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SC Orders To Keep Width Of Char Dham Highway At 5.5 Meters As Per 2018 MoRTH Circular [Read Order]

By on May 26, 2021

first_imgTop StoriesSC Orders To Keep Width Of Char Dham Highway At 5.5 Meters As Per 2018 MoRTH Circular [Read Order] Nilashish Chaudhary9 Sep 2020 9:27 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that the width of hilly and mountainous terrains for the Char Dham Highway project to be constructed in accordance with the 2018circular of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). A 3-judge bench comprising of Justices RF Nariman, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee took into consideration the current situation with regard to the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that the width of hilly and mountainous terrains for the Char Dham Highway project to be constructed in accordance with the 2018circular of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). A 3-judge bench comprising of Justices RF Nariman, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee took into consideration the current situation with regard to the eco system and fragility of the mountain terrains to order that the width of the road would remain at 5.5 metres. A High Power Committee constituted by Supreme Court in August 2019 submitted a Report in July 2020 whereby 13 members recommended following standards prescribed in a circular from 2012 while 5 members, including the Chairman, were in favour of going ahead according to the 2018 circular. The 2018 circular prescribes a width of 5.5 metres for the intermediate lane configuration along with two-lane structures for National Highways in hilly and mountainous terrains. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta contended that it was only a minority view of the Committee that the 2018 circular be complied with. Adding that since the road covers the India-China Border, the terrain in question sees movement of Army vehicles. Therefore, he urged, the width of the carriageway must be 7 metres wide, not 5.5 metres. Refusing to accept this submission, Justice Nariman asserted that “the 2018 circular will alone apply.” “Shri Tushar Mehta, learned Solicitor General, persisted with his arguments that the 2018 circular is only prospective in nature. We are well aware of the distinction between something which is retrospective in the sense that it applies for the first time to projects which are already completed as opposed to ongoing projects, where it is necessary to take stock of the current situation and then move forward. Having taken stock of the current situation and of the fragility generally of the eco system in mountain terrain, we are of the view that this argument has no legs to stand on.” -Records the Order Appearing for the Citizens for Green Doon, the Petitioner NGO, senior advocate Sanjay Parikh apprised court of devastation caused to mountains as a result of violations of directions by authorities. Recording that a “great deal of devastation has occurred in certain areas and that plantation should be taken up in right earnest”, the Apex Court noted that “we have no doubt that this will be carried out” and disposed off the application. The char dham project is a 900KM, all-weather highway project which connects four towns state of Uttarakhand including Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.On August 8, 2019, a bench comprising Justices R F Nariman and Surya Kant had modified the NGT order approving the Char Dham Highway project and constituted a High Powered Committee to assess and study the impact of the project on the Himalayan valleys.In the meeting held on July 2020, the HPC could not reach a unanimous decision on the road width for the proposed highway, resulting in the matter reaching before the bench.Click Here To Download Order  Next Storylast_img read more

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Alumnus donates $20 million to support students of low socioeconomic status

By on January 26, 2021

first_imgThe University announced Friday the creation of the Fighting Irish Initiative, made possible by a $20 million donation to Notre Dame by 1988 graduate Sean Cullinan and his wife Sue, according to a University press release.The Fighting Irish Initiative will be a “groundbreaking” program to fund fully the education of students coming from low-income households making less than $50,000 annually, the press release stated. The program will also create a “comprehensive enrichment program” to help students glean the most from their time at the University.University President Fr. John Jenkins stressed in the press release the importance of making the Notre Dame education available to all students regardless of socioeconomic status.“We want to ensure that the talented students who are admitted to Notre Dame are able to attend and find a supportive home here,” Jenkins said in the release. “We are tremendously grateful to Sean and Sue for their willingness to fund an initiative that will make a Notre Dame education a reality for those who are in need of financial assistance, and then to make the years they spend here on campus as successful and rewarding as possible.”The initiative will cover all official costs of Notre Dame, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and transportation but will also cover less obvious expenses such as winter clothing, study abroad expenses and tickets to athletic and dorm events, according to the release. The Cullinans’ donation will also fund the hiring of a full-time staff to lead the program.  Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment, said a diversity of students provides an asset to the University.“Notre Dame has established itself among the top 15 national research universities for the quality of its student body,” Bishop said in the statement. “In the past five years we have added more students from the lowest-income households and have strategies in place to continue to find and cultivate even more of these top scholars. “Adding more support and enhancements in programs to elevate their educational, professional and personal development is an exciting prospect for us as well as our students.”Tags: fighting irish initiative, Sean cullinanlast_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Connecticut

