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Beat the Heat with Mangoes: 3-Day ‘Delhi Summer Festival’ for Aam Aadmi at Dilli Haat

100 hai daam, kitne khao aam (Eat as many mangoes as you want, only at Rs.100)”, is the tagline of the mango eating event which is open to all with only an entry fee of 100 INR

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Handloom and other craft items fair are regularly organised at the Dilli Haat Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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  • The Delhi government has decided to merge the annual mango festival with the “Delhi Summer Festival” this year , said Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra
  • The event to be held at Dilli Haat between June 24 and June 26, is the first summer festival to be organised in the Capital
  • A mango-eating competition will be one of the major attractions at the Delhi Summer Festival

The Delhi government announced a three-day summer festival at Dilli Haat in Janakpuri on Wednesday, June 15.

The government usually organises a mango festival every year, but this year, in 2016, it has decided to merge it with the “Delhi Summer Festival”, said Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra to The Hindu. The event, to be held for the first time in the Capital, will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on June 24.

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The festival boasts of a variety of attraction including dancers, singers, musicians and bands, comedians, illusionists and a mango eating competition to mark the regular Mango Festival of the city.

Mango Festival at Delhi. Image source: The Hindu
Mango Festival at Delhi. Image source: The Hindu

“100 hai daam, kitne khao aam (Eat as many mangoes as you want, only at Rs.100)”, is the tagline of the mango eating event which is open to all with only an entry fee of 100 INR. Summer fruits, beverages, desserts, smoothies, frozen yoghurt, etc. are on the menu for quick ‘beat-the-heat’ drinks, said the Hindu report.

“I am very excited to be in Delhi at this time of the year. I feel that finally, my struggle in the Delhi heat has paid off well,” says an American tourist on a one month stay at South Delhi.

An event at Dilli Haat Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
An event at Dilli Haat. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

According to the Hindu, other than handlooms, fabric, junk jewellery and other summer craft items, the festival will showcase easy to prepare and healthy summer food. Since the festival has been merged with the annual mango festival, it will be a great opportunity from growers across the country to display their home-grown, hybrid and traditional varieties of mango.

Delhi Tourism Ministry said “the festival will remain open between 11 AM to 10 PM, from June 26 to June 26”, listing Tilak Nagar as the nearest metro station.

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Dilli Haat is an open air ‘bazaar’ that plays host to colourful regional, national, and international food plaza and craft fairs. Located just opposite the INA market, the plaza remains a major tourist attraction due to its multipurpose open ground facility and easy access from various locations around the city.

– prepared by Maariyah Siddiquee, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @MaariyahSid

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This is so exciting. This should be done in Mumbai too. Mumbai would have huge response due to its divergent population.

  • Aparna Gupta

    Of course, this time Dilli Haat will attract good number of tourists and inhabitants but Mango festival is a unique festival and should not merge with anything.

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Air Pollutants Can Be Stopped If They Are Frozen : Scientists

The air-quality across the NCR was very poor

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Freezing pollutants can prevent deadly outdoor air pollution — thought to cause more than three million premature deaths worldwide every year — from seeping indoors by 99 per cent, scientists have discovered.

The research, by a team of scientists from the Nottingham Trent University in the UK and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, involved studying the effectiveness of cryogenics for indoor air purification, by removing the gaseous pollutants and tiny particulates caused by haze.

The team found that as they circulated haze-polluted air through a cryogenic condenser, the finer particles stuck together in the condenser tube before dropping out by gravity, and emerging as clean air.

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Their method was able to remove 99 per cent of particulates and 98 per cent of nitrogen oxide pollutants.

“Hazardous outdoor air pollution has severely affected indoor air quality, threatening the health of billions of people,” said Professor Robert Mortimer, Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham.

“Outdoor air pollution in cities is a global problem. While there are some existing technologies to purify indoor air, they can be inefficient, expensive or produce harmful by-products.

“When outdoor air quality is poor, people tend to spend even more time indoors – but outdoor pollution also leads to indoor pollution and people are still impacted.”

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The experiments, reported in the journal Science of the Total Environment, showed that by simply circulating polluted air through a small freezing chamber we can remove most of the fine particles and gas pollutants.

“Our study makes it possible to add an ‘air cleaner’ option to household appliances in areas which might experience extremely poor air conditions. By controlling indoor air pollution and improving air quality in this way, this work could be greatly beneficial for public health,” added Gang Pan, Professor at the varsity.

It is hoped that the work could pave the way for simple modification of air conditioning and humidifier units so that they can also clean polluted indoor air, the team said.

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Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday witnessed “very poor” air quality with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.

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The air-quality across the NCR was very poor, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 87 per cent. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius. (IANS)