The Uttarakhand Forest Department after the direction from the Delhi High Court has directed Indian forest service (IFS) officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi to investigate illegal constructions and felling of trees in Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) and submit a report within two weeks.
After Chaturvedi taken the charge as probing officer, the Corbett officers started demolishing the illegal construction and allegedly mislead the prob, said a senior officer of Uttarakhand Forest department.
Chaturvedi is currently the chief conservator of forests and in charge of the state forest research wing. Principal chief conservator of forests (pccf) Rajiv Bhartari ordered the inquiry into the matter after the state government directed him on october 29 to take appropriate action following national tiger conservation authority’s (NTCA) committee submitting its report on the issue on October 22.
Gaurav Bansal, Supreme Court Advocate And Wildlife Activist, on whose petition this matter has unfolded, said ifs officer chaturvedi has been directed to find out the role of the erring officers in the irregularities inside CTR.
“Hoff, Uttarakhand has appointed Sanjiv Chaturvedi, an Ifs Officer of Uttarakhand to investigate the role of erring officers who have allowed the illegal construction in the corbett landscape. As per my information, it is a scam of more than Rs 150 crores. Some forest officers of Uttarakhand forest dept have allowed illegal construction within their jurisdiction only for the sake of money. NTCA also in its report has clearly pointed out that construction in pakhro, morghatti, kalaagarh & kugadda range of corbett tiger reserve that was done without financial & technical sanctions.” Bansal said.
On October 27, the Uttarakhand High Court, while taking Suo Motu Cognizance of reports over illegal constructions and felling of trees in CTR, directed the Union Ministry Of Environment, Forest And Climate Change (MOEFCC), Uttarakhand Principal Chief Conservator Of Forests (PCCF), chief wildlife warden, and CTR field director to look into the allegations and the national tiger conservation authority (ntca) report, and submit an action-taken report to the court by november 9.
Bansal said that on a petition filed by him in Delhi High Court regarding illegal constructions, felling of trees and construction of approach roads in CTR, the court on august 23 had directed NTCA to look into the issues raised in the petition. He said following the court directions, NTCA had constituted a committee on September 5, which inspected CTR between september 26 and 30 and submitted its report on october 22.
Bansal said the NTCA committee found that it seems forest officers of the reserve had forged the government records to allow illegal construction of roads and buildings in CTR. The committee termed the illegal constructions in CTR, one of the tiger habitats with the highest tiger density in the world, is an example of “administrative and managerial failure.”
Bansal said the following the inspection, the NTCA committee not only recommended vigilance inquiry against Uttarakhand forest officers but also recommended MOEFCC to take strong action against the erring forest officers.
Bansal said the main finding of the NTCA committee was that illegal constructions in CTR were going on without any approval and financial sanctions. Instead of building cottages inside CTR, forest officers allowed “illegal constructions of buildings’, no statutory approvals /sanctions were obtained for construction activities on kandi road, morghatti road, pakhrau forest rest house and water body near pakhrau forest rest house.
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VIRGIL ABLOH: AN INDELIBLE LEGACY
As the founder of the iconic brand Off-White and the artistic director for Menswear, Louis Vuitton, Abloh, a first-generation Ghanaian American, was a pioneer in the global fashion scenario— his indomitable influence as a creative prodigy transcended the boundaries of clothes.
The terrain of fashion today credits a majority of its aesthetic sensibility to the boundless creativity of Virgil Abloh. The designer, who died from cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, at the age of 41 on November 28 in Chicago, was called the fashion visionary, but there was no denying that his prodigious work shaped the present. As the founder of the cult brand Off-White and the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear division, Abloh, a first-generation Ghanaian American, was a pioneer in the global fashion scenario—his influence transcended the boundaries of only clothes.
Abloh’s creative genius spread across myriad mediums and defied conformity. His mother was a seamstress which influenced him to sew his own clothes as a teenager before he set forth to pursue fashion. He also studied civil engineering and obtained a degree in Architecture.
