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Delhi News Highlights: Yamuna continues to flow above ‘danger’ mark; Delhi HC Bar election results out

Delhi News Highlights: Meanwhile, the results of the 2022 Delhi High Court Bar elections were announced late Thursday, with senior advocate Mohit Mathur re-elected as the president, after winning by 2,318 votes.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: September 29, 2022 10:43:57 pm
The Yamuna floodplains continue to remain inundated, and people living on the floodplains have moved to higher ground. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

Delhi News Highlights: Though the water level of the Yamuna in Delhi has fallen, it continues to flow above the ‘danger’ mark at the Old Railway Bridge, said officials Thursday. This is the third consecutive day that the water level is remaining above the ‘danger’ level, after having crossed the ‘danger’ mark at around 9 pm on September 26 due to heavy rainfall over parts of Northwest India.

The results of the 2022 Delhi High Court Bar elections were announced late Thursday, with senior advocate Mohit Mathur re-elected as the president, after winning by 2,318 votes. The election was overseen by the five-member Delhi HC Bar Election Commission, headed by Chief Election Commissioner and senior advocate Ravi Kant Chaddha. The commission also comprises four election commissioners – advocate R K Watel, and senior advocates Ravi Gupta, Sandeep P Agarwal and Akshay Makhija.

Delhi recorded 75 fresh Covid cases with a positivity rate of 0.87 per cent on Thursday, according to data issued by the health department. No Covid-related fatality was reported, the department said in its latest bulletin. With the fresh cases, Delhi’s Covid-19 tally has climbed to 20,03,282. The death toll stood at at 26,501, it said. The new cases were detected from 8,624 tests conducted on Wednesday. Delhi reported 88 Covid cases with a positivity rate of 1.01 per cent on Wednesday.

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22:19 (IST)29 Sep 2022
PM Modi to be showcased working of 5G services from underground tunnel of Delhi Metro on Oct 1

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be showcased the working of 5G services from an underground tunnel of the Delhi Metro's upcoming station in Dwarka Sector 25 during the launch of the high-speed mobile internet facility by him on October 1, sources said on Thursday.

The prime minister will launch 5G services in the country at an event to be held at Pragati Maidan here on October 1.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is constructing an extension of Airport Express Line from Sector 21 Metro Station to the upcoming India International Convention Centre (IICC) at Sector 25, Dwarka. (PTI)

21:39 (IST)29 Sep 2022
Durga Puja makes a comeback in Delhi after 2 years; grand affair on cards

After a two-year pandemic lull, Delhi is gearing up for Durga Puja with pandals already decked up in all their glory and street lined with stalls selling toys and confectionaries. The Durga Puja committees in the city have sprung into action and are expecting an increase in the number of devotees by magnitudes.

The Durga puja will be celebrated from October 1 to 5. The spirit of the festival has already gripped the people of Delhi including those living in Chittaranjan Park, an area known for its sizeable Bengali community.

The Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir Society, which organises one of the biggest Durga puja festivals in Delhi, is busy with last-minute preparations. There is more than the usual rush in the locality. People visiting the temple take their time relishing the beauty of the pandals, ornately decorated as some of them are. (PTI)

21:39 (IST)29 Sep 2022
YouTube uploads, Instagram reels not to be considered public performances for admission under ECA quota: DU

Delhi University officials on Thursday said YouTube uploads, Facebook and Instagram reels, and 'vlogs' will not be considered public performances for markings during admission under 'Extra Curricular Activities' (ECA) quota.

Admission through the ECA quota for the academic year 2022-23 will be done in 14 ECA categories, said the officials during a webinar, adding that candidates can apply for a maximum of three ECA categories. However, admission will be offered in only one category.

