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Delhi news Highlights September 22: City records 30 new Covid-19 cases, zero death; positivity rate of 0.04%

Delhi News, Delhi Weather, Delhi Covid News, Delhi Traffic Updates: Moderate rainfall is likely across Delhi-NCR on Wednesday. The maximum temperature is likely to stand at 32 degree Celsius, while minimum is predicted to be 26 degree Celsius.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: September 23, 2021 8:51:24 am
New Delhi: Beneficiaries at observation room after receiving a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the AIIMS Vaccination Site, New Rajkumari Amrit Kaur OPD, AIIMS in New Delhi, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Delhi News, Delhi News Covid: Delhi reported 30 fresh Covid-19 cases and zero fatality on Wednesday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.04 per cent, according to the city government’s health bulletin. The national capital has recorded only three fatalities due to the infection in September so far. The cumulative case tally of Delhi stands at 14,38,586, while over 14.13 lakh people have either been discharged or have recovered or migrated out, the bulletin said. The death toll remains at 25,085 and the case fatality rate is 1.74 per cent, it stated.

Radhey Shyam, the priest at a Delhi crematorium where a nine-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped and killed before being hurriedly cremated, had allegedly sexually assaulted her in the past, the police chargesheet filed in the case states.

Meanwhile, to minimise farm fires and improve air quality in the capital, a central government panel has directed 11 thermal power plants within a 300 km radius of Delhi to co-fire 5-10% biomass fuel of their total coal consumption.

Moderate rainfall is likely across Delhi-NCR on Wednesday. The maximum temperature is likely to stand at 32 degree Celsius, while minimum is predicted to be 26 degree Celsius.

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23:05 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Delhi University gets new Vice Chancellor in Prof Yogesh Singh

President Ram Nath Kovind Wednesday approved the appointment of Professor Yogesh Singh as the new Vice Chancellor of Delhi University (DU), while Professor Neelima Gupta was appointed the V-C of Dr Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya in Madhya Pradesh.

Yogesh Singh is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the Delhi Technological University (DTU). “DU is a different ball game altogether. It’s a very old and important seat of learning. We will take all necessary steps which are required for the growth and development of the institution and focus on the interest of DU,” he told The Indian Express.

“The administration will be action-oriented, positive and we will take everyone together… We will start at a very fast pace. I will meet all the Principals, Deans, Heads of Departments and student groups. We will consult everyone and form a strategic plan,” said Singh. Read More

19:51 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Traffic police to create list of Delhi’s 100 ‘most unsafe drivers’, issue warning to them

The Delhi Traffic Police will soon release a list of 100 habitual offenders involved in cases of road traffic violations in Delhi. The offenders will be warned that they are Delhi’s “most unsafe drivers” and are risking lives every day.

This is for the first time that the Traffic Unit is preparing a list of drivers who have been ‘challaned’ multiple times yet continue to break traffic norms. Police said this is being done to avoid road accidents and casualties.

Special Commissioner of Police Muktesh Chander (Traffic) said, “We have been thinking of this idea for a while. People who commit murder or are involved in other heinous crimes are often tagged as ‘bad characters’ or history-sheeters. This makes it easier for police to identify them. For offenders in road traffic cases, there are no such rules. Many offenders jump red lights, drive rashly and are caught speeding several times. Even people who are involved in hit-and-run and drunk driving are let off easy. We want to create a more concrete structure to make people aware of road safety.” Read More

17:56 (IST)22 Sep 2021
IIT Delhi sets up chair in cyber security named after former education secretary

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi alumnus Suresh M Shivdasani has endowed the ‘Shri G K Chandiramani Chair for Cyber Security’ in honour of his uncle which will “promote excellence and leadership in teaching and research & development in the field of cyber security”.

G K Chandiramani was a secretary in the ministry of education. “As joint secretary at the ministry in 1961, he led the team that established the collaboration between IIT Kanpur and several leading US universities, including MIT. He was also personally involved with the negotiations and signed the agreements for the collaboration of IIT Bombay with Russia, as well as IIT Madras with Germany. He was associated with the IIT Council for over three decades and was a founding member of the board of IIM Ahmedabad,” IIT-D said in a statement.

“After retirement from the ministry, he was one of the longest-serving chairman of the Council of the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore from 1973-1986 and was succeeded by Dr Raja Ramanna, the well-known Indian physicist. He was also the chairman, board of governors, IIT Delhi from 1982 to 1985,” it said. Read More

15:25 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Delhi riots: Court drops arson charges against 10, says police covering flaw

A Delhi court Wednesday dropped charges of arson against ten people accused of allegedly looting shops during the February 2020 riots, saying the police was trying to cover up a flaw and clubbing incidents of two different dates.
       
