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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the grisly rapes of two minors here, saying he won’t let Modi sleep peacefully over the rising crime in the capital.

“I am no Sheila Dikshit. I won’t let even PM (Modi) sleep peacefully,” Kejriwal told reporters after meeting Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, referring to the former Delhi chief minister.

“Why didn’t he (Modi) visit the families of rape victims when he can go abroad?” the Aam Aadmi Party leader asked.

The remarks came after a toddler and a five-year-old child were raped in two separate incidents here. Kejriwal announced a special meeting on Monday of the cabinet over women safety.

Dikshit, who ruled Delhi for 15 years before being defeated by Kejriwal, faced public wrath over the gang-rape and death of a 23-year-old woman here in 2012.

She had then pleaded helplessness citing that Delhi Police was not under her control — an issue which continues to be a sore point between Delhi’s AAP government and the central government.

Kejriwal said Delhi Police, which reports to the union home ministry, had become ineffective because of which there was no fear among criminals.

“Give Delhi Police to us for a year and see how we fix it. And if you can’t hand over the charge of entire Delhi Police, let us handle it in east Delhi,” the chief minister said.

“If law and order does not improve (in that period), take it back from us,” he added.

(IANS)

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Air Pollutants Can Be Stopped If They Are Frozen : Scientists

The air-quality across the NCR was very poor

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India's Rashtrapati Bhawan, or the Presidential Palace is partly visible due to smog as traffic plies on Rajapth, the ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi. VOA

Freezing pollutants can prevent deadly outdoor air pollution — thought to cause more than three million premature deaths worldwide every year — from seeping indoors by 99 per cent, scientists have discovered.

The research, by a team of scientists from the Nottingham Trent University in the UK and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, involved studying the effectiveness of cryogenics for indoor air purification, by removing the gaseous pollutants and tiny particulates caused by haze.

The team found that as they circulated haze-polluted air through a cryogenic condenser, the finer particles stuck together in the condenser tube before dropping out by gravity, and emerging as clean air.

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A man wearing a respiratory protection mask walks toward an office building during the smog after a red alert was issued for heavy air pollution in Beijing’s central business district, China. VOA

Their method was able to remove 99 per cent of particulates and 98 per cent of nitrogen oxide pollutants.

“Hazardous outdoor air pollution has severely affected indoor air quality, threatening the health of billions of people,” said Professor Robert Mortimer, Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham.

“Outdoor air pollution in cities is a global problem. While there are some existing technologies to purify indoor air, they can be inefficient, expensive or produce harmful by-products.

“When outdoor air quality is poor, people tend to spend even more time indoors – but outdoor pollution also leads to indoor pollution and people are still impacted.”

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In this Sept. 19, 2018 photo steam and cooling towers of a lignite power plant are reflected in a pond in Peitz, eastern Germany. VOA

The experiments, reported in the journal Science of the Total Environment, showed that by simply circulating polluted air through a small freezing chamber we can remove most of the fine particles and gas pollutants.

“Our study makes it possible to add an ‘air cleaner’ option to household appliances in areas which might experience extremely poor air conditions. By controlling indoor air pollution and improving air quality in this way, this work could be greatly beneficial for public health,” added Gang Pan, Professor at the varsity.

It is hoped that the work could pave the way for simple modification of air conditioning and humidifier units so that they can also clean polluted indoor air, the team said.

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Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday witnessed “very poor” air quality with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.

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The air-quality across the NCR was very poor, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 87 per cent. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius. (IANS)