Ellah Lakes Plc (ELLAHL.ng) 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgEllah Lakes Plc (ELLAHL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Ellah Lakes Plc (ELLAHL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ellah Lakes Plc (ELLAHL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ellah Lakes Plc (ELLAHL.ng)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfileEllah Lakes Plc is a fish farming enterprise in Nigeria supplying fresh water fish to local markets. The company was founded in 1980 and operates out of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Ellah Lakes Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img

United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) 2017 Presentation

first_imgUnited Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 presentation For more information about United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng)  2017 presentation Company ProfileUnited Bank of Africa Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services to the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service product offering ranging from transactional accounts, overdrafts and mortgage finance to domiciliary deposits, treasury services, asset management services, bonds, money market deposits and risk management solutions. United Bank of Africa Plc supports the agricultural sector through an agricultural credit support scheme which includes agro processing, an outgrowers scheme, equipment and mechanisation scheme and a tree crops replacement scheme. Founded in 1948, the company  now has an extensive network of some 1 000 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. United Bank of Africa Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

NPF Microfinance Bank Plc (NPFMCR.ng) Q32017 Interim Report

first_imgNPF Microfinance Bank Plc (NPFMCR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about NPF Microfinance Bank Plc (NPFMCR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NPF Microfinance Bank Plc (NPFMCR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NPF Microfinance Bank Plc (NPFMCR.ng)  2017 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileNPF Microfinance Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for both serving and retired Officers and men and women employed by the Nigeria Police Force as well as the general banking public. The company is the leading microfinance institution in Nigeria and also offers loans, advances, money market products and financial advisory services to the retail, commercial and corporate sectors. The company has developed specialised products which includes Police After Service Account, Police Focal Account and IGP Premium Bond. Established in 1993, NPF Microfinance Bank Plc was granted its full license to operate as a Community Bank in 2002. It converted from its Community Bank status to a Microfinance Bank following a directive from the Central Bank of Nigeria. Its head office is in Obalende, Nigeria and its branch network extends to all the Police commands in the country. NPF Microfinance Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

3 reasons why I’m avoiding buy-to-let property in 2020

first_img Kevin Godbold owns shares in British American Tobacco. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Kevin Godbold | Monday, 24th February, 2020 Enter Your Email Address According to property agents Savills, property affordability constraints have driven more people to rent rather than buy their homes in recent years.The firm reckons low interest rates have led to cheaper borrowing, and all that demand for buying property has pushed selling prices higher. And as prices have risen, Savills research shows that, across Europe, “the homeownership rate has fallen from 77% to 75% in the last decade.”5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Maybe there’s an opportunity to get into the buy-to-let business if demand for renting property is rising. But I wouldn’t. At least not by starting from scratch and taking on a mortgage to buy a property to rent for the first time.Great yieldsSetting up and running a hands-on buy-to-let business would involve a lot of expense and inconvenience. But my first reason for shunning the idea is because I reckon there’s a more compelling opportunity with shares in the stock market.The FTSE 100’s dividend yield is running around 4% or so. And plenty of individual names are yielding more than that, such as energy company SSE, smoking products provider British American Tobacco and pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline.I reckon a low-cost FTSE 100 index tracker fund would make a good vehicle for compounding gains if you roll the dividend income back into your investment. And you can take a similar approach with carefully selected individual company shares.But you don’t have to stick with the FTSE 100 because it may be possible to harvest bigger gains if you look at other indices such as the FTSE 250 index of mid-cap shares or even America’s S&P 500. There are so many passive index tracker funds available these days, that investing beyond the FTSE 100 is easy to do, even if you don’t want to work hard at selecting individual company shares.Low costInvesting in shares and share-backed investments, such as managed and tracker funds is straightforward and low-cost compared to taking on buy-to-let property. And that’s my second reason for preferring shares over property. With a few clicks of a computer mouse, I can put my money to work in shares. And with a few clicks more, I can usually get it out again if I need to.I think that kind of flexibility is worth having. Shares and share-backed investments give me the opportunity to harvest a dividend yield and to potentially gain from rising share prices. I think that compares with rental yields and property-price gains in the real estate market, but without all the expense and hassle that comes with buying, owning and selling property.Share-backed investments can be less time-intensive than owning property, particularly if you opt to invest in managed and passive funds rather than individual company shares. And that’s my third reason for preferring shares over physical property. Life’s too short for me to spend all my spare time running a property business when similar investment outcomes can be achieved with passive, share-backed investments. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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South Africa Autumn Internationals Squad

