US – #WeeklyAddress: July 8 – July 14: Trump Social Media Summit invitees verbally spar with reporters

first_img Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of July 8 – July 14: News Trump excludes, targets social media and press at unconventional summitDuring President Donald Trump’s Social Media Summit on July 11, many unsubstantiated and misleading accusations of social media companies’ anti-conservative bias were made and the diatribe against the “mainstream media” continued. For more on this, read RSF’s publication: “Trump excludes, targets social media and press at unconventional summit.”Mississippi politician refuses female reporter ride-along June 7, 2021 Find out more A Massachusetts legislative committee heard a proposal on July 11 for a bill that could exempt any police body camera footage from public disclosure and public record, even in cases of public interest like investigations of police misconduct. Though the bill’s champions argue the bill would protect the identities of victims and witnesses to crimes, critics say it would undermine the core purpose of police body cameras: improving transparency and trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Body cameras have become staples of law enforcement agencies in recent years as police departments try to improve accountability in response to widespread protest against police brutality. RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more Robert Foster, a candidate for Mississippi governor, refused to allow Mississippi Today reporter Larrison Campbell to follow him on the campaign trail because she is a woman, the reporter revealed in an article on July 9. Foster invoked the “Billy Graham” rule, the male Christian Evangelist practice of avoiding spending any time alone with a woman who is not their wife. Campbell reported that Foster’s campaign “believed the optics of the candidate with a woman, even a working reporter, could be used in a smear campaign to insinuate an extramarital affair.” A gender discrimination expert has since said that, should Foster become governor, following this rule could put him in violation of “several different laws” if applied to his future employees. The Billy Graham rule has recently gained attention after falling into obscurity since it was revealed that Vice President Mike Pence announced in 2002 that he would not dine alone with women or attend events that serve alcohol without his wife. July 16, 2019 US – #WeeklyAddress: July 8 – July 14: Trump Social Media Summit invitees verbally spar with reporters Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says CIA pushes for dangerous expansion of undercover agent identification ban A coalition of civil society organizations signed a letter Tuesday to oppose a dangerous act supported by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that would criminalize the disclosure of identities of former undercover agents. The 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) currently prohibits journalists from publishing the names of former undercover agents who worked overseas until five years after they’ve left the service to protect them, but new CIA-backed expansions in the House and Senate would make these identities unpublishable indefinitely, regardless of the location in which the agents served. If passed, the adjustments to the IIPA would greatly restrict reporters’ ability to report on CIA and CIA-adjacent activities and hold criminally liable reporters who violate the act. Massachusetts bill could strike police body cam footage from the record For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. News Receive email alerts NICOLAS KAMM / AFP United StatesAmericas to go further Follow the news on United States Organisation The United States ranks 48th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.  News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Newslast_img read more

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Hertford President advocates a National Youth Corps

first_imgTheletter urges the government to announce its intent to follow this plan as soonas possible, with the necessary funding pledged at a similar time. In order forit to be successful, it would have to be up and running before the end of theacademic year in July. If the government should choose to run the scheme, it isestimated that up to one million 16-25 year-olds would apply to be part of it. Organisedby Hutton, the letter has been co-signed by, among others, MP Rushanara Ali,Sarah Atkinson of the Social Mobility Foundation and Kirsty McHugh of the Mayor’sFund for London. It calls for a government-funded programme to create work andtraining opportunities for 16-25 year-olds, guaranteeing at least minimum wage,to run until the end of 2021. The letter concludes that “the Youth Corps has the potential to be a crucial building block in getting the whole of Britain back to work, both in providing opportunities for young people at a crucial moment in their lives and in creating an army of workers who can help propel a faster economic recovery than would otherwise be the case. It is a moral and economic imperative.” This generation of graduates, he notes, is facing the toughest labour market for 75 years, with 30% of university students having lost a job or job offer. Many are being affected permanently – a report from think-tank Resolution Foundation warned last week that younger workers risk their pay being affected for years to come and that more than a third of 18-24 year-olds are currently earning less than they did at the start of the year. Terming this generation of students “Generation ‘Covid’”, Hutton writes that “through no fault of their own, [they] face having their lives altered as no other generation since the war, with scars that will last their entire lives. Our national conversation must now incorporate how we act to turn this looming disaster into an opportunity.”center_img Crucialto the programme will be a personal mentoring facility, through which membersof the Youth Corps can be helped to adapt to the changing conditions of thelabour market. The plan calls for employers based in the UK to pledge a varietyof job opportunities, which should include offers from the government, the NHS,apprenticeships, voluntary organisations, community leadership academies, andmany more. These job offers would then distributed to National Youth Corpscentres across the country, as well as being accessible to members via an app. Inan open letter published by TheGuardian, Herford College President Will Huttton has called for the establishmentof a National Youth Corps to guarantee job opportunities for current studentsand school-leavers across the country. Image credit to Paul Gillett.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces New Winter Travel Tool for Public, Administration Outlines Winter Preparations

