FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) 2004 Annual Report

first_imgFBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng)  2004 annual report.Company ProfileFBN Holdings Plc is a leading financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the commercial, corporate, investment and merchant banking sectors. The company also offers insurance products for individual and corporate clients and other financial services for merchant banking, asset management, investment and general trading, private equity, financial intermediation services, trusteeship, portfolio management and discount house services for individual and corporate clients. The Insurance division underwrites life and general insurance products and offers insurance brokerage services. FBN Holdings Limited was founded in 1894 and today operates in 874 business locations in 12 countries. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. FBN Holdings Plc was founded in 1894 and is based in Lagos, Nigeria. FBN Holdings Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchanglast_img read more

TCCIA Investment PLC (TICL.tz) 2017 Prospectus

first_imgTCCIA Investment PLC (TICL.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2017 prospectus For more information about TCCIA Investment PLC (TICL.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the TCCIA Investment PLC (TICL.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: TCCIA Investment PLC (TICL.tz)  2017 prospectus Company ProfileTCCIA Investment Plc is a public limited liability company established by the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) to make the TCCIA a self-financing organisation and enable its members to participate in the ownership and control of the Tanzania economy. The Local Authorities Pensions Fund is its only institutional shareholder; the rest are individuals and small to medium businesses. TCCIA Investment has invested in 8 companies whose shares are traded on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange. It operates a collective investment vehicle through which TCCIA members pool their financial resources to buy shares in public business enterprises. The company became operational in 2005 and is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. TCCIA Investment Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Why I’d buy UK shares in an ISA instead of gold to get rich during the economic downturn

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! There’s a number of ways that investors can protect themselves from the worsening Covid-19 crisis. Buying UK shares of companies that produce gold remains a good idea as the threats to the global economic recovery rise. But this isn’t the only reason, as ongoing central bank money printing bolsters inflationary concerns as well.Much has been made of gold’s sharp fall below August’s record highs around $2,070 per ounce. 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Regardless, as 2020’s rocketing price shows, it’s still possible for investors to make a fortune from the yellow metal. And the factors that have sent it spiralling to record levels in recent months could remain in play for years to come.I personally expect gold to soar from its recent levels around $1,900 per ounce. And escalating Covid-19 numbers isn’t the only reason why demand for precious metals could soar again. Fears over a new sovereign debt crisis, growing civil unrest in the US, the threat of a no-deal Brexit, and the possibility of fresh US dollar weakness, could also fuel gold prices.A great way for investors to ride this train is by buying stock in one of London’s quoted gold producers. There are many UK shares to choose from on this front too. And some of them are a better choice than investing in the metal directly — or in a gold-related financial product like an ETF — as they offer the chance for investors to receive dividends. The lack of dividends is another reason why many people don’t like the idea of investing in gold.5 great UK sharesAnd there are some truly exceptional dividends for UK share investors to grab a slice of. Take FTSE 100 giant Polymetal International, for example. This Russia- and Kazakhstan-focussed digger carries a forward dividend yield of 6.3%. Trans-Siberian Gold meanwhile sports a mighty yield of 9% for 2020. And Centamin yields a mighty 8%.Other lower-yielders also offer plenty for investors to get stuck into. Caledonia Mining Corporation for instance yields a tasty 2.1% while Pan African Resources carries a forward yield of 1.8%. And what’s more, these gold producers — like the ones mention above — look dirt-cheap from an earnings perspective.Each trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio below the widely-accepted bargain benchmark of 10 times and below. I’d happily buy any of these UK shares in an ISA to get rich during the economic downturn. 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More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Why I’d buy UK shares in an ISA instead of gold to get rich during the economic downturn Royston Wild | Sunday, 8th November, 2020 Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

Wenslauer House / 31/44 Architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/802991/wenslauer-house-31-44-architects Clipboard Projects Wenslauer House / 31/44 Architects Houses “COPY” Photographs:  Kasia Gatkowska Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project The Netherlands Wenslauer House / 31/44 ArchitectsSave this projectSaveWenslauer House / 31/44 Architects “COPY” Products used in this ProjectFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaArchitect In Charge:James Jeffries
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City:AmsterdamCountry:The NetherlandsMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Kasia GatkowskaText description provided by the architects. 31/44 Architects has completed Wenslauer House, a new spacious self-build family home on a constrained site in central Amsterdam. Replacing a dilapidated early 20th century workers cottage, Wenslauer forms an infill house on an unexpectedly irregular street within the conventional homogeneous streetscape more typical of Amsterdam. Save this picture!© Kasia GatkowskaThis eclectic quality of the street stems from its colourful past when the area was in use as the city’s builders yard. A wide canal at the end of the street was used to bring materials into the city on large barges from the surrounding countryside and seaports, which were then offloaded and stored in large warehouses. Plots of land were divided up along the polder where the tradesmen gradually built workshops with their living accommodation above, giving a distinctive character to the street of non-uniform buildings built of relatively modest materials. Save this picture!Section31/44’s design for the new house celebrates this quality whilst referencing the townhouse typology widely seen in the city centre, a reflection of the neighbourhood becoming more ‘upscale’ as this area of Amsterdam adopts some of the formality of the historic centre. The practice underwent extensive negotiations with the local authority to ensure an appropriate design solution in keeping with the changing neighbourhood was achieved. Save this picture!© Kasia GatkowskaThe street elevation features a brick facade and pitched gable profile which was partly guided by council requirements. Bands of structural concrete and large window openings reference facade details from local workshops. In contrast, the rear is clad in simple utilitarian sheets of Equitone panels. Save this picture!© Kasia GatkowskaThe brickwork on the north facing street facade is laid in a Flemish bond to make the surface as textured as possible. The facade receives the sun only at the start and end of the day when the oblique angle of the sun brings the surface to life. A bench in front of the house is conceived as a shared amenity for the street, which has a lively sociable community that frequently takes over the road during summer evenings. Internally, the 145 sq m house maximises all available space with rooms beyond the entrance spanning the full width of the plot. A void, with a large rooflight above, runs from the roof to the ground floor to bring natural light into the centre of the plan at all levels.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!Second Floor PlanA split-level ground floor with a lower ground floor creates a spacious kitchen/living room with full width glazed panels that open onto the rear garden. The living spaces at  both ground and first floor feature exposed timber structure to add depth, character and material warmth in the areas where the family spend most of their time. Save this picture!© Kasia GatkowskaBespoke units constructed from black and grey MDF and birch-faced plywood feature throughout the house. A built-in bench around the fireplace allows you to sit close to the fire whilst looking out at the garden. Constructed from precast concrete panels, the fireplace features a suspended steel flue that is left boldly exposed on the rear elevation – a quiet reference to the light-industrial heritage of the area. Save this picture!© Kasia GatkowskaProject gallerySee allShow lessHurdle House / Adam Knibb ArchitectsSelected ProjectsSport Center “Véronique Pecqueux-Rolland“ Longvic / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Archit…Selected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/802991/wenslauer-house-31-44-architects Clipboard Area:  145 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: 31/44 Architects Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img 2015 Photographs Duyts Bouwconstructies BV, Houtbouw ‘t Zand Manufacturers: EQUITONE, Velfac, Houtbouw ’t Zand, Neiland ArchDaily Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description CopyHouses•Amsterdam, The Netherlands CopyAbout this office31/44 ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAmsterdamThe NetherlandsPublished on January 13, 2017Cite: “Wenslauer House / 31/44 Architects” 13 Jan 2017. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Kasia Gatkowska+ 21 Share Year:  Structural Engineer: last_img read more

