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Delhi news highlights: Air quality remains in ‘severe’ category; city records 47 new Covid-19 cases

Delhi Air Quality Latest Updates, Delhi COVID-19 Cases Today: According to the Central Pollution Control Board data, the city's air quality index (AQI) stood at 416 (severe) at 8 pm.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 8, 2021 12:18:26 pm
Delhi AQI, delhi air quality today, delhi news, delhi weather news, IMD delhi forecast, delhi pollutionThe minimum temperature on Tuesday is likely to be 13 degree Celsius, while the maximum could be 28 degree Celsius. (PTI)

Daily News: Delhi’s air quality remained in ‘severe’ category on Sunday because of the large influx of stubble-related pollutants, apparently from much higher effective fire count, authorities said.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the city’s air quality index (AQI) stood at 416 (severe) at 8 pm.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted about the air pollution situation and shared data. “Nov 7 – AQI – 428 (401 to 500 – Severe) PM10 – 450 (Above 430 – Severe) PM2.5 – 309 (Above 250 – Severe),” he tweeted.

Strong surface winds had slightly improved Delhi’s air quality on Saturday but it had remained in the ‘severe’ category as the contribution of farm fires in the city’s PM2.5 pollution had reached the season’s highest of 41 per cent. (PTI)

Meanwhile, Delhi recorded 47 new Covid-19 cases and zero daily deaths due to the disease on Sunday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.11 per cent, data shared by the health department showed. The number of cumulative cases now stands at 14,40,118. Over 14.14 lakh patients have recovered from the infection so far. The death toll due to the coronavirus infection in Delhi stands at 25,091. The national capital has not reported any fatality due to Covid-19 so far this month

In other news, with ammonia levels having risen in the Yamuna River, water supply across several areas in the city has been disrupted, according to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). Treatment and pumping of water from five out of eight treatment plants in the city have been affected, resulting in a massive disruption of supply. These are the Sonia Vihar, Bhagirathi, Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla water treatment plants.

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Delhi News: Delhi records 47 fresh Covid-19 cases; positivity rate at 0.11%; Air quality remains in 'severe' category; water supply hit as Yamuna’s ammonia levels rise; Follow this space for the latest Delhi News updates. 

22:37 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Delhi: 12-year-old boy dies after fire breaks out at home

A 12-year-old boy died after a fire broke out inside his house on the night of Diwali in North Delhi’s Burari area. The boy was alone at the house while his siblings were playing outside and their parents were at a nearby shop.

Police said the Delhi Fire Services were called to douse the fire at the house, and they found the boy’s burnt body. The deceased allegedly died of asphyxia and burn injuries, said officials. Read more

21:27 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Water production at treatment plants restored in Delhi; DJB deploys water tankers

Water production at treatment plants in Delhi affected by high level of ammonia in River Yamuna was restored by Sunday evening, an official statement said.

The relentless efforts of the Arvind Kejriwal government have brought back normalcy at Bhagirathi, Sonia Vihar, Chandrawal, Okhla and Wazirabad water treatment plants, the statement by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) said.

The government is keeping a constant check on the preparedness of DJB in dealing with reduced water supply in the city, it said.

DJB vice chairman Raghav Chadha earlier said water production by the treatment plants was hit due to heavy sewage and industrial discharge from Haryana.

"Heavy sewage and industrial waste was discharged by Haryana during Diwali in Yamuna. Increased ammonia levels forced a reduction in water treatment plants (WTPs) operating capacity by 50 per cent. Delhi Jal Board's marvelous work has led to the WTPs operating at full capacity now," he said. (PTI)

21:19 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Delhi's air quality still in 'severe' category

Delhi's air quality remained in 'severe' category on Sunday because of the large influx of stubble-related pollutants, apparently from much higher effective fire count, authorities said.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the city's air quality index (AQI) stood at 416 (severe) at 8 pm.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted about the air pollution situation and shared data. "Nov 7 - AQI - 428 (401 to 500 - Severe) PM10 - 450 (Above 430 - Severe) PM2.5 - 309 (Above 250 - Severe)," he tweeted.

