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Delhi News Updates: Delhi logs 12,306 new Covid cases, 43 deaths; positivity rate at 21.48%

Delhi Covid-19 Omicron Active Cases Today Updates 20 Jan, Delhi Corona Cases 3rd Wave News, Delhi Weather, Cold Wave Updates, Delhi Curfew Guidelines, Lockdown Today Updates: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said it was not time to ease restrictions.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 21, 2022 8:53:08 am
Medics attend to a patient at the Covid Care Centre of Shehnai Banquet Hall New Delhi, Wednesday.

Delhi News: Delhi on Thursday reported 12,306 new Covid-19 cases — a decrease in the number of infections registered on Wednesday — and 43 deaths. With this, the city’s positivity rate stood at 21.48 per cent.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said that the peak of third Covid-19 wave seems to have gone past in the national capital after it registered a record single-day rise of 28,000 cases. However, he cautioned that the city is still not out of danger zone while stressing on the need to monitor the trend before easing of restrictions. “The numbers have come down to 22-24% from 30%; it has reduced but it is not so low that we can open up everything. Hopefully, the numbers will decline as fast as it went up. But, we have to wait and watch,” he said.

In other news, the air quality is likely to remain in the ‘very poor’ category with the Air Quality Index of the city currently at 336, according to the Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi. The minimum temperature on Wednesday morning was recorded at 10 degrees Celsius. The weather department has predicted light rainfall, starting Friday.

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Delhi News: Delhi logs 13,785 new Covid-19 cases, 35 deaths; active cases now at 75,282; positivity rate recorded at 23.86%; health minister says not the right time to ease restrictions in city; follow this space for more updates

18:42 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Delhi logs 12,306 new Covid cases, 43 deaths; positivity rate at 21.48%

Delhi on Thursday reported 12,306 new Covid-19 cases — a decrease in the number of infections registered on Wednesday — and 43 deaths. With this, the city’s positivity rate stood at 21.48 per cent.

15:40 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Seems peak of third Covid-19 wave has gone past in Delhi, says Satyendar Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said that the peak of third Covid-19 wave seems to have gone past in the national capital after it registered a record single day rise of 28,000 cases. However, he cautioned that the city is still not out of danger zone while stressing on the need to monitor trend before easing of restrictions. “The numbers have come down to 22-24% from 30%; it has reduced but it is not so low that we can open up everything. Hopefully, the numbers will decline as fast as it went up. But, we have to wait and watch,” he said.

15:02 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Indian Army contingent rehearse for R-Day parade on Rajpath

Indian Army contingent including infantry troops, tanks, missiles march on Rajpath as they rehearse for the Republic Day parade on January 26.

14:59 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Healthcare worker administers Covid-19 shots to beneficiaries at a vaccine centre

At a vaccination centre in Anand Vihar, New Delhi. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

14:55 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Rehearsals take place for the Republic Day 2022 parade

Express Photo by Amit Mehra
Express Photo by Amit Mehra
Express Photo by Amit Mehra
Express Photo by Amit Mehra

14:47 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Trees of Delhi: The bistendu trees of Roshanara Bagh

The short trees with gnarled trunks and thin branches have green cherry-sized, bitter fruits hanging from them. (Express Photo)

Two neat rows of fruit-laden bistendu trees lie behind Roshanara Begum’s tomb at Roshanara Bagh.

The short trees with gnarled trunks and thin branches have green cherry-sized, bitter fruits hanging from them. When ripe, the fruits of the bistendu turn yellow, as some have on the trees in the garden near the 17th-century tomb. They stand in a quiet part of the garden, a little distance away from a cricket game underway near the tomb. Dogs lie near the shade of the trees, on the grass scattered with dried, black fruits of the bistendu trees, and squirrels scamper up the short tree trunks. The branches of some of the trees spread wide, providing ample shade. The garden itself was laid on the orders of Roshanara, Shah Jahan’s daughter, and her tomb lies within a pavilion, open from all four sides, in the garden. It is a monument protected by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI). Read more 

14:16 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Delhi northeast riots: Court sentences first convicted person to five years jail term
14:15 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Wife entitled to maintenance from estranged husband even if she lives in same house: Delhi court

A Delhi court while allowing a woman's plea for interim maintenance ruled that a wife is entitled to maintenance from her estranged husband even if she lives in the same household, observing that it was a common scenario in Indian households "where a victim of domestic violence is deprived of basic necessities". 

