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Getting to grips with the BRICs: Foreign Office insights for the City

first_img Tags: NULL whatsapp KCS-content Sunday 5 December 2010 10:47 pm Sharecenter_img Show Comments ▼ FOUR former British Ambassadors to Brazil, Russia, India and China gathered recently at the Royal Automobile Club in SW1 to discuss these fast-growing economies, collectively nicknamed the BRICs. The objective was to help an audience of business people better understand how these countries see themselves in the context of their emerging status as world powers; who are their friends and chief rivals, what are the geopolitical challenges that most pre-occupy their governments? The four panellists – Dr Peter Collecott (Brazil, 2004/8), Sir Anthony Brenton (Russia, 2004/8), Sir Michael Arthur (India, 2003/7) and Sir Christopher Hum (China, 2001/5) – were expert, candid and realistic. The discussion was private but they have kindly allowed me to summarise their key points.1. THE CRUCIBLE OF THE PACIFICThe Pacific Ocean has replaced the Atlantic as the crucible of world events. This transition is hardly news, but it is now well underway, accelerated by the economic crisis, and its consequences are so serious and challenging for the West that we shouldn’t miss an opportunity to remind ourselves that we are living in a new world order. For the BRICs this transition creates opportunity, and threats. Indo-Sino-US rivalry in the Pacific will be the defining dynamic of 21st-century geopolitics (more on this later). Russia, which maintains its Pacific Fleet at Vladivostok (and nine time zones to the west, the Black Sea Fleet at Sevastopol), looks on with unease. In 2008 a Sino-Russian agreement resolved long running border disputes between Moscow and Beijing but, warned one of the ambassadors, “Russia is empty, and China is full” – Russia’s porous southern border with China will give Moscow a headache, as well as a business opportunity, for the foreseeable future. Only Brazil has no active interests in the Pacific Basin. 2. A GATHERING STORM IN ASIAOne of the ambassadors compared South East Asia’s geopolitics with those of Europe in the first decade of the 20th century. This does not mean conflict is inevitable, he stressed, but tensions will develop as the Pacific Rim’s emerging powers seek to exert influence in a confined geographic space which the US perceives to be vital to its own interests. China and India are commissioning blue water navies; India’s Ministry of Defence has pledged to spend $100bn (£64bn) modernising its armed forces in the coming decade. Tensions will emerge and these will have to be managed. Brazil is well out of it. 3. FOUR VIEWS ON AMERICAN POWEREach of the BRIC states is obsessed by the US. All of them have a thriving economic relationship with the world’s leading importer, and they see the US as the place to educate their elites and a cultural force that continues to exert a massive influence and pull on their citizens. But each BRIC has a different political perspective on the US:● For Brazil, the US is a regional paterfamilias; someone with whom it wishes to enjoy close relations, but one it also wishes would cease meddling in its backyard, and treat it more like a grown-up.● Obama’s reset has transformed the relationship between Washington and Moscow; witness the recent deal between NATO’s leaders and President Medvedev which brings Russia inside NATO’s once-contentious missile defence programme, and Russia’s discreet help for NATO in Afghanistan. Fear of Islamic terrorism, and China’s growing power, will gradually push Russia westward. ● India’s goodwill towards the US is uncomplicated: most of its best young men and women now go to American universities and Silicon Valley buzzes with Indian expats. The world’s two most important democracies are establishing a strategic partnership – witness their 2008 civil nuclear agreement and a developing defence relationship. Barack Obama made a state visit to New Delhi in November, when he blessed India’s campaign to become a permanent member of the UN’s Security Council and encouraged the Indian Air Force to modernise its fleet of multi-role combat aircraft with Super Hornets and F-16s. The US sees an armed, regionally active India as a useful balance to China. So does New Delhi. ● Obama calls China “our vital partner and competitor”. Of all the BRICs, China is the most committed to rival America as a world power. Analysts predict China could overtake the US economy (in terms of GDP) as early as 2020 and the prospect fills Chinese policy makers with pride, as China re-asserts itself as a world power, and trepidation, as they anticipate the response of the US, and consider how to weight their diplomatic and military programmes to match China’s economic muscle. The Chinese leadership feels vindicated by the economic crisis, and the fault-lines it has revealed in Western capitalism. But the Chinese and the US economies are highly interdependent; and the scale of China’s domestic challenges stops Beijing from feeling too sure of itself. So does the knowledge that China cannot match US military power for the foreseeable future (the US Pacific Fleet consists of around 180 ships, nearly 2,000 aircraft and 125,000 sailors, marines and civilians). China’s two regional priorities are to protect China’s extended shipping lanes and to restore sovereignty over Taiwan. No wonder China is currently building its own aircraft carriers. 4. THE EUROPEAN UNION SIDESHOWNone of the BRICs take the European Union seriously. They are confused by its complex structure and unmoved by its demonstrations of soft power. China welcomes the EU’s commitment to a multi-polar international system, but Beijing prefers to deal directly with what it regards as Europe’s principal powers (Germany, France and the UK, probably in that order). India feels comfortable with Europe, and especially the UK; Britain needs to do more to turn this goodwill into a meaningful partnership (hence the unprecedented scale of David Cameron’s visit to India in July). But like China, India prefers to do its diplomatic business bilaterally. Ditto Brazil. Russia has the deepest relationship with the EU, and this looks set to grow as Chinese power in the Pacific pushes Russia west, and the EU works hard to accommodate it. 5. NEW RIVALS TO OUR KNOWLEDGEThe BRICs all aspire to be knowledge economies, something that too many in the West still regard as a natural monopoly of the old world. Russia sits on a first-class science and engineering base. India is one of the few powers to have developed a nuclear capability without external assistance. Many of India’s software firms are now world leaders. Brazil’s biodiversity and technological base has made it a global centre for agritech and biotech research and development; Embraer, an aviation conglomerate based near Sao Paolo is now the third largest commercial aircraft manufacturer in the world. China knows its growing prosperity is eroding the competitiveness of its low-tech, high-volume manufacturing base; it too is moving up the value chain. In 2008 the government set up a passenger aircraft manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to reduce the country’s dependency on Boeing and Airbus. 6. SOME THINGS WON’T CHANGEThe discussion closed with a consensus that in 2050 China would be the largest economy in the world, but that the US would still be the world’s pre-eminent power.Alex Hickman, former foreign affairs adviser to David Cameron (2006/7) is managing partner of Chartwell. www.chartwellpartners.co.uk Getting to grips with the BRICs: Foreign Office insights for the City whatsapplast_img read more

