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CITY VIEWS: DO YOU TRUST NUCLEAR ENERGY?

first_img CITY VIEWS: DO YOU TRUST NUCLEAR ENERGY? whatsapp whatsapp MICHAEL HOWARD | KENNEDYS“I absolutely trust nuclear energy because it’s going in the right direction. While it wasn’t the brightest idea to put nuclear energy plants in areas that are prone to earthquakes, we need more analysis on how we can safely contain potential meltdowns.”GRANT ROBERTSON | MILES SMITH“Before the earthquake and tsunami, I definitely thought there were no safety hazards about nuclear energy. But because of the events that have transpired in Japan, it has definitely changed my view of nuclear energy.”MICHAEL BIRKS | ADSATIS“I continue to support nuclear energy. We can destroy our world with mining fossil fuels, but nuclear is safe. We need to continue to invest in nuclear and improve safety issues because in fifty years there will only be nuclear energy.” Share KCS-content center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBePeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople Todayautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepedia Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Thursday 17 March 2011 9:31 pm Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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Connecticut agrees gaming expansion deal with Mohegan Tribe

first_img Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has struck an agreement with the Mohegan Tribe to launch new gambling products, including sports betting and igaming, in the state. It makes significant concessions to the Connecticut Lottery, which will gain the right to operate 15 retail betting locations, as well as an online sports betting skin. These include new retail venues in Hartford and Bridgeport. 3rd March 2021 | By Robin Harrison The agreement, signed by Lamont and Mohegan Tribe chair James Gessner Jr, sets a 20% tax rate for online gaming, and a 13.75% rate for sports wagering.  “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a devoted partner in these efforts like the Mohegan Tribe, as they have been open to negotiation, honest discussion, and a positive path forward that is beneficial for both their tribe and the State of Connecticut.” Connecticut agrees gaming expansion deal with Mohegan Tribe The announcement made no mention of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, which holds exclusive rights to offer gambling in the state alongside the Mohegan Tribe. Negotiations between the tribe and the state are ongoing. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The license agreement will run for an initial ten-year term, with the option for a five-year extension, and could generate “tens of millions of dollars in new revenue for the state”, the Governor’s office said. Before the agreement can come into force, it must be approved by the Secretary of the US Department of the Interior.  “This path will allow Connecticut to generate tax revenues from sports and online gaming that are competitive with other states, and help keep Connecticut with those states when it comes to growing our economy and benefiting the state budget,” Gessner said. Tribal gamingcenter_img Mohegan Tribe chairman Gessner added that the operator of the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville was proud to have struck the agreement.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “This agreement represents months of hard work and dedication to getting a deal that’s best for the residents of Connecticut and moves our state forward when it comes to the future of gaming,” Governor Lamont explained.  Read the full story on iGB North America. Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery Sports betting Casino regulation Land-based casino Online casino Tribal gaming Regulation Retail lottery State monopoly Online sports betting Retail sports betting Sports betting regulation The lottery will also have the right to sub-license some of those locations to the state’s licensed pari-mutuel operator Sportech. Regions: US Connecticut Tags: Ned Lamont Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment Email Addresslast_img read more

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ARM Cement Limited (ARM.ke) 2003 Annual Report

first_imgARM Cement Plc (ARM.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about ARM Cement Plc (ARM.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ARM Cement Plc (ARM.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ARM Cement Plc (ARM.ke)  2003 annual report.Company ProfileAthi River Mining Limited manufactures and sells cement and cement products through distribution outlets in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Rwanda. The company was originally founded to produce lime for the agricultural sector and today, is the largest manufacture of cement in East Africa with other interests in fertilisers, quicklime, hydrated lime, sodium silicate and industrial minerals. The company mines and processes industrial minerals and chemicals, sells building products, extracts and processes limestone and manufactures and sells fertilisers and silicate liquid. Cement products are sold under the brand name Rhino, and fertilisers under the brand name Mavuno. Known today in trading circles as ARM, the company was formerly known as Athi River Mining Limited when it was founded in 1974. Its name was changed to ARM Cement Plc in 2012. ARM Cement Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Interested in the Cineworld share price? Here’s all you need to know

