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Delhi News Highlights: Clear sky on forecast; lowest new Covid-19 cases recorded since March 28 last year

Delhi News, Delhi COVID-19 Cases Latest Updates: The Covid-19 positivity rate dropped to 0.03 percent. Currently, there are 298 active cases in the national capital.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 20, 2021 9:18:26 am
Delhi Today Live Update, News Delhi LiveDelhi witnessed heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Delhi News Highlights: Delhi on Monday recorded 15 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest daily number registered since March 28 last year, the city’s health department stated. The positivity rate dropped to 0.03 percent. Currently, there are 298 active cases in the national capital.

The low number of single-day infections could also be attributed to less number of tests conducted on Sunday. A total of 44,739 tests (39,172 RT-PCR and 5,567 rapid antigen) were conducted a day ago, the Delhi goverment’s health bulletin said.

Meanwhile, Delhi recorded its first dengue death this season. A 35-year-old resident of Sarita Vihar died of the disease at Holy Family Hospital last month, a senior official of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said. As per the civic report on vector-borne diseases released, total 723 dengue cases have been recorded this season till October 16 – the highest count since 2018 for the same period.

With a clear sky on the forecast today, Delhi’s maximum temperature will reach 29 degree Celsius, while the minimum temperature will fall at 20 degrees. Heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday has made October the rainiest month since 1956. The AQI along with the temperature dipped significantly due to the rains. Scientists at the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) have forecast ‘good’ air quality day on Tuesday with moderate winds expected to continue.

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Delhi news updates: Delhi records lowest daily Covid-19 cases, zero deaths; Covid positivity rate dropped to 0.03 percent; 298 active cases in the city; AQI to be in the satisfactory category for the next 2 days; follow for more Delhi updates

20:26 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Namaz impasse in Gurgaon: Residents meet deputy commissioner, defer protest for two weeks

Residents of Gurgaon’s sector 47, who have been protesting against the offering of namaz in the open for at least a month, have deferred their protest for at least two weeks after a meeting with the deputy commissioner on Monday.

Members of the resident welfare association met the DC who, they said, had assured them that the matter would be discussed and a possible solution would be found. Read more

20:25 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Woman accused of serving poisoned coffee to mother-in-law, court orders FIR

A Delhi court directed the police to register an FIR against a woman who is accused of attempting to kill her mother-in-law by serving coffee laced with poison.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Singh Parihar Monday observed that “on the face of it, the cognizable offence committed is made out”. The court will hear the matter on October 28.

The mother-in-law had moved court through her lawyer Amit Sahni, alleging that the accused “poisoned milk in the coffee on September 25, 2021”. Read more

17:16 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Want to know PM’s stand on India-Pak cricket matches as attacks on our soil increase, says AAP’s Atishi

Targeting the BJP government, senior Aam Aadmi Party leader and MLA Atishi said Tuesday that she wanted to know the Prime Minister’s stand on cricket matches being played between India and Pakistan at a time when there have been “state-sponsored attacks for Pakistan on Indian soil”.

She was responding to a question regarding the two teams facing each other, during a press conference. An India-Pakistan match has been scheduled on October 24 as part of the T20 World Cup in UAE.

Eleven civilians have been killed in attacks in Jammu and Kashmir this month, including a businessman, two teachers and several migrants. Read more

16:07 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Woman stabbed to death in Dwarka by ex-boyfriend

A 22-year-old woman was brutally assaulted and stabbed to death outside her house in Delhi’s Dwarka Monday night.

Police said the woman was allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend because she had rejected him. She was stabbed 5-7 times, said officials. An autopsy will be conducted.

According to the police, the woman left her house before midnight saying she’s going to stay at her friend’s place. Around 2 am, the police found the woman lying injured near her house. Read more

16:02 (IST)19 Oct 2021
IIT-Delhi to start BTech in energy engineering from next academic session

IIT-Delhi has launched a new BTech in energy engineering programme from the coming academic session. Students who qualified the JEE (Advanced) 2021 will be eligible for admission to the undergraduate programme to be offered by the institute’s Department of Energy Science and Engineering (DESE).

“The new UG programme is going to start from the academic session 2021-2022 with an intake of 40 students. There is a critical need to develop human resources with the capacity to address various energy and environment-related challenges holistically with the necessary foresight and vision,” said Professor K A Subramanian, Head, DESE. Read more

14:44 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Asked for car’s documents, Greater Noida man abducts traffic cop; arrested

A 29-year-old man in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida has been arrested for allegedly abducting an on-duty traffic policeman who had stopped him to check the documents of his car, officials said.

The car was suspected to have been stolen and the accused asked the traffic policeman to get inside the vehicle to see the documents, but forcibly took him on over a 10-km-long drive before dumping him near a police post, they said.

