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appointment of 9 delhi government advisers cancelled on union home ministry's re


new delhi: appointment of nine advisers to ministers in delhi government was today cancelled on the recommendation of the ministry of home affairs (mha). the nine posts are not on the list of posts approved for the ministers and chief ministers of the government of nct of delhi, an order from the general administration department of the government of national capital territory, delhi said quoting a letter from the mha. the letter further added that the government of delhi has not taken the requisite prior approval of the central government to appoint officials on these posts. the mha cancelled the appointments saying that 'services' under the govt. of nct of delhi is a subject reserved for the central government as per the constitution. among the nine advisers whose appoi...






sc slams centre over unauthorised construction in delhi, real estate news, et re


file photo new delhi: the supreme court on monday slammed the central government and other authorities over their inability to stop unauthorised construction in national capital and asked it to justify its stand supporting laws protecting unauthorised constructions.a bench of justice madan b. lokur and justice deepak gupta expressed anguish over the protest against the ongoing sealing drive in delhi, saying there is a "complete breakdown" of law and order in the city."you cannot go on destroying delhi. there has to be some reason," the bench told additional solicitor general (asg) a.n.s. nadkrani, appearing for the central government."tell us that there will be no 'dharnas' in delhi. there is a complete breakdown of law and order in delhi," it said. the bench put questions to the c...






jat protest in delhi: manic monday likely with traffic curbs for jat march | del


new delhi: brace for major traffic chaos in the city and other ncr areas on monday with the traffic police putting much of central delhi in lockdown mode and imposing restrictions on metro services in ncr in anticipation of the march by jats from haryana. for office-goers and other commuters, besides students appearing for the board exams, reaching their destinations can turn into a nightmare with major arteries likely to get choked. increased vigil on the border with gurgaon and noida will slow down traffic. any law and order problem can only make matters worse. not willing to take any chances, the cops will be curbing metro services partially from sunday night and not allow commuters to exit at many metro stations in central delhi. lutyens' delhi will be out of boun...






fire breaks out at times of india building in delhi


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: february 26, 2017 5:44 pm a fire broke out in the systems department on the first floor of the times of india building in central delhi’s ito sunday afternoon.a fire broke out in the server room of the systems department on the first floor of the times of india building in central delhi’s ito sunday afternoon. four fire tenders have reached the building. two are tending to the fire from the front of the building and two at the back. reportedly, a short circuit led to the fire. no casualties have been reported.more details are awaited. times of india building in ito, delhi. times of india building in ito, delhi. times of india building, ito, delhi.this is the second fire in nine months. in may, 2016, a fire had broken out on the fourth fl...






fire breaks out at times of india building in delhi


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: february 26, 2017 6:07 pm a fire broke out in the systems department on the first floor of the times of india building in central delhi’s ito sunday afternoon.a fire broke out in the server room of the systems department on the first floor of the times of india building in central delhi’s ito sunday afternoon. a total of 20 fire tenders have reached times of india building at bahadur shah zafar marg. reportedly, a short circuit led to the fire. no casualties have been reported.more details are awaited. times of india building in ito, delhi. times of india building in ito, delhi. times of india building, ito, delhi.this is the second fire in nine months. in may, 2016, a fire had broken out on the fourth floor of the building.






delhi metro: delhi metro services to be normal tomorrow, some restrictions to re


new delhi: with jats calling off their agitation, delhi metro today announced that its services will be normal tomorrow but for restrictions on exit at certain stations. tomorrow, metro stations in gurgaon, noida and faridabad will remain open as usual, but the commuters will not be allowed to exit at yellow line's four stations -- central secretariat, patel chowk, udyog bhavan and lok kalyan marg. however, entry will be allowed at these stations, an advisory by delhi metro stated. yesterday, the delhi metro rail corporation (dmrc) had announced that trains will not travel beyond the city's borders from 11.30 pm today, while 12 stations in central delhi were be shut from 8 pm till further orders. haryana chief minister manohar lal khattar today held talks with the agitating jat leaders f..






