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‘La elección de Trump está radicalizando a las masas’

first_imgLarry HolmesQuiero hablar sobre el panorama general en términos de lo que sucedió el martes 8 de noviembre, con la elección de Trump. Ese evento es importante para un partido como el nuestro, un partido revolucionario comunista en el centro del imperialismo mundial. Sí, el imperialismo estadounidense se está debilitando, pero sigue siendo el centro del imperialismo mundial.Las/os socialistas, comunistas y revolucionarios que or­gani­zan aquí tienen una responsabilidad extra-especial de entender el carácter global de los acontecimientos.Esta elección no fue sólo un evento nacional. Fue un evento global. Trump es ahora la nueva cara global del capitalismo.La subida de Trump es parte de la implosión del establecimiento político capitalista, incluso en los grandes países imperialistas de Europa. Ese colapso está siendo impulsado por la nueva tecnología y la globalización que destruye empleos, salud y las vidas de más y más trabajadoras/es.El problema político es con el Partido Demócrata y sus contrapartes en otros países – los partidos que se han llamado socialdemócratas. Se suponía que estos partidos representaban a las/os trabajadores, pero realmente nunca lo hicieron. Durante algún tiempo, han estado haciendo lo contrario, desechando cualquier pretensión de actuar en pro de las/os trabajadores.Se han convertido en agentes de lo que algunas personas llaman neoliberalismo, cumpliendo con lo que el capitalismo necesita: imponer austeridad, llevar puestos de trabajo de un lugar a otro buscando mano de obra más barata, reducir empleos con la tecnología, atacando más y más a la clase trabajadora. Quitando viviendas, cuidado médico, todo.Debido a esto, sectores de la clase trabajadora están abandonando a demócratas y socialdemócratas, y se convierten en alimento para demagogos derechistas, racistas y neofascistas en todo el mundo.Las/os trabajadores están siendo literalmente entregados a neofascistas como Donald Trump. Pero no tiene por qué ser así, y tenemos pruebas de eso a principios de este año.Durante las elecciones primarias de marzo, las/os trabajadores en Michigan y Wisconsin votaron por Bernie Sanders, quien estaba tratando de salvar al Partido Demócrata. En los Estados Unidos no se suele ver a un candidato presidencial que se llame socialista. El hecho es que muchas/os de las/os trabajadores que votaron por Trump hace unos días, votaron por Bernie Sanders hace unos meses.Muchas/os trabajadores, blancos y negros, no salieron para salvar al Partido Demócrata. Dijeron que las cosas están muy mal. Dijeron: “Aquí en Flint, ni siquiera tenemos agua potable. ¿Por qué debería votar por los demócratas? Obama vino aquí y tomó un vaso de agua, y le dijo a todo el mundo que estaba bien”.Ellas/os miraron a su alrededor y dijeron: ¿Qué? ¿No hay más problemas?¡No vamos a tener a nuestra clase dividida!Camaradas y amigos, quiero hablarles como comunista, porque se supone que los comunistas conozcamos los problemas de la clase obrera. Se supone que tengamos una comprensión profunda – la comprensión más profunda de cualquier persona. Sólo de esta manera podemos tener algunas respuestas y proporcionar algún liderazgo.No debemos permitir que racistas y fascistas se lleven a ningún sector de nuestra clase. Debemos luchar contra esto y detenerlo. ¡No vamos a tener nuestra clase dividida!Primero y ante todo, este desarrollo es un tema de clase. Para mantener a nuestra clase unida, tenemos que revisar quién está en nuestra clase. No sólo son trabajadores blancos retrógrados quienes rechazan personas que sabemos son parte de la clase obrera. Incluso sindicalistas progresistas también pueden tener ideas obsoletas sobre quién es parte de la clase obrera. Pueden no darse cuenta que la clase obrera está cambiando, creciendo, y tiene nuevos sectores.Monica Moorhead dijo que el movimiento Las Vidas Negras Importan es un movimiento de la clase obrera. Los patronos declaran la guerra contra la gente negra y marrón de todas los edades, especialmente contra las/os jóvenes, porque en esta fase de decadencia capitalista, el capitalismo no tiene trabajos para ellas/os. Son prescindibles. Así que los patronos los mandan al complejo industrial penitenciario y a veces hasta hacen que la policía les mate.Las Vidas Negras Importan es un tema de clase. Todas/os los que luchan por la clase obrera deben integrarse a las demostraciones contra el terror policial.Standing Rock es un tema de clase obrera. Estas/os son hermanas y hermanos indígenas oprimidos que luchan por su tierra. Este es un asunto de la clase obrera antiimperialista. Luchar por los derechos de las/os prisioneros es un tema de clase. ¿Porque? Porque las/os prisioneros son trabajadores. Debería haber más apoyo para sus huelgas.Nuestros hermanas y hermanos migrantes, ya sea de México o Paquistán, África o de algún lugar del Medio Oriente, no importa el idioma que hablen, son parte de nuestra clase. No son enemigos, ni competidores. No están tomando puestos de trabajo. Ya estén en París o Londres, Carolina del Norte, Tejas o Nueva York, no hay fronteras en la lucha de la clase obrera.Nuestro partido necesita explicar que las mujeres, lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgénero, y las personas de género no conformes, son parte de la clase obrera.Aquellos izquierdistas que descartan esto como “política de identidad” – yo los cuestiono como Marxistas y revolucionarios. La lucha LGBTQ es una lucha histórica de vida o muerte. Las filas de quienes están en la vanguardia están creciendo de manera que ninguna/o de nosotros ha visto jamás. Aquellas/os de nosotros de cierta edad estamos contentos de haber vivido tiempo suficiente para ver gente de la comunidad LGBTQ emergiendo de las sombras y avanzando.¿En que se basa la lucha LGBTQ? Es parte de la lucha contra el patriarcado. ¿Qué es patriarcado? Un pilar de la dominación de clase. ¿De cual clase? La clase capitalista. Romper ese pilar en un acto para las/os trabajadores, para la revolución.Nuestra clase es una clase global.Quizás más importante es que tenemos que profundizar el entendimiento de que somos una clase global. No tenemos fronteras. La elección de Trump ha envalentonado a racistas y neofascistas en toda Europa. La elección de Trump es un desarrollo global contra las/os trabajadores.Tenemos que desarrollar la comprensión de que nuestra clase es una clase global. Quizás el Partido Workers World –Mundo Obrero— con un nombre perfecto para nuestra clase global — podría lanzar un campaña “Trabajadoras/es del mundo uníos”.Podíamos tener eventos y protestas para resaltar diferentes secciones de nuestra clase – quizás, a veces trabajadoras/es migrantes, otras para trabajadoras/es LBGTQ, o trabajadoras/es de comida rápida. Explicaríamos cómo tenemos que dejar de mirarnos sólo como ciudadanos de este o aquel país. Diríamos: “No te quedes tan atrapada/o que olvidas que nuestra clase es una clase global”.Tenemos que organizar en una base global, porque así es como el capitalismo enfrenta a las/os trabajadores entre sí. Tan mal como ha ido hasta ahora, vamos experimentar más de esto. Tenemos que luchar.Tenemos que encontrar nuevas maneras de practicar el internacionalismo. Por ejemplo, en 2014 las/os trabajadores de comida rápida de McDonald’s intentaron una huelga global en más de 30 países. No eran millones de trabajadoras/es, y no cerraron todos los McDonald’s. Pero fue una acción global simultánea. Ahora algunos activistas están pidiendo una huelga general el 20 de enero en los EUA, el día de la inauguración de Trump. Y algunos quieren que sea global.Hoy en día es más práctico tener una huelga general que hace algún tiempo. Sí, la tecnología ha atomizado a la clase obrera porque los patronos necesitan menos trabajadoras/es para producir cosas. Ahora la mayoría de las/os trabajadores no se queda en ningún trabajo por mucho tiempo, sino que están en lo que se llama trabajo precario.Pero debido a las nuevas tecnologías, las/os trabajadores son capaces de comunicarse entre sí de forma instantánea y global. Por lo tanto, son capaces de organizarse a nivel local, nacional, regional y mundial.Necesitamos tener un nuevo modelo para una huelga general. No puede ser simplemente dejar el lugar de trabajo, aunque eso es importante para una huelga. Pero ¿qué pasa con más y más trabajadoras/es de nuestra clase que no tienen trabajo, no están en un sindicato o realizan un trabajo temporal? Tienen que tener una manera de participar.Mientras tanto, miles de personas en su mayoría jóvenes, de diferentes nacionalidades, están sacudiendo las calles y ciudades de todo el país. Han hecho una gran contribución en estos pocos días después del “triunfo de Trump”. La burguesía está preocupada.La clase capitalista tuvo una contra-demostración. ¿Sabe qué fue? Fue Obama reuniéndose con Trump, y Clinton haciendo una declaración agradable. Esa es la unión de los imperialistas. Ayer, Trump era un monstruo, un racista, un misógino. Hoy es “nuestro presidente”, y los imperialistas dicen: “Debemos darle una oportunidad”.¡Pero nosotras/os no le daremos una oportunidad! Vamos a construir esa masiva protesta contra inaugural el 20 de enero. Vamos a encontrar una manera, con aliados, de formar comités de defensa para que nuestros hermanos y hermanas musulmanes, nuestros hermanos y hermanas inmigrantes, nuestras hermanas y hermanos LGBTQ no tengan que vivir con miedo.La elección de Trump es un gran problema. Nuestro principal trabajo ahora es defender a los sectores de nuestra clase y nuestra comunidad que están siendo atacados. Pero a veces podemos convertir una reacción como ésta en una oportunidad para conquistar logros revolucionarios.Que se sepa que el Partido Workers World-Mundo Obrero está dispuesto a trabajar con cualquier fuerza honesta en un frente unido contra el fascismo y por el socialismo. Estamos completamente abiertos a hacer lo que se necesita hacer. No es tiempo para el sectarismo. Este no es el momento para decir “Oh, esta es mi organización”. Lo entendemos. Estamos tratando de construir nuestra organización también.Pero tenemos que pensar más grande y más audazmente. Estamos preparadas/os para hacer lo que sea necesario. Derrotemos esto. Trump ha comenzado algo. Nosotras/os vamos a terminarlo.Queremos convertir este problemático desarrollo político en una revolución por el socialismo.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU faculty discuss Campus Carry at open forum

