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UK town Rochdale considers ban in ‘swearing’

Raghu Kshitiz

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LONDON — A town of Rochdale in England has proposed to ban swearing and other kinds of anti-social behavior in the city center.

Rochdale borough council plans to introduce a public spaces protection order that would subject anyone caught “using foul and abusive language” to a warning, fine or removal from the area, UPI reported.

People caught “using foul and abusive language,” begging, loitering and taking part in other similar behaviors could be warned, removed from the area or fined.

Council leader Richard Farnell said the ban was necessary to prevent a “small minority” — including people who are publicly drinking — from ruining the town center for other visitors.

The measure would also potentially ban begging, loitering, antisocial parking, playing loud music, loudly revving car engines, street drinking, unauthorized charity collections and skateboarding, in addition to barring people under the age of 18 from the town center between 11 pm and 6 am

Lauren Canten, a legal officer for human rights campaign group Liberty, however opposed the swearing ban and described it as a staggering misuse of power.

“These proposals would unjustifiably curb the rights and freedoms of Rochdale residents,” Canten said.

“The swearing ban is so vaguely defined, it would prove impossible for anyone to know whether they were breaking the law or not, while a blanket ban on begging will criminalize some of the most vulnerable people in the town.”

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India’s 700 year old banyan tree put on saline drip

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HYDERABAD — The world’s second largest Banyan tree in Pillalamarri of Mahabubnagar district in Indian state of Telangana is on ‘saline drip’ now as part of the rejuvenation of the tree that is almost dying.

The 700-year-old ficus tree is now given treatment by injecting a diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested the tree.

The tree was spread across three acres and is believed to be the second biggest Banyan tree in the world,according to news agency ANI.

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One of its branches got infested by insects and is on saline drip as part of the rejuvenation. The tree is given treatment by injecting diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested it.

Termites had affected almost entire tree due to which parts of it are fallen, and it closed for tourists in December 2017.

District collector of Mahbubnagar inspected the tree and ordered forest officials to take care of it. They began the treatment of the tree with mixed chlorpyrifos(Pesticide) in saline bottle.

Forest officials are infusing the chemical solution drop by drop using saline bottles similar to a saline drip given to patients in the hospital as pumping of chemical into the stem failed. The solution was injected in the barks of the tree.

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