Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to women journalists under threat worldwide

first_img Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Five women journalists have been killed doing their job since 8 March 2004. Florence Aubenas is being held hostage in Iraq, while four others are imprisoned in Turkey, Maldives, Rwanda and Iran. Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to women who suffer for the freedom of expression. Follow the news on Iraq As the world celebrates International Women’s Day on 8 March, a French reporter is being held hostage in Iraq and four others are imprisoned elsewhere. Five women journalists have been killed doing their jobs since 8 March 2004.Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to these women journalists, cyberdissents and Internet-users who, risking their lives and freedom have carried on, for us, their work of informing the public. “We call on the international community to campaign for the release of women held in Iraq, Rwanda, the Maldives, Turkey and Iran. Most cases of murders of women journalists have been carried out with complete impunity. Governments must act for justice to be done.”Thirty-eight of the 636 journalists killed doing their jobs since 1992 have been women.A woman held hostage in Iraq Florence Aubenas (picture), 43, veteran reporter for the French daily Libération, was abducted on 5 January 2005 with her Iraqi fixer, Hussein Hanoun al-Saadi. She had been in Baghdad since 16 December 2004. An award-winning journalist, Florence Aubenas has covered conflicts for the French daily since 1986, in Rwanda, Kosovo, Algeria and Afghanistan.Three journalists deprived of their liberty Young Austrian journalist Sandra Bakutz (picture) was arrested by Turkish police in Istanbul on 10 February 2005 accused of “membership of a banned organisation”. She faces 10-15 years in prison. She had travelled to Turkey to cover the trial of around 100 extreme left militants. Fathimath Nisreen (picture), 25, has been deprived of her freedom since January 2002, for working with online newsletter Sandhaanu, which had criticised human rights abuses in the Maldives. She was condemned to 10 years imprisonment for defamation. She has since been exiled to Feeail Island where she is serving a reduced sentence of five years banishment.Police in Iran on 2 March 2005 arrested weblogger Najmeh Oumidparva, (http://www.faryadebeseda.persianblog.com – Dawn of Freedom) wife of weblogger Mohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi, who is also imprisoned. She is three months pregnant and has been told she could spend ten days in prison. Days before her arrest, she had posted on her weblog a message written by her husband shortly before his arrest in which he claimed the right to free expression and said he was “waiting for police handcuffs”.In Rwanda, Tatiana Mukakibibi, presenter and producer of entertainment programmes for Radio Rwanda, has been imprisoned since October 1996. She worked with the priest André Sibomana, former editor of Rwanda’s oldest newspaper Kinyamateka. She is being held in extremely harsh conditions in Ntenyo, Gitarama. She has been accused of murder but Reporters Without Borders has been able to show that there is no concrete evidence against her.In the last few months, some dozen women journalists have been arrested worldwide. They include cyberjournalist Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh who has spent a month in prison in Iran for contributing to reformist websites. Her colleague Fereshteh Ghazi was imprisoned between 28 October and 7 December 2004 for articles she wrote. She came out of prison physically and mentally weakened.Women journalists killed in Somalia, Belarus, Nicaragua and Iraq Kate Peyton (picture), 39, correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in Somalia, was fatally wounded on 9 February 2005, when unknown gunmen fired a bullet into her back as she was entering a Mogadishu hotel to meet the speaker of the transitional parliament, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden.Iraqi journalist Raeda Mohammed Wageh Wazzan, 40, was found dead on 25 February 2005 in Mosul, northern Iraq, five days after being kidnapped by masked men. A presenter on regional public television Iraqiya, she died from a bullet wound to the head. An Iraqi group linked to al-Queda claimed responsibility for her murder but it has not been possible to check the validity of their claim.Journalist Veronika Cherkasova was found murdered at her home in Minsk on October 2004, while she was investigating arms sales from Belarus to Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Despite evidence to the contrary, police insist on treating it as a crime of passion. The investigator has been harassing her 15-year-old son.In Nicaragua, María José Bravo, 26, was killed in November 2004, while covering clashes close to a polling station. In Iran, the legal system is still obstructing the process of bringing the murderers to justice of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi (picture), 54. She died in Tehran on 11 July 2003 after officials interrogating her in a Tehran prison inflicted vicious blows to her head.Women journalists harassed because of their investigative reportingReporter Anna Politkovskaya of the Russian daily Novaya Gazeta has suffered constant threats and obstruction to her investigations, particularly in Chechnya. In September 2004, she was poisoned, probably by Russian secret services, as she tried to reach Beslan to cover the school massacre there. In the United States, New York Times reporter Judith Miller (picture) faces up to 18 months in prison for “contempt of court” after refusing to reveal her sources of information to the courts in connection with her revelations about White House manoeuvring.Independent Colombian journalist Claudia Julieta Duque has received death threats since September 2004 because of her reporting on the murder of journalist and humorist Jaime Garzón.Women who fight for husbands who have been imprisoned or disappearedIn Cuba, The Women in White, wives of the 75 political prisoners arrested in March 2003, demonstrate silently every Sunday in the streets of Havana to demand the release of their husbands.Wives of imprisoned journalists in China and Burma regularly brave official harassment to visit their husbands, bringing them food and medicine that the authorities deny them. They also risk reprisals by speaking to the international press. Zeng Li, the wife cyberdissident Huang Qi lost her job and her home as a result of police harassment.In Sierra Leone, Isatou Kamara, whose husband has languished in prison in Freetown since October 2004, never stops updating international organisations about her journalist husband’s plight.In France, Osange Kieffer and Fabienne Nérac, whose husbands are missing, respectively in Cote d’Ivoire and Iraq, continue the fight to find them. “Everyone tends to want me to accept that he has been killed, but I do not agree, I must continue fighting. I need proof, so do my children,” said the wife of Fred Nérac, who went missing near Basra in March 2003. IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more News IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News March 7, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to women journalists under threat worldwide Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Chinese activists call for repeal of Internet “11 Commandments”

