The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed an environmental compensation of over Rs 2,000 crore on the state of Punjab for its failure to ensure proper treatment of solid and liquid wastes, causing harm to the environment.
The tribunal said the award of compensation has become necessary under section 15 of the NGT Act to remedy the continuing damage to the environment and to comply with directions from the Supreme Court requiring it to monitor the enforcement of norms for solid and liquid waste management. Moreover, without fixing quantified liability necessary for restoration, the mere passing of orders has not shown any tangible results in the last eight years (for solid waste management) and five years (for liquid waste management), even after the expiry of statutory or laid-down timelines. According to the Tribunal, continuing damage is required to be prevented in the future and past damage is to be restored.
In an order passed on 22 September 2022, the Tribunal Bench headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “In total compensation under the head of the failure to scientifically manage solid waste, works out to Rs. 180 crores. The total compensation is rounded off at Rs. 2180 crore. Out of the said amount, compensation was already awarded for failure to prevent the discharge of untreated sewage and remediate solid waste to the tune of Rs. 100 crores, which may be deducted. The remaining amount of Rs. 2080/-crores may be deposited by the State of Punjab in a separate ring-fenced account within two months”.
It will be open to the state to plan to raise funds from generators/contributors to waste. The restoration measures with respect to sewage management would include: setting up sewage treatment and utilization systems, upgrading systems/operations of existing sewage treatment facilities to ensure utilization of their full capacities, ensuring compliance with standards, including those of faecal coliform; and setting up of proper faecal sewage and sludge management in rural areas, said the tribunal.
The Tribunal is monitoring the issues of solid as well as liquid waste management as per orders of the Supreme Court order dated 02.09.2014 with regard to solid waste management and the order dated 22.02.2017, in relation to liquid waste management. Other related issues include pollution of 351 river stretches, 124 non-attainment cities in terms of air quality, 100 polluted industrial clusters, illegal sand mining, etc., which have also been dealt with earlier, but we propose to limit the proceedings in the present matter to two issues of solid waste and sewage management, said the order.
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UK minister plans to change immigration policy
Suella Braverman, the country’s new interior minister who is of Indian descent, stated in an interview with The Sun on Sunday that the Liz Truss government in the UK hopes to keep its promise made during the 2019 election campaign to reduce net migration.
Braverman stated that Britain has a high number of low-skilled migrants and a large number of international students adding that the students more often brought dependents with them to UK thereby affecting the country’s growth.
“What we’ve got is too many low skilled workers coming into this country. We’ve also got a very high number of students coming into this country and we’ve got a really high number of dependents,” the interior minister said.
Suella Braverman continued, saying that the UK government will limit migration and reassess immigration policy because “those individuals are coming here, they’re not necessarily working or they’re working in low-skilled positions, and they’re not contributing to building our economy.”
In the year ending June 2021, net migration to the UK was 239,000, according to the UK’s office for national statistics. There have been more non-EU workers, particularly those from India, while there are fewer European Union workers in the UK as a result of Brexit. Therefore, a decrease in net migration to the UK may have an impact on Indian immigrants and students who want to study there.
In line with Suella Braverman’s remarks, the Guardian reported earlier this week that Liz Truss would alter immigration laws to address the serious labour shortage in the nation.
Sidhu Moose Wala murder case: Deepak Tinu, a close aide to Lawrence Bishnoi, eludes police
Deepak Tinu, a key suspect in the murder of Punjabi musician and Congressman Sidhu Moosewala, escaped from custody in the Mansa district on Sunday, according to police. Tinu is an associate of jailed mobster Lawrence Bishnoi.
When Tinu was being transported in a private vehicle from Kapurthala Jail to Mansa on remand on Saturday night, they claimed he was able to elude Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) agents. “When Tinu escaped from detention, he was being transported to Mansa’s CIA staff headquarters from Kapurthala Jail. Investigations into the suspects were necessary in relation to the Moosewala murder case “Police in Mansa claimed.
The police have teams searching for Tinu, according to M S Chinna, IG of Bhatinda, and no police officers will be spared if they are discovered to have assisted in his escape.
Shehzad Poonawalla, a BJP lawmaker, criticised Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and his administration on Sunday for allegedly being too soft on crime.
