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SC slams Centre for failure to enforce law for garbage management

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday took the Centre to task for not taking action to enforce garbage management rules and refused to accept its voluminous report, calling it nothing but solid waste which could not be dumped on the court.
A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said the Centre had not been able to implement its own law framed in 2016, leading to huge pile-up of garbage across cities causing vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya. It said the government had failed to persuade states to appoint state-level advisory board for monitoring and implementing the rules.

As the bench raised query on how many states had appointed the committee to implement the law, advocate Wasim A Qadri, appearing for the Centre, placed a report of 845 pages containing the response of various state governments. The bench, however, refused to accept the report as it did not contain detailed information on implementation of the law and said the report is “solid waste”.

“If you want to impress us with the voluminous report then we are not impressed. If you want to dump it on us then we would not allow you. Let us make it clear to you that we are not garbage collectors,” the bench said and directed the Centre to file a report in tabular form on stage of implementation of law in states and UTs.

Favouring strict implementation of the 2016 rules, the SC had on the last date of hearing directed all states to comply with the law and asked the Centre to collect information from all states and UTs on whether they had set up bodies to frame policy on waste management. It had said that there was no lack of funds as Rs 36,000 crore had been earmarked under Swachh Bharat Mission but there was lack of initiative and willingness on the part of state governments to resolve the problem of garbage management.

Compiling the responses of 22 states, the Centre filed the report and told the bench that it was for the state governments and municipal bodies to enforce the law and the Centre cannot compel them in a federal structure.

 The bench, however, was not satisfied with his response and said, “It means that you are admitting your own failure. Why do you pass rules which you cannot enforce. You should better withdraw the rules.”
As per government estimates, 62 million tonnes of waste is generated annually in the country out of which 5.6 million tonnes is plastic waste, 0.17 million tonnes is biomedical waste, 7.90 million tonnes of hazardous waste and 15 lakh tonne of e-waste. Municipal bodies collect 43 million tonnes every year, out of which 11.9 million tonnes is treated and 31 million dumped in landfill sites. It means that only about 75-80% of the waste gets collected and only 22-28 % of this waste is processed and treated.

The Centre had in 2016 modified the rules after a gap of 16 years and made provisions for timely collection and disposal of garbage, including establishing waste processing facilities by all local bodies in cities having 1 million or more population within two years.
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Pregnant Woman Gives Birth To Child At Hospital Gate

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Another act of apathy on behalf of the doctors came to light in the Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh where the doctors denied treatment to a pregnant and she delivered a baby beside the hospital gate. A video on this issue has become viral questioning the infrastructure available in Government hospitals and the indifferent attitude of doctors towards the poor patients. So far no response has been received from the hospital authorities on this issue.

Unnao district was in news recently when 40 people were tested HIV positive due to the usage of an infected syringe by a local doctor in the town. The current issue highlights the carelessness in the medical field in the town. Unnao district is a transit point for truck drivers and many of them are said to be dislodging themselves at this place.

Pregnant Woman Gives Birth To Child At Hospital Gate

So, there are more chances of HIV being spread from various places to this area. According to the statement of a Councillor in that area, there are as many as 500 cases of HIV positive in that area if proper tests are done. Uttar Pradesh Health Minister ordered an immediate enquiry in this case.

 

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After Rani Padmaavat, It Is Now Rani Lakshmi Bai’s Turn

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Queen Kangana Ranaut has been working hard on the sets of her new film, Manikarnika. The movie is directed by Krrish, Telugu young director who National Award winning film, Kanche and also historical fiction, Gautamiputra Satakarni last year. He got this offer after successfully completing the movie Gautamiputra Satakarni in less budget and in planned number of days.

Baahubali writer, Vijayendra Prasad wrote the screenplay of the film and it is said to be one of his dreams to write a movie on the great warrior queen.

Kangana Ranaut completed almost 90% of her work for the film. Soon, the movie theatrical trailer and songs will be released to kick start the promotions. The movie is initially planned for an April release but it could release in the month of June, due to few delays in the shoot.

Karni Sena took the baton of promoting Padmaavat by protesting the release of the movie. They disrupted the shoot, slapped Sanjay Leela Bhanshali and even warned the makers to not release. They made the Governments of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar ban the movie from release.

Went to Supreme Court to stay the movie release and once, it released they burnt the buses and free screens in huge malls. After all that, they recently agreed their mistake and announced that they mistook the intentions of the makers. Now, they have asked Governments of various states to show the film to everyone.

Sarwa Brahmin Mahasabha decided to do the same for Manikarnika. Till today, they haven’t raised any objections, but now they are saying the makers are planning to destroy the image of great Queen by showing her having a relationship with a British officer. They are demanding that the movie should be shown to them first and then only it should release. The makers have made it clear that they took Government permission and submitted the draft early for no objection certificate.

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Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan or Sidharth Malhotra – pick your date for Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we are sure couples are busy planning their romantic dates already. 14th February is celebrated all over the world and you can literally feel the love in the air. While many believe it’s a bit cliched and you don’t need a day to proclaim your love for special someone. There are others who don’t mind enjoying it with their partners and make them feel loved. The couples will definitely have a reason to celebrate and plan some candlelight dinners with a bouquet of roses as a customary ritual and gift, the ones who are single and ready to mingle shouldn’t be disappointed either.

With a bunch of our dashing B-town boys who are pretty single, there can never be a reason to be sad and heartbroken. While popular names like Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and even Sushant Singh Rajput are already taken, there are others who are still available. And we bet, if given a chance, you, too, will love to date them on Valentine’s Day. What if we ask you to chose your date between Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan or Arjun Kapoor? Whom will you pick? Tough question, right? Well, we can help you with it. We elaborate on who’s an ideal choice and the reason why you should date them.

Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor is easily the most eligible bachelor in town. He’s smart and his droopy eyes can make any girl go weak in her knees. If we have to name someone Prince Charming, Ranbir is the only name that comes to our mind. Also there has to be a reason why beauties like Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif have dated him in the past. His charm has a long lasting effect, even on divas, and this itself should motivate you enough to vote for him.

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Varun Dhawan

They say girls like humour and they love guys with good comic timing. Who else but Varun Dhawan fits in this category? We have already seen him ace the comic genre with hits like Judwaa 2 and Main Tera Hero. Varun is funny and quite the boy of every girl’s dream. And last but not the least, he’ll give you numerous reasons to flaunt your million dollar smile on any given day.

Sidharth Malhotra

When we say tall, dark and handsome, there’s only name that fits the bell – Sidharth Malhotra. He is incredibly stylish and his boyish charm works wonders on girls. His athletic physique, on the other hand, makes us swoon over him. Apart from his good looks, his coy smile and infectious persona should be the major reason for you to pick him as your date for Valentine’s Day.

Aditya Roy Kapur

Have you seen Aditya Roy Kapur’s hot bod? If yes, you won’t need a reason to not see him as your Mr Right. And to top that, he has dimples. Yes we say it again ‘DIMPLES.’ What else do you even need? Shah Rukh Khan is unfortunately taken and apart from him, Aditya is the only actor who has such cute dimples. SRK fans can pick him up right away.

Arjun Kapoor

You always need a good friend in your partner and Arjun Kapoor can be one. He’ll listen to you when you want him to and advise you, if need be. He’s the kind of guy you take home to meet your parents. There’s no better partner than a best friend. And always remember, your best friend can be your partner but seldom can your partner be your best friend. After all Shah Rukh Khan had once said, ‘Pyaar Dosti Hai.’

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So go ahead and pick your Valentine’s date. Here’s hoping may the best guy win.

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