first_img Press Release,  PSA,  Public Safety,  Transportation,  Weather Safety Winter Job Opportunities Also HighlightedNorristown, PA – With the winter season approaching, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that a new online tool is available to inform the public of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) operations this winter. He made the announcement in conjunction with a news conference that PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards held today outlining the agency’s plans for winter services, and sharing job opportunities and driver preparation tips.“Public safety is our principal mission, which drives our team’s preparation for the winter season,” Governor Wolf said. “Not only are PennDOT’s staff, equipment, and materials ready to go, but we also have yet another tool for the public to make winter travel decisions.”New this winter, the public can view a color-coded map of when each of the nearly 40,000 miles of state-maintained roadway was last plowed by visiting the www.511PA.com plow trucks section. The information is the latest enhancement made possible by PennDOT’s Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) technology, which uses units in each of the more than 2,200 department-owned and rented plow trucks to send a cellular signal showing truck locations.The AVL program, started in 2014, is part of Governor Tom Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative that leverages inter-agency coordination and collaboration to maximize efficiency, modernize state government operations, and provide the highest quality services.During the news conference at the PennDOT maintenance facility in Norristown, Montgomery County, Richards noted that PennDOT is actively seeking approximately 480 temporary equipment operators statewide for the winter season to supplement the department’s full-time staff. Details on minimum requirements, such as possession of a CDL, as well as application information, are available at www.employment.pa.gov. Through the same website, job seekers can apply for seven other types of non-operator, winter positions such as diesel and construction equipment mechanics, welders, clerks and more.In discussing PennDOT’s readiness for the season ahead, Richards said that the department has compiled its information about winter services and winter-driving resources for motorists at www.penndot.gov/winter. The site also has a complete winter guide with detailed information about winter services in each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts.The 40,000 miles for which PennDOT is responsible translates into 96,000 snow-lane miles — enough miles to circle the globe nearly four times. A snow-lane is calculated as the miles of road multiplied by the number of lanes, which means a one-mile section of four-lane roadway would equal four snow-lane miles.The department maintains roughly the same number of miles maintained by the state in New York, New Jersey, and all of the New England states combined.With $220 million budgeted for this winter’s statewide operations, PennDOT deploys about 4,800 on-the-road workers, has more than 652,000 tons of salt on hand across the state and will take salt deliveries throughout the winter.“Carrying out our winter mission is a massive undertaking for our team, and it’s critical that the public do their part to keep our roads as safe as possible,” Secretary Richards said. “Drivers should keep safety top of mind in their travel decisions, and give our operators and other motorists plenty of room during inclement weather.”When winter weather hits, PennDOT’s primary focus is on interstates and expressways, and equipment may be redirected to those routes during significant winter events. The more traffic a roadway has, the more attention it will receive from plows, so motorists may find deeper accumulations on less-traveled routes and should adjust their driving for those conditions.If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 252 crashes resulting in 129 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.In addition to planning for traffic impacts, Richards noted that vehicle preparation is critical to safe winter travel. Tires should be checked often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow. A quick way to check tread depth is to insert a penny in the tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see the entire head, the tires are worn and traction will suffer. If you live in an area prone to heavy snow, drivers may want to consider using dedicated snow tires or carrying a set of tire chains. At a minimum, all-season tires should be rated for use in mud and snow.Once vehicles are travel-ready, drivers should be prepared for winter or vehicle emergencies especially if long-distance travel is planned. PennDOT urges motorists to carry an emergency kit. An emergency kit should include items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. However, motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families may have. Consider adding such items as baby supplies, extra medication, pet supplies, or even children’s games.In addition to viewing plow information, motorists can use www.511PA.com to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. Governor Wolf Announces New Winter Travel Tool for Public, Administration Outlines Winter Preparations October 19, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Nauticor: Kairos wraps up 100th LNG bunkering

