Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) 2012 abridged results.Company ProfileScoa Nigeria Plc is a conglomerate company in Nigeria specialising in turnkey projects in the technology, infrastructure, farming, water engineering, food technologies and telecommunication sectors. Projects include the supply, construction, installation and maintenance of power generation and air-conditioning systems, home/office systems, security systems, electrical systems and fire prevention/industrial safety systems. Scoa Nigeria Plc distributes and services a range of passenger vehicles, trucks, buses and trailers and provides services for fleet management, trade-ins, vehicle leasing, providing drivers and service and repairs. Turnkey projects in the hospital and healthcare sector includes supplying and servicing hospital equipment and providing medical training services in the area of magnetic resonance, computed topography, cardiovascular, x-rays, radiography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and cardiac resuscitation. Scoa Nigeria Plc manages centres for physiotherapy and dentistry and a laboratory to diagnose and treat terminal illnesses and heart and neurological diseases. Scoa Nigeria Plc is a subsidiary of Fadoul Group. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Scoa Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Whoever wins Pool D is likely to face the Pumas in the World Cup quarter-finals – and both France and Ireland know how tough that task is Running the show: Nicolas Sanchez breaks through Georgia’s defence. Photo: Getty Images LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The All Blacks. That’s who the runners-up of Pool D face in Cardiff on 17 October. The thought has been in the back of the minds of Irish and French fans for months, both sets of supporters conscious that the prize for winning their group is a World Cup quarter-final against Argentina. ‘Prize?’ Some prize.Two matches into their World Cup campaign and the Pumas are looking ominous. They ran New Zealand close in their opening match, eventually losing 26-16 as the All Blacks found an extra gear in the final quarter thanks to their stronger bench, and they then demolished Georgia 54-9 in Gloucester last Friday.In running in seven tries against the Georgians, the Pumas proved they are more than just their traditionally big scrummaging pack. Juan Martin Hernandez is showing signs of the form he displayed eight years ago, when Argentina finished third in the World Cup, while Tomas Cubelli and Nicolas Sanchez are a half-pack pairing of quality and control. Sanchez has the ability to pinch points whenever they are on offer, and against Georgia he scored the first drop-goal of the World Cup, a skill of his that France know all about.When the two sides met in Paris last November, Sanchez dropped three goals (Hernandez managed a fourth) and kicked two penalities in the Pumas’ 18-13 victory. Mind you, Sanchez was playing behind a pack that day that dominated their opponents, despite the fact Argentina were without veteran back-rowers Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Juan Manuel Leguizamon. But they did have Tomas Lavanini, the 6ft 7in 22-year-old lock who, judging by his performances so far this World Cup, is destined for greatness.Good move: Tomas Cubelli attacks during Argentina’s win over France last November. Photo: AFPFrance and Ireland will not relish the prospect of facing Argentina, particularly the French who have have lost nine of their last 15 Tests against the South Americans. Two of those losses occured in the 2007 World Cup, in their opening group game and in the third-place match, and the Pumas believe they have the beating of France this tournament.In last November’s match they were smarter than France, especially in defence where they did their homework on fly-half Camille Lopez. They were up so quickly on the Clermont No 10 that they cut down his passing options, forcing him to put boot to ball. But they knew his preference for kicking cross-field and the Argentinine back three were waiting. The result was that Lopez, so impressive a week earlier in France’s win against Australia, was unable to exert much influence on the match.Ireland’s World Cup record against Argentina is not much better. They were knocked out of the 1999 World Cup by the Pumas, scrapped a 16-15 win in Adelaide four years later and were hammered 30-15 in 2007, a match in which Hernandez lived up to his nickname of ‘El Mago’ (The Magician). “They controlled it well in fairness,” lamented Brian O’Driscoll after the defeat. “They are difficult to play against.” Given that France have twice shocked New Zealand in World Cups, perhaps drawing the All Blacks in the last eight wouldn’t be the end of the world for les Bleus.