[India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway] SC Stays Ongoing Proceedings Before Manipur HC; Clears Impediment In Highway Construction

first_imgTop Stories[India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway] SC Stays Ongoing Proceedings Before Manipur HC; Clears Impediment In Highway Construction Sanya Talwar30 July 2020 9:47 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court recently stayed proceedings initiated by the defaulting Contractor in the Trilateral Highway Project between India, Manipur & Thailand before Manipur High Court.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobe, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun issued notice on a plea filed by the Ministry of External Affair, also seeking a stay on the ongoing proceedings before the Manipur…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 recently stayed proceedings initiated by the defaulting Contractor in the Trilateral Highway Project between India, Manipur & Thailand before Manipur High Court.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobe, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun issued notice on a plea filed by the Ministry of External Affair, also seeking a stay on the ongoing proceedings before the Manipur High Court [in Niraj Cement Structurals Ltd. V. Union of India WA 17/2019] which had hauled up the project for construction of the road project connecting Manipur to Thailand. With a stay on the High Court proceedings, the CJI-led bench has freed a significant barricade in the culmination from a Trilateral Highway Connectivity venture between India, Myanmar, and Thailand.After India signed an agreement with Myanmar in 2016 under the “Act East Policy”, one of the aspects of which included construction of the highway which will run from Moreh in Manipur through Tamu in Myanmar to Mae-Sot in Thailand, a contract was signed between the Centre and a Contractor Niraj Cement Structurals Limited and Manipur Tribal Development Corporation Limited in November 2017.The Centre terminated its contract on December 2018 with the Contractor Niraj Cement due to impending delays. This led to a litigation battle initiated by Niraj Cement in 2019, with Niraj Cement challenging the order of termination. This has been pending before a division bench of Manipur High Court of Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar & Justice Lanungsunkum Jamir. It was this proceeding which the CJI led bench stayed on July 28, paving the way for the project.Attorney General KK Venugopal appeared on behalf of the Union and apprised the court of the ongoing litigation before Manipur High Court, reiterating that the Contractor had recourse to arbitration vis-à-vis the contractual agreement and that the Manipur High Court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case as the Contract was signed between parties in New Delhi. Further to this, the impending litigation was causing roadblocks, not only in the project which was sought to be completed by November 2020 but also tinkering with bilateral relations with neighbours.In this backdrop, Court ordered,”Issue notice returnable within two weeks. There shall be an interim stay of the proceedings pending before the High Court in the meantime.”The last hearing in Manipur HC took place on March 3, 2020. Click Here To 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

Over 40 new jobs created as brand new hotel opens in Derry

first_img Previous articleAll systems are go for the Letterkenny Folk FestivalNext article33 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH News Highland Facebook Twitter By News Highland – July 24, 2019 Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Over 40 new jobs created as brand new hotel opens in Derry Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest A new hotel in Derry has opened its doors today, creating over 40 new jobs for the area. The Holiday Inn Express, located in the city centre, is now the second largest hotel in Derry, boasting 119 bedrooms.There are also plans to add a further 31 bedrooms by years end, as part of the £7 million investment. Twitter WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Fire Island beach house designed by Paul Rudolph hits market

first_imgTagsArchitecture & Designhamptons-weeklyLuxury ListingsResidential Real EstateTristate The Water Island home on Atlantic Ocean Walk (Photos via Vinnie Petrarca Real Estate)A quirky Fire Island beach house designed by architect Paul Rudolph recently hit the market for $4 million.The Water Island home on Atlantic Ocean Walk was built in the 1960s and has three bedrooms and four bathrooms, according to Dwell, which first reported on the listing. Those familiar with Rudolph’s Manhattan buildings — which include the Modulighter building on East 58th Street, Halston’s former Lenox Hill home and a modernist townhouse on Beekman Place — will recognize some of the architect’s signature flourishes in the Long Island home. Those include large windows and a boxy balcony affixed to the home’s exterior. The property itself has a pool and a tiered garden, along with a separate guest house on site.Paul Rudolph (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)Earlier this year, another Rudolph home in Larchmont, New York, was listed for $5.6 million. It’s since gotten a price cut and is now asking $4.65 million.The Water Island home is listed with Vinnie Petrarca of Fire Island Real Estate. [Dwell] — Amy Plitt Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Brace’s launches £10k community sport fund

