Supreme Court Allows Uttarakhand Govt. To Demolish 4 Illegal Religious Structures On Public Land By May 31, 2021

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first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Allows Uttarakhand Govt. To Demolish 4 Illegal Religious Structures On Public Land By May 31, 2021 Mehal Jain19 Nov 2020 6:26 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the state of Uttarakhand to demolish four illegal religious structures on public land in Haridwar by the extended deadline of May 31, 2021.”Out of 793 illegal structures, 5 are left. In respect of 1, there is a stay…this was a suo motu matter (before the Uttarakhand High Court) so there is no-one on the other side”, began SG Tushar Mehta.”The Akhil…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the state of Uttarakhand to demolish four illegal religious structures on public land in Haridwar by the extended deadline of May 31, 2021.”Out of 793 illegal structures, 5 are left. In respect of 1, there is a stay…this was a suo motu matter (before the Uttarakhand High Court) so there is no-one on the other side”, began SG Tushar Mehta.”The Akhil Bhartiya Akhada Parishad filed an intervention seeking that the structures not be demolished. Our undertaking is that we are bound to demolish by virtue of Your Lordships directions. Our undertaking is to demolish them by May 31, 2021″, he advanced.”This classification of the structures as unauthorised is not correct as per the Uttarakhand Rules…we are neither able to go to the High Court nor come here, our grievance is not being redressed anywhere…”, argued the counsel for the intervenor Akhada Parishad.”We cannot accept your argument to not demolish the structures! We can’t open everything now because of the judgment of this court”, observed Justice M. R. Shah.”Everything that is without permission is unauthorised! The land belongs to the Irrigation Department. It was allotted to you temporarily, it was not a permanent allotment! How could you undertake construction on it?”, asked Justice Ashok Bhushan.”Look at the picture! It is a permanent construction!”, commented Justice Shah.”I have spoken to the Chief Secretary also. Your Lordships can consider rejecting his application. We are not supporting it”, said the SG.”We are anyway rejecting it”, noted Justice Bhushan.”The state wants time till May 31, 2021, so the structures can stay till then. But the state should be permitted to demolish them May 31, 2021″, ordered the bench.The Supreme Court by order dated 29.09.2009 has required that no unauthorised constructions was henceforth to be carried out in the name of Temple, Church, Mosque, Gurudwara, etc. on public streets, public parks or other public places; and, after noting that affidavits were filed except by the State of Uttarakhand, the Chief Secretary of the State of Uttarakhand was directed to file an affidavit within two weeks from the date of that order.The Supreme Court further directed that, with a view to ensure implementation of the directions issued by it, the matter should be supervised by the concerned High Courts and, accordingly, remitted the matters to the respective High Courts to ensure implementation of the order in an effective manner.The order of the Supreme Court dated 31.01.2018, required the Chief Secretaries, in consultation with the respective Governments, to frame policies in respect of existing unauthorised constructions of a religious nature which had already taken place; and to review the same on a case to case basis.The high court had taken suo motu cognisance of the issue as the state government had failed to comply with the 2009 direction. Thereafter, the high court had directed the state to demolish all these structures by March 23. The government, however, has been seeking extension of time, stating that many of the structures are used to host Kumbh Mela scheduled early next year.Next Storylast_img read more


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first_imgDear EarthTalk: With all the talk of desalinization of ocean water for drinking, what do we know about the impacts this might have on climate, ocean salinity and other natural processes?                                                                                                                         — Fred Kuepper, via e-mail Due to its high cost, energy intensiveness and overall ecological footprint, most environmental advocates view desalinization (or desalination)—the conversion of salty ocean water into fresh water—as a last resort for providing fresh water to needy populations. Sourcing fresh water from streams, rivers, lakes and underground aquifers and adhering to strict water conservation measures are much more viable for both economic and environmental reasons in most situations, although some desert regions with thirsty and growing populations may not have many such options. The relationship between desalinization and climate change is complex. Global warming has increased droughts around the world and turned formerly verdant landscapes into near deserts. Some long held fresh water sources are simply no longer reliably available to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Meanwhile, expanding populations in desert areas are putting intense pressure on existing fresh water supplies, forcing communities to turn to desalinization as the most expedient way to satisfy their collective thirst. But the process of desalinization burns up many more fossil fuels than sourcing the equivalent amount of fresh water from fresh water bodies. As such, the very proliferation of desalinization plants around the world—some 13,000 already supply fresh water in 120 