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Delhi news Live Updates: Capital records zero Covid-19 death, 26 new cases; positivity rate 0.04%

Delhi News Live: Amid the ongoing festive season, markets in Delhi have reported an increase in footfall with Covid-19 guidelines not being followed in most cases.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: October 15, 2021 9:52:23 pm
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Delhi News Live Updates: Delhi recorded zero death due to Covid-19 and 26 fresh cases on Friday with a positivity rate of 0.04 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. Two Covid-related fatalities have been recorded so far this month in Delhi, on October 2 and 10, according to official data.

Only five fatalities due to Covid were reported last month, one each on September 7, 16 and 17, and two on September 28, according to official figures. The death toll due to coronavirus in Delhi stands at 25,089.

The severe outbreak of Covid-19 in Delhi this year showed that the Delta variant can infect individuals previously infected by a different variant of the coronavirus, highlighting the challenges of reaching herd immunity against the variant, according to an international team of scientists. The study, published in the journal Science on Thursday, also found that the Delta variant was between 30-70 per cent more transmissible than previous SARS-CoV-2 lineages in Delhi.

Since the first case of Covid-19 was detected in Delhi in March last year, the city experienced multiple outbreaks, in June, September and November 2020. The situation became worse in April this year, when daily cases increased from approximately 2,000 to 20,000 between March 31 and April 16. This was accompanied by a rapid rise in hospitalisations and ICU admissions, severely stressing the healthcare system, with daily deaths spiking to levels three-fold higher than previous waves.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday wrote to Lt Governor Anil Baijal asking for permission to hold Chhath Puja celebrations at public places. In the letter, Kejriwal also mentioned that neighbouring states like Haryana, UP and Rajasthan have allowed Chhath puja celebrations keeping in view Covid-19 protocols.

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Delhi News Live Updates: Delhi records zero Covid-19 death, 26 cases; Kejriwal writes to LG to allow Chhath puja celebrations at public places; markets witness an increase in footfall amid festival season; follow for more updates

21:52 (IST)15 Oct 2021
Over 51,000 seats in DU filled, third cut-off list on Saturday

Over 51,000 students have secured admission to Delhi University's undergraduate courses, filling up a little over 74 per cent of the 70,000 seats available, according to official data. The third cut-off list will be released on Saturday.

The university has received a total of 1,18,878 applications under the first two cut-off lists. A total of 51,974 students had paid the fees till 5 pm on Friday, after which the payment gateway was closed, university officials said.

As many as 10,591 applications have been approved by college principals, they said. (PTI)

19:30 (IST)15 Oct 2021
12 corneal graft operations done in a day at Delhi govt hospital

Twelve corneal graft operations have been performed in a day at a Delhi government-run facility here, officials said on Friday.

The surgeries took place at Guru Nanak Eye Centre (GNEC) on October 14, coinciding with World Sight Day, according to Dr Ritu Arora, Dean, Maulana Azad Medical College.

GNEC is attached to Maulana Azad Medical College, located in the heart of Delhi.

"On Thursday, 12 corneal grafts were done in a day at the hospital. The previous highest was nine grafts done in 2011," said Arora, also former director of the centre. Out of the total grafts, nine were full thickness or total corneal grafts and the rest three were partial ones, she said. (PTI)

19:28 (IST)15 Oct 2021
SKM leaders smell conspiracy behind lynching of man at farmers' protest site

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha on Friday condemned the lynching of a man at a farmers' protest venue at Kundli near the Delhi-Haryana border and claimed that there could a conspiracy behind the incident.

The umbrella body of 40 farm unions spearheading the farmers' agitation against the Centre's three agri laws also demanded a thorough probe into the matter and said those responsible should be brought to book.

The body alleged that a religious colour is being given to their movement.
A man was lynched, his hand chopped off and the body tied to a metal barricade at a farmers' protest venue at Kundli, a gruesome incident being blamed on a group of Nihangs. (PTI)

15:44 (IST)15 Oct 2021
AIIMS doctor raped by senior colleague in South Delhi, hunt on for absconding accused

A doctor with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was allegedly raped by a senior doctor in South Delhi’s Hauz Khas. The police said the accused is absconding and teams have been sent to arrest him.

According to the police, the incident took place when the doctor went to her senior’s house to attend a party. “We received a call on Monday regarding sexual harassment of a doctor from AIIMS. We went to the hospital and found that the victim got her MLC (medico-legal examination) done. She told the investigating officer that on September 29 she went to attend the birthday party of her colleague in Hauz Khas when her senior raped her inside his room,” said Benita Mary Jaiker, DCP (South). Read More

15:34 (IST)15 Oct 2021
Delhi girl Kavya Chopra is the female topper in JEE Advanced

Delhi girl Kavya Chopra (17) has emerged as the female topper in the IIT-JEE (Advanced) results announced Friday. She had earlier got 300 out of 300 marks in the IIT-JEE Main exam held in March this year.

