Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke) 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgDiamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke)  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileDiamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited is a financial services and insurance group providing products and services to clients in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi. The company offers a diverse range of products for transactional banking as well as a full service offering for mortgages, asset financing and an insurance premium finance facility. Its treasury services include spot and forward foreign exchange transactions, cross currency swaps and deals, fixed income securities, corporate bonds, fixed income securities, structured treasury products and money market products. Its trade finance services include letters of credit, documentary and clean collections, negotiation of export bills, suppliers credit financing and bank guarantees. Formerly known as Diamond Trust of Kenya, the company changed its name to Diamond Trust Bank Kenya Limited in 1997. Its head office is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Why wait for the next stock market crash when you can buy bargain UK shares today?

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. You need to be brave to buy UK shares in the aftermath of a stock market crash. While you can find bargain FTSE 100 shares everywhere you look, you never know for sure whether share prices will crash again.That said, this applies at any time. Investors never know for sure what shares are going to do next. The stock market might crash. Or it might soar. Nobody knows until it happens. Alternatively, it may go nowhere for a while, as UK shares have largely done for the last four or five months. Again, nobody knows.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…So please, put away that crystal ball. It doesn’t work. It never did. The only thing we know for sure is that the FTSE 100 now trades around 20% lower than before the stock market crash in March.We could get stock market crash part 2This means you can buy UK shares at big discounts, and should be scouring the market for opportunities. There is, of course, a good reason why equities are cheaper. The Covid-19 pandemic is like nothing else in our lifetimes. It has locked down huge chunks of the global economy. Sectors such as travel, hospitality and entertainment have been ravaged. Some major household name stocks may never recover.The pain could intensify in the weeks ahead, especially if the government continues to flap in the face of a resurgence in infections. When furlough ends on 31 October, millions risk losing their jobs and that will further depress the economy. UK shares could feel the knock-on effect. We could get a stock market crash part 2. Or we might not. Nobody knows.Coronavirus isn’t the only threat out there. The US presidential election is bound to deliver more shocks, and may not even give us a clear result on 3 November. Donald Trump has suggested he will challenge any defeat, which could lead to weeks, or months, of legal wrangles and social unrest. That won’t help investor sentiment. And UK shares could suffer.Here’s why I’d buy UK shares todayThen, of course, we have Brexit. If the UK crashes out of the EU in a temper on 31 December, UK shares will probably plummet. Right now, that probably isn’t the way to bet, as we seem to be edging towards some kind of deal. Again, nobody knows. The problem is you cannot hold back from investing until all these problems are resolved. Even if they are, new ones will emerge. The after-shocks of this year’s pandemic will reverberate, long after we finally get a vaccine. At some point, you have to take the plunge and buy UK shares to build wealth for your future. If markets fall further, buy more at the reduced price.The key is to hold for the long term, say, 10, 20, or 30 years. The longer you are invested, the more time you have for your dividends to roll up. So when is the best time to buy UK shares? Whenever you have the money. Why wait for the next stock market crash when you can buy bargain UK shares today? Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Harvey Jones | Wednesday, 7th October, 2020 Image source: Getty Images I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Harvey Joneslast_img read more