delhi: metro services to be normal, some restrictions to remain


by: pti | new delhi | published:march 19, 2017 9:48 pmwith jats calling off their agitation, delhi metro today announced that its services will be normal tomorrow but for restrictions on exit at certain stations. tomorrow, metro stations in gurgaon, noida and faridabad will remain open as usual, but the commuters will not be allowed to exit at yellow line’s four stations — central secretariat, patel chowk, udyog bhavan and lok kalyan marg.however, entry will be allowed at these stations, an advisory by delhi metro stated.yesterday, the delhi metro rail corporation (dmrc) had announced that trains will not travel beyond the city’s borders from 11.30 pm today, while 12 stations in central delhi were be shut from 8 pm till further orders.haryana chief minister manohar lal khattar t...






aap asked to cough up rs 27 lakh fine by pwd, party cries foul


by: pti | new delhi | published:june 16, 2017 12:35 am pwd of the delhi govt has slapped a fine of rs 27 lakh on the aap for “unauthorised occupation” of a bungalow in central delhi’s rouse avenue. top newsthe public works department (pwd) of the delhi government has slapped a fine of rs 27 lakh on the aap for “unauthorised occupation” of a bungalow in central delhi’s rouse avenue, which houses the party headquarters. the move triggered a sharp reaction from the aap which termed it a “political conspiracy”.aap national secretary pankaj gupta, who has been served a notice by the pwd, accused the bjp of using the lt. governor as a “medium” to force the party to vacate the premises of its headquarters. in its latest notice, the pwd turned down the aap’s request to ...






central government to hire 2.8 lakh staff in a year, police, i-t & customs to ge


new delhi: the size of the central government, particularly police and tax officials, is likely to grow with the centre's budget providing for the recruitment of around 2.80 lakh more staff. of this number, more than 1.80 lakh would be recruits to departments of police, income tax, customs and central excise. as of march 2016, the central government had 32.84 lakh staff across 55 departments and ministries, including 13.31 lakh in railways, but excluding defence forces. this is projected to rise to 35.67 lakh by march 2018 if the recruitment goal is achieved. strengthening enforcement agencies seems a priority with budgetary allocations made for expansion of police forces (central paramilitary and delhi police), taking their strength from 10.07 lakh to 11.13 lakh by march 2018. the centre.






india ushers in gst: how global media covered country’s new tax regime


by: express web desk | new delhi | published:july 1, 2017 11:03 pm new delhi: president pranab mukherjee and prime minister narendra modi press buttons for the launch of ‘goods and services tax at midnight, at the special ceremony in the central hall of parliament in new delhi on saturday. (pti photo) related newsafter years of deliberation and filibustering, india has finally ushered in a new tax regime with the introduction of the goods and services tax (gst) aimed at realising the goal of “one nation, one tax, one market.” touted as the most sweeping economic reform since independence, gst subsumes a plethora of central and state levies and bring the country under a common market while ensuring better compliance. while addressing a special ceremony in the central hall of par...






dcw rescues minor from gb road after tip-off on facebook


written by abhishek angad | new delhi | published:may 14, 2017 2:18 am delhi commission for women chief swati maliwal(file photo)a 15-year-old girl was rescued from a brothel in central delhi’s gb road area friday night after a 25-year-old customer sent a message to the delhi commission for women (dcw) via a social media site. deputy commissioner of police (central) mandeep singh randhawa said police have registered a case under charges of rape, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and trafficking of the ipc based on the complaint. “we are conducting an investigation into the case,” he said.in the message, the man — who had visited the area a few days ago — said the girl had been forced into prostitution at the age of 11. according to the dcw officials, the owner had allegedl...






​ravindra gaikwad: ravindra gaikwad prefers train to flight, takes delhi-bound r


pune: osmanabad mp ravindra gaikwad has taken the mumbai rajdhani express to delhi rather than opting for a flight, sources close to the mp told toi on monday. "it is confirmed that he took the rajdhani express to delhi. he has already reached the country's capital and had called me to confirm it. the train leaves from mumbai central station in mumbai and stops at borivali too. i am not sure whether he boarded the train from mumbai central or borivali. he will be staying in delhi until the parliament session is over. he might take some days more and then come back," jeetendra shinde, a close aid of the mp told toi. with the two-week air travel ban on him having been lifted after the intervention of the ministry of civil aviation last week, gaikwad had taken the delhi-mu...






