Chobe Holdings Limited (CHOBE.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Chobe Holdings Limited (CHOBE.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Chobe Holdings Limited (CHOBE.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Chobe Holdings Limited (CHOBE.bw) 2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileChobe Holdings Limited owns and operates eleven eco-tourism lodges and camps on leased land in Northern Botswana and the Caprivi Strip in Namibia through its subsidiaries. The holding company operates under two well-known hospitality brands; Desert & Delta Safaris and Ker & Downey Botswana. The eco-tourism group has a combined capacity of 314 beds, and provides added services for its guests such as transfers and private safari tours and game viewing. Safari Air is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chobe Holdings Limited which provides an air charter service to transport guests to and from its safari camps and lodges. The company also has interests in agricultural operations, property rental and a reservation service.
Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSCompanionCoronavirusCOVID-19DogsLovePandemicPetsResearchScienceSmellingThe Conversation Previous articleOrange Co. provides updates on voting numbers, assistance, and support available for local arts groupsNext articleThe race for City Commission Seat #2: The candidates have common ground, but also differences in priorities Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dogs have been constant companions to many during the COVID-19 pandemic.NickyLloyd/E+ via Getty Images Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate By Ellen Furlong, Associate Professor of Psychology, Illinois Wesleyan UniversityI have discovered one positive amid the pandemic: I love working with two dogs at my feet.As someone who studies dog cognition, I often wonder: What is Charlie learning when he stops to sniff the crisp fall air? What is Cleo thinking when she stares at me while I write? Are my dogs happy?I’m not alone in finding myself suddenly spending more time with my pups and contemplating what’s on their minds. More people in the U.S. are working from home now than are working in the workplace, and many now share home offices with their canine companions. What’s more, many are finding their lives enriched with the addition of a new pet, as people started adopting dogs at massive rates during the pandemic.This uptick in dog time means I have been fielding questions from new and experienced dog owners alike about their companions’ mentalities. Many questions center on the same themes I ponder: What is my dog thinking? Am I doing everything I can to ensure my pup is content?Fortunately, research on dog cognition can help unravel what is on their minds and provide insight into what they need for psychologically fulfilling and happy lives.Smelling superstarsDogs are both familiar and yet fascinatingly alien. To appreciate their “otherness” all you need to do is consider their sensory world.A dog’s nose dominates its face for good reason.Capuski/iStock via Getty Images PlusMy dogs and I have very different experiences when we walk a trail. I marvel at the beautiful autumn day, but my dogs have their heads to the ground, seemingly ignoring the wonders around them.However, they are appreciating something I can’t perceive: the scent of the fox who scampered through last night, the lingering odor of the dogs who’ve walked this way and the footsteps of my neighbor, who last wore her hiking shoes in woods my dogs have never visited.You’ve probably heard about dogs who sniff out cancer, weapons or even coronavirus. These dogs are not special in their nose power: Your dog could do the same thing. In fact, the first dog to sniff out cancer sniffed a mole on his owner’s leg so frequently that she went to the dermatologist, where she was diagnosed with melanoma.A dog’s sense of smell is estimated to be 10,000 to 100,000 times better than that of a human. This is due, in large part, to staggering differences in odor processing in humans and dogs.While we have about 6 million olfactory receptors, dogs have a staggering 300 million. Their epithelium, or nasal tissue, is about 30 times larger than ours. And while people have between 12 million and 40 million olfactory neurons – specialized cells involved in transmitting odor information to the brain – dogs, depending on the breed, can have 220 million to 2 billion!How can you even conceptualize this breathtaking difference in abilities? This disparity is like detecting one teaspoon of sugar in enough water to fill two Olympic sized swimming pools.Now that your mind has been blown about your dog’s incredible sense of smell, you can use this information to make your dog happier by taking it on the occasional “sniffy walk” – letting it lead the way and take as much time to smell as it would like. Such walks can make dogs happier by allowing them to gain lots of information about the world