When Forest Is Harmed The Primary Objective Is To Restore Forest: Himachal Pradesh High Court Directs Man To Plant 200 Tree Saplings

first_imgNews UpdatesWhen Forest Is Harmed The Primary Objective Is To Restore Forest: Himachal Pradesh High Court Directs Man To Plant 200 Tree Saplings Sparsh Upadhyay5 Feb 2021 5:43 AMShare This – x“This order is being passed to make the petitioner understand and realize his civic responsibility towards the environment”, said the Court.While underling that when a forest is harmed or forest produced is obtained illegally by any person’s actions, the primary objective is to restore the forest and not just punish the offender, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday (04th February) directed a man to restore and enlarge the forest cover by planting 200 tree saplings. The Bench of Justice Anoop Chitkara was hearing…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?LoginWhile underling that when a forest is harmed or forest produced is obtained illegally by any person’s actions, the primary objective is to restore the forest and not just punish the offender, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday (04th February) directed a man to restore and enlarge the forest cover by planting 200 tree saplings. The Bench of Justice Anoop Chitkara was hearing the plea of a man who expressed his inability to pay the bank guarantees imposed by the Divisional Forest Officer as a term for releasing his JCB. The matter The Divisional Forest Officer, by the impugned order dated 20th September 2020 ordered the release of the petitioner’s confiscated vehicle. However, the Officer directed to furnish Sapurdari Bond of Rs, 5,00,000/- along with one surety in the like amount and the FDR or Bank guarantee of Rs. 15,00,000/- drawn on any Nationalised Bank at Shimla pledged to DFO Shimla. Court’s observations At the outset, the Court observed that the legislative intent while enacting the Indian Forest Act, 1927 was to protect and conserve the forest, strengthen the existing forest laws and increase forest productivity. Further, noting that Forests are a national wealth which is required to be preserved, the Court observed that the said conditions imposed while ordering the confiscated vehicle’s release are too harsh and stringent and further, they also do not cover the forest restoration aspect. In this backdrop, the Court directed, “In the interests of the environment, (the Court) directs the petitioner to restore and enlarge the forest cover by planting 200 tree saplings by 15th Aug 2021. The Forest Department will provide the saplings to the petitioner.” The Court also directed that the Forest Department would be free to decide what tree saplings would  be given to the petitioner and whether the same would be charged or provided free of cost. The Court also directed, “The plantation shall be done on the same patch or around it, from where the illicit felling took place. In case any person, whom so ever, puts obstructions in plantation, then SHO of the concerned Police station shall provide adequate security and take appropriate legal action against such violators.” The Court further said that petitioner has to look after the saplings for one year after plantation personally and after one year, the Forest Department shall take care of the saplings. The petitioner has been asked to contact the Forest Department every month to report on the saplings’ status and health and any assistance he may require. “This order is being passed to make the petitioner understand and realize his civic responsibility towards the environment”, said the Court. Lastly, about the statutory requirement of furnishing a bond while releasing the confiscated vehicle, the Court directed the petitioner to furnish a personal bond undertaking to pay a sum of Rs 20,00,000/- or less, that the concerned court orders finally.In related news, in March 2020, the Judge allowed Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s application for condonation of delay, subject to it planting 500 trees in the riot affected areas of Delhi within 2 weeks. It appears that such directions are being issued since mid-2019. Madhya Pradesh and Orissa High Courts had last year imposed planting of saplings as a Bail Condition. “This direction is made by this Court as a test case to address the Anatomy of Violence and Evil by process of Creation and a step towards Alignment with Nature. The natural instinct of compassion, service, love and mercy needs to be rekindled for human existence as they are innately engrained attributes of human existence,” Justice Anand Pathak of Madhya Pradesh HC had observed in the order. In 2019, while ordering release of a ‘convict’ who was later found to be a juvenile at the time of incident of crime, the Supreme Court had directed him to plant 100 trees within a period of one year. Case title – Ashish Kaushal v. State of H.P. [Cr. MMO No. 29of 2021] Click Here To Download Order/JudgmentRead Order/JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

