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Delhi is among the cities where the air quality is improving. (Hindustan Times)

95 out of 131 cities under national programme show improvement in air quality

Ninety-five out of 131 cities covered under the National Clean Air Programme have shown an improvement in air quality with Varanasi recording the highest—53%—decline in PM 10 concentrations in 2021-22 compared to the baseline of 2017. In 2017, Varanasi's annual PM 10 concentration was 244 micrograms per cubic metres. It declined to 114 micrograms per cubic metres in 2021-22. Delhi's air quality has also improved as per Central Pollution Control Board's assessments.

The Election Commission of India has approved the ‘two leaves’ symbol for AIADMK. (ANI)

How BJP brokered EPS-OPS truce ahead of Erode bypoll

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate from the Edappadi Palaniswami faction, KS Thennarasu on Tuesday filed his nomination papers for the Erode East Assembly bypoll even as the Bharatiya Janata Party officially announced its support to the party. Thennarasu, the candidate of Edappadi Palaniswami faction filed papers on the last day of the nomination after the O Panneerselvam faction opted out of the race.

As of now, police have registered a community services register (CSR) based on his complaint and not filed an FIR, according to reports. (Representative Photo)

TN governor’s staff assaults cab driver; probe on: Police

A cab driver was allegedly assaulted by Tamil Nadu governor R N Ravi's personal staff, police said on Tuesday, adding a probe has been started in the matter. A video of the incident shared on social media shows the driver and Thirugnana Sambandam, advisor of media and communication to the governor involved in a heated argument. Sambandam is heard asking the cab driver to stop recording the video and delete it. The driver had objected when Sambandam made him stop at multiple locations.

“The writ petition was filed first before the single judge bench of the high court, which transferred the case to CBI. The government went to the division bench which on Monday said that the petition was not maintainable and refused to grant protection. There is a grave urgency. If the CBI enters the investigation, everything will fail,” Dave said. (ANI)

T’gana govt moves Supreme Court in MLAs’ ‘poaching’ case

The Telangana government on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the state high court's order transferring the investigation ? into a case related to the alleged attempts to poach four Bharat Rashtra Samithi lawmakers into the Bharatiya Janata Party ? to the Central Bureau of Investigation , an official privy to the development said.

Police use water cannons to disperse protesters, in Kerala. (Agencies)

Clashes erupt in parts of Kerala as Cong protests 2 cess on fuel

The Opposition Congress on Tuesday intensified its agitation against the state government's proposal to introduce ?2 cess on petroleum products and clashed with the police at several places across the state. In Kottayam district, Congress president Nattakom Suresh sustained injuries after a clash with police. Later, the district unit president alleged that the police pelted stones and attacked him without any provocation. Similar protests were reported from Thirssur, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram.

Former CM of Kerala and senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy (HT)

State medical board to monitor Chandy’s health, likely to be airlifted to B’luru hospital

In the evening it was decided that Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy, 79, who is undergoing treatment for pneumonia will be airlifted to Bengaluru hospital on Wednesday. Health minister Veena George added chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan asked her to visit the ailing Congress leader. Chandy was hospitalised on Monday. A section of Congress workers and Chandy's relatives complained he was not getting proper treatment. His relatives alleged they were not allowed to meet him. The former chief minister will be airlifted to Bengaluru hospital on Wednesday.

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Pak brides of Bhatkal and their wait for citizenship

Months after a Pakistani woman entered India illegally through Nepal, forged Jeevani's identity to live with her boyfriend in Bengaluru and was later arrested, the police are in the process of deporting her back, an officer privy to the matter said on Tuesday. While Jeevani was sent to the custody of Foreigners Regional Registration Officers, there are several Pakistani women staying in coastal Karnataka's Bhatkal after legally marrying in India.

Jim Skea, co-chair, Working Group III, IPCC

IPCC report to pull together key climate crisis facts: Jim Skea

New Delhi: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's largest body of climate experts, will release a synthesis report next month. The report is expected to provide information on historical responsibility for global warming and consumption patterns, Jim Skea, co-chair, Working Group, IPCC, and professor of sustainable energy at Imperial College London, said in an interview. It doesn't introduce any new information, but will draw out connections between the previous reports.

Chandrayaan-2 was successfully launched and inserted into lunar orbit in 2019, but its lander crash-landed on the moon’s surface when it deviated from its trajectory while attempting to land on September 6, 2019, due to a software glitch. (PTI)

Chandrayaan-3’s likely landing sites finalised

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has finalised the coordinates of three possible landing sites for its third lunar mission – Chandrayaan-3 – expected to be launched later this year. All the probable landing sites are on the moon's south polar region on the side facing earth, senior scientists from the space agency said on Tuesday. Chandrayaan-3, expected to be launched at the end of 2023, will have a lander and a rover.

Morigaon: A policeman speaks with relatives of people arrested by police for their alleged involvement in child marriages, during Assam government's statewide crackdown on child marriages, outside Mayong police station in Morigaon district, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_04_2023_000141A) (PTI)

Assam detention centres for foreigners used to jail child marriage accused

Silchar: The Assam government has converted two of its detention centres for foreigners into temporary prisons for those arrested for their involvement in child marriages in the state, officials said on Tuesday. State police has already lodged 4,074 cases and arrested 2,510 individuals till Tuesday afternoon, according to Prashanta Kumar Bhuyan, inspector general of police, law and order. Far, 450 arrested persons have been shifted there.

Nipun Goel and Nikunj Goel scored 100 and 99.998 percentile, respectively, in JEE Main 2023.

JEE Main result 2023: UP twins ace exam, say helped each other prepare

Nipun Goel and Nikunj Goel, the twins from Uttar Pradesh's Hapur district, on Tuesday scored 100 and 99.998 percentile, respectively, in the Joint Entrance Examination (Main), the results which they said brought them a step closer to achieving their dream of studying computer science at an Indian Institute of Technology. It was a good learning experience as they studied under a roof, and scored similar marks in school exams, the brothers said.

Advocate LC Victoria Gowri.

Madras HC judge takes oath after legal drama

Advocate LC Victoria Gowri taking over as a judge followed unexpected twists over the previous 24 hours that witnessed an urgent hearing granted to the petitions against her appointment; a swearing-in scheduled on the cusp of the proceedings; the constitution and re-constitution of SC benches; and finally, the suspense around an expedited hearing.

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha at the Motion of Thanks on the President's address during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Adani issue roils Parliament as Rahul leads Oppn push

New Delhi Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday used the discussion on the President's speech to attack the Centre over the sharp rise in the fortunes of the Adani Group, linking State foreign visits to global gains made by the tycoon, even as treasury benches hit back, asking for proof and blaming the Congress for past scams. This included members from the Trinamool Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Bahujan Samaj Party and Communist Party of India.

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