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. 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. Investing in Cineworld (LSE:CINE) at any time in 2020 has been a very costly endeavour. But could buying shares in the cinema giant now be the bargain of the century?This is a household name. You’ll find Cineworld cinemas in almost every major town and city in the country. So seeing the Cineworld share price bumping around below 25p? It’s likely to activate the ‘screaming bargain’ centres of the average investor’s brain.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…After all, doesn’t Warren Buffett suggest we should be greedy when others are fearful?So this is the question I will answer today: is the Cineworld share price massively undervalued?Opening crawlThe Cineworld share price has plummeted more than 87% since the end of last year. At Christmas 2019 all seemed to be going rather swimmingly for the mega-chain.It had a £1.3bn deal in the offing to buy out its Canadian rival Cineplex. This would give the FTSE 250 company a massive new market and 1,670 extra screens across 167 theatres. A year earlier it had created the world’s second-largest cinema chain with a massive £2.4bn buyout of rival Regal cinemas.Then the pandemic happened. As a business that relies on packing as many people into a space as possible, it could not have come at a worse time. Every single venue closed: 787 cinemas across 10 countries.An April 2020 decision by Cineworld to stop paying directors’ salaries and suspend future dividends was seen as a prudent financial move. But only because such heavy debts had piled up in the background.Middle rowThe company reported on 24 September 2020 it had swung to a $1.64bn loss in the first half of the year, compared to a $172m profit in the first half of 2019. Its shares slid a further 12% in a day, indicating exhaustion from shareholders with these sharp falls.The lead analyst for CMC Markets, Michael Hewson, said these shocking numbers “serve to highlight the scale of the mountain that needs to be scaled“, but did at least reinforce the decision to pull out of the Cineplex takeover.The problem now, of course, is that Cineworld is facing a massive and costly lawsuit for pulling out of that mega-deal. It has countersued, but this could be a fight that lingers for years.Debtor’s prismCredit ratings agencies like Fitch, Moody’s, and S&P, who measure how likely a company is to be able to repay its debts, have been scathing.S&P has downgraded Cineworld to CCC+, its lowest possible rating, while according to Moodys, leverage is up from 5.5 times Cineworld’s annual earnings in 2019 to over 9 times earnings in 2020. These are numbers as investors we do not want to see. These are scary levels of debt.The only real hope for a turnaround now is a takeover from another cinema chain. But the gargantuan debt pile — which any new owner would have to take on — is likely to keep buyers away.Cineworld leader?The Cineworld share price is likely to remain very volatile, swinging back and forth by large percentages every day. And its long-term outlook is worse than poor. It’s bleak.So I would suggest this share is only really of interest to day traders and short-sellers, who profit most when a company’s share price falls dramatically.There are better places for your hard-earned cash today. I would avoid. See all posts by Tom Rodgers “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Tom Rodgers | Tuesday, 13th October, 2020 | More on: CINE Image source: Getty Images. center_img 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. Interested in the Cineworld share price? Here’s all you need to know TomRodgers 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

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Nelson takes a big lead in fundraising

first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mayoral candidate receives $23,000 in first reporting periodDespite the 2018 Apopka municipal elections being just under a year away, activity on the campaign trail has begun for some.Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson, who is running for Mayor of Apopka, has opened up an early lead in fundraising for the 2018 election against Mayor Joe Kilsheimer. Nelson reported $23,000 in campaign donations in the March report. He announced his candidacy on his personal Facebook page on March 15th, but filed and officially announced the next day. He held a fundraising event at The Catfish Place on March 26th.Nelson’s fundraising totals include a $10,000 check from himself to the campaign, $1,100 from relatives, a $1,000 in-kind donation, and $11,900 from 45 individuals and businesses ranging from $50-$1,000. Nelson was pleased with the opening month of fundraising.“We have had a groundswell of support from folks who care about the direction of this city,” said Nelson. “We are so blessed.”Kilsheimer announced his campaign during the March 15th City Council meeting,  and has filed to run for re-election, but has yet to begin a formal campaign. He reported $100 in donations (from himself).In the City Commission Seat #1 election, Gene Knight was the only candidate to report any donations – $50 from himself. Alexander Smith filed to run for the seat on April 3rd and therefore did not report any March fundraising totals. He also said his first fundraising event will be May 17th at the Something Fishy Restaurant in Apopka from 5-8 PM.Six-term incumbent Billie Dean currently occupies Seat #1 but is undecided if he will run for re-election.Seat #2 incumbent Commissioner Diane Velazquez has announced her intent to run for re-election but has not filed officially for that seat. However, no one has either filed to run against her in Seat #2 or announced publically their intention to do so. Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSCommissioner Bryan NelsonFundraisingMayor Joe Kilsheimer Previous articleApopka Youth Works training future firefighters, EMT’s and physiciansNext articleEarth Day began as a “teachable moment” on the environment Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

