SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) 2015 Annual Report

first_imgSIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh)  2015 annual report.Company ProfileSIC Insurance Company Limited is a leading insurance company in Ghana providing non-life products in the motor, marine and aviation, fire and accident sectors. The motor division covers accidental loss of motorbikes and vehicles and third-party accident, fire and theft. The Marine and Aviation division covers airborne cargoes, ships and fishing vessels, ports and harbour installations and aviation insurance covering aircrafts, cargo and passengers. The Fire division covers accidental destruction of properties including household, personal, commercial and industrial buildings and effects. The Accident division’s coverage ranges from personal and family accidents to cash-in-transit, banker’s indemnity and contractor’s all-risk insurance. SIC Insurance Company also offers workmen’s compensation insurance, general bonds and engineering and construction insurance as well as offering investment, asset and fund management advisory services. SIC Insurance Company was founded in 1955 and its head office is in Accra, Ghana. SIC Insurance Company Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

BK Group Plc (BKG.ke) Q12016 Presentation

first_imgBK Group Plc (BKG.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 presentation results for the first quarter.For more information about BK Group Plc (BKG.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BK Group Plc (BKG.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BK Group Plc (BKG.ke)  2016 presentation results for the first quarter.Company ProfileBK Group Plc formerly (Bank of Kigali Limited) is Rwanda’s largest commercial bank by assets and licensed by the country’s banking regulator, National Bank of Rwanda. It offers a full spectrum of products and services for retail banking, corporate banking and central treasury. Bank of Kigali SA commenced operations in 1967; initially as a joint venture between the government of Rwanda and Belgolaise, with each owning 50% of the ordinary share capital. In 2007, the government of Rwanda acquired the Belgolaise shareholding which increased its direct and indirect shareholding in the Bank of Kigali to 100% of the entire Issued Shares. The Bank changed its name to Bank of Kigali Limited in 2011 under a new law relating to companies. Bank of Kigali Limited now has 79 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda with its head office in the capital city, Kigali. BK Group Plc has a primary listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Six Nations: Team of the tournament

