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first_imgBUY IT AT:  amazon.co.uk RRP:  £18.99  Published by:  Harper CollinsGot a rugby book or DVD you’d like us to review in the Armchair Zone? Email [email protected] article appeared in the July 2009 issue of Rugby World MagazineDo you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipc TAGS: Book Review LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. THE LATE Clem Thomas and his son Greg produced what most regard as the best Lions history yet published. But proving that you can’t have too much of a good thing, Scottish rugby writers Jeff Connor and Martin Hannan have weighed in with a book of real quality, writes Rugby World deputy editor Alan Pearey. Based on both the authors’ own tour experiences and fresh interviews with a host of legendary players, Once Were Lions manages to neatly sum up the Lions’ history while addressing some burning questions of modern times. If you want to know why Gerald Davies didn’t tour in 1974 or Gareth Edwards skipped 1977, the answer’s here; but Connor and Hannan have also taken the bull by the horns by examining such issues as Will Carling’s sulk in 1993, the Healey/Dawson dissent of 2001, the Kiwi violence of 1966, the drinking culture that undermined the early 1980s tours, the scathing manager reports that were covered up, and the hypocrisy of the Wilson government in trying to stop the 1974 tour while trade with South Africa increased.The stories come thick and fast and none is more startling than the day Don Hayward, who emigrated to New Zealand, received a knock on the door from a 42-year-old woman. She was a love child from a one-night stand on the 1950 tour and for the last five years of his life Hayward cherished the daughter he never knew he had.Each chapter concludes with news of what each tour’s Lions went on to do, and at times it makes painful reading. England’s John Williams, a popular 1955 tourist, developed Alzheimer’s so severely that he was detained under the Mental Health Act. The Lions Trust made a hefty donation to help pay for his care – being a Lion is to be part of a very special family.RW RATING 5/5last_img read more

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Howard Lake | 13 December 2000 | News  41 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Senior lawyer quits to set up HIV charity AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Kenneth Gray, a £500,000-a-year partner at law firm Norton Rose, is leaving his job to set up an HIV charity which will help people with HIV get back to work. Read High-flying lawyer gives it up for charity by James Burleigh at This is London. 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. read more

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first_img“I want people to support the Third World but it’s really difficult for local charities if they divert their charitable giving from local causes,” said one Irish fundraiser.“Take it from me,” he added, ” a lot of charities are well down on their income targets.”Unlike in the UK, where there are a number of research bodies, including the Charities Aid Foundation, Ireland does not have an annual review of giving trends.  45 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Local charities in Ireland feel the pinchcenter_img 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. Following reports in the UK press that some charities working nationally are down as much as 30% in their fundraising because of the impact of Third World disaster appeals, particularly the tsunami, some Irish charities have confirmed a similar trend. The story in the English Independent newspaper (3rd August) talked of a ‘crisis’ and ‘devastation’ amongst some national charities because many people had diverted their giving to high profile disaster appeals. Some Irish charities which work within Ireland only — on condition that they remain annoymous — have echoed the concerns of their English colleagues and say they have taken a definite hit from the tsunami. Advertisement Howard Lake | 8 August 2005 | Newslast_img read more

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first_imgTwitter + posts Linkedin Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Garrett Podell Linkedin TCU forward JD Miller attempts a lay-up against K-State center Makol Mawien. Photo by Heesoo Yang. ReddIt Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello printTCU forward JD Miller attempts a lay-up against K-State center Makol Mawien. Photo by Heesoo Yang. TCU’s inability to win the rebounding battle, capitalize off turnovers and generate consistent offense doomed them to their third consecutive defeat against No. 18 Kansas State, 64-52. It’s the Horned Frogs sixth loss in their last seven games. The 52 points was a season-low for the Horned Frogs, whose 14 turnovers turned into 21 Kansas State points. The loss turns the team’s Saturday morning contest in Austin against the Longhorns into a true must-win for their NCAA Tournament as their record dropped to 18-12 overall and 6-11 in conference. The loss also adds pressure onto their performance in the Big 12 tournament next week in Kansas City. The loss dropped TCU to eighth in the conference standings, but Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber said the league is good enough for eight teams to qualify for March Madness. TCU head coach Jamie Dixon echoed his sentiment. “The conference is definitely that strong, we can get eight games, so the only problem we’ll fight is our league record,” Dixon said. “If your teams are beating everyone in non-conference, we have six losses to Kansas, Texas Tech, and Kansas State. Not many teams in the tournament are going to beat them.” TCU’s offense was hampered by Kouat Noi’s first zero-point game of the season, along with just two points from JD Miller on his final regular season game in Schollmaier Arena. “It’s