Topics: Lottery Strategy Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 27th May 2020 | By contenteditor Email Address Lotteries after lockdown – Part 1 Many lotteries have reported an increase in online players due to retail shutdowns in place across the world. But will this lead to a permanent shift in player behaviour, asks Joanne Christie.Lottery operators have historically taken wildly different approaches to selling online and consequently achieved wildly different levels of success in the channel. But even those that have put a huge amount of resources into the endeavour have found that largely, retail remains the dominant channel for customers.Partly, this is due to demographics – it is widely recognised that older people are more likely to play the lottery than younger people. And partly it is due to ease of access – in many countries tickets can be bought during a supermarket shop, so people don’t have the same incentive to make the move online as they do with other products.However, the sudden arrival of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has changed things significantly. Widespread lockdowns have made it difficult – in some cases impossible – for players to buy their tickets at retail outlets. This has created a drop in retail sales but also an opportunity for lotteries to ramp up their online player base.In many cases any online uptick won’t be enough to compensate for the retail losses. On the other hand there is a possibility that a significant number of the new online players – some of whom are usually retail players, others completely new players – could add to the long-term revenues of operators.Shift in preferences “Like many businesses, we have seen some impact on National Lottery retail sales – in-store sales typically make up around 70% of our total sales – as a result of the ongoing disruption caused by Covid-19,” says Camelot commercial director Neil Brocklehurst. “As part of our measures to support National Lottery retailers, and in line with government guidance, we’ve been encouraging players to only buy tickets in retail if they’re already in store doing an essential shop and to play online instead.“What’s clear right now is that there has been a change in the way some people are playing the National Lottery during this period. Due to the fact that we’ve been encouraging people to play and check their tickets online and on the National Lottery app, we’ve seen a significant increase in people downloading our app and traffic to our online channels.”However, he says it’s too early to say how many of these new online players will remain online, adding that “the UK National Lottery has always been a primarily retail business and we don’t expect that to change any time soon”.Anna Romboli, head of the Tur business unit at Svenska Spel, says she is hopeful of a permanent increase in online play. “We see a rapid digital transformation and an increase in our online player base, and this increase seems to have accelerated due to Covid-19. These are customers that we aim to keep long term.”“It’s very difficult to predict the long-term effect, but right now we can see a decrease in retail sales also here in Sweden, as the Swedes stay at home to a large extent. And since the crisis is on everybody’s mind, the general focus on lottery products isn’t that high.”Others, however, fear that not only will online not make up for the retail decline in the interim but also that the retail decline will prove permanent. Yakir Firestane, director of digital at the Health Lottery, says the lottery has seen a rise of around 10% in online play but a 40% fall in retail play.His worry is that while the online gain may remain, retail will not bounce back. “I don’t think that we will go back to where we were before the pandemic in terms of our retail/online split.“My fear is that the treatment, in terms of the behavioural treatment that people have received by being denied the ability to play in retail for six weeks, maybe longer, is just too long for them to regain old habits. They will have learned new behaviour, which is either they came to us online or they found something else to do with their £5 a week.“I think that our lottery is in a similar position to the newspaper industry. You see about the same drop in newspaper sales, about 30-40%, and yes, you see an increase online, but the revenues are not the same and many fear that the people who have stopped buying the newspaper will grow out of the habit.”Adapt to survive This risk makes it all the more important that lotteries adapt their offerings in the meantime to make sure players don’t get out of the habit of playing.One way the Health Lottery is doing this is via product innovation. “We’ve accelerated our delivery pace, so we launched a new gambling website two or three weeks ago, we launched a new scratchcard – which has the best odds to win £100,000 in Britain – two weeks ago, and we are releasing a new product almost every fortnight, which is significant. We usually release stuff much more slowly,” says Firestane.On the other side of the Atlantic, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission has adopted a similar strategy. “[In April] we started launching two e-Instants a month to ensure there was ample refreshed content for our players,” says Kelley-Jaye Cleland, director of sales and product development. “Previously we only launched one per month, with the exception of the first few months of launch. We anticipate this being a permanent change.”Lotteries have also focused on the accessibility of their products. At Camelot, Brocklehurst says: “We’ve taken measures to make it easier for people who might traditionally play in retail – for example, we’ve lowered our minimum online deposit limit from £10 to £5 to ensure that people who just want to buy a ticket or two play online instead of going out to a shop unnecessarily to do so.”This focus on ease of access has in some cases extended beyond online. For example, in early April Svenska Spel reintroduced proxy play, whereby customers can nominate an individual to place bets or buy lottery tickets on their behalf in retail outlets. It was a move aimed largely at elderly customers and one that has been “very positively received”, according to Romboli.