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Tripura: Cyclist dress up as Lord Krishna to fight pollution on Janmashtami

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Agartala:  At a time global warming has become a major concern for earth and the international community is deeply worried over the steady rise in temperature, all-out efforts are being put from several quarters to strike a balance. 

Many social organisations have come forward to spread awareness on the issue. But, what the city dwellers of Agartala city witnessed on Monday was a unique effort blended with both religious and social sense of responsibility. 

Hundreds of students wearing dresses of Lord Krishna paddled bicycles to raise awareness among people about the harms of excessive use of petroleum. The event organised by Agartala Cycloholics and ISKCON Agartala wanted to preach Lord Krishna’s teachings of the environment. 

“In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna has said that nature is all powerful and it should be protected always”, a ISKCON member said.

Lord Krishna’s image is well perceived as the pilot of Arjuna’s war chariot. According to mythological tales and our TV screen creations, lord Krishna led a very simple but defining life spreading the message of love and compassion. 

The event organised by Agartala Cycloholics and ISKCON Agartala wanted to preach Lord Krishna’s teachings of the environment.

The words of Bhagvat Geeta that are believed to be his deliberations with Arjuna in the war field are still relevant in our lives and that is why festivals like Janmashtami are observed with great enthusiasm and religious fervor.

But, this year the celebration of Janmashtami in Agartala city saw an unique event that the city dwellers neither witnessed earlier nor even expected. Hundreds of children clad with attires matching Lord Krishna cycled across the length and breadth of Agartala city. 

The message that they wanted to give was about rising level pollution due to excessive use of petroleum propelled vehicles. 

Speaking on the issue, Gopesh Debnath, also the bicycle mayor of Agartala city, said, “Gradually the bicycles have gone missing from our lifestyle. Cycles can really help a city attain the desired control it wants to have on pollution. Since Lord Krishna is an icon for many, I hope this rally will encourage more people to choose cycles instead of public transport”. 

People from ISKCON said, “Through this rally we are actually trying to give two messages. Along with our main purpose of spreading the words of Lord Krishna, we are also making people aware of the hazards of pollution.”

However children of different age groups both girls and boys participated in the rally wearing clothes as per the pre-decided dress codes.

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6.1 magnitude quake strikes Japan’s Tokyo, no tsunami warning

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Tokyo, Oct 8: An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter Scale on late Thursday struck Japan’s Tokyo region, but no tsunami warning has been issued, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The temblor occurred at around 10.41 p.m. local time, with its epicenter at a latitude of 35.6 degrees north and a longitude of 140.1 degrees east, and at a depth of 80 km.

The quake logged 5 plus in some parts of Tokyo Prefecture and Saitama Prefecture on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7.

According to utility officials, as of around 11.00 p.m. local time, the earthquake had triggered a blackout affecting around 250 households in Tokyo.

Some train services including subways operated by Tokyo Metro Co and shinkansen bullet trains had been suspended following the earthquake, railway companies said.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters late on Thursday he had ordered officials to help quake victims and prevent further damage.

A task force to assess and monitor the earthquake’s impact has been set up at the prime minister’s office.

According to prefectural government officials, no abnormalities have been detected at Japan Atomic Power Co’s Tokai No 2 nuclear power plant in Ibaraki Prefecture near Tokyo.

There were no reports of damage at Narita airport in Chiba, east of Tokyo after the strong quake.

Runways at Tokyo’s Haneda airport were temporarily closed for inspections, but later reopened as no damage was reported.

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NGT can take suo moto cognisance of environmental issues, rules SC

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New Delhi, Oct 7: The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has power to take suo motu cognisance – on the basis of letters, representations, and media reports — and can initiate proceedings on its own on issues pertaining to the environment.

A bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar, Hrishikesh Roy, and C.T. Ravikumar delivered the judgment on a batch of petitions which raised the issue whether the NGT has suo motu jurisdiction.

Senior advocate Sanjay Parikh had argued that the NGT has been conferred powers to pass orders for the restitution of environment, hence it can exercise suo motu powers. However, a battery of senior advocates opposed his arguments, stating that only constitutional courts can exercise suo motu powers and a statutory tribunal like the NGT has to act within the confines of its parent law.

Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, representing the Centre, held that the NGT does not have the power to take cognisance of a matter on its own. But she also contended that the tribunal’s powers cannot be bound by procedural constraints.

“This is a peculiar tribunal dealing with environmental matters. Often, environment ends up being nobody’s baby,” she said.

The bench had queried her that if the tribunal were to receive an information in connection with environment, will it not be duty bound to initiate process? The ASG responded that once a letter or communication is received by the tribunal, it is within its power to take cognisance of it.

On September 8, the bench had reserved verdict on the issue. Senior advocate Anand Grover, amicus curiae in the case, had opined that the NGT cannot exercise suo motu powers on the basis of letters, representations, or media reports.

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NGT has powers to take suo moto cognisance on environmental issues: SC

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New Delhi, Oct 7. The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has power to take suo motu cognisance – on the basis of letters, representations, and media reports — and can initiate proceedings on its own on issues pertaining to the environment.

A bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar, Hrishikesh Roy, and C.T. Ravikumar delivered the judgment on a batch of petitions which raised the issue whether the NGT has suo motu jurisdiction.

Senior advocate Sanjay Parikh had argued that the NGT has been conferred powers to pass orders for the restitution of environment, hence it can exercise suo motu powers. However, a battery of senior advocates opposed his arguments, stating that only constitutional courts can exercise suo motu powers and a statutory tribunal like the NGT has to act within the confines of its parent law.

Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, representing the Centre, held that the NGT does not have the power to take cognisance of a matter on its own. But she also contended that the tribunal’s powers cannot be bound by procedural constraints.

“This is a peculiar tribunal dealing with environmental matters. Often, environment ends up being nobody’s baby,” she said.

The bench had queried her that if the tribunal were to receive an information in connection with environment, will it not be duty bound to initiate process? The ASG responded that once a letter or communication is received by the tribunal, it is within its power to take cognisance of it.

On September 8, the bench had reserved verdict on the issue. Senior advocate Arvind Grover, amicus curiae in the case, had opined that the NGT cannot exercise suo motu powers on the basis of letters, representations, or media reports.

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