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Delhi news highlights: Delhi reports 4 new cases of Omicron, tally rises to 6

Delhi Covid-19 Omicron Variant Cases News, Delhi-NCR Weather Today, AQI Pollution Latest Updates: Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said that all six patients tested positive at the Delhi airport and were sent to Lok Nayak Hospital, where their samples were sent for genome testing.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 15, 2021 10:26:19 am
A health worker conducts Covid-19 test in New Delhi on Saturday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Delhi news: Delhi on Tuesday recorded four more cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19 taking the total number of Omicron-related infections in the national capital to six. Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said that all six patients tested positive at the Delhi airport and were sent to Lok Nayak Hospital, where their samples were sent for genome testing. Meanwhile, the city’s first Omicron patient has been discharged from LNJP hospital, officials said.

Delhi on Tuesday logged 45 fresh coronavirus cases at a positivity rate of 0.09 per cent and zero deaths due to the infection.

In another news, the application process for admissions at entry-level classes in Delhi’s private schools will begin on Wednesday. The application window is scheduled to close on January 7.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Monday said the ban on the entry of trucks, barring CNG, e-trucks and those engaged in essential services, will continue till further orders in view of a forecast about further deterioration of air quality in the national capital. Rai also said the government will review the ban on construction and demolition activities on December 16.

 

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Delhi news highlights: City records 30 fresh Covid-19 cases, zero deaths; dengue cases decreasing due to mercury drop; postivity rate is at 0.06 percent; two Omicron-related cases in the city; follow this space for more updates

22:05 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Delhi reports 45 fresh coronavirus cases, zero deaths

Delhi logged 45 fresh coronavirus cases at a positivity rate of 0.09 per cent and zero deaths due to the infection, according to data shared by the health department here on Tuesday.
       
Delhi has recorded two deaths due to COVID-19 so far in December. It had logged seven deaths due to the viral disease in November, four in October and five in September.

20:30 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Delhi-Kathmandu bus service resumes from Wednesday

The Delhi-Kathmandu bus service, suspended for over one and half years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume from December 15, Transport officials said on Tuesday. A notification issued on Monday by the Delhi Transport Corporation(DTC)stated that the Delhi-Kathmandu bus will operate from Ambedkar Bus Terminal at 10 AM on December 15, said DTC Deputy Chief General Manager (PR) RS Minhas. (PTI)

19:28 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Haryana man used fake number plate to evade challans in Delhi, arrested

To evade e-challans for traffic violations, a property dealer from Haryana allegedly used a fake number plate to trick traffic cameras and authorities in Delhi-NCR. On Tuesday, the man, Naresh Kumar, was arrested with the fake number plate on his Maruti Swift car while driving towards Sadar Bazaar.

Police said Kumar would frequent Delhi and had been using the fake registration plate for almost two years to avoid e-notices for traffic violations. Read More

18:00 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Delhi nursery admissions to begin Wednesday; application window to close on January 7

The application process for admissions at entry-level classes in Delhi’s private schools will begin on Wednesday. The application window is scheduled to close on January 7.

As per the notified schedule, the first list of selected children will be put up on February 4, followed by a second list on February 21 and a subsequent list for admission, if any, on March 15. The entire admission process will conclude on March 31.

Owing to the pandemic, the extremely competitive ‘nursery admission’ process had been considerably delayed for the 2021-2022 session and had begun only in February. This year, the admission process is largely in line with previous years’ schedules.

(With PTI Inputs)

16:12 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Gurgaon: One dead, 7 injured after canter rams into auto-rickshaw

A 35-year-old man died and seven others of a family suffered injuries after a canter allegedly hit an auto-rickshaw near Basai flyover Monday. The police said the accused canter driver is yet to be identified.

According to the police, the incident took place when a family, hailing from Murthal, Sonepat, was returning home after offering prayers at the Sheetla Mata temple in Sector 5. Read More

15:19 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Over 70 arrests made under Arms Act, 69 under Excise Act in 3 Delhi Police districts in November

Over 70 people were arrested under the Arms Act, 69 under the Excise Act and 14 under the NDPS Act in three districts of the Delhi Police in November, according to official data.
      
North district has registered 10 cases under the Arms Act and 21 people were held. Six pistols and 12 live cartridges were seized from their possession, the data said.
    
In North-West district, seven cases were registered and 13 people arrested under the Arms Act.
    
In North East district, 34 cases under the Arms Act were registered and 37 people arrested. Eleven pistols and 32 live cartridges were seized from those arrested. (PTI)

14:47 (IST)14 Dec 2021
First Omicron patient gets discharge from hospital

Delhi's first patient of Omicron variant of COVID-19, 37-year-old man from Ranchi, discharged from Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) hospital, according to officials. ---PTI

14:26 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Delhi High Court orders complete disclosure of veg, non-veg ingredients of food items

Ruling that everyone has a right to know what they are consuming, the Delhi High Court has said that it is mandatory for all food business operators to make a “full and complete disclosure” of all the ingredients that go into the making of any food item.

