These high-profile instances have convinced an increasing number of companies in the industry of the dangers of ransomware, though, according to Hammons. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The operational disruption can be savage, though, with ransomware attacks forcing many businesses effectively to ‘go dark’ until the issue is resolved, often for days or even weeks, leading to a significant loss of income. For more information and insights from Pure Storage, please visit their website. Pure Storage’s Jason Hammons and Anthony Liston outline how operators have to tackle an evolving ransomware threat… With over 20 years’ experience in Enterprise IT, Anthony heads up the eGaming sector at Pure Storage with a focus on helping his clients differentiate themselves through the use of next generation technologies. By maximising the value of his client’s data he enables them to grow their businesses and achieve competitive advantage. “Gaming is vulnerable because of the large amounts of customer data and the problem amplifies if there are multiple touchpoints within organisations that can be exploited. “Many of these businesses are heavily regulated and, depending on where they are based, they might have to keep their data for up to seven years. That is a huge amount of data they are trying to protect and make accessible,” Anthony Liston, gaming sector lead at Pure Storage, explains. “There have been examples of companies in this sector closing down for days due to ransomware attacks, and there is significant reputational damage associated with that, as well as possible financial repercussions.” By downloading copies of client files, attackers can threaten to release such data publicly if ransoms are not paid, bringing the prospect of costly third-party legal claims from disgruntled customers. This timeframe has been squeezed further during the Covid-19 outbreak, which has created conditions that are ripe for such cybercrime. Social-distancing measures have led to a sharp rise in remote working and a greater reliance on digital infrastructure from businesses and consumers, putting an unprecedented strain on systems. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Targeting vulnerabilities “Attacks are happening more quickly and there has been a significant increase in data loss,” says Jason Hammons, Pure Storage’s EMEA director of data architecture. “With bandwidth and internet consumption having gone up, administrators have found it much harder to manage the traffic. If they lacked the necessary security measures going into Covid-19, the risk has become greater.” “Operators in some regions are required legally to have dedicated data-protection infrastructure in place, but it is often sitting in colocation centres at best. With others the set-up is even less secure. Accordingly, many operators who were unprepared for ransomware attacks have become more increasingly exposed to such risks. Over the same period, attackers slashed the average time taken between the initial security breach and activating the encryption-related ransom from 206 days to 55 days. Costly impact As an example, US software company ServiceNow became a customer after recognising it had reached the limit of its legacy storage environment and could not keep up with rising data volumes and the resulting time-consuming daily maintenance requirements. The perpetrators of such schemes have become brutally efficient at exploiting weak points within overstretched systems by adopting an ever-more aggressive approach. Betting and gaming websites were already common targets for ransomware attacks before the Covid-19 crisis. However, the risks of a ransomware attack for an operator are multi-dimensional. Tech & innovation “They are going after copies of customer data and are stealing back-ups of intellectual property,” Hammons adds. “Losing customer data is very important, but very valuable data about how players interact with games are also being taken.” The “last line of defence” nature of the protection is based on the premise that whilst it is important to put safeguarding provisions in place, relying on these steps to plug every possible hole against a ransomware attack is ultimately futile. “It’s important to protect the data where it lives and our cloud-based support enables oversight of what is happening in real time so the administrator has a mechanism to go back to a snapshot of their data securely,” Hammons says. The repercussions can be expensive. For example, it was revealed in April that supplier SBTech had set aside $30m to cover the possible costs in relation to a ransomware attack that occurred the previous month. “It is worth remembering that the attack vectors are ever-changing,” Liston adds. “It is very hard even for high-tech businesses to keep up with the evolution.” Increasing levels of awareness are illustrated by the fact that perhaps as few as 5% of businesses that sign up as new clients for SafeMode – which protect back-up data and metadata by allowing a client to restore their files by referring back to ‘snapshots’ as part of Pure Storage’s FlashBlade solution – have experienced a ransomware attack in the previous 12 months. Ransomware – which is a form of malware that encrypts files, with the attacker then demanding a ransom, usually via a cryptocurrency – was used to extract $24m in 2015. By 2019, the figure had rocketed to an estimated $11.5bn. However, the