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Markets, malls to open daily, with 50% capacity: Delhi eases more curbs

mktNEW DELHI : Amid a drop in COVID-19 cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced more relaxations in restrictions, allowing malls and markets to open daily from 10 am to 8 pm from Monday. As part of reopening the national capital in a phased-manner.  As per the new directions, all the markets can now re-open without following the odd-even criteria. Schools, colleges, educational & coaching institutions will remain closed.
Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious festival gatherings prohibited. Swimming pools, stadiums, sports complexes, cinema theaters, multiplexes will remain closed. Shops, malls and restaurants in Delhi will open from tomorrow as Covid numbers in the national capital drop to a three-month low. Shops will be open seven days a week instead of the current odd-even system. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, said this will be on trial basis for a week and strict action will be taken if the Covid numbers rise.

Addressing a virtual press briefing, the Chief Minister said that the government will monitor the situation for a week and if COVID-19 cases rise, restrictions will again be imposed on markets and restaurants. He also asserted that the coronavirus situation in Delhi is under control to a larger extent and preparations are on for a possible third wave. The phase-wise unlocking process in Delhi had begun with allowing construction and manufacturing activities from May 31.
Restaurants — which were open only for takeaways and home deliveries — can now have diners but with only 50 per cent of seating capacity. Weekly markets have also been allowed but with 50 per cent vendors and only one market per day will function in each municipal zone. Salons can open but spas will remain shut. Government offices can open with full capacity, private offices with 50 per cent capacity. Delhi Metro and buses will run at 50 per cent capacity.
On Saturday, Delhi government data indicated that only 213 cases were recorded over a 24-hour period — the lowest in more than three months, bringing the overall caseload to 14,30,884. The national capital also recorded 28 deaths due to COVID-19 which took the total death count to 24,800. The current figures are a huge improvement on the numbers from April-May as the national capital crossed 28,000, an all-time high. The subsequent crisis at hospitals – with a shortage of drugs, beds and oxygen – had made headlines.


Delhi Unlock 3: Kejriwal Govt may open Gym, salon, cinema halls from June 12

KejriwalNEW DELHI : The national capital is gearing up for the Unlock-3. Delhi is preparing for the unlocking process amid the lockdown ending on Monday, June 14. Earlier, Unlock-1 started on 31 May and Unlock 2 started on 7 June. According to the reports, in a day or two in the meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) will make the decisions of the relief under Unlock-3.

In such a situation, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi is expected to announce the exemption on Saturday (June 12). With this, the work of making a driving license can start. The decision to open hotels and weekly markets may be postponed. There has been a significant decline in the number of cases and deaths compared to May 2021. The Delhi government does not want to take any chances. So gradually unlocking is being done.
According to reports, officials of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) are contemplating on giving more relaxations or exemptions in the coming days. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is expected to address the public and announce more relaxations in COVID-19 restrictions in the national capital on Saturday. Also, several big announcements may be made this time including the reopening of gyms, salons and cinema halls.

According to DDMA sources, cinema halls may be allowed to open with 50 per cent capacity. However, gyms and salons are expected to stay shut for time being. With Unlock 3, the work of making Driving License can start, whereas the seating capacity of public transport may also be increased. However, the decision to open weekly markets may be postponed. Increase in seating capacity/capacity of public transport is also likely to be increased.
(Bureau Report with Agency Inputs).


Lockdown in Delhi extended till May 3 ,As Covid-19 Cases Surge

AK-2NEW DELHI : In the wake of surging COVID cases in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that lockdown has been extended in the national capital by a week till May 3 (Monday, 5 AM). Delhi has witnessed heart breaking scenes as families watch their loved ones die for want of medical resources at the doorsteps of overstretched hospitals.
Making the announcement at noon, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said: “Coronavirus still continues to wreak havoc in the city. Public opinion is that lockdown should increase. So the lockdown is being extended for one week”.

