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Delhi News Updates: Accept govt proposal, will meet tomorrow to decide on calling off protest, says SKM – The Indian Express

Delhi News Updates: SKM issued a statement on Wednesday saying that a consensus has been reached to accept the government’s draft proposal and a meeting will be held on Thursday to decide on calling off the protests.
A statement issued by SKM reads: “Samyukta Kisan Morcha confirms to have received a revised draft proposal from the Government of India and that a consensus has been arrived at within SKM, accepting the proposal. Now, a formal communication signed on the Government’s letterhead is awaited. SKM will meet again tomorrow at twelve noon, at Singhu Border, to take a formal decision thereafter to lift the morchas.”
Earlier, Yogendra Yadav said, “In the new draft proposal of the government, sarkar se saath saari maangon par purn sehmati ban gyi hai. Another SKM meeting has been called for 12 pm tomorrow. Agar ye sabb aupcharik tareeke se mohar lag kar kal aa jaega, tab future course decide karenge.”
In other news, patients at several Delhi hospitals were forced to return as emergency and other services were shut due to resident doctors at Centre-run hospitals boycotting work in protest against the delay in NEET-PG 2021 counselling. The health crisis in the city could aggravate further as doctors under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation have also threatened to stage a stir.
Resident doctors of three Centre-run hospitals boycotted routine and emergency services starting Monday over delay in NEET-PG 2021 counselling.
Meanwhile, the air quality in Delhi improved with light rainfall. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a gradual fall in minimum temperature by around 2 to 4 degree Celsius over most parts of northwest, central and east India during the next four to five days. The city’s 24-hour average AQI stood at 255 on Tuesday, in the ‘poor’ category, according to the Central Pollution Control Board.
The national capital reported 65 coronavirus cases and one fatality in a day while the positivity rate rose marginally to reach 0.11 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here on Wednesday.
Delhi has recorded two deaths due to the viral disease in December so far. Seven fatalities were reported in November, four in October and five in September.
With the new cases, the Covid infection tally in the city climbed to 14,41,514. Of this, over 14.16 lakh patients have recovered. The death toll was 25,100. (PTI)
Five people, including a cab driver and a goldsmith, were arrested here in a case in which people were offered lifts and then robbed of their valuables, police said on Wednesday. One of them, Vijay Kumar, used to offer rides to single passengers to their destination at a nominal price and then loot them after travelling a short distance from the pick-up point, they said.
Besides Kumar, a resident of Mangolpuri, Shahnoor and Arif, both residents of Khajoori, and goldsmith Sunny Verma, and Sazid were also arrested, police said. Verma and Sazid have been released for now, they said. (PTI)
Authorities here on Wednesday issued show-cause notices to Air India and Vistara for not complying with passenger boarding guidelines issued by the Centre following the emergence of Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
They said four international passengers, one in Air India and three from Vistara, were allowed to board flights without filling their self-declaration forms (SDF).
According to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on November 30, airlines are directed to allow boarding to only those international passengers who have filled up their personal details on Air Suvidha portal and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report.
The Vasant Vihar sub-divisional magistrate under New Delhi district has asked the deputy general manager of Air India and the airport manager of Vistara to respond to the show-cause notices within 24 hours “without fail”. (PTI)
The Delhi University has sought Rs 100 crore from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for starting three BTech programmes — Computer Science, Electronics and Communications and Electrical Engineering — under its Faculty of Technology for setting up infrastructure facilities.
According to a proposal submitted by the university to the UGC, it has requested that positions for teaching and non-teaching staff be sanctioned at the earliest so that the programmes can be initiated.
“In order to implement this initiative and further the cause of implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) through introduction of the Btech courses mentioned above, the university would require Rs 100 crore as financial support to set up infrastructure facilities in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms and other attendant facilities.
“The university would require Rs 25 crore annually for next four financial years with effect from 2021-22,” according to the proposal. (PTI)
Delhi’s INA fruit and vegetable market becomes the first market to be certified as the ‘clean and fresh fruit and vegetable market’ in the national capital by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), said an official statement.
The FSSAI ‘Clean and Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Market’ aims to revolutionise fruit and vegetable markets by promoting availability of safe and hygienic fruits and vegetables to consumers.
“INA fruit and vegetable market is the first market to be certified “clean and fresh fruit and vegetable market” by @fssaiindia as the hard work of FSD team South East bore fruit.  @LtGovDelhi @MoHFW_INDIA @CMODelhi @SaJa_Office @DelhiDfw @msisodia @KumarBibhav @vinodtweets007,” tweeted the Delhi government’s Food Safety department on Tuesday.
