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Delhi news highlights: Delhi sees highest rain in Sept in 19 years; reports zero Covid deaths

Delhi News Updates: A fresh spell of heavy rain pounded the capital on Wednesday morning, resulting in waterlogging in several areas.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 2, 2021 8:27:53 am
delhi rains, delhi waterloggind, delhi, delhi rainfall, delhi monsoonTraffic snarls at the AIIMS flyover underpass in Delhi due to waterlogging following heavy rainfall on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Delhi News Highlights: IMD Senior Scientist RK Jenamani on Wednesday told ANI that Delhi was witnessing the highest rainfall in September in 19 years. Safdarjung and Lodhi road areas had recorded 11.2cm of rain, he added.

“We’ve issued an orange alert for today,” the scientist added, stating that this is the fifth-highest rainfall in 24 hours in Delhi. The city has received about 19-20 cm of rain in the last 27 hours, he said.

In other news, the national capital on Wednesday recorded zero Covid-19 deaths for the twentieth time since the onset of the second wave in Delhi.

Meanwhile, arguing for framing of charges against JNU student Sharjeel Imam, who is accused in a UAPA case in connection with the Northeast Delhi riots, the prosecution told a court Wednesday that Imam tried to create anarchy with his speeches. Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad also told the court that since Imam began one of his speeches with the traditional Muslim greeting, ‘Assalamu-alaikum’, it showed that his address was meant for a particular community.

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Delhi news updates: Schools reopen in national capital; heavy rain lashes several areas of city; No ‘good’ air day in Delhi so far this year. Follow this space for the latest updates.

20:24 (IST)01 Sep 2021
No new death due to Covid-19 in Delhi

For the twentieth time since the onset of the second coronavirus wave in Delhi, the national capital recorded zero deaths on Wednesday. It reported 36 new Covid-19 cases.

19:59 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Needless controversy over new counter-terrorism course, syllabus holistic: JNU VC

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar Wednesday said "During the past few days, there was a needless controversy… without going into the academic merits of the course. The objective of the course, ‘Counter Terrorism, Asymmetric Conflicts and Strategies for Cooperation among Major Powers’, is mainly to have an in-depth understanding on the challenges emanating from terrorism to India’s national security and how India can get equipped with adequate responses in case of any eventuality."

“The curriculum is holistic and also contains sections on the role of intelligence information and counter-terrorism cooperation among major powers. There is a section on best practices of counter-terrorism and the major global and regional efforts in counter-terrorism. Science and Technology to counter terrorism will also be taught to students. This course will give a broad-based knowledge to engineering students,” he said. Read more.

19:46 (IST)01 Sep 2021
AIIMS' nurses, karamcharis and officers announce strike from Oct 25

The AIIMS Nurses Union, Karmachari Union, Officers Association of AIIMS, in a notice on Wednesday, jointly announced a strike from October 25 over their long-pending demands.

19:13 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Delhi University receives 2.87 lakh UG applications, nearly 80% from CBSE

Delhi University (DU) has received a total of 2.87 lakh applications for admissions to its undergraduate (UG) courses, down from 3.53 lakh applications last year. Tuesday was the last day of registrations.

Following the trends of the previous years, nearly 80% applicants are from the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), and around 40% of them are from Delhi.

Reversing the trend of last year, more girls have applied than boys. This year, 1.50 lakh girls have applied across all categories, whereas the number of boys who have applied is 1.37 lakh. There are only four applications from the transgender category – three from the unreserved category and one from the OBC category. Read more.

18:37 (IST)01 Sep 2021
North-East Delhi riots: ‘JNU student Sharjeel Imam tried to create anarchy with speeches’: Prosecution to court

Arguing for framing of charges against JNU student Sharjeel Imam, who is accused in a UAPA case in connection with the Northeast Delhi riots, the prosecution told a court Wednesday that Imam tried to create anarchy with his speeches which were addressed to a particular community.

Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad was making his arguments before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat. The prosecutor had also told the court that since Imam began one of his speeches with the traditional Muslim greeting, ‘Assalamu-alaikum’, it showed that his address was meant for a particular community.

