Tripple Gee and Company Plc ( Q12018 Interim Report

first_imgTripple Gee and Company Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Tripple Gee and Company Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tripple Gee and Company Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tripple Gee and Company Plc (  2018 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileTripple Gee & Company Plc manufactures and sells paper and packaging products in Nigeria and specialising in printing financial instruments and security documents. The company services the banking, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors as well as government regulatory bodies. Security documents include MICR encoded and personalised cheques, dividend warrants, share certificates, ballot papers and election stationary as well as licenses and permits, customs revenue collection forms and receipts, statement of accounts, utility bills and pension contributions. Tripple Gee & Company Plc also offers packaging and labeling products which includes pharmaceutical labels, anti-counterfeit labels and packaging labels such as printed nylon, BOPP, PVC and shrink packaging products. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Tripple Gee & Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Corn Growers Urged to Contact EPA on Atrazine

first_img Corn Growers Urged to Contact EPA on Atrazine Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Corn Growers Urged to Contact EPA on Atrazine Facebook Twitter The National Corn Growers Association this week urged farmers to submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, following publication of the Agency’s draft Ecological Risk Assessment for atrazine, an herbicide used for weed control in growing corn and other crops. If it stands, EPA’s recommendation would effectively ban the use of atrazine in most farming areas in the U.S.“Atrazine is a safe and effect crop management tool. If EPA succeeds in taking away this option, it will be sending farming practices back decades – and hurt the environment in the process,” said Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, President of NCGA. “As a farmer and a conservationist, I can’t let this go unanswered. That’s why I’m urging farmers to contact the EPA and make their voices heard.”Atrazine is a widely used herbicide proven to combat the spread of resistant weeds, while also reducing soil erosion and improving wildlife habitats. When farmers have access to atrazine, they do not have to do as much tilling, or turning up of the soil – a practice that erodes soil and leads to water and nutrient loss. Studies suggest farming without atrazine could cost corn farmers up to $59 per acre.As part of the assessment, EPA recommends reducing the aquatic life level of concern (LOC) from 10 parts per billion (ppb) on a 60-day average, to 3.4 ppb. Scientific evidence points to a safe aquatic life LOC at 25 ppb or greater.Visit to submit your comments to the EPA. The deadline to submit comments is August 5. For more information on atrazine, visit By Hoosier Ag Today – Jun 13, 2016 Previous articleDow, DuPont Shareholders to Vote on Merger Next MonthNext articleMonsanto Rejects Second Chance at Bayer Deal Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

BBC closes Tashkent bureau because of harassment and intimidation

first_img UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts News Organisation October 15, 2020 Find out more The BBC World Service has been forced to close its Tashkent bureau because of repeated harassment of its journalists. Attacks against members of the bureau began after it carried reports about the uprising in Andijan and the involvement of Uzbek troops in the bloody crackdown on 13 May. The BBC’s bureau was one of the last independent news media to be accessible to the Uzbek population during the Andijan uprising.The BBC’s correspondent, Monica Whitlock, was forced to leave the country in June as a result of government harassment. Six of the BBC’s local correspondents also fled the country and two of them were granted refugee status by the United Nations. Finally, when the alleged perpetrators of the Andijan rebellion appeared in court hearings that were televised throughout the country, they accused the western media, including the BBC, of organising the 13 May uprising. Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term RSF_en More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Uzbekistan May 11, 2021 Find out more News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia October 28, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 BBC closes Tashkent bureau because of harassment and intimidation News News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council February 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF and 26 other organisations call for European Commission measures against abusive lawsuits

