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European car registrations rise

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULL European car registrations rise Eurozone car registration rose 3.2 per cent in February boosted by France and Italy which recorded a jump in the annual automobile rate of 3.9 to 13.9 per cent and 3.5 to 5.0 per cent respectively. Germany’s new car registrations rose 17 per cent during the past month and Spain registered the strongest increase since September 2010, rising by 3.6 per cent. KCS-content center_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeJournalPregnant Woman Takes a Nap – You Won’t Believe What She Discovered When She WokeJournalMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailThe Sports DropForgotten College Basketball Stars: Where Are They Now?The Sports DropMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChattermoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldFamilyMindedThe Most Common Astrology Questions People AskFamilyMinded More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Tuesday 1 March 2011 8:02 pm Sharelast_img read more

Swedish police warn gambling under “highest threat” from money laundering

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Gambling at state-owned casinos and online gambling were highlighted as areas where the risk was especially high. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter To counter money laundering, the report called for a change in the country’s Gambling Act on account and safe deposit box systems to include gambling companies. Currently, authorities have the power to quickly identify those who hold bank accounts and safe deposit boxes when money laundering is suspected, but cannot do this for gambling accounts. In March, a report from Sweden’s Financial Police revealed that 700 incidents of money laundering were flagged in 2020. Last week Sweden’s National Operations Department arrested five people in a match-fixing bust in Stockholm. Swedish police warn gambling under “highest threat” from money laundering Although Sweden’s Gaming Act prohibits transfers between gaming accounts, the report warned that money can be transferred in other ways – for example, deliberate poker losses. The group also found evidence to suggest that gambling accounts are being used for terrorist financing. The Swedish police has warned that gambling is at its “highest threat level” of money laundering in the country’s National Risk Assessment of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing report. Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Tech & innovation Compliance Regulation Cybersecurity Fraud Platform Payments This month the Swedish government proposed an extension on the country’s novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions for its gambling industry, including a SEK5,000 (£423/€492/$590) monthly deposit limit for online casino games. Email Address Casino & games 21st April 2021 | By Marese O’Hagan The report also recommends periodic reporting from operators to the Swedish Gaming Inspectorate in order to curb money laundering potential and increase supervision. The report, which was compiled from findings by Sweden’s Coordination Function Against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing group, organised by the police authority, said gambling businesses are often unknowingly “at risk” of money laundering exploitation.last_img read more

