Firefighters were battling on Monday to contain a major blaze ahead of the forecast return of strong winds and a heatwave following the loss of a dozen homes in the worst bushfire conditions in South Australia for three decades, officials said.
Officials from over 190 nations, including India, today converged here at the UN climate summit to negotiate on a new ambitious and binding deal to cut global carbon emissions, in the last chance to reach on a historic deal to be signed next year in Paris.
Expressing concern over the drought-like situation prevailing in Punjab in view of "poor" monsoon, Congress Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha and Amritsar MP Amarinder Singh on Monday asked the state government to draw up a contingency plan to save agriculture.
The national capital continued to reel under hot and humid conditions as the day temperature settled at 42.3 degree Celsius, seven notches above normal, while humidity levels hovered above 70 per cent.
With the heat wave claiming as many as 169 lives in Andhra Pardesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has decided to grant Rs 1 lakh ex-gratia to family members of victims, it was officially announced here today.
Weather continued to be pleasant in the national capital although there was discomfort due to high humidity, and mercury rose a few notches to touch the 40 degrees-mark, a day after light rains lashed the city.
After scattered rains and thunderstorms in several parts of the national capital on Thursday brought much needed relief to Delhiites, the MeT department predicted that the capital would be free from heatwave for a few more days.