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Microgaming expands into Czech Republic with Tipsport

first_img Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Czech Republic Microgaming expands into Czech Republic with Tipsport Casino & games Online gaming content provider Microgaming has expanded its services into the Czech Republic through a new partnership with Tipsport. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 15th February 2019 | By contenteditor Online gaming content provider Microgaming has expanded its service offering into the Czech Republic through a new partnership with Tipsport.Microgaming has provided the Czech betting operator with a software solution tailored for consumers in the country.Tipsport customers will now have access to a range of Microgaming’s premium casino games, with additional content to be added in the near future.“Tipsport is a major operator in the region, and a leader in the European sports betting industry as a whole,” Microgaming’s chief operating officer, Andrew Clucas, said. “We are delighted to begin a partnership with them that will provide their customers with an expanding library of our best online slot gaming content.”Jiří Švarc, director of online casino at Tipsport, added: “Our partnership with Microgaming signals our commitment to diversifying our product offering, providing players in the Czech Republic with access to the largest and most diverse online gaming portfolio in the industry.”The latest launch comes after Microgaming in December rolled out its online poker offering in Bulgaria, via a supply deal with local operator National Lottery AD.Microgaming also went live in both Colombia and Denmark towards the end of 2018, following up on this with a launch in the newly regulated Swedish market last month.Image: Max Pixel Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation Email Addresslast_img read more

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KamaGames releases video poker app

first_img Social mobile poker operator KamaGames has announced the release of a new standalone video poker app, Video Poker by Pokerist.The app, which is now available via the App Store and Google Play will host three game types — Deuces Wild, Bonus Video Poker and Jacks or Better — and is designed with “the look and feel of the traditional Las Vegas video poker machines.”Established in 2010, KamaGames Europe’s largest social mobile poker operator, with over 630,000 daily active users. The company’s flagship game, Pokerist, was the #1 grossing app in 101 countries on the App Store.Andrey Kuznetsov, chief executive of KamaGames, said he believed the game would be attractive to both Pokerist players and new customers.“We are placing a strong focus on differentiating our portfolio of social casino games in many directions this year,” Kuznetsov said. “As an iconic element of the Las Vegas casino, video poker is very familiar to our audience and in-line with the products they want from KamaGames. With this exciting new addition, we hope to both satisfy both our existing players whilst also attracting a fresh, new audience.”Kuznetsov said the company had focused on diversifying the range of content it offers with the launch of new products, and the video poker roll-out was “perfectly aligned with this goal”.“In the short time since launch, it’s certainly helped us build on our global presence in the social casino landscape and we’re looking forward to adding to this offering in the remainder of 2019,” he addedEarlier this month, the company announced that H1 2019 revenue increased 11.2% from the previous year to $46.3 million. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games 31st July 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Social mobile poker operator KamaGames has announced the release of a new standalone video poker app, Video Poker by Pokerist. Casino & gamescenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter KamaGames releases video poker app Tags: Online Gambling Email Addresslast_img read more

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SIT Land Holdings Ltd (SIT.mu) Q12012 Interim Report

first_imgSIT Land Holdings Ltd (SIT.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about SIT Land Holdings Ltd (SIT.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the SIT Land Holdings Ltd (SIT.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: SIT Land Holdings Ltd (SIT.mu)  2012 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileSIT Land Holdings Limited is an investment holdings company. The company is involved in the growing of sugarcane in Mauritius. SIT Land Holdings Limited also engages in the acquisition, holding and disposal of agricultural properties. SIT Land Holdings Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN.ng) Q12018 Interim Report

first_imgMTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN.ng)  2018 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileMTN Nigeria Communications Limited provides cellular telecommunications services in Nigeria. It offers cellular network access and information and communications technologies (ICT) solutions. The company also provides Internet services, such as video calling, data services and Internet browsing, mobile Internet, and mobile wi-fi services. In addition, it offers international roaming services, including data roaming, in-flight roaming, and wi-fi roaming services. Further, the company provides voice short message service (SMS), fashion and lifestyle tips, mobile television (TV), bulk short message service (SMS), mobile newspaper, radio, back up, conference call, and missed call alert services MTN Nigeria Communications Limited is listed on the Nigeria Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Barrett v Mo’unga and four other New Zealand talking points

