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Delhi news highlights: Samyukt Kisan Morcha issues call for Bharat Bandh on September 27

Delhi news highlights: This government is selling the country, said Rakesh Tikait at the Kisan Mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar on Sunday.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: September 6, 2021 7:42:18 am
Mahanpanchayat Farmers at the 'Kisan Mahapanchayat' in Muzaffarnagar on Sunday (Express photo)

Delhi news highlights: The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) Sunday said issued a call for a Bharat Bandh September 27. Earlier, the farmers’ union had said that they would hold a bandh on September 25.

Meanwhile, during the Kisan Mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar on Sunday, Yogendra Yadav said, “For the last 100 days, people from the government were saying that the protest was losing steam. This ground, this city is not able to accommodate everyone, such is the scale of gathering. Farmers had debt worth crores in UP… This is the same Muzaffarnagar where rivers of blood were drawn between Hindus and Muslims. They played politics with burning houses. Someone (Yogi) who makes communities fight, cannot be true Son of the nation.”

Rakesh Tikait said, “Who are these people selling the country? We need to identify them. We need to have big meetings, gatherings like this. Our mission is not just UP or Uttarakhand. It is to save the country…The Centre ended talks on January 22. They did not even express grief over the deaths of over 600 farm protesters over the last nine months. The mission will not just be limited to UP and UK, it will cover the entire country, our mission is to save the country. You (Centre) have cheated the people of the country. They are selling our farmlands, highways, power, LIC, banks and corporate houses like Adani and Ambani are the buyers. Even the FCI godowns and ports are being sold. Under this government, the entire country is up for sale.”

All roads from Punjab led to Uttar Pradesh on Saturday with over 25,000 farmers from 33 unions starting their journey for Muzaffarnagar to attend a Kisan Mahapanchayat scheduled for Sunday. The SKM had said that that this “mahapanchayat will be biggest held by farm unions in the past nine months” since the protest against Centre’s farm laws began. “The ‘mahapanchayat’ will make the Yogi-Modi governments realize the power of farmers, farm labourers, and supporters of the farm movement,” the SKM had said earlier in a statement.

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Delhi news updates: Samyukt Kisan Morcha calls for Bharat Bandh on September 27 instead of September 25. Follow live news and updates here.

21:46 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Over 8,000 administered Covid-19 vaccine in Delhi on Sunday

A total of 8,326 people were administered COVID-19 vaccine in the national capital on Sunday, according to data on CoWin portal.

The number was low as all government vaccination centres remain closed on Sundays.

According to the Delhi government's vaccine bulletin, which reports figures from the previous day, a total of 1,68,283 people were administered the vaccine on Saturday.

On Saturday, 1,02,822 beneficiaries received the first dose and 65,461 the second dose.

A total of 84,365 beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group received their first shots on Saturday, while 47,256 in the same group were given the second shot. (PTI)

21:45 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Mercury rises to 33.9 degrees Celsius in Delhi

The maximum temperature in the national capital on Sunday stood at 33.9 degrees Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department.

The minimum temperature in the national capital settled at 25.8 degrees Celsius while the relative humidity was recorded at 70 per cent at 5.30 pm, an official said.

The weatherman has forecast partly cloudy skies with the possibility of very light rain with thundershowers on Monday.

The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to be around 35 and 27 degrees Celsius. (PTI)

21:35 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Kisan mahapanchayat: Rahul Gandhi says echoes ‘call of truth’; BJP terms it ‘election meeting’

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Sunday said the kisan mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar echoed the “call of truth” that an “unjust government” must listen to, while BJP sought to paint it as an “election meeting” ahead of Assembly polls due in a number of states, including Uttar Pradesh next year. Read more

20:43 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Delhi records 30 new cases, zero death; positivity at 0.05%

Delhi recorded 30 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday with a positivity rate of 0.05 per cent, while no fresh death due to the infection was recorded for the fifth consecutive day, according to data shared by the health department.

This is also the 24th time since the start of the second wave in the national capital that zero fatality has been reported in a day.

The second wave swept Delhi during April-May.

A total of 65,365 Covid-19 tests, including 45,500 RT-PCR ones, were conducted the previous day, the bulletin on Sunday stated. (PTI)

20:42 (IST)05 Sep 2021
SDMC issues 75 notices, 21 challans to offices of govt departments over mosquito breeding

The SDMC has found mosquitoes breeding on the premises of 119 offices of different government departments, including the DMRC, DDA, PWD and the IGNOU, and issued legal notices and challans to them, officials said on Sunday.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) officials said 75 notices and 21 challans were issued to these offices as part of a massive drive to detect mosquito breeding for prevention and control of vector-borne diseases which include dengue, malaria and chikungunya.

"Intensifying its ongoing drive for prevention and control of vector-borne diseases, the SDMC has carried out a massive drive to detect mosquito breeding in government offices.