The disclosure should not only be by their code names but also by disclosing as to whether they originate from plant or animal source, or whether they are manufactured in a laboratory, irrespective of their percentage in the food article, said the court. Read more

13:45 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Delhi reports 4 new cases of Omicron, tally rises to 6

Four more people in Delhi have tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. This takes the total number of patients in Delhi to six. One of the six has now recovered and has been discharged from hospital.

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said that all six patients tested positive at the Delhi airport and were sent to Lok Nayak Hospital, where their samples were sent for genome testing. Read more 

12:44 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Former MP asks Gurgaon admin: Have new namaz sites been allotted?

Days after Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said namaz should not be offered in the open and that an earlier decision regarding reserving some sites for the purpose stands withdrawn, a delegation of Muslim leaders led by a former MP submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner’s office seeking clarity on whether the administration had allotted new places for Friday prayers. Read more

11:49 (IST)14 Dec 2021
East Delhi Premier League concludes with Patparganj win, Gambhir hints next season can go pan Delhi

The next season of East Delhi Premier League would be bigger and better, said MP Gautam Gambhir as the twenty-twenty cricket tournament concluded with the Patparganj team winning the match Monday night.

The Patparganj team defeated Krishna Nagar by 17 runs in the tournament which had ten teams, one from each Vidhan Sabha of East Delhi, playing at the Yamuna sports complex. Read more 

11:33 (IST)14 Dec 2021
There should be full disclosure of all ingredients used in manufacture of food article: Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court said there should be full and complete disclosure of all the ingredients which go into the manufacture of any food article, not only by their code names but also by disclosing as to whether they originate from plant, or animal source, or whether they are manufactured in a laboratory, irrespective of their percentage in the food article.

"It should also be fairly disclosed as to what is the plant source, or animal source - as the case may be, in respect of all the ingredients in whatever measure they are used," said the division bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh

The failure on the part of the Food Business Operators to comply with the above requirements would expose themselves to class action for violation of the fundamental rights of the consuming public and invite punitive damages, apart from prosecution, said the court.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India should verify all such claims made by the Food Business Operators, and the connivance or failure on the part of the FSSAI or its officers to perform their duties shall expose all such officers to claims by the aggrieved parties, and prosecution under the law, said the court.

11:06 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Hauz Khas, Sanjay lakes on list of 10 water bodies that may soon be notified as wetlands

Over two years after it was constituted, the Wetlands Authority of the Delhi government is inching closer towards notifying 10 wetlands out of 1,040 water bodies identified.

A seven-member technical committee has recommended 10 wetlands for notification by the government. These are the Sanjay Lake, Hauz Khas Lake, Bhalswa Lake, Welcome Jheel, Najafgarh Jheel, and water bodies in Sultanpur Dabas, Daryapur Kalan, Smriti Van (Kondli), Smriti Van (Vasant Kunj), and Poth Kalan. Read more 

10:28 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Delhi: Air quality likely to remain ‘very poor’, temperature to dip further

The air quality in the national capital is likely to remain in the ‘very poor’ category on Tuesday, according to the Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi.

While it is likely to remain ‘very poor’ on Wednesday as well, it could improve from December 16 onwards, the forecast indicated. From December 16 onwards, winds are likely to get stronger, helping with the dispersion of pollutants, as per the forecast. Read more 

09:47 (IST)14 Dec 2021
MSP panel to be formed soon, says Agriculture secretary

A committee to decide on matters such as promotion of zero budgeting farming and making the minimum support price (MSP) more “effective and transparent”, will be constituted soon, Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agrawal said on Monday.

Responding to a question about when the committee on zero budget farming and MSP would be set up, Agrawal said, “Very near future.” He added that the Prime Minister has already announced that zero-budget natural farming has to be taken up on a mission mode. Read more 

22:42 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Man killed in road accident in Delhi

A 35-year-old man died and a girl was injured after they were allegedly hit by a car in west Delhi's Vikaspuri area on Monday morning, police said.

The deceased was identified as Ranjeet Kumar and the girl as Nisha (9), both residents of Vikaspuri. They were admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment, they said.

According to police, the incident took place around 6.30 am when one Rishabh was on his way to a gym in his car.

Suddenly, Nisha came in front of his car and Rishabh tried to take a U-turn to avoid hitting her. But he lost control of the vehicle and hit Ranjeet, the police said.

