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which he said caused damage to the Yamuna floodplains ecosystem while preparing for its mega culture festival.Along with Misra Anand Arya and Pramod Kumar Tyagi are the other two petitioners whose petitions led the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to slap a fine of Rs 5 crore on AOL Foundation While coming down heavily on the government agencies for failing to carry out responsibilities the principal bench of the NGT headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar asked AOL Foundation to pay an initial fine of Rs 5 crore as compensation besides imposing fines of Rs 5 lakh on DDA and Rs 1 lakh on Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) for failing to exercise due diligence in fulfilling their public duties During the final hearing today the tribunal expressed serious discontent on the way the ministries and government agencies functioned in granting permission to AOL Foundation to use the Yamuna floodplains to built huge structures for its upcoming World Culture Festival scheduled to be held between 11 March and 13 March “I’m still unable to reach the truth” said Justice Swatanter Kumar during the pre-lunch session while slamming the foundation and all the government agencies for failing to provide information asked by the green tribunal Pulling up the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) the NGT said “What’s your primary duty Isn’t your permission needed to conduct an event of this scale Was an assessment done Don’t test our patience” Preparations on for the World Culture Festival Image courtesy: Naresh Sharma/Firstpost Before pronouncing the verdict the NGT chairperson quizzed AOL Foundation MoEF Water Resource Ministry DDA and DPCC and in most of the cases he expressed dissatisfaction over the functioning and ill-preparedness of the respondents Tough questions posed by NGT: To DPCC: Whether it has ever seen such construction for a cultural festival before and where would the waste from the festival be dumped We are unable to accept the contention raised on behalf of the DPCC that it was not obligatory upon the DPCC to grant and/or refuse the consent to the Foundation for making such construction and the manner in which it would deal with the sewerage municipal solid waste generated and the source of water supply for holding such a huge gathering at the event It has failed to exercise due diligence and in fact it has exercised its authority improperly in taking a stand that no orders were called from the board in the facts and circumstances of the case [Thus we impose costs of Rs 1 lakh on DPCC] To MoEF: Over clearance to an event of such grand scale in Delhi and why no assessment done To Ministry of Water Resources and the Delhi government: Whether they have any plans regarding the source of water to be supplied at the event To Ministry of Water Resources: River is your asset and property Development management protecting it from pollution etc are your job To DDA: Why no inspection was conducted prior to giving permission to the foundation The permission granted by the DDA is not in consonance with the orders of the NGT and in fact is in excess of the powers vested in DDA which runs contrary to the spirit of the judgment of the Tribunal The DDA ought to have applied its mind [Consequently we impose a cost of Rs 5 lakh on DDA for its defaults and non-performance of its statutory functions] To Government of NCT of Delhi: The permission granted by Government of NCT of Delhi is of no consequence as it is not the competent authority for rights over the river and in any case it was a permission for only flood situation as is evident from the bare reading of the permission To AOL Foundation: For the damage caused to the environment ecology biodiversity and aquatic life of the river the Foundation should be held liable for its restoration in all respects It has not obtained any permission as yet from the Police Department Fire Department and from the Ministry of Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation which undisputedly in terms of the Notification dated 31July 2014 is the Authority responsible for conservation development management and control of water pollution of River Yamuna Judgment: Key Takeaways · Principal Committee to submit a report within four weeks from today on steps to be taken for restoration restitution and rejuvenation of the flood plains to its original status It will also state the approximate cost that would have to be incurred for the purpose · For the reason of delay and lapses on the part of the applicant (petitioners) in approaching the Tribunal and for the reason of fait accompli capable of restoration and restitution we are unable to grant the prayer of prohibitory order and a mandatory direction for removal of construction and restoration of the area in question to the applicant at this stage · AOL Foundation provided incomplete vague and uncertain information since it did not provide any specific data supporting documents comprehensive plan with regard to carrying on of such a huge construction levelling activity and also construction of other approach roads pontoon bridges ramps parking and a huge stage admeasuring 40 ft high 1000 ft long and 200 ft wide to any of the Authorities This must lead to drawing of adverse inference against the Foundation The Foundation would be liable to pay compensation “For the damage caused to the environment ecology biodiversity and aquatic life of the river the Foundation should be held liable for its restoration in all respects… We impose an Environmental