arvind kejriwal: aid and advice of delhi council of ministers not binding on lg,


the central government on wednesday told the supreme court that the aid and advice of the delhi council of ministers is not binding on the lt. governor as delhi government does not have any executive powers which are entirely vested in the centre. appearing for the central government, additional solicitor general maninder singh told the five judge constitution bench headed by chief justice dipak misra that before taking any decision, the delhi government has to take prior approval of the lt. governor and after the decision has been taken (by the council of ministers), the same should be communicated to the lt. governor before being implemented. it is not undemocratic for the lt. governor to have an absolute control over the executive to administer the national capital, he ...






crpf shifts central zone hq back to raipur


by: express news service | new delhi | published:may 8, 2017 6:36 amthe crpf has ordered “immediate” shifting of the command headquarters of the force’s central zone from kolkata to raipur, seven years after it was shifted to kolkata due to connectivity issues in raipur. officials said that newly appointed crpf director general rajeev rai bhatnagar had been asked to ensure that the command begins functioning from raipur before the high-level meeting of left wing extremism (lwe)-hit states in new delhi on monday. the meeting will be chaired by home minister rajnath singh.after the order was issued on thursday, crpf adg (central zone) kuldeep singh was air-dashed to raipur and he took charge of the command on friday.the central zone, an operational field formation, was set up on a...






jat march: manic monday likely with traffic curbs for jat march


new delhi: brace for major traffic chaos in the city and other ncr areas on monday with the traffic police putting much of central delhi in lockdown mode and imposing restrictions on metro services in ncr in anticipation of the march by jats from haryana. for office-goers and other commuters, besides students appearing for the board exams, reaching their destinations can turn into a nightmare with major arteries likely to get choked. increased vigil on the border with gurgaon and noida will slow down traffic. any law and order problem can only make matters worse. not willing to take any chances, the cops will be curbing metro services partially from sunday night and not allow commuters to exit at many metro stations in central delhi. lutyens' delhi is being made out of bo...






beyond delhi-ncr, a look at cities reeling under severe air pollution


written by nandini rathi | new delhi | published:november 8, 2017 3:25 pmrelated newsthe central pollution control board (cpcb) wednesday summoned officials from the pollution departments of uttar pradesh, haryana and delhi governments to discuss air pollution in delhi ncr. while delhi’s adverse air quality has been rightly ringing screeching alarms all over the country and the world, it would be incorrect to believe that the extreme lung-hazard is a concern of the capital region alone.without a doubt, the outrightly affected along with delhi are its surroundings — noida, gurgaon and faridabad. going slightly further, ghaziabad (475), moradabad (500) and bhiwadi (439) are among the hardest hit due to heightened, hazardous concentrations of pm-10 and pm-2.5, as per the air qual...






delhi pollution: delhi's air quality dips further


a day after sri lankan cricketers took to the field here wearing anti-pollution masks, delhi's air turned fouler today with a sharp rise in the level of particulates since morning. the concentration of the most dominant pollutants, pm2.5 and pm10, reached levels as high as 276 and 455 micrograms per cubic metre by 3 pm, according to the central control room for air quality management of the cpcb. pollution is considered severe plus or emergency when these readings are above 300 and 500 respectively. the corresponding prescribed standards are 60 and 100. the air quality index (aqi), as recorded by the central pollution control board (cpcb), also reflected the rise in the levels of these ultrafine air-borne particulates. the aqi was 390, on a scale of 500, around 3.30 pm. it is classified a.






connect central asia policy: india and china new players in central asia’s ‘grea


new delhi: a great game is unfolding in resources-rich, but landlocked, central asia, where china through its one-belt-one-road (obor) initiative is attempting to harness maximum mineral and hydrocarbon wealth as well as grow the market for its goods. india, not to be left behind, has also embarked on a connect central asia policy, trying to overcome a disadvantage it has: lack of direct connectivity to the region. while oil and uranium rich kazakhstan is an old partner, uzbekistan, which has historical links with india, is emerging as the next big partner for new delhi in the region. it has offered to provide special incentives and zones for indian businesses, expand defence and counter-terror partnership with india and extend an opportunity to expand presence in the region and afghanista






