Somya Lakhani

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Why 10 of 17 dead in Bawana factory fire are women: Take less pay, don’t unionise
Mon, Jan 22, 2018

"They often don’t ask for too much money, and rarely agitate. Since the work doesn’t require too much physical effort, factory owners don’t want to hire men and pay Rs 9,000-plus," International Federation of Trade Unions general secretary (Delhi) Rajesh Kumar said

Lost during train journey two years ago, Rohingya girl reunites with her family
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

In November 2015, while travelling from Kolkata to Delhi, Salima Akhter got separated from her maternal aunt’s family of five when she got down at Moradabad railway station to get water.

Eight-year-old boy ‘falls sick’ in school, dies soon after
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

The victim's uncle, Naseeb Rana, said: “Katib was to be promoted out of turn to Class I as his principal said he was a bright boy.. On Wednesday, his mother had gone to the school to pay Rs 1,500 for the admission.”

Subz Burj: Oldest double-domed monument in the heart of city set to be renovated
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

By the end of 2018, this sombre atmosphere is expected to change, as Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have begun conservation work at the double-domed Sabz Burj.

8-yr-old dies in Ghaziabad school, FIR against his teacher
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

The family is now alleging foul play, and an FIR has been filed against the class teacher and the school management at Loni police station on Thursday.

St James Church project to cost Rs 3.5 crore: Renovation left unfinished, Delhi’s oldest church seeks funds
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

After the Delhi chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) spent four months last summer renovating the foundation, the 182-year-old church is now looking for funds to finish restoration work.

Amid chaos at fair price shops, iris scan to start soon
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

In the first eight days of e-PoS devices being installed at ration shops, many beneficiaries returned home empty-handed as either the machines didn’t work or they failed to recognise their fingerprints.

All aboard the safai express: At this south Delhi colony, kids lead the way
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Apart from the beautification, the biggest challenge for Aga Khan Trust for Culture was connecting the toilets in the 144 homes to the main trunk sewer.

Devices at ration shops in Delhi fail to recognise fingerprints, govt says no one will be turned away
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

At an FPS in Jasola village, the machine works only when the shopkeeper turns on his phone hotspot.

Delhi: 27-year-old injured in late night shooting in GK-I pub, 1 arrested
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

A case under IPC Section 307 (attempt to murder) has been filed at Greater Kailash police station. Police will also question the owners and are likely to register an FIR against the club.

Delhi shooting: Hours later, unease and disbelief at M Block market
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

On Sunday afternoon, as the police inspected the bar and sealed it, many members of the market and visitors gathered outside.

SDMC’s non-vegetarian idea hard to swallow, say eateries
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

“You can’t open a restaurant for shawarma. It has to be a stall... if the rule is passed, the employees will lose their jobs — they will suffer the most," said an eatery manager.

Kamala Mills fire sparks worry in Khan Market, Hauz Khas Village restaurants
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

The market, especially crowded over the weekend, has several bars and restaurants with narrow, dimly lit staircases and inadequate fire exits.

Day two of Magenta Line: Commuters welcome new Metro
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

The Magenta line was opened to the public at 5 pm on Monday and most stations on Tuesday wore a deserted look.

Noida Magenta line launch all-BJP affair, AAP calls it insult to Delhi
Tue, Dec 26, 2017

Magenta Line inauguration: The Delhi government, which is an equal partner in the DMRC, claimed that not inviting the Delhi CM was “an insult to the people of Delhi”.

With no jobs, many Rohingya Muslims resort to ragpicking
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

Living in groups near Shaheen Bagh now, the families are dependent on their meagre savings for survival. Fearful that their savings might run out soon, many have turned to rag-picking.

Rohingya Christians say driven out of homes after verification drive
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

A week ago, 34 Rohingya Christian families allegedly vacated a private plot they had rented in Mundka’s Bakkarwala JJ colony after they were “threatened by residents”. Sultan and Ismail were among those who left “out of fear”.

Defence Colony restaurants, shops sealed in SDMC drive
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

Across the street, Def Col Social was also sealed. “Our landlord paid the conversion charges a long time ago, so we have no idea why Social has been sealed,” said Riyaaz Amlani, owner of the chain.

