first_imgBK Group Plc ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about BK Group Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BK Group Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BK Group Plc (  2016 presentation results for the third 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

first_img Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments (1) Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 1, 2015 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Comments are closed. October 1, 2015 at 9:39 pm Bishop Sauls, what a great story. Thank you. Shirley Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Asia, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Tags Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA center_img [Episcopal News Service – Seoul, South Korea] Bishop Stacy Sauls, chief operating officer of The Episcopal Church, spoke Oct. 1 to Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries’ Sept. 30-Oct. 5 international consultation here about the gift of transformation that he was given years ago in Korea.Sauls told the story of his and his wife Ginger’s experience of adopting two Korean children. It has been one, he said, that taught him about seeing the world through Asian eyes and transformed his understanding of what it means to be made a child of God.Sauls spoke after dinner at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Nicholas in downtown Seoul, the main venue for the gathering.Other ENS coverage of the gathering is here.The text of Sauls’ remarks follows.This is Your SonThe Rt. Rev. Stacy F. Sauls Chief Operating OfficerThe Episcopal ChurchMy heart has been unexpectedly full these last 48 hours since landing in Korea. I have not been here for 28 years. The last time I was in Seoul it was to bring a baby boy we had adopted home to his mother and older brother. Korea gave us both our sons, Andrew and Matthew. I find myself a little surprised at how fresh these memories have become in returning to Seoul.On the last day I was in Seoul, I got up early to go to the orphanage to pick up baby Matthew, whom I had been introduced to a few days earlier. More on that later. For now I want to tell you about our trip home, Matthew and I off on our first adventure as father and son.It was a miserably hot and humid day. After completing some packing, I checked out with my two suitcases of baby clothes Ginger had instructed I buy from the vendors in Itaewon. We got on the hotel shuttle and settled in for the trip to the airport. In those days there was a monthly air raid drill in Seoul. That turned out to be the day. So back into the heat and humidity and into the hotel we went. I always found it odd that anyone thought we might have been safer inside the hotel in the event of an actual air raid. We waited for the air raid siren to be silent. Eventually it was.Back into the heat to board the hotel shuttle again, two suitcases and baby in tow. We had lost a lot of time, though. Making the flight was going to be tight. That’s when we ran into the traffic jam on the highway to the airport. It was stop and go all the way. More valuable time lost. Still, as we pulled up to the terminal, we had just enough time to make it I thought.And that would have been true in some contexts. Not in this one. What little Matthew and I found instead was a disorganized mass of humanity pressing up against the Northwest Airlines ticket counter. There was nothing resembling a line. Just hundreds of people pressing forward with no order at all. It seemed to me as something like the last days of Saigon. I waded into the crowd with Matthew strapped into a snuggly baby carrier on my chest, kicking the suitcases forward, first this one and then the other one. Every once in a while, Matthew would slip out of the baby carrier on my chest and I would dive to catch him before he hit the floor, which miraculously he never did. I had not yet figured out that the straps on the baby carrier were supposed to go under his arms. Precious time was ticking away. Still, we got checked in with just enough time to make the flight. Barely.So off the two of us went, freed at least of the suitcases but still with a big bag of baby supplies that might be needed on the long flight to Seattle where we would connect to another flight to Atlanta. Now this was long before the marvel of the technologically advanced airport at Incheon. This was in the days of Kimpo Airport. Moving sidewalks were not even dreamed of. So I ran, baby now more securely strapped to my chest and with the baby diaper bag flapping behind me.Security was yet another nightmare of a mass of humanity. At least there was a line. But still more time lost. Surely the airport was air conditioned, even in those days, but it didn’t much matter to me. I was sweating badly at this point. I kept running to our gate. Matthew and I were the very last people on the airplane.I breathed a sigh of relief. Now it was safe to relax I thought. That’s when the pilot announced that there was a problem. It was so hot in Seoul that day that they could not completely load the plane with fuel. It would be necessary to stop in Anchorage on the way to refuel, which we did.We finally arrived in Seattle, but we arrived after our flight to Atlanta had left. We would have to rebook. So once we got off the plane, Northwest Airlines, in its infinite wisdom, had two agents to rebook an entire 747 full of people with missed connections. More of the last days of Saigon. By this point, Matthew had an upset stomach. I wasn’t about to get out of the line, so I laid out a blanket on the floor and changed Matthew’s diaper. More than once. So as we inched toward the ticket agent, I pulled the blanket with Matthew on it and then changed his diaper. Then I pulled the blanket with Matthew on it and changed his diaper again. On and on. It took hours. Two different flights to Atlanta left while we were stuck in the line. And by the time we finally got ourselves rebooked, the last flight of the night left. We were rebooked on the first flight the next morning. I looked incredulously at the agent when he asked if I would like a hotel room for the night.But that wasn’t the worst part. This was a day before cell phones. While Mattie and I had been in the rebooking line, Ginger had left home for the airport to meet the flight we were supposed to be on expecting to meet her baby boy for the first time. The flight arrived. The first class cabin got off. The coach cabin got off. The flight crew got off. Eventually the cleaning got off. No baby. Ginger asked the gate agent. After a great deal of confusion, he eventually discovered what had happened. Ginger went back home. Only then was I finally able to get her on the telephone and explain what happened.The next morning, though, everything went fine. I arrived home and handed the baby into Ginger’s arms and looked forward to a nap. The good news is that Matthew, who was four months old, was sleeping through the night at that point. The bad news is that it was the Korean night. He slept during the American day. During the American night, he was open for business.Now let me go back to the beginning of the story. I told you I had been introduced to our new baby a couple of days before he and I left. He stayed with his foster mother, whom I also met, until I picked him up. But I’ll also never forget arriving at the orphanage immediately after arriving in Seoul at the beginning of the trip. He was sitting up on a sofa, looking a little bit like a sack of potatoes. I walked into the room, and I will never forget one of the most beautiful sounds I ever heard, the social workers soft voice saying in a beautifully accented voice, “Mr. Sauls, this is your son.”I received three of the most precious gifts of my life from Korea, which is why my heart is so full to be back. One is my son Matthew. The second is my son Andrew. The third, though, is the gift of transformation.There are a lot of things I could say about that transformation. My family was both completed and transformed on that last trip to Seoul. I think about that a lot. But let me