Not quite. According to the real-time Air Quality Index, the PM 2.5 concentration in Delhi today is as high as 612mpcm. It's even higher in a couple of other cities, however.
Igdir in Turkey is registering a whopping 999. In Piedras Negras, Mexico, the figure is 814. Hazardous readings are also reported in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Carmel, Israel, and Dazhou, China.
Delhi NCR woke up to a smoggy morning on Wednesday, as air quality remained in the ‘severe’ category in several parts of the city. The state government on Tuesday had ordered all primary schools to remain closed and barred outdoor activities for children in the wake of the pollution. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who described Delhi as a “gas chamber”, reviewed the situation in a meeting with health and environment officials.
The Delhi government is “prepared” to re-launch its odd-even transport scheme and restrict trucks from entering the city in the case of an “emergency,” deputy CM Manish Sisodia. The government also issued a health advisory for residents of the capital, especially children, the elderly and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments. “We appeal to the people of Delhi to avoid morning and evening walks,” Sisodia had said yesterday.
Thousands of Dalits protest at Jantar Mantar against caste-based violence in Saharanpur newsreporter.in
The Capital’s protest ground, Jantar Mantar, was painted blue as swarms of Dalit protesters, associated with Bhim Army, All India Students’Association, and various other groups gathered on Sunday morning to protest against the recent clashes in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
They gathered there in large numbers despite being denied permission by the Delhi Police a day before.
Results for bypoll in 10 Assembly constituencies of eight states - Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh - will be announced today.
Polling took place in two Assembly constituencies each in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, one each in West Bengal, Assam, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi on April 9.
TN Farmers Agitation : 28 Days, Naked Run, What else does Modi need to pay attention? newsreporter.in
Scores of farmers from Tamil Nadu, who have been camping in New Delhi for nearly a month demanding a waiver of loans and setting up of the Cauvery Management Board among other relief measures, took their protest to a new level with some of them stripping outside the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday.
Tamil Nadu is facing its worst drought in the last 140 years, and the man leading the agitation is 68-year-old farmer and lawyer P. Ayyakannu from Tiruchirappalli.
The farmers led by Ayyakannu have been eating rats, conducting mock funerals, blowing conches, rolling on the ground half naked, shaving their heads and protesting with the skulls of farmers who allegedly committed suicide.
But, nothing had reached the ears of Prime Minister Narendra Modi it seems. Centre has not paid any attention to the suffereing TN farmers at Delhi yet.
Weather in the capital has transitioned unusually rapidly from late winter to summer this year. Delhi saw a whopping 13-degree rise in maximum temperatures in the past 10 days, with spring disappearing almost as soon as it arrived.
Thursday's peak temperature was 37.4 degrees Celsius, seven notches above normal - the highest seen in March since 2010, when the mercury had hit 39.2 degrees on March 22. Just 10 days ago, the maximum had hovered around 24 degre es. Similarly, minimum temperatures have risen by around 9 degrees in this period.