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Water supply to be affected in parts of Delhi for a week starting from Saturday evening
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Water supply to be affected in parts of Delhi for a week starting from Saturday evening

Water supply is likely to be impacted for about a week starting from Saturday evening, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has said, due to a reduction in water availability from the Upper Ganga Canal. In a statement, the DJB said supply will remain affected in parts of east, north-east, south Delhi and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) areas till the situation improves. The Upper Ganga Canal, which begins from Muradnagar in Uttar Pradesh, supplies about 240 million gallons per day (MGD) of water to Delhi — accounting for more than a quarter of the capital’s potable water sources. A DJB official said, “The reason behind reduction in water availability in the canal, as informed by UP authorities, is that there has been less rainfall and melting of snow this past year, which has d...
Taking inspiration from Dawood, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab gangsters operating out of foreign locations: Police
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Taking inspiration from Dawood, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab gangsters operating out of foreign locations: Police

Gangsters from Delhi, Haryana and Punjab are taking inspiration from Dawood Ibrahim and operating from foreign locations like Dubai, Thailand and Canada, sources in Delhi Police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Manishi Chandra told The Indian Express that the trend of operating from outside the country was apparent after arresting and questioning six criminals associated with the Kala Jathedi-Lawrence Bishnoi gang. They were held in connection with 15 murders they executed following orders from Kala Jathedi. The arrested have been identified as Ankit Lagarpur (23), Ravi Jagsi (29), Rajan Jaat (24), Sumit Bichpadi (24), Amit (35), Sudhir Mann (29). “Our team, led by Inspectors Vikram Dahiya and Sandeep Dabas, came to know that the accused were recently invo...
Delhi: Weekend curfew kicks in, Kejriwal to hold review meeting at 1 pm today
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Delhi: Weekend curfew kicks in, Kejriwal to hold review meeting at 1 pm today

Weekend curfew came into force in Delhi on Saturday with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealing to people to follow rules. “Delhi is under curfew today and tomorrow because of Corona. Please follow it. We have to defeat Corona together,” Kejriwal tweeted. करोना के चलते आज और कल दिल्ली में कर्फ़्यू है। कृपया इसका पालन करें। हम सबको मिलके करोना को हराना है। — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 17, 2021 The curfew was announced after Delhi witnessed its highest weekly case count and death toll. Between April 9 and April 16, over 97,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 and 600 have died. On Friday, 19,486 people had contracted the virus 141 died of it – the highest to date. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister will, at 1 pm, hold a review meeting with Deputy Chief Mini...
Major issue, waterlogging runs deep among voters of Rajarhat-Gopalpur
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Major issue, waterlogging runs deep among voters of Rajarhat-Gopalpur

In the North 24 Parganas constituency of Rajarhat-Gopalpur, which goes to the polls on Saturday, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has fielded famous kirtan singer Aditi Munshi against state BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya in a bid to counter any anti-incumbency sentiment that may have developed in the past five years when the seat was represented by state Cabinet minister Purnendu Basu. Voters say that despite developing massively over the past several years waterlogging due to lack of proper drainage facilities remains a major concern in the area, which is crucial since the arterial VIP Road that connects Kolkata to the city airport passes through it. “Waterlogging is a big issue here. Even moderate to low rain turns several low-lying areas into mini pools. Whoever comes m...
Another alliance candidate dies of Covid; West Bengal on cusp of record 7,000 daily cases
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Another alliance candidate dies of Covid; West Bengal on cusp of record 7,000 daily cases

On a day when the state recorded another highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases at 6,910, another assembly election candidate died of the virus while four others tested positive on Friday. The deceased, Pradip Nandi, was the United Front candidate from Jangipur assembly constituency in Murshidabad. The election to the seat has been deferred countermanded. On Thursday, Congress candidate from Samsergunj seat in Murshidabad district Rezaul Haque died of Covid-19. Nandi, 70, was a veteran leader of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and a renowned advocate in Murshidabad. RSP State General Secretary Monoj Bhattacharya, and CPM leaders Biman Basu and Suryakanta Misra condoled Nandi’s death. Bhattacharya said, “He was one of our veteran leaders and assets of the part...
First batch of Covaxin by early 2022: Haffkine
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First batch of Covaxin by early 2022: Haffkine

