‘No Prisoner With COVID19 Shall Be Released’: SC Issues More Directions For Release Of Prisoners [Read Order]

first_imgTop Stories’No Prisoner With COVID19 Shall Be Released’: SC Issues More Directions For Release Of Prisoners [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK13 April 2020 8:44 AMShare This – xIn reference to its order directing all the States/ UTs to constitute High Powered Committees to determine and release a certain class of prisoners on interim bail so as to decongest prisons amid the impending threat of COVId-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court today issues certain supplementary measures to be observed by the state and prison authorities, so that the release of prisoners…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?LoginIn reference to its order directing all the States/ UTs to constitute High Powered Committees to determine and release a certain class of prisoners on interim bail so as to decongest prisons amid the impending threat of COVId-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court today issues certain supplementary measures to be observed by the state and prison authorities, so that the release of prisoners itself does not lead to spread of COVID-19. A bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde has directed: No prisoner shall be released if he/she has suffered from coronavirus disease in communicable form hereafter. For this purpose, appropriate tests will be carried out.If it is found that a prisoner who has been released is suffering from coronavirus after the release, necessary steps will be taken by the concerned authority by placing him/her in appropriate quarantine facility.Transportation shall be done in full compliance of the Rules and Norms of social distancing. For instance, no transportation shall be allowed in excess of half or one fourth capacity of the bus as may be found appropriate to ensure that the passengers who have been found to be free of coronavirus disease are at a distance from each other.The order dated 23.03.2020 shall be applicable to correctional homes, detention centres and protection homes. The directions have been issued in the face of submissions made by Attorney General KK Venugopalthat the release and transportation of the prisoners may itself result in transmission of coronavirus from prisons or detention centres to locations where the released prisoners have to reach. The bench, also comprising of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar has also made it clear that its order for release of prisoners is not mandatory and every state must take a decision on the basis of prison conditions. “We make it clear that we have not directed the States/ Union Territories to compulsorily release the prisoners from their respective prisons. The purpose of our aforesaid order was to ensure the States/Union Territories to assess the situation in their prisons having regard to the outbreak of the present pandemic in the country and release certain prisoners and for that purpose to determine the category of prisoners to be released,” the order states. Notably, the State of Bihar has not found it appropriate to release the prisoners for complete absence of any patient suffering from coronavirus within the prisons and also for the reason that the prisons are not overcrowded. Case Details: Case Title: In Re : Contagion Of Covid 19 Virus In Prisons Case No.: Suo Motu WP (C) No.1/ 2020 Quorum: Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Mohan M. ShantanagoudarAppearance: Amicus Curiae Dushyant Dave, Attorney General for India KK Venugopal, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more

Desperate workers to hold mass rallies against job creation bill despite pandemic