Strong surface winds had slightly improved Delhi's air quality on Saturday but it had remained in the 'severe' category as the contribution of farm fires in the city's PM2.5 pollution had reached the season's highest of 41 per cent. (PTI)

20:50 (IST)07 Nov 2021
10 teams, Rs 30 lakh prize money: East Delhi Premiere League to kick off on November 30

The East Delhi Premiere League is set to start from November 30 with 10 teams named after the 10 constituencies – Gandhi Nagar Gladiators, Krishna Nagar Royals, Patparganj Panthers, Okhla Tigers, Shahdara Avengers, Vishwas Nagar Devils, Kondli Kings, Jangpura Lions, Laxmi Nagar Warriors, and Trilokpuri Stars.

East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir, who is conducting the tournament, said people living in East Delhi in the age group of 17 to 36 years can appear for trials. Read more

20:17 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Delhi govt seeks action against 12 DU college principals for ‘inciting’ teachers

The Delhi government’s Department of Higher Education has asked Delhi University’s Vice-Chancellor to take action against the principals of 12 Delhi government-funded colleges, accusing them of “inciting teachers” and “creating a hostile education environment” over funding issues. The principals, however, said they are facing financial issues with budget estimates having been reduced to approximately 75% to that of last year’s.

There are 12 DU colleges that are fully funded by the Delhi government, and tussles between them and the government over the release of grants has been a long-standing issue. Read more

19:34 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Water supply across Delhi to return to normal by Sunday evening: Delhi Jal Board

Water supply across Delhi is likely to return to normal by Sunday evening, said Raghav Chadha, vice-chairman, Delhi Jal Board (DJB). Parts of Delhi where water supply had dipped in the last 24 hours, like East, North East and South Delhi, will see normal supply by evening, he said. The DJB Board has resolved the situation after talks with the Haryana government, he added. Read more

19:33 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Delhi environment minister demands Centre hold emergency meeting on crop residue burning

The Centre must hold an "emergency" meeting of states neighbouring Delhi to devise a mechanism to deal with crop residue burning due to which the city's air quality has deteriorated, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Sunday.

The city's air quality index (AQI) stood at 437 in the severe category at 8 am on Sunday. It was 449 on Saturday.

Incidents of crop residue (parali) burning in other states and the air quality in Delhi are linked as deteriorating air quality figures show, Rai said at a press conference.

"There was also effect of cracker bursting on Diwali but it's waning now. The effect of 'parali' burning, however, continues to worsen air quality in Delhi," he said.

Rai said he has written to the Union environment minister, asking for an "emergency" meeting of states, including Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi to find a mechanism to address the perennial issue of crop residue burning and high level of air pollution in the national capital. (PTI)

19:03 (IST)07 Nov 2021
BJP MP vows to defy Chhath puja ban at Yamuna, challenges Delhi CM

The one-upmanship over Chhath celebration involving the ruling AAP and opposition BJP intensified on Sunday with saffron party MP Parvesh Verma asserting to defy the ban on celebrating the festival at Yamuna banks and challenging Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to stop him if he can.

Meanwhile, some Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators staged a protest accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of stopping them from preparing a Chhath ghat at Dwarka. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has prohibited Chhath Puja on the banks of the Yamuna this year. The AAP and BJP leaders have been involved in a war of words over Chhath for the last several days.

The festival assumes political significance as Purvanchalis (natives of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar) who are settled in Delhi and celebrate the festival are a major vote bank in the city. (PTI)

18:27 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Delhi records 47 COVID-19 cases; positivity rate at 0.11%

Delhi recorded 47 COVID-19 cases and zero daily deaths due to the disease on Sunday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.11 per cent, data shared by the health department showed.

The number of cumulative cases now stands at 14,40,118. Over 14.14 lakh patients have recovered from the infection so far.

The death toll due to the coronavirus infection in Delhi stands at 25,091. The national capital has not reported any fatality due to COVID-19 so far this month. It reported four deaths in October and five in September. (PTI)

18:25 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Visibility improves in Delhi airport area

With continuing day-time winds of 8 to 10kmph from west to northwest over Delhi, visibility further improved from 1200 to 2200 m at the airport, says the meteorological department.

