Top StoriesSupreme Court Calls For Report From NGT Appointed Committee On Yamuna River Pollution Live Law News Network19 Jan 2021 2:30 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday called for a report from the committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal on the pollution of Yamuna river.A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde was hearing the suo moto case pertaining to the issue of “remediation of polluted rivers” and proceeded to direct for the report of an NGT-appointed Committee on river monitoring to be presented to…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?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday called for a report from the committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal on the pollution of Yamuna river.A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde was hearing the suo moto case pertaining to the issue of “remediation of polluted rivers” and proceeded to direct for the report of an NGT-appointed Committee on river monitoring to be presented to the Bench. The Committee has also been impleaded in the suo moto case. COURTROOM EXCHANGE In today’s hearing, Senior Advocate Meenakshi Arora, Amicus Curiae in the matter, submitted to the Bench that the water quality level as on January 18 was excellent and that the ammonium levels were in control. “If this can be maintained, then it will be good. NGT has also appointed a river-monitoring committee for Yamuna river”, stated Arora and requested the Court to call for a report from the Committee as it could provide assistance. Arora further informed the Bench that the State of Haryana had also conveyed that they were in the process of upgrading certain STPs and CETPs. To this, the CJI observed that the requisite order calling for the report would be passed. Arora also submitted that Haryana had brought down the ammonium level in the water to “excellent” which was 0.3 ppm. “The acceptable point is 0.9 ppm. This means, if there is a will, there is a way. If they can maintain these standards, it will be good. It is a matter of drinking water for Delhi”, stated Arora. She concluded on the note that there was an ongoing dispute between Haryana and Delhi regarding the quantum of water to be released and that the issue should not be dragged here, and the matter should be confined to measures to reduce pollution. At this juncture, Senior Advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for State of Haryana, submitted to the Court that the petition filed by Delhi Jal Board (DJB) was not maintainable and that there were many facts which had to be disputed. To this, the CJI responded, “What is the problem in making an order that the present levels must be maintained?” Divan, however, opposed the Court from making an observation and contended that the problems emerged from Delhi and not Haryana as the points of discharge were not from Haryana, and that it was being incorrectly projected that the pollution was due to Haryana’s acts. CJI informed Divan that no order would be passed and one week’s time would be given to Haryana Government to file a Counter to the plea by DJB. The Supreme Court also directed the NGT-appointed committee for river monitoring to submit a copy of its report on Yamuna River and to inform the Court about the extent to which its recommendations had been implemented. Further, the Committee has been impleaded as a party. BACKGROUND In previous hearing on 13th January, 2021, Supreme Court took suo moto cognizance on the issue of “remediation of polluted rivers”. A Bench comprising of Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian observed that one of the major causes of water pollution was the discharge of non-treated/ partially treated municipal waste and effluents of various States and cities. The Court however will start with adjudicating upon the issue of Yamuna River contamination. The suo moto action came while the Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by Delhi Jal Board on the requirement of urgent intervention of the Apex Court in form of directions on the Haryana Government for ceasing the discharge of untreated effluents resulting in a rise of ammonia levels in river water. According to the petitioner, the intervention is essential to avert the humanitarian crisis that the citizens of NCT of Delhi are facing. INITIATION OF SUO MOTO ACTION The issue of pollution of water resources and the deterioration in quality of fresh water led the Bench to take a suo moto action as being an issue of greater importance affecting general public and living beings including marine life. “Deterioration of quality of fresh water has a direct correlation with the quality of public health. It is an acknowledged fact that pollution of water supplies by sewage effluents has been and still is a major cause of variety of diseases and discomforts”, the Bench observed.The Court relied on the landmark judgment of Narmada Bachao Andolan v. Union of India (2000) wherein it was held that all people, whatever their stage of development and their social and economic conditions, have the right to have access to drinking water in quantum and of a quality equal to their basic needs. Moreover, the Bench also took notice of the Directive Principles of State Policy enshrined under Art. 47 and 48A of the Constitution which casts a duty upon the state to improve the public health of citizens and protect the environment. On the major causes of water pollution in the cities, the bench observed that “surface water resources such as rivers, ponds and lakes where effluents