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Delhi to enforce graded response action plan in colour-code alerts level 1 to 4 to battle third Covid wave

In a bid to control the possible third wave of coronavirus, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided to implement a graded action plan to tackle any surge in Covid-19 infections in the coming days.

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In a bid to control the possible third wave of coronavirus, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided to implement a graded action plan to tackle any surge in Covid-19 infections in the coming days. 

According to the action plan, separate guidelines and alerts for four levels of severity are represented as colours to ease the process of lock and unlock in the city. The Delhi government has issued a formal order to implement the plan.

The national capital is the first city to enforce such a plan. Based on the intensity of positivity rate, fresh cases, and requirement of oxygen beds, the government will be alerted using four different colour codes yellow, amber, orange and red. The relaxations and restrictions will be put in place as stipulated by Graded Response Action Plan as ordered by the DDMA.

Yellow Alert

The yellow alert marks level 1 of severity which will be enforced if the national capital reports a positivity rate of over 0.5 percent for two consecutive days or 1500 new Covid-19 cases in a week or has occupied 500 oxygen beds in a week. The shops will remain open between 10 am and 8 pm on an odd-even basis in response to the alert. Metros and buses will work on 50 percent capacity and a night curfew will be imposed between 10 pm and 5 am.

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Amber Alert

If the city records a positivity rate of 1 percent for two days in a row or registers 3,500 new Covid-19 cases or if 700 oxygen beds are occupied over a week, then the amber alert will be imposed. The shops will be shut from 10 am to 6 pm on an odd and even basis, and restaurants, bars will remain closed. The government will enforce the weekend curfew and also reduce the metro capacity to 33 percent ad bus capacity to 50 percent. 

Orange Alert

Once the national capital records fresh Covid-19 cases above 9,000 or a positivity rate of over 2 percent for two consecutive days and the requirement of oxygen beds cross 1,000, the orange alert is marked. In that situation, everything will remain closed except standalone shops. The metro services will be completely shut, however, bus services will operate at 50 percent capacity for essential workers. The night curfew will continue and construction work is only allowed if the labourers live near the site.

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The red alert will be imposed once the Covid-19 cases cross 16,000 in the city or records a positivity rate of 5 percent within two days or there’s a requirement of 3,000 oxygen beds. Under this severity, all the curbs imposed at the time of orange alert will remain in force and Delhi will be placed under complete curfew.

Meanwhile, under every alert,  schools, colleges and other educational institutions will remain closed. The cinema halls, banquet halls, theatres, auditoriums, barbershops, spas, salons, gymnasiums and yoga centres, and entertainment parks will also be shut. Gatherings at religious places or any sort will not be allowed.

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7 BJP MLAs suspended from Delhi Assembly’s Budget session for interrupting LG’s address

Pandey said that such behaviour by the BJP MLAs amounted to lowering the dignity of the House.

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Seven out of eight Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) were suspended on Friday for the remainder of the Budget session of the Delhi Assembly for allegedly interrupting Lieutenant Governor (LG) VK Saxena’s address.

On Thursday, they were marshalled out of the House for their unruly behaviour. According to the reports, the seven BJP MLAs were interrupting Governor Saxena during his address to the House as they sought to attack the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led-AAP government.

Taking cognisance of the matter, the Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel sent the matter of disruption to the Privileges Committee.

On the second day of the session, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Dilip Kumar Pandey and the party convenor Kejriwal whip in the Assembly. Pandey pointed out the disruption made by the BJP MLAs during the LG’s speech, he said MLAs have disrupted Saxena’s address marking the opening of the budget session at least eight times. He further said that such behaviour by the BJP MLAs amounted to lowering the dignity of the House.

AAP MLA Pandey, later moved a proposal that the matter be referred to the Delhi Assembly Privileges Committee, demanding the suspension of the seven BJP MLAs from the proceedings of the House, until the panel decides on the matter. Through a voice vote, the proposal was passed.

Despite several warnings from the Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, BJP Vijender Gupta interrupted Saxena while he was citing the AAP’s achievements. Following this, the Speaker asked the House marshals to take Gupta out.

Later, when LG Saxena began his address, other leaders from the BJP party continued disrupting him as Saxena cited several Kejriwal government’s achievements.

After all this, the BJP MLAs defied the Goel and refrained from interrupting the Saxena’s address, to which the Speaker had to ask the marshals to take them out of the House too.

The House suspended seven BJP MLAs out of eight, the Leader of Opposition Ramvir Singh Bidhuri was not suspended, however, he walked out with other suspended BJP leaders in protest against the decision of the House to suspend its MLAs.

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Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha: Delhi, Assam, Tripura, other states declare half-day in Govt offices on Jan 22

The Delhi government on Saturday announced a half-day in the national capital for the Ram Mandir event, scheduled to take place on January 22 in Ayodhya.

