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Day: March 24, 2021

Delhi High Court suspends Bharti conviction
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Delhi High Court suspends Bharti conviction

A day after he was convicted in a case of rioting and sent to jail, the Delhi High Court Wednesday suspended the conviction and sentence of AAP MLA Somnath Bharti. Sentenced to an imprisonment of two years by the trial court, Bharti approached the High Court Wednesday and sought an urgent hearing in the case. The case came up for hearing before the court of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait which, while issuing notice to the state, listed the case for further hearing on May 20. A Special MP/MLA court had Tuesday upheld the sentence given to him in January by the trial court for leading a mob which tried to break a wall built by AIIMS and pelted stones at the hospital’s security staff when they intervened. Bharti was convicted under Section 147 IPC read with Section 149 IPC and unde...
Delhi: Want to return home but scared, say interfaith couple, days after violence
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Delhi: Want to return home but scared, say interfaith couple, days after violence

The Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested a 28-year-old woman in connection with the violence over an interfaith marriage at Sarai Kale Khan’s Harijan Basti last week. Shabana’s arrest comes a day after police said they had arrested six persons who were allegedly part of a group that assaulted locals and damaged vehicles. The group included relatives of a Muslim woman who had married a man from the Valmiki community, and were opposed to their relationship, police said. Speaking to The Indian Express, the couple — 22-year-old Sumit and 19-year-old Khushi — said they eloped and got married on March 17 as her parents were forcing her to get married to someone else. The couple said they want to return to their locality because they don’t have jobs, but are scared to do so. Sumit, ...
Delhi High Court asks Delhi government to release funds for MCDs
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Delhi High Court asks Delhi government to release funds for MCDs

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Delhi government to release within the current financial year the remaining amount due to the municipal corporations towards their Basic Tax Assignment (BTA) on the basis of revised estimates presented in the budget for the year 2021-22. The amount to be paid is nearly Rs 900 crore. The division bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said one of the major and important sources of revenue for the corporations are the contributions made by the Delhi government, and the corporations have to meet the expenditures towards the salaries and other expenses on a day-to-day basis. Since the corporations have not paid the salaries to their employees for a few months in “these difficult times”, the court said, there can be no ju...
Delhi: Covid cases, positivity rate continue to rise, experts flag festive season spike; eye on new variants too
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Delhi: Covid cases, positivity rate continue to rise, experts flag festive season spike; eye on new variants too

As many as 1,254 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Delhi on Wednesday, the highest single-day spike in over three months, and six people died due to the virus, taking the death toll to 10,973. The last time the cases were this high was on December 18, when the city had recorded 1,418 cases. For the fifth consecutive day the positivity rate remained over 1%. On Wednesday, the positivity rate stood at 1.52% after testing 82,331 people. The total number of Covid-19 infections recorded are 6,51,227, out of which 6,35,364 patients have recovered. There are 4,890 active cases as of now. Health experts across the city have warned of resurgence in cases during the festive season. The Delhi government Tuesday said random testing for Covid-19 will be held across the city’s airpo...
Delhi: 2 incidents of daylight snatching
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Delhi: 2 incidents of daylight snatching

An 18-year-old man was allegedly choked by two robbers who caught him by the neck and snatched his phone. The victim, Pintu Kumar, was pushed to the ground and he briefly lost consciousness. Kumar, a school dropout, was looking for a job in Ashok Vihar when a man caught him from behind while another snatched his phone. Police said they had apprehended two juveniles in connection with the snatching and the assault. 📣 JOIN NOW 📣: The Express Explained Telegram Channel Another such incident took place in Shahdara on Tuesday when a man and his mother were robbed at gunpoint. Police said Archit (30) was returning home from a park when two robbers targeted him in Balbir Nagar. Source link
Opposition MLAs hold parallel House session in Bihar assembly premises | India News – Times of India
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Opposition MLAs hold parallel House session in Bihar assembly premises | India News – Times of India

PATNA: Opposition MLAs on Wednesday held a parallel assembly session chaired by RJD leader Bhudev Choudhary in the lawns of the Bihar assembly, even as proceedings went on in the state legislature. Choudhary officiated as 'Speaker' for the proceedings in the parallel assembly, which was held to protest the ruckus in the state assembly yesterday over the Bihar Special Armed Police Bill 2021. "I have been chosen as 'Speaker' of this session and I have asked the members to choose a chief minister," Bhudev Choudhary said. Participants in the 'parallel Assembly session' which comprised members of the RJD, Congress, CPI-ML, CPI and CPM were also seen carrying placards with slogans against the ruling NDA-government. Meanwhile, Bihar state legislative assembly witnessed voting for the post of d...
Conspiracy case: Delhi High Court ends stay on trial
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Conspiracy case: Delhi High Court ends stay on trial

