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Delhi News Highlights: Delhi logs 1,094 Covid cases, 2 deaths; positivity rate climbs to 4.82% – The Indian Express

Delhi News: Delhi on Saturday reported 1,094 fresh Covid-19 cases at a positivity rate of 4.82 per cent; and two deaths. With today’s addition, the accumulative caseload rose to 18,73,793 and the toll to 26,166. The number of active cases stood at 3,705. The capital had recorded 1,042 cases at a positivity rate of 4.64 per cent, and two deaths on Friday. Delhi’s R-value, which indicates the spread of Covid-19 was recorded at 2.1 this week. This indicates that every infected person is infecting two others in national capital, according to an IIT-Madras analysis, news agency PTI reported. Amid the spike, masks have been mandatory in public places with immediate effect.
Heatwave conditions are likely to return to Delhi next week when the maximum temperature could rise to 44 degrees Celsius on April 28 and 29, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast. On Saturday, the maximum temperature is likely to touch 40 degrees Celsius along with strong wind conditions.
In other news, the Enforcement Directorate has registered a money laundering case against various suspects of the recent Jahangirpuri violence case including prime accused Mohammed Ansar, officials said on Saturday.Clashes broke out between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti procession in northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri on April 16, leaving eight police personnel and a local resident injured.
The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance Friday issued a gazette notification announcing the minting of a 100 rupee commemorative coin on the occasion of Delhi University’s centenary year.
“The coin of one hundred Rupees denomination shall only be coined at the mint for issue under the authority of the central government on the occasion of, “CENTENARY YEAR OF UNIVERSITY OF DELHI”,” Manisha Sinha, Joint Secretary (Coin and Currency) said in a notification dated April 22.
As per the notification, the coin will be a circular 44-millimetre coin with 200 serrations. It will be made of an alloy consisting of 50% silver, 40% copper, and 5% each zinc and nickel, weighing 35 grams. Read More
A week after communal violence broke out in Northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, and three days after a demolition drive was carried out in the area, residents are trying to return to their regular lives and businesses amid heavy deployment of police and CRPF personnel.
Sheikh Sabdar, who runs a small grocery store in one of the bylanes of C block, pointed to a gate near his store that opens out onto the main road. “The gate has been shut all these days, ever since the incident a week ago. It was opened today. I have been opening the store over the past week, but a little later than usual and not too early in the morning,” he said.
The main road is barricaded on both ends, with several personnel deployed on the road and standing guard at some of the gates that lead into the bylanes. Pedestrians were allowed past the barricades, but not vehicles. Read More
Days after a BJP worker was shot dead outside his house in East Delhi’s Mayur Vihar, police arrested four men in connection with the case. Police said the accused, who lived near the victim’s house, wanted to take revenge on him.
According to police, on Wednesday night, the assailants called Jitender Chaudhary outside his house on the pretext of work and shot him dead. Locals informed police that Chaudhary was shot multiple times and had been rushed to Metro Hospital in Noida, where he was declared dead on arrival. Police recovered empty cartridges from the spot and conducted a local enquiry. Read More
With 1,094 cases on Saturday, the Covid-19 trajectory in the capital seems to have stagnated, at least for the time being.
There were around 1,000 cases recorded in Delhi over the last four days, as per the daily health bulletin shared by the government. The positivity rate – proportion of samples tested that return positive, which is indicative of the spread of the infection in a geographical area – has also remained between 4.6 and 4.8% over the last three days, when the daily tests went up and averages at the current 21,890. Read More
A Delhi court sent five men booked under the National Security Act (NSA), in connection with the communal clashes which took place in Jahangirpuri, to police custody for eight days.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Satvir Singh Lamba sent accused Ansar, Salim, Ahir, Dilshad and Sonu to eight-day custodial interrogation after police told the court that remand is required to confront all co-accused persons with each other to link the chain of the incident and to ascertain the role of each accused person properly. Read More
The residents of northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri are struggling to make ends meet and suffering due to the restrictions imposed in the area in the wake of the clashes last week, Trinamool Congress MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar claimed on Saturday.