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Jacob Whitehead reflects on the North v South match and Ian Foster’s first All Blacks selection He made it look so easy – and it’s not the first time he’s scored a key game winner. Indeed, it could be argued that he sent the Super Rugby Aotearoa title the Crusaders’ way – scoring the key try against second-place Blues to win their only match-up.He’d had a brilliant year in Super Rugby, for sure, but international rugby is a different beast – and make no mistake, the North v South match was of that ilk. So much of the New Zealand dynamic is about the soaking up of pressure, before adapting to dominate the big moments. Jordan did this, struggling early against Caleb Clarke before making a couple of brilliant cover tackles, scoring an opportunistic first try and a velvet-smooth second. Expect to see him somewhere in the All Blacks back three for years to come.Next All Blacks back row beginning to take shape Kieran Read’s retirement has left quite some gap to fill in the New Zealand back row, but judging by recent performances the All Blacks shouldn’t miss him too much…You can maybe measure the quality of a squad by the calibre of player missing out – and the omission of Tom Christie and Tom Sanders is emblematic of this. The Crusaders pair were brilliant on Saturday, with Christie emulating Neil Back’s graft and Sanders’s ball-carrying notably similar to CJ Stander. Christie in particular looks as if he’ll snap at captain Sam Cane’s heels over the next World Cup cycle.What makes the New Zealand loose forwards so hard to predict is Ardie Savea’s versatility – he is able to cover all three back-row spots. The most likely group would see Savea and Cane on the flanks, with the eight spot seemingly boiling down to a battle between Blues pair Hoskins Sotutu and Akira Ioane.Ioane’s redemptive tale after struggling with form is an inspiring one, but Sotutu looks to be the favourite right now. A breakout star of Super Rugby Aotearoa, his work-rate on Saturday was exceptional, while his offload for Smith’s score was the ‘wow’ moment of the game – until Jordan intervened.Yet the All Blacks could yet field Savea at No 8 and pick the in-form but raw Shannon Frizell on the blindside, while Foster clearly rates surprise selection Cullen Grace, a 20-year old flanker who could force his way into the reckoning.Rieko goes well at 13Rieko Ioane sometimes gets a hard time in New Zealand and he’s been  told by numerous pundits that he’s not an international centre, but he laid quite the marker at the weekend.TJ Perenara’s Instagram story captured this – ‘He’s not a centre they said’, followed by a string of laughing emojis, after the Blues flyer scored an excellent brace of tries. One second-half-offload was reminiscent of Sonny Bill Williams.Of  course, Ioane actually began his career as a centre at schoolboy level, so what about for the All Blacks?The competition on the wing is ridiculous – George Bridge, Sevu Reece, Will Jordan, Caleb Clarke – but with the mulletless Jack Goodhue recently shifted to inside-centre, the All Blacks midfield options look clearer. Rieko at 13 and a straight shootout between Lienert-Brown and Goodhue for the spot at second five-eighth… now what a back-line that could be.Brad Weber is the unluckiest man in world rugbyThe scrum-half was a brilliant general for the South, outshining Perenara until the Hurricanes man was replaced by Aaron Smith on the hour mark. His Chiefs team struggled in Super Rugby this year, but Weber was a standout – and he has flourished whenever he’s had a chance for the All Blacks.Breaking Brad: Weber makes a burst for the South (Getty Images)The issue is that those opportunities seem few and far between with Perenara and Smith ahead of him – both in the top handful of scrum-halves worldwide.Weber, 29, could be approaching a half-century of caps for most other top rugby nations – his paltry five for the All Blacks does not reflect his quality. It will be interesting to see if Foster gives him a chance in the year to come. On the other hand, the South’s back-line generally didn’t fire as much and he missed a key tackle on Hoskins Sotutu in the run-up to Aaron Smith’s try.What have we learnt here? It looks as if Mo’unga has probably shown enough to hang onto the first five-eighth jersey, unless Foster decides to diverge drastically from the World Cup strategy.Air Jordan stakes his claim –Jordan saves his team from defeat… rises highest to score the buzzer-beater… an incredible pressure play… This is not a direct quote from Netflix’s The Last Dance. It would be absurd to compare Michael Jordan to Will Jordan, but the latter undoubtably pulled off a Jordan moment in the final throes of the inter-island match-up.Josh Ioane’s kick dropped perfectly on Mitchell Hunt’s head, leaving the Highlander’s man static against the onrushing Jordan, who soared highest to gently pluck the ball out of the air.center_img Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. North v South: Five things we learnt It’s been an exciting few days for New Zealand rugby, with the return of the North v South game, the announcement of Ian Foster’s first All Blacks squad and, most importantly, the sheer quality of rugby on offer.The South triumphed 38-35 thanks to a last-gasp winner – probably a fair result after the North’s controversial go-ahead score ten minutes before. There were mauled tries, back-line moves galore, opportunistic scores and aerial glory – the tone set from Caleb Clarke’s 40m break straight from kick-off.Due South: Will Jordan scores the match-winning try (Getty Images)Ian Foster’s team is in more of a transitional moment than the one Steve Hansen inherited nine years ago – so what have we learnt from Saturday’s grudge match and the squad announced early on Sunday morning?Barrett v Mo’unga: The battle continues The battle for the New Zealand fly-half jersey between Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga continues. Barrett had possibly the better overall game as North faced South – setting up Rieko Ioane in the game’s opening minutes, unparalleled in broken field – but Mo’unga fans may argue that Barrett’s strengths can still be utilised at 15.Mo’unga was the top scorer in Super Rugby Aotearoa and not only made the Team of the Tournament but was named NZ Player of the Season – showing flashes of that brilliance on Saturday as he flicked a brilliant try-scoring pass to Tyrel Lomax in the second half. Leading the attack: Beauden Barrett in action for the North (Getty Images) last_img read more