"The public health department of the SDMC has inspected government offices in all four zones and found mosquito breeding in 119 office premises. The department, while initiating action, issued 75 notices and 21 challans (against violators)," the civic body said in a statement. (PTI)

18:57 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Kisan mahapanchayat sees thousands gather: ‘Govt selling out to corporates, here to save nation’

Gathering in thousands at the ‘kisan mahapanchayat’ in Muzaffarnagar on Sunday, protesting farmers slammed the government for “selling the country to corporates” and said they are fighting to “save the nation”.

The event was organised by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) at the Government Inter College ground in Muzaffarnagar in protest against the Centre’s three controversial farm laws. Read more

18:55 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Need to start re-engaging with protesting farmers, understand their pain: Varun Gandhi

BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Sunday described farmers, who have been protesting against three farm laws, as “our own flesh and blood” and suggested that the government should re-engage with them in reaching common ground.

“Lakhs of farmers have gathered in protest today in Muzaffarnagar. They are our own flesh and blood. We need to start re-engaging with them in a respectful manner: understand their pain, their point of view and work with them in reaching common ground,” Gandhi tweeted, posting a short video of the large crowd. Read more

18:52 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Delhi Police arrest actor Leena Maria Paul for allegedly supporting her partner in duping people

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has arrested actor Leena Maria Paul, who is the girlfriend of Rohini jail inmate Sukesh Chandrasekar, for allegedly supporting her partner in duping people.

Sukesh was arrested for allegedly duping Aditi Singh, wife of Shivinder Singh, the former Fortis Healthcare promoter, of Rs 200 crore. Read more

17:14 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Eyes on Delhi municipal corporation polls, BJP & AAP launch massive outreach programmes

Eyes on the upcoming Delhi municipal corporation polls, both the BJP and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have launched massive outreach programmes to connect to their voters.

While the BJP plans to hold as many as 11,000 public meetings in a month, AAP has launched a house-to-house campaign to establish its stronghold. Read more

17:11 (IST)05 Sep 2021
RSS distances itself from Panchjanya article against Infosys

The RSS on Sunday distanced itself from an article in its affiliate publication Panchjanya which alleged that Bengaluru-based IT major Infosys supported anti-India forces.

Clarifying the organisation’s stand on the matter, RSS spokesperson Sunil Ambekar tweeted: “As an Indian company, Infosys has made seminal contribution in progress of the country. There might be certain issues with a portal run by Infosys, but the article published by Panchjanya in this context only reflects individual opinion of the author.” Read more

16:03 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Fake Haldiram, Amul dealerships: Four arrested in Delhi

The Delhi Police’s cyber cell has arrested four persons who allegedly cheated hundreds of business owners in the name of providing them with dealerships or franchises of food companies such as Haldiram and Amul.

The accused are involved in more than 126 cases of cyber fraud across 16 states and cheated people of around Rs 1.1 crore. Police said the men created fake websites and invited people to invest in franchises of popular brands. Read more

16:01 (IST)05 Sep 2021
New stretches to be soon taken up under streetscaping of 540 km in Delhi

The officials of the Public Work Department (PWD) said that few more stretches will be redeveloped as a part of the 540 km redesign and streetscaping project. Work is already underway on seven stretches. The project was first announced by the Delhi government in 2019.

In a meeting on Saturday, PWD Minister Satyendar Jain and PWD officials and consultants, a few new stretches were discussed and a final list will be made soon. Read more

14:59 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Scenes from the mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar

Scenes from the mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar on Sunday

14:52 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Mills owe over Rs 12,000 to sugarcane farmers: Rakesh Tikait

Rakesh Tikait further says, “The mills owe over Rs 12,000 crore to sugarcane farmers. The Yogi govt has not increased the SAP even by a rupee. The movement started over the demand to repeal three black laws and MSP. Fasalon ki daam nahi toh vote nahi. People of UP will not tolerate Shah, Modi and Yogi."

He adds, "Don't forget the night of January 28. That night brought together the people of the country. If we have govts like this, there will be riots. During (Mahendar) Tikait saheb's time, this land used to witness the slogan of allah hu akbar, har har Mahadev. Ye todne ki baat karte hai, hum jodne ki baat karte hai.”

14:41 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Time for Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to quit, says Dr. Darshan Pal

Dr. Darshan Pal says, “165 years ago in Meerut, an uprising began. That revolt of 1857 ended the company rule of 100 years. I am thankful to people of UP, that I can see a reflection of that rebellion in Muzaffarnagar.”

He adds, “The 1857 mutiny had started at Meerut. The people of this region had ended the reign of the east India company. It is time for Modi and Amit Shah to quit. We believe that the price of sugarcane should be Rs 360. SKM will fight not just for three laws, but will also fight for hiking sugarcane prices and lowering of electricity prices.”

14:37 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Who are these people selling the country, asks Rakesh Tikait

Rakesh Tikait says, “Who are these people selling the country? We need to identify them. We need to have big meetings, gatherings like this. Mission is not just UP or Uttarakhand. Mission is to save the country.”