“There will always be a group that prefers the retail experience and also a group that will just not be able to make the move over to online play. However, this group is decreasing over time,” she says.In the Czech Republic, Sazka has taken steps to encourage these elusive older players online. For example, shortly after the Czech lockdown began, it put together online tutorials on how to create an account and how to deposit money, aimed at those aged 50-plus.“We track a KPI which is newly registered [customers] and these numbers since March have doubled. And more interestingly, we clearly see an older audience becoming now an online customer. [These are], of course, regularly a retail customer,” says Sazka chief executive Robert Chvatal.He says this was just one part of its strategy to invest more in attracting additional online customers during lockdown. “Even in the deepest corona times we did not think for a second on the necessity to invest capital expenditures into making our online platform more robust.”So far, Sazka’s investment seems to be paying off. At one point only 70% of Sazka’s Czech retail network was selling products and it’s likely many players stayed away even when they could access retail outlets. However, in a statement released alongside its 2019 annual report in April, the company said Czech GGR year-to-date remained in line with the company’s budget.In fact, in April it said it was slightly above expectations, with a strong online performance making up for any retail loss. “The Czech business is still pretty much delivering what it was delivering last year, which I think is a phenomenal achievement,” says Chvatal.Read part two here. Many lotteries have reported an increase in online players due to retail shutdowns in place across the world. But will this lead to a permanent shift in player behaviour, asks Joanne Christie Lottery AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter
Structural Engineering: Area: 189 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Cloud Architecture Studio Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Jeremy Wright+ 22Curated by Hana Abdel Share Design And Coordination:Brendan JonesDrafting:David StanleyArchitects:Cloud Architecture StudioCity:Brunswick EastCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Jeremy WrightRecommended ProductsWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesText description provided by the architects. Completed in 2020, Fleming Park House was conceived to accommodate a family of 7, including 5 teenage boys. Being well under 200 square meters i n area, this beautiful house overlooks the l ocal football ground and dog-park. At i ts essence, Fleming Park House i s an adaptable, flexible collection of spaces capable of ‘ bending’ to the needs of occupants i nto the future.Save this picture!© Jeremy WrightSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Jeremy WrightIn i ts substantial presence, this “up to 5 bedroom” house i s not unlike many double storey, free standing Victorian terrace houses i n i nner Melbourne. But whilst there are echoes of the Victoria terrace, the design adopts an “upside down model”. As such, l ight and air define the upper l iving spaces, which captures the diverse surrounding views – treetops, rooftops and children playing. The sleeping areas on the ground floor are cooler, darker and enable quieter ‘ comings and goings’ i n the extremely busy household.Save this picture!© Jeremy WrightThe primary form of the house i s an elevated, stratified, stretched, box. Strips of horizontal l ight and moving awnings i nscribe the l iving spaces with the cycles of the day and of the seasons. A series of descending gestures, i n the form of stairs and voids, create a relationship between the floors and l ead people through the house by tempting glimpses of what l ies beyond. This visual layering also l inks the i nternal courtyards and other voids to the outside, giving a sense of orientation and a beautiful connection to the sky – rain, hail or shine.Save this picture!SectionsDesigning for small, or constrained, sites offers the opportunity to amplify connections creating an architectural i ntensity. In the same way that the ‘ box’ i s broken down i nternally through the use of voids and courtyards, ‘ add-ons’, i nfills, screening are employed externally to give nuance and i nterest to the form. Spaces and elements are extruded from the underside and l ean toos bulge from i ts sides. This ergonomic architecture of the suburban everyday elevates simple gestures through i nvention and practicality; the front pergola i s l iterally pulled out from the southern facade l ike a drawer from a chest.Save this picture!