connect central asia policy: india and china new players in central asia’s ‘grea


new delhi: a great game is unfolding in resources-rich, but landlocked, central asia, where china through its one-belt-one-road (obor) initiative is attempting to harness maximum mineral and hydrocarbon wealth as well as grow the market for its goods. india, not to be left behind, has also embarked on a connect central asia policy, trying to overcome a disadvantage it has: lack of direct connectivity to the region. while oil and uranium rich kazakhstan is an old partner, uzbekistan, which has historical links with india, is emerging as the next big partner for new delhi in the region. it has offered to provide special incentives and zones for indian businesses, expand defence and counter-terror partnership with india and extend an opportunity to expand presence in the region and afghanista






​ravindra gaikwad: ravindra gaikwad prefers train to flight, takes delhi-bound r


pune: osmanabad mpravindra gaikwad+ has taken the mumbai rajdhani express to delhi rather than opting for a flight, sources close to the mp told toi on monday. "it is confirmed that he took the rajdhani express to delhi. he has already reached the country's capital and had called me to confirm it. the train leaves from mumbai central station in mumbai and stops at borivali too. i am not sure whether he boarded the train from mumbai central or borivali. he will be staying in delhi until the parliament session is over. he might take some days more and then come back," jeetendra shinde, a close aid of the mp told toi. with the two-week air travel ban on him having been lifted+ after the intervention of the ministry of civil aviation last week, gaikwad had taken...






delhi odd even: ngt to decide odd-even fate today, raps government on move | ind


new delhi: the national green tribunal (ngt) rapped the delhi government on friday for going ahead with odd-even traffic restrictions at a time the air quality appeared to be improving, and said it could 'stay' the scheme during a special hearing on saturday if the government failed to prove that the restrictions were effective. questioned the rationale behind the delhi government's move, the ngt pointed to data from the central and delhi pollution control boards which showed that both pm 10 and pm 2.5 levels were higher after odd-even was implemented in the city last year. the city government had on thursday announced that the odd-even formula will be implemented in delhi from november 13 to 17. the tribunal, however, asked it to give an undertaking that it will impose...






haryana resumes supply, delhi’s water crisis to ease


by: pti | new delhi | published:may 17, 2017 2:44 pm almost every summer, delhi and haryana spar over water-sharing with each claiming that the other’s demand exceeds the stipulated quantity. (representational image)the water shortage in the national capital will considerably ease today with haryana “resuming” supply of delhi’s share of water from the yamuna.a senior delhi jal board (djb) official said haryana has “already released some water” and the situation will improve today. this will come as a respite to the people of north and central delhi, severely hit by the shortage.“it takes time for the water to reach delhi. we expect the situation to improve,” djb ceo keshav chandra told pti.late last evening, deputy chief minister manish sisodia had tweeted that the har...






kailash gahlot: delhi government likely to incentivize use of electric vehicles


the delhi government is likely to incentivise the use of electric vehicles. according to delhi transport minister kailash gahlot, an incentive-based policy is likely to be formulated that encourages commuters to shift from fossil fuels powered vehicles to electric. gahlot requested the central government for enhancement of subsidy so that the state government can procure more electric buses. "cost of electric buses at rs 2.75 crore is way too high and unsustainable. i would request the central government for more subsidy along with financial and technical help," gahlot said while addressing assocham's conference on 'electric vehicles: future roadmap for india' on tuesday. "i think we should look towards subsidy on the power to be consumed by electric vehicles...






ndmc to re-auction three-star hotel in central delhi's janpath lane, real estate


new delhi: the ndmc has decided to re-auction its three-star property in central delhi's janpath lane-- hotel asia international-- two months after it went under the hammer for an amount 15 times more than its lease value.the move comes after the e-bidder selected in the first auction in january failed to comply with the terms and conditions of the bid.a decision in this regard was taken at a recent meeting of the new delhi municipal council (ndmc), where the civic body had also decided to auction off the taj mansingh hotel and cancel licence of le meridien over non-payment of dues."the council decided to conduct fresh e-auction for licensing out the 'asian hotel' and forfeit the earnest money deposit (emd) of the provisionally selected e-bidder as it failed to comply with the terms an...






