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Delhi News Live Updates: Akbar Road signboard vandalised, Hindu Sena claims responsibility

New Delhi Live News: Meanwhile, more than 60 parents of primary and middle school children have written to members of the DDMA, requesting that young students be permitted to visit at least once a week for educational and recreational activities until schools reopen.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: October 8, 2021 12:34:07 am
A view of India Gate in New Delhi. (File)

Delhi Live News: A signboard of Akbar Road in Lutyen’s Delhi was vandalised Thursday and posters were put up on them, declaring the stretch as ‘Samrat Hemu Vikramaditya Marg’. The Hindu Sena claimed it was behind the act.

A senior official of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), under which the area falls, said it has removed the poster and complained to Delhi Police to register a FIR. DCP (New Delhi district) Deepak Yadav said an FIR under relevant sections of the law is being registered.

Hindu Sena president Vishnu Gupta claimed responsibility and said the organisation demands renaming of the road after the “bravest sons of Bharat Mata Raja Hem Chandra Vikramaditya, also known Raja Hemu…, who ruled Delhi for a short but significant period of time”.

More than 60 parents of primary and middle school children in Delhi have written to members of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), requesting that young students be permitted to visit at least once a week for educational and recreational activities until schools reopen for them.

The DDMA in a meeting on September 29 had decided that schools may be allowed to reopen for children in nursery to Class VIII only after the festive season, which is after November 4 when Diwali will be celebrated. They had been allowed to reopen for classes IX-XII from September 1.

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00:18 (IST)08 Oct 2021
DU admissions under first list end: 41000 students secure seats, 31,000 from CBSE

At the end of the first cycle of admissions for roughly 70,000 undergraduate seats in Delhi University against the first cut-off list, 41,211 candidates have successfully secured seats across colleges. The University added that it has not been favouring students of any board.

According to authorities, out of the total seats, 31,172 seats have been secured by students from CBSE; 2,365 from the Kerala Board of Higher Secondary Education; 1,540 from Board of School Education Haryana; 1,429 from CISCE; and 1,301 from the Board of Secondary Education Rajasthan. The remaining seats have been secured by students from various other state boards.

The total number of registered applicants was the highest from CBSE at 2,29,264. The Kerala board had the fifth-highest number of applicants at 4,824, Haryana had been second highest at 9,918, CISCE had been third highest at 9,659 and Rajasthan had been the sixth highest at 4,789. Read More

21:43 (IST)07 Oct 2021
‘Marks jihad’: MPs Shashi Tharoor, John Brittas lash out over DU teacher’s comment

A controversial social media post on the Kerala education board by Delhi University professor Rakesh Kumar Pandey Thursday drew criticism from legislators of the southern state.

Congress Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor and CPI(M) Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas were among those who denounced Pandey, who teaches physics at Kirori Mal College. He is also a former president of the RSS-backed National Democratic Teachers’ Front.

In his post, Pandey wrote, “A college had to admit 26 students in a course having 20 seats only because they all had 100 per cent marks from Kerala board. For last few years, Kerala board is implementing #Marksjihad.” Read More

21:33 (IST)07 Oct 2021
As threat of closure looms at Gurgaon’s Banjara market, shopkeepers stare at uncertain future

Two days after the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) demolished over 250 makeshift shops and hutments to reclaim 25-acres of encroached land at Banjara market, a popular destination in Delhi-NCR for affordable home decor and furniture, the shopkeepers and their families stare at an uncertain future.

The market, which has come up in the last few years, has been home to over 2,000 people — mostly from the Gadiya Lohars nomadic community originally hailing from Chittorgarh, Rajasthan — who stay in shanties spread over a 25-acre area in Sector 56. On Tuesday, the enforcement team of HSVP, in the presence of a heavy police force, had demolished about 80 per cent of the shanties. The rest were given the notice to vacate the land within two days.

Mausam Devi, a shopkeeper, said, “We are living in perpetual fear of eviction. My hutment was demolished on Tuesday. We managed to save only half of the stocked wares and household supplies. The rest of my house is all gone, destroyed by an earthmover.” Read More

19:12 (IST)07 Oct 2021
HC seeks Delhi govt response on petition alleging poor conditions at Lok Nayak Hospital

The Delhi High Court Thursday directed the Delhi government to respond to a petition highlighting the alleged poor conditions at Lok Nayak Hospital, and said it expects government hospitals to “gear up” now to improve the state of affairs.

Justice Rekha Palli said this was not the first matter where the court was coming across such things and asked the State to apprise it about the steps which they propose to take to improve the working of the hospital.

“There are limitations alright but you need to gear up. I am not saying you have to become something 100 per cent perfect…,” said the court, while hearing a petition seeking constitution of a high-powered committee to probe the alleged lapses at the hospital. Read More

19:11 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Delhi HC dismisses petition seeking guidelines for media reporting on criminal investigations

The Delhi High Court Thursday declined to entertain a public interest petition seeking framing of guidelines to govern the reporting and broadcasting of any news related to criminal investigations, saying that such a policy decision to enact the rules and regulations is the “prerogative power” of the state authorities.

