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National Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw) HY2007 Interim Report

first_imgNational Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2007 interim results for the half year.For more information about National Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw)  2007 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNational Foods is Zimbabwe’s largest food manufacturer. The company was established in 1920 and produces a broad range of basic foods including maize meal, flour, cooking oil, margarine, rice, salt, snacks, biscuits, pasta, sugar beans, baked beans, popcorn, as well as soap and a full range of animal feed. Recently, a maize based cereal has been added to the National Foods product portfolio. The company’s iconic and home-grown brands Red Seal, Pearlenta, Gloria, Mahatma, Better Buy, ZimGold, National Foods Stockfeeds, Iris, Zapnax, KING and most recently Allegros Popticorn are loved across the length and breadth of Zimbabwe. Gloria and Red Seal have been trusted and esteemed brands in Zimbabwe for almost a 100 years. The company has 2 major shareholders; Innscor Africa Limited 37.73% and Tiger Brands 37.45%. The National Foods Workers Trust, which was established in 1985 by way of a Donation also owns 9.85% of the company. The beneficiaries of the Trust are the National Foods Ltd non-managerial employees. The company is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. National Foods has manufacturing sites in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare from which it distributes its products throughout Zimbabwe. Our people work passionately to add value to the lives of our customers and consumers through our products; striving to continuously improve our existing products as well as progressively adding new categories to our portfolio. National Foods Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Air Mauritius Ltd (AIRM.mu) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgAir Mauritius Ltd (AIRM.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Transport sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Air Mauritius Ltd (AIRM.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Air Mauritius Ltd (AIRM.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Air Mauritius Ltd (AIRM.mu)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileAir Mauritius Limited is an international airline that operates in the Indian ocean region. The airline and its subsidiaries deal in the carriage of passengers and cargo. The company also operates a hotel in Rodrigues as well as an investment property for rentals. Air Mauritius runs its business from two segments, the aircraft operations segment and the ground operations segment. The company is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Cheap shares: this stock has crashed 38% in a year, but would I buy today?

first_img Enter Your Email Address Cheap shares: this stock has crashed 38% in a year, but would I buy today? Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. 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. Cliffdarcy 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Cliff D’Arcy Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Barring a late-year miracle, 2020 looks like a year of large losses for most UK shareholders. By Halloween, the FTSE 100 had crashed more than a quarter in 2020, losing 1,965 points (26.1%) to stand at 5,577.27. Things are way better in New York, where the S&P 500 index is actually up 1.2% this calendar year. This American outperformance is largely down to hefty rises in US tech mega-stocks during 2020. Meanwhile, many British mega-cap stocks have suffered heavy losses this year. This convinces me that there are plenty of cheap shares lurking within the FTSE 100 today.Cheap shares get battered in 2020Another reason for the significant outperformance of the S&P 500 versus the FTSE 100 is the heavier weighting of growth shares in the US index. Conversely, the FTSE 100 is packed with ‘old economy’ value shares that have fallen out of favour with investors. In fact, value investing itself is undergoing its worst crisis in almost 200 years, as I revealed on Tuesday. Nevertheless, I’m convinced that cheap shares with solid earnings and high cash dividends will once again enjoy their day in the sun.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…The insurance industry is holding upHaving worked in the insurance industry for 15 years of my career, I know just how profitable and lucrative the UK market can be. Generally speaking, the bigger and more diversified the insurer, the higher its profits can pile up. What’s more, the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t been as awful for the insurance industry as you’d expect. Most UK deaths have sadly been among the over-65s, who generally don’t have much life insurance. However, this cohort does buy almost all the annuities (guaranteed lifetime incomes) sold by insurers. Hence, life assurers haven’t suffered big losses, plus claims on home and motor insurance fell steeply during lockdowns. That’s why I see plenty of cheap shares hiding in plain sight in this sector.This FTSE 100 stock has crashed this yearAviva (LSE: AV) is one quality company with cheap shares that is glued to my value watchlist. Aviva is really huge: it has 33.4 million customers worldwide, spread across savings, retirement and insurance products. In the UK, Aviva is #1 in workplace pensions, individual annuities and general insurance. Also, it has extensive operations in Europe and Asia (some of which are being sold). What’s more, with origins dating back to 1696, Aviva has survived over 320 years.On Friday, Aviva shares closed at 257.5p, down 38.2% over the past 12 months. At their 52-week high on 12 November 2019, they peaked at 439.4p, over 1.7 times their current level. During the March market meltdown, they crashed to 205.7p on 19 March, making these cheap shares an absolute bargain at the time.Today, Aviva shares stand just a quarter above their 2019/20 bottom (which in itself was a 10-year low). The entire group is valued at just £10.1bn, which seems crazily low to me for a quality business with reliable earnings. Furthermore, it recently announced a 6p-per-share dividend, having cut its previous cash payout at the urging of its regulator.In short, getting into Aviva today buys you cheap shares that trade on a price-to-earnings ratio of roughly five and a prospective dividend yield above 11%. To me, this stock is crazily mispriced. That’s why I’d happily buy it today — ideally inside an ISA — to bank a lifetime of bumper cash dividends, plus future capital gains! Cliff D’Arcy | Saturday, 31st October, 2020 | More on: AV I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.last_img read more