Dastidar, who led an all-women fact-finding team of the TMC to Jahangirpuri on Friday, alleged residents of Jahangirpuri’s C-Block, the epicentre of the April 16 violence, have been “caged” and are not allowed to come out.
She told PTI that the team found that people are “under threat” and living in fear. They also complained of restricted access to water. (PTI)
Four men were arrested in connection with the murder case of local BJP leader Jitu Chaudhary, who was shot dead in Mayur Vihar phase-III earlier this week. One of the accused told the police that Jitu had slapped him in front of his girlfriend and he decided to take revenge.
Issuing a strongly-worded advisory on Saturday, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting pulled up satellite TV channels for their coverage the recent communal tensions in North-west Delhi. Under the provisions laid down in the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, the I&B ministry warned that the Central government may regulate or prohibit the transmission of a channel or programme if it “considers it necessary”.
The ministry, in its advisory, said that certain channels have been covering events and incidents in a manner “that appears to be unauthentic, misleading, sensational and using socially unacceptable language and remarks, offending good taste and decency”. Read more here
Heatwave conditions are likely to return to Delhi next week when the maximum temperature could rise to 44 degrees Celsius on April 28 and 29, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast.
On Saturday, the maximum temperature is likely to touch 40 degrees Celsius again, after two days of respite when it remained below the 40-degree mark at the Safdarjung weather observatory. The maximum temperature on Friday was 39.3 degrees Celsius, while it stood at 35.2 degrees on Thursday. Strong winds are on the forecast for Saturday.
The Enforcement Directorate has registered a money laundering case against various suspects of the recent Jahangirpuri violence case including prime accused Mohammed Ansar, officials said on Saturday. An Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), the ED’s equivalent of a police FIR, has been filed by the federal agency under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana had recently written to the ED recommending a probe by the agency. He cited preliminary findings made by his officers in the case and the First Information Reports (FIRs) filed by them.
Delhi’s R-value, which indicates the spread of Covid-19 was recorded at 2.1 this week. This indicates that every infected person is infecting two others in national capital, according to an IIT-Madras analysis.
Among the shops targeted by bulldozers during the North MCD’s demolition drive in Jahangirpuri is one owned by the family of two men arrested in connection with the violence on Hanuman Jayanti. Police had picked up Akshar (26) and his brother Mukhtyaar Ali (28) on April 17, a day after the violence.
They claim the two have a criminal record. “They have involvement in previous cases of assault and Arms Act. We have technical evidence against them,” said an officer.


After communal violence broke out in Northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri on April 16, police in districts across the national capital have ramped up patrolling, along with using drones for surveillance and holding frequent Aman (peace) Committee meetings. 
While Aman Committee meetings and deployment of drones are typically not frequent, the incident in Jahangirpuri has prompted intensified measures, the DCP (Central) Shweta Chauhan. 
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The Supreme Court Friday agreed to take up for hearing on April 25 a petition against the proposed removal of shanties in Sarojini Nagar. Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, before whom the matter was mentioned for urgent hearing, said it will be listed before an appropriate bench on that day.
The special leave petition challenges the Delhi High Court order declining to interfere with an order refusing to direct rehabilitation of the slum dwellers.
Gautam Buddh Nagar, adjoining Delhi, recorded 107 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, with the number of active infections in the district crossing the 500-mark, officials said. The number of active cases in the district stands at 569, the health department said in an update. According to the official figures, there were 107 new cases reported from Gautam Buddh Nagar since Thursday while 75 patients also got cured during the period.
Unfazed by the criticism over demolition drive in Jahangirpuri, BJP-ruled south and east civic bodies on Friday said they will intensify anti-encroachment drives in their jurisdictions and will continue to identify structures encroaching public land. South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations have said that regular meetings to identify encroachment sites and to conduct anti-encroachment drives are being held in both the municipalities.
Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta had earlier written to mayors of both the corporations for removal of encroachments “by Rohingyas, Bangladeshis and anti-social elements” in their areas. “We are going to intensify our anti-encroachment drives. No one (encroacher) will be spared. Today (Friday) also we held a meeting with officials and identified several sites in SDMC jurisdiction. More places are being added and by Monday we will have a final list and an action will then be carried out accordingly,” Suryan told news agency PTI.
