first_img whatsapp The government has unveiled a £250m industry-financed plan to promote good eating under which millions of people will receive vouchers offering discounts on healthy foods. The coalition government is promoting the scheme as part of its Change4Life programme, aimed at combating Britain’s high obesity rate by encouraging people to eat healthier food and exercise more. Millions in England will get £50 worth of vouchers offering discounts on foods such as low-fat yoghurts, wholegrain rice, frozen vegetables, fruit and alcohol-free lager. Share Government unveils health plan Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof KCS-content Monday 3 January 2011 10:22 pmcenter_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical GeniusElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.com Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL last_img read more

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first_img Regions: UK & Ireland The UK Gambling Commission has pledged to make online gaming safer and fairer for consumers after unveiling an updated list of rules for operators. Topics: Legal & compliance Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The UK Gambling Commission has pledged to make online gaming safer and fairer for consumers after unveiling an updated list of rules for operators.Published following an open consultation, the new regulations require operators to verify customers’ age and identity details faster.Licensed operators must now complete all verification checks before a customer can make a deposit, place a bet – either with their own money or bonus funds – or access free-to-play versions of online games.Previously, consumers could make deposits and place bets for up to 72 hours while the operator carried out age verification checks. However, they could not withdraw funds in this period and the operator was required to return any stake funds if the player was found to be underage.In changing this rule, the Commission said it will help guard against the risk of children gambling online.Meanwhile, the Commission has also made a series of changes to the verification process for withdrawing funds. This comes in response to a CMA report last year that identified a level of dissatisfaction among some consumers about having to provide additional identity information when withdrawing money.Under the new rules, remote licensees are required to, as a minimum, verify the name, address and date of birth of a customer before allowing them to gamble. If any additional information is required the operator should request this as soon as possible after the initial verification.Licensed operators should also inform customers – before they can deposit funds – of the types of identity documents or other information that might be required, the circumstances in which this information may be required, and how it should be supplied.In addition, the Commission said operators must take reasonable steps to ensure information on their customers’ identities remains accurate.The regulator said the changes will help operators better prevent harm or detect criminal activity, as they will have more information about their customers, and also help licensees identify players that are trying to gamble while self-excluded.Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur said: “These changes will protect children and the vulnerable from gambling-related harm, and reduce the risk of crime linked to gambling. They will also make gambling fairer by helping consumers collect their winnings without unnecessary delay.’’Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in the UK, also backed the changes, saying they add an extra layer of protection for children and young people who attempt to gamble online.Wright added: “By extending strong age verification rules to free-to-play games we are creating a much safer online environment for children, helping to shut down a possible gateway to gambling-related harm.”The updated rules will come into effect on May 7, whilst the Commission will also launch a consultation on plans to make explicit its expectations about how to interact with a customer who may be experiencing gambling-related harm.The Commission has made a number of announcements in recent months in relation to making gambling fairer safer for consumers in the UK. Earlier this month, the regulator launched an investigation into the use of non-disclosure agreements in operators’ settlements with customers after claiming they could breach licence conditions.This year, the Commission will also launch a new strategy covering 12 priority actions, ranging from consulting a culture of evaluation to piloting intervention.Image: Santeri Viinamäki Gambling Commission publishes new igaming rules Tags: Online Gambling 8th February 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliancelast_img read more

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first_imgLafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng)  2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileLafarge Africa Plc is a cement manufacturing company in Nigeria offering high quality concrete and aggregates for the home building and construction sectors. The company is one of the oldest cement manufacturing companies in Nigeria and is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the largest building and concrete solutions company in the world. It also diversified interests in manufacturing paint, repairing electric motors, transport services and Kraft bag production. Lafarge Africa Plc has plants in Ewekoro and Sagamu in the South West district; Mfamosing in the South-South district; and Ashaka in the North East district of Nigeria. The company has installed cement production capacity of 10.5MTPA and has plans to increase its production capacity. Its product range includes cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete and pulverized fly ash. Cement solutions are marketed under the brand names Elephant, Ashaka, Supaset, PowerMax and Unicem. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke)  2015 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Bank) is a financial services institution in Kenya offering products and services to the commercial sector. The banking group offers a full-service offering for commercial and corporate clients and runs an Agency banking model. Its parent company, KCB Group, was founded as a branch of the National Bank of India in Mombasa. Grindlays Bank merged with the National Bank of India in 1958 to form the National & Grindlays Bank. The government of Kenya bought a 60% stake in National & Grindlays Bank and took full control of it in 1970; renaming it Kenya Commercial Group. It was renamed KCB Bank Kenya after a corporate restructure. KCB Bank Kenya is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the KCB Group. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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New e-mail discussion list for North West fundraisers The UK has just acquired its third e-mail discussion list for fundraisers. The UK has just acquired its third e-mail discussion list for fundraisers. The ICFM North West committee has decided to set up a mailing list for Fundraisers based in the North West and for those wishing to focus specifically on fundraising in the North West of England.Read UK Fundraising’s report. Advertisement Howard Lake | 23 May 1999 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

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first_img Tagged with: Individual giving Unity Lottery, a joint lottery scheme for charities is celebrating its first birthday.The scheme was launched in May 2007 and currently has 25 charities operating Unity Lotteries. These weekly lotteries mean that charities have a share in profits and share admin costs and prize funds. The top prize each week is £25,000.For each £1 raised, 50p goes back to the charity, and 50p goes towards the prize fund and admin costs, meaning there are no big set-up costs for charities, and profits depend on charities’ marketing success.www.unitylottery.co.uk Howard Lake | 29 May 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Unity Lottery celebrates first anniversary  18 total views,  1 views today 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.last_img read more

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first_imgBefore marching in the annual “Celebrate Israel” parade in Manhattan on June 5, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order requiring public agencies controlled by his executive branch to divest from companies and institutions that “participate in boycott, divestment, or sanctions activity targeting Israel.”The order, announced to a beaming crowd of Zionist leaders and business executives at the elite Harvard Club, also requires the commissioner of the Office of General Services to compile and maintain a list of targeted entities.“Cuomo’s action has the ugliest attributes of McCarthyism: identifying organizations that engage in speech we dislike and ‘Let’s blacklist them,’” Baher Azmy, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, told the Associated Press. “This is a well­-orchestrated, well­-funded, organized strategy to disproportionately punish U.S.-based activists. Really ugly.” (AP, June 5)The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, launched by Palestinian organizations in 2005, continues to expand in its tenth year, driving corporate giants like Veolia, Orange, CHR International and G4S from the Israeli market; pushing Israeli enterprises, including SodaStream and Ahava, out of the occupied West Bank; and winning campaign victories.The BDS movement demands that Israel end its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantle the “Apartheid Wall” in the West Bank, extend full equality to its own minority of Palestinian citizens and allow the return of Palestinian refugees ethnically cleansed from their homes.Announcing his broadside, Cuomo peppered his speech with predictable bluster: “If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you. If you divert revenues from Israel, New York will divert revenues from you. If you sanction Israel, New York will sanction you.”But it is not immediately clear who his order, which mentions only public investments in entities that support BDS, might actually affect. None of the companies that have changed their policies following massive campaigns have acknowledged the role of BDS, much less endorsed it.Gilad Erdan, Israeli public security and strategic affairs minister, railed that “BDS was a factor in the decision of security company G4S to sell their operations in Israel.” However, the British-Danish security conglomerate, a contractor with Israeli prisons and occupation forces, demurred, preferring to cite “strategic and commercial grounds” for its decision.The company’s claim has an element of truth. BDS has always sought to impact its commercial targets by impacting negatively on their bottom lines, that is, lowering their profits, rather than through moral appeals. And organizations whose support it has sought and won, like the United Church of Christ and the United Electrical Workers, have no stock to buy or sell.While time will tell, Cuomo’s order reads as if it had been carefully drafted to avoid any practical consequence, including an inevitable legal challenge on constitutional grounds.But political grandstanding or not, Cuomo’s action joins a growing raft of measures by Israel and its allies to repress a global surge of solidarity with Palestinians.French courts have convicted a series of BDS activists on grounds of “discrimination,” with four in the city of Toulouse currently facing charges for distributing flyers encouraging the boycott of Israeli goods.While Cuomo snickered on Sunday that passing legislation can “often be a tedious affair,” nine states, as well as Nassau County, New York, have enacted anti­-BDS bills over the past year. These measures range from rhetorical denunciations of the movement to attempts to impose policies against it like Cuomo’s, with similarly unclear results.Last month, BDS co-­founder Omar Barghouti announced that Israel had refused to renew his travel document, imposing an effective travel ban on him.