Pennsylvania charged with ‘apartheid’ in higher education

first_imgWW photo: Joseph PietteA coalition of Cheyney University supporters filed a major federal civil rights lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The suit charges that PASSHE’s “separate but equal” education constitutes apartheid and is unacceptable. Filed Oct. 29, the suit seeks to end decades-long racial discrimination against the historically Black college.Founded in 1837, Cheyney University was the first institution of higher learning for African Americans in the U.S. It is located 25 miles outside Philadelphia.  Cheyney eventually became part of PASSHE along with the 13 other state universities.The coalition, “Heeding Cheyney’s Call,” is a broad-based group that includes Cheyney alums, students, professors, staffers, retirees, and civic and religious leaders as well as elected officials. HCC first brought notice of its intention to file the suit in September 2013. This was around the 30th anniversary of the anticipated settlement of the original discrimination charge.Its stated goal in 2013 was to remedy a long-standing policy of underfunding that had left the university with a $14 million deficit. Meanwhile, the other 13 state universities, with predominantly white enrollment, enjoyed a collective budget surplus of over $100 million. HCC also cited a 60 percent drop in enrollment at the university from 3,000 in 1977 to 1,200 in 2013, as well as a lack of any new academic programs to encourage more students to enroll.Cheyney students come from families with average household incomes of under $40,000. More than 80 percent of them rely on financial aid. The HCC coalition called for a major revision of the state’s funding-per-enrollment formulas that benefit larger schools.  While the Commonwealth claimed they could not give Cheyney more money because there are not enough students, Michael Coard, an attorney for HCC, said, “There are not enough students at Cheyney because there is not enough money.”At the press conference held outside the Byrne Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia prior to filing the lawsuit, Sonny Harris, a retired Cheyney mathematics professor, charged that enrollment has since dropped to 1,000 students while the debt has risen to $22 million.Harris also noted that only two new buildings were constructed at the school over the last 30 years while the lack of infrastructure improvements has left students without heat and running water in some buildings. Harris described Cheyney as the “stepchild” of the Pennsylvania university system.In 1969, the precursor to the U.S. Department of Education ruled that Pennsylvania was one of ten states with a discriminatory system of higher education.A civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of Cheyney University in 1980 successfully charged the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with racial discrimination in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and other federal and state laws. It cited the state’s unlawful and inequitable actions against the traditional Black university, compared to its treatment of traditionally white state-owned schools.That lawsuit resulted in a binding agreement in 1999 with the Office for Civil Rights that funneled $36.5 million to Cheyney for building and academic upgrades. However, plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed today charge that the Commonwealth has continued to maintain an illegal and racial “dual system” of higher education, to Cheyney’s detriment.Joseph H. Tucker, lead attorney on the lawsuit, explained that the group is not seeking a specific settlement amount but rather asking for equitable relief and for the federal government to force the Commonwealth to comply with their 1999 agreement.“Separate but equal in education is not equal and it is not the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the U.S.,” Tucker stated. “There needs to be parity through equity in the state education system.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Hog Slaughter Line Speed Rule Tossed Out

