Delhi news highlights, 7 September: PM Modi to inaugurate ‘Kartavya Path’ today – The Indian Express

Central Vista Inauguration Live, Kartavya Path Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the revamped Central Vista Avenue in the heart of the national capital on Thursday evening. The new-look stretch covers lawns on either side of Rajpath — now renamed as Kartavya Path — from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, covering around 101 acres.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Wednesday approved a proposal to rename Rajpath as ‘Kartavya Path’. Lok Sabha MP and NDMC member Meenakshi Lekhi said the proposal was approved in a special meeting of the NDMC Council. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the revamped Central Vista avenue on Thursday. Due to this, offices and departments located in the New Delhi district will remain shut after 4 pm, and officials will be asked to work from home. The Delhi Traffic Police has also issued a traffic advisory for that day, anticipating a large number of arrivals post-inauguration.
More than a month after it began submissions, the Delhi Police Wednesday concluded its arguments against activist Umar Khalid’s bail appeal before the Delhi High Court in the case of alleged larger conspiracy behind the Northeast Delhi riots. The division bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar listed the case for further hearing on September 9 after senior advocate Trideep Pais, representing Khalid, sought time to rebut the prosecution’s stand. The court also asked Pais and the counsel representing police to file their written submissions, indicating that the order in the matter will be reserved this week.
Walkways, benches and more lights and spruced-up lawns — all spread over 2 kilometres and 700 acres. This, in essence, is the revamped Central Vista Avenue in the heart of the national capital, which is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening.

The new-look stretch covers lawns on either side of Rajpath — now renamed as Kartavya Path — from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, covering around 101 acres. They have been replanted with different species of grass appropriate to location, according to sources associated with the project.

