Kejriwal Taking Credit For MCD’s Work: Gambhir

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Gautam Gambhir on Sunday said that the party has “genuinely worked” for the people of Delhi in the last 15 years it has been in power at the city’s civic body.

Gambhir also slammed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for ‘taking credit’ for the work done by the MCD.
Speaking to the reporters after casting his vote in Old Rajender Nagar, Gambhir said, “The MCD has fought against Dengue. MCD is working in all three landfills. I am not an astrologer like the Chief Minister, that I can say about the number of seats that we will win. I can tell the reality. The reality is that we have genuinely worked for the people of Delhi in the last 15 years. We have not made false advertisements. MCD fought against Dengue and the Delhi Chief Minister takes credit for it.”

Gambhir further took on Kejriwal over the landfill issue and said that the Chief Minister did not work to finish it.

“He has not visited the landfill in the past 8 years, and he says that he is finishing the landfill. Investing thousands of crores in advertising will not do good to the people of Delhi,” he said.

Earlier today, Kejriwal voted along with his family at a polling booth in Civil Lines for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections and urged people not to vote for those who are corrupt.

While speaking to media persons after casting his vote, the Delhi Chief Minister said that the election is an opportunity to clean Delhi.

“I appeal to people to vote in large numbers. We can see there is garbage everywhere. It is an opportunity to clean Delhi. Vote for the party which does development work, not vote for such a party that stops the work of Delhi. Vote for the honest party. Don’t vote for those who are corrupt. Vote for good people and not for those who do gundaism, corruption and use abusive language. We have to clean Delhi in the next 5 years,” said Delhi CM

The voting for 250 wards is underway and will conclude at 5:30 pm.

A voter turnout of 18 per cent was recorded in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections till 12 noon on Sunday.

Over 1.45 crore people are eligible to vote in civic polls in which 1,349 candidates are in the fray, setting the stage for the high-stakes civic polls largely seen as a three-way contest between the BJP, the AAP and the Congress. (ANI)

G20 Sherpa Meeting, Udaipur: Delegates Receive Warm Welcome

Days after India assumed G20 Presidency, Udaipur is all geared up for the G20 Sherpa meeting. G20 guests from various nations receive a warm welcome on their arrival in the City of Lakes to attend the G20 Sherpa meeting.

On arrival at Udaipur Airport, delegates from various nations receive a rousing welcome. Taj Sabhagar in Udaipur is getting decked up for the first G20 Sherpa meeting. More than 40 delegates are due to arrive in Udaipur to attend the first Sherpa meeting of G20.

Amitabh Kant, the G20 Sherpa of India, welcomed G20 guests to Rajasthan’s Udaipur. He stressed that Rajasthan is known for warm hospitality and historical splendour and it is a “symbolic” beginning for G20 to demonstrate tradition of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava.’

Amitabh Kant tweeted, “The Royal state of Rajasthan is world renowned for its warm hospitality & historical splendour. It’s a symbolic beginning for #G20India to start showcasing our Indian tradition of #AtithiDevoBhava from Udaipur in Rajasthan. We welcome the @g20org family into our home.”

In another tweet, India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant shared some visuals from behind the scenes as Udaipur prepares for the Sherpa meeting. He tweeted, “The beautiful city of Udaipur in Rajasthan is gearing up for the first Sherpa Meeting under the #G20India Presidency. Some visuals from behind the scenes as the City of Lakes prepares for an action-packed 3 days ahead with delegations from #G20 nations arriving soon.”

Notably, the first Sherpa meeting of India’s G20 Presidency will commence in Udaipur on December 4. The four-day gathering of the Sherpas of G20 Members will have the participation of countries, and international organisations.

The delegates will hold important conversations on some of the most pressing issues, including technological transformation, green development and LiFE, spotlighting women-led development, accelerating the implementation of the SDGs, and facilitating inclusive and resilient growth.

The first Sherpa Meeting will set the tone and agenda for future meetings. The first G20 Sherpa meeting will give India an opportunity to outline its broad priorities and give an overview on its G20 Presidency. The Sherpa meetings will work to establish consensus on key cross-cutting issues, which will be discussed in the various G20 workstreams, for inclusion in the Leaders’ Declaration, which will be tabled at the G20 Summit in New Delhi in 2023.

The Meeting will kick-start with a panel discussion on accelerating the implementation of SDGs. During the meeting, India will introduce the broad priorities of all Working Groups and hear viewpoints of the G20 countries, guests and International Organisations.

