kajre Ki Dhaar,’ ‘Aur Ahista Kijiye Baatein,’ ‘Ek Taraf Uska Ghar,’ and ‘Thodi Thodi Piya Karo’ becoming timeless classics. His velvety voice and emotive delivery endeared him to audiences across generations, making him a stalwart in the Indian music industry.

Beyond his film contributions, Udhas was known for his philanthropic endeavors and efforts to promote Indian music globally. His talent hunt TV show, ‘Aadab Aarz Hai,’ provided a platform for aspiring artists to showcase their talent, reflecting his commitment to nurturing the next generation of musicians.

The news of Udhas’ demise has sparked an outpouring of tributes from fans, colleagues, and political figures alike. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences, highlighting Udhas’ contribution to Indian music and the cultural legacy he leaves behind.

Pankaj Udhas’ last rites are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, marking the end of an era in Indian music. His legacy as a singer and a humanitarian will continue to inspire and resonate with music lovers around the world.

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PM Modi Advises Cabinet Members to Delay Ayodhya Ram Temple Visits Amidst Devotee Rush.



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During a recent cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised colleagues to postpone visits to Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir due to the overwhelming number of devotees. Citing concerns about the heavy rush and potential inconvenience caused by VIPs adhering to protocols, the PM suggested Union Ministers plan their Ayodhya visits in March, according to government sources.

Simultaneously, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials to ensure efficient crowd management for the convenient ‘darshan’ of Ram Lalla. Over five lakh people visited the Ram temple on Tuesday after the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony. Adityanath urged public cooperation and patience, emphasizing that everyone deserves a darshan of the deity. The newly constructed temple’s doors opened at 6 am.

In response, the Ayodhya district magistrate deployed magistrates at eight locations for crowd control, as per the state government’s statement. Information Director Shishir reported that five lakh devotees had darshan of Ram Lalla, with the last entry at 10 pm. Instances of unruly crowds were promptly addressed by police and officials, ensuring orderly queues for darshan.

Chief Minister Adityanath, in a post on ‘X,’ detailed an on-site inspection of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi temple complex, issuing guidelines for a smooth darshan experience. The state government emphasized Adityanath’s hands-on approach at “ground zero” to ensure a seamless darshan for all.

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India Claims 4th Place in Global Stock Market Rankings, Surpassing Hong Kong.



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India secured the fourth spot in global market valuation, outpacing Hong Kong with a market capitalization of $4.3 trillion on January 22, according to Bloomberg. This achievement marks another triumph in India’s ongoing bull rally since hitting a multi-year low in March 2020. Contributing to this surge are global factors, including a shift toward a China-plus supply chain strategy, favoring India as a key alternative manufacturing source.

Internationally, the prolonged post-pandemic slowdown in China, juxtaposed with India’s resilient economic performance, has prompted increased fund allocation to the Indian market by international managers. Domestically, India stands out as one of the world’s fastest-growing major economies, driven by robust tax collections, controlled inflation, strong corporate earnings, and a stable currency.

The stark performance contrast between India and Hong Kong is evident, with India’s benchmark Sensex surging two-and-a-half times since March 2020, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index has seen a 33% decline. This exceptional outperformance, coupled with the listing of various companies, has propelled India to surpass Hong Kong in market capitalization.

Suman Bannerjee, CIO at Hedonova, sees India’s rise as a milestone, underscoring the nation’s economic resilience. He emphasizes that this achievement not only signifies numerical triumph but also positions India as a key player in the global financial arena, reflecting the country’s economic fortitude and promising prospects for investors navigating the vibrant Indian stock market landscape.

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