Nearly five months after the Delhi High Court stayed the trial of the “larger conspiracy case” lodged in connection with the Northeast Delhi riots, in which many student activists have been in judicial custody since last year, the court has now vacated the stay order after police agreed to supply hard copies of chargesheet to the accused. Delhi Police had last year challenged a trial court order directing it to supply hard copies of the chargesheet to accused. On November 10, the court stayed the trial during the pendency of the petition. 📣 JOIN NOW 📣: The Express Explained Telegram Channel Justice Suresh Kumar Kait in an order said that the “interim order is vacated” after Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad told the court that the complete hard copy is ready an...
‘Double mutant’ variant found, no link with surge
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‘Double mutant’ variant found, no link with surge

The government announced on Wednesday that a new “double mutant variant” of the novel coronavirus has been detected in the country, along with the three variants from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil. The government underlined, however, that the mutations have not been detected in numbers that would be “sufficient” to establish the rapid increase in cases in some states. These variants detected in the community “have been prevalent since last 6-8 months”, the Centre said. “The occurrence of mutations is a natural process. The RNA strand of the virus will replicate and will make mistakes resulting in mutations. We should not worry about mutations,” Dr V K Paul, chairperson of India’s Covid-19 task force, said. “However”, Dr Paul said, “the most important thing to...
Delhi: Union Food Secretary questions execution of ration scheme
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Delhi: Union Food Secretary questions execution of ration scheme

The Delhi government Wednesday rolled back its decision to implement the proposed doorstep delivery of ration scheme under the name ‘Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojna’, but the Centre indicated that the logjam persists over other provisions such as conversion charges. According to the initial plan drawn up by the Delhi government, the doorstep delivery agents were expected to wear t-shirts on which the name ‘Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana (MMGGRY)’ would be written. The Centre had pointed out that such a nomenclature may lead to a situation where people would start “misinterpreting” benefits under the National Food Security Act as state government benefits. The Centre had also made it clear that foodgrains allocated under the National Food Security Act cannot be u...
Nuns forced off train; Shah promises action after protest by Kerala CM
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Nuns forced off train; Shah promises action after protest by Kerala CM

FOUR CHRISTIAN women, including two nuns, were verbally harassed and forced off a train in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh by Railway personnel and some fellow passengers identified as ABVP workers who falsely accused them of engaging in forced religious conversion. The incident, which occurred at Jhansi station on March 19, was brought to light in a video that showed the women being heckled, prompting a wave of outrage across Kerala from where the nuns are — and an assurance from Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Addressing a rally in Kerala’s Kanjirappally, which has a sizeable Christian population and where former Union minister K J Alphons is the BJP candidate in the Assembly polls on April 6, Shah said his party’s “government in Uttar Pradesh will ensure that the culprits…will be...
Bizman tried to mislead probe by taking thallium
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Bizman tried to mislead probe by taking thallium

Two days after a South-Delhi based real-estate businessman was arrested for allegedly using thallium to poison his wife and in-laws, police said he tried to mislead investigators by consuming drops of the element. Police said Varun Arora got himself admitted to a hospital to show increased thallium levels in his body. He has been sent to Tihar jail and is now at AIIMS for medical observation. Arora allegedly cooked fish laced with thallium and served it to his family members in January. While his mother-in-law, Anita Devi Sharma, and sister-in-law Priyanka died during treatment later, his wife Divya Arora is in coma. A complaint was filed by his father-in-law, Devendra Mohan Sharma, who suspected Arora of murdering them. The accused was first called for questioning on Marc...
Man borrows from Saddam book, uses thallium on wife, in-laws
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Man borrows from Saddam book, uses thallium on wife, in-laws

Inspired by former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and his intelligence agencies who allegedly used thallium to kill the regime’s political opponents, a 37-year-old real-estate businessman in Delhi allegedly used the toxin to target his wife and in-laws, police said. On Tuesday night, police arrested Varun Arora, a resident of Greater Kailash, for allegedly killing his mother-in-law. His wife has been in a coma since February, and his sister-in-law died around the same time. “The incident came to light on March 21 when Devendra Mohan Sharma, 62, a manufacturer of homeopathy medicines, approached police and said that his wife Anita Sharma had died at Ganga Ram hospital and that he suspected his son-in-law Arora of murdering her. Sharma alleged that in January, Arora cooked fi...
One year since lockdown 1.0: Services sector distress means journeys of hope are cut short
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One year since lockdown 1.0: Services sector distress means journeys of hope are cut short

A gelateria in Bengaluru, a top European hotel operator, a tony boutique in a high-end Gurgaon mall, a global HR consultancy — these are far away from factory shop-floors in Manesar or Tirupur but here too, it’s the women who have been hit hard by the Covid distress, losing their jobs and finding re-instatement a challenge. Like 24-year-old Lavleen Manglani. A Bachelor’s in catering technology from Hyderabad’s Culinary Academy was her ticket out of Ichalkaranji, a town in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district known for its weaving industry where her father is a cloth trader. She started off with a five-star hotel in Kolkata and then moved as an outlet manager at a gelateria in Bengaluru. Last year’s Covid lockdown cut short her aspirational journey — she is back in Ichalkaranji, ...
Jawaharlal Nehru University Registrar pick illegal, says teachers’ body
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Jawaharlal Nehru University Registrar pick illegal, says teachers’ body

