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Delhi News Highlights: Covid situation in control, allow Chhath Puja celebrations, Kejriwal writes to LG

Delhi News Highlights: In other news, the Delhi Police is investigating the role of the Pakistan-based terror suspect held in Laxmi Nagar, in terror strikes and bombing cases in Delhi and Kashmir from 2009-2017.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: October 15, 2021 8:14:01 am
Kejriwal arrived in the city on Wednesday late evening, and met the leaders of AAP's Chandigarh unit. (File)

Delhi News Updates: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday wrote a letter to Lt Governor Anil Bajaj, requesting him to allow Chhath Puja celebrations in the national capital. “Neighbouring states like Haryana, UP and Rajasthan have allowed Chhath puja celebrations with Covid-19 protocols,” the letter said.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police is investigating the role of the Pakistan-based terror suspect held in Laxmi Nagar, in terror strikes and bombing cases in Delhi and Kashmir from 2009-2017. A senior police officer said an NIA team, which was investigating the 2011 Delhi High Court bombing case, has interrogated him to ascertain his role in the case: “Ali has identified one of the convicts in the bombing case and said he worked with him. We spoke to NIA and their officers interrogated Ali.”

A Delhi court pulled up Delhi Police officers over lack of coordination and their “confused conduct” in connection with a Northeast Delhi riots case. Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat Tuesday directed that a copy of the order be sent to Special Commissioner of Police, Division- I (Law and Order), to ensure better coordination between police officers and prosecution and for effective prosecution of riots cases.

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Delhi news updates: City records 31 fresh Covid-19 cases, zero deaths; covid-19 positivity rate stands at 0.06 percent; 338 active cases in the city; role of Delhi terror suspect investigated for previous bombings in Delhi, Kashmir; follow for more Delhi updates

20:09 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Gurgaon: Ravana effigy makers say poor sales due to Covid, cracker ban

With social gatherings restricted and a ban on the sale, storage and use of crackers, Ravana effigy makers in the city say that their sales have been poor for a second consecutive year.

“The business is down. Unless there is a prior booking, we are only making smaller effigies of five or ten or 20 feet size. Bada order nahi mila iss bar (Did not get orders for larger effigies this year). In the last month, I have sold only one 30 feet effigy. There is a restriction on social gatherings and the scale of Ramlila in the city is not what it used to be during the pre-pandemic time,” said Rinku Raj, a bamboo chick maker, who has been making effigies in Sector 14 since 2014.

“In the last two days, the demand has picked up from villages at Manesar, Pachgaon, Nathupur and some residential colonies, but revenue is considerably lower than earlier,” added Raj.

18:55 (IST)14 Oct 2021
CBSE to release first-term board exams date sheet on Oct 18

CBSE will release the date sheet of its first-term board exams, which are scheduled for November-December, on October 18.

18:54 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Delhi HC orders South MCD, SDMs to plant trees for delaying replies to court cases

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation will have to plant 150 trees within ten days on the eastern side of the Blind School flyover towards Panj Peeran graveyard for not complying with an order directing it to file a status report in a contempt case, the Delhi High Court has said in an order.

The court has passed similar orders in at least three cases since earlier this month and ordered the plantation of trees in different areas of Delhi as a cost against state agencies or officials for not filing replies in time to the litigations filed by citizens.

Over 43,000 trees have been planted in the Central Ridge alone in the past two years by the Forest Department pursuant to the court orders in which the parties were asked to plant trees or pay the cost for buying the trees. More details here.

15:38 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Delhi riots: Court frames charges against nine accused

A Delhi court has framed charges of rioting and arson against nine accused in a February 2020 riots case, saying that it would be a “miscarriage of justice” to throw out the prosecution's case merely because the statements of the public witnesses were recorded after a delay.

According to PTI, Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat said that the delay in recording statements of the witnesses by the police was not deliberate or contumacious and was occasioned on account of the situation which prevailed in Delhi's northeast area during and after the alleged rioting.

The nine accused were allegedly part of the unlawful assembly and caused damage, looted properties worth crores of rupees, burnt a large number of houses, shops, schools, and vehicles on February 25, 2020, as per the police. It relied on the statements of four public witnesses. 