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Latin America drives sales at Michael Page

first_img More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org RECRUITER Michael Page has posted improved profits for 2010, driven by its expansion into emerging markets.Gross profit for the year rose 23.8 per cent to £442.2m, with 72 per cent of the company’s profit generated overseas.The fastest-growing market was the Americas, driven by expansion into Chile – the firm’s fourth Latin American market – and the opening of four new offices in Brazil.Revenue for the region rose 38.9 per cent to £77.2m and gross profit rose 48.1 per cent to £56.4m.Asia Pacific contributed 16 per cent of the group’s gross profit in 2010, with revenue 33.9 per cent higher at £120.3m. Gross profit for the region rose 53.9 per cent to £72.2m, up from £42.2m in 2009.The recruiter also launched its Page Personnel division in Hong Kong, Mexico, Russia and Singapore last year, and opened new businesses in Qatar, India and Malaysia at the start of 2011. The UK posted a 12.7 per cent increase in gross profit to £124.9m. Headcount in the UK rose from 1,179 at the start of the year to 1,324 by the end of December.Chief executive Steve Ingham said: “Since the start of 2011 we have seen strong growth in our EMEA region, Australia and North America and steady growth in our UK business, where conditions remain tough but stable. We continue to achieve our highest rates of growth in our Asian and Latin American regions.” KCS-content whatsapp Latin America drives sales at Michael Page Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULL Monday 7 March 2011 8:36 pm Sharelast_img read more

