news18.com 2018-12-04 00:00:00
1-min read Four Detained After Cow Carcass Found in UP's Bulandshahr Again, Police on Alert Police officers have been put on alert to avert any escalation of tension in the region. Senior superintendent of police KB Singh directed all 27 police station in-charges of the district to stay alert. Updated: December 5, 2018, 7:02 PM IST Image for representation. (Reuters) Loading... New Delhi: Roughly 30 kilometres away from the previous site, another cow carcass was found on Wednesday morning in Bulandshahr's Jahangirabad area. However, pre-empting a flare-up, police officials immediately buried the dead body and dispersed the crowd. According to initial eye-witness records, some passersby informed the police that a cow carcass had been found on Jahagirabad-Daulatpur road near a brick-kiln field swinging the local police into action. Bulandhshahr's additional superintendent of police, city, Praveen Ranjan Singh said there was no trouble in Jahangirabad and the police have registered an FIR for cow slaughter against unidentified persons in this regard. Four suspects were taken into custody for interrogation, he added. Additional police force from other police stations were also called as activists of the Bajrang Dal and other Hindu outfits gathered there after coming to know about the recovery of the carcass. Police officers have been put on alert to avert any escalation of tension in the region. Senior superintendent of police KB Singh directed all 27 police station in-charges of the district to stay alert. This comes immediately after a violent clash between the police and villagers of Mahaw on Monday after a mob turned violent in an alleged case of illegal slaughtering of cattle, resulted in the death of station house officer (SHO) Subodh Kumar Singh, 47, and a youngster. Among the first administrative officers to reach the spot in Mahaw village was Tehsildar Rajkumar Bhaskar. Talking to News18, he said, "Dead cow meat was hanging in a sugarcane field. Head and skin of a cow hung as if they were clothes on a hanger. It is strange because anybody who would indulge in cow slaughter would not put it out for display knowing the situation in the state. It was visible from a distance." The Uttar Pradesh police have so far arrested four accused in the Bulandshahr case from among 27 named and 60 unidentified people in the FIR.
indiatimes.com 2018-12-04 00:00:00
KOCHI: Opposition councillors in Kochi corporation would visit Brahmapuram plant on Wednesday to take stock of the situation there. On Monday, TOI had carried stories exposing the indifferent attitude of authorities in handling waste disposal at Brahmapuram. At the meeting held on Monday, many of the councillors raised apprehensions regarding the completion of the construction of the proposed waste-to energy plant at Brahmapuram. "The deadline given by national green tribunal (NGT) for completing the construction of the new plant will end in March 2019. Given the fact that many of the approvals are still pending, we won't be able to complete the construction of the plant by that time. Revision in the layout of the plant is also required. Widening of road is another prerequisite for getting approval for the work to be started. For the purpose, the land belonging to KSEB in the area will have to be acquired," said LDF councillor from Konthuruthy division C K Peter. LDF parliamentary party secretary V P Chandran said all the 33 councillors would visit Brahmapuram plant to ascertain the situation there. Mayor Soumini Jain requested the LDF councillors to give a report to her after visiting the waste treatment plant. Health standing committee chairperson V K Minimol said six out of the nine recommendations given by the advocate's commission deployed by Kerala high court have been executed, partially though. The plastic shredding unit operated by Clean Kerala Company at Brahmapuram is functioning. She added that the land value in Brahmapuram has been dipped after the solid waste treatment plant came into being. "The land mafia are trying to close down the plant. If the plant at Brahmapuram is not functioning, we won't be able to treat the waste generated in the city. There isn't any plant to process the waste in each division," Minimol said.
