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Somya Lakhani


Delhi CM challenges Centre to debate protesters
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

Kejriwal said: “With folded hands, I appeal to the Centre... These are our people... Listen to them, withdraw the laws, and end their struggle. Aur kitni shahaadat lena chahte ho aap?”

Among sea of protesters at Singhu, women-only tents offer a safe and private space for many
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

On Friday, 26-year-old Rupinder Singh and his friends set up 70 waterproof tents in a space cleared up between tractors from Moga, 500 metres from the main stage.

After 1,000 km journey, Delhi in reach for Maharashtra farmers
Sat, Dec 26, 2020

In the evening, after farmer union leaders from Maharashtra, Haryana and Rajasthan finished their speeches, the task of setting up tents for the 1,000-plus protesters from Maharashtra began. "It will be a long night, a long journey," said 75-year-old Baldev Singh from Sri Ganganagar.

At Singhu border, support from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu
Fri, Dec 25, 2020

Earlier, the men were staying at a lodge near Singhu. On Thursday morning, they moved to the trolleys of farmers from Punjab’s Moga. “We are able to communicate with each other via Google Translate,” said P Balaji (26). His parents are farmers in Tamil Nadu and they grow sugarcane and rice.

Socks, soap, shawls: At Tikri, a ‘kisan mall’ where everything on the shelves is free
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

On Wednesday morning, when he heard about ‘Kisan Mall’ being opened up by Khalsa Aid India, an NGO, at Tikri border, where he has been camping since November 25, he immediately asked if they have any socks.

I’m not running away from UP, not scared… will go back: Kafeel Khan
Mon, Dec 21, 2020

In September 2017, following the deaths of 63 children at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and hospital, allegedly due to oxygen supply shortage, Khan -- who was in-charge of the ward -- was suspended, and then arrested.

Constant challenge at farmers’ protest: Keeping toilets for thousands clean
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

Apart from this, there are 11 toilets at the Guru Teg Bahadur Memorial nearby, frequented by protesters who are staying inside the premises as well as those who take shelter in their trolleys and tractors.

Now out on stands: a newsletter for farmers
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

“Judaange, Ladaange, Jeetange!” is the page-one headline of the first issue of the bi-weekly newsletter, which has photographs, cartoons, poems, news reports and opinion pieces written by union leaders and protesting farmers. Of the four pages, one is in Hindi.

Woman who married Dalit man killed, buried on family farm by brothers: cops
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

According to the police, Chandni's brothers Sunil (32), Sushil (28) and Sudhir (26) met her in Delhi on November 17 and took her back home to Mainpuri. On November 20, she was shot dead, allegedly by her brothers, who then buried the body in the farm, the police said.

Bharat Bandh today: Borders under watch, so is Agriculture Minister’s home
Tue, Dec 08, 2020

Bharat Bandh today: A senior police officer from New Delhi district told The Indian Express, “There will be deployment at Jantar Mantar, Vijay Chowk, India Gate, the Agriculture Minister’s residence, Krishi Bhawan, offices of all political parties.”

MDH’s asli sach: The Mahashay of Spices with a taste for life
Fri, Dec 04, 2020

On Thursday morning, the founder of MDH Spices, Mahashay Dharampal Gulati — the grand old man of spices — suffered a cardiac arrest and died at a Delhi hospital at the age of 98.

Woman alleges threat from kin, cops ‘recover’ her based on family’s FIR
Wed, Nov 25, 2020

The FIR was lodged under IPC sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage) and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement).

Women out of work: ‘We were moving up the ladder and ab lagta hai kisi ne seedhi chheen li’
Thu, Nov 19, 2020

The Covid lockdown has set off sweeping economic distress in cities but its crucial dimension has remained untold: the silent, devastating toll on the working woman in the city suddenly out of work.

Strained wedding industry says guests reduction move could be the final straw
Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Amid a surge in Covid cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the permission to allow 200 people at weddings has been withdrawn, and that only 50 people will be allowed from now on, pending the L-G’s approval.

Delhi police told to take ‘utmost care’ to identify honey trap cases
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

The order mentioned a Delhi High Court observation during the bail hearing of a man in September: "though acceptance of allurement is not justified but at the same time, allurement advanced for extortion of money is also not acceptable."

Unable to get niece’s phone replaced, man sets himself on fire outside service centre, hospitalised
Sun, Nov 15, 2020

DCP (Rohini) PK Mishra said, "His statement was recorded at the hospital. He said he purchased the mobile about a month ago from a store near his house in Prahladpur. He gave it to his niece, a school student, for her online classes. After a brief period, the phone malfunctioned."

Bizman robbed at gunpoint near IP Park, wife & friends take video
Sat, Nov 14, 2020

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) RP Meena said, "Amit Arora, who has a transport business, was on his way from a party with his wife and their two friends when he stopped to relieve himself near IP Park in Sarai Kale Khan around 1.15-1.20 am.

‘Rescued’ from Bihar, woman moves Delhi HC seeking protection
Wed, Nov 04, 2020

The woman was rescued in September after her live-in partner, who works in Delhi, wrote to DCW about how "the woman had been forcibly taken back to Bihar by her parents”.

Pandemic fallout: Home to Thugs & Chor Bizarre, Delhi loses a landmark in Hotel Broadway
Wed, Oct 28, 2020

In May as the city started to reopen after the lockdown, it was decided that Hotel Broadway — which hosted a bevy of politicians, industrialists and film stars over six decades — would shut shop.

Days after 230 Dalits took up Buddhism, UP Police file FIR over conversion ‘rumours’
Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Members of the Valmiki community in Karera village said that they converted to Buddhism in the presence of Rajratan Ambedkar, great-grandnephew of Dr B R Ambedkar, on October 14.

Over 230 Dalits embrace Buddhism in NCR: ‘Hathras crime tipping point’
Wed, Oct 21, 2020

The Hathras victim was allegedly gangraped and assaulted, leading to her death, by four upper-caste men last month.

Delhi: Two die cleaning tank without safety gear
Tue, Oct 20, 2020

A case under sections of The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, and IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 337 (causing hurt by endangering life) has been registered at Adarsh Nagar police station.

Claiming dearth of seats, Kejriwal seeks amendment in Delhi University Act for establishing new colleges
Fri, Oct 16, 2020

"This means for Delhi students there is only 50 per cent capacity. Two people are fighting for every seat. There is a need to open many universities and colleges in Delhi. We (Delhi government) are ready to make the investment, open colleges but there is a big legal hurdle in front of us," he said.

Journalist from Kerala, three others detained on way to Hathras
Wed, Oct 07, 2020

Police claimed the men are linked to the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its students’ organisation Campus Front of India (CFI), and were on their way to Hathras.

Four men, including a journalist, detained in Mathura
Tue, Oct 06, 2020

The police said the four men were on their way to Hathras, where a 19-year-old Dalit woman was murdered and allegedly gangraped by four upper-caste men last month.