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Delhi News Highlights: Celebrations break out at Punjab-Haryana border as farmers head home

Delhi Covid-19 Omicron Variant Cases News, Farmers Vacate Singhu Border Latest Updates: The SKM further informed that starting December 11, farmers at different border points will start vacating the protest sites and return to their home states.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 13, 2021 8:48:20 am
Farmers begin to leave Singhu border on Saturday morning, after the suspension of their year-long protest against the 3 farm laws. (Express)

Delhi Live: Three weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repeal of the three farm laws and days after Parliament officially annulled them, protesting farmers brought the curtains down on their year-long agitation Saturday and began to vacate the protest sites at the Tikri and Singhu borders.

At the Tikri protest site, farmers spent most of Friday morning dismantling their makeshift tents, packing their belongings, and taking stock of items that had to be donated to the poor. Some farmers from Punjab’s Mansa district also decided to take memorabilia from their year-long protest that ended on Thursday — soil packed into tiny plastic jars and protest pamphlets safely tucked away into bags.

The year-long protest had presented an unprecedented political crisis for the NDA Government, including the loss of a key ally, and drawn the attention of the Supreme Court. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is an umbrella body of about 40 protesting farm unions, said that with the Centre agreeing to several demands, “the current agitation stands suspended”.

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New Delhi Farmers Protest, Coronavirus Cases Today News: Farmers leave Delhi today; vacate Singhu, Tikri protest sites; Namaz disrupted again as protesters hold event to ‘mourn chopper crash victims’. Follow live updates here.

21:03 (IST)12 Dec 2021
New Delhi Municipal Council’s e-vehicle push: 40 more charging stations to come up

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will be adding 40 more electric charging stations, for two- and four-wheelers, taking the total number of stations under its jurisdiction to 100 in the next four months.

The stations will come up in areas like Netaji Nagar, Kali Mandir lane, Dr Abdul Kalam Road, Lodhi Estate, near Lodhi Garden, Sansad Marg, President’s Estate, Chanakyapuri, near Akashvani Bhawan, and Mandi House.

The NDMC is working on the Public Charging Stations (PCS) project along with state-run Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL). It has presently installed such 60 stations in areas like Jor Bagh, Diplomatic Enclave, Connaught Place near Palika Kendra, Barakhamba Road, and Khan Market.

18:29 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Smuggling of drugs resulting in addiction in students, adolescents, says High Court

Smuggling of narcotics is increasingly resulting in drug addiction amongst the public, especially adolescents and students, Delhi High Court said on Sunday, PTI reported. 

18:26 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Delhi transport dept asks scrappers to fix 'fair' market value for old vehicles being impounded

The transport department of the Delhi government has authorised the scrappers empanelled by it to fix a "fair" market value for more than 15-year-old vehicles being impounded for scrapping, officials said on Sunday.

Earlier this month, the department issued a detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) for scrapping diesel or petrol vehicles that are more than 15 years old by its enforcement branch.

Taking cognisance of the increasing vehicular pollution and the poor air quality in Delhi, there is an urgent need for a standing order regarding scrapping and phasing out of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) from the city roads, according to an order issued by the transport department. (PTI)

15:56 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Parents, school bodies seek resumption of offline classes

Various school bodies and parents of students have continued to push for the reopening of educational institutions after they were closed again following the Supreme Court’s reprimand of the Delhi government over its pollution control measures.

Schools in the city had opened for all classes, including primary and middle school students, on November 1 but a spike in air pollution forced them to close two weeks later. They were opened again on November 29, only to be shut on December 2 after the Supreme Court rapped the Delhi government and the Centre over steps being taken to tackle air pollution in the capital. The top court had pulled up the Delhi government for resuming physical classes in schools amid a rise in pollution levels.

More than 500 parents have jointly written to the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) seeking its intervention in the matter.

14:09 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Inmate stabbed after fight breaks out in Tihar Jail; sixth incident in 3 months

A 30-year-old inmate of Tihar Jail was severely injured after a fight with two other inmates who allegedly stabbed him multiple times inside his cell. The Delhi Police said the incident took place Friday. This is the sixth incident in the last three months in which inmates of the prison have got into a fight and used weapons to hurt each other.

The police said jail officials found the inmate, Yogesh, with severe injuries on his hands and chest. He was rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for treatment.

Urvija Goel, DCP (West) said, “We received Yogesh’s medico-legal report from the hospital. He is an inmate at Central Jail 8 of Tihar. He was assaulted by other inmates but didn’t want to file a complaint. We spoke to jail authorities and are taking legal action in the matter.”

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13:24 (IST)12 Dec 2021
To escape conviction, man out on parole kills labourer, sets face on fire faking his own death

The Ghaziabad police have arrested a man for allegedly faking his death while out on parole to escape conviction in his daughter's murder. According to the police, the accused Sudesh Kumar killed a daily-wage labourer to escape conviction for allegedly killing his 13-year-old daughter. The accused's wife Anupama Kumar, who allegedly aided the conspiracy was also arrested.
 
'On November 20, a body was discovered in an empty plot in Loni Border. The face was unrecognisable and an Aadhaar card was found which led us to Anupama's house. She identified the deceased as her husband. We had doubts about the version and it was found in an investigation that her husband had killed someone resembling him as he was out on parole,' said Dr Iraj Raja, SP Rural Ghaziabad.

According to officials, the accused Sudesh was arrested by the Delhi Police for the murder of his daughter in 2018. Sudesh had been recently out on parole due to Covid-19 regulations, the police said.