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Top 14’s latest ‘Revelation’, Rémi Lamerat

first_img It was a night of triumph for Toulon on Monday at the 11th edition of the ‘Nuit du Rugby’, the annual awards ceremony honouring French rugby’s standout performers. Matt Giteau was crowned Player of the Year for the 2013-14 season, Bernard Laporte, Pierre Mignoni and Jacques Delmas were named best coaches, and there was a special gong for Jonny Wilkinson – a sort of ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award.One of the few titles to elude Toulon was the ‘Revelation of the Season’, awarded to the up-and-coming French player in the Top 14 adjudged to have burst onto the scene in blistering fashion. That went to Castres’ 24-year-old centre Rémi Lamerat, a personable young man who lists Nelson Mandela as his hero, likes the music of Sting and has a deep interest in current affairs.Brought up in the village of Sainte-Foy la Grande in south-western France, Lamerat joined Toulouse as a teenager and then moved to Castres at the end of the 2010-11 season. It took him a couple of seasons to nail down a first-team spot but he started 23 of Castres’ 29 league matches last season, including the Top 14 final against Toulon. A week later Lamerat – more of a Bastareaud than a Fickou in style – made his debut off the bench for France against Australia. It wasn’t a match that will linger long in his memory. France were hammered 50-23, and Lamerat also had the misfortune to appear as a substitute in the two Tests that followed as the tourists slumped to a 3-0 series whitewash.It was a hell of an initiation into Test rugby but one that Lamerat seems to have passed; he was named last month in Philippe Saint-Andre’s 30-man squad for the November Tests against Australia, Argentina and Fiji so, who knows, he might yet experience a winning feeling in a French jersey.Feeling Bleu: Lamerat takes a charge against the WallabiesWhat Lamerat will be hoping as he finds space for his ‘Revelation of the Season’ trophy on the mantelpiece is that he doesn’t experience the same dip in fortunes as most of his predecessors. A poisoned chalice? That would be going too far but a scroll back through the list of former ‘Revelation’ leaves one wondering where it all went wrong for some.Yannick Nyanga was the first recipient in 2004. Then a 20-year-old at Beziers, the spring-heeled flanker made his Test debut that same year and for the next three years was a regular fixture in the France back-row. Then Marc Lievremont replaced Bernard Laporte as coach and Nyanga was dumped, cast out into the international wilderness for five years until recalled by Saint-Andre in 2012.Florian Fritz, the 2005 ‘Revelation’ was another who fell foul of Livremont’s wacky selection whims. First capped in 2005, the Toulouse centre made only four starts under Lievremont before being brought back into the fold by Saint-Andre. As for Lamerat, we’ll have to wait a few seasons to discover if the latest ‘Revelation’ blossoms into a sensation or if his career peters out in frustration.Read how Carl Hayman rates Toulon’s chances of a European hat-trick in the November issue of Rugby World – out now! Click here for all the latest deals, or find out how to download the digital edition here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Another talent has landed: Rémi Lamerat of Castres was awarded the Top 14 ‘Revelation of the Season’ Bordeaux fly-half Lionel Beauxis won the award in 2006, and the following year made 12 appearances for France. In the seven years since he’s collected just eight more caps, the last of them coming in the 2012 Six Nations.Stade Francais flanker Antoine Burban was the 2007 recipient but to date has failed to transfer his club form to the Test arena, winning just three caps from the bench. Maxime Medard won the award in 2008 and in the three years that followed threatened to become a world-class talent. But the Toulouse full-back-cum-wing has stalled in the last couple of seasons, a victim of the conservative coaching that runs through both his club and his national team.Needs a hand: Gael Fickou has impressed, but has been mishandledMarc Andreu, the 2010 winner (the category wasn’t awarded in 2009), was always going to find the transition from club to Test rugby a challenge. At 5ft 5in and 12 stone, the Racing Metro winger with seven caps to his name is unlikely to be seen again for France.Jean-Marc Doussain, the Toulouse scrum-half who won the award in 2011, might also struggle to add to his 10 caps given his problems in last season’s Six Nations, but not so the 2012 recipient Brice Dulin who is in fact the only ‘Revelation’ named in the squad for next month’s trio of Tests. The Racing Metro full-back was succeeded in 2013 by Toulouse centre Gael Fickou but his form has been patchy of late although few doubt that the 20-year-old will be back in blue before long.last_img read more

