Union Home Minister Amit Shah met the injured police personnel at Sushruta Trauma Centre, Civil Lines in Delhi on January 28. He was accompanied by Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava. Home Minister Shah also visited Tirath Ram Shah Hospital and met injured police personnel. These police personnel were injured in the clashes that erupted during the farmers' tractor rally on January 26 (Republic Day). Around 390 personnel were injured after being attacked by protestors during the rally.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to contest elections in 6 states -Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat- in the next 2 years, informed AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at National Council meeting of AAP on January 28.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on January 28 attended 23rd GoM meeting on COVID-19 in Delhi. In the meeting, Vardhan said, "70% of our COVID19 cases are in Maharashtra and Kerala. So far, 153 cases of UK variant have been detected in India."
As per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Delhi's air quality turned 'very poor' with overall air quality index (AQI) standing at 301. The temperature has dipped further in Delhi-NCR. A low level visibility was witnessed in several parts of the national capital on January 13. A thick layer of fog blankets the city today. Cold waves have tightened its grip in Delhi and adjoining cities. Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 4.8 degree Celsius today.
For the second day in a row, a thick layer of smog enveloped the Nepal capital Kathmandu. Visibility in the valley went down dramatically in the last two days with the Air Quality Index shown by the US Embassy in the capital remaining over 300 which means "Hazardous". As a sudden drop in mercury settled down atmospheric pollutants, the Department of Environment requested people not to come out without genuine reasons. The department also stated that the air quality in other major cities like Nepalgunj and Biratnagar will be deteriorating and people should be cautious. The PM 2.5 levels of more than 150mg/m3 are considered extremely dangerous for human health, and people are recommended to stay indoors. According to IQ Air, a Swiss air quality technology company, overall air quality index of the Valley today stood at 437mg/m3 - the worst in the world. In order to address the problem, the government earlier had introduced a provision that allows authorities concerned to declare an air pollution emergency whenever the air quality index goes over 300 (mg/m3). However, none of the concerned authorities has sent out a signal in this regard as the nation is reeling through the COVID-19 pandemic where pollution might worsen complexities among infected ones. AQI is a composite measurement of the concentration of particulate matter below 10 and 2.5 microns, carbon monoxide, sulphur and nitrogen dioxide and ground ozone. Reeling above the mark of 300, Kathmandu is expected to get rid of smog only after heavy rainfall.
Fog and cold continue to grip the national capital, even as the city is struggling with rising pollution. Though the overall AQI (air quality index) in Delhi improved slightly to 'very poor' from 'severe' category on December 26, according to SAFAR-India. Intense cold waves have disrupted normal life in parts of the northern India. The visibility was extremely reduced in multiple areas.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar questioned Delhi govt over the rising air pollution level. Javadekar said that stubble burning has stopped yet Delhi's pollution situation remains serious. He urged Delhi govt to take swift action on the complaints forwarded to it by CPCB. "The situation of air pollution in Delhi is still serious. Stubble burning has stopped but Delhi's air quality is in 'very poor' category. CPCB's 50 teams inspect Delhi and NCR every day. They submit complaints, observations from those visits to agencies concerned. Yet, some work is done while some work is left undone. Hence, CPCB has issued a notice to the Delhi govt. CPCB has asked Delhi govt to take necessary, swift action on the complaints. Delhi govt and all agencies concerned should swing into action," Javadekar said. In its notice, CPCB asked Delhi govt to take strict action against industrial activities.
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Speaking to media in the national capital on December 04, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar spoke on Delhi's air quality. Javadekar said, "Air quality in Delhi is still in the very poor category, even though stubble burning has stopped. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued notice to Delhi government, asking to take action on causes behind pollution like biomass burning and dust."
Delhi’s air quality continued to remain in the very poor category on December 4. At 7am, AQI was 335, as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The national capital’s average Air Quality Index on Thursday was 341. On a scale of 0 to 500, an AQI value between 300 and 400 is considered very poor, and that above 400 is considered severe. Government agencies have forecast deterioration in air quality from December 4. Also, shallow fog in the morning is expected on December 4-5. India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientists warned that on December 6 - 7, the AQI might slip to the severe zone. Watch the full video for more details.
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On the escalating scare of bird flu in the country, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on January 09 announced ban of import of live birds in Delhi and the Ghazipur poultry market will remain closed for 10 days. "We have sent some samples to a lab in Jalandhar, the reports will come by day after tomorrow. Delhi Government will take the necessary decision based on reports. Delhi Government is following guidelines issued by the Centre Government. Veterinary officers are doing surveillance at Ghazipur poultry market, Delhi zoo and DDA parks at Hauz Khas village, Dwarka, Paschim Vihar. We have sent 104 samples to Jalandhar for testing. The import of live birds is being banned in Delhi from today and the Ghazipur poultry market will remain closed for 10 days," said Delhi CM.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on December 29 announced that in view of coronavirus, dry ration kits will be distributed to the school students under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme for the next 6 months. He said, "Ever since corona happened, people are facing a lot of problems. Delhi Government has started online classes and now almost 94% children are getting benefit through it. From today, dry ration kits including dal, wheat, rice, etc will be given to school students under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme for the next 6 months. Around 8 lakh families will benefit from this scheme."
Level of ammonia in Yamuna River in Delhi has increased with a layer of foam covering the sacred river. The situation led to some disruption in water supply in parts of the national capital. Earlier,..