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25/10/2019 3:06 PM IST

Why Twitter Isn't 'All Smiles' About This BCCI Photo Of Sourav Ganguly With Virat And Rohit

Apart from the absence of Ravi Shastri, this is what caught the eye of some observant Twitter users.

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Sourav Ganguly meets Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

BCCI’s new president Sourav Ganguly on Thursday met captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma on the sidelines of the selection committee meeting. 

According to PTIMahendra Singh Dhoni’s future in international cricket was discussed during the meeting.

The cricket body shared a picture from the meeting on Twitter, which triggered a lot of reactions.  

Twitter users wondered why coach Ravi Shastri wasn’t present at this meeting. 

Apart from all the “smiling faces” and Shastri’s absence, what caught the eye of some Twitter users were the plastic bottles on the table in the picture. They appealed BCCI to get rid of plastic bottles and instead maybe switch to glass bottles. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to rid India of single-use plastics by 2022. The government, however, held off plans to impose the blanket ban. Officials told Reuters that the move was seen as too disruptive at a time when the country is dealing with an economic slowdown and job losses. The Environment ministry, the report added, denied that it had planned to issue a ban.

The prohibited single-use items potentially included plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws and certain sachets, according to CNN.

In keeping with Modi’s plan, the BJP headquarters has replaced plastic water bottles with glass jars, according to India Today. The government is also planning to replace plastic water bottles with aluminium or steel cans in trains, The Print reported.

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“We will certainly consider steel/aluminium cans to replace plastic bottles and are resolved to replace plastic bottles phase-wise,” The Print quoted Siddhartha Singh, public relations officer of the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

Environment Secretary CK Mishra told PTI that the ministry has issued guidelines to states and union territories in the past and has been urging them to take the necessary steps to curb the use of single-use plastic.

In the guidelines issued, Mishra had said all government offices must completely ban all types of plastic carry bags, thermocol disposable cutlery and discourage the use of artificial banners, flags, flowers, water bottles, plastic folders, etc.

Recently, however, Modi posted a video of himself plogging at a beach in Mamallapuram and he was called out for using a single-use plastic bag to collect trash. 

(With PTI and Reuters inputs)