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Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Harvey Jones 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” These 2 dividend growth stocks are thrashing the market. They’re not cheap, but I’d buy them 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Don’t you just love it when an overlooked share smashes the market? Especially when it is trading in an out-of-favour sector, like retail.Dunelm GroupGiven the squeeze on consumer spending, and the challenge from the internet, home furnishings retailer Dunelm Group (LSE: DNLM) has no right to do as well as it has. Astonishingly, its stock is up 56% in the last three months alone, and my colleague Roland Head is rightfully celebrating. This was his top tip for 2019, and it is up 140% since he highlighted its potential.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…He noted that Dunelm was “one of the most profitable firms of its kind”, and it repaid his faith by delivering a 25% increase in annual profits, with a dividend splurge on top.The Dunelm share price is up another 2% this morning, after its second-quarter trading update showed total like-for-like sales up 5%, which management said reflected strong growth across its total retail system. This was particularly impressive given the strength of the comparative period, when sales rose 10.8%.Retailers can’t beat the internet, so they have to join it. Dunelm’s store-based Q2 revenues rose just 1.2% to £265.3m, but online sales rose 32.1%. They remain a smaller part of the business, with revenues of £47.7m, but are catching up fast.Gross margin improved by around 110bps in Q2, due to sourcing gains and lower product markdowns, while management showed its mettle by shunning Black Friday and pre-Christmas discounting.The FTSE 250 group generates plenty of cash, and low weekly average net debt of £24m allows it to pay out a special dividend of £65m. The yield may seem low at 2.6%, covered 1.8 times, but don’t be fooled, that is mostly down to its rapid share price growth.Earnings predictions look solid, with growth of 7% and 6% forecast for 2020 and 2021. Some of my colleagues have baulked at the valuation, which is high after recent successes, and that may have trimmed today’s gains. However, at 21.1 times earnings, it isn’t that expensive. With forecast profit before tax expected to hit £83m, up from £70m, it still looks like a buy to me. Just don’t expect it to rise another 140%.GreggsTalking of high street retailers bucking the trend, take a look at Greggs (LSE: GRG). Nobody sneers at this purveyor of sausage rolls and iced buns any longer, not now that it has added veganism to its mix (and a healthy dash of social media self-irony too).The Greggs share price is up almost 40% over three months, and more than 400% over 10 years. The group is ruthless at dumping underperforming stores, clever at where it locates its outlets, and has a talent for social media.People talk about Greggs. They always did, but with a sneer. The genius marketing of its vegan sausage roll changed all that.Once again, my colleagues are wary of its toppy valuation, as the FTSE 250 group currently trades at 34.2 times earnings. However, those earnings are set to jump 22% this year, and the forecast valuation is now a less sticky 25.4 times earnings. With revenues forecast to grow by a steady 6% and 7% in 2020 and 2021, Greggs might just pull it off again. Image source: Getty Images. 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. Harvey Jones | Thursday, 9th January, 2020 | More on: DNLM GRG Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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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. FTSE 100 shares didn’t have a great year in 2020. The index declined 14.3% as the pandemic hit the bottom line of many leading component companies. Due to the poor performance, the Footsie was the worst performing major international stock index for 2020, lagging America’s S&P 500 by a wide margin. While the S&P 500 rallied over 16% last year, the FTSE 100 turned in its worst performance since the global financial crisis. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The good news is now it’s a new year. With a new year comes the potential for new beginnings and new developments. Given the potential for new developments in 2021, I think the fundamentals for the FTSE look a lot more favourable. Here’s why I think shares are going higher this year. FTSE 100 shares: economic growth is expected to returnAccording to the World Bank, the world economy could grow 4% this year, assuming that the Covid-19 vaccine rollout expands as expected. If economic growth returns, there is the potential for Footsie earnings and dividends to rise as well. Many FTSE 100 companies are in rather economically sensitive sectors such as oil & gas, mining, and financials. Indeed, according to articles from AJ Bell, analysts expect the FTSE 100’s total earnings to grow rather strongly and for those laggard sectors to account for a lot of the FTSE 100’s total profit growth this year. If profits from those laggard sectors grow strongly, there is potential for companies in those sectors to raise their dividends substantially. If that happens, the potential for the FTSE 100’s overall dividend to grow is high. Sentiment is improving Another reason why I’m optimistic about the Footsie is that investor sentiment is improving. Although shares of the index dropped in 2020, the Footsie now is well above the lows of last year. I reckon that rise could have momentum given the fair valuation in many of the index’s components, and the potential for more government stimulus in the US. According to recent new reports, President-elect Joe Biden has a $1.9trn stimulus plan he hopes to enact. If such a huge stimulus passes, there is potential for the US economy to grow faster than estimates. If the US economy grows faster than expected, the world economy could as well. Given that many FTSE components are global, many could also benefit. There is a lot of optimism over Johnson & Johnson’s potential Covid-19 vaccine. Unlike Pfizer’s vaccine, which requires two separate doses, Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate only requires one dose. With one dose, there is potential for more compliance and more uptake. If the vaccine candidate is approved, there will also be more vaccine supply that could help get the pandemic under control more quickly. If that happens, the world could return to normal faster and sentiment for the Footsie could improve too. Given that I think FTSE 100 shares will increase this year, I’d buy and hold the Footsie. Despite the poor performance last year, I reckon it’s still a good long-term investment given the index’s exposure to emerging markets and tech advancements. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Por David PaulsenPosted Nov 22, 2017 Inmigrantes haitianos y personas que los apoyan protestan, el 21 de noviembre en Nueva York, contra la decisión del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de cancelar el TPS de los haitianos. Foto REUTERS.[Episcopal News Service] Episcopales haitianos que viven en Estados Unidos sufrieron una conmoción esta semana por la noticia de que el gobierno de Trump cancelaba un programa que protegía de la deportación a los haitianos que no pudieron regresar a su país luego del devastador terremoto de 2010.Las comunidades haitianas en algunas ciudades de Estados Unidos han crecido lo suficiente para constituir un apoyo importante de las congregaciones episcopales, como la de San Pablo y los Mártires de Haití, [St. Paul’s et Les Martyrs d’Haiti] en Miami, Florida, y la Congregación Haitiana del Buen Samaritano [Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan] en Nueva York. El decreto del gobierno dejaría en un limbo legal a algunos de esas familias.“Es una situación muy difícil” dijo el Rdo. Panel Guerrier, sacerdote asociado de la congregación haitiana en la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo [St. Paul’s Episcopal Church] en Naples, Florida. Él es residente permanente, pero su hija de 23 años está entre los que podrían ser deportados en 2019 a menos de que ellos puedan cambiar su condición de residentes.Guerrier dijo que la esperanza de su comunidad en una solución legislativa está mezclada con mucha incertidumbre.“No sé si se aparecerán con algún cambio en la ley de inmigración que ayude al pueblo haitiano”, afirmó. “Para ellos sería muy difícil regresar”.La Iglesia episcopal hace mucho que se ha unido a otros grupos religiosos en abogar porque les concedan lo que se conoce como Estado de Protección Temporal a inmigrantes que no pueden regresar a sus países de origen debido a desastres naturales o a conflictos armados. Ese estatus el entonces presidente Barack Obama se lo concedió a los haitianos que se encontraban en EE.UU. en el momento del terremoto.La Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal aprobó una resolución en 2015 por la que se comprometía a apoyar el Estado de Protección Temporal“para todos los inmigrantes que buscan refugio de la violencia, el desastre medioambiental, la devastación económica o el abuso cultural u otras formas de abuso”.El gobierno de Trump había anunciado anteriormente que cancelaba el Estado de Protección Temporal para ciudadanos de Sudán, Nicaragua y Honduras. Sigue estando en vigor para los de El Salvador, Nepal, Somalia, Sudán del Sur, Siria y Yemen.Que los haitianos pierdan el Estado de Protección Temporal “afecta directamente a varios miembros de nuestra congregación”, entre ellos una madre con dos hijos, dijo el Rdo. Sam Owen, sacerdote a cargo de la congregación haitiana de El Buen Samaritano.“Ellos son líderes de la iglesia”, dijo Owen a ENS. “Si los obligan a regresar, no sólo va a ser un golpe al liderazgo de la iglesia, sino que nos va a desgarrar el corazón. Son personas a las que amamos y que nos aman”.El Estado de Protección Temporal, o TPS “ha sido un salvavidas para cientos de miles de individuos que ya estaban en Estados Unidos cuando súbitos problemas en sus países de origen hicieron el regreso insostenible”, expresaba la Red Episcopal de Política Pública, (EPPN por su sigla en inglés en un aviso que hizo circular en octubre en que llamaba a los episcopales a defender el TPS.Meses atrás, la Iglesia Episcopal se unió a más de otros 400 líderes y organizaciones religiosas en la firma de una carta en la que instaban al gobierno de Trump a extenderles a los haitianos el Estado de Protección Temporal. El 21 de noviembre, la Oficina de Relaciones Gubernamentales [de la Iglesia] emitió un comunicado en el que expresaba su decepción por la decisión del gobierno.“Las condiciones en Haití son actualmente inseguras e inestables, con decisiva falta de mejoras ya que el terremoto de 2010 se complicó por la devastación del huracán Matthew y una epidemia de cólera”, dice el comunicado.“En este momento, Haití no puede repatriar con seguridad a 50.000 personas, y la decisión de terminar el programa afectará a nuestras comunidades, a los haitianos que serán obligados a regresar y a las comunidades en Haití”.Más de 50.000 haitianos viven en Estados Unidos gracias al programa. El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional anunció el 20 de noviembre que había decidido dejar que esas protecciones caducaran para los haitianos, dándoles hasta julio de 2019 para obtener estatus de residentes permanentes, regresar voluntariamente a su país natal o enfrentar la deportación.“La decisión de cancelar el TPS para Haití se tomó luego de revisar las condiciones en que se basó en un principio la designación del país y si esas condiciones extraordinarias pero temporales le impedían a Haití manejar adecuadamente el regreso de sus nacionales”, decía la declaración de la Seguridad Nacional. El departamento“determinó que esas condiciones extraordinarias, pero temporales, causadas por el terremoto de 2010 ya no existen”.El arcediano J. Fritz Bazin, de la Diócesis del Sudeste de la Florada, discrepa enérgicamente de esas evaluaciones optimistas de las condiciones en Haití.“Haití no está y no estará en condiciones de recibir unos 50.000 repatriados de EE.UU. en 2019”, dijo Bazin, natural de Haití, en un email a ENS.“Claramente debe considerarse una solución más global”, afirmó, señalando una propuesta legislativa [que se ha presentado] ante el Congreso con vistas a crear un camino a la residencia permanente para esos haitianos.La Diócesis de Haití es parte de la Iglesia Episcopal, y la Iglesia ha estado profundamente involucrada en los empeños de reconstrucción en el país desde el terremoto de magnitud 7 que lo golpeó el 12 de enero de 2010. El terremoto mató a más de 300.000 personas, dejó otros tantos heridos y desplazó a más de 1 millón y medio.En tanto el país se va recuperando lentamente, los estragos dejados por el terremoto han perdurado. [El sismo] destruyó el 80 por ciento de la infraestructura de la Diócesis de Haití en Puerto Príncipe, incluida la catedral de la Santa Trinidad, que aún tiene que ser construida.