Western Kansas elects local priest to be next bishop

first_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 By ENS staffPosted May 7, 2018 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Rev. Mark Cowell[Episcopal News Service] The Diocese of Western Kansas elected the Rev. Mark Cowell on May 5 to be its sixth bishop.Cowell, a lawyer who once prosecuted gang members in Dodge City, Kansas, is the vicar of St. Mary and St. Martha of Bethany in Larned, Kansas, and Holy Nativity, Kinsley. He still works part time as Dodge City’s municipal prosecutor and was just elected to his second term as the Hodgeman County attorney, according to his biography here.The other two nominees were the Rev. Mary J. Korte, rector of St. Stephen’s, Wichita, and the Rev. Jonathan Singh, clinical manager of St. Leonard’s Hospice in York, England. The electing convention was held at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Hays.Cowell’s wife, Julie, is a district magistrate judge, and they are parents to three children: Gabriel, Cathleen and Gryffin. The Cowell family has lived in Larned since 1996 after they moved out of Dodge City because gang members there shot out his car windows.Cowell says in his biographical statement that he felt a call to ordained ministry after he finished law school in 1994. Because of his debt from that schooling, he was trained locally and, after several years of study, was ordained as a transitional deacon in October 2003 and as a priest in June 2004.While helping oversee the process that resulted in the election of current Bishop Michael P. Milliken, Cowell met with then-Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to discuss the idea of a dual-role episcopacy in which a person serves as both bishop and a congregational priest. Milliken lived that model, the first in the Episcopal Church in the past 150 years, until the end of 2014 when he resigned as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Hutchinson to served full time as bishop, according to the diocese.Cowell has said he would continue serving both parishes if he was elected bishop.After the bishop-elect receives the canonically required consent of a majority of the Episcopal Church’s diocesan standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will ordain and consecrate the new bishop Dec. 1. Submit an Event Listing Bishop Elections, House of Bishops, Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Events Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Job Listing People Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Western Kansas elects local priest to be next bishop Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Tags Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SClast_img read more

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E-cards at Christmas

About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Time Out magazine this week reviews Madopolis’ e-card fundraising service for charities. “On a goodwill footing, we rate madopolis.com at a yuletidely ten.” A number of companies are encouraging online visitors to send e-cards this Christmas on behalf of charities. A number of companies are encouraging online visitors to send e-cards this Christmas on behalf of charities. Allaboutparents.com is supporting the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, and customised greeting cards site Moonpig is donating 25p from every Christmas card it sells this year to Comic Relief, pledging a minimum of £10,000. Shopping site Zoom will donate 5p to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity for each of the first 50,000 e-cards sent through its site. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis E-cards at Christmas Howard Lake | 15 December 2000 | News read more

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TV’s Wife Swap wants to feature charity work family

first_imgIn each programme two women (the wives or partners) swap homes for ten days and take on each other’s life. For the first five days, the women have to run their new homes according to the rules of the house. But in the second week, the new wife gets to introduce some changes and new ideas in the house. Each programme concludes with the two couples being reunited and a discussion about their experiences of the swap. The series “regularly reaches audiences of over 6 million viewers” according to its makers, and it is screened internationally.Contact Deborah for more information on020 7013 4485. Howard Lake | 25 February 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The TV company that makes “Wife Swap” wants to feature a family which is actively involved in charity work in its next series.TV company RDF Media’s quest could result in undreamed of free national and international publicity for your charity, particularly given the family’s charitable interests are at the heart of the programme.If you think the opportunity is too good to miss, you should contact the TV company. They are hoping to feature “interesting couples” who are passionate about helping others and campaigning for a cause they believe in. The family would need to be UK based and have children living at home. Advertisement TV’s Wife Swap wants to feature charity work family  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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UK government increases Asian disaster donation to £50 million

first_img  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis UK government increases Asian disaster donation to £50 million Tagged with: Research / statistics Howard Lake | 30 December 2004 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The UK government has increased its funding for relief work for the Asian earthquake/tsunami disaster from £15 million to £50 million.The Department for International Development today announced a further £35 million to help the victims of the Asian earthquake that struck on Boxing Day. This brings the UK’s total contribution to £50 million, making the UK the largest bilateral donor to the relief effort.The World Bank today made the largest gift to date, totalling $250 million (£130 million). The UN estimates that governments and individuals have pledged nearly half a billion dollars to the relief effort in the four days since the earthquake and tsunami occurred. This figure does not include in-kind gifts and donated logistical support. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Royal patron for Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

first_imgRoyal patron for Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Tagged with: Recruitment / people Volunteering AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 September 2005 | News Her Majesty the Queen will be patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, launched this week to take over responsibility from the Home Office for the delivery of Holocaust Memorial Day from 2006 onwards.Holocaust Memorial Day, marked in the UK since 2001, falls on 27th January and commemorates all victims of Nazi persecution and aims to show how the events of the Holocaust remain relevant to everyone in the UK today. Stephen Smith, Chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust said: “The Trust is honoured that Her Majesty the Queen has agreed to be patron. The foundations laid by the Home Office, with the support of the Her Majesty the Queen, provide us with every confidence to build a meaningful and embracing national day of remembrance and learning. The other Trustees and I are already working on the 2006 event, the theme of which is ‘One Person Can Make a Difference’.” Advertisement  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Reporters Without Reporters un-blacklisted