first_img Previous articleWeekly Ethanol Production Rises While Inventories DropNext article$100 Billion for Broadband Included in Biden’s Infrastructure Plan NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Hog Slaughter Line Speed Rule Tossed Out Facebook Twitter Hog Slaughter Line Speed Rule Tossed Out By NAFB News Service – Apr 4, 2021 SHARE A federal court invalidated a Trump-era rule that allowed hog slaughter plants to run without line speed limits. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union filed a lawsuit against the USDA challenging a 2019 rule change that allowed faster slaughter speeds.The union said in its lawsuit that the change made working conditions unsafe for line employees. Reuters says the ruling from a Minnesota federal judge won’t be received well by the U.S. pork industry, which is trying to rebuild supplies of meat after COVID-19 closed slaughterhouses last year.Workers at Seaboard Foods, the second-largest pig producer in the country, told Reuters that faster line speeds increased worker injuries at the plant.The Biden Administration, which promised to make worker safety a priority, withdrew a Trump proposal to allow all poultry plants to work at faster-than-established line speed limits.The pork rule was going to be more difficult to reverse because it was already in effect.last_img read more

Pasadena Blood Donation Center and Red Cross Announce Upcoming Blood Drive

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News center_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment The Pasadena Blood Donation Center, 2471 E. Walnut St., Suite 103, continues to accept blood donations by appointment, as the Red Cross works to bolster the nation’s blood supply in the waning days of the COVID-19 pandemic.Blood donors can call the Pasadena Blood Donation Center and schedule an appointment for any day of the week, including Sunday. The Red Cross also lists other locations in the Pasadena area where staff will accept donations.A Red Cross statement said the organization “has a constant and ongoing need” for blood and platelet donations, and needs the help of blood and platelet donors and blood drive hosts to meet the needs of patient care.Between now and May 31, blood, platelet and plasma donors will automatically be entered for a chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps five from Suburban Propane and their SuburbanCares initiative, the Red Cross said.Donors also get a limited-edition United Blood Donors of America Red Cross T-shirt when they give blood, platelets or plasma between May 28 and June 13, or while supplies last.Starting Thursday and over the next few weeks, here are the dates and times that the Pasadena Blood Donation Center will be accepting donors:Thursday, May 20, 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.Friday, May 21, 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Saturday, May 22, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.Sunday, May 23, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.Monday, May 24, 12:15 to 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, May 25, 12:15 to 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, May 26, 12:15 to 7:30 p.m.Thursday, May 27, 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.Friday, May 28, 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Saturday, May 29, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.Sunday, May 30, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.Monday, May 31, 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.Tuesday, June 1, 12:15 to 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, June 2, 12:15 to 7:30 p.m.Thursday, June 3, 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.Friday, June 4, 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Saturday, June 5, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.Sunday, June 6, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.Monday, June 7, 12:15 to 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, June 8, 12:15 to 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, June 9, 12:15 to 7:30 p.m.In addition, these locations are also hosting blood drives in or near Pasadena:Thursday, May 20, 12 to 6 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 2889 N. Lincoln Ave., AltadenaFriday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Legion District 18, 179 N. Vinedo Ave., PasadenaThursday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Altadena Senior Center, 560 E Mariposa St., AltadenaWednesday, June 9, 1 to 7 p.m., Pasadena Scottish Rite, 150 N. Madison Ave., PasadenaThe Red Cross says all blood types are needed, especially Type O, to replenish the country’s blood stockpile for the spring and summer.People who have received a coronavirus vaccine can also donate blood so long as they don’t have symptoms and can provide the vaccine manufacturer’s name. The Red Cross said there’s no waiting period after getting a vaccine dose before donating.To schedule an appointment, call (800) RED CROSS, (733-2767), or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App that you can download from this webpage: www.redcrossblood.org/blood-donor-app.html.To learn more about the blood donation process, visit www.redcrossblood.org. 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News Community News Pasadena Blood Donation Center and Red Cross Announce Upcoming Blood Drive By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 3:55 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