Off-white, Abloh’s iconic streetwear brand, brought the excitement of a much-hyped collaboration to the world of high fashion and luxury. With Off-White, he collaborated with many premium brands and companies, including Rimowa, Mercedes Benz, the NBA, Levi’s, Moncler, Jimmy Choo, Kith, Timberland and Byredo. His most notable collaborative relationship, however, may have been with Nike, with which he did multiple collections, one of which netted him the “Shoe of the Year” award at the 2017 Footwear News Achievement Awards. With Nike, he also designed competition outfits for Serena Williams. Abloh’s talents were also in high demand by many of his celebrity friends, who commissioned bespoke creations running the gamut from Hailey Bieber’s Off-White wedding dress and veil that read “Till death do us part” in Abloh’s signature irony quotes to Drake’s personal plane that he had Abloh customise with an ethereal blue sky and cloud pattern. Although Abloh’s body of work was often dictated by his talent to capture the essence of an era, his gift lies with his expensive curiosity and unflinching desire to create.
The Louis Vuitton Miami show was a visual tribute (and an emotional one at that) to Virgil Abloh, as friends, collaborators and fans paid homage to him under fireworks and a drone light show. The Spring/Summer 2022 Men’s show marked Abloh’s historical last as the celebrated Creative Director for Menswear.
The front row included longtime supporter Kanye West, who sat next to Kim Kardashian and their daughter North. Other front-row attendees were Rihanna and ASAP Rocky, Pharrell Williams, Joe Jonas, Ricky Martin, Venus Williams, Bella Hadid, 21 Savage and Joan Smalls.
Just before 7 PM, as the mood shifted from somber to party mode, a dazzling light show filled the sky. It began as a paper plane (a predominant icon in Abloh’s collections), before fluctuating into avatars of the Louis Vuitton monogram, a palm tree and the initials “L.V.,” which turned into “V.A.” For the finale, the drones spelled “Virgil was here” (goosebump-inducing); within moments, these mesmerising visuals of tributes went viral on social media.
Stadiums in every district will have a Divyang Sports Corner, says Haryana CM
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced to set up a Divyang Sports Corner in stadiums in every district in a bid to help Divyangjans (differently-abled) to realise their dreams.
In the Tokyo Paralympics, the Divanyang (Persons with Physical disability) sports persons of Haryana performed beyond everyone’s expectations and brought laurels to the state as well as the country. They succeeded in bagging several medals showcasing their talents which is a matter of pride for all of us. In wake of this, the state government had honoured them in a program held in Panchkula after they returned home. Now, the state government has come up with a new initiative for their welfare as well in their respect. Manohar Lal, Haryana Chief Minister, has announced plans to set up a Divyang Sports Corner in the stadiums in every district. Along with this, he also announced plans to construct a new building of Government Blind School, Panipat and to provide Braille printers to blind officers. A Divyang Care Home would be constructed in Ambala on 5 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 31.71 crore. In this home, adequate arrangement for clothes, food and proper care for 100 Persons with Disabilities would be ensured.
Haryana’s food adulteration menace: 19% samples found to be of poor quality during festive season
Despite the strict laws and provision of imprisonment along with penalty, during festival season a lot of shopkeepers and sweet shop owners in Haryana don’t hesitate to produce and sell eatables and beverages of lower and substandard quality for their greed. It is evident from the data made available by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and out of the total samples taken for lab testing , more than 19 percent were found of substandard and lower quality in Haryana which is a matter of serious concerns requiring the department to take stern action against the defaulter. The list of samples of eatables included milk made products like sweets, cheez, butter milk and many more and following the lab report, the samples which stand as unfit are most likely to cause health hazards.
As many as 1130 samples of food and drinking products were taken by the official across the state and out of these, the lab reports a total of 831 samples has been prepared. It is pertinent to mention that as many as 159 samples i.e. 19 percent, were not found up to the standards and failed to meet expectations. The report of 299 samples is yet to come. The whole scenario clearly indicates the Food and Safety Administration wing is required to come up with a foolproof strategy to tighten the noose around those defaulters, mocking at rules and putting the lives of people in danger
Regarding this, Rajiv Ratan , An IAS and Commissioner , FDA said that the department is leaving no stone unturned to take action against the defaulters and besides, the officials continue to make field visits to in order to have an eye on such elements involved in producing and selling unfit stuff of food and other items.
The data also revealed that maximum failed samples were reported in Gurugram, Jhajjar and Bhiwani. Gurugran emerges on the top position with 25 failed samples followed by Bhiwani and Jhajjar with 15 and14 unfit samples. In continuation to this, Hisar and Sonipat are also among the districts with maximum unfit samples of food.
Aiding by the Food Safety Act, 2006 , any person found breaching norms , producing or selling substandard food and beverages is subject to stern as a penalty of Rs 10 lakh can be imposed on him or given sentence of six months or both simultaneously. Besides, the police is authorised to arrest such elements directly under section 272 and 272 of IPC.