explain it to you this way.What transformed me was that I became part of an Asian American family. I began to be able to look at the world through eyes that might not have looked like it but had nevertheless become Asian eyes. Sometimes the view was amusing, like when people assumed by boys, because they are Korean, were good at math. Sometimes the view was not so amusing, like the time we were at Soccer sign ups waiting for their names to be called and the person in charge became impatient when we didn’t respond when another child was called, the other child being named Sammy Chang. Sometimes the view was infuriating like the time when I had trouble enrolling them in our upscale neighborhood’s Cub Scout group because they weren’t white. Sometimes the view was even more infuriating like when they got treated as “honorary” white people because Ginger and I were their parents.Here’s the best way I know to express the transformation. From this time forward, Sauls is an Asian name. When the next census happens and my children fill out their name and race, they’re going to put down “Sauls” and check “Asian.” When the have families of their own, my grandchildren will be listed as Asian or mixed race. One of the gifts I got from Korea was being able to see the world in a way I would never have seen it otherwise.And this is a deeply important spiritual gift, a gift to understand what these words mean. “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.” It is a gift to understand how God loves us, how God loves me, as an adopted child. It is a great gift, an incalculable gift, to imagine angels singing, “Mr. God, this is your son,” and to know how God feels. We are all God’s sons and daughters. We are all each other’s sons and daughters. It is Korea’s gift to me to understand what that means.Thank you.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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first_imgAffinity Print Management has changed its name to Affinity Connected to reflect the extent of its core services of design, print, marketing and fundraising. It follows the incorporation of Richard Evans Affinity Services (REAS), a fundraising and marketing consultancy, into Affinity Print Management, the creative design for print/online solutions and print management specialist.Both companies are owned by Richard Evans, formerly a director at his family business, Centurion Press. Affinity Connected has clients from both the corporate and voluntary sector including Action on Disability and Development (ADD), Capital Shopping Centres, National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), RSPCA, Scouts Association, St John Ambulance and Wimpy UK. Advertisement Howard Lake | 20 September 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving Affinity Print Management renamed Affinity Connectedcenter_img  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Affinity Connected recently won the pitch to create a new brand identity for Spinal Injuries Association Marathon events. SIA is the Flora London Marathon’s charity of the year 2008. The company also has been commissioned to develop a new website for the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA).last_img read more

first_imgMost Powerful Insight Using Research           Winner: Woodland TrustHighly Commended: Oxfam GB Tagged with: Awards data Institute of Fundraising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 Supplier of the YearWinner: Wood for Trees (nominated by Cats Protection)Highly Commended: DTV & JAA Media (nominated by Cats Protection) Most Powerful Use of Insight in Mass FundraisingWinner: The Salvation Army with Marketing MetrixHighly Commended: Parkinson’s UK Advertisement Melanie May | 13 June 2019 | News Team of the YearWinner: British Red CrossHighly Commended: Cancer Research UK  393 total views,  2 views today The Award Winners:Most Powerful Insight Using Data AnalysisWinner: Marie Curie, REaD Group, Natural Data Insight and Caversham AnalyticsHighly Commended: The Salvation Army with Marketing Metrix Best Use of Insight to Improve your Donor ExperienceWinner: Woodland TrustHighly Commended: NDCS About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Best Use of Data and Analysis in Digital FundraisingWinner: Cancer Research UKHighly Commended: Alzheimer’s Research Rising StarWinner: Kirsty Arbuckle of MacMillan Cancer Support Marie Curie, Woodland Trust & Salvation Army among winners of this year’s IoF Insight in Fundraising Awards  394 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 Outstanding ContributionThe Outstanding Contribution Award went to Jim Baggett, formerly Director of Wood for Trees, which he founded in 2007, and prior to that a Director and owner at Occam DM Ltd. The shortlist was also announced for the IoF National Fundraising Awards 2019 – Best Use of Insight. This National Award celebrates and rewards the best examples of data insight in fundraising with the shortlist made up of five award winners from the ‘core discipline’ categories of the Insight in Fundraising Awards.Cancer Research UK Entry: Online Journey AnalysisMarie Curie, REaD Group, Natural Data Insight and Caversham Analytics Entry: The Big SHIFT: Mapping the future of fundraising at Marie Curie Woodland Trust Entry: Supporter Journeys Project Marketing Metrix (with The Salvation Army) Entry: Forensic Analysis Allows The Salvation Army to Improve Mass Fundraising ResultsMacmillan Cancer Support Entry: Corporate Partnerships Brand InsightThe winner will be announced at the Awards, held during the Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention on 1 July. Best Use of Insight in a Small-to-Medium CharityWinner: The Children’s Trust with Wood for TreesHighly Commended: Julia’s House with Wood for Trees Most Powerful Use of Insight in One-to-One FundraisingWinner: Macmillan Cancer SupportHighly Commended: Brooke Hospital for Animals with UpliftingData Marie Curie, Woodland Trust and Salvation Army are among the winners of the 2019 IoF Insight in Fundraising Awards, while Jim Baggett, Founder Director of Wood for Trees has received the Outstanding Achievement Award.The eighth IoF Insight in Fundraising Awards were celebrated at London’s Royal Institute of British Architects last night (12 June) with charities and suppliers recognised for their excellent use of data and insight in fundraising.Other winners included Cancer Research UK, British Red Cross, The Children’s Trust, Wood for Trees, and Marketing Metrix.The awards saw record numbers of entries received in a number of categories with the Most Powerful Insight Using Data Analysis category seeing eight entries shortlisted as a result while Most Powerful Use of Insight in Mass Fundraising had seven.Nick Mason, Chair of the IoF Insight in Fundraising SIG and Founder of UpliftingData commented:“At the heart of all good fundraising is great insight and it was really encouraging to see so many strong entries across all of the categories, giving every indication that the role of insight continues to grow throughout the sector. It seems we’ve been able to lift our heads up from our concentration on the implementation of GDPR, and to start really considering how we can improve our organisations’ fundraising. All categories were hard-fought, and our congratulations go out to everyone who has been shortlisted, highly commended and of course to this year’s winners.”last_img read more

