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Sweta Goswami writes on politics, urban development, transportation, energy and social welfare. Based in Delhi, she tracks government policies and suggests corrections based on public feedback and on-ground implementation through her reports. She has also covered the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) since its inception.

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Delhi to roll back excise policy but after a month

The 468 private liquor shops operating in the national capital were set to shut from August 1 as the term of their licences under the excise policy 2021-22 expires on July 31.

Heavy rush outside a liquor shop at Karol Bagh in New Delhi on Saturday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 31, 2022 05:33 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi considering going back to its old excise policy

The plan comes before the current excise regime expires on Sunday, which seemed inevitable on Friday since government offices do not work over the weekend.

The order was issued by RP Singh, manager of personnel, at DSCSC. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 30, 2022 07:19 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Kejriwal inaugurates EV charging stations at 7 bus depots

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated seven electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Delhi on Wednesday, taking the total number of operational charging stations in Delhi to 1,892 having more than 2,000 charing points in total

New Delhi, July 27 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates Electric Vehicle Charging Station in the presence of Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, at Rajghat DTC bus depot, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(Amit Sharma)
Updated on Jul 28, 2022 12:47 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Tussle on, but Delhi excise policy may be extended

To prevent liquor shops in the national capital from downing shutters as their permits expire on August 1, Delhi lieutenant governor Vinai Kumar Saxena is likely to extend for the third time the old excise policy of 2021-22, an official said

The excise policy, valid till March 30, was earlier extended up to May 31 and then till July 31.(FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 27, 2022 01:45 AM IST

Delhi LG asks chief secy to identify officials involved in liquor case

According to people in Saxena’s office, who asked not to be named, the chief secretary will also be asked to look into whether there was cartelisation in Delhi’s liquor market benefitting a handful of companies.

BJP workers protests outside Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia’s house in New Delhi on Saturday. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 24, 2022 12:51 AM IST
By, New Delhi

State power generation utilities must continue to blend 10% imported coal: Govt

The country’s thermal power plants will be able to maintain coal inventory of only between 22-25 million tonnes at any given point during the ongoing monsoon season, a scenario that could turn precarious if electricity demand spikes, ministry officials said on Saturday.

State power generation utilities must continue to blend 10% imported coal, the Union power ministry has reiterated, despite objections by several states because the imported mineral is eight times more expensive. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 24, 2022 05:45 AM IST
By, New Delhi

L-G calls for CBI probe into Delhi excise policy

The complaint sent by the LG contends that several procedures were tweaked in order to benefit private liquor barons and individuals, and that an investigation must be carried out to find kickbacks, according to people in Saxena’s office, who pointed fingers at the “highest echelons of the government leading up to deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia”.

The BJP welcomed the LG’s decision on Friday, and raised the issues flagged in the complaint to the AAP.(HT file photo. Representative image)
Updated on Jul 23, 2022 07:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

LG seeks CBI probe into Delhi govt’s liquor policy; Kejriwal calls case ‘fake’

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government introduced the new liquor regime in November, 2021 saying it will clean up malpractices and improve user experience

LG VK Saxena also questioned the timing of framing this policy and implementing it. (File image)
Updated on Jul 22, 2022 04:40 PM IST

CM Arvind Kejriwal can’t visit Singapore, says Delhi LG

Kejriwal said that he will now seek approval from the ministry of external affairs (MEA) for the same.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Jul 22, 2022 05:03 AM IST
By, New Delhi

LG Saxena rejects Kejriwal’s request to visit Singapore; CM to now apply to MEA

Responding to the development, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said Kejriwal will seek approval from the ministry of external affairs (MEA) for the same

Deputy CM said chief minister Kejriwal does not agree with the views of LG. (File image)
Updated on Jul 21, 2022 05:29 PM IST

After transport dept, Delhi to soon introduce faceless services in revenue dept

Once introduced after a couple of pilot runs, the faceless services will also bypass the government’s ongoing doorstep delivery of services for certain documents, implying no “mobile sahayak” will then be needed to deliver the document as they would all be digitally approved, signed and generated.

Delhi revenue minister Kailash Gahlot.(Arvind Yadav/HT file photo)
Updated on Jul 21, 2022 02:46 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

6,600 EVs recalled by 3 manufacturers in April after fire incidents: Govt

Incidents of fire in electric vehicles were reported in Tamil Nadu in March and Andhra Pradesh in April, the government told the Lok Sabha

The government said a total of 6,656 electric two-wheelers have been recalled by manufacturers in April. (Photo courtesy: HT Auto)
Published on Jul 20, 2022 10:09 AM IST

Free power, schools, health care helping lay solid foundation: Delhi CM Kejriwal

In a press conference on Saturday, the AAP national convener also claimed that some political leaders in the country were running a “hate campaign” against him.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses the press conference, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jul 17, 2022 12:53 AM IST
By, New Delhi

AAP extends support to Yashwant Sinha for President

‘We duly acknowledge and respect NDA nominee Draupadi Murmu’s candidature in the Presidential election, but the party's political affairs committee has deemed it fit to support the opposition candidate,’ said AAP MP Sanjay Singh.

