New Delhi: The South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Monday declared the Tagore Garden fruit and vegetable market as the first plastic-free market in the West Zone of the region. Similarly, the SDMC also identified five markets in each of the zones, which will be awarded the plastic-free status, keeping in line with promoting the Prime Minister’s call to eliminate the usage of single-use plastic.SDMC Mayor, Sunita Kangra said that SDMC is setting an example by achieving plastic-free status in fruit and vegetable markets, which are turning towards eco-friendly alternatives instead. The Standing Committee Chairman also appreciated the efforts of officials of the market associations, who have time and again shown their commitment to using eco-friendly methods. He urged more shopkeepers to put up a board at their shops, appealing customers to bring jute or cloth bags to carry their shopping. The SDMC’s drive towards ending use of plastic starts from the grassroots level, according to officials of the municipality. They added that their municipality wanted to challenge the idea that small markets will not be able to make the switch to eco-friendly measures, adding that slowly the change can be seen at the ground level.
New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was honoured with the prestigious “Global Goalkeeper” award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, has said that the cleanliness campaign played a critical role in helping achieve the United Nations’ goals and targets.”Getting the award in the year of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary is personally significant for me. When 130 crore people take a pledge, any challenge can be overcome,” the prime minister said as he accepted the award at a special ceremony here Tuesday night. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSpeaking on the occasion, Modi noted that the success of the Swachh Bharat Mission is above and beyond any statistics. The campaign has not only improved the lives of crores of Indians, but it has also played a significant role in achieving the goals set by the UN,” Modi said. Modi lauded the countrymen for contributing to the grand success of the cleanliness mission, saying he shared the honour with them. He dedicated the award to those Indians who transformed the Swachh Bharat campaign into a “people’s movement” and accorded topmost priority to cleanliness in their day-to-day lives. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”No such campaign was seen or heard about in any other country in the recent past. It might have been launched by our government, but people took control of it,” Modi said. As a result, over 11 crore toilets were built in the country in the last five years, which was a record, he said. The Prime Minister said that if the mission has benefited anyone the most, it is the country’s poor and women. “Only that person who does not have a toilet understands its value, especially women, he said, adding that not having a toilet was among their most tough problems. He said that many young girls had to give up education due to lack of toilets in their schools. Our daughters wanted to study but due to lack of toilets they were forced to leave their schools and sit at home, he said. Modi said it was the responsibility of his government to help the girls and women of the country come out of this situation and it had performed the duty with utmost sincerity. Modi also expressed satisfaction that Swachh Bharat Mission is helping save millions of lives. He also met Bill Gates and Melinda Gates after the programme. “PM @narendramodi had a fruitful interaction with @BillGates and @melindagates,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet. During the event, he noted that even a report by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said that due to an increase in rural sanitation in india, the rate of heart problems in children has gone down and in women’s Body Mass Index has improved. PTI
New York: Mehul Choksi is a “crook” and will be repatriated to India after he exhausts all legal options, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has said, insisting that the bank fraud fugitives’ deportation is “just a matter of time”. Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are wanted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the CBI for allegedly defrauding the Punjab National Bank (PNB) to the tune of Rs 13,400 crore. Browne said Antigua and Barbuda has an independent judiciary and the matter is before the court. “I can assure you that he will be ultimately deported after exhausting all his appeals. He will be extradited back to India to face whatever charges against him. It is just a matter of time,” he told DD News. “He is allegedly a crook. If we would have known that he is a crook, he could not have gotten the Antiguan citizenship,” he said on the 60-year-old jeweller’s deportation. “He would be repatriated and sent back to India to face charges as he brings no value to Antigua and Barbuda,” Browne said. The Antigua and Barbuda prime minister was in New York to attend the UN General Assembly’s annual session. The multi-crore PNB fraud came to light in early 2018. Both Choksi and Modi had fled the country before that. Modi, 48, is currently in a London jail. The ED in June told the Bombay High Court that it was ready to provide an air ambulance to bring Choksi to India. Choksi, currently based in the Caribbean nation of Antigua, told the high court that he left India for medical treatment and not to avoid prosecution in the case. He said he would return to India as soon as he is medically fit to travel.