A Delhi Metro train that is enabled to be operated without a driver crashed through the wall of the depot at Kalindi Kunj and stopped just short of falling from the height into the drain outside the compound. In six days' time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to throw open the Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden stretch of the Magenta Line on which this train operates. By evening, an analysis of the events leading to the accident, however, revealed that it was a yard accident caused by human error, and not a running train mishap.
The empty train reversed into the boundary walls around 3.40pm on Tuesday. Eyewitnesses first heard a loud noise and then saw the rear of the train protrude from the outermost wall of the depot. The train was at the workshop and, as per procedure, had its brakes decommissioned. When it was moved up a ramp for washing, it should have had the brakes back in working configuration, but due to human neglect the recommissioning of the brakes had not taken place. It, therefore, rolled back and crashed into the walls.
"Shocking lapse! There can be no compromise on passenger safety," Delhi's transport minister Kailash Gahlot tweeted even as the state government asked DMRC for a report on the incident.
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted people in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday night.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the moderate intensity quake originated in Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag district at a depth of 30 kilometres.
The Bikaner police arrested six persons on Thursday for allegedly raping a 28-year-old woman from New Delhi. The arrests came two days after the woman had complained to the district superintendent of police in Bikaner that she had been raped by 23 men, including two whom she knew by name.
The woman had met Bikaner SP Sawai Singh Godara on Tuesday and had complained she had been raped by 23 men after being abducted from roadside in an area on the outskirts of Bikaner in the middle of the day.
Buoyed by a thumping victory in the Bawana bypoll, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday dared the BJP to use VVPAT, a paper trail audit which lets voters check if the vote has gone to the candidate they chose, in every election.
Addressing AAP workers at his residence, Mr Kejriwal raked up the issue of alleged manipulation of electronic voting machines to needle the BJP, saying that "EVM mischief" was behind the saffron party's recent upsurge.
Delhi court pulls up ED lawyer for asking Shabir Shah to chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' to prove his patriotism newsreporter.in
A Delhi court on Thursday snubbed an overenthusiastic prosecutor for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for asking Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah to chant 'Bharat Mata ki jai' to prove his patriotism, saying it was not a television studio.
Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma chided the lawyer for his remark and later allowed the ED's plea for extension by six days sixty-four-year-old Shah's custodial interrogation in a decade-old money laundering case.
The ED's counsel Rajeev Awasthi alleged that Shah was ruining the country by using money to fund terror and breached the line by daring the separatist leader to chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' to prove his patriotism.
However, an anguished judge stopped him, warning that the courtroom was not a "television studio."
Former IAS officer Anil Baijal is set to be appointed as the next Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, replacing Najeeb Jung.
Though there was no official communication about the appointment from Rashtrapati Bhawan till late on Wednesday night, sources said President Pranab Mukherjee has given his approval.