Delhi Live News Updates: 293 new Covid cases in Delhi; positivity rate rises to 18.5% – The Indian Express

Delhi Live News Updates, April 2: Delhi on Monday reported 293 new Covid-19 cases and two virus-related deaths. The positivity rate has increased to 18.5 per cent and a total of 1,581 Covid tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. There are currently 1,406 active cases in the city.
A designated CBI court on Monday extended the judicial custody of former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia till April 17 in the Delhi excise scam case. The CBI told the court the investigation is at a crucial stage in the corruption case linked to the “scam”. The federal agency had arrested Sisodia on February 26 in connection with its probe into alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped liquor policy for 2021-22. He has also been arrested by the ED in the same case; his bail hearing in the ED case will be on April 5.
Meanwhile, students of Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW) were joined by other Delhi University students affiliated with various student parties like AISA and NSUI, as they protested in front of the institution’s gate “demanding” answers from the administration for the security lapse during the college festival held last week. The protest comes days after several men, who scaled the walls of the campus and got inside, allegedly harassed students during an event held as part of the annual fest.
BJP MLA Vijender Gupta on Monday claimed that more than 2,300 seats at Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) are vacant due to a steep fee hike.
“There was a 400 per cent hike in polytechnic diploma courses, from Rs 6000 to Rs 24,000. The fee of BTech and MTech course was hiked from Rs 35,000 to Rs 1,81,000,” he claimed.
Gupta shared a copy of the purported order issued from LG office on March 16. No immediate reaction was available from the LG office or the DSEU on Gupta’s claim. (PTI)

It was with a mix of trepidation and excitement that I joined the School of Arts and Aesthetics (SAA) in JNU in 2011. I came from an English literature background, and at the time, film studies was a discipline that was relatively new in India. Except for a few places like Jadavpur, JMI and JNU, there weren’t many universities that offered specialised courses in film studies.
Knowing that Ira Bhaskar, one of the two faculty (the other was Ranjani Mazumdar) who taught in the Cinema Studies area in SAA, previously taught English literature at University of Delhi was a great solace, since to me, it signified that switching from literature to film studies was actually possible. Professor Darshana Mini writes…
The fresh mayoral poll in Delhi is likely to be held late April, and incumbent Shelly Oberoi will continue to hold charge of the top post till a new mayor is elected, official sources said on Monday.
Oberoi, an AAP councillor, was elected as the mayor of Delhi on February 22.
She defeated BJP’s Rekha Gupta by a margin of 34 votes. Oberoi polled 150 votes, while Gupta received 116 votes out of the total 266 votes polled. (PTI)
Body of man packed in a plastic bag was recovered in Delhi’s Paharganj area on Monday.
Delhi Police received a PCR call at Nabi Karim police station at 7.27 am on Monday regarding a body in a plastic bag in Chinot Basti area.
Delhi Police team reached to spot and found a body of a man aged around 30-35 years packed in a plastic bag. There were injury marks on the head. Police said sincere efforts were made for the identification of the deceased but could not be identified. (ANI)
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will extend its timings by 30-45 minutes on days that day-night IPL T20 matches are scheduled in the city.
Seven matches are scheduled to be held in Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium (Ferozshah Kotla Ground) over the next month and a half. (Read More)
As the standing committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is yet to be elected, services of three ‘third parties’ have been discontinued by the civic body from April 1 onwards, and they have been directed to withdraw data entry operators and other contractual workers engaged through them, official sources said on Monday.
Earlier, a group of BJP councillors protested at the Civic Centre — MCD’s headquarters — and alleged that “services of contract workers have been discontinued”.
“A delegation of the opposition party in the AAP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) submitted a memorandum to the Delhi mayor’s OSD, demanding service contract renewal of all contract employees,” the Delhi BJP said in a statement. (PTI)
A 30-year-old pregnant woman sustained injuries after being shot at following an argument over playing loud music by a DJ, in Outer Delhi’s Samaypur Badli Sunday, officers said.
DCP (Outer North) Ravi Kumar Singh said at 12:15 AM on Monday, they received a PCR call at Samaypur Badli Police Station regarding firing and an injury to a woman at Siraspur. After a police team reached the spot, they found a woman, identified as Ranju. She was shifted to Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh. A senior police officer said that the victim is expecting a child. (Read More)
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) staged a protest outside the BJP headquarters here on Monday to express solidarity with jailed party leader Manish Sisodia, while his court hearing was underway.
There was heavy police deployment on the stretch of road leading up to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office in view of the protest.
Carrying placards that read “Manish Sisodia Tujhe Salaam”, the protesters raised slogans, such as “Manish Sisodia ko riha karo” (free Sisodia) and “jail ke taale tootenge, Manish Sisodia chootenge”. (PTI)
देश के सर्वश्रेष्ठ शिक्षा मंत्री श्री @msisodia जी की गिरफ्तारी पूरी तरह से गैरकानूनी है अगर इस देश के प्रधानमंत्री पढ़े लिखे होते तो ऐसा कभी नही होता। भाजपाइयों को दिल्ली की शिक्षा क्रांति से डर लगता है इन्हे डर है की कहीं ये शिक्षा क्रांति पूरे देश में फैल गई तो इनका क्या होगा.