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Linkedin Previous articleAbuse watchdog appointment welcomedNext articleThousands gather to see brilliant battle of the bands Alan Jacques NewsLocal NewsUniversity of Limerick crowned champions at Games Fleadh 2015By Alan Jacques – March 15, 2015 1514 Email TAGSGames Fleadh 2015limerickLIT TipperaryUniversity of Limerick center_img Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print WhatsApp Advertisement Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Dr Liam Noonan of Games Fleadh poses with Robocode Winners University of Limerick team members Patrick Foskin, Oliver Gavin, Johnathon Lloyd and Clem O’Donnell.(Pic by Andrew Shakespeare)A TEAM from University of Limerick were crowned champions at Games Fleadh 2015 which was held in LIT Thurles this week.The team comprising First Year Games Design students Patrick Foskin, Oliver Gavin, Johnathon Lloyd and Clem O’Donnell defeated a team from neighbouring LIT to claim the Robocode Championship.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ireland’s growing status as a location for digital games research and development was further highlighted this week when three of the biggest names in the industry participated in Games Fleadh.LIT Tipperary, whose alumni have worked on some of gaming’s biggest titles including Call of Duty, StarCraft and Guitar Hero, hosted Ireland’s largest gaming event.last_img read more

first_img Rolando Escajeda-Ruiz The Odessa Police Department charged a man Friday after he reportedly pushed his girlfriend and kicked his girlfriend’s 8-year-old daughter in the head.Police responded to the incident around 12:38 a.m. Friday at Arbor Terrace Apartments, 1101 Fitch Ave., an OPD press release said.Upon arrival, police made contact with 29-year-old Rolando Escajeda-Ruiz, the affidavit detailed, who reportedly displayed many signs of intoxication, including an alcoholic odor on his breath, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.Police then made contact with his 27-year-old girlfriend, the report said, who told officers that after an argument upstairs, Escajeda-Ruiz began arguing with one of her children and she pushed Escajeda-Ruiz to leave her child alone. She was then pushed out of the way by Escajeda-Ruiz, the report said.The complainant’s 8-year-old daughter later told OPD Escajeda-Ruiz was walking and kicked her on the back side of her right temple while she was laying down, causing her to cry afterwards, the affidavit stated.Escajeda-Ruiz was charged with injury to a child, a state jail felony, assault and public intoxication, both class C misdemeanors.Jail records show Escajeda-Ruiz was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Friday and has a $15,000 bond. Facebook WhatsApp Man charged with assaulting girlfriend, child Twitter Pinterest By admin – January 19, 2018 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Previous articlePermian Basin rig counts rises, national count fallsNext articleConvicted felon facing more charges after traffic stop admin WhatsApp Local NewsCrimelast_img read more

first_imgNews Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – November 1, 2013 WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twittercenter_img Facebook Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp New report shows importance of Counselling to Donegal people affected by cancer Facebook Previous articleHighland Radio on top again – now with more listeners!!Next articleDonegal rescue teams join search for missing Mayo hill walker News Highland Twitter A new report on the National Counselling Grants Programme reveals that over a third of Donegal cancer patients who availed of the service sought counselling less than one year after a cancer diagnosis. Another 36 per cent of clients required counselling within two years of diagnosis, highlighting the need for emotional support following the completion of treatment.The report, commissioned the Irish Cancer Society shows the Society supported 207 counselling sessions for Donegal cancer patients in 2012.The counselling service, which is available to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis, saw a third of Donegal clients presenting with concerns such as anxiety, fear and stress following the trauma of their illness and 23 per cent who needed help adjusting to life after cancer and learning new coping skills.The effect of cancer is wider than the immediate person diagnosed with 18 per cent of Donegal clients attending as relatives of a cancer patient, usually an adult child of the diagnosed person.Another 7 per cent of the clients who used the counselling service were also bereaved due to cancer, highlighting the need for support the in the months and years after the immediate impact of the illness.Females are also more likely to attend for professional counselling than males with 73 per cent of female Donegal clients attending in 2012 compared to 27 per cent of males.Almost half of those who used the service were between the ages of 41 and 60.Cancer patients and their relatives can find their nearest affiliate support centre providing this service by logging on to or call the Irish Cancer Society Freefone Helpline on 1800 200 700. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

first_imgTop StoriesSignificant Judgments Of Madras High Court In 2020 Akshita Saxena7 Jan 2021 2:17 AMShare This – xConstitutional Rights 1. “Article 21 Includes Right To Have A Decent Burial”: Madras HC Takes Cognizance On Mob Attack Against Burial Of Doctor Died Of COVID-19 In the backdrop of disruption during the burial of a doctor who succumbed to a heart attack after acquiring COVID infection, the High Court expressed concern over the incident and emphasized that the Right to burial…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?LoginConstitutional Rights 1. “Article 21 Includes Right To Have A Decent Burial”: Madras HC Takes Cognizance On Mob Attack Against Burial Of Doctor Died Of COVID-19 In the backdrop of disruption during the burial of a doctor who succumbed to a heart attack after acquiring COVID infection, the High Court expressed concern over the incident and emphasized that the Right to burial is a Fundamental Right, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. “In the considered opinion of the Court the scope and ambit of Article 21 includes, right to have a decent burial. It prima facie appears that as a consequence of above said alleged acts, a person who practiced a noble profession as a doctor and breathed his last, has been deprived of his right, to have a burial, in a cemetery earmarked for that purpose and that apart, on account of law and order and public order problem created, the officials who have performed their duties, appeared have sustained grievous injuries”, observed the Division Bench of Justice M. Sathyanarayanan and Justice M. Nirmal Kumar. It referred to the Kharak Singh case of 1963 whereby the Apex Court had considered the purview of Article 21 and said, “…The inhibition against its deprivation extends to all those limbs and faculties by which life is enjoyed. The provision equally prohibits the mutilation of the body or amputation of an arm or leg or the putting out of an eye or the destruction of any other organ of the body through which the soul communicates with the outer world … Moreover it is every kind of deprivation that is hit by Article 21, whether such deprivation be permanent or temporary…” [Case: Suo Moto v. State of Tamil Nadu] 2. ‘Revealing Identity Of Covid Patients Will Definitely Lead To Social Stigma’: Madras HC A division bench comprising of Justice M. Sathyanarayanan and Justice M. Nirmal Kumar disposed of a petition seeking to reveal the identity of the COVID-19 affected persons while observing that the same may further aggravate the “social stigma” being attached to the victims. The Court in this case was concerned with the privacy and dignity of Covid-patients, protected under Article 21 of the Constitution. [Case: K. Narayanan v. Govt. of Tamil Nadu] 3. ‘Article 47 Of Constitution Is Not An Enforceable Right’: Madras HC Dismisses Plea For Total Prohibition Of Manufacture, Sale & Consumption Of Alcohol While holding that Article 47 of the Constitution apropos state’s responsibility to prohibiting the consumption of intoxicating drinks and of drugs which are injurious to health, is not an “enforceable provision”, the division bench of Dr. Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana dismissed a writ petition seeking absolute ban on manufacture, sale and consumption of alcohol in the state of Tamil Nadu. The Court observed that Article 47 of the Constitution of India is not an enforceable right of the petitioner and therefore, it does not give rise or any cause of action of the petitioner to seek any Mandamus under Article 226 of the Constitution of India. It further said that opening or reopening of the State liquor shops is a matter of State policy, and the Court cannot exercise its jurisdiction. [Case: R. Dhanasekaran v. Got. Of Tamil Nadu & Ors.] 4. Non-Payment Of Subsistence Allowance To An Employee During Suspension Will Be Antithetical To Article 21 While encompassing the payment of subsistence allowance to a suspended employee under Article 21 of the Constitution, the High Court held that its non-payment shall violate the Fundamental Right of such employee. A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and Justice Subramonium Prasad emphasized that subsistence allowance cannot be denied to employee(s) during the tenure of their suspension. “The underlying principle for making payment of subsistence allowance is to allow an individual to sustain himself. In the present context of the suspension of an employee, one has to keep in mind that services of an employee have not been snapped and the employer-employee relationship during suspension continues to subsist,” the Bench observed. It further emphasized, “To “subsist” means to manage to stay alive, especially with limited resources or money. The state of living as such is known as subsistence, which is indicative of the fact that one has enough resources to sustain life with basic minimum needs. This means of existence or continuance with meagre resources of livelihood for a salaried employee is known as a subsistence allowance, which is an advance payment to cover immediate living expenses while being kept away from service. It is, therefore, an income that is sufficient to provide bare necessities and is an adequacy of support that exists as a reality while undergoing a compulsory distress. The idea is to preserve sustenance at the minimum economic level to sustain a minimum standard of living.” [Case: Registrar & Ors. v. M. Elango] Transgender Rights 5. [Transgender Victim Viewing Herself As Woman] Prosecution Rightly Invoked Prohibition Of Harassment Of Women Act Against Accused: Madras High Court A Bench of Justice G. R. Swaminathan observed in a case that the prosecution was right in registering the case under Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act, 2002 against the Accused, as defacto Complainant/Victim (Transgender) named Neka who views herself as a woman. The Court observed that the Supreme Court, in the case of National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India (2014) 5 SCC 483, had held that it is entirely for the transgender person to self-identify her gender and that this self-determination cannot be questioned by others. [Case: M. Srinivasan v. State & Neka] Women Protection Laws 6. No Maternity Benefit For Second Delivery Of Third Child After Twins In First Delivery The Madras High Court held that a woman employee will not be entitled to maternity benefits under the Central Civil Service Rules for the third child in the second delivery after twins in the first delivery. The Rules restricted maternity benefits to those employees with less than two surviving children. The division bench comprising Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Subramonium Prasad said, “We find that a second delivery, which, in the present case, has resulted in a third child, cannot be interpreted so as to add to the mathematical precision that is defined in the Rules.” [Case: Union of India v. Asiya Begum] 7. Solitary Allegation Of Intemperate Language Against Female Employee Not Sexual Harassment The High Court held that solitary allegation of intemperate language against a female employee does not constitute an offence under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act (PoSH), 2013. The division bench comprising Justice M. Sathyanarayanan and Justice R. Hemalatha also opined that the PoSH Act is intended to have an equal standing for women and the same cannot be misused by women to harass someone. [Case: Union of India & Ors. v. X & Ors.] Media Reporting & Free Speech 8. ‘Mere Inaccuracies In Reporting Cannot Justify Initiation Of Prosecution’: Madras HC Quashes Criminal Defamation Proceedings Against ET Journalist & Editor The bench of Justice GR Swaminathan observed that mere inaccuracies in reporting cannot justify initiation of prosecution against a media reporter. The court relied on a US Supreme Court ruling to highlight that “Erroneous statements” were “inevitable in free debate” and it therefore quashed the criminal defamation proceedings instituted against the Journalist Sandhya Ravishankar and her husband, also the Editor and Grievances Redressal Officer of the Economic Times, in connection to an article about illegal beach sand mining of atomic minerals along the southern coastline of Tamil Nadu, published in the 2015 issue of the ET Magazine. “Where the publication is based upon the facts and statements which are not true, unless the official establishes that the publication was made (by the defendant) with reckless disregard for truth. In such a case, it would be enough for the defendant (member of the press or media) to prove he acted after a reasonable verification of the facts; it is not necessary for him to prove that what he has written is true…,” the Court held. [Case: Grievances Redressal Officer, M/s.Economic Times Internet Ltd. & Ors. v. M/s.V.V.Minerals Pvt.Ltd. & Anr.] 9. “In Democracy Fair Criticism of Govt. Functioning is A Catalyst for Better Administration”: Madras HC Quashes Case Against Congress MLA For Allegedly Defaming Then-CM J. Jayalalitha “In democracy a fair criticism of the government functioning is the catalyst for better administration”, observed Dr. Justice G. Jayachandran while dismissing criminal proceedings against Congress MLA, S. Vijayadharani who was accused of defaming the then Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha in a public meeting held on September 27, 2015. Before the High Court, the petitioner contended that the speech made by her is no way near the definition of defamation and it was only the expression of her view about the affairs of the Government and as a member of Legislative Assembly and as political party representative, she has a right of expression guaranteed under the Constitution. The Court concluded that the reading of the speech extracted does not carry any sentence of defamation whatsoever. “In this case, the alleged imputations squarely fall within the second exception in Section 499 of IPC”, it said. It added, “It is not defamation to express in a good faith any opinion whatever respecting the conduct of a public servant in the discharge of his public functions, or respecting his character, so far as his character appears in that conduct, and no further.” [Case: Vijayadharani v. Public Prosecutor] Migrants’ Rights 10. Madras HC Directs State To Provide Ration Supplies To Migrant Workers Regardless Of Ration Cards Considering the plight of migrant labourers who were starving in the absence of food amid the lockdown restrictions, the bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and VM Velumani directed the State Government to provide ration supplies to migrant labourers, after satisfying that they are really migrant labourers, irrespective of whether they have ration cards or not. The Court was informed that the State Government had announced that ration supplies would be provided only to card holders, while there are lakhs of migrant labourers, who are without ration cards and they will be put to unnecessary trouble. It was also brought to the notice of this Court that the Government of West Bengal has announced that even migrant labourers, who are without ration cards would be provided with ration materials. [Case: AP Suryaprakasam v. Superintendent of Police & Ors.] 11. ‘It’s A Pity To See Migrant Labourers Walking’: Madras HC Seeks Action Taken Report From Centre & State On Migrants Relief A bench comprising Justices N Kirubakaran and R Hemalatha issued directions to the Central Government and the Government of Tamil Nadu to submit an action taken report on the measures taken to alleviate