Somya Lakhani

Articles By Somya Lakhani

Thousands jostle for space at HQ: ‘Modi ko aashirwad dene aaya hoon’

Inside the sprawling media room sat supporters dressed in ‘Chowkidar Phir Se’ t-shirts and sleeveless jackets with Modi’s face, around a single TV.

Laddoo cakes, lotus-shaped barfis: Ahead of counting, Delhi BJP jubilant, Cong cautious

On Wednesday afternoon, though, laddoos are the least of everyone’s preoccupations at the BJP’s central office at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg.

Death sends ripples of fear in neighbourhood

DCP (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said, “Action has been taken by the Vivek Vihar SHO to curb bootlegging. There is a picket in the area as well. Liquor is sold illegally everywhere and our job is to curb it.”

Shahdara: Officer dies after being chased, assaulted, Kejriwal asks who will take responsibility

The accused has two dozen cases of snatching, robbery, auto lifting and theft against him, said DCP (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav. “He was in jail from January to April. A case under IPC section 302 (murder) has been registered against him,” said Yadav.

Khan Market’s humble beginnings: Meant for refugees, ‘doomed to fail’

The Partition in 1947 had left lakhs homeless, and refugee colonies were considered the way forward to rebuild lives. Khan Market, one of the most expensive markets in Asia, was one of them.

West Delhi businessman’s murder: Mahapanchayat called to press for ‘justice’, some Muslims leave locality

The victim’s cousin said, “If a Muslim killed my brother, another saved my nephew’s life. We condemn this communalisation and don’t want anything to happen to the Muslims in Basai. When we tried to pacify the angry crowd, they told us to get lost.”

Coming to a zoo near you: Pythons, cobras and boas

On the list are five pythons, four cobras, four rat snakes, two monitor lizards, and — in what will be two new species at the Delhi Zoo — a pair each of common sand boa and red sand boa.

Delhi: EC seeks report after man claims VVPAT issue

The man said he didn’t want to reveal his vote so he pressed a random symbol in front of officers and the VVPAT slip printed the one he clicked in the test vote — rendering his allegation false.

Delhi: Daughter harassed, man objects, stabbed to death

"After the woman’s father objected to the remark, he was allegedly stabbed by Alam, who went inside his home and got a knife. The victim’s son ran to his rescue and was also injured,” DCP (West) Monika Bhardwaj said.

Delhi trading hubs speak in one voice: Less insecurity

At Delhi’s busiest market, Chandni Chowk, demonetisation and GST dominated conversations.

Atishi smear note: Vendor says was paid to place 300 in papers

While Atishi and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged that rival BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir was behind the pamphlets, the cricketer-turned-politician denied the allegation, insisting that if AAP produces proof, he will “hang himself in public”.

How moonlit night, water tank gave Delhi’s busiest shopping stretch Chandni Chowk its name

In 2019, Chandni Chowk is one of seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi, and is dug up, with renovation work underway to turn the chaotic market into a car-free zone.

Two cow carcasses found in Trilokpuri : Hit by sealing, dairy business had resumed after 3-month break

Owner of a dairy in Trilokpuri area, Singh had 15 cows before the incident.

Police deployed in Trilokpuri as 2 cow carcasses are found near lake

A PCR call about severed parts of two cows strewn across the ground next to the lake was made around 6.30 am. “It’s a sensitive situation. Things were under control by 9.30 am. Around 70 police personnel have been deployed. We are alert and patrolling is on,” said DCP (East) Jasmeet Singh.

Two labourers die cleaning septic tank at Rohini house

Deepak (30) and Ganesh Saha (35) died while cleaning the tank, while three others — Sher Singh (40), Rambir (33) and Rajesh Saha (40) — who jumped in to help them, are admitted to a hospital. All of them are daily wage labourers and residents of Prem Nagar.

Class 10 CBSE student from Noida who died during Boards scored 100 in English

Vinayak, who suffered from muscular dystrophy, passed away in the middle of his class X CBSE Board exams. On Monday, as students and parents anxiously looked at Board exam results, a few WhatsApp messages trickled in Mamatha’s phone about his “stellar score”.

Arvind Kejriwal slapped: Accused a scrap dealer, family says in shock

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was slapped by a man on Saturday during his roadshow in Moti Nagar area for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, with AAP calling it an “Opposition-sponsored attack”.

Announcements, 10-man team as Jama Masjid tries to tackle TikTok craze

Since Tuesday, an announcement about the app TikTok being banned in the premises is being made almost every hour inside Jama Masjid. This comes after “at least five viral TikTok videos” shot inside Jama Masjid surfaced, including one that shows two women doing a handstand.

Street Wise: ‘Gali Chokidar Wali’ In Old Delhi, narrow street an ode to chowkidars

With very little written about it, leads on the name and its origin come from custodians of oral history — men and women born and raised in Gali Chokidar Wali, like their forefathers.

Flatmate on the run: 25-yr-old doctor found with throat slit at rented flat

Around 10.30 pm Tuesday, Garima Mishra’s cousin Shivmani Tripathi, a resident of Sheikh Sarai, reached the house to inquire about her as she was unreachable on the phone.

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