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Delhi and Central Government Orders Conflicts : Airport Lockdown cancelled by Central Government

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Sunday overturned Delhi government’s order that suspended operations of domestic flights at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.

Delhi Lockdown

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced a total lockdown in the national capital in wake of the coronavirus outbreak. “All domestic/international flights arriving in Delhi during this period shall be suspended,” the state government’s order that was announced at around 6:30 PM on Sunday said.

Delhi Airport will work

However, shortly afterwards, the spokesperson for the Central Civil Aviation Ministry informed that the airport will continue to operate. “Domestic flights to and from IGI Airport, Delhi shall continue to operate and the airport shall remain functional,” the spokesperson said.

As per reports, civil aviation is a Central subject and therefore the DGCA had the power to deem Delhi government’s order as null. The state government has the power to prohibit entry into the region via road though.

“The subject falls under the central government (aviation ministry), and they have decided that all domestic flights to and from IGIA Delhi shall continue to operate and the airport shall remain functional,” DGCA Chief Arun Kumar was quoted as saying by Indian Express.

On the other hand officials in Delhi government said that the decision was taken keeping Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal in the loop. “He is the representative of the Centre. He signed the order and was present at the press conference. Our order is very clear. We do not think flights should be allowed to function. We have to go into complete lockdown,” Indian Express quoted a senior government official as saying.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s urge public not panic and rather take precautions

Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the people of the country not to panic about the situation and take necessary precautions as the ‘fully vigilant’ state machinery takes steps to ensure safety for all.

The Prime Minister advised people to avoid large gatherings, and also urged them to avoid ‘non-essential travel.’  

“Say No to Panic, Say Yes to Precautions.No Minister of the Central Government will travel abroad in the upcoming days. I urge our countrymen to also avoid non-essential travel. We can break the chain of spread and ensure the safety of all by avoiding large gatherings,” Modi tweeted.

“The Government is fully vigilant about the situation due to COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Across ministries & states, multiple steps have been proactively taken to ensure safety of all.These steps are wide-ranging, from suspension of Visas to augmenting healthcare capacities,” Modi added.

Meanwhile, the Union Ministry of Health on Thursday reviewed its preparedness in the wake of the outbreak.

Addressing a press conference, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of the Union Ministry of Health listed the steps taken by the Government of India to tackle the coronavirus threat, under the supervision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“We already have around 1 lakh testing kits available, additional testing kits have already been ordered and they are also in procurement. 52 testing facilities are located across the country. There are a total of 56 sample collection centers,” the Health Ministry official said.

According to a Press Information Bureau (PIB) release, India’s response was initiated on January 8 this year, much before WHO declared COVID-19 as a public health emergency on January 30. States were directed for health sector preparedness on January 17. On the same day, point of entry surveillance was also initiated.

Appropriate arrangements have been made for community surveillance, quarantine facilities, isolation wards, adequate PPEs, trained manpower, rapid response teams for management of COVID-19. Screening at airports was started on January 17 at three airports (Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata) which was extended to four more airports (Chennai, Cochin, Bengaluru, Hyderabad) on January 21. It was subsequently extended to 30 airports. Now all incoming passengers are being universally screened at the 30 airports.

Similarly, screening was initiated for vessels arriving at 12 major ports and 65 non-major ports.

India started evacuating nationals from COVID-19 affected countries on February 21. So far, the Government of India has evacuated 900 Indian citizens along with 48 belonging to other nationalities like Maldives, Myanmar, Bangladesh, China, US, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru. 

In addition, 83 evacuees from Italy who arrived yesterday have been housed at Manesar facility for quarantine. All patients in hospitals are being treated and reported to be stable.

A high-level group of union ministers was constituted to continuously monitor the situation and evaluate preparedness and formulate measures regarding the management of COVID-19 in the country. The Group of Ministers (GoM) has met six times so far to review the situation.

With the  Novel Coronavirus being declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), India has now recorded 73 cases of Covid -19. 


