Jessore Road: Tree felling halted for 6 months

Jessore Road: Tree felling halted for 6 months

The High Court yesterday halted the felling of century-old trees along the Jessore-Benapole road following protests against a government decision to cut them down.

It directed the authorities concerned of the government to maintain a status quo on the tree felling for six months.

In response to a writ petition, the HC also issued a rule asking the respondents to explain in two weeks why their inaction to protect the trees should not be declared illegal.

a writ petition, the HC also issued a rule asking the respondents to explain in two weeks why their inaction to protect the trees should not be declared illegal.

The court asked them to show causes why they should not be ordered to protect the trees while turning the road into a four-lane one.

Secretaries to the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges, and the Ministry of Environment and Forest, director general of the Department of Environment, chief engineer of the Roads and Highway Department, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police in Jessore, upazila nirbahi officer of Benapole, and officer-in-charge of Benapole Police Station have been made the respondents to the rule.

The bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir came up with the order and the rule after hearing the writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh challenging the inaction of the respondents to protect the trees.

Petitioner's counsel Manzill Murshid told The Daily Star that the government cannot cut the trees down now because of the HC order.

However, there is no legal bar for the government to continue the development work of the highway protecting the trees, he added.

During the hearing on the petition, Manzill told the court that the government was duty-bound to protect the environment and the trees as per the constitution and the environment protection law.

However, the government's decision to cut the trees goes against the very constitution and the law, he said.

Last July, the authorities decided to fell around 2,300 trees along the highway, many of which have been standing majestically on both sides of the road throughout well over a century.

The decision was made under a "development project" to widen a 30-kilometre portion of the highway.

However, since then, protests have been brewing all over social media, and many environmental groups have been demonstrating against what they called a “shocking decision”.

Jessore-Benapole highway is actually a 38-kilometre stretch of the 99-kilometre Jessore Road that connects Jessore with India's Dum Dum.

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Netanyahu Backs India's Right To Hit Terror Hideouts Across LoC

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Israel and India "have some understanding" should India decide to unilaterally carry out combative action across the LoC against UN-designated terrorists: Netanyahu. "We (Israel) are not enemies of Pakistan and Pakistan should not be our enemy either"

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Prakash Raj attacks PM Modi

Authors: Ecroaker. com Boosters.

Participating in an engaging debate at India Today Conclave South 2018, actors Prakash Raj and Vishal, filmmaker SK Sasidharan and Dalit activist Kancha Ilaiah took on the BJP and the Narendra Modi government over a range of issues including Padmaavat row, Gauri Lankesh killing and movie S Durga.

On a day when the Supreme Court allowed the release of Padmaavat in all the states including those where it was earlier banned over protests by Rajput groups alleging that the film hurt their sentiments, Prakash Raj said that the state governments which banned Padmaavat citing law and order problem should quit.

See there is writing on the wall. There is no conspiracy. State governments which banned Padmaavat citing law and order should quit. If they don’t, we, the people, should vote them out,” Prakash Raj said.

Other participants in the discussion on “Stand Up, Speak Up and Make Yourself Count” were actor Vishal, filmmaker SK Sasidharan, and Dalit activist Kancha Ilaiah. ey all have been vocal about the right to expression and speech.

They criticised the BJP and the Narendra Modi government for not taking strict action against fringe groups that attack freedom of speech in the name of religious sensitivities. Talking about Sasidharan’s S Durga, whose name was changed following a huge controversy, the filmmaker said that it was not a film on religion. He defended the title of the film saying he did not hurt the sentiments of any religion by making S Durga.

The BJP, their state governments, and supporters want to cater to fringe groups that carry out blatant attacks on freedom of expression, Prakash Raj said. Responding to a Padmaavat row, Prakash Raj hit out at the BJP saying, “They talk about Rajput pride. I understand if Rajputs of Rajasthan are saying so. But, what it has to do with those in Gujarat? What it has to do with Haryana?

Actor Vishal said, “(With the Supreme Court allowing an uninterrupted release of Padmaavat), justice has prevailed at the end. People working in the film industry look up to autonomous bodies who make the decision on these films and expect justice to be done, he added. Calling the allegation that the filmmakers take the sensitivities of the religious majority community for granted, SK Sasidharan said that this question “is atrocious” and “divisive,” adding, “This is not a question to be neglected. stion does not come from curiosity. It comes from divisionism. This is not a constructive question.

Responding to another question as to why no film is made on other personalities from other religions, Sasidharan said, “I can answer about the film I have made. I have not made films concerning figures from other religions. Even my film is not about religion. Prakash Raj too supported Sasidharan saying that he should not targeted for the film that is not on religion. They (the BJP) have no objection to Durga mutton shop, Durga chicken centre and the like but they have a problem of S Durga because their intent is divisive.

Prakash Raj alleged that after he addressed an event recently, the BJP people came and cleaned the stage with cow urine saying that “I am a beef eater. The actor said, “I did not talk about beef. I asked the BJP minister, who said that the government was there to change the Constitution, a question. And, they connected it with something else. Upping his ante against the BJP and PM Modi, Prakash Raj said, “They call me anti-Hindu but I am anti-Modi, anti-Shah, anti-Hegde (who had made the comment about changing the Constitution). They are not Hindus. People who support killing are not Hindus.

When Gauri Lankesh, my friend was killed, some people celebrated the murder. These were people who were being followed by PM Modi. Then I say those who support violence, killing, are not Hindus,” Prakash Raj said. Whether I have voted for him or not, he is my prime minister. He must speak up against these people. He must pull up his minister for saying that they are here to change the Constitution,” Prakash Raj said.

Dalit activist Kancha Ilaiah said accused the Modi government of playing communal politics saying that while the government drafted the triple talaq Bill, it did not support a PIL in the Supreme Court that seeks every Hindu including Dalits to have a right to become a priest in any temple in the country. Ilaiah rejected the theory that more Dalits are voting for the BJP saying, “The notion of democracy is not about vote only. The question is how after coming to power with whatever vote one got treats the lower strata of society… Why are the poorest of the poor being suppressed? Why are the young Dalits protesting ever since this government has come to power?


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Hafiz Saeed should be prosecuted: US

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Authors: Subcontinent Times

Updated: Jan 19, 2018 09:26 IST

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Jan 19 (ANI): Dismissing Pakistan Prime MinisterShahid Khaqan Abbasi's latest remarks on Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, the United States made it clear that he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the

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Students of 7 DU affiliated colleges block Nilkhet intersection

Students of 7 DU affiliated colleges block Nilkhet intersection

Vehicular movement through Nilkhet intersection in Dhaka came to a complete standstill as hundreds of students of seven Dhaka University affiliated colleges blocked the road since this morning demanding publication of second-year exam results by this month.

Around three hundred students of 2014-15 sessiontook position in the middle of the intersection around 11:30am blocking all sorts of traffic movement in the area, our DU correspondent reports from the spot.

The second-year final examination for the session was held on January 7 last year.

A huge traffic jam has been created on the all four connecting roads of the intersection due to the student protest, he said.

The protesters are also seen blocking pedestrians from their way crossing the intersection when this report was updated at 1:09pm.

In a five-point demand, the protesting students demanded the publication of the second-year result by January.

  • Third-year honours final year examination for 2014-15 session should be held by March.
  • Publication of an academic calendar for the seven affiliated colleges.
  • All examinations of 2012-13 sessions should be held as soon as possible.
  • All the examinations of the sessions under degree pass course should be held and its results published as early as possible.

A huge traffic jam has been created on the all four connecting roads of the intersection due to the student protest, he said.

The protesters are also seen blocking pedestrians from their way crossing the intersection.

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