West Bengal activists urge parties to follow environmental norms during assembly poll campaigns
Green activists in West Bengal have urged political parties to abide by environmental norms while campaigning for the upcoming assembly polls, voicing concern over the unrestricted use of plastic.
Noted green activist Subhas Dutta, President of Rejuvenators for Environment Nature and United Society (RENU), said on Saturday that letters were sent to 13 political parties in the state on February 22 about the urgent need to follow such norms, including the ones on sound pollution.
"With the entire state literally being under a cover of plastic materials... we have urged the parties to refrain from using plastic or minimise its use in their campaigns," Dutta said.
He said political parties have also been urged to curb decibel levels in roadshows and rallies, and not use loudspeakers without sound limiters.
"Our appeal to the parties is to project themselves as 'poribesh bondhu' (friend of environment). Apart from political issues, they should mention about green ideas in poll manifestos," Dutta said.
He said the Election Commission was also urged to ensure environmental standards are maintained by political parties and the issue be included in the model code of conduct.
"Environment is the key for sustainable development. All parties should show interest towards green initiatives in their election manifestos and see to it that those are implemented if voted to power," said environmentalist S M Ghosh, one of the key activists of the Save Rabindra Sarobar campaign.
Access to platform having main mausoleum has been banned at Taj due to unprecedented crowd turnout on Saturday where entry ticket has been waived from August 5 till August 15 as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav which is being celebrated to mark 75 years of independence. According to rough estimate, another 70,000 visited Taj Mahal on Sunday. The number was confined due to rains but crowd is expected on Sunday and Monday, the chief superintending archaeologist for Agra Circle of ASI, Rajkumar Patel said.
The Narcotics Control Bureau, Lucknow Zonal unit, destroyed 15,230 kg of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, having a market value of around ₹15 crore, over August 12 and 13. This exercise has been carried out as a part of Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav initiative of the government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independent India.
Fifty-year-old a native of Jungle Panchrukhiya village in Kushinagar district, Devi Lal, was elated when he was handed the national flag on Saturday by members of the gram panchayat and district administration employees to hoist on his hutment on the occasion of the country's 75th Independence Day on August 15. Lal could barely control his emotions. A daily-wage labourer, Lal belongs to the Musahar community.
Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and workers registered a strong protest after the posters and hoardings of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, placed as part of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav', were found defaced in Firozabad on Saturday morning. After being informed, police registered two FIRs at the north and south police stations of Firozabad city. The police also informed Nagar Nigam officials, who started replacing the damaged posters and hoardings.
Union minister for women and child development Smriti Irani on Saturday said that Prayagraj is a blessed land as its soil has the blood of freedom fighters who laid down their lives to secure the freedom of the country from British rule. She expressed these thoughts during a programme organised as part of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' at Chandra Shekhar Azad Park. She also urged participants to raise slogans of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'.