first_img Expand Rassie Erasmus has named his 35-man squad for the Springboks end-of-year tour. Take a look at which teams are playing… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Collapse Playing Bledisloe 3 in Yokohama, see Michael Cheika’s… England Autumn Internationals Squad New Zealand Autumn Internationals Squad New Zealand Autumn Internationals Squad Take a look at Eddie Jones’ 36-man England… Expand Autumn International Fixtures 2018 Australia Autumn Internationals Squad South Africa Autumn Internationals SquadFORWARDS: Warren Whiteley, Duane Vermeulen, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Francois Louw, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (captain), Franco Mostert, Lood de Jager, RG Snyman, JD Schickerling, Eben Etzebeth, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, Wilco Louw, Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe, Trevor Nyakane, Schalk Brits, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi. Big Man: Duane Vermeulen has been released to play for South Africa this Autumn (Getty Images) England Autumn Internationals Squad South Africa Autumn Internationals SquadSouth Africa have named an unchanged starting side to the one that beat Scotland in Murrayfield last weekend, however there is one change on the bench with Eben Etzebeth recovering from an injury to replace Lood de Jager.Wales have won the last three meetings between the two sides however Rassie Erasmus is confident that will change in Cardiff.“Wales have a formidable squad and their current run of eight unbeaten Tests is proof and also an indication of their good form at the moment,” he said.“They are a well-balanced and strong side with a great home record so our boys will be in for a massive contest on Saturday.“We will be desperate to win, and to end the tour on a high would be fantastic for the experience and growth of this squad.”South Africa team to face Wales in the Autumn Internationals – 24th November Willie le Roux; Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Handré Pollard, Embrose Papier; Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (c), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, Eben Etzebeth, Francois Louw, Ivan van Zyl, Elton Jantjies, Cheslin KolbeSouth Africa team to face Scotland in the Autumn Internationals – 17th NovemberWillie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Handre Pollard, Embrose Papier, Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (c), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, Lood de Jager, Francois Louw, Ivan van Zyl, Elton Jantjies, Cheslin Kolbe.South Africa team to face France in the Autumn Internationals – 10th November Australia Autumn Internationals Squad Autumn International Fixtures 2018 Willie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Handré Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (capt), Duane Vermeulen, Warren WhiteleyReplacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Francois Louw, Embrose Papier, Elton Jantjies, Cheslin KolbeSouth Africa team to face England in the Autumn Internationals – 3rd NovemberDamian Willemse; Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Handré Pollard, Ivan van Zyl; Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (capt), Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley.Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Wilco Louw, RG Snyman, Lood de Jager, Embrose Papier, Elton Jantjies, André Esterhuizen.Rassie Erasmus has named his 35-man squad for South Africa’s end of year internationals against England, France, Scotland and Wales.There are some huge names returning to the squad due to injury layoffs or club commitments. For example Trevor Nyakane and Lood de Jager come back after long injury absences, and Duane Vermeulen, Franco Mostert, Willie le Roux, and Francois Louw have all been released by their clubs. Additionally, Gio Aplon returns to the squad having not played for the Springboks since 2012.However Faf de Klerk will play no part because he has not been released by Sale, and as a result Currie Cup winning captain Louis Schreuder has been called up to replace him.Finally, there are three completely new faces coming into the squad from Currie Cup finalists Western Province; Ruhan Nel, JD Schickerling and Sergeal Petersen.The Springboks are coming off an up and down Rugby Championship which saw them lose to Argentina and Australia, but they picked up a huge win against New Zealand in Wellington. They also narrowly lost to New Zealand 32-30 in the second contest and truth be told, the Springboks should have won that Test too. The All Blacks have named a 51-man squad… Expand BACKS: Willie le Roux, Gio Aplon, Damian Willemse, Sergeal Petersen, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Sbu Nkosi, Cheslin Kolbe, Jesse Kriel, Ruhan Nel, Damian de Allende, Andre Esterhuizen, Handré Pollard, Elton Jantjies, Embrose Papier, Ivan van Zyl, Louis Schreuder.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest rugby news.last_img read more