first_img TAGS: Highlight Any Six Nations team is bound to be contentious, so with the hide of a rhino, I’ve picked the best team in the tournament. So without further ado, here it is, please let us know who’d be in your side…15. Stuart Hogg (Sco)Stuart Hogg has been mesmerising in this tournament. In a struggling side he has made the most metres (442), tops defenders beaten (18) and is second in carries (63). His cover tackle on Mike Brown and jet-heeled try down the flank against Wales were highlights. Leigh Halfpenny was also outstanding.Fire in the belly: Stuart Hogg has shone in a struggling Scotland team (Pic Inpho)14. Yoann Huget (Fra)Huget played in every minute of the Six Nations and has been one of the few positives for France. At 6ft 3in and nearly 16st he can play the power game, but has touches of panache that mark him out as a gifted back three runner.13. Jonathan Joseph (Eng)An afterthought who only came into the full England squad in the wake of Manu Tuilagi’s injury, Joseph has played on instinct, innate talent and bravery. Four tries and an army of admirers won, he’s already being touted as a potential star of the World Cup.12. Jamie Roberts (Wal)He’s been unfairly bracketed as a route one merchant but you would look no further for your defensive captain. Roberts’ spot tackle on Remi Tales in Paris and Tommy Bowe in Cardiff were game-savers and he powered over for a try against the Azzurri. Robbie Henshaw had an highly-assured opening tournament.Super-strength: Jamie Roberts is the glue in the Wales midfield and a top-class defender (Pic Inpho)11. George North (Wal)Until the final game, North was out of the running for this list; try-less, concussed against England, it appeared nothing was falling for the big North Walian but nine second-half minutes in Rome set him out as the premier strike runner in European rugby. Twenty-two Test tries at just 22 speaks for itself.10. George Ford (Eng)Tender in years, he turned 22 during the tournament, Ford has beaten the more esteemed Johnny Sexton, and flawless Dan Biggar by dint of his ability to create; England scored 18 tries, Ford scoring two of them, and he was an architect in many. Throw in a 75-point tournament haul and a doff of the cap is fully warranted.The kid can play: George Ford racked up 75 points in a fine tournament (Pic Inpho)9. Conor Murray (Ire)One of the most improved players in the Northern Hemisphere in the last 18 months, Murray is an arch exponent of the box-kick – note his delicious dink over the top of the English defence for Robbie Henshaw – and his quick delivery, sound decision making and intuitive understanding with Sexton sees him as one of the pre-eminent No 9s in world rugby.8. Sergio Parisse (Ita)Would Italy miss him again Wales? Not for 40 minutes they didn’t, but then the gladiatorial wheels came off the Azzurri chariot in Rome spectacularly when Parisse’s leadership and brilliance were so badly needed. A thoroughbred surrounded by cart-horses, his elation after the win against Scotland told of a man who loves his country dearly.Superman: Parisse can do just about anything; pass, kick, carry, offload (Pic Inpho)7. Sam Warburton (Wal)It’s the first time in five tournaments he’s played in every game, and Warburton has played with ferocity, finesse and fearlessness. After 24 tackles against Ireland he excelled against Italy, scoring a fine individual effort. A slow starter as he regained fitness, Sean O’Brien was galloping by the time he faced Scotland. 6. Peter O’Mahony (Ire)O’Mahony brings some old-fashioned ‘dog’ to the back row. He is distinctly unpleasant to play against, a nuisance at the breakdown and an underrated ball carrier. Munsterman O’Mahony has an incredible workrate that bears comparison with Richard Hill.5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wal)Alun Wyn Jones has been a model of excellence in this year’s tournament. A ferocious competitor all over the park, a gifted lineout technician and cerebral leader, there is no argument top Jones is one of the premier locks in world rugby.Leader of men: Alun Wyn Jones has been inspiration in this year’s tournament (Pic Inpho)4. Paul O’Connell (Ire)Cut from the same cloth as Jones, O’Connell passed the 100-cap milestone with the same searing intensity he started the first, 13 years ago. Widely thought to be his final Six Nations, O’Connell even dotted down against Italy. How Ireland will miss him.3. Dan Cole (Eng)There were rumours Cole’s place was under threat after his long-term injury and Davey Wilson’s ability in the No 3 shirt, but Cole’s tournament has only affirmed him as one of the most complete tight-heads in the game. Cole puts in tackles, hit rucks and makes turnovers for the full 80. Before injury, Samson Lee was pushing him hard.2. Guilhem Guirado (Fra)Not a position where one individual stood above the rest but for sheer audacity in his delightful cat-flap offload to Maxime Mermoz, Guilhem Guirado deserves the shirt. Toulon’s No 2 possesses a wide skill-set, he rampages around in the loose, has soft hands and hits his jumpers. A priceless commodity.All-round game: Guirado impressed with his offloading ability1. Joe Marler (Eng)Seen to be keeping the shirt warm for the injury-prone Alex Corbisiero, Marler has grown into the England jersey and is now one of Stuart Lancaster’s go-to men. An improving scrummager, he is a whirling-dervish in the loose and a growing leader within the England camp.Replacements bench: After a scintillating final weekend of tournament rugby, it’s time to take stock, douse ourselves down and pick the finest players of the Six Nations LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 16. Scott Baldwin (Wal)Replaced Richard Hibbard and fully justified his inclusion. A rock against Ireland17. Samson Lee (Wal)The fear that dogged Wales for years when Adam Jones was injured has now been replaced by panic for Lee’s injured Achilles18. Cian Healy (Ire)Injured at the start of the tournament but back to his bullocking best against Scotland19. Jonny Gray (Sco)Handed the captaincy for the last half-an-hour against Ireland, Gray is only 21 but being talked up as a future Lion.Don’t stop me know: Sean O’Brien is a power-packed operator (Pic Inpho)20. Sean O’Brien (Ire)Another to start the championship needing game time, O’Brien was unstoppable against Scotland. Indispensible to the green machine21. Rhys Webb (Wal)Webb scored three tries, set up countless others and has had a stellar tournament. Needs watching like a hawk around the ruck22. Dan Biggar (Wal)Growing in influence, Biggar is a fine exponent of the kick and catch, a brave defender and vocal organiser of men23. Jack Nowell (Eng)Able to cover at wing or full-back, Nowell is assured under the high-ball, a sound defender and has a lower error-count A man apart: Paul O’Connell has led Ireland to first back-to-back title since 1949 (Pic Inpho) last_img read more