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Wonderful.org launches Wonderful Week to encourage more fundraising

first_img  109 total views,  1 views today “We’d like to encourage others to join us in this fundraising initiative and do something wonderful for a charity close to their own hearts.” Melanie May | 17 August 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Wonderful.org launches Wonderful Week to encourage more fundraising New fundraising platform Wonderful.org, has launched its inaugural Wonderful Week: a week focused on fundraising that will take run from the 2nd-10th September to help individuals raise money for their favourite charities.Wonderful.org‘s Wonderful Week encourages people to sign up on the fundraising platform and create a page for their own fundraising event, or join an existing event and fundraise for their chosen charity through that. Fundraisers and charities can sign up by clicking the ‘Add My Charity’ button on the site.Events on the site so far include The Swan Cycle II in Worcestershire on 9th September, the Dart 10k swim on 9th and 10th September, and the Marlow Red Kite cycle ride on 3rd September.Wonderful.org was launched earlier this year by businessman Kieron James, to help increase the amount of money that charities receive through fundraising platforms. It asks corporate sponsors to meet the 7% costs, rather than charities or fundraisers, guaranteeing that 100% of sponsor donations, plus all Gift Aid, reaches the intended recipients.Footballing legend Phil Neville, Julie Neville and their two children will be leading the challenge. The family has pledged to cover 100 miles through swimming, cycling and running to raise money for The Good Life Orphanage.Julie Neville said:“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to do something wonderful for The Good Life Orphanage by taking part as a family in the inaugural Wonderful Week, keeping us fit and raising some much-needed funds.”Phil Neville added: Advertisement Tagged with: fundraising events Fundraising ideas payment Technology  110 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Samsung Begins Mass Production of Data Center SSD Customized for Hyperscale Environments

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Facebook Pinterest Previous articleWinning numbers drawn in ‘Daily 4 Evening’ gameNext articleHALCON revela primeiro míssil de defesa aérea dos Emirados Árabes Unidos Digital AIM Web Support Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Twitter TAGS  SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 23, 2021– Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has begun mass producing its most advanced line of data center SSDs, the PM9A3 E1.S. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210223005778/en/ Samsung begins mass production of its PM9A3 SSD. (Photo: Business Wire) The new PM9A3 fully complies with the Open Compute Project (OCP) NVMe Cloud SSD Specification to satisfy the rigorous demands of enterprise workloads. Defined by leading data center providers including Facebook, the OCP Specification is a set of unified interoperable standards, enabling SSD vendors to work toward next-generation storage designs with much more effectiveness. “Wider 5G deployment and accelerating growth in IoT devices are fueling a hyperconnected lifestyle, driving the demand for more sophisticated hyperscale data centers,” said Cheolmin Park, vice president of Memory Product Planning at Samsung Electronics. “Providing an optimal mix of performance, power, reliability and firmware, we believe our new PM9A3 will help advance today’s data center storage technologies and expand the market for OCP-compliant SSDs.” “Innovations such as the OCP NVMe Cloud SSD and E1.S are important to solving today’s data center challenges. The OCP NVMe Cloud SSD Specification defines hyperscale SSD requirements, enabling SSD makers to provide leading-edge products that meet the challenging demands of hyperscale environments. Deploying storage at scale is very challenging and Samsung’s support for next-generation industry-leading technologies such as the OCP NVMe Cloud SSD and EDSFF E1.S is a great step forward,” said Ross Stenfort, Hardware Storage Engineer at Facebook. Built with the company’s sixth-generation (1xx-layer) V-NAND, the PM9A3 dramatically improves performance over the fifth-generation V-NAND-based PM983a (M.2), with double the sequential write speed at 3000MB/s, a 40% higher random read speed of 750K IOPS and 150% higher random writes at 160K IOPS. Power features are critical to maximizing the efficiency of data center operations. The PM9A3 provides superior power efficiency at 283MB/s per watt for sequential writes, making it nearly 50% more energy efficient than the previous generation’s 188MB/s per watt. In fact, replacing all server hard disk drives (HDDs) launched in 2020 with the PM9A3 4TB drive would save 1,484 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy, which is enough electricity to power all households in a major metropolitan city during a summer month*. The PM9A3 also comes in nine power levels to suit a diverse range of SSD form factors and interfaces — from 8.25 watts for the M.2 form factor to 35W for newer form factors such as EDSFF. In addition to standard security features such as user data encryption and authentication, the new drive is equipped with secure boot and anti-rollback mechanisms to ensure robust data protection. Secure boot adds another layer of protection against unauthorized firmware being used, while anti-rollback prevents the drive from rolling back or downgrading to an older flawed version of the firmware. Samsung will continue to work closely with its data center partners to standardize advanced storage technologies, and facilitate the development of more cutting-edge memory solutions. * Editor’s note: based on a total of 1,412 GWh of electricity consumed by households in Seoul, Korea, during August 2020 About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210223005778/en/ CONTACT: John Lucas for Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. [email protected] KEYWORD: ASIA PACIFIC SOUTH KOREA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SEMICONDUCTOR DATA MANAGEMENT CONSUMER ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE HARDWARE SOURCE: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/23/2021 09:00 PM/DISC: 02/23/2021 09:00 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210223005778/en Samsung Begins Mass Production of Data Center SSD Customized for Hyperscale Environments WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 23, 2021 last_img read more