.@msisodia जी द्वारा दिल्ली के शिक्षा क्षेत्र में बहुत बड़ी क्रांति लाई गई। जनता उनके साथ है।

जो अपने जीवन को जनकल्याण में समर्पित कर देते हैं, उन्हें BJP सरकार जेल में डाल देती है,

अडानी जैसे देश के साथ धोखाधड़ी करने वालों को संरक्षण मिलता है।

– AAP MLA @KuldeepKumarAAP

Delhi LG V K Saxena has approved the operation of 55 more e-commerce and retail outlets round-the-clock in the national capital, months after he gave a nod to over 300 establishments to operate 24×7, Raj Niwas officials said on Monday.
The proposal, given by the Labour Department and endorsed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, was made to exempt another 55 establishments from Sections 14, 15 and 16 of the Delhi Shops and Establishments Act, 1954.
These 55 outlets situated at various locations in Delhi include e-commerce, retail garments and accessories outlets. (PTI)
A woman was shot at by her neighbour in northwest Delhi’s Siraspur after she objected to loud music being played by a DJ during a function at his house, police said on Monday.
According to the eyewitness’ statement, a DJ was playing loud music during a ‘kuan pujan’ function at the house of Harish, who lives across the street, on Sunday.
Ranju came out in her balcony and asked Harish to stop the music. Thereafter, Harish took a gun from his friend Amit and opened fire. A bullet hit Ranju, the eyewitness told police. (PTI)
📌 Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Monday to give him daily reports on water availability and supply and prepare a comprehensive plan to ensure that treated wastewater is reused in the city.
📌 The DJB supplies 995 million gallons of water a day for the consumption and daily needs of around two crore residents of Delhi, against the demand of around 1,300 MGD.
📌 The government is aiming to increase the water availability in the national capital to 1,240 MGD by March 2025. (PTI)
Days after Indraprastha College for Women students alleged sexual harassment during a fest, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Monday said it has launched an inquiry into repeated incidents of inappropriate behaviour towards women during college festivals.
The women’s panel has issued summonses to Delhi Police and Delhi University (DU) officials, asking them to appear before it on April 6.
“This inquiry is on the overall issue so that strong systems are created to deter such incidents in the future. Earlier, the DCW had issued notices to Delhi Police and IP College to inquire into the specific case of harassment,” the commission said. (PTI)
📌 A designated CBI court on Monday extended the judicial custody of former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia till April 17 in the Delhi excise scam case.
📌 The federal agency told the court the investigation is at a crucial stage in the corruption case linked to the “scam”.
📌 Sisodia was arrested for alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped liquor policy for 2021-22. (PTI)
Delhi | King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck arrives in India.

