New Frontier Properties Limited (NFP.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about New Frontier Properties Limited (NFP.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the New Frontier Properties Limited (NFP.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: New Frontier Properties Limited (NFP.mu) 2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNew Frontier Properties Limited is a Mauritian company that engages in the acquisition and development of income-generating retail and logistics property in the UK and Europe. The company is a real estate investment trust. New Frontier Properties Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Winners’ smiles: Parmiter’s School in Hertfordshire won our Zero to Hero competition Don’t miss the January edition of Rugby World to see what Parmiter’s first XV learned when we took an IRB coach and Lucozade sports scientist down to put them through their paces! The magazine goes on sale on Tuesday 2 December.Did you know you can still enter your team into Lucozade Sport’s Kit-Out Project? Simply go to lucozadesport.com/kitoutproject and register your team’s name. You can also browse the kit catalogue and select the kit you want to collect for. Then, all you need to do is enter the codes (one code per every bottle of Lucozade Sport) into the website and start watching your collection grow. The more codes you collect, the more kit you can get. Make sure you get your team-mates involved! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS We teamed up with the Lucozade Sport Kit-Out Project to give away £3000-worth of kit, plus expert nutrition and training advice. Meet our winners… WE WERE overwhelmed with interest from our amateur readers when we announced that we were teaming up with Lucozade Sport’s Kit-Out Project at the start of this season. The scheme is designed to give away kit and training equipment to grass-roots clubs, from match-day and training strips customised in the club’s colours, to balls and bibs, water bottles and ladders to help make those training sessions count. When Rugby World heard about the project, we had to get involved, so we added the Zero to Hero element, to give the club with the most codes who entered our competition £3000-worth of additional kit, gear, and training and nutrition advice from the pros.Zero to Hero: Parmiter’s School are the winners of this competition!Our winners, Parmiter’s School in Hertfordshire, are leading a leading light for schools rugby in the state sector, with the younger pupils desperate to get involved in their successful first XV, in favour of joining the football ranks.Acting Head of PE and Games Bradley Hughes said: “Our 1st XV has been pivotal over the last few years as we have looked to develop rugby at the school. We have created an environment where students are extremely proud to represent our 1st XV and they provide exceptional role models to our younger students, often leading training sessions for our younger boys.”
CopyHouses•The Sea Ranch, United States 2007 Sea Ranch Residence / Turnbull Griffin HaesloopSave this projectSaveSea Ranch Residence / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop United States “COPY” Projects Save this picture!+ 13 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/34686/sea-ranch-residence-turnbull-griffin-haesloop Clipboard “COPY” Year: Text description provided by the architects. Located at the Sea Ranch on an infill lot, we designed this 1,030 square foot house and 550 square foot guest house to create a threshold in the larger landscape, moving from the contained space of the hedge row to the open space of the meadow. We looked to some of the earlier agricultural forms along the north coast and paired the barn shape of the main house with the agricultural shed shape of the guest house to form a compound that creates a woodland garden on the entry side of the house. Save this picture!From the garden, the entry of the main house opens through a bar of support spaces and steps up into a narrow section of the open space, covered by the broad barn roof shape that is sloping up. This large volume is carved away to shape an exterior octagonal deck that draws the open meadow into the center of the house. Grass planted header steps spill down from the deck out into the meadow. A continuous band of windows and doors follows the cutout to capture the distant diagonal views of the coastline. The simple form of the barn is made spatially more complex by eroding the form. Save this picture!The owner requested refined detailing that would still feel comfortable within the context of the Sea Ranch. We layered the materials to reveal the steel and framing of the wood window wall. The white painted walls form the major walls and by reserving the exposed wood and steel construction for the shaped walls and bays we could use the detailing to further reinforce the overall site and spatial experience of moving from hedgerow to meadow.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessDesign It: Shelter Competition public voting openArticlesInternational Award for Architecture DiplomaArticles Share Sea Ranch Residence / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/34686/sea-ranch-residence-turnbull-griffin-haesloop Clipboard Houses Architects: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeTurnbull Griffin HaesloopOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesThe Sea RanchUnited StatesPublished on September 13, 2009Cite: “Sea Ranch Residence / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop” 13 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
Manufacturers: AutoDesk, JUNG, Vibia, Bega, Modular Lighting Instruments, Rockfon, Wienerberger, Designbetoni, Schuco, Tapwell Photographs: Arsi Ikäheimonen Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses Save this picture!© Arsi Ikäheimonen+ 27Curated by Paula Pintos Share Products used in this ProjectHanging LampsVibiaHanging Lights – MatchLightsVibiaHanging Lamps – Wireflow LinealSwitchesJUNGLight Switch – LS 990Assistants/ Avanto:Piotr Gniewek, Architect; Hiroyuki Tsukui, Student of ArchitectureInterior Architects:Timo Mikkonen ja, Antti RouhunkoskiStructural Designer:Kari ToitturiHvac Designer:Ben-Roger LindbergElectric Designer:Jukka RuottinenGarden Designer:Hanna HentinenProject Management:Junnu Haapio, Timo Toropainen, Niko HänninenStructure Contractor:Laastu OüBrickwork Contractor:Muurausliike Sami Vanne OyGround Works Contractor:Poika ja ämpäri OyFurniture Contractor:Mikko KittiläHvac Contractor:PP-Putki OyElectric Contractor:Sähkö-Wiik OyCity:EspooCountry:FinlandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Arsi IkäheimonenText description provided by the architects. The gently sloping plot is located near the sea and bordered to the north by the street. The surrounding buildings represent the architecture of single-family houses of different eras. The challenge was to solve two detached houses in place of one demolished house so that the buildings would naturally sit on the plot, providing both houses with privacy and the best views. At the same time, comfortable outdoor areas should be created. Old stone fences, rocks, and pines gave the site a temporal perspective. The commissioners gave free rein to the architecture but wished for a beautiful and durable whole.Save this picture!© Arsi IkäheimonenSave this picture!Floor PlansSave this picture!© Arsi IkäheimonenThe sketching showed that houses should not be placed on a plot in the same coordinate system in order to preserve key natural elements. In addition, the lower floor wanted to settle in a different direction than the upper floor in order to have both sunny outdoor areas and great views. The blocks settled down like overlapping matchboxes. Old stone fences, rocks and pines were spared. They became an essential part of the courtyard and street facade. There is a covered terrace below the upper floor overhangs and a sunny roof terrace over the lower floor roof.Save this picture!© Arsi IkäheimonenArrival to the buildings is gradual. From the street, you enter the courtyard through the stone fence gate and enter the houses’ entrances, either on a garden stairs or on a paved path. On the street side of the matchboxes there are facade retreats that form the entrance canopies. The entrance lobby faces a long view through the house and the “stairway to heaven”. The passage is guided smoothly to the upper floor of the building where the main spaces are located. The floors are joined by an open, glass-covered space, where daylight is screened. The atmosphere of the interior changes with the weather and the cycle of the day.Save this picture!© Arsi IkäheimonenThe upper floors of the houses offer views of either the wind-blown pines or the sea. At the heart of the buildings is a warm wood core with smaller, more private spaces inside. The fixed furniture is integrated into the wood core. In one house the wood core is made of oak and in another the gray larch. The target lifetime of load-bearing structures is at least 100 years. The frame of the buildings is mainly in-situ cast concrete, giving sufficient strength and stiffness for the overhangs. The buildings were to be rooted in rocky pine forests.Save this picture!