Top StoriesPermit Migrant Workers, Who Have Tested Negative For COVID, To Return To Native Places : Plea In SC Mehal Jain18 April 2020 3:02 AMShare This – xA PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court for enforcement of the Fundamental Right to Life of the lakhs of migrant workers stranded across the country, seeking a direction to the centre and the states to arrange for their safe travel to their hometowns and villages. The petitioners, Mr. Jagdeep S. Chhokar, former Dean, IIM-Ahmedabad and Mr. Gaurav Jain, advocate, have prayed that, in view…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 PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court for enforcement of the Fundamental Right to Life of the lakhs of migrant workers stranded across the country, seeking a direction to the centre and the states to arrange for their safe travel to their hometowns and villages. The petitioners, Mr. Jagdeep S. Chhokar, former Dean, IIM-Ahmedabad and Mr. Gaurav Jain, advocate, have prayed that, in view of the extension of the lockdown, necessary transport services be provided to the workers stranded in the different states who wish to return to their home. The petitioner, filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan, avers that the migrant workers, who are amongst the worst affected category of people due to the ongoing- lockdown, must be allowed to go back to their homes after being tested for COVID-19. “Those who test negative for COVID-19 must not be forcefully kept in shelters or away from their homes and families against their wishes…the respondents should allow for their safe travel to their hometowns and villages and provide necessary transportation for the same”, it is submitted. It is advanced that there is a large number of migrant workers who wish to go back to their native villages to live with their families, and the same was evident from the sudden rush in the wake of the initial 21-days national lockdown announced on March 24 that led to uncontrollable chaos at various bus terminals. There were instances of tragic deaths of many such migrant workers who were left with no option but to travel hundreds of kilometres to their native places by foot. Recently, there have been media reports which show that migrant workers are protesting on streets in some places due to non-payment of their wages and demanding to return to their native villages. There have been cases of the migrant workers being harassed by the local residents and even beaten “Although the national lockdown has been necessitated because of the unprecedented pandemic of COVID- ’19 and its imposition is much needed, it is submitted by the Petitioners herein that the fundamental right of the migrant workers enshrined under Article 19(1)(d) [right to move freely throughout the territory of lndial and Article 19(1 )(e) of the Constitution of lndia [right to reside and settle in any part of the territory of lndia] cannot be suspended for an indefinite period forcing these migrant workers to stay away from their families and living in unpredictable and arduous conditions, as the same is an unreasonable restriction beyond what is envisaged under Article 19(5) of the Constitution of lndia”, iterates the plea. Moreover, it is argued that as this extension of lockdown is casting an unreasonable and heavier burden on the migrant workers who are stranded in cities of their migration as compared to those who are living with their own families at their own residences, the same is also violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of lndia. Besides, it is contended that Article 21 of the Constitution of lndia also envisages the right to live with dignity and the same is being denied to these migrant workers. “ln view of the said facts and circumstances, it is submitted by the Petitioners herein that, now, when the second period of nationwide lockdown has been announced for a period of 15.04.2020 to 03.05.2020, the state authorities must arrange for the safe travel of those migrant workers who wish to go back to their native villages and hometowns in other states”, reads the petition. For this purpose, it is prayed that necessary transport services may be provided by the state governments in abundance so that the purpose of ‘social distancing’ is not defeated. Suitable arrangements have also been sought for testing for COVID-19 of all those migrant workers who wish to travel to their native places, either in the state of their departure or in the state of their arrival.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Broadway alums Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and Lauren Worsham are set to star in a semi-staged production of Show Boat this fall. The classic musical, which features music by Jerome Kern and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, will play Avery Fisher Hall from November 5 through November 8. Ted Sperling will conduct and direct. Williams will star as Julie, Ovenden will play Gaylord Ravenal and Worsham will take on the role of Magnolia. All three make their New York Philharmonic debut. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. View Comments Williams recently returned to Broadway as a special guest vocalist in After Midnight, and was nominated for a Tony for her performance in the revival of Into the Woods. Her additional stage credits include The Trip to Bountiful, Sondheim on Sondheim and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Williams received three Emmy nominations for her performance on the ABC comedy series Ugly Betty. Show Boat follows the lives of three generations of performers, stagehands and dock workers as their theater, the Cotton Blossom, floats along the Mississippi River. The musical was first performed on Broadway in 1927 and has been revived on the Great White Way and by opera companies numerous times since then. The tuner features such classic showtunes as “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” “Ol’ Man River” and “You Are Love.” Ovenden made his Broadway debut in the 2006 revival of Butley. His London stage credits include Marguerite in the West End, as well as My Night with Reg, Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel and Annie Get Your Gun. His screen credits include Downton Abbey, Smash and The Assets. Worsham is currently starring in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Her performance as Phoebe, which marks her Broadway debut, landed her a Tony nomination, a Drama Desk Award and a Theatre World Award. She is also the lead singer for the Brooklyn-based band Sky-Pony. Star Files Vanessa Williams
Allison Moore, 23, will face murder charges this week in Ripley County.Update (3/31)We’re learning this morning that the trial against Allison Moore, 23, has been postponed. According to the Ripley County Circuit Court, the state asked for a continuance on Friday night.No word on when the trial may get underway.Original Post (3/27)A woman accused of murder in the death of a Milan resident will be on trial next week.Nancy Hershman was found dead in her West Ellis Street home in late December 2012.Three suspects from Colerain Township, Ohio, were arrested and charged in January 2013 for their connection with Hershman’s murder.The trial for 23-year-old Allison Moore will be held in Ripley County Circuit Court next week. Jury selection will begin Monday as Moore is facing murder charges.Co-defendant Sean Nichols, 15, pleaded guilty in adult court to Burglary Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in January, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.The plea deal required Nichols to testify during the trial of Moore and the trial of another juvenile, 17-year-old Daniel Hodge. According to the sheriff’s office, Nichols returned to the Ripley County Jail on Monday, March 24.Hodge will be on trial in July.