the sufferings of migrant workers amid the COVID-19 lockdown situation. “It is a pity to see the migrant labourers walking for days together to reach their native places and in the process, some of them had lost their lives due to accidents. The Government authorities of all the States should have extended their human services to those migrant labourers”, observed the Court. It made a special reference to the Aurangabad train tragedy, where 16 migrant workers were crushed to death by a moving goods train during their journey back to native place. “Even after the sorrow and sufferings of the migrant workers were reported in the media, nothing happened for the past one month as there was no coordinated effort between the States”, the bench lamented [Case: A.P Suryaprakasham v. Superintendent of Police and Anr.] 12. [Migrant Woman Raped] Unfortunate That Ladies Coming To TN For Getting Employment Are Becoming Victims Of Sexual Assault: Madras HC The Bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and P. Velmurugam observed that it is very unfortunate to see that ladies who come to Tamil Nadu crossing hundreds of kilometres from neighbouring States, with a fond hope of getting employment are becoming victims of sexual assault. The Court further directed the Inspector-General of Police (West Zone) to monitor and personally supervise the case with regard to the gang rape of the lady at Palladam and to see that the culprits are appropriately prosecuted. Along with that, the Bench ordered the Government to give appropriate legal assistance as well as compensation to the victim lady under the Victim Compensation Scheme. This remark was made by the Madras HC in connection to an unfortunate case, wherein a 22-year-old migrant labourer was gang-raped at Palladam in Tiruppur district. [Read LiveLaw’s Report] Tablighi Jamat 13. [Tablighi Jamaat] Foreigners Have ‘Suffered Enough’; Have Right To Return To Their Native Country At The Earliest: Madras HC A Bench of Justice G R Swaminathan directed the closure of criminal proceedings against 31 foreign nationals who were facing proceedings under the Foreigners Act for participating in the Tablighi Jamaat meeting in Delhi in March in violation of visa conditions. The Court declared that they have a right to their native country at the earliest, and that their continued incarceration amid the pandemic situation was a violation of right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution. “Merely because the petitioners have contravened the visa conditions, they cannot be seen as criminals. The situation calls for empathy and understanding. The petitioners are yearning “to breath the native air in their own ground,” it said. [Case: Md Kameual Islam & Ors. v. State & Anr.] Bail Jurisprudence 14. Right To Default Bail Under Section 167(2) CrPC Not Affected By SC Order Extending Limitation: Madras HC A single bench of Justice G R Swaminathan held that the general order dated 23.03.2020 passed by the Supreme Court to extend the period of limitation for filing cases in view of the COVID-19 lockdown will not affect the right of an accused to default bail under Section 167(2) of CrPC. The Court held that allowing such an interpretation would defeat the fundamental right to personal liberty of a person under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. It is significant to note here that another Single Bench of the High Court subsequently, in S. Kasi v. State through The Inspector of Police, took a contrary view and said that to hold that the SC order is not applicable to the time period for filing final report amounts to “mocking” the Apex Court. The controversy was finally settled by the Supreme Court in appeal against the latter judgment, where a three-Judge Bench made it clear that its suo moto order extending limitation and the lockdown restrictions of the government will not affect the right of an accused to seek default bail. It held, “The order dated 23.03.2020 cannot be read to mean that it ever intended to extend the period of filing charge sheet by police as contemplated under Section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The Investigating Officer could have submitted/filed the charge sheet before the (Incharge) Magistrate. Therefore, even during the lockdown and as has been done in so many cases the charge-sheet could have been filed/submitted before the Magistrate (Incharge) and the Investigating Officer was not precluded from filing/submitting the charge-sheet even within the stipulated period before the Magistrate (Incharge).” [Case: Settu v. The State] 15. Interim Bail In Habeas Petition Challenging Detention Only In Exceptional Circumstances: Madras HC A division bench comprising of Justices TS Sivagnanam and Pushpa Sathyanarayana observed that interim bail in habeas corpus petitions challenging preventive detention can be granted only in exceptional circumstances, when it is made out that the intervention of the court is indispensable. “…it is amply clear that this Court while dealing with habeas corpus petitions under Article 226 of the Constitution, wherein, the validity of the detention orders are sought to be questioned, has jurisdiction to grant interim bail, but the exercise of the said jurisdiction is inevitably circumscribed by the considerations which are special to such proceedings”, the Court added. The order is significant with respect to a recent finding of the Supreme Court in the Arnab Goswami case that high courts have power to grant bail by invoking article 226 in suitable cases. [Case: Govt of Tamil Nadu v. S. Indramoorthy] Lockdown 16. ”State Has Statutory And Vicarious Liability To Protect Citizens”: Madras HC Dismisses PIL Questioning The Legality Of Lockdown With Rs. 50,000 Cost A Division Bench of Justice R. Subbiah and Justice Krishnan Ramasamy dismissed, with exemplary costs, a PIL contending that there is no provision in the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 or the Disaster Management Act, 2005 to impose a lockdown. “The power to impose the lockdown is very much available under the aforesaid Acts. The lockdown is one of the measures taken up by the respondents to curb and restrict the spread of the pandemic,” the court observed. The bench further emphasised “the State had a statutory as well as vicarious liability to protect its citizens. It is in this direction that the respondents have passed orders imposing lockdown and restricted the movement of the citizens. While so, the question of infringement of fundamental rights will not arise.” [Case: M. Immanvuel v. Government of India & Ors.] 17. ‘Virtual Court Is Boon For Legal Fraternity; Even Moffusil Advocate Can Comfortably Present Case Anywhere’: Madras HC On Objection To Hearing Via VC “This Virtual Court is a boon to the entire Legal Fraternity”, observed the bench of Justice B. Pugalendhi while hearing an advocate’s objection regarding the listing of cases for final hearing via video conferencing. “Fortunately, in Tamil Nadu, we are having good internet connectivity facility in almost all places, including some remote villages”, asserted the Single Judge. The bench proceeded to state that in fact, in the past two months, this Court has also witnessed Counsel representing their cases sitting in Car. Even while travelling in their Car, Counsel are comfortable in placing their cases before the Court. Counsel, who are interested in their cases, even if they are staying in remote places, are reaching out to a place where they are having connectivity and are presenting their case comfortably. “When this system of Virtual Courts are comfortable for admission for the learned Counsel, this Court fails to understand why it is difficult for them to conduct the final hearing cases”, wondered the Single Bench. [Read LiveLaw’s Report] Taxation 18. Madras HC Upholds Sec 234F Of Income Tax Act Prescribing Fees For Delayed Filing Of Returns A division bench comprising Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Subramonium Prasad upheld the constitutionality of Section 234F of the Income Tax Act 1961, which prescribes fees for delayed submission of