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Delhi News Live Updates: 30 flights delayed to Delhi airport due to dense fog

Delhi News Live Updates, December 26: The arrival of 14 trains was also delayed due to the foggy conditions in the capital, the Northern Railways informed.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: December 26, 2023 15:05 IST
delhi news live updatesDense fog with a visibility of 50 m was recorded at the Indira Gandhi International Airport this morning. The minimum temperature in the national capital was around 7 degrees Celsius. (AP Photo)

Delhi News Live Updates, December 26: Delhi airport experienced delays in both arrivals and departures for about 30 flights, including international ones, due to dense fog, the airport officials informed on Tuesday. Dense fog with a visibility of 50 m was recorded at the Indira Gandhi International Airport this morning. The minimum temperature in the national capital was around 7 degrees Celsius.

According to the Delhi Airport website, flights headed to Warsaw, Dubai, Kuwait, Kathmandu, London and Mauritius have been delayed. And flights arriving from Baku, Abu Dhabi, Milan, Addis Ababa, and Doha to the IGI were delayed today. The arrival of 14 trains was also delayed due to the foggy conditions in the capital, the Northern Railways informed. The trains were arriving in Delhi from Puri, Howrah, Kanpur, Allahabad, Azamgarh, Bhagalpur, Gaya, Dibrugarh, Durg, Chennai, Hyderabad, Habibganj, Khajuraho, and Vasco.

In an exercise which is expected to impact several key Delhi government departments, the Centre is likely to effect a significant bureaucratic reshuffle in the city over the coming days. Sources said appointments on “significant posts” in departments under the Delhi government as well as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) among others would be part of the rejig, which is expected towards the end of the month.

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15:05 (IST)26 Dec 2023

Ensure vigil, action against encroachment in Chandni Chowk: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court directed the police and the civic body here to ensure strict vigil and regular action against encroachment in the Chandni Chowk area. A bench headed by Justice Tushar Rao Gedela said the authorities must comply with the decision of a Special Task Force (STF) in this regard, and that Municipal Corporation of Delhi's Assistant Commissioner concerned and the SHOs of Lahori Gate and Kotwali police stations shall be held personally responsible if the encroachment is not removed or it reoccurs.

The court's order came on a petition by Chandni Chowk Sarv Vyapar Mandal seeking directions to ensure that no squatting and hawking activities are carried on in the "non-hawking/non-squatting areas" in Chandni Chowk. "Strict vigil and action on day-to-day basis must be taken and in case the encroachments are not removed or reoccurs, the Assistant Commissioner of MCD of the zone concerned and the Station House Officers (SHOs) of Lahori Gate and Kotwali shall be held personally responsible," the bench ordered. (PTI)

14:01 (IST)26 Dec 2023

Man stabbed over petty issue in Delhi's Gokalpuri

A 19-year-old labourer suffered serious injuries allegedly after he was stabbed by four people over a minor issue in northeast Delhi's Gokalpuri area, officials said on Tuesday.

Police said victim Rahul is out of danger and has been discharged from a hospital after treatment.

Rahul, a worker in a Ghaziabad mill, told police that he was eating momos in Gokalpuri around 7 pm on Monday when he was attacked, a senior officer said.

The victim has identified two of the accused as Kangla and Tota. According to the complainant, he had a verbal spat with Kangla over a petty issue. "No one has been arrested yet and efforts are being made to identify the other accused," the police officer said. (PTI)

13:40 (IST)26 Dec 2023

List of Public Holidays in Delhi in 2024

The new year is just around the corner. If you are looking to make travel plans or want to know when you can take a break, here’s a list of public holidays for the year of 2024 if you’re a resident of Delhi.

The list below is based on the gazetted holidays released by the Centre. The list will be updated once the Delhi government officially announces the list of holidays (Click here to see the full list of holidays)

13:32 (IST)26 Dec 2023

Construction worker killed, another injured as lift malfunctions in Delhi's Narela

A labourer was killed and another suffered injuries in outer Delhi's Narela area after a lift of an under-construction building malfunctioned, police said on Tuesday.

