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Delhi news Highlights: Delhi reports 33 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death

Delhi News Live, Delhi Traffic: Amid the ongoing fears of the Covid third wave, the DDMA has suggested restricted celebrations of festivals in the minutes of a meeting held last month.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: September 18, 2021 9:05:27 am
Delhi sees fewest Covid cases in nearly 15 monthsA Covid-19 patient receives treatment at CWG Covid Care Centre in New Delhi/file

Delhi Weather, Delhi News Live, Delhi Covid Cases: Delhi reported 33 new Covid-19 cases and 1 death along with 56 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The city has 407 active cases as on today.

Meanwhile, a fire broke out inside the basement of the CBI building the CGO complex here, officials said on Friday, PTI reported. The information about the fire at the Central Bureau of Investigation office was received at 1.40 pm following which eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The fire broke out in the panel board and the blaze was doused at 2.30 pm. No one was injured in the incident, fire officials said.

In another news, light rainfall is likely tp occur in the city today and is expected to continue over the next six days. The IMD has said that conditions are not favourable for withdrawal of monsoon from northwest India till September 29. On Thursday, Delhi recorded the highest rainfall this monsoon since 1964. Experts say that this year’s monsoon is on the way to become the second-wettest monsoon ever in Delhi by the time it withdraws.

Amid the ongoing fears of the Covid third wave, the DDMA has suggested restricted celebrations of festivals in the minutes of a meeting held last month. Niti Aayog member Dr VK Paul emphasised during the meeting said that festivals should be celebrated in a “simple manner” otherwise it can easily “reverse all the gains made in the fight against the Covid pandemic”.

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Delhi News Highlights: Delhi reports 33 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death; Delhi recorded the highest rainfall this monsoon; five patients developed gallbladder gangrene after recovering from Covid; DDMA suggests restricted celebrations of festivals; follow for more updates

22:05 (IST)17 Sep 2021
HC asks Delhi govt to reconsider decision against hookah usage at restaurants, bars

The Delhi High Court Friday asked the Delhi government why it was not reconsidering its 2020 decision to prohibit the use of herbal hookahs at public places due to Covid-19 when even breath analyser tests by Delhi Police have been resumed now.

The court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by a few restaurants and bars for a direction that the authorities, including police, not interfere with the sale of herbal-flavoured hookahs or take any action against them. Read More

19:58 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Delhi court grants anticipatory bail to Lakha Sidhana in Red Fort violence case

A Delhi court Friday granted anticipatory bail to gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana in the Red Fort violence case.

Additional Sessions Judge Jagdish Kumar observed that the accused has admitted he was part of a mob and has already been granted bail in a connected case. Read More

17:33 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Challenge to appointment as Delhi CP abuse of process of law, result of vendetta: Asthana to HC

Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana has told the Delhi High Court that there is a sustained social media campaign against him and the legal challenge to his appointment as Delhi Police Commissioner was an abuse of process of law, arising from vendetta.

In his affidavit filed on a public interest litigation (PIL) against his appointment, Asthana said that ever since he was appointed Special Director, CBI, proceedings are being consistently filed against him by certain organisations as part of a selective campaign. Read More

17:11 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Delhi reports 33 new cases, 56 recoveries and one death in the last 24 hours

Delhi on Friday reported 33 new Covid-19 cases and one death along with 56 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

16:53 (IST)17 Sep 2021
9-year-old Dalit girl died due to suffocation during sexual assault: Delhi Police to court

The Delhi police, in their evidence filed against the accused in the death of a 9-year-old Dalit girl, have stated that she died due to suffocation while being sexually assaulted.

Police say they have relied on disclosure statements of the accused — Radhey Shyam (55), a priest at the cremation ground where the girl went to have water, and three other employees, Kuldeep Singh (63), Laxmi Narain (48) and Salim Ahmed (49). Read More

15:37 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Fire breaks out in CBI office in Delhi

A fire broke out inside the basement of the CBI building the CGO complex here, officials said on Friday.

