Somya Lakhani


Ghazipur landfill collapse: A month on, pile of garbage strewn across road unnerves residents
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Even though the road has been shut down, two-wheelers have found a way around the heap of trash, via the parallel road.

Identify 3 notorious roads in Delhi-NCR, enforce dust control measures: EPCA
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

The Supreme Court-mandated EPCA has very strongly demanded that authorities in the Delhi-NCR “identify the three most notorious roads each, implement dust control measures and report to the EPCA”.

Fewer animals, birds injured this Diwali
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

At Chandni Chowk’s Jain Bird Hospital, there has been a considerable slump in the number of cases of injured birds this Diwali compared to last year.

CBI told me they have no leads on Najeeb yet: Mother
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

"I wanted him to go to Jamia Millia Islamia but when he got through to JNU, he said it was the Oxford of India and told me how, after graduating, he would quickly get a good job," Najeeb's mother said

Delhi govt has no authority to order inquiry into metro fare hike: Centre
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

In a statement, Kejriwal had said, “This makes it clear that the chief secretary has the backing of the BJP-led Centre and is sabotaging the Delhi government’s efforts to send relief to the people by conducting an inquiry into the fare hike.”

Year after Najeeb went missing, protest at CBI headquarters
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

With barricades, policemen built a fortress around the gate, even as protesters shouted slogans demanding justice for Najeeb and berating the investigating agencies for their inaction.

For Aarushi Talwar’s friends, verdict provides closure
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

The night before the verdict, Anita Durrani — a family friend of the Talwars — was up late, talking to her daughter, Vidushi, who works in New York.

Aarushi-Hemraj case: Truth was on our side, says family
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Aarushi-Hemraj case: Talwars will be released once the official communication reaches us and formalities are completed, said Dasna Jail officials.

When 23 girls took over 12 embassies in Delhi on International Day of Girl Child
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Twenty-three girls, between the ages of 18 and 24, took over crucial positions across 12 embassies, on the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child.

For some students, getting to the first class just got harder
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

The Delhi Commission for Women claimed that a survey conducted by it found that a hike in the Metro fare will compromise “women’s safety”.

Delhi Metro fare hike hurts labourers the most, many switch to buses
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Delhi Metro fare hike: Amid opposition from the Delhi government, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Tuesday went ahead with the fare hike as recommended by the fourth Fare Fixation Committee.

After two-hour meet, DMRC says will go ahead with fare hike
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

To be effective from October 10, the Metro fares will go up by a maximum of Rs 10. The first phase of the hike was implemented in May this year.

It all started with concerned parents, coughing children
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

In November 2016, the court banned the sale of firecrackers across Delhi-NCR. It was lifted on September 12, 2017, and reinstated on Monday.

SC bans firecrackers sale until November 1 — The question: How do you enforce it?
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

City residents, too, appeared split on the court order. While a large section insisted that the ban would give a “cleaner future” to the children, others called the decision drastic, recalling how Diwali and bursting crackers go hand-in-hand.

Police probing assault on doctor by CISF personnel
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

DCP (Metro) Pankaj Kumar Singh said, “A case has been registered against the accused. However, no arrests have been made as police are currently investigating the claims”.

Meet Varun Seth, the man who protested against protesters — and won
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Seated inside his palatial one-acre property at 6 Jantar Mantar, Seth talks about the “worst last five years living on this street”, and his efforts to rid the street of protesters, which he began four years ago.

No food, no shade: Why Ramlila Maidan doesn’t work for Jantar Mantar protesters
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Protesters point to easy access, nearby gurdwara, say they will not leave

‘We are here for Gauri’ — Hundreds from Lankesh’s home state march in capital for slain journalist
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

About 200 protestors travelled from Karnataka to participate in the march. “Many of us are staying at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib... We are here for Gauri. She would travel all over Karnataka when we would protest and today I am here for her,” he said.

At Jantar Mantar on day of NGT order — Tamil Nadu farmers to OROP claimants
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Slogans, songs and speeches resonated in the air as Jantar Mantar “veterans” looked on.

