Tag Archives: EIA 2020

Rising Bharat National News Feed: September 25th 2020

  • Views and Statement on EIA
  • Draft EIA Notification – a Unique Text That Places Violators Front and Centre
  • On September 7, 2020, the Karnataka High Court extended its interim order, until further orders, prohibiting the Centre from finalising the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2020.
  • Four days prior to that, the Centre – through the environment ministry – had filed a review petition before the Delhi high court requesting it to review its earlier judgment directing the ministry to translate the draft EIA in “at least” the 22 languages, mentioned in the eighth schedule of the Constitution.
  • The draft EIA is a unique text that places the violators of the law front and centre. It looks at environmental law through the eyes of the violators – in terms of the permissions to be sought, impact assessment studies to be conducted, EIA consultants to be compensated, people to be convinced and, of course, the bribes to be paid and processes to be surpassed.
  • After having identified the many problems and hardships faced by violators, the draft EIA deals with them one by one. If an ignorant industrialist or builder has invested a few hundred-crore rupees to illegally construct a shopping mall or power plant, the draft EIA implicitly recognises the ‘nation-building’ effort that this is, and stipulates that the violator will have to pay a princely sum of Rs 5,000 per day (at best).
  • However, the bureaucrats in the environment ministry have concluded that these laws could hurt the ‘ease of doing business’. So the draft EIA notification replaces ‘imprisonment’ with ‘atonement’.

(Science The Wire, 25 September 2020) News Link

  • DCL to Release Environmental Impact Assessment of Lighthouse PointKey points:
  • Appropriately called an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the Bahamas’ Director of the Department of Environmental Planning and Protection, Rochelle Newbold, stated in a press conference on September 24 that Disney’s EIA will be released for public review “in a matter of weeks.”
  • Now, Disney Cruise Line submitted their EIA in December 2019, but construction cannot begin until the EIA as well as Disney’s Environmental Management Plan is accepted by the Bahamian government as The Walt Disney Company’s second “private island” destination will be set in the Bahamas; at the southern tip of the Island Eleuthera.
  • Even though Disney’s report was filed 10 months ago, it is still not public because the Government is still in the process of finalizing the EIA.

(Inside The Magic, 25 September 2020) News Link

  • Ram Mandir vyavastha
  1. जानिए, क्यों SSF को राम मंदिर की सुरक्षा की जिम्मेदारी देने की तैयारी में योगी सरकार?

Key points:

  1. अयोध्या के साथ ही राम मंदिर की सुरक्षा का जिम्मा भी एसएसएफ के जवानों के कंधों पर होगा. इसके अलावा सरकार प्रदेश के प्रमुख धार्मिक स्थल काशी और मथुरा की सुरक्षा की जिम्मेदारी भी एसएसएफ को देने पर विचार कर रही है.
  2. यूपी सरकार हाल ही में चर्चा में रही विशेष सुरक्षा बल (एसएसएफ) के हाथों राम नगरी अयोध्या की सुरक्षा देने की तैयारी में है. अयोध्या के साथ ही राम मंदिर की सुरक्षा का जिम्मा भी एसएसएफ के जवानों के कंधों पर होगा. इसके अलावा सरकार प्रदेश के प्रमुख धार्मिक स्थल काशी और मथुरा की सुरक्षा की जिम्मेदारी भी एसएसएफ को देने पर विचार कर रही है. बतादें कि एसएसएफ के जवानों को आधुनिक संसाधन, हथियार व विशेष अधिकार दिए जाएंगे. इसमें विभिन्न सुरक्षाबलों के चुनिंदा जवान समेत कम उम्र में रियाटरमेंट लेने वाले युवा सैनिकों को रखा जाएगा
  3. दरअसल, साल 1990 में तत्कालीन मुलायम सरकार में कारसेवकों को रोकने के लिए तमाम सुरक्षा एजेंसियां नाकाम साबित हुई थी. बाबरी विध्वंस के बाद से ही ये इलाका छावनी में तब्दील है. जनवरी 1993 में 67.77 एकड़ भूमि के अधिग्रहण के बाद अयोध्या की सुरक्षा को और कस दिया गया. समय-समय पर यहां पुलिस के अलावा पीएसी, सीआरपीएफ और आरएएफ के जवानों को सुरक्षा के लिए लगाया गया. हालांकि, अलग-अलग फोर्स होने के कारण इनके तालमेल पर सवाल उठाए जाते रहे हैं. यही वजह है कि योगी सरकार अब एसएसएफ को राम मंदिर की सुरक्षा का जिम्मा देने की तैयारी कर रही है.
  4. सीआईएसएफ की तर्ज पर यूपी एसएसएफ को भी तलाशी लेने, गिरफ्तार करने, हिरासत में लेकर पूछताछ करने के अधिकार होंगे. इतना ही नहीं आने वाले वक्त में यूपी एसएसएफ को थाने का पावर दिया जाएगा जिससे वो कानूनी प्रक्रिया का भी पालन कर सके.