returns. The validity of this provision, inserted as per the Finance Act 2018, was challenged on the ground that the “fee” for delayed returns is a “penalty” in disguise. According to the petitioners, the charges prescribed in the section are in the nature of “penalty”, and therefore it can be imposed only after a fact-finding procedure. It was also contended that the charges cannot be termed as “fee” as there was no element of ‘quid pro quo’. “Permitting filing of returns after the date is a privilege. The authorities have to correlate the returns of various assessment in order to finalise the refunds and for that it has to deploy personnel. It cannot be said that no services is rendered accepting the returns after the due date”, the bench held. [Case: K Nirail Mathi Azhagan v. Union of India & Anr.] 19. Time Limit For Availing Transitional Input Tax Credit Under GST Mandatory: Madras HC A Division Bench of Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy ruled that the time limit for availing Transitional Input Tax Credit (ITC) is mandatory in nature, not directory. The Court also observed that the ITC is a form of concession not a property, in which right can be vested. The time limit prescribed to avail such a concession under Rule 117 must be followed in a mandatory nature. [Case: M/s PR Mani Electronics v. Union of India] Orders in Criminal Matters 20. ‘Already Undergoing Sentence’ Under Section 427 CrPC Means Physical Detention Pursuant To Execution Of Warrant Of Sentence : Madras HC Justice G R Swaminathan interpreted the word “already undergoing a sentence” under Section 427 of CrPC, with an attempt to balance it with the fundamental right to personal liberty under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. the provision deals with the situations where an offender already undergoing a sentence is sentenced for another offence. The Court held that a person can be said to “already undergoing sentence” only if he is under physical detention in execution of a warrant for sentence under Section 425 CrPC. In the present case, the Court was dealing with a petition filed by a 60-year old man under Section 482 CrPC seeking a direction for concurrent running of sentences in 5 cases. All the sentences were pronounced on the same day, in respect of offences of theft and house breaking committed against five optical shops on the same date. He was sentenced to three years simple imprisonment and to pay a fine of Rs.5,000/- for each of the offences in each case. The Magistrate Court, while delivering the sentence, did not specify if the sentences will run concurrently. This would have meant that the sentences will run consecutively, resulting in a fifteen year term in prison altogether. The issue before the Court was whether the situation will attract Section 427(1) at all and whether “consecutiveness” will automatically kick in. The Court held that “for Section 427 (1) of Cr.Pc to apply, the condition precedent must be that the person convicted and sentenced on the subsequent occasion was already undergoing a sentence of imprisonment in the previous case. If he was not so undergoing a sentence in the previous case, Section 427 (1) will not apply at all.” [Case: Sheik Madhar v. State of Tamil Nadu & Ors.] 21. Appeal Against Acquittal In Cheque Bounce Cases Can Be Filed Only Before High Court U/s 378(4) CrPC: Madras HC Full Bench A full bench of the High Court comprising Justices MM Sundresh, V Bharathidasan and N. Anand Venkatesh held that the appeal against acquittal of the accused in a cheque bounce case can be filed only before the High Court under Section 378(4) of Cr.PC. “As against an order of acquittal passed by a Magistrate on a complaint, an appeal will lie only before the High Court, under Section 378 (4) of Cr.PC. In such cases, the complainant has to seek for Special leave under Section 378 (5) of Cr.PC. The decision rendered in S.Ganapathi case is declared as a judgement per-incuriam, since it has been decided without reference to the binding authority in Damodar S.Prabhu and Subash Chand,” observed the Court. The bench also clarified the impact of this decision on the cases decided by the Courts of Session during the interregnum and gave guidelines for th same. Justice Anand Venkatesh gave a concurring judgment and noted that 13 High Courts have held that a complainant can file an Appeal against acquittal only before the High Court under Section 378 (4) of Cr.PC. Read full report for complete guidelines. [Case: K.Rajalingam Vs. R.Suganthalakshmi] 22. Acceptance Of Corporate Insolvency Resolution Not A Ground To Quash Case Under Sec 138 NI Act In a significant ruling, the Madras High Court held that acceptance of the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Plan under Section 31 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 cannot be a ground for quashing the prosecution initiated under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 against the corporate debtor and its officials. “No clause in the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Plan even if accepted by the adjudicating authority/appellate Tribunal can take away the power and jurisdiction of the criminal court to conduct and dispose of the proceedings before it in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure,” single-Judge bench of Justice GR Swaminathan held. [Case: Ajay Kumar Bishoni v. M/s Rap Engineering] 23. ‘When A Person Can Be Considered As A History Sheeter’: Madras HC Issues Directions “In all the cases where a person has to be treated as an habitual offender, or one addicted to crime, or a known deprecator of law without a case pending against them when the police propose to history-sheet him, he should have been either notified as a habitual offender under the Tamil Nadu Habitual Offenders Act, 1948, or should have been one against whom an Order has been made under Sec.110 Cr.P.C.,” the bench of Justice N. Seshasayee held. The court has issued 10 directions to be followed by the Police personnel, in the matter of history-sheeting, until statutory alternatives for the same are notified. Access Full report to read directions [Case: Thirumagan & Anr. v. Superintendent of Police, Madurai & Ors.] 24. [Offences Under The POCSO Act] Sessions Court Can’t Entertain Anticipatory Bail Pleas; Only Special POCSO Courts Are Empowered To Do So: Madras HC The Bench of Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and V. Bharathidasan ruled that the Special courts, as designated under the provisions of POCSO Act alone are empowered to entertain pre-arrest bail petitions in respect of offences under the POCSO Act; and Sessions Court cannot entertain such applications. The Court was of the opinion that the entire Chapter XXXIII of Cr.P.C., which deals with bail and bonds, are applicable to the proceedings before the Special Court, there cannot be any doubt that Section 438 of Cr.P.C., which deals with Anticipatory Bail, is also applicable to a Special Court. [Case: Reference sought by District Judge, Karur] Civil Orders 25. Madras HC Frames Guidelines For Conducting ‘Jallikattu’ The Division Bench of the Madras High Court, Justices M.Duraiswamy and T.Ravindran framed guidelines for conducting the much debated festival ‘Jallikkattu’. It directed for the formation of two Committees, that shall inter alia ensure that the event is conducted in an orderly manner. Some of the directions include: (i) There should be sufficient space for stationing the bulls and it must be ensured that the bulls are medically examined before taking part in the event; (ii) Sufficient police force must be mobilized to give security to the place of event; (iii) entire event shall be video-graphed and the same shall be produced before the Court’s Registry; (iv) bull run area should be protected by putting up strong double barricade and it should function as a wall to separate the gallery from the area; etc. Access the Full Report to read further directions [Case: KM Thiruppathy v. Govt. of Tamil Nadu & Ors.] 26. Retired Employees Can Form Unions Under Trade Union Act 1926 The Single Bench of Justice S. Vaidyanathan