Sweta Goswami

Sweta Goswami

Sweta Goswami writes on urban development, transport, energy and social welfare in Delhi. She prefers to be called a storyteller and has given voice to several human interest stories. She is currently cutting her teeth on multimedia storytelling.

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As per the initial plan of the Delhi government, the first batch of 120,000 registered health care workers were to be vaccinated by February 13.(PTI)
As per the initial plan of the Delhi government, the first batch of 120,000 registered health care workers were to be vaccinated by February 13.(PTI)

Front line workers, elderly may have to wait two extra weeks to get Covid jabs

UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 04:58 AM IST
Since India launched one of the biggest immunisation campaigns to control the coronavirus disease on Saturday, Delhi has been able to vaccinate 12,853 health care workers so far.
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Front line workers, elderly may have to wait two extra weeks to get Covid jabs

By Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 12:48 AM IST
The low turnout of health care workers in the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination drive in Delhi is likely to push the vaccine roll out schedule for front line workers and the elderly by at least two weeks, senior officials in the state government said on Wednesday
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Front line workers, elderly may have to wait two extra weeks to get Covid jabs

By Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 11:52 PM IST
The low turnout of health care workers in the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination drive in Delhi is likely to push the vaccine roll out schedule for front line workers and the elderly by at least two weeks, senior officials in the state government said on Wednesday
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To ensure fewer doses are wasted each day, many centres started walk-in vaccination from Tuesday.(PTI)
To ensure fewer doses are wasted each day, many centres started walk-in vaccination from Tuesday.(PTI)

1,000 vaccine doses wasted in Delhi so far: Health officials

By Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 04:43 AM IST
Teams from a number of vaccination centres and health officials overseeing the city’s inoculation drive said at least 1,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccines have been wasted in Delhi so far. Health officials attributed the wastage mostly to fewer people coming up to get the jab.
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Following the letter from Delhi government’s animal husbandry unit, the Archeological Survey of India issued an order to keep Red Fort shut for visitors till Thursday (January 21).(PTI)
Following the letter from Delhi government’s animal husbandry unit, the Archeological Survey of India issued an order to keep Red Fort shut for visitors till Thursday (January 21).(PTI)

Bird flu: Red Fort shut till January 26 after sample of dead crow tests positive

By Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 02:21 AM IST
The Delhi government’s animal husbandry department said around 15 crows were found dead on the premises of the Red Fort last week after which their samples were sent to Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Jalandhar, Punjab.
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Hesitancy causes wastage of 1,000 vaccine doses in Delhi, say health officials

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:54 PM IST
New Delhi: With the Covid-19 vaccination drive completing three days in Delhi, officials involved in the immunisation programme flagged another problem on Tuesday - that of wastage of doses
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A view of Delhi’s Red Fort. (PTI)
A view of Delhi’s Red Fort. (PTI)

Bird flu: Red Fort shut till January 26 after sample of dead crow tests positive

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:53 PM IST
The Delhi government’s animal husbandry department said around 15 crows were found dead on the premises of the Red Fort last week
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Ajeet Jain, the nodal officer at RGSS hospital, also confirmed that many beneficiaries did not receive the messages from the designated Co-Win app.(Reuters)
Ajeet Jain, the nodal officer at RGSS hospital, also confirmed that many beneficiaries did not receive the messages from the designated Co-Win app.(Reuters)

Co-WIN bugs impacting Covid-19 vaccination drive: Officials

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 02:51 AM IST
Officials at a majority of Delhi’s 81 vaccination centres said a large number of health care workers did not receive texts informing them about their turn, due to which hospital staff had to call each one of them.
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Health care workers of Kalawati Saran Hospital waiting at the observation area after being vaccinated against Covid-19 on Monday. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Health care workers of Kalawati Saran Hospital waiting at the observation area after being vaccinated against Covid-19 on Monday. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Vaccine turnout drops to 44% on Day 2, just 8 given shots at AIIMS

By Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 02:43 AM IST
The data shared by the government showed that on the second day of the drive, conducted between 9am and 5pm Monday, a total 8,136 health-care workers were to be inoculated, but only 3,598 actually got the jabs. The remaining days for Covid-19 vaccination this week are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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Sanitiation worker Manish Kumar was the first person in the Capital to be administered a Covid-19 jab as Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Dr Randeep Guleria look on at AIIMS on Saturday.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Sanitiation worker Manish Kumar was the first person in the Capital to be administered a Covid-19 jab as Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Dr Randeep Guleria look on at AIIMS on Saturday.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

One small jab, a giant leap for Delhi

By Sweta Goswami, Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 01:41 AM IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal assured people about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, saying “there is no need to worry” and urged people to continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. State health minister Satyendar Jain described the drive as successful.
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The beneficiaries on Saturday included some of the leading doctors of Delhi who volunteered to take the first jab at various centres to build confidence about the two vaccines among the healthcare workers and the general public.(HT_PRINT)
The beneficiaries on Saturday included some of the leading doctors of Delhi who volunteered to take the first jab at various centres to build confidence about the two vaccines among the healthcare workers and the general public.(HT_PRINT)

