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Delhi News Highlights: City logs 1,367 fresh Covid cases, 1 death; positivity rate remains below 5% – The Indian Express

Delhi News Highlights:Delhi on Wednesday reported 1,367 fresh Covid-19 cases at a positivity rate of 4.50 per cent, taking total number of infections to 18,78,458. With one death, the toll rose to 26,170. On Tuesday, the city had reported 1,204 cases at a positivity rate of 4.64 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is likely to sell around 13,000 flats on a ‘first come, first served basis’ after the landowning agency could not sell them through a draw of lots in the recently concluded scheme, a senior DDA official said.
In other news, an ‘Olympic City’, a central park and a dedicated business district are part of the development vision in the area around Noida International Airport. The draft of Master Plan-2024 was presented by Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority to highlight future development activities along the 165-km Yamuna Expressway.
Observing that the manner in which he was identified as a rioter by police “appears to be absolutely doubtful and devoid of trustworthiness”, a Delhi court acquitted a man in a case in connection with the Northeast Delhi riots.
Police arrested one Noor Mohammad, who was arrested in another riots case and later rearrested based on his own disclosure statement for allegedly vandalising and setting a bakery on fire in Khajuri Khas on February 25, 2020.
This is the third acquittal in a riots case. Read More
Two men died after allegedly falling into a sewer pit in Outer Delhi’s Bawana area Wednesday morning. Officials said the men were working near the spot when the accident took place.
The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) said they received a call around 11.25 am about the incident. DFS chief Atul Garg said, “It was a rescue call from Balaji Chowk. We were told that two men had fallen inside a sewer pit. We sent two fire tenders to the spot. The firemen pulled out the men and sent them to the Maharishi Valmiki Hospital where the doctors declared them brought dead.” Read More
On April 28, when the India Art Fair (IAF) opens its doors to viewers, on display will be thousands of artworks, put together by over 60 galleries and 14 institutional participants. “We are definitely excited about coming back to the physical format, under one umbrella. It is that hallmark event of the year that sees participation from everyone, from galleries to museums, auction houses to artists,” says Jaya Asokan, director of IAF. This is her first fair as its director after taking over the reins from Jagdip Jagpal in March 2021.
When the Covid-induced lockdown was first announced in India in March 2020, it had just been over a month that the fair had wrapped up. As a result, the 2021 edition was not held. Though the interim period saw an active fair website, the new event is aimed at bringing together the modern and contemporary with the up-and-coming artists. The India Art Fair will take place from April 28 to May 2 at NSIC Exhibition Ground, Okhla. Read More
At least eight students were injured after a lift collapsed at an engineering college in Ghaziabad Wednesday afternoon.
According to officials, the incident took place at the IMS campus situated in Lal Kuan. As per preliminary information, a cable attached to the lift snapped following which the elevator suffered a free fall.
Students sustained injuries on their heads and backs due to the impact and have been admitted in a nearby hospital. One of the students is being treated for a possible fracture, said officials. Read More
Plaques declaring Mohammadpur village as Madhavpuram were placed in the said village by local BJP councillor Bhagat Singh Tokas Wednesday.
Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta attended the event along with some locals to ‘rename’ the area.
Gupta said, “After the proposal for renaming Madhavpuram village was passed in the corporation, the process of renaming the village was completed today. From now on, this village will be known as Madhavpuram instead of Mohammadpur.” Read More
Two men died after allegedly falling into a sewer pit in Outer Delhi’s Bawana area Wednesday morning. Officials said the men were working near the spot when the accident took place.
The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) said they received a call around 11.25 am about the incident. DFS chief Atul Garg said, “It was a rescue call from Balaji Chowk. We were told that two men had fallen inside a sewer pit. We sent two fire tenders to the spot. The firemen pulled out the men and sent them to the Maharishi Valmiki Hospital where the doctors declared them brought dead.” Read More