Mr Kejriwal, however, said the Delhi government will give concessions to courier service and self-employed people providing services — including electricians, plumbers and water purifier repairs — who would need an e-pass. Children’s bookstores and electric fan shops are also exempted.
“We had imposed a six-day lockdown in Delhi. The lockdown is being extended to next Monday till 5 am,” Kejriwal said in a virtual address, a move that meant the city will be under tight restrictions for at least little more than a week. “The lockdown was out last weapon against Corona. We have spoken to several sections and have decided to extend the lockdown by one more week. We hope that this will further bring down the positivity rate,” Mr. Kejriwal said. He added that despite the lockdown, cases continue to rise in the city and the spread has not stopped.

However, he said that the positivity rate that rose to 36-37% (the highest in the country) during the start of the lockdown is now showing signs of improvement over the past two days, and has fallen in the past 24-hours below 30%. “We have to monitor this situation closely and see if it comes down further,” he said. On the oxygen shortage in the city that has lead to several deaths, the Chief Minister said that the government has been working all night to ensure that oxygen reaches hospital on time.
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On Thursday, the city had recorded a positivity rate of 36.24 per cent — the highest since the pandemic reached. While it dropped to 32.27 per cent last evening, the number of fatalities reached a record high of 357. The number of cases, though, dropped from last week’s 28,000-plus a day to over 24,000 — a high caseload that has kept the city’s hospitals at a breaking point, with a galloping crisis of beds, drugs and oxygen.

“While we have failed to deliver oxygen at some places, in other places we have succeeded the situation should be under control in the coming few days,” the Chief Minister said.Currently, though the Centre has increased Delhi’s oxygen quota again from 480 to 490 metric tons, the access problems remain. “The requirement is 700 metric tons and what’s reaching us is 330 to 335 metric tonnes only,” he said.

To get ahead of the curve, the Delhi government has started a portal for oxygen management. This will record the status of supplies from the manufactures to the hospitals every two hours, he said. Hospitals will have to give their consumption data in the last two hours and the supplier has to tell how much was supplied in that period, Mr Kejriwal explained. “With this, the government will know where there is going to be a shortage and it can be corrected,” he said. “This will let the government know where there is a shortfall and can be fixed accordingly,” he added.


Delhi lockdown: Who are exempted?

Officials of Government of India, its autonomous or subordinate offices and PSUs, on production of valid I-card.
Offices of Delhi government, autonomous bodies, corporations shall remain closed except those involved in essential and emergency services such as Health and Family Welfare and all related medical establishments.
Police, Prisons, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and emergency Services, District Administration, Pay and Account Office, Services, GAD, Electricity, Water and Sanitation, Public transport (air, railways, delhi metro, uses) including all incidental services or activities that are essential for smooth functioning of all modes of public transport (such as handling of cargo, ticketing, air freight station, CFS ICD etc), Disaster Management and related services, NIC, NCC and Municipal services, and all other essential services.
All Judicial officers, official staff members of all courts of Delhi on production of valid I-card, service ID card, photo entry passes permission letters issued by the court administration.
All private medical personnel such as doctors, nursing staff, paramedical etc, and other hospital services (such as hospitals, diagnostic centres, testing laboratories, clinics, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, medical oxygen suppliers and other medical and health services including incidental services/activities such as supply of medical instruments & consumables, sanitation, security) on production of valid I-card.
Pregnant women and patients for getting medical health services along with attendant, on production of valid I-card, doctor’s prescription, medical papers.
Persons who are going for COVID-19 testing or vaccination, on production of valid |-card. Persons coming from or going to airports, railway stations/SBTs allowed to travel on production of valid ticket.Officers/officials functioning in the offices of Diplomats of various countries as well as persons holding any constitutional post on production of valid I-card. Electronic and print Media on production of valid I-card.