first_imgHamburg-based Nauticor, a Linde Group Company said that the world’s largest bunker supply vessel (BSV) for liquefied natural gas (LNG) Kairos conducted its 100th LNG bunker supply operation.This milestone was achieved during a bunkering operation for the product tanker Gaia Desgagnes at anchorage in front of the Swedish island Gotland, Nauticor said in its statement.The operation was completed ten months after Kairos conducted its first LNG bunkering operation for the LNG-fuelled ferry Visborg at Gotland.The receiving vessel Gaia Desgagnes, built in 2018 as Fure Vinga and currently managed by the tanker pool of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, received 140 tons of LNG, while on her way from Immingham, United Kingdom, to St. Petersburg, Russia.Like several LNG bunkering operations before, the operation was conducted under an LNG supply agreement, which was signed by Furetank Rederi, a member of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, and Nauticor in 2018.Commenting on the milestone operation, Lars Höglund, managing director of Furetank, said, “Having conducted the first LNG bunkering operation with Kairos in April 2018, we are glad to see that since then the availability of LNG has improved significantly and that the availability of the environmentally-friendly fuel is no longer a hurdle in most of the areas we operate in, including the Baltic Sea.”With this LNG supply infrastructure in place, a variety of companies, including Furetank and Nauticor, are already working on taking the next steps, including the use of liquefied bio gas (LBG) and synthetic LNG (SNG), which have even greater potential to reduce emissions, the statement reads.last_img read more

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Black Maidens off to a winning start in World Cup

first_imgGhana got off their U-17 World Cup campaign off to a winning start as the Black Maidens defeated Korea DPR 2-0 in the Group B opener on Saturday in Costa Rica.A Jane Ayieyam first half goal and a second after the break by Sandra Owusu-Ansah sealed victory in Liberia as Augustine Adotey’s side jump to the summit of the four-team table.It was a perfect start for Adotey, whose team return to action on Tuesday against Germany at the Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Stadium.Ghana, bronze medalist at the last competition started off strongly against the 2012 runners-up but could not find the net as their best effort in the early minutes was a cross by Lily Niber-Lawrence that flew across the face of goal with no one to tap in.The Koreans also stringed a couple of passes and showed Ghana how dangerous they could be on the ball.However, Ayieyam put Ghana in front when she she controlled a ball in the box and slipped it under the diving arms of Korea’s goalkeeper Kim Myong Sun in the 17th minute. Korea caused Ghana some problems when Berlinda Anane cleared off the line with Azume Adams beaten. Ghana held onto their slim lead to end the half 1-nil up.Both sides returned from the break and it was the Koreans who pushed for the equaliser.But eight minutes into the restart, Ghana doubled their lead when Owusu-Ansah took advantage of a defender ‘s indecision to round the goalkeeper and plant the ball into the empty goal.The Ghana bench made two changes, bringing on Princella Adubea and Vinoria Kuzagbe for Owusu-Ansah and Laadi Issaka.Two-nil up and the Black Maidens kept it tight though Korea still threatened as they missed two glaring chances that could have changed the game.last_img read more