The accident took place on Monday night and the victims are yet to be identified, they said.

A senior police officer said an FIR will be registered after receiving a formal complaint. "An investigation into the matter has been started," the officer said.

The body was sent for autopsy while the injured was rushed to a nearby hospital, police said. (PTI)

12:55 (IST)26 Dec 2023

High ammonia levels in Yamuna hits water supply in Delhi

Water supply in parts of Delhi has been affected once again on account of high ammonia levels in the Yamuna River.

Water supply was available at low pressure in parts of Civil Lines, Kamla Nagar, Shakti Nagar, Karol Bagh, Paharganj, Premnagar, Inderpuri, Old and New Rajinder Nagar, Kalkaji, Govindpuri, Sangam Vihar, Tughlaqabad, Delhi Gate, Model Town, Gulabi Bagh, South Extension, Punjabi Bagh, Jahangirpuri, Moolchand, Greater Kailash, Burari, and parts of South Delhi and the Delhi Cantonment areas. (Read More)

12:24 (IST)26 Dec 2023

Delhi HC says ‘alarming situation’ as over 1 lakh students attend school for 2 hours or on alternate days

In a plea concerning over one lakh students studying in Delhi government schools in the NorthEast district, who are taught only for two hours a day or on alternate days, the Delhi High Court said it was an “alarming situation” as young children are being deprived of proper education due to lack of infrastructure and facilities.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Mini Pushkarna in its November 21 order said, “This Court cannot tolerate such a state of affairs where young children belonging to an underprivileged category, who are the future of our society, are prevented from having proper formal education”.

Observing that the Delhi government’s affidavit on the issue “hardly inspires confidence”, the bench directed the government to file a detailed affidavit specifying the number of students studying in the schools situated in North East-I District, with a class-wise breakup to show the strength of children in each class (Read More)

11:03 (IST)26 Dec 2023

Delhi: Covid-positive samples sent for genome sequencing

The Delhi government has sent COVID-19 positive samples to laboratories for genome sequencing, officials said on Tuesday.

Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj said on Monday that the national capital is recording three-four Covid cases on an average every day and asserted that the city is well equipped to fight the virus resurgence.

"We had a meeting with the Centre over the COVID-19 situation and were informed that the number of cases is increasing in southern states like Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu," Bharadwaj told reporters on the sidelines of an event. "We have been conducting tests and receiving three to four cases per day on an average.... We have conducted mock drills and made all necessary arrangements," he said. (PTI)

10:37 (IST)26 Dec 2023

Delhi airport: 2 flights diverted, nearly 30 delayed due to dense fog

Two flights were diverted and nearly 30 flights were delayed at the Delhi airport on Tuesday morning due to dense fog. An official said that one flight of IndiGo and SpiceJet was diverted to Jaipur.

According to information on the Delhi airport website, around 30 flights have been delayed in the morning.

In a post on X, DIAL gave a fog alert at around 0730 hrs saying that while landing and takeoffs continue at the Delhi airport, flights that are not CAT III compliant may get affected. CAT III pertains to operating flights when the visibility is quite low.

10:33 (IST)26 Dec 2023

Dense fog covers Delhi's Akshardham area

A thick blanket of fog engulfed Delhi on Tuesday morning, while the mercury dipped to 7 degrees Celsius, nearly a notch below the season's normal.

Here is a visual of the Akshardham area covered in dense fog at 8:50 am this morning:

10:30 (IST)26 Dec 2023

Delhi Chief Secretary, Health Minister spar over report in Burari hospital sexual harassment case

Delhi Chief Secretary has accused the office of Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj of being “politically compromised”, and has proposed the suspension of the minister’s personal secretary for allegedly passing official notes by the minister to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar made the remarks in the Action Taken Report (ATR) in the Burari Hospital sexual harassment case.