The Garden of Baan Plai Haad (the House at the End of the Beac…

first_img The Garden of Baan Plai Haad (the House at the End of the Beach) / T.R.O.P: terrains + open space Area:  6400 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” “COPY” ArchDaily Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/884751/the-house-at-the-end-of-the-beach-trop-terrains-plus-open-space Clipboard Thailand The Garden of Baan Plai Haad (the House at the End of the Beach) / T.R.O.P: terrains + open spaceSave this projectSaveThe Garden of Baan Plai Haad (the House at the End of the Beach) / T.R.O.P: terrains + open space 2015 Save this picture!© Wison Tungthunya+ 24 Share Photographs Architects: T.R.O.P : terrains + open space Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeT.R.O.P : terrains + open spaceOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsPattaya CityThailandPublished on December 30, 2017Cite: “The Garden of Baan Plai Haad (the House at the End of the Beach) / T.R.O.P: terrains + open space” 29 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesSynthetics / AsphaltMitrexSolar RoofMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalPlumbingSanifloGreywater Pump – Sanifast®SWH190WoodLunawoodInterior ThermowoodMembranesEffisusAVCL Systems for FacadesSinksCosentinoBathroom Collection – Silestone® WashbasinsDoorsStudcoPocket Door Trims – CavKitWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformMetal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Surface Finish – prePATINA-LineHanging LampsEureka LightingSuspended Lights – BloomMetallicsBaileyFacade Systems- I-Line Snap-On Feature ChannelMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyApartments•Pattaya City, Thailand Photographs:  Wison TungthunyaSave this picture!© Wison TungthunyaRecommended ProductsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesThe SiteBaan Plai Haad (‘House at the end of the Beach’) is a 353-units residential development in Pattaya, about 2 hour’s drive from Bangkok. The site consists of 2 different characteristic terrains. The First and bigger part is a flat land on top of a small hill, about 12 meters above the beach. The second part is a long, narrow and steep “tube-like” space connecting the flat land and the beach together.Save this picture!© Wison TungthunyaThe Flat LandFollowing the geography, the project is separated into 2 zones. The residential tower and the parking lot were constructed on the flat area. According to the local regulation, 6m wide Fire Lane is required around the tower. However, we strategically planned a new vehicle route, in order to minimize hardscape road, leaving the rest of the Fire Lane as permeable surface, using pebbles and lawn.Save this picture!© Wison TungthunyaTo serve residents of 353 units, the owner requested 3 swimming pools in the property. The first, also the largest, of the 3 swimming pools was proposed right next to the drop off. The proposed area happened to be occupied by some existing trees. We had to carefully measure their root balls and designed special planters in order to keep all of these trees within our new swimming pool. A series of walls were proposed to create a courtyard-like space, separating the road and drop off area away from the main pool.Save this picture!© Wison TungthunyaThe HillThe Hill is a transitional space between the Flat Land and the beach. With its steep terrain, it was hardly used as function area. Instead of filling or cutting the existing landscape, we decide to use and demonstrate what we already have, the 12-meter elevation change. A series of steps and terraces were integrated into the slope in order to make the space more safe and more functional. Residents were encouraged to spend time at the Hill, instead of just passing by to the beach. As a result, they tend to use the Hill as their resting space before reaching the beach. The second pool was also proposed here, allowing the residents to have a better view of the local beach below.Save this picture!© Wison TungthunyaThe RoofsWe did not want to leave both building roofs as flat concrete planes. The 3rd Pool was located on the top of Residential Tower to take advantage of the panoramic ocean view while a small garden was proposed on the parking building, using permeable materials to collect rainwater for irrigation use.Save this picture!30th Floor PlanOverall, the design team has created resort-style facilities as requested by the owner while, at the same time, tried our best to make the project as environment friendly as possible.Save this picture!© Wison TungthunyaProject gallerySee allShow lessShanghai-South Station / AREPSelected ProjectsChicBus Alipay Flagship Store / LYCS ArchitectureSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, ThailandLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/884751/the-house-at-the-end-of-the-beach-trop-terrains-plus-open-space Clipboard Apartmentslast_img read more

Iranian bill aims to reinforce “digital wall” and online censorship

first_img Follow the news on Iran February 25, 2021 Find out more Access is not however restricted for senior state officials, who can have an Internet account and post freely – a situation regarded by RSF as flagrant “digital discrimination.” Organisation Help by sharing this information Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists RSF_en Failure to comply with the proposed law “will be punished by 90 days to six months in prison.” Those who produce or distribute virtual private networks (VPNs) – which are widely used to access banned websites although their sale is already banned – would risk up to two years in prison and heavy fines. September 24, 2020 Iranian bill aims to reinforce “digital wall” and online censorship “This bill, which would place social media under total control, amounts to blocking access to information and denying the Iranian people the fundamental right to be informed, by offering them just a limited vision of reality via the previously established Halal Internet,” said Iris de Villars, the head of RSF’s Tech Desk. “Iran’s Islamic Republic is a signatory to several international conventions and, as such, must adhere to its obligations, including the obligation to allow unrestricted access to the Internet. We call on the Iranian authorities to withdraw this bill, which poses a particular threat to freedom of expression.” News Although the Islamic Republic has been one of the most active countries at the World Summits on the Information Society (WSIS), and although it is a member of the International Telecommunication Union, UNESCO and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, it is on RSF’s list of the world’s leading digital predators. June 9, 2021 Find out more Despite being banned, social media and apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Telegram play a major role in disseminating news and information in Iran. As well as blocking websites and messaging services, the authorities resort increasingly to Internet cuts to contain and suppress protests and block the flow of independent information regarded as “counter-revolutionary,” “subversive,” “anti-government propaganda,” “violations of national security” or “insulting to what is sacred.” News Entitled “Organization of social media messaging services” and designed to consolidate the “digital wall” that already exists in Iran, the bill was submitted on 16 August to the Iranian parliament, which is expected to examine it soon. IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms InternetCitizen-journalistsViolence Receive email alerts After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Iran is ranked 173rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Iranian authorities to withdraw a draconian bill that would place social media under military control. Iran must respect its international obligations, RSF says. According to the bill, “Internet entry and exit points and social media platform bandwidth going out of the country will be placed under the control of the headquarters of the armed forces and will be subject to the approval of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader.” The bill also provides for the creation of a board of governors consisting of representatives of the justice system, government and Revolutionary Guards to supervise platforms. Article 20 says that “all international and national messaging services must coordinate their activities according to Iranian laws, and the board must approve their operation.” News March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms InternetCitizen-journalistsViolence last_img read more

