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Amid rising air pollution primary schools in Delhi to stay shut until further orders

Until the air quality improves, all schools in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be closed.

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Amid rising air pollution primary schools in Delhi to stay shut until further orders

Primary schools in Delhi will stay shut starting tomorrow as a result of the national capital’s increasing air pollution levels.

Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, and Chief Minister of Punjab, Bhagwant Singh Mann, reached the decision during a press conference on Friday, November 4.

Until the air quality improves, all schools in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be closed. All outdoor activities for all classes above Class 5 will also be suspended, along with the schools.

The Delhi Chief Minister stated during the press conference that he and his party officials are making all possible efforts to tackle the pollution crisis. He also stressed the importance of considering whether to use the odd-even strategy for automobiles. The schools’ reopening date has not yet been determined, though. It is anticipated to be declared once Delhi’s air quality improves.

On the other hand, in a similar decision that came in the wake of rising air pollution, schools in Noida and Greater Noida were ordered to teach the students until class 8th through online classes.

BJP levels allegations against AAP

In the meantime, the Delhi BJP on Friday asked the AAP government to order shutting down of schools in the capital due to severe air pollution.

While speaking at a press conference at the Delhi BJP office Shehzad Poonawala, the party’s national spokesperson, said that the AAP government should stop playing with the lives of the children and close the schools. “Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is operating as a part-time chief minister of Delhi, should explain to the populace what measures his administration has made to reduce pollution in the city,” said Poonawala.

As raging farm fires and stagnant meteorological conditions drove the capital’s air quality index to the verge of the “severe plus” category, the sky over Delhi-NCR took on an ominous grey hue.

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Telugu actor Taraka Ratna faints during TDP leader Nara Lokesh’s padayatra in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor

Taraka Ratna, who made his film debut in 2002 and has acted in about a dozen movies and web series, is reportedly keen to contest next year’s Assembly elections.

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Telugu actor Taraka Ratna faints during TDP leader Nara Lokesh's padayatra in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor

Telugu actor Nandamuri Taraka Ratna fell unconscious on Friday during the padayatra of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) general secretary Nara Lokesh in Kuppam in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

He was immediately rushed to the hospital in Kuppam after he fainted during the Padayatra. He was later shifted to the multispeciality hospital in Bengaluru for better treatment.

Reportedly, Taraka Ratna had no pulse, and his body turned blue when he was brought to the hospital. As per the latest reports, his pulse has returned after 45 minutes of treatment. Doctors state that the actor is currently receiving medical treatment.

The incident happened when there was a stampede-like situation outside a mosque that Lokesh visited shortly after launching his 4,000-kilometer padayatra. The actor-turned-politician Ratna was also a part of the padayatra.

According to the reports, ex-CM Nara Chandra Babu Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh launched a padayatra in Kuppam on Friday, and he was accompanied by several political leaders. Ratna also accompanied Lokesh in the padayatra.

Lokesh performed a special puja at Lakshmipuram Sri Varadaraja Swamy Temple before launching padayatra and then went to the mosque where he was joined by Ratna after a brief walk. It seems that Taraka Ratna fainted while leaving the mosque, probably from suffocation from overcrowding.

Taraka Ratna is the grandson of TDP founder, legendary actor and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. T. Rama Rao. He is the cousin of Junior NTR, Kalyan Ram and Lokesh.

Meanwhile, the padayatra will conclude at Ichapuram in the Srikakulam district after over 400 days. Andhra Pradesh is looking forward to the assembly election in the state which will be held in June 2024.

Taraka Ratna, who made his film debut in 2002 and has acted in about a dozen movies and web series, is reportedly keen to contest next year’s Assembly elections. On the professional front, he was last seen in the S5-No Exit film.

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Honour killing: Maharashtra woman strangled to death, body torched by family over love affair

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A young woman was reportedly murdered by her own family, who then burned her body to a crisp in a bid to destroy evidence in Nanded district of Maharashtra.

Reports said the 22-year-old victim, who has not been named, was strangled to death with a rope by her own brother and father along with three other male relatives on January 22 in in Pimpri Mahipal village under Limbgaon police station.

Police officials said the accused then torched her corpse and dumped the remains in a stream to destroy any evidence.

The victim, a third-year medical student of Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery, was engaged to be married by a man of her family’s choosing. However, she was in love with another man from her village and informed of the same to her betrothed, who then called off the wedding.

The irate family members who were upset after the wedding was called off, took her to a farm on the night of January 22, where they murdered her and torched her body to destroy evidence, police said.

The five accused which includes the victim’s father, brother, uncle and cousins have been arrested under section 302 (murder) and other relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code.

In a similar incident, a man in Uttar Pradesh’s Hussainganj was arrested for allegedly murdering his 3-year-old boy and then burying the body in a nearby farm.

Police said the accused, identified as Chandra Kishore Lodhi, a resident of Chitisapur village under Hussainganj police station, killed his son with a spade after an argument with his wife.

Lodhi, the police said, had an argument with his wife Wednesday night and then in a fit of rage, attacked his toddler son, Raj, with a spade, instantly killing him. The accused then took the child’s body and buried it in a nearby farm during the night.

Lodhi’s wife informed the local police of the crime on Thursday, a police team recovered the toddler’s body and arrested the accused.

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Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra called off over security lapse in Kashmir, Congress alleges sudden withdrawal of security

Rahul Gandhi was joined by former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah while on his way to the valley.

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Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra was called off owing to lapse in security while the Yatra was enroute to Kashmir Valley on Friday. The Congress has alleged that the security forces suddenly withdrew upon learning about the crowd waiting on the route.

It reported that Rahul Gandhi had begun his Bharat Jodo Yatra as per the schedule and was anticipated to cover 11 km in the Kashmir Valley, however, after the security forces inconsistencies, the Wayanad MP had to halt the Yatra after a kilometre.

It was reported when the former Congress president led the Yatra into the Kilometre, a large crowd was waiting for them and the security forces suddenly pulled back. The Congress party has also alleged the Jammu and Kashmir administration of mismanagement to keep the crowd in check during the Yatra.

The incident took place near Banihal Tunnel enroute to Srinagar and after learning about the situation of the crowd, Rahul Gandhi had to wait for 30 minutes before a security vehicle could escort the Congress MP out of the heavily thronged place.

After the escort of Rahul Gandhi, the Yatra was cancelled for the day. Rahul Gandhi was joined by former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah while on his way to the valley.

Congress Leader KC Venugopal, while talking about the incident to the media, alleged that the police forces pulled back after the Yatra crossed Banihal Tunnel. He also said that there was a lack of police force to secure Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdullah while the situation ensued.

Venugopal also said that Rahul Gandhi was walking without security and added that the Congress Party is very troubled by the security aspect for Rahul Gandhi and the Yatra.

Bharat Jodo Yatra was supposed to enter the Kashmir Valley on Friday before finishing off the Yatra in Srinagar’s Congress Party’s office where Rahul Gandhi was to hoist the national flag.

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