Compensation initially of Rs 5 crores which would be paid by the Foundation prior to the commencement of the event This amount would be adjusted towards the final compensation determined to be paid by the Foundation for restoration work” added Justice Kumar The arithmetic of compensation According to legal experts the NGT imposed a fine of Rs 5 crore on the Foundation as compensation which is “initial in nature” It’s as based on the cost of the project expert committees’ reports and the assessment of the tribunal “NGT has appointed a principal committee which will calculate the final amount of compensation that AOL Foundation will have to pay Rs 5 crore is the initial amount which is to be paid immediately” senior advocate Sanjay Parikh told Firstpost What the petitioners say “It’s a strong judgment The tribunal has stated that everybody failed to perform duties especially DDA We wrote repeatedly to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the L-G but to no effect till we filed petition on 8 February” said Misra “Illegality of AOL Foundation has been proved and it’s a slap on them for blatantly violating environmental law This is proved in the court My personal opinion is that the punishment awarded is not commensurate with violation done by them” remarked environment expert Anand Arya NGT Verdict Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Published: June 23 2017 8:48 am The PMC has identified 89000 mosquito breeding sites in the city Related News Anticipating a fresh spurt in dengue cases this monsoon the Pune Municipal Corporation has issued as many as 950 warning notices to private residential societies old wadas and commercial buildings to keep a strict check on potential mosquito breeding sites As part of pre-monsoon preparedness the insect control department of the PMC had conducted a survey of mosquito breeding sites in March According to Dr Kalpana Baliwant who heads the department there are as many as 89000 mosquito breeding places of which 46000 are permanent including lakes ponds etc The remaining sites include unused swimming pools and nallahs “We have issued 950 warning notices to private housing societies builders and commercial complexes as there were potential mosquito breeding sites within their premises” said Baliwant The civic body’s health department has also urged local residents not to store water for more than three days and to take preventive measures against dengue Across the state a total of 372 dengue cases have been reported till date said Dr M S Diggikar who holds the additional charge of joint director of health services Kolhapur has 30 cases of dengue Nashik has 24 cases Pune has 26 cases while Nanded has 24 cases of dengue Last year 3049 suspected cases of dengue were reported from Pune of which 639 had tested positive As many as 2481 cases of chikungunya were registered with the PMC The PMC had slapped a whopping 14534 notices against housing societies and commercial buildings and collected a fine of Rs 498 lakh For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 4 2017 4:54 am The Indian Express had reported on Friday that about 30 trees may be affected on the 8-km stretch which runs from INA Market to Andheria Mod in Mehrauli Top News Days after a Neem tree fell prey to a road widening project in south Delhi tree lovers have come together to tie colourful threads and place placards on some of the other trees on the stretch The Indian Express had reported on Friday that about 30 trees may be affected on the 8-km stretch which runs from INA Market to Andheria Mod in Mehrauli The concerned group of citizens have banded together informally under the group — Aurobindo Marg Tree SOS Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain will meet with the group on Tuesday “I have asked for a detailed report on the issue and will review it soon” he said For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: March 27 2017 3:08 pm Sunil Grover Ali Asgar and Chandan Prabhakar have stopped shooting for the The Kapil Sharma Show Related News The Kapil Sharma Show might be a television favourite but it is turning out to be no less than a TV soap opera and we won’t be surprised if a director picks up this plot for his next show And while the audience is waiting with bated breath for any updates on whether or not Sunil Grover Ali Asgar and Chandan Prabhakar are still part of the comedy show ANI has confirmed that they still are According to a tweet from ANI “Sunil Grover & others still part of showwe’ll have to see when they are joining Shooting for next episode on-Sources from Kapil Sharma Show” Also read |Sunil Grover takes a jibe at Kapil Sharma: I am watching the tamasha it’s entertaining Sunil and others stopped shooting for the show ever since Kapil Sharma’s ugly and unruly behaviour with the team of the show during a flight from Melbourne to Mumbai became public While many from the cast and crew claimed that this wasn’t the first time Kapil misbehaved with the cast while being drunk the one at the receiving end mid-air was co-actor Sunil who plays the famous character of Dr Mashoor Gulati on the comedy show Giving it back to Kapil Sunil Ali and Chandan have boycotted the show since then Check out the tweet from ANI Sunil Grover&others still part of showwe’ll have to see when they are joining Shooting for next episode on-Sources from Kapil Sharma Show — ANI (@ANI_news) March 27 2017 Several on and off record reports kept the suspense about the future of The Kapil Sharma Show with many claiming that the trio has indeed quit the show out of anger But the latest update which has