Waters Asks How Financial Industry Is Softening Shutdown Impact

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Waters Asks How Financial Industry Is Softening Shutdown Impact “President Trump’s shutdown of the federal government is inflicting tremendous harm to millions of Americans,” wrote Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, in her letter to heads of financial services industry trade associations and credit reporting agencies. Demanding a prompt written response from them by no later than January 25, 2019, she asked for specifics on what accommodations institutions and member companies are offering to affected consumers. The letter brought to notice the joint press release issued on January 11, 2019, by five financial regulatory agencies and state regulators, urging institutions to adopt prudent workout arrangements with consumers who may be affected by the ongoing federal government shutdown. The release was issued in response to Waters’ correspondence with the agencies to formulate a statement similar to the one issued during the shutdown in 2013. As the shutdown entered its 28th day on Friday, Waters pointed out that it is being “needlessly prolonged by President Trump.” Under these circumstances, she urged the institutions to take decisions as outlined in the interagency statement, to help any consumer–whether they are a federal employee, federal contractor, or others–who may be affected by the shutdown. Emphasizing the adverse effects of the shutdown, she indicated that consumers are not able to make timely payments on debts such as mortgages, student loans, car loans, business loans, or credit cards. This will also lead to affected employees likely to see a reduction in their credit scores, she noted. “I share the agencies’ view that any affected individual should contact their lenders immediately in the event they are experiencing financial difficulty. However, I believe it would be helpful for your institutions and member companies to engage in proactive outreach to, and provide flexible workout arrangements for, your customers who may be finding it difficult to pay their bills in full and on-time due to the shutdown,” the letter reads. She also encouraged institutions to consider the appropriateness and fairness of reporting adverse information about their customers to consumer reporting agencies. Waters stated that it is in no one’s interest “to punish those who may be enduring financial stress through no fault of their own.”“I appreciate that some of your institutions and member companies have already been announcing accommodations for affected consumers, but it is important that there be a robust effort by all institutions to do what they can to help,” Waters wrote. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: An Eye on Real Estate Closings Next: Mayopoulos Outlines Next Steps in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Donna Joseph Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles January 21, 2019 1,462 Views center_img Financial Institutions Maxine Waters President Trump Shutdown 2019-01-21 Donna Joseph Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Waters Asks How Financial Industry Is Softening Shutdown Impact  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Financial Institutions Maxine Waters President Trump Shutdown The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

