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Delhi News highlights: ‘Jacqueline Fernandez tried to flee country’: ED opposes her bail in Rs 200 crore extortion case – The Indian Express

Delhi News Live Updates: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has opposed the bail plea of Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez before a Delhi court, submitting she made an abortive bid to flee the country. Fernandez has been accused of enjoying the proceeds of a crime in which conman Sukesh Chandrashekar had allegedly extorted Rs 200 crore from Aditi Singh, the wife of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Singh.
With Delhi’s air quality index taking a nosedive over the past weeks and expected to deteriorate over the weekend, hospitals across the city are witnessing more patients coming in with respiratory issues. Dr Anant Mohan, Head of the Department of Pulmonology at AIIMS, said respiratory cases have increased: “Many people who were previously doing okay are now coming with recent onset exacerbations, worsening of their symptoms, more cough and breathing difficulties.”
Additional firecracker emissions on Diwali day could push the air quality into the ‘severe’ category on Monday and the day after, according to a forecast issued by SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research). Three factors that are crucial in determining air quality around this time of the year are likely to “act together” resulting in deterioration of air quality — wind speed and direction that favours transport of stubble burning smoke from the northwest, calm local weather conditions that trap pollutants, and firecrackers, if any.
With two more days to go for Delhi University’s first round of undergraduate admissions to close, more than 43,000 candidates have completed and sealed their admission by paying their fees.
On Sunday, colleges completed processing applications of candidates who had accepted seats allotted to them. Of 80,164 allocations made by DU, 72,865 were accepted by candidates. As of Sunday evening, 43,789 candidates had paid their fees after their applications were approved by colleges. (Read more)
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Sunday said his government’s priority is to save human lives and that it is not interested in politics over firecrackers. Pollution levels rise around Diwali every year. The major reason is burning of firecrackers. Emissions from firecrackers are extremely dangerous especially for kids, women and the elderly, he told reporters here.
The Delhi government has re-imposed a complete ban on the production, sale and use of all types of firecrackers till January 1, including on Diwali, a practice it has been following for the last two years. “Our priority is to save lives. We are not interested in politics over firecrackers. Some people even moved the Supreme Court over the issue. There is no scope of a debate after the apex courts’ decision in the matter,” he said.
The apex court had on Thursday turned down a petition by BJP MP Manoj Tiwari seeking urgent hearing of a plea challenging the blanket ban on firecrackers in Delhi. (PTI)
Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora has issued a circular on the force’s responsibility with regard to illegal encroachment across the city, following complaints of misconduct against its personnel. According to the circular issued on Saturday, under Section 475 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, the role of the Delhi Police is to inform the municipal officer concerned in the appropriate manner with regard to illegal private construction under a standing order of the Delhi Police.
After giving the information, the police can further intervene only after getting instructions from the municipal official under Section 344 (2) of the Act to stop illegal construction, remove workers from the site and seize building material, it said. (PTI)
The Delhi Fire Department will deploy its fire tenders at 22 spots on Sunday and on Diwali from 5 pm till midnight as a precautionary measure, officials said. It had told an internal committee headed by the chief fire officer to identify 50 mishap-prone spots in the national capital where mobile fire tenders can be deployed.
The 22 spots where fire tenders will be deployed are Bara Tooti Chowk, Tilak Nagar, Lajpat Nagar Central Market, Lal Kuan Chowk, Lahori Gate, Nangloi, South Extension, Sonia Vihar, Mehrauli, Ghitorni Metro Station, Ali Pur, Rani Bagh Market, DTC Deport Katran Market, Gandhi Nagar market, Mahipalpur Chowk, Sangam Vihar, Mundka Metro Station, Dera Goan Mor, Azad Market Chowk, Jaipur Golden Hospital, Paper Market Gazipur and Yamuna Vihar.
These spots have been selected based on an analysis of yearly fire-related calls during Diwali so that fire tenders can quickly reach any location, officials said. (PTI)
Aam Aadmi Party MLA Atishi Sunday wrote to Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy saying that BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra was holding the position of the chairman of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) in violation of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules.
She marked a copy of the letter Central Vigilance Commission chairman Suresh N Patel.
“Sambit Patra, national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), was appointed as Chairman of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) on 30th November, 2021 for a period of 3 years. ITDC falls under the supervision and control of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India,” she wrote, adding that Patra’s appointment was made by Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) in an “unprecedented move to allegedly accommodate Mr Patra”. (Read more)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday questioned why people, who are worried due to inflation, should not get access to free education and treatment, and said by calling such things free “revdi”, the common man should not be insulted. Kejriwal tweeted a media report in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had slammed the political culture of “revdi” or freebies.
“People are quite worried due to the price rise. Why should they not get free education, treatment, medicines and electricity? Politicians get so many facilities for free. Banks waived the loans of so many rich people. By calling it free revdi again and again, do not insult the common man,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief said in a tweet in Hindi.
Modi had slammed the freebie culture in his address after virtually conducting the “grih pravesh” ceremony of 4.51 lakh beneficiaries of the Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY) in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. (PTI)
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On the request of candidates, and considering the Diwali festivities, the last date for payment of fees by the Candidates has been extended to 02:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 25, 2022. According to the the earlier timeline, the deadline was on Monday evening.
 
