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Delhi News Highlights: Delhi man tests positive for monkeypox, admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital

Delhi News Today: Infrastructure problems back in focus at Safdarjung Hospital after a woman gave birth on the road inside its compound, a few steps away from a dustbin; Delhi L-G asks Chief Secretary to submit report against excise officials.

monkeypoxWith over 17,000 cases of the virus reported in more than 70 countries, the current outbreaks suggest it is essentially a sexually transmitted infection, Dr Gilada said. (File)

Delhi News Updates (July 24): A 31-year-old man from the national capital with no history of foreign travel has tested positive for monkeypox virus, official sources said on Sunday. He has been admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital. This is the fourth case of the disease being reported in India.

A 20-year-old man was killed and six from his family were injured as a three-storeyed residential building collapsed in Northeast Delhi’s Mustafabad area Sunday morning, said officials.

A Delhi court on Saturday rejected the interim bail application of JNU student Sharjeel Imam in a UAPA case lodged in connection with the Northeast Delhi riots. Imam’s lawyer, Ibrahim, had sought interim bail considering the fact that the Supreme Court ordered that all pending trials in sedition cases be kept in abeyance till its constitutional validity is decided. He argued that Imam’s previous bail was rejected because of limitations in granting bail in a sedition case, however, in light of the Supreme Court directions, the hindrances raised in the previous bail order where obviated.

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Delhi News Live: First monkeypox case detected in Delhi; 1 dead, 6 injured after three-storey building collapses in Northeast Delhi; Court rejects JNU student Sharjeel Imam’s interim bail plea. Follow this space for more updates.

22:17 (IST)24 Jul 2022
Haryana govt announces judicial probe into death of DSP run over by truck

The Haryana Government has decided to conduct a judicial inquiry into the death of DSP Surender Singh Bishnoi, who was mowed down by a dumper truck during a raid to check illegal mining in Nuh, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said on Thursday.

Vij tweeted, “Haryana Govt has decided to conduct a judicial enquiry into the death of a DSP by mine mafia in Mewat and all other circumstances of illegal mining in that area.” (Read more)

21:48 (IST)24 Jul 2022
CISCE ISC 12th Result 2022: Twins from Gurugram secure top 2 ranks

Twins from Gurugram, Anandita and Aditya Misra, are among those tied for the first and second positions respectively in the ISC examination, the results of which were declared on Sunday.

Both students said that they feel like they had to work a little harder to overcome the limitations of remote learning to achieve their results. (Graphics by Abhishek Mitra)

The 17-year old twins are students of Scottish High International School Gurugram. Anandita is one of 18 students across India who are tied for the top position with an English and best three subjects score of 99.75 per cent. She appeared for the Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Economics and English papers and scored 100 in the first three subjects. (Read more)

20:43 (IST)24 Jul 2022
Delhi reports 729 fresh Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

Delhi on Sunday reported 729 fresh Covid-19 cases, 520 recoveries and 2 deaths. The positivity rate for the day stood at 5.57 per cent, marginally higher than yesterday. The national capital currently has 2,696 active Covid-19 cases.

19:47 (IST)24 Jul 2022
RSS-affiliated teachers' body urges edu ministry to check 'misgovernance' in DU colleges

RSS-affiliated National Democratic Teachers' Front (NDTF) has urged the Ministry of Education to intervene and stop what it termed "misgovernance" in Delhi University colleges maintained by the Delhi government and some private trusts.

In a note submitted to two BJP MPs, the NDTF also suggested that Delhi University take over the 12 colleges largely funded by the Delhi government if it failed to release full funds to these colleges. An NDTF delegation led by its president A K Bhagi held a meeting with MPs Pravesh Verma and Manoj Tiwari. Bhagi is also the president of the Delhi University Teachers Association.

"We have submitted a note to two Delhi MPs Pravesh Verma and Manoj Tiwari. NDTF is trying to convince all seven Delhi MPs about the crisis in the coming days and pressing for the taking over of these colleges by DU and funding by UGC (University Grant Commission)," he said. (PTI)

18:58 (IST)24 Jul 2022
Majnu Ka Tila, Chandni Chowk to be redeveloped as mega food hubs: Delhi CM Kejriwal

The Delhi government is planning to develop food hubs across the city in a phased manner. In the first phase, North Delhi’s Majnu Ka Tila, known as the national capital’s ‘Little Tibet’, and the Chandni Chowk market, known for its street food, will be redeveloped as mega food hubs.

