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Delhi’s air quality back in ‘very poor’ zone, days after Diwali may be worse



The air quality fell to “very poor” levels on Thursday and is likely to worsen over the next few days, weather officials said, warning of a deterioration in conditions in the coming days – particularly after Diwali.

The daily air quality index (AQI) – calculated as a 24-hour average till 4pm – was at 311 on Thursday, a level last seen on October 16 before a pick-up in wind speeds helped keep air pollution down.

According to a Delhi environment department official, easterly winds will cease from Sunday – the day of Diwali – and will be replaced by northwesterly winds, which could bring in pollutants from farm fires in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana.

The change in wind direction will also cause a drop in temperature, and, along with residual moisture, could create fog.

“This could turn matters worse, as the calm winds, fog and dip in temperature could help trap the smoke from stubble burning, firecrackers and other local emissions,” this official added, asking not to be named.

The warning prompted the task-force headed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to recommend a slew of pre-emptive measures such as banning construction activity between 6pm and 6am, and shutting down coal-powered industries (except power plants) from October 26 to October 30 in Delhi and neighbouring satellite towns.

A final call would be taken by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority. “We will take the call as soon as we receive the recommendations,” said Sunita Narain, member of EPCA.

“The next few days will be challenging and in addition to intense action by agencies, additional preventive measures may be required to check the deteriorating air quality,” said Prashant Gargava, member secretary of CPCB, who headed the task-force meeting.

By 7pm on Thursday, the concentration of PM10 (the coarser dust particles) was already three times the permissible limit of 100ug/m3. The concentration of PM2.5 – ultra fine particles that can reach deep within lungs – was more than twice the safe limits of 60ug/m3.

The minimum temperature, which was hovering at 17.7°C on Thursday, is predicted to drop to around 15°C on Diwali and post-Diwali day. The maximum temperature on Thursday was 32.1 degrees Celsius.



4 arrested for sexual assault of spa employee




Delhi Police captured four individuals after a worker of a spa center in Delhi’s Pitampura claimed she was molested and sexually exploited by its manager and a client.

A 22-year-old woman complained of rape in a spa center at Delhi’s Pitampura on Thursday.

Authorities from Maurya Enclave police station hurried to the spot and started the examination.

“On August 4, a PCR call was gotten at PS Maurya Enclave in regards to rape with a lady at a Spa Center, Pitampura Delhi. The police promptly arrived at the spot (the ocean spa center) where a victim aged 22 years along with her husband were present external the spa center and complained in regards to rape on her by the manager of the spa center and client,” said police.

She was sent to the hospital for her clinical assessment. A counselor from DCW visited her.

“She expressed that on June 30 she joined the spa on August 4 at around 6 p.m. one client came there along with the manager Rahul and requested sexual favors. Rahul offered her a soft drink, after drinking it she felt tipsy and both raped her,” said police.

A case under Sections 354A/328/376 D of IPC was registered and both the accused persons were arrested.

Source: ANI

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Gold medalist boxer became a robber in Delhi, arrested with two companions



A burglary group has been busted in Delhi. A boxer was likewise remembered for this posse, who has additionally won gold decorations in certain contests. This posse of three individuals used to complete stealing from Baba Haridas Nagar of Delhi.

The group had looted a lady’s mobile phone in Baba Haridas Nagar on August 1. when the lady was getting back from work. The lady had let in her protest know that three unidentified individuals who had come on the motorcycle grabbed her mobile phone and took off. The police began the examination of the matter. Some CCTVs were additionally checked and individuals around were likewise addressed.

Then, at that point, on August 4, two individuals wandering in a similar region were gotten by the police. The first gave his name as Ankit (age 19 years) who hails from Jhajjar, Haryana. The other’s name is Shivam Kumar who lives in Sainik Enclave. He is additionally 19 years of age. The third is being told as a minor. The person who is there Ankit is a boxer. During interrogation, a stolen cell phone was also recovered from them.

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Unclaimed Bag, Tiffin Box in Delhi’s Rohini Spark Alarm But Nothing Suspicious Found



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An unclaimed bag was found in Rohini region in delhi on Thursday, sending the security organizations like the special cell and bomb detection team soon to reach the spot and launched an investigation, police said.

After a careful review of the area, nothing suspicious was tracked down.

As per authorities, An unclaimed bag was tracked down in the parking lot close to DC Chowk, Rohini Sector-9.

A bomb identification and removal crew and sniffer canines had looked through the area, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

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