(ABP Live, 25 September 2020) News Link

  • POJK
  • ‘Pakistan treating us like animals’: PoK activist seeks UN help to restore political and civil rights

Key points:

  1. Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), activist Sajjad Raja has sought United Nations’ help to restore their political, civil and constitutional rights. He also alleged that the Imran Khan-led government is treating the citizens of the PoK region like animals.
  2. “We the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir plead the council to stop Pakistan from treating us like animals. The POK election Act 2020 has taken away all of our constitutional, civil and political rights. Our activities opposing accession to Pakistan have been declared anti-state in flagrant violations of United Nations Resolutions,” ANI quoted Prof Sajjad Raja, Chairman of the National Equality Party JKGBL, as saying.
  3. While making an intervention during the 45th Session of the UNHRC in Geneva on Thursday, the PoK activist broke down in tears as he made the appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
  4. Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), activist Sajjad Raja further said, “We are treated as traitors in our own home simply for defending it. By declaring our political activities illegal, this act gives the Pakistan Army a free hand to assassinate our people through targeted killings and enforce disappearances.”
  5. “Pakistan is brainwashing innocent youth on both sides of the border in Jammu and Kashmir making them cannon fodder in the proxy war with India. Pakistan continues to run terror camps from POK,” Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), activist Sajjad Raja added.

(Times Now News, 25 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat National News Feed: August 18th 2020

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  1. AJYCP protest against CAA and Environmental Impact Assessment in Golaghat(N)

Key points:

  1. GOLAGHAT: The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) Golaghat District Committee on Monday staged protest by forming human chain against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), 2020 at Bata point of Golaghat town.
  2. AJYCP activists shouted various slogans against the BJP government at the Centre and in the State. The president and secretary of Golaghat AJYCP, Abdul Hasim and Nikunja Medhi respectively, said that the AJYCP would never accept the controversial CAA as it threatened to destroy the identity of the indigenous people of Assam.

(News on Sentinel Assam, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • National Education Policy
  1. Have questions on New Education Policy? Education Minister will answer

Key points:

  1. The Education Minister, formerly known as the Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has through a tweet informed that he will take questions from students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders on the new National Education Policy 2020.
  2. The NEP replaces the 34-year-old policy and brings major changes in school to the college level of education as well as hiring of teachers. Among major changes proposed under NEP are changing 10+2 school system to 5+3+3+4 format, diluting the board exams and changing assessment system, teaching in mother tongue till at least class 5, common entrance exam for admission to colleges, multiple exit and entry points in college degrees, setting up of Academic Bank of Credit, replacing UGC, AICTE, NAAC with a single autonomous body among several others.

(News on Indian Express, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Committee to study NEP constituted

Key points:

  1. The Uttarakhand Government has decided to constitute a high level committee which would study and analyse the new National Education Policy (NEP).
  2. The committee would be headed by former Vice Chancellor (VC) of HNB Garhwal University, MSM Rawat and would include VCs of all the universities of State, director education, Vice President of higher education alleviation committee and a secretary level officer from the State administration.
  3. The committee would submit its recommendation within 40 days.