Two patriotic songs must, bands skip concert
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had approached a band Imphal Talkies for a concert last month, to celebrate India’s 70th year of Independence and 75 years of the Quit India Movement, which they refused.

Govt asks DMRC to put off impending fare hike, Arvind Kejriwal calls it ‘anti-people’
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

The first phase of fare hike took place in May this year, and the second phase of the increase is to be implemented October onwards — under which ticket prices will go up by maximum Rs 10.

From Delhi to Myanmar, a phone call every morning
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

“We are an indigenous, peaceful community. We request the international community to protect us. We cannot contact our families daily; they want us to save them but we are helpless,” said Sabber, fighting back tears.

Over 60 anganwadi supervisors protest ‘unfair termination’
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

On Monday evening, 64 anganwadi supervisors — 2016 recruits from ICSIL (Intelligent Communication Systems India Limited) — got text messages informing them that their services are not required starting October 1, 2017.

Delhi Golf Club: Six ‘lesser-known’ tombs to get a facelift soon
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Inside the haunt of the rich and famous are ruins of mosques and tombs of the lesser-known, and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has got the nod from the Delhi government to restore six of them.

40 Minutes: Soon that’s the amount of time you’ll save while travelling from Gurgaon to Noida
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

We look at whether the new metro line will ease the pressure on Rajiv Chowk station as well as on the capital’s roads

Dirty toilets, no water: Harrowing stopover for Ajmer Sharif pilgrims
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

For the last few days, hundreds of pilgrims from across cities and villages — even as far as Banke district of Nepal — made the two pavements near Nizamuddin Dargah their home before leaving for Ajmer to observe Muharram.

Rohingya a ‘security threat’: ‘We love India, why would we join forces against country?’
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

In 2012, these families travelled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, in cars and boats, and then from Bangladesh to Kolkata, in cars, and then Delhi — spending Rs 10,000 per person.

One Life, One Change: In Gheja village, basketball helps girls dunk a few myths
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

National Education Mission (NEM) Public School in Gheja saw lives of girls change when a court was built inside school by Dribble Academy — a basketball training programme run by 27-year-old Pradyut Voleti.

In a first, Delhi Gymkhana Club to hold e-voting for polls
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

For the post of President are two names — Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts, Prashant Sukul, and former RAW officer Krishan Varma

Pehlu Khan son asks: If men in video didn’t kill my father, who did?
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

The family appealed for an urgent transfer of the case outside Rajasthan. Irshad said, “We only have faith in the Supreme Court... I will fight this case for as long as I am alive but I can’t do that if I fear for my life in Rajasthan.”

‘Karwan’ to oppose mob lynchings drops by Delhi
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The stage was set alight with a dance performance by a group of young girls, followed by Sufi singer Dhruv Sangari, and a moving performance by Sonam Kalra, who evoked the likes of Amir Khusro and Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

Mona Ahmed, transgender & photographer’s muse, dies at 81
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

“Apart from me and her caretaker Jahanara, Dayanita was on video call from Venice in her last moments. Mona loved the camera...she died on camera too,” said a close relative, who has been living with Mona for nine years.

Dumping continues at Bhalswa; a colony, school suffer most
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

North MCD mayor Preety Agarwal said, “We have told SDMC and the Azadpur Mandi not to dump their waste here. With regard to those who live at the site, who will be out of livelihood, we have some plans.”

Not far from Okhla landfill, worries of job 
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Two days ago, the mountain that dots the Okhla skyline saw the last batch of trucks to dump garbage.

With no alternate site to dump garbage, trucks come and go despite LG orders
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

According to the East civic body, about 3,000 metric tonnes of waste reach Ghazipur landfill daily, of which 1,300 metric tonnes are used in the energy plant there.

At largest unauthorised colony, some grumble over location, lack of space
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

The three-storey house from which the clinic runs is a rented accommodation. Babita (36), who owns the house, said the “rent is Rs 5,000 a month”.