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Delhi News Highlights: Five-member committee formed to talk to the govt of India, says Rakesh Tikait

Delhi Air Quality Index Latest Updates, Delhi Pollution, New Covid-19 Omicron Variant News Highlights: During the meeting, the farmer leaders discussed whether to decide whether to end the agitation, which has been going on for over an year.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 5, 2021 9:07:06 am
SKM, Singhu BorderSamyukt Kisan Morcha's meeting is under way at Singhu Border. (Twitter/@Baljit_ITCell)

Delhi Live Highlights: Follwoing a crucial meeting of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha at Singhu Border today, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said that the Samyukt Kisan Morcha has formed a five-member committee to talk to the government of India. The committee will have Balbir Singh Rajewal, Shiv Kumar Kakka, Gurnam Singh Charuni, Yudhvir Singh and Ashok Dhawale. Next meeting of the SKM will be held on December 7, according to news agency ANI.

During the key meeting, the farmer leaders discussed whether to end the agitation, which has been going on for over an year, among other issues.

There are 12 passengers who arrived in Delhi from ‘at risk’ countries admitted in Lok Nayak Hospital, of which eight have tested positive for Covid-19, while the other four are showing symptoms like sore throat and fever, and have a history of contact with patients. All their samples have been sent for genome sequencing, and the results are awaited, said hospital medical director Dr Suresh Kumar.

Delhi reported 54 cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday and no deaths. The positivity rate in the city is 0.09 per cent.

In other news, the air quality in the city is expected to remain ‘very poor’ this weekend. Wind speeds might pick up on Sunday, and rainfall is a possibility on Monday. Both these factors can help disperse pollutants, a forecast issued by the Air Quality Early Warning System indicated.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday said the capital would see the addition of 1,40,000 more CCTV cameras as part of the second phase of setting up the same. This will take the total number of CCTV cameras in the city to 4,15,000, he said.

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Delhi News Highlights: 56 cases, 0 deaths on Friday; 12 passengers from 'at risk' countries in Lok Nayak Hospital, 8 have Covid-19; air quality to remain 'very poor' today; CM Arvind Kejriwal says 1,40,000 more CCTVs in national capital. Read latest news and updates below

17:58 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Delhi reports 51 new Covid cases, 61 recoveries and zero deaths
17:48 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Veteran journalist Vinod Dua passes away

Veteran journalist Vinod Dua passed away on Saturday.

The 67-year-old journalist was a pioneer in broadcast Hindi journalism with stints in Doordarshan and NDTV.

His daughter Mallika Dua took to Instagram to confirm the news. “Our irreverent, fearless and extraordinary father, Vinod Dua has passed away. He lived an inimitable life, rising from the refugee colonies of Delhi to the peak of journalistic excellence for over 42 years, always, always speaking truth to power,” she wrote in her post.

The cremation will take place on December 5 at Lodhi crematorium at 12 noon.

Last month, Mallika had said that her father was in the ICU of a Delhi hospital and his condition was “beyond critical”. Read more

17:27 (IST)04 Dec 2021
JNUSU 'firmly advised' against the screening of Anand Patwardhan's documentary 'Ram Ke Naam' by JNU admin

The JNU administration has strictly advised the student union against the screening of Anand Patwardhan's documentary 'Ram Ke Naam' which was to be held tonight on campus. The student union has been warned of 'strict disciplinary action'. The screening 'may disturb communal harmony', the administration said.

17:08 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Five-member committee formed to talk to the govt of India: Rakesh Tikait

Follwoing a crucial meeting of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha at Singhu Border today, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said that the Samyukt Kisan Morcha has formed a five-member committee to talk to the government of India. The committee will have Balbir Singh Rajewal, Shiv Kumar Kakka, Gurnam Singh Charuni, Yudhvir Singh and Ashok Dhawale. Next meeting of the SKM will be held on December 7.

16:27 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Delhi Police directs personnel to be prepared for Omicron

Amid rising concerns over 'Omicron', the new variant of COVID-19, the Delhi Police has instructed its personnel and their family members to get fully vaccinated, besides following COVID-appropriate behaviour, officials said on Saturday.

The department has also called for reviving its COVID-19 Health Monitoring Cells headed by inspector-rank officials, and ensuring availability of oxygen cylinders and life saving medicines, they said.

Further, police officials have been directed to make the COVID-19 helpline functional at the earliest and gradually step up prosecution of those found violating COVID-appropriate behaviour.

Special Commissioner of Police (Welfare) Shalini Singh, in an order issued on December 2, has instructed all the 15 police districts and other units to be fully geared to face any exigency related to Omicron through their respective COVID-19 nodal officers.

The force has been asked to ensure preparedness of COVID care centres, availability of oxygen cylinders and concentrators, life saving medicines, hospital beds, ambulances, sanitizers, masks, gloves, PPE kits and other essential items, it stated.

"We have advised our staff to wear masks, maintain hygiene, minimize touching items and use sanitizers regularly. Windows of police stations are being kept open for ventilation. They have also been asked to ensure there is no crowding at police stations," a senior police officer said.

