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Next Generation Lotteries acquires Novomatic’s lottery arm

first_img Next Generation Lotteries acquires Novomatic’s lottery arm Topics: Lottery Social responsibility CSR CSR Tags: Charitable Gaming Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Norway-based lottery solutions provider Next Generation Lotteries (NGL) has acquired Novomatic Lottery Solutions (NLS), a subsidiary of the Austrian gaming giant, for an undisclosed sum.This sees NGL become the sole shareholder and owner of all NLS’ intellectual property and subsidiaries, as well as taking on all its existing contracts. It will also maintain its offices in Austria, Serbia, Iceland, Tunisia and Spain, alongside its own offices in Norway and Germany.“It is our true privilege to have acquired what is said to be the most modern lottery system in the world and the services of the talent that created it,” NGL chief executive Hans Vigmostad said.“What we have acquired today is more than a company, it is a more than the intellectual property developed with great ingenuity by passionate professionals over 20+ years.“I am convinced that this acquisition, with the new vigor we intend to bring to the company, will accelerate our growth, revitalize the development of NLS’ product portfolio, grow existing business and allow us to win new business. It’s time to prove that this is the most modern lottery system.”Formerly known as Gaming Solutions, NGL claims to offer a full suite of lottery products and services, and powers lotteries for a number of charitable organisations in its native Norway.Novomatic chief operating officer Ryszard Presch said he was pleased NLS would remain “in good hands” under NGL’s ownership.“There is a perfect strategic fit of both companies and the experienced team of Next Generation Lotteries has a convincing concept for further development of NLS,” Presch explained.“Moreover, it was important to us to pay attention to the existing jobs and that Austria will remain the company´s headquarter.“NLS was established in 2013, when Novomatic acquired Icelandic lottery service provider Betware. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Norway-based lottery solutions provider Next Generation Lotteries (NGL) has acquired Novomatic Lottery Solutions (NLS), a subsidiary of the Austrian gaming giant, for an undisclosed sum. 8th November 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: Europe Nordics Norwaylast_img read more

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Associated Bus Company Plc (ABCTRA.ng) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgAssociated Bus Company Plc (ABCTRA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Associated Bus Company Plc (ABCTRA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Associated Bus Company Plc (ABCTRA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Associated Bus Company Plc (ABCTRA.ng)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileAssociated Bus Company (ABC) Plc is a leading road passenger transportation company in Nigeria offering a luxury bus service for the discerning traveller. Known as ABC Transport, the company operates a luxury bus service and covers the most important routes between the major towns and cities of Nigeria as well as international travel options in West Africa. Associated Bus Company also owns and operates a budget hotel.  Operations within and outside Nigeria are managed through ultra-modern terminals with comfortable lounges in major cities such as Lagos (Jibowu & Amuwo-Odofin), Aba, Owerri, Port-Harcourt, Abuja, Enugu, Onitsha, Umuahia, Jos, Mbaise, Bolade, and Accra (Ghana). Luxury buses owned and operated by the ABC Bus Company bear the distinguished Reindeer logo which has been adopted to symbolise strength, speed and efficiency. ABC Bus Company was awarded the prestigious title of Best Transporter in Nigeria by the Chartered Institute of Transport. The company consistently wins the National Bus Operator of the Year Award along with other accolades by renowned bodies. Capital Alliance Private Equity (CAPE) has a 30% stake in ABC Transport. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Associated Bus Company (ABC) Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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The 3 highest-paying FTSE 100 dividend shares and what I’d buy

