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Delhi News Highlights: In Qutub Minar plea, ASI says worship can’t be allowed; Covid positivity rate over 2%

Delhi News Today Updates 25 May, Delhi Weather Today, Delhi News Updates, Delhi Heatwave Updates, Delhi Rainfall Alert news, Delhi Temperature News: Umar Khalid told the Delhi High Court that there is no direct connection between him and any violence whatsoever.

ASI opposed the plea, arguing that the Qutub Minar's character was frozen after it came under the protection of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act, 1958. (File)

Delhi News Highlights: With the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) maintaining that the Qutub Minar complex’s status cannot be changed to allow worship, a Delhi court Tuesday reserved till June 9 its order on a plea seeking restoration of Hindu and Jain deities inside the premises.

Meanwhile, after dipping below 2 per cent for a day as per Sunday’s health bulletin, Delhi’s Covid-19 positivity rate—the proportion of samples tested that return positive—stood at 2.27 per cent on Tuesday and 2.69 per cent on Monday.

In other news, arguing that the statement of the main witness against him is based on hearsay, Umar Khalid, who is an accused in the larger conspiracy case in connection with the Northeast Delhi riots, Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that there is no direct connection between him and any violence whatsoever. Senior Advocate Trideep Pais, representing Khalid, submitted that there are 10-15 paragraphs in the chargesheet with no basis or supporting evidence, and if the prosecution has the propensity to create such things, then it is clear that the protected witness ‘Bond’ is fabricated.

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21:58 (IST)25 May 2022
Three automated tracks inaugurated in Delhi for evening driving tests

Those willing to get a driving license will no longer have to take leaves for getting the driving test since the Delhi government has started an evening test facility at its three automatic driving test tracks, an official said.

Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday inaugurated the Automated Driving Test Tracks set up for evening/night tests at Shakurbasti, Mayur Vihar and Vishwas Nagar here. The driving test will be held on the Automatic Driving Test tracks on slots between 5pm and 7pm, the official said.

21:28 (IST)25 May 2022
'Waste-to-wealth' initiative adopted as parameter for ranking in next Swachh survey: MCD

Delhi civic body's 'waste-to-wealth' initiative has been adopted as one of the parameters for ranking in the upcoming Swachh Survekshan 2023, the municipal corporation of the city said on Wednesday. 'Waste-to-wealth' concept in Delhi refers to use of waste material to create replicas of various heritage monuments in parks.

"Considering the replicas of monuments made by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) using waste materials as the backbone of the 3Rs -- reduce, reuse, recycle programme, the government of India has issued guidelines for every urban body to develop at least one park in its area, for Swachh Survekshan 2023," the MCD claimed in a statement.

In the toolkit of Swachh Survekshan 2023, two per cent weightage is to be given for developing parks on the theme of 'waste-to-wealth' by urban bodies, it said. (PTI)

21:13 (IST)25 May 2022
Fire breaks out at printing press-cum godown in outer Delhi

A fire broke out at a printing press-cum-godown in outer Delhi's Alipur on Wednesday, officials said. No injuries have been reported, Delhi Fire Services officials said. A call about the blaze was received at 5:15 pm following which nine fire tenders were rushed to the spot, a senior fire department official said.

The fire broke out in the printing press-cum-godown where papers were stored, the official said. The flames were doused by 6:40 pm. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained, the official added. (PTI)

21:07 (IST)25 May 2022
Man impersonates Delhi cop to impress girlfriend, arrested in Noida

A 27-year old man was arrested by police in Noida for allegedly impersonating a Delhi Police personnel to impress his girlfriend. Police said he was picked up from near Sangam Hotel in Noida’s Sector-15.

Donning a Delhi Police assistant sub-inspector’s uniform, the accused, Rahul Sharma, a resident of Panipat’s Chulkana village, was found loitering in the area for over two hours – an act local police found suspicious. Read More

21:02 (IST)25 May 2022
Man arrested for stealing laptops in interstate buses

A 35-year-old man was arrested from north Delhi for allegedly stealing laptops of passengers in interstate buses, police said on Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Kamal Kumar Rehlan, a resident of Faridabad, Haryana, they said.

Rehlan said that he used to take deluxe tourist buses to travel to other states. He usually took the rear seat of the bus to observe the activity and belongings of fellow passengers and identify which one of them carried laptops, police said.

After a while when the target passenger would fall asleep, he would steal the bag and de-board the bus, they said. A total of 10 laptops, including the lawyer's, were recovered from his possession. (PTI)

19:25 (IST)25 May 2022
Delhi govt panel visits SN, Lajpat Nagar markets; notes lack of toilets, dangling wires

A Delhi government panel on Wednesday visited Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar markets as part of its survey of 20 major markets for feasibility of beautification, officials said. The panel is to shortlist five of these markets to redevelop as announced in the Rozgar Budget for 2022-23.

