Myners brands tax policy nonsensical

first_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Monday 25 October 2010 8:29 pm Show Comments ▼ FORMER?City minister Paul Myners yesterday urged bank shareholders to press management not to award “unreasonably high” bonuses in an effort to avoid a public backlash.Myners said that shareholders still had time to take action. But that if they did not, he feared that the perceived shortcomings in corporate governance would lead to the placing by government of additional regulations and tax burdens on the industry.The former Labour minister said, in a speech in Brazil, that it would be “nonsensical” for the government to take action that penalises the effectiveness of one of the global industries in which the UK?excels.“The owners of banks – the pension trustees and insurers – have time to take action,” he said.Myners said that the Labour opposition, which is backing a bank levy of its own, needed to think about banking in the knowledge that international banking is highly mobile and that most taxes on banks will be passed on to customers, primarily SMEs. Myners brands tax policy nonsensical whatsappcenter_img KCS-content Share whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

LPL 2020 : Irfan Pathan signs for Lankan Premier League, will…

first_imgby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeIPL 2020: Bad news for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny BairstowUndoIPL 2020 : Srikanth and fans slams MS Dhoni, says ‘wasted 15 Cr on Jadhav & Chawla’UndoFree Fire Redeem Codes for April 13th, Best ways to Redeem themUndo“I just need a bit of clarity about domestic cricket,” he said. “As soon as I get some clarity, I would love to help out whichever team I can, share my experience, I would love to do it. That’s always open.”Also read: LPL 2020: Lanka Premier League schedule announced; Check outIndian players – even recently-retired ones – do not generally turn out for foreign franchise tournaments. But LPL has pursued older Indian players, with no significant pushback from the BCCI. Manpreet Gony, who also last played a competitive T20 match 18 months ago, has been picked by the Colombo Kings franchise.Pathan’s signing is a minor boost for the tournament, after five other foreign players – Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Manvinder Bisla and Dawid Malan – were confirmed by an SLC official to have withdrawn from the LPL, in the past week. The LPL is scheduled to begin on November 21 and will run till December 13. LPL 2020 : Irfan Pathan signs for Lankan Premier League, will play for Kandy Tuskers Cricket WTC Final Day 3 LIVE Score: Latham, Conway stand tall against India; NZ 43/0 (23 ovs)- Follow Live Updates Cricket Former India international, Irfan Pathan has signed up with forthcoming Lanka Premier League (LPL 2020). According to the available information, Irfan will play for Kandy Tuskers in the league. The team is owned by actor Salman Khan’s brother Sohail Khan, as an overseas player.Irfan has confirmed the signing to ESPNcricinfo. Pathan joins a Tuskers roster that includes Chris Gayle, Liam Plunkett, Wahab Riaz and Kusal Perera.“I am definitely looking forward to this,” Irfan said. “Yes, I had retired from T20 cricket, but I can play around the world and hopefully I will be able to have fun with my game as well, which I didn’t have for the last two years. I think I can still play some, but I will start slowly and see how this goes, and then I will take it forward.”, Irfan told ESPN Cricinfo.  In the auction last week, two Indian players – Manvinder Bisla and Manpreet Gony – were picked by teams, but Pathan is one of the top Indian cricketers to sign up for the tournament. But according to reports, Bisla has already pulled out of the league.  Irfan, 36, had not played T20 cricket since February 2019, turning out only for the India Legends side in a charity tournament since then. He is currently commentating on the IPL in the UAE.The schedule for the Lanka Premier League (LPL) was announced last week, with Colombo competing against Galle in the opening match of the tournament on November 21 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota.  Cricket Cricket RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Switzerland to punish hapless Turkey; Follow Live Updates WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: Start delayed due to wet outfield, SA lead by 149 runs – Follow Live Updates YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Facebook Twitter Formula 1 Latest Sports News By Kunal Dhyani – November 1, 2020 center_img Cricket Previous articleWWE Smackdown Recap: Top 10 moments from the last episode of Smackdown – 30th October 2020Next articleIPL 2020 RCB vs SRH Highlights: SRH climbs to 4th spot; beats RCB by 5 wickets to keep playoffs hopes alive Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Football CricketLatest Sports NewsSport F1 French GP 2021: Max Verstappen pips Lewis Hamilton to win French GP, Perez finishes 3rd Irfan Pathan the former India allrounder, has signed a contract to play in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) for the Kandy Tuskers franchise. Pathan, who had mentored Jammu & Kashmir to the Ranji Trophy knockouts in 2019-20, also said that he was opening to assisting teams if and when the Indian domestic season gets underway. TAGSIrfan Pathan Kandy TuskersIrfan Pathan signs for LPL 2020Kandy Tuskers – Salman Khan familyLankan Premier LeagueLPL 2020 SHARE WTC Final Live: Virat Kohli continues century drought as Kyle Jamieson wins IPL team rivalry Wimbledon 2021 LIVE streaming: When, where and how to watch year’s third Grand Slam’ in you country, India Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Cricket PSL 2021 Playoffs: Schedule, Timing, LIVE streaming, list of champions; all you need to know BCCI to form committee to take call on compensating domestic cricketers Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Kumari to be sole entry to Tokyo Games as Indian women’s recurve team fails to qualify Cricket WTC Final 2021: India vs New Zealand Full Squad, Schedule, Live Streaming, Date, Time, Venue all you need to know World Test Championship finallast_img read more

