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Pakistan named among top countries dumping plastic in rivers

ISLAMABAD: The world is discarding billions of tons of plastic into the oceans – and to your surprise, Pakistan is among the top countries contributing to this pollution, according to UN report. The United Nations says that around a million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute around the world, while up to five trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year —half of which are designed to be used only once and then thrown away. Till now, 300 million tonnes of plastic waste is produced…

India’s Ganges and Yamuna rivers cannot be considered ‘living entities’

NEW DELHI: India's sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers cannot be considered "living entities", the country's top court ruled on Friday, suspending an earlier order that granted them the same legal rights as humans. The Supreme Court stayed a March order by a lower body that recognised the Ganges and its tributary the Yamuna as "legal persons" in an attempt to protect the highly polluted rivers from further degradation. The landmark ruling made polluting or damaging the rivers legally comparable to hurting a person, and saw…

Indian water cannot be allowed to go to Pakistan, says PM Modi

NEW DELHI: With reference to the Indus Water Treaty, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that water which belongs to India cannot be allowed to go to Pakistan. “The fields of our farmers must have adequate water. Water that belongs to India cannot be allowed to go to Pakistan…the government will do everything to give enough water to our farmers,” said the Indian PM at the inauguration of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bathinda. The Indian prime minister claimed he was more concerned…