first_imgDarsih is one of 40 FBLP members whose source of income evaporated as a result of the pandemic, joining more than a million others nationwide. Weeks ago, she was still able to run her mobile café, serving coffee and tea to workers at public facilities and malls around North Jakarta on her motorcycle. Now, she can no longer do that because of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed by the government in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.She and other union members who lost their jobs have set up a small home industry to produce fabric face masks in order to survive, as they have had little luck with social aid programs.FBLP is not alone in the struggle to support dismissed workers and their families on a daily basis. Other labor unions, including an alliance of the country’s three biggest groups, who all supported President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo – the Workers Union Confederation (KSPI), the All-Indonesia Workers Union Confederation (KSPSI) and the Indonesia Welfare Labor Confederation (KSBSI) – face the same problems.Desperation has fueled anger about the government’s insistence on continuing to deliberate the omnibus bill on job creation at a time when people have been told to stay at home.Now workers may be bold enough to risk catching COVID-19. They plan to stage massive rallies in front of executive and legislative offices nationwide on April 30.“The option is either to die from the coronavirus for joining a rally or die of starvation for having nothing to eat,” FBLP chairwoman Jumisih said on Monday.Read also: Workers blast lawmakers with messages opposing omnibus bill on job creationCome rain or shine: Workers from the Federation of Independent Trade Unions (FSPM) participate in the People’s Meeting held by the Mobile People’s Alliance (ARB) at the junction at Jl. Gejayan in Sleman, Yogyakarta, on March 9. Workers have widely opposed the omnibus bill on job creation for impinging upon labor rights. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)Rallies at the House complex were initially planned by the big-three unions at the end of March, but the police urged them to postpone and obey the state-led stay-at-home order.They were also briefly persuaded that progress on the bill would be delayed after several political leaders, including House speaker Puan Maharani of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), questioned the need to rush the process.Much to their surprise, lawmakers moved to proceed with the bill’s deliberation, a decision announced by House Deputy Speaker Azis Syamsuddin, a Golkar Party lawmaker, during a House plenary session earlier this month. Azis claims the President himself gave the green light for the discussions.“We urge lawmakers to stop the deliberation [process]. President Jokowi must immediately retract the bill from the House,” said KSPSI chairman Andi Ghani Nuwa Wea. “Our members nationwide are getting ready to rally, and I can assure you that they are prepared to die.”Read also: PDI-P, NasDem call to remove labor provisions from omnibus jobs billThe insistence of politicians from the ruling coalition on continuing the talks in private has raised concerns about the motivation behind the omnibus bill.Lawmakers and officials have argued that the bill is required to boost investment, but labor unions consider that the hasty political horse trade occurring behind the curtain of physical distancing serves a single purpose: to provide companies a way out of honoring their responsibilities to their workers.The leaders of several progressive labor unions, including FBLP, KSPSI and the Congress Alliance of Indonesian Labor Unions (KASBI) said that both officials and lawmakers were using the COVID-19 crisis to “legitimize the exploitation of workers”.“While we are hard at work pushing firms to hand over severance pay to workers already laid off, the government and lawmakers are working fast to pass a bill that allows them to easily lay off even more people,” said KASBI chair Nining Elitos.According to Manpower Ministry data, more than a million workers have been laid off or furloughed since the COVID-19 outbreak took hold in the country. An estimated 5.2 million more workers could still lose their jobs.Read also: Millions to lose jobs, fall into poverty as Indonesia braces for recessionThe bill has been criticized for its pro-business bent, which would make it harder for laborers to negotiate on equal footing.“It promotes the spirit of individualism by restricting the role of unions in negotiations. It involves pitting [individual] workers against entire companies, so how can you expect a fair fight?” Jumisih said.Responding to mounting protests, leaders of the House Legislation Body (Baleg) tasked with negotiating the bill have pledged to remain transparent and accountable, with promises to broadcast all the meetings publicly on the legislature’s television channel and its social media accounts.“We also promise to invite the unions to participate in the meetings, whether virtually or face-to-face,” said Baleg chairman Supratman Andi Atgas of the Gerindra Party.However, backroom talks remain unsupervised.Read also: Backroom bargain: House holds closed meeting on job creation billBaleg kicked off the bill’s virtual deliberation process on April 7, having made only the last few minutes of the meeting accessible to the public.Another meeting on April 14 was broadcast for the first 30 minutes before it was switched with a parallel program led by Golkar’s Azis detailing solutions that firms have come up with.Topics : Darsih, a 41-year-old single mother of two, spent more than a year fighting for her right to severance pay after she was laid off in October 2018. At the time, she was working for a South Korean garment factory operating in North Jakarta. She was one of hundreds of workers who were laid off for the sake of cost efficiency.Even after months of battling it out through legal channels with the help of the Inter-Factory Laborers Federation (FBLP), Darsih still lost her appeal.But her focus held steady on the struggle. She was well aware of what little chance factory workers had to win a battle for rights against corporations. The fact that the government has moved in favor of investment has made the fight that much harder.Read also: Key points of labor reform in omnibus bill on job creation“Winning is just a reward,” Darsih said. “I have learned a lot about the labor movement, including the hard work and commitment needed to fight for my right as a worker,” she told The Jakarta Post last weekend.Now with the COVID-19 outbreak looming over her struggle, Darsih said the sense of community she gained from joining the FBLP had been crucial for her survival, since there were few opportunities for someone like her to get a formal education.last_img read more

