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Delhi news highlights: Delhi reports 41 fresh Covid-19 cases, positivity at 0.06%

Delhi News Highlights: Amid the ongoing fears of the Covid third wave, the DDMA has suggested restricted celebrations of festivals.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 20, 2021 8:18:38 am
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Delhi News Highlights: Delhi on Saturday recorded 41 new Covid-19 cases and no death. The positivity rate is at 0.06%.

However, 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.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday urged children to participate in the Delhi government’s anti-dengue campaign, and check their homes and surroundings for any stagnated water and drain it. The theme of this week’s campaign against dengue is ‘Children of Delhi’ and ‘Come On Kids, Let’s Give Dengue A Kick; 10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute is the trick’ is the tagline, the statement said.

In other news, the Delhi Commission For Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has developed an early warning system to help government schools take measures in case a student is absent for long durations. The technology-based mechanism will help government schools in tracking attendance of students to prevent incidences of dropouts and also aid children in case they are in a high risk situation.

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22:50 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Members of SC, ST communities stage protest against National Monetisation Pipeline

Scores of people from the scheduled castes and the scheduled tribes communities on Saturday staged a protest at the Jantar Mantar here to oppose the National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP).

The demonstration was held under the aegis of the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations, popularly known as Parisangh -- a organisation comprising employees and social activists. The protest was led by Parisangh national chairperson and former Delhi MP Udit Raj. 

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had last month announced the Rs 6 lakh crore NMP that will look to unlock value in infrastructure assets across sectors ranging from power to road and railways.  

Raj claimed that at present, about 80 per cent government posts are lying vacant.    

'Instead of filling up these vacant posts, the Modi government is snatching away (government posts). More than 240 posts are lying vacant in different tribunals. Out of 54 central government universities, there is no single SC/ST/OBC vice chancellor,' he said. (PTI)

22:48 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Taliban must respect human rights; we support farmers’ protest: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind faction

The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind’s (JUH-Maulana Mahmood Madani) faction on Saturday issued a statement on Afghanistan and the ongoing protest by the farmers.

It said that the group was hoping that the Taliban not only respects the human rights of Afghans, but also ensures that Afghanistan is not be used by any nation to target another country. Read more

20:58 (IST)18 Sep 2021
At Delhi govt schools, system to identify kids in distress by tracking attendance to be rolled out

A pre-emptive system to try and identify children in distress by tracking their school attendance is in the process of being rolled out in Delhi government schools.

Since September 1, students of classes IX to XII in Delhi have been permitted to attend school physically on a voluntary basis and at 50% classroom capacity. With this limited re-opening, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights is working to implement an ‘Early Warning System’ in government schools — a technology-based system which aims to track student attendance to identify children at risk and in distress. Read more

20:57 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Youths of Uttarakhand forced to migrate due to lack of employment: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal claimed youths of Uttarakhand are forced to migrate due to lack of employment opportunities in the state. He also said he will be talking to them during his visit to the state on Sunday. Kejriwal said the youth of Uttarakhand should get employment in the state itself.

"I am going to Uttarakhand tomorrow. The youth of Uttarakhand is forced to migrate due to lack of employment opportunities. The youth of Uttarakhand should get employment in Uttarakhand itself. It can happen, it is possible. If there is a government with clear intentions. Tomorrow I will talk to the youth of Uttarakhand," Kejriwal tweeted. (PTI)

20:01 (IST)18 Sep 2021
18 dengue cases so far in Gurgaon, health department ramps up surveillance, testing

Following a rise in viral fever and flu cases in the city, the district health department has ramped up surveillance for dengue, malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. The department has set up a 20-bed ward at the civil hospital to deal with a contingency or outbreak.

So far this year, the city has reported 18 cases of dengue and two cases of malaria. Officials said cases are scattered across the district and the dengue strain is causing low- to moderate-grade fever, followed by a low platelet count after a few days.

This year, cases have been reported from Badshahpur, Wazirabad, Jharsa, Bhondsi, Krishna Colony among other areas. In 2020, 51 cases of dengue and four cases of malaria were reported. Read more

20:00 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Kejriwal asks children to participate in Delhi govt's anti-dengue campaign

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday urged children to participate in the Delhi government's anti-dengue campaign, and check their homes and surroundings for any stagnated water and drain it.

