1) SC’s fireworks conditions welcome
The imposition of a partial ban on bursting firecrackers during festivals, especially Diwali, by the Supreme Court is a welcome move. Now, the crackers can be burst only between 8 pm to 10 pm. The restriction may not help much in reducing air pollution but will make people think about the environment. It has become routine to celebrate any occasion, be it a wedding or cricket match victory, by bursting crackers indiscriminately. The apex court’s move would help discourage such environment-unfriendly practices.
– Divyesh Chovatiya
2) Strife in the CBI
At a time when the economic offences, corruption and other types of financial and banking crimes are touching their culmination in the country, it is a shame that the most trustworthy agencies appointed to save the country from such evils are themselves facing charges of serious grafts. Perhaps it is the first time in free India that the Central Bureau of Investigation, the country’s premier investigation agency, has had to probe its own leadership. Such allegations against agency are serious and have an impact on the credibility of the nation. A swift action is essential as much and the agency must be kept independent rather it should not be used for politicians as a necessity to protect their self-interest.
– Mohd Usmani
3) Welcome SC verdict on illegal mining
It refers to welcome the Supreme Court order of October 23, 2018, wherein the Rajasthan government was ordered to shut down illegal mining-units in the state within 48 hours when 38 of 128 hillocks in the state disappeared due to mining adding to a rise in pollution levels in parts of north India including the national capital turning down plea loss of Rs 5,000 crore coming annually as royalty through mining operations in the state.
However, the bench should have avoided reference to Hanuman during the hearing “Humans seem to be flying away with hills just like Hanuman” which was not taken in a good sense by a section of media and individuals.
– Subhash Chandra Agrawal
4) The thinking moment for PM
It is said that “a word is enough to the wise.” The people of AP and Orissa are facing the kind of difficulties and problems nowadays that most of the people know. The cyclone Titli has devastated districts Srikakulam and Vizianagaram and has left huge damage to properties, agriculture and horticulture crops, houses and infrastructure resulting in deep distress and misery to the people of these districts. The state government has made a tentative estimation of the damage in all sectors, including agriculture, horticulture, electricity, and irrigation. It has stated roughly Rs 2,800 crore to be the estimated worth of the damages incurred. According to reports, Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday has written to the PM and sought Rs 1,200 crore from the Centre as an immediate relief to take up relief operations in the cyclone-devastated areas of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts. The Naidu’s plea to release Rs 1,200 crore shouldn’t be needed, but the PM should earlier pay attention himself that where he has to spend money and where are the needy people because the best leader is the one who takes care of everyone and fulfills their requirements without any plea. I hope that it will be insured by the PM that the needy people’s requirements will be filled with accepting Naidu’s plea.
– Syed Salman
5) Blame is on organisers
This is a heart-wrenching incident that Dussehra celebration turned tragic when a speeding train mowed down hundreds of people who were watching Ravana’s effigy going up in flames. 61 people died and more than 72 people were injured. Meanwhile, it is consoling that Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced to give Rs 5 lakh to the kin of each deceased and free treatment to the injured in government and private hospitals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have also promised all possible assistance. Hope they will make good. I think the local administration is solely responsible for this tragic incident as they should not give permission for the celebration near a track. The organisers are also to be blamed for the incident. Why have they arranged a program so close to the Railway tracks? Why did not they provide a barrier along the track? My deepest condolences and sympathies for the deceased!
– QB Malik
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