first_imgThe 3 highest-paying FTSE 100 dividend shares and what I’d buy Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves | Wednesday, 6th January, 2021 | More on: IMB MNG PSN Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in Imperial Brands and M&G Plc. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Imperial Brands. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… The three highest-paying FTSE 100 dividend shares currently offer investors yields of between 9% and 8.6%. By comparison, the FTSE 100 supports an average dividend yield of around 4%. Investors have been selling these three companies over the past 12 months, mainly due to concerns about their growth potential. However, I think this could be an excellent opportunity for long-term investors to snap up these income champions at a discount price. 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…FTSE 100 dividend sharesWith a dividend yield of 9%, the first company on the list is tobacco producer Imperial Brands (LSE: IMB). Ethical considerations aside, this organisation has struggled in recent years. Its pivot away from cigarettes towards reduced-risk products has floundered, and profits have stagnated. Nevertheless, the company’s distribution to investors remains well covered. The group is also highly cash generative. Its operations provide plenty of capital to both sustain its current dividend and pay down debt.That said, I’m worried about Imperial’s long-term growth potential. Cigarettes are ever-so-slowly becoming history, and while the company has been able to manage the decline up until this point, I think it will become harder over the next decade. As such, I’m not in a rush to buy this FTSE 100 dividend share, despite its market-leading dividend yield.Asset management The second-highest dividend yield in the FTSE 100 belongs to asset management group M&G (LSE: MNG). The stock currently supports a dividend yield of 8.9%, more than double the market average and only 0.1% below that of Imperial. As an asset management group, M&G’s fortunes are linked to the performance of global stock markets. Unfortunately, I think this means the company will see a decline in income for 2020, and it may also report another slide in 2021.Still, as one of the largest asset management groups in the UK, the company has a strong competitive advantage and should continue to draw customers to its offer.Management has said it’s committed to the current dividend, which is positive. But if profits continue to fall, it may have no choice but to cut the distribution. With that being the case, I’m not in a rush to buy M&G for a portfolio of dividend shares. Like Imperial, I’m worried about the group’s outlook and ability to sustain its payout in the long term. Dividend champion The final company on my list of FTSE 100 dividend shares, with a yield of 8.6% at the time of writing, is homebuilder Persimmon (LSE: PSN). I’m incredibly optimistic about this group’s prospects.The structural housing shortage in the UK should ensure the demand for new property remains high. I think that’s positive for Persimmon’s outlook.What’s more, the combination of ultra-low interest rates, the government’s Help to Buy scheme, and stamp duty changes suggest activity in the housing market will remain elevated for the next few years. Since the financial crisis, Persimmon has been committed to returning any extra cash generated from operations to investors. That means it’s returned around 50% of its market capitalisation through dividends.And I don’t think this is going to change. The group has a strong balance sheet and fat profit margins. That’s without taking into account the tailwinds highlighted above. Therefore, I’m confident that Persimmon is one of the best FTSE 100 dividend shares to buy right now.  Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! 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. 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Zumba classes held at the Southwest Regional Library

first_imgDaniela Mendozahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/daniela-mendoza/ printMembers of the Fort Worth community had the opportunity to participate in a Zumba class at the Southwest Regional Library on Saturday, Oct. 22.The class lasted an hour and the participants did a variety of dances, including the “Wobble.”Cara Wunstow, the substitute Zumba instructor, taught the steps for each dance before playing the song.Wunstow said she was surprised to find out the class was taking place at a library.“I didn’t know,” Wunstow said. “I was looking for a gym, and it was right in this room.”Jessica Wilson, the programming librarian, said the traditional role of libraries is expanding to more of a community center place.“People can come take classes for free,” Wilson said. “All of our classes are free. You don’t have to have a library card. The city is really involved with health and fitness, and we are trying to emphasize that.”Wilson said on average six people attend each class at the Southwest Regional Library.Doris Garrett was one of the people who attended the class. It wasn’t her first time; she said she had been at least three times before, and really enjoyed her experience.“It’s very beneficial,” Garrett said. “The library is a quiet place, and I didn’t know how it would work. I have enjoyed coming.”Wunstow said Zumba is an exciting and different workout because it works for all levels, and it’s fun.“The more you put into it, the more you get out of it,” she said. “People are intimidated about going to the gym, so if you do something fun, you will probably stick with it.”When choosing the dances and moves for the routines, Wunstow said she looks for current, upbeat songs.“I like for people to be able to move their waist cause it’s really good,” she said. “I like fun, I like upbeat. I look to see who is in the crowd first before we go too high intense.”The class was offered five times this fall, and Saturday’s class was the last one for the 2016 year.Information for the next Zumba class can soon be found in the Spring 2017 Fort Worth Library catalog, their Facebook page or the Southwest Regional Library online calendar. Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday ReddIt ReddIt The changing nature of “Club Lib” + posts Linkedin Daniela Mendoza Twitter Daniela Mendozahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/daniela-mendoza/ Facebook Daniela Mendozahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/daniela-mendoza/ Daniela Mendozahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/daniela-mendoza/ Linkedin Twitter Facebook International students’ journey to TCU Previous articleTCU women’s soccer wrecks Texas TechNext articleCycleBar officially rides its way into Fort Worth Daniela Mendoza RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Coming soon to the Southwest Regional Library Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Cultural differences affect students studying in USlast_img read more

