Consider Extending Compensation Benefits To Farmers Who Borrowed From Private Lenders, Karnataka High Court Directs State

first_imgNews UpdatesConsider Extending Compensation Benefits To Farmers Who Borrowed From Private Lenders, Karnataka High Court Directs State Mustafa Plumber21 April 2021 6:01 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to take a policy decision on extending benefits of compensation to the families of farmers who committed suicide and who had taken loan from private money lenders. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj said “We direct the Chief Secretary to place the observation made by this court in…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 on Wednesday directed the State government to take a policy decision on extending benefits of compensation to the families of farmers who committed suicide and who had taken loan from private money lenders. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj said “We direct the Chief Secretary to place the observation made by this court in its order dated March 2, before the appropriate authority of the state government which is empowered to take policy decision.” It added “We direct the state government to take policy decision on question of extending the benefits under government order dated July 18, 2003, as modified from time to time, to families of farmers who commit suicide and who had taken loan from private money lenders.” As per information given to the court from 2016 till 2020-21, 125 farmers committed suicide in Shahpur taluk of Yadgir district. Out of 125 farmers who committed suicide, families of 105 farmers are entitled to the compensation. Of which 20 families were held ineligible as the farmers who committed suicide had not borrowed the money from banks. Out of 105 families found to be eligible, still 7 families have not been paid compensation. In its earlier order taking strong exception to the stand of the state government that compensation will not be granted with respect to loans taken from private borrowers, the Ciurt had noted “State has created two artificial classes of farmers who have committed suicide. The first class is of the farmers who had taken loans or borrowed money from the banks, credit societies, etc. The second class is of those farmers who had taken money from the individual money lenders. The State Government has decided to deny the compensation to the families of the farmers who had taken money from the private money lenders and had committed suicide.” It had thus held “Prima facie, it appears to us that the cause of suicide is the inability of the farmers to repay the borrowed amount with interest. Therefore, prima facie, it is very difficult to accept that the classification made by the State Government will stand the test of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.” The court had directed the Chief Secretary of the State Government to take a clear stand whether the families of the farmers who have taken loan from the private money lenders and who have committed suicide can be excluded from the government assistance of Rs.5,00,000.” Today, the government counsel filed the affidavit of the Chief Secretary, which continued with the stand taken earlier. Following which the bench said “On going through the affidavit itself it is very clear that Chief Secretary has not adverted to prima facie finding recorded in the aforesaid order.” The court then directed the state to take a policy decision within eight weeks from today. It also by way of last chance directed the District level grievance committee (Yadgir Taluk) to comply with directions issued in earlier order dated March 24, in a month’s time. The court had then directed the Committee to ask appropriate officers to visit the villages with a view to find out whether there are any farmers who have been denied the benefits of the Crop Insurance Scheme, within one month. The directions were given while hearing the petition filed by Akhanda Karnataka Raitha Sangh. The matter will be next heard on May 11.Next Storylast_img read more

Bids on New Pickleball Courts Well Over Budget

first_imgA growing legion of Pickleball devotees in Ocean City may have to wait a bit longer to find a permanent venue on the island.The lone bid on construction of outdoor courts in Ocean City was opened on Thursday and came in at $604,864.75.The city had dedicated only $250,000 for the work in a $79.6 million five-year capital plan approved in March.Fred M. Schiavone Construction Inc. of Malaga, N.J. — the contractor for two phases of Ocean City Boardwalk reconstruction and for the new Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway — was the only bidder.The city had asked for bids on converting part of an existing parking lot at Shelter Road and Tennessee Avenue (near the Recycling Center and Humane Society) into five Pickleball courts with fencing and a windbreak system. The specifications also asked for the bids to include the replacement of the artificial grass surface on the six tennis courts (40,000 square feet) at the Ocean City Intermediate School.The bid breakdown (see detail) includes $418,000 for the tennis court surface alone.The other part of the bid included $186,874.75 for the work on the Pickleball courts at Shelter Road. Schiavone submitted an alternate bid of $29,785 to resurface and equip five Pickleball courts that exist on a roughly paved area outside the Intermediate School.Ocean City Business Administrator Jim Mallon said Monday that the city administration is still working with City Council on an alternate plan, and he was unable to comment further.When City Council approved the solicitation of bids on May 15, Mallon had said he was hopeful that the project could be completed before the end of summer.Pickleball is a tennis-like game played on a smaller court with a whiffle ball and a solid paddle. Because the game is easy to learn (and fun to master) and does not require covering a lot of ground, it is increasingly popular with players of all ages. A group of more than 100 players has been finding playing time indoors at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center and outdoors at the Intermediate School.Read more: Ocean City Opens Bidding Process for Pickleball Courts Lines for five crude Pickleball courts are painted on asphalt beside the Ocean City Intermediate School. The city sought bids for resurfacing those courts and for building five more on city-owned property on Shelter Road.last_img read more