© Jeremy WrightThe ‘ off the shelf’ material palette – comprising timber, steel sheet, concrete blocks and plywood sheets – was chosen for i ts durability, sustainability and affordability and the house celebrates the simplicity of these materials. Internally, this simple palette i s combined with plentiful pattern and color to deliver a playful space for a l ively family, whilst retaining a sense of craft and calm consistent with the building’s i nvention and place i n the worldSave this picture!© Jeremy WrightProject gallerySee allShow lessGriyoase House / Andyrahman ArchitectSelected ProjectsWinter House / LAARSelected Projects Share Fleming Park House / Cloud Architecture StudioSave this projectSaveFleming Park House / Cloud Architecture Studio ArchDaily Year: “COPY” CopyHouses•Brunswick East, Australia “COPY” Projects Houses 2021 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/961110/fleming-park-house-cloud-architecture-studio Clipboard CopyAbout this officeCloud Architecture StudioOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBrunswick EastOn FacebookAustraliaPublished on May 04, 2021Cite: “Fleming Park House / Cloud Architecture Studio” 04 May 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Melanie May | 2 March 2017 | News 2) Frugi & Pump AidFrugi has made its first official donations to Pump Aid, Anna’s Hope and The Sick Children’s Trust through its ‘Little Clothes BIG Change’ initiative, which has reached its halfway point. Frugi has donated £27,986.60 between the three charities so far. The initiative lets customers choose the charity that resonates with them the most to receive a donation from their order, or lets them split it between them. Through ‘Little Clothes BIG Change’, Frugi donates 1% of its turnover each year to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, an orphanage in India and these three children’s charities. Over the past 13 years, Frugi has donated more than £300,000 to charity. Applications for its 2017/18’s children’s charity will be open from 1st March 2017. 4) Fleet Operations & MPS SocietyFleet Operations has tripled its 2016 fundraising target by raising £12,000 for local and national charities. Staff from the Newcastle-under-Lyme company were given a £4,000 goal at the start of 2016 and set about organising different ways to reach their target. Events included a hike up Mount Snowdon, Cycle London Orbital (a 117-mile static bike ride), a super heroes day, and most recently, a charity race evening with silent auction, which raised £10,000. The money will go to Christie’s acute oncology services and cancer care, the Mucopolysaccharide Diseases Society (MPS) UK, the British Lung Foundation and the Donna Louise Trust. 8 corporate fundraising partnerships for March 2017 From long-standing partnerships to new ones, here are eight corporate fundraising collaborations to kick off the month of March.This round-up features everything from superhero dress-up days, silent auctions, bike rides, and app launch support, to hikes, cake sales and donations from product sales.1) Aviva and British Red CrossAviva has raised more than £300,000 for British Red Cross over the first year of its charity partnership. Employees have been raising money through various fundraising activities. Aviva employees across 12 countries have also taken part in Missing Maps sessions, mapping over 126,000 buildings and 18,000km of road across Guinea, Malawi and Haiti. Aviva has helped the charity’s response to crises around the world including the Bangladesh cyclone, Lesotho food insecurity, and Hurricane Matthew. In 2015 Aviva also supported the launch of the British Red Cross Emergency Response app, which has so far sent 2.6 million alerts and been downloaded 56,000 times. Tagged with: corporate Fundraising ideas 5) Age NI & Danske BankDanske Bank staff and customers have raised over £145,000 for charity partner, Age NI since 2013. This has helped the charity continue to provide its care services, answer an additional 5,000 calls to the Age NI Advice line and contribute to more than 150,000 cups of tea and coffee for the hundreds of older people who attend its 14 day centres. The two have also delivered in-branch ‘Step by Step’ sessions that help with banking to over 1,200 older people since 2014. 3) EDM & MacmillanProvider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors EDM has hit its 2016 fundraising target for Macmillan. EDM raised £7,000 through a range of fundraising activities including a cake sale, Christmas Festive Day, Go Sober, and an online auction of unwanted household items, plus company donations.Image: EDM local Macmillan Fundraising Manager, Becky Bainton & staff 6) Dribuild & Above & BeyondBristol building construction firm, Dribuild, has raised over £50,000 for urgent medical research into an autoimmune disease called Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) at Bristol’s hospitals. After choosing Above & Beyond as its Charity of the Year, the Dribuild team has raised £53,000 in under twelve months for the rare blood condition, which causes potentially life-threatening bleeding, bruising and severe tiredness.Image: Matt Tyler, Dribuild managing director. Credit: Paul Poynter Advertisement 244 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis39 7) Oliver Bonas & The Eve AppealOliver Bonas has launched a partnership with The Eve Appeal that will see it support the charity through the sale of a number of Oliver Bonus products, including its bestselling Exotic Fig Candle and Reed Diffuser, and limited edition collections. For SS17, it have chosen its Amara Heart Bowls and Set of Heart Teaspoons, both representing The Eve Appeal through their heart shaped designs. All proceeds from in-store carrier bag charges will also be donated and Team OB will be fundraising in stores and at its Head Office. 