Chote is still best man for the OBR

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULL Share KCS-content THE highly respected Institue of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has been a thorn in the side of government – both Conservative and Labour – for as long as I can remember.During the Gordon Brown era it constantly pulled up the then chancellor for overpromising on the public finances and earlier this week it savaged the current regime, declaring that its recent Budget will hit the poorest hardest.If it was seen to have been constantly nit-picking, but without any merit, then the IFS would not have the reputation it has today.Unfortunately some think that this week’s row over whether the IFS was right to describe chancellor George Osborne’s first Budget as unfair might jeopardise the chances of its head, Robert Chote, becoming the second head of the Office for Budget Responsibility. But it shouldn’t do.It is typical of Chote, a former journalist with the Independent – where I worked with him – and the Financial Times – that the little matter of the possibility of a plum job in government would not make an iota of difference to his organisation’s take on the Budget.Osborne and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg made much of the Budget’s fairness and for the IFS to have questioned this claim was bound to cause a stir. It would also have caused more than a little irritation. But it would not have crossed Chote’s mind to pull some punches when it came to the crunch. But if Osborne and Clegg can stomach it, they should embrace Chote, not keep him out of the fold. The Office of Budget Responsibility will only work as an institution if it is seen to be totally free of government and the Treasury. The first incumbent, Sir Alan Budd, was never viewed as a man who might stand up to strong political pressure and his short reign has ended in tears.Chote has spent his career, both as a journalist and as head of the IFS, as a man unafraid to take on any party, and to do so in an extremely thorough way, with judgments backed by the hard numbers. It’s still not clear whether he has applied for the post or has been approached. But the government shouldn’t let this week’s row get in the way. In my view, an early announcement heralding his appointment would be good for all concerned. Thursday 26 August 2010 8:58 pm Chote is still best man for the OBR whatsapp AUTUMN LEAVESAs the leaves fall onto the ground to usher in the autumn, there is always an air of excitement and expectation about the place. The holidays were fun but now we’re ready to swap the silly season for the busy season. At City A.M. there’s plenty to look forward to. As from next Tuesday (we’re not publishing on Bank Holiday Monday) we’ll be available at a host of new stations including Marylebone, High Barnet and Angel. Circulation will be increasing throughout the autumn with a growing number of readers able to get the newspaper at the beginning of their journey. Also on Tuesday we’ll begin the unveiling of the short list for our inaugural awards competition that will take place at the Grange Hotel on 28 October. This will be a time to acknowledge the heroes of the business world. So don’t miss next week’s papers to see if you or your company is in the mix. Have a great Bank Holiday [email protected] Heath is away last_img read more

Recovering economies drive Exxon profit rise

first_img whatsapp Recovering economies drive Exxon profit rise Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Exxon Mobil has reported a better-than-expected 53 per cent increase in quarterly profit, helped by a lower tax rate and recovering world economy.Oil demand rose last year and the US government expects another 1.5 per cent gain this year as businesses’ and consumers’ appetite for fuels rise as the global economy slowly mends.Exxon reported a fourth-quarter profit of $9.25bn (£5.83bn), or $1.85 per share, compared with $6.05 billion, or $1.27 per share in the same quarter a year earlier.The result was above consensus analysts’ forecasts for $1.63 per share. The Texas-based company’s exploration and production results were also lifted by higher oil prices, which climbed 12 per cent from a year earlier to average around $85 per barrel in the fourth quarter.Still, Exxon’s bottom line was also helped by lower taxes, an analyst said.“A lot of the beat looks like it was on a lower effective tax rate,” Phil Weiss, oil analyst at Argus Research said. “Production was really strong, but the beat really was on gas, which is not as profitable as liquids.Oil-equivalent production rose 19 per cent from the year-ago quarter, lifted by liquefied natural gas operations in Qatar, the company said.Revenue soared to $105.2bn from $89.8bn a year earlier.Shares of Exxon, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, rose one per cent in premarket trading to $79.81, up from Friday’s New York Stock Exchange close of $78.99. alison.lock Sharecenter_img Monday 31 January 2011 9:28 am whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search Adsautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldlast_img read more