High Courts Weekly Roundup

first_imgNews UpdatesHigh Courts Weekly Roundup Akshita Saxena5 July 2020 8:46 PMShare This – xWeek Commencing From June 30, 2020 To July 5, 2020 Allahabad High Court 1) ‘Even If Will Not Enforceable For Being Void, It Is Not Non-Est & Is Admissible Under Evidence Act S. 32(5) To Decide Pedigree’: Allahabad HC [Bhrigurasan & Ors. v. DDC & Ors.] Expounding the difference between the concepts of ‘void’ and ‘non-est’, the bench of Justice Salil Kumar Rai held, “Even…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWeek Commencing From June 30, 2020 To July 5, 2020 Allahabad High Court 1) ‘Even If Will Not Enforceable For Being Void, It Is Not Non-Est & Is Admissible Under Evidence Act S. 32(5) To Decide Pedigree’: Allahabad HC [Bhrigurasan & Ors. v. DDC & Ors.] Expounding the difference between the concepts of ‘void’ and ‘non-est’, the bench of Justice Salil Kumar Rai held, “Even if the Will is not enforceable for being void or may not be relevant under Section 32(6) of the Evidence Act, 1872 as a Will, it would still be admissible and relevant under Section 32(5) of the Act because the relevant recital in the Will is a statement in writing of the deceased and relates to the existence of a relationship by blood about which the testator had special means of knowledge.” 2) Allahabad HC Allows Release Of Prisoners On Personal Bonds Due To Non-Availability Of Sureties During To Lockdown [Ankit Gupta v. State Of UP] The single bench of Justice Abdul Moin ordered that all the accused persons, whose bail applications had been allowed subsequent to March 15, 2020 but had not been released due to non-availability of sureties amid the lockdown, may be released on execution of personal bonds. 3) ‘Competing Interest Of Health Of Students & Providing Nursing Services To Common Man’: Allahabad HC Seeks UP Govt’s Reply In Plea Against Reopening Of Nursing Educational Institutions [Narendra Kumar Singh & Ors. v. State of UP & Ors.] single bench of Justice Ashwani Kumar Mishra asked Additional Advocate General Manish Goel to seek instructions from the UP Government regarding re-opening of nursing educational institutions in the state. “Considering the competing interest of securing life/ health of students vis-a-vis requirement of providing nursing services to the common man, it would be appropriate to permit the learned Additional Advocate General appearing for the State to obtain specific instructions in the matter from the department concerned,” the court ordered. 4) Allahabad HC Quashes Non-Bailable Warrant Issued Against Former MP Jaya Prada For Allegedly Making False Statement During Elections [Jaya Prada Nahata v. State of UP & Anr.] Noting that the offences registered against her were non-cognizable, he single bench of Justice Om Prakash-VII quashed the non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against former MP Jaya Prada by Additional District & Sessions Judge, Rampur in connection to a NCR registered against her for making derogatory remarks against her political opponents during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The court Bombay High Court 1) PIL Claims Stigma Attached To Transgender Community Worsened Post Lockdown; Bombay HC Directs Social Justice Dept To Address Concerns [Vikram Ramesh Shinde v. State of Maharashtra & Ors.] Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice MS Karnik directed the Principal Secretary to the State Social Justice and Special Assistance Department to consider and dispose of within a fortnight, concerns expressed by an activist working for the transgender community, regarding plight of the members specially after the lockdown and seeking directions for formulation of a welfare scheme for the 40,000 members of the community in the State. 2) Bombay HC Stays FIRs Against Arnab Goswami; Says ‘No Prima Facie Case Against Him’ [AR Goswami v. State of Maharashtra & Ors.] While granting relief to Republic TV Chief Arnab Goswami against allegations of communalization of the Palghar mob lynching incident, a division bench of Justice Ujjal Bhuyan and Justice Riyaz Chagla observed that “prima facie no case was made out against him”. The Court thus suspended proceedings in two FIRs filed against him. Also Read: Cannot Have The Spectacle Of A Damocles Sword Hanging Over A Journalist’s Head While Conducting Public Debate; Bombay HC 3) PIL Claims Stigma Attached To Transgender Community Worsened Post Lockdown; Bombay HC Directs Social Justice Dept To Address Concerns [Vikram Ramesh Shinde v. State of Maharashtra & Ors] Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice MS Karnik directed the Principal Secretary to the State Social Justice and Special Assistance Department to consider and dispose of within a fortnight, concerns expressed by an activist working for the transgender community, regarding plight of the members specially after the lockdown and seeking directions for formulation of a welfare scheme for the 40,000 members of the community in the State. 4) ‘Immediately Test Inmates Who Show Signs Of Discomfort’ : Bombay HC Disposes Of PILs After State Accepts Suggestions For Improving Prison Facilities [People’s Union for Civil Liberties v. State of Maharashtra & Ors] A division bench comprising Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice MS Karnik disposed of a batch of PILs raising concerns regarding lack of facilities for proper treatment of prisoners lodged in various correctional homes during the current pandemic of Covid-19 while directing the prison authorities to forthwith implement the measures for random testing. 5) Bombay HC Quashes Order Passed By AAI’s Appellate Committee Adopting New Criteria For Maximum Height Clearance For Projects Around Mumbai Airport [Kalpataru Ltd. v. Union of India & Ors.] In a huge relief to developers of plots around Mumbai International Airport, the Division bench of Justice SJ Kathawalla and Justice BP Colabawalla quashed and set aside a decision taken by Appellate Committee of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to adopt the criterion laid out in the Civil Aviation Ministry’s Draft Rules, 2018 for clearing projects for maximum permissible height. 6) Bombay HC Dismisses PIL Alleging Negligence In Management Of Dead Bodies Of Covid-19 Victims By MCGM Staff [Ketan Tirodkar v. State of Maharashtra & Anr.] A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice NJ Jamadar dismissed a PIL alleging negligence in management of dead bodies of Covid-19 victims by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai staff after the Corporation filed an affidavit categorically denying the allegations in the PIL and asserting that guidelines of the Health Ministry are being strictly followed for disposal of dead bodies. 7) Bombay HC Directs IT Department To Refund Over Rs.833 crores To Vodafone Idea Limited Within Two Weeks Without Fail [Vodafone Idea Ltd. v. Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax & Ors.] In a huge relief to Vodafone Idea Limited, the Division bench of Justice RD Dhanuka and Justice Madhav Jamdar directed the income tax department to refund Rs.833 crores to the telecom operator within two weeks “without fail.” The Court observed that there is no power vested in the respondent tax authorities to adjust self-admitted refund amount against the tax dues “which are not even adjudicated upon by the respondents and may arise in future as contemplated/visualized by the respondent.” Calcutta High Court 1) Cruelty To Wife For Dark Complexion Attracts Section 498A IPC : Calcutta HC [Mazidul Miah @ Mia & Ors. v. State of West Bengal] A Division Bench comprising Justices Sahidullah Munshi and Subhasis Dasgupta held that causing cruelty to a wife for dark complexion by her husband and in-laws will attract the offence of cruelty under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). 2) Calcutta HC Upholds State Ban On Chinese ‘Manjha’, Mandating Same To Be Strictly Adhered To [Samanta v. State of West Bengal & Ors.] The Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan upheld the state’s ban on the use of Chinese ‘manjha’ (a type of nylon thread coated with powdered glass used for flying kites), directing that the same be strictly adhered to by the administration and given full effect. 3) Extent Of Interference On Arbitral Award By A Court On Factual Score Is Substantially Curtailed By Section 34 Of Arbitration & Conciliation Act: Calcutta HC [Sikha Basu v. BMA Wealth Creators Limited] Single bench of Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya observed the arbitrator is seen as the final authority on the appraisal of facts and unless such appraisal is found to be perverse or manifestly unreasonable, the Award should remain undisturbed. The court said that the extent of interference by a court on the factual score is substantially curtailed under section 34 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act. 4) ‘Economic Situation Uncertain Owing To COVID-19’ : Calcutta HC Restrains Bank From Declaring Borrower As ‘Wilful Defaulter’ [Suresh Kumar Patni & Ors. v. Punjab National Bank & Anr] Noting that “the economic situation of the country owing to Covid 19 pandemic is uncertain”, ingle Bench of Justice Arindam Mukherjee passed an interim order restraining the Punjab National Bank from declaring a borrower as a “wilful defaulter’. Delhi High Court 1) Delhi HC Restrains Jet Airways Owned Jet Lite From Alienating Approx Rs. 180 Cr In Terms Of A UK HC Decree [TWC Aviation Capital Ltd v. Jet Lite (India) Ltd] Single bench of Justice C. Hari Shankar temporarily restrained Jet Lite (India) Ltd. (a subsidiary of the Jet Airways), from dispossessing, alienating its assets, to the tune of an international decree passed against it by a UK court. The High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, London, UK had directed the company to pay Rs. 183,24,01,374 to TWC Aviation Capital Limited, as outstanding aircraft rents. 