bhubaneswar l friday l October 09, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION big drop in India’s sulphur dioxide emissions in 2019 The country was nonetheless the world’s top SO2 emitter for the fifth consecutive year, a study by Greenpeace India found Accounts for 21% of global emissions Chennai, vizag among the hotspots The six per cent fall recorded in 2019 was the steepest decrease in India’s SO2 emissions in four years. The Greenpeace report, prepared in collaboration with the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, cited a reduction in the burning of coal as the main reason. However, despite the dip, India accounted for 21 per cent of the global SO2 emissions in 2019 ■ ■ The top emission hotspots from India include thermal power stations in Singrauli, Neyveli, Korba, Chennai, Ramagundam, Visakhapatnam, Talcher, Kutch, Surat, Chandrapur and Koradi The report noted that most power plants in India lack flue-gas desulphurisation units, which are critical in cutting So2 emissions SO2 Emissions increase the risk of heart diseases and lung cancer CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI ‘Freedom of speech among most abused’ Chief Justice of India Bobde tears apart Centre’s affidavit on Tablighi Jamaat issue, says it’s full of unnecessary & nonsensical averments E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Freedom of speech is one of the most abused freedoms in recent times, the Supreme Court on Thursday said while pulling up the Central government for its affidavit in which it has denied that media reports linking the initial spurt in coronavirus cases in India to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi were fake. The court said the affidavit was full of unnecessary and nonsensical averments. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde was hearing a batch of petitions alleging that a section of the media was spreading communal hatred over the congregation that took place in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz in March. The petitioners wanted the court to lay down guidelines on curbing fake news. The government’s affidavit spoke about the need for press freedom and said dissemination of facts by the media, even though they may appear to be offensive or distasteful to certain individuals or sections of the society can, not be curtailed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. CJI Bobde, however, called the affidavit evasive and expressed disappointment over a junior officer signing it. “You cannot treat this court the way you are treating. Your junior officer, additional secretary (information and broadcasting ministry), has filed the affidavit,” he said. “You have the secretary of this department file an affidavit without making such nonsensical averments stating the petitioners have not shown any instance of bad media reporting,” the CJI said and asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to ensure that a fresh affidavit is filed. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, who was representing the petitioner, submitted that the government has claimed that the issue involves muzzling of free speech. “Freedom of speech is one of the most abused freedoms of recent times,” Bobde remarked. The court also asked the government to bring on record all statutes with regard to regulating TV channels. Referring to Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, the bench said the Act only covers cable TV signals, and asked if the government had the power to ban the signals. “This power is exercisable only in relation to cable TV networks and not in relation to TV signals like Doordarshan etc. Does the government have any power to ban the signals? Their affidavit says they had issued advisories,” the CJI said. Paswan was a political contrarian Naveen expresses grief over Paswan’s demise Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled the death of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan. “Deeply saddened to know the passing away of Union Cabinet Minister Ram Vilas Paswan ji. He was a popular leader having long experience in politics. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family and friends of the veteran leader. May his soul rest in peace,” he tweeted. In his condolence message, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Paswan’s untimely death is an irreparable loss for the country’s political and social life. National vice-president of BJP Baijayant Panda also expressed profound grief and sorrow in his death. Papa... you are not in this world any more but I know wherever you are, you will always be with me. Miss you papa - Chirag Paswan, LJP chief Govt starts process for reopening of Shrines ing of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar in Bihar politics. A master at sniffing out electoral He was a doting father to Chirag, swings and one of the longest serv- arranging a special screening of his ing Union ministers of India, Ram debut movie in Parliament annexe. Vilas Paswan passed away on Thurs- While he was well aware of his poday following cardiac complications, litical limitations, his son has taken leaving his son and Lok Sabha MP an ambitious decision to go it alone Chirag Paswan to steady in the forthcoming polls. the ship of the Lok Jan The LJP could now hope to Shakti Party (LJP) alone in whip up a sympathy wave the choppy Bihar across the Gangetic north elections. in Bihar to consolidate its Paswan, 74, was arguably Dalit vote base. a political contrarian who Unlike BSP boss Mayacomfortably settled in the wati, who could script socompany of Socialists and cial engineering in Uttar Ram Vilas Paswan the BJP with ease. Pradesh, the influence of 5 Jul 1946 l 8 oct 2020 A fortuitous turn of Paswan’s party was conevents had guided him into fined to a few districts in politics in the late 1960s despite be- Bihar like Hajipur, Jamui and Saing assured of a job of sub-inspector mastipur. In 2002, he quit the Vajof police. With Samyukta Socialist payee Cabinet criticising its position Party scouting for a Dalit to contest on the post-Godhra Gujarat riots, the 1969 Bihar Assembly elections, and took a strident stand on having Paswan plunged into electoral poli- a Muslim chief minister in Bihar tics, and took an envious trajectory after the 2005 state polls threw up a , becoming part of the troika consist- fractured mandate and made him the kingmaker. Two years after exiting the NDA, his party entered the UPA government in 2004 and he became a Union minister. But by 2014, when the BJP’s star was on the ascendant, Paswan had become a vocal supporter of Narendra Modi and joined his government eventually . “Barah saal me yug badal jaata hai (an era changes in 12 years time),” Paswan would later quip in response to questions on his volte-face on the post-Godhra riots P8 stance. under the Endowment department to prepare action plan for opening of temples by adhering to Covid-19 guidelines. The reopening process includes places of worship of all religious faiths. All religious places and places of worship will remain closed for public till October 31, 2020 as per the Unlock 5 guidelines of the Odisha Government. Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy has directed the district collectors, SJTA and other temple administrations under Endowment to submit action plan for opening of places of worship. The Orissa High Court on Monday had directed the State Government and State Endowment Commissioner to take an expeditious view of providing financial assistance or ration supply to priests or consider reopening temples which are closed for over six months in the wake of the pandemic. A slew of petitions have been filed in the Court for reopening of religious places. M A N IS H A N A N D @ New Delhi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar THE Odisha Government on Thursday started the process of reopening of major temples and places of worship by asking the district collectors to consider the possibility and submit action plan by consulting all stake holders within 10 days. The State Government has also asked the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and administration of other major temples Have lost a valued colleague, says Modi “I am saddened beyond words. There is a void in our nation that will perhaps never be filled. Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji’s demise is a personal loss. I have lost a friend, valued colleague,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. His interventions during Cabinet meetings were insightful, he said, adding, be it political wisdom or issues of governance and statesmanship, he was brilliant
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