• Delhi: Air quality in city & NCR stagnant at ‘very poor’ quality
    New Delhi [India], December 7 (ANI): The air quality in the national capital continued to remain in the ‘very poor’ category on Tuesday morning with an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 314, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). As per the SAFAR, the PM 10 levels were recorded at 150 in the ‘moderate’ category and PM 2.5 levels were recorded at 81 in the ‘moderate’ category.A local resident Manish said, “There is a smog-free tower installed but it is not sufficient.” Meanwhile, the air quality in the NCR region – Noida and Gurugram also remain in the ‘very poor’ category. AQI of 317 and 325 was recorded at 7.30 am in Gurugram and Noida, respectively. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’. After the Supreme Court pulled it up for the opening of schools amid the rising air pollution level in the city, the Delhi government directed that schools will remain closed until further orders. The schools in the four districts of Haryana adjoining Delhi has been closed till further orders. The Commission for Air Quality Management for NCR and adjoining areas has also directed to stop the entry of trucks in Delhi except for CNG or electric trucks and trucks carrying […]
  • Omicron: Delhi CM Kejriwal urges people to be cautious
    New Delhi [India]: In view of the emergence of the COVID-19 variant Omicron, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to the people to be cautious and wear masks while stepping out of their houses. “I just want to appeal to people to not panic. I am monitoring the situation. I chaired a review meeting last week also. We will make all available resources like beds, medicines, equipment to tackle the virus. I just want to appeal to the citizens to wear masks always while stepping out,” he said.Earlier on Sunday, Delhi reported its first case of the COVID variant Omicron. Earlier on November 30, Kejriwal had chaired a review meeting with Health Minister Satyendra Jain and senior officials on the possibility of a third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, amid concerns over the new variant ‘Omicron’. (ANI)
  • President Kovind, PM Modi, parliamentarians pay tribute to BR Ambedkar
    New Delhi [India]: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid floral tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar on his 65th death anniversary which is observed as “Mahaparinirvan Diwas”. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and other parliamentarians paid tribute to the architect of the Constitution at his statue in the Parliament premises today.Born on April 14, 1891, Babasaheb Ambedkar was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who campaigned against social discrimination towards the untouchables (Dalits) and supported the rights of women and workers. He died on December 6, 1956. In 1990, Ambedkar was conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. (ANI)
  • Delhi logs 51 fresh COVID-19 cases
    New Delhi [India]: New Delhi reported 51 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the health bulletin on Saturday.As per the health bulletin, the total count of cases has gone to 14,41,295.The city has 322 active cases. The national capital reported no death due to the disease in the last 24 hours. The death toll has gone up to 25,098.The positivity rate in Delhi is 0.08 per cent. The bulletin said 64826 tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tests to 3,11,65,273.1,04,328 persons were vaccinated against the virus in the last 24 hours.
  • Delhi : Panel issue new orders on tackling deteriorating air quality
    New Delhi [India] : The government of India’s air quality panel has issued a set of new directions to prevent further deterioration of air quality in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) directed that industrial operations and processes in NCR, not running on Piped Natural Gas or other cleaner fuels, shall be allowed to operate only up to eight hours a day from Monday to Friday and shall not be allowed to run on weekends. All schools, colleges and educational institutions in the NCR shall remain closed, allowing only online mode of education, except for the purpose of the conduct of examinations and laboratory practicals. The panel said its earlier directions on industries shall continue. According to these directions, all industries in NCR, still using unapproved fuels, shall be closed by the respective governments with immediate effect. Also, the NCR states and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) shall enforce a strict ban on the use of diesel generators, except for emergency services. The commission stopped the entry of trucks in Delhi, except the electric ones and those running on Compressed Natural Gas, besides trucks carrying essential commodities.  The commission directed that the chief secretaries of the respective states and the Delhi government shall ensure implementation of these directions.  “Strict enforcement of these directions as also the directions/orders issued by the commission […]
  • Air Pollution: After SC rap, schools in Delhi closed again
    New Delhi [India]: All schools in Delhi will be closed from December 3, said Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday. “All schools in Delhi to be closed from tomorrow till further orders, due to current air pollution levels in the city,” Rai said.His statement comes after the Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up the Delhi government for opening schools amid the rising air pollution levels in the city. “When the government implemented work from home for adults then why children are being forced to go to school,” the SC asked Delhi government. “We feel there is nothing happening, in spite of air pollution levels rising in Delhi,” the Court observed today. The Delhi government reopened schools on November 29 for all the classes.
  • Delhi govt designates Lok Nayak Hospital as dedicated facility for ‘Omicron’ variant cases
    New Delhi [India] : The Delhi government has designated Lok Nayak Hospital as a dedicated hospital to treat patients infected with the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’.As per the order issued by the Health and Family Department of the Delhi government, the decision has been taken following the new guidelines by the Central government for international travellers in the context of the new variant. “Lok Nayak Hospital will designate one or more separate wards ( as per need) for isolating and treating such patients…It is hereby directed that no COVID-18 patient of the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 will be denied admission on any ground,” the order stated.The Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), a new variant of the coronavirus, was first reported in Botswana on November 11, 2021, and appeared on November 14 in South Africa. It has been declared a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO). 