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7 tips to conquer your packing challenges while traveling

first_img Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Which items deserve space in your suitcase?Whether it’s business travel, family road tripping or a romantic getaway, exploring new places is exciting. You may be counting down the days until you leave, but if there’s one thing you dread, it’s packing. Deciding what earns a spot in your suitcase is hard enough, let alone figuring out how you can fit it all in.Do you look with envy at savvy jet-setters who seem to navigate airports with ease while only toting a small carry-on? It’s because years of travel experience has taught them some packing tricks that make the process simple. Now you can use these same strategies to pack with ease no matter how near or far you plan to travel.Select double-duty clothing items.Check the weather for your destination so you pack only items appropriate for the forecast. You won’t need that big sunhat if rain is coming. Want to take it one step further? Choose items that multitask. For example, a large scarf can be a stylish accessory and also be used as a blanket on the plane or at the beach.Pack toiletries strategically.If possible, only bring samples and travel sizes of items to save space. Then leave them behind at the end of the trip to open up luggage space to bring home mementos. To avoid luggage spills and explosions, place toiletries in plastic bags or add plastic wrap to the tops before screwing on the cap.Choose time-saving tools.Air drying hair takes forever and hotel hair dyers are often slow and unreliable, so pack a lightweight, folding dryer like the Panasonic EH-NA27-K Nanoe Compact Hair Dryer to streamline your beauty routine. The nanoe technology draws moisture from the air to create moisture-rich ions that penetrate each hair shaft and enhance hair’s smoothness and shine. Need more incentive? The unique Quick-Dry Nozzle is designed to dry hair faster, so you can spend less time getting ready and more time enjoying your vacation.Fold to prevent wrinkling.To prevent wrinkles on delicate items, try wrapping them around soft, bulky items. For example, wrap a silk blouse or cotton trousers around a sweater. Avoid folding clothing any more than necessary. In fact, many people use a rolling method for packing clothes to save space and prevent wrinkles.Utilize odd-shaped items.Shoes take up a ton of luggage space, so strive to select no more than three pairs, and wear the heaviest or bulkiest pair while traveling. Place shoes along the sides or bottom to strengthen the bag and then stash items inside to maximize space (like socks, nylons and deodorant).Eliminate makeup mayhem.Only bring makeup essentials on a vacation and pack multi-use items such as a lipstick that can also be used as a blush. To prevent shadows and pressed powders from cracking, place a pressed cotton pad between the powder and the lid.Grab a few plastic bags.One of the most versatile things you can bring on a trip is also one many people forget: resealable plastic bags. Whether you need a bag for bringing toys down to the pool, a place to put dirty clothes throughout your trip, or something to place that soggy swimsuit in before you check out of the hotel, plastic bags are your secret weapon. TAGSPackingtravel Previous articleBreaking News: Anuvia resumes operations without using Apopka plantNext article4 tips to transform any small space Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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New Chairman for Association of Charitable Foundations

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New Chairman for Association of Charitable Foundations Advertisement Shirley Turner, Chairman of the Lankelly Foundation, has succeeded Gillian Davies as Chairman of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF). ACF now has 307 members who, for the first time, are now making grants totalling over £1 billion per year.Find out more from ACF. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 December 2000 | News read more