"YouTube uploads, Facebook and Instagram reels, vlogs, and other similar uploads on other non-peer reviewed video streaming sites will not be considered for marking as part of public performance for admission under ECA categories," said Deepti Taneja, Joint Dean, Cultural Council Office, during the webinar. (PTI)

20:15 (IST)29 Sep 2022
Sisodia lays foundation of flyover extension project

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday laid the foundation stone of a Rs 352-crore project for doubling and expansion of the existing flyovers from Punjabi Bagh to Raja Garden. The project will be carried out under the Corridor Development and Flyover Construction Scheme of the PWD.

"With the expansion and doubling of the flyover, the traffic load on this part of the Ring Road Corridor will be reduced significantly. Along with saving time for commuters, it will also reduce fuel consumption. This upcoming flyover will decongest the traffic in this part of Punjabi Bagh,” said Sisodia.

The minister, who also holds the charge of the Public Works Department (PWD), added that the construction of this flyover will reduce the carbon emission of 1.60 lakh tonnes annually and save 18 lakh litres of fuel annually. (PTI)

18:11 (IST)29 Sep 2022
Liquor traders urge Delhi govt to help dispose 70 lakh-bottle leftover stock

The alcoholic beverages industry has sought Delhi government's intervention for the disposal of leftover stock of around 70 lakh unsold liquor bottles – a situation caused by the excise policy switchover.

The Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC) has written to the excise department of Delhi government seeking its urgent attention for the disposal of the unsold stocks.

Delhi government had on November 17, 2021 brought Excise Policy 2021-22, which ended the near absolute monopoly of the government in sale of liquor, opening the tightly guarded revenue stream to private players, with the city for a brief period seeing opening of fancier liquor shops. This policy was withdrawn in July after the Lieutenant Governor recommended a CBI probe in its implementation accusing government of committing irregularities. (PTI)

18:10 (IST)29 Sep 2022
Delhi Police conduct mock drill of emergency response plan in Northeast district

To counter riots or any untoward incident in the city, the Delhi Police’s Northeast district staff has come up with an emergency response plan and conducted various exercises to check its preparedness.

More than 250 police personnel took part in an exercise where public persons were called to “act” as rioters or people stuck in riots. The police personnel then showed their training skills to control the “mob”.

Senior officers said though the staff is adequately trained, the personnel may not know how to react to emergencies most of the time. The drill taught them which formations would work, which weapons or gear should be used and at what angle, the officers said. Read More

18:09 (IST)29 Sep 2022
Quack arrested for death of Maruti Suzuki intern in Gurugram

A quack was arrested and charged with culpable homicide following the death of a 20-year-old Maruti Suzuki India intern due to alleged wrong treatment in IMT, Manesar, police said.

Footage from CCTV cameras installed at the deceased’s PG accommodation showed the quack and his friend dumping his body near, the police added.

Leeladhar, a native of Jaandwa village in Rajasthan’s Churu district, was interning with Maruti at IMT and lived in a PG in Aliar village. Read More

18:07 (IST)29 Sep 2022
Delhi’s IGI Airport becomes India’s first ‘5G-ready’ airport

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport has launched its 5G infrastructure which can be used by the passengers once the telecom service providers roll out the technology.

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) officials said that IGI Airport is the first and only airport in the country that is “5G-ready”. The services can be used at domestic departures, international arrivals, multi-level car parking spaces and other areas at the airport, they said.

Not only passengers but people visiting GMR Aerocity can also experience the 5G network at GMR Square, said DIAL. Read More

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16:01 (IST)29 Sep 2022
HC quashes NPPA demand notices to Bharat Serums, Bard for allegedly overcharging on drugs, medical devices

The Delhi High Court has quashed several demand notices raised by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) holding Bharat Serums and Vaccines and Bard Healthcare India guilty of overcharging on drugs and medical devices.

The high court allowed the separate petitions filed by Bharat Serums and Bard and asked NPP to undertake a fresh exercise of re-computation of the amounts, if any payable, by the two companies bearing in mind the conclusions recorded in the judgement.