around them.The love is mutualWhile there are parts of a dog’s mind that are alien, there are also parts that feel very familiar. Chances are, your dog occupies a special place in your heart. Recent research suggests your dog feels the same way about you. Your dog adores you.The average dog spends a lot of time gazing at its owner – creating a ‘love-loop.’Murat Natan/EyeEm via Getty ImagesDogs attach to their owners in much the same way human infants attach to their parents. Like babies, dogs show distress when left with a stranger and rush to reunite upon their person’s return.A recent study found that dogs that have been deprived of food and owners choose to greet their owners before eating. Further, their brain’s reward centers “light up” upon smelling their owners. And, when your eyes meet your dog’s, both your brains release oxytocin, also know as the “cuddle hormone.”All of this research shows that you can make your dog happier with just one ingredient: you. Make more eye contact to release that cuddle hormone. Touch it more – dogs like pats better than treats! Go ahead and “baby talk” to your dog – it draws the dog’s attention to you more and may strengthen your bond.Understanding your dog’s mind can not only sate your curiosity about your companion, but can also help you ensure your pup lives a good, happy life. The more you know about your furry friends the more you can do to meet their needs.And now I am off to gaze into Cleo’s bright blue eyes, give Charlie a belly rub, and then let them take me on a “sniffy” walk.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.
News Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures NigeriaAfrica Organisation News Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria Receive email alerts to go further RSF_en Journalist Silvia Sansoni, working for The Economist, was taken to Lagos airport under police escort and put on a plane for Paris on 19 February. Reporters Without Borders said it was shocked but not surprised by her expulsion. The authorities have for several years been making life more and more difficult for foreign correspondents. February 20, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist from British weekly The Economist expelled News News A journalist working for the British weekly The Economist, Silvia Sansoni, was expelled from Nigeria after being taken to Lagos airport under police escort and put on a plane for Paris.Reporters Without Borders said it was shocked by the decision, which was a violation of press freedom but added, “We are not really surprised. The Nigerian authorities have been treating the foreign press with contempt for several years and have never stopped making the working lives of foreign correspondents more difficult.”Silvia Sansoni was working as a freelance for The Economist and the US Forbes magazine. The authorities accused her of breaking immigration laws and abusing her accreditation. Sansoni, who has dual US and Italian nationality, said that she had a valid visa at the time of her 19 February expulsion.Information Minister, Chukwuemeka Chikelu, said her expulsion was not linked to her reporting and that numbers of other foreign reporters were continuing to work normally in the country.The international press freedom organisation recalled that a team from CNN was nearly expelled in October 2003 after being arrested on arrival at Lagos airport. “The Nigerian government appears to be irritated about critical reporting appearing in Europe and the United States,” it said. “If the authorities believed that the journalist was not working legally, they could have resolved the situation without recourse to such a serious step as expulsion.” CNN’s correspondent in West Africa, Jeff Koinange, and his cameraman, Simon Munene, were held for several hours at Lagos airport in October 2003 after they landed on a flight from Ghana. Customs officials told them that they were being expelled because of orders “from high up”. The cameraman was struck as he tried to take photographs of the scene. The government, embarrassed by the incident, finally intervened to prevent them being expelled. January 28, 2021 Find out more NigeriaAfrica Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms February 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Nigeria Help by sharing this information June 10, 2021 Find out more