Biodiversity helps coral reefs thrive – and could be part of…

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name herecenter_img TAGSCoral ReefsThe Conversation Previous articleHabitat for Humanity participating in national Cost of Home campaignNext articleWhat If? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Cody Clements, Georgia Institute of TechnologyCoral reefs are home to so many species that they often are called “the rainforests of the seas.” Today they face a daunting range of threats, including ocean warming and acidification, overfishing and pollution. Worldwide, more than one-third of all coral species are at risk of extinction.I am one of many scientists who are studying corals to find ways of helping them survive and recover. As a recent report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine shows, researchers are exploring many different strategies. Some, such as managed breeding to make corals more tolerant of stresses, are already being developed at small scales. Others, such as moving corals to colonize new areas, have not been tested yet.My own work examines whether greater diversity of coral species on reefs can help corals survive and thrive. In a study published earlier this year, my colleague Mark Hay and I found evidence that the answer is yes. This finding could help to inform broader strategies for making coral reefs more resilient in altered oceans.In nature, more is betterAre ecosystems healthier if they contain many species than if they harbor only a few? This is a central question in ecology. Generally, scientists have found that ecosystems with more diverse foundation species – those that define a system and are inseparable from it, such as trees in a forest – tend to be healthier and function better.Until recently, no one had applied this test to coral reefs. But we do know that healthy coral reefs are diverse, structurally complex ecosystems dominated by corals. In contrast, reefs that have been damaged by stresses such as coral bleaching events tend to become simplified, less diverse landscapes, often dominated by seaweeds.For our study we chose a reef area on the southwestern coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, in the South Pacific. Many reefs along this coast have been heavily degraded by overfishing and other human-related activities, reducing coral cover and allowing seaweeds to dominate.There are hundreds of coral species across the Pacific, but at smaller scales, we found just five species or fewer during preliminary surveys conducted on the degraded reef at our site. Since these conditions mirror what is happening to many reefs worldwide, we saw it as an ideal place to test whether coral diversity matters for the “new normal” that we expect to see on reefs of the future.Coral reefs stressed by overfishing can rapidly become dominated by seaweeds. Some types of seaweed produce chemicals that repel coral and fish larvae, which may prevent degraded reefs from recovering.Underwater gardensOur team created 48 concrete plots on the seafloor of the degraded reef, which served as the bases for experimental coral gardens. We created single-species gardens that each contained one of three coral species – Pocillopora damicornis, commonly known as cauliflower coral; Porites cylindrica, also known as yellow finger coral; and Acropora millepora, one of a number species known as staghorn corals. We also planted mixed gardens containing all three species.We chose these corals because they are common to reefs across the Pacific and are representative of different coral families that have shown varying responses to a variety of harmful disturbances. In all, each garden contained 18 coral individuals, for a total of 864 corals.A Porites cylindrica coral planted in our experimental gardens. Each coral was embedded within an upside-down soda bottle neck using epoxy, which allowed us to easily attach or remove them from the garden plots.Cody Clements, CC BY-NDTo assess each coral’s performance as it grew, we needed to remove them from their plots periodically. So we cut off the tops of hundreds of soda bottles and planted an individual coral in the upside-down neck of each bottle with epoxy putty. We embedded the bottle caps into our concrete slabs so that we could easily unscrew each bottle neck to examine the coral it held, then screw it back into its base. Over 16 months we weighed the corals and tracked other measures of their well-being, including tissue death and colonization of each garden by harmful seaweeds.Experimental coral gardens on a degraded reef in Fiji. Gardens with a mix of coral species performed better than gardens containing only one species.Cody Clements, CC BY-NDWe consistently found that corals grown in mixed-species gardens performed better than those in single-species plots. Within four months, coral growth in the mixed-species gardens was even exceeding the best-performing single-species gardens. This suggests that different species may benefit each other in yet unknown ways, at least during early stages of a coral community’s development.Examples of single- and mixed-species coral gardens through time during our 16-month experiment. At four months, mixed-species gardens were outperforming single-species gardens in multiple ways – growing faster on average than even the best performing single-species gardens (Acropora millepora). By 16 months, growth was comparable between mixed-species and Acropora gardens, but aggregate performance of single-species gardens continued to lag behind their mix-species counterparts.Clements and Hay, 2019, CC BY-NDWhy is more better?The next question is what drove the effects that we observed. We hope to investigate a number of leads in future experiments. For example, farmers commonly observe that planting a diverse mix of crops helps to reduce the spread of infectious diseases among individuals. Could the same be true for coral reefs?Our initial findings offer both concern and hope for the future of coral reefs. If diversity is integral to coral well-being, then continued species loss could dramatically alter these ecosystems in ways that lead to further reef decline. How many parts can be removed from the “ecosystem engine” before it breaks down?That said, many of the strategies in the National Academies report involve using biodiversity – both at the genetic and species level – to enhance coral reef resilience. Examples include cross-breeding corals between populations; altering coral genes to give them new functions, such as higher heat tolerance; and moving stress-tolerant corals or coral genes to new locations.Promising advances in technology, such as mapping coral reefs from the air, may also help researchers assess coral health and determine which species they contain. This baseline information may help better inform management and restoration efforts.Corals are in trouble, but they aren’t down for the count yet. Perhaps harnessing the power of their remaining biodiversity can help give them a fighting chance. Cody Clements, Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of TechnologyThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.last_img read more

