Clean India: Campaign extends to Sectors 44, 45, 46
The ongoing Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by the municipal corporation (MC) extended to Sectors like 44, 45 and 46 on Monday.
MC deployed more manpower and machinery to lift garbage, horticultural waste, 'malba' and other waste material from these areas. MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh inaugurated the campaign in Sector 46.
Senior deputy mayor Heera Negi urged residents not to litter in streets or open spaces in order to maintain cleanliness and asked people to fully cooperate to make Chandigarh, a garbage free city.
Under information education and communication (IEC) strategy, vice-principal and teachers of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, Chandigarh, were apprised about the importance of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
A pledge, that they would devote at least two hours a week for the cleanliness of their school/houses and surroundings, was also administered to school students.
Experts also informed about different ways to get rid of communicable diseases. "As polythene bags are banned in the city, people should avoid using them,"said an expert. Besides, as many as 22 sanitation challans were issued to defaulters throwing 'malba' or wastage under Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (Sanitation and Public Health) Bylaws Act, 1999. A team of dog catchers was also deployed by the civic body.
Over 30 people were feared drowned when a boat carrying 45 people, including 25 women and children, capsized in the Yamuna, in Banda district, on Thursday. Locals said most people were going to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with their siblings. SHO Marka Hemraj said that four people are confirmed dead while 13 managed to swim to safety, while 28 people are still missing. He said around 45 people were on the boat.
Indian actor Jennifer Winget is at the Elephant Conservation & Care Centre, run by wildlife conservation NGO, Wildlife SOS, in Mathura, and will celebrate 'World Elephant Day' there, on Friday. She reached the centre on Thursday. Every year, August 12 is celebrated as World Elephant Day to raise awareness about the world's declining elephant population. Breaking a sweat, Winget helped in creating and distributing enrichments that keep elephants physically and mentally stimulated.
Mumbai The Social Service Branch of the Mumbai police raided four flats in Navi Mumbai and rescued 17 women who were brought to the city from West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and forced into prostitution. The SSB has arrested nine people of the syndicate and are looking for two main culprits who were running the prostitution racket for several years.
Mumbai Following Hindustan Times reports, the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority has asked City and Industrial Development Corporation, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and the Thane district administration to submit a report over the proposed auction of a 25,000 square metre plot of land in Nerul. The MCZMA had been instructed earlier this week to probe the matter by the union environment ministry, on the basis of complaints by Navi Mumbai residents.
Arrested Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mondal on Thursday faced massive sloganeering as a group of protesters surrounded Mr Mondal's while he was being produced in a special CBI court in the cattle smuggling case. Those present at the spot shouted 'chor' (thief), while some waved slippers at him as the TMC leader left the car and made his way to the court with CBI officers.