“We see therefore no reason to entertain this writ petition and draft the rules and regulations by this court. So far as guidelines to govern the reporting and broadcasting are concerned, a representation can always be preferred by this petitioner to the concerned respondent authority,” said the division bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh.

It added that as and when such representation is preferred, the concerned authority will decide the same in accordance with law, rules, regulations and government policies. Read More

19:08 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Fewer seats, strict protocol: A socially distanced Ramlila opens at Red Fort

Fewer days of practice, socially distanced seats for the audience, and a new set of protocol for both audience and artists: A Ramlila of a different kind opened against the backdrop of an illuminated Red Fort earlier this week on Tuesday.

It was only after the recent Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) guidelines relaxed prohibition on social gatherings for the festive season that the producers, directors, and artistes knew that they would be performing in the Lal Qila like they used to before.

Organised by the Lav Kush Ramlila Committee, which has been holding the event at the Red Fort for years, the programme will take place from 6 pm to 12 pm every evening for the next 11 days. Earlier, there would be three Ramlilas and a ‘mela’ with thousands of visitors on the grounds. But that has changed. While there were around 300 artists, fewer seats were occupied on Tuesday evening. Read More

16:59 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Rohini court shootout: Gangsters Tillu Tajpuriya, Navin Balli arrested

Gangsters Tillu Tajpuriya and Naveen Balli have been arrested in connection with the killing of Jitender Gogi in a shootout inside a courtroom in Delhi’s Rohini last month, officials said on Thursday.

A few days ago, the Crime Branch had taken jailed gangster Tillu Tajpuriya — one of the prime conspirators — in its custody to grill him about Gogi’s killing.

Followed by his interrogation, jailed gangster Naveen Balli was also taken into custody on Tuesday for two days in connection with the incident. Read More

15:43 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Delhi govt launches web portal for self-assessment of dust control norms

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday launched a web portal for self-monitoring of compliance of dust control guidelines at construction and demolition sites in the capital.
      
The city government also launched the anti-dust campaign on Thursday. It will continue till 29, he said.
    
"It is difficult to monitor all construction sites manually. We will try to bring all such sites on this web portal. The project proponents have to self-audit their compliance of dust control norms and upload a self-declaration on the portal on a fortnightly basis," Rai said.
    
The Centre's Commission for Air Quality Management had earlier asked Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to develop an online mechanism for monitoring of compliance of dust mitigation measures by project proponents in NCR.  
    
All project proponents are required to mandatorily register on the web portal. (PTI)

15:39 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Talks on with Sikh leaders over Golden Temple replica installation at Delhi's 'Bharat Darshan' Park': Mayor

The 'Bharat Darshan Park' in Delhi which will showcase replicas of iconic monuments is expected to be opened by October end, and talks are on with senior Sikh leaders to ensure that the replica of the Golden Temple is also installed after reaching an agreement, SDMC mayor Mukesh Suryan said on Thursday.
      
A controversy had erupted in June over the construction of the planned replica of the revered Sikh shrine in the park built at Punjabi Bagh in south Delhi, following which it was removed.
    
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjinder Singh Sirsa in late June had claimed that the replica of the temple being built at the park had been "dismantled" as it was against "Sikh decorum". He had also tweeted about it and shared pictures of the site.
    
South Delhi Mayor Mukesh Suryan, however, said, the replica was just "removed" from its planned spot at the park, and efforts are on to instal it after due consensus. (PTI)

15:37 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Temples in Delhi open for Navratri amid strict Covid-19 rules

The nine-day Navratri celebrations began in temples across Delhi on Thursday with government-mandated Covid-19 protocols in place.
       
Temple authorities said they have made provisions for proper sanitisation of the premises and to ensure social distancing among visitors.
     
"Our temple has lakhs of visitors during Navratri, which is why we will be allowing two thousand visitors at a time to ensure proper social distancing. The devotees will be allowed to do 'darshan' from outside the main temple area. The exit and entry points have been clearly demarcated and the visitors will be expected to follow the designated route within the temple," said Surendra Nath, the chief priest of the Kalkaji temple.
     
The Delhi government last week allowed the reopening of religious places in the city with strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines and standard operating procedures.
     
At the Birla Mandir too, celebrations are being held amidst strict Covid-19 protocols. (PTI)

14:22 (IST)07 Oct 2021
‘Absolutely shameless’: SC orders probe into ‘collusion’ between Unitech promoters and Tihar officials

The Supreme Court Wednesday gave the go-ahead for a full-fledged criminal investigation into allegations of collusion of certain officials of Tihar jail with former promoters of Unitech Ltd Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra while they were lodged in the jail, and ordered immediate suspension of officials named in a probe report submitted by the Delhi Police Commissioner. Read more 

14:19 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Dengue, garbage everywhere in capital: Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said that the national capital, on the civic front, is falling by leaps and bounds every day and it “cannot go down any further”. The court said that it appears that the duty of the municipal corporations is only to pay salaries and pensions to their employees. Read more 

14:18 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Delhi: ‘Green marshals’ to curb dust

A total of 31 teams of Delhi Pollution Control Committee engineers and ‘green marshals’ will be deployed to monitor dust mitigation measures as part of an “anti-dust” campaign, from October 7 to 29, to reduce pollution and kickstart implementation of Delhi government’s winter action plan, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said.