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RSF decries flaws within unit intended to protect Colombia’s journalists

first_imgNews Organisation Reports A new police bodyguard was nonetheless assigned to Osuna but, on 2 May, another Osuna’s bodyguard received anonymous threatening phone calls on their private line, followed by infected emails summoning them to a bogus court hearing the same day and the same time to a meeting at the UNP that Osuna was also supposed to attend. “These irregularities within a body that is supposed to protect endangered journalists is extremely worrying,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk. October 21, 2020 Find out more In the past five months, Osuna has been the victim of information thefts, break-in attempts at his office, and acts of intimidation by men on motorcycle while driving in his car. The UNP has nonetheless supposedly been protecting him since August 2014 and stepped up his protection in early 2015 after computers were set on fire inside his home.The UNP’s effectiveness and above all its integrity are therefore at issue.As a result of these latest events, Osuna tried to have his police “bodyguard” changed and suggested a replacement, because he suspected that the bodyguard appointed by the UNP could be directly linked to a paramilitary group he is writing about and to the continuing acts of harassment. Osuna also discreetly asked the UNP to explain its appointment system.The bodyguard somehow illegally learned of Osuna’s request and the UNP’s rejection of Osuna’s proposed alternative on the grounds that this person did not “fulfil the required conditions. At the same time, the UNP provided Osuna with no further information about its appointment process. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further Help by sharing this information ColombiaAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeCorruptionViolence center_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America ColombiaAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeCorruptionViolence May 11, 2016 RSF decries flaws within unit intended to protect Colombia’s journalists News “The Javier Osuna case highlights the enormous difficulties encountered by Colombian journalists who cover sensitive stories and is indicative of the level of corruption in Colombia. The Colombian authorities have a duty to protect Osuna and must urgently overhaul the UNP and make it more transparent.”Read the full report: “Periodistas en riesgo”Journalists in dangerIn 2015, on the 15th anniversary of the UNP’s creation, RSF, the Foundation for Freedom of Expression (FLIP) and the Colombian Federation of Journalists (FECOLPER) launched a campaign called Periodismo en Riesgo (Journalism in Danger) to draw attention to the UNP’s flaws and call for its reform.This is not the first time Osuna has denounced the way he is persecuted. In an open letter in September 2014, which RSF relayed, he wrote about the difficulties of being an investigative reporter in Colombia and the lack of importance assigned to journalism in his country.Colombia is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Colombia April 27, 2021 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is worried about failings within Colombia’s National Protection Unit (UNP), which is supposed to protect journalists, and reiterates its support for Javier Osuna, a Bogotá-based freelance journalist who for years has been the target of phone tapping and repeated intimidation attempts.last_img read more

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Limerick City just misses out on clean status in IBAL litter…