RSF condemns the murder of Ecuadorean journalists by renegade Colombian rebels

first_img RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP Organisation EcuadorAmericasColombia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsViolenceHostages April 13, 2018 RSF condemns the murder of Ecuadorean journalists by renegade Colombian rebels News June 7, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Americas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF sayscenter_img EcuadorAmericasColombia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsViolenceHostages 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies June 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the murder of two Ecuadorean journalists and their driver by the breakaway faction of Colombia’s FARC rebels that kidnapped them near the border between Ecuador and Colombia in late March, and calls for a transparent and exhaustive investigation by the authorities of both countries. Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno has just confirmed the deaths of reporter Javier Ortega, photographer Paul Rivas and driver Efraín Segarra. Photos apparently showing the bodies of the three members of El Comercio, one of Ecuardor’s leading daily newspapers, emerged yesterday. They and their driver were abducted in Mataje, on 26 March, a locality in the northern province of Esmeraldas that is just a few kilometres from the border. They had gone to the border region to cover the clashes between government forces and armed groups that have been under way since January.“We condemn this appalling crime with the utmost firmness and we urge the governments of Ecuador and Colombia to provide a detailed account of the circumstances surrounding this murder, RSF deputy director-general Antoine Bernard said. The authorities of both countries have to conduct an independent investigation on the actions took during the last weeks in order to free the journalists. Responsibilities have to be established, and sanctioned if needed”.Many contradictory reports have circulated ever since their abduction was first reported. A communiqué signed by the breakaway FARC group, which was widely reproduced by media outlets and on social networks two days ago, claimed that they were killed in a military operation. An information that was firstly denied by both countries. They argued that the authenticity of the communiqué and the photos could not be verified earlier.Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno rushed back to Quito late yesterday from Lima, the capital of neighboring Peru, where a Summit of the America began today. On arrival, he said he was giving the abductors 12 hours to prove that the three hostages were still alive. “If not,” he added, “we will act with the utmost firmness (…) to punish these people who violate all human rights.”Ecuador is ranked 105th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Colombia is ranked 129th.last_img read more

Journalist’s detention for past month is test for new Uzbek government

first_img News News May 11, 2021 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more October 27, 2017 Journalist’s detention for past month is test for new Uzbek government Organisation UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression to go further Help by sharing this information UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruptioncenter_img Follow the news on Uzbekistan News Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Bobomurod Abdullayev, an Uzbek freelance journalist who today completes a month in detention in worrying conditions and is facing between 10 and 20 years in prison on a charge of seeking to “overthrow constitutional order.”Abdullayev’s fate is a test case for the Uzbek government. He is the first journalist to be imprisoned under President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, whose talk of reform has contrasted sharply with his predecessor Islam Karimov’s brutal policies.Worrying detentionAfter Abdullayev went missing on 27 September, two days went by before his family learned that he was being held at a Tashkent detention centre by the National Security Service (SNB), which accuses him of calling for the government’s overthrow in articles posted online under the pseudonym of Usman Khaknazar. His colleagues say this is inconceivable.The SNB also claims that these articles were written at the behest of Muhammad Salih, a government opponent living in exile.As per the latest available information, Abdullayev has not had access to a lawyer and has not been allowed visits by his family, except once.RSF took advantage of its presence in Tashkent for a regional conference on the media to publicly request an explanation about his case on 19 October, but no answers were obtained. The concern about Abdullayev’s fate is all the greater because torture is often used in Uzbek detention centres.A freelance contributor to the independent news website Ferghana, Abdullayev is also a sports journalist and a former correspondent of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IPWR) and Radio Ozodlik (the Uzbek service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty).“We call on the Uzbek authorities to free Bobomurod Abdullayev and to guarantee his safety and his right to legal defence,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “In the climate of hope raised by President Mirziyoyev’s reforms, this is a test case. Does the incipient thaw include the security services and media freedom?”Climate of hopeA page was turned in Uzbekistan when President Islam Karimov died in 2016. His 25-year rule was marked by increasingly harsh censorship and by a brutal crackdown on outspoken journalists and other government critics.His successor, former Prime Minister Mirziyoyev, has promised to improve respect for human rights. He proclaimed 2017 to be the “Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests” and refers constantly to the “2017-2021 National Action Strategy,” under which the rule of law is to be developed.Several prominent detainees have been released this year after being held for years. They include Muhammad Bekjanov, the winner of RSF’s Press Freedom Prize in 2013. He was the world’s longest-held journalist when released in February after 18 years in prison.Fellow journalist Jamshid Karimov was released a month later from the psychiatric clinic where he was held for nearly 10 years. Solidzhon Abdurakhmanov, a journalist who had been held for nine years, was finally released earlier this month.Aside from Abdullayev, at least four other journalists nonetheless continue to be detained in connection with their reporting, and the reported release of five other journalists with the newspaper Irmok has yet to be confirmed.The introduction of live TV programmes, including programmes on sensitive social issues, was brought to an early end at the new prime minister’s request in August. The leading independent news websites such as Ferghana and Radio Ozodlik continue to be blocked in Uzbekistan, which is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. February 11, 2021 Find out more News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Receive email alertslast_img read more