(Daily Pioneer, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Hry Gov calls upon VCs, academicians to implement NEP in effective manner

Key points:

  1. Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya on Tuesday appealed to the vice-chancellors and academicians to take initiative in implementing the new National Education Policy in an effective and speedy manner.
  2. He also said the change in the education system in the country and the state will help the younger generation become self-reliant.
  3. Arya was addressing the vice-chancellors and academicians at a digital conclave organized by the Haryana State Higher Education Council, an official statement said here.

(Outlook, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Karnataka will set up 50 universities to achieve NEP goals: Deputy CM CN Ashwath Narayan

Key points:

  1. A task force will be constituted for implementation of National Education Policy (NEP) in the state.
  2. It will submit a draft report in the next four to five days, while a road map on implementation would be submitted before August 29.
  3. He also announced that to achieve all goals set by NEP by 2030, the government would establish six research-centred universities, 10 teachingcentred varsities and 34 autonomous institutions in three years. Discussions would be held with the CM immediately after submission of the road map by the task force.
  4. Amendment to the laws, administrative reforms and consolidation of the resources required for the implementation would be done in an expeditious manner, the DyCM said.

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • View: Ram Mandir
  1. Ram Mandir Ayodhya: भारतीय संस्कृति का वाहक बनेगा श्रीराम मंदिर: चंपत राय

Key points:

  1. अयोध्या श्रीराममंदिर में चार प्रवेश द्वार बनाए जाएंगे जिन्हें गोपुरम के नाम से जाना जाएगा। इसके अतिरिक्त रामकथा कुंज, राम म्यूजियम सहित श्रीराम के जीवन पर शोध के लिए शोध संस्थान व गुरुकुल की भी स्थापना होगी।
  2. राममंदिर को विश्व का सबसे बड़ा तीर्थस्थल बनाने की योजना है।
  3. रामजन्मभूमि परिसर को कुछ इस तरह विकसित किया जाएगा कि प्रवेश करते ही श्रद्घालु व भक्तों को रामायणकालीन समय का अहसास होने लगे।
  4. रामकथा कुंज में भगवान राम के जीवन प्रसंगों को दर्शाती 125 मूर्तियां स्थापित की जाएगी, तो पूरी रामायण को दर्शाती नजर आएंगी।
  5. राममंदिर तक श्रद्घालु आसानी से पहुंच सके इसके लिए हाईवे से राममंदिर परिसर तक चार कॉरीडोर भी बनेंगे। यह कॉरिडोर फोरलेन की शक्ल में रामायणकालीन दृश्यों से सुसज्जित होंगे। परिसर की चारों दिशाओं में कुल चार प्रवेश द्वार होंगे जिन्हें गोपुरम के नाम से जाना जाएगा।

(Jagran, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Ram Mandir Vyasvastha
  1. रामायणकालीन नजर आएगा राममंदिर परिसर, बनेंगे चार गोपुरम

Key points:

  1. श्रीराममंदिर में चार प्रवेश द्वार बनाए जाएंगे जिन्हें गोपुरम के नाम से जाना जाएगा। इसके अतिरिक्त रामकथा कुंज, राम म्यूजियम सहित श्रीराम के जीवन पर शोध के लिए शोध संस्थान व गुरुकुल की भी स्थापना होगी।
  2. राममंदिर को विश्व का सबसे बड़ा तीर्थस्थल बनाने की योजना है।
  3. रामजन्मभूमि परिसर को कुछ इस तरह विकसित किया जाएगा कि प्रवेश करते ही श्रद्घालु व भक्तों को रामायणकालीन समय का अहसास होने लगे।
  4. रामकथा कुंज में भगवान राम के जीवन प्रसंगों को दर्शाती 125 मूर्तियां स्थापित की जाएगी, तो पूरी रामायण को दर्शाती नजर आएंगी।
  5. राममंदिर तक श्रद्घालु आसानी से पहुंच सके इसके लिए हाईवे से राममंदिर परिसर तक चार कॉरीडोर भी बनेंगे। यह कॉरिडोर फोरलेन की शक्ल में रामायणकालीन दृश्यों से सुसज्जित होंगे। परिसर की चारों दिशाओं में कुल चार प्रवेश द्वार होंगे जिन्हें गोपुरम के नाम से जाना जाएगा।