a big deal obviously since Kouat is one of our leading scorers, but he did help on the defensive end today,” guard RJ Nembhard said. The Wildcats’ defensive game plan was simple, don’t give Noi any air-space. “He’s a great shooter, so we just tried to stay with him to force tough and contested shots because he can get it going quickly,” Kansas State guard Kamau Stokes said. Noi picking up two fouls in the first few minutes of the game didn’t help matters either for the Horned Frogs. To win, TCU would have needed to match its largest halftime comeback since the season-opener when they rallied from a nine-point deficit in the season opener against CSU-Bakersfield.A positive from the game was TCU freshman center Kevin Samuel posting a game-high 17 points. “I just played my hardest to try and get our team to win and leave everything out on the floor,” Samuel said. TCU center Kevin Samuel scores over the K-State defense. Photo by Heesoo YangThe Horned Frogs began to claw back at the midpoint of the second half, going on a 10-0 run that trimmed K-State’s edge to 11 with 12:46 to go, 51-40. Nembhard scored eight points during the run and finished with 12 for the game. “There’s no quit in us with these seniors,” he said. “They have been through a lot. Alex and JD, a lot of ups and downs with this program. We’ve had a lot of ups-and-downs with this team. They’ve done a good job of keeping us together through the toughest times.”A Kendric Davis jumper as the shot clock expired with eight minutes to go had TCU back within single-digits, 55-46, for the first time since halftime. Davis finished with seven points and two assists. Robinson followed with a lay-up to get the Horned Frogs within seven, 55-48. He also had seven points and two assists.Trailing by seven, 57-50, KSU guard Kamau Stokes coaxed a foul out of Nembhard from behind the arc with three seconds on the shot clock, which allowed the Wildcats to regain a double-digit advantage via the free-throw line, 60-50. They wouldn’t relinquish the lead for the rest of the game, spoiling senior night for the Horned Frogs. TCU’s regular-season finale will tip-off at 11 a.m. Saturday in Austin against the Texas Longhorns, a team they defeated 65-61 on Jan. 23. “We are going to play our best game Saturday, that’s what I told our guys, and I told them we are going to find a way to play our best defense, our best game, and get a win,” Dixon said. “Every bubble team seems to lose, so let’s find out what happens if we go win Saturday. I told them during the game that I believe we can get better and have our best scoring output and defensive effort.” Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Facebook Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ ReddIt Previous articleListen: Celebrity Dish (Season 2): Episode 3Next articleNew library operations hope to attract more guests Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Facebook Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Katherine Lesterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/katherine-lester/ Katherine Lesterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/katherine-lester/ Student e-commerce startup helps upcoming TCU designers grow their businesses Twitter ReddIt ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature printOver 40 students concluded their time at TCU with presentations that took years of work. The students presented their honors research theses last month as part of the College of Science and Engineerings honors research forum. Students shared their findings and conclusions over Zoom with other students, family and mentors.“Most of these students have been working on these projects for two to three years or longer,” said John Horner, a professor in the biology department and organizer of the forum. “This a great opportunity for them to share what they’ve done with the campus community.”The forum had always been held in person in the past, said Horner. For the Zoom format to run smoothly, graduate students volunteered to help run the show behind the scenes and take care of the technology.The program was split into four presentations by department. Research topics ranged from studies on early-life stress and its impact on inflammation, to university students’ knowledge and attitudes of plant-based diets, to optimal strategies for the board game ‘The Settlers of Catan.’Brooke Boisvert, a senior neuroscience major, presented her research on the impact of early-life stress and epigenetics. She started research the second semester of her sophomore year in professor Gary Boehm’s lab – and joked that there was definitely a learning curve, especially when lab mice were involved.TCU student Brooke Boisvert worked with lab mice like this as part of her honors research project (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)“You have to learn how to fail,” Boisvert said. “If you don’t fail, you’re not going to learn how to succeed, and in a lot of ways, the failures are the things that make you better, because you’re seeing what went wrong and how to fix it in the future.”Students in the John V. Roach Honors College have two options for completing their upper-division requirements: university honors seminar-based classes or departmental honors in their major. For departmental honors, students can “define and carry out a sustained original research or creative project,” according to the Honors College website.Horner said that even if students do not end up in a career centered around the topics and research questions they studied in their undergraduate research, they gain valuable experience from the research process.“I personally think [research] is one of the most important, if not the most important educational experiences a student can have,” he said. “It helps foster their thinking in such a way that they keep an open mind and keep inquiring about things.”A hallmark of the honors research process specifically is working with a mentor and committee. Horner, who has worked with honors students in the past but did not have any students present at the forum this year, said that problem solving is a key part of the process.