The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday rejected an appeal filed by Art of Living over a Rs 5-crore fine it was ordered to pay for reportedly damaging the Yamuna floodplains. The organisation had held its World Culture Festival on 1,000 acres across the banks of the Yamuna in March, which was attended by several lakh people.
The foundation had paid Rs 25 lakh of the Rs 5-crore fine and filed an appeal in the green court, asking that the amount they owed be treated as a bank guarantee that should apply towards efforts to create a biodiversity park in the area, NDTV reported.
On April 22, the green tribunal had pulled up the foundation for not allowing inspections at the site of the festival, to which Art of Living said it was still cleaning up the area when an inspection team arrived there on April 15.
Soon after the order imposing the fine was passed, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had said he would rather go to jail than pay the fine. He also said the foundation had left the area in a much better state than it was before the festival, and claimed that no trees were cut down in the area. An NGT panel had initially recommended a fine of Rs 120 crore be imposed on Art of Living.
Some of the most significant innovations in automotive history made their debut in this iconic automobile
The latest version features India's first BS VI norms-compliant engine and a host of 'intelligent' features.
The S-Class, also known as Sonderklasse or special class, represents Mercedes Benz’ top-of-the-line sedan line up. Over the decades, this line of luxury vehicles has brought significant automotive technologies to the mainstream, with several firsts to its credit and has often been called the best car in the world. It’s in the S-Class that the first electronic ESP and ABS anti-lock braking system made their debut in the 20th century.
Twenty first-century driver assistance technologies which predict driver-behaviour and the vehicle’s course in order to take preventive safety measures are also now a staple of the S-Class. In the latest 2018 S-Class, the S 350 d, a 360-degree network of cameras, radars and other sensors communicate with each other for an ‘intelligent’ driving experience.
The new S-Class systems are built on Mercedes Benz’s cutting-edge radar-based driving assistance features, and also make use of map and navigation data to calculate driving behaviour. In cities and on other crowded roads, the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC helps maintain the distance between car and the vehicle in front during speeds of up to 210 kmph. In the same speed range, Active Steering Assist helps the driver stay in the centre of the lane on stretches of straight road and on slight bends. Blind Spot Assist, meanwhile, makes up for human limitations by indicating vehicles present in the blind spot during a lane change. The new S-Class also communicates with other cars equipped with the Car-to-X communication system about dicey road conditions and low visibility due to fog, rain, accidents etc. en route.
The new S-Class can even automatically engage the emergency system when the driver is unable to raise an alarm. Active Emergency Stop Assist brings the car to a stop if it detects sustained periods of inactivity from the driver when Active Steering Assist is switched on. If the driver doesn’t respond to repeated visual and audible prompts, it automatically activates the emergency call system and unlocks the car to provide access to first responders.
The new Mercedes-Benz S 350 d in India features another notable innovation – the country’s first BS VI norms-compliant car engine, in accordance with government regulations to control vehicular pollution. Debuting two years before the BS VI deadline of 2020, the S 350 d engine also remains compatible with the current BS IV fuels.
The S 350 d is an intelligent car made in India, for Indian roads - in the Mercedes Benz S-Class tradition. See the video below to know what drives the S-Class series by Mercedes Benz.