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Delhi News Highlight: Delhi bans firecrackers for Diwali; HC pulls up govt for Najafgarh hospital construction delay

Delhi news highlights: The weatherman has issued a yellow alert for today and an orange alert for Thursday.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: September 16, 2021 8:16:10 am
delhi news, delhi news today, delhi weather today, delhi rain todayFirecrackers were banned for Diwali last year too.

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.

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Delhi news highlights: Capital records 38 fresh Covid cases, zero deaths; Covid positivity rate at 0.05 percent; moderate rainfall expected today; MET dept issues orange alert; follow for more updates

21:11 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Delhi reports 57 new cases, 53 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours

Delhi reports 57 new cases, 53 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours.

19:24 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Demand for Hindu Rashtra does not amount to promoting enmity between religious groups, argues accused in Jantar Mantar hate speech case

The demand of a Hindu Rashtra would not amount to promoting enmity between religious groups, one of the organisers of the event, where anti-Muslim slogans were raised at Jantar Mantar last month, contended before the Delhi High Court Wednesday while seeking bail in the case registered by Delhi Police.

“I am submitting with the greatest sense of responsibility that if ladyship holds today that a demand for Hindu Rashtra comes within the purview of Section 153A (IPC), I will not press my bail application,” advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing accused Preet Singh, argued before the bench of Justice Mukta Gupta.

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19:18 (IST)15 Sep 2021
HC pulls up Delhi govt for delay in construction of Najafgarh hospital

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.

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18:27 (IST)15 Sep 2021
DU reopens doors for practical classes, but attendance thin on day 1

Delhi University reopened its doors for practical classes on Wednesday to a muted response from students, particularly those from outside the city who are choosing to stay away for now.

From Wednesday, the university and its colleges are open for laboratory and practical work for final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students who can also attend these offline. In this phased reopening, the rooms are to be used only at 50% capacity and all theory classes will continue completely online.

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16:05 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Delhi to earn Rs 10,000 crore revenue under new excise policy, says Manish Sisodia

Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia Wednesday said that the city government is expected to earn around Rs 10,000 crore in a year from bidding of liquor shops with the implementation of new liquor policy.

The government has received 215 bids for retail vends in 32 zones across the city, he added.

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14:42 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Tress of Delhi: At Lodhi Gardens, a mango tree that stood test of time could be nearing its end

A mango tree located in the heart of Lodhi garden has stood the test of time. But with canker disease, or “tree cancer”, caretakers think it is nearing its end.

The tree stands north of the Shish Gumbad (glass dome), almost mirroring its magnificence. The dome still has a few remains of the glazed blue ceramic tiles, which earlier covered it entirely. The mango tree, too, has witnessed the changing times.

14:41 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Delhi weather: rain likely in Delhi-NCR region today

Wednesday is likely to be another rainy day for Delhi-NCR. Light to moderate rainfall along with the possibility of thundershowers in the evening or night are on the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast for the national capital. Read more 

14:39 (IST)15 Sep 2021
JNUSU on indefinite strike demanding hostel allocation for first year students

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) is on a week-long indefinite strike on campus demanding hostel allocation for first-year students.

The students’ union has been protesting outside the Dean of Students office demanding hostel allotment for first-year students of the 2020 batch as well for students 2019 batch. They have also demanded the “immediate issuance of ID cards” for new students, improvement in hostel infrastructure, and universal vaccination. Read more 

14:38 (IST)15 Sep 2021
SC unhappy over "hurried" appointment of acting NCLAT Chairperson

The Supreme Court Wednesday expressed resentment over the "hurried" appointment of Justice M Venugopal as Acting Chairperson of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT).

A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana said it would take up the matter on Thursday and asked Attorney General K K Venugopal to take instructions on the issue. Read more 

14:34 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Delhi: DDMA permits exhibitions, schools to remain shut for up to class 8

Exhibitions such as trade fairs will be allowed in the city from Thursday onward, with the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) further scaling down Covid-19 restrictions. Adherence to Covid norms, such as social distancing, wearing masks, sanitisation and so on have to be ensured by organisers, according to the guidelines. Read more 

14:21 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Delhi govt moves Supreme Court challenging GNCTD Act amendments

The Delhi Government has moved the Supreme Court challenging the amendments made to the ‘Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) Act’ giving greater powers to the Lieutenant Governor contending that it violates the “basic structure” of the Constitution.

The plea said that the changes “diminish the constitutionally guaranteed powers and functions of the elected legislative assembly and council of ministers of the NCT of Delhi, overturn the constitutionally stipulated balance between the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the Union Government, and impermissibly overrule the” 2018 “judgment of the” court in “Government of NCT of Delhi v Union of India”. Read more 

13:56 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Delhi: DDA to build international sports complex in Dwarka

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has approved a proposal to set up an international sports complex in Dwarka that will also have spaces for hotels, a convention centre, retail outlets and residential blocks.

DDA sports commissioner D Sarkar said that residential spaces like service apartments would be mainly for athletes. Read more 

11:30 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Delhi traffic police prosecute people for tying ribbons and using danglers to hide number plates

The Delhi traffic police have started prosecuting people for tying ribbons and using danglers to hide their number plates from cameras. On Tuesday, the police prosecuted 250 violators and started drives in several parts of Delhi.