“Accordingly, and for all the aforesaid reasons, the writ petitions shall stand allowed. The impugned orders dated July 5, 2018, and June 26, 2018, pertaining to Bharat Serums and the order dated October 22, 2020, as well as the demand notice dated November 7, 2019, relating to Bard, shall stand quashed,” Justice Yashwant Varma said in the 90-page verdict. It further said while computing the ultimate liability of the individual petitioners, NPPA shall also take into consideration any deposits that may have been made by the petitioners during the pendency of the present litigation and pursuant to the orders which stood impugned in the present writ petitions. (PTI)

15:47 (IST)29 Sep 2022
Delhi women’s panel recommends mandatory HIV test of sexual assault survivors on first visit

The Delhi Commission For Women (DCW) has recommended hospitals to conduct mandatory HIV tests of sexual assault survivors on their first visit.

The recommendations come in the backdrop of the panel learning that several hospitals were not conducting HIV tests of all sexual assault survivors.

The DCW had issued a notice to the Delhi government’s health department seeking information regarding the number of cases in which HIV tests were conducted for survivors and the accused and the steps and standard operating procedures (SOPs) being followed to prevent transmission of HIV in survivors. Read More

15:46 (IST)29 Sep 2022
Southwest monsoon withdraws from Delhi, other northern parts: IMD

The Southwest monsoon Thursday further retreated from Delhi, Punjab and Chandigarh, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said.

The monsoon also withdrew partly from the areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, western Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan Thursday.

As on Thursday, the monsoon withdrawal line passed through Jammu, Una, Chandigarh, Karnal, Baghpat, Delhi, Alwar, Jodhpur and Nalia. Read More

14:31 (IST)29 Sep 2022
What New Delhi Railway Station will look like after revamp

The Union Cabinet approved the proposal to revamp the New Delhi Railway Station along with the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal in Mumbai and the Ahmedabad Railway Station.

The construction of the New Delhi Railway Station is expected to take three-and-a-half years, officials said. Read more

13:07 (IST)29 Sep 2022
Delhi: Soon, autorickshaws may not be allowed at Safdarjung Hospital

The Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi will introduce five battery operated vehicles to ferry the patients, who do not have personal vehicles to travel inside the hospital campus. 

With this, the three-wheelers coming inside the hospital campus will be restricted. The three-wheelers will, however, be allowed for the patients visiting Safdarjung Hospital’s emergency block.

“This is being started from gate number 1 to gate number 7 as the traffic between these two gates creates a lot of chaos. We are working on the purchase and most likely we will buy the vehicles in a month,” said Dr B L Sherwal, Medical Superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital. Read more

12:59 (IST)29 Sep 2022
BJP busy with fake investigations, Gujarat slipped out of hands: Arvind Kejriwal after Amanatullah Khan bail

A day after a Delhi court granted bail to Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan in a case of alleged irregularities in the Waqf Board, senior Aam Aadmi Party leaders came out in his support. AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, and senior party leaders tweeted their support for Khan, who was earlier declared a ‘bad character’ by the Delhi police.

“The BJP was busy with fake investigations in Delhi, and Gujarat slipped out of their hands. Today, after 75 years, people need solutions to their problems. There is great unease among the people. People do not like to do negative and revenge politics all day long,” tweeted Kejriwal, quoting a news report on Khan getting bail.

Sisodia tweeted, “This is called Satyamev Jayate.” Read more

10:43 (IST)29 Sep 2022
Yamuna floodplains remain inundated, river still flowing above ‘danger’ mark

Though the water level of the Yamuna in Delhi has fallen, it continues to flow above the ‘danger’ mark at the Old Railway Bridge, said officials Thursday. This is the third consecutive day that the water level is remaining above the ‘danger’ level, after having crossed the ‘danger’ mark at around 9 pm on September 26 due to heavy rainfall over parts of Northwest India.

It is likely to remain above the ‘danger’ mark till Thursday afternoon at least, according to the Central Water Commission (CWC) forecast. The water level at the Old Railway Bridge could remain at around 205.5 metres at 1 pm Thursday. Read more

09:53 (IST)29 Sep 2022
Man dies after car catches fire in Rohini

A man was burnt to death after his car was caught on fire in Delhi's Rohini area Thursday morning.

