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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.