NEW DELHI (AP) — India's capital is engulfed in a thick haze, plummeting air quality levels to "severe" category after a brief respite.

The state-run Central Pollution Control Board's air quality index for Delhi on Tuesday crossed 400, about eight times the recommended maximum.

The pollution crisis affecting 20 million residents is piling public pressure on the government to tackle the root causes of the persistent haze.

Air pollution in Delhi and northern Indian states peaks in the winter due to farm fires and changes in wind direction.

World Health Organization data released last year gave India the dubious distinction of having the world's 10 most polluted cities.

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ONE of Trinidad and Tobago’s senior banking executives has confirmed that most of the automated teller machines (ATMs) in the local banking system are not currently configured for polymer notes.

Trinidad and Tobago consumes one billion litres of fuel a year. That’s for just over one million cars on the road. For a population of 1.3 million.

Women and girls in Trinidad and Tobago cannot walk the streets without being harassed by dirty men with foul mouths who brazenly make offensive comments which can range from “baby yuh sweet and sexy” to explicit remarks about female genitalia.

ONE man was gunned down yesterday afternoon in Laventille. The deceased was identified as Jmarie Villarel. Villarel was also known as “Pokey from Trou Macaque”, police said.