(Amar Ujala, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • राम मंदिर के निर्माण को लेकर 20 अगस्त को दिल्ली में आखिरी बैठक, जल्द शुरू होगा काम

Key points:

  1. राम मंदिर निर्माण समिति के अध्यक्ष नृपेंद्र मिश्र के साथ सदस्यों की 20 अगस्त को दिल्ली में बैठक होने जा रही है।
  2. राम मंदिर तीर्थ क्षेत्र ट्रस्ट कार्यालय के प्रभारी प्रकाश गुप्ता के मुताबिक, इस बैठक में मंदिर के तकनीकी निर्माण पर गंभीर चर्चा हो सकती है।
  3. उसके बाद मंदिर का तकनीकी निर्माण शुरू हो जाएगा।
  4. प्रकाश गुप्ता ने बताया कि मंदिर के तकनीकी निर्माण को लेकर यह अंतिम बैठक है। इसके बाद एल ऐंड टी कंपनी निर्माण कार्य शुरू करेगी।
  5. ट्रस्ट के सदस्य अनिल मिश्र के मुताबिक, पीएम मोदी ने भूमिपूजन कार्यक्रम में अपने संबोधन में साफ तौर पर कहा कि यह मंदिर 1,000 साल तक मजबूती से खड़ा रहेगा।
  6. ऐसे में एल ऐंड टी कंपनी भी नींव की खुदाई के पहले इसकी मजबूती को लेकर पूरी तरह से जांच की तैयारी कर रही है।

(Navbharat Times, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Dan- Ram Mandir
  1. भोपाल के रामभक्त ने राममंदिर निर्माण को भेंट की पोकलैंड मशीन

Key points:

  1. राममंदिर निर्माण में सहयोग देने के लिए राम भक्तों ने अपने खजाने खोल दिए हैं। कोई नगद रुपये दे रहा है तो कोई चांदी और सोने का दान दे रहा है।
  2. कुछ इसी तर्ज पर मध्यप्रदेश के इंदौर के एक व्यवसायी ने राम मंदिर निर्माण के लिए पोकलैंड मशीन रामजन्मभूमि भेजी है। मशीन राम जन्मभूमि परिसर में पहुंच गई है।
  3. इसका उपयोग राम मंदिर निर्माण की प्रक्रिया में होगा।
  4. भोपाल से अयोध्या पहुंची पोकलैंड में भगवान राम का चित्र छपा है।
  5. पोकलैंड का इस्तेमाल गहरी जमीन खोदाई में होता है। दिल्ली में 20 अगस्त को आयोजित मंदिर निर्माण समिति की बैठक के बाद राममंदिर के निर्माण कार्य में और भी तेजी आ जाएगी।

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Andaman & Nicobar
  1. Lockdown outside containment zones in Andaman & Nicobar extended till August 25

Key points:

  1. Shops providing essential items and services will remain functional in South and North & Middle Andaman. In Nicobar district a written permission from the concerned Assistant Commissioner is required to open essential services shops.
  2. The government offices will remain closed except those related to essential services. However, Banks and ATM’s will continue. All places of worship will also remain closed.
  3. All non-resident passengers of South Andaman, coming from mainland will go to a seven day institutional quarantine till they tested negative.
  4. All persons heading to tribal areas will be tested for COVID-19. Passengers on inter island routes will also be tested before boarding.
  5. The transport services in Port Blair and Ferargunj in South Andaman have also been suspended till 25th August. The current lock-down was ending midnight today.

(News On Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Meghalaya
  1. Meghalaya: District Administration of East Khasi Hills begins random antigen testing in Police Bazaar, Iewduh market

Key points:

  1. In Meghalaya, as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, District Administration of East Khasi Hills district today began random antigen testing in Police Bazaar and Iewduh market.
  2. Deputy Commissioner M War Nongbri said that authorities are targeting to conduct over 500 test today and depending on the situation, they would take a call on how long the testing should continue.

(News on Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Odisha
  1. Odisha conducts over 10 lakh COVID-19 tests so far

Key points:

  1. Amid Odisha has scaled a new high against covid-19 with it’s cumulative tests crossing the 10 lakh mark.
  2. The state has conducted a total of 10 lakh 9 thousand 454 sample tests till yesterday.

