first_imgNews December 5, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to US Defense Secretary ahead of Manama Dialogue News News to go further Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out more News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Sincerely, RSF_en Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Reporters Without Borders wrote to US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on December 2 to share its concerns about freedom of information in Bahrain ahead of his visit to the kingdom for the December 6-7 Manama Dialogue on security in the Persian Gulf.The letter asks him to raise the issue of freedom of information in his talks with Bahraini officials.Read the letter: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel US Department of Defense 1400 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1400 Paris, December 2 2013Dear Secretary Hagel,Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, would like to share with you its concerns about the situation of freedom of information in Bahrain ahead of your participation in the Manama Dialogue’s ninth session on December 6-7.In the two years since the start of a popular uprising in Bahrain, the kingdom’s authorities have crushed demonstrations calling for political reforms and have not hesitated to target journalists and other news providers covering this protest movement and the methods used by the security forces to suppress it.The Bahraini authorities continue to obstruct the work of journalists and to arrest, imprison and prosecute news providers in violation of the international undertakings it gave to the UN Human Rights Council in 2012.Seven news and information providers are currently detained in Bahrain:- Arrested in 2011, Hassan Ma’atooq received a three-year jail sentence from a national security court for posting photos of people who were injured during major protests in February 2011.- A blogger and head of the human rights bureau of the Al-Haq Movement for Civil Liberties and Democracy, Abduljalil Al-Singace has been held since March 2011 and is now serving a sentence of life imprisonment that a high court of appeal upheld on September 4, 2012. He is one of 13 opposition leaders and activists convicted of “creating and running a terrorist group aimed at changing the constitution and system of monarchy (…) by force,” “being in contact with a foreign terrorist group that acts in the interests of a foreign country and carries out hostile actions against Bahrain,” and “raising funds for this group.”- The well-known photographer Ahmed Humaidan was arrested on December 29, 2012 on a charge of attacking a police station in Sitra on April 8, 2012, although he was not there that day. His trial began on February 12, 2013 but the prosecution keeps on postponing hearings because it has difficulty producing witnesses. The next hearing is set for December 19. His lawyer has repeatedly but unsuccessfully requested an independent investigation into his client’s allegations of torture. His requests to the prison authorities to let his client be examined by a doctor have also been unsuccessful.- Arrested in July 2013, the photographer Hussain Hubail was charged on August 21 with “managing (electronic) accounts calling for the government’s overthrow,” “promoting and inciting hatred against the government,” “inciting others to disobey the law,” and calling for illegal demonstrations. He is also accused of “contributing to the Twitter account of the February 14 media network.” According to witness accounts, he has been mistreated and even tortured. A hearing in his case was scheduled for November 28 but was postponed until December 22.- Arrested at his home by masked plainclothesmen on July 31, 2013, the blogger Jassim Al-Nuaimi is accused of using social media to incite anti-government hatred and to call for illegal demonstrations. He was particularly active during the uprising, posting on the 14Feb media website. After being held for several days at the General Directorate of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), he was transferred to Dry Dock prison on August 3, only to be transferred back to the CID and then forced to sign a confession before a prosecutor. Witnesses say he has been tortured or mistreated. A hearing scheduled for November 28 was postponed until December 22.- Freelance cameraman Qassim Zain Al-Deen was arrested at his home on August 2, 2013, in the run-up to the “Tamarod” demonstrations in mid-August, and has been held at the Dry Dock detention centre ever since. On November 26, a judge postponed his hearing until January 20, 2014. The charges against him include vandalism inside the detention centre. – The photographer Abdullah Salman Al-Jerdabi was arrested on September 13, 2013 while covering a demonstration in the village of Mussala. He is charged with participating in “illegal gatherings.” The blogger Mohamed Hassan was released a few weeks after being arrested on July 31 but is still facing charges of “managing (electronic) accounts calling for the government’s overthrow,” promoting and inciting hatred against the government, inciting others to disobey the law, and calling for illegal demonstrations.Many news providers have reported being mistreated during detention. These claims should be independently investigated. The investigations so far carried out have been at the very least partial and have resulted in the withdrawal of all charges or acquittals or derisory prison sentences. The journalists who have been victims of such denial of justice include Nazeeha