“That’s what we want to be teaching our students to do, to learn how to take in information, to approach addressing a question, how to collect data and information on that question and how to interpret it,” said Horner.Other research presentation opportunities will be held this week. The Michael and Sally McCracken Annual Student Research Symposium, open to all undergraduate or graduate students who conducted research in the College of Science & Engineering, will be held April 16. Registration for the virtual event can be found on the Student Research Symposium website.Four of the presentations selected from the honors research forum competed in the university-wide Boller Competition on Tuesday. Katherine Lesterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/katherine-lester/center_img Katherine Lesterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/katherine-lester/ Facebook + posts Twitter Katherine Lester Linkedin Linkedin Previous articleEpisode 253 – TEXAS TRANSFER UNIVERSITYNext articleHoroscope: April 14, 2021 Katherine Lester RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nathan Loewen received a grant to fund a research project and will present his work at the Student Research Symposium on Friday. What we’re reading: Rangers welcome full crowd, police chief testifies in Chauvin trial Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgNon-Profits News Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Announces Major Educational Commitment from San Gabriel Valley Family STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 | 1:05 pm Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation has announced a major foundational commitment from San Gabriel Valley resident Mark Shuster and his family to assist in expanding the Rose Bowl Institute educational initiative at the stadium.Shuster’s key but undisclosed commitment will specifically focus on the annual Women’s Empowerment Symposium program held within the Rose Bowl Institute and will be a catalyst in growing the initiative over the next several years. The symposium program aims to develop strong female leaders among Southern California regional high school juniors, seniors, and college students. This year it will expand nationally due to the growth of virtual and digital platforms.“The Rose Bowl Institute is providing critical educational resources to youth and community through conversations and dialogues to shift mindsets,” said Shuster. “I hope that the gift from my family inspires others to do what they can to continue sparking this valuable initiative as our venerable stadium leans into its upcoming centennial birthday in 2022.”The Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium will return for its second year on Sept. 16, 17, and 18 as a free virtual educational event to empower young women under the newly formed Rose Bowl Institute, and will include key speakers such as former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Olympian Lauren Gibbs, sportscaster Jessica Mendoza, NBC Los Angeles news anchor Beverly White, soccer stars Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, among others.The virtual event, which will also offer scholarships opportunities to those who attend, is open for pre-registration for high school and college-aged females and males at https://womensempowermentsymposium.splashthat.com/.The Rose Bowl Institute is a one-of-a-kind platform that champions key sports values such as sportsmanship, leadership, citizenship, and more through educational programs, intimate dialogues, and awards to inspire youth and community life. Launched in early August, the Institute has already impacted thousands during its initial dialogue on Race and Sports. The Women’s Empowerment Symposium will continue this trend as it builds college and career-focused female leaders with targeted education, enrichment, and engagement.Throughout the Women’s Empowerment Symposium, topical panels, speakers, and networking opportunities showcase female leadership, confidence, and character during the free virtual sessions. Female leaders of the future will benefit from the Rose Bowl Institute’s approach to learning from sports values and experiences.As a long-standing member of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation’s advisory board, Shuster is also a member of the Institute’s founding advisory board that is comprised of key civic and sports leaders from around the nation, such as Ronnie Lott, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Billie Jean King, Jessica Mendoza, Brandi Chastain, Dan Fouts, and Marcellus Wiley.“Mark has been a critical supporter of so many Rose Bowl Stadium initiatives over the years,” said Stadium CEO Darryl Dunn. “Without Mark’s belief in our vision, our momentum would not be what it is today. We are so thankful for that.”Shuster has been an active supporter of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation’s vision for many years through supporting various initiatives to preserve, protect, and enhance the National Historic Landmark stadium.As the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation continues its INSPIRE centennial campaign effort which aims to raise $40 million before the venue’s 100th birthday in 2022, the addition of the Rose Bowl Institute educational platform to supplement the capital improvement and heritage protection initiatives has already bolstered its philanthropic support base. The campaign is currently near 50 percent complete toward its initial goal.