first_img Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News News RSF_en China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders today hailed the courage of the pro-democracy activists and lawyers who on 28 March dared to speak out publicly against violations of online free expression and launched a petition for the repeal of a six-month-old law that marked a much tougher government stance towards the Internet.They also demanded the reopening of websites closed under the law, which Reporters Without Borders dubbed the “11 Commandments of the Internet” when it took effect on 25 September.The petition says the law violates the Chinese constitution, in particular article 35 which “guarantees citizens free expression, press freedom, freedom of association and the freedom to demonstrate.” Under the constitution, Chinese Internet users should be able to express themselves on all subjects, including politics, the economy and social issues, it says.Among the many websites closed since the law’s promulgation by the Council of State’s information bureau and the ministry of industry and information are the “Chinese workers’ site”(www.zggr.org), the site of the “communist partisans” (www.gcdr.com.cn), and the “forum of soldiers, workers and peasants (www.gcdr.com.cn/bbs). The petition’s signatories include the people in charge of 11 websites or forums that have been the victims of censorship, and well-known Internet user Liu Di, who was jailed for a year in 2003 because of the messages she posted on online discussion forums under the pen name of “The Stainless Steel Mouse.”To sign the petition (in Chinese): http://www.qian-ming.org/gb/default.aspx?dir=scp&cid=75 ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alertscenter_img April 27, 2021 Find out more News News June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Related documents Press release in chinesePDF – 48.87 KB ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Follow the news on China Organisation March 31, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chinese activists call for repeal of Internet “11 Commandments”last_img read more