held that even retired employees of an institution have the right to form an association/ trade union under the Trade Unions Act 1926. The court set aside the order of the Deputy Commissioner of Labour who had refused to allow retired employees of the Karur Vysya Bank to form an association to espouse their grievances, relating to pension and other benefits. However, the court clarified that the retired employees would not be permitted to “join hands” with the Association of current employees. It held that the nature of grievances faced by either of the employees is on a different path and both cannot be mingled together for espousing the same to the industry with which they are actually connected. [Case: Karur Vysya Bank Retirees’ Association v. Deputy Commissioner of Labour] 27. Appointment Of Independent Directors In Social Audit Of MGNREGA Must To Eliminate Government Influence Quashing a Government Order and subsequent notification, calling for applications to fill up the post of Director at Social Audit Society of Tamil Nadu (SASTA), the Madras High Court held that social activists and persons experienced with working at grass root level in rural areas towards implementation of social welfare schemes shall be more suited for the post. The Judgment rendered by Justice A Anand Venkatesh held that only an independent Director who cannot be influenced by the Government or any local body and one who has sufficient experience in social audit will be able to do justice to the post. [Case: Sattanathan v. State of Tamil Nadu & Ors.] 28. Section 6 Of MGNREGA Not Unconstitutional The High Court held that Section 6 of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 is not violative of Articles 14 (Equality before Law), 16 (Equality of opportunity in matters of public employment) and 23 (prohibition of traffic in human beings and forced labor) of the Constitution. It was contended that the persons engaged in similar nature of work are getting the minimum wages in other Government Departments and therefore fixing minimum wages under the MGNREG Act 2005 is ultra vires the Constitution of India. The division bench comprising Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Subramonium Prasad held that the purpose of the MGNREG Act, 2005 is to extend a helping hand to the unemployed youth and not to force unwilling labour on any person. “The argument on the strength of Article 14 of the Constitution of India is also not well-founded, as the nature of the claim, the work and the projects that are to be executed have been clearly explained by the respondents to be of a different nature and not a regular workforce engaged for performing any regular work. The two classes, therefore, being different, we do not find this to be a case attracting Article 14 of the Constitution of India,” it added. [Case: R Gandhi v. Union of India] 29. “Law Is An Art & A Science”; Madras HC Allows Unprecedented Compromise Between Pvt Insurer & Claimants In 23 Motor Accident Claim Petitions A Single Bench of Justice N Anand Venkatesh passed an unprecedented “unusual” order allowing private insurer Cholamandalam MS General Insurance to execute transfer of 23 different Motor Accident Claim petitions pending before various tribunals in the State of Tamil Nadu to the High Court under Section 24 of CPC, in order to facilitate a compromise arrived at in consultation with accident victims/families. Referring to the pandemic of Covid-19 at the very outset, Court observed- “These are unusual times. This is an unusual order. It is sheer force of circumstances, which the entire world is witnessing, not just Chennai or India alone, that has impelled and compelled this court to take note and come to the rescue of the litigants and in particular, the innocent motor accidents victims. The peculiar scenario in which the viral Pandemic has placed us in, has necessitated and warranted the exercise of available jurisdiction of this Court, to aid the cause of justice.” [Case: M/s Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Co. Ltd. v. N. Pratibhan & Ors.] 30. Judicial Independence Prerequisite To Rule Of Law; Advocates Throwing Mud On Judges Attacking Institution And Themselves: Madras HC Repeated requests for recusal of the Single Judge advanced on behalf of the accused prompted the High Court to observe “Judicial independence is defined as a pre-requisite to the rule of law and a fundamental guarantee of fair proceedings”. A Single Bench of Justice Pugalendhi proceeded to observe that in discharging the duties, Judges often face several difficulties, but unmindful to the same, they do their duty with due diligence. He said, ‘Advocates throwing mud on the Judge must realise they are attacking the Institution, and themselves’. [Case: Anshul Mishra v. District Collector, Madurai & Ors.] 31. S. 29, HMA Saves Rights Recognised By Custom’: Madras HC Upholds Defence Of Customary Divorce As Valid In Departmental Proceedings For Bigamy The Single Bench of Justice RMT Teekaa held that it is well established by a long chain of authorities that the prevalence of customary divorce in the community to which parties belong, contrary to general law of divorce must be specifically pleaded and established by the person propounding such custom. The Court noted that it is not disputed that as per Hindu Law, divorce was not recognised as a means to put an end to marriage which was always considered to be a sacrament with only exception where it is recognised by custom. After coming into force the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, they can seek to put an end to their marriage by either obtaining a declaration that the marriage between them was a nullity on the grounds specified in Section 11 or to dissolve the marriage between them on any of the grounds mentioned in Section 13 of the Act. While, Section 29 of the Act saves the rights recognized by custom or conferred by special enactment to obtain the dissolution of marriage, whether solemnized before or after commencement of the Act. [Case: Sudalaimani v. The Deputy Inspector General of Police] 32. Madras HC Issues Guidelines For Settlement Of Just Accident Compensation Under MV Act The Bench compromising Justice SM Subramaniam issued detailed guidelines for the settlement of just compensation, so as to minimize false claims and illegal practices in the matter of settlement of accident claims. The Bench noted that the facts in a Claims Petition must be “unambiguous”. It stressed, “Even in case there is a loss of memory or the claimant due to the injury, unable to provide the correct vehicle number, at least the Police Investigation should reveal the accident occurring time and the place specified as in the Claim Petition. If the charge sheet of the Police is not corroborating with the facts stated in the Claim Petition, then the Tribunal ought not to have considered the Claim Petition at all.” Access the Full Report to read further direction. [Case: United India Insurance Company Limited v. Shanmugam & Ors.] 33. Death Due To Electrocution: Madras High Court Applies Strict Liability Principle Against TANGEDCO To Order Compensation The Bench of Justice G R Swaminathan ordered compensation to the parents of a 22 years old boy, who died due to electrocution after stepping on snapped live wire. It also ordered the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO) to pay a compensation of Rs.13,86,000/- to the bereaved family and offer a job of Junior Assistant, on compassionate grounds, to the deceased’s brother. The order is significant inasmuch as the Court has adopted a unique method with respect to payment of compensation in case of death by electrocution and has even ordered compassionate employment in terms of a Supreme Court’s ruling on restoration of status quo ante. [Case: G. Sendhattikalaipandian v. Inspector of Police & Anr.] 34. ‘India Most Depressed Country In The World’: Madras High Court Seeks Response From Central Authorities Over Mental Health Facilities Taking note of the “inadequate treatment facilities” for mental health patients, a Division Bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and B. Pugalendhi called upon the Central health authorities to answer the specific queries raised by the Court on this issue. The Bench was “shocked” that India is the most depressed country in the world and yet, it spent only 20 paisa per month per patient in the year 2018-2019. It noted that even though understanding the mental health problems, the Central Government enacted the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, no sufficient awareness programmes had been conducted to implement the same in spirit. [Case: KR Raja v. State of TN] Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgMicroStockHub/iStock(CHICAGO) — Three people have been charged in connection with the slaying of a pregnant Chicago teenager who had her baby cut from her womb, police said.Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, who was nine months pregnant and the mom of a 3-year-old child, was reported missing three weeks ago, according to Chicago Police Department officials.“We believe that she was murdered and we believe that the baby [was] forcibly removed following that murder,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.The baby boy was recovered after paramedics responded to a home where a woman said she had just given birth on the same day that Ochoa-Lopez went missing. DNA tests later determined the baby to be Ochoa-Lopez’s child. The baby is being treated at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, in grave condition, police said Thursday. Ochoa-Lopez’s family named the baby Yadiel.Ochoa-Lopez, who was initially identified by her mother’s maiden name, Uriostegui, was lured to a home in the Scottsdale neighborhood of Chicago on April 23 by someone offering free infant clothes on Facebook, police and relatives of the victim said.The next day, she was reported missing by her husband, Chicago authorities told reporters at a press conference Thursday afternoon.The case took a turn on May 7 after one of Ochoa-Lopez’s friends told detectives that they saw her active on a chat site on Facebook, and investigators found out that she had been in contact with one of the suspects, Clarisa Figueroa.When police arrived at Clarisa Figueroa’s home, they were met by her daughter, Desiree Figueroa, who told them her mother was at the hospital because there was something wrong with her legs and that her mom had just given birth, authorities said.At that point, authorities had an understanding of what was happening, and they found Ochoa-Lopez’s car not far from Clarisa Figueroa’s home, police said.Later that day, Clarisa Figueroa told detectives that Ochoa-Lopez never went to her home, but admitted that she knew who she was and had met her in the past, authorities said.After investigators recovered DNA from the baby and the baby’s actual father, members of the Illinois state Police crime lab determined that Clarisa Figueroa was not the mother, police said.On Tuesday, investigators executed a search warrant on Clarisa Figueroa’s home, where they found bleach and cleaning supplies. Ochoa-Lopez’s remains were found in a garbage can on the property, according to authorities. Evidence of burned clothes and blood in the hallway and bathroom floor were also found, police said.Four hours after Ochoa-Lopez arrived at the home, Clarisa Figueroa called 911, telling emergency dispatchers that she had just had a baby, police said.Ochoa-Lopez had been considered missing until her body was discovered this week at the same home where she intended to pick up the clothes, according to her relatives and police.Her cause of death was ruled as strangulation, police said. A cable was also found in the garbage can where Ochoa-Lopez’s body was.The Cook County medical examiner identified her body on Wednesday and said an autopsy showed Ochoa-Lopez died from ligature strangulation.Her death was ruled a homicide. Around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning, Desiree Figueroa allegedly confessed to assisting her mother in strangling Ochoa-Lopez, police said.Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said investigators can only assume that the suspects wanted to raise the child as their own.Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and Desiree Figueroa, 24, were both charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery of a child, according to police. Clarisa Figueroa’s boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, 40, was charged with concealing the death of a person and concealing homicidal death. They were arrested and questioned on Thursday. It is unclear if they have obtained attorneys.“We believe all of them played some role in this unspeakable act of violence,” Guglielmi said.Investigators are combing through their Facebook accounts to see if they had attempted to lure anyone else, police said.“Why did these people, why did these bad people do this? She did nothing to them. She was a good person,” Ochoa-Lopez’s husband, Yovani Lopez, told ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago.Police said that on the day Ochoa-Lopez went missing, paramedics responded to a call from a 46-year-old woman claiming she had just given birth. It was to the same house Ochoa-Lopez was headed to for what she thought was free baby clothes, police said.The woman who called 911 told them the newborn was pale, blue and not breathing, authorities said.A DNA test later revealed the newborn was Ochoa-Lopez’s child, relatives told WLS-TV.“It just seems surreal,” said Cecilia Garcia, a spokeswoman for Ochoa-Lopez’s family. “Like you see this stuff on movies.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img Authorities UK MoD Awards New Fleet Maintenance Contracts Share this article June 12, 2014 View post tag: awards View post tag: Naval View post tag: MoD View post tag: europe View post tag: New Six UK companies will benefit from the five year contract that will involve support for 1,450 boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and MoD Police. They are:– Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd, based in Bristol and Devonport;– UK Dock Tyne Slipway & Eng Co Ltd, based in Tyne and Wear;– Berthon Boat Co Ltd, based in Lymington;– MPI Services (UK) (trading as Manor Marine) Ltd, based in Portland;– Marine Specialised Tech Ltd, based in Liverpool; and– BAE Systems Surface Ships, based in Portsmouth.The fleet of boats includes offshore raiding craft, Pontoons up to 50 metres in length, police launches and Pacific 24 Ribs and inflatables.The contracts will provide maintenance, upkeep, repair, chartering, defect rectification, technical support, provision of spares and replacements.Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said: “The award of these contracts by the MoD provides the UK’s marine support industry with a steady volume of work, helping to maintain technical and engineering skills in this sector.“The competition attracted interest from across the marine industry, and is another example of the MoD’s commitment to seek best value for money from the commercial market.”Commercially Supported Shipping Boats Team Leader, Alistair Hughes, from the MoD’s Defence Equipment & Support organisation, said:“Small boats make up a critical component of the UK’s military effect, operating in the UK and globally. Small boats can be seen in all areas of maritime from policing the UK’s Naval Bases to counter-piracy operations off Africa to training new recruits into the Royal Navy.“The award of the contracts follows 18 months of intensive activity between the team and industry to ensure the continued support of the numerous craft that make up the small boat fleet and find the best deal for the Armed Forces.”[mappress]Press Release, June 12, 2014; Image: UK Navycenter_img View post tag: fleet The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded up to £111 million worth of new contracts to maintain its fleet of small boats. View post tag: UK Back to overview,Home naval-today UK MoD Awards New Fleet Maintenance Contracts View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: contracts View post tag: maintenancelast_img read more