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Delhi News highlights: Delhi records 1,534 Covid cases & 3 deaths, positivity rate 7.71 per cent

Pleasant Saturday in Delhi, light rain likely on Sunday; Teen apprehended for ‘issuing threats’ to gangster Lawrence Bishnoi on social media

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 19, 2022 10:46:05 am
A health worker takes swab sample for Covid test in New Delhi. (Express file photo)

Delhi News highlights: Delhi recorded 1,534 new Covid cases and three more deaths on Saturday, while the positivity rate stood at 7.71 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. On Friday, the national capital had logged 1,797 coronavirus cases, the highest in nearly four months, along with one fatality while the positivity rate had stood at 8.18 per cent. The fresh cases came out of 19,889 Covid tests conducted the previous day. This is the fourth consecutive day that Delhi has recorded over 1,300 cases in a day. The capital has logged more than 1,000 daily cases for the fifth day on the trot.

It was yet another pleasant day in the national capital on Saturday as the maximum temperature settled seven notches below normal at 32.7 degrees Celsius, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The city is likely to witness cloudy sky and light to moderate rain till June 21, the IMD said. The maximum and minimum temperature on Sunday are expected to hover around 32 and 24 degrees Celsius, the Met office said. Saturday’s minimum temperature settled at 24.4 degrees Celsius, four notches below the normal.

The Delhi Police has apprehended a 17-year-old, who claims he is a fan of slain singer Sidhu Moosewala, for allegedly issuing threats to gangster Lawrence Bishnoi and a leading Punjabi singer on social media. Police said that after Moosewala was murdered in Punjab on May 29, several social media accounts, including new ones, have been issuing threats to VIPs and members of the public which is dangerous. During questioning, police said the boy told them he wanted to be famous on social media and wanted more people to like and follow his accounts. “… He is a big fan of Moosewala and after his murder, he became anguished,” said the DCP.

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Delhi News highlights: L-G directs MCD to restore dead lake, chalk out revamp plan for world-class nursery at Roshanara Bagh; Follow for more updates

22:49 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Water supply to remain affected in parts of Delhi on Sunday: DJB

Water supply will remain affected in many parts of Delhi on Sunday due to Haryana releasing less water in the Yamuna and two canals, the Delhi Jal Board said on Saturday.

The water level in the Wazirabad pond stood at 667.3 feet as against the normal of 674.5 feet. Also, less water is being received from Haryana through the Carrier Lined Canal (CLC) and the Delhi Sub Branch (DSB), the utility said.

Operations at the Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla WTPs have been hit. Water supply will remain affected till the situation improves, it said. Water will be available at low pressure in northeast Delhi, west Delhi, north Delhi, central Delhi, south Delhi, including Delhi Cantonment, and New Delhi Municipal Council areas, the DJB added. (PTI)

21:54 (IST)18 Jun 2022
L-G directs MCD to restore dead lake, chalk out revamp plan for nursery at Roshanara Bagh

Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena today directed the MCD in North Delhi to redevelop an identified 8.5 acre of Roshanara Bagh as a world-class nursery of rare and exotic plants and flowers. The work must start “today”, Saxena said, with the project set to be completed in the next three months.

The nursery will not only provide 3 lakh plants and saplings annually for plantation across the city, but will also be provided to the people of Delhi at a nominal cost, he said.

A dead lake spread over 3.8 acres will also be restored, with the L-G directing the officials to dredge and clean it to a depth of 4 metres. Read more

21:53 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Delhi Police arrest retd BSF man for ‘instigating’ youth at protest against Agnipath scheme

A 50-year-old retired BSF personnel has been arrested for allegedly delivering an inflammatory speech and instigating youth who were protesting against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme in Dwarka’s Baba Haridas Nagar. Police said he has been providing training to youngsters in his village to get into the paramilitary force.