Pasadena City College Honored as “Champion for Higher Education”

first_img Subscribe For the fifth year in a row, Pasadena City College has been recognized as a “Champion for Higher Education” by the Campaign for College Opportunity.As it has been every year since 2016, PCC was honored by the advocacy group for the college’s success in granting Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs), a specialized series of credentials that streamline students’ transfer to four-year universities.According to data collected by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, PCC awarded 2,410 ADTs in the 2019-2020 academic year, more than any other community college – and nearly 900 more than in 2018-19.This is the third consecutive year that PCC has led the state.When ADTs were created through SB 1440 in 2010, they connected California’s community colleges to the California State University system. Since then, the transfer pathway has widened to include some University of California institutions, historically Black colleges and universities, and other private colleges and universities.“We are so thrilled to join our colleagues across the state and celebrate this achievement,” said Erika Endrijonas, PCC’s superintendent/president. “Transfer is at the heart of what we do for our community, and these ADTs are a key part of our service in that area. California has 10 years of service through the ADT, and we’re only getting started.”PCC currently offers more than 30 ADTs in a broad range of subjects, and the college has issued nearly 8,500 of the credentials since they were first granted in 2011.The most recent honors were delivered at a virtual event hosted by the Campaign for College Opportunity Thursday, Nov. 19. Among the speakers were Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Asm. Marc Berman, as well as Elizabeth Moreno, a PCC alumna and current Cal Poly student in psychology. In her remarks Ms. Moreno paid tribute to her PCC counselors for her success.In other recent news, PCC was highlighted by the magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education in its annual summary of colleges that advance diversity. PCC is now No. 3 in the nation in granting degrees to students of minority backgrounds, up from No. 5. In addition, Diverse’s data show that the college is No. 6 nationally (and No. 1 in California) for granting degrees to Latinx students and No. 2 nationally and in the state in degrees to Asian American students (behind Golden West College).Since 1924, Pasadena City College has provided the San Gabriel Valley with a diverse, equity-driven learning community that inspires student success. Our academic programs encompass a variety of degrees, transfer programs, certificates of achievement, and occupational skills certificates that challenge students and support progress toward their goals. Widely recognized as a transfer leader, PCC is consistently one of California¹s top schools for transfers to local universities, including the CSU and UC system, APU, USC, Art Center College of Design, Caltech, and more. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week 56 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Education Pasadena City College Honored as “Champion for Higher Education” College leads the state in Associate Degrees for Transfer for third year running STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 6:41 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Section 4(5) Of Gratuity Act Applies Only When There Are Options For The Employee Under The Act & Under Contract With Employer : SC

