Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited (MOR.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Food sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited (MOR.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited (MOR.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited (MOR.mu) 2017 annual report.Company ProfileMauritius Oil Refineries Limited deals in the production and distribution of edible crude oils, which includes the refinery, packaging and marketing of the finished products. The company also engages in the manufacturing of metal cans and plastic containers. Moroil operates through its subsidiaries, wholly owned Proton Limited, engaged in the rental services; Metal Can Manufacturers Limited, a metal containers manufacturer, in which it holds a 50.11% stake, as well as Pharmalab Plastic Supplies Limited, a plastic bottles manufacturer, in which the Company holds a 51.22% stake. The company has divided its activities into segments, which include oil products, metal cans and plastic containers, imported food products, and others. Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
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Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here By Stacey Havlik, Assistant Professor of Education and Counseling, Villanova University and first published on theconversation.comOne in 30.That’s what a new first-of-its-kind study found was the number of students ages 13 to 17 who have experienced homelessness in the past year. The figure represents about 700,000 young people nationwide.When a student is homeless in high school, it can cause high levels of stress and anxiety. While other students are able to focus on getting good grades and planning for college, students who are homeless often worry about basic necessities, such as food, clothing, and shelter.In order to turn things around and help homeless students succeed and have a decent shot at college, school counselors should be seen as our first line of support. I say that based on years of experience as a researcher who has focused on the critical role that school counselors play in helping low-income and first-generation college students make it to college.Unfortunately, what I have found through my research is that school counselors often feel helpless despite their desire to help students who are experiencing homelessness. They also feel underprepared to support the needs of such students. With increased preparation and knowledge on homelessness, school counselors would be in a much better position to help homeless students succeed.School counselors may meet homeless students’ basic needs by collecting school supplies, clothing or food items for students in need. This can be done by coordinating community or school donation programs, collecting monetary donations from the community, or applying for grants through the Department of Education. They may also identify resources in the community and collaborate with stakeholders, such as social workers and teachers to form a support system. But my research has found that school counselors often lack knowledge about students who are homeless and have limited training to support their needs. This, in turn, puts the educational future of students experiencing homelessness in jeopardy.One of the reasons homeless students can be difficult to identify is because homelessness is often thought of as individuals living on the street or in a shelter. The reality is that homelessness can also take many other forms. In fact, the federal definition of homelessness includes those who lack a “fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” This includes individuals and families who are living with others due to a loss of housing, often referred to as “doubling up.” Those living in shelters or locations such as motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds because they lack other consistent housing options may also be considered homeless. Individuals who are under 18 and living without a parent or guardian and lack consistent housing are considered “unaccompanied homeless youth.” Through having a clear understanding of the various definitions, school counselors can identify students experiencing homelessness quickly and educate others so that if there is a housing loss, students can be provided with the support they need.Counselor contact is criticalResearch indicates that students from low-income backgrounds are more likely to go to college after they graduate when they have a series of contacts with their school counselors, as opposed to seeing their counselor only once. Unfortunately, my work suggests that school counselors are often forced to focus on meeting homeless students’ basic needs. This leads counselors to offer homeless students the kind of general college support that they would give all students. Consequently, many counselors may neglect the highly specialized college planning needs of students who are homeless. Further, one report suggests that although school counselors are in a position to positively impact students’ career and college readiness, they need more extensive graduate and in-service training on college and career counseling.Generally speaking, students who are homeless face emotional distress in the form of anxiety or low self-esteem and lower academic achievement. School can be a place of consistency that can support