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Mumbai hawkers win road space

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed hawkers in Mumbai to sell their wares on the pavements of 236 streets of the city, 105 more than what Bombay High Court had permitted.

The order was given by a bench of Justices S.. Variava and H.K. Sema while partly allowing the appeal of various hawkers’ associations. However, the bench directed that the hawkers would be permitted to carry on their business only on the streets to be notified by the municipal authority.

The bench also stipulated that hawking activities would not be carried out within 150 metres of railway stations and market places. It also imposed the condition that no hawking would be allowed within 100 metres of educational institutions and religious places.

In their appeal before the apex court, the associations had sought hawking rights on 480 streets saying the high court order had severely curtailed the fundamental right to carry on business guaranteed under Article 19(G) of the Constitution.

This order would benefit over 36,000 hawkers, petitioners’ counsel Sushil Kumar Jain said.

Court reserves syllabus ruling

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on introducing environmental studies as a compulsory subject in all schools, colleges and universities, reports our legal correspondent.

A division bench of Justices . Santosh Hegde and B.P. Singh, which reserved its judgment, also took on record an apology filed by the chief secretary of Tamil Nadu who was earlier issued court notices for not filing a compliance report in the matter.

In 1991, the apex court had directed the Union environment ministry and all syllabus prescribing bodies like the UGC, NCERT, CBSE as well as education departments in all states and Union territories to make environment studies a compulsory subject from class one till class 12 and at universities including professional colleges.

When the Tamil Nadu case was taken up, it was found that the state had not filed a reply.

The state said on Tuesday that it had taken measures and introduced the subject from class one onwards till the university level and all professional colleges under the state too had environment studies as a subject.

Israeli killed on ship

Chennai (PTI): A 27-year-old Israeli was stabbed to death by a co-passenger in mid-sea on his way from Port Blair to Chennai.

The Israeli, identified as Cohen Yoel, was murdered in his cabin on December 7, police said. Yoel was on a sightseeing trip to the Andaman Islands along with his British fiancee. Joint commissioner Sylendra Babu, who is heading the probe team, said the police had zeroed in on two persons.

Support for Jenni

Dehra dun (PTI): The National Womens’ Commission has taken serious note of the confinement of Indira Deori, alias Jenni, the Assamese woman who alleged that former Uttaranchal minister Harak Singh Rawat had fathered her son. Commission chief Purnima Advani said Jenni’s seven-month confinement in Nari Niketan was illegal as no crime till date has been established against her. Elsewhere, the CBI has decided to shift Jenni to Delhi for further investigation.

Fatal promise

Madurai (PTI): A woman in Theni district gave poison to her three daughters and consumed it herself after her brothers refused to marry her daughters as they had promised years ago. The brothers, who joined the army later, said marriage among relatives was unhealthy. Sumathi, 30, and one of her daughters, Selvanki, died on the way to hospital on Monday night, police said. The other daughters, Sasikala and Kaliraj have been hospitalised.

Truck crash kills 3

Nashik (PTI): Three persons were killed on the spot in Panchavati area when a fertiliser-laden truck collided with the car in which they were travelling, police said. The mishap took place at 1 am on Tuesday, the police said.

Bar girls’ bodies

Mumbai (PTI): Bodies of two women working in dance bars were recovered at two places in the city. Police said initial reports indicate the women were strangulated. The body of Nisha Vikas was found in a closed house in D.B. Marg in south Mumbai while the highly decomposed body of Rihana Khan was recovered from a slum area at Andheri (East) on Monday.

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The Central Board of Secondary Education will be directed to issue circulars to its schools to promote eye donation among students, human resource development minister Murli Manohar Joshi told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.


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