Olympics 2016: How ongoing crises in Brazil are affecting rugby sevens

first_img With the protracted political unrest in Brazil stretching into April, the Zika virus still considered a “public health emergency” by the World Health Organisation and delayed works on infrastructure for the 2016 Olympic Games causing concerns, you may be wondering how rugby sevens will be affected.Brazil is currently struggling through a recession, while president Dilma Rouseff is facing impeachment over alleged practises to hide the true deficit in the nation’s budget – a process made all the more dicey as a number of individuals in Brazil’s ruling caste are implicated in the nation’s biggest ever scandal, with corruption at state-run oil company Petrobras. The Zika virus, which is linked with shrunken brains in children, is passed on by mosquitos and has caused some panic in Brazil.With such a backdrop, Rugby World spoke to World Rugby’s head of operations and performance, Mark Egan, to find out how, if at all, the political climate in the region will affect the delivery of sevens at Olympics 2016.In the field: a shot of the rugby pitch at the Deodoro Park where rugby will be played during Olympics 2016RW: It must be difficult, with financial and political issues in Brazil, to get everything you’d like done in time for Rio 2016. Where are you currently with planning?Mark Egan: “There are some concerns but we’re confident everything will be delivered on time. The ongoing political stuff, a lot of that is outwith our control so we’re just trying to get on with it. There are certainly challenges and it’s been widely reported that a number of venues are behind schedule. Ours is behind schedule, but it’s a temporary venue so it can still be built in time but we are running late. We have weekly conference calls and site visits now and then, so we know with current time frames the seating bowl will be delivered on time – albeit running late, into the end of June. We hoped to be finished by the end of May. So that leaves less time for contingency planning.“There’s still transport infrastructure being completed so there are risks with some of that. What we can control and can influence, we’re working very hard in putting a lot of pressure on and we’ve got a very good working relationship with the Rio 2016 people. They are trying to do their very best as well, but a lot of the funding is controlled by the federal government and the city (of Rio). So when you’re not actually in control of your own budget, delivering your own event, it’s difficult. You just have to keep pushing and pushing.”RW: But it must be hard to talk to the right people at a time like this?ME: “We obviously deal with the organising committee and we can speak to them any time. Our chairman has picked the phone up to the mayor (of Rio) and has spoken to him directly. That was a number of months ago when we were very concerned about the field being ready for our recent test event.“We met with the mayor last June – I was there with Bernard Lapasset and Brett Gosper – and the mayor wrote his mobile number down on a piece of paper and gave it to Bernard and said: ‘Call me any time you need to.’ When we were getting quite worried, Bernard called him and things happened. I’m not saying he’s answering his phone every day now! We can also speak to the very top people in the International Olympic Committee and Kit McConnell, our former colleague, is now head of their sports department and we have contact with the right people who can make decisions on our behalf.” Testing times: Brazil women celebrate winning the test event at Rio’s Deodoro Park LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS South American rivals: Argentina and Colombia prepare to square off at the test eventRW: You mentioned the test event, with the South American women’s championship being played at the Deodoro site, where the Games will host sevens. You also had concerns about the field there, but it was eventually available on time. What are the concerns at the site now?ME: “There were some concerns about the (‘village’ on the Deodoro site). We had all the summer’s international federations with the IOC and Rio 2016 about six weeks ago and they presented plans for the common domain areas at Deodoro Park which weren’t very satisfactory to all and we made our points very clear that this is an Olympic park so it needs to have services and facilities that are commensurate with that status. They’ve taken that on board and issued some new plans recently that are much better. So there will be plenty of concessions to buy drinks, to buy a hot dog. Inside the venue there will be food stalls but it was outside, in the common domain areas where they were looking to save budget but we said: ‘No, you’ve got to prioritise that.’“They understand what our requirements are and our first priority is to get everything right for the athletes. So that’s the field of play, the warm-up areas, the training venues, the athlete lounge, the medical facilities and services. They are our key priority and we’re pushing hard on those and feel comfortable we’ll have that in place.“One advantage of our schedule is that, although it is over six days, each day is in two sessions so there is breathing space between sessions. So there will be plenty of time to make adjustments, fix the grass, let it settle overnight etc. We’ve brought in our own grass consultant to work with them and provide advice so we’re confident that will be fine.”Pressing issue: In February the organising committee raised concerns over ZikaRW: Speaking of health, planning with the Zika virus still prevalent in Brazil must be difficult for all involved in the Olympics?ME: “We went through a lot of that ourselves, with the test event in Sao Paulo in February, so we are well aware of what the risks are there as well as the precautions people need to take. We issued a whole set of guidelines to participating teams. We’re following the WHO advice on this as well. Now obviously the risk at the time of year the Olympics are on in August is not peak summer, when it’s hot and humid and offers the right conditions for mosquitos to breed, but they are also doing a lot of mitigating work at the venues to make sure there’s no stagnant water etc. “The Zika virus is what it is, and it’s up to every individual athlete to make the choice of whether they feel it’s safe to go but the advice we’re getting at the moment from the WHO and all the major health bodies is that it is safe to go if you take the right precautions, and we are providing all that advice to the teams as are their national Olympic committees.”For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

