Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Shreveport, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal task force educates New Yorkers on what’s at stake in decriminalizing prostitution State-level legislation ignites national conversation Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Port Authority Bus Terminal served as the first station on April 6, 2019, for Stations of the Cross for Sex Trafficking Survivors, an event of the Episcopal Diocese of New York Task Force Against Human Trafficking. The task force is now working to educate the public on a bill introduced in the New York State Assembly that would decriminalize prostitution. Photo: Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] At least three U.S. states and the District of Columbia have introduced legislation that would decriminalize the buying and selling of sex, forcing a long-simmering debate on prostitution into the national dialogue.Legalization proponents, religious or not, often cite biblical references to prostitution dating back to ancient Israel, telling the Genesis story of Judah and Tamar, and falling back on the well-worn phrase, the “world’s oldest profession.” Opponents tend to argue the “profession” leads to an increase in violence against women and girls and reflects men’s power over women.“I consider prostitution not the oldest profession, but the oldest oppression,” said the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, a longtime sex and labor trafficking victims’ rights advocate who leads the Episcopal Diocese of New York’s Task Force Against Human Trafficking. “I think this decriminalization issue is a backlash against women’s rights and progress we’ve made in terms of equality. It’s a power issue and an entitlement issue.”In late June, at the close of the New York State General Assembly’s 2019 legislative session, three New York City lawmakers introduced a bill that would decriminalize prostitution and legalize the sale of consensual sex. Massachusetts, Maine and Washington, D.C., have introduced similar bills.During Lent, the Episcopal Diocese of New York Task Force Against Human Trafficking led a Stations of the Cross for Sex Trafficking Survivors event in New York City. Writing in the summer 2019 issue of The Episcopal New Yorker, Dannhauser said: “Sex workers’ rights organizations claim that consenting adults should be allowed to do whatever they want with their own bodies – ‘my body, my choice.’ But in most cases, prostitution is more aptly described as ‘my body, his choice.’ It’s not sexual liberation but sexual exploitation. According to Sanctuary for Families, New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of gender violence, 90% of people in prostitution in the U.S. are trafficking victims. This means that only 10% of prostituted people have any real choice in what happens to their bodies in the sex trade.”Both sides find common ground in calling for the decriminalization of people bought and sold in the commercial sex industry and for the ability of trafficking survivors to vacate their convictions. Opponents of the decriminalization of prostitution typically favor an “equality” model that focuses more on decreasing demand and preventing exploitation, similar to those adopted in Nordic countries, where cultural attitudes have shifted and it’s becoming no longer socially acceptable to purchase people for sex and it’s seen as a barrier to gender equality.In the United States, the decriminalization conversation has shifted in the context of the #MeToo movement; alongside an awareness of sexual violence on college campuses; and amid the backdrop of high-profile sex crime cases, like those involving New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who allegedly paid for sexual services at a Florida massage parlor, and financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who stands accused of trafficking underage girls and paying them to perform sex acts.“It’s not about legislating morality, it’s about social context,” said Dannhauser, in an interview with Episcopal News Service in her office at the Church of the Incarnation on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. “It’s a backlash against women’s rights, and it’s an empowerment and entitlement issue … the whole idea of rape culture on college campuses. “It’s finally coming into the light.”In late July, the Church of the Incarnation, where Dannhauser serves as associate rector, hosted a Tuesday evening panel discussion to educate the public on the bill. As the Episcopal church’s sanctuary filled with some men but mostly women from diverse backgrounds, a small group of bill supporters gathered in protest on the sidewalk outside, as police officers stood watch nearby.The four-person panel of opponents – two sex trafficking survivors, an activist and educator, and an activist lawyer – shared personal stories and talked about the bill’s specifics. New York Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, a bill co-sponsor whose district includes Incarnation, had agreed to participate but later rescinded saying the venue wasn’t “neutral.” Toward the end of the event, the protesters from outside