The case was registered on the basis of three complaints -- one Birjpal stated that his rented shop was looted by a riotous mob at Brijpuri road on February 25, while Diwan Singh claimed that two of his shops were looted on February 24.
     
Revoking arson charges, Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav noted the complainants did not state a single word regarding the riotous mob committing "mischief by fire or explosive substance" in their initial statements. (PTI)

15:21 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Following court rap in riot cases, police constitute special teams for pending investigations

Following strong observations from the courts against the Delhi Police in a slew of northeast Delhi riot cases, the agency has created special teams to review pending investigations and guide officers to bring more scientific evidence on record.

As per a notice issued by DCP (northeast) on September 20, the police have created ten teams that will “lay special emphasis to analyse scientific and technical evidence available on record and guide IOs to bring more scientific and technical evidence on record.”

This information will then be sent to the Riot Cell. This exercise will be completed by September 24 and the team incharges have been asked to do “their best to ensure that this exercise is conducted in a result-oriented manner and completed within the given time frame.” Read More

15:18 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Delhi: Three arrested for stabbing 65-year-old in robbery bid at Sarita Vihar

The Delhi Police have arrested three men who allegedly stabbed a 65-year-old man when he resisted a robbery bid in Southeast Delhi’s Sarita Vihar. Two of the accused were chased and caught by the police team minutes after the incident took place on Monday.

The accused are involved in over six cases of attempt to murder, robbery and theft.

According to the police, around 8 pm on Monday, Md Shams (65) and his brother were walking near Jasola village when four persons waylaid them, tried snatching their phone and threatened them with a knife. When the victims resisted, the accused stabbed Shams and snatched away his mobile phone. Read More

13:50 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Asaduddin Owaisi’s Delhi residence vandalised, 5 from Hindu Sena detained

Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s official residence in New Delhi’s high-security Ashoka Road area was vandalised on Tuesday by a group of Hindu Sena men who damaged the door and windows, broke the nameplate, hurled an axe at the house and called the Parliamentarian a “jihadi”.

Five men were arrested from the scene, police said.

“We picked them up from the spot and they claimed during initial questioning that they were agitated with his (Owaisi’s) comments. We are questioning them further,” DCP (New Delhi district) Deepak Yadav told The Indian Express.

All five men are residents of Northeast Delhi’s Mandoli area, Yadav said. Read the full report here. 

13:09 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Moderate rain likely in city

Delhi is likely to see another monsoon rainfall record being broken with the weather department issuing an orange alert for moderate precipitation on Wednesday. The monsoon this year has yielded a bounteous 1164.7 mm of rainfall in Delhi till Wednesday morning, the highest since 1964 and the third-highest since the data has been maintained by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). (PTI)

12:51 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Trees of Delhi: The rare Salvadora of Qutub

The Qutub Minar watches over a short Khabbar tree (Salvadora Oleoides) that lies near a raised, grassy patch of the Qutub Complex, not far from the boundary wall. The gnarled trunk, with hollows and crevices, is etched with the initials of those who visited, much like a monument itself. A squirrel scampers over the trunk, a mynah sits on a branch for a while, and a family that comes to see the towering monument of the 13th century in the backdrop spends some time on the bench lying in the tree’s shade.

A list of 16 ‘heritage’ trees prepared by the Delhi government a few years ago mentions a Salvadora tree in the Qutub complex. Another Khabbar tree lies close to the ornately engraved Alai Darwaza, its trunk almost bent over and leaning towards the minar. The Khabbar trees are a little different from what appear to be their close cousins, the Salvadora persica or Peelu, a specimen of which is also located in the Qutub complex. Read the full report here. 

12:51 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Trees of Delhi: The rare Salvadora of Qutub

The Qutub Minar watches over a short Khabbar tree (Salvadora Oleoides) that lies near a raised, grassy patch of the Qutub Complex, not far from the boundary wall. The gnarled trunk, with hollows and crevices, is etched with the initials of those who visited, much like a monument itself. A squirrel scampers over the trunk, a mynah sits on a branch for a while, and a family that comes to see the towering monument of the 13th century in the backdrop spends some time on the bench lying in the tree’s shade.

A list of 16 ‘heritage’ trees prepared by the Delhi government a few years ago mentions a Salvadora tree in the Qutub complex. Another Khabbar tree lies close to the ornately engraved Alai Darwaza, its trunk almost bent over and leaning towards the minar. The Khabbar trees are a little different from what appear to be their close cousins, the Salvadora persica or Peelu, a specimen of which is also located in the Qutub complex. Read the full report here. 