first_img News September 4, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Reporters un-blacklisted Help by sharing this information MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF_en MyanmarAsia – Pacific News to go further The government of Burma has removed 2,082 names from a list of organizations and individuals barred from the country, among them representatives of Reporters Without Borders, who had been barred from Burma for 25 years.“We hail this announcement, which follows the lifting of prior censorship for certain publications, and we hope to be able to confirm its validity in the near future,” the press freedom organization announced.Burma still faces challenges in the media field, the organization said. “The first priority is to initiate major reforms of laws that involve press freedom, as well as laws on ‘cyber-crimes,’” said Christophe Deloire, director general of Reporters Without Borders. “These are actions to which we hope to lend our support.”Government action is also needed to improve working conditions for journalists, and to establishing a legal environment favourable to formation of private media companies, Reporters Without Borders said. The organization noted that it had received repeated invitations from Burmese media organizations, journalists and bloggers who wanted to express their views on how to end censorship and to expand press freedom. “An international conference in Rangoon on 24 and 25 September organized by the Democratic Voice of Burma and the government could provide an excellent opportunity for Reporters Without Borders to enter discussions, on the ground, concerning public media,” Deloire said.Before the 28 August action, Burmese immigration authorities had kept a list of 6,165 people and organizations prohibited from entering the country. They included the sons of Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader recently elected to parliament, as well as businesspeople, political activists and journalists.Burma is still ranked 169th out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index. May 26, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img May 12, 2021 Find out more RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Organisation News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Receive email alerts Follow the news on Myanmar Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 31, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Hospital board discusses issuer default rating

first_img Twitter Spirits were high at the Tuesday night Ector County Hospital District Board meeting as board members received and discussed the recently downgraded Fitch rating, with eyes on improving that rating in the future.ECHD’s issuer default rating was downgraded from BBB to BB+, a rating Fitch indicates as speculative, and received a revised rating outlook from negative to stable, Medical Center Health System CFO Robert Abernethy told the board.Abernethy stressed to the board that the hospital is not in default for 2017, as they are well within their debt service coverage ratio covenant, and the rating does not predict the market value of bonds.“The downgrade really cost us nothing at this point in time,” Abernethy said. “It does not impact the interest rate of the bond and it does not increase the cost of the bond.”ECHD has $44.65 million hospital revenue refunding bonds from a 2010 bond series for the MCH Center for Health and Wellness, 8050 E. Highway 191, and MCH Center for Women and Infants, 500 W. Fourth St.Abernethy told the board the stabilized rating was attributed to the recent boom in the local economy and to what the new leadership in Abernethy and the recently appointed CEO and President, Rick Napper, plan on accomplishing.Now that the hospital has reached a plateau of stability, Abernethy said it was time to start climbing up the side of the canyon.“Obviously, this is not what we wanted to happen” Napper said about the downgrade. “It was not unanticipated. I could have told you in October when I interviewed that I thought that was going to happen.”Despite some of the issues brought up by Fitch, Napper said there were several things they were impressed with as well.“They were very impressed with what we have planned as far as how we are going to correct the direction of the ship,” he said. “I can assure this board with great confidence that you will see some, I believe, significant changes over the next six months. In a year-and-a-half, we may be talking about how we are being talked about across the country.”Napper said the hospital would be “releasing the hounds,” allowing the employees to help succeed and said the medical staff and physicians are wanting to jump on board and help turn the ship around.“I just look forward to being able to have Robert stand up there when we talk about getting back to the A rating, and we will be there,” he said.The recent satisfaction report showed strong signs of improvement. For the month of February, responsiveness of staff moved form the 8th percentile to the 58th percentile, communication medications went from the 6th percentile to the 77th percentile, and MD communication increased from the 13th percentile to the 56th percentile.“This talent in this organization is unbelievable, so we just need to unleash it,” Napper said.The board also heard from Chief Patient Experience Officer Heather Bulman, who presented an engagement agreement to be renewed between ECHD and Studer Group.Studer Group works with healthcare organizations to improve clinical outcomes and financial results. Having worked with ECHD since 2015, the agreement entails leadership coaching and physician coaching targeting improved communication and patient experience, and has objectives of improving patient satisfaction and physician engagement.“We believe that by achieving these objectives, this will synergistically lead to improved quality and safety of care, decreased average length of stay and achievement in financial goals,” Bulman said.Bulman added that since 2015, ECHD has seen three hospital units move to the top quartile for the patient experience overall rating, and all other units have shown significant improvement. She said they have also seen more engagement among employees, and better interdepartmental communication and teamwork.Napper added that he felt like Studer Group had previously been a false start beforehand due to low participation, and will require its use among hospital leaders from now on.“Studer only works if every leader takes it as serious as it needs to be,” Napper said. “Any of the failures of the Studer Group is not a result of the Studer Group, it is a result of how we implemented it.”The board passed the new agreement with Studer Group unanimously. Hospital board discusses issuer default rating By admin – April 3, 2018 WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Local NewsGovernment Facebook Previous articleCrowe outlines need for tax ratification electionNext articleChocolate shop opens Saturday adminlast_img read more

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DAILY OIL PRICE: May 16

first_imgHome Local News Business DAILY OIL PRICE: May 16 Twitter Local NewsBusiness DAILY OIL PRICE: May 16 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Crude Oil: 71.49 (+.18)Nymex MTD AVG: 70.0575.Natural Gas: 2.815 (-.021).Gasoline: 2.2449 (+0.0451).Spreads: June/July (+.07) July/Aug. (+.21).Plains WTI Posting: 67.75 (-.25). Rattler Midstream: 4Q Earnings Snapshot Congressman Mike Conaway talks to the Odessa American on Jan. 7, 2018. Facebookcenter_img By admin – May 16, 2018 Snap Inc. to Participate in the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference 2021 WhatsApp Previous articlePolice identify Albertsons robbery suspectNext articleECISD reveals Top 10 students; board hears test results admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleFruit Salad to Die ForUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay WhatsApp Pinterest Octopus Energy U.S. to Discount Customers’ Bills by as Much as 90% last_img read more