Gethin Jenkins charge down, kick ahead, try!

first_imgTuesday Jul 17, 2007 Gethin Jenkins charge down, kick ahead, try! Welsh front rower Gethin Jenkins is fast making a name for himself as one of the best props around. For a man his size he has amazing ball skills and can move quicker than most men who ply their trade in the front of the scrum. Just ask Ireland. ADVERTISEMENTAs Ronan O’Gara went to clear, Jenkins came out of nowhere to charge down the ball, chase it hard, and then dribble it with control that countryman Ryan Giggs would be proud of. Falling on the ball to score a fantastic try, O’Gara stood on his fingers, which prompted the ball throwing.All in good spirits though of course.This must be another contender for one of the best prop tries ever. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueey90% of People Have No Idea What These Two Little Holes Are ForNueeyMen, Try This Tonight – You’ll Never Need the Blue Pill Again!Smart Life ReportsThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Delhi HC Suspends The Order of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks Which Had Directed For Filing of Documents and Fees By June 01 [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Suspends The Order of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks Which Had Directed For Filing of Documents and Fees By June 01 [Read Order] Karan Tripathi23 May 2020 4:28 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has suspended the operation of the May 18 order of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, which had directed litigants and advocates to complete various acts/proceedings, filing of any reply/document, payment of fees, etcetera in the matter of any intellectual property applications/actions by 01.06.2020. Justice Jyoti Singh noted that…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?LoginDelhi High Court has suspended the operation of the May 18 order of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, which had directed litigants and advocates to complete various acts/proceedings, filing of any reply/document, payment of fees, etcetera in the matter of any intellectual property applications/actions by 01.06.2020.  Justice Jyoti Singh noted that the order of the Supreme Court, wherein the limitation period for filing documents was extended, is binding as much binding on the Controller as it is on any other court or tribunal. The disputed order of the CGPDT had stipulated the following: ‘Considering the fact that all the IP offices in India are located in Red Zones (Hotspots), the due dates, with respect to timelines/periods prescribed under the IP Acts and Rules administered by the O/o CGPDTM towards completion of various acts/proceedings, filing of any reply/document, payment of fees, etc. in the matters of any IP applications filed with the offices under the administrative control of O/o CGPDTM, falling due between the above said lockdown period shall be 01 June, 2020.’ Challenging the said order, Senior Advocate Chander M Lall submitted that the said order is contrary to the order passed by the Supreme Court in a suo moto matter titled RE: COGNIZANCE FOR EXTENSION OF LIMITATION, as much as protection against triggering of the period of limitation both under general and special laws. Mr Lall also argued that as per the Controller’s Order, deadlines falling between 15.03.2020 and 17.05.2020 have been extended to 01.06.2020, while timelines from 18.05.2020 and onwards have not been extended. This essentially implies that failure to meet the timelines would result in valuable rights of the stakeholders, being adversely affected. By not extending the timelines expiring on 18.05.2020 and thereafter, Mr Lall contended, has put the Litigants and the Attorneys in a jeopardy by forcing them to move out of their houses and file oppositions/counter statements/evidences etc. at the IP Offices in order to avoid the applications, oppositions, rectifications being abandoned. ‘Even the extension of limitation between 15.03.2020 and 17.05.2020 to an outer timeline of 01.06.2020 is placing enormous burden on the stakeholders, as the window is too narrow’, Mr Lall stated. While taking these arguments into consideration, the court highlighted that no Court, Tribunal or any authority can act contrary to the order of the Supreme Court dated 23.03.2020 as the same has been passed by the apex court while exercising its powers under Articles 141 and 142 of the Constitution. Therefore, while suspending the operation of the Controller’s order, the court directed CGPDTM to file an affidavit within a period of two weeks, in response to the present application. The court observed that: ‘It is not understood what prompted Respondent No.1 to issue the impugned Public Notice in the backdrop of the order dated 23.03.2020 as also order dated 11.05.2020 passed by this Court suspending the operation of its earlier Notice dated 04.05.2020, issued on similar lines.’Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

