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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Abhinav Rajput


Abhinav Rajput is a principal correspondent with The Indian Express. He covers Delhi civic bodies, city’s politics. He is an alumnus of Asian College of Journalism. He tweets at @abhinavrt

Inside a VHP bike rally for temple funds: Businessman, insurance execs, children
Thu, Jan 28, 2021

Most bikes flaunted saffron flags, three men shared many two-wheelers, and barely anyone wore a helmet. Some women accompanied them on scooters, while e-rickshaws in the back had the elderly, children and more women.

SDMC to begin phase II of RFID toll plan from March
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Members of the erstwhile Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority Sunita Narain and Bhure Lal had said expansion of the RFID system was a key project that needs to be expedited. If implemented well, it will help reduce pollution in the capital.

Behind Delhi workers’ salary delay: MCD structure, 2 parties at loggerheads
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

The fight between the Delhi government and MCDs, in court and outside, is not new — MCD employees have approached the court over non-payment of salaries in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Year after Northeast Delhi riots, BJP plans ‘rath yatra’ in district to collect Ram Mandir donations
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

A nine-seater van will be fashioned into a rath, which will be decorated with photos of Lord Ram, the temple, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda.

Halal or jhatka: SDMC claims move will help other communities
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

South MCD Mayor Anamika said this has been done “to give respect to every religion”. “In Hindu religion, it is said that animals should not be cut brutally... other religions have their own rules. People are free to eat whatever they want," she said.

Draw of lots for parking space in Vasant Kunj
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

The draw of lots also highlights how an increasing number of vehicles and limited parking space has been a concern for residents as well as agencies.

Restaurants must display jhatka and halal distinction, South MCD rules
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Leader of the house in the South MCD, Narendra Chawla, said officials can take action if they notice a violation. “Everyone has the right to know what he is eating. Also in Hindu and Sikh religion, there are some prescribed rules or conventions about diet.”

South Delhi to hire professionals to teach yoga at parks
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

A decision in this regard was taken by its standing committee while placing the budget proposal on Tuesday. Standing committee head Raj Dutt Gehlot said qualified teachers would be hired and a nominal sum would be charged from people.

Delhi BJP to launch collection drive for Ram Mandir
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

The decision was taken at a recent meeting which saw the participation of VHP’s international working president Alok Kumar.

Sisodia, MCDs spar over Rs 938 crore grant for salary
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

he three MCDs have been facing strikes by teachers, health workers and subordinate staff over salary delays over the last few months.

Citing bird flu, Delhi civic bodies ban sale of chicken
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

While the written orders did not specify if sale of eggs was also banned, senior officials in the North and South MCDs said eggs were also prohibited.

Delhi: From MCDs, 95,000 frontline workers in line for vaccine
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

The MCDs would also be assisting in the vaccination drive, with 10 centres being selected from a list of 158 they had given to the government.

Irked by salary delay, teachers in civic schools say won’t help in vaccination drive
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

While there is no official announcement declaring teachers to be part of the drive, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had earlier suggested drawing help from the group.

Manish Sisodia orders testing at hotspots: Poultry markets hit by bird flu scare, prices dip
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

According to officials, 11 rapid response teams have been formed to collect samples. So far, more than 100 samples have been collected and sent to the designated lab in Jalandhar. The reports are expected by Monday.

North MCD’s plan: Implant chip in stray cattle to track down owners
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

A senior official of the North MCD said the corporation is yet to take a call on whether the expenses would be borne by civic body or dairy owners. A policy regarding this is being framed, he said.

MCD landfill audit flags ‘undue benefit’ to the contractor
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

In their report prepared for the year 2019-2020, the auditors said: “In case of hiring machinery, the cost of fuel is normally borne by the contractor. But in this case, there has been a payment of 

Crematorium roof built two months ago collapses in Ghaziabad, 23 killed
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

The curved roof was built just two months ago over a path leading to the platform where cremations are performed. A senior police officer said the mourners were offering prayers when the structure collapsed, burying them under concrete.

DDA Housing Scheme 2021: How many flats are up for sale and at what price?
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

DDA Housing Scheme 2021 is entirely online, for which DDA has developed a new software AWAAS through which applicants can do all the formalities for application, payment and possession online.

Delhi gets first model vaccination centre in Sriniwaspuri, police plan security cover
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

A visit to the centre showed that it has been divided into three parts — a waiting area, a vaccination room and an observation room.

No funds from Centre, MCDs find themselves with backs to the wall
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

AAP’s MCD in-charge Durgesh Pathak Tuesday said the BJP’s top brass has lost all hope in the MCDs. “They asked for financial assistance from the Centre but were not provided any money,” he said.

Footwear flies at meeting of East municipal body
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

According to party sources, the dispute started when BJP’s Leader of House Parvesh Sharma read out a condolence motion, following which Tyagi and an AAP councillor sought a similar motion to be read for the farmers who died during the protest.

Punjab to Tikri: 50 students travel 300 km to join protest
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

The school's managing director, Ranjeet Kaur, said the students will stay here for at least two-three days after which other batches will arrive: "We will stay in tractors and trolleys like other farmers. We know people here who have made arrangements for us."

Shopping centres won’t be sealed over conversion fee: SDMC
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

Leader of the House Narendra Chawla said there were complaints that people who had purchased shops under a commercial arrangement were being sent notices over non-payment of conversion charges.

BJP plans outreach to get PM farm message across Delhi
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

The PM will interact with farmers from six states as part of an event to release the next installment of financial benefits under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN).

BJP’s MSP post features farmer protesting at Singhu
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

The photo, from five years ago, shows Harpreet in a farmer’s attire and says that during this kharif season, the purchase of crops at minimum support price is continuing.