pandemic has exacerbated the challenge facing operators, according to Pure Storage, a provider of data storage hardware and software products. Avoid paying the ransom Reputational damage, meanwhile, is harder to quantify in an industry such as betting and gaming where scrutiny from regulators is intensifying and studies have shown that website payment security and reliability are viewed by customers as amongst the most important traits. Attackers typically target a network by compromising an administrator account, where they can delete data ‘snapshots’ and back-ups. Although paying the ransom fee, which for businesses can often reach five-figure sums, provides no guarantee of being able to retrieve the ‘lost’ data, research suggests that it is likely in the majority of cases. Topics: Tech & innovation Cybersecurity 13th October 2020 | By Josephine Watson Email Address
For the first time since the market launched, the Tennessee Education Lottery published adjusted gross revenue, which amounted to $21.8m for the month. Previously, the Lottery had only released details of handle, winnings and tax. Tennessee sports wagers surpass $211m in January The Tennessee Education Lottery has reported further growth within the state’s sports betting market in January, with handle having reached a record $211.3m for the month. Players won a total of $190.4m in from sports betting in January, while licensed operators paid $4.3m in tax. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The amount represents a 16.8% increase on the $180.9m wagered in December and is the highest monthly total since the state opened its regulated market on November 1 last year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 12th March 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Sports betting Read the full story on iGB North America. Earlier estimations suggested revenue reached $13.9m in December and $13.2m in November. Regions: Tennessee Topics: Finance Sports betting Email Address
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Tagged with: Funding Howard Lake | 19 December 2012 | News European Union donates Nobel Peace Prize money to four children’s charities Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International cooperation, Humanitarian aid and Crisis response, added: “By providing education to children caught in conflict, we can make a big difference: we can give them a chance for a childhood.”The EU Children of Peace Initiative will not be a one-off action, according to the Commission: new funding will be made available next year for more projects in support of children in conflict.http://ec.europa.eu/echo/index_en.htm AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The European Union, the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is donating its prize money to four charities that work with children who are denied the chance of growing up in peace. It is also doubling the prize money of around €930,000 to €2 million.The recipients are: UNICEF – for work in Colombia and Ecuador improving access to education for 5,000 Colombian children affected by violence in their country; and for work in Pakistan providing learning opportunities to 3,000 Pakistani children affected by the 8-year conflict in the north of the country. 39 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Save the Children and the Norwegian Refugee Council – for work in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, providing education and protection to 11,000 children displaced by fighting.Jose-Manuael Barroso, president of the European Commission, explained: “We want “children of war” to become “children of peace”. Advertisement ACTED – for work in Northern Iraq providing protection and education to 4,000 Syrian children living in the Domiz refugee camp 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.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Individual giving 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. Wildlife and conservation charity Care for the Wild has launched a fundraising campaign around the theme of the Tooth Fairy tradition. The charity is inviting children to become ‘Tooth Fairy Heroes’ by pledging the money they would have received for lost teeth to the Tooth Fairy, to help her save elephants from being killed for their tusks. ‘Little teeth save big tusks’The Tooth Fairy campaign follows on from the charity’s lobbying of G8 leaders last month to commit foreign aid to the fight against elephant poaching.Philip Mansbridge, CEO of Care for the Wild International, said: “The Tooth Fairy campaign gives us the opportunity to create a powerful experience that introduces the topic of elephant poaching and the wider issues – to highlight the brutal reality that threatens one of the most iconic animals of the world – and show them the ways in which their donations have a real impact on the fight against the ivory trade.” Advertisement 117 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Animal charity seeks Tooth Fairy donations to fight elephant tusk trade Howard Lake | 16 September 2013 | News Mobile apps for childrenThe digital element of the campaign features a child friendly design and simplicity focuses on the donations process. The Tooth Fairy character guides visitors to watch a short video, and then rewards them with a personalised ‘Thank You’ certificate that they can print out and keep.The campaign also