The Commonwealth Games basketball and squash courts, being built in Siri forest area in south Delhi, should be relocated to another site as it involved large-scale cutting of full-grown trees, amicus curiae Harish Salve said in his fresh plea before the Supreme Court. The application, which is scheduled to be heard by the Forest Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices Arijit Pasayat and S H Kapadia on Friday, said already 836 trees, each over 100-years-old, were cut to make way for the 30,000 sq metre concrete courts for the games.

After four years of monitoring by the Supreme Court, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Tuesday said the modern Ghazipur abattoir, which has missed many a deadline, would be ready by May 20 but the apex court gave it an additional 10 days. Appearing for MCD, additional solicitor general Amarendra Saran informed a Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhan, S B Sinha and A K Mathur that the project would be ready by May 20.

Since its inauguration five years ago, the 23.5-km Greater Noida Expressway has claimed over 45 lives. In the same period, more than 60 people have been injured in mishaps.

The BRT project never ceases to surprise. Now there are two pilots. The original one between Ambedkar Nagar and Moochand has been designated as Pilot A and the stretch beyond as Pilot B. IIT and RITES, who are executing the project, have been given 10 days to prepare the new design and work out the modalities for the rest of the stretch. The decision was taken at the meeting on Tuesday which was chaired by Mehta and attended by senior officials from various departments involved in the project.

Myanmar's government raised its death toll from Cyclone Nargis on Tuesday to nearly 22,500 with a further 41,000 missing, nearly all of them from a storm surge that swept into the Irrawaddy delta. Of the dead, only 671 were in the former capital, Yangon, and its outlying districts, state radio said. The rest were in the vast swamplands of the delta.

SC Order In 1997 Had Asked Buses To Stay In Left Lane The changed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) design, designated Pilot B, that's now being proposed between Moolchand and Delhi Gate, is in effect only a thinly veiled version of the existing pattern of traffic flow on all roads in the Capital.

Plan To Shift Bus Lane, Give More Space For Cars In a virtual admission that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand has left very little space for cars, the government has decided to expand the space to three lanes from two in the stretch beyond Moolchand. And, significantly, there will be no medians to demarcate the lanes. The bus lane will be shifted to the left and painted a particular colour so that other traffic doesn't stray into it.

: An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself, said French-Algerian writer-philosopher Albert Camus; turns out that someone is keeping track of intellectuals too. The latest issue of the influential Foreign Policy magazine has identified the world's Top 100 "public intellectuals', in its second such exercise, awarding America

Quick-fix solutions and then U-turns. That's what the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) corridor story is turning out to be. And if you can't get your act together, despite some fancy PR work, shoot the messenger. Officials have been coming up with a wide range of solutions to the BRT mess

A preachy America and a prickly India are both mouthing off over the world food crisis. Some of India's political leadership was foaming at the mouth on Saturday after misconstruing US President George Bush's remark that increasing prosperity in India had led to better diets, greater demand, and increasing prices, all of which had contributed to the global food crisis.

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