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Delhi News Live Updates: Tightened security for Holi celebrations in national capital – Times of India

Elaborate security arrangements have been made by Delhi Police for Holi celebrations. Police also asked people to adhere to the coronavirus-appropriate behaviour. “Additional force has been given to all the district police for security arrangements. The Delhi Traffic Police has also made elaborate arrangements to check incidents of drunken driving and over-speeding, among others. Stay with TOI for all the latest updates:Read Less
Several properties sealed in east Delhi over tax defaults
East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) launched a special drive this week against property tax defaulters. Full story here
Robotic surgery to fix rare issue in cervical spine of 10-yr-old boy
Doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) recently performed a rare surgery to remove a tumour, which was present in the neck region of a 10-year-old boy. The surgery was performed using robotic assistance, Dr Rajesh Malhotra, the professor, and head of orthopaedics department at the institute said. He added robotic assistance was necessary to ensure precision because the tumour was present a few millimeters away from the spinal cord and the vertebral artery. The 10-year-old, doctors said, presented to the AIIMS OPD with complaints of severe non remitting neck pain. CT scan and MRI of the cervical spine revealed a large bony tumor between the fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae.
CISF nabs 3 passengers at Delhi airport with fake visas for Paris
Three Indian passengers attempting to travel to Paris on "fake" visas were apprehended by CISF personnel at the Delhi airport, officials said. Full story here
We’ve made all arrangements for Holi & Shab-e-Barat. We held ‘Aman Committee’ meetings to spread the message of celebrating the festivals harmoniously. We’ve put all security arrangements in place, like placing pickets, or extra staff deployment: DCP (New Delhi) Amrutha Guguloth (ANI)

Food safety audit of high-risk businesses to ensure hygiene
To ensure that all safety and hygiene protocols are followed at all eateries and related establishments, the food safety department is hiring audit agencies to carry out a survey of all high-risk food businesses for a pan-Delhi check. Since such businesses will run into hundreds of thousands, officials said different agencies would be assigned the survey responsibilities in different districts. The agencies, said officials, will have to be empanelled with Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI), which has laid down the checklist for such surveys. Though the department carries out inspections and tests samples on a regular basis and intensifies the drive during festivals, it is the first time that a pan-Delhi audit has been planned.
Clear skies in Delhi, air quality ‘poor’
The national capital witnessed a warm sunny morning on Friday on the occasion of Holi as the city recorded this month’s highest minimum temperature of 21.7 degrees Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The weather office has predicted clear skies during the day. The maximum temperature of the day will settle around 36 degrees Celsius, the Met department said. Relative humidity was recorded at 78 per cent at 8.30 am. The Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi was in the ‘poor’ category (298) at 9 am, data from the central pollution control board showed. (PTI)
Manish Sisodia celebrates Holi at his residence
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No word yet on when municipal polls will be held
Over a week after the Delhi state election commission deferred the announcement of the municipal polls on receiving communication that the central government intended to reunify the three municipal corporations, there is still no clarity about when the elections will take place. The election panel earlier said it would seek legal opinion on whether it could still announce the schedule for the municipal polls and sought a week’s time for this. But there is no word yet if the commission has managed to make any headway on the issue. Poll officials are keeping mum and sharing no information on the legal experts they are consulting and when exactly they expect to receive any advice in the matter.
Lengthy queues as snag hits Metro services for 3 hrs
Several commuters shared videos and photographs on social media of long queues at the stations. Full story here
Police on alert for Holi celebrations and Shab-e-Barat
Elaborate security arrangements have been made by Delhi Police ahead of Holi and Shab-e-Barat, which are falling on the same day. Full story here
Brother of IB staffer who died in NE riots gets govt job in edu dept
Two years after Intelligence Bureau staffer Ankit Sharma lost his life in communal riots in northeast Delhi, the AAP government. Full story here
Josh & hosh in Delhi as Holi spirit runs high
The Holi spirit is running high among buyers and shopkeepers in the city. After all, it has been two years since they have been able to indulge in the mirth and colour of Holi. From new types of water guns to traditional sweets, people, especially children, are looking forward to having a blast on Friday. Full story here
AAP seeks Supreme Court’s directions for ‘free & fair’ Delhi civic polls on schedule
Alleging that the State Election Commission (SEC) arbitrarily deferred the municipal elections in Delhi at the last moment on the basis of "unofficial communication" from the Centre, Aam Aadmi Party has moved the Supreme Court against the poll body for allowing "interference" in discharge of its constitutional duty and sought directions to hold the polls as per the schedule in a free and fair manner. Full story here
12 charged with murder of man
A Delhi court has framed charges of murder and rioting against 12 people for the lynching of a man during the 2020 Delhi riots, reports Usha Das. Full story here
Value addition courses to enhance employability of students
After Delhi University (DU) rolls out the four-year undergraduate programme from the upcoming academic session, students will also get the option of earning credits from value addition courses (VACs), which will be separate from the respective programmes they are pursuing, as specified in the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Full story here
2 years on, no Covid patient at LNJP
For the first time in two years, the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Hospital doesn’t have any Covid-19 patient. “All the Covid patients of the third wave have been successfully treated and discharged from LNJP Hospital. For the first time since March 2020, zero patients of Covid-19 are admitted to the hospital. Full story here