“Thank you to Mark and his family for continuing to inspire a culture of giving as we protect, preserve and enhance the future of this great venue and the communities it serves,” said Legacy’s Chief Development Officer Dedan Brozino. “Mark’s specific interest to invest in the Women’s Empowerment Symposium and the Rose Bowl Institute shows his family’s deep commitment to the importance of educating our youth on key values that will help them navigate a positive and empowered life.”A graduate of Fresno State University, Shuster is the founder and president of the Pasadena-based Shuster Financial Group, LLC. In addition to his ongoing generous support of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, Shuster and his family have generously supported institutions across the country focusing on women’s athletics and the empowerment of women in sports for over 15 years, including key gifts at LMU and Fresno State among others. He is a past chair of the board of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.To learn more about the Rose Bowl Institute, visit www.RoseBowlInstitute.org. The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, which is in the midst of a $40 million capital campaign to celebrate the venue’s upcoming centennial, can be found at the campaign’s website, www.INSPIRE2022.org. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Your email address will not be published. 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first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post FOMC: Interest Rates Dropped to Zero Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Coronavirus COVID-19 2020-03-13 Seth Welborn The Washington Post reports that the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to zero on Sunday in an effort to bolster the U.S. economy as it combats the effects of the coronavirus.The benchmark interest rate is now in a range of 0% to 0.25%, which is down from a range of 1% to 1.25%. The Fed also announced it is re-starting its “quantitative easing,” as it did following the Great Recession to try and get money into the markets and the economy.”The Committee expects to maintain this target range until it is confident that the economy has weathered recent events and is on track to achieve its maximum employment and price stability goals,” said the Fed in a statement. Officials will continue to monitor the “implications of incoming information” for economic outlook including information related to public health, global developments, and muted inflation pressures, according to the statement. The Fed added it will “use its tools and act as appropriate” to support the economy.Additionally, the Fed announced that over the coming months that it will increase its holdings of Treasury securities by at least $500 billion and its holdings and agency mortgage-backed securities by at least $200 billion.The reduction of interest rates to 0% was suspected at the end of last week, as Goldman Sachs economists expected this move, according to The Street.“In light of the continued growth in coronavirus cases in the U.S. and globally, the sharp further tightening in financial conditions, and rising risks to the economic outlook, we now expect the [Federal Open Market Committee] to cut the funds rate 100 basis points on March 18,” Hatzius wrote.In the meantime, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC on Friday the market sell-off will be short-lived and looks like a compelling opportunity for investors looking to buy equities at a discount.“I look back at people who bought stocks after the crash in 1987, people who bought stocks after the financial crisis. For long-term investors, this will be a great investment opportunity,” Mnuchin said.According to Mnuchin, the current sell-off is more short term than the crisis in the 2010s, comparing it more to the “Black Monday” crash in 1987.“This is not like the financial crisis, where people don’t know when this will end: We will get through this,” Mnuchin added. “By the end of the year, I think you can expect we’re going to have a big rebound in economic activity.”Further cancellations are on the horizon as well in response to COVID-19. On Thursday, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced the postponement of all remaining public hearings for March due to the urgent public health crisis resulting from the pandemic coronavirus.Canceled hearings include:Full Committee hearing entitled, “An Examination of Secretary Carson’s Efforts to Undermine Affordable Housing in America.”Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy hearing entitled, “A Review of Domestic and International Approaches to Digital Currencies.”Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets hearing entitled, “The End of LIBOR: Transitioning to an Alternative Interest Rate Calculation for Mortgages, Student Loans, Derivatives, and Other Financial Products.”Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing entitled, “Holding Wells Fargo Accountable: Examining the Impact of the Bank’s Toxic Culture on Its Employees.”Friday afternoon President Donald Trump officially announced a national emergency due to COVID-19. This declaration will free up $50 billion in federal funding that can be used to help state and local governments.Additionally, Trump said that he recommends states enact emergency operation centers immediately and for hospitals to activate their emergency preparedness plans. He added that the U.S. has made “tremendous progress” as it combats the coronavirus. Trump imposed a 30-day travel ban on foreign nationals from Europe entering the U.S. on Wednesday. “We will overcome,” Trump said during his address in Rose Garden, adding that the nation’s fight against COVID-19 is entering a different phase. Trump said that a new partnership has been forged with the private sector to develop testing for COVID-19. The President, however, stressed that only those who show symptoms use the tests.   