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Delhi Highlights: Capital records zero Covid-19 death, 32 cases; positivity rate rises to 0.14%

Delhi Air Quality Latest Updates, Petrol Prices Today Live: A thick layer of smog hung over Delhi-NCR on Friday after residents flouted the firecracker ban and emissions from farm fires in the region peaked at 36 per cent, pushing the capital's 24-hour average air quality index for the day after Diwali to 462, the highest in five years.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 6, 2021 9:19:55 am
At a Covid vaccination centre in Delhi. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Delhi Highlights: Delhi on Friday recorded zero death due to Covid-19 and 32 fresh cases with a positivity rate of 0.14 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. The number of cumulative cases stood at 14,40,035, while the death toll from the pandemic stood at 25,091 in Delhi. On Thursday, 40 cases were recorded with a positivity rate of 0.08 per cent.

The national capital has not reported any death due to Covid-19 so far this month. It reported four Covid-19 deaths in October and five in September.

BJP leader Kapil Mishra on Friday attended the Govardhan Puja, organised by members of the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, at the Sector 12A site in Gurgaon where namaz had been taking place every Friday. The Sector 12A site, where namaz was being offered under police protection, has witnessed disruptions from right-wing outfits and local residents for two weeks.

Meanwhile, a thick layer of acrid smog hung over Delhi-NCR on Friday after residents flouted the firecracker ban and emissions from farm fires in the region peaked at 36 per cent, pushing the capital’s 24-hour average air quality index for the day after Diwali to 462, the highest in five years. As smog partially blotted out the sun in Delhi and residents complained of itchy throat and watery eyes, the city’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai accused the BJP of instigating people to burn crackers by linking it to religion.

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Delhi News Highlights: Delhi records zero Covid-19 death, 32 cases; Delhi's post-Diwali air quality poorest in 5 years; BJP leader Kapil Mishra attends Govardhan Puja at Gurgaon Namaz site. Read latest news and updates below

22:00 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Delhi records season's lowest maximum temperature

Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 26.3 degrees Celsius on Friday, four notches below the normal and also the city's lowest maximum temperature this season so far, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The minimum temperature in the national capital settled at 15 degrees Celsius, it said.

The relative humidity was recorded at 69 per cent at 5.30 pm.
On Saturday, the national capital is expected to witness a "partly cloudy sky with shallow fog in the morning and strong surface winds during the day," according to the weather department.

The maximum temperature is likely to reach up to 29 degrees Celsius, while the minimum is expected to settle at 14 degrees Celsius, it forecast. (PTI)

21:59 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Bengaluru man arrested for duping Delhi bizman of over Rs 10 crore: Delhi Police

A Bengaluru man has been arrested for allegedly duping a Delhi businessman of over Rs 10 crore on a promise of Rs 500 crore profit for facilitating the sale of some purportedly DRDO-approved radioactive articles of the accused, police said here on Friday.

A Delhi police team arrested accused Atheeq Ahmad on the complaint of Delhi's East of Kailash-based paint and hardware trader Sanjay Taneja.

In his complainant, Taneja alleged that he was duped by a gang of 22 people, including Ahmad, of Rs 10.63 crore between March 2016 and September 2018, a senior police officer said.

The tricksters made him part with the money to help them maintain their radio-active articles, purportedly approved by Defence Research and Development Organisation, in their firms before their sale to a UK-based firm M/s Barclays Metal World, the officer added.

Taneja said he gave the entire amount to the accused either through bank transfer or cheques or cash in several tranches, the officials said, adding during the investigation, most of the money was found transferred to M/s Barclays Metal World. (PTI)

21:14 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Delhi: 143 people arrested for bursting firecrackers since Oct 28

From October 28 to November 4, 210 cases have been registered for bursting crackers and 143 people have been arrested. Meanwhile, 125 cases have been registered and 138 people arrested for supplying and selling firecrackers.

According to the consolidated Action Taken Report (ATR), a total of 19702.489 kg of firecrackers was recovered by the police. As many as 1143 calls were received by PCR regarding the bursting of crackers on November 4. A total of 11,396 kg of firecrackers was recovered from Rohini, which was the highest among the districts.