first_imgNewsLimerick City just misses out on clean status in IBAL litter surveyBy Meghann Scully – January 25, 2021 107 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Facebook Previous article63 patients waiting for beds in UHLNext articleAldi to open new Roches Street Limerick store Meghann Scully Linkedin Advertisement Emailcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash THE final litter survey of 2020 by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows Limerick City just failing to attain clean status, in 18th place in the ranking of 37 towns and cities. Galvone, meanwhile, has improved but is ‘littered’ in 35th place.Kilkenny retained top spot, ahead of Killarney and Ennis. According to the report, litter levels continue to rise nationwide, with fewer than half of the towns surveyed deemed clean.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The An Taisce report for Limerick City stated: “Limerick City has come a long way in the last number of years and has narrowly failed to regain clean status despite some improvement.“The riverside environments in Limerick City deserve special mention with regard to overall presentation, creating such a positive impression within the city e.g., Clancy Strand, Charlotte Quay, George’s Quay and Bishop’s Quay.“Very well presented town centre sites included Thomas Street (exceptionally well presented and maintained streetscape), William Street, Limerick Museum and Shannonbridge Roundabout and environs.“By far the most heavily littered site in Limerick was the Recycle Facility on Dock Road – it wasn’t just casually littered but subject to dumping.“The An Taisce report for Limerick South (Galvone) stated: “With over half of the sites surveyed in Galvone getting the top litter grade, Galvone has scored better this time than previous years – an improvement which is in contrast to most areas in the country.“The approach routes were good with regard to litter and Roxboro Shopping Centre and the residential area of Ballincurra Gardens were very much deserving of the top litter grade.“The poorer ranking sites have been noted in previous surveys – Miscellaneous site at end of Galvone Business Park, Recycle Facility at Roxboro Shopping Centre and Miscellaneous Site adjacent to Bawnmore Road from Kilmallock Road – these were not just littered but subject to dumping on quite a considerable scale.”In all, litter levels rose in 24 of the 37 towns and cities inspected by An Taisce at the end of 2020, resulting in only 17 being judged to be clean – a fall of over 25% on last summer and in sharp contrast to just 3 years ago, when 80% were clean.According to IBAL, the survey results are consistent with a trend in recent years. “The decline in cleanliness is less a case of the poorer areas getting worse, but of previously clean towns slipping to littered,” says IBAL spokesperson Conor Horgan.“Covid is clearly a factor here, but we should never accept litter as inevitable. It comes down to people disposing of their waste without regard for their surroundings or their fellow citizens and it is entirely unnecessary.”One explanation for the rise in litter lies in the restrictions surrounding cleaning services during the pandemic.  “While council workers have not been on the streets as much as normal, the general public has been spending more time than ever out of doors,” says Mr Horgan.“There was a sharp rise in the amounts of litter on approach roads to towns, reflecting the fact that the benign winter has seen masses of people out walking. “Ironically, too many of them are showing a shameful disregard for the environment they are enjoying.”PPE litterCoffee cups were among the most prevalent litter types found, while there was another rise in glass bottles and cans, suggesting that outdoor drinking has not waned over the winter months.The survey also showed that the second half of 2020 brought a further increase in PPE-related litter, primarily masks.  “8 months into the pandemic, we would have hoped people would have moved to reusable masks with a resulting fall in mask-related litter.In fact, we are seeing more and more of them ending up our streets,” says Mr Horgan.Heavily littered sites ‘getting worse’The report highlighted a continued rise in the number of blackspots in towns and cities. IBAL was once again critical of the failure of local authorities to address sites that had been identified in previous surveys as heavily littered.36 such sites were revisited in this latest survey, yet only 11% were found to have been cleaned up and more than a quarter had actually worsened.Reluctance to pick up litterAccording to IBAL, the reluctance among civic-minded people to pick up litter during the pandemic may carry long term consequences. “While people have certainly become more attuned to their natural surroundings and more conscious of how litter can spoil those surroundings, this is offset by an understandable unwillingness to pick up waste for fear of contamination.“As the pandemic endures, and with it the sensitivity around touching items, people may simply get out of the habit of picking up other people’s litter.  We risk losing a civic behaviour which is vital in keeping our country clean.” concludes Mr Horgan. Twitterlast_img read more

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Tanaiste appeals for last minute talks to avert bus strike action

first_imgNews Facebook Previous articleSupreme Court adjourns DCC appeal on Priory HallNext articleChair of the GP Committee: No talks on free healthcare yet News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme By News Highland – May 9, 2013 center_img Pinterest Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Tanaiste appeals for last minute talks to avert bus strike action The Tánaiste is appealing for last minute talks to avert strike action at Bus Eireann.Workers at the company are planning to down tools from Sunday as a cost-cutting plan is implemented.Bus Eireann has racked up losses of 27 million euro over the past 5 years and the government says its very future depends on this cost cutting plan.Eamon Gilmore says he hopes talks can still take place to stop Sunday’s strike.”We have a period of time between now and the weekend in which further discussions can take place” he said.”The company has made it clear that it is available to have those discussions either directly with the unions, or with he assistance of the Labour Court or the Labour Relations Commission”.”I hope that such discussions will take place, I hope that industrial action can be averted” he added. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Chief Justice Of Orissa High Court Inaugurates E-Sewa Kendra At Every District Court Complex In Odisha