13:38 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Gurgaon: Former U-19 cricketer from Bengal held for cheating youth of Rs 4 lakh by offering spot in IPL team

Over a month after the economic offences wing of Gurgaon police had arrested three persons for allegedly conning several aspiring cricketers in return for a spot in domestic, state and IPL cricket teams, the cops on Wednesday held two more persons, including a cricketer from West Bengal who had played at the U-19 level, in the case.

The arrested have been identified as Danish Mirza and Anurag, accused of taking Rs 4 lakh from an aspiring cricketer by offering him a spot as a bowler for an IPL team through their ‘connections’, said the police. Read more

13:37 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Cops arrest shooter in SGT University murder case

Six days after a 21-year-old fourth year college student was shot dead allegedly by another student near the parking area of SGT University in Budhera, the police Thursday said they have arrested the shooter.

Pankhil alias Lucky, a law student, was arrested by the crime branch in Sector 10. Preliminary probe has found out that he has a criminal background. Read more 

13:10 (IST)14 Oct 2021
HC directs alleged stalker to do community service at hospital after settlement with victim

Quashing a case of stalking and sexual harassment against a man on the basis of the settlement arrived between him and the victim, the Delhi High Court has directed the person to do community service at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital for a month from October 15. It also imposed a cost of Rs 35,000 on the accused. Read more 

11:50 (IST)14 Oct 2021
CM Arvind Kejriwal requests LG Anil Bajaj for permission to hold Chhath puja celebrations

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal writes to LG Anil Baijal, who is the Delhi Disaster Management Authority chairperson, requesting him to grant permission to hold Chhath celebrations in the city.

11:28 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Gurgaon: Call centre conning Canadians, Australians busted

The Gurgaon police on Thursday busted a fake call centre operating from a building on Golf Course in sector 69. The police said the call centre used to con Canadians and Australians by forcing them to purchase gift cards after threatening to block their social security numbers.

The police have booked three people, who were allegedly running the call centre, though no arrests were made since no one was found at the premises at the time of a raid. Read more 

11:14 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Health minister Mandaviya meets Manmohan Singh at AIIMS, enquires about his health

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday met former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who has been admitted to the AIIMS here after complaining of weakness following a fever, and enquired about his health.

'Singh's condition is stable,' a doctor at the hospital said. In a tweet in Hindi, Mandaviya said that he met former prime minister Manmohan Singh at AIIMS, New Delhi and enquired about his health. The health minister wished Singh a speedy recovery. ---PTI

11:05 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Delhi: Doctors assaulted inside Pitampura hospital after newborn baby dies during C-section

Two doctors were allegedly harassed and assaulted by a group of people inside Kuber Hospital and Urology Centre in Northwest Delhi’s Pitampura area Wednesday after a newborn baby died when an emergency C-section was performed on a woman, said the police.

The police said the assailants were the family members of the woman who had come to visit her. Enraged by the death of the baby, they attacked the doctors, said the police. Read more

11:01 (IST)14 Oct 2021
BJP to launch ‘Jhuggi Samman Yatra’ on Vijayadashami to reach out to slum dwellers before MCD polls

The Delhi BJP will launch ‘Jhuggi Samman Yatra’ Friday on the occasion of Vijayadashami to reach out to slum dwellers in the city ahead of the corporation polls. Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta said that in the first phase of the campaign, BJP workers will cover 33 Assembly segments between October 15 and November 29.

The campaign will begin from Moti Nagar Assembly constituency, he said. Read more 

10:41 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Delhi: 30 Tihar jail officials suspended for ‘colluding’ with former Unitech promoters

The Delhi Prisons Department suspended 30 Tihar jail officials and terminated the services of two contractual employees for allegedly colluding with former Unitech promoters Ajay Chandra and Sanjay Chandra inside the jail.

The Chandra brothers have been accused of violating jail norms and running an underground office with the help of jail staff. Read more

10:32 (IST)14 Oct 2021
1 dead, 4 injured after bus falls off flyover in Ghaziabad

ne person died and four others were injured after a bus fell from a flyover in Ghaziabad on Wednesday night. According to officials, the private bus was ferrying passengers to Noida when the incident took place. The injured persons are currently being treated in a nearby hospital, police said.