The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Previous: Don’t Put CECL on the Back Burner Next: Mortgage Leaders Form COVID-19 Industry Task Force Home / Daily Dose / FOMC: Interest Rates Dropped to Zero Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Share 2Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago March 13, 2020 1,608 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Coronavirus COVID-19 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. 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first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] Delhi HC Refuses Default Bail To Sharjeel Imam; Upholds Trial Court Order Extending Time For Probe [Read Judgment] Karan Tripathi10 July 2020 2:15 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has rejected the plea moved by Sharjeel Imam challenging the decision of the trial court wherein the Delhi Police was granted an extension of 3 months, beyond the statutory period of 90 days, to complete the investigation against him for offences under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. The Single Bench of Justice V Kameswar Rao observed that the trial court…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?LoginDelhi High Court has rejected the plea moved by Sharjeel Imam challenging the decision of the trial court wherein the Delhi Police was granted an extension of 3 months, beyond the statutory period of 90 days, to complete the investigation against him for offences under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. The Single Bench of Justice V Kameswar Rao observed that the trial court while granting the extension of investigation had satisfied itself with the application of the Additional Public Prosecutor about the reasons or grounds on which the extension of time for doing investigation was sought. The court held that the Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) had given adequate reasons in his report for seeking an extension to complete the investigation and the trial court properly satisfied itself of the said reasons before the passing the order. The court further held that that there was a complete compliance with the principles of natural justice by the said trial court by noting that: ‘The fact that the counsel of the petitioner was in the knowledge about the impending application / report seeking extension of time for completion of the investigation beyond 90 days and a written notice giving reasons is not the requirement of law, I find, there is a compliance of principles of natural justice.’ The court rejected the claim of Imam wherein he had argued that he was not issued a written notice to appear before the trial judge who perused the report of the APP by noting that: ‘…the notice to the accused must not be construed as a written notice but only production of the accused at the time of consideration of the report of the APP for grant of extension of investigation and informing the accused that the extension of the period for completing the investigation is under consideration.’ An FIR had been filed against Imam under Sections 153A, 124A and 505 of the Indian Penal Code, and pursuant to the same, Imam had been arrested on January 28th. Subsequently, provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, had been invoked against him. On the 88th day of his custody, an application to extend time for probe was filed under Section 43D of the UAPA, thereby depriving him of the right to access statutory bail which is granted after 90 days of custody as per Section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure. In light of the above, Imam’s plea for default bail under Section 167 of CrPC was rejected by the trial court and time was given to the Delhi Police to investigate under provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The instant petition before the Delhi High Court has been filed on behalf of Imam to set aside the Order of the trial court which had allowed the Delhi Police three more months, beyond the normal statutory 90 days, to conduct an investigation for commission of offences under UAPA. Senior Advocate Rebecca John, appearing on behalf of Imam, had submitted to the Court that there was no notice issued by the Court regarding the extension of the probe time beyond 90 days under provisions UAPA. She had instead received a WhatsApp message on the 24th of April from the Investigation Officer with respect to the extension being sought under UAPA. John invoked various cases, such as Hitendra Vishnu Thakur v. State of Maharashtra (1994), Sanjay Kumar Kedia v. GNCTD (1996) and Mohd. Maroof & Ors. v. State (2015) to underline the importance of how the essential requirements under Section 43D(2) of UAPA had been foregone as neither notice had been issued at the level of the Court, nor any compelling reasons had been provided by the Public Prosecutor for the extension of the probe time. Additionally, the defendant had also not been produced before the Court, thereby depriving him of the ability to contest the allegations. She had stated that the notice issued by the IO could not, by any stretch of imagination, be termed as notice issued by the Court. Additionally, Section 43D does not envisage any private communication between the IO and the Counsel of the accused. “Notice is supposed to be issued by the Court. I got the information by the IO on WhatsApp at 11 AM. Court is supposed to look at the report of the Public Prosecutor. When the IO messaged, that report was not in existence. IO’s communication to me on 24th April was meaningless because no report was present. The Court then noted that I had REFUSED to come.” John had further argued that the message was, therefore, “premature, meaningless and missed a lot of statutory steps” and had put her in a situation wherein, despite having information about the matter, she was not able to appear. John had also emphasized on the responsibilities of the Public Prosecutor to apply his/her mind in an