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Delhi News Highlights: City records 804 new Covid-19 cases, 12 deaths

Delhi Covid-19 Omicron Active Cases Today Highlights 13 Feb, Delhi Coronavirus Relaxation News, Delhi Weather Today, Cold Wave Updates, Delhi Building Collapse Today News, DU Reopening Updates: With a positivity rate of 1.50 per cent on Sunday, 1197 recovered from the virus.

Delhi CovidThe active cases as of Sunday evening stood at 3926. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Delhi News Updates: Delhi logged 804 fresh Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths in the last 24 hours on Sunday. With a positivity rate of 1.50 per cent on Sunday, 1197 recovered from the virus. The active cases as of Sunday evening stood at 3926. The city, on Saturday, recorded 920 Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths.

Meanwhile, two days after a part of a Gurgaon residential tower collapsed, the body of a woman who died on the first floor was recovered. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), fire department and district administration, who worked to retrieve the body, Saturday procured cribs used in railways to stabilise the basement so they could remove the debris safely.

In another development, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday said the Delhi government will hold two shows on B R Ambedkar every day from February 25 to March 12 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, as part of a “grand show” on the father of the Indian Constitution. He added that this will be free of cost for the general public.

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Delhi News Updates: Two days after a part of a Gurgaon residential tower collapsed, the body of a woman who died on the first floor was recovered.

22:42 (IST)13 Feb 2022
At least 12 accidental vehicles damaged as fire breaks out in police godown

At least 12 accidental vehicles were damaged when a major fire broke out at a police godown in southwest Delhi's Sagarpur on Sunday, police said.

A call regarding a blaze at a police godown was received at the control room of the Delhi Fire Service at 12.42 pm, following which eight fire tenders were rushed to the site, a Fire Service official said.

According to the police, head constable Prahlad noticed the fire in a centralised pit used for keeping accidental vehicles and chassis of southwest district. (PTI)

21:17 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Man held for killing 72-year-old woman, stealing money

A 72-year-old woman was allegedly attacked and killed by a 40-year-old man who broke into her tent under the RTR flyover to rob her, police said on Sunday. The accused was arrested after a local enquiry, they said.

According to police, the accused, identified as Rajender Chauhan, suspected the woman was hiding cash and decided to rob her. However, when she caught him inside her room and raised an alarm, he killed her before stealing cash from her place, they said.

On Friday, the woman was found injured at her place and a PCR call was made by locals. Police found the deceased had grievous injuries on her neck and face. They rushed her to a nearby hospital but was declared brought dead. The woman and her family live in tents near the flyover. According to police, both the deceased and accused were unemployed. (Read More)

20:32 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Gurgaon collapse: Residents write to Haryana CM, demand builder’s licence be revoked

Residents of Chintels Paradiso in Sector 109, where two women died after a portion of the sixth floor of a tower had collapsed all the way to the first floor on February 10, have written to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar demanding that the licence of developer Chintels India Ltd (CIL) be revoked with immediate effect.

“All projects, whether announced or under construction, must be stopped with immediate effect. No further sale of any property of any project of CIL should be allowed until there is timely, prompt, effective and satisfactory resolution of this catastrophic event,” said the residents in the letter.

Appealing for swift and strong action, residents said 35 families had been uprooted from their homes while other families are unable to sleep peacefully.

Appealing for swift and strong action, residents said 35 families had been uprooted from their homes while other families are unable to sleep peacefully. (Read More)

19:42 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Delhi Police 'pink booth' at Janpath market earns praise from women shoppers, hawkers

The new Delhi Police 'pink booth' at the popular Janpath market, staffed by female personnel to help women in distress, has earned praise from shoppers and hawkers alike and the demand is now growing for similar kiosks in other shopping centres.

In less than a week of its establishment, the 'pink booth' has instilled a sense of security in women shoppers and hawkers.

Arushi Prakash, who works in a private company in the national capital, said, "I feel that if similar complaints are coming on regular basis, then the police should work to address the matter. The issues related to women should be resolved as the section is very vulnerable. I have not gone to other shopping places for a year and if no such booth is there, the authorities should consider setting up such kiosks there as well." The 'pink booth' at Janpath market under Connaught Place police station was inaugurated by Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi Range) A K Singh on Tuesday.

According to the police, the aim is to facilitate complainants, especially women and girls, by providing them instantaneous relief in case of any type of need and by making women staff available to them at the market. (PTI)

19:39 (IST)13 Feb 2022
As DU reopens this week, outstation students in a fix: ‘Short notice to shift to capital, find a place to stay’

With offline classes set to begin in a few days at Delhi University, a section of students from other states say they are not equipped to make this quick shift to the capital.

On February 9, in the midst of strong protests by different student groups pushing for reopening, the DU administration issued a notice that offline classes will resume on February 17 and that ‘outstation students’ will have to complete three days of isolation before joining their colleges. Several students said less than a week’s notice is not enough to travel to Delhi, find accommodation and pay considerable amounts required for private accommodation in the middle of an ongoing semester.