Top of the News More Cool Stuff Results of a new, statewide survey on nearly 7,400 businesses offering retail sales of tobacco were announced today by the California Department of Public Health in conjunction with city health department officials from Berkeley, Long Beach and Pasadena.The results were released during a March 5, 2014 press conference in Los Angeles to help kick-off the Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community public awareness campaign. Full statewide and local survey results are on the website, www.HealthyStoresHealthyCommunity.com.The on-site survey of 7,393 retail establishments is the first of its kind in California to generate a snapshot of data on the in-store marketing and availability of tobacco, alcohol and food products. Businesses included in the survey were first identified by the state as ones that sell tobacco. The survey then looked at the product marketing and the availability of healthy and unhealthy options offered for sale such as alcohol, junk foods, sugary beverages, sodas, fresh fruit, vegetables and milk.The survey was done last summer in all 58 counties (both incorporated and unincorporated areas) in California. All county health departments and the three municipal health departments participated. Only stores that sold tobacco were included, from supermarkets, small grocery and convenience-style shops to liquor stores, discount chains, drug stores and big box retail. Health food stores or grocery stores that do not sell tobacco were excluded.In Pasadena, 97 stores that sell tobacco were surveyed. The stores were not identified by name. Of those 97 stores, almost 58 percent displayed some form of exterior advertising or signs that promoted unhealthy products while only about 13.5 percent featured similar advertising for healthy products. Averages both statewide and throughout Los Angeles County indicated about 71 percent of the stores surveyed showed unhealthy product advertising and just 12 percent had healthy product advertising.The survey showed that many of the stores sell tobacco within 1,000 feet of schools. In Los Angeles County, nearly 40 percent of the businesses were within the 1,000-foot radius while statewide the percentage was about 27.5 percent and 32 percent in Pasadena. In Los Angeles County, less than half of those businesses surveyed sold any fresh fruits and vegetables. Statewide, the number was about 42 percent and about 38 percent for the Pasadena-based businesses surveyed.The survey also looked at sales of â€œalcopops,â€ a sugar-sweetened, fruity malt-liquor product. Statewide, about 82 percent of the stores carried such products, while the average was about the same in Los Angeles County and 60 percent for Pasadena businesses. In many instances, alcopop products were marketed in close proximity to regular soda beverages, the survey found.â€œWeâ€™ve made a lot of strides in recent years but this survey shows that tobacco and other companies offering unhealthy products continue to find new ways and new products to entice our youth, many times in stores just a few blocks from schools,â€ said Dr. Eric Walsh, the Cityâ€™s Public Health Officer and Director of the Pasadena Health Department. â€œWe need healthier stores for a healthy community. Consumers have a right to select and have healthier food options available. As health officials, we want to work with retailers, partners and parents to protect our kids to achieve this health goal.â€The Pasadena Public Health Department has worked to promote and protect the health of the Pasadena community for more than 120 years. 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Odessa High School Broncho Legacy’s junior Aiden Dixon, 17, and senior Arianna Franco, 17, rehearse their choreography for their spring show titled “Good Vibrations” Tuesday in the lobby of the Odessa High School Performing Art Center. Odessa High School’s Broncho Legacy Choir will be putting out some “Good Vibrations” for its spring show set for May 14 and 15 at the OHS Performing Arts Center.Head Choir Director Ginger Storey said the theme was the idea of Associate Director Rob Rodgers.“He wanted to sing that song and it’s kind of worked. And honestly, I think after a year like this one the thought of being somewhere else is kind of nice — to get away go on a vacation,” Storey said.Tickets are $15 for the prime seating, which is the center section; $10 for all other seats for adults; and $5 for students and children. To get tickets, visit ohschoir.ludus.com.Storey said the show will include singing, dancing and skits.“It should be a fun show,” she added.The group of 14 performers has been working on the event since January. Several other students are working behind the scenes.With more students coming back to campus in the spring, it has been easier to work with the performers.“We tell them … you’ve got to be here. You can’t do this online, virtually, so these kids have been pretty consistent in coming to school every day. Even our students that are remote for their other classes are still coming to this class and I think that has made it much easier to prepare and to plan,” Storey said.She added that the show is going to be great.“They’re a great group of kids. We’ve enjoyed them and they’ve been a lot of fun. They’ve got a great attitude and they’ve got a good work ethic. They work hard and after we were so successful at our UIL a couple of weeks ago, I think they’re even more fired up,” Storey said.She noted that they had three all-state musicians this year and 13 or 14 qualified for solo and ensemble competition.