(Pic: EAM S Jaishankar’s Twitter handle)
#WATCH | Delhi’s former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia brought to Rouse Avenue Court in CBI’s case related to alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped excise policy. His Judicial custody got over today.
A students’ group on Monday claimed that around of its 15 activists were detained from outside the Indraprastha College for Women, where they had gathered to stage a protest against the alleged harassment of girl students during a fest last week.
Delhi Police, however, has denied the charge.
Led by the All India Students’ Association (AISA), the agitators had gathered to protest against the alleged incident and the administration’s response to it. (PTI) 
Law Minister Kiren Rijiju alleged on Monday that the decision of Congress leaders to accompany Rahul Gandhi to a Surat court, where he will file an appeal against his conviction in a criminal defamation case, was a way of trying to exert “undue pressure” on the judiciary, a charge rejected by party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, who said it was a symbol of support and not a show of strength.
Gandhi will be in Gujarat’s Surat city on Monday to file the appeal in a court against his conviction in the 2019 criminal defamation case over his “Modi surname” remarks.(PTI)
CBI has given faith to people through its work and techniques, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the agency’s diamond jubilee celebration.
“Building a developed India is not possible without professional and efficient institutions, CBI therefore has a huge responsibility. Corruption is the biggest roadblock to democracy and justice, CBI’s key responsibility is to free India from corruption,” the PM said.
After maintaining strategic silence for days, the BJP has unleashed an all-round attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s academic qualifications, especially on social media.
Party sources said while its city unit had been asked not to start a poster war in retaliation, the gloves are certainly off when it comes to taking on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor over the issue on social media. Read more
A Delhi court has ordered framing of charges against banned terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen’s (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and several of its operatives, including Mohammad Danish Ansari, in a case of conspiring to wage war against India in 2012.
Additional Sessions Judge Shailender Malik said there was enough evidence to put the accused on trial.
In an order on March 31, the court said prime facie the accused, who were members of the IM, entered into criminal conspiracy to wage war against India. (PTI) 
Delhi University students affiliated with various student parties, such as AISA and NSUI, have gathered in front of the Indraprastha College for Women’s gate, protesting in solidarity with the college students demanding answers from the college administration for the security lapse that took place in the college last week. 
The protest comes days after several men, who scaled the walls of the campus and got inside, allegedly harassed students during an event held as part of the annual fest.
Addressing a press conference, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said, “Today, we certify Arvind Kejriwal as the biggest liar in Delhi; he is someone who has lied about every scheme and program related to each government department in the city.” “Where are the 12 lakh jobs that he claims he has given citizens in Delhi?” Tiwari asked. 
“Whether it is cleaning the Yamuna, the status of health services, the induction of buses — there is not a single government department that Kejriwal has not told a lie related to; starting today, we will establish his credentials as the biggest liar in the city,” the BJP MP added.
Last month, three men were arrested while another was booked for posters that were pasted across different areas of the capital, that read ‘Modi hatao, desh bachao’ (Remove Modi, save the country).
Delhi BJP unit members will paste posters attacking Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as a “certified liar” across the city.
Students of Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW) plan on holding a protest at 11 am Monday in front of the institution’s gate “demanding” answers from the administration for the security lapse during the college festival held last week.
The protest comes days after several men, who scaled the walls of the campus and got inside, allegedly harassed students during an event held as part of the annual festRead more
A ‘seed bank’, which collects and stores seeds of species of plants that are native to the Aravallis, is gradually taking shape at a nursery at the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, after a few years of efforts at collecting seeds from across the city and other states.
The project, being implemented jointly by the Forest Department and the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), began in 2015 with the purpose of providing saplings that are native to the city and bringing back species that are now difficult to find in the city with some having lost out to invasive species like the vilayati kikar which have taken over the Ridge. Read more

