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Delhi News Highlights: Classes for younger students to resume only after festive season: DDMA

Delhi News Highlights: DDMA has also decided that no activities (like fairs, stalls and giant wheel etc) that attract crowds will be allowed during festivals, sources said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 30, 2021 9:18:27 am
Delhi News Live| Today's Delhi NewsDelhi recorded 34 fresh Covid cases and 2 deaths on Tuesday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Delhi News Highlights: Schools in the city may be allowed to reopen for classes Nursery to 8, but only after the festive season, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority has decided. This would mean that classes for these students will continue exclusively online till at least November 4, when Diwali will be celebrated.

Further, Covid appropriate behaviour will have to be followed at any gatherings held during the festival season, including Durga Pooja, Navratri, Dusshera and Diwali. Standing crowds will not be allowed, separate entry and exit points will have to be set up, appropriate social distancing for seating will have to be maintained, no activities (like fairs, stalls and giant wheel etc) that attract crowds will be allowed, sources said. Only 50 per cent of the seating capacity can be occupied.

Meanwhile, a ‘Deshbhakti Curriculum’ was launched by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday. The CM said there was a need to create an atmosphere where people experience patriotic feelings 24×7, and not just on watching patriotic movies or singing the national anthem. The curriculum will be rolled out from nursery to Class 12 when the schools reopen in the city.

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Delhi Updates: Ban on firecrackers till Jan 1; Junior classes to resume after festive season, says DDMA; Kejriwal launches 'Deshbhakti Curriculum' in schools; Covid positivity rate at 0.05 percent; follow for more updates

20:18 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Govt staffers, teachers & bus drivers in Delhi should be compulsorily vaccinated: Experts

Government employees, teachers and bus drivers should be mandatorily vaccinated against Covid as they interact with multiple people on a daily basis, said experts at a DDMA meeting held here on Wednesday.

At the meeting, it was also decided to undertake a "targeted" and "intensified" vaccination drive through camps and mobile vans with ambulances to facilitate the elderly, differently abled, indisposed and domestic helps, etc. for inoculation. (PTI)

19:45 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Delhi records 41 cases, zero fatality

Delhi on Wednesday recorded 41 coronavirus cases with a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent and zero deaths. Currently, the national capital has 392 active cases.

19:43 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Aquila, Delhi restaurant that denied entry to saree-clad woman, shut by South MCD

The Aquila restaurant at Ansal Plaza, where a woman was allegedly denied entry as she was wearing saree, has been shut after being issued a closure notice by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

The notice makes no mention of the recent incident; rather the civic body has alleged the restaurant was operating without a health trade license, following which the owner was issued a notice and he shut operations. Read more.

18:02 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Delhi govt has power to float New Excise Policy 2021, observes HC

The Delhi government has the power and jurisdiction to float the New Excise Policy 2021, the Delhi High Court observed on Wednesday and refused to stay the closure of retail vends having L7 licences for the sale of Indian liquor in private sector under the old policy with effect from September 30.

A bench headed by Chief Justice D N Patel, dealing with an application by one such licence holder - Rattan Singh - for stay on the closure, said that prima facie, the new mechanism did not violate any of his rights. (PTI)

17:21 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Delhi's "Winter Action Plan" to tackle pollution will be ready soon: Officials

News agency PTI reported that according to officials, Delhi's "Winter Action Plan" to tackle pollution will be ready soon. 

The plan will focus on 10 points, including stubble burning, pollution hotspots, working of smog tower and vehicular and dust pollution. As part of the plan, the 'Green War Room', which was launched last year to monitor and coordinate anti-pollution efforts, will be upgraded. The 'Green Delhi' application for complaints related to pollution causing activities will also be updated.

17:05 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Delhi environment minister to discuss pollution control measures with RWAs, NGOs

According to news agency PTI, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai will hold a meeting with resident welfare associations (RWAs), NGOs and eco clubs to discuss the pollution control measures undertaken by the government and seek feedback and suggestions.