How Cells Thread a Needle

first_imgYour challenge today is to invent a machine that can push a wet noodle through a straw.  It can’t pull it.  First it has to grab the end, then push it through without breaking it.  Oh, and there’s a catch; the straw has a plug at the far end and a constriction inside.  Give up?  Maybe you should watch how cells do it.  The mechanism was described by Anastassios Economou in Nature this week.1    Cells have to do this kind of thing all the time, so they have specialized machinery for the task.  The wet noodles are protein chains in their unfolded state.  The straws are narrow channels through membranes that are normally in a plugged configuration.  Just outside the straw entrance are several precisely-fitted proteins that first attract the chain and cradle it gently between two halves that swivel shut.  As one half tilts, it causes the constriction in the tunnel to open up.  The two parts then fit together like hands, and use a powered motor to gently send the noodle through.    Economou included a schematic diagram of the five-part mechanism that pushes the proteins through.  (He included a couple of stylized hands to show how the delicate grasping and pushing is done.)  Here’s the caption:This simplified representation is based on both earlier studies and the new findings.  In this cut-away view of the membrane, the SecA motor lies flat against the cytoplasmic side of the SecY channel (yellow), and consists of a two-domain ATP-powered engine (light and dark blue) and two ‘business-end’ domains (green and magenta; depicted as hands).  a, Initially, the channel pore is sealed by both a constriction halfway through it and a mobile plug domain (not shown) near its exit.  The pre-protein-binding domain of the motor (magenta) is in the open state, exposing an elongated corridor that connects to the entrance of the channel.  This open state is seen in structures of the isolated motor.  b, Swivelling this domain around its stem would allow it to embrace a secretory protein chain.  At this stage, a finger (green) from the second hand of SecA might be in close contact with the chain.  c, When ATP (not shown) is present, the engine conformation changes and the finger could move upwards, pushing or dragging the protein chain into the pore.  This motion, or other conformational changes, leads to the opening of the pore.Details of this mechanism have only recently come to light.  It appears that the machinery puts a gentle stretch on the chain a few links at a time.  Think how earthworms stretch and compress to move through their underground tunnels.  The scientists believe that the SecA-SecY machinery uses a similar technique to propel the protein chains through the channel.  For really long chains, the machinery can repeat the cycle over and over.    Economou described how difficult it is to observe these nanoscopic machines at work.  “Solving structures of membrane proteins is not a trivial pursuit,” he said.  There are many questions and projects remaining.  The ultimate one, mentioned in his final sentence, is “determining the dynamics of this astonishing cellular nanomachine.”1.  Anastassios Economou, “Structural biology: Clamour for a kiss,” Nature 455, 879-880 (16 October 2008) | doi:10.1038/455879a.Evolution was not mentioned in this paper.  The scientists studied this process in those highly-evolved, large, complex animals known as… bacteria.    OK, Charlie’s got a problem here.  There are half a dozen protein machines involved in this process.  They rotate, swivel and fit together in precise contact.  They are driven by ATP fuel pellets.  The machines must apply the energy precisely for function: in the right direction, in the right amount, at the right time.  Could chance produce such a complex machine?  (Bacteria, in the evolutionary fable, are among the earliest and simplest life-forms to “appear” on the early earth.)    Do the math.  SecA contains 802 amino acid residues; SecY contains 436.  Our online book calculated that getting a 400-unit protein chain by chance would be one in 10240, even under unnaturally favorable circumstances.  That number is already way, way, way beyond the universal probability bound (i.e., it would never happen anywhere in the universe), and we don’t even have one protein of this multi-protein complex.  If by some wildly, radically, absurd stretch of imagination chance arrived at the right sequence for SecY (the shorter of the two proteins), it would be incredibly more unlikely to get the larger one, SecA, which is not only twice as long, but has to fit like lock and key with the first one.  Each of these protein parts is like that.  They all have to work together.  Calling this irreducibly complex is an understatement.  The machine parts don’t just happen to show up at the cell membrane by a random walk and work together for the first time.  They were designed to do what they do, and they do it exquisitely.    Evolutionists would have us believe that natural selection tinkers with whatever parts are available, and complexity just happens.  Sooner or later, though, if you carry that logic too far, you wind up tinkering with nothing.  You could tinker with an existing radio, for instance, to make it pick up new wavelengths, but how far back can you push the tinkering metaphor back until you have nothing but a few random pieces of plastic and wire lying around?  The metaphor also suffers from implicit personification, as if the parts would even want to do such things.  Humans impose their sense of design on molecules that have no ability to plan ahead and work together, and no reason to do so.  Left to themselves, they would randomize.    Economou has given us occasion to discuss economics.  The bankruptcy of evolutionary theory becomes more evident with each new investigation.  Trying to bail it out with public credulity is not going to make it recover.  The Darwin Party oligarchy needs to stop tinkering and tampering, remove its protectionist barricades, and let free inquiry have its way.  Intelligent design has the intellectual capital to inject into the logic markets.  Liquidity will result, knowledge banks will open up, and public confidence will stabilize the scientific institutions.  Freedom to invest in the best explanations, wherever the evidence leads, will once again usher in a prosperous era of bullish science.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Branding SA ‘a national imperative’