“Having lost many battles for hearts and minds at the grassroots level, Israel has adopted since 2014 a new strategy to criminalize support for BDS from the top,” Barghouti told the New York Times June 5 after Cuomo’s announcement.And over recent months, the movement’s website, bdsmovement.net, was hit with a series of Distributed Denial of Service attacks that online security firm eQualit.ie described as having “a level of sophistication and commitment not generally seen.”“These latest cyber­attacks against BDS seem to be part of a full-­fledged Israeli war on the movement that includes McCarthyite legal repression, use of intelligence services and yet more funding for ‘brand Israel’ propaganda,” Mahmoud Nawajaa, general coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee, said in a statement on June 2.Catron is a member of Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition and an organizer with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago GSEs Foreclosure Prevention Actions: Q4 2020 Update The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / GSEs Foreclosure Prevention Actions: Q4 2020 Update The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Black Knight Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) Foreclosure Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) 2021-03-29 Eric C. Peck Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago March 29, 2021 1,208 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com. About Author: Eric C. Peck Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: How Rising Mortgage Rates Stand to Impact the Economy Next: Gateway Appoints Nick Hahn as CFO Tagged with: Black Knight Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) Foreclosure Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) According to the latest Foreclosure Prevention and Refinance Report from the Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) for Q4 of 2020, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs) completed 362,912 foreclosure prevention actions in Q4, bringing the total to 5,588,253 since the start of conservatorship in September 2008. Of these actions, 4,886,910 have helped troubled homeowners stay in their homes, including 2,440,966 permanent loan modifications.Initiated forbearance plans dropped to 179,644 in Q4 from 230,714 in Q3. The total number of loans in forbearance plans at the end of the quarter was 804,559, representing approximately 2.8% of the total loans serviced, and 69% of the total delinquent loans.According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey, an estimated 2.5 million homeowners are now in forbearance plans as of March 14, 2021.In Q4, 14% of modifications were modifications with principal forbearance. Modifications with extend-term only accounted for 70% of all loan modifications during Q4. There were 823 completed short sales and deeds-in-lieu during Q4, bringing the total to 701,343 since GSE conservatorship began in September 2008.In Q4, the GSEs completed 362,089 home retention actions, compared to 538,527 in Q3, including 9,347 permanent loan mods; 7,199 repayment plans; 160,262 forbearance plans; 185,112 payment deferrals; and 169 charge-offs-in-lieu, helped delinquent borrowers stay in their homes during Q4.Black Knight recently reported that after eight consecutive months of improvement, the national mortgage delinquency rate rose slightly in February from 5.85% to 6.0%.The GSEs completed 9,347 loan mods in Q4, a decrease of 13% from Q3. Fannie Mae’s permanent loan modifications decreased 13% to 5,757 and Freddie Mac’s decreased 14% to 3,590 during Q4.Foreclosure starts decreased 7.0% to 6,302, while third-party and foreclosure sales increased 8.0% to 1,933 in Q4.The FHFA also reported that total refinance volume fell in Q4, but continued in record breaking territory with mortgage rates having decreased further in December, with the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) falling to 2.68% from 2.77% in November. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), the 30-year FRM is currently averaging 3.17%.As rates rise, are more Americans being shut out of their opportunity to refinance?Increasing rates are “leaving potential homebuyers with less purchasing power. Unfortunately, this has disproportionately affected the low end of the market, where supply is the slimmest,” Khater said. “During the course of the pandemic, ‘home’ has become more important than ever. As a result, strong purchase demand continues—but buyers also outnumber the sellers.”Click here to view the FHFA’s Q4 Foreclosure Prevention and Refinance Report. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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first_img Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Action bridge claims a footbridge at Cockhill would be better than traffic lights The Cockhill Bridge Action Group in Buncrana is calling on Donegal County Council to reconsider a proposal to erect temporary traffic lights at the bridge at a cost of over 80,000 euro.The long term goal is for a replacement bridge, and in the meantime, the council is planning to erect traffic lights while seeking a meeting with the Transport Minister to discuss long term funding.However, the Action Group’s Chairperson Tony Grant told Greg Hughes on today’s Shaun Doherty Show that a pedestrian footbridge would make more sense economically, and also from a road safety point of view…………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/grantbridge.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Facebook Twitter Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleNoamh Conaill’s appeal to be heard tonight in DublinNext articleMcDowell leads in China after day 2 News Highland LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By News Highland – November 7, 2014 Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme last_img read more

