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Delhi News Highlights: Cinema halls to reopen with 100% capacity; 200 people allowed in weddings, funerals – The Indian Express

Delhi News Highlights: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Friday allowed full-seating capacity in cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes, and also raised the number of people attending wedding functions and last rites from 100 to 200. An order, issued by the DDMA, listing various allowed and restricted activities in view of Covid will come into effect from the intervening night of October 31 and November 1, news agency PTI reported.
The order stated that owners of cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes will be responsible for strict adherence to standard operating protocol (SOP) and official guidelines as well as Covid-appropriate behaviour at the premises. It also allowed all the authorised weekly markets in the city to reopen from November 1.
In another news, the Delhi High Court Friday asked the Delhi government to “get down to some real work” instead of focusing merely on “populism” and pulled it up for poor implementation of The Street Vendors Act in the national capital. Behave like a responsible government, it told the government.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police today started removing barricades from the Ghazipur border where farmers have been protesting. Similarly, roadblocks could also been seen getting cleared at the Tikri border Thursday night. This comes days after a Supreme Court hearing that saw farmer unions arguing that the police were responsible for the blockade at the Delhi borders.
Emphasising the voluntary nature of physical attendance, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has issued an SOP permitting schools to open for children of all grades from Monday but all precautions to maintain 50% capacity and social distancing will remain.
The DDMA on Friday issued the SOP to be followed in all such institutes while allowing primary and middle school students to return. Read More
Delhi reports 37 new Covid-19 cases, 48 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours.
Delhi reports 37 new #COVID19 cases, 48 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours.

Total cases 14,39,788
Total recoveries 14,14,363
Death toll 25,091

Active cases 334 pic.twitter.com/VMaxdfIg9S

For the third consecutive day, Delhi’s air quality remained in the ‘poor’ category on Friday. The Air Quality Index (AQI) has been deteriorating over the past few days – from 232 on Wednesday, 268 on Thursday, to 283 on Friday, with PM 10 and PM 2.5 as the main pollutants.
According to the Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi, air quality is likely to remain in the lower end of the ‘very poor’ category over the weekend as well as the subsequent five days. Read More
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Friday allowed full-seating capacity in cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes, and also raised the number of people attending wedding functions and last rites from 100 to 200. An order, issued by the DDMA, listing various allowed and restricted activities in view of Covid will come into effect from the intervening night of October 31 and November 1.
The order stated that owners of cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes will be responsible for strict adherence to standard operating protocol (SOP) and official guidelines as well as Covid-appropriate behaviour at the premises. It also allowed all the authorised weekly markets in the city to reopen from November 1. (PTI)
The prosecution opposed former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan’s bail application in a northeast Delhi riot UAPA case, stating that an accused will be responsible for the acts of others in a conspiracy.
Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad made the arguments before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat. Read More
The Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Committee on Peace and Harmony has issued a notice to Facebook India to appear before it on November 2. The committee is examining the “unprecedented communal disharmony and violence in Delhi in February 2020”.
“In continuation of previous proceedings, the Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Committee on Peace and Harmony has decided to call upon representatives of Facebook India to depose its view on the important role of social media in curbing the spread of false, provocative and malicious messages which can fan violence and disharmony,” the government said in a statement. Read More
A Delhi police constable, posted in North Delhi’s Subzi Mandi police station, was dismissed from his services for criticizing government policies on social media platforms and posting ‘derogatory comments’. Action has been taken against him by the Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana after the IT wing of the special branch monitored the content and informed the police chief about the posts.
He has been removed as per rules under Article 311 (2)(b) of the Constitution of India.
Senior officers of the Delhi Police have informed the staff working with them about social media guidelines and have asked them to refrain from criticizing government policies on social media platforms.
A man was arrested in Faridabad Thursday for allegedly shooting at his friend’s cousins who were opposed to their relationship.
According to the police, the accused Pawan, a native of Palwal, had separated from his wife five years ago. In recent years, he got acquainted with one Lokesh and formed a friendship, they added. The two had been staying together for some time.
Last week, Lokesh returned to his house in Faridabad after a fight with Pawan and allegedly decided to part ways. Police said Pawan suspected that Lokesh’s family was opposed to their friendship and had coaxed him to leave.
The Delhi Police on Friday started removing barricades from the Ghazipur border where farmers have been protesting against the Centre’s three new agri laws. Similar scenes were also seen at the Tikri border on Thursday night.
DCP (East district) Priyanka Kashyap told The Indian Express that they were removing the barricades from Ghazipur and traffic movement would start in the coming days.
JCB machines were seen removing the barricades at Ghazipur border where farmers have been protesting against the Centre’s three new agri laws. pic.twitter.com/eelQvWxjNB