Associated Press correspondent penalised for his war coverage

first_img Follow the news on Sri Lanka July 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Associated Press correspondent penalised for his war coverage Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Organisation Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders today called on the Sri Lankan government to give a more convincing explanation about its refusal to renew the press visa of the Associated Press correspondent in the country Ravi Nessman.Nessman, an American national who has been based in Sri Lanka since 2007, was forced to leave the country on 20 July after his visa was not renewed.Advisor to the head of state, Lucien Rajakarunanayake, said the refusal was because foreign correspondents were not allowed to stay in the country for more than two years, but one international media correspondent said he had never heard of this “rule”. A spokesman at the American news agency called the decision “very disturbing”Nessman had a by-lined exclusive on a UN internal report drawing attention to the real toll of civilian victims of the conflict in the north and east of the country that ended when the Sri Lankan army defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009. The report seriously implicated top UN and government officials. “News agencies have been some of the few media that managed to cover the bloody conflict in Sri Lanka independently. Now journalists are being unfairly punished for having written these reports,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“After attacking human rights activists and doctors, the government is now taking it out on foreign journalists who reported on the suffering of the people. It’s extremely unfortunate,” the organisation added.Reporters Without Borders has obtained information that at least eight foreign reporters or contributors to international media have been forced to leave the country because of threats from the authorities or their supporters since 1st January 2009. At least 30 Sri Lankan journalists have fled their country since the start of 2008. January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists July 29, 2020 Find out morecenter_img to go further News News Receive email alerts RSF_en Help by sharing this information Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

$2.7B Ocwen-Wells Fargo Deal Halted Indefinitely

first_img  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago $2.7B Ocwen-Wells Fargo Deal Halted Indefinitely About Author: Colin Robins Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. Ocwen Financial Corporation announced Thursday that plans to purchase the mortgage servicing rights of a portfolio worth $39 billion from Wells Fargo Bank have been halted by the  New York Department of Financial Services (NY DFS).The Wall Street Journal reports the deal was halted under allegations of abusive behavior towards homeowners, and the office of Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the New York regulator, has been investigating Ocwen since December 2012 over the alleged abuse, said a person familiar with the matter. The Atlanta-based business serves as a financial services holding company.In the press release, Ocwen said it “will continue to work closely with the NY DFS to resolve its concerns about Ocwen’s servicing portfolio growth.”The transaction has been halted indefinitely, and any timeline for the completion of the deal remains undecided.The NY DFS declined to comment. Related Articles Federal Department mortgage servicing rights Ocwen Wells Fargo 2014-02-07 Colin Robins Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago February 7, 2014 764 Views Share Save Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Tagged with: Federal Department mortgage servicing rights Ocwen Wells Fargo Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market Home / Daily Dose / $2.7B Ocwen-Wells Fargo Deal Halted Indefinitely Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: NAHB Leading Market Index Edges Higher in February Next: What’s Keeping Borrowers from Refinancing? Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

