Indonesian court finds president guilty in air pollution lawsuit Sep 17, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaJakarta An Indonesian court on Thursday ordered President Joko Widodo and other top officials to take measures to improve air quality in the capital Jakarta, ruling in favour of a civil lawsuit filed by activists.The court found Joko, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, the environment minister and the home affairs minister of negligence that caused air pollution in the city to deteriorate. More than 30 citizens and activists filed a lawsuit in 2019, after periods during which thick smog blanketed Jakarta and other parts of the country. The Central Jakarta Court ordered the president to set national air quality standards to protect citizens and the environment based on the latest scientific data.The court also ordered Baswedan to ensure compliance with environmental laws. Ayu Eza Tiara, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, welcomed the ruling, saying that the defendants had failed to tackle air pollution.“The defendants can choose to make efforts to improve air quality instead of wasting time and appealing the verdict,” she said in a statement.Government officials could not be reached to comment. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES First shipment of Iranian fuel arrives in crisis-hit Lebanon Sep 17, 2021 0 0 Tiananmen vigil group to remove all online posts Sep 17, 2021 0 0 Islamic State leader in Africa ‘neutralized’: Emmanuel Macron Sep 17, 2021 0 0 India announces incentives for auto sector to go green dpa New Delhi The government of India on Wednesday approved 3.5 billion dollars of production-linked incentives for the automotive industry to encourage the manufacture of battery-operated electric vehicles, .. Chinese astronauts on way back to Earth dpa Beijing Three Chinese astronauts have started their return journey to Earth from the Tiangong space station, which is under construction. The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft (“magic ship”) carrying taikonauts Nie .. With 3.6% of people vaccinated, Africa faces fourth wave dpa Johannesburg In Africa, only 3.6 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, despite parts of the continent being already in the grip of a fourth infection wave. Countries in the .. Taliban deputy PM goes on TV to deny death rumours dpa Islamabad The Taliban’s acting deputy prime minister, Mullah Baradar Akhund, appeared on state-run TV on Wednesday night to reject speculation he had been wounded or killed by Taliban in-fighting. In the brief .. Over 1,500 children orphaned by COVID in Ho Chi Minh City dpa Hanoi Education officials in Ho Chi Minh City are seeking help from local authorities to look after 1,517 orphans who have lost one or both parents due to Covid-19. The latest wave of Covid-19 in Vietnam’s biggest city ..