BEST OF THE BROKERS

first_img More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com KCS-content Tags: NULL Sunday 13 February 2011 10:21 pm whatsapp Share BEST OF THE BROKERS Show Comments ▼ whatsapp HOMESERVENumis Securities has raised its recommendation on the household services firm from “hold” to “buy” with a target price of 545p. The broker predicts strong international growth alongside modest gains in the UK to contribute to profits doubling over five years. Numis believes that the firm requires very little capital to grow the business.FLYBEInvestec rates the airline a “buy” with an unchanged 438p target price. Despite the impact of severe weather on Flybe’s bottom line, the broker is impressed by the firm’s underlying growth and yield. It adds that Flybe has one of the best fuel hedging positions in the industry, and can grow through tie-ins with other airlines. SHIRE PHARMACEUTICALSRBS maintains the drugs firm a “sell” but has raised its target price by £1 to £13.75. The broker believes that despite Shire’s solid fourth-quarter results last week, the market continues to underestimate the magnitude of risk from generic products. RBS is also concerned about Shire’s research division delivering fewer new drugs than expected. last_img read more

AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh) 2014 Annual Report

first_imgAngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh)  2014 annual report.Company ProfileAngloGold Ashanti Limited is a global mining company with extensive interests in the Americas, Continental Africa, South Africa and Australasia. It boasts a portfolio of 17 operations and 3 projects in 10 countries, including long-life, relatively low-cost operating assets with differing ore body types located in key gold-producing regions. The company was formed in 2004 through the merger of AngloGold and the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation. There are seven mines in the Continental Africa region, of which 6 are operational. In Ghana, the company has two mines; Iduapriem and Obuasi. AngloGold Ashanti Limited is the third-largest gold mining company in the world, measured by production. In addition to its mining operations, it has established several exploration programmes in regions around the world. AngloGold Ashanti Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Greatest Champions Cup Final Tries

first_img Luke Cowan-Dickie strengthens England case – and other European finals talking points Yves Donguy (Toulouse), v Munster, 2008Munster would win their second European title two years later with a 16-13 triumph over Toulouse, but this time the standout moment came from their French opposition.Trailing 13-6 with half an hour left, Toulouse produced a moment of inspiration worthy of a far more prominent place in rugby history than one buried eight minutes deep in a YouTube highlights video (7:50 to be exact).Cédric Heymans, who had been part of the brilliant 1997 Brive back-line, catches a kick to touch and takes the quick lineout, heading upfield with levels of blind optimism which only French full-backs can achieve.He chips the ball over three Munster players, regathers and then nudges it again past the onrushing Lifeimi Mafi. The centre forces Heymans out, but Yannick Jauzion pulls out a slide tackle (illegal now, sensational then) to bobble it forward, taking out two defenders.Yves Donguy was left with the freedom of the Millennium Stadium, and scores with the insouciance the try deserves.Nick Abendanon (Clermont), v Toulon, 2015Being a Clermont supporter in big games is a curse from the gods, and its unclear whether Nick Abendanon scoring one of the greatest Champions Cup final tries helped to stitch broken hearts or was a tragic reminder of the talent possessed by these final-losing squads.This was their second effort at winning the big dance, and they seemed out of it – eight points down against the Toulon galacticos. However, Abendanon’s ears pricked up like a spaniel when Bryan Habana sliced a clearance kick down his throat, giving the full-back a broken-field opportunity in the opposition half (see 3:50 in highlights).First needing to beat a kick-chase led (of all people) by Guilhem Guirado, Abendanon draws a lazy arc infield, picking out the exhausted figure of tighthead prop Carl Hayman, who was never quite best known for his ability in the back-field.Hayman looks like a child seeing their first shooting star as Abendanon gently chips the ball over him, head slowly rotating as his face betrays the following emotions: wonder, realisation, innocence.Cynics will say he should have body-checked the Clermont man, romanticists might applaud his integrity, while realists will point out that Toulon won the final regardless. Sorry