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

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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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Bhopal: Fire breaks out in shopping complex, 100 shops gutted

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More than 100 shops gutted in the fire which broke out in a shopping complex in Bhopal’s Bairagarh, more than 20 fire tenders at the spot, cause of fire yet to be ascertained

However, Fire fighting operations are underway at the shopping complex.

Army vehicle and jawans have reached the shopping complex to join in the fire fighting operation. More than 20 fire tenders at the spot.

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Jammu records lowest temperature, severe cold wave lashes J&K

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Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 17: The minimum temperature in Jammu city dropped to a minus 5.1 degrees Celsius on Sunday thereby recording the season’s lowest temperature as a severe cold wave has lashed Jammu and Kashmir.

“The minimum temperature in Jammu city was 5.1 degrees Celsius on Sunday and Saturday. This is the lowest recorded in the city this season so far,” a MET department official said

The cold wave conditions are likely to continue in the state during the next 48 hours and the night temperatures are likely to drop further due to clear night sky.

“The minimum temperature was minus 3.7 degrees Celsius in Srinagar while it was minus 9.2 in Pahalgam and minus 7.5 in Gulmarg.

“Kargil was the coldest town in the state on Sunday as the minimum dropped to a minus 13.4 degrees Celsius which was followed by Leh where it dropped to minus 12.2 degrees Celsius.

“The minimum temperatures in Katra town was 7.2, in Batote 4.2, Bannihal 1.7, Bhaderwah minus 0.2 and in Udhampur it was 3.1 degrees Celsius,” the official added.

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Celebrations in Lucknow, Amethi as Rahul takes over as Congress chief

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Lucknow, Dec 16 : Celebrations broke out in the Uttar Pradesh capital and Amethi on Saturday as soon as Rahul Gandhi took over as the new president of the Congress.

Jubilant party workers danced to the thumping of dhols and burst firecrackers as news of the coronation of their “Rahul Bhaiyya” was telecast on television channels.

The centre of the celebrations in the state capital was the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) office at Mall Avenue where a large number of old timers, party loyalists, supporters and workers along with state office bearers had gathered since morning in anticipation of the Gandhi scion taking over the party reins.

Over 100 kg of sweets was also distributed. Legislator Aradhana Mishra, who took part in the celebrations, said this was a momentous occasion for the party as a young leader was now in charge of the party fortunes.

“Youth are the backbone of the country and it is a heartening moment for all of us that the power has now shifted to a young leader,” she said.

Several hoardings have come up in Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Rahul Gandhi, congratulating him on his elevation as the Congress boss. Party workers also took out small motorcycle rallies with Congress flags to mark the occasion.

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