Magenta Line shows off bigger coaches, colour-coded seats in Delhi metro
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

On a Friday afternoon, three days before it is inaugurated by the Prime Minister, the Magenta Line ferried Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials and members of the media from Botanical Garden to Kalkaji Mandir station.

Driverless safer, move will be gradual, say Metro officials
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

The trains will ply using the CBTC signalling system. "The frequency will increase and the waiting period will go down to 90-100 seconds from two minutes,” a DMRC official said

Days before PM Modi inaugurates Magenta Line, DMRC’s driverless train crashes into wall
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Delhi Metro: The incident took place at 3.40 pm and is being treated as a case of “human error and negligence”, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said

Magenta line on Christmas: PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate metro stretch between Botanical Garden to Kalkaji Mandir
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

A DMRC official told The Indian Express that “with this signalling system, frequency of the trains will increase and the waiting period will go down to 90-100 seconds from two minutes”.

Delhi Metro’s Magenta line to be inaugurated by PM Modi on December 25
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

For now, nine stations fall under this portion of the Magenta Line – Botanical Garden, Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Kalindi Kunj, Jasola Vihar-Shaheen Bagh, Okhla Vihar, Jamia Milia Islamia, Sukhdev Vihar, Okhla NSIC and Kalkaji Mandir.

Transgenders say new bill does not protect rights
Mon, Dec 18, 2017

More than 150 people across the country gathered on Sunday in Delhi to protest the bill

Girls dump rag-picking, pick up flowers to earn a living
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

“What I like best is that I am no longer falling sick frequently and there is no foul smell... it’s gone,” said Marjeena.

Parents don’t want us to work late: Tales from the victim’s locality
Sat, Dec 16, 2017

It’s dusk, and the women will soon retreat indoors, while the men of Mahavir Enclave have just begun warming up in front of bonfires outside their shops and homes

Five years on, mother of December 16 gangrape victim: All changes only on paper
Sat, Dec 16, 2017

The living room has a cabinet full of trophies and certificates that validate her bravery, her strength, her ongoing fight for justice

At Lajpat Nagar school, an AA meeting only for women
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

In the classroom — apart from wooden chairs and photos of accomplished people — were posters of the group, which read: ‘Who you see here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here’.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meets assaulted social worker, 6 held
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

Police said an FIR has been registered against the accused under IPC sections 354B, 506 and 509, among others. IPC section 186 too has been slapped against the six accused.

NFC death: Family of accused claims he has been framed
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

The police, based on the autopsy report, have concluded that the victim’s neck had marks consistent with “manual strangulation”, and that the three accused had left the house “to meet female friends” after Chawla died.

Victim’s sister says he was helping accused with business — and prayer
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

The victim’s 72-year-old mother Neena Chawla said, “He loved the good life — music, fashion, food, travel. He was a topper, went to SRCC and then got a scholarship to the University of Southern California.”

Binoculars out as migratory birds flock to the capital
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

Apart from Yamuna Biodiversity Park, teams of birders went to Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Sultanpur, Asola Bhatti, Sanjay Van, Delhi Cantt, and as far as Sonipat and Jhajjar too.

‘Swachh Mehrauli’ Drive: 45-year-old leads charge to fix park that turned into dumping ground
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

After ridding the area of garbage — roughly 20 trucks full of dump, according to Singhal — SDMC brought in 30 trucks full of mud to level the area.

Aadi Mahotsav: Bastar to Manipur, festival is melting pot for many tribes
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

On till November 30, the food stalls towards the end of Dilli Haat too throw up revelations such as Chilra, a multigrain bread and seabuck thorn tea from Lahaul and Spiti.

EPCA says Delhi govt’s job to address problem: With little or no compensation, clean air fight hurts construction workers
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

As air pollution rose to hazardous levels in the city, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had imposed a ban on all construction activities in Delhi-NCR From November 9-16.

Rohingya get ‘nationality verification’ forms, they call it a grim reminder
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

The five-page form comes against the backdrop of the Ministry of Home Affairs advisory to states to take steps in identifying illegal Rohingya migrants and initiate deportation processes.