The meeting will be held at the Delhi Secretariat, an official said, adding that it will be attended by senior officials of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the environment department.

16:31 (IST)29 Sep 2021
South Delhi civic body to roll back hiked property tax rates for commercial rented properties

Ahead of civic body polls next year, the BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to roll back the hiked property tax rates for commercial rented establishments, educational institutions, banquet halls among others, officials said on Wednesday.

According to officials, the tax on rented commercial properties was increased on the recommendations of the Municipal Valuation Committee-3 (MVC-3) which was implemented in April last year. The MVC-3 had recommended to nearly double the property tax on rented commercial premises, telecom towers, vacant commercial lands, vacant industries, marriage halls, banquets, educational institutions, entertainment and recreation facilities. 

According to SDMC officials, the decision to roll back tax hike will benefit traders and business community but will dent the coffers of the SDMC, which is already facing fund crunch. (PTI)

15:54 (IST)29 Sep 2021
No stalls or fairs allowed in Delhi during festivals: DDMA

During a meeting on Wednesday, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority decided that Covid appropriate behaviour will have to be followed at any gatherings held during the festival season, including Durga Pooja, Navratri, Dusshera and Diwali.

This means that standing crowds will not be allowed, separate entry and exit points will have to be set up, appropriate social distancing for seating will have to be maintained, no activities (like fairs, stalls and giant wheel etc) that attract crowds will be allowed, sources said. Only 50 per cent of the seating capacity can be occupied.

15:50 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Classes for younger students to resume only after festive season: DDMA

Schools in the city may be allowed to reopen for classes Nursery to 8, but only after the festive season, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority has decided. This would mean that classes for these students will continue exclusively online till at least November 4, when Diwali will be celebrated.

15:10 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Delhi HC sets aside JNU appointment of CSPILAS chairperson citing statutes

The Delhi High Court has set aside the appointment of the current chairperson of the Centre for Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Latin American Studies (CSPILAS) at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), after a professor from the centre challenged it citing university statutes.

Professor Rajiv Saxena had filed a petition against Professor Mazhar Asif’s appointment as chairperson of CSPILAS on February 1, citing it was against the statutes as he was not a teacher at the centre. Asif teaches at the Centre for Persian and Central Asian Studies. Read more.

14:45 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Police constable shoots himself dead outside Delhi High Court

A 30-year-old police constable allegedly shot himself outside the Delhi High Court on Wednesday morning.

The police said the deceased, identified as Constable Tinku Ram, was posted outside gate no. 3 of the High Court and was found dead there. The incident took place around 9.30 am on Wednesday. A probe into the matter is underway.

Deepak Yadav, DCP (New Delhi) said, “We received information that the constable had shot himself with his service INSAS rifle. He was declared dead on the spot." Read more.

13:50 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Delhi-NCR is likely to see a warm day with no rainfall on Wednesday

Delhi-NCR is likely to see a warm day with no rainfall on Wednesday.

The maximum temperature is likely to stand at 36 degree Celsius. Over the past ten days, the maximum temperature forecast for the Safdarjung observatory has remained below 35 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature recorded on Tuesday was 35.7 degree Celsius. Relative humidity stood at 84% at 8.30 a.m. today. The minimum temperature is likely to be 26 degree Celsius. Read more 

13:47 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Delhi: 5 family members found dead in Palwal

Five members of a family found dead in Palwal on Wednesday morning. Prima facie, probe has revealed that a 33-year-old man gave poison to his wife, two children, a niece, and then hanged himself.

13:41 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Delhi: Police pose as MCD employees to trace and arrest 4 burglars

Members of southeast district police have disguised themselves as civic body employees and conducted a door-to-door search in South Delhi’s Mehrauli area to trace and arrest four burglars, who had last week allegedly broke into a house and stole valuables.