first_imgTop StoriesSection 4(5) Of Gratuity Act Applies Only When There Are Options For The Employee Under The Act & Under Contract With Employer : SC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 April 2020 10:34 PMShare This – xIn a notable judgment in the field of gratuity law, the Supreme Court held that Section 4(5) of the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 will apply only when there are alternative options for the employee under the Act and under the terms of contract with the employee.The Court also held that the employee must taken either of the packages completely, and there cannot be any “combination” of terms…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?LoginIn a notable judgment in the field of gratuity law, the Supreme Court held that Section 4(5) of the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 will apply only when there are alternative options for the employee under the Act and under the terms of contract with the employee.The Court also held that the employee must taken either of the packages completely, and there cannot be any “combination” of terms under both the alternatives.This was in the case BCH Electric Limited vs Pradeep Mehra, where a bench comprising Justices U U Lalit and  Sanjiv Khanna set aside the findings of the Claim Commissioner under the Act, which were approved by the Appellate Authority and also both the Single Bench and the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court.The issue was whether the employee, Pradeep Mehra, was covered under the gratuity scheme formulated by the company in 1979, or under the terms of the Act.In 1979, the company had framed a gratuity scheme for those employees who were not covered under the Act. In 2012, the employee resigned from the company after 12 years of service. He raised a gratuity claim of Rs.1,83,75000/.The company took the stand that he was entitled to gratuity amount of Rs 10 lakhs only, as per the upper limit fixed by Section 4(3) of the Act.Contending that the gratuity scheme of the company had no upper limit, the employee approached the Claims Commissioner. The Claims Commissioner referred to Section 4(5) of the Gratuity Act, which states :”Nothing in this section shall affect the right of an employee to receive better terms of gratuity under any award or agreement or contract with the employer”.Based on this, the Claim Commissioner ruled that the employee was entitled to the more beneficial terms of the scheme of the company, which had no upper-limit.Though Company took the matter to the Appellate Authority, and later to the High Court, the ruling of the Claims Commissioner was not disturbed.In the appeal before SC, C U Singh, Senior Advocate, submitted that the gratuity scheme of the company were meant for those employees who did not come under the ambit of the Act as per their wage-bracket as existed in 1979. Since the respondent was covered under the Act, there was no scope for applying the company’s scheme with respect to him. It was therefore submitted that the upper-limit under Section 4(3) of the Act will apply.It was further submitted that in terms of law laid down by the SC in Beed District Central Cooperative Bank Ltd vs State of Maharashtra (2006) 8 SCC 514 and Union Bank of India and others vs. C.G. Ajay Babu and Another (2018) 9 SCC 529 either the statutory provisions or the contractual scheme can be followed and not a combination of both the elements. In response, J.P. Cama, Senior Advocate for the respondent submitted that since Section 4(5) of the Act has been given overriding effect over other provisions of the Act, and as such, all that the respondent needed to show was that the appellant had a scheme for its employees (contract) and that it did not prescribe any ceiling and that such a scheme would be protected by Section 4(5) of the Act.At the outset, the Court noted that the scheme was not meant to apply to the employees who were in the wage bracket of the respondent.”The Trust Deed and the Scheme were executed and formulated in the year 1979 when the wage-bracket was a definite parameter for an employee to be covered under the Act. The intent of the Trust Deed and the Scheme has to be understood in that perspective. The idea was not to afford to the employees who are covered by the provisions of the Act, a package better than what was made available by the Act, but it was to extend similar benefit to those who would not be covered by the Act”, the bench noted.Therefore, it was not a case where the employee had the alternative options of the contractual scheme and the statutory scheme, as the respondent was not at all covered under the company’s scheme.”…for Section 4(5) to apply there must be two alternatives, one in terms of the Act and one as per the award or agreement or contract with the employer”, the bench observed.Further, referring to Beed District Central Cooperative Bank Ltd, the bench stated that an employee cannot choose a combination of the scheme of the employer and the scheme under the Act.”This Court laid down that an employee must take complete package as offered by the employer or that which is available under the Act and he could not have synthesis or combination of some of the terms under the scheme provided by the employer while retaining the other terms offered by the Act”, the judgment authored by Justice Lalit observed.On these grounds, the SC ruled that the HC was in error in upholding the directions of the Claims Commissioner. The company was held entitled to apply the upper-limit under Section 4(3) against the respondent.Click here to download judgmentRead Judgment Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

‘Govt Duty Bound To Make Available To Public Reasonably Priced Hard Copies Of Bare Acts, Rules Etc’ : Plea In SC