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. They still are, as they showed against New Zealand and as they demonstrated last month in beating South Africa 37-25 in Durban, a victory that validated the decision to bring them into the Rugby Championship.Key role: Diego Albanese scoring the winning try against Ireland at RWC 1999. Photo: Getty ImagesThat honour was accorded on the back of their 2007 World Cup campaign and there’s a growing sense in Argentina that the 2015 side can at the very least emulate their predecessors. “If they stay focused and don’t have any serious injuries, I think the Pumas can go all the way,” says Diego Albanese, who played for the Pumas in three World Cups and is now a rugby analyst for ESPN Argentina.Albanese was a gifted wing, who scored ten tries in his 55 internationals, but when he made his debut for Argentina in 1995 it was in a team that tended to play to its forward strengths. That’s now changed and Albanese says the Rugby Championship is responsible. “Four years’ experience of playing the best the teams in the word regulary has given them confidence, self-belief and got them used to playing at a higher speed,” he explains.Albanese also cites the role of head coach Daniel Hourcade as a factor in Argentina’s fresh approach. Appointed in October 2013, Hourcade had coached the Argentine Development side and unlike France coach Philippe Saint-André he has never had any reservations in blooding young but inexperienced players. “Under Hourcade, their mindset is to attack and play with ball in hand,” says Albanese. “They have been working a lot in core skills, from the props to the wingers because they realised that in order to improve their game, they had to be much better in their basic skills, and you can see that today in the way they are playing.”Making his point: Philippe Saint-Andre knows how tough playing Argentina is. Photo: Getty ImagesAlbanese would prefer Argentina to play France in the quarter-final because he believes Ireland’s half-backs are world-class and their defence better organised. As for Hourcade, he didn’t seem unduly worried last November at the prospect of facing France. “Maybe we’ll see each again in the World Cup quarter-final?” he joked to French reporters, as he left the post-match press conference.
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis DEC Asian floods appeal income rises to £25 million Howard Lake | 30 December 2004 | News The BBC reports that the British public has donated £25 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Tsunami/Earthquake appeal since it was launched on 28 December.The most recent emergency appeal by the DEC raised £34 million for work in the Darfur region of Sudan, but that took several months to achieve. The rapid response to the current appeal suggests that it is likely to break previous DEC records for income raised for a single appeal.Many other fundraising activities are underway. The owners of The Daily Mail for instance will donate 5p from the cover price of each issue sold tomorrow: the money raised will be donated to charities working with children in the affected areas. Advertisement 28 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Guardian newspaper has broadened its Christmas charity appeal to allow readers to support directly the disaster recovery effort. One of its beneficiary charities this year is international aid and development agency Concern, which will channel donations raised for the disaster via the DEC. Online donations to this broadened appeal totalled £14,000 within a few hours, reports the newspaper.Everton Football Club has set up a relief fund for victims of the disaster because one of their main sponsors is Beer Thai 1991, the brewer of Chang Beer. Chief executive Keith Wyness told evertonfc. com: “The reason we are doing this is because we are the only Premiership club with a sponsor in that part of the world.” The club is encouraging other Premiership football clubs to join in the fundraising.Asian Radio station Sunrise Radio has also set up an appeal.The third Castle Lager/MTN test match between South Africa and England, which start on Sunday in Cape Town on Sunday, will also be turned into a fundraising event. Signed test playing shirts from the two teams will be raffled, the United Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa (Pty) Ltd will make a donation, and match sponsors MTN will donate all funds generated from the use of the CSA Cricket Hotline number. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Digital Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics
White Hall, Ala. — In rural Lowndes County, Ala., on March 5, a dozen people gathered in the yard of a small, white frame house here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of “the original Black Panther Party.” Lowndes County Freedom Organization slate of candidates in the November election. Alabama, 1966.Most have heard of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the Black nationalist and socialist organization anchored in California. From 1966 to 1982, the BPP sponsored armed citizen defense against police violence as well as uplifting social programs for its community. Before the surveillance, harassment and assassination carried out by the FBI’s infamous counterintelligence program (Cointelpro), the BPP had offices in 68 cities and thousands of members.The seedbed of that revolutionary organization was in the Lowndes County community of White Hall — population 831 — and in the house that served as headquarters for the local SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) voting rights campaign. SNCC grew out of a 1960 student meeting organized by Civil Rights and economic justice activist Ella Baker at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., and was a catalyst throughout the South for grass-roots, militant voter rights organizing.In 1966, SNCC and local activists formed the Lowndes County Freedom Organization, an all-Black, independent political party that ran a slate of Black candidates in