On September 18, a woman named Manjeet Kaur, who is a resident of the Kalkaji area, approached the police and informed them that her house was burgled when she, along with her husband, had gone to the office. Read more 

13:28 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Delhi court asks ACB to file status report in Manoj Tiwari’s allegations of fraud against Satyendar Jain

A Delhi court has asked the anti-corruption bureau (ACP) to file a status report into a criminal complaint filed by BJP MP Manoj Tiwari, levelling allegations of fraud against Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey passed the order directing the in-charge/director, ACB to file the status report on October 9. Read more 

13:04 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Greater Noida Authority to display history of Ganga on master reservoir

Greater Noida Authority will be carrying out beautification of master reservoir to depict history of Ganga river. According to officials, a project is being undertaken to supply ‘gangajal’ to villages in Greater Noida by accessing supply through Ganga canal. The construction team has been directed to paint the walls and structure to raise awareness about Ganga river. Read more 

10:44 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Riot call from loudspeakers: No progress in probe, Delhi court says sorry state of affairs

Two months after a Delhi court ordered an FIR in connection with a mob being mobilised using loudspeakers to target Muslims during the Northeast Delhi riots, police have informed that no progress has been made in the investigation.

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav responded that this was a “sorry state of affairs”.

The court said that the Delhi Police Commissioner had constituted a special team recently to monitor ongoing investigations in “riots cases”. Read more 

10:36 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Ban on crackers in capital till Jan 1: Delhi Pollution Control Committee

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has imposed a ban on bursting and sale of all types of firecrackers till January 1, 2022 in the capital.

District Magistrates and Deputy Commissioners of Police have been told to implement the directions, the DPCC order states. Read more 

09:54 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Apollo Hospitals launch AI tool to predict cardiovascular disease risk

Apollo Hospitals has announced the national launch of an AI tool to predict the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients.

The tool, which was only accessible to physicians of the health care group so far, will now be available to doctors across the country.

According to a statement from the hospital, the tool uses algorithms specifically for the Indian population and delivers a risk score taking into account contributing factors including lifestyle attributes such as diet, tobacco and smoking preferences and physical activity as well as psychological stress and anxiety as reflected in the rate of respiration, and hypertension.  Read more 

09:20 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Instead of books, teachers asked to rely on discussions

From discussions on freedom fighters and the country of children’s dreams to issues such as gender, caste and religious discrimination, and poverty — the Delhi government’s new Deshbhakti curriculum aims to cover substantial ground.

To implement the curriculum in classrooms, two separate teachers’ handbooks have been designed — one for students of classes VI to VIII and the other for classes IX to XII. For both sets of students, the basic chapters are the same — love and respect for the country; who is a deshbhakt; deshbhakti; my country, my pride; why is my country not developed; and the India of my dreams. Read more

At the launch of the ‘Deshbhakti Curriculum’ at Chhatrasal Stadium, Kejriwal Tuesday said, "When we see the tiranga in all its glory, our hearts get full of joy and pride. Every time we sing the national anthem, talk about our freedom fighters, it feels like time stops. All of this is the feeling of deshbhakti. The problem is that it only props up when we do something of this sort. We need to develop an environment wherein all of us and our children constantly feel patriotic 24×7. We can only imagine what the future would look like if this happens."

Five gangsters might try to escape, Delhi prisons on high alert

A security alert from agencies this week about five inmates trying to break out of jails has put Delhi Prisons authorities and police on high alert, The Indian Express has learnt.

It is suspected that five inmates from Tihar and Mandoli jails might escape in the coming week. Prison authorities received inputs in this regard, which they have shared with the Delhi Armed Police so security arrangements inside jails can be bolstered.

Scanner on pensions being given by Delhi civic body

After reports of a Lokayukta probe being initiated in some cases of pension wrongly being given to people by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the civic body has stressed that a ‘life certificate’ would be necessary for any new beneficiaries to be added.

Commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) informed the standing committee on Thursday that there are cases flagged by the Lokayukta, so it has to be ensured that ‘life certificates’ are provided in each case before releasing any pension.

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