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Delhi news live updates: Heavy rain lashes national capital, several areas waterlogged

Delhi News Today, Delhi Weather Forecast, New Covid-19 Cases in Delhi Today Live Updates: The highest amount of rainfall — 1,050 mm — for the monsoon season was recorded in 2003 at Safdarjung observatory, according to the IMD officials.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: September 11, 2021 10:39:48 pm
Heavy rain cause water logging and traffic jam in New Delhi on Saturday (Express)

Delhi news, Delhi Covid Cases and Deaths Live Count, Weather in Delhi Today Live Updates:

Waterlogging was reported from several parts of the national capital including Moti Bagh and RK Puram in south Delhi, after heavy rains continued to lash the city for the second consecutive day. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall to continue over Delhi, Punjab and Haryana today.

Delhi has recorded more than 1,000 mm of rainfall so far this season. The highest amount of rainfall — 1,050 mm — for the monsoon season was recorded in 2003 at Safdarjung observatory, according to the IMD officials.

In other news, Income Tax surveys were conducted on the premises of news portals Newslaundry and NewsClick in Delhi on Friday, with a senior department official telling The Indian Express that the surveys were related to alleged tax evasion. “Surveys have been carried out in the case of both Newslaundry and NewsClick. The department’s officials conducted surveys on their premises in Delhi on charges of tax evasion,” the official said.

 

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Delhi news Live updates: Dark, gloomy skies as heavy rain lashes national capital

22:39 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Services delayed for one-hour on Delhi Metro's Red Line section due to technical issues

Services were delayed for one hour on a segment of the busy Red Line of the Delhi Metro on Saturday due to some technical issues, officials said. Normal services on the segment resumed around 4:50 pm, the DMRC said. Red Line connects Rithala in northwest Delhi and Shahid Sthal (Bus Stand) in Ghaziabad. (PTI)

21:08 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Bus stranded in Delhi underpass, woman stuck in car: Fire Services, police field SOS calls

The Delhi Fire Services Saturday rescued 40 passengers, including elderly women and children, from a private bus that was trapped at a waterlogged underpass following heavy rain in the capital. The bus was going to Mathura and got stuck at the underpass of Palam flyover, officials said.

DFS officials said they received a call about the incident at 11.30 am and sent 12-14 firemen to rescue people as the bus was filled with water and passengers couldn’t move. The firemen helped everyone off the bus and sealed the area. DFS chief Atul Garg said, “Two fire tenders were rushed to the site. All passengers were rescued safely in two hours.” Read More

19:37 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Delhi reports 35 new COVID-19 cases, zero fatalities

No death due to COVID-19 was recorded in Delhi on Saturday, while 35 fresh cases were reported with a positivity rate of 0.05 percent, according to data shared by the city's health department. Only one fatality due to coronavirus has been reported this month, on September 7, as per official figures. (PTI)

16:22 (IST)11 Sep 2021
After heavy rain, many roads and underpasses left waterlogged across Delhi

As heavy rain continued in Delhi, numerous roads and underpasses, many of which were near the IGI Airport, were left waterlogged in Saturday. Some areas of the airport were also left inundated. A bus with 38 passengers was trapped under the Palam flyover due to heavy waterlogging.

Atul Garg, Chief of Delhi Fire Services, said, “Two fire tenders were rushed to the site. All passengers were rescued safely.” Read More

16:16 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Delhi rain in pictures

15:50 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Nutrition fair for female inmates in Delhi prisons

The Delhi Prisons department is celebrating "Poshan Mela" for over 500 female inmates lodged in jails of Tihar and Mandoli in order to create awareness among them about the importance of nutritious diet, officials said on Saturday. Posters, awareness campaigns, painting competitions, slogan writing and activities like nukkad natak will be organised till the end of September in both jails for its women inmates, they said. (PTI)

14:16 (IST)11 Sep 2021
JNU VC says probe into last year's violence on campus delayed due to Covid pandemic

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said the coronavirus pandemic has delayed the probe into the violence on the campus in January last year that left around 35 people injured.

Asked why the committee set up by the university to probe the incident did not conduct online depositions, he said the students are already under a lot of stress and it is not the right time to send them notices for online depositions.

A group of masked men armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the JNU campus on January 5, 2020, prompting the university administration to call in the police. (PTI)

13:07 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Marriages can be registered in virtual presence of parties, rules Delhi HC

Marriages can be registered in the virtual presence of parties, the Delhi High Court has ruled, saying that in the present times, citizens cannot be prevented from exercising their rights because of a rigid interpretation of law which calls for "personal presence".

Hearing a plea by a US-based Indian couple seeking to register their marriage here through video conferencing, Justice Rekha Palli opined that not treating physical presence as a mandatory requirement would also encourages parties to easily get their marriages registered.