09:51 (IST)22 Sep 2021
BJP demands allowance for unemployed Delhi residents, to protest outside CM residence

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promised unemployment allowance for those in Uttarakhand and Goa if AAP comes to power, the BJP’s Delhi unit said it will be holding a demonstration near his residence to demand allowance for those unemployed in Delhi too.

Delhi BJP president Aadesh Gupta said, “Kejriwal has promised ₹5,000 unemployment allowance for the unemployed while campaigning in Uttarakhand and Goa. But here, in Delhi, where he has been in power for three-seven years, not a single paisa had been spent in the name of unemployment allowance.” Read the full report here. 

09:47 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Transgender issues: NHRC seeks action-taken report from Delhi social welfare dept

The NHRC has sought an action-taken report from the social welfare department of the Delhi government in the wake of a complaint alleging that a policy meant for transgender persons was yet to be formulated.

According to the case history available on the website of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the complainant, an associate professor at an institution in Delhi, had sought the rights panel's intervention in the matter.

Following her complaint, the NHRC has taken action, saying, "Let a copy of the complaint be transmitted to the Secretary, Department of Social Welfare, Government of NCT, Delhi calling an action taken report on the abovementioned issues within a period of six weeks," as per the proceedings of the case. (PTI)

09:31 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Over 2.10 lakh Covid vaccine doses administered in Delhi

More than 2.10 lakh people were vaccinated against coronavirus in Delhi on Monday, and over 1.11 lakh of them got the first dose, according to official data. Over 1.64 crore doses have been administered in the city since the inoculation exercise started on January 16, the government data showed. As many as 49.98 lakh people have received both the doses.

According to the Delhi government's data, the city had around 9 lakh vaccine doses, 1.22 lakh Covaxin and 7.72 lakh Covishield -- left on Tuesday morning. The bulletin said the stock can last up to four days. PTI

09:28 (IST)22 Sep 2021
DU constitutes NEP panel to frame syllabi for undergrads

The Delhi University has constituted a National Education Policy (NEP) Interdisciplinary Courses Committee to frame syllabi for undergraduate interdisciplinary courses that are to be offered to students as part of the implementation of NEP in the next academic year 2022-2023.

DU’s Academic Council (AC) and Executive Council (EC) had earlier passed the NEP’s implementation from the next academic session. This means DU will now have a four-year undergraduate programme starting next year. While there has been criticism from a large section of teachers regarding the “undemocratic” and “hasty” decision to implement NEP, the administration has said it is geared to adopt it from the 2022-2023 academic year. Read the full report here. 

09:27 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Sisodia makes pitch to boost capital’s exports

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Tuesday that “flaws in the country’s trading system, because of which computers had to be exported in the category of typewriters for seven years after export started, had to be fixed to encourage trade and entrepreneurship.

“Today, there is a major flaw in the government software systems that is not willing to accept new reforms and immediately shows an error. This problem needs to be immediately rectified… This is the reason why it took seven years for the country’s first computer to be exported by the name of a computer, as for these seven years it was kept in the category of ‘typewriters’,” Sisodia said. Read the full report here. 

00:48 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Protect religious properties part of Central Vista Redevelopment Project: Waqf Board before Delhi HC

The Delhi Waqf Board has approached the Delhi High Court for protection and preservation of different religious properties situated in and around the places where works under the Central Vista Redevelopment Project are taking place at present. The six properties including five mosques are more than 100 years old, said the petition.

Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva Tuesday adjourned the hearing of the case to September 29 after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta sought time to seek instructions in the matter. The court earlier observed that any stay on the project will not be possible on account of the orders passed by the higher courts. 

Senior Advocate Sanjoy Ghose, representing the Waqf board, clarified that they were not seeking any stay on the project. However, Ghose also submitted if the Centre could give an assurance till the next date of hearing. The court did not agree with the submission. Read More

21:35 (IST)21 Sep 2021
Pregnant woman from Kyrgyzstan, son found murdered in Kalkaji apartment

A 28-year-old woman from Kyrgyzstan and her one-year-old son were found dead inside a house in Southeast Delhi’s Kakaji on Tuesday morning. Police said the woman, Myskal Zhumabaeva (28), was five months pregnant. She and her son Manas were found with multiple stab injuries inside her friend’s apartment.

A murder case has been registered but police are yet to make arrests. A senior police officer said several people are being questioned and “they are giving different versions”.

