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Delhi News October 23 Highlights: Delhi records zero Covid-19 fatality, 40 fresh cases

Delhi News October 23 Highlights: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday stated, "Delhi is now very close to winning the battle against dengue."

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: October 25, 2021 8:31:19 am
A man checks arrangements of the city's first children friendly vaccination centre, decorated with toys and posters, at Tilak Nagar in New Delhi, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Delhi News Highlights: Delhi on Saturday recorded zero Covid-related facilities and 40 new Covid-19 cases. The positivity rate stood at 0.07 per cent, PTI reported.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday stated, “Delhi is now very close to winning the battle against dengue. Like previous weeks, this Sunday too at 10 am, let us all spend 10 minutes, inspecting our homes and surrounding areas, for any sign of stagnant water. If you do find such water, drain it, replace it or cover with a small layer of oil. Together, let us all make Delhi dengue-free.”

Meanwhile, four men, arrested by the NIA for allegedly receiving money from Pakistani terrorist outfit Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), to “create unrest in India, were discharged by a Delhi court on Thursday.  The NIA’s case was based on two messages recovered from the phone of one of the accused, in which the words ‘ghee’ and ‘khidmat’ were used. The investigation agency alleged that the accused were using code words to communicate with the terror outfit, under the garb of constructing a mosque — a claim that was rejected by the court. 

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Delhi news October 23 Highlights: City sees 40 new Covid-19 cases, no deaths; Pollution lower, winter beginning on cleaner note

20:11 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Man stabbed to death in Delhi

A 42-year-old man was stabbed to death allegedly by some unidentified assailants in west Delhi, police said on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Chhotu Ram alias Manoj, a resident of Faridpuri in West Patel Nagar, they said.

Manoj, an electrician, was stabbed on the left side of his abdomen and declared brought dead by doctors at RML Hospital, the police said. CCTV footage from the spot shows two people running. An injured man is walking behind them and he collapses near a motorcycle. He stands up but again falls on the road, they said.

A case has been registered and investigation is underway to nab the culprits, they added. (PTI)

19:49 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Delhi court reserves order on Gautam Thapar's bail plea in money laundering case till Oct 30

A Delhi court on Saturday reserved its order till October 30 on a bail plea moved by Avantha Group promoter Gautam Thapar who was arrested in connection with a Rs 500-crore money laundering case. Thapar is currently in judicial custody.

Special Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal reserved his order on Thapar's bail plea after hearing arguments from both sides. During the arguments, special public prosecutors Amit Mahajan and N K Matta, appearing for the Enforcement Directorate (ED), opposed the bail application, saying that if released, the accused might hamper the ongoing investigation and flee from justice.

The bail application, filed by Karanjawala & Co on behalf of Thapar, claimed that the accused was not required for the investigation and that no purpose would be served by keeping him in further custody. (PTI)

18:45 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Delhi records zero Covid-19 fatality, 40 fresh cases

Delhi on Saturday recorded zero Covid-related facilities and 40 new Covid-19 cases. The positivity rate stood at 0.07 per cent, PTI reported.

17:36 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Kejriwal to offer prayers at Ramlala temple in Ayodhya on October 26

AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit Ayodhya in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh next week to offer prayers at the birthplace of Lord Ram, official sources said on Saturday.

Kejriwal will offer prayers at Ramlala temple on October 26, they said. (PTI)

17:11 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Delhi now close to winning battle against dengue: CM Arvind Kejriwal

"Delhi is now very close to winning the battle against dengue. Like previous weeks, this Sunday too at 10 am, let us all spend 10 minutes, inspecting our homes and surrounding areas, for any sign of stagnant water. If you do find such water, drain it, replace it or cover with a small layer of oil. Together, let us all make Delhi dengue-free," CM Arvind Kejriwal was quoted as saying by PTI.

Delhi has been seeing a surge in dengue cases in the last two weeks, and the first death due to it was reported on Monday.

16:00 (IST)23 Oct 2021
DDA parks can now be booked for art and culture events: Urban body

Educational institutions, private firms, NGOs, RWAs and general citizens can now book several DDA parks for hosting art and cultural events, a move the urban body on Saturday said aims at rejuvenating and enlivening the green spaces of Delhi.

"Indian citizens and agencies belonging to various categories will be eligible to book the parks for art and culture-oriented events in some of the designated parks of the DDA. The aim is to rejuvenate and enliven the green environment of the city," an official said. (PTI)

15:52 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Services on section of Delhi Metro's Yellow Line to be unavailable for few hours on Sunday

Services on a section of Delhi Metro's Yellow Line, between the Vishwavidyalaya and the Model Town stations, will not be available for a few hours on Sunday morning due to maintenance work, the DMRC said.

