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318 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Running the Marathon in fancy dressRunning in fancy dress is a key element of the London Marathon. Of those surveyed, one fifth said that they would be more likely to donate to charity if their friends or family members participated in the marathon in fancy dress.Which fancy dress choice would be most likely to motivate friends and family to sponsor a runner? Here’s what the survey respondents thought:· Donald Trump· An adult in a nappy· Dressing in a tutu· A nun· Lederhosen· A banana· A SmurfLouise Hodges, Head of Consumer Communications at Virgin Money, said: “The psychology of running is fascinating and the reasons people choose to take on a marathon are innately personal and unique. Our research shows however that running with a purpose and cause in mind is the most motivating influence on both the runner’s motivation and the support friends and family offer them.“We are delighted that this year’s fundraising efforts look set to smash all previous year’s records for the Virgin Money London Marathon. Whatever their motivation we wish each and every runner every success at Sunday’s event and are so grateful to them all for going the extra mile for their chosen charities and causes. These are the heroes of the day and the reason why the marathon is an iconic event every year.” About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Why do people run a marathon?London Marathon sponsor, Virgin Money, has conducted research to find out what drives people to run a marathon.It’s a popular challenge of course. Over two thirds (67%) of young Britons have running a marathon on their ’bucket list’ and of those surveyed 24% of men have already run one compared to 11% of women.The survey of 2,000 Britons, conducted by Atomik Research between 6 and 9 April, found:• One fifth do it to raise money for a charity close to their heart• One fifth do it for a personal challenge.• 22% of men and 14% of women are inspired to run purely for the enjoyment of running• 12% of marathon runners have taken on a marathon to improve their fitness• personal goals like weight loss (9%) and mental or emotional health benefits (9%) are also big motivators.• 10% of marathon runners find motivation in honouring a lost loved one. WATCH: Not about profit: just helping UK charities raise more Advertisement What puts people off running a marathon?For first-time marathon runners, the biggest concerns are:• not being fit enough (63%)• the amount of time training requires (27%)• possibility of failure to complete it (24%)• 16% thought marathon training would negatively affect personal relationships and their sex life. Howard Lake | 26 April 2019 | News Runners in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon have been particularly successful in their fundraising, according to Virgin Money Giving. Donations through the platform, which is the official fundraising partner of the event, are up by a fifth on 2018.By this time last year £24.8m had been raised, with the average amount raised per runner was £2,100. But that is on target to be beaten in Sunday’s event.In 2016 the equivalent pre-event amount was £23m.Last year’s final total amount raised was £63.7m, a world record for an annual single-day fundraiser for a twelfth successive year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Donations up by a fifth on last year ahead of Virgin Money London Marathon 317 total views, 2 views today Tagged with: fundraising events London marathon Virgin Money Giving What do runners invest in?The cost of the preparation for the event also raises some concerns, and many runners commit to this in different ways.• 43% feel that healthy eating is a priority• buying a new pair of running shoes (33%)• stocking up on gels and energy drinks (27%)• buying a heart monitor such as a FitBit (16%).Over a third of survey respondents were prepared to change their lifestyle in order to prepare for the event.• 34% are happy to cut down on alcohol, eating sweets or other treats• 28% would give up late nights• 17% would give up smoking• 16% would avoid partying.
Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt Clayton Youngmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/clayton-youngman/ Facebook Previous articleA Mother’s LegacyNext articlePreviewing the Alamo Bowl: TCU vs Oregon Clayton Youngman RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Clayton Youngmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/clayton-youngman/ + posts Linkedin Boykin recently graduated from TCU with a degree in general studies and was set to lead the Horned Frogs against Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday. He has been charged with assault of a public official.Boykin has been the main offensive weapon for the Frogs for the past two seasons. Considered a Heisman candidate before injuring his right leg against Kansas, Boykin threw for 3,575 yards and 31 touchdowns this year and added 612 yards and 9 scores on the ground.TCU will have to search the depth chart