Schools, colleges, cinema halls to remain shut in Delhi till March 31 over Coronavirus Outbreak

Delhi government declared Coronavirus an epidemic and ordered all cinema halls to remain shut in the national capital till March 31. All schools and colleges where exams are not being held will also remain closed till further orders.

He also said that disinfecting all public places, including government, private offices and shopping malls has been made compulsory in view of coronavirus scare. 

There are now five positive cases in the Delhi-NCR region which includes: one person residing in Uttam Nagar with a recent travel history to Thailand and Malaysia, a 41-year old Mayur Vihar resident with travel history to Italy, Paytm employee in Gurgaon who recently returned from a vacation in Italy, and a Ghaziabad resident with travel history to Iran,  a 35-year-old Noida resident, a tourist guide by profession tested positive after coming incontact with tourists from Italy. 

He also informed that vacant flats will be used for quarantine as positive coronavirus cases mount up in the country.

Meanwhile, Rashtrapati Bhavan has closed all public tour visits from Friday as a precautionary measure against the further spreading of the virus.

Earlier, Kejriwal appealed to employers to provide paid leave to those quarantined so that their livelihood is not affected. Moreover, he urged people to contact the government if anybody from the neighbourhood returned from a foreign trip within the last 14 days.

168 isolation beds were set up at 25 hospitals for coronavirus patients, Kejriwal further said.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in India rose to 73.

Two patients from Pune tested positive, confirmed cases rise to 47 in India

Two people in Pune, with travel history to Dubai, have tested positive for novel coronavirus, becoming the latest cases of infection on Monday, taking the number of those infected in India to 47. This came soon after a Bengaluru resident who recently returned from the US and a Punjab man with a travel history to Italy were confirmed with coronavirus infection.

Both Pune patients have been admitted to Naidu Hospital in the city.

Earlier, a three-year-old child who returned to Kerala from Italy tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The latest state to report a positive case is from Karnataka where a Bengaluru resident who recently returned from the US is confirmed to have been infected with the new virus.

This was confirmed by Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar who said the condition of the person is stable.

“The wife and child of Bengaluru coronavirus patient have been quarantined. He returned to Bengaluru from the US on March 1, and developed symptoms on March 5. A colleague who was travelling with him has also been quarantined,” he said.

“A total of 2666 people may have come in contact with the person who has tested positive for Coronavirus. He travelled from the US to India via Dubai; Contact tracing is underway,” Sudhakar added.

Another confirmed case was reported from Punjab’s Hoshiarpur where a person with a travel history to Italy tested positive on Monday.

There are other two suspected cases in Chandigarh who have been admitted to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research

“Two suspected coronavirus patients have been admitted today. They’re husband-wife from Baltana, Punjab. They had visited Switzerland and returned on March 1,” the medical college said.

Their samples have been taken and the report is likely to come out later on Monday night, it said.

In Kerala, the number of positive cases has risen to nine, with the child being treated at the isolation ward of Ernakulam’s Kalamassery Medical College hospital while five others undergoing treatment in Pathanamthitta. This includes three early cases who have been treated and discharged.

Twelve people, including the child and its parents, are under observation in the isolation ward of Kochi’s Kalamassery Medical College Hospital.

The child and its family returned to India at 7.55 am on March 7 by an Emirates flight (EK 530). The state health authorities have appealed to all the passengers of the flight to report to them immediately.

The Kerala government has warned that failure to inform authorities about travel history and symptoms would be considered a crime and such people would be prosecuted.

Meanwhile, a person who arrived in Mangaluru from Dubai and was admitted to the isolation ward of a hospital with symptoms of coronavirus has went missing.

Sindhu B Rupesh, Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada, said the person has not been tested positive and only has fever.

“No positive case has been found in Mangaluru till now. He has not shown any coronavirus-related symptoms. He just had a fever. He was shifted to district hospital last night, but he is not cooperating with us. He is not ready to stay in a hospital. We are convincing him,” the DC said.

