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PSL 2021 Eliminator 1 PES vs KAR LIVE: best way to watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow Live update Rajasthan Royals’ social impact initiative on women empowerment by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeGrammarlyImprove Your Spelling With This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarlyUndoCapital One ShoppingThis hack can uncover JOANN discounts you don’t know aboutCapital One ShoppingUndocio.comUnlocking the Success of Digital Transformation with Active Intelligencecio.comUndoRajasthan Royals joins hands with LEDS-Labour Education Development Society under British Asian Trust is an organisation that addresses social issues such as gender equality and women empowerment. It is one of the driving forces behind the growth and upliftment of Dalit women. This helps towards empowerment by giving them employment to produce child labour free goods, thereby helping focus on eradicating the issue of child labour at its roots. This in-turn helps organisations like Freedom Fund that work towards rescuing trafficked kids and tie with State governments to look after them and help find their homes.Also Read: IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals launch online coaching communityEmpowered Healthier WomenA state wide ‘Cancer Out’ campaign to popularize early cancer screening was run in the State of Rajasthan with the support of National Cancer Grid, Indian Cancer Society and Indian Dental Association under the able guidance of Tata Trusts and Government of Rajasthan. Over 1 lakh screenings were conducted in a period of seven months. Women in large number came out to get themselves screened for breast and cervical cancer, thereby acting proactive and acknowledging the need of early detection. Empowered Rural WomenTaking inspiration by empowered woman like Amrita Devi who started a war in Khejarli village of Rajasthan to protect sacred Khejri trees, Rajasthan Royals inaugurated a Royal nursery of Khejri and other fruit bearing trees in her honour. The Bishnoi lady who sacrificed her life along with her three daughters to save the trees from being cut helped empower the community and people from village to raise their voices for the cause. Later on the incident became the inspiration for the Chipko Movement. Royals Nursery is a dedication to many woman like her who are putting efforts in the direction of creating a sustainable livelihood for people around. Also Read: IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals signs with Inox as leisure partnerEmpowered SportswomenIn October 2018, Rajasthan Royals launched a one-of-its-kind platform to unearth cricketing talent among young women. The selected 34 girls formed a talent pool known as Royal Sparks who have since then been trained and mentored under the guidance of able coaches of Rajasthan Royals. Moving ahead, Royal Sparks programme will now move to 33 districts of Rajasthan in association with Rajasthan Cricket Association to scout women cricketers and help them hone their skills.Speaking of the Royals social impact initiatives, Ranjit Barthakur, Executive Chairman for Rajasthan Royals said, “Strong women make strong men. Last week we made an attempt to honour one of the most prolific women, Late Amrita Devi, who rose as a symbol of women’s empowerment, leading path for social and economic emancipation of women, along with highlighting the importance of ecological awareness among masses.”“Moving forward we have dedicated ourselves to work towards initiatives that help empowered women of Rajasthan to further amplify their cause and bring a change in the society. We will soon be introducing a district wide scouting programme for girl cricket enthusiasts and help them develop their skills with right mentorship. This is an attempt to work towards discovering potential and championing dreams of empowered women through our newly-established Royal Rajasthan Foundation.”While the two teams battled it out at the Sawai Man Singh stadium to secure a win, one could agree that the true winners of the evening were all the women of Rajasthan who were invited and celebrated in great splendour.Also Read: IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals’ schedule, tickets, squad, coach: All you need to knowIPL 2019 : Rajasthan Royals launches academy in UK Cricket Cricket WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: South Africa lose early wickets; SA 50/3 (16.4 ov)- Follow Live Updates RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WTC Final Day 3 Stumps: India remove Conway and Latham but Kiwis on top; NZ 101/2 (49 ovs) trail by 116 runs Football Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri’s brace keep Switzerland hopes alive; Turkey face exit from Euros Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video PSL 2021 Qualifier 1 ISL vs MUL LIVE: best way to watch Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow… Cricket Rajasthan Royals have joined hands with Labour Education Development Society (LEDS) under the British Asian Trust for women empowerment. 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“COPY” Photographs: Courtesy of Ngoc Luong LeInterviewer And Writer:Tung Ngoc Son NguyenCity:HanoiMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Ngoc Luong LeRecommended ProductsLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsCeramicsApavisaTiles – JewelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEALouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsText description provided by the architects. Human these days is living in a world where the globalization is rapidly developing in extremely diverse and complicated aspects, driving the earth to go far away from its original balance. The earth, in terms of sustainability, primarily has an ecology and biodiversity in which everything is organically connected to everything and all living things share key characteristics. All known organisms share certain general properties, and to a large degree these properties define what we mean by life.The lesson of ecology is that nature’s form is a direct response to capturing the flow of energies and materials that reside within that bioregion. The huge diversity in natural forms teaches us that there are many ways, many forms, to capture and use available energy. The form itself, made up of biological processes, maximizes the use and storage of energy and materials for its needs and functions within its ecological and energy location.