“On Friday around 10.45 am, 50-60 youngsters came from Khaira Mor towards Dhansa bus stand near the MCD office gate. They were shouting slogans demanding the withdrawal of the newly announced Agnipath scheme. The protesters were moved to one side of the road so that traffic movement is not disrupted and asked to disperse peacefully. Later, one Surender Sharma alias Fauji, a resident of Asalatpur Khawad village near Daulatpur, joined the protest and started to instigate the protesters by (giving) an inflammatory speech. He got into a scuffle with police personnel. A total of 18 protesters were detained at the spot and booked under preventive action,” said DCP (Dwarka) M Harsha Vardhan. Read more

21:46 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Man kills wife for not serving food, sleeps with corpse

A man allegedly killed his wife following an argument that erupted as she refused to serve him food after both of them had alcohol together and later slept with the body not realising that she was dead, police said on Saturday.

The next morning, upon realising that he had killed his wife, the man fled with over Rs 40,000 cash. He was, however, tracked down and arrested from another location in Delhi, they said.

Police identified the accused as Vinod Kumar Dubey (47), a resident of Sultanpur. On Friday around 9.20 am, a caller informed police that Dubey beat up his 39-year-old wife Sonali and smothered her with a pillow during an argument, a senior officer said. (PTI)

21:28 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Rajinder Nagar bypoll campaign: Kejriwal promises to solve water shortage problem

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday appealed to the people of Rajinder Nagar to ensure victory for AAP candidate Durgesh Pathak in the June 23 bypoll and promised to solve the water shortage issue in the assembly constituency.

Campaigning for his party candidate for the second consecutive day, the AAP national convenor cautioned the people against voting for the BJP, alleging the saffron party does not know anything beyond "picking fights".

"You have to decide. Vote for BJP if you want confrontations here. Vote for the Aam Aadmi Party, if you want (development) work to happen here," Kejriwal said at a roadshow in Naraina. Kejriwal said his government has done a lot of work in education, healthcare and other sectors. (PTI)

20:54 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Delhi records 1,534 Covid cases, positivity rate 7.71%

Delhi recorded 1,534 new Covid cases and three more deaths on Saturday, while the positivity rate stood at 7.71 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. On Friday, the national capital had logged 1,797 coronavirus cases, the highest in nearly four months, along with one fatality while the positivity rate had stood at 8.18 per cent.

The fresh cases came out of 19,889 Covid tests conducted the previous day. This is the fourth consecutive day that Delhi has recorded over 1,300 cases in a day. The capital has logged more than 1,000 daily cases for the fifth day on the trot.

Friday's figures were the highest since February 4, when the national capital logged 2,272 cases and 20 deaths while the positivity rate had stood at 3.85 per cent. Also, the positivity rate on Friday was the highest since January 29, when 4,044 cases were recorded with a positivity rate of 8.60 per cent, while the city had registered 25 deaths. (PTI)

19:31 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Pleasant Saturday in Delhi, light rain likely on Sunday

It was yet another pleasant day in the national capital on Saturday as the maximum temperature settled seven notches below normal at 32.7 degrees Celsius, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The city is likely to witness cloudy sky and light to moderate rain till June 21, the IMD said.

The maximum and minimum temperature on Sunday are expected to hover around 32 and 24 degrees Celsius, the Met office said. Saturday's minimum temperature settled at 24.4 degrees Celsius, four notches below the normal.

With the city receiving light rainfall over the last two days, waterlogging was reported from some parts. The air quality index (AQI) was recorded in the "satisfactory" category at 73 on Saturday evening, data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) showed. (PTI)

19:01 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Two held for smuggling arms to criminals

Two men were arrested for allegedly smuggling illegal arms to the members of Deepak Boxer gang, the Delhi Police said on Saturday. The accused have been identified as Nitin (34), a resident of Uttam Nagar, and Ranhola resident Mustak (27), a police official said, adding five pistols, eight cartridges and one stolen bike were recovered from their possession.

Police got information that Nitin and Mustaq are arms facilitators of shooters of the Deepak Boxer gang.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Amit Goel said a trap was laid near Chath Park, Ganda Nala, Vikash Nagar on Wednesday. Around 1.15 pm, Nitin, who was riding a bike and carrying a backpack, was intercepted and apprehended, the DCP said. (PTI)

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19:00 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Malda-based international fake Indian currency notes cartel busted; 2 arrested

Police have busted a Malda-based international fake Indian currency notes (FICN) cartel and arrested two persons here with currency having a face value of Rs four lakh, officials said on Saturday.