“Casi toda la infraestructura en el ámbito local fue destruida por el terremoto y no ha sido reconstruida”, dijo el Rdo. Nathanael Saint-Pierre, sacerdote haitiano de Nueva York.Él era el sacerdote encargado de la congregación haitiana del Buen Samaritano en 2010 y percibió un aumento de inmigrantes haitianos que se incorporaron a la congregación después del terremoto, mientras la iglesia les proporcionaba ayuda a los que buscaban acogerse al Estado de Protección Temporal.Saint-Pierre, que ahora es rector de la iglesia episcopal de San Agustín de Hipona [St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church] en Manhattan, dijo que le preocupaba lo que le ocurriría a los inmigrantes haitianos que de repente debieran obtener su residencia permanente. Ellos no tendrían muchas opciones.“El efecto en la comunidad [haitiana] es definitivamente negativo”, añadió. “No creo que haya mucha esperanza para estas personas”.La falta de infraestructura reconstruida es uno de los problemas que enfrentarían los que se vieran obligados a regresar a Haití, país al que por mucho tiempo se le ha considerado la nación más pobre del Hemisferio Occidental. Las dificultades para encontrar empleo y la atención sanitaria también son preocupaciones, dijo Saint-Pierre, especialmente si hay un gran influjo de personas a un tiempo.Esas inquietudes las compartía el Rdo. Smith Millien, sacerdote a cargo de San Pablo y los Mártires de Haití en Miami, justo al norte del barrio de la ciudad conocido como el Pequeño Haití.“Estamos decepcionados porque conocemos la situación de Haití. Es muy difícil”, dijo Millien.El oficio del domingo en francés y creole en su iglesia suele atraer a más de 100 personas. Millien no cree que la decisión de cancelar el Estado de Protección Temporal afectaría mucho a su congregación, porque la mayoría de los miembros son ciudadanos de EE.UU., pero repercutirá en la comunidad haitiana de la localidad.Otras preocupaciones adicionales enfrentan los que podrían ser obligados a regresar a Haití, entre ellas se incluyen las recientes protestas políticas que se han vuelto violentas y la amenaza del delito, dijo Guerrier, el sacerdote de Naples.Ese peligro motivó a los líderes episcopales el mes pasado a aplazar la gran celebración de apertura de una escuela reconstruida en Haití, debido a la preocupación general por la seguridad en medio de un brote de violencia política, parte del cual había afectado a visitantes extranjeros.La hija de Guerrier ha solicitado la residencia permanente en Estados Unidos y la familia espera que ella pueda quedarse. Él calculó que unos 15 de sus feligreses, en una congregación de alrededor de 50 personas, se encuentran también en un limbo legal debido a la cancelación del Estado de Protección Temporal.Su esposa y su hijo, por otra parte, ya están en vías de obtener la residencia permanente y se encuentran a la espera de las entrevistas de inmigración. El estatus de Guerrier es seguro y él ha solicitado la ciudadanía estadounidense.“Hemos de seguir orando, y actuando”, afirmó.Owen dijo que él siente“un poquito de desesperación”tocante a cómo la decisión del gobierno de Trump afectará a su congregación de Nueva York de unos 70 haitianos y a la comunidad haitiana local, pero ellos también encuentran esperanza en Dios.“Esto sólo ha servido para fortalecer nuestra fe y ponerla donde pertenece, junto a los marginados y estando allí de manera que sea para servirles”, subrayó.– David Paulsen es redactor y reportero de Episcopal News Service. 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IranMiddle East – North Africa March 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists going missing in Iran, those based abroad getting death threats News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa News February 25, 2021 Find out more News June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Mir Hossein Mousavi, owner of the suspended newspaper Kalameh Sabaz, his wife, author Zahra Rahnavard, and Mehdi Karoubi, owner of the suspended Etemad Melli, and his wife have been arrested.Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei, the Tehran public prosecutor, told a press conference on 27 February that the two newspaper owners were under house arrest and barred from using telephones or the Internet. He did not say where they were being held or why they had been arrested.Some reports claim the two couples are being held at a military prison in central Tehran.Several Iranian journalists and writers living in exile have received death threats from Iranian intelligence agencies since 24 February.Reporters Without Borders called on the Iranian government to reveal where Mousavi, Karoubi and their wives are being held, and why. Article 32* of the Iranian constitution requires this information to be released within 24 hours, it said.The organisation also asked the United Nations Human Rights Council to appoint a special envoy to investigate the state of human rights in Iran.The Iranian government often resorts to arbitrary arrests and keeps political prisoners in solitary confinement, which is an infringement of international law.Several journalists and other Iranians living in exile have received anonymous threats by telephone, text message or email, such as “Stop your actions against the Islamic Republic or you will suffer the ultimate punishment” and “We order you to stop, otherwise you will pay.”Many reports of threats, summonses and anonymous phone calls from intelligence ministry agents have reached Reporters Without Borders in the past year and Iranians have been given police protection in several European countries. They have asked not to be identified. The organisation points out that their families in Iran have suffered harassment from the authorities.After the 1979 revolution the Iranian government executed over 200 political opponents living abroad, most of them in Europe. The killers were never brought to trial because of blackmail by the Iranian government.One of the few cases that came to court in a western country was that of exiled journalist and writer Reza Mazlouman, who was murdered on 27 May 1996 at his home in Créteil, France, for “insulting Islam and the Prophet.” His killer was never arrested but an Iranian suspected of working for the Iranian secret service, Ahmad Jayhooni, was charged with involvement in the murder.