SC Directs Bombay HC To Decide The Plea To Stop Burial Of Persons who Died of COVID-19 In 3 Mumbai Cemeteries

first_imgTop StoriesSC Directs Bombay HC To Decide The Plea To Stop Burial Of Persons who Died of COVID-19 In 3 Mumbai Cemeteries Nilashish Chaudhary4 May 2020 12:50 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday disposed of a Special Leave Petition against a Bombay High Court order which had refused to stay burials in 3 cemeteries in Bandra with directions to the High Court to decide the matter within 2 weeks. Noting that the impugned order was passed at an interim stage of the hearing, the Bench comprising of Justices RF Nariman and Indira Banerjee deemed…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday disposed of a Special Leave Petition against a Bombay High Court order which had refused to stay burials in 3 cemeteries in Bandra with directions to the High Court to decide the matter within 2 weeks. Noting that the impugned order was passed at an interim stage of the hearing, the Bench comprising of Justices RF Nariman and Indira Banerjee deemed it appropriate to send the petitioners back to the High Court, for final disposal. Justice Nariman observed that a proper hearing was warranted after calling for a report from the Maharashtra Government as well as Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM). “We’re sending you back to the High Court. The order was passed at an interim stage, let there be a proper hearing after respondents file their reports. They may decide this within 2 weeks.” Fearing the risk of COVID-19 spreading through infected dead bodies, a Mumbai resident had moved Supreme Court against the High Court’s order of April 27, refusing to stay burials of deceased in 3 cemeteries in near his residence Bandra West. The original writ petition before the High Court had challenged the permission given by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to use certain cemeteries in Bandra for burials, but the aforementioned interim order rendered the plea infructuous, contended the petitioner. The petitioner, Pradeep Gandhy, has raised health and safety concerns involved in permitting burials to take place, especially in densely populated areas such as his. His primary contention is that burials of those who died of COVID-19 might pose a health risk to the public at large and therefore, should not be allowed for the time being. Religious rights must be subject to public order and health, in this unprecedented health crisis that we find ourselves in, urges the petition drawn up by Advocate Udayaditya Banerjee. It is argued that even if burials are permitted, the same should take place in less populated/congested areas due to the potential catastrophe that could fall upon the residents of these places, adjacent to the cemeteries alluded to. To this end, examples of cemeteries located in such areas, which have not been listed by the BMC in its circular, have also been suggested. An intervention application was also filed thereafter by Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind, claimed that burial of dead bodies was essential in the practice of Islam, and/or Christianity, and allowing the petitioners’ prayer would go against the Right to practice one’s religion under Article 25. This application, filed by Advocate Ejaz Maqbool, further contended that the plea was based on the petitioner’s unfounded apprehensions, which lacked scientific backing, and must therefore be rejected. Next Storylast_img read more

Pension funds for bakers, confectioners look to mix things up

first_img“It might help us to reduce costs by 25%,” he said. “If some small company schemes were to join us, our combined assets would be €5bn.“This would reduce costs for pensions provision, actuaries and supervision, and also improve the quality of governance.”In his opinion, there is an overlap in the sectors served by both pension funds.“Among the participants of Bakkers are industrial bakers and traditional pastry cooks, whereas Zoetwaren also accommodates industrial pastry cooks,” he said.Leonne Jansen, chairman at Zoetwaren, said: “Bakkers is the most logical partner for us. The participants have similar jobs, education and background.”But she stressed that a merger would be a “second choice”.“Firstly, we want to investigate a cooperation,” she said. “Our predecessors, the pension funds Cake (Koek) and Candy (Snoep), also had a joint investment committee for years.”Zoetwaren is the product of a merger of the industry-wide schemes for confectioners and chocolatiers (Snoep) and the sugar-processing sector (Koek) in 2011.Jansen said: “We thought we had become quite a large scheme then, but, a couple of years on, we are among the small ones again.”She conceded that a merger would probably the most efficient solution in the end. Bakkers, the €3bn industry-wide pension fund for the Dutch bakery sector, and Zoetwaren, the €1.7bn scheme for confectioners, are investigating a possible cooperation that could culminate in a full merger. Speaking with FD Pensioen Pro – the new partner of IPE sister publication IPNederland – Jacques van de Vall, the employers’ chairman at Bakkers, said the pension funds had set up a joint committee to look into options for “symbiosis between the schemes”.The committee would investigate how sharing an actuary and an accountant, and having a joint pensions bureau or joint communications, could drive down costs, said Van de Vall.He confirmed that a full merger was also an option.last_img read more

Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic, Paralympic venues in trouble

first_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The metropolitan government now faces little margin for error in managing the situation, as long delays in facility construction are unacceptable due to the period of preparation required for the Games.The Japan News/Asia News NetworkA senior metropolitan government official expressed concern, referring to a scandal that emerged on Oct. 16 in which KYB Corp., a major oil damper maker in Minato Ward, Tokyo, and its subsidiary falsified test data for seismic isolation and vibration control dampers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“With the tight construction schedule, it’s a totally unexpected situation for us,” the official said. “We must immediately take measures to deal with the problem.”A total of 32 dampers that may not meet government standards have already been installed at the Olympic Aquatics Center in Koto Ward, Tokyo, which will host swimming events for the Games. The dampers may need to be replaced if future inspections confirm test data for the devices was fabricated. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Resumption of construction stalledMeanwhile, Ariake Tennis Park in Koto Ward, Tokyo, which will host tennis and wheelchair tennis events, has been affected by the collapse of a contractor overseeing its renovation.M-Tec Co., a Saitama-based construction company, undertook a roughly ¥1.6 billion joint venture project to convert the park into Olympic and Paralympic venues, including the construction of 17 outdoor tennis courts and installation of lighting. It began work on the project in October last year.According to the metropolitan government and others, however, M-Tec filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors under the Civil Rehabilitation Law with the Tokyo District Court on Oct. 1. However, it then went through bankruptcy proceedings as it was unable to find supporting companies. The renovation work has been suspended since Oct. 1.The renovation was initially scheduled to be completed in late July next year. The Japan Open Tennis Championships, an international competition, and the All Japan Tennis Championships are scheduled to be held at the venue in autumn of next year, with the latter billed as a test event for the 2020 Games.“It will become an international problem if those events are affected,” said a Japan Tennis Association official who met with the metropolitan government on Friday. “I asked [the metropolitan government] to absolutely avoid delays [in the renovation work].”The metropolitan government plans to select a new contractor through rebidding and other means, seeking to resume the project as quickly as possible.According to a metropolitan government official, however, work cannot be restarted due to an asset protection order from the Tokyo District Court that bans the removal of construction and other materials from the site.“We want to resume construction as soon as possible, but we’re jammed because there’s no timeline for when the order will be lifted,” a metropolitan government official said. Lee, Cansino lead UST over UE Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Japan News/Asia News NetworkTOKYO — The construction of facilities for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has run into trouble following the emergence of unexpected difficulties this month.The Tokyo metropolitan government is in a bind over how to address the problems, which include the collapse of a contractor renovating a tennis facility and revelations that seismic isolation and vibration control devices for a swimming pool facility may not meet government standards.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The metropolitan government is urging KYB to conduct safety inspections on the dampers as soon as possible, but the inspection schedule and how to implement the checks have yet to be decided.The metropolitan government plans to conduct its own safety inspections with a third-party organization present.“Even if the maker responsible for the data falsification told us [the dampers] are safe, we can’t trust them,” a senior metropolitan government official said. “We cannot waste even a single day.”Completion of the Olympic Aquatics Center was previously expected to be postponed from an initial date of December 2019 to February 2020 to clean up soil found to be contaminated during construction.Among the metropolitan government’s newly constructed facilities, the Olympic Aquatics Center is set to be the last to be completed. As a result, the metropolitan government and a contractor are discussing how to replace the dampers in question without affecting the completion date.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