Saeed, a reporter for France 24 and Monte-Carlo Doualiya. The policewoman accused of torturing her during detention in 2011 was acquitted on appeal on June 23, 2013.Impunity reigns. No independent investigation has been conducted into 22-year-old cameraman Ahmed Ismail Hussain’s death on March 31, 2012. Hussain was fatally shot while covering a peaceful demonstration in Salmabad, a village southwest of the capital. After Karim Fakhrawi, co-founder of the only opposition newspaper, Al-Wasat, died in detention in April 2011, two policemen were initially sentenced to seven years in prison for torturing him to death, but their jail terms were reduced to three years on appeal on October 27, 2013.The netizen Zakariya Rashid Hassan, administrator of a now-closed online forum that provided information about the village of Al-Dair, where he was born, died in detention on April 9, 2011, seven days after his arrest on charges of inciting hatred, disseminating false news, promoting sectarianism and calling for the regime’s overthrow in online forums. The interior ministry claimed that he died as a result of sickle cell anemia complications, but his family has ruled this out. The authorities’ tolerance of such abuses violates Bahrain’s international obligations.The authorities furthermore mean to control the media. This is a country where six of the seven daily newspapers are controlled by associates of the royal family or government. The independence and impartiality of the media (and therefore freedom of information) is, at the very least, compromised.The Information Affairs Agency, created by a 2002 media law, was used to restrict media freedom during the 2011 unrest. It was responsible, for example, for the newspaper Al-Wasat’s closure for several months and the prosecution of its editor and co-founder, Mansoor Al-Jamri. It has many powers, including the power to censor or prevent the distribution of Bahraini publications, to close newspapers by means of judicial proceedings, and to block websites. Giving a government agency so much power is a serious threat to freedom of information.The government has been promising a new media law since 2012 that will supposedly be more progressive. Its architect is the current information minister, Sameera Rajab. But this new law has yet to be adopted and Bahrainis still do not know what provisions it will contain.We therefore think that it is important that you should raise the issue of freedom of information in Bahrain during your talks with Bahraini officials.I thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter. October 14, 2020 Find out more March 17, 2021 Find out more Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Bahrain Christophe DeloireGeneral Secretary, Reporters Without Borders Help by sharing this information last_img read more

first_img Bui Chat, the head of the independent publishing house Giay Vun (“Recycled Paper), was released on 2 May after being held for three days on his return from Argentina but was briefly detained again on 3 May for more questioning.The authorities have also kept the “Freedom to Publish Prize” which he received from the International Publishers Association (IPA) during his visit to Buenos Aires and which was confiscated when he was arrested on 30 April.Bjorn Smith-Simonsen, who heads the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee, hailed Chat’s release but voiced concern about the fact that the authorities were still questioning him. “Vietnamese law theoretically permits his detention for up to 12 months before charges are pressed,” he said.Reporters Without Borders condemns the way the authorities are treating Chat, who has committed no crime or offence.The IPA has awarded it “Freedom to Publish” prize to several journalists in the past, including Iran’s Shalah Lahiji in 2006 and Zimbabwe’s Trevor N’cube in 2007. It was also awarded posthumously to the Russian newspaper reporter Anna Politkovskaya and the Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor Hrant Dink.——Detained for winning “Freedom to Publish Prize02-05-2011Reporters Without Borders condemns underground publisher and poet Bui Chat’s arrest at Tan Son Nhat airport on 30 April. The founder of the Giay Vun publishing house, Chat had just returned from Buenos Aires, where he had received the “Freedom to Publish Prize” from the International Publishers Association (IPA).“The Vietnamese authorities gave no reason for Chat’s arrest but it seems directly linked to the prize he received,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Although Vietnam claims to have made significant progress on human rights, journalists, netizens and now publishers continue to be jailed if they dare to defy the government by voicing or relaying dissident views.”The IPA condemned the Chat’s arrest, describing him as a “courageous underground publisher” who had published the works of “pavement poets” and who had “helped create an independent publishing movement.”The authorities seized Chat’s award and the prize certificate when they arrested him.Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to release Chat immediately and to abandon any plans to prosecute him. Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam to go further VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF_en Receive email alerts April 22, 2021 Find out more April 7, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prisoncenter_img News News May 5, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent publisher freed, but questioned again Follow the news on Vietnam Organisation News VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Newslast_img read more