The theme of this week's campaign against dengue is 'Children of Delhi' and 'Come On Kids, Let's Give Dengue A Kick; 10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute is the trick' is the tagline, the statement said.

"Dear kids, get ready to fight dengue. Let's do a 10-minute homework every Sunday to protect Delhi from dengue. For this, we need to check our homes and surrounding areas for any signs of stagnant water. If we do find water, let's drain it, replace it regularly or cover it with a small layer of oil. Let's also call up our friends and ask them to take part in this campaign. Come, let's save our Delhi from dengue," the statement quoting the chief minister said.

The Delhi government, like last year, has started its '10 Hafte, 10 Baje, 10 Minute' campaign to eliminate dengue in Delhi, an official statement said. (PTI)

19:24 (IST)18 Sep 2021
New portal to aid children in crisis by tracking school attendance

The Delhi Commission For Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has developed an early warning system to help government schools take measures in case a student is absent for long durations.

The technology-based mechanism will help government schools in tracking attendance of students to prevent incidences of dropouts and also aid children in case they are in a high risk situation.

If a child is absent for more than seven days at a stretch or the attendance is merely 30 per cent in a month, the system will send SMS to his or her parents in Hindi, which will convey the message that the school is missing the student and waiting for them to return, DCPCR Chairman Anurag Kundu said.

The next day, the parents would receive an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) call where a recorded message will urge the student to go back to school. (PTi)

19:23 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Delhi HC denies pre-arrest bail to man, says he is 'bad character', faces several cases

The Delhi High Court has refused to grant pre-arrest bail to a person, saying he is a "bad character" and the chances of him threatening the person, who suffered a jaw fracture after being attacked, cannot be ruled out.

Justice Subramonium Prasad said that his custody was required for the recovery of a knife, which he had used to injure the complainant. The judge also said that the accused, Azad Singh, had several cases registered against him. He has been evading arrest since September last year, and if given anticipatory bail, there is reasonable apprehension that he is likely to abscond, the judge said.

"(Considering) the fact that the petitioner is a 'bad character' of the (his) area, having a number of cases registered against him, the chances of the petitioner threatening the complainant and his family members cannot be ruled,” he said. The effect of injury is such that the complainant has suffered a jaw fracture, Justice Prasad said.

"The fact that the nature of injury, the antecedents of the petitioner, the chances of the petitioner fleeing from justice, are all relevant factors for grant or refusal of bail. This court is not inclined to grant anticipatory bail to the petitioner," he said. (PTI)

19:22 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Maharashtra ATS arrests man linked to terror module busted by Delhi cops

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested a man from Mumbai in connection with the Pakistan-supported terror module busted by Delhi Police earlier this week.

Zakir Hussain Shaikh, the accused, was in touch with someone from "neighbouring country", the ATS told a court here on Saturday while seeking his remand. The court sent him in the ATS custody till September 20.

Shaikh was nabbed from suburban Jogeshwari during an operation conducted on Friday night, sources in the Mumbai police department said.

The Delhi Police's Special Cell on Tuesday busted a `terror module' with the arrest of six men, including two terrorists trained by Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI.

The module was allegedly planning to carry out blasts across the country. (PTI)

16:39 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Jamia VC included in defence ministry panel on NCC; Baijayant Panda to head body

Jamia Millia Islamia vice-chancellor Najma Akhtar has been appointed as a member of the high-level expert committee constituted by the Ministry of Defence for “a comprehensive review of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in order to make it more relevant in changing times”.

The committee will be headed by former MP Baijayant Panda. Read more

16:23 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Delhi records 41 new Covid cases, no death

Delhi records 41 new Covid-19 cases and no death. The positivity rate is at 0.06%. (PTI)

16:03 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Safdarjung Tomb dome damaged in rain, ASI to start repairs

The dome of the 18th century Safdarjung Tomb on Aurobindo Marg has suffered damages owing to the recent rains. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken cognisance of the matter and will begin a repair exercise soon.