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Following the Central government’s decision to declare a half-day in all government offices on January 22 given the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha ceremony, several states including Delhi, Assam and Tripura have declared a half-day on Monday.  Delhi has become the latest state to do so among other states.

The Delhi government on Saturday announced a half-day in the national capital for the Ram Mandir event, scheduled to take place on January 22 in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, after the assent from Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena.

The list of states, that have declared a half-day on January 22.

Uttar Pradesh: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that all the educational institutions and liquor shops will remain closed throughout the state on this historic day.

Chhattisgarh: The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Vishnu Deo Sai on Thursday declared that all government offices will remain closed on January 22 till 2:30 pm as the Ram Lala event will take place on this date.

Madhya Pradesh: Chief Minister Mohan Yadav announced that all the schools will be closed, encouraging people to celebrate the day like a festival. He also directed the of closing all types of shops, including liquor and Bhang outlets. As per the officials, all government offices and institutions in Madhya Pradesh will remain closed for half a day in view of the Ram Mandir event in Ayodhya.

Goa: The government in Goa has declared a holiday, for all government employees and schools on January 22 to celebrate the day as the Pran Pratishtha ceremony at the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will take place.

Haryana: Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, has announced a half-day in the state in view of the Ram Mandir even in Ayodhya. The official statement said that schools and liquor shops will remain closed on that day.

Odisha: The government offices in the state will remain closed for half a day on January 22 on the occasion of the Ram temple consecration ceremony. All the state government offices, as well as the revenue and magisterial courts (executive), will remain closed for half a day till 2.30 pm on January 22.

Rajasthan: Rajasthan government on Thursday declared a half-day on January 22 in view of the Ram Mandir ceremony, which will take place in Ayodhya.

Gujarat: All government offices in Gujarat will remain closed for half a day on January 22 to celebrate the consecration of Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Chandigarh: The Chandigarh Union Territory administration on Friday declared the closure of all its offices on January 22 to mark the celebration of the Ram Temple ceremony, while the Haryana government declared a half-day holiday.

Delhi: Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor approved a half-day holiday for all Delhi government offices on January 22 given the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha ceremony in Ayodhya, according to reports.

Assam: The Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Bishwa Sarma, announced a half-holiday on January 22 on the occasion of the Ram Mandir event in Ayodhya.  All state government offices and educational institutions in the state will remain closed till 2.30 PM on January 22.

Tripura: Asim Sahai, Deputy Secretary to the Government of Tripura, announced a half-day in all the government offices and educational institutions across Tripura. He said the offices will remain closed until 2:30 pm on January 22 to enable employees to participate in the celebrations of Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha in Ayodhya.

Uttarakhand: All government offices in Uttarakhand will remain closed for half a day on January 22 to celebrate the consecration of Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Puducherry: The officials had announced a holiday in the state to mark the celebration of the Ram Temple ceremony in Ayodhya. Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Friday said that January 22 would be a public holiday in the Union Territory. 

Maharashtra: The Maharashtra government on Friday declared a public holiday in the state on January 22 when the Pran Pratishtha ceremony will be held in Ayodhya.

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Anti-pollution panel imposes restrictions in Delhi again under GRAP 3 as air quality drops to severe

Delhi imposed restrictions under GRAP 3 on all non-essential construction and movement of BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel vehicles in the Delhi-NCR region again.

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The anti-pollution panel, Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) on January 14, imposed restrictions under GRAP 3 on all non-essential construction and movement of BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel vehicles in the Delhi-NCR region again.

The order came after the air quality in Delhi-NCR dropped to severe again.

According to weather officials, as the minimum temperature dropped to 3.5 degrees Celsius in Delhi, it continued to be under severe cold conditions. This winter’s lowest and a thick layer of fog was seen in several parts of the city, the officials further said.

CAQM Sub-Committee decided to invoke an 8-point action plan as per Stage-III of GRAP in the entire NCR with immediate effect, to prevent further deterioration of air quality in the region, said the panel in an official order. GRAP Stage-III restrictions include closing down operations of stone crushers, closing down all mining and associated activities in the NCR, and a strict ban on construction and demolition activities in the entire NCR (except certain categories of projects), the statement further reads.

The panel also said that the NCR State governments/GNCTD will impose strict restrictions on plying of BS III petrol and BS IV diesel LMVs (4 wheelers) in Delhi and in the districts of Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar. State governments in NCR and GNCTD may decide on discontinuing physical classes in schools for children up to Class V and conducting classes in an online mode, the anti-pollution panel added.

According to an official, bad weather caused the diversion of nine flights, including an international flight, from the Delhi airport to Jaipur between 4:30 am and 10:30 am.

An official stated that an international flight which was initially diverted to Mumbai due to bad weather was later re-routed to Jaipur. On Sunday, Delhi and other parts of North India were shrouded by a thick layer of fog, with visibility levels dropping to zero meters at several locations.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi’s minimum temperature recorded on Sunday was four notches below the season’s average.

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