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Shaheen Bagh shops open after 5 months but wait for customers continues

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Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh area, which had become the hub of protests against CAA and NRC, finally gets to see some economic activity after five long months. First, it was the protest which forced them to shut shop and then it was lockdown. Though in Lockdown 4.0 they have been able to open shop, their search for elusive customer continues.

For shopkeepers of this otherwise very crowded area, their losses run in several crores of rupees with no respite in sight. Shopkeeper Mohammad Ansar, owner of a showroom of Raymond Company at the Shaheen Bagh market, said, “In these 5 months our businesses are almost over. The shops are now opening on the basis of odd-even as was announced by the Delhi government.

The cost of keeping the shop closed was low, but now the expenses after opening the shop have increased. I have been opening my shop for four days in a row, but I have not earned a penny.” “Not only the customer, even the staff working in the shops are gone” he added. During the month of Ramzan, sales and ensuing profits surge, as the market, bustles with the customers shopping for Eid.

However, this year it is different, the pandemic has struck at the time of the peak season. Mohammad Rayees, another shopkeeper from the market, said: “There are more than 150 shops in the market and everyone’s daily income was about Rs 75,000. But now after five months, the losses are so catastrophic that we are even struggling to manage domestic expenses at home. Despite the Eid season, there is hardly any customer.” R.P. Meena, DCP, SouthEast Delhi, told The Daily Guardian, “We have asked the shops to open on odd and even days as per the guidelines of the Delhi government.

According to the guideline, marking of the shops at the local level has been done. Moreover, precautionary guidelines have been dispensed to all the showroom owners and shopkeepers. Shops will remain open from 7 am to 7 pm during Eid too. For further caution, we are monitoring the entire area through drone cameras as well.” There are about 150 shops in this market of Shaheen Bagh, wherein about two thousand employees work, out of which only 30% of the staff is left. Following the Delhi government’s order, shops are opening in this market on an odd-even basis. To maintain social distance, shopkeepers have also put a mark.

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Schools, colleges reopen after a gap of 10 months in Manipur

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Imphal (Manipur) [India], January 28 (ANI): After a gap of ten months, schools and colleges in Manipur reopened from Wednesday with several COVID-19 safety procedures in place.
Sangeeta Mayengbam, Principal of Tamphasana Girls Higher Secondary School in Imphal, said that students are allowed to attend classes after getting consent from their parents or guardians.
“Students are allowed to attend classes after showing the consent certificate from their parents. One student is allowed to sit on a bench at a time and students are instructed to sit in a zig-zag manner with proper social distancing. The school authorities have distributed face masks among the students,” Sangeeta said while speaking to ANI.
Freshers who attended her first class were very enthusiastic and felt quite a sense of happiness to be back again.
“I feel very happy to attend the first class of the 11th standard. I am very excited to find new friends and teachers,” said Nemshi Usha, a student.
Another student said that she was very happy and excited to attend normal classes instead of online classes, as her doubts remained unclear in the virtual sessions.
The state cabinet had earlier taken the decision to reopen the schools from classes 9 to 12 from January 27, after they were closed for months owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The government in its cabinet meeting had taken a decision to re-open schools for Classes 9 to 12 from January 27, 2021, for the academic session 2020 in order to prepare themselves for the ensuring examinations,” the Directorate of Education of Schools, Manipur said while issuing an order.
A list of COVID-19 safety measures has been issued to all school authorities.
Manipur has so far reported 29,007 COVID-19 positive cases while 28,476 persons have recovered from the disease. The death toll of the state stands at 370.
Students were seen attending the classes with face masks and maintaining social distancing. The new freshers were enthusiastic to attend normal classes at their respective schools. (ANI)

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R-Day violence: Amit Shah meets injured police personnel at Delhi hospitals

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New Delhi [India], January 28 (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday met police personnel who were injured in the violence during farmers’ tractor rally on January 26 in north Delhi hospitals.
He met the injured police personnel at the Sushruta Trauma Centre and Tirath Ram Shah Hospital, Civil Lines.
“Meeting the injured Delhi Police personnel. We are proud of their courage and bravery,” Shah wrote on his official Twitter account.

Protestors broke barricades to enter Delhi and indulged in vandalism across several parts of the national capital during their tractor rally organised to protest against the Centre’s three new farm laws on Tuesday. Several public and private properties were damaged in acts of vandalism by the protestors, leaving many police personnel injured.
Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava on Wednesday said that 394 police personnel sustained injuries in the violence during farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day in Delhi.
Nineteen people have been arrested so far and over 25 criminal cases registered by Delhi Police in connection with the violence. Some of the police personnel are admitted to ICU wards due to their critical condition. (ANI)

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Lal Quila, Jama Masjid metro stations reopened, says DMRC

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New Delhi [India], January 28 (ANI): The entry and exit gates of all metro stations including Lal Quila and Jama Masjid are open, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) informed on Thursday.
The entry and exit gates of Lal Quila metro station and entry at Jama Masjid metro station were closed as per precautionary measures due to the protests at several places against the new agriculture laws.
“Entry and exit gates of Lal Quila and Jama Masjid metro stations are open. All stations are open. Normal services on all lines,” DMRC tweeted.
Meanwhile, heavy security has been deployed near the Red Fort where a group of protestors entered the fort and unfurled flags from its ramparts on Tuesday.
This comes as farmers broke barricades on Tuesday to enter Delhi and indulged in vandalism across several parts of the national capital during their Kisan tractor rally organised to protest against the Centre’s three new farm laws.
Several public and private properties were damaged in acts of vandalism by the protestors, while one farmer died after his tractor overturned at ITO.
At least 19 people have so far been arrested and over 25 criminal cases registered by Delhi Police in connection with the violence.
A total of 394 police personnel sustained injuries in the violence and several of them are still admitted to hospitals. Some of them are admitted to ICU wards, informed Police Commissioner (CP) SN Shrivastava on Wednesday.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)