county elections. All Alabama parties had visual symbols on the ballot. The Alabama Democratic Party had the logo of a white rooster with the words, “White supremacy for the right.” That language was not removed until 1996.The SNCC Black Panther Party Freedom House and the Jackson family home at White Hall, Lowndes County, Alabama. March 2016.WW photo: Minnie Bruce PrattThe LCFO chose a ferocious black panther for its symbol, saying it represented “courage, determination and freedom,” so the organization began to be known locally as “the Black Panther Party.”LCFO handbills on voting rights contained the seeds of the later BPP Ten-Point Program, as the organizers announced they would set up local health clinics and called for adequate community nutrition. When Kwame Touré (Stokely Carmichael) and other SNCC members in the Lowndes County campaign went on to California organizing, they asked local activists if they could use the Black Panther Party name in their new organization, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.‘The Panther is not dead!’From the front steps of the SNCC Freedom House, Willie Ricks (Mukasa Dada), a former SNCC member who organized in Lowndes County, said: “This little, small, country place is a historic place. The panther is not dead.” He affirmed the Black Panther Party spirit still lives in the Black Lives Matter movement. Dada had coined the phrase “Black Power” in a famous interchange with Touré.Lowndes County Freedom Organization voting rights leaflet. Alabama, 1966.Dada also honored those who gave their lives in the struggle — from Viola Liuzzo to Che Guevara — and spoke of the struggle’s roots in Africa: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He acknowledged the socialist and nationalist leadership of Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Léopold Senghor of Senegal, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Sékou Touré of Guinea as part of an African and socialist revolution. He stated that the liberation of people of African descent would come only with the freeing of the entire continent of Africa from imperialism and capitalism.He concluded, “Reparations for the people who built the world up and got nothing for it! If we want freedom, we have to fight for freedom.“Dada told of the armed struggle necessary to defend voting rights for the 95 percent Black population in Lowndes against white supremacy. SNCC workers went to the plantations ready with weapons in order to register voters. People who tried to vote were evicted from their homes by plantation owners. When evictees built a “tent city” by the side of U.S. Highway 80, the housing was repeatedly shot up by the Klan.Dada said, “If anyone was attacked, we ran to them.”When SNCC workers first arrived in Lowndes, they flagged down a school bus bringing children of the Black community home from their segregated school. They asked the driver, John Jackson, 16, if they could ride from house to house with him, to let people know SNCC was opening voter registration. Jackson took them to his father.Matthew Jackson, a farmer, armed them and assigned his children and grandchildren as their aides. Jackson senior also gave them the frame house for their use, located next to the Jackson family home of 100 years. Its central breezeway had been used as a schoolhouse for the Black community’s children before any public education had been allowed them.Roots of resistance The support of the Jackson family and other local activists comes from deep roots of resistance in Lowndes County — a resistance in the area going back to the Indigenous peoples of the Creek Confederacy. A historical marker at the road to the SNCC Freedom House announces a nearby 1813 “Battle of Holy Ground,” where U.S. troops defeated a Creek uprising. What the marker doesn’t say is that the battle at Ikan Atchaka/Econachoca (“sacred ground”) was a key moment when the Redstick Movement of the Creek nation militarily resisted the U.S. imposition of slavery and property ownership on their region and society. In this battle, Creeks and self-liberated Black people fought together against the U.S. troops. (tinyurl.com/zlmag9d)During the 18th and 19th centuries, all five major Southern nations or confederations of Indigenous peoples — the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek (Muscogee) and Seminole — were subjected to a strategy of “civilization” by the U.S. that tried to make some members of the nation into slaveholders, thus dividing the people through unequal levels of property ownership.As soon as slavery was introduced into the U.S. Southeast, enslaved people began to liberate themselves by escaping to swampy lands near the Alabama River to live in “maroon” lands and secret encampments of Native peoples.Though no direct connection can be traced, it seems possible that the appeal of the black panther to local Lowndes County people might rest in its Indigenous roots — the fact that the Panther gens, the Katsalgi, was one of the primary Creek social units. In folk narratives, the panther is sometimes featured as a leader or commander of other animal peoples. (native-languages.org)Certainly militant resistance by oppressed people continued even as slavery and white supremacy became entrenched as the law of the land. In 1861, in Lowndes and Montgomery counties, a hundred enslaved people of African descent, together with “poor whites of the country,” planned a