To get the certification, a pre-audit of the market was carried out wherein the food business operators (FBO) of INA Fruit and Vegetable Market were jointly inspected by the state regulatory authority and FSSAI empanelled auditing agency, it said in a statement. (PTI)
Two alleged sharpshooters of Kala Jathedi gang were arrested from northwest Delhi’s Bharat Nagar area, police said on Wednesday. The accused have been identified as Ankit (18), a resident of Jaunti village, and Aashu (18), a resident of Kutubhgarh village, they said.
Police made the arrests on Tuesday during a patrol in Sangam Park area. When they were passing through the underpass road, near Gufa wala Mandir around 7.30 pm, they saw two persons coming on a motorcycle without number plate, a senior police officer said.
When the accused saw the police, they tried to flee but were intercepted, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (northwest) Usha Rangnani. Two semi-automatic pistols along with four live cartridges were recovered from their possession and their bike was also found stolen from Adarsh Nagar area, the officer added. (PTI)
A statement issued by SKM reads: “Samyukta Kisan Morcha confirms to have received a revised draft proposal from the Government of India and that a consensus has been arrived at within SKM, accepting the proposal. Now, a formal communication signed on the Government’s letterhead is awaited. SKM will meet again tomorrow at twelve noon, at Singhu Border, to take a formal decision thereafter to lift the morchas.”
Yogendra Yadav says, “In the new draft proposal of the government, sarkar se saath saari maangon par purn sehmati ban gyi hai. Another SKM meeting has been called for 12 pm tomorrow. Agar ye sabb aupcharik tareeke se mohar lag kar kal aa jaega, tab future course decide karenge.”
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought response from AAP leader Raghav Chadha and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on BJP leader Ramvir Singh Biduri’s challenge to the summons issued to him on their defamation complaint and stayed the trial court proceedings in the case. The case was heard by Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri who listed it for further hearing in March.
The Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly contended in his petition that the defamation complaint and proceedings against him are an abuse of process of law. The complaint, filed jointly by DJB vice chairperson and Chadha, claimed that Biduri and other BJP leaders indulged in a malicious campaign to tarnish their reputation.
The complaint had alleged that on January 21, a press conference was held by the accused persons who levelled allegations of corruption against DJB and Chadha. According to the complaint, the accused had deliberately made defamatory statements in spite of knowing that such allegations were false and would tarnish the image of complainants. (PTI)
A Delhi court while dismissing a suit on trademark infringement earlier this month borrowed from poems written by American poets, and a verse from the Bhagavad Gita.
The District Judge (Commercial Court) at Tis Hazari court, Man Mohan Singh, passed the order on December 1, ruling in favour of the defendant, Hiveloop Technology Private Ltd, which was taken to court by the plaintiff, TTK Prestige Ltd, a kitchen appliances manufacturer, for allegedly selling its products without consent.
The court passed a summary judgment in which it decided the issue without ordering a trial. However, to substantiate the need to “save precious time by focusing on the areas of actual dispute”, the court relied on the poems. Read more
SKM meeting at Singhu border about to begin. AIKS president Ashok Dawale says, “After the SKM meeting yesterday, we submitted our objections in the draft proposal to the government. Today morning, the government sent a revised draft addressing some of those concerns. We will discuss them in the meeting and take a call on the future course of the agitation.”
The Delhi High Court Tuesday said its confidence in the administration of Jamia Millia Islamia was “severely shaken” and slammed it for taking an ambiguous stand on the admission policy of its schools. By the end of the day, the university apologised to the court, withdrew its December 1 policy and submitted a new policy before it.
Jamia Millia Islamia runs Mushir Fatima Nursery School, Jamia Middle School, Jamia Senior Secondary School and Syed Abid Husain Senior Secondary School. A petition before the court accused the university of engaging in “nepotism and favouritism” in admissions to the paid category seats of Syed Abid Husain Senior Secondary School. The varsity termed the allegation vague and baseless. Read more
Actor Jacqueline Fernandez on Wednesday appeared before the ED here for a fresh round of questioning in a money laundering investigation involving alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar and others.
The agency will record the statement of the 36-year-old actor under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), officials said.
She has been grilled by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) earlier at least twice in this case during which she was also confronted with Chandrshekhar. Read more
The air quality in Delhi is likely to be in the ‘poor’ to ‘moderate’ category on Wednesday, the Air Quality Early Warning System forecast informed.