their postsecondary planning, but only if schools are mindful of the unique needs of high school students experiencing homelessness. Schools must provide individualized support that focuses on enhancing students’ expectations of college attendance and their belief in their ability to attend.When they are identified, students experiencing homelessness can be supported through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The federal law includes provisions meant to remove barriers, such as by providing transportation for students who move out of a district because they became homeless. It also allows for quick enrollment for students experiencing homelessness regardless of the required paperwork and funding for programming such as academic support or afterschool programs. It also allows for a local liaison to ensure students are identified and receiving supports they need. Further, when McKinney-Vento was recently revised under the Every Student Succeeds Act, it specifically stated that school counselors and local liaisons must provide “individualized” college support for students who are homeless. But ultimately, the federal law by itself won’t do anything to help students experiencing homelessness. It’s all about how well the law is executed at the school level.Information is crucialSchools should also include information about McKinney-Vento and college planning that would be directly beneficial to homeless youth on their websites. Unfortunately, few schools are doing so.Schools can also develop systems of support in the community to support homeless students’ basic needs. This will allow them more time to focus on other things, such as college planning.When advising about college, counselors must determine things such as whether students need campus housing during breaks, if the school has affordable meal plans and if the university has support systems in place for additional counseling, advising, mentoring or tutoring. Directing students to apply to universities that are a good fit will help them to be more successful.With intentional planning, schools can be a resource for students experiencing homelessness that helps them to stay on track, graduate and go on to college. But if we continue to neglect the specific needs of homeless students, we run the risk of consigning them to lives of uncertainty and placing their college dreams further out of reach. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSHomelessnesstheconversation.com Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleShould you run in the heat? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
June 30, 2018 at 12:53 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here On the morning of September 11th, 2001, two passenger airliners crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed. First responders from the New York Police Department, the Fire Department of New York, and the Port Authority Police Department ran into the collapsed buildings to save the survivors of the attack. 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers lost their lives in the rescue attempt and 9/11 went down as the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States. Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply 4 COMMENTS Mama Mia Reply I just viewed the 12 Apopka firefighters finishing up their climb at the World Trade Center….thumbs up, that was awesome!. Nice tattoos there on one firefighter’s shoulders, nice!…..I am happy that who ever was filming up there, showed the scene out the window, and when I looked around at all of those skyscrapers, looking down, it gives a person an idea of just how high that WTC building is! Like another world, instead of being in Apopka. If I were looking out that window, I would get the willies and might get sick, as I don’t like heights. Guess it is good, I don’t live in Dubai either…lol #Apopka Proud! Oh, and I researched the internet and the fire tower is gone from Hontoon Island. They called it an observation tower, no, it was an old fire tower….about the same thing though. Thank you, Apopka Then and Now, Gene Knight Jr., and Robin Tater for the video posted of the Apopka firefighters…thanks again, as I got to view it without facebook. And this weekend, first responders from across the nation and internationally will honor their sacrifice, including a team from the Apopka Fire Department. Mama Mia July 1, 2018 at 4:14 pm Reply The Anatomy of Fear Diane Velazquez Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Have a nice trip to NYC, and I will watch the video of you all on Sunday (if I can get it)……#Apopka Proud Or all of you firefighters could go over to Hontoon Island and climb the fire tower, if it is still there, not sure, but it sure got me in my knees the next day, after all that stair climbing. Seems like to me, that was where it was, when I climbed the fire tower up and down, but it was somewhere, as it was a long time ago. I know we used to take my big German Shepard, Sheba, there to Hontoon Island, and she was allowed to ride on the ferry with us over to the island. Once we would get there, a park ranger warned me not to let my dog anywhere near the water because of the gators, even though we were standing there, and were looking down into the water, that had a rock wall around the water’s edge. He told me those gators could easily climb up that rock wall in a flash, and grab my dog, and