entered the sanctuary and disrupted the gathering.Legalization advocates say that decriminalization would protect people who “do sexual labor by choice, circumstance, coercion,” and they call for legislation that would protect people in the sex trade from economic exploitation and interpersonal violence. They also call for people imprisoned on sex-trade related offenses to be freed and for the de-stigmatization of the sex trade.Bill opponents, however, say it would thwart prosecution of sex and child traffickers, pimps who prostitute children and pimping in general; permit pimping of anyone 18 years of age or older; allow traffickers to vacate convictions; inhibit prosecutors’ trafficking investigations; and make it harder for law enforcement to identify victims. They are also concerned that the bill would legalize the purchase of sex, brothels and commercial sex establishments, and encourage sex tourism.“We [New York residents] have to ask ourselves, Why do we need people buying sex? What is that all about?” said Yvonne O’Neal, a task force member. “Personally – and it does keep me up at night sometimes – I’m wondering when I go to church on Sunday, as a person of faith, as an Episcopalian, and I look around in the congregation, my question is, Who are these men that are buying sex? And obviously, they have to be some of them sitting in the pews. Who are they? We don’t know, and why is that necessary?”Proponents of decriminalization say that “if we need to,” people should be able to sell their bodies, and that legalization will lead to safer working conditions and industry regulations. Opponents say it will lead to higher demand and an increase in child sex trafficking as men look to purchase sex from younger and younger girls.“There are some people in the trade who say, ‘Well, you, know, this is what I choose,’ and I don’t doubt that, but the vast majority of women who have to sell their bodies, I don’t think they are doing it voluntarily,” said O’Neal, who also represents The Episcopal Church at the United Nations as a member of the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons. “We should be able to find ways to help them to make a different kind of living and not have to subject their bodies to this.”During the panel discussion at Incarnation, Iryna Makaruk, a sex trafficking survivor challenged the theory that sex work is work.“It’s not work; you’re not selling yourself, you’re sold,” she said.“There are girls being sold all over in run-down apartments, and they are being raped like I was,” said Makaruk, who was 19 and living in Brooklyn when a trafficker lured her in. “Shame on us if that’s how are girls are making money.”– Lynette Wilson is a reporter and managing editor of Episcopal News Service. 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‘Hands up, don’t shoot’, Ferguson, Mo.The “State of the Union” is the annual presidential speech that is supposed to report on how things are going for the people of this country.In thousands of protest rallies and marches over recent months, especially since the events in Ferguson, Mo., people have vented their great anger and pain over police killings of youth of color and the official cover-ups that have followed. Major highways have been shut down and countless die-ins held in public places. To an amazing extent, a large number of those on the sidelines, including people directly inconvenienced by traffic tie-ups, have cheered and waved in approval.A historian of this period would certainly expect that, of all the promises made by the president, bringing justice to those targeted by police terrorism would have been at the top of the list of his State of the Union.Plus, in the last two presidential elections, a majority of voters cast their ballots for a Black president, indicating they want to see an end to the brutal, racist history of this country. Being for racial justice and reining in police brutality are popular in the United States.So how to explain that Obama made only one mention of Ferguson and the police in his 28-minute speech, and that came toward the very end? Here’s what he said:“We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson and New York. But surely we can understand a father who fears his son can’t walk home without being harassed. Surely we can understand the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift.”He didn’t even mention the brutal killings of so many Black youth by the police. Just “harassment.” But as for the police themselves, the message is that their lives are in grave danger.It should be remembered that, according to the government’s own figures as compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, police don’t even appear in the 10 most dangerous occupations.If the White House is truly concerned about protecting the lives of those most likely to be killed on the job, then Obama should have mentioned the fishers, lumberjacks, construction workers, trash collectors, miners, agricultural workers, pilots, roofers, iron workers and truck drivers who take their lives in their hands every time they go to work — and generally earn much less pay than the police.We all should know that