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Monika Saroha also noted that there is usually a practice in many Indian households "an educated woman despite her qualification may not be allowed to join any regular employment to take care of her young children born in quick succession and to attend to the needs of her husband and family."

The woman had filed a complaint under Section 12 of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (DV Act), alleging torture by her husband. After the husband denied the allegations, the trial court had found no ground for granting interim maintenance, noting that the woman had master’s and bachelor’s degrees, and was "capable of maintaining herself". Read more 

13:59 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Faridabad: 2 arrested, 200 booked for pelting stones at police during demolition drive in Khori

The Faridabad Police arrested two people and booked 200 people for allegedly pelting stones and assaulting police personnel while municipal corporation officials were carrying out a demolition drive to clear encroachments from forest land in Khori village Wednesday. Read more

12:55 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Properties to get costlier in Gurgaon as new circle rates come into effect

After the Gurgaon administration’s announcement Tuesday that revised property circle rates have been implemented in the district, homebuyers will have to shell out more money to purchase property, particularly in some upscale areas.

Yash Garg, Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, said the new circle rates, which came into force from January 1, were revised based on revenue data and efforts were made to ensure that affordable housing was not affected. “There has been a marginal increase in circle rates across the district as these have been rationalised,” he said. Read more

12:15 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Clubhouse group targeting Muslim women: Police zero in on 4-5 speakers, set to bring them in for questioning

A day after the Delhi Police registered an FIR against people who allegedly made derogatory remarks against Muslim women during a session on Clubhouse app, Cyber Cell officials said they have narrowed down on four-five suspects and will bring them in for questioning.

On Tuesday, the Delhi Police took cognizance of a group on Clubhouse, an audio-only app, where dozens of users participated in a discussion during which derogatory and sexually loaded remarks were made about Muslim women. The discussion was recorded and shared online, prompting the Delhi Commission for Women to write to the police seeking action. Read more 

11:54 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Delhi: JNU teachers body wants committee on sexual harassment back after alleged molestation attempt on campus

After a PhD student alleged that a motorist tried to molest her inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus Monday night, the teachers association (JNUTA) has demanded the reinstation of the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH).

The PhD student said that the incident had taken place when she was taking a stroll inside the campus around 11.45 pm. An FIR has been registered but no one has been arrested so far. Read more 

11:37 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Dense fog envelops Delhi; temperature to drop to 10 degrees Celsius today

Parts of Delhi recorded dense fog on Thursday morning with visibility around 50 metres at Palam.

Fog is considered ‘dense’ when visibility is between 50 and 200 metres, and ‘moderate’ fog is when the visibility is between 200 and 500 metres, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The Safdarjung weather observatory recorded ‘moderate’ fog on Thursday with visibility at around 400 metres.

The minimum temperature recorded over the past 24 hours was 9.8 degrees Celsius at the Safdarjung observatory. This is three degrees above the normal. The maximum temperature recorded was 18.1 degrees Celsius, two degrees below the normal. Read more 

10:58 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Delhi: Two-thirds of children get first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

After the Covid-19 vaccination drive was opened for children between the age of 15 and 18, 6,84,941 children have got their first dose in Delhi as per data on the government’s CoWIN portal. This means almost two-thirds of the total 10,40,000 eligible children have been immunised partially.