Majnu Ka Tila. (Express File Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Announcing the initiative, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “Unemployment is increasing across the country, including several youths in Delhi (who are without jobs). Thus, to boost employment and promote Delhi’s food joints, we have decided to develop food hubs. With the development of these hubs, business will increase, revenue will be boosted and a large number of new employment opportunities will be generated.”

Kejriwal said the AAP-led government, in the last six-seven years, has created job opportunities for about 12-13 lakh people in Delhi, and will generate 20 lakh more jobs in the coming years.

18:09 (IST)24 Jul 2022
Delhi HC allows 17-yr-old to terminate pregnancy at 26 weeks

Permitting a 17-year-old girl, a victim of sexual assault, to undergo termination of a pregnancy of over 26 weeks, the Delhi High Court said her misery and suffering would stand compounded even more if she were forced to bear the “mantle of motherhood at such a tender age”.

“The court shudders to even imagine the state of despondency that would descend over her life. The mental and physical trauma that she would have to undergo if she were forced to carry the foetus and take on onerous duties of motherhood is unimaginable,” said Justice Yashwant Varma in the order released Wednesday. (Read more)

16:39 (IST)24 Jul 2022
Monkeypox: Centre holds high-level meeting as India's tally climbs

The Centre on Sunday held a high-level review meeting after a 34-year-old man from the national capital with no history of foreign travel tested positive for the monkeypox virus, making it the fourth case of the disease reported in India. Sources said the meeting was chaired by the Directorate General of Health Sciences (DGHS) and attended by officials from the Health ministry, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and ICMR among others.

The new patient who is presently recovering at a designated isolation centre at the Lok Nayak Hospital had attended a stag party in Manali in Himachal Pradesh recently, official sources told PTI.

A resident of West Delhi, the patient was isolated at the Hospital around three days ago after he showed symptoms of the disease. His samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune on Saturday which came out positive, Union Health Ministry officials said. (PTI)

15:46 (IST)24 Jul 2022
Medical tourism sector getting back in health with higher inflow of patients than pre-Covid times

Thirty-year-old Iraqi national Mohsin Ali (name changed), a victim of war, is undergoing treatment for spinal issues and massive bedsores at a private hospital in the national capital. He was wounded in 2016 and doctors in his country had given up on him. Once the travel restrictions were lifted, he visited India this year and is in a stable condition now.

With many like Ali who were awaiting the relaxation of restrictions to fly to India for better treatment outcomes, hospitals and industry players say medical tourism is bouncing back after a lull during the Covid times. In fact, the inflow of patients is higher than the pre-Covid times. Cost effectiveness and presence of good hospitals in India make the country a preferred destination for many international patients, according to experts. (PTI)

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15:22 (IST)24 Jul 2022
Light rain in some parts of Delhi

Delhi on Sunday witnessed rains in some parts with the mercury settling at 27.1 degrees Celsius, the weather office said. There was rainfall in west Delhi's Paschim Vihar area and east Delhi's Laxmi Nagar, while Shahdara and few other parts experienced some drizzle, it said.

The relative humidity at 8:30 am was 79 per cent, it said. According to the India Meteorological Department, the city will witness a generally cloudy sky with the possibility of light rain and thundershowers. The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 35 degrees Celsius. On Saturday, the minimum temperature reached 25.5 degrees Celsius, two notches below the average while the maximum temperature settled at 34.9 degrees Celsius. (PTI)

15:03 (IST)24 Jul 2022
Delhi CM Kejriwal to visit Somnath temple, hold townhall of traders in Rajkot on Jul 26

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal will visit Somnath temple and hold a townhall meeting with traders in Gujarat's Rajkot city on July 26, a party official said on Sunday. This will be Kejriwal's second visit to the poll-bound state in less than a week and third this month.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. (File)

The AAP leader will arrive in Gujarat for a two-day visit on Monday, during which he will hold a townhall meeting with traders in Rajkot after offering prayers at Somnath temple.