15:34 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Providing best education to children is greatest act of patriotism: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal paid tribute to Maharshi Valmiki at an event hosted by Delhi Sanskrit Academy at Thyagaraj Stadium on Saturday.  "Maharshi Valmiki and Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, two great icons of Valmiki community, emphasised on learning and education. I ask you to send your children to schools and do not engage them in any other work," he  was quoted as saying by PTI.

Kejriwal also presented certificates and shields to 22 students of Delhi government schools who scored over 90 per cent marks in Board exams. He added government schools are much better now and 2.5 lakh students from private schools moved there this year.

He also appealed to people to ensure that their children get the best education, saying it is the greatest act of patriotism and will go a long way in making the country great. 

14:58 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Childhood getting lost in cages of beliefs, need to break these bars: Sisodia

Highlighting the issues being faced by children, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Saturday that their childhood is getting lost in the shackles of beliefs and there is a need to break these bars. He was speaking at the launch of the Children First-Journal on Children's Lives by the Delhi Commission For Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR).

The journal's first issue is on the theme of impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of children.

"We force our beliefs, our thoughts and traditions on children in the name of love, care and affection. The childhood is getting lost in the cages of beliefs and we need to break these bars," Sisodia said at the event. (PTI)

14:24 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Agra man’s death in custody: Case transferred to Aligarh police

UP Police on Friday transferred the investigation into the death of a sanitation worker — who allegedly died in police custody in Agra — to the Aligarh Police.Arun Valmiki, accused of stealing Rs 25 lakh from a police station premises, allegedly died in police custody on October 17. His family has alleged he was tortured by the police — a charge denied by the force. Read the full report here. 

11:20 (IST)23 Oct 2021
IMD predicts light rainfall, ‘moderate’ AQI in Delhi today

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted cloudy skies and light rainfall in Delhi on Saturday. The maximum temperature on Saturday is likely to stand at 32 degree Celsius, with the minimum at 18 degree Celsius.

A western disturbance exists as a cyclonic circulation over parts of eastern Afghanistan, according to an update from the IMD on Friday.

While moderate rainfall is on the forecast for Sunday, the upcoming week is likely to remain dry with clear skies, and the possibility of the minimum temperature dipping to around 15 degree Celsius. Read the full report here. 

10:22 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Good news for Delhi: Pollution lower, winter beginning on cleaner note

Meteorological conditions causing an extended period of rainfall this year have meant that the 2021 winter is beginning with a “cleaner threshold” compared to previous years, according to an analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

The analysis assesses PM 2.5 levels from January 1, 2018, to October 15, 2021. PM 2.5 levels begin to breach the 24-hour standard resulting in bad air days when the monsoon retreats. This began in September in 2018 and 2020, while it was delayed to October in 2019 and 2021. Read the full report here. 

10:21 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Tackling economic slump, lack of quality education, unemployment biggest form of patriotism: Sisodia

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Friday said unemployment, lack of quality education, and slow economic growth were the three key challenges being faced by the country and tackling them would be the “biggest form of patriotism”.

He was addressing students of the Netaji Subhas University of Technology (NSUT) at the inauguration of a skill centre, a high performing computer centre equipped with 400 high-end computers, an art studio and the Shaheed Ashfaqullah fitness centre. It was done on the 121st Birth Anniversary of freedom fighter Ashfaqullah Khan. Read the full report here. 

10:19 (IST)23 Oct 2021
‘Ghee’ is code word for explosives, claims NIA; Delhi court says no evidence

There is no evidence on record to show that ‘ghee’ is a code word for ‘explosives’ and ‘khidmat’ is cipher for ‘service of terrorists’, said a Delhi court while discharging four accused in a terror funding case on Thursday.

The four men — Mohd Salman, Mohd Saleem, Arif Gulam Bashir Dharampuria and Mohd. Hussain Molani — were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for allegedly receiving money from a Pakistani terrorist outfit, Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), for attracting a group of sympathisers and sleeper cells to “create unrest in India”. The funds were received under the garb of constructing a mosque, the NIA alleged.

To build its case, the NIA had relied on two messages they said were recovered from the mobile phone of Mohd Salman. One of the messages read “ghee ka intezaam ho gaya hai, Bombay wali party bhi aayegi…unke hatho bhijwa denge (The ghee is ready, the Bombay team will come too, we will send it through them)”, and the other read, “…aap khidmat me the na isliye aapko nahi pata hai (you were in service, hence you wouldn’t know)”. Read the full report here. 