first_img February 12, 2020 – Updated on February 13, 2020 RSF and 26 other organisations call for European Commission measures against abusive lawsuits News Europe – Central Asia Protecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Receive email alerts “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Help by sharing this information Over the last few years, RSF has noticed a significant rise in judicial harassment in the European Union. More and more journalists are being subjected to abusive lawsuits. Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia had 47 lawsuits pending against her at the time of her murder. Carole Cadwalladr, the award-winning journalist  who exposed the Cambridge Analytica scandal, is also facing a SLAPP. In France, French billionaire businessman Vincent Bolloré has systematically brought abusive lawsuits against investigative journalists and NGO representatives who tried to cover certain aspects of his activities in Africa. Lawsuits of this kind aim to pressure, financially weaken, and isolate journalists, whistleblowers, human rights defenders and civil society organisations that try to shed light on questionable activities. The increasing use of SLAPPs hurts press freedom and the public interest, and requires a robust response from the EU. News RSF_en List of the signatories: News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says to go further Europe – Central Asia Protecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more News Related documents Joint-letter to European Commission Vice President Jourova for anti-SLAPP measuresPDF – 680.52 KB Věra Jourová / AFP In a joint-letter, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 26 other organisations urge European Commission Vice President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová to take action to deter “strategic lawsuits against public participation, (SLAPPs) — lawsuits brought by the rich and powerful to tie journalists and other critics up in expensive legal proceedings and ultimately silence them. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Read the full letter here. Reporters Without Borders (RSF),Greenpeace, Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation, Corporate Europe Observatory, European Partnership for Democracy, International Service for Human Rights, Protection International, European Civic Forum, European Centre For Press & Media Freedom (ECPMF), Solidar, Friends of the Earth Europe, NGO Shipbreaking Platform, Environmental Partnership Association, European Humanist Federation, Act Alliance EU, ECNL, WeMove.EU, Frontline Defenders, Young European Federalists, Allianz Rechtssicherheit für politische Willensbildung, Umweltinstitut München, NOAH, Scottish Pen, OGM dangers, ePanstwo Foundation, Justice Pesticides, Civil Society Europe. June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Chronicle of a state media hijack