encourages conversations between parents and children, about the issues surrounding the illegal ivory trade the need for the work that Care for the Wild does.Mansbridge commented: “We can see from the sharp increase in websites and mobile apps dedicated to children, it is a demographic that is becoming increasingly comfortable using online devices and navigating online experiences. So by using this platform, building the campaign around a much loved character and focusing on such a simple act of kindness, hopefully we can not only raise funds, but educate children of the issues an earlier age, and inspire the next generation of supporters to safeguard our sustained efforts.”The charity was established in 1984 and claims to have been the first to introduce the ‘adopt an animal’ fundraising concept to the UK.
2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 30, 2017 Joint letter decries impunity in journalist’s murder Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and five other free speech organizations have sent a joint letter to the Mexican authorities urging them not to let journalist Miroslava Breach’s murder go unpunished. In the two months since her death on 23 March, no arrest has been made and the investigation has made no significant progress. Follow the news on Mexico Receive email alerts Related documents A dos meses del feminicidio de la periodista Miroslava Breach, las investigaciones deben arrojar resultados inmediatosPDF – 404.32 KB May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say MexicoAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeViolence News News Organisation News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state MexicoAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeViolence ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP May 5, 2021 Find out more Reports RSF_en Help by sharing this information Results needed in two-month-old investigation into Miroslava Breach’s murderSixty days have already elapsed since journalist Miroslava Breach’s murder on 23 March. So far there has been no arrest and no significant progress in the investigation, although the local authorities said they had identified this horrible crime’s perpetrators and instigators. The failure to issue any arrest warrant for the supposedly identified perpetrators is therefore alarming. The lack of diligence displayed by the Chihuahua authorities is generating a climate of mistrust towards them and uncertainty among the victim’s family, fellow journalists and society as whole, which expects swift progress in the investigation.For these reasons, ARTICLE 19, Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Propuesta Cívica, Comunicación e Información de la Mujer (CIMAC), Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Periodistas de a Pie condemn the impunity currently prevailing in the Breach murder.In the eyes of the organizations signing this letter, it is clear that the repeated violations of freedom of expression constitute a major structural and social problem and reflect Mexico’s growing violence. At every level – federal, state and municipal – the government takes no interest in the media and even, very often, poses a threat to the media instead of ensuring their protection.Against this backdrop of great vulnerability for the media, Javier Valdez’s recent murder in Sinaloa state has highlighted the lack of Mexican government policies for reining in the violence to which journalists are subjected day after day in our country. Those signing this letter have for many years been condemning the difficulties experienced by the media in our country, which is ranked as one of the most dangerous in the world for exercising the freedom of expression.“Actions in defence of freedom of expression and the protection of journalists and human rights defenders” were announced by President Enrique Peña Nieto and the National Conference of Governors on 17 May. We demand the immediate implementation of these measures, especially those for protecting journalists and combatting impunity for crimes of violence against the media. It no longer suffices to condemn free speech violations and express outrage about violence against journalists. Concrete measures must now be taken to stop the violence affecting those who practise journalism in Mexico.The Chihuahua state attorney-general’s office and the federal attorney-general’s office must guarantee that Miroslava Breach’s murder will not go unpunished and that those responsible will be brought to justice and tried for their crimes.All of the organizations signing this letter also issue an impassioned appeal to the Federal Mechanism for Protecting Human Rights Defenders and Journalists to work with federal and state authorities in order to been able to guarantee the safety of journalists in Chihuahua and other parts of the country where they are subject to constant violence.Finally, we call on Chihuahua governor Javier Corral’s administration to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that nothing similar to the crime against Miroslava Breach ever happens again in the state of Chihuahua. We remind the governor that two journalists and two human rights defenders have already been subjected to execution-style murders since his term began.We want no more talk. We demand results.ARTICLE 19, MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA BUREAUCOMUNICACIÓN E INFORMACIÓN DE LA MUJER A.C. (CIMAC)COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTSREPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERSPERIODISTAS DE A PIEPROPUESTA CÍVICA April 28, 2021 Find out more