Clermont.What do you think is the greatest Champions Cup final try? Email [email protected] to let us know. Twickenham to stage the European finals Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS However, pre-empting the O’Gara option, left winger Sireli Bobo drifts across to defend in the ten channel. No one tells star defender Serge Betsen, still straining away on the scrum’s blindside.If a try could ever resemble a poker hand then this is it, with Stringer bluffing the pass before simply scooting straight ahead to cash in his chips, his face emblazoned with the grin of a man who has won big.MORE ON THE CHAMPIONS CUP Peter Stringer dives over to score for Munster against Biarritz in 2006 (Getty Images) Expand Chiefs are crowned European champions after beating Racing… Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Exeter win Heineken Champions Cup 2019-20 Some fans will be allowed in for the… Jacob Whitehead reflects on a West Country double… Luke Cowan-Dickie strengthens England case – and other European finals talking points Greatest Champions Cup Final TriesThe European Champions Cup final is often thought of as a tight and tense affair, filled with penalties, scrums and muddy bodies – but this might well be a misnomer.The year 2020 didn’t bring much joy to the world, but the year’s European climax was a celebration of attacking rugby. Exeter Chiefs defeated Racing 92 by 31-27 in a match dominated by the talents of Jack Nowell, Finn Russell and Simon Zebo.Despite its reputation, the competition’s final has provided fans with spectacular moments since it was founded as the Heineken Cup way back in 1995-96. Side-stepping masterclasses, raw pace and clever thinking have all found their way into the showpiece – so we picked out five of the best.Greatest Champions Cup Final TriesSébastien Viars (Brive), v Leicester, 1997This was one of the most dominant performances seen in a European campaign. Brive did not lose a game on their way to the trophy, demolishing Leicester 28-9 in the final. Their back-line, made up primarily of local players, was sensational – it boasted a 9-10-12 axis of Philippe Carbonneau, Alain Penaud and Christophe Lamaison. All were seasoned internationals.The tone was set after only four minutes. Already 3-0 up following an early Lamaison penalty, terrifying Polish No 8 Grzegorz Kacała battered through four defenders with a hand-off resembling a rivet gun.The Brive backs had front-foot ball, allowing Penaud to throw a flat cut-out pass to full-back Viars, who burst through a gap the size of the English Channel. Inspired by Kacała, Viars threw two hand-offs of his own, sending first Austin Healey and then John Lilley into orbit, balletically tiptoeing along the sideline while throwing fists like Mike Tyson.Sébastien Carrat scored two sensational tries of his own with his 10.3secs 100m pace, but the combination of beauty and brutality win the day here.Leon Lloyd (Leicester), v Stade Français, 2001The Leicester Tigers would lick their wounds and return, winning their first European Cup in a brilliant final, defeating Stade Français (and the Parisians’ beautiful kit) 34-30.Leon Lloyd’s second try is the game’s most famous moment, set up by an Austin Healey break to give Tigers the lead with only two minutes left. However, the more skilful try was his first, created wizard-like by a Pat Howard kick more finely measured than Michelangelo’s David (see 1:40 on video).Is it a cross-kick? A kick-pass? A delicate chip? Some combination of all three finds Geordan Murphy on the right wing, who just has time to poke the ball through himself, before being clattered by the late Christophe Dominici.Two cover defenders seem to be in prime position – but they haven’t accounted for the speeding Lloyd, who surely would have been ticketed if he’d ever stopped running this game. He hacks on, survives a stumble and reaches out to help Leicester to one of their most famous victories.Peter Stringer (Munster), v Biarritz, 2006A try which will go down in popular folklore – remembered by fans in Limerick bars, sung about on Cork’s streets and forever used by coaches to tell their blindside defenders to “Always pay attention!”Munster’s love-hate relationship with the Heineken Cup had been mainly hate up until this point and so, like many relationships, Stringer uses a touch of misdirection to help his side out (1:15 in the clip).With the game locked at 10-10, Munster have a scrum in the Biarritz 22, and Stringer sets up to fling the ball infield to Ronan O’Gara. So far, so very typical. Twickenham to stage the European finals Exeter win Heineken Champions Cup 2019-20 Collapse The top five scores from European rugby’s showpiece game, featuring French flair and Irish witlast_img read more