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CFDG to launch online management toolkit for charities

first_img Howard Lake | 23 October 2002 | News The Charity Finance Directors’ Group (CFDG) will launch an online resource centre for charities on 4 December 2002.The CFDG’s new Web resource will launch following funding from the Community Fund.The new site was announced by Geoff Miller, Chairman of the Trustees of CFDG, at the umbrella group’s annual dinner in Lodon. “The new site will allow our members, and those from other charities who subscribe, to share documents and knowledge in a way which has never been possible before. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. “Especially in the light of the recent Strategy Unit report it is essential for the sector to be more willing to share its knowledge and expertise for the benefit of us all. If the public sees us working together to improve themanagement of our organisations we will be playing an important part in raising public confidence in the sector as a whole. We are confident that the Charities Resource Network will be a major step forward in helping achieve this objective.”  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis CFDG to launch online management toolkit for charitieslast_img read more

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Rep. Chu Votes to Improve and Invest in Nation’s Water Infrastructure

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Last night, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) voted in support of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which authorizes improvements to America’s ports and waterways, and invests in projects tied to flood prevention, drinking water, dams and levees, and environmental restoration. Rep. Chu released the following statement:“At a time when our economy is still rebounding from the Great Recession, the WRRDA bill will spur job creation and economic growth by investing in our nation’s ports and water infrastructure. It also helps California get its fair share of a user fee paid by shippers who import goods at our harbors, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. These funds will help pay for much needed harbor maintenance. This was truly a bi-partisan effort and marks a step forward in the House to bring long-needed reform to the way we approve new water infrastructure projects, now and in the future.” Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News Top of the News center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Government Rep. Chu Votes to Improve and Invest in Nation’s Water Infrastructure Published on Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 12:15 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community Newslast_img read more

