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LIVE! Delhi: Smog continues, but air quality improving slowly

10:15  Delhi: Smog continues, but air quality improving slowly:  A thick layer of smog continued to blanket the national capital and its adjoining region on Sunday even as reports claimed that the air quality was slowly, but steadily, improving.

The city’s Air Quality Index has been in the range of 700 to 1,000, making it difficult for people in the state to even breathe.

On Sunday morning, PM 10 level in Delhis Lodhi Road area was at 560, PM 2.5 at 625. In Noida, PM 10 levels at 551, PM 2.5 levels were at 541. All fell in the ‘severe’ category.

One of the residents of the city told ANI, “It is tough to breath and the situation needs to be fixed.”

As the pollution has hit 70 times the World Health Organisation’s safe limit, doctors have suggested people to wear N90 masks whenever they go out, as exposure to air pollution can lead to cancer and heart disease.

Taking cognisance of it, people at the historical India Gate were seen wearing masks.

A jogger at the India Gate, Shubhankar Tomar, told ANI, “Today the fog is back. Yesterday, there was not much. The government should take an initiative to resolve this deadly situation.”

Another jogger said, “We are facing breathing problems now. We are taking precautions to protect ourselves from respiratory problems.”  — ANI


09:31  PM leaves for Manila to attend ASEAN summit:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed for a three-day visit to Philippines, on early Sunday morning, to attend the 15th Association of South East Asian Nations India summit and the 12th East Asia Summit in Manila on November 14.

On November 13, the prime minister will attend the ASEAN business and investment summit.Prime Minister Modi will also hold a bilateral meeting with the President of Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, who is also the current chair of the ASEAN.

He will also participate in special celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of ASEAN.

On November 14, he will attend the regional comprehensive economic partnership meeting in Manila, endeavouring to further enhance India’s trade and investment ties with ASEAN member states, which constitute a significant over 10 per cent of India’s external trade.

In Manila, the PM will meet some of the other world leaders, who are participating in the East Asia summit.

He will also visit the international rice research institute and the Mahavir Philippines Foundation. — ANI


08:15  Mumbai cops tow car with woman breastfeeding baby inside:  Mumbai traffic cops towed a car while a woman was breastfeeding her seven-month-old baby inside it.

A video of the incident, which took place in suburban Malad on Friday, is doing the rounds on social media.

In the video, the woman can be seen sitting inside the car with her baby while the traffic cops are towing it.

The video shows that the policemen did not stop and continued speaking on the mobile phone even after the onlookers protested and warned that something untoward could happen to both the woman and the child.

The woman alleged that she pleaded with the traffic policemen to stop but they did not listen to her and appeared unconcerned.

Talking to media, the woman named Jyoti Male said, “The policemen towing the car did not even for once ask me to get down, even when I told them that I am breastfeeding my baby they still did not stop.”

Male further said that she had showed her medical prescription to the policemen saying she was unwell but they did not stop.

She also demanded apology from the cops for their act.  — ANI

Photograph: ANI

Source: Rediff