Green Court Orders Inspection Of Parle Agro’s Uttar Pradesh Unit


The green court has asked the Parle Agro unit to furnish complete set of papers to the CPCB and UPPCB

New Delhi: 

The National Green Tribunal has directed the departments concerned to conduct an inspection of beverage maker Parle Agro Private Ltd’s unit in Uttar Pradesh to ascertain whether the industry is releasing mercury beyond the permissible limit.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel ordered the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to conduct a joint inspection and submit report within two weeks.

“We direct a joint team of the CPCB and UPPCB to look into this contention in accordance with the law within two weeks. The team may also consider whether, in an area declared critical from the point of view of groundwater as per the norms of the Central Ground Water Authority, permission to draw groundwater can be given for commercial purposes for the beverages business,” the bench said.

The tribunal directed the industrial unit to furnish complete set of papers to the CPCB and UPPCB.

The order was passed on a plea filed by Parle Agro Private Ltd who had moved the NGT against an order of the UPPCB revoking the consent order granted earlier in favour of the appellant under Section 25/26 of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.

The industry was shutdown post the UPPCB order.

The main contention put forward by the industry was that there is no deviation from the laid down standards of mercury and the inspection report found the content of mercury to be 1.0 micrograms per liter against the prescribed limit of 0.01 micrograms per liter.

The insignificant deviation alleged cannot be detected as per WHO guidelines for drinking water purposes, the plea said.





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China to Launch Nationwide Inspection of Ride-Hailing Companies


China will conduct comprehensive inspections on all ride-hailing service companies, the transport ministry said on Friday, after a driver from dominant firm Didi Chuxing murdered a 20-year-old passenger this month.

The inspections, starting from September 5, will cover all ride-hailing service platforms nationwide, the ministry said in a statement.

Didi said it welcomed the move and would fully cooperate to implement measures for improvement.

“We accept the supervision and will do our best to improve our services to ensure the safety of the public,” Didi said in a statement posted on its official account on China’s Twitter-like Weibo website.

The murder of the passenger who rode in a Didi vehicle took place in the eastern city of Wenzhou, and was the second such incident involving Didi since May.

The latest case sparked outrage and raised concerns about safety in the fast-growing ride-hailing sector in China, prompting the company to say that it would suspend its Hitch service indefinitely until it comes up with a safety mechanism acceptable to its users.

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During Inspection, 8 Women Absent From Old Age Home In UP


Cops are investigating the absence, even after the manager said the women had gone to meet relatives.

Muzaffarnagar: 

Eight women were found absent in an old age shelter home during a surprise inspection by the district authorities in Shukratal in Muzaffarnagar. 

Sub-divisional magistrate Vijay Kumar said eight women out of a total of 22 were found absent on Thursday. 

When asked about the absence of the women, Kanta Devi, manager of the shelter home, said they had gone to meet relatives. Police said they were carrying out investigations.  

The development comes after allegations of sexual assault by inmates of a shelter home in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria district. 
 

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Madhya Pradesh Government Orders Regular Inspection Of Women’s Hostels


Similar rules will also be framed for private hostels to ensure safety of inmates.(File)

Bhopal: 

The Madhya Pradesh government today ordered monthly inspection of women’s hostels in the state, after an inmate of a facility for differently-abled women was allegedly raped by its director.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has issued directions to officials in this regard to prevent recurrence of such incidents at women’s hostels and orphanages.

The director of a hostel for speech and hearing impaired women in the Awadhpuri area in Bhopal was arrested on Wednesday night for allegedly raping a 20-year-old deaf and mute tribal inmate.

“I have taken a meeting of the officials concerned and directed them to conduct monthly inspections of such (state) aided and unaided facilities where girls are residing,” Mr Chouhan told reporters at his residence.

“The inspection will be carried out by the collector and superintendent of police in each district on a monthly basis,” he said.

Mr Chouhan said similar rules will also be framed for private hostels to ensure safety of inmates.

“Rules will be framed for private hostels, too, to ensure girls remain safe there. Such incidents are very painful and already the accused person has been arrested,” Mr Chouhan said.





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Over 450 Bridges In Mumbai To Undergo Safety Inspection


The bridge collapsed onto rail tracks, disrupting rail services.

Mumbai: 

The Railways said today it will carry out a safety audit of nearly 450 road overbridges, foot overbridges and bridges over the pipelines in Mumbai.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal made the announcement in suburban Andheri where a portion of a road overbridge collapsed this morning due to heavy rains.

The road overbridge, built in 1971, collapsed near the eastern side of the Andheri railway station. Some of the parts of fell on rail tracks, disrupting train services. Five people were injured.

A joint safety audit will be conducted by the Railways, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and IIT-Bombay of the 445 ROBs, foot overbridges (FOBs) and bridges over the pipelines in Mumbai as part of efforts to improve safety of commuters, Mr Goyal said.