On being asked about the extent of damages, an ASI spokesperson said, “We are aware of the damages and are preparing a detailed plan for repairs as per our team’s assessment. It will start within a week.” Read more

15:35 (IST)18 Sep 2021
CBSE to launch reading mission across 25,000 schools

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is set to launch a two-year ‘Reading Mission’ across 25,000 of its affiliated schools with the stated aim of encouraging students to engage actively with schools.

The ‘CBSE Reading Mission’ will be launched on Monday in partnership with Pratham Books’ StoryWeaver and Central Square Foundation. The schools that are a part of this mission will have access to English and Hindi literature for children between classes I to VIII which are available on StoryWeaver. Read more

14:02 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Grey Line: Delhi Metro's Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand corridor inaugurated

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated the extended grey line corridor from Najafgarh to Dhansa Bus stand via a video conference. The new corridor will benefit the residents of 50 villages nearby, said the CM.

13:14 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Bangla Sahib Gurdwara closed for visitors with immediate effect, SDM cites violation of Covid norms

The sub divisional magistrate (SDM) of Chanakyapuri has issued an order to close down the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara for visitors with immediate effect alleging violation of Covid-19 protocols. In an order dated September 16, SDM Chanakyapuri Geeta Grover said that Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) orders had been violated which state “religious places shall be permitted to open but no visitors will be allowed”. (Read Aranya Shankar's report)

11:04 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Jantar Mantar anti-Muslim slogans: Delhi court denies bail to Sudarshan Vahini president

A Delhi court has denied bail to Vinod Sharma, national president of Hindu outfit Sudarshan Vahini, who is accused in the anti-Muslim sloganeering incident at a Jantar Mantar event in August.

Additional Sessions Judge Anil Antil denied bail to Sharma stating that he “may not be the person who was directly delivering those inflammatory/ hatred speeches”, however, he was “instrumental in organising the protest at Jantar Mantar”. The court held that this was evident from the material placed on record, like banners and posters, on which Sharma’s mobile number and photographs are printed with a call to his supports to join the protest. Read More

10:27 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Noida woman ‘kidnapping’: Police say woman’s family lied after she left home

A day after the father of a 20-year-old woman filed a complaint that she had been harassed and kidnapped while out on a morning walk, the Gautam Buddh Nagar police said she had left home on her own and the family tried to mislead them. On Thursday, the father filed a complaint at Badalpur police station claiming his daughter had been dragged into a car and kidnapped while out on a morning walk with three of her siblings. Read More

10:16 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Terror module: Uncle of accused surrenders in UP, another arrest made in Mumbai

Days after six men including two allegedly trained by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) were arrested in connection with a terror plot, the uncle of one of the accused surrendered at Kareli police station in Allahabad. A Delhi Police Special Cell team has gone to arrest him.

On Friday night, police also arrested one Zakir Hussain Sheikh from Mumbai who allegedly works for D-company. Following Tuesday’s arrests, Special CP (Special Cell) Neeraj Thakur had said, “We have arrested Jaan Mohammed Sheikh (47) alias Sameer Kaliya, a resident of Maharashtra; Osama alias Sami (22), a resident of Jamia Nagar; Moolchand alias Saaju (47), a resident of Rae Bareli; Zeeshan Qamar (28), resident of Allahabad; Mohd Abu Bakar (23), resident of Bahraich; and Mohd Amir Javed (31) of Lucknow.” Officials also claimed that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was allegedly working with Dawood Ibrahim’s brother to plan attacks in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. Read More

09:45 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Delhi weather: Capital likely to see light rainfall today, says IMD

Delhi is likely to witness light rainfall on Saturday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said. The maximum temperature is likely to be 33 degrees Celsius, while the minimum could stand at 24 degrees Celsius. The national capital is likely to remain under a cloud cover and light rainfall will continue till September 21. For September 22 and 23, thunderstorms are on the cards. Read More

09:08 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Cutting down dust: Onus on pvt firms to stick to 14-point plan

Environment Minister Gopal Rai has asked private construction agencies in Delhi to adhere to guidelines to prevent dust pollution within 15 days. All private agencies are required to hold review meetings at their construction sites to ensure whether the guidelines are being followed, besides appointing an employee to ensure that they are followed. The government will take strict action against private agencies not following the guidelines, Rai said. 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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