been credited to someone from the show is making us curious and confused at the same time Sunil while speaking to Bollywood Hungama had said “I am very relaxed very introspective deep in thought about my future plans…I am just watching all the tamasha that’s going on It’s very entertaining” We wonder where this story full of twists and turns will end For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 19 2017 4:57 pm Sanjana Galrani’s leaked footage has led to Dandapaly 2 being mired in yet another controversy Top News Looks like Dandupalya 2 is mired in controversy The Kannada-Telugu bilingual starring Pooja Gandhi Sanjana Galrani Makarand Deshpande in pivotal roles is now hogging headlines after footage of Sanjana Galrani’s nude scenes for the film were leaked The movie which has received critical and commercial acclaim has shocked people with its stark portrayal of crime Sanjana had completely stripped for a crucial scene in the film and the film has yet again become a hot topic of discussion According to a report in India Today actress Sanjana said “We are figuring out who is behind the leak and will give a complete clarification once director Srinivasa Raju who is in Hyderabad ahead of its Telugu release returns to Bengaluru” She was also asked if this was a publicity stunt and to this the actress said “Dandupalya is already doing well So there is no need for such publicity We shot something and I am seeing something else here” Sanjana had previosly accused the filmmakers of giving more importance to the other female lead of Dandupalya 2 – Pooja Gandhi The actress even refused to attend an official event of the film Earlier the gang on whom Dandupalya 2 is based opposed the film and its content In fact the gang which was in the Hindalga jail in Balagavi protested the release of the film and went on a fast They did not like the film as they thought it would show the village in a bad light This had resulted in the title of the film changing from Dandapalya 2 to 2 Seven of these convicts have been sentenced to death while four of them have been sentenced to life in jail After all this trouble Dandupalya 2 now faces a bigger problem as the footage of the actress has leaked For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsA slap on the wrist by the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) seems to have forced a change in India’s Rohingya policy India had earlier announced that it will act "as per law" and deport around 40000 illegal immigrants who are located in different parts of the country Around 14000 more are reportedly registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees On Monday however Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told The Hindu that there are no plans yet to push them out He added that states have only been asked to identify the illegal immigrants and "act per procedure" The minister also appeared extremely touchy about criticism from the human rights body The security threat posed by the Rohingya influx is well documented and we will explore it further But this climbdown is commensurate with India’s image as a "soft State" It suggests that India remains vulnerable to coercive behavior when it comes to even non-negotiable issues such as national security All it needs for India to yield is just the just the right amount of push Muslim groups burn effigies protesting against the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya AP Liberals and human rights bodies have framed the argument exclusively within the parameters of humanitarian crises It has been alleged that India is being insensitive in ignoring the plight of the Stateless Rohingya and that its claim of being a liberal democracy is hollow UNHRC chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has deplored India’s plan to deport the illegal immigrants who have fled due to violence in Myanmar and reminded India of its "obligations of due process and the universal principle of non-refoulement" and has curiously tied it with "rise of intolerance towards religious and other minorities in India" This isn’t the first time liberals have tried to portray morality as a compulsion higher than national security and tried to showcase India against all evidences as a "lesser democracy" This is a faux argument The biggest moral responsibility of any democratic State lies not towards illegal immigrants but its own citizens Ensuring their safety security and upholding the sanctity of its borders is the primary duty of any government This position enjoys constitutional support Besides this attempt to highlight the religious identity of Rohingya Muslims and suggest that they are somehow being discriminated against by a "Hindu majority government" is not only from the UNHRC playbook but some Opposition politicians and rights activists in India are also advocating this narrative This focus on religious identity shifts the goalposts and pushes the debate to the realm of "persecution of minorities" from where discussions on national security — which should be the first concern — are easily stifled It’s strange that human rights bodies sermonise India a country that has always believed in an open border policy and never shied away from taking refugees in And unlike the West India has also never sought to create moral capital out of sheltering refugees The influx of Syrian refugees triggered an almighty pushback from western civil societies and in many cases resulted in political prominence of Right-wing forces Some liberal democracies such as Germany which laid out the carpet for refugees later had to retract In India however