Delhi News Highlights: The Delhi government has announced a ban on the storage, sale and use of firecrackers during Diwali this year as well, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Wednesday. Firecrackers were banned last year too. Considering the dangerous levels of pollution during Diwali over the last three years, a complete ban is being imposed on the storage, sale and use of firecrackers this year, Kejriwal tweeted. The ban was imposed last year as well.
The Delhi High Court Wednesday said that it is a “misfortune” of the public that construction of a 100-bedded hospital at Najafgarh was not getting completed and blamed Delhi government’s “lethargic approach” for it. The observation came after Centre told the court that 80 per cent of the construction has been completed but Delhi government has failed to grant “forest clearance” since December 2018 despite a detailed correspondence in this regard. A “transplantation” of trees has to take place for which the permission of the state authorities is required, advocate Anurag Ahluwalia told the court.
In another development, since the vaccination drive began in January, over 1.5 crore people have been inoculated in the national capital, out of which at least 1.07 crore have received at least 1 dose, according to state government’s data.
The Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested 6 men, including two allegedly trained by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Officials are claiming that the intelligence agency was working with Dawood Ibrahim’s brother to plan attacks during the festival season in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.