first_imgTop Stories’Govt Duty Bound To Make Available To Public Reasonably Priced Hard Copies Of Bare Acts, Rules Etc’ : Plea In SC Radhika Roy22 May 2020 7:39 AMShare This – xAllowing private parties to profit out of publishing bare acts results in infringement of citizen’s right to know, contends the petitioner.The Supreme Court of India has issued notice in a Public Interest Litigation which seeks for directions to the Central Government with respect to their responsibility in publishing and ensuring availability of authentic Bare Acts, Rules et al at a reasonable price.The matter came up before a Bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, who proceeded…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 of India has issued notice in a Public Interest Litigation which seeks for directions to the Central Government with respect to their responsibility in publishing and ensuring availability of authentic Bare Acts, Rules et al at a reasonable price.The matter came up before a Bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, who proceeded to issue notice in the plea. The petition also raises the question of copyright held by the government in the Acts of Parliament and its failure to give effect to the provisions of Copyright Act in larger public interest. The plea further contends that failure of the government to ensure availability of all Acts of Parliament, Notifications, Regulations etc. is a violation of a citizen’s “right to know” under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. “The Respondents cannot be allowed to infringe with impunity, fundamental right of citizens of India being “Right to Know”, which obliges Respondents to bring to the knowledge of citizens as regards the law that is prevalent as on date and to disseminate knowledge about the same by way of publishing Acts of Parliament, Rules, Notifications, Regulations etc. which are not only reasonably priced, but accurate and authentic as well”. It is additionally averred in the plea that the government has invariably allowed the public to suffer by allowing “some private businessmen” to publish these Bare Acts and, as a consequence, these businessmen have created a monopoly and are charging the public exorbitant prices for the same. Furthermore, as the “Acts of Parliament etc. are admittedly in public domain and under copyright ownership of Government, therefore, the same could not have been allowed to be used by selected few for commercial gains and at best, could only have been used for personal or professional use by public at large….Therefore, such gross abuse of power cannot be allowed to supersede the larger public interest”. Filed by Advocate Prashant Bhushan on behalf of Arpit Bhargava, the plea raises the following questions of law: A. Whether the government is duty bound to publish and make available authentic, accurate and reasonably priced hard copies of all Acts of Parliament, Rules, Notifications, Regulations etc. along with amendments from time to time? B. Whether “right to know” under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India extends to ensuring availability of all Acts of Parliament, Rules, Notifications, Regulations etc. along with amendments from time to time to public at large? C. Whether government is the copyright owner in the Acts of Parliament along with Rules, Regulations, Notifications etc. in terms of provisions of Copyright Act, 1957, in particular Section 17(d)? D. Whether act of publishing “Bare Acts” by parties other than government constitute infringement of copyright of government in terms of Section 52(1)(q) of Copyright Act, 1957? By raising these questions, the petition goes on to challenge the Delhi High Court order rendered in 2019, wherein the PIL filed before the HC was disposed of without a direction that “as and when there is any violation of the Copyright Act 1957, especially Section 52 read with Section 52(K); 17(d) and other provisions of the Constitution of India, action will be taken by the Respondents in accordance with law, rules, regulations and government policies applicable to the facts and cirumstances of the case against erring publishers”. Next Storylast_img read more

Plea Seeking Probe Into Allegedly “India’s Biggest Franchisee Scam”: SC Issues Notice To Home Ministry, Finance Ministry, Central Agencies

