Dust Storm From Rajasthan Blankets City

March 22, 2012 8:16 am by

Hazy Days. A thick haze of dust blanketed the city yesterday, increasing pollution levels by nearly 500 per cent. MET officials in Mumbai blamed the dusty haze on a sandstorm in Rajasthan, which was carried here by Northerly winds. Other meteorologists, however, attributed the haze to dust storms in the Middle East. Doctors have cautioned staying indoors during early morning, closing windows and using air-conditioners to prevent dust from entering your home. [The Times of India]

Quick Split. The government is working on an amendment bill to the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955 that will allow couples to divorce faster, reducing the minimum reconciliation period. It will even allow courts to waive off the period altogether if the couple is able to prove “irretrievable breakdown of marriage”. The amendment, however, will safeguard the interest of women, by giving them alone the right to oppose a divorce petition filed on the same grounds of “irretrievable breakdown”. [Hindustan Times]

Big Giver. According to the annual Indian Philanthropy Report, which surveyed around 400 high networth individuals in four cities with assets over $1.1 million, around a third of the country’s philanthropists were under the age of 30 in 2011. Most of these young givers were “self-made entrepreneurs, senior executives in multinational and Indian firms, or GenNext donors from business families”. The average donation also increased, with HNIs pledging an average 3.1 per cent of their income in 2011, versus 2.3 per cent in 2010. [The Times of India]