The Liwonde Magistrates Court has slapped a 28-year-old Esau Chikondi Billy and hid accomplices with a lengthy jail term for poaching rhinos in Liwonde National Parks.

A group of South African mining communities will challenge the government’s Mining Charter and seek a court order to ensure they are involved in drafting any replacement.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of Kasala Malla Reddy and Others VS State of Andhra Pradesh & Others dated 24/10/2017 regarding pollution caused by the industrial units especially the pharmaceutical industries in Patancheru and Bollaram, Medak District of Telangana.

The Highlights of the Judgement are the following: 

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone Bench, Chennai) in the matter of M/s.Narmathaa Textiles Limited Vs Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board & Others dated 24/10/2017 regarding payment of consent fees by Narmathaa Textiles to the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board. NGT directs that consent fee should not include the period during the textile unit was not functioning.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of Bimal Gogoi && Others Vs State of Arunachal Pradesh & Others dated 24/10/2017 regarding Stage I Forest Clearance and Stage II Forest Clearance granted by the MoEF & CC for Demwe Lower Hydroelectric Project (1750 MW) in Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh which would lead to diversion of 1415.92 ha (1408.30 ha surface land + 7.62 ha underground land) of forest land.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Almitra H. Patel & Others Vs. Vivek Vihar Railway Station dated 23/10/2017 collection, transportation and disposal of the municipal solid waste collected from the railway platforms. NGT while comining down heavily on the Railway authority said that the primary responsibility to comply with the Rules of 2016 and to ensure that the platforms and railway lines remain free of municipal solid wastes and other wastes rests on them.

This is a compilation of select court orders , judgements and directives by the pollution control boards to control air and noise pollution on Diwali by the India Environment Portal.

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Test results of sound emitting fireworks carried out by FRDC during the period 2011- 2012

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Biswajit Mohanty Vs State of Odisha & Others dated 16/10/2017 regarding construction activity and reclamation of river bed, encroachment of river embankment, establishment of Labour Camps in river bed of rivers Mahanadi and Kathjodi at Cuttack, Odisha, and organization of Baliyatra and other programmes on Mahanadi river bed at Cuttack thereby affecting the river ecology and disturbing the river flow adversely.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Aabhijeet Sharma Vs Union of India & Others dated 16/10/2017 regarding the proposed Subansiri Lower Hydro Electric Project (SLHEP) located at the Assam Arunachal border with a 116 m high dam to generate 2000 mw of power has given rise to an ominous situation that threatens the ecology of lower Subansiri river along with the likelihood of disruption of the lifestyle and lives of riparian people.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Western Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Sarang Yadwadkar & Others Vs Pune Municipal Corporation & Others dated 13/10/2017 regarding executing the project of Metro Rail on prohibited zone inside Blue Line in the river bed of Mula Mutha. The Applicants have stated that the construction of Metro Rail proposed in the Draft Development Plan of City of Pune falls within the Blue Line along the banks of River Mutha and even in the river bed i.e.

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