Market cools as property prices tumble

first_img whatsapp Share AVERAGE property prices have fallen 1.2 per cent in the last three months, according to the latest Halifax house price index.The closely watched index from the Lloyds Banking Group-owned lender showed house prices rose 1.8 per cent in October which helped to partially reverse the 3.7 per cent decline from the previous month. But the quarterly decline in house prices is still the sharpest fall since the middle of last year.The drop is not as steep a decline as some previous falls seen over the last two years, however, which were sometimes as much as five per cent during the height of the economic downturn wiping around 25 per cent off property prices in just one year before recovering. House prices were also only 1.2 per cent higher than a year ago, down from an annualised rise of seven per cent back in May.“An increase in the number of properties for sale in recent months, together with a decline in demand has put some downward pressure on prices,” Martin Ellis, Halifax’s chief economist, said. “We do not believe that prices are set to fall sharply over a sustained period. Interest rates are likely to remain very low for an extended period, which will continue to support the improved mortgage affordability position for homeowners.”However, Howard Archer, economist at IHS Global Insight said he expected further falls in house prices over the next twelve months predicting they could decline by as much as ten per cent. The figures from Halifax are in line with those produced by the Nationwide building society, the other closely watched house price index, which showed house prices over the last three months had fallen 1.5 per cent but had risen 1.4 per cent in October year-on-year.The most recent data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) also showed the number of mortgage approvals for last month were less than half their average prior to the economic downturn. First-time buyers are on average being asked for a deposit of around 20 per cent from lenders, according to the CML. KCS-content Market cools as property prices tumble by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorymoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comcenter_img More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Thursday 4 November 2010 11:05 pm whatsapplast_img read more


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European regulators will scrutinise whether fixed-line phone and mobile operators are giving consumers enough information about their traffic management policies.ACTELION GAINS ALLY AGAINST ELLIOTT The upper hand in the battle between Actelion and Elliott Advisors has shifted in the Swiss biotechnology group’s favour, after one of its biggest investors backed the board and management. BB Biotech, Switzerland’s biggest biotech investment fund, will today tell other investors it will support Actelion’s recommendations at a showdown shareholders’ meeting on 5 May. AMÉRICA MÓVIL’S FINED $1BNAmérica Móvil, the pan-American telephone operator controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, confirmed at the weekend that its Mexican subsidiary has been fined $1bn for “monopolistic practices”. 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The collapse of the property bubble, compounded by the global financial crisis, has left many people out of work, especially immigrants and youths.THE WALL STREET JOURNALEUROPETURKCELL’S BOARD URGED TO REMOVE CHAIRMAN Negotiators for the Russian and Swedish shareholders in Turkey’s dominant mobile-phone operator, Turkcell warned that the atmosphere on the board will turn openly “hostile” and could affect management, if an extraordinary meeting Thursday fails to remove the company’s current chairman.CIC EYES EUROPE OPPORTUNITIESChina Investment Corp is looking for investment opportunities in Europe, though the head of China’s $300bn sovereign-wealth fund is cautious about the continent’s economy. Economic growth in European countries is slowing because of the euro-zone sovereign debt crisis, said CIC Chairman Lou Jiwei on Saturday, noting exports to emerging markets play a key role in driving Europe’s economy. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapplast_img read more

Mauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Ltd ( 2011 Annual Report

first_imgMauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Mauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Ltd (  2011 annual report.Company ProfileMauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Limited is a Mauritian company that specialises in the production of a comprehensive range of fertilisers for local and international customers. The company deals through several manufacturing and trading companies, supplying products and services that include, complex nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium (NPK) fertilizers, foliar and liquid fertilizers, basic and specialty chemicals for sugar, textile, paint and hotel industries, refrigerants, laboratory services, electrical, and household appliances, electronic equipment, and also commodities such as flour, tires, paper products and steel products. Mauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Ltd operates through its subsidiaries which include MCFI Ltd, Chemco Ltd, Bychemex Ltd, MCFI (Freeport) Ltd, Elcon Systentechnik Mauritius Ltd, Medigaz Ltd and MCFI-SFB Co. Ltd which is a joint venture between the Company and the Shenzen Shenfubao Group, China. Mauritius Chemical & Fertilizer Industry Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Vitafoam Nigeria ( Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgVitafoam Nigeria ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Vitafoam Nigeria ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Vitafoam Nigeria ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Vitafoam Nigeria (  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileVitafoam Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range of flexible, reconstituted and rigid foam products in Nigeria. It is the largest foam manufacturing company in the country with an extensive distribution network which includes exporting to other countries in Africa. Vitafoam is a household name in Nigeria and known for its quality products and being a leader in innovation and advanced sleep technology. Mattresses can be custom-made to customers’ requirements using contour cutting equipment. The company also provides foam products for mothers with children including changing mats, baby cot mattresses and feeding pillows. Rigid polyurethane foam manufactured by Vitafoam Nigeria Plc is used in the oil and gas, refrigeration, air-conditioning, poultry and office partitioning sectors. In 200, Vitafoam Nigeria Plc became the first foam manufacturing company in Nigeria to be awarded the NIS 9002 Certificate for its flexible and rigid polyurethane foam, fiber pillows, underlays and adhesives. The company expanded its operations to include Vitafoam Ghana Limited (2008) and Vitafoam Sierra Leone Limited (2009). Vitafoam Nigeria Plc has a major stake in Vono Products and established Vitapur Nigeria which manufactures insulation products; and Vitablom which processes fibre and other material for the upholstery layer. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Vitafoam Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Argo Blockchain: here’s how much £5k in 2020 would be worth today