“We received information that a bus has toppled from a flyover at Bhatia Mod. Prima facie, it appears that the bus lost control. There were few passengers in the bus. One person died due to fatal injuries and other have been rushed to the hospital. Further investigation is pending,” said a senior Ghaziabad police official. Read more 

10:24 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Delhi records 31 fresh Covid-19 cases, zero deaths

Delhi on Wednesday recorded 31 new cases of  and zero deaths, the city’s health department said. The positivity rate stood at 0.05 per cent. The cumulative tally for Covid-19 cases in the national capital has now climbed up to 14,39,283, while the death toll is at 25,089. So far in October, only 2 covid-related deaths have been recorded and there are 338 active cases in the city.

10:22 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Delhi: Missing 9-year-old boy found dead

Days after a nine-year-old boy went missing from his home, his body was found inside a plastic bag in a neighbourhood in Dwarka.

Police said his family lives in Uttam Nagar and they had lodged a complaint Monday stating that the boy was missing. On Wednesday afternoon, his body was found inside a house in Uttam Nagar with injury marks on neck and other parts. Read more

10:00 (IST)14 Oct 2021
AIIMS launches ‘dental hygiene app’ for children

The Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry at AIIMS has launched a dental health education app for children to help them develop good oral health practices.

The “Healthy Smile” app is a bilingual app—developed through the AIIMS intermural research grant—has features such as a musical 2-minute brushing timer with “motivational songs”, brushing demonstration videos, preventive dental care tips, oral care tips for pregnancies, and FAQs. Read more

09:42 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Delhi govt will help contract teachers fired by MCDs: Atishi

The South MCD is yet to reinstate around 500 contract teachers who lost their jobs over the past few months even as the North MCD has re-hired 667 teachers that it had removed.

The issue has become latest flash point between AAP and BJP with AAP leader Atishi saying that Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will now try to get them their job back under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). Read more

09:06 (IST)14 Oct 2021
‘Terror suspect’ held: Delhi police ask NIA to join probe

A day after a  was arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell from East Delhi, police said they have written to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to join the probe. The man, Mohd Ashraf Ali, was arrested Monday night from Laxmi Nagar’s Ramesh Park where he was allegedly living under a false name. Read more

22:34 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Three Afghan students from JNU request varsity to create supernumerary PhD seats

Three students from Afghanistan who have completed their Master’s from JNU this year are requesting the University to create supernumerary seats for foreign students in PhD programmes on “humanitarian grounds” to ease the continuation of their study and stay in India.

The three students have been recipients of ICCR scholarships and have written the JNU entrance examination to PhD programmes and are awaiting the results. Read the full report here.

‘Restrictions can’t be applied retrospectively’: Delhi HC quashes FIR against man for ‘violating’ Covid quarantine guidelines

THE DELHI High Court has quashed an FIR registered against a man by East district’s Madhu Vihar police station in April 2020 for allegedly violating a guideline requiring foreign returnees to remain in quarantine for 15 days after arrival in India.

Observing that it is well settled that a restriction cannot be applied retrospectively, the court in the order passed Tuesday said the March 24, 2020, guidelines on quarantine were applicable for people entering India on or after February 15 and the same “could not have been given further retrospective operation for the petitioner who had arrived in the country on February 5, 2020”.

Amid turmoil back home, 3 Afghan students from JNU request varsity to create supernumerary PhD seats

Three students from Afghanistan who have completed their Master’s from JNU this year are requesting the University to create supernumerary seats for foreign students in PhD programmes on “humanitarian grounds” to ease the continuation of their study and stay in India.

The three students have been recipients of ICCR scholarships and have written the JNU entrance examination to PhD programmes and are awaiting the results.

Faridabad: Meat shops forced to down shutters for festival, cops step in

Meat shops in Faridabad alleged they were forced to shut last week by right-wing groups in light of Navratri. Police said they have not received any complaint while the Faridabad district administration said no closure order has been issued. Shops are now open after police intervention.

On October 7, a group of men claiming to be from the Bajrang Dal allegedly coerced meat shop owners to close in Sanjay Colony, Sector 23, claiming they had permission from police and district administration.

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