Special CP (traffic) Muktesh Chander said, “Such tricks, to hide a part of a number plate, to avoid prosecution of traffic offences by the camera, will not work. Delhi Traffic Police is keeping a close eye on such vehicles. Algorithms can figure out the correct number and traffic police can reach their doorsteps.” Read more 

10:13 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Tress of Delhi: At Lodhi Gardens, a mango tree that stood test of time could be nearing its end

A mango tree located in the heart of Lodhi garden has stood the test of time. But with canker disease, or "tree cancer", caretakers think it is nearing its end.

The tree stands north of the Shish Gumbad (glass dome), almost mirroring its magnificence. The dome still has a few remains of the glazed blue ceramic tiles, which earlier covered it entirely. The mango tree, too, has witnessed the changing times. 

Of all the trees in Lodhi Garden, this mango tree found a spot in a list of 16 ‘heritage’ trees prepared by the Delhi government a few years ago. With no signboard near it, a visitor to the gardens is unlikely to know it is on any such list. Read more 

09:26 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Only ‘tech-savvy’ officials for electoral rolls, says Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer

Keeping in mind the increasing role of technology in the election process, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh has directed all the DEOs (District Election Officers) to “comprehensively review the work of BLOs (Booth Level Officers)” and replace those who cannot handle smartphones with “tech-savvy BLOs”.

This was conveyed in a video conference held by the CEO with all DEOs and Electoral Registration Officers Monday regarding the ensuing Special Summary Revision-2022. Read more

09:24 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Panic in Haryana village as 7 kids die in 3 weeks, health officials probe

In the time of Covid and public health emergency, health officials in Palwal district of Haryana are scrambling to diagnose the reason for the death of at least seven children, all aged below 14, within three weeks in a village.

Such is the panic in Chilli village, over 20 km from Palwal, that health officials are camping in a panchayat house to investigate the cause of death – it is still unclear and the reasons being cited, by residents of the village and health officials, range from dengue to pneumonia, gastroenteritis to vector-borne diseases owing to lack of sanitation. Read more 

21:34 (IST)14 Sep 2021
38 fresh COVID-19 cases in Delhi, no new fatality

The national capital recorded zero fatality due to the coronavirus on Tuesday, along with 38 fresh infections at a positivity rate of 0.05 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here. The national capital had recorded 17 COVID-19 cases, the lowest since March 28 last year, and zero death on Monday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.04 per cent. The capital has recorded only one fatality due to the infection in September so far. The total number of tests conducted the previous day stood at 70,308. With the new cases, the overall infection tally in the city climbed to 14,38,288. --PTI

19:09 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Delhi Police lodges rape FIR against LJP MP Prince Raj

Delhi police has registered an FIR under IPC provisions relating to rape, criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence at Connaught Place Police Station against Prince Raj, the LJP MP from Samastipur in Bihar, on the basis of a complaint filed by a woman three months ago.

The FIR also named LJP leader Chirag Paswan, who, the complaint alleged, conspired to delay action against his cousin Prince.

The police lodged the FIR on September 9 on directions from a Delhi court, after the complainant approached it. Read more

14:31 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Vaccination camps set up in market areas as Gurgaon administration kicks off mega vaccination drive

The Gurgaon administration has set up vaccination camps across three market areas – near Hanuman Mandir in Sadar Bazaar, Galleria market, and Fawara Chowk bus stand to increase coverage.

These camps will be functional for four hours between 4 pm and 8 pm. Officials said 200 slots for the Covishield vaccine would be available in these market areas. Read More 

14:29 (IST)14 Sep 2021
Tokyo bronze medalist and wrestler Bajrang Punia meets CM Kejriwal at his home today

Tokyo Olympics bronze winner, wrestler Bajrang Punia meets Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his home in Civil Lines.

Terrorists trained by Pakistan’s ISI planned festival attacks, 6 arrested: Delhi Police Special Cell

The Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested six men, including two allegedly trained by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), with officials 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.

Special CP (Special Cell) Neeraj Thakur said, “We have arrested Jaan Mohammed Sheikh (47), 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), a resident of Allahabad; Mohd Abu Bakar (23), a resident of Bahraich; and Mohd Amir Javed (31), a resident of Lucknow.”

Red Fort violence: Delhi Police sees a conspiracy in rise of tractor sales

To substantiate its allegation that the Republic Day violence by a section of farm protesters was “a deep-rooted, well-orchestrated conspiracy”, the Delhi Police has cited a “rise” in sale of tractors in Punjab and Haryana between November 2020 and January 2021.

The “sale of tractors rises to a considerable extent rapidly in a well-orchestrated conspiracy and with the sole object…to take tractors to Delhi for agitation and protest,” says the chargesheet.

Ex-J&K MLC’s murder: Police nab one of the accused from Jammu

Days after former member of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council and National Conference leader Trilochan Singh Wazir (67) was found dead inside an apartment in West Delhi’s Basai Darapur, the Delhi Police nabbed one of the accused from Jammu in connection with the murder case.

The man, identified as Rajender Chaudhary alias Raju, was caught in Jammu on Tuesday morning, while the other accused are still on the run. The Police alleged he was involved in the conspiracy.

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