* Article 32No-one may be arrested except in cases and according to methods laid down by the law. In the event of an arrest, the person(s) must immediately by told why and informed of any charges against them. A preliminary report must be sent to the relevant legal authorities within 24 hours and preparations for the trial must go ahead as soon as possible. Anyone who does not comply with this requirement will be punished in accordance with the law. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists RSF_en Follow the news on Iran to go further News March 18, 2021 Find out more
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ColumnsHindi In Haryana Courts: A Line Drawn Hari Kishan26 May 2020 11:41 PMShare This – xThe State of Haryana vide notification, dated 11th May 2020, notified that ‘Hindi’ should be used in all Courts and Tribunals of Haryana. The State of Haryana amended section 3 of The Haryana Official Language (Amendment) Act, 1969. This Act is now called The Haryana Official Language (Amendment) Act, 2020. The Haryana cabinet earlier, in the first week of May, had approved…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 State of Haryana vide notification, dated 11th May 2020, notified that ‘Hindi’ should be used in all Courts and Tribunals of Haryana. The State of Haryana amended section 3 of The Haryana Official Language (Amendment) Act, 1969. This Act is now called The Haryana Official Language (Amendment) Act, 2020. The Haryana cabinet earlier, in the first week of May, had approved introduction of Hindi language in subordinate courts of the State. The legislative assembly had passed the Bill to pave way for implementation of the decision. Seventy-eight MLAs, the Advocate General and hundreds of advocates, had expressed their interest to get Hindi language authorised for use in the courts so that the citizens of Haryana can understand the entire process as it will be in their own language and it will also enable them to easily put their views before the Courts. The relevant portion of amendment is reproduced as under: After section 3 of the Haryana Official Language (Amendment) Act, 1969, the following section shall be inserted namely: “3-A. Use of Hindi in Courts and Tribunals:- (1) In all Civil Courts and Criminal Courts in Haryana subordinate to the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, all revenue Courts and Rent Tribunals or any other court or tribunal constituted by the State Government, work shall be done in Hindi language. (2). The State Government shall provide the requisite infrastructure and training of staff within six months for the commencement of the Haryana Official Language (Amendment) Act, 2020. Explanation:-For the purpose of this section, the words ‘Civil Court’ and Criminal Courts’ shall have the same as respectively assigned to them in the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (Central Act 5 of 1908) and the Code of Criminal procedure, 1973 (Central Act 2 of 1974)”. Earlier the section 3 of the Haryana Official Language (Amendment) Act, 1969, read as under: Section 3. Official language for official purposes of State: — (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, Hindi shall, as from the appointed day, be the first language to be used for all official purpose of the State of Haryana except such purposes as the State Government may, by notification, specify and the language in use for such excepted purposes immediately before the appointed day may be used as official language for such purposes. (2) The State Government may, by notification, specify that Punjabi shall be the second language to be used for all such official purposes which the State Government may deem fit. It is true that the State has power to adopt the language that is to be used in all of its official works including judicial proceedings. Even the Civil and Criminal Code mandates that the State can decide the language to be used in all courts save the High Court. The argument by Haryana state in support of Hindi language to be used in judicial work is that most of the litigants cannot understand English and they remain mute spectator throughout the judicial proceedings which is basically for or against them. I, as a rustic Haryanvi (where speaking even pure Hindi is work of great audacity) and as an alumuni of Faculty of law, University of Delhi ( where Law is chewed in English and only English) have dared to write this article amid chaos of Hindi- English struggle. Before going into the complexity of use of Hindi/English language in subordinate courts in Haryana, it is necessary to look at the life of a normal law student ( or even a teacher), from Hindi speaking belt, and specially from the State of Haryana, in some of the top law schools of India. Faculty of Law, Delhi University is considered as an Institute of eminence( well before Govt tagged it formally) due to its multi-linguistic and multi-cultural approach to legal education. Students from all walks of life and from more or less all the Sates get admission in this Institute (thanks to reservation policy of India). But even after the multi-linguistic face of Institution, it is subdivided in two groups of English speaking and Hindi medium students. Law is a matter of reason based on logic and given circumstances and therefore language as such does not play any significant role. There is not even a direct relationship between wisdom and language. Now, after the notification of Haryana Government, which made Hindi as the mandatory language to be used in Judicial work, I noticed mixed reactions of people on ground. The non legal community of Haryana, barring a few, seemed happy as they think that the participation of litigants will be more realistic now. The legal fraternity of Haryana is further subdivided into those who are well versed with English or alma matter of some eminent law colleges and those who use English hesitantly. The English speaking