Students shall be allowed to appear in examination on production of valid admit card. The examination staff deployed for exam duties shall be allowed to travel on production of valid I-card.Movement of persons for marriage related gatherings up to 50 persons (on production of soft or hard copy of marriage card) and funeral/ last rites related gatherings up to 20 persons is continued to be allowed.

Delhi lockdown: Who will require an e-pass? • Shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy & milk booths, meat & fish, animal fodder, pharmaceuticals, opticians, medicines and medical equipment, news papers distribution.• Banks, Insurance offices and ATMs, SEBI/ Stock related offices • Telecommunications, Internet services, Broadcasting and Cable services, IT and IT enabled services. • Delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through e-commerce.
(With Agency Inputs).

CBSE Changes question pattern, increases competency-based questions

CBSE-ANEW DELHI : As Per New Education Policy, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to make some changes to classes 9th t0 12th examinations for the 2021-2022 academic session.
In the next session, the CBSE board plans to encourage more Competency-Based questions or questions that assess the application of concepts in real-life or unfamiliar situations.

The new pattern will be part of the question papers of Classes 10, 12 board exams and Classes 9, 11 final exams.
As per the new circular, competency-based questions would be about 30 per cent for Classes 9 and 10 and 20 per cent for Classes 11 and 12. CBSE explained that the competency-based questions could be in the form of Multiple Choice Questions, Case-Based Questions, Course-Based integrated questions or any other types. Besides, the CBSE would continue with Objective Type questions as well as Short and Long Answer Type Questions.

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Plan your study for new academic session: Create a proper study plan for the year. Prepare a detailed schedule for yourself where you optimally divide your time for all of your subjects. Keep time for practicing and solving papers using CBSE Class 10th and 12th Question Bank (2021-22) for 2022 exams along with NCERT Books for every chapter you start, which will not only familiarise you with the exam pattern but will help you build confidence and finish your paper on time.
Learn from the past academic year: Take out time to assess and analyse your performance in the last academic year and learn from your mistakes. Make a list of the subjects in which you`re strong and weak respectively and allot more time to work on your weak areas in the next academic year.

Manish Sisodia accuses Haryana Govt. of blocking oxygen supply to Delhi

SisodiaNEW DELHI : Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia on Wednesday accused the Haryana government of blocking medical oxygen supply to Delhi. The Haryana government, however, vehemently refuted the allegations, stating that no one in the administration had hampered anything.

He said the Centre decides the quota of oxygen for States and the AAP govt had been demanding that the Centre increase Delhi’s quota of oxygen from 378 metric tones to 700 metric tones. The central government is yet to take a step in this direction, he said.
“We again demand that the Centre increase our oxygen quota to 700 MT in view of the increased consumption. Patients from several States, including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, are admitted in city hospitals,” Mr. Sisodia said at a press conference.
He claimed that an official of the Haryana government stopped oxygen supply from a plant in Faridabad. The Delhi government demands that States should get their allotted share of oxygen without others interfering into it, he added.
In a press conference, Sisodia said the AAP government had been demanding that the Centre increase Delhi’s quota of oxygen from 378 metric tonnes to 700 metric tonnes. Notably, several hospitals in Delhi scrambled to save the lives of coronavirus patients amid its shortage for the second consecutive day.
Meanwhile, Reacting to it, Haryana Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan told PTI: “No supply has been stopped to Delhi. This is not true.” Earlier in the day, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij alleged that a tanker carrying medical oxygen for COVID patients in hospitals, which was going from Panipat to Faridabad, was “looted” by the Delhi government and said all oxygen tankers will now move with police escort.

The Central government, which decides the quota of oxygen for states, is yet to take a step in this direction, the deputy chief minister said. Sisodia said, “We again demand that the Centre increase our oxygen quota to 700 MT in view of the increased consumption. Patients from several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, are admitted in city hospitals,” adding that an official of the Haryana government stopped oxygen supply from a plant in Faridabad.
In a statement, the Delhi government said, “It’s indeed unfortunate that states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are curtailing the supply of life-saving oxygen to Delhi.” It said, “Just as the Haryana government, the Uttar Pradesh government has illegally captured the oxygen production plants, depriving Delhi of oxygen.”
(With Agency Inputs ).