Live Register figures up 11% in Donegal

first_imgNews Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter There were 22,295 people signing on the Live Register in Donegal at the end of June.That’s 904 up on last month, and 2,429 up on this time last year, an 11% increase over the past 12 months.The highest percentage increase was recorded in Letterkenny, with 6,143 on the live register, up 19% on June 2009. There were 1,562 signing on in Ballyshannon, an increase of 15%, and 2,371 signing in Dungloe, up 13%.There were 5,149 people on the live register in Buncrana, up 11% on June of last year, while Dunfanaghy recorded a total of 1,618 people signing on, an increase of 10%.There were 2762 people signing on in Ballybofey, up 9%, 1,365 in Donegal Town, up 4%, and 1,325 people on the register in Killybegs, a rise of just under 1%. Facebook Live Register figures up 11% in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDoherty promises closer SF led cross border cooperationNext articleEaragail Arts Festival opens this weekend News Highland By News Highland – July 2, 2010 WhatsApplast_img read more

Covid-19: NRI Files Petition In SC, Seeks Appropriate & Non-Arbitrary Evacuation Of Indians Stranded Abroad [Read Petition]

first_imgTop StoriesCovid-19: NRI Files Petition In SC, Seeks Appropriate & Non-Arbitrary Evacuation Of Indians Stranded Abroad [Read Petition] Nitish Kashyap5 May 2020 5:45 AMShare This – xA Sharjah based NRI businessman, Sunil Azeez, has filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre for putting in place procedures and protocols in consonance with the World Health Organisation’s International Health Regulations, 2005, regarding evacuation process of Indians stranded abroad in view of the Covid-19 lockdown. The petition filed through…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?LoginA Sharjah based NRI businessman, Sunil Azeez, has filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre for putting in place procedures and protocols in consonance with the World Health Organisation’s International Health Regulations, 2005, regarding evacuation process of Indians stranded abroad in view of the Covid-19 lockdown. The petition filed through Advocate Kuriakose Varghese highlights the fact that the United Arab Emirates has one of the largest numbers of Indian expats and families in the world at 3.2 million, therefore the PIL shall have a broader effect on the evolution of the norms and the law. The petition states- “It is clearly understood that it is immediately beyond the logistical capability of any country to evacuate 3.2 million citizens. That is neither desirable nor is it feasible. But what this Petition seeks is to highlight are the conditions of the especially vulnerable non-covid medical patients, pregnant women, nervous breakdown patients, senior citizens who were visiting, cancer patients and other terminally ill patients, young children/students etc.” Referring to the nationwide lockdown imposed by the Centre, the petitioner argues that suspension of air travel, both domestic and international, left several Indian citizens and students stranded abroad without any assistance to return to India. “Although the Respondent Authorities have evacuated few students/citizens from countries like China, Iran and Malaysia, however, the Authorities have completely ignored the plight of the citizens in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE”, the petition contends. Furthermore, the petition relies upon an article in the New York Times dated April 13, wherein it is highlighted that substantial numbers of migrants in the Gulf States have been kept in cramped, unsanitary dorms, deprived of income and unable to return home due to travel restrictions. It also confirmed that the migrants are primarily from South Asia with a majority from India who have been kept in labour camps. WHO’s International Health Regulations were adopted in 2005 with an aim “to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease in ways that are commensurate with and restricted to public health risks, and which avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade.” The petitioner points out that there is a lack of a unified notified law which recognises the International Health Regulations as the Indian Aircraft (Public Health) Rules of 1954 does not take cognizance of the said regulations which are “a composite compendium on the movement of persons across borders, during the times of a pandemic.” Even the new drafts of IAR, 1954 brought out in 2015 and also in 2017 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for unknown reasons have not been notified. The new drafts as shall be shown in detail hereinafter provides a more robust, systematic, legal approach to the myriad circumstances thrown up by the global pandemic, the petition states. Finally, the petition seeks directions to the Union of India to constitute a subcommittee under Section 9 of Disaster Management Act, 2005 to ensure the evacuation of citizens stranded in UAE and allied aspects including their safe return to India. Yesterday, the Government of India announced that evacuation of Indians stranded abroad will be facilitated on compelling grounds in a phased manner starting May 7 through aircraft and naval shipsClick Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Next Storylast_img read more