Covid-19 vaccine drive kicks off in national capital, 53% turn out for jabs

By Anonna Dutt, Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 04:51 AM IST
Of the 11 districts in Delhi, the highest turnout was recorded at 71.44% in south Delhi. This was followed by the northwest district where 64% of the 1,100 healthcare workers were given the first dose. The north district vaccinated 32.1% of the total target, the lowest among the 11 districts.
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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (File photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (File photo)

Capital’s 8,100 warriors will take jabs on V-Day

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 07:02 AM IST
The vaccination drive will start with 81 vaccination centres where 8,100 healthcare workers will be given the first batch of shots; it will be conducted four days a week
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The government school teachers’ association, (GSTA), Delhi, on Wednesday wrote to Sisodia, who is both education and development minister, to repeal the order and put their teachers back on school duty. (Representative Image)(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The government school teachers’ association, (GSTA), Delhi, on Wednesday wrote to Sisodia, who is both education and development minister, to repeal the order and put their teachers back on school duty. (Representative Image)(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Relieve us of bird flu duty, say teachers

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 04:18 AM IST
In a state revenue department order on Tuesday, the government constituted five surveillance teams — each led by a government school teacher and accompanied by two civil defence volunteers — to check the spread of bird flu in Delhi.
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The Delhi government had on Monday confirmed the spread of avian influenza in the Capital, shut the Ghazipur wholesale poultry market for 10 days, and banned the entry of live birds into the city without proper health certification from authorised veterinarians.(AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
The Delhi government had on Monday confirmed the spread of avian influenza in the Capital, shut the Ghazipur wholesale poultry market for 10 days, and banned the entry of live birds into the city without proper health certification from authorised veterinarians.(AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

MCDs ban sale, stocking of poultry; eateries can’t serve chicken or eggs

By Sweta Goswami, Ashish Mishra
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 01:45 AM IST
The orders, issued separately by the three civic bodies, stated that the rules were applicable with immediate effect, and that any violation would attract penal action or cancellation of the meat trade licences.
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According to details, nearly 3,500 employees of the three municipalities are likely to be roped-in during the massive vaccination programme, which will be conducted in different phases. (Representative Image)(AFP Photo)
According to details, nearly 3,500 employees of the three municipalities are likely to be roped-in during the massive vaccination programme, which will be conducted in different phases. (Representative Image)(AFP Photo)

MCD strike cloud on Covid vaccination drive in Delhi

By Ashish Mishra, Sweta Goswami
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 04:40 AM IST
The vaccination programme will start in the city from January 16, with municipal employees — such as primary health workers, nursing staff and teachers — likely to be roped-in for the programme.
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Carcasses of 17 ducks were found on Sunday, triggering a scare and prompting authorities to declare it an “alert zone”. Officials said the culling of live birds at Sanjay Lake Park began at 8am on Monday. They said large-scale culling might not be required in Delhi immediately.(PTI)
Carcasses of 17 ducks were found on Sunday, triggering a scare and prompting authorities to declare it an “alert zone”. Officials said the culling of live birds at Sanjay Lake Park began at 8am on Monday. They said large-scale culling might not be required in Delhi immediately.(PTI)

Govt amps up action as bird flu cases confirmed in Delhi

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 02:35 AM IST
In an online press briefing in the afternoon, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the Delhi government was making all efforts to check the spread of bird flu and that chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was monitoring the situation.
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Birds at Hauz Khas lake, New Delhi. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Birds at Hauz Khas lake, New Delhi. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Bird flu hits Delhi; culling begins at Sanjay Lake park, more to be shut

UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 12:48 PM IST
Eight of the 109 samples sent to various laboratories tested positive for avian influenza on Monday morning, officials said
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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a digital news briefing that while no confirmed case had so far been registered in Delhi, the government was taking all possible measures to prevent the spread of bird flu.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a digital news briefing that while no confirmed case had so far been registered in Delhi, the government was taking all possible measures to prevent the spread of bird flu.

Ghazipur’s poultry hub shut amid bird flu scare

By Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 10:35 AM IST
The government’s move came at a time when at least 64 birds were found dead in various locations across the national capital over the past few days.
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Workers load chickens in a van at Ghazipur mandi in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)
Workers load chickens in a van at Ghazipur mandi in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)

Bird flu scare: Delhi closes Ghazipur poultry market for 10 days, bans import of live birds

PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 04:54 PM IST
Addressing a digital press conference, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said no bird flu case has been confirmed in Delhi, adding that the results of the first set of samples sent to the Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Jalandhar for tests will come on Monday.
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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia addresses during the distribution of mid-day meal dry kit at a government school in New Delhi.(ANI file photo)
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia addresses during the distribution of mid-day meal dry kit at a government school in New Delhi.(ANI file photo)