first_img31 May 2011The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) can only achieve its goals if all stakeholders, including business, government and civil society, collaborate in positioning South Africa as a globally competitive nation, a conference in Johannesburg heard on Tuesday.Addressing an IMC stakeholder summit, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Dina Pule said that branding South Africa was not a matter of choice but of necessity.Any measure of success would require “the concerted effort” of government, business, civil society, political parties, charities, the media, academia, sporting organisations and the like, Pule said.SA ‘must fight for its share of attention’“Countries all over the world are shaping and re-shaping their national identities as they compete with other nations and regional blocs for power, influence, prestige and wealth,” Pule said.“The rapid advancement of globalisation means that South Africa must fight for its share of attention and respect from the international media, governments and people of other countries.”South Africa had just gone through four very important stages: it had managed a Fifa World Cup widely acknowledged as successful; had come through the global recession relatively unscathed; had become a member of the BRICS group of influential developing nations; and had once more conducted a free and fair election.“It is now time for a new approach,” Pule said.Tuesday’s summit was the first of nine such meetings that will be held in all nine provinces. Limpopo is next on the list, with a provincial summit scheduled to be held in Polokwane on 26 June.The IMC was established in 2002 with the objective of developing and implementing pro-active and co-ordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategies for the country.Zuma reaffirms IMC mandateEarlier this month, the IMC met with President Jacob Zuma for a discussion that centred on the need for business and the government to work together to market South Africa’s successes both domestically and to the world.Pule said the meeting had affirmed the IMC’s mandate, which is to focus on strategic issues relating to South Africa’s reputation and competitiveness globally and domestically.Zuma told the IMC that the body needed to manage the perceptions of Brand South Africa and coordinate the country’s nation-branding efforts through improved cooperation between itself, business and civil society.On Tuesday, the IMC said that it would harness South Africa’s growing status internationally to enhance its global competitiveness in order to attract investment and grow trade with the aim of contributing to job creation in South Africa.IMC deputy chairperson Chichi Maponya told delegates on Tuesday that nation branding was not solely a task for the public sector, but rather “a collaborative undertaking of the country’s key stakeholders.“If we all act with unity of purpose, we will be contributing to growing our reputation on the international stage,” Maponya said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Viral video series explores coloured identity and plight of indigenous people

