AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 8 January 2014 | News Tagged with: corporate direct debit regular giving 69 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis This year one lucky individual will win £12,000, or the average of one year’s worth of bills (based on Bacs’ Family Tracker research), while a prize of £2,000 is on offer for business customers who switch to Direct Debit.Bacs’ sector specialist, Graham Callaghan, said:“This campaign offers an ideal opportunity for charities which have a corporate supporter to leverage the benefits of a collective initiative. I would encourage any charities interested in getting involved, along with their supporter, to find out more about how they can be a part of the campaign”.Charities interested in getting involved should contact Graham Callaghan. Charities are once again set to benefit from the Big Break campaign. This national marketing campaign run by Bacs Payment Schemes Limited, the people behind Direct Debit in the UK, promotes regular payments by Direct Debit. It is running again this year for the fourth year in a row.The Big Break invites organisations from a range of sectors to make a donation to their chosen charity for every new Direct Debit Instruction signed. This year’s campaign will run from 1 February to 30 June 2014, with companies choosing how long they wish to participate for.In 2013 over 90 businesses got involved, with 9.2 million customers contacted, and 120 good causes received a total of £150,000. Advertisement Big Break campaign to benefit charities About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
The great actor and political activist Ruby Dee died at the age of 91 on June 11. She had been married to Ossie Davis, another amazing actor and social activist, for almost 60 years, until his death in February 2005.Dee and Davis achieved a powerful collaboration on stage, screen and in the struggle. Broadway marquees dimmed their lights on June 13 in tribute to Dee, as they did for Davis following his death.Following her graduation from Hunter College in New York City, Dee performed on stage in productions by the American Negro Theater, located in the Harlem branch of the New York Public Library, as well as on Broadway in the early 1940s.She played the sister of Sidney Poitier’s character in the ground-breaking 1950 anti-racist film “No Way Out,” which also starred Richard Widmark.Her first major role on Broadway was in the 1959 stage production of playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s award-winning “A Raisin in the Sun,” opposite Poitier. The story, about a Black family in Chicago who face racism when they attempt to move into an all-white neighborhood, is currently on Broadway starring Denzel Washington. The talented actor Sophie Okonedo, who recently won a Tony award playing the role originated by Dee, recognized her as one of her heroes.When the great African-American singer and actor Audra McDonald won her record-breaking sixth Tony award this year for playing Billie Holiday, she also paid homage to Ruby Dee in her acceptance speech.Dee met Davis, her future spouse, during the 1946 Broadway production of “Jeb.” She, Davis and many other pioneering African-American actors, female and male, faced decades-long racial barriers, especially in Hollywood films. It wasn’t until the 2007 film “American Gangster” — after almost a 60-year acting career — that Dee garnered her one and only Academy Award nomination. Davis was never nominated for an Oscar.This year marks the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s powerful film, “Do the Right Thing,” about racism in Brooklyn, which included unforgettable characters played by Dee and Davis.A lifetime of activismThe various acting roles played by Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis reflected their radical political views against racism, war and anti-communist hysteria, which they never compromised. They were close friends of the legendary singer Paul Robeson, who was targeted by the McCarthyite witch hunt in the 1950s, especially after he performed in the Soviet Union and other socialist countries and also spoke out against imperialism and racism. Dee and Davis also publicly opposed the 1953 executions of Ethel Rosenberg and Julius Rosenberg, accused of spying for the Soviet Union.During the Civil Rights and Black Liberation movements, Dee and Davis formed close relationships with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. In fact, Davis gave the eulogy at Malcolm’s funeral. Both Dee and Davis helped co-facilitate the rally at the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which brought out 250,000 people.Dee signed the call for International Peace for Cuba rallies in the early 1990s in opposition to the U.S. blockade.Both Dee and Davis were active in the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal movement. They both spoke at the 1,000-strong Dec. 9, 2000, “International Day of Solidarity with Mumia” rally at Mother AME Zion Church in Harlem. In 2009, Dee was one of many prominent individuals who demanded a federal civil rights investigation to expose the constitutional violations against Mumia that led to his 1982 first-degree murder conviction. Mumia had interviewed Dee and Davis in 1980.Mumia stated in his Feb. 7, 2005, prisonradio.org audio column following Davis’s death that “for most young people, perhaps the grizzled old guy in Spike Lee’s movie, “Do the Right Thing,” sparks memories. In the flick, Davis plays Da Mayor, a street figure who pines for the attention of his love interest, played by Ruby Dee. This very role reflects the essence of what Davis and Dee have done for generations now: taken rather ordinary roles and imbued them with grace and dignity, a reflection of how they touched the lives of millions of ordinary people by reflecting the best that is within them.”Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were one of a kind, brilliant actors who consistently stood in solidarity with the workers and oppressed of the world. They will always remain outstanding examples for artists and non-artists alike.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Twitter Twitter First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Linkedin ReddIt Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. ReddIt Linkedin Facebook Colin Post Previous articleEnd of an era: Senior Night for Robinson and Miller marks the completion of TCU basketball’s foundationNext articleWhat we’re reading: Who needs a script? Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Jordan Moore had her 10th double-double of the season with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.com Facebook printJordan Moore had her 10th double-double of the season with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.comSeniors Jordan Moore and Amy Okonkwo both finishedwith double-doubles, as TCU women’s basketball defeated Oklahoma 73-63 inNorman to earn their 20th win of the season.“I am so proud of our team,” head coach Raegan Pebley said. “To have 20 wins at this point in the season is a testament to their hard work, their growth, their investment in each other, and their investment in their development as people both on and off the floor.”Moore poured in 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season. Along with dishing out a career-high five assists, the Round Rock native reached the 20-point mark for the third consecutive game.Meanwhile, Okonkwo scored 12 points of her own, all of which came in the third quarter. The forward also grabbed 12 rebounds to complete her third double-double of the season.While Moore and Okonkwo were displaying their usual dominance,senior Dakota Vann also played well, finishing with a career-high 13 points.The Horned Frogs started slow, going down 21-13 thanks to the shooting of OU’s Taylor Robertson. The guard scored 14 points in the first quarter alone, 12 of which came from behind the arc.Robertson stayed hot in the second quarter, hitting two more threes and putting TCU down 40-34 going into the locker room at halftime.TCU proceeded to hit four three-pointers in the first five minutes of the second half to take the lead. From there, Moore and Vann took control, scoring nine points each in the fourth quarter to lead the Horned Frogs to the win. The victory seals the season sweep of the Sooners, as the Horned Frogs defeated Oklahoma 86-71 on Jan. 22 in Fort Worth.This is the first time TCU has reached the 20-win mark in the regular season since the 2010-11 season.For their final game of the regular season, the Horned Frogs will be in the friendly confines of Schollmaier Arena for a matchup with No. 18 Texas. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. + posts Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/
November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation KenyaAfrica Reporters Without Borders, International Media Support and Article 19 issue a report on their joint mission to Kenya to investigate the behaviour of the local media in the country’s unprecedented national crisis. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 6, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Related documents Download the full reportPDF – 287.11 KB Reports News Receive email alerts Reports March 6, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “How far to go?” Kenya’s media caught in the turmoil of a failed election Follow the news on Kenya Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists KenyaAfrica to go further June 13, 2019 Find out more The media in Africa does not always enthusiastically join in political crises by egging on murderous militants, as is often believed, and Kenya’s press, in the violent aftermath of last 27 December’s disputed presidential election, was a very good example of how it does not.But the Kenyan media failed in its duty to report fully on the political crisis and violence that followed last 27 December’s presidential election because it was too busy trying to “calm passions and encourage reconciliation,” a joint fact-finding mission by Reporters Without Borders, International Media Support and Article 19 said today.Doing this and “criticising the country’s politicians as irresponsible and unpatriotic” was not its primary job and was used as a diversion and way of coping with pressure from the government not to report what was going on. The media’s true duty was to “report the facts, present them to those involved in the events and let the public judge,” it said. Editors and journalists were inexperienced in reporting on such a crisis after decades of peace, the report said, and the government feared a Rwanda-style situation. Tervil Okoko, chairman of the Kenya Union of Journalists, said the freedom the media had enjoyed for so many years gave it a false sense of security and self-censorship took over.David Makali, director of the local Media Institute press freedom group, said the country’s media failed in its duty to report the truth, which he said journalists may have sought out but didn’t dare to report.The three organisations urged the government to trust the media more and help boost its structure. They called on political parties to stop using vernacular radio stations as political tools and on the media to do some soul-searching about what went wrong and to train their journalists in investigative reporting.
