ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited (ABBL.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited (ABBL.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited (ABBL.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited (ABBL.bw) 2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAbsa Bank of Botswana Limited formerly (Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited) is an established financial services group; providing solutions in the retail, commercial and corporate sector in Botswana. The group has a national footprint, with 34 branches and 75 ATMs located in the major towns and cities of Botswana. Its personal banking products and services range from savings and fixed deposits to graduate loans, funeral cover and smart phone banking services. Its business banking division provides the standard solutions for commercial and corporate transactions, investments and loans, as well as an array of specialised financial solutions such as treasury services, foreign exchange and currency repo, risk management and trade finance products. Absa Bank of Botswana Limited is a subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Limited.
Image source: Getty Images The price of Brent crude oil has recovered from the economic downturn in 2020. BP (LSE:BP) and other oil companies suffered badly from the impact of Covid-19. Recently, the BP share price has been fluctuating. Could 2021 see a recovery on the horizon for the FTSE 100 giant?BP share price woesBP lost approximately 45% of its share price value in the space of a month between February and March 2020. At its lowest point, shares were trading for $233 per share. As I write this, I can buy shares for $260 a share. This is only a 10% increase in total over around 11 months. Brent crude is currently trading close to $60 per barrel, which is similar to pre-Covid levels and 13-month highs.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Despite the recovery in the oil price, I’m not overly buoyed by the BP share price for 2021 and beyond. I’m concerned about the risks that the oil producer faces. The Covid-19 saga continues to rumble on, with new strains dominating the headlines so far this year. This means further restrictions could well affect the demand for oil. There are also political factors that could affect the oil industry. Sanctions against Iran being lifted could mean a wave of unwanted oil released onto the market, which would drive current prices down.A major positive in my eyes is BP’s commitment towards green energy. It wants to generate 50 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy such as wind, solar and hydropower in its portfolio by 2030. This is an increase up from just 2.5 GW currently.FTSE AIM opportunityASOS (LSE:ASC) recently announced the acquisition of the Topshop and Miss Selfridge brands from Arcadia in a deal worth £330m. The online fast fashion retailer has been going from strength to strength over the years. I think these acquisitions could catapult it even further, and 2021 could be an exciting year for the company.While the high street shopping experience dwindled even further due to Covid-19, online-only brands have flourished. Since the market crash low, ASC has seen an astonishing 375% increase in its share price, which is the opposite tracjectory of the BP share price.ASC’s shrewd investment in Topshop and Miss Selfridge could add hundreds of millions to its coffers. In 2020, the fallen Arcadia brands generated approximately £265m. I believe these figures could climb further by appearing on the ASOS platform, backed by its savvy digital marketing expertise.Risk and rewardFor me there are too many risks involved with BP. I do not even see it as a contrarian buy-and-hold investment right now, despite the fact it is one of the major oil players in the world and has a long history in the FTSE 100.ASOS has improved in growing its profits, which have increased from 1% to nearly 5% in the last year. As with any stock, there are risks involved. ASC continues to invest massively in warehouses, which could affect profitability and efficiency if sales do stagnate. 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ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/339592/ramat-gan-house-2-pitsou-kedem-architects Clipboard Projects Year: Ramat Gan House 2 / Pitsou Kedem Architects “COPY” Year: CopyHouses•Ramat Gan, Israel Israel Save this picture!© Amit Geron+ 26 Share photographs: Amit GeronPhotographs: Amit Geron A private family residence situated in an urban environment. In essence, the house is a closed, white box, devoid of any decorative or ornamental elements. Within the “box”, long, horizontal lines have been opened which connected the house to its surroundings and which created, within the structure, a feeling as if an entire life had been frozen in time. The openings make it possible to look out into the surrounding environment, or look into the house. They allow natural light to penetrate the structure or artificial lighting to seep out, into the surroundings, during the hours of darkness. In fact, the house constitutes a pure and immaculate bubble which invites those using the spaces into a world of design values that are radically different from those of the surrounding, chaotic, urban world. Save this picture!