How the World Health Organization supports Africa’s response to COVID-19

first_imgAs of April 18,  according to the African Centers for Disease Control, there were 21,990 cases of COVID-19 in Africa, with no country having more than 3,000 confirmed cases.Africa is home to 1.3 billion people. Many of the 52 countries that make up the African Union are small, impoverished, economically underdeveloped, and they are still confronting the neocolonialism of their former colonial overlords and resisting the advances of U.S. imperialism, which seeks unfettered access to Africa’s vast riches.An informational mural by youth artists warning about the risk of the coronavirus in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya.Nigeria, with nearly 214 million people, and South Africa, with nearly 58 million, are its most developed countries. Sixty percent of the people living in Africa are under 25. About 70 percent of Africa’s working class are in the informal sector. Infectious diseases like malaria, polio, Ebola, measles, AIDS and tuberculosis are episodically epidemic in Africa. There was an Ebola outbreak in West Africa during the years 2014-16 that infected over 28,000 people, of whom 11,000 died.ACDC for disease preventionBased on the need for coordinated public health measures required to mitigate, contain and then end the Ebola outbreak, the African Union established the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017. The mandate given to the ACDC was to become a continental entity for disease prevention, surveillance and response.The first major step the ACDC took in 2017 was to establish a formal working relationship with the World Health Organization to coordinate their efforts. The director of the ACDC was designated as a WHO special envoy. How they work together can be seen in the weekly webinars that the ACDC has been running. The webinars for doctors and nurses concentrate on how to diagnose, manage and treat COVID-19 patients, and they feature practical advice on how to overcome the problems produced by extreme poverty. WHO specialists point out that it is possible to contain and mitigate COVID-19.For example, in Sudan, where many families can’t afford to buy the soap and water needed to wash your hands, 20 portable handwashing facilities are now accessible in seven locations in the Sudanese capital as part of the emergency response to COVID-19. Kigali, capital of Rwanda, has a similar program, and since the ACDC has promoted this idea, it is likely to spread further.Along with the youthfulness of its population, Africa’s deep poverty is going to play a major role in its response to COVID-19.There are approximately 2,000 ventilators in Africa for its 1.3 billion people. Somalia’s health ministry still doesn’t have a single one. The Central African Republic has three. South Sudan, four. Liberia, five. Nigeria, with a population two-thirds that of the United States, has fewer than 100. Ten African countries have none. For comparison, the United States has 170,000 ventilators — and needs more — for 330 million people. While ventilators can play a role in saving the sickest patients, supplies of oxygen, tubes and personal protective equipment are also essential.U.S. withdrawal from WHODr. Matshidiso Moeti, director for WHO’s Africa region, sees both a financial and political aspect to President Trump’s suspension of funds the United States gives to WHO, which amount to 15 percent of its budget.Moeti spoke to a media conference on COVID-19 in Africa, which was covered by Reuters News on April 16. WHO in Africa, according to Moeti, is not only working to improve patient care and reduce fatalities for COVID-19 patients, it is also working on other killers like polio, AIDS and malaria. “The impact, potentially, of this decision will be quite significant on areas such as polio eradication,” she said, just when Africa was close to being declared polio-free.China, in the midst of its hard but successful fight against the epidemic domestically, has sent planeloads of essential supplies to almost all the members of the AU, some being financed by China’s Jack Ma Foundation. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has promised to continue to provide materials that Africa needs, to share its antipandemic experience and to send medical experts.Cuba, which has been under U.S. sanctions for over 60 years, recently sent a contingent of 250 medical practitioners, mainly doctors, to Angola, a country whose connection to Cuba matured in their common armed struggle against the racist apartheid regime then ruling South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s.WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus has organized solidarity flights from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to distribute essential medical supplies. The flights are  a joint initiative of the AU, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and  WHO. The governments of the United Arab Emirates and Ethiopia finance the flights. If the Trump administration had not cut funds to WHO in an attempt to find a scapegoat for his own disastrous errors, this international solidarity would be saving even more lives. 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Newspaper editor freed pending outcome of appeal