first_imgTCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless + posts Adam Kelleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/adam-kelley/ TCU students react to an increase in drug violations ReddIt Adam is a senior writing major, journalism and religion double minor. He covers crime and public safety for TCU360. TCU implements new writing contest Bridging the divide: TCU promotes dialogue between Christianity and Islam printIn the first open forum on Senate Bill 11, more commonly referred to as “Campus Carry”, staff and faculty on both sides of the issue stressed that safety is their number one priority.Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, people with Concealed Holder Licenses may be allowed to carry their concealed handguns on campus. As a private institution, TCU can choose to opt out of the bill.But before that decision can be made, the university community is discussing the issue.About 30 TCU faculty and staff members attended a lunchtime forum in Smith Entrepreneurs Hall, a to anonymously voice their opinions.“One concern is suicide,” a faculty member from the College of Education said. “It is the second leading cause of death among college aged people. Having a gun available just makes it much more likely that they’ll be successful.”A faculty member from the Mathematics Department questioned the need for weapons, asking, “What is it that we’re trying to prevent?”He said that he thought allowing guns on campus was a terrible risk.Another faculty member who has a Concealed Holder License said that CHL holders tend to go beyond the minimum training.“When you look at the figures, CHL holders are actually better trained than the average police officer,” the faculty member said. “These are not people who are out there waving a gun around saying ‘who do I shoot next?’ It just doesn’t happen.”The discussion went back and forth with the room split on opinion.“If we tell kids they can’t carry guns on campus, that’s not going to stop them from carrying guns,” one Campus Carry advocate said.Regardless of position, all of those gathered said they wanted to know what they could do to make sure that TCU is the safest place possible.A faculty member from the Music Department said the focus should be on student safety and asked how the campus could focus on other safety issues besides gun control.Alternative safety precautions that were discussed included the addition of panic buttons in offices, altering doors to lock from the inside, and equipping Froggie Five-0 or other shuttle services with GPS so that students don’t have to stand outside waiting.As of now the university still does not have an official position on this issue. Another forum will be held at noon on Sept. 29 in the Beck-Geren Conference Room in the Brown-Lupton University Union.Chancellor Boschini is expected to make a decision sometime in the next month. The board of trustees will then vote on his recommendation at the board’s November meeting after TCU community members have voiced their opinions.Students can send their own opinions about Campus Carry to [email protected] until Oct. 29. TCU students speak out on civil rights issues Adam Kelleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/adam-kelley/ Adam Kelley Adam Kelleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/adam-kelley/ Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Previous articlePatterson: TCU secondary must improve for Texas TechNext articleClass of 2018 celebrates new school year with Second Year Pinning Adam Kelley RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Adam Kelleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/adam-kelley/ Linkedin Twitter Linkedin Facebook TCU Faculty Senate discusses Campus Carry legislation. Twitter ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis Facebooklast_img read more

KB Home Announces the Grand Opening of Canyon at Mitchell Village, Its Newest Master-planned…

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 19, 2021 Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Twitter KB Home Announces the Grand Opening of Canyon at Mitchell Village, Its Newest Master-planned Community in Citrus Heights, California SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 19, 2021– KB Home (NYSE: KBH) today announced the grand opening of Canyon at Mitchell Village, its newest master-planned community in Citrus Heights, California. The new enclave of single-family homes is situated in a desirable neighborhood offering a unique lifestyle that combines comfort and modern design with numerous community amenities. Canyon at Mitchell Village homeowners can stroll through acres of open space, enjoy a picnic at the community park or walk to the shops and restaurants at Sunrise Mall and Marketplace at Birdcage. The new master plan is close to Interstate 80 and Highway 50, providing easy commutes to Sacramento. The community is also near outdoor recreation, including golfing, hiking and biking as well as boating and swimming at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and Sacramento State Aquatic Center at Lake Natomas. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210219005073/en/ KB Home announces the grand opening of Canyon at Mitchell Village, its newest master-planned community in Citrus Heights, California. (Photo: Business Wire) The new homes at Canyon at Mitchell Village showcase desirable design characteristics like gourmet kitchens overlooking expansive great rooms, and large master suites with walk-in closets and ample storage space. The community’s floor plans feature up to four bedrooms and three baths, and range in size from approximately 1,500 to 1,700 square feet. “Canyon at Mitchell Village is part of our newest master-planned community in Citrus Heights, a commuter-friendly town that hosts numerous activities and offers outdoor recreation and premier shopping, dining and entertainment. Homeowners who enjoy an active lifestyle will appreciate the community’s amenities and its proximity to hiking, biking, golfing and other outdoor activities,” said Adam Hieb, President of KB Home’s Sacramento division. “As with other KB Home communities, Canyon at Mitchell Village provides home shoppers the opportunity to purchase a personalized, new KB home at a price that fits their budget.” KB Home stands out from other homebuilders as the company gives homebuyers exceptional choice and control. KB Home starts by offering a wide variety of homes at an affordable price. From there, the builder gives buyers the ability to personalize their homes from floor plans to exterior elevations, from design options to where they live in the community. The KB Home team works hand in hand with homeowners every step of the way so they have a real partner in the process. Every KB home is designed to be ENERGY STAR ® certified thanks to the quality construction techniques and materials utilized that ultimately deliver significant savings on utility bills compared to used homes. Additionally, all new KB homes are designed to deliver an enhanced indoor environment and include high performance ventilation systems, low- or zero-VOC products and other features guided by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Indoor airPLUS standards. The Canyon at Mitchell Village sales office and model homes are open for private in-person tours by appointment, and walk-in visits are welcome. Homebuyers also have the flexibility to arrange a live video tour with a sales counselor. Pricing starts in the low $400,000s. For more information on KB Home, call 888-KB-HOMES or visit kbhome.com. About KB Home KB Home is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilders in the United States and has been building quality homes for over 60 years. Today, KB Home operates in 45 markets across eight states, serving a wide array of buyer groups. What sets us apart is how we give our customers the ability to personalize their homes from homesites and floor plans to cabinets and countertops, at a price that fits their budget. We are the first builder to make every home we build ENERGY STAR ® certified. In fact, we go beyond the EPA requirements by ensuring every ENERGY STAR certified KB home has been tested and verified by a third-party inspector to meet the EPA’s strict certification standards, which help to lower the cost of ownership and to make our new homes healthier and more comfortable than new ones without certification. We also work with our customers every step of the way, building strong personal relationships so they have a real partner in the homebuying process, and the experience is as simple and easy as possible. Learn more about how we build homes built on relationships by visiting kbhome.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210219005073/en/ CONTACT: Craig LeMessurier, KB Home 925-580-1583 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: INTERIOR DESIGN ARCHITECTURE OTHER CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY LANDSCAPE SOURCE: KB Home Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Failte Ireland says visit by UK buyers will pay dividends

