Dayanand Sopte, Subhash Shirodkar, Goa Congress Lawmakers Leave For Delhi, May Join BJP

Subhash Shirodkar was elected on a Congress ticket from Goa’s Shiroda constituency

Two Goa Congress legislators Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar Monday midnight left for Delhi amidst speculations that they may join the BJP.

A senior BJP leader said they were likely to meet BJP president Amit Shah in the national capital.

“Both the Congress MLAs will be resigning from Congress party on Tuesday and joining the BJP,” a senior BJP leader told PTI.

While Mr Sopte, who defeated former BJP chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar in 2017’s state legislative assembly election, represents Mandrem constituency, Mr Shirodkar was elected on a Congress ticket from Shiroda constituency.

Both the lawmakers left by a midnight flight to Delhi. Goa Health Minister and BJP lawmaker Vishwajit Rane also left for Delhi, little before their departure.

“I am going on a business trip,” Mr Sopte told reporters at the airport.

Similarly, when Mr Shirodkar was asked whether he was joining the BJP, he responded, “You will come to know if I do it”.

Goa is currently witnessing hectic political activities with Congress party petitioning President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking his intervention to ask Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to call them to form the government.

BJP state core committee and party’s legislature party also met in Panaji during the day.

The meetings are happening at the backdrop of poor health condition of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently being treated by doctors from state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital at his residence in Goa’s Dona Paula.

When contacted, All India Congress Committee Secretary A Chellakumar said he had spoken to both the lawmakers, Mr Sopte and Mr Shirodkar, who had assured him that they were not resigning from the party.

“I spoke to both of them Monday evening and they have refused that they are resigning,” he said.

Congress currently has 16 Members of Legislative Assembly or MLAs in the Goa Legislative Assembly. Their strength would be reduced to 14 if two legislators resign.

BJP has 14 MLAs while three each are from Goa Forward Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Independents. One lawmaker is from the NCP.

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Delhi Metro’s Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri Section To Be Inspected For Safety On Saturday

The Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake section will be inspected by Commissioner For Metro Rail Safety

New Delhi: 

The Commissioner For Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) will inspect the Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake section of Delhi Metro’s Pink Line on October 20, paving way for its opening soon.

The 17.86 km-long elevated section in east Delhi consists of 15 elevated stations, three of which are interchange facilities, a senior DMRC official said.

The stations are Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake, East Vinod Nagar-Mayur Vihar-II , Mandawali-West Vinod Nagar, IP Extension, Anand Vihar ISBT, Karkardooma, Karkardooma Court, Krishna Nagar, East Azad Nagar, Welcome, Jaffrabad, Maujpur- Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar.

The section will be inspected by the CMRS Saturday, he said.

“The main highlight of this section will be the presence of three interchange stations — Anand Vihar (with Blue Line), Karkardooma (with Blue Line) and Welcome (with Red Line),” he said.

After the opening of this new section, the Delhi Metro network will expand to 314 313.86 km, the DMRC said.

Once inaugurated, which is expected soon, it will leave just the Lajpat Nagar-Trilokpuri corridor unopened.

Incidentally, a small section near Trilokpuri is facing a roadblock, due to issues raised by local residents, which the metro has been resolving for a long time.

The Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake stretch is part of the 59 km-long Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar corridor (Pink Line) which falls under the Phase-III network of the DMRC.

On August 6, the Majlis Park-Lajpat Nagar corridor was inaugurated, taking the Pink Line span to 29.66 km, and the entire operational span of the DMRC to 296 km with 214 stations.

The first corridor of the Pink Line, spanning over 20 km, from Majlis Park to Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus, was opened on March 14, connecting north and south campuses of the Delhi University on the DMRC network for the first time.

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Union Minister Inaugurates ITO Skywalk, Accuses Delhi Government Of Stalling Project

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated the ITO Skywalk in New Delhi today.

New Delhi: 

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated the ITO Skywalk in New Delhi today and accused the Arvind Kejriwal-led government of stalling it for one year.

The minister also said the Delhi government created hindrance in execution of several other projects including the Metro Phase-IV.

Mr Puri, who also inaugurated a foot over bridge at ITO, alleged that a “false narrative” was being created around these projects and some people who have nothing to do with the project are trying to take credit.

The Union housing and urban affairs minister claimed that when the Delhi government, which was supposed to provide 20 per cent of the project cost, did not give its clearance, his ministry decided to execute it on its own.

The ITO Crossing and ‘W’ Point Junction are the two busiest crossings in the city.

There are over 25 major offices and other institutions located in this area. Approximately, 30,000 pedestrians cross various roads around ITO Crossing and ‘W’ Point. The skywalk, which has been constructed with a cost of Rs 55 crore, has six lifts.

