MoEF Sets Rules to Limit Use of Plastic Materials
Plastic products littered at weddings, political or religious gathering may not be a common sight anymore as the Environment Ministry on Friday notified Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules 2016 which makes organisers of such programmes responsible for cleaning up after the events. The PWM Rules, 2016, also brings rural areas under its ambit, makes over six lakh gram panchayats responsible for managing the plastic waste in their areas. The new rules also stipulate that only authorised shops and street vendors may provide plastic bags to customers after displaying ‘prominently’ that they would be charged for the same. The government also banned plastic carry bags less than 50 microns thickness.
Army to Vacate 300
Acres of Land in J&K
In a significant development, the Army has decided to vacate about 300 acres of State land under its occupation at four places in Jammu and Kashmir by the end of this month. “Army’s Northern command has agreed to hand over 16.30 acres of State land held by it adjoining the campus of Jammu University; 212 acres of land held by it at Tatoo Grounds in Srinagar; 57.07 acres at High Grounds, Anantnag in South Kashmir and land held at lower Khurba Thang in Kargil in cold desert of Ladakh,” an official spokesman said.The decision was taken during a meeting held between State Governor N N Vohra and Army’s Northern command chief Lt Gen D S Hooda at the Raj Bhavan here.
HC Issues Notice to Narada News Editor
The Calcutta High Court on Friday issued a notice to editor of Narada news website on the basis of three PILs filed after a sting operation video clips showing 11 ruling Trinamool Congress leaders accepting cash. The court directed editor Mathew Samuel to appear before the court during the next hearing on Tuesday. While one PIL was filed by an advocate Akshay Sarengi, another was filed by Congress leaders Amitabha Chakraborty and Abbasuddin. The third PIL was filed BJP leader Brajesh Jha. Meanwhile, the TMC student and youth wings took out a procession against the website.