ColumnsToxic Masculinity In Legal Profession : Lessons From A Botched Up Webinar Radhika Roy18 May 2020 8:10 AMShare This – xThe LawSikho incident is a microcosm of the internalized misogyny and sexism which is prevalent in the legal fraternity.It is a truth universally acknowledged, but seldom conveyed, that a woman faces abject discrimination in every space that she enters, be it personal or professional. Objectified, belittled, patronized, dismissed; these are simply a few things that a woman has to face when she makes an attempt to break out of the mould of being confined to the private sphere. With the slow evolution…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?LoginIt is a truth universally acknowledged, but seldom conveyed, that a woman faces abject discrimination in every space that she enters, be it personal or professional. Objectified, belittled, patronized, dismissed; these are simply a few things that a woman has to face when she makes an attempt to break out of the mould of being confined to the private sphere. With the slow evolution of gender justice and its penetration into workplaces, there have been some positive changes, though few and far between, in the law governing discrimination against women; for instance, we now have The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (POSH). There are regular gender sensitization workshops which are conducted by firms and independent organisations, in order to inculcate the basic tenets of consent, respect for other persons and the concept of personal boundaries. However, despite these constructive steps being taken for a more inclusive atmosphere, we have certain elements which attempt to undo the progress and in turn reveal the pervasive nature of misogyny and sexism that no amount of penal consequences can reform. BACKGROUND Recently, a legal education organization by the name of LawSikho conducted a webinar titled, “How can busy professionals have a dating life”. The flyer for the webinar carried a “for men only” condition, and this brought with it an implicit assertion that women are not “busy professionals”. This was countered by the CEO of the organization, Ramanuj Mukherjee, who stated that a “for women only” webinar was also in the offing. The second issue arose with the choice of anchor the organization brought in to impart wisdom on this topic. One glance across the website and other social media profiles of the anchor, Kshitij Sehrawat, is enough to ascertain the problematic nature of the content developed by him. From videos ranging from “How to Pick Up Girls in a Wheelchair” to speaking of women in terms of numbers and objects, the self-proclaimed “Pick-Up Artist” claims to have a wide-ranging “field experience” which apparently bestows upon him the right to aid impressionable young men in approaching “women of beauty”. When the initial questions were raised about a legal website conducting such a webinar, the CEO of the organization justified the same by referring to the deplorable Bois Locker Room episode and stating that such incidents could be avoided if men were taught the “art of seduction”. One wishes that the entire fiasco which followed would have stopped here, however, things only went downhill from this point onward. During the course of the webinar, certain degrading statements were uttered by Sehrawat, with little to no intervention from Mukherjee, who moderated the event. Sehrawat encouraged the participants to “close the deal” with a woman within 4 days, otherwise the “bread” would turn stale and it would be a lost opportunity. Sehrawat also stated that one should never ask a woman for dating advice because “women do not know what they want”; that while they say they want “nice guys who wish them good morning”, he had personally done the same and had been labeled a “creep”. On being asked a question about what one should do if they are academically challenged, Sehrawat dismissed the insecurities of the law student and stated that women are attracted to sportspersons (“jocks”) who always score on the lower side of the scale. At this point, a young law student by the name of Avanti objected to the content of the webinar as it was based on appalling and sexist stereotypes being taught to vulnerable young men. It is here where matters took a turn for the worse. What followed was an outright dismissal, ridiculing, an unceremonious put down of the young woman, without giving her an opportunity to air her legitimate concerns regarding the sexism being propagated through the webinar. Not only did the moderator fail to intervene in his anchor’s rampant sexist monologue, but he was an active perpetrator of the same, with Sehrawat passively behaving in a condescending manner on the sidelines. It is quite strange that in a conversation about women, it was a woman herself who was not given the space to convey her perspective on the matter. This exchange between the law student and the event moderator was soon shared on Twitter and elicited an explosive response from persons of all genders, rebuking the webinar and LawSikho’s unfortunate decision to host it. The company, however, instead of apologizing unconditionally for conducting the webinar, sought to