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Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgLafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw)  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileLafarge Cement Zimbabwe manufactures and distributes cement and allied products for the building industry. Formerly known as Circle Cement, the company is a subsidiary of the Lafarge Group. The cement product range includes Portland composite cement which is the cement used in beams, foundations and load-bearing structures; Supaset, used by concrete brick makers and homebuilders; Masonry cement, used for general construction work such as screed flooring, brick and mortar and plastering mortar. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe also sells a range of allied products which include washed sand, 6-mm stones, 20-millitre stones and crusher run. Specialised products include Agricultural lime, Colorbrite and Snolime, pre-sanded Cemwash and Impermo. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The Mitie share price plunges 43% on rights issue! Why I think this is a bargain stock

first_imgThe Mitie share price plunges 43% on rights issue! Why I think this is a bargain stock Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Are you looking for growth and wealth generation from your long-term portfolio? Let the Motley Fool help you… CORRECTION: The original version of this article incorrectly stated that Mitie Group’s earnings per share was 25p and its price-to-earnings ratio less than 2. This error has now been rectified.The Mitie (LSE:MTO) share price is down 43% today after it diluted its stock with a rights issue. Mitie launched the £201m rights issue last month and announced it would be buying Interserve’s facilities management arm for £271m in cash and shares. Today the rights issue commenced with the admission of 805m new shares. The new shares will help to reduce the debt burden on the group.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…Public meets privateDespite the share price fall, this move creates a more even balance in the group between the public and private sector. The business acquisition will increase Mitie’s exposure to the public sector. Services provided by the acquisition include building maintenance, fire safety, waste management, cleaning, catering, front-of-house and security. These will be delivered to a variety of clients including corporate offices, manufacturing plants, schools, hospitals, and defence estates. It should pave the way for Mitie to become a market leader in technical, security and cleaning services. Combining the two businesses will also help consolidate and reduce costs in areas such as IT and administration.Value in the Mitie share priceI think this price plunge could be creating an opportunity to buy cheap shares in a quality company. The pandemic has created an increased need for hygiene vigilance in companies. Both the public and private sectors must be more thorough than ever in their cleaning practices. Outsourcing is the simplest solution for many such businesses.Mitie and Interserve are among Britain’s biggest government contractors, and the merger is expected to generate combined revenue of £3.5bn. Mitie has a market capitalisation of £576m. Adjusted earnings per share are approximately 8p generating a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of almost 5.As the pandemic rages on, it is hampering business as usual, but as the group pays down debt and realigns itself as a major player in outsourced services, I think this stock could be a good addition to a long-term investor’s portfolio. The Mitie share price may be subject to continued volatility as the financial markets wrestle with economic uncertainty and geopolitical fallout. But, I think this company has a lot going for it and believe the share price will bounce back and thrive in the years to come.Investing in healthcare Another share I like the look of is medical equipment manufacturer Smith and Nephew (LSE:SN), which specialises in joint implants and surgical robotics. The lockdown has put a pause on many non-essential operations and caused a backlog to build.Yet while leading an active lifestyle is positively encouraged nowadays, it can contribute to further wear and tear on joints. This leads to surgery. I think a surge in demand for knee and hip replacements will be seen in the coming years, driving up sales for Smith and Nephew.Valued at £13.4bn, this FTSE 100 healthcare stock has a P/E of 28, its dividend yield is 1.8% and earnings per share are 54p.Expensive maybe, with an unspectacular dividend yield. But Smith and nephew stands to benefit from the ageing population, increase in demand for joint replacements and advancements in modern surgery. Along with Mitie shares, I think Smith and Nephew is another good addition to a long-term investor’s portfolio. Enter Your Email Address Kirsteen Mackay | Tuesday, 14th July, 2020 | More on: MTO SN 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. See all posts by Kirsteen Mackay 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Kirsteen has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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.last_img read more

Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 – Round 3

first_imgFriday Mar 16, 2012 Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 – Round 3 So we’re heading into another weekend of rugby which includes, amongst other great goings on, Round 4 of Super Rugby down south. Here’s a look at a crowd favourite, as the Rugby Club in Aus brings us the Plays of the Week. Probably the biggest talking point of the week was that moment of madness after the Bulls vs Blues match, where a fan came onto the field and tossed a water bottle at Keven Mealamu’s head.“We’ve had this sort of thing in New Zealand as well… I still love the place (South Africa). The incident caught me by surprise, that’s all,” said Mealamu when speaking about it earlier this week.The game itself was actually a good one, as were many others on the weekend, with some great tries scored. We get to some of the best in this week’s Plays as Sean Maloney, who actually made his full commentary debut, talks us through the best and worst of the round.There’s also some big hits, including that Motu Matu’u monster tackle on Matt Hodgson that was featured here a few days back, and one or two other belters that are worth checking out too. On a side note, the best way for you to let us know you enjoy something on here is by leaving a quick comment to say so. Last week this feature didn’t get too much of a response, so this week if you can, please take a minute to leave one. If you’re not registered to post already, you can do so here now, or you can just leave a guest comment, but remember, with guest comments you need to validate via email each time.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Plays of the Week Related Articles 123 WEEKS AGO WATCH: France destroy Wales in Women’s Six… 138 WEEKS AGO Waikato winger scores four tries in epic… 304 WEEKS AGO The Wraparound from Rugby HQ – Week 27 From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueey30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

AFBF Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey Shows Retail Food Prices Up 3%

first_img Previous articleIndiana Grain On the Fast Track to AsiaNext articleTipton County Beans Yielding 66-68 Gary Truitt SHARE AFBF Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey Shows Retail Food Prices Up 3% Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Oct 3, 2013 Home Indiana Agriculture News AFBF Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey Shows Retail Food Prices Up 3% SHARE Facebook Twitter The American Farm Bureau Federation recently released its latest Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey – an informal survey looking at 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals. The latest survey shows the total cost of these 16 food items was 53-dollars and 20-cents – up about three-percent from a survey conducted nearly six-months ago. AFBF Deputy Chief Economist John Anderson says this increase of three-percent for food is slightly higher than the average rate of inflation over the past 10-years – but was expected. Chicken breasts increased 61-cents – russet potatoes by 49-cents – bacon by 43-cents – whole milk by 25-cents – vegetable oil by 20-cents – orange juice by 19-cents – white bread by 18-cents – toasted oat cereal by 18-cents – bagged salad by 12-cents – shredded cheddar cheese by 4-cents – and flour by 4-cents. Items that decreased in price are deli ham – down by 68-cents – sirloin tip roast by 28-cents – ground chuck by 5-cents – apples by 4-cents – and eggs by 2-cents.AFBF’s marketbasket survey tracks along with the government’s Consumer Price Index for food at home. Through the mid-1970s – Anderson says farmers received about one-third of consumer retail food expenditures for food eaten at home and away from home on average. That figure is now about 16-percent – according the USDA’s revised Food Dollar Series – making the farmer’s share of the 53-dollars and 20-cents marketbasket 8-dollars and 51-cents.Source: NAFB News Serivcelast_img read more

Truitt, Nielsen and Wickard are Beyond the Fence Winners

first_img Facebook Twitter Truitt, Nielsen and Wickard are Beyond the Fence Winners By Andy Eubank – Mar 16, 2015 Beyond the Fence winners announcedThe annual Beck’s Hybrids Beyond the Fence Awards were presented Monday at the Indiana Livestock Forage and Grain Forum, and the founder of Hoosier Ag Today was honored with the ag media award. Gary Truitt has been serving Indiana farmers for 3 decades, and his HAT network is almost 9 years old. Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock calls Truitt a great servant-leader for Indiana agriculture.“His vision for developing the ag network has just been just a blessing for all of Indiana agriculture to keep up on the latest technology, the latest ag news all across literally the world. His effort to put that network together and be an advocate and friend of agriculture, he truly deserved that award. He really thinks like a farmer and has a passion in his heart for agriculture,” Villwock added.The ag education outreach award was given to Purdue’s Bob Nielsen, Extension corn specialist. Villwock says he’s been a blessing to Indiana farmers since he arrived in the state in 1983.“He’s always present in the minds of Indiana corn farmers and as we get ready to go to the field this spring, there’s not a farmer that Bob Nielsen hasn’t touched. He has increased the profitability of Indiana farmers not only in the yields that we obtain, but also reducing our costs. He has a passion for service and he’s a great communicator with a lot of common sense which is a true blessing.”The Indiana Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency was also honored. And service really is what motivates Julia Wickard.“Every morning I get up it’s not about going to work,” she told HAT. “It’s about going to serve and I don’t look at it as a job. I look at it as an opportunity to represent the industry that I love. I get to work for farmers every day, and it’s an appointed position that I have but I don’t look at it as a Republican or a Democrat. I look at it as an agriculturalist trying to do the very best I can do.”Livestock and crop farmer Stephen Head of Spencer County was honored with the Community Betterment Beyond the Fence Award.(Pictured left to right: Dave Lowe-ISA President, Stephen Head, Julia Wickard, Gary Truitt, Herb Ringel-Indiana Corn, and Bruce Kettler-Beck’s Hybrids) SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Truitt, Nielsen and Wickard are Beyond the Fence Winners Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleNew Dairy Strategy For IndianaNext articleNew Petition  Challenging EPA Models Relating to Ethanol Emissions from Automobiles. Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Moroccan authorities urged to free Sahrawi journalist on hunger strike