The Sherpa meeting’s discussions will focus on technological transformation, green development and LiFE, accelerated, inclusive and resilient growth, Multilateralism and Food, Fuel and Fertilizers, women-led development, tourism and culture. During the meeting, a ‘Chai pe Charcha’ will also be held to hold deeper conversations and boost ties among the G20 member countries and their Sherpas.

The first Sherpa meeting plans to offer the delegates a unique ‘Indian experience’ through cultural performances, art exhibitions, and excursions to various destinations, including Kumbhalgarh Fort and the Ranakpur Temple Complex. During its G20 Presidency, India intends to showcase the essence of its theme – ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth. One Family. One Future’ – in all the scheduled meetings, while being “inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented, and decisive.”

Notably, India formally assumed G20 Presidency from Indonesia on December 1. The G20 or Group of Twenty is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s 20 major developed and developing economies. The theme of India’s G20 Presidency is “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth One Family One Future,” according to the press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs. During its presidency, India will host more than 200 meetings in over 50 cities across 32 different workstreams. In addition, India will have the opportunity to offer G20 delegates and guests a glimpse of India’s rich cultural heritage and provide them with a unique Indian experience. (ANI)

I trust Modi To Bring Us Together: French Prez On India At G20 Helm

As India assumed the G20 Presidency on December 1, French President Emmanuel Macron exuded confidence in India’s leadership.

Taking to his official Twitter handle, Macron stressed that he trusts his friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi to unite everyone to establish peace and a sustainable world.
Emmanuel Macron tweeted, “One Earth. One Family. One Future. India has taken over the presidency of #G20India! I trust my friend @NarendraModi to bring us together in order to build peace and a more sustainable world.”

Earlier on Friday, December 2, Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi after India assumed the G20 Presidency. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih tweeted, “Congratulations to PM Narendra Modi, the government, and the people of India on India assuming the Presidency of G20. I have every confidence in India’s leadership to promote diplomacy and dialogue to build consensus and find enduring solutions to pressing issues in global affairs.”

Earlier on December 1, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese wished success to India on assuming the G20 presidency. Albanese tweeted, “Wishing every success to @narendramodi on India assuming the G20 presidency.”

Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also congratulated PM Narendra Modi as India assumed the G20 Presidency. He looked forward to working with PM Modi in addressing various challenges faced by the international community.

“Congratulations, PM Modi @narendramodi, on assuming the G20 Presidency. Japan India As the G7 Presidency next year, I also look forward to working closely with you in addressing various challenges that the intentional community faces,” Fumio Kishida wrote on Twitter.

Notably, India formally assumed G20 Presidency from Indonesia on December 1. The G20 or Group of Twenty is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s 20 major developed and developing economies.

The theme of India’s G20 Presidency is “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth One Family One Future,” according to the press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs. During its presidency, India will host more than 200 meetings in over 50 cities across 32 different workstreams.

In addition, India will have the opportunity to offer G20 delegates and guests a glimpse of India’s rich cultural heritage and provide them with a unique Indian experience. In November, PM Narendra Modi launched the G20 website and India took over the social media handles, including the Twitter handle from the previous Presidency. (ANI)

MCD Polls: 9% Of Voters’ Turnout Till 10:30 Am

The cold Delhi winter affects the voting trends in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections as only around 9 per cent of voters’ turnout was recorded till 10:30 am on Sunday, as per the State Election Commission.

The voting for civic body polls is underway amid tight security across the national capital.
The voting for 250 wards began at 8 am and will conclude at 5:30 pm.

Over 1.45 crore people are eligible to vote in civic polls in which 1,349 candidates are in the fray, setting the stage for the high-stakes civic polls largely seen as a three-way contest between the BJP, the AAP and the Congress.

Delhi witnessed high-decibel campaigning by AAP and BJP which made top leaders, including

The counting of votes will be done on December 7.

According to data shared by the State Election Commission officials, the total number of voters in Delhi is 1,45,05,358 — 78,93,418 males, 66,10,879 females and 1,061 transgender persons. There are 250 wards in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

Delhi State Election Commission has set up 13,638 polling stations for the elections.

The State Election Commission said a large workforce of election functionaries and security agencies have put humungous efforts to make necessary preparations for conducting elections at 13,638 polling stations spread across Delhi.