Delhi Schools On Summer Vacation From Tomorrow

DElhi SchoolsNEW DELHI : The Delhi government today issued a circular advancing the summer vacation in all city schools as the national capital fights a massive battle against coronavirus. The vacation, earlier scheduled from May 11 to June 3, will now begin from tomorrow and schools will remain shut till June 9, the order said.
“In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, the summer vacation during Academic Session 2021-2022 is hereby rescheduled and will be observed from April 20 to June 9,” the Directorate of Education (DoE) said in an official order. The summer vacations will be observed till June 9 2021, as per the official revised notification released by the Directorate of Education (DOE) today on its official website at

In the current view of the COVID-19 situation, students will not be called to schools, however, vacation staff can be called by school principals for any school-related work such as academic, admission, examination etc., as per DoE’s latest order.
As per the latest Official statement by DoE “ Summer Vacation during Academic session 2021-22 were to be observed from 11.05.2021, Tuesday to 30.6.2021. Now, in view of COVID pandemic conditions, the Summer Vacation for the same academic session are hereby rescheduled and will be observed from 20.4.2021 to 09.06.2021.
During the vacation period, Heads of Schools are hereby authorized to call vacation staff as per requirement for any school-related work (academic, admission, examination etc.) maintaining COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) and following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Competent Authorities from time to time.”


Delhi lockdown: Here’s what’s allowed and what’s not

delhi-lockdown (1)NEW DELHI:  Chief Minister Aravind Kejriwal said that city’s health system is under stress, adding that hospitals are facing a shortage of oxygen and ICU beds. “I appeal to Delhiites to follow lockdown which is necessary to reduce COVID cases. We will improve the health system during this time,” he said.  Essential services, however, will be exempted during the weeklong curfew, adding that all private and government offices will work remotely. All essential services such as groceries, dairies, shops selling fruits and vegetables, bakeries, and confectionaries shall also remain open.

The Delhi government has issued a detailed order on the restrictions and permissions during the lockdown. “There shall be curfew on movement of individuals (except for exemptions given below in this order) in the territory of NCT of Delhi with effect from 10:00 pm on 19.04.2021 (Monday) to 5:00 am on 26.04.2021 (Monday),” the order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management authority read.

Delhi lockdown restrictions:

