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Markets, public transport may be allowed partly in Delhi post May 17

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New Delhi: Shops remain closed at a market in New Delhi during the extended nationwide lockdown imposed to mitigate the spread of coronavirus; in New Delhi on April 25, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

As the city government gears up for lockdown 4.0, among the relaxations under consideration are partly allowing public transport, malls and more industries.

Speaking to IANS, an official from the Delhi government said that while the nod from the Central government is yet to come, the city government is working out plans to allow the relaxation, as and when approved from the Union government.

“We are totally ready to run the public transport, if the Centre allows it. We have also discussed the set of SOPs to be followed in the buses and Metro. We have also demanded from the Centre to allow autos and taxis for the last mile connectivity. For the public transport, social distancing, contactless ticketing and disinfection will be the three pillars of the strategy,” the official told IANS.

The official said just like the odd-even scheme was “successful” in Delhi mandis during the lockdown, the markets, malls and other shopping complexes will also be allowed to open on that basis.

“The shops with even numbers will operate on even dates while those with odd numbers will operate on odd dates. This will help in ensuring that no crowd gathers at shopping complexes. For the malls, only limited shops will be allowed.”

The Delhi government on Thursday submitted a proposal to the Centre on the relaxations it wants to implement in lockdown 4.0 after May 17.

As per the public demand, the government has also urged the Centre to remove curfew between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. — barring the non-essential movement of the people.

“While we are ready to open up the markets and public transport, social distancing and masks will be a must for all those stepping out.”

Also, the Delhi government has urged the Centre to only bar the movement and activities in the containment zone and not the entire district. All the 11 districts in the national capital were marked as red zones by the Centre in lockdown 3.0.

The official also said that the government is not ready to allow schools, colleges or other educational institutes and also barber shops and cinema halls to open.

The official said the city government has also suggested a complete resumption of industries and arrangements for employing labourers living in nearby areas in Delhi.

“The government has also suggested keeping the educational institutes shut and also bar the opening of cinema halls.”

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Decline in equities continue for 4th straight sessions

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The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) and broader 50-scrip Nifty on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) extended their losses from the previous three consecutive sessions and declined on Friday.

At 10.25 a.m., Sensex traded at 58,593 points, down 0.9 per cent from the previous close of 59,464 points. It opened at 59,039 points.

Nifty traded at 17,599 points, down 0.9 per cent from the previous close of 17,757 points. It opened at 17,613 points.

Bajaj Finserv, Tech Mahindra, Coal India, Adani Ports, Bharti Airtel were some of the top losers, NSE data showed.

Top gainers during the early trade were Hindustan Unilever, Tata Consumers, Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp, and Power Grid Corporation.

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Consumer Price Index numbers for Agri, Rural labourers up by 5 points in Dec 2021

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The All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers (CPI-AL) and Rural Labourers (CPI-RL) for the month of December 2021 increased by 5 points each to stand at 1097 and 1106 points respectively.

The major contribution towards the rise in general index of Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers came from Fuel & Light group and miscellaneous group to the extent of 1.72 & 1.58 points and 1.02 & 1.06 points respectively mainly due to rise in prices of firewood, kerosene oil, medicine, barber charges, bus fare, toilet soap, washing soap, etc., a release from the Ministry of Labour and Employment said on Thursday.

The rise/fall in the index varied from state to state. In case of Agricultural Labourers, it recorded an increase of 1 to 20 points in 11 states and a decrease of 1 to 12 points in eight states while it remained stationary for Odisha. Tamil Nadu with 1,290 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with 861 points stood at the bottom.

In case of Rural Labourers, it recorded an increase of 1 to 20 points in 11 States and a decrease of 1 to 14 points in eight states while it remained stationary for Odisha. Tamil Nadu with 1,276 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with 915 points stood at the bottom.

Amongst states, the maximum increase in the CPI-AL and CPI-RL was experienced by Tamil Nadu (20 points each), mainly due to rise in the prices of vegetables & fruits, onion, chillies green/dry, tamarind, etc.

On the contrary, the maximum decrease in the CPI-AL and CPI-RL was experienced by Himachal Pradesh (12 points and 14 points respectively), mainly due to fall in the prices of wheat atta, pulses, onion, vegetables, and fruits etc.

Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL and CPI-RL stood at 4.78 per cent & 5.03 per cent in December 2021, compared to 3.02 per cent & 3.38 per cent respectively in November 2021 and 3.25 per cent and 3.34 per cent respectively during the corresponding month of the previous year.

Similarly, Food inflation stood at 2.99 per cent & 3.17 per cent in December 2021, compared to 0.88 per cent & 1.07 per cent respectively in November 2021 and 2.97 per cent & 2.96 per cent respectively during the corresponding month of the previous year.

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Air India to commence normal ops to US from Friday

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National carrier Air India will commence normal operations to US from Friday, the airline said.

On Tuesday, the national carrier said that it will not be able to operate a number of US-bound flights due to the deployment of 5G communications in the US.

As per industry insiders, the 5G network technology might cause certain crucial flight instruments to malfunction.

The airline informed passengers via its official Twitter handle: “#FlyAI : Flight operations to/from destinations in USA were affected during last two days.

“We would like to inform our passengers traveling to/from destinations in the USA that effective 0001hrs of 21st January 2022 normal flights operations will recommence to/from USA.”

Earlier in the day, Boeing had cleared AI to operate to the US on Boeing 777 aircraft.

Accordingly, the first Air India flight left from New Delhi to JFK airport on Thursday morning.

Besides, Air India is expected to operate other flights to Chicago and San Francisco.

“Arrangements to carry stranded passengers are being worked out,” the airline said.

The US air transport regulator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has been concerned that a version of 5G could interfere with some airplane instruments.

Earlier, aviation industry groups had shared those fears. This is despite reassurances from federal telecom regulators and well as wireless carriers.

Specifically, the FAA has been worried that 5G cellular antennas near some airports – not air mobile devices – could throw off readings from some aircraft equipment designed to tell pilots how far they are from the ground.

The systems, radar altimeters, are used throughout a flight and are considered critical.

At present, Air India operates to 5 destinations in the US.

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