Louisiana Abortion Law Unconstitutional As It Presents Substantial Obstacles To Women Seeking Abortion: US Supreme Court [Read Judgment]

first_imgForeign/InternationalLouisiana Abortion Law Unconstitutional As It Presents Substantial Obstacles To Women Seeking Abortion: US Supreme Court [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 Jun 2020 5:16 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court of United States has held that a stringent abortion law in Louisiana is unconstitutional as it places substantial obstacles in the path of women seeking an abortion in Louisiana.The majority [5:4] reiterated the observations made in a 2016 judgment [Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt] by the Court that that unnecessary health regulations that have the purpose or effect…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?LoginThe Supreme Court of United States has held that a stringent abortion law in Louisiana is unconstitutional as it places substantial obstacles in the path of women seeking an abortion in Louisiana.The majority [5:4] reiterated the observations made in a 2016 judgment [Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt] by the Court that that unnecessary health regulations that have the purpose or effect of presenting a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion impose an undue burden on the right” and are therefore unconstitutional.The Court was hearing an appeal filed by several abortion clinics and providers to a Louisiana law nearly identical to the Texas law which was struck down four years ago in Whole Woman’s Health. Just like the Texas law, the Louisiana law requires physicians performing abortions to have “active admitting privileges at a hospital . . . located not further than thirty miles from the location at which the abortion is performed.”Authoring the judgment for the majority, Justice Breyer observed that Louisiana’s law poses a “substantial obstacle” to women seeking an abortion; that the law offers no significant health-related benefits; and that the law consequently imposes an “undue burden” on a woman’s constitutional right to choose to have an abortion.The judge said: “This case is similar to, nearly identical with, Whole Woman’s Health. And the law must consequently reach a similar conclusion. Act 620 is unconstitutional.” Concurring with this judgment, the Chief Justice Roberts, who had dissented with majority in Whole Woman’s Health, observed:”I joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided. The question today however is not whether Whole Woman’s Health was right or wrong, but whether to adhere to it in deciding the present case. “The Judge said that the Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, and therefore applying the legal doctrine of stare decisis, Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.Case name: STEPHEN RUSSO, INTERIM SECRETARY, LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS, PETITIONER vs. JUNE MEDICAL SERVICES L. L. C.Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead Judgment Next Storylast_img read more