for a replacement starting quarterback. When Boykin went out against Kansas, redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer took the reins and held on to beat the Jayhawks, but Sawyer was replaced by senior Bram Kohlhausen in the team’s loss against Oklahoma.Sawyer completed just 38.5% of his passes this season, with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Kohlhausen threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns to go along with two interceptions.Grant McGalliard contributed reporting. printUPDATE 2:40 p.m.: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Trevone Boykin was released on $5,000 bail this morning.UPDATE 9:40 a.m.: San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said he doesn’t believe Boykin intended to punch a police officer.“We don’t know whether he was swinging at the officer or…somebody behind him,” McManus said at a press conference Thursday morning. “In any event, the officer was struck in the face. He was injured.”(KSAT 12/ABC) ReddIt Twitter Trevone Boykin is suspended for the Alamo Bowl after being arrested Wednesday morning. Clayton Youngmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/clayton-youngman/ Three longtime social work faculty set to retire Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Clayton Youngmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/clayton-youngman/ New dean selected for honors college Linkedin Clayton is a senior journalism major from Mesquite, Texas. He’s worked at The Dallas Morning News and PolitiFact in Washington, D.C. He holds the all-time record for highest batting average at his high school after he hit a single in his only at-bat during his senior season. Frogs close regular season with 9-3 win, sweep over Kansas State Twitter McManus said that after some “jaw-jacking” and “heckling about the game” between Boykin and some patrons at a bar, Boykin was leaving the area with his teammates before “breaking away” and coming back to the scene.McManus said that Boykin then “struck an officer” who was patrolling the area on a bike, and Boykin and the officer fell to the ground. Boykin was then subdued after “being threatened with a taser.”McManus said the department was unable to contact head coach Gary Patterson about the incident.The injured officer was treated for “a swollen face and some bruises and abrasions,” but is in good condition. McManus said that Boykin has yet to post bail and is being held at the city magistrate’s office. He is facing a third-degree felony charge for assaulting a police officer.UPDATE 9:15 a.m.: Trevone Boykin has been suspended for Saturday’s Alamo Bowl after the quarterback was arrested at a San Antonio bar early Thursday morning.Boykin, a senior, would have been playing his last game in a TCU uniform on Saturday.In a statement to ESPN, TCU head coach Gary Patterson said Boykin and wide receiver Preston Miller had been suspended for Saturday’s game “due to a violation of team rules.” Boykin was arrested after reportedly getting into a fight and striking a police officer.“We are disappointed in their actions and apologize to the TCU Horned Frogs Nation, Valero Alamo Bowl and city of San Antonio,” Patterson said.According to an initial police report, tweeted by WFAA, Boykin allegedly got into a fight with employees at Pat O’Brien’s sports bar on Losoya Street and threw an “indiscriminate” punch at a police officer just before 2 a.m. on Thursday.TCU issued a statement Thursday morning: “We are aware of a situation last night and are gathering information. We will continue to closely monitor this and evaluate additional details as they become available.”Police told WOAI/Channel 4 in San Antonio that some bar patrons recognized Boykin and “exchanged words” with the quarterback. Boykin allegedly then threw a punch and accidentally hit a bar employee. The scuffle made its way outside before police arrived.According to the police report, after it seemed the fight had been broken up, Boykin began “swinging” at one officer before he was taken to the ground. Boykin reportedly calmed down after officers threatened to tase him, and he was then arrested. TCU drops rubber match 3-1 to Texas Tech; Frogs lose 2nd straight Big 12 series TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Clayton Youngman
Sankei Shimbun’s correspondent is facing a possible seven-year jail term. 産経新聞は ８月３日に加藤氏の記事がネットに掲載されることで 、 このような過酷な 反応が大統領支持者の間で引き起こされるとは予測していなかった。 ８月１８日以降、複数回にわたり韓国検察は加藤氏を事情聴取。彼は出国禁止を命じられ、事実上の監視下に置かれている。もし有罪判決となれば、最長で７年の懲役刑を受けることが予想される。 投稿した記事 は、明白に７月１８日付の韓国の日刊紙「朝鮮日報」に掲載された記事の情報を根拠としている。一方、朝鮮日報は何一つ告発されていない。朝鮮日報の記事は、青瓦台と呼ばれる韓国大統領府高官への質疑を基に、悲劇の事故発生時の大統領の行動に関して飛び交う臆測を呼び起こす“噂”について触れている 。「国境なき記者団」のアジア担当デスク、ベンジャミン・イシュマルは、「メディアが大統領を含む政治家の行動について疑問を持つのはまったくの正論だ」と主張 。 「このような国民の 悲劇の最中における大統領の曖昧な日程は公共の利益にかかわる課題 。さらに、加藤氏の記事は、告発の対象にもなっていないネット上に公開されている情報に基づいている。我々『国境なき記者団』は、当局に対し、加藤氏への告発を取り下げさせ、行動の制限を解くよう強く要求する」 ネットに加藤氏の記事が掲載された数日後、産経新聞社本社まで在日韓国大使館の代表２人が訪問。 同記事の削除を求めた。 ８月８日、加藤氏は捜査対象として調査されていることを告げられ、その後数日間、計１６時間の尋問を受け続けた。産経新聞は、韓国に対して 批判的であることで知られ、韓国国民の間では人気はない。 毎年調査される「国境なき記者団」の報道の自由度に関する世界ランキングにおいて、韓国は２０１４年、 １８０カ国中５７位だ。 