first_imgNews UpdatesChief Justice Of Orissa High Court Inaugurates E-Sewa Kendra At Every District Court Complex In Odisha LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK24 Dec 2020 1:46 AMShare This – xThe Chief Justice of Orissa High Court, Justice Mohammad Rafiq, on Tuesday (December 22), inaugurated e-Sewa Kendras in every District Court (except Cuttack District Court Complex) in the State. He also inaugurated one e-Sewa Kendra at the Civil Court complex, Salipur (at Cuttack). This e-Sewa Kendra is in addition to the one that was installed at the Cuttack District Court…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 Chief Justice of Orissa High Court, Justice Mohammad Rafiq, on Tuesday (December 22), inaugurated e-Sewa Kendras in every District Court (except Cuttack District Court Complex) in the State. He also inaugurated one e-Sewa Kendra at the Civil Court complex, Salipur (at Cuttack). This e-Sewa Kendra is in addition to the one that was installed at the Cuttack District Court Complex on May 15, 2020. With this, Odisha now has a total of 32 e-Sewa Kendras, including one in every District Court complex with Cuttack having two e-Sewa Kendras and one e-Sewa Kendra in the Orissa High Court. These e-Sewa Kendras have been conceptualized by the e-Committee of the Supreme Court, at the initiative of its Chairman, Dr. Justice DY Chandrachud, to act as “one-stop assistance centres” established in District & Subordinate Court Complexes for providing essential Court related services to needy stake holders of the Justice delivery system, who otherwise remain deprived of such services due to lack of access to technology. All the e-Sewa Kendras were inaugurated simultaneously by Chief Justice Rafiq in the presence of Justice S. Pujahari, Chairman of the Computer Committee and other Judges of the Orissa High Court and the Advocate General, Odisha via video conferencing. All the District Judges and other Judicial Officers of different districts, Presidents, Secretaries and Advocates of all the District Bar Associations were also present during the event. In his address, Chief Justice Rafiq highlighted the technology centric accomplishments made by the Orissa High Court and Subordinate Courts in recent times, particularly during the pandemic, to keep the justice delivery system accessible for the common man. He lauded the efforts of the High Court Computer Committee in taking a host of initiatives towards this end. It is significant to note here that during the period of pandemic, the High Court has decided more than 42,134 cases and the sub-ordinate Courts have disposed of 46,161 cases exclusively by virtual mode. “The establishment of e-Sewa Kendras in every District Court complex added another milestone for the Orissa High Court to ensure that Advocates and litigants are brought closer to the justice delivery system through use of Information and Communication Technology,” a press note issued by the High Court stated.Next Storylast_img read more

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‘Come Before Us In A Concrete Case’ : Supreme Court Dismisses Advocates’ PIL Challenging Sedition Law Under Sec 124A IPC