“I have spoken to the director of IIT-Bombay and he has assured all cooperation. In the next six months, all the 445 ROBs, FOBs and other bridges going above water pipelines will be inspected and a joint safety audit will be carried out in association with the BMC as well,” he told reporters at the site of the incident.

The railway minister said that based on its findings, rectification of any flaws in these bridges will be taken up by his ministry on mission mode.

Terming today’s incident extremely unfortunate, Mr Goyal said that he has already announced an inquiry into it by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) and has sought a report within 15 days.

Informing reporters that hundreds of officers and employees of the Railways were involved in the restoration work on a war footing, he said, “Two lines of the Harbour corridor have become operational and we hope by 8 pm the other three lines will also become operational.”





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2 Left Dangling As Roller Coaster Derails Hours After Inspection In Florida’s Daytona Beach


An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the derailment: Officials

Florida:  A small roller coaster that derailed in Daytona Beach, ejecting two riders who fell 34 feet (10 meters) to the ground, passed a state inspection earlier the same day, Florida state officials said on Friday.

Six people were injured in the incident on Thursday. A local hospital said two were still being treated on Friday, but did not provide details on their conditions.

“Just yesterday, department inspectors conducted a thorough inspection of the ride, and it was found in compliance with state law,” the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a statement.

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the derailment, the department said, adding that anyone to blame will be held accountable.

The incident on the three-car “Sand Blaster” roller coaster began at about 8:30 p.m. local time (0030 GMT), the Daytona Beach Fire Department said in a statement.

The two people who fell had been in a car that derailed and was left dangling in the air, the fire department said.

It was not clear whether the ejected riders were wearing safety belts.

Two other people in the same car were rescued by firefighters who created a pulley system to lower them to the ground, the statement said. Local media reports said they were dangling for half an hour, held in place by seat belts, before being rescued.

A second car carrying four riders partially derailed, while the third stayed on the tracks.

Arthur Ellis, 62, a Daytona Beach computer technician who said he regularly rides by the amusement park on his bicycle, said in an interview on Friday that the ride is relatively small compared to those at major roller coaster parks.

The ride’s operators could not immediately be reached for comment.

According to the Roller Coaster Data Base, the Sand Blaster was built in 1975 and had been at several amusement parks before it opened in Daytona Beach in 2013. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that the ride was purchased by a Daytona Beach operator in 2012 from a closed amusement park in Delaware.

The Sand Blaster ride does not include an inversion, during which riders are turned upside-down, according to the database.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Bill Berkrot)

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Reserve Bank Of India RBI Declines To Share Copies Of Inspection Reports


RBI said it does not have “specific information” on what resulted in detection of the scam (File Photo)

New Delhi:  The Reserve Bank of India or RBI has declined to share inspection reports for scam-hit Punjab National Bank or PNB, citing Right To Information clauses that bar disclosure of details which may impede the investigation process or prosecution of offenders among other reasons.

Replying to an RTI query, the central bank also said it does not have “specific information” on what resulted in detection of the over Rs 14,000 crore scam at PNB and directed the application to the state-run bank for providing those details.

The scam, considered to be the biggest ever fraud in India’s history, came to light earlier this year. PNB was allegedly defrauded by diamond merchant Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, the promoter of Gitanjali Gems.

Among other agencies and regulators, the RBI is also undertaking a detailed probe into the case for necessary action.

In response to queries under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the central bank clarified that the RBI does not carry out audit of banks. However, the RBI conducts inspection/risk-based supervision of banks, it added.

Giving details for the past ten years, the RBI gave dates for the annual inspection carried out at the PNB head office between 2007 and 2017, except for 2011, for which the bank said the “dates (are) not available”.

When asked about the copies of inspection reports and details of objections raised by it, the RBI said the information was exempted under various clauses of the RTI Act.

“The inspection reports of banks and other related documents contain information which is exempt from disclosure under Section 8 (1) (a), (d), (j) and (h) of RTI Act, 2005,” it said in reply to the RTI application filed by this correspondent.

The Section 8(1) (a) bars disclosure of information which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the state, relation with foreign state or lead to incitement of an offence.

The clause (d) bars information the disclosure of which would harm the competitive position of a third party, whereas the section 8 (1) (h) exempts disclosure of information which would impede the process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders.

The clause (j) bars information which relates to personal information and the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual.

The RBI said that the severance of exempt parts in all inspection reports would divert the resources of the public authority in an unreasonable way.

“In view of the same it is not feasible to disclose the information sought by the applicant,” the central bank said.

The RBI has transferred the application to the PNB on query seeking details of inspection reports that led to detection of the massive fraud in the bank.

“The specific information sought is not available with us. However, the RTI application is being transferred to PNB under Section 6 (3) of the RTI Act, 2005 for providing information, if any, directly to the applicant,” it said.





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