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The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, Padgett Law Group, and More …

first_img About Author: Radhika Ojha Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Home / Daily Dose / The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, Padgett Law Group, and More … Tagged with: CoreLogic EXOS Financial services industry mortgage Padgett Law Group Schiller Knapp Servicing Veterans United  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, Padgett Law Group, and More … Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. April 11, 2019 1,427 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img From partnerships and promotions to recognition and new services, catch the latest happenings in the industry in this update.CoreLogic recently announced its Instant Merge credit report and flood services are now available on LendingPad, a web-based, end-to-end loan origination system (LOS). The inclusion of Instant Merge credit reports joins the previously available Flood Determination services from CoreLogic in a series of planned product integrations on the LendingPad platform.The Instant Merge credit report provides specific demographic information, current and historical tradeline details and public records and inquiries with additional features such as identity verification, multiple scoring options, and detailed creditor contact information. Lenders can request an Instant Merge credit report and find the most up-to-date borrower information available from the three major credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.“LendingPad is proud to be at the forefront of mortgage lending technologies and working with reputable industry leaders to enhance loan origination processes,” said Wes Yuan, Managing Director for LendingPad. “Our mutual customers will immediately enjoy the convenience and benefits of the CoreLogic credit and flood products inside of the LendingPad platform.”___________________________________________________________________________Padgett Law Group (PLG) has announced that Marissa M. Yaker has been promoted to Managing Attorney over the firm’s multi-state foreclosure practice. The promotion includes the firm’s foreclosure practices in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas. In her new role, Yaker will specifically focus on FHA timelines, general processing timelines, and client education related to foreclosure changes, updates, and news across PLG’s multi-state footprint.“Timeline, turnaround, and quality are hallmarks of the PLG experience, and each of these are areas where Marissa excels. We are thrilled to have her in this expanded role where she’ll be able to share her talents for thoroughness, quality legal work, and efficient operational excellence with more of our clients and other PLG team members,” said Robyn Padgett, PLG’s Chief Development Officer.___________________________________________________________________________Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP has announced the promotion of Gregory J. Sanda to its partner ranks. Sanda is jointly responsible for the firm’s complex foreclosure litigation and eviction departments. His practice also focuses on commercial mortgage foreclosures, appellate work, and commercial litigation. For several years, Sanda has instructed on all topics related to foreclosure and has presented at various industry events on developments in foreclosure law, post-foreclosure issues, including eviction, the FDCPA, and other debt collection law and regulation. He is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Creditors’ Association of Upstate New York. Sanda is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts (B.B.A. 1999), the George Washington University Law School (J.D. 2003), and the George Washington University School of Business (M.B.A. 2003).“Since joining our firm, five years ago, Greg has contributed greatly to the firm’s continued success. Together with his extensive litigation background and business insight (MBA) he will continue to add tremendous value and expertise to our firm and within the partnership ranks,” said William Schiller, Managing Partner at Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP.___________________________________________________________________________Pittsburgh-headquartered, EXOS Technologies, a ServiceLink company providing cloud-based digital technologies to the mortgage industry, is partnering with California-based digital technologies and solutions company Tavant to amplify its digital strategy. Through this partnership, Tavant’s AI-powered digital lending platform – VΞLOX, which has processed more than 4 million digital mortgage transactions, is integrating with EXOS Title, EXOS Valuations, and EXOS Close.”EXOS is an innovative industry platform that enhances the consumer experience through key touch points that are often overlooked in the digitization of the origination process,” said Kiran Vattem, Chief Digital and Technology Officer at ServiceLink. “We’re confident that EXOS will be a great addition to Tavant’s robust package of products.”___________________________________________________________________________Veterans United Home Loans, has made the Top 5on Great Place to Work and Fortune’s list of the Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance for the second year in a row. The list ranks the Top 30 largest companies and the Top 30 small and medium companies, with Veterans Unitedranking No. 3 on the large companies list. The ranking considered feedback representing more than 726,000 employees working at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations in the financial services and insurance industry.“Our employees are committed to living out our values and providing the Veterans and service members we serve with the best possible customer service experience,” said Dr. Amanda Andrade, Chief People Officer at Veterans United. “Our biggest asset in our company is our employees. The dedication and drive they bring each and every day is unparalleled in our industry.”Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included “employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Previous: How Technology Is Powering Property Preservation Next: Mountain West Financial Rolls Out Lender Price System The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago CoreLogic EXOS Financial services industry mortgage Padgett Law Group Schiller Knapp Servicing Veterans United 2019-04-11 Radhika Ojha Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