first_imgNews Haddi began an indefinite hunger strike on 13 January to draw attention to the mistreatment to which he is being subjected, and has been force-fed by means of a nasogastric tube since last week. When he managed to call his mother on 24 March, he told her he had lost all sensation in half of his body. April 2, 2021 Moroccan authorities urged to free Sahrawi journalist on hunger strike Organisation Tried by military court along with a score of Sahrawi activists, Haddi was sentenced to 25 years in prison in February 2013 on a charge of “violence with intent to kill officials carrying out their duties.” An international observer said he was denied the right to due process and described the trial as a “wretched spectacle.” Despite the lack of evidence, his sentence was confirmed on appeal by a court in Salé in July 2017 and by Morocco’s highest court in November 2020. to go further Receive email alerts The Gdeim Izik camp was established in October 2010 to protest against the appalling social and economic conditions in Western Sahara, which Morocco annexed in 1975 and which the Polisario Front continues to claim as an independent country. Since last year, the disputed territory has seen an increase in military tension between Morocco and Sahrawi independence forces. Both Haddi’s health and the conditions in which he is being held in Rabat’s Tiflet prison are very concerning. Detained since November 2010 and sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2013, Haddi worked for RASD TV, a TV channel run by the Polisario Front, which proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in Western Sahara in 1976 and which disputes Morocco’s control over most of this “non-self-governing territory.” June 8, 2021 Find out more Haddi, who is also a member of the Sahrawi Association of Victims of Grave Human Rights Violations Committed by the Moroccan State (ASVDH), was arrested on 20 November 2010, two weeks after covering the use of force by the Moroccan authorities to dismantle the Gdeim Izik protest camp, 12 km outside Laayoune, Western Sahara’s biggest city. Haddi’s family struggle to get information about him because the Moroccan authorities deny his right to family visits. Having received no news of him for a month, his mother went to Tiflet prison on 3 March and, after being unable to see her son, was arrested by the police in response to a complaint by the prison’s governor, who accused her of creating a disturbance at the entrance. News April 28, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img “The mistreatment of Mohamed Lamin Haddi has continued for too long,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “It is time to end the torture and rescue this journalist from the hunger strike he has been following for more than two months and from the oblivion to which he has been consigned by a 30-year-old conflict. The principle of humanity must prevail over territorial issues. Jailed ten years ago on a spurious charge, he is now in danger of dying and must be released without delay. We issue an urgent appeal to the Moroccan authorities to end his ordeal.” Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedImpunityInternetJudicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) issues an urgent appeal to the Moroccan authorities to free Mohamed Lamin Haddi, a Sahrawi journalist whose physical condition is extremely worrying, after 78 days on hunger strike, and who is now being force-fed. The principle of humanity must prevail, RSF says. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedImpunityInternetJudicial harassment RSF_en RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Morocco is ranked 133rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalist hounded by official investigators

