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Free bus ride for women in Delhi begins, additional marshals for safer travel



Women commuting in state-run buses of Delhi will not have to pay for travel any longer with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government launching its “free-ride” scheme from Tuesday.

The Delhi government on Tuesday will also induct bus marshals in each of its 5,558 buses to ensure the safety of women, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday.

Availing of the free-ride scheme will be optional. Female passengers opting for free travel will be issued a pink single-journey ticket.

The combined daily ridership of cluster and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses in Delhi is about 4.4 million. Of this, nearly 35% are female passengers, says government data.

“On the occasion of Bhai Dooj, the Delhi government will implement the free bus ride scheme for women from tomorrow (Tuesday). To ensure women, students, senior citizens and every passenger feel safe during public transit, we are deploying marshals in every bus from Tuesday,” Kejriwal told reporters after a press conference.

The chief minister said he would board a bus on Tuesday to mark the launch of the free-ride scheme.

Women travelling in DTC buses plying to other NCR cities such as Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Faridabad too will not have to pay.

The move comes ahead of the assembly elections in Delhi scheduled early next year.

At present, a ride in a non-AC bus can cost between Rs 5 and Rs 15 while AC buses charge between Rs 10 and Rs 25. The scheme is likely to cost the government Rs 350 crore in the first year.

The chief minister had on June 3 first announced his government’s plan to offer free rides to women in DTC buses, cluster buses and Delhi Metro.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) conveyed to the government that rolling it out in the Metro would take at least eight months. But the DTC, being completely under the state government, went ahead with implementing the scheme in its buses as well as those under the cluster scheme.

Marshals in every bus

On Monday, Kejriwal addressed 6,000 bus marshals at a training session organised by the government at Thyagraj stadium. The session was held to make bus marshals understand their duties and responsibilities.

Addressing the marshals, Kejriwal said, “The two crore people of Delhi are like my family and as the chief minister, I am like an elder son of this family. As the eldest son of my family, it is my duty to ensure a safe and secure environment for women. It is now your responsibility to ensure that all my mothers, sisters and daughters who travel on the buses are safe and secured.”

While 3,395 marshals are already deployed in buses, more than 9,500 will be put on duty from Tuesday. Around 10% of the total civil defence volunteers are women.

This means several buses will have female bus marshals too. All bus marshals will wear a red band with ‘marshal’ printed on them on their right arm.

Transport commissioner changed

The notification for the free-ride scheme was issued late Monday night after the transport minister reversed the principal (law) secretary’s recommendation of sending the file to the lieutenant-governor for his approval.

Transport commissioner Rajiv Verma, who signed the file notifying the scheme with the minister’s approval, was transferred on Monday evening during the same time. He is now principal secretary (finance) apart from holding the additional charge of principal secretary (revenue) and (planning).

The additional chief secretary (finance) revenue will now be the new transport commissioner.



Shraddha Murder Case: Police found spinal cord, 10 body parts recovered so far from the forest



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The bones of Shraddha found by the Delhi Police in the forest of Mehrauli belong to the back part of the body. About 10 such body parts have been found so far, including the reed bone. Apart from this, some bones have also been recovered from the drain.

Delhi Police has received 10 parts of the body including the lower part of the spinal cord. The police have also found blood stains in the kitchen of the flat, whose samples have been sent for examination to find out whose the blood stains are.

Aftab had cleaned the fridge with chemicals so that when caught, he could spoil the forensic investigation. Delhi Police will soon call Shraddha’s father for a DNA sample. After which blood sample and bone sample will be sent to FLS, after which FSL will do a DNA test.

After the investigation so far, the police suspect that Shraddha’s body was dismembered in the bathroom after the murder. Along with this, the accused used to leave the water running from the shower so that the dead body could be easily cut and blood flowed. The FSL team along with Aftab was present during the investigation at his flat.

Source: Aajtak

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Fog will be seen in Delhi’s sky from tomorrow, cold will increase with drop in temperature!



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After the passing of half of November, there is a rapid change in the weather. The country’s capital Delhi is feeling cold in the morning and evening, while the temperature is rising in the afternoon. However, a change in the weather can be seen in the coming days. According to IMD, the cold may increase in Delhi from tomorrow i.e. 17 November with a drop in temperature.

Delhi’s temperature condition

According to weather experts, in the next few days, icy winds will blow in the northwest direction, due to which Delhi’s temperature will drop and the cold will increase. Talking about the temperature, on November 17, the minimum temperature can be 12 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature can be 27 degree Celsius. Two days ago i.e. on November 15, the minimum temperature was recorded at 15 degrees and the maximum temperature was 30 degrees. At the same time, there is a possibility of further decline in it for the next two days. On November 18, the minimum temperature can reach 11 °C and the maximum temperature can reach 26 °C.


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In Delhi, 37 lakh people apply for power subsidy



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After the 15-day-expansion by the Delhi government to select for the power subsidy scheme finished Tuesday, just three lakh individuals applied during the augmentation time frame. From September 14 till Tuesday night, 37,13,179 individuals applied to keep on benefiting from the subsidy scheme.

In spite of the fact that authorities are guaranteeing that a decent level of individuals has applied, the information shows a distinction of around 10 lakh customers when contrasted with a year ago. As per the information, around 46.8 lakh individuals profited from the advantage under the plan in 2021-22.

“This was the normal number of individuals who get the advantage, and the people who go under the 200 unit class probably applied. Likewise, the number varies as a few purchasers get the financed bill during winters and the number descends in summer as individuals use ACs, coolers, and fans,” said a senior authority from the power office.

He added that individuals who got sponsored bills under 400 units during winter should not have applied. “In any case, they can, in any case, apply before their next charging cycle and profit from the subsidy scheme,” said the official.

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