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Delhi News Highlights: Delhi reports nearly 300 new Covid-19 cases, one fatality; night curfew from Monday – The Indian Express

Delhi News Highlights: Delhi on Sunday reported 290 new Covid-19 cases and and one fatality, while the positivity rate rose to 0.55 percent, according to data shared by the Delhi government’s health department. With this, the cumulative tally rose to 14,43,352 while the death toll rose to 25,105. The number of active cases stands at 1,103, of which 583 patients are in home isolation. There has been an uptick in the number of cases in the last few days, amid a threat of the Omicron variant of the virus.
With the Covid positivity rate crossing the 0.5 per cent mark on Sunday, the Delhi government announced a night curfew in the city from Monday. The curfew will be in force between 11 pm and 5 am. Night curfew is already in force in Noida and Ghaziabad from Dec 25 between 11 pm and 5 am to check the spread of the virus. Delhi has detected 79 cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19, according to the Union Health Ministry report. This is second only to Maharashtra, which has recorded 141 Omicron cases so far.
The Air Quality Index in Delhi stayed in the severe category on Sunday morning with the AQI clocking 458 at 9 am, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed. The India Meteorological Department has predicted the possibility of light rain and thunder showers on Sunday night.
In another development, a group of people affiliated with several right-wing outfits entered a school in Gurugram during a celebration on Christmas Eve and disrupted the event, alleging that people from the Christian community had gathered there for “religious conversion”.
Days after a retired government school teacher died of cardiac arrest while trying to stop a carjacking bid, his family said he had stepped out to fill petrol in his WagonR so he could take his son for an exam the next morning when two men decided to steal the vehicle.
The incident took place on Thursday around 11 pm near G3S mall in Rohini’s Sector 11. The victim, Ramesh Chander Rana (65), tried to stop the accused by hanging on to the door. He was dragged on the road for a few metres before he collapsed and died. Read More
Light to moderate intensity rain to occur over and adjoining areas of a few places of Delhi, NCR during the next 2 hours: Indian Meteorological Department.
26/12/2021: 20:45 IST; Light to moderate intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of few places of Delhi , NCR ( Loni Dehat, Hindon AF Station, Ghaziabad, Indirapuram, Chhapraula, Noida, Dadri, Greater Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad) Panipat, Sonipat, Kharkhoda,

With the Covid positivity rate crossing the 0.5 per cent mark on Sunday, the Delhi government announced a night curfew in the city.
The city reported 290 cases at a positivity rate of 0.55 per cent on Sunday. One death was also reported. Read More
Over 21,900 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered to the inmates of three jails in the national capital so far, the Delhi Prisons Department said on Sunday. According to the officials, 21,970 doses — 15,152 first and 6,818 the second shot — have been administered till December 25.
As on Saturday, 10,707 Tihar jail inmates were given the first dose of Covid vaccine and 4,352 were given the second dose. In Rohini jail, 1,381 inmates got the first dose and 412 the second dose of vaccine, according to data. In Mandoli jail, 3,064 inmates got their first and 2,054 the second dose.
The prisons department launched a Covid vaccination drive for inmates over 45 years of age on March 18, while the inoculation of inmates in the 18-44-age group began on May 18. (PTI)
There is no end to the friction between a section of Delhi government school guest teachers and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia with the latter calling a protest held by the former in front of his residence, one by Congress politicians and workers.
A protest led by the All India Guest Teachers’ Association (AIGTA), attended by hundreds, was held in front of Sisodia’s residence on Saturday with the demand of regularisation or a policy that will enable them to work till the age of 60.