first_imgA new online series by two Cape Town filmmakers is tackling the complexities of the modern coloured experience and creating awareness of South Africa’s indigenous people.Filmmakers Kelly Eve Koopman and Sarah Summers explore the history and heritage of coloured people in South Africa in their Facebook web series Coloured Mentality. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonA Facebook video series called Coloured Mentality explores coloured identity in modern South Africa. Tackling the often painful history and rich heritage of coloured people with honesty and humour, the series is proving to be a viral hit with South Africans.Created by filmmakers Kelly Eve Koopman and Sarah Summers, the series carries interviews with well-known South Africans, including actress Denise Newman and musician Jitsvinger, about what it means to them to be coloured in modern South Africa.Explaining the purpose of using celebrities to highlight these issues, Summers told IOL/Cape Argus that “our ideas of getting those figures was that they are well known and have an influence to engage in this conversation. A lot of the people that we’ve interviewed are people that are basically representing the coloured identity.”The first episode, posted on 22 January, has had more than 40,000 views and almost 2,500 shares on the social network. The series consists of six short episodes that include interviews and analysis by Koopman and Summers.Coloured or black?The idea for the series came from the fact that, as Koopman says, conversations about coloured identity could sometimes be “awkward and uncomfortable”.Often the most contentious aspect of any discussion about coloured identity is whether people identify more as coloured, with all the history and tradition behind the term, or as black in a way to connect politically with the rest of the country. “There are so many people who identify as (coloured) regardless of what the history is,” Summers told Cape Talk Radio, adding that the term could be seen as a more community-based one than some kind of legal ethnic classification.Koopman reiterated this in the same interview, saying: “I grew up with parents very involved in the struggle. I grew up with black consciousness, but there is a part of me culturally that’s undeniable coloured. For me it’s a very strong cultural and personal identity but I can identify as politically black.”Walking the Cape with the KhoisanMost obviously, the coloured identity is still strongly linked to the heritage of the indigenous Khoisan people, whose own identity is often lost in the modern multi-diversity of South Africa. This is something Summers and Koopman want to explore further, beyond the realms of their web series.The two are joining a group of Khoisan activists in an effort to highlight the Khoisan identity and raise awareness of the important heritage of South Africa’s indigenous people. The group is planning a 1,000km walk through historically significant points in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, from Fort Beaufort into the heart of Cape Town.The walk begins on 18 February and will be the main focus of the next instalments of the Coloured Mentality series.“When we started filming the documentary we realised that in all the conversations we were having there were so many areas that needed critical interrogation and conversation, where people were looking for a platform to discuss because there were so many facets to this,” Summers told IOL/Cape Argus.For more information about Coloured Mentality and the awareness walk, visit the Coloured Mentality Facebook page.Source: IOL/Cape Argus, Cape Talk Radio, Coloured Mentality Facebook page Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

With first time jitters out of the way, Durham believes Bolts better prepared this time

first_imgPBA IMAGESWith Meralco’s last runner-up finish on his mind, Allen Durham is looking for a better finals showing from the Bolts this time out.After all, this not anybody’s first time any more—including him.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It was painful of a moment to swallow, but Durham said that the Bolts, more matured this time, look back at the loss as a rallying point in another duel against the Kings for the title.And not only did the players gain experience from their first final stint, the Bolts also added veterans Ranidel de Ocampo and Joseph Yeo to virtually intact roster .“I’ve forgotten about it, but it’s still kinda fueling me to get the win and hold the trophy. Now that we got the experience, we know what to expect,” he said.That includes the Kings’ “home court” advantage with Durham saying they have figured out how to tune the raucous crowd out.“We played Ginebra in that series (last year) and we played Ginebra this conference. The crowd is not going to be a factor. I think that experience alone is gonna help us a lot,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT But he knows that amid their budding rivalry, it’s inevitable for emotions to spill onto the court.“I do think it’s going to be tense, especially with the history that we’re building and it’s a rematch. We just have to understand that it is going to be a long series, we can never be too high or too low. We just gotta stay focused and wait for the outcome in the end,” he said. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “Last year was a first for everybody, aside from Jimmy (Alapag) and a couple of others. It was my first Finals in my pro career,” he said.Alapag, who is now an assistant coach, Reynel Hugnatan, and Jonathan Uyloan were the lone players from that crew which had prior Finals experience, while Jared Dillinger was limited due to his hamstring injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat left much of the responsibility of leading the Bolts in the champions round to the 29-year-old behemoth Durham.Unfortunately, Meralco fell short in six games against Ginebra capped by the biggest heartbreaker of all—Justin Brownlee’s title-clinching three to beat the buzzer in Game 6. Arellano stays alive, knocks off San Sebastian Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