© Arsi IkäheimonenFacade brickwork is randomly live. The type of brick is a long, low, rough brick with variegated burn and shades resembling pine bark. The façades and the underside of the overhangs are thinly grouted with black compact mortar without post-sealing. When doing this, the brick surface is emphasized while the seams are deeper shaded. During the design phase, the energy use of the building was simulated and design solutions could be optimized. The buildings are heated with geothermal heat and self-sufficient ground cooling is used for cooling. The systems are self-regulating with house automation. Glasses are energy efficient sunscreen glazings.Save this picture!© Arsi IkäheimonenSave this picture!SectionsSave this picture!© Arsi IkäheimonenProject gallerySee allShow lessCentre Pompidou-Metz / Shigeru Ban ArchitectsSelected ProjectsGranary Square Pavilion / Bell Phillips ArchitectsSelected Projects Share “COPY” Architects: Avanto Architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/932405/matchbox-houses-avanto-architects Clipboard Year: CopyHouses•Espoo, Finland Matchbox houses / Avanto Architects Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Projects 2019 Photographs Anu Puustinen and Ville Hara, Architects SAFA ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/932405/matchbox-houses-avanto-architects Clipboard Lead Architects: Finland “COPY” Area: 720 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Matchbox houses / Avanto ArchitectsSave this projectSaveMatchbox houses / Avanto Architects CopyAbout this officeAvanto ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesEspooOn FacebookFinlandPublished on January 25, 2020Cite: “Matchbox houses / Avanto Architects” 25 Jan 2020. 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Tagged with: legacies Research / statistics Legacy income rose by 4.5% to reach £1.49 billion among Legacy Foresight’s 83 consortium members in the year to June 2018, according to the latest figures.The increase is slightly slower than the increase reported in the last Legacy Bulletin, with legacy income growth among consortium members stalling in the last six months. It fell by 1.25% between the year to December 2017 and the year to June 2018. Legacy Foresight attributes the slowdown to a combination of lower bequest numbers at the end of last year and a more lacklustre economy over the first half of 2018.The 12 months to June also saw average residual values once again drop, from £59,700 to £57,800, according to Legacy Foresight, while average cash gift values were worth just under £4,000 each.Legacy Foresight states that residual bequest values were a key factor in driving overall income up during the second half of 2017, while the fall-off in those values seen in the first quarter of 2018 is a factor behind the recent weakness in overall income. Across the Legacy Monitor consortium, average residual bequest values have dropped back below the £60,000 level to stand at £57,800 over the latest year.After six months of rising pecuniary bequest values the year to June also saw a fall, with the average pecuniary bequest in the year to June worth just under £4,000.2018’s weather is likely to have an effect on bequest notifications in the months to come, according to the Bulletin. The latest ONS figures quoted by Legacy Foresight show that a higher level of bequest notifications was seen in the second quarter of this year due to increased deaths caused by the earlier cold snap. Looking ahead, Legacy Foresight is predicting that the hot summer is also likely to lead to a higher death rate than might otherwise be expected, which could have a knock-on effect on bequest notifications later in the year. 123 total views, 1 views today Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 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. Melanie May | 14 August 2018 | News 124 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Lacklustre economy impacting legacy income growth, figures show
Previous articleFarmers Set to Tackle Ag Issues at Commodity Classic San AntonioNext articleFriday Last Day to Schedule Appointment with FSA to Compete in CRP General Signup American Farm Bureau Federation After a rough 2019 planting season that saw 20 million acres go unplanted, the USDA outlook projections are calling for a significant bounce back in planted acres. John Newton, Chief Economist for the American Farm Bureau, says corn and soybean acres are projected to increase, while cotton and wheat acres are expected to decline.“Given an expansion in acreage for both corn and soybeans and a bounce back in yields, corn and soybean production are both going to increase in 2020. Wheat production is expected to decline slightly in 2020 on the lower acreage and a slight yield reduction. Cotton production is expected to fall slightly based on a decrease in acreage but slightly offset by an improvement in yields this year.”Newton says they’re looking for exports, especially in soybeans, to bounce back this year.“We’re expecting to see exports bounce back a little bit, still below where they were a couple years ago before the trade war started. We’re going to see soybean supplies tighten up again, that should lead to higher prices. On the corn side, demand simply not going to be able to keep up with supply, and thus USDA has corn stocks projected to be at 2.6 billion bushels, a record high and a slight decrease in the corn price for 2020.”Newton says overall, the livestock sector will see higher prices.“USDA is expecting record production just about in all livestock categories. Dairy production is expected at 222 billion pounds, but we will see higher milk prices, higher pork prices, higher cattle prices. I think the only sector where there is some weakness is going to be in the broiler space, lower prices there but higher prices for eggs and turkey. Then, on the same side of the coin, lower feed prices for those folks.” Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Projections Show Increase in Planted Acres, Some Price Increases SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter USDA Projections Show Increase in Planted Acres, Some Price Increases By American Farm Bureau Federation – Feb 26, 2020
Help by sharing this information July 17, 2018 Covering Nicaragua’s crisis getting more dangerous NicaraguaAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence Violence September 29, 2020 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the serious press freedom violations that have accompanied Nicaragua’s nearly three-month-old political crisis and calls on the authorities to guarantee journalists’ safety and their ability to work. Gruesome death threats against Nicaraguan exile journalist Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage News RSF and PEN urge Nicaraguan legislators to reject “foreign agents” bill News Receive email alerts News News to go further ARVIN RECINOS / AFP Follow the news on Nicaragua NicaraguaAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence Violence What with physical violence, arbitrary arrest and confiscation, theft or destruction of equipment, reporters trying to cover the anti-government protests have often been directly targeted by soldiers and riot police. Beset by opposition accusations of nepotism, President Daniel Ortega has created a system of oppression and censorship that has made it extremely hard for the media to operate.Journalists have also been exposed to the generalized violence in which, according to the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH), at least 350 people have been killed in the past three months.The victims include Angel Gahona, a reporter based in the Caribbean coast city of Bluefields who produced the local TV news programme El Meridiano and was a correspondent for Canal 6 Nicaragua. He sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the head while covering a protest on Facebook Live on 22 April. Witnesses reported the presence of soldiers nearby but the investigation into his death has ground to a halt.Journalists without protectionReporters for independent and opposition media outlets cannot afford protective equipment and, for example, cannot get bullet-proof vests to cover protests. But such equipment is essential because they have repeatedly been threatened and targeted by President Ortega’s supporters, regular police and riot police.This was the case, for example, for a team of reporters from La Prensa, a national daily that is critical of the government, when they tried to cover a protest in the capital, Managua, on 9 May. They were insulted and ordered to leave the area at gunpoint by armed police.A few days later, civilians and paramilitary groups ransacked and torched the premises of the pro-government radio station Tu Nueva Radio Ya and the opposition TV channel 100% Noticias, and the installations of Radio Darío.The foreign media have also been targeted. Tim Rodgers, a US reporter for the news website Fusion, was forced to leave the country on 27 April after a campaign of online harassment and threats by pro-government Sandinista groups, who accused him of working for the CIA.