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Delhi-NCR air quality deteriorates, schools to remain closed for 2 days, construction ban, car curbs in place

The whole Delhi AQI on Friday morning was in the severe category, with the areas around IGI Airport (T3) 473, Jahangirpuri at 491, Lodhi Road at 438, and RK Puram at 486.

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Days before Diwali, the National Capital’s air quality index plummeted into severe, prompting the declaration of an air emergency on Thursday. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, declared that all government and elementary schools in the city will be closed on Friday and Saturday due to the increasing levels of pollution.

The construction of non-essential buildings and the operation of BS-3 petrol and BS-4 diesel cars in Delhi Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, and Gautam Budh Nagar have been prohibited by the Delhi government. The whole Delhi AQI on Friday morning was in the severe category, with the areas around IGI Airport (T3) 473, Jahangirpuri at 491, Lodhi Road at 438, and RK Puram at 486.

An AQI of zero to 50 is good, 51 to one hundred satisfactory, 101 to 200 moderate, 201 to 300 poor, 301 to 400 very poor, 401 to 500 severe, and more than 500 dangerous.

Scientists have warned of additional deterioration in the air quality, even if Delhi’s AQI has turned severe thus far. The AQI fell to 422, the lowest level of the season, on Thursday around 10 p.m. On Wednesday, it was 364; on Tuesday, it was 359; on Monday, it was 347; on Sunday, it was 325; on Saturday, it was 304; and on Friday, it was 261.

At several sites on Thursday, the amount of PM2.5 exceeded the recommended limit of 60 micrograms per cubic metre by a factor of seven to eight.

A model-based study conducted on Thursday in Delhi by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune found that smoke from burning stubble accounted for 25% of the PM2.5 pollution in the area. Today, it might increase to 35%.

October 2023 saw the worst air quality in Delhi since 2020 because there was no October rain this year. October 2023 saw only 5.4 mm of precipitation, compared to 129 mm in October 2022 and 123 mm in October 2021.

The government will assure daily watering and dust suppressant application in addition to increasing the frequency of mechanised road sweeping.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacts to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s parivarvaad jibe, BJP launches Modi Ka Parivar campaign

The Prime Minister reacted to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s comments in Adilabad, Telangana and he questioned the leader of the opposition on dynastic politics. He said INDIA alliance leaders say Modi does not have a family. He replied by saying that his life is an open book and he lives for the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacts to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s parivarvaad jibe, BJP launches Modi Ka Parivar campaign

The BJP on Monday launched a major online campaign Modi Ka Parivar to counter RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s parivarvaad jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Many top leaders including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda and Union Minister Piyush Goyal added Modi Ka Parivar suffix to their names on X.

The Prime Minister reacted to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s comments in Adilabad, Telangana and he questioned the leader of the opposition on dynastic politics. He said INDIA alliance leaders say Modi does not have a family. He replied by saying that his life is an open book and he lives for the country.

Earlier RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav launched a scathing attack on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing workers of the grand alliance at Jan Vishwas Maha Rally on Sunday. He said What can be done if Narendra Modi does not have a family of his own? He added PM Modi keeps bragging about the Ram temple. He said he is not even a true Hindu. He said in Hindu tradition a son shaves his head and beard on the demise of his parents. Modi did not do so when his mother died.

Talking to the media in a press conference BJP MP Sudhanshu Trivedi said for the INDIA Bloc, there are no Hindus. He said for them Hindus are backward, Dalit, Savarn, North Indian, South Indian, Kannada, Tamil Tellugu, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, and even Hindi, but not Hindu. He said the opposition parties want to see India in pieces.

He pointed out that a family divided the country to get into politics and today they stand with those who want to divide India so that they get to rule at least 1 division of the country. The Bihar deputy chief minister Vijay Kumar Sinha slammed Lalu Prasad Yadav for his comments, deeming them offensive and disrespectful to Sanatan Dharma.

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Brand builder PKD Nambiar passes away after battling cancer

PKD Nambiar passed away due to a prolonged battle with cancer. 

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Brand builder PKD Nambiar passed away

PKD Nambiar, who wore many hats as a successful entrepreneur, marketing and political strategist, and TV personality, passed away recently due to a sudden cardiac arrest on February 23. Reports said the MD and CEO of Flags Communications Pvt Ltd and Chairman of Nambiar Group of Companies, was battling cancer for quite some time.

Nambiar’s death has left a deep void in the marketing and communications world. He made remarkable contributions as a brand builder of various companies and individuals and was a trailblazer, known as a “start-up turn around and growth specialist”.

Hailing from Kerala, Nambiar had started creating ripples when he was just 20 years after he started his career with Mitsui in Delhi. Four years later, he made a promising foray into entrepreneurship, with his remarkable vision and leadership skills.

Reports quoted his son Ayush Nambiar as saying: “After nearly two years of valiantly battling cancer, he remained vibrant in spirit and filled with light energy until his final breath.”  

Journalists, entrepreneurs and analysts mourned the death of Nambiar. Among them was Tehseen Poonawalla, an entrepreneur, columnist and television personality. While expressing his condolences on X, Poonawalla posted that he was shattered on hearing the news.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates, lays foundation stone for various infrastructure projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad

PM Modi said for many years, Telangana was a victim of ignorance. But in the last 10 years, the government spent a lot of money for the development of Telangana. He said the whole world is talking about India’s growth rate. The Prime Minister said India is the only country in the world which continues to grow at 8.4% in the last quarter.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates, lays foundation stone for various infrastructure projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of a number of development projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad. The projects are related to road and rail sector with major focus on power sector.

Speaking at the event, PM Modi said for many years, Telangana was a victim of ignorance. But in the last 10 years, the government spent a lot of money for the development of Telangana. He said the whole world is talking about India’s growth rate. The Prime Minister said India is the only country in the world which continues to grow at 8.4% in the last quarter. He said soon India will become the third largest economy in the world.

He said the contribution made by the people of Telangana was never given due respect even after many decades after India became independent. PM Modi said the BJP government at the Centre gave great importance to the development of Telangana and has honoured the tribal community in the state. He pointed out that nobody would have imagined that a tribal woman will become the president of the country.

He said nobody would have imagined that the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda would be celebrated as a national festival. PM Modi said the government of India has formed a separate ministry for the development of the tribals.

He also inaugurated NTPC’s 800 MW (Unit-2) of Telangana Super Thermal Power Project in Peddapalli. The project will supply 85% power to Telangana and will have the highest power generation efficiency of approximately 42% among all power sectors of NTPC in India.

The newly electrified Ambari-Adilabad Pimpalkhuti rail line was also inaugurated during the event. PM Modi also laid down the foundation stone for 2 major national highway projects connecting Telangana with Maharashtra and Telangana with Chattisgarh through NH-353B and NH -163.

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