10:15 (IST)23 Oct 2021
Delhi likely to receive light rain

Delhi is likely to receive light rain on Saturday and the minimum temperature was recorded at 18.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average, the India Meteorological Department said. The humidity was recorded at 92 per cent. The weather department has forecast generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle during the day. The maximum temperature will be settled around 32 degrees Celsius, the IMD said. (PTI)

22:14 (IST)22 Oct 2021
Namaz row continues in Gurgaon: Protesters zero in on new prayer site, issue ultimatum

While namaz at Gurgaon’s sector 47 site, which has faced protests over the past month from residents, went off peacefully, another site in Gurgaon saw a flare up Friday after at least 30 protesters, including those affiliated with Bajrang Dal, disrupted Friday prayers at sector 12 A chowk.

Police said the protesters raised ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogans amid heavy deployment of security personnel. Protesters alleged namaz was being offered “illegally” by “outsiders”. Read more

20:46 (IST)22 Oct 2021
Delhi govt signs MoU with IIT-Kanpur for study on source apportionment of pollutants

The Delhi government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IIT Kanpur for a source apportionment and forecasting study on air pollutants in Delhi.

The Delhi Cabinet had earlier approved the project called ‘Real-time source apportionment and forecasting for advance air pollution management in Delhi.’ The MoU was signed between IIT Kanpur and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). The study costs Rs 12 crore, according to a senior DPCC official. Read more

19:29 (IST)22 Oct 2021
Meeting BJP worker’s family was an act of ‘humanity’, says Yogendra Yadav

A day after he was suspended from the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), social activist Yogendra Yadav said he visited the dead BJP worker’s family to share their grief since it is part of Indian culture.

Yadav was suspended for a month for visiting the family of Subham Mishra, a Bharatiya Janata Party worker who was killed in the October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

Yadav said he regretted not consulting other members of the SKM before his meeting and it saddens him to have hurt their feelings. Read More

19:28 (IST)22 Oct 2021
Delhi govt signs MoU with IIT-Kanpur for study on source apportionment of pollutants

The Delhi government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IIT Kanpur for a source apportionment and forecasting study on air pollutants in Delhi.


The Delhi Cabinet had earlier approved the project called ‘Real-time source apportionment and forecasting for advance air pollution management in Delhi.’ The MoU was signed between IIT Kanpur and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). The study costs Rs 12 crore, according to a senior DPCC official.

According to a communication from the government, air quality will be analysed and interpreted on a weekly, monthly and seasonal basis, along with secondary organic and inorganic aerosols, molecular markers and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The source apportionment project is expected to help identify sources of pollution in the city and can help assess the impact of different sources like vehicular emissions, industries, dust, and biomass burning. It is expected to help the government take decisions on controlling the sources of pollution, based on short, medium and long-term recommendations made, the communication said. Read More

19:26 (IST)22 Oct 2021
Delhi HC directs MCDs to expedite appointment of special educators in its schools

The Delhi High Court has directed the municipal corporations to identify vacancies of Special Educators (Primary) in their schools at the earliest, after the Lieutenant Governor granted a one-time age relaxation of 10 years to fill vacant posts till December 2022.

The court had earlier expressed concern over the large number of vacancies of special educators in MCD schools and termed it ironic that while authorities are not getting candidates to fill posts, they have created “an impediment” for those interested by insisting on the age criteria.

There are more than 1,126 vacancies of Special Educator (Primary) in MCD schools. The court had said that authorities need to view the matter from “the perspective of underprivileged children and, then, perhaps, tweak the policy to cater to their needs”. Read More

A mobile van will be stationed at different locations to identify sources of pollution in areas across the city (Express file photo)

Good news for Delhi: Pollution lower, winter beginning on cleaner note

Meteorological conditions causing an extended period of rainfall this year have meant that the 2021 winter is beginning with a “cleaner threshold” compared to previous years, according to an analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

The analysis assesses PM 2.5 levels from January 1, 2018, to October 15, 2021. PM 2.5 levels begin to breach the 24-hour standard resulting in bad air days when the monsoon retreats. This began in September in 2018 and 2020, while it was delayed to October in 2019 and 2021.

Regret not talking to SKM on visit to BJP worker’s home: Yogendra Yadav

Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav, who was Thursday suspended for a month from the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), Friday said he regretted his “procedural flaw” in not speaking to SKM leaders before meeting the family of the deceased BJP worker in Lakhimpur Kheri, and said it was “naïve” of him to think the gesture would be understood “in the sense in which it was meant”.

“There is a question of principle, there’s a question of policy and there is a question of procedure. What I did was procedurally flawed. Actually, I went in my personal capacity, with colleagues of the Jai Kisan Andolan, and didn’t even name SKM, but when you’re in the midst of a struggle like this, whatever you do reflects on everyone else. In that sense, I should have recognised it and spoken to them,” Yadav told The Indian Express.

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