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10:40 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Delhi records lowest temperature this winter, AQI likely to remain 'poor'

The minimum temperature in Delhi has dipped further over the past 24 hours with the Safdarjung observatory of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) recording a temperature of 6.4 degree Celsius.

This is the lowest minimum temperature recorded so far this winter, and two degrees below the normal for this time of the year. The minimum temperature on Saturday was 8.3 degree Celsius.

Meanwhile, the air quality in Delhi is likely to remain in the ‘poor’ category on Sunday, according to the Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi. The 24-hour average AQI on Saturday was 281, in the ‘poor’ category, going by the Central Pollution Control Board bulletin. AQI between 201 and 300 is considered ‘poor,’ while a figure that stands between 301 and 400 is categorised as ‘very poor.’

09:07 (IST)12 Dec 2021
PM Modi’s Twitter handle ‘briefly compromised’, bitcoin giveaway link shared

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal Twitter account was “briefly compromised”, his office posted on the social networking site early on Sunday morning, after it shared a link promising a bitcoin giveaway.

“The Twitter handle of PM @narendramodi was very briefly compromised. The matter was escalated to Twitter and the account has been immediately secured. In the brief period that the account was compromised, any Tweet shared must be ignored,” PMO India tweeted.

The account has now been restored and the tweets have been deleted.

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22:05 (IST)11 Dec 2021
In photos: Farmers make way to their villages
21:31 (IST)11 Dec 2021
‘They will remember our parade home for years to come’

Beds are stacked on the trolley of a bright blue tractor, the engine sputters to life and Punjabi music flows out of loudspeakers, its beats drowning out last-minute farewells, as a group of farmers break away from the huddle and get on to the tractor, leaving the Singhu border one last time on Saturday morning.

Over one year ago, these farmers from Punjab’s Patiala district left their homes in a rage. They return on Saturday with a feeling of victory, with the farm laws repealed by the government.

Govinder Singh (54), a former ASI posted in the BSF, stands awestruck, almost continuously for over five hours, unmindful of the cold wind, gazing at the kaleidoscope of colours that greet his tractor as it moves through a sea of people decked up in glimmering dresses in hues red, green and pink, showering him and the others with flowers. Read more

20:35 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Celebrations break out at Punjab-Haryana border as farmers head home
17:39 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Farmers perform 'ardas' at protest site before vacating the place

Earlier today, farmers performed 'ardas' at the protest site on Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Ghazipur before vacating the place.

14:36 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Preparations on full swing in Punjab to welcome protesting farmers back home

14:03 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Protesting farmers make a pit stop at Panipat and celebrate as they head back home
13:29 (IST)11 Dec 2021
ACP’s son, 15 others arrested as cops bust illegal casino in South Delhi

The South district police on Thursday raided an illegal casino in the South Extension area and arrested 16 persons, including the son of a serving Assistant Commissioner of Delhi Police, allegedly involved in gambling activities. Initial investigation has revealed that the casino had been operating in M-Block of South Extension-II for the last nine months and was run by a father-son duo who are chartered accountants. They allegedly gave “protection money” of Rs 1.5 lakh to the local police.

13:04 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Protesting farmers begin their journey towards Punjab, Haryana
13:03 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Protesting farmers begin their journey towards Punjab, Haryana

Journey towards #Punjab, #Haryana begins. @IndianExpress @iepunjab pic.twitter.com/DjhH8bYL0O— raakhijagga (@raakhijagga) December 11, 2021

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12:30 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Farmers celebrate at Tikri border as they begin their journey back home

Farmers prepare to leave from Tikri border on Friday. (Anand Mohan J)

Some residents of Khandsa, Mohammadpur Jharsa, Begumpur Khatola villages and members of right-wing groups occupied a designated namaz site outside Gurgaon’s Sector 37 police station on Friday and conducted a “condolence meeting” to pay tribute to CDS Bipin Rawat and others killed in Wednesday’s helicopter crash. The group did not allow members of the Muslim community to offer Friday prayers, which were also disrupted at Sector 44 and Sector 29.

READ | Namaz disrupted again as protesters hold event to ‘mourn chopper crash victims’

A day after a low-intensity blast took place inside courtroom 102 at Rohini district court, the Delhi Police has been informed by forensic experts and the NSG that the “tiffin bomb’s” circuit was not assembled properly, due to which only the detonator and not the half kg ammonium nitrate-based explosives went off, The Indian Express has learnt.

“Forensic experts said the bomb was placed in a steel tiffin and had ammonium nitrate-based explosives. It also had a significant amount of shrapnel. But during assembly, it was not placed properly… It appears only the detonator exploded… It was not a crude bomb and the angle of terrorism cannot be ruled out,” said a police source.

READ | Delhi: Rohini court blast could have been bigger

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Friday said that namaz should not be offered in the open and the practice “will not be tolerated”, adding that an earlier decision where some sites had been reserved for the purpose had been withdrawn.

Asked about Friday prayers being disrupted in Gurgaon over the past few weeks, Khattar said: “We have told the police and the Deputy Commissioner that this issue has to be resolved. To resolve it, everyone offers prayers at their own place, someone offers namaz, someone does paath, someone does puja, we have no issue with that. And religious places are built for these purposes only so that prayers are offered there. Such practises should not take place in the open, this practice of offering namaz prayers here in the open, this will not be tolerated.”

READ | Manohar Lal Khattar on Gurgaon dispute: ‘Offering namaz in open will not be tolerated’

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