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Delhi News Highlights: Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations disallowed; city records 41 more Covid-19 cases

Delhi News Highlights: The positivity rate was at 0.05% and there were 414 active cases on Wednesday

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 9, 2021 12:47:47 pm
delhi new live, delhi news covid, delhi news latest, delhi news covidThe city has so far vaccinated (1 dose) at least 1,42,51,101 people. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Delhi News Highlights: Delhi on Wednesday recorded 41 fresh Covid cases and no death. The positivity rate is at 0.05% and there are 414 active cases now.

No Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations will be allowed in public places in Delhi due to Covid restrictions and the ban on religious/social/cultural and political gatherings in the city, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority said.

According to the Delhi government, the fresh vaccine doses that were added to the stock on Sunday will last for another eight days. The city has so far vaccinated with one dose at least 1,42,51,101 people.

The city recorded a maximum temperature of 33.7 degree Celsius on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. It predicted “generally cloudy sky with light to moderate rain” for the next four days.

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Delhi news highlights: 41 fresh Covid-19 cases on Wednesday; Covid positivity rate at 0.05 per cent; upick in dengue cases with 72 cases in August. Follow latest news and updates below.

20:22 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Delhi riots case: Asif Tanha seeks probe into how ‘confession’ was leaked

Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha, an accused in the UAPA case alleging a larger conspiracy behind Northeast Delhi violence, Wednesday sought registration of a criminal case and an independent probe into his alleged “confessional statement” and other case documents being leaked to the media.

The submission was made by senior advocate Siddharth Aggarwal before the Delhi High Court. Aggarwal, who represents Tanha, sought taking down news reports about the alleged confessional statement, and an inquiry against police officials responsible.

“The investigation proposed has to be insulated from them now. They cannot be trusted to do an investigation into their own affairs,” submitted Aggarwal, adding that police had initially itself claimed to have been aggrieved of the leaks but was now strongly resisting inquiry into how its own material got leaked. Read more.

20:07 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Light to moderate rainfall in Delhi for next four days

The IMD has predicted "generally cloudy sky with light to moderate rain" for the next four days, according to PTI. On Wednesday, the city recorded a maximum temperature of 33.7 degree Celsius with a relative humidity of 72 per cent.

Tomorrow, the maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 33 and 25 degrees, respectively.

19:51 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Delhi govt launches WhatsApp number to provide Covid info, locate vaccination centres, book slots

A new Covid-19 'WhatsApp Helpdesk Number' has been launched by the Delhi government to help people look up accurate and up-to-date information about the virus. It will also be useful in locating nearest vaccination centres and booking slots. It will also provide tele-consultation and information on oxygen cylinder refilling centers.

18:52 (IST)08 Sep 2021
149 concrete mixing carriers in Delhi fined for hiding number plates

The Delhi Traffic Police on Wednesday said 149 cement concrete mixing carriers were fined in the past week during a special drive across the national capital against such vehicles for hiding their number plates "deliberately" to avoid prosecution.

"We have observed that, cement concrete mixers hide number plates of their vehicles to avoid prosecution in cases of red light jump, over-speeding and accidents so that they do not get caught on CCTV cameras and even if they get captured, it would be difficult to identify them because of their improper number plates. So, a special drive was conducted and 149 such cement concrete carriers were prosecuted in the last one week. We have noticed that prosecution increases with compliance of traffic laws," said Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander. (PTI)

18:14 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Oxygen plant set up at Batra Hospital which faced crisis during Covid 2nd wave

An on-site oxygen generation plant has been set up on the premises of Batra Hospital in the Tughlakabad Institutional Area, PTI reported. The 500 litres per minute (LPM) oxygen generation plant is expected to serve 150 beds, according to the company.

The hospital had lost eight lives due to oxygen shortage on May 1 during the second coronavirus wave.