"I have no hesitation in coming to the conclusion that the term 'personal appearance' in Clause 4 of the Registration Order has to be read to include presence secured through Video Conferencing. Any other interpretation, would not only frustrate the very purpose of this beneficial legislation, but, it would also undermine the use of this important and easily accessible tool of Video Conferencing," the judge said in her order dated September 9. (PTI)

11:57 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Delhi airport's forecourt waterlogged briefly following heavy rains: DIAL

The forecourt of the Delhi airport was waterlogged for a "short period" Saturday morning due to sudden heavy rains, its operator DIAL said. Sources said five flights were diverted from the airport this morning due to the bad weather conditions.

Waterlogging has been reported from several parts of the national capital including Moti Bagh and RK Puram in south Delhi after rains lashed the city Saturday morning. The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said on Twitter that "due to sudden heavy rain, for a short period, there was waterlogging at the forecourt". (PTI)

11:21 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Waterlogging in several parts of Delhi as rain lashes city

Waterlogging has been reported from several parts of the national capital including Moti Bagh and RK Puram in south Delhi after rains lashed the city Saturday morning. According to civic agencies, apart from Moti Bagh and RK Puram, other stretches including Madhu Vihar, Hari Nagar, Rohtak Road, Badarpur, Som Vihar, Ring Road near IP Station, Vikas Marg, Sangam Vihar, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Pul Prahladpur Underpass, Munirka, Rajpur Khurd, Nangloi and Kirari also witnessed waterlogging. (PTI)

10:59 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Delhi education department starts publication of new science magazine

The Delhi education department has kicked off publication of a new quarterly science magazine called “Nai Udaan” for students of all schools across the national capital.

The magazine is available on the education department’s website and is meant to “encourage students to pursue the spirit of quest and inculcate scientific temper”.

In the contents are articles introducing children to human gene therapy, on whether machines can think, on the importance and challenges of STEM, among others, along with crosswords on Covid-related words, quizzes, and information on upcoming competitive examinations. Read the full report here. 

10:45 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Delhi receives heavy rainfall; 2021 is now wettest monsoon season in 46 years

Parts of Delhi saw heavy rainfall early on Saturday morning, making this monsoon season the wettest in Delhi in the past 46 years.

With the heavy rainfall this morning, the Safdarjung observatory of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded a total of around 1,100 mm rainfall this monsoon season, shattering the previous record from 2003 when the station logged 1,050 mm in the monsoon season, IMD officials said.

The highest amount of rainfall for the season is from 1975, when Safdarjung received a total of 1,150 mm. The monsoon season is yet to conclude this year. Read the full report here. 

09:50 (IST)11 Sep 2021
New In Northwest Delhi: In urban village, first women’s library gives many a room of their own

In the heart of Northwest Delhi’s Karala village is an airy room where young women have been spending their days for the last week, studying in a space of their own in the first women’s only library in the district.

Swati Mathur (20), preparing for SSC exams, said she found studying at home full of distractions and frustrations. “I share a room with three of my siblings so I do not get my own space. There are people who keep coming and going throughout the day. In the village, if someone is idle, they just go and visit someone’s home. Whenever they come, my sister and I need to make tea. I think girls get more troubled while trying to study at home. When my neighbours come, I have to deal with questions about when I will get married,” she said, adding, “My father works in DTC; he is very supportive. He found out about this library and told me to come here and study peacefully.” Read the full report here. 

09:41 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Factory fire killed 6 in Delhi: NGT asks Chief Secretary to act

The Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Chief Secretary, Delhi, to constitute special task forces to check illegal industrial activities and godowns. The order was passed while hearing a matter taken up on the basis of a July 12 report in The Indian Express on the death of six workers in a factory fire in Delhi.

Six workers had died in a fire at a shoe and garment manufacturing unit in West Delhi’s Udyog Nagar, out of 12 who were trapped there. The fire broke out on June 21. The owner of the factory had been arrested under IPC Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide). Read the full report here. 

09:40 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Civil defence volunteer’s murder: Police probe finds victim and accused were married

Two weeks after a 21-year-old civil defence volunteer was found murdered in Faridabad’s Surajkund, police Friday said their probe had found that the woman and the accused were married, and he killed her because he suspected her of infidelity.

The man, Nizammudin, had confessed a day after the murder on August 27 and told police the two were married, but the woman’s family had maintained they did not know of this.

On Friday, Faridabad Police spokesperson Sube Singh said, “The family of the accused had sent marriage-related documents to Surajkund police station through speed post following his arrest last month. The documents and nikahnama were verified in Saket court; it has been found through documents that the accused and deceased had married in Saket court in June, 2021.” Read the full report here.

20:45 (IST)10 Sep 2021
No coercive action against sellers of plant-based milk products for using dairy terms: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court Friday protected five companies selling plant-based milk products, such as almond and oats milk, from any coercive steps pursuant to FSSAI orders directing action against them, including de-listing by e-commerce food business operators, if they used "dairy terms" for their goods.
       
Justice Rekha Palli, who was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the orders, clarified that the authorities would be free to carry out investigation in accordance with law after due notice to the concerned companies.
     
The judge issued notice on the petitions by Hershey India Pvt Ltd, Rakyan Beverages Pvt Ltd, Istore Direct Trading Pvt Ltd, Drums Food International Pvt Ltd and Veganarke Enterprises Pvt Ltd, and sought response from FSSAI.
     