commoditytips.org.in 2018-12-04 00:00:00
admin Key benchmark indices snapped six-day rising trend to end with modest losses.Shares of index heavyweight and software major Infosys gained while index heavyweight and housing finance major HDFC dropped. The Nifty 50 lost 14.25 points and settled the day at 10869.50. Media sector were the major gainer and PSU Banks were the major loser of the day. Market participant remained cautious ahead of the outcome of the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) monetary policy meeting. The MPC will conclude its two-day meet, 5 December 2018. Global Markets European shares traded in negative territory on Tuesday morning as investors started to question whether the truce agreed by the United States and China on their trade dispute would lead to a long-term deal.The pan-European STOXX 600 fell 0.3%.- Luzhou City Commercial Bank launched its IPO on Tuesday, selling 54.574 million H-shares at HK3.4 maximum per share. Stock Snippets Hindustan Unilever (HUL) announced a merger with GSK Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH) in an all share deal, with a swap ratio of 4.39 shares of HUL given for every share of GSKCH, implying a total equity value of Rs 31,700cr. NCC received two new orders worth Rs220.2cr for November from state government agencies. Out of this, Rs174.2cr pertains to the electrical division while Rs46cr is for water division. Welspun Enterprises arm signed a concession agreement with NHAI for a four-laning construction project in Tamil Nadu. Bid project cost stood at Rs 2,004.5cr. Uflex share prices rose 5.18%. Uflex announced that its global film manufacturing arm, FlexFilms, has been granted United States Patent covering entire categories of formable films that include one or more BOPET layers used in Alu Alu blister packaging. Lupin announced the launch of Silodosin Capsules 4mg and 8mg, having received an approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier. Global Markets Japan stocks were lower after the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Shipbuilding, Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Glass sectors led shares lower.The Nikkei 225 declined 2.39% China stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Travel & Leisure, Gas, Water & Multiutilities and Oil Equipment Services & Distribution sectors led shares higher. The Shanghai Composite rose 0.42%, while the SZSE Component index added 0.19%. Taiwan stocks were lower after the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Oil, Gas & Electricity and Optoelectronic sectors led shares lower. The Taiwan Weighted fell 0.54%.
thehitavada.com 2018-12-03 06:05:00
Staff Reporter, Gas survivors' distress to get justice was quite visible as they alleged that the indifferent attitude towards their major demands by higher authorities are the main reason for getting things delayed. Even after 34 years of Bhopal gas tragedy, the Government has not taken a single step to stop Union Carbide's disappearance through the trifurcation of Dow-DuPont that will begin two months from now, said Rashida Bi, President of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh . Further, she said that, since May 2014, summons issued repeatedly by the Bhopal District Court against Dow Chemical, USA to produce absconding Union Carbide officials, continue to be ignored. Government has failed to get the US Government's Department of Justice to serve the summons on Dow Chemical as it is obliged to do under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty signed between India and USA in 1991. Addressing a press conference on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, leaders of four survivors' organisations said that the Government is protecting the criminal corporations with more zeal and being more indifferent towards the victims. "Recent scientific studies show that deaths and diseases attributable to exposure to Union Carbide's gas continue to occur in Bhopal. Yet, over 80% of the recommendations of the Supreme Court appointed Monitoring Committee for medical rehabilitation of Bhopal victims remain to be implemented. Funds meant for providing employment to a hundred thousand survivors and their children are being spirited away for building roads, drains and parks by Minister for his electoral constituency. Funds meant to provide safe housing to victims of ground water contamination are also being diverted for the same purpose," said Nawab Khan, President of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha. Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action said "In 2010, the Government realised that the Bhopal victims had not been adequately compensated and filed a Curative Petition in the Supreme Court, seeking additional compensation of 1.2 billion dollars. However, governments have not filed any application for urgent hearing in the last eight years and the Curative Petition has not moved an inch since it was filed. Quite clearly, the Government is protecting the best interests of the American corporations over the legal rights of the victims." According to Nausheen Khan of Children Against Dow Carbide, poisonous chemicals continue to leach into the groundwater from thousands of tonnes of hazardous waste buried outside the Union Carbide factory. Since 2004, when the Supreme Court took notice of this second environmental disaster in Bhopal, the contamination has spread to 42 communities around the factory with a population of over one hundred thousand. Governments at the State and the Centre have done nothing to make Dow Chemical clean up the contamination as it is legally obliged to do according to the laws of India and USA." Linking the disaster in Bhopal with that of industrial pollution, leaders of the organizations said that the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health's latest report places industrial pollution as one of the top five causes of death worldwide. "As in Bhopal, over 90% of industrial pollution is a consequence of the corporate world's criminal indifference towards environment and public health. In order to reduce pollution, it needs to be called by its real name, Corporate Crime, and dealt accordingly," they said.