The information about the fire at the Central Bureau of Investigation office was received at 1.40 pm following which eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Read More

15:02 (IST)17 Sep 2021
IIT-Delhi researchers develop device to generate electricity from raindrops, ocean waves

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi researchers have designed a device that can generate electricity from water drops, raindrops, water streams, and ocean waves which can be stored in batteries for further use.

The device has been developed using “Triboelectric Effect” and “Electrostatic Induction”. It is called “Liquid-solid Interface Triboelectric Nanogenerator”. Read more 

14:55 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Delhi: Najafgarh section on Grey Line opens on Saturday

The Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section on the Grey Line of the Delhi Metro will be inaugurated Saturday. Passenger services on the section will commence at 5 pm on the same day. The Grey Line connects Dwarka to Najafgarh. The 891-metre-long Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section will take the Metro further into the interior areas of Najafgarh. Read more 

14:51 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Ensure Newslaundry co-founder’s data is not leaked, HC tells Income Tax Department

The Delhi High Court asked the Income Tax Department to ensure the safety of the data it downloaded during a recent IT survey at the Newslaundry office after the news portal and its Co-Founder Abhinandan Sekhri moved the court seeking a direction against leaking of his private data.

“You’d have to take precaution it’s not leaked,” the division bench of Justices Manmohan and Navin Chawla told the IT department. Read more 

13:24 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Games to stories: Campaign helps kids in care centres learn

For children in 30 Child Care Institutions (CCIs) in Delhi, every afternoon is now devoted to words and numbers through games and activities as part of a reading campaign to build their foundational literacy and numerical abilities.

CCIs house ‘children in need of care and protection’ between the ages of 6 and 18, referred to them by Child Welfare Committees and Juvenile Justice Boards. A baseline assessment conducted across all the CCIs in July found that only 52% of children were able to read words in Hindi and 55% were able to identify two-digit numbers. Read more 

13:15 (IST)17 Sep 2021
NCPCR seeks removal of AltNews co-founder Zubair tweet, approaches Delhi HC

Following Twitter’s refusal to take down a post by AltNews co-founder Mohammed Zubair, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has approached the Delhi High Court, alleging that the tweet was in violation of various laws and seeking its removal.

Delhi Police had registered a case against Zubair in August 2020 on a complaint made by NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo. Read more 

12:50 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Transport Ministry in talks with one foreign firm for Delhi-Jaipur electric highway: Gadkari

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that his ministry is in talks with a foreign company to construct an electric highway from Delhi to Jaipur.

While reviewing the progress of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway (DME) at Dausa, in Rajasthan, Gadkari said like electric railway engines, buses and trucks will also be powered by electricity. Read more 

12:11 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Delhi monsoon rains highest in 57 years; more in store

Light rainfall and cloudy skies are on the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast for Delhi-NCR on Friday.

This monsoon season so far, from June 1 to September 16, a total of 1,170.7 mm of rainfall was recorded. This is the highest for the entire monsoon season in the past 57 years, IMD officials said. The figure for this monsoon season stands close behind the highest amount recorded for the season – 1190.9 mm in 1964. Read more 

11:48 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Delhi: Section 144 imposed as SAD launches ‘Black Friday’ farmers protest march to Parliament

Security personnel were deployed across Delhi on Friday ahead of the Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) protest march from Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib to Parliament, to mark the completion of one year since the enactment of the Centre’s three contentious farm laws. The protest is being carried out without permission, Delhi Police officials told ANI. Section 144 has been imposed in New Delhi. Read more 

11:28 (IST)17 Sep 2021
CBSE starts process of submission of list of candidates for next year’s board exams, last date September 30

The CBSE has started the process of submission of the list of candidates by schools for the upcoming board exams, and the last date for this is September 30.

The board examinations are beginning much earlier this year, with the first term examination on the first half of the syllabus due to be held in November or December.

Before students are added to their schools’ list of candidates, they will have to pay their CBSE examination fee. Read more 

10:54 (IST)17 Sep 2021
‘Feudal practices cannot be permitted’: Delhi court pulls up police for slow probe into sex selection racket

A Delhi court has come down hard on the police for conducting at snail’s pace an investigation into a selective sex birth racket. “These feudal practices cannot be permitted at any cost,” the court said.