After Ebola, we can start getting angry about the buses again

first_imgMy alarm used to go off at 4.50am every morning. I would get up, hurriedly wash and dress and with barely enough time left to prepare breakfast, race out on to the tarmac.No matter how early I left, there were usually already 50 people waiting by the roadside, looking out in the direction of the oncoming traffic, their breath steaming in the morning air. Schoolkids as young as four or five, older children in secondary school and university students, men and women on their way to work, and women on their way to trade their wares in the market. I had to walk about 30 minutes from my home, but others would have journeyed for an hour.Two transport buses would arrive. Shoving and pushing one another, we’d crowd on board. Soon the seats were full; some people stood, others sat in the laps of anyone willing to accommodate them.The buses headed to central Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city. The journey should have taken no more than 15 minutes, but the two-lane road is littered with potholes and so narrow that cars nearly scrape against each other. Heavy traffic sends opportunistic drivers completely off the road and creates a third lane in the dirt path beside it. Most days we sat in traffic for 40 minutes, our clothes smelling of exhaust fumes by the time we arrived.That was all before the Ebola epidemic. The spread of the disease would eventually lead to the closure of schools and businesses and further destabilise Liberia’s small and vulnerable economy. The epidemic would prove what we know but the world was yet to see: that even more fragile than the economy was Liberia’s health sector. We had virtually no ambulances; clinics and hospitals were poorly stocked; nurses and doctors lacked training and experience. Add to that the fact that Liberians knew almost nothing about the disease – at its height, we all thought we would die, and in a matter of months.Ebola put an end to the scramble for the bus. As the disease was spread through human contact we refused to shake hands, share public toilets or touch objects belonging to other people. When walking in a crowd was unavoidable, as it was in the marketplaces, you felt as though death were following you around like a shadow. And you trembled. So instead the early risers got to sleep in and our roads, normally crowded with people awaiting transport, were eerily quiet.Today Ebola has been all but eradicated. The six new cases reported in July have resulted in no deaths and so my attention slowly turns again to my bugbear: our woeful transportation system. I can think again of the hard days the market people have to face as they travel to and from the interior, carrying food and other basic commodities.As schools reopen, the fatigue of students and workers will return as they jostle to get on to buses to get to school and work on time. I will again start to gather with my friends to bemoan government priorities. Top of our list will be the news that the Republic of China has donated 12 sedans and four buses, valued at over $1m, to our government. A welcome gift, except the vehicles are “to be used for protocol purposes”. It’s the way Liberia’s elite cater only to their own needs that frustrates us most. As one stranded market woman said in Kreyol, our vernacular English: “They bluffin round with their big, big cars, but people can’t get one rotting bus to go home sef.”Saah Millimono is a freelance fiction writer and the author of the award-winning novel, Boy, Interrupted. This article was originally published in The Guardian online: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/07/ebola-buses-epidemic-commuteShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Why 49ers Richard Sherman sees this as a gratifying season

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The only member of the 49ers’ season-opening secondary that isn’t on injured reserve is also the one who had the biggest injury concern: cornerback Richard Sherman.He didn’t make the Pro Bowl this week. He isn’t going to the playoffs. He doesn’t have an interception (so far) for the first time in his eight-year career. But Sherman’s transition from the Seattle Seahawks to the 49ers has been a success, both in terms of the veteran leadership he’s brought to a young defense and the …last_img

Send your Budget 2017 tips to Gordhan

first_imgAs Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan prepares to table the country’s annual Budget in Parliament tomorrow, 22 February, ordinary citizens have been asked to share their ideas on how South Africa’s finances should be managed.Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaks to members of the press during the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Cape Town on 26 October 2016. (Photo: South African government, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterFinance Minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver his seventh budget speech on Wednesday, 22 February at 14:00.The numbers he delivers will impact every citizen, so ordinary South Africans have been asked to share their ideas and tips on the Treasury website.The minister is looking for the people’s views on a range of topics:How to achieve inclusive economic growth in South Africa,How can South Africa make better use of its resources,How different sectors of society can work as one to achieve the country’s economic goals, and;How to achieve free tertiary education.The speech will be broadcast live on DSTV Channel 408, and streamed on Parliament’s YouTube channel.Here’s an overview of last year’s budget:Last year’s Budget Highlights, #Budget2017 preparations underway pic.twitter.com/cqOeTxUinI— #BUDGET2017 (@TreasuryRSA) February 20, 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Computer Lab at Women’s Centre Upgraded

first_imgThe Universal Service Fund (formerly Universal Access Fund) has upgraded the computer laboratory at the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation’s Trafalgar Road headquarters in St. Andrew at a cost of $3.5 million. The lab, which was officially handed over on Monday (January 14) during a brief ceremony, has been outfitted with 20 computers, a server, printer, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), wiring, and other infrastructure. Managing Director of the Fund, Hugh Cross, said the project was “money well spent” and urged the women and girls at the centre to use the resources wisely. He suggested that they seek to further their education by registering for online programmes. Executive Director of the Women’s Centre, Beryl Weir, expressed gratitude for the renovation, which she said, will greatly benefit girls who are preparing for their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. “We have been challenged over the years, because the computers have not been up to standard,” she said, noting that this factor had often impeded the girls in completing their School-Based Assessment (SBA). She informed that for those who are not computer literate, the intention is to ensure that they complete a basic computer course and be issued with a certificate by the time they leave the facility. The Women’s Centre addresses the problems of interrupted education and the accompanying social issues associated with teenage pregnancy. It focuses on education, training and developmental counselling, thereby improving levels of employment and productivity among the young women, and delaying unwanted pregnancies. Some of the services offered by the centre are: ‘walk-in’ counselling service for women and men; counselling for fathers and parents of teen mothers; skill training for both males and females in the age group 17 to 25; confidential counselling service for children of any age, and group peer counselling sessions at the Kingston Counselling Clinic; and day care facilities for babies of teens and working mothers.last_img read more