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first_imgTop Stories’We Trust That The Chief Justice Of Delhi HC Will Do The Needful’ : SC Disposes Of As Withdrawn Lawyers’ Pleas Against Physical Hearings In Delhi LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 Jan 2021 1:30 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday disposed of as withdrawn two pleas challenging the decision of the Delhi High Court to resume large-scale physical hearings before itself and subordinate courts in Delhi with effect from January 18, without giving a choice to lawyers to appear through the virtual. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde disposed of the petitioners after…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday disposed of as withdrawn two pleas challenging the decision of the Delhi High Court to resume large-scale physical hearings before itself and subordinate courts in Delhi with effect from January 18, without giving a choice to lawyers to appear through the virtual. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde disposed of the petitioners after the submissions of Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal that a meeting was scheduled for today with the Delhi High Court Registrar-General to discuss the issue. COURTROOM EXCHANGE In today’s hearing, Sibal submitted to the Court that the Registrar-General of the High Court had called for a discussion today at 4 PM, and accordingly sought for an adjournment. However, the CJI informed Sibal to withdraw the plea and approach the Delhi High Court instead. “We trust the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court will do the needful”, stated the CJI. The CJI further observed that the Supreme Court also wished to “get back to the action”, however, the opinion of health authorities would be sought for on this matter. “We also want to get back to the action we used to. But we want to ask the health authorities before that. We are not going to take the opinion of advocates on a health thing”, noted the CJI. Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, at this juncture, stated that the common man was not getting justice during virtual hearings. This was promptly refuted by Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta who informed Singh that the Courts had not denied access to single citizen. Accordingly, the Supreme Court disposed of the pleas as withdrawn.Court exchange on January 19″We see the gravity of the problem”, remarked the Chief Justice of India on Tuesday while considering a petition filed by a group of advocates challenging the decision of the Delhi High Court to resume physical hearing in certain courts (Karthik Nayar and others v Hon’ble High Court of Delhi).The CJI also said that the ordinarily the Supreme Court will not interfere with the administrative decisions taken by a Chief Justice of the High Court. Therefore, the CJI initially suggested that the petitioners should go before the Delhi High Court itself challenging the decision.”We see the gravity of the problem. Primarily, we do not interfere with the administrative decisions of the Chief Justices. We will ask you to go back to the High Court and address your grievances there”, CJI SA Bobde said.In response, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal submitted that there was a “clear and present danger” involved as lawyers will be exposing themselves to the COVID-19 pandemic. To take away the option of virtual hearings completely, and to state that no adjournments will be granted in physical hearings was unreasonable in the present circumstances, Sibal submitted.”We understand”, the CJI replied.Sibal urged the Court to pass an order stating that physical hearings are optional. The option of virtual mode should be kept available during the pendency of the decision by the High Court, if the Supreme Court is relegating the parties to the HC, Sibal submitted.At this juncture, the CJI-led bench said that the matter will be considered the next day.. Senior Advocate Anjana Prakash told the bench that a group of women lawyers have filed a petition challenging the resumption of physical hearing and requested the bench to tag the said petition also on January 20.Petition backgroundThe bench considered the petition against the Delhi High Court’s decision to resume large-scale physical hearing before itself and subordinate courts in Delhi with effect from January 18, without giving a choice to lawyers to appear through virtual mode.Advoates Kartik Nayar, Nancy Roy, Sanchit Jolly and Amit Bhagat have challenged the order of the Registrar General of the Delhi High Court dated 14.01.2021 which has instructed the Principal District & Sessions Judges and the Principal Judge, Family Court to start physical hearings on alternate days basis from 18.01.2020. The Court shall hear matters through video conferencing on non physical days.Advocates Amrita Sharma,Saumya Tandon,Padma Priya,Asmita Narula, Shivani Luthra who are practicing women advocates before the High Court of Delhi as well as the District Courts in Delhi have also moved Supreme Court challenging Impugned office order in view of the fact they compel the advocates, court staff, litigants and other persons appearing before the Courts to put at risk their own, as well as their family members’ health in order to earn livelihood.The plea advances that the impugned Public Notification dated 14.01.2021, issued by the High Court of Delhi, is in complete and utter violation of personal as well as fundamental rights of the lawyers and other legal persons appearing before the Courts- “The High Court of Delhi has miserably failed to take into consideration the well-being, life, liberty and health of the lawyers, clerks, court staff, support staff, the judges, and litigants by compelling them to attend the court hearings in person and thereby has wilfully infringed the fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 14, 19 & 21 of the Constitution of India”It is urged that there is still alarming rise in the reported cases of Covid-19 in the national Capital, around 15,000-20,000 new cases are still being reported every-day and in no way the intensity of spread of Covid-19 has declined in any manner whatsoever. In fact, the death toll has been repeatedly increasing as new fatalities are reported every-day.”The High Court, by way of the impugned notification failed to take into account and understand the plight of advocates travelling from outside of Delhi for physical