snatch it away from me. I took his word for it…lol I remember another park ranger asking me if I had ever climbed the fire tower before, and I said that I had not, and I was told to expect sore knees the next day, and she was so right, as my knees hurt and was sore….I can’t imagine climbing the amount of stairs in that building in NYC, that would probably kill me. Got to be in great physical shape for that stuff. I used to have a stair stepper for exercise, and I soon discovered that it muscles up your calves too much, and I got rid of it. Good riddance to that thing. I wonder if that fire tower is still there at Hontoon Island? So many of the fire towers have now gone the wayside…….. Mama Mia On Sunday, The Fourth Annual New York City Memorial Stair Climb will see over 400 first responders ascend the 80 floors of 3 World Trade Center. Each climber will be honoring one of the 23 NYPD, 37 PAPD and 343 FDNY killed on September 11th, 2001. The climb also memorializes fallen first responders and military personnel worldwide.The New York City Memorial Stair Climb designates a beneficiary every year and mounts a fundraising campaign for that organization. The 2018 climb is proud to support The Ray Pfeifer Foundation. The climb also taps into firefighters’ competitive spirit. Climbers have the option to enter as a racer and be timed against other climbers as an individual or part of a team. Each firefighter will be wearing their full protective firefighting gear as they climb.Apopka Fire Chief Chuck Carnesale and a team of 12 Apopka firefighters traveled to New York City this weekend for the event. “This is a great way for the Apopka firefighters to pay tribute to, memorialize and never forget the emergency workers who tried to get to thousands of citizens trapped on 9/11. Each firefighter climbs with the picture ID of lost NY city firefighter from 9/11.” He also points out that the team pays its own way for the opportunity to pay tribute to their fallen comrades of first response. “Our firefighters travel each year to New York for this event on their own time and dime, no taxpayer money is used. May we always remember the events of that day. Apopka firefighters are very passionate about this event. By climbing, these firefighters are completing a mission that all the FDNY firefighters that were lost on 9/11 tried to do.”The event will be live streamed Sunday morning beginning at 9 am at http://www.nycstairclimb.com/. Thank you Chief Chuck & Apopka Firefighters for representing in NYC at the Stair Climb to honor ALL the First Responders, who perished along with civilians & Twin Towers Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply June 29, 2018 at 7:39 pm June 29, 2018 at 7:52 pm TAGS20014th Annual Memorial Stair ClimbApopka Fire DepartmentSeptember 11th Previous articleFlorida moves up to 34th nationwide in child well-beingNext articleWhat caused the mass shooting in Annapolis? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Facebook ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs Linkedin Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Renee Umsted ReddIt Twitter Facebook Renee is a journalism major. She is dedicated to improving her journalism skills to effectively and ethically inform others. Jacqueline Lambiase is still fighting for students TCU will not raise tuition for the 2021-22 academic year TCU 360 staff win awards at the Fall National College Media Convention World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Welcome TCU Class of 2025 ReddIt printTCU’s Student Government Association (SGA) is considering reducing or eliminating Scantrons in favor of electronic tests, their academic affairs chair said.The initiative, which is still just an idea, reflects TCU’s attempt to become more sustainable, as moving away from Scantrons would decrease the amount of paper used on campus, said Abby Vernacchia, SGA’s chair of academic affairs.Vernacchia and Josh Witkop, SGA’s president, have been meeting with different departments to accumulate data on Scantron usage. After meeting with the provost, Dr. Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, who told them they needed more faculty support, they presented the idea to the Faculty Senate. Vernacchia said she and Witkop are working with some professors who might try to eliminate Scantrons, and they are continuing to gather information from the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, which uses only electronic tests. The two have been discussing the pros and cons of making the switch, including weighing the costs and benefits and determining the best way to introduce the notion to SGA. However, a vote in favor from SGA would not be enough to fully eliminate Scantrons testing, Vernacchia said.