first_img Seizing control of the state media was one of the linchpins of President Laurent Gbagbo’s failed bid to recover all of Cote d’Ivoire’s territory. In just one morning, on 4 November, supporters of the president and his party succeeded in hijacking Radiotélévision ivoirienne (RTI) and Radio Côte d’Ivoire (RCI).A new staff of presenters and journalists ready to take editorial orders was put in place. From this day on and throughout rioting that shook Abidjan for nearly a week, TV and radio broadcasts descended into peddling propaganda, relaying incitement to murder, putting out lies and orders to foment violence in the street.Even if the tone on the airwaves has been somewhat modified, activism still holds sway within the Ivorian state-owned media and the “parallel” management imposed on RTI on the 4 November is still in place, completely illegally.”In a democracy nothing can justify a political clan submitting state-owed media to its diktats”, said Reporters Without Borders. “RTI and RCI need to operate again in a professional and calm atmosphere and free from government control for the return to normality heralded by the Ivorian authorities not to appear as a sham,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.”The legitimate team, led by Kébé Yacouba, should be allowed to operate normally again as soon as possible, in line with the job entrusted to it by the president of the republic in January 2004. In addition all public media staff should be provided with the means to work in safety.”A general manager put in place under escortAt daybreak on 4 November, on the orders of President Laurent Gbagbo, Cote d’Ivoire’s national armed forces (Fanci) launched operation “Dignity”. Their objective was to forcibly retake the north of the country, in the hands of insurgents since 19 September 2002. At around 9am the same day, a significant military detachment took up a position in the courtyard of RTI, in the Abidjan’s Cocody quarter. Civilian vehicles followed in their wake. Out of them stepped Georges Aboké, the channel’s former managing director, Jean-Paul Dahily, its former general secretary and an advisor to the president, and Silvère Nebout, the head of state’s communications advisor. They were escorted to the top floor of the building where the management offices are locatedThen in an atmosphere of open rebellion, Jean-Paul Dahily was installed as managing director of RTI. A sociology graduate from the French university of Louis-Lumière in Lyon, holder of a second-year journalism training certificate, he was previously head of communications for the Ivorian family welfare agency (AIBEF). He was appointed to junior management of the broadcast monitoring and evaluation body and then general secretary of RTI when his friend Georges Aboké was appointed to the channel’s management. The two men were dismissed after Guillaume Soro, Communications minister in the national reconciliation government and secretary-general of the former rebels of the New Forces (FN) narrowly escaped a lynching at the hands of “Young Patriots” while visiting RTI head office on 27 June 2003. Sacked by the government, then reinstated by the Supreme Court, Jean-Paul Dahily and Georges Aboké finally left their posts in January 2004 in favour of journalist Kébé Yacouba, appointed by Guillaume Soro at the end of a political-legal trial of strength with the presidency.A former communications head for the UN in Angola, Kébé Yacouba was also part of the management team of the government daily Fraternité Matin and founded a daily that has since closed, IvoirSoir. Before joining RTI, he chaired the board of governors of Cote D’Ivoire’s New Society press and publishers (SNEPCI). His appointment, along with that of writer and municipal councillor for the opposition Rally for the Republicans (RDR) Maurice Bandaman to head RTI’s board, provoked strong protests from the channel’s staff, some of whom interrupted a live news broadcast to contest the legitimacy of the new management team.Despite all this, following his appointment, Yacouba had succeeded in winning over the staff, not least through ensuring they were regularly paid at the end of each month.Journalists replaced, programming rescheduledBut by mid-morning on 4 November, Kébé Yacouba and Maurice Bandaman no longer controlled the media of which they were the official managers. Under armed protection and with the support of loyalist militia dug in around the building, Jean-Paul Dahily got to work filling key jobs with loyal staff. Co-ordination of the two RTI channels (La Première and TV2) was entrusted to Issa Sangaré Yéresso, former boss of TV2 in the Aboké era. All heads of news programmes were replaced. Pierre Ignace Tressia, a former producer close to presidential party and number two at RCI, was appointed head of national radio, replacing former director Eloi Oulaï.Programming was completely rescheduled. Journalists dismissed from RTI were back on the airwaves. The next day, the pro-government daily Le Courrier d’Abidjan trumpeted: “RTI is under the orders of Jean-Paul Dahily. The liberation of Cote d’Ivoire necessarily depends on the liberation of the state media. The takeover at RTI is the first battle in the struggle for real press freedom.”Undesirable journalists and contributors started coming in for mistreatment. On 4 November, Koné Lanciné, the channel’s editor and general secretary of the minority staff union of RTI (SYPERTI), told Reporters Without Borders that he took three phone calls in his office advising him “to get out of there”. His name was reportedly on a “blacklist” of journalists to be removed. Fearing for his safety, he immediately left work and has not returned since. He recounted that a few minutes later a group of “Young Patriots” burst into his office looking for him.On 5 November, a sports journalist, Julien N’Guessan, also general secretary of the majority news staff union (SYNINFO), was physically attacked on arrival for work by a group of “Young Patriots” who had set up encampments in front of the RTI offices. Some 20 of them threatened to lynch him saying they were “fed up with his union” and tried to bundle him into a car. Police had to forcefully intervene to stop his abduction. “We know where to find you”, one of the young demonstrators shouted. After going to his office, N’Guessan received further threats and had to be taken out of the building by police officer friends. He did not return home “for at least a week”. Apart from the two trade union leaders, the new management viewed other RTI staff as “suspect” and they were afraid to return to work.According to information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, they were: Séraphin Kouamé, technician and trade unionist, journalist presenters Habiba Dembelé, Viviane Ahimain, Amadou Doukouré and Fofana Lassiné, and former general secretary of the channel Lazare Aka Sayé, together with several administrative staff. Jean-Paul Dahily gave an interview from his new office at RTI on 18 November. Questioned about anti-French propaganda broadcast on national television and radio, he advanced the simple argument, “Do people want a country at war to stifle public opinion? It is not journalists who are staying these things, it is the people”.But the RTI strongman nevertheless had to admit that, “radio and television are a government weapon in times of war”.Useless resistanceTo date, no official steps taken by those opposing the hijacking of RTI have had any effect. On 23 November, the chairman of RTI’s board of directors, Maurice Bandaman, sent a letter calling for Jean-Paul Dahily’s departure and that of his team. He warned staff that sanctions would be taken against anyone who took orders from them.”Kébé Yacouba is and remains managing director of RTI, wrote Bandaman. “President of the Republic Laurent Gbagbo personally confirmed this to him by telephone a few days ago.” On 29 November, the channel’s joint trade union committee met and sent a letter to RTI’s board. In the open letter, Julien N’Guessan and Koné Lanciné, speaking for their respective unions said, “RTI ‘s terms of reference are being flouted by everything that is happening on the channel. Nor is any of it in line with the ethics of our profession.”The two organisations called on the board of governors to take steps so that radio and television could “recover their equilibrium”. Indeed, on 4 December, the “Young Patriots”, positioned around the headquarters of national radio and television to “protect it from possible attack by the French Army” struck camp but the “parallel” management remained in place. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Côte d’IvoireAfrica December 7, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chronicle of a state media hijack to go further Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election November 27, 2020 Find out more Reports Organisation Receive email alerts RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Seizing control of the state media was one of the linchpins of President Laurent Gbagbo’s failed bid to recover all of Cote d’Ivoire’s territory. In just one morning, on 4 November, supporters of the president and his party succeeded in hijacking Radiotélévision ivoirienne (RTI) and Radio Côte d’Ivoire (RCI). According to his new manager, they became “state weapons in times of war”. Help by sharing this information News News News RSF_en October 29, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Hillsides Names New Division Director for Campus-Based Services

