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Delhi News Highlights: Will work as local guardian, says newly-appointed Delhi L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena

Delhi News Highlights: Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia Thursday tweeted that Arvind Kejriwal has extended the timings of all stadia in Delhi till 10 pm.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 26, 2022 10:46:39 pm
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and acting Chief Justice, Delhi High Court, Vipin Sanghi with new L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena. (Express Photo)

Delhi News Highlights: Vinai Kumar Saxena, shortly after taking oath as the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of Delhi, said that he will work as the “local guardian”. He added, “You will see me less in the office, more on the road working with locals and the public.” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, meanwhile, said, “We will work together and extend our full support to L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena for the development and welfare of the public.”

Delhi’s Principal Secretary (Revenue) Sanjeev Khirwar was Thursday transferred to Ladakh, after an exclusive  report in The Indian Express that athletes and coaches at the Delhi government-run Thyagraj Stadium were being forced to wrap up by 7 pm so he could walk his dog in the complex.  This came hours after the Delhi government announced that all its sports facilities would remain open till 10 pm. Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Thursday tweeted that Arvind Kejriwal has extended the timings of all stadia in Delhi till 10 pm.

Delhi will witness clear skies and a maximum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius Thursday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The forecast indicates that the maximum temperature could increase to around 40 degrees Celsius by May 28, and further to 42 degrees Celsius by June 1.

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22:38 (IST)26 May 2022
Second and third floor of building damaged in blast due to LPG leakage in Chhatarpur
Second and third floor of a building got damaged in blast due to LPG leakage, in Chhatarpur area of Delhi on Thursday. Three people got injured and were sent to hospital. 5 fire tenders are present on the spot.

22:20 (IST)26 May 2022
IAS officer Sanjeev Khirwar transferred to Ladakh and his wife Rinku Dugga to Arunachal Pradesh.

Sanjeev Khirwar, who stirred up controversy for walking his dog at the Delhi government-run Thyagraj Stadium after athletes were forced to finish practice earlier than usual, has been transferred to Ladakh. While his wife IAS officer Rinki Dugga has been transferred to Arunachal Pradesh.

A 1994 batch IAS officer of the AGMUT cadre, he was posted in Delhi as the Principal Secretary (Revenue) and the Divisional Commissioner. He also held additional charge of Environment secretary in the Delhi government. His wife, IAS officer Rinku Dugga, was the Secretary, Land and Building, Delhi government.

22:08 (IST)26 May 2022
Delhi govt extends deadline for submission of details on fiscal stress

The Delhi government has extended the deadline for submission of details of fiscal stress and risks after various departments failed to submit the details to the finance department on time, officials said on Thursday. (PTI)

22:06 (IST)26 May 2022
Delhi's new LG calls on Home Minister Shah

Delhi's new Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena called on Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday. Saxena took oath as the 22nd Lt Governor of Delhi at a ceremony here earlier in the day.

"Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena called on Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah,” Shah's office tweeted. Saxena was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Vipin Sanghi at the Raj Niwas here. (PTI)

22:02 (IST)26 May 2022
Gurgaon: Car robbed at gunpoint from e-commerce firm employee

Three men allegedly robbed a car at gunpoint from the area manager of an e-commerce firm in Gurgaon on Wednesday night, said police adding that the accused are yet to be arrested.

Police said the incident took place around 12.30 am when the victim, Santosh Yadav, 29, a resident of a society in Sector 95, was returning to his house after attending an office party in Sector 29. Yadav said that after leaving the party, he dropped a colleague at his house. Read More

22:02 (IST)26 May 2022
Woman ‘stages’ her own kidnapping after losing money in share market

A 38-year-old woman allegedly staged her own kidnapping to extort money from her family after she lost money in the share market, said police Thursday. The woman, who works for a BPO, allegedly posed as the ‘kidnapper’, sent pictures of herself in which she was tied up and gagged to her family, and used a voice modulation app to threaten them. Read More

20:30 (IST)26 May 2022
Jamia admissions: Over 1 lakh students apply for 136 programmes

A total of 1,03,397 candidates have applied to the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) seeking admissions in 136 programmes for the academic year 2022-23, an official informed on Thursday.


Out of the total candidates, 56,667 are females, informed JMI Registrar Nazim Hussain Al Jafri. The registration for all undergraduate and postgraduate courses ended on Wednesday.

