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Monday, January 25, 2021

Ashna Butani


Ashna is a trainee correspondent with The Indian Express

At Ghazipur, sisters from Nainital set up mahila store
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Gursharanjeet Kaur (25), the younger of the two, said, “We first visited the site on December 25. We saw a few stores but they did not have items like sanitary napkins. At the same time, women had just started coming in and we decided to make a few tents specifically for women.”

At Singhu protest site, no pause to rush of new tractors, hundreds more pour in
Sun, Jan 24, 2021

As the protest site was abuzz with new vehicles coming in throughout the day, announcements were made on speakers giving traffic advice to prevent jams.

Ahead of R-Day protest, farmers firm: ‘Makes no sense to turn back now’
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

While some said that they go home from time to time to tend to their fields, almost all said they will not stop protesting.

Watching Kamala’s big day from Delhi: ‘Just keep doing what your mother taught you’
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

"We are all very proud of her. Her mother would have been proud too. I do not have any advice for her as such… just keep doing what your mother taught you,” Gopalan Balachandran, who used to work with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, said.

Sensors at Delhi airport ceiling to fix crowding
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

"The latest measure is the Xovis passenger tracking system... Recently, we installed sensors which count people as dots on a screen. It is an IOT device that uses artificial intelligence," Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), said.

Delhi: After 10 months, school is back in session
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Class X and XII students returned to government schools, and a few private schools, across the capital Monday, to a very different space.

Some CoWIN app delays Delhi vaccination start, but process smooth
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

While the immunisation drive was to begin at 10.30 am, simultaneously with the PM's speech, it started an hour later due to an issue with the CoWin app server. "We completed our entire list by around 5.30 pm," said medical superintendent Sahar Qureshi.

Delhi: Can meet my family more often now, says lab technician
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

Waiting in line to get vaccinated Saturday morning, Nitin Dhama (28), a lab technician at Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya, said, “After my second dose, I will go meet them more often. My family has their reservations but they have been supportive of the vaccine.”

After day of chaos, more passengers land from UK
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

Friday’s decision had taken 256 passengers in the morning by surprise as they were tested at the airport and taken to two hotels in Aerocity for institutional quarantine without prior intimation.

Up next at Chandni Chowk: Buildings and arterial roads to get a facelift
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

The Public Works Department (PWD) has been asked to come up with a proposal and an estimate for the facade restoration.

UK air arrivals stranded as Delhi orders quarantine without notice
Sat, Jan 09, 2021

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's guidelines, all passengers arriving from the UK must undergo mandatory RT-PCR testing for Covid19 at airports and those testing negative can proceed for a 14-day home quarantine.

Farmers protest: Singhu to Palwal, thousands take out tractor march
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

By 11 am, Punjabi songs and slogans against the Centre filled the air as several farmers stood atop their vehicles and waved the tricolour. Within half an hour, the roads were packed and farmers stopped near the western periphery due to traffic.

Corn to onions — Burari ground, once feared as a ‘jail’, now a field for farmers
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

When farmers had arrived at Singhu and Tikri borders, authorities had asked them to move the protest to the Burari ground instead of heading towards Jantar Mantar or Ramlila Maidan. While most farmers then decided to remain put at the borders about 400 eventually moved to the Burari ground.

Delhi: After court order, temple at Chandni Chowk demolished
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

“As soon as the North MCD dismantled the mandir around 7 am, we made a concrete pathway where it stood,” said a PWD official. The temple is located in the middle of the road between Town Hall and Gurdwara Sis Ganj.

At Singhu, Tikri protest sites, rain does little to dampen the spirit
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

The protests at Singhu started on November 26. As temperature dipped, farmers set up tents and wrapped them in plastic to insulate themselves from the cold. But Sunday’s thunderstorm tested their arrangements.

Delhi: 1 lakh Covid vaccines a day, free for all, 30 min waiting to watch for side-effects
Sun, Jan 03, 2021

Inspecting the process at Maternity Mother and Child Welfare (MCW) Centre in Darya Ganj, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the Delhi government is prepared to vaccinate 1 lakh residents every day once the vaccination process begins.

Delhi govt prepared to vaccinate 1 lakh residents everyday: Satyendar Jain
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

A dry run was held at three locations on Saturday morning; a private hospital, a government hospital and at the MCW. As many as 25 beneficiaries were present at each location, where the run was held to check the efficiency of the process.

At Ghazipur, small farmers from outside Punjab say MSP just a dream
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

Speaking to The Indian Express, many said they are being paid less than the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their crops, or, in the case of sugarcane farmers, haven’t been paid at all for a years.

Launching driverless train, PM hails move to ‘smart systems’
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh were also at the virtual inauguration.

Sowing season over, farmers from UP and Uttarakhand make their way to Ghazipur
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

With around 1,000 tractor-trolleys arriving over the last five days and tents being set up till the end of the border, the protest is now 10 times bigger, said farmers.

Killed by 2 men in road rage, 15-year-old boy shuffled between school and work
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

"There was not a single bone in his body that was not damaged... they beat him up so badly.”

Covid-19 new strain: In mandatory testing at airport 5 from UK positive, others to be traced
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

The Delhi government said it will check the health condition of passengers who have arrived here recently from the UK, by visiting their houses.

At Singhu and Tikri: Swathes of solid waste at protest sites, civic workers and ragpickers have their hands full
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

Every day, thousands of disposable plates, glasses and plastic water bottles are used and thrown away at both sites where sewa through serving food in langar has become a persistent image of the protest.

Delhi: Factory collapse in Khyala kills 4 workers
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

Atul Garg, the Delhi Fire Service chief, said the building was made of pieces of metal and other raw material, and was overloaded with material, because of which it caved in.

Farmers’ stir: Makeshift washroom a blessing for many at Tikri
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

Located around 500 metres from the main protest site, the temporary bathroom structure, built by Somveer Kandia (36) using cane walls and covered with a plastic sheet, is a blessing for over 300 women every morning.