first_imgNewport-based bakery firm Brace’s has launched a £10k community sport fund, with the aim of supporting grassroots sports clubs in south Wales. The £10k community sport fund will buy kit, sponsorship and new sports equipment for local clubs, as well as sporting events and training for coaches.Grants of £250-£500 are available to small sporting organisations in south Wales.Scott Richardson, Brace’s chief executive, said: “Our success is down to our loyal and local customers, so it’s very important to us to give something back to the local communities that support us.“The fund isn’t just open to traditional sports groups, like football and rugby; perhaps there’s a boules club which needs a new green or a dance group requiring travel for a competition. We want to hear from all types of sports for all ages.”Interested groups can apply for a slice of the grant by completing an application form on the bakery’s website. Applications close on 26 May.Last month, Brace’s announced it would bring tea and toast to parents at sports matches.last_img read more

Forcing the UN to do right by Haitian cholera victims

first_imgGAZETTE: What has the U.N. done to prevent something like this from happening again?LINDSTROM: One of the lesser-known tragedies of the Haiti disaster is that it has not triggered the kind of corrections to U.N. protocols that one would expect after waste mismanagement caused the death of 10,000 people. The U.N. has made some changes to protocols to prevent this from recurring in the future, but implementation and effectiveness are questionable. For example, the U.N. has changed its medical screening protocol of peacekeepers, and now vaccinates peacekeepers for cholera prior to deployment. But separate studies have shown that this is not the most effective way to prevent the transmission of cholera. Perhaps more alarmingly, the U.N. has made important changes to its sanitation protocols, including that it will treat waste on its bases before it’s disposed of into the local environment. But a series of audits that have been conducted over the course of the last 10 years by the U.N.’s own audit office show that the implementation has been incredibly spotty. On U.N. bases around the world, they found continued disposal of untreated waste directly into the local environment and other waste-management problems that create a high risk of negative health impacts on the local populations where peacekeepers operate.GAZETTE: What is the status of cholera outbreak in Haiti? How hard has the country been hit by COVID-19?LINDSTROM: Ten years later, by official records, it appears that cholera cases are finally down to zero. But there’s continued concern by some public health experts that new cases may not be captured because of the closure of cholera treatment centers. It does seem that we’re finally reaching a long-awaited low point in the cholera epidemic, though, and that it may be possible to finally fully eliminate cholera with investment in clean water and sanitation. This does, of course, coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic, which especially raises concern for people who were already impacted by cholera. They are particularly vulnerable because they often still lack access to clean water, and many have lost breadwinners and continue to suffer the ongoing economic consequences of cholera, making it more difficult for them to protect themselves from COVID. Thankfully, it does not seem that the COVID-19 outbreak in Haiti has been as severe as many people feared when it first started. But again, there are concerns about testing capacity and whether the numbers that are being reported are reflecting the true prevalence of cases.GAZETTE: What do you hope to see happen with the complaint?LINDSTROM: My hope is that the U.N. will finally follow through on its promises and do right by victims in Haiti by providing compensation, and by involving them in the decision-making process around remedies. I appreciate that we are in a time when the organization is under severe financial constraint. At the same time, in the context of other expenditures of the organization, the amount of money that the U.N. would need to put toward remedies for victims pales in comparison to how much it has invested, for example, in military operations of Haiti. Funding remedies for victims is really a question of political will.Arriving at a just response will require continued mobilization of people both inside and outside the organization who believe that the U.N. should stand for human rights through both the words that it puts out and the actions that it takes. By doing the right thing in Haiti, the U.N. can go a long way in reinforcing its commitment to human rights and demonstrating the importance of human rights. This is ever important in the context of the multitude of challenges the world faces today.As we approach the 10-year anniversary of the outbreak, it’s also important to remember how far we’ve come. It’s an outrageous injustice that victims are still fighting for compensation from the U.N., of all actors in the world. At the same time, when we started this work, nobody was really paying attention to what was happening in Haiti. The assumption was that cholera just happens in poor countries and victims’ calls for justice were very much being marginalized. Now, there’s no question that this will go down in history as a huge misstep by the U.N. that should not be repeated. As we look to the future, the U.N. has an opportunity to learn from what happened in Haiti by doing more to prevent future harms, and by ensuring that the organization is accountable when harms do occur. I am hopeful that the U.N. will look at this experience as an opportunity to strengthen the organization’s accountability and its commitment to the people it serves.This interview has been condensed and edited for length and clarity.The Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School will host the live webinar “10 Years On: Lessons from the Cholera Epidemic from Haiti” on Thursday at 2 p.m. Freshly graduated from law school, Beatrice Lindstrom arrived in Haiti in October of 2010 on a one-year fellowship to work with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, a Haitian human rights organization. Soon after, the country was struck by an outbreak of cholera traced to a sewage leak from a base of U.N. peacekeepers, who had been brought there to help after an earthquake earlier in the year. The waste fouled Haiti’s principal river, sickening hundreds of thousands and leading to the deaths of at least 10,000. Ten years later the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Haiti, its U.S.