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Pinterest Google+ 20 of the top UK Inbound Buyers who arrive in Ireland on this Sunday where Fáilte Ireland this weekend showcase’s Donegal to a group enjoing the Wild Atlantic way at Horn Head. Photo- Clive WassonFailte Ireland says the visit to Donegal of a group of 20 UK travel and holiday specialists over the past two days has the potential to pay dividends in the years to come.The 20 inbound buyers arrived in Donegal yesterday, and walked part of the Wild Atlantic Way around Horn Head, before overnighting in Donegal Town and then travelling to Harvey’s Point at Lough Eske this morning.They have engagements in Sligo, Roscommon, Westmeath and Kildare before a sales workshop in Dublin on Wednesday.Ciara Sugrue is Public Relations Manager with Failte Ireland – She says the intention is to ensure that the potential of the Wild Atlantic Way is realised…….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/ciarafailtebuyers.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleFormer Assistant PSNI boss believes Robert Howard killed Arlene ArkinsonNext articleMcGonigle and Geaney seal Tarmac Championship honours admin Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By admin – October 5, 2015 Homepage BannerNews 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Failte Ireland says visit by UK buyers will pay dividends WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

National Green Tribunal (NGT) Yearly Round-Up 2020

first_imgColumnsNational Green Tribunal (NGT) Yearly Round-Up 2020 Ranu Purohit31 Dec 2020 9:04 PMShare This – xScientific Disposal of Bio-Medical Waste arising out of COVID-19 treatment The issue for consideration in this matter was the remedial action to address the gaps in compliance of the BMW Rules, 2016, as applicable to the disposal of bio-medical waste arising out of handling of COVID-19 disease, so as to ensure protection of environment and public health, in view of potential…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginScientific Disposal of Bio-Medical Waste arising out of COVID-19 treatment The issue for consideration in this matter was the remedial action to address the gaps in compliance of the BMW Rules, 2016, as applicable to the disposal of bio-medical waste arising out of handling of COVID-19 disease, so as to ensure protection of environment and public health, in view of potential of such infectious waste adversely affecting public health, concerned workers and professionals etc. Disposal of COVID-19 waste in general bins so as to be part of municipal waste or unscientific handling sewage and other liquid waste without safeguards can be hazardous. Need was felt to incorporate best practices apart from continued supervision and monitoring, compiling data in an online format, use of electronic /digital manifest system to track and log COVID-19 waste from all sources, preventing its accidental spillage, analyzing the data for strategic planning and the feedback by creating necessary software, to the extent viable. Need was also felt for creating awareness about the precautions and steps to be taken by all handlers and workers as well as citizens, making a model plan, to be adopted locally by the Panchayat, Sub-division, District and State authorities. NGT directed CPCB to take lead and coordinate with media as well as the concerned Central/State departments. The Tribunal further directed the Chief Secretary of States/UTs by coordinating the activities of State’s concerned departments like of Urban Development, Health, Irrigation & Public Health to closely monitor the scientific storage, transport, handling, management and disposal of COVID-19 waste as its unscientific handling poses a grave threat environment and health of people. At the national level, a high level task team of Ministry of MoEF&CC, Health UD, Jal Shakti, Defence and CPCB was constituted to supervise the handling and scientific disposal of COVID-19 waste in accordance with the guidelines. State Departments of Environment and PCBs/PCCs ensure compliance of Biomedical Waste Management Rules, 2016 and furnish action take report to CPCB and CPCB as directed to take further steps and furnish a consolidated report to this Tribunal of the steps taken and the ground status. (Case: In Re: Scientific Disposal of Bio-Medical Waste arising out of COVID-19 treatment- Compliance of BMW Rules, 2016, Original Application No. 72/2020 Order dated 23.04.2020) Remedial action for 351 polluted river stretches in India The proceedings for cleaning of 351 polluted river stretches were initiated on the basis of a news item in ‘The Hindu’ under the heading “More river stretches are now critically polluted” authored by Jacob Koshy which stated that 351 polluted river stretches have been identified by the Central Pollution Control Board as being critically polluted. The Tribunal had earlier passed directions for preparation for Action Plans for restoration and rejuvenation of the polluted river stretches. The Tribunal also dealt with the requirement of establishment and functioning of requisite ETPs/CETPs/STPs. The Tribunal while reviewing the progress noted that the States had failed to report reasons for delay in grounding the projects and identifying the officials responsible for delay and directed that all steps proposed in the Action Plans including completion of setting up of STPs and their commissioning be done till 31.03.2021. The Tribunal further directed that monitoring may be done by the Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs at the State Level and by Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti with the assistance of NMCG and CPCB. It further held that violation of mandate of 100% treatment of sewage may be visited with assessment and recovery of compensation and timelines for setting up of pollution control devices may be strictly enforced with compensation. States were further directed to ensure setting up of functional ETPs/ CETPs and STPs expeditiously. (Case: News item published in “The Hindu”authored by Shri Jacob Koshy titled “More River Stretches are now critically polluted :CPCB”Original Application No. 673/2018, order dated 21.09.2020) Plastic Waste Management The Tribunal vide its order considered the issue of implementation of Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016 and directions issued by CPCB to implement the thickness norms for carry bags, constitution of squads for vigilance, preventing littering of plastic waste in public places, submission of Annual Reports and Action Plan for management and quantification and characterization and every city and town of all states. The Tribunal had earlier ordered that national framework for Extended Producers Liability be finalized and enforced within 3 months and report be furnished by the MoEF&CC to the Tribunal. CPCB was also directed to give its report for compensation regime. The Tribunal additionally directed for preparation of an institutional mechanism to ensure that no unregistered plastic manufacturing recycling unit is in operation and no plastic bag of less than 50 microns thickness be manufactured, stocked and sold and used in the cities, special environment squads be set up to oversee that no littering of plastic waste takes place at historical religious and public places and no burning of plastic waste takes place in the open. CPCB was further directed to hold regular meeting with Chairman and Member Secretaries of all State PCBs to work our enforcement strategies in the interest of public health and protection of environment. (Case: Central Pollution Control Board v. State of Andaman & Nicobar &Ors., Execution Application No. 13/2019, order dated 10.09.2020) Compliance of Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2016 NGT considered the status of compliance of orders of the Tribunal on the subject of solid waste management. The Tribunal noted that solid waste management is of Paramount importance for protection of environment. The Tribunal accordingly carried out a massive exercise of interacting with the Chief Secretaries and Administrators of all States and Union Territories to assess the implementation of the Rules in each state with respect to issues such as management of legacy waste, source segregation of waste, door to door collection et all. In order to achieve the desired result, the Tribunal had earlier directed constitution of Central Monitoring Committee comprising representative from NITI Aayog, Ministry of Water Resources, Urban Development Department, MoEF&CC, NMCG and CPCB representing the Central Government and Chief secretaries