"Arvindji will land at Rajkot airport on Monday evening and will leave for Somnath town in Gir Somnath district, where he will stay the night. He will offer prayers at the Somnath temple the next morning and will arrive at Rajkot, where he will hold a townhall with traders in the afternoon," Rajguru said. (PTI)

14:43 (IST)24 Jul 2022
Watch: PM Modi takes part in Mukhyamantri Parishad meeting at BJP HQ, Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took part in Mukhyamantri Parishad meeting at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in Delhi.

12:51 (IST)24 Jul 2022
Delhi schools file complaints against PWD for using low-quality material for construction work

After receiving complaints from several schools about incomplete work, use of low-quality material, and deficiencies in construction, among others, the Land and Estate branch of the Delhi Government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) has written to the Public Works Department (PWD) to submit a report and take appropriate action.

According to officials, about 17 Delhi Government schools have filed complaints against the PWD for non-completion of work, corruption, slow construction work in about 40 classes, heavy leakage in newly-constructed buildings, unfinished construction of washrooms and classrooms, light fittings, water, sewage line, ramps and steps, toilet bathrooms, and others.

Besides this, some schools have also complained of fire safety hazards and dangers to schools and classrooms due to seepage, poor quality material used for construction of classrooms, electricity fitting and others. Read more

12:20 (IST)24 Jul 2022
After shopping hubs, Delhi government to develop food hubs: CM Arvind Kejriwal

After shopping Hubs, Delhi government is going to develop food Hubs in the city, said CM Arvind Kejriwal. In the first phase, North Delhi's popular Majnu ka Tila, known for Asian cuisine, and Chandini Chowk, known for street food, will be re-developed as food hubs, he said.

Under this project, he said, all the food joints in these markets, road infrastructure and other basic amenities will be developed to give good experience to customers. "We will also do branding of different foot items and the hubs to make it popular across the country as well to generate jobs," Kejriwal said. 

He added that Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and other concerned officials have visited these markets to find out the daily footfall and selected these two markets. Kejriwal said that a design competition will be conducted, where architectural firms from across the country will participate and the best will be selected for developing these food hubs.

11:39 (IST)24 Jul 2022
First monkeypox case reported in Delhi

A 34-year-old man from the national capital with no history of foreign travel has tested positive for monkeypox virus, official sources said on Sunday. This is the fourth case of the disease being reported in India.

The case was detected in a 31 year old male from West Delhi who had come to Lok Nayak hospital two days ago with a history of fever for two weeks and rashes on the skin. He was admitted as a suspected case in an isolation ward and has now tested positive. He had no history of internal travel but had visited Himachal recently.

11:28 (IST)24 Jul 2022
Common admission tests for classes 10, 12 in Delhi govt schools to be held tomorrow

Common admission tests for seats in classes 10 and 12 in Delhi’s government schools will be conducted at the district level on Monday and multiple-choice question papers for the same will be provided by the examination branch of the Directorate of Education.

Students who have completed Class 9 or 11, as the case may be, are eligible for admission. The results will be declared on July 27, officials said.

For Class 12 admissions, applicants are required to have passed Class 11 with the necessary subjects and should have also secured 55% in their Class 10 examinations if they seek admission in the science stream and 50% for the commerce stream. For humanities, they are required to have passed their Class 10 examinations, but if applicants want economics as a subject, they need to have secured 45% aggregate, and if they wish to study mathematics, they need to have scored at least 50% in that particular subject. Read more here

11:22 (IST)24 Jul 2022
1 dead, 6 injured after three-storey building collapses in Northeast Delhi

A 20-year-old man was killed and six from his family were injured as a three-storeyed residential building collapsed in Northeast Delhi’s Mustafabad area Sunday morning, said officials.The deceased was identified as Sufiyan, who had got trapped in the debris for a long time even as the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) rescued his parents Suleman, 45, and Shabnam, 40, and four siblings.“Suleman and others were rescued in time. We had called JCBs and fire tenders for help. However, his son Sufiyan was trapped for a longer time. He was pulled out later and died at the hospital” said an officer. Read more here

10:06 (IST)24 Jul 2022
54-year-old man killed, body stuffed inside fridge; brother, friend arrested

A day after the body of a 54-year-old man was found stuffed inside the refrigerator at his Northeast Delhi home, the police have arrested two men, including the brother of the victim, on charges of murder.