Golden Star Resources Limited ( HY2014 Interim Report

first_imgGolden Star Resources Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the half year.For more information about Golden Star Resources Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Golden Star Resources Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Golden Star Resources Limited (  2014 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileGolden Star Resources Limited is a gold mining and exploration company which owns and operates the Wassa open-pit gold mine and Wassa underground mine in Ghana as well as a carbon-in-leach processing plant located near Tarkwa, Ghana. The gold mining company also has interests in the Bogoso gold mining and processing operation, Prestea open-pit mining operations and the Prestea underground development project located near Prestea, Ghana. Golden Star Resources Limited holds and manages interests in various gold exploration properties in Ghana and Brazil. Its headquarters are in Toronto, Canada. Golden Star Resources Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Swaziland Empowerment Limited ( 2017 Abridged Report

first_imgSwaziland Empowerment Limited ( listed on the Swaziland Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about Swaziland Empowerment Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Swaziland Empowerment Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Swaziland Empowerment Limited (  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileSwaziland Empowerment Limited (SEL) is an investment holding company engaged in financial intermediation. The company offers a range of products and services to private, commercial and corporate companies that range from personal and business checking to savings plans, home banking and lending options. The personal and business division of Swaziland Empowerment Limited caters for checking, savings, mortgage loans, commercial banking services, trust and investment, auto, home and personal loans. Swaziland Empowerment Limited has a 19% stake in the telecommunication entity, Swazi MTN Limited. It is a subsidiary of the Public Services Pensions Fund with headquarters in Mbabane, Swaziland. Swaziland Empowerment Limited is listed on the Swaziland Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Lloyds TSB Internet Banking raises £17,000 for NSPCC in a month

first_img Howard Lake | 13 February 2005 | News Lloyds TSB Internet Banking’s offer to donate 30p for every new customer who registered for Internet banking in December 2004 has raised £17,000 for the NSPCC.NSPCC was the bank’s charity of the year for 2004. Matthew Timms, Lloyds TSB Internet Banking director, said: “Lloyds TSB Internet banking is the most popular UK financial service site with 1.7 million users. By donating money for every new customer who registered for Internet banking during December, we’ve managed to raise a fantastic sum of money for the NSPCC to round off what we hope was a great year for them.” Advertisement  36 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Lloyds TSB Internet Banking raises £17,000 for NSPCC in a month 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

U.S. Still Likely to Benefit from TPP

first_img U.S. Still Likely to Benefit from TPP SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – May 17, 2017 Previous articleEPA Launches WOTUS Review WebpageNext articlePerdue Faces Push Back on USDA Reorganization Plan Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter The United States stands to benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, even though President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the trade agreement. New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay told Radio New Zealand the U.S. and other non-TPP countries will benefit from the changes to the sharing of pharmaceutical information. However, no added benefits extend to agriculture, which TPP was thought to increase U.S. agricultural export sales by $4 billion. McClay was meeting with his counterpart in Japan this week to discuss whether the current text of the TPP should remain in place, or if changes to the agreement should be made. In a news release, Japan and New Zealand officials said the nations “remain committed to maintaining the unity among the TPP nations” and “early entry into force” of the agreement.The two countries also confirmed a continued cooperation in concluding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, an Asia-Pacific trade deal under negotiation that excludes the United States but includes China.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News U.S. Still Likely to Benefit from TPPlast_img read more