presidential speeches are very carefully vetted by the people who wield real political power. Their decision to treat the issue of racist police violence in this minimalist way reveals so much about the true character of the U.S. government. In many ways, the elected officials, both the presidency and the Congress, are just civilian window dressing for the state and its brutal role of suppression.Because of the many battles fought by workers and oppressed peoples over centuries, the government does perform a number of useful services: Medicare and Medicaid, the postal service, inspections of meat and produce, the establishment of parks and schools, to name just a few. But these useful things constantly get underfunded and subverted in order to put more resources into what the ruling class — the one-tenth of the 1% — consider the real function of the state: repression.The police, the National Guard and the prison-industrial complex are a vital part of internal repression, just as the Pentagon, the CIA and other bodies, some of whose budgets are totally secret, carry out external repression. The lion’s share of our taxes are spent on state violence against those who have the most reason to rebel because they are exploited and oppressed by capitalism here and imperialism abroad.Not even a president is allowed to criticize these bodies, no matter how blatantly they carry out systematic terror — whether in the dungeons of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo, in Rikers Island and all the “supermax” U.S. prisons, or on the streets of Ferguson and Oakland, Calif.That leaves it up to the workers and oppressed themselves to organize and make the revolutionary changes that will never be made by the political machine of the billionaire class.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
IndiaAsia – Pacific RSF_en Receive email alerts October 7, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three-day Internet ban prevents journalists from working in Kashmir March 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the Indian government’s indiscriminate disconnection of the Internet throughout the entire far-north state of Jammu and Kashmir from 25 to 28 September on the grounds of preventing any exacerbation of tension between the state’s Muslim and Hindu communities. Organisation IndiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival The suspension of 2G, 3G, GPRS and broadband Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, which borders China and Pakistan, lasted 82 hours, paralyzing the work of journalists and media outlets, especially online media, and depriving the population of access to online information and communication.The ban was imposed at the start of Eid al-Adha, a festival during which Muslims traditionally sacrifice cows, an animal revered by Hindus. A recent court order enforcing a ban on the slaughtering of cows and the sale of beef has revived communal tension in the state.“It is unacceptable that a government is able to take arbitrary decisions affecting access to information and the sharing of information throughout an entire region,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“By gagging journalists and Internet users, who relay information about developments in the region and comment on them, the authorities are just increasing frustration and fuelling street violence.”No information for three daysThe local newspaper Rising Kashmir was unable to keep updating its website as it normally does during Eid al-Adha. Op-ed editor Daanish Bin Nabi said readers were angered by the site’s unavailability during the three-day ban, which had a big impact on traffic to the newspaper’s Twitter and Facebook pages as well as the main website.Kashmir Monitor online editor Mubashir Bukhari said the Internet ban had undermined the English-language daily’s attractiveness, especially to readers based abroad. “Caging” the Internet in today’s digital world was completely inappropriate, he said.“I hope that in future the government will understand the nuisance of banning the Internet and will think twice before sending us back to the Stone Age,” Bukhari told Reporters Without Borders.Press TV correspondent and producer Syed Ali Safvi said this was not the first time the authorities had suspended Internet services in Kashmir. Describing the ban as “both irrational and unconstitutional,” he said the authorities saw it as a solution when in fact it just aggravated tension.The Internet ban overlapped with an official visit to the United States by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi from 26 to 30 September, when he toured Silicon Valley and presented his “Digital India” project to some of the world’s biggest technology companies.A social network fan, he kept tweeting throughout the trip and reaffirmed his support for new technologies after meeting the leaders of Facebook, Google and Microsoft.“On the one hand, Prime Minister Modi talks about digital India and on the other hand the Indian government virtually sends Kashmir back into Stone Age by imposing a ban on Internet services,” Safvi said.India has continued to see a significant number of violations of freedom of information in 2015, especially in Kashmir. In April, the Indian government banned Al-Jazeera TV from broadcasting for five days for displaying a map in which India’s border with Pakistan in Kashmir did not correspond to its territorial claims.Journalists are also exposed to the possibility of often deadly violence from all quarters, especially when they cover corruption, local politics or crime. India is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more News June 10, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on India News News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19