High Courts Weekly Round Up

first_imgNews UpdatesHigh Courts Weekly Round Up LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK26 April 2020 12:03 AMShare This – xAllahabad High Court Released an Iranian student on bail in connection to a criminal case for overstaying his visa while recalling that “Bail is rule and jail is exception”.Passed detailed directions for providing financial assistance to needy advocates affected by COVID-19 and Lockdown and constituted a Monitoring Committee consisting of various office bearers of the HCBA to oversee…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?LoginAllahabad High Court Released an Iranian student on bail in connection to a criminal case for overstaying his visa while recalling that “Bail is rule and jail is exception”.Passed detailed directions for providing financial assistance to needy advocates affected by COVID-19 and Lockdown and constituted a Monitoring Committee consisting of various office bearers of the HCBA to oversee the same. In a direction issued subsequently, it clarified that the identity of beneficiary Advocates will remain confidential and all transactions made by the HCBA will be audited. The court also recognized the vital role played by Advocates’ Clerks in Court Management and thus requested govt. to examine the viability of framing welfare legislation for them. Bombay High Court Refused to entertain a writ petition filed by a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party seeking a writ of certiorari to be passed quashing the April 9 decision of the state council of ministers to recommend Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s name for nomination as Member of Legislative of Council to the Governor. The court observed, “Court’s interference at this stage is not at all required since any such interference at this stage would amount to preventing the Governor from taking any independent decision. The reliefs sought in the Writ petition therefore appear to be premature. The Petitioner at this stage is not entitled to any urgent reliefs.” Bench at Nagpur sought a reply from the Maharashtra government to a petition challenging a circular issued by the State prohibiting door- to-door distribution of newspapers in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.Dismissed a plea filed by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) seeking a five year ban on Deloitte and KPMG’s arm BSR Associates, for alleged violation of accounting standards while working for the debt ridden IL&FS Financial Services (IFIN). The order was passed on account of “non-application of mind” by the MCA before issuing directions to lodge prosecution against the auditors.Bench at Aurangabad took suo-motu cognizance of newspaper reports regarding a government notification whereby print media was exempted from lockdown but the door-to-door delivery of magazines and newspapers was prohibited.Sought a response from the state and the central government in a batch of PILs contending that hospitals in the city are turning away non-covid19 patients.Directed the High Power Committee in the state to decide whether the distinction made between prisoners/ undertrials accused under IPC and those under special enactments like MPID, MCOCA, NDPS, PMLA, UAPA etc for release on parole due to the pandemic of Covid-19, is discriminatory. The direction was made in a letter petition highlighting the fact that the Supreme Court’s order dated March 23 does not make any such discrimination between the two categories of prisoners/ undertrials. Calcutta High Court Declared that a member of a family whose land has been acquired with an assurance of providing an employment over and above the financial compensation, cannot be denied any employment in the organisation on the ground of his suffering from colour blindness. Delhi High Court Directed the Central Government, Delhi Government, National Commission for Women, Delhi Commission for Women, and other concerned authorities to convene a meeting at the highest level to look into the issue of protection of women from domestic violence during the lockdown period.Held that lockdown is “prima facie in the nature of a force majeure” and passed an interim order restraining the invocation of bank guarantees.Ordered that parents can approach the Directorate of Education if they are aggrieved by any school charging consolidated fees during the lockdown period. The court also however noted that charging of tuition fee is justified as the same is utilised in paying salaries to the teaching staff and organising online classes.Granted interim suspension of sentence to a 72 years old man convicted and sentenced for 10 years of imprisonment for committing sexual assault on a minor, while taking into consideration his medical vulnerability. While doing so, the High Court imposed a bizarre condition that the convict will make a video-call to the Investigating Officer every Friday, and will also ‘drop-a-pin’ on Google maps, so that the IO/SHO can verify his location.Clarified that mere ownership or even registration of a mark does not lead to any presumption of the mark having a reputation and goodwill, in a plea for permanent injunction.Directed the Delhi Govt to ensure a helpline number for assisting pregnant women during lockdown.Issued notice in an application highlighting the possible danger of using the centralised air conditioning system at the time of a virus pandemic.Restrained YES Bank from declaring a loan account as a ‘Non Performing Asset’ for non-payment of installment due to unprecedented circumstances brought about by COVID19 pandemic. Gujarat High Court Declined the bail plea of a mother seeking temporary bail to attend to her children lodged in shelter homes, until the threat of pandemic subsides. The court observed that the authority concerned had taken adequate steps for their protection and hence there was no “good reason” to allow the bail plea.Struck down Section 84A of the Gujarat Value Added Tax Act holding it as unconstitutional for being violative of the Articles 14 and 19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India. The bench said that if unlimited time period is available to the Revenue for assessment/re- assessment/revision in any case based