So far, 45 cases have been confirmed in India, including 16 Italian tourists. The four new cases confirmed on Monday were reported from Karnataka, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu.

The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has crossed 110,000 with the death toll rising up to 3,882.

Hers is a break up of total COVID-19 cases in India:

Karnataka: One case – Bengaluru resident who returned from the US recently.

Punjab: One case – A person from Hoshiarpur with a travel history to Italy has been tested positive.

Kerala: Nine cases, with a three-year-old becoming the latest confirmed patient. Earlier, three students who returned from Wuhan were treated and discharged.

Ladakh: Two persons with a travel history to Iran have been tested positive.

Jammu and Kashmir: One case – confirmed today.

Tamil Nadu: One person with a travel history to Oman is the first case from Tamil Nadu.

Delhi: Four cases – One person has a travel history to Italy, another to Malaysia

Rajasthan: 17 cases – 16 Italian tourists in Jaipur and one Indian who accompanied are 17 infected people in Rajasthan.

Uttar Pradesh: Eight cases – One man who returned from Iran and six family members of a Delhi patient tested positive in Agra. Another case was confirmed today.

Telangana: One who has been tested positive has a Dubai travel history.

While the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has confirmed the case in Punjab, it is yet to confirm the Karnataka case.

The ministry said as many as 11,913 cases are under IDSP community followup. 404 Indian contacts of the US citizen tested positive in Bhutan have been identified and put under surveillance in Assam.

A total of 9,41,717 international passengers from 8,827 flights have been screened at airports till now with 54 passengers being referred to IDSP/ hospitals, the ministry said.

To meet the increasing demand and convenient screening of passengers, manpower deployed at airports have been substantially increased, it said. There are now 286 doctors, 160 nurses and 295 paramedics stationed at airports across the country, the ministry added.

ISIS-linked couple accused of planning terror attacks in Delhi arrested

They have been identified as Jahanzeb Sami and his wife Hinda Bashir Baig.

ISIS-linked couple

Delhi Police on Sunday arrested two members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-Khorasan Province from Okhla area of the national capital.

They have been identified as Jahanzeb Sami and his wife Hinda Bashir Baig.

The police claimed that the accused were in contact with senior ISKP operatives, ISIS members from Afghanisthan, and were trying to influnce Muslim youth to conduct terror attacks in the national capital.

It was also found out by the law enforcement agencies that they were running a social media platform called ”Indian Muslim Unite’, which was used to mobilise people for the anti-Citizenship act-National Register of Citizens-protests.

“A couple, Jahanjeb Sami and Hinda Bashir Beg, linked to Khorasan Module of ISIS apprehended from Jamia Nagar, Okhla. The couple was instigating anti-CAA protests.” Pramod Singh Kushwaha, Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police, said.

No need to panic, government fully prepared to deal with coronavirus: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

As India confirmed five new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 39, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today (Sunday) said that there was no cause for panic as the government is fully prepared to deal with the virus.

Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal informed that there are three positive cases and one suspected case of coronavirus in the national capital. He also said that the people who came in contact with those identified with the infection have also been quarantined.

“The 1st patient came in contact with 105 people, the 2nd patient came in contact with 168 people and 3rd patient came in contact with 64 people. All these people have been quarantined, their samples taken,” Kejriwal told the mediapersons.

He also appealed to employers to provide paid leave to those quarantined so that their livelihood is not affected. Moreover, he urged people to contact the government if anybody from the neighbourhood returned from a foreign trip within the last 14 days.

168 isolation beds were set up at 25 hospitals for coronavirus patients, Kejriwal said.

The four positive cases in the Delhi-NCR region are one person residing in Uttam Nagar with a recent travel history to Thailand and Malaysia, a 41-year old Mayur Vihar resident with travel history to Italy, Paytm employee in Gurgaon who recently returned from a vacation in Italy, and a Ghaziabad resident with travel history to Iran.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had earlier announced that all primary schools in the national capital will remain closed till March 31 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in India rose to 39 after Kerala Health Minister informed that five new positive cases have been admitted to a hospital in the state.