Christine Moore signs anti-discrimination resolution

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter On Thursday night, in a show of solidarity with the communities they serve and the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, a group of over 20 Republican leaders from Central Florida signed a resolution pledging to support efforts to pass legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identification.Christine Moore, School Board Member for District 7, was one of those who signed the resolution.The presentation took place at the Orange County Republican Executive Committee Lincoln Day Dinner, and was lead by Mayor Teresa Jacobs. There were 49 roses placed in front of the podium to remember the victims of the Pulse attack, almost all who were members of the Hispanic and LGBTQ communities.The resolution supports the creation laws and ordinances that promote fairness by banning anti-gay and gender based discrimination and reads “Now, Therefore, we the undersign do hereby Resolve that all Americans should be treated with equality, dignity and respect, and support efforts of Florida Businesses and individuals to pass legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identification”.Use this link to read more and see the full list of the 20 Republicans who signed the resolution. TAGSBryan NelsonCommissioner Bryan NelsonOrange Countypulse Previous articleApopka Bowling Team Wins National TitleNext articleParking Ordinance Advisory Committee Meets Again Tonight Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Competition winner pays it forward with hog roast prize

first_img  56 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Competition winner pays it forward with hog roast prize A woman who won a hog roast in a social media competition has used her prize to feed the hungry in a charity mini triathlon event.Ceri Phillips from Llanrwst, Conwy, won the hog roast from with Porc.Wales as part of its ‘Porximity’ campaign, which encourages people to buy pork from Wales at local suppliers.The Porc.Wales’ ‘Hog It!’ competition required participants to enter the location of an upcoming event they were hosting on the new ‘Porximity’ search function on the Porc.Wales website, and tweet their local Pork from Wales supplier tagging @Porc_Wales and using the hashtag #HogIt. Phillips won the competition after tagging her local supplier Moch Cymreig Fedwen.She then decided to pay it forward by using the hog roast at a charity event in aid of Welsh Friends of Nepal: a charity she cofounded with Ian Roberts from Llanrwst after the Nepal earthquake in 2015.With friend Rob Boyns from Ruthin competing in his fourth Ironman challenge this year to raise money for Welsh Friends of Nepal, the pair decided to celebrate and congratulate his Ironman achievement with a mini triathlon competition, using the hog roast to feed the hungry guests.Melanie Cargill, from Hybu Cig Cymru, the levy body behind the Porc.Wales campaign, said:“It’s great to see that our competition prize is being used for a very worthy cause. It sounds as though Ceri’s guests will be working up an appetite in the mini triathlon, so we do hope they enjoy the delights of eating Pork from Wales.”  55 total views,  3 views today Advertisement Melanie May | 30 September 2016 | News Tagged with: competition AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Parking lot behind Moudy closes for construction, new lot opens on Princeton Ave

first_imgprintThe once faculty-only parking lot east of the Moudy buildings that was opened to vehicles with commuter and non-reserved faculty and staff permits this semester is now closed to everyone.The installation of construction fencing caused the closure.A new parking lot was opened on Princeton Avenue in preparation for construction of the new Fine Arts building, but the now-closed lot’s proximity to the Moudy buildings was a huge convenience for many students and faculty going.The parking lot east of the Moudy buildings is now closed for the installation of construction fencing.“This parking lot was so nice when it was open because I could get to a night class super quick without having to walk far from my parking spot,” Claire Wright, a sophomore broadcast journalism major, said. Wright said students could usually find a spot to park even though the lot didn’t offer a lot of spaces. Now the lot is completely blocked off by fencing.Emily Hodnett, a sophomore communication major said fast trips to use Moudy resources are especially inconvenient since the closure.“I often have to go to Moudy for quick printing in the photo lab,” Hodnett said. “The closing of this parking lot has made it much more difficult for quick Moudy visits.”DeAnn Jones, an officer from parking and transportation services, said additional commuter and non-reserved faculty and staff parking is available on Merida Avenue in a newly constructed lot.“There are various parking lot options around campus,” Jones said. “But there are some changes being made due to the construction additions.” Twitter Never too young to make an impact Facebook Study abroad adds Stellenbosch, South Africa to its list of destinations Eco-Friendly hair salons look to encourage others to help the environment Linkedin Colleen Powellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colleen-powell/ Fort Worth Music Festival Facebook Twitter Previous articleStudent forms mentoring group to help high school students prepare for collegeNext articleReview: ‘Ready Player One’ is a ton of fun Colleen Powell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddItcenter_img Colleen Powellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colleen-powell/ ReddIt Colleen Powellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colleen-powell/ Colleen Powell TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin Colleen Powellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colleen-powell/ + posts World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TAGSconstructionmoudyparking Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Pearse Doherty says water charges should be scrapped given new economic figures

first_img Previous articleDerry Court told that the MTV Crashes concert “was the possible destination” for cannabis worth £60,000Next articleNeil Gallagher picks up Ulster Writers award admin Pearse Doherty says water charges should be scrapped given new economic figures Google+ Facebook Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has welcomed the figures released today which show stronger than expected economic growth describing them as very impressive.Deputy Doherty said the government should now make a commitment not to bring in water charges.Speaking today he said;“Today’s figures are very impressive and very welcome news.“They provide further opportunity for the government to do the right thing.“The Government should make the tax system fair, protect our public services and reverse the most brutal cuts they have introduced.“A commitment should now be given that water charges will not be introduced.“The government cannot talk of a neutral budget if it is planning to charge people hundreds of euro on another austerity tax.” 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By admin – September 18, 2014 last_img read more