first_img Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff James Gibson has been named the new division director for campus-based services at Hillsides Pasadena headquarters.Hillsides, a premier provider of child welfare services in Los Angeles County, is pleased to announce that James Gibson has been named the new division director for campus-based services at the agency’s Pasadena headquarters.In this position, Gibson, who is a licensed clinical social worker, will oversee the Residential Treatment Services program, group homes, residentially-based services, clinical services, the nursing staff, community resources, and the library.Previous to Hillsides, Gibson was the director of mental health services for Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services in Los Angeles, where he has worked since 1994. Gibson is also a faculty member at the University of Phoenix in the human service bachelor program and the marriage and family graduate program. He received a bachelors of social work from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C. and a masters of social work from Tulane University School of Social Work.“We are thrilled to welcome James to Hillsides,” said Stacey Roth, Hillsides chief program officer. “James comes to Hillsides with over 21 years of experience providing mental health services in both community-based and residentially-based settings. He is known for taking a creative approach while managing residential care in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. We look forward to having him onboard.”Gibson will start his position at Hillsides on June 8.Hillsides, founded in 1913, provides high-quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where young people can thrive. The agency serves more than 8,900 individuals a year throughout Los Angeles County, including the Hollywood Hills, Echo Park, Baldwin Park, and Pomona. Hillsides Pasadena campus is located at 940 Avenue 64, Pasadena, CA 91105. For more information on Hillsides, please visit HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Top of the News 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center column 4 Hillsides Names New Division Director for Campus-Based Services From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | 2:55 pm Community News Subscribelast_img read more