Those arrested have been identified as Aniqul Islam (24) and Shariqul Sheikh alias Sahim (21), both residents of Malda district in West Bengal, they said.

A total of Rs four lakh fake currency in the denomination of Rs 2,000 notes were recovered from them. The recovered notes are of high quality having all the security features, including security thread and watermarks etc, police said. According to police, it was revealed that FICN is being pumped in India through the porous Indo-Bangla border. (PTI)

18:17 (IST)18 Jun 2022
DCW issues notice to Delhi Police over attempt to murder case of woman by in laws

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has issued a notice to the city police in connection with an alleged attempt to murder case of a 30-year-old woman by her in-laws. The Commission has asked the Delhi Police to submit an Action Taken Report (ATR) on the matter till Monday evening.

The DCW, in a statement, received a complaint from the family of the woman. The woman's father informed DCW that on Friday he received a call wherein he was told that his daughter is admitted in a hospital after falling from stairs.

He alleged that when he went to his daughter's house, neighbours told him that his daughter was pushed off the roof. He stated that his daughter's in laws have been harassing her since she was married three years ago, said the statement. The DCW said that she is presently admitted in a hospital in a very serious condition. (PTI)

18:16 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Teaching-learning workload of permanent faculty must adhere to UGC norms: DU to HoDs

The Delhi University has asked the heads of various departments to ensure that the teaching-learning workload of all permanent faculty members adheres to the provisions of the University Grants Commission (UGC) norms.

In a letter dated June 16, the assistant registrar of the university also asked the departments to make sure that the requirement for an ad hoc or guest faculty must be supported by timetable and teaching-learning workload of permanent faculty members.

According to an academic council member, the step was taken as several permanent faculty members make ad hoc teachers take their classes. (PTI)

18:16 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Fire in furniture factory in southwest Delhi, none injured

A fire broke out at a furniture factory in southwest Delhi's Bindapur area on early Saturday morning, officials said. According to fire officials, they received information about the blaze at 4.05 am and eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

The fire was brought under control at 6.55 am and it was completely doused at 8.50 am. No one got injured in the incident, they said. It is suspected that the fire took place due to a short circuit, the police said.

In another incident, a fire occurred inside an ATM in southwest Delhi's Mahipalpur area. Apparently, it was due to short-circuit, they said. (PTI)

17:13 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Genome sequencing of corona samples ramps up in Delhi

Amid an uptick in coronavirus cases, Delhi has ramped up genome sequencing of samples to detect any new variant, officials said on Saturday.

On Friday, Delhi logged 1,797 COVID-19 infections in a single day, highest in nearly four months, along with one fatality while the positivity rate rose to 8.18 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department here.

The state-run ILBS, which has a genome sequencing lab, has the capacity to analyze 350 samples in four to five days, said a doctor at the facility. Sources said that from the end of 2021 till June 5, the ILBS has tested 5000 to 6000 samples and most of them have tested positive for Omicron. Samples with CT value less than 25 can only be tested, they said. (PTI)

16:37 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Pulse polio booths to be set up at 110 metro stations in Delhi: DMRC

Booths will be set up at 110 Delhi Metro stations to reach out to more people as part of the pulse polio immunisation programme, officials said on Saturday.

These stations include those located at AIIMS, INA, Green Park, Hauz Khas, Qutub Minar, Jasola Apollo, Sarita Vihar, Kashmere Gate, New Delhi station, Mandi House, Rajendra Place, among others.

"Pulse Polio Booths to be set up at 110 listed metro stations in Delhi for intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme 2022-23 from 19-24 June 2022. Directorate of Family Welfare, GNCTD will deploy teams from 8 AM to 8 PM on all six days," the DMRC tweeted. (PTI)

16:21 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Man held for raping woman on pretext of providing job in Delhi

A man was arrested for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman in west Delhi's Kirti Nagar area on the pretext of providing her a job, police said on Saturday.