Bandra Court Orders FIR Against Kangana Ranaut & Sister Rangoli Chandel For Allegedly Promoting Communal Disharmony

first_imgNews UpdatesBandra Court Orders FIR Against Kangana Ranaut & Sister Rangoli Chandel For Allegedly Promoting Communal Disharmony Nitish Kashyap17 Oct 2020 3:24 AMShare This – xA Magistrate court in Bandra has ordered an FIR to be registered against actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel for allegedly trying to create a communal divide in the film industry through their social media.Metropolitan Magistrate Jaydeo Ghule on Friday ordered the FIR to be registered after finding a prima facie case against the actor and her sister. The complaint was filed by…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?LoginA Magistrate court in Bandra has ordered an FIR to be registered against actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel for allegedly trying to create a communal divide in the film industry through their social media.Metropolitan Magistrate Jaydeo Ghule on Friday ordered the FIR to be registered after finding a prima facie case against the actor and her sister. The complaint was filed by one Munnawarali Sayyed, a casting director in the Hindi Film Industry who sought FIR to be registered for offences punishable under Sections 153 A, 295 A, 124 A r/w 34 of IPC. Magistrate Dhule observed-“Perused the complaint, heard the advocate of the complainant along with the documents filed on record. On prima facie perusal of complaint and submission I have found cognizable offence has been committed by the accused. Total allegations are based upon comment on electronic media that is twitter and interviews. The accused used social media like twitter and thorough investigation is necessary by the expert. The all offences alleged and levelled against the accused are cognizable. Search and seizure is necessary in this case, in such circumstances I have found it to be proper to pass order under Section 156(3) of CrPC.”The complaint alleges-“I say that for the last couple of months or so I have been observing that accused no.1 i.e. Ms.Kangana Ranaut is continuously defaming Bollywood film industry and is portraying people working in Bollywood films as a hub of nepotism, favouritism, Drug addicts, communally biased people, murderers etc.through her tweets from her official twitter handle and TV interviews which is creating a very bad image of Bollywood in the minds of people and even creating a communal divide and rift between people of two communities and in the mind of common man.I say that by her tweets the accused no.1 is creating divisions between Hindu Artists and Muslim Artists. I say that the accused no.1 is maliciously bringing religion in almost all her tweets for example lynching of Hindu Sadhus at Palghar, calling the BMC as “BABUR SENA” and claiming that she is the first person to make a movie on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Rani Laxmi bai of Jhansi. I say that she has gone to such an extent that she has also blamed Jamaatis for spreading Corona virus etc. thereby trying to create hatred and communal tensions between Hindus and Muslims deliberately as she is well aware that she is a well known actress and has a big fan base so her tweets will be seen and will reach out to many people.”The complainant has also referred to Kangana’s tweet about trying to make a film about Shivaji and Rani Laxmibai in “Islam dominated industry” and said -“Islam Religion has nothing to do with film business and secondly the accused no.1(Kangana) is trying to create divisions by spreading hate and disharmony in Hindi Film Industry amongst Muslim film artists and Hindu film artists which has not only hurt my personal religious sentiments but also the religious sentiments and feelings of many of my film colleagues. I further state that her said tweet on Islam religion is a big insult and her tweets are communal, malicious, biased and deliberate attempt to create communal disturbance in the society at large by which the common man is getting a wrong impression that Muslim artists are persecuting the Hindu artists which will generate hate against Muslim Artists in the minds of common man. I say that the said tweet of the accused no.1 is dangerous to communal harmony in Hindi Film Industry in particular and the society at large.”Last week, a court in Karnataka had ordered registration of FIR against her over her tweets against farmers protests.  Next Storylast_img read more