With limited campus accommodation — many colleges do not have any hostel — the biggest challenge is finding accommodation. (Read More)

18:13 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Delhi records 804 new Covid-19 cases, 12 deaths

Delhi logged 804 fresh Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths in the last 24 hours on Sunday. With a positivity rate of 1.50 per cent on Sunday, 1197 recovered from the virus. The active cases as of Sunday evening stood at 3926.

17:46 (IST)13 Feb 2022
13-yr-old school girl's app to fight bullying in schools lands Rs 50 lakh funding offer

The sight of a fellow student being mocked during a school function five years ago is etched deep in Anoushka Jolly's memories. But for this 13-year-old, that incident became the push to start a social initiative to stop bullying and provide a platform for students as wells as parents to report anonymously.

The 'Anti Bullying Squad (ABS)', with help from educational institutions, social organisations and experts, has positively impacted over 2,000 students from over 100 schools and universities, said Jolly as she spoke about the digital platform, she formed three years ago.

The Class 8 student has also come up with a mobile application called 'Kavach' and it allows students and parents to report incidents of bullying anonymously, giving opportunity to schools and counsellors to tactfully intervene and take action.

The incident of the girl being bullied "got registered in my memory and I still cannot forget her face", she was terrified and felt helpless, said Jolly, who was nine years old then. (PTI)

16:20 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Facing losses, Delhi traders seek further relaxations in Covid curbs

Expressing concern over the impact of continued Covid curbs on local businesses, traders in the national capital are seeking further relaxation of restrictions, including allowing shops to remain open till 9.30 pm.

Traders' associations of various markets said they are facing increasing losses due to the restrictions. They also questioned the logic behind continuing with the curbs when the pandemic situation has improved in Delhi.

The New Delhi Traders Association (NDTA), which represents the Connaught Place market in central Delhi, has written to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal seeking relief for local traders. (PTI)

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13:27 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Disabled woman says she was denied entry to Gurgaon restaurant, management apologises

A woman who uses a wheelchair complained Saturday that she was denied entry into a popular restaurant in Gurgaon following which its management has apologised saying that they would look into the matter and take action accordingly.

The woman, Srishti, took to Twitter and said that she had gone to the restaurant Raasta on Friday with friends and family, only to be informed by the staff that her wheelchair “can’t go inside”.

“We thought it was an accessibility issue, but it wasn’t. We told him that we’d manage, just book us a table. What he said next left all of us shocked for a while,” the tweet said.

11:45 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Delhi: Fire breaks out at Uttam Nagar restaurant

A fire broke out on Sunday at a restaurant in Delhi's Uttam Nagar. Till now, three people have been rescued. Delhi Fire Services said they received a call around 10.45 am and sent five fire tenders to the spot.

11:18 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Gurgaon collapse: ‘I cannot stay here anymore’

Residents of Chintels Paradiso society, where two women died after a large portion of the sixth floor collapsed till the first floor in tower D on Thursday, staged a protest at the society gate demanding that affected families be rehabilitated and compensation be given to them. Setting up a tent near the entrance to continue their protest, residents, especially of tower D said they were having “sleepless nights”.

Bhupender Bhardwaj, who lives on the 17th floor of tower D, said he paid Rs 1.75 crore for the flat and took possession in 2018. “I will not stay here anymore. Either the builder should compensate me or provide a flat in another society,” he said. (Read Pavneet Singh Chadha's full report here)

11:14 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Delhi govt's mobile mental health units handled 39 cases in 2 months

The Delhi government's mobile mental health units in 11 districts have handled 39 cases in the last two months, officials said on Friday. The Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) is involved with the functioning of these mobile units that started in September last year. These facilities are available in fully equipped ambulances.

The mobile units are involved in rescue and engaging into treatment homeless and homebound persons with mental illnesses, providing aftercare to persons with mental illness, epilepsy and stroke with behavioural issues, and counselling of persons with mental illnesses in shelter homes.

11:11 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Liquor vends in parts of Delhi see long queues

Liquor stores in several areas of Delhi witnessed long queues of tipplers on Saturday as some outlets offered discounts on different brands of alcohol. Liquor stores in some parts of the city, including Jahangirpuri, Shahdara and Mayur Vihar, offered up to 35 per cent discount on certain IMFL brands.

Liquor stores have to exhaust their stock by the end of March as licences will be renewed in the new financial year, said a liquor vend employee in East Delhi.

09:19 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Delhi's AQI in 'moderate' category

Delhi's 24-hour air quality was recorded in the "moderate" category on Saturday evening. The air quality index (AQI) read 159 at 8.30 pm.The air quality in neighbouring Faridabad (194), Gurugram (166), Ghaziabad (178), Greater Noida (142) and Noida (153) was also recorded in the "moderate" category. 

09:18 (IST)13 Feb 2022
☀️Delhi: Sunny day, clear skies on Sunday

For Sunday, the weather office has forecasted moderate fog in the morning and clear skies throughtout the day in Delhi. The maximum and minimum temperature are likely to settle around 24 and 7 degrees Celsius. 