17:11 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Delhi airport's elevated taxiway to be ready by 2022-end: DIAL

About 60 per cent of Delhi airport's elevated eastern cross taxiway (ECT) has already been constructed and it would be ready by 2022-end, according to a statement on Wednesday. Once the ECT is commissioned, the aircraft taxiing distance will significantly go down from 9 km to just 2 km as it will taxi along the taxiway parallel to runway 11/29 and use the ECT to take a straight path to Terminal 1 or vice-versa, said the statement by the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).

The ECT will also help airlines to save approximately 350 kg of fuel every time an aircraft uses the taxiing route provided by the ECT from runway 29/11 to Terminal 1 and vice-versa, said the GMR-group led DIAL. (PTI)

16:15 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Delhi environment minister to chair high-level meeting on stubble burning, air pollution tomorrow

Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai has called a high-level meeting with senior officers from Delhi Pollution Control Committee, environment department and forest departmen on September 9. They will discuss a strategy to deal with stubble burning and pollution in the city in winter, PTI reported. 

15:36 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Delhi records 41 more Covid-19 cases, positivity at 0.05%

Delhi records 41 more Covid cases at a positivity rate of 0.05%. No deaths were recorded. There are now 414 active cases.

15:33 (IST)08 Sep 2021
16 aspiring cricketers across six states conned into paying money for getting selected: Police

At least 16 aspiring cricketers across Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Mumbai and Rajasthan were allegedly conned into paying lakhs in return for a spot in teams playing domestic, state and other BCCI-accredited cricket tournaments, a probe by the Economic Offences (EOW) wing of Gurgaon Police has revealed. The payments were reportedly made to directors of a sports management company on Sohna Road.

The accused — Ashutosh Bora, Chitra Bora, and Nitin Jha — were arrested from Le Meridien hotel in Gurgaon on Saturday after an aspiring cricketer, Anshul Raj, a resident of New Palam Vihar, had filed a complaint on August 24 at Sector 50 police station, alleging that the accused had cheated him of Rs 10 lakh after promising his selection in a state cricket team. Read more

15:33 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations won’t be allowed in public places, says DDMA

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has said that Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations will not be allowed in public places in the national capital due to the Covid-19-related restrictions.

Citing a ban on religious/social/cultural and political gatherings in the city, the DDMA said in an order dated September 7 that the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, which is falling on September 10, will not be celebrated in public places. Read more

13:56 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Courts can’t presume that all Covid deaths during second wave were due to negligence: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that courts cannot presume that all deaths due to COVID-19 in the second wave of the pandemic were due to negligence as it refused to entertain a plea seeking compensation for the kin of the victims by treating it as medical negligence.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Vikram Nath and Hima Kohli asked the petitioner Deepak Raj Singh to approach the competent authorities with his suggestions. Read more 

12:53 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Delhi: Centre seeks time from Delhi HC to reply to PIL challenging Rakesh Asthana appointment as DCP

Centre seeks time from Delhi HC to file reply to the PIL challenging IPS Officer Rakesh Asthana's appointment as Delhi's Commissioner of Police. The court adjourned the case for hearing on September 16.

12:44 (IST)08 Sep 2021
BJP, RSS assure organisers Ramlilas will be held physically in Delhi this year

The BJP and RSS have assured Ramlila committees that the Ramlila will be held physically this year.

In a meeting held in Jhandevalan temple meeting hall on Tuesday, in which RSS Delhi unit head Kulbhushan Ahuja, BJP leader and DDA member Narendra Chawla, BJP vice-president Ashok Goel, MCD leaders and over 60 Ramlila organisation committees participated, it was decided to hold the event in its physical form this year in the national capital. Read more 

12:00 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Gangster Ankit Gujjar death: Delhi HC transfers probe to CBI, raps Tihar jail admin

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the death of 29-year-old gangster Ankit Gujjar, who was allegedly murdered by jail officials inside Tihar Jail last month and said that it was a very serious offence which requires an in depth investigation to unearth the alleged extortion taking place in the prison. The court also said that the role of jail doctors has also to be probed in the matter.

