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India launches Air Quality Index to monitor air quality

New Delhi, Oct 18 (ANI): India has launched a new air quality index to help citizens understand complex pollution data and its implications for their health, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said. A World Health Organization (WHO) study of 1,600 cities released in May found New Delhi had the world's dirtiest air with an annual average of 153 micrograms of small particulates, known as PM2.5, per cubic metre. The new index, launched as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Clean India Mission', will provide one consolidated number after tracking eight pollutants and will use colour coding to describe associated health impacts. Currently, India's air quality status is reported through "voluminous data", the government said. This makes it difficult for people to understand particle names such as PM2.5 or PM10. Oct 18, 2014
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Security tightened outside jail ahead of Jayalalitha's release

Bangalore, Oct 18 (ANI): AIADMK Chief and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalaithaa will be released from the Bangalore central jail this afternoon, after the Supreme Court granted her interim bail on medical grounds on Friday. Security has been tightened outside the Parappana Agrahara jail ahead of Jayalalithaa's release who was languishing in jail for the past 20 days after being held guilty in a disproportionate assets case. The police have also imposed restriction on the movement of people under section 144 in one kilometer radius around the Central Jail. A petition has also been moved in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to shift Jayalalithaa from Bangalore to the Chennai Central Prison. Oct 18, 2014
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N Chandrababu Naidu assures to bring back normalcy in cyclone hit Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam, Oct 18 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu visited key port city of Visakhapatnam and asked people to keep patience as restoration work began after cyclone Hudhud left a trail of destruction in the region. Naidu walked on streets in Visakhapatnam and heard grievances of people. He said the state administration was doing everything possible to bring normalcy in the city. The city airport, which resumed services on Friday, had remained closed to commercial flights, after the roof of its main building was blown off by gusts of up to 195 kph. The full scale of the damage caused by cyclone is still not known. Oct 18, 2014
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Indian Army continues cleanliness drive in flood hit J and K

Srinagar, Oct 18 (ANI): Indian army officials along with local residents continued with their cleanliness drive in Jammu and Kashmir after the region was hit by worst flood in over a century. Army personnel swept streets to clear debris and garbage strewn on streets of Kashmir's main city, Srinagar and also disinfected local areas. Srinagar has been witnessing frequent cleanliness and sanitation drives ever since the flood waters receded in the city. Emergency workers have been battling to prevent waterborne diseases like cholera from spreading. Civic authorities have already deployed tippers, robotic arms and excavators, among other machinery alongside hundreds of staff members who have been cleaning roads and garbage. Oct 18, 2014