The national Capital breathed better on Wednesday, with the air quality improving significantly after light rains hit the city a day before. The air quality index (AQI) improved to 270, against Tuesday’s 290. Scientists at the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) attributed the better air quality to the rain and picking up of wind speed. The day temperature fell to 21.3 degrees Celsius, with cold winds coming from northern India. The AQI units are measured against PM 2.5, the most prominent pollutant in Delhi -NCR (measured in microgram per cubic meters).

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NEW DELHI: The I&B ministry has ordered Gujarat-based VTV Channel to go off air for a day on December 16 as penalty for violating the programme code under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act of 1995.In a separate order, the ministry ordered Assamese channel DY365 to go off air for three days from December 15 to 18 for violating cable television network rules.The Assamese channel had aired a news report on a ritual in which a man was seen tossing a newborn up and down in the air without a "shred of care and concern". The video, aired in June last year, was reportedly meant to expose a superstition prevalent in some parts of Assam The Gujarati channel, on the other hand, in its programme called 'Viral Truth', had in March televised a four-minute visual clip of a man beating children in an orphanage in Valsad The I&B ministry said the visuals, upon investigation, were found to have originated in Egypt, but were passed off as having happened in Gujarat , without adequate investigation by the channel.

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went public, raising a little over $100 million by selling its stock for $22 a share (40 cents on a split-adjusted basis). There were other stories along this line as well: “So You Bought Apple Stock in 1980.” (The Atlantic.) I seriously doubt that anyone who bought Apple stock in the early 1980s held onto it, and that included Steve Jobs , who sold every share but one when he walked out of Apple in 1985. To have held Apple stock, an investor would have had to be willing to stomach internal divisions, failed products (remember Lisa? Even Buffett isn’t that patient.To me the moral of the story isn’t that anyone who bought Apple stock at the IPO price and has held it ever since was shrewder or more foresighted than the rest of us.

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The Delhi government's Transport Department is all set to change the routes of 798 state-run mini-stage carriage (feeder) buses plying on 73 routes in the city, in order to ensure optimum wait time and viability of the service. "We have asked the transport planning department of the SPA to carry out a route rationalisation study for stretches covered by mini-buses. As per a Delhi High Court order, new permits for mini-buses cannot be granted without the court's approval. Other commercial vehicles such as Gramin Sewas and e-rickshaws plying on these routes also affect the overall economic viability of these buses. IN NUMBERS11,000 standard-size buses required3,944 standard-size DTC buses1634 (cluster buses) standard-size at present798 mini stage buses (feeder)

December 13, 2017 21:22 UTC

Andheri Police are on the lookout for a man who allegedly molested a 25-year-old woman in the Mumbai Metro by touching her inappropriately and stalking her on Monday. According to the police, the incident took place at around 7 pm on Monday evening inside the Metro, when the woman was returning home from Metro. The police said an unknown person touched the woman inappropriately, while she was standing in the Metro. I was standing in the metro as there was no vacant seat due to peak hours. A middle-aged man was standing behind me and suddenly as the Metro crossed Sakinaka station, he started pushing himself at me.

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AHMEDABAD: Polling for 93 seats in the second and final phase of assembly elections in Gujarat is being held today when around 2.22 crore people will vote. Counting of votes for all 182 seats will be held on Monday.Phase two elections are being held for 61 seats in central Gujarat and 32 constituencies in north Gujarat.Polling percentage in these areas was 72.64% in 2012 elections. This evoked an angry response from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who sought an apology from Modi for spreading "falsehoods and canards".In 2012, of these 93 seats, BJP won 52 seats and Congress 39. But while the two parties shared the spoils in semi-urban areas in these two regions, Congress had a clear edge in rural seats — winning 28 seats against BJP's 20. These included the 13 ST reserved seats where Congress won 10.

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The contact appeared awkward, giving the impression that it was more out of compulsion of social niceties. The video went viral, inviting varied interpretations.Rebutting Modi's claims with uncharacteristic aggression, Singh has said on Monday that his public service over five decades spoke for itself as did that of Congress. "Congress needs no sermons on nationalism from a party and PM whose compromised track record on fighting terrorism is well known. Let me remind Modi that he had gone to Pakistan uninvited after the terrorist attacks in Udhampur and Gurdaspur," the former PM said.Earlier, he had released a list of participants in the dinner at Aiyar's residence which included top retired diplomats, army chief and journalists. He said the conversation at the dinner was limited to Indo-Pakistan relations and Gujarat elections were not discussed.