“At the end of the day, we in SGA cannot force faculty to adopt this,” Vernacchia said in an email. “We can only suggest and see if we can get faculty to adopt this method.”Removing Scantrons would directly affect both faculty and students. Dr. Susan Watson, an instructor of three economics courses, uses Scantrons as one form of testing. Although Scantrons allow Watson to grade large quantities of assessments quickly, she said eliminating this method of testing would not have a significant impact on her classes, as she already utilizes forms besides Scantrons. “I can adapt,” she said. “It’s not a problem for me.”In fact, Watson said she had previously considered switching to electronic assessments, but that her students expressed a preference for physical tests. “They liked to have the piece of paper in front of them,” Watson said. “They liked to have that physical text printed out so they can flip through it, rather than doing it on their laptops.” Dr. Scott Langston, an instructor of religion, said his students have discussed a preference for certain types of questions over others, but they have not indicated which method of testing they like best.Langston, who teaches four classes each semester, said he uses Scantrons in his introductory-level courses, though like Watson, he assesses his students in a variety of ways, including essay questions.The religion instructor said Scantrons allow him to more quickly grade large quantities of tests, and if Scantrons were removed, he would have to spend more time grading assignments. Langston said he supports the push for sustainability that drives this initiative to eliminate Scantrons. “I’m for anything that’s more sustainable,” Langston said. “I’m very concerned about the environment, and we have to find more ways to bring about sustainability.”A few students expressed their own feelings about Scantrons. Biology major Hannah Deerman said she appreciates how quickly Scantrons can be graded, but she noted that even if Scantrons were no longer used, she would most likely still have multiple-choice tests.Petr Nguyen, a pre-business major who uses Scantrons in all his classes this semester, said he likes that Scantrons do not require him to write extensively. If this type of testing format was eliminated, Nguyen said online assessments would be a good alternative. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin SGA provides Scantrons for students. Photo by Heesoo Yang Previous articleSoccer advances to Big 12 Championship after late rally past No. 13 Texas TechNext articleTCU celebrates first-generation students Renee Umsted RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Twitter + posts
RSF_en March 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Second law curbing press freedom secretly promulgated GambiaAfrica Organisation GambiaAfrica News Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go further After learning that a second draconian press law was secretly promulgated on 28 December, Reporters Without Borders today reiterated its appeal to the international community to put pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to stop his mounting crackdown on Gambia’s news media. Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder After learning that a second draconian press law was secretly promulgated on 28 December, Reporters Without Borders today reiterated its appeal to the international community to put pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to stop his mounting crackdown on Gambia’s news media”Gambia’s president clearly intends to keep tight control on journalists during a period of unrest and in the approach to a crucial election year,” the press freedom organization said. “The silence of his African and European counterparts leaves his hands free to turn Gambia into one of the West African countries that most restrict press freedom.”The organization added: “This is virtually already the case, with the approval of this new law, the fruitless investigation into the murder of newspaper editor Deyda Hydara and the president’s frequent inflammatory comments about journalists.”It has emerged from the official Gambia Gazette of 30 December that, despite appeals from international organizations and African journalists, Jammeh promulgated the Newspaper Amendment Act 2004 at the same time as the Criminal Code Amendment Bill 2004.This law cancels all the licences that had previously been issued to the news media and forces them to re-register, while at the same time increasing the cost of a publishing licence five-fold, from 100,000 dalasis (2,600 euros) to 500,000 dalasis (13,000 euros). It also forces journalists to adopt a strict code of conduct within six months that imposes sanctions on violators.The promulgation of these two laws was not made public until the end of February. The Gambia Press Union (GPU) – a journalists’ union – has said it intends to challenge the constitutionality of these two laws in the courts. Reporters Without Borders supports this initiative.————————-23.02.2005 – President Yahya Jammeh promulgates law opening prison gates to journalistsReporters Without Borders voiced “outrage” today at the treatment reserved for the press in Gambia, where President Yahya Jammeh promulgated at least one press law on 28 December without the Gambia Press Union (GPU) – the journalists’ trade union – ever being able to get a copy.”Gambia sinks deeper into darkness and the international community pretends not to see,” the press freedom organization said. “Gambia’s journalists have learned through the press that, despite the appeals of African journalists and international organizations, the president surreptitiously promulgated a draconian press law without the government seeing the need to tell them for two months.”Reporters Without Borders said it was outraged by both the government’s methods and the law’s content. “This is a serious reverse for press freedom in western Africa and an additional humiliation by President Jammeh for Gambia’s journalists after the blow they received in the form