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How Biden’s Economic Stimulus Plan Might Impact Housing

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / How Biden’s Economic Stimulus Plan Might Impact Housing Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago President-elect Joe Biden last week provided a $1.9 trillion plan for rescuing the U.S. economy. Housing industry insiders and other American’s have responded to key housing-related areas of the package including individual stimulus checks in the amount of $1,400 (in addition to approved $600), rental assistance, and the extension of a foreclosure and eviction moratorium. The plan also includes $20 billion for COVID-19 vaccine and testing programs.The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) has listed other items—unemployment insurance, small business assistance, minimum wage increases, tax credits, and more—that they say will impact business and how.Some housing advocates, including the National Housing Coalition (NHC), have voiced approval for what they call a “comprehensive plan to introduce emergency rental assistance.””This plan would save millions of renters from eviction and provide much-needed support for mom-and-pop landlords who have gone nearly a year without rental payments,” NHC President and CEO David M. Dworkin said. “As our nation faces an economic crisis, the focus should be on putting Americans back to work. One of the most impactful ways to achieve that is through major investments in housing construction, which were already needed prior to the pandemic and are vital to our nation’s economic recovery.”However, according to Gryphon USA Principal Richard Kruse, Biden’s plan to extend the foreclosure/eviction ban another eight months creates additional problems for landlords and tenants.”In the end, there will be an even bigger tsunami of evictions and foreclosures,” said the distressed-asset manager and foreclosure broker. “This is a delay in the market unraveling itself and increases the inevitable consequences.”He said the extent of the past-due rent and mortgage is hard to quantify. The National Council of State Housing Agencies estimates tenants have between $34 billion and $70 billion in past-due rents as of December 31. If correct, the Biden (rental assistance proposal) barely covers the low range estimates, he says.Dworkin added that “an effective stimulus and vaccination rollout will help prevent the need for additional rental assistance.”Via Twitter, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition Diane Yentel said Biden’s proposed emergency rental assistance, stimulus checks, and expanded unemployment insurance, “may be enough to cover back rent/utilities and some forward rent, but more is needed,” she wrote. “We’re not out of this pandemic yet.” Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Firefly Legal Celebrates 25th Anniversary Next: California Housing Market Ends 2020 on a High Note Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post January 18, 2021 2,767 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago How Biden’s Economic Stimulus Plan Might Impact Housing Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2021-01-18 Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Subscribelast_img read more

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High Courts Weekly Roundup [April 12, 2021 – April 18, 2021]