48-hour ban on two Malayalam TV channels for coverage on Delhi riots

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has barred two Malayalam TV channels for their ‘coverage of the Delhi riots’ that has claimed 53 lives. Asianet News and MediaOne were taken off air at 7.30 pm on Friday and will remain so till 7.30 pm on March 8, reports said.

The action against the two channels has been taken under the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994.

According to The News Minute, the ministry has alleged that the coverage was provocative, could have incited violence, were biased and critical of the RSS and Delhi police, sided with a particular community and showed those who supported the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in poor light.

“It appeared that the telecast of the reports on North-East Delhi violence had been shown in a manner that highlighted the attack on places of worship and siding towards a particular community. The channel’s reporting on Delhi violence seems to be biased as it is deliberately focusing on the vandalism of CAA supporters. It also questions RSS and alleges Delhi Police inaction. The channel seems to be critical towards Delhi Police and RSS,” the I&B Ministry’s order against MediaOne said.

The channel’s bulletin about the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters being injured and police’s refusal to visit the spot invited the action by the government, the TNM report said. 

MediaOne’s claim that Delhi Police remained inactive during the violence, and accusations on cops vandalising shops and fruit carts also did not sit well with the government. 

“The channel also reported that violence took place mostly in Muslim dominated area of Chand Bagh, Delhi. While telecasting the news, the channel carried the news of stone pelting, arson and injured people being taken to hospital,” the order said.

Asianet News’s coverage of violence in Jaffrabad during which Delhi police remained “mute spectators” led to the temporary ban. The TV channel’s report that claimed that rioters attacked houses of Muslims in Hindu majority areas and fired at each other with slogans of ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and ‘Azadi’ in the air led to the government action. 

The coverage could have “incited violence and posed danger to maintenance of law and order situation, particularly when the situation is already highly volatile and charged up and riots are taking place in the area.” 

This report had been shown in a manner that highlighted the attack on places of worship and siding towards a particular community. It said the reporter alleged that central troops had not arrived and that he had witnessed the attacks on Muslims, the order said. The reporter had also said that rioters had asked which religion he belonged to, the ministry alleged.  

“While reporting such critical incidents, the channel (Asianet News T\/) should have taken utmost care and should have reported it in a balanced way. Such reporting could enhance the communal disharmony across the country when the situation is highly volatile,” the order said.

The massive violence in the national capital last week started even as US President Donald Trump was on a visit to Delhi. While officials have claimed that communal violence in northeast Delhi has claimed 44 lives, an accumulation of data from different hospitals has shown that 53 people died in the riots. 

Courtesy : DNA

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to meet PM Modi today at 11 AM





Around a week after the national capital was hit by violent riots that has claimed 47 lives so far, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 11 AM. It is a courtesy meeting and will take place in the Parliament at 11 AM.

File photo: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (left) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right)

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Updated: Mar 3, 2020, 09:37 AM IST

Around a week after the national capital was hit by violent riots that has claimed 47 lives so far, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 11 AM. It is a courtesy meeting and will take place in the Parliament at 11 AM.

The is the first visit between Kejriwal and Modi after the former gained a huge victory in the recently held Delhi Assembly elections.

Last week, Kejriwal had met Union Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah to dicuss the law and order situation in the capital following violent clashes in the northeastern district of Delhi. 

On February 19, Kejriwal had a meeting with Shah post the election result in which the AAP chief had said that both leaders have agreed to mutually work on the development of the national capital.

The AAP secured 62 out of 70 seats in the Delhi Asselbly Elections that were held on February 8 while the BJP won the rest eight.

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AAP corporator Tahir Hussain behind violence and IB official’s murder, allege Delhi riot victims

As a tense environment continues to prevail in northeast Delhi, a controversy has erupted after an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Councillor Tahir Hussain is alleged to have played an active role in the riots that claimed the lives of at least 33 people at the time of writing this report. 