Delhi Commissioner of Police Sanjay Arora issued a statement to senior officers Saturday outlining their responsibilities with regard to encroachments in Delhi. He noted that while illegal constructions pose a challenge that was primarily under the jurisdiction of the municipality and other bodies, the police also have several responsibilities as the law enforcement wing.
The commissioner pointed out under Section 475 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act (duties of police), the role of police with regard to illegal private construction would only be under a standing order of the Delhi Police (No. L80/81/2022 S.2b) to inform the concerned municipal officer in the appropriate manner. Read more
Delhi’s air quality was recorded in the “poor” category for the eighth consecutive day on Sunday and could turn “severe” on Diwali due to emissions from firecrackers and an increase in the share of smoke from stubble burning because of a favourable wind speed and direction.

The capital’s Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 243 at 10 am. It was 265 at 4 pm on Saturday.

Only one (Anand Vihar) of the 35 monitoring stations in the city recorded the air quality in the “very poor” category.
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”. (PTI)
In-person career counselling events for Delhi government school students will kick off this year with a ‘mega counselling programme’ on October 31. After the pandemic disrupted physical events of this kind for the last two years, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India will conduct a super mega career counselling programme, focusing on careers in the field of commerce at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. Read more
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has opposed the bail plea of Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez before a Delhi court, submitting she made an abortive bid to flee the country. Fernandez has been accused of enjoying the proceeds of a crime in which conman Sukesh Chandrashekar had allegedly extorted Rs 200 crore from Aditi Singh, the wife of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Singh. Read more
The Centre has cancelled the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licence of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF), a non-government organisation associated with the Gandhi family, for alleged violations of the law, officials said.
The action came after investigations carried out by an inter-ministerial committee formed by the home ministry in 2020.
“Yes, the FCRA licence of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation has been cancelled after an investigation against it,” an official said. (PTI)
Oyo has initiated an internal probe after Noida Police arrested two people who allegedly placed a hidden camera in a hotel room and filmed a couple, officials said.
The two accused had booked the same room in the Phase 3 police station area last month where they placed a hidden camera before checking out. (PTI)
The AAP on Saturday claimed that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) suffered a big “loss to its exchequer” due to irregularities in the collection of parking fees and alleged that senior BJP leaders have been involved in the malpractice.
Speaking at a press conference here, AAP’s MCD In-charge Durgesh Pathak demanded an investigation into the matter by the Lieutenant Governor, according to a party statement.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) allegation comes ahead of the civic polls. (PTI)
DU has some ideas to stop ragging this year
Women police personnel in plainclothes, police pickets outside colleges, vigilance squads in every college and patrolling – these are among the measures that Delhi University will enforce from the academic session soon to begin with the stated aim of stopping ragging activities.
These were decisions taken in a meeting of the University’s Proctorial Board with Delhi Police officials to “ensure maintenance of discipline and prevention of ragging” in the university and its constituent colleges.

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