Bar Council Of India Not An ‘Enterprise’: Competition Commission Dismisses Complaint Alleging Abuse Of Dominance By BCI

first_imgNews UpdatesBar Council Of India Not An ‘Enterprise’: Competition Commission Dismisses Complaint Alleging Abuse Of Dominance By BCI Krimul Malhotra2 Feb 2021 12:51 AMShare This – xThe Competition Commission of India has dismissed a complaint which alleged that the Bar Council of India was “abusing its dominant position” by imposing a maximum age limit to enter into the legal education. The complaint was filed by Mr. Thupili Raveendra Babu, a 52-year-old executive engineer in the Central Public Works Department, who wished to pursue legal education post…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 Competition Commission of India has dismissed a complaint which alleged that the Bar Council of India was “abusing its dominant position” by imposing a maximum age limit to enter into the legal education. The complaint was filed by Mr. Thupili Raveendra Babu, a 52-year-old executive engineer in the Central Public Works Department, who wished to pursue legal education post his retirement. The complainant’s allegations arose out of Clause 28 of the Rules of Legal Education, 2008, which barred candidates belonging to the General Category over the age of 30 years from pursuing legal education. The allegations were that the Bar Council enjoys a dominant position in controlling the legal education and practice in India and it has abused such position in contravention of Section 4 of the Competition Act by creating indirect barriers to the new entrants in the legal service profession. In order to sustain allegations under Section 4 of the Act, the opposite party must fall within the meaning of an ‘enterprise’ under Section 2(h) of the Act. Therefore, the Commission, before examining the facts in the matter, deemed it necessary to ascertain the status of the BCI as an enterprise. The Commission noted that the BCI, as per the provisions of the Advocates Act 1961, is empowered to carry out functions which are regulatory in nature in respect of the legal profession. It further reiterated its observations in re: Dilip Modwil and Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, wherein it had held that for an entity to qualify as an enterprise, it must be engaged in commercial and economic activities and regulatory functions are not amenable to the jurisdiction of the Commission. The Commission, headed by Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta, concluded that the BCI is not an enterprise within the contours of the Act. “In the present matter, when the BCI appears to be discharging its regulatory functions, it cannot be said to be an ‘enterprise’ within the meaning of Section 2(h) of the Act and consequently, the allegations made in relation to discharge of such functions which appears to be non-economic in nature, may not merit an examination within the provisions of Section 4 of the Act.” Therefore, the Commission observed that there exists no prima facie case under Section 4 of the Act against the Bar Council of India and closed the complaint. Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

Estonia, Latvia agree to jointly develop 1GW offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea

first_imgEstonia, Latvia agree to jointly develop 1GW offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OffshoreWind.biz:The governments of Estonia and Latvia have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop an offshore wind farm in the Gulf of Riga, the Baltic Sea.The capacity of the proposed offshore wind farm is up to 1,000 MW and the project is expected to be commissioned by 2030.The wind farm would produce approximately 3.5 terawatt-hours of electricity per year, which is approximately 40 percent of Estonia’s annual electricity consumption. The signing of the MoU follows several months of discussions on the project.According to Taavi Aas, Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure developing the wind farm in partnership with Latvia makes this a cross-border project which as such qualifies for support from the European Union. “This, in turn, makes it cheaper to build other wind farms in the area, as other projects in the same area would also benefit from the grid infrastructure to be built for the farm,” said Aas.The two countries will jointly carry out studies to determine the best location for the construction of the offshore wind farm, taking into account wind conditions, plans, existing projects, environmental protection, and all other factors. Once the necessary studies have been carried out and the permits have been obtained, an auction will be held for the offshore area with a building permit and the winner will be able to build an offshore wind farm there, the Estonian government said.[Adnan Durakovic]More: Estonia and Latvia to jointly develop 1 GW offshore wind farmlast_img read more

Hurricane Iota: Giant wave smashes into San Andrés shore

first_img– Advertisement – Massive waves have been filmed hitting the shores of the Colombian island San Andrés in the Caribbean.- Advertisement – Hurricane Iota comes just two weeks after another devastating storm, Eta, hit the Caribbean and travelled further into Central America.Iota is the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the year and only the second November hurricane to reach category five – the last was in 1932.last_img

