SK SinhaLaw and parliamentary affairs minister Anisul Huq on Monday said the chief justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha, has applied for one month’s leave on health grounds.Talking to Prothom Alo, the minister said that the chief justice submitted the application seeking leave from tomorrow, Tuesday.Anisul said the application was being forwarded to the president’s office.As per rules justice Abdul Wahab Miah would be made acting chief justice.Read more: ‘Who wrote the judgment from where?’ HasinaThe chief justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha, and the ruling party leadership including the prime minister and the law minister were at loggerheads following the 16th amendment annulment verdict which scrapped parliament’s power to sack judges in July.Several ministers met the chief justice and rumours had it that the chief justice would be sent on leave.Read more: AL adamant not to lose to judiciary
Election commissioner Mahbub Talukder. File PhotoClaiming that the upcoming upazila parishad election has lost its glamour as it is not a participatory one, election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar on Thursday said democracy cannot take a shape unless there are many parties, reports UNB.“Democracy is never a one-party one. It can’t take a shape unless it’s a multi-party one. That’s why, importance is given to participatory election,” he said while briefing returning and assistant returning officers of the second phase upazila parishad election at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.The election commissioner further said, “Election being the participatory is the initial achievement. The election must be credible and acceptable. These two words will be judged by people, not by those who conduct the polls.”He also said there was still no discussion on self-analysis at the election commission over the 11th parliamentary election.Mahbub underscored the need for ensuring people’s greater trust in the election management during the upazila parishad elections. “The election must be free and fair no mater whatever the political situation is. A disputable or questionable election is not expected for the election commission,” he said.“People say the election should be held as per law and it means ensuring equal rights and treatment for all. You should remain neutral strictly. Don’t bow down to any pressure, fear or greed,” he asked the election officials.The election commissioner asked them to perform their duties with bravery and being responsible to their own conscience. “The election commission never conducts the election directly but you indirectly perform the duties of the commission. So, the success of EC depends on your success.”
Kolkata: Indian Gold Building Council (IGBC) has recognised New Town as a Green City.IGBC is part of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). It is one of the organisations whose green building certification is accepted by the state government for awarding additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR). New Town becomes the state’s first township to get the Green City tag.To award the certification, IGBC considers several factors that include eco-vision of the city, land use planning, health and well being, sustainable mobility, water, energy and infrastructure management, information technology and innovation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThree water ATMs that have been installed at Eco Park have received accolades from IGBC. The bamboo railings for the road medians and tall tree nursery are joint ventures of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and Forest Development Corporation.The GPS-based vehicles launched for effective solid waste management and automatic control for street lights, e-governance for collection of property tax, issuing of certificates and building plans of the township have been lauded by IGBC. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe introduction of electric air-conditioned buses hasbeen appreciated under the sustainable mobility issue. The three buses introduced in New Town have become immensely popular and they cover an area not covered by the normal buses.The bodies of the 32 seater buses have been built byEicher, while the electrical systems have been installed by Pune-based KPIT. The fare of the buses is Rs 10. Battery charging centres have been set up.More than 20,000 people have travelled in the buses in the past one and a half months. The cycle-hiring scheme, the only of its kind in the country, has also received national recognition.The Eco Park has come up as the most well maintained urban park in Eastern India. The park stands on 480 acres of land and is surrounded by 112 acres of waterbody. The park’s miniature replicas of the seven wonders of the world have attracted both domestic and foreign tourists.