Delhi logged 1,042 fresh Covid cases with a positivity rate of 4.64 per cent while two persons died due to the infection, according to data shared by the city health department on Friday. A total of 22,442 tests were conducted in the city a day ago, the data showed. The cumulative caseload in the national capital stands at 18,72,699 while the death toll is 26,164.
Delhi had reported one death and 965 Covid cases with a positivity rate of 4.71 per cent on Thursday. It had logged one death and 1,009 Covid cases on Wednesday with a positivity rate of 5.7 per cent. 
The Supreme Court Friday agreed to take up for hearing on April 25 a petition against the proposed removal of shanties in Sarojini Nagar.
Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, before whom the matter was mentioned for urgent hearing, said it will be listed before an appropriate bench on that day.
The special leave petition challenges the Delhi High Court order declining to interfere with an order refusing to direct rehabilitation of the slum dwellers. Read More
In their first webinar to acquaint applicants with the new admission process, Delhi University officials have encouraged candidates to appear in all papers they had in class XII as well as the general aptitude paper in the Central Universities Entrance Test (CUET).
With the adoption of the CUET for all undergraduate admissions this year, the admission process at DU will be different from that of the previous years. Candidates have been especially concerned about the subjects they need to appear in the exam to be eligible for courses of their choice.
On Friday, DU held the first webinar, which is a part of a series, to resolve applicants’ queries on the process. Most of the queries raised by aspirants were on whether they may apply for a programme which they did not have as a subject in class XII, whether they need any particular subject to be eligible for a programme and whether they need to appear in Paper 3 or the general aptitude paper. Read More
Police action was taken against 17 DJs Thursday as part of a drive to curb noise pollution. All police stations have been instructed to take cognizance of noise pollution activities and take necessary action. Notices have been issued to marriage homes, DJs and religious places across the district to comply with court orders regarding permissible noise limits.
“Notices for compliance of orders concerning noise pollution have been issued to religious leaders, marriage homes and DJs. It was found that 17 DJs had been violating the norms and their set-ups were seized. Further checking will be carried out by individual stations,” said Noida Police in a statement. Read More
A view of the site where anti-encroachment drive was carried out at Jahangirpuri in New Delhi. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)
The North MCD, which was unusually quick to carry out the demolition drive in Jahangirpuri on Wednesday, has the highest pendency among all civic and government agencies in Delhi when it comes to acting against encroachment and unauthorised construction. As per data from the Special Task Force set up to clear encroachments and unauthorised constructions in the capital, 3,903 complaints are pending with the North MCD since the STF was formed in 2018 till April 15, 2022. In contrast, South MCD has 1,097 pending complaints, East has 594, DDA has 1,186 and the revenue department has 266.
Data till April 18 also shows that the North MCD has 1,772 complaints pending for a month. In the same period, 459 complaints were pending with the South MCD, 331 with the EDMC and 134 with the DDA.
The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday conducted searches in Delhi and Gurugram at multiple premises associated with Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) in connection with a case of foreign exchange violations. “It is an ongoing investigation where JSPL had made some foreign remittances in violation of RBI guidelines and thus stands in contravention of the Foreign Exchange Management Act,” an ED official said.
Navin Jindal, an industrialist and a Congress leader from Haryana, was booked by the CBI in a coal blocks allocation case in 2013. He was chargesheeted in two separate coal blocks cases in 2016 and 2017. The ED, which opened a money-laundering inquiry against him, has also filed a chargesheet in the case. A Delhi court framed charges against Jindal in one of the cases.
The Child Rights Commissions of Delhi, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Punjab and Chandigarh have objected to an amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act that made certain crimes against minors non-cognisable, it is learnt. They recommended in a joint letter to the Centre that the law be taken up in Parliament for further amendment and its date of commencement not be notified.
The Juvenile Justice Act 2015 was amended in 2021. Among the changes to the 2015 Act is one in Section 86 (2) which stated “When an offence under this act is punishable with imprisonment for a term of three years and above, but not more than seven years, then such an offence shall be cognizable, non-bailable and triable by a Magistrate of First class.”

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