independent manner before endorsing the report of the Investigation Officer. She submitted that the PP’s report was a cut, copy, paste job which had relied entirely upon what had been said by the IO; it could not be treated as an independent examination as even the grammatical and typographical errors had been replicated. “Courts have attached great value to independent application of mind of PP. Just because IO wants extension, it is not incumbent upon the PP to endorse the report. The PP is an important part of the State Government. He is not a part of the investigative agency, but an independent statutory authority. He may or may not agree with the IO; he is not a post office.” John had further submitted to the Court that no compelling reasons had been provided on behalf of the PP in the status report. It was contended by her that the investigation could not be stopped solely on the basis of the COVID-19 pandemic and that the pandemic could not be used to deny liberty. “Why does it take you the 88th day to say that you need to investigate this? Where is the compelling reason? It does not behoove the PP to say that on 25th April, you had to investigate. Just because you have the right under Section 43D to ask extension, it does not mean you are entitled to get it. Can it be assumed that the PP did not ask the IO why this was being moved on the 88th day?” ASG Aman Lekhi, appearing on behalf of the Delhi Police, had submitted to the Court that at the outset that there was no infirmity in the report and that the arguments advanced by the Petitioner were misconceived in both facts and law. Lekhi informed the Court that the sanction period had been encompassed by the national lockdown which had been imposed in the country in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. He informed the Court that in order to conduct an investigation, one needs to “proceed to the spot, examine witnesses, and conduct seizures”. “The handicap imposed on the Investigative Agency due to the COVID-19 pandemic is not of their creation. This is exactly what has been mentioned in the Application. How can it be said that it is not a reason or a proper ground? How would they have conducted the investigation? And this report is not resting on COVID alone. The PP has to see if what the IO is saying is credible and then forward it. In these circumstances, the logical conclusion of facts is that there is a need for extension.” With regard to John’s submission on non-application of mind on behalf of the PP, Lekhi had averred that it was the PP’s duty to rely on the report of the IO and he cannot change the facts. He further submitted to the Court that the cases which had been cited by John had required discretion to be exercised on behalf of the PP and the facts were different. “Any difference in the PP’s report and the IO’s report would vitiate the report. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with the PP reproducing the IO’s report.” In response to John’s contention that notice issued by the Court was an essential requirement, Lekhi submitted that this was merely a tactic as the notice had been issued to a Counsel who had been on Vakalatnama since February 2020. He stated that there was no bar and that requirement was not cause, but time. “There is no law. When you apply a law, you apply a law sensibly. Intimation was provided on WhatsApp and apart from that, every facility had been offered. Law has not been breached by the Prosecution, but the law is being manipulated by the Defence. To come before the Court and create this brouhaha is unbecoming.” Lekhi additionally asserted that the reliance placed by John on cases such as Hitendra Thakur, Sanjay Kumar Kedia and Mohd. Maroof was conceived as there existed a 1994 Constitution Bench case in the name of Sanjay Dutt v. State Through CBI which had not been referred to in any of the cases John had mentioned. “Argument that notice should be given is wrong. At the stage of investigation, accused has limited say. It’s not an irregularity which vitiates the proceedings. Mere absence/lack of production of person cannot be said to grant bail.” Lekhi also elaborated on the Defence Counsel’s reluctance to respond to the notice of the IO by stating that they could have appeared before the Court and said that they had no instructions. By not appearing, they had relinquished the right to object to the Court’s observation that the Counsel had refused to appear. Moreover, Lekhi posited that the extension itself had not been appealed against and therefore, could not be prejudiced. “There needs to be a report of the IO. And the report should indicate the progress of the investigation. If need for detention is established, would his appearance matter? Their understanding of notice itself is problematic. Their understanding of ‘compelling reason’ is also not determinative.” Regarding the sole para wherein the PP had stated that he had perused the case files, Lekhi informed the Court that the PP was merely verifying whether the IO’s application was adequate or not. “That one para is enough to show the application of mind. My Learned Friend has just glossed over the case file aspect. That is enough to discern whether the PP had applied his mind. In matters like this, it is the substance and not the form that matters.” John, in her Rejoinder, objected to Lekhi’s assertion that the accused did not have the right to contest. “Why is the accused being produced if he has no right to contest? This is a criminal proceeding. Is he going to be a part of the furniture in the courtroom? Nowhere has the Supreme Court said that they have no right to contest.” John highlighted the inalienable rights of the accused which could not be overruled, and could not be said to be inferior to the rights of the victim. She further noted that she took serious objection to the method of communication on behalf of the IO and stated that the Trial Court had believed a false statement. She had concluded her Rejoinder by stating that the matter was not a Civil Writ Petition, but a petition under section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. “The Supreme Court has held that COVID-19 is not a ground; that the lockdown has not prevented anyone from filing a charge sheet. Nothing, nothing is more important than the rights of the accused. The rights are mine; they are supposed to follow the procedure. My client has every right that the accused have under the Constitution.”Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment]Next Storylast_img read more