The maximum number of cases against the sale of firecrackers were registered in Rohini and West districts. Fourteen cases were registered in both the districts, followed by 13 cases in the East district and the North district where 12 cases were lodged. Read More

21:13 (IST)05 Nov 2021
190 low-floor AC CNG buses to be added to Delhi’s fleet

The Delhi Cabinet Friday approved the induction of 190 low-floor CNG propelled air-conditioned buses under its cluster scheme. The Delhi government currently operates a total of 3,033 non-AC and AC buses under the scheme.

With the addition of these 190 buses, the total number of cluster buses will reach 3,383 and the total bus fleet in Delhi will reach an all-time high of 7,140. The government said the buses will start arriving next year.

Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot in a tweet said, “Congrats Delhi! Cabinet today, under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cleared the proposal for induction of 190 low-floor AC CNG buses fitted with CCTV, GPS, panic buttons and differently-abled friendly.” Read More

21:11 (IST)05 Nov 2021
27 years on, former Delhi HC Bar Association president convicted for assaulting woman lawyer

More than 27 years after a woman lawyer was assaulted by a senior bar member, a Delhi court has convicted the accused, Rajiv Khosla, a former president of the Delhi High Court Bar Association, and said that police are often “very slow” in taking action when it comes to lawyers.

The complainant, Sujata Kohli, who was a lawyer at Tis Hazari Courts in the 1990s, retired last year as a District & Sessions Judge.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Central District, Tis Hazari Court, Gajender Singh Nagar held Khosla guilty for offences punishable under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506(i) (criminal intimidation). The matter is listed for arguments on sentence on November 15. While the incident took place on August 5, 1994, the case came before the court on July 7, 1995. Read More

21:09 (IST)05 Nov 2021
3.3 magnitude earthquake hits Jhajjar in Haryana

A 3.3-magnitude earthquake hit Jhajjar in Haryana on Friday, the National Centre for Seismology said.

The quake occurred at 8:15 pm at a depth of five kilometres, it said. (PTI)

21:09 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Delhi govt declares public holiday on Nov 10 for Chhath Puja

The Delhi government on Friday declared a public holiday on November 10 on account of Chhath Puja.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority had last week issued an order allowing the celebration of Chhath Puja at designated sites in the city except on the banks of the Yamuna river.

"Chhath Puja is an important festival for the people of NCT of Delhi. Accordingly, the Government of Delhi has decided to declare November 10, 2021, as a public holiday on account of Chhath Puja," said a note issued by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The DDMA had issued on September 30 prohibiting the celebration of Chhath at public places due to the threat of Covid-19. (PTI)

21:07 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Delhi's post-Diwali air quality poorest in 5 years

Delhi recorded its poorest post-Diwali air quality in five years on Friday with a deadly cocktail of noxious fumes from firecrackers and stubble burning pushing the 24-average AQI to 462, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) the day after Diwali was 435 last year, 368 in 2019; 390 in 2018; 403 in 2017 and 445 in 2016. The AQI was 382 on Diwali day this year, 414 in 2020; 337 in 2019; 281 in 2018; 319 in 2017 and 431 in 2016.

A thick layer of acrid smog hung over Delhi-NCR on Friday after residents flouted the ban on firecrackers to celebrate Diwali and emissions from farm fires in the region peaked at 36 per cent. Residents in many parts of Delhi-NCR complained of an itchy throat and watery eyes on Friday. (PTI)

20:56 (IST)05 Nov 2021
DPCC shuts 92 construction, demolition sites for violating dust control norms

As the city witnessed AQI in 'severe' category a day after Diwali, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee on Friday shut down 92 construction and demolition projects that were found violating dust control norms.

The pollution control body, in a statement, said field inspections were strengthened and special drives were intensified on Friday to monitor construction and demolition projects in the city.

Closure directions were issued to 37 construction/demolition sites in the North Delhi district and an environmental damage compensation (EDC) of Rs 9 lakh was imposed on all the 37 sites.

A total of 12 projects in the Central district and 10 in the North West district were also issued closure directions for violation of dust control measures.

After the rampant cracker bursting on Diwali despite restrictions in place, air quality deteriorated in many parts of north and central India, including the national capital where it was the poorest in five years post the festival with a rise in stubble burning in neighbouring states compounding the pollution woes. (PTI)

20:26 (IST)05 Nov 2021
BJP, Cong demand Delhi govt slash VAT on fuel New Delhi

BJP and the Congress Friday demanded the Kejriwal government immediately reduce the Value Added Tax on petrol and diesel to give relief to people. The Congress also said the Modi government's excise duty cuts on fuel prices are too meagre.

Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly and BJP MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri said the Kejriwal government must immediately reduce the VAT on petrol and diesel in Delhi by Rs 10 each, claiming it was highest across the country.

He warned Delhi BJP MLAs will protest at the chief minister's residence on Monday if VAT is not reduced by Sunday.

Petrol now costs Rs 103.97 per litre in Delhi against Rs 110.04 per litre, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.
Petrol price on Thursday was cut by Rs 6.07 per litre and diesel price by Rs 11.75 in Delhi as oil companies passed on a record reduction in excise duty rates to consumers. (PTI)

19:18 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Delhi: 3 men break into businessman’s house, loot Rs 2 crore cash and jewellery

Three men broke into a businessman’s house at Paschim Vihar, tied up his family, and allegedly made off with Rs 2 crore and jewellery worth around Rs 50 lakh. The incident took place on November 2.

Police said the thieves gained entry to the house with the help of two domestic workers, who the family hired two months ago. Police have lodged an FIR and are conducting raids to nab five persons, including two women.

DCP (Outer district) Parvinder Singh said the incident came to light after they received a PCR call from Shubham Enclave, Paschim Vihar (East), around 6 pm on November 2. “The complainant, Harmeet Arora, told police that they had hired two women more than a month ago from a South Delhi-based placement agency. They also provided them accommodation on the ground floor of the house,” the DCP said. Read More

15:43 (IST)05 Nov 2021
‘Difficult to breathe’: Twitterati reacts to Delhi air pollution

A day after Diwali celebrations, there seems to be no respite from Delhi’s air quality as the pollution levels in the region entered the “severe plus” category on Friday.

Levels of pollutants rose sharply from Thursday night onwards, data from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) indicates. At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium station for instance, PM2.5 levels increased from 389 µg/m3 at 8 pm Thursday to a high of 1,553 µg/m3 at 1 am on Friday. This is nearly 26 times the standard of 60 µg/m3 for PM2.5. It stood at around 1,164 µg/m3 at 6 am on Friday.

Since this morning, Delhiites have been steadfastly posting photos and tweeting about the smog and increased levels of smog and the low visibility. Read More

15:20 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Delhi's air quality deteriorated due to farm fires, bursting of firecrackers: Minister

Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Friday said that Delhi's air quality had deteriorated due to a surge in farm fires and some people bursting firecrackers on purpose on Diwali despite a ban on it. He alleged that the BJP made people burst firecrackers on Diwali on Thursday.

Rai said Delhi's base pollution has remained the same. Only two factors have been added – firecrackers and stubble burning.

The minister said the number of farm fires has risen to 3,500 and its impact is visible in Delhi.

According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences' air quality forecast agency SAFAR, stubble burning accounted for 36 per cent of Delhi's PM2.5 on Friday, the highest so far this season. (PTI)

12:07 (IST)05 Nov 2021
BJP Leader Kapil Mishra arrives for Govardhan Puja

BJP Leader Kapil Mishra arrived for the Govardhan Puja, organised by members of the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, at the Sector 12A site in Gurgaon where namaz had been taking place every Friday. 

The Samiti, which comprises 22 outfits, has invited Dasna Devi head priest Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, who said he won’t be able to make it.

12:04 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Preparations begin for Govardhan Puja at Gurgaon Namaz site

Preparations have begun for the Govardhan Puja, organised by members of the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, at the Sector 12A site in Gurgaon where namaz had been taking place every Friday. 

Preparations begin for Govardhan Puja at the disputed namaz site in sector 12 A, Gurgaon.
11:28 (IST)05 Nov 2021
No major fire incident reported this Diwali

The Delhi Fire Service on Friday said it received 152 fire-related calls on Diwali, which was less than 25 per cent from last year and the lowest so far on the festival. No major fire incident or casualty was reported, Director of Delhi Fire Service, Atul Garg, said. Out of the 152 calls, four-fire related calls were suspected due to crackers while other calls were related to short-circuit, fire in garbage and due to lighting of earthen lamps, they said. (PTI)

11:27 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Delhi air pollution: PM2.5, PM10 levels shoot through the roof morning after Diwali

Delhi’s air turned severely polluted the morning after Diwali, with the city having witnessed bursting of firecrackers despite the ban.