News SomaliaAfrica Follow the news on Somalia Organisation RSF_en Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia March 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders cautions the Somali cabinet against adopting an incomplete and overly restrictive media bill, which it is to examine tomorrow. Reporters Without Borders is also disturbed by the information ministry’s sudden decision to submit the bill to the cabinet before the start of Ramadan.While the government has consulted some civil society figures about the proposed law, media community critics continue to say that the choice of persons consulted was one-sided and not truly representative of the journalistic community and Somali civil society.Reporters Without Borders is of the view that the current draft is no more than a preliminary one that establishes broad outlines but suffers from major omissions that must be addressed.“The bill’s sudden submission to the cabinet and the cancellation of some of the planned public consultations have sent a disturbing message to the media community,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“The bill does not have enough precision in its current form to provide journalists with the guarantees they need to work freely. We urge the cabinet not to approve as it stands, and instead to insist on the drafting of a consensual bill that guarantees freedom of information for the Somali people.”Reporters Without Borders deplores the overly broad definition of “media” to include “speeches,” “books” and all websites. Under the bill, the news media would have to register and apply for a licence from the information ministry (not an independent authority), without which it would be illegal for them to publish.The bill refers repeatedly to the withdrawal of licenses, clearly treating this as a threat that should always hang over the media, and at no time refers to the need for this or other sanctions to be proportional. Withdrawing a licence should be an exceptional measure.Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Somalia ratified in 1970, says any restrictions on freedom of expression must be specifically limited to those that are “provided by the law.” Commenting on article 19, the UN Human Rights Council has said: “Laws must provide sufficient guidance to those charged with their execution to enable them to ascertain what sorts of expression are properly restricted and what sorts are not.”This bill contains a series of extremely vague and often illegitimate restrictions on freedom of expression. Defamation, national security and the concept of false information are not defined. The right of journalists to receive information is affirmed but can be banned if such a ban is deemed “reasonable.” This violates article 32 of the Somali constitution guaranteeing the right to information.Although the bill says an ethics code should be defined jointly with the relevant parties, its content already seems to have been determined, and includes obligatory respect for Islam and “traditional Somali ethics.” This is surprising, and has been condemned by many Somali journalists.Foreign journalists are not spared. They are subject to the same requirement to respect “Somali traditions” and to adhere to rules to be approved by the information ministry that are not specified. This leaves the foreign media in a dangerous legal void.The bill’s professed desire to protect journalists appears to be positive but is insufficient. Violations of freedom of information should be specifically penalized, as UN special rapporteur Frank La Rue has recommended. Furthermore, journalists are still liable to be arrested although freedom of information NGOs have long been calling for the decriminalization of media offences.Contrary to what is announced in the text, the confidentiality of journalists’ sources is not guaranteed. This principle should only suffer exceptions in grave cases where procedural guarantees are provided.Finally, although the bill refers to an “independent” Media Council, it provides no guarantee of its independence and does not specify its composition, how its members are appointed, how it functions, how it is funded and what sanctions it can impose. Furthermore, the bill violates international standards by giving the council authority over all media instead of just the broadcast media.The bill nonetheless has positive aspects. It enshrines the major principles and specifically refers to article 18 of the constitution and article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It also provides for an “independent” public broadcaster and defines journalism in an open manner.(photo : Prime Minister of Somalia, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed) News to go further SomaliaAfrica June 25, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Somali government urged to revise proposed media law RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists News February 24, 2021 Find out more January 8, 2021 Find out more