defend it. It was only after the clamour for an apology increased did the CEO issue an unconditional apology. TOXIC MASCULINITY IN THE WORKPLACE The aforementioned incident is merely a snippet into the toxic culture that is inherently pervasive in the legal profession. There is entitlement, complicity, and enablement. Due to the close-knit nature of the legal circle, an individual opts to remain silent rather than to speak up against or call out any problematic incident as they fear facing irreversible repercussions, with no support from peers or superiors. One hardly needs a reminder of the example set by the sexual harassment complaint against our very own former Chief Justice of India which led to the female complainant losing her job and having a false case of bribery filed against her for resisting the alleged sexual advances. The incident involving the former Chief Justice of India, now a nominated Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha, has effectively sent out a message to young women in this profession that if one wishes to lead a life of peace, it is better to stay quiet as speaking up will do no harm to the perpetrator and his career progression, and it is the woman who will have to bear the brunt of opening her mouth. This is not all. There is also the shocking case of Darvesh Yadav, who had been elected as the first woman chairperson of the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh, and was shot dead by another lawyer within the court premises in Agra. Furthermore, the sheer statistics surrounding the number of female Senior Advocates and Judges as compared to their male counterparts is distinctly unnerving; it cements the belief that this is a male-dominated profession wherein a woman needs to fight against all odds to climb the ladder and stay there. There also exists the ironical issue of lack of adherence of POSH policies across law chambers. POSH Act, 2013 was promulgated as a result of the case of Vishaka & Ors. V. State of Rajasthan & Ors (1997). The statement of object and reasons conveys that the Act is an attempt to protect the “fundamental rights of a woman to equality under Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution of India and her right to life and to live with dignity under Article 21 of the Constitution and right to practice any profession or to carry on any occupation, trade, or business which includes a right to a safe environment free from sexual harassment”. The law mandates that any workplace with ten or more employees must have an Internal Complaints Committee. If a workplace has less than ten employees, then complaints are forwarded to the Local Complaints Committee which is constituted at a district level. However, sadly, this is a legal obligation which is rarely adhered to, specifically in law chambers due to their informal nature of working. This takes away from the sole safe outlet that a woman can turn to in case she faces sexual harassment. Additionally, there is also a need for gender sensitization workshops for all genders at the level of law schools, which are breeding grounds for rampant sexism. These workshops can focus on breaking down the separation of public and private spheres, thereby reducing the differences between sexes that remain an unfortunate integral part of Indian society, and consequently, the legal profession. These perceived differences tend to perpetuate toxic masculinity which is considered a norm, and at times, is even rewarded. Comments condoning Mukherjee’s treatment of the female law student are an exemplification of this aspect. The webinar had the potential of imparting a much-needed value system and allaying the insecurities of impressionable young men. Instead of providing a platform to a problematic “pick-up artist”, the company should have engaged a counsellor who was experienced in matters of work-life balance and was sensitive to the issues of gender justice. It is unfathomable that a legal website with such a large following would let such a dubious individual address such a sensitive topic. The LawSikho incident is a microcosm of the internalized misogyny and sexism which is prevalent in the legal fraternity. The justification provided for the webinar, the conspicuous gaslighting, the outright rejection of wrongdoing, the defensive stance of the CEO to the very end, and the enablement of the same by a few of his colleagues and supporters; these are facets of gender discrimination that women face in their everyday professional life, with no access to remedies that may rectify it. Even if there does exist a remedy, it is rendered incapable of providing a solution and, more often than not, ends up creating a hurdle in the professional life of the woman who is left with no choice but to either remain silent or to quit the toxic workplace. Moreover, due to the cohesive nature of the legal fraternity, it becomes difficult for the woman to secure another job, which further adds to the need to stay silent. However, there is always room for change, for unlearning, for acceptance. One can start with a top-down approach by employing institutional changes at the Apex Court level that can lead to the percolation of inclusivity and equality down to small law chambers in far-off districts. Law firms and chambers also need to consciously provide equal work opportunities to women and allow them to prove their mettle. Moreover, there is an urgent requirement for work places to create a safe work environment where dialogue between all individuals is encouraged and there is a zero-tolerance policy with regard to casual misogyny, specifically at higher levels of management. To end this on a positive note and to realise that, despite setbacks, we shall not to be deterred from the path to change, one would do well to remember Rebecca Solnit’s precious words: “His name was privilege, but hers was possibility. His was the same old story, but hers was a new one about the possibility of changing a story that remains unfinished, that includes all of us, that matters so much that we will watch, but also make and tell in the weeks, months, years, decades to come”. (Image sourced from here) Next Story