“… We just had our UIL concert site reading evaluation two weeks ago and all four choirs came up with a sweepstakes, so we feel like we’ve had a very successful year considering all things. And I think the kids needed it,” Storey said.She added that she hopes the choir’s success will attract students for next year.“… We’ve had pretty good success with attendance. … We have lost some kids this year just for different reasons. Maybe they didn’t want to have to participate; maybe because they’re all virtual. … We’ve had different things happen. I think for the most part it seems like the kids are here and they’re a part of the program and they want to be a part of the program. I think what is really going to be hard is seeing what we get coming up from the middle schools because the middle schools have been hit a little bit harder than we have just because those kids can’t drive, so it’s not like they can come just to choir. Some of them were able to do that, but not all of them. Most of them were either all virtual or all in person. We’re in a different position because a lot of our kids drive and they’re able to come just for this class and then go back and do the rest of their classes at home,” Storey said.Eighteen-year-old senior Noah Byford said this year has been rough because of COVID. He said the show was going to be an upbeat experience because he will get to sing in front of people again.“But it’s also going to be a bittersweet moment because it’s my last one. It’s going to be kind of sad for me,” Byford said.He added that he’s happy to be graduating and “getting out of here.” Byford said he plans to study physical therapy at Texas Tech University.Arianna Franco is a 17-year-old senior.“I’m very, very excited. We’ve definitely worked our tails off for the show considering last year’s show got canceled. And we were really good with preparation for that. We’re just happy that this year we’re having an opportunity to put on a show for people to come and watch,” Franco said.Franco agreed with Byford that this is a time that is both happy and sad. COVID-19 changed a lot of what they would normally do.“… So we definitely, as seniors, lost a lot of opportunities. But when it comes down to it, we’re given this awesome opportunity to perform one last time, so … I think it’s pretty great. … We definitely won’t take it for granted and (we’ll) put on a really good show,” Franco said.She added that she is ready to graduate.“I feel not only is that a huge accomplishment for me, it’s a huge accomplishment to all my teachers who have helped me; my parents, especially. Of course I didn’t get here on my own … I’m very excited for what the future holds for me considering that I am going after my doctorate in music theory, so I’m very excited.”She plans to attend University of Texas Permian Basin where she expects to join the choir.Ashton Ontiveros, a 17-year-old senior, said the Broncho Legacy show will be amazing. He is undecided on where he is going to college.“We’ve been working really hard for the past couple of months and … I believe that we are going to do fantastic,” Ontiveros said.He added that he is going to miss “every second of it.” “Even the being yelled at part for being a chatterbox. But I also think it’s going to be great for the underclassmen (to) step up after all the seniors are gone because they’re really good, too. And it’s so amazing to hear them and to think about the future of Broncho Legacy,” Ontiveros said. Odessa High School’s Broncho Legacy rehearse their choreography for their spring show titled “Good Vibrations” Tuesday in the lobby of the Odessa High School Performing Art Center. Facebook By Ruth Campbell – May 3, 2021 Odessa High School Broncho Legacy’s Sohila Abdellatif, 18, center, rehearses choreography for their spring show titled “Good Vibrations” Tuesday in the lobby of the Odessa High School Performing Art Center. Local News Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleOdessa College plans spring 2021 commencementNext articleMan charged with pointing firearm at woman while demanding money for sandals Ruth Campbell ‘Good Vibrations’ coming from Broncho Legacy Odessa High School Broncho Legacy’s Zach Marquez center, and Victoria Carrillo, 16, rehearse their choreography for their spring show titled “Good Vibrations” Tuesday in the lobby of the Odessa High School Performing Art Center. 1 of 6 Pinterest Odessa High School Broncho Legacy’s seniors Noah Byford, 18, center left, and Chloe Aranda, 17, rehearse their choreography for their spring show titled “Good Vibrations” Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in the lobby of the Odessa High School Performing Art Center. WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Odessa High School Broncho Legacy’s seniors Zach Marquez, left, Ashton Ontiveros, center, Arianna Franco, center left, and Noah Byford rehearse their choreography for their spring show titled “Good Vibrations” Tuesday in the lobby of the Odessa High School Performing Art Center.
