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Delhi News Highlights: There will be no discount on liquor in Delhi now. Delhi Government issues order for discontinuing discounts/rebates/concessions on MRP of liquor.
The sixth evacuation flight from Budapest arrived in Delhi on Monday evening. Air India Pilot Shivani Kalra said, more than 200 students from Ukraine were rescued. Students said, most of the flights in Ukraine have been cancelled. They first crossed the Hungary border and reached Budapest where they had boarded the Air India flight. Their families welcomed them with garlands and bouquets.
Delhi recorded 258 fresh Covid-19 cases and zero deaths on Monday. The positivity rate stood at 0.71 per cent as of Monday evening.
The Supreme Court Monday dismissed an appeal challenging the stay of the Delhi High Court order which held that the Arvind Kejriwal government was bound by the promise made by him at a press conference to pay rent of tenants who were unable to pay the same during the Covid-19 lockdown.
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant observed that such a petition will not lie unless there is some notification or policy in pursuance of such remarks.
Justice Chandrachud quoted from the CM’s address and said “look at the speech – ‘Thhoda bahaut kiraya’ (some portion of the rent)…” and asked, “can you apply promissory estoppel to it?”. He added, “There has to be some policy, a notification has to be issued…” (Read More)
Air India Pilot Shivani Kalra, who flew the sixth evacuation flight from Ukraine, which started from Budapest and landed in Delhi on Monday, told The Indian Express she is “proud to have been a part of the process”.
“It usually doesn’t happen but when I left home last night, my mother came and hugged me. She was a bit emotional. I have been part of evacuation and rescue flights during Covid times but I guess the news of war scared them. My brother and father were anxious and called me as soon as I landed,” she said.
Kalra has been with Air India for over three years now. “When we reached Budapest and met the students, they were all scared. I spoke to them and tried to console them. We assured them that they’ll reach home safe. They were excited to return. My family was scared a bit but it was all smooth. When we landed, everyone was clapping. I came out of the gates and saw families cheering. This is the first time something like this happened. I am thankful I got this opportunity,” she said. (Read More)
Delhi recorded 258 fresh Covid-19 cases and zero deaths on Monday. The positivity rate stood at 0.71 per cent as of Monday evening. 
More than 600 cameras have been installed at Chandni Chowk to keep an eye on illegal vendors, and a control room would monitor their feed 24 hours every day, the Delhi High Court was told Monday.
“It [installation of cameras] has come up with the cooperation of various associations working in that market area only. These cameras are of the same specification which we are going to have under the Safe City Project in the entire Delhi in future. If the need arises, this can be integrated with our command and control centre situated in the police headquarters,” Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana told the division bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma.
The court on February 10 had observed that the authorities cannot surrender and abdicate their responsibilities as same would only lead to anarchy and a complete failure of rule of law, while asking the commissioners of Delhi Police and North Delhi Municipal Corporation to remain present before it to explain how they propose to deal with the encroachment at Chandni Chowk. (Read More)
The sixth evacuation flight from Budapest arrived in Delhi on Monday evening. Air India Pilot Shivani Kalra said, more than 200 students from Ukraine were rescued. Students said, most of the flights in Ukraine have been cancelled. They first crossed the Hungary border and reached Budapest where they had boarded the Air India flight. Their families welcomed them with garlands and bouquets.