rebellion in which they would redistribute the “land, mules and money” of the plantation owners. Twenty-five Black and four white insurrectionists were executed when the plot was discovered. (Herbert Aptheker, “American Negro Slave Revolts,” International Publishers, 1943) The struggle for economic as well as racial justice arose again in the 1930s in Lowndes County when the Sharecroppers Union (SCU), organized primarily by the Communist Party USA, led 6,000 members in Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery and Dallas counties. In 1935 the SCU conducted a spring cotton-choppers’ strike and a summer cotton-pickers’ strike to counter wages of $4 a month, plus board, and to stop mass evictions of the workers to consolidate land for mechanized farming. Demands included equal pay for women and no discrimination against Black people. Repression in Lowndes County was brutal, with floggings, rapes and assassinations of union organizers and supporters. However, “armed strikers organized their own ‘posses’ and in one instance a group ‘met the vigilantes as they started to raid a striker’s shack. When the [boss’] gang saw the opposition was formidable, they ran, and since then the raids have not been so frequent.’” (Robin D.G. Kelley, “Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression,” University of North Carolina, 1990)This long, long tradition of resistance showed up the night SNCC called the first meeting for voter registration in Lowndes County. A room full of Black farmers showed up — armed. When told that SNCC was “a nonviolent organization,” an older farmer replied, “You turn the other cheek, and you’ll get handed half of what you’re sitting on.“ (Kelley)Southern native Minnie Bruce Pratt cast her first vote in Alabama in November 1966 — for the Black Panther Party.Part 2: Lowndes County, Ala.: Roots of revolutionFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Top Stories”Your Negotiation Does Not Work Apparently, We Will Form A Committee To Resolve The Issue”:Supreme Court On Farmers Protest LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK16 Dec 2020 1:10 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday indicated that a Committee, including members of farmers organisations, may be formed to resolve the deadlock and end the farmers protests. The observation was made by a Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde while hearing a batch of PILs seeking removal of farmers protesting at Delhi borders against the three Farmers Acts. The Court observed that the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday indicated that a Committee, including members of farmers organisations, may be formed to resolve the deadlock and end the farmers protests. The observation was made by a Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde while hearing a batch of PILs seeking removal of farmers protesting at Delhi borders against the three Farmers Acts. The Court observed that the negotiations being held by the Government are not yielding results and if the dispute is not settled soon, it may become a national issue. The Court has granted permission to implead all concerned farmer organizations and has issued notice on the PILs, returnable tomorrow. Delete The CJI informed the Solicitor General that tentatively, a Committee will be formed with members of all farmers organisations from the rest of India. Otherwise, the Top Court apprehended, this will soon become a national issue and the Government may not be able to work out. During the course of hearing, the Solicitor General assured the Court that the government will not do anything against the interest of farmers. He urged that a direction be made to the farmers organizations to sit with the government clause by clause, so that there can be a discussion or debate with an open mind. At this juncture, the CJI remarked that the negotiations being done by the Government are not working. He suggested that the talks will be successful only when both the sides are represented by such people who are actually willing to negotiate. The CJI therefore asked the SG to come up with the name of such an organization that is willing to negotiate. He also said to make sure that the authorities are willing to negotiate. The Petitioners ha sought immediate removal of protesting farmers from border areas of Delhi-NCR on the ground that they increase the risk of COVID-19 spread in Delhi. Advocate Dushyant Tiwari appearing for the Petitioners submitted that the verdict in Shaheen Bagh case already states that public places cannot be occupied indefinitely. He referred to paragraph 19 of the judgment which states as under: “We have, thus, no hesitation in concluding that such kind of occupation of public ways, whether at the site in question or anywhere else for protests is not acceptable and the administration ought to take action to keep the areas clear of encroachments or obstructions.” Advocate Om Prakash Parihar also tried to compare the incumbent Farmer’s protests with the Shaheen Bagh case. This prompted the CJI to remark, “How many people had blocked the road there? Will the number of people not determine this? Who will take responsibility? There can be no precedent in law and order situation.” Advocate Reepak Kansal for the Petitioners submitted that there should be a balance. “There is no free movement. Ambulances cannot go. This a violation of Article 19(1)(a),(b) and (c),” he submitted. The CJI then remarked that the petitions seem ill-conceived and there are no legal issues before the Court. He said, “The only party before us who has blocked the road is you (Government).” The SG however clarified that the authorities have not blocked the roads. He submitted that the Delhi Police had been deployed as the farmers are protesting. “So, the only party who is actually on ground is you,” the CJI then remarked. The farmers are protesting against the the three farm laws -Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act,Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act & Essential Commodities(Amendment) Act. The present writ petition has been filed by one Rishabh Sharma, a law student, through Advocate Om Prakash Parihar, stating that the protesters are “posing a hurdle for accessing emergency medical services”. The Supreme Court has issued notices on a batch of petitions which challenge the constitutional validity of the said Acts. Interestingly, the Bar Council of Delhi has also written to the Prime Minister seeking the repeal of the laws saying that provisions barring the jurisdiction of civil courts over disputes under the Acts affect legal profession.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Top Stories”Matter Is Too Serious” SC Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea Alleging Cancellation Of 3 Crore Ration Cards For Not Linking With Aadhaar & Subsequent Starvation Deaths Srishti Ojha17 March 2021 1:24 AMShare This – xSupreme Court has on Wednesday sought Centre’s response on plea filed alleging the Cancellation of 3 crore ration cards on account of non-linking with Aadhar Cards by the Union Government and starvation deaths caused. A three-judge Bench led by CJI Bobde, issued the direction while hearing a PIL filed on the issue of implementation of a grievance redressal mechanism to ensure food 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?LoginSupreme Court has on Wednesday sought Centre’s response on plea filed alleging the Cancellation of 3 crore ration cards on account of non-linking with Aadhar Cards by the Union Government and starvation deaths caused. A three-judge Bench led by CJI Bobde, issued the direction while hearing a PIL filed on the issue of implementation of a grievance redressal mechanism to ensure food to everyone under the National Food Security Act.The Court issued notice after Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves appearing for the petitioner informed the Court that notice has not been issued on the petition but only an incidental order was made on aspect of grievance redressal mechanism.”But that is the principle issue here” : ASG Aman Lekhi stated”The Principle issue is cancellation of 3 crore cards and starvation deaths” Gonsalves said.Sr Adv Colin Gonsalves appearing for the petitioner submitted that this petition deals with an alarming state of affairs, because Central govt has canceled three crore ration cards without notice to beneficiary.”We see seriousness of the problem. I have dealt with this matter with relation to Belghat. You are asking for omnibus kind of relief. You should have the matter investigated by Jurisdictional High Court. This kind of thing will not help us or anybody. If you make an allegation about entire country, this court cannot go into that.” the Bench observed”The Better thing is to approach jurisdictional High Courts. We don’t think its an appropriate remedy. ” the Bench states”Cancellation has been done on Central level. Three crore cards have been cancelled on Central level” Gonsalves responded.”There’s nothing in law that states HC can’t set aside cancellation of Aadhar cards.” The Bench said”No aadhar cards are not found cancelled, the tribals either don’t have aadhar cards, or the identification doesn’t work in tribal and rural areas. Because of this reliance on Aadhar cards, can you imagine 3 crore cards are gone!” Gonsalves submitted”Three crore cards have gone?” the bench asked”Yes. Starvation deaths are taking place. 3 crores ration cards have gone! I can show UOI declaration. Its an announcement of the Prime Minister.” Gonsalves submitted.”We aren’t belittling the problem. We were only thinking if states should. But we will consider it and keep it for final hearing.” the Bench said.ASG Aman Lekhi submitted that apart from the fact that High Court’s should deal with it, the other objection is that there is a grievance redressal mechanism under National Food security Act which hasn’t been approached.”The important thing is if you have cancelled the cards. We were persuaded to consider the case because of their statement that Aadhar cards have been cancelled by the authority. ” the Bench said.ASG Lekhi clarified that government circulars stipulate that if Aadhar is nor available, alternative mechanisms are in place, ration cards will still be issued. And if they aren’t, its the responsibility of the State government, not the Central government.”The government notification is explicit that absence of Aadhar will not lead to denial of Ration Cards.” Lekhi submitted.The Bench has said that it will consider the case and hear it for final hearing, and has notice returnable in 4 weeks.The Bench further clarified that they are asking the government’s response only because of the Aadhar issue.”The matter is too serious” the Bench observed.The present PIL was filed highlighting the starvation death