Unacceptable call for Al Jazeera’s closure in Gulf crisis

first_imgNews Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Nearly three weeks after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar, journalists at Al Jazeera were stunned to learn from a news agency dispatch and tweets on 23 June that the 13 demands for ending this unprecedented regional crisis included the closure of Al Jazeera and other outlets directly or indirectly supported by Qatar, such as Al-Araby Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye.“This is without precedent in the history of humankind,” Al Jazeera Arabic director-general Yasser Abu Hilalah told RSF, adding that backing the call for the Doha-based broadcaster’s closure was like issuing a “licence for killing off journalism in this region” and ending media freedom.At times criticized for its coverage of the Arab revolutions and accused of bias and of acting as Qatar’s mouthpiece, Al Jazeera has nonetheless revolutionized the Arab media world since its creation in 1996 by providing a forum to all of the region’s political tendencies.The same diversity can also be found on the Middle East Eye website, whose editor, David Hearst told RSF that it was precisely its “pro-democracy and pro-Arab Spring” coverage, and its independence of any government that had put it on the list of media for closure. Contrasting Middle East Eye’s “effective” journalism with the “traditional” kind practiced in Saudi Arabia and UAE, he described the demand as an attempt to “extinguish any free voice which dares to question what they are doing.” “This use of pressure and blackmail betrays a clear desire by certain Gulf states to censor the Qatari media and constitutes a grave attack on press freedom and pluralism, and the right of access to information in the region,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The targeted media outlets must be able to exist freely, without being forced to fall in with the policies of neighbouring countries, which cannot by any stretch of the imagination be regarded as models of media freedom, as models to be followed.”Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and UAE – the countries that are demanding the closure of Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye and other media outlets regarded as pro-Qatari – are ranked 168th, 164th, 161st and 119th respectively in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, while Qatar is ranked 123rd. Targeting free speech and freedom to informEven before Qatar was given ten days to respond to the 13 demands, the emirate’s enemies began taking retaliatory measures against the Qatari media and any form of expression potentially favourable to Qatar.The Saudi and Jordanian governments announced the closure of Al Jazeera’s bureaux in their respective capitals at the start of June, just a few days after diplomatic relations were severed.At the same time, the UAE’s attorney-general announced that any expression of support for Qatar or opposition to UAE policy – whether spoken, written or on social networks – would henceforth be a crime punishable by three to 15 years in prison and a fine of 500,000 dirhams (120,000 euros).In Saudi Arabia, expressing support for Qatar is regarded as a public order offence. It is also punishable under article 7 of the cyber-crime law by up to five years in prison and a fine of 3 million riyals (710,000 euros). In Bahrain, the information ministry has warned the media that publishing any information liable to harm the state’s interests could lead to a fine and up to five years in prison.A few weeks prior to these measures, access to the websites of Al Jazeera and other Qatari media were blocked in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt. RSF is concerned about all these different violations of the freedom to inform and free speech and notes that this is not the first crisis that Al Jazeera has had to face.Al Jazeera was forced to close its bureaux in Kuwait and Jordan in 2002. Iran demanded the closure of its Tehran bureau in 2005 for “inciting unrest” in its coverage of incidents. It was forced to terminate its activities in Bahrain in 2010, in Egypt in 2013 and in Baghdad in 2014.Broadcasting worldwide in various languages, Al Jazeera is the Arab world’s most important and influential media outlet. As well as political hostility, it has also survived physical attacks, as when its premises came under fire during the Gaza war in 2014 and it suffered US bombardment in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003.“Al Jazeera’s staff have been threatened, locked up, and tragically killed as a consequence of carrying out their duties as journalists,” the broadcaster’s press office said. One of its journalists is currently detained in Egypt. It may be because Al Jazeera has survived all these trials that its bureau chief in Paris, Ayache Derradji, is still optimistic. He said: “Al Jazeera means ‘The Island’ and, like an island, it cannot be surrounded, besieged or even occupied because it is bigger than the imagination of press freedom’s enemies and it will remain free (…) Its life is longer than all the lives of the totalitarian regimes put together.” to go further QatarSaudi ArabiaBahrainUnited Arab EmiratesEgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionInternet RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very disturbed by the demand made by several Arab countries for the closure of Al Jazeera, Qatar’s leading TV broadcaster, and other media outlets funded by the emirate. RSF regards this as an unacceptable act of blackmail. Organisation Receive email alertscenter_img Stan Honda/AFP QatarSaudi ArabiaBahrainUnited Arab EmiratesEgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionInternet Al Jazeera – collateral victim of diplomatic offensive against Qatar News Help by sharing this information June 28, 2017 Unacceptable call for Al Jazeera’s closure in Gulf crisis June 7, 2017 Find out morelast_img read more