Tom’s House / Anna-Marie Chin Architects

first_imgArchDaily Structural Engineer: CopyHouses•Queenstown, New Zealand Area:  156 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Lewis Bradford & Associates Photographs:  David Straight Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/962626/toms-house-anna-marie-chin-architects Clipboard Multiline Construction Save this picture!© David Straight+ 30Curated by Hana Abdel Share Year:  Tom’s House / Anna-Marie Chin Architects New Zealand ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/962626/toms-house-anna-marie-chin-architects Clipboard Photographs Projects Builder: Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Fisher & Paykel, James Hardie, Altherm, Bosca, CHH Ply, CS for Doors, Freeman Group, Kopine Landscape Architect: Architecture:Anna-Marie Chin, Ngaio HartDrafting:Cory Clark, Sam AustinCity:QueenstownCountry:New ZealandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© David StraightRecommended ProductsMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingText description provided by the architects. The client’s brief was for a small, compact and quirky building accentuating views and light, to challenge the design rules of Jack’s Point.  Stage one of two small complimentary staged buildings, one to live in and one to rent. To utilise clever use of space integrating storage in hidden areas, challenging spatial requirements for two bedrooms with small niche spaces that can be converted into sleeping areas or just sitting spaces.Save this picture!© David StraightSave this picture!Plan – Ground floorSave this picture!© David StraightThe built form draws inspiration from the rural shed with a simple colorsteel skin wrapping over walls and roof. The shed form is given a modern abstracted interpretation with the gable running across the diagonal, creating dynamic elevations relating to the dramatic mountain landscape. The asymmetrical ridgeline slopes down to follow the contour of the land and creates variation in internal spatial volumes.Save this picture!© David StraightThe material palette is kept simple, in keeping with the shed aesthetic, using the same dark colour for walls, roof & windows. Recesses in the building envelope for porches & entry are plywood lined to extend the building interior out – reinforcing a strong indoor/outdoor connection. Honey coloured ply creates a warm welcoming glow to the interior, in contrast with the protective building skin.Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!© David StraightThe elongated shape utilises the long narrow site and presents minimum impact to the street and allows for a future second stage alongside. The buildings are angled to internal boundaries to create private outdoor courtyard spaces, whilst providing relief to tight boundary setbacks.Save this picture!© David StraightProject gallerySee allShow lessJ.Lalli “Qinshan” Villa / Peidong ZhuSelected ProjectsKannai Blade Residence / KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTSSelected Projects Share Tom’s House / Anna-Marie Chin ArchitectsSave this projectSaveTom’s House / Anna-Marie Chin Architects “COPY” Architects: Anna-Marie Chin Architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAnna-Marie Chin ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesQueenstownOn FacebookNew ZealandPublished on June 02, 2021Cite: “Tom’s House / Anna-Marie Chin Architects” 01 Jun 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2015 Houses “COPY” LANDlast_img read more

20 volunteer session leader positions available for IFC 2016

first_img Tagged with: International Fundraising Congress Resource Alliance Volunteering Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 20 volunteer session leader positions available for IFC 2016 Howard Lake | 26 May 2016 | News The Resource Alliance is once again offering 20 volunteer session leader places at its annual International Fundraising Congress in Holland in October.Volunteers are required to work closely with speakers, help set up presentation rooms, ensure that evaluation sheets are distributed and collected, and generally help keep sessions running smoothly. Volunteers in past years have commented that the role is intensive, but the ability to be part of IFC and attend sessions is worth the hard work.In return, volunteers receive free accommodation and food, and a significant discount registration fee of £650.The Resource Alliance explains what it is looking for in volunteers. They must:“work in fundraising, come from a country with an emerging philanthropic culture, may be from charities with a small training budget, or fundraisers starting out as consultants. It is most important that we have an international, vibrant and flexible team that knows how to have fun and work hard too!”Applications for these places are now open until 30 June.  106 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  105 total views,  1 views today 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

New fund to help Irish disadvantaged children opens

New fund to help Irish disadvantaged children opens Advertisement  135 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Funding Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 25 April 2018 | News  136 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Service station company Applegreen in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation is offering grants worth €124,000 for work with children in disadvantaged areas.The goal of the Applegreen Blossom Fund is to support projects and programmes  which focus on the health and wellbeing of children. The Fund wants to celebrate and assist projects that promote either positive physical or mental health, healthy eating or other innovative ways of supporting children under this theme.The fund is open to organisations working with children aged 4-12 living in disadvantaged circumstances in the Republic of Ireland. Schools are not eligible to apply. Successful applicants will receive a grant of  €2,000.While grants are open to all organisations who work with disadvantaged children there will be a regional spread of grants supporting projects with a focus on areas where Applegreen has a presence.The selection criteria for applications will be suitability of organisation, purpose of the grant request, impact and effectiveness of the grant, innovativeness, geographical fit, and quality of the application. Special consideration will be given to innovative or new programmes but the Fund is also open to existing programmes with proven impact.The closing date for applications is the 9th May 2018 at 6pm. Online applications can be made on the Fund’s website.The Irish Youth Foundation raised over €1 million in 2016 to support youth projects in Ireland. read more