AQI between 201 and 300 is considered ‘poor’, while that which falls in the 101 to 200 range is categorised as ‘moderate.’ On Tuesday, the 24-hour average AQI for the city was 255. Read more
For over three decades, 67-year-old Manori called a two-storey building in Northeast Delhi’s Bhagirathi Vihar her home.
Since February 2020, however, the structure has undergone a makeover, with the red bricks outside giving way to a coat of blue and saffron flower patterns adorning the walls. Underneath the fresh coat of paint, though, are old scars — of her home being set ablaze during the riots.
On February 25, a mob of over 100 barged into the house and set it ablaze. Manori escaped with her daughter and two grandchildren, and spent the next month in a relative’s home. Read more
A Delhi court has framed charges of rioting and attempt to murder against Shahrukh Pathan, who had allegedly pointed a gun at a police officer during the 2020 Delhi riots, while rejecting his plea seeking discharge.
A photograph of Pathan pointing a gun at Delhi Police Head Constable Deepak Dahiya had surfaced on social media during the communal riots last year. He was arrested on March 3, 2020, and is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.
While framing the charges, additional sessions judge Amitabh Rawat said it was quite apparent that Pathan led a group of rioters, attempted on Dahiya’s life, obstructed and used criminal force on a public servant on February 24, 2020.
The judge charged Pathan under sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting armed with a deadly weapon), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of duty), and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC. —PTI
Dismissing a man’s plea challenging the payment of maintenance to his estranged wife, a Delhi court said an aggrieved woman needs economic support and that every able-bodied man is bound to maintain his wife and not give excuses.
Principal District and Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar passed the order on December 2 observing, “It is settled law that the appellant, being the husband of the respondent, cannot escape from his moral duty of providing maintenance to his wife. The Domestic Violence Act, 2005, is aimed at strengthening the economic independence of a woman.” Read more
“It is not entirely clear when when all our demands will be met. If we go back and the government delays, then it will be a problem for us. We will not move till all our demands are met” said BKU chief Gurnam Singh Charuni at a meeting held in New Delhi today.
The Delhi transport department and the traffic police have impounded as many as 1,882 diesel cars older than 10 years and petrol cars older than 15 years between November 17 and December 6, data from the environment department of the Delhi government has revealed.
The enforcement drive was ramped up following the deterioration in air quality in the national capital. Read more
Four more international travellers were sent to the Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi on Tuesday to test them for the presence of the Omicron variant of novel coronavirus. Thirty international travellers are currently admitted at the hospital and among these, 25 have tested positive for Covid-19 and five are suspected cases or contacts of those who tested positive.
There has been only one confirmed case of the Omicron variant in Delhi. Genome sequencing reports of around 18 people are awaited. Read more 
Manori at her home, which was rebuilt after being set ablaze during the riots. (Express photo)
For over three decades, 67-year-old Manori called a two-storey building in Northeast Delhi’s Bhagirathi Vihar her home.
Since February 2020, however, the structure has undergone a makeover, with the red bricks outside giving way to a coat of blue and saffron flower patterns adorning the walls. Underneath the fresh coat of paint, though, are old scars — of her home being set ablaze during the riots.
On February 25, a mob of over 100 barged into the house and set it ablaze. Manori escaped with her daughter and two grandchildren, and spent the next month in a relative’s home.
When The Indian Express spoke to Manori on Tuesday, she was unaware of the development. “The punishment has been given but I don’t know if I should feel happy,” she said. “I don’t feel safe here. I still remember the day I ran out of my house with just one pair of clothes, clutching my daughter’s hands, running barefoot for my life. We lost everything that day. I still have nightmares of rioters outside. Pyaar mar gaya uss din, dil dukhta hai (love died that day, my heart still aches).”
Amid doctor strike at Centre-led hospitals, North MCD facilities also threaten stir over salary
With resident doctors at some Centre-run hospitals already on strike, the health crisis in the city could aggravate further as doctors under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation have also threatened to stage a stir.
Resident doctors of three Centre-run hospitals boycotted routine and emergency services starting Monday over delay in NEET-PG 2021 counselling. The services at RML Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and Lady Hardinge Hospital have been affected because of the protests.
Homeless man dies of cold: Delhi Police
A 46-year-old man is suspected to have died of cold in Delhi’s Narela area on Tuesday. Police said the man, who worked at a rice mill, was sleeping on the footpath and was found dead in the morning.
The deceased, Harinarayan Yadav, hailed from Darbhanga, Bihar and lived alone in Delhi.
Brijendra Yadav, DCP (Outer North), said, “We received a PCR call around 9 am about a body lying near the Narela-Bawana road. The man had died of cold. There were no visible injuries. His phone and Aadhaar card were found in his pocket.”

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