thanks to aap govt! air travel from delhi is set to become cheaper


air travel from delhi to remote places within the country is set to become cheaper as the delhi government on wednesday announced a massive reduction in vat on air turbine fuel (atf) from the existing 25 per cent to a mere 1 per cent.the tax reduction will be applicable for flights destined to locations covered under the central government’s regional connectivity scheme (rcs) aimed at improving connectivity with remote areas, delhi finance minister manish sisodia announced on wednesday.presenting the budget for the financial year 2017-18 in the delhi assembly here, sisodia, who is also the deputy chief minister, said the move would give a boost to the civil aviation operators who have opted to ply flights on rcs routes involving delhi.“delhi was not in the list of the airports under rc...






it is an era of ‘professional protesters: centre tells supreme court


by: pti | new delhi | published: april 24, 2018 8:38:26 pm traffic chaos in central delhi over dalit protests against dilution of sc/st act.top newsit is an era of ‘professional protesters’ who like to protest outside parliament or the president or the prime minister’s house to make their voices heard, the centre on tuesday told the supreme court, stressing that holistic steps are necessary to ensure peace and harmony. the centre was justifying the imposition of prohibitory orders under section 144 of crpc in central delhi which houses most of the government buildings and vip residences, after a pil opposed continuous imposition of prohibitory orders, saying it obstructed the fundamental right to protest.a bench of justices a k sikri and ashok bhushan, which is hearing a plea fi...






cbi tells govt in bofors acquittal case: upa didn’t let us file special leave pe


written by ritu sarin | new delhi | updated: september 2, 2017 7:07 am central bureau of investigation. (file)related newsthe central bureau of investigation (cbi) has told the government, on record, that it could not file an appeal against the 2005 delhi high court order in which the hinduja brothers were acquitted because the investigating agency was not permitted to do so by the then upa government. in a note sent to the central agency section of the department of legal affairs (ministry of law and justice) dated june 22 this year, the cbi has stated that it did not file the slp (special leave petition) against the judgment of justice r s sodhi since it did not get permission from the “competent authority.”the “competent authority” for all decisions on appeals to be fil...






najeeb ahmad missing case: delhi high court asks cbi to take over


by: express web desk | new delhi | published:may 16, 2017 1:49 pm a protest in delhi after najeeb ahmad went missing from jnuthe delhi high court asked the central bureau of investigation (cbi) to take over from delhi police the investigation into the disappearance of jnu student najeeb ahmad. ahmad has been missing since october 15, 2016. he had gone missing after an altercation with a few abvp students in the university.the plea to transfer the case to the cbi was submitted by the student’s mother and was not objected by the delhi police. an officer, not less than the rank of dig, would supervise the probe, the court said. the next hearing of the case has been scheduled for july 17.in an earlier hearing, the delhi police was criticised by the high court with regard to its conduct ...






this is why ola and uber drivers are refusing to enter gurgaon from delhi


commuters travelling from delhi are facing extreme difficulties to get a ride from delhi to gurgaon as the cab aggregators including ola and uber are refusing to take rides for gurgaon because of the new motor tax launched by the haryana government.according to reports, a number of drivers have a staged a protest against the order and are refusing rides to gurgaon to delhi. a report in hindustan times stated that the drivers are unhappy and are unwilling to pay rs 100 everytime they enter haryana.“after two unsuccessful attempts, an ola driver agreed to ply towards gurgaon. one driver said he is part of a protest and is joining the protesters at central delhi while another said the lines at the border for payment of taxes deter him from heading there,” the daily quoted one of the delhi...






bms: bharatiya mazdoor sangh calls for observing 'black day' on february 20


new delhi: rss-backed bharatiya mazdoor sangh has called for a nationwide protest and observing february 20 as 'black day' against the 'anti-labour' policies of the government, threatening that absence of any action from the government may result in bms boycotting the upcoming indian labour conference. "the national executive committee strongly condemns the central government for not keeping any of its promises made to bms delegation on 17 november 2017 after the historical delhi rally," vrijesh upadhyay, general secretary of bms said in a statement issued on friday. according to the statement, the protest is against the negligent attitude of central government towards labour problems. indian workers belonging to different central trade unions have put forth burn...