Reading out Imam’s speech given at Jamia Millia Islamia, Prasad said “his speech was definitely divisive." Read more.

17:59 (IST)01 Sep 2021
As rain batters Delhi, waterlogging, traffic snarls across city

Following heavy rainfall in Delhi, several parts of the national capital witnessed traffic snarls and waterlogging.

Traffic stopped at Minto bridge. (PTI)
Vehicles ply on the waterlogged Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg after heavy rain at ITO. (PTI)
People eat at a stall on a waterlogged road near Inderlok. (PTI)

More photos.

17:46 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Noida: Farmers demand increase in land compensation; protest in Sector 5

Farmers on Wednesday protested against Noida authorities, demanding an increase in land compensation, among other benefits. Ranvijay Singh, Additional DCP told ANI that the protesting farmers were detained on their way to Noida Authority in Sector 5. "Section 144 was imposed here. We've detained them and action will be taken against them," he said.

17:16 (IST)01 Sep 2021
North MCD rejects proposal to transfer its hospital to Centre

North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Tuesday rejected the proposal to transfer its hospital to the Centre in its standing committee meet.

Last week, the Delhi High Court had warned the MCD that any default in timely payment of salaries and pensions to its employees will lead to attachment and sale of its properties.

17:04 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Light rain expected over Delhi, adjoining areas in next 2 hours

During the next two hours, light intensity rain/drizzle would occur over Delhi and adjoining areas of Haryana (Loharu, Sohana, Rewari, Palwal, Bawal, Nuh, Aurangabad, Hodal), Uttar Pradesh (Nazibabad, Muzaffarnagar, Khatauli, Sakoti Tanda, Chandpur, Modinagar, Pilakhua, Bulandshahar, Jahangirabad, Anupshahar, Khurja, Pahasu, Debai, Gabhana, Sahaswan, Atrauli) and Rajasthan (Pilani, Bhiwari, Tizara, Khairthal).

16:33 (IST)01 Sep 2021
In pics | Fallen tree post rain at Yashwant Palace's railway underpass shuts traffic

Due to a fallen tree and waterlogging, the railway underpass at Yashwant Palace was shut for traffic after the showers in New Delhi on Wednesday. 

Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal
16:20 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Court takes cognisance of Delhi Transport Minister's defamation case against BJP MLA

Delhi Transport Minister and AAP leader Kailash Gehlot had filed a criminal defamation complaint against BJP MLA Vijender Gupta for allegedly defaming him in relation to procurement of 1,000 low floor buses by the Delhi Transport Corporation. He alleged that Gupta posted 'reckless, unfounded, malicious, scandalous, malafide, mischievous, libellous, spiteful and defamatory' statements and other materials against Gehlot on Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts. 

A Delhi court on Wednesday took cognisance of the complaint and fixed the matter for September 18, PTI reported.

16:01 (IST)01 Sep 2021
In pics | Waterlogging at AIIMS flyover underpass

Traffic snarls after the AIIMS flyover underpass was waterlogged during the showers in New Delhi.

Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal
15:53 (IST)01 Sep 2021
'Want to reopen soon', says Delhi University VC; high-level meeting to be held today

Delhi University Vice Chancellor on Wednesday stated that they are keen to reopen soon but don't want to make a hasty decision, which might adversely affect the students.

PC Joshi added that a high level meeting will be held today to decide on the matter. "I think we'll first allow 3rd year students and  further extend it, if it works out well," the vice chancellor was quoted as saying by ANI. "Delhi University has students not only from Delhi but across the country and even from outside. We'll have to contemplate that how will they be included," he said, adding that he welcomed the DDMA advisory.

15:45 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Afghan protestors outside UNHCR could act as super spreader of Covid-19, says Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court Wednesday expressed concern over a large gathering of Afghan nationals protesting outside UNHCR office and seeking refugee status, saying it could act as a super spreader of coronavirus as there is lack of adherence to Covid-19 appropriate norms. The high court said the situation cannot be permitted to continue as the protestors could be seen sitting and standing next to each other without even wearing masks and asked the authorities to act on it.