There will be no discount on liquor in Delhi now. Delhi Government issues order for discontinuing discounts/rebates/concessions on MRP of liquor.
The New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (Noida) on Monday informed the Supreme Court that demolition of the illegally constructed twin towers of real estate major Supertech Ltd in its Emerald Court project has commenced and will be completed by May 22.
The SC had on February 7 directed that the demolition of the 40-storey towers start in two weeks.
On Monday, senior advocate Ravindra Kumar, appearing for the Authority, told a Supreme Court bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant that following the February 7 order, a joint meeting of stakeholders was convened on February 9. He added that the debris will be removed by August 22. (Read More)
To provide smooth connectivity to government employees, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is going to construct a loop corridor between the existing Central Secretariat Metro station and the upcoming office complex that is part of the Central Vista project. The DMRC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) in this regard on Monday.
The 3-km-long loop corridor will connect four new Central Secretariat buildings with the existing Central Secretariat Metro station. Planning is being done, expecting a peak demand of 20,000 passengers per hour during the morning and evening hours. The entire corridor will be underground.
According to officials, the DMRC will prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR), finalise the horizontal and vertical alignment of the tracks and tunnels, along with sizing of facilities like platforms, support services and maintenance facilities. It will also appoint a Detailed Design Consultant for the project. (Read More)
Delhi Metro services with full passenger capacity resumed on Monday as authorities lifted all curbs following improvement in the Covid situation in the city.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) had on Friday decided to withdraw all Covid restrictions from Monday, reduce the fine for not wearing masks from Rs 2,000 to Rs 500 and resume physical classes in schools from April 1.
“Delhi Metro services have resumed today without any restrictions on passenger occupancy after a long time,” the DMRC said in a statement.
“DMRC expresses its thanks and gratitude to its passengers for following the protocols during the pandemic. Indeed, without your cooperation, we could not have operated the metro despite the constraints posed by the pandemic,” it said.
In a tweet, the urban transporter said that in the days ahead, the Delhi Metro shall continue to try its best to provide a safe and comfortable journey. (PTI)
With the Delhi government lifting all curbs related to Covid-19, the light is finally appearing at the end of the tunnel for businesses in the national capital that suffered unprecedented losses in the past two years due to the pandemic.
Business owners and trade associations are expecting March to be a strong recovery period as restaurants, bars, cinemas and other establishments resume regular operations.
The several waves of the pandemic took a heavy toll on economic activities in the capital as well. Malls, restaurants, cinemas and other businesses were forced to shut down completely for several months. When the Covid-19 cases subsided, the businesses were allowed to open with several restrictions, including 50 per cent capacity. (PTI)
A nine-year-old girl was rescued by CISF personnel after she got trapped behind a grill on a ledge at Nirman Vihar metro station in Delhi on Sunday evening.
Officers said the girl was playing around the stairs and jumped towards another side, but got stuck on the ledge around 15-20 feet above the ground. The girl and her family started screaming for help, following which a Quick Response Team of the CISF was called to the spot. (Read More)
A 28-year-old man, who was out of jail on an interim bail, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in South Delhi’s Hauz Khas area early on Monday, said the police. The man was standing near a building with his friends when another group of men approached them and fired at him, added the police.
The deceased, identified as Shivam Pandey, was involved in a murder case and was lodged in the Tihar jail from 2016 to 2020. He received an interim bail when jails were decongested owing to Covid-19 guidelines.
The police said they received a call around 3 am about the firing. Several bullets were fired and residents in Gautam Nagar started making calls to the police. Pandey was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead, said the police who suspected that he was recently involved in other crimes and gang wars. (Read More)
A 64-year-old businessman was arrested for allegedly duping several people, including government employees, by promising them delivery of residential flats within two years of issuance of allotment letters, police said on Monday.
      
Diwaker Sharma, who was apprehended by the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW), is a director of a company established by him along with his accomplice Piyush Tiwari, they said.
    
Police said Sharma, who graduated from the Delhi University, worked in the Ministry of Agriculture and then joined the Ministry of Science of Technology as a section officer. He left the job from the post of under secretary, they said.
    
The duo after taking money from people misappropriated it by diverting it to various group companies and projects, police said. (PTI)
A man has been arrested for allegedly harassing and stalking his colleague by creating her fake social media accounts and sending defamatory messages to her relatives and friends, police said on Monday.
      
The accused, Sourav Thakur(47), was allegedly in a relationship with the woman. When she started ignoring him, the accused created the fake profiles and harassed her, they said.
    