Road Closed Saturday for Aurora Farmers Fair Parade

first_imgThe 106th annual Farmers Fair is set for Oct. 1- 4AURORA, Ind. – The Farmers Fair in Aurora is October 1-4 with a parade Saturday morning. INDOT has permitted the closure of State Road 56 from .8 miles west to .5 miles east of U.S. 50.The closure begins at 8:00 a.m. A local detour utilizes Exporting Street and Fourth Street. Aurora police will be tasked with traffic control and the road will reopen around 1:00 p.m.The 106th annual Farmers Fair features a King & Queen Contest, carnival rides, street vendors and a variety of music events.Childhood Memories is the theme for this year’s fair which–in addition to Saturday’s parade–includes a Pet Parade and Diaper Derby.last_img

VIDEO: Final preview – Tuesday night’s cracking Leicester v Man City tie

first_imgIt’s a fascinating one. Kickoff is 7:45pmWith Leicester having slipped up against Liverpool, they appear to be there for the taking by City – especially with key striker Jamie Vardy under the weather. But City have been as flaky as anyone in the football league this season, despite being devastating at their best. This could end up 5-0 to either side, or any scoreline in between.TEAM NEWSLeicester’s top scorer and talisman Jamie Vardy expects to be ready for the match after coming down with an illness. Vardy played against Liverpool but felt so unwell he had to be substituted. Riyad Mahrez also came off with fatigue, but should be fit for Tuesday night. Manchester City attempted to ease influential captain Vincent Kompany back into action as a second-half substitute after an eight-game absence as City cantered towards victory at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, but the Belgian lasted just nine minutes. Kompany shook his head as he left the field and headed straight down the tunnel after suffering a recurrence of the same calf problem. The 29-year-old will now be assessed but City will fear another lengthy lay-off. Striker Sergio Aguero, who is being eased back after heel trouble, could feature after being an unused substitute at the weekend. Defender Pablo Zabaleta and midfielder Fernando are back in training but not yet match-fit.MANAGER QUOTES Claudio Ranieri , Leicester: “You know my idea about this (the title) – we are dreaming. We are in good condition and in a good position with 38 points. Now we can continue but I want to see my players enjoy it. I don’t know why we were so nervous at the beginning. Why? Play football, don’t worry. If you lose, lose. That’s it. We have the time.”Manuel Pellegrini , City: “[Saturday’s win] was a very important victory, not only because we won the three points but also in the way we played. We returned to our normal performance – playing attractive football, scoring goals. I said after we lost against Arsenal it was very difficult to talk about positive things but I think we had more than 60 per cent of possession of the ball. That gave me a sign we were returning to our style. It was very important today to score four goals and create at least four more clear chances.”MATCH FACTSLeicester lost both of their league meetings with Man City last season, but they’ve not lost three successive league games against the Citizens since August 1961.Manchester City are unbeaten in their last five league away trips to Leicester City (W3 D2).Leicester City ended 2012, 2013 and 2014 with a victory in their final league game of the calendar year. Manchester City have not suffered a defeat in their final league game of a calendar year since a 1-4 home loss to Charlton Athletic in December 2000.Leicester City have scored in each of their last 14 Premier League home games.The Foxes have won 10 of their last 14 Premier League matches at the King Power Stadium (W10 D2 L2).Manchester City are on a five game winless run away from home in the Premier League (D2 L3); their worst away run in the competition since April 2011 (six away games without a win).City have scored just one goal in their last four Premier League away games. CLICK HERE TO WATCH GARY PREVIEW THE GAME–last_img read more