South KoreaAsia – Pacific to go further Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more August 18, 2020 Find out more Organisation News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” 東京に本社を置く産経新聞社のソウル特派員の日本人ジャーナリスト加藤達也氏は、名誉毀損の容疑で刑事告発されている。 旅客船「セウォル号」の沈没事故が発生した4月16日、同日、韓国の朴槿恵（パク・クネ）大統領が何をしていたかについて書いた 記事が 原因だ。 Follow the news on South Korea RSF_en News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia November 11, 2020 Find out more News News South KoreaAsia – Pacific RSF calls for the release of South Korean journalist jailed for defamation Tatsuya Kato, a Japanese journalist who is the Tokyo newspaper Sankei Shimbun’s Seoul correspondent, is the subject of a criminal libel prosecution over a story about South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s actions at the time of Sewol ferry’s sinking on 16 April.The newspaper had no inkling that Kato’s story would elicit such a heavy-handed reaction from the president’s supporters when it was posted online on 3 August.Prosecutors have questioned Kato several times since 18 August as a result of the complaints filed by an association of South Korean citizens. He is banned from leaving the country, he is under de facto surveillance and, if found guilty, he is facing a possible seven-year jail sentence.His story was notably based on information published on 18 July in the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, which has not been the target of any complaint. Based on questioning of the chief of staff at the presidential residence, called the Blue House, Chosun Ilbo mentioned a “rumour,” alluding to speculation about the president’s actions at the time of the tragedy.“It is completely normal for news media to ask questions about the actions of politicians, including the president,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia desk.“Vagueness about the president’s agenda during a national tragedy is clearly a subject of public interest. Furthermore, Kato’s story was based on information which was already online and which has not been the subject of any complaint. We call on the authorities to drop the charges against Kato and to lift the restrictions on his movements.”Five day’s after the article was posted online, two representatives of the South Korean embassy in Japan went to Sankei Shimbun’s headquarters to request its removal.Kato was notified on 8 August that he was being investigated and was interrogated for a total of 16 hours during the next few days. Sankei Shimbun is known for being critical of South Korea and is not popular with the South Korean public.South Korea is ranked 57th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.——Japanese version (Makiko Segawa) :産経新聞特派員 最高７年懲役刑の可能性 September 8, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seoul-based Japanese reporter accused of defaming South Korea’s president
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Top StoriesAndhra Pradesh High Court Under Attack From Persons In Power : HC Judge Makes Scathing Remarks Against CM Jagan LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 Dec 2020 8:36 AMShare This – xJustice Rakesh Kumar of the Andhra Pradesh High Court has made certain scathing observations against the Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy and the State Government led by him.While rejecting an application moved by the State Government seeking his recusal from hearing a case, Justice Kumar went to the extent of saying that the High Court of Andhra Pradesh was under attack from persons in…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?LoginJustice Rakesh Kumar of the Andhra Pradesh High Court has made certain scathing observations against the Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy and the State Government led by him.While rejecting an application moved by the State Government seeking his recusal from hearing a case, Justice Kumar went to the extent of saying that the High Court of Andhra Pradesh was under attack from persons in power.The judge observed that state government, after overreaching and undermining constitutional bodies like the legislative council and the State Election Commission, was attempting to do so with respect to the High Court.”To some extent after getting success in overreaching and undermining two Constitutional Bodies, i.e., Legislative Council and the State Election Commission, it was the turn of highest Court in the State of Andhra Pradesh, i.e., High Court of Andhra Pradesh”, he observed in the order.The judge referred to the social media abuses hurled by members of the ruling party against judges after the High Court passed adverse orders against the government. The High Court has initiated contempt proceedings with respect to such posts and has ordered CBI enquiry against YSRCP members for such defamatory posts.Protection of fundamental rights of citizens of AP has become difficultThe judge made a strong remark that the protection of fundamental rights of the citizens of Andhra Pradesh by the High Court has become difficult.”