Air quality in the national capital entered the “very poor” category for the first time this season on Tuesday due to unfavourable conditions for dispersion of pollutants, authorities said. Stubble burning accounted for six per cent of PM2.5 pollution in Delhi. The rest of the pollution is due to local sources, said Gufran Beig, the founder project director of SAFAR, a government framework for air quality forecasts.
The Gurgaon district administration on Tuesday cancelled permission to offer namaz at eight sites, which were among a list of 37 designated sites approved earlier where Friday prayers are offered under police protection in the city. In a statement, the district administration said that the decision was taken after “objection from local residents and resident welfare associations”.
Meanwhile, Facebook India requested an extension of 14 days to appear before the Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Committee on Peace and Harmony to “ensure the availability of senior representatives with the requisite knowledge” who are “best placed to provide the Committee with the data required”, the government said Tuesday. The proceedings have now been rescheduled to 12.30 pm on November 18. The committee is examining the “unprecedented communal disharmony and violence in Delhi in February 2020”.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a minimum temperature of around 15 degree Celsius and maximum of 30 degree Celsius for Delhi-NCR on Tuesday. Over the next six days, the minimum temperature could drop to around 13 degree Celsius, the IMD’s seven-day forecast suggests.