Direct link to scholarships offered by  Govt. of India

List of Private NGOs offering scholarships

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr: ‘Avenzoar’

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr, known in the west as Avenzoar, was

Ummid Assistant

Gandhi Fellowship for Nation Building

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » National

Winter onslaught continues, 11 deaths in UP, Jharkhand toll 45

Thursday January 06, 2011 10:15:05 PM, IANS

Related Article

Bhopal records lowest temperature in 60 years

Dew turned into frost Wednesday as Bhopal recorded a minimum of 2.3 degrees Celsius -- its lowest temperature in the last 60 years. The state capital recorded a minimum of 0.6 degree Celsius  »

New Delhi: Biting winter continued its assault over north and central India Thursday with 11 more deaths in Uttar Pradesh, the minimum temperature touching new lows in Agra and Jaipur, and Haryana and Punjab getting paralysed in dense fog and Jharkhand reporting 45 deaths so far.

As many as 11 deaths were reported from eastern Uttar Pradesh, taking this winter's toll in the state to 59. With the minimum touching as low as 0.6 degrees Celsius in Agra and the maximum not rising above 13.6 degrees, icy conditions prevailed with hardly a ray of sunlight piercing through the thick clouds, mist and fog in most other places.

Thick fog hit hard air, train and road traffic with the Chandigarh airport shut due to poor visibility and trains running behind schedule. The fog also caused traffic jams, particularly on highways, disrupting inter-state road traffic.

The bone-piercing cold wave has claimed over 45 lives in Jharkhand so far this winter, with capital Ranchi recording the highest 11 deaths. Ranchi recorded a minimum of 4.2 degrees Celsius with one of its localities, Kanke block, shivering at 0.5 degrees. In ten of the 24 districts of Jharkhand, the temperature was below 5 degrees Celsius.

In the wake of the intense cold, Chandigarh, Agra and Ranchi extended the winter break for schools till Jan 11, Jan 10 and Jan 9, respectively.

The markets remained deserted in the evenings. In most parts of north India people huddled around bonfires.

Chilly winds from the northern region kept temperatures below average in Delhi, where Thursday's maximum temperature was 14.5 degrees Celsius, six notches below the average for this time of the season, while the minimum was at 5.3 degrees, two notches below average.

However, Delhiites can expect some relief in the coming days.

According to the India Meteorological Department, the next few days will see a slight rise in temperatures coupled with change in wind direction, which will further arrest the dip in mercury levels.

Three people have died in the national capital due to cold since the last week of December, an official said.

The freezing cold wave continued across the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region with Srinagar at minus 5 degrees Celsius and Leh at minus 16.2 degrees. However, the Met department said some relief was expected by Saturday.

Rajasthan also reeled under bitter cold with Jaipur recording its lowest temperature in the last 20 years at 1.4 degrees Celsius. Jobner was shivering at zero degree Celsius while Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan, was freezing at minus 3 degrees.

Reports of the extreme cold weather hitting standing crops like Mustard and Jeera (cumin) also came in.

The harsh cold intensified its grip in Himachal Pradesh with Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district being the coldest town with a low of minus 14.9 degrees Celsius. The Met department predicted rain and snow at isolated places in the high hills Friday.

The day in Shimla, Bhuntar, Dharamsala, Sundernagar and Solan was comparatively warmer due to prevailing sunny conditions. These towns saw the maximum temperature at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 17.2 degrees, 18.6 degrees, 20.6 degrees and 20.5 degrees, respectively.

Icy winds from the northern regions kept temperatures below average in the national capital. Delhi recorded a minimum of 5.3 degrees Celsius, two notches below average.

The mercury dipped below normal in most parts of Punjab and Haryana. Haryana's Narnaul town was coldest with a low of 0.5 degrees Celsius, six notches below normal.

Hisar saw a sharp plunge in the mercury, at 1.8 degrees. Ambala and Karnal towns recorded 5.3 and 3.4 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Chandigarh recorded a minimum temperature of 5.7 degrees Celsius, three notches below average.

Kanpur was even worse with the mercury dipping to this season's low of 3.7 degrees while the maximum stood at 8.6 degrees that was described as 14 degrees below normal.
 

  

 

 

 

  Bookmark and Share                                          Home | Top of the Page

Comments

Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

More Headlines

Muslim Forum for Telangana denounce Srikrishna Committee Report

Auto-rickshaw rally passes Mumbai, raising water awareness

Women artisans forge new links between South Asian nations

Intel launches second generation core processors

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas starts Friday, northeast in focus

Mubarak meets Netanyahu to revive Mideast peace process

Opposition forces governor to abandon speech, Yeddyurappa cries foul

Now other vegetables join onions, eggs to send inflation soaring

'Missing link' between Big Bang, creation of stars uncovered

23 countries to participate in machine tool expo

Chennai students design nano satellite, to be launched April

Six options on the Telangana tangle

US delegation visits Gaza, urges end to the siege

Global electronics sales approach trillion-dollar mark

Attempted hijack of Turkish plane thwarted

Anarchist group claims responsibility for Athens blast

World Orchestra for Peace enthrals Abu Dhabi

Gujjars end quota agitation

 

 

 

Top Stories

Srikrishna finds Telangana, Telangana council best options

The much-awaited Srikrishna Committee report unveiled Thursday said the demand for a separate Telangana was "not entirely unjustified" and ruled that the best options in the  »

Srikrishna panel moots union territory status to Hyderabad

Muslim Forum for Telangana denounce Srikrishna Committee Report

Six options on the Telangana tangle

Today's all-party meet convened to share Srikrishna report: Congress

 

Picture of the Day

Speaker Lok Sabh Mrs. Meira Kumar with the staff of the Lok Sabha Secretariat at the New Year Celebrations at Parliament House, in New Delhi on January 05, 2011.

 

  Most Read

Now other vegetables join onions, eggs to send inflation soaring

The high cost of onions spread its effect to other vegetables as well, pushing up India's annual food inflation nearly 400 basis points to the   »

Opposition forces governor to abandon speech, Yeddyurappa cries foul

Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj Thursday abandoned his address to the state legislature just after half a sentence as the opposition created a ruckus demanding Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's resignation over land scams.  »

 

  News Pick

Chennai students design nano satellite, to be launched April

A group of 54 engineering students from the city has designed a 10-kg nano satellite to monitor greenhouse gases (GHG) that the Indian space agency is planning to launch in April. The students from the SRM University   »

Drop sedition case against Binayak Sen: Human Rights Watch

The Indian government should drop sedition cases against rights activists Binayak Sen, Arundhati Roy, and others, the Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The international body  »

Anarchist group claims responsibility for Athens blast

A radical anarchist group suspected of sending dozens of parcel bombs to embassies in Athens and European government leaders claimed responsibility Wednesday for a bomb explosion outside an Athens court Dec 30. The group  »

BJP president forms study team on Jammu and Kashmir

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari Wednesday formed a five-member "study team" on Jammu and Kashmir to interact with a cross-section of people in the state. The team, headed by party leader Rajnath   »

Attempted hijack of Turkish plane thwarted

A passenger onboard a Turkish Airlines flight from Norway to Turkey threatened Wednesday to blow up the plane if it did not return to Oslo, Norwegian media reported. The plane, which carried 59 passengers, landed without   »

 

 
 
 
 
 

RSS  |  Contact us

| Quick links

News

 

Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant

 

National

Religion

RSS

Scholarships

About us

International

Culture

Twitter

Government Schemes

Feedback

Regional

History

Facebook

Education

Register

Politics

Opinion

Newsletter

 

Contact us

Business

Career

     

Education

       

 

 

Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange

Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.