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N-deal reached with Iran
Iran and the six world powers on Tuesday thrashed out an agreement that limits Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for lifting over a decade-long economic sanctions.
 
The comprehensive agreement was clinched between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US after over two weeks of difficult negotiations in the Austrian capital.
 
The text of the deal, which runs into around 100 pages, specifies key areas of the Iranian nuclear issue, including sanction relief and action plan, nuclear technology cooperation, the committee of the monitoring of the implementation, and capping of Iran's nuclear capacity and draft of UN Security Council resolution, Xinhua reported.
 
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the deal as "a historic moment", but acknowledged it was "not perfect".
 
"I believe this is a historic moment. We are reaching an agreement that is not perfect for anybody but it is what we could accomplish and it is an important achievement for all of us," Zarif said at the final ministerial meeting between Iran and six world powers here.
 
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani confirmed the deal on Twitter, saying it "shows constructive engagement works".
 
Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said he has signed a roadmap with Iran to clarify past and present outstanding issues, according to media reports.
 
"I have just signed the roadmap between Iran and the IAEA for the clarification of past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran's nuclear programme," he was quoted as saying.
 
Future access to Iran's Parchin military site, which was repeatedly sought, was part of a separate "arrangement", Amano added.
 
After Rouhani took office in 2013, Tehran and the six countries intensified the nuclear talks and signed a deal in Geneva in November 2013, under which Tehran would suspend some disputed nuclear activities in exchange for limited sanction relief from Western states, buying time for diplomatic efforts.
 
In the past 18 months, marathon negotiations between Iran and P5+1 have resolved many tough issues which were once seen as impossible.
 
Iran for long has said that its nuclear programme was for peaceful purposes. The West feared it could be used to build an atomic bomb.
 
The movement toward a deal has been marked with years of tough negotiations. The deal is meant to impose long-term, verifiable limits on nuclear programmes that Tehran could modify to produce weapons. Iran, in return, would get tens of billions of dollars in sanctions relief.

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Coal case: Madhu Koda to be charged with criminal conspiracy
A court here on Tuesday ordered that former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and others be charged with criminal conspiracy and cheating in a coal block allocation case.
 
The court found prima facie evidence against Koda and others in the case allegedly involving Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL).
 
Special Judge Bharat Parashar ordered the framing of charges dealing with criminal conspiracy, cheating and various provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act against former coal secretary H.C. Gupta, Koda, Jharkhand's then chief secretary A.K. Basu and others.
 
The charges will be formally framed on July 30, the court said.
 
The court was hearing the case related to Jharkhand's Rajhara North coal block allocation to VISUL.
 
The Central Bureau of Investigation has alleged Gupta, Koda and others conspired to favour VISUL in allocating the coal block.
 
The others accused in the case include VISUL director Vaibhav Tulsyan, chartered accountant Navin Kumar Tulsyan, government officials Basant Kumar Bhatacharya and Bipin Bihari Singh and alleged middleman Vijay Joshi.
 
They have been charge-sheeted for cheating and criminal conspiracy and under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

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Tripura bans plastic bags
Tripura has imposed a total ban on the use, manufacture, import, storage and sale of plastic bags in the state in view of its harmful effect on the environment, official said here on Tuesday.
 
The decision was taken under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, and the Plastics Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011, Tripura State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) chairman Amitava Debroy told IANS.
 
A public notification about it was issued in Agartala on Monday and a fine ranging from Rs.100 to Rs.1,000 has been fixed.
 
Another senior official of the TSPCB said: "For repeated violation of the ban, the authority would impose a fine of Rs.1 lakh or jail for a maximum term of five years or both."
 
"In case of any violation of the government order by any institution or by any industry or by any shop, the TSPCB would issue closure order and also issue order for disconnection of electricity of that institution or industry or shop," the official added.
 
TSPCB chairman Debroy, an academician, said: "The government has been observing that the plastic bags are littered around and pose a detrimental effect on the environment and flowing of water through drains and canals."
 
"The plastic bags also block gutters and sewers, resulting in unhygienic environment and health-related problems besides water logging in the city, especially during monsoon," the TSPCB chief added.
 
According to him, aquatic and terrestrial animals die after consuming such bags. He added these bags arrest the recharging ground water aquifers while harmful chemicals and plastic colours contaminate the soil and water and choke the organisms.
 
An aquifer is a body of permeable rock which can contain or transmit groundwater.
 
The state government originally imposed the ban on plastic bags from January last year, but challenging the state government's decision, the All India Plastic Industries Association filed a writ petition in the Tripura High Court, which upheld the decision of the state government.
 
Tripura Science and Technology Minister Bijita Nath on Monday held a meeting with all officials concerned, including police officials, to enforce the government decision.
 
"The state government has engaged authorised officers who would conduct surveillance and raids on the use, manufacture, import, storage and sale of plastic bags in the state. District-level committees were formed in all eight districts under the chairmanship of the district magistrates to deal with the issue," the TSPCB chairman said.
 
"We would give priority to massive awareness before resorting to punitive measures. School students and youths would be involved in the awareness programmes."

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COMMENTS

Narendra Doshi

1 year ago

Good and necessary beginning by a relative small state. hope it succeds soon and encourage for all states to follow. This correction is essential, even though is a belated one.

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