  1. Essential services including food services and medical services permitted
  2. Weddings allowed with a gathering of only 50 people and separate passes will be issued for this purpose
  3. 20 people allowed for funerals/last rites and related gatherings
  4. Public transport like Delhi Metro (up to 50 per cent seating capacity), public buses (up to 50 per cent seating capacity), auto and e-rickshaws (up to 2 passengers), RTV (up to 11 passengers) allowed
  5. All social/political/sports/entertainment/cultural/ religious gatherings prohibited
  6. Government officials allowed to move on production of valid identity card
  7. Offices of Delhi government and concerned departments will remain closed except those involved in essential and emergency services like Health and Family Welfare and all related medical establishments, police, prisons, Home Guards, Civil Defence, fire and emergency services, district administration, electricity, water and sanitation, public transport (air/Railways/Delhi Metro/Buses) including all incidental services/activities that are essential for smooth functioning of all modes of public transport, disaster management
  8. All other private offices/establishments, shops, shopping centres, malls, weekly markets, manufacturing units, educational and coaching institutes, cinema and theatres, restaurants and bars, auditoriums, entertainment/amusement parks, public parks and gardens, gyms, spas, barbershops, swimming pools (except for those being used for sports purposes), construction activities (except where labour are residing onsite) etc shall remain closed
  9. All judicial officers and staff members of all courts of Delhi including the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court allowed to travel on production of valid ID card.
  10. Pregnant women and patients with attendant going for medical treatment permitted to travel on the production of valid ID card/ doctor’s prescription/ medical papers
  11. Persons going for COVID vaccination permitted to travel
  12. Persons coming from/going to airports/railway stations/ISBTs permitted to travel on the production of a valid ticket
  13. Electronic and Print Media persons permitted to travel
  14. Officers/officials working in the offices of Diplomats of various countries permitted to travel
  15. Persons holding any constitutional post permitted to travel
  16. Persons/students allowed to appear in examinations permitted to travel on the production of valid admit card
  17. There will be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of essential goods
  18. Religious places allowed to open but can’t allow visitor inside.
  • All emergency personnel will be exempted from the restricting orders.
  • Banks, insurance offices and ATMs will remain open
  • Home delivery and takeaway of food by restaurants will be allowed.
  • Telecommunications, internet services, cable services, and IT enabled services will be open.
  • Petrol pumps, LPG, CNG, petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets shall remain open.
  • All private offices will work from home
  • Only government offices will remain open
  • Private medical personnel exempted on production of valid ID.
  • Pregnant women/patients going for medical aid along with attendant, exempted on production of valid ID/doctor’s prescription/medical papers.
  • Those going for testing/vaccination exempted on production of valid ID
  • Persons coming from/going to Airports/Railway stations/ISBTs allowed to travel on production of valid ticket.
  • Officials in the officers of diplomats of various countries as well as persons holding any constitutional post exempted on the production of valid ID
  • Malls, gymnasiums and auditoriums will remain closed till 30 April.
  • During curfew, movement of persons for marriage related gatherings up to 50 persons (on production of soft or hard copy of marriage card)
  • During curfew, movement of persons for funeral related gatherings up to 20 persons is continued to be allowed
  • Media exempted on production of valid ID card.

Delhi Govt Mulls Extending Weekend Curfew to Weekdays

nightcurfewNEW DELHI :The Delhi government will likely extend the weekend lockdown as the national capital has been reporting a record surge in daily coronavirus cases, sources say.
The decision is expected to be announced after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s meeting over the Covid situation Monday at 11 AM.
According to sources, the Delhi government is mulling to extend the weekend lockdown to weekdays as the national capital has witnessed a steep rise in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases.

A final decision in this regard will be taken at a high-level meeting between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal scheduled to take place on Monday at 11 am.
The sources further said that more restrictions could be announced after the crucial meeting tomorrow between Kejriwal and Baijal.
The curfew began at 10pm on Friday and will continue till 6am on Monday, while essential services were exempted from the curbs. According to the new directives, shopping malls, gyms, spas, auditoriums, assembly halls, entertainment parks and similar public places were shut. While cinemas and theatres were allowed to operate on 30 per cent capacity, restaurants and other eateries will only provide take-away and home delivery services.

Kejriwal had said that the pandemic situation in the city has become “very serious and worrisome”, with oxygen stock, and Remdesivir and Tocilizumab drugs for patients in short supply. He said the number of beds are also running out fast and the Delhi government is trying to escalate beds on a large scale in the coming days.
Delhi on Sunday recorded the biggest jump in its daily Covid-19 tally with 25,462 fresh cases, and 161 people died due to the disease in the last 24 hours, while the positivity rate also shot up to 29.74 per cent. Around 20,159 people have recovered from the infection. There are a total of 74,941 active cases in the national capital and the death toll jumped to 12,121.
Kejriwal had last week announced a weekend curfew to curb a worrying surge in Covid-19 cases in Delhi. Kejriwal said in a video address, “The weekend curfew will break the Covid-19 chain in Delhi. These curbs are for your safety. We will beat this fourth Covid-19 wave with your help.