“These acts of violence and violations of the freedom to inform are unacceptable,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “The government will not resolve the crisis by gagging journalists. On the contrary, the authorities have a duty to guarantee the media’s safety and to allow independent coverage of the unrest that began nearly three months. ago”Mounting censorshipNational and local media outlets that do not support the Ortega government also have to cope with more insidious forms of hostility, censorship and destabilization attempts.Since the start of the crisis, many opposition radio and TV stations such as 100% Noticias, Canal 12, Telenorte, Canal de Noticias de Nicaragua (CDNN23), Canal 12, Canal 23 and Canal 51 have intermittently and arbitrarily been deprived of their broadcast signal by the Nicaraguan Institute for Telecommunication and Post (TELCOR), which regulates the broadcast media.Others have found themselves strapped for cash after being deprived of part or all of their earnings from state advertising, which is allocated on the basis of criteria that are deliberately opaque. And others, such as La Prensa and the weekly Confidencial, have been the victims of cyber-attacks on their websites.A coalition of independent journalists held a news conference on 28 June to condemn the appalling climate and the smear campaigns waged against the media by government representatives.RSF’s Colombié added: “The state censorship and the media offensive designed to discredit criticism and play down the scale of the crisis constitute a grave threat to press freedom and democracy in Nicaragua. More than ever, we support the Nicaraguan journalists who are trying to do their duty to report the news and we urge President Daniel Ortega to respect the applicable international conventions.”After several observation missions, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a detailed report on 22 June about the Nicaraguan government’s increasingly authoritarian behaviour.It condemned the Sandinista regime’s “culture of secrecy” and the consequences this has for reporting, including the little or no access to official information for independent media, the lack of presidential press conferences, and the adoption of sanctions and reprisals against officials who talk to independent journalists.In a statement issued yesterday during a visit to neighbouring Costa Rica, UN secretary António Guterres called for an immediate end to the violence in Nicaragua and stressed that governments have an “essential” duty to protect their citizens.Nicaragua is ranked 90th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. 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Home / Commentary / Appraisals at a Distance Tagged with: Appraisal Valuations Previous: Housing Leaders Praise Supreme Court LGBTQ Decision Next: DS5: The Role of Tech in the Mortgage Process The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t create the proptech movement, but it is accelerating the realization that the ideas, technologies, and value it offers are no longer a luxury, but a requirement in real estate. It would be an understatement to say that the current global pandemic has created a unique housing experience. From virtual showings to in-car closings, social distancing has created a near perfect storm for appraisers, originators, and agents when it comes to viewing and valuing properties. As current and potential homeowners continue to move forward with buying, selling, and refinancing properties, it’s important that valuations are done both accurately and safely. So how do industry pros really feel about appraisals from a distance? A new survey of more than 350 real estate professionals conducted by Radian in April 2020 attempts to shed some light on what professionals think of distance appraisals in the time of COVID-19 and what the future may hold. Results of the survey confirmed that the crisis may be changing attitudes about remote solutions and spurring more widespread adoption. The biggest concerns about social distance valuations highlighted the validity of the data, timeliness of the data, cost, and Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliance. When asked if they would be comfortable relying on data and photos supplied by a borrower or third party, a resounding 75% said they would be, especially if the information was independently verified, while only a quarter said “no way” to borrower-supplied data. Similar percentages were generated when asked about borrower-guided or remote assisted video inspections. For many surveyed professionals, technology has the potential to make their jobs easier. They also believe that there is room for improvement, and welcome new tools to help with the evaluation process. Respondents suggested that verified photos and video from the borrower or real estate agent, consolidated public record data from multiple counties/courthouses, and more data to integrate into appraisal software were just some of the tech tools they would value most. Unsurprisingly, respondents report that the COVID-19 crisis has impacted their business to a varying degree. Nearly 80% of respondents said they had difficulty executing appraisal orders either because the occupant would not allow access unless the inspectors could prove they had no illness or because occupants were reluctant to grant access under any circumstances during the pandemic. While social distancing has created new challenges for valuing properties, because real estate is heterogeneous, there are always unique properties that need additional valuation support or validation. Access to properties, whether by distance, disaster, reluctance, or lack of appraisers, has made segments of real estate difficult to appraise in person. Luckily, proptech has enabled providers to fill the gap with data and analytics to augment the traditional appraisal process. From anywhere, interactive services can be utilized to research homes, surrounding neighborhoods and towns, track market performance and trends, and even inspect photos of all the properties used in the valuation. Overlaying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to review photos and determine room type, property condition, and objects within photos provides crucial validation of both professional and borrower supported photos. AI offers the potential for valuable additional verification for all valuation types and is becoming an integral part of valuation technology. Because so many steps in the transaction chain have traditionally required face-to-face contact, real estate has been slower to automate than other industries. COVID-19 and social distancing limitation have created an accelerant to the in-market testing of valuable remote services and AI designed to augment and automate the valuation process. Prior means and methods are being challenged daily by this pandemic and the industry will need to adapt to accommodate changes to their current practices. The crisis has forever changed the market and how we do business and will shape the future of valuation practices. Both practitioners and consumers are engaged in helping to identify what could be a permanent improvement and define a long-term solution, which will be reinforced through web-based services supported by data and analytics. As state orders lift and business returns to a new normal, we look forward to being a part of the valuation industry evolution and offering timely, accurate, and safe solutions to support the real estate market. in Commentary, Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Appraisals at a Distance About Author: Katie Brewer Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share 2Save Print This Post Appraisal Valuations 2020-06-19 Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago June 19, 2020 12,560 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago As SVP, Valuation Services Operations, Katie Brewer is responsible for leading the daily operations of Radian’s Valuations team. 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Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The chair of the Joint Policing Committee in Donegal says he would like to see cross border links established between Community Alert groups in Donegal and neighbouring counties, as well as closer lines of communication between the groups within the county.He told a meeting Letterkenny last night that the JPC could act as a coordinating body within the Donegal, with cross border links established through the North West Regional Cross Border Group.He says more communication and interaction is in everyone’s best interest……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/noelcrossborderjpc.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp By News Highland – March 25, 2014 News Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly JPC chair outlines vision for cross border cooperation between Community Alert groups Google+ WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Previous articleDonegal & Tyrone Hurlers to play double header in SligoNext articleLack of oyster licencing structure is blocking investment – IFA News Highland Facebook Pinterest Facebook