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Gift Aid claims available online from April 2002

first_img Howard Lake | 13 June 2001 | News Gift Aid claims available online from April 2002 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  9 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Online submission of Gift Aid tax reclaim forms by charities will be possible from April 2002, say the Inland Revenue.Third Sector magazine has been told by the Inland Revenue that charities will be able to submit Gift Aid tax claims online from April 2002. Currently claims have to be sent in on paper, even if the Gift Aid donation was made online.The Inland Revenue stressed that the function will be introduced in phases, as security requirements still had to be satisfied. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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New fundraising officer at Women’s Aid

first_img Ellie Smithson has joined Women’s Aid as its new fundraising officer.Smithson aims to expand the domestic violence charity’s funding base by developing individual and corporate giving. Advertisement New fundraising officer at Women’s Aid About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 August 2002 | News  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Court rejects early release for jailed newspaper reporter

first_img Receive email alerts News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Organisation RSF_en RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Baku appeal court judge Rizvan Safarov yesterday rejected a request for the conditional release of Azadlig reporter Sakit Zahidov. The request was submitted by his lawyer, Isakhan Ashurov, on 19 December on the grounds that Zahidov has served half of his three-year jail sentence and, under Azerbaijani law, qualifies for early release.“We regret that the Azerbaijani judicial system did not seize this opportunity to release Zahidov and thereby right a wrong without losing face,” Reporters Without Borders said.Zahidov has been detained since 23 June 2006, when he was arrested on trumped-up charges of possessing and using drugs, and his state of health is now a source of great concern. The sentence was imposed in October 2006.Three other journalists are currently in prison in Azerbaijan – Ganimat Zahidov, the editor of Azadlig, Eynulla Fatullayev, the editor of Realny Azerbaijan and Gundelik Azerbaijan, and Mushfig Husseynov of Bizim Yol. Azerbaijan was ranked 150th out of 173 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh April 9, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img June 8, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia to go further AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Azerbaijan February 6, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court rejects early release for jailed newspaper reporter June 4, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

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BUILDING PERMITS: Mar. 26 – Mar. 30, 2018

first_img Previous articleELAM: A problem of his own makingNext articleCouple navigates medicine together admin Pinterest By admin – April 8, 2018 Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Local NewsBusinesscenter_img New City of Odessa logo NEW RESIDENTIALSDR Horton/Eric Weisbrod, 7013 Perot Ranch Road, $178,160; Betenbough, 1029 E. 90th St., $203,950; Betenbough, 1027 E. 90th St., $187,950; Betenbough, 1035 E. 90th St., $171,950; DR Hor-ton/Eric Weisbrod, 7017 Perot Ranch Road, $157,520; Betenbough, 1025 E. 90th St., $184,950; Betenbough, 1023 E. 90th St., $189,950; Mike’s Painting/Michael Garcia, 508 Bunche Ave.; Nathan Bieber, 3001 Pointer Lane 2C.Total: 9 permits, $1,274,430RESIDENTIAL ADDITIONS ALTERATIONS & CONVERSIONSSelene Prignano, 1214 Harris St., $800; Stephen Harrison, 3628 Brentwood Drive, $350; Fernando and Maria Quinonez, 310 Conet Drive, $3,300; Blackmon Mooring/Melinda and Russell King, 3809 Springdale Drive, $80,870.34; Miguel Serrano, 405 Elm Drive, $7,000; Robbie Saldana, 804 Duke Ave., $3,900; Analisa Palomino/Jesus Vasquez, 2120 W. Fourth St., $3,500.Total: 7 permits, $99,720.34COMMERCIAL ADDITIONS ALTERATIONS & CONVERSIONSJoe Vasquez/Tommy Reynolds, 1101 Myrtle St., $80,000; Steve & Valerie Lin, 2738 N. Grandview Ave., $95,800; Floor To Ceiling/Randy Bourque, 246 E. 52nd St., $4,500; Stakk Construction Group LLC, 2717 E. Eighth St., $30,000.Total: 4 permits, $210,300CHANGE OF USEChanghong Du, 232 E. 52nd St.; Wenfeng Bai, 3109 E. University Blvd.Total: 2 permitsTotal permits: 22Total value: $1,584,450.34Total permits (2018 year to date): 523 Facebook BUILDING PERMITS: Mar. 26 – Mar. 30, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Total value (2018 year to date): $88,495,269.76Total permits (2017): 1,759Total value (2017): $311,109,404.04last_img read more