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Men’s Soccer and Missouri State Battle to Scoreless Draw

first_imgMissouri State (9-4-2, 5-2-1 MVC) clinched the outright MVC regular season title with the draw. Drake (5-10-2, 2-4-2 MVC) will be No. 7 seed for the upcoming MVC Tournament, Nov. 7-8-10-12 hosted by Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. The Bulldogs will play No. 6 seed, Valparaiso, on Tuesday at noon in the tournament’s play-in game. The match will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. The Crusaders, who are in their first year in the MVC, rallied to beat the Bulldogs, 3-2, in double overtime on Sept. 16 at Cownie. Photo Gallery The Valley on ESPN3 Full Schedule Roster “We look forward to the conference tournament play next week against Valpo,” Smith said. “Anything can happen in tournament play so it is all up for the taking!” Next Game: vs. Valparaiso 11/7/2017 – 12 PM Story Links Against the Bears, junior Nic Jaimes (Olathe, Kan.) recorded a game-high five shots, including three on goal. Jaimes had a dangerous left-footed attempt from the top of the 18-yard box late in the second period that just missed left. In the first extra period, freshman Stafford Dowling (Hamilton, New Zealand) nearly headed in a golden goal off a corner kick by Aleksi Tuominen (Helsinki, Finland), but Missouri State goalkeeper Liam Priestly saved it. Tuominen nearly scored on a long free kick late in the first half, but Priestly made a nice save.center_img Live Stats Preview “Proud of our effort and application this evening,” said head coach Gareth Smith. “We invested a lot and created enough chances to win it, but just lacked that finishing touch to take all three points. It is a great indication of our capability and potential when you consider we have beat the league champions and probably should have taken more from the game tonight. We showed great commitment to both sides of the game tonight and displayed great desire to win the match. Congratulations to Missouri State on being league champions, they are worthy of the title and defended very well this evening.” DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake and Missouri State battled to a scoreless draw in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season finale for both teams on Saturday night at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Watch Live Missouri State outshout Drake, 18-9, in the match with Dowling’s shot the only attempt be either team in the two overtimes. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs upset the Bears, 2-1, in Springfield, Mo. As the top seed for the MVC Tournament, Missouri State receives a bye to the semifinals on Nov. 10. Drake freshman goalkeeper Caden McCullough (Evansville, Ind.), who earlier this week was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week, made five saves against the Bears.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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All four terrorist acts in JKs Kishtwar solved three accused arrested IGP

first_imgJammu: Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants, involved in all four cases of terror strikes in Kishtwar district in last one year, including the killings of two senior leaders of the BJP and RSS, have been arrested, J&K police said on Monday. Jammu’s Inspector General of Police Mukesh Singh said all four cases of terror strikes in Kishtwar district in the last one year have been solved following the trio’s arrest. Further efforts are on to arrest other active militants of the outfit, which hatched the conspiracy in 2017-18 to revive militancy in the Chenab valley, said Singh, adding they will be brought to book very soon. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The arrested militants were involved in the four terror strikes between November last year and September this year, said Singh, identifying them as key conspirator Nissar Ahmad Sheikh and his two accomplices Nishad Ahmad and Azad Hussain, all Kishtwar residents. Flanked by Sector 9 Commander, Brigadier Vikram Bhan and other senior officers, the IGP told reporters in a news conference that security agencies busted two hideouts, set up in houses of Sheikh and Hussain, which were used before and after each of the terror acts. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The police also recovered a rifle and some pistols and ammunition from the two hideouts, he added. Kishtwar district had been declared terror-free over a decade ago, but militants made their presence felt in the town on November 1, 2018 when they shot dead BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit Parihar. In the second strike, they snatched the service rifle of the deputy commissioner’s PSO Daleep Kumar on March 8. They struck again at district hospital on April 9, killing RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma and his PSO before fleeing the scene with the service rifle of the slain cop. The militants again struck People’s Democratic Party district president Sheikh Nasir Hussain’s house at Gourian village on September 13, and escaped with the service rifle of his Personal Security Officer. Sending a strong warning to terrorists’ sympathizers, the IGP said, “I would like to send a message that anyone harbouring, sympathizing, transporting or helping terrorists in any form will be dealt with very strictly under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) act.” “After this action (the arrest of accused), I am sure nobody will join the terrorists’ ranks in Doda and Kishtwar belt,” he said. Singh said only six terrorists are active in Jammu region and they included the longest surviving militant of Kishtwar, Mohammad Amin alias “Jehangir Saroori” who along with Osama, Sheikh and others, had chalked out a conspiracy to revive militancy in the region under the banner of Hizbul Mujahideen. “The four terror cases were solved due to round-the-clock efforts of Kishtwar police with the help of Army, CRPF and National Investigation Agency (NIA),” said Singh, adding the NIA team which is here and investigating one of these cases would soon be taking the arrested accused on remand for custodial interrogation. In response to a question, the IGP said, “We are questioning many other suspects regarding their possible involvement in these cases. The investigation of the case is still on and all those involved in these terrorist acts will be arrested.” He said an absconding terrorist Rustam, built the two hideouts in houses of Sheikh and Hussain. “Saroori, Rustam, Haroon and Zahid are the other accused in the case and are on the run,” said Singh, adding there is one more terrorist with alias “Moin-ul-Islam” who belongs to Kashmir and had participated in the last two strikes. “Our attempt is to arrest active terrorists. We have come close to the success many a times but they managed to escape. As far as Saroori is concerned, we have seen his footprints and launched many operations against him but since this areas is hilly, he is able to dodge security forces as soon as he comes to know about their movement,” he said. “We will, however, be successful against these terrorists very soon,” he said. In response to another question about involvement of any other terror group like Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) outfits in these cases, he said, “The investigation so far revealed the footprints of only Hizbul MUjahideen. “We have also not come across any Pakistan link so far. The investigation is still on,” he added. Asked if the rifle recovered from the hideout was one of the two weapons snatched by terrorists from policemen, he said the looted arms have not been recovered so far. In response to another question, he said the motive behind the killings was to spread terror in the region. On unconfirmed reports that some terrorists have sneaked into Dachhan-Marwah belt from south Kashmir and established their hideouts, Singh said, “We have not come across any militant hideout in Dachhan-Marwah belt.”last_img read more