Delhi HC Protects 300 Years Old Banyan Tree From Builder, Asks Municipal Corporation To Prepare A Census Of Trees In Chandni Chowk [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Protects 300 Years Old Banyan Tree From Builder, Asks Municipal Corporation To Prepare A Census Of Trees In Chandni Chowk [Read Order] Monisha Purwar7 Aug 2020 11:53 PMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has ordered removal of construction and concrete around a 300 year old tree in Chandni Chowk, as a step to protect the majestic Banyan tree. The Court also ordered the Tree Officer, Government of Delhi to immediately suggest requisite measures to restore the health of the tree. The order was passed by Justice Najmi Wajiri in a petition filed by Mr. Nitin…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 Delhi High Court has ordered removal of construction and concrete around a 300 year old tree in Chandni Chowk, as a step to protect the majestic Banyan tree. The Court also ordered the Tree Officer, Government of Delhi to immediately suggest requisite measures to restore the health of the tree. The order was passed by Justice Najmi Wajiri in a petition filed by Mr. Nitin Gupta seeking protection and restoration of a 300 old Banyan tree from unauthorized construction by the builder. The Court noted that the grand old Banyan tree has witnessed the unfolding of history in the city of Delhi for the past three centuries and has now been mercilessly cut and mutilated by the builder who would build up real estate than appreciate this invaluable heritage. The Court noted the damage to the tree as follows “So first, the builder extensively cuts the decades-old branches, then chops-off its intricate labyrinthian prop-roots and then digs the earth about 12-14 feet deep – all around the tree, for erecting concrete walls/support base for a steel and iron superstructure. In the process the subterranean roots have been cut, depriving the tree of the essential sources of sustenance from the earth. Its stability too has been shaken. It has been ‘cabined, cribbed, confined’, in a constricted concrete space. Indeed, the photos show that the tree has already been wrapped in dark plastic sheet, like an ominous black shroud, as if its end is nigh.” In addition to restoration of the Banyan tree, the Court has ordered that a census of trees in Chandni Chowk be prepared by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation. The Court stated that “It cannot be denied that in the Walled City, especially in the densely populated and heavily built-up area of Chandni Chowk, there are hardly many trees. Therefore, each tree in that neighbourhood, is valuable and would need protection. Perhaps, the Tree Officer and Corporation can jointly embark on tree census exercise, in the Walled City. The Corporation’s Building Department would have a fair knowledge of trees in the area. Additionally, they could invite information in this regard, from the general public. Let a compilation of the known or identified trees, be filed by the Corporation and the Tree Officer by the next date.” The old Banyan tree finds an ally in the Court On order of the Court, the Tree officer and the officials of the Forest Department inspected the site and confirmed that extensive damage had been caused to the tree. The Tree Officer suggested that the tree could be saved by removing the concrete, iron girders and building material around it and by filling manure rich earth around the tree to give it sustenance and stability. The court noting these observations directed the Tree Officer to promptly imitate all requisite measures to save the tree and to endeavor to nurture it to health. In a previous order, the Court had ordered the North Delhi Municipal Corporation to report to the Court its manner of monitoring the unauthorized constructions/deviations and to suggest corrective measures to be put in place. The Court had passed this order noting that the Executive Engineer from the Corporation who inspected the site had failed to notice the glaring damage and cutting off of the branches of the majestic old tree. The Court had stated “According to the learned counsel for Corporation, the existence of the tree was not intimated to the Corporation in the online application. Be that as it may, despite the site visit, the Executive Engineer seems to have not noticed the damage to the majestic old tree and that the deviations/building projections up to the tree trunk involved its huge branches been cut. The aforesaid affidavit is silent regarding this most glaring damage to the tree. It is too obvious to escape attention. This issue will be dealt with later.” The Court had thereby impleaded the Tree Officer of the Government of Delhi as a respondent in the petition asking him to look into the matter and to suggest appropriate action. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation informed the Court that in compliance of the previous order of the Court, dismantling of unauthorized construction at the site had been initiated by the Corporation, while seeking extension of time to report measures to restore the tree. Moreover, it stated that an enquiry had been initiated against the officers who might be responsible for the oversight/lapse apropos the aforesaid unauthorized construction, as well as for the damage caused to the tree, and that measures shall be taken against the architect of the Building Plan for his omission to mention the Banyan tree while seeking online sanction. The Court also noted the contention of the Government of Delhi that the builder was a repeat offender who had been previously fined Rs. 80, 000 for cutting an old peepal tree in the same location and that appropriate criminal law and action shall be taken against him by the Government in this regard. The Court stated Now again, having extensively cut and damaged the badh tree, displays the builder’s nefarious attitude towards trees and utter disregard to the law, as the builder did not even bother to seek the statutory permission from the Tree Officer to prune/cut the tree. Instead, the tree trunk was encircled with concrete for the past many months, perhaps to gradually ebb-out its life. The Court also noted that payment of aforesaid fine was disputed and ordered the parties to bring details of it on record before the next hearing. The Court has ordered all parties to file affidavits of compliance along with photographs and action taken reports before the Court by 13th August 2020 and to re-notify the Court on the said date.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more