Delhi on Wednesday administered 99,662 Covid-19 vaccine doses, of which 12,665 were precaution doses administered to healthcare workers, frontline workers, and those above the age of 65 years who have comorbidities. Read more 

10:33 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Delhi: Underpass, skywalk at BJ Marg to be ready by March

Travel is set to get easier for commuters going to and from Indira Gandhi International Airport, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and Central Delhi as the construction work of the much delayed Benito Juarez Marg (BJ Marg) underpass and skywalk has picked up the pace and is expected to be completed by March. 

The project was scheduled to be completed by January but got delayed due to the construction ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) citing pollution. 

"The work is on schedule and the majority of the civil work is done. Only roofing, lighting, flooring work is left in the underpass. Pillars have been erected for the skywalk and readymade steel girders are being installed on them. This should be completed by March and will provide major relief to the commuters," said a PWD official.  Read more 

10:19 (IST)20 Jan 2022
DDA plans revamp for Nehru Place, Bhikaji Cama Place; Rs 26.6 crore allotted

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) plans to refurbish two prime markets in South Delhi — Nehru Place, Bhikaji Cama Place.

The work at both markets is in progress and a provision of Rs 26.60 crore has been made for the same, said a senior DDA official.

The redevelopment plan of Nehru Place includes a skywalk, an amphitheatre, automated parking, exhibition halls, recreational areas, and dedicated vending zones, he said. Read more

09:41 (IST)20 Jan 2022
IIT startup drones tested at Beating Retreat rehearsals at Vijay Chowk

Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal

09:36 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Delhi: ‘Desh ke Mentors’ now have to undergo police verification

Following a notice by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Delhi’s Directorate of Education has now responded to the apex child right’s body that it will be instituting additional safeguards to its ‘Desh ke Mentor’ programme, including police verification of mentors and prohibiting physical meetings between mentors and students. Read more 

09:32 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Delhi: Fewer bird numbers, species at Najafgarh lake this year, census finds
Photo: T K Roy

The Najafgarh jheel, a transboundary wetland lying in Delhi and Haryana, has recorded fewer species of water birds this year as compared to the last, the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) conducted at the jheel on Tuesday has found.

The AWC is an annual count of waterbirds that takes place in January, and is coordinated by the Wetlands International South Asia and the Bombay Natural History Society. It is conducted in seven wetlands across Delhi-NCR. Read more 

09:30 (IST)20 Jan 2022
Covid-19 testing to be increased in Delhi following Centre's instructions

Following the Centre’s instruction to states and union territories to increase Covid testing, all districts in Delhi have been given targets according to the active cases to increase the tests, officials said on Wednesday.

Delhi witnessed an increase in the absolute number of cases with more tests conducted, the positivity rate (the proportion of samples tested that return positive) also increased by 1.39 percentage points to 23.86%.

Following the Centre's instruction to states and union territories to increase Covid testing, all districts in Delhi have been given targets according to the active cases to increase the tests, officials said on Wednesday.

Delhi: ‘Desh ke Mentors’ now have to undergo police verification

desh ke mentor program Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. FIle

Following a notice by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Delhi’s Directorate of Education has now responded to the apex child right’s body that it will be instituting additional safeguards to its ‘Desh ke Mentor’ programme, including police verification of mentors and prohibiting physical meetings between mentors and students.

The NCPCR had written to the Delhi government last week asking it to suspend this flagship programme until “all the loopholes pertaining to the safety of the children are overhauled”. It had raised concerns over the possibility of children being exposed to abuse by people designated as mentors. It had raised concerns over the lack of police verification of the mentors, and questioned the ‘psychometric test’ that applicants are supposed to take before being enrolled as mentors.

DDA plans revamp for Nehru Place, Bhikaji Cama Place; Rs 26.6 crore allotted

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) plans to refurbish two prime markets in South Delhi — Nehru Place, Bhikaji Cama Place.

The work at both markets is in progress and a provision of Rs 26.60 crore has been made for the same, said a senior DDA official.

The redevelopment plan of Nehru Place includes a skywalk, an amphitheatre, automated parking, exhibition halls, recreational areas, and dedicated vending zones, he said.

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