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La Liga Real hold off Atletico in tight derby to grab top

first_imgMadrid: Real Madrid regained top spot in La Liga after a goalless derby with Atletico that saw them move above surprise package Granada and maintain their small lead over a crowded chasing pack. Unbeaten Real are a point ahead of promoted Granada and Atletico Madrid after Diego Simeone’s side failed to break down their well-drilled local rivals, whose disciplined performance at the Wanda Metropolitano was deserving of at least the point they gained. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”These matches with Atletico are very physical, this is one of the hardest grounds we have to visit during the season,” Real captain Sergio Ramos told broadcatser Movistar on Saturday. “It was difficult to create chances in attack because they leave such little space. The point does little for us though as we wanted the three even more.” Real are a further point ahead of fourth-placed Barcelona, who won a hard-fought clash at Getafe 2-0 thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Junior, and Real Sociedad, who can themselves go top on Sunday if they beat a Sevilla side down in eighth but just five points behind Zidane’s leaders. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersOn a night of few clear-cut chances Atletico probably had the best opportunities but failed to test Thibaut Courtois in the Real goal, while the away side drew a couple of fine saves from Jan Oblak on their forays forward. The best came 15 minutes from the end, when the Slovenian stopper got down brilliantly to his left to palm away Karim Benzema’s powerful header from a Nacho cross. Just seconds before Atletico had come to within inches of opening the scoring when Saul Niguez met a corner with a header that flashed just past the upright. “It was a standard save for a goalkeeper,” said Oblak. “It was well-placed but I could see the ball and I hope it’s always like that — the fewer goals we let in the better it is for everyone.” Granada had moved temporarily top of La Liga before the derby after Antonio Puertas’ first-half strike saw them squeeze past rock-bottom Leganes. Puertas crashed his long-range winner into an empty net after Juan Soriano had come charging out of his goal to close down Roberto Soldado just before the half-hour mark. A remarkable counter-attack goal launched by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and finished off by Luis Suarez put Barcelona on their way four minutes before the break at Getafe, and Junior’s tap-in shortly after the restart made sure of Barca’s first away win since April. “This match was crucial for us to rid ourselves of the sensation of never being able to win away,” said Valverde. “We didn’t play well in the first half but once we took the lead they basically didn’t have any chances.” Ter Stegen is embroiled in a row with Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer over the Barca stopper’s lack of opportunities with the Germany team. However he showed his class when he raced out of his goal to stop a Getafe attack before launching a pin-point pass over the home side’s dozing defence to Suarez, who calmly lobbed the opener over David Soria. “Sometimes when passes come off like this the goalkeeper is just clearing the ball. I don’t know if that is the case here, but regardless he brings us a lot,” added Valverde. The win was Barca’s second in a week as they attempt to recover from an miserable start that led to questions surrounding Valverde’s future. Athletic Bilbao lost for the first time this season at home to crisis club Valencia, who bagged their second win of the season thanks to Denis Cheryshev’s 27th minute strike. ‘Los Che’ had been sent into turmoil when owner Peter Lim sacked Marcelino Garcia Toral earlier in the month. But despite player and fan anger at Lim’s decision, two draws and now a win after their shock victory at Chelsea in the Champions League have them in ninth on nine points.last_img read more