The officials said that during its visit the panel came across issues such as lack of toilets, improper lighting, and dangling wires in the two markets.

An eight-member expert committee constituted by the Delhi government has been tasked with the selection of five retail markets that will be redeveloped as model markets to generate jobs. (PTI)

18:54 (IST)25 May 2022
DSEU to add 6 new campuses, increasing seat strength by 800

Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University will add six new campuses this academic year that will increase the seat strength by 800 across courses, its vice-chancellor Neharika Vohra said on Wednesday. Vohra said the university is also launching several new undergraduates and postgraduate courses in the academic year 2022-23.

'In the first batch started last year, 6,000 students, including those in diploma programmes, were admitted. We have 35 different programmes in total,' she told PTI. Vohra informed that the university, which was established in 2020, will admit around 7000 students this year. (PTI)

18:30 (IST)25 May 2022
Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik sentenced to life imprisonment by Delhi Court

JKLF chief Yasin Malik was sentenced to imprisonment by a Delhi Court on Wednesday. Malik had earlier pleaded guilty of all charges, including those under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, in a terror funding case.

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17:58 (IST)25 May 2022
Delhi woman hires man to kill husband, both arrested

A 28-year-woman has been arrested along with a man for allegedly killing her husband, police said on Wednesday.

The woman hired the man to murder her husband, they said, adding that they also tried to mislead investigators by making the killing look like an outcome of an attempted robbery.

Chander Kala had conspired with Jumman (27), a history-sheeter based in Delhi's Ranhola area, and also given him a hammer and Rs 1.5 lakhs for the job, police said. The weapon and Rs 50,000 has been recovered, police said.

The woman and her husband used to fight very often. The man had two wives and this was also the reason behind the dispute between the two, police said. (PTI)

17:20 (IST)25 May 2022
Water motors, power meters among most stolen objects during house thefts in Delhi

An analysis of e-FIRs filed in connection with burglaries and house theft undertaken by the Delhi Police Crime Branch has revealed that around 80% of the cases relate to theft of cell phones, water and electricity meters, motors, and sewer lids. Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana has asked all 15 DCPs to now make a plan of action and keep tabs on local scrap dealers to prevent such petty thefts.

This came up for discussion during a recent crime review meeting at the Delhi Police headquarters that included the Police Commissioner along with Special CPs, Joint CPs and DCPs. Read More

17:04 (IST)25 May 2022
Delhi High Court adjourns the hearing on bail plea of Umar Khalid till Monday

Delhi High Court has adjourned the hearing on the bail plea of Umar Khalid till Monday. The defence counsel questioned the statement of witnesses. The court said we are not at the stage of testing the veracity of witnesses. (ANI)

16:56 (IST)25 May 2022
Steps taken to prevent waterlogging at critical spots in Delhi: Delhi Jal Board

To prevent waterlogging during monsoon season in the national capital, Public Works Department has taken a range of steps including construction of separate drains, high capacity sumps and installation of automated pumps among others at critical locations prone to waterlogging, officials said on Wednesday.

According to senior PWD officials, the department has identified at least seven locations which are critical in terms of waterlogging out of the around 145 such locations in the city.

"Out of these 145, seven are critical points that include underpasses at Minto Bridge and Pul Prahladpur in the city. We are taking many short term as well as long term solutions including construction of drains and sumps, installation of automated pumps, CCTVs, enhancing the man power and deployment of additional maintenance vans," a senior PWD official told PTI.

The seven critical waterlogging points of the city include IP State Ring Road near WHO building, underpasses at Pul Prahladpur, Minto Bridge, Zakhira, Okhla, Azadpur and Jahangirpuri metro station road. (PTI)

16:25 (IST)25 May 2022
Delhi Government encourages switch to public transport; Group A & B officers of Transport Department to take compulsory bus trip once a week

Delhi Government has directed all Group A & B officers of DTC & Transport Department to take a trip in a bus, once a week compulsorily, to lead the switch to public transport and ensure quality of service.

16:06 (IST)25 May 2022
Hypertension most common co-morbidity: Delhi hospital study on Covid patients

Doctors at a Delhi government-run hospital have conducted a study to examine the epidemiological characteristics of the pandemic by describing clinical profiles of Covid-19 patients, and found that hypertension was the most common co-morbidity among them.

