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Delhi announces 200 units/month free power for tenants



New Delhi, Sep 25 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday extended the benefit of subsidized power connections to tenants in the national capital for availing 200 units of electricity per month free of charge.

Making the announcement, he said those living on rent can now avail the benefits of the Delhi government’s electricity subsidy under the ‘Mukhyamantri Kiraydaar Bilji Meter Yojana’.

“The tenants will be issued a pre-paid meter under the scheme,” Kejriwal said.

For installing the pre-paid meters, a copy of the rent agreement will be sufficient, he added.

“Earlier, people needed to have an NOC from the landlords,” he said.

He also said that tenants were unable to get a separate power meter so far because homeowners were not very keen to give the NOC for an independent connection.

“We have removed this requirement, so that tenants will now get a Kiraydaar Meter using just two documents – rent agreement/receipt or any identity card,” said the Chief Minister.

He also said that many homeowners have multiple tenants which significantly increases the power consumption under a single connection, bringing them under a high tariff slab.

“Tenants have to some times pay Rs 8-10 per unit to their landlords. They have not been able to avail the benefits of the provision of free electricity up to 200 units by the Delhi government. In fact, even the home owner in such cases has not been able to get the subsidy,” said Kejriwal.

Under this scheme, prepaid meters will be installed on the properties of the tenants, and they will be able to avail the benefits of free electricity up to 200 units, as well as the subsidy for consumers using 200-400 units per month.

“The meters will be installed only on domestic consumer properties.”

The scheme also includes ease of installation.

Announcing the several benefits under the scheme, Kejriwal said: “To make the installation process easier for the tenants, meters will now be delivered to their houses by calling on helpline numbers. They can fix appointments by calling on helpline numbers and meters will be delivered to their houses after documentation and verification.”

Under the provisions of the scheme, the installed meters will have stickers on them to notify that their installation has been done under this scheme so as to reassure homeowners of the sanctity of the tenancy.

“The cost of installing one meter will be around Rs 6,000, out of which Rs 3,000 will be the security deposit and Rs 3,000 will be the service charges for the installation work.”

Kejriwal also said that landlords need not be insecure and suspicious about the scheme.

“As the name suggests, the scheme is for the tenants and so the meters will be installed in their names. The ‘tenant’ word will also be clearly mentioned on the meters. Tenants will never be able to claim themselves as landlords under any condition.”

On August 1, Kejriwal announced that people in the capital will not have to pay anything for consuming up to 200 units of power per month.

“People consuming up to 200 units of electricity in a month won’t have to pay the electricity bills. Their bills will be waived from August 1,” he had said.

However, if a consumer uses 201 units in a month, “he will have to pay the full charge”, he said.


Delhi hospitals witnessing probable cases of Covid reinfection

However, Dr. Chatterjee asserted that more follow up is needed to confirm the reported cases’ categorization into reinfection as it may trigger panic among the public.




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New Delhi, Dec 2 : As the national capital continues to battle the third and the deadliest surge of the Covid-19 pandemic, another threat related to the coronavirus has started to loom large over its horizon — the danger of reinfection of the viral disease.

The hospitals across the city have begun to report probable cases of reinfection of the disease. The instances may be relatively less or insignificant in numbers, but are enough to ring alarms.

Two days ago Sir Ganga Ram Hospital reported two cases that were claimed as reinfection of the Covid-19. The cases included a man with comorbidity and a healthcare staff of the hospital itself. The hospital claimed that the man was found to be reinfected in mere 25 days of testing negative, while the staff was found reinfected within two months of her recovery from the previous episode.

The Indraprastha Apollo Hospital has also seen similar cases lately. The hospital told IANS that at least five cases had been reported, which indicated probable reinfection of the Covid-19 disease.

Dr. Suranjit Chatterjee, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine at Apollo informed that one of his patients was readmitted to the facility as he tested positive again after two and half months of recovery from the first episode.

“The patient was comorbid. He was treated for 10 days during the first instance of the infection and was discharged. However, two and half months later, he complained of the onset of Covid induced symptoms and when tested, found positive,” he said.

Meanwhile, Aakash healthcare informed IANS that it had received two definite reinfection cases recently, where one of the patients tested positive two months after recovering from the previous episode.

“Ten days ago, the patent was admitted with high grade fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. He had obesity as an underlying condition. He received eight days of treatment before the discharge,” informed Dr. Akshay Budhraja, Consultant, Department of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Aakash.

“During our investigation, the patients revealed that he had tested positive in early September when his whole family had contracted the virus. Since the severity of the disease was mild in nature, he opted for home isolation and tested negative after 21 days. However, he started having breathing issues and fever in late October and when he underwent the RT-PCR test, the result came positive,” he added.

While Dr. Budhraja said that the antibody test on the patient was not followed, he claimed that the findings of investigations such as CT scan and blood test implied that he did not have the relapse but a confirmed re-infection.

Dr. Sandeep Nayar, Sr. Director and Head, Centre for Chest and Respiratory Disease, BLK Super Speciality Hospital also told IANS that his hospital has been receiving patients who have probable indicators of having reinfection of the disease. “I have just seen a patient today who again tested positive for Covid-19 after recovery with a complaint of mild symptoms,” he added.

However, Dr. Chatterjee asserted that more follow up is needed to confirm the reported cases’ categorization into reinfection as it may trigger panic among the public.

“Despite all the indicators suggesting the cases as reinfection of the viral disease, we need to be more careful before labelling them as the same as it could create panic among the public. To ascertain whether the cases are reinfection, reactivation or relapse of the disease would require a thorough study and a proper follow up,” he cautioned.

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After Singhu and Tikri borders, Chilla border closed as well

While the Tikri border, Jharoda Border, Jhatikra Border are closed for any traffic movement, the Badusarai Border is open only for two wheeler traffic.




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New Delhi, Dec 1: The Delhi Police on Tuesday closed the Chilla border connecting Delhi to the UP link road towards Noida due to the farmers’ protest.

The Singhu and Tikri borders are already closed by Delhi Traffic police for any vehicular movement which has caused traffic diversions at various points in the national capital region as the farmers agitation entered its sixth day.

The Delhi Traffic Police after closing the Chilla border advised motorists to take alternative routes towards Noida after taking a U-turn from under the Ghazipur, Akshardham flyover and also from Sarai Kale Khan.

While the Tikri border, Jharoda Border, Jhatikra Border are closed for any traffic movement, the Badusarai Border is open only for two wheeler traffic.

“Available Open Borders to Haryana are Dhansa, Daurala, Kapashera, Rajokri NH-8,Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera,” said a senior Traffic police officer.

“Singhu Border is still closed from both sides. Please take alternative route.Traffic has been diverted from Mukarba Chowk and GTK road. Traffic is very very heavy. Please avoid outer ring road from Signature Bridge to Rohini and vice versa, GTK road, NH 44 and Singhu border,” the Delhi Traffic Police Twitter handle tweeted.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday headed the government side in the much-awaited talks with over 30 farmer unions on the sixth day of the ongoing farmers’ protest.

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Mentally challenged minor raped in Uttar Pradesh




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Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh), Dec 1 : A 13-year-old mentally challenged girl was allegedly raped by a man in a village under the Sungarhi police circle.

The accused, who is a family friend, took the girl away on the pretext of buying toffees and raped her.

The crime was committed on November 27, but the girl’s family avoided lodging a complaint, fearing loss of family reputation.

An FIR was finally lodged by the victim’s family on Sunday evening and the girl was sent for medical examination on Monday to the district hospital.

SHO Atar Singh said that the accused has been booked under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

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