Karnataka High Court Directs Paralegal Volunteers To Verify Condition Of Bengaluru Roads

first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka High Court Directs Paralegal Volunteers To Verify Condition Of Bengaluru Roads Mustafa Plumber19 Dec 2020 4:37 AMShare This – xPara-Legal volunteers and advocates will soon be inspecting roads within the jurisdiction of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to verify the claim of the corporation that the roads and footpaths are in reasonable conditions and pothole free. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty directed the “Karnataka State Legal Services Authority…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?LoginPara-Legal volunteers and advocates will soon be inspecting roads within the jurisdiction of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to verify the claim of the corporation that the roads and footpaths are in reasonable conditions and pothole free. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty directed the “Karnataka State Legal Services Authority in coordination with Secretary of Bengaluru Urban district legal services authority to create a panel of para-legal volunteers and advocates who are willing to do the job assigned to them. Secretary shall identify various public streets in various public streets in different parts within the jurisdiction of BBMP and panel advocates and pra-legal volunteers who are willing to do pro-bono work, shall be requested by the secretary to visit public streets to ascertain the conditions of the streets. Panel advocates and para-legal volunteers, shall act as Commissioners of this Court and submit their reports to the secretary along with photographs.” The bench passed the direction after BBMP refused to consider the suggestion made earlier by the court to appoint Indian Institute of Science, as an agency to conduct audit of the roads which are claimed to be made pothole-free. BBMP had earlier claimed that 74 roads have been repaired and they are now pothole-free. The bench had suggested that the Indian Institute of Science through its civil engineering department will have to ascertain not only whether the potholes are filled up by using the best scientific method, but also to assess whether the said roads are in a reasonably good condition. Counsel for BBMP informed the court that it has repaired the road at the cost of Rs 70 lakhs, while the institute was demanding an amount of Rs 5.94 crores, for inspection and submitting reports. To which the bench said “The issue is not only about potholes but public streets and footpaths.” In its order the bench noted that “A detailed order was passed by this court on July 31, 2019, on laying down obligations of BBMP as well as laying down law. This court has held that the right to have roads and footways in reasonable conditions is a part of Right Guaranteed under Article 21 of Constitution of India.” It added “As BBMP is unable to accept the suggestion to appoint an expert agency to report conditions of roads. We propose to get reports on the present conditions of streets to enable us to decide on correctness of stand taken in the compliance reports. ” The bench also directed the Secretary of the legal services authority to invite the petitioners and their counsel for a meeting to decide which public streets should be inspected. The secretaries of both authorities have been told compile reports and prepare a gist thereof for placing it before the court. Softcopies of the reports prepared by the court commissioner is to be forwarded to the petitioners counsel and the BBMP. The directions were given while hearing a public interest litigation filed by one PIL filed by Vijayan Menon in the year 2015, highlighting the problem of bad condition of roads in the city. The matter will now be taken up for further hearing on February 9, 2021 for consideration of the report submitted by the Authority.Next Storylast_img read more

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Jamestown Orders Construction Projects To Halt Amid COVID Outbreak

first_imgStock Image.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown’s Department of Development says all non-essential construction projects must cease in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.Officials say construction may only continue if it is deemed vital to the health and safety of building occupants.“This policy applies to all construction projects regardless of funding source and regardless of construction type,” said officials in a press release. “This policy does not include private home owner/property owner who is the sole person performing the work to their own private property, however, projects that require a permit to be obtained by the Building Code Enforcement Officer will not be permitted unless determined to be a non-essential emergency and necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants or public.”Those with questions are asked to contact the City of Jamestown Code Enforcement Offices at 716-483-7541. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Hyundai Mipo, KMT and Korean Register to develop a ballast-free containership