68 Model Polling Stations have been set up with facilities including a waiting area/lounge, distribution of candies/toffees to voters, a selfie booth and Civil Defence Volunteers to help PwD/senior citizens

68 Pink booths have been set up with facilities including all-female staff at the polling station, a feeding room for lactating mothers, a creche facility for small kids accompanying voters, swings for kids, selfie booth.

The Commission said it has made elaborate arrangements for “safe, secure and pleasant” voting experience. These measures are required to keep the electoral field free and to ensure that a level playing field is afforded to all political parties and candidates.

Both the AAP and the BJP have exuded confidence that they will emerge victorious in the polls while the Congress is trying to regain lost turf.

The BJP, which has governed the civic body in Delhi since 2007, is looking to maintain its winning streak while the Aam Aadmi Party, which has a majority in the Assembly, is looking to make inroads in the first municipal election in the capital after the delimitation of wards.

This is the first civic election after the fresh delimitation exercise. There were 272 wards in Delhi and three corporations- NDMC, SDMC, and EDMC in Delhi from 2012-2022 that later reunified into an MCD that had formally come into existence on May 22. (ANI)

Delhiites Cast Vote For MCD 2022; Cleanliness, Facilities Among Major Concerns

As the voting for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in the 250 wards of the national capital began on Sunday morning, Delhiites converged to their respective polling booths to cast their vote.

At the polling booth in Matiala village, the first-time voter Sonam said that she has considered issues of roads, women’s safety, and water.

“Roads, women’s safety, and water are the issues I have considered for voting. People should come out and vote. They should understand their responsibility,” Sonam said.

Another first-time voter reiterated a candidate’s promise to resolve the issue of monkey menace in the constituency. He said besides cleanliness, electricity, and water, the monkey menace is another issue we face daily.

The voting for 250 wards began at 8 am and will conclude at 5:30 pm today.

Over 1.45 crore people are eligible to vote in civic polls in which 1,349 candidates are in the fray, setting the stage for the high-stakes civic polls largely seen as a three-way contest between the BJP, the AAP and the Congress.

Casting his vote, a seventy-six-year-old man said, “We have come to vote for our peace of mind by resolving important issues such as water, better sewage system, good roads, and cleanliness,” a seventy-six-year-old man said.

Meanwhile, Asha Gupta said that they don’t want freebies but rather want to have basic facilities.

“We want facilities and advancement instead of getting things for free. There should be an advancement in every facility we get be it cleanliness, security, road safety, and water supply,” Asha Gupta said.

“Free-but dirty water is of no use and similarly if you promise to provide free electricity but there are prolonged power cuts, then this too is of no use,” she added.

Harish Bharti, 81, said that their main concern is inflation and unemployment because of which he has voted.

“The cleanliness is also a major issue and concern because of which these votes were a necessity,” he added.

The counting of votes will be done on December 7.

According to data shared by the State Election Commission officials, the total number of voters in Delhi is 1,45,05,358 — 78,93,418 males, 66,10,879 females and 1,061 transgender persons. There are 250 wards in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

Delhi State Election Commission has set up 13,638 polling stations for the elections.

The State Election Commission said a large workforce of election functionaries and security agencies have put humungous efforts to make necessary preparations for conducting elections at 13,638 polling stations spread across Delhi. Further, 68 Model Polling Stations and 68 Pink Polling Stations have been established for the quality experience of the voters. Adequate arrangements for the deployment of forces have been made.

68 Model Polling Stations have been set up with facilities including a waiting area/lounge, distribution of candies/toffees to voters, a selfie booth and Civil Defence Volunteers to help PwD/senior citizens

68 Pink booths have been set up with facilities including all-female staff at the polling station, a feeding room for lactating mothers, a creche facility for small kids accompanying voters, swings for kids, selfie booth.

The Commission said it has made elaborate arrangements for “safe, secure and pleasant” voting experience. These measures are required to keep the electoral field free and to ensure that a level playing field is afforded to all political parties and candidates. (ANI)

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Delhi Air Quality To Improve From Sunday Evening Onwards: IMD Scientist Vijay

The Air Quality in Delhi which has been in the ‘severe’ category for some time is likely to improve bringing respite to Delhiites from Sunday evening, a weather scientist said.

