Coldwave tightens grip, hits rail, air traffic; several places record season's lowest
Saturday, 28 December 2019 The frigid air barrelling through parts of north India plummeted temperatures to the season's lowest in several places Saturday, including Delhi where the mercury hit a low of 2.4 degrees Celsius, as dense fog reduced visibility and delayed air, rail and road traffic. The cold wave was not expected to relent until the New Year.
Underlining the importance of creating "air bubbles" for resuming international flights amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister of State with independent charge for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, on July 16 said India is in advanced stage of negotiations with France, US and Germany to resume limited international flights. "We are at a very advance stage of negotiations with at least 3 countries (for air bubble). Air France will be operating 28 flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru to Paris between July 18 to August 01," Puri said.
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated Rajkumari Amrit Kaur OPD building at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi premises on July 16. The building is dedicated to OPD services and physiotherapy of elderly people. Union Minister of State (MoS) for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey was also present during the inaugural function. While addressing the media, Dr Harsh Vardhan said, "Despite being such a largely populated nation, we can perhaps claim to have performed better than any other country." "Today, our fatality rate is 2.57 percent and recovery rate is 63.25 percent," he added. rt students, education scenario and society in large."