Among the 136 programmes, 39 are undergraduate courses and 78 postgraduate courses. The registration also concluded for 17 postgraduate diploma courses and two advanced diploma courses. (PTI)

19:49 (IST)26 May 2022
Delhi reports 403 Covid-19 new cases, 1 death, and 503 recoveries

Delhi reported 403 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death, and 503 recoveries on Thursday. The number of active cases stood at 1,661 while the positivity rate was 1.76%.

19:33 (IST)26 May 2022
Who is Sanjeev Khirwar, IAS officer who stirred up a row walking his dog at Thyagraj Stadium

Sanjeev Khirwar, who stirred up controversy for walking his dog at the Delhi government-run Thyagraj Stadium after athletes were forced to finish practice earlier than usual, is among the senior-most officers in the Delhi government administration.

A 1994 batch IAS officer of the AGMUT cadre, he was posted in Delhi as the Principal Secretary (Revenue) and the Divisional Commissioner. District Magistrates and Sub-Divisional Magistrates report to the Divisional Commissioner. He also held additional charge of Environment secretary in the Delhi government. Read More

19:11 (IST)26 May 2022
Ambedkar University sees nine-fold increase in applications from last year, V-C says CUET increased visibility

Under the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) umbrella, Ambedkar University has drawn more than nine times the number of applications it had received last year, university authorities report.

AUD is one of 12 state government-run universities which have opted to conduct their undergraduate admissions through the CUET this year, along with 44 central universities, 11 deemed and 19 private universities. Read More

18:32 (IST)26 May 2022
Mundka fire tragedy: After nearly two weeks, families still wait for remains of their loved ones

It has been nearly two weeks since the Mundka fire tragedy but the families of many victims are still awaiting a closure as the remains of their loved ones are yet to be handed over to them.

At least 27 people were killed and many others injured in the massive blaze that ripped through a four-storey building in outer Delhi's Mundka on May 13.

The Delhi Police had earlier said it has collected biological samples of 26 people, whose family members are believed to be killed in the fire, for DNA profiling. Of the 27 bodies that were recovered, only eight bodies have been identified.

Family members of many victims said they have become "exhausted" as despite their countless visits to hospitals and police stations, they are yet to get remains of their loves ones. (PTI)

18:09 (IST)26 May 2022
Afghan man held with over Rs 64L worth medicine at IGI airport

An Afghanistan national was apprehended by CISF personnel at the Delhi airport for carrying tablets valued at more than Rs 64 lakh in an alleged unauthorised manner.


Fazli Ahmad Shah Mohammad was intercepted on Wednesday evening just before he was about to board a SpiceJet flight to Kabul via Dubai from the terminal-III of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, a senior Central Industrial Security Force officer said.

A number of packets, of tablets understood to be used for treatment of brain tumour, worth Rs 64.40 lakh were recovered from his hand baggage, the CISF officer said. (PTI)

16:36 (IST)26 May 2022
NAS survey 2021: Delhi among 5 lowest performing states at class 3 level

Delhi is behind the national average in performances in all three subjects—Languages, Math and EVS—at the primary level and has registered a dip in performances since 2017, the findings of the National Achievement Survey 2021 show. However, at class 8 level, it bucked the national trend and recorded better performances than in the pre-pandemic survey.

The survey was conducted in November 2021 with a sample size of 34 lakh students in classes 3, 5, 8 and 10 with the objective of evaluating children’s progress and learning competencies. Read More

16:19 (IST)26 May 2022
Yasin Malik kept in separate cell under heavy security: Tihar jail officials

A day after a Delhi court awarded life imprisonment to Yasin Malik in a terror funding case, Tihar prison authorities here on Thursday said the separatist leader has been kept in a separate cell under heavy security.

"For security reasons, Mailk may not be assigned any work in jail. He has been kept in a separate cell in jail number seven under heavy security. His security will be regularly monitored and reviewed from time to time," a senior jail official said. Mailk will also not be entitled to any parole or furlough since he is a convict in a case of terror funding, jail officials said.

Even before being awarded life imprisonment, Malik was kept in a separate cell where he stayed alone in jail number seven, they said. (PTI)

16:09 (IST)26 May 2022
Former Union minister Harsh Vardhan walks out of Delhi LG's swearing-in ceremony

BJP MP and former Union minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday left the swearing-in ceremony of newly appointed Delhi LG Vinai Kumar Saxena at Raj Niwas here, expressing unhappiness over seating arrangement for the dignitaries.