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ngoc Luong LeThe ecological model is powered by energy and resources resident to the site and bioregion. Ecology is place-based, connecting form and biological function as a system. When this kind of systems thinking is applied to architectural design, it suggests that the design acts as the collector and concentrator of those resident energies and resources. The connection, collection, and concentration of these energies can provide comfort, value, and delight. Sustainable design accomplishes the most with the least energy consumption and in a connected and comprehensive manner.All organisms modify their environment, and humans are no exception. As the human population has grown and the power of technology has expanded, the scope and nature of this modification has changed drastically. Many ecosystems are dominated directly by humanity, and no ecosystem on Earth’s surface is free of pervasive human influence. Our activities are causing rapid, novel, and substantial changes to Earth’s ecosystems. By these and other standards, it is clear that we live on a human-dominated planet.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ngoc Luong LeThe global consequences of human activity are not something to face in the future, they are with us now. All of these changes are ongoing, and in many cases accelerating; many of them were entrained long before their importance was recognized. The rates, scales, kinds, and combinations of changes occurring now are fundamentally different from those at any other time in history; we are changing Earth more rapidly than we are understanding it. Humanity’s dominance of Earth means that we cannot escape responsibility for managing the planet.In terms of sustainable architecture design, architects play a very important role in conservation of environment, creating climate adaptive buildings that express great respects to the surrounding environment, operating within appropriate microclimate in which every existing thing on the site is equally valuable element, from trees to living species, all should be carefully considered. This design focused on one word – Light. The word Light is used due to its diverse meanings.Firstly, Light is simply of the most important factors on our planet as well as in architecture design. Daylight and architecture are inherently connected. Throughout the history of architecture, daylight has played an invaluable role in the lighting of buildings. Daylight is essential – not only for vision, but also for the effects on people working in, living or experiencing the built environment.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ngoc Luong LeThe focus on daylight in architecture is high and rising. In this respect, Ngoc Luong Le Architect wants to play a role by contributing and stimulating issues that lead to better living environments. As an architect of sustainability, it is important for him constantly to seek and strengthen the relevance of light in architecture. He would like to enhance and encourage the role of daylight in design prioritizing. Ngoc also stressed that ‘the careful control of distribution and directionality of light is a most powerful tool in defining and revealing the limits of space’.The experience of the four elements in Asian natural science of Feng Shui, literally translates as “wind-water” in English, which consists largely of genuine natural materials: water, earth, wood, metal; and derived from them light, and temperature is a central part of Ngoc’s design. He said ‘the effects of light through window openings have been a tool to the architect throughout history. Few elements in a building are as vitally important to its functional success as the window. Architecture must fulfil visual as well as and biological needs with windows – in a way that gives us full control over how light and heat are admitted into a building and over the view we have out of that building’.Save this picture!Master PlanNgoc has also stressed that the need for a reduction in the use of energy in buildings; where the part played by a strategic role for daylighting can provide considerable savings in energy, and therefore of carbon dioxide emissions, leading to a reduction in greenhouse gases and ultimately a reduction in global warming. It will be found that in this design, daylight has provided the necessary amount of light for large parts of the building during the day, whilst providing the interior space with an overall impression of daylight, even in areas where the actual daylight factors may be relatively low, allowing light from artificial sources to be reduced, with consequent savings in energy.Secondly, Light also means lightweight structures. Any structure designed intelligently and responsibly aspires to be ‘as light as possible’. Its function is to support ‘live loads’. The dead loads of the structure itself are a necessary evil. The smaller the ratio between a structure’s dead load and the supported live loads, the ‘lighter’ the structure. From an ecological, social and cultural perspective lightweight structures have never been more contemporary and necessary than today. This house was built using light structure with less use of concrete and more use of light structural systems, for example bamboo and steel systems, saving materials as much as possible by minimizing decorative elements that could lead to waste of time and money.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ngoc Luong LeThirdly, Ngoc Architect said that he was pretty much impressed by Australian architect Glenn Murcutt’s design philosophy in which humans should be touching the Earth lightly. The word Light means a lightly and gently behavior of humans to the Earth. This explains why the house was named Gentle House. This was also exactly the way vernacular Vietnamese architecture was originated alongside Vietnamese culture with huge respects on the nature and on the relationships between humans and the environment.According to Ngoc, his purpose is to ‘create living spaces, which are not only efficient, comfortable, and energy saving, but also inspire inhabitants and make them to be aware of and to take care of the nature’. In his designs, he does not try to achieve the uniqueness by making the buildings look different to others but by creating uniqueness in setting environment itself. Each design solution should be tailored for a particular setting. He tries to lightly put the built object in that setting in a way that least impacts to the nature in which living things are able to live together.