first_imgTop StoriesPlea Seeking Probe Into Allegedly “India’s Biggest Franchisee Scam”: SC Issues Notice To Home Ministry, Finance Ministry, Central Agencies Sanya Talwar2 Nov 2020 12:29 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday issued notice in a plea seeking investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED) & SFIO (Serious Fraud Investigation Office) or by a Special Investigation Team into various offences including money laundering and black money hoarding by directors & beneficiaries of Westland Trade Private Limited.A bench comprising…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 Monday issued notice in a plea seeking investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED) & SFIO (Serious Fraud Investigation Office) or by a Special Investigation Team into various offences including money laundering and black money hoarding by directors & beneficiaries of Westland Trade Private Limited.A bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramniun has issued notice to Home Ministry, Finance Ministry, CBI, ED, SFIO, Police Commissioner Delhi Gurugram and Noida.Senior Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayan appeared for the petitioners and submitted that despite complaints, no action was being taken. “Only 1 FIR registered in Noida. This issue is of a national nature. State nor Central agencies taking action,” said the Senior Counsel.The plea has been filed by 38 petitioners through Advocate Ashwani Upadhyay averring a Franchisee Scam and states that the directors of the company in collusion with ROC and Bank Staff registered many fake, bogus and ghost companies and brands viz. Hyper Supermarket, Hyper Mart, Big Mart, Super Mart, Louies Salon, Midnight Cafe, Franchisee World, BM Mart, H Mart and S Mart etc. In doing so, the ghost companies claimed to help individuals to start business in retail sector but dishonestly misappropriated and converted petitioners’ hard earned money into black money and benami properties in violation of the contract.The Plea states, in this regard -“The injury is large because under a well planned conspiracy, directors, sleeping partners and employees deceived the petitioners by fraudulently and dishonestly inducing them to deliver their hard earned money thereby causing injury to not only mind body and property but also right to life, liberty, dignity, and trade guaranteed under Article 19 & 21. In collusion with ROC & Bank staff, directors partners and employees made false documents and electronic records with intent to cause injury to petitioners and commit fraud.”The petitioners state that the company enforced Force Majeure clause listed in the agreement and stated that there will be no payments for the month of April-May. “This was strange because even during the lockdown, Grocery stores were open and the business was as usual”, the plea states.”By May 2020, petitioners started digging more to understand who was actually running the company and soon a lot of scary information started coming out. All email IDs started bouncing back. The registered address was locked and there was no one there. The registered Head Office, which is in Noida, hardly had two people working and they had no idea who the owner or master mind was. The Director Mr. Kunal Keshav sent us a note saying that he had resigned” – Excerpt of PleaThe petition also alleges that Mr. Arun Modi who called himself an Advocate kept threatening the petitioners. It is alleged that the directors’ partners and beneficiaries of Westland Trade Pvt Ltd cheated the petitioners and converted their hard earned money into black money and benami property, and that “the store was just a way to lure innocent people by promising a fake business model”.Stating that an investigation by CBI, ED and SFIO is essential, the petitioners claim that the instant case is not a simple case of mischief forgery criminal breach of trust, dishonestlyinducing delivery of property, cheating by personation, falsificationof accounts, concealment of property, dishonest misappropriation,corporate fraud, benami transaction and black money hoarding but the biggest Franchisee Scam of India, committed by an organized international racket of money launderers, cheaters and fraudsters.Further to this, it is stipulated in the petition that the investigation by ED is essential because petitioner’s hard earned money has been laundered out of country and converted into black money and benami properties and that the ED is a specialist economic intelligence agency responsible for fighting economic crime in India.The plea states that Investigation by the SFIO is essential because it has experts from financial sector, capital market, accountancy, forensic audit, IT, company law, taxation law, customs and investigation and petitioners’ hard earned money has been looted by fraudsters by creating ghost companies throughout the country.Averring that the petitioners’ right to trade guaranteed under Article 19 and right to life guaranteed under Article 21 has been severely infringed, the plea prays for a fair and speedy trial which is impossible without fair & complete investigation.Additionally, the petitioners have also prayed for appointment of a receiver or forensic auditor and pass appropriate directions for recovery of petitioners’ hard earned money expeditiously and also to direct Centre to take apposite steps to prevent such frauds in future.Next Storylast_img read more

Young Texas couple dies in helicopter crash on wedding day

first_imgKTRK-TV(HOUSTON) — A young couple in Texas died in a helicopter crash on their wedding day.Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman had been married only about 90 minutes when the Bell 206B helicopter in which they were traveling went down at the Byler family ranch, Will’s grandfather, William Byler, told ABC Houston station KTRK-TV. The aircraft’s pilot also was killed.According to the couple’s wedding website, nuptials were Saturday at the ranch in Uvalde, which is about 85 miles west of San Antonio.The National Transportation Safety Board said it’s investigating the crash. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fit for trainspotting

