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Representational image. A patient on a ventilator machine. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Only 37% ventilator beds vacant in Delhi, private hospitals say can’t reserve more ICU beds

Of the total 98 hospitals offering ventilator beds in Delhi, 49 are already out of ventilators. Several others are running close to full capacity.
Vehicles on Delhi roads | Commons

Delhi govt asks vehicle owners to get high security number plates, colour-coded stickers 

The transport dept also says they will soon start an enforcement drive. Transport secretary Manisha Saxena says the notice was primarily issued to make people aware & not create panic.
Delhi High Court

HC stays AAP govt order asking 33 private hospitals to reserve 80% ICU beds for Covid patients

Justice Navin Chawla said the order is arbitrary, unreasonable and violative of fundamental rights of citizens guaranteed under the Constitution.
Representational image | A health worker draws a blood sample as part of the serological survey | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Submit results of Delhi’s third sero survey before making it public, HC orders Kejriwal govt

Delhi High Court also reiterated its concern over the higher number of rapid antigen tests being conducted, and directed the AAP govt to increase its capacity of RT-PCR tests.
File image of Delhi Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sisodia | Photo: ANI

‘Haven’t misappropriated funds, Sisodia is forcing us to’ — DU colleges hit back at Delhi govt

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has alleged that four DU colleges funded by the govt have illegally stashed money in fixed deposits while claiming fund shortage.
A teacher in a Delhi school | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint.in

Week after HC order, North MCD school teachers get June salary. DU colleges still waiting

Employees of 12 DU colleges awaiting salaries since May. Teachers, pensioners & health workers under North Delhi Municipal Corporation not paid for months.
A man waits outside a mohalla clinic in Dakshin Puri

Delhi withdraws order roping in mohalla clinics for Covid tests, but doctors still anxious

Delhi govt says it needs to train the staff first. Mohalla clinic doctors worried about safety, say they don’t have adequate protective gear and space to conduct Covid tests.
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Delhi govt allows hotels, restaurants and clubs to serve alcohol from 9 September

These establishments will have to follow Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Central government, Delhi government sources said.
File photo Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain | PTI

Delhi govt is aggressively testing, aim is to leave no case untraced, says Satyendar Jain

Jain said the government had sufficient stock of Covid testing kits for 10-15 days, but it was procuring more from the market to meet the target of 40,000 tests per day.
Dr S.K. Sarin, director, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences. | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Indiscipline, antigen tests & possible mutation behind Delhi Covid surge — expert panel chief

In an interview, ILBS director Dr S.K. Sarin says the surge in Delhi should be seen as a serious wake-up call, adding that rise to 2,000 daily cases will be worrisome.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.