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University for Derry campaign group calls for progress in 2013

first_img Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – December 27, 2012 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter University for Derry campaign group calls for progress in 2013 The University for Derry group is urging the Northern Ireland Executive and the University of Ulster to take the necessary steps to fully implement the One Plan programme for the expansion of Magee campus, to 9400 full time equivalent students by 2020. U4D say they’ve been told by the Stormont administration that the University of Ulster has not made official representations since submitting its Strategic Outline Case, and that’s why it’s not been given exclusive access to new places next year. However, the university says it’s not been asked to submity new documents. U4D Chair Padraig Canavan says the situation seems to be going around in circles, and the logjam must be broken……..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/4ad1pm.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleHiggins warns of online psychoactive drug salesNext articleSurvey shows children are unsupervised for 80 per cent of the time they’re online. News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Derry’s Mayor calls for concerted effort to get the fleadh back as quickly as…

first_img Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic News Facebook Twitter Facebookcenter_img Sligo will host the event next year, but after the success of last week which saw over 420,000 people visit Derry, Mayor Cllr Martin Reilly says the event should be brought back to the city as quickly as possible…….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/reillyFLEADH.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Previous articleDallat claims unionist parties are ignoring the real issuesNext articleWomen on Lima drug charges en route to District Prosecutor’s Court News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Derry’s Mayor calls for concerted effort to get the fleadh back as quickly as possible Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – August 20, 2013 last_img read more

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[Rajasthan Crisis] Speaker’s Actions Reek Of Mala Fides : Sr Adv Mukul Rohatgi For Sachin Pilot Camp