first_img Previous Article Next Article Fit for trainspottingOn 1 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today SickBoy and poor performers may soon be less of a drain on the system whenoccupational health practitioners decide who is fit for work – and who is not.Stefan martin reportshooselife, choose a job, choose a career, as Ewan McGregor’s Renton character inTrainspotting says. But in hindsight, would you choose to hire again the sameemployees you have? According to a recent CBI survey, 45 per cent of employeesfall below the benchmarks set by employers. So who are the poor performersand what is the best way to deal with them?  Let’stake Sick Boy. CBI figures show that 6.8 days are lost per employee due tosickness. It is also claimed that HR managers believe these absences areoften down to Renton-style malingerers, assisted by GPs dishing out sicknoteslike sweets.  Otherpoor performers could include Tommy-type employees, whose weekend cocaine andchampagne sessions hang over into the working week. Not forgetting thevictims of “Begbie” style bosses who may be stressed out or bullied to breakingpoint. And, finally, Spud, a Tim-nice-but-dim character who is not up tothe job.Employersshould not shy away from performance management, particularly in sensitiveareas such as stress. There are pitfalls, but following company procedurescarefully can deliver effective remedies for under-performers. We are alsoseeing case law and legislative developments starting to take a tougher stanceon the potential for opportunist claims that might result.  Dependingon the outcome of an investigation into why an employee is under-performing,the next step is to choose the most appropriate course of action. In mostcases, this will either be via the disciplinary or sickness/capabilityprocedures. Inthe Spud case, where the reason is incompetence, employers must provideemployees with sufficient warnings and an opportunity to improve, withinreasonable targets and timescales. If there is no improvement, dismissalcan be carried out fairly provided the employer follows procedurescorrectly. New statutory disciplinary and grievance procedures, which comeinto force in October 2004, should cut the likelihood of procedural mistakesand unfair dismissal claims arising.Thosewho are stressed out or bullied by Begbie types are potentially cases for thesickness procedure. To that end, a compliance check on health and safety isvital. Does the employer’s risk assessment take account of stress andharassment? By following draft benchmarks issued by the Health & SafetyExecutive earlier this year, employers now have a checklist that can help themdetermine if their stress management procedures are up to scratch.  Possiblecontractual claims and civil claims, if the employer is in breach of itsimplied term or duty to take care of an employee’s health and safety, are alsoa big worry on stress cases. The spectre of claims arising under the DisabilityDiscrimination Act 1995 (DDA) is often present, too.Recentcase law has seen the courts taking a no-nonsense approach to stress. TheCourt of Appeal case, Sutherland v Hatton, 2002, IRLR 263, sets outindispensable guidance for employers on how to protect against claims. Forexample, an employer that offers confidential stress counselling is unlikely tobe found in breach of duty.Employersmust also consider their duties to make reasonable adjustments under the DDA,for example, by trying to find suitable alternative work or altering hours andwork allocation of stressed employees. This will bolster any defence ofDDA claims.InMorgan v Stafforshire, 2002, IRLR 190, the Employment Appeal Tribunal made itclear that random references to stress and depression were not sufficient tosupport a DDA claim unless it could be demonstrated that there was a clinicallywell-recognised illness.Employersmay get frustrated over using the sickness procedure to deal with the Sick Boysthey believe are milking the system. In Tommy’s case, under-performance becauseof drugs and alcohol problems can be dealt with by the disciplinary or sicknessprocedure. The days of Sick Boy being signed off by GPs for weeks are numbered.Under a new Department of Health scheme, GPs will give up sicknesscertification by April 2006 and occupational health practitioners willdecide who is fit for work.  Clearerlegal parameters for employers, such as the new statutory disciplinary andgrievance procedures and the HSE benchmarks on stress, should be helpful whendealing with under-performance. As for the demise of the GP and the dodgysicknote, Sick Boy can expect more of a tough-love approach to his minorailments from doctors in the future.StefanMartin, a partner at international law firm Allen & Overy, spoke at thesixth Employers’Law Conference on 11 November Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Marine molluscan constraints on the age of Cretaceous fossil forests of Alexander Island, Antarctica

first_imgNew evidence, provided by bracketing marine molluscan faunas, suggests a Late Albian age for fossil forests in the upper part of the Fossil Bluff Group of Alexander Island. These in situ forests are underlain by Late Aptian and Late Albian strata containing faunas including ammonites (the last of which is Lechites), inoceramid bivalves, dimitobelid belemnites and trace fossils. The tree-bearing levels occupied a fluvial dominated environment, subject to periodic major floods. They were transgressed during late Albian time by returning marine conditions with diverse faunas, including hamitid and puzosiid ammonites. The increased precision in dating of the fossil forests will improve palaeobotanical contributions to climate and environmental studies.last_img read more