are discharged from local bodies are highly polluted. Such discharge of human sewage and other pollutants results into deterioration in chemical, physical and biological properties of water. All these processes lead to degradation of natural environment.” Furthermore, the bench was of the view that in dealing with the issue of water pollution, the procedure of setting up “Sewage Treatment Plants” were implemented with a purpose of prioritizing the cities that discharge industrial pollutions and sewer directly in the rivers and water bodies. However, the bench, while observing the facts of the present petition noted that this system is either not treated through a plant before discharging effluents or the treatment plants do not function adequately. Therefore, the court ordered for taking up a suo moto action on the issue of remediation of polluted rivers. In view of this, the Bench issued notice to State of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh along with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Central Board of Pollution Control. The Bench also appointed Ms. Meenakshi Arora, also the counsel for the Petitioner in the writ petition, to be the amicus curiae for assisting the Court in the suo moto cognizance of rivers.Click here to read/download the orderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images During an unrelated news conference in Freeport Monday, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said there was no evidence that Mateen coordinated with ISIS prior to carrying out the attack. “He was the classic ‘lone wolf,’” Schumer told reporters. To those gathering at vigils sprinkled across the Island Monday evening, the motivation for such a brutal and merciless assault was unequivocally homophobic. As it has so often in the past, hate once again turned its sights on the LGBT community. ‘THIS WAS LIKE KILLING MY CHILDREN’[dropcap]A[/dropcap]bout four hours before Mateen’s mass murder, about 200 people spent their Saturday night at Pride For Youth in Bellmore for the LGBT advocacy group’s “Pride After Dark” party. The night was replete with dance and music, with entertainment provided by RuPaul’s Drag Race star Jiggly Caliente Brooks. It was an opportunity for LGBT youth to celebrate being who they are. By all accounts it was a joyous occasion. Staffers remained at work late into the evening to tidy up the spot—not an easy task considering the large number of young people letting loose. Little did they know that they’d spend the next day, a scheduled day off, planning a memorial service.“We woke up on Sunday to this tragedy,” Pete Carney, director of Pride for Youth, told dozens of people gathered for a vigil at the organization’s homey Bellmore office. Standing atop a stage, Carney told those in attendance that he spent most of Sunday stricken with grief and sadness. “For too many LGBTQ individuals living here on Long Island and throughout our community and throughout the country, LGBTQ nightclubs, bars, community centers are oftentimes the only place where we know we can be safe, where we have that 100-percent guarantee,” said Carney, who, despite the intense wave of emotions, kept his composure. It’s not easy for the LGBT community to find a safe place to congregate, to be themselves, to be gay or lesbian or transgender, he said. “They came into our sanctuary and took something from us,” Carney told the audience. “They came through our walls and our safety and stole something.” After a few speakers and an inspirational rendition of “Amazing Grace,” Carney opened the floor to anyone who felt compelled to speak out—and those who took up his offer said they wouldn’t let pervasive anti-gay rhetoric and the threat of violence keep them down. Speaking to the enormous challenges the community has faced throughout the years—lack of acceptance, omnipresent hate crimes, the HIV/Aids epidemic, the fight for the right to marry, and so much more—one man crystallized the tenaciousness of the gay rights movement’s swelling ranks. “If fear stopped us, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” he said. Less than 20 miles away in Bay Shore, a crowd of several hundred people stood under a gentle blue sky in the parking lot of the LGBT Network‘s community center for a candlelight vigil in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando massacre. Mourners dressed in vibrant colors as they waved rainbow flags, and once the sun set, a thousand candles illuminated the night sky. LGBT residents of all ages offered each other shoulders to cry on. Parents came to support their gay and lesbian children—many of whom were not alive for mass attacks upon the gay community. Partners embraced while the mass joined together in song. Rusty Rose teared up when she considered the early morning attack in Orlando. “This was like killing my children,” she said. As in Bellmore, mourners took turns expressing their sorrow. “People are not born homophobic and hating us. People are raised that way.”David Kilmnick, LGBT Network’s CEO, said the attack was nothing more than an act of hate against all LGBT people. It also serves as “wake up call” for the entire country, he said, listing the many ways hate has infiltrated communities. “This should be a call to the entire country to join together, to fight hate and discrimination against all races, against all ethnicities, all religion, all sexual orientations and gender identities,” Kilmnick, a long time advocate, told the teary-eyed crowd. Xander Simon, a 17-year-old LGBT youth leader, while addressing the crowd, recognized that some