© Amit GeronRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40Windowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityThe grooved and perforated envelope constitutes a type of polished and minimalistic object which brings out the monastic and minimized language that the designer chose to use. The façade facing the street is remarkable in its restraint and the desire to create an exact and restrained show. Save this picture!© Amit GeronIn the direction of the surrounding neighborhood, the other facades are built from large white walls with the random lines opened up in the walls through which the sunlight penetrates the walls, creating drama, motion and dynamism in a space that is otherwise so very meditative. Save this picture!© Amit GeronThe polished form, the perfection shown in every detail and the fusion of the different materials, the monastic language, meticulously styled with great care, provides a feeling that we looking at a flat, almost two dimensional and picturesque bedding. The various levels and the flow of the various shades of white, along with the geometric performance of the light against the horizontal and vertical surfaces, provide the restrained picture a sense of space and depth. Save this picture!© Amit GeronBands of light and shade create in this oh so quiet space, a harmonious song and lyric that seems to play between the walls of the structure and which breathes life into the spirit of the silent walls. The pattern of stripes and the seemingly random cadence chosen – almost seem to represent the rhythm of the light’s movement. The designer used the same pattern that is sometimes seem in two dimensional angles, almost like a graphical logo, both in the details and other places in the home’s spaces such as the fence at the entrance and the various items of woodwork.Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessDomino Sugar Factory Master Plan Development / SHoP ArchitectsArticlesDesign Excellence of US Embassies: Openness and SecurityArchitecture News Share Area: 350 m² Area: 350 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Ramat Gan House 2 / Pitsou Kedem ArchitectsSave this projectSaveRamat Gan House 2 / Pitsou Kedem Architects ArchDaily Photographs Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects Area Area of this architecture project 2011 2011 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/339592/ramat-gan-house-2-pitsou-kedem-architects Clipboard “COPY” Houses CopyAbout this officePitsou Kedem ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRamat GanHousesResidentialIsraelPublished on March 05, 2013Cite: “Ramat Gan House 2 / Pitsou Kedem Architects” 05 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/613798/510-cabin-hunter-leggitt-studio Clipboard CopyCabins & Lodges, Houses•Wofford Heights, United States 510 Cabin / Hunter Leggitt StudioSave this projectSave510 Cabin / Hunter Leggitt Studio Cabins & Lodges United States Area: 1100 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2012 “COPY” Hunter Leggitt Studio Projects “COPY” Collaborators:Jonathan Watts, Victoria WattsStructural Engineer:Lawrence HoSite Area:8,630 SFCity:Wofford HeightsCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Hunter Leggitt StudioRecommended ProductsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles- CoverlamText description provided by the architects. In 2011, Hunter Leggitt Studio temporarily relocated from Los Angeles to the high desert near Lake Isabella, CA to design and build a custom, highly crafted, modern cabin. Designed to regularly sleep it’s family of 5, but also be flexible enough to comfortably host a total of 10 guests, the 510 Cabin serves as a tranquil and compact weekend retreat for the client, a busy Santa Monica-based family.Save this picture!Floor Plan+ 26Responding to strict budget limitations and the studio’s interest to create what it called a Design/Build/+ educational experience, partially inspired by Samuel Mockbee’s Rural Studio, HLS opened the construction effort up to student apprentices. Posting a simple flyer on several architectural job boards, the studio received hundreds of applications from architecture students all over the world. Requiring only a tool belt, tape measure, hammer, and great attitude, the studio selected seven students with little to no formal experience to move out to the jobsite and help build the project.Save this picture!Courtesy of Hunter Leggitt StudioSave this picture!Courtesy of Hunter Leggitt StudioTeaching and simultaneously conducting 70% of the building trades, the studio was not only able to deliver a uniquely crafted custom project for a fraction of the conventional construction price, but was more importantly able to create a legacy learning experience and story for the young apprentices.Save this picture!Courtesy of Hunter Leggitt StudioSave this picture!Courtesy of Hunter Leggitt StudioProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse 3 / Coy Yiontis ArchitectsSelected ProjectsFacebook Moves into New Headquarters with the “Largest Open Floor Plan in the World”Architecture News Share Year: ArchDaily