News UpdatesHigh Courts Weekly Round Up Akshita Saxena31 May 2020 5:53 AMShare This – xWeek Commencing May 25, 2020 To May 31, 2020 Allahabad High Court 1) Submit Report On Scheme To Reduce Migration Of Natives Of UP To Other States: Allahabad HC Directs UP Govt. In Plea On Migrants Issue [Ritesh Srivastava & Anr. v. State of UP] Division Bench of Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Ramesh Sinha issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh Government inquiring as to…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?LoginWeek Commencing May 25, 2020 To May 31, 2020 Allahabad High Court 1) Submit Report On Scheme To Reduce Migration Of Natives Of UP To Other States: Allahabad HC Directs UP Govt. In Plea On Migrants Issue [Ritesh Srivastava & Anr. v. State of UP] Division Bench of Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Ramesh Sinha issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh Government inquiring as to the steps being taken to ensure that its natives are not forced to seek employment in other states. The bench has ordered the Government to apprise it about the “scheme of the Government for rehabilitation of migrant workmen and their families in the State of Uttar Pradesh itself. The State is also required to give a complete layout to reduce migration of the natives of Uttar Pradesh to other parts of the country to earn minimum livelihood.” The matter is now listed for June 1. Also Read: Social Security In India During COVID-19 2) [COVID-19] ‘Situation In Meerut Is Highly Critical & Sensitive’: Allahabad HC Seeks Status Report From District Collector [Court suo moto v. State] In a letter petition raising alarm as to the “highly critical, grievous and sensitive” situation in Meerut district of UP due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, a Division Bench comprising of Justices Ramesh Sinha and Siddhartha Varma has asked the concerned District Collector to apprise the Court about the prevailing situation therein. 3) Allahabad HC Issues Notices On Plea For Waiver Of School Fees For Children With Benchmark Disability [Rajanya Kumar Pal Thru. Father Krishan Kanhaiya Pal v. State of UP & Ors.] The bench comprising of Justice Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal and Justice Saurabh Lavania issued notice to the CBSE on a PIL seeking to waive off school fee for differently abled children who are unable to attend online classes due to their benchmark disability, covered under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. The case will be heard on June 18. 4) Provide Details Of Members Of Tablighi Jamat Who Are Lodged In Quarantine Centers Or Are Released: Allahabad HC Tells State [Shaad Anwar v. State of UP] The bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Ramesh Sinha asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to apprise it with the status of members of Tablighi Jamat, who were quarantined after their arrival in the state. The court directed the state to “make available all details pertaining to the members of Tablighi Jamat, who were quarantined, released after completing the quarantine period or have yet not been released despite completing tenure of quarantine.” Andhra Pradesh High Court 1) ‘Temporary Camps On Highways, Registration Within 8 Hours, Shifting By Bus/Train Within 2-4 Days’, AP HC Passes Directions For Migrants’ Travel [K Ramakrishna v. Union of India & Ors.] Noting the lack of coordination between some Officers of the Government with the Red Cross and Para Legal Volunteers, the bench of Justice JK Maheshwari and Justice Lalitha Kanneganti formulated a model in the State for shifting of migrant workers. Slew of directions have been issued thereof including, establishment of temporary camps on highways, registration of migrants for shifting within 8 hours, and enabling their repatriation by buses/trains within 2-4 days. Also Read: Human Sufferings And The Pandemic: Accessibility Of Legal Services Authorities Vital For Unlocking The Rights And Empowering People 2) AP HC Initiates Contempt Action Against Abusive Social Media Posts Against Judges A bench comprising Chief Justice J K Maheshwari and Justice C Praveen Kumar issued suo moto contempt notices to 49 persons, including a Member of Parliament and a former Member of Legislative Assembly, observing that they made intimidating and abusive social media posts against judges. 3) ‘Ordinance Brought Only To Appoint SEC Of CM’s Choice, That Too A Former HC Judge Which Is Against Constitutional Morality’: Andhra Pradesh HC [Dr. N. Ramesh Kumar v. State of Andhra Pradesh & Ors.] The Division Bench of Chief Justice JK Maheshwari and Justice M. Satyanarayana Murthy struck down an Ordinance promulgated on April 10 curtailing the tenure of the State Election Commissioner from five to three years. It also quashed a Government Order appointing retired judge V Kanagaraj as the new State Election Commissioner. Bombay High Court 1) “Such An Award Shocks The Conscience Of The Court”; Bombay HC Sets Aside Sole Arbitrator’s Award Against Jackie Shroff [Jackie K Shroff v. Ratnam Sudesh Iyer] While hearing an arbitration petition filed by actor Jackie Shroff, Justice SC Gupte set aside the award passed by a sole arbitrator on noting that the conclusions arrived at by the arbitrator were not just wrong, but “exhibit an unmitigated perversity and is shocking to the conscience of the court.” The impugned award was passed against Shroff in a matter between him and Ratnam Sudesh Iyer, both of whom were shareholders in a company called Atlas Equipfin Pvt Ltd. 2) Bombay HC Rejects Petition By Pune Hospital To Utilize Money In ‘Indigent Patient Fund’ For Covid-19 Patients Not Falling Under EWS [Grant Medical Foundation Ruby Hall Clinic v. State of Maharashtra & Ors.] Justice SJ Kathawalla rejected a petition filed by Grant Medical Foundation Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune seeking directions to the State to allow withdrawal of funds meant for patients belonging to the economically weaker section of the society under the ‘Indigent Patient Fund’, for Covid-19 patients in the hospital who do not belong to the weaker section. 3) Decongestion Of Prisons: Courts Are Not Supposed To Act As Mere Post-Offices Says Bombay HC In PIL Seeking Early Disposal Of 14000+ Bail Applications [PUCL & Anr. v. State of Maharashtra & Ors.] While hearing two PILs alleging laxity on part of the state government in ensuring safe and early release of some 14,000 prisoners egligible to be released as per directions of the State High Power Committee, Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice KK Tated remarked, “courts are not supposed to act as mere post-offices and allow applications without application of mind. We have no doubt in our mind that in the light of the guidelines issued by the High Powered Committee, the relevant courts, to the best of its ability and with the resources available at its disposal, have been striving to take appropriate steps to dispose of as many applications for bail as possible in accordance with law and in the light of the guidelines.” The bench then directed the Public Prosecutor to take instructions from the State regarding testing of inmates who came in contact with any of the 158 inmates who tested positive for Covid-19 at Arthur Road Prison. 4) “PIL May Have been Filed With Ulterior Motives”; Bombay HC Directs Petitioners To Deposit Rs.1 Cr As A Precondition For Hearing [Abhinav Bharat Congress & Anr. v. State of Maharashtra & Ors.] Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice KK Tated directed the ‘Abhinav Bharat Congress’ and its founder Pankaj Phadnis to deposit Rs. 1 crore with the registry as a precondition for hearing a PIL filed by them seeking directions to State and Municipal Corporation to take control of the management of two hospitals under the Wadia hospital trust in Mumbai during the current pandemic of Covid -19. The court observed that petitioners bona fide may be suspect. Also Read: Bombay HC Expresses Displeasure As State Files Unsigned Written Note Stating Covid-19 Testing Facilities Not Required In All Districts Of The State 5) Publicise WhatsApp Details Of Shopkeepers & 24hr Helpline Meant For Citizens In Need; Bombay HC Suggests Civic Body [Muzaffaruddin v. State of Maharashtra] Division bench of Justice PB Varale and Justice S Kulkarni suggested the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to explore the possibility of publishing the WhatsApp numbers of the shopkeepers in the notified/particular areas, to facilitate easier access of the citizens during this ongoing phase four of nationwide lockdown enforced to contain the Coronavirus. 