According to police, on Monday night, Myskal had an argument with her husband Vinay Chauhan, after which he left home to meet a friend, Wahid. Myskal, meanwhile, complained of stomach ache and called her friend Matluba Madusmonova, an Uzbek national, who took her to hospital with another friend, Avinish. Afterward, Matluba took Myskal and her son to her house in Kalkaji, where they were found dead in the morning. Read More

21:32 (IST)21 Sep 2021
Delhi CM updates citizens on air quality by posting daily AQI, PM levels

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has started tweeting daily updates on air quality in the city, with his government shifting its focus to combat expected high levels of pollution during the winter months.
       
'Air pollution data for 21 Sep (safe limit in brackets)- AQI- 83 (0 to 50 - Good, 51 to 100 satisfactory) PM 10- 81 (0 to 50 good, 51 to 100 satisfactory) PM2.5- 31 (0 to 30 Good, 31 to 60 satisfactory),' Kejriwal tweeted on Tuesday.
     
The chief minister had started posting updates on air quality index (AQI) and particulate matter (PM) levels from Saturday. He had also said that air quality in Delhi will start deteriorating from mid-October with crop residue burning and claimed that neighbouring states have not done anything to support farmers.
     
Kejriwal has been tweeting daily updates on air quality on his official handle.
     
'The move is indicative of the Kejriwal government's efforts to combat winter air pollution levels this year on a war footing by taking together all stakeholders, including people of the city as well as neighbouring states,' said a government functionary. (PTI)

21:30 (IST)21 Sep 2021
Delhi riots: Court frames charges against six accused for murdering three men

A Delhi court on Tuesday framed charges against six accused in three separate cases of murder during the communal violence here last year saying that there is prima facie enough material on record against them. Through a common order, Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav framed charges and explained it to all the accused persons, to which they pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.
    
"I am of the considered opinion that prima facie there is enough material on record to frame charges against the accused persons under requisite sections," he said. 
    
The judge noted that even though there is no CCTV footage of the incident, a public witness not only gave a categorical account of the incidents but also identified all the accused namely Mohd Salman, Parvez, Ashraf Ali, Sonu Saifi, Javed Ali, and Arif.
    
The court said that the accused were in constant motion around the scene of the crime as per their call data record (CDR) but no plausible explanation has been given in this regard by their counsels. 
    
The police said that the accused were undoubtedly part of the riotous mob which had committed brutal murders of three innocent persons, as they belonged to a different community. (PTI)

20:56 (IST)21 Sep 2021
In policy for spa centres, East MCD bars cross-gender massage

The East Delhi Municipal Corporation has formed a policy for the operation of spas and massage centres which states that cross-gender massage would not be allowed, and masks and PPE kits are compulsory if the session lasts more than half an hour, said Mayor of East Delhi Shyam Sundar Aggarwal.

He said he has given an interim approval to the policy and it would be passed later by the standing committee and the House. Read More

9-year-old’s rape-murder: Accused sexually assaulted her in the past too, say police

Radhey Shyam, the priest at a Delhi crematorium where a nine-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped and killed before being hurriedly cremated, had allegedly sexually assaulted her in the past, the police chargesheet filed in the case states.

Shyam, 55, and three other employees — Kuldeep Singh, 63, Laxmi Narayan, 48, and Salim Ahmed, 49 — are under arrest in the case.

The accused had claimed that the girl died of electrocution while fetching water from a cooler, while her family had alleged that the men raped her and when she died, they hurriedly cremated the body.

Muzaffarnagar riots: 20 acquitted over ‘lack of evidence due to witness hostility’

Twenty persons were acquitted by a trial court for “lack of evidence due to witness hostility” in a case related to the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.

According to the FIR, the accused allegedly raised communal slogans and damaged and burnt property belonging to a minority community in Kutba village on September 8, 2013. More than 20 persons had been booked under sections 147 (rioting), 436 (mischief), 392 (robbery), 386 (extortion by putting), 295 (outraging religious feelings), among other sections of the IPC.

According to officials, the case was being heard in the room of Additional Sessions Judge Baburam.

Sisodia makes pitch to boost capital’s exports

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Tuesday that “flaws in the country’s trading system, because of which computers had to be exported in the category of typewriters for seven years after export started, had to be fixed to encourage trade and entrepreneurship.

“Today, there is a major flaw in the government software systems that is not willing to accept new reforms and immediately shows an error. This problem needs to be immediately rectified… This is the reason why it took seven years for the country’s first computer to be exported by the name of a computer, as for these seven years it was kept in the category of ‘typewriters’,” Sisodia said.

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