Last month, three men were arrested while another was booked for posters that were pasted across different areas of the capital, that read ‘Modi hatao, desh bachao’ (Remove Modi, save the country).
Police said the accused were booked for not naming the printing press on the posters and defacing public property. They were slapped with charges under The Press and Registration of Books Act and Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act. While three were arrested on March 20-21, they were later released on bail. Police records show the cases against them as “pending investigation”. Read more
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the resumption of concessions given to senior citizens in rail travel.
Sharing the letter on Twitter, Kejriwal said, “Please do not stop the concession given to the elderly in the railways. Crores of elderly people are benefiting from this concession.” Read more
The Delhi government will offer free Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) coaching to students at the Delhi Model Virtual School (DMVS) from the upcoming academic session onwards.
The government started a fully-online school last year, where students from any part of the country can take classes and write exams under the newly-formed Delhi Board of School Education. The government said that at present, the online school has students from 13 states and union territories. Read more
Situated deep within the Kamla Nehru Ridge in North Delhi, the Khooni Jheel, which literally translates to “bloody lake”, looks harmless at first glance.
Surrounded by tall canopies of trees, a greenish layer coating its top, the water body looks serene save for a few ducklings creating ripples on the surface. However, signboards placed at the spot warn visitors that they would do well to stay a safe distance from the lake — it is at least 6-metres deep and has a history of drowning incidents. Read more
Until a few weeks ago, Yashvi (25) was leading a normal life working as a media professional in the national capital. In the first week of March, she felt feverish and decided to take some medicines on her own. When it didn’t work, she visited a doctor.
“It started with a sore throat and I had low-grade fever for almost the next two weeks. I was also on medication for almost 20 days. When doctors conducted a test, it turned out to be the H3N2 virus,” she said. It has been almost a month since she has recovered, but the cough and fatigue remains. Read more
Since February, personnel of the Territorial Army have been standing guard along bridges and other areas near the Yamuna to ensure waste is not thrown into the river. Roped in by the National Green Tribunal-appointed High-Level Committee headed by L-G V K Saxena to ensure reduction in the pollution level in the river, they now face an uphill task.
One such member of the Territorial Army, deployed on the Yudhisthir Sethu near ISBT Kashmere Gate and nearby areas and did not want to be named, said: “Apart from puja materials, all kinds of waste — clothes, garbage that has been collected for a week or maybe even a month — people bring it in bags and try to dump all of that in the river.” Read more
A 15-year-old boy died while his friend sustained injuries as the two-wheeler they were travelling in crashed into a crane truck in Northwest Delhi’s Keshav Puram early Sunday.
DCP (Northwest) Jitendra Meena said the crane truck and the two-wheeler collided head-on around 12 am on Sunday on the carriageway towards Inderlok. Read more
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These are among several ads and messages that offered a ‘work from home gig to rate movies’ on a website and promised good money – before it turned out to be a scam. Read more
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) organised a ‘Bhavya Bhagwa Yatra’ in Gurgaon Sunday, which saw hundreds of men allegedly raising slogans and brandishing weapons. The 3-km-long rally was held from Sector 5 to Atul Kataria Chowk.
Gurgaon Police officers said the rally was illegal as the VHP didn’t take permission for it. Police said they have registered a case against unknown persons for disturbing peace, brandishing weapons and creating disharmony as they are yet to identify those involved. No arrest has been made yet. Read more
A 53-year-old advocate was shot dead by assailants in Dwarka on Saturday. The Delhi Police said they have identified two of the accused in the case. Police said the accused, who are absconding, are distant relatives of the deceased advocate and had allegedly earlier attacked him in 2017 over a property dispute
The deceased, advocate Virender Kumar, resident of Dwarka Sector-12 was shot dead by unknown bike-borne men on Saturday evening in Dwarka’s Sector 1. The incident took place around 4.30 pm when the victim was in his Ertiga car near his residence. Read more
A 22-year-old Blinkit delivery executive was allegedly thrashed and stabbed to death while three of his friends and relatives were attacked by their neighbours after a fight over a petty issue in Central Delhi’s Anand Parbat.
The victim, Karan Singh, lived with his family in Prem Nagar. As per the police, the incident was reported to them via two PCR calls around 8.30 pm Saturday. Read more
Catering to 3 lakh passengers a day, the 500-metre stretch on the NH-48, that has been closed for work on the Dwarka expressway project, remains a “choke point” for vehicles going between Delhi and Gurgaon, as well as intra-city commuters.
It has been close to three weeks since the stretch (between Rangpuri and Rajokri) was closed, leading to a minimum waiting time of 20-30 minutes.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had announced that it would take at least three months, starting March 13, to complete the four-level stack interchange development work. Read more
A Delhi court framed charges against five men for allegedly setting a mosque on fire during the 2020 Northeast Delhi riots.
Additional Sessions Judge Pulastya Pramachala of Karkardooma Courts framed charges of rioting and unlawful assembly against Ankit, Rohit, Sachin, Rahul Kumar and Saurabh Sharma.
The FIR was registered in Karawal Nagar police station based on a complaint that stated that the Allah Wali Masjid at Shahid Bhagat Singh Colony was allegedly set on fire during the riots. It was also alleged that a sculpture had also been put on a slab outside the door of the mosque. Read more
The Covid patients admitted in Delhi hospitals are mostly the elderly or those with comorbid conditions, state health department officials have said.
According to an official from the state health department, a majority of patients are above 60 years and have been suffering from issues like cardiac disease, kidney disease and diabetes etc. “These include patients admitted to hospital after getting infected with Covid and also those who were already admitted due to other health issues and later developed Covid,” he added. Read more
The national capital recorded over 400 cases on the second consecutive day  with 429 fresh Covid cases and one related death in the last 24 hours, a Delhi government health bulletin said. The city’s active caseload now stands at 1,395.
The test positivity rate (TPR) rose to 16 per cent, up from 14.37 per cent reported a day earlier. On Saturday, the city reported 416 Covid cases and one related death.
So far, 26,530 people have died in Delhi due to the disease. Currently, 879 Covid patients are under home isolation and 87 are admitted in hospitals.
Students of Delhi Model Virtual School (DMVS) will get free Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) coaching from its upcoming session, Delhi Education Minister Atishi said today.
At a review meeting with the officials of the flagship project, the Delhi minister provided several suggestions and directed the officials to prepare a five-year action plan for the virtual school. “Delhi’s education model is being applauded across the world and this is the reason why children across the country are willing to become part of it. Our government’s DMVS is working to connect them to us,” news agency PTI quoted Atishi as saying.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought a response from the Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on the permissibility of constructing temporary bridges on rivers for mining.
The tribunal was considering a case concerning the construction of a temporary bridge across the Yamuna at Sonipat in Haryana to facilitate mining. The applicant, a resident of Sonipat, had said that the construction of a bridge over the river has resulted in diversion of its course and “submergence of agricultural land of farmers”.
Read our ground report where Abhinaya Hargovind and Pavneet Singh Chadha try finding out if sand mining in Haryana was affecting Yamuna water level in Delhi.
AAP Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson Sanjay Singh today questioned  PM Narendra Modi’s educational qualification during a press conference.
Singh asked the prime minister to reveal the truth before the nation, saying if his degrees turn out to be fake, he would lose his Lok Sabha membership and also become ineligible to contest elections for submitting wrong information to the Election Commission.
Senior AAP leader & Rajya Sabha Member @SanjayAzadSln addressing an important press conference | LIVE