…in the present situation, which is prevailing in the State of Andhra Pradesh, with heavy heart, I may not refrain to record that protection of fundamental rights of citizens of the State of Andhra Pradesh by this Court has become very difficult”.Justice Kumar said that he has dealt with several writ petitions and habeas corpus pleas alleging illegal arrest and detention, police excesses, forcible dispossession etc.”One can draw an adverse inference against the acts/excesses by the police in the State of Andhra Pradesh”, the order mentioned.The order also observed :”…one can infer how the Government in the State of Andhra Pradesh is proceeding. Firstly, attack was made on Legislative Council, thereafter another Constitutional body, i.e., State Election Commission; and, now the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and even the Supreme Court is under attack by persons, who are in power”It may be recalled that Justice Rakesh Kumar was presiding the bench which sought to examine if there was a ‘breakdown of constitutional machinery’ in the state of AP. A division bench led by him converted the hearing on a batch of habeas corpus petitions and petitions alleging police excesses as a hearing on the issue whether there is a “constitutional breakdown” in the State of Andhra Pradesh. Though the State Government filed an application seeking recall of the order, the bench rejected it. The proceedings in that case have been stayed by the Supreme Court on an appeal made by the State Government. While issuing the stay order, the Chief Justice of India orally observed that the HC proceedings were ‘disturbing’.Collision course between High Court and State GovtThe High Court and the State Government are seemingly on a collision course. The High Court has interfered with many crucial decisions of the Jagan government such as the three capital move and the investigation into Amaravati land scam. The HC ordered a status quo on the three-capital decision and has stayed the SIT inquiry announced by the government into Amaravati land scam. In October, the Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had shot off a letter to the Chief Justice of India alleging that few judges of the High Court were trying to destabilize the government by passing adverse orders against it on petitions filed by the TPD, the political opposition. The contents of the letter were publicized by the Secretary to the Chief Minister in a press conference. Google search ‘Khaidi No. 6093’ for information about Chief MinisterJustice Rakesh Kumar, who was transferred from Patna High Court last year after he passed an order with critical observations against his colleagues there, made certain scathing observations against the Chief Minister.The judge mentioned in the order that he got “disturbing information” about the Chief Minster after searching “”Khaidi No.6093” in Google. Then the judge went on to extract the screenshots of newspaper reports about the corruption allegations against Jagan Mohan Reddy, which were returned after a Google search of “Khaidi No 6093”.”Till the publication of letter, dated 06.10.2020, of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, I was not having much information about him. But, immediately thereafter, I became curious to know about him. Subsequently, I was told that if I go on site ‘Google’ and type only “Khaidi No.6093″, I can get many information. Accordingly, I did the same thing and thereafter I got very disturbing information. Some of such extracts I got downloaded are quoted herein below”, the judge said in the order.The order then went on to enumerate the 30 criminal cases pending against Jagan Reddy. It was noted that police has closed many cases citing lack of evidence. This, the judge said, reflected “how head of the Police, i.e., the Director General of Police, Government of Andhra Pradesh, is functioning as per the dictate of the Government, not in upholding rule of law in the State”.”Is it not a mockery with the system?”, the judge asked referring to the delay in the prosecution against the Chief Minister.”I am well aware that many of my observations made herein above may not be in consonance with the technicality, but since on the verge of my retirement, my impartiality has been questioned by the Government of Andhra Pradesh on my face in the present proceeding, in my defence, I was constrained to record above facts, which are based on record and may not be disputed. My only endeavour is to uphold the majesty of law”, the judge added.These observations were made by Justice Rakesh Kumar while rejecting an application made by the State Government seeking his recusal from a division bench hearing a case. The Additional Advocate General, Sudhakar Reddy, alleged in the application that Justice Kumar had taken a biased stand against the government. It was alleged in the application that Justice Kumar made an oral observation during a previous hearing that “We will declare there is break down of constitutional machinery in the State and hand over administration to the Central Government”. Certain newspaper reports were annexed with the application to