Low Scoring Woes for Men’s Hoops

first_img More Cool Stuff Make a comment Sports Low Scoring Woes for Men’s Hoops By ROBERT LEWIS Published on Monday, January 11, 2016 | 4:25 pm Jeremy Jean goes up for a layup attempt during the Lancers loss Friday night, image by Richard QuintonFor the sixth time in the last eight games, the Pasadena City College men’s basketball team failed to reach 50 points. The Lancers have lost all six of those contests and are mired in a 1-8 slump including Friday’s 62-49 defeat against Los Angeles Harbor in a South Coast Conference crossover game at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.The Lancers (4-12 overall) opened the game’s scoring on a 3-point bomb by Tey Williams. It would be PCC’s only lead as Harbor would build its advantage to 26-13 before going into halftime ahead, 30-23.In the second half, Williams drilled another trey to cut the lead to two, 30-28, with 17:30 remaining. The Seahawks (10-8) responded with a 9-1 run. PCC got to within six, 41-35, but Harbor controlled the game’s final 11 minutes to record the win.LAHC’s Dharion Tanner proved to be a nightmare for the Lancers as he scored 19 of his game-high 22 points in the second half. Tanner also grabbed 11 rebounds.For PCC, Williams scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds while reserve guard Corey Robinson also scored 11 points. Letterman forward Jeremy Jean had a nice game off the bench, scoring 10 points, mostly on jumpers near the free throw line. Todd Barnes contributed nine points and passed out five assists while Darrell Childs scored four points but grabbed 11 rebounds. Jordan Hackett, a guard from Cathedral High, was activated and played his first collegiate game as he made two free throws for his two points.The Lancers struggling offense is down to a 60 points average, a mark that leaves them in 83rd place out of the state’s 92 teams. The team’s 38.2 percent field goal percentage is even lower at 85th.On Wednesday, PCC lost at Long Beach City College, 64-49, as Williams was the only Lancer who scored in double figures with 15 points. The Lancers were tied 32-32 but LBCC went on a 16-0 scoring spurt over the next five minutes to put the game away.PCC travels to face El Camino College on Wednesday, Jan. 13 in a 7 p.m. crossover contest. First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Community News Subscribe Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

“Her Childhood Was Snatched”, Ut’khand High Court Denies Bail To 3 Women Accused Of Pushing 14 Yr Old Girl Into Flesh Trade

first_imgNews Updates”Her Childhood Was Snatched”, Ut’khand High Court Denies Bail To 3 Women Accused Of Pushing 14 Yr Old Girl Into Flesh Trade Sparsh Upadhyay14 Nov 2020 11:07 PMShare This – xThe Uttarakhand High Court recently denied bail to 3 women, accused of earning money by prostitution and cheating people under the pretext of marriage.The Bench of Justice Ravindra Maithani was hearing the bail plea of 3 women accused booked under Sections 370(4), 363, 366-A, 420, 120-B, 34 IPC, Section 16/17 of POCSO and Sections 3, 4, 5 7 and 9 of The Immoral Traffic (Prevention)…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 Uttarakhand High Court recently denied bail to 3 women, accused of earning money by prostitution and cheating people under the pretext of marriage.The Bench of Justice Ravindra Maithani was hearing the bail plea of 3 women accused booked under Sections 370(4), 363, 366-A, 420, 120-B, 34 IPC, Section 16/17 of POCSO and Sections 3, 4, 5 7 and 9 of The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956.Facts of the CaseA raid was conducted by Police on 14.07.2020 as they got information that the applicants (Kanchan Mandal, Sonam Dubey and Rajkumari) lived on the earning of prostitution. It was alleged that they earn the money by prostitution and cheat people under the pretext of marriage.Further, a dummy customer was sent, a deal was stuck and money was handed over to the applicants. At the stipulated time, when the Police reached, they arrested all the applicants along with a young girl of 14 years who was to be given in marriage for which a deal was stuck for Rs.4 Lakhs.The young girl revealed that firstly, a woman named Pooja pushed her into prostitution. Thereafter, applicant Rajkumari pushed her into the flesh trade and paid money to her parents and thereafter applicants Kanchan Mandal and Rajkumari both would send her for prostitution and take money from the persons.According to the young victim girl, she was not agreeable to it, but, she was threatened.The counsel for the applicant Kanchan submitted that she is a woman who is 50 years old and is sick, therefore, she was entitled to bail.On behalf of the applicants Sonam and Rajkumari, it was submitted that prosecution has not proved the intention of the applicants as to why did they commit this act.Court’s OrderThe Court observed,”Intention loses its significance when the act committed is apparent. Here is a case where upon information having been received, a deal was fixed with the applicants. They took money and cheques as well. They were to supply a young girl of 14 years.”The Court further remarked that,”This young girl, the victim narrated a pathetic story. Her childhood was snatched. She was pushed into the flesh trade firstly by a woman named Pooja, thereafter the applicant Rajkumari thereafter the applicant Kanchan Mandal and then the applicant Sonam.”The Court also took into account the fact that the date of birth of the victim was 17.02.2007. To this, the Court said,”It means that she was just 13 years old in fact when she was recovered. Investigating Officer has also recorded the statements of the Police Officers who conducted the raid and also of the mother of the victim. According to the mother of the victim, they are too poor and the applicant Kanchan assured her that the victim is working in an office. She never knew where her young daughter was placed by applicant Kanchan.”Having considered the submissions, under the facts and circumstances of the case, the Court was of the view that it was not a case fit for bail.Hence, the Court said, “the applicants are not entitled to be enlarged on bail and the bail applications of the applicants – Kanchan Mandal, Sonam Dubey and Rajkumari deserve to be rejected.”Click here to download the OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Neckbands & Broadbands : Of Lawyers Attending VC Hearings From Non-Office Spaces