“Entire BJP is rattled since the issue of the prime minister’s degree came to the fore. All the ministers and spokesperson of the BJP have scrambled to prove that the prime minister’s degree is not fake,” the AAP leader said. “If a probe is conducted the prime minister’s degrees would turn out to be fake and his (Lok Sabha) membership will be cancelled,” he claimed, referring to the Election Commission’s rules.
A youth has been arrested by the Delhi Police after a video of him cutting a birthday cake with a pistol went viral on social media. The accused, Aniket Singh, 21, was arrested Saturday and a country-made pistol was seized from his possession.
Taking cognizance of a viral video on social media wherein a young man was cutting cake with a pistol, #DelhiPolice identified the accused and arrested him from Neb Sarai along with .315 bore countrymade pistol & 2 live rounds. Case registered u/s 25 Arms Act.
He has been booked under the Arms Act, said the police. The police said the accused has a criminal record and has been involved in a case registered at Malviya Nagar station.
The matter came to light Thursday after tweets and videos of the incident were shared on social media. Read more
A 15-year-old boy was killed and his friend injured after their two-wheeler head-on collided with a crane northwest of Delhi’s Keshavpuram area, police said on Sunday.
The incident happened near a restaurant on the carriageway towards Inderlok at midnight, they said. According to police, Arib and his friend Irfan (18) had gone out for a joyride post dinner on a scooter. The crane was heading back after completing its work assigned by an agency and collided with the scooter.
The crane driver fled the spot leaving the two boys injured on the road, a senior police officer said. (PTI)
Who would have thought that Arvind Kejriwal would be among the first to support Rahul Gandhi after his disqualification — forgetting the Congress had welcomed Manish Sisodia’s arrest? Or that a mollified “Didi” would stand by Rahul when she repeatedly spurned overtures from the Congress? Or that a miffed Shiv Sena would readily forgive Rahul despite his repeated attacks on Veer Savarkar and Rahul, in turn, would promise to tone down his criticism of their icon? 
During the last one week, the Opposition leaders have taken significant steps towards creating a solidarity. They feel threatened, apprehensive that disqualification is a fate that can befall any of them. It goes without saying that the BJP will worry if the Opposition sticks together. But how strong is their new-found glue? Read The Neerja Chowdhury Column
Gujarat High Court on Friday allowed a petition by Gujarat University asking that a Central Information Commission (CIC) order directing the university to “search for information” about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degrees, be set aside.
Justice Biren Vaishnav also imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had requested the information under The Right to Information (RTI) Act, and directed him to deposit the amount with Gujarat State Legal Services Authority within four weeks.
The case originates from a hearing of Kejriwal’s second appeal before the CIC in a case relating to the supply of information about his Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC). Khadija Khan explains
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today promised free electricity and jobs for all youths in Assam if his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is voted to power in the Northeastern state.
पूर्वोत्तर भारत में भी जनता अब आम आदमी पार्टी को बुला रही है। आज असम राज्य के गुवाहाटी में कार्यकर्ता सम्मेलन।

