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Officers start attending minister’s meetings

19 Jun 2018 | 12:10 AM

NEW DELHI:Amid a prevailing deadlock between the Delhi government and its IAS officers, a meeting, convened by Environment Minister Imran Hussain to review the capital’s ambient air quality status, was attended by senior officers of Environment Department and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) today.

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 18

Amid a prevailing deadlock between the Delhi government and its IAS officers, a meeting, convened by Environment Minister Imran Hussain to review the capital’s ambient air quality status, was attended by senior officers of Environment Department and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) today.

During the meeting, Secretary (Environment) and Special Secretary (Environment) were also present. After the meeting, Hussain noted that joint efforts of department and other land owning agencies have yielded desired results which have helped in improving Delhi’s air quality.

Hussain, who also holds the Food and Civil Supplies portfolio in the city government, also rescheduled meeting on ration due to non-availability of Food Commissioner.

Due to the absence of the Food Commissioner at the meeting without any intimation, the minister directed rescheduling of the meeting for tomorrow, said a senior official.

The minister had called the meeting to review the status of availability of ration at the Fair Price Shops and for distribution of ration to eligible ration cardholders for June.

IAS officers open to talk as CM assures security

Hours after the IAS association responded positively to Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal’s assurance to them of ensuring their safety, saying they are open to formal discussions with the CM.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today asked the IAS officers of the Delhi government to call off their “strike” and said that taking an initiative, Kejriwal has assured safety to them and now it is the turn and the responsibility of the Centre and bureaucrats’ to respond.

Responding to the tweet by the bureaucrats' association, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who was today shifted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital after his condition deteriorated, said “Happy for discussions with our officers. Delhi government is committed to provide safe and secure environment. However, LG is head of both “services and security”. So meeting should take place in his presence so that assurances related to those subjects be taken.”

Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendra Jain, who have been hospitalised followed by their hunger strike, are currently stable. CPI leader and Rajya Sabha MP D Raja joined by his wife Annie Raja today visited them in the hospital and extended support. Prior to Raja, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav met them at the hospital and requested the Centre and the LG to end the stalemate in the capital.

In his appeal to officers, which Kejriwal posted on Twitter, he wrote: “The officers are part of my family. I would urge them to stop their boycott of elected government, return to work now and start attending all meetings of ministers, respond to their calls and messages and join them for field inspections.”

The CM further noted they should work “without fear or pressure and not come under the pressures from any source, be it from the state government or the Centre or any political party”.

The IAS association yesterday rubbished the ruling party’s claims about they being on strike and justified the skipping of some crucial meetings, without mentioning the details, by some officers with apprehensions of safety and security in the wake of the alleged attack on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh said yesterday the AAP held protest in which a large number of people participated. He said the march was a message that Delhi is in difficulty and suffering due to problems related to water, ration and pollution and warned of a bigger agitation if required. “With no solution people will take to streets,” he asserted.

Burari: Three killed, five injured in gang war

Burari: Three killed, five injured in gang war

19 Jun 2018 | 12:10 AM

NEW DELHI:Three persons, including a woman passer-by, were killed and five were injured as two gangs fired at each other in broad daylight on the streets of Delhi, said a police official.

Oppn reacts to capital’s impasse

19 Jun 2018 | 12:10 AM

NEW DELHI:Rising above political differences, Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav today observed that former party colleague, Kejriwal's yesterday's appeal to the IAS officers should be read as an "implicit apology" (for the alleged assault on Delhi CS Anshu Prakash) -- something he said "though not forthright, as was due, and as given in other cases) and as withdrwal of his demand for punishment to officers.

Schools told to form panels to check sexual harassment

19 Jun 2018 | 12:10 AM

NEW DELHI:The Delhi government has issued fresh directions to all schools in the capital to ensure Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) is in place to deal with complaints of sexual harassment.

Various works completed in South Delhi, says Bidhuri

19 Jun 2018 | 12:10 AM

NEW DELHI: South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri today said during the past four years of the BJP government at the Centre completed various works in South Delhi, which was delayed for the past 30 years.