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Court comes down heavily on WCD over adoption exercise

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court came down heavily on the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) for making adoptive parents travel from distant places to the national capital to complete the adoption exercise.Compelling proposed adoptive parents to travel to Delhi from distant places “militates” against the basic philosophy that it is the duty of the state to ensure every parentless child gets parent, the court said. District Judge Girish Kathpalia directed the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) to submit an action taken report on whether petitions for adoption can be filed in the court within whose territorial jurisdiction the adoptive parents and the child, who is in foster care, reside so that they did not have to travel to Delhi. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe court, in its order, noted that there were cases where the child was physically challenged or the adoptive parent was a single mother but they had to travel to the national capital from distant places to testify. The court directed the director of CARA to submit the report within a month and put the matter for further hearing on October 10. It also said that previously CARA opted not to assist the court despite the seriousness of the issue and hence asked the secretary of the Ministry of Women and Child development to take necessary actions. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe court, however, took note of the fact that it would be financially onerous on the adoption agencies to file petitions in the court within the territorial jurisdiction concerned. “Under the pretext that proceeding with adoption matters in the courts within whose territorial jurisdiction proposed adoptive parents reside would be expensive for adoption agencies, the basic philosophy underlying the concept of adoption under the Act (to provide parent to every parentless child) cannot be abrogated. “But the court has to adopt a positivist approach of law and has to ensure strict adherence to the laid down law…. At the same time, I also find it opportune to express disappointment that despite such seriousness of the issue, CARA opted not to respond and assist this court,” the judge said. The court said that since the regulations have been framed and can be amended only by CARA (unless suitable amendments in the enactment are contemplated by the legislature), it was necessary that the issue be brought to the notice of higher authorities. “Situations were found where the proposed adoptive parents and the child under pre -adoption foster care, who are residing in far away places, have to come to Delhi to testify in order to obtain adoption orders, and in some such cases the proposed adoptive child is even physically challenged and the proposed adoptive parent is a single mother…. “There are number of cases where the child concerned is a special needs child (who was given in pre adoption foster care), is made to travel from far away places of country to Delhi (or whichever place where the adoption petitions are filed) because the proposed adoptive parents at the nascent stage of emotional bonding with the child do not want to leave the child alone at home and travel to Delhi. “There are also cases where single women opt to come forward for adoption but have to travel from far away distant places,” it said. Adoption Regulations, 2017, provided that the Specialized Adoption Agency shall file an application for adoption order in the court having jurisdiction over the place where it was located, said the court. “Hence, the crux of the legal position is that an application for the adoption order has to be filed only in that court within whose territorial jurisdiction the adoption agency was located. “The compulsion for the proposed adoptive parents to travel to Delhi from far away places militates against the basic philosophy that it is the duty of the State to ensure that every parentless child gets parent,” it said. As it is the duty of the State “to ensure that every orphaned and/or abandoned and/or surrendered child must get a family”, it is the State which has to ensure, irrespective of financial considerations, that people are encouraged to take a child in adoption. It added the court has to adopt a positivist approach of law and has to ensure strict adherence to the laid down law. PTIlast_img read more

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