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Delhi-NCR?set for cold, polluted days

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Temperatures are likely to drop by 2-4°C in the next few days, bringing winter-like conditions that could also lead to an increase in air pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), weather and pollution forecasting officials said on Sunday.

The drop in temperature is expected mainly due to a change in wind direction: from south-easterly to north-westerly, which will bring in cold winds from snow-clad mountains as well as smoke from farm fires in Punjab and Haryana.

“There is a clear sky, which means radiation will be reflected back [at night]. Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh received heavy snowfall last week due to a western disturbance. These conditions will cause temperature to drop in the plains,” said Kuldeep Shrivastava, director of the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre (RWFC).

Officially, the colder temperature will not be classified as winter since the India Meteorological Department (IMD) classifies the period between January 1 and February 28 for the season.

According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’s air quality early warning system Safar, “air quality is likely to deteriorate on November 11 and may remain in very poor category with higher values. It is likely to deteriorate marginally further on November 12 and may remain in upper end of very poor category and may reach in severe…”

This is because, the agency explained in its prediction, upper atmosphere winds, are bringing in farm fire smoke while calm surface will exacerbate local pollution. “The effective stubble fire counts started to increase and touched 1,882 on 9th November as against to 415 on Nov 8th,” the agency said.

The air quality index (AQI) in Delhi deteriorated to “very poor” category (321) on Sunday, compared to “poor” category (283) a day before.

An AQI between 201 and 300 is ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and 401-500 ‘severe’. An AQI above 500 falls in the severe plus category.

An official, however, said that air quality is unlikely to turn as bad as it had in the beginning of November. “There is a marginal increase [in pollution] because winds are northwesterly now. It may not increase very much after this,” said a Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) official who didn’t want to be named.

Wind speed on Sunday was about 15 to 16 kmph and is likely to reduce to 8 to 10 kmph on Monday and Tuesday, this person added. The minimum temperature in Delhi on Sunday was 14.5 degree C, one degree above normal. It is likely to reduce to about 11 degree C in the next few days.

Farm fires in Punjab and Haryana have been continuing, but are expected to come to an end gradually in the next few days.

“Very few farms are left with stubble. They will be burnt in the next one week. The Punjab government has announced ?100 per quintal subsidy to farmers with less than 5 acre farm land. But this was announced very late, so I am not sure if it will have any impact this year,” said Harinder Singh Lakhowal, general secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) in Punjab.

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Pleasant weather in Delhi, it will rain for the next two days.

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The weather pattern is changing in Delhi. The weather in the national capital has been pleasant since morning today (Wednesday). The wind is blowing between the movement of clouds, due to which the temperature has come down. According to the Meteorological Department (IMD), it will be partly cloudy in Delhi today i.e. on September 14. Also, there may be light rain or drizzle with winds at some places.

After the rains on Monday in Delhi, there was a slight drop in the temperature on Tuesday and people got a slight respite from the sultry heat. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a change in the weather and light rain in Delhi-NCR from today i.e. Wednesday.

According to the forecast of the Meteorological Department, there may be light rain in Delhi for the next two days from today. It will be cloudy and winds will blow at a speed of 30 to 40 kilometers per hour. In Delhi today, September 14, the minimum temperature may be 26 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature may remain 34 degree Celsius.

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Make Noida part of Delhi, AAP leader writes open letter to PM Modi

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Aam Aadmi Party’s Gautam Buddh Nagar region president Bhupendra Singh Jadaun has composed an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the incorporation of Noida inside the province of Delhi.

In the open letter dated September 12, posted from Jadaun’s twitter account, he has requested that Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has been giving essential conveniences, for example, water, power, schooling, wellbeing, and transport to individuals of Delhi, which the occupants of Gautam Buddh Nagar locale (Noida) have been denied of. “Very much like Delhi, individuals of Gautam Buddh Nagar ought to likewise have the option to get free power, good education, the advantages of Farishte scheme; the ladies inhabitants ought to have the option free transportation; senior residents ready to go on pilgrimage free of charge; and they are not made to go around different offices to get their Aadhaar card, ration card or driving permit,” the letter peruses.

Jadaun has expressed that the occupants of Noida ought to likewise get the option to choose their delegates in the neighborhood enterprises, very much like it occurs in Delhi. Further, the occupants living in metropolitan and country regions in the area ought to get the possession freedoms of their territory, while the people who live in alleged unlawful provinces ought to likewise get proprietorship privileges alongside essential conveniences like in Delhi, he said.

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New rule on free electricity in Delhi, subsidy will not be available without applying from today, CM Kejriwal announced

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has made a big announcement. Now only those people will get electricity subsidy in Delhi, who will apply for it. The applications for this will start from today itself.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that some people do not want to take free electricity. In such a situation, now only those people in Delhi will get electricity subsidy who will apply for it.

Form to be filled

A form will come along with the electricity bill. The form has to be submitted to the electricity bill center. He said that we are issuing a number (7011311111). A missed call has to be made on this number. A message will come on a missed call. There will be a link in it. Which will open the form on WhatsApp. Messages will also be sent to those whose mobile numbers are registered. The number of people who will fill the form on 31 October. They will get the benefit of the scheme. On filling the form in the next month, the bill of the previous month will have to be submitted. He said that his government would run door-to-door awareness campaign regarding this.

The facility will be applicable from October 1

Arvind Kejriwal said, earlier there used to be a lot of electricity in Delhi. We fixed it. Now electricity is available 24 hours. Electricity is available free of cost in Delhi. The money saved by stopping corruption is giving convenience to the people. He told that there are 58 lakh consumers of electricity in Delhi, out of which 30 lakh electricity bills come to zero. Half the bills of 17 lakh consumers come. We will give subsidy to those who ask for subsidy. This facility will be applicable from 1st October.

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