representing the States/UTs so that a holistic view can be taken on the issue of Municipal Solid Waste management in the nation. Noting the need for an institutionalized training mechanism involving technical, social and environmental issues the Tribunal directed the CPCB to prepare a program for imparting training on the subject to the concerned officials. CPCB was further directed to explore the possibility of preparation of an Annual Environment Plan for the country giving the status of compliance of environmental norms and gaps, if any. The Tribunal for each State directed its officials to notify and develop three cities, towns and villages in each State as model cities, towns and villages respectively which shall be fully compliant with on environmental norms within one year. The Chief Secretaries were directed to personally monitor the progress with the assistance of District Magistrates. The Tribunal further directed officials to estimate the value of environmental degradation and the cost of restoration and compensation be planned and recovered from the polluters of environmental restoration and restitution on that basis. As the statutory timelines were not met, the Tribunal laid down interim compensation for continued failure after 31.03.2020 wherein each Local Body was directed to pay compensation at the rate of Rs. 10 lakh per month per Local Body for population of above 10 lakhs, Rs. 5 lakh per month per Local Body for population between 5 lakhs and 10 lakhs and Rs. 1 lakh per month per other Local Body from 01.04.2020 till compliance. Compensation so collected was to be spent by CPCB for restoration of environment. (Case: Compliance of Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016; Original Application No. 606/2018, order dated 28.02.2020 with emphasis on North East region) Management of Hazardous Waste The matter was taken up by NGT due to alarming situation created by generation and scientific dumping of hazardous waste resulting in serious and irreversible damage to the environment and public health. The Tribunal observed large-scale non-compliance of Hazardous and Other Waste (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016. Vide its earlier order, the Tribunal had constituted a monitoring committee for management of hazardous waste and the committee submitted its recommendations to the Tribunal. The Tribunal directed CPCB and all SPCBs, CBIC, DGFT, Port Authorities, Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Labour and Employment and Department of Labour to comply with the recommendations of the Expert Committee, violation of which would attract environmental compensation to be levied on the defaulting parties. It was further directed to ensure that hazardous waste inventory be updated and verified by way of checks to ensure that the same is credible, reliable and robust in terms of content and scope. 126 sites which were identified as contaminated were directed to be cleared of the hazardous waste within 6 months so that the remediation process may be started. With regard to 195 probable contaminated sites, the Tribunal directed that the assessment may be completed within 6 months and thereafter the waste may be removed within next 6 months from sites. The Tribunal directed that clearance of site by way of disposal of transfer should be strictly as per the HOWM Rules. (Case: Rajiv Narayan &Anr. v. Union of India &Ors., Original Application No. 804/2017, order dated 07.07.2020) On the issue of Noise Pollution The subject matter for consideration before the Tribunal was the failure of statutory authorities in Delhi in controlling noise pollution as per the mandate of Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000. The grievance of the applicants was that despite the orders of the Tribunal, unsatisfactory state of affairs continued. The Tribunal had earlier observed with dismay that despite specific directions, requisite equipments for sound monitoring were not procured, monitoring stations were not set up, no satisfactory data about the action taken against by authorities was prepared by the statutory authorities entrusted with the enforcement of law. Accordingly, taking cognizance of report of CPCB that compensation be imposed for violation by using equipments assessed at 10-25% cost of such equipment, the Tribunal had directed CPCB to lay down stringent compensation for tampering with sound limiters also in order to ensure that the same is not resorted to and to revise the compensation for bursting of crackers for different classes of defaulters. The Tribunal had also directed that a dedicated telephone line with recording facility and a dedicated online grievance redressal portal for redressal of noise pollution related grievance be developed by Delhi Police and public awareness in this regard be created. Further, in view of the non-compliance, the Tribunal constituted a monitoring committee to monitor compliance and suggest further measures for compliance, especially for Delhi for enforcement of noise pollution control measures. (Case: Hardeep Singh &Ors. v. SDMC &Ors., Original Application No. 519/2016, order dated 11.08.2020) Excess wastage of water by use of Reverse Osmosis (RO) process NGT dealt with the issue of conservation of potable water by preventing its wastage on account of unnecessary use of Reverse Osmosis9RO) systems. It was noted that the use of RO systems results in TDS level below the desirable threshold causing deficiency of calcium and other minerals. Wastage of groundwater by Delhi District Cricket Association in sprinkling RO treated groundwater on cricket ground was also considered by the Tribunal. The Standard of Water Quality Indian Association representing the RO manufacturers stated that although RO ensures availability of pure water, however, it was not disputed that only 20% of the water is recovered and 80% goes waste. The Expert Committee constituted by the Tribunal recommended that RO technology is not required for places having piped water supplies primarily supplied by Municipal corporations from surface water sources like river, lakes and ponds. Absence of scientific disposal of RO reject water upset the disposal medium which may include land and surface water system or sewerage system. In view of the above, the Tribunal directed Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to issue an appropriate notification prohibiting the use of RO where TDS level is less than 500 mg/l and wherever RO is permitted, requirements be laid down for recovery of water to be more than 60%.The notification must also provide for a mechanism for public awareness about the ill-effects of RO released water on public health and for effective enforcement requiring concerned local bodies to display water quality at regular intervals particularly the concentration component by an appropriate mechanism. It was also directed to enforce Extended Producer Responsibility by the manufacturers for disposal of cartridges and membranes requiring the manufacturers to provide proper labeling on the purifier specifying that the unit should be used only if TDS is more than 500g/l. (Case: Friends through its General Secretary v. Ministry of Water Resources, Original Application. No. 314/2015, order dated 13.07.2020) Air Pollution in Non- Attainment Cities NGT dealt with the subject of remedial measures to be adopted to enforce the Ambient Air Quality Standards with reference to provisions of the Air Act and Environment Protection Act in cities classified as non-attainment cities based on monitoring of ambient air quality. The Tribunal observed that the major problem was remediation of legacy waste dump sites in the country, releasing emissions in the ambient air and also causing incidents of fire, further polluting the environment. Accordingly, the Tribunal directed bio-remediation of such dump sites. The Tribunal also directed development of Emergency Response System to be placed in public domain. The Tribunal directed for installation of Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations at remaining 175 stations within six months which would monitor the air quality on all 12 notified parameters under the Air Act. Carrying Capacity and Source Apportionment studies were directed to be undertaken by the State PCBs/PCCs, utilizing the ‘consent mechanism’/ ‘environmental compensation’ fund. The States were directed to take further steps to set up and operate PGRPs expeditiously, within three months. Direction was passed to prepare actions plans for the newly added 20 non-attainment cities. (Case: News item published in “The Times of India” authored by Shri Vishwa Mohan titled “NCAP with multiple timelines to clean air in 102 cities to be released around August 15”, Original Application No. 681/2018; order dated 21.08.2020) Compliance of Solid Waste Management Rules at Railway Stations The Tribunal considered the issue of non-compliance of Plastics Waste and Solid Waste Management Rules, preventing discharge of effluents, management of water at Railway Stations, compartments and tracks and removal of encroachments causing environment degradation. The Tribunal had earlier directed preparation of remedial Action Plan by 30.11.2018 to be notified on website for comments of general public and be finalized before 31.03.2019. The CAG was directed to conduct Performance Audit on or before 30.06.2019 on the issue of solid waste, plastic