Police said they received a PCR call around 6.40 am and found a charred body inside an i10 car. The car was also completely burnt.

Police haven't been able to identify the driver yet.

09:04 (IST)29 Sep 2022
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal wants ‘Make India #1’ in deshbhakti curriculum

Celebrating a year of the launch of deshbhakti curriculum, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday said that campaign ‘Make India Number 1′ needs to be included in the curriculum, to instil in students the desire to work for the country’s progress when they graduate.  The campaign announced by the Aam Admi Party had unveiled the party’s ambition and entry into the Lok Sabha polls fray. 

Addressing hundreds of teachers and students at the annual celebration of the Delhi government’s ambitious project,  Kejriwal said, “The politicians or the political parties cannot make the country number one… We, 130 crore citizens, need to come together to take India to the top… We have already kickstarted the process and they will keep on emerging in newer forms, I request the teachers present here to include this topic in the deshbhakti curriculum so every child graduating from Delhi government schools should have the spirit of making India 1.” Read more

22:12 (IST)28 Sep 2022
Shrikanth Tyagi row: Noida authority issues 48-hour ultimatum before anti-encroachment drive at Grand Omaxe

On the second day of their sit-in protest at Grand Omaxe in Noida’s Sector 93b, members from the Tyagi community continued to exhort authorities into meeting their demands. The Noida Authority also issued a 48-hour ultimatum before all encroachments by any party had to be cleared, with the protesters insisting on staying till the ultimatum ended.

With palm trees planted in front of the Tyagi residence where anti-encroachment demolition had earlier taken place, protesters raised grievances regarding the alleged mistreatment of the Tyagi family, insisting that other encroachers be looked at as well. Read More

21:09 (IST)28 Sep 2022
Open defecation, disease fears: Rain brings woes at Nuh’s Rohingya refugee camps

Two camps of Rohingya refugees in Shahpur Nangli area in Haryana’s Nuh district have been inundated with rainwater following heavy downpour last week. With their shanties submerged, refugees say they are facing difficulties in using the washrooms, and fear an outbreak of diseases.

Mohammad Shoaib, a resident of Nangli 1 camp, said his house had over 2 feet of water for the past six days. “The latrines are flooded… due to stagnant water, the mud floor has become sludge and foul smell is forcing us to stay in the open. Some of our ration supplies were washed away. Since most shanties have a tarpaulin, water seeped through. We have kept the remaining food and valuables on chairs inside the house and are staying in the open. With dengue cases rising, we fear an outbreak, especially among children,” said Shoaib, a labourer. Read More

21:02 (IST)28 Sep 2022
NSE co-location case: Delhi High Court grants bail to Chitra Ramkrishna, Anand Subramanian

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted bail to former National Stock Exchange (NSE) head Chitra Ramkrishna and ex group operating officer Anand Subramanian in the co-location scam case being probed by the CBI.

Justice Sudhir Kumar Jain said he was granting “statutory bail” to the two former officials of the NSE.

A detailed copy of the order is awaited. Read More

How Delhi cops kept ops against PFI under wraps

A list with names and addresses of workers and “sympathisers” of the Popular Front of India (PFI) was shared with all units of the Delhi Police Special Cell on Monday by intelligence agencies, and they were asked to verify the current location of each person.

It was the first step before conducting a massive raid on Tuesday in six districts, which ended in the arrest of 30 people as a “preventive measure” under CrPC Section 107/51.“It was a joint, coordinated action against PFI suspects. Thirty persons have been detained so far,” Delhi Police spokesperson Suman Nalwa said.

According to the Delhi Police, the most number of arrests were made from Southeast district, where nine people were picked up from Jamia Nagar, Nizamuddin and Shaheen Bagh; six arrests each were made from East and Rohini districts; five in Northeast; three in outer; and one in central district.


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First published on: 28-09-2022 at 08:26:38 am
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