Category: Environment

Shrinking Dal Lake Declared Eco Sensitive Zone

(Jammu)Shrinking Dal Lake Declared Eco Sensitive Zone
The Jammu and Kashmir government has set up a ten-member committee to declare Srinagar’s famous Dal Lake and its surrounding areas as an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ), following concerns over its shrinking size.
Pollution and encroachments have resulted in the Dal Lake shrinking from its original area of 22 square kilometers to about 10 square kilometers, according to an assessment by the Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) in 2017.
The DCI also found that the world-famous lake’s capacity has shrunk to about 40 per cent and that its water quality has deteriorated.

Capt Opens Treasure for Stubble Burner Farmers in Punjab

(ChdPb) Capt Uses Baton on Stubble Burner Farmers
Capt ordered to Open Treasure for Stubble Burner Farmers in Punjab
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered the state’s agriculture department to provide financial assistance to small and marginal farmers who had not burnt any paddy straw.
The chief minister also ordered stringent action against violators of the ban on stubble burning, in compliance with the apex court’s directives on penalization of such farmers, according to an official statement issued here.
Singh chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court orders, which would put an additional burden on the cash strapped state, which was already reeling under fiscal problems in the GST regime.
The meeting was informed that more than 900 FIRs had so far been registered against erring farmers, mostly in Muktsar and Bathinda, with some cases reported in Sangrur.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to give an incentive of Rs 100 per quintal within 7 days to small and marginal farmers who have not burnt crop stubble. The burning of crop residue in the three states is stated to be responsible for 44 per cent of the air pollution in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR).

Capt Fails to Convince Punjab’s Farmers on Stubble Burning

(Mohali) Capt Fails to Convince Punjab’s Farmers on Stubble Burning
Stubble-burning is choking Delhi and other areas in northern India, farm fires continue around Punjab villages Even just 20 km from the state capital Chandigarh Villagers says they are helpless, citing the cost of equipment meant to tackle crop residue without burning it.
Last year 28000 machines were given out.which has been reduced to 20,000 pieces of farm equipment this year under a centrally sponsored scheme to promote mechanisation.
According to official data, Punjab has witnessed over 22,000 incidents of stubble burning so far this year.

Saffrons & Broomers are Boomeranging Air Pollution

(New Delhi)Saffrons & Broomers are Boomeranging Air Pollution in Delhi
Delhi’s air pollution skyrocketed after Diwali. A layer of haze enveloped the national capital as the city’s air quality plummeted to the “severe” category for the first time this season.
The overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 463 at 11.30 am, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).
The AQI at Pusa, Lodhi Road, Airport Terminal T3, Noida, Mathura Road, Ayanagar, IIT Delhi, Dhirpur, and Chandni Chowk was 480, 436, 460, 668, 413, 477, 483, 553 and 466, respectively. Ruling AAP on Monday said that the saffron party has “a habit of” opposing everything that the Kejriwal government does.
But Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta hit back, saying the Aam Aadmi Party is making these claims to “distract” people from its failures to curb air pollution to a manageable level.
Addressing a press conference, senior AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said BJP leaders should think about their families before bursting crackers.
He was apparently referring to Delhi unit BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, who posted a video on Twitter where he could be seen lighting earthen lamps and bursting firecrackers with people in unauthorised colonies.
Gupta said ,AAP is making such claims because its government has not done any ground work in Delhi. “Controlling pollution needs work all through the year. The AAP has not done that and now to distract people from its own failures it is making such comments.”