South Delhi Mayor Mukesh Suryan Wednesday conducted an inspection in Jasola ward neighbouring Shaheen Bagh and said that a demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh will be conducted in coming days. “Could not go there today as local councillor could not be contacted. The drive was to identify illegal encroachments,” Suryan said.
At least eight students were injured after a lift collapsed in a Ghaziabad institute on Wednesday afternoon. According to officials, the incident took place in IMS campus situated in Lal Kuan. As per primary information, a cable attached to the lift snapped following which the elevator had a free fall. 
The students sustained injuries on their heads and backs due to the impact. They have been admitted in a nearby hospital. One of the students is being treated for a possible fracture, said officials. 
Police and college officials are ascertaining the exact cause of elevator malfunction. The administration has called for a thorough examination of the cause and for action in case of negligence.
No complaint has been submitted to the police in connection with the incident yet, said officials.
While hearing the bail application of student activist Umar Khalid in the larger conspiracy case of northeast Delhi riots, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked whether it was proper to use the term ‘jumla’ in respect to the Prime Minister of India and said that there has to be “a line” or a “Lakshman rekha” when it comes to criticism of the government. Read more 
After six days of Covid-19 infections in the Capital remaining stagnant at around 1,000, the numbers increased slightly to 1,204 as per Tuesday’s health bulletin. The increase could be owing to more number of tests conducted as the positivity rate, the proportion of samples tested that return positive, remained at 4.64 per cent.
There were 25,963 tests conducted as per Tuesday’s bulletin as compared to a daily average of 19,655 over the previous seven days. Read more 
A day after a 30-year-old man was beaten to death during a brawl at a pub in Noida’s Gardens Galleria mall, the police arrested seven accused, including five restaurant employees, and are on the lookout for two more.
“Nine men are involved in the brawl-murder incident. We have arrested seven. One is unknown and the other is absconding. Five of the accused are restaurant staffers and the others are security guards from the mall. We found that the security personnel behaved rashly,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Noida) Ranvijay Singh said. Read more 
The Delhi University will be holding its second webinar to help aspirants with the new admission process on Friday, April 29, officials said. The webinar will specifically address concerns on reservation policies; the registration process for SC, ST, OBC, and EWS candidates and the essential documents required for registering for the Central Universities Entrance Test (CUET). Read more 
Clear skies and a maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius are on the forecast for Delhi Wednesday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The minimum temperature recorded early on Wednesday was 22.2 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal. At 8.30 am on Wednesday, the temperature was 29.8 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity was 38 per cent. Read more 
A fire broke out Wednesday at an MCD warehouse in New Sheikh Sarai near Malviya Nagar metro station. Delhi Fire Services said they received a call around 4 am and sent 13 fire tenders to the spot. No injuries have been reported so far and the spot was a dumping ground with vehicles, an official said. 
A Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus Tuesday caught fire near Shanti Van, making it the third such incident in a month. No casualty was reported, said officials.
The fire took place in the rear portion of a non-air-conditioned bus that runs from Nand Nagri Depot and broke down on route number 275.
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is likely to sell around 13,000 flats on a ‘first come, first served’ basis after the landowning agency could not sell them through a draw of lots in the recently concluded scheme, a senior DDA official said. Read more 
An ‘Olympic City’, a central park and a dedicated business district are part of the development vision in the area around Noida International Airport. The draft of Master Plan-2024 was presented by Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority to highlight future development activities along the 165-km Yamuna Expressway. Read more 
A massive fire broke out at Bhalswa landfill in northwest Delhi on Tuesday evening.
A massive fire broke out at Bhalswa landfill in northwest #Delhi on Tuesday evening. The fire department received a call at around 5.45 pm and 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. pic.twitter.com/xbVrznhhib

Weeks after the registrar of Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) said the “scuffle” between students associated with Left bodies and the ABVP took place after some of them objected to the holding of a ‘havan’ on the occasion of Ram Navami, its vice-chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit said the administration has “no idea what was the trigger” behind the clashes.
Registrar Ravikesh had said the clashes on the JNU campus earlier this month began after students objected to the havan inside one of the hostels on the occasion of Ram Naval. Members of the Left bodies alleged there were attempts to stop non-vegetarian food from being cooked and served in the Kaveri hostel mess and those associated with the right-wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad said some people tried to disrupt a Ram Navami puja in the same hostel. Read More
delhi news today Of the five buses that caught fire over the last two months, four were red (AC buses) and one was green (non-AC). (Express File/Rahul Sabharwal)
A Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus Tuesday caught fire near Shanti Van, making it the third such incident in a month. No casualty was reported, said officials.
The fire took place in the rear portion of a non-air-conditioned bus that runs from Nand Nagri Depot and broke down on route number 275.
A fire broke out at the Bhalswa landfill site in North Delhi on Tuesday, officials said.
The fire department received information at 5.47 pm, following which 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, officials said. There were reports of thick smoke billowing out of the burning garbage mountain and enveloping the neighbourhood areas.
A day after the Union information and broadcasting ministry released a fifth list of YouTube channels from India and Pakistan that were blocked for “spreading false, unverified information to create panic, incite communal disharmony and disturb public order in India,” I&B Minister Anurag Thakur Tuesday said that such actions will continue against those who spread wrong propaganda and misleading information.

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