Heat wave sweeps in Delhi mercury rises to season high of 448

first_imgNew Delhi: The national capital Friday sweltered under heat wave conditions with the mercury rising to the season’s high of 44.8 degrees Celsius. The city recorded a low of 28.4 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels oscillated between 20 and 59 per cent. The weather stations at Ayanagar and Palam recorded the mercury at 46 and 46.2 degrees Celsius respectively. Private agency Skymet Weather showed the maximum temperature touched the 47-degree mark in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri. “Heat wave at many places. Severe heat wave at isolated pockets reported in the Delhi-NCR region,” the India Meteorological Department said. The city is likely to record a high of 45 degrees Celsius and a low of 29 degrees Celsius on Saturday. Any relief from the scorching heat is unlikely in the next four-five days, a MeT official said. The MeT department on Friday issued a “red-colour” warning for the national capital. The IMD has four colour-coded messages — green, yellow, amber and red. Green indicates normal conditions while red denotes extreme weather situations. However, IMD’s regional weather forecasting chief Kuldeep Srivastav said from June 2, the maximum temperature may drop by one or two notches due to wind activity. “The wind direction will change from June 2 onwards. Easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal will travel to Delhi-NCR via Uttar Pradesh. It will lead to dust storm or thunderstorm in the national capital and nearby areas,” he said. Overall air quality in Delhi remained in the “poor” category with PM10 being the major pollutant “due to local dust lifting and increased heating”, government-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said. “The maximum temperature is likely to rise further over major parts of northwest India during the next 48 hours. Due to this high temperature, ozone pollution will increase further and ozone AQI is predicted to enter the higher end of moderate to poor (category) for the next two days which is very rare for Delhi,” it said.last_img read more

Hip hop star records UN messages to urge Haitians to turn away

In the Creole-language audio messages, recorded for free at a studio operated by the mission, known as MINUSTAH, Mr. Jean focuses on the crimes of kidnapping, rape and “restavek,” or the local practice of using children as slave labour.“If you love Wyclef, that means you love Haiti,” the musician says in one of the public service announcements (PSAs). “So you should not be raping women, kidnapping people and children, because there can be no excuse for doing so. I reject these evil practices.”MINUSTAH has distributed the ads over the past two months to more than 20 radio and television stations across the country to boost public awareness at a time when Haitian authorities are dealing with a sharp spike in crimes, particularly kidnappings of children.Last month the mission and the Haitian National Police (HNP) announced they were setting up roadblocks and motorized patrols around the country to try to combat the crime wave.The scripts for the ads were largely written by Jean Buteau Remarque of MINUSTAH’s child protection unit and were drawn in part from the lyrics of Mr. Jean’s music.Massimo Toschi, a child protection adviser with the mission, told the UN News Centre today that the proposal for the advertisements emerged late last year during talks between Mr. Jean – who runs his own non-governmental organization (NGO) in Haiti – and senior MINUSTAH officials about the latest developments in the country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. 2 April 2008The Grammy Award-winning Haitian hip hop artist Wyclef Jean has taken to the airwaves of his native country to urge his compatriots to stop committing crimes in a series of advertisements created by the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the impoverished Caribbean country. read more