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Delhi News Highlights: Delhi logs 90 new Covid cases; Jamia Millia to hold UG admissions through CUET only for 8 courses – The Indian Express

Delhi News Highlights: Delhi on Monday reported 90 fresh Covid-19 cases at a positivity rate of 0.53 per cent and zero death. With the latest addition, the cumulative number of infections rose to 18,64,639, while the toll remained at 26,151. The number of active cases stood at 444 on Monday. On Sunday, the city had recorded 71 new Covid-19 cases and one death.
Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University will hold admissions through the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) only for eight selected courses. Admissions for the remaining courses will be held as per earlier practice. Earlier on Monday, UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar had said that eight deemed-to-be universities including the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and Jamia Hamdard have expressed a desire to use CUET scores to admit students to undergraduate courses.
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A massive fire broke out at a landfill site in East Delhi’s Ghazipur on Monday afternoon. Officials said the fire has spread across the dumping yard and to nearby areas. The cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet. No casualty has been reported. Delhi Fire Services (DFS) said that they received a call around 2.27 pm, after which around 50 firemen were deployed to control the blaze. Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai has directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to submit a fact-finding report on the incident within 24 hours, news agency PTI reported.
Alleging that AAP councillors were trying to shut down ‘Jan Rasois’ (community kitchens) and a library run by East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir, local BJP leaders staged protests at several places in his parliamentary constituency, said a statement from his office on Monday.
BJP leaders in Shahdara, Mayur Vihar, Trilokpuri and other parts of East Delhi staged protests against the attempts of the AAP to close down the community kitchens, said the statement.
“The AAP councillors in the East Delhi Municipal Corporation have been demanding that the community kitchens and library opened by the BJP MP at the corporation’s dhalaos (garbage collection points) should be closed,” said a close aide of Gambhir. (PTI)
Apex child rights body NCPCR on Monday sought an explantation from the Delhi government for not informing it about the issue of children running away from child care institutions in the national capital.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, while addressing a press conference on Delhi budget on Saturday, said Rs 10 crore has been set aside for street children and a state-of-the-art school would be built for them in which they would get all facilities. Kejriwal also said that till now, children were “grabbed” and put in child care homes, where they were not taken care of properly, prompting them to run away.
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) chairperson Priyank Kanoongo said the body has conducted four monthly meetings with all states and union territories, but the Department of Women and Child Development of the Delhi government never brought up the issue of children running away from child care homes. (PTI)
From connecting with parents to getting their bus services ready, schools in Delhi are preparing to welcome back all their students and operate at full capacity later this week.
On April 1, city schools will begin the 2022-2023 academic session and move completely offline since the start of the pandemic. This means that students will no longer have the option of attending classes online.
Across government schools, efforts are underway for all School Management Committee (SMC) members and parent volunteers called school mitras — each of whom have been put in charge of staying in touch with parents of 50 students who reside in their locality or a neighbouring locality — to conduct physical meetings with the parents to whom they are linked. Among their tasks is to encourage sustained attendance, including over the summer months of May and June. Read More
Delhi recorded its hottest day of the season at 39.1 degrees Celsius, seven notches above the season’s average, with the temperature expected to rise further in the next couple of days.
At many places in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), the maximum temperature was recorded at 40 degrees Celsius. Narela recorded the maximum temperature at 42 degrees Celsius, 10 notches above the normal.
The MeT Department has predicted severe heatwave conditions for the next two days at a few places in Delhi. The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 40 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature is likely to hover around 22 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. For the plains, a “heat wave” is declared when the maximum temperature is more than 40 degrees Celsius, and at least 4.5 notches above normal. A “severe” heat wave is declared if departure from normal temperature is more than 6.5 degrees Celsius, according to the IMD. (PTI)
The Delhi High Court has stressed on the need to preserve and protect the iconic Regal Building at Connaught Place after a survey by an IIT-Delhi team revealed that the top slab of the building is at high risk of further collapse and recommended immediate vacation of the top floor. The normal expected life of the building is already over as it is over 80 years old, IIT-Delhi has said in its report before court.
“Perusal of the report indicates that major structural additions, alterations, repair would be required to secure the structural integrity of the building. The building is a heritage building and, as such, the heritage structure of the building has to be protected and preserved,” said Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva in an order.
A team of IIT-Delhi had conducted an inspection of the property last month and recommended a detailed structural analysis of the building to identify potential weaknesses in the structure. The team also advised against any ad-hoc modification or repair. Read More
The Delhi High Court criticised Twitter on Monday for its reluctance to block the account of an atheist organisation accused of repeatedly posting “blasphemous” content about a Hindu goddess, and said the site would have been more sensitive had the content been related to any other religion.
While hearing a petition seeking removal of the content, the court directed the Centre to examine the tweets by the user @atheistrepublic, and see whether a blocking order was called for under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. It also ordered @atheistrepublic to disclose its location and other information about it. Twitter told the court a first information report had been registered by the police in Karnataka and six tweets removed.
Stating that the tweets were removed only after orders were passed, the court chastised the social media platform for allegedly not using its own judgement to block users posting offensive content. “We would like you to show us that only when there is a court order … which means that you will not use your own sense of judgement, your intellect, when you find something absolutely, brazenly blasphemous or brazenly offending the sentiments of the people,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla said. Read More
Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel rejected BJP MLA Vijender Gupta’s plea to allow a condemnation motion to be passed in the Assembly over Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s remarks on the Kashmiri Pandits exodus.
Gupta had moved the condemnation motion and demanded an apology from Kejriwal, terming his remarks on the exodus “insensitive”. ‘ In the motion, Gupta stated that Kejriwal’s remarks on March 25 in which he called the movie ‘The Kashmir Files’ a “lie” has hurt the sentiments of Kashmiri Hindus worldwide.
Opposition members staged a protest when the motion was rejected. Gupta was marshalled out while the rest of the opposition walked out in protest. (PTI)
A SpiceJet plane was damaged on Monday when its wing hit a lightning pole at the Delhi airport when the aircraft was being pushed back from the parking position to be ready for take-off to Jammu.
However, no passengers were injured in the incident that took place around 9.20 am. The staffers removed the passengers from the flight immediately and moved them to another plane. Read More
A fire broke out at the dumping yard of east Delhi’s Ghazipur area on Monday, fire officials said.Six fire tenders have reached the spot to bring the blaze under control, they said. A call was received around 2.30 pm about a fire in Khaata at Ghazipur, they said.

