Smog engulfs Delhi, Chennai fights waterlogging and other day’s news in pictures

Dense fog, with “severe” Air Quality Index (AQI) ratings from several monitoring stations, sent alarm bells ringing in the Capital. Visibility was reduced to 200 metres and below 25 metres in parts of Punjab, Haryana, northern Rajasthan and western Uttar Pradesh.

This prompted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to request Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia to consider the closure of schools for a few days, considering the high level of pollution.

5:00 PM

BJP National president Amit Shah kickstarted his election campaign in Ahmadabad on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji

BJP president Amit Shah today inaugurated the party’s six-day ‘Gujarat Gaurav Maha-Sampark Abhiyan’ ahead of the next month’s Assembly polls by knocking on voters’ doors with a message of development.

Through the door-to-door campaign, the ruling party, which is yet to declare candidates for the upcoming elections, plans to reach out to voters under 50,000-odd booths in the state.

4:30 PM

A house that got damaged during an encounter between militants and security forces at Aglar kandi area of Pulwama district, south Kashmir.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

One of the three Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants killed in the Pulwama gunfight on Monday night “is believed to be a nephew” of the outfit’s founder, Masood Azhar.

Earlier, a Jaish-e-Muhammad spokesperson identified the three as Muhammad Bhai, a divisional commander and a resident of Pakistan; Talha Rasheed, nephew of Masood Azhar; and Waseem Ahmad, a resident of Drubgam Pulwama.

One solider was also killed in the operation and one civilian suffered bullet injuries near the encounter site.

3:45 PM

Security personnel take position near the Shamshad Television after an attack in Kabul on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: AP

Gunmen stormed a television station in Kabul on Tuesday killing at least one person, in the latest deadly assault targeting Afghan journalists, officials said.

Security forces tried to blast their way through a wall of the compound in order to enter the Pashto-language broadcaster, which had went off the air soon after the assault and was transmitting only a holding image.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but in a Twitter statement the Taliban swiftly denied it was involved.

Kabul has been rocked by a series of deadly attacks in recent weeks as the Taliban and Islamic State insurgents step up offensives against security installations and mosques.

2:00 PM

Rohingya refugee children rush to get food at the distribution centre at the Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh on November 7, 2017.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Stepping up pressure on Myanmar, the U.N. Security Council has asked the country to end its military campaign in Rakhine state and ensure the safe return of Muslim Rohingya refugees driven from their homes. In a unanimous statement, the 15-member powerful wing of the U.N. also demanded safe, unhindered access for its agencies and their partners to provide humanitarian assistance, reports PTI.

1:30 P.M

Actor Kamal Haasan at a press meet in Chennai on Tuesday.

Actor Kamal Haasan launched a mobile app – MaiamWhistle – to connect with people, at a press meet in Chennai on Tuesday. He said he was firm on his political entry and that he would go on a tour of Tamil Nadu before officially launching a political party.

11:30 AM

Belgium King Phillippe and Queen Mathilde being welcomed by President Ram Nath Kovind, First Lady Savita Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: R. V. Moorthy

The Belgian king, who is accompanied by six ministers and a high powered business delegation comprising CEOs of 86 Belgian companies, is on a week-long trip to India.

India is Belgium’s second largest export destination and third largest trade partner outside EU, according to official data.

11.00 A.M.

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania board Air Force One as they depart for Seoul, at the U.S. Air Force Yokota base in Fussa, on the outskirts of Tokyo, on November 7, 2017.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Reviewing the United States military forces along the Korean peninsula, President Donald Trump, arriving in Seoul on Tuesday, dined with U.S. and South Korean soldiers at the start of a two-day visit that centered on pressuring North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

9.45 A.M.

Fogging operations underway at the Girls Higher Secondary School in Madhavaram, Chennai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: V. Ganesan

Construction workers wade through water-logged Stephenson Road in Chennai.   | Photo Credit: V. Ganesan

Schools in Chennai reopened on Tuesday after a week due to rain. Only select schools in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, where there is still water stagnation have been advised to close, as per the School Education Department’s directive.

9.00 A.M.

A fire in the defunct Sivalingam cinema hall in Othakkadai destroyed raw materials of a nearby tyre company in Madurai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: G. Moorthy

8.15 A.M.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks to board Air Force One at the U.S. Yokota Air Base, on the outskirts of Tokyo on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump expressed “great confidence” in Saudi leaders amid what the kingdom describes as an ongoing anti-corruption push, writing in a tweet, “They know exactly what they are doing.” In a two-part Twitter message sent from Tokyo, Mr. Trump said he has great confidence in King Salman and the crown prince, adding some of the arrested people “have been ‘milking’ their country for years!”

8.00 A.M.

Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong (right) and Nathan Law arrive at the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong, China on November 7, 2017.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

A Hong Kong court on Tuesday allowed young democracy activist Joshua Wong to appeal a prison sentence related to their involvement in a mass pro-democracy protests in 2014 in the city.

7:00 A.M.

Heavy smog in the Delhi- NCR region disrupted all modes of transport.   | Photo Credit: V. Sudershan

In view of a dense smog in Haryana’s Fatehabad district, the local administration has directed all private and government schools to open one hour late for the next one week.

Source:-the hindu

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