  • Delhi’s peak power demand in winter may go upto 5,400 MW, surpassing last two years
    New Delhi [India]: Delhi’s peak power demand this winter can go upto 5,400 MW, surpassing the peak winter demand of both 2019 and 2020. Last year, it had peaked at 5,021 MW and 5,343 in 2019.The peak winter power demand in BRPL and BYPL areas had reached 2,091 MW and 1,107 MW respectively during last winter. This year, it is expected to reach 2,315 MW and 1,140 MW for BRPL and BYPL respectively. According to officials, “BSES discoms are fully geared to ensure adequate power availability for its around 46 lakh consumers during the winter months. The back-bone of BSES’ power-supply arrangements during the winter months includes long-term agreements from power plants; including Hydro and Delhi-based gas-fuelled generating stations.”Additionally, BSES is also receiving 440+ MW of solar power from SECI, 250 MW of wind power, 25 MW from Waste-to-Energy. It is also being helped by 118 MW+ of roof-top solar power installed on roof-tops in South, West, East and Central Delhi, said officials.A BSES official said, “Apart from these, BSES discoms are using avenues like banking, reserve shutdown, power exchange and ensuring sufficient spinning reserves to dispose of surplus power as well as ensuring reliable power supply. In case of any unforeseeable contingency, BSES discoms will buy short-term power from the exchange which is available at economical rates.””Adding to these, efforts are the advanced load-forecasting statistical and modelling techniques, which are helping the discom […]
  • Delhi bound SpiceJet flight offloads passenger for disruptive behaviour
    New Delhi [India] : SpiceJet flight SG 8169 (Guwahati-Delhi) offloaded a passenger on Sunday after he repeatedly got off his seat and created a ruckus. According to a SpiceJet Spokesperson,” After repeated attempts to pacify him failed and co-passengers told the crew that they were not ready to fly with the said passenger on board.”, he said. “The aircraft was brought back to the bay where airport security officials along with SpiceJet staff deplaned the passenger and handed him over to the CISF.”, he further added. The flight departed thereafter.  Meanwhile on Saturday, Bengaluru-Patna Go First flight with 139 passengers and crew members on board made an emergency land at Nagpur airport due to a technical glitch.
  • Delhi wakes up to shallow fog
    New Delhi [India] : Amid deteriorating air quality, the residents of the national capital woke up to shallow fog on Sunday morning with visibility in the range of 500-1000 metres only, as per the Indian Meteorological Department.The IMD has earlier predicted that Delhi will witness shallow fog till December 1. “No fog conditions reported at 0530 hrs IST of Today. Moderate Fog with visibility of the order of 200m reported at Lucknow and Gaya. Shallow fog with visibility in the range of 500-1000 m is being reported at Delhi,” IMD tweeted today.Meanwhile, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) on Sunday morning stood at 372 in the ‘very poor’ category, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi today recorded a minimum temperature of 11.2 degrees Celsius (°C).As per SAFAR, the air quality is likely to slightly improve to AQI 355 and will remain in the “very poor” category tomorrow.An AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.Meanwhile, the Delhi Government has imposed a ban on construction and demolition activities following Supreme Court’s directions. In view of an improvement in the air quality, the ban on construction and demolition activities was lifted on November 22. The ban on the entry of […]
  • Manish Sisodia likely to address ‘important’ press conference in Delhi today
    New Delhi [India]: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is likely to address an important press conference on Saturday.According to sources, Sisodia will address the press conference at 12.30 pm on Saturday from party headquarters in New Delhi. Meanwhile, sources have also informed the senior Congress leader from Delhi, Mukesh Goel is likely to join AAP on Saturday.Notably, AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit Chandigarh in Punjab on Saturday to express support to protesting teachers in Mohali.
  • Delhi Police arrests accused in Swaroop Nagar murder case
    New Delhi [India]: Three persons accused of murder in Delhi’s Swaroop Nagar were arrested by Delhi Police on Thursday. One of the arrested accused includes the younger brother of the deceased, according to Delhi Police.The younger brother Monu told the police that his elder brother Sonu used to consume smack and the family members were tired of giving him money. Therefore, he hatched a plot with his friends to kill his brother. According to the police, Monu filed the missing report of Sonu in the Jahangirpuri area. The family members recovered his body from the ruins of Swaroop Nagar, after which the police was informed about the same.On being informed, the police registered a case and started scrutinizing the CCTV footage. Sonu was seen alongside two boys, identified as Sunny and Tushar, who happened to be Monu’s friends.On questioning, the accused revealed that Monu had instigated them to murder his brother. Monu told the police that he had hatched the plot for murder on the day the family members were out of the house on Tuesday.