“Walls of prison, howsoever high they may be, the foundation of a prison is laid on the Rule of Law ensuring the rights to its inmates enshrined in the Constitution of India,” said Justice Mukta Gupta in an order in the petition filed by Gujjar’s family for transfer of probe to CBI from Delhi Police. Read more 

11:42 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Gurgaon: Not paid full amount, contract killer abandons hit job

Gurgaon police have booked a man for allegedly offering Rs 1.95 crore to a contract killer and conspiring to murder his stepmother and stepbrothers.

Police said a murder-accused, identified as Shakir, who was arrested by Nuh police in April 2021 in a murder case, said in his disclosure
statement to the police that one Raju Sharma from Gurgaon had offered him a contract of Rs 1.95 crore to kill his two stepbrothers and stepmother. 

He said he was paid Rs 20,000 as advance but he did not go through with the killing, since Raju had not paid the full amount. Their meeting had been arranged by one Zubair, who has also been booked. Read more 

11:38 (IST)08 Sep 2021
No Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations allowed in Delhi: DDMA

Delhi Disaster Management Authority says celebrations for Ganesh Chaturthi will not be allowed in public places because of the ban on religious/social/cultural gatherings in the city because of prevailing Covid restrictions

10:58 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Delhi weather update: Cloudy skies, light rainfall in Capital today

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts another day of cloudy skies and light rainfall for Delhi on Wednesday.

The maximum temperature is likely to be 33 degree Celsius, with the minimum at 26 degree Celsius. Light to moderate rainfall is on the forecast from Sept 9 to Sept 12, and thundershowers are a possibility next week.

Relative humidity at 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday was 84% and the temperature at the same time stood at 28.4 degree Celsius. Read more 

09:56 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Delhi Covid: 50 fresh cases recorded, 1 death

After witnessing zero Covid-related fatalities in September, the national capital recorded one death yesterday. There were 50 fresh cases registered— slightly higher than the number the city has been witnessing for the past few days.

09:46 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Delhi Police books Afghan solidarity committee head Ahmad Zia Ghani for violating Covid-19 norms

Delhi Police has registered an FIR against Ahmad Zia Ghani, head of the Afghan solidarity committee, and other Afghan refugees for allegedly not wearing masks and violating Covid-related guidelines during their protest outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Vasant Vihar. An FIR was registered against them at Vasant Vihar police station, but no arrest has been made yet.

On August 31, the complaint was lodged by sub-inspector Deepak Kumar Tanwar. “Ghani was holding a protest outside the UNHCR office. Today, I along with other personnel were deployed for law and order duty at the UNHCR office. Around 300 Afghan refugees have gathered and most of them were not wearing masks, not maintaining social distance. Ghani, who is the organiser of the protest was also not wearing a mask and also not maintaining social distance,” Tanwar said in his complaint. Read more

09:24 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Delhi court to hear Umar Khalid's bail application in northeast Delhi riots case

A Delhi court will shortly hear former JNU student Umar Khalid's bail application in a northeast Delhi riots UAPA case. On the last date of hearing, he had to withdraw his plea and file a fresh one.

smog tower delhi An aerial view of the smog tower at Anand Vihar Metro Station in New Delhi. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Delhi gets second smog tower at Anand Vihar

Even before the city’s first large smog tower near Connaught Place begins fully functioning, its twin was inaugurated at Anand Vihar Tuesday.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is the nodal agency for the tower at Anand Vihar. Its features are similar to the one at Connaught Place — it can filter around 1,000 cubic metres of air per second and stands at a height of around 24 metres. Air is drawn in from the top, passed through filters, and released at the bottom of the tower through 40 fans installed along the base.

Meanwhile, filters are still being installed in the tower at Connaught Place, which was inaugurated two weeks ago. The fans at the base of the tower had been switched on as part of the inauguration, and were switched on a couple of times after that, a guard at the site said on Tuesday. The fans were not running on Tuesday afternoon.

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