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first_imgTop StoriesWBNUJS Kolkata : SC Dismisses Plea To Apply 30% Domicile Reservation To 2019-2020 Academic Year [Read Judgment] Radhika Roy10 Sep 2020 9:28 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has approved the decision of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata to not apply the benefit of 30% domicile reservation to the academic year 2019-2020.A Bench comprising of Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and S. Ravindra Bhat held that the WBNUJS (Amendment) Act, 2018 applies only prospectively and could not have applied to…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 has approved the decision of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata to not apply the benefit of 30% domicile reservation to the academic year 2019-2020.A Bench comprising of Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and S. Ravindra Bhat held that the WBNUJS (Amendment) Act, 2018 applies only prospectively and could not have applied to the admission process for the academic year 2019-20, which was ongoing when the Act came into effect.Accordingly, the bench dismissed an appeal filed by a candidate, who sought for the benefit of 30% domicile reservation in the academic year 2019-2020(Shreyas Sinha vs The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences and others).The bench held the decision of the University to extend the benefit of reservation only from the next Academic session, i.e. 2020-2021 as “fair, reasonable and not arbitrary or capricious”. FACTS OF THE CASEThe issue at hand was the admission of the Appellant to the five-year law course at WBNUJS on the basis of the WBNUJS Amendment Act, 2018, which came into force on 21.05.2019. It provided for the reservation of seats on the basis of the domicile in the State of West Bengal to the extent of at least 30% of the total intake of the University. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) was held on 26.05.2019 (it was changed from 12.05.2019) and the results were declared on 14.06.2019 wherein the Appellant had ranked 731. The Appellant’s contention is that, as the Act had come into force before CLAT was conducted, the benefit of domicile reservation should be extended to the students by the University for the academic session of 2019-2020. On this ground, the Appellant filed a writ before the Calcutta High Court. It was contended by the University that the seat matrix as well as the general information about the examination had been uploaded on the website in January 2019. Further, all the seats in the domicile category had been filled up and the last candidate who had been admitted in the General Category had a rank of 262. It was also submitted that the Act was prospective and could not be made applicable in respect of the admission process which had already commenced from January 2019 “The elaborate exercise of admission was started before the Amending Act came into force and the students had given their option for admission based on choices of National Law Universities available”. The plea was dismissed by the Single Judge Bench and held that the Act was prospective in nature, and that taking away seats from the unreserved category to add to the domicile category would disrupt the entire admission process. Additionally, candidates who had already been allotted seats in different Universities would be seriously prejudiced. An Appeal was filed before the Division Bench, which affirmed the findings recorded by the Single Bench. “It was held that sub-section (3) of Section 4A of the Amending Act makes it clear that the reservation provided to candidates to apply for CLAT is for the session starting after the law comes into force. It also held that the test of reasonableness and fairness has not been compromised in any manner by the University”. Subsequently, a Special Leave Petition against the Order of the High Court was filed before the Supreme Court. COURTROOM EXCHANGE During the hearing, Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, appearing on behalf of the Petitioner, had submitted to the Bench that the Committee had only claimed to “see” the Amendment when the Petitioner had made a Representation before it. Further, the Calcutta High Court had dismissed the Appeal against the Committee’s decision, and the Petitioner had approached the Supreme Court immediately. Justice Gupta had then asked Singh to see the Amendment and informed him that the University had the discretion to decide when the Amendment would come into force. This was opposed by Singh who submitted that the Amendment itself stated that the same would come into force immediately. The Bench then asked Singh about what the minimum reservation quota was, and why was the University being allowed to reserve seats. Singh responded that 30% was the minimum reservation limit, and the same could go up to 100%. “Amendment had come on 21st May. CLAT was conducted after this date, on 26th May. Result was published on 14 June. Not giving benefit of domicile is unwarranted and illegal. Please see a larger Bench judgement of S. Krishna Sradha v. State of Andhra Pradesh”, stated Singh. Singh elaborated that the 2019 S. Krishna Sradha judgment stated that if a