HC puts brakes on Delhi govt’s home delivery of ration scheme

Ruling that the Delhi government cannot implement its proposed scheme for home delivery of ration in its present form, the Delhi High Court Thursday concurred with the view taken by the Lt-Governor that the decision would require prior approval of the central government. “Since the Parliament has enacted the NFSA, which specifically requires that schemes … Read more

North India swelters; mercury leaps to 49 degree Celsius in parts of Delhi

A withering heatwave swept across the national capital and its neighboring areas on Sunday, with Mungeshpur and Najafgarh observatories in Delhi reporting temperatures of 49.2 degree Celsius and 49.1 degree Celsius respectively. The temperature at Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s base station, was at 45.6 degree Celsius, five notches above the normal and the highest this year … Read more

Bommai interview: ‘Halal or azaan, orders issued in Cong rule. It is not ready to obey own orders… I am following rule of law’

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who met top BJP leaders in the national capital Wednesday, said he has left the decision over the timing of the much-awaited expansion of his Cabinet on the party leadership. In the course of a wide-ranging interview with The Indian Express, Bommai denied that there was an atmosphere of fear … Read more

CM Patnaik has lost credibility…BJP-BJD bonhomie in Delhi a false narrative: Odisha BJP chief Samir Mohanty

In the recent urban and rural local body elections in Odisha, the principal Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a severe setback, even as the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) swept the polls again. In the three-tier panchayat elections held in February, the BJP won 42 Zilla Parishad seats, down from 297 it had bagged … Read more

Daily Briefing: Highway drama over Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Bagga’s arrest; Why state govts love the sedition law

From A political slugfest between the AAP and BJP over the arrest of BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, to why China’s decision to postpone the Asian Games has thrown the 2023 sports schedule into disarray – here are the top stories from today’s schedule. Big Story In an operation that pitted Punjab Police against … Read more

Punjab tells HC its officers held; Haryana, Delhi deny

The drama involving Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga played out not just on the highway but also inside two courtrooms – one in Chandigarh and the other in Dwarka in Delhi. As a Punjab Police team took Bagga away, and his father filed a complaint at the Janakpuri police station alleging he had … Read more

Highway drama over arrest of BJP’s Bagga: Haryana police stop Punjab convoy, let Delhi cops take him back

In an operation that pitted Punjab Police against their counterparts in Delhi and Haryana and led to a political slugfest between the BJP and AAP, Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga was arrested from his Janakpuri residence Friday morning in connection with a case filed in Mohali on April 1. The journey to take … Read more

Delhi has a burning problem: Three garbage mountains Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla landfills

How long will it take to flatten Delhi’s tottering garbage mountains? At the largest dumpsite in East Delhi’s Ghazipur, it could take decades to process just the legacy or old waste at the current pace. Not to mention that the landfill, which had the largest quantity of legacy or old waste when it was assessed … Read more

HIFF 2022: Don’t miss these 8 Indian films at Habitat International Film Festival, which returns to Delhi after a hiatus of two years

When the climate and politics decide to take a break from bringing bad press to the National Capital, and good-forces-willing, COVID will too, the Habitat International Film Festival (HIFF) returns in its physical form this week, from May 6- 15, at the India Habitat Centre, after a hiatus of two years. Ever since the Osian’s-Cinefan … Read more

In Gujarat’s tribal belt, why Arvind Kejriwal reloaded ‘Delhi model’ pitch

Big posters of Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) leader Chhotubhai Vasava and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lined up the roads leading to Chanderiya village in south Gujarat’s Bharuch district on Sunday. Scores of Adivasi villagers from nearby hamlets walked to the venue of a public meeting of the BTP and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) … Read more