Diócesis de California auspicia una conversación de ecojusticia

first_img Featured Jobs & Calls Por Lynette WilsonPosted May 25, 2017 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Belleville, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Diócesis de California auspicia una conversación de ecojusticia El Obispo Primado asiste a la cuarta ecoconfirmación y predica en ella Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID El obispo de California Marc Andrus, el obispo primado Michael Curry y la Rda. Stephanie Spellers (a la extrema derecha), canóniga del Obispo Primado para la evangelización, la reconciliación y el cuidado de la creación, posan con los confirmandos durante un oficio de ecoconfirmación en el Presidio de San Francisco el 20 de mayo. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.[Episcopal News Service – San Francisco, California] “La obra de salvar la creación de Dios no es nada menos que la obra de Dios”. El obispo primado Michael Curry pronunció estas palabras durante un sermón el 19 de mayo aquí en la catedral de La Gracia [Grace Cathedral] en que enmarcaba el cuidado de la creación en el ámbito del Movimiento de Jesús.“Este es el mundo de Dios”, dijo él, alentando a los presente a afirmarse y a animarse unos a otros en el cuidado de la creación de Dios.“Estoy convencido de que Dios vino [a vivir] entre nosotros en Jesús para mostrarnos el camino no sólo de llegar a ser la familia humana, sino la familia de Dios. Y es por eso que estamos aquí porque el medioambiente, no, la creación, es parte de la familia de Dios. La familia de Dios es todo el mundo y el universo creados”.La Iglesia Episcopal ha visto desarrollarse las ideas del Obispo Primado sobre el Movimiento de Jesús en su dinámica predicación y en sus expresiones desde que él asumiera el cargo en noviembre de 2015. Su sermón del 19 de mayo situó el cuidado de la creación y la justicia medioambiental de lleno en ese contexto.El obispo primado Michael Curry predicó el 19 de mayo en la eucaristía de ecojusticia en la catedral de La Gracia, en San Francisco. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.El Obispo Primado le predicó a una congregación interreligiosa que abarrotaba la catedral como parte de un diálogo más amplio de ecojusticia sobre la salvaguarda del clima, el alimento y el agua auspiciado por la Diócesis de California del 18 al 20 de mayo. El 18 de mayo, la catedral celebró una conferencia en beneficio del Centro para la Agricultura ‘San Bernabé’ un colegio universitario episcopal del norte de Haití, y dos grupos medioambientales del área de la Bahía de San Francisco. El 19 de mayo una mesa redonda exploraba los efectos del cambio climático en la agricultura y en la seguridad alimentaria. Finalmente, en la mañana del 20 de mayo, Curry presidió el oficio de ecoconfirmación.La conversación tuvo lugar en un momento en que el gobierno de Trump procura destripar las regulaciones medioambientales destinas a reducir las emisiones de gas de efecto invernadero y a proteger la atmósfera y los recursos hidráulicos. El gobierno también está revisando las tierras públicas y los monumentos nacionales, contemplando el abrirlos a las perforaciones de petróleo y de gas, y ha prometido revivir la minería carbonífera.La 78ª. Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal priorizó la evangelización, la reconciliación y el cuidado de la creación; para abordar esta última creó un Consejo Asesor para el Cuidado de la Mayordomía de la Creación y autorizó la creación de materiales litúrgicos para honrar a Dios en la creación.La conversación sobre ecojusticia busca comprometer aún más a los episcopales con los problemas ambientales, entre ellos el agua y la seguridad alimentaria y la justicia medioambiental, en particular después de la solidaridad que mostrara la Iglesia Episcopal con la nación sioux de Roca Enhiesta [Standing Rock] en su oposición a que el Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas atravesara sus tierras tribales  debajo del río Misurí a la altura del lago Oahe,  que surte de agua a la reserva indígena de Roca Enhiesta y a otras río abajo. Las naciones indígenas de Estados Unidos y del mundo entero se unieron en una muestra de solidaridad sin precedentes con los sioux de Roca Enhiesta, y junto con activistas del clima, ambientalistas y otros individuos, entre ellos muchos episcopales, en su oposición al oleoducto. Se han detectado salideros a lo largo de un ramal y en el oleoducto principal, el cual está programado que empiece a operar a plena capacidad el 1 de junio.La Iglesia Episcopal, a través de su Oficina de Relaciones Gubernamentales con sede en Washington, D.C., y la Red Episcopal de Política Pública, tomando como guía las normativas de la Iglesia, aboga por el cuidado de la creación tanto en el ámbito local como en el nacional e internacional.El obispo de California Marc Andrus moderó una mesa redonda sobre ecojusticia en la catedral de La Gracia el 19 de mayo. Los panelistas fueron, de izquierda a derecha, Nicolette Hahn Niman, escritora y ganadera; Aaron Grizzell, director ejecutivo de la Fundación Comunitaria Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. del Norte de California; la Rda. Elizabeth DeRuff, fundadora de Honoré Farm and Mill en el Condado de Marín, California; Jayce Hafner, analista de política nacional de la Iglesia Episcopal y Grace Aheron, activista y miembro de la junta directiva de Cultiva: el Movimiento Alimentario Episcopal. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.“La política y la fe, no parecen [tener] una correlación natural al principio. Encuentro que, mientras trabajo con miembros de la Iglesia Episcopal y visito diferentes diócesis y parroquias, me cuestionan muchísimo, personas que dirán ‘tenemos estos increíbles ministerios en nuestra iglesia [nuestro edificio| es energéticamente eficiente… por qué debemos abogar más allá de eso, por qué debemos politizarnos’”, dijo Jayce Hafner, analista de la política nacional de la Iglesia durante la mesa redonda del 19 de mayo.“Yo diría que hay una diferencia entre politizarse y [participar] en la promoción de políticas. La promoción de políticas nos permite cerrar el círculo entre la impactante labor programática que estamos realizando para cerciorarnos de que llega a los salones del poder. Porque cuando uno contempla la injusticia en nuestro país, especialmente en el terreno medioambiental, la política es una herramienta increíble para promover la injusticia sistemática o para propagar la justicia para nuestra gente y para nuestro planeta”.Curry lo enmarcó de esta manera en su sermón: la esperanza y la salvación de la humanidad descansan en una visión de un mundo de Dios que no es una pesadilla. Y llamó a los presentes en la catedral y en la Iglesia Episcopal a alabar a Dios no sólo en su culto, sino [también] salvaguardando el agua y el aire.“Esto que hacemos no es el buenismo secular, este es el Movimiento de Jesús… Jesús vino a mostrarnos cómo llegar a ser la familia de Dios y esa es nuestra esperanza y nuestra salvación”, dijo Curry. “Este es el Movimiento de Jesús y nosotros somos la rama episcopal del Movimiento de Jesús y nada en la Tierra puede detener ese movimiento”.La ecoconfirmación incluyó una “caminata cósmica”, una meditación sobre la historia de la creación a partir del Big Bang hace 14.000 millones de años y la formación de la atmósfera de la Tierra, pasando por el surgimiento del homo sapiens, la escritura de la Biblia y el nacimiento de Jesús hasta el descubrimiento del oro en California en 1848 y la conversión del petróleo en una importante industria del estado a principios del siglo XX, para culminar en 1969, cuando los humanos vieron por primera vez la Tierra desde el espacio. Alisa Rasera sirvió como caminante cósmica. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Al día siguiente, unos 40 confirmandos ratificaron sus creencias cristianas como miembros plenos de la Iglesia Episcopal. Los confirmandos —muchos de ellos alumnos de la  escuela para varones de la Catedral [Cathedral School for Boys] se reunieron con otros episcopales entre los cedros, cipreses y eucaliptos del mirador de la Puerta de Oro del Presidio. Una densa niebla no dejaba ver el puente de la Puerta de Oro y las sirenas de niebla oíanse a lo lejos.Esta era la cuarta ecoconfirmación en la Diócesis de California, que se distingue de la confirmación tradicional por tres palabras que se agregan a la quinta y última pregunta del Pacto Bautismal: “¿Lucharás por la justicia y la paz entre todos los pueblos y respetarás la dignidad de la Tierra y de todo ser humano?”“Como el obispo [de California] Marc [Andrus] apuntaba, hay realmente un breve cambio en la liturgia del LOC [Libro de Oración Común], que enfatiza que estamos en comunión con toda la creación de Dios además de las cosas que normalmente prometemos”, dijo la Rda. Melanie Mullen, directora de reconciliación, justicia y cuidado de la creación de la Iglesia Episcopal, en una entrevista con ENS durante la ecoconfirmación.“En general, la obra del Movimiento de Jesús incluye el cuidado de la creación”, dijo ella. Al elaborar materiales litúrgicos para honrar a Dios en la creación “aprendemos a orar las palabras de toda la creación de Dios en lo que hacemos”.Ello ayuda, afirmó Mullen, a llevar el servicio afuera.Fue la primera confirmación al aire libre de Curry, y fue “maravillosa”, dijo él. “En el comienzo de la creación, es el espíritu de Dios el que anida sobre el caos y genera orden y creación… la confirmación consiste en convocar a ese mismo espíritu que generó la creación a que genere una nueva vida en los que son confirmados de manera que el Cristo resucitado renazca igual en nosotros. ¡Eso es asombroso!”