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News November 13, 2020 1,276 Views The Week Ahead: FHA Discusses CWCOT Changes Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily This week, on Wednesday, November 18, representatives from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) via a complimentary webinar will offer guidance on the Claims Without Conveyance of Title (CWCOT) program “in which the mortgagee attempts to secure a third-party purchaser for the mortgaged property so that conveyance to HUD is not required in exchange for mortgage insurance benefits,” according to an FHA notice regarding the virtual event.A similar webinar was offered earlier this month. It is offered on two separate dates to maximize attendance, according to the FHA.As the FHA explained in a July statement, the most recent CWCOT enhancements take into consideration public feedback received earlier this year when a first draft was posted on the Single-Family Housing Drafting Table.FHA’s CWCOT program and recent adjustments were designed to make the program “more viable for foreclosure sales associated with defaulted FHA-insured mortgages,” the FHA added in the same statement. Industry experts discussed HUD’s recent updates to the CWCOT program to help improve efficiencies and minimize losses, during a complimentary DS News webinar that can be revisited here.Topics will include:Enhancements to the program announced in Mortgagee Letter 2020-21, servicer participation and eligibilityHow foreclosing on FHA properties may differ from previous guidelinesRequirements for appraisals, bidding instructions, and claim requirementsThis week’s webinar, which takes place from 1-2:30 p.m. (CST), is complimentary when you register here.Here is what else is happening in the week ahead:Construction Spending Report, U.S. Census (Monday)House Financial Services Committee Hearing, “Insuring against a Pandemic: Challenges and Solutions for Policyholders and Insurers” (Thursday)RCLCO, “2020, The Year of the Suburb?” (Thursday) Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: FHFA Releases Foreclosure-Prevention Report Next: Mortgage Professionals Gather to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion  Print This Post About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2020-11-13 Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: FHA Discusses CWCOT Changes Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgNews Updates”Farm Bills Detrimental To Legal Profession”; Bar Council of Delhi Writes to PM Narendra Modi Radhika Roy2 Dec 2020 7:41 AMShare This – xStating that the “Bar of Civil Court Jurisdiction” will be detrimental to the interest of legal professionals, Bar Council of Delhi has written a letter to PM Narendra Modi requesting for the immediate withdrawal of the three legislations (Farm Bills) pertaining to farmers and to give an audience to the leaders of the farmers in order for an amicable solution to be…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?LoginStating that the “Bar of Civil Court Jurisdiction” will be detrimental to the interest of legal professionals, Bar Council of Delhi has written a letter to PM Narendra Modi requesting for the immediate withdrawal of the three legislations  (Farm Bills) pertaining to farmers and to give an audience to the leaders of the farmers in order for an amicable solution to be reached. The letter raises the issue of how the same will substantially affect District Courts and High Courts as the vast nature of the subject matter will lead to matter being adjudicated by SDMs/ADMs instead. “The government should have unhesitatingly consulted and taken lawyers into confidence, more so when Farmers Lawyers are simply not related to routine revenue matters, but matter which are basically contractual and commercial. How can any litigation having civil consequences be given for adjudication to structure involving administrative agencies, controlled and run by executive authorities?”. Referring to the Constitutional provision for Separation of Judiciary, the letter states that the laws will invariably and substantially damage District Courts in particular and “uproot the lawyers”. “The District Courts are part of basic Structure and being the principle courts of Original Jurisdiction is the foundation of the pyramid….This will seriously jeopardise the interest of public, as getting justice at the doors of bureaucracy is far from reality”. The letter goes on to emphasize the possible corruption that may arise in the transfer of power from the Civil Courts to Executive authorities and how the same will be detrimental and disastrous to the cause of lawyers as well as litigants. “In fact, the strategy to hide and seek and introduce provisions to oust jurisdiction in this manner is highly inappropriate. We can’t be unmindful of the fact that a strong judicial institution, to check administrative arbitrariness and unfair treatment is essential in a democratic republic and not an amenable executive authority. Introduction of Conciliation Board to be constituted by the SDMs, headed by his junior officer, as Chairman is distractive and unaccepted”. Categorically stating that giving judicial powers to the executive is “dangerous and a blunder”, the letter also highlights that the farmers are justifiably agitating against the laws and that right to protest is a universal right. In light of the above, the letter appeals to the Prime Minister, as a man of the masses, to