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) Wednesday alleged that the current Registrar Anirban Chakraborti was appointed “illegally” by Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, who is on an extension after his tenure officially ended on January 26, without approval of statutory bodies. They also alleged that for the first time in the history of JNU, the Registrar was named as a member of the Executive Council (EC), even though university statutes say the Registrar is the secretary of EC. A meeting of the EC is scheduled on March 26. Former Registrar Pramod Kumar also said Chakraborti’s name was not brought to the EC — the decision making body in this matter — and concurred that the Registrar is not a member of the EC. “I was told in the evening of the day my te...
12 parties unite to oppose as Centre pushes through Delhi Bill; black day: AAP
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12 parties unite to oppose as Centre pushes through Delhi Bill; black day: AAP

THE CONTROVERSIAL Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which seeks to make the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi equivalent to the Delhi government, was passed in Parliament Wednesday with the Rajya Sabha giving its nod — but not before it became a rallying point for the entire Opposition and saw regional parties uniting in a rare pushback against what they called an overweening Centre. As many as 12 Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha and nine in Lok Sabha opposed the Bill. Outside the House, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had slammed the Bill earlier as a move to undermine his government, described its passage as a “sad day” while Deputy CM Manish Sisodia called it a “black day” for democracy. In Rajya Sabha, 16 MPs from 14 parties...
Delhi: 50 people to be allowed at Markaz this week, High Court told
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Delhi: 50 people to be allowed at Markaz this week, High Court told

The Centre on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that 50 persons will be permitted to hold the Shab-e-Barat ceremony later this week at the mosque located inside Nizamuddin Markaz premises on submission of the details of those persons, including their addresses, to the local police station’s SHO. The submission was made during the hearing of a petition filed by Delhi Waqf Board for easing of restrictions at the premises of Nizamuddin Markaz, which has been locked since a case was registered in connection with a Tablighi Jamaat congregation there last year. The Centre and Delhi Police on Wednesday sought time to file a status report in the case. Justice Mukta Gupta asked authorities to file the status report within two weeks. The case was listed for hearing on April 12 afte...
JEE Main March result 2021 announced; 13 scored 100 percentile – Times of India
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JEE Main March result 2021 announced; 13 scored 100 percentile – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Thirteen candidates scored 100 percentile in the JEE (Main) March exams for admission to engineering programmes. The number of candidates who scored 100 percentile in the February exams was six. The results were announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on Wednesday night. NTA will reopen the registration window on Thursday for correction and registration for the subsequent cycles of April and May and the window is likely to remain open for a week. A total number of 6.19 lakh candidates registered for the March exams and around 5.9 lakh candidates took the test conducted from March 16 to 18, 2021. There are three candidates each from Telangana and Rajasthan who scored 100 percentile which include Bannuru Rohit Kumar Reddy, Madur Adarsh Reddy, Josyula Venkata Aditya, and...
To return to power, Kerala CPM banks on ‘Visual Vijayan Vote’
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To return to power, Kerala CPM banks on ‘Visual Vijayan Vote’

At the press meet in Kottayam, Kerala’s most visible political face is doing what he is best at – telling the media what exactly he wants to do. Not a word more, not a syllable less. The clinically controlled delivery is nothing new to those who have watched this 77-year-old stalwart of both party and government. What is new is that the state’s laidback TV viewers have taken to the measured tone. Over the last one year, since the outbreak of the pandemic in March, Vijayan was on TV at 6 pm on weekdays, giving a methodical account of the day’s Covid situation. Malayalam news channels saw viewerships soar to entertainment channel highs. Party insiders expect a corresponding voter response, notably from women. The cumulative daily build-up of a reassuring chief-in-charge is wh...
PM Modi to attend 50th anniversary of Bangladesh independence | India News – Times of India
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PM Modi to attend 50th anniversary of Bangladesh independence | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In his first visit after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be chief guest at Bangladesh’s celebrations for its 50th anniversary and 100th birth anniversary of its founder Sheikh Mujibur Rehman. Modi will land in Dhaka on March 26 and visit three other towns in Bangladesh before he returns to India on the 27th. He will visit Tungipara, the family village and home of “Bangabandhu” Sheikh Mujibur Rehman; he will offer prayers at the Jessoreshwari Kali temple in Satkhira and at the Matua temple in Orakhandi (this is significant symbolism as the BJP woos the Matua Dalits in West Bengal which goes to the polls on the 27th) Briefing journalists, foreign secretary Harsh Shringla said Bangladesh is India’s biggest development partner in the world, an...