Architects: Hunter Leggitt Studio Area Area of this architecture project Builder: 510 Cabin / Hunter Leggitt Studio Manufacturers: Ikea, Lixil Corporation, Milgard, Stiebel Eltron, 84 Lumber, B&B Surplus ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/613798/510-cabin-hunter-leggitt-studio Clipboard Save this picture!Courtesy of Hunter Leggitt Studio+ 26 Share CopyAbout this officeHunter Leggitt StudioOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHospitality ArchitectureLodgingCabins & LodgesResidential ArchitectureHousesWofford HeightsHousesHotels and RestaurantsWoodTop100Hunter Leggitt StudioUnited StatesPublished on March 31, 2015Cite: “510 Cabin / Hunter Leggitt Studio” 30 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Boards That Love Fundraising: A Howto Guide for Your Board: A How-to Guide for Your Board Howard Lake | 26 October 2007 | News 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. 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The store that raised the most money was Tesco Extra in Dundee, which raised £22,000.The funds raised are being used for 32 early diagnosis and detection research projects helping to ensure more people receive treatment at a time when it is more likely to be successful.During the partnership Tesco also helped Cancer Research UK raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of cancer. Eight million health information leaflets were placed at store checkouts.Richard Taylor, Cancer Research UK Executive Director of Fundraising and Marketing, said: “Tesco staff, customers and suppliers have gone above and beyond to raise a record breaking amount of money for our lifesaving work over the past year. The dedication they have put into raising vital funds to help improve the early diagnosis and detection of cancer particularly during a time of economic uncertainty has been truly inspiring.”Tesco charity of the yearTesco has chosen a different charity every year since 1988 to benefit from fundraising by its staff and customers. The Tesco Charity Trust tops up staff fundraising by 20%, up to a maximum of £500,000.Last month Tesco announced that Diabetes UK would be its next charity of the year. a festive-themed ‘Cycle to Lapland’ static bike ride in Tesco stores which raised more than £1 million over one weekend 37 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tesco staff and customers have raised £11.85 million in one year for Cancer Research UK, its charity of the year, beating the £10 million target set in March 2012.The money was raised by staff, customers and suppliers at more than 3,000 stories, offices and distribution centres across the UK. According to Tesco this is the largest amount ever raised by a business and charity partnership in one year.Fundraising activities included:treks by Tesco staff members to Everest base camp and the Sahara, which together aised over £191,000 Howard Lake | 25 April 2013 | News Tesco raises £11.85m in one year for Cancer Research UK Tagged with: charity of the year corporate Research / statistics Tesco competitions inspired by TV programmes including ‘Tesco Does Strictly’ and ‘Tesco Distribution’s Got Talent’ which raised more than £68,000In-store fundraising activities by Tesco included a donation of 0.0125p from Tesco Personal Finance PLC every time a cash machine was used at Tesco until 29 February 2013, and promotions that encouraged Clubcard customers to donate their points to the charity. Advertisement 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.
The following is a statement from the Center for Constitutional Rights issued Feb. 25.Rasmea OdehA U.S. court of appeals today has vacated the immigration fraud conviction of Palestinian-American activist Rasmea Odeh. Odeh was convicted in 2014 for failing to disclose a 1969 arrest and conviction in an Israeli military court on her U.S. immigration and naturalization documents. Odeh had been subjected to torture, including rape, by Israeli interrogators and forced to sign a false confession.Rasmea Odeh was convicted in a heavily politicized trial as a result of her activism. We are relieved that the appeals court has recognized that evidence of her torture and PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] should not have been categorically excluded during her trial.The court’s decision presents a great victory to anti-torture advocates and survivors of torture. It affirms that severe human rights violations should be taken seriously when deciding domestic cases impacted by the effects of those violations and that the experience of torture can have recurring psychological effects on the memory of survivors. We hope this legal nightmare will soon be over for Rasmea, who has been forced to relive unthinkable trauma throughout this process.The CCR filed an amicus brief in the appeal of Odeh’s conviction on behalf of five organizations with extensive expertise on the psychological and physical impact of torture on victims: the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, Bellevue/NYU Program For Survivors of Torture, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, REDRESS [a London-based human rights organization], and World Organization Against Torture. The brief argued that the jury should have been able to consider expert testimony from health professionals about Odeh’s psychological state, in order to determine whether she “knowingly” misrepresented whether she had been arrested or convicted on immigration forms.