first_imgColumnsNeckbands & Broadbands : Of Lawyers Attending VC Hearings From Non-Office Spaces Chethana V7 Feb 2021 8:54 PMShare This – xThe act of an advocate representing from a car or similar non-office space is mostly done out of compulsion than disrespect.The order of the Madras High Court on 03-02-2021 that the conduct of a lawyer who attended the hearing while being seated in his car amounted to “disrespecting the court” is one of similar observations by Courts across the country.While the Courts have, and rightfully so, pointed out the conduct of lawyers who attended court proceedings where they were dressed in inner clothes,…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 order of the Madras High Court on 03-02-2021 that the conduct of a lawyer who attended the hearing while being seated in his car amounted to “disrespecting the court” is one of similar observations by Courts across the country.While the Courts have, and rightfully so, pointed out the conduct of lawyers who attended court proceedings where they were dressed in inner clothes, spitting on the road, and smoking on screen amounts to disrespect of the court, this article does not deal with these instances. This article addresses the observations of Courts about the places from which lawyers are constrained to attend these proceedings, and why these statements may not have taken into consideration the circumstances of the lawyers. Most lawyers have their practise spread across different trial courts, and the High Court. They rush from one court to the other, and request their colleagues to ask for a passover when they cannot make it on time for their item. If they cannot afford an office or space in the Law Chambers, they carry all their case bundles from home. They make their living, both by arguing as well as by running. For example, the Madras High Court also has other courts on its campus. This premises has Family Courts, Labour Courts, City Civil Courts, Small Causes Courts, Mahila Court, and the Central Administrative Tribunal – this list is not exhaustive. A lawyer could finish a matter in the Sessions Court, and then go to the High Court before his item reaches. Lawyers would even rush from magistrate courts in other localities to represent in cases before the High Court, and go back to the magistrate courts and other trial courts. It was, and remains, a luxury to confine your practise to just one court. There are many lawyers who do not have that luxury, especially first generation lawyers who have to necessarily take up briefs wherever it takes them, in order to make ends meet. When the corona virus pandemic struck this country and courts were forced to go virtual, nobody was really prepared for what we saw on screen. Trial courts were still closed or had very limited video-conferencing functioning, and the High Courts started functioning virtually. The Madras High Court Video Conferencing Rules state – “…Remote Users and the Coordinator at the Remote Site shall ensure that the Remote Site is situated in a quiet location, properly secured and has sufficient internet coverage. Any unwarranted disturbance caused during video conferencing may. if the Presiding Judge so directs, render the proceedings non-est.” Lawyers and Judges, for what is probably the first time in legal history, had to show a portion of their homes to each other in their professional capacity. From small talk in court with people we barely knew, we suddenly had a glimpse into their lives. We could see a photo of their deceased father behind them as they tried to convince the court why their matter had to be heard in the middle of the pandemic. Senior Counsels who could command the attention of the entire court room with a wave of their hand were struggling to unmute themselves to make their points. In the initial days of video conferencing hearings, we could see the women -bench clerks, office assistants, and lawyers – being asked about morning coffee and lunch by their relatives when court hearings were about to commence. The people who lived with them did not realise what was happening, and we could witness that their unpaid labour was demanded even when court was in session. They were suddenly mothers, wives, and officers of the court, all at the same time. Another thing you could observe was disparity – of income, inheritance, and support. Generational lawyers had bookshelves behind them, and you could see AIR volumes spanning many decades with embossed gold initials. These books would have been handed over from generation to generation along with legal knowledge, court wisdom, and clients. Other advocates who had the privilege of working from firms and law chambers could also deal with the situation very well. Many of them already had laptops and good computer systems (to be able to move between virtual courts with ease) and after installing a new software, they were ready to appear in court. This is not the story of every lawyer in this country. Many people, including Judges[2] have dealt with adapting to video-conferencing hearings. For the first time, lawyers were forced to think about from where they would argue. Law