of newspaper editor Deyda Hydara’s murder in December.”The organization added: “It is high time that the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Commonwealth and democratic countries with good relations with Gambia should convince President Jammeh that this spiralling repression is alarming and dangerous. The international community must help Gambian journalists to preserve their freedom instead of ignoring them.”The Daily Observer said yesterday that, in an undistributed issue of the official Gambia Gazette dated 30 December, the president’s office promulgated a criminal code amendment that was passed by the national assembly on 14 December. The amendment, which changes the press code, stipulates that publishing deliberately defamatory comments or publishing inaccurate news – deliberately or not – is punishable by a prison sentence of six months or more. Seditious comments are punishable by six months in prison for the first conviction and three years for subsequent convictions. According to the Gambia Gazette, Jammeh signed this into law on 28 December.The other bill passed by the national assembly on 14 December, the Newspaper Amendment Act 2004, appears not to have been promulgated. Heavily criticized by the opposition during the parliamentary debate, it would rescind all existing news media licences, increase the cost of a new licence for newspaper owners from 100,000 dalasis (2,571 euros) to 500,000 dalasis (12,855 euros), and make them register their homes as security for non-payment.GPU president Demba Jawo told Reporters Without Borders the government did not give him a copy of the new law despite his repeated requests. “There aren’t many people in the government willing to give me information on this subject,” he said. He added that the journalists’ union intended to challenge the law’s constitutionality as soon as it got all the details. News News News January 27, 2020 Find out more August 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Gambia July 23, 2019 Find out more
News UpdatesDelhi HC Asks Media Advisory Committee of Rajya Sabha To Decide Whether Non Issuance of Annual Pass To Freelance Journalists Violate Their Right to Free Speech [Read Order] Karan Tripathi20 May 2020 9:27 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has asked the Media Advisory Committee of the Rajya Sabha to revisit its Rules and Guidelines for issuance of passes to see as to whether non issuance of annual passes to freelance journalists violate their Right to Freedom of Expression under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. While disposing of the petition, the Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla noted…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDelhi High Court has asked the Media Advisory Committee of the Rajya Sabha to revisit its Rules and Guidelines for issuance of passes to see as to whether non issuance of annual passes to freelance journalists violate their Right to Freedom of Expression under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. While disposing of the petition, the Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla noted that there are two conflicting interests that are to be balanced and tested on the touchstone of doctrine of proportionality. In the present writ petition, the Petitioner had challenged the order dated 06/07/17 by the Media Advisory Committee of Rajya Sabha, which had restricted the issuance of passes to the journalist under the freelance category to only sessional passes thereby discontinuing its earlier practice of issuing an annual pass to the journalist under the freelance category. In addition to this, the Petitioner had also sought court’s direction to the said Committee to issue a permanent pass to the Petitioner for covering the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha. The Petitioner claims to have to have been covering the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha as well as the Lok Sabha since 1991 as also appearing on various news channels, contributing to several news portals, newspapers, etc. The Petitioner also held the Permanent Rajya Sabha Press Gallery till the Impugned Decision taken by the MAC on 06.07.2017. The Petitioner had argued that the said decision of MAC is not only violative of the Fundamental Right of the petitioner guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India but also under Article 14 inasmuch as it fails to give any reasonable basis for treating the freelance journalist as a separate category from the accredited journalist for issuance of the Rajya Sabha Press Gallery Pass. It was further argued by the Petitioner that the said order seeks to create a divide and treat freelance journalists unequally and as being inferior to those journalists who are affiliated to media houses or news agencies. The Respondents, on the other hand, submitted that a Sub-Committee of MAC was set up in May 2017 to examine and recommend the number of freelance journalists to be admitted to the Press Gallery of the Rajya Sabha and also to rationalize the existence of two types of passes in freelance category. The Sub-Committee in its report observed that such practice of issuing two types of passes for freelance journalists, who are professionally equal, is discriminatory and unjust and recommended only sessional passes to be issued to freelance journalists. The committee also