8) Hypnos & Magic BreakfastBed manufacturer Hypnos has announced Magic Breakfast as its charity partner for 2017. Hypnos has already provided a £20,000 donation as a percentage of its 2015/2016 financial profit, which will help provide over 90,000 breakfasts, and will show further support for the charity in 2017 through a series of fundraising events. 243 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis39 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Indiana Closer to Restrictions on Dicamba Usage By Gary Truitt – Oct 6, 2017 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Closer to Restrictions on Dicamba Usage SHARE Back on August 30, the Indiana Pesticide Review Board voted to place restrictions on dicamba use in the state. The vote will become law, if it passes a couple more steps in the process. The restriction would be in effect for all dicamba products used for agricultural purposes, and only certified applicators would be allowed to apply the product. The next step in the rule-making process is the state Attorney General’s Office. If the Indiana A.G. signs off on it, the rule then heads to the Governor before making the final stop at the Legislative Services Agency, which would then choose the publication date, listing it as the final rule. Indiana’s rule would restrict any pesticide product with dicamba that both contains dicamba in concentrations equal to, or greater than, 6 and 6.5 percent, and is intended for agricultural use but doesn’t contain 2,4-D as an active ingredient. The restriction would not apply to dicamba-based products intended for use on turf or other non-agricultural sites. Indiana requires the Pesticide Review Board to consider economic impacts when making their decisions as well.A statement from the board says it made the decision because there are numerous other products on the market that could be used in place of dicamba-based products. Indiana rules go into effect 30 days after filing with the publisher.Late Thursday ISDA issued the following statement, “ISDA supports the Office of Indiana State Chemist.”Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleEPA Action would Break President’s Promises on Protecting the RFSNext articleMr. McKinney Goes to Washington Gary Truitt
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced that it is increasing the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2020. Single-family properties in the U.S. will have their conforming loan limit raised from $484,350 to $510,400 in 2020.The changes are based on changes in home prices nationally, as the FHFA reported that house prices rose 4.9% from Q3 2018 to Q3 2019. FHFA’s seasonally adjusted monthly index for September was up 0.6% from August. According to FHFA’s seasonally adjusted, expanded-data HPI, house prices increased 5.38% on average, between the third quarters of 2018 and 2019. Therefore, FHFA notes, the baseline maximum conforming loan limit in 2020 will increase by the same percentage.House prices rose in all 50 states and the District of Columbia between the third quarters of 2018 and 2019. The top five states in annual appreciation were: Idaho (11.6%); Maine (7.9%); Arizona (7.9%); 4) Utah (7.8%); Indiana (7.4%). The states showing the smallest annual appreciation were: Illinois (1.9%); Connecticut (2.2%); Maryland (2.4%); South Dakota (2.7%); and Iowa (3.2%).“House prices have risen every quarter for the last eight years,” said Dr. William Doerner, FHFA Supervisory Economist. “Relative to a year ago, market indices are still trending upward for the nation as a whole as well as in every census division, state, and the top 100 metro areas. Price gains, though, are continuing to slow their upward pace in a few cities with large housing markets.”The FHFA also reports that in 2020, for areas in which 115% of the local median home value exceeds the baseline conforming loan limit, the maximum loan limit will be higher than the baseline loan limit. The new ceiling loan limit for one-unit properties in most high-cost areas will be $765,600—or 150% of $510,400. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago FHFA Increases Conforming Home Loan Limits Print This Post Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Home Prices loans About Author: Seth Welborn Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago December 2, 2019 2,809 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Home Prices loans 2019-12-02 Seth Welborn Previous: New York HPD Tracks Over 3K ‘Zombie Homes’ Next: Homeowners’ Insurance Knowledge Gap Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / FHFA Increases Conforming Home Loan Limits Subscribe