hearings, amidst the ongoing pandemic in public conveyances thereby increasing the chances of catching and transmitting the infection and unnecessary exposure to risk of Covid-19, both inside and outside the Court premises and its ramifications on the entire legal community and general public at large. The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi has failed to take into consideration the new strain, mutant UK variant of Covid-19, which reportedly spreads much faster and therefore increases the number of cases significantly and is much harder to contain in comparison to the ongoing Covid-19. Reportedly, there have been more than 100 cases of the mutant variant of Covid-19 in India, with more than 20 in the national capital itself, therefore having a congregation of people in courts at this point of time would be extremely fatal”, it is urged.The petition states that the High Court of Delhi has failed to take into consideration the present situation caused due to the new strain world-wide and countries like the UK, among many European nations have reinstated nation-wide lockdowns in view of a surge of Covid-19 cases in the past few months inclusive of the new strains. The global coronavirus cases have reportedly already crossed 75 million mark, while the fatalities have surged more than 1.64 million world-wide. India being one of the most populated nation, has already contributed a dangerous amount hereto and if the present situation in India is taken lightly in any manner, the number of cases and fatalities would quadruple overnight causing severe detriment to not only our profession but the entire nation as a whole.”The Court has failed to take into account that the Covid-19 pandemic is still prevalent in full force and there are still many citizens who are at high risks and despite following all the precautionary safety directions, are waiting desperately to get vaccinated in order to resume normal functioning of their respective lives, which includes numerous advocates and litigants, while putting their regular life on hold. Vide this notification the Hon’ble Court has, in complete disregard to the above-said situations, issued such an arbitrary and erroneous order, which not only completely goes against public health and safety but is vehemently bad in law”, it is pressed.It is indicated that approximately there are more than 70,000-80,000 lawyers in the national capital itself, who appear in matters daily, all over the capital territory. The Court has failed to take into consideration that when the matters are being taken up on daily basis and the advocates from all of over the territory appear in person, for their respective matters in addition to the litigants, court staff and other legal/non-legal personnel, the capacity at which the courts and the courtrooms would become occupied and congested is beyond imagination and would in fact lead to increase in the spread of Covid- 19 immeasurably. The directions/SOP issued by the Hon’ble Court, during the initial opening of the courts physically, cannot be applied and adhered to, in the present circumstances as it would be impossible to manage triple the number of people in the court, which would result in extremely high chances of spread of Covid-19 and aggravating the present scenario and inadvertently the courts would become the hotspots of coronavirus.”The Hon’ble Court must introduce a hybrid system wherein the advocates can choose to appear either virtually or in person, in consonance with their and their families’ health and well-being concerns. There are numerous senior advocates and advocates with several co-morbidities practising everyday through the virtual system, prioritising their health. However, the impugned notification forces the advocates to prioritize their profession over their life, health, and well-being. In fact, it is pertinent to note that this Hon’ble Court had taken into account the present situation and in view of the same, was in disagreement with the idea of resuming physical hearings and did not want to be the cause for increase in fatalities due to the spread of the Covid-19″, it is said.It is urged that the concerns of working/single mothers who are working from home, appearing virtually throughout the courts, as even the pre-primary and primary schooling system has shifted to virtual base and therefore compels the advocates, especially single mothers/fathers to accommodate their children and their health and educational concerns, while working professionally. During these unprecedented times, many judges during the ongoing pandemic have accepted and accommodated such advocates by giving them the liberty to appear in allotted timeslots virtually thereby taking their offspring’s educational concerns well into account. The health, well-being and other needs arising out of the ongoing pandemic requires to be delved into and accordingly be catered to and therefore issuing such arbitrary directions to force such susceptible persons to appear in person is in utter violation of their fundamental rights.”The Hon’ble High Court has miserably failed to take into account that it is nearly impossible to follow protocol and the standard SOPs as issued by the Hon’ble High Court, in the subordinate courts wherein the court rooms are too congested and function without having any glass shields/panels to separate the judges and the advocates and/or the advocates of each side from getting infected. It has not been appreciated by the Hon’ble High Court that if the subordinate courts would resume physical hearings at full force, the congregation would result in extremely high fatalities and cases and would potentially jeopardize the lives of many”, it is said.It is stressed that the High Court has failed to appreciate the fact that many High Courts such as that of Rajasthan & Madras have had to quickly shut down the functioning of the Courts after prematurely resuming the physical resumption of the Courts, as it led to a significant number of cases in their respective states thereby making the situation of the country worse. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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