immediately withdraw the legislations and to give an audience to the farmers so that an amicable solution can be reached and an appropriate legislation, which may allow for the welfare and upliftment of the farmers, may be enacted.Click Here to Download Letter[Read Letter]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgColumnsThe Legality Of Fantasy Gaming Sidharth Sharma & Nishi Kashyap11 April 2021 1:12 AMShare This – xWith the proliferation of data users across the country, India is emerging as one of the leading online fantasy sports gaming platform throughout the world. The United States of America (USA) had the largest Fantasy Gaming market by user base, with industry reports attesting to daily fantasy sports contests in the US generating USD 2.91 billion in revenue and valuing the market at USD…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?LoginWith the proliferation of data users across the country, India is emerging as one of the leading online fantasy sports gaming platform throughout the world. The United States of America (USA) had the largest Fantasy Gaming market by user base, with industry reports attesting to daily fantasy sports contests in the US generating USD 2.91 billion in revenue and valuing the market at USD 7.22 billion as of 2017, until recently, when it was overtaken by India[1]. KPMG India in its July 2020 report[2], ‘Business of Fantasy Sports’ says number of users participating in online fantasy sports in India grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 212 per cent between June 2016 (2 million) and December 2019 (90 million). It says that venue of fantasy sports players grew from Rs 262 crores in Financial Year 18 (“FY’) to Rs 924 crores in FY19 and Rs 2,470 crores in FY20. Similarly, the Price Cooper India in its May 2019 Report[3], noted that the fantasy sports industry has the potential to generate an additional 5000+ direct and 7000+ indirect job in next 2-3 years. The potential growth in the Indian markets has considerably enlarged the scope of fantasy sports games in India but with them comes several other intricate issues. The legality of fantasy gaming is one of such issues which opens up the Pandora’s Box for those platforms that provide online fantasy gaming services. What are Fantasy Sports Games? Fantasy sports games are games which involve users drafting fantasy teams based on certain conditions from a list of players scheduled to play live games on a given day. The users pay an entry fee to enter a contest and it is pooled in for distribution among the users (“Entry Pool”) after deduction of a service/administrative fee by fantasy sports games providers. The users draft their teams based on their application of knowledge (gathered through systematic research), attention, experience, and dexterousness regarding the relevant sport. The outcome of users depends upon the players they have selected and the points their chosen players have accumulated based on their performance. In India, liberal approach has been adopted by many of the states on the concept of Fantasy gaming, except in the states of Telangana[4],Odisha[5] and Assam[6], wherein, these states have taken stringent views in relation to gambling & betting. A complete embargo is imposed on gambling and betting by the local statutes of these states. Recently in September 2020, Andhra Pradesh by following the footsteps of its neighboring state Telangana[7] has promulgated Andhra Pradesh Gaming (amendment) Ordinance, 2020[8] and has banned all types of real money games and has bought online gaming activities under its purview. Legality of Fantasy Gaming in India Fantasy Gaming has not been recognized as a subject matter under Schedule VII of the Indian Constitution. However the Constitution identifies gambling and betting as matters for legislation and has placed the same under List II, Entry 34 of the Seventh Schedule granting power to the State to legislate over this matter. As a result, different states have their own legislations to govern online fantasy sports gaming. Public Gambling Act,1867 Prior to the enactment of the Constitution, the provisions relating to gambling were incorporated under the Public Gambling Act 1867[9](“PGA”). Till date, the provisions relating to gambling in many states are governed under this act. However, post the enactment of Constitution, the betting and gambling exclusively fell under the domain of state legislature and thus many states have their own regimes to put hold to gambling. Punitive Measures and Penalties under PGA The provisions relating to imposing of penal sanctions on gambling & betting have been furnished under Section 3 and 4 of the PGA and anyone found in their transgression will be penalized. As per section 3 of PGA, any person who owns a Gaming House or has the charge of it shall be subject to penal sanctions and shall be liable to pay a fine not exceeding Rs 200 or may face imprisonment up to 3 months. Further, section 4 penalizes the presence of anyone in the gambling house for the purpose of gambling and imposes an imprisonment up to 1 month or a fine not exceeding Rs 100 on anyone found in contravention of the said provision. Exemption Clause under Public Gambling Act,1867 The Legality of Fantasy Gaming in India delves around the fact that, whether the outcome of the game is based on “Mere skills” or is it based on chance. According to section 12 of PGA, the games which involve application of “mere skills” are exempted from the provisions of the act. The act does not define the games that constitute as the “games of mere