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Delhi News Highlights: Schools to remain shut till further orders due to air pollution, online classes to continue

Delhi News: Delhi schools to remain shut due to rising air pollution; SKM to hold another meeting on November 27 to decide on the future course of action. Follow for more updates.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 22, 2021 12:04:02 pm
Delhi pollutionWind speed continues to remain below 10 kmph, according to the forecast, and is therefore unfavourable for the dispersal of pollutants. (Express file photo)

Delhi News Highlights: Schools in Delhi will remain closed for physical classes till further orders while online classes and board exams will continue, the Directorate of Education (DoE) announced on Sunday in view of the prevailing air quality situation, news agency PTI reported.

Meanwhile, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai will hold a high-level meeting on Monday on restrictions imposed to contain high-pollution levels, officials said. The air quality remained “very poor” on Sunday morning, authorities here said. The city recorded its air quality index (AQI) at 382 at 9 am. The 24-hour average AQI was 374 on Saturday.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi having announced that the three contentious farm laws will be repealed, farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said on Sunday that the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) will hold another meeting on November 27 to decide on the future course of action. He added that the farmers’ march to the Parliament on November 29 will go ahead as per schedule. SKM will also hold a mahapanchayat in Lucknow on Monday in a show of strength days after Modi’s announcement of repealing the three farm laws.

On the virus front, Delhi reported 29 cases of Covid-19 and zero death in a day while the positivity rate stood at 0.06 per cent, according to data shared by the health department on Sunday. With the new cases, the coronavirus infection tally in the city climbed to 14,40,666. Of this, over 14.15 lakh patients have recovered. The death toll stands at 25,095. There are 309 active Covid cases in Delhi.

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23:17 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Construction activities to resume from Monday even as air quality remains in 'very poor' category

Schools in Delhi will remain shut, and government officials working in the state government and corporations will continue to work from home as air quality in the city remained in the very poor range on Sunday. Only trucks carrying essential items will be allowed to enter city limits, an order passed by the state environment department said.

Construction activities, however, are expected to resume from Monday as the order remained silent on the status of the earlier ban, which was in force till Sunday.

19:27 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Delhi records 29 Covid-19 cases, zero death in a day; positivity rate 0.06 pc

The national capital reported 29 cases of Covid-19 and zero death in a day while the positivity rate stood at 0.06 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here on Sunday. With the new cases, the coronavirus infection tally in the city climbed to 14,40,666. Of this, over 14.15 lakh patients have recovered. The death toll stands at 25,095.

According to the health bulletin, authorities conducted 49,139 tests, including 41,107 RT-PCR ones, the previous day. There are 309 active Covid cases in Delhi, of which 133 are in home isolation. The number of containment zones stands at 124.

Delhi has recorded four deaths due to the infection in November so far. Four had succumbed to the viral disease in October and five in September. (PTI)

18:49 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Gusty winds bring visible improvement in air quality

Strong surface winds swept through Delhi on Sunday, bringing about a visible improvement in the air quality, even as the authorities announced that schools will remain closed for physical classes till further orders in view of air pollution. Officials said Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai will on Monday hold a high-level meeting to review the curbs imposed to contain high pollution levels in the city.

Following orders from the Commission for Air Quality Management, the Delhi government had on Wednesday issued 10 directions, including a ban on the entry of trucks carrying non-essential items into the city and closure of schools and colleges till further orders. It had also banned construction and demolition activities in the city and had ordered its employees to work from home till Sunday (November 21). (PTI)

18:02 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Three men arrested for robbing woman at knifepoint inside cab

The Delhi Police has arrested three men who allegedly robbed a woman at knifepoint inside a cab in Delhi’s Nand Nagri area. The police said the incident happened on November 7 when the woman, working at a private firm, took a cab from Shahdarato to go to work.

The accused, posing as passengers, also got into the cab. They threatened the woman with a knife and robbed her of two phones, a gold chain, gold rings and Rs 10,000, said the police. The men got off at the Nand Nagri area and threatened the driver to not call the police. Read More

16:59 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Man held in Haryana for ‘selling’ firearms on Facebook

The Delhi Police arrested a 38-year-old man from Haryana who was allegedly selling firearms on social media platforms.

Officials said that while monitoring social media they found posts and videos of weapons being sold online. A Facebook group by the name of Lawrence Bishnoi was also involved, they said. Since Bishnoi gang members are involved in several extortion and firing cases, the police registered a case and started searching for the group. Read More

16:04 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Air pollution: Delhi schools to remain shut for physical classes till further orders

Schools in Delhi will remain closed for physical classes till further orders while online classes and board exams will continue, the Directorate of Education (DoE) announced on Sunday in view of the prevailing air quality situation.