waste and open defecation along railway tracks. The Tribunal while reviewing the compliance of the orders directed the CPCB to take into account the process of implementation of Action Plans of Railways for all major stations and evaluate the same and file compliance report with regard to compliance of Section 25 of the Water Act and Section 21 of the Air Act of such railway stations. As per its report, CPCB conducted performance assessment of 36 railway stations and categorized railway stations into red, orange and green categories. Further it was reported that out of 720 total railway stations, only 11 had applied for consent as per the Water Act and Air Act. Accordingly three months’ time period was provided to the remaining stations to comply with the norms. (Case: Saloni Singh & Anr. V. Union of India & Ors., Original Application No. 141/2014, order dated 18.08.2020)10. Illegal Extraction of Groundwater The Tribunal considered the issue of contamination of groundwater and illegal extraction of ground water in the areas which are declared to be over exploited, critical exploited and semi critically exploited by Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA). The Tribunal noted the survey stating that globally, 25% of total annual ground water is extracted in India and depletion level is going up continuously. Depletion of groundwater not only creates crisis of drinking water in absence of inadequate surface water being available in certain areas where there may be drought conditions, but also affects e-flow in rivers and can also increase salinity in soil. Noting the grim situation, the Tribunal vide its earlier order constituted an Expert Committee to look into the steps required to be taken for preventing depletion of groundwater, developing a robust monitoring mechanism to ensure that groundwater is not extracted unauthorizedly and to monitor the conditions laid down for grant of permission for extraction of groundwater. The Tribunal had further directed that since the over exploited areas have been found to be seriously affected by overdrawal of groundwater, regulation of such level for commercial purposes cannot be dispensed with for any industry even in industrial area as availability of water for drinking is first priority. While assessing the compliance of its earlier order, the Tribunal directed MoJS to ensure requisite manning and efficient functioning of CGWA to ensure sustainable ground water management. It was further directed to ensure a meaningful regulatory regime to ensure water availability and procedure for assessment of individual applications be laid down. The Tribunal prohibited grant of general permission for withdrawal of ground water, particularly to commercial entity without EIA and independent expert evaluation. Water management plans were directed to be prepared for all OCS assessment units expeditiously. (Case: Shailesh Singh v. Hotel Holiday Regency, Moradabad &Ors.,Original Application No. 176/ 2015, order dated 20.07.2020)11. Enforcement of environmental norms in running restaurants/ hotels/ motels/ banquets etc. The Tribunal noted the violation of law on the subjects of solid waste management, discharge of effluents, illegal ground water extraction, ground water contamination, emission by illegally operating diesel generators, absence of statutory consents under the Air and Water Act and violation of conditions of consent wherever such consent had been granted, by the restaurants/hotels/motels/banquets in Mahipalpur and Rajokri areas in Delhi. The Tribunal also considered the issue of absence of Rain Water Harvesting System, excess noise pollution, illegal parking and encroachments. The Tribunal in view of Guidelines prepared by CPCB covering requirement of monitoring mechanism, Action Plan suggested by Urban Development Department for compiling data of functions held on installation of CCTV cameras, GPS system in garbage collection vans, regulating sides of gatherings as per the capacity of areas, fire safety devices steps, control traffic congestion inter alia directed that enforcing the requirement of Consent to Establish should be the starting point for commission of the project rather than last in the governance chain. The project proponent at such areas must file their Annual Environment Statement in terms of Rule 14 of the EP Rules. The Tribunal for the director that stringent norms be worked out for controlling and regulating parking of vehicles used by organisms and guests in functions as well as parking of vehicles generally on roads and public spaces at into air pollution. It was further held that use of DG systems must be fitted with noise limiters and data loggers and be operated within soundproof halls within prescribed noise limit without its effect be felt outside. The Tribunal clarified that the owner of the property will be liable for any default. Further time was granted to the concerned State Authorities to comply with the directions of the Tribunal. (Case: Westend Green Farms Society v. Union of India &Ors, Original Application No. 400/2017, order dated 23.07.2020)12. Conservation of Biological Diversity The issue for consideration before the Tribunal was non compliance of provisions of the Biodiversity Act, 2000 and the Biodiversity Rules, 2004. NGT noted that Biodiversity Management Committees have not been constituted as per Section 41 of the Act and People’s Biodiversity Registers have not been maintained as required under Rule 22 (6). PBR helps the State and local community to become aware of the valuable resources being harvested in the area which can be utilised for overall social and economic development of the State. Furthermore PBR also help in conservation of traditional practices and knowledge of local community. In view of serious non compliance for the last 16 years, the Tribunal had earlier directed the Chief Secretaries of all the States to evolve mechanism for monthly meeting to be attended by the Chairman and Member Secretary of State Biodiversity Boards, Secretary of Panchayats Environment and Forest starting from September 2019. States were ordered to be held accountable for default and were be required to deposit a sum of Rupees 10 lakhs per month each from 01.01.2020. MoEF&CC was directed to file a compliance report after collecting necessary data from all the States. The time period for ensuring compliance was extended upto 30.06.2021. (Case: Chandra Bhal Singh v. Union of India &Ors.,Original Application No. 347/2016, order dated 16.12.2020)13. Rainwater Harvesting Systems and Utilization of Treated Water The Tribunal had taken up the matter in the light of news item dated 19.06.2015 in the Hindustan Times highlighting the problem of water quality on account of contamination of groundwater. The Tribunal noted the need for comprehensive groundwater management and plan for covering Rainwater Harvesting Systems. Accordingly, the Tribunal had constituted a monitoring committee to take stock of the actions and prepare time bound action plan to deal with the problem. The committee considered the status of rainwater harvesting systems in schools and colleges in Delhi and found illegal borewells in many schools and water meters reflecting low consumption of water. The need for sealing of illegal borewells was felt. It was however found that parks and gardens were also having tubewells which were required to be stopped to promote the use of treated water for gardening. The Tribunal had accordingly earlier directed the Delhi Jal Board to ensure that treated wastewater is mandatory utilised and prepare an action plan in consultation with local bodies to ensure that Rainwater Harvesting System are installed in all government buildings, group housing societies, and new buildings where occupancy certificate is yet to be issued. The Tribunal, while appreciating the work done by the Committee directed further monitoring to ensure continued compliance and furnish report. The Tribunal further laid down regime for interim compensation to ensure preservation of ground water table and revival of water bodies. (Case: News Item Published in “Hindustan Times” dated 19.06.2015 titled “Dirty flows your drinking water” authored by Ritam Haldar; Original Application No. 496/2016, order dated 03.02.2020) 14. Clearing of Legacy Waste The issue for consideration before the Tribunal was the disposal of ‘legacy’ waste dumped at Bhalswa, Ghazipur and Okhla dumpsites in Delhi where huge garbage has accumulated over the period of time adversely impacting public health and environment, requiring expeditious scientific and environmentally safe disposal as per applicable rules. Vide order dated 30.05.2019, this Tribunal directed North, East and South Delhi Municipal Corporations to furnish their respective action taken reports. The Commissioners of the said Municipal Corporations were required to remain present in person. As per the report of the CPCB filed on 13.02.2020 it was found that that damage on account of the said legacy waste dump site was Rs. 148.46 crore, on account of damage to the air quality, soil and water quality, climate change and disamenity. The damage was assessed in terms of impact on health due to release of pollutants in air atmosphere, release of leachate into ground /surface water and soil, due to pollution from the landfill site, damage cost associated with climate change due to carbon di-oxide and methane, damage caused due to aesthetics loss, price depreciation due to disamenity cost etc. Accordingly, in the present matter, the Committee comprising CPCB, NEERI & IIT Delhi carry out similar study as mentioned in Para 18 above to assess the amount of damage to environment on account of dump sites in Delhi within two months. Government of NCT Delhi was directed to set up of an integrated Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for scientific management, processing and disposal of legacy waste dump sites at Ghazipur (East Delhi), Bhalswa (North Delhi ) and Okhla (South Delhi) headed by Chief Secretary, NCT of Delhi with a nominee of Lt. Governor and Commissioners of concerned Corporations, Secretary Urban Development, Delhi Govt., Shri Manish Singh, IAS (now Director Swachh Bharat, M.P., Bhopal) and Shri Vijay Nehra, IAS, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ahmedabad as members with in specific time lines. (Case: News item published in “The Times of India” Authored by Jasjeev Gandhiok & Paras Singh Titled “Below mountains of trash lie poison lakes” Original Application No. 519/2019 ). 