L-R: At the APIDC VIP RECEPTION: Daphna Patel, PCC student (leadership graduate) received a certificate of recognition from PCC, Joanne Lee, PCC student (Leadership graduate) received a certificate of recognition from PCC, Jeanne Shamim, PCC President’s Asian & Pacific Islander Advisory Committee, Raymond Kwong, PCC student (Leadership graduate) received a certificate of recognition from PCC, Susanna Shamim, PCC President’s Asian & Pacific Islander Advisory Committee and Peter J. Wong, APIDC Research Director. In attendance but not pictured: Linda Wah, PCC Board of Trustees, Bryan Takeda, Vice-Chair PCC Presidentâ€™s Asian American Pacific Islanders Activity Committee and Patty Kinaga, of the Kinaga Law Firm in LA, a Pasadena resident and Co-founder of APIDC.On October 25, 2014, APIDC hosted its first Annual Gala at the beautiful Cicada Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. APIDCâ€™s Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed upon the former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, for his role in supporting the historic passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is a unique opportunity to recognize Mr. Minetaâ€™s many contributions to our country.Minetaâ€™s commitment to people with disabilities started back in the 1970â€™s when he was asked by a good friend to spend his first week as San Jose mayor in a wheelchair. It shaped his commitment to people with disabilities, which is best exemplified by his leadership in getting the transportation portions of the ADA passed. Also being honored and a great supporter, AT&T will be receiving the Corporate Leadership Award.Diginitaries attending include: Consul General of Japan Harry Horinouchi and Mrs. Horinouchi; State Controller John Chiang; LA County Supervisor Don Knabe; West Covina City Councilmember James Toma; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Akemi Arakaki; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance Ito; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Tim Saito; Los Angeles Community College Trustee Mike Eng; and Pasadena City College Trustee Linda Wah.Proceeds from the gala will be used to support APIDCâ€™s outreach and educational services, including its Youth Leadership Institute and 2016 statewide conference. APIDCâ€™s newest programs is a Leadership Institute where college students with disabilities are taught public speaking, media, advocacy, organizing and fundraising skills to become future leaders. The 2014 graduates of the inaugural Leadership Institute are continuing their participation in APIDC as Student Ambassadors. They will be introduced during the VIP Reception and will be speaking during the Program. The Student Leadership Graduates include:Raymond Kwong, a student at Pasadena City College who has a visual disability, has been a mentor to young people with disabilities as a co-founder of Survive or Thrive, and has provided ongoing support, helping mentees practice self advocacy and independent living skills.Joanne Lee, an international business undergraduate major at Pasadena City College is a member of the Associated Students Academic Commission, advocating on behalf of student needs, and is committed to making a difference for marginalized people. Joanne serves on the Blood Committee for the AGS Honor Society, and volunteers with the American Red Cross.Daphna Patel, a student at Pasadena City College, is President and founding member of a campus club called Students Unlimited, which supports students with disabilities. The club has been described by college administrators as having a positive impact on students with and without disabilities.Kevin Phung attends Rio Hondo College as a psychology major. Mark Matsui, Rio Hondoâ€™s Director of Disabled Students Program & Services, describes how Kevin has distinguished himself as a founding member of a student organization called Active Minds, which is dedicated to erasing the stigma surrounding mental health challenges.Silkvia To, is a rehabilitation major at California State University LA whose career goal is to work with people with disabilities.Since 1999, APIDC has been a unique bridge between the Asian communitiesâ€”traditionally under-served due to language and cultural barriersâ€” and mainstream agencies and organizations serving people with disabilities.Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to raising the visibility of Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) with physical, mental and developmental disabilities. APIs with disabilities are an under-served population in employment, education, health and social services due to cultural and language barriers. Created in 1999, APIDC is believed to be the only organization of its kind in the country dedicated to advocating on behalf of APIs with disabilities. It was created because many families and people with disabilities are not familiar with available resources, and because many mainstream agencies serving people with disabilities find it difficult to access our Asian communities.APIDC convenes statewide conferences, which bring together consumers and service providers to network with each other. The conferences have been attended by hundreds of people who have reiterated the need for such conferences for information sharing, support and social networking purposes. APIDC also conducts smaller seminars to educate people about services, and provides a Speakers Series highlighting APIs with disabilities who have become local and national leaders. 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Top StoriesEnsure That Reasoned Judgment Is Passed Along With Operative Order: Supreme Court Criticizes NCDRC Practice Of Passing ‘Reasons To Follow’ Orders LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK19 Feb 2021 2:42 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court, criticizing the practice of ‘reasons to follow’ orders, directed the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission to pass reasoned Judgment along with the operative order.The bench comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and Ajay Rastogi observed that, in all matters before NCDRC where reasons are yet to be delivered, it must be ensured that the same are made available to…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, criticizing the practice of ‘reasons to follow’ orders, directed the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission to pass reasoned Judgment along with the operative order.The bench comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and Ajay Rastogi observed that, in all matters before NCDRC where reasons are yet to be delivered, it must be ensured that the same are made available to the litigating parties positively within a period of two months.”Undisputedly, the rights of the aggrieved parties are being prejudiced if the reasons are not available to them to avail of the legal remedy of approaching the Court where the reasons can be scrutinized. It indeed amounts to defeating the rights of the party aggrieved to challenge the impugned judgment on merits and even the succeeding party is unable to obtain the fruits of success of the litigation.”, the bench observed while noticing that, in the instant case, the operative order was pronounced on 26.04.2019, and in the reasoned judgment was made available after eight months.The court noted a recent order passed in Oriental Insurance Co. Ltd. Vs. Zaixhu Xie & Ors. in which it was observed that the delay in delivery of judgments is a violation of Article 21 of the Constitution of India and the problems gets aggravated when the operative portion is made available early, and the reasons follow much later, or are not made available for an indefinite period.Taking note of the report submitted by Registrar of NCDRC, the bench noted that, as on 20.12.2019, there were 85 such cases in which the operative order had been pronounced, but reasoned judgments were not delivered so far. “The fact which has been brought to our notice by the Registrar of the Commission can, in no manner, be countenanced that between the date of operative portion of the order and the reasons are yet to be provided, or the hiatus period is much more than what has been observed to be the maximum time period for even pronouncement of reserved judgments”, the court said.CASE: Sudipta Chakrobarty Vs. Ranaghat S.D. Hospital [CIVIL APPEAL No.9404/2019]CORAM: Justices Indu Malhotra and Ajay RastogiCITATION: LL 2021 SC 100Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentNext Story
Top StoriesFailure Of Private Hospitals To Provide Timely Medical Treatment Is Also Violation Of Article 21: Patna High Court Nupur Thapliyal12 May 2021 8:09 PMShare This – x”Article 21 imposes an obligation on the State to safeguard the right to life of every person. Preservation of human life is thus of paramount importance.” – Patna High CourtThe Patna High Court on Wednesday issued slew of directions while observing that the government hospitals, medical officers are duty bound to extend medical assistance and failure on the part of even private hospitals to provide timely medical treatment to a person in need of such treatment results in a violation of his right to life guaranteed under Article 21.A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S Kumar issued directions in a clutch of petitions concerning the covid 19 situation in the State and also highlighting the issues regarding availability of medical infrastructure, covid medicines and dearth of oxygen supply. The following directions have been issued by the