first_imgNews UpdatesHigh Courts Weekly Roundup [April 12, 2021 – April 18, 2021] Akshita Saxena18 April 2021 6:55 AMShare This – xAllahabad High Court 1. Consider Vaccinating Students Appearing For Board Exams Against COVID19 : Allahabad High Court [In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres…] In a suo moto action taken in view of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a division bench of Justice Siddhartha Verma and Ajit Kumar directed the Central Government and Indian Counsel for Medical Research…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAllahabad High Court 1. Consider Vaccinating Students Appearing For Board Exams Against COVID19 : Allahabad High Court [In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres…] In a suo moto action taken in view of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a division bench of Justice Siddhartha Verma and Ajit Kumar directed the Central Government and Indian Counsel for Medical Research to consider giving vaccination to students pursing higher education and giving board examinations. “Central Government and Indian Counsel for Medical Research must rethink for extending the benefit of vaccination to students pursuing higher education and those appearing in Board examination of high school and intermediate looking to the large scale infection in population of younger generation. If the Board and other examination conducting bodies are going for offline examination then government must explore viability to extend benefit of vaccination to such students as well”, the Court observed. Also Read: Allahabad High Court To Consider Request Of Bar Association For Closure Of HC For Two Weeks In Wake Of Rising Corona Cases 2. Kashi Vishwanath Gyanvapi Mosque Dispute: “Judge Behaving In Arbitrary Manner, Against The Spirit Of Judicial Discipline”: Urgent Application Moved In Allahabad HC An urgent application has been moved by Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Varanasi before the Allahabad High Court in the title dispute concerning Kashi Vishwanath Temple – Gyanvapi Mosque case stating that the Civil Judge acted in the “most arbitrary manner” while passing the order to allow the Archaeological Survey of India for undertaking a survey at the disputed site. The application prays for staying the effect and operation of the impugned order dated 8th April 2021. 3. Allahabad High Court Dismisses Plea Against Delegating Powers Of Chief Justice ‘s Power To Senior Judges In His Absence [Ashok Pandey v. Allahabad High Court & Anr.] A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saroj Yadav dismissed a petition against delegating the power of Chief Justice (Master of Roster) to Senior Judges in his absence. It said that the petition, on the face appears to be “fundamentally misconceived”. The PIL, filed by one Ashok Pandey, sought directions for not giving effect to provisions contained in Chapter V Rule 9 of the Allahabad High Court Rules, 1952. The said provision prescribes for appointment of Senior Judges at Allahabad and Lucknow to exercise jurisdiction at their respective places in connection with arrangement of Benches, listing of cases and like other matters. 4. Externment Order Is A Serious Inroad On Citizen’s Liberty, Innate Declaration Of Externing Man As Goonda Irreversibly Ruinous To His Reputation: Allahabad High Court [Pawan v. State of UP & Ors.] A single judge bench comprising of Justice JJ Munir observed that an externment order is a “serious inroad on citizen’s liberty” and that the innate declaration that a person is a “goonda” is “irreversibly ruinous of his reputation.” Through its order, the bench set aside orders made by the District Magistrate externing the petitioner under sec. 3(3) of the Uttar Pradesh Control of Goondas Act, 1970 along with an appellate approval order for the reason that they did not disclose “general nature of material allegations” against him within the mandate of the Act. Bombay High Court 1. Second Covid Wave: Bombay HC Directs Installation Of CCTV Cameras In All Institutional Quarantined Centres In Nagpur [Court on its own motion v. Union of India & Ors.] A division bench comprising of Justice Sunil B Shukre and Justice Avinash G Gharote directed the Collector of Nagpur, Commissioner of Nagpur Municipal Corporation and other heads to “prepare proposals for installing CCTV cameras in the corridors of all institutional quarantine centres” and where the corridors are not available, at suitable places, for having “electronic surveillance” in order to check the movements of quarantined patients in and out of the rooms at the State’s expenses. The Court gave a time of 10 days from the passing of the said order for sending names to the State or Central Government and to place the copy of the proposal on record. 2. “Can’t Consider Delhi HC’s Order As A Precedent”: Bombay High Court Refuses To Allow Ramadan Prayers In Juma Masjid Mosque [Juma Masjid of Bombay Trust v. State of Maharashtra & Ors.] A division of Justices RD Dhanuka and VG Bisht refused to allow the Juma Masjid mosque in Mumbai to open up for prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, in view of the ongoing critical covid situation in the State. It dismissed a petition filed by the Juma Masjid of Bombay Trust, seeking directions for merely 50 people to pray five times Namaaz and Taraweeh on the one-acre plot, near Crawford Market in South Mumbai. The Bench observed that the Delhi High Court’s order of April 12 2021, in Delhi Waqf Board v/s. Government of NCT of Delhi and Anr. could not be considered as a precedent, as the Union had consented to prayers in Delhi mosque. Also Read: Bombay High Court Allows 58 Jain Temple Premises To Operate Kitchen For Nine Days of Ayambil Tap 3. “Just Because Wife Died In Matrimonial House Within Two Months Of Marriage, Entire Family Cannot Be Stigmatized For Serious Offence Of Murder”: Bombay HC [Sachin Ramchandra Teke v. State of Maharashtra] A division bench comprising of Justice NR Borkar and Justice Sadhana S Jadhav acquitted husband and in laws of a deceased wife who committed suicide within two months of marriage after observing that just because the wife died in the matrimonial house within a period of two months, the entire family cannot be stigmatized as having committed offences as serious as offence under sec. 302 of Indian Penal Code providing for the punishment for murder. The High Court was of the view that the marriage was hurriedly effected by the parents of deceased wife since they found a suitable match for their daughter thereby going against her wishes and will of continuing her education. The Court also opined that the suicide was committed in a “state of stress”. Other developments: Bombay High Court Takes Suo Motu Cognisance Of Covid-19 Surge In PrisonsDon’t Deny Remdesivir To Covid Patients Admitted In Non- Covid Hospitals : Bombay High CourtCovid19 -RT-PCR Test Reports Shall Be Sent Immediately To Patients On WhatsApp: Bombay High Court Calcutta High Court 1. “Any Person Found Flouting COVID Protocols Must Be Taken To Task Immediately”; Calcutta HC Directs Strict Implementation Of COVID Guidelines During Election [Nitish Debnath v. ECI & Ors.] A Division of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee issued directions to the District Magistrate of all districts and Chief Election Officer, West Bengal, to ensure that COVID guidelines for conducting elections are implemented in a strict manner in wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the State. Noting that the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India and Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal, “need to be implemented in the strictest manner possible”, the Court has directed the Administration to ensure the same. Further, the Court has directed that stringent measures must be taken “against persons who fail, neglect or refuse to obey the COVID protocols”. 