In the JEE (Advanced) released Friday, Kavya scored 286 out of 360 marks, with an overall rank of 98. However, she holds the top rank among females.

An alumna of Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj, Kavya said she wanted to pursue Computer Science from IIT-Delhi. “I live in Delhi so I think location-wise IIT-Delhi will be convenient for me, and it is one of the best IITs in the country too. And as far as Computer Science goes, I have been very inclined towards Maths ever since I was a kid. So I want to go in that direction and I felt Computer Science came closest to that,” said Kavya, who lives in Rajouri Garden. Read More

14:31 (IST)15 Oct 2021
Accused in Gurgaon student murder held; shot dead cab driver in 2016, say police

Six days after a 21-year-old student of SGT University in Budhera was shot dead allegedly by a fellow student on campus, police Thursday arrested the shooter in the case from Delhi.

Police said the accused is a 21-year-old student. He was arrested by the Crime Branch’s sector 10 unit from Najafgarh, where he had come to collect money from his father. Read more

14:29 (IST)15 Oct 2021
Delhi weather forecast: Clear skies today, rainfall predicted over weekend

While Friday is likely to see clear skies, Delhi-NCR could witness rainfall over the weekend, going by the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast.

On Friday, the maximum temperature is likely to stand at 34 degree Celsius with the minimum at 19 degree Celsius. Relative humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 68%. Cloudy skies and light rainfall are on the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, according to the IMD. Read more

14:01 (IST)15 Oct 2021
Second wave of Covid-19 in Delhi fuelled by Delta, highlights challenge of reaching herd immunity

The severe outbreak of Covid-19 in Delhi in 2021 showed not only that the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 is extremely transmissible, but that it can infect individuals who had previously contracted a different variant of the coronavirus, said a team of international scientists writing in Science.

SARS-CoV-2 had spread widely throughout India in the first wave, with initial results from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) finding one in five (21 per cent) adults and one in four (25 per cent) in the 10 to 17 year adolescent bracket infected. The figures were much higher in Indian megacities: by February 2021, over half (56 per cent) the individuals in Delhi were thought to have been infected. Read more

13:59 (IST)15 Oct 2021
At Singhu protest site, man tied to barricade, arm chopped off and lynched; police probe role of Nihang Sikhs

Roughly a month before farm protests at Singhu border complete one year, a man was brutally lynched and strung up at the protest site, with a group of Nihang Sikhs, part of the protesters, claiming responsibility on video. Videos and photos captured the incident that took place early Friday morning — the man was tied to an overturned police barricade, his wrist was chopped off and his ankle and leg broken. According to police, a preliminary probe suggests Nihang Sikhs, a warrior group, allegedly killed him on suspicion of disrespecting the Sikh holy book.

The victim was later identified as 35-year-old Lakhbir Singh, a resident of Cheema Kalan village in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district. The village sarpanch, Avan Kumar, and the local DSP, Sucha Singh, confirmed his identity.

13:29 (IST)15 Oct 2021
Following DDMA guidelines, Puja committees create tanks within premises for idol immersion

This year, most Durga Puja committees have made tanks within their premises for idol immersion after the DDMA released guidelines prohibiting processions and gatherings in the national capital.

At CR Park’s Kali Mandir, a ‘pond’ has been made within the complex so as to facilitate an immersion without a procession. Prodip Ganguly, Secretary, CR Park Kali Mandir Society said that a reinforced cement concrete (RCC) tank was made for the purpose. The process and rituals will take place at noon on Friday. Read more 

12:50 (IST)15 Oct 2021
Husband bound to compensate wife for spending on major son: Delhi HC

In a matrimonial dispute, the Delhi High Court has said a father cannot be absolved of all the responsibilities to meet the education expenses of his son just because he may have attained the age of majority.

Justice Subramonium Prasad in an order said that the court cannot shut its eyes to the reality that simply attaining the age of a major does not translate into an understanding that the major son is earning sufficiently. It added that at the age of 18, it can be safely assumed that the son is either graduating from Class XII or is in his first year of college. Read more

12:47 (IST)15 Oct 2021
IIIT-D to hold 10th convocation ceremony tomorrow

The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-Delhi) will hold its 10th convocation ceremony on October 16. Renowned virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang will be the chief guest at the function which will be held virtually.

