Last week the Bombay High Court refused to grant any relief to Thermocol Fabricator and Decoration Association, to allow the sale of thermocol for decoration, during the forthcoming Ganesh Festival

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Mrinalini Padhi Vs Union of India dated 05/07/2018 regarding management of Shri Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha.

Interim report on Shri Jagannath Temple dated 26/06/2018 as per direction of the Supreme Court in Writ Petition No. 649 of 2018 (Mrunalini Padhi Vs Unio of India & Others).

The report covers the following aspects:

(a) Difficulties faced by the visitors;

(b) Exploitative Practices, if any;

(c) Deficiencies in the management, if any;

(d) Suggestions, if any in Shri Jagannath Temple, Puri.

The state environment department (SED) is likely to allow the use of the thermocol decorations till the end of the 10-day Ganesh festival in September.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Giriraj Parikrama Sanrakshan Sansthan & Others Vs. Department of Environment & Forests & Others dated 30/05/2018 regarding proper disposal of the offerings at Goverdhan, including Mansi Ganga and Radha Kund areas.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to upgrade cemeteries across the city.

Meerut: Meerut-based NGO ‘Mansi Sanstha’ has filed a petition in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) seeking to stop the nine-day-long ongoing ‘mahayagya’ at Meerut’s Bhainsali ground here.

In a bid to curb pollution, a group in Meerut has decided to burn 50,000 kg of wood during Navratri, raising concerns whether the initiative would be a success.

A Hindu outfit, Shri Ayutchandi Mahayagna Samiti, is organising the event during which one crore offerings to fire will be made by priests, who have come from Varanasi and Vrindavan.

There has been little investigation into whether the “social gradient to health”—whereby people belonging to groups higher up the social ladder have better health outcomes than those belonging to groups further down—exists in developing countries like India. The relative strengths of economic and social status in determining the health status of persons in India is evaluated using the National Sample Survey Office data set for 2004 and 2014. This is evaluated with respect to two health outcomes: the age at death and the self-assessed health status of elderly persons.

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