2. Calcutta HC Sets Aside Single Judge’s Order Reviving Criminal Proceedings Against Anisur Rehman, Remands Back Matter [Anisur Rehman v. Jahar Sha & Ors.] A Division Bench of CJ Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee set aside an order of a Single Judge reviving criminal proceedings against erstwhile West Bengal BJP leader Anisur Rehman without granting him an opportunity of being heard and remanded the matter back for being considered afresh. Rehman was arrested in the October 2019 murder of Trinamool Congress functionary Kurban Shah. Rehman had defected to the BJP from the TMC ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Reportedly, Rehman had recently announced his decision to quit the BJP and ally with the Trinamul again. 3. After Arbitral Award Is Set Aside, Can The Court Appoint A New Arbitrator With Parties’ Assent? Yes, Rules Calcutta High Court [Jagdish Kishinchand Valecha v Srei Equipment Finance Limited & Anr.] The Calcutta High Court was recently called to decide whether a Court can appoint an Arbitrator different to the one who has passed the award challenged when the award-debtor and the award-holder both desired it. Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya, after holding that the arbitral award under challenge was liable to be set aside, drew from the emphasis of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (the Act) upon the autonomy of parties to find that a different arbitrator could be appointed. Drawing from Section 43(4) of the Act which recognises that all redressal-doors were to be kept open and from Section 89 of the Civil Procedure Code, which encourages the Court to participate in the formulation of the settlement terms, the Court said, “The above provisions have been highlighted as enablers for the Court to chart the future course of action where parties consent to a particular way forward. The basic premise is that the parties who have come to the Court cannot be without a remedy when they have agreed that the matter should go before a different Arbitrator. The 1996 Act does not curtail the power of a Court to mould the relief in fit cases provided the relief is not repugnant to the law as existing on that date.” Chhattisgarh High Court 1. Chhattisgarh High Court Quashes FIRs Against BJP Leaders Sambit Patra, Tajinder Bagga For Alleged Defamation Of Congress [Dr. Sambit Patra v. State of Chhattisgarh & Ors.] A Single Bench of Justice Sanjay K. Agrawal quashed the FIRs registered against BJP National Spokesperson Dr. Sambit Patra and Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga. The FIRs against Sambit Patra was lodged after a complaint about his tweet about Congress Party and for making derogatory remarks against Congress party and its leaders. FIR against Bagga was in relation to complaint about making defamatory statement in Twitter against former PMs Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi. Two FIRs were lodged against Patra, one under Sections 499, 500, 501 & 505(1) of the IPC and another under Sections 298, 153A & 505(2) of the IPC. FIR against Bagga was under Sections 153A, 505 of the IPC and Section 66 of the Information Technology Act, 2000. Delhi High Court 1. Delhi High Court Permits Upto 50 People To Perform Namaz In Nizamuddin Markaz Masjid During Ramdan A Single Judge bench of Justice Mukta Gupta permitted upto 50 persons to offer namaz 5 times a day in Bangley Wali Masjid of Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi, which was shut since Mar 23 last year due to several FIRs against a Tablighi Jamat congregation amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The order has been passed on a plea moved by the Delhi Waqf Board seeking permission for performance of prayers during the month of Ramdan. Until now, only 5 persons were permitted per day to offer prayers in the masjid. While passing the order the Court directed that the Standard Operating Protocol of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority dated Apr 10 would have to be abided by. 2. ‘Is Campus Law Centre Not Keeping You Busy?’ Delhi High Court Refuses To Entertain Student’s PIL For Door-to-Door Vaccination Hearing a final year law student of Campus Law Centre, New Delhi who approached court seeking door-to-door Covid-19 vaccination, the Delhi High Court asked the student if his institution was not keeping him busy enough, when the petitioner was unable to present the court with data on the issue as enquired during the hearing. The court said, “It seems Campus Law Centre is not keeping you busy, without going through the whole facts, you have filed a PIL?” The matter was listed before the Division Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli, however was heard by Justices Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Amit Bansal in the former bench’s absence. 3. Delhi High Court Seeks Govt Response On Plea For Physical Meetings With Families, Internet Facility For Under-Trials For Info On Case Status Responding to a plea by Delhi-riots accused JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, a single judge bench of Justice Prathiba Singh of the Delhi High Court today directed the counsel for the Delhi government to seek instructions on prayers for computer, internet facility with limited website access, and physical meeting of under-trial prisoners with their friends and family. The court said that in a previous hearing of the case, it had directed the government to file a status report, on certain prayers raised by the petitioner in respect of “physical mulaqat”, video conferencing and internet facilities – which was filed by the government. In this regard, certain issues were highlighted by Kalita and Narwal during the course of the hearing today, upon which the court directed the government counsel to seek further instructions. The court also made its own observations. 