skills”, However skill games can be defined as those games where the outcomes are derived by applicability of considerable knowledge or skills. The Indian Judiciary has played a crucial role in the enlarging the scope of this clause by liberally interpreting the word “mere skills” through various judicial pronouncements, thereby enlarging the contours of the clause. Test of preponderance The Supreme Court in State of Bombay v R.M.D Chamarbaugwala[10](“Chamarbaugwala”), judgment applied the test of preponderance to interpret the words “mere skill”. The court opined that the games of skills were games preponderant of skills and even if there is an element of chance, if a game is preponderantly a game of skill, it would nevertheless be a game of mere skills. The Court excluded gambling or conducting the business of gambling from the purview of Article 19(1)(g) and opined that it cannot be subject to the immunity provide under the fundamental right of carrying trade and business as it encourages reckless propensity for making easy gains which can lead to loss of hard earned money. Further, the court held that the prize competitions being of a gambling nature cannot be regarded as “Trade’ under or Commerce and cannot claim any protection under Article 301. Debate on Skill V Chance Applying the above interpretation, the Supreme Court in State of Andhra Pradesh v K. Satyanarayana[11]tried to yield more clarity into the “skill v chance” debate. The Court, while interpreting the Hyderabad Gambling Act (2 of 1305F) held that rummy is not entirely a game of chance like ‘three card’ and requires certain amount of skills. Thus it may be concluded that the distribution of cards has a factor of chance clipped with it; however, the final outcome is derived by applying the requisite skills. Thus, the results are skill driven rather than based on chance. In many of the landmark judgments, Indian Courts have adopted the “Dominant Factor Test” in bifurcating between the “Game of skills” and “Game of chance”. This test was first adopted in the case of Dr K.R Lakshmanan v State of Tamil Nadu[12] (“K.R Lakshmanan”). In this case the meaning of “mere skills” was construed to determine whether Horse racing came under the expression of “mere skill” in terms of Madras Police Act, 1888 and Madras Gaming Act, 1930. It was held that, the outcome of horse racing was derived out of considerable knowledge of each horse as to its ancestry or pedigree and history of its performance in the previous races. Thus, the dominating factor in the sport was considered be that of skill than chance. Dominant Factor Test This test is also known as Dominant Theory Test or Dominant Element Theory and is a principle used in most of the U.S Jurisdictions to categorically distinguish whether the outcome of the game is determined by the skill of the participants or by the a random chance. If the outcome of the game is gained by the way of applying skills, they will be considered as not violating the gambling law whereas the outcomes which are totally dependent upon the element of chance will be said to conclude acts of gambling and thus will be considered as gambling[13]. Licensing regime of Online Fantasy Sports Gaming in India Nagaland Prohibition of Gambling and Promotion and Regularization of Online Games of Skill Act, 2015 Nagaland Fantasy Sports for the first time were given legislative recognition and were considered under the head of “game of skills” after the introduction of Nagaland Prohibition of Gambling and Promotion and Regularization of Online Games of Skill Act, 2015 (“Nagaland Act”). Prior to this, Fantasy Sports were not held to be “game of skills” in any Indian legislation or judgment. Further, a procedure for licensing had been encompassed in the legislation so as to make it a licensed regime in Nagaland. Section 7 of the Nagaland Act provides the procedure for obtaining a license under the Nagaland Act and it mandates procurement of license upon payment of fees as fixed under the statute. Sikkim Online Gaming (Regulation) Act, 2008 The Sikkim Online Gaming (Regulation) Act, 2008 regulates the operation of online games by granting license to applicants with prescribed rules and regulations. Changing Landscape of Fantasy Sports in Recent Times The scope of online fantasy sports gaming been modified and enlarged time and again through various legislative enactments and judicial pronouncements. The judiciary has played an imperative role in interpreting the essence of the fantasy sports in consonance with the principles embarked in the PGA. The debate between game of skill and game of chance has always plagued the operation of fantasy sports gaming in India. In 2017, this issue was finally settled by Punjab & Haryana High Court in the case of Varun Gumber v U.T of Chandigarh[14] (“Varun Gumber”). The petitioner in this case had filed a Civil Writ Petition had been filed by the Petitioner in High Court and contended that the services offered by the online gaming platform by the name of “Dream 11” came under the purview of Public Gambling Act, 1867 as the games were not based on skills rather were completely based on chance. However the Court while placing concurrence with the judgment in K.R Lakshmanan case,Inter Alia, heldthat the success in Dream 11 arises out of user’s exercise, superior knowledge, judgment and attention. After the Varun Gumber Case, a petition in the nature of criminal public interest litigation was filed in the case of Gurdeep Singh Sachar v Union of India& Ors[15].The Petitioner in this case was a Mumbai based