Chambers were also closed, and lawyers had to pick between their offices and their homes. If the backyard was the only place free of children (who also had online classes because schools were shut), relatives (who did not have to go to work as their offices were shut), then your client’s bail petition was argued with the trees in the background. If the kitchen was the only place free of your spouse in your one bedroom apartment, you would place your arguments about the revenue department’s notice and the Court can see you, and also the exhaust fan in the background. The pandemic has brought this legal system closer in a way we never quite imagined. Caste, class, and income divides in the system have never been more apparent. As a result of these hearings, the next time we see a lawyer, we will know his house has green walls, and that he has a ten year old child who fought with him for the laptop when his case was going on. We will know that another lawyer has lunch at 01:00 pm and that it is usually biriyani on Thursdays because he told his wife this without realising that his mic was on, and over 100 people could hear him. This changed significantly when trial courts started functioning (from around early December), but the High Court was still hearing cases through video-conferencing – and this is the situation till date. Lawyers now have to come to court, and also attend the virtual hearings. Law Chambers on the High Court campus are still closed. As always, the profession adapted. We installed these apps on our phones, we carried earphones with us, along with our case bundles. With one ear in the High Court and another watching out for when our case reached in the trial court, we had to be in two courts at the same time. We now had to run between courts, and also make sure that we did not miss out on the VC hearings. Unless lawyers only practise in the High Court, or have an office right next to the court campus, it is not possible to sit in a room and address the court through the video conferencing hearing. So, we also had to do another thing that we never had to do before – find a place to argue. To be able to stand in front of the Judge in a crowded court room, with a table to place our case papers was not an option. We had to create that space. We had to look presentable, we had to be audible, and we had to be there for the court and our client. From empty court corridors to bikes parked in the lot – you could hear lawyers with their phones held in front of them say – “Yes, My Lord, that’s right. Order dated 08-09-2019, much before this pandemic business started.” In this situation, cars are a boon. It is an enclosed space. You can block out background noise from outside. You can have your case papers in the seat next to you and reach out to it whenever you want. Yes, you will have to be dressed in appropriate court attire and address the Court in a respectful manner as you would have in a physical court hearing. Representing from a car in itself will not amount to violation of the VC Rules. The fact that advocates are representing from their car may not be because they disrespect the court. It might be because they may not have an office to reach in time, or they may not have an office at all. I would respectfully like to point out that the reason they are driven to represent from their cars is because they have a duty to both the court as well as their client to appear before the court when their case is called and to make their submissions. This brings me to the conclusion of my article. For lawyers who are first generation advocates, who do not have the benefit of an office near court (considering that the Law Chambers are also closed), with a practise that spans across different courts to make ends meet – What are the alternatives? These are situations where the entire system and not just lawyers have been forced to accept, adapt, and appear. The judiciary has risen to the occasion in an efficient manner. Judges, their assistants, court clerks, the bench clerks, record clerks, stenographers, the copy section, the filing section, on-site VC coordinators, and the administrative staff – they have been working through the pandemic in order to ensure that our Courts are functional. A court’s respect does not fall if lawyers represent from cars, or from staircases. In fact, it is a symbol of how important it is to appear before court that they are using any means at their disposal to achieve it. Given a choice, we would all like to appear in rooms through a state of the art computer system, with shelves of books behind us, but that is not a luxury that we all have. When courts resume physical hearings, we will all start running again and enter the High Court, panting, but grateful for the space. And until that happens, I hope all my colleagues can find quiet places with sufficient internet coverage to fulfil their duty to the court, their clients, and the people who are dependent on them. (Chethana is a lawyer practising in Chennai. She deals with cases in the family courts, trial courts, and in the Madras High Court. Her e-mail ID is [email protected]) Next Storylast_img read more