News UpdatesProvide Pension Within 2 Weeks To Eligible Construction Workers, Scrutinise the Applications of Others in 4 Weeks: Delhi HC Directs Delhi Construction Workers Welfare Board [Read Order] Karan Tripathi22 May 2020 7:58 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board to provide pension to eligible construction workers within two weeks. While highlighting the hardship that must be faced by these workmen due to COVID19, the Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla further directed the Delhi Government as well as the Delhi State Legal…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 Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board to provide pension to eligible construction workers within two weeks. While highlighting the hardship that must be faced by these workmen due to COVID19, the Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla further directed the Delhi Government as well as the Delhi State Legal Services Authority necessary assistance and workforce to the said Board so that verification of applications can be done expeditiously. The order has come in a PIL filed by Mr Jay Pal, seeking adequate compensation for construction workers who have lost work due to the COVID19 lockdown. After being informed that there are around 91 workers whose applications for pension are still pending before district offices, the court directed the Board to expedite the process of scrutinizing the applications of these 91 workers and take a decision thereon, positively within a period of four weeks from today. The court observed: ‘In case these workers are found entitled to the pensionary benefits, the same be released to these workers within the same period. For the workers who are not found eligible, the respondent no.1 shall communicate the reasons for rejection of their applications to such workers and supply a copy thereof to the learned counsel for the petitioners, who may take it up with such workers for further course of action.’ During the course of the proceedings, the court was informed of the fact that certain applications got rejected due to discrepancy in documents provided by the applicant for verifying age. In light of these submissions, the court ordered that the Board shall grant an opportunity to such workers to produce further documents/make representation before it in support of their claim. For this purpose, the Board shall call upon such workers to appear before the concerned officer to produce such documents/representation.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
Scaly-sided Mergansers Mergus squamatus breed on freshwater rivers in far eastern Russia, Korea and China, wintering in similar habitats in China and Korea, but nothing was known of their moulting habitat. To investigate the moult strategies of this species, we combined wing feather stable isotope ratios (males and females) with geolocator data (nesting females) to establish major habitat types (freshwater, brackish or saltwater) used by both sexes during wing moult. Although most Scaly-sided Mergansers of both sexes probably moult on freshwater, some males and non-breeding and failed breeding females appeared to undertake moult migration to brackish and marine waters. Given the previous lack of any surveys of coastal or estuarine waters for this species during the moult period, these findings suggest important survey needs for the effective conservation of the species during the flightless moult period.
Legal Aid Funding Cut From Trump BudgetThe Trump Administration’s proposed budget would eliminate funding to the Legal Services Corp., which provides grants to 134 legal aid organizations around the country including Indiana Legal Services Inc.According to the Washington Post and USA Today, the LSC is among 19 agencies that were cut completely from the White House spending proposal. The LSC, established by Congress in 1974, received $375 million federal appropriation in fiscal year 2015 and $385 million in fiscal year 2016. For fiscal year 2017, the agency had requested $502.7 million.Rep. Susan Brooks, the Indianapolis Republican who co-founded the Access to Legal Services Caucus in Congress in 2015, is advocating for LSC funding to be retained. Noting Congress will ultimately write the budget, she described access to justice as a national priority.“The president released his budget today, and now, it is Congress’s responsibility to draft and pass a budget that is focused on our priorities as a nation to provide for the security of our citizens and their families,” Brooks said. “Part of that security must be to protect the rights of citizens to due process and access to legal counsel. As co-chair of the Access to Legal Services Caucus, I will work to protect Americans access to legal services, regardless of income.”Indiana Legal Services, which has eight offices around the state, receives the bulk of its funding from the LSC. In 2016, ILS reported total revenue of $9.89 million of which $6.63 million came from the Legal Services Corp. Across the state, ILS helped 10,340 clients.“I don’t believe that we will lose all federal funding,” Laramore said. “If we did, ILS would look very different and, in particular, we would be hard pressed to provide services to rural areas.”Linda Klein, president of the American Bar Association, released a statement rebuking the administration’s action. She said her organization was “outraged” by the proposed cut to legal services and called upon every member of Congress to restore full funding.“LSC provides civil legal aid to people who desperately need help to navigate the legal process,” Klein said. “Without this assistance, the court house doors will slam in the faces of millions of Americans, denying them equal access to justice.”However, the Legal Services Corp. is confident of the bipartisan support in Congress. It pointed out Capitol Hill has funded the agency for 42 years and in each of the last three fiscal year has increased funding by $10 million annually.“I look forward to working with Congress to continue LSC’s work,” said LSC President James Sandman. “I am optimistic that the bipartisan support we have enjoyed in Congress for more than four decades will continue for years to come.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Lockheed Martin Ventures is making a strategic investment in Ocean Aero, the developer of the Submaran unmanned maritime vehicle.This is Lockheed Martin Ventures’ third investment this year, and it should create opportunities for both companies to grow their maritime capabilities, with a focus on multi-domain Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR). TechnipFMC has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract from Hurricane Energy.The contract covers the provision of subsea equipment including umbilicals, risers, flowlines and the subsea production system for the Lancaster Early Production System (EPS) project. Subsea World News has put together a recap of the most interesting articles from the previous week (September 18 – September 24). The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (Black Sea MAP), led by the University of Southampton, and the largest maritime archaeology expedition ever undertaken, has discovered 60 shipwrecks.The project has during September continued to survey the Black Sea seafloor off the Bulgarian coast. Multi-disciplined design, engineering and manufacturing company Balmoral has taken a substantial stake in ACE Winches by investing £10 million in the Turriff-based company.The investment should strengthen and grow ACE Winches’ position as mooring, lifting, pulling and deploying solutions provider. Aberdeen-based ROV services provider M2 Subsea has unveiled its recently commissioned purpose-built test tank at the company’s base in Westhill.The indoor fresh water tank, which can hold 73,600 litres of water, has been created for the primary purpose of testing ROVs and ancillary equipment. The facility should allow the company to be in control from the planning to completion of asset testing before they are deployed for both domestic and international projects.