The incident took place on Thursday and an FIR was registered at the Kirti Nagar police station on Friday, police said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (west) Ghanshyam Bansal said the accused, identified as Shubham, is a resident of Baba Haridas Nagar. He has been sent to judicial custody, police said. (PTI)

16:01 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Delhi Police to 'plant' dummy IEDs in high footfall areas to check alertness of local police

The Delhi Police will "plant" dummy IEDs in high footfall areas of the city to check the alertness of the local police, officials said on Friday. An order regarding this was issued by the Special Cell unit of the city police.

The officials said the staff of the Special Cell will randomly "plant" the dummy improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at high footfall areas in each of the 15 districts.

As soon as the district police detects the dummy IED, regular protocol of handling such a situation like cordoning off the area, using sandbags for buttressing, and calling the bomb disposal team must be followed, they said. (PTI)

14:46 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Agnipath: AAP’s Raghav Chadha writes to Rajnath to ‘stop this trial by fire of youth’

Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha on Saturday wrote to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asking him to roll back the “ill-conceived” Agnipath scheme.

In a letter, Chadha said the scheme had “justifiably caused great anguish among potential recruits from across the country”.

“The hopes and dreams of many young aspirants have been stifled by the controversial ‘contractualization’ of the armed forces. Within the past two days, we have witnessed with great despair insufficient attempts at last-minute tinkering by the Union government such as increasing the age limit,” he wrote. Read more

12:46 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Money laundering case: Delhi court denies bail to AAP minister Satyendar Jain

A Delhi court on Saturday denied bail to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister Satyendar Jain in a money laundering case being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Jain has been in custody since May 30. Read more

12:44 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Delhi’s DDU College unable to pay salaries for May, DUTA writes to V-C

Allegations of non-payment of funds to Delhi government-funded Delhi University (DU) colleges has once again surfaced with the Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) College unable to pay salaries to its staff for the month of May purportedly due to lack of funds. The college Staff Association went on a dharna inside the premises on Friday against the non-payment of salaries. Read more

10:53 (IST)18 Jun 2022
Delhi Covid-19 positivity rate goes past 8%-mark for first time since January-end

The Covid-19 positivity rate of Delhi went up to 8.18 per cent on Friday, crossing the 8 per cent-mark for the first time since January-end when the country witnessed the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Congress leaders and members at the protest march near Raj Bhavan on Thursday. (Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Delhi on Friday reported a huge spike in daily Covid-19 cases as it logged 1,797 new infections as the positivity rate further climbed to 8.18 per cent. One death was also reported. With the latest additions, the case tally has risen to 19,19,025, while the toll stood at 26,226. Delhi had reported 1,323 fresh cases reported on Thursday at a positivity rate of 6.69 per cent

Rainfall in the national capital on Friday brought the maximum temperature down to 36.7 degrees Celsius, three degrees below the long period average for this time of the year, and the lowest maximum temperature recorded in around 20 days.

BJP, AAP heavyweights hit campaign trail ahead of Rajinder Nagar bypoll

Fifteen leaders holding public gatherings at 9 different places within a span of two hours between 7 pm and 9 pm — the BJP went all out for its Rajinder Nagar bypoll campaign on Thursday, even as AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia held rallies in the area.

BJP leaders including East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir, Rajya Sabha MP Dushyant Gautam, state president Adesh Gupta, Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP Mahila Morcha president Vanathi Srinivasan, Delhi Assembly’s leader of opposition Ramvir Singh Bidhuri and former mayor Jai Prakash took part in the gatherings at Indepuri, Rajinder Nagar, Buddha Nagar, Naraina Industrial Area among other places.

Agnipath scheme protests: Stir turns violent in Haryana’s Palwal, cars torched, cops injured

Protests against the Agnipath scheme turned violent in Palwal on Thursday as hundreds of youths demanding a withdrawal of the new recruitment policy took to streets and gheraoed the residence of deputy commissioner of the town.

The police said that the protesters blocked the roads and started pelting stones and torched vehicles. In purported videos, policemen could be seen firing gunshots in the air to disperse the crowd.

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First published on: 17-06-2022 at 09:00:36 am