the refugee influx has happened over many years largely illegally without any vetting and it has greatly changed the demographic matrix of the border states Sanjeev Tripathi former head of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) points out in Carnegie India "An analysis of population growth and demographic statistics for Bangladesh and India in the last four censuses of 2011 2001 1991 and 1981 suggests that their number exceeds 15 million The influx of such a large number of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants particularly in the border states has proved to be a huge challenge for India with serious implications for its resources and national security It has substantially contributed to changing the demographic pattern in the northeastern states where locals feel overwhelmed by outsiders This has adversely affected their way of life and led to simmering tension between the two sides It has also fueled insurgency" This influx gave rise to twin political divergences While central security agencies and the Union government saw it as a security threat and a huge strain on resources for political leaders the influx paved the way for identity politics To complicate issues India’s attempts to seal the border have proven ineffective and Bangladesh has not paid heed to India’s requests to take them back The gravest consequence of this influx lay in national security When Dhaka started taking action against Harkat and Jamaat terrorists they readily crossed over and melted into India’s border states The threat posed by the Rohingya influx is multifarious It is to be noted that Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar and Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed both notorious terrorists who operate out of Pakistan and exclusively target India have come out in support of the Rohingya The threat arising from this backing can be divided into two parts: Ideological and operational Operationally the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) which launched a series of coordinated attacks on Myanmar’s 30 police posts and army bases on 25 August thereby sparking the latest round of violence receives active help from these Pakistan-based terrorist groups who in turn find ready recruits among the Rohingya As Nirupama Subramanian has written in The Indian Express "India’s national security fears are based on intelligence reports linking the radical Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army to the Lashkar-e-Taiba; key individuals in ARSA or its front organisations such as Rohingya Solidarity Organisation are allegedly close to Hafiz Saeed RSO has a Pakistan chapter and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa front Falah-e-Insaniyat had a presence in Rohingya refugee camps in 2012" This heady cocktail poses a grave challenge for India which is already battling terrorism and insurgency in its northern and north-eastern border areas The other challenge is ideological In his article for JeM’s house magazine al-Qalam Masood Azhar exhorted all Muslims to take up the Rohingya cause and warned Myanmar as Praveen Swami writes in The Indian Express to prepare "for the thudding sound of the footsteps of its conquerors" "The entire Muslim ummah is feeling the pain of the Muslim nation It is because of the sacrifices of the Myanmar Muslims that the ummah is waking up and we are seeing this new awakening among the Muslims of the world" The Rohingya movement is essentially political seeking to carve out a separate Muslim state from the Buddhist-majority nation and it has its moorings in a pan-Islamic movement For India a country which has witnessed repeated instances of communal violence this presents a particularly volatile challenge Kolkata for instance witnessed a huge rally by Muslim organisations on Monday in favour of Rohingya and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was exclusively targeted for planning to deport them As India Foundation research fellow Rajat Sethi is quoted in The Print "In a strategic scenario analysis it is always the worst case that determines the policies of the security establishment It is in this regard that the Indian State should be careful in dealing with the issue of Rohingya migrants" India must show sensitivity and uphold the standards of humanitarianism but that cannot come at the cost of national security and instability to our social fabric Some Rohingya could be settled but this requires formulating policies and strict vetting so that apprehensions could be properly addressed Written by Agencies | Panaji | Published: November 24 2011 1:06 pm Related News After Shah Rukh Khan inaugurated the 42nd Indian International Film Festivalactress Madhuri Dixit carried forward the Bollywood presence here by opening the Indian Panorama section and the short films center this morning Dressed in a lime green knee-length dress and heelsMadhuri wore her trademark smile throughout as the media and delegates jostled to grab and eyeful of the ‘dhak dhak’ girl I am very honoured to be here I thank the Indian and Goa govt for inviting me Goa is a wonderful place and it is a great idea to hold IFFI People come here to exchange ideas and put the same life into different perspectives It’s filmmakers like you who broaden our horizon as actorsmake us learn and help us grow It helps me give something new when I perform the next time? makes people’s life easy and provides quality living, Like any other city, he added. “Devdas” and “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”. ?

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