15. Menace of Sand Mining The Tribunal took notice of the remedial action required against illegal sand mining in violation of the directions of Honorable Supreme Court in Deepak Kumar v. State of Haryana &Ors. (2012) 4 SCC 629. The Supreme Court had observed that absence of regulation of sand mining was a threat to biodiversity, could destroy riverine vegetation, cause erosion, pollute water sources badly affecting riparian ecology and damaging ecosystem of rivers, safety of bridges, weakening of river beds, destruction of natural habitats of organisms living on the river beds, affect fish breeding and migration and spell disaster for the conservation of bird species and increase saline water in the rivers. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change issued Sustainable Sand-Mining Management Guidelines 2016, however, it was noticed that the same were not complied with. The Tribunal accordingly considered the issue of revision of Guidelines in the light of directions of the Tribunal and preparation of an effective monitoring mechanism for preventive and remedial measures to be taken in the states of West Bengal, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Goa and Telangana where sand mining is more prevalent as compared to the other states. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change issued “Enforcement and Monitoring Guidelines for Sand Mining, 2020” which were considered by the Tribunal. The Tribunal also considered the approach to be adopted for imposing compensation for ecological loss. (Case: National Green Tribunal Bar Association v. Virender Singh, Original Application No. 360/2015, order dated 14.10.2020) 16. Preparation of National Environmental Plan, State Environmental Plan and District Environmental Plan The issue for consideration was compliance of directions of this Tribunal for preparation of District Environmental Plans in all the States followed by State Environmental Plans and finally National Environment Plan. Such plans it was observed would aid in environment protection. The Tribunal directed finalize a model action plan at least for one District each in all States/UTs in the next three months. For this purpose, State PCB and concerned District Magistrate were directed to assist the CPCB. (Case: Shree Nath Sharma v. Union of India & Ors. OA No. 360/ 2018 order dated 19.03.2020) 17. Scientific Disposal of Carcasses While dealing with the issue of scientific disposal of carcasses, the Tribunal sought a factual and action taken report from the CPCB, PPCB and the District Magistrate, Ludhiana with reference to the allegation of crude and unscientific carcass disposal at Village Ladhowal, District Ludhiana, Punjab. Seeking further report, this Tribunal also directed the CPCB to compile information from all the State PCBs/PCCs about the extent of problem and the remedial action taken/proposed. The Tribunal constituted a Monitoring Committee for remedial action and recommendations which suggested commissioning of the modern and scientific carcass plant, and thereafter closure of crude and unscientific carcass disposal plants. Punjab Pollution Control Board was directed to take immediate steps to get close these illegal activities from the present location with the help of District Administration. The CPCB was directed to issue atleast interim Guidelines on the subject by way of Directives to the State PCBs/PCCs considering the studies available and seek action taken reports by way of monitoring. The State PCBs/PCCs were directed to ensure compliance of the directions issued by the CPCB and compliance reports were to be furnished to the CPCB. The CPCB was directed file a comprehensive compliance report before the Tribunal. (Case: Kulwinder Singh Sandhu & Ors. v. Ram Murti & Ors. OA No. 465/ 2019 order dated 13.05.2020) 18. Utilization of Environment Relief Fund This application was filed before the Tribunal to highlight the non-utilization of more than Rs. 800 crore meant towards Environment Relief Fund under the Public Liabilities Insurance Act, 1991 (PLI Act, 1991) for victims of accidents in the process of handling hazardous substances. The Act provides for establishing an environment relief fund under Section 7 A to be vested in the authority specified by the Central Government. The amount is to be utilized in terms of award made by the Collector under Section 7 on any application by the victims. As per Section 6, the source of fund is the insurance premium to be paid by the owner handling any hazardous substance and liability to give relief is created under Section 3 on death or injury to any person or an accident involving hazardous substance. Section 5 provides for publication of an accident by the Collector and to invite applications from the victims. Rules lay down the procedure for giving effect to the Act. A scheme has been notified on 04.11.2008 under Section 7 A. The scheme provides that United India Insurance Company Ltd. shall be the Fund Manager for five years who shall open an account in a nationalized bank and credit the amount of premium received as well as the amount awarded by the National Environment Tribunal (Now NGT). The relief fund is to be operated under para 5 and disbursement is under para 7of the scheme in favour of the victims on the direction of the Collector. The Act is mentioned in Schedule I to the NGT Act, 2010 being one of the Acts in relation to which substantial questions of environment are to be determined by the NGT. Under Section 24 of the NGT Act, the amount of compensation under order of the Tribunal can be credited to the environment relief fund to be utilised for the victims of accidents of the nature mentioned earlier. The Tribunal observed that even after 29 years of the enactment of a laudable welfare legislation and inspite of deposit of huge amount meant for the needy victims, the amount remains unutilized to the detriment of the victims for whose benefit the law was enacted. Accordingly, SPCBs and PCCs were directed to ensure that industries required to take policies under PLI Act, 1991 are not granted with Consents under the Water and Air Acts and the Authorization under Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986 till such a policy is obtained. National Legal Service Authority and the State Legal Service Authorities, constituted under the Legal Service Authority Act, 1987, were also requested for assistance to the victims of injustice to access justice to look into the matter and take such action as may be found appropriate at their end. (Case: Gyan Prakash v. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, OA No. 86/2020, order dated 20.11.2020) 19. Ban on Fire Crackers In what may arguable be said to be the most significant order for the year in view of the enormous pollution in the Capital city and the threat of ongoing pandemic, the Tribunal considered the question of use of fire crackers aggravating the menace of Covid-19 pandemic, posing higher danger to the lives and health of the vulnerable groups. The Tribunal held that applying the ‘Sustainable Development’ and ‘Precautionary’ principles, a case is made out for issuing directions for banning sale and use of fire crackers during November 9 to 30 in areas where air quality is ‘poor’, ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’. It further directed that only green crackers be sold in areas where the air quality was poor or moderate. The crackers were allowed to be burst only for two hours during the day of the festival. All States/UTs/PCBs/PCCs were directed to initiate special drives to contain air pollution from all sources in view of potential of aggravation of Covid-19. (Case: Tribunal on its own Motion v. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change & Ors., Original Application No. 249/2020, order dated 09.11.2020) 20. Chemical Blast as Yashasvi Rasayan Proceedings in this matter arose out of an incident dated 03.06.2020 at Dahej, District Bharuch, Gujarat. A massive blast took place in a chemical factory run by respondent No.1, Yashyashvi Rasayan Pvt. Ltd. (“The Company”). On account of a fire in the storage tank of the factory, manufacturing several chemicals including Methanol and Xylene which find mentions in the Schedule to the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules, 1989 (The 1989 Rules), eight (08) workers were killed and atleast 50 injured. Bodies of some of the workers inside the factory were charred beyond recognition. The application has been filed by an NGO located at Surat mentioning the above facts based on newspaper reports. The Tribunal directed the erring Company to deposit an amount of Rs. 25 Crores as interim compensation. The Tribunal also directed the constitution of 6 member fact finding Committee to inspect the site and furnish report on sequence of events, extent of damage to life and environment and steps to be taken for compensation of victims. (Case: Aryavart Foundation through its President v. Yashyashvi Rasayan Pvt. Ltd. & Anr. Original Application No. 22/2020 (WZ), order dated 08.06.2020) 21. Oil Spill at Baghjan The issue pertained to another chemical accident wherein there was claim for compensation to the victims and to the environment on account of damage in an incident of oil well blow out on 27.05.2020 at Baghjan in the Tinsukia District of Assam and other consequential events that followed. Case of the applicants was that Baghjan Oil well set up by the Oil India Limited (OIL) released propane, methane, propylene and other gases causing damage to bamboo groves, tea gardens, banana trees and betel nut trees in the area and also spread into the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park which, records over 40 mammals, 500 species of birds, 104 fish species, 105 butterfly species and 680 types of plants including a wide variety of rare orchids. The Tribunal vide its order constituted an Expert Committee headed by a former Judge of the Gauhati High Court with seven other members to inter alia find out cause of gas leak, ascertain extent of loss and damage caused to human life, wildlife, environment and damage and health hazard caused to the public. On the principle of absolute liability, the Tribunal also directed deposit of an interim amount of Rs. 25 crores to meet the cost of remediation of the damage to the environment, bio-diversity, human, wildlife and public health subject to final assessment (Case: Wildlife and Environment Conservation Organization v. Union of India & Ors., Original Application No. 44/2020(EZ), order dated 02.07.2020) 22. Gas Leak at Vizag Suo motu proceedings were undertaken by Tribunal pursuant to newspaper report that two persons died and four were injured on account of Benzimidazole gas leakage accident at Sainor Life Sciences factory at Parawada in industrial area on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam on 30.6.2020. The unit was dealing with Benzimidazole and Omerprazole Sulphide gases which are mentioned as hazardous chemicals in Schedule-I to the “Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules, 1989” (1989 Rules). The Tribunal directed constitution of a Committee comprising representatives of CPCB, State PCB, District Magistrate, Visakhapatnam, Prof. Ch V. Rama Chandra Murthy, Andhra University, Vizag and Prof. Pulipati King, Head of Chemical Engineering Department, Andhra University, Vizag to assess final compensation to the victims and for restoration of the environment and suggestions for precautions in future. Interim compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs for each of the four injured was directed to be paid. (Case: In Re: News item published in the local daily “Economic Times” dated 30.06.2020 titled “Another Gas Leakage at Vizag Factory kills two, critically injures four…”, Original Application No. 106/2020 order dated 06.07.2020) 23. The Great Indian Bustard NGT dealt with the issue of mitigation measures for protection of Great Indian Bustard (GIB) – rare bird and one of the critically endangered species, as per Schedule-I to the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Though the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) had taken up a project called “Habitat Improvement of Great Indian Bustard-An Integrated Approach”, it was observed that the wind projects are potential danger to the safety of the bird. Vide order dated 04.04.2019, this Tribunal sought a factual report from the MoEF&CC with regard to the allegation that steps taken are not adequate and there continues to be high mortality of the birds. The Tribunal passed directions that necessary steps be taken for protecting critically endangered GIBs by installing the diverters on all existing powerlines and undergrounding the new powerlines, as suggested by the six-member Committee of the MoEF&CC, and monitoring of compliance be done, preferably by the Wildlife Institute of India atleast twice in a year. (Case: Centre for Wildlife and Environment Litigation v. Union of India & Ors., Original Application No. 385/2019, order dated 23.12.2020) 24. Discharge of untreated effluents in Jojari river The issue for consideration in these proceedings was the discharge of untreated toxic industrial effluent inter alia in Jojari River, which is flowing from Jodhpur towards Barmer District, carrying natural flow of water resulting in contamination of ground water. Industrial activities include dyeing of textiles, using chemicals. The Tribunal observed that serious damage to the environment has taken place which is continuing in violation of basic right to clean environment. Specious plea of the State that it does not have staff is self-confessed failure of governance and Constitutional responsibility of the State. If after 56 years of enactment of Water Act, prohibiting discharge of effluent or sewage in water bodies, which is criminal offence with minimum prescribed sentence, gross violations are continuing, there is undoubted failure of the State for which lack of staff can be no excuse. The unsatisfactory state of affairs needs to be urgently remedied by stopping polluting activities, taking coercive measures against the erring entities and taking appropriate restorations steps, including supply of drinking water to the affected victims on account of contamination of groundwater by pollution and remediation of the river stretch. The Tribunal directed constitution of a five-member monitoring Committee prepare a further comprehensive time bound plan to remedy the situation at the earliest, preferably within six months. The Committee was directed to have public consultation particularly through the concerned Panchayats for the surviving grievances, including the supply of drinking water. (Case: Gram Panchayat ARABA v. State of Rajasthan & Ors., Original Application No. 329/2015)(Author is a practicing Lawyer at the Supreme Court of India)Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Cllr warns over enticing Aer Lingus email scam

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR People in Donegal are being urged to be on the alert over what’s been described as a very enticing email scam doing the rounds. The email appears to be from Aer Lingus, offering exclusive access to a ten euro voucher that can purchase two tickets to any destination for the next year.The promotion has a link attached which leads the potential victim onto a replica Aer Lingus site.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh received the email and contacted the company who clarified it was a scam.He says it’s highly convincing:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/jimmysdfsdfsdaerlingusscam.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Google+ By News Highland – April 23, 2020 WhatsApp Cllr warns over enticing Aer Lingus email scam Google+center_img AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook Previous articleMoney & jewellery stolen in Derry burglaryNext articleDonegal TD calls for more supports for agri-food sector News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

CAREN Act proposed to criminalize discriminatory 911 calls in San Francisco

first_imgGeorgijevic/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS(SAN FRANCISCO) — It soon may be even more costly in San Francisco for so-called Karens to dial 911 and make baseless accusations against persons of color.San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton on Tuesday introduced an ordinance called The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies, or CAREN, Act, which would amend the city’s police code and allow anyone harmed by such calls to sue the callers.The bill is named after the slang term “Karen,” which has been used to denote white people calling police with outrageous and demonstrably false allegations against persons of color.“Racist 911 calls are unacceptable,” Walton tweeted, in part, on Tuesday.Phony 911 calls in California already are illegal, but current laws, Walton said, don’t punish people for making fraudulent calls “based on the perception of another individual to be a threat due to their race, religion, ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or outward appearance.”The supervisor cited several recent examples, including a case where a white man called the cops on a Black man who was dancing and exercising on the street in his Alameda neighborhood. A white couple allegedly called the police on a Filipino man who wrote “Black Lives Matter” in chalk outside his home, according to Walton.Walton also cited the Memorial Day incident in New York City’s Central Park where a white woman, Amy Cooper, was filmed calling police to report a Black bird watcher who’d merely asked her to leash her dog. The Manhattan district attorney charged Cooper with a misdemeanor this week.Under the CAREN Act, a draft of which will be reviewed by the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee at the Board of Supervisors, a violator would be liable for damages of no less than $1,000.The measure is being introduced in tandem with a California state bill that would classify false and discriminatory 911 calls as a hate crime. The bill, AB 1550, would allow the person harmed to sue the caller for up to $10,000 in damages.“If you are afraid of a Black family barbecuing in the community park, a man dancing and doing his normal exercise routine in the bike lane, or someone who asks you to comply with dog leash laws in a park, and your immediate response is to call the police, the real problem is with your own personal prejudice,” California State Assemblyman Rob Bonta, the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement.Similar bills have passed in Oregon, Washington and New York.A couple in California caught on video appearing to deface a Black Lives Matter mural in a California street were charged with a hate crime on Wednesday.to the success of postlockdown control strategies,” they said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

