[Chhat Puja] Calcutta High Court Sets Broad Guidelines, Asks State To Strictly Enforce Ban On Crackers [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates[Chhat Puja] Calcutta High Court Sets Broad Guidelines, Asks State To Strictly Enforce Ban On Crackers [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay11 Nov 2020 5:31 AMShare This – xThe Calcutta High Court on Tuesday (10th November) decided the broad guidelines regarding the Chhat Puja in West Bengal, amid the surging COVID-19 cases.The Bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Arijit Banerjee also directed the State Government, particularly the police, to leave no stone unturned “to take immediate appropriate steps against anyone seeking to sell or purchase…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 Calcutta High Court on Tuesday (10th November) decided the broad guidelines regarding the Chhat Puja in West Bengal, amid the surging COVID-19 cases.The Bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Arijit Banerjee also directed the State Government, particularly the police, to leave no stone unturned “to take immediate appropriate steps against anyone seeking to sell or purchase firecrackers or the like or any such material which emanates smoke and has the propensity to pollute the air.”Regarding the Chhat Puja, several suggestions were made before the Court. In this context, the Court was of the opinion that it is the executive which ought to devise measures to take care of the myriad situations which may arise.”It is elementary that the executive would act for the greater good and in public interest and, in such course, there may be a minority which may be adversely affected”, noted the Court.Accordingly, in view of the submission made on behalf of the State, some broad guidelines regarding the Chhat Puja were indicated by the Court:(i) In the pockets in the State where Chhat Puja is observed, particularly in and around the cities of Kolkata, Siliguri, Durgapur and Asansol, the State should make repeated announcements in the relevant areas requesting no more than two persons per family to attempt to visit any water body this year and for the rest of the family to observe Chhat Puja from home or in and around the home.(ii) Long-drawn processions should not be allowed and, in any event, the use of music, other than the dhak or small band, should not be allowed. Once the revelry that goes with blaring music is arrested, the processions are expected to be less.(iii) Persons intending to travel to a water body should come in vehicles upon maintaining the Covid protocol and without jostling with each other to get a toehold in the vehicle. The wearing of masks will be mandatory at all stages.(iv) Even when a vehicle, which may be a small tempo or lorry or the like comes to a water body or near the same, all persons should not be permitted to alight or go to the water body. Representatives from each vehicle, as may be deemed fit, should be 6 allowed to go to the edge of the water body and perform the rituals in an ecologically friendly mannerAs far as Subhas Sarovar and Rabindra Sarobar were concerned, the Court observed that in view of the subsisting order of the National Green Tribunal, “these water bodies will be totally out of bounds for Chhat Puja celebrations.”Further, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the local municipal bodies were directed to depute representatives in the relevant localities for spreading awareness, the need to exercise self-restraint and to observe the Chhat Puja on a low-key. Such measures will have to be undertaken all over the State where Chhat Puja is observed.Regarding the functioning of local trains, the Court said,”The State should consider whether it may be in the best interest of all to suspend the operation of local trains on November 14 and November 15, 2020 and on the day of Jagadhatri Puja or to manage the running of trains in such manner that people do not find it convenient to come to the city of Kolkata or travel to other places of interest on Kali Puja day or visit 7 Chandannagar on Jagadhatri Puja day. The State is left free to make appropriate arrangements with the railway authorities in such regard..”Further, the Court directed the Kolkata Police and the State police to put up telephone numbers on their websites and on hoardings and boards prominently displayed across the city and the State, indicating effective numbers where complaints regarding the bursting of crackers may be made.Apart from that, the Court also observed that in the event the State finds any difficulty in controlling crowds or in the implementation of this order, “the State is reminded of the authority at its disposal including the power under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 to restrict the number of persons in any particular area.”Lastly, the Court said,”Indeed, it is hoped that the entire State machinery is geared up to implement the orders passed in such regard for the greater good of the citizens and to ensure that the quality of air is not adversely affected by the acts of a few that may imperil lives”Case title – Anasua Bhattacharya v. 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Frankfort, Kentucky: The Perfect Town for a Foot Race

first_imgBeautiful topography on the running courses of Frankfort, provide a magnificent backdrop for a race.  Each year more and more races settle on Frankfort for their running event.  At the heart of downtown Frankfort, you will pass museums such as the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol, The Kentucky Military History Museum and Frankfort’s own City Museum.unnamedMany historic homes will also be found, including Liberty Hall, Orlando Brown House, and the formal gardens of the Liberty Hall Historic Site.   Furthermore, you will follow the wandering walk/bike path from the Ward Oates Amphitheatre to the far side of Buffalo Trace Distillery.  This stunning walk/bike path runs along the gorgeous Kentucky River as it flows right through the downtown area.KY6At this point, you have still not seen all there is to view as you race through our beautiful city.  On the other side of the Kentucky River you will run up the hill with the State Capitol as your focus!  Additionally, you will find more gorgeous historic homes, including the Governor’s Mansion.KY5From the Capitol side of the river you can easily see the steeples of historic churches and on Downtown side you see the dome of the Capitol.  Scenery not only provides a beautiful location, but the hills add an element of physical challenge.  Our race courses are beautiful enough to provide the motivation for the beginners and challenging enough for serious runners.  You will love what we show you as you race.[divider]related articles[/divider]last_img read more