recommended that the annual passes issued to three journalists under the freelance category should be discontinued and they should also be given sessional passes like other journalists in the said category. Therefore, the Respondents argued that the said decision does not violate Article 19(1)(a) of the Petitioner as he can still cover the Rajya Sabha on the basis of the sessional pass. After analysing the decisions of the Supreme Court in Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India, and Shreya Singhal v. Union of India, the court observed that must be noted that no person, be a journalist or otherwise, can claim an open access to the precinct of the Parliament. ‘We must also keep in view the ghastly attack perpetrated by the terrorists on the Indian Parliament on 13th December, 2001’, the court said. The court further highlighted that the distinction made between various categories on the basis of circulation or the nature of agency, etc. cannot be said to be arbitrary. In light of this the court observed that: ‘there is no challenge to the decision of the MAC taken in its meeting on 19.11.2011. Therefore, this Court refrain sitself from proceeding further with such consideration. However, it would be advisable for the respondents to revisit its Rules and Guidelines for issuance of passes keeping in view the mandate of Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
News UpdatesSC Directs NCDRC To Expeditiously Pronounce Judgment In A Case Which It ‘Reserved For Judgment’ In October 2019 [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 July 2020 4:15 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has directed the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission to expeditiously pronounce judgment in a case which it had ‘reserved for judgment’ on 24 October 2019. The bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and KM Joseph, directed thus while disposing of a Miscellaneous Application filed by a party to this case before NCDRC. He contended before the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has directed the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission to expeditiously pronounce judgment in a case which it had ‘reserved for judgment’ on 24 October 2019. The bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and KM Joseph, directed thus while disposing of a Miscellaneous Application filed by a party to this case before NCDRC. He contended before the bench that the judgment in the EA filed by him, has not been pronounced despite the principles enunciated in Anil Rai vs State of Bihar (2001) 7 SCC 318. He submitted that he has filed an application on 23 June 2020 for pronouncement of the judgment since the Member who heard the EA is due to retire on 31 August 2020. Taking note of this the bench ordered: “We direct that the application which has been filed by the applicant on 23 June 2020 be placed by the Registry of the NCDRC within a period of one week from today before the concerned Bench. Necessary steps shall be taken for the pronouncement of the judgment expeditiously.” SC Expressed Concern About Cases Remaining As ‘Reserved For Judgment’ in 2001 JudgmentIn Anil Rai, the Supreme Court had expressed concerns about the delay in pronouncing judgments and the trend of many cases remaining as judgment reserved” for long periods. The court then issued the following guidelines to address this issue: The Chief Justices of the High Courts may issue appropriate directions to the Registry that in case where the judgment is reserved and is pronounced later, a column be added in the judgment where, on the first page, after the cause-title, date of reserving the judgment and date of pronouncing it be separately mentioned by the court officer concerned. That Chief Justice of the High Courts, on their administrative side, should direct the Court Officers/ Readers of the various Benches in the High Courts to furnish every month the list of cases in the matters where the judgments reserved are not pronounced within the period of that months. On noticing that after conclusion of the arguments the judgment is not pronounced within a period of two months, the concerned Chief Justice shall draw the attention of the Bench concerned to the pending matter. The Chief Justice may also see the desirability of circulating the statement of such cases in which the judgments have not been pronounced within a period of six weeks from the date of conclusion of the arguments amongst the Judges of the High Court for their information. Such communication be conveyed as confidential and in a sealed cover. Where a judgment is not pronounced within three months, from the date of reserving it, any of the parties in the case is permitted to file an application in the High Court with prayer for early judgment. Such application, as and when filed, shall be listed before the Bench concerned within two days excluding the intervening holidays. If the judgment, for any reason, is not pronounced within a period of six months, any of the parties of the said lis shall be entitled to move an application before the Chief Justice of the High Court with a prayer to withdraw the said case and to make it over to any other Bench for fresh arguments. It is open to the Chief Justice to grant the said prayer or to pass any other order as deems fit in the circumstances.Click here to Read/Download OrderRead Order Next Story