4. Delhi High Court Rejects Bail Plea Of Delhi Riots Accused Shahrukh Pathan – Accused Of Firing Shots At A Head Constable [Shahrukh Pathan alias Khan v The State of NCT of Delhi] A single judge bench of Justice Suresh Kait rejected the bail application of a Delhi riots-accused, Shahrukh Pathan Khan, who faces charges of firing shots at a Head Constable of the Delhi Police in Jaffarabad in the Delhi Riots 2020 violence. Placing reliance upon the video footages produced by the police as evidence, the court said, “The video clipping and pictures played before this Court have shaken the conscience of this Court how petitioner could take law and order in his hands.” It further said that regardless of his intention to kill the complainant or any person present in the public with his open air pistol shots, it was “hard to believe that he had no knowledge that his act may harm anyone present at the spot.” Gauhati High Court 1. ‘Mere Civil Disturbance Will Not Be UAPA Offence Unless Committed With Intention To Commit ‘Terrorist Act’: Gauhati High Court Upholds Bail For Akhil Gogoi [State v. Akhil Gogoi] A Division Bench comprising of Justices Suman Shyam and Mir Alfaz Ali dismissed the State appeal filed against the order of a Special NIA Court that granted bail to activist Akhil Gogoi last year, in connection with a case of rioting. The Bench made it clear that mere that to attract the offences punishable under the Unlawful Assemblies (Prevention) Act, 1967— the act complained of must be a “terrorist act” committed with the intention to threaten the integrity, sovereignty of India, etc. It further held that merely causing civil disturbances, without the element of intention to cause ‘terrorist act’ would not fall within the ambit of unlawful activity under section 2(1)(o) of the UAPA Act. 2. ‘Questions About Citizenship Should Be Adjudicated On Merits Hearing Person Concerned’: Gauhati HC Sets Aside Ex-Parte Order Which Declared A Woman Foreigner [Rahima Khatun v. Union of India & Ors.] Observing that citizenship is one of the most important rights of a person, a division bench comprising of Justice N Kotiswar Singh and Justice Soumitra Saikia said that any question arising about the citizenship of a person must be adjudicated on the basis of merits on hearing the person concerned. “It is to be remembered that citizenship is one of the most important rights of a person. By virtue of citizenship, one becomes a member of a sovereign country and becomes entitled to various rights and privileges granted by law in the country and, as such, if any question arises about citizenship of a person, in our opinion, the same should be adjudicated as far as possible on the basis of merit and on hearing the person concerned,” the Bench observed. Gujarat High Court 1. Gujarat Govt Should Not Feel Shy Of Publishing Correct COVID Data: Gujarat High Court Stresses For Transparency Stressing the need for transparency in the publication of testing data and availability of amenities in relation to COVID-19, a Bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Bhargav Kania underscored that transparent and honest dialogue by the State would generate trust amongst general public. In six important directions, the Gujarat High Court has called upon the state to reveal essential data relating to the COVID-19 situation in the state and for a transparent dialogue with the public to foster trust. The order comes in a suo moto case initiated by it to take stock of the COVID-19 situation in the State. Also Read: Gujarat Govt Figures On COVID19 Not Matching With Actual Positive Cases: Gujarat High Court Himachal Pradesh High Court 1. Journalist’s Disorderly Conduct Causes Irreparable Damage To Journalism, High Time That Govt. Reviews List Of Accreditations: HP High Court [Vijay Gupta v. State of Himachal Pradesh] A Bench of Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan opined that because of mushroom growth of journalist and the cut-throat competition amongst the journalists themselves, their standards are declining leading to the decline of the institution of Journalism. It was hearing the plea of an Editor of the Hindi Weekly namely ‘Him Ujala’ who submitted before the Court that despite working as a Journalist for more than 13 years and winning many awards, his accreditation had been cancelled only on the ground that there are certain FIRs pending against him. Jharkhand High Court 1. “State Heading Towards Health Emergency, Non Availability Of CT Scan Machine A Matter Of Serious Concern”: Jharkhand HC Seeks Response Of State Authorities [Court on its own motion v. State of Jharkhand & Ors.] While hearing a bunch of petitions highlighting the shortage of testing facilities, beds, medical facilities and failure of state machinery to cater the need of patients in the difficult times of pandemic, the Jharkhand High Court this week took note of the issue of non availability of CT Scan machine in RIMS, the sole premier institute in the State by calling the same as “a matter of serious concern.” A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad sought response of Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department of the State to apprise the Court about the update of purchasing CT Scan machine and also asked the Deputy Commissioner, Ranchi and Ranchi Municipal Corporation to apprise the Court as to how to make operational the Electric Crematorium constructed near Swarna Rekha River on the next date of hearing. Karnataka High Court 1. ‘Advocates Boycotting Courts Send Wrong Signal To Common Man’ : Karnataka HC Seeks Apology From Bar Associations For Strike A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj said it is the duty of the Members of the Bar, to ensure that functioning of the court is not affected in any manner. If the said functioning is affected it is the common man who suffers. It was hearing the suo-motu contempt proceedings initiated against officer bearers of Bar Associations in the state who gave a call to its members for abstaining from court work. The Court has directed them to file a statement on oath tendering apology and giving undertaking that they would not violate the law laid down by Apex court, by April 22. 2. Ramesh Jarkiholi CD Scandal : Karnataka High Court Issues Notice On PIL To Stop Publication Of Obscene Visuals By Media A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj directed the state government to respond to a public interest litigation filed seeking directions to frame statutory rules to prevent publishing by of indecent, obscene, violent, sexual video, audio and images and its graphic effects by media houses and to make any such publication as cognizable offence. The petition has been filed in the backdrop of the Ramesh Jarkiholi CD scandal, in which certain news channels telecasted visuals allegedly involving a state minister. The plea also seeks directions to the respondent police not to leak such video clips and other incriminating material collected in the course of the investigation of any case to the digital media. Also Read: Ramesh Jarkiholi CD Scandal : CBI Probe Not Necessary As Of Now, Says Karnataka High Court Other developments: ‘Make Representation Before Concerned Authorities’ : Karnataka HC To Doctor Seeking Directions To Use ‘Pulse Oximeter’ For COVID TestRight To Health Cannot Be Obstructed By Those Who Don’t Bother To Wear Masks, Maintain Social Distancing: Karnataka High CourtKarnataka High Court Seeks State Response On Prison ConditionsEnsure Labs Give COVID19 Test Results Within 24-hours : Karnataka High Court Directs Govt Kerala High Court 1. Rajya Sabha Elections For Kerala Seats Must Be Held During Present Assembly Term : High Court Directs ECI [Kerala Legislative Assembly v. Election Commission of India] A single bench of Justice PV Asha directed the Election Commission of India to hold elections to three Rajya Sabha seats from Kerala during the term of the present assembly. It directed the elections to the three seats, which are falling vacant on April 21, to be held before May 2, the date of results