Clear skies, a minimum temperature of 14 degree Celsius and a maximum of 29 degree Celsius are on the forecast for Delhi on Friday. The air quality is likely to be ‘very poor.’
The Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi said in an update on Friday morning that the air quality over Delhi-NCR is likely to be in the lower end of the ‘very poor’ category on Friday and Saturday, and will remain in the ‘very poor’ category on Sunday as well. For the subsequent five days, air quality is likely to remain in the ‘very poor’ category with PM2.5 as the main pollutant.
For the second consecutive day on Thursday, the AQI was in the ‘poor’ category – 268 – with PM2.5 and PM10 being the main pollutants, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) bulletin.


The Delhi Police on Thursday night started removing roadblocks placed at the Tikri border point where farmers have been protesting against the Centre’s three farm laws, with sources indicating that one carriageway of the road will open in the coming days.
The move comes days after a Supreme Court hearing that saw farmer unions arguing that the police were responsible for the blockade at the Delhi borders. The police had put multiple layers of barricades on the roads, complete with giant nails and huge concrete blocks as thousands of farmers had tried to cross Delhi borders in November last year.
Four out of the eight layers of barricades at the Tikri border have been removed. However, the cement barricades are still there and the road remains closed for commuters, an officer said. 
The maximum temperature in Delhi settled three notches below the normal at 28.5 degrees Celsius on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The weather office predicted mainly clear sky and colder days and nights for next two days. The city witnessed a cold Thursday morning as it recorded a minimum temperature of 14.6 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average, the IMD said. According to the MeT department, the humidity level was recorded at 50 per cent at 5.30 pm on Thursday. 
The bike ambulance service launched by the AAP government in February 2019 was discontinued in March 2020, due to the outbreak of the pandemic, a response to an RTI states.
According to the response to the RTI, filed by Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana, 16 such bike ambulances were bought by the government. The reply, however, states that services were cut short as Covid started to spread in the city last year.
Delhi has recorded an improvement in its sex ratio at birth — from 920 females per thousand males in 2019 to 933 in 2020. The infant mortality rate, meanwhile, has dipped from 24.19 to 20.37 between 2019 and 2020.
The data is part of the Annual Report on Registration of Births and Deaths in Delhi 2020.
The increase in sex ratio is the result of social awareness and it is a matter of great pride that society is being educated and understands the importance of girls, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said in a statement.
The programme had been carried out on a pilot basis in 40 schools in the East and Southeast districts. (File photo)Focusing on one-on-one interactions with parents of each child every month, a new programme called ‘Parent Samvaad’ in Delhi government schools aims not only to increase parents’ participation in their children’s education but also help them with how they can do so. According to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the programme is not just a means to keep parents connected to their children’s schools but as a step to “transform” parenting.
Over the years, the Delhi government has focused on activating school management committees (SMCs) — which comprise members of the school as well as parents — by holding elections for them and creating an SMC fund for autonomous expenditure of schools. There are currently around 14,000 SMC members in government schools. With the new aim of facilitating regular one-on-one interactions with parents of 18 lakh children enrolled in these schools, an additional 22,000 ‘school mitras’ or parent volunteers have been brought on board.
A court said the mobile data which has been collected from several accused in the Delhi riots conspiracy case cannot be provided to the co-accused as it allegedly contains pornographic material and would hamper their privacy.