The air quality remained “very poor” on Sunday morning, authorities here said. The city recorded its air quality index (AQI) at 382 at 9 am. The 24-hour average AQI was 374 on Saturday. (PTI)

14:48 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Samyukta Kisan Morcha to write to PM on remaining demands of farmers

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha will write an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighting the remaining demands of the farmers. SKM also said that the programmes of farmers including Parliament march wil take place as per scheduled.

Another meeting of SKM will be held on November 27. 

11:11 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Gopal Rai to hold high-level meeting on Delhi's pollution on Monday

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai to hold high-level meeting on Monday on restrictions imposed to contain high-pollution levels, says officials.

11:08 (IST)21 Nov 2021
DU admission special drive complete, no announcement yet on subsequent cut-offs

With five cut-off lists and a special drive for undergraduate admissions completed, the Delhi University has not yet made any announcement on whether any subsequent cut-off lists will be released by the administration.

November 19 was the final day for candidates to make their payments and finalise their admissions in the special drive. Admissions under the special drive are for those candidates who had not been admitted to any of the colleges at the time of the release of the special drive cut-off list.

Students admitted to any particular course or college under previous cut-off lists at the time of the release were not eligible for admissions under it.

10:48 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Two chargesheets in POCSO case: Delhi Police probe a mockery, says court

Days after the Delhi Police was pulled up for filing two sets of chargesheets in a POCSO case, the judge hearing the matter said the investigation was a mockery after crucial paragraphs giving a clean chit to the accused were omitted from the chargesheet filed before it. The case relates to the alleged rape and kidnapping of a minor girl. The victim’s lawyer had informed the court that the chargesheet supplied to the court and the prosecutor was different from the copy supplied to him.

While one chargesheet was filed with the court and the accused’s counsel, the other was given to the public prosecutor and the complainant’s counsel, wherein material facts were allegedly omitted. The court also took note of the fact that though one chargesheet states that the accused’s mobile phone was not found at the crime scene, the same was omitted in the chargesheet filed before it. (With Anand Mohan J)

09:38 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Work begins to repeal farm laws, unions press other demands

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the three new agriculture laws will be repealed, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the body spearheading the farmer protest, said it will continue the agitation to get “all demands” fulfilled.

The SKM called a meeting even as officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution began the process of drafting the repeal Bills which are expected to get Cabinet nod early next week.

The SKM appealed to farmers to gather in large numbers at protest sites on November 26, exactly a year after they first showed up at Delhi’s border in Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur to lodge their protest. (Read full story here)

09:28 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Delhi: Clear skies, foggy morning on Sunday

The weatherman has predicted mainly clear sky with shallow fog on Sunday morning in Delhi, while the maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to be around 27 degrees and 12 degrees Celsius, respectively.

09:27 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Delhi records maximum temp of 26.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday

The maximum temperature in the national capital on Saturday stood at 26.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below the normal, the India Meteorological Department said. The minimum temperature was recorded at 14.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above the normal, while the relative humidity recorded at 5.30 pm was 85 per cent.

09:26 (IST)21 Nov 2021
DDMA allows standing passengers in Delhi Metro trains, buses to tackle air pollution

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Friday allowed standing passengers in Metro trains and buses to augment the carrying capacity of the public transport systems to let more people use them instead of private vehicles in view of the prevailing air pollution. In an order, the DDMA said 30 standing passengers will be allowed in each Metro train coach. In Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Cluster buses, the maximum number of passengers allowed to travel in standing position will be 50 per cent of the seating capacity. (With PTI)

09:23 (IST)21 Nov 2021
🦠 Delhi records no Covid-19 deaths in last 24 hours

Delhi recorded no deaths due to covid-19 and 32 fresh cases with a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent. The number of cumulative cases stood at 14,40,637. Over 14.15 lakh patients have recovered from the infection.The death toll due to the coronavirus infection in Delhi stands at 25,095.

Four fatalities have been reported so far this month, two on November 12 and one each on November 14 and 15. The city reported four COVID-19 deaths in October and five in September.

22:30 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Man held for kidnapping, sexually assaulting minor in Delhi

A 24-year-old man was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, police said on Saturday. The accused was nabbed from Burari in north Delhi on Thursday.

Based on a complaint lodged by the girl's father at Kalyanpuri police station on October 7, a case was registered, the police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Priyanka Kashyap said CCTV footage of all cameras installed in the vicinity of the area was analysed in detail. The girl was recovered from Burari on Thursday and her medical examination was conducted, the DCP said. (PTI)

21:51 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee files police complaint against Kangana Ranaut

The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee on Saturday filed a police complaint against actress Kangana Ranaut for allegedly using derogatory language against Sikh community on Instagram, a statement said.