Advocate. He alleged that Dream 11 was conducting illegal operations of gambling/ betting and wagering in the guise of Online Fantasy sports gaming. He further contended that they were acting in contravention of the provisions of Central Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017. The Bombay High Court while in affirmation with the ratio laid down in K.R Lakshmanan case held that Dream 11 was a game of skills and not a game of chance. The Legality of Dream 11 platform was again brought into question in Chandresh Sankhla v State of Rajasthan[16]. The High Court while placing concurrence with the earlier judgments in Varun Gumber Case and Gurdeep Singh Sachar Case held that,the issue of treating the game “Dream 11” as having any element of betting/gambling is no more res integra (i. e, a point of law that is undecided or without a precedent). The growth in the fantasy sports industry is witnessed by all of us. This growth will potentially affect the country’s revenue generation and employment opportunity in this sector. Though, the fantasy sports industry is flourishing, still there is lack of certainty due to different legislation. This uncertainty acts as a hindrance in smooth functioning of business in this industry. To combat this issue there should be some set policies and procedures which need to be followed. Also, the licensing and registration of the companies entering the industry should be regulated. NITI Ayog, a policy think-tank of the government of India has published a paper (“Discussion Paper”) with draft guiding principles for the online fantasy gaming sector. In this paper growth of the industry in recent years with its potential to attract foreign investment is discussed. In India, there is lack of Uniformity on Online Fantasy sports platforms (“OFSPSs”) which obstruct the industry growth. For this NITI Ayog has proposed certain guidelines for clear regulation in the online gaming industry. They proposed for a self-regulatory body which signals the start of a more uniform laws on digital fantasy sports. Views are personal Also read: Fantasy Sports And Online Casinos – Are They Legal In India ? [1]Fantasy Sports Insides (niti.gov.in) [2]The Business of Fantasy Sports (July 2020) [3]Federation of Sports Gaming- Report on Taxation of Online Fantasy Sports Gaming Market in India (May 2019) [4]Telangana Gaming (amendment) Act, 1974 [5]Orissa Prevention of Gambling Act, 1955 [6]Assam Game and Betting Act, 1970 [7] Supra note 4 [8]Andhra Pradesh Ordinance #13 of 2020 [9]Public Gambling Act, 1867 [10]State of Bombay v R.M.D Chamarbaugwala (1975) SCR 874 [11]State of Andhra Pradesh v K. Satyanarayana (1986) 2 SCR 387 [12]K.R. Lakshmanan v. State of Tamil Nadu (1996) 2 SCC 226 [13]Dominant Factor Test – Wikipedia [14]Varun Gumber v. Union Territory of Chandigarh2017 (4) RCR (Criminal) 1047 [15] Gurdeep Singh Sachar v. Union of India and Others, Bombay High Court, Criminal PIL Stamp No. 22 of 2019 [16]Chandresh Sankhla v. State of Rajasthan 2020 SCC OnLine Raj 264 Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

first_img Previous articleCo Tyrone school pupil reigns supreme in Dubai Duty Free Irish Open drawing competitionNext articleMeat Loaf to tour but he won’t sing that. Or that . . . News Highland WhatsApp By News Highland – July 2, 2018 Google+ Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday 2nd July Google+ Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday 2nd July:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebooklast_img read more

first_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – March 10, 2021 Arrests made in Derry today as part of investigation into dissident republican activity WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Detectives from Strand Road, along with colleagues from the PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit investigating dissident republican activity have arrested four people today.A number of searches were carried out at residential premises, three in Derry, two in the Dungiven area and one in Limavady.A number of items, including clothing and electronic devices were seized and have been taken away for further forensic examination.Three men, aged 49, 21 and 19 were arrested under the Terrorism Act while a 61 year old man was also arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of Justice.All four men are currently assisting police with their enquiries.center_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Homepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday March 10thNext article47 Covid related deaths and 631 cases confirmed, 23 in Donegal News Highland Google+ WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

first_img L’Kenny Chamber warn of large batch of fake €50 notes in circulation Pinterest Businesses in and around the Letterkenny area are being warned that a large batch of fake 50 euro notes are in circulation.Gardai are aware of the situation and are urging anyone who comes across the notes to contact them.President of the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Leonard Watson says people need to be vigilant:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/leonard5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Twitter Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 center_img Pinterest Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – February 21, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleWAAR 2019 launched as Randox announce fifth year of sponsorshipNext articleNumber of jobs to be lost at Gartan Technologies, Letterkenny News Highland last_img read more

