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City air improves marginally thanks to westerly winds

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2020 10:43 PM IST

The air quality in the city marginally improved on Thursday, recording 286 (poor) on the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) daily air quality index (AQI) bulletin. This was down from Wednesday’s reading of 299, which was just short of “very poor” air quality. While wind speeds throughout the day remained slow, the direction of the wind was favourable in preventing pollutants from accumulating. The reduction in farm fires in Punjab and Haryana, too, have helped keeping pollution levels down, experts said.

“On Thursday afternoon, we were receiving westerly winds with speeds of about 8kmph. There had been some accumulation of pollutants during the night and morning. However, they were dispersed again by the afternoon. The number of farm fires has also reduced considerably this past week and the amount of smog being blown into Delhi-NCR from the west has reduced, helping the situation,” said Sachin Panwar, a city-based independent air quality scientist.

Officials also attributed the improvement in air quality to a reduction in farm fires. “There have been hardly any images of stubble burning detected over the past day. The impact is quite noticeable. In fact, across other cities, the improvement in air quality has been even clearer as they are more impacted by the wind direction,” said Kuldeep Singh, regional officer, HSPCB, pointing out that air quality in neighbouring Delhi improved from 413 (severe) to 302 (very poor) on Thursday.

According to the early air quality warning system for Delhi-NCR, “The air quality is likely to remain in the poor category on 27.11.2020... The predominant surface wind is likely to be coming from Northwest direction of Delhi with wind speed up to 08-14 kmph, mainly clear sky and mist in the morning.”

The minimum temperature of Gurugram settled at 11 degrees Celsius on Thursday — same as the previous day. The city recorded a maximum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius on Thursday, two degrees higher than Wednesday’s reading. As per the IMD’s weekly forecast, the maximum temperature will hover around 24 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature is expected to stay at 13 degrees on Friday. As per the weekly forecast, clear skies will prevail on Friday.

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Gurugram health workers who had missed vaccine jabs on first two days can take them on January 21

By Archana Mishra, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:05 PM IST
More than 2,100 front-line healthcare workers, who could not be inoculated on the first two days of the Covid-19 vaccination drive, will be allowed to take the vaccine jabs on January 21, officials of the health department said on Tuesday
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SUV catches fire under Rajiv Chowk flyover; none injured

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:05 PM IST
An SUV caught fire on Tuesday morning below the Rajiv Chowk flyover on the carriageway leading towards Manesar
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HSVP to resolve road issues in sectors 81 to 95 on priority

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:05 PM IST
The Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) has decided to resolve all land-related issues in sectors 81 to 95 in order to make roads operational soon
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Population of migratory birds up at Najafgarh jheel, finds census

By Prayag Arora-Desai, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:05 PM IST
Eighty one species of waterfowl, including 13 species red-listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), were recorded in a census at the Najafgarh jheel
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No respite from chilly weather, foggy conditions, says IMD

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:04 PM IST
Episodes of dense to moderate fog, accompanied by reduced visibility and chilly conditions, are likely to persist in the region till at least January 25, as per the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast
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Government agencies observe Road Safety Month

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:30 PM IST
To prevent road accidents and improve safety for commuters, government agencies in the district started observing Road Safety Month on Monday
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Haryana Police deploys 500 personnel ahead of farmers’ rally on Republic Day

By Leena Dhankhar, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:30 PM IST
Haryana Police on Monday deployed 500 personnel on the borders connecting Rajasthan, Nuh and Gururgam, after protesting farmers announced that they would join the tractor rally in Delhi on Republic Day
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Wazirabad residents launch protest against construction of crematorium

By Abhishek Behl, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:27 PM IST
After failing to get any response from the authorities, the residents of Wazirabad village have launched a protest to oppose the move by Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran(HSVP) to develop a large crematorium adjacent to their village
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Class 7 student of private school in police cross hairs over threatening emails sent to girl students

By Leena Dhankhar, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:29 PM IST
The police are probing the involvement of a class 7 student of a prominent private school in the city, in allegedly threatening to kill his classmates in emails sent to at least two girl students on January 5, senior police officers said on Monday
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Requirement for health certificate a deterrent, say parents

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:27 PM IST
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Pilot dies in collision while returning home late Sunday

By Leena Dhankhar, Gurugram
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A pilot of Indigo Airlines was killed in a road accident in Sector 114 late Sunday, when the car he was driving was rammed by a speeding truck-trolley that was moving on the wrong side of the road
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Technical glitches on CO-WIN platform continue on day two of vaccination drive

By Prayag Arora-Desai, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:27 PM IST
Issues with Co-WIN (Covid-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network) application — designed to streamline the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines — continued to persist on day two of the ongoing inoculation drive
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Covaxin has few takers on second day of vaccinations in Gurugram

By Archana Mishra, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:27 PM IST
Only 35% of the 436 healthcare workers for whom Covaxin vaccine was allocated attended the vaccination drive on Monday, which was much lower than the average total turnout of around 60%
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RT-PCR tests to cost 499 in Gurugram

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:26 PM IST
The price of the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), considered the gold standard test to detect Covid-19, was brought down to 499 in Haryana
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Only 60% of beneficiaries show up for Covid-19 vaccination, hesitancy remains

By Prayag Arora-Desai, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:26 PM IST
A total of 2,881 healthcare workers in the district were vaccinated against Covid-19 on Monday, on the second day of the ongoing nationwide immunisation drive
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