09:16 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Delhi witnessed clear skies on Saturday

Delhi witnessed a clear sky on Saturday with the maximum temperature settling at 23.4 degrees Celsius, average for this time of the season, the India Meteorological Department said. The minimum temperature settled at 8 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average, the IMD said. The relative humidity oscillated between 37 and 76 per cent. 

09:09 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Two held for Shahdara snatching that left woman on ventilator

Days after a 40-year-old woman sustained severe injuries after she fell off a moving e-rickshaw while resisting a snatching bid in Shahdara, police have arrested two men. Investigators said they scanned over 500 CCTVs and detained and questioned more than 50 men in search of the accused.

The duo have been identified as Manish Singh (41), who is involved in more than 100 robberies and other criminal cases, and Mohit Gupta (34). Police recovered a pistol from Manish’s possession. The men confessed to their involvement in the Shahdara case, police said.

09:07 (IST)13 Feb 2022
‘Grand show’ on Ambedkar to start from Feb 25, free for all, says Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday said the Delhi government will hold two shows on B R Ambedkar every day from February 25 to March 12 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, as part of a “grand show” on the father of the Indian Constitution. He added that this will be free of cost for the general public. The mega event was to be held from January 5 originally but was postponed due to the rise in Covid-19 cases.

“Babasaheb Ambedkar is considered one of the greatest leaders of our country. He struggled a lot in his life and we all receive a lot of inspiration from his life. He has crores of fans around the world. I’m also one of them, I worship him. He struggled all his life and fought for justice for the poor and Dalits. He came from a poor family and ended up becoming the Law Minister,” Kejriwal said in a digital press conference Saturday.

00:06 (IST)13 Feb 2022
Gurgaon apartment roof collapse: Second body found under debris

The second body has been recovered from the debris on the first floor of tower D of Chintels Paradiso society in Gurgaon.  Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), fire department, and district administration were working to retrieve the body of the woman who died at the society when a part of the tower collapsed on Thursday. 


22:37 (IST)12 Feb 2022
2 injured as property dispute leads to violence in Delhi

A group of men allegedly thrashed some people over a property dispute in northeast Delhi's New Usmanpur area, police said on Saturday. Two people were injured and admitted to the GTB Hospital. Police have registered a case and arrested one of the four identified accused, named Jagat (62).

The accused put up boards of 'advocate' and 'Bharatiya Janata Party' in vehicles and the police said they will take up the matter with BJP officials and the bar council. According to the police, Jagat and his associates allegedly thrashed some relatives over a property dispute on Friday, video clips of which were widely circulated on social media. Responding to PCR calls, police reached the spot and noticed "riot-like situation" where some people have beaten another group brutally. The situation was controlled and the injured were shifted to hospital, a senior police officer said.

In one of the videos, a person is seen lying on a road and two men are thrashing him brutally. The victim is crying for help and an elderly woman comes to his rescue.

A case under sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 307 (attempt to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) and 34 (common intension) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered, the officer said. Four accused persons -- Jagat (62), Harender (41), Sumit (27) and Amit (24) -- have been identified on the basis of video footage and other evidence, while the rest are being identified. Of them, Jagat has been arrested, the officer said. (PTI)

A delegation of AISA activists outside the Banga Bhawan, holding placards before submitting a memorandum demanding the release of all activists of AISA who were arrested on 7th February by West Bengal Police, in New Delhi on Friday. (Amit Mehra)

Sixteen hours after a chunk of the sixth floor collapsed all the way down to the first floor at Chintels Paradiso society in Gurgaon’s Sector 109, rescue workers managed to pull out bureaucrat Arun Srivastava (60) who was stuck under the rubble inside his flat. His wife, Sunita (55), died under the debris.

On Thursday evening, the drawing room of an apartment on the sixth floor of Tower D caved and fell through the fifth, fourth, third and second floors, before crashing to the first-floor apartment which belonged to the couple. Srivastava, an Indian Railway Service of Engineers officer, and his wife were in their drawing room at the time. Srivastava was conscious, and his leg (below the knee) was caught under the rubble. Rescue teams took him out alive, with his leg intact.

READ | Gurgaon collapse: How rescuers spent 16 hours to get bureaucrat out from under the rubble

Rash driving has been a constant issue in the Greater Kailash I area where businessman Anant Mandelia (37) was hit by a car and dragged for some distance on its bonnet, his family as well as residents claimed. A family member, who asked not to be identified, said Mandelia’s condition was stable though he has not yet regained consciousness. He claimed Anant was trying to stop the accused from driving rashly when he was hit by the vehicle.

READ | Rash driving in area a constant concern: Kin, residents

Four persons, including a nine-year-old girl, who were out grazing sheep on an empty plot in Outer Delhi’s Bawana area died after an old building nearby collapsed and they were buried under the rubble on Friday. According to police, they were informed that a building near the DJB office had collapsed. So far, no FIR has been registered. Police identified the victims as Rukaiya Khatoon (55), Shahzad (25), Danish (24) and Afrin (9), who were from the Bawana JJ colony area. Their families alleged there was delay in rescue work — a claim police denied.

READ | Out grazing sheep, 4 killed in building collapse at Bawana

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First published on: 12-02-2022 at 08:57:21 am
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