2) Delhi HC Stays NLU-Delhi’s 50% Horizontal Reservation For Students Who Passed Qualifying Exams From Institutes In NCT [Balvinder Sangwan & Ors v. State (GNCT) of Delhi & Ors] The bench comprising Justices Subramonium Prasad and Hima Kohli prima facie observed that the decision of the National Law University-Delhi to introduce 50% horizontal reservation from the academic year 2020-2021 for students who have passed qualifying examination from recognized institutes in the National Capital Territory was taken “in haste without acting in accordance with the NLU Act”. It therefore stayed the impugned admission notification. Also Read: NLU-D Succumbed To Delhi Govt Pressure To Introduce 50% Horizontal Reservation : Delhi HC 3) Delhi HC Directs Crime Branch Inquiry Against Doctor Suspected Of Giving Fake Medical Certificates To Prisoners [Abdul Rehman alias Nawali v. GNCTD] The Single Bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva directed the Crime Branch of Delhi Police to initiate an inquiry against Dr Gajinder Kumar Nayyar who is suspected of issuing fake medical certificates to accused/convicts and/or their family members to facilitate them in obtaining favourable orders of bail, interim bail and suspension of sentence. 4) ‘There’s A Dire Need For Creating Mechanism For Registration Of Migrant Workers In Delhi’: Delhi HC [Shashank Mangal v. GNCTD] The Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh noted that there’s a dire need for creating a mechanism for registration of migrant workers in Delhi. Accordingly, the court directed the Central Government to submit a detailed affidavit highlighting the kind of portal it is proposing for the same. The court will next take up the matter on July 22. 5) As A General Rule, Copy of The Jail Superintendent’s Report Must Be Given To The Bail Applicant: Delhi HC [Chirag Madan v. Union of India & Ors.] The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan observed that a general rule, a copy of the report given by the Jail Superintendent as well as by the Investigating Officer should be supplied to the applicant so that accused can properly understand the reasons given therein and defend their case. The court further observed that the copies of the Jail Superintendent and the Investigating Officer shall be provided in advance, both to the court and to the accused. 6) Delhi HC Stays Imposition Of Penalty On Insolvency Professional Who Allegedly Violated The Terms Of Moratorium, Going Against The Provisions Of IBC [Mohan Lal Jain v. Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India] The Single Bench of Justice AK Chawla stayed the penalty imposed on an Insolvency Professional (IP) who allegedly violated the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code by going against the terms of the moratorium. The stay order is subject to the Petitioner depositing within 10 days from today a sum of Rs.25 lacs with the IBBI. 7) [Abduction Case] Serious Allegations Against Police For Misuse of Authority During Investigation, Delhi HC Directs Commissioner To Look Into The Matter [Yogesh Kumar Singh v. State] In light of certain serious allegations raised against some police officers of Sonia Vihar Police Station for allegedly misusing their authority during the investigation, the Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajneesh Bhatnagar has decided to transfer the case to the Crime Branch. The court also directed the Commissioner of Delhi Police to consider the allegations raised by the Petitioner, and if a case is made out for misuse of authority, take appropriate action against the concerned Investigating Officer. 8) Delhi HC Extends Time For Filing Objections To Draft EIA Notification 2020 Till August 11 [Vikrant Tongad v. Union of India] Partially allowing a plea against ‘woefully inadequate’ time provided by the Government to send comments and suggestions, the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan extended the time period granted by the Central Government for filing objections to the draft Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2020 till August 11, from June 30. 9) Evidence Collected In Breach Of Right To Privacy Alone Doesn’t Make It Inadmissible: Delhi HC [Deepti Kapur v. Kunal Julka] In a significant judgment pertaining to rules for collection and admissibility of evidence, the single bench of Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani held that evidence collected in breach of the fundamental right to privacy alone, would not make it inadmissible in court of law. The court said that while a litigating party certainly has a right to privacy, that right “must yield” to the right of an opposing party to bring evidence it considers relevant to court, to prove its case. Also Read: Liberal Approach Of Law For Collection Of Evidence Should Not To Be Taken As Approval To Adopt Illegal Means, Especially In Matrimonial Disputes: Delhi HC 10) ‘New Bride’s Conduct In Remaining In Room, Not Showing Initiative In Household Work, Disinclination For Physical Relationship Not Cruelty By Any Stretch Of Imagination’: Delhi HC [Vishal Singh v. Priya @ Pihu & Anr] “Such conduct of the respondent-wife of being interested in remaining in her room or not showing initiative in doing household work can by no stretch of imagination be described as cruel behaviour and that too upon the appellant/husband”, observed the bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Asha Menon in a matrimonial dispute. 11) Delhi HC Allows Plea Moved By Tablighi Jamaat Foreign Nationals Seeking Different Accommodation [Mohammad Jamal & Ors v. Union of India] The Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajneesh Bhatnagar allowed a plea moved by 69 foreign nationals related to the Tablighi Jamaat event seeking different accommodation provided the expenses of the new accommodation are borne by the foreign nationals themselves. 12) After Criticising The Casual Approach, Delhi HC Directs Delhi Govt To Clear Proposals On Digitisation of District Courts Within 2 Weeks [Anand Vaid v. Preeti Vaid & Ors.] After pulling up the administration for its casual approach, the Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad directed the Delhi Government to clear the pending urgent proposals on the digitisation of district courts in Delhi. 13) ‘Is There A Place For Fickle Minded Officers In Paramilitary Forces?’: Delhi HC Asks Serviceman Seeking Withdrawal of Resignation [Neeraj Kumar Uttam v. Union of India] While issuing notice in a plea moved by an officer of the Central Reserve Police Force seeking withdrawal of his resignation, a division bench comprising Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Justice Asha Menon posed a question as to whether there is a place for fickle minded officers in the paramilitary forces. The court further observed that prima facie appears that the officers of paramilitary forces cannot be permitted a sabbatical in this fashion. 14) Delhi HC Directs Centre To Publish Draft EIA Notification 2020 In 22 Official Languages Within 10 Days [Vikrant Tongad v. Union of India] Looking to the “far reaching” consequences of the public consultation process, a division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan directed the Central Government to publish the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification, 2020 in all 22 official languages. Also Read: Delhi HC Extends Time For Filing Objections To Draft EIA Notification 2020 Till August 11 15) Married Against Wishes of Khap Panchayat, JNU’s Married Couple Say ‘Hostel Our Only Home’; Delhi HC Asks Authorities Not To Prevent Their Re-Entry [Deepak Kumar v. JNU & Ors.] The Single Bench of Justice Najmi Waziri provided relief to a couple who was denied re-entry into Jawaharlal Nehru University’s married couples hostel after they returned from the field work research. The court observed that the University married couples’ hostel, is the only home where the Petitioner and his spouse have been staying for the past few years, their access to the same cannot be denied to them except by the due process of law. 16) No Territorial Jurisdiction : Delhi HC Refuses To Entertain Plea Against Domicile Reservation in NLSIU A Division Bench comprising Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad refused to entertain the plea challenging the imposition of domicile reservation in National Law School of India University, Bangalore. The court noted that since the impugned law is passed by the State of Karnataka, and the Respondent University is also situated in Karnataka, the court at Delhi cannot exercise jurisdiction in the matter. 17) Delhi HC Issues Notice To SCBA In Ashok Arora’s Plea Challenging Executive Committee’s Decision To Suspend Him As Secretary [Ashok Arora v. SCBA & Anr.] A bench of Justice Mukta Gupta issued notice in Advocate Ashok Arora’s plea seeking quashing of his suspension from the post of Secretary of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) by its Resolution dated May 8, 2020. The matter is now posted for August 6. Gauhati High Court 1) Refusal To Wear ‘Sakha & Sindoor’ Signify A Woman’s Refusal To Accept Her Marriage: Gauhati HC Allows Divorce Petition [Bhaskar Das v. Renu Das] While allowing the matrimonial appeal preferred by a husband against the order of a Family Court dismissing his application for divorce, the bench of Chief Justice Ajai Lamba and Justice Soumitra Saikia has held inter alia, that refusal to wear ‘sakha and sindoor’ are indicative of the wife’s refusal to accept her marriage, under the custom of Hindu Marriage. 