Top Stories[Coal Block Auction] ‘Between Centre And Jharkhand Govt, Our Anxiety Is That Resources Not Be Depleted’: CJI Bobde Mehal Jain4 Nov 2020 5:39 AMShare This – xThe hearing, on Wednesday, in the suit by the Jharkhand Government against the launch of the auction process of coal blocks for purposes of commercial mining by the Centre was privy to interesting arguments and observations by the Supreme Court.At the outset, Senior Advocate Fali S. Nariman, appearing for the state of Jharkhand, drew the bench’s attention to the October 9 affidavit filed by…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 hearing, on Wednesday, in the suit by the Jharkhand Government against the launch of the auction process of coal blocks for purposes of commercial mining by the Centre was privy to interesting arguments and observations by the Supreme Court.At the outset, Senior Advocate Fali S. Nariman, appearing for the state of Jharkhand, drew the bench’s attention to the October 9 affidavit filed by the Union of India, stating that the suit is not maintainable, it is misconceived and devoid of merits and should be dismissed.”Your Lordships have in a bench of five said that suits under Article 131 are to be heard expeditiously…there is to be no oral evidence here and it is to be dealt solely on the provisions of the law”, he advanced.”So you don’t want any oral evidence or cross-examination of the deponents?”, checked the CJ.”No, no,”, replied both Mr. Nariman and Senior Advocate A. M. Singhvi, also for the government of Jharkhand.”So we will record this. And put up the matter for hearing…we will also need to frame issues ourselves…”, said the CJ.Then, the CJ inquired about the “so-called divided stand of the state of Jharkhand as to what kind of land it is where the mining is proposed to take place- forest land or eco-sensitive area”.”At the last hearing, Your Lordships had said there is no order where the Governor of Jharkhand has said that the MMDR Act won’t apply to the areas in question under clause 5(1) of the Fifth Schedule. But the local law to govern the area is the Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act, 1908 and Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act, 1949, which state that this land containing the mines cannot be transferred to a non-tribal and that any such transfer would be null and void”, argued Mr. Nariman.”But mines and their leases have been dealt with under a Central statute”, pointed out the CJ again.”Just in case, there is a dispute on whether allowing mining in the region would damage the eco-sensitive zone, we want a report on this aspect by experts. It is an important issue and the court is not equipped to decide it”, continued the CJ.”We have submitted a report on this. But certainly, the Court may appoint experts. We have no issues”, assured Mr. Nariman. “It is an extremely important issue. We have no problems. Anyone may be appointed. There is no difficulty”, agreed Dr. Singhvi.”Should we ask (senior advocate) ADN Rao? He is familiar with the experts?”, asked the CJ, also venturing the name of a Gujarat official for selection to this court-appointed committee.”There is also the Director of the Wildlife Institute of India, Dhananjai Mohan”, continued the CJ.”There is also M. K. Jiwrajka (who has been a Member of the Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court). Then, there is Ajay Desai who has already been appointed earlier”, suggested Mr. Nariman.At this point, the AG interjected to say that has to be heard before anything is decided upon.”We are only considering names, not passing any orders”, said the CJ.”Each of the mines is atleast 22 km away from the eco-sensitive zone”, began the AG.”Some are closer”, pointed out the CJ.”What kind of mining people do has an effect of diverting the water from below the forest level to the mines”, continued the judge.”In connection with the proposal for opening commercial mining, the Cheif Secretaries of the 5 states concerned were called for a discussion…there is also a letter of the CM of Jharkhand, where he has described it as a “bold, historic step”. He said that he is “not averse to the competitive level” and expressed a desire “to work in tandem with the GOI”…He had raised concerns about the “tribal restrictions”, how “international players won’t be able to participate” as of now, and that “the domestic players are also facing a liquidity crunch”….he had even mentioned a ‘moratorium'”, advanced the AG.He submitted that 15 days before the suit was filed, a writ petition had been filed by the state. “Their prayer in the writ petition was totally contrary to the relief sought in this suit…there they had