first_imgArgo Blockchain soars Shares in Argo Blockchain started to go parabolic as the Bitcoin price climbed sharply towards the end of 2020. Because Argo Blockchain mines new Bitcoins and also holds cryptocurrencies on its balance sheet, when the value of these cryptos rise, so does the company’s market value.So at today’s 140p share price? A £5,000 investment held for 12 months would be worth a little over £92,000.That equates to a 1,844% rise. In Motley Fool terms, we’d call that an 18-bagger. So where could Argo Blockchain go in future? Could it multibag again?Argo does have competition from some very large private and public American and Chinese Bitcoin mining companies. Canaan and Riot Blockchain come to mind. There’s no direct competition on the UK stock market.Regulated futureIf you believe that cryptocurrencies will be around for the long term, then Argo Blockchain is likely to continue to grow. If, however, you believe that Bitcoin will be regulated out of existence, Argo Blockchain would struggle to function. There are other risks: Bitcoin mining gets exponentially more difficult the longer it goes on. To compete, mining companies are locked in a never-ending arms race to buy ever-more expensive machines. That means high and growing fixed equipment costs in future.  If the Bitcoin price falls — as it has done, sharply, in the past — it’s highly likely the Argo Blockchain share price will crash along with it. That said, we are in quite a different situation than the last Bitcoin boom and bust scenario of 2017.  Four years ago, Bitcoin had its first major public rocket ride. Its price jumped 19 times in a year from $1,000 to $19,650. Then it dumped hard. Over the next 12 months prices fell 80% to $3,950. Investors were crushed. What’s the difference between then and now?I believe the previous cycle was driven by small retail investors. And that’s why sentiment deflated so quickly. The 2020–21 Bitcoin price rally has been largely driven by institutional buying.   With Elon Musk’s Tesla buying $1.5bn in Bitcoin, and the Morgan Stanley investment bank chief strategist Ruchir Sharma admitting that Bitcoin could replace the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency? I say the cryptocurrency is less likely than ever to simply disappear.  I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Argo Blockchain: here’s how much £5k in 2020 would be worth today “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. TomRodgers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. In terms of cryptoassets he owns Bitcoin, Ethereum, Polkadot, Chainlink, and Dogecoin. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Tesla. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hargreaves Lansdown. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Bitcoin miner Argo Blockchain (LSE: ARB) has seen a stunning rise in 2021. And UK investors who want to gain exposure to the rocketing Bitcoin price without having to buy the underlying asset are turning to Argo Blockchain in droves. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…It remains one of the most viewed UK shares on Hargreaves Lansdown‘s website, and one of the companies with the highest number of shares bought and sold. Bitcoin boomThe company has exploded into the public consciousness over the last 12 months. So how much would a £5,000 investment in Argo Blockchain in mid-February 2020 be worth today?I’ve worked it out. The AIM-listed company doesn’t pay any dividends. So for this calculation we’re only concerned about share price growth. On 12 February 2020, the Argo Blockchain share price was 7.2p. Over the next nine months almost nothing happened. By 12 November, the Argo Blockchain share price was just 12% higher at 8.1p. But that’s sometimes what happens with conviction buys. Often it takes a while for the rest of the market to catch up.  Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Tom Rodgers Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Tom Rodgers | Monday, 15th February, 2021 | More on: ARB last_img read more