first_img to go further News News Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned the harassment of journalist Agil Khalil and attempts to intimidate him during an investigation by legal officials and called for a serious enquiry into an 13 March physical attack on him.The public prosecutor of the Kyurdamir region summoned him for questioning on 3 April and in his office he and an investigator twisted his arm and confiscated his mobile phone. Khalil told the daily paper Azadlig he had been subjected to psychological and physical pressure to make him say he knew a man called Sergei who had attacked him in March. He was summoned by police investigators the next day in Baku where he was taken aside and physically attacked. He was “treated like a criminal” and only able to talk to his lawyer after repeated requests, he said.“The authorities are trying to discredit him and show he was not assaulted because of his work as a journalist,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The real authors of the attack on him must be found and punished.” Khalil said the investigation was trumped up and Sergei’s statements were contradictory. Sergei said he had stabbed the journalist several times but official experts said he had only been stabbed once. He also said he had called the journalist at his two mobile phone numbers but Khalil has only one number. Khalil said he had probably been attacked because of articles he wrote criticising local politicians. RSF_en AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan April 10, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist hounded by official investigators Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan April 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakhlast_img read more

OC president named Citizen of the Year

first_img OCA top 2 were ESL students Noel earns award Pinterest Facebook Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter The Odessa Chamber of Commerce announced Friday the 2017 Citizen of the Year as Odessa College President Gregory Williams. A luncheon to honor Williams has been set for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 1 at Odessa Country Club.“Dr. Williams is the ultimate depiction of a true Odessan,” said Roy Gillean, chairman of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, in a news release. “He is always finding new ways to better our community through education and innovative thinking.”Williams has led the OC team in breaking every major enrollment record, student retention record, student success record and fundraising record previously held by the college. His leadership has set OC on the path to becoming the best community college in the nation, the release said.In 2017, Odessa College was first named an Aspen Institute Top 10 Community College, then went on to win the 2017 Rising Star Award for Community College Excellence from the Aspen Institute. The college then won the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 2017 Star Award for the program presentation “Eight Week Terms: A Pathway to 60x30TX,” the release detailed.“During his tenure at Odessa College, Dr. Greg Williams has taken our community college to new heights,” said Renee Earls, chamber president and CEO, in the release. “His leadership has resulted in numerous awards and national recognition for Odessa College. Now, it’s his turn to be recognized for the impact he had made on Odessa as an overall community. The Odessa Chamber is proud to work alongside Dr. Williams as he paves the road for so many students and their future success.” WhatsAppcenter_img Local NewsEducation OC president named Citizen of the Year Registration set for engineering camp Upside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeFruit Salad to Die ForCreamy Fruit SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Home Local News Education OC president named Citizen of the Year By admin – January 12, 2018 Odessa College President Greg Williams talks about some of the changes he’s seen during his 10 years as college president. Twitter Previous articleMan charged in connection with Albertsons robberyNext articleFelon charged with stolen firearm after traffic stop admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

UPSC Exams : Supreme Court To Deliver Judgment Tomorrow On Plea Seeking Extra Chance For Last Attempt Candidates

