NGT criticises Ministry on Chardham highway project

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday rapped the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for not submitting a plan on the disposal of muck from the construction site of the Chardham highway project in Uttarakhand.A Bench headed by NGT acting chairperson Jawad Rahim gave the authorities time till April 19 to comply with the previous orders and file the action plan.Noting that the Ministry had failed to submit a plan despite the tribunal not passing any interim order, the green bench said: “Even muck dumping plan which we had directed to file has not been filed or produced today. This can hardly be appreciated. Be that as it may, we restrain ourselves from imposing cost but we make it clear that no further adjournment would be granted in the case.”The green panel further said that its previous orders would be continued till any other order is passed.Earlier, on March 21, the NGT had said: “Material placed by the project proponent (MoRTH) shows that the project activity has commenced somewhere in the year 2015, therefore we do not intend to pass any interim order but till further hearing of the issues, the project proponent should restrain from felling of trees.”NGO for stay on projectThe directions came while the tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Citizens of Green Doon, a Dehradun based NGO that had sought a stay on the road widening project. The petitioners had further claimed that the construction work was being carried out in violation of environmental laws.last_img read more

PCB to oppose end to ICC president rotation policy

first_imgPakistan has rejected reforms which could see the country lose the right to have one of its nationals at the head of cricket’s governing body, an official said on Tuesday.ICC chief Sharad Pawar with PCB chairman Ijaz Butt.A plan to scrap the rotation policy for appointing presidents and vice- presidents of the International Cricket Council is likely to be tabled at its board meeting in Hong Kong later this month.”Under the current rotational system, Pakistan and Bangladesh have to put up the next candidates for president and vice-president and we don’t agree with the proposal of change and we have shown our reservations to the ICC,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed told reporters.Ahmed said Pakistan and Bangladesh had the right to nominate their candidates.”We are in touch with the ICC over the matter and will decide the future course of action soon,” said Ahmed.The post of ICC president was first created in 1997 when India’s Jagmohan Dalmiya took the top job. He was followed by Australian representative Malcolm Gray, followed by Ehsan Mani of Pakistan and Percy Sonn from South Africa.India’s Sharad Pawar is the current president and will be succeeded by Australia-New Zealand nominee Alan Isaac next year.Pakistan and Bangladesh will nominate their candidates after Isaac completes his term in 2014.It was unclear what new system for picking ICC presidents would replace rotational appointment.Pakistan has also opposed another suggested amendment in the ICC’s constitution allowing the council to suspend members in cases of government interference in the running of national cricket boards.advertisementThe role of PCB chairman is widely criticised for being a political appointment by the ruling administration.”But we challenged them on this issue and sent a legal notice in April. Now we are in talks with them to explain our position,” Ahmed said.Ahmed pointed out that the PCB had taken the stance that every member country had its own particular environment and set-up that it functioned under.- With Agency inputslast_img read more

Football again pays for chaos at Ambedkar Stadium

first_imgBe it a political rally, function or any celebration, Ambedkar Stadium is the favourite destination in the Capital for gatherings of all kinds. And every time it has come at the cost of football.The latest is the agitation by Baba Ramdev at the stadium on Monday. The yoga guru along with thousands of his supporters thronged the stadium after being evicted from the Ramlila ground. By the time he left the place on Tuesday morning, it was in a mess. All this happened just two days before the Durand Cup kicks off.Even though Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) workers have begun cleaning the stadium, the protest has affected the field of play.NK Bhatia, vice-president of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA), said this kind of ‘tamasha’ is nothing new to them and nothing has changed in the past couple of decades. “We have no power to stop any such political rally as the ground belongs to the MCD. As far as yesterday’s incident is concerned the police also insisted to send Ramdev to Ambedkar Stadium to maintain the law and order,” Bhatia told Mail Today.”There was rain on Monday and so many people were there, so the field might have been affected. There are patches in a few places.”This has been the case for the last 30 to 40 years. Add to this the tantrums of the MCD who keeps increasing the rate for hiring the stadium though it is not used for most period of the year.”advertisementThe problem has aggravated as the qualifying rounds of the 2012 Durand Cup will be starting at the stadium from Thursday.The organisers, however, said that the ground will be ready before the main tournament begins on August 23. “The field is fine for conducting the tournament. It has been cleared up and there is good grass cover,” GS Khanna, member of the Durand organising committee, said.”After the qualifiers, the main tournament will begin on August 23, so we have got enough time in our hand. The sprinklers are on and whatever little mending is required, will be done.”However, Bhatia insisted that sports grounds should be used only sport.”Our national team had to shift to Bangalore because they could not find any quality ground in the Capital. And here we have a ground which gets affected for all non-sporting purposes,” he said.last_img read more

Duke Of Cambridge Visits Centrepoint Hostel In London

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge, Patron of Centrepoint, the leading youth homelessness charity for 16-25 year-olds, recently visited a hostel in London.Prince William at CentrepointCredit/Copyright: Royal.UKThe Duke spent time meeting young people who rely on the charity to help them turn their lives around.As well as providing homeless young people with a safe place to stay, the work of Centrepoint focuses on providing young people with help to tackle physical and mental health problems and support in accessing education and work.On his visit to a Centrepoint hostel, The Duke of Cambridge observed some of the Centrepoint sessions designed for young people, and took the opportunity to hear about the personal experiences of those attending the programme.The support of Centrepoint can make a huge difference to the future of homeless young people, who are four times more likely to not be in education, employment or training than non-homeless peers. Centrepoint offers a wide range of support to help young people enter the world of work, particularly through Workwise, a four-week programme which has been specifically designed to help homeless young people overcome barriers to finding and keeping a job.The Duke spent time with staff who run the hostel, and colleagues from Centrepoint’s Learning Team who provide workshops and training sessions.Centrepoint supports 9,000 young people directly in London, Yorkshire and the North East, and through its partner charities across the UK. Young people typically stay with Centrepoint for around two years, with 90 per cent moving on positively.Centrepoint aims to help all young people find a job and a home, so they can leave homelessness behind for good. For more information about Centrepoint visit their website.Source:Royal.UKlast_img read more