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Mercury dips as freezing temperatures are back in Uttar Pradesh



Lucknow: After a brief respite, freezing temperatures are back in Uttar Pradesh. The minimum temperature on Friday in Lucknow was 7 degrees Celsius and the Met has predicted a further fall in temperatures due to north westerly winds.

“Rain is now unlikely in the coming days but the chill will increase. Temperatures will go down further due to heavy snowfall in the hills,” said a Met official.

A thick curtain of fog was seen in some districts but Prayagraj, where the Magh Mela began, saw some sunshine.

Kanpur, on Friday, recorded a minimum of 6.4 degrees Celsius, Agra was at 6 degrees, Bahraich 5, and Varanasi was at 10.6 degrees Celsius.

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HOLI 2020! Host The Most Amazing And Fun Holi Party At Home



If you are hosting a Holi party at home, first make your walls stain-proof and then decorate the open area with flowers and colourful dupattas, suggest experts.

David Teng, General Manager at Decorative Paints, South Asia Cluster, AkzoNobel India; Pramitha Maria Roche, Assistant Design Manager at; and Vibhor Jain, Director at ArgentOr Silver, have given a few inputs:

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* It is advisable to remove all the stains from the walls by using a damp cloth.

If this does not work, then simply roll over the dirty spots on the exterior walls with the same paint colour.

To reduce the noticeability of the brush strokes on the wall, try to move the brush in multiple directions, working from the centre outward in each direction.

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* Since removing colours and stains from wooden furniture is a tedious task, cover all your home furniture with old bedsheets and curtains to protect the beauty of your furniture.

The main gate of the home is also susceptible to colour stains with the arrival of guests to play Holi. The oil coating will keep it stain-free and you can wipe off the doorknob with water and soft cloth.

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* For decorating your home for the Holi party you plan on hosting, use colourful dupattas to braid and hang them in order to make your threshold look bright and welcoming.

* Pick up beautiful floor patterns (rangoli) which are made using bead works and paper from the market for that instant splash of colour.

* Decorate your abode with flowers which will liven up the ambience.

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* If you are passionate about drinks and love to experiment with it, then creating a home bar should be on your to-do list. Silverware bar accessories will help you to create a space that’s original, functional and striking enough that will highlight the centrepiece of your home.

* Just as the vases are the centrepiece of the living room, so is the dining table of the dining room.

* A candle holder can be placed as a centrepiece on a beautiful table runner.

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