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Delhi Struggles With Thick Smog Post Diwali

The Supreme Court had limited the time for bursting crackers between 8-10 p.m. on Diwali, but people started just after sunset around 6 p.m. and continued well after 10 p.m. mark.

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Delhi air quality continues to be 'very poor'. VOA

The capital’s citizens on Thursday struggled to breathe better air as pollution levels spiked across the city after Diwali, touching the “very poor” category.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the Air Quality Index (AQI) for the Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) region at noon was 361.

On Wednesday, Delhi’s air quality oscillated between “poor” and “very poor” categories. At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the AQI was 283 making it ‘poor’.

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A bird flies past the Humayun’s Tomb shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India. VOA

On Thursday afternoon, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) recorded the AQI in Delhi at 554.

“Air quality index entered ‘severe’ category at 2 a.m on November 8 and will continue to remain so until evening,” the SAFAR report said.

A smoke layer was formed over Delhi and the National Capital Region after 1 a.m. bringing down inversion layer and trapping pollutants rapidly,” it said.

Surface winds have continued to play a major role, it said, as it was calm (2.1 kmph) on Thursday afternoon, so pollution levels were expected to build-up rapidly due to the stagnation.

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A man walks in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India. VOA

“The contribution of stubble fire appears to be marginal so far,” SAFAR stated.

It said the particulate matters PM2.5 and PM10 in Delhi-NCR was 450 and 578, respectively.

In its earlier report SAFAR warned that compared to last year, even if half the amount of firecrackers were burst this Diwali, the region’s air quality was likely to go to up to “emergency” levels for two days with a spike in PM2.5 levels.

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Despite the Supreme Courts directives, Delhi-NCR burst firecrackers on Diwali well past the 10 p.m. deadline that showed the AQI at a slightly improved level over last year.

The Supreme Court had limited the time for bursting crackers between 8-10 p.m. on Diwali, but people started just after sunset around 6 p.m. and continued well after 10 p.m. mark. (IANS)

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Chinese Handset Maker Vivo Refreshes its Y Series in India

The display offers a screen-to-body ratio of 90.3 per cent for an immersive viewing experience

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Vivo to open E-stores in India to increase its market. Wikimedia Commons
Vivo to open E-stores in India to increase its market. Wikimedia Commons

Refreshing its Y series in India, Chinese handset maker Vivo on Monday launched the Y19 with a hefty 5000mAh battery at Rs 13,990.

According to the smartphone player, the Y19 is manufactured at its Greater Noida facility.

The smartphone is available in Magnetic Black and Spring White colour variants across all offline partner outlets starting Monday.

It will also available across online channels including Vivo India E-store, Flipkart, Amazon.in, Paytm and Tata Cliq starting November 20.

Equipped with an artificial intelligence (AI) triple rear camera set up comprising 16MP+8MP+2 MP, the smartphone also comes with 18W dual engine fast charging.

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Design-wise, the plastic body has been built in a way that rendered a flashy shade of blue to the device. Wikimedia Commons

“We are strengthening our Y family with the latest addition of Y19 packed with all the latest features in camera, battery power, shimmering design, fast charging and ultra-game mode for our customers to have a complete smartphone experience in this price segment,” Nipun Marya, Director Brand Strategy, Vivo India, said in a statement.

The Vivo Y19 features 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and according to the compnay, the ultra game mode packs in a range of handy features specially designed for gamers.

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The device sports a 6.53 inch FHD+ Halo FullView display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.

The display offers a screen-to-body ratio of 90.3 per cent for an immersive viewing experience. (IANS)