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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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After Sangrur defeat, AAP has no MP in Lok Sabha

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is looking to expand its electoral footprint, lost its lone Lok Sabha seat after it failed to retain the Sangrur parliamentary seat in Punjab.

Sangrur, considered the home turf of Bhagwant Mann, went to the polls after Mann took oath as Punjab chief minister on March 16. The defeat came a little over three months after the AAP registered a thumping win in Punjab. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 05:43 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Vehicle safety rating system to be out in April 2023

In a series of tweets on Friday, Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said he has approved the draft GSR notification to introduce Bharat NCAP, wherein automobiles in India shall be accorded star ratings based upon their performance in crash tests.

India to have its own Bharat NCAP safety rating, as per Nitin Gadkari. 
Published on Jun 25, 2022 06:22 AM IST

To cut bad air, curbs on trucks entering Delhi from Nov to Feb

Last year, the Delhi government banned the entry of all trucks (except those carrying essential commodities) into the capital between November 17 and December 20, as the air quality started deteriorating to become severe (AQI more than 400).

Delhi govt to impose restrictions on goods trucks entering the capital from Nov-Feb to curb air pollution.
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 12:41 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Coal stocks at power plants improve

To be sure, the situation has also improved on account of the onset of the monsoon, ending the heatwave in north and northwestern India.

In view of improved coal supplies, domestic coal-based (DCB) power plants generated a record high-power of 3.3 million units per day between June 1 and June 16, data showed. (AP Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 07:42 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi govt plans to extend 20% discount on circle rates for another 6 months

On February 5, 2021, the Delhi government had reduced circle rates for all categories of properties-- residential, commercial and industrial-- by 20% till September 30, 2021.

A view of the high rise buildings in the backdrop of under construction flyover on Dwarka Expressway in Gurugram, India. (Photo by Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 02:40 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi: Rajinder Nagar bypoll today, last one hour for Covid +ve voters

The voting for the by-polls will take place between 7am and 6pm and Covid-19 positive persons will be allowed to vote in the last one hour (5pm to 6pm), the state election commission said the results will be declared on June 26.

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal waves at the supporters during a roadshow for Rajinder Nagar assembly constituency by-elections, at Inder Puri in New Delhi.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 04:58 AM IST

Delhi L-G suspends 2 SDMs, official posted in CM office on corruption charges

Lieutenant Governor (LG) Vinai Kumar Saxena on Wednesday ordered the suspension of three officials in the Delhi government over alleged corruption charges involving government land, senior officials in the LG office said on Wednesday

Delhi L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 03:04 AM IST

Homes in Delhi to get ‘smart’ power meters

BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) and BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) are a joint venture between Reliance Infrastructure and the Delhi government. The two companies manage power distribution in south, west, east and central Delhi areas.

Electricity bills in the Capital will see an increase of 2 percentage points from October 1, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) announced on Thursday. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Jun 21, 2022 04:44 AM IST

DTC aims for 75% EV fleet by 2025, sets out to up charging infrastructure

The study is being conducted by the senior-most officials of DTC, who are also looking into the possible recruitment of EV engineers or specialists.

Delhi currently has 6,894 buses, of which 3,761, including an electric bus, come under DTC and 3,133 under the cluster scheme. (Picture for representation only/HT)
Published on Jun 21, 2022 02:50 AM IST

5 million smart electricity meters in Delhi from October: BSES

New Delhi: All traditional electricity meters in areas where power distribution is handled by BYPL and BRPL in Delhi, will be replaced with smart meters, power distribution company BSES announced on Monday, adding that the rollout will begin from October with five million smart devices being installed in the next two and a half years

HT Image
Published on Jun 21, 2022 12:11 AM IST

Delhi: Rajinder Nagar bypoll tussle builds steam ahead of voting next week

The constituency will vote on June 23 and the results will be declared on June 26.

Delhi chief minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal.(ANI)
Updated on Jun 19, 2022 03:22 AM IST

11 multi-modal logistics parks planned in phase-II

Under Bharatmala Phase-I, the government has already planned 35 MMLPs of which the first ones will come up in Nagpur (Maharashtra), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), and Bengaluru (Karnataka).

Under Bharatmala Phase-I, the government planned to build 35 MMLPs.
Published on Jun 17, 2022 11:37 AM IST

Delhi Govt to float fresh tenders for 9 vacated liquor zones

The Delhi government, under the revised excise policy for 2021-22 that came into effect from November last year, revamped the retail sale of liquor to ensure uniform availability across the city and improve the buying experience of customers.

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Published on Jun 16, 2022 03:29 AM IST

No new country liquor policy for Delhi

“No new policy on country liquor will be issued because it was realised that this particular market is relatively small and is already streamlined. So, we are not going to tamper with what is going well already,” said as senior official of Delhi’s excise department, requesting anonymity.

At present, Delhi has 87 vends selling country liquor. (HT)
Updated on Jun 15, 2022 02:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Sluggish supply of electric buses, DTC to buy 758 CNG buses as stopgap measure

The buses will act as a “stop-gap”, officials said, till 1,500 electric buses enter Delhi’s public transit fleet.