News UpdatesAllahabad HC Takes Cognizance Of A Missing BHU Student, Allegedly Disappeared From Police Custody [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 Aug 2020 2:01 AMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court on Wednesday took cognizance of a letter petition addressed to the Chief Justice in relation to a missing student from Varansai, who allegedly disappeared from the Police custody six months ago. The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Samit Gopal has issued notice to the concerned authorities and has asked the Government Advocate…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 Allahabad High Court on Wednesday took cognizance of a letter petition addressed to the Chief Justice in relation to a missing student from Varansai, who allegedly disappeared from the Police custody six months ago. The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Samit Gopal has issued notice to the concerned authorities and has asked the Government Advocate to file a complete statement of facts in a form of short counter affidavit, before next date of hearing. Advocate Saurabh Tiwari, an alumnus of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) had addressed a letter to the Chief Justice, highlighting the plight of a poor father has been unable to establish contact with his son Shiv Kumar Trivedi, a 2nd year B.Sc. students at BHU, ever since February 12, 2020. As per the facts averred in the letter, Trivedi was picked up by certain police personnels from the M.P. Theatre ground, BHU on the said date and was taken to the Police Station Lanka, District Varanasi. Ever since, there has been no sign of the student. His father made several complaints to senior police officials of Varansai, registered IGRS complaints, etc. but in vain. It is pointed out that Trivedi was picked up from the Theatre ground on the basis of a 112 call made by a fellow student, who reported that Trivedi was standing there in an unconscious/unusual way. However, the Police kept denying that Trivedi was at the Lanka police station until production of proof of dial 112 call detail. As per the letter, the police have now accepted that Trivedi was in Lanka PS on the intervening night of February 12 however, it has not given any further detail of the missing student. Based on these submissions, the Court decided to treat the letter as a writ petition in the nature of Habeas Corpus and issued notices to the concerned parties. “Let a notice of this petition be issued to the District Magistrate, Varanasi, Senior Superintendent of Police, Varanasi and Station House Officer, Police Station Lanka, Distirct Varanasi through the Government Advocate, Allahabad High Court, Prayagraj,” the Court ordered while posting the matter for hearing on August 25. Case Details: Case Title: Saurabh Tiwari v. State of UP Case No.: PIL No. 819/2020 Quorum: Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Samit Gopal Click Here To Download Order Click Here To Download Letter 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
Top Stories[Breaking] Hathras Victim’s Family Moves Allahabad HC Seeking Release From Alleged Illegal Detention Of UP Police Akshita Saxena8 Oct 2020 12:39 AMShare This – xThe family of the victim in the Hathras case has moved a habeas corpus petition in the Allahabad High Court against alleged illegal detention by the UP Government. The writ petition has been moved by the Akhil Bharatiya Valmiki Mahapanchayat on behalf of the detained family, through Advocates Kashif Abbas Rizvi and Joun Abbas. The matter was listed before the Bench of Justices…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 family of the victim in the Hathras case has moved a habeas corpus petition in the Allahabad High Court against alleged illegal detention by the UP Government. The writ petition has been moved by the Akhil Bharatiya Valmiki Mahapanchayat on behalf of the detained family, through Advocates Kashif Abbas Rizvi and Joun Abbas. The matter was listed before the Bench of Justices Pritinker Diwaker and Prakash Padia and verdict has been reserved thereof. It is alleged that the immediate family of the deceased victim, i.e. her father, mother, two brothers, sister-in-law and grandmother have been illegally detained in their own homes by the UP Government. “Ever since the information and horror of this distressing event has spread across India, the administration has been making all attempts to threaten, pressurize, and intimidate the Petitioners into making false statements which may enable the widespread discontent to die down, and the perpetrators of the crime to go scot free. As part of this scheme, the administration had installed blockades in and around Hathras District, and persons who seek to travel to the area are being prohibited to do so without any lawful reason, and being prevented from doing so by use of illegal force and measures,” the plea states while asserting that the Government has violated their Fundamental Right to free movement. The plea further discloses that the family has been “gheraoed” at its own home since September 14, i.e. the date of the incident and only her brother was allowed to accompany her at the Hospital in Agra. Further, it is submitted that only on September 28, when she was being moved to Delhi, did the Government allow two more members of the family to visit her. It is also alleged that the family was not given custody of the victim’s corpse and they remained “forcefully confined” in their homestead land and continue to remain as such. Further it is submitted that the family has been prevented from even meeting or communicating freely, thereby violating their Fundamental Right to freedom of speech and expression as well as the right to receive information under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. The impugned actions are also alleged to be a violation of their rights under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. It may be noted that since the Petitioners are allegedly under detention, the Affidavit has been sworn by the National General Secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Valmiki Mahapanchayat, who claims to have received instructions from the family over telephone, via