of the recently held assembly elections. The Court passed the order allowing two petitions filed by the Secretary of the Kerala Legislative Assembly and CPIM leader S Sharma, challenging the decision of the ECI to defer the elections which were originally proposed on April 12. Also Read: Legislative Intent Is To Complete Rajya Sabha Election Process Before Members’ Retirement: Kerala High Court 2. [Bonacaud Kurishumala] No Religious Community Has An Unbridled Right To Conduct Pilgrimage Inside A Reserve Forest Land: Kerala High Court [Sukumaran Kani & Anr. v. State of Kerala & Ors.] A Bench comprising of Justice N Nagaresh emphasized that no religious community had a right to conduct pilgrimage inside reserved forest land. No religious community has an unbridled right to conduct pilgrimage to any place inside a Reserve Forest land. If any group of people forcibly enter any Reserve Forest Area and construct any structures unauthorisedly, such structures are liable to be removed by the Forest Authorities in accordance with law,” it held. The Court made the observation when disposing of a batch of petitions relating to the Bonacaud Kurishumala, which is part of the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary in Vithura, Thiruvananthapuram. 3. Is Clearance Of National Wildlife Board Standing Committee Required For Mining Projects Within 10 KM Of National Parks? Kerala HC Refers Matter To Division Bench A Bench of Justice PB Suresh Kumar referred the question of whether the clearance of a Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (Standing Committee) for mining projects within 10 kilometres from the National Parks was necessary for the purpose of obtaining an environmental clearance. 4. Kerala High Court Directs State Government To Ensure Packaged Drinking Water, Ice Bars Meet Standards Prescribed Under Law [Human Rights Mission v. Director, Kerala State Ground Water Department] A Bench of Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly closed Public Interest Litigation from 2014, which alleged the existence of unauthorised packaged drinking water units that bottled water and distributed ice bars without the required quality markers or licences. It directed the State Government to ensure that manufacturing units operated in line with statutory prescriptions. The Bench additionally urged the concerned statutory bodies to undertake periodical inspections to ensure units functioned after receiving the required consent/permit/licence. 5. Kerala High Court Issues Directions On How Family Courts Are To Adjudicate Cases Involving Extra Judicial Modes Of Divorce At The Instance Of Wife Under Muslim Law [XXX v. XXX] While upholding the validity of the extra judicial modes of divorce for women, the Kerala High Court recently issued directions to Family Courts on the course to follow while adjudicating cases that involved these methods. Pointing out that the there is no difficulty for the Family Court to endorse an extra-judicial divorce to declare the matrimonial status of a person a bench of Justices A Muhamed Mustaque and CS Dias issued directions on the subject. The Court directed that in the matter of talaq, khula, mubaraat, talaq-e-tafwiz, the Family Courts shall entertain such applications moved by either of the parties or both parties to declare the marital status of such parties. Where unilateral modes of dissolution such as khula and talaq, the Court stated that the scope of inquiry before the Family Courts would be limited. In such proceedings, the High Court insisted that the court record the khula or talaq to declare the marital status of the parties after due notice to other party. 6. Kerala High Court Quashes Kerala Police FIRs Against Enforcement Directorate [P. Radhakrishnan v. State of Kerala & Ors.] A Single Bench of Justice VG Arun quashed the two FIRs registered by the Kerala Police Crime Branch against “unnamed officials” of the Enforcement Directorate for allegedly coercing the accused in the gold smuggling case to give false incriminating statements implicate Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other state functionaries. It held that the bar under Section 195(1)(b) of the CrPC was attracted in the case against the FIRs. As per Section 195(1)(b) CrPC, the cognizance of an offecne relating to fabrication of evidence in a matter pending before court can be taken only on the basis of a complaint filed by that Court. Also Read: Kerala Police Vs ED: Kerala High Court Directs Police To Submit Case Diary To Special Judge To Decide On Section 340 Inquiry Against ED 7. Motor Accident Compensation Can’t Be Reduced Saying Pillion Rider Didn’t Wear Helmet; Not Contributory Negligence : Kerala High Court [Kadeeja Musaliyar & Ors. v. Riyas Manakadavan & Ors.] The Kerala High Court was recently faced with an interesting question of law when deciding appeals against a Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal Order – whether the Tribunal could reduce the compensation payable on a motorcycle accident if the deceased pillion rider rode without a helmet. The Tribunal, when allowing a family of a person in a motor cycle accident to claim compensation, reduced the quantum of compensation citing that the deceased (who was riding pillion) was not wearing a helmet. Applying the principle of contributory negligence, the Tribunal modified the compensation. The family of the deceased moved the High Court and the Court was required to decide whether the principle of contributory negligence could be applied to such cases. Referring to Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act that made the non-wearing of a helmet an offence, the Court underscored the need for a connection between the violation of the helmet rule and the accident or consequences of the accident for the principle of contributory negligence to apply. 8. Women Can’t Be Denied Employment Saying Work Involves Night Hours :Kerala HC Quashes ‘Only Males Can Apply’ Condition [Treasa Josfine v. State Of Kerala] A Single Bench of Justice Anu Sivaraman observed that a woman who is fully qualified cannot be denied of her right to be considered for employment on the ground that she is a woman and because the nature of the employment would require her to work during night hours. Protective provisions cannot stand in the way of a woman being considered for employment for which she is otherwise eligible, it observed. The court set aside an embargo contained in a job notification issued by Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited which allowed only male candidates to apply for the post. The court said that the said embargo is violative of the provisions of Articles 14, 15 and 16 of the Constitution. Other developments: Right For A Safe Road To Every Citizen Is A Facet Of Articles 19(1)(d) And 21 of the Constitution: Kerala High CourtNCC Files Appeals To Kerala High Court DB Against Single Judge Ruling Allowing Enrolment For Trans PersonsKerala High Court Seeks Response On Plea Seeking Lockdown On Day Of Assembly Results Manipur High Court 1. Manipur High Court Declares Election Of Congress Leader As Member Of State Assembly Null And Void For Non Disclosure Of Information In Election Affidavit [Yumkham Erabot Singh v. Okram Henry Singh & Anr.] A single bench comprising of Justice MV