According to data shared by the Delhi Police, over 95 per cent of its staff are vaccinated. (PTI)

16:10 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Station Managers of Air India Airlines and Mahan Airlines of Delhi Intn’l Airport issued a show-cause notice for not following covid guidelines

Station Managers of Air India Airlines and Mahan Airlines of Delhi International Airport have been issued a show-cause notice for not following the covid guidelines. Three passengers were reportedly allowed to board flights without filling the Self Declaration form on Air Suvidha Portal & uploading their negative RTPCR reports.

15:46 (IST)04 Dec 2021
AAP launches campaign to oust BJP from power in Delhi civic bodies

The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday blew the bugle for the municipal polls in Delhi launching a massive 'MCD Badlaav' campaign to oust the BJP from power.

The campaign was jointly launched by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Environment Minister Gopal Rai in presence of AAP workers, MLAs, councillors and office bearers at the party's headquarters.

Speaking on the occasion, Sisodia exhorted the people to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the upcoming elections to bring the party at the helm of affairs at the municipal corporations in Delhi.

Rai targeted the ruling BJP on the issue of alleged corruption in civic bodies and said that the saffron party has given two gifts to the people of Delhi during its 15 years regime -- 'three garbage mountains and extortion in every lane' of the city.

'For bringing change in Delhi municipal corporations, a 'maha abhiyan' (massive campaign) is starting from today to oust the corrupt BJP from power,' Rai said.

As part of the 'MCD Badlaav' campaign, a massive membership drive will be rolled out on Sunday, he said and asked his party leaders and workers to ensure its success. He also gave his party leaders and workers a target of making at least 50 lakh people members of the party under the 'MCD Badlaav' campaign.

'The membership drive is beginning tomorrow to reach every one. Those who won't work will be counted in negative. You must keep in mind that big brother is watching. Just by making attendance and sharing picture on Facebook and WhatsApp will not help,' Sisodia said. (PTI)

15:29 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Directorate of Higher Education asks colleges to stall appointments until formation of governing bodies

In a step that could create further tension between the Delhi government and its funded Delhi University (DU) colleges, the Directorate of Higher Education (DHE) has written to the institutions asking them not to make any appointment till the time the governing bodies (GB) of the colleges are constituted.

An official order was issued by Vinay Kaushik, Deputy Director, DHE on December 3 to the colleges. There are a total of 28 such colleges, twelve of which are fully funded by the Delhi government. Many of these colleges are functioning with truncated governing bodies — a point of contention between DU and the Delhi government.

“It has come to the notice that many Delhi government-funded (fully/partially) University of Delhi colleges are in process of making appointments without notification of duly-constituted Governing Bodies in the college,” the order said. Read more

14:52 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Samyukt Kisan Morcha's meeting to decide the further course of farmers' agitation under way at Singhu Border

Samyukt Kisan Morcha is holding a meeting today to discuss the future course of the farmers' agitation. During the meeting, the farmer leaders will decide whether to end the agitation, which started over a year ago, among other issues. The meeting is being held at the Singhu Border campsite.

14:41 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Delhi court discharges two men accused of running dance bar flouting Covid-19 norms

Observing that it was without logic to expect customers to wear a mask while eating, a Delhi court has recently discharged two men accused of running a dance bar flouting social distancing norms and ordered a departmental inquiry against senior police officers for filing a false charge-sheet.

As per the prosecution, on March 13, 2021, the police got a tip-off about a dance bar being run out of a hotel, Jannat The Heaven, and that social distancing norms were being flouted inside this bar located in south Rohini. The police, thereafter, arrested Rajbir Singh, the owner of the hotel, and Bikram Randhawa, the manager.

The police claimed that they found seven women dancing in front of 14 other customers and added that 18 staff members were also present inside the premises flouting social distancing norms. Read more

11:47 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Compendium being compiled to record success stories of heads of schools during Covid

The State Council of Educational Research and Training is formulating a compendium of “success stories” of government and municipal corporation heads of schools who helped bridge the teaching-learning divide during the pandemic.

This compendium — titled ‘Success Stories of School Heads – Challenges and Achievements — is being compiled to let people know about the innovative practices undertaken by heads of schools, their utilization of available resources, and their interpersonal relationships with various stakeholders. Full report here

11:46 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Gurgaon: Fake call centre busted; 10 booked for conning US nationals in garb of tech support

The police busted a fake call centre in Gurgaon’s Sector 43 on Friday, where employees were allegedly involved in conning US nationals by posing as technical support officials of companies like Microsoft.

According to the police, the accused sent pop-ups on various websites to dupe US nationals. “Once someone clicked on the link, their computer screen would freeze and the person would be asked to contact a number for customer support. That number was routed to the call centre. The accused informed the callers that they would have to pay $500-1000 as tech support fee to remove a virus or suspicious activity from their system,” said a police officer, requesting anonymity. Read more here

10:18 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Delhi HC summons Jamia registrar after plea alleges favouritism in affiliated school

The Delhi High Court has summoned Jamia Millia Islamia’s Registrar and Principal of Syed Abid Hussain Secondary School in a matter related to alleged nepotism and favoritism in admissions to paid-category seats of the varsity-run school.