The first batch of Covaxin will only be manufactured by early 2022, officials from Mumbai’s Haffkine Pharmaceutical Pvt Ltd have said, a day after they got approval from the central government to manufacture the Covid-19 vaccine. Haffkine can manufacture 228.8 million doses annually, starting with 20 million per month in the initial phase. The 1899-established biomedical institute is best known for its oral polio vaccine that it exports to 40 countries apart from anti-snake venom. The Centre on Friday asked the Parel institute to finish construction of the new facility within six months and immediately begin production. The new facility will require Bio Safety Level-3 compliance. Officials said they will be able to produce the first batch of vaccines by March or April 2022....
Year since Palghar lynching incident, 7 chargesheets, 75 in jail, 52 absconding
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Year since Palghar lynching incident, 7 chargesheets, 75 in jail, 52 absconding

In a year since the Palghar lynching incident, in which two sadhus and their driver were lynched by a mob on the suspicion that they were child-lifters, the state CID has filed seven chargesheets in three FIRs registered into the matter. In all, 251 adults were arrested and 15 juveniles held in the case. Among those arrested, 75 who allegedly played a major role in the incident are still behind bars. The CID, which is on the lookout for 52 more people named as wanted accused in the case, did not find any communal angle to the incident as it was insinuated on social media platforms soon after the incident. Soon after the incident, Maharashtra Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had demanded a high-level inquiry into the inc...
Mumbai: Most city streets empty, but crowding in interior roads
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Mumbai: Most city streets empty, but crowding in interior roads

While the lockdown-like restrictions in Mumbai have drastically decreased the number of people out and about in the city, many are still taking advantage of the exemptions and the soft touch of the administration to step outside without having any apparent urgent need to do so. Also, many non-essential shops are open. A senior police officer said on Friday, “Unlike last year’s total lockdown, there are no restrictions on public transport this year. Even private vehicles are allowed so people take out their cars for every small reason. Further, markets selling food and fruits are open. This is making it difficult for us to crack down on people violating curfew rules.” In the evening, many people were seen at Shivaji Park taking a stroll, jogging and exercising. Some were eve...
Maharashtra: Govt warns of tougher curbs if restrictions are not followed
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Maharashtra: Govt warns of tougher curbs if restrictions are not followed

With crowding being witnessed at many places across the state, senior ministers and Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) leaders on Friday warned that the government may have to impose tighter restrictions to prevent Covid-19 cases from spreading. Speaking to mediapersons in Pune, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that the number of cases in the second wave is much higher than the first wave. “Some tough decisions had to be taken. We expect cooperation from the people. Yesterday, one of our Cabinet colleagues had said that if everyone does not respond to the restrictions properly, we will be left with no option but to impose tougher curbs like the last lockdown. But we hope such a thing will not happen,” he said after holding a review meeting of the Pune district. Pawar was referrin...
Delhi: Woman killed after tin sheet falls on her during storm
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Delhi: Woman killed after tin sheet falls on her during storm

A 37-year-old woman died after her throat was slit by a tin sheet that collapsed on her during the dust storm in Delhi on Friday evening. Police said the sheet fell on the woman and her minor daughter, who were walking, and a man riding a bicycle. The incident took place in Southwest Delhi’s Palam Village. Ingit Pratap Singh, DCP (Southwest), said, “The three injured were rushed to Manipal Hospital and later shifted to Ayushman Hospital. Nikita is critical while the man sustained minor injuries and is stable. The sheet fell because of the bad weather and harsh winds. ”Sonu is survived by her two daughters and husband, who repairs generators for a living. Police said her husband and other daughter are in Jodhpur. Source link
Mumbai: CM Uddhav Thackeray asks BMC to get test reports in less time
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Mumbai: CM Uddhav Thackeray asks BMC to get test reports in less time