System sorts wheat from chaff in search for staff

first_imgSystem sorts wheat from chaff in search for staffOn 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today JobQ uses technology to put forward only the best candidates for jobsA new software-based system is aiming to reduce the number of unsuitablecandidates forwarded to HR and recruitment departments from online job sites,as well as bring cost and time-savings of between 25-50 per cent and 75 percent respectively. Online recruiting has long been criticised for delivering high numbers ofapplicants that may not be of the right quality. “Two or three years ago, online recruitment was the buzz word. Butwhile the upside was candidate generation, the downside was that the largenumbers of candidates made it like trying to find a needle in haystack forthose recruiting,” says Mark Housley, CEO of Axiom, developer of the newJobQ software. The Manchester-based company is well-known in the HR industry as the creatorof the Disc and Discus behavioural profiling system. It hopes that by applyingtechnology to pre-screen candidates as soon as their application lands, it canthen test them more specifically according to a client’s criteria, JobQ willbring an end to many of the frustrations associated with online recruiting andlet it realise its potential. “Many of the management systems are limited to simple skills matchingand are generally old- generation technology,” says Housley. “Theclient needs a fully-co-ordinated system that can identify motivations,numeracy skills, personality traits, corporate fit and so on.” JobQ is an application service provider-based system, which can becustom-branded and integrated with an organisation’s own online recruitingsystem and accessed via an intranet, extranet or the Internet. When an application is received, JobQ automatically assesses the candidateaccording to a company’s criteria. It gathers biographical, motivational,aptitude, skills-related and other data, and applicants found to be unsuitableat this stage could be sent a rejection response. “Axiom’s research shows that the criticism of many job applicants isthat they never get a reply from organisations. This issue will be a thing ofthe past,” says Lindsay McEwan, director of international business atAxiom. Candidates who get through the first stage can then be assessed using a widerange of testing, including psychometric and other personality testing. Axiom says it can access any kind of online testing required by clients, andJobQ is currently using Kenexa systems for skills testing and The Test Agencyand The Criterion Partnership for psychometric testing. It costs less than £20,000 to set up JobQ, and there is an ongoingmanagement fee, which will be determined by the number of applications receivedper annum. “Typically, the cost ranges from £1 to £3 per applicant,” saysMcEwan. “It is fixed for the client per annum so they know what to budgetfor. Having to spend six figures on recruitment/candidate management systems isa thing of the past. In fact, the cost of implementing JobQ is around the costof one or two adverts in the major nationals,” he claims. Axiom claims that JobQ will bring cost savings of between 25 and 50 per centand time savings of 75 per cent and McEwan believes that enabling HR to makethese cuts will help it more closely align itself with the business side of anorganisation and increase its profile of HR with their “internalcustomers”. “Recruitment should be packaged by HR professionals more like anfmcg,” he says. “One of HR’s weaknesses has been the profession’s lack of commercialliteracy. Often not budget holders, HR has been remote from the key metricsthat are essential to drive efficiencies in the area of recruitment. “I’ve found that when an HR audience is asked at recruitmentconferences questions on cost per hire, cost per retained employee (after threeto six months and beyond) and so on, only around 10 per cent say that theyknow. “JobQ encourages business literacy and will address this lack ofknowledge and so significantly increase the profile of HR within theirorganisations.” McEwan says it is premature to quote potential client names, but bus companyArriva is currently integrating the system in its graduate recruitment process.www.axiomjobq.com Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Travel advice is more than just vaccination

first_imgOccupational health nurses should be looking beyond the point of a needlewhen they advise travellers, according to Annie McCarthy senior travel healthnurse at medical charity Interhealth. “Our overall aim is to maximise the traveller’s health and performanceand to minimise the risks,” she said. “The challenge for us is to be suitably motivated and qualified to dothis for all travellers on all aspects of travel hazards and be aware of theimplications of illness when they return. Minimising risk and maximising health entails carrying out a detailed riskassessment, having access to good information beyond databases and having anempathy with the traveller, she suggested. She outlined some of the latest updates on vaccination, and touched on someof the other areas that OH advisers need to be aware of such as the physicalhazards of a destination, the climate, possibilities of accidents, HIV/AIDs,culture shock and the psychological cost of travel. The needs of the returning traveller were dealt with too, particularly inrelation to malaria. More than 2,000 cases a year are reported in Britain andit is vital to emphasise to travellers that any fever should be reported withineight hours, even if they think it is just a cold. Travel advice is more than just vaccinationOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Graduates are choosing training over big salaries

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Graduates are choosing training over big salariesOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today The offer of training and development is one of the biggest inducements tograduate recruits, according to recent research by workplace developmentexperts Investors in People UK. According to the survey, training is more important than salary. Interviewswith graduates, who were actively involved in career planning, revealed that 93per cent believe it is important to join an organisation which demonstrates acommitment to its people through a dedicated focus on training and development,while two-thirds rank training and development as one of the two most importantfactors they will consider when choosing an employer. In contrast, more than 60 per cent do not rank salary as significant andonly 11 per cent are concerned about job title. And once in position, the graduates believe that training and developmentremains key to productivity, with only 6 per cent linking enhanced productivitywith a big bonus; while more than half believe training and development willincrease their productivity levels and 35 per cent are looking for support fromtheir team and senior management. The research suggests that organisations must look at the people-developmentinitiatives they have in place, not simply their bank balances, according toIIP chief executive Ruth Spellman. “We were interested to gather the views of the next generation ofemployees and were genuinely surprised by the value they place on theirdevelopment over and above the promise of large salaries,” she said.”We hope this proves to be a real eye-opener for organisations that arelooking to recruit and retain the most talented graduates this year.” Employer experience seems to rein-force this. Anna Kelsey, HR manager atSelfridges in Manchester, believes graduates are now more career- minded thanin the past two decades. “New recruits are keen to develop their skill-offering to progressquickly. They will always take advantage of training and development and arekeen to get involved in initiatives to improve their skills and enable them tocontribute to the wider business objectives. The next generation of grad-uateshas big aspirations and seems determined to work for organisations that willensure these are fulfilled,” she said. By Stephanie Sparrow Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more