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Supreme Court Restricts Defacement of Hillocks, Public Places with Political Slogans

The petitioner NGO has said the defacement was not limited to any particular place but could be seen on bridges, highways, central medians of roads, hills, including rocks

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The Supreme court on Friday said that hillocks, mountains and other public buildings could not be defaced with political slogans and images of their political leaders by various political parties as it sought response from Tamil Nadu government on a plea by NGO In Defence of Environment and Animals.

Observing that the public places including hillocks and mountains can’t be defaced during electioneering, the bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Sanjiv Khanna asked the Tamil Nadu government to state the steps taken by it to curb the defacement of public places.

The court order came on a plea by ‘In Defence of Environment and Animals’ represented by its managing trustee Elephant Rajendran who has moved the top court against the Madras High Court verdict rejecting his plea.

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A gardener works on the lawns of the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India, Aug. 22, 2017. VOA

Calling halt to the defacement of natural environment including mountains, hillocks and other public buildings by covering them with the slogans of political parties, images of leaders and their messages, CJI Gogoi said, “You cannot allow the defacement of the entire environment with political slogans, pictures of politicians. This has to stop now.”

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The petitioner NGO has said the defacement was not limited to any particular place but could be seen on bridges, highways, central medians of roads, hills, including rocks.

Rajendran told the court that during his journey from Madurai High Court to Chennai passing through Trichy and Chengalpet, he saw big advertisements, election graffiti and religious slogans painted on the roadside mountain hills and rocks. (IANS)

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Yahoo Calls Ayodhya Verdict “Event Of The Decade”

Political heavyweights Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Banerjee and Union Minister Smriti Irani were India's "Top 3 Most Powerful Women in 2019"

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Every year Yahoo publishes the list of top newsmakers and happenings that catches the interest of Internet users in the country in the "Year in Review for India" report. Pixabay

The Ayodhya verdict was named the “Event of the Decade” while the five Supreme Court judges behind the verdict were named as the “Personality of the Year 2019” by search engine major Yahoo India on Monday.

The SC Bench — comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer — laid to rest the century-old dispute and emerged as YIR’s “Personality of the Year.”

Every year Yahoo publishes the list of top newsmakers and happenings that catches the interest of Internet users in the country in the “Year in Review for India” report.

The abrogation of Article 370 came in at the second spot with the decriminalisation of Article 377 and India’s 2011 World Cup win also making it to the “Top Indian Events of the Decade”.

The Nirbhaya rape case found a place on the list. This year also marked the end of a decade where India discovered its love for the Internet and the smartphone, thus, earning the telecom/smartphone revolution a place on this list.

On the back of a landslide victory in the Indian general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was 2019’s “Most Searched Personality” which he also held in 2018.

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The Ayodhya verdict was named the “Event of the Decade” while the five Supreme Court judges behind the verdict were named as the “Personality of the Year 2019” by search engine major Yahoo India on Monday. IANS

Cricketer M.S. Dhoni and actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas joined Modi on this list along with a surprise entrant — Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

Modi topped the list of “Most Searched Politicians of 2019” with Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee claiming the second spot, edging out Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who had to settle for the third position.

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Political heavyweights Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Banerjee and Union Minister Smriti Irani were India’s “Top 3 Most Powerful Women in 2019”.

Sports champions Harmanpreet Kaur and P.V. Sindhu also found a place on the list, with filmmaker Zoya Akhtar, whose film Gully Boy is headed for the Oscars, rounding off the top 10. (IANS)