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Smog In New Delhi Clears After Rain, AQI Remains ‘Very Poor’

Despite the pollution, there is little sign Delhi’s 20 million residents are taking steps to protect themselves.

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A man rides a motorcycle on a morning thick with smog on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Jan. 5, 2019. A Sunday morning rain improved the air quality to "very poor." VOA

A rainy spell early Sunday brought better air to residents of New Delhi, giving them a brief respite from thick gray smog that has shrouded the Indian capital for the last two months, although air quality continued to be “very poor.”

A measure of tiny, hazardous breathable particles known as PM 2.5 reached an average of 182 by 12 p.m., the Central Pollution Control Board said, its lowest since Nov. 4.

But the pollution level was still five times more than a U.S. government recommended level of 35 to stand at “unhealthy” levels, according to the U.S. embassy.

Problem not solved

“Change in weather conditions by rain or higher wind speed helps dissipate peak pollution, but we continue to need strong emergency actions such as shutting power plants,” said Anumita Roychowdhury of the Center for Science and Environment think-tank.

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People take early morning walk amid smog in New Delhi, Dec. 26, 2018. In the Indian capital, the air quality hovered between severe and very poor this week posing a serious health hazard for millions of people. VOA

The federal government air quality index rated Delhi’s air quality “very poor” Sunday and had a similar forecast for Monday, urging people with respiratory and cardiac problems to avoid polluted areas and limit outdoor movement.

A sharp drop in temperatures and wind speed over the last two weeks, combined with vehicle and industrial emissions, dust from building sites and smoke from garbage burning has stoked pollution over much of north India.

Dangerous particles

Levels of PM 2.5, or particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter, hit their highest last year at 450Dec. 23.

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Despite the pollution, there is little sign Delhi’s 20 million residents are taking steps to protect themselves.

Activists say the apparent lack of concern gives politicians the cover they need for not tackling the issue adequately. (VOA)

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Samsung India Unveils New Smartphone “Galaxy A51” For Rs 23,999

The Galaxy A51 also comes with a long-lasting battery that lasts for up to 19 hours of video play back time

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According to the company Samsung, the Galaxy A51 is the first-ever in Galaxy A series to sport an Infinity-O display. Pixabay

Samsung India on Wednesday launched the Galaxy A51 (6GB+128GB) in the country for Rs 23,999. The smartphone comes with the company’s signature Infinity-O Super AMOLED display.

Galaxy A51 will be available in Blue, White and Black Prism Crush colours, starting January 31 across retail stores.

“The success of Galaxy A embodies our philosophy of bringing meaningful innovation to all our consumers. Galaxy A51 takes this legacy to the next level with its camera, screen and long lasting battery — features that will excite our young consumers,” Aditya Babbar, Director, Mobile Business, Samsung India, said in a statement.

According to the company, the Galaxy A51 is the first-ever in Galaxy A series to sport an Infinity-O display.

The device features an advanced 48MP main camera, 12MP Ultra Wide lens with “Night Mode” capability and a 5MP Macro lens that allows users to take close up shots and a 5MP depth camera for clicking shots in “Live Focus” mode.

The Galaxy A51 is powered by a 10nm Exynos 9611 chipset that comes with AI powered Game Booster for improved frame rate and stability as well as reduced power consumption.

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Samsung India on Wednesday launched the Galaxy A51 (6GB+128GB) in the country for Rs 23,999. The smartphone comes with the company’s signature Infinity-O Super AMOLED display. Wikimedia Commons

The Galaxy A51 also comes with a long-lasting battery that lasts for up to 19 hours of video play back time, according to the company, thanks to the 4000mAh battery with 15W fast charging.

This feature makes SMS come ‘Alive’ by identifying messages that are most useful to the user and organizing them neatly in the form of visual cards such as Reminders and Offers. The Useful Cards feature helps reduce clutter in the SMS Inbox and lets consumers find useful information quickly and easily.

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The company will launch the 8GB/128GB variant later. (IANS)