High IQ Moments video is racking up views and you can appreciate why

first_imgSaturday Feb 13, 2021 High IQ Moments video is racking up views and you can appreciate why While rugby has become far more structured and defences are tighter than ever, over the years we’ve been treated to some genius instances of ingenuity in order to get that slight edge over the opposition. Here is an enjoyable look at some of those memorable moments. ADVERTISEMENTWe covered most of these when they happened, including when James O’Connor was hilariously shown up by Peter Stringer in a Barbarians vs Australia match at Twickenham.Young O’Connor was taking his time with his kicking routine, so after one little step back, Stringer darted up and simply picked up the ball.In another Barbarians game against Australia, this time in 2017, the Baa Baas worked a brilliant trick-play that ended with Taniela Tupou scoring with the ball up his jumper. Unfortunately, it was disallowed, but was great fun for those watching and again reminded us why we love the Barbarians.Brian O’Driscoll’s famous pass to himself is also included, as is the Steven Luatua quarter back line out and Italy so famously pulling off ‘Ruckgate’ in 2017.The Lima Sopoaga reverse kick is obviously a stand out, and Rob Du Preez’s place kick across the field was also lots of fun to watch!ADVERTISEMENTcredit: rugby jubbly Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 17 WEEKS AGO Six minutes of Dan Biggar moaning to referees… 17 WEEKS AGO THROWBACK: Some of the most bizarre entertainment… 18 WEEKS AGO Heroic scenes as limping Wallaby sets up… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Tooronga Townhouse / Pitch Architecture + Design

first_imgCopyHouses•Hawthorn, Australia Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, Lysaght, Polytec, Viridian, Weathertex, Caesarstone Stone, Feltex Classic Carpets, JH Floor, Knotwood 2019 ArchDaily Area:  532 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Lead Architect: Save this picture!© Nathan K Davis+ 23Curated by Paula Pintos Share “COPY” “COPY” City:HawthornCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Nathan K DavisRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsShowerDornbrachtSpa Solutions – Rain Sky MWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40StonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneText description provided by the architects. Pitch managed to maximise this land’s development potential through careful communication and collaboration.Save this picture!© Nathan K DavisSave this picture!DiagramsSave this picture!© Nathan K DavisBy retaining the classic façade and Roof line and utilising the natural slope of the site, Pitch was able to design two generous double storey dwellings while still respecting the important heritage character of the area.Save this picture!© Nathan K DavisThe resulting three-bedroom homes were designed to ensure that the owners will receive maximum natural light into each room and have access to expansive outdoor spaces.Save this picture!© Nathan K DavisProject gallerySee allShow lessVegan House / Block ArchitectsSelected ProjectsET New Manila House / PXP Design Workshop CoSelected Projects Share Bo Chu Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Nathan K Davis Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Tooronga Townhouse / Pitch Architecture + Design Tooronga Townhouse / Pitch Architecture + DesignSave this projectSaveTooronga Townhouse / Pitch Architecture + Design Australia Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs Architects: Pitch Architecture + Design Area Area of this architecture project Projects CopyAbout this officePitch Architecture + DesignOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHawthornOn FacebookAustraliaPublished on September 10, 2020Cite: “Tooronga Townhouse / Pitch Architecture + Design” 09 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Replace pro-Israeli judge, say Odeh lawyers

first_imgRasmea OdehChicago — In a major development, attorneys for Palestinian community leader Rasmea Odeh filed a motion July 14 calling for Judge Paul D. Borman to recuse himself from the case. The supporting brief argues that Borman, a lifelong and dedicated supporter of Israel, cannot play the “neutral and detached” role that the law requires.A spurious report from the Associated Press irresponsibly presumes that the defense is bringing this motion because Judge Borman is Jewish. Odeh and her attorneys, including Michael Deutsch, who is Jewish himself, deny this, noting that the motion and supporting brief extensively document Borman’s close ties to the state of Israel, never once mentioning his religion. The AP article has been picked up across the country, and the national Rasmea Defense Committee demands a retraction.Odeh has pled not guilty to unlawful procurement of naturalization, a charge alleging that she failed to mention, in her 2004 application for U.S. citizenship, that she was arrested in Palestine 45 years ago, and tried in an Israeli military court that “convicts” 99.74 percent of Palestinians who come before it. Odeh was physically and sexually tortured into a confession by Israeli prison authorities in 1969.The motion describes how this is important to her defense: “The defendant’s case directly raises issues about the legality of the continuing 47-year belligerent occupation of the West Bank by the State of Israel and the State’s policy of sanctioning the systematic torture of Palestinian detainees by the Israeli military and security police.”In the papers filed with the court, attorneys Deutsch and James Fennerty describe Judge Borman’s long history of support for Israel. They argue: “Clearly, one who has been a life-long supporter and promoter of Israel and has deep ties to the State of Israel spanning over 50 years, who no doubts believes that Israel is a great democracy and protector of human rights, cannot be ‘reasonably’ said to be impartial when these claims of torture and illegality are raised by a Palestinian defendant.“Further, it is reasonable to conclude that as a result of this Court’s many trips to Israel … that this Court has ‘personal knowledge of disputed evidentiary facts concerning this case.’”According to one of the defense committee’s spokespeople, Hatem Abudayyeh, “This motion is about trying to get [Odeh] a fair trial. Borman’s bias is clear.”“Winning this case is not limited to a legal strategy,” Abudayyeh continued. “Thousands of people from across the country are supporting and fighting for Rasmea Odeh. We are urging the government to drop the charges against her. If they don’t, we are mobilizing to fill the courtroom every day of the trial.”The trial is set for Sept. 8 in Detroit.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Militiamen raid radio station at behest of Islamic court and businessman