No Illegal Punishment Under The Garb Of Lockdown Warns Bombay HC As PIL Alleges Lockdown Violators Subjected To Humiliation [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesNo Illegal Punishment Under The Garb Of Lockdown Warns Bombay HC As PIL Alleges Lockdown Violators Subjected To Humiliation [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap9 May 2020 2:54 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court while hearing a public interest litigation contending that certain police personnel are guilty of gross violation of human rights as they subjected lockdown violators including senior citizens to ‘inhuman indignities’, observed that police cannot resort to illegal methods or punishments in the garb of enforcing the lockdown. Justice Rohit B Deo of the Nagpur 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?LoginThe Bombay High Court while hearing a public interest litigation contending that certain police personnel are guilty of gross violation of human rights as they subjected lockdown violators including senior citizens to ‘inhuman indignities’, observed that police cannot resort to illegal methods or punishments in the garb of enforcing the lockdown. Justice Rohit B Deo of the Nagpur bench was hearing the PIL filed by one Sandip Madhu Nair, who admitted that while the police force, by and large, has risen to the occasion and is discharging its duties in an exemplary manner, the instances highlighted in the petition is a blot on the otherwise laudable performance of the police machinery. The petitioner contends that persons who allegedly violated the lockdown directives, including senior citizens on morning walks, are subjected to inhuman indignities. The alleged violators are photographed holding placards declaring that the violator is an enemy of the nation, the society, the family and humanity since he is a law breaker. Moreover, photographs of the lockdown violators, which include elderly citizens and respected professionals, have been published in prominent newspapers and have gone viral on social media. Petitioner’s counsel Anil Kamale submitted that while police are entitled, and indeed bound to, take all possible measures within the four corners of law, as are necessary to enforce the lockdown, making a humiliating spectacle of the violators is a serious infringement of human rights and the constitutional right guaranteed under Article 21. Noting that the averments in the said petition are ‘extremely disturbing’, Court asked Additional Government Pleader KS Joshi to ascertain whether such instances as alleged in the PIL have actually occurred. AGP Joshi took instructions from Police Commissioner BK Upadhyay and JCP Ravindra Kadam and submitted that while certain instances did occur in the first phase of lockdown, the humiliating photographs have not been published by the police. However, the AGP was not in a position to make a statement, at this stage, whether the photographs were taken by police personnel and assured the Court that such a statement shall be made on the next date of hearing. Justice Rohit Deo observed- “I have come across several news reports highlighting the unusual and humiliating punishments which are meted out by police personnel under the garb of enforcing the lockdown directives. This Court has no reason to suspect the intent. However, the end does not necessarily justify the means. The police personnel who have indulged in a blatant violation of human dignity were expected to be alive to our society being a civilized society governed by the rule of law. While extraordinary situations may call for extraordinary measures, the measures must have the sanction of law. Human dignity and rights cannot be sacrificed at the altar of extraordinary situations nor can the constitutional right to a dignified life be hostage to supposed intentions. This Court would request the Police Commissioner to sentitivise the personnel under his command to ensure that such sordid incidents do not occur.” Furthermore, Court directed the police not to take any extra legal measures or take recourse to such punishments for violators of the lockdown. Court said- “The police machinery has sufficient power under the provisions of law which would enable strict enforcement of the lockdown directives. While this Court trusts that the top echelons of the police machinery shall ensure that there shall be no further violation of human rights while enforcing the lockdown, should a single such incident be noticed, this Court expects the Police Commissioner to hold the senior officer within whose jurisdiction the incident has occurred, accountable.” Notice was issued to the State home department and other respondents, made returnable on May 21Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