first_img Help by sharing this information News MauritiusAfrica Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam launches blistering attack on independent media Receive email alerts Dharmanand Dooharika, editor of the weekly Samedi Plus, was convicted in a case brought by the Director of Public Prosecutions. He was found guilty of publicly scandalizing the Supreme Court and of bringing the administration of justice into disrepute with an editorial, articles and an interview in the 14 August edition of the newspaper. Under the headline “Barclays Leasing scandal – Dev Hurnam demands imprisonment of Chief Justice” the newspaper published several articles reporting on a lawsuit brought by Paradise Rentals against Barclays Leasing, with lawyer Dev Hurnam acting for the plaintiffs before Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernard Sik Yuen. An editorial and an interview with Hurnam, who was later disbarred as a result of the trial, and a letter sent by him to the president of Mauritius calling for members of the judiciary to be investigated for misconduct, provoked the wrath of the bench. Dooharika was taken ill while the verdict was being read out and spent two days in the Apollo Bramwell Hospital before being transferred to Beau-Bassin prison on 20 October. His lawyer Ravi Rutnah has lodged an appeal.Goindamal Saminata Chetty, head of the firm Contact Press which owns Samedi Plus, received a fine of 300,000 rupees. November 17, 2018 Find out more May 6, 2011 Find out more The radio station Radio Plus and its chief executive Eshan Khodabux were fined 200,000 rupees in a parallel trial. The station also covered the event by broadcasting extracts from statements made by Hurnam on 29 July.Both organizations have decided to appeal.Photo of Dharmanand Dooharika (Le Mauricien Journal) RSF condemns harsh penalties for online content in Mauritius Dharmanand Dooharika, the editor of the weekly Samedi Plus, was released today from Beau-Bassin prison pending the outcome of his appeal against the three-month jail sentence for contempt of court that he received on 17 October.——————————————————————————————-21.10.2011 – Journalist jailed and media outlets fined for contempt of courtPress freedom in Mauritius has suffered a serious setback with the announcement on 17 October that a journalist has been sentenced to three months’ imprisonment and two news organizations have been heavily fined for contempt of court. Organisation “This trial once again highlights the fragility of the current situation which is heading in the direction of a media crackdown on certain politically sensitive topics,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We deeply regret the ruling by Judges Keshoe Parsad Matadeen and Asraf Caunhye and call for the release of the journalist, and for leniency in the appeals that are pending,” the press freedom organization said. October 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor freed pending outcome of appeal Politically-motivated boycott of media group by government MauritiusAfrica News News News Follow the news on Mauritius to go further RSF_en June 3, 2010 Find out morelast_img read more