15:50 (IST)07 Nov 2021
500 high-mast tricolours to be up in Delhi before Republic Day

The Delhi government has sanctioned the installation of high-mast national flags at 500 locations at an estimated cost of Rs 104.37 crore. The flags, each 35 metres high, are to be installed before the next Republic Day.

A circular dated October 25 states that the administrative nod and expenditure sanction has been approved by the Expenditure Finance Committee, Finance Department, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD). Read more

15:49 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Man beaten to death, friend injured for resisting robbery in Swaroop Nagar; 4 arrested

A 22-year-old man was beaten to death and his friend was severely injured by a group of men for allegedly resisting a robbery bid in outer Delhi’s Swaroop Nagar on the night of Diwali, Thursday. The police arrested four in connection with the case on Sunday.

The deceased, identified as Ankit Jaiswal (22), was a student at Delhi University’s School of Open Learning and he also worked at a shop to support his family, said the police. Read more

15:48 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Ghaziabad couple’s murder: Cops scan CCTV footage, question locals but no headway yet

Ghaziabad Police are scanning CCTV footage in connection with the murder of an elderly couple on Diwali night. According to the police, Ashok Jaidka (75) and Madhu Jaidka (73) were found dead in their Patel Nagar house around midnight Thursday.

“We have identified 4-5 people from the vicinity of the victims’ residence. We are hoping the lead will materialise into arrests. Questioning and scanning of CCTV footage is being done for more clues,” said Devpal Tyagi, SHO of Sihani Gate police station. Read more

15:47 (IST)07 Nov 2021
SDMC sets up 15-bed dengue treatment facility at Tilak Nagar

To control mosquito-borne diseases, especially dengue, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has set up a 15-bed treatment facility at Tilak Nagar Colony Hospital.

The facility has ICU support and will be available 24 hours for patients suffering from vector-borne diseases, said a senior south civic body official. Read more

15:46 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Builder arrested for cheating former Indian cricketer Chetan Sharma, 12 others of Rs 1.34 crore

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has arrested a builder who allegedly cheated 13 people, including former Indian cricketer Chetan Sharma.

The police said the accused took investments from victims on the pretext of high returns but never returned the money. He is currently being interrogated. Read more

15:45 (IST)07 Nov 2021
After pandemic pause, biometric attendance to resume for staff at Delhi University

Delhi University will resume biometric attendance for all its staff from Monday, after having discontinued the system during the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

The university’s registrar, Vikas Gupta, has issued a notification in this regard. The biometric attendance system was put on pause since it was a commonly touched surface by multiple people. Read more

15:34 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Simian menace: Not a single monkey sterilised in Delhi since Centre sanctioned funds in Jan 2019

Not a single monkey has been sterilised in Delhi since January 2019 when the Centre released funds to the city forest department to control the simian population through laparoscopic sterilisation, officials said.

In 2018, the then chief wildlife warden, Ishwar Singh, had prepared a three-year plan to sterilise monkeys of reproductive age to curb the simian menace in the national capital.

The Centre sanctioned Rs 5.43 crore to the forest department in January 2019 for sterilisation of 8,000 monkeys in the first year.

Over two-and-a-half years later, officials say “not a single monkey has been sterilised in Delhi”. (PTI)

15:32 (IST)07 Nov 2021
100 people held under Arms Act, 85 under Excise Act, 22 under NDPS Act in Delhi in Oct: Data

Over 100 people were arrested under the Arms Act, 85 people under the Excise Act, and 22 people under the NDPS Act in three districts of the Delhi Police in October, according to official data.

Eighteen people were held under the Arms Act in north district and five country-made pistols and 10 cartridges were seized from their possession, it said. According to the data, the southeast district registered 17 cases under the Arms Act and arrested 18 people. Six firearms and 11 knives were recovered from their possession.

In the northeast district, 59 cases under the Arms Act were registered and 68 people have been arrested. A total of 23 pistols, 45 live cartridges and 40 knives were recovered, it said.