first_imgAs disclosed, the project will pave the way for minimizing the use of ballast water that threatens the world’s coastal and marine environments in preempting stricter environmental regulations. According to the Korean Register, the involvement of domestic companies will also help bolster market competitiveness. Under the MoU, the parties will work on developing a low-ballast or a ballast-free containership with the aim of circumventing the need for ballast tanks and the potential release of contaminated ballast waters into the ocean. South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with compatriot shipper Korea Maritime Transport and the Korean Register to apply the ballast-free concept to 1,800 TEU container ships as a means of fighting marine pollution. As disclosed, HMD will base the design on the experience from developing the world’s first ballast-free LNG bunkering vessel Kairos, delivered to Germany’s Bernhard Schulte in 2019. With a tank capacity of 7,500 m³, Kairos is the world’s largest LNG bunker supply ship. It features a ballast-free design and installation of a CNG tank to store vapor return gas from customer vessels. HMD believes the development of a ballast-free feeder ship would cement its position in the construction of environmentally-friendly ships. The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) entered into force on September 8, 2017.  Implementation of the regulation has seen many companies having to retrofit their vessels with approved BWM systems in order to comply with the regulation. The MoU stipulates that Hyundai Mipo Dockyard would be in charge of designing the vessel, while the Korean Register would be in charge of the vessel’s safety and validity, aiming for an Approval in Principle (AIP) to be granted by the end of the year. Korea Marine Transport will support the initiative through a comparative study on transport capability and operation efficiency, the classification society said. Image courtesy: The Korean Registry The convention requires vessels to manage their ballast water to remove, render harmless, or avoid the uptake or discharge of aquatic organisms and pathogens within ballast water and sediments by the utilization of ballast water management systems. Ballast water has been identified as one of the key contributors to the spread of invasive aquatic species, as such the industry had to act in order to curb the trend. last_img read more

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Background checks for gun sales reach all-time high in Florida during coronavirus pandemic

first_imgGun sales have increased drastically in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.Gun shop owners claim that many of the gun buyers are first-time gun owners.WPTV, 850 WFTL news partner, obtained records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and found March 2020 was the highest month on record when it comes to background checks for gun purchases. FDLE keeps data as far back as January 2004.It was a 23 percent increase from the second highest month on record, which was December 2015.last_img read more

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Public Protector gets more powers

first_imgMadonsela warned that her office would not hesitate to use its full powers to exact compliance with the Constitution and the law, and would use everything in her means, including subpoenas and orders of contempt of the Public Protector, to deliver justice to the public. They are in accordance to section 7 (11) of the Public Protector Act of 1994, which states that the Public Protector may make rules in respect of matters that have a bearing on investigations, provided that such rules are published in the Gazette and tabled in the National Assembly. 25 November 2010 During her recent outreach programme, she assured citizens that they could trust her office with confidential information about corrupt activities. Source: BuaNews Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says she is ready to use new legislative rules giving her office more power to enforce compliance from the state – including the power to issue subpoenas and orders of contempt – in order to deliver justice to the South African public. On average, the Office of the Public Protector received about 15 000 complains per year. It takes from a couple hours to three months to resolve a single case, depending on its nature. Enforcing accountabilitycenter_img The new rules strengthen the Public Protector’s powers to enforce accountability from state organs and ensure a speedy resolution of cases. “The people who come to my office for help often have no financial means to take the mighty state to court, and come to me as a last resort, believing that my office can provide them with justice free of charge and quicker than tribunals and courts.” The new rules will be published in the Government Gazette early next year. Madonsela appealed to the public to report poor service and conduct by organs of state, suspected corrupt activities and other forms of maladministration in state affairs. Delivering justice “We find it unacceptable that some state organs still give us the run-around when we seek answers on behalf of distressed or aggrieved members of the public,” Madonsela told members of the National Press Club in Pretoria this week.last_img read more

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Can We Build An Electricity Grid Based on 100% Renewable Energy?

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in As scientists and ordinary citizens see increasing signs of climate change, forward-thinking leaders on every continent are taking steps to make our electricity grids less dependent on fossil fuels. For climate activists, the goal is a grid that obtains 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources like wind turbines and photovoltaic arrays. Most analysts have concluded that transitioning to a 100% renewable grid would be feasible but expensive. Pessimists, on the other hand, doubt whether a 100% renewable grid is even possible.Here’s the good news: the cost of wind turbines and photovoltaic modules has dropped faster than most experts predicted. In many parts of the world, it is now cheaper to build a new wind or solar facility than a new coal-fired plant of the same capacity. Global wind and solar capacity continues to increase at a rapid rate, driven in most cases by simple economics.The bad news, as most GBA readers know, is that renewable energy sources are intermittent. If we want a grid that is 100% renewable, we need to include some method of energy storage. Several technologies for energy storage already exist; the main hurdle to their deployment is not technical — it’s the high cost of the systems. At current rates of renewable energy deployment, a 100% renewable energy grid in the United States is still a long way off. For anyone aware of the looming deadlines that we face to avoid climate catastrophe, our slow adoption of energy storage solutions is bad news.Many forward-thinking renewable energy engineers are now working on islands. Of course, some islands have no electricity at all. Others have undersea cables that connect to a mainland grid. The interesting ones are those that have independent electricity grids that depend on local electricity generation — because these are the islands where the… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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Perkins leads NLEX-SCTEX team in Merlion Cup