on a decision rendered in the case of any other dealer the same would lead to an irreparable situation.Noted that a 2018 state resolution continues to entitle Non-NFSA APL-1 families to free ration and grocery on the basis of 13 documentary proofs of identification, and thus disposed of a PIL praying that the April 11 Notification of the Food and Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department, placing a mandatory requirement of producing Aadhaar Card for the purpose of availing free distribution, be set aside. Jammu & Kashmir High Court Reserved its order on the issue of opening ‘Darbar Move’ during the impending threat of COVID-19 pandemic, after taking into account the financial and administrative constraints, the risk of spreading the infection further and the need for effecting the Move during the present era of digitization.Asked the UT administration to file its reply in a plea for quashing of FIR registered against journalist Gowhar Geelani, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA). Jharkhand High Court Took note of the assurances given by the state government and disposed of a PIL seeking “safe management and disposal” of Covid infected dead bodies by directing the state government to implement the “Dead Body Management Guidelines” notified by Government of India last month.Held that grant of bail is not a ‘conclusive finding’ and hence punishment, even in the form of fines, cannot be imposed as bail conditions.Sought the State’s response on the stray incidents of COVID-19 suspects/ patients escaping the containment centers in the state. Karnataka High Court Rejected a petition filed by an agriculturist seeking directions to the state government to screen the migrant labourers who are kept in shelter homes or their temporary dwelling and if tested negative for Coronavirus, then drop them to their homes for free, using the State/Central government transport facility.Allowed super markets to remain open 24×7, to ensure uninterrupted supply of grocery and other essential items to citizens, while observing social distancing guidelines.Directed the State Government to ensure that no nurses, paramedical staff or ASHA workers are deprived of their salaries during the lockdown. It has also asked the government to place on record its policy decision to provide police protection to these frontline health workers.Rejected a petition seeking directions to the State and Central government to make public details of those persons who have allegedly contacted Coronavirus at the religious event held in Nizamuddin, Delhi.Sought a report from the state government about the action it is taking to address the spike in cases of domestic violence, during the lockdown.Called upon the Bar Council of India, Karnataka State Bar Council, etc. to inform the court the steps that may be taken to provide relief to needy advocates, suffering from lack of income.Held that doctors wanting to pursue Postgraduate studies cannot be made to serve bond of five years. It thus directed the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Medical College and Hospital to release such doctors’ transfer certificates immediately, without insisting them to compulsory serve the hospital for a period of five years. Kerala High Court Directed the Kerala Government to anonymize all data that has been collected from COVID-19 pateints/ suspects before handing over the same to US-company Sprinklr. It has further directed that Sprinklr will not commit any act which may breach confidentiality of the data so entrusted with them and that they will return the data as soon as their contractual obligations are over.Reaffirmed that functioning of advocates’ offices is necessary for securing the fundamental right of access to justice and asked the Central Government if it is possible to grant relaxations for advocates’ movement during the lockdown.Directed the Central Government to file a statement giving specific details of the financial and medical assistance granted through embassies to Indians stranded in Gulf nations amid the COVID-19 situation.Took suo-motu cognizance of news reports highlighting contamination of River Periyar, having the largest discharge potential, providing water to major towns and cities in the state. that the Bail condition to deposit a certain amount in the Corona Relief Fund is “unjust & improper”. Madhya Pradesh High Court Released an Indore-resident, apprehended for lockdown violation, on bail with a direction to contribute Rs. 10,000/- towards the PM CARES Fund and also to render voluntary services for at least three hours per day, for a week. Madras High Court Took suo moto cognizance of reports on how the burial of a doctor, who succumbed to a heart attack on account of COVID infection, invited mass opposition, creating a law and order situation and issued notice to the state Government on the issue of the right to burial being guaranteed under Article 21. Punjab & Haryana High Court Held that Supreme Court’s order for decongestion of prisons is not to be interpreted so as to mean that the prisoners have to be “compulsorily” released from prisons. The court observed that the same depends on various factors including, gravity of the offence involved, whether prisons are overcrowded or not and whether any prisoner has tested Covid positive. Rajasthan High Court Held that providing compensation or any financial assistance to any particular segment of the Society is a matter of policy which is to be considered by the State Government after taking into account all relevant aspects subject to resources available with them. The observation was made in context to providing financial assistance to needy Advocates during lockdown.Adjourned a Bail plea on account of inappropriately dressed counsel in a “baniyan” (undervest) during the Videoconference hearing. Uttarakhand High Court Directed the State Government to install ventilators in the hospitals which are dedicated to the treatment of COVID-19 patients and do not have any ventilators yet.Directed the State Government to consider paying 50% Minimum Support Price for wheat to the farmers in advance, so as to address their urgent needs during the prevailing circumstances amid the pandemic. Next Storylast_img read more