Additional Sessions Judge Samar Vishal made the observations after he granted anticipatory bail to the three accused persons in this case. Read more 

10:33 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Hope to see students back in college soon, but hybrid model here to stay: Miranda House principal

In last week’s National Institutional Ranking Framework’s (NIRF) college rankings, Miranda House went on to retain the top spot for a fifth year in a row. Principal Dr Bijayalaxmi Nanda, in a chat with The Indian Express, says that the college hopes to have its students back to the campus soon but that hybrid model of learning is here to stay. She adds that students have to be prepared for this as well as the multidisciplinary approach of the National Education Policy. Read excerpts 

22:25 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Delhi: Four men arrested for attacking jeweller’s wife, making off with cash and jewellery worth lakhs

A 55-year-old woman was attacked and held hostage allegedly by her house help and cook at her home, who then made off with cash and jewellery worth lakhs. Police said the incident took place in Northwest Delhi’s Maurya Enclave on Tuesday and the accused, along with their two associates, were arrested within six-seven hours of the incident.

Police sources said the four men were planning to leave Delhi and go to Nepal. Jewellery and cash worth Rs 50.5 lakh was recovered from their possession.

The victim, Parmila Singhal, is the wife of Chandni Chowk Jewellery Association Head Yogesh Singhal. Read more

22:18 (IST)16 Sep 2021
Two men arrested with firearms at Anand Vihar ISBT: Police

The Delhi Police Tuesday arrested two members of an interstate firearms gang from Delhi’s ISBT in Anand Vihar. Police claimed that the accused have been working for the last four years and have sold more than 600 firearms in more than five states.

The men were identified as Shivam Sharma (24) and Krishan Kumar (22), they were arrested by the Special Cell with 15 pistols and over four dozen cartridges. The duo had come to Delhi to sell firearms to gangsters and criminals. Read more

17:30 (IST)16 Sep 2021
In HC, Centre justifies Rakesh Asthana’s appointment

The Centre on Thursday defended IPS officer Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as Delhi’s Commissioner of Police, saying he has been brought in to provide “effective policing” of the “recent law and order situation” in the national capital.

The submission has been made in a written reply filed in response to public interest litigation seeking quashing of Asthana’s appointment, inter-cadre deputation and extension of service.

The Centre said Delhi has been witnessing diverse and extremely challenging situations “of public order/law and order situation/policing issues” which not only have “national security implications” but also “international/cross border implications”. Read more

Amid fears of third covid wave: Festival season nears, experts suggest muted celebrations

delhi news, diwali, delhi covid news, third wave The DDMA meeting was held to discuss the preparation for a possible third Covid wave and school reopening protocol. (Express File/Representative Image)

As the festival season approaches, experts have suggested muted and simple celebrations in the city, minutes of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting held on August 27 show.

During the meeting, which was attended by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, among others, constant surveillance, testing and simple celebrations during the upcoming festival season were suggested.

During the meeting, Niti Aayog member Dr V K Paul indicated that large gatherings during festivals can reverse gains made so far.

Delhi: Four men arrested for attacking jeweller’s wife, making off with cash and jewellery worth lakhs

A 55-year-old woman was attacked and held hostage allegedly by her house help and cook at her home, who then made off with cash and jewellery worth lakhs. Police said the incident took place in Northwest Delhi’s Maurya Enclave on Tuesday and the accused, along with their two associates, were arrested within six-seven hours of the incident.

Gallbladder gangrene reported in 5 patients who recovered from Covid; ‘first such case in India’, say Ganga Ram doctors

Doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital have seen five patients who developed gallbladder gangrene after recovering from Covid-19. Medical experts at the hospital believe this is the first report of such cases in India.

The five patients – four men and a woman aged between 37 and 75 – were successfully treated at the hospital between June and August. They complained of fever, pain in the right upper quadrant of abdomen, and vomiting. Two of them had diabetes and one suffered from heart disease. Three patients had received steroids for management of Covid-19 symptoms.

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