“The air quality in the national capital is in the severe category with an air quality index of around 400, but from today evening onwards, the air quality of the national capital is likely to improve,” India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist Vijay Soni told ANI.
During a telephonic conversation, Vijay Soni, a scientist at the IMD’s Air Quality Division in New Delhi, said, “Today morning the air quality of Delhi was in the severe category with an Air Quality Index (AQI) around 400.

“The main reason behind this has been with winds remaining calm for the whole day and night on Saturday, which deteriorated air quality significantly.”

“But today (Sunday) we expect that winds will improve and we will see an improvement in the AQI from evening onwards,” he said.

Explaining the two main reasons for air quality to be in a severe category, Soni said, “The main reason is low wind speed and decrease in mixing layer height.

“The mixing layer height has come down significantly close to the surface. So these two factors are really contributing to the deterioration in air quality.”

He explained, “Mixing height is the height up to which air pollutants get mixed up in the atmosphere. The wind is almost calm, but today morning it has started. Right now the wind speed is up to 8 kmph,” Vijay Soni said.

On being asked if it’s normal to have such air quality in the month of December in Delhi, Soni said, “The air quality generally deteriorates in the month of December. In this month generally, we see lower mixing height and low wind speed and hence we experience bad air quality.” (ANI)

450 Voters Deleted As They Support BJP: Manoj Tiwari

The names of 450 voters in Subash Mohalla ward in the national capital have been deleted from the voters’ list because they support BJP, claimed BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Sunday and demanded cancellation and re-election of the polls in the ward.

He was speaking to media persons at the Yamuna Vihar polling booth, Subhash Mohalla ward.
The BJP MP further alleged that this is a big conspiracy by the Delhi government

“In the Subash Mohalla ward, the names of 450 voters have been deleted from the voters’ list because they support BJP. This is a big conspiracy by the Delhi government. I will complain against this and appeal for cancellation of this polls and re-election,” said Tiwari.

Earlier, Delhi Congress president Anil Chaudhary has claimed that he found his name missing from the voters’ list when he arrived at the polling booth to cast his vote for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections.

Chaudhary claimed that his name is neither on the voters’ list nor in the deleted list.

“My name is neither in the voter list nor in the deleted list. My wife has voted. Officials are checking it,” said the Delhi Congress president who arrived at a polling booth in Dallupura to cast his vote.

Meanwhile, around 9 per cent voters turnout was recorded till 10:30 am in MCD elections, as per the State Election Commission.

The voting for civic body polls is underway amid tight security across the national capital.

The voting for 250 wards began at 8 am and will conclude at 5:30 pm.

Over 1.45 crore people are eligible to vote in civic polls in which 1,349 candidates are in the fray, setting the stage for the high-stakes civic polls largely seen as a three-way contest between the BJP, the AAP and the Congress.

Delhi witnessed high-decibel campaigning by AAP and BJP which made top leaders, including

The counting of votes will be done on December 7.

According to data shared by the State Election Commission officials, the total number of voters in Delhi is 1,45,05,358 — 78,93,418 males, 66,10,879 females and 1,061 transgender persons. There are 250 wards in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

Delhi State Election Commission has set up 13,638 polling stations for the elections.

Notably, both the AAP and the BJP have exuded confidence that they will emerge victorious in the polls while the Congress is trying to regain lost turf.

The BJP, which has governed the civic body in Delhi since 2007, is looking to maintain its winning streak while the Aam Aadmi Party, which has a majority in the Assembly, is looking to make inroads in the first municipal election in the capital after the delimitation of wards.

This is the first civic election after the fresh delimitation exercise. There were 272 wards in Delhi and three corporations- NDMC, SDMC, and EDMC in Delhi from 2012-2022 that later reunified into an MCD that had formally come into existence on May 22. (ANI)

Yogi Launches Rs 1,000 Cr Road Projects For Ayodhya

The Yogi Adityanath government has approved Rs 1,000 crore road projects for providing better connectivity to Ayodhya where Ram Temple is being built.

These initiatives include land acquisition for road connectivity, rehabilitation of buildings, shop owners and construction of buildings. With this, all the roads leading to Ram Janmabhoomi will be widened and beautified, creating a beautiful ambience for pilgrims who travel there to meet Lord Ramlala
Keeping in mind the convenience of the devotees, a 0.566 km four-lane is being built from Sugriva Fort to Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir Marg, which has been named Janmabhoomi Path. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath gave his approval in a high-level meeting for the development project, which will cost approximately Rs 83.33 crore in total, including land purchases and other projects.