Levels of pollutants rose sharply from Thursday night onwards, data from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) indicates. At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium station for instance, PM2.5 levels increased from 389 µg/m3 at 8 pm Thursday to a high of 1,553 µg/m3 at 1 am on Friday. This is nearly 26 times the standard of 60 µg/m3 for PM2.5. It stood at around 1,164 µg/m3 at 6 am on Friday.

PM10 levels at the station also shot through the roof early on Friday morning. At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium monitoring stations, PM10 levels hit 1,643 µg/m3 at 1 am on Friday, up from 519 µg/m3 at 8 pm. The standard for PM10 levels is 100 µg/m3. Sulphur dioxide emissions recorded at the station also peaked around 1 am on Friday at 35.5 µg/m3, while the level of nitrogen oxides hit a high of 142.8 µg/m3 at 1 am, up from around 24.7 µg/m3 at 7 pm Thursday. Read the full report here. 

09:53 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Foggy morning in Delhi

Foggy conditions prevailed in the national capital on Friday morning and the minimum temperature settled at 15 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department said.

With moderate fog, visibility was reported in the 200 to 500 metre range at Delhi's two airports, IGI Palam and Safdarjung, at 5.30 am. "IGI Palam has lowest visibility of 350 metre while the city side has more poor visibility of 200 metre," the weather department said. (PTI)

09:48 (IST)05 Nov 2021
Delhi Police issue over 3 lakh challans since April for violation of Covid norms

The Delhi Police has issued over 3 lakh challans in the last seven months against people who have violated Covid norms in the public. Police said most of the offenders were caught without a face mask and violating social distancing in markets.

Police have been prosecuting people since April this year when the Covid-19second wave started. The violators pay a fine of Rs 500 – Rs 2,000.

Of the total 3,14,977 challans issued from April 19 till November 3, nearly 22,78,121 challans were issued against people for not wearing face masks in public. This was followed by 30,368 challans for violating social distancing norms. The police also booked more than 1,464 people/groups for holding large gatherings in the city. Read the full report here. 

09:47 (IST)05 Nov 2021
2 held with 40 kg illegal firecrackers in Old Faridabad

Faridabad Police arrested two men with over 40 kg of illegal firecrackers in Old Faridabad area on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. The accused had purchased the firecrackers from Uttar Pradesh and were selling it in different parts of Faridabad and NCR, said the police.

On Wednesday night, a police patrolling team found the accused men, identified as Pradeep Kumar (24) and Chaman (22), selling crackers in sacks at different locations in Old Faridabad’s Gopi Colony area.

During interrogation, the accused told the police they had procured the firecrackers from a mutual contact in Uttar Pradesh and were selling them to make some quick money in view of the prevailing ban on firecrackers. Read the full report here. 

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Invited to puja at Gurgaon namaz site: Kapil Mishra, Yati Narsinghanand

BJP leader Kapil Mishra will attend the Govardhan Puja, organised by members of the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, at the Sector 12A site in Gurgaon where namaz had been taking place every Friday. The Samiti, which comprises 22 outfits, has invited Dasna Devi head priest Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, who said he won’t be able to make it.

The Sector 12A site, where namaz was being offered under police protection, has witnessed disruptions from right-wing outfits and local residents for two weeks. On October 29, 26 protesters — a majority from right-wing groups — were arrested for attempting to disrupt the namaz before being released on bail the same day.

BJP MP writes to CM: Delhi University teachers not paid in months

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) and BJP MP Rakesh Sinha Wednesday said employees of 12 DU Colleges that are 100% funded by the Delhi government will have a ‘Black Diwali’ as their salaries have not been paid for several months.

Sinha has written to CM Arvind Kejriwal saying he will be sitting on a “symbolic hunger strike”. “On an auspicious occasion like Deepawali with a heavy heart I write this letter to you, that under your governance, the teachers, non-teaching staff and the contractual staff at the 12 Delhi administration funded DU Colleges have to live with ‘Black Deepawali’,” wrote Sinha.

Delhi: Schools to raise awareness among students on cybercrimes

Once every month, students of classes VI and above in schools in Delhi will have sessions and activities on the prevention of cybercrimes through a government programme looking to make them ‘cyber warriors’.

This school programme is part of the Union home ministry’s scheme, Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), under which the first Wednesday of every month is to be observed as ‘Cyber Jagrookta Divas’.

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