“On normal days, after eight hours of service, a bus on any given route collects around Rs 1,500 through tickets. But on Monday, there was so much overcrowding that almost every bus collected over Rs 4,500 through tickets,” said a DTC employee.
The Indian Express had earlier reported on how this has put on hold the provision of hot meals and nutrition rations to beneficiaries, including children up till the age of three, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
The students from Noida’s Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH) had gone to the University of Warsaw in mid-February for a semester-long exchange programme. They were to return only in July but after the coronavirus outbreak, they booked tickets to India for March 15.
There are over 9,000 anganwadi centres across the city, with varying numbers of beneficiaries. Children between 3-6 years of age are provided snacks and a hot cooked meal, while younger children, pregnant women and lactating or nursing mothers are provided take-home rations.
Many schools complete class IX and XI final examinations early so that students can begin their classes for their board years in March. However, these have been put on hold because of the precautionary measures.
Relatives and eyewitnesses said Usman Saifi (45), a welder and resident of Mustafabad’s Nehru Vihar, was picked up by police outside a Ram temple in the locality after Sunday midnight while carrying out a vigil with two other men.
Singh was one of the 59 men and women accused in the transistor bomb blasts of May 10, 1985, that happened in Delhi and adjoining areas of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The explosions killed 49 and injured 127 people in the capital alone.
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Parents of children studying in Delhi government schools were called for special parent-teacher meetings (PTMs) so “schools and parents come together to support each other to come out of this painful situation”.
When a school in Noida cancelled classes after a student’s father tested positive for the virus, another leading school in Noida also asked students to keep away from school till classes resumed after the Holi holiday next week.