Mr Kejriwal on Friday said that the rapidly increasing caseload had been exerting tremendous pressure on the national capital’s health infrastructure.
“The situation is very serious and worrisome. Cases have gone up really fast. That is why we are facing shortages even though everything seemed under control until a few days ago. But the speed at which this corona is growing, no one knows where its peak will be,” he said in a virtual address.
Mr Kejriwal said the national capital had been experiencing shortages of hospital beds, drugs and medical oxygen.
“Any health infrastructure has limitations. The government is trying its best to increase the number of beds. I hope that we will be able to add 6,000 more beds in the next two to four days,” he added.
(With Media Reports).

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal urges Centre to shun arrogance and scrap farm laws

AKNEW DELHI : In a major confrontation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal criticised the BJP-ruled Centre for its handling of the farmers’ protest, and announced that his party Aam Aadmi Party will hold a one-day fast on Monday in response to a call given by the agitating farmers.
Arvind Kejriwal asked Centre to shun “arrogance” and scrap three farm laws as demanded by agitating farmers, and bring a Bill to guarantee minimum support price (MSP) for agricultural produce.

Kejriwal said he will hold one-day fast on Monday in response to a call given by the agitating farmers and urged his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers as well as the people of the country to join in.The farmer unions have also announced a hunger strike from 8 am to 5 pm on December 14 at Singhu border where scores of farmers have been protesting since November 26.
The chief minister said the Centre should immediately accept all demands of the farmers. Kejriwal called on the Centre to shun “arrogance” and scrap the three controversial farm laws as demanded by farmers union leaders, and also urged that a Bill be brought which will guarantee minimum support price (MSP) for agricultural produce.
Addressing a virtual press briefing, the chief minister said the Centre should immediately accept all demands of the farmers who have been protesting on Delhi’s borders for the past two weeks.

Enacted in September, the three farm laws have been projected by the central government as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country.
However, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of MSP and do away with the mandi system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

Saffron leader Kapil Mishra apologies to AAP minister Satyendar Jain for Rs 2 crore bribe

kapil-mishra-satyendar-jain-908627-1603965881NEW DELHI : Controversial BJP leader Kapil Mishra has tendered an unconditional apology to senior AAP leader and Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain for accusing him three years ago of paying Rs two crore to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Following withdrew the defamation case he filed against Mishra, who was AAP Minister and left the party following differences with Kejriwal and other leaders. After recording the unconditional apology, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuj Vishal Pahuja allowed Jain to withdraw his complaint.
In his statement submitted in the court, Mishra said the statements made against Jain were “politically motivated and wrong” and that he tenders “unconditional apology to the complainant and the same will never be repeated”.
“It is submitted by the accused (Kapil Mishra) that he is ready to make a statement before the court tendering unconditional apology. Complainant (Satyendar Jain) also submitted that in case the accused gives his statement before the court, he shall withdraw the present complaint,” the Court recorded.
After recording the statement of Mr Mishra, as well as Mr Jain, the Court disposed of the defamation complaint as withdrawn.In a press conference held in 2017, Mr Mishra had accused Mr Jain of handing over a bribe of ₹ 2 crore to Arvind Kejriwal.
Mr Mishra also claimed that Mr Jain “settled a land deal worth ₹ 50 crore of Kejriwal’s relative”.On social media, Mr Mishra went on to state that Mr Jain would go to jail in a few days. If convicted, the offence of defamation entails a maximum punishment of two years.

Satendra Jain withdrew the defamation case he filed against Mishra, who was AAP Minister and left the party following differences with Kejriwal and other leaders. After recording the unconditional apology,
During a press conference, Mishra had said, “I saw Satyendar Jain give Kejriwal Rs two crore in cash. I asked him ‘What is this?’ He (Kejriwal) refused to answer. And then he said in politics things like this happen that can only be talked about later.”
AAP tweeted, “truth prevails! Kapil Mishra tenders unconditional apology to Satyendar Jain for levelling false charges of corruption against him. Admits directing baseless and politically motivated charges against the AAP leader.”
As AAP celebrated the apology, Mishra hit back tweeting images of a series of apologies issued by Kejriwal to political opponents who had filed defamation cases against him.