first_imgView comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters PBA draft entrant Jason Perkins headlines the roster as he will be backstopped by veterans Pamboy Raymundo and Oping Sumalinog in the seven-team tournament set from September 20 to 24 at OCBC Arena in Singapore.Road Warriors assistant coach Jojo Lastimosa will call the shots for the Philippine team in the invitational.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlso joining NLEX-SCTEX are Cignal’s Jaypee Belencion, Byron Villarias, Alfred Batino, Andreas Cahilig, and Harold Arboleda, as well as former SCTEX players AJ Vitug and Mark Pangilinan from the defunct PCBL.Beefing up the roster will be Maurice Shaw, a 32-year-old big man who is currently suiting up in the Thailand Basketball Super League. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img “These players are part of the NLEX-SCTEX family that will be ready when called up. We are proud to represent the country and the company,” NLEX-SCTEX team manager Borgie Hermida said. NLEX-SCTEX will face stiff competition in the tournament as it will take on 2016 champion Shanghai Sharks of China, hosts Singapore Slingers, Satria Muda Pertamina of Indonesia, Yulon Luxgen Dinos of Taiwan, Jeonju KCC Egis of the Korean Basketball League, and Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s National Basketball League.Last year, star guard Jimmer Fredette towed the Sharks to the title as they beat the Kiefer Ravela-led Mighty Sports-Philippines in the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter winning back-to-back titles in the recently-concluded 2017 PBA D-League season, the core of the Cignal HD looks to make one more run for the crown.Playing under the banner of NLEX-SCTEX, the Hawkeyes will represent the Philippines in the 2017 Merlion Cup in Singapore later this month.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Gilas, Blatche’s China club set for collision course in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

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Modi reminds of the past, talks of the future in Rajya Sabha

first_imgHighlights of PM Narendra Modi’s speech in Rajya SabhaPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that cooperative federalism was the way forward to ensure development of the country.PM Narendra ModiSpeaking in the Upper House for the first time, Modi was replying to the debate on the President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to both Houses of Parliament in a joint sitting.At the outset of his speech, Modi set out to demolish questions being raised by the BJP’s rivals. “Questions are being raised how will you do, when will it happen. This is due to the pessimism that has set in the country, but optimism will set in soon,” he assured the House.-Pointing to his victory in the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha, Modi said the mandate of stability is not an ordinary decision by the nation and its people.-Both victory and loss teach you,one must learn from both: PM Narendra Modi -Very soon this season of gloom will descend: PM Narendra Modi-Lessons are learnt in both victory and defeat.-We have to go above mere victory and defeat to take lessons.-Acharya Vinobha Bhave message is important today.-Repeating what was said in the past is futile. Planning for the future is essential.-The West coast and its states are developing fast, the East and itsstates are underdeveloped. Do we want a Mother India whose one hand isweak and the other strong. We need to work toward the development of the eastern states. Development should be inclusive and all-assimilated. We cannot leave the Northeast ignored.advertisement-All colleges go on trips.College tours, at least each college should do a tour of a northeastonce in a while to encourage ecotourism of Northeast. Northeast chiefministers were called by Manmohan Singh. It is not an India of one ortwo, it is ONE India. We need to speak the language of unity. If someone is two in one, it is shortsightedness.-Coastal states development is key to international trade. Our coastal area can be a channel for global trade. In the president’s speech this was mentioned. They need to collaborate with each other. We geopolitically empowered to become a superpower through coastal trade. We can make the model for coastal states in consultation with them.-The Maoist inflicted, landlocked states can be also consulted in the same way for development. In Delhi, to get political mileage we make so many plans, which creates a tension-filled environment. This is regressive.-Our agro-climate zone, each state is mapped according to agriculture zones for different crops. We cannot run this country from Delhi itself, but addressing these zones according to their nature.-Swaraj is precious. I do not have the opinion that the previous government did nothing. We have to overcome the shortcomings if anything was left incomplete. -Good governance. Can we say that a poor person is being heard today? We need Swarajya. We need the governance disease-free, not like diabetes that destroys the whole body.-Our tourism industry is hampered by news of rapes. We cannot do politics over rape, Maoism, crime and murder. There’s no compromise over this. We will work together to remove these ills. Can’t we go beyond politics over these issues?-We should think on how to eradicate corruption. Among the plans to do this, we need to give all equal right to ask question on State policies. Technology is a great tool to remove corruption. A person can track his file online. CCTV cameras are keeping people in check. E-tendering is there, but need to diversify it. The application of CCTV camera to the railways. Heavy punishment for the corrupt will also help.last_img read more

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