Delhi Winters: Dense Fog Brings Visibility Down To 100 Metres; Trains, Flights Delayed

Delhi Winters: Dense Fog Brings Visibility Down To 100 Metres; Trains, Flights Delayed

The national capital and other parts of North India were hit by dense fog this morning, bringing visibility down to 100 metres. Blinding fog conditions in Delhi has delayed at least 29 trains and 150 domestic flights. In the early hours of the day, the Delhi airport issued a fog alert, saying low visibility procedures have been put in place. The Indian Meteorological Department pointed to foggy conditions. As per the IMD, Punjab's Bhatinda reported 'zero' visibility. It also tweeted an image of the fog cover from Punjab and northwest Rajasthan to Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana. The weather department has said that cold day conditions in Delhi are likely to continue for the next two days. Yesterday, Delhi recorded a temperature of 1.9 degrees celsius, the second lowest in the last decade.  https://twitter.com/Indiametdept/status/1612261189148635137

Joshimath Sinking: Government Panel's Report Reveals The Real Cause; Town Declared Disaster Prone

On Sunday, the eight-member committee formed to investigate the Joshimath sinking issue submitted its report to the Uttarakhand government. As per the panel report, people in affected areas must be evacuated immediately, damaged buildings should be demolished, and the debris should be cleared from the spot as early as possible. After the alarming report submitted by the panel, the Uttarakhand government declared Joshimath as a disaster-prone area and a sinking zone. Ground samples collected from the JP Colony area revealed that hollow space in the ground has resulted in land subsidence. It also said that some cracks were one metre deep. Another reason behind the cracks is that the land in the hill town is uneven in some places, due to which the foundation of buildings is not strong. According to the panel report, soil testing of the affected area should be conducted on an immediate basis, and a real-time investigation of the matter should be done. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Secretary of Border Management will visit Uttarakhand to inspect the situation in Joshimath.  Also read: Joshimath Sinking: Uttarakhand Government Begins Evacuation After Houses Develop Deep Cracks!  https://youtu.be/PYRE33_1wzc

Bombay High Court Allows Release of Former ICICI CEO Chanda Kochhar and her Husband Deepak Kochhar 

On Monday, the Bombay High Court allowed the release of former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chanda Kochhar and her husband, Deepak Kochhar, in the ICICI-Videocon loan scam case. The High Court observed that the arrest of the Kochhar couple was not in accordance with the law and allowed them to be released on a cash bail of INR 1 lakh each. The couple was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on December 23, 2022, in connection to the alleged multi-crore money laundering case. The case is related to the irregularities observed in the sanction of an INR 1,875 crore loan given by ICICI Bank to the Videocon Group between 2009 and 2011. https://youtu.be/JUqMI8jQlUk

2 IndiGo Passengers Arrested on Arrival For Drinking On a Flight to Patna 

In a new Airline case, 2 drunk passengers on a Delhi-Patna IndiGo flight were arrested by the Patna Airport Police on arrival. The 2 passengers were arrested for consuming alcohol on a domestic flight, which is strictly prohibited. As per sources, the passengers did not create any ruckus onboard, and they stopped and apologised when a crew member intervened. Both passengers were already drunk when they boarded the flight and continued drinking during the 80-minute long flight. Sources at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) raised serious questions on the role of the Central Industrial Police Force (CISF) and said: "How did these men get in with beer cans?". Another incident took place in November last year when a passenger in a drunken state urinated on his fellow passenger on an Air India New York-Delhi flight

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