Break in Mumia case opens road for appeal

first_imgApril 17 — A major hurdle was cleared today for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal to win a new trial and freedom. The office of the Philadelphia District Attorney filed a notice that it was rescinding its appeal against Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker’s decision granting Abu-Jamal new appellate rights.This filing opens the door for Abu-Jamal’s attorneys, Judith Ritter and Sam Spital, with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to proceed with a filing to have previously denied Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) appeals reheard before a new panel of Pennsylvania Supreme Court judges.Tucker issued a historic ruling last Dec. 27 that former State Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille should have recused himself from hearing four of Abu-Jamal’s appeals between 1995 and 2012. Tucker’s decision further clarified, reinforced and confirmed in his Form 1925 document of March 26 what Mumia Abu-Jamal’s attorneys have argued for years — the innocent prisoner did not get a fair hearing before the State Supreme Court and deserves a new hearing.Abu-Jamal’s current appeal, first heard in April 2017, was based on the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Williams v. Pennsylvania that Castille, as the District Attorney who oversaw the William’s case, should have recused himself from ruling on the state appeals.In January 2019, District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office appealed Tucker’s Dec. 27 ruling, claiming it was overly broad and that it would overburden the court system if thousands of defendants used this decision as precedent.In his March 26 filing, Tucker shattered Krasner’s argument, explaining that former DA Castille gave the appearance of bias not only because of his prior role as district attorney but also because of his pro-death penalty statements, ties to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and lobbying for speedy death penalties in capital cases involving the murder of police officers.Just being a district attorney does not disqualify a State Supreme Court justice from hearing a case. The appearance of bias must also be present. Hence, Tucker stated: Mumia’s “appeal has established by a preponderance of the evidence that … there was an unconstitutional potential for bias. [His] claims should be reviewed in the interest of justice.”Multiple constitutional violations to be heardThe constitutional violations that Abu-Jamal’s attorneys will argue, and Krasner as District Attorney will have to defend, include racial bias in jury selection, to such an extent that it produced an inherently biased jury and therefore an unfair trial (based on “the Batson challenge”); ineffective assistance of counsel; witness intimidation and coercion; and more.One significant appeal concerns the blatant bias of Judge Albert Sabo, a lifetime supporter of the FOP. Sabo presided over Abu-Jamal’s 1982 trial and was brought back from retirement to preside over his 1995-96 PCRA hearings. A court stenographer testified she heard Sabo say in a court anteroom about his role in the case, “Yeah, and I’m going to help them fry the n—-r.”Once Abu-Jamal wins just one of these arguments he gains the right to a new trial in which he can present evidence of his innocence, plus expose police and prosecutorial manufacturing of guilt — false hospital confession, phony ballistics evidence, lying witnesses, and suppression of other evidence.Immediately after Tucker’s Dec. 27 ruling closed off the opportunity to introduce new evidence, DA Krasner suddenly announced that his staff had “discovered” additional file boxes pertaining to Abu-Jamal’s case which had been hidden in a remote storage room. Because of public pressure and scrutiny of the case at that time, Abu-Jamal’s attorneys were given access to review those files.Public pressure on KrasnerThousands of petitions were sent to Krasner urging him to drop his appeal. Over a dozen community groups that had supported his run for office in 2017 signed a letter expressing their sense of betrayal when he issued his appeal.Pressure on Krasner’s office to do the right thing gained momentum in early February when Yale Law School students publicly withdrew their invitation to Krasner to deliver a keynote address to their Rebellious Lawyering (Reb/Law) conference. The law students instead invited Mumia to speak at their conference as a keynote speaker. In his remarks, Mumia quoted radical lawyers such as Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela.In Philadelphia, activists confronted Krasner whenever he spoke in public with signs calling on him to take back his appeal.Pam Africa, of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, states in a press release dated April 18: “We demonstrated against Krasner because he wasn’t telling the truth about Tucker’s ruling. Now the judge’s latest document has made his ruling perfectly clear. In fact, we call for Mumia’s release, because of 37 years of police, judicial and prosecutorial misconduct. Such practices permeate the whole injustice system. They are major causes of mass incarceration of Black, Brown and poor people in the U.S.”Abu-Jamal, who turns 65 this month, has been in prison since 1981.Noelle Hanrahan who broadcasts Mumia’s words worldwide through Prison Radio, recently wrote: “While Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner might not feel a sense of urgency, we need to. Mumia Abu-Jamal will be 65 years old in a few weeks. His eyesight has been severely compromised, making it hard for him to read, because he is suffering from as-yet untreated cataracts and serious glaucoma. He is recovering from life-threatening complications of hepatitis C and diabetic shock caused by a reaction to treatment for debilitating skin rash conditions.” (prisonradio.org)Supporters of Abu-Jamal will hold a press conference at noon on April 18 outside Philadelphia City Hall. On April 27, there will be a major protest in Philadelphia starting at Vernon Park in the Germantown area at 11 a.m.An innocent man, and in poor health, Abu-Jamal should be released immediately.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Taking Legislative Action Against Foreclosure Challenges

