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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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Dusshera In Delhi Casts A Dark Blanket, Air Quality Worsens

System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) labelled NCR's air quality as toxic

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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 National Capital and the regions around it continue to suffer a “very-poor” air quality on Friday, which according to experts, may worsen due to combined effects of Dussehra and meteorological reasons such as low winds in Delhi.

Between 6pm to 8pm, over 48 areas across the National Capital Region — 36 from Delhi alone — suffered ‘very poor air-quality’ with pollutants registering over four times the national safety standards.

Weather analysts say this may worsen as Delhi currently has very light variable winds with no definite directions, which is likely to help in aggregating the pollutants.

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In New Delhi, levels of the most dangerous particles in the air are sometimes 10 times higher than the safe limit, the survey noted. wikimedia commons

“Delhi has a negligible wind speed and morning temperatures are low. Also, many effigies were burnt across the region on Dussehera. This will push up the pollution levels,” said Mahesh Palawat, director private weather forecasting group, Skymet.

The air-quality was already ‘severe’ at Anand Vihar in east Delhi and Rohini in north Delhi, Bawana in northwest Delhi, Mundaka in West Delhi and Bhiwadi in Rajasthan, acoording to the real-time monitoring taken up around 8pm by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The average presence of major pollutant PM2.5 or particle with diametre less than 2.5mm, was 129 unit across Delhi-NCR and 133 units in Delhi, which is more than twice the national safe limits. Rohini was the most polluted with PM2.5 concentration at 166 units, about three times the safe limits.

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Air pollution can also damage your kidneys. wikimedia commons

The permissible range or PM2.5 is 60 as per national standards and 25 by the international standards.

At 4pm, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was 276 marked ‘poor’ against ‘moderate’ mere 48 hours back.

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Meanwhile, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) labelled NCR’s air quality as toxic and recommended keeping relief medicine handy. SAFAR advised everyone to avoid tiring outdoor physical activity. (IANS)