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China announced to crack down on most single-use plastics by 2025The Chinese government has announced a new plan to crack down on plastic pollution across the country by 2025, including a ban on single-use plastic straws and bags.In a statement Sunday, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said both the production and use of a large number of single-use plastics would be slowly phased out across the country by the middle of the decade.The new policy included a detailed timeline outlining which plastics will be banned by a certain time in areas across the country. Major cities can expect to see changes sooner, while smaller towns or rural areas will be given more time to adjust.For example, according to the document, the catering industry will be banned from using single-use plastic cutlery in major cities by the end of 2020, while non-degradable plastic straws will be unavailable nationwide.But there are complicated caveats on who can and cannot use some plastic items. For instance, the plastic, non-degradable tableware that will be banned in many restaurants this year will only be partially phased out in takeaway containers by 2025.Thin, single-use plastic bags will be banned in most stores in large cities by the end of 2020, but smaller cities and villages have until 2022 or even 2025 to begin phasing them out.By the end of 2025, hotels will no longer be allowed to provide single-use plastic items and no postal service nationwide will be allowed to use any plastic packaging.The huge use of single-use plastic products by humans is having a devastating impact on the world's wildlife, with an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic dumped into the ocean every year. Governments and companies around the world are increasingly looking for ways to cut down on our collective plastic footprint.China produces more than 29% of the world's plastic products, making it the largest manufacturer of plastic in the world, according to a 2019 joint study by Columbia University and Zhejiang University. The country is also home to some of the world's highest plastic consumption. According to the World Economic Forum, China's Yangtze river carries more plastic pollution into the ocean than any other waterway in the world.In 2018, China announced it would no longer accept other countries' plastic waste for recycling, citing environmental concerns. On top of the bans announced Sunday, the Chinese government said it would promote the use of degradable or recycled plastic products and create comprehensive recycling programs. In the document, the commission said cracking down on plastic pollution was important for people's health and "to build a beautiful China."Source: cnn
Pawan Kalyan Jana Sena Party announced that Alliance BJP in Assembly election 2024Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan has announced that his Jana Sena Party is entering into an alliance with the BJP and the two would fight all coming elections together, and hope to capture power in Andhra Pradesh in 2024."Today is a historic day of announcement of BJP-Jana Sena alliance," Sunil Deodhar, BJP in charge for Andhra Pradesh said, at a joint press conference of leaders of the two parties."We will fight together to end political casteism, political dynasty raj and corruption in the state," Mr Deodhar said. "In a short period of time, Jagan Mohan Reddy government has failed and so did Chandrababu Naidu. And there is no question of any alliance of the BJP with Telugu Desam or with YSRCP in the state," declared the BJP in charge for Andhra Pradesh, putting to rest some speculation doing the rounds.Pawan Kalyan has come a full 360 degrees with his alliance with the BJP. He fought along with the BJP in 2014 but did not contest elections. In 2019, he had gone 180 degrees and fought the elections along with the Left and Bahujan Samaj Party or BSP. Now he says they will form the government in Andhra Pradesh after the 2024 elections."After 2014, there was a communication gap between us. In the last three months, I met several BJP leaders including seniors in Delhi and for sake of Andhra Pradesh future, BJP and Jana Sena will work together," he said.On the issue of multiple capital city proposed by the YSRCP government, both the Jana Sena and BJP leaders said Jagan Mohan Reddy could not take unilateral decisions. Jagan Mohan Reddy in fact said in the assembly that he accepts Amaravati as the capital. I had pointed out such a big capital building in a short time not possible. I had expressed apprehensions that if ruling party changes, future will be at stake and it has happened just as I feared," Pawan Kalyan said.State BJP chief Kanna Laxminarayana said Amaravati was arrived at by consensus and the government cannot go ahead with the multiple capital city project just because they have a majority in the state assembly.The state BJP and Jana Sena intend to have a coordination committee that will meet every few weeks and discuss on the issues to be taken up.The meetings and press conference was attended by Pawan Kalyan, Nadendla Manohar, former IAS Rammohan and others on behalf of the Jana Sena. On behalf of the BJP, the state president, BJP in charge for Andhra Pradesh Sunil Deodhar, GVL Narasimha Rao, Purandeswari and others were present.YSR Congress has reacted saying Pawan Kalyan is a leader without consistency. The party's Ambati Rambabu mocked Pawan Kalyan for saying it is an unconditional merger. "He is the same one who said Modi gave spoilt laddoos to Andhra Pradesh. What changed now?"