Vardhan was seen leaving the venue, saying "I will write to Vinai Kumar Saxena ji that this is the arrangement," in a video that went viral on social media.

"They have not provided any seat for even Parliament Members," he was heard saying when asked what had happened. (PTI)

16:07 (IST)26 May 2022
In Photos: Vinai Kumar Saxena takes oath as 22nd Lt Governor of Delhi; meets CM Arvind Kejriwal

Vinai Kumar Saxena took oath as the 22nd Lt Governor of Delhi at Raj Niwas in New Delhi on Thursday.

Express Photo By Amit Mehra
Express Photo by Amit Mehra
Express Photo by Amit Mehra
Express Photo by Amit Mehra
13:40 (IST)26 May 2022
Hanuman Chalisa row: Delhi Police lodges FIR over 'life-threatening' calls to MP Navneet Rana

An FIR has been registered against unknown persons on the complaint of Maharashtra Lok Sabha MP Navneet Rana after she received multiple "life-threatening" calls. In her complaint, Rana alleged the caller threatened to kill her if she recites Hanuman Chalisa again. In April, Rana and her husband had announced they would be reciting Hanuman Chalisa outside Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray's house. They were arrested by the Mumbai police and received bail this month. 

Amrutha Guguloth, DCP (New Delhi) said an FIR has been lodged under IPC sections 506 ( criminal intimidation) and 509 ( insulting modesty of a woman).

13:00 (IST)26 May 2022
Irrespective of religion, all should live as brothers: Newly-appointed L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena

Vinai Kumar Saxena after taking oath as Delhi L-G said that "all, irrespective of any religion -- Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Sikh -- should live as brothers and work together."

"We will also focus on the unorganised sectors of the city and will start training programs for the unskilled workers," he said.

12:43 (IST)26 May 2022
Will work as Delhi's local guardian: Newly-appointed L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena

"It's my dream to make Delhi a city of flowers and joy. You will see me less in the office, and more on the road, working with locals and the public," Vinai Kumar Saxena said after taking oath as Delhi L-G.

"I want to tell people that I will work as their local guardian. Delhi has some inherent problems, especially pollution. We will work together to address the issue of air pollution and noise pollution," he added.

12:07 (IST)26 May 2022
Delhi HC allows Sharjeel Imam to approach trial court for bail in sedition case

The Delhi High Court Thursday asked JNU research student Sharjeel Imam to first approach the trial court to seek interim bail in the sedition case registered by Crime Branch in 2020 in connection with the speeches delivered by him at Jamia Millia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University. 

Sharjeel Imam had moved an application before the High Court citing the recent Supreme Court order on Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Hearing a challenge against the provision, the apex court on May 11 stayed the pending trials, appeals, and proceedings under Section 124A. He was arrested in Bihar in January 2020. Read more

Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said in a Tweet, “From boardrooms to buses. There is no way to constantly improve than from the feedback we give ourselves.” (File)

 

DTC officers told to take weekly bus trips to get more people on board

In order to encourage people to switch to public transportation and ensure quality service, the Delhi government has directed all Group A and B officers of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to take a compulsory bus trip once every week.

The officers have also been asked to submit feedback about maintenance and conditions of the bus, behaviour of drivers and conductors towards passengers and bus marshals, including the bus number and time travelled on a Google form every week.

Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said in a Tweet, “From boardrooms to buses. There is no way to constantly improve than from the feedback we give ourselves.”

Stray dogs in city a neglected lot: Delhi HC

Observing that stray dogs in the capital are a neglected lot, the Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the Delhi government and the municipal bodies to respond to a petition seeking a regular supply of vaccines to save the animals from diseases like canine distemper and parvovirus.

“It is necessary to look after stray dogs not only as a measure of showing respect for animal life but also because there will be a direct impact on the human population,” said the division bench of acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta.

The court was hearing a petition that alleged there is no mechanism to vaccinate stray dogs to protect them from diseases such as canine distemper and parvovirus and the existing infrastructure for their vaccination and treatment is practically dysfunctional. The court was also told that there is no helpline to report in case a stray dog needs medical attention.

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