odd-even: ngt to decide odd-even fate today, raps government on move


new delhi: the national green tribunal (ngt) rapped the delhi government on friday for going ahead with odd-even traffic restrictions at a time the air quality appeared to be improving, and said it could 'stay' the scheme during a special hearing on saturday if the government failed to prove that the restrictions were effective. questioned the rationale behind the delhi government's move, the ngt pointed to data from the central and delhi pollution control boards which showed that both pm 10 and pm 2.5 levels were higher after odd-even was implemented in the city last year. the city government had on thursday announced that the odd-even formula will be implemented in delhi from november 13 to 17. the tribunal, however, asked it to give an undertaking that it will impose...






sc questions delhi govt, dda over proposed amendments in master plan, real estat


sc (file photo)new delhi: the supreme court on friday directed the delhi government and delhi development authority (dda) to apprise it whether an environmental impact assessment was conducted before proposing amendments in the delhi master plan, 2021.a bench of justices madan b lokur and deepak gupta also asked dda, delhi government and the municipal agencies to file withing a week an affidavit giving details on whether issues like safety of buildings, traffic congestion, parking and availability of civic amenities were taken into account before proposing the amendment.the bench also asked the authorities to apprise it about availability of statistics with the central pollution control board and the delhi pollution control committee regarding the pollution level in delhi from 2007 onwards






delhi likely to experience heavy rainfall, hailstorm today; snowfall in himachal


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: february 12, 2018 9:45 am delhi is likely to witness a thunderstorm today (file)related newsdelhi is likely to witness a thunderstorm accompanied with hail on monday due to an active western disturbance originating over central parts of afghanistan. the imd has predicted thunderstorms in several parts of north west india, and heavy rainfall or snowfall in isolated places over uttarakhand, himachal pradesh and jammu & kashmir.“thunderstorm accompanied with hailstorm very likely at isolated places over jammu division, himachal pradesh, uttarakhand, punjab, haryana, chandigarh & delhi, uttar pradesh, jharkhand, interior odisha, central maharashtra, marathwada, vidarbha and madhya pradesh on february 12,” the imd said in its report.“scatte...






republic day 2018: what you need to know about road diversions, delhi metro serv


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: january 25, 2018 6:27 pm reoublic day 2018: security at the rajpath a day ahead of the 68th republic day celebrations in the capital new delhi on wednesday. (express photo by tashi tobgyal)related newson january 26, india’s republic day, delhi will be subject to several travel restrictions and diversions as part of the security arrangements. both road traffic and delhi metro services will be affected, according to advisories issued by the delhi police and the delhi metro rail corporation (dmrc).delhi metrofrom midnight till 12:30 pm on friday, all entry and exit gates will be closed at central secretariat and udyog bhawan metro stations. entry and exit from patel chowk and lok kalyan marg stations will not be allowed from 8:45 am till 12:3...






ec bribery case: ed registers case against ttv dinakaran


by: pti | new delhi | updated: may 2, 2017 4:15 pm a meeting of enforcement directorate (ed) and delhi police officials has taken place recently and it is expected that after the central probe agency registered a separate case, a few more such meetings could be held to take the probe forward.(source: pti)the ed has registered a money laundering case against aiadmk (amma) leader ttv dinakaran and others in connection with the election commission bribery case. officials said the central probe agency has registered a criminal case under the prevention of money laundering act (pmla) after taking cognisance of a delhi police fir in the matter.they said the agency will probe the possible “proceeds of crime” as part of its charter under the anti-money laundering law and soon will issu...






d.c. group goes from street gang to clothing start-up


in the district, where human development is not always as eye-catching as renovated property, there is one transformation that should not be overlooked. some former members of check it, a black gay street gang that used to wreak havoc in gentrified chinatown and gallery place, have gone legit.using proceeds from fashion shows, t-shirt sales and seed money from the jack kemp foundation, they recently leased a storefront building in southeast washington and started a modest clothing business called check it enterprises inc. for now, they are offering mostly t-shirts they design or embellish and a limited number of other hand-sewn items. that is a long way from the shoplifting, purse snatching and flash mob attacks that had become a way of life for some members.“making money the legal way, yo