The Malta Independent 2018-11-27 17:36:00
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overdrive.in 2018-11-26 10:12:00
Tata Motors has released another set of teasers for its upcoming Tata Harrier SUV. These reveal snippets of the new SUVs interiors. The silhouette of the dash, the side air-vent, the door handles and the JBL speakers have be shown up to an extent. The SUV seems to use a number of materials and finishes throughout. The door handle lloks to be finished in soft touch leather while the door lock mechanism in metal.. The panel of the dash seems finished in wood while the lower half of the cabin, around the speakers looks to be done up in plastic. The AC vent looks like a faux-aluminium job. We know from earlier spy shots that the interior gets a black/brown treatment with silver accents. There is a new steering, new dials and a large coloured screen between them. A rotary drive mode selector is also seen ahead of the gearlever while the climate control functions are controlled through a slim panel at the bottom of the dash. Underneath all this, The production Harrier (previously the H5X concept) will be based on Jaguar Land Rover's entry-level D8 SUV platform, variations of which support cars like the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar E-Pace and the Range Rover Evoque. Tata's version, called Omega-Arc (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture) will involve the use of cheaper materials and components to keep costs down. The new engine powering the Harrier is called the 2.0-litre Kryotec and is derived from FCA's Multijet II motor seen on the Jeep Compass. This four-cylinder, turbocharged motor is expected to produce around 140PS in the 5-seater variant that is set to debut first, the 7-seater Harrier will likely make 170PS. The new motor will have an electronically controlled variable geometry turbocharger (eVGT) for better responses. The engine has also been adapted to run on varying drive modes via the terrain response system that the Harrier will come equipped with. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual and a six- 5-seater should come in the Rs 9 to 12 lakh price bracket. The Tata Harrier will be revealed sometime in December. Bookings have already begun for a deposit of Rs 30,000 and the SUV will launch in January 2019.
newindianexpress.com 2018-11-21 00:00:00
Home Cities Thiruvananthapuram Biomedical waste woes? Thiruvananthapuram Corporation has a solution The Corporation along with health authorities has identified three spots in the city where medical waste will be collected, from homes and hospitals alike. Share Via Email Published: 21st November 2018 07:54 AM | Last Updated: 21st November 2018 07:54 AM | A+ A A- Though there are around 300 hospitals, Thiruvananthapuram boasts of a single bio-medical waste treatment plant (Illustration by Amit Bandre) By Steni Simon Express News Service THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Finding it difficult to dispose of IV tubes, urine bags, needles and blades generated at your home? Aimed at addressing the biomedical waste woes, the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation along with health authorities has identified three spots in the city where medical waste will be collected, from homes and hospitals alike. Earlier, hospitals were directed to dispose of diapers and sanitary napkins in disposable pouches which would then be handed over for disposable to the biomedical waste treatment facility. However, the directions were found to be flouted time and again. "Though clear instructions were issued to the sanitary workers who handle hospital waste, most of the time, the disposal method is not strictly followed," said K Sreekumar, Health Standing Committee chairman, Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. Taking this into consideration, the authorities plan to conduct surveys and make household-level registrations. Through this, they will spread awareness about disposing of biomedical waste in a scientific way. " We have already identified Palayam, Chalai and Mannanthala as the centres which will boast of a bio-medical waste collection facility. We are hoping to recruit a team of workers who will collect waste from the houses," said Alexander T, health supervisor. Though there are around 300 hospitals, the city only boasts of a single bio-medical waste treatment plant. The Corporation had handed over the responsibility of collecting biomedical waste