The Hindustan Times – Ikea wants to make stuff from the straw now being burnt in India

The first rice-straw product prototypes will be decorations and paper boxes, and Ikea plans to start selling them in India during 2019 or 2020, it said in a statement.

Anna Molin

Panjab/Haryana – India, 15 November 2018. Ikea wants to turn rice straw into household wares in a move that could end up reducing a major source of pollution in India.

The Swedish company has set itself a goal of using only renewable and recycled materials by 2030. Ikea is now planning to get Indian farmers to sell it the straw that’s left after they harvest rice, instead of burning it.

The practice is one of the reasons India is among the world’s most polluted countries, with the mass burnings resulting in dangerous smog levels.

With a reputation built over decades for mass production of cheap furniture, Ikea is rebranding itself as a champion of the environment as customers increasingly demand greener products. It plans to stop using all single-use plastics in its products by 2020.

The first rice-straw product prototypes will be decorations and paper boxes, and Ikea plans to start selling them in India during 2019 or 2020, it said in a statement. If the initiative takes off, Ikea may expand it to more products and markets, it said.

The Tribune – Amritsar tragedy: SIT questions 14 drivers and guards of Northern Zone of Railways

Neeraj Bagga, Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 14 November 2018. A four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Government Railway Police (GRP) on Wednesday questioned 14 drivers and guards of the Northern Zone of the Railways as a part of its enquiry into the tragic train accident which claimed 59 lives on October 19.

The SIT, headed by Assistant Inspector General (GRP) Daljit Singh Rana, DSP Surinder Kumar, Inspector Nirmal Singh and Inspector Dharminder Kalyan, quizzed railway employees.

It came out in the probe that the Railways had issued a direction of caution to all the trains plying between Manawala railway station and Amritsar railway station after a body was noticed close to Joda Phatak on that day.

The caution order had been issued from the Beas railway station at about 4.20 pm. The instruction may have been removed after lifting of the body from the site.

Sources stated that the drivers and guards of four trains other than the DMU, which killed the Dasehra revellers, which had crossed Joda Phatak before the DMU were quizzed. These trains were Howrah Mail, Chattisgarh, Dadar and Superfast Amritsar to Chandigarh.

SHO GRP Amritsar railway station Balvir Singh Ghuman said the GRP had registered a case under Sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 304A (causing death by negligence) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC, against unknown persons in connection with the train tragedy on October 20.

He said the names could only be incorporated in the FIR as per the recommendations of the SIT which has got three months long period.

Antwerpen Groenplaats

Going round the Groenplaats
27 October 2018

Wet rails

The tram at its temporary terminus
Camionette stuck behind it

Due to works on Frankrijklei from Hoboken to Groenplaats only

Groenplaats – normally stop for trams to Silsburg

Groenplaats – normally stop for trams to Hoboken

The (ancient) tram leaves for Hoboken

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Ilford Recorder – Are you a Redbridge runner? Try marathon training with Sikhs in the City

Redbridge – London – UK, 14 November 2018. Christmas is just around the corner, and that means that Redbridge residents brave enough to run the London Marathon will be throwing themselves into training.

And that means that one of the most active, and surely the fittest, charities in the borough is once again stepping up to help them cross the finish line.

Sikhs in the City, based in Wellesley Road, was awarded charity status on August 21 and is currently running a crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise £400,000 to make a new clubhouse a reality.

The charity’s president Harmander Singh, who has completed more than 100 marathons and ran the London Marathon 34 times, is an official pace maker for the Virgin London Marathon for a fourth consecutive year, and is offering to help Redbridge residents prepare for the race with a series of shorter runs before the big event on 28 April 2019.

And the price of such expert training? Why, just a small donation to the charity’s clubhouse appeal or a Big Mac meal for Harmander himself.

He told the Recorder: “What we really want to do is make sure the people we’re helping get in shape are local, that they’re from Redbridge, because although we run marathons internationally and have members all over the world we are still very much a local charity based in Ilford.”

But he is right to say the charity has a sterling global reputation.

In fact, the club’s sixth annual Dawn to Dusk race on Sunday, December 16, which sees runners complete as many laps of a running course between sunrise and sunset as they can manage, has grown from 82 runners in 2012 to a full complement of 250 runners this year, some coming from as far as Spain and Belgium.

And this Sunday (November 18), the charity will also hold its Peace Marathon, the cheapest marathon to sign up to in the UK, to raise funds for its clubhouse, which will be named after the world’s oldest marathon runner Fauja Singh, a Redbridge resident.

There are still 10 places left for the event, which will start at 10am at the centre.

For more information and to sign up to any events mentioned in this article,

Dawn – Religious parties’ joint rally today in Lahore

Our Staff Reporter

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 15 November 2018. All (religious) Parties Tahafuz-i-Namoos-i-Risalat will hold its “million march” in the city today (Thursday) to protest against, what it calls, mishandling of Aasia Bibi case and subsequent release, which the religious parties think has been done at the behest of the West and secular forces.

Briefing the media at the end of the preparatory conference, MMA President Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the rulers would “have to give up the patronage of secular elements and change their attitude against religion”.

The multi-party conference hosted by Jamaat-i-Islami at Mansoora drew 35 religious parties and organisations who declared that the entire nation was united to safeguard the Namoos of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

The march will start after Zuhr prayers from Nasser Bagh and terminate at Charing Cross, where the leaders will address the participants.

The march is expected to keep life suspended for the city dwellers for the better part of the day as it will start early afternoon and go on till late evening.

All schools, colleges and universities on and around The Mall will remain closed and so will markets (on The Mall).

Flanked by other leaders, Fazlur Rehman read a joint communiqué which said the MPC called upon the government to file a review petition and demanded categorical explanation from the government regarding news reports of Aasia’s departure abroad.

It called for implementing the sentences awarded in blasphemy cases where appeals had been rejected.

Prominent among those attending the moot included Hafiz Ibtisam Elahi Zaheer, Maulana Amir Hamza, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidari, Hafiz Raza Kazim, Khwaja Moeenuddin Koreja and Maulana Allah Wasaya.