6) Certify Names Of Kaamgars Involved In Covid-19 Related Duties, Pay Them Rs.300/Day Allowance; Bombay HC Tells Navi Mumbai Civic Body [Samaj Samata Kamgaar Sangh v. NMMC & Ors.] Justice SJ Kathawalla directed the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) to certify names of kamgaars (workers) who are involved in Covid-19 related duties and pay them a daily allowance of Rs.300, the same amount that is being provided to employees of the said Corporation as ‘they are risking their lives’ in the line of duty. 7) Arbitrary & Discriminatory; Bombay HC (FB) Quashes GR Allowing Fee Reimbursement To Only Those Undergrad SC/ST Students Who Took Admission Through CAP [Yash Pramesh Rana v. State of Maharashtra & Anr.] A full bench of the High Court comprising Justice AA Sayed, Justice DS Naidu and Justice PD Naik held a Government Resolution dated February 27, 2013 as arbitrary and discriminatory against those SC and ST students who did not take admission in undergrad engineering courses in the State through the Common Admission Process (CAP). Court set aside the said GR and directed the State to reimburse the fees deposited by such students. Also Read: Fee Reimbursement A Facet Of Affirmative Action; Paucity Of Funds No Ground To Discriminate : Bombay HC Full Bench Also Read: To CAP Or Not To CAP: The Bombay High Court On Equality And Access To Education 8) Bombay HC Refuses To Allow Over The Counter Sale Of Liquor In Mumbai, Asks Municipal Commissioner To Decide [Maharashtra Wine Merchants Association v. State of Maharashtra & Ors.] Division bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and NR Borkar heard a writ petition filed by Maharashtra Wine Merchants Association and refused to allow the prayer for over the counter sale of liquor in Mumbai. Court asked the Municipal Commissioner to decide on the issue. Delhi High Court 1) Doctrine of Promissory Estoppel Doesn’t Apply To Education: Delhi HC Refuses to Quash National Board of Examination’s Decision to Extend the Training Period of Medical Students [Dr. Devyesh J. Pathak & Ors. v. National Board of Examination & Ors.] Noting that the doctrines of promissory estoppel and legitimate expectation do not apply to matters of education, Justice Asha Menon refused to set aside National Board of Examination’s decision to extend the completion of the training period of the final year students of Diplomate of National Board (DNB). 2) Cheating Is A Pandemic That Can Ruin the Education System: Delhi HC Notes While Denying Relief to DU Student Who Was Caught Cheating During Exam [Aarzoo Aggarwal v. University of Delhi] Justice Prathiba M Singh refused to provide relief to a student who was denied her results for cheating during the examination and observed, “Copying and cheating in examinations is like the Plague. It is a pandemic which can ruin society and the educational system of any country. If the same is left unchecked or if leniency is shown, the same can have a deleterious effect.” 3) Delhi HC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance Of Video About Failure Of COVID-19 Helplines; Issues Directions To Centre, Dehli Govt [Court on its own motion v. GNCT of Delhi] After taking suo moto cognizance of the grievances faced by a citizen whose mother is COVID19 positive, Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar has directed both the Centre as well as the Delhi Government to place on record the status of arrangements and helplines put in place to deal with serious COVID19 patients who need hospitalisation. The court has further directed both the governments to assess the adequacy of the helpline capacity and state whether the same is sufficient to deal with the present call traffic and the traffic expected in the foreseeable future, keeping in view the continuous rise in the number of cases being reported each day. The matter will be taken up on June 3. 4) Coal Block Allocation: Delhi HC Sets Aside MoC’s Invocation Of Bank Guarantees Given By Tata Sponge Iron Ltd; Asks Ministry To Reconsider [Tata Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd. v. Union of India & Ors.] Justice Vibhu Bakhru set aside the orders passed by the Ministry of Coal in 2012 and 2015 whereby the Ministry had decided to invoke the bank guarantees given by Tata Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd. and remanded the matter back to the MoC to decide it afresh, take an informed decision and pass a speaking order, after providing an opportunity of hearing to TSIL. 5) Delhi HC Allows The Release of Foreign Nationals Related to Tablighi Jamaat Event From Quarantine Facility And Shifting Them To Alternate Accommodations [Mohammad Jamal & Ors. v. Union of India & Ors.] Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar allowed the plea for release of foreign nationals related to Tablighi Jamaat event and shifting them to alternate accommodations after a No Objection Certificate was given by the Revenue Department of Delhi Government for the same. 6) Horrific Handling of Bodies of Those Who Died Of COVID19: Delhi HC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance of a Newspaper Report [Court on its own motion v. GNCT of Delhi & Ors.] The Division Bench of Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Justice Asha Menon took suo moto cognizance of a newspaper report which highlighted the sad state of affairs in which the bodies of those who have died of COVID19 are being handled by the mortuary as well as crematoriums. The court thereafter passed an order to bring the alleged human rights violations to the notice of the Chief Justice, to take up the aforesaid matter in public interest, for issuing requisite directions. Also Read: Delhi HC Directs Delhi Govt To File Status Report In Suo Moto Matter Concerning Proper Disposal Of Bodies of COVID19 Victims 7) Delhi HC Directs Delhi Govt To Set Up Help Desks For Distribution Of e-Coupons For Food, Asks Authorities To Monitor PDS Shops [Delhi Rozi-Roti Adhikar Abhiyan v. Union of India & Ors.] The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad directed the Delhi Government to put up help desks with a computer at all 580 centres through which rations are distributed through e-coupons within 5 working days to act as a one stop centre for applying for e-coupons. The court also asked the Delhi Government to ensure that all the requirements including uploading of photo, documents etc. should be completed there on the spot. Also Read: Delhi HC Directs Delhi Govt To Monitor Ration Shops And Ensure That Ration Is Being Disbursed To Beneficiaries 8) Bois Locker Room: Delhi HC Issues Notice in Plea Seeking Removal of Illegal Content Against Minors From Social Media Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad issued notice in a Section 151 application seeking removal of fake news and hate speech on social media platforms through designated officers of various intermediaries. The application was filed in the backdrop of unwanted episodes like ‘Bois Locker Room’. Also Read: Beware! Even Private Obscene Messages Online Could Land One In Jail : Know About IT Act Offences 9) Delhi HC Issues Notice in Plea Seeking Direction To Family Courts To Record Evidence Through Video Conferencing [Ananad Vaid v. Preeti Vaid & Ors.] The Division Bench of Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Justice Asha Menon issued notice to the Delhi Government, Headquarters of Family Courts, and the Delhi High Court on a plea seeking a direction to be issued to Family Courts to record evidence in pending cases through video conferencing. 10) Delhi HC Issues Series of Directions To Ensure Proper Facilities and Treatment For Persons Residing In Night Shelters, Asks Authorities To Keep Spread of COVID19 In Check [Karan Seth v. Union of India & Ors.] passed a series of directions to Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and the Delhi Government to ensure proper facilities and treatment are provided to the residents of night shelters set up within the AIIMS premises. Also Read: Submit Report On Shelter Provided To Stranded Migrant Workers & Other Arrangements Made For Their Sustenance; Bombay HC Tells State 11) Expiry Of Cheque Due To Lockdown ‘Unfortunate Issue’, Says Delhi HC; Seeks RBI Response [Abhinav Chawla v. Union of India & Ors.] Terming the expiry of cheque on account of the sealing of the branch of bank where it was deposited amid lockdown ‘unfortunate issue’, Justice Jayanth Nath sought the response of the Reserve Bank of India on the issue. 12) Delhi HC Grants Injunction In Reliance Industries’ Plea Claiming That OLX Is Hosting Fraudulent Recruitment Advertisements For Jio And Reliance Trends [Reliance Industries Ltd. & Anr. v. OLX India BV & Anr.] Single Bench of Justice Mukta Gupta granted injunction in favour of Reliance Industries who had raised the concern of fraudulent recruitment advertisements being put up on the website of OLX which was harming the reputation of its marks ‘Jio’ and ‘Reliance Trends’. 