first_imgSubscribe New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, aiming to reverse the state’s ongoing foreclosure crisis, signed what he called a “bipartisan legislative package” of nine bills into law Monday that are geared toward expanding homeowner protections.Patch.com reported that many of these measures were recommended in a September 2018 report by the Special Committee on Residential Foreclosure, which was created by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.“The foreclosure crisis has hurt our economy and jeopardized economic security of too many New Jersey families,” Murphy said. “Our communities cannot succeed while vacant or foreclosed homes sit empty or while families live in limbo. I am proud to sign these bills into law [Monday] and get New Jersey closer to ending the foreclosure crisis.”Black Knight’s 2018 Mortgage Monitor report had New Jersey’s foreclosure rate at the end of 2018 at 1.77%, trailing only Mississippi (2.36%), Louisiana (2.05%), and West Virginia (1.81%).One new law (A-4997), also known as the “Mortgage Servicers Licensing Act,” requires anyone working as a mortgage servicer to obtain a license from the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance for each main office and each branch office where business is conducted, unless the person is exempt under provisions outlined in the bill.“A major part of the foreclosure crisis has been mortgages that were serviced by individuals who were not properly trained and in many cases, simply operated using unethical practices,” said Vincent Mazzeo of Atlantic County, one of the bill’s co-sponsors. “This new law creates checks and balances of sorts as it pertains to mortgage services.”A mortgage servicer that is exempt from licensure will still be required to maintain records of each residential mortgage loan transaction and produce related records as requested. Upon assigning the servicing rights on a residential mortgage loan, the servicer will be required to make certain disclosures to the mortgagor as per the law.Insider New Jersey stated the Commissioner of Banking is now authorized to investigate and examine mortgage servicers and suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew a servicer license for reasons defined in the bill. Violators can be penalized with a third-degree crime and subjected to civil penalties up to $25,000.The law will take effect in 90 days.“The nine bills signed into law [Monday] are the first of many steps we’ll take to address foreclosure process concerns in the state,” Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin of Middlesex County said. “More efficiency and ensuring fairness in the current system protects the interests of our homeowners, our neighborhoods and communities. These creative solutions to this complex problem will better the lives of thousands of New Jersey residents.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Tagged with: avoiding foreclosure foreclosure rate Lenders and Servicers New Jersey Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Taking Legislative Action Against Foreclosure Challenges Previous: HUD Working Toward Affordable Housing Innovations Next: State Senate Kills Foreclosure Notification Billcenter_img About Author: Mike Albanese April 30, 2019 1,974 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago avoiding foreclosure foreclosure rate Lenders and Servicers New Jersey 2019-04-30 Mike Albanese The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Taking Legislative Action Against Foreclosure Challenges Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Government, Newslast_img read more

All Courts Must Endeavour Towards Creating an Active Environment for Disabled Lawyers: Justice Chandrachud