“Accused Sachin Rawal had stolen the Maruti Swift Dzire from a showroom in Gurgaon, Haryana two years ago on the pretext of taking the car out on a test drive,” a police spokesperson said. Read more

14:28 (IST)19 Oct 2021
7 cases of Vaccine Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia recorded at Ganga Ram since June

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has received seven cases of Vaccine Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) from different hospitals in the country since June 2021.

The hospital is the only centre in the country conducting the gold standard confirmatory test for VITT, which are rare cases of blood clot and low platelets after receipt of adenovirus vector Covid-19 vaccines. Read more

14:05 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Twins fall to death from 25th floor flat: Police look at phones, books for clues

A day after twin brothers, aged 14, fell to their death from the balcony of their 25th floor flat, Ghaziabad Police looked to their phones for possible clues. Prima-facie, police are treating the case as an accidental death.

Police had found a small stool perched atop a chair in the balcony from where the children fell. “It is certain that they were up to some activity which led to the fall. We looked at their phones and found that they were watching a short action clip prior to their death. Since there is no CCTV footage, we are trying to reconstruct each aspect of the sequence. It is possible that the twins were trying to emulate something, but there is no concrete evidence of the same,” said Mahipal Singh, CO First. Read more

13:45 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Delhi BJP call to take sides in DDCA polls leaves some miffed

The Delhi BJP’s decision to seek support for the panel led by Rohan Jaitley in the upcoming Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) elections has not gone down well with a section of the party leadership, with some pointing out that the panel also has those with links to the opposition.

Rohan, son of late union minister Arun Jaitley, is the current president of DDCA. The others on his panel include Shashi Khanna for the post of vice-president, Vinod Tihara for secretary, Pawan Gulati for treasurer, Rajan Manchanda for joint secretary, and Harish Singla for director. Elections for the posts of five office-bearers as well as directors will be held on October 25-27. Read more

13:06 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Gurgaon: 78% population has antibodies against Covid, finds third serological survey

The third serological survey, conducted by the Haryana health department in September to estimate the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, has found antibodies among 78.3% of the population in the Gurgaon district.

According to the results of the survey, of the 3,000 people in Gurgaon that were tested for antibodies, 78.3% showed a positive result, higher than the state’s average of 76.3%. Urban areas in Gurgaon showed more positivity rate at 80.3% as against rural clusters at 77%. Read more

12:32 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Daughter of daily wagers one step closer to computer engineering dream

Until a year ago, 18-year-old Himanshi dreamed of becoming a physics teacher, but her family’s financial situation has pushed her in a different direction: computer science engineering.

“It was something I was very interested in. But when I began doing my research, I found that it was a long road to get there. I would have to do a BSc and an MSc, as well as a BEd. That’s not something I can afford. My priority was to complete studying quickly and get a well-paying job to support my family. Then, I found that a four-year engineering degree would suit me best. I had also heard that IITs are very prestigious places to study,” she said. Read more

12:02 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Delhi: Attempt to withdraw Rs 5 cr from NRI’s account; 12, including 3 bank employees, held

Twelve persons, including three HDFC bank employees, have been arrested by the cyber cell of Delhi Police for allegedly trying to withdraw Rs 5 crore from a prominent NRI businessman’s account after hacking. Initial investigation has revealed that the businessman had Rs 200 crore in his account and the accused tried 66 times for transferring money from his account to their beneficiary accounts, said the police. Read more

11:10 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Delhi: Ganga Ram doctor held after wife alleges abuse

A doctor from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has been arrested for allegedly beating his wife inside their house in East of Kailash. Police said the woman works as a trained graduate teacher (TGT) at a Kendriya Vidyalaya.

The doctor, Vineet Bhawan, is a senior anaesthetist at the hospital and was arrested Monday.

DCP (Southeast) Esha Pandey said, “We received a PCR call about domestic violence at 5.20 pm Sunday. The complainant is 38 years old and said her husband assaulted her. We initiated preventive action against her husband, Dr Vineet, and arrested him.” The PCR van dropped the woman at AIIMS. Read more

10:32 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Delhi: Man arrested outside for drugging old woman, stealing her jewellery

A 55-year-old man was arrested outside Azadpur metro station by the Delhi Police for allegedly drugging a 65-year-old woman and stealing her gold jewellery. The accused, identified as Gurmeet Singh (55), was caught with the help of an auto-rickshaw driver who saw the woman lying unconscious and the accused stealing her jewellery while they were travelling in his vehicle.

Usha Rangnani, DCP (Northwest), said Singh is a serial offender involved in many such cases. The police said he uses anxiolytic drugs, used to treat anxiety and reduce panic attacks, on his victims. He has been booked under a case of robbery.  Read more

10:18 (IST)19 Oct 2021
NDMC starts process of online transfer of teachers, principals

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has started the process of online transfer of teachers and principals to bring more transparency to the system.