-based partner, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, and the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, where Lindstrom is now a clinical instructor, are leading efforts to achieve justice for victims of the epidemic. The Gazette interviewed Lindstrom about her still unresolved, decade-long efforts on behalf of the victims.Q&ABeatrice LindstromGAZETTE: How did you first get involved in this case?LINDSTROM: A couple of weeks after I arrived in Haiti, cholera broke out for the first time in the country’s history. At first, we didn’t think of it as an issue that required the involvement of lawyers — it seemed like a severe public health emergency. But shortly after the outbreak started, it became clear that U.N. peacekeepers were responsible for introducing the disease through their reckless waste management.The evidence was so obvious that we were hoping that the U.N. would launch an investigation and provide a just response. When that didn’t happen, we started to look at legal avenues to hold the U.N. accountable. We pursued legal claims through the U.N.’s internal claims system. When the U.N. refused to receive the claims, we filed a lawsuit in court in the United States. We also worked with an expansive coalition of victims’ groups in Haiti and international human rights groups, all of which were trying to persuade the U.N. to do the right thing. Only in 2016, six years later, the U.N. finally accepted responsibility and committed to doing more for victims.,GAZETTE: But owing to U.N. inaction your group has since filed a complaint. What is it calling for the U.N. to do?LINDSTROM: The U.N. has well-established treaty-based obligations to provide compensation to civilians who are injured during the course of peacekeeping operations when it’s due to the negligence of the organization. In the cholera case, the U.N. refused to receive claims in accordance with that obligation and refused to refer the claims of any independent hearing on responsibility. Facing mounting public pressure, in 2016, the secretary-general issued an overdue public apology and committed to providing $400 million in response to affected communities in fulfillment of what he called the U.N.’s “moral responsibility.” It’s been four years since that initiative was launched, and the U.N. has raised only 5 percent of the $400 million. This has effectively left victims without remedies for the harms that they suffered. We filed a complaint with the U.N.’s own human rights experts, called special rapporteurs, alleging that the U.N. is violating the human right to effective remedy. The complaint was successful in triggering a review by 14 U.N. special rapporteurs, who brought the matter to the secretary-general and adopted our analysis that the U.N. is violating human rights by denying victims compensation. It is unprecedented for such a broad group of U.N. human rights experts to allege that the organization itself is violating human rights in this way. This past June, the secretary-general responded to the special rapporteurs, acknowledging that the allegations were correct, but refusing to engage with the conclusion that this amounts to a violation of human rights. We were very disappointed to see that, especially coming from the U.N. secretary-general himself.  But we also recognize that the complaint is a part of ongoing advocacy to continue to hold the U.N. to its promises, and has been significant in refocusing attention on the inadequate response. As we’re approaching the 10-year anniversary of the introduction of cholera to Haiti, it is high time for the U.N. to deliver on those commitments.GAZETTE: How does it feel personally to still be doing this work after 10 years?LINDSTROM: If you had told me in October of 2010 that I would still be doing this work 10 years later, I think I would have felt both exasperated and heartbroken that the U.N. still has not responded justly to victims of the epidemic. At the same time, this has been a very long struggle that has been led by victims and affected communities in Haiti. As long as they are pushing for justice for their families, it’s a privilege to be able to stand alongside them. I feel fortunate to now be able to bring the struggle to the clinic. It’s been really wonderful to have the enthusiasm of students who are oftentimes being introduced to this issue for the first time, and who see it with such a strong sense of moral clarity. We’ve been at it for 10 years. If it takes another 10, I do hope that at the end of it, the U.N. is able to live up to the human rights principles that it champions in the world by respecting cholera victims’ rights.GAZETTE: What’s the urgency of the U.N. to compensate victims of the 2010 cholera outbreak when the world is going through the COVID-19 pandemic?LINDSTROM: What we’re seeing today is the breakdown of international organizations, of multilateralism, of the world being able to come together in a time of crisis. At this moment, more than ever, we need a strong and effective United Nations. The cholera case and the fact that the U.N. has not provided remedies to victims and implemented both legal and moral obligations in this case has undermined the organization’s credibility. By providing justice to victims in Haiti, the U.N. could set a really powerful example of what it means to take a human rights-based approach to disease response that would do the organization well, both in reestablishing its moral authority and in demonstrating to countries what a human rights-based approach could look like in the context of COVID-19. “If you had told me in October of 2010 that I would still be doing this work 10 years later, I think I would have felt both exasperated and heartbroken that the U.N. still has not responded justly to victims of the epidemic.”last_img read more

