Delhi air continues to remain in ‘very poor’ category; Centre may roll out notification to induce artificial rain
The national capital is once again heading towards the worst time of the year, where the region’s notoriously substandard air quality becomes even more pernicious. Sulfur Oxides, dut and soot are a growing threat for lakhs of people residing in Delhi.
According to Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), Delhi remained wrapped under the thick blanket of smog and dust on Tuesday as air quality in scores of areas across the city remained in ‘very poor’ category. The overall air quality index of the national capital has been docked at 333 on Tuesday morning.
At Lodhi road, the AQI (Air Quality Index) was 315 with PM (Particulate Matter) 2.5 at 9:15 am. In the Wazirpur area, the air quality also dipped to the severe category with 400. Also in capital’s famous locality Mathura road which also has Purana Qila, the AQI fell to 344 with PM 2.5.
The India Meteorological Department has predicted that the weather in Delhi will mostly be hazy sunshine accompanied by smoke, with highs and lows reaching 29 Degree Celsius and 13 Degrees Celsius respectively.
“Air quality is very poor and expected to remain in the same category with small fluctuations without any significant deterioration. …read more
Thousands of people have signed a petition urging Maroon 5 to pull out of performing at the Super Bowl halftime show in support of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick.
More than 44,000 people have signed the petition on change.org appealing the group to cancel their plans to perform at the sporting event in Atlanta on February 3 next year.
“Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it. Until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL,” the petition read.
The 31-year-old former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem in a peaceful protest against police brutality and racial inequality in 2016.
He has not played since that season and last year filed a grievance against the league and its owners, accusing them of colluding to keep him off the field.
In October, Amy Schumer also urged the band to reconsider performing at the show after Rihanna decided to skip performing at the Super Bowl because she “supports Colin Kaepernick”.
Jay Z claimed on his song “Apes t” that he had also turned down an offer to …read more
Police said on Tuesday they arrested three men who were allegedly preparing to attack the public in Melbourne, less than two weeks after a man was killed in Australia’s second-largest city in what police said was an act of terrorism.
Australian federal and state police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, and other agencies that form part of the Joint Counter Terrorism Team carried out the arrests on Tuesday morning.
Police said three men, aged 30, 26 and 21, were taken into custody after they allegedly sought to acquire a semi-automatic gun to carry out an attack.
All three men were charged with planning a terrorist act, police said. They are all Australian citizens and their passports were cancelled earlier this year.
“We now have sufficient evidence to act in relation to preventing a terrorist attack,” Graham Ashton, Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, told reporters.
Police said the suspects had yet to decide on the site of their planned attack but they believed it was imminent.
“They were certainly looking at a place of mass gathering, where there would be crowds,” Ashton said. “They were trying to focus on trying to have a place where they could kill as many people as possible.”
Police said they believed the 3373327095
The US has made it clear to Pakistani leaders that it expects them to constructively address the problem of militant safe havens in the country, the White House said after President Donald Trump and
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan faced off over the issue that has impacted bilateral ties.
Trump on Sunday accused Pakistan of not doing “a damn thing” for the US. He cited Osama bin Laden and the Taliban resurgence in neighbouring Afghanistan as examples of how Pakistan would “take our money and do nothing for us”.
Khan reacted angrily by saying that his country had suffered enough by fighting terrorism on behalf of the United States.
“Now we will do what is best for our people and our interests,” the cricketer-turned politician said on Twitter.
The White House defended Trump’s decision to suspend security assistance to Pakistan.
“The (Trump) Administration has been clear to Pakistani leaders that it expects them to constructively address the problem of militant safe havens in Pakistan,” an official from the National Security Council, the White House, told PTI.
“Because Pakistan failed to address the problem, the Administration suspended security assistance,” the official said, requesting anonymity.
“We remain hopeful that Pakistan will realise it is in its own interest to cooperate …read more
A two-year-old girl was killed and four others were injured when a mini-truck collided with a divider on the Meerut-Karnal highway here, police said Tuesday.
The vehicle was taking some labourers, including women, from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh to Punjab on Monday, they said.
The injured persons were admitted to a local hospital, police said.
Samsung is all set to launch its quad-rear camera Galaxy A9 in India today. The smartphone was first launched in Malaysia last month. Samsung India will be live streaming the launch event in New Delhi at 12:30PM on its website, and Samsung Bharat Newsroom (2818142684 ).
During the launch in Malaysia, the Samsung Galaxy A9 was announced for EUR 599 (approximately Rs 51,300) for the European market, but last week India price of Galaxy A9 was spotted in Samsung’s website source code. It revealed that Samsung is planning to launch the A9 in India at Rs 39,000, although official price will only be revealed at the Samsung event this afternoon. The new Samsung smartphone is likely to be available across all platforms. As of now, both Amazon India and Flipkart have put up a teaser image for the smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) boasts a quad-camera setup at the back, which is first of its kind for a smartphone. This setup includes a 24-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, 10-megapixel telephoto lens offering 2x optical zoom, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor of f/2.2 aperture.
Samsung Galaxy A9 specifications, features
Besides the quad-camera setup, the smartphone also comes …read more
Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year, The Washington Post reported Monday.
The emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet members and Ivanka Trump’s assistants, many in violation of public records rules, the paper said. President Donald Trump mercilessly criticised his 2016
Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state, labelling her “Crooked Hillary” and saying she belonged in jail.
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the email use, but a spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, didn’t dispute the report.
“While transitioning into government… Ms Trump sometimes used her private account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family,” said the spokesman, Peter Mirijanian.
Mirijanian stressed that no classified information was transmitted in the messages, that no emails were deleted and that the emails have since been “retained” in conformity with records laws.
“When concerns were raised in the press 14 months ago, Ms Trump reviewed and verified her email use with White House Counsel and explained the issue to congressional leaders,” he said.
The discovery was prompted by public records requests …read more
Steve Smith and David Warner will serve out their one-year bans in full after a review of the punishments by the board of Cricket Australia (CA), the governing body said on Tuesday.
Former test captain Smith and his vice-captain Warner were handed the bans from international and state cricket after the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian Cricket in March this year.
Batsman Cameron Bancroft was also banned for nine months for his role in trying to alter the condition of the ball during a test match against South Africa in Cape Town. He will be able to return to representative cricket at the end of December.
The players’ union, the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), have always contested the bans were unduly harsh and had pushed for all three to be able to resume first class cricket immediately.
“The Cricket Australia Board has carefully considered all elements of the ACA submission and has determined that it is not appropriate to make any changes to the sanctions handed down to the three players,” Cricket Australia’s interim chairman Earl Eddings said in a statement.
The ACA’s calls for the bans to be looked at again intensified after an independent review into CA last month suggested the governing body …read more
The World Health Organisation (WHO) in a report stated that India is the only country to have recorded a substantial decline in malaria cases in 2017 out of the 11 highest burden countries worldwide.
According to the report, India accounted for 4 percent of global malaria cases in 2017 and has made significant progress in bringing down its malaria burden since.
“As reflected in this year’s World malaria report, the country registered a 24 percent reduction in cases over 2016, largely due to substantial declines of the disease in the highly malarious state of Odisha, home to approximately 40% of all malaria cases in the country,” the report read.
The success factors for the reduction of the vector-borne disease include rejuvenated political commitment, strengthened technical leadership, which focused on prioritizing the right mix of vector control measures, and increased levels of domestic funding to back efforts, the report noted.
“A notable aspect of Odisha?s approach is its network of Accredited Social Health Activists, or ASHAs, who serve as front-line workers to deliver essential malaria services across the state, particularly in rural and remote areas