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Some people see an optical illusion in this animation, in which the transparent cones seem to move away from each other and then back together; in actuality, the cones are fixed and the animation is showing what the nebula would look like if you could travel around it. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)Sixteen years ago, a team of astronomers working for NASA / JPL’s now-defunct Galaxy Evolution Explorer mission, known as GALEX, spotted a star with an unusual ultraviolet ring around it in images obtained by the space telescope.The object, which was unlike anything the astronomers had seen before, was nicknamed the Blue Ring Nebula because of its appearance (though its blue color actually represents invisible ultraviolet light that has been intentionally color-coded blue in images). The astronomers spent years scrutinizing the object with other telescopes, both on the ground and in space, and slowly a picture of the star’s hidden past began to emerge.In a new Nature study published online November 18, a team of scientists, including several from the original GALEX team, now offer an explanation for the formation of the blue ring around the star, named TYC 2597-735-1. They make the case that the ring is actually the base of a cone-shaped cloud of fluorescing debris formed after a sun-like star collided into, and engulfed, a smaller stellar companion.In fact, the scientists say two cones of material were shot out in the collision, in opposite directions. Because one of the cones is pointed directly toward Earth, it appeared to GALEX as a ring.The event represents the first observation by astronomers of a rare, never-before-seen phase in the evolution of stellar mergers that occurs a few thousand years into the process and is estimated to last roughly thousands to hundreds of thousands of years, a relatively short period on the timescale of cosmic events.Located 6,300 light-years away in the constellation Hercules, the Blue Ring Nebula is thought to be a short-lived phase after the merger of two stars. As debris from the stellar merger was blown outward, it led to the creation of a shock front, in which hydrogen atoms were excited and induced to glow with visible light, shown in pink. The shock front, and a reverse shock wave moving inward from the shock front, also caused hydrogen molecules (as opposed to atoms) to become excited and glow with ultraviolet light, indicated in blue.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/NASA/JPL-Caltech/M. Seibert (Carnegie Institution for Science)/K. Hoadley (Caltech)/GALEX Team“The merging of two stars is fairly common, but they quickly become obscured by lots of dust as the ejecta from them expands and cools in space, which means we can’t see what has actually happened,” says lead study author Keri Hoadley, the David and Ellen Lee Postdoctoral Scholar in Physics at Caltech. Hoadley works with Christopher Martin, professor of physics at Caltech and the former principal investigator of GALEX, which operated from 2003–13, scanning the skies in ultraviolet light.“We think this object represents a late stage of these transient events, when the dust finally clears and we have a good view,” Hoadley says. “But we also caught the process before it was too far along; after time, the nebula will dissolve into the interstellar medium, and we would not be able to tell anything happened at all.”“It’s like catching sight of a baby when it first walks,” says Don Neill, a research scientist at Caltech and a GALEX team member. “If you blink, you might miss it.”The Blue Ring Nebula consists of two hollow, cone-shaped clouds of debris moving in opposite directions away from the central star. The base of one cone is traveling almost directly toward Earth. As a result, astronomers looking at the nebula see two circles that partially overlap.Credit: Mark SeibertTwists and Turns in the Case of the Blue RingMark Seibert, an astrophysicist with the Carnegie Institution for Science and a member of the GALEX team, was one of the first to find the Blue Ring Nebula in GALEX data in 2004. He remembers a lot of head scratching during those early days. “Every time we thought we had this thing figured out, something would tell us ‘No, that’s not right,’” he says. “That’s a scary thing as a scientist. But I also love how unique this object is, and the effort that so many people put in to figure it out.”Over the past 16 years, the team has used several telescopes to narrow in on the cause of the mysterious ring. In 