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Delhi News Highlights: Delhi to rename streets, colonies with ‘Harijan’ after Ambedkar – The Indian Express

Delhi News Live Updates: Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government is planning to rename streets and colonies in the city with the word “Harijan” in their names after BR Ambedkar. A proposal to this effect has been tabled by Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam. It has come in the wake of the central government’s guideline advising against the use of the word “Harijan”, considered derogatory by scheduled caste communities.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, meanwhile, has been given charge of the departments of health, home, power, water and industries which were under Satyendar Jain, after his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday said his sources had informed him of Jain’s arrest a few months ago, and the same sources have told him the central government will arrest Sisodia too in the coming days. Sources have said all agencies will fabricate cases against Sisodia, Kejriwal added.
The Delhi High Court on Friday said that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) should issue binding directions to all airlines to authorise their staff at airports and in aircraft to take strict action against passengers and other persons found violating Covid-19 protocol, particularly masking norms.
“All such persons found violating norms should be booked and fined and should be placed on no-fly list. In our view, it is essential to introduce sufficient deterrence to ensure compliance of the norms,” said the division bench of acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta, in respect of people not wearing masks or following hand-hygiene norms. Read more
A day after 10 men were arrested in connection with a kidney transplant racket in South Delhi, police said investigation has revealed that the alleged mastermind of the gang, Kuldeep Ray (47), was involved with a Rajasthan-based kidney racket in the past.
“He has worked as an OT technician for over 20 years… Around three-four years ago, he came in contact with a Rajasthan-based gang that sold kidneys illegally and he operated on many patients. Soon, he realised he can make more money by starting his own gang,” said an officer. Read more

The Delhi High Court on Friday issued a notice to the Delhi University and University Grants Commission on the petition filed by St Stephen’s College against the varsity’s communication that directed it to withdraw the admission prospectus and admit general category students to undergraduate courses only through the Common University Entrance Test.
St Stephen’s College and Delhi University have been at loggerheads over the former’s refusal to do away with interviews for admissions to its general seats. The college last month announced that it will give 85 per cent weightage to CUET score and 15 per cent to the interview. Read more
A fire broke out at Bhalswa landfill in Delhi on Friday. The Delhi Fire Service (DFS) got the information at 1.52 pm and pressed four fire tenders to service.
The Delhi High Court on Friday reserved order on Enforcement Directorate’s petition challenging the trial court order allowing a lawyer to remain present, at a distance, during AAP leader Satyendra Kumar Jain’s interrogation by the central agency. The ED told the court that audio and video recording of the interrogation is taking place and thus there is no requirement of presence of a lawyer. Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Jain, argued that the law is settled that a lawyer can be permitted to remain present at a distance during interrogation. “This is extraordinary case because it has been filed by prosecution despite that law is 100 percent with me. It makes out animus of prosecution,” submitted Singhvi. 
The court heard arguments in the case for nearly three hours. Justice Yogesh Khanna declined to pass an interim order. The ED argued that it’s petition will become infructuous if interim order is not passed.
A kidney transplantation racket that targeted the poor and homeless was busted on Wednesday, with the Delhi Police stating that the gang had aided in at least 12-14 such transplants over the last six months. This is not an isolated incidence. In fact, a similar racket was busted in Pune just last week. This is the second such scam to be unearthed in the capital in six years.
Why are people still willing to buy and sell kidneys even though the law makes it punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and a Rs 1 crore fine? It is just the sheer demand, say experts. Increasing rates of kidney failure, very little deceased donation, and few eligible living relatives who can donate has resulted in a crisis where lakhs of people die waiting for a kidney every year in India. Read Anonna Dutt’s report here
When it comes to the third precaution dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, New Delhi district is the best performer in the national capital, having administered over 1.63 lakh booster doses so far, followed by West district with 1.46 lakh doses and Northwest district with 1.25 lakh doses, according to the government’s CoWin portal.

The uptake of the precaution dose has been slow since the drive for the booster shot began in January this year. It picked up a little when the third dose was allowed for all adults in April and the Delhi government decided to provide it free of cost for all. So far, 11.5 lakh precaution doses have been administered across the city. This accounts for only 7.6% of the total 1.5 crore adult population in Delhi. Read More
After a near-complete breakdown of communication between the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) and the previous Vice-Chancellor, with the association accusing the V-C of refusing to meet their representatives on important issues, there seem to be some signs of a thaw in the equation with the current V-C.
For the first time since taking charge, V-C Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit met with a JNUTA delegation on May 31 during which important issues were discussed, including CAS (Career Advancement Scheme) promotions, the JNU academic calendar, JNU creche and JNUTA membership. Read More
The National Museum and National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi have a host of exciting exhibits this week, ranging from Buddhist art, historical exhibits from the Silk Route, and a summer art programme for all age groups.