first_imgTop StoriesUPSC Exams : Supreme Court To Deliver Judgment Tomorrow On Plea Seeking Extra Chance For Last Attempt Candidates Radhika Roy23 Feb 2021 7:12 AMShare This – x[Update at 11.05 AM, February 24 : Supreme Court has dismissed the petition seeking extra chance in UPSC Exams for last attempt candidates]The Supreme Court will deliver its judgement tomorrow on the petition which seeks an additional chance for those candidates who had exhausted their last attempt in the Civil Service Examination held in October 2020.On 9th February, 2021, a Bench…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?Login[Update at 11.05 AM, February 24 : Supreme Court has dismissed the petition seeking extra chance in UPSC Exams for last attempt candidates]The Supreme Court will deliver its judgement tomorrow on the petition which seeks an additional chance for those candidates who had exhausted their last attempt in the Civil Service Examination held in October 2020.On 9th February, 2021, a Bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar, Indu Malhotra and Ajay Rastogi had reserved judgment in the matter(Rachna v Union of India). At the final hearing, ASG SV Raju, appearing for the Centre had made submissions against the demand for extra chance and stated that the same was unwarranted as candidates were given sufficient time to prepare for the examination in 2020.The hardships due to COVID19 affected all candidates uniformly and if extra chance is given to last-attempt candidates, other candidates will also start demanding the same, leading to an “endless cycle”, the ASG had added.Senior Advocates Shyam Divan, CU Singh and PS Narasimha, appearing for the Petitioners, had submitted that not granting the relaxation in the age-bar was arbitrary and unreasonable.Earlier, the Centre had agreed to give an extra chance to such last attempt candidates but with a condition that the concession will be subject to age-bar.The Petitioners and the Intervenors, while welcoming the offer of extra chance, opposed the Centre’s decision to confine it only to candidates not hit by the age-bar. On 5th February, the Centre informed the Supreme Court that the Centre and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had agreed to grant a “one-time, restricted relaxation to prospective candidates” who had given their last attempt of the UPSC exam in October 2020, and were not age-barred.On 25th January, the Department of Personnel and Training filed an Affidavit before the Supreme Court submitting that an extra chance would not be provided to candidates who had exhausted all their attempts at giving the UPSC examination. It was contended that provision of an extra chance would create a differential treatment.This was in departure from the previous submission of the Central Government that the issue was under “active consideration” and that the government was not adopting an adversarial stance.However, the Court orally suggested that an extra chance could be given, without necessarily increasing the age-limit.On 18th December, 2020, Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, had submitted that the Centre was not taking an “adversarial stand” with respect to the plea for extra chance and that a decision in that regard was likely within three or four weeks. The rules might need amendment for granting extra chance, he added.On September 30, the Supreme Court had directed the Central Government and the Union Public Service Commission to consider granting an extra chance to candidates who otherwise have their last attempt in 2020, with corresponding extension of the upper age-limit.That direction was given by a Bench led by Justice Khanwilkar in the case Vasireddy Govardhana Sai Prakash v UPSC while rejecting the petitioners’ plea to postpone the UPSC exams scheduled in October 2020 in view of the COVID19 pandemic.The Court directed the authorities to take a decision in that regard “expeditiously”.The relevant observations in the Court order are as follows:”The fourth point raised before us is that some of the candidates may be giving last attempt and also likely to become age-barred for the next examination, and if such candidates are unable to appear in the examination due to Covid-19 pandemic situation, it would cause great prejudice to them .In this regard, we have impressed upon Mr. S.V.Raju, learned Additional Solicitor General appearing for the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to explore the possibility of providing one more attempt to such candidates with corresponding extension of age limit. He has agreed to convey the sentiments of the Court to all concerned and to take a formal decision thereon expeditiously”.On October 26, the Department of Personnel and Training informed the Supreme Court that the issue regarding grant of extra attempt to last chance candidates was under the consideration of the authorities.Based on that submission, a Bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar disposed of another petition (Abhishek Anand Sinha v Union of India) observing that it was not appropriate for the Court to pass orders when the matter was under the consideration of the concerned authorities.”The issue raised in this Writ Petition is under consideration of the appropriate authority and in light of the observations made by this Court in order dated 30.09.2020 in Writ Petition(C) No. 1012 of 2020, needful is being done in the matter. As a result, it may not be appropriate to precipitate the matter further. We leave it to the competent authorities to assuage the grievance of the Petitioners, as brought before this Court in the present Writ Petition appropriately”, the Bench observed in the order.The present petition had been filed as a sequel to the above proceedings seeking compensatory extra chance for civil service candidates.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

