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A breath of fresh air: These plants purify the air inside your house

Plants are not just decorative — many are natural air filters that work to clean up the indoor environment, absorbing irritating or harmful chemicals from the air. We find out more about two such plants. Anthurium Origins and specifications: Red anthuriums are also called “tongues of fire” because of their bright red, shiny, heart-shaped blossoms. This plant originates from South America. Its flowers may be red, pink, or white. Anthurium is a natural filter for ammonia and xylene. Beware, however: the plant’s sap and leaves may cause allergies in sensitive people….

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CBSE NEET 2017: Bathinda girl, Nikita Goyal, bags AIR 8

Bringing laurels to Bathinda, Nikita Goyal secured eighth rank in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), result of which was declared on Friday. She is the only girl in top 10 ranks. Elated over success Nikita said that she kept herself away from social media for the past two years and concentrated only on her studies. She said her brother Nikhil Goyal who secured 142 rank in Joint Entrance Examination in 2015 and is student of computer science engineering in Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, is her inspiration. “I worked hard but…

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Air India offers discounts for travel within the United States

Government-owned Air India on Saturday announced a discounted Star award mileage redemption offer for passengers planning to travel within the USA. The six-day offer that commenced from Thursday, will remain valid till April 18. The travel period under the offer can be taken any time during the next 330 days, Air India said in a release. Besides, the offer allows passengers to revive and redeem their flying return points that were not availed and have expired now, it said. The cut off year for revival and redemption of expired mileage…

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‘Very Serious’ Air Pollution, Urgent Steps Needed: Supreme Court

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court expressed concern over the increasing air pollution in Delhi saying it was a “very serious problem” and solutions need to be found urgently. A bench of Justice M.B. Lokur and Justice P.C. Pant said that some victims of air pollution suffer due to inefficient systems and non-implementation of norms. “This pollution problem is very serious. If you talk for years for a solution, then it is a problem,” said the bench after it was told by amicus curiae and senior advocate Harish Salve that there…

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Air Quality in January Relatively Better than Last Year: SAFAR

Residents of the national capital have breathed “relatively better” quality air this season so far compared to last year. According to the Ministry of Earth Science’s System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), this is largely due to weather conditions that have not contributed towards accumulation of suspended particulates. “The recent spell of rain has washed out the particulates. So the city is enjoying the season’s best quality of air at this moment. January till now has been relatively better than last year,” Gufran Beig, Project Director…

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Bad air worse again, fog to return

Delhi’s air quality plummeted to the “severe” level on Friday–first time this December–as the weather deteriorated and the Met office warned of dense fogin isolated pockets over the weekend. For nearly a month, the air quality index (AQI) kept fluctuating between “poor” and “very poor” categories. There were many “severe” days in November, the last was on November 29. But on Friday , levels of PM 2.5 (fine, respirable pollution particles) shot up by many times. The sky appeared hazy through the day. According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB),…

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