(News on Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Punjab
  1. Punjab govt imposes additional restrictions within municipal limits of all cities from today, amid spike in coronavirus infections

Key points:

  1. An Official Spokesman informed that movement of individuals for all the non-essential activities shall remain prohibited between 9.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m. within municipal limits.
  2. However, essential activities including operation of multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on national and state highways and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes would be permitted.
  3. Similarly, all industries running into two to three shifts would also remain open.
  4. The Punjab Government has requested the people to avoid unnecessary travel on Saturdays and Sundays in the big towns of Ludhiana, Patiala and Jalandhar.

(News on Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Chandigarh
  1. Chandigarh: Helpdesk answering 350 calls a day

Key points:

  1. It has been a hectic time for the team at the UT’s newly-set up Covid-19 helpdesk, as there are no less than 300-350 calls a day from people, mostly seeking medical consultation and advice related to home isolation norms.
  2. A team of around a dozen telephone operators, along with nearly half-a-dozen doctors, provides medical assistance between 10am and 5pm and after that the services can be availed through certain mobile phone numbers.
  3. This helpdesk operates from a building of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) and their employees have been engaged to run the service. Senior officers of the CHB have been given the task to monitor the functioning of this facility and to provide any technical or other assistance to the employees deployed for the work.

(News on Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Rajasthan
  1. Covid-19: Random tests in Rajasthan jails to prevent outbreaks

Key points:

  1. Jails are one of the vulnerable places for Covid-19 outbreaks. On Sunday, the central jail in Jaipur had reported 18 cases, and more are being reported from jails in Sikar, Bharatpur and others jails across the state.
  2. Following this, the health department has intensified its safety and protective measures in jails to prevent the spread and decided to conduct regular random tests.
  3. All chief medical health officers have been directed to be on alert for outbreaks in jails.
  4. “Through strict monitoring of the health of inmates in jails, we have managed to detect new infections,” said Dr Sharma. In Sikar, Bharatpur and other districts, the health department officials managed to identify Covid cases through regular random sampling.
  5. In May, more than 250 inmates and jail staff of the central and district jails were found infected with the virus. The health department had then turned a ward of the jail into a Covid care centre.

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Kerala
  1. Covid-19: Thiruvananthapuram’s test marathon in two weeks picks up double the cumulative cases of five months

Key points:

  1. The district health team has managed to pick in 15 days of this month, twice the cumulative number of cases being reported in past five months, indicating the extent of transmission.
  2. This was made possible by significantly shoring up testing rates as part of surveillance and cluster containment.
  3. As many as 42,237 samples were collected by 42 teams being deployed across the district and 4470 positive cases; mostly in clusters, were identified and isolated in first two weeks of August.
  4. While the district is still far away from achieving the golden test positivity rate of below 5%, higher number of tests has been crucial in cluster identification and containment; the officials said.

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Uttar Pradesh
  1. Noida: How rapid tests helped identify patients early

Key points:

  1. The Noida health department’s decision to scale up testing seems to have yielded results in identifying Covid patients early. Of the 6,476 cases reported till August 16 in the district, 40% have been detected over the past one month. During the same period, Noida has conducted 43% of its total tests — an average of more than 2,000 tests daily.
  2. The Noida administration had earlier been accused of not doing enough tests. Testing picked up only in the last week of June and continued through July when the government set a target of 4,000 tests daily between July 2 and 12. As the increased testing helped Noida identify patients early and ensure timely treatment, the Covid response team requested the government for 1 lakh antigen kits.
  3. Among the four blocks in the district, Bisrakh has accounted for 55% of the cases. Asked why Bisrakh had reported the most number of Covid cases, district magistrate Suhas LY explained that the block covers a major portion of Noida city and has a higher population than the other areas. “Also, a major portion of the health infrastructure, including the district hospital, is situated in Bisrakh,” he added
  4. Not just cases, Bisrakh also had the most number of samples tested. Of the 58,327 tests conducted in the past one month, more than 35,000 were in Bisrakh alone.

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link