Rishabh was arrested on the spot and the injured were rushed to the hospital for treatment. Ranjeet succumbed to his head injury during treatment, a senior police officer said. (PTI)

22:00 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Delhi HC asks state govt to respond to plea against opening of liquor shops in residential area

The Delhi High Court Monday issued a notice to the Delhi government on a petition seeking directions for cancellation of a licence issued for running a liquor shop in a residential area in Shalimar Bagh.

Since the implementation of the new liquor policy in Delhi, a number of residents’ welfare associations have approached the court against the opening up of liquor vends in their areas. Similarly, licensees of liquor vends have also approached the court previously for protection in wake of protests from the public. Read more

21:58 (IST)13 Dec 2021
Civic employees suspend strike against non-payment of dues hours after starting it

Civic employees, mostly belonging to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, have suspended their indefinite strike for three weeks after getting assurance from the municipal authorities on Monday to give them pending salaries and deadness allowances, functionaries of an umbrella body of municipal worker unions said.

The MCD employees suspended the strike within a few hours after going on an indefinite strike on Monday afternoon against non-payment of salaries, allowances and pension for the last three months.

Convenor, Confederation of MCD Employees Union, A P Khan said agitating employees had a meeting with the North MCD mayor and other authorities where they agreed to consider some of the demands.

"They have agreed to clear at least one month pending salary of civic staff within 10-15 days. They have also released orders of dearness allowances for MCD employees. Based on these assurances, we have decided to suspend our strike for three weeks,” Khan told PTI. (PTI)

21:57 (IST)13 Dec 2021
30 fresh COVID-19 cases in Delhi

Delhi on Monday recorded 30 fresh COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent, according to health department data. No new deaths were reported. Delhi has recorded two deaths due to COVID-19 so far in December. It had logged seven deaths due to the viral disease in November, four in October and five in September.

With the new cases, the city's infection tally climbed to 14,41,748. Of this, over 14.16 lakh patients have recovered from the disease, the health department bulletin stated. The death toll stands at 25,100, it said.

According to the bulletin, authorities conducted 46,169 tests, including 43,916 RT-PCR ones, the previous day. There are 393 active COVID-19 cases in Delhi. Of these, 199 are in home isolation. The number of containment zones in the city stands at 119, the bulletin said. (PTI)

19:32 (IST)13 Dec 2021
DCW issues notice to CBSE on gender stereotyping views in exam comprehension passage

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Monday issued a notice to CBSE seeking a detailed action taken report regarding a comprehension passage in an examination allegedly promoting "gender stereotyping" and supporting "regressive notions".

In the Class 10 English examination conducted on Saturday, the question paper carried a comprehension passage with sentences such as "emancipation of women destroyed the parents' authority over the children" and "it was only by accepting her husband's way that a mother could gain obedience over the younger ones", among others.

The DCW, in its notice, has sought the name and designation of those responsible for writing the passage, choosing it for the question paper and whether any action has been taken against them.

It has also asked whether any material published by the CBSE undergoes scrutiny of experts to censure that the same is gender inclusive and does not propagate gender stereotypes. "Was this passage scrutinized by any such expert(s)? If yes, please provide complete details of the same along with the action taken against them for this lapse," read the notice. (PTI)

Hauz Khas, Sanjay lakes on list of 10 water bodies that may soon be notified as wetlands

The Wetlands Authority was constituted only in 2019, two years after the rules were notified. (File Photo)

Over two years after it was constituted, the Wetlands Authority of the Delhi government is inching closer towards notifying 10 wetlands out of 1,040 water bodies identified.

A seven-member technical committee has recommended 10 wetlands for notification by the government. These are the Sanjay Lake, Hauz Khas Lake, Bhalswa Lake, Welcome Jheel, Najafgarh Jheel, and water bodies in Sultanpur Dabas, Daryapur Kalan, Smriti Van (Kondli), Smriti Van (Vasant Kunj), and Poth Kalan.

Former MP asks Gurgaon admin: Have new namaz sites been allotted?

Days after Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said namaz should not be offered in the open and that an earlier decision regarding reserving some sites for the purpose stands withdrawn, a delegation of Muslim leaders led by a former MP submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner’s office seeking clarity on whether the administration had allotted new places for Friday prayers.

To speak to Jacqueline Fernandez, Sukesh posed as ministry official: ED chargesheet

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in its chargesheet filed in a money laundering case against conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar has stated that actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who was earlier questioned in connection with the case, was not keen on talking to him, so he allegedly called her posing as a high-ranking official from a Union ministry.

The ED has filed the chargesheet against Sukesh for allegedly duping Rs 200 crore from Aditi Singh, the wife of former Ranbaxy promoter Shivinder Singh, at Patiala House court.

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