Indianapolis, In. — After four years of raising funds, the “Bolt for the Heart” program has funded an automated external defibrillator for every Indiana State Police vehicle. The Indiana State police are now the only agency in the country that has AED’s in all vehicles.Even though every life cannot be saved, more AED’s, means more chances to save lives.The units cost about $1,300 each.
Major League Baseball owners elected a new commissioner, Rob Manfred, on Thursday. Manfred will succeed Bud Selig to the job in January 2015.For a handful of Dodgers players who volunteered an opinion, this was good news.“I think when (MLB Players Association director) Tony Clark came out and said he was happy with the decision, that probably put a lot of players at ease,” infielder Darwin Barney said. “That’s what it did for me. When I read that he had worked with (Manfred) for a long time and Clark came out publicly saying that we like this decision, that makes a lot of us benign to the whole thing and we could come to work every single day, go to work and go about our business.”Manfred, 55, has a long background in labor law. He represented the owners’ negotiating committee during the players’ strike of 1994-95. That was the last work stoppage in the sport. But that association didn’t hurt Manfred’s reputation in the eyes of Barney and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, both of whom have experience representing teams to the Players Association.“The last two decades have been pretty good for baseball,” Kershaw said. “The direction we’re headed is pretty good. But if I was him, I would try to just kind of keep it status quo.”Manfred has been a full-time MLB employee since 1998, first as its Executive Vice President for Labor Relations and Human Resources. He played a direct role in the successful renewals of baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2002, 2006 and 2011.In 2013, Manfred was named Chief Operating Officer of MLB. Since Selig announced he was retiring at the end of the season, Manfred was seen as the heir apparent.According to multiple reports out of Baltimore, where the owners met Wednesday and Thursday, three rounds of votes were taken before Manfred had enough support to gain election. By the third round, the vote was unanimous. Team president Stan Kasten represented the Dodgers at the meeting along with chairman Mark Walter. Kasten described Manfred as “a very close friend for 25 years.” “He’s as bright a person as you’ll ever find, intellectually,” Kasten said. “As great a passion for this sport as anyone you’ll ever meet, and a mastery of details involving absolutely every facet of our business — legal, business, on-field — so he’s just a wonderful choice.”The longstanding friendship between Kasten and Manfred raises the possibility that the Dodgers might host an All-Star Game sooner rather than later. Kasten hopes this is the case; the game hasn’t been played in Los Angeles since 1980.Expanding MLB’s footprint around the globe was among Selig’s top priorities later in his tenure as commissioner. For the Dodgers, that meant flying to Sydney, Australia, in March to begin the regular season against the Arizona Diamondbacks.With Manfred in charge, Kasten said he doesn’t see the Dodgers playing overseas for at least another two years.Selig has not taken an active role in the Dodgers’ most pressing off-field issue: The ongoing negotiations between Time Warner Cable and other major providers to carry SportsNet LA, the Dodgers’ team-owned network. Since its inception in March, the network is unavailable to a reported 70 percent of Southern California households.A number of local congressmen recently asked the Federal Communications Commission to mediate negotiations. Another letter proposed that TWC and DirecTV enter a “binding arbitration” process to settle the dispute. While the FCC hasn’t taken any formal action since those letters were sent, it’s possible — if not likely — that the government will move more quickly than Selig or Manfred on this matter.Selig has at least paid lip service to the growing length of baseball games. The average game lasts longer than three hours and is getting longer every year. This was the first issue Dodgers manager Don Mattingly mentioned when asked to identify the commissioner’s top priorities.“You’ve got to keep trying to get that down,” Mattingly said. “Our demographics. You want younger kids playing, younger kids watching the game. I think those are some of the issues.”Another issue close to the hearts of some Dodgers players might reach the commissioner’s office sooner.Carl Crawford recently began sponsoring a Little League team from Chicago whose players are all African-American. The 33-year-old outfielder from Houston said the all African-American Little League he grew up playing in no longer exists.As the percentage of African-American players in MLB dwindles to rates not seen since the 1950s, should the commissioner be doing more?Crawford said it would be among his top priorities.“I think we should be doing everything possible to try to get black kids playing baseball again,” he said. “The numbers are getting lower and lower every year.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error