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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Aam Aadmi Party’s efforts towards making Delhi a corruption free city have started showing results.  Three persons were taken to the custody for allegedly taking bribe by the Anti Crime Branch (ACB) yesterday. It is the first arrest related to any complaint made by newly re-launched anti-graft helpline in Delhi.

According to ACB, a complaint was lodged by a caller on anti-graft (1031) helpline claiming that bribe was being taken at the entry gate of Azadpur Mandi for allowing trucks to enter inside with valid entry pass.

“The caller was asked to do a sting and after that a team of 15-18 officers carried out a raid around 1:30 a.m and found out that there were 20,000 trucks in the queue,” an official said.

ACB verified the details of the complaint and arrested three people including one government employee.

“A security-in-charge and two contractual workers were arrested who used to take huge amount of money depending on the urgency and cost of consignment in the truck,” an official said, and added, “These were the first three arrests made upon the complaint by anti-graft helpline.”

According to the government, within 100 hours of its launch, the helpline answered a total of 32,489 telephone calls out of which only 70 were found to be serious and they were forwarded to ACB for investigation.

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Air Quality In Delhi Very Low, No Sign Of Improvement

SAFAR has advised people to avoid outdoor physical activities.

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Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons
Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons

The air quality deteriorated to ‘very poor’ in the national capital Delhi and areas around it due to low wind speed and marginal effect of stubble burning in neighbouring states.

Several areas across Delhi also saw ‘severe-plus’ and ‘severe’ air quality due to high level of particle pollution, which remained over 10 times the safe limit.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) was 337 or very-poor against 273 or poor or Thursday. The AQI at Anand Vihar was 407 and of Mundaka was 432, both under ‘severe’ category.

PM2.5, or particles with diameter less than 2.5mm, is still the dominant pollutant. Despite dry and cool north-westerly winds, the air quality dropped to the average PM2.5 over 37 areas of Delhi recording 191 microgrammes per cubic meters, against 134 units on Thursday and 240 units on Wednesday.

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“Air Quality Index will remain in very poor category on Saturday. A slight improvement is predicted later,” said a forecast by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.

According to weather analysts, wind speed at present is slow allowing the pollutant to accumulate.

“Stubble fire will have a marginal impact,” SAFAR said.

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SAFAR has advised people to avoid outdoor physical activities.

“If asthmatic, keep relief medicine handy,” the warning added. (IANS)