Teachers transfer has been a major issue in the civic body schools as several teachers constantly push for appointments in the schools near their homes.

Education Committee Chairman Alok Sharma said that the transfer process of teachers has been made fully computerised by this online transfer module. Read more

09:50 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Clear skies in Delhi today; maximum temperature to touch 29 degrees Celsius

Clear skies and a maximum temperature of 29 degrees Celsius are on the forecast for Delhi on Tuesday.

The minimum temperature is likely to stand at 20 degrees Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) estimates. Relative humidity at 8.30 am on Tuesday was 91 per cent, while the temperature at the same time was 22.4 degrees Celsius.

The rest of the week is likely to see clear skies, with the maximum temperature hovering between 31 and 32 degrees Celsius. Going by the seven-day forecast, the minimum temperature is likely to stand at 18 or 19 degrees Celsius for the rest of the week. Read more

09:35 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Delhi: To connect job providers, seekers, Rozgaar Bazaar 2.0

The Delhi government is set to launch the second edition of the Rozgaar Bazaar portal.

The portal, which was first launched last year amid job losses during the pandemic, connected job seekers with job providers through the platform.

The second edition will be a first-of-its-kind digital job matching platform for entry-level jobs in India, the government said. Physical centres will also come up to make opportunities available to those who cannot log on to the portal.  Read more

09:34 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Delhi recorded 15 fresh Covid-19 cases

Delhi on Monday recorded 15 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest daily number registered since March 28 last year, the city’s health department stated. The positivity rate dropped to 0.03 percent. Currently, there are 298 active cases in the national capital.

The low number of single-day infections could also be attributed to less number of tests conducted on Sunday. A total of 44,739 tests (39,172 RT-PCR and 5,567 rapid antigen) were conducted a day ago, the Delhi goverment’s health bulletin said.

22:26 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Central Vista: L&T lowest bidder for construction of 3 buildings of Common Central Secretariat

Infrastructure firm Larsen & Toubro Limited emerged as the lowest bidder for the construction and maintenance of the first three buildings of the Common Central Secretariat under the Central Vista redevelopment project.

According to the Central Public Works Department's bid documents, Larsen & Toubro Limited quoted around Rs 3,141 crore, which is 3.47 per cent less than the estimated cost. The firm submitted a total bid amount of Rs 31,41,99,87,657.

NCC Ltd quoted the second lowest bid amount of around Rs 3,318 crore for the project, which was 1.94 per cent more than the estimated cost. (PTI)

21:20 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Class 10 exams from November 30, Class 12 from December 1

CBSE first term major subjects exams will begin on November 30 for Class 10 and December 1 for Class 12.

The exam controller CBSE Sanyam Bhardwaj informed that the datesheets for minor subjects will be sent to schools. Such exams will be conducted by the schools. "Minor subject exams will be conducted from November 17 for Class 12 and November 16 for Class 10," he further added.

The term I exams will be objective-type and the duration of the tests will be 90 minutes. The exams will commence from 11.30 am due to the winter season.

Singhu murder: Raids in Haryana, Punjab to identify other accused, say police

singhu border lynching Police near the site where the body was found at the Singhu border on Friday. (Photo: Amit Mehra)

A day after the district and sessions court in Sonipat remanded three Nihang Sikhs, arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder of 35-year-old Lakhbir Singh at the farmers’ protest site at Singhu border, to six-day police custody, the police Monday said teams were conducting raids at nine locations in Haryana and Punjab to identify other accused in the case.

Police have so far arrested four Nihang Sikhs – Sarabjit Singh, Narain Singh, Bhagwant Singh and Govind Preet Singh – in the case. Police said the accused had confessed to the murder, and cited “desecration” of the Sikh holy book as the reason.

7 cases of Vaccine Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia recorded at Ganga Ram since June

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has received seven cases of Vaccine Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) from different hospitals in the country since June 2021.

The hospital is the only centre in the country conducting the gold standard confirmatory test for VITT, which are rare cases of blood clot and low platelets after receipt of adenovirus vector Covid-19 vaccines. The diagnosis is suspected if symptoms occur between the 3rdto 20thday after vaccination and there is thrombocytopenia.

Delhi: To connect job providers, seekers, Rozgaar Bazaar 2.0

The Delhi government is set to launch the second edition of the Rozgaar Bazaar portal.

The portal, which was first launched last year amid job losses during the pandemic, connected job seekers with job providers through the platform.

The second edition will be a first-of-its-kind digital job matching platform for entry-level jobs in India, the government said. Physical centres will also come up to make opportunities available to those who cannot log on to the portal. Tenders for the development of the portal were floated last week.

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