2) Gauhati HC Grants 30 Lakhs As Compensation To Parents Of A Boy Who Died Due To Electrocution While Practicing Guitar In A School [Dr. Debajit Das & Anr v. Williamson Magor Education Trust] The bench of Justice Prasanta Kumar Deka directed a school to provide Rupees Thirty Lakhs as compensation to the parents of a student who died due to electrocution while practicing guitar in the school. The court observed that it was the responsibility of the school authority to anticipate and identify the source of grave risk surrounding the students while imparting education to them. Gujarat High Court 1) Although POCSO Introduced To Protect Girl Child, Legal Awareness Needed To Simultaneously Protect Young Boys From Label Of ‘Offender’: Gujarat HC [Vikramsinh Champaksinh Parmar v. State Of Gujarat] While dealing with a habeas corpus petition by the father of a minor girl who had eloped with a boy who was himself a minor, a bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice N. V. Anjaria expressed concern that “young boys who themselves are not major, many a times without realizing the consequences of their act, or “many a times actuated by frenzy of youth”, “eventually label themselves as offenders in the matters of POCSO”. Jharkhand High Court 1) State Cannot Opposes Registering Of FIR When There Is Allegation Of Interpolation In Judicial Records: Jharkhand HC [Mathias Vijay Toppo v. State of Jharkhand & Ors.] The single bench of Justice Ananda Sen directed the Director General of Police, Ranchi to register an FIR on the allegations of tampering and forging of judicial records, leveled by Scheduled Area Regulation Officer. “State cannot opposes registering of an FIR, when there is an allegation of interpolation in Judicial records and there is allegation of forgery. It is the duty of the State in these circumstances to see that an FIR is lodged,” the court observed while expressing surprise that the State Government had chosen to oppose the plea for registration of FIR on such a “serious issue”. 2) Chief Minister Public Hearing Cell Does Not Have Jurisdiction To Direct The Police To Register An FIR, Holds Jharkhand HC [Sanjay Kumar Sharda v. State of Jharkhand & Ors.] The bench of Justice Ananda Sen deprecated the practice of Chief Minister Public Hearing Cell pressurizing the police officials to register an FIR. “There is no provision in law to approach “Mukhya Mantri Jansanbad Kendra”, which is absolutely a non-statutory body nor having being vested with any power under Cr.P.C. Further the said “Mukhya Mantri Jansanbad Kendra” has got no jurisdiction to direct the police official to register an FIR and have no power to monitor the same,” he said in an application for quashing of FIR on the ground that the same had been registered at the pressure of the Cell. Karnataka High Court 1) ‘Impossible To Find A Perfect Solution Liked By All Stakeholders’ : Karnataka HC Dismisses PIL Against SOP For Functioning Of Courts [Rajadithya Sadasivan v. High Court of Karnataka & Ors.] A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Nataraj Rangaswamy dismissed a petition filed by an advocate challenging the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the High Court allowing partial functioning of district courts in the state. “As we are dealing with an extraordinary situation, it is impossible to find a perfect solution which will be liked by all stakeholders…We may note here that no one can claim what is devised by SOP is perfect. The reason is the situation is abnormal,” the bench said. 2) Karnataka HC Expunges Controversial Remarks About Woman’s Conduct From Bail Order In Rape Case [Rakesh B. State of Karnataka] Justice Krishna S. Dixit expunged the controversial comments made about the conduct of the woman-complainant while granting bail to the accused in a rape case in an order passed on June 22. The expunging order also clarifies that “It hardly needs to be stated that the observations made by this Court in the subject Judgment being confined to consideration & disposal of the bail petition, shall not influence in any way the investigation of the offences alleged and the likely trial thereof.” Kerala High Court 1) ‘Salaries For Teaching & Non-Teaching Staff Have To Be Paid’ : Kerala HC Dismisses PIL Against Collection Of School Fees During Lockdown [Sreelekshmi S. v. State of Kerala] Holding that even during the lock down period, monthly salaries for the teaching and non-teaching staff have to be paid, the division bench of Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly dismissed a PIL against collection of school fee during lockdown period. 2) [Order XXXII Rule 15 CPC] Persons With Physical Infirmities Seriously Affecting Cognitive Functions Can File Suit Through ‘A Next Friend’: Kerala HC [Mary v. Leelamma] In a suit filed by a deaf and dumb person through her daughter, the bench comprising of Justice SV Bhatti and Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas held that persons having physical infirmities like deafness or dumbness which seriously affect their cognitive functions can file a suit through next friend invoking Order 32 Rule 15 of the Code of Civil Procedure. 3) ‘Even In Calamity, Authorities Must Act With Fairness’ : Kerala HC Stays Move To Turn Apartment Complex Into COVID-19 Treatment Facility [DR. SV Mohammed Haris v. District Collector, Kannur & Ors.] A single bench of Justice Anu Sivaraman stayed an administrative order for taking over an apartment complex in Kannur to turn it into a first-line treatment facility for COVID-19 patients, observing that no reason has been stated why the action had to be taken in “such a hasty manner without any manner of notice being issued to the owners of the apartments”. 4) No Reason To Deny Any Basic Human Right To Transgender Community : Kerala HC Directs To Ensure Supply Of Ration Cards, Free Medicines [Kabeer C. v. State of Kerala & Ors.] On a PIL filed by a transgender person, the bench comprising Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly directed directed the State of Kerala to ensure the free supply of medicines in consonance with the polices of the state government, whenever any member of the transgender community is approaching the concerned statutory authority with the medical prescription of a doctor. Also Read: Why Transgenders Excluded From Recruitment To Post of Police Constables?, Karnataka HC Asks State Govt 5) Kerala HC Dismisses PIL Against Bimonthly Billing System Adopted By Electricity Board [Vinay Kumar MC v. State Of Kerala] Noting that the plea was not a solution to rectify any defects occurred in the bimonthly bills issued, even taking into account the fact that 76 days reading was taken for issuing the bimonthly bill, the bench comprising of the Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly dismissed the PIL challenging bimonthly billing system adopted by the Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEB) with regard to the bills issued to the domestic consumers. 6) Bar Against Grant Of Anticipatory Bail In SC-ST Act Does Not Disentitle Accused From Seeking Regular Bail After He Surrenders/Gets Arrested: Kerala HC [Juli CJ v. State Of Keral] While considering an appeal against rejection of anticipatory bail plea of an accused under the Sc-ST Act, the bench of Justice Narayana Pisharadi observed that the bar against granting anticipatory bail in the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, does not disentitle the accused from seeking regular bail, when he is arrested and produced before the court or when he surrenders or appears before the court. 7) [Refusal To Solemnize Marriage] Writ Petition Is Not Maintainable Against A Church, Holds Kerala HC [Santhoshkumar S. v. Church Of South India] The Bench comprising of the Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly dismissed as non- maintainable, a writ petition filed against a church for its refusal to solemnize marriage. The court held that no public duty or public function is being carried out by a Church by solemnization of marriage between two members of the diocese. Madhya Pradesh High Court 1) Madhya Pradesh HC Directs Installation Of ‘Non-Chinese’ LED TV At A Local District Hospital As Pre-Condition For Bail [Arvind Patel v. State Of Madhya Pradesh] directed two accused to install coloured LED TV at a local District Hospital, manufactured anywhere but in China, as a pre-condition for bail. The peculiar bail condition assumes significance vis-à-vis the recent drift to boycott Chinese goods in the backdrop of India-China stand off at Galwan valley, Ladakh. 2) Suspension Of Insolvency Process : MP HC Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea Against IBC Ordinance [VN Dubey v. Union of India] A bench of Justices S C Sharma and S K Awasthi sought the response of the Central Government to a petition challenging the recent Ordinance, which suspended the initiation of Corporate Insolvency Process with respect to defaults which have occurred after March 25, the declaration of country wide lockdown. 3) Render Physical And Financial Assistance To Govt. Primary School As Shiksha Swayamsewak : Madhya Pradesh HC Imposes Bail Condition In a first, the Gwalior Bench of the High Court passed more than 15 Bail orders directing several accused persons to render physical and financial assistance to Govt. Primary School which is situated nearest to their respective residences. Madras High Court 1) [Jayaraj-Bennix Custodial Deaths] Prima Facie Material For Murder Case Under 302 IPC Against Sathankulam Police : Madras HC Taking note of the ante-mortem injuries found on the bodies of Jayaraj and Bennix, coupled with the averments in the report of the Judicial Magistrate No.1, Kovilpatti, especially the statement of Revathy, Head Constable, Sathankulam Police Station, who spilled the beans on the delinquent police personnel, the division bench of Justice PN Prakash and Justice B. Pugalendhi expressed the view that this “would be prima facie enough to alter the case to one under Section 302 IPC against the Sathankulam policemen who were actively involved in the investigation of the case (against the father-son duo)”. Also Read: Jayaraj-Bennix Custodial Deaths : Madras HC Takes Contempt Proceedings Against 3 Police Officers For Obstructing Inquiry By Magistrate Also Read: ‘Can’t Lose Any More Bennicks & Jayarajs To Violence’: Madras HC Directs State To Continue Police Mental Health Programme 2) ‘First Remand Cannot Be Via Video Linkage’: Madras HC Directs Production Of Accused Before Magistrate, Albeit Non-Jurisdictional, Where Place Of Arrest Is Outside State [Court Suo Motu] The bench of Justices of P. N. Prakash and B. Pugalendhi held that that a person involved in an offence in Tamil Nadu/Puducherry, but arrested in a place outside the region, shall be physically produced before a Judicial/Metropolitan Magistrate in the place of his arrest, though the said Magistrate may not have the jurisdiction. The court made it clear that after such accused is remanded to judicial custody, he may be produced before the Jurisdictional Court in Tamil Nadu/Puducherry for the first time via video-conferencing. 