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News UpdatesPlea In Jharkhand High Court Challenges Constitutional validity of Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007 Akshita Saxena16 Jan 2021 12:31 AMShare This – xA former non-commissioned Officer of the Indian Air Force (and a final year law student) has moved the Jharkhand High Court, challenging the vires of the Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007, as being violative of Articles 14, 19 & 21 of the Indian Constitution. The writ petitioner, Dilip Kumar, has stated that he was compulsory discharge from his service due to accumulation of six…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?LoginA former non-commissioned Officer of the Indian Air Force (and a final year law student) has moved the Jharkhand High Court, challenging the vires of the Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007, as being violative of Articles 14, 19 & 21 of the Indian Constitution. The writ petitioner, Dilip Kumar, has stated that he was compulsory discharge from his service due to accumulation of six summary punishments in his service-sheet. He further averred that he wishes to pursue legal proceedings against such punishments and dismissal before the Tribunal. However, the following provisions have precluded him from seeking justice, thus rendering the impugned Act ultra vires the Constitution. Benches of Armed Forces Tribunal not within the accessible reach Section 5(4) of the Act provides that the Benches of the Tribunal shall ordinarily sit at Delhi (which shall be known as the Principal Bench), and at such other places as the Central Government may, by notification, specify Thus, the Petitioner has submitted that neither any bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal is located in the State of Jharkhand nor its appellate forum i.e. Supreme Court is within the accessible reach. He submits that the provision overlooks the fact that may Petitioners may not have sufficient financial means/ conducive health/ the time to regularly visit such forums to conduct their cases. Thus, the provision is said to be violative of Articles 14 & 21 of the Constitution for restricting the access to justice. He has also submitted that as per constitution bench judgments of the Supreme Court, since, AFT is substitution of High Courts, as such, its benches are mandatorily required to be co-located along with the High Courts. Reliance is placed on Madras Bar Association v. Union of India, 2014 SCC Online SC 771, whereby a constitution Bench of the Supreme Court struck down a similar provision under the National Tax Tribunal Act, 2005. Armed Forces Tribunal is un-independent as compared to High Courts The Petitioner has submitted that under the Act, the Central Government has a substantial role in determining the sitting of benches. Thus, it is contended that the AFT Act is un-independent as compared to High Courts for the: Un-independence in constituting the benches of the Tribunal as provided under Section 5(2), proviso of Section 5(3)(c) and 41(2)(a); Un-independence in selection of the seat of Tribunal’s Benches as provided under Section 5(4);Un-independence in exercising the financial powers as provided under Section 12 of AFT Act r/w Rule 4 of (Financial and Administrative) Powers Rules, 2008 Un-independence in arranging the Tribunal’s infrastructure as provided under Section 13(1) of AFT Act. It is again pointed out that similar provisions under the National Tax Tribunal Act, 2005 were struck down in Madras Bar Association (supra). It was held therein, “It would be inappropriate for the Central Government, to have any administrative dealings with the NTT or its Members. In the jurisdictional High Courts, such power is exercised exclusively by the Chief Justice, in the best interest of the administration of justice. Allowing the Central Government to participate in the aforestated administrative functioning of the NTT, in our view, would impinge upon the independence and fairness of the Members of the NTT.” Section 19 of AFT Act for ‘Contempt of Tribunal’ is ultra vires The Petitioner has submitted that it is beyond the law-making competence of the legislature to provide for the trial of “contempt of the tribunal” as if it were “contempt of court. The Petitioner has stated that the impugned provision is violative of 14, 19 & 21 of Constitution for the following reasons: It vests the Tribunal with contempt jurisdiction sans any corresponding constitutional safeguards for its impartial and independent exercise of such power;It irrationally makes only a particular class of persons liable for the “contempt of the tribunal” and ipso facto by the necessary implication saves the Members of such Tribunal from the said liability; It irrationally creates a separate class of punishment for the common offence of contempt;It has a chilling effect on the fundamental rights of advocacy of the litigants’/attorney who appears before the Tribunal to exercise their constitutional/statutory rights. “The bare reading of sub-Section19.