The high court issued notices to the ministries of Home Affairs and External Affairs, Delhi government, Delhi Police, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Jal Board. (PTI)

15:22 (IST)01 Sep 2021
'This isn't Jantar Mantar': Centre says 'intermeddlers' can't be allowed to challenge Asthana's appointment

The Centre on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court “intermeddlers” cannot be allowed to challenge the appointment of IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as the Delhi Police Commissioner. 

The bench led by Chief Justice DN Patel was hearing a PIL by one Sadre Alam against the appointment of Asthana along with an intervention application by an NGO which has challenged the appointment before the Supreme Court. “Both have no business challenging the appointment… Any intermeddlers can’t come to court,” the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was quoted as saying by PTI.

"This is not Jantar Mantar or Ramlila Maidan," the Solicitor General submitted.

15:16 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Delhi sees highest rain in Sept in 19 years: IMD senior scientist

IMD Senior Scientist RK Jenamani on Wednesday told ANI that Delhi was witnessing the highest rainfall in September in 19 years. “We’ve issued an orange alert for today,” he added, stating that this is the fifth-highest rainfall in 24 hours in Delhi. The city has received about 19-20 cm of rain in the last 27 hours, he said.

14:34 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Delhi traffic alert: Movement on Minto Bridge closed due to waterlogging

The Delhi Traffic Police Wednesday said in a tweet that traffic movement on Minto Bridge (both carriageway) has been closed due to waterlogging. "Traffic diverted from cannaught place towards Barakhamba and traffic coming from Kamla Market side diverted towards Deen Dayal Uppadhay Road," it said.

14:21 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Delhi: Traffic at Dhaula Kuan after rain

Traffic snarls were reported at various places in the city after heavy rain on Wednesday. Below are some visuals of the traffic in Delhi today:

Traffic at Dhaula Kuan in Delhi on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Abhishek Angad)
Several areas in Delhi received heavy rain on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Abhishek Angad)
13:53 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Delhi schools reopen, attendence remains low on day 1

Schools in the national capital reopened on Wednesday. Attendence, however, remained low on the first day due to rain at several places in the city. Below are some visuals from today:


Schools in the national capital reopened on Wednesday. (Express photo by Sukrita Baruah)

Attendence, however, remained low on the first day due to rain at several places in the city. (Express photo by Sukrita Baruah)




13:18 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Delhi govt wants electric vehicle chargers in all big parking lots

The Urban Development Department of the Delhi government has written to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to introduce a mandate in the bylaws for large private establishments to enable electric vehicle chargers in their parking lots, according to Jasmine Shah, Vice Chairperson, Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi.

This would target large commercial businesses that have parking lots with a capacity of more than 100 vehicles, like hotels, hospitals and malls, he said, while addressing a webinar organised by the Centre for Science and Environment on opportunities and challenges with regard to zero-emission vehicles.

Delhi has not seen a single ‘good’ air day in eight months of this year, going by the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) Air Quality Index (AQI) bulletins.. (File photo)

No ‘good’ air day in Delhi so far this year

Delhi has not seen a single ‘good’ air day in eight months of this year, going by the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) Air Quality Index (AQI) bulletins.

According to the National Air Quality Index, AQI in the range of 0 to 50 is considered ‘good,’ 51 to 100 is ‘satisfactory,’ 101 to 200 is ‘moderate,’ 201 to 300 is ‘poor,’ 301 to 400 is ‘very poor,’ and 401 to 500 is ‘severe.’ While ‘good’ AQI has minimal health impacts, AQI falling in the ‘satisfactory’ range can lead to minor breathing discomfort among people sensitive to these changes, ‘moderate’ AQI can lead to breathing discomfort among people with existing heart or lung diseases, and AQI in the ‘poor’ range can lead to breathing discomfort to most people on ‘prolonged exposure,’ as per the CPCB.

Residents welcome SC order, 9-year legal battle against construction ends

Residents and RWA members of Supertech Emerald Court welcomed the Supreme Court order to demolish the twin towers in the same complex.

The top court upheld a 2014 Allahabad High Court judgment on the demolition of the two towers of Emerald Court, located in Noida Sector 93A, and said the demolition must be completed within three months. Supertech Limited, the developer, has also been asked to refund all existing flat purchasers the amount they invested along with an interest of 12% per annum in two months.

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