first_imgTop StoriesAll Courts Must Endeavour Towards Creating an Active Environment for Disabled Lawyers: Justice Chandrachud Mehal Jain4 Dec 2020 6:16 AMShare This – x”All courts must also endeavour towards creating an active environment for disabled lawyers. There must be equal opportunity cells in the Supreme Court and in each High Court in the country…Our benchmarks reflect the outcome”, said Justice DY Chandrachud on Thursday. He was speaking at the Valedictory Session of the 3-day International Summit on Legal Professionals with…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”All courts must also endeavour towards creating an active environment for disabled lawyers. There must be equal opportunity cells in the Supreme Court and in each High Court in the country…Our benchmarks reflect the outcome”, said Justice DY Chandrachud on Thursday. He was speaking at the Valedictory Session of the 3-day International Summit on Legal Professionals with Disabilities, organised virtually.On to the measures to combat the challenges faced by the disabled in the legal profession, he suggested:Firstly, instead of the requirement of printing and scanning of submissions, the default position should be for the lawyers to be able to file PDF documents. Scanning and printing of documents is futile and time-consuming. Also, he recommended the use of digital signatures and that the signature be required to be put only on the last page of the paper books.Secondly, filing of written submissions to be made hundred percent accessible to the blind “i’m happy to say that it is so in my court, in my courtroom. Now the aim is to expand to all kinds of filing and in all courts”, he remarked.Thirdly, for documents which are required to be scanned, he recommended that a very high quality of scan of 300 dots per inch should be used. And stamps and water marks should be placed on pages in such a manner that they don’t hamper smooth access to the documents.Fourthly, he was of the view that the onus of making the filing accessible can’t be placed on the disabled lawyers- “That is much like giving a file in a foreign language to an able-bodied lawyer to translate to English. We need to ensure that instead institutionalised systems embed accessibility”Further, in place of the requirement for disabled lawyers to seek a case by case intervention or instead of having a separate system altogether for them, the judge suggested that the existing filing practises be reconsidered to account for their needs. “I requested Rahul (his law clerk) and another lawyer in Bombay to engage with the National Informatics Centre. They have devised a meeting schedule to meet every Friday to identify the issues they face so that solutions can be come up with in a manner that makes them permanent for the future, not in an ad hoc or backdated manner.Justice Chandrachud opined that the court websites also need to be made more accessible. “The use of digital technology ipso facto will not result in a level being playing field. In fact it may increase disparity even more if it is not designed with accessibility in mind. Sometimes accessing court websites for the disabled can be like swimming with one leg and one arm”, he indicated. It is suggested that websites which use visual captchas to access information was also be accompanied with text-based captchas. The practice of using watermarks on each page of judgements and orders should be done away with. All websites must have Clearly labelled buttons and calendars to select dates”.Online databases need to be made much more accessible and disabled-friendly. “It is no answer for those running these databases to say that they too well-resources to care about the disabled lawyers! And even if they are not bothered, we, as part of the judiciary and the e-courts project are definitely dedicated to supplying these deficiencies”, he added.The court rooms need to be equipped with mics and speakers, besides the furnishings must be such so as to eliminate echo. “The courts must comply with section 21 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 and formulate an equal opportunity policy, besides appointment of Grievance Redressal officers in compliance with section 23 and holding sensitisation sessions on challenges faced by the disabled lawyers and staff members.Justice Chandrachud had opened his talk, enumerating the various steps taken by the E-committee of the Supreme Court in this direction, including launching an online judgement option, which is a disabled-centric and hence, inclusive. “Even though it is free, this does not anyhow dilute its quality”, he said.”The captchas on the website of the Supreme Court of India were initially only visual. Now, after engaging with the IT team in the court, the issue has been resolved and a text-based captcha has also been introduced”, he announced.”Further, this week I will also be writing to all the Chief Justices of the High Courts to identify the issues associated with technology and to take such steps which provide for a more inclusive atmosphere”, he told.He spoke of implementation of the 3% reservation as contemplated in the 2016 Act in every government department and to make sure that an ideal identification process is undertaken by all these departments to this end. Next, he sought to flag a matter which is subjudice before him regarding the charging of GST on mobility devices.”The issue is of confronting the disability of the mind of those who are not disabled. The theme of my presentation today is that while exclusion against the persons with disabilities may not be deliberate, inclusion must always be so”, he articulated.Justice Chandrachud spoke of how the only explicit reference in the Constitution to the needs of the persons with disability is in Article 41- “the State shall within the limits of its economic capacity and development, make effective provision for securing the right to work, to education and to public assistance in cases of unemployment, old age, sickness and disablement, and in other cases of undeserved want”. “The fact that it has been placed in this list shows that the Constitution deems it as a health and welfare issue more than a social problem. The exclusion of disability in Article 15(1) has also attracted criticism. It shows that the Constitution doesn’t give it its legitimate due”, he expressed.Speaking of the six freedoms in Article 19, he explained that for a person with disability to be able to move freely, “we need accessible transport facilities, railway stations with ramps, Braille signage. To be able to enjoy the freedom of trade and profession, we need a level playing field where there are no infrastructural and other barriers and to be able to challenge the stereotypes so that everyone can contribute productively”.”Nature has a unique way of compensating for what it deprives”, he affirmed.
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Madhya Pradesh Ordinance On Religious Conversion Challenged Before High Court

