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- December 21, 2018
- Posted by: Shivam
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At 4°C, capital wakes up to coldest Dec morning in 4 yrs
Cold Wave May Continue Till Tomorrow: Met
Delhi recorded its coldest December morning in four years, with the minimum temperature on Thursday plummeting to 4 degrees Celsius — four notches below normal — as a cold wave swept through the northern plains.
The intensifying chill comes ahead of the peak winter period and increases the possibility of a cold end to the year. Night temperatures have already fallen below 2 degrees C at several places in north Rajasthan and Punjab, where the Met department has declared “severe cold wave” conditions.
The lowest temperature recorded in the plains on Thursday was 0.5 degree C at Sikar and Churu, both in Rajasthan. Many places in the region also reported ground frost.
In Delhi, the last time temperatures had fallen below 4 degrees C in December was in 2014 (December 28), when 2.6 degrees C was recorded in Safdarjung.
Met officials said cold wave conditions were likely to continue in the capital for at least the next two days. “Chilly northwesterly winds have been consistently blowing over the region for the past five days, bringing in the cold from the north. In addition, cloudless skies are allowing daytime heat to escape, leading to a sharp drop in night temperatures,” said a Met official. From December 23, the wind direction may change due to a western disturbance, leading to slightly warmer nights for a short period, the official added.
‘Dense fog unlikely at IGI till New Year’
Delhi is not likely to see flight diversions due to heavy fog till the New Year. A Met department forecast says there’s little chance of dense fog forming over the IGI airport for the rest of December. It has, however, predicted three to four spells of dense fog in January. This winter has been more or less free of fog, with November being exceptionally clear, the department said. P 4
In next fortnight, brace for cold days, nights
IMD’s forecast for the next two weeks says both day and night temperatures in Delhi-NCR are likely to remain below normal, raising the probability of more cold wave spells in the coming days.
The fall in temperatures also kept Delhi’s air quality in the “very poor” category with an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of 349 recorded on Thursday.
The capital has been witnessing a steady drop in temperatures over the last week. Delhi had recorded the season’s lowest of 5.1degrees C on Tuesday, while it was 5.2 degrees C on Wednesday – both three notches below normal.
The Met office has forecast clear skies for Friday along with moderate fog in the morning and haze and smoke thereafter.
SAFAR, a body under the ministry of earth sciences, forecasts air quality to deteriorate in the next 24 hours, owing to the increase in moisture in the air. Delhi’s average PM2.5 levels could rise from 213 to 229 micrograms per cubic metre in the next 24 hours, while the average PM10 levels could rise from 400 to 430 micrograms per cubic metre, owing to factors like high moisture content, moderate fog impact and low wind speed (2.8km/hour), it said.
Computer-based entrance at JNU
Test To Be Objective-Type From 2019-20
Jawaharlal Nehru University joins the growing league of institutions adopting computer-based mode for entrance exams. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has accepted the proposal of JNU to conduct its entrance exams for the second cycle of the 2019-20 admission session.
Earlier in September this year, the university decided to adopt computer-based entrance for its admissions. It also decided to approach the NTA, the agency set up by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to conduct major competitive exams like the NEET UG, JEE (main) and UGC-NET, which were earlier conducted by the CBSE.
The process to change the mode of test from subjective to objective type was initiated by the vice-chancellor of the university through a 12-member committee formed earlier in the year. Till now, the entrance examinations were conducted physically across centres, with some of them – those conducted for MPhil and PhD and language courses – requiring a viva voce.
Even as the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) opposed the move claiming that the change in the mode from descriptive to a computer-based multiple choice question was a “scam” and imposed unilaterally by the administration, JNU defended the decision saying all the deans were consulted and it was duly passed by the academic council.
Early this month the academic council decided that NTA will be conducting the JNU Entrance Examinations (JNUEE). The first exam will be conducted in May 2019 for the 2019-20 academic session. The university conducts admission twice a year and the December 2018 cycle entrance exam will be on the conventional pen-paper mode.
In response to JNU’s request, NTA has accepted in principle to take on the task of conducting the entrance tests and is now planning to finalise the details with the university. According to a senior NTA official, “ The final modalities will be worked out in consultation with JNU.”
With this JNU joins other central universities such as Pondicherry University, AIIMS, IITs and a few undergraduate courses of Delhi University which adopted computer-based entrance exams.
(Source : Times Of India)
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