Storm water drains have been included to prevent water-logging. The canals along both sides of Rajpath have been fitted with aerators, and walls have been reinforced to prevent seepage. A total of 16 bridges, eight over each of the two canals, have been laid out in textured lakha red granite. The railings of the bridges are made of red sandstone with carved jaalis. The canals also have two parallel granite pathways, covering 16.5 km. Read more. 
Walkways, benches and more lights and spruced-up lawns — all spread over 2 kilometres and 700 acres. This, in essence, is the revamped Central Vista Avenue in the heart of the national capital, which is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening. 
The new-look stretch covers lawns on either side of Rajpath — now renamed as Kartavya Path — from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, covering around 101 acres. They have been replanted with different species of grass appropriate to location, according to sources associated with the project. Storm water drains have been included to prevent water-logging.
The canals along both sides of Rajpath have been fitted with aerators, and walls have been reinforced to prevent seepage. A total of 16 bridges, eight over each of the two canals, have been laid out in textured lakha red granite. The railings of the bridges are made of red sandstone with carved jaalis. The canals also have two parallel granite pathways, covering 16.5 km. Read more. 
Eighteen underground stations coming up under the Phase-IV of the Delhi Metro will have full-height platform screen doors (PSDs), a feature currently seen only at the Airport Line, a senior official said.
The remaining elevated stations will have half-height PSDs like some of the corridors have at present, he said.
Under phase-4, the Delhi Metro is adding around 65 km on new lines on three corridors — Majlis Park to Maujpur (12.31 km), Janakpuri West to R K Ashram Marg (29.26 km), and Delhi Aerocity to Tughlakabad or Silver Line (23.62 km) with a total of 45 stations. The construction work on these corridors is under progress. (PTI)
Delhi Lieutenant Governor (L-G) V K Saxena has written a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to release Rs 383.74 crore funds for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), pointing out that it has been pending for two years, the L-G’s office said on Wednesday.
Sharing the letter on Twitter, the L-G’s office said that Saxena has asked for the release of the fund meant to be spent on education and health and added that holding the fund “without any reason” was adversely impacting primary education and health in Delhi.
“It has been brought to my notice that Rs 383.74 crore for the year 2021 and 2022 under the plan heads of the Urban Development, Education and Medical has not been released to the MCD by the Urban Development Department of GNCTD,” the letter reads, referring to the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. Read More 
The nationwide Foundational Learning Survey (FLS) has found more than half of the assessed class III children from Delhi to have either “limited” foundational numeracy skills or “lacking the most basic knowledge and skills”, once again throwing light on foundational numeracy gaps in Delhi.
The study, carried out jointly by the Union Ministry of Education and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), was carried out among 86,000 class III children in 10,000 schools in the country. In Delhi, the sample size was 2,945 students from across 515 schools.
Based on children’s performances, they were placed in four categories: those who lacked the most basic knowledge and skills; those who have limited knowledge and skills; those who have developed sufficient knowledge and skill; and those who have developed superior knowledge. In foundational numeracy, 40% of these assessed children in Delhi were found to have limited knowledge and skills, and 12% per cent were found to lack the most basic knowledge and skills, while 41% were found to have sufficient knowledge and skill, and 7% to have superior knowledge and skill. Read More 
The Delhi traffic police have issued an advisory anticipating a large number of people to turn up around the Central Vista project after its inauguration scheduled for Thursday (September 8).
The traffic police announced general traffic diversions from 6 pm to 9 pm on several roads to ensure the safety of children and pedestrians, and smooth traffic movement in the New Delhi district. Read More
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the lawyers for city Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot and BJP MLA Vijender Gupta to explore the possibility of settling the defamation case the AAP leader has filed against the latter over allegations of irregularities in procurement of low floor buses by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).
A bench headed by Justice Rajiv Shakdher observed defamation cases involving political leaders are “only posturing” and said, “Counsel for the parties will explore the possibility to arrive at a settlement.” The bench, also comprising Justice Tara Vitasta Ganju, was hearing an appeal by the AAP leader against a single judge order declining to grant him interim relief on his defamation lawsuit against Gupta.
Gahlot had approached the high court last year with his civil defamation lawsuit against Gupta and sought Rs five crore in damages from the BJP leader accusing him of making scandalous statements over procurement of 1,000 low floor buses by DTC. (PTI)
Three men working at a banquet hall in Outer Delhi died after a high-tension wire fell on their iron trolley. Police said the deceased were  trimming trees using the iron trolley. The wire accidentally fell on it and two men were charred. The third victim came to help them but also got electrocuted and died.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday addressed a press conference during the launch of the AAP’s ‘Make India number 1’ campaign starting in Hisar, Haryana and said “For the last 75 years, these parties and these netas have done dirty politics in our country and they will not let us succeed for the next 75 years if we depend on them. We need to unite again to make India a developed nation
“I appeal everyone-BJP, Congress AAP-we don’t want to to ‘party baazi’. Everyone should unite and sends missed call on this number. 9510001000. Kejriwal’s campaign has a five-point “vision” of free education, employment, healthcare, respect, dignity, equality and safety for women as well as a fair price for farm crops.
The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the counsel representing Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot and BJP MLA Vijender Gupta to explore the possibility of arriving at a settlement over the alleged defamatory statements made by the MLA against the minister in relation to “irregularities” in the process for purchase and maintenance of buses by Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).
Gahlot last year approached the court with a suit accusing Gupta of making scandalous allegations against him with regard to the tender process for the purchase and maintenance of 1,000 low-floor buses by the DTC. Read more
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to modernise 14,500 government schools in India under the PM-SHRI programme and said it will take ‘more than 100 years’ at this rate to revamp them.
On Monday, Modi said in a tweet that 14,500 schools across the country will be developed and upgraded under the Pradhan Mantri Schools for Rising India (PM-SHRI) Yojana. The prime minister had also said under PM-SHRI, schools will be equipped with modern infrastructure, the latest technology, smart classrooms, upgraded sports facilities, and more. Read more
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Wednesday approved a proposal to rename Rajpath as ‘Kartavya Path’. Lok Sabha MP and NDMC member Meenakshi Lekhi said the proposal was approved in a special meeting of the NDMC Council.
The Noida police have arrested two people for their alleged involvement in running an illegal telephone exchange and recovered items worth Rs. 30 lakh from the premises, said officials Tuesday. The accused have been identified as Sweety Sharma and Pankaj Saafi, both 32, said the police. Sharma is a resident of Bisrakh while Safi belongs to Bihar, they added.
The arrests came after a complaint was filed by an assistant manager of Reliance Jio Infocomm alleging that a company Gate Great Digital Marketing Pvt Ltd in Noida’s Sector 63 was running a fake telephone exchange, they added. Read more
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and alleged that more than 80 per cent of government schools in the country are worse than junkyards. Kejriwal termed the prime minister’s decision to modernize 14,500 schools “a drop of water in the ocean.” Kejriwal also pushed for a plan to upgrade all 10 lakh government schools in the country.
“In India, daily 27 crore students go to school daily, out of which 18 crore students go to government schools. The condition of 80 per cent government schools is worse than a junkyard. If we are giving such education to crores of our children, imagine how the country will be developed,” Kejriwal said in his letter written in Hindi.
प्रधानमंत्री जी को मेरा पत्र। उन्होंने 14,500 स्कूलों को अपग्रेड करने का एलान किया, बहुत अच्छा। लेकिन देश में 10 लाख सरकारी स्कूल हैं। इस तरह तो सारे स्कूल ठीक करने में सौ साल से ज़्यादा लग जाएँगे। आपसे अनुरोध है कि सभी दस लाख स्कूलों को एक साथ ठीक करने का प्लान बनाया जाए। pic.twitter.com/Cegk9XvIDZ