first_imgTop Stories[Rajasthan Crisis] Speaker’s Actions Reek Of Mala Fides : Sr Adv Mukul Rohatgi For Sachin Pilot Camp LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 July 2020 11:56 PMShare This – xThe notices issued by the Speaker of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly to initiate disqualification proceedings against 19 dissident Congress MLAs led by Sachin Pilot are vitiated by “mala fides”, submitted Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi in the Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday.”Speaker’s actions reek of mala fides”, said Rohatgi, while making rejoinder submissions for the petitioners before a…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 notices issued by the Speaker of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly to initiate disqualification proceedings against 19 dissident Congress MLAs led by Sachin Pilot are vitiated by “mala fides”, submitted Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi in the Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday.”Speaker’s actions reek of mala fides”, said Rohatgi, while making rejoinder submissions for the petitioners before a division bench comprising Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta.He cited the following facts to buttress his point :The show-cause notices were issued on the same day when complaint was received.The time for giving reply (3 days) was less than the time (7 days) prescribed under the legislative rules.No reasons were recorded showing prima facie satisfaction of the complaint before issuing notice.No material on record to show prima facie satisfaction of the Speaker.The notice just paraphrases the complaint.Notice says if reply is not given in writing within 3 days, the issue will be decided ex-parte.Refuting the submissions of Dr. AM Singhvi (for Speaker) that the violation of the legislative rules will not render the Speaker’s decision void, Rohatgi submitted: “Legislative rules of Assembly derive their validity from Constitution, they are not subordinate. They state that on receiving complaint Speaker should examine it and prima facie satisfaction is recorded before notice. All these were thrown out of ring. These is nothing on record to show this was done”.”The Speaker was acting with “undue haste”. The Speaker has not given any satisfactory explanation before the Court about his actions”, he added.Rohatgi started his submissions by saying that the Constitution Bench judgment in Kihoto Hollohan vs Zachillhu – which upheld the Tenth Schedule –  cannot be construed as ousting the jurisdiction of the High Court completely at the Speaker’s pre-decision stage.He repeatedly emphasized that Kihoto judgment was rendered in the context of political defections, amid the recurring phenomena of “aya ram, gaya ram”. It was in that backdrop that the Supreme Court said that the Courts should refrain from interference at the Speaker’s pre-decision stage.That injunction is not applicable in the instant case, where there is no defection or crossing over. Mere expression of criticism against party chief cannot be regarded as defection, he said.”Imagine a member of ruling party in a select committee of Parliament. Select Committees often criticize government. In case of such a criticism by select committee, can that party member be regarded as having given up membership?”, Rohatgi said, citing a hypothetical example.Rohatgi also invoked the principle that a judgment must be held binding for the propositions which it decides, and not for the propositions which logically flow from it, referring to the decision in (2008) 16 SCC 14 (para 7).On this premise, he reiterated that the injunctions in Kihoto were not attracted in the present case.  He further emphasized that the High Court has wide powers under Article 226 to the Constitution to reach out to injustice, and the self-imposed restrictions cannot fetter the exercise of Court’s jurisdiction in cases of extraordinary injustice.Show-cause notices can be challenged.”It is not that the Court will shut its door when the challenge is against a show-cause notice”, Rohatgi submitted.A show-cause notice can be challenged on grounds of defect of jurisdiction, excess of jurisdiction, colourable exercise of power, mala fides, violation of principles of natural justice etc.”I am challenging the show-cause notice on the above said facts. The facts of the complaint, even if assumed to be correct, does not make out a case under Para 2(1)(a) of the 10th Schedule”, he added.”There is a clear case of breach of principles of natural justice, especially when the consequences of the notice are drastic, not just the disqualification of members, but adverse impact on a functioning democracy”, he submitted further.Rohatgi then referred to the recent SC judgment in Keisham Meghachandra Singh(authored by J Nariman), which recommended that an independent tribunal should decide disqualification matters, as Speaker tends to be aligned with the political party. He also referred to the dissenting judgments in Kihoto, which held that vesting the power with Speaker was counter-productive, as Speaker cannot be presumed to be neutral.CJ Mohanty invites Rohatgi’s attention to the technical objections raised by the Advocate General, that the amended writ petition has not been filed, defects have not been cured etc.#RajasthanPolitics #RajasthanPoliticalCrisis— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) July 21, 2020Yesterday, Senior Advocate Harish Salve, also appearing for the petitioners, had submitted that expression of inner party dissent will not amount to voluntary giving up of party membership.Earlier, the Court had heard Senior Advocates Dr. A M Singhvi for the Speaker, and Devadatt Kamat for the Congress Whip, Manoj Joshi. While Singhvi argued against Court interfering before Speaker taking a decision, Kamat submitted that the petitioners should be construed to have voluntarily left the party from their conducts such as open statements against the government and the refusal to attend party meetings.The bench started hearing the matter on Friday(July 17) afternoon. The extended time for giving reply to the notices expires at 5.30 PM, today.At the time of publication of this report, the bench was hearing the intervenors in the petition.  Next Storylast_img read more

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