The north, southeast and northeast districts made the arrest of 85 people under the Excise Act last month. Among them, 19 were arrested in north, 44 in southeast, and 22 in northeast districts. (PTI)

12:11 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Water supply affected in parts of Delhi as ammonia levels increase in the Yamuna river

With ammonia levels having risen in the Yamuna River, water supply across several areas in the city has been disrupted, according to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).

Treatment and pumping of water from five out of eight treatment plants in the city have been affected, resulting in a massive disruption of supply. These are the Sonia Vihar, Bhagirathi, Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla water treatment plants.

A statement from the DJB said that supply would be affected in the evening on Saturday and in the morning and evening on Sunday. Areas that will be affected include East Delhi, Northeast Delhi, South Delhi, parts of the New Delhi Municipal Council area, and parts of Burari, Model Town, Jahangirpuri, Kamla Nagar, Karol Bagh, Civil Lines, Sarita Vihar, Vasant Kunj, Moolchand and Greater Kailash. Read the full report here.

11:59 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Biryani shop forced to shut in Delhi’s Burari, police file FIR

At Aalam Muradabadi Biryani shop in Delhi’s Burari, it was business as usual on Saturday evening, two days after shopkeepers and staff were allegedly threatened to shut the establishment by a man who claimed to be part of the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal. In a video, the man can purportedly be seen using communal slurs towards the staff for “opening their shop on Diwali”, and telling them they were operating in a predominantly Hindu area.

The shopkeeper and staff eventually start packing up and towards the end of the video, the man tells them his name and that he is part of the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal.

DCP (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi said: “We have registered an FIR in connection with the incident.” No arrest has been made so far. Read the full report here. 

Delhi smog, Delhi firecrackers pollution, Delhi pollution after Diwali, Delhi Diwali pollution, Delhi AQI, Delhi News, Delhi latest news, Indian Express news Delhi’s air turned severely polluted the morning after Diwali, with the city having witnessed bursting of firecrackers despite the ban. Levels of pollutants rose sharply from Thursday night onwards, data from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) indicates. (PTI)

NCERT removes manual on transgender inclusion in schools from site: Stand by report, says expert who worked on document

The NCERT has removed a teachers’ manual on integration of gender non-conforming and transgender children at schools from its website.

While the manual, prepared by a panel of experts following consultations that lasted over a year, was released last month, the NCPCR sent a complaint against it to the NCERT on November 2, seeking “comments and appropriate action in rectifying anomalies in the document” within a week.

The NCERT is yet to respond to the NCPCR letter. However, an expert who worked on the manual has said that the points flagged by the NCPCR reflect “misinterpretation” of their recommendations.

Fire at LPG shop in Delhi, 7 injured

A fire broke out due to a blast at an LPG cylinder shop in Jafrabad on Friday evening. Till Friday night, seven people were reported injured, of which five were DFS personnel. They were taken to GTB Hospital and the firemen were stable, said Fire Chief Atul Garg.

He said the call was made at around 7 pm and six tenders were rushed to the spot.

DCP (Northeast) Sanjay Sain said, “A call regarding fire in a shop located at Gali No. 42, Jafrabad, was received at about 6.40 pm. Immediately, a police team rushed to the spot and found that fire broke out in a shop where gas stove repair work is carried out and it affected nearby shops (one grocery shop & one mobile shop). As per information received, till now, a total of 7 persons, including 5 firemen, have been reported injured and they have been admitted in GTB Hospital.”

No proposal to extend free foodgrain provision under PMGKAY: Govt

he Centre on Friday said that at present, there is no proposal to extend the provision of free foodgrain via the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) to ration card holders, in view of the recovery in the economy and good disposal of foodgrains under the open market sale scheme (OMSS) policy.

Initially, the additional free benefit of 5 kg foodgrain under the PMGKAY scheme was provided for three months (April-June 2020) to address the distress caused by the pandemic. However, with the crisis continuing, the programme was extended for another five months (July-November 2020).

After the onset of the second wave of the pandemic, the scheme was once again rolled out for a period of two months (May-June 2021), which was further extended for five months (July-November 2021).

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