Plastic ‘bomb’

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The Supreme Court has rightly remarked that a plastic time bomb is ticking away in the country. The statistics presented before the court a few days ago is frightening as the size of the plastic mountain that is rising everyday indicates the dangerous indicators it has posed to the public health.

The court has asked all major civic bodies and the Pollution Control Board to report to it whether the management of plastic waste is in accordance with statutory requirements and how best the steps for collection and recycling can be implemented.

The major responsibility rests with the civic bodies but their performance in the area of garbage disposal and solid waste management is very poor. There are genuine problems about disposal of waste. The best way to handle the problem is to reduce the use of plastic.

K.C. Mohanti


The ‘real’ impact

Those who have not been the victims of real estate owner or land mafia are unaware of the power of the said group. All rules are bent to suit them only. This has led to a situation where many unscrupulous developers befool people and take away huge sums of money from prospective buyers, leaving some on the verge of suicide.

After collecting initial payment for constructing a housing complex or apartments, many promoters have vanished. Even though endless litigation follows, no favourable results come to victims. In a few cases, the same plots are sold to various unassuming buyers. It is a well-known fact that most builders do not deliver what they promise at the time of booking. Construction is intentionally delayed because of diversion of funds and delivery of possession. In view of this, it is proposed that the government should set up a regulator for the construction sector to monitor and punish the real estate owners and land mafia.

Anuaradha Mohanty


Big money, poor show

How many players in the IPL have played as per their reputation and value the franchises have paid for them?

The answer would be ‘a few’. Franchises are ruing for their purchase for players like Robbin Uthappa, Pathan brothers, and Rabindra Jadeja.

Pathan brothers are regarded as destructive players in Twenty20 format. But as of now in the ongoing IPL, they have not shown their utility, especially Yusuf.

He has hardly crossed 30-run mark with convincing hits.

On the other hand, Irfan has performed, but in patches. He has neither been a good batsman nor a good bowler. Next comes Uthappa, who has disastrous outing in the IPL. However, on the contrary there are many players, who have been bought with very small amount, but they are performing outstandingly.

Reeta Samal




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