from hospitals to the Indian Medical Association Goes Eco-friendly (IMAGE). However, there was no such plan for homes. "All houses cannot do away with medical waste in the same manner. Kitchen bins have been provided for each home but residents are finding it difficult to dispose of the medical waste, because of its hazardous nature," said Alexander. Although diapers and sanitary waste can be burnt in incinerators, it is not a permanent solution as it causes pollution. The Corporation, along with the Pollution Control Board, is planning to do away with these incinerators taking the pollution factor into consideration. Since diapers and napkins cannot be avoided at homes, the Corporation plans to promote diapers and napkins using cotton with zero plastic. The Corporation, with the help of college students, is conducting a survey to study the type of waste generated at homes. Along with this, they also plan to recruit an agency to collect and treat different kinds of bio-medical waste in houses. Three bags will be given to each household. Since there are frequent complaints on the exorbitant prices charged by sanitary workers, the Corporation hopes to make the waste disposal system, more affordable. Survey to be held The Corporation, with the help of college students, is conducting a survey to study the type of waste generated at homes. Along with this, the civic body plans to recruit an agency to collect and treat different kinds of bio-medical waste in houses. Stay up to date on all the latest Thiruvananthapuram news with The New Indian Express App. Download now (Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe' . Follow the instructions after that.) TAGS
indiatimes.com 2018-11-13 00:00:00
Agra: The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has issued notices to over 300 institutions"” including schools, hospitals, hotels private colonies, government bodies and other commercial units"” of five districts for 'violation of solid waste management rules'. This is the maximum number of violations that has surfaced in the Agra district. The board has warned of strict action if the required improvements are not made within 15 days. The list of violators that is available with TOI include"” Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra College, St John's College, Dayalbagh deemed university, RBS degree college, SN Medical College, Lady Lyall Hospital, Institute of Mental Health and Hospital, Military hospital etc. Under the solid waste management rules, 2016, all premises established over 5,000 square meter of land are required to make their own arrangement for segregation and disposal of waste. Besides Agra, 78 notices have been issued to bulk waste generators in Kanpur; 76 in Lucknow; 25 in Varanasi; and 38 in Gorakhpur. The national green tribunal (NGT) has defined bulk waste generators as those having average waste generation rate exceeding 100 kg per day "”all waste streams put together. According to the officials, the notices have been issued following a survey that had taken place all the districts. Talking to TOI, UPPCB member secretary Ashish Tiwari said, "So far, 319 notices have been issued to bulk waste generators of five districts for non-compliance of solid waste management rules, even after much delay. They have been asked to make time-bound improvement or develop a work plan, and provide details to the board within 15 days. Otherwise, legal action will be taken under the environment protection act, 1986." Under the solid waste management rules 2016, bulk waste generators are required to segregate and store the waste generated in three separate containers"” bio-degradable, non-biodegradable and domestic hazardous wastes. The bio-degradable should be processed and reused as compost or biogas. Non-biodegradable waste should be handed to waste collectors of the civic body. Segregated hazardous wastes should be handover to authorized waste pickers appointed by the civic bodies. According to the UPPCB officials, the waste generators, who have been issued notices, have no setup for conversion of green waste into compost. Besides, several institutes don't even segregate waste into three categories. Under the norms, UPPCB reserves the right to lodge FIR against managers of the bulk garbage generators for not following standard rules. Under the environment protection act, there is a provision of five-year imprisonment and a penalty of Rs 25,000 for mismanagement of solid waste causing pollution.