Days after Tata Sons’ former chairman Cyrus Mistry died in a road accident in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, the Delhi Police took to Twitter on Tuesday to urge citizens to not ‘over-speed’ and always wear seatbelts inside a car. “Don’t go fast. Fasten your seat belt. Doesn’t matter where you are sitting, front seats or back seats. Wear seat belts. Buckle up every single time!,” the Delhi Police tweet said, with the hashtag Road Safety and Delhi Police Cares. Read more
The Delhi govt announced the ban on the production, sale and use of all types of firecrackers till January 1, 2023, said Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday. He said the ban extends to online sale of firecrackers.
“Production, storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers are being completely banned so that people’s lives can be saved,” Rai tweeted. “Online sale/delivery of firecrackers will also be banned in Delhi this time. The restriction will remain in force till January 1, 2023,” he said.
इस बार दिल्ली में पटाखों की ऑनलाइन बिक्री / डिलीवरी पर भी प्रतिबंध रहेगा। यह प्रतिबंध 1 जनवरी 2023 तक लागू रहेगा।

प्रतिबंध को कड़ाई से लागू करने को लेकर दिल्ली पुलिस, DPCC और राजस्व विभाग के साथ मिलकर कार्य योजना बनाई जाएगी।
The Delhi government on Wednesday announced the ban on production, storage, sale and use of firecrackers till Jan 1, 2023, said Environment Minister Gopal Rai.
BJP begins Delhi Metro campaign to take ‘AAP corrupt’ message to the people

South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri interacts with a passenger at the Govindpuri metro station.

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Delhi BJP leaders began a campaign seeking public support for their demand for the removal of Deputy CM Manish Sisodia from the AAP government over the alleged liquor excise policy scam. The campaign is being conducted outside around metro stations and other prominent locations in the national capital. South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri reached the Govindpuri metro station on Wednesday and began interacting with passengers.
Union minister Kiren Rijiju Wednesday targeted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, as the latter prepares the launch the ‘Make India Number 1’ yatra. “Shri A. Kejriwal wants to make India World No.1 but what has he done to Punjab within a year? Delhi is National Capital, and the per capita income of Delhi is three times higher than the average per capita of India. Huge revenue is extravagantly wasted!” Rijiju wrote on Twitter. Read more
Shri A. Kejriwal wants to make India World No.1 but what has he done to Punjab within a year?
Delhi is National Capital, and the per capita income of Delhi is three times higher than the average per capita of India. Huge revenue is extravagantly wasted!https://t.co/jKomVtWIdP

Barely 30 metres from the hall where he studied at a madrasa, the decomposed body of an 11-year-old boy, partially covered in sand with a wooden ply lying on his face and upper body, was found in a small room inside a mosque in Nuh on Monday. Police said the boy, suspected to have gone missing from the madrasa on Saturday evening, was found murdered. No arrest has been made so far as mystery shrouds the circumstances that led to the death. His family said they received information that he had gone missing from the madrasa at 7.05 pm on Saturday.
The Delhi High Court has directed the IG Prisons (Delhi) to ensure that isolation medical wards or quarantine zones are created in all jails so that there is no compelling need to release the accused, who may be suffering from a contagious disease, repeatedly on interim bail.
Justice Asha Menon said the fact that a person suffering from contagious diseases is continued to be allowed to stay in jail with no provision for quarantine is a matter of concern. The court passed the order after hearing an application moved by an accused in an NDPS Act case.

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