A Delhi court extended the judicial custody of Chitra Ramkrishna, former managing director and chief executive of the National Stock Exchange (NSE), on Monday in the case of alleged stock market manipulation.
Special Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal extended Ramkrishna’s judicial custody till April 11. The court will then hear her bail application, to which the CBI has been asked to respond by April 8.
On March 24, the court refused bail to former NSE group operating officer Anand Subramanian. Read More
An Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi startup has developed an “affordable high-performance medical textile”, which claims to “destroy around 99.9% of the bacteria and viruses within 30 minutes”. The product, Fabium, has been developed by a start-up called Fabiosys Innovations. Read more
With the doorstep delivery of ration – a scheme that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has not been able to implement following objections raised by the Centre – being announced by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that soon the whole country will ask for the scheme to be implemented. Read more
Services on a section of the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro were delayed for nearly an hour on Monday due to some signalling issue, officials said.
‘The delay is on account of some signalling issue,’ a senior official said. DMRC tweeted at 11:50 AM, informing that normal services have resumed. (PTI)
Magenta Line Update

Delay in services between Janakpuri West and Terminal-1 IGI Airport.

Normal service on all other lines.
Two boys sustained severe injuries after a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder caught fire and exploded inside their house in Central Delhi’s Ranjeet Nagar on Monday, said the police. The injured, identified as Ritesh (18) and Anshuman (16), sustained 30-45 per cent burn injuries in the explosion, which happened when they were alone in their house, said the police. Read more
The Delhi Assembly proceedings were adjourned for 15 minutes on Monday morning after AAP MLAs entered the well of the House shouting slogans over “derogatory” remarks made by Delhi BJP president Adesh Kumar Gupta against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
As soon as the House assembled in the morning, AAP MLA Mohinder Goel demanded an apology from Gupta and a censure motion against him.
“A censure motion needs to be brought in the House against Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta for his derogatory remark against CM Arvind Kejriwal. The Leader of Opposition should tender an apology,” he said. (PTI)
An unidentified person was booked for allegedly claiming to be gangster Neeraj Bawana and making an extortion call to a city-based businessman, threatening the victim with dire consequences if he did not pay Rs 50 lakh within two days, the police said. Read more
The pace of Covid-19 vaccination in Delhi has remained high and steady over the last one week, with 70,000-85,000 shots being administered each day, barring Sunday. Read more
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a rise in maximum temperatures by two to three degrees over most parts of northwest and central India during the next four days. Read more
Delhi Police has busted a fake international call centre in Jamia Nagar with the arrest of eight accused persons. From the investigation conducted so far, approximately transactions of 35 lakhs have been verified from computers seized from the accused persons, say police. (ANI)
Price of petrol and diesel in Delhi are at Rs 99.41 per litre and Rs 90.77 per litre respectively today (increased by 30 and 35 paise respectively). (ANI)
Senior BJP leaders, MPs, and party workers led by state president Adesh Gupta staged a protest near the Delhi Vidhan Sabha against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s statements on the film The Kashmir Files, even as the latter said the BJP was politicising the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. Former Union Health Minister and MP Harsh Vardhan said, “The development that took place in J&K in the past seven years has not happened in 60 years since Independence.”
Meanwhile, Delhi University’s Law Faculty cancelled a talk by senior advocate Prashant Bhushan on ‘Challenges to The Indian Constitution’ 20 minutes prior to the event, citing “unmanageable behaviour” by students. Bhushan, however, alleged there was pressure to cancel the event given the topic, and his stand against the current dispensation.
After he was denied entry to speak inside the Law Faculty campus, Bhushan ended up delivering a short lecture outside on the road.