Whatsapp. Background The 19-yr-old victim in this case was allegedly tortured and gang raped by four men on September 14 in UP’s Hathras district. It is alleged that the perpetrators cut of the tongue of the victim to ensure that she does not give any statement to the police and repeatedly threatened her family for several days. She was recovered from the fields in a critical condition and was admitted to a hospital in Aligarh for treatment. On September 28, she was shifted to AIIMS Delhi, where she succumbed to her injuries the next day. Allegedly, the victim’s family was not even allowed to cremate her body but was instead, locked up in their home during cremation in the wee hours on September 29. The Allahabad High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of the matter and has decided to examine whether the economic and social status of the deceased’s family was taken advantage of by the State Authorities to oppress and deprive them of their Constitutional rights? “The rights of individual citizens in the Country and the State especially that of the poor and the downtrodden such as the family members of the deceased victim and the deceased herself are paramount and the Courts of Law are under a bounden duty to see that the said rights available under the Constitution are protected at all costs and the State does not in its misplaced endeavour for political or administrative reasons transgress the limits of its powers to encroach and violate such rights, especially in the case of poor and the weak,” the Court said. Allahabad HC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance Of Hathras Case; Says ‘Incidents Have Shocked Our Conscience’ A PIL is also pending before the Supreme Court seeking SIT/ CBI investigation in the matter. Inter alia, a number of letter petitions have been filed at both the Courts, seeking impartial investigation, expeditious trail and justice in the matter. 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 UpdatesMan Accused Of Killing Wife Not Entitled To Custody Of Children Until Competent Court Acquits Him: Allahabad High Court Sparsh Upadhyay15 Nov 2020 1:11 AMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court on Tuesday (10th November) refused to grant the custody of two minor children to their father, who is accused of killing his wife.The Bench of Justice JJ Munir also refused to grant visitation rights to the accused father to meet the children.Facts of the caseOne Awadhesh Gautam (Father/Accused) instituted a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, on behalf of his two…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 Allahabad High Court on Tuesday (10th November) refused to grant the custody of two minor children to their father, who is accused of killing his wife.The Bench of Justice JJ Munir also refused to grant visitation rights to the accused father to meet the children.Facts of the caseOne Awadhesh Gautam (Father/Accused) instituted a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, on behalf of his two minor children – Shaurya Gautam and Km. Dishi Gautam.He prayed that a direction be issued by the Court, ordering Smt. Brahma Devi Tiwari (respondent no. 4/minors’ maternal grandmother) and Sri Braddhanand Bal Ashram, Arya Samaj Jama Wala, Tilak Road, Dehradoon, Uttarakhand (respondent no. 5), to produce his two minor children-detenues before the Court and upon production, their custody be granted to him.Notably, Awadhesh Gautam’s wife and the minors’ mother, Poonam Gautam, died an unnatural death, regarding which, Awadhesh Gautam and four others of his family have been booked for her murder and for the destruction of the evidence.In this connection, an FIR giving rise to Case Crime No. 238 of 2017, under Sections 147, 302, 201 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 has also been registered against the father-Awadhesh and 4 others.Arguments put forthIt was alleged in the writ petition that Shaurya Gautam and Km. Dishi Gautam (minor children) were forcibly taken away by respondent no. 4 (minors’ maternal grandmother) when Awadhesh Gautam (father) was sent to jail, in connection with the crime.Awadesh Gautam (father) was admitted to bail by dated 15.11.2019 and upon his release from jail, he approached the fourth respondent. A request was made to permit him to meet the children.He stated before the Court that he discovered there that the children have been lodged in Sri Braddhanand Bal Ashram, Uttarakhand. He claimed that he met his children there.He also asserted that he produced documents before the ashram authorities to show that he was the minors’ father, and requested them to hand him over custody of the minor children. It was asserted that the ashram refused to release the children.The fourth respondent, who is the minors’ grandmother, stated that Awadhesh Gautam had murdered her daughter and she fears for the minors’ life, if they were placed in his custody.She also told the Court that she was given the custody of the minors by one Neeraj Gautam, a relative of Awadhesh (father), in the presence of the Station House Officer, Police Station – Sahpau, District – Hathras, who had the custody of the children after Awadhesh’s arrest.Court’s ObservationsThe Court observed that Awadhesh is the minors’ natural guardian under Section 6 (a) of Act, 1956, however, the Court noted that “the issue about the minors’ custody is not so much about the right of one who claims it, as it is about the minors’ welfare.”Further, the Court also noted,”If it could be shown, therefore, ex-facie, that