(2) makes it clear that certain specific provisions of Contempt of Court Act, 1971 had been mutatis mutandis made applicable for the trial of “contempt of the tribunal”. On this count, applicant humbly submits that such analogues application of Court of Contempt Act is constitutionally impermissible,” the plea states. It adds, “”Contempt of court/itself” is an offence of sui generis which is implicit in Art. 129 and 215 of Constitution of India and further expounded by Contempt of Court Act, 1971. Offence under the said class is an offence against the sovereign judicial power which is only possessed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court and Hon’ble High Courts as being of courts of records. …An offence of “Contempt of the tribunal” is truly not 29 an offence of “contempt of court” as “tribunals” does not discharge the sovereign judicial power like “courts”. It is the partake character of judicial function which tribunal performs.” Section 30(1) & 31(1) for direct appeal to Supreme Court are violative of Constitution The plea states that Section 30(Appeal to the Supreme Court) and 31(Leave to appeal) of the impugned Act: Infringe the basis feature of Constitution by impliedly taking away the constitutional provision of judicial review under Article 226 & 227 of Constitution;Impliedly bars the Constitutional Court of High Court Judicature to decide the substantial question of law within its territorial jurisdiction. Reliance is placed on L. Chandra v. UOI & Ors., (1997) 3 SCC 261, Clause 2(d) of Article 323A and Clause 3(d) of Article 323B of the Constitution, to the extent they exclude the jurisdiction of the High Courts and the Supreme Court under Articles 226/227 and 32 of the Constitution, are unconstitutional. Other grounds: AFT Act, 2007 in whole is violative of Article 14 & 21 of Constitution as it doesn’t provide any provision for the execution of its orders and Judgements;AFT Act, 2007 in whole is violative of Art.14 & 21 of Constitution, for it discriminately doesn’t provide even a single right of appeal as a matter of right as having originally available before the High Courts or in similarly situated cases;Section 5(1) unconstitutionally provides for the appointment of Adm.inistrative Members in the Tribunal and as such is violative of Article 14 & 21 of Constitution for encroachment upon the efficacy and independence of judiciary;Sections 5(1), 5(2) and 19(2)(c) of the impugned Act vests equal judicial power/authority/ role in Adm. Members as that of Judicial Members, as such, violative of Article 14 & 21 of Constitution for Administrative Members are visibly devoid of legal knowledge, expertise and judicial temperament to discharge such judicial power/ authority/role qua any question of law or a tall order of substantial question of law. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News UpdatesDifferential Pricing Of COVID Vaccines: Rajasthan High Court Issues Notice To UOI & Rajasthan Government Sparsh Upadhyay29 April 2021 10:17 PMShare This – xThe Rajasthan High Court on Thursday (April 29) issued notices to the Central Government, State Government on a plea challenging differential pricing of the vaccine for the Centre and the State. The petition, filed by Journalist Mukesh Sharma through Advocates Abhay Kumar Bhandari & Siddharth Bapna submits that Serum Institute of India & Bharat Biotech International Limited have adopted differential pricing for COVID vaccines for the Government of India, State Governments and the private entities in violation of Articles-14 and 21 of the Constitution of India.Advertisement It may be noted that yesterday, Bharat Biotech slashed the price of its vaccine ‘Covaxin’ to ₹400 per dose for the state government to procure it, earlier, this price was ₹600 for one dose. However, there is no change in the price of Covaxin for private markets and it remains at ₹1,200 per dose. Similarly, the price of the Covishield vaccine has also been reduced and now it would be available for the State Governments at the price of Rs 300 per dose.Advertisement In this backdrop, the plea submits that once Serum Institute of India & Bharat Biotech decide to make available the vaccine doses for Rs. 150/- per dose to the Government of India, there was no occasion or reason to be charging exorbitantly high prices of Rs. 400/- (now 300/-) and Rs. 600/- (now 400/-) from State Governments and Rs. 600/- and Rs. 1,200/- from the other organizations. The plea calls it ‘absurd’ and rather unjustified as to how could vaccine manufactured by the companies be sold at three different prices in the same country without any cogent rhyme or reason and that too with the approval of the Government of India against the interest of the public at large.Advertisement Advertisement Challenging the liberalized vaccination strategy (which is coming into effect on May 01st), the plea states, “Persons above 18 years of age have been made eligible for vaccination, but not under the Government of India vaccination program. Hence, if a person above the age of 18 years is to be vaccinated, he/she has to pay hefty amounts for vaccination or remain at the mercy of the State Government for providing free vaccination and in turn, the State Government has to pay exorbitantly higher rates for every dosage of vaccination.”Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Importantly, the plea submits that the Vaccination Strategy adopted by the Government of India was absolutely against the public interest and a major impediment in India’s fight against Coronavirus. It further argues that by charging a hefty amount for every dosage of vaccination, the Government of India was imposing premium for guarantying the right to life to the people of India and the people of the State of Rajasthan. “With the present liberalized vaccination strategy and pricing announced by Serum Institute of India & Bharat Biotech, the State of Rajasthan and its citizens have been left high & dry by the Government of India in conjunction with both the vaccine manufacturers,” the plea adds. Importantly, the plea argues that the Government of India had amassed and collected huge and enormous amounts of money through donations in the PM-Cares Fund and which should be utilized for providing free vaccination to the entire population seeking to be vaccinated via the Government Machinery. Lastly, the plea submits, “There is a sheer absence of any sort of intelligible differentia for having a reasonable classification under the auspices of Article-14 of the Constitution of India and as such, the differential pricing of vaccines by Serum Institute of India & Bharat Biotech is ultra vires the Constitutional provisions in as much as it seeks to arbitrarily discriminate between the citizens of India without any basis” Prayers of the plea The decision of Serum Institute of India to sell COVID-19 vaccine under the name of Covishield at Rs. 400/- (now 300/-) to the State Governments and Rs. 600/- to other organizations as per the Liberalized Pricing and Accelerated National COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy be quashed and set aside;The decision of Bharat Biotech to sell COVID-19 vaccine under the name of Covaxin at Rs. 600/- (now 400/-) to the State Governments and Rs. 1,200/- to other organizations as per the Liberalized Pricing and Accelerated National COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy be quashed and set aside;The Government of India be directed to fix the price of vaccines by the name of Covishield and Covaxin at a uniform rate of Rs. 150/- per dose The Government of India be directed to provide free vaccination to all persons within the entire State of Rajasthan who desire to be vaccinated through the Government operated vaccination centers;The Government of India be directed to disclose the entire mechanism of arriving at the pricing of one dosage of vaccination for Coronavirus.TagsDifferential Pricing Of COVID Vaccines Covaxin COVISHIELD COVID Vaccines Rajasthan High Court Rajasthan Government Differential Pricing Serum Institute of India Bharat Biotech International Limited Bharat Biotech Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks Australia boss cashes in shares worth £146,000 previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks Australia boss cashes in shares worth £146,000Ryan Dinsdale exercises options on 40,000 shares just a few days after praise for his operation in latest company trading update.15th December 201702,230 Views The CEO of Purplebricks Australia has cashed in shares worth £146,000 after exercising his share options in the company, it has been revealed, just after the one-year anniversary of the country launch.Ryan Dinsdale (pictured, right), who joined Purplebricks in June 2016 following time spent at Virgin Money, Telstra and an online broker in Australia, has led the Purplebricks operation in Oz to recent success including, so far, sales totalling property worth $1 billion AUS.His team earlier this week reported revenues of £6.8 million and a gross profit of £3.6 million, and an average income per instruction of $5,282 AUD.He has also increased the number of Local Property Experts working for Purplebricks in Australia to 105, the company’s latest interim trading statement says.Austrian market shareIt also says that Australia has been more successful than the UK by one measure – market share – which is now higher than the UK 74% of the online market.At the same time Ryan sold his shares, Purplebricks revealed that a further 1.17 million ordinary share options have been exercised by “certain employees”, indicating that some original founding but non director-level staff at the company have also cashed in shares worth, in total, £4.07 million.Read more about Purplebricks in AustraliaPurplebricks Ryan dinsdale Share options Purplebricks shares Australia December 15, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021