Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that Delhi has turned into a “gas chamber”, blaming stubble burning in neighbouring states for pollution in the national capital.
“ Delhi has turned into a gas chamber due to smoke from crop burning in neighbouring states. It is very imp that we protect ourselves from this toxic air. Through pvt & govt schools, we have started distributing 50 lakh masks today.I urge all Delhiites to use them whenever needed,” the Delhi chief minister said in a tweet.
Kejriwal’s comment came even as the national capital recorded the highest level of pollution this season on Friday morning with the Air Quality Index (AQI) value hovering at 459 at 8 am. Pollution levels had breached the ‘severe+’ zone late on Thursday night.
This is the first time that the air quality has dipped to emergency levels in the national capital this season. Such a situation was last seen in January 2019.
There has been a rapid rise in the number of farm fires reported in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana in recent days– a key source of the pollutant that is considered to be the deadliest of all particles in the air.
Kejriwal has held the Punjab and Haryana governments responsible for the deteriorating air quality in Delhi, saying farmers of the two states have been left with no option but to burn their stubble.
At an event to distribute masks to school children for countering air pollution on Friday, Kejriwal urged the students to write letters to ‘Khattar Uncle’ and ‘Captain Uncle’ in a reference to ML Khattar and Capt Amarinder Singh, the chief ministers of Haryana and Punjab respectively.
“We have worked hard to reduce the pollution levels in Delhi in the last five years. We have managed to reduce the pollution level by 25% in Delhi while other states are facing the opposite. Now we have to write letters to Khattar Uncle and Captain Uncle requesting them to take care of our health and give machines to their farmers for stubble burning,” he said.
The Delhi government has announced to distribute 50 lakh anti pollution masks to students both government and private schools.
Though the Kejriwal government has banned any outdoor activity in the schools due to severe pollution levels, the mask distribution ceremony was held outdoors at the Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidayalaya in Civil Lines. Many students complained of coughing and eyes burning during the one-and-a-half hour event which was also attended by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.
“Many of our students complained about cough and eye burning. We have been instructed to avoid all outdoor activities in the school, so this event could have been organised in some auditorium,” said a teacher at the school, who did not wish to be named.
No immediate response was available from the government on why the event was organised outdoors.
Shraddha Murder Case: Police found spinal cord, 10 body parts recovered so far from the forest
The bones of Shraddha found by the Delhi Police in the forest of Mehrauli belong to the back part of the body. About 10 such body parts have been found so far, including the reed bone. Apart from this, some bones have also been recovered from the drain.
Delhi Police has received 10 parts of the body including the lower part of the spinal cord. The police have also found blood stains in the kitchen of the flat, whose samples have been sent for examination to find out whose the blood stains are.
Aftab had cleaned the fridge with chemicals so that when caught, he could spoil the forensic investigation. Delhi Police will soon call Shraddha’s father for a DNA sample. After which blood sample and bone sample will be sent to FLS, after which FSL will do a DNA test.
After the investigation so far, the police suspect that Shraddha’s body was dismembered in the bathroom after the murder. Along with this, the accused used to leave the water running from the shower so that the dead body could be easily cut and blood flowed. The FSL team along with Aftab was present during the investigation at his flat.
Fog will be seen in Delhi’s sky from tomorrow, cold will increase with drop in temperature!
After the passing of half of November, there is a rapid change in the weather. The country’s capital Delhi is feeling cold in the morning and evening, while the temperature is rising in the afternoon. However, a change in the weather can be seen in the coming days. According to IMD, the cold may increase in Delhi from tomorrow i.e. 17 November with a drop in temperature.
Delhi’s temperature condition
According to weather experts, in the next few days, icy winds will blow in the northwest direction, due to which Delhi’s temperature will drop and the cold will increase. Talking about the temperature, on November 17, the minimum temperature can be 12 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature can be 27 degree Celsius. Two days ago i.e. on November 15, the minimum temperature was recorded at 15 degrees and the maximum temperature was 30 degrees. At the same time, there is a possibility of further decline in it for the next two days. On November 18, the minimum temperature can reach 11 °C and the maximum temperature can reach 26 °C.
In Delhi, 37 lakh people apply for power subsidy
After the 15-day-expansion by the Delhi government to select for the power subsidy scheme finished Tuesday, just three lakh individuals applied during the augmentation time frame. From September 14 till Tuesday night, 37,13,179 individuals applied to keep on benefiting from the subsidy scheme.
In spite of the fact that authorities are guaranteeing that a decent level of individuals has applied, the information shows a distinction of around 10 lakh customers when contrasted with a year ago. As per the information, around 46.8 lakh individuals profited from the advantage under the plan in 2021-22.
“This was the normal number of individuals who get the advantage, and the people who go under the 200 unit class probably applied. Likewise, the number varies as a few purchasers get the financed bill during winters and the number descends in summer as individuals use ACs, coolers, and fans,” said a senior authority from the power office.
He added that individuals who got sponsored bills under 400 units during winter should not have applied. “In any case, they can, in any case, apply before their next charging cycle and profit from the subsidy scheme,” said the official.
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