In addition, Rs 3.90 crore and Rs 27.17 crore have been made available for the construction work. At present, 39 per cent of the work has been completed whereas, the work of the pipeline for sewer-water supply by the Jal Nigam is going at a rapid pace.

Utility duct and RCC drain construction are also underway. From Shringar Haat to Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir Marg, a four-lane stretch measuring 0.742 kilometres is also being constructed. The name of its route is Bhakti Path. For its expansion, a number of Rs 62.79 crore has been approved for the purchase of land and other construction work, against which an amount of Rs 32.10 crore has been released.

Altogether 350 shops that were in the way of the construction have received compensation in this case. While 290 shops have been demolished for widening, action is underway on the remaining. This road is being widened to 13 metres, including the 5.50-meter width of the CC road.

Sahadatganj to Naya Ghat Marg road will be known as Ram Path

A 12.940 km long, four-lane road from Sahadatganj to Naya Ghat marg is being built and has been given the name Ram Path in order to facilitate access to the Lord Shri Ram Janmbhoomi temple for devotees.

An amount of Rs 797.69 crore has been approved for the widening of this road, from the purchase of land to other construction work, against which Rs 290 crore has been released. About 40765 square meters of land are needed for Ram Path, against which 4773 square meters of land have been acquired. (ANI)

Around 28 MN Afghans Will Need Humanitarian Aid In 2023: UN

The UN agency for the coordination of humanitarian affairs stated that Afghanistan continues to face one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with 28.3 million people expected to require aid in the upcoming year, TOLOnews reported.

“Afghanistan faces its third consecutive year of drought-like conditions and the second year of debilitating economic collapse,” TOLOnews reported citing the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
“It is estimated that a record 28.3 million people will need humanitarian and protection assistance in 2023, up from 24.4 million in 2022,” the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs added.

In the meantime, the UN requested USD 51 billion on Thursday for those in need in 70 different nations in 2023.

According to UN emergency assistance coordinator Martin Griffiths, the humanitarian needs of some countries are ‘alarmingly great’.

“Five countries are experiencing what we call a famine condition and we can confidently and unhappily say that people are dying,” Griffiths added.

Meanwhile, UNICEF said that the lives of over 8,000 children in Afghanistan are at risk due to food insecurity.

Children in Afghanistan require more humanitarian aid than in the past and hangers are a daily occurrence, TOLOnews reported citing Ezatullah Akbari, head of Human Rights Watch’s media department.

Afghanistan is currently grappling with a serious humanitarian crisis as according to international assessments, the country now has the highest number of people in emergency food insecurity in the world, with more than 23 million in need of assistance and approximately, 95 per cent of the population having insufficient food consumption.

Moreover, the situation of human rights in Afghanistan has worsened since the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban’s return to power in August last year.

The Ukraine crisis has also had a significant impact on the rise in food prices, making it unaffordable for many Afghans.

Even as the war has ended in the nation, grave human rights violations–particularly against women and minorities–remain unabated. The fundamental rights to non-discrimination, education, employment, public engagement, and health are being denied to women and girls in Afghanistan, reported Khaama Press. (ANI)

Shehnaaz Raises Temperature In Ghani Syaani Song

Actor-singer Shehnaaz Gill, on Saturday, shared a glimpse of her song ‘Ghani Syaani’ with MTV Hustle 2.0 winner MC Square.

Taking to Instagram, Shehnaaz dropped a teaser in which she is looking smoking hot.
Shehnaaz’s glimpses in the video left fans drooling.

“Oh My God… You look so hot,” a social media user commented.

“Wow…can’t wait for the song,” another one commented.

“The much awaited banger.. Ghani Syaani’s teaser is here….. Full video will be out on 5th December at 11am only on @playdmf YouTube Channel..Subscribe to @playdmfofficial YouTube channel. Get ready for the December Blast with @mcsquare7000 and @shehnaazgill,” she captioned the clip.

The song’s full video will be out on December 5.

Apart from songs, Shehnaaz has been busy with her chat show. She recently launched her new chat show, Desi Vibes with Shehnaaz Gill. Her first guest was RajKummar Rao, who promoted his movie Monica, O My Darling on the show.

She is also set to make her Bollywood debut with Salman Khan’s film Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan. The film is directed by Farhad Samji, which also features Venkatesh Daggubati and Pooja Hedge. It will be out on Eid 2023. (ANI)