Agency New Delhi: The air quality in Delhi improved significantly on Sunday due to strong winds but continued to remain in the “poor” category. The satellite cities of the national capital also saw significant improvement in the air quality with some having Air Quality Index (AQI) in the “moderate” category. The air quality in Delhi-NCR is expected to remain in the “moderate” and “poor” categories for the next two days. At 4 pm, the AQI of Delhi was recorded at 215, which falls in the “poor” category. The AQI in Faridabad was 197 (moderate), Ghaziabad 218 (poor), Greater Noida 202 (poor), Noida 203 (poor) and Gurgaon 136 (moderate). An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered “poor”, 301-400 “very poor” and 401-500 severe”. On Saturday, Delhi’s AQI was recorded at 357, which falls in the “very poor” category. Mahesh Talawat, vice president of Sky Met weather, said strong winds due to western disturbance has helped dispersed pollutants in Delhi-NCR and other parts of north India. “The air quality is expected to remain in ‘moderate’ to ‘poor’ category in the next two days,” he said. The national capital recorded a maximum temperature of 29 degree Celsius and minimum temperature of 16.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday. The humidity oscillated between 85 per cent and 45 per cent, respectively. The weatherman has forecast strong surface winds during daytime on Monday with the maximum temperature touching 27 degrees Celsius and minimum of 15 degrees Celsius. Delhi was blanketed with a thick smog for four consecutive days till Friday as unfavourable weather hampered dispersion of pollutants. Sena effect: NDA allies pitch for better coordination, demand convener New Delhi: The shadow of an imminent divorce between the BJP and the Shiv Sena loomed large over an NDA meeting on Sunday ahead of the Parliament session, with allies pitching for a mechanism to improve coordination and Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing the ruling alliance as “one big family.” In his introductory remarks at the meeting, not attended by the Sena, Modi said NDA allies may have different ideologies but they are like one big family and should not get unsettled by small differences.Later he tweeted, “Had a very good NDA meeting. Our alliance represents India’s diversity and the aspirations of 130 crore Indians. Together, we will leave no stone unturned in ushering a qualitative change in the lives of our farmers, youngsters, Nari Shakti and the poorest of the poor.” The meeting, also attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP’s working president JP Nadda, was called for better floor management and coordination during the winter session, beginning on Monday. Various NDA allies, including newly appointed LJP president Chirag Paswan, desired to have a convener or coordination committee to sort out differences. “I personally felt the absence of Shiv Sena in the meeting today, it was one of the oldest allies of NDA. It’s a matter of concern that the Telugu Desam Party left the alliance first and then the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party,” Paswan said. He said what happened between the BJP and Shiv Sena in Maharashtra could have been avoided if there would have been better coordination among NDA allies. “But all of us (allies) will work together in the upcoming session and more such meetings should happen,” he said. “An NDA convener or a coordination committee should be formed for better understanding among allies,” said the chief of the Lok Janshakti Party, a key NDA constituent in Bihar. According to sources, Apna Dal, JD(U) and a few allies from the north-eastern states also made similar suggestions.
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