Former JNU student leader Umar Khalid, JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, Jamia Coordination Committee member Safoora Zargar, former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain and 13 others are the accused in the case and have been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

In the hearing conducted through video conferencing, Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat orally made the remarks in response to the applications under Section 207 of the Code Of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) filed by the accused, which said that they are supplied with a copy of all the evidence and material relied upon by the prosecution in the charge sheet. (PTI)
Two men were allegedly assaulted by security guards with lathis outside Amrapali Sapphire society in Noida Sector 46 on Wednesday night and a video of the incident has gone viral. The police said the victims are tenants in the society and had a scuffle with one of the guards over a parking sticker which led to the assault. A case has been registered and six guards have been detained in the case. The victims sustained minor injuries. Read more
A 34-year-old man was arrested here for allegedly forcing a woman to keep Karvachauth fast on gunpoint, police said on Thursday. The incident took place in southeast Delhi’s Badarpur area on Sunday, when Rahul, the accused, went to the woman’s house and threatened her to keep fast for him, they said.
According to police, the accused wanted to be in a relationship with the woman, but was rejected many times by her. The accused threatened the woman if she didn’t keep the fast he would kill her then himself with the gun, they said. When it got the information about the incident, a police team reached the woman’s house and found Rahul with a firearm, a senior police officer said.  He was caught and taken into police custody by Sub Inspector Prakash Chand who was part of the police team.
The accused was booked under relevant sections of the Arms Act and section 451 (House-trespass) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, Esha Pandey, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast), said. (PTI)
The Delhi High Court on Thursday slammed the Uttar Pradesh police for arresting two men for alleged kidnapping in connection with a case where a woman and man had eloped and got married.
“We will not permit this to happen here. UP mai chalta hoga, yahan nahi. Ye cheez Dilli mai bardaasht nai karenge. Aap agar aankh aur kaan band karke kaam karte hai, yahan koi ilaj nahi hai uska. (This might work in UP, not here. We will not tolerate this in Delhi. If you work with your eyes and ears covered, there is no remedy for it here) The FIR has (the woman’s) age mentioned and you are saying they didn’t tell you her age,” the Bench told the UP Police.
The High Court had pulled up UP Police for registering a kidnapping case against a Delhi family in the matter and for making arrests in the case without informing Delhi Police. The Court had asked the SHO of Shamli police station in UP to appear before it on Thursday along with the case file.
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Three women farmers died while two more were injured after a truck allegedly rammed into them on Thursday morning in Haryana’s Jhajjar district. Police said the women had been part of farmers’ protests and were waiting for an autorickshaw to return to their native village in Mansa, Punjab when the incident took place.  The victims have been identified as Amarjeet Kaur, Gurmail Kaur and Harsinder Kaur. Read more
New Delhi: A municipal worker carries out fumigation as the number of dengue cases rise, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Granting permission to a group of doctors’ associations to institute a suit against Ramdev for his statements against allopathy during the pandemic, the Delhi High Court Wednesday issued summons to the Yoga guru and others and asked them to file statements within four weeks.
“Clearly, from parts of those video clips, your client is scorning the allopathic treatment protocol. It is clear. If you want me to reproduce those things in the order, I will reproduce it, it might be detrimental to your client,” said Justice C Hari Shankar addressing Ramdev’s counsel.
A group of farmers from the Hind Mazdoor Kisan Samiti heading towards Singhu border to protest against the killing of Lakhbir Singh alleged they were manhandled and lathi-charged by the Delhi Police. The protesters tried to remove barricades Wednesday evening, but were removed from the area. The protesters said they came from Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to give “ardas” to Lakhbir, who was allegedly killed by Nihang Sikhs, and that they wanted to protest against farmers at the Singhu border.
Engineering and construction major L&T on Wednesday was handed over the contract for the construction and maintenance of the first three buildings part of the new Common Central Secretariat under the Central Vista revamp plan. The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) on Wednesday handed the letter of award for the first three integrated buildings to house central government ministries in the upcoming Central Vista project.
The financial bids for the contract opened earlier this month where L&T’s bid of Rs 3,141.99 crore was 3.47% less than the Central Public Works Department’s estimate of Rs 3,254 crore. The other bidders included Tata Projects Ltd. and NCC Ltd., who quoted 8.96% and 1.94% over the estimate respectively. The tender inviting bids for the first three common secretariat buildings part of the Central Vista project at an estimated cost of ₹3,408 crore was first issued in May this year.

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