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After helping the flood victims in Bosnia, a team of British Sikhs is in Nepal to help the bereft people in building their homes and providing them with food and medicine.

The members are from the Punjab-based voluntary organization Khalsa Aid.

“We have raised 250 shelters till date and the target is to raise an equal number of structures,” said Kanwar Singh of Khalsa Aid.

The team of Khalsa Aid reached Nepal within 12 hours of the first quake in the country on April 25.

“In the next 48 hours we all arrived here from Britain,” Kanwar Singh added.

A builder by profession and volunteer of the charity, Jim Winkworth is in charge of the reconstruction work in Nepal.

“We are raising structures with new material or stuff retrieved from the debris,” Winkworth told IANS.

“The charity daily holds community kitchens in and around Kathmandu, providing food to over 8,000 people,” said Amanpreet Singh, project co-ordinator.

Singh recently came in Nepal from Bosnia, and he said that if needed they might extend the project in this land-locked country.

Khalsa Aid is an international non-profit aid and relief organization founded on the Sikh principles of selfless service and universal love. It was established in the year 1999 and helped in providing relief assistance to the victims of disasters, wars and other tragic events around the world.

The organization has provided 10 tonnes of relief material, comprising food, water purification tablets, medicines and tents for the quake victims.


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Developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, a Decision Support System (DSS) that extends the ability of the existing air quality early warning system (AQEWS) to have decision-making capability for air quality management in Delhi-NCR was launched on Tuesday.

The website for the DSS (https://ews.tropmet.res.in/dss/) is designed to help the Commission for Air Quality Management for NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) by delivering quantitative information about the contribution of emissions from Delhi and its 19 surrounding districts; the contribution of emissions from eight different sectors in Delhi; and the contribution from biomass-burning activities in the neighbouring states.

These information would assist in managing the air quality in a timely manner, a release from the Ministry of Earth Sciences said.

The need was stated by the CAQM, which was formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, during a meeting held in January 2021.

Recently, the Commission reviewed the progress made by IITM and had in principle approved the current version of DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR. The IITM has also developed a new website for DSS with the entire system made operational, the release said.

Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, while launching the website for AQEWS on the occasion of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' week organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said, "DSS is a significant contribution to 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' on behalf of MoES and IITM and suggestions are invited on this issue."

The website also has a feature whereby the users can create their own emission reduction scenarios (from 20 different districts, including Delhi) so as to examine the possible projected improvement in air quality in Delhi for the next five days.

"This information would explicitly highlight the most important emission sources responsible for the degradation of air quality in Delhi and suggest possible solutions to ameliorate the same. With a plethora of quantitative data, the AQEWS integrated with DSS could become a user-friendly tool for air-quality management in and around Delhi," the release said. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, India, Pollution, IITM, Ministry of Earth Sciences