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday asked the BMC to pay special attention in getting Covid-19 test reports of patients as soon as possible and ensure availability of oxygen, medicines and hospitals beds. “The number of patients is increasing exponentially. In such a situation, early diagnosis can prevent it from further spreading,” he said during a meeting with BMC, MMRDA and government officials. Officials said that BMC has instructed all laboratories to provide test reports within 24 hours. The CM added that emphasis should be given on making additional beds available for patients. “Also, coordinate with manufacturers or suppliers of oxygen and medicines,” he said. He further said that all pre-monsoon works should be completed before May 31. Source ...
Navi Mumbai Police lodges 147 FIRs, 79,698 non-cognizable offences for violation of curbs
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Navi Mumbai Police lodges 147 FIRs, 79,698 non-cognizable offences for violation of curbs

Roads and railway stations in Navi Mumbai wore a deserted look on Friday morning, the second day of the new restrictions imposed across Maharashtra aimed at breaking the chain of Covid-19 infections. But as the day progressed, people began venturing out and thronging markets. Many were either not wearing masks at all or not wearing them properly. Crowding was also witnessed outside liquor shops. Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Bipin Kumar Singh said, “As per the new curbs, people are allowed to move around for certain things, like work and essential purposes. We are trying to restrict their movement but we have to understand that this is not a lockdown, these are restrictions imposed by the government.” “While people wear masks when they see a patrolling police, they remove...
In six months, BMC collects Rs 24 lakh as fine for spitting in public places
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In six months, BMC collects Rs 24 lakh as fine for spitting in public places

In the last six months, BMC has collected a fine of over Rs 24 lakh from 12,000 people for spitting in public places. Under the Brihanmumbai Sanitation and Health Bye-Laws, 2006, the civic body levies a fine of Rs 200 on people spitting in public places. It has collected a fine of Rs 24,89,100 in six months. Among the 24 administrative wards in Mumbai, L ward, which covers Sakinaka and Kurla, has reported the highest number of offenders and collected a fine of Rs 3.52 lakh. It is followed by A ward (Nariman Point, Colaba), which collected Rs 3.29 lakh. To clamp down on the spread of Covid-19, the state government had last May imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 for spitting in public. However, BMC continues to impose a fine of only Rs 200 on the offenders. Earlier this month, the Bo...
Delhi: Night pass valid during weekend curfew; metro to curtail services
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Delhi: Night pass valid during weekend curfew; metro to curtail services

Passes for Delhi’s night curfew will also be valid during the weekend curfew, the Delhi government said Friday. The government had ordered a weekend curfew Thursday keeping in mind the rising cases in the city. Along with a weekend curfew, measures such as closure of shopping malls, auditoriums, gyms, spas, bars and dine-in services at restaurants have also been undertaken. While government officials, healthcare workers and media persons are allowed to travel during the curfew if they have a valid I-Card, those engaged in other essential services such as those working in shops dealing with food, groceries, pharmaceuticals, or people working in banks, insurance offices, private security agencies and petrol pumps have to get an e-pass through the Deli government or Delhi Poli...
Ambani terror scare: NIA piece together Waze’s ‘initial plan’ of roping in duo, gunning them down
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Ambani terror scare: NIA piece together Waze’s ‘initial plan’ of roping in duo, gunning them down

NIA officials investigating the Ambani terror scare case say they are now getting a clearer picture of an initial plan allegedly hatched by arrested cop Sachin Waze before a Scorpio filled with gelatin sticks was placed outside the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani on February 25. The NIA has learnt that 62 unaccounted bullets, which they found during a search of Waze’s residence, were likely meant to be given to two history sheeters who were to drive a vehicle with explosives to the Ambani residence as per this original plan. The agency had also found the passport of one of the two people they believe were meant to drive a stolen Maruti Eeco vehicle to the Ambani residence. As per the original plan, the duo were to be gunned down by Waze, after which he would claim ...
88% of Covid ICU beds across Delhi hospitals occupied
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88% of Covid ICU beds across Delhi hospitals occupied