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Maratha Reservation: Supreme Court Issues Notice To All States, Will Consider Whether Mandal Commission Judgment To Be Re-looked

first_imgTop StoriesMaratha Reservation: Supreme Court Issues Notice To All States, Will Consider Whether Mandal Commission Judgment To Be Re-looked Mehal Jain8 March 2021 12:32 AMShare This – xNoting the submission of the Maharashtra government that the principle question that has arisen is the interpretation of the 102nd Constitutional Amendment and that it will impact the legislative competence of all States, the Supreme court on Monday issued notice to all the states in the Maratha reservation matter, adjourning the hearing to March 15.A five-judge bench headed by Justice…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?LoginNoting the submission of the Maharashtra government that the principle question that has arisen is the interpretation of the 102nd Constitutional Amendment and that it will impact the legislative competence of all States, the Supreme court on Monday issued notice to all the states in the Maratha reservation matter, adjourning the hearing to March 15.A five-judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan observed that AG K. K. Venugopal is also of the opinion that the states be heard. The bench took the view that the issues which arise for its consideration are whether the Indra Sawhney judgments (Mandal Commission Case)  requires a relook by a larger Bench, whether the said decision covers the issue of the Maratha Reservation, whether the 102nd Amendment affects the federal structure, depriving the states of their power in respect of the SEBCs.Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the state of Maharashtra, sought to make some preliminary submissions on behalf of the state- “As per the order of reference of September 9, 2020, the singular question framed under Article 145 as regard the ambit and the scope of article 342A. It was the case of the petitioners that Article 342A has been interpreted in their favour by the High Court, contrary to the decision. The rights of all the states in the nation with respect to reservation under Articles 15 and 16 stand denuded! The Backward Classes Commission of the states will become redundant otherwise”The bench assured Mr Rohatgi that it shall frame one question in this behalf.”I am sure Your Lordships will frame it. But the point in my application is that every state is affected by the interpretation of Article 342A. Every state is denuded of its legislative competence under Articles 15 and 16. So every state must be heard”, pressed Mr Rohatgi”We don’t have to hear every state on this. We have to comprehend and interpret the Article. You assist us on this”, observed Justice Bhushan.”But this has been a practice of Your Lordships wherever states are concerned. I have listed some 15-16 cases, where there were issues of much lesser importance and the court had added the states as party. This matter involves a breach of the federal status. It cannot be heard appropriately without the presence of all the states in the nation. It is not a simple matter or a trivial issue. It would be completely inappropriate to proceed with the hearing without the existence of all the states before the court”, urged Mr Rohatgi.”We know it is a matter of importance. So we will clarify that if any state wishes to intervene, we will hear it. If any state wishes to add anything to what has been submitted by you, we shall permit them”, noted Justice Bhushan.”The states can’t come in a day or two days or three days. They have to be called. They have to seek instructions. They have to understand the position as it prevails…You may seek the AG’s opinion in this behalf”, argued Mr Rohatgi.To supplement his arguments, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, for one of the applicants Rajendra Datey Patil, advanced that this is a “very, very serious issue” – “In fact there are 16 states in the country which are affected by this at present. If Your Lordships say that no state can set up its reservation commission and it is only the commission of the Centre which shall decide and that their power of reservation has been taken away by the 102nd amendment…If Your Lordships leave it to the states to intervene if they wish to, that would be inconsistent to the practice that has prevailed in this court since 1950. This interpretation of Article 338B and 342A is a substantial question of law. The states are as much involved as the Centre. They have a vital vested interest. It affects the entire federal structure. Your Lordships must issue notice to them. Otherwise, every question can be decided by this court without the states, because Your Lordships have the power”Senior advocate P. S. Patwalia, also for the state of Maharashtra, pointed out that though the reference is with respect