2006, they used Caltech’s Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory, near San Diego, and the W. M. Keck Observatory, in Hawaii, to find evidence for a shock wave around the star. The presence of such a shock wave suggests that a cloud of gas had been ejected into space. For a while, they even thought that the star could be tearing up an unseen planet, but, in 2017, data from the Habitable Zone Planet Finder on the Hobby-Eberly Telescope in Texas confirmed there was no compact object orbiting the star.Archival data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the agency’s Wide-field Survey Explorer (WISE), together with other past infrared observatories, help establish that the star was circled by a disk of dust. Additional data played a role in cracking the case as well, including that from a citizen science group called the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO).All of the puzzle pieces started to fall into place when the GALEX team asked Brian Metzger, a theoretical astrophysicist at Columbia University, to join the effort.“It wasn’t just that Brian could explain the data we were seeing; he was essentially predicting what we had observed before he saw it,” said Hoadley. “He’d say, ‘If this is a stellar merger, then you should see X,’ and it was like, ‘Yes! We see that!’”GALEX imaged the star Mira, and its glowing ultraviolet tail, in 2007. The process that creates the glowing ultraviolet light around Mira, in which a shock wave heats up hydrogen gas, is similar to what is happening in the Blue Ring Nebula. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/C. Martin (Caltech)/M. Seibert(OCIW)Coalescing CompanionsThe astronomers say that the story of the Blue Ring Nebula began a few thousand years ago with a star about the mass of our sun and a smaller star that was in orbit around it. As the sun-like star aged, it puffed up and its outer layers inched closer to the companion. The smaller star syphoned material off the larger star, which spiraled around the small star in a disk, but ultimately the small star was consumed by its partner. The collision of the two stars launched a cloud of debris that was sliced in two by the small star’s disk of gas. This created the two cone-shaped clouds of debris.As the debris flew outward, it swept up gas, creating a shock wave. The shock wave heated up hydrogen molecules in the debris, which caused them to fluoresce in ultraviolet light. This fluorescing process is similar to what caused the glowing of a long tail streaming behind the star Mira, famously imaged by GALEX in 2007.Martin, who first began working on ultraviolet sky surveys nearly four decades ago, says that while this particular mystery took longer than expected to solve, he is not surprised that GALEX is still leading to new finds. “Whenever you survey the sky at new wavelengths, you inevitably get new discoveries years later and beyond,” he says.The study, “A blue ring nebula from a stellar merger several thousand years old,” was funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the Robert Martin Ayers Sciences Fund. Other authors include Andrew McWilliam of the Carnegie Institution for Science, Ken Shen of UC Berkeley, Gudmundur Stefansson of Princeton University, Andrew Monson of Pennsylvania State University, and Bradley Schaefer of Louisiana State University.The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a division of Caltech, managed the GALEX mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. The mission was developed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, under the Explorers Program. JPL also managed the Spitzer and WISE missions. In September 2013, NASA reactivated the WISE spacecraft with the primary goal of scanning for near-Earth objects, or NEOs, and the mission and spacecraft were renamed NEOWISE. 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Local NewsBusiness TAGS Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 Twitter Pawlicy Advisor Secures $6.5 Million in Series A Funding to Address the Growing Financial Insecurity of Pet Owners During the Coronavirus Pandemic WhatsApp WhatsApp NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 16, 2021– Pawlicy Advisor, the leading pet insurance marketplace, announced today it has raised a $6.5 million Series A funding round led by Rho Capital Partners and existing investor Defy Partners. The round also included significant investment from Slow Ventures. This brings the company’s total funds raised to $8 million to date. “We created Pawlicy Advisor to help address the rising cost of veterinary care, which is only being exacerbated by financial insecurity caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Woody Mawhinney, Co-Founder and CEO of Pawlicy Advisor. “Of more than 20,000+ pet owners surveyed, only 19 percent said they would be able to cover a $5,000 medical expense out-of-pocket. Pawlicy Advisor helps them find a more affordable approach to financially care for their pets.” The new round of funding will propel the next phase of strategic company growth and will be used toward team expansion, platform development, partnerships, and educational