a month agoKlopp agent: Weather could drive him away from Liverpool

first_imgKlopp agent: Weather could drive him away from Liverpoolby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Jurgen Klopp admits he’s unsettled at Liverpool due to the local weather.Marc Kosicke says the German will consider his options in 2022.”Jurgen’s contract is still valid until 2022 and it is an open secret that the club would like to extend,” Kosicke told Spox.”We still have a little time for that. We must wait and see how everything develops and whether climate change will bring better weather to England or only to Germany.”One should not underestimate it [bad weather annoying Klopp], anyway. I remember that in November or December, Liverpool first asked for a contract extension. I said: ‘Let’s wait’.”Ulla [Klopp’s wife] and Jurgen get up in the morning and it’s dark. When they meet again in the evening, it is also dark or it is grey and there is drizzle.”During the winter break in Germany, if the weather is really bad, the clubs go on vacation for two weeks, then come back and fly directly to the training camp in the sun for several days.”During this time, the coaches in England sometimes have to prepare for up to 13 games. They are already exhausted and it’s not so easy.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoEx-Chelsea keeper Schwarzer convinced by Mount potential

first_imgEx-Chelsea keeper Schwarzer convinced by Mount potentialby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is convinced by the potential of Mason Mount.Schwarzer has now backed the midfielder to continue his rise, and is keen to see how he interacts with his more experience team-mates during the rest of the season.”I think Mount has done really well so far,” Schwarzer told Goal.”He has been exciting to watch. He is a big talent, he played very well in the Championship last season under Frank [Lampard] so he knows him really well.”I like so much about him. The biggest thing is that movement, dropping the shoulder, taking on a player and caressing the ball.“His link-up play is very good. His understanding with Tammy Abraham is very good. I like his evolution.”It will be interesting to see what he is like when more experienced players come into the team like Willian and Pedro, if there’s more consistency and how he links up with them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: First Look At Former 5-Star RB Joe Mixon Practicing In An Oklahoma Uniform

first_imgJoe Mixon practices with Oklahoma.Joe Mixon, a former five-star running back who was suspended for the entire 2014 season due to an alleged assault, has rejoined the Oklahoma football program. The 6-foot-2, 211-pound running back officially got back onto the Sooners’ squad in February. Bob Stoops announced earlier this month that Mixon will be practicing with the team but won’t be playing in the spring game. Here’s your first look at Mixon practicing in an Oklahoma uniform. Here’s your first look at Joe Mixon live in an OU football uniform. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/5C8I9B9adK— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) March 23, 2015Mixon, a consensus five-star player in 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings for the 2014 class, could be a key contributor for Stoops’ squad this fall. Oklahoma opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against Akron.last_img read more

Iowa Lands 4-Star CB Chevin Calloway

first_imgChilvin Calloway committing to Iowa.chevin calloway iowaChevin Calloway, a four-star cornerback recruit from Dallas, Texas, has announced his decision to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes in 2017. Calloway’s announcement was supposed to come this past Friday, but given the tragedy involving the Dallas police department, he chose to push it a few days. Calloway announced the news live on Periscope.Calloway is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound player who is ranked as the 15th-best athlete in the state of Texas. Here’s a screenshot of him wearing an Iowa hat after the announcement.pic.twitter.com/x4kekz2vOM— Chevin Calloway (@_chev1_) July 11, 2016Boom – Chevin Calloway #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/2fH6Zk04xZ— Hawkeye Images (@webcentrick) July 11, 2016Calloway, according to 247 Sports, had offers from nearly every major program – including Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and more.last_img read more