Muralidaran declared as null and void the election of Congress leader Okram Henry Singh as a member of State Assembly (Wangkhei Assembly Constituency) in 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly after observing that failure to disclose name of the spouse and his dependents, details of pending criminal cases and educational qualification would constitute a corrupt practice falling within the meaning of ‘undue influence’ under sec. 123(2) of Representative of People Act, 1951. It was dealing with an election petition filed by Yumkham Erabot Singh under sec. 100(1)(d) and (iv) of the Act seeking declaration of Henry Singh’s election as null and void and to declare himself as the returned candidate for the said election. Moreover, the petitioner also sought initiation of criminal proceedings against him under sec. 125A and 127 of the Act. Orissa High Court 1. Not Even A Single Person From Vulnerable Categories Should Be Left Out Of Either National Food Security Act Or SFSS: Orissa High Court [Prafulla Samantara v. State of Odisha] Expressing dissatisfaction with the State Government’s submission that that it has already covered 80% of the population under the targeted public distribution system (PDS), a division bench of Chief Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice BP Routray observed, “There cannot be any persons belonging to vulnerable categories in Odisha who are left out of either the NFSA (National Food Security Act) or the SFSS (State Food Security Scheme). A constant endeavor must be made to increase the coverage with every passing month.” Importantly, the Court said, “It is not sufficient to state that the government has already covered 80 pc of the population under the PDS.” Patna High Court 1. DJ Selection- Subordinate Judicial Officer Cannot Claim The Stream Of Advocate Against Quota For Direct Recruitment From Bar: Patna High Court [Sunil Kumar Verma v. State of Bihar & Ors.] A division bench comprising of Justice Shivaji Pandey and Justice Partha Sarthy held that judicial officers, who opted to be appointed in subordinate judicial services cannot stake claim of “past experience” of being an advocate for being promoted to direct recruitment from the Bar as a District Judge (Entry Level). It observed that a candidate sitting for direct recruitment examination from the Bar has to remain an advocate with 7 years of experience not only at the time of cut off date but also at the stage of his appointment. The observation came while the Court dismissed a petition filed by one Sunil Kumar Verma who cleared all the three stages of District Judge (Entry Level) Direct Recruitment from Bar examination having 7 years of experience as an advocate. However, simultaneously he also cleared UP Judicial Services (Junior Division) before his appointment as an Additional Sessions Judge for which a resignation was tendered which was accepted. Later, he was appointed as Additional Sessions Judge in Begusarai. 2. Trial Judge Refers To Sanskrit Shloka, Jagjit Singh Ghazal While Awarding Sentence; Patna HC Says Judge Needs Training [Deepak Mahto v. State of Bihar] Observing that a Trial Court Judge referred to Sanskrit shloka and ghazals of Late Jagjit Singh while awarding sentence to a man convicted under the POCSO Act, a single judge bench of Justice Birendra Kumar observed that the trial judge “needs special training at the Judicial Academy.” The Court set aside the sentence observing that the evidence brought out in the trial did not disclose the commission of any offence. It observed that a trial judge, having the power to award a death sentence, must have correct knowledge of legal principles and zeal while exercising “the most onerous responsibility of taking decision on the life and liberty of person”. 3. “No Information Available To Public”: Patna HC Directs State To Ensure Public Briefing Everyday Disclosing Cogent Covid Related Information To Public [Shivani Kaushik v. Union of India] While observing that the people at large do not have the requisite information about availability of covid related facilities, the Patna High Court this week directed Principal Secretary of the State Health Department to bring such information in public domain through media and ensure that “at-least once every day at a fixed time, a press briefing on behalf of the Government is made disclosing facts, illustratively, the number of COVID cases, the infrastructure which are available at various places in the State to admit and treat COVID patients and other cogent information which are required to be disseminated to the general public in public interest.” A division bench comprising of Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh and Justice Mohit Kumar Shah was dealing with a bunch of petitions filed in view of the alarming surge in covid 19 cases in the State of Bihar touching upon the issue of lack of facilities and healthcare system to meet the challenges arising out of the second covid wave. Punjab & Haryana High Court 1. “A Day Dreamer’s Fantasy”: Punjab And Haryana High Court Dismisses Lawyer’s Plea Seeking Action Against Prince Harry For Breach Of Promise To Marry Her [Palwinder Kaur v. Prince Harry Middleton & Ors.] A Bench of Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan dismissed a petition filed by a Lawyer seeking action against Prince Harry of the British royal family for allegedly breaking a promise for marriage. The petitioner also prayed that arrest warrants be issued against him so that no further delay occur in their marriage. On a Court query from the Court, whether the petitioner has ever travelled to United Kingdom, reply was in negative and the petitioner only stated that she had conversation through social media, where she has even sent messages to Prince Charles that his son Prince Harry is engaged with her. Uttarakhand High Court 1. Uttarakhand Forest Fire: High Court Asks State To Fill All Vacancies In Forest Department Within 6 Months [In Re, In the matter of, “Protection of Forest Area, Forest Wealth and Wild Life due to devastation from the extensive forest fires in the State of Uttarakhand”] “For, until and unless sufficient manpower and physical infrastructure are not provided to the Forest Department, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the Forest Department, to carry out its functions,” a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma observed. It has asked the State Government to take steps for filling up vacancies in its Forest Department, preferably within six months. The directions come during the ongoing forest fire raging in the Districts of Nainital, Champawat, and Udham Singh Nagar districts. 2. Police Personnel Cannot Be Appointed As Jail Superintendents: Uttarakhand High Court [Sanjeev Kumar Akash v. State of Uttarakhand & Ors.] In a significant judgment relating to prisoners’ right, a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma held that Police personnel cannot be appointed as Jail Superintendents. It held that the purpose of Police is very different from that of Jail Superintendents and as a natural corollary, their trainings and psyche are poles apart. Hence, the former cannot possess the position of the latter.Next Storylast_img read more

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