Billy Porter, Jonathan Groff, Jinkx Monsoon and More Top OUT’s 100 Most Eligible Bachelors List

first_img Billy Porter Out magazine lists the top 100 bachelors in no particular order, but readers are encouraged to vote for who they’d most like to date. Out will present the winners in February. The magazine describes their search for the most eligible men saying they, “scour the globe on the prowl for single men to share with [their] readers. Some of the hottest prospects are already married, settling down, or dating (thanks, Tom Daley and Robbie Rogers), but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of guys who are looking for love.” Jonathan Groff Star Files Other theater faves who made the list include Ricky Martin (Evita), Lee Pace (The Normal Heart), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Alex Newell (Glee), Nathan Lee Graham (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Luke Evans (Taboo), Mo Rocca (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and playwrights Tarell Alvin McCraney (Antony & Cleopatra adaptation) and Stephen Karam (Sons of the Prophet). Gideon Glick View Comments Ricky Martin Bobby Steggert It’s raining men, halleloo! Several Broadway favorites scored spots on OUT magazine’s fourth annual list of the top 100 eligible gay bachelors. Among the babes to make the cut are Kinky Boots Tony winner Billy Porter, Looking leading man Jonathan Groff, Tony nominee Bobby Steggert (Mothers and Sons), Glee’s Chris Colfer, Jerick Hoffer AKA Jinkx Monsoon (The Vaudevillians, Drag Race) and Gideon Glick (Spider-Man). View All (5)last_img read more

Rebecca Naomi Jones to Star in Hedwig on Broadway

first_img Jones’ Broadway credits include the Michael Mayer-helmed American Idiot and Passing Strange; she can currently be seen off-Broadway in Big Love. It’s Rebecca Naomi Jones’ turn to invest in a packer! The Broadway alum will begin performances as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on April 14. As previously announced, Lena Hall will play her final performance in the role on April 4; understudy Shannon Conley will appear as Yitzhak in the interim. The production currently stars the musical’s co-creator John Cameron Mitchell in the title role and is running at the Great White Way’s Belasco Theatre. Written by Mitchell and directed by Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score by Stephen Trask features “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more. Mitchell will play his final performance as Hedwig on April 26 and Darren Criss will step into his heels on April 29 for a 12-week engagement. View Commentscenter_img Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015last_img read more

