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Katas Raj Temple pond drying: SC seeks permits for water boring from cement factories!

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ISLAMABAD: Katas Raj Temple pond drying, Supreme Court here today has sought permission letters for water boring allotted to the cement factories while summoning concerned officials of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that allowed them. 

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the suo moto case regarding drying up of Katas Raj Temple pond.

During course of proceedings, Chief Justice observed that owners of the cement factories should fulfill their corporate duties instead of just making money, adding, problems of the residential areas should be resolved.

Due to cement factories Katas Raj Temple pond drying, it was matter of public interest, the court would examine the matter deeply…the responsibles might be asked to pay for the water used in last three years, the CJ added.

Chief Justice, Saqib Nisar remarked that he would have closed down the cement factories depleting the underground water level if it were not for ongoing project. 

Justice Bandial said “if the factory owners and government fail to resolve the matter, the court retains the option of closing down factories” adding in the entire country, underground water was utilized without any cost.

Counsels for the cement factories apprised the bench that they hired experts to find out alternate options instead of underground water but its cost would be in billions.

The Chief Justice remarked that earlier underground water level was at 50′ but now it was went down, factories that used water worth billions should be  ready for pay the price. 

 

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Earth Day – world’s largest secular event – is being celebrated today!

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World Earth Day, that has become an annual event, was introduced 48 years ago by US Senator Gaylord Nelson.

He mustered-up the support of millions who manifested in different cities of USA. Due to his efforts the issue of clean environment and earth conservation was brought into national agenda of USA.

On this day people try to spread awareness apropos need for conservation and attempt to do something in order to protect the environment.

Movement of Earth Day mobilized more than 200 million people all over the globe and the issue of environmental protections became an international one.

In 2016 countries all over the globe came together and agreed to a legally binding Climate Deal at the Paris Climate Conference.

This year the theme of Earth Day is End Plastic Pollution. It is an endeavor to encourage people to reduce use of plastic bags etc. It is pertinent to mention here that plastic is non-biodegradable and could remain in the environment for two thousand  years. 

 

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Irani parliamentarians believe crackdown on environmentalists will have bad consequences!

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TEHRAN: An Iranian lawmaker has criticized today a recent crackdown on environmental activists and officials, saying it risked “bad consequences for the country”.

Parliament’s environmental and transparency committees held a closed-door session in which they discussed the arrest on espionage charges of several NGO workers earlier this year. One detainee later died in custody.

“Some… have accused these individuals of spying, but the expert views of the Intelligence Ministry are almost exactly contrary to them,” said Mohammad Reza Tabesh, head of parliament’s environment committee, according to ISNA.

He was relaying information provided by the head of the government’s Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Isa Kalantari. Iran has multiple and competing intelligence agencies.

One is under the moderate government of President Hassan Rouhani and another under the Revolutionary Guards, who have opposed his efforts to rebuild ties with the West.

The lawmakers discussed Kaveh Madani, a young water expert who took leave from his post at London’s Imperial College last year to become deputy head of the EPA. 

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