3) Madras HC Directs Private Schools Associations To Frame A Scheme For Payment Of Schools Fees In Installments [Federation of Association of Private Schools Government Office of Revenue v. Disaster Management Dept] In a batch of petitions filed by the Federation of Association of Private Schools, All India Private Educational Institutions Association and the Consortium of Self Financing Professional, single bench of Justice R. Mahadevan directed the associations to formulate a scheme with respect to payment of school fees “in installments”. 4) Failure To Make Interim Pay-Outs To Needy Advocates, Clerks In Pandemic: Madras HC Asks BCI, BCTN & P To Disclose Complete Financials, Grants Received From State [Dr. AE Chelliah v. Bar Council of Thamizh Naadu & Ors.] The Division Bench of Justices M. Sathya Narayanan and Anitha Sumanth directed the BCI and Bar Council of Tamil Nadu & Puducherry to file their audited financial statements for the periods 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, after it failed to make interim pay-outs to needy Advocates. Orissa High Court 1) Girl Trafficking More Heinous Offence Than Drug Trafficking, But Less Stringent: Orissa HC [Panchanan Padhi v. Panchanan Padhi] Justice SK Panigrahi observed that trafficking of girls is an offence more heinous than drug trafficking, but ironically less stringent. “The instant case, in essence, demonstrates a conflict between collective morality of the society and markedly skewed legislations which mismatches the culpability of the participants in question (i.e. service provider, facilitator) and the recipient of the services. Though it involves clandestine and unlawful trafficking of girls but the law makers have missed the opportunity to prescribe a stringent punishment regime, even though the present offence is far more heinous than drug trafficking,” the court said. Punjab & Haryana High Court 1) Show Sensitivity In Blatant Detention Matters: P & H HC Tells Sessions Courts [Mandeep Singh @ Lavi v. State of Haryana] The single bench of Justice GS Sandhawalia asked the lower courts in the two states to be “sensitive” in matters relating freedom of accused involving decision as to bail and/ or remand. The court said that the Sessions Court should be more sensitive to the accused who approach the District Judiciary for their “freedom” and who are “unnecessarily forced” to approach the High Court. 2) All Schools Entitled To Collect Tuition Fee, Regardless Of Whether Online Classes Were Offered During Lockdown : P & H HC [Independent Schools’ Association Chandigarh (Regd) & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.] The single bench of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur held that all schools, irrespective of whether they offered online classes during the lock-down period or not, are entitled to collect the tuition fee. “It is not disputed that even if schools do not provide online education, the schools are still required to meet the expenses, i.e. Full salary of the teachers and non-teaching staff as well as building, electricity expenses etc.. The schools that are not giving online classes are not exempted from paying the salary of its teaching and non-teaching staff”, the bench reasoned. 3) Punjab & Haryana HC Stays Circular Issued By RERA, Punjab Extending Validity Of All Registered Real Estate Projects By Six Months [Vinod Kumar v. Union of India & Ors.] Expressing “surprise” that the RERA had provided blanket extension to all projects, the bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh stayed the operation of a “palpably wrong” circular issued by the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Punjab, extending validity of all registered real estate projects by six months, due to the Covid crisis. 4) Ryan School Murder: P&H HC Denies Bail To Student Accused Of Slitting Throat Of 8-Yr Old [Master Bholu v. State of Haryana & Anr.] The single bench of Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan denied the bail plea of a class XII student, a minor and the prime accused in the 2017 Ryan School Murder case. The court observed that the benefit of bail to a juvenile, under Section 12 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 could not given to the accused, as the Supreme Court had directed to treat him as an “Adult” for the purposes of trial. 5) A Condition For Grant of Bail, Incapable of Compliance, Renders The Bail a Complete Fantasy: P&H HC [Anil Jindal v. State of Haryana] “The condition of bail or the burden imposed on it, ought not to be such so as to defeat the very meaning of bail. Else, might as well decline the bail instead of giving an illusory one,” the bench Justice Arun Monga said in a challenge to the bail condition requiring the Appellant to furnish the details and documents of any immovable property/ properties valuing Rs. 100 crores in lieu of personal bond. 6) [Black Lives Matter] ‘What Colour Is God’s Skin’: P & H HC Remarks Against Use Of Racial Slur Against African Nationals [Amarjit Singh v. State of Punjab] The single bench of Justice Rajiv Narain Raina closed the proceedings in the NDPS case that came into spotlight for use of racial-slur in the charge sheet. “May I ask, what colour is God’s skin,” the court said rhetorically to underline the significance of “mutual respect” and “universal common brotherhood”. 7) Punjab State Police Chief Appointment : P&H HC Asks UPSC To Submit Chart Showing Comparative Merits Of Eligible Officers [State of Punjab v. CAT, Chandigarh & Ors.] In the plea of the Congress government in Punjab and DGP Dinkar Gupta against a Central Administrative Tribunal verdict of January 17 quashing the latter’s appointment as state police chief , the bench of Justices Jaswant Singh and Sant Prakash asked the UPSC to compile a chart showing comparative merit of all officers considered for the post of DGP in Punjab and keep the same ready in a sealed cover for consideration of the court. 8) ‘Exceeded Jurisdiction’: Division Bench Of P & H HC Sets Aside Single Bench Order On Administrative Side Passed During Judicial Hearing [Punjab and Haryana High Court through its Registrar (Computerization) v. Zahur Haider Zaidi & Ors.] The division bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli clarified that if any Judge faces technical problem during hearing of cases via video conferencing, the proper course would be to bring the same to the notice of the Registrar General of the High Court. “Running of the High Court on the administrative side cannot be permitted to be taken up by each and every Judge on the judicial side as he thinks fit as that would lead to collapse of the system of the administration of the High Court,” the court said while setting aside the order of a Single Judge whereby orders pertaining to administrative side of the High Court were passed during hearing of two criminal matters. Rajasthan High Court 1) Application For Interim Bail Can’t Be Used As A ‘Subterfuge’ For Regular Bail: Rajasthan HC [ParasRam Vishnoi v. The Director, CBI] The single bench of Justice Dinesh Mehta rejected the bail application of a 51-year-old murder accused, while observing that there were no compelling reasons requiring his presence to take care of his ailing mother and wife. While rejecting the bail, the court observed, “Application for interim bail cannot be used as a substitute rather a subterfuge for regular bail, particularly when petitioner’s six bail applications have been rejected.” 2) Remarks On Justice S Murlidhar : Rajasthan HC Dismisses Plea To Initiate Contempt Against BJP Spokesperson Prem Shukla [Poonam Chand Bhandari v. Prem Shukla] The division bench of Justices Goverdhan Bardhar and Chandra Kumar Songara dismissed a petition to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against BJP’s National Spokesperson, Prem Shukla, allegedly for insulting Justice S. Murlidhar, then a Judge of the Delhi High Court. The court observed that the impugned remarks were made by Shukla during the course of a debate and were not “deliberately” intended to interfere in the administration of justice. Telangana High Court 1) ‘While Fighting Pandemic, Ignorance Invites Calamity’ : Telangana HC Expresses Dissatisfaction With Govt Publication Of COVID-19 Data [R. Sameer Ahmed v. State of Telangana & Ors.] “Needless to say, while fighting a battle against a pandemic, ignorance is not bliss. In fact, ignorance is an invitation to a calamity”, remarked the bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy on noting that despite the fact that the court had directed the state Government to increase the number of samples being tested on daily basis, the evidence is otherwise. Uttarakhand High Court 1) Uttarakhand HC Restrains Spending Of 110 Cr. On District Planning At State’s Behest, Pending SEC Opinion On Feasibility Of Elections To 13 Competent Authorities [Pradeep Bhatt v. State of Uttarakhand] Division bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and RC Khulbe restrained the State Government, from spending the budget of District Planning, of about Rs. 110 crores, on the complaint that the State Election Commission is not holding elections for constitution of the District Planning Committees. Next Storylast_img read more