sought a writ commanding the respondents to immediately withhold the launch of the auction for commercial coal mining, as scheduled for 18.6.2020, for 6-9 months or until such time the global investment climate improves post the lockdown so that the state can maximise the revenue from the natural resources”.”There was nothing about the environment in that! Then, they said the mines are in the midst of forest sanctuaries. I filed my counter affidavit to that. Then, they said the mines are n the middle of environmental zones! But they have themselves admitted that the mines are atleast 20-23 km away! If even this is prohibited, the industry and the development of the country will seriously suffer! No court would want that”, urged the AG.”The whole problem with your approach is that there can be no economic value put on the forest. On timber, yes, but not on a forest. We don’t want to stop the development of the country, but the natural wealth cannot be eroded either!”, asserted the CJ.”But it is outside the eco-sensitive zone! We are not eroding anything! It is essential for the industry!”, pressed the AG.”59 km, 65 m, 67 km- is that not dangerously close?”, asked the CJ.”If we take the example of Goa, it is only a narrow strip of land. If Your Lordships say there cannot be any mining within 20 km, the country will be affected!”, argued the AG.”We are not on the country, but this specific terrain. It depends on the soil and the forests. We just want experts to tell us that everything is fine”, said the CJ.”In the counter-affidavit, we have said that every clearance has to be obtained by the bidders before the mining- environmental clearance, forest clearance, mining permission…mining will only take place after two years!”, advanced the AG.”In the meanwhile, they cannot enter the land and cut down trees?”, asked the CJ.When the AG replied that there is no cutting down of trees, the CJ countered, “how can any mining take place without cutting down of trees?””It is not as if the grant of right to exploit in favour of individuals would not matter just because mining is to take place later”, continued the CJ.”Every single law of the country has been satisfied!”, stressed the AG.”It is being forgotten that the elephant corridor and the other animals are within 17-20 km in all the 7 cases! In an October 14 judgment, Your Lordships have detailed the significance of elephant corridors, their habits, their nature of movement! From the notifications of the elephant corridor, it becomes clear that it is not just the immediate contiguous area but also the peripheral buffer area which is important for the corridor! The reports say this! Once three independent persons have clarified the situation, the auction can happen! Otherwise, once the private individuals have uprooted trees, how will it be reversible? It is a private auction to take place electronically on November 9 and everything will then be finalised on November 11…”, contended Dr. Singhvi.”You will be told that crores have been paid, equities have been created and they cant wait for 2 months! But all 7 of the mines are in eco-sensitive area. Within 20 km of the area, there are animal corridors!”, he continued.”Why should an auction anyway take place during COVID? The maximisation of revenue is clearly a distant dream during COVID. And even if I am wrong, Your Lordships may consider the prima facie case, the balance of convenience and the irreparable injury!”, he submitted.”But then your powers under that Chhotanagpur Act are also curtailed! Apparently, the CM was very enthusiastic about the auction in his letter…”, commented the CJ. “100%”, agreed Dr. Singhvi.”So satisfy our conscience..make all the material available to the expert committee, render you assistance to the committee, which we will require to report to us after 1 month…and we’ll ask the other side to not do anything for one month, or we’ll stay the entire proposal”, said the CJ.”The is an all-India question! Your order will affect bidders all over the country!”, countered the AG.”We are not all over the country, we are only on Jharkhand. Let the people come from anywhere! Don’t jump the gun! Why can’t you hold on for a while and let the committee tell us the facts? We are are not passing any orders”, observed the CJ.”Jharkhand has the highest bids, as compared to anywhere else. 2 have already been auctioned. While others are getting 14-18% shares, the government of Jharkhand is getting 41% of the total revenue! This is a subterfuge on their part, they didn’t say anything about the elephant corridor or the eco-sensitive zones in their earlier writ petition? There, they had only spoken of the revenue!”, argued the AG.”We won’t allow this matter to be limited to pleadings”, said the CJ.”Happening of the auction is a day-to-day process. Don’t stop the auction. It will affect the UOI in its efforts to rebuild the economy!”, pressed the AG.”If you agree, it’s fine. EVEN IF YOU DON’T AGREE, WE’LL PASS AN order that all over the country, you won’t auction any proposed mining block nearer than 50 km”, said the CJ.”This will impact the development of the country! We’ll have to argue then! Your Lordships are not looking at your own judgments”, advanced the AG.”What have you been doing so far then ? (in response to the AG assertion that the Centre would argue its stand)…Don’t say that we are not looking at the judgments. We are on facts right now! What