13) Financial Assistance Scheme For Rickshaw Drivers: Delhi HC Directs Delhi Govt To Transfer The Benefits to All The Eligible Beneficiaries Within 10 Days [Nayee Soch Society v. Ministry of Home Affairs & Ors.] The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad directed the Transport Department of Delhi Government to clear the list of all the eligible beneficiaries of the financial assistance scheme announced for the auto rickshaw drivers within 10 days by depositing a sum of ₹5000 in their bank accounts. 14) Delhi HC Directs RBI To Consider The Difficulties Faced By Depositors Due To Moratorium On Withdrawal From PMC Bank [Bejon Kumar Misra v. Union of India & Ors.] The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan directed the Reserve Bank of India and the Central Government to appreciate the difficulties faced by the senior citizens with respect to moratorium on withdrawal from Punjab & Maharashtra Bank and directed that upon receipt of any representation from any individual or group of depositors in this regard, the decision shall be taken by the concerned respondent authority within a period of four weeks. 15) Delhi HC Directs Telegram To Block Channels Providing ‘Dainik Jagran’ Newspaper In PDF Forms [Jagran Prakashan Limited v. Telegram Fz LLC & Ors.] A single judge bench of Justice Mukta Gupta passed an ad interim ex parte order against Telegram Mobile Internet application, directing them to block within 48 hours the channels providing PDF versions of ‘Dainik Jagran’ newspaper in breach of its copyright and trademark. The court also directed Telegram to disclose details of the infringing channel owners. 16) [Virtual Hearings] Close Old Tabs And Log-in Again To Avoid Login Issue : Delhi HC [Jasdan Energy Pvt. Ltd. v. Inox Wind Ltd. & Anr.] Single Judge Bench Justice Pratibha M Singh issued a direction to advocates to close meeting windows which they might have opened before the hearing to avoid any technical glitches during virtual hearings. This direction was passed to ensure effective virtual hearing by preventing the Advocates from being locked out and allowing them to join the hearing when it starts. 17) COVID-19 A Force Majeure Event; But Not An Excuse For Breach Of Deadlines Before Pandemic Outbreak : Delhi HC [M/S Halliburton Offshore Services Inc v. Vedanta Limited & Anr.] A single bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh observed that COVID-19 is a Force Majeure event, but its application will depend on the facts and circumstances of each case; every breach or non-performance cannot be justified or excused merely on the invocation of COVID-19 as a Force Majeure condition, it said. The court noted that it would have to assess: (i) conduct of the parties prior to the outbreak; (ii) deadlines that were imposed in the contract; (iii) steps that were to be taken; (iv) various compliances that were required to be made. Also Read: COVID-19 A Force Majeure Event- Threshold Of A New Jurisprudence Gujarat High Court 1) Ahmedabad Civil Hospital : Too Early To Give Final Certificate; Be Ready For Surprise Visits, Says Gujarat HC [State of Gujarat v. Suo Moto] While taking note of some of the corrective measures adopted by the Gujarat Government following the sharp criticism from the High Court regarding the “pathetic conditions” at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, a bench comprising Justices J B Padriwala and Ilesh J Vora said that it was still too early to give a “final certificate” to the government regarding the hospital. The Court sounded a word of caution saying that the Hospital authorities should be ready for a surprise inspection by the judges any time. Himachal Pradesh High Court 1) Practice Of Surrendering Before Court To Obtain Bail Does Not Override Legislative Intent Of Restraining Pre-Arrest Bail Under SC/ST Act: Himachal Pradesh HC [Saroj Kumari v. State of HP] The single-Judge bench of Justice Anoop Chitkara held that mere non-application of the provision for anticipatory bail to offenders accused under the SC/ ST Act does not preclude them from surrendering before the court and seeking regular bail. The court has clarified that when the provisions of the SC/ ST Act have been used as a tool to send and keep people in custody, then it shall be legal to grant ad-interim bail or regular bail to the accused. 2) ‘Furnish Details Of Aadhar Card, Phone Number, Whatsapp Number, E-Mail Address, Facebook Account & Bank Account’: Himachal Pradesh HC Imposes Bail Condition In at least 15 bail orders passed during this month by Justice Anoop Chitkara of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, the accused were asked to furnish the details of their AADHAR Card, phone number(s), WhatsApp number, e-mail address, Facebook account, etc. “There shall be a presumption of proper service to the petitioner about the date of hearing in the trial Court, even if such service takes place through phone/mobile/SMS/WhatsApp/E-Mail/Facebook or any other similar medium, by the trial Court, or by the Prosecution,” the orders state. It is further stipulated that if the accused fails to enter appearance based on such notice, then the trial Court may issue “Non-Bailable warrants” to procure his/ her presence. Jammu & Kashmir High Court 1) Ideology Of Detenu Like A ‘Live Volcano’: J&K HC Upholds Detention Of HC Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom [Mian Abdul Qayoom v. Union Territory of J&K & Ors.] Noting that the 70-year old detenue has a “tendency” of disturbing law and order, a Division Bench comprising of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Vinod Chatterji Koul upheld the Government orders relating to preventive detention of Senior Advocate and J&K High Court Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom, under the J&K Public Safety Act 1978. Karnataka High Court 1) ‘Sovereignty & Integrity Of India Takes Precedence Over Right To Personal Liberty’: Karnataka HC Denies Bail To Engineer Accused Of Encouraging People To Spread Coronavirus [Mohammed Mujeeb v. State By Electronic City PS] The bench of Justice KS Mudagal refused to grant bail to a 38 year old Software Engineer, who allegedly encouraged people to spread the novel corona virus through social media. The court held that the alleged acts committed by the Petitioner threatened the integrity of the country and hence, even though the offence which he was indicted for prescribed a maximum punishment of 3 years, the court refused to grant him interim bail, in terms of the recommendations made by the High Power Committee. 2) Evolve A Scheme For The Benefit Of The Advocates Clerks: Karnataka HC Tells Bar Council A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice M Nagaprasanna noted that the Advocates’ Clerks “play an important role for the benefit of members of the Bar” and directed the Advocates’ Association of Bengaluru and Karnataka State Bar Council to evolve a scheme for the benefit of the registered Advocates’ Clerks, who are suffering due to closure of courts during the lockdown. 3) Karnataka HC Asks State To Consider Extending Financial Help To Archaks Amid Lockdown Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice P Krishna Bhat directed the state government to decide the process to extend financial help to ‘Archaks’, who cannot be paid regular salaries as there is no income to the temples, during the lockdown. The matter is now posted for June 3. 4) Karnataka HC Says In Absence Of Legislation It Cannot Define Hate Speech [Campaign Against Hate Speech & Ors. v. State of Karnataka & Ors.] Observing that “in absence of any specific legislation, it would not be proper for the court to make a substantive analysis or give a concrete definition of hate speech”, a division bench of Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice M G Uma recently dismissed a writ petition seeking action against media houses and political leaders who allegedly made statements against a minority community. 