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Delhi Highlights: Delhi civic polls to be held on December 4, results on December 7

Delhi Highlights: "The AAP governments in Delhi and Punjab are not solely responsible. Now, is not the time for a blame game," Kejriwal said. Primary schools have been shut in the capital.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: November 5, 2022 07:42 IST
The MCD in Delhi has been run by the BJP for three consecutive terms. (Representational/File)

Delhi News Highlights: The Delhi civic body elections will be held on December 4 from 8 am to 5.30 pm and the results will be declared on December 7, the State Election Commission announced Friday. Candidates can start filing their nominations from November 7. Nominations will close on November 14. The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) will be imposed in Delhi from Friday itself, State Election Commissioner Vijay Dev said.

In other news, a Delhi court Friday ordered to release two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar on interim bail till November 12. Kumar furnished a personal bond in the sum of Rs 1 lakh with two sureties in the like amount. Two cops will be present with him round the clock, as per court orders.

In a slew of directives to tackle the air pollution crisis in the National Capital on Friday, the Delhi government announced that 50 per cent government employees will be directed to work-from-home and all primary schools will be shut. As the air quality plunged in north India, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Friday said stubble burning was not a political issue, and asked state governments to work together to curb it. Tomar’s statements came hours after Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann, the Chief Ministers of Delhi and Punjab respectively, addressed the crisis in the national capital region and said this was “not the time for blame game and politics”.

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Delhi Highlights: Delhi civic polls to be held on December 4, results on December 7; Delhi air quality to remain ‘severe’ today, improve after November 5; Arvind Kejriwal orders closure of primary schools; Delhi, Punjab CMs take responsibility for stubble burning; Read latest news below

22:45 (IST)04 Nov 2022
Ghaziabad Police issue notice to Yati Narsinghanand against holding Dharam Sansad

Ghaziabad police Thursday issued a notice to Dasna Devi temple priest Yati Narsinghanand, directing him not to hold a planned three-day Dharam Sansad on December 17 or a preparatory meeting before the same.

According to the notice, the preparatory meeting on November 6 is not allowed nor is the Dharam Sansad on December 17, the birth anniversary of BJP MP Baikunth Lal Sharma, as no permission has been taken from the district administration for either event. Read more

22:44 (IST)04 Nov 2022
All primary classes in Delhi to remain closed till Tuesday

Keeping in view the prevailing AQI levels of 450 (severe Category) in Delhi, all the Heads of governemnet, government aided and unaided private recognised schools of Directorate of Education have been asked to ensure the following as per a Delhi government order issued Friday evening.

i. All primary classes in Delhi will be closed till 08.11.2022 (Tuesday).
ii. No school shall conduct outdoor assembly and play activities till 08.11.2022 (Tuesday). 
iii. All the activities for the students should be conducted indoors and they shall be encouraged to wear masks

22:25 (IST)04 Nov 2022
250 wards, 1.46 crore voters, 1 lakh polling staff: Delhi ready for mega MCD elections

Fates of parties contesting Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls will be sealed on December 4, while counting for votes cast on that day will be held on December 7, the State Election Commission (SEC) announced Friday.

The MCD comprises 250 wards, down from 272 that made up the civic body before it was unified earlier this year. Before unification, the MCD was split into three – South, North and East.

SEC Commissioner Vijay Kumar Dev said the Model Code of Conduct will come into force with immediate effect from Friday itself. Read more

22:10 (IST)04 Nov 2022
Sushil Kumar granted interim bail by Delhi court

A Delhi court has ordered to release two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar on interim bail till November 12.Kumar furnished a personal bond in the sum of Rs 1 lakh with two sureties in the like amount.

Two cops will be present with him round the clock, as per court orders. Read more

21:42 (IST)04 Nov 2022
Book cops who dealt with Unnao rape complaint: Delhi court

A Delhi court Friday held that inaction by three policemen on the 2017 Unnao rape complaint was a punishable offence and directed that charges be framed against them.

The direction came after the CBI submitted to the court that the three officers who dealt with the case, in which former Bangarmau MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was convicted, had failed in their duties.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Kumar said: “In the considered opinion of this court, there is ample material on record which prima facie discloses commission of offence punishable under section 166A (public servant disobeying law, with intent to cause injury to any person) IPC by the accused persons.” Read more

20:37 (IST)04 Nov 2022
Sisodia inaugurates artificial hockey turf in Vivek Vihar

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia inaugurated an artificial turf on Friday to promote hockey in Delhi. Sisodia said the athletes and students would be able to practise at the new hockey field at the Vivekananda College in Vivek Vihar during the day as well as at night.