“When I became the minister in September 2017, I was told that the skywalk project, which was cleared in 2016, was still awaiting the Delhi government’s nod. We then decided to execute this project on our own,” Mr Puri said.

Last week, Delhi Public Works Department (PWD) minister Satyendar Jain said none of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ministers were invited for the inauguration of the project.

According to the Union housing and urban affairs ministry, the project has been executed with the funds provided by the Centre. The PWD of the Delhi government was an executing agency.

The Delhi government issued a statement saying, “No amount of tall claims and rhetoric will be able to mislead the people of Delhi, who will finally judge, whether cutting ribbons will be a substitute for hard work.”

It said that bureaucratic queries were raised about the necessity of the project and a former Delhi PWD secretary, now posted outside the city, raised questions about the need for such a project.

“His objections were, however, overruled by Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Manish Sisodia who headed the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC), which gave its approval for providing the Delhi government share of Rs 12 crore for the skywalk project,” the statement said.

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Builder Beaten To Death After Failing To Return Money In Delhi, Three Arrested

All three accused have been arrested. (Representational)

New Delhi: 

A 36-year-old builder was beaten to death by three men after he failed to return the money borrowed from one of them, the police said today. 

All three accused have been arrested.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Monika Bhardwaj said Nitin, a resident of Paschim Puri in west Delhi, died on Sunday, hours after he was badly beaten up by the three.

“Nitin had borrowed Rs 12.5 lakh from one Jagdish, who called him to his office and beat him with sticks along with other two. They forcibly took his scooty and got his signatures on the sale letters,” the police said.

They kept him with them for three hours and then let him go. He had bruises all over his body when he reached home.

His family took him to a hospital where he was declared brought dead, an official said.

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Delhi MNC Executive Sedated, Raped Allegedly By 2 Colleagues

The survivor reached the police station and lodged a complaint against the accused (File)

New Delhi: 

A woman employed with a multinational company in west Delhi’s Dwarka was gangraped allegedly by two of her colleagues on Saturday night, the police said on Sunday.

Birju, 25, and his associate Vinod Kumar, 31, offered her a lift after office hours on Saturday. During the journey, the accused served her a soft drink laced with sedatives and she became unconscious.

“The victim was taken to a flat in an unconscious state where they took turns to rape her. After committing the crime, the accused dropped the victim near Vasant Kunj area,” an official of Dwarka north police station said.

The survivor somehow reached her home and revealed her ordeal to family members. On Sunday, she reached the police station and lodged a complaint against the accused.

“We have conducted medical examination of the victim which confirms rape. The accused have been arrested from their houses,” the official further said.

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Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken Will Launch Lok Sampark Abhiyan Today

Ajay Maken will launch his campaign from the New Delhi Parliamentary constituency. (File)

New Delhi: 

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Ajay Maken will launch the ‘Lok Sampark Abhiyan’ (public outreach campaign) today from the New Delhi Parliamentary constituency, a party spokesperson said on Sunday.

The programme will be launched at 4 pm at Sant Ravidas Chowk, Pyarelal Road near Karol Bagh MCD Zonal office of the constituency, DPCC chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee.

During the programme, the party workers will carry out a door-to-door campaign to apprise people of the “failures and unfulfilled promises” of the Modi government at the Centre and the Kejriwal government in Delhi, she said.

Two booklets – pertaining to “false promises made by the Modi government and corruption in Kejriwal government” – will be distributed among three lakh Congress workers in Delhi to “expose” both the dispensations, Ms Mukherjee added. The booklets were released by the Congress on Sunday.

The workers will also collect donations from every block for the party fund, Ms Mukherjee said.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to provide two crore jobs to youths per year but in the four and a half years, the government could generate only about 5 lakh jobs. Similarly, the Kejriwal government, which had promised 15 lakh employment in five years, could provide only 388 jobs in three and a half years,” she said.

“The Modi government at the Centre and the Kejriwal government in Delhi remain in the limelight through headline management and advertisements at the cost of thousands of crores of rupees to the exchequer,” Ms Mukherjee added.

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Delhi Minister Seeks Rajendra Pal Gautam Seeks Action Over ‘Casteist’ Question In Recruitment Exam

Rajendra Pal Gautam has said will seek action against the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board.

New Delhi: 

Delhi minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on Sunday demanded action against officials of the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) over a “racist and misogynist question” asked in an examination conducted for recruitment of primary teachers.

“The purported question was asked in the Hindi section of the examination held yesterday. It had four options pointing to a caste-based system of the Brahminical Society. It is a multiple choice question and the answers are highly racist and gender insensitive,” the minister alleged

In a statement, the Delhi social welfare minister expressed “serious concern” on the issue and said that he will ask Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash to take appropriate action against the DSSSB.