5) Legal And Technical Issues To Be Faced By Trial Courts During Virtual Hearing: Karnataka HC Takes Suo Motu Cognizance [Suo Moto PIL] A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj directed the Registrar General to file a suo-motu public interest litigation to address various legal and technical issues that would arise before the district and trial courts from June 1, when they start ‘limited functioning’ as per the Standard Operating Procedure issued by the High Court. Also Read: [Technical Glitches] National Information Technology Sena Moves SC Seeking Recall Of Dismissal Order Of Plea Seeking Relief For Employees Against Lay-Off 6) Karnataka HC Seeks State’s Response On Plea Against Relaxation Of Labour Laws; Denies Interim Relief [Maruthi H v. State] The Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum issued notice to the state government on a petition filed against Government notification dated May 22, whereby provisions of the Factories Act relating to working hours, overtime etc. were relaxed in the state until August 21, 2020. Also Read: Taking Labour Laws Seriously 7) [Shramik Trains] No Transparent & Rational Policy By State In Selecting Persons For Travel Out Of Registered Migrants : Karnataka HC A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice B V Nagarathna directed the state to place on record its systematic plan to facilitate transport of more than 6,00,000 people who are yet to return to their respective States and are registered on the Seva Sindhu portal. Also Read: ‘Many Migrants Lost Lives Due To Long Walk & Hunger’ : Karnataka HC Directs Govt To Inform Policy On Special Trains Also Read: No Migrant Should Be Denied Opportunity To Travel Back Only Because Of Incapacity To Pay Rail Fare : Karnataka HC Also Read: Shramik Trains : Karnataka HC Asks Centre & State About Arrangements To Provide Food & Water To Migrants 8) Karnataka HC Grants Bail To 126 Persons Doubting Police Version That They Tried To Spread COVID-19 By Attacking Health Workers [Vazeer Khan & Ors. v. State of Karnataka] Raising serious doubts on the prosecution case, Justice John Michael Cunha granted bail to 126 people who were arrested by the police on the allegation that they formed an unlawful assembly with intention to spread ‘Corona infection’ and obstructed medical officers and police, who went to identify and shift secondary contacts of COVID-19 patients from the Padarayanapura area to quarantine facilities. 9) What Financial Help State Government Can Give To Advocate Clerks? Asks Karnataka HC A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum asked the state government to consider in what manner it can help needy members of the Karnataka State Level Advocates Clerks Association who due as a result of closure of courts during the lockdown are left with no source of income. Kerala High Court 1) Kerala HC Grants Relief To Cardiac Patient Who Complained Of Denial Of Treatment To Non-COVID Patients In Govt Hospital [Radhakrishnan R. v. State of Kerala & Ors.] A bench of Justice Anu Sivaraman directed the State authorities to take up the request for medical review of a cardiac patient at the earliest, after he moved the Court complaining that Medical College Hospital, Alappuzha was denying treatment to non-COVID patients. 2) Foreigners Detention : Kerala HC Directs Prison Authorities To Grant Better Facilities To Nigerian Nationals, In The Absence Of Model Detention Centres In State Justice Anu Sivaraman passed an interim order directing the authorities of Viyyur Central Prison in the state to allot separate cells and A-class facilities to two Nigerian nationals, who were detained there for alleged violation of the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946. 3) ‘Common For Elders To Sometimes Scold Youngsters; Making Daughter-In-Law Do Household Work Not Something Unusual’: Kerala HC [Rajnith PC v. Asha Nair P.] “Making a daughter in law to do the house hold/domestic work is also not something unusual”, remarked the bench of Justice AM Shaffique and Justice Mary Joseph recently, allowing a plea for dissolution of marriage on the ground of cruelty by a husband. “No family is totally devoid of clashes among members constituting it. It is common for elders to scold and sometimes abuse youngsters… From the evidence tendered by the respondent, it is all the more clear that the aforestated factors formed the basis for her ill-will to petitioner’s mother”, the bench proceeded to observed. Madhya Pradesh High Court 1) ‘Not A Case Of Single Mistake’: Madhya Pradesh HC Issues Contempt Notice To Collector For Wilfully Disobeying Its Order On Multiple Occasions [PN Chaturvedi v. Chandramohan Thakur & Anr.] The bench of Justice Vishal Dhagat initiated contempt proceedings against the District Collector posted at Anuppur, for disobeying a High Court order on multiple occasions. Rejecting the unconditional apology tendered by the Collector Chandramohan Thakur, the court observed that “it is not a case where Collector has committed a single mistake”. 2) [Medical Education] It Is Obligatory For Students To Satisfy Bond To Serve At Govt. Hospital Executed At Time Of Admission’: MP HC [Dr. Mulayam Singh Yadav v. State of MP & Ors.] Justices Sheel Nagu and Rajeev Kumar Shrivastava of the Gwalior bench held that since there is no fundamental right to pursue post-graduation medical education, specially in Government colleges where higher education is subsidised, it is obligatory for the students to execute bond to render services at government hospitals for a stipulated period at the time of their admission. 3) MP HC Grants Bail To 8 Tablighi Jamaat Members, Including 6 Hailing From Foreign Countries [Sajid Kareem & Ors. v. State Of MP] Noting that two similarly-situated accused, facing trial arising out of same crime number and for allegedly committing similar offence, were enlarged on bail by the lower court on April 30, Justice Sujoy Pal granted bail to eight members of Tablighi Jamaat, including six foreigners. 4) MP HC Dismisses Plea Seeking Financial Assistance For Lawyers With Liberty To Challenge Provisions Of MP Advocates’ Welfare Scheme The Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice AK Mittal and Justice VK Shukla dismissed a PIL seeking financial assistance for needy lawyers with liberty to file a fresh petition against alleged shortcomings in the MP Advocate’s Assistance (Natural Disaster and Unforseen Circumstances) WelfareScheme, 2020. Also Read: Bhopal Bar Association Moves HC Against MP Advocates Assistance (Natural Disaster and Unforeseen Circumstances) Scheme 2020 5) Donate Money For Preparation & Distribution Of Food To Downtrodden Persons Including Migrants: Madhya Pradesh HC Imposes Bail Condition Justice SA Dharmadhikari of the Gwalior Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has set a new trend of directing the UTPs to donate money for preparation and distribution of food to poor and underprivileged sections of the society, as a precondition for bail. Madras High Court 1) Madras HC Recalls Order Allowing MACTs To Record Compromise Settlements Without Physical Appearances [M/s. Cholamandalam MS Genl Ins Co Ltd v. Ayyannar S & Ors.] Justice N Anand Venkatesh withdrew an earlier order of the High Court allowing the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunals in the Tamil Nadu to entertain compromise applications, without the need for any transfer petitions; to record compromise settlements themselves based on digital consent of parties. The court had in the said order on May 11 authorised the Claims Tribunals to examine and entertain digital consent and if satisfied that they were true and trustworthy, go ahead and record the compromise, dispensing with the need or insistence on physical appearance or signing of Joint Memos of Compromise. 2) Madras HC Requires Oil Corporations To Ensure Availability Of Safety Masks, Gloves, Sanitisers To LPG Cylinder Delivery Boys [T. Sivakumar v. Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Ors.] Observing that a proper and effective mechanism has been put in place for the safety of LPG Cylinder delivery boys, Justice M. Sathyanarayanan and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana required that the managements of Oil Corporations shall also cause periodical inspections and surprise inspections to ensure compliance with the provision of safety gears such as masks, sanitisers etc., and shall also follow it up properly at regular intervals. 3) Final Hearing, Involving Consideration Of Pleadings, Submissions Of Respective Parties, Not Possible Via Virtual Hearing, Observes Madras HC [M.Kalidasan & Ors. v. State of Tamil Nadu & Ors.] In a string of writ petitions challenging both a Government Order and the consequential works in the tender notification of the Highways and Minor Ports Department of the state of Tamil Nadu, where the respective pleadings and submissions of the parties were to be considered, Justice K. Ravichandrabaabu remarked that “such final hearing cannot be done by way of Video-Conferencing mode”. Also Read: Resistance To The Idea Of Virtual Courts Is Misplaced 4) Madras HC To Consider Plea For Injunction Against Centre From Procuring COVID Diagnostic Test Kits Without DGCA Approval Justice MM Sundresh and Justice Petitioner Asha issued notice on a PIL seeking an injunction against the Centre and the state of Tamil Nadu from procuring and using in their Healthcare Systems such In-Vitro Diagnostic Test Kits for COVID-19 (RT-PCR Test Kits as well as Antibody Rapid Test Kits) that do not have the approval of the Regulator- the Drug Controller General of India. 