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Garbage on city roads, Delhi HC pulls up civic body heads



New Delhi, June 2: Upset at seeing video footage of garbage piling up on the city roads, the Delhi High Court on Friday issued show cause notice to the Commissioners of East, North and South Municipal Corporations, asking why contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against them for defying its order.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar asked the three Commissioners to remain present in the court on June 21.

The court’s order came after watching the video footage of a TV news programme showing complete apathy in collection of garbage by the municipal corporations, especially east and north municipal areas.

“The footage is explicit in the fact that no effort has been made in picking of garbage… Dengue, Chikungunya have resurfaced in Delhi even before the advent of the monsoon,” the court observed.Delhi garbage
The footage showed piles of garbage in different areas in Delhi which had not been picked up by the municipal corporations for over five days.

The court said it was forced to take on the Commissioners as they “don’t care about the public but care about saving their own skins”.

The court also directed that video footage of the ABP news channel programme be sent to the Principal Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office, so that cleaning of garbage in Delhi “is taken up on the same war footing as ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'”.

It also directed that a copy of the video be sent to the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

Noting that Delhi has been “consciously turned into an urban slum”, the court observed that “right to clean environment cannot be compromised”.

“You need a court order to do your basic duty of picking up the garbage,” the bench told civic agencies, adding that “somebody has to be made accountable”.

The programme, which was played in the courtroom, also highlighted other issues faced by the EDMC workers, including non-payment of salaries and lack of proper shoes, clothing and other equipment to clean drains and garbage.

Upset with wrong information being given to it over collection of garbage, the High Court had on May 31 appointed a TV news reporter as the local Commissioner to inspect various areas in Delhi for piling up of garbage.

The High Court had taken suo motu cognisance of the ABP news channel’s report highlighting contradictions in the manner in which the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) was undertaking the task of garbage cleaning in areas under its jurisdiction.

The High Court asked the news channel to conduct random inspection on garbage removal and disposal in Delhi and submit a report before June 2.

On Friday, it asked the news channel to continue its inspection.

The High Court has also been hearing PILs claiming the government and civic agencies have not taken preventive steps against vector-borne diseases such as Chikungunya and dengue. The government and civic bodies had told the court that they have taken all steps to prevent these diseases.


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‘BJP goons killed Qasim, dragged him like a dead animal’

“My brother screamed in pain for water, but the mob refused him saying he is a Muslim and butcher. He was dragged like a dead animal in front of police,” Mohammed Nadeem said at a press conference here.



Hapur Lynching

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Cattle trader Qasim, who was lynched in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur earlier this week, was “brutally killed by BJP goons as he belonged to the Muslim community” and dragged like dead animal in presence of police, his younger brother said on Friday.

“My brother screamed in pain for water, but the mob refused him saying he is a Muslim and butcher. He was dragged like a dead animal in front of police,” Mohammed Nadeem said at a press conference here.

Qasim was allegedly beaten to death and farmer Mohammed Samiyuddin was critically injured by a mob over alleged rumours of cow slaughter at Bajhera Khurd village in Hapur.

Nadheem said that around 11 a.m. four days back, his brother received a call from someone to purchase the cattle. “He left to make a deal but never came back to home.”

“I received a call saying your brother was lynched by a mob and was taken to police station. When we reached the police station, they said he was taken to hospital. He was lying dead in the hospital,” said Nadeem.

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The press meet was organised by a fact-finding team of United Against Hate comprising of activists Nadeem Khan, Shariq Hussain and advocate Mushfiq and Shibli from the Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) which visited the villages of the victims and met their family members.

The team were told that Qasim was a cattle trader, purchased buffalos and lambs from nearby villages and sold them at a local animal market called Paith.

Meanwhile, 67-year-old Samiyuddin, was allegedly thrashed and critically injured by the mob when he intervened and tried to pacify the attackers, and later admitted in private hospital.

Samiyuddin’s brother Mohammed Mehruddin said: “Police confused us for six hours in order so we can’t meet him. But finally we found him in private hospital lying unconscious on bed with his right hand thumb having blue colour impression.”

“We don’t know, what police have used this thumb impression for,” he added.

The fact-finding team said in a statement that before the lynching, an announcement was made from the nearby temple asking people to gather there, as cow killers had been caught red-handed – “which is a repeat of the modus operandi adopted in the Dadri incident where Akhlaq was lynched to death for allegedly consuming beef. Police however, say that they are not aware of any such announcement”.

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Bengaluru: HD Kumaraswamy flagged off the six-coach train of Namma Metro



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The new six-coach Namma Metro train was flagged off by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy 45 minutes behind schedule on Friday.

BMRCL Managing Director Mahendra Jain said BEML, which is manufacturing the coaches, has promised that all coaches will be delivered by June 2019 instead of December 2019. “By June 2019, all 50 trains will be six-coach trains,” he said.

In the last one year, the number of trips made by Namma Metro has gone up to 298 from 216, he said, adding that the ridership has also risen to almost four lakh per day.

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‘Heartbroken’ Messi fan in Kerala missing, suicide note found



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Lionel Messi (File Photo)

Kottayam (Kerala) June 22: Unable to bear the thrashing Argentina received at the hands of Croatia late on Thursday, a diehard Lionel Messi fan here has gone missing, leaving behind a suicide note saying he has nothing to look forward to now. A search operation is on.

A team of police divers and locals on Friday searched the Meenachil river that flows by Arumannoor near here.

Binu Alex, 30, who was last seen watching the FIFA World Cup match, according to his parents, has been missing from the house since 4 a.m., a police officer, who did not want to be named, told IANS.

“A quick search revealed a suicide note in which he says he is leaving the world as he has nothing more to watch and see,” said the officer.

A close relative of Alex told IANS that he was a hardcore Messi fan and his mobile phone had a picture of Messi as the wallpaper.

“Yesterday, he purchased a T shirt like the one worn by Messi and sat down to watch the match. In the morning when his mother got up at 4 a.m to prepare food for Alex, she saw that the back door of the kitchen was open and immediately called her husband.

“They then went to check on Alex and found that he was missing,” said the relative, adding that police was called then.

Police arrived with a sniffer dog who ran towards the river which is flowing in full spate on account of the rains in the past few days. Some divers searched in the water but failed to find the body.

Alex was unmarried and works as an accountant in a private company here.


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