Istria is signing a strategic partnership with one of the largest football clubs in the world – FC Bayern Munich

first_imgThe Strategic Partnership Agreement between FC Bayern Munich and Istria will be signed on Monday (June 04, 2018) in Poreč.With the constant search for new tools and original ways of promotion, the Tourist Board of the Istrian County for the first time in 2014 launched strategic partnerships that have become one of the key forms of destination promotion. From collaborating with BMW to tomorrow collaborating with one of the biggest football clubs in the world.FC Bayern Munich 4th most valuable club in the worldEnglish football giant Manchester United last year became the most valuable football club in the world by dethroning Real Madrid, which has held first place in the rankings for the past four years, while FC Bayern Munich holds fourth place with $ 2,71 billion, according to Forbes magazine. (1. Manchester United – 3,69 billion dollars, 2. Barcelona – 3,64, 3. Real Madrid – 3,58, 4. Bayern Munich – 2,71, 5. Manchester City – 2,08). Bayern Munich, on the other hand, ended last year with as many as 290 club members.Apart from branding and huge marketing by connecting with one of the strongest football brands and the development of sports tourism, especially in the pre- and post-season, the most important fact is that Germany is our main emitting market.Of course this is not accidental, nor sudden. Istria has been strategically and systematically growing and developing for years, and one of the segments is certainly sports tourism. Thus, the tourist destination is strategically and planned. Bravo Istria.last_img read more

Video: Warwickshire v Middlesex day two highlights

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Interview: Outspoken Comedian Tess Rafferty on Getting Political

first_imgWe sat down with comedian, television writer, and activist Tess Rafferty to learn about equality, Italy, and her passion for politics.They say if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. Or, in comedian, author, and activist Tess Rafferty’s case, spawn into a Borg collective spewing epitaphs of “resistance is futile” instead.Tess has written for @Midnight on Comedy Central and was the supervising producer for the cult-favorite clip show The Soup on E!, which tells us something about her witty sense of humor and her love for commentary on the current social and political scene.Luckily, we didn’t have to meet in an underground bunker to get the lowdown on why Tess is so over trying to find common ground with those on the other end of the political spectrum.Tess w/director Steve Cohen. Via Tess Rafferty.PREMIUM BEAT: Are you pissed at Mikemostly? In a sea of amazing reviews for your memoir, Recipes for Disaster, he titled his review “Meh” on Amazon. He laughed a bit, even made some of your recipes (and really liked them), but apparently he expected more. It made me think of Hillary and I got really sad for humanity! Are women held to a different standard even after they offer up a killer party idea like a grilled cheese station?TESS RAFFERTY: Yes. Exhibit A: the grifter squatting in the White House.Via Tess Rafferty.PB: It almost feels like comedians are our last line of defense these days. Not only have you put out a series of videos/political rants, but also you organized a “take back the workplace” march! Why have you stepped up to lead the charge and are you optimistic or terrified?TR: I’m mostly terrified and part of that is that it all seems so futile. I started the march because exactly a year before the Weinstein story broke, the Trump/Grab ’em By the Pussy story did. Women were compelled to share their stories of sexual assault online. It felt like a watershed moment. But a year later the Weinstein story broke. And once again women were compelled to share their most vulnerable stories and once again it felt like a watershed moment. I thought, “I don’t want us all to be here a year from now, sharing the same stories.” And then this year Kavanaugh happened. It’s like we’re living in fucking Groundhog Day.I don’t really know how to make Republican men and women think a man touching our bodies against our will is wrong. I don’t know that we ever will. And yet I keep trying to do something because to do nothing seems unthinkable. It’s all I know how to do. And sometimes there is a nice surprise, like with this year’s mid-terms. But then you think, how many more seats did we actually win, like Stacy Abrams’ gubernatorial race. It was stolen from her by her Republican opponent. We all know that. Heidi Heitkamp might have won were it not for the egregious suppression of the Native American vote. And then it seems futile again.Via Tess Rafferty.PB: You have never been accused of being demure, but do you think your outspoken political beliefs have impacted your career negatively in any way? Or has it been a positive thing?TR: The good news is that if it’s ever affected me negatively, I won’t hear about it so that’s nice. I can pretend whatever is convenient in that moment. I’m sure it has, because everything affects your career to some extent: whether you’re too outspoken or not outspoken enough. People can dislike you for any number of reasons and I’ve seen people hired or fired for all sorts of stupid, random things.You might as well be proud of it and wear it like a badge of honor. And the wonderful truth is that it’s actually impacted me positively. People have reached out because they’ve seen the videos and wanted to work with me. And it’s both a relief and encouraging when you can do what is right and be rewarded for it.PB: Spending time on your website, it’s clear you love three things: Equality, your husband, and Italy.   What would be your elevator pitch on why all three things are worthy of your adoration?TR: Italy is pretty much the thing holding my marriage together. It is the perfect intersection of everything my husband and I have in common: we love good food, great wine, art, history and dramatic scenery. I love both of them more because of the other. I’m not sure where equality fits into the equation. Italy doesn’t have the best record on sexism. My husband’s is definitely better.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Interview: Tracy Andreen on the Romance of Writing for HallmarkScreenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a MethodIndustry Interview: Advancing Your Career from PA to ADInterview: Jennifer Gatti on Bon Jovi, Star Trek, and Leaving L.A.Jonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid90s — and Tips He Learned from the Greatslast_img read more