Fundraiser for Reece’s new wheelchair

first_img Previous articleLimerick mother thought she would die in drunken attackNext articleHope and support to Limerick families of those lost to drugs Alan Jacques WhatsApp Email TAGSBallynanty RoversJackman ParkReece Mason Fahy Late equaliser denies Limerick FC first win Reece Mason FahyReece Mason FahyREECE Mason Fahy was diagnosed with global development delay at eight-months-old when he was brought to hospital with a severe dose of chicken pox. Now 6-years-old, he is always very happy and enjoys his favourite TV programme ‘Mickey Mouse’. Reece was given his first wheelchair when he was two-years-old to give him some independence and he depends on this to get him around daily. He has now outgrown his wheelchair and needs a new one. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This Saturday, October 15 will see a special fundraiser for Reece at  Jackman Park.Schoolboys/girls teams are playing at 3pm followed by the Irish Amputees v Ballynanty Rovers at 3.45pm. There will be an entry fee of €5 per person at the gate. There will also be a raffle taking place afterwards in Fizgeralds Bar, Thomondgate, for a signed Irish jersey and two tickets for Ireland’s World Cup qualifier game with Wales. Facebook Linkedin Advertisement Printcenter_img NewsFundraiser for Reece’s new wheelchairBy Alan Jacques – October 14, 2016 874 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry merry as Limerick FC lose Pike Overcome Stubborn Ballynanty Side Limerick beaten in drab Munster derby Limerick stun Lilywhites with late leveller Limerick FC undone by St Pat’s rub of the Greenelast_img read more

1,746 elderly patients waited over 24 hours in University Hospital Limerick…

first_imgESB scam caller led to distraction theft Planning in for temporary Emergency Department beds UHL leads the way on free parking for patients TAGSelderlyemergency departmentpatientsSinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivantrolleys Facebook NewsPolitics1,746 elderly patients waited over 24 hours in University Hospital Limerick ED in 2017 says Limerick TDBy Staff Reporter – March 5, 2018 1308 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Patients in Limerick encouraged to take part in national survey Email Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice QuinlivanSinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has voiced his concern that 1,746 patients over the age of 75 were left waiting over 24 hours to be seen in University Hospital Limerick ED in 2017.Speaking today, Teachta Quinlivan said:“An often less spoken about strand of the Emergency Department crisis and the trolley crisis is the impact it has on the elderly people who use our acute hospitals. We all have elderly relatives many of whom have had very poor experiences whilst trying to access our local hospital.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “These patients are often among the most vulnerable people due to their age and the additional medical needs that can sometimes accompany aging. Being treated urgently prevents escalation of injury and ensures safety and swift treatment.“Experts say that patients on trolleys can contribute to around 300 to 350 fatalities annually.“Therefore, it is very worrying that the HSE has confirmed in a PQ to Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly that 11,261 patients over 75 year old patients were not seen within 24 hours.“The situation was particularly bleak in University Hospital Limerick where 1,746 elderly sick patients waited over 24 hours to be seen. The highest number in any hospital across the state.“It is unacceptable that anyone is left waiting on a trolley for over 24 hours, but it is borderline criminal that elderly people are.“The HSE has a 24-hour target for seeing those over the age of 75, this target in and of itself is far too low and completely lacks ambition. That such a low target has been missed on 11,261 separate occasions is serious case for concern.“Mixed into this crisis is the pressure that frontline staff are under to meet these targets and provide a world class level of care while they are understaffed and overworked. Over the course of the past few days we have seen the unbelievable selfless work which the staff do in our health service. They would make sure nobody waited in an ED or on a trolley if they could, but they do not have the resources or the help from this Government – the staff in our health service are also victims of the inability of this Government to address the causes of the trolley crisis.“We need more ambition in meeting targets for treating elderly patients from the HSE and the Minister for Health. If this situation is not rectified then lives will be put at risk resulting in fatalities.“Furthermore, we need to see the immediate movement on the implementation of the recommendations of the bed capacity review and the Slaintecare report.” He concluded.More about politics here.center_img Public urged to consider all care options as high volumes presenting at UHL WhatsApp Print Linkedin Twitter UHL not worst in Trolley crisis Previous articleLimerick Senator welcomes announcement of 600 jobs in ShannonNext articleSupreme court sits in Limerick for the first time Staff Reporter Advertisementlast_img read more