Court: – The government hospitals run by the State and the medical officers employed therein are duty-bound to extend medical assistance for preserving human life. Failure on the part of even private hospitals to provide timely medical treatment to a person in need of such treatment results in a violation of his right to life guaranteed under Article 21. – The public representatives nominated vide Notification dated 1st of May, 2021 issued by the Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Bihar as also the functionaries of the State under the Registration Act, Municipal Act and the Panchayat Act shall take all steps ensuring implementation of the Government policies, including immediate registration of deaths, more so in the rural areas of Bihar. – The State Government is hereby directed to take all necessary steps for proper implementation of the CRS, and responsibilities enunciated for units of local government under the Registration Act as also the Panchayat Act. All deaths must be reported within 24 hours. A true picture is essential for taking effective steps in defeating this pandemic Covid-19. – We reiterate the importance and significance of shifting the focus to the rural areas so as to ensure that none is deprived of the medical health infrastructure in connection with pandemic Covid-19. – The Ministry of Health, Government of India/appropriate authority shall, to the extent possible, favourably consider the request forwarded by the State vide communication dated 7th May, 2021 seeking enhancement of the quota of oxygen cylinders. The needful be positively done within next four working days. – Equally, the State’s request seeking enhancement of quota of oxygen (LMO) forwarded vide communication dated 10th of May, 2021 be favourably considered within very same period. – The affidavit of the Commissioner of the District Buxar and Kaimur with regard to disposal of the bodies found flowing in the river Ganga be positively filed within next two working days. – All concerned shall expeditiously take appropriate steps and pass orders for interim release of the case property seized in the shape of oxygen cylinders, which are necessarily required for saving human life. The needful be done as per law ensuring its identification during trial. – Municipal authorities are directed to take steps for proper collection, treatment and disposal of waste generated from COVID patients in home isolation. – The process of procuring C.T. Scan equipment is directed to be expedited. – The Chief Secretary, Government of Bihar shall file a fresh affidavit, furnishing complete information in a format (tabular chart) prepared by all the learned counsel in terms of our direction. Needful be positively done within next four working days, failing which, we shall be constrained to ask him for joining the proceedings through a digital mode. – Fresh data be furnished to this Court, with respect to RTPCR, positivity rate and death etc., making clear the geographical locations, Urban and Rural designations and also, the number of (a) Covid Care Centres (CCC); (b) Dedicated Covid Health Centres (DCHC); (c) Dedicated Health Centre (DHC) or for that matter the private hospitals in each one of the districts. It is to be noted that the information furnished must pertain to the second wave of the pandemic, beginning March 1, 2021. – It is open for the parties to respond to the affidavits dated 06.05.2021; 09.05.2021 and 11.05.2021 filed by the Chief Secretary, Government of Bihar. Right to Health and Responsibility of State Highlighting that the right to health including access to basic medical infrastructure, is a facet of Art. 21 of the Constitution which the State is duty-bound to provide, the Court observed thus: “Article 21 imposes an obligation on the State to safeguard the right to life of every person. Preservation of human life is thus of paramount importance. The government hospitals run by the State and the medical officers employed therein are duty-bound to extend medical assistance for preserving human life. Failure on the part of a government hospital to provide timely medical treatment to a person in need of such treatment results in a violation of his right to life guaranteed under Article 21.” Perusing the affidavit filed by Chief Secretary, Government of Bihar dated 9th May, the Court opined that the same was “conspicuously silent” on the issue of availability, requirement and distribution of Oxygen and disposal of bio-medical waste generated out of all operations concerning Corona Virus. During the course of hearing, Senior Advocate Vikas Singh highlighted the issue of non-availability of the oxygen cylinders equired for transporting the Oxygen from the storage point/ special carrier vehicles up to the users. On the other hand, Advocate Anshuman Singh appearing for Union of India apprised the Court that