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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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Huawei Partners with Micromax Infomatic to Boost Offline Sales in India

Huawei, the world's second largest smartphone seller, entered the India market in 2018

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FILE - A staff member stands in front of a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, March 7, 2019. VOA

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei on Tuesday entered into a partnership with Indian consumer electronics firm Micromax Informatics to boost its off-line sales in India. “We have partnered with Micromax to launch our smartphones at multibrand outlets in India,” Rishi Kishor Gupta, Vice-President, (Huawei Brand), Consumer Business Group, Huawei India, told IANS. Huawei’s online brand Honor phones are not part of this deal.

“In Micromax brand stores, Micromax phones will be available. But as far as the distribution and retail network that we have, Huawei will be capitalising on that,” said Deepti Mehra, Head, Marketing, Micromax Informatics.

“There will be no co-branding. Micromax will continue separately when it comes to launching of own phones. There is no conflict of interest because Micromax addresses to the mass segment and Huawei the premium category,” she said.

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There is no conflict of interest because Micromax addresses to the mass segment and Huawei the premium category,” she said. Flickr

Huawei, the world’s second largest smartphone seller, entered the India market in 2018. Having started its business online in India, Huawei launched offline products exclusively with Chroma. After that it partnered with Poorvika Mobiles to expand presence in the southern states.

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With the alliance with Micromax, the idea is to be present across the country, starting from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Kochi, Bangaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Dehradun, Kolkata and Jaipur.

“With an aim to be present where our consumers are, we plan to focus on a robust offline distribution network catering to the needs of consumers in urban as well as rural regions and to make them experience the innovative technology that has won the hearts of customers’ world over,” said Tornado Pan, Country Head (Huawei Brand), Consumer Business Group, Huawei India. Huawei sold 200 million smartphones in 2018. It also shipped 100 million devices by the end of this May. (IANS)