Tahir is an AAP corporator of Ward 59 of Nehru Vihar, East Delhi Municipal Corporation, under Mustafabad assembly constituency that falls in the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.

Zee News’ team visited the violence-hit areas and was told by people that Hussain is responsible for the violence. 

People also told Zee News that a lot of weapons and other objects were kept in Tahir Hussain’s house and hundreds of rioters congregated at his place and hurled stones, petrol bombs at other people’s houses. Some people stated that several rounds of bullets were also fired from the roof of the corporator’s house.

Videos have emerged on social media allegedly showing Hussain on the rooftop of a building owned by him while people hurl stones from there.

It may be noted that the brother of Ankit Sharma, an IB official whose body was recovered from a drain in Chand Bagh on Wednesday, took Hussain’s name as well saying that he was behind the killing. He said that hundreds of rioters took refuge at Tahir’s house and they showered stones and petrol bombs from there.

The AAP leader later released a video in which is claimed that he is innocent and his political rivals are falsely framing him.

“The news about me is false. Since Kapil Mishra’s hate speech, the situation in Delhi has deteriorated, with stone-throwing and violence taking place. The same happened here (at his residence) the day before yesterday,” he said in a video posted on Twitter.

In the video, he can be seen wearing the same clothes that are seen in the videos allegedly showing him moving around on the terrace.

Meanwhile, security personnel are conducting flag marches in the area that are affected by the violence.

Courtesy : DNA

Amit Shah chairs meeting as death toll in North-East Delhi violence rises to seven

Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah is chairing a meeting after violent clashes erupted in North east Delhi that resulted in death of seven people. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Lt. Governor Anil Baijal, Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, Congress leader Subhash Chopra, BJP leaders Manoj Tiwari & Rambir Singh Bidhuri and others are also present in the meeting.

As many as 76 people are said to be injured in clash broke out between those who are protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and those who are supporting it.

In wake of the situation, Section 144 of CrPC, that bars assembly of more than four people, has been imposed at ten locations in North-East district of Delhi. Heavy police force has been deployed in most sensitive areas like Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar. 

News agency Reuters on Monday quoted a senior hospital official saying that around 90 people had been injured, some of them with gunshot wounds.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday appealed to people maintain people and not resort to violence.

“I appeal to all Delhites to maintain peace. We are worried about the violence in Northeast Delhi. Several policemen and civilians were injured and some even lost their lives. Several houses were set ablaze and shops were damaged. It is very unfortunate,” Kejriwal said.

As a precautionary measure, the Delhi metro has closed some metro stations in the area and trains are being terminated at Welcome metro station. 

Ratan Lal, a Delhi Police head constable, was among those who lost their lives in the violence afer pro-CAA and anti-CAA protesters clashed. 

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy has called it ‘a conspiracy to defame India at international level’ as the US President Donald Trump is on a visit to India.

The minister further added that violence will not be tolerated. “Since the last two-months protesters at Shaheen Bagh have blocked a road and the Central government did not take any action. If the protests are under the limits, it can be tolerated. But we will not tolerate any violence, we shall take strict action. No person responsible for this violence shall be spared,” he said.

“Congress Party and Rahul Gandhi should reveal who is behind this Delhi violence to defame India particularly when United States President Donald Trump is on a visit to the country. We have brought all the necessary forces and Home Minister Amit Shah has given orders to Delhi Police. Each person involved in the violence shall be identified,” Reddy was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

Incidents of violence and arson were reported in the areas of the North-East district, particularly in the areas of Maujpur, Kardam Puri, Chand Bagh, Gokulpuri, and Dayalpur. The tyre market at Kapur Petrol Pump in Gokulpuri was set on fire at around 9 pm. The rioters also set fire to a petrol pump in the Bhajan Pura area. 

Courtesy : DNA