the Centre was doing allocation in that regard and that as on 29th April, 10088 Cylinders were allotted to the State and an assurance was given that by the first week of May, 2021, it would be further enhanced. At this juncture, the Advocate General apprised the Court that the Chief Minister in consultation with senior ministers was monitoring the situation. Considering the notification dated 1st May 2021 stating that elected representatives including Minister or MLAs were made in charge of each district to deal with the covid situation, the Court observed thus: “Well the issue, purely falling within the domain of the political executive, we only hope and expect that such elected representatives, true to their oath of office, discharge their duties and obligation at the ground level. For they alone can instill confidence in the minds of public.” On Black Marketing and Hoarding On the aspect of black marketing and hoarding of e medical equipment, including oxygen cylinder, the Court observed thus: “We refrain from commenting on such human conduct, save and except direct all the functionaries to forthwith, interim release the case property per law. We see no reason why such proceedings are not conducted through virtual mode, considering that the case property is vital for saving human life and is also required to be proven during trial.” On Covid Situation in Rural Areas During the previous course of hearing, the Court had expressed its desire the shift its focus from urban areas to the rural areas and in view of this, directed the State to furnish correct and complete information. In view of this, an apprehension was expressed by the State that the Court might be exceeding its jurisdiction as the same falls purely within the domain of the executive. “We are afraid it is not so, for as a Constitutional Court collectively, we hold the responsibility to ensure that the State’s people, regardless of their geographical location, do get timely aid ensuring no loss of human life purely on account of lack of medical health infrastructure. We clarify that the Court is not venturing into a roving enquiry but seeks information only in the context of peculiar geographical and demographical diversity of the State of Bihar, which has a landmass of 94163 square Kilometre with River Ganga freely passing through with almost seven tributaries, flowing both from north and south, making it a delta of the Gangetic plain. During monsoons, all low lying areas, North of Bihar, especially in the Mithila area, is often inundated.” the Court observed at the outset. Looking at the district wise breakup of population living in urban and rural areas in the State, the Court opined that the same revealed that almost 90% of the population lives in the rural areas. “It is not that Corona Virus affects only the urban population. It is also not that it does not affect rich or the poor living in the rural areas. Infrastructure right from testing up to isolation must exist in the rural areas, more so in view of anticipation of the third wave, as per the experts of the Government of India, which is likely to come soon.” The Court observed. In view of this, the Court directed the Chief Secretary, Government of Bihar to file a fresh affidavit indicating District-wise breakup of the activities undertaken and the existence of the infrastructure in dealing with the second covid wave. “Gathering such information is not difficult for everything is in a digital form, be it testing; hospitalization; distribution of life-saving drugs; infrastructure in the shape of oxygen cylinders, beds, ventilators; recovery and deaths of persons affected with the virus etc.” the Court observed at the outset. Opining that there is no data to indicate the number of deaths that have taken place in Bihar during the second wave of the Pandemic, the Court went ahead to observe that “Any death, more so, in the rural areas for lack of access to a medical facility, including testing in a violation of fundamental right.” In view of this, the Court ordered: “We understand that the Executive are busy conducting operations, be it planning or its execution at different levels with dealing with the Pandemic. At this point, we deem it prudent not to interact with them directly. But, failure to furnish information, complete in all respect, may prompt us to do so.” Read Also: Patna High Court Seeks State’s Response On Availability Of Medicines, Oxygen Cylinders And Black MarketingRead Also: COVID- Our Responsibility Is To Ensure That People Are Provided With The Healthcare They Need: Patna HC Seeks Bihar Govt’s Response On Several IssuesClick Here To Read OrderTagsGovernment Hospitals Medical Officers Medical Assistance Private Hospitals Medical Treatment Art. 21 Patna HC Chief Justice Sanjay Karol Justice S Kumar Next Story
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