The turf has four high-mast flood lights and six automatic water sprinklers have also been installed. There is a separate drainage system for the field besides a modern rainwater harvesting system. A water storage tank with a capacity of 1.5 lac litres is present under the turf.

Sisodia said the Delhi government built four artificial turfs to promote hockey, adding that the new field would contribute to the cause of popularising the game among the youth. (PTI)

20:34 (IST)04 Nov 2022
More than 15,500 students admitted to DU colleges in round 2 of seat allocation

More than 15,500 students have been admitted across Delhi University colleges in the second round of seat allocation, Registrar Vikas Gupta said on Friday. With this, the total number of students admitted to the university so far has gone beyond 61,500. The university has 70,000 seats.

Of the 15,550 candidates admitted in the second round of seat allocation, 9,626 were upgraded from the seats allotted to them in the first list, while 3,806 admissions were done afresh.

The university has also informed the students on its website about the number of vacant seats after the first two rounds of seat allocation. The university will offer a window from November 5 to 7 for mid-entry for fresh applicants and an option for upgrading for the candidates already admitted. (PTI)

20:26 (IST)04 Nov 2022
As Delhi gasps, primary schools shut, odd-even back on the table

With the national capital grappling with yet another year of intense pollution that has sent the air quality index (AQI) plummeting, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Friday that schools for primary classes would be shut from Saturday, while for secondary and senior secondary classes, outdoor activities and physical education periods would be suspended until further orders.

He also announced that his government is considering implementing the ‘odd-even’ vehicle rationing scheme.

Apart from this, the government has announced work from home for 50% of government employees and staggered timings for its departments. Read more

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19:03 (IST)04 Nov 2022
Delhi's air quality remains 'severe'; higher wind speed likely to improve dispersion of pollutants over the weekend

For the second consecutive day and the third time this week, Delhi’s air quality was in the ‘severe’ category on Friday with an AQI of 447.

The contribution of stubble burning to PM2.5 levels in Delhi was around 30% on Friday, lower than the 34% recorded on Thursday, according to an update from the SAFAR forecasting system. Data from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute showed that Punjab recorded 2,437 paddy residue burning related fire events on Friday.

Higher wind speed is likely to improve the dispersion of pollutants on November 5 and 6, the SAFAR forecast said on Friday. A forecast issued by the Air Quality Early Warning System also said that the air quality is likely to be in the ‘very poor’ category from November 5 to 7.

17:45 (IST)04 Nov 2022
This December 4, Delhiites will vote for cleanliness: CM Kejriwal

This December 4, Delhiites will vote for cleanliness, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said hours after the MCD poll schedule was announced by the State Election Commission on Friday.

"In the past 15 years, the BJP has spread filth around the city and created mountains of garbage," Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.

17:40 (IST)04 Nov 2022
As air quality plummets, ‘work from home’ announced for 50% Delhi govt staff

Amid plummeting air quality across the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has announced ‘work from home’ for 50 per cent of government employees.

Besides, staggered timings for all departments and markets will be issued soon by the revenue department, environment minister Gopal Rai said.

The government has also decided to implement all recommendations suggested by the Central Air Quality Management (CAQM) under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) stage IV. Read more

17:38 (IST)04 Nov 2022
Delhi HC slaps Rs 25,000 cost on a woman for seeking to implead Elon Musk

The Delhi high court Friday dismissed an application “with cost” seeking to implead Twitter CEO Elon Musk in connection with the suspension of a user’s account by the platform.

A single judge bench of Justice Yashwant Varma dismissed the application calling it “thoroughly misconceived”.

The application states that Musk has a “very different stand on free speech” that “as long as speech does not violate the law of the country in question, the same should not be curtailed by the platform”. The application relied on Musk’s tweets to assert this point. Read more

16:37 (IST)04 Nov 2022
Model Code of Conduct kicks in today: SEC

The state election commission Friday said the model code of conduct (MCC) will be imposed in Delhi from today. An app 'Dilli Nigam chunav' has been launched ahead of the MCD elections, which will allow users to complain against MCC violations.

Restrictions will be imposed on loudspeakers from 5 am to 11 pm, the SEC added.

16:19 (IST)04 Nov 2022
Delhi civic polls to be held on December 4: SEC

The Delhi civic body elections will be held on December 4, the State Election Commission announced Friday. Candidates can start filing their nominations from November 7. Nominations will close on November 14.

'More than 2,000 sector magistrates will be deployed to check field arrangements for smooth functioning of the civic polls,' SEC head Vijay Dev said.

