The Supreme Court allowed hotels and restaurants on Tuesday to sell bottled drinking water and packaged food at more than the maximum retail price (MRP) printed on these items.
The court rejected the government’s argument that overcharging for pre-packed or packaged products was an offence under the legal metrology act, which attracts a fine of ₹25,000 or a jail term.
A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Nariman said the provisions of the law will not apply to hotels and restaurants, and these establishments cannot be prosecuted for selling such items above the MRP. “It is not a case of simple sale. Nobody goes to a hotel to buy or take away a bottle of mineral water,” the bench observed, hearing a petition by the Hotels and Restaurant Association of India.
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MUMBAI: The city woke up to a thick blanket of haze on Saturday as pollution levels rose and visibility dropped, delaying local trains, flights and slowing down traffic on highways.
According to the weather bureau, the haze during early hours of the morning was fog and later, with the increase in pollutants getting suspended into the air, it intensified and turned into smog.
The pollution levels, measured by the air quality index (AQI), rose sharply, making Saturday the most polluted day in the city since Diwali this year. The city had witnessed a thick cover of smog on Friday too. Continue reading
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NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) asked the Delhi government on Wednesday to tell it within 24 hours if it would enforce the odd-even car rationing system with or without exemptions should the city’s air quality dip to severe again.
The tribunal’s order follows the government’s assurance to implement the odd-even formula to reduce air pollution in the national capital.
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SHIMLA: With a continuous spell of sub-zero temperatures at the 13,500-ft high Rohtang Pass, the Border Road Organisation’s (BRO) snow clearance operations to rescue more than 40 people stranded on the other side of the pass were hit yet again on Wednesday.
BRO officials have, however, said snow has been cleared in the area and the route will be opened for vehicular traffic on Thursday. “Braving extreme cold and snow, BRO has opened the Rohtang Pass. Keeping in view the safety of commuters only, oneway traffic will be allowed from Kellong to Manali on November 23. From November 24, one-way traffic will be allowed from Manali to Keylong,” 38 Border Road Task Force commander AK Awasthi told media persons. Continue reading
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NEW DELHI: The Delhi government temporarily shelved its plan on Saturday to introduce a five-day road rationing arrangement after the National Green Tribunal denied exemption to two-wheeler riders and women. The drive would have mandated that vehicles with odd and even registration numbers ply on alternate days.
“We respect the NGT’s order, but the existing public transport system won’t be able to take the load of three million additional passengers who otherwise use two-wheelers,” Kailash Gahlot, state transport minister, said on Saturday. “Also, keeping women’s security in mind, the government has decided to call off the scheme for now.”
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RAE BARELI/NEW DELHI: At least 20 people were killed and around 100 injured in an explosion at a government-run coal-fired power plant in Uttar Pradesh’s Wednesday afternoon.
The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) plant was shut down and several workers were feared trapped under the debris. The cause of the explosion wasn’t immediately known.
The number of casualties might go up once the blade soft he boiler are cut,” additional director general of police (law and order) Anand Kumar told Hindustan Times. About 22 people with severe burns were referred to Lucknow, he said. Continue reading
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NEW DELHI : Live-in couples and widows should be allowed to avail surrogacy service in addition to legally married Indian couples, a parliamentary panel said on Thursday and pitched for providing “adequate and reasonable” monetary compensation to surrogate mothers. Continue reading
NEWDELHI: The Supreme court ruled on Thursday – Vehicle owners in Delhi-NCR will have to mandatorily furnish a valid pollution-under control (PuC) certificate to renew their annual insurance papers.
A bench of justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta pronounced this order while hearing a case pertaining to rising air-pollution levels in the national capital. Continue reading
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NOIDA : A five month old Pakistani baby died of dehydration on Sunday night, barely a fortnight since he left India after a successful cardiac surgery at a Noida hospital. Despite tension between the two countries, Rohaan and his Lahore-based parents had managed to secure a medical visa to India through the intervention of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj . Continue reading