Almost nine out of 10 ICU beds earmarked for Covid-19 patients in Delhi are occupied at the moment, putting the healthcare system under immense strain. Data uploaded by hospitals on the Delhi government’s real-time Corona App shows that 88% of ICU beds are occupied while the remaining intensive care facilities are also filling up fast. Data shows that of the 3,989 critical-care beds in the city for Covid-19 patients, 3,535 are occupied. There are 125 hospitals with critical-care facilities. Of these, not a single bed in the ICU is available in 88 hospitals, which includes six government and 82 private facilities. At the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital, none of the critical care beds in the ICU are available for patients at the moment. Similarly, at Delhi government’s Deep Ch...
Varun Hiremath case: Delhi High Court extends interim protection from arrest to journalist accused of rape
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Varun Hiremath case: Delhi High Court extends interim protection from arrest to journalist accused of rape

THE DELHI High Court Friday extended the interim protection from arrest to Mumbai-based journalist Varun Hiremath till April 19 in a rape case registered against him. Meanwhile, the woman who has accused Hiremath of rape has approached the court for transfer of probe in the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Hiremath was granted interim protection from arrest by the court on April 9 and joined the investigation last week. The court Friday held an ‘in camera’ hearing in the bail plea and the petition seeking CBI probe into the matter. While arguments on behalf of the accused were heard in the bail plea on Friday, both the cases, including the plea seeking CBI probe, were adjourned for further hearing on April 19. In her petition seeking CBI probe, the woman has hi...
As Delhi sees highest single-day Covid toll, plan to press stadiums and large halls into service
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As Delhi sees highest single-day Covid toll, plan to press stadiums and large halls into service

Delhi recorded 19,486 new cases of Covid-19 infections and 141 deaths — the highest single-day toll so far — on Friday, taking the total number of people infected with the disease in the city to more than 8 lakh. A total of 97,097 new infections have been recorded in the last one week. The positivity rate continues to stay around 20% as even on Friday, the city tested 98,957 people out of which 19.69% were found to be positive. With the positivity rate at alarming levels, the Delhi government has issued orders to prepare facilities in numbers larger than they were last year. In a review meeting held on Friday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal directed officials to create more Covid facilities and to increase the strength of oxygen beds across the city. He also asked officials...
Bombay HC extends interim orders, puts demolition, eviction in abeyance till May 7
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Bombay HC extends interim orders, puts demolition, eviction in abeyance till May 7

THE BOMBAY High Court on Friday extended interim orders passed after April 9 by various courts and authorities in Maharashtra pertaining to eviction, demolition and dispossession that are in operation till May 7 or until further orders, whichever is earlier. The court took a decision in view of the “alarming” situation in Maharashtra due to “exponential rise in active Covid-19 cases” and said the interim orders shall remain in abeyance till May 7, unless directed otherwise in the meanwhile. The court said all interim orders passed earlier by various courts, subsisting as on April 9, 12, 15 and expiring on April 19 or “soon thereafter” be “unconditionally extended” till May 7 or until further orders “unless specifically dealt with by any judicial order to the contrary”. A fo...
As Covid cases rise, JNU ‘advises’ students to return home
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As Covid cases rise, JNU ‘advises’ students to return home

With the number of active Covid-19 cases in the campus tripling in 10 days, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Friday “advised” students to return to their hometowns in order to curb the spread of the virus. The university had 21 active cases on April 5, which has tripled to 64, according to an advisory issued by Registrar Anirban Chakraborti Friday. Out of these 11 were detected Friday. “The massive surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in India is alarming. Delhi has become the worst sufferer among the cities in India. As per available information, more than 322 Covid-19 positive cases have been reported in the JNU campus since March 2020. Presently, there are 64 Covid-19 cases in JNU, including 11 positive cases detected today. As of now, an unfortunate total of five ...