to the 102nd amendment, the side of the petitioners will raise the issue of 50% ceiling on reservation –”there are many other states which have similar Acts, which are been challenged in different forums, including the High Court as well as this court. Each state has a stake. There are 27 states at present which have more than 50% reservation. The states should be given notice!”In his turn, AG K. K. Venugopal advanced, “As far as the state of Maharashtra is concerned, there are two major issues – there is the issue of the 50% ceiling. Your Lordships have by a majority of 6:3 (in Indira Sawney) agreed that other than in exceptional cases, the reservation cannot exceed 50%. Here, it is 72%, after the reservation for the economically weaker sections is added. So the bar comes into operation. So far as the Maharashtra government is concerned, they will have to satisfy the question of exceptional circumstances””As regards Article 338B, as on August 14, 2018, the mandate of the National Commission was to identify the backward classes for the country. Article 342A was amended on August 14, 2018, empowering the President, in consultation with the Governor, to identify and notify for every state and union territory the socially and educationally backward classes. So this task has been out of the purview and out of the jurisdiction of the state governments since 2018”, he continued.When the bench sought his opinion on whether notice should be issued to the states in the matter, the AG responded, “Articles 338B and 342A impact the power of each state. As I understand, no state can, after 2018, grant reservation to any classes. So Maharashtra could not have declared a class as a backward class. Your Lordships may have notice served on the standing counsel of the states and they may file a response if they wish to. Your Lordships need not publish a notice in the newspapers”Senior advocate Arvind Datar, for the petitioners opposing the reservation, pressed that there is no need for postponing the hearing – “As far as the 50% issue is concerned, the matter stands concluded by Indra Sawhney subject to exceptions. So far as the 102nd amendment is concerned, we did not succeed in the High Court. But there is no need to postpone the hearing. Your Lordships may keep the 102nd amendment issue open for later. If the SEBC Act is to be struck down, it would be the end of the matter. Whether OBC reservation is a central subject or it is a centre-state subject, as after 2018, can be seen then. There is no need to issue notice to the states”Mr. Datar also pressed that none of the states have come before the court except Haryana and Chhattisgarh and that the counsel in this matter have been preparing for months now and so, the hearing must commence.Senior advocate V Giri drew the attention of the bench to a substantive writ petition challenging a similar Act in the state of Haryana, which had been heard by a bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar and the bench had been inclined to refer the same to this Constitution bench. Mr Giri pointed out that the writ petition was supposed to be listed before Justice Khanwilkar bench on Friday for directions for reference to the Constitution bench. But as the bench was not sitting, no order came to be passed. He prayed that the state of Haryana has been served and that matter may also be listed here. “Let the bench consider it. If an order is passed, we will see”, said Justice Bhushan. “That bench gave us the liberty to move Your Lordships. Both the questions arise here also”, urged Mr Giri.Senior advocate Preteesh Kapoor, appearing for the state of Chhattisgarh, also advanced that the issue of the 102nd amendment was the main question referred and the hearing cannot proceed de hors this issue.Senior advocate Shyam Diwan, also for the petitioners, advanced, “In pursuance of Your Lordships order of February 5, we have come prepared to make submissions. As regards whether it should go higher, lower or whether it should be referred to a larger bench, Your Lordships had given time slots to all of us and these issues can be argued in the respective time slots. We are on legislative competence right now. Issues concerning a constitutional provision or a change in the Constitution are routinely heard before this court. The fact that judgement impacts the entire country does not mean the court needs to hear every state. When the legislative competence is adjudged for its impact on the federal structure and a local or state legislation is challenged, there is no need to issue notice to all the states. Besides, since February 5, if any state wanted to come and assist, they would have done so. The reference order is also of a much earlier date and people know about it. Please allow the hearing to proceed. If Your Lordships feel during the course of the arguments that there are certain complexities or you wish