He adds, “The Centre ended talks on January 22. They did not even express grief over the deaths of over 600 farm protesters over the last nine months. The mission will not just be limited to UP and UK, it will cover the entire country, our mission is to save the country. You (Centre) have cheated the people of the country. They are selling our farmlands, highways, power, LIC, banks and corporate houses like Adani and Ambani are the buyers. Even the FCI godowns and ports are being sold. Under this govt, the entire country is up for sale.”

He further says, “Is Yogi government weak that it cannot raise the price of crops by even one rupee? They say talking about farmers Is playing politics. We will continue to raise these issues. We will not go home. We are all around Delhi and we will stay. I will go directly from here and not step foot in Muzaffarnagar. We will only come back when our movement is successful.”

14:18 (IST)05 Sep 2021
"It has become government by the people, for the corporates" : Balbir Singh Rajewal

During the Kisan Mahapanchayat, Balbir Singh Rajewal, President, BKU (Rajewal), said, "It has become government by the people for the corporates. Politicians get elected so that policies and laws are made for corporates to live comfortably... The farmers have been hurt by the remarks made against them. Never they had been abused so much. They will never forgive BJP."

14:14 (IST)05 Sep 2021
The Sunday Profile: Gurnam Singh Chanduni, the face behind Haryana’s farmer protests

The farmers’ agitation in Punjab was a few months old when, acting on a call to take the protest to Delhi, Gurnam Singh Chaduni on November 24, 2020, exhorted protesters to make it to the Capital “at any cost”, “breaking police barricades” if needed. The next day, thousands hit the streets in Haryana, surging through multiple blockades, manned by thousands of policemen.

It was then that the rest of the country took note of the 61-year-old leader of BKU (Chaduni) and member of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is spearheading the agitation against three farm laws passed by the Centre. On August 28, it was on Chaduni’s call that protesters tried to make their way to a BJP event in Karnal, attended among others by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The police crackdown left several farmers injured, the Khattar government on the backfoot, the transfer of Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ayush Sinha, and the reinforcement of the fact that the Chaduni-led agitation in Haryana has kept the state administration on its toes now for nearly a year.

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14:11 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Yogendra Yadav speaks at the Kisan Mahapanchayat

Yogendra Yadav Sunday took part in the Kisan Mahapanchayat organised by farmers union and the Samyukt Kisan Morcha against the three farm laws passed by the Centre. During the event, he said, "For the last 100 days, government people were saying that the protest was losing steam. This ground, this city is not able to accomodate everyone, such is the scale of gathering. Farmers had debt worth crores in UP... This is the same Muzaffarnagar where rivers of blood were drawn between Hindus and Muslims. They played politics with burning houses. Someone (Yogi) who makes communities fight, cannot be true Son of the nation."

"The price of sugarcane has not been increased. Instead of giving fair prices for crops, the UP government is fooling the farmers. They said we will buy each food crop grain. Modi government said we will get crop insurance. The govt benifitted of Rs 2,500 crore in the name of insurance. It is farmers money," he added.

14:07 (IST)05 Sep 2021
Politicians looted our country: Gurnam Singh Chaduni, BKU (Chaduni)

During the Kisan Mahapanchayat on Sunday, Gurnam Singh Chaduni of BKU (Chaduni) and a member of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) said, "Today you have showed the government that its roots can be shaken by gathering in such numbers. The government needs to be shaken more. Uttar Pradesh has 8 crore farmer votes. We will defeat BJP. Get candidates among you and steal the political mandate from them. There should be a mission Punjab as well. Till the time we change policy makers, nothing will happen. Politicians looted our country."

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) issued a notice to the Director (Education) of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation for not allocating dry ration as mid-day meal in its schools. (File photo)

On Friday, Delhi Industries Minister Satyendar Jain said that damaged roads in Delhi’s Mayapuri and Mangolpuri areas will be upgraded soon, said  Jain chaired a meeting of the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (DSIIDC) and took stock of the condition of roads in the two industrial areas. He gave clearances to upgrade 22 roads in Mayapuri industrial area in Phases 1 and 2 and said roads in Mangolpuri will be upgraded too. After the upgrade, the transport system in the area will be revived which should boost the economy in the two areas.

In other news, at a review meeting attended by top officials on Friday, Lt-Governor Anil Baijal said waterlogging in Delhi could have been managed better despite the “alibi” of excessive rains, official sources said. Sisodia directed officials to identify vulnerable spots and find a permanent solution, the Delhi government said in a statement. Apart from Sisodia and Baijal, the meeting was attended by Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain, chief secretary Vijay Dev, commissioners of all the three MCDs and NHAI officials.

Delhi: Child rights commission finds North MCD did not distribute dry ration to school children for 17 months

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) issued a notice to the Director (Education) of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation for not allocating dry ration as mid-day meal in its schools.

“North MCD has not distributed dry ration as mid-day meal to lakhs of children in its 700 schools. This is serious deprivation of rights of the children, more so in times of pandemic. Taking a serious view, @DCPCR has issued notice to Director (Education) seeking explanation!” DCPCR Chairperson Anurag Kundu tweeted Friday.

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