He also claimed the AAP government changed the face of Delhi in seven years, and that “nothing but dirty politics” took place in Assam, even though BJP has been in power in the state for the same duration.
Days after Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma threatened his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal with a defamation case, the AAP chief reached Guwahati on Sunday and invited the BJP leader for tea and lunch at his residence in the national capital.
Kejriwal also said such threats by Sarma are unbecoming of a chief minister. ‘People of Assam are very good. They welcome their guests. Himanta Biswa Sarma should learn from them,’ the Delhi CM said immediately after landing at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, reacting to Sarma’s remarks.
Sarma had on Friday threatened to file a defamation case against Kejriwal if the Aam Aadmi Party leader alleged corruption cases against him outside the assembly. ‘Let Kejriwal come here on April 2 and say that I am corrupt. The next day, I will file a defamation case against him as I have done against (AAP leader) Manish Sisodia,” Sarma had said. Read more
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in New Delhi on April 3, his office said on Sunday.
During the programme, an investiture ceremony for recipients of President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Gold Medal for Best Investigating Officers of the CBI will be held wherein he will present medals to the recipients, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said. Read more
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought a response from the Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on the permissibility of constructing temporary bridges on rivers for mining.
The tribunal was considering a case concerning the construction of a temporary bridge across the Yamuna at Sonipat in Haryana to facilitate mining. The applicant, a resident of Sonipat, had said that the construction of a bridge over the river has resulted in diversion of its course and “submergence of agricultural land of farmers”. Read more
Welcoming the recent “wave of Opposition unity”, Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor said the Congress will “de facto” be the fulcrum around which other parties converge, but asserted that if he were in the party leadership, he would not “crow about it” and encourage one of the smaller outfits to play the role of convenor of an alliance to take on the BJP in the 2024 general election.
In an interview with PTI, Tharoor said Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from Lok Sabha following his conviction in a 2019 defamation case has generated a “surprising wave of Opposition unity” with many parties having begun to feel the truth of the adage — “united we stand, divided we fall”. Read more
Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has arrested a fugitive convicted in a narcotics case from the Indo-Bangladesh border, officials said on Sunday.
Jafar Ali (45), who hails from a village in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district, was trying to cross the border to evade arrest, they added.
Ali was convicted in a case lodged by the Crime Branch under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the officials said. (PTI) 
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that some people have given ‘supari (contract)’ to dent his image, Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal on Sunday urged the PM to name them and said “let us prosecute them”.
Addressing a gathering at Rani Kamalapati railway station in Bhopal after flagging off a Vande Bharat Express train, Modi had said that some people are hellbent to sully his image and they have given a “supari” (contract) for this purpose, colluding with certain people sitting in India and also outside the country. Read more
The Delhi Police have arrested three men for allegedly stabbing and robbing a 35-year-old traffic police head constable near Signature Bridge Thursday (March 30).
Returning home from duty, the victim, Mohit Kumar, stopped at the bridge when the accused pushed him into a ditch, stabbed him and snatched all his belongings, said the police. Read more
A 54-year-old man was found dead inside a lodge in Southwest Delhi’s Safdarjung Enclave, officers said on Saturday.
DCP (Southwest) Manoj C said that on March 31 at 12.49 pm, they received a PCR call regarding the incident. The deceased was identified as Deepak Sethi, a resident of Indirapuram, Ghaziabad. Read more
With rains lashing the city for four days now, Delhi woke up to a cool morning today.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the minimum temperature recorded during the early hours on Sunday was 14.9 degrees Celsius, four degrees below normal. Experts expect a partly cloudy sky and more light rain and the maximum temperature will settle around 31 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal. Read more
Wider footpaths, refuge space and roads designed for universal access to aid the differently abled and elderly — these are some of the features that the renovated Bhairon Marg-Mathura Road stretch is soon expected to have as part of a walkability plan.
Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena last month reviewed the plan for the larger Purana Qila – Pragati Maidan corridor presented by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and asked for it to be finalised at the earliest incorporating all pending concerns. Read more
From the number of pending cases against them to hospitals to the menu in the jail canteen, inmates in Delhi’s prisons are making use of the RTI Act to access information from the outside world or simply to avail better facilities inside.
Inmates in the three jails in the national capital — Tihar, Rohini and Mandoli — have filed at least 500 RTI requests in the last two years, prison officials told The Indian Express. Read more

