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Ensure social distancing after resuming ops: HC to Delhi Metro

The plea states that no buses, metro trains or rickshaws are available to the marginalised section of the working population that relied on public transport systems to commute to their places of work.

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New Delhi, May 20 : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to ensure that adequate steps are taken to maintain social distancing after the lifeline of the national capital is back on track.

“It shall be the duty of the DMRC to ensure that adequate steps are taken to maintain social distancing once the Metro Rail is permitted to function, particularly, since DMRC has become the lifeline for the citizens of Delhi and the NCR region and invariably, the compartments are packed to the gills, which can be dangerous in the current COVID-19 pandemic situation,” said a division bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad.

The observation came in while the court was hearing a petition filed by Shreesh Chadha seeking court’s direction to the Centre and Delhi government to operate all the modes of public transport in all districts of the national capital. It also sought court’s direction for framing of guidelines for hygiene of commuters and operators of these public transports.

During the course of hearing, the Delhi government through its counsel informed the court that as of now, there is adequate public transport that has been permitted to be operated to meet the requirement of the public at large.

As and when the lockdown is further relaxed, the DMRC shall also be permitted to operate the Metro Rail in terms of the directions that may be issued by the respondents subsequently, the government said.

“Intra-state movement of DTC as well as cluster buses have been permitted with a condition that not more than 20 passengers shall be allowed at one time inside the bus. The Transport Department has been directed to deploy adequate number of buses to ensure social distancing inside the bus,” said Shadan Parashar and Bharat Gupta told the court.

Advocates Pushkar Sood and Satya Prakash appearing for the DMRC appraised the court about Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) formulated by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for Metro operation after restoration of the its services.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Acharya representing the Union of India and Advocate Shadan Parashar, counsel for state government said that the grievance of the petitioner has been adequately addressed.

After hearing the matter at length, the court disposed off the petition. “We may note that it has been just two days since the new rules and regulations have come into force. It is too early in the day for learned counsel for the petitioner to urge that there is an inadequate supply of public transport for insisting that DMRC must be directed to operate the Metro Rail in Delhi immediately,” the court noted.

“As of now, there is adequate public transport that has been permitted to be operated by the Government of NCT to meet the requirement of the public at large. As and when the lockdown is further relaxed, the DMRC shall also be permitted to operate the Metro Rail in terms of the directions that may be issued by the respondents subsequently,” it added.

The plea states that no buses, metro trains or rickshaws are available to the marginalised section of the working population that relied on public transport systems to commute to their places of work.

“On an average, lakhs of people make the journey from their home to their place of work and back, daily. Therefore, by allowing establishments and offices to operate, without the operation of public transport, the Government of India has failed to take this part of NCT Delhi’s working population. This leaves a large portion of the working population without the means to reach their workplaces, when now they are explicitly required to by their owners/employers,” the plea said.

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Police officer shot dead by terrorists in Kashmir

The police have registered a case in this regard under the relevant sections of law.

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Srinagar, Oct 19 : Suspected terrorists gunned down a police inspector in the Chandpora Bijbehara area in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday.

The police said that terrorists fired upon a police inspector identified as inspector Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, a resident of Chandpora Kanelwan, near his residence.

“The officer received gunshot injuries and was evacuated to a nearby hospital. However, he succumbed to his injuries in the hospital,” the police said.

The police have registered a case in this regard under the relevant sections of law.

A wreath laying ceremony led by IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar was held at DPL Anantnag, where floral tributes were paid to the martyr.

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Unemployment Rate In Bihar Lesser Than Delhi: CMIE

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Patna: While the political temperature in Bihar is high on the issue of unemployment, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has issued data for September wherein the unemployment rate in Bihar is lower than Delhi and Uttarakhand.

As per the report, the unemployment rate in Delhi is 12.5 per cent, while in Bihar it is 11.9 per cent.

Seizing the opportunity, the BJP tweeted on the report and sought a reply from RJD leader Tejajwi Yadav, who in every political rally claims that the unemployment rate of Bihar is 46 per cent.

The report further said that the national unemployment rate during the lockdown in April was 23.5 per cent, which declined to 21.7 per cent in June. In September, the national unemployment rate declined further to 7.4 per cent.

As far as other states are concerned, Uttrakhand topped the chart at 22.3 per cent, followed by Haryana (19.7 per cent), Tripura (17.4 per cent), Jammu and Kashmir (16.2 per cent), and Rajasthan (15.3 per cent).

The lowest unemployment rate was found in Assam and Chhattisgarh at just 2 per cent, followed by Odisha (2.1 per cent), Karnataka (2.4 per cent), Gujarat (3.4 per cent), Telangana (3.3 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (4.2 per cent) and Maharashtra (4.5 per cent).

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Delhi riots: ED files chargesheet against Tahir Hussain in money laundering case

The ED was probing the allegation that Hussain and his linked persons laundered about Rs 1.10 crore funds by using purported shell or dummy companies to fuel the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the riots.

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The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday filed a chargesheet against former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain for money laundering case related to the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February.

The court has taken cognizance of the chargesheet and ordered that Hussain be produced in the court on October 19. Hussain is currently in jail for allegedly conspiracy in Delhi riots.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat took cognisance of the offences under section 3 (money laundering) read with section 70 (offences by companies) punishable under section 4 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, against Hussain and co-accused Amit Gupta.

The ED was probing the allegation that Hussain and his linked persons laundered about Rs 1.10 crore funds by using purported shell or dummy companies to fuel the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the riots.

Communal violence had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after clashes between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control, leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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