A total of 3,534 patients were enrolled in this study done by doctors at the 650-bed Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (RGSSH), aged 9-96 years. Among patients with symptoms, fever and cough were the most common presenting symptoms, while 5.6 per cent of the patients were asymptomatic, as per the study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care in May. (PTI)

15:42 (IST)25 May 2022
PIL on same status for ‘Vande Mataram’ as national anthem: HC seeks Centre, Delhi govt’s response

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought to know the Centre and Delhi government’s stand on a plea seeking that a policy be framed to equally propagate the national anthem and the national song — ‘Vande Mataram’.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta issued notice on the petition by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay and granted time to the respondents to file their response. Read More

14:41 (IST)25 May 2022
Delhi: DU principal booked after casteism complaint

Delhi Police has registered a case against a Delhi University college principal on the orders of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, and will probe a complaint by an assistant professor who was removed from her job two years ago. 

In August 2020, the assistant professor (ad hoc) was sacked from the college, following which she approached the court alleging discrimination for being a Dalit. She also alleged the principal had issues with her social media posts and political ideology. Her plea was not taken up by the court. Read more

14:35 (IST)25 May 2022
One injured in celebratory firing at wedding in UP's Greater Noida

A 22-year-old man was injured during a celebratory firing at a wedding ceremony in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida, police said on Wednesday. 

Around 1 am on Wednesday, the officials at the Jewar police station were alerted from Kailash Hospital about a case in which the victim had suffered bullet injuries on his shoulder, they said. "The injured person has been identified as Shahrukh. He had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of a relative in the Jewar area where one of the guests opened fire. Shahrukh was hit on his shoulder and was rushed to the hospital for treatment," a police spokesperson said. 

The victim is now stated to be out of danger but is still in the hospital, the official said. 

The person who had opened the fire has been identified but not arrested yet, the spokesperson said, adding further legal proceedings in the case were being carried out. 

Last month, a celebratory fire at a wedding in Greater Noida's Badalpur area had left six relatives of the groom injured, prompting the police to lodge an FIR in the case. (PTI)

13:36 (IST)25 May 2022
Just after launch, Delhi's e-bus breaks down after temperature rises beyond specified limit

Just a few hours after its launch, a brand new electric bus broke down near Rohini Depot-3 in Delhi after the temperature of the vehicle rose beyond the specified limit. It was one of the 150 e-buses flagged off by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday.

According to videos and photographs shared by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) Karamchari Union, bus number DL 516G D2610 was from Rohini Depot Sector 37 and it broke down between around 3:30-4 pm on the day of launch. The buses were launched at 12 pm from IP Depot.

12:32 (IST)25 May 2022
Delhi: Revised excise policy will take time to be implemented

Residents of Delhi will have to wait to get liquor delivered to homes as the Delhi government has decided to extend the existing excise policy for two more months till July, as the revised excise policy, which was supposed to be implemented from June 1, has been delayed, said sources. 

According to sources, the cabinet has approved the Revised Excise Policy 2022-23 and the new proposals by the excise department and the group of ministers, but final approval for amendments and implementation on the ground has to be done by the Lieutenant-Governor. Read more

11:53 (IST)25 May 2022
Two kids fall through open shaft on ninth floor of Noida high-rise, injured

Two minors were injured after they fell into an open shaft from the ninth floor of a high-rise in Noida Extension, on Tuesday evening. Police said the incident took place at Supertech Ecovillage 2 and identified the injured minors as cousins Siddharth (12) and Radhe (9).

Till Tuesday, no complaint had been submitted by the family in connection with the incident.

According to the police, the two children were playing on the floor when they fell into the shaft for internet cable across the building. Read more

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia (File Photo)

Delhi: Sisodia meets Cambridge University faculty, discusses ways to boost ties

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Tuesday met with faculty from Cambridge University to discuss their ongoing partnership and to “explore new ways to strengthen ties”. The meeting was a part of his ongoing visit to the United Kingdom for the Education World Forum

He discussed the idea of designing a joint certification course between Cambridge University and Delhi Teachers University in areas of school leadership, curriculum development, and related fields, the government said in a statement.

Ambedkar University constitutes admission committee for COA amid uncertainties

After appointing a Dean for the College of Art (COA), the Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) Tuesday said it had constituted an admission committee to work on the modalities of admission in the college. The fate of COA has been uncertain as Delhi University has claimed it has not de-affiliated COA, even as AUD has begun the admission process.

“A meeting was held by the Department of TTE/Higher Education, GNCTD on 23.05.2022, which was attended by the officers of the Dr B R Ambedkar University Delhi and officers of the College of Arts.

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First published on: 25-05-2022 at 10:26:08 am
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