ASL Club Hosts Activist for Deaf Community

first_imgOcean City High School’s American Sign Language Club has invited Nyle DiMarco, role model and activist for the deaf community, to speak at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center on Monday, Dec. 2 at 9 a.m.DiMarco, winner of “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Next Top Model,” is a leader and ambassador for the deaf community.Born into a multigenerational deaf family, he is an honorary spokesperson for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) and founder of the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which works to improve the lives of deaf people around the world.DiMarco was a producing member of the 2018 return to Broadway of “Children of a Lesser God,” starring Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff. He was also a creative collaborator on The ASL App, created by native deaf signers to teach conversational American Sign Language, according to Keppler Speakers.Through fundraising efforts, the Ocean City High School American Sign Language Club was able to invite DiMarco to give a presentation, followed by a meet-and-greet with the students.Ocean City High School ASL students will not be the only students in attendance. The American Sign Language Club extended an invitation to deaf students from other schools in New Jersey.Over 50 students from schools as far away as Bergen and Neptune will be traveling to Ocean City to hear DiMarco speak. Some of the students attending will be accompanied by former Ocean City High School ASL students who are now educational interpreters or teachers of the deaf in New Jersey.“For my ASL classes, this was a great learning opportunity, in real time, for students to see how to share their privilege of meeting Nyle DiMarco to empower and elevate the deaf community, specifically children in our area,” said Amy T. Andersen, Ocean City High School American Sign Language teacher. “This was a perfect opportunity for students to give back to a community that has given all of us so much.” Celebrity Nyle DiMarco is an ambassador for the deaf community. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo.com)last_img read more

Reliance confirms MA field shut down due to natural decline

first_imgIndia’s oil company Reliance Industries has confirmed that the MA field ceased production on September 17, 2018, due to natural decline.This was first revealed earlier this week by Ocean Yield, the owner of the FPSO Dhirubhai-1 which had operated on the field. Reliance had the option to buy the FPSO following the expiry of a ten-year contract but decided not to exercise it. The contract expired on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.The MA field located off the East Coast of India in Block KG-DWN-98/3 (KGD6) is operated by Reliance with a 60% interest. Its partners are BP with a 30% interest and Niko Resources with the remaining 10% interest.Confirming the cessation of production from the MA field, Reliance said on Friday that post-cessation activities related to the field shutdown are underway.According to the Indian company, production from the field had been under natural decline and facing continuous challenges due to high water production and sand ingress. The field has cumulatively produced about 0.53 TCF of Gas and 31.4 Million Barrel of Oil & Condensate and had no remaining reserves.For the fist quarter of FY19, MA field contributed less than 0.1% in terms of revenue at Reliance consolidated level, the oil company said.The Dhirubhai – 26 (D26), oil, gas and condensate deep water discovery was made in 2006. The discovery was developed and put on production in September 2008. This was India’s first deep water development (water depth up to 1,250 meters), with seven wells tied back through a subsea production system to a purpose built, state of the art disconnectable turret moored FPSO production unit.Reliance also said that relevant governmental agencies have already been informed.When it comes to the FPSO’s future and employment opportunity outside India, Ocean Yield said earlier this week it had been awarded a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study for the potential use of the FPSO. The study is estimated to be completed during 4Q 2018.Meanwhile, Ocean Yield will consider recording an impairment related to the FPSO in 3Q 2018 between $0-50 million.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Opposition Leader questions a decision to award Dominican citizenship to Chanderpaul

first_img Tweet 6 Views   no discussions LocalNews Opposition Leader questions a decision to award Dominican citizenship to Chanderpaul by: – July 14, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Oppositon Leader, Hon. Hector John. Photo credit:uwpdm.comThe Opposition Leader, Honourable Hector John has criticized a decision by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to bestow citizenship upon prominent West Indian cricketer Shivnerine Chanderpaul.It was announced at the Windsor Park Stadium on Sunday that Chanderpaul would be made a citizen of Dominica this week following his record in test matches.But John claims that Prime Minister Skerrit’s announcement was reckless and in contempt of the other members of Cabinet.“This should be done properly. Someone must apply before they are given citizenship. You are not just looking at Chanderpaul; you are also looking at his family as well. This is showmanship and he acted on impulse,” he said.He said Prime Minister Skerrit was also attempting to cover-up the criticism he was receiving for not being at the Windsor Park Stadium.“He wasn’t at the Windsor Park during the official opening, he wasn’t there during the first one day against Bangladesh and during the first few days of the historic test match,”. John said.“This shows how he runs the country. You have a team you must consult with in terms of making decision for and behalf of the country. This shows that he runs the affairs as if it were a one man government, a one man cabinet…” he said.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more