first_imgTop StoriesMadhya Pradesh Ordinance On Religious Conversion Challenged Before High Court Akshita Saxena13 Jan 2021 11:59 PMShare This – xA public interest litigation has been filed before the Madhya Pradesh High Court, challenging the vires of the recently promulgated MP Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2020, prohibiting religious conversion by misrepresentation, undue influence, etc. The plea has been filed by a final year law student, Amratansh Nema, alleging that the provisions contained in the ordinance are…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 public interest litigation has been filed before the Madhya Pradesh High Court, challenging the vires of the recently promulgated MP Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2020, prohibiting religious conversion by misrepresentation, undue influence, etc. The plea has been filed by a final year law student, Amratansh Nema, alleging that the provisions contained in the ordinance are motivated by religious intolerance, are a grave violation of constitutional provisions and a blatant attack on the religious autonomy of individuals of the state. Ordinance promulgated in utmost haste & autocratic manner At the outset, the Petitioner has submitted that the Ordinance is promulgated without following a proper consultative process, which is the violation of ‘Due Process of law’ and is the reflection of abuse of legislative powers. It is alleged that no formal consultation and deliberations were observed by state government before passing the impugned ordinance Infringes Right to Personal Liberty and Autonomy The Petitioner has submitted that Section 10 of the Ordinance, that stipulates a mandatory 60-days’ notice period, is a blatant encroachment & infringement of person’s Right to Personal liberty & Autonomy “Exercising a fundamental right can never be subjected to any approval by or intimation to any authority. The said provision visibly contravenes the fundamental right of personal liberty, privacy & choice and encourages the wrongful intervention of state,” the plea states. He has also pointed out that there is no proviso attached to the said provision to do complete justice in a situation whereby an individual or institution is restrained by a “sufficient cause” in complying with the statutory requirements. “There is no provision with regard to the prescribed time limit within which the District Magistrate has to tender the acknowledgement of receipt of declaration or notice under Section 10 (1) & (2) whatever the case may be. This may result in holding back of acknowledgement and unnecessary harassment of individual,” states the plea. Right to Privacy The Act is also said to impinge upon the Right to Privacy inasmuch as it requires prior approval from the district administration for religious conversion. “Privacy includes at its core the preservation of personal intimacies, the sanctity of family life, marriage, procreation, the home and sexual orientation. Privacy also connotes a right to be left alone. Privacy safeguards individual autonomy and recognises the ability of the individual to control vital aspects of 12 his or her life,” the Petitioner quoted the Supreme Court in KS Puttaswamy v. Union of India (2017 10 SCC 1). Right to Freedom of Choice of Adults Similarly, it is stated, Section 4 of the ordinance that enables family members to file complaint against alleged forceful conversion, gives immense unfettered opportunity to allow the filing of false complaints. “The stated provision gives an unrestricted opportunity to the family members of a person converted to harass him by filing frivolous complaints alleging the contravention of Section 3 in order to secure their illusionary social reputation at the cost of personal liberty of an individual exercising his right of practicing & professing the religion of his own choice,” the Petitioner submitted. Right against Discrimination Inter alia, Section 12 of the impugned ordinance shifts the burden of proof on the person who has exercised his/her right of conversion. Opposing this, the Petitioner has submitted that “Presumption of Innocence” is one of the fundamental principles of criminal jurisprudence which axiomatically enunciates that an accused is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. He submitted, “Burden of Proof can only be reversed in the cases where the charges are based on some foundational facts proved by prosecution. The impugned ordinance clearly violates the settled principles of criminal law jurisprudence and should not be allowed to sustain.” Reliance is placed on Shakti Vahini v. Union of India & Ors., (2018) 7 SCC 192. It is submitted that the right to convert oneself to another religion is manifested in Article 25 of the Constitution and the Ordinance impinge upon this right by imposing unreasonable and discriminatory restrictions and hence are unconstitutional. Background The Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Anandiben Patel promulgated the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2020 on 9th January, 2021. It has repealed the Madhya Pradesh Dharma Swatantrya Adhiniyam, 1968. Every offence committed under the Ordinance has been made cognizable, non-bailable and triable by Court of Sessions. Key Provisions of the same may be read here. Recently, the UP Government also promulgated the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020. A batch of PILs challenging the same are listed for hearing before the Allahabad High Court on January 15. The UP Ordinance, along with the Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018 have also been challenged before the Supreme Court and the matter is likely to be heard next month.Next Storylast_img read more

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first_imgU.S. National Guard, FILE(FORT POLK, La.) — One service member was killed and three others were injured during an Army helicopter accident at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and Fort Polk training area in Louisiana.In a Facebook post, JRTC and Fort Polk said that emergency services immediately responded to the scene and that the accident is under investigation.A spokesperson for Fort Polk told ABC News that the helicopter was a UH-60 Black Hawk medevac unit that crashed just after 12 a.m. en route to pick up another soldier with minor injuries. That individual is OK.The spokesperson described the injuries of the other three crew members on-board as non-life threatening.The helicopter belonged to the Fort Polk based 1-5 Aviation Battalion, the Facebook post said.“Four crew members were on board the helicopter; one is deceased and three were injured,” the post said. “Names will not be released until notification of the next of kin is complete.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more