Justice Prateek Jalan in an order released Friday said the relevant records with regard to the admissions conducted this year will also be made available for the perusal of the court. The court has listed the matter for hearing on December 12. Full story here

10:17 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Cross-gender massages do not amount to ‘sexual activity’: Delhi HC to govt

The Delhi High Court has said cross-gender massages do not amount to ‘sexual activity’, and asked authorities not to take action against any such activity during the pendency of the petitions challenging prohibition of cross-gender massages.

“Please don’t insist cross-gender massages should not be done,” said Justice Rekha Palli in an oral instruction to the authorities during the hearing of petitions filed by spas against the government decision which has now been followed by municipal corporations in Delhi. Read more

10:16 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Gurgaon: Five killed, one injured in accident

Five people were killed while another was seriously injured after their car hit a pile of bricks and overturned after allegedly veering off the road near Sadhrana village late on Thursday night. Police said all the victims worked as staffers at a private hospital in Sector 84 and were returning to their respective houses after attending a colleague’s wedding.

According to police, the deceased have been identified as Sagar, a resident of Naharpur Rupa, Gurgaon; Niyaz Khan from Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh; Jagbir from Jind; Prince from Bihar; and Jivachh Yadav, a native of Nepal. All were in the 25-30 age group, said police. Read more here

22:11 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Money laundering case against Raghav Bahl: Delhi HC seeks ED response on plea for quashing

The Delhi High Court Friday asked the Enforcement Directorate to respond to media entrepreneur Raghav Bahl’s petition seeking quashing of the money laundering case against him. However, the court declined the oral request for protecting him from any coercive action in the ED case.

Justice Anu Malhotra granted the ED three weeks for filing a reply to the petition and said any rejoinder can be filed within two weeks. The court listed the case for hearing on January 27. Read More

21:02 (IST)03 Dec 2021
In Pics: Kejriwal sees off Ayodhya pilgrims at Safdarjung Railway station

20:29 (IST)03 Dec 2021
No end to Gurgaon namaz row as protesters park trucks around prayer site

Locals and members of right-wing groups who have been attempting to disrupt namaz in Gurgaon over the past weeks resorted to a new tactic Friday, parking trucks in the periphery of an area earmarked for prayers by the Muslim community in Sector 37.

Six-seven persons were put into buses by police for allegedly attempting to disrupt the prayers, which were eventually offered amid sloganeering even as police created a cordon by pushing back the protesters. One person was later detained. Read More

19:32 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Delhi reports 54 fresh Covid-19 cases, zero deaths

Delhi reported 54 fresh Covid-19 cases and zero fatality on Friday. Meanwhile, test positivity rate rose to 0.09 pc. 

19:23 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Why not include fair price shops in doorstep ration scheme: Delhi HC to govt

The Delhi High Court Friday asked the Delhi government why it did not choose to implement the doorstep delivery of ration scheme through the chain of existing fair price shops to avoid the opposition against it.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing the government during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by the Delhi Sarkari Ration Dealers Sangh against the scheme, submitted that there was no point in having 1,500-2,000 fair price shops when 69 lakh out of 72 lakh people have opted for home delivery of ration. When the court asked Singhvi to explain how the number had come about, he responded that people were asked to send an SMS to opt out of the proposed scheme. Read More

Passengers arriving at Delhi's international airport amid Omicron scare (Express photo/Praveen Khanna)

Heeding pollution advisories can help cut health expense, says SAFAR study

Diseases linked to air pollution cost Delhi Rs 7,694 crore per year, a study authored by a team of scientists from System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) have concluded in a research paper titled ‘Impact of SAFAR Air Quality Forecasting Framework and Advisory Services in Reducing the Economic Health Burden of India’.

The paper has been published in the Regional Economic Development Research journal.

Farmers visit Bangla Sahib gurdwara, cops provide transport

A group of 60-70 farmers, including Nihang Sikhs, who crossed the Singhu border in order to visit the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara on Thursday were permitted to do so after police arranged buses to ferry them.

The group gathered near the barricades and demanded entry into the city to offer prayers as the Bill to repeal the three farm laws was passed in Parliament. They were initially stopped near Mukarba Chowk by Delhi Police. However, police arranged two buses later.

Amid Omicron scare, Gurgaon makes wearing masks in public mandatory

Amid concerns over the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, two cases of which have already been detected in India, the Gurgaon district administration on Thursday made it mandatory for people to wear masks and follow social distancing norms while out in public spaces.

A statement issued by Deputy Commissioner Yash Garg read: “At places such as schools, educational institutions, industries, business complexes, railway stations, bus stands etc., where there is a possibility of overcrowding, the concerned departments — police, health, municipal corporation and market committee — will issue challans if people are not wearing masks or not following social distancing norms.”

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