Author offers pointers on her writing, illustrating

first_img WhatsApp Victoria Jamieson, author of the Bluebonnet Award winning book Roller Girl, talks with students at Buice Elementary School. Previous articleBOYS SOCCER: Permian ends slump with offensive outburst against Lubbock HighNext articleKantorei concert slated admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Home Local News Author offers pointers on her writing, illustrating Pinterest OC employee of the year always learning Victoria Jamieson, author of the Bluebonnet Award winning book Roller Girl, talks with students at Buice Elementary School. Jamieson signs an autograph for 7 year-old 2nd grader Brianna Twyman. Local News Author offers pointers on her writing, illustrating WhatsApp Victoria Jamieson, author of the Bluebonnet Award winning book Roller Girl, talks with students at Buice Elementary School. Jamieson signs an autograph for 7 year-old 2nd grader Brianna Twyman. Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinTexas Fried ChickenPowered By 10 Sec Apple Pie Bites NextStay center_img Victoria Jamieson, author of the Bluebonnet Award winning book Roller Girl, talks with students at Buice Elementary School. 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Pinterest By admin – February 3, 2018 Facebook 1 of 4 Victoria JamiesonNewbery Honor and Bluebonnet award-winning graphic novelist Victoria Jamieson gave students at Buice Elementary School at glimpse into how she approaches her craft.Jamieson is the author and/or illustrator of eight books and is working on a ninth. Some include the award-winning “Roller Girl,” “All’s Faire in Middle School,” “Pest in Show,” “Olympig,” and “Bea Rocks the Flock.”Principal Alicia Press said 650 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade had a chance to see Jamieson.She told an audience of second and third-graders that she’s writing another book, but it’s top secret right now. ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Through a presentation involving drawing, talking to youngsters and answering their questions, Jamieson told students Wednesday how they can create graphic novels or comic strips just based on their everyday lives.In her book “All’s Faire in Middle School,” the main character, 11-year-old Imogene, or “Impy,” navigates her way through middle school and parents who work for the Renaissance Faire.Jamieson moved from Pennsylvania to Florida in middle school. “All’s Faire” has a seventh-grade biology teacher that resembles a dragon and bullies that look like big hairy monsters.She said the worst part of starting middle school was lunch because seating wasn’t assigned anymore and she had to sit with her friends, which she didn’t have at that point.Like her character in “All’s Faire,” Jamieson said her parents lived to embarrass her. She wanted to get the sneakers everyone was wearing, but her mother said they were too expensive, so she got knockoffs. The students made fun of her because they weren’t the same, so she tried to correct it with a blue ballpoint pen, but that didn’t work either.Jamieson advised students who want to create their own graphic novels to read a lot of graphic novels. She added that they could write a comic about their day at school, a funny story that they and their friends make up or what their family did over the weekend.As an 11-year-old, Jamieson said she kept a journal that she illustrated. She rereads it to recall what she was thinking back then.She noted that keeping a journal is good practice for becoming a writer.One of the hardest parts about being a graphic novelist is having to draw the main character over and over again, Jamieson said, so she keeps the shapes simple.A big part of her job as an artist is to trick people into seeing something, like the braids her main character Astrid wears.She offered pointers on drawing hands and faces.Her brainstorming process also includes drawing characters with noticeable expressions or emotion on their faces, which she did for the students.Press said last year when the Bluebonnet competition was going on for the district, her students voted on which Bluebonnet book was their favorite and the overwhelming choice was “Roller Girl.”Jamieson, who earned a bachelor of fine arts in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, penned her first book in third grade as part of a class assignment.Called “Super Cow,” she said it is still her mother’s favorite book but it lives in her mother’s closet. Writing and illustrating the book gave her a lot of confidence, Jamieson said.The campus contacted Jamieson last year and it took about a year to arrange for her appearance Wednesday, Press said.“I think it’s critical for us to give them an authentic experience with authors, illustrators, the publishing process (and) the writing process …,” Press added.Students enjoyed the visit and are big fans of Jamieson’s work.Holding on to the books she wanted Jamieson to autograph for her, eight-year-old third-grader Molly Shefchik said she enjoyed the presentation because it helped her learn how to draw new things.“I want to be an artist when I grow up one day. She just really helped me with my drawing and stuff,” Shefchik said.She added that she loves to meet new people, especially authors because she loves reading.Nine-year-old third-grader Jared Carrasco said he thought Jamieson was really funny.He said Buice Media Specialist Christie Shefchik has been reading “The Great Art Caper” and he likes that one.Carrasco said Jamieson is not the first author he’s met.“But it feels really cool because they write books I like,” he said. Twitter Victoria Jamieson, author of the Bluebonnet Award winning book Roller Girl, talks with students at Buice Elementary School.Jamieson’s books are on a table.last_img read more

Mc Monagle says traffic chaos in Letterkenny needs a proper response

first_img WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th The Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District says the case for the Bonagee Link will be made to Transport Minister Shane Ross in the coming weeks, particularly in light of significant gridlock in the town centre last evening.Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle says once again, a bank holiday in Northern Ireland has led to a massive increase in traffic in Letterkenny.Much of that increase was made up of cars travelling back to Northern Ireland from West Donegal, Cloughaneely and Fanad, with drivers having no choice but to cross the Port Bridge in Letterkenny.Cllr Mc Monagle says the resultant traffic problems inconvenience local people and act as a disincentive for tourists………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/gerrymac.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Mc Monagle says traffic chaos in Letterkenny needs a proper response Previous articleGavin Dykes leaves Finn Harps for Ballinamallard UnitedNext articleDerry PSNI appeal for information following Racecourse Road Hit and Run admin 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Twitter By admin – May 31, 2016 center_img Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Irish mental health nurses required in New South Wales, Australia