first_img Troy OCAP received $61,000 from the State of Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention on Wednesday in support of its Fatherhood Program. Pictured from left, are Sylvia Kenney Davis, Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves, State Rep. Alan Booth, Tracy Plummer, Kim Livingston, Essie B. Thomas, Greg Lee, Mike Makau and Timothy Kemp.The State of Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Program presented at check in the amount of $61,000 to the Organized Community Action Program (OCAP) in Troy on Wednesday. The funds are in support of OCAP’s Child Abuse Prevention programs.State Rep. Alan Booth, R-Troy, presented the check to Timothy Kemp, Fatherhood coordinator and local OCAP and state representatives.In speaking of OCAP assistance programs, Booth said the funds would be used to the benefit of many and at the place where “the rubber meets the road.” Book Nook to reopen Print Article Those involved in the Fatherhood program are court referred.“Strengthening the family is the heart and soul of the program,” she said.Timothy Kemp, Fatherhood Coordinator, said the purpose of the Fatherhood/Motherhood Initiative in Pike and Bullock counties is to aid fathers and mothers with increasing their knowledge related to the duties involved in parenthood and reintegrating them into responsible family roles.“To accomplish this purpose, the Fatherhood program offers classes that cover effective job interviewing skills, job searches, continuing education and parenting skills,” Kemp said. “We know the Fatherhood/Motherhood program is working because the number of participants is increasing, especially among the fathers. They are now seeing the value of the program and are staying with it. At one time, we had three fathers who were committed to the program. Now, we have 23. The word on the streets is that the program provides the men with more resources to get their lives on the right track and to keep them there.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Published 3:00 am Thursday, January 19, 2017 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By The Penny Hoarder State program makes generous gift to OCAP efforts Email the author The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip “Any time we get money to support our programs, it’s a good day,” Moultry said. “We greatly appreciate the funds and the support of the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Program. These funds make it possible for us to do more good things for more people. And, that’s why we are here, to do for others.”Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves said it is encouraging to see money flow through the city and to programs like OCAP’s Fatherhood Program.“These funds make it possible for programs like this to continue in Troy and Pike County,” he said and added that what a community does for those in need reflects on “who we are.”Sallye Longshore, Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (Children’s Trust Fund) executive director, said she is proud of the work that is being done in the area of child abuse and neglect prevention.  The Fatherhood/Motherhood programs help make fathers and mothers better parents, better employees and more dedicated contributors to the community. Sponsored Content Latest Stories You Might Like County braces for severe weather Pike County officials are urging that residents take caution this weekend as potentially severe weather moves into the area. The… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Booth said he grew up without air conditioning and he knows what it means to have the benefit of a fan.“I know what it’s like when the temperature is 100 degrees and you live under a tin top,” he said. “These funds will provide opportunities to many who would not have had these opportunities otherwise. I thank God for those who dedicate their time and energy to those who are not as fortune.”Wanda Moultry, Troy OCAP director, said Wednesday was a good day.last_img read more

first_imgLong Beach Police Department(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — A California teenager has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a gang-affiliated hate crime assault on another student, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.Bryan Blancas, 19, of Long Beach, California confronted another student, an unnamed 17-year-old African-American male, along with two of his friends on May 15. But when the student tried to flee Blancas allegedly knocked the boy to the ground and began “punching and kicking him multiple times in the head, face and torso,” according to prosecutors. Blancas was arrested six days later but plead no contest Monday to one felony count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury as well as admitting that his crime was racially motivated with the intent to benefit a criminal street gang.Blancas faced a possible maximum sentence of life in prison plus an additional 17 years in state prison. His bail was set at $1,155,000 at the time of his arrest.Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Daniel Lowenthal sentenced Blancas to eight years in state prison instead.The entire attack was captured on video by a bystander and then posted to social media which led to anger from many parents at the school who then demanded that school district officials take action, according to the Long Beach Press Telegram.The two other teen suspects were allegedly booked at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more