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Purdue University is among 13 U.S. research institutions in the United States joining the Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation in calling for a “new surge” in federal support of food and agricultural science. “Retaking the Field,” a report released by the coalition known as SoAR, highlights recent scientific innovations and illustrates how it believes that U.S. agricultural production is losing ground to China and other global competitors. “Publicly supported research is critical if we are to meet the grand challenge in front of us – the need for more food, energy and other products from agricultural feedstocks, produced in a more sustainable way, using even fewer natural resources, in the face of a changing climate,” said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of the Purdue College of Agriculture. “And, given lags between when research is initiated and when the knowledge generated by that research makes its way into the hands of farmers and the broader food sector, we need to be investing now to maintain a globally competitive agricultural sector.”Support neededThe report looks at the importance of agriculture and its related industries to the U.S. economy. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this sector was responsible for nearly 1 in 10 jobs in 2014 and contributed $835 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product.The coalition said even though every public dollar invested in agricultural research provides $20 in economic returns, the federal budget for agricultural research has remained flat for decades and that the U.S. today trails China in both agricultural production and public research funding. “Researchers are discovering incredible breakthroughs, helping farmers produce more food using fewer resources and keeping our meals safe and nutritious,” said Thomas Grumbly, president of SoAR. “However, the science behind agriculture and food production is starved of federal support at a time of unprecedented challenges. A new surge in public funding is essential if our agricultural system is going to meet the needs of American families in an increasingly competitive global market.”Groundbreaking projects “Retaking the Field” profiles groundbreaking projects at the 13 public and private universities across the U.S. At Purdue, agronomy professor Phillip Owens developed a process to integrate satellite data and landscape features with ground samples to create 3D maps of soil characteristics, which help farmers fine-tune their operations to maximize production while conserving resources.“I am privileged to be at a land-grant university like Purdue where I can interact with scientists in multiple disciplines, embracing and enhancing creative research that has implications for those who use it,” Owens said.Farming has never been an easy endeavor, and today’s challenges to agricultural production are daunting. The historic California drought continues, and U.S. production is also threatened by new pests and pathogens such as the 2015 avian influenza outbreak that led to the culling of 48 million birds in 15 states and $2.6 billion in economic damages. “Every year, the director of national intelligence testifies before Congress that our national security is threatened by hunger in unstable regions,” Grumbly said. “As the number of people on our planet continues to grow, we must produce more food. This cannot be done with yesterday’s science. We need a larger infusion of cutting-edge technologies.” SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Jun 21, 2016 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Urging More Federal Funding for Food and Ag Science Research Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleFAA to Allow Commercial Drone Use Hoosier Ag Today Purdue Urging More Federal Funding for Food and Ag Science Research
WhatsApp Advertisement Successful launch held by Limerick Together for Yes NewsConference on hate crime hears society’s responseBy Staff Reporter – May 25, 2016 736 The two-day conference is taking place at the University of LimerickEXPERTS on hate crime from around the world are gathering at the University of Limerick this week for the Biennial Conference of the International Network for Hate Studies hosted by the Hate and Hostility Research Group (HHRG) at UL.Exploring its theme, ‘The Politics of Hate: Community Societal and Global Responses’ will be practitioners including police officers, academics, and members of civil society organisations.The Hate and Hostility Research Group is the only centre in Ireland dedicated to the exploration and understanding of hate crime, the conference will host delegates from all over Europe, North America and Africa.