Giving Extra Chance For A Few In UPSC Exams Will Have A Cascading Effect On Other Examinations :SC

first_imgTop StoriesGiving Extra Chance For A Few In UPSC Exams Will Have A Cascading Effect On Other Examinations :SC Radhika Roy24 Feb 2021 6:15 AMShare This – x The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a writ petition seeking for an additional chance for Civil Services candidates who had exhausted their last attempt in October 2020 at giving the UPSC examination. The judgement, authored by Justice Ajay Rastogi, notes that the Petitioners had approached the Court for an additional attempt when they failed to achieve their goal of…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?Login The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a writ petition seeking for an additional chance for Civil Services candidates who had exhausted their last attempt in October 2020 at giving the UPSC examination. The judgement, authored by Justice Ajay Rastogi, notes that the Petitioners had approached the Court for an additional attempt when they failed to achieve their goal of qualifying the Civil Services Examination, 2020, which had been held on October 4th, 2020, and were barred from attempting the exam in the future on account of exhausting of available attempts or due to the age bar. FACTS OF THE CASE It has been stated that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UPSC had postponed the preliminary examination, which was to be held on 31st May, 2020, to October 4th, 2020. Objections had been submitted by several candidates and accordingly, UPSC allowed the candidates to submit their revised choice of examination centre and even extend the window for withdrawal of application. “The Court can take judicial notice of the fact that after a second opportunity was afforded to the candidates for withdrawal of the application, only such of the candidates were left who had made up their mind and were mentally prepared to appear in the ensuing preliminary examination which was scheduled to be held on 4th October, 2020”. Pleas had also been filed seeking postponement of the examination and for relaxation in upper age limit as well as an additional attempt. However, the Court did not issue any directions to UPSC, but it did express the possibility of the same being explored by the concerned authorities. Post the examination, the candidates who had failed to qualify the exam approached the Court and the Court took note of the fact that decision pertaining to an additional attempt was still pending before the authority. On 5th February, a decision was taken by the Centre and placed for perusal “in which it was agree in principle to give one time restricted relaxation, limited to CSE 2021 to only those candidates who appeared in Examination 2020 as their last permissible attempt and otherwise are not age-barred from appearing in CSE 2021…”. SUBMISSIONS The Petitioners had submitted before the Court that the “sudden and strict lockdown due to the unprecedented pandemic in March 2020” had disrupted the lives of a common man and had created impediments in the preparation of the aspirants, with many being rendered with no choice but to give the exam despite inadequate preparation, basic facilities and infrastructure. Arguments were made by Senior Advocate Shyam Divan who submitted that the Court had the power as well as the duty to relax the restrictions. Further, especially in the case of last attemptees, there was no choice left for them to leave the exam and take care of their health, but to sit for the exam “despite the lack of opportunity to prepare which is in violation of Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India”. It had also been contended by the Intervenors that the decision to not provide relaxation to age-barred candidates was not a rational decision and no such classification could be made amongst the group of candidate who had appeared for CSE 2020, and that there was a need to take a holistic and lenient view of the situation, and that it would not affect the integrity of the examination. The Respondents, per contra, submitted that the syllabus of the examination has not changed since 2015, and that an examination of this nature is not possible for a candidate to prepare at the last moment. Further, going by the age-limit, a candidate appearing for their last attempt would have adequate experience. It was also to be noted that UPSC had already provided five additional months to prepare for the examination and to compensate for the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that granting an extra attempt would result in hardships being caused to those candidates who are appearing for CSE 2021, resulting in discrimination. These submissions were made by ASG SV Raju who opposed the granting of an extra chance for last attempt candidates in the CSE. WHAT DID THE COURT SAY? The Court observed that the question before them was whether the Petitioners/Intervenors and other similarly placed candidates are entitled to another/additional chance for CSE 2021 on account of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. The Judgement states that while what is prayed by the Petitioners “in the first blush appears to be attractive but it lacks legal strength and foundation for various reasons”. Present Petitioners’ complaint cannot be taken into isolation The Judgement states that the State Commissions/recruiting agencies must have conducted their examinations/recruitment tests for various services and merely because the present Petitioners have made a complaint to the Court, their prayer cannot be taken into isolation and does not give them a legitimate right to claim additional attempt/benefit, which is otherwise not permissible under the scheme of Rules 2020. Further, it has been observed that “…what is being claimed and prayed for under the guise of COVID 19 pandemic is nothing but a lame excuse in taking additional attempt to participate in the Civil Service Examination 2021 to be held in the future…”. “The data furnished to this Court by the Commission clearly indicate that various selections have been held by the Commission for the Central Services…, if this Court shows indulgence to few who had participated in the Examination 2020, it well set down a precedent and also have a cascading effect on examinations in other streams, for which we are dissuaded to exercise plenary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution.” Solely providing relaxation to candidates who are not age-barred is discriminatory The Judgement goes on to record that Rule 4 and Rule 6 of the Rules for Competitive Examination, 2020 prescribe the eligibility with regard to number of attempts and age respectively, with Rule 6 categorically stating that the age-limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed. “So far as the candidates who appear in the general category and have crossed the age of 32 years, no discretion is left with the authority to grant any relaxation in upper age limit prescribed for the candidates appeared in the instant Examination 2020”. When the Centre decided to provide a one-time relaxation to candidates who were not age-barred, it had been opposed by the Petitioners on the ground that excluding those who were age-barred was discriminatory. The Court has found in the submission of the Petitioners and noted that all attemptees, irrespective of the nature of attempts, must have faced the same consequences as a result of the pandemic and consequently, it would be advisable to avoid any concession that is not envisaged by the Rules. “….we are also of the view that it is advisable to avoid this situation and any relaxation which is not permissible either in attempt or age under the scheme of Rules 2020 apart from being in contravention to the rules, it may be discriminatory and it is advisable not to exercise discretion in implementing what is being proposed by the 1st respondent in compliance of the order of this Court dated 30th September, 2020”. No substance in submission of Petitioners that Respondent has exercised discretion in earlier selections The Court observed that there was no substance in the submission of the Petitioners that the Respondent had exercised discretion as a matter of policy in earlier selections and that the Petitioners had a legitimate expectation that the Government would do the same in the instant matter in view of the unprecedented situation. This was rejected “for the reason that the policy decisions which had been taken by the executive on earlier occasions of which a reference has been made always depend on the facts and circumstances at the given point of time and has to be tested independently in the circumstances in which it has been exercised by the competent authority or the 1st respondent as in the instant case”. Judicial review of policy decision and issuing mandamus to frame policy in a particular manner are absolutely different The Court has held that while it is within the realm of the executive to take a policy decision based on the prevailing circumstances for better administration and in meeting out the exigencies but at the same time, it is not within the domain of the Courts to legislate. Therefore, in the given situation, no assistance can be claimed by the Petitioners in seeking mandamus to the Centre to come out with a policy granting relaxation.’Life has to move on in COVID’The court also observed :”..the Covid­19 pandemic has left its footprints for us to learn from the unprecedented situation, which everyone has come across and suddenly changed the lifestyle of every individual in the society, his way of working, from social security to individual human rights, from macro economy to household income and has made us more stronger to face, if any difficult situation arises in future and this is what by experience we learn. There is an old saying “there is good in every evil”. Still life has to move on in all situations, and this is what this country has faced, but resiliently fought back this unprecedented situation and the economy and life of the common man is on the path towards normalcy in a short period of time than expected”In light of the above, the Supreme Court has dismissed the writ petition. Case DetailsTitle : Rachna v Union of IndiaCoram : Justices AM Khanwilkar, Ajay Rastogi and Indira BanerjeeCitation : LL 2021 SC 110Click here to read/download the judgment Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

A5 funding could be cut as a result of NCH overspend

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleConcern at re-alignment of resources in Milford Garda DistrictNext articleSpike in patients attending ED at LUH News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twitter A5 funding could be cut as a result of NCH overspend Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Pinterestcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – February 12, 2019 There are fears that the Irish government’s support for the upgrade of the A5 may be scaled back as the cabinet considers what projects will have to be put on hold to make up for cost over-runs at the National Children’s Hospital.100 million euro has to be found by ministers because construction at the St. James’ site in Dublin is running over budget by so much, half of it from other departments..Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue says there is talk in Leinster House of the A5 being in the firing line, and that’s a matter of grave concern…………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/charlia51pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more