the minors’ welfare is best secured in Awadhesh’s hands, this Court would grant immediate custody to the father. Here, however, that does not appear to be the case. The father is an accused. The issue of welfare of the child cannot be mechanically determined. It is to be sensitively approached, taking into consideration both broad and subtle factors that would ensure it best.”The Court relied on the Apex Court’s ruling in the case of Nil Ratan Kundu and Another v. Abhijit Kundu (2008) 9 SCC 413, wherein it was held that the fact about the involvement of a natural guardian, in a criminal case relating to the death of a spouse, is an important consideration while determining the question of the welfare of the minor.In Nil Ratan Kundu’s case, the father, an accused in a case relating to his wife’s dowry death had claimed the minor’s custody from his maternal grandfather and grandmother.The father’s involvement in a case relating to his wife’s dowry death was regarded by the Apex Court as an important factor to be carefully addressed by the Court in reference to its facts and evidence.Importantly, when the High Court interacted with the 10-year-old Minor Shaurya, he said that he does not wish to go back to his father or stay with him. On being asked the reason, he said that he fears for his life.He also said that he wishes to stay at the hostel and insisted upon staying their and refused to go back to his father.In this backdrop, the Court opined,”The totality of the circumstances on record show that unless acquitted, it would not be appropriate to place the two minor children in their father’s custody.”Lastly, the Court said,”In the overall circumstances of the case, this Court does not think that Awadhesh Gautam is entitled to the minor’s custody, at least at this stage, when he is facing criminal charges. If and when he is acquitted and the children, still minors, it would be open to him to make an appropriate application, seeking their custody to the court of competent jurisdiction, under the Act, 1890, which shall be decided in accordance with law, according to the circumstances then obtaining, without being influenced by anything said here.”In the result, the petition failed and stood dismissed.Case title – Shaurya Gautam (Minor) And Another v. State Of U.P. And 4 Others [Habeas Corpus Writ Petition No. – 140 of 2020]Click here to download the OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
HR professionals should take a pivotal role in merger and acquisition talks as company advisers have a poor understanding of people management issues.The findings come in a CIPD report jointly commissioned with consultancies Bacon & Woodrow and PricewaterhouseCoopers.One in three of those surveyed considered advisers to the bidders had a limited understanding of HR issues, or none at all. For advisers to the target firm, this figure rose to nearly one in two.Report co-author Judy Brown said HR needs to be involved in negotiations from an early stage.“Chief executives and senior management must consider the need to consult with people managers along with lawyers and accountants when establishing merger deals.“The key message must be that people managers should make their case more forcefully and people managers and board members should in turn consult more.”Carol Bode was HR development manager at the AA when it was bought by Centrica in September 1999. She said merging companies need to undertake a risk assessment of people as well as financial issues.“The problem is that it has to come from the top. It’s no good always saying HR should be more proactive and make their voice heard. Sometimes the reality is that you have to have an enlightened chief executive to get HR in there in the first place. The importance of HR always tends to be acknowledged eventually, but often it is in hindsight.”Figures show merger activity in the UK by overseas companies rose from £9.5bn in 1996 to £31.5bn in 1998.Frances Wilson, international manager of the Institute said personnel practitioners are being asked to give strategic input where they are credible. They need to demonstrate they are proactive, vocal, with high visibility: the kind of people the chief executive can talk to.”The report, People Implications of Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Divestments, is based on 80 responses to a questionnaire sent to members of the institute’s international and compensation benefits forums. Contact: Diane Sutton, e-mail: [email protected] Tel: 020-8263 3271 www.cipd.co.ukBy Kathy Watson Merger talks lack vital HR presenceOn 10 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
Related posts:No related photos. UK stranded over councilsOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Ireland has withdrawn its opposition to the principle of consultative workscouncils for all European companies, leaving the UK isolated. The Irish government has informally told the British government of itsdecision, Personnel Today has learned. At one time the potential blockingminority comprised Germany, Denmark, Ireland and the UK. No single country canveto the law. Attention will turn now to the detail, which proposes that all private firms– probably above a threshold of 50 staff – will have to consult their workforceover significant changes such as mergers and redundancies. Legislative details will include the level of sanctions facing firms thatfail to comply. The European Parliament, which has to give its approval to new laws underthe Amsterdam Treaty, will push for tough sanctions.