.Caren Miles, asociada de la Diócesis de California para formación de la fe, toma un selfie luego de la ecoconfirmación. Foto de Wilson/ENS.El Presidio de San Francisco, una antigua fortaleza militar de EE.UU., es parte del Servicio de Parques Nacionales. El lugar, en el extremo norte de la península de San Francisco, fue escogido [para la ecoconfirmación] por la vista (en un día claro) del puente de La Puerta de Oro y el océano Pacífico. Se escogió también porque es “un ejemplo del hombre labrando en la naturaleza en preparación de una guerra que nunca se produjo, y luego la naturaleza reclamando la tierra”, dijo Caren Miles, asociada de la diócesis para la formación de la fe, que planificó el oficio.La Diócesis de California y Andrus hace tiempo que participan en lo relativo al cambio climático y a la defensa de la justicia ambiental. Andrus ha representado al Obispo Primado en las negociaciones de Naciones Unidas sobre el clima, tanto en París como en Marrakech, Marruecos, y en la firma del Acuerdo de París.Gordon y Trillian Gilmore, miembros de la iglesia de San Miguel y Todos los Ángeles/el Espíritu Santo, en Concord, California,  comparten un momento de asombro: Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Durante el oficio de ecoconfirmación, el obispo de California Marc Andrus le pidió a los presentes que meditaran en el asombro y en el mundo natural.“El asombro puede llevarnos a una relación más profunda con la naturaleza, es un don de Dios desde el comienzo del universo para ayudarnos a relacionarnos los unos con los otros, con el mundo y con Dios”, dijo Andrus, antes de invitar a la congregación  a que meditara en un momento de asombro, lo que experimentaban y cómo ese momento los cambiaba.Para Gordon Gilmore, su momento de asombro se produjo cuando vino a California por primera vez. Conducía por la Autopista 37 y vio el sol poniéndose en las marismas [cubiertas] de salicornias. La carretera hace una media luna a lo largo de la costa norte de la bahía de San Pablo al norte de San Francisco y atraviesa un refugio nacional de la vida salvaje creado hace más de 40 años parar proteger a las aves migratorias y al hábitat de los pantanos.La esposa de Gilmore, Trillian, también escogió el ocaso como su momento de asombro. Para ella fue mientras conducía hacia el oeste a través de la Sierra Nevada y observaba la puesta del sol múltiples veces durante 45 minutos mientras bordeaba los picos de las montañas”, contó.“Era hermoso”, dijo.-Lynette Wilson es jefa de redacción de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Tommy’s launches London Landmarks Half Marathon to benefit itself & other charities

first_img  100 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 “We are looking forward to working with schools and local communities to make the London Landmarks Half Marathon a day to remember in London’s annual calendar. We hope lots of people across London will take up the challenge.”  99 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Charity Race fundraising events Fundraising ideas marathon AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 Melanie May | 21 February 2017 | Newscenter_img Tommy’s launches London Landmarks Half Marathon to benefit itself & other charities Tommy’s is launching a half marathon event for next March, with 10,000 places split between itself and other charities.The London Landmarks Half Marathon is planned as an annual event and will first take place on 25th March 2018, with the aim of raising £4 million between Tommy’s and other participating charities. The event is a closed road central London run and will be the only half marathon to go through both the City of London and City of Westminster.A minimum of 3,750 places will be taken by other charities. Runners will start on Pall Mall, finish by Downing Street and take in some of London’s most well-known landmarks including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye.The route has taken 18 months to plan with Tommy’s launching it with the support of Westminster City Council and the City of London Corporation. A launch event to introduce the event to other charities took place on 2nd February, followed by an application process for places. Applications are now closed, but the event website will launch fully in April with an information section for charities still interested in participating, and more places may be released later in the year.The event will also deliver a pan-London community engagement programme and involve London-wide schools, boroughs, community groups, cultural organisations, sports clubs and businesses in developing the event and on the day.Lia Bowman, race director at Tommy’s, told UK Fundraising:“In 2014 we embarked on a strategy to double our organisational income. After evaluating the different options available to us for raising more funds, we decided to launch an event and with our offices based in the City, noticed a gap in the market for a marathon that takes in the City and its landmarks.”Jane Brewin, chief executive at Tommy’s, also commented: Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Deprivation Of Land Traumatic For Indian Farmer, More So, When Lawful Compensation, Rehabilitation, Resettlement Not Ensured At Earliest’: Telangana HC [Read Judgment]