Lok Sabha Passes Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021

first_imgNews UpdatesLok Sabha Passes Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021 Akshita Saxena23 March 2021 5:49 AMShare This – xWith “enormous technological development” in the field of marine navigation, the Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021. It seeks to put in place a statutory framework for regulation of technological advancements in marine aids to navigation, and remove the operational difficulties arising thereof. The Bill also proposes to repeal the Lighthouse Act,…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?LoginWith “enormous technological development” in the field of marine navigation, the Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021. It seeks to put in place a statutory framework for regulation of technological advancements in marine aids to navigation, and remove the operational difficulties arising thereof. The Bill also proposes to repeal the Lighthouse Act, 1927, an over nine-decade-old law governing the traditional navigation aid, lighthouses. The Statement of Objects annexed to the Bill states, “Over the period of time, maritime sector has undergone massive change and there have been enormous technological development in the field of marine aids to navigation such as vessel traffic services and diversification of aids to navigation to include technical aids other than lighthouses and lightships. …the role of marine aids to navigation has moved from a purely passive one based on “Visual Aids to Navigation” to “Radio and Digital Based Aids to Navigation”… Therefore, in order to provide appropriate statutory framework to reflect the technological advancement in marine aids to navigation and the expanded role of regulators and operators thereof so as to be in compliance with the obligation under the maritime treaties and international instruments to which India is a party, the Government has decided to make the proposed legislation by repealing the [Lighthouse] Act.” Salient Features The Bill applies to the whole of India including various maritime zones including territorial waters, continental shelf, and exclusive economic zone. It defines aid to navigation as a device, system or service, external to vessels, designed and operated to enhance safe and efficient navigation of individual vessels and vessel traffic. A vessel includes ship, boat, sailing vessel, fishing vessel, submersible, semi-submersible, hydrofoils, etc. and other such water craft, capable of being used in the marine environment. Vessel traffic service means a service implemented under the Act to improve the safety and efficiency of vessel traffic and to protect the environment. Director General of Aids to Navigation Section 4 of the Bill provides that the Central government shall appoint a Director General, who will inter alia advise the central government on matters related to aids to navigation. It also provides for appointments of Deputy Director Generals and Directors for districts. Central Advisory Committee Section 6 in the Bill contemplates the appointment of a Central Advisory Committee consisting of such persons representing the interests affected by the Bill or having special knowledge of the subject matter thereof. Further, the government may consult the CAC on matters including: establishment of aids to navigationadditions, alteration, or removal of, any such aidscost of any proposal relating to such aidsappointment of any sub-committee. Further, the CAC may also appoint sub-committees for additional advice on these matters. Management of General Aids to Navigation and vessel traffic services Section 8 and 10 in the Bill provide that the central government will be responsible for the development, maintenance, and management of all general aids to navigation and vessel traffic services. Section 9 lays down the powers with regard to management of aids to navigation viz.: establishing, maintaining, adding, altering, or removing any aid to navigationauthorising to inspect any such aid which may affect the safety of navigationacquiring any land as may be necessary. Powers of the central government for management of vessel traffic services under Section 11 include: authorising vessel traffic service provider to operate such service within an authorised areaaccrediting and approving vessel traffic service training and certificationadding to, altering, or requiring any person to add to or alter any aspect of a vessel traffic service. Training & Certification Section 18 of the Bill mandates training programs for persons operating on any aid to navigation (including any ancillary activities), or any vessel traffic service. The Bill provides that the central government will accredit training organisations for imparting training to, or conduct assessments of, persons in the operation of aids to navigation and vessel traffic services. Levy of marine aids to navigation dues The Bill empowers the Central Government to prescribe rates for marine aids to navigation dues. These dues will be levied and collected for every ship arriving at or departing from any port in India. Proceeds thereof shall be credited to the Consolidated Fund of India. The Government may however exempt certain vessels, wholly or partially, from paying these dues. These vessels include: (i) any government ship, which is not carrying cargo or passengers for freight or fares, or (ii) any other ship, classes of ships, or ships performing specified voyages. Any dispute related to the marine aids to navigation dues, expenses, or costs, will be heard and determined by a civil court having jurisdiction at the place where the dispute arose. Heritage Lighthouse The Bill empowers the Central Government to designate any aid to navigation under its control as a “heritage lighthouse”. In addition to their function as aids to navigation, such lighthouses will be developed for educational, cultural, and tourism purposes. Penalties The Bill provides that: Any person found intentionally obstructing aids to navigation or vessel traffic service will be punishable with imprisonment of up to 6 months, or a fine up to Rs. 1 lakh, or both. (For negligent obstruction, the punishment is imprisonment up to 3 months or fine up to Rs 50,000, or both.) Any person found intentionally causing damage to any aid to navigation or vessel traffic services, will be punishable with imprisonment of up to 1 year, or a fine up to Rs. 5 lakh, or both. (For negligent destruction, the punishment is imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to Rs. 1 lakh, or both.) Click Here To Download Bill Read BillNext Storylast_img read more