outreach to consumers and veterinary offices. The funding builds on expansive, 30% monthly company growth over the past year. In 2020, “thousands of veterinary professionals began referencing the educational benefits of Pawlicy Advisor’s marketplace. Our aim to help pet owners afford the cost of veterinary care is clearly resonating,” Mawhinney said. Managing Partner of Rho Capital Partners, Habib Kairouz, commented, “Pawlicy Advisor is innovating in a market experiencing tremendous consumer adoption and rapid product launches. The business is well positioned to become the leading authority for pet owners budgeting for their pets’ care.” With over 2.8 million dogs and cats insured across the U.S., and growing, Pawlicy Advisor is the trusted independent marketplace for finding the best coverage for your pet at the lowest rate. Veterinarians around the country use Pawlicy Advisor to help educate pet owners on how to budget for gold standard care. Founded in 2018, Pawlicy Advisor assesses insurance policies based on breed-specific health risks, pet age, location, and the fine print in each provider’s policy – to arrange insurance policies across top providers by projected lifetime cost and coverage value for each unique pet. For more information, visit pawlicy.com. About Pawlicy Advisor Pawlicy Advisor is the leading pet insurance marketplace offering comparison based on breed-specific attributes, hidden discounts, and total cost predictions for the lifetime of the pet. Pawlicy Advisor’s data-driven model brings transparency and simplicity to shopping across top pet insurance providers. Pawlicy Advisor’s team of pet parents and veterinary advisors are dedicated to making it easy and affordable to do the right thing for our animal companions. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210216005012/en/ CONTACT: Kim Dutton Pitch Public Relations [email protected] 310.729.0656 KEYWORD: NEW YORK UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES HEALTH CONSUMER INSURANCE PETS VETERINARY SOURCE: Pawlicy Advisor Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/16/2021 07:00 AM/DISC: 02/16/2021 07:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210216005012/en Facebook Pinterest Previous articleEndurance athletes can now go the distance with Garmin Enduro, the GPS multisport watch with superior battery lifeNext articleMore Than 250 Companies Transform Regulatory with Veeva Vault RIM Applications Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Facebook
Both Parties In Maintenance Cases Shall File Affidavit of Disclosure of Assets and Liabilities: Supreme Court [Read Judgment]
Top StoriesBoth Parties In Maintenance Cases Shall File Affidavit of Disclosure of Assets and Liabilities: Supreme Court [Read Judgment] Ashok Kini4 Nov 2020 4:19 AMShare This – xAffidavit of Disclosure of Assets and Liabilities shall be filed by both parties in all maintenance proceedings, including pending proceedings before the concerned Family Court / District Court / Magistrates Court, as the case may be, throughout the country, the Supreme Court has directed in an important judgment delivered on Wednesday (4 November 2020).The bench comprising Justices Indu…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?LoginAffidavit of Disclosure of Assets and Liabilities shall be filed by both parties in all maintenance proceedings, including pending proceedings before the concerned Family Court / District Court / Magistrates Court, as the case may be, throughout the country, the Supreme Court has directed in an important judgment delivered on Wednesday (4 November 2020).The bench comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and R. Subhash Reddy has annexed model affidavits as Enclosures I, II and III in the judgment. However, the court has observed that, in case the parties belong to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), or are living Below the Poverty Line (BPL), or are casual labourers, the requirement of filing the Affidavit would be dispensed with.The pleadings made in the applications for maintenance and replies filed should be responsible pleadings; if false statements and misrepresentations are made, the Court may consider initiation of proceeding u/S. 340 Cr.P.C., and for contempt of Court, the court observed. Details to be mentioned in the Affidavit filed by non-agrarian deponents are: Personal InformationDetails of Legal Proceedings and Maintenance being paid Details about dependant family membersMedical details of the Deponent and/or dependant family members Details of Children of the partiesDetails of Income of the Deponent, Assets (movable and immovable) owned by the Deponent, Details of Liabilities of the Deponent,Nature of employment (Self-employed persons / Professionals / Business Persons / Entrepreneur), Information provided by the Deponent with respect to the income, assets and liabilities of the other Spouse, Details of Applicant or the other Spouse, in case parties are Non-Resident Indians, Overseas Citizens of India, Foreign Nationals or Persons living abroad outside India.