first_img RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Follow the news on Somalia Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia January 8, 2021 Find out more News SomaliaAfrica March 2, 2021 Find out more September 24, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Militiamen raid radio station at behest of Islamic court and businessman Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today condemned a raid by militiamen on a local radio FM station in Mogadishu yesterday in which a security guard was roughed up and a journalist was threatened and detained. Ordered by a local Islamic court, the operation was prompted by a dispute between rival businessmen.Although a transitional parliament was finally installed at the end of last month, Somalia continues to be run by armed groups. After years of war and the collapse of the state, some state functions are being carried out by Koranic justice and by local businessmen operating along clan lines.”We continue to be horrified that the Somalian capital is still dominated by clan justice based on a military rabble that takes its orders,” Reporters Without Borders said. “While waiting for the state to be rebuilt, we call on the Islamic courts, armed bands and businessman not to impose a reign of terror and to respect journalists.”The organisation also appealed to members of the transitional parliament to take full account of their responsibilities and not waste the opportunity they have been offered. “Somalis must at last be allowed to live in freedom, and journalists must therefore no longer have to fear this kind of summary and abusive pseudo-justice.”The raid took place shortly before noon yesterday when gunmen packed into two pick-ups stopped outside the studios of Idaacadda Quriaanka Kariimka (Radio Holy Koran) in the northern Mogadishu district of Towfiq. Announcing they had come to arrest the station manager on the orders of the Islamic district court, they roughed up the building’s security guard and accosted the only journalist present, Abdulrahman Abtidon Gabeire. When Gabeire refused to accompany them to the office of the Islamic court, the militiamen slapped him, fired several shots in the air to intimidate him and then bundled him into one of their vehicles. He spent an hour in the district prison before being released.The Islamic district court had acted at the request of a Mogadishu businessman who imports a brand of detergent to supply the Suuq Baiad market. A rival businessman bought advertising space on Radio Holy Koran advising consumers not to buy the detergent because it was “false”. The enraged importer asked the station to withdraw the spot. When it refused, he turned to the Islamic court which immediately ordered the raid. center_img News to go further February 24, 2021 Find out more News RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region SomaliaAfrica Help by sharing this information RSF_en Newslast_img read more

‘Mere Possession Of Maoist Literature Not An Offence’ : Thwaha Fasal Moves Supreme Court Against Kerala HC’s Order Cancelling Bail In UAPA Case