Relics of Buddhist art, including 82 stone, bronze and terracotta exhibits, are being showcased at the National Museum. The museum will also display antiquities from Central Asia, which will include wall paintings, sculptures, documents and currencies from cultures all along the silk routes. Read More
A day after 10 men were arrested in connection with a kidney transplantation racket in South Delhi, the police said the investigation has revealed that the alleged mastermind of the gang, Kuldeep Ray (47), was involved with a Rajasthan-based kidney racket in the past.

“He has worked as an OT technician for over 20 years… Around three-four years ago, he came in contact with a Rajasthan-based gang that sold kidneys illegally and he operated on many patients. Soon, he realised he can make more money by starting his own gang,” said an officer. Read More
The National Achievement Survey should not end up becoming a high-stakes exam, said Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia at the National Conference of School Education Ministers in Gandhinagar on Thursday.

The two-day conference was organised under the chairmanship of Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and was attended by education ministers of various states. Read More
The Noida police arrested a criminal with a bounty of Rs 25,000 on his head on Thursday morning. Sabbir, an accused in several robbery and theft cases, hails from Bulandshahr and had been on the run for four years, police said. Read More
Research scholars of Delhi Technological University (DTU) began a strike on Thursday with a list of demands that includes withdrawing a recent decision to make the continuation of Ph.D. fellowships beyond three years conditional to paper publication.
In a meeting on May 18, the University’s Academic Council approved the introduction of the additional cause for continuation of its Ph.D fellowship beyond three years. Read More
A scooter thief was nabbed within two hours of the theft on Monday, after a woman sub-inspector zeroed in on him – using the live location of the owner’s phone that was left inside the vehicle.

Sub inspector Preeti Saini from Timarpur police station received a complaint at 12 pm that a scooter had been stolen. With her team members SI Ashok and constable Sovarn, SI Saini began tracing the stolen scooter by tracking the complainant’s phone. The team, along with the complainant, followed the trail to Bhajanapura, where they found the scooter unattended. Read More
Over 15 people, mostly the poor and homeless, were targeted by a gang that ran a kidney transplantation racket across three states. Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested 10 persons, including two doctors, in connection with the racket. 

“I was promised Rs 3 lakh. I met the man who received my kidney and asked for some more money as I needed to pay for my sister’s wedding expenses and my mother’s treatment. He gave me Rs 20,000 more. I felt bad that I had to sell my kidney, but I… needed the money,” said Raghu, from Gujarat. Read More
Research scholars of Delhi Technological University (DTU) began a strike on Thursday with a list of demands that includes withdrawing a recent decision to make the continuation of Ph.D. fellowships beyond three years conditional to paper publication.
In a meeting on May 18, the University’s Academic Council approved the introduction of the additional cause for continuation of its Ph.D fellowship beyond three years. Read More
Union Minister Anurag Thakur launched the nation-wide bicycle rally on World Bicycle Day from Delhi on Friday morning.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur launched the nation-wide bicycle rally on #WorldBicycleDay from #Delhi on Friday morning.

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The Delhi High Court Thursday took note of the damage caused to trees in the city by the recent thunderstorm and said that the callousness of government officials led to the loss. Concretisation of earth around the trees was one of reasons that they fell during the storm, said the court.
The bench said that the city witnessed “extensive devastation” to its vegetation caused by the thunderstorm. Read More
A first-year undergraduate student of Jawaharlal Nehru University has submitted a complaint to the administration, accusing two seniors of ragging and harassment, which she said resulted in “exceptional psychological duress”. In a press statement, the university said the matter was under investigation.
In her complaint to Chief Proctor Rajnish Kumar Mishra on May 27, the student said the matter had started in February. “This is to bring to your notice that two senior students… have been harassing me since I came to campus in February. For the last three months, I have been under exceptional psychological duress because of this. I have been depressed for the last three months and my life on campus has become increasingly intolerable due to the acts of these people,” she alleged. Read More
Stating that the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) and the Delhi government “permitted a state of ambivalence and indecisiveness” to prevail in respect of the Dadri-II thermal power station, the Delhi High Court has noted that no formal retraction of the 2015 letter communicating surrender of the allocation was conveyed to the Centre.
“The petitioners as well as the DERC never raised any objection to that communication,” said Justice Yashwant Varma in an order passed in BSES Rajdhani Power Limited’s petition against Centre’s decision to divert more than 700 MW of power allocated to Delhi from Dadri-II to Haryana. Read More
The increase in transfer duty on properties priced above Rs 25 lakh is the first major decision taken by the MCD after the unification of the north, east and south municipal corporations in Delhi last month. (File photo)
Buying property in the capital is set to become costlier as the recently unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi has decided to increase the transfer duty by 1 per cent on properties priced above Rs 25 lakh.
A senior official said that once the hike comes into effect, the transfer duty will be 4 per cent for men and 3 per cent for women buyers.
The transfer duty, calculated on the basis of registered sale value of property in addition to stamp duty, is being increased with an aim to improve the financial health of the civic body, which has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. The move has been in the pipeline for long, officials said.
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