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Officials: Fewer officers on deputation hits work

  • Documents reviewed by HT show that the number of IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officers available on central deputation reserve (CDR) has gone down from 309 in 2011 to 223 as on date. The proportion of CDR utilization has gone down from 25% in 2011 to 18%.
This has come despite an increase in the number of IAS officers at Deputy Secretary/Director level from 621 in 2014 to 1130 in 2021; the number of officers at this level on central deputation has almost remained the same -- changing from 117 to 114. (Picture for representation)
This has come despite an increase in the number of IAS officers at Deputy Secretary/Director level from 621 in 2014 to 1130 in 2021; the number of officers at this level on central deputation has almost remained the same -- changing from 117 to 114. (Picture for representation)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 04:46 AM IST
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Delhiwale: Changing lanes 

  • A young man’s coming-of-age moment
Armed with the experience of one month into the new profession, Mr Faiz is looking forward to his years as a driver “because auto rarely goes out of business, public always have to travel from one point to another”.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Armed with the experience of one month into the new profession, Mr Faiz is looking forward to his years as a driver “because auto rarely goes out of business, public always have to travel from one point to another”.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 04:32 AM IST
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ByMayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi

‘Rainy weekend in store for Capital, days may get colder’

  • The Safdarjung station, taken as the base for Delhi’s weather, recorded a maximum temperature of 19.1 degrees Celsius on Thursday – two notches below normal, with cold day conditions abating in Delhi.
Pigeons take flight on a foggy morning in the outskirts of Dwarka in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)
Pigeons take flight on a foggy morning in the outskirts of Dwarka in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 04:29 AM IST
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Marriage exception in rape law an instrument of oppression, HC told

  • The high court is hearing PILs by NGOs RIT Foundation, All India Democratic Women’s Association and two individuals who have sought striking down the exception in the Indian law, saying that it discriminated against married women being sexually assaulted by their husbands.
The exception in Section 375 IPC decriminalizes marital rape and mandates that sexual intercourse by a man with his wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape.
The exception in Section 375 IPC decriminalizes marital rape and mandates that sexual intercourse by a man with his wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape.
Published on Jan 21, 2022 04:25 AM IST
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DDA reviews plan to develop Sanjay Van, to include adventure activities

  • A senior DDA official said that the plan is to promote nature-based adventure activities.
A view of Sanjay Van forest reserve. (HT Archive)
A view of Sanjay Van forest reserve. (HT Archive)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 04:20 AM IST
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ByRisha Chitlangia, New Delhi

Residents claim trees felled for railway stn

  • Residents said that while work on the project has been ongoing for the past eight years, tree felling started only 10 days ago, with over 200 trees being axed since then.
A senior forest and wildlife department, when contacted, said an inspection was carried out at the site on Wednesday and all necessary documents and permissions for the tree felling are being checked.
A senior forest and wildlife department, when contacted, said an inspection was carried out at the site on Wednesday and all necessary documents and permissions for the tree felling are being checked.
Published on Jan 21, 2022 04:17 AM IST
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Window for admissions to Delhi's entry-level classes closes today

  • The last date for schools to upload details of children who have applied is January 24 and for displaying the list of selected candidates is February 4.
Following the verification and the first draw of lots, the list of selected candidates will be displayed on February 4, at the school and online. (Representational image)(PRAFUL GANGURDE/HT PHOTO)
Following the verification and the first draw of lots, the list of selected candidates will be displayed on February 4, at the school and online. (Representational image)(PRAFUL GANGURDE/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 04:08 AM IST
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RT-PCR test gets cheaper in Delhi: 300 at labs, 500 at home

  • The cost of the gold-standard RT-PCR test has been reduced by 200 for home collection as well as for samples collected at private hospitals and labs.
Now an RT-PCR test, if performed at labs and hospitals, will cost <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>300 instead of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>500.(Unsplash)
Now an RT-PCR test, if performed at labs and hospitals, will cost 300 instead of 500.(Unsplash)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 04:04 AM IST
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Learning must continue even if schools are shut: Manish Sisodia

  • In a written statement, the government’s directorate of education also shared that over 95% of the students in various classes were able to access study material while attending online classes.
Besides laying emphasis on the need to bridge learning gaps, Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, directed officials to ensure that the emotional and mental well-being of children was also taken care of while they undertook academic activities.
Besides laying emphasis on the need to bridge learning gaps, Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, directed officials to ensure that the emotional and mental well-being of children was also taken care of while they undertook academic activities.
Published on Jan 21, 2022 03:58 AM IST
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Govt unveils one-stop portal to promote EVs

  • The newly designed EV website — www.ev.delhi.gov.in — focuses not just on individuals but also on companies that want to switch their fleet to EVs, transport minister Kailash Gahlot said.
An electric vehicle charging station in New Delhi. (Mint/File)
An electric vehicle charging station in New Delhi. (Mint/File)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 03:54 AM IST
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