nations, primarily in the Middle East, North Africa and Caribbean—is both a reaction to and one of many contributors to global warming. Beyond the links to climate problems, marine biologists warn that widespread desalinization could take a heavy toll on ocean biodiversity; as such facilities’ intake pipes essentially vacuum up and inadvertently kill millions of plankton, fish eggs, fish larvae and other microbial organisms that constitute the base layer of the marine food chain. And, according to Jeffrey Graham of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography’s Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, the salty sludge leftover after desalinization—for every gallon of freshwater produced, another gallon of doubly concentrated salt water must be disposed of—can wreak havoc on marine ecosystems if dumped willy-nilly offshore. “For some desalinization operations,” says Graham, “it is thought that the disappearance of some organisms from discharge areas may be related to…the salty outflow.” Of course, as supplies of fresh water dwindle, the economic cost of desalinization—especially in coastal areas with easy access to ocean water—begins to look competitive with traditional water sourcing. To date there are about 300 desalinization plants in the United States, with 120 in Florida and less than 40 each in Texas and California. Some 20 additional plants are planned for the coast of California in the coming years, unless environmentalists extolling the virtues of conservation and wielding low-flow shower heads and toilets prevail. CONTACT: Scripps’ Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, www.cmbb.ucsd.edu. GOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTION? Send it to: EarthTalk, c/o E/The Environmental Magazine, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; submit it at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/thisweek/, or e-mail: [email protected] Read past columns at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/archives.phplast_img read more


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first_img During the operation, Ecuadorian security forces located the small submarine on the coast near the town of Limones, in the province of Esmeraldas. The area is near the Colombian border. Ecuadorian National Police officers seized the submarine “in an operation that had the support of Colombia,” Serrano said. Ecuadorian police “received major technical cooperation from the (Colombian National Police) and the Colombian government.” No one was inside or near the submarine when security forces found it, Serrano said. Security forces took the submarine to an Ecuadorian Navy base, he explained. Two days after security forces captured the submarine, Ecuadorian authorities in the city of Esmeraldas arrested a man and a woman who are suspected of being linked to the submarine, Serrano said. Ecuadorian National Police are investigating whether the two suspects helped operate the submarine and whether others were involved, Serrano said. “There is no doubt that this submarine was ready to be used by Mexican and Colombian cartels to ship cocaine and other illegal drugs ,” said ” Hector Chavez , a security analyst at the University of Guayaquil. Organized crime groups do not produce drugs in Ecuador, but they move drugs produced in other countries, such as Colombia and Brazil, through the country, according to Chavez, the security analyst. “Ecuador is not known for being a producer of illicit drugs , but because of its geographical position , international drug gangs make efforts to claim territory there and set up drug trafficking operations,” Chavez said. It is not surprising that the Sinaloa Cartel is operating in Ecuador, Chavez explained. “That is one of the characteristics of El Chapo Guzman, he forms alliances with gangs in other countries,” the security analyst said. Submarine located Mexican drug cartels in Ecuador and Colombia Drug trafficking center The Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, both of which are major Mexican transnational criminal organizations, operate in Ecuador and Colombia, Ecuadorian Deputy Minister of Internal Security Javier Cordova said in an interview with ECTV, a public television station. International cooperation is crucial in the fight against the drug cartels, Cordova said. “If we pretend or believe that we can successfully battle narco-trafficking by ourselves, we would be mistaken,” Cordova said. Ecuadorian authorities have captured dozens of operatives from transnational criminal organizations in recent years: • In October 2013, the Ecuadorian National Police captured 10 members of the gang Los Urabenos de Colombia. Some of the suspects were Ecuadorians who were working with the Colombian gang, authorities said. • In August 2013, Ecuadorian police captured Eliezer Rodríguez Jorge, the alleged leader of Los Rastrojos, a Colombian organized crime group. He is known as “Palustre.” Ecuadorian authorities turned “Palustre” over to Colombian officials. • In May 2013, Ecuadorian National Police officers arrested five Ecuadorians and four Mexican nationals who were suspected of being part of an international drug trafficking network. The police also seized 452 kilograms of cocaine and $276,567 in cash. The arrests and seizures were part of “Operation Aluvión.” • In April 2013, Ecuadorian National Police alerted the country’s Coast Guard that a yacht in Ecuadorian waters was carrying a large amount of cocaine. A Coast Guard vessel chased the boat, which was named the “Green Onion,” which fled to international waters. The Ecuadorian Navy alerted the U.S. Coast Guard, which captured the boat in international