lawyers (which are really very few in subordinate courts of Haryana) have criticised the decision of the State Government. Let’s discuss the reaction and mood of these groups who favour or disfavour this decision of Haryana Government. The favour or disfavour seemed purely due to their vested interests and hardly any sane voice came forward for larger interests of society, when the author interviewed such groups on this subject matter. General Public of Haryana: It is true that Haryana is an economically forward State of India with the second highest per capita income after Goa. But it is equally true that this State is also socially backward. Every Haryanvi, who has been brought up in Haryana, has a very terse relation with English ( Thanks to Government schools of State). Every person even those who may have graduated from Oxford or Harvard University are bound to have a touch of dialect, if he or she spent a few years of his/ her childhood in Haryana ( ignore Gurgaon or Faridabad city). The common men want their participation in day-to-day official work including court proceedings. This participation is not real if they are not familiar with the language used in documents. Literacy rate in Haryana is around 80 percent, but majority of them don’t know how to read, speak or understand English. In such a scenario, expecting the commoner’s involvement in governance is laughable and ridiculous. For a single application in the court, they have to run from pillar to post or to hire an advocate after paying a fair amount of money. The argument forwarded by commoners favouring Hindi is that they won’t feel alien in their own country, if Hindi is made the language for usage in offices. Ramesh Dhaka, a farmer and litigant in Distt Court Jhajjar (a district of Haryana) expressed his pain.”I am ten plus two pass, but cannot understand or read English. All the summons, applications , vakaltnama come in English which I can’t read. I have to rush either to an advocate or any other well educated person of the village. If it comes in Hindi, I can deal with it myself.” Ramesh said. If Hindi is made the language of Courts then it may help the commoners to a great extent. A few hurdles faced by litigants in State of Haryana due to English language in courts are: 1. They can’t understand what is written in plaints or other documents. They have to remain dependent wholly on their pleaders. 2. During the court proceedings, they fail miserably to understand what is taken on record as evidence for or against them. 3. In criminal proceedings the provisions like sec 273 of CrPC, which mandates that evidence should be taken in presence of an accused, becomes futile and redundant when the accused cannot understand what kind of evidences are recorded against him. 4. Due to the unfamiliarity with English language, a litigant is forced to deal with an advocate purely on the basis of trust. They can’t read what is written in Vakaltnama or in affidavit which they have signed as per the instructions of their advocate. Many cases are pending in Bar Council about misconduct of advocates with client on charge of deception by former. 5. It becomes more difficult for litigants when the advocates argue in English in court rooms ( though rarely in Haryana) as they have no other options left but to remain mute. 6. Copies of Judgments and Orders are in English and hence they fail to understand the reasoning or rational of judgments or orders and have to depend on advocates only. 7. Witnesses in the case also suffer due to this language issue as most of them do not know English. What has been recorded for them, they cannot get to know verbatim. 8. Many documents which are in Hindi, in order to be taken on record, have to be translated in English. This exercise is also not necessary if Hindi language is adopted for all judicial work. Advocates of Subordinate Courts in Haryana: When I discussed the linguistic change in court with the practicing advocates in Haryana, a large chunk was inclined in favour of Hindi with the rider that it should be in High court also. ” We have been segregated from the lawyers practicing in High court merely because we can’t argue in English, how so ever rational legal argument we raise. This is utter discrimination on the basis of language and it is unconstitutional” Rohtash Malik, an advocate from Distt Court in Rohtak, expressed his pain. A number of advocates who have put a fair amount of time in litigation got experience of framing their case in English and they are now comfortable with English in due course of time. The issue arises with young lawyers and new entrants in profession. They have to invest time to understand the language of suit/ proceedings instead of understanding the legality or technicalities of a case. Though, most law colleges in Haryana offer LLB degree with medium of instruction in English but the lectures and teacher- student interaction happen in Hindi. They feel more comfortable with Hindi. During college days also an invisible pressure of English can be seen on students of such colleges. This pressure invites inferiority complex. Many a times, I face people on social media asking very blunt question whether a student of Hindi medium can qualify the State judicial examination. Such questions take birth only because of their fear of English language and their acceptance that English speaking lawyers are comparatively better than others.( though this is not true). Some of the issues which a Hindi speaking lawyers face due to English as the language of court are enumerated as: 1. Medium of instruction in law colleges of Haryana is mostly English, but the teaching occurs in Hindi blended with Haryanvi. Students can understand it but they hesitate to speak which ultimately impact their careers adversely in English dominant world of judiciary. 2. Many students of Haryana earn their law degree from little known law colleges from adjacent State of Rajasthan, where language of instruction is Hindi. In legal education, certain terms are quite different in different language and it is difficult for a student to use them interchangeably in different language. For example the terms ‘Res-judicata’ and ‘injunction’ are called ‘Purvnirniyat’ and ‘Parmadesh’ in Hindi respectively. What a Hindi medium student learns during the years of his graduation, he is forced to unlearn all of that in court practice. This forced adoption of a new language demotivates such young lawyers, whose only fault is that they couldn’t get an opportunity to learn a foreign language. 