Letters

first_imgThis week’s lettersLetter of the week Total outsourcing is going too far On the subject of outsourcing, the Pentland Group’s HR director ChrisMatchan asks whether “we really want HR to end up like this?”(Comment, 30 May). Well, I for one say “no”, and senior HR directors should challengethe thinking that suggests that the outsourcing trumpeted by Nortel Networksand PwC is a step forward for the profession or the business it supports. It sounds as though the demand for ever-increasing returns on investment isthe over-riding objective, and not any that HR would have normally stood for. Am I the only HR professional who considers HR to cover the total spectrumof activities that affect the people in an organisation? I cannot see anythingbut trials and tribulations for any company that totally replaces the HRfunction with an 0800 number. To leave the few remaining HR staff concentratingon strategy alone is a pathway to disaster. Employees will become less engaged, less motivated and disenchanted, andeventually turnover will reflect this. For HR to be effective strategically, it has to be involved at every level –not removed. Of course, there are activities that could be handled in a more efficientway, but to outsource the whole thing? I pity the outsourced professional who will be handling a complex Tupetransfer from their outsourced position. Good luck. Paul Brewer HR director – Europe ETI e-HR is behind surge in interest The News Barometer survey asking “Is outsourcing a more effective wayof providing HR services?” (News, 12 June) showed that only 43 per cent ofrespondents believe that to be the case. Yet sources such as the Cranet Survey indicate that 97 per cent outsource atleast one HR service. Does that mean that over 50 per cent of outsourcing experience isunsatisfactory? Clearly not, judging by the enormous interest in HR outsourcingand deals such as the one between Nortel Networks and PwC. As outsource providers, we have noted a huge increase in interest inoutsourcing HR among progressive companies. The main reason is not to cut costsnor to focus on core activities, but the desire to implement an e-HR strategy. The pressure to deliver self-service HR and to tie it into a worldincreasingly focused on e-business is beyond the scope of most in-house HRdepartments. That’s where outsourcing can be a catalyst for change. The ASP model allows an external supplier to cut the delivery time togo-live on a new HR system, and creates the opportunity to outsource selectedHR functions on the same database across the organisation. This is the deliveryscenario that mid-sized organisations are seizing, to gain competitiveadvantage from e-HR. In turn, it will precipitate an unprecedented growth inoutsourced HR services. Bruce Thew Managing director, Ceridian Europe Job loss handled better all round I read with interest City improves on human side of deal, (News, 12 June). Not only are employers in the City getting better at this, but employees tooare handling job losses better and accepting that career transition is part andparcel of modern working life. We carried out global research that found redundancy has little impact onfamily, finances and health. In fact, rather than damaging family ties andpersonal relationships, nearly half of those surveyed felt redundancy hadactually strengthened their relationship with their partner. It is encouraging that job loss is not nearly as traumatic for families asit has been. Over recent decades we have seen a rise in the stockmarket as wellas an in house prices, which has given people greater equity than ever before.This could explain why families feel more financially secure in the face ofredundancy. But it is also good to see that employers are handling redundancy programmesbetter and taking responsibility to ensure HR professionals support departingemployees with career transition services. There is no doubt that they have adirect impact on how well equipped employees feel to deal with it. Tony Gould Managing director DBM, UK Creche would be a good first step It seems journalism is not alone in not meeting the needs of mothers (News,30 May). Why does the Government encourage mothers to take a year off? A bettersolution would be to have policies such as creches at work – enabling us to doour jobs better, with greater peace of mind, knowing we can see our children inour breaks, while not falling behind careerwise. We need a fundamental shift in attitude towards those of us raising the nextgeneration. Kaneez Jaffer Recruitment administrator Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. LettersOn 26 Jun 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more