House hunters buying up big in Belgian Gardens

first_img11 Parry St, Belgian GardensA BELGIAN GARDENS property has sold for $818,500 in four days recording the most expensive sale in nearly a year.The four bedroom, two bathroom house at 11 Parry St sold to a family in the Northern Territory who plan to move to Townsville.The last time a property sold in Belgian Gardens for above $800,000 was in October last year when 12 Parry St sold for $847,000. 11 Parry St was sold by Bayside Realty Townsville owner Mario Torrisi who said it was rare to find a low maintenance, modern home in Belgian Gardens as older homes were more common in the beachside suburb.“It was fairly unique as it was a new home built about four years ago,” he said.“It had everything a family could want like the shed and the pool and it was immaculate.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The family who bought it are coming here for work and they wanted their children to go to the Belgian Gardens State School.“It sold so quickly that we had to cancel the open homes and I had quite a lot of people wanting to purchase it hoping the sale would fall over.”The house is on a 1036 sqm block and has a chef’s kitchen, open plan living and dining area and outdoor entertaining area.The undercover outdoor area leads out to the in-ground saltwater pool.There is also a double lockup garage with direct entry into the house and a 8m by 8.4m masonry block shed at the rear of the property with electricity.Mr Torrisi who has specialised in selling property in the Belgian Gardens area for 16 years said the suburb had remained popular with buyers.“The average days on market are really low in Belgian Gardens and it has had a bit of a spike in values,” he said.“It’s close the CBD and The Strand but also for a suburb close to the CBD there is no major unit development so you don’t have any high density living.”last_img read more

DONEGAL IS STEEPED IN TALENT SAYS COUNTY’S FOOD AMBASSADOR

first_imgDonegal is steeped in talent in the food sector and with some of the best produce the country has to offer, it’s only a matter of time before people begin to realise it.Gary, right, preparing some food with Donegal’s Community Chef Brian McDermott at the Taste of Donegal Food Festival.That’s according to the county’s Food Ambassador Gary O’Hanlon who is head chef at Viewmount Country House in Co. Longford and winner of the ‘Best Chef’ award for Leinster in the Irish Restaurant Awards in 2013.O’Hanlon was in Donegal at the weekend for the ‘A Taste of Donegal Food Festival’ when an estimated 35,000 visitors got a brief glimpse of the ongoing development of the food-sector in the county. Over 100 exhibitors made use of the opportunity to showcase their products to the huge audience and according to the county’s Food Ambassador to have a festival of such magnitude in Donegal is an indication of the growing importance of the food sector here.“To have a festival of this magnitude in Donegal is huge, I go to them all over the country, but this is fantastic for Donegal.“In conjunction with the whole Food Coast and Food Strategy it’s giving all these producers that we keep trying to get out there into market, a big platform in their own county to see exactly how successful they can be.”Carl Diver of Irish Natural Honey is one such producer. They launched their product ‘Active Irish Honey’ at the ‘A Taste of Donegal’ food festival last weekend and with huge interest from the public he was full of praise for the County Enterprise Board and The Food Coast for the help they had received in getting off the ground.Joe Doherty of Inishowen Country Kitchen described the support from The Food Coast as core to their success.“They have worked with us and invested in us and put in support systems to help us get our product into places like Tesco”Declan McConnellogue of The Haven Smokehouse in Carrigart, another new Donegal food business described the artisan food course organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board as having been invaluable and similar sentiments were echoed time and again by food businesses exhibiting last weekend.The county’s Food Ambassador, Gary O’Hanlon, said he is delighted that there is such investment now in food in Donegal. “We are going into our second year now with the whole Food Coast and Food Strategy and Eve Anne McCarron has come on board, it is really starting to drive it.“That’s just a whole department now within the County Enterprise Board and I tip my hat to them for investing and focusing upon food sector within the county.“At this stage we are starting to see more and more products developed and to see more and more businesses now come out the other end of it.“Just look for instance at the O’Rourke brothers, Enda and Gavin, they have years of experience between the two of them and even they needed the help. Even chefs of that level and calibre still need the help and the County Enterprise Board is there, all the people are there now within the whole food strategy to drive that on.” Community Chef Brian McDermott said he felt there is something happening and changing now in the county in terms of the food industry.“There is a real unity now in Donegal, I have to pay tribute to the agencies and to the Good Food Initiative from the Enterprise Board. Everyone has got behind this now collectively, the chefs, the producers and we are showcasing now on platforms like the Taste of Donegal Food Festival.“More importantly we needed that opportunity to do that. Maybe there’s a modesty around in Donegal in general but we are coming together and starting to shout and rightly so because we have some of the best produce this country has to offer.”That assertion is one shared by Gary O’Hanlon who says the Good Food Initiative and The Food Coast will lead to fantastic food opportunities for businesses here.“Donegal is steeped in talent, we have some of the best up and coming talents, we have some of the best chefs in Ireland – if not the best chefs in Ireland, we have some of the best food in the country bar none but no one has been shouting about it enough.“All we’ve given them now with the whole food strategy is a medium for their product, and that can only be positive for the whole county,” he concluded.DONEGAL IS STEEPED IN TALENT SAYS COUNTY’S FOOD AMBASSADOR was last modified: August 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gary O’HanlonTaste of Donegallast_img read more