3. The new entrants in such courts failed to hone their skills in law as compared to their counter parts elsewhere because they have to invest much of their times in learning the legal language in English. 4. Most of the judicial officers join the service after passing the herculean three staged examination named “Haryana Judicial Service Examination.” The exam is conducted in English. The language of interview is English mandatorily. This means, all judicial officers (a fair chunk of them belongs to other State) enter in service only if they are well versed with English as a language. During proceedings in court, just judicial officer fail to understand the pain of Hindi speaking pleaders and lawyer equally fail to gain the empathy of judicial officers. 5. One more issue which the author noticed while speaking with lawyers of Hindi medium is their aspirations to become a judge. ” We do LLB only to do litigation, hardly any thought comes to our mind to sit in exam of Haryana judicial service, as this is reserved predominantly for English medium students ,said Anil Rana a lawyer who passed his LLB in 2017 from a local law college from Hanumangarh in Rajasthan. A ten minute conversation with advocate Rana was ample for author to figure out his legal acumen which was positively in his favour. But he even cannot think to appear for judicial examination and here again culprit is the English language. 6. Some very trivial but important and practical issues like work of law clerks ( Munshi in local language) sitting in front of Chambers of lawyers in every court complex is also influenced greatly by the language of courts. In subordinate courts in Haryana, only a few Munshi are know how to type the documents in English and due to this they have unchallenged hegemony and monopoly in market. Other Munshis type the documents like sale agreement and documents of like nature in which the language of content is optional unlike plaints. The inferiority complex in the tone of Rammehar, a Munshi, in court premise of Charkhi Dadri (District of Haryana) could easily be noticed when he said “This document can only be typed by Bade Babu'” when the author offered him to type a document in English. For sure, language decides the fate, destiny and career for most in court but for people of this income group, it ends up deciding their wages and ultimately their livings. English speaking lawyer cum judicial service aspirants: If any class is most furious about the notification of Haryana dated 11 May 2020 regarding Hindi to be used as court language , then it is the coterie of English Speaking lawyers (and mostly those who see their future as judicial officer in Haryana). For them the concern is manifold and to an extent their concerns are genuine. This class of lawyers cum judicial service aspirants consider themselves ‘elite’ among others. They have graduated from top law colleges of India like NLUs, Jindal University, Delhi University and many such other Institutes of like eminence ( a few in Haryana and rest elsewhere in India). They actually are not concerned about their careers in litigation in subordinate courts of Haryana, because they consider litigation in such courts to be hay and tasteless. They are not much bothered about the fact that how Hindi or English language impact lives of the common litigants in the State. Their real fear is how they will deal with Hindi if they are selected in Judicial Service. Moreover , they are also scared of this fact that the change of language in Subordinate Courts will ultimately change the exam pattern (inclusion of Hindi as optional language in main and interview) which will increase the competition and challenge their hegemony in the subject field. Such students pay a hefty amount of fees in coaching Institutes in Delhi for getting selected in Haryana judicial services. After Delhi judicial service exam, if any other judicial service exam which is considered to be difficult, then it is none other than Haryana as questions asked are of application based and the judicial mind of candidates is being tested Such students want English to remain as the official language of court. Author talked to several such lawyers cum students who expressed their concerns about the sudden change of court language in Haryana. The points of concern oozed out from this class of lawyers are summarised below: 1. Students who have studied the entire syllabus in English particularly find law subjects to be genuinely difficult in switching to any other language over night. As I cited above, legal language is specific in nature and specific terms are used for specific events, and therefore to learn and memorise thousands of such terms in other language is a herculean task for the already burdened lawyers/judicial aspirants. 2. Such students are always made scapegoat with the change of regime due to no fault of their own. The education set up of country is English oriented. The High Court and Supreme Court do not allow Hindi language even in verbal arguments, forget about the content of plaints or any documents to be applied in these constitutional courts. In such scenario, how can anyone expect students to do their law degrees in Hindi medium because they want to appear in a State judicial examination. 3. The State Government vide notification referred above has promised to provide all the resources within six months like translators etc to make the judicial officers and other staff competent to use Hindi language in Judicial work. Though it is not impossible for a Judge or Magistrate to write a judgment in Hindi, but it requires a long and constant training. This will unnecessarily enhance the burden of pending cases in court. 4. It is a well known fact that all the books (particularly of science and law) available in markets are written in English. It is hard to expect that Woodroffe and Amir Ali for Evidence law or Mulla for Civil Procedure Code would be available in Hindi. A lawyer or a judge will have to read the text in English and then will have to translate it in Hindi to express it in their pleadings or judgments. In the interpretation of law, a single ‘comma’ or a word is sufficient to change the meaning of entire law. Hence it will hamper the judicial work adversely. 