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgSyracuse snuck past North Florida on Saturday by six points after losing two straight. The No. 22 Orange (5-2) enters its matchup against Connecticut (3-4) at Madison Square Garden still searching for consistency throughout entire games. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2. It’s the first time SU and UConn will play at MSG since 2012.Here’s everything you need to know about the Huskies.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 55-37Last time they played: The Orange advanced to the championship game in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament last season with a 79-76 win over then-No. 18 Connecticut in the semifinals last season on Nov. 26, 2015. SU shot 47.9 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3. Syracuse’s scoring load came from Michael Gbinije (17), Trevor Cooney (17) and Tyler Lydon (16). The Orange and the Huskies went back and forth for the first 27 minutes of the game until Syracuse took the lead for good and held on. SU went undefeated in three games on Paradise Island, three key wins that helped the Orange’s resumé entering the postseason.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Connecticut report: The Huskies are powered by Jalen Adams and Rodney Purvis, who have played 90 and 86.2 percent of UConn’s minutes this year, respectively. Adams’ 90 percent of minutes played ranks No. 35 the country, per Kenpom.com. With forward Terry Larrier and guard Alterique Gilbert out for the year, Adams (18.0) and Purvis (11.3) are the only Connecticut players averaging more than 8.2 points per game. The Huskies are coming off a two-point win over Boston University on Wednesday and have had several other lackluster results, even in wins. Their season began with losses against Wagner by nine and Northeastern by three.How Connecticut beats Syracuse: The Orange has skated through its past three games with just one win, a nail-biter against North Florida. Both teams enter the matchup struggling, but SU has lost against two teams that are now ranked. The Orange also ranks 10th in the country in 3-point percentage (42.9). Connecticut, on the other hand, has allowed opponents to make 36.1 percent of long balls, 218th in the nation. These numbers lean toward a significant SU advantage, but if the Huskies can neutralize Syracuse from behind the arc, the Orange has yet to prove it can dominate a game inside.Stat to know: 95.6 — Connecticut’s adjusted defensive efficiency rating, which ranks 51st national, per Kenpom. While the Huskies’ season has gotten off to a rocky start, one slight positive, comparatively, has been its defense. It hasn’t been enough to stave off mid-major opponents at times this year, but could be a starting point for a turnaround before conference play.Player to watch: Jalen Adams, point guard, No. 2Adams has carried the Huskies this year and his role is amplified as the team’s point guard. He’s used on 29 percent of Connecticut’s possessions this season, per Kenpom, meaning that 29 percent of UConn’s possessions end with Adams being the last one to touch the ball, whether that be a made shot, a missed shot that isn’t offensive rebounded or committing a turnover. The sophomore’s 29.0 percentage of possessions used ranks 117th nationally. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 5, 2016 at 10:49 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

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Badgers escape Miners’ comeback in 37-26 win

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first_imgJunior linebacker Chris Borland played like a man possessed against UTEP Saturday. Registering 12 tackles (3.5 of them for a loss) and two sacks, Borland served as a constant force in the Badgers pass rush, blitzing off the edges as well as on delays up the middle.[/media-credit]Nick Lamaison looked poised and confident as he led the Miners on a clock-eating drive, converting three consecutive third downs. Down 23-16, University of Texas at El Paso’s offense appeared destined for the end zone before a key pass breakup from free safety Dezmen Southward forced a field goal.It was a familiar situation for Wisconsin (3-1) – a team that has yet to maintain a comfortable lead late through its first three nonconference games – in its 37-26 victory at Camp Randall Saturday afternoon.“I told the guys in the locker room, nothing really comes easy to this group,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “But I was very excited for this day to get here because I thought we’d really find out what kind of guys we have.”Another upset to a team from a non-automatic qualifying conference in clear view, middle linebacker Chris Borland kept a sense of urgency but not panic as his defense tried to blockade the all-important final drive. Despite an early lead Wisconsin extended to 17 points in the second quarter, the pressure fell on the defense to keep the Badgers’ four point lead safe.“We just got to buckle down,” Borland, who led all UW players with 12 tackles (3.5 for a loss) and two sacks, said. “We’ve been in that situation a few times this year, and I think we’ve got a lot of mature guys on our defense that understand when it’s ‘go time,’ when it’s make-or-break, when it’s the game.”With redshirt freshman Joel Stave starting the first game of his career at quarterback, the Badgers’ offense managed 423 total yards under his direction, the ground game regaining its footing with 213 rushing yards.But UW failed to build a safe lead until less than four minutes remained in the game, when a 2-yard run from James White put the Badgers ahead by 11.Though UTEP (1-3) jumped out to an early lead on a 39-yard toss by Lamaison to wide receiver Mike Edwards, Stave took control in the second quarter on a 47-yard bomb to a wide-open Jared Abbrederis streaking down the right sideline. That playbook-opening drive took UW’s lead to 23-6 with less than five minutes before halftime, with the Badgers appearing to have finally found a steady offensive rhythm.With two goal-line scores from Montee Ball and White earlier in the quarter, offensive coordinator Matt Canada showed creative looks in the first half. But Ball’s run would knock him out of the game less than a minute into the second quarter after his helmet collided with that of a Miners defender across the goal line.“There were times that we were in that rhythm and getting it going and there were times that we were stalling out,” center Travis Frederick said. “It’s just a matter for us of being able to continue that rhythm throughout the entire game.”Not scoring after halftime until the 3:20 mark in the fourth quarter, the Badgers’ offense received a surprising boost from redshirt freshman running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon took his first carries of the season against Utah State and 64 of his 112 yards came in the second half.Passing the century mark on only eight carries (14 yards per carry), a pair of 20-plus yard runs from Gordon in the fourth – one of which ended with Wisconsin’s final touchdown of the game – helped seal the victory. With Ball out early, much of the rushing load fell on the explosive redshirt freshman’s shoulders.“You got to wait your turn, you got some great guys ahead of you,” Gordon said of his workload this year. “I’m not going to pout about it … when an opportunity comes like today, you got to take full advantage of it.”As the Badgers’ offense floundered in its scoreless third quarter, the defense started showing signs of wear, giving up a touchdown in the third and 10 more points in the final quarter. And though linebacker Mike Taylor refuted the idea that the defense began to run out of steam late, UTEP’s offense controlled the ball for over 18 of the game’s final 30 minutes.A defensive line riddled with injuries and at times playing with only one full-time starter, defensive tackle Beau Allen, broke down in the third quarter, surrendering 41 rushing yards. Eight of those yards came on a touchdown run from Miners running back Xay Williams, finishing off a drive they started on their own 25-yard line.The defense, led by one of the best individual performances of Borland’s career, bended but refused to break, holding on just long enough to keep Wisconsin with one loss heading into Big Ten play. But Borland pointed out that such inconsistency and critical missteps on the defensive side likely won’t be sufficient to win in Lincoln, Neb., next weekend.“We’re not where we wanted to be – in the end we wanted to come into the Big Ten season 4-0,” Frederick said. “But I think we’re on the right track, I think we’re going to continue to improve and continue to embrace the adversity that we’ve had and move forward.”Of Note: Joel Stave was the first freshman quarterback to start for the Badgers since Jim Sorgi did so on Oct. 21, 2000; the blocked extra point from sophomore defensive end Konrad Zagzebski was UW’ s first since J.J. Watt’s in September 2010; Borland’s 12 tackles marked his first double-digit tackle total this season; Gordon’s 26-yard touchdown run in the fourth was the longest running play of the season; freshman kicker Jack Russell made his Wisconsin debut, knocking in three extra point tries; Saturday’s win was the Badgers’ 19th-straight at home, a streak dating back to October 2009.Follow Ian on Twitterlast_img read more

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