meritorious student had been deprived of benefits in one academic year, the same could be provided in the next year if the candidate approaches the Court at the earliest and without any delay. Additionally, the Court could direct for the increase in the number of seats in the next academic year, and if it is found that the management was at fault, then the Court may even direct to reduce the seats in the management quota. Justice Bhat then asked Singh if the judgment was about reservation. To this, Singh stated that it was not and that the admission benefit could be given next year. Further, the Amendment had already come and it was only a question of increasing seats. Justice Bhat had noted, “If we allow this, today it is one student. We don’t know how many students will come up tomorrow. Next year, the 30% quota will be filled. It all depends on the Court to give consequential relief for that year”. Singh had averred that the 30% quota was not disputed. However, if the relief was denied last year, then the same should be given this year. To this, Justice Bhat stated, “But, to what limit do we determine? What we say today and what we lay down will end up determining future cases”. Singh then brought up a judgement to which Justice Rao was a party and submitted that the judgement stated that reservation was not a matter of right, but an enabling power. “This case is a question of when the reservation was provided by way of an Act. The CLAT exam took place after the Amendment came into force. I am within the 30% quota and the West Bengal Act categorically says that the reservation will come into force the year it is notified”, posited Singh. Advocate-on-Record Kunal Chatterji then began his submissions on behalf of the University. He had averred that the submission of Singh regarding no challenge to domicile reservation under NLSIU was wrong as the same was under challenge before the Karnataka High Court. “Initially, CLAT was scheduled on 12th May. It was postponed. When it was postponed, the Amendment came into force. But, while applying for CLAT, students had already put down their preferences. Had they known about domicile reservation, they would have opted for their home Universities”, submitted Chatterji. It was also submitted that even if the option for domicile for West Bengal was made available to the Appellant, he would still have a remote change of getting admission in the University keeping his rank in the merit list. Chatterji then, relying upon the case of P. Bhima Reddy v. State of Mysore & Ors, averred that the Amendment was prospective in nature and not retrospective, as the term “at once” meant within a reasonable time after commencement of the Act. Accordingly, the decision of the Executive Council of the University was taken within a reasonable time and could not be said to be arbitrary as the admission process had been initiated before the Amending Act came into force. He then submitted that the cases cited by Singh were not applicable in the instant matter as one pertained to a mistake in arithmetic calculation with regard to reservation and did not involve any question of applicability of an Act, while the S. Krishna Sradha case was not about reservation at all. Advocate Vinayak Mehrotra then sought to make submissions on behalf of the Consortium. He submitted that the S. Krishna Sradha judgement could not apply as there was a question of management quota, and the same did not exist for NLUs. HELD The Court noted that the Amending Act came into force at once, i.e. on 21st May, 2019. However, there was no provision in the Amending Act which stated that it would apply to the on-going admission process. Further, even though the University was mandated to provide compulsory reservation of seats to the extent of at least 30%, the year from which the said admission was to be reserved had not been prescribed in the statute. It was also noted that the Academic Council had resolved on 27.07.2019 that the reservation would be implemented from the next Academic Year, and this decision had been approved by the Executive Council on 10.08.2019. It was also observed by the Bench that the additional seats reserved were required to be provided at the time of initiation of the admission process which had started in January 2019, and as the reservation policy was not in force then, the actions of the University could not be said to be illegal and unwarranted. “Each of the candidates intending to appear in the CLAT is required to give three choices for admission into the National Law Universities. The candidates had given these choices keeping in view the reservation policy of each State. Since the reservation policy of 30% seats was not available on the date when the admission process was initiated, the decision of the University to provide reservation from the next Academic Year cannot be said to be contradictory to the provisions of the Amending Act”. The Court further stated that the judgements cited by the Counsel for the Appellant as well as the Respondent were not relevant to the matter at hand. While Anupal Singh’s case was regarding the challenge to the bifurcation of vacancies in the cadre of subordinate agricultural service in the State of Uttar Pradesh on the ground that it amounted to changing of the rules of the game in the middle of the selection process, S. Krishna Sradha’s case was applicable only if a meritorious candidate had been denied admission. Accordingly, the Bench did not find any error in the decision of the Calcutta High Court and proceeded to dismiss the Appeal.In a related development, a group of law aspirants have filed a writ petition in the Calcutta High Court challenging the application of 30% domicile reservation in the present academic year 2020-21.Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment] Next Storylast_img read more

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