Government data showed that of DTC’s 3,760 buses, 3,246 CNG ones will have to be phased out by September 2025.(HT file photo. Representative image)
Updated on Jun 14, 2022 01:37 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi reclaims power share as city hits peak June demand

The Delhi government had earlier expressed the desire to surrender the 728MW from Dadri-II in 2015, and hence it was reallocated to Haryana. However, the Delhi High Court later stayed the Centre’s decision.

The Delhi government had earlier expressed the desire to surrender the 728MW from Dadri-II in 2015, and hence it was reallocated to Haryana.(Representative image)
Updated on Jun 14, 2022 02:07 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India peak power demand hits all-time record of 210,793MW

India’s electricity demand touched a record high of 210,793MW on Thursday as several regions in the north reeled under heatwave conditions, even as officials said the peak power demand was likely to rise amid hot and humid conditions during the monsoon.

India peak power demand hits all-time record of 210,793MW
Published on Jun 10, 2022 12:29 AM IST
By, New Delhi

LG, CM tell Delhi authorities to be rain-ready

The one-on-one meeting between lieutenant governor Vinai Kumar Saxena and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal went on for more than an hour, officials in the LG office said.

(From left), Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, LG Vinai Kumar Saxena, and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 08, 2022 11:57 PM IST

For its Parvatmala Yojana, govt receives 156 proposals

The National Highways Logistics Management Limited (NHLML), the Centre-run company tasked with implementing the project, has signed agreements with Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir for proposed ropeway projects

Jakhoo Ropeway in Shimla. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 06, 2022 01:48 PM IST

Rooftop solar: ‘No power bill and a great place for rooftop garden’

For about a year now, the seven-member Mehta family in Mayur Vihar Phase-I’s Pocket-I have not paid a penny toward electricity bills. 

The Mehtas have converted the area under the solar panels into a greenhouse. Raj K Raj/HT)
Published on Jun 05, 2022 05:38 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Electric Vehicles: ‘No emission…just charge and drive around’

Here's the story of Ashwin Varkey, and IT engineer, who, last year, switched to an electric vehicle (EV) due to to the rising fuel prices, and the buzz around green mobility.

Ashwin Varkey with his Tata Nexon EV.
Published on Jun 05, 2022 04:46 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Sisodia alleges scam by Sarma, Assam CM denies

The BJP leader said the Delhi deputy CM would face criminal defamation for alleging that the former gave government contracts to firms run by his wife and son’s business partners to supply PPE kits above market rates in 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic was raging across the country.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa (left) hits back at corruption allegations levelled by Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia (right). 
Published on Jun 05, 2022 04:12 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi govt to add at least eight more automated driving test tracks

Automated tracks are used to test the skills of those seeking a permanent driver’s licence across stretches which include up-gradient, forward-8, reverse-S and traffic junctions.

An automated driving test centre in Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi. (Mohd Zakir/HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 03, 2022 05:29 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Satyendar Jain sent in custody till June 9, Kejriwal says ED’s case ‘bogus’

Jain was arrested on Monday by the central agency after he was called for questioning in the case.

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on Monday evening. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on Jun 01, 2022 04:54 AM IST
ByRicha Banka and Sweta Goswami, New Delhi

Delhi minister Satyendar Jain arrested by ED; AAP calls it vendetta

The central anti-money laundering probe agency had in April this year attached immovable properties worth Rs. 4.81 crore belonging to companies linked to the case.

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on Monday evening. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on May 31, 2022 05:24 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, , New Delhi

Optic fibre link along Delhi-Mumbai, Hyderabad-Bengaluru expressways

Optical fibres will help telecommunications connectivity along the way, allowing, for instance, mobile network companies to use these to create tower relays and offer coverage along these routes

The upcoming Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and Hyderabad-Bengaluru Expressway will be the first projects in the country to be enabled with an optical fibre cable network. (Representational/ANI)
Published on May 27, 2022 11:55 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi: Evening driving tests at 3 tracks in city

The move comes after the Delhi transport department received feedback that the day timings were forcing people to either take a leave of absence from work or plan the test only on the weekends.

For now, the evening driving test facility will be available at the automated driving test tracks (ADTTs) in Shakurbasti, Mayur Vihar and Vishwas Nagar. (HT Archive)
Published on May 26, 2022 04:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Training centres in Delhi may soon also issue driving licences

The federal ministry had issued a notification on July 1 last year that allowed individuals in India to acquire a permanent driving license without taking a driving test at a regional transport office.

These centres shall be equipped with simulators and dedicated driving test tracks to provide high-quality training to candidates, ministry officials said. The centres are allowed to provide industry specific specialised training as well. (Representative image/HT Archive)
Updated on May 26, 2022 04:25 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Transport officers to ride public buses once a week

State transport minister Kailash Gahlot kicked off the new practice on Wednesday, interacting with passengers on a few of the newly launched e-buses. The DTC and cluster buses together carry about 4.2 million people every day

The move comes a day after the state government inducted 150 electric buses into the city’s fleet, taking its strength to a record 7,200. (PTI)
Updated on May 26, 2022 04:19 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Rajinder Nagar bypolls to be held on June 23, result on June 26

The seat was vacated after the sitting MLA from the Aam Aadmi Party, Raghav Chadha, was nominated to the Rajya from Punjab where the AAP won assembly elections in March.

In a press statement, the Election Commission announced bypolls to fill vacancies in 10 parliamentary and assembly seats across six states, including Rajinder Nagar. (pic for representation)
Updated on May 26, 2022 04:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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