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ngoc Luong LeProject DescriptionWe perceive that architecture is to serve for the living of human in the harmonious relationship with the nature. Architecture is not a tool to express human’s power and their domination over the nature, instead, it is to behave gently with everything in all aspects.Hanoi capital is an ancient city with thousand year’s history formed and developed from traditional villages. With rapid and complicated urbanization in the area, the original landscape of those villages has seriously deformed and distorted. The project located in a village in Hanoi’s suburb.Save this picture!Section 2Inspired by Vietnamese traditional house which is often small in terms of sizes and dimensions but multifunctional and highly flexible, the gentle house has only two storeys in height. All the existing trees on site are maintained. The geometry of the building is deeply studied to harmonize with the ecological system and all living species. The ground floor is for family’s living including a central room, three bedrooms, a family space and a kitchen. The central mainly used for worshiping whereas all daily activities happen on the outside front yard. The upper floor is architectural studio opens 360 degree views to the outside with a study room in central.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ngoc Luong LeThe house is built by custom aterra-cotta brick, with plain concrete slab and column finishes which are shaped by bamboo formwork. All wooden doors and windows are not painted. The bamboo curtains and ceiling finishes are made by traditional method. The steel structure of the roof is inspired by the structure of banana leaf in the garden that is large overhang with no column supported. Save this picture!Section 6The facade of the gentle house consists of 36 sets of wooden doors inspired by “thuong song ha ban” traditional door. This adjustable door with two sliable wooden louvers can totally open or close based on the need of usage and the change of the climate. When all doors are opened, the inside space can become veranda. The curtain wall on upper floor inspired by traditional bamboo blind. All bamboo curtain can be flexibly opened, light therefore penetrates deeply into the building. The curtain wall and cooling system on the roof create a comfortable atmosphere for occupiers. Air-conditioning is total free in the building.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ngoc Luong LeLike other traditional architecture around the world, Vietnamese architecture also uses the method of golden scale. However the origin unit is based on the little finger node of house’s owner. It creates uniqueness in terms of scale and proportion for each house.The door and curtain wall system can be controlled in the respond to the sun, wind, light and view. We work and feel the level of solar radiant through the penetration of the natural light. We respond to the summer heat by operating the water spray system, using grey water to cool down the roof.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ngoc Luong LeThe gentle house is designed in an attempt for occupiers to learn from and live passively with nature. Living in and learning from nature help us a lot in our practices for the future.Project gallerySee allShow lessCoalimex / G8A Architecture & Urban PlanningSelected ProjectsMinoyanagi House / TABSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/567952/the-gentle-house-ngoc-luong-le Clipboard CopyHouses•Hanoi, ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/567952/the-gentle-house-ngoc-luong-le Clipboard Save this picture!Courtesy of Ngoc Luong Le+ 35 Share The Gentle House / Ngoc Luong LeSave this projectSaveThe Gentle House / Ngoc Luong Le 2012 Year: Projects The Gentle House / Ngoc Luong Le Photographs “COPY” Houses 2012 Architects: Ngoc Luong Le Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Year: CopyAbout this officeNgoc Luong LeOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHanoiHousesPublished on November 18, 2014Cite: “The Gentle House / Ngoc Luong Le” 18 Nov 2014. 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Tagged with: coronavirus COVID-19 Funding health The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust is donating £2.5 million pounds to support efforts dealing with the fallout from COVID 19.The gift is being given to selected charities and organisations that are dealing with the immediate healthcare needs across the UK.The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust is a charitable fund that supports organisations and initiatives that “provide benefit to society in the UK”.The donations include:£500,000 to CW+, the charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, money which will go towards their Rapid Response Fund, to provide equipment, technology, staff relief and volunteer recruitment for the COVID-19 pandemic.£500,000 to Helpforce, a charity which works with hospitals and health services to provide volunteers and enable people to volunteer in this sector.£725,000 to FareShare, a network of charitable food redistributors which will be providing food parcels for direct delivery to those in need across the country. FareShare aims to provide an additional 8 million meals to vulnerable people in the coming year.Julia and Hans Rausing said: “This is an extraordinarily tough time for everyone across the country, particularly for the most vulnerable in society. There are a number of charities and organisations that are at the forefront of this pandemic, and we hope these donations can help them continue their excellent work when it has never been more needed.”To date the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has provided over 220 grants totalling more than £200 million. Funding is given to organisations working within three main areas:Health and wellbeingWelfare and educationArts and culture. Other recipientsThe other organisations receiving the funding are: Advertisement The Mayor of London Fund, powered by London Funders, is an emergency fund for charities and community groups dealing with the Covid 19 outbreak.The Big Give, the UK’s largest match funding platform. The trust has donated money to the National Emergencies Trust to distribute through community foundations across UK.Age UK Kensington and Chelsea provides a wide range of services including befriending, practical help, information and advice and a variety of social and leisure activities. It will provide a food hub and food parcels for the elderly who are house-bound in the coming weeks and months.St Mary’s Bourne Street, the church near Sloane Square, is providing emergency support for local people. The donation will also help fund a community hall project later in the year.Gloucestershire Community Foundation provides support to different causes and communities across Gloucestershire. The donation will go towards providing emergency funds for small, local charities.Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity will use the donation to help provide relief packages for staff and volunteers and emergency funds for rapid response to arising challenges.Age UK Gloucestershire will provide a dedicated support line and friendship projects for isolated elderly people.The Long Table is a local community kitchen group that provides food parcel deliveries for those in need, including funding for free meals for the poorest. Julia and Hans Rausing Trust gives £2.5m to healthcare charities tackling COVID-19 Howard Lake | 20 March 2020 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 558 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 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. 557 total views, 1 views today