Indigo Pilot threatens a 75-years-old lady on Bengaluru AirportAn IndiGo pilot has been accused of horrific verbal abuse and threatening a passenger and her elderly, wheelchair-bound mother on a Chennai-Bengaluru flight yesterday. In a deeply disturbing and shocking incident that took place after the plane landed at Bengaluru airport, the pilot - Jayakrishna - told the passenger - Supriya Unni Nair, a journalist - "we will teach you some manners... will ensure you are detained and spend a night in jail". The altercation broke out inside the plane after Ms. Nair asked for wheelchair assistance for her mother, a service she said "I always ask for and remind staff when we land" and one concerning which "all airlines have always been helpful".The harassment and threats went unchecked onboard the plane despite the presence of other passengers and flight attendants. It continued even though there was security personnel who rushed to the scene and in the presence of IndiGo ground staff and even into the arrival lounge of the airport.In a detailed thread posted on Twitter early this morning, Ms. Nair detailed the disturbing incident as it happened, providing a detailed account of what happened. She also said the captain had threatened her with "dire consequences" if she posted this story on social media."Your captain on 6E-806 from Chennai to Bengaluru on January 13, Jayakrishna, threatened and prevent me and my 75-year-old diabetic mom from isembarking threatened to arrest us because we asked for wheelchair assistance," she wrote.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrival at KolkataKolkata: Hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival here on a two-day visit to West Bengal, students and political parties on Saturday started protests in West Bengal shouting “Go Back Modi” and also burnt his effigy.Student arms of various Left parties, including the CPI-M, affiliated Students Federation of India (SFI) held large gatherings in five points of the city — Golpark and Jadavpur 8B bus stand in South Kolkata, Esplanade in central Kolkata and Hatibagan as also the metropolis’ education hub College street in North Kolkata, displaying posters and banners ridiculing trime Minister.Coming together under the banner “Students Against Fascism”, the protestors, joined by those of the Congress-affiliated Chhatra Parishad, held aloft the tri-color and publicly read the Preamble to the Constitution as they staged demonstrations in each of the venues.Black banners, posters, and hoardings were dominant at the protests, where none of the organizations carried their own flags.The protest at College Street saw a large number of students take out a march from College Square to Presidency University.“We want to give a message that the politics of violence which the BJP has started on campuses across the country, we won’t tolerate that in Kolkata.There is a need for a united protest cutting across political lines. That’s the reason we have assembled here,” said a girl student of Presidency University.“Our protest is reflective of what is happening in the country. The Modi government is creating disturbance everywhere. As long as he remains in our state, we will protest. Wherever he goes, we will also go,” said another youth. Modi will there for over 20 hours.In Gol Park, the students flew black balloons with “go back” slogan, obstructing traffic. They also wrote, “No NRC, No CAA, No NPR” on the road.
The Supreme Court notice on plea for CAA pleas transfer from HCsNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from various petitioners, challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act in different High Courts, on a plea by the Centre seeking transfer of these petition to the top court.A bench of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and Justices B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant issued notices to all petitioners and scheduled the hearing on January 22, along with other anti-CAA petitions.The Supreme Court had on Wednesday had agreed to hear on Friday the Centre’s plea to transfer PILs filed in different High Courts, across the country challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, to the apex court.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice Bobde stating different High Courts may take conflicting views on the matter, especially against the backdrop where nearly 60 PILs have been filed in the apex court.The court observed that it is always good to have advantage to see the view of the High Court. But, at the same time, the Chief Justice said we feel that the high courts should not take a view on the matter when it is pending before the apex court.Mehta said that the PIL on validity of the law is scheduled for hearing in the Karnataka High Court this week.Earlier on December 18, hearing a slew of anti-CAA petitions filed before it, the SC refused to stay the law but agreed to examine its constitutional validity.The newly amended law seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain and Parsi communities who came to the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014.