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Dense fog engulfs Delhi, several trains running late, all capital-bound flights delayed

Delhiites woke up to a cold and foggy morning as a thick layer of fog continued to engulf the national capital on Monday. Harsh weather conditions and low visibility has delayed several flights at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, said reports. 

According to news agency ANI, all flights to and from Delhi have been delayed due to dense fog and low visibility around the airport.

At least thirteen trains were also reported to be running late on Monday due to fog in Delhi, which recorded a low of 8 degrees Celsius on Monday. 

"Haze or smoke will be thereafter with maximum temperature touching 18 degrees Celsius and minimum remaining at 7 degrees Celsius," the bulletin added.

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Kolkata Metro Services Face Double Trouble

Metro Services in Kolkata hit by two incidents on Wednesday in which a 58 year old man was killed after jumping in front of a moving train, officials said. The driver stopped the train and he was taken to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

Train service was suspended in the down line for around an hour between Dum Dum and Shovabazar stations, inconveniencing commuters during morning office hours.

In another incident, the services were also affected for a brief period on morning after doors of a Dum Dum-bound AC rake malfunctioned at Kavi Nazrul station, The situation was brought under control within few minutes after technicians opened the doors and the passengers disembarked safely from the train.

The incident happened during peak office hours. "We are looking into the technical glitches," said a metro official.

The metro services were also suspended for around half-an-hour between Dum Dum and Kavi Subhash stations on Tuesday evening, following a problem on the tracks. On December 27, a fire broke out on board a metro train here during rush hours, causing a stampede-like situation and leaving at least 16 passengers injured. 

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Delhi to get more water supply as Four projects get approval

The Delhi government on Wednesday gave approved four new projects in the city for a better water supply in the coming summer.

The projects will include water extraction from six locations between Okhla and Wazirabad, development of recently identified water pockets in Dwarka, installation of bores in areas with high water table and restarting closed 'ranney collector' wells and borewells across Delhi.

The decision was taken by Chief Minister and Delhi Jal Board Chairman Arvind Kejriwal in a meeting, where he directed that all the four projects should be completed by March-end.

The Central Water Board has identified  six locations on the Yamuna flood plain between Wazirabad and Okhla with a potential of 383 MLD (million litres per day) water.

For the newly-identified water pockets in Dwarka, Kejriwal said that it is expected to create an additional 22.5 MLD water for the area

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Yogesh Raj Arrested, The Main Accused in Bulandshahr Cop's Murder

Leader of the Bajrang Dal, Yogesh Raj, the main accused in killing the policemen during mob violence over alleged cow slaughter   was arrested from Khurja. He released a video
claiming that he was not present at the site of violence and had nothing to do with the protests. He also alleged that the UP police were trying to portray him in bad light.

In the video, the 28-year-old also confirmed that he is the district convener of the Bajrang Dal. “I was in my house on Monday morning and received a call that some villagers had
found cow meat in sugarcane fields. After this, I went there and rushed straight to the police station,” he said in the video.

However, the arguments that Yogesh put forth in the video did not tally with the initial statement he gave to the Bulandshahr police. In his statement, Yogesh had stated that around 9 am on Monday, he and three of his friends had gone for a walk. In a forested area near Mahaw, a neighbouring village, they spotted seven people slaughtering cows, they said. Before they could raise an alarm, those people fled. He had said they were all residents of his village.

Bajrang Dal's western Uttar Pradesh region co-convenor Praveen Bhati also claimed that Raj had nothing to do with the violence. "He will cooperate with the police and come out at
the right time," Bhati said. Raj has been booked for murder and attempt to murder under sections 302 and 307 of the Indian Penal Code, respectively, as well as various sections of
arson and damaging public property.

Trouble in Bulandshahr started when carcasses of cows were found dumped in a forest area outside Mahaw village. "Activists of right-wing organisations soon gathered at the spot and alleged that people of a community were indulging in cow slaughter," ADG (Law and Order) said.

Angry villagers and members of various Hindu groups brought the animal remains in a tractor-trolley to the Chingarwathi Police Chowki and demanded action against the culprits. They raised slogans against the police administration and blocked the Bulandshahr-Garh State Highway.

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Under Self Defence Programme, Delhi Police trains over 2 lakh women

After Delhi Police trained over 2 lakh women and girls under their programme of self-defence, it has made an entry into the Limca Book of Records

The programme was started in 2002 and is conducted by the Special Police Unit For Women and Children (SPUWAC). More than 9.8 lakh women have been trained under
5,140 programmes till November this year, PTI cited the police sources as revealing.

The special arm of the Delhi Police had informed the Limca Book of Records in February that they have trained 2,08,125 women under 989 programmes last year. Limca
verified the authenticity of the claims and subsequently, informed the special police unit about their achievement.

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