Free Ramón Labañino Salazar.Ashland, Ky. — We sat in the last three seats of the last neat row of red plastic chairs. It was the visitors’ room of the federal prison here on a rainy but not so cold Saturday morning in December. A door across the room opened and there he was, Ramón Labañino Salazar. Although other prisoners were also joining loved ones and visitors, Ramón filled the room with his warm smile. Strong and tall, he joined us. Elizabeth Palmiero, Ramón’s spouse, graciously shared her precious and limited face-to-face visiting time with me and joined our conversation.Ramón expressed gratitude to the solidarity movement on behalf of all five of the Cubans arrested on Sept. 12, 1998. He sends five hugs to everyone who contributed to the efforts large and small that have brought us to this point over more than 16 years of struggle. Ramón reviewed the victories won, including the appeals and resentencing that reduced his unbelievable life plus 18 years, to a still wildly excessive 30 years.Unless you are Cuban, unregistered foreign agents in the U.S. with false identities are usually deported to their home countries. Ramón noted that the U.S. deports many, many people every day.He credited the solidarity movement for the victorious appeals and the resentencing that reduced all the vindictive life sentences except the still outstanding double life plus 15 years for Gerardo Hernández. And Ramón stressed once again — at a time when pressure grows on the Obama administration to begin changing its relationship with socialist Cuba — that there will be no settlement without including Gerardo. Ramón said he has asked that all resources that might be used on his behalf be used instead for Gerardo Hernández’s case.In particular, Ramón viewed the next year, especially the next months leading up to the April 2015 Summit of the Americas, as a critical time to expand the movement that will open the prison doors for Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and him.As with Mumia Abu-Jamal’s commentaries from prison, Ramón’s views and insights engage events beyond the prison wall and these Ohio River hills. He is very aware of and in solidarity with the anti-racist mass movements literally filling the streets and highways in cities across the United States, provoked when police officers were given official impunity to kill unarmed Black men like young Mike Brown and Eric Garner. He also closely follows the current events in Mexico, where a countrywide movement demands justice for the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students.On Dec. 13, 2001, Ramón Labañino was sentenced. As the thirteenth anniversary approached, I reviewed his statement to the court on that date in the face of what for some would have been a devastating life sentence plus 18 years. In the Ashland Federal Correctional Institution visitor’s room, it was the same optimistic, confident and firm man committed to saving lives and preventing terrorism who had 13 years ago made the following statement:“Gentlemen of the prosecution, whether you like it or not, Cuba is an independent and sovereign country. It has its own legitimate government, its own president, its own martyrs and heroes, and its own convictions. Cuba is not different from the United States. And, gentlemen, Cuba must be respected!“We know that efforts were made to ensure an impartial trial. But the city of Miami is not a place where goals like these can be achieved when it comes to Cuba. Perhaps that was the most critical error in our case: holding the trial in this city.“If preventing the deaths of innocent human beings, defending our two countries from terrorism, and preventing a senseless invasion of Cuba is the reason I am being sentenced today, then, let that sentence be welcomed.“I will wear the prison uniform with the same honor and pride with which a soldier wears his most prized insignia.“This has been a political trial, therefore, we are political prisoners.“All of the evidence is here; this is where history is written. And it is history that will do us true justice.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation May 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chief of staff lashes out at army’s media critics RSF_en News News Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the virulence of army chief of staff Ilker Basbug’s reaction to media criticism of his strategy for combating the separatist rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who have killed several soldiers in ambushes in recent days.The daily newspaper Taraf and other media accused Gen. Basbug of failing to mount an adequate response to the latest PKK offensive and, in particular, sending insufficient reinforcements to the eastern regions where the PKK rebels are operating.During a visit to the mausoleum of the Turkish republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara on 2 May, Gen. Basbug accused his media critics of treachery. “Not even the newspapers at the time of the armistice were as treacherous,” he said, referring to papers that criticised the Turkish resistance at the time of the Armistice of Moudros in October 1918.The head of the Contemporary Journalists Association, Ahmet Abakay, described the general’s comments as “irresponsible” and “very dangerous.” Reporters Without Borders agrees with him that they constitute incitement to violence, inasmuch as they could encourage acts of reprisals against the media by Turkish nationalists.Reporters Without Borders urges the Turkish authorities to act with caution and refrain from ill-judged statements.Taraf often criticises the army and manages to get hold of classified documents that reflect badly on it. While not a pro-government newspaper, it shares one of the goals of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which is to weaken the army’s influence in Turkish society. News April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey News to go further Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor
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ColumnsSecuring The Sentinel Kartikeya Sharma16 July 2020 1:53 AMShare This – xOver the last few years, the higher judiciary in India has weathered a number of storms in the shape of scandals that rocked the very independence and credibility of the institution. In 2017, the bitter battle between Justice C.S. Karnan of the Calcutta High Court and his brethren in the higher judiciary came to an unsatisfying conclusion with Justice Karnan being imprisoned for a…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?LoginOver the last few years, the higher judiciary in India has weathered a number of storms in the shape of scandals that rocked the very independence and credibility of the institution. In 2017, the bitter battle between Justice C.S. Karnan of the Calcutta High Court and his brethren in the higher judiciary came to an unsatisfying conclusion with Justice Karnan being imprisoned for a period of six months on being found guilty of contempt by the Supreme Court of India(“Supreme Court”). The concurring opinion in the case, delivered by Justice Chelameswar was of the view that there was a need to set up an appropriate legal regime to deal with situations where the conduct of a judge of the higher judiciary requires corrective measures, other than impeachment, to be taken. Soon after, there was trouble brewing at the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court involving Justice SN Shukla. In September, 2017, a complaint was filed with the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, Justice D.B. Bhosale alleging malpractices by Justice Shukla to the extent that handwritten changes were made in his own bench’s order, thereby defying a Supreme Court order that had come a few days earlier. In pursuance of the complaint filed against Justice Shukla, the then Chief Justice of India(“CJI”) set up a 3-judge committee to look into the allegations. The committee vide its report (“2018 Report”), concluded that there was substantial evidence against Shukla to prove the allegations of corruption complaint against him. Thereafter, Chief Justice Dipak Misra wrote to Justice Shukla stating that the former was accepting the 2018 Report of the committee headed by Justice Indira Banerjee( then Chief Justice of the Madras High Court) and that a request was going to made to the President of India(“President”) to initiate impeachment proceedings against Justice Shukla. Two options were put forth before Justice Shukla, either to resign from office or seek voluntary retirement both of which were rejected by Justice Shukla. The CJI was constrained to ask the Allahabad High Court Chief Justice to withdraw judicial work from Justice Shukla and the same was done immediately. This was in January 2018. Thereafter arose the peculiar situation, insofar as Justice Shukla is concerned, he still holds the office of judge of the Allahabad High Court but has not exercised any of his judicial functions since January 2018. Interestingly, Justice Shukla is the first sitting judge of a High Court to be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (“CBI”) in connection with the allegations made by the 2018 Report. So, on one hand, Justice Shukla faces an impending CBI investigation coupled with a possible impeachment motion in Parliament and on the other hand, he holds the august office of a High Court judge, all in all a highly irregular and unprecedented situation. But, as things stand, Justice Shukla is set to retire as a High Court judge this month without being impeached or even conclusively investigated. This brings the discussion back to the original question posed by Justice Chelameswar in his 2017 judgement, that is, the legal regime that needs to be in place to deal with the omnipresent problem of errant judges of the higher judiciary. Impeachment of judges has proven to be an arduous process that has, in India’s history, resulted in the resignation or even retirement of judges before the conclusion of the process or at other stages of the proceedings. The provisions relating to impeachment provide for a detailed procedure to be followed which is a clear signal that it is not to be used whimsically. Between letting acts of misdemeanor slide and impeachment hanging over the judges’ heads like the sword of Damocles, there must necessarily be a middle ground to uphold the majesty of our courts. The law as it stands Briefly described, the law on removal of judges of the higher judiciary may be divided into two categories- as per the Supreme Court’s in-house procedure that was approved by the Full Court in 1999 and the procedure laid down in the Judges Inquiry Act, 1968(“JIA, 1968”) made in furtherance of Article 124(5) to supplement Article 124(4). The former is an internal disciplinary mechanism which involves a complaint to the CJI or the President. The CJI conducts a preliminary inquiry and if, in his view, the situation warrants action, a committee of 3 judges will be set up to conduct a thorough inquiry. The committee may come to one of three conclusions, (1) that no action may be taken against the accused judge, (2) that there is substance in the allegations but the misconduct is not of such serious nature as to warrant removal, or (3) that the allegations appear to be true and removal of the accused judge may be called for. It is clear from the possible outcomes that the committee may arrive at, that the focus of this procedure is on whether the accused judge must be removed or not. It does not seek to deal with issues that do not warrant removal. In case the committee opines that the allegations are of a serious nature and that removal would be the appropriate recourse, the CJI shall ask the judge to resign or voluntarily retire. If he does not choose either option, the errant judge may have his judicial work withdrawn and the CJI shall inform the President and the Prime Minister of the action taken in this regard along with a copy of the inquiry report prepared by the committee inviting them to initiate the process of impeachment. In the case of Justice SN Shukla, this is exactly what has happened, to the extent that his judicial work was withdrawn two and half years ago and two successive CJIs have requested the government to initiate impeachment proceedings against Justice SN Shukla but, no step has been taken in furtherance of that. Contrasting the in-house procedure with that found under the JIA, 1968, it is seen that the procedure in the latter is initiated at the behest of a certain number of members of the House( 100 in case of Lok Sabha and 50 in case of Rajya Sabha). Thereafter, the signed notice is sent to the Presiding Officer of the relevant House and a 3 member committee shall be set up to investigate the allegations. In case the report of the committee records a finding of guilt, it shall be placed before the relevant House wherein the motion for removal of the judge will be discussed and debated. The motion is required to be adopted by each House by a majority of the total membership of that House and a majority of at least two-thirds of the members of that House present and voting. Once the motion is approved in both Houses, it is sent to the President, who will issue an order for removal of the judge. The in house procedure seeks to preserve the sanctity of the judiciary by allowing for an internal procedure to deal with complaints that may be of a frivolous nature but, at the same time provides for an invitation to the President and the Prime Minister to initiate removal proceedings in case the allegations are of a grave nature. The procedure under the JIA, 1968 may be triggered after the completion of the in-house procedure but may be initiated on its own if the requisite support for the motion is mustered. From the various intricate steps involved in the JIA, 1968, it can be ascertained that the procedure was to be used sparingly and thus, the procedural requirements are of a strict nature to discourage frivolous complaints. Therefore, as things stand, the procedure under the JIA, 1968 is responsible for the actual removal of a judge. The in-house procedure may or may not be a precursor to the same as the only way to remove a judge is by following the procedure under the JIA, 1968 and the only relief provided by the in-house procedure is the withdrawal of judicial work and an invitation to the President and the Prime Minister to initiate proceedings for removal of the judge. Coming to recourse against actions of an errant judge, under the existing framework withdrawal of judicial work seems to be the only mechanism to ensure discipline. The action of Chief Justice Sabyasachi Mukherjee in July 1990 to request Justice Ramaswami, who was facing allegations of impropriety, to abstain from judicial work was the right approach as it instilled a sense of confidence in the process that was being initiated in light of the allegations against Justice Ramaswami. But, within 5 months, Justice Ramaswami’s judicial work was restored by Chief Justice Ranganath Misra and he continued exercising judicial functions till his retirement in 1994. Can it be said that withdrawal of judicial work is effective in ensuring discipline? While it ensures public faith in the institution is not eroded, it cripples the functioning of the Courts and this may lead to a number of problems, especially in High Courts that are already understaffed or have a small sanctioned strength in terms of judges. Further, there may be instances where judges are towards the middle of their tenure unlike Justice Karnan and Justice Shukla who ran into trouble towards the end of their respective tenures. Therefore, withdrawing judicial work indefinitely does not have the intended effect, it merely results in a partial paralysis of our justice delivery system and there may need to be a more efficacious remedy. Suggestions The in-house procedure and the procedure prescribed under the JIA, 1968 provide for a comprehensive and elaborate procedure for the removal of a judge but, there are certain modifications that could possibly make the entire process slightly more efficient. For example, when there is an adverse report against a judge as per the in-house procedure and the same is forwarded to the President and the Prime Minister by the CJI, it may not be necessary to have another 3 member committee whose composition is similar to the committee that prepared the earlier report, to prepare another report as it would invariably rely upon the same material that the earlier committee did. As per Clause (3) of Section 3 under the JIA, 1968, “the committee shall frame definite charges against the judge on the basis of which the investigation is proposed to be held” and the judge in question shall have the opportunity of presenting a written statement answering the abovementioned charges. The modification that can be made here is that, the committee that is appointed by the Presiding Officer of either House, may merely restrict itself to the framing of charges on the basis of the earlier report prepared under the in-house procedure. Further, the powers of the committee as mentioned in Section 5 of the JIA, 1968 may be made applicable to the committee functioning under the in-house procedure to allow for procedural regularity. The relevant provisions of the Judges Inquiry Rules, 1969 regulating the procedure of the inquiry committee may also be made applicable to the committee set up under in the in-house procedure.Next, the elephant in the room must be addressed, that is, an effective tool of judicial discipline for situations that may not warrant impeachment. The American experience is worth referring to as it has developed its system of accountability over the last 40 years and there are distinct similarities between the federal judicial branch of the United States and the judicial system in India as both seek to implement disciplinary measures at 3 distinct levels. The Judicial Councils Reform and Judicial Conduct and Disability Act was passed in the United States in the year 1980. Through this Act, judicial councils were set up at the level of the Court of Appeals and these councils were composed of federal judges including district judges and the composition of the judicial council for each Court of Appeal would vary from case to case as set up by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. It is important to note, the power to set up the judicial council in case the complaint is against the Chief Judge himself, is bestowed upon the senior-most judge after the Chief Judge. In 2002, the Judicial Improvements Act was introduced to reorganize and clarify the existing statutory mechanism that allowed individuals to file complaints and offer more guidance to Chief Judges when evaluating individual complaints. The salient features of this Act are that it provides for a comprehensive structure within the federal judicial system to deal with a complaint against a judge at various levels and provides for a statutory review mechanism and inherently has flexibility in constituting the judicial council on a case-to-case basis. Further, the Act is supplemented by the Rules for Judicial-Conduct and Judicial-Disability Proceedings which were amended as recently as 2019 and the rules lay down the various types of misconduct that the Act is meant to deal with as that was not mentioned in the original Act. The Act along with the Rules lay down the substantive and procedural norms to be followed when there is a complaint against a federal judge. At this juncture, attention may be drawn to the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010(“Bill”), introduced by Parliament to replace the JIA, 1968 and sought to establish an expedient mechanism for investigating into complaints against misconduct of a Judge of the Supreme Court or of a High Court and to regulate the procedure for such investigation . The Bill has provisions similar to those found under the Judicial Reforms Act, Judicial Improvements Act and accompanying Rules for Judicial-Conduct and Judicial-Disability Proceedings that are in place in the United States. Chapter V of the Bill specified a “Complaint Scrutiny Panel” at the Supreme Court and the various High Courts which would be headed by a retired Chief Justice of India and a retired Chief Justice of the concerned High Court respectively. The Scrutiny Panel would be tasked with examining the complaints against a judge and submitting a report, either with a finding that there is sufficient material for proceeding against the judge or with a finding that there is material to proceed against the judge, to the Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee established under Chapter VI of the Bill consists of a retired CJI appointed by the President, a Judge of the Supreme Court nominated by the CJI, the Chief Justice of a High Court nominated by the CJI, the Attorney General for India and an eminent person nominated by the President. The Oversight Committee, on a receipt of a complaint, must refer the complaint to- the Scrutiny Panel of the Supreme Court in case the complaint is against a judge of the Supreme Court or a Chief Justice of a High Court, or the Scrutiny Panel of the High Court if the complaint is against a judge of that High Court. Most importantly, in case of a complaint against the CJI, it would be taken up by the Oversight Committee. If there is an adverse finding by the Scrutiny Panel or the Oversight Committee, as the case may be, an Investigation Committee will be set up and the selection of members at the discretion of the Oversight Committee so as to allow flexibility depending on the person against whom the complaint is. If the Oversight Committee, on receipt of a report from the Investigation Committee is of the opinion that any offence has been committed by a Judge, it may recommend to the Central Government for prosecution of the judge, thus, divesting the CJI of his powers to grant sanction for the prosecution of a judge. The Bill sought to establish a complete code to lay down standards of accountability for judges like the system in the United States which has managed to keep the entire disciplinary mechanism within the federal judiciary without external interference. The Bill maintains the primacy of the judiciary in dealing with allegations of misconduct by judges, as is seen by the composition of the proposed Scrutiny Panels and the Oversight Committee and only when a matter is serious enough to warrant impeachment, the ball is passed to Parliament to fulfil its constitutional mandate. Since, the Bill also expressly provides for the mechanism when there is a complaint against the CJI, it can be considered as a step up from the in-house procedure of 1999 which excluded the CJI from its mandate. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in March 2012 but, unfortunately could not be placed before the Rajya Sabha. A revival of this Bill in a similar form would be a welcome move in the interests of judicial accountability as it plugs a lot of holes in the existing framework. Conclusion Justice SN Shukla’s situation cannot be viewed in isolation. He is the fourth judge in the last 10 years to face serious allegations of misconduct and this only weakens public faith in the institution of judiciary. A byproduct of this discussion is the ubiquitous and ever-growing criticism of the collegium system of appointment of judges to the higher judiciary. Such incidents are merely highlighting the woeful inadequacies of the collegium system and as the curtain closes on Justice SN Shukla’s turbulent career, it may be time to go back to the drawing board to devise a feasible solution. As the situation stands, the Bill has not been passed and the existing system merely allows for the withdrawal of judicial work from an errant judge. The solution does not lie in transferring errant judges to other High Courts (which was done in Justice PD Dinakaran’s case and was protested by the Sikkim Bar Association) as this would be detrimental to the administration of justice in the transferee High Court. This is due to the simple reason that if a judge is facing allegations of misconduct in one High Court and is deemed unfit to discharge judicial functions in that High Court, he cannot possibility be allowed to discharge judicial functions in the transferee High Court. Judicial accountability is a necessary corollary to the exercise of judicial power, and it is no secret that the Supreme Court of India and various High Courts wield enormous powers thus, the discussion regarding their accountability has intensified in the past couple of decades. Dr. Arghya Sengupta in his book ‘Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary’ opines that the source of judicial accountability is the oath taken by judges on being appointed and from that it is clear as day that the judges are accountable to the Constitution of India, the very document which they are the guardians of. The 4th Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall propounded the understanding that judges were duty bound to remain faithful to the law and summarized it as follows, ” This court must not yield to feelings which might seduce it from the path of duty, it must obey the mandate of the law”. The rationale behind keeping the disciplinary mechanisms within the realm and control of the judiciary is the vague and elusive concept of judicial independence, something that the Indian judiciary has fought tooth and nail to preserve and protect. Judicial independence can no longer be deployed as a cloak of invisibility, allowing the judiciary to operate unchecked and untethered. It would be in the judiciary’s greatest interest to remember the oft-quoted line from the Spider-Man movie that with “great power comes great responsibility”.Views are personal only.(Author is a student at National Law University, Jodhpur)Image Source : https://vaping360.com/best-vape-starter-kits/iqos-mesh-review/ Next Story
Promotion May Include An Advancement To Higher Pay Scale Without Moving To Different Post: SC [Read Judgment]May 26, 2021 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: mmfausynf.
Top StoriesPromotion May Include An Advancement To Higher Pay Scale Without Moving To Different Post: SC [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK7 Aug 2020 2:21 AMShare This – xPromotion may include an advancement to a higher pay scale without moving to a different post, the Supreme Court has reiterated while dismissing the appeals filed by Telephone Operators with the Delhi Fire Service later deployed as Radio Telephone Operators. The dispute in this case is regarding the interpretation of an Office Memorandum introducing an Assured Career…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?LoginPromotion may include an advancement to a higher pay scale without moving to a different post, the Supreme Court has reiterated while dismissing the appeals filed by Telephone Operators with the Delhi Fire Service later deployed as Radio Telephone Operators. The dispute in this case is regarding the interpretation of an Office Memorandum introducing an Assured Career Progression (“ACP”) Scheme, by which a decision was taken to grant two financial upgradations after completion of 12 and 24 years of regular service respectively. The appellants in this case claimed first financial upgradation as on 9.8.1999 or on completion of 12 years of service in the DFS as Telephone Operators/RTOs, but that the same were denied to them treating their conversion of the aforesaid posts as a promotion. The issue thus was whether their deployment as RTOs would amount to a promotion or whether it was a mere reorganisation and they were entitled to the ACP separately in terms of the ACP Scheme? Both the appellants and the State relied on an Apex Court decision in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited v. R. Santhakumari Velusamy to contend that there is a difference between upgradation and promotion. The Appellants contended that the instant case is not ‘promotion, while the State argued that the three aspects present in the instant case i.e. (i) prequalification of minimum of 5 years of service; (ii) higher financial emoluments; (iii) rigorous of a specialised training makes it clear that is one which should be considered as the promotion for the purpose of ACP Scheme. While dismissing the appeal, the bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Ajay Rastogi and Aniruddha Bose said: The reasons for coming to this conclusion is based on the principles set out in the BSNL case (supra). No doubt, sometimes there is a fine distinction which arises in such cases, but, a holistic view has to be taken considering the factual matrix of each case. The consequence of reorganisation of the cadre resulted in not only a mere re-description of the post but also a much higher pay scale being granted to the appellants based on an element of selection criteria. We say so as, at the threshold itself, there is a requirement of a minimum 5 years of service. Thus, all Telephone Operators would not automatically be eligible for the new post. Undoubtedly, the financial emoluments, as stated above, are much higher. The third important aspect is that the appellants had to go through the rigorous of a specialised training. All these cannot be stated to be only an exercise of merely redescription or reorganisation of the cadre. On applying the test in BSNL case (supra), as per sub-para (i) of para 29, promotion may include an advancement to a higher pay scale without moving to a different post. In the present case, there is a re-description of the post based on higher pay scale and a specialised training. It is not a case covered by sub-para (iii), as canvassed by learned counsel for the appellants, where the higher pay scale is available to everyone who satisfies the eligibility condition without undergoing any process of selection. The training and the benchmark of 5 years of service itself involve an element of selection process. Similarly, it is not as if the requirement is only a minimum of 5 years of service by itself, so as to cover it under sub-para (iv).” Case detailsCase no.: CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 5829-5830 OF 2012 Case name: RAMA NAND vs. CHIEF SECRETARY, GOVT. OF NCT OF DELHI & ANR. Coram: Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Ajay Rastogi and Aniruddha BoseCounsel: Adv Balbir Singh Gupta and ASG Madhavi Divan Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead Judgment Next Story
COVID19-Conducting Board Exams At This Perilous Time Puts Lives At Risk: Plea In Andhra Pradesh High Court Seeks Deferral Of AP Board ExamsMay 26, 2021 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: mmfausynf.
News UpdatesCOVID19-Conducting Board Exams At This Perilous Time Puts Lives At Risk: Plea In Andhra Pradesh High Court Seeks Deferral Of AP Board Exams Lydia Suzanne Thomas28 April 2021 3:32 AMShare This – xAndhra Pradesh HCA plea has been moved in the Andhra Pradesh High Court challenging the conduct of Class 10 and 12 Board Examinations by the Andhra Pradesh Educational Board amid the worsening pandemic. “Conducting the aforesaid examination across Andhra Pradesh State at such perilous time, is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including Petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death”, the plea sets forth.Advertisement The petition, filed by the Global Peace Initiative, through Advocates Sriram Parakkat, MS Vishnu Shankar and Deepak Singh seeks a deferral of the Board Exams by at least two weeks, till the worst of the COVID-19 is past. The exams are slated to commence in the first week of May.The petition reads, “..nearly 12 lakhs of young students are likely to appear in the aforesaid Board exams. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are increasing in India at an alarming rate. The deadly pandemic COVID-19 has already affected about 70 Lakh people in India and situation is worsening by every passing day. Conducting the aforesaid examination in our state at such perilous time, is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including Petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death. The best recourse at this stage can be to wait for some more time, let COVID-19 Crisis subside and then only conduct these Exams, in order to save lives of the students and their parents.”Advertisement Averring that the conduct of the examinations at this juncture could risk exposing more than 12 lakh students to the virus, it is argued that such a risk of exposure violates the right to health. Those who were infected with COVID-19 after the commencement of the exams would be excluded from appearing, it is additionally argued. Such an exclusion would impinge upon the right to equality, the petition states.Advertisement Advertisement “The students of petitioner association have a right to life under article 21 of the constitution which is endangered blatantly by the decision not to postpone the examination. The students of petitioner association have a right to write the examination under a better atmosphere without danger. This is also a right guaranteed under the Constitution” – Plea in Andhra Pradesh High Court The plea also points to the fact that Class 10 and 12 examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations Boards have been similarly deferred in light of the surge in COVID-19 cases. Seeking parity with students studying in schools affiliated to those boards, the petitioner seeks a deferral on the Andhra Pradesh Education Board examinations as well.Taking the stand that the best recourse at this stage is to wait for some more time at least for two weeks, the petition seeks a deferral of the exam, and an urgent ad interim stay upon the same.TagsExams COVID -19 COVID Pandemic Andhra Pradesh High Court #Board Exams Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story