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New Delhi: Delhi is among the most unsafe places for foreigners in India with 164 cases of heinous crimes registered here in 2014, the latest data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) has revealed. Of the 164 foreigners targeted, 135 were tourists.2015-08-20_2224_001
Goa follows close on the heels of the national capital with 73 cases, while Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan follow with 66, 59 and 36 cases respectively.

The cases pertain to crimes like murder, attempt to murder, rape, molestation, kidnapping, robbery, cheating, forgery and theft.

Out of the total 486 cases of crime against foreigners registered in India, 384 crimes were against tourists, while in 102 cases foreigners here on business visa or for other work were targeted.

Tour operator Anil Kanthale told IANS: “Many women tourists say they do not want to visit Delhi as they find it insecure. But the situation was not so bad before the December 16, 2012 gang rape incident.”

“The gang rape case has damaged Delhi’s reputation as a safe-for-tourists city. A rape-cum-robbery case with a Danish woman in January this year also spread a sense of insecurity among foreign tourists,” he said.

When contacted, top police officials were tight-lipped over the issue.

“If any crime takes place in the city, everyone targets the police. I accept that it’s our responsibility to provide a secure environment to those living in Delhi, but most of the crimes occur when victims are not careful about their safety,” a police officer told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

The officer also said that foreigners are easily targeted as they are not familiar with the city.

“We take every case against any foreigner on a priority basis and try to solve it as soon as possible by arresting the criminal. We also ensure the safety of every foreigner,” the officer added.

Goa is the second most unsafe place with 73 cases of crime against foreigners, including 66 cases in which tourists were affected.
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Uttar Pradesh with 66 cases, including 64 tourists, is on third position.

Maharashtra saw 59 such cases, including 25 tourists and 34 other foreigners living there, being registered followed by Rajasthan with 36 cases, including 31 tourists.

States where no crime against foreigners was registered are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand.

Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram and Odisha registered only one case each. Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana were among the states where only two cases of crimes against foreigners each were registered.

Apart from Delhi, Puducherry and Chandigarh were the only two Union Territories where foreigners were attacked, with seven and two cases, respectively.

However, there was not a single crime case against any foreigner in the remaining four Union Territories.

“Of the total 486 cases of crime against foreigners, 260 cases were of robbery, followed by 39 cases of molestation and 22 cases of rape,” the NCRB data said.

It said that five foreigners, including four tourists, were killed in India while four were attacked for the purpose of murder.

The NCRB data said that three foreigners were kidnapped in 2014.

(IANS)

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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)