first_img Twitter Pinterest Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – November 5, 2012 Facebook Irish mental health nurses required in New South Wales, Australia 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Experienced Irish mental health nurses and midwives are urgently required in Sydney and other areas of New South Wales as their health board launches a new recruitment drive for 70 Irish nurses. Galway-based recruitment agency ICE Group are co-ordinating the campaign in partnership with New South Wales Health who are facing a shortage of registered nurses in public hospitals. Attractive packages are on offer for successful candidates with lucrative salaries and opportunities for real career advancement. New South Wales hospitals have generous staffing levels with a predominantly Registered Nurse workforce, and nurses there enjoy some of the best pay and employment conditions in Australia. The package also includes visa sponsorship for one to four years or longer. Google+ “There are excellent career opportunities for Irish nurses in New South Wales,” said Margaret Cox, Director of ICE Group. “Australia’s state-funded healthcare service is very similar to the HSE which makes it easy for Irish nurses to adapt quickly. There’s also a big community of Irish nurses in New South Wales so getting used to the new lifestyle takes very little adjustment,” she said. “Irish nurses’ qualifications and experience are highly regarded in Australia,” said Susan Pearce, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer of NSW. “Irish nurses have a long history with us. Patients respond well to their attitude and knowledge as well as their warmth and friendliness. Irish nurses are always welcome here,” she said. Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry ICE Group provides full support with applications and paperwork, and assistance is also available on arrival in Australia. Interviews will take place in Dublin on Friday, 7 December, with positions commencing in 2013. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGAA – Eunan’s Claim 13th Senior CrownNext articleFamily of David Black don’t want Martin McGuinness attending funeral News Highland News WhatsApp WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

KPSC Candidates Can Seek Own Evaluated Answer Scripts Under RTI : Karnataka HC [Read Judgment]