Additionally, more than one lakh staff will be deployed.

'68 general observers and external expenditure will be deployed besides elaborate law and order, security and other arrangements,' Dev said.

16:13 (IST)04 Nov 2022
SEC announces strategy for Delhi civic polls

'We are completely ready for civic polls in Delhi,' SEC head Vijay Dev said Friday.

'As per the statutory provisions, there are 250 wards in 68 assembly wards, of which, 42 seats are reserved for SCs. Of these, 21 seats reserved for woman,' he said. In the remaining seats, 104 have been reserved for women, Dev added.

There will be total 13665 polling stations and one station will be completed manned by women staff.

'Mock polls will start on election day....NOTA will be there and there will be provisions of photos of candidates on the ballot papers,' Dev said.

15:10 (IST)04 Nov 2022
Gangster held for Delhi Fortuner carjacking, say police

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested a 24-year-old man for his alleged involvement in the well-publicised carjacking of a Fortuner SUV on the morning of October 29 in the Delhi Cantonment area.

The arrested accused, identified as Saurabh, is a member of the Prince Tewatia gang, according to police. Read more

15:01 (IST)04 Nov 2022
Stubble burning not a political issue, states must work together to curb it: Tomar

As the air quality plunged in north India, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Friday said stubble burning was not a political issue, and asked state governments to work together to curb it.

Tomar’s statements came hours after Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann, the Chief Ministers of Delhi and Punjab respectively, addressed the crisis in the national capital region and said this was “not the time for blame game and politics”.

“Despite the Centre providing funds and machines to states, rising stubble burning incidents is cause of concern,” Tomar said, suggesting the use of the PUSA decomposer, which has been effective in controlling stubble burning. Read more

14:58 (IST)04 Nov 2022
Committee formed to monitor implementation of pollution curbs: Gopal Rai

The government has constituted a six-member committee to closely monitor the implementation of curbs and measures to control air pollution in the Capital, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said Friday.

Special task forces will also be formed to monitor pollution hotspots in the city. 

The minister added that staggered timings will be released for functioning of markets and office complexes.

13:50 (IST)04 Nov 2022
Petrol, diesel commercial vehicles banned from entering Delhi: govt implements CAQM recommendations

To curb pollution, the Delhi Government has decided to implement the recommendations suggested by CAQM. All petrol and diesel trucks,lorry and commercial vehicles except Essentials and CNG vehicles will not be allowed to enter Delhi.

--All type of construction and demolition activities such flyover, road repair etc banned in Delhi.
--Delhi government announces wfh, 50 percent staffs to work from home.... Similar advisory will be issued to private organisations

13:28 (IST)04 Nov 2022
AAP siphoning off money meant for construction workers’ welfare: BJP’s Sambit Patra

The BJP on Friday accused the Delhi government of registering “bogus” construction workers and siphoning off money meant for them for AAP’s party-related work. In a joint conference with party MP Manoj Tiwari, BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s intent and integrity was polluted. Patra termed it the biggest corruption case in India as far as construction workers were concerned. He said three NGOs working for construction workers alleged massive corruption in their registration through proxies. Read more. 

That the capital experienced its first good air day this year in September says a lot about the pollution levels that have been taken as par for the course by its residents. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

In Delhi, vehicles are worst offenders when it comes to pollution

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mong local sources, vehicles may have contributed the most to air pollution in Delhi over the week from October 21 to 26, according to an analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

Vehicles caused half or around 51% of the national capital’s own contribution to PM2.5 levels from October 21 to 26, the analysis said. When contribution from other NCR districts and biomass burning to air pollution in Delhi is considered, vehicles contributed around 17% of the PM2.5 concentration.

Bouncers thrash forest officer, friends outside Gurgaon club

Bouncers outside a club in Gurgaon thrashed a forest department employee and his two friends Monday night and caused blunt injuries, said the police Thursday.

The police said the complainant, a range officer of the forest department, said he went to the club in a mall on the MG Road along with his friends and one of them forgot his phone in the club. He went inside to get it while others waited outside, according to the complainant.

“My friends and I were sitting on the third floor of the mall and talking amongst ourselves when an unknown person, claiming to be from the staff of a club, confronted us. He started arguing with us. Soon, some men, along with bouncers from another club, arrived and started beating and kicking us. My friends and I suffered injuries…the bouncers threatened to kill us,” he said in the first information report (FIR) registered at the Sector 29 police station.

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First published on: 03-11-2022 at 12:02 IST
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