Cleaner New Generation of Outdoor Wood Heaters

first_imgCleaner New Generation of Outdoor Wood Heaters is Good News for New Englanders(Waterbury, Vt. – Oct. 23, 2008) – Significantly cleaner models of outdoor wood-burning heaters – also called outdoor wood boilers, outdoor wood furnaces, or outdoor wood-fired hydronic heaters – will soon be available for New England families and businesses who choose to burn wood as a heat and hot water source.Under the second phase of a voluntary partnership with EPA, several manufacturers of outdoor wood-fired heaters have already pledged to market a new generation of units that are more efficient and which will emit about 90 percent less air pollution than unqualified units.Especially in northern rural areas of New England, outdoor wood heaters are relied upon by thousands of families to provide heat and hot water for homes and other buildings. Further, with skyrocketing costs of other energy sources prompting more people to turn to wood burning, EPA’s voluntary program to reduce emissions from outdoor wood heaters provides a cleaner alternative to consumers. Outdoor wood heaters can be a significant local source of smoke and particle pollution.”Here in New England, while many families and businesses are choosing wood as their winter heating fuel source, the new Phase 2 outdoor wood heaters will help people choose a model that is better for air quality than older, unqualified units” said Robert Varney, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.In response to concerns about smoke and particle pollution, in 2005, Vermont was the first New England state to propose a regulation for outdoor wood heaters that includes emission limits. Now, Maine and New Hampshire have adopted, and Massachusetts has proposed, similar regulations.”Vermont is proud to be the first state to take steps to encourage cleaner and more efficient outdoor wood heaters,” said George Crombie, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. “Vermonters have a long tradition of heating with wood, but as regulators we must ensure the cleanest burning units are available.”Qualified Phase 2 models of both outdoor and indoor wood-fired heaters will be marked by a white hang tag showing that a unit meets the requirements of the program. Some manufacturers already have units available that meet the new emission levels.The voluntary EPA program was first launched in 2007, providing criteria for units to be 70 percent cleaner than unqualified models. Today the program has evolved to Phase 2, and EPA-qualified units will be up to 90 percent cleaner than older unqualified units. So far, this program has reduced nearly 1,200 tons of fine particle emissions annually. Under Phase 2, new models must emit no more than 0.32 pounds of particle pollution per million BTUs of heat output. The models must be tested by an EPA-accredited third-party laboratory to verify that they meet these levels.Exposure to fine particle pollution, also called PM 2.5, is linked to a number of serious health problems, including decreased lung function, aggravated asthma, irregular heartbeat, nonfatal heart attacks and premature death in people with heart and lung disease. Children, people with heart or lung disease, and older adults are the most susceptible to the effects of particle pollution.More information:- Outdoor wood heaters in New England (epa.gov/region1/communities/woodcombustion.html)- National Voluntary Phase 2 program (epa.gov/woodheaters)# # #last_img read more

70M Americans victims of compromised data: Consumer Reports

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr More than 70 million American adults had their personal data compromised in 2014, according to projections by Consumer Reports.In its survey of more than 3,000 U.S. adults, Consumer Reports found that nearly 80% of the breaches were brick-and-mortar compared with 18% who said the activity occurred online.Last week’s report comes on the heels that one of last year’s merchants to experience a breach–Sally Beauty Supply–was investigating a second spate of “unusual activity involving payment cards” during the week of April 27 (Dallas Business Journal May 4).In the March 2014 incident, the company said roughly 25,000 customer records were compromised.CUNA recently launched a national Action Alert encouraging credit unions and their members to send letters of support for the Data Security Act of 2015–legislation that would set standards for entities that handle consumers’ personal financial information and outline procedures that must be followed in the event of a data breach. continue reading »last_img read more

Celebrity Red Carpet Fashion, Style

first_imgYeehaw! It’s the 2020 Country Music Association Awards, which means the hottest stars in country music are stepping out in their coolest looks. And we’re loving every second of it.On Wednesday, November 11, A-listers are attending the 53rd annual awards show at the Music City Center in Nashville. It’s not only a big night for the industry, but a big night for awards shows in general, as this will be the first one to have a live audience in attendance, with many COVID-19 precautions taking place.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “We couldn’t be more excited to bring all of these incredible performances to life next Wednesday night and give our artists the chance to come together, in a big way, on television for the first time in months,” executive producer Robert Deaton said in a statement.Reba McEntire will be hosting for the fifth time alongside first timer Darius Rucker. “I’m thrilled to be back hosting the CMA Awards and even more thrilled that I get to share the stage with Darius Rucker,” McEntire said in a statement in October. “We’re looking forward to a night of celebrating great country music and hope you’ll tune in and watch!”Two years ago, the country legend caused all kinds of red carpet buzz when she attended the 2018 affair in a dress she originally performed in at the 1993 CMAs. This year, she opted for a glimmering black number.- Advertisement –center_img Meanwhile, Carly Pearce — who styled her look alongside her mom — dazzled in a shimmery green number with a thigh-high slit and belt around the empire waistline. And Ashley McBryde stood out in a strapless indigo gown that was drop dead gorgeous.Keep scrolling to see all the best red carpet looks at the 2020 CMA Awards.Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!)- Advertisement –last_img read more