The police said the deceased has been identified as Zakir, a carpenter. The accused have been identified as Abid Hussain, 55, Zakir’s brother, and his friend, Jahid, 25. They said Zakir was allegedly killed with a hammer and that a large amount of jewellery and cash was stolen from his home.

The Seelampur police said a call was received from Zakir’s relatives on Friday at 7.15 pm informing them that he was not answering his phone. When the police reached the spot, they found his body in the fridge, visible through a small crevice. Read the full report here

09:36 (IST)24 Jul 2022
Principals of 10 Govt schools in Outer Delhi meet DCP to discuss student safety

Representatives and principals of the 10 major Government schools under the jurisdiction of the Sultanpuri police station in Delhi’s Outer District met with DCP (Outer District) Sameer Sharma to discuss ways to ensure the safety and security of students, said the police.

The police said that they were made aware of the criminal activities that school students might be prone to, and that teachers could play a vital role in the future of students and helping them to be good citizens, and discussed several ways to create a friendly learning environment.

They added that school representatives were asked to raise student awareness of the role of the police in case they were threatened or harassed by outsiders as well as other students. They were also briefed regarding the surprise checking of school bags for suspicious items, as well as reporting the use of narcotics on school premises to the police and guardians of students. Read more here

08:47 (IST)24 Jul 2022
Seeing 10% of city’s deliveries, Safdarjung hospital burdened by rush of unregistered pregnant women

An increase in patient load and infrastructure that has struggled to keep pace is back in focus after a 20-year-old woman delivered her baby on the road inside the Safdarjung hospital compound, a few steps away from a dustbin, earlier this week.

The woman’s family had alleged she was forced to deliver outside as the hospital kept postponing her admission and did not act in time. The hospital, however, said the woman was offered admission on Monday but did not show up. Five doctors from the obstetrics and gynaecology department of the hospital were debarred from duty after the incident by the Union Health Ministry, which runs the hospital.

With one of the busiest obstetrics and gynaecology departments, the hospital sees around 100 deliveries each day, accounting for nearly 10% of the total births in the national capital. Of the total deliveries, around 20-30 are done surgically through a caesarean section. Read the full report here

08:38 (IST)24 Jul 2022
6 kanwariyas mowed down by truck: Gwalior village mourns its dead, 3 belonged to one extended family

“Maatam ka mahaul hai gaaon mein [the village is in mourning],” says Rakesh Singh, sitting on a charpoy at Chaupal village in Bahangi Khurd, Gwalior, as sounds of women wailing in a nearby house drown the noise.

Singh is just back after attending the cremation of six men in the village, including his nephew, Jawar Singh (26), a labourer. Jawar was among the six kanwariyas who were killed after being hit by a dumper truck near Sadabad in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh when they were returning from Haridwar early Saturday.

“He (Jawar) has a 1-year-old daughter. It was only the second time in his life he had gone for kanwar yatra. Every house here is in mourning. It is a terrible tragedy,” says Singh.

In each lane of the dimly lit village, which has over 150 houses, people sat on tarpaulins and charpoys on Saturday night, trying to make sense of the tragedy. Read more

It has also been alleged that AAP may have used this money during the Punjab elections. (File Photo)

Excise policy row: Sisodia in line of fire as L-G calls for probe by CBI

The already strained ties between the Centre and the AAP government in Delhi plummeted Friday when Lt Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena recommended a CBI probe into the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22, putting Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, in-charge of the excise department, directly in the line of fire.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit back, saying the Lt Governor was making “false allegations” and leaders of the AAP were “not afraid of jail”.

The Lt Governor’s move follows a report submitted by Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar on the matter. The report, which officials said was submitted on July 8, accuses Sisodia of providing undue benefits to liquor vend licencees in lieu of “kickbacks” and “commissions” and the money being used in the recent Punjab elections.

Reached for comment, the Lt Governor’s office said, “Delhi Chief Secretary submitted a report highlighting procedural lapses and post tender benefits given to licencees. The Delhi L-G has sent recommendations to the Ministry of Home Affairs to get a CBI investigation done into the Delhi Excise Policy.”

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First published on: 23-07-2022 at 08:49 IST
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