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Delhi News Updates: BJP leader Vijay Goel’s phone snatched in North Delhi – The Indian Express

Delhi Live Updates: Senior BJP leader and former Union minister Vijay Goel’s phone was snatched in North Delhi’s Kotwali on Monday evening. He was sitting in his car and talking when a man snatched his phone. The accused was detained from the Jama Masjid area.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Monday staged a protest against the BJP for allegedly forcing the State Election Commission to “defer” the conduct of municipal polls in the national capital, the party said.
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Meanwhile, several more anganwadi workers received termination notices over the weekend for being an “active part of the strike, agitation and dharna”, with the Delhi State Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union (DSAWHU) reporting that the number was over 70 till late Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of workers and helpers have been on strike since January 31 with the primary demand of a substantial increase in pay and the status of government employees.
Senior BJP leader and former Union minister Vijay Goel’s phone was snatched in North Delhi’s Kotwali on Monday evening. He was sitting in his car and talking when a man snatched his phone. An FIR has been registered and hunt is on to nab the accused.
The police have detained a man and now conducting raids to recover Goel’s phone.
Delhi on Monday recorded 136 fresh Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 0.56 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department.
With this, the national capital’s case count increased to 18,63,070, the health bulletin stated.
The death toll remained unchanged at 26,141.
The number of Covid-19 tests conducted the previous day stood at 24,152, the bulletin said. (PTI)
The Delhi High Court, on Tuesday, will hear the Delhi State Anganwadi Workers & Helpers Union’s (DSAWHU) petition challenging the termination of its several members from service. The petition also prays for their immediate reinstatement with back wages and continuity of services. The matter was mentioned for urgent listing before the court on Monday.
The union in the petition states that it conducted a “peaceful and legal strike” between January 31 and March 9 after giving a notice of strike on January 27. The strike was called off after the government issued a prohibition on the strike and all the members were asked to report back immediately for duty, it adds. 
However, the union has said the workers were soon asked to sign apology letters and give an assurance about not going on strike in future. “This perfectly peaceful end to the strike was sabotaged by the speech of Navlendra Kumar Singh, Joint Director, Department of Women and Child Development who gave direct orders to terminate the services on a mass scale for mere participation in the strike,” reads the petition filed through advocate Sneha Mukherjee. (Read More)
Union Territories (UTs) without legislature grossly underutilised funds allocated to them in the past financial year, and those UTs that have a legislature performed better on the development front, the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has found.
In its 238th report tabled in Parliament on Monday, the committee headed by Congress leader Anand Sharma said the utilisation of funds was noticeably low in Andaman and Nicobar Islands (A&NI) and Ladakh.
Expressing its “disappointment” with what it said was “persistent underutilisation of funds” in Ladakh, the Committee has also recommended special status for the region. (Read More)
In the last two months, the Delhi Police has booked more than 5,800 persons under the Excise Act for allegedly consuming liquor at public places in the city. Police said the offenders also had to pay a fine of Rs 5,000. Some of the offenders were also booked under sections of the IPC and the Delhi Police Act for creating a ruckus or nuisance after drinking.
According to data released by senior police officers, more than 5,844 persons were booked under the Excise Act. Over 2,489 persons were booked under the Delhi Police Act and 1,242 were booked under IPC section 290 (public nuisance). Most of the offenders were caught from Outer Delhi (1,908), Dwarka (1,295) and Southwest Delhi (724).
Senior officers said the data was shared with Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana to take stringent action against the offenders. (Read More)
The BJP leadership in Delhi has come out in support of the newly released film, The Kashmir Files, demanding that it be exempted from tax in the national capital. Some leaders have also decided to hold screenings and distribute free tickets.
BJP Northeast Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari tweeted: “Please make The Kashmir Files film tax free in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ji and Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Manish Sisodia ji.”
He said this should be done “so that more people watch it and become aware of the contemporary history of the country as the issue of Kashmiri Pandits is neither talked about nor discussed in the mainstream as much as it should have been”. (Read More)
The work for the first phase of redeveloped Central Vista Avenue, which comprises the Rajpath leading from the Rashtrapati Bhawan to the India Gate, is now scheduled to be completed by May 2022, the Centre said in the Parliament on Monday. This phase of the project was earlier scheduled for completion by December 2021.
The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishore said that the expenditure incurred till date is Rs 418.70 crore, which is being met “from Major Head 4059 of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs”, referring to the demand for grants for the ministry in the union budget. Kishore said this in response to a written question in the Rajya Sabha seeking information on whether the government has prepared the Central Vista Avenue plans, the details of the funds spent so far and various heads against which expenditure has been made. 
“The entire Central Vista Avenue along Rajpath is being redeveloped, from Vijay Chowk to India Gate. The major elements of the project are pedestrian underpasses, public facilities, parking, redevelopment of lawns, refurbishment of water bodies, walkways, lighting, closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, irrigation system, etc. The first phase of the project is targeted to be completed by May, 2022,” he said. (Read More)
A PCR call was received, on Monday, regarding a building collapse at Nicholson Road, Kashmiri Gate. The local police, Fire service and DDMA immediately reached the spot and the rescue operation is in full swing. So far, eight persons have been rescued, all were workers on the site. The rescue operation is on and three-four people are still feared to be trapped, said Delhi Police. 
#Watch | Building collapsed at Nicholson Road, Kashmiri Gate on Monday.

