Flying to and from Delhi will soon be much cheaper
In December'15, the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) had curtailed Delhi Airport charges by 96% (for April 2014-March 2019). DIAL however, continued to charge higher tariff approved by AERA during April 2009-March 2014. SC has now directed this legal scuffle to be resolved by April end, which hopefully signifies a reduction in flight fares. Read on to know what else is happening in NCR.
High Court rejects CM's plea to look into Jaitley's finances
The Delhi High Court disregarded a plea filed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to look into the personal finances of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The judge termed Kejriwal's plea, which also seeks bank statements of Jaitley's family members and companies in which he holds more than 10% stake as a "fishing expedition." Kejriwal's plea follows the defamation suit filed against him by Arun Jaitley.
Children forced to work for 22 hours in jeans factory
In February, Delhi Police rescued 26 young boys from a jeans factory in Seelampur. According to reports, all of them were brought to Delhi from Motihari district of Bihar. The boys were kept in a small room without sunlight, were made to work for 22 hours everyday, sleeping only from 5 am to 7 am. They would pack 5,000 pieces of jeans everyday.
Centre, city government to submit report on crimes against women
The Centre and city government were asked by the High Court to turn in a comprehensive report on steps taken to prevent crimes against women in the capital since the gruesome December 2016 gangrape case. The bench of justices stated that crimes against women have increased, and not decreased. The court is looking into increasing police personnel, installing CCTV cameras, street lights etc.
Gurugram kickstarts national cleanliness drive
The 'Swachh Shakti Saptah' was launched in Gurugram's Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Sector-38. It is a nationwide effort, primarily aiming to raise public awareness towards cleanliness and putting women at the forefront of the drive. Women panchayat chiefs, Anganwadi workers, women sarpanches, members of women self-help groups across all 6 districts of Gurugram participated in the event.
20,000 students of AKTU face suspension
The APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University is likely to suspend 20,000 students on the grounds of incomplete document submission during admission. The university hasn't ruled out the possibility of students taking advantages of scholarships offered for the SC/OBC categories. According to reports, out of the 19,834 students likely to be suspended, 7,000 belong to the SC category.
Impacted by demonetization, 50-year-old businessman commits suicide
50-year-old businessman from east Delhi's Shahdara allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his factory. According to family members, the businessman was depressed after suffering business losses. They further added that he was owed Rs. 40 lakh from several people who couldn't pay him back due to demonetization. An ongoing probe into the alleged suicide has been launched.