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dr Mark Walters, co-Director of the Network said: “Combating hate requires local, national and international responses that address both its causes and consequences. The INHS conference hosted by Limerick University is bringing together academics, practitioners and policy makers from across the world to share best practices and research on how to tackle hate crime internationally. The conference provides an opportunity for Ireland to be at the forefront of tackling this global phenomenon.”The conference will, amongst other things, explore the prevalence and impact of hate crime as well as understanding how to address it at a national and global level. Unlike most European countries and in contravention of the EU Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia, Ireland has no legislation specifically designed to address hate crime, and the conference will explore this lacuna as well as discuss ways in which it can be addressed.Professor Barbara Perry, Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Network and the leading international expert on hate crime stated: “The University of Limerick was an easy choice when we were planning this second INHS conference. It has a very active cadre of first rate scholars working in the field, as well as hosting the Hate and Hostility Research Group. The country is potentially on the brink of finally introducing explicit hate crime legislation, thereby bringing it in line with other European nations. Hosting the conference here highlights the important work that has been done by scholars, policy-makers and the not-for-profit sector in bringing this to fruition.”Jennifer Schweppe, co-Director of the Network and co-Director of the Hate and Hostility Research Group at the University of Limerick said: “Media reports of hate crimes are increasingly and depressingly becoming more frequent: the numbers of hate crimes being reported to civil society organisations such as ENAR Ireland, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network and Transgender Equality Network Ireland show us that those media reports only scratch the surface of the true prevalence of hate crime in Ireland. There is no legislation in Ireland which specifically addresses hate crime which means we are not compliant with the EU Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia, nor the EU Victims’ Directive. It’s simply unacceptable.”Dr Amanda Haynes , co-Director of the Hate and Hostility Research Group at the University of Limerick said: “We know that hate crime has devastating impacts on its victims. There are considerable mental health impacts associated with hate crime victimisation; victims are forced to self-segregate and assimilate; limit their participation in everyday life; and are sometimes forced out of their home. This conference provides us an opportunity to discuss how to address hate crime in the future to ensure that the right to live a life free from fear is protected across the entirety of Irish society, no matter what your ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or whether you have a disability.”The conference takes runs both today Wednesday May 25 and tomorrow, Thursday May 26. TAGSDr Amanda HaynesHate and Hostility Research GroupInternational Network for Hate StudiesJennifer SchweppeProfessor Barbara PerryUniversity of Limerick Twitter Email Reactions from members of both sides of Eighth Amendment Referendum RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleTim found safe and wellNext articleHunt Museum home to ‘A Terrible Beauty: Centennial Reflection by Robert Ballagh’ Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Facebook Linkedin University of Limerick to host a conversation with television judge Minister chairs UL hate crime discussion
Top StoriesSupreme Court To Consider Contempt Cases Against Comedian Kunal Kamra After 4 Weeks LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK22 Feb 2021 12:01 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday adjourned by four weeks the hearing on three petitions seeking criminal contempt action against comedian Kunal Kamra for his tweets about Supreme Court.The adjournment was on the basis of a request made by one of the petitioners seeking time to file rejoinder to the counter-affidavit submitted by Kamra. The bench granted four weeks time for rejoinder and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday adjourned by four weeks the hearing on three petitions seeking criminal contempt action against comedian Kunal Kamra for his tweets about Supreme Court.The adjournment was on the basis of a request made by one of the petitioners seeking time to file rejoinder to the counter-affidavit submitted by Kamra. The bench granted four weeks time for rejoinder and directed the listing of the case after four weeks.A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy considered the petitions of Abhyudaya Mishra, Skand Bajpai and Shrirang Kantneshwarkar, which were filed by after the Attorney General for India granted consent for initiating contempt proceedings against Kamra. The Court tagged with these matters another petition filed by Anuj Singh, seeking contempt with respect to the ‘middle finger’ tweet and Instagram post of Kamra.Responding to the contempt plea, Kamra has filed an affidavit stating that his tweets were not published with the intention of insulting the