“IIIT-Delhi is organising its 10th Convocation Ceremony on the 16th of October, 2021. Keeping the pandemic restrictions in mind, the ceremony is planned in a virtual mode. The ceremony will be streamed on the official YouTube channel and Facebook page of the Institute,” the institute said in a statement. Read more 

12:24 (IST)15 Oct 2021
Chinese firm Chenfeng to invest Rs 600 crore in Greater Noida township project

Chinese company Chenfeng will invest Rs 600 crore in Greater Noida Authority’s township project. An inauguration ceremony was held by Chenfeng employees and officials from the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) marking the beginning of the manufacturing plant. The company will be making components of street LED lights. The plant is likely to be functional in the next one and a half years. Read more

12:22 (IST)15 Oct 2021
At Singhu protest site, man tied to barricade, arm chopped off and lynched; police probe role of Nihang Sikhs

Roughly a month before farm protests at Singhu border complete one year, a man was brutally lynched and strung up at the protest site, with a group of Nihang Sikhs, part of the protesters, claiming responsibility on video. Videos and photos captured the incident that took place early Friday morning — the man was tied to an overturned police barricade, his wrist was chopped off and his ankle and leg broken. According to police, a preliminary probe suggests Nihang Sikhs, a warrior group, allegedly killed him on suspicion of disrespecting the Sikh holy book. Read more 

11:54 (IST)15 Oct 2021
Delhi weather forecast: Clear skies today, rainfall predicted over weekend

While Friday is likely to see clear skies, Delhi-NCR could witness rainfall over the weekend, going by the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast.

On Friday, the maximum temperature is likely to stand at 34 degree Celsius with the minimum at 19 degree Celsius. Relative humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 68%. Cloudy skies and light rainfall are on the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, according to the IMD. Read more

 
11:19 (IST)15 Oct 2021
Challans for covid violations see dip in Delhi: At markets, footfall up — guard down

Markets across the capital have reported a rise in footfall amid the festive season, but Covid restrictions were largely absent at most.

The Indian Express visited popular shopping hubs on Thursday and found that several customers and hawkers were not wearing masks properly and thermal screening was not being carried out. Read more 

10:39 (IST)15 Oct 2021
Delhi Police arrests two constables for working with Gogi and Lawrence Bishnoi gangs

Special cell of the Delhi Police arrested two constable of Delhi Police. 

Allegations are that they were involved with Jitender Gogi gang and Lawrence Bishnoi gang. 

The personnel are identified as Deepak and Sunil. Sunil is posted with security. Deepak was posted with Sarojini Nagar.

10:35 (IST)15 Oct 2021
Allow Chhath celebrations in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal writes to Baijal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday wrote to L-G Anil Baijal asking him to call a Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting and give permission to hold Chhath celebrations in public.

Citing the low Covid case count in the city, Kejriwal wrote, “Delhi’s Covid situation has been in control for the past three months. I think we should allow the celebration of Chhath, keeping in mind the Covid protocol. Neighbouring states such as Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan too have allowed Chhath celebrations keeping in mind appropriate restrictions. I request you to call a DDMA meeting soon and allow the celebrations.” Read more 

Accused in Gurgaon student murder held; shot dead cab driver in 2016, say police

delhi news, gurgaon news, gurgaon crime, delhi crime The victim, Vinit Kumar, was a final-year student

Six days after a 21-year-old student of SGT University in Budhera was shot dead allegedly by a fellow student on campus, police Thursday arrested the shooter in the case from Delhi.

Police said the accused is a 21-year-old student. He was arrested by the Crime Branch’s sector 10 unit from Najafgarh, where he had come to collect money from his father.

ACP (Crime) Preet Pal said, “The case was transferred to the Crime Branch on Tuesday. The prime accused, who had shot the victim, has been arrested. He will be produced in court and taken on remand. During remand, we will question him about the motive and ascertain the involvement of other accused in the crime.”

Meat shops in Najafgarh area ‘forcibly’ closed by Hindu Sena men, Delhi Police say no complaints so far

A group of men from the Hindu Sena allegedly forcibly shut meat shops in Delhi’s Dwarka district on Thursday and demanded that all such shops stay shut during Navratri. Police, however, said they have not received any complaint and added that the meat market was already shut and no shop was forced to close.

A video of the men going around a meat market in Najafgarh’s Som Bazaar and raising slogans was uploaded online on Tuesday. I

DU admissions: SRCC likely to be open in third cut-off list, mixed bag for other popular courses

As approval of admissions against the second list drew to a close on Thursday, popular colleges present a mixed bag of opportunities for aspirants with some colleges seeing many of their courses potentially closing for admissions while some are likely to have many seats up for grabs in the third list.

SRCC is likely to remain open in the third list for both its courses. There are 626 seats for BCom (Honours) and 155 seats for Economics. As of Thursday evening, 275 applications had been approved for BCom (Hons) and 87 applications approved for Economics with some of these applicants yet to pay their fees.

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