“Teams will be on ground as part of the anti-dust campaign to monitor sites…” Rai said. Read more

14:09 (IST)07 Oct 2021
DU cut-off list 2021: 3 courses demanding 100% set to close doors

Three of the ten programmes that had their first cut-off pegged at 100% are likely to close admission for the unreserved (or general) category after admitting more students than their sanctioned capacity under the first list.

B Sc (Honours) Computer Science at Hansraj College and B A (Honours) Political Science at Hindu College and Ramjas College are not likely to release a second list. Read more 

13:47 (IST)07 Oct 2021
BTech student held for stalking and blackmailing 50 minor girls and teachers

A 19-year-old BTech student has been arrested from Patna by the cyber cell of North Delhi for allegedly stalking and harassing nearly 50 girls and teachers from prominent schools in North Delhi. He was allegedly sending victims their morphed, obscene photographs and blackmailing them. Read more

13:34 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Delhi courtroom shootout: Gangsters Tillu Tajpuriya, Navin Balli arrested

Gangsters Tillu Tajpuriya and Naveen Balli have been arrested in connection with the killing of Jitender Gogi in a shootout inside a courtroom in Delhi’s Rohini last month, officials said on Thursday.

A few days ago, the Crime Branch had taken jailed gangster Tillu Tajpuriya — one of the prime conspirators — in its custody to grill him about Gogi’s killing. Read more 

12:48 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Gurgaon: Couple booked for ‘pelting stones, threatening car occupants’ after accident

The Gurgaon police on Wednesday booked a couple for allegedly pelting stones and breaking the windshield of a car and threatening the car’s occupant in an alleged road rage incident in the Palam Vihar area.

According to the police, the complainant, identified as Sandeep, a resident of Sector 9, said that he was on his way to Palam Vihar to run some errands. Read more 

12:24 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Trees of Delhi: Outside14th-century shrine, new neem tree carries forward a legacy

A small neem tree, caged by a tree guard, stands against the backdrop of an azure sky and a 14th-century shrine, the Qadam Sharif in Paharganj.

A storm that hit Delhi four years ago uprooted a far bigger and older neem tree that was on the list of trees that the Delhi government intended to mark as 'heritage trees' in 2016. While the project to declare them heritage trees and give protection never got off the ground, the family that takes care of the forgotten shrine decided to replace the old with the new.

11:40 (IST)07 Oct 2021
In a first for Delhi, eight women inspectors appointed as SHOs

For the first time in Delhi, eight women inspectors have been appointed as SHOs by the Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana in several police stations of Delhi. Out of the 55 SHOs appointed, 44 are inspectors who have been given the post for the first time.

Delhi Police Spokesperson, Chinmoy Biswal said, “Marking a decisive shift in posting of SHOs in Delhi Police, 44 first-timers have been posted as SHOs out of 55 SHOs in the latest transfer order issued, infusing fresh blood into a cutting edge police functioning in the national capital. Eight women Inspectors have been posted as SHOs in key field roles. Now the city has nine women SHOs.” Read more 

11:13 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Delhi: SDMC begins survey after HC questions unauthorised construction around graveyard

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has started a survey after the High Court recently asked the civic body to explain why unauthorised construction and encroachment were allowed to come up in and around a graveyard at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg near ITO. Read more

lakhimpur incident news Farmers with the mortal remains of their family members who were killed during the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri. (PTI Photo)

Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) leader Tajinder Singh Virk, who was seriously injured in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, said Wednesday that he “heard gunshots” before losing consciousness, after being hit by one of the three vehicles that ploughed into a group of protesters Sunday, killing four farmers.

Virk said that Union MoS Ajay Mishra’s son, Ashish Mishra, was driving one of those vehicles — and that he was targeted for leading the protest that day against the Minister’s remarks about farmers the previous week.

Houseful at Hindu College as 1,600 apply for 975 seats

Hindu College is staring at an over-admission crisis across courses, with payment completed for around 900 applications by Wednesday evening. Another 700 applications have also been approved by the principal for which payment is pending, meaning that by Thursday, the college could potentially admit around 1,600 students for its total 975 seats.

Hindu College is staring at an over-admission crisis across courses, with payment completed for around 900 applications by Wednesday evening. Another 700 applications have also been approved by the principal for which payment is pending, meaning that by Thursday, the college could potentially admit around 1,600 students for its total 975 seats.

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