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Study Says, Kindness is Top Quality for a Long-Term Relationship

The results also showed a difference in a partner's desire for children, which was a priority only for Western women

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In the Study, Couples typically spent 22-26 per cent of their total budget on kindness and large parts of their budget on physical attractiveness and good financial prospects, while traits like creativity and chastity received less than 10 per cent. Pixabay

One of the top qualities that people look for in a long-term relationship is Kindness, a new research suggests.

For the study published in the Journal of Personality, the research team picked over 2,700 college students from across the globe and asked them to build themselves an ideal lifelong partner by using a fixed budget to ‘buy’ characteristics.

While traits like physical attractiveness and financial prospects were important, the one that was given the highest priority was kindness, said the researchers.

“Looking at very different culture groups allows us to test the idea that some behaviours are human universals. If men and women act in a similar way across the globe, then this adds weight to the idea that some behaviours develop in spite of culture rather than because of it,” said study principle researcher Andrew G. Thomas from Swansea University in Britain.

The study compared the dating preferences of students from Eastern countries including Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, and Western countries such as the UK, Norway and Australia.

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One of the top qualities that people look for in a long-term relationship is Kindness, a new research suggests. Pixabay

Students were given eight attributes they could spend ‘mate dollars’ on physical attractiveness, good financial prospects, kindness, humour, chastity, religiosity, the desire for children and creativity.

People typically spent 22-26 per cent of their total budget on kindness and large parts of their budget on physical attractiveness and good financial prospects, while traits like creativity and chastity received less than 10 per cent.

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The results also showed a difference in a partner’s desire for children, which was a priority only for Western women. (IANS)

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Air Quality in Delhi to Stay Poor due to Stubble Burning in Punjab and Haryana

In its short range forecast, Safar said that the overall air quality of Delhi has entered the poor category for the first time since the monsoon

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It cited the low wind speed and westerly wind direction as being unfavourable for air quality. Pixabay

Air quality in the capital entered the poor category on Friday with an overall AQI score of 208 and increased incidents of stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana in the last 24 hours are likely to further deteriorate the air quality to the very poor category in the next two days.

As per the forecast by Safar, air quality in Delhi was poor with a count of 93 in the PM 2.5 and moderate in the PM 10 calculation. It cited the low wind speed and westerly wind direction as being unfavourable for air quality.

In its short range forecast, Safar said that the overall air quality of Delhi has entered the poor category for the first time since the monsoon. The biomass fire counts in Punjab and Haryana have significantly increased during the past 24 hours, and such magnitude will now start to influence Delhi’s air quality, it said.

Experts say that increase in fire incidents in neighbouring states and winds will carry the smoke to the capital in the coming days.

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As per the forecast by Safar, air quality in Delhi was poor with a count of 93 in the PM 2.5 and moderate in the PM 10 calculation. Pixabay

“The fire counts in Punjab and Haryana have increased significantly over the last two days. The wind direction in Delhi is westerly which is unfavourable thereby carrying the smoke from the stubble burning towards Delhi. Delhi will probably encounter poor air quality in the coming days due to the prevailing wind direction and the stubble burning,” said Kurinji L.S., Research Analyst, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).

“Though we have an advance warning system in place, we lack preparedness for controlling activities within Delhi that cause pollution,” he added.

In its forecast for coming days, Safar said that air quality is predicted to deteriorate for Saturday but stay in the poor category. There is, however, more bad news in store for the coming days.

“Further air quality is predicted to deteriorate to the lower end of very poor category for the next two days thereafter”, it said. The late monsoon withdrawal is not good for air quality in North India as the time progresses towards winter, Safar said in the forecast.

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In its bulletin, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) also corroborated that the air quality will be in the moderate to poor category on Friday. The air quality is likely to deteriorate marginally on Saturday and likely to remain in low end of poor category while on Sunday, it will be poor.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had announced last week that 46 teams of CPCB are taking stock of pollution levels in Delhi-NCR and will take appropriate action, wherever needed.

Javadekar had in detail listed several steps taken by the Centre to tackle pollution in Delhi-NCR which had resulted in good air days increasing in the capital.

The worsening air quality in this season is likely to become a political slugfest with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal having made announcements taking credit for the improvement in Delhi’s air before the winter season sets in. (IANS)