A Delhi court Monday granted bail to former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan accused in an Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act case in connection with the riots in Northeast Delhi in 2020. Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat granted bail to Jahan, who has been in custody in this case from February 2020.
She has been accused in another case over allegations that she incited the crowd at an anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, (CAA) protest site in Northeast Delhi’s Khureiji Khas area. Jahan was also granted bail in this case.
Her lawyer Pradeep Teotia said that there are no pending cases against her clearing her way for release from judicial custody. Teotia told the court during bail arguments that the police projected her as a hardliner while in fact, she won the elections due to her secular credentials. (Read More)
The O P Jindal Global University (JGU) has announced 12 short-term study-abroad programmes at the world’s leading universities, including Harvard and Columbia.
The programmes are being offered at Harvard University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), Syracuse University, University of Oregon and UCLA in the USA; the University of Oxford in the UK; Sciences Po in France; University of Granada and Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE) in Spain; and Sofia University in Bulgaria.
“The courses, which are approximately three weeks long, are designed to give JGU students an insight into an interdisciplinary and internationally engaged curriculum, which reflects global realities and contemporary challenges. Prospective students can choose from a range of interdisciplinary courses at the following universities,” GJU said in a statement. (Read More)
Centre on Monday told the Delhi High Court that Delhi Waqf Board can approach the SHO, Police Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin for permission to hold prayers on three floors of Masjid Bangley Wali at Markaz Nizamuddin during the Shab-e-Barat and the month of Ramadan.
“No adversarial stand will be taken,” a counsel representing the Centre told the court during the hearing of Delhi Waqf Board’s petition for easing of restrictions at Markaz Nizamuddin.
Centre had last week told the court that prayers by the public can be permitted only on one floor of the mosque during the month of Ramadan and during Shab-e-Barat.
Delhi Waqf Board Monday contended before the court that it’s aware of its statutory responsibilities and will undertake whatever conditions the court imposes.
“I am Delhi Waqf Board. No fly-by-night operator or some terrorist or anti-national has come here,” Senior Advocate Sanjoy Ghose, representing the Waqf Board, argued before the court.
On Centre’s submission that the premises are a case property, Ghose submitted, “they are saying this is case property. There has been a shootout at Rohini court. Tomorrow they’ll say shut the Rohini court because it’s a case property. What kind of argument is this? The whole place has been videographed and jointly inspected. How can they shut this place for two years?”
The court was told that the application for permission before the SHO will be made urgently. The matter will be taken up for hearing on Wednesday. 
Three men were arrested from Mayur Vihar here for allegedly supplying illegal fire arms in Delhi-NCR and Punjab, police said on Monday.
The accused have been identified as Shubham (21), Vijay Bhan (20) and Abhishek Rai (29), all residents of Ludhiana in Punjab, they said.
Nine semi-automatic pistols and 12 cartridges were recovered from their possession, police said.
Police got information on Friday that Shubham would come near Samachar Apartment bus stand in Mayur Vihar phase 1 at around 1 pm to supply firearms to Bhan, who was one of his contacts, a senior police officer said.
A trap was laid and both were nabbed. On the instance of Shubham, a team was sent to Ludhiana and Rai was arrested on Sunday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Jasmeet Singh said. (PTI)
Hundred new e-vehicle charging stations will be set up across ‘prime locations’ in Delhi by June 27 and 71 of these would be at metro stations, Power Minister Satyendar Jain said on Monday.
Addressing a press conference here, he said that the charge for using the station facility would be ‘Rs 2 per unit’, which he claimed would be the ‘lowest in the country’.
‘Our EV policy envisages a charging station per 3 km in the city. Tenders were floated for setting up 100 (e-vehicle) charging stations with 500 charging points. Tenders have been closed, and 100 prime locations have been identified where charging stations will be set up, and 71 of these will be located at metro stations,’ Jain said.
According to the tender, the stations will be built on a PPP (public-private-partnership) mode, with land, cabling and transmission infrastructure being provided by the government, and equipment and manpower provided by the company, he said. (PTI)