first_imgTop Stories’Mere Possession Of Maoist Literature Not An Offence’ : Thwaha Fasal Moves Supreme Court Against Kerala HC’s Order Cancelling Bail In UAPA Case LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK17 March 2021 6:51 AMShare This – xKerala youth Thwaha Fasal, booked under the UAPA for alleged Maoist links, has approached the Supreme Court challenging the Kerala High Court’s judgment which set aside the bail granted to him by the trial court.In the special leave petition filed in the Supreme Court, Fasal has stated that the High Court failed to note that “mere possession of Maoist literature is not a criminal offence”.”Mere…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?LoginKerala youth Thwaha Fasal, booked under the UAPA for alleged Maoist links, has approached the Supreme Court challenging the Kerala High Court’s judgment which set aside the bail granted to him by the trial court.In the special leave petition filed in the Supreme Court, Fasal has stated that the High Court failed to note that “mere possession of Maoist literature is not a criminal offence”.”Mere possession of documents of banned organization along with other books of current political and social issues, to the most, only indicating a learning process from the side of the petitioner especially he was a journalism student”, the plea states.It is stated that in addition to the books published by CPI(Maoists), articles and pamphlets on various topics ranging from, books by Rosa Luxumberg, articles on the demolished Maradu apartment buildings, were also confiscated from him. The 25-year old points out that none of the materials allegedly seized from him are neither banned nor exhorting or supporting terrorism. It was on January 4 that a division bench comprising Justices A Hariprasad and K Haripal set aside the Special NIA Court’s order which granted bail to Thwaha Fasal and co-accused Allan Shuhaib. The Special Court, in its order delivered in September last year, had observed that no prima facie case was made out against the accused so as to attract Section 43D(5) of the Unwalful Activities Prevention Act as regards grant of bail. The Special Court observed that the case materials, at the most, suggested that the accused had Maoist leanings but had not indulged in any overt violence or incitement to violence.The HC observed that the trial court went into a “thread-bare analysis” of the documents on record as if in a trial’ and observed that the documents seized from the accused were “highly inflammable and volatile”.Though the High Court set aside the Special Court’s order, it allowed co-accused Allan Shuhaib to continue on bail, having regard to his young age and special medical conditions related to mental depression. As regards Fasal, the Court noted that the materials seized from him were more serious. The HC also placed special emphasis on the allegation that Fasal had uttered pro-Maoist slogans at the time of his arrest, which the Court termed “blameworthy”.The High Court had also observed that the documents seized from the accused were “highly inflammable and volatile”.In the special leave petition, it is argued that the trial court had only undertaken a preliminary exercise to examine if a prima facie case was made out to bar the grant of bail under Section 43D(5) of the UAPA. In fact, it is the High Court, the petitioner contends, which went into a detailed re-appreciation of the materials on record to substitute the views of the Special Court.Further, it is argued that the High Court was not justified in observing that the principle “bail is the rule, jail is the exception” is not applicable in UAPA cases. The petitioner refers to the recent Supreme Court judgment in Union of India v. K.A. Najeeb, where bail was granted in a UAPA case taking note of prolonged detention, to argue that the High Court’s approach was erroneous.The petition highlights that even the National Investigation Agency(NIA) has no case that the accused is a member of Maoist organization, as Section 20 of UAPA was dropped from the chargesheet. Reference is made to the Supreme Court precedents such as Arup Bhuyan to state that mere passive membership in a banned organization, without any overt violent activities, cannot be regarded as an offence.The petitioner also challenges the High Court’s findings that seizure of banners seeking independence of Jammu and Kashmir reflected secessionist ideology of the accused. It is said that the banners were made in the context of the abrogation of the special status of J&K under Article 370″It is submitted that the contents of the banner and documents were not illegal rather justifiable to excise right of dissent to government policy in democratic way without resorting violence”, the SLP says.”The Special Court order reflected humanist compassion and a sense of reality.The Special Court was able to understood that the accused as two young man who may have flirted with extremist ideas out oftheir disenchantment at the failure of the existing system to remedy social injustice”, the petition drawn by Advocates CC Anopp and PS Syamkuttan and filed through Judy James AoR stated.Also, referring to Balwant Singh case, it is argued that mere raising of slogans of banned organizations, without any overt criminal act, cannot be an offence.As per the information available in the SC website, the petition is likely to be listed on March 23.Fasal, along with law student Allan Shuhaib, were arrested by Kerala Police in November 2019, for alleged links with Maoist groups. Later, the case was taken over by the NIA.In September last year, nearly ten months after custody, the NIA Court granted them bail observing that the National Investigation Agency failed to establish a prima facie case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), 1967, against the accused.The NIA Court observed that the notices, pamphlets, banners, etc., seized from the accused related to “burning social and political issues” such as calling for implementation of Gadgil Committee report for the protection of western ghats, condemnation of encounter killings of Maoists, protests against police atrocities, abrogation of J&K special status, etc. The programmes and activities projected by the prosecution were public protests related to current issues, the court noted.”Right to protest is a constitutionally guaranteed right. It is well settled that “Government established by law” has to be distinguished from persons for the time being engaged in carrying on the administration. A protest against policies and decisions of the government, even if it is wrong a wrong cause, cannot be termed as sedition or an intentional act to support cession or secession”, the NIA court had observed.The NIA Court further noted the mere possession of books on Communist ideology, Maoism, class struggle, etc., does not prove anything adverse against the accused.Though the High Court reversed the finding of the Special Court that no prima facie case under UAPA existed, it allowed Allan Shuhaib to continue on bail, having regard to his young age, special medical condition. The High Court placed particular emphasis on the allegation that Thwaha had uttered pro-Maoist slogans, which it court termed “blameworthy”.Next Storylast_img read more