Court but to draw its attention to and prompt an engagement with issues that he believes are relevant to the Indian democracy. Kamra also said that public faith in the Judiciary cannot be shaken by any criticism or commentary but only by the Courts own actions and accord.The affidavit stated,”My tweets were not published with the intention of diminishing the faith of the people in the highest court of our democracy. It is funny though, how little faith the Petitioner appears to have in the people of this country. The suggestion that my tweets could shake the foundations of the most powerful court in the world is an over-estimation of my abilities. Just as the Supreme Court values the faith the public places in it (and seeks to protect it by the exercise of its criminal contempt jurisdiction in the judiciary is founded on the institution’s own actions, and not on any criticism or commentary about it”.Kamra stated no institution of power, not even Courts are beyond criticism in a democracy. “I believe that constitutional offices, including judicial offices — know no protection from jokes. I do not believe that any high authority, including judges, would find themselves unable to discharge their duties only on account of being the subject of satire or comedy,” he added.The Top Court’s bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah had issued notice to Kamra on December 18, on the petitions seeking criminal contempt action against him for his tweets against the Judiciary.’Suggestion That My Tweets Shake Foundation Of Most Powerful Court An Over-Estimation Of My Abilities’ : Kunal Kamra Responds To SC Contempt NoticeKamra had posted a picture of the Supreme Court dressed in saffron colour with the flag of the ruling party, the BJP. He also published several controversial remarks against the Supreme Court such as ‘honour has left the building (Supreme Court) long back’ and ‘Supreme Court of the country is the most Supreme joke of the country’.The Attorney General for India had found these tweets to be ‘highly objectionable’ and he stated that it is time that people understand that attacking the Supreme Court of India unjustifiedly and brazenly will attract punishment under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1972.Responding to the proceedings, Kamra submitted that his tweets were meant as a joke for people who share the same perception as him. However, with the growing culture of intolerance in the country, assault on freedom of speech and expression has become a common case.BREAKING – Kunal Kamra responds to Supreme Court’s contempt notice :” The public’s faith in the judiciary is founded on the institutions own actions, and not on any criticism or commentary about it”, he says in the affidavit.#KunalKamra #SupremeCourt #ContemptOfCourt pic.twitter.com/JQnleSXQH1— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) January 29, 2021 On November 12, finding Kamra’s tweet to be highly objectionable, the AG granted his consent under Section 15(1)(b) of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 to initiate criminal contempt. He said, “I find that today people believe that they can boldly and brazenly condemn the Supreme Court of India and its judges by exercising what they believe is their freedom of speech. But under the Constitution, the freedom of speech is subject to the law of contempt and I believe that it is time that people understand that attacking the Supreme Court of India unjustifiedly and brazenly will attract punishment under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1972.” The AG also noted that Kamra posted a picture of the Supreme Court dressed in saffron colour with the flag of the ruling party, the BJP. Taking strong exception to this tweet, the AG KK Venugopal commented: “This is a gross insinuation against the entirety of the Supreme Court of India that the Supreme Court of India is not an independent and impartial institution and so too its judges, but on the other hand is a court of the ruling party, the BJP, existing only for the BJP’s benefit”. Kamra reacted to AG’s consent by saying that he has no intention to ‘retract or apologize for his tweets’. “My view hasn’t changed because the silence of the Supreme Court of India on matters of other’s personal liberty cannot go uncriticised. I don’t intend to retract my tweets or apologize for them. I believe they speak for themselves,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter, addressed to the judges and the attorney general. He added that the “silence of the Supreme Court on matters of other’s personal liberty cannot go uncriticized”. In the statement published through Twitter, Kamra suggested that the time required for the contempt hearing against him may be spent on other important pending matters such as “demonetization petition, a petition challenging the revocation of J&K’s special status, the matter of the legality of electoral bonds or countless other matters that are deserving of more time and attention” Kamra had made a series of tweets regarding the Supreme Court and initiation of contempt against him has been sought for 4 of his tweets posted in the wake of the Supreme Court granting interim bail to Arnab Goswami.Next Story