"Till the next date, the impugned orders insofar as they direct coercive action will remain stayed," the court ordered.
     
"It is further clarified that...the e-commerce operators will only furnish the report to the competent authority and no action for de-listing will be taken till orders to the contrary are passed by the court," it added. (PTI)

18:56 (IST)10 Sep 2021
HC verdict on payment of lockdown rent of tenants under consideration: Delhi govt

The Delhi government Friday told the Delhi High Court that the court’s July 22 verdict, directing the State to take a decision on a statement made by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal last year during the lockdown that the government would be paying rent if any tenant is unable to do so, was under its consideration.

The submission was made during the hearing of an application seeking implementation of the judgment. Justice Rekha Palli granted two weeks to the Delhi government to take a decision after the State counsel made the request for more time.

In July, Justice Prathiba M Singh ruled that a promise or assurance given by a Chief Minister “clearly amounts to an enforceable promise”, the implementation of which ought to be considered by the State, while directing the Delhi government to take a decision in six weeks and frame a clear policy. Read More

18:55 (IST)10 Sep 2021
South MCD, Delhi Police must act against illegal hawkers, vendors in Munirka: HC

The Delhi High Court Friday directed the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and the Delhi Police to remove illegal vendors from Munirka village including the furniture market on a daily basis, if necessary, to ensure that no encroachers return.

“These people are keeping everyone happy. There is a hafta being paid by all of them… the protection money. It does not happen without that,” said the court, while asking the SDMC to keep regular vigil and immediately inform police in case of any encroachment.

The division bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh said that the SDMC’s executive engineer and SHO of the Kishangarh police station will be personally responsible to ensure compliance with its order. It asked the authorities to file a status report with photographs on the next date. Read More

17:54 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Over 1,800 Amrapali homebuyers, including MS Dhoni told to clear balance amount within 15 days

Former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is among over 1,800 homebuyers of Amrapali housing projects in Noida who have been asked by a Supreme Court-appointed receiver to start making payments of their outstanding dues within 15 days.

The allotment of flats booked by these homebuyers will be “automatically cancelled” if the flat owners fail to register their name in Customer Data maintained by the court receiver and also do not start making payment within 15 days from the public notice issued on Thursday. Read More 

15:47 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Delhi: Ambedkar University extends last date of registration for UG, PG programmes to Sept 15

Ambedkar University in Delhi has extended the last date of registration for UG and PG programmes to September 15.

The IMD predicts a rainy weekend for Delhi. (Express Photo/Representational)

At 1,000 mm, highest rainfall in years in Delhi

Delhi has recorded more than 1,000 mm of rainfall so far this season. The highest amount of rainfall — 1,050 mm — for the monsoon season was recorded in 2003 at Safdarjung observatory, according to the IMD officials.

This year, a total of 34.8 mm of rainfall was recorded in June; 507.1 mm in July; 214.5 mm in August; and 248.9 mm in September so far. June and August recorded deficit rainfall, compared to the long period average, while July has seen an excess. So far, September with around eight days of rainfall has also recorded excess rain.

The rainfall received in the first 10 days of September this year has also surpassed the total amount for the entire month of September in the past few years. Since at least 2011, September has recorded less than 240 mm of rainfall. While September 2011 saw 225.8 mm, September 2018 logged 237.8 mm.

Delhi University admissions: Expect higher cut-offs and blended mode of learning, says Hansraj College principal

As the race for admissions at Delhi University (DU) begins, Hansraj College Principal Rama tells The Indian Express that the cut-offs this year are likely to be higher, and that new students should prepare themselves for a “dynamic and evolving” academic environment due to the Covid pandemic.

What can students expect in terms of cut-off marks for admissions this year?

I expect the cut-offs to be higher this year based on what we know regarding the class 12 results.

What has the experience of teaching-learning during COVID been like? How has the college adapted to this change?

Last year saw a paradigm shift in teaching learning that was necessitated by the pandemic. Our college adapted to the online mode of working very swiftly. We provided our faculty and students an official online platform to carry on all teaching learning activities. We ensured that teachers were provided with all possible help to adapt to the new pedagogy. While it was very challenging on multiple counts, the entire teaching and non-teaching staff came together to mitigate these challenges. All student societies also continued to function with the same if not greater efficiency.

Civil defence volunteer’s murder: Police probe finds victim and accused were married

Two weeks after a 21-year-old civil defence volunteer was found murdered in Faridabad’s Surajkund, police Friday said their probe had found that the woman and the accused were married, and he killed her because he suspected her of infidelity.

The man, Nizammudin, had confessed a day after the murder on August 27 and told police the two were married, but the woman’s family had maintained they did not know of this.

On Friday, Faridabad Police spokesperson Sube Singh said, “The family of the accused had sent marriage-related documents to Surajkund police station through speed post following his arrest last month. The documents and nikahnama were verified in Saket court; it has been found through documents that the accused and deceased had married in Saket court in June, 2021.”

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