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                  Chief Editor: S Jafar Naqvi
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                                                  t is only appropriate that India, which generates over 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste
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                                                  every	day,	chose	to	become	the	host	nation	for	the	2018	World	Environment	Day	on	June
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                                               I5 to focus on the UN theme , “Beat Plastic Pollution.”
                      Layout & Design             Prime	Minister	Narendra	Modi,	addressing	the	Plenary	Session	of	the	function	in	New
                        Mohd. Iqbal            Delhi, referred to his government’s commitment to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and observed
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                                               that plastic now threatens to become a menace to humanity. He noted that plastic pollution
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                    1910 / 2        into our food chain. Micro plastics have now got into basic foods like salt, bottled water and
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                                                  	As	global	host	of	World	Environment	Day,	Modi	said,	“I	reiterate	our	commitment	to
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                                               sustainable development.  Let us all join together to beat plastic pollution and make this
                        9029099             planet a better place to live.”
                   A UN report published on this occasion said that globally up to 5 trillion plastic bags
                                               were used each year, “Spread out side by side, they would cover an area twice the size of
                        988119             France.”  The report said less than only a tenth of all plastic ever made has been recycled and
                  the governments should consider banning or stopping single use of bags or food containers
                                               to stem the tide of pollution. Eric Solhelm, head of UN Environment, writes in the report,
                        991102             “The scourge of plastic has reached every corner of earth.” The report was launched with
          the slogan, “If you can’t reuse it (plastic), refuse it.” Only 9 per cent of the 9 billion tonnes of
                                               plastic the world has ever produced has been recycled, according to the report.
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              J-, Paryavaran Complex, Neb Sarai,   United States. Per capita, however, the US produces most, followed by Japan and EU.
              IGNOU Road, New Delhi-11008, India  Government of India’s State of Environment Report says, the country is facing its hottest
               Phone : 91-11-2982, 299,  decade, water and  air pollution are up and trash generation has doubled.  As far as plastic
                         2988              waste is concerned, a rough estimate shows that over 60 per cent of about 25,000 tonnes of
                   Web. :    such	waste	generated	daily	is	collected.	That	would	mean	that	a	shocking	10,000	tonnes	of
                                               trash	is	being	released	into	the	environment.,	quite	much	of	it	into	the	sea.
                       Subscription               About two years ago, the Environment Ministry notified the plastic waste management
              India : 1 Year Rs. 1000/- by Normal Post  rules that sought to control the manufacture of particular kinds of plastics. However, the
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                2 Years Rs. 180/- by Normal Post  problem is the inability of several states and civic corporations to effectively enforce the
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                   Overseas:   US$ 120 for 1 Year                                	A	redeeming	feature	of	the	observance	of	the	Environment	Day	this	year	is	states	like
                          US$ 20 for 2 Years   Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu Jharkhand, and Nagaland have expressed their commitment to
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                   Single Copy Cost for Overseas : US$10  make their states plastic-free within a stipulated time frame. In Uttarakhand, Chief Minister
                        (Add 5% GST)           Trivendra Singh Rawat said polythene bags and the like would be banned in the state from
                                               July	31.	Maharashtra	Environment	Minister	Ramdas	Kadam	said	the	state	would	be	virtually
                 Printed, published and owned by  free of plastic in the next one year. The state government has now imposed a ban on a series
                 Syed Mohammad Baqar Naqvi,    of plastic products, including one-time use bags. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami
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                     Okhla Industrial Area     told the state assembly that his government would ban the use of plastic items, including
                 Ph-I, New Delhi - 110 020, and  non-biodegradable carry bags from January 2019. Some exceptions would be sachets used to
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                        Neb Sarai,                Let  us  hope  all  these  assertions,  commitments  and  pledges  would  show  positive
                   New Delhi-11008 (INDIA)    results.
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