people may be overcome with feelings of hopelessness. But, Simon said, the best way to overcome the tragedy is by uniting as one. “Though you may not have the power to donate, whether it be blood or money,” Simon continued, “you always have one thing: the power to love.” Joanne Borden, a 91-year-old transgender woman and advocate, spoke of love and acceptance. “People must be able to learn that we are just like everyone else,” Borden said. “God made us this way, so he must have intended for us to be this way.” LGBT voices throughout the Island lamented the political squabbling the erupted after the shooting, but many felt compelled to stand up for Muslim Americans who have once again been demonized because of the assailant’s Muslim background. At the Bay Shore vigil, Hafiz Ur Rehman, commissioner of Suffolk County’s Human Rights Commission, could barely speak he was so overcome with emotion. The shooter, he declared, does not represent the majority of Muslims who consider the ideology of groups like ISIS anathema to the religion. “Omar Mateen is not a Muslim,” Rehman said. “Don’t paint all Muslims with the same brush.” In Nassau, Isma Chaudhry, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, could hardly contain her frustration. “We take two steps forward—then ‘Boom,’” Chaudhry said when reached by phone. The first female president of the ICLI, Chaudhry noted that the congregation said a prayer for all the victims during Sunday service, adding that the visiting Imam offered a passionate rebuke of bigotry and violence. When asked about Mateen’s LI roots, Chaudhry said the mosque examined its records and found that the shooter’s father was never a member of the ICLI, nor was he actively involved in the community. There was no way to tell if he ever prayed at the mosque, however, Chaudhry admitted. Also on Monday, Nassau County police said they increased patrols around houses of worship and LGBT centers in the wake of the attack. The department’s community affairs liaison also reached out to the ICLI, acting police commissioner Thomas Krumpter said. Chaudhry said the ICLI requested an increased police presence following the attacks out of concern that vandals would once again target the mosque, as they did following the San Bernardino shooting in December. “I’m going to make this very clear: Any kind of bias crime, any kind of hate crime regardless of the hate crime, whether it’s based on religion, based on your sexual preference, anything, will not be tolerated here in Nassau County,” Krumpter said at a press conference Monday highlighting the department’s preparation in the event a similar attack occurred in Nassau.Suffolk County police said they had also bolstered patrols and added additional security measures at LGBT centers. Authorities in both counties implored the public to reach out if see something suspicious, whether on social media or in public. “If something doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t,” said Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano urged residents who come across curious posts on social media to take a screenshot and text the message to authorities via the Nassau Crime Stoppers mobile app. Meanwhile, LGBT leaders on the Island used the occasion to condemn anti-gay rhetoric and discriminatory comments toward transgender people, which could foster hate. At a separate vigil outside Nassau County’s Theodore Roosevelt Executive Building in Mineola, Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews of Glen Cove said anti-LGBT legislation could breed intolerance. “I think it does empower people to do hateful acts,” said Stevenson-Matthews, who moments earlier presented a Pride flag that was subsequently flown over the building. “I would say ‘Yes,’ on some level it does make a difference when people feel emboldened by legislation that singles out one group of people.”In Bellmore, Carney appeared to grow impatient with Nassau County’s refusal to include transgender people in an existing anti-discrimination law, adding that he woke up Monday “angry” with the political discourse. “[I’m] angry that their politicians who want to use this to battle each other, angry that there are those in the broader community that want to focus on buzz worlds like ‘terrorism’ and ‘Islamic fundamentalism’ and the usual language that we know, is put out there to divide us further,” he said. “Angry that people have used this as an excuse to tell us that we should fight for our arms and fight for the exact weapons that were used to take us down. Angry that there are those who want to erase us in this experience.“The LGBT community has been attacked,” Carney continued. “This is a hate crime and that is what we do know. Hate crimes don’t just happen in our country. People are not born homophobic and hating us. People are raised that way…we need to start holding people accountable for their words. We need to no longer give a pass to those who claim culture, faith, whatever it may be, gives them a right to disparage us…because when we allow that to happen we create a world where people don’t value us, don’t value our bodies, don’t value our ability to live in this world. We need to in this community push back against homophobia.” Speaking to the crowd at Pride For Youth, Carney encouraged the community to parlay their sadness into action by calling their respective county legislators and demanding change. “Don’t pray for us, don’t cry for us, make change happen for us,” he said. Earlier in the day, Kilmnick summed up the feelings of LGBT leaders who believe anti-discrimination laws for