2020 Bealtaine Festival cancelled in Donegal

first_img By News Highland – April 29, 2020 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty It is with great regret that Donegal County Council’s  Culture Division announces the cancellation of the 2020 Bealtaine Festival which celebrates arts and creativity as we age. As the situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic is still evolving and keeping in line with government recommendations, we deemed it too risky for all participants, audiences and artists to continue planning the 2020 Bealtaine Festival.  Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ 2020 Bealtaine Festival cancelled in Donegal The 2020 Bealtaine Festival, which celebrates arts and creativity as we age, has been cancelled.In a statement, Donegal County Council’s Cultural Division says it was deemed too risky for all participants, audiences and artists to continue planning the 2020 Bealtaine Festival.The council says it will return in 2021 with renewed energy, and a bigger and brighter Bealtaine Festival.**************Council statement in full -Bealtaine Friends and Family RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Meanwhile stay safe and keep an eye out for updates on other upcoming events you can get involved in over the coming weeks and months on our Facebook page Donegal County Library. Alternatively check out www.bealtaine.ie   for arts and creativity events listingsSee you all in 2021 and remember keep safe, keep distancing.Donegal County Council Culture Division Pinterest We had put together a fantastic programme of Cultural activities which would have taken place all over County Donegal. We would like to thank all our valued artists, performers and partners for their work. We will return in 2021 with renewed energy and good health with a bigger and brighter Bealtaine Festival. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Twitter Previous articleGardai urge people to ensure their vehicles are roadworthyNext articleResearch project to examine Friel’s links with “The Laurels” News Highland Facebook WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+last_img read more

Flowers returns to politics with bid for PSC

first_imgLatest Stories The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Next UpFlowers enjoys telling stories about Alabama’s political figures and especially those who have impacted his political career.“One of my political mentors told me to always ask people to vote for you and I’m here asking all of you to vote for me,” Flowers said, and then, laughingly, addressed Troy City Councilmember DeJerilyn Henderson who is a Democrat and suggested that she “might want to cross over.”Flowers said that as a member of the PSC, he pledges to do two things – keep utility rates affordable and go after quality industries by offering utility rates that will assist industries in being successful. Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author Veteran legislator, political columnist and television personality Steve Flowers of Troy tossed his hat in ring in typical old Southern politics style Wednesday morning at Troy City Hall.Flowers officially announced that he will be a candidate for Place 2 on the Public Service Commission in the June 3 Republican Primary before an audience packed with public officials and other Pike County movers and shakers.True to form, Flowers opened with, “Let me tell you a story” and followed with a story about colorful, two-time Alabama governor, “Big Jim” Folsom.center_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Commissioner Robin Sullivan said he has known Flowers for years.“He is a good historian of Alabama politics and is upstanding in all that he does,” Sullivan said. “I’m proud to have someone from our area running for the PSC. We don’t have a representative and it will be beneficial for us to be represented on the Commission.”Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen said having a Pike County native in a statewide race only benefits the county.“Steve’s involvement in statewide politics will have a positive impact, not only for Alabama but also for Pike County,” Allen said. “I have known Steve for a long time, value his friendship and have enjoyed reading his insightful articles in the newspaper. Steve is a hard worker who will do very well and I wish him the best.”Flowers; weekly political column appears in more than 70 publications and he hosts both a weekly television and radio show. He also teaches Alabama and Southern Politics at Troy University.Flowers was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 at age 30. In that race he received the most votes cast for any candidate in the history of his native Pike County. He was re-elected four times and served 16 years. He left the House undefeated and uncontested. Flowers chose not to seek re-election in 1998.During his legislative career, Flowers maintained one of the most conservative voting records among his peers. He was the sponsor and author of the historic tort reform legislation passed in the 1980s.Flowers earned the reputation as being one of Alabama’s most pro-business legislators. He was honored by the Alabama Farmers’ Federation with their highest honor, the Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award. He was also honored by the National Federation of Independent Business with their highest award.During his tenure in the House, Flowers sustained a perfect attendance record for 16 consecutive years. In 1992, he was voted by his colleagues as the most outstanding member of the Alabama House of Representatives. Book Nook to reopen You Might Like Rotarians learn about Sav-a-Life Jane Ward, executive director of Sav-A-Life in Troy, delivered some surprising, if not shocking, news to the Brundidge Rotarians Wednesday…. read more Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage said serving on the PSC will fit Flowers like a glove.“Steve’s a natural for it,” Ramage said. “Having been in the Legislature and working with industrial development, Steve understands how utilities help small and large businesses and the consumer. The more money that people have after they pay their utilities, the more disposable income they have.”Ramage said some people are “in” politics but Flowers is a student of politics.“He loves politics and he’ll work for us and keep things interesting. I’m glad to see him back in the arena.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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