5) Madras HC Declares Jayalalithaa’s Nephew & Niece As Her Heirs; Asks TN Govt To Reconsider Decision To Convert Her Residence As Memorial [J. Deepak v. J. Deepa along with K. Pugazhenthi & Anr. v. Administrator General of Tamil Nadu & Ors.] Ehe bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice Abdul Quddhose declared that J. Deepak and J. Deepa, nephew and niece respectively of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa, as her legal heirs are hence entitled to administer the estate left behind by her. The court also advised the Tamil Nadu Government against spending public money for creation of a memorial at Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence, when so many essential amenities are yet to be provided by the welfare State. Further it suggested that the property was equipped with all facilities and infrastructures required for using as “Official Residence-cum-Office of the Chief Minister of the State”. 6) Appeal Against Acquittal In Cheque Bounce Cases Can Be Filed Only Before High Court U/s 378(4) CrPC: Madras HC Full Bench [K.Rajalingam Vs. R.Suganthalakshmi] A full bench of the High Court comprising Justices MM Sundresh, V Bharathidasan and N. Anand Venkatesh held that the appeal against acquittal of the accused in a cheque bounce case can be filed only before the High Court under Section 378(4) of Cr.PC. Orissa High Court 1) Orissa HC Passes Interim Order Against Disclosure Of Identities Of Covid Patients [Ananga Kumar Otta v. Union of India & Ors.] In a plea highlighting the “devastating consequences” attached to disclosure of identity of Covid patients, the bench comprising of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Dr. BR Sarangi passed an interim order directing the state authorities to preserve the identities of Covid-19 patients/ suspects, and ensure that the same are not disclosed either to the media or during inter-departmental communications. The bench also issued notices to the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the Government of Orissa and State’s Department of Revenue & Disaster Management, returnable by June 4. Also Read: ‘Order Necessary To Protect Patients From Public Wrath’: Madhya Pradesh HC Upholds Govt Order For Non-Disclosure Of Covid Patients’ Identity Patna High Court 1) Patna HC Directs Govts. To Ensure That Transgender Persons Not Possessing Ration Cards Also Benefit Under Social Security Schemes [Veera Yadav v. Govt. of Bihar & Ors.] The division bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S Kumar directed the Government to ensure that the persons belonging to the Transgender community are not deprived of food grains distributed under the social security schemes, solely for not possessing a ration card. The court has made it incumbent upon the Government Counsel to ensure that the services reach transgender persons in Bihar. Also Read: Karnataka HC Directs State To Extend Relief To Transgenders Also Read: COVID19: Jharkhand HC Directs State Govt. To Ensure Basic Neccesities For Transgenders During Lockdown, Seeks Reply On Other Welfare Measures Also Read: Provide Free Of Cost Ration, Food and Medicines To Transgenders : Telangana HC To State Govt 2) ‘Shocking & Unfortunate’ : Patna HC Takes Sou Moto Cognizance Of Video Showing Toddler Near Dead Mother At Railway Station [Court on its own motion] The Patna High Court Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar has taken suo moto cognizance of the harrowing video of a toddler trying to wake up his dead mother at the Muzaffarpur Railway Station in Bihar. Calling the incident “rather shocking and unfortunate”, the court has posted the matter for hearing on 3rd June and the concerned Principal Secretaries have been directed to file personal affidavits before the next date. Punjab & Haryana High Court 1) Schools To Charge 70% School Fees; Pay 70% Salary To Teachers: Directs Punjab & Haryana HC [Independent Schools’ Association Chandigarh (Regd.) & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.] The bench of Justice Ritu Bahri allowed private unaided schools to collect 70% school fees from the students. The schools have also been asked to pay 70% salaries of the teachers. This interim direction has come in a petition filed by Independent Schools’ Association, Chandigarh, against a Memo dated May 14, whereby on one hand the schools had been precluded from collecting building charges, transportation charges, and charges for meals etc., while on the other hand they had been directed not to reduce the salary of the teachers. Also Read: Schools Are Justified In Charging Tuition Fee For Conducting Online Classes: Delhi HC Holds While Refusing To Intervene In DoE’s April 17 Order 2) “Courts Should Not Engage Itself In Social Mores Or Introduce Personal Ideas On Morality In A Protection Petition”: Punjab & Haryana HC [Sumanpreet Kaur & Anr. v. State of Punjab & Ors.] In a Protection Petition filed by a runaway couple, Justice Rajiv Narayan Raina remarked, “It is not for this Court in a protection petition to engage itself in social mores, norms and human behaviour or introduce personal ideas on morality.” He made it clear that in such cases, the court should not present its personal views regarding morality, and must ensure that the couple’s rights under Article 21 are protected. 3) Journalists’ Salary Cut : Punjab & Haryana HC Directs Labour Commissioner To Decide Complaints [The Tribune Trust Employees Union, Chandigarh v. Union Territory, Chandigarh & Ors.] The single-Judge bench of Justice Arun Monga directed the Labour Commissioner, Chandigarh to consider the representation made by the Tribune Trust Employees Union – an association of journalists working in ‘The Tribune’ – against permanent reduction in the wages/ salaries of its members. Rajasthan High Court 1) SC Order Extending Limitation Not Cloak For Investigating Agency To Claim Self-Serving Extension Under 167(2) Cr. P. C.’: Rajasthan HC [Pankaj v. State] In the absence of any amendment in the statute and without there being any remote reference of investigation or provisions of the Code in the order of Supreme Court, Justice Dinesh Mehta rejected the contention that till the lockdown continues, the period prescribed in Section 167(2) Cr. P. C. stands automatically extended in view of the March 23 order of the Supreme Court. Also Read: Right To Default Bail During Lockdown Telangana High Court 1) Telangana HC Inquires About Availability Of Ambulances On National/State Highways For Migrant Workers, Including Pregnant Women [Sreenitha Pujar v. Union of India & Ors.] Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B .Vijaysen Reddy observed that the state must ensure that Ambulances are available on National and State Highways being presently used by migrant workers to reach their destinations. 2) Telangana HC Issues Notice To Centre, State Over Illegal Sales Of Drugs [A Scetharam tsabr.r, Occ. Pharmacist v. Union of India & Ors.] A bench comprising Chief Justice Rachvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy issued notice to the Centre and the state on a letter petition alleging that most of the Chemists and Druggists stores are run in the absence of a recognised Pharmacist, seeking the implementation of the various provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and the Pharmacy Act. 3) Low Testing Of Covid19 Is Like Inviting Trojan Horse Into Citadel: Telangana HC Slams Govt For Abysmal Testing & Vague Reports [Prot’. P.L. Vishweshwar Rao & Anr. v. Union of India & Ors.] A bench of Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan & Justice Vijaysen Reddy pulled up the State Government for the abysmally low testing rate of the deadly Coronavirus infection in the state of Telangana. The court directed the State Government to continually test people for covid19 and increase the number of tests throughout the state as far as practicable. Uttarakhand High Court 1) ‘Executive Entitled To Elbow Room And Free Play In Its Joints To Protect Citizens In These Times Of Global Pandemic’: Uttarakhand HC [Akshay Sharma v. Union of India & Ors.] Disposing of a PIL complaining of irrational classification of Red and Orange Zones in the state, Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice RC Khulbe remarked, “in their endeavour to protect the life and health of its citizens / inhabitants, the executive is entitled to some elbow room and a free play in its joints.” The plea was disposed of after the court noted that the Government had re-classified zones within the State, as per the number of reported cases in each district. 2) Lackadaisical Approach Adopted By Government To Ameliorate The Plight Of Migrants Does Not Show Them In Good Light’: Uttarakhand HC [Preetam Singh Panwar v. Union of India & Ors.] A bench comprising of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice RC Khulbe expressed deep dissatisfaction on the measures being taken by both the Central as well as the State Government to bring back the migrants who are stranded in various parts of the country, amid the lockdown. “Transporting merely 2000 persons by train per day would require at least 50 days, from the 01st of June, to bring back the remaining one lakh stranded persons from different parts of the country to the State of Uttarakhand during which period they would continue to suffer from lack of food, water and shelter,” it observed. Next Story