Delhi’s air quality drops to ‘severe’ category

Delhi’s air quality drops to ‘severe’ category

Delhi’s air quality deteriorated to the severe category yesterday morning.

An average Air Quality Index (AQI) of 420 was recorded at 8am compared with 366 (very poor) a day earlier, while the temperature plunged to 13 deg C.

The AQI categorises air quality on a scale of 0 to 500. An AQI between zero and 50 is “good”, while 301 to 400 is “very poor”.

Delhi’s AQI between Nov 1 and 29 averaged 372, making it the third most polluted November since 2015.

Lightning kills 24 in Gujarat

Twenty-four people died in lightning strikes and 23 were injured in rain-related incidents in Gujarat over Sunday and Monday, government officials said.

The state was hit by heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and hailstorms, with some places receiving up to 144mm of rain in the 24 hours ending Monday morning.

The rains caused damage to houses and loss of cattle across the state. At least 40 animals were killed.

Broadcasting bill to regulate OTTs, individuals posting news content

A new broadcast bill could cover certain accounts and users on social media platforms that carry news and current affairs content on YouTube, WhatsApp or Telegram channels, the Hindustan Times reported.

The proposed Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill 2023 regulates streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar and other broadcasting services or OTT platforms. It will treat anybody putting out news and current affairs content as OTT broadcasters attracting the same obligations.

Visa-free entry for Indians to Malaysia from Dec 1

Indian citizens will be able to travel to Malaysia without a visa from Dec 1 and stay up to 30 days.

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim made the announcement on Sunday during a speech at his People’s Justice Party congress. The visa exemption is also applicable to Chinese citizens.

China and India are Malaysia’s fourth- and fifth-largest tourism source markets.

Modi questions wedding ceremonies outside India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged citizens to hold wedding celebrations on Indian soil, adding that he is troubled by the trend of some “big families” conducting weddings abroad.

“While shopping for weddings, all of you should give importance to products made in India,” the prime minister said.

He added that if people celebrate marriages on Indian soil, the country’s money will remain in India.

Probe points to multiple lapses in university stampede

The preliminary investigation into the Saturday evening stampede at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) in Kerala that claimed four lives has revealed lapses, including poor crowd management and having only a single exit and entry point at an amphitheatre.

The incident occurred when a large crowd of students and the public were waiting to enter the amphitheatre – the venue of a music concert – and were caught in a crush when the gate was opened.

Kashmiri students arrested for cheering India’s World Cup defeat

Police arrested seven students in Jammu and Kashmir under anti-terror laws for allegedly celebrating Australia’s victory over India in the cricket World Cup final last month.

A police official said the students from an agriculture university were detained last week after a student filed a complaint accusing them of raising anti-India slogans and cheering for Pakistan along with Australia after the match.

Police said the students were charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) after they found video evidence of them raising anti-India chants. The UAPA deals with inciting or advising any unlawful activity and is punishable with seven years’ imprisonment.

Actor Khan to file defamation case against actress Trisha

Days after Mansoor Ali Khan apologised to actress Trisha Krishnan over his ‘misogynistic remarks’ against her, the actor has said he will sue her.

Speaking with CNN News18 on Tuesday, Khan said he would file a defamation case against the actress.

When asked about his apology, Mansoor called it the “biggest joke”. Last week, he released a statement: “My co-actress Trisha, Forgive me. Let the God bless me by having me during your wedding.” After the apology, Trisha took to her X handle and wrote: “To err is human, to forgive is divine.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones reveals Indian doctor once saved her life

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones revealed at the recently ended International Film Festival of India in Goa that an Indian doctor saved her life when she was 18 months old.

“Actually, a story that I have never told before,” she said. “India has touched me in a very serious personal way. It was an Indian doctor who saved my life with a tracheotomy when I was 18 months old. So, I wonder why when I come to India, I have this feeling of coming home, like… a tingly feeling.

“Maybe there’s something to do with that. But the reason why I am actually here is because of the brilliance of an Indian doctor in Swansea, South Wales, so I am forever indebted to him.”

Security guard, 56, clears MSc exam after 23 attempts

Mr Rajkaran Baraua, a security guard and house help in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, who earns Rs5,000 a month, has fulfilled his dream of obtaining a degree in mathematics, passing his MSc exam after 23 unsuccessful attempts, at the age of 56.

In 1996, he earned his MA in archaeology, and then pursued his mathematics goal, which he recently completed at Jabalpur’s Rani Durgavati University.

Shami saves man’s life after road accident

Cricketer Mohammed Shami turned life-saver in Nainital, Uttarakhand, last Saturday, following a road accident.

A man was driving ahead of Shami when his car suddenly swerved out of control and plunged down a hill.

Shami and a few others stopped, ran over, and pulled the man safely out of the car.

Shami shared a video of the rescue on his Instagram page and wrote: “I’m so happy to have saved someone”.

Pandya returns to Mumbai, Green to Bangalore in IPL trade

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been traded to his former team Mumbai Indians from Gujarat Titans, with Australian Cameron Green moving from Mumbai to Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Indian Premier League (IPL) said on Monday.

Mumbai got Pandya back on his existing player fee of US$1.8 million, as teams prepare their wish lists and organise their purses for the IPL auction on Dec 19 in Dubai.

Pandya first joined Mumbai as an uncapped player in 2015 for US$11,000.

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