‘No permission sought for AAP’s protest march to PM’s residence’

‘No permission sought for AAP’s protest march to PM’s residence’

18 Jun 2018 | 12:33 AM

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, who planned to hold protest march to the Prime Minister residence, have not sought any permission from the Delhi Police, said a senior police officer. However, AAP leaders alleged that party supporters were being prevented from taking part in the rally.

Air quality improves; pollution level comes down to ‘moderate to poor’ category

18 Jun 2018 | 12:33 AM

NEW DELHI: Delhi's air quality improved today due to dispersion of pollutants and rapidly decreased the pollution level to 'moderate to poor' category from the 'severe plus' for the first time in six days, monitoring agencies said.

‘Drugs sale on rise in South Delhi’

18 Jun 2018 | 12:33 AM

NEW DELHI: Drug supply in Delhi has suddenly increased in last few months in spite of Delhi Police Crime Branch been on active mode all the time.

Duo held for uploading girl’s pic on dating app

18 Jun 2018 | 12:33 AM

NEW DELHI: The police arrested two persons who uploaded a girl's photograph on a dating app, said DCP Chinmoy Biswal.

N Delhi mayor appeals to people to not relieve in open

18 Jun 2018 | 12:33 AM

NEW DELHI: In line with the Swachh Bharat Mission, North Delhi Mayor Adesh Gupta today appealed to people to not urinate or defecate in the open and use public conveniences instead to respond to nature's call.

Fill potholes in 24 hrs of issuance of directions, PWD staff told

18 Jun 2018 | 12:33 AM

NEW DELHI: The Public Works Department,Delhi government, has instructed its officers to repair potholes on the roads in the city within 24 hours of the issuance of directions.

4-year-old kidnapped boy rescued

18 Jun 2018 | 12:33 AM

NEW DELHI: A four-year-old kidnapped boy was rescued timely before he could be harmed, said a police official. Yesterday, the Police Control Room received a call regarding kidnapping of a child from Madhu Vihar.

10 Delhi gurdwaras adopt FSSAI food safety guidelines

10 Delhi gurdwaras adopt FSSAI food safety guidelines

18 Jun 2018 | 1:13 PM

NEW DELHI: Ten gurdwaras in the national capital, including the historic Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, have implemented the food safety and hygiene standards set by food regulator FSSAI. Around one lakh devotees partake of langar here daily, five lakh during weekends.

Three held for smuggling gold

17 Jun 2018 | 1:58 AM

New Delhi: Two male international passengers have been intercepted at IGI Airport – both had arrived from Bangkok on June 14 – with a male Indian domestic passenger while the two were handing over two gold chains and two gold bangles collectively weighing 1249 g to the domestic passenger at the food court of T3 departures.

Undertrial prisoner found dead at Tihar

17 Jun 2018 | 1:58 AM

NEW DELHI:A 21-year-old undertrial prisoner was found dead under mysterious circumstances at the Tihar Jail, police said today.

Two held in the biggest recovery of ammunition of 2018

17 Jun 2018 | 1:58 AM

NEW DELHI:Delhi Police Special Cell has busted an interstate racket of ammunition supplier and arrested two ammunition suppliers Prem Singh (37), resident of Mathura and Alok Shivhare (48), resident of Surya Nagar, Agra and recovered 1,560 illegal live cartridges, said police.

Water crisis: DJB helpline overflooded, police alert

17 Jun 2018 | 2:23 AM

NEW DELHI:Estimating a law and order situation due to the water scarcity in Delhi, police have been instructed to be alert and keep a close watch.

DAY 6 of DHARNA politics

‘Where were these CMs when Chief Secy was assaulted?’

17 Jun 2018 | 1:58 AM

NEW DELHI:Criticising the decision of four non-NDA Chief Ministers to extend support to their Delhi counterpart who has been protesting at the LG office here, the BJP today questioned why they did not object to the assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

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