cases across the country & alleged in the plea that people died of starvation after they were denied rations under the government social welfare scheme due to absence of Aadhaar cardThe petition documents starvation deaths taking place in Jharkhand, U.P., Odisha, Karnataka, M.P., Maharashtra, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana. News reports throughout India confirm that genuine cards were cancelled without notice. The Hunger Watch Report of the Right to Food Campaign in 2020 characterised the hunger situation in India as grave. India ranks 94 out of 107 countries in the Global Hunger Index 2020 and is in the “Serious Hunger Category”. Given the huge numbers of persons living at the brink of starvation it appears that mighty India has become the hunger capital of the world.The petitioner sought an independent investigation into starvation deaths in the country, the restoration of all cancelled ration cards and compensation for the death of her daughter by starvation. A recent order of Telangana High Court on this issue directed that fresh ration cards should be issued to all those whose cards were cancelled “without issuing notice to them”. The High Court also directed that biometric authentication be exempted. The Advocate General of the State made a statement which was recorded “that the State will continue provide food and essential supplies to the poor and needy without asking for their ration cards pending further orders”.The petition was argued by Mr. Colin Gonsalves assisted by Ms. Olivia Bang, Mr Aditya Srivastava and Ms Anupradha Singh, Advs.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Top StoriesAuthorities Under Disaster Management Act Have No Power To Alter Fee Structure Of Private Schools: Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK3 May 2021 5:11 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court held that the Statutory Authorities under the Disaster Management Act of 2005 have no power to deal with the subject of school fee structure of private unaided schools.The Act is not a panacea for all difficulties much less not concerning disaster management as such, the bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari observed.The court observed thus while allowing the appeal filed by Private School Managements who had challenged the Rajasthan Government orders regarding deferment of collection of school fees including reduction of fees limited to 70 per cent of tuition fees by schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education and 60 per cent from the schools affiliated with Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, in view of reduction of syllabus by the respective Boards due to aftermath of pandemic (lockdown) from March 2020.’Before the Apex court, school management contended that none of the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 or the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020 or Rajasthan Schools (Regulation of Fee) Act, authorizes the State Government to reduce the quantum of fees to be collected by the private schools. The State defended the order contending that it has power for mitigating the concerns of the parents and for capacity building of the stakeholders as one of the measures under the Act of 2005.Agreeing with the contention made by managements, the bench noted that there is no express provision in the Act of 2005 which empowers the Director, Secondary Education (or the State Government to issue order and directions in respect of school fee structure because of the pandemic situation”Having regard to the purport of the Act of 2005, it is unfathomable as to how the State Authorities established under the stated Act can arrogate unto themselves power to issue directions to private parties on economic aspects of legitimate subsisting contractual matters or transactions between them inter se. In any case, the impugned order has not been issued by the State Authority referred to in the Act of 2005. It is not enough to say that the same was issued under the directions of the Chief Minister of the State. For, the Chief Minister is only the Chairperson (Ex officio) of the State Disaster Management Authority established under Section 14 of the Act of 2005. Suffice it to observe that there is no provision in the Act of 2005 which concerns or governs the subject of interdicting the school fee structure fixed under the Act of 2016.”, the court said referring to the provisions of the Act.The State, to defend its order, also had invoked the general provision in Section 4(2)(g) permitting the Government to regulate or restrict the functioning of offices, Government and private and educational institutions in the State, would not give authority to the State Government to decide about the fee structure of the concerned unaided private school.”The measures enunciated in Section 4 of the Act of 2020 in no way deal with the “tariffs” of air, rail, road, hospital, temporary accommodation. It only enables the Authority to prohibit any usage or activities which the Government considers sufficient to spread or transmit epidemic diseases and for that purpose to inspect various places suspected of being infected with such diseases. Indeed, it can regulate or restrict the functioning of offices, Government and private and educational institutions in the State. That, however, would be only in respect of manner of its use and its timings including