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A video of former Gujarat CM and education minister Anandiben Patel addressing people in Ghatlodia recently went viral in which she lashed out at those alleging privatisation of education on the eve of elections. She says, "People spend Rs1,000 in hotels but when it comes to pay for their children education, it pinches them. Tell me, every state except Gujarat has private schools. People can afford to go to private institutes. I was an education minister and had seen days when people had to pay money to get a job of a teacher.

December 13, 2017 21:11 UTC

The Patidar agitation that began in 2015 has altered the political loyalties in the most vocal community of the state. Now, see the response Patidar leader Hardik Patel is getting for his rallies whether be Surat, Saurashtra or Ahmedabad. Patidar anger is most visible in north Gujarat district where constituencies of Mehsana, Vijapur, Visanagar, Unjha and Bahuchraji witnessed the most fierce agitation. Although Deputy CM Nitin Patel and former Home Minister Rajni Patel are contesting, they are facing uphill tasks. Ruling BJP is better placed in terms of local faces to connect to the Patels in central and north Gujarat.

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NEW DELHI: On the day the government extended the deadline to link Aadhar with bank accounts, activists started a website on Wednesday called speakforme. At least 780 of these were sent to MPs. Everyone has been receiving harassing SMSes and calls to link their Aadhaar to mobile phones and bank accounts. Using publicly available information about MPs online, the website pulls out the relevant MP's email address. The user can then send a template email demanding that Aadhaar be made non-mandatory.

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Type I diabetic patients have to spend at least around Rs 1,000 per month on glucostrips to test their blood sugar levels. In order to reduce the price of glucostrips, a Mumbai-based diabetologist Dr Pradeep Gadge, has started a petition. An online campaign – #PriceCeilingGlucoStrips – to attract the government's attention to the high cost of glucostrips that every diabetes patient has to bear for managing blood sugar levels has received a good response. Type I diabetes patients and Type II diabetes patients having fluctuating blood sugar levels and as a result have to check their blood sugar levels at least two to three times in a day and thus, it becomes expensive for them financially." Thakkar said, "My son has to use glucostrips three to four times a day to check his blood sugar levels.

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"It does bring in additional responsibilities now, but mind you, responsibilities weren't any lesser even then," Saha told The Telegraph on Wednesday. Saha, though, believes keeping on South African tracks is easier compared to the subcontinent. "I do have things in mind to get accustomed to the bounce of South African tracks. The players in the current South African team have all been successful and even if any one of them are out of form, they need just one match to regain it. "All said and done, if we play to our strengths, I believe we can win," Saha signed off.

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Mohali: Sri Lanka batting coach Thilan Samaraweera said the bowlers let the team down in the second ODI against India where they conceded 50-60 runs too many. "I think their plan was to bowl wide yorkers, but the execution was poor. We lost to Rohit. India ended up with 392 for four but Sri Lanka should have restricted them under 330, said Samaraweera. "The wide yorkers backfired.

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Abu Dhabi: Gareth Bale scored with his first touch after coming off the bench to strike Real Madrid's winner as they survived a scare to beat local side Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday and reach the Club World Cup final. Al Jazira looked to have doubled their lead one minute into the second half but the strike from Mbark Boussoufa was correctly ruled out for offside and Cristiano Ronaldo eased Real's nerves by smashing in the equaliser in the 52nd minute. Zinedine Zidane's side are bidding to become the first team to successfully defend the Club World Cup while victory over Gremio would also equal Barcelona's record three triumphs in the competition. Real fielded a full-strength side with the exception of the injured Sergio Ramos and made an explosive start, having five attempts on goal in the first 12 minutes. The game became shrouded in confusion over Real's second disallowed goal.

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(PTI) Mohali: Skipper Rohit Sharma rose to the occasion when it mattered most as his record-breaking third double hundred guided India to a series-levelling 141-run win against Sri Lanka in the second ODI here on Wednesday. India virtually batted Sri Lanka out of the game by posting the highest-total at this ground, surpassing the 351 for five South Africa made against Netherlands in 2011. Sri Lanka pacers were on the money in the series opener but they put up a performance they would like to forget sooner than later. After Dhawan departed, Iyer batted well alongside Rohit and came up with the big shots just when his team needed to step on the accelerator. Sri Lanka had no hesitation in bowling first, just like they did in Dharamsala, but the conditions changed quickly to the favour of the hosts.

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