“Escape the crowds… Think of living where there is an endless supply of fresh air,” reads the tagline of Residential Plot Scheme 1 — the earliest residential plot project of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Develo-pment Authority (YEIDA) issued in 2009. Fourteen years on, true to the announcement, the area is crowd-free; the air around here, too, is fresher than many others in the region. There is just one problem, though: There is no sign of any settlement in the vast stretch of land — spread across sectors 18 and 20 of YEIDA in Gautam Buddh Nagar district — acquired for the scheme.
YEIDA’s ambitious plan to develop a sprawling residential society with over 20,000 plots along the Yamuna Expressway has seen its fair share of hiccups — protests, litigation and multiple rounds of revisions in provisions of the scheme. The authority had acquired land from 14 villages for the project but it is mostly lying vacant.
It was early on March 7 that Ajeet Singh (45) met with a road accident while coming back on his two-wheeler after seeing his mother in Chandan Vihar.
The Kalyanpuri resident was left severely injured in the spine and his daughter Simran Kaur (21) and son Harshdeep Singh (19) rushed him to the Safdarjung Hospital.
Kaur told The Indian Express: “We took him to the emergency department around 6 am on March 8 and doctors there referred us to neurosurgeon Dr Manish Rawat who told us our father needs an immediate spine surgery and a surgical rod needs to be fixed.”


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