पश्चिम बंगाल में अवैध कोयला खान में खनन करते ३ लोग फंसे

(कोलकाता) अवैध कोयला खान में खनन करते तीन लोग फंसे
पश्चिम बंगाल के कुल्टी में एक अवैध कोयला खान में कोयला निकालते समय तीन लोग उसमें फंस गए।
‘ईस्टर्न कोलफील्ड्स लिमिटेड’ (ईसीएल) का बचाव दल पश्चिम बर्धमान जिला स्थित खान में जहरीली गैस के कारण अंदर नहीं घुस पा रहा है।
स्थानीय लोगों ने बताया कि घटना रविवार रात को उस समय हुई जब चार लोग कोयला निकाल रहे थे।

29 Tree Lovers Arrested : Aarey Colony

(Mumbai) 29 arrested in connection with Aarey Colony protest
Twenty-nine people, including six women, were arrested on Saturday in connection with the protest against the cutting of trees in Aarey Colony
Those arrested are among the 60 people earlier detained by police.
The MMRCL had started hacking trees from Friday to make way for a car shed, hours after the Bombay High Court dismissed four petitions filed by NGOs and activists challenging the decision to allow felling of trees in the prime green lung of the city.
However, hundreds of environmental activists gathered in Aarey Colony and protested. They tried to stop the authorities from chopping down the trees.
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Saturday condemned felling of trees at Aarey Colony here which began in the night, and arrest of protesting activists.
Milind Deora, his party colleague, called the tree cutting “stabbing yourself in the lungs”.

CM Of MP Met PM And Requisitioned Rs 11906 Crore

[New Delhi]CM Of MP Met PM And Requisitioned Rs 11906 Crore
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, days after the state sought central assistance to compensate losses due to heavy rains and floods.
The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted a picture of the two in which Nath is seen handing over a memorandum to Modi.
Madhya Pradesh suffered a loss of Rs 11,906 crore during the recent floods, state government officials had told a visiting central team last month and sought immediate financial aid for relief and rehabilitation work.
The officials made a formal request for financial assistance of Rs 11,906 crore before the central team which visited the state.
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The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Kamal Nath calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on October 04, 2019.

Dog Breeding and Marketing Rule Challenged in HC

(New Delhi)Dog Breeding and Marketing Rule Challenged in HC
Constitutionality of the dog breeding and marketing rules, including mandatory registration, framed under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) for running a pet Challenged
The petition, by an association of pet shop owners, was first filed in the Supreme Court which had directed it to approach the high court.
The Pet Lovers Association, in its plea, has sought directions from the court to declare as illegal and ultra vires the Constitution the rules which has made having a licence or registration mandatory to run a pet shop.
Prior to the rules, there was no need for a licence or registration to run a pet shop.
The other requirements under the new rules include monthly visits to the veterinarian, keeping records of an animal’s source and selling the animal stock within three months from date of display.
The association has sought quashing of the rules, claiming that they are vague and contradictory to each other.

Khattar Pays Tributes To Gandhi By Cleaning Roads

(Gurgaon, Haryana)Khattar Pays Tributes To Gandhi By Cleaning Roads
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar took part in a ‘Swachhta’ campaign and asked people to take a pledge to keep the country clean.
Paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, Khattar said, “He taught us the best way to know oneself is to immerse oneself in the service of others”.
On the occasion, Khattar also picked up a broom to promote the cause of cleanliness.
He was accompanied among others by his Minister Rao Narbir Singh, sitting MLA from Badshahpur, who has been denied ticket for the October 21 assembly polls from the seat.
Khattar also paid tributes to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary.

सड़क मंत्रालय को एनसीआर में अपनी सड़कों की क्षमता का ही ज्ञान नही

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सड़क मंत्रालय #एनजीटी के समक्ष यह रिपोर्ट पेश नहीं कर सका कि राष्ट्रीय राजधानी में सड़कों की क्षमता के अनुपात में कितने वाहनों को अनुमति दी जा सकती है जिसपर अधिकरण ने मंत्रालय को कड़ी फटकार लगायी है।
एनजीटी अध्यक्ष आदर्श कुमार गोयल की अगुवाई वाली पीठ ने इसे ‘अपराध’ करार दिया और #परिवहनमंत्रालय के सचिव को रिपोर्ट देने का अंतिम मौका दिया।
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