TMC HITS OUT AT CONGRESS IN MOUTHPIECE JAGO BANGLA’S EDITORIAL
Once again, the Trinamool Congress attacked the Congress through the editorial of its mouthpiece Jago Bangla on Friday.
An article stated that the Congress has gone into a “deep freezer” and Opposition parties are now looking up to the West Bengal Chief Minister to fill the vacuum.
It is to be noted here that political analysts agree with TMC that the Congress is soon fading as it has failed to win over the BJP in the past decade. In recent times, the Congress could only defeat the BJP in Chhattisgarh. The performance of Congress in Lok Sabha is also not satisfactory.
TMC, in its editorial, also gave an explanation as to why the Congress has gone into “deep freeze”. “… Alternative alliances are urgently needed to defeat the BJP, a communal, undemocratic, anti-people, anti-labour, anti-peasant force,” the article stated.
The remark resonates with Mamata’s recent statement following her meeting with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar: “What is UPA, there is no UPA.”
“The country currently needs an alternative front and opposition parties have given that responsibility to Mamata Banerjee. They are looking up to her to fill the vacuum. She is presently the most popular opposition face in the country,” the editorial said.
The editorial piece also raised the question that why there is no criticism even though the top leadership of the Congress is mocked. “… the heat in Congress has subsided.”
It also referred to veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s statement wherein he said the Congress was unlikely to return to power in the Lok Sabha this time.
PK MEETS MAMATA ON HER RETURN FROM MUMBAI, SPARKS TALK OF OPPOSITION ALLIANCE
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee returned from Mumbai on Friday and met political strategist Prashant Kishor at the state secretariat Nabanna. All India Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee was also present in the meeting.
According to sources, Trinamool’s strategy to form organisations outside Bengal was discussed during the meeting.
The meeting assumes significance mainly after Mamata’s meeting with NCP leader Sharad Pawar in Mumbai on Wednesday. After meeting Pawar, Mamata had said: “There is no more UPA here.”
While the distance between Trinamool and Congress is visible in Delhi politics, after meeting Mamata, Pawar conveyed the message that whichever party opposes the BJP is under one umbrella.
Meanwhile, Trinamool has formed a new unit in Meghalaya after 12 Congress MLAs joined the party under the leadership of Mukul Sangma. Sources said Trinamool’s tactics in the Northeast were also discussed in the meeting.
A tweet from Kishor has sparked speculation about an opposition coalition. He wrote on Twitter: “Congress consultation is needed for strong opposition unity. But there is no heavenly right to be the leader of the Congress. Especially when the Congress has lost 90 percent of its elections in the last ten years.”
The tweet created a new debate in national politics. Congress MP Pradeep Bhattacharya said: “We don’t care what anyone says. For 137 years, the Congress has been at the centre of Indian politics.”
Controversy brews as Moosewala joins Punjab Congress
On Friday, the controversial Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala joined the Punjab Congress ahead of the legislative assembly elections. Moosewala— amongst the popular faces who have been vocal about their support to the farmers’ agitation— was inducted into the party by Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and the party’s state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Nevertheless, Moosewala has often stirred controversies as he’s been alleged as a face who often glorifies separatism, gun culture and violence in his songs. Interestingly, the controversial singer also faces charges of promoting gun culture and violence.
Meanwhile, with Moosewala joining the Channi’s bandwagon, BJP has hit out at Punjab Congress, accusing it of promoting gun culture and separatism.
In response to this, Navjot Singh Sidhu said, “This matter is subjudice, so why do you talk? It is not appropriate to comment on this.”
“The branches on which mangoes hang and grow, is often hit by stones,” said Navjot Sidhu while remarking upon the fact that accused is not guilty until proved so in the court of law.
On Moosewala’s joining, CM Channi said, “Today is a very revolutionary day in the politics of Punjab. Raising from a simple family, Moosewala has become a big artist. With his dedication and hard work, he has won the hearts of Punjabis sitting across the world. In the coming times, along with the youth, we will bring revolution in Punjab.”
“I am not coming to this field for prestige or accolades. The only motive is that there are some people associated with me, who have expectations from me. Therefore it is very important to be a part of the system to change or improve things accordingly,” Sidhu Moosewala said.
Moosewala added further that the his reason for joining the Congress is that the people who are in Punjab Congress are common people raised from ordinary families.
“A hard worker can raise his voice in Congress,” the new joinee said.
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