5.The judicial work in Supreme Court and High court is still in English. Various orders and judgments of subordinate courts are challenged in these courts. In those circumstances, these orders or judgments are translated again. The translation has its own drawbacks and at various occasions create confusion between two forum of law. Lawyer and litigant in Commercialised Districts of Haryana: In Haryana, the districts of Faridabad and Gurgaon are highly commercialised. This boom of Commercialisation came after 1991 when Indian Economy was opened for the entire world. These two cities of Haryana took a new shape during that period and now they have established themselves on the world map. Gurgaon is a millennial city of India having thousands of official headquarters of different national and international MNCs. Commerce gives birth to conflict of interests which ultimately creates dispute. When we come to dispute resolution mechanism then it is only possible through courts or arbitrations. So in a court where the parties are from different nations then use of Hindi predominantly in such courts will create a kind of reverse discrimination with this class of people. As of now, Haryana Government has not made any exception or reservation about these two districts in which massive numbers of foreign companies are involved in commercial litigation or arbitration. Hence in these circumstances, it may be presumed that the amendment regarding mandatory use of Hindi shall be applicable in cities of Gurgaon and Faridabad. Hurdles that Hindi speaking Litigants or lawyers face in courts due to English language are similar to the problems faced by Litigants/ lawyers of these two cities. One more concern, which the State Government did not address properly is the impact of this sudden change of language on lawyers/ Litigants from other States. In all districts of Haryana and particularly in Gurgaon and Faridabad, a large numbers of migrant employees (skilled or unskilled) visit these cities. Many lawyers also get settled in these courts. How they will cope with this change? A lawyer or an employee from Tamil Nadu working in a software firm in Gurgaon will face a new dimension of challenge. So the Litigants or lawyers from other States also cannot cheer upon this hasty decision of State Government. Conclusion Haryana is primarily a Hindi speaking State whose 100% population speaks or understand Hindi. Abraham Lincoln , the sixteenth president of United States of America, had rightly said that democracy is of the people, for the people and by the people. Democracy is not any Institution rather it is the smooth functioning of a conglomeration of Institutions. Courts are one of such Institutions which are very much important and relevant part of any democracy as a whole. It is pertinent to understand that courts are for the people and the people are not for courts. Neither the courts are for lawyers nor for judges or magistrates. The courts are a medium of justice in the interest of society and generally for public at large. Lawyers and judges can be medium of justice and not the justice in themselves. Therefore the argument which is germane to this discourse is that for the courts, the interest of public should be supreme and paramount.In Haryana if the language of judicial works is mandated to be Hindi by a notification referred above, then the interest of general public should be taken into consideration. All the remaining contentions in favour of different categories of lawyers and judges died then and there. But, it does not mean that the other significant points raised by different group of people lost its relevancy. Some may blame the State Government that the decision was taken in haste without the consultation of the High Court. It is true that many lacunae and bottlenecks are present in our system and it is not full proof. It is a matter of time to see how effectively this decision of Government is implemented and how will it effect the life of common litigants. Moreover, the Judicial system is dependent on lawyers and judges, a conducive environment should be provided to them for the smooth functioning of courts. The sudden change in language, surely will create hurdles to some persons including lawyers and Judges and hence these hurdles should be taken care of at the earliest. An overhaul revamp in medium of instruction is the need of hour as per the requirement of a particular State in consonance with the constitutional courts. The author suggests that instead of imposing Hindi language on some undesirable public officers, a mid way can be made out and Hindi may be made optional language for first few years. It is also suggested that willing judges and lawyers should be permitted to work in English but the translated copies in Hindi may be provided to litigants free of cost. It is also suggested that the exam pattern for judicial services should be bi-lingual (Hindi and English) and no language should get weightage over the others. This will invite more talent and a healthy competition will develop. At the end, the efforts of State, courts, lawyers, law officers and Judicial officers should be focused towards providing quality and speedy justice to public because ultimately the objective is-service to the latter and not the former.Views Are Personal Only. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News Updates”No My Lord Or Your Lordship, Call Me Sir “: Calcutta HC Chief Justice Requests Officers Of District Judiciary To Address Him As “Sir” LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK16 July 2020 12:24 AMShare This – xIn a significant move, the Calcutta High Court issued a letter requesting the district judiciary in West Bengal as well as well as registry staff of such courts to desist from addressing the Judges as “My Lord” and “Your Lordship”. Chief Justice Thottathil B. Nair Radhakrishnan has addressed a letter to the officers of district judiciary including members of Registry, expressing…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?LoginIn a significant move, the Calcutta High Court issued a letter requesting the district judiciary in West Bengal as well as well as registry staff of such courts to desist from addressing the Judges as “My Lord” and “Your Lordship”. Chief Justice Thottathil B. Nair Radhakrishnan has addressed a letter to the officers of district judiciary including members of Registry, expressing his desire to be addressed as “Sir” instead of “My Lord” or “Lordship”.Earlier this year, then Judge of the Delhi High Court, Justice S Muralidhar had made a similar request to all lawyers, asking them to avoid using terms such as “my lord” or “your lordship” while addressing him. In January, 2014, a bench of Justices H.L Dattu and S.A Bobde had observed that addressing judges through such terms were not compulsory and judges only needed to be addressed in a dignified manner. A similar observation was made by Justice Chandru of Madras High Court in 2009 when lawyers were asked to refrain from using such terms. In 2006 the Bar Council of India had passed a resolution prohibiting the usage of such terms stating such usage was a relic of the colonial past. Last year, the Full Court of the Rajasthan High Court had passed a unanimous resolution, requesting counsels and those appearing before the judges to desist from addressing the Judges as “My Lord” and “Your Lordship”. Next Story
News UpdatesTorture Of Convict : Unhappy With DIG’s Enquiry; Attempt To Protect Prison Officials, Says Kerala High Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK11 Jan 2021 9:12 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court on Monday expressed dissatisfaction at the enquiry report submitted by the DIG Prisons regarding the torture of Tittu Jerome, a convict serving life term in the Kevin murder case, in Central Prison, Poojappura.”We are unhappy at the manner in which enquiry report has been submitted by the DIG, who has been authorized by the DGP”, observed a bench comprising Justices K…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 Kerala High Court on Monday expressed dissatisfaction at the enquiry report submitted by the DIG Prisons regarding the torture of Tittu Jerome, a convict serving life term in the Kevin murder case, in Central Prison, Poojappura.”We are unhappy at the manner in which enquiry report has been submitted by the DIG, who has been authorized by the DGP”, observed a bench comprising Justices K Vinod Chandran and MR Anitha.The bench also expressed a prima facie view that the DIG’s report is an attempt to “safeguard the prison personnel who are involved in the alleged torture of inmates of the Central Prison”.The bench made these significant observations in the habeas corpus petition filed by Tittu Jerome’s parents saying that their son was subjected to brutal assault in the prison.On January 8, when the petition was first considered, the bench had made an urgent intervention by directing the Additional District Judge and the District Medical Officer of Thiruvananthapuram to visit the prison and ascertain the condition of Tittu Jerome. That day evening itself, the Addl District Judge submitted a report stating that there were indications of torture against the prisoner and that he has been shifted to Medical College Hospital suspecting renal injury.The bench then ordered the DGP(Prisons) to probe into the incident.In the enquiry report submitted by the DIG(Prisons) Ajay Kumar, who was authorized by the DGP to carry out the probe, there was an attempt to discredit the convicts’ complaint regarding torture by terming it a ‘retaliatory measure’ against the action taken by the prison officials against them for smuggling liquor into prison. It was stated that enquiry was ordered against four convicts, including Tittu Jerome, for smuggling liquor into priosn. The report also stated that the report of the Medical Officer at Prison did not indicate that the convicts suffered any torture or injury. The bench expressed surprise at this report of the Medical Officer because it was at variance with the report of the medical examination done later on the same day as per its directions.”This is quite contrary to the report filed by the Consultant Physician and Junior Consultant Physician who examined Shri.Tittu Jerome on our directions at 4PM on the same day after the examination by the Medical Officer, Central Prison”, the bench noted.After making a note of the injuries recorded in the second medical report which are absent in the Prison Medical Officer’s report, the bench observed :”It is quite strange that the medical officer who examined the body of the convict at 1.45 PM did not notice the facts as recorded by two Medical Officers at 4PM”, the bench said.The bench also pulled by the DIG for giving statements to media against the convicts’ complaint of torture before filing the report in the court.”We record our anguish in such details being made available to the media before the report is submitted to this Court. We direct the DGP, Prisons to conduct an enquiry on the aspects above noticed and file a report within a period of two weeks”, the bench observed.The Court said that it will not interfere with the disciplinary actions stated to have been taken against the prison officials but said that the DGP Prisons should file a report regarding the concerns raised by it about the DIG’s report.The Court further directed the jurisdictional Judicial Magistrate to record the statement of Tittu Jerome and take further steps under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.The case will be next considered on January 13.Senior Advocate Dr K P Satheesan assisted by Advocate SK Adithyan appeared for Jerome Kochukutty and Valsamma, the parents of Tittue Jerome, in the habeas petition.Kevin Joseph, a Dalit Christian, was murdered in 2018, in what was later found to be a case of honour killing. Kevin was in a relationship with Neenu Chacko, and they had applied for registering their marriage on May 25, 2018. The next day, he was abducted from his home at Mannanam at the instance of Neenu’s brother Shanu. Two days later, his corpse was found in a water canal in Kollam district. A year later, the Sessions Court Kottayam found after a fast-tracked trial that Kevin was killed at the instance of the Syanu Chacko, brother of Neenu. Tittu Jerome was found to be a member of the gang of Neenu’s brother Shynu Chacko which killed Kevin. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for offences relating to abduction, murder and criminal conspiracyClick here to read/download the orderNext Story