(The full model can be read in Enclosures provided in page 57 of the judgment)Parties do not disclose the correct details, and suppress vital informationThe court noticed that the issue of interim maintenance is presently decided on the basis of pleadings, where some amount of guess-work or rough estimation takes place, so as to make a prima facie assessment of the amount to be awarded. “It is often seen that both parties submit scanty material, do not disclose the correct details, and suppress vital information, which makes it difficult for the Family Courts to make an objective assessment for grant of interim maintenance. While there is a tendency on the part of the wife to exaggerate her needs, there is a corresponding tendency by the husband to conceal his actual income. It has therefore become necessary to lay down a procedure to streamline the proceedings, since a dependant wife, who has no other source of income, has to take recourse to borrowings from her parents / relatives during the interregnum to sustain herself and the minor children, till she begins receiving interim maintenance.” , the court said.The court, however, observed, that Affidavit to be filed by parties residing in urban areas, would require to be entirely different from the one applicable to rural areas, or tribal areas. So Enclosures 1 and II deal with details for Affidavit for Non-Agrarian Deponents and (II) Details for Affidavit for Agrarian Deponents. Since the state of Meghalaya has a predominantly tribal population, which follows a matrilineal system of society, a separate model of Affidavit has been drafted for it. GuidelinesThe court has issued following guidelines also(a) The Affidavit of Disclosure of Assets and Liabilities annexed at Enclosures I, II and III of this judgment, as may be applicable, shall be filed by the parties in all maintenance proceedings, including pending proceedings before the concerned Family Court / District Court / Magistrate’s Court, as the case may be, throughout the country;(b) The applicant making the claim for maintenance will be required to file a concise application accompanied with the Affidavit of Disclosure of Assets;(c) The respondent must submit the reply alongwith the Affidavit of Disclosure within a maximum period of four weeks. The Courts may not grant more than two opportunities for submission of the Affidavit of Disclosure of Assets and Liabilities to the respondent. If the respondent delays in filing the reply with the Affidavit, and seeks more than two adjournments for this purpose, the Court may consider exercising the power to strike off the defence of the respondent, if the conduct is found to be wilful and contumacious in delaying the proceedings. On the failure to file the Affidavit within the prescribed time, the Family Court may proceed to decide the application for maintenance on basis of the Affidavit filed by the applicant and the pleadings on record;(d) The above format may be modified by the concerned Court, if the exigencies of a case require the same. It would be left to the judicial discretion of the concerned Court, to issue necessary directions in this regard.(e) If apart from the information contained in the Affidavits of Disclosure, any further information is required, the concerned Court may pass appropriate orders in respect thereof.(f) If there is any dispute with respect to the declaration made in the Affidavit of Disclosure, the aggrieved party may seek permission of the Court to serve interrogatories, and seek production of relevant documents from the opposite party under Order XI of the CPC; On filing of the Affidavit, the Court may invoke the provisions of Order X of the C.P.C or Section 165 of the Evidence Act 1872, if it considers it necessary to do so; The income of one party is often not within the knowledge of the other spouse. The Court may invoke Section 106 of the Evidence Act, 1872 if necessary, since the income, assets and liabilities of the spouse are within the personal knowledge of the party concerned.(g) If during the course of proceedings, there is a change in the financial status of any party, or there is a change of any relevant circumstances, or if some new information comes to light, the party may submit an amended / supplementary affidavit, which would be considered by the court at the time of final determination.(h) The pleadings made in the applications for maintenance and replies filed should be responsible pleadings; if false statements and misrepresentations are made, the Court may consider initiation of proceeding u/S. 340 Cr.P.C., and for contempt of Court.(i) In case the parties belong to the Economically Weaker Sections (“EWS”), or are living Below the Poverty Line (“BPL”), or are casual labourers, the requirement of filing the Affidavit would be dispensed with.(j) The concerned Family Court / District Court / Magistrate’s Court must make an endeavour to decide the I.A. for Interim Maintenance by a reasoned order, within a period of four to six months at the latest, after the Affidavits of Disclosure have been filed before the court.