Schools plan for potential of remote learning into the fall

first_imgLocal NewsStateUS News Schools plan for potential of remote learning into the fall Twitter Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 TAGS  Facebook Previous articleGoodfood, Canada’s #1 Meal Kit, Launches its Same-Day Next-Day Delivery Service in Toronto – Right on Time to Simplify Valentine’s Day!Next articleUN chief: Polluters must join ‘net zero’ club for climate Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Issue Directions To All Authorities To Stop Manual Scavenging : Karnataka High Court Directs State Govt

first_imgNews UpdatesIssue Directions To All Authorities To Stop Manual Scavenging : Karnataka High Court Directs State Govt Mustafa Plumber17 Feb 2021 5:37 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Wednesday suggested to the State government to consider issuing a general direction to all authorities and agencies and instrumentalities of the state for implementation of Rule 3, of The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Rules, 2013. The rule states that no person shall be allowed to clean a sewer manually, with…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 Karnataka High Court on Wednesday suggested to the State government to consider issuing a general direction to all authorities and agencies and instrumentalities of the state for implementation of Rule 3, of The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Rules, 2013. The rule states that no person shall be allowed to clean a sewer manually, with protective gear and safety devices, with a few exceptions. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum said “The state government shall consider issuing a general direction to all Urban and Rural local authorities as well as all agencies and instrumentalities of the state for implementation of Rule 3 of the said Rules of 2013. The State government shall also consider issuing a direction that whenever authorities appoint contractors, condition of complying with Rule 3, should be incorporated in the contract for work order.” Rule 3 reads thus: 3. (1) No person shall be allowed to clean a sewer manually, with protective gear and safety devices under these rules except :- (a) for the removal of concrete or FRP (Fibre Reinforced Plastic) or damaged manhole door where mechanical equipment cannot be put into operation. (b) for inter-linking the newly laid sewer main with the existing sewer main, in case of sewer of size of more than 300 mm diameter. (c) for removal of submersible pump sets fixed at the bottom of the suction wells. (d) for the reconstruction of the manhole or rectification of the sewer main. (2) For the purposes of clauses (c) and (d) of sub-rule (1), before allowing entry of a person in the sewer, sewage shall be totally emptied. On the previous hearing, the court had directed the State government to produce the investigation report carried out by the police in the First Information report registered following the death of two persons– Lal Ahmed (30) and Rasheed Ahmed (25), residents of Azadpur Road in Kalaburagi who were working as labourers with Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB) allegedly while being made to do manual scavenging on January 28. On going through the report the court noted that a report has not been received from the Forensic Science Laboratory and the police are awaiting for doctors opinion on the final cause of death. The bench thus directed the state government to expedite the submission of report of FSL. A report on further investigation and FSL report and doctors final opinion, shall be submitted to court on March 1, in a sealed envelope.” It orally observed that “Depending upon that (report and doctors opinion) it will have to be decided whether section 304 of IPC can be applied.” The bench also directed the KARNATAKA URBAN WATER SUPPLY AND DRAINAGE BOARD to place on record compliance with the assurance given to provide outsource employment to spouses of deceased on compassionate ground. Advocate Clifton D Rozario appearing for the petitioner ALL INDIA CENTRAL COUNCIL TRADE UNIONS informed the court that the show cause notice issued by the authority to its officers, it is said that the deceased slipped into the manhole and passed away. How can a show cause notice take this stand? The court agreed with the submission and directed the authority to explain why it has issued a show cause notice to its officers that death was due to accidental fall in the manhole.” Earlier, the court had pulled up the state government saying “There is absolutely no compliance with the provisions of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 and the Rules framed thereunder.” The court had in its interim order issued several directions to the state government and observed that “There can be no dispute that our constitutional philosophy does not permit any form of manual scavenging. Right of a citizen to live with dignity is an integral part of the fundamental rights guaranteed to the citizens under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. The preamble of the Constitution shows that the Constitution seeks to protect the dignity of an individual. There can be no dispute that manual scavenging is most inhuman and it infringes the fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 21.” The bench held that “If any citizen is forced to do manual scavenging, it will be a gross violation of his fundamental right conferred under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Under Article 47 of the Constitution of India which is a part of Directive Principles of the State Policy, the State is under an obligation to endeavor to improve the standard of living of its people.” The matter will now be heard on March 1Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more