MHA asks citizens not to use plastic national flags

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 13 (PTI) Two days ahead of Independence Day, the Centre has urged all citizens not to use national flags made of plastic and asked the states and the union territories to ensure strict compliance of the flag code.In an advisory to states and union territories, the Home Ministry said the national flag represents hopes and aspirations of the people of India and hence should occupy a position of honour.The ministry said it has been brought to its notice that during important events, the national flag made of plastic is used in place of paper flags.Since plastic flags are not biodegradable like paper flags, they do not get decomposed for a long time and ensuring appropriate disposal of national flag made of plastic commensurate with the dignity of the flag, is a practical problem, the advisory said.The advisory is issued every year ahead of Independence Day and Republic Day. The ministry had also issued the advisory on August 8.According to Section 2 of ‘The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971’ – Whoever in any public place or in any other place within public view burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.The advisory said on important national, cultural and sports events, flags made of paper only are to be used by public in terms of the provisions of the ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’ and such paper flags are not to be discarded or thrown on the ground after the event.advertisementSuch flags are to be disposed of, in private, consistent with the dignity of the flag. Wide publicity for not using the national flag made of plastic should be made along with its advertisement in the electronic and print mediaState governments, UT administrations, secretaries of all ministries and departments of government of India were told to ensure strict compliance of the provisions contained in the ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’ and ‘The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.There is universal affection and respect for and loyalty to the national flag. Yet, a perceptible lack of awareness is often noticed amongst people as well as organisations and agencies of the government in regard to laws, practices and conventions that apply to ‘display of the national flag’, the advisory said. PTI ACB ACB DIVDIVlast_img read more

‘Barcelona will struggle without Neymar’

first_imgNeymar Barcelona will struggle without Neymar and Real Madrid have a stronger squad, says Mendieta Alex Fisher Last updated 2 years ago 00:05 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Neymar Barcelona Primera División Philippe Coutinho PSG Liverpool Former Camp Nou midfielder feels his old side are going to face a battle to finish above their arch-rivals this season The departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain has left Barcelona playing catch-up with Real Madrid in La Liga, according to Gaizka Mendieta.PSG met Neymar’s €222million release clause last month to secure the Brazilian’s services on a five-year contract, breaking up Barca’s fabled attacking trident that also included Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Barca 13/2 to win the Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho were both heavily linked with switches to Camp Nou to replace Neymar, the former eventually agreeing a move from Borussia Dortmund.Despite Dembele’s arrival, Mendieta feels the current campaign will be a tough challenge for the Blaugrana given the loss of Neymar, and says their squad does not have the same strength in depth as their fierce rivals from the capital.”It’s a big loss for the club, because we know how much Neymar brought into the team with the skills and the talent that he has,” said Mendieta.”It’s difficult to replace him. Whether they could’ve got any other player, it’s always going to be difficult.”Barca is Barca, they always have to fight for titles and this year is going to be no different because Real Madrid at the moment is kind of on top. “It seems they’ve got a deeper squad, a stronger squad than Barca. But you always have to be there, try to make it difficult for them and try to win as many trophies as possible.”Another bid for Coutinho ahead of next season has been mooted by some, but Mendieta says Barca’s interest may depend on how the playmaker performs for Liverpool in 2017-18.”I think, obviously it’s something the player would’ve been happy to have happened and obviously Barca wanted it to happen as well,” he added. “But next season is going to be completely different. It depends what happens this season, depends what happens with many factors we don’t know today. So, we’ll have to wait and see.”last_img read more