indiatimes.com 2018-11-12 00:00:00
New Delhi:The National Commission for Women ( NCW ) has seen a spurt in complaints from women that they are being denied maternity benefits at the workplace. This comes even after the government last year amended key guidelines to increase the period of paid maternity leave to 26 weeks from 12. According to NCW officials, the majority of complaints over the last two years have been about being denied the mandatory maternity leave of six months in case of pregnancy and lack of day-care facility for children at the workplace. As per the Maternity Benefits Act , any organisation with 50 or more employees must have a creche or day-care centre to help women get back to their jobs after childbirth. As per data shared by NCW, Delhi has seen a progressive increase in complaints about being denied maternity benefits as mandated by the Maternity Benefits Act. Since 2013, Uttar Pradesh has accounted for 99 cases of the 352 complaints received by the commission. Maharashtra, Delhi and Haryana reported 21, 60 and 25 cases, respectively. Officials said that many complaints pertain to women facing sudden termination of employment after reporting their pregnancy. "Many companies or organisations do not want to invest in an employee who will go on a paid leave for six months. So there has been a spurt in such cases, particularly after the government made an amendment in the Maternity Benefits Act last year," an official with the NCW told ET. Interestingly, the majority of cases coming in since last year are from women doctors employed in hospitals, according to the official. The official cited a case of a pregnant resident doctor working with the Uttarakhand All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh"” she faced termination of employment despite having informed the hospital about her condition in the early stages of her pregnancy. While the commission got the complaint in May this year, the women's body is now pursuing the matter with the Labour Commission and the health ministry, after separate enquiries conducted by the commission and the labour ministry revealed that the authorities and the doctor incharge had unfairly terminated her service. 0 Comments
moneycontrol.com 2018-11-02 02:35:00
With all construction activities halted in the national capital for 10 days starting November 1 in view of rising air pollution, NBCC has come up with new guidelines for contractors at all its project sites across the country, the company's Chairman and Managing Director Anoop Kumar Mittal has said. The guidelines include the use of steel container trucks, transportation and storage of cement and fly ash in closed silos and prohibition of grinding and cutting of building materials at the site. Last week, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) stopped construction activities at NBCC's Pragati Maidan project site for a few days to curb air pollution. The company that has an order book worth Rs 80,000 crore, is working on several projects in the national capital that includes the redevelopment of Pragati Maidan. "No open trucks will be allowed on our projects. All building materials, as well as wastages, will be transported in steel containers. Contractors of all projects across the country have been asked to comply with the guidelines in a month," he told reporters. "We have also decided to have more steel structures instead of brick and mortar to ensure that there is least dust pollution," he said. Sand, grit, cement and other construction materials would from now be transported only in permanently closed vehicles having flat enclosure at the top. The truck enclosure would be covered by tarpaulin sheets and properly fastened with the hooks inbuilt in the truck's body, as per the new guidelines. The cement and fly ash should be transported and stored in closed silos. The cement batching plant should be located away from the working site. Grinding and cutting of building material shall also be prohibited and no cutting machine or hand clutter would be used at the site. The basement of any building shall be constructed with diaphragm walls and no excavation of soil shall be carried out without adequate dust mitigation measures, as per the guidelines. Pollution check machines should be available at the work sites to monitor the pollution level of diesel, petrol, CNG operated vehicles. Waste from the site would be removed immediately after completion of the concerned work and all roads leading to or at the construction site would be paved and sprinkled with water on daily basis, Mittal told reporters. "We will continue to make efforts towards maintaining the Air Quality Index by adopting requisite dust-mitigation measures at all project sites," he said. Asked if this would lead to an increase in the cost of construction/project costs, he said, "For a Rs 1000 crore project, containers are not much of a cost, these can be used everywhere. The costs will be negligible, it is not possible to calculate as these would be very less," he added. The company recently had faced criticism for large-scale felling of trees in housing projects in south Delhi. In August, it had issued revised General Conditions of Contract (GCC) making it mandatory for contractors to plant five trees for each Rs 1 crore value for projects having estimated cost up to Rs 100 crore. For projects valuing between Rs 100-300 crore, the contractors will now have to plant and maintain 500 trees plus 2 trees for each Rs 1 crore value above Rs 100 crore. Similarly, for projects valued at over Rs 300 crore, the contractors will have to plant and maintain 1,000 trees plus 1 tree for each Rs 1 crore value above Rs 300 crore.