transgender people are long overdue. “Enough is enough,” Kilmnick said. THERE WAS AN OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT GLOBALLY FOR VICTIMS OF THE RAMPAGE Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Rashed Mian, Ana Borruto and Leo Capobianco [dropcap]F[/dropcap]rom the steps of the Nassau County’s legislative building to a gay refuge in Bay Shore and an inconspicuous office space in Bellmore, hundreds of people from the LGBT community joined civic and religious leaders on Long Island Monday evening for vigils memorializing the dozens of lives lost in Orlando this weekend in yet another mass slaying on American soil. Some mourners were inconsolable—unwilling or physically unable to relinquish embraces from friends and strangers alike as they came to grips with an attack on a community that is so often the target of bigotry and historically condemned for living life as they see fit. Others silently locked hands and wiped away tears as the names of the 49 victims of Sunday’s Pulse nightclub shooting, many of them with ubiquitous Hispanic surnames, were read aloud. The local vigils represented just a handful of the dozens that took place around the world (photos below). “Stanley Almodovar III…Amanda Alvear…Juan Chevez-Martinez…Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz.” The list seemingly went on forever.The youngest victim, Akyra Monet Murray, was 18 years old. There was a palpable feeling Monday that the massacre—the largest mass shooting in U.S. history and biggest terror attack since 9/11—was deeply personal, that any of those grieving could have very well been a victim of a madman’s apparent homophobic assault on a gay nightclub, one of the few public venues where the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community feel safe from persecution or physical attacks. The day of mourning came as more details emerged about the killer, Omar Mateen, who briefly lived in Westbury before moving to Florida, according to reports. But the torrent of details brought more questions than answers. What emerged was a complicated and incomplete portrait of a man who previously fell on the FBI’s radar but was never arrested and therefore able to legally purchase an AR-15 assault rifle just days before the massacre. Adding to the confusion, authorities revealed that Mateen contacted police amid the bloodbath to pledge allegiance to an Islamic State (ISIS) leader and expressed solidarity with a suicide bomber from Al-Nursa Front, a rival terror group, as well as the Boston Marathon bombers.“Don’t pray for us, don’t cry for us, make change happen for us.”Finally, and most bizarre, were reports that the FBI was investigating whether Mateen—who was ultimately killed by a SWAT team—was gay himself, a frequent visitor to the very nightclub he terrorized, and a gay dating app user. And while authorities acknowledged that Mateen seemed to have been radicalized online, it was unclear whether he was motivated solely by extremist Islamic leanings, suffered from mental illness, or if a toxic combination of psychological issues and anti-American sentiment provoked such a virulent and unimaginable outburst. Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Bukit Asam president director Ariviyan Arifin said Wednesday that the company would finance this year’s investments from its cash reserves, which closed at Rp 7.4 trillion last year.“Our investment needs can mostly be covered by our internal cash reserves. We have no plans yet to fundraise unless we, at some point, need them for our projects,” he said.The company’s stocks, traded at Indonesia Stock Exchange with the code PTBA, rose 4.22 percent on Wednesday against the Jakarta Composite Index’s (JCI) increase of 2.38 percent. The shares traded at Rp 2,500 apiece, having lost 37 percent in the past year, underperforming the index’s 12.5 percent decline. Topics : Publicly listed state coal miner PT Bukit Asam has allocated Rp 4 trillion (US$283.34 million) in capital expenditure this year, most of which will go into developing a power plant and coal transportation infrastructure.Bukit Asam finance director Mega Satria said on Wednesday that, of the total capital expenditure, almost Rp 800 million would be used to develop a 1,240-megawatt coal-fired mine-mouth power plant in South Sumatra – the largest such plant in Indonesia. The Jakarta-based company will also channel Rp 700 million into increasing the operational capacity of coal transportation railways and seaports around Sumatra Island, where the company operates, he said. “For exploration, we didn’t allocate much because we are not yet exploring other locations,” he told reporters in Jakarta. The company, he continued, would invest around Rp 300 billion into developing its subsidiaries, whose services vary from financial to medical, and Rp 200 billion into routine investments.Developing the $1.68 billion power plant is one of Bukit Asam’s investments in developing a downstream mining industry at the behest of the Indonesian government. The state-owned miner is also working on a $3.2 billion coal gasification facility slated for commercial operation in 2024.Read also: Growth first, environment later. Proposed legal revision relaxes mining restrictions
They face Argentina at Wembley Stadium at 4.45pm, hoping to reaffirm their status as tournament favourites.Wales and Uruguay do battle at the Millenium Stadium at 2.30pm, Uruguay amongst the lowest ranked teams in the tournament.Samoa and the USA will kick off the day’s proceedings when they face off at Brighton Community Stadium at midday.