support the allegation that the judge had made such oral remarks. However, Justice Kumar denied making any such remark and said that he was merely expressing doubts about the legality of the move of the government to auction public land for private bidders. He rejected the allegations of bias and came down heavily on the government for seeking his recusal.The judge rejected the recusal application by terming it an attempt to “malign the image of one of the members of the bench”.”If Court starts entertaining such petitions; in no case, the Court can be allowed to dispense justice. With a view to uphold the majesty of law and repose the confidence of citizen in the judicial system, such endeavour made by the State is considered as malicious and cannot be approved. If such petitions are entertained, it will amount to allowing the party for hunting the Bench. Such an action by the State was not expected, but in this State, as I have observed the circumstances herein above, everything can be possible. However, at the same time, the Court cannot be frightened by any such action of the State”.The application was filed on the basis of an affidavit on oath made by Mr. Pravin Kumar, Special Officer, Mission of A.P, I.T Towers, Mangalagiri, Guntur District/Mission Director, Mission Build Andhra Pradesh, Government of Andhra Pradesh.The allegations in the affidavit were discarded as “untrue” and “false” amounting to “perjury”.The bench ordered the initiation of criminal proceedings for perjury against the officer and issued show-cause notice for contempt action against him.Describing the recusal application as ‘astonishing’, the judge remarked :”For a while I was astonished with such behaviour of State but immediately thereafter, I perceived that bureaucrats of this State have been emboldened after apparent success of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of the State of Andhra Pradesh in addressing a letter to the Hon’ble the Chief Justice of India and making it public, making allegation against one of the senior Judges of Hon’ble Supreme Court, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of A.P High Court and number of sitting Judges of A.P High Court with their name”.Critical remarks against transfer proposalsThe judge also made critical observations against the proposals made by the Supreme Court collegium to transfer the Chief Justices of High Courts of AP and Telangana by drawing a connection between the transfer proposals and the bombastic letter shot by AP Chief Minster Jagan Mohan Reddy to the Chief Justice of India with allegations against the state judiciary.”People may draw an inference as if after the so called letter of Hon’ble Chief Minister, the two Chief Justices, i.e., Chief Justice of High Court for the State of Telangana and Chief Justice of High Court of AP have been transferred”, Justice Kumar observed(separate and detailed story on that aspect may be read here).Justice Rakesh Kumar was transferred from Patna High Court to Andhra Pradesh High Court last year. Shortly before his transfer to AP High Court, Justice Rakesh Kumar had created a furore in the Patna High Court by passing a direction for CBI investigation into alleged corruption in the subordinate judiciary. In that order, Justice Rakesh Kumar had made startling observations such as “corruption in this High Court is an open secret” and that “judges were more interested in enjoying privileges than administering justice”.Soon after that order, a 11-judge bench assembled to suspend it after observing that Justice Kumar’s observations as “judicial and administrative overreach”. He is retiring from service tomorrow.Click here to read/download the orderNext Story
Top StoriesFarmers’ Union Requests Supreme Court To Remove The Remaining Members Of Committee Constituted To Resolve Deadlock Between Farmers and Govt Radhika Roy16 Jan 2021 8:32 AMShare This – xA farmers’ union has requested the Supreme Court to remove the remaining three members of the Committee constituted by the Top Court for the purpose of holding talks between the Central Government and the farmers for a resolution of the protests due to the three contentious farm laws. Filed by Bhartiya Kisan Union Lokshakti, the Reply making this request has been filed in response to…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 farmers’ union has requested the Supreme Court to remove the remaining three members of the Committee constituted by the Top Court for the purpose of holding talks between the Central Government and the farmers for a resolution of the protests due to the three contentious farm laws. Filed by Bhartiya Kisan Union Lokshakti, the Reply making this request has been filed in response to an Application filed by the Delhi Police seeking for an injunction of a tractor rally that is proposed to be held on Republic Day. The Reply notes that on 12th January, 2021, the Supreme Court suspended the three farm laws and constituted a Committee for resolving the deadlock between the Central Government and the farmers. The names of Bhupinder Singh Mann, Ashok Gulati, Pramod Kumar