first_imgTop Stories’Come Before Us In A Concrete Case’ : Supreme Court Dismisses Advocates’ PIL Challenging Sedition Law Under Sec 124A IPC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 Feb 2021 12:08 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) filed by a group of advocates challenging the constitutionality of the offence of sedition under Section 124A IPC on the ground that the petitioners have no cause of action. A three-Judge Bench comprising CJI SA Bobde, Justice Bopanna and Justice Ramasubramanian observed that as per the precedent in the Kusum Ingots case,…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 Tuesday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) filed by a group of advocates challenging the constitutionality of the offence of sedition under Section 124A IPC on the ground that the petitioners have no cause of action. A three-Judge Bench comprising CJI SA Bobde, Justice Bopanna and Justice Ramasubramanian observed that as per the precedent in the Kusum Ingots case, a law cannot be challenged without a cause of action.During the hearing today, Senior Advocate Anoop George Chaudhari, appearing for the petitioners, submitted that they are challenging Section 124A IPC, while also seeking an alternative relief that directs be issued to strictly follow the Constitution Bench judgement in this regard. CJI : What is your cause of action?Counsel : This is a PIL filed by a group of lawyers. CJI : We understand that. In Kusum Ingots case, it is laid down that a law cannot be challenged without a cause of action.But where is the cause of action? There is no case. The senior counsel reiterated that the present matter is one of public interest, and directions need to be issued to police to follow the Court’s ruling in Kedar Nath and Balwant Singh cases.”But we don’t have a case before us of persons rotting in jail. You come before us in a concrete case. Dismissed. ” – CJI Bobde Said. The plea has been filed before the Supreme Court urging it to declare the law against Sedition under section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code as ultra-vires the Constitution of India. The plea states that a colonial provision like section 124A which was intended to subjugate the subjects of British crown should not be permitted to continue in a democratic republic, under the continuously expanding scope of the fundamental rights. The petitioners, Advocates Aditya Ranjan, Varun Thakur and V. Elenchezhiyan, have filed the plea being aggrieved by the increased chilling effect of blatant misuse of section 124-A of IPC on the constitutional democracy and on the fundamental rights and under Article 19(1)(a) and Article 21. They are also aggrieved by the indiscriminate and unlawful use of the Sedition law against Journalists, women, children, students and other persons in clear defiance of the interpretation given by the Apex Court of India. The plea filed through Advocate Sanjay Kumar Pathak has stated that while democratic principles have evolved, section 124-A of IPC which is a relic of the colonial era is still stifling the freedom of speech and expression in India and threatening the life and liberty of citizens of India if they choose to express dissent against policies of the Governments in power. According to the petition, the continuance of a draconian colonial provision like section 124-A in the penal code without corresponding safeguards as provided under the UAPA is unreasonable and unwarranted. The law doesn’t lay down and institutional responsibility on the Police in case of misuse of its misuse and no procedural safeguards are available under the code of Criminal Procedure unlike UAPA. Therefore, section 124-A needs to be examined under the changed facts and circumstances and also on the anvil of ever-evolving tests of necessity, proportionality and arbitrariness. The plea has cited the Supreme Court’s observations in the case of Balwant Singh v. State of Punj ab (1995) where Court had clarified that merely shouting slogans, in this case “Khalistan Zindabad”, does not amount to sedition. The top Court in the case of Common Cause v. Union of India, (2016) had directed that : ” We are of the considered opinion that the authorities while dealing with the offences under Section 124-A of the Penal Code, 1860 shall be guided by the principles laid down by the Constitution Bench in Kedar Nath Singhv.State of Bihar” Citing the Apex Court’s order in case of Shreya Singhal Vs. UOI (2015) where it had held that a speech should be considered as a whole in a free, fair and liberal spirit, the plea states that the police across the country is picking a part of the speech or expression to invoke section 124-A against the citizens, that too, without examining the proximate and direct nexus of the act. ” Mere slapping of charge of sedition against a citizen endangers the right to live with dignity of the person and his family members forever. The media portrays the person charged as “Deshdrohi” whereas the seditious activities are imputed against the Government and in Hindi it may translate into “Rajdroh” (anti- government) which is not the same as “Deshdroh”. It causes chilling effect on other citizens and prevents them from exercising their fundamental right to criticize the Government and its policies through legitimate means. ” – the plea reads.According to the petitioners, the Right to question, criticise and change the public representatives and the Government from time to time without resorting to violence is very fundamental to the idea of democracy. But the Sedition law under section 124-A IPC is a constant threat to the fundamental rights of millions including the petitioners. The plea has alternatively sought directions to the Government to instruct their respective Heads of Police and D.G.Ps to ensure that the law as set forth by the Supreme Court in the Kedar Nath case and Balwant Singh case, including the following observations, are strictly followed: Written or spoken words, etc., which have implicit in them the idea of subverting Government by violent means alone have been made penal by section 124A IPC.The police should act with greater sensitivity and refrain from arresting citizens merely for raising stray slogans without creating any adverse law and order situation.Raising of some slogans, without anything more cannot constitute any threat to the Government of India as by law established nor can the same give rise to feelings of enmity or hatred among different communities or religious or other groups.Any speech should be considered as a whole in a free, fair and liberal spirit. Next Storylast_img read more

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Storm Dylan to make landfall this evening

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Homepage BannerNews An orange wind warning has been issued for a number of counties, including Donegal between tonight and tomorrow morning.Storm Dylan is expected to track close to Connacht and Ulster coasts.The biggest impact from the winds will be felt in the north-west of the country with forecasts expecting gusts of between 110 and 125km/h.High seas are also forecast along the west coast with a risk of coastal flooding.Met Eireann forecaster Vincent O’Shea outlines the conditions we can expect:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/osheawind10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleTheresa May accused of hard-right alignmentNext articleRaphoe Hockey Club to compete in Linden Cup Final on New Year’s Day News Highland Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Twitter Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Storm Dylan to make landfall this evening Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – December 30, 2017 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more