The woman reported the matter to the police on February 9. In her complaint, she alleged that someone was harassing her by sending defamatory messages to her relatives and friends through a fake Facebook ID. (PTI)
Delhi High Court on Monday issued notices to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Amanatullah Khan, Waris Pathan, Akbaruddin Owaisi, Mehmood Pracha, Harsh Mander, Swara Bhaskar and others on an application seeking their impleadment as respondents in a petition seeking registration of FIR against them for allegedly giving hate speeches prior to the Northeast Delhi riots.
The court said that it considers it appropriate in accordance with the law to issue notice to the proposed respondents to allow them to respond as to whether they ought to be impleaded as party respondents to the writ petition.
Similarly, the court also issued notice to Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Verma and Abhay Verma in another application seeking their impleadment as respondents in another petition seeking direction for registration of FIR against them. (ENS)
Delhi administered 7,544 Covid-19 vaccines on Sunday, and while immunisation usually goes down on the weekend, this is the lowest number of shots given in a day this month. More than 95,000 shots were given last Sunday, according to data from the government’s CoWIN portal.
The trend of more children between the ages of 15 to 17 years being vaccinated during the second week of February has been reversed this past week, with more people from the age group 18-45 years taking the shot. There were 23,672 shots given on average every day in the age group of 18 to 45 years during the week that ended on February 27 as compared to 19,355 shots being given to those between the ages of 15 and 17 years. Read more
A 28-year-old man was shot dead by unidentified persons in South Delhi’s Gautam Nagar area early on Monday, police said. 
      
The deceased has been identified as Shivam Pandey. He was in jail from 2016 till 2021 in connection with a murder case, they said. 
    
Police said that Pandey came out on interim bail due to Covid-related guidelines.
    
“Around 3 am, a PCR call was received regarding an incident of firing in Gautam Nagar area. A case has been registered and personal rivalry is suspected to be the motive behind the murder,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Benita Mary Jaiker said.
    
The officer, however, said that all angles are being probed. (PTI)
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will disconnect the electricity and water connections to about 66 private buildings, including restaurants, bars, cafes, office complexes, for not conducting a safety audit and submitting a report to it.
These private buildings are situated mostly at Connaught Place, Central Market, Khan Market and other places of the New Delhi area and the Lutyens’ zone.
According to the officials, after the Arpit hotel fire incident that claimed about 17 lives, the NDMC directed a safety audit of all the private buildings. Read more
Delhi High Court’s Chief Justice D N Patel on Monday administered oath of office to Justice Sudhir Kumar Jain, Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma, Justice Anoop Kumar Mendiratta, and Justice Neena Bansal Krishna . Their appointments were notified by union government last week. (ENS)

Three employees of a CNG pump in Sector-31 here were hacked to death by some people early on Monday, police said.
The incident occurred around 2:40 am and they were attacked with sharp weapons. The deceased are Bhupendra, Pushpendra and Naresh, all natives of Uttar Pradesh, they said.
Police said a search has been launched to apprehend the miscreants. (PTI)

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Three days after a student died by suicide, the Faridabad police have arrested the school’s headmistress on the charge of abetment of suicide. The student studied at a private school and his mother said her son was harassed over his sexuality and highlighted how authorities ignored their complaints. The police said they had found a suicide note on Friday in which the teenager allegedly blamed his school and “higher authorities”.
Last week, the Delhi government increased the pay for Anganwadi workers to Rs 12,720 from Rs 9,678 and that of helpers to Rs 6,810 from Rs 4,839. The government’s move came after Anganwadi workers’ protest demanding wages to be increased to Rs 25,000 per month. Leaders of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders pointed out that Anganwadi workers’ wage in Delhi is the highest compared to other states.
A former sarpanch of a village in Gurgaon was shot at by unidentified assailants on Saturday. Police said the victim suffered two gunshot wounds and was rushed to a private hospital, where his condition is said to be critical. Police said the victim, Yogesh Yadav (50), former sarpanch of Babupur village, has a construction business and the attack may have been perpetrated over a rivalry related to some accused demanding a share in it. According to police, the incident was reported around 3 pm when Yadav was outside his house. Three armed men arrived on a motorcycle and fired at least six gunshots at him, said police.
Two days after a student of a private school in Greater Faridabad committed suicide, with a police complaint by his mother alleging he was harassed over his sexuality and the school ignored her complaint, his family, acquaintances and locals carried out a candle march Saturday, demanding “justice”.

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