Joshi and Anil Ghanwat were proposed as members of the Committee. It is submitted in the Reply that by the appointing the four aforementioned members, the principle of natural justice is violated as it has been conveyed by all four members in public domain that they support the farm laws. Further, in light of Bhupinder Singh Mann, ex-MP and National President of BKU, recusing himself from the Committee, there exists a burden on the other three members to stand down as well. In supporting the above prayer, the Reply contends that the rest of the members have also exhibited their support for the farm laws through articles penned down in various newspapers and interviews. Invoking the rule of “nemo judex in causa sua”, i.e. no one should be made a judge in his cause, and the rule of fair hearing, the Reply states that without the Principle of Natural Justice being observed, a fair decision cannot be arrived at. “When all committee members appointed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court already in the favour of these three farm laws and already support the laws which made and passed by the central govt. without enough discussion with farmers then how they can make fair report without any biasness before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India”. Consequently, the Reply prays for the dismissal of the Application filed by the Delhi Police and requests the Supreme Court to remove the three members from the Committee and appoint those persons who can make a report “on the basis of mutual harmony, who can think fully about the interest of the farmers of India with impartiality, trust, goodwill, and appoint neutral and impartial personality of the country, not related to any political party, i.e. Hon’ble Retd. Justice of Supreme Court or President of replying applicant and other President of farmers organization…” The Supreme Court on 12th January constituted a 4 member committee for the purpose of holding talks between the Central Government and the farmers to resolve the protests over the three contentious farm laws. A notable feature of the composition was that all four members have expressed open views in support of the implementation of the farm laws. Shri Bhupinder Singh Mann, who was a former MP of the Rajya Sabha, had in December led a delegation which met the Union Agriculture Minister to demand the implementation of the three laws, with certain amendments. “Reforms are needed in order to make agriculture competitive. But safeguards are needed to protect farmers, and anomalies must also be corrected,” he had said. Mann’s organization BKU was part of the protests at the beginning. As per another report, the act of Mann meeting the Minister was not appreciated by other protesting farmers, who accused the government of trying to ‘divide and defame’ their movement, while ‘sweet-talking’ them into conceding amendments in the laws. Soon after the Chief Justice of India announced the names on Tuesday afternoon, many persons pointed out in social media that the composition of the committee reflects only a single view which is in support of the laws. The composition of the Committee with members who support the implementation of laws have baffled many. Senior Advocate and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said “the composition of the four member committee is puzzling and sends contradictory signals”. Dr Pramod Kumar Joshi, Agricultural Economist, Director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute Dr Pramod Kumar Joshi, recently co-authored an article in the Financial Express which said “any dilution in the farm laws will constrain Indian agriculture to harness emerging global opportunities”. While strongly supporting the merits of the laws, the article said that “farmers are a victim of misinformation in the absence of effective communication from the government”. “It seems that some activists and political elements (who presumably would like to keep the disquiet alive for a long time) have hijacked the agitation by colouring the farm laws with a distorted narrative”, the article stated. Ashok Gulati, Agricultural Economist and Former Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices Ashok Gulati has argued in an article written in the Indian Express that the farm laws are in the right direction. He commented that the opposition has been misguided. He said that the laws will “make Indian agriculture globally competitive, and benefit farmers and consumers alike”. Also, in an interview given to Karan Thappar for ‘The Wire’, Gulati repeatedly made it clear that he supports the government’s agricultural reforms which he believes are very necessary. He suggested the suspension of the farm laws for 6 months to compensate the farmers but strongly argued against total repeal of the laws. Anil Ghanwat Anil Ghanwat, who heads the Maharashtra based Shetkari Sanghatana, is someone who has openly said that the laws must not be withdrawn. He has expressed the view that the laws have opened up opportunities for the farmers and must be implemented but with some amendments.Next Story