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147 districts record no new COVID-19 infections in last seven days, says Harsh Vardhan

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New Delhi [India], January 28 (ANI): At least 147 districts in the country have not reported a case of COVID-19 in the last seven days, informed Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.
During the 23rd meeting of the High-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19, the Union Minister said: “In India, 147 districts have not seen a COVID-19 case in the last seven days, 18 districts in the last 14 days, six in the last 21 days, and 21 districts have not registered a case in the last 28 days.”
During the meeting, the Health Minister also expressed satisfaction at the country’s performance to combat COVID-19, stating that “Our fatality rate continues to be the lowest in the world at almost 1.44 per cent and 1,03,73,606 people have recovered from the virus, taking the recovery rate to nearly 97 per cent.”
He further informed that the country has 15,473 dedicated hospitals, health care facilities, and COVID-19 care centers with 19,00,714 beds and 12,673 quarantine centres.
On the ongoing coronavirus vaccination programme, he said, “We have completed 42,674 sessions of vaccinations all over the country. As many as 23,55,979 people have been administered the COVID-19 vaccines so far and 3,26,499 health workers have received the vaccines in the last 24 hours.”
“The total number of cases in the country stands at 1,07,01,193 and in the last 24 hours, the country recorded 11,660 cases. Currently, 70 per cent of the current cases are from Maharashtra and Kerala. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have slightly more than 500 cases and the rest of the places have less than 500 cases,” he added.
Updating the GoM on the United Kingdom (UK) variant found in India, he mentioned that 153 cases have been diagnosed in the country and all the protocols to keep these cases under surveillance and in isolation are being followed. (ANI)

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Rahul Gandhi alleges PM Modi of ‘trying to kill’ Land Acquisition Bill

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Wayanad (Kerala) [India], January 28 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to ‘kill’ the Land Acquisition Bill brought by his party for the farmers.
“Some years ago I noticed there was an attempt to attack India’s farmers. It started in Bhatta Parsaul when their land was just being taken away. I realised it was a problem and started a conversation inside the Congress party. The result was that we threw out the old British Bill and brought out a brand new Land Acquisition Bill that guaranteed compensation and protection to our farmers. The first thing Narendra Modi ji did when he became PM was trying to kill this Bill. We fought him in Parliament and stopped him from killing it,” he said while addressing a rally at Wayanad.
The Wayanad MP also said the Prime Minister asked the chief ministers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states to ‘kill them’ as he could not defeat them in the parliament.
The Congress leader arrived in Kerala on Wednesday for the two-day visit ahead of the Assembly elections in the state scheduled for April-May. He inaugurated the new building and gate of Vandoor government girls higher secondary school and motivated the students to thrive and survive on their own. He also said girls have to work harder than boys as it is the nature of society that it does not want to let them become independent.
Earlier last week, he was on a three-day visit to the western belt in Tamil Nadu where he interacted with farmers, business people, weavers and the general public. During his visit, the politician said the major economic policies of the present central government like Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation destroyed micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in the country. (ANI)

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Delhi Police issues Lookout Notice against farmer leaders post tractor rally violence

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New Delhi [India], January 28 (ANI): Two days after the violence which broke out in various parts of the national capital during the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day, Delhi Police on Wednesday said that it has issued a Lookout Notice (LOC) against some farmer leaders with the help of immigration.
The passports of these leaders will be seized as a part of the process, said Delhi Police in a statement.
This comes a day after Delhi Police registered an FIR at Samaypur Badli police station against 37 farmer leaders including Medha Patkar, Buta Singh, Darshan Pal, Rakesh Tikait, Rajinder Singh, Balbir Singh Rajewal and Yogendra Yadav for Tuesday’s violence.
Police said that their “preplanned objective of not following the mutually agreed route and the timing of the commencement of the so-called parade’ was to disrupt the Republic Day Parade and the protesters resorted to the above said acts, and their gathering was also in violation of the guidelines in view of COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, security has been tightened at Tikri Border where farmers continue their protest against farm laws.

Nineteen people have been so far arrested and over 25 criminal cases registered by Delhi Police in connection with the violence that broke out during the farmers’ tractor march on Tuesday, Police Commissioner (CP) SN Shrivastava had said on Wednesday adding that 394 police personnel sustained injuries in the violence and several of them are still admitted to hospitals.
Delhi Police has named Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu and gangster Lakka Sadana in an FIR registered in connection with the violence at the historic monument on January 26.
Protestors broke barricades to enter Delhi and indulged in vandalism across several parts of the national capital during their tractor rally organised to protest against the Centre’s three new farm laws.
Several public and private properties were damaged in acts of vandalism by the protestors. A total of 22 FIRs have been filed by the Delhi Police with one of them mentioning the incident at ITO where a farmer died after his tractor overturned.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)

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