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Gandhi Statue Not A Place Of Religious Worship: Karnataka HC Dismisses PIL Against Bar [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesGandhi Statue Not A Place Of Religious Worship: Karnataka HC Dismisses PIL Against Bar [Read Order] Mustafa Plumber9 Sep 2020 8:24 PMShare This – x”If we look at the thoughts and the views propagated by the Father of the Nation during his lifetime, it is impossible to accept that his statue is a place of public religious worship. The Father of the Nation has a unique place. He was above all religions. He was truly a democrat who never liked human beings being worshipped.”The Karnataka High Court has said that by no stretch of imagination it can hold that the statue of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, is a ‘place of worship’ or a ‘religious institution’. The Court made this observation while dismissing a Public Interest Litigation filed by one Advocate A V Amarnathan seeking to cancel the licence granted by the State Excise department…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 said that by no stretch of imagination it can hold that the statue of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, is a ‘place of worship’ or a ‘religious institution’. The Court made this observation while dismissing a Public Interest Litigation filed by one Advocate A V Amarnathan seeking to cancel the licence granted by the State Excise department to Tonique Bar and Restaurant on account of its alleged proximity to a Gandhi Statue.. He claimed that the definition of ‘Religious Institution’ under Sub-rule (3) of Rule of 3 of the Karnataka Excise Licences (General Conditions) Rules, 1967, will have to be considered. He urged the court that as the prayers are offered near the statue of the Father of the Nation, it will have to be held as a ‘religious institution’. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice N S Sanjay Gowda rejected this argument stating : “By no stretch of imagination, we can hold that the statue of the Father of the Nation is a ‘religious institution’. The emphasis in Sub-rule (3) of Rule 3 of said Rules of 1967 is on a place of public religious worship. It is impossible to accept that the statue of the Father of the Nation can be a ‘religious Institution’.” The bench added:”If we look at the thoughts and the views propagated by the Father of the Nation during his lifetime, it is impossible to accept that his statue is a place of public religious worship. The Father of the Nation has a unique place. He was above all religions. He was truly a democrat who never liked human beings being worshipped.” Amarnathan had in his petition claimed that the statue of the Father of the Nation, Bal Bhavan in Cubbon Park, a Church and the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police were situated within a distance of 100 meters from the premises of the bar. The second contention was that there is a breach of Rule 5 of the Karnataka Excise Licences (General Conditions) Rules, 1967. However, by order dated July 9, the objections based on the statue of the Father of the Nation and Bal Bhavan were excluded. As regards other objections, a direction was issued to the jurisdictional Tahsildar to carry out the exercise of measuring the distance with the help of a Government Surveyor. Additional Government Advocate Vijaykumar A Patil, filed a memo of compliance which recorded that the distance between the main entrance of the premises of the restaurant and the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police through the footpath is 126.50 meters. Secondly, it was stated that the distance between the main entrance of the fifth respondent and the entrance gate of St. Martha’s Church is 144.00 meters. On Monday, the petitioner also relied upon Subrule (2-A) of Rule 5 of the said Rules of 1967. However, the bench said “The petitioner has not pleaded in the petition that in view of Sub-rule (2-A) of Rule 5 of the said Rules of 1967, the application for licence of the fifth respondent ought to have been rejected.” The bench concluded by saying “As we find that there is no merit in any of the objections raised by the petitioner, it is not necessary to go into the question of locus of the petitioner. Accordingly, we find that there is no merit in the petition and the same is rejected.”Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

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