The complaint was filed at the cyber cell of the Mandir Marg Police Station.

The Committee said that in a recent post on the social media platform, Ranaut had “intentionally” and “deliberately” portrayed the farmers protest as “Khalistani movement”.

“…and (she) further dubbed the Sikh community as Khalistani Terrorists, and recalling the massacre and genocide happened during 1984 and earlier, as planned and calculated move on part of (late former prime minister) Indira Gandhi,” the statement alleged.

It further said the actress used “derogatory and insulting” language against the Sikh community. (PTI)

21:48 (IST)20 Nov 2021
DDMA nod to 30 standing passengers per coach in Delhi Metro

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Saturday allowed the Delhi Metro and buses to have standing passengers –thirty persons per coach for the Delhi Metro, and 50% of the seating capacity in case of buses. Both buses and metro have been allowed to function at 100% capacity.

The DDMA order comes after the Delhi government sent a proposal to them to allow standing passengers in buses and the metro. The proposal was sent by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on November 16.

In an order, Saturday, Chief Secretary Vijay Dev said, “In view of the prevailing air pollution situation in NCT of Delhi, it has been felt to augment the carrying capacity of the public transport system (buses/Delhi Metro) so as to minimize the use of private vehicles in order to improve the ambient air quality of the city.” Read more

21:22 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Uphaar cinema fire: Delhi court grants 2-day interim bail to convict to attend niece's engagement ceremony

A Delhi court on Saturday granted two-day interim bail to a man awarded a seven-year jail term for tampering with evidence in the 1997 case of Uphaar cinema fire which had claimed 59 lives, noting there was no elderly male member in the family to make arrangements for his niece's engagement ceremony.

Additional Sessions Judge Anil Antil granted relief to Dinesh Chand Sharma, a former court staff, sent to jail along with real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal and others by a magisterial court earlier this month.

The relief was granted on Sharma's application that claimed that there was no elderly male member in the family to make arrangements for already scheduled ceremony and he be released for a limited period of seven days to attend the said ceremony of his niece. (PTI)

20:24 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Woman stabbed 17 times by contract killers hired by husband in Delhi's Malviya Nagar, 3 held

Two days after a 33-year-old woman was stabbed 17 times in Delhi's Malviya Nagar, her husband and two contract killers hired by him were arrested on Saturday in connection with the murder, police said.

Naveen Kumar Gullaiya (36) decided to kill his wife with the help of contract killers after she found out about his affair with another woman which led to constant quarrels between them, according to the police.

The incident took place in Sheikh Sarai area of Malviya Nagar in south Delhi on Thursday and the police were informed from the hospital that a woman with stab injuries brought there by her husband was declared dead.

The woman, identified as Reena, was stabbed at least 17 times, the police said, adding the three accused, including her husband Gullaiya and contract killers Rahul and Sonu, have been arrested in the case. (PTI)

Sharukh Pathan's lawyer to court: 'Case a test of judicial system, bar, and city we live in'

Sharukh Pathan was photographed pointing a gun at a Delhi Police head constable during the northeast Delhi riots. (File)

Sharukh Pathan, who was photographed pointing a gun at a Delhi Police head constable during the northeast Delhi riots and is facing trial in an attempt to murder case, through his lawyer, has told a court here that the "state consistently improves on the case that they don't have".

Senior Advocate Menaka Guruswamy appeared for Pathan before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat and wrapped up her arguments seeking discharge for Pathan and argued that this case was a "test of the judicial system, bar, and the city we live in."

Guruswamy told the court that the prosecution's best evidence was the video footage of the incident which shows that Pathan did not shoot at the policeman, Deepak Dahiya.

Traffic Police bans entry of trucks in Delhi till Nov 21

The Delhi Traffic on Thursday issued an advisory prohibiting entry of trucks, except those carrying essential items, in the city till November 21 after the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) issued guidelines to combat deteriorating air quality in Delhi-NCR. Police said they have deployed teams at all pickets and 15 border areas.

On Thursday, a senior officer from the traffic department said they issued a warning and stopped over 500 trucks at the borders, hours after the advisory.

2020 Delhi riots: House panel grills Facebook on its ‘hate speech’ guidelines for India

The Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Committee on Peace and Harmony has asked Facebook, now called Meta, to provide a record of all audience reports or complaints made to it a month prior and two months after the February 2020 riots in Delhi.

The Committee was formed in March 2020 to “consider the factors and situations which have the potential to disturb communal harmony” in the city and “suggest measures to eliminate such factors”. Instead of Facebook India Managing Director Ajit Mohan, to whom summons had been issued earlier, Public Policy Director Shivnath Thukral appeared before the Committee Thursday.

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