TSL Limited (TSL.zw) 2000 Annual Report

first_imgTSL Limited (TSL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2000 annual report.For more information about TSL Limited (TSL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the TSL Limited (TSL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: TSL Limited (TSL.zw)  2000 annual report.Company ProfileTSL Limited, listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, participates in the auctioning of tobacco, printing and packaging, supply of inputs to agriculture, storage and distribution services. The Company was founded in 1957 and through the energetic pursuit and implementation of a diversification strategy has grown to become a significant player in its chosen spheres of operation.last_img

5 Social Housing Units in Navez / MSA / V+

first_img Photographs “COPY” Housing 2015 Engineering:JZH & PartnersArchitects In Charge:Jean-Marc Simon, Benoit Moritz, Alain Simon, Julien DeloffreCity:SchaerbeekCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Serge Brison / MSAText description provided by the architects. This housing project fulfills the local authorities double ambition: to represent the urban revalidation scheme with a landmark at the entrance of the city and to provide exemplary apartments for large families. The building develops passive bright apartments and establishes a dialogue with the infrastructure and a the heritage neighbourhood.Save this picture!© Serge Brison / MSALocated at one of Brussels main entrances, the building is a social housing operation and a flagship project for the new identity of that neighbourhood. The building provides a solid and comfortable basis for families in need and stands with an open angle, welcoming commuters entering the capital. It advocates for a strong desire for architecture for all.Save this picture!Site PlanThis one-piece construction closes a steep triangular block, and develops a smooth textured brick façade playing with the light of the ever-changing Belgium sky. This scripture echoes with the surrounding, full of details, art Deco perennial buildings and stands up to the impressive road and railway infrastructure.Save this picture!© Serge Brison / MSAAs most projects in Brussels, the building had to face a fascinating but difficult context. To face the small, irregular, noisy and mainly northern orientated plot, the building uses key architectural features. It develops long folded apartments around a southern opened courtyard and a complex staircase that intertwines with individual stairs, allowing internal volumetric movements and kilo-metrical views to the surrounding landscape. The plans articulations, intricate as lace-work, and the progressive section, passing from split-level to inverted duplexes, provide all the apartments of this perennial construction with light from 4 orientations exposition, outdoor spaces, impressive views and numerous spatial experiences.Save this picture!Axonometric ViewBeing a visible part of a broader scheme, great expectations, local and regional, were put on the shoulders of this building. An exhaustive participative process was followed to establish a dialog with the inhabitants and the different competent administrations. It enabled to explain, develop and amend urban and architectural issues, diminishing recurring Brussels’ conflicts and allowing to exceed strict building regulations. Save this picture!© Serge Brison / MSABecause the building shelters people in need and because social housing shouldn’t be treated differently than more prestigious building, the project is developed in order to provide a solid basis to live in. The construction is comforting and perennial, you can sleep soundly and nails can be banged in the walls.Save this picture!© Serge Brison / MSAWith super insulated envelope, soundproofing, triple glazing, balanced ventilation with heat recovery from exhaust air and solar panels for hot water production, the building is passive < 15kwh/m2. The inhabitants comfort and low consumption are ensured, while they’re still able to open all their windows.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe maintenance costs have been reduced to the maximum by avoiding air conditioning through calibrated exposure, by allowing natural light in nearly all the spaces and by the absence of an elevator, which the inhabitants didn’t notice, their ascension being eased by the spatiality and powerful views.Save this picture!© Serge Brison / MSASpecial details, avoiding thermal bridges, and on site worker’s formations were developed to assemble the subtle white brickworks in order to obtain this strong but smooth texture to play with light and pay tribute to the heritage art-deco façades of the area.Save this picture!© Serge Brison / MSAProduct Description.-  Wienerberger - Brick Terca Knabe F1The building was finished with glued white facing bricks. In combination with the alternating sunlight, the finish gives the facade a particular texture. On site worker’s formations were developed to assemble the subtle white brickworks in order to obtain this strong but smooth texture to play with light and pay tribute to the heritage art-deco façades of the area. Save this picture!© Serge Brison / MSAProject gallerySee allShow lessEnvironmental Fable Set in Sci-Fi Landscapes Wins 2017 Fairy Tales CompetitionArchitecture NewsArchitects and Their Facebook PostsArticlesProject locationAddress:Rue Portaels 158, 1030 Schaerbeek, BelgiumLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share 5 Social Housing Units in Navez / MSA / V+ CopyAbout this officeMSA / V+OfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingSchaerbeekBelgiumPublished on February 07, 2017Cite: "5 Social Housing Units in Navez / MSA / V+" 07 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/804755/5-social-housing-units-in-navez-msa-v-plus Clipboard Structural Engineering: Save this picture!© Serge Brison / MSA+ 20 Share Photographs:  Serge Brison / MSA Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area:  800 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ArchDaily Year:  Projects CopyHousing•Schaerbeek, Belgium Manufacturers: Kingspan Insulated Panels, Pierret System Architects: MSA / V+ Area Area of this architecture project 5 Social Housing Units in Navez / MSA / V+Save this projectSave5 Social Housing Units in Navez / MSA / V+ Belgium ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/804755/5-social-housing-units-in-navez-msa-v-plus Clipboard Ney & Partnerslast_img read more

Bayer Takes Steps to Make Carbon Sequestration a Farmer’s Newest Crop…

first_img SHARE Bayer Takes Steps to Make Carbon Sequestration a Farmer’s Newest Crop Opportunity Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleBASF, Corteva Seek Rehearing of Dicamba DecisionNext articleUSDA Offering Funding Opportunities to Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers Hoosier Ag Today Agriculture may now have another solution to positively impact climate change thanks to a new initiative launched by Bayer. Beginning this month, Bayer will start rewarding farmers in Brazil and the U.S. for generating carbon credits by adopting climate-smart practices – such as no-till farming and the use of cover crops – designed to help agriculture reduce its carbon footprint and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Bayer’s industry-leading Carbon Initiative is the result of years of work validating a science-based approach and methodology to make this happen. It recognizes the pivotal role growers and their land can play in helping to create lasting, positive environmental impacts and is the latest in the company’s sustainability commitments specifically aimed at reducing field GHG emission by 30% in 2030.“Farmers are passionate environmentalists and stewards of the lands they farm,” said Brett Begemann, Chief Operating Officer of Bayer’s Crop Science division. “Their lives and livelihoods depend on the weather, and they are some of the first to be affected by drought, flooding and extreme conditions. If anyone has a vested interest in battling climate change, it’s farmers and we are committed to developing new business models like this unique Carbon Initiative to help them in that fight.”Soil is one of the most effective ways of sequestering carbon. Incentivizing farmers to embrace no-till, precision nitrogen use or cover crops helps further sequester carbon into the soil, reduce fossil fuel usage and reduce greenhouse gases. While today farmers get rewarded solely for their food, feed and fiber production, those participating in the Bayer Carbon Initiative will have the opportunity to be rewarded for their best farm management practices and other sustainability efforts as well.The program’s 2020/2021 season will include approximately 1,200 farmers in Brazil and the U.S. In both countries, farmers will receive assistance in implementing climate-smart agricultural practices and Bayer will acquire the carbon removals created by those practices at transparent prices.“We know that growers in the U.S. are not only good stewards of their land, but also shrewd businessmen, too,” said Lisa Safarian, President of Bayer Crop Science, North America. “That’s why this initiative is so exciting – enabling farmers to realize additional financial benefit from carbon-smart farming practices such as the use of cover crops or no-till agriculture.”“We are excited to partner with farmers through this new Bayer Carbon Initiative,” Begemann added. “We’re honored to take this major step with farmers to create a carbon-zero future for agriculture, an important legacy that we can create with farmers to leave to the next generation.” SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 21, 2020 Home Indiana Agriculture News Bayer Takes Steps to Make Carbon Sequestration a Farmer’s Newest Crop Opportunitylast_img read more

Death threat against BBC stringer

first_img May 15, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threat against BBC stringer RSF_en Organisation News July 15, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information July 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka to go further Sri LankaAsia – Pacific center_img Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News Receive email alerts January 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today voiced its concern about a death threat made against BBC correspondent Ponnaiah Manikavasagam, after his interview with a leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was broadcast by the BBC. A pro-government paramilitary group is believed to be responsible for the threat, made just a few days after two Sinhalese journalists were threatened by LTTE members in Vavuniya, the northern town where Manikavasagam is based.In a letter to President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, Reporters Without Borders called on the authorities to guarantee the safety of Mr Manikavasagam and all other journalists working in the north and east of the country, and quickly establish who has been responsible for the threats. It also stressed that it would be monitoring the development in this case and asked to be kept informed of progress in the police investigations.The organisation is concerned that tension between the government and Tamil rebels could result in a return to violence against journalists. BBC Tamil Service correspondent Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan was murdered in October 2000 after receiving death threats from a paramilitary group. His killers have still not been brought to trial.Mr Manikavasagam, correspondent for the Tamil-language daily Veerakesari and correspondent for the Tamil service of the BBC World Service, received a telephone threat on the evening of 7 May, a few minutes after the BBC broadcast his interview with Anton Balasingham, the LTTE’s ideologist. When he picked up the receiver, he heard a voice say: “You will be killed soon.” After refusing to identify himself, the caller added: “When we shoot you, you will know who we are.”Using a caller ID system, Manikavasagam said he was able to establish that the call came from the office in the northwestern town of Mannar of the EPRLF (V), a paramilitary group that has supported the government in its war with the LTTE. Manikavasagam immediately filed a complaint with the Vavuniya police. Questioned by police, an EPRLF (V) representative denied any involvement in the threat.Concerned for his safety Manikavasagam has left Vavuniya and gone into hiding. This is not the first time he has been the target of harassment. A former president of the Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance and the Vanni Journalists’ Association, he was detained by police at the end of the 1990s and kept in custody for three months.This death threat is particularly worrying as it is the first in the 14 months of the Cease fire. On 13 May, a member of TELO, a Tamil paramilitary group part of the Tamil National Alliance, close to the LTTE, was shot dead in Vavuniya. The TELO has accused the EPDP, another Tamil paramilitary group which has assisted the Government in fighting the LTTE, of the shooting. This new shooting makes the threat against the journalist all the more distressing as it marks a return to violence from Tamil paramilitary groups in Vavuniya. Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Court strips two weekly newspapers of their licences

first_img RSF_en New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa September 5, 2014 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders deplores a Kuwait City criminal court’s decision to withdraw the licences of two weekly newspapers, Al-Abraj and Al-Shaab, in separate cases on 8 March. The court fined Al-Abraj editor Mansur Ahmad Muhareb Al-Hayni and Al-Shaab editor Hamed Turki Abu Yabes 9,000 dinars (21,000 euros) each.Hayni was convicted of besmirching the prime minister’s reputation while Yabes was convicted of publishing political articles in a newspaper whose licence limited it to covering arts and culture.“The relative freedom enjoyed by the Kuwaiti press must not be undermined,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Since the start of the year, a website has been rendered inaccessible, a woman journalist has been threatened and two employees of the daily Al-Watan have been the targets of lawsuits. The withdrawal of these two weeklies’ licences can only aggravate the situation. We urge the authorities to reaffirm their commitment to freedom of expression and to find a way to allow these two newspapers to continue publishing.”The case against Al-Abraj was brought by the information ministry over an article on 5 May 2007 headlined “More and more corruption” which blamed the prime minister for Kuwait’s poor ranking in Transparency International’s corruption index. Reached by Reporters Without Borders, Hayni condemned a deterioration in press freedom and accused the government of “politically eliminating journalists through the courts.”Three separate cases were brought against Yabes over allegedly political articles published in Al-Shaab on 17 May 2007, for which he was fined 3,000 dinars in each case. He told Reporters Without Borders he disputed the charges, saying the articles were about economic and social issues such as corruption. He said he planned to appeal.Click here to read the chapter on Kuwait in this year’s annual report on press freedom worldwide, which Reporters Without Borders issued on 13 February. Popular blogger charged with blasphemy Follow the news on Kuwait Help by sharing this information January 21, 2016 Find out more KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa center_img March 13, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court strips two weekly newspapers of their licences February 23, 2015 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further News News News Courts uphold newspaper’s closure, increase blogger’s jail term Newslast_img read more

Pasadena-Based Green Dot Posts Fourth Quarter Surge

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 4 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Community News HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business Newscenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena-based Green Dot Corporation reported strong financial results for the fourth quarter of 2018, earning total operating revenues of $237.8 million.“Green Dot’s products and platform model generated strong consolidated organic growth in [the fourth quarter] which capped another truly amazing year of double-digit top and bottom line growth for our company,” said Green Dot Founder and Chief Executive Officer Steve Streit in a statement.The company posted generally accepted accounting principles (GAA) net income of $14.3 million, and GAAP diluted earnings per common share of $0.26. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) finished at $43.9 million, with a non-GAAP diluted earnings per common share of $0.56.“Both in the quarter and the full year, Green Dot succeeded in growing topline revenue, adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP earnings per common share, all well in excess of original guidance, and once again expanded both fourth quarter and full year operating and adjusted EBITDA margins, despite the continued material investments we’ve made in our operating platform and our future innovations roadmap.”Streit added that Green Dot’s long-term strategy is to create a unique, sustainable and highly valuable financial technology (fintech) ecosystem that fuels company innovation and that of its many business partners.Green Dot’s total GAAP operating revenues for the quarter were up by 12 percent, from $213.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, the statement said. GAAP net income increased 17 percent, from $12.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2017.Its GAAP diluted earnings per common share went up from $0.23 for the fourth quarter of 2017, representing a year-over-year increase of 13 percent.Green Dot’s wholly-owned commercial bank charter, its “Banking as a Service” platform, is used by a growing list of consumer and technology companies to design their own banking solutions to customers and partners.The company uses the same integrated technology and banking platform to design and deploy its own leading collection of banking and financial services products directly to consumers through one of the largest retail banking distribution platforms in America.For more information, visit www.greendot.com. Business News Pasadena-Based Green Dot Posts Fourth Quarter Surge STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 4:47 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003: An Overview And The Need To Give It More Teeth

first_imgColumnsCentral Vigilance Commission Act, 2003: An Overview And The Need To Give It More Teeth Abhishek Gupta12 April 2020 9:51 PMShare This – xThe Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003 (“CVC Act”) was enacted by the Parliament in 2003 and received the assent of the President on 11th September 2003. The Act provides for the constitution of Central Vigilance Commission (“CVC”) to inquire or cause inquiries to be conducted into the offences alleged to have been committed under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (“POCA”)…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 Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003 (“CVC Act”) was enacted by the Parliament in 2003 and received the assent of the President on 11th September 2003. The Act provides for the constitution of Central Vigilance Commission (“CVC”) to inquire or cause inquiries to be conducted into the offences alleged to have been committed under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (“POCA”) by certain categories of Public Servants of the Central Government, corporations established by or under any central Act, government companies, societies and local authorities owned or controlled by the Central Government and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. The object and purpose of the 2003 Act is to have an integrity institution like CVC which is in charge of vigilance administration and constitutes an anti-corruption mechanism. The CVC receives complaints on corruption or misuse of office and recommends appropriate action. It is not an investigating agency, and either gets the investigation done through the CBI or through chief vigilance officers (CVO) in the government offices. Similar integrity institutions exist in US, UK, Australia, Canada and Hongkong to safeguard against corruption. History of the Act CVC, as an integrity institution was set up by the Government of India in 1964 vide a Government Resolution pursuant to the recommendations of Santhanam Committee. However, it was not a statutory body at that time. According to the recommendations of the Santhanam Committee, CVC, in its functions, was supposed to be independent of the executive. The sole purpose behind setting up of the CVC was to improve the vigilance administration in the country.[1] The Genesis of the CVC Act lies in the 1997 Report of the Independent Review Committee set up by the Government of India in September, 1997 to monitor the functioning of CVC and to examine the working of CBI and the Enforcement Directorate. It was suggested in this Report that CVC be given a statutory status. This was followed by the judgement dated 18.12.1997 delivered by the Supreme Court of India in Vineet Narain vs. Union of India[2] (commonly known as the Havala case), wherein the Supreme Court deplored the shoddy investigation conducted by the CBI and other investigating agencies in matters where accusations were made against high dignitaries wielding power and influence, and issued directions to the Government to establish institutional arrangements aimed at insulating the CBI from outside influences. The directions, inter alia, included conferring statutory status upon the CVC and the transfer of superintendent powers[3] over the CBI’s functioning from the Central Government to the CVC. The Government responded by convening a cabinet meeting on 8th April, 1998, and decided to ask the Law Commission of India for a report. The Law Commission submitted its report[4] to the Government on 13th August, 1998 along with a draft of the CVC Bill. However, on 25th August, 1998, the then Government hurriedly promulgated the Central Vigilance Commission Ordinance, 1998 as per the draft prepared by the Secretaries, thereby overlooking the recommendations contained in Vineet Narain (supra) and the Law Commission Report. The most notable difference, among others, was that while the judgement entrusted the responsibility of exercising superintendence over the CBI’s functioning to the CVC, the Ordinance laid down that the CVC would exercise such superintendence over the Special Police Establishment only in respect of the cases under POCA. On 27th October, 1998, another Ordinance was promulgated, called the Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Ordinance, 1998 (No. 18 of 1998), whereby certain amendments were made in the principal Ordinance. Then on 12th December, 1998, the Government introduced the Central Vigilance Commission Bill, 1998 (Bill No. 149 of 1998) in the Lok Sabha to replace the Central Vigilance Commission Ordinance, 1998 and the Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Ordinance, 1998. However, with the dissolution of the 12th Lok Sabha, the Bill lapsed. The Bill was re-introduced, mostly as a verbatim copy of the old bill, in the next session of the Lok Sabha and was passed by the Lok Sabha on 26th February, 2003 and by the Rajya Sabha on 7th August, 2003. Scheme of the Act Section 3 provides for the constitution, composition and qualifications of the CVC. The words “who have been or who are” appearing in Section 3(3)(a)[5] refer to the person holding office of a civil servant or who has held such office. These words came up for consideration by the Supreme Court in the case of N. Kannadasan v. Ajoy Khose and Others[6] in which it has been held that the said words indicate the eligibility criteria and further they indicate that such past or present eligible persons should be without any blemish whatsoever and that they should not be appointed merely because they are eligible to be considered for the post. Section 4 provides for the appointment of the Vigilance Commissioners (“VC”) by the President, and Section 5 provides for their Terms and Conditions of Service including their tenure of appointment and the salaries and allowances. Section 6 provides for the removal of the Vigilance Commissioners by an order of the President on the ground of proved misbehavior or incapacity on the report of the Supreme Court in this regard. Section 9 specifies the manner in which the proceedings of CVC shall be conducted and states that all business of the Commission shall, as far as possible, be transacted unanimously.CVC has also been entrusted with recommendatory powers for appointment of Director of Enforcement[7], Director of Delhi Special Police Establishment and Superintendent of Police[8].It is the duty of CVC to present annually to the President a report as to the work done by the Commission with a separate chapter dedicated on the functioning of the Delhi Special Police Establishment[9]. Section 8 – Legislative Mandate and Judicial Interpretation Section 8 forms the cornerstone of the Act providing for functions and powers of the CVC. The functions primarily focus on the offences alleged to have been committed under POCA or an offence with which a public servant specified in Section 8(2)[10] may be charged under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 at the same trial. These functions include exercising superintendence over the functioning of the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) w.r.t. the investigation of alleged offences under POCA and issuing necessary directions to them[11], reviewing the progress of the investigation, conducting or causing an inquiry or investigation to be made into any complaint, tendering advice to the Central Government, and exercising superintendence over the vigilance administration of various ministries of the Central Government, central statutory corporations, Government companies, societies and local authorities owned or controlled by the Central Government. Section 8 is a stark dilution from what was envisaged under the Apex Court judgment in Vineet Narain (supra) and the recommendations given in the 161st Law Commission Report. The scope for the CVC to exercise superintendence over the functioning of the CBI has been drastically curtailed by restricting the definition of the word ‘public servant’ to mean only the civil servants of certain categories. The superintendence over the work of the CBI in respect of offences committed by other categories of public servants as defined in Section 2(c) of POCA, including the politicians, would remain outside the purview of the CVC’s charter of responsibilities. Hence, this effectively means that there is a system of dual control over the CBI – one exercised by the CVC in respect of corruption cases registered against certain categories of public servants mentioned in the Act and the other by the Central Government in respect of its other cases. Section 26(c) of the Lokpal Act – Reintroduction of the Single Directive The Apex Court in Vineet Narain(supra) dealt with the validity, legality and propriety of the Single Directive No. 4.7(3) issued by the Central Government which mandated the prior sanction of the Secretary of the Ministry/Department before initiation of investigation by SPE against officers of the Government and the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), nationalized banks above the level of Joint Secretary or its equivalent. The Single Directive is a consolidated set of instructions issued to the CBI by various Ministries/Departments regarding modalities of initiating an inquiry or registering a case against certain categories of civil servants. It was first issued in 1969 and thereafter amended on several occasions. The Supreme Court in Vineet Narain(supra) declared that the “Single Directive cannot, therefore, be upheld as valid on the ground of it being permissible in exercise of the power of superintendence of the Central Government under Section 4(1) of the Act”, and held the provision unconstitutional and violative of Article 14. However, in 2003, the Single Directive declared invalid earlier by the Supreme Court was reintroduced as part of the CVC Act. Section 26(c) of the Act inserted Section 6A in the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, which made it mandatory for CBI to seek prior sanction from the Central Government before inquiry or investigation into any alleged offence under POCA against officers of joint secretary level and above. Soon thereafter, Mr. Subramanian Swamy and the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), in a series of PILs, challenged the constitutional validity of Section 26C of the CVC Act and Section 6A of the DSPE Act. A five-judge constitution bench of the Apex Court was constituted to decide these petitions, and vide judgment dated 6th May 2014 in Subramanian Swamy & Ors. vs. Director, Central Bureau of Investigation & Ors.[12], the Single Directive was held invalid and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution for the second time. The Court, inter alia, held that, “The provision in Section 6A, thus, impedes tracking down the corrupt senior bureaucrats as without previous approval of the Central Government, the CBI cannot even hold preliminary inquiry much less an investigation into the allegations. The protection in Section 6A has propensity of shielding the corrupt. The object of Section 6A, that senior public servants of the level of Joint Secretary and above who take policy decision must not be put to any harassment, side-tracks the fundamental objective of the PC Act, 1988 to deal with corruption and act against senior public servants. The CBI is not able to proceed even to collect the material to unearth prima facie substance into the merits of allegations. Thus, the object of Section 6A itself is discriminatory. That being the position, the discrimination cannot be justified on the ground that there is a reasonable classification because it has rational relation to the object sought to be achieved.”. This victory for the detractors of ‘Single Directive’ sailed a short span, as the legislature, by way of the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018, yet again launched the ‘Single Directive’ in a new avatar as Section 17A in the amended POCA. With the insertion of Section 17A in POCA, every police officer was mandatorily required to procure the prior approval of the Central-State Government, or the competent authority, as the case may be, before conducting any enquiry, inquiry or investigations into any alleged offence committed by a public servant under the Act. The revamped umbrella covers not only the present and serving bureaucrats, but also the retired ones. Further, the investigations by CBI now needs prior sanctions at two stages – inquiry and prosecution. While it can be argued that Section 17A brings in a layer of check and due diligence that might prevent undue harassment of honest officers, curb red tapism, curtail procedural bottlenecks and fasten decision making, however it is likely to compromise secrecy of probe and cause unnecessary delays in investigation. The CVC had recently stated that the stipulated time for sanction to prosecute nearly 100 government officials for their alleged involvement in corruption was over sans the obtainment of requisite approval and sanction by the concerned authority.[13] Changes brought in by the Lokpal Act The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (“Lokpal Act”, for short) has amended some provisions of CVC Act, 2003 whereby the Commission has been empowered to conduct preliminary inquiry into complaints referred by Lokpal in respect of officers and officials of Group ‘B’, ‘C’ & ‘D'[14], besides Group ‘A’ officers who were already covered u/s 8(2)(a) of the CVC Act, for which a Directorate of Inquiry[15] for making preliminary inquiry is to be set up in the Commission. The preliminary inquiry reports in such matters referred by Lokpal in respect of Group A and B officers are required to be sent to the Lokpal by the Commission[16]. The Commission is also mandated under the newly inserted Sections 8A and 8B of the CVC Act, 2003, to cause further investigation into such Lokpal references in respect of Group ‘C’& ‘D’ officials and decide on further course of action against them. Post the commencement of the Lokpal Act and the corresponding amendment brought to the CVC Act, the Lokpal has been given the powers of superintendence over, and powers to give direction to DSPE in respect of the matters referred by the Lokpal for preliminary inquiry or investigation to the DSPE under the Act. Further, it is made incumbent on CVC to send a statement [17] to the Lokpal in respect of action taken on complaints referred to it under the second proviso to Section 20(1) and on receipt of such statement, the Lokpal may issue guidelines for effective and expeditious disposal of such cases. Therefore, the murky only gets murkier. There is no gainsaying that the legitimate expectation from the newly incorporated statute, the Lokpal Act, would have been to refine the process of inquiry and investigation into the corruption cases, however, the Lokpal Act has only compounded the extant pandemonium and lead to greater obfuscation. There are certain areas (offences committed by Category ‘A’ officers, for instance) where there is an overlap of jurisdiction between CVC and Lokpal, as has already been communicated by CVC to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice[18]. It is submitted that for the two acts to function in harmony and cohesion, the domain of each should be independent and there must be a clear-cut division of the jurisdiction and powers. Conclusion The CVC has been accorded a step-motherly treatment by the legislature hitherto and has been made to play a second fiddle in the investigation and prosecution of POCA offences. The wings of the CVC were clipped further with the introduction of Section 17A in POCA by the legislature causing avoidable delays in the investigation, and at times, even lapse of recommendations made by the CVC. Now, with the neoteric appointments of the CVC being questioned and shrouded in dubiety and suspicion, it is time to frame guidelines for handling grievances/complaints against the CVC/VCs, revamp the role and appointment process of CVC and streamlining of the CVC Act and the corresponding provisions of the Lokpal Act and POCA to confer some clarity on the functioning of Commission, do away with the overlapping jurisdictions of CVC and Lokpal and equip the CVC with some powers to expedite the sanction for investigation and prosecution. As regards Section 17A of POCA, the challenge to its constitutional validity is pending before the Supreme Court in ‘Centre for Public Interest Litigation Vs. Union of India; W.P. (C) No. 1373/ 2018’ and any comment/observation thereon would not be warranted Views Are Personal Only [1] Center for PIL & Anr. Vs. Union of India & Anr., (2011) 4 SCC 1 [2] (1998) 1 SCC 226 [3] The superintendence of the CBI, according to Section 4 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 vests in the Central Government. The Court directed that this superintendence should be exercised by the CVC. [4] Report on CVC and Allied Bodies – 161st Report of the Law Commission of India, 1998 [5] Section 3(3) of CVC Act – The Central Vigilance Commissioner and the Vigilance Commissioners shall be appointed from amongst persons: (a) who have been or are in an All-India Service or in any civil service of the Union or in a civil post under the Union having knowledge and experience in the matters relating to vigilance, policy making and administration including police administration; [6] (2009) 7 SCC 1 [7] Section 25 [8] Section 26 [9] Section 14 [10] Section 8(2)- The persons referred to in clause (d) of sub-section (1) are as follows:- (a) members of All-India Services serving in connection with the affairs of the Union and Group ‘A’ officers of the Central Government; (b) such level of officers of the corporations established by or under any Central Act, Government companies, societies and other local authorities, owned or controlled by the Central Government, as that Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf: Provided that till such time a notification is issued under this clause, all officers of the said corporations, companies, societies and local authorities shall be deemed to be the persons referred to in clause (d) of sub-section (1). [11] Section 8(1)(a) and Section 8(1)(b)- This is to be read in conjunction with the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in ‘Center for PIL & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors., (2012) 3 SCC 104’, wherein it was held “However, in view of proviso to Section 8(1)(b) of the 2003 Act the Central Vigilance Commission cannot, while exercising the power of superintendence under clause (a) or giving directions under clause (b), direct Delhi Special Police Establishment to investigate or dispose of any case in a particular manner. In other words, the power of superintendence cannot be used by the Central Vigilance Commission for interfering with the manner and method of investigation or consideration of any case by the CBI in a particular manner.” [12] (2014) 8 SCC 682 [13] https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/stipulated-time-over-for-sanction-to-prosecute-nearly-100-government-officials-cvc/article29943572.ece [14] Section 8(2)(c) of CVC Act – “on a reference made by the Lokpal under proviso to sub-section (1) of section 20 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, the persons referred to in clause (d) of sub-section (1) shall also include— (i) members of Group B, Group C and Group D services of the Central Government; …..” [15] Section 11A of the CVC Act [16] Proviso to Section 20(1) of the Lokpal Act- Provided that the Lokpal shall if it has decided to proceed with the preliminary inquiry, by a general or special order, refer the complaints or a category of complaints or a complaint received by it in respect of public servants belonging to Group A or Group B or Group C or Group D to the Central Vigilance Commission constituted under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003 (45 of 2003): Provided further that the Central Vigilance Commission in respect of complaints referred to it under the first proviso, after making preliminary inquiry in respect of public servants belonging to Group A and Group B, shall submit its report to the Lokpal in accordance with the provisions contained in sub-sections (2) and (4) and in case of public servants belonging to Group C and Group D, the Commission shall proceed in accordance with the provisions of the Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003 (45 of 2003): [17] Section 25(2) of the Lokpal Act [18] Para 1.9, Page 2 of the Central Vigilance Commission, Annual Report – 2016 Next Storylast_img read more

Alibag Court Allows Police To Question Arnab Goswami For 3 Hours Daily In Taloja Prison

first_imgTop StoriesAlibag Court Allows Police To Question Arnab Goswami For 3 Hours Daily In Taloja Prison Nitish Kashyap9 Nov 2020 6:41 AMShare This – xThe Chief Judicial Magistrate Court at Alibag allowed the police team investigating the Anvay Naik abetment to suicide case to interrogate Republic TV Arnab Goswami for three hours at Taloja. The Raigad police had moved a plea seeking permission to interrogate Arnab for a specific time period daily at Taloja jail. Earlier, on November 6, the Magistrate had passed the order allowing police…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 Chief Judicial Magistrate Court at Alibag allowed the police team investigating the Anvay Naik abetment to suicide case to interrogate Republic TV Arnab Goswami for three hours at Taloja. The Raigad police had moved a plea seeking permission to interrogate Arnab for a specific time period daily at Taloja jail. Earlier, on November 6, the Magistrate had passed the order allowing police to interrogate Goswami for three hours daily at Alibag. On Sunday, he was shifted from Alibag to Taloja central prison.The permission to interrogate Arnab has been granted in compliance with Maharashtra Prison Rules till the time he is able to obtain bail.On the other hand, the Sessions Court on Monday adjourned till tomorrow the revision application by the local Crime Branch against the CJM, Alibag’s order rejecting police custody and granting judicial custody of Arnab instead. The Bombay High Court today rejected Arnab’s interim bail plea observing that further investigation in the case is not illegal and rights of victims is also important along with that of the accused. Ahead of the pronouncement of the order, application for regular bail was filed and it was expected to be heard today. However, the Court decided to take up hearing the revision application filed by the police first. Tomorrow the revision application will be heard at 11 am and the bail application may be heard thereafter.It was argued on behalf of Arnab that the arrest is illegal as an ‘A summary’ was already filed and the case was reopened without the Magistrate’s permission. Whereas, the prosecution sought police custody as they wanted to investigate the case thoroughly.Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat confirmed that the Court accepted the prosecution’s argument that police interrogation of the accused was necessary and allowed the police to question him for three hours.In the order refusing interim bail to Republic TV anchor Arnab Goswami, the Bombay High Court observed that the further investigation started by Raigad police in the Anvay Naik suicide case “cannot be termed as illegal and without seeking permission of the Magistrate”.A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik rejected the arguments raised by Goswami’s lawyers- Senior Advocates Harish Salve and Abad Ponda – that the police action against him was illegal as they could not have suo moto revived the investigation after the Magistrate had accepted closure report in the case in 2019.(The initial version of the story had reported that the order allowing police interrogation was passed by Alibaug Sessions Court today. The same was a mistake and the copy has been corrected accordingly. The error is deeply regretted).Next Storylast_img read more

Missing Maui hiker’s boyfriend believes she’s still in dense forest

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s been a week since Amanda Eller mysteriously vanished while apparently going for a hike on Maui, but her boyfriend said Wednesday the search continues and he just wants her back home.Eller, a 35-year-old physical therapist and yoga teacher from the Hawaiian island, was last seen by her boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol, on the morning of May 15. Surveillance footage released Wednesday showed Eller, in workout gear, going to the Ha’iku Post Office and store that morning, mailing a Mother’s Day package and buying water and energy bars.“Wednesday evening was when it started for me,” Konkol told ABC News. “I came home and her car wasn’t home, which wasn’t that untypical, a little strange that I didn’t get a text message, but she likes to do her own thing and I respect that. It did, however, start to get later with no sign of her and I started having that weird feeling, ya know that gut feeling, that something wasn’t right.”He called her multiple times, but got no response.He continued, saying in that moment, “Hopefully if I go to bed, sometime she’ll just crawl in tonight having lost her phone or got caught up with some friends.”But Thursday morning she still wasn’t home. Konkol said he called the local hospital to see if she’d been in an accident and reported her missing to police.He said he ran through a couple places where she might have gone, including the Makawao forest, a regular hiking location for both of them, where police sent out patrol cars and found her white SUV.“I didn’t even bring water or anything, I was just in my car in a second, convinced that I could just go and find her,” he said.Eller’s cellphone and wallet were found in her car, which Konkol and her friends have said was normal when she went on runs in the forest.There’s been no sign of Eller for a week now, even as hundreds of people have been scouring the Kahakapao Trail.Eller and Konkol have been dating for about a year.“Amanda is one of the most amazing people I know. She’s radiantly beautiful — driven, successful, intelligent, super kind, loving, just overall wants to live the best life she can live,” he said.Konkol said he has not been a suspect “since the beginning,” but he voluntarily took, and passed, a lie detector test and allowed police to search their home, after which he was cleared.He has spent everyday searching the woods for Eller, along with Maui Fire and Rescue, the Maui Fire Department and dozens of search-and-rescue teams.“As soon as they gave me the go-ahead I went in the woods and I ended up hiking with the cops for awhile and then by myself down some streams, basically until my safety was in jeopardy,” Konkol said.“It’s not unlike her to want to go find a secluded spot or something cool,” he said. “Due to how thick the foliage is, we could have walked past her for all we know. She could be unconscious at this point. Calling for her is helpful, it could wake her up, but at the same time it’s not necessarily a cue that she’s not in the area.”Police are saying there’s no evidence of any foul play and she’s simply considered a missing person.“Officers attached to our Special Response Team have put in many miles searching the denser sections of the forest reserve,” Assistant Chief of Police Victor Ramos told Honolulu ABC affiliate KITV-TV. “We are grateful for the many tips and bits of information we received from the general public.Konkol said even drones are being used to help find his girlfriend.“Not to rule out foul play, there’s always that possibility, however I feel strongly — and a lot of people definitely feel strongly that she’s in this forest,” Konkol said. “I just want to encourage everyone not to give up hope that she’s still here. It’s not unheard of that she could be still alive. I feel in my heart she’s still alive for whatever that’s worth.”“She’s my soulmate, she’s the love of my life and I feel that she’s still out there. … I’d really like to stop spending my evenings alone and have my love back,” he added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Informercial eases transition to XP

first_imgInformercial eases transition to XPOn 1 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Mercer Human Resource Consulting is using an online infomercial to helpstaff make the transition to Microsoft XP software across the organisation. Theinfomercial forms part of an integrated training programme ComputacenterTraining has developed for the consulting organisation and is being created bybespoke e-learning content specialist Fuel. It identifies changes XP willbring, and highlights the superior features of the new system. “We wanted a quick introduction to XP for all of our staff that wouldcatch their attention and give them a taster of what was to come with XP,”says Jim Keeley of Mercer. “We now have a very cost-effective product thatis easy to use and has been welcomed by everyone in Mercer.” Computacenter developed quick reference guides for each Office XPapplication, delivered training for laptop users and provided floorwalkers inMercer offices to give personal help when required. “The infomercial worked well in setting the scene prior to the newsystem’s launch,” says Esther Tomlin, Computacenter’s training accountmanager. “People need to understand why new technology is being introducedto the workplace and what benefits it will bring.” – Fuel has released a free booklet called Success with e-learning. Based onits experience with a range of clients, it looks at the importance of a focusedstrategy and a dedicated project team and explains why pre-launch andpost-launch are equally vital. It can be obtained by [email protected]  www.computacenter.com Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more