▪️@ArvindKejriwal govt to establish 100 public EV-charging stations with 500 points by 27 June 2022

▪️These “Smart” charging stations will have the LOWEST service charges in India at ₹ 2/unit

▪️Delhi will have a total of 900 EV charging points soon


Delhi’s Karkardooma Court deferred to March 21 the bail plea of student leader Umar Khalid in the conspiracy case relating to the Delhi Riots.
Former JNU student leader Umar Khalid is an accused in the northeast Delhi violence conspiracy case. He was arrested on September 13, 2020 under Sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The Centre issued a new order allowing Sikhs to carry a ‘kirpan’ (a small sword worn by Sikhs) on their person at domestic terminals of airports, provided length of blade doesn’t exceed 15.24 cms and the total length doesn’t exceed 22.86 cms.
A Delhi court on Monday sent Chitra Ramkrishna, former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Stock Exchange (NSE), to judicial custody in a 2018 case of bourse manipulation.
While sending her to judicial custody till March 28, Special Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal said that Ramkrishna is not a VIP and will not be provided special facilities inside the jail. Read more
The government Monday decided to rollout the Covid-19 vaccination for the age groups 12-13 years and 13-14 years from March 16.
The health ministry said that Corbevax manufactured by the Hyderabad-based Biological-E will be administered to the new age group. Corbevax is India’s first indigenously developed Receptor Binding Domain (RBD) Protein sub-unit vaccine against Covid-19. Read more
Three Delhi Police personnel jumped into the Yamuna River to save a 20-year-old law student who allegedly tried to kill himself after failing in one of his exams, officials said. Sub-inspector Gurish, constable Sunil and constable Parveen saw the student drowning in the river Saturday morning and jumped in to save him.
The student belongs to Alwar in Rajasthan and studies at the National Law School of India in Bengaluru. He left his home last week and came to Delhi. Officials said they received information from the Alwar police that the man will try to kill himself as he posted a tweet about it. Read more
Delhi administered just over 2,700 Covid-19 shots on Sunday, taking the total daily shots lower still, according to data. Officials have said that the drop in the number of people getting immunised in February and March is because Delhi has reached a saturation level in the eligible population.
The numbers have been sliding since February, with over 98,000 shots being given just a month ago. Almost 100 per cent of Delhi residents over the age of 18 years have received their first shot, while over 85 per cent have received the second dose. Read more
In Delhi, the maximum temperature is likely to climb up to around 36 degrees Celsius by March 16, and further to 37 degrees by March 19, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast. On Monday, the maximum temperature is likely to settle at around 33 degrees Celsius. Clear skies are on the forecast for the day.
The maximum temperature in most parts of northwest and central India is also likely to rise by two to four degrees over the next two days, the IMD forecast indicates. Strong winds of about 25 to 35 kmph are likely over the plains of northwest India on March 16 and 17, the IMD said in an update on Monday morning.
Both the minimum and maximum temperatures recorded over the past 24 hours in Delhi were above the normal temperatures for this time of the year. The maximum temperature recorded on Sunday was 32.6 degrees Celsius, three degrees above the normal, while the minimum temperature recorded early on Monday was 17 degrees, a notch above the normal. Over the next six days, the minimum temperature is likely to be around 18 or 19 degrees Celsius.
The Centre and Delhi government are at odds over the formation of a ‘selection committee’ to pick the Managing Director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), with the former writing a letter to the AAP government to “reconstitute” the committee since the current one is “missing” experienced professionals.
The Delhi government has shortlisted 25 persons so far for the top post, sources said, adding that 35 people from the central government, DMRC and departments of the state government had applied for the post.
Meanwhile, Delhi on Sunday reported 132 fresh COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 0.38 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. With this, the national capital’s case count increased to 18,62,934, the latest health bulletin stated. The death toll remained unchanged at 26,141.
In other news, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha will hold a meeting on Monday to review the progress made so far by the Centre on the promises made to farmers, including setting up a panel on MSP, and decide the future course of action. The closed-door meeting will be held at the Gandhi Peace Foundation at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg from 10 am. The SKM had spearheaded a year-long agitation against the Centre’s three farm laws.