News UpdatesKPSC Candidates Can Seek Own Evaluated Answer Scripts Under RTI : Karnataka HC [Read Judgment] Mustafa Plumber31 Aug 2020 4:19 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has held that a candidate who has appeared for examination conducted by a public service commission can seek for copies of his own evaluated answer scripts, along with the marks allotted to each question under the Right to Information Act. Justice Suraj Govindaraj while partly allowing the petition filed by Karnataka Public Service Commission challenging…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 Karnataka High Court has held that a candidate who has appeared for examination conducted by a public service commission can seek for copies of his own evaluated answer scripts, along with the marks allotted to each question under the Right to Information Act. Justice Suraj Govindaraj while partly allowing the petition filed by Karnataka Public Service Commission challenging the decision of the Karnataka Information Commissioner (KIC) said “An applicant cannot seek for copies of evaluated answer scripts of any other person apart from himself/herself.” The court also held that “The Information Commission – State or Central has no power to remove or dismiss a public Information Officer already appointed by any public Authority for that organization.” Stating that as a PIO would be discharging quasi-judicial functions while accepting or rejecting the application for information. It said “This aspect may be taken into consideration by the Legislature in its wisdom to formulate the requirements of qualification, if any, for the appointment of a person as a Public Information Officer.” Case background: By way of notification dated 12.05.2017 recruitment process for filling up of 428 posts of Gazetted Probationers (GP-2015 recruitment) was initiated by KPSC, in terms of the Karnataka Recruitment of Gazetted Probationers (Appointment by competitive examinations) Rules, 1997 (“GP Rules”). Candidate, Vinay Kumar Ramaiah being one of the candidates had applied in pursuance of the said notification, on the basis of his performance he stood qualified for the main examination. He thus appeared for the main written examination. On the process of selection being completed, the petitioner published the final selection list. Ramaiah filed an application under RTI on January 16, seeking for answer scripts with marks awarded to each question. The PIO by way of an endorsement dated February 14, informed him that in terms of the decision of the Apex Court in UPSC Vs. Angesh Kumar reported in (2018) 4 SCC 530, the request cannot be acceded to and as such rejected the application. Aggrieved by the endorsement he preferred an appeal before the first Appellate Authority, on February 28. However, on account of the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19, the first Appellate Authority could not dispose of the appeal within the prescribed time. By order dated 01.06.2020, the first Appellate Authority dismissed the appeal. While the matter was pending before the first Appellate Authority, Ramaiah approached KIC, with a complaint against KPSC, under Section 18(1) of the RTI Act. #On June 18, the KIC passed the following order: KIC by quoting Section 19(8)(a)(ii) of the RTI Act has appointed the Controller of Examinations, KPSC as Public Information Officer and Secretary KPSC as the First Appellate Authority. #KIC directed the Controller of Examinations to provide information sought by the Appellant therein (R-1 herein) free of cost. This order was challenged by the KPSC before the High Court. Arguments Senior Advocate P.S.Rajagopal along with Advocate Reuben Jacob, appearing for KPSC argued that Ramaiah could not have sought for disclosure of marks awarded to each question in each of the main written examinations in terms of the decision of the Apex Court in the Case of Angesh Kumar (supra). Further, the PIO as also the first Appellate Authority by relying upon the decision rejected the application filed by the petitioner and as such respondent, No.2-KIC could not have passed the above directions. The decision of the apex court is applicable to the present case also and the findings of the respondent No.2-KIC that the said decision is not applicable to the present facts, is erroneous. The plea was opposed by Advocate Kantharaja, along with Advocate Ravi H.K, on behalf of Ramaiah. It was argued that “The information which has been sought for by the petitioner is neither confidential nor sensitive inasmuch as the information sought for is that relating to the petitioner and not any third party.” Further, Ramaiah had approached the first Appellate Authority, the said Authority did not dispose of the appeal within the given time frame and as such left with no other alternative, he had to approach respondent KIC to do justice. Moreover, the PIO who has been appointed is not a competent authority inasmuch as the PIO is a Section Officer who has no knowledge of the nuances of the law applicable to the facts of the situation, the PIO has not considered the implications of the judgements cited before him. Court said: In the present case what the petitioner is seeking for is his own evaluated answer script. He has not sought for any information relating to any third party or any confidential information, but has sought for information only pertaining to himself. Thus, I am of the considered opinion that the embargo in the decision of the Apex Court in Angesh Kumar would not be applicable to the present Case. It observed “Freedom of Information being a fundamental right as also human right any person would be entitled to apply for and receive information especially pertaining to himself which is held by any public authority. The reasons for requesting such information may be myriad. Whatever the reasons may be when a particular information sought for is relating to the person applying for such information, the authorities concerned cannot refuse the furnishing of such information.” On removal and appointment of PIO: The court said “Looking at from any angle it was impermissible for the 2nd respondent (KIC) to have removed the existing Public Information Officer and or appoint another Public Information Officer in place of such removed person.” It clarified “Though the 2nd respondent (KIC) may have superintendence power over the actions of any Public Information Officer, the same would not extend to the removal of an already appointed Information Officer and/or appointment of any other person as a Public Information Officer.” On perusal of Section 19(8)(a)(ii) the court held “In terms of Section 19(8), it is only a direction that could be issued by the Central Information Commission or by the State Information Commission as the Case may be requiring the Public Authority to appoint a Public Information Officer if no such person has already been appointed. Once the person has been appointed, there is nothing which has been provided under Section 19 of the RTI Act enabling removal of such person by the KIC.” It also made it clear that “Taking into account the scheme of the Act as it exists it is not for the KIC to ascertain as regards the education or other qualification of a person appointed as a PIO. It only exercises supervisory jurisdiction over the actions taken by the Public Information Officer and nothing else.” Title: The Karnataka Public Service Commission, and Vinay Kumar Ramaiah, S/o. M.Ramaiah Case No: WRIT PETITION NO.8676/2020. Date of Order: August 26, 2020. Coram: Justice Suraj Govindaraj Appearence: P.S.Rajagopal, Senior Counsel For Sri. Reuben Jacob, Advocate for petitioner Advocate Kantharaja, a/w. Advocate Ravi H.K, for R1; Advocate Sharath Gowda, for R2Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment] Next Story read more

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