“Setting a caste-based question which ostensibly hurts the sentiments of the community in addition to being highly disrespectful to women demonstrates the state of mind of those at the helm of the DSSSB,” the statement read.

The minister said he will speak with the chief secretary on Monday to demand an interim investigation into the issue.

The DSSSB in a statement said the question with “casteist” undertones appeared due to an “inadvertent error”.

“It is clarified that the procedure of paper setting is highly confidential and secretive in nature and the contents of the paper are not shared with the board officials. They are revealed for the very first time before the candidates only,” the statement said.

It said that the appearance of any such question which “may have unintentionally hurt the sentiments of any section of society is deeply regretted”.

The DSSSB said the question would not be evaluated during the evaluation process.

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Delhi Government Launches Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship Programme

New Delhi: 

With an aim to attract young leaders across the country and work alongside on addressing serious urban challenges, the Delhi government on Saturday announced Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship Programme. ‘Thrilled to announce the launch of Delhi CM’s Urban Leaders Fellowship Programme. If you r young professional, under 35 yrs age, have a dream to contribute for India, we invite you to work with us in #DelhiGovernanceRevolution,’ tweeted Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia yesterday.





‘Experience what ‘making change happen’ look like,’ reads the official announcement. Upon selection candidate will be assigned to work with Ministers or Senior Officials of Education, Health, Water, Environment, Transport, etc.


While Fellows will receive remuneration of Rs 1,25,000 per month, it will be Rs 75,000 for Associate Fellows. A total of 30 positions will be filled up out of which 10 will be for Associate Fellows.

‘Delhi government has received global acclaims for its policies, be it transformation of government schools, introduction of Happiness curriculum in schools, provision of high-quality primary healthcare at mohalla clinics, 24X7 electricity provided at lowest tariff in India and home delivery of government services,’ said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. ‘It is your time to join and be a part of the change to make Delhi among the best governed cities in the world,’ he added further.

The deadline for submitting applications for CMULF is November 4. Interested candidates can apply at

The first list of candidates for interview will be announced on November 15. Final interviews will be held on 26 and 27 November. Candidates will be given time to accept the offer till December 7.

The programme aims to attract youth who are “passionate about public service and are willing to work for two years,” it said.

(With Inputs From PTI)

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Fuel Prices Hike Again, Petrol At Rs. 82.72 In Delhi

Fuel prices continued its upward trend on Sunday, with petrol being retailed at Rs 82.72 per litre and diesel at Rs 75.38 in the national capital.

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In Mumbai, the price of petrol has touched Rs 88.18 per litre and diesel costs Rs 79.02 per litre

Fuel prices continue to burn holes in the pocket of common people, showing no sign of relief in the coming days.

Fuel prices continued its upward trend on Sunday, with petrol being retailed at Rs 82.72 per litre and diesel at Rs 75.38 in the national capital.

In Mumbai, the price of petrol has touched Rs 88.18 per litre and diesel costs Rs 79.02 per litre

Similar trends were witnessed in Chennai, where the prices of petrol and diesel were hiked by Rs 85. 99 per litre and Rs 79. 71 per litre respectively.

In Kolkata, petrol is being sold at Rs 84. 54 per litre, while diesel has reached Rs 77.23-mark.

A steep hike has been witnessed in the fuel prices since the past few months.


The Opposition has repeatedly blamed the Union Government for not doing enough to keep a check on prices, while the latter has maintained that global crude oil prices and other international factors are causing a hike in prices of petroleum products.

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Arvind Kejriwal’s Government Most Corrupt In History Of Delhi: BJP’s Manoj Tiwari

Two ministers in the Arvind Kejriwal government are facing I-T raids and corruption charges (File)

New Delhi: 

The BJP’s Delhi unit today alleged that the Arvind Kejriwal government is “the most corrupt” dispensation in the history of the city and demanded removal of its ministers who are facing graft charges.

Citing recent I-T raids at multiple premises of Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, the BJP’s city unit chief Manoj Tiwari demanded that he and another minister Satyendar Jain, who is facing corruption charges, be sacked.

“The Kejriwal government is the most corrupt government in the history of Delhi. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Gahlot and Jain seemed to have left former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda well behind in terms of corruption,” Mr Tiwari said in a statement.

Vijender Gupta, the BJP’s Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said that Arvind Kejriwal should show the door to his “corrupt” ministers instead of defending them, as people were now “completely disenchanted” with its working. 

After I-T officials raided multiple premises linked to Mr Gahlot in connection with tax evasion charges on Wednesday morning, Arvind Kejriwal had demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologise to people for “constantly troubling” the Delhi government elected by them.

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