“AAP’s VVIP netas were protected by a 42-car convoy for proxy CM Bhagwant Mann, but Deepak Tinu, a key figure in the Moosewala murder plot, escaped from Punjab police custody! AAP is assisting gangs rather than enforcing a crackdown on them! Do we require further evidence?” Tweeted Poonawalla.
Moosewala, 28, was shot dead on May 29 by unidentified assailants in Mansa, a day after the state government curtailed his security cover. The Punjabi singer was shot at point-blank range and was declared brought dead on arrival at the Mansa civil hospital.
The killers fired over 30 rounds at Moosewala, who was found slumped in the driver’s seat by locals.
The investigation suggested Lawrence Bishnoi was the mastermind of the daylight killing. His close aide Goldy Brar, who is said to be based in Canada, is also under investigation in this case. Police have issued a Red Corner Notice against Brar through Interpol.
Moosewala had fought an election from Mansa in the last assembly election on a Congress ticket but was defeated by AAP’s Vijay Singla.
Gandhi Jayanti is not the time to discuss ‘fake Gandhis’: Karnataka CM
The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavraj Bommai on Sunday took a dig at the Congress party and said that there is no need of talking about ‘fake Gandhis’ on Gandhi Jayanti.
Recently Rahul Gandhi accused the Karnataka Govt of being the most corrupt govt, replying to which Bommai made this statement. “Today is Gandhi Jayanti, why should I talk about fake Gandhis? The whole Congress party is out on bail- Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and DK Shivakumar are out on bail,” the CM said while reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s accusation that the Karnataka government is the most corrupt. He further continued that Congress used Karnataka as an ATM, but thankfully it is gone now.
Taking a dig at CM’s statement, Congress Karnataka Chief said D K Shivkumar asked Bommai to send him to jail and said that he will rest in jail.
“Yes, I am on bail. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are also on bail. They (BJP) have dozens who are on bail. Yediyurappa has no case against him? Bommai registered cases against me. Let him send me to Parappana Agrahara (Central Jail), I will take some rest,” Shivkumar said.
This occurred the day after disputes between the two leaders over the “PayCM” t-shirt broke out.
Using the excuse that several party members had been arrested for donning the same shirt during the “Bharat Jodo Yatra,” DK Shivakumar dared the state government to take action against him and former CM Siddaramaiah for wearing the “PayCM” t-shirt.
“Wearing “PayCM” t-shirts, the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah, myself, and other leaders will take part in the Bharat Jodo Yatra. Let’s wait and watch what the BJP does “According to reports in Nanjangud, Shivakumar.
He said that lawsuits had been brought against certain Congress employees for participating in the Gundlupet march while sporting t-shirts bearing the slogan “Pay-CM.”
Nitish Kumar on Amit Shah’s visit to the state on the occasion of Lok Nayak’s birth: “Everyone has the right to come to Bihar.”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is all set to visit Bihar on 11th October. Speaking on his visit to the state, Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar said that everyone has the right to visit Bihar.
Shah will visit Bihar to attend the program on the birth anniversary of Lok Nayak Jayprakash Narayan on October 11 at Sitab Diara, his birthplace in Bihar as per the sources.
“Everyone has the right to visit Bihar. We have maintained JP’s (Jayaprakash Narayan’s) village very well,” the CM said.
Nitish also suggested Shah visit and see what the state government has done to JP’s village so far.
The ‘Loknayak’ was one of the prominent faces of the Quit India Movement and he is remembered for leading the mid-1970s opposition against Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for whose overthrow he had called for a “total revolution”.
The Janata Party was voted into power and became the first non-Congress party to form a government at the Centre under his guidance.
He was posthumously awarded India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999.
Shah will reach Amnaur from Sitab Diara in the afternoon from the cooperative of Chhapra, Gopalganj and Siwan districts in Amnaur.
The farmers involved will attend the conference and Amit Shah will also inaugurate the Amrit Sarovar Memorial Park and Bihar’s first light and sound show at Amnaur Pokhara.
This will be Shah’s second visit to Bihar state within a month. He visited Seemanchal on September 23-24.