to take a different course of action, by all means. But please let us proceed”Senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, also for the petitioners, advanced, “Here, the 102nd amendment is not challenged. We are only on the interpretation. The issue of the federal impact is to be considered if any state says that the amendment is in violation. As far as the states are concerned, no notice may be issued because none of them have challenged Article 102. With regard to the issue of the reference of the matter to 11 judges, I apprehend that this argument, if taken up later, will derail the hearing. As an officer of the court, without taking any sides, I must submit that there are four different issues, all pertaining to reservation, pending before this court, three of which have been referred to constitution benches. They all have linkages with each other but not all are listed here. One is regarding the 103rd amendment, by which the EWS have been granted 10% reservation. It has a close and proximate link to the arguments which are made here. Then, there is the issue of the sub-classification of groups which has been referred to a seven judge bench. These must all be heard together…”Reliance was placed on the Property Owners Case, where a reference has been pending for over 20 years. In the said case, the constitutional validity of the amendment to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Act, 1976 was challenged. The said amendment, inter alia, contained a declaration that the Act is for giving effect to the policy of the State towards securing the principles specified in clause (b) of Article 39. In view of Article 31-C, the contention of the State was that the validity of any part of the statute on the ground that it violated Article 14 or 19, was not permissible. In 1996, a three-judge bench had referred the matter to “a larger Bench of not less than five Judges for hearing and deciding these matters”. Subsequently, in 2001, a five-judge bench, after hearing the counsel, was of the opinion that the views expressed in the Sanjeev Coke case require reconsideration. Keeping in view the importance of the point in issue, namely, the interpretation of Article 39(b), the bench had deemed it appropriate if these cases are heard by a larger Bench of not less than seven Judges. Mr. Sankaranarayanan pointed out that this reference has been pending for 21 years.”There is no need for any challenge. The only question referred is the interpretation of Article 342A. The effect is to nullify the rights of the states under Articles 15 and 16. It affects the federal structure of the country. It cannot be the practice of this court to say that the states may come or may not come. In lesser matters such as community kitchen, setting of special courts for the MLAs, TV cameras in police stations, the regularisation of illegal constructions etc, Your Lordships have issued notice to the states. This is a fundamental issue of great importance. The issue of 50% is to be argued in the court of appeals, when we argue for reference to a larger bench. If Article 342A is decided against the states, why would we go into 50%. Then the basis of reservation is knocked down…if the matter is adjourned because of this, the state doesn’t gain any advantage. We are in fact suffering a stay! The AG has taken two positions-but he agrees that the notice should go to the states, though on merits he is against us”, responded Mr. Rohatgi.”Any bifurcation of issues will be difficult because these issues are highly interconnected. There is no Chinese wall”, countered Senior Advocate A. M. Singhvi, for the applicants.”We understand that the states have to be issued notice, so that nobody is prejudiced. We will issue notice on the standing counsel of the states and permit them to file their response. We will change the schedule of the hearing and adjourned the matter, beginning from March 15. This way the states will have time to respond if they wish to. We will issue notice today”, conceded Justice Bhushan.”First they wanted to issue a notice to the AG. Now they are asking for notice to the states. For some reason they keep delaying the hearing. Let there be no further adjournments for any cause on March 15″, pleaded Mr Datar.It may be noted that Mr. Rohatgi had last year requested that the matter is too voluminous to be heard via virtual hearing and had prayed that it be kept for after a vaccine comes into existence so that it can be heard in physical form. On Monday, when the bench asked if in view of the commencement of hybrid hearings from the next week, Mr. Rohatgi wanted the matter to be heard in physically, Mr. Rohatgi insisted on a virtual hearing, submitting that the number of COVID cases are on the rise again.Click here to Read/Download OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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