to observe standard operating procedures to ensure that epidemic diseases do not transmit or spread on account of activities carried out therein. That power to regulate cannot be invoked to control the tariffs, fees or cost of goods and services and in particular economic aspects of contractual matters between two private parties or so to say school fees of private unaided schools. Accordingly, even the last point urged by the State to justify the impugned order dated 28.10.2020 falls to the ground.”, the court said.Case: Indian School, Jodhpur Vs. State Of Rajasthan [CA 1724 OF 2021]Coram: Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh MaheshwariCitation: LL 2021 SC 240Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentTagsRajasthan School Fee Supreme Court Disaster Management Act Justice AM Khanwilkar Justice Dinesh Maheswari Next Story
Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Master the art of recruitment to win in personnelOn 28 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. As demand for good staff grows, HR professionals can play a vital role inrecruitment, argues Mike SheaAccording to the Corporate Advisory Board of Washington DC, the cost ofreplacing staff can be anything between 50 per cent and 175 per cent of thatperson’s annual salary and, as we are all aware, employees in the 21st centurydo not stay with a company for life as perhaps their grandparents did.What can we deduce from this? Well you as the HR professional will beinvolved in the recruitment process for your company at some point. The process is a vital part of your company’s business strategy. Recruit thewrong person and you may be doing far more harm than not recruiting someone atall. You must be aware not only of your own employer’s strategies and policiesregarding recruitment, but also of the local and perhaps national recruitmentpicture.For example, I live and work in Edinburgh which, together with Glasgow andthe central belt, is seeing a dramatic increase in available employment due tothe expansion of employers such as BSkyB, Motorola and Greenfield. This means we have a limited candidate pool in which to fish and this poolis simply not deep enough to supply all of Scotland’s needs. My colleagues andI have therefore sought candidates from across the UK who are seeking to moveto Scotland, either for quality of life or family issues, and through ournetwork of offices have helped them find a new position in Scotland.The biggest enemy to the recruitment process, however, is time. If you areholding the CV of a candidate who seems to be ideal for your current vacancy,then act quickly. Do not fool yourself – you will not be the only recruiterlooking at this candidate’s CV and a contract of employment is a far strongerinducement than the vague promise of an interview. I have lost count over the years of the number of employers who have contactedme three or four weeks after I have submitted a candidate, in order to arrangean interview and who seem genuinely surprised that the candidate is no longeron the market, despite my having contacted them repeatedly with warnings thatthis would happen.So how can you try to ensure that recruitment in your company is assuccessful as possible?Make sure that when you contact your recruitment supplier you have as full ajob specification as possible. Have provisional interview dates alreadypencilled in your diary. If a candidate can be contacted not only with all thedetails of your company and the opportunity which exists in it, but also withpotential interview dates, it helps to focus this candidate’s mind on youropportunity.Do not recruit until you are ready. Asking for CVs two or three monthsbefore you are ready to recruit is a wasted exercise – they will have gainedalternative employment long before you are ready to see them.Move from the first interview stage to the second within two weeks – a weekis preferable – as this gives candidates an impression of a company that isorganised, professional and, most important of all, interested.Give as much feedback as possible to candidates after the interview, even ifthey have been rejected. You would be surprised at how positively candidatesreceive this and it will promote a professional and positive image of yourcompany. I know of at least one blue- chip company which has suffered in the pastfrom not giving feedback on candidates, which has led to these candidatespromoting a negative image of this company to their colleagues. This in turnreduces an already limited candidate pool for this particular company torecruit from.When a vacancy occurs, look at the attrition rates for that particular role– it may be that you need to ask your training department to set up managementtraining courses. Ask any experienced business analyst and they will tell youthat employees leave managers, not companies.Build a business relationship with your recruitment supplier. The more theyknow about your company the more effectively they can “sell” yourvacancies to their candidates.Recruitment is essential to your company. Undertaken correctly it willresult in you acquiring high-calibre, long-term assets for the company and willactually reduce your future recruitment requirements.Poor recruitment procedures and processes can only damage the company’sbottom line and will, in effect, increase your recruitment needs.Mike Shea is an HR recruitment consultant with HW Group, a TMP Worldwidecompany