Delhi's air quality still in 'poor' category, likely to improve by the day

Delhi's air quality still in 'poor' category, likely to improve by the day

New Delhi. Delhi 's air quality improved partially on Saturday due to favorable wind speeds, but still remains in the 'poor' category. Government agencies said that the Air Quality Index (AQI) will improve further during the day and is expected to fall into the 'medium' category. Delhi's AQI was 263 at 9 am on Saturday, while the average 24-hour AQI of 296 was recorded on Friday. Similarly, AQI in Delhi was 283 and 211 respectively on last Thursday and Wednesday.

It is noteworthy that the air quality index between zero to 50 is 'good', between 51 and 100 is satisfactory, 101 to 200 is 'medium', 201 to 300 is 'bad', 301 to 400 is 'very poor' and An air quality index between 401 and 500 is considered to be in the 'severe' category. The Delhi-based central government air quality forecasting system said that Delhi-NCR 's air quality is expected to improve further on Saturday and fall into the 'medium' category. According to this, the direction of the winds on the surface is towards the northwest and its maximum speed was 20 kilometers per hour on Saturday. 

The central agency said that AQI will decline between Tuesday and Friday due to adverse weather conditions and is expected to fall into the 'very poor' category. The central agency said that about 800 incidents of stubble burning were reported in areas of Punjab and Haryana bordering Pakistan on Friday. According to 'Earth', an air quality monitoring app of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Parali's share of PM-2.5 in Delhi air was 15 percent.


Anti-Sikh riot: HC directs police to continue security to Verma

Anti-Sikh riot: HC directs police to continue security to Verma

New Delhi. The Delhi High Court has directed the police to continue the protection to Abhishek Verma, a witness and controversial arms dealer in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The High Court said that the police should continue to provide security to Verma until the CBI informs that he no longer needs to provide security. The High Court was informed by the CBI that the investigation into the case is still underway and they are not in a position to make a statement as to whether Verma, who is being threatened, is needed as a witness.

Justice Yogesh Khanna said on Thursday that under these circumstances, his security should be enhanced till the CBI informs Delhi Police that the petitioner (Verma) is not needed as a witness. This exemption has been given in view of the reason mentioned in their order on 28 September. On the court's decision, three security personnel have been provided to Verma and his family round the clock.

Advocates Maninder Singh and Dinhar Takir, representing Verma, said that they should be provided security at least until their statement is recorded in the case. Verma was first provided security in 2017. The case relates to the riots at Gurdwara Pulbangash in North Delhi on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards, in which three people were killed. 

Congress leader Jagdish Tytler has denied his role in the riots and has been given a clean chit by the CBI in the case but the court has directed the agency to investigate the matter further. The victims filed a petition challenging the CBI's 'closure report' in the case.