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A man walks along a railway platform on a smoggy morning in New Delhi.
India plans to use fire trucks to spray
water over parts of its capital to combat
toxic smog and dust that has triggered
a pollution emergency, with conditions
expected to worsen over the weekend.
Illegal crop burning in farm states
surrounding New Delhi, vehicle
exhausts and swirling construction dust
have contributed to what has become
an annual crisis.
Authorities will use the fire trucks
in areas with high concentrations
of toxic dust, environment ministry
official Ritesh Kumar Singh said, after
a meeting of civil ser vants from the
city government and four neighbouring
Another ministry official who did not
wish to be identified said water cannon
— us u ally used by police for riot
control — would also be employed.
“Sprinkling water is the only
way to bring down the dangerous
pollution levels,” Shruti Bhardwaj, an
environmental official charged with
monitoring air quality, said.
The thick blanket of grey air and
pollutants has enveloped Delhi for four
days. A United States embassy measure
of tiny PM 2.5 particles, showed a
reading of 523 at 9am yesterday. The
upper limit of “good” air is just 50.
PM 2.5 is about 30 times finer than a
The particles can be inhaled deep into
the lungs, causing heart attacks, strokes,
cancer and respiratory diseases.
Delhi’s air has been consistently in
the “hazardous” zone for days, despite
measures such as a halt to construction
and restrictions on car use including
raising parking charges fourfold and
a licence plate “odd-even” rule on
alternate days. Commercial trucks are
banned from the city unless they are
transporting essential commodities.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the
leader of Delhi, has called the capital a
Affluent residents and large
companies have been placing bulk
orders for air purifiers and masks.
“I have installed six air purifiers in
my home and closed all the windows,
but my eyes are still watering,” Ranveer
Singhal, a commodity trader living in a
leafy neighbourhood of the city, said.
Organisers of music festivals and open
air parties cancelled events after the
Central Pollution Control Board said
air quality could deteriorate further
during the weekend.
Firefighters to douse Indian smog
Prime Minister Theresa May
should stop misleading voters and
admit that Brexit can be avoided
if Britain decides unilaterally to
scrap divorce talks, the man who
drafted Article 50 of the Lisbon
Treaty said yesterday.
May, who formally notified
the European Union of Britain’s
intention to leave the EU by
triggering Article 50 of the treaty
on March 29, said she would not
tolerate any attempt in parliament
to block Brexit.
By triggering Article 50, May
set the clock ticking on a two-year
exit process that has so far failed
to yield a divorce deal and which
was interrupted by her gamble
on a snap election in June which
cost her party its majority in
“ While the divorce talks proceed,
the parties are still married.
Reconciliation is still possible,”
John Kerr, British ambassador to
the EU from 1990 to 1995, said in
a speech in London.
“ We can change our minds at any
stage during the process,” Kerr, who
added that the legalities of Article
50 had been misrepresented in
“The British people have the
right to know this: they shouldn’t
be misled. ”
The day May triggered Article
50, she told the British parliament
there was “no turning back” and
yesterday insisted the United
Kingdom would be leaving the EU
at 11pm on March 29, 2019.
In a June 2016 referendum,
51.9% of voters backed leaving
the EU while 48.1% wanted to
Brexit supporters argue any
attempt to halt the exit process
would be anti-democratic, while
opponents say the country should
have a right to pass final judgment
on any exit deal negotiated.
Since the referendum, opponents
of Britain’s exit — from French
President Emmanuel Macron
and former British prime minister
Tony Blair to billionaire investor
George Soros — have suggested
Britain could change its mind
and avoid what they say will be
disastrous consequences for the
Thus far, there are few signs of
a change of heart on Brexit in
Both May’s Conser vatives and
the opposition Labour Party now
explicitly support leaving the EU,
which Britain joined in 1973.