Proteas start Sri Lanka tour with a win

first_img4 July 2014 Hashim Amla starred for the Proteas in the opening match of their tour of Sri Lanka, striking a 79-ball 104 before retiring as South Africa thrashed a Sri Lanka Cricket Board President’s XI by 108 runs in Moratuwa on Thursday. The warm-up match saw both teams employ 15-man squads, and for most of the South Africans it was a productive outing. Faf du Plessis weighed in with 41, captain AB de Villiers matched that score and retired out after only 27 deliveries, while JP Duminy contributed 54 as the Proteas posted 297 for 9 in their 50 overs. Lahiru Gamage, with 3 for 36 in his 10 overs, and Suraj Randiv, with 3 for 47, were the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers.Sri Lankan Board President’s XI innings Needing almost six runs an over to win, the Board President’s XI lasted only 39.3 overs before they were bowled out for 189. Randiv top scored with 53, while Dinesh Chandimal made 50. The South African fast bowlers fared well, with Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Ryan MCLaren and Wayne Parnell all getting among the wickets. Morne Morkel, with 3 for 29 in seven overs, was the most successful of the Proteas’ quicks, while off-spinner Aaron Phangiso snapped up 2 for 9 in 2.2 overs.‘That is what warm-up games are about’ “It was nice to pick up some batting time,” Amla said after the match. “Most of us (batsmen) that got in managed to spend some time at the crease. That is what warm-up games are about.” “Personally it’s nice to get some runs ahead of the series,” he added. “The thinking ahead of the game was to try and get a few runs, retire out, then get the other batsmen in. After I reached my 50, I figured it was a good time to lift the scoring rate.” The squad has two more training sessions to fine-tune their game ahead of the first one-day international against Sri Lanka on Sunday. “From a team perspective, time on our legs was important,” Amla said. “A lot of the players who were involved in the IPL have been out for a month or so. It was good for them to get back into fielding for the whole day. Our 50 overs, along with the training sessions in the heat, are important in helping us acclimatise.”Concern about Kallis The only concern for the Proteas was all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who was withdrawn from the match after complaining of stiffness in his back during warm-up drills. Proteas team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee explained: “This morning he felt some discomfort in the upper right back region and was withdrawn from the match today as a precaution. Our physio, Brandon Jackson, treated him for most of the day and we will monitor him overnight to see how he responds to the treatment. “If he doesn’t respond to therapy, we will plan to get a scan done tomorrow. We are quite hopeful that some of the stiffness will settle down overnight.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Delight as Serena Williams welcomes baby girl

first_img“Btw @serenawilliams I wish you a speedy recovery… we have a lot of work ahead of us,” Mouratoglou wrote in a Twitter post.Williams is one Grand Slam title short of matching Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slams and admits that she still dreams of joining the Australian legend.“Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with Margaret, I am not going to pass that up,” Williams said. “If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.”Williams also revealed she had long suspected she would give birth to a girl.“Two weeks after we found out (about the pregnancy), I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way,” Williams told the magazine.A separate article in Vanity Fair in June said Williams, who unveiled her pregnant body in a nude cover photo for the magazine, planned to tie the knot with Ohanian later this year after the birth. The couple announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES US tennis legend Chris Evert meanwhile chimed: “I’m so thrilled for her. And what a role model she’s going to be for her daughter.”Media reports said 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena — who revealed she was pregnant in April — was induced overnight Thursday.Other fans meanwhile wasted no time in anointing the tennis star’s daughter as a future champion.READ: It’s a girl! Venus Williams lets Serena baby secret slip“Hello to the future queen of tennis,” one post on Twitter read. “A future champion is born,” added another.‘Outrageous’ goal Williams has vowed to return to competitive tennis in January to defend her Australian Open title, which she won while newly pregnant.Williams last month told Vogue in a wide-ranging interview that she had set herself a goal of returning to play in Melbourne at next year’s Open.“It’s the most outrageous plan,” she said. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense.”Williams’ coach Mouratoglou meanwhile joked Friday that he expected to hold the tennis star to her word. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Blackwater junks KIA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Serena Williams. AFP FILE PHOTOMIAMI—Tennis superstar Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, US media reported, prompting an outpouring of delight from fellow professionals, celebrities and fans of the sporting icon.Williams, who will turn 36 later this month, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday before going into labor overnight.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games There was no immediate confirmation of the birth from Williams’ representatives.Elder sister Venus Williams described herself as “super-excited” after being informed of the reports concerning the baby as she walked on to the court for her third-round match at the US Open in New York.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever she declined to take questions on the subject in her post-match press conference.“I’m definitely available to answer questions about tennis. That’s all right now,” Venus told reporters. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Earlier, a producer with the Florida-based WPBF television station cited hospital sources as saying Williams’ daughter weighed in at six pounds and 13 ounces (3.09 kilograms). Celebrity magazine US Weekly cited an unnamed source close to the tennis star confirming the birth.Williams, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was swiftly greeted with an avalanche of congratulations from well-wishers.“Congrats Serena!!! So much joy for you!!!” Spanish star Rafa Nadal wrote on Twitter.Pop diva Beyonce took to Instagram to send her message, posting a portrait of a pregnant Williams in a flowing white gown with the message: “Congratulations Serena!”Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou added on Twitter: “Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more