The air quality index in Delhi was recorded in the severe category on Sunday morning with the AQI clocking 458 at 9 am in Delhi, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed. 
The AQI in Faridabad was 445 while in Ghaziabad it was 418, Greater Noida 415, Gurgaon 373 and Noida 430.
The India Meteorological Department has predicted the possibility of light rain and thunder showers on Sunday night. The city experienced shallow to moderate fog today morning.The minimum temperature settled at 9.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal. .
A musical on the life of Babasaheb Ambedkar, organised by the Delhi government and slated for release on January 5, has been postponed because of rising Covid cases, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Sunday.
“Delhi Govt had planned a grand show on the life of Babasaheb Ambedkar from 5th January, in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. However, this show is being postponed in light of rising Covid cases. We shall announce a new date as soon as the situation improves,” he tweeted.
There has been a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the capital, with new cases crossing the 200-mark for the first time since mid-June. Delhi on Saturday reported 249 new cases of the infection which is the highest since June 13 when 255 new cases were reported, as per the data. This week, over 144 cases were reported on average each day in comparison to over 70 cases last week and 51.4 cases on average the week before.
The data also showed that Delhi reported another death due to the infection, which is the fourth death in a week. There were no deaths recorded in the nine days before that.
A group of people affiliated with several right-wing outfits entered a school in Pataudi during a celebration on Christmas Eve and disrupted the event, alleging that people from the Christian community had gathered there for “religious conversion”.
According to police, the incident took place at 5 pm at SBD Public School on Friday. Amit Kumar, SHO Pataudi, said, “We got to know of the incident from video clips. The school’s owner had given the premises to some people for a Christmas celebration. Some men arrived and raised slogans, they thought that religious conversion was happening. They left after the school owner requested them to, saying it was a Christmas event. We have not received any complaint.” (With Pavneet Singh Chadha)
Water supply will be disrupted in parts of Delhi on Monday. 
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) said in a statement that water supply is likely to be affected in Panchsheel Enclave, Akbar Road, Sarojini Nagar, Chanakyapuri, Safdarjung, Race Course, Maulana Azad Road, Sujan Singh Park,  Mayur Vihar Phase-2, and Satya Niketan area. 
The DJB said that the disruption in supply is due to annual flushing of the underground reservoir. 
Residents are advised to store sufficient quantity of water, the DJB statement said. The DJB will also provide for water tankers if necessary. –ENS
A closed shop between two open shops at Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar market after the state government ordered the market to operate on an odd-even basis on Dec 25 and 26, amid rising cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Delhi on Saturday recorded 249 Covid-19 cases and 1 death taking the cumulative count of infections to 1,443,062 and the toll to 25,104. The Covid positivity rate in the national capital stood at 0.43%.
Water supply will be affected in several areas in Delhi on December 27 due to the annual flushing of underground reservoirs and pumping stations, the Delhi Jal Board said on Saturday.
In a statement, the DJB said residents are advised to stock sufficient quantity of water. Due to the annual programme for flushing of underground reservoirs and pumping stations, water supply will be affected in certain areas on December 27, it said. (PTI)
The Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch has arrested the public health inspector of North MCD for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 1,75,000 for providing a health trade licence to run a spa here, officials said on Saturday.
The action was taken against Harish Kumar, the public health inspector, after the spa owner approached the Anti-Corruption Branch on Friday.
“Our team was dispatched immediately to Kumar’s house, who is an employee working as the public health inspector, Karol Bagh Zone, Health department of North MCD where he was caught red handed while accepting Rs 40,000 as an initial instalment for providing a health trade licence to the spa,” said SK Gautam, special commissioner of police (Anti-Corruption Branch) of the Delhi government.
A case was filed against him under Section 07 POC (Prevention of Corruption) Act on Friday and further investigation was underway, he said. (PTI)
Faridabad Police on Friday arrested an auto driver for allegedly murdering his friend.
According to the police, an unidentified body was found near a canal in Ballabgarh, Faridabad on September 30. The Crime Branch later found that the body was that of Sunny, a resident of SGM Nagar, Faridabad. Sunny had gone missing from September 28, and his family had filed a missing persons’ complaint on October 4. (Read more)
A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the high courts to take appropriate steps to adopt a uniform procedure for case registration and to use common judicial terms, phrases and abbreviations.
The plea, filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, has also sought directions to the Law Commission to prepare a report in consultation with the high courts to ensure uniformity in judicial terms, phrases, abbreviations, case registration process and court fee.
“The terminology used by different High Courts for different types of cases is not uniform. This non-uniformity causes inconvenience not just to the general public but, in many cases, to the advocates and the authorities as well.
“Not just the terms used by them to refer to the same types of cases are different but even the abbreviations used to refer to these terms are different in case the same term is used. It is inexplicable as to why there is a difference in terminologies, procedure, court fees etc., within courts when all are governed by the same laws,” said the plea filed through advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey. (PTI)
With Delhi seeing a slight uptick in Covid cases, the district administrations have strengthened the enforcement drive across the city. All 11 districts each have deployed 25-100 enforcement teams and flying squads to carry out surprise inspections and raids at public places such as markets, malls, pubs, restaurants, and bars to ensure no large social and cultural gatherings take place.
On Thursday, Delhi Police and the South District administration sealed and registered an FIR against a popular club in Mehrauli for crowding and violating Covid protocols. “As many as 600 people were at the pub; there was no social distancing,” said  Sonalika Jiwani, South District Magistrate. (Read more)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tributes to former prime minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary.
Born in Gwalior in 1924, Vajpayee was the face of the BJP for decades and was the first non-Congress prime minister to have served a full term in office. 
Modi tweeted, “Remembering Atal Ji on his Jayanti. We are inspired by his rich service to the nation. He devoted his life towards making India strong and developed. His development initiatives positively impacted millions of Indians.” (PTI)
A total of 415 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected in India so far, out of which 115 have recovered or migrated, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data updated on Saturday.
Maharashtra has recorded a maximum of 108 Omicron cases, followed by Delhi at 79, Gujarat 43, Telangana 38, Kerala 37, Tamil Nadu 34 and Karnataka 31.
India’s Covid tally rose to 3,47,79,815 with 7,189 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, while the active cases have declined to 77,032, according to the data updated at 8 am. The death toll climbed to 4,79,520 with 387 more fatalities, the data showed. (PTI)
BJP launches signature campaign against Delhi’s new liquor policy
Meenakshi Lekhi during the campaign.
The Delhi BJP unit has launched a signature campaign against the new excise policy of the AAP-led government across the city.
The campaign started from Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place Wednesday Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi and Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta will continue till December 31. The party aims to obtain signatures of 15 lakh people, which would be later sent to President Ram Nath Kovind so that the policy can be withdrawn, said Gupta.
‘Gangster’ shot in leg: Delhi Court calls probe team’s handling of case ‘dubious’
Observing that the investigation agency has handled the case in the “most dubious manner”, a Delhi court Monday granted bail to an alleged gangster, Rohit Gehlot, who was shot in the leg by the Dwarka district police last month.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Kumar Meena said in his order, “The investigation agency has handled this case in the most dubious manner, not only the arrest of accused/applicant is made under highly suspicious circumstances, but also his role is under clouds in the present FIR. The only allegation against the accused is that he provided arms to the main accused, Arjun and Sonu. The arms have already been recovered from the main accused. This case is a fit case where the accused/applicant must be granted bail.”