Supporters of Brexit have
repeatedly said that any attempt
to have another referendum, or to
undermine Brexit, would catapult
the world’s fifth largest economy
“A second referendum would lead
the United Kingdom into totally
uncharted territory with very
serious potential consequences
for our democracy,” Richard Tice,
who helped found one of the two
Leave campaign groups in the
But the Brexit process has been
challenged in a number of cases in
British courts, many focusing on
the as-yet unanswered question:
Can Article 50 be reversed?
Japan said yesterday it would
send one of its two big helicopter
carriers, the largest warship in its
fleet, along with two escorts to join
three United States aircraft carriers
for exercises in waters close to the
The Japanese ships Ise, Inazuma
and Makinami will sail with the
USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz
and USS Theodore Roosevelt in
the Sea of Japan and East China
Sea tomorrow, Japan’s Maritime
Self Defence Force said in a press
It is the first time three American
carriers have trained together in a
The show of force comes as
US President Donald Trump
meets with regional leaders
at an Asia Pacific Economic
Co-operation in Vietnam.
Trump is on a 12-day tour of
Asia and has already made stops in
Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing.
demanded that North Korea halt
ballistic missile and nuclear tests.
The naval exercise will be a potent
reminder to Pyongyang of the US
ability to rapidly mobilise military
The 100,000-tonne US carriers
carry a combined force of about
200 aircraft including F-18 strike
Japan sends warships
towards Korean peninsula
Perth Zoo has welcomed
two baby Asian bear-cats to its
menagerie, the first to be bred
there in its 119-year history.
Also known as binturong,
they belong to the civet family,
and are capable of delaying
their pregnancy after mating
until they feel environmental
conditions are favourable.
The parents of the male and
female cubs arrived in Australia
less than 12 months ago, so
zookeeper Marty Boland says it
is great first-time mother Selasa
is feeling secure and content.
“S he’s even trusted us to handle
her cubs to quickly weigh them,”
Mr Boland said.
“They tip the scales just over
1kg, a good weight for binturong
He said zoo visitors may smell
the omnivores before they see
them as they emit a distinctive
popcorn-like odour, which
predators can’t stand, from
glands under their tails.
The species is listed as
vulnerable due to habitat
destruction and poaching for
meat and fur. — AAP
Perth Zoo welcomes bear-cats
The woman at the wheel of
an SUV that ploughed into a
Sydney primary school, killing
two boys, has thanked one of
the families a day after they
publicly forgave her.
The father of eight-year-old
Jihad Dar wiche broadcast a
video via Facebook saying he
had forgiven the driver, 52-year-
old mother Maha Al-Shennag.
Al-Shennag replied yesterday
apologising “with all of her
heart” to Jihad’s father and all
the other victims.
“Ms Al-Shennag has told
me she is very grateful for
Mr Dar wiche’s message of
forgiveness and compassion,”
her lawyer Nick Hanna said in
“Ms Al-Shennag wishes to
apologise with all of her heart to
Mr Dar wiche and to each of the
victims, their families and the
community in general.
Al-Shennag has been charged
with two counts of dangerous
negligent driving occasioning
occasioning grievous bodily
harm and causing actual bodily
harm by misconduct.
School crash driver thanks victim’s family
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1. In computing, what does the abbreviation AI stand for?
2. A snake’s cast off skin is known as a what?
3. Chopin wrote music mainly for which musical instrument?
4. What would you be eating if you were served calamari?
5. Which band did Paul McCartney form after The Beatles?
6. In which ocean is the Sargasso Sea - Atlantic, Indian or Pacific?
7. Which young New Zealander was awarded an Oscar in 1994?
8. Which monarch knighted Sir Winston Churchill?
9. Who resigned as New Zealand’s Prime Minister in 1990?
10. In the USA, which number do you ring in an emergency - 111,
999, 919 or 911?
ANSWERS: 1 Artificial Intelligence, 2 Slough, 3 Piano, 4 Squid, 5 Wings, 6
Atlantic, 7 Anna Paquin, 8 Elizabeth II, 9 Geoffrey Palmer, 10 911.
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