Re-examine plea on quashing FIR against money lenders: SC

The Supreme Court has asked the High Court of Karnataka to examine afresh a plea by a man challenging  quashing of an FIR lodged against money lenders for charging exorbitant interests on him for a loan.

A bench of Justices N V Ramana and S Abdul Nazeer remanded the matter back to the high court after hearing arguments from counsel Sanjay M Nuli, representing Veerabasappa, a resident of Koppal, and advocate S G Patil, for the respondent-accused.

The top court agreed to a plea that the HC should not have quashed the criminal proceedings, while taking up a batch of petitions by the accused, as in the instant case, there were no procedural irregularities like conducting raids on the premises of money lenders without prior permission from the registrar.

The petitioner here challenged quashing of an FIR registered against Shanmukhappa Singanal, his son Suresh, and Mahesh in 2015 with Gangavathi Town police station for the offences under the Karnataka Prohibition of Charging Exorbitant Interest Act, 2004 and under Sections 420, 504 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.

The High Court had on June 22, 2017 set aside the criminal proceedings initiated against a group of money lenders.

It had concluded that the police authorities did not follow the procedure mandated under the Criminal Procedure Code as they conducted raids on the premises of the accused and seized some documents before registering the FIR.

The petitioner challenged the HC’s findings, contending that on receipt of information about cognisable offense,

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All Maryland Casino Money Could Go To Education, If New Measure Enacted

Maryland lawmakers voted Friday to give voters the option to direct all of the state’s casino profits to K-12 public education, instead of reserving some of them to balance the budget.

The state’s principal teachers’ union, the Maryland State Education Association, reported that Maryland has appropriated a total of nearly $2 billion in casino funds to budget balancing and away from education since 2009, reported The Washington Post. The “lockbox” law would inhibit future Maryland lawmakers and governors from using any casino funds to balance the budget.

The House of Delegates passed the legislation after receiving a unanimous approval from the state Senate.

If enacted, the measure would incrementally increase the proportion of casino funds directed to education until fiscal year 2023, when all of the funds would be allocated there.

“We applaud the General Assembly for taking the first step in making a new Maryland Promise to every family, in every community, that the state will fund a strong public school for their children,” Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller said.

Unauthorized pay hikes and grade inflation scandals racked Prince George’s County in 2018. However, U.S. News World Report ranked Maryland’s public high schools number one in the nation for 2017, with its schools receiving a greater percentage of gold and silver medals for college preparation than schools in any other state.

Maryland public schools have fallen in rankings, failed to retain teachers and experienced crowded classrooms, Weller insists.

“Educators will not accept this shortchanging of education any longer,” she said.


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REPORT: Pruitt Flew Coach On His Own Dime, And First Class On Taxpayer Money

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt used his own money on weekend flights to Oklahoma to watch football games and taxpayer cash on first-class flights, according to a report Saturday from The Associated Press.

Pruitt dipped into his own pockets for economy flight trips on weekend trips home to watch Oklahoma Sooners football games, an EPA official told the AP. Taxpayers still covered the airfare for the administrator’s security detail, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation. Other reports have noted similar occurrences.

AP’s report comes shortly after Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island obtained documents in March showing several dozen EPA security and law enforcement agents were assigned to Pruitt. A summary of the schedules Whitehouse obtained show multiple EPA security agents accompanied Pruitt on a vacation to California that featured a day at Disneyland.

The New York Times published a report Thursday suggesting at least five EPA officials were placed on leave, reassigned or demoted after opposing spending requests on proposals such as a $100,000-a-month private jet membership, and a bulletproof desk for the armed security officer always stationed inside the administrator’s office suite.

Pruitt also reportedly racked up nearly $90,000 in flight expenses in June 2017. Pruitt traveled to Italy in June for meetings at the Vatican and to attend a summit with international energy ministers, CBS noted in a Feb. 13 report. The round trip business-class flight cost at least $7,000, according to the report.

The flurry of reports have relied mostly on anonymous sources, some of

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‘Evening at the Movies’ raises money for out-of-court dispute resolution

MJR Marketplace Digital Cinema 20 in Sterling HeightsMACOMB DAILY FILE PHOTO

MJR Marketplace Digital Cinema 20 in Sterling Heights

Resolving more disputes from one year to the next year has become a regular refrain for the growing Resolution Center in Mount Clemens.

In this, its 25th year, the Center is marking its biggest increase in mediations and facilitations ever, going from 2,200 in 2016 to 3,100 last year, a whopping 40-percent increase, according to Executive Director Craig Pappas.

Pappas attributed most of the increase to the nonprofit organizations ongoing effort to provide more alternative dispute resolution in the six schools that it serves.

The local schools

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Mauricio Pochettino: I’ve nothing personal against Spurs centre back Toby Alderweireld

PUBLISHED: 22:30 06 April 2018

Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld (centre) applauds the fans after the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium against AFC Bournemouth (pic: John Walton/PA Images).

Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld (centre) applauds the fans after the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium against AFC Bournemouth (pic: John Walton/PA Images).

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Mauricio Pochettino insists Toby Alderweireld’s personal circumstances – the Belgian’s contract situation and World Cup hopes – do not enter his mind when it comes to selection decisions.

Alderweireld is yet to agree a new deal with Spurs and, as things stand, the Lilywhites could lose him for £25million if his release clause is triggered

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Woman who claimed to be Grenfell tower victim sentenced to jail for falsely posing as survivor for money

Msokeri claimed around 19,000 pounds ($NZ30,000) in cash donations and goods including electronics, handbags and hotel costs. Authorities say she could have taken more than 200,000 pounds ($NZ385,000) had she not been caught.

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Farming crocs for money

Farming crocs for money

Local farmers looking to tap into lucrative European market

Trading in exotic skins of reptiles like crocodiles, alligators and furs of certain animals including foxes can be a delicate exercise. Besides the close to impossible quality demands from buyers, a supplier also has to navigate through the demands of the animal rights activists.

Last year the Indian government imposed a ban on importation of reptile skins and furs which are used to manufacture leather or for fur clothing and accessories.

This was after animal rights groups highlighted instances of extreme suffering of reptiles and other animals killed for leather or fur clothing.

However through what they call ‘conservation through commerce’ some farmers have been able to persevere and continue to supply lucrative markets in Europe.

According to reports, conservation through commerce spurred the Australian crocodile revival with big fashion houses like Louis Vuitton and Hermes owning farms in Queensland.

A local farmer, a researcher and a conservationist, Sander Douma is one of the few in the country trying to tap into the lucrative crocodile skin trade.

His farm, in the old Gerald farms behind the new stadium is home to 1450 Nile crocodiles, the only species found in Botswana.

“I started with 220 crocodiles from Samochima farm, where I spent two years learning how to handle them and also did a research on the optimum growth of the hatchlings in relation to egg temperatures,” Douma told Voice Money in an interview.

He said

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14-year-old hit by car while raising money for funeral for friend

A teenager raising money to help the family of another teen fatally shot earlier this week was hit by a car.

Police said the 14-year-old was standing in an intersection near Washington and Zuni when he was hit by the car.

Police said the teen was trying to get people to come to a benefit car-wash for 15-year-old Carlos Rodriguez. Rordriguez was fatally shot by his friend, 17-year-old Brandon Caballeros, over a $40 debt, according to investigators.

The 14-year-old hit is currently listed in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

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