The decision to support Opposition Presidential Candidate Yashwant Sinha was taken in a meeting of the AAP’s political affairs committee (PAC) held on Saturday afternoon. (ANI)
Published on Jul 16, 2022 11:59 PM IST

‘Respect Droupadi Murmu but will vote for Yashwant Sinha: AAP on Prez poll

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced its support for the Opposition presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha after a meeting of the party’s political affairs committee (PAC) chaired by AAP national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal

NDA presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu and the Opposition nominee Yashwant Sinha (File Photos)
Updated on Jul 16, 2022 02:39 PM IST

New Grap curbs likely to impact more than 950K diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR

In all, the national capital has 10 million registered vehicles, with 1.12 million of these conforming to Bharat BS-VI, a standard that became mandatory for all new cars registered after April 1, 2020.

Of the 10 million registered vehicles in Delhi, 1.12 million conform to Bharat BS-VI emission standards. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Archive)
Published on Jul 15, 2022 01:12 AM IST

From Aug, power bills in Delhi to come with ‘opt-in’ form for subsidies

Residents who don’t submit their forms till end-September will not receive subsidies from October, officials said.

Representational image
Published on Jul 13, 2022 04:45 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Dwarka e-way delayed, to now wrap up in 2023

The 29 kilometre-long corridor, which will also be the country’s first urban elevated expressway, was earlier slated to be ready by this August. “Now, the entire stretch will be ready by September 2023.

A view of the high rise buildings in the backdrop of under construction flyover on Dwarka Expressway.(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 12, 2022 05:33 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi power bills jump 2-6% as key surcharge hiked

The surcharge increase came into effect from June 10 this year and will have reflected in bills consumers received in July.

(Representative image/HT Archive)
Published on Jul 11, 2022 04:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi assembly has right to seek info from govt depts, officials: Panel

On Tuesday (July 5), Delhi assembly deputy speaker Rakhi Birla, during the last day of the two-day monsoon session, constituted a panel to find out since when the services department of the Delhi government has not been responding to the queries raised by the legislators in the House.

File image of Delhi assembly.
Updated on Jul 10, 2022 04:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi: Bus dashboard to help state get operational data

The dashboard will also have a rating system for drivers -- similar to those in Uber and Ola apps -- besides tracking staff punctuality, and zone and depot-wise accident and on-road bus breakdown data, officials in the know of the matter have said.

Delhi: Bus dashboard to help state get operational data(Representative image)
Published on Jul 08, 2022 03:02 AM IST

Delhi govt launches programme to upskill construction workers

The programme was launched by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who explained that workers will undergo upskilling that will help boost their income.

Delhi govt launches programme to upskill construction workers. (Picture for representation only/HT Archive)
Published on Jul 07, 2022 02:53 AM IST

‘Block your dates’: 30-day shopping fest from Jan 28 next year, says Kejriwal

Shoppers of all age-groups will be given discounts, live entertainment, food trails, games, and contests in which they can win prizes, he added.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Jul 07, 2022 02:11 AM IST

Delhi to host India’s biggest shopping festival in 2023: CM Arvind Kejriwal

For those living outside Delhi, Kejriwal said the government will also rope in travel agencies to create special holiday packages including airline or train fare, hotel accommodation and visit to the festival

The festival was one of the ambitious projects proposed in the Rozgaar Budget 2022-23. (File image)
Updated on Jul 07, 2022 12:35 AM IST

‘Biggest proof of honesty’: Kejriwal, Sisodia hail CAG report on surplus revenue

The report stated that Delhi’s revenue surplus in 2019-20 was ₹7,499 crore though the revenue expenditure increased by 50.47% from ₹26,343 crore in 2015-16 to ₹39,637 crore in 2019-20

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (right) with deputy CM Manish Sisodia in the state assembly on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 06, 2022 12:33 PM IST

CAG audit flags gaps in government schemes

The audit reports were tabled by the government in the Delhi assembly on Tuesday.

CAG audit flags gaps in govt schemes(PTI)
Updated on Jul 06, 2022 10:56 AM IST

Aggregator fleets must make EV switch by April 2030: Govt policy

The policy, seen by HT, says cab aggregators will have to apply for a licence to operate in Delhi, register their drivers with the government, and set up easily accessible customer care channels.

Aggregator fleets must make EV switch by April 2030: Govt policy (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jul 06, 2022 02:07 AM IST

BJP planning to turn Delhi into a UT, will junk elections: Kejriwal in House

Referring to his recent visit to Gujarat, Kejriwal said nobody is speaking against the BJP misrule because they were afraid.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal(ANI file photo)
Published on Jul 06, 2022 01:01 AM IST

Trucks and buses to comply with fuel consumption standards from April 2023: Govt

The Union road transport ministry has issed a draft notification, according to which all heavy vehicles will have to be tested for constant speed fuel consumption standard, and must also comply with fuel consumption targets

Representational image. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jul 05, 2022 04:23 PM IST

BJP, AAP lock horns over waterlogging on day one of Delhi assembly session

The monsoon session of the Delhi assembly got off to a raucous start on Monday with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) locking horns over the recurring problem of waterlogging during the rains and neither side being able to put forward any solution even after an hour-long discussion

A car wades through the waterlogged road following heavy rainfall, in New Delhi,(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2022 11:57 PM IST
By, New Delhi
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