Pakistan’s spinners trick powerless Malaysia; started the Women’s Asia Cup with a nine-wicket win
Spinners Omaima Sohaila and Tuba Hassan with their bowling spell helped Pakistan in clinching a clear win of 9 wickets over Malaysia in their opening match of the Women’s Asia Cup 2022. The campaign opener match was played in Bangladesh’s Sylhet on Sunday.
Pakistan kicked off the campaign with their win but the game ended in a heart-aching defeat for the Malaysian team.
In the first innings, Pakistan restricted Malaysia to just 57/9 in 20 overs. Elsa Hunter scored more than half of the runs for her team and was not out at 29 off 51 balls. Omaima Sohail did wonders for Pakistan with her bowling. She took three wickets in three overs while giving away just 19 runs and did not let the opposition score beyond 57 runs. The chase was a cakewalk for the Pakistan team.
Chasing 58, Pakistan was off to a good start. Openers Muneeba Ali and Sidra Ameen were dealing with boundaries majorly, finding gaps at will.
Malaysia’s Mahirah Izzati Ismail gave her team the first wicket, dislodging Ameen’s stumps for 31 off 23 balls. Pakistan was now 45/1 in six overs.
However, skipper Bismah Maroof (8) and Ali (21) took 61/1 in nine overs and won the game by three wickets.
Ismail (1/8) took her side’s only wicket for Malaysia.
Pakistan won the toss and sent Malaysia to bat. The start was a nightmare for the Malaysian team. Pakistan’s spinners demolished the Malaysian top order by sending Winifred Duraisingam (0), Mas Elysa (3), wicketkeeper-batter Wan Julia (11), Mahira Izzati Ismail (1) and Ainna Hamizah Hashim (0) without adding much to the scorecard.
Half of the Malaysian side was in the pavilion at a score of 29 in 11.2 overs. Hunter tried to keep one end steady, but there was absolutely nothing stopping Pakistani spinners, who seemed to get the best out of the surface. The result was her being left as the last one standing at 29* off 51 balls, while the rest of her team was restricted to 57/9 in 20 overs. Only two batters could score in double digits and five batters could not even open their accounts.
Sohail (3/19), Hassan (2/13) were stars of Pakistani bowling. Diana Baig and Sadia Iqbal got one each.
Hassan was adjudged as ‘Player of the Match for her spell of 2/13.
With this victory, Pakistan is at third number with two points in the points tally, while Malaysia is at fourth with zero points.
Anti-Sikh riots of 1984 marks one of the ‘darkest’ years: US senator
The anti-Sikh riots of 1984 was one of the “darkest” years, according to a US senator who emphasised the significance of remembering the horrors committed against Sikhs so that those responsible may be held accountable.
Following the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, by her Sikh bodyguards, unrest broke out in Delhi and other regions of the nation. In India, around 3,000 Sikhs were killed, largely in the capital.
“1984 marks one of the darkest years in modern Indian history. The world watched as several violent incidents broke out among ethnic groups in India, with several notably targeting the Sikh community,” Senator Pat Toomey said in his speech on the Senate floor.
“Today we are here to remember the tragedy that commenced on November 1, 1984, following decades of ethnic tension between Sikhs in the Punjab province and the central Indian Government,” he said.
As so often in such cases, the official estimates likely do not tell the whole story, but it is estimated that over 30,000 Sikh men, women, and children were deliberately targeted, raped, slaughtered, and displaced by mobs across India, said the senator from Pennsylvania.
According to Senator Toomey, a member of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, Sikhism has roots in the Punjab region of India and has been practised there for close to 600 years. Sikhism is one of the world’s main faiths, with 700,000 adherents in the US and about 30 million worldwide.
Sikhs have a long history of showing a dedication to helping people from all religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, exhibiting their kindness and strong sense of community.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sikh communities across Pennsylvania and the United States came together to deliver groceries, masks, and other supplies to tens of thousands of families in need no matter their race, gender, religion, or creed,” he said.
Toomey claimed to have experienced firsthand the Sikh way of life and to now have a deeper understanding of the Sikh tradition, which is based on peace, equality, and respect.
It is clear that the presence and contributions of Sikh communities have thoroughly enriched their neighbourhoods across the country, he said.
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