Teachers on Covid duty will be frontline workers for vaccine drive: Sisodia

PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 09:38 AM IST
Teachers in schools run by the Delhi government and the municipal corporations — who have been actively involved in Covid-19 duty — will also be included in the list of front line workers to be vaccinated in the first phase, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Friday.
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Earlier the government’s list of front line workers for vaccination only included police personnel, sanitation workers and civil defence volunteers.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Earlier the government’s list of front line workers for vaccination only included police personnel, sanitation workers and civil defence volunteers.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)

Teachers to be included as front line workers for vaccination

By Prawesh Lama, Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 03:36 AM IST
The DDMA is chaired by lieutenant governor (L-G) Anil Baijal and has chief minister Arvind Kejriwal as its vice-chairperson.
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Delhi initially endorsed the guidelines, before adding the extra clause of institutional quarantine for all for the first seven days.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Delhi initially endorsed the guidelines, before adding the extra clause of institutional quarantine for all for the first seven days.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Delhi makes 7-day institutional quarantine mandatory for all UK returnees

By Sweta Goswami, Anvit Srivastava, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 05:05 PM IST
According to the Union health ministry’s protocols for incoming flyers, released on Wednesday, those who tested positive were to be housed in state quarantine, while those who tested negative could be in home isolation for 14 days.
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Dead crows in dozens at Mayur Vihar park spark panic, some more found in Dwarka and Hastal

By Ashish Mishra and Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:53 PM IST
Carcasses of dozens of crows have been found in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar and in Dwarka as well as Hastsal in west Delhi over the past few days, triggering fears of a bird flu outbreak in the national capital similar to the one that has affected at least four other states in the country
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Chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
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Senior health officials said over 600 officials, comprising a mix of physicians and district officers, will be appointed as supervisors at vaccination centres.(Praful Gangurde)
Senior health officials said over 600 officials, comprising a mix of physicians and district officers, will be appointed as supervisors at vaccination centres.(Praful Gangurde)

Third vaccination dry run covering all 11 districts of Delhi today

By Sweta Goswami | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:19 AM IST
On Thursday, a day before all 11 districts were to undergo the dry run, the respective nodal officers notified the health care centres where the mock drill would be held on Friday.
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Thousands of birds have died in Kerala (mostly poultry), Himachal Pradesh (migratory birds), and Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh (crows) since the start of the outbreak in December-end.(PTI)
Thousands of birds have died in Kerala (mostly poultry), Himachal Pradesh (migratory birds), and Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh (crows) since the start of the outbreak in December-end.(PTI)

No bird flu cases in Delhi yet, sample collection ordered to check spread

By Sweta Goswami | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 05:35 AM IST
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s development and animal husbandry minister, held a meeting on Thursday to review the situation.
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Senior officials in the state chief electoral officer’s (Delhi CEO) office said the Delhi government estimate of 4.2 million is “nearly correct”.(HT Photo)
Senior officials in the state chief electoral officer’s (Delhi CEO) office said the Delhi government estimate of 4.2 million is “nearly correct”.(HT Photo)

Vaccine drive: Those below 50 but with comorbidities may spike numbers under third category

By Anonna Dutt and Sweta Goswami | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 05:34 AM IST
Government data accessed by HT showed that the 4.2 million beneficiaries in the third category are only those above the age of 50 years as per the electoral rolls. The age of the beneficiary as on January 1 will be considered for vaccination.
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A health worker holds a syringe during a mock drill and dry run of Covid-19 vaccination at a model Covid-19 vaccination centre in Ansari Road, New Delhi, India.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
A health worker holds a syringe during a mock drill and dry run of Covid-19 vaccination at a model Covid-19 vaccination centre in Ansari Road, New Delhi, India.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Residents to be graded on basis of age, comorbidities for Covid vaccine shots in Delhi

By Sweta Goswami | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 03:27 AM IST
For vaccination of those below 50 years of age with co-morbidities, database from the door-to-door survey which started from November 20 in all the hot spots and containment zones of Delhi is likely to be considered.
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Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain speaks to media during a press conference, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(ANI)
Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain speaks to media during a press conference, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(ANI)

Delhi govt to vaccinate all residents free of cost, says health minister Satyendar Jain

By Sweta Goswami & Anvit Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 07:07 AM IST
“The Delhi government already provides free medicines and treatment to residents of the city. The vaccine against Covid-19 will also be provided free of cost to the people of Delhi, once it arrives,” said Jain while talking to reporters.
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Even electric-carts, which are e-rickshaws modified to carry light-weight goods, were more than e-cars (72), data till December 22 showed.(Mint)
Even electric-carts, which are e-rickshaws modified to carry light-weight goods, were more than e-cars (72), data till December 22 showed.(Mint)

Only 7% of the 1,068 EVs that received govt subsidy were cars: Data

By Sweta Goswami | Hindustan Times,
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 08:04 AM IST
On August 7, the AAP government had notified the Delhi EV Policy 2020 -- unveiled in December 2019 by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal -- with an aim to reduce air pollution and to kick-start the economy by spurring demand.
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