Kumar, in the report, attached a screenshot of a post by the AAP’s X (formerly Twitter) handle and said that it was made six hours before he received the directions to file a report in the matter on his email at 10.15 pm on Sunday. (Read More)

10:29 (IST)26 Dec 2023

Man held in Noida for selling properties attached by police

The Gautam Buddha Nagar police on Sunday arrested a person for allegedly selling and renting out properties attached by the police under Gangster Act proceedings, officials said on Monday.

The police identified the accused as Anees Khan, 32, a resident of Shahberi village under the jurisdiction of Bisrakh police station in Greater Noida West. Khan is facing at least eight criminal cases, under several charges, including attempt to murder, cheating, forgery and criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code, and under the Gangster Act. (Read More)

10:27 (IST)26 Dec 2023

Delhi AQI remains in 'very poor' category on Tuesday

With a reading of 374, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of the national capital remained in the "very poor" category at 9:05 am on Tuesday morning. 

10:24 (IST)26 Dec 2023

Dense fog engulfs Delhi-NCR; flights delayed

A thick blanket of fog engulfed Delhi on Tuesday morning, while the mercury dipped to 7 degrees Celsius, nearly a notch below the season's normal.

Due to dense fog, low visibility was reported from several city areas, such as Safdarjung, Anand Vihar and India Gate.

The visibility recorded at Delhi's main weather station at Safdarjung was 200 metres at 5:30 am. It was 100 metres at Palam.

According to the airport authorities, about 30 flights, including international flights, were delayed at the Delhi airport due to the fog and low visibility. The arrival of 14 trains was also delayed due to the foggy conditions.

10:23 (IST)26 Dec 2023

Welcome to today's Live Blog

Hello Readers! Welcome to today's Delhi Live Blog. Follow this space to get all the latest updates from the Delhi-NCR region. 

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40,000 flats empty, unsold: Why the DDA’s Narela project has struggled to take off

In 2017, Lovely (24) and her husband moved to Narela from Uttar Pradesh in hopes of building a new life. The couple took a loan of Rs 16 lakh to buy a coveted DDA flat in the lower-income group category in Sector G8. Her husband found a job as an accountant in a factory in Bhorgarh and Lovely, heavily pregnant then, settled down thinking that she, a girl from a small village in Gorakhpur, had finally made it in the big city.

“When we moved here there was nothing — six years later there’s still nothing,” quipped Lovely, who goes by one name. “I used to find it so difficult to go out and buy provisions, so I set up a shop on my balcony,” she said, standing amidst rows of chips packets and sweet boxes in her ground floor house. Now Lovely’s small shop has become a staple for the community living in the DDA flats.

However, provisions are the least of the residents’ concerns — bus stops are far away, hospitals even further, and hardly anyone ventures outside their society complexes after dark owing to criminal elements.

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Christmas story: A two-century old church, and an 114-yr-old family tradition

A popular European folktale goes like this: On the eve of Christmas in 1870, while the Franco-Prussian war was raging, a French soldier jumped from the trenches and began singing “Cantique de Noel – O Holy Night”, a carol describing the birth of Jesus. Time stood still, and people on both sides of the trenches listened transfixed. Then, a Prussian soldier stood up and began singing the carol too, this time in German. An odd moment of solidarity and peace ensued and a ceasefire was called for 24 hours, for Christmas.

Seated behind his desk at his home in present-day Delhi, Professor Sydney R Rebeiro fondly recalls how his friend, Sister Dr Melba Rodrigues, sang the same carol at Rashtrapati Bhawan’s Darbar Hall many decades ago. “Her voice would ring out so beautifully,” Prof Rebeiro, who served as the Dean of Delhi University between 1985-2021, recalls.

Prof Rebeiro, 81, is a treasure trove of stories related to Christmas in Delhi. Afterall, his family has been a regular at Kashmere Gate’s St James’ Church, the oldest worshipping church of Delhi, for the last 114 years.

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First published on: 26-12-2023 at 10:01 IST
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