waters near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. When the crew members saw they were about to be captured, they burned about four tons of cocaine that were on the yacht, authorities said. • In June 2012, Ecuadoran authorities found a small airplane with Mexican registration abandoned inside a hangar in San Pablo, in the coastal province of Santa Elena. The aircraft was probably used to smuggle drugs, authorities said. • Also in June 2012, Ecuadorian security forces seized a submarine that was under construction, a light plane, a speedboat, and a ton of cocaine. The light plane and speedboat were undoubtedly being used by drug traffickers, and the submarine was going to be used for drug smuggling if it had been completed, said Ricardo Camacho Zeas, an Ecuadorian security analyst. The Ecuadorian Coastguard discovered the submarine hidden beneath mud and shrubs on an islet between the Verdes and Escalante Islands, in the Gulf of Guayaquil, authorities said. The submarine was 15 meters long and four meters wide, with a capacity of transporting up to 15 tons of drugs. The submarine was about 70 percent complete, officials said. The Coastguard intercepted the speedboat 12 miles off the coast of Canoa, in Manabi province. The boat was powered by three outboard engines of 350-horsepower each. The speedboat left Chiapas on June 7, 2012, and was equipped with modern communications equipment, a high-frequency transmitter, and enough food for several days. Ecuadorian security forces arrested three Mexican nationals who were operating the boat. Ecuadorian security forces found the ton of cocaine amid rocks at San Clemente Beach, a few miles from where the speedboat was captured. The men in the speedboat were probably on their way to pick up the cocaine, authorities said. The light aircraft was found abandoned inside a hangar in San Pablo. The airplane was registered in Mexico. • In May 2013, a small airplane from Mexico crashed in Manabi province. Ecuadorian authorities found $1.4 million in cash on the plane. The pilot and co-pilot were both killed in the crash. They were from Sinaloa, Mexico, which is a stronghold for El Chapo Guzman. center_img Drug traffickers probably used the submarine to smuggle drugs, such as cocaine, to northern destinations such as the United States, Guatemala, and Costa Rica, according to Pinzon. The submarine had enough space to “mobilize about 600 kilos of drugs in each trip,” Pinzon said. Serrano thanked Colombia for its help in seizing the submarine and also for its assistance in tracking down several fugitives who fled Ecuador in recent months and tried to hide in Colombia. olombia for their assistance in the recapture of offenders who have fled to the neighboring country . “We appreciate the support of Colombia and the police , especially in stopping dangerous criminals who who escaped from prisons in Ecuador ,” Serrano said. In February 2013, 19 inmates escaped from a high-security Ecuadorian prison in Guayaquil, located about 420 kilometers south of Quito. Cesar Demar Vernaza Quinonez, who is known as “The Entrepreneur,” was among those who escaped in February. The Entrepreneur is the leader of a gang, known as “Los Templados,” which collaborates with the Sinaloa Cartel, authorities said. Los Templados transports and protects drug shipments for the cartel, which is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Colombian security forces recaptured The Entrepreneur in that country in April 2013. The Entrepreneur was extradited to Ecuador, where is facing drug trafficking charges. By Dialogo October 31, 2013 The importance of cooperation Colombian and Ecuadorian security forces recently collaborated to capture a submarine that authorities suspect was being used to smuggle drugs. During a press conference in Cartagena, Ecuadorian Interior Minister Jose Serrano announced the seizure of the submarine on Oct. 20, 2013. Serrano was in the city for the 82nd General Assembly of Interpol. Serrano was joined at the press conference by Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón. Security forces from Ecuador seized the submarine under “Operation Progress,” Serrano said. In a separate operation, on Oct. 28, the Ecuadorian Coast Guard captured a speedboat allegedly carrying 468 kilograms of cocaine about 1,800 kilometers from the port of Esmeraldas. Two boat operators were arrested, authorities said. U.S. security forces assisted in the operation. In two separate operations, Ecuadorian security forces found a large amount of cocaine alkaloid at a port, and the Coastguard captured a speedboat allegedly carrying a large amount of cocaine. Large drug seizures in Ecuador On Oct. 30, agents with anti-narcotics division of the Attorney General’s office found 1.5 tons of cocaine alkaloid hidden inside a freight container at the port of Guayquil, Serrano announced through his Twitter account. “We must eradicate this crime that is destroying us,” Serrano wrote. The interior minister commended the work of the investigators who found the drugs. Security forces seized the cocaine alkaloid, which was hidden inside a container of pineapples and was bounded to Belgium. In September 2013, Ecuadorian security forces at the port discovered 30 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside a container of bananas. The container was destined for the Netherlands. On Oct. 28, the Ecuadorian Coastguard captured a speedboat allegedly carrying 468 kilograms of cocaine about 1,800 kilometers from the port of Esmeraldas. Two boat operators were arrested, authorities said. U.S. security forces assisted in the operation. last_img read more


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