(k) A professional Marriage Counsellor must be made available in every Family Court.The court also issued guidelines regarding the payment of Permanent alimony: (i) Parties may lead oral and documentary evidence with respect to income, expenditure, standard of living, etc. before the concerned Court, for fixing the permanent alimony payable to the spouse. (ii) In contemporary society, where several marriages do not last for a reasonable length of time, it may be inequitable to direct the contesting spouse to pay permanent alimony to the applicant for the rest of her life. The duration of the marriage would be a relevant factor to be taken into consideration for determining the permanent alimony to be paid. (iii) Provision for grant of reasonable expenses for the marriage of children must be made at the time of determining permanent alimony, where the custody is with the wife. The expenses would be determined by taking into account the financial position of the husband and the customs of the family. (iv) If there are any trust funds / investments created by any spouse / grandparents in favour of the children, this would also be taken into consideration while deciding the final child support.The court also observed that, although there is no bar to seek maintenance under the D.V. Act and Section 125 of the Cr.P.C., or under H.M.A., it would be inequitable to direct the husband to pay maintenance under each of the proceedings, independent of the relief granted in a previous proceeding. It observed thus:”If maintenance is awarded to the wife in a previously instituted proceeding, she is under a legal obligation to disclose the same in a subsequent proceeding for maintenance, which may be filed under another enactment. While deciding the quantum of maintenance in the subsequent proceeding, the civil court/family court shall take into account the maintenance awarded in any previously instituted proceeding, and determine the maintenance payable to the claimant…””To overcome the issue of overlapping jurisdiction, and avoid conflicting orders being passed in different proceedings, we direct that in a subsequent maintenance proceeding, the applicant shall disclose the previous maintenance proceeding, and the orders passed therein, so that the Court would take into consideration the maintenance already awarded in the previous proceeding, and grant an adjustment or set-off of the said amount. If the order passed in the previous proceeding requires any modification or variation, the party would be required to move the concerned court in the previous proceeding.”Therefore, the affidavit to be filed in maintenance cases should also contain details of Legal Proceedings and Maintenance being paidCase: RAJNESH vs. NEHA [Cr. A No. 730 OF 2020 ]Coram: Justices Indu Malhotra and R. Subhash Reddy Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentNext Story
Tax bonus boosts giving via payrollOn 3 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The number of people giving to charity through Give As You Earn hasincreased by 23 per cent since April 2000, reveals research. The UK’s largest scheme for tax-free payroll giving saw donations top £50mfor 2001-02. A survey by the Charities Aid Foundation examines the impact of radicalchanges made by the Government to payroll giving. These include removing the £100 monthly ceiling and adding a 10 per centbonus to all payroll donations until April 2003. According to the survey, nearly half of high-level donors taking part in thescheme have joined since the changes were introduced – boosting the averageannual donation among this group by 71 per cent to £2,396. More than half of those donating state that the tax changes has made animpact on their giving. Nearly two-thirds of these had switched from otherforms of tax-effective giving and almost a quarter of those previously donatingup to the £100 monthly limit have increased their contributions still further. Jenny Byers, CAF’s executive director for donor services, called for anextension of the 10 per cent bonus on payroll giving. “The dramatic growth brought about by the April 2000 changes can’t beignored. CAF is already working alongside other leading voluntary sector bodiesto ensure we build on this success and finally begin to realise the incrediblepotential of payroll giving,” she said. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Greggs plans to build an additional bakery in the south of England to support the proposed opening of 600 new stores. In its half-year statement in August, the bakery chain said it aimed to open 30-40 net new shops in 2010, but an interim statement this week revealed this has now been revised to 50-60, doubling its historic rate of new store openings. From 2011 it plans to open at least 70 net new shops per annum. It also hopes to double its shop refits to 120 per annum from 2010.Sales performance in the 42 weeks ending 17 October 2009 rose steadily, up 3.8%, with like-for-like sales up 1%. However, for the first 16 weeks of the second half, like-for-like sales were up only 0.2%.In order to fulfil its plans for expansion and ensure an effective distribution network, Greggs said it planned to build an additional new bakery to support growth in the south, as well as replace its bakery in Twickenham and extend other bakeries “to facilitate greater expansion than previously planned”.