first_imgNews UpdatesDeprivation Of Land Traumatic For Indian Farmer, More So, When Lawful Compensation, Rehabilitation, Resettlement Not Ensured At Earliest’: Telangana HC [Read Judgment] MEHAL JAIN6 Jun 2020 1:24 AMShare This – xFor an Indian farmer, deprivation of agricultural land is traumatic, more so, when compensation as per the Law of the land is not paid at the earliest and proper Resettlement and Rehabilitation, as per law, is not done”, observed the Telangana High Court on Wednesday. The State of Telangana had initiated the Kaleswaram Irrigation Project under which it proposed to construct many…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?LoginFor an Indian farmer, deprivation of agricultural land is traumatic, more so, when compensation as per the Law of the land is not paid at the earliest and proper Resettlement and Rehabilitation, as per law, is not done”, observed the Telangana High Court on Wednesday. The State of Telangana had initiated the Kaleswaram Irrigation Project under which it proposed to construct many reservoirs down stream. The lands of the petitioners before the Court, who are small farmers owning small extents of land and eking out their livelihood doing agriculture, were acquired by the State/respondents for purpose of Ananthagiri Sagar reservoir, which is also a component of the Kaleswaram irrigation project. The issues raised relate to (a) payment of lawful compensation under the provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 to the petitioners for depriving them of their agricultural lands and structures thereon and (b) also of compensation in lieu of Rehabilitation and Resettlement under Section 31-A introduced in the Act by the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Telangana Amendment) Act, 2016.The bench was alive to the fact that the water from these reservoirs (from the river Godavari) would be supplied and utilised in more than 10 districts for agriculture purpose, besides covering the supply of drinking water to the State Capital of Hyderabad. “It is a prestigious project undoubtedly conceived in public interest”, the Court had stated.However, it proceeded to observed that “Admittedly, there is unequal bargaining power between the State actors such as the respondents and the petitioners, who are small farmers”. It noted that in the instant cases too, “the petitioners were given no choice or rather no meaningful choice, in view of their unequal bargaining power with the respondents, but to give their assent to a contract or to sign on the dotted line in a prescribed or standard form though it was unfair, unreasonable and unconscionable”. Accordingly, the bench declared that the agreements/consent awards entered into by the petitioners with the State are vitiated by coercion, that they are unconscionable and consequently unenforceable invoking Sec. 19 and 23 of the Contract Act, 1872. The Court also held that the action of the State is also violative of Art.14 and 300-A of the Constitution of India. Taking their respective dates of dispossession as the date of Sec.11 (1) notification (issued in July, 2015), the bench ruled that the petitioners would be entitled to compensation as if their lands had been acquired under the new LA Act of 2013. Requiring such compensation to be paid within 3 months, the bench also ordered the state to pay costs of Rs.2,000/- to each of the petitioners. “We hold that the petitioners are entitled to not only (market value) compensation for their lands in accordance with the provisions of Act 30 of 2013 but also to the lump sum amounts towards Rehabilitation and Resettlement as per Sec.31A”, the Court announced. ‘Sec.31 A makes even land owners deprived of their lands by the State for irrigation projects (despite section 10A(1)(b) allowing exemption by the government in respect of such projects in public interest) entitled to a lump sum amount in lieu of Rehabilitation and Resettlement, which is not to be at variance to the disadvantage of the affected families’, concluded the bench. The Court opined that even after the deletion of the words “equivalent costs required for rehabilitation and resettlement of willing land owners and others” from the July, 2015 notification by a subsequent Government Order, the said GO would still be overridden by the non-obstante clause in Sec.31A, and make the petitioners entitled to the said amounts.The Court further directed that amounts already paid to petitioners shall not be recovered by the respondents and shall be adjusted by the State towards the compensation found payable to the petitioners after such compensation for land is determined strictly in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Act of 2013.”Not a single agreement or sale deed or other material said to have been signed by the petitioners with requisitioning department is filed by the respondents to support this plea as to how they gave their willingness to sell their land to the State and to accept what was offered to them by the respondents or how the compensation/price for petitioners’ lands’ was arrived at. The respondents have also not filed before the Court the minutes of the meetings of the District Level Land Procurement Committee to show how it had arrived at the price/consideration to be offered to the petitioners for purchasing their land. No record pertaining to the Registration department showing the market value as on the date of dispossession of the petitioners is filed by the respondents though the consideration is supposed to be fixed looking at valuation statement produced by the Land Procurement Officer”, reads the judgment.The bench expressed that such record is critical to ascertain whether petitioners agreed to part with their lands voluntarily and whether price was arrived at objectively keeping in view the market value/ registration value of neighbouring lands, and as to what the petitioners were made to agree was more beneficial than what they would have got for the land under the Act of 2013. “This is because under Section 26(1) of the Act, the Collector has to adopt the higher rate among (a) market value specified in the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 for registration of sale deeds or agreements to sell in the area where the land is situated or (b) the average sale price for similar type of land situated in the nearest village or vicinity”, the Judges write. “Why this record of market value fixed under the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 by the Registration department of the State in regard to the lands in the villages of Allipur and Ananthagiri is suppressed from the Court is not explained by the State”, wondered the bench.The Court Dispelled the State Government’s Argument of Lack of Urgency in Posting the Matter for Final Hearing Via Video Conferencing Amidst the Lockdown”If the Writ Petitions were to be posted for final hearing in the normal course, as is suggested by the learned Advocate-General, such final hearing, keeping in mind the present pendency of more than two lakh cases and the Bench strength of the High Court of a mere 14 Judges as against a sanctioned strength of 24, would happen probably only after 10 years from now, by which time the petitioners’ lives would be destroyed”, said the division bench.In the same breath, the court proceeded to observe, “Also, it is now not clear when the pandemic will end and so he cannot say that unless the pandemic ends, the matters can’t be heard”. Further, in its opinion, issues relating to adequate payment of compensation to land losers and their Rehabilitation and Resettlement cannot be postponed in the manner suggested by the Advocate-General-‘When,(a) the very purpose of the Act 30 of 2013 is to lessen the hardship of owners of land;(b) Section 38 in fact mandates that the land owner can only be dispossessed by the Collector after ensuring full payment of compensation as well as rehabilitation and resettlement entitlements are paid or tendered to the entitled persons within a period of three months for the compensation and a period of six months for the monetary part of rehabilitation and resettlement entitlements listed in the 2nd Schedule to the Act;(c) the 2nd proviso to Section 38 states that in case of acquisition of land for irrigation or hydel project, the rehabilitation and resettlement shall be completed six months prior to submergence of the lands acquired; and(d) it is admitted in that the previous Bench presided over by the Hon’ble Chief Justice had permitted the State to release water into the subject lands which were acquired for the purpose of Kaleswaram Lift Irrigation Project (Order dt.01.05.2020) (the Anatagirisagar reservoir was inaugurated on 24.4.2020 itself) , and consequently the lands of the petitioners would be submerged and result in their dispossession, the Advocate-General cannot contend that this bench should ignore the mandate of the statute contained in the 2nd proviso to Section 38, that it should also ignore the timelines specified in it including the timeline for rehabilitation and resettlement mentioned in the 2nd proviso to ensure Rehabilitation and resettlement 6 months before submergence of the lands acquired and simply adjourn the matter to an unknown future date’In as much as it was argued that it is difficult for the Advocate General to present arguments through Video Conferencing mode, for final hearing because of disruption of audio/logging problems, the bench insisted that all the High Courts in the country including the Supreme Court have been doing hearing of matters mostly through Video Conferencing only since 24.03.2020 and it is not as if only this High Court is adopting that mode.”Though occasionally there were disruptions of audio and logging problems, from 12.05.2020 till 15.05.2020 when the learned Advocate General made submissions before this Bench not only in these matters and also other matters including PILs, we did not find any difficulty in hearing arguments of the petitioners’ counsel or the learned Advocate General or other Government Pleaders or counsel for respondents. In fact, the learned Advocate General himself appeared and finally argued for the State on 12.5.2020, W.P. (PIL) No.75 of 2020 [where the action of the State Government in prohibiting testing for suspected COVID-19 persons in private ICMR laboratories and treatment in private hospitals was challenged by the petitioner Ganta Jai Kumar] and final orders allowing the said WP were pronounced by this Bench on 20.05.2020. So he cannot say that hearing of the instant matters would take considerable time and therefore he would not address arguments in these matters”, said the bench. Next Storylast_img read more

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