The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought responses from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir administration and the state pollution control committee on a plea alleging violation of environmental norms during Amarnath Pilgrims.
The bench of Tribunal Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel comprising Justice Sudhir Aggarwal and Prof. A. Senthil Vel, Expert Member in the order passed on September 2, 2022, issues notice to Chief Secretary, J-K and J-K PCC for their response about the plan of action to prevent such violations and accidents within one month. The bench listed the matter for November 4, 2022, for a detailed hearing in the matter. Court direction passed in a plea moved by one Brinda Mishra against alleging violation of environmental and safety norms in setting up of tents for pilgrims in the dry river bed near the holy cave, Amarnath, Jammu, and Kashmir.
The plea stated that in absence of compliance with such norms, the death of 16 persons took place on 01.07.2022, as reported by media on 11.07.2022, as there was a flash flood.
The plea further submitted that the river bed and flood plain have to be kept free for environmental functions and also to avoid such accidents. The Amarnath Yatra this year began on June 29, from Jammu amid tight security arrangements made by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) along with the army and the local police. The Amarnath shrine pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine of Lord Shiva, located in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, is held from the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal.
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Ladakh village shines in ‘Swachh Bharat’
Nestled between the mighty Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges lies Turtuk, a remote village, sparsely inhabited, and close to the Line of Control.
From this village, the Pakistani posts are clearly visible. This remote outpost of India has now become a shining example of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The villagers see this not only as a Cleanliness campaign but also one which integrates them with the rest of India. For the villagers, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is not just a campaign, but they see it as a medium to integrate them with the rest of India.
Tourism to this remote outpost of India opened in 2010, after that the village started getting plastic waste and other pollutants
Realising that their fragile relationship with the environment was at stake the local people took it upon themselves to implement the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in the most remote part of the Nation.
The tourism season in Turtuk commenced largely between April to September and this year it witnessed a large number of visitors from across the country and even from outside the country as it was opened after two years of the pandemic.
Notwithstanding the boost to the economy of Turtuk from tourism, the plastic and other non-biodegradable waste accumulation was significantly high. Therefore, keeping environmental concerns in mind the owner of a local guest house Hashmat-ullah and Ms Portia Conrad, a research scholar from New Delhi took the initiative of curating a cleanliness drive in Turtuk village.
Conrad was visiting Turtuk for an ongoing research project on the Balti community. School children of government schools and Turtuk Valley School also participated in the initiative.
Despite being a holiday and slated exams, 75-plus children gathered to collect gar-bage on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. All the students were provided with masks before the drive and posters were made together for awareness amongst the villagers.
PK raising unimportant issues: RJD’s Manoj Jha
RJD leader Manoj Jha hit out at Prashant Kishor on Monday over his remark that “nothing has changed” in Bihar since 1990, saying the political strategist was raising unimportant issues but silent on pressing issues like granting special status to Bihar.
Jha said that he thought Kishor would raise the issue of the central government’s repeated denials to give special status to Bihar. “Instead, he is appearing to raise issues that are not important and silent on those he should speak on.” “I don’t need to understand rocket science to understand Prashant Kishor’s script,” he added.
Kishor, who launched his state-wide padyatra from West Champaran district on Sunday, attacked all political parties that have ruled Bihar, saying the state has not changed since 1990. He said people here are bound to migrate to other states in search of employment.
“When Jharkhand was separated, what did Bihar get after that? The foundation of our industry was strong because of Jharkhand,” Jha added.
Saudi’s World Muslim League lauds India on Gandhi Jayanti
India has received unusual praise from Saudi Arabia’s World Muslim League for its policy of non-violence and tolerance towards all.
The Mecca-based World Muslim League timed its praise for India’s Global and National outlook on Gandhi Jayanti — something which Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Group has never done before. Hailing Mahatma Gandhi for being a pioneer of the philosophy of non-violence, the Muslim World League, for the first time, paid tribute to Gandhi on his 153rd birth anniversary and said that the day should be an occasion to spread the message of non-violence internationally.
“Today, October 2, we celebrate Gandhi Jayanti to honour the birthday and remember the life of Mahatma Gandhi, a visionary, freedom fighter, and follower of non-violence. Today also is the International Day of Non-Violence,” Muslim World League wrote in a tweet.
It added that October 2 should be used as an opportune day to spread the message of non-violence on an international level. “Every year, the world celebrates the International Day Of Non-Violence, celebrating the life of the pioneer of the non-violence philosophy, Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti. An occasion to spread the message of non-violence internationally through education and public awareness,” it tweeted.
BSF seizes Pakistani fishing boat from ‘Harami Nala’ creek area of Guj’s Kutch
The Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday seized one abandoned Pakistani fishing boat from ‘Harami Nala’ creek area near Bhuj in Kutch of Gujarat, along the India-Pakistan maritime boundary, the force said.
The boat was found from ‘Harami Nala’ around 6 am by BSF personnel who were patrolling in the area, a BSF official said. Some ice boxes, jerry cans and fishing nets were seized by the BSF personnel. However, the men on the boat managed to flee towards the Pakistan side.
“We seized a Pakistani fishing boat from ‘Harami Nala’ in Kutch of Gujarat around 6 am. A few people were seen on the boat, but they jumped into the water and swam towards the Pakistan side. Icebox, jerry can and fishing net have been seized by the BSF personnel from the abandoned boat,” the BSF official said.
The Pakistani fishermen often flee to their side abandoning their boats after spotting BSF patrol units.
The authorities have barred Indian fishermen from entering the creek area, however, Pakistani fishermen enter the Indian side to catch fish.
The ‘Harami Nala’ is also known as the Sir Creek area. The area is a 22 km long and approximately 8 km wide marshy patch that is navigable most of the time.
Earlier in June this year, the BSF had seized three Pakistani boats from ‘Harami Nala’.
In May too, the BSF apprehended over nine Pakistani fishermen and seized a similar number of Pakistani fishing boats in different operations.
Post-mortem report matches evidence collected by SIT
In the Ankita Bhandari murder case, the post-mortem report filed by the panel of doctors and the pieces of evidence collected by the SIT are matching, SIT in-charge DIG P Renuka Devi told ANI on Monday
“The evidence collected so far in the investigation of Ankita’s murder are matching with the post-mortem report. There is nothing different between the two,” said SIT in charge, DIG P Renuka Devi who is conducting the probe. P Renuka Devi told ANI that talks have also been held with the doctors regarding the post-mortem report. She added, “the panel of doctors conducting the post-mortem has also been shown the scene of the incident. Reports have been taken from the doctors about both the spot and the post-mortem.”
“The post-mortem of Ankita done by the panel of doctors has also been video-graphed,” DIG P Renuka Devi said.
19-year-old Ankita was missing for at least six days before the Uttarakhand administration recovered her body from the Chilla canal in Rishikesh on September 24. Son of expelled BJP leader Vinod Arya, Pulkit Arya was arrested in the case for allegedly pushing her into the canal following an altercation. Besides Pulkit Arya, two more people were arrested in the case.
“After interrogating the witnesses related to the incident and the statement given by the accused- under police custody- it is found that all are matching among themselves”, Renuka Devi added.
Asked about VIPs visiting Vanantara resort, where Ankita was working as a receptionist, she said that after interrogating the staff working in the resort, it was found that there is a different category of rooms in the resort, referred to as top class rooms and those who stay in those rooms are generally called ‘VIPs’.
Tharoor highlights need for ‘renewed, reinvigorated’ Cong
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday said that with two consecutive losses in the Lok Sabha elections, there is a need for a “renewed and reinvigorated” party to take on the challenge of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre.
Tharoor is currently in Hyderabad campaigning for the upcoming presidential polls of the party in which he is up against the veteran leader Mallikarjun Kharge. “This election is about how Congress should be best equipped to take on the ruling govt today, which is BJP. We have lost two elections… We need a renewed, reinvigorated Congress party where it is mobilized effectively to take on this challenge,” Tharoor said while speaking to the media.
He denied the existence of the G-23 group within the Congress (which wrote to Sonia Gandhi seeking reforms in the party), and said that it was a “media idea”.
“There is no G-23 group. There never was, it was a media idea. As far as I can tell you, a couple of seniors wrote the letter. They invited a large number of people to support them. They told me that by phone they have contacted over a hundred peo-ple who have extended support. There was lockdown in 2020. Only 23 peo-ple were available in Delhi to sign it at that time,” he said.
Earlier on Sunday, Tharoor said that he represents a change in the party which a leader like Mallikarjun Kharge can’t bring about.
“We are not enemies, it’s not war. Some people are saying that Kharge Ji is a senior leader, and why don’t I get out of the race for him? I respect Kharge Ji, but it’s a poll for our party’s future. There are differences in the way we want to take the party for-ward,” Tharoor said.
“Kharge Ji is a part of our leadership, and other than the Gandhi family he is among the top three leaders of the Congress party. But leaders like him can’t bring change and will continue the existing system. I will bring the change as per the expectations of party workers,” Tharoor further said.
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