BGC in “utter dismay” at government’s casino U-turn

first_img “The support from HM Treasury, such as the Job Retention Scheme, has really helped but now our members will be forced to pay National Insurance on top of salaries in August while they remain closed,” he added.“As furlough payments are phased out, there will be no flexibility for casinos to adapt to the new working and leisure environment when they are eventually allowed to reopen.” Casino & games 31st July 2020 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland “This latest fiasco represents a huge blow to the casino industry which will now have remained closed for nearly five months,” Dugher continued. “Casinos are a fundamental part of our leisure, hospitality, entertainment and tourism industry.He pointed out the sector employs over 14,000 people directly, as well as indirectly supporting another 4,000 UK jobs, paying more than £5.7m in tax per week in 2019. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter However, he warned that operators, having spent millions on reopening plans, including recalling furloughed staff, now looked to be forced into “significant redundancies” due to the heavy cost of the closures. Industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to express its “utter dismay” at the decision to delay the reopening of English casinos by at least two weeks. Industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has written to the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer to express its “utter dismay” at the decision to delay the reopening of English casinos by at least two weeks.Earlier today (31 July) Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that casinos, which had been due to reopen from 1 August, would not reopen until 15 August at the earliest.The properties closed on 20 March as the UK went into lockdown amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and it was not until 17 July that the government set a date for casino reopenings. Other gambling venues such as betting shops (from 15 June) and bingo halls (from 4 July) have already been allowed to open their doors to customers.However, with stricter lockdown measures being reintroduced in the north of England, Johnson said it was necessary to “squeeze the brake pedal” on easing lockdown in other parts of the country further.This has been greeted with horror by the BGC, which had lobbied the government to either reopen, or at least set out a timescale for casinos to reopen.In a letter to the UK finance minister, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, BGC chief executive Michael Dugher (pictured) described the U-turn as “highly illogical, inconsistent and deeply damaging to those businesses and thousands of staff they employ.”Dugher said the government’s strategy for dealing with Covid-19 appeared to be “in disarray”.“We were told that the strategy was to move to regional and local lockdowns, yet the government’s announcement today forces all casinos to remain closed,” he wrote.“It is also the case that the new restrictions are supposed to be focused on households not mixing – not on closing businesses.”He cited government advice stating that households were permitted to avail themselves of hospitality options such as bars and pubs.Dugher’s letter also took exception to Johnson’s assertion that businesses such as casinos were higher risk, something he said was “bizarre and quite wrong”. The BGC pointed out that casino operators had invested heavily in making their properties Covid-secure, installing perspex screens, sanitisation equipment and employing track and trace systems to protect patrons.The industry had also coordinated with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Public Health England to ensure that all venues were ready to reopen from 1 August.  Topics: Casino & games BGC in “utter dismay” at government’s casino U-turn Email Addresslast_img read more

ScanGroup Limited (SCAN.ke) 2017 Abridged Report

first_imgScanGroup Limited (SCAN.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about ScanGroup Limited (SCAN.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ScanGroup Limited (SCAN.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ScanGroup Limited (SCAN.ke)  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileWPP-ScanGroup Limited is the largest marketing and communication group in the Africa sub-region with leading advertising agencies and media houses falling under the holding company name. These include Ogilvy & Mather, SCANAD, JWT, BluePrint Marketing, GroupM, MediaCom Africa, Mindshare and MEC. Public relations companies include Ogilvy PR and H+K Strategies; marketing research agencies include Millward Brown; specialty communication agencies include Roundtrip and Geometry Global; digital companies include OgilvyOne, Squad Digital and SCANAD Digital. WPP-Scangroup has expertise in advertising, media investment management, advertising and marketing research, public relations, digital advertising and communications marketing strategy. WPP-ScanGroup has a presence in 25 countries in sub-Sahara Africa and majority-owned offices in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. It has minority-owned operations in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Senegal and Zimbabwe. Scangroup became a subsidiary of WPP in 2013 and the company changed its name to WPP-Scangroup Limited in 2015. WPP-ScanGroup Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Allchurches Trust launches Covid-19 grants programme

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Allchurches Trust launches Covid-19 grants programme  642 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Allchurches Trust has launched a grants programme to help churches and Christian charities meet changing needs within their communities as the longer-term impact of Covid-19 becomes clearer.In developing the Hope Beyond programme, Allchurches Trust carried out an online consultation to better understand what its beneficiaries felt the key needs of people of all ages in their communities would be as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic.It found that more than two-thirds of church respondents expect loneliness and isolation to be the most pressing need in the next three months, with 58% of churches predicting the same when looking a year ahead. The issue of mental health and wellbeing was the second highest rated concern for around half of churches, while many also reported feeling limited by a lack of digital knowledge and/or technology – both within the church and in the wider community.The Hope Beyond grants programme will, therefore, look to address these three themes:Projects responding to the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic where new and/or enhanced support is being proposed.Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeingProjects focused on growing technological capability and resilience and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support.Hope Beyond will provide grants of up to £50,000, and the amount received will depend upon the project’s cost and the level of need in the community, ranging from 10% of project cost through to 80%.  641 total views,  5 views today Advertisement Tagged with: COVID-19 Funding Melanie May | 17 July 2020 | Newslast_img read more

Episode 205 – NFC North Exit Interview (Packers, Bears, Vikings, Lions)

first_imgFort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Facebook Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. + posts Linkedin 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West TAGSblanket coverageChicago BearsDetroit Lionsexit interviewsfootballGreen Bay Packersjack wallaceMinnesota VikingsnfcNFC NorthNFLNFL Exit Interviewsnoah parkerpodcastsports ReddIt TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Facebook 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Jack Wallace Twitter 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East Linkedin Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Protests in Minnesota after officer-involved shooting, new COVID-19 treatmentsNext articleWhat we’re reading: Request to sequester denied in Chauvin trial, Michigan’s COVID-19 cases rise Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt printJack and Noah continue their 2020/21 NFL Exit Interview series with the first NFC episode on the NFC North. This episode features the regular season and post-season recaps and takes, as well as the upcoming NFL Draft. We feature the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions. Follow us @BlanketCovPod on Twitter and @blanketcoveragepodcast on Instagram for more news and updates!Timestamps:0:00-7:00 – NFL Updates7:00-16:10 – Green Bay Packers16:10-27:08 – Chicago Bears27:08-32:30 – Minnesota Vikings32:30-39:20 – Detroit Lions39:20-END – Divisional Champ Preview Twitter Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/last_img read more

Press freedom violations mar demonstrations despite democratic progress

first_img Organisation KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en Although the international community has hailed a new constitution limiting the president’s powers and increasing those of parliament as an important step in Kyrgyzstan’s democratic evolution, a wave of press freedom violations occurred during the massive demonstrations that preceded its adoption on 9 November, Reporters Without Borders said today.“Popular unrest forced President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to make democratic concessions, but the handling of the crisis showed the government’s authoritarian nature,” the press freedom organisation said. “Journalists were attacked while covering the demonstrations and websites were blocked, preventing the public from getting proper news coverage. It highlighted how precarious the media are and how they are exposed to frequent government censorship.”Journalists with the 24.kg news agency were attacked by unidentified assailants while covering a pro-government demonstration in the capital, Bishkek, on 7 November. TV Pyramida reporter Turat Bektenov was attacked as he was returning home the same day.Several media were prevented from providing news coverage from 2 to 7 November. TV Pyramida’s antenna was attacked and damaged. The broadcasts of NTS, an independent TV station that was covering the protests live, were interrupted several times. The content and archives of the online newspaper www.tazar.kg were deleted the night after six protesters were injured, three of them with gunshot wounds, when police dispersed a demonstration.Marat Tokoyev of the NGO Journalists said the media were not able to cover these demonstrations in an independent manner. August 26, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist Receive email alerts RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan center_img KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information November 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom violations mar demonstrations despite democratic progress August 14, 2020 Find out more News to go further News News October 9, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

“Journalists are not terrorists”

first_img Receive email alerts News RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia RSF_en May 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has just visited Ethiopia, where two Swedish journalists, Kontinent news agency reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson, were sentenced to 11 years in prison on 29 December on charges of entering the country illegally and supporting terrorism.During the visit, from 9 to 12 January, the two Swedish journalists decided to request a presidential pardon instead of appealing against their conviction. “In Ethiopia, there is a long tradition of pardons and we have chosen to leave it to this tradition,” they said, announcing their decision on 10 January in Addis Ababa’s Kality prison.“Persson and Schibbye were arrested with members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front but they never supported terrorism,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They went to the Ogaden as journalists. We are now in a new phase, one of political negotiation, and we hope that the Ethiopian authorities, the National Pardon Board and everyone else involved can reach an agreement under which they are released quickly.”During the visit, Reporters Without Borders also assessed the current state of media freedom in Ethiopia and the constraints on its journalists, two of whom were convicted on terrorism charges on 19 January in Addis Ababa.A repressive legislative arsenal and dwindling room for expressionEven if recent years have been marked by tension between the government and privately-owned media and surveillance of the most outspoken journalists, Reporters Without Borders recognizes that there is space for freedom of expression in Ethiopia. As well as two state-owned dailies, the Amharic-language Addis Zemen and the English-language Ethiopian Herald, there are also privately-owned newspapers such as the Amharic-language Reporter, Addis Admas, Sendek, Mesenazeria and Fitih, along with the English-language The Reporter and The Daily Monitor. The privately-owned newspapers are routinely critical of government policies and at times provocative.But, in the course of its observations and the interviews it conducted during this visit, Reporters Without Borders confirmed that freedom of expression has been on the wane for some time. This has been seen, for example, in the fact that two Amharic-language weeklies, Addis Neger and Awramba Times, ceased to publish when their journalists fled the country, in December 2009 in the case of the first, and November 2011 in the case of the second.In the course of the past three years, Ethiopia has adopted laws targeting civil society and combating terrorism that have arguably rode roughshod over rights guaranteed by Ethiopia’s constitution. It is partly this legislative arsenal that has had the direct effect of reducing the democratic space and freedom of expression.Taboo subjects and working as a journalistSpeaking on condition of anonymity, an Ethiopian journalist who works for one of the weeklies told Reporters Without Borders: “There are red lines we cannot trespass while covering news stories. For example, the Oromo Liberation Front, which has long been a separatist movement, announced a few days ago on a website based abroad that it was abandoning its demand for autonomy. This is big news for Ethiopia but we cannot cover it in the local press because the authorities regard the OLF as a terrorist organization and referring to it might get you arrested.”The journalist added: “We cannot publish the views of certain people, either. The journalist Mesfin Negash of Addis Neger, for example, is wanted on a terrorism charge. As he is living in exile, he can still write articles and offer them to newspapers in Ethiopia. But who is going to take the risk of publishing them? You could possibly be picked up at once and face charges. The law forbids it, so it is indirect censorship.”Reporters Without Borders is concerned that when journalists with the privately-owned media dare to persist with their fierce criticisms of the state, it happens that they become the targets of criticism or smear campaigns in the state-owned or pro-government media.Widespread self-censorship and fear of arrest have also at times led journalists to flee the country. After those who fled in December 2009, at least another three left in November 2011. They were Abebe Tola, also known as “Abe Tokichaw,” a well-known columnist for the Fitih and Awramba Times weeklies, his colleague Tesfaye Degu of Netsanet and Awramba Times editor Dawit Kebede.Journalists facing a possible death sentence on terrorism chargesReporters Without Borders wrote to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in August 2011 requesting an investigation into the condition in which two journalists were being held – Awramba Times deputy editor Woubeshet Taye, who was arrested on 19 June, and Fitih columnist Reyot Alemu, who was arrested on 21 June. The letter did not get a reply.In Addis Ababa, Reporters Without Borders asked the NGO “Justice for all, Prison Fellowship Ethiopia” to make enquiries about their situation and work with the government to assure that they are held in acceptable conditions while in detention.On 19 January, an Addis Ababa court found these two journalists, along with a number of opposition figures, guilty of participating in a terrorist organization and preparing a terrorist attack. The charges carry a possible death penalty or life imprisonment. The court is due to issue sentences on a later date.“Was there any irrefutable evidence of their involvement in terrorist activity produced in court?” Reporters Without Borders asked. “As showed by the prosecutor, both may have been in contact with opposition figures, which was risky, but the court should have considered the possibility that it could have been done in the exercise of freedom of expression. We are very disturbed by the idea that these two journalists may well receive harsh sentences just for expressing opinions. “The Ethiopian government says the court just followed the law, but this law could violate journalists’ freedom to practice their profession, a freedom guaranteed by the constitution. A journalist carries a tough duty to proving information to the public. He needs special protection in order to fulfill this duty. This law in Ethiopia no longer allows journalists to do their job in that sense.” Follow the news on Ethiopia News February 10, 2021 Find out more Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation May 21, 2021 Find out more News Organisation EthiopiaAfrica to go further EthiopiaAfrica January 24, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Journalists are not terrorists”last_img read more

Pasadena Congresswoman Chu Praises House Vote to Improve the Copyright Office

first_img Make a comment HerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News 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. 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 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News The House voted to pass H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 on Wednesday.The bill would change the selection process for the head of the Copyright Office to be a Presidential nominee confirmed by the Senate. Currently, the Register of Copyrights is appointed by the Librarian of Congress, since the Copyright Office is housed within the Library of Congress. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), co-founder and co-chair of the Creative Rights Caucus, who has been an advocate for this change, released the following statement:“I am so pleased that the House has taken this much needed bipartisan step towards improving the Copyright Office. The underlying bill is a result of more than three years of hearings, listening tours, and dozens of conversations with a wide range of stakeholders. As the House Judiciary Committee finished its thorough review of the Copyright Act, there was broad consensus that the Copyright Office should be modernized and restructured.“I commend Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers for their bipartisan leadership in the bill’s passage today. Copyright industries contribute over one trillion dollars to our economy, but creators are hampered by an out of date Copyright Office. Making the Register of Copyrights a Presidentially appointed position confirmed by the Senate will ensure that the office is more responsive to all stakeholders. This will also increase the Copyright Office’s accountability to Congress and the public.“And I am pleased that my amendment was included. This simple amendment makes clear that this bill is not intended to change the requirement that makes copyrighted material available to the Library of Congress. For the sake of our future and our economic growth, I am glad that we could take this bipartisan step to improve the functionality of the Copyright Office.”H.R. 1695 passed by a vote of 378-161. On April 21, Rep. Chu published an op-ed in The Hill in support of H.R. 1695. Along with Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), Rep. Chu introduced H.R. 890, the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy (CODE) Act. This bill proposes structural improvements to the Copyright Office, which includes the changes in H.R. 1695 such as requiring the Register position to be appointed by the President and consented by the Senate. More Cool Stuff Community News Government Pasadena Congresswoman Chu Praises House Vote to Improve the Copyright Office Published on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 2:18 pm Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

“Lawyers Abstaining From Work In View Of COVID-19 Pandemic”: Rajasthan HC Grants Bail In The Absence Of Lawyers In Many Cases

first_imgNews Updates”Lawyers Abstaining From Work In View Of COVID-19 Pandemic”: Rajasthan HC Grants Bail In The Absence Of Lawyers In Many Cases LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK16 April 2020 1:27 AMShare This – xNotwithstanding the non-appearance of Advocates amidst the unprecedented situation created by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the Rajasthan High Court has heard over a hundred bail applications since the crisis begun. Yesterday alone, the High Court allowed around 20 bail applications relating to criminal complaints registered under IPC, NDPS Act, etc, in absence of the…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?LoginNotwithstanding the non-appearance of Advocates amidst the unprecedented situation created by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the Rajasthan High Court has heard over a hundred bail applications since the crisis begun. Yesterday alone, the High Court allowed around 20 bail applications relating to criminal complaints registered under IPC, NDPS Act, etc, in absence of the filing counsel. These bail applications were heard by Justice Manoj Kumar Garg who himself undertook to assess the material placed on record and went on to release the applicants on bail, after recording his satisfaction for the same. In one of the cases, Justice Garg allowed the revision petition moved by a juvenile, accused of committing gang rape under Section 376D of IPC. Setting aside the orders passed by the Juvenile Justice Board and the Special POCSO Court that denied his bail plea, the high court enlarged the Petitioner on bail while clarifying that the gravity of the offence committed cannot be a ground to decline bail to a juvenile. In a few cases, the bail pleas were allowed while keeping in mind that the alleged offences were minor/ detention of the accused was no longer required, and that trial of the case will take a “long considerable time”. “Taking into the facts and circumstances of the case and also the facts that the accused-petitioners are behind the bars since long and the trial of the case will take sufficient long time to be concluded. Therefore, the benefit of bail should be granted to the accused-petitioners,” Justice Garg observed. The Rajasthan High Court has been hearing only extremely urgent matters via video conferencing, due to the impending threat of the Corona virus. Through a notification issued on Tuesday, the high court intimated that all pending Bail Applications will be listed before concerned Benches “without mentioning”. It was also decided that no adverse order will be passed in case a counsel does not appear and further that on consideration of written mentioning and submissions, the matter concerned will be suitably adjourned. The bail pleas are also being given precedence in view of the Supreme Court directions to decongest prisons by determining the class of prisoners who may be released on parole/ interim bail, until the threat of pandemic subsides. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

‘There’s A Dire Need For Creating Mechanism For Registration Of Migrant Workers In Delhi’: Delhi HC [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates’There’s A Dire Need For Creating Mechanism For Registration Of Migrant Workers In Delhi’: Delhi HC [Read Order] Karan Tripathi29 Jun 2020 9:39 PMShare This – xDelhi High Court has noted that there’s a dire need for creating a mechanism for registration of migrant workers in Delhi. The Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh further directed the Central Government to submit a detailed affidavit highlighting the kind of portal it is proposing to create for the registration of migrant workers in Delhi. The order has come in 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?LoginDelhi High Court has noted that there’s a dire need for creating a mechanism for registration of migrant workers in Delhi. The Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh further directed the Central Government to submit a detailed affidavit highlighting the kind of portal it is proposing to create for the registration of migrant workers in Delhi. The order has come in a writ petition filed by Mr Shashank S Mangal, seeking registration of migrant workers in Delhi. In the last hearing, the court had directed both the Centre as well as the Delhi Government to submit detailed status reports indicating the data related to migrant workers and three procedures laid down for their registration. In today’s hearing, the Delhi Government informed the court that not a single worker is registered under the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979. However, the government further informed, that under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996, there are various schemes which are available for construction workers. Moreover, the registration of these workers takes place through the e-district portal. It was also submitted by the Delhi Government that during the lockdown period, 39,600 registered construction workers have been disbursed financial assistance. In addition to this, the Union of India submitted that the the Ministry of Labour and Employment, held a video conference on 16th June, 2020 with the intention to prepare a uniform registration format with software for portability across the country to enable the registration of migrant workers. It was further mentioned that despite the fact that the Shram Suvidha portal of the Central Government does provide registration and issue license under the 1979 Act, no request has come so far from the migrant workers in Delhi. In light of these submissions, the court noted that: ‘A perusal of the above two reports/notes shows that there is a dire need for creating a mechanism for registration of migrant workers. Though some progress appears to have been made under the BOCW Act, registration/grant of licences under the 1979 Act is almost negligible, if not nil. This position needs to be altered and solved in order to ensure that migrant labour is adequately protected in terms of the Acts and benefits meant for them are also passed on to them.’ Therefore, the court that directed the Central Government to file a detailed affidavit highlighting the kind of portal, which is sought to be created, for the registration of migrant labour across the country. Such a portal ought to have on board all the state governments so that the ingress and egress of migrant labour is duly recorded and reported. The court will next take up the matter on July 22. Case Title: Shashank Mangal v. GNCTD Number: W.P.(C) 3324/2020Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

‘Shall Not Indulge In Any Activities Or Protest’ : Gauhati HC Orders While Granting Bail To Anti-CAA Activist Akhil Gogoi

first_imgNews Updates’Shall Not Indulge In Any Activities Or Protest’ : Gauhati HC Orders While Granting Bail To Anti-CAA Activist Akhil Gogoi Mehal Jain17 July 2020 9:29 AMShare This – xWhile granting bail to activist Akhil Gogoi in three cases registered over alleged violence in protests against Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, the Gauhati High Court ordered that he should not indulge in “any activities or protest”.The order passed by Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak stated :”Pending investigation and trial of said cases, the petitioner shall not indulge in any activities…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?LoginWhile granting bail to activist Akhil Gogoi in three cases registered over alleged violence in protests against Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, the Gauhati High Court ordered that he should not indulge in “any activities or protest”.The order passed by Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak stated :”Pending investigation and trial of said cases, the petitioner shall not indulge in any activities or protest, shall not give any provocative or instigating speech/lecture, shall not communicate provocative or instigating messages in any platform, medial etc., that results in blocking of any public or private road, rail etc., affecting/hampering the commuters in their peaceful movement and in violent incident or damage to the public property thereby threatens peace, tranquility and harmony of the public of the society”.Despite the grant of bail in these cases, he will remain in custody for the cases being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The 3 FIRs, registered at Chabua police station in Dibrugarh district in the state, were under Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon.), 336 (Act endangering life or personal safety of others), 436 (Mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc), 427 (Mischief causing loss or damage) of the IPC, with added Sections 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), and 153B ( Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) of the IPC, read with Section 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Damages to Public Property Act, 1984, and with Section 15(1)(a) and 16 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. In connection to these cases, Gogoi was shown to be arrested on May 28, while he was already under custody in relation to cases registered by NIA. Before the judge, it was urged on behalf of the petitioner that while in custody, he suffered from COVID-19 pandemic and is presently under medical treatment. Gogoi’s counsel submitted that as he had taken active part in the agitation pertaining to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).  He was arrested on 13.12.2019 and thereafter shown to have been arrested on subsequent dates in numbers of cases relating to the movement against the said CAB and CAA that were registered in different places of the State and thereby detained him in custody for long in those cases without any basis, violating his rights. “From the petition itself, it is submitted that while the petitioner was at Jorhat on 11.12.2019, and participated in the agitation in a peaceful protest, he was detained by Jorhat police on 12.12.2019 and was arrested on 13.12.2019, in which case he was granted bail by the learned CJM, Jorhat on 26.12.2019. Thereafter, the petitioner was arrested by the National Investigating Agency under Sections 120B/124A/153A/153B of the IPC”, noted the Single Judge. It was also brought to the notice of the Court that the petitioner was arrested in connection with the FIR lodged on similar charges on 05.12.2019 and that another Bench of this Court by order dated 26.03.2020 granted him bail in the said Crime Branch Case. Further, the petitioner was shown arrested on 28.03.2020 on similar charges and a Bench of this Court by order dated 18.05.2020 released him on bail. Moreover, he was again shown to be arrested on 22.04.2020 and the Court by order dated 01.06.2020 granted him bail. On the other hand, the Additional Public Prosecutor submitted that the agitation against CAB was going on peacefully until the arrival of Chabua.  Gogoi gave an inciting speech which resulted in the protest turning violent, alleged the prosecution. It was further alleged that the violence led to the vandalizing of Chabua Branch of United Bank of India and the office of the Chabua Revenue Circle. While granting bail, the Single Bench noted that the matter relating to amendment of the Citizenship Act is presently pending before the Apex Court of India. The bench also appreciated that the petitioner, while seeking bail in another case, made a clear statement that during the pendency of the trial of the case he will not indulge in activities or protest which might result in violent incident or damage to public property and that considering such statement of the petitioner and other circumventing factors, he was released on bail with heavy surety by the Court by its order dated 26.03.2020. “In the said order dated 26.03.2020, the Court also observed that the petitioner at any point of time during the investigation and trial intimidates or influences or approaches any witness of the incident, the prosecution would be at liberty to seek cancellation of bail and that the petitioner shall not delay the process of investigation or trial”, the Single Judge observed. The bench also reflected that for the similar offences against the petitioner for his participation in the movement against CAB and CAA, the Court has already granted bail to him, as indicated above. “After considering the entire aspect of the matter, the Court is of the view that the petitioner namely, Sri Akhil Gogoi shall not be required for his further custodial interrogation for investigation and therefore, this bail application of the petitioner is accepted”, reads the order Accordingly, Gogoi was released on bail in each of the three cases on furnishing bail bonds of Rs. 50,000/- with two local sureties of the like amount to the satisfaction of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Dibrugarh.The other bail conditions are : (ii) Petitioner shall appear before the Investigating Officer as and when he is required for necessary investigation of the said cases; (iii) Petitioner shall not leave the territorial jurisdiction of the Chabua police station, without obtaining prior written permission from the concerned Investigating Officer of the case; (iv) Petitioner shall not hamper with the investigation, or tamper with the evidence of the case and (v) Petitioner shall not, directly or indirectly, make any inducement, threat or promise to any person acquainted with the facts of the case so as to dissuade them from disclosing such facts to the Court or to any police officer. “Failing any of the grounds noted above, the bail granted to the petitioner, named above, in the aforesaid Chabua Police Station Case shall stand automatically vacated”, clarified Justice Pathak.  Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more