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Tourist safety deadline

Ranchi, Feb. 28: Jharkhand High Court today asked the state to complete installing safety measures at tourist spots in and around Ranchi by the second week of March.

The division bench of Chief Justice R. Banumathi and Justice S. Chandrashekhar set the deadline while hearing a PIL initiated suo motu.

Additional advocate-general Jai Prakash informed that the tourism department had started groundwork for framing the safety rules. Referring to an affidavit filed by tourism deputy secretary Sunil Kumar Sinha, Prakash said the state was studying guidelines of Bihar, Bengal and Odisha to draft a similar code.

Radiation PIL

The high court today initiated a PIL suo motu after taking cognizance of newspaper reports of radiation at UCIL mines in Jadugora. It asked the department of atomic energy, Union government, the state and UCIL to file affidavits.

Bio-waste affidavits

The state and Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board have been asked by the high court to file affidavits with regard to management of bio-medical waste in the state capital.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by Jharkhand Human Rights Conference, an NGO that complained that hospitals were discharging medical waste without following norms.

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