No end to Delhi’s air pollution woes, schools closed again Dec 03, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaNew DelhiThe first days of December saw air quality plummeting again to the “severe” level in Delhi after the Indian capital saw the worst pollution in November in six years.At least three state-run monitoring stations recorded fine particulate matter PM2.5 levels of above 400 on Thursday. This is several times the limit deemed safe by the World Health Organization (WHO).The Supreme Court rapped the federal and state governments once again for failing to address the issue and the Delhi government announced that schools, which opened for three days last week as air quality improved, were to be closed again from Friday.Construction and demolition work has also been stopped.Central Pollution Control Board data showed that Delhi’s average air quality index (AQI), that measures particulate matter, was 377 this November compared to a range of 312 to 374 in the last six years, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported.There were also 11 “severe” pollution days, which is the most hazardous level, this November, compared to nine in 2020, seven in 2019 and five in 2018.Experts ascribe the high pollution levels this year to the late withdrawal of the monsoon leading to more farmers burning stubble within a short period of time as they prepare for the next sowing season, besides weather factors including lack of winds.The Supreme Court gave the federal and state governments of Delhi and its neighbours 24 hours to take steps to curb pollution levels failing which it said it would take strict action, according to legal reporting website LiveLaw. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Rapid global spread of Omicron unabated, experts deeply worried Dec 03, 2021 0 0 Iraq repatriates 433 more stranded migrants from Belarus Dec 03, 2021 0 0 ‘Personal meeting’ with Peng Shuai agreed upon, says IOC Dec 03, 2021 0 0 First trial on state torture in Syria may end in January dpa Koblenz, Germany A trial that German prosecutors say is the world’s first criminal proceedings on state torture in Syria may end in January. Senior prosecutor Jasper Klinge said during a break in the hearing at .. Ten killed in blast targeting oil field workers in war-torn Syria Damascus At least 10 people were killed on Thursday in an explosion that targeted a bus in the east of war-torn Syria, state media and a monitoring group reported. Syria’s state news agency SANA said a “terrorist .. Austrian Chancellor Schallenberg announces surprise resignation Vienna Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said on Thursday he is stepping down, less than two months after taking office and hours after his scandal-plagued predecessor, Sebastian Kurz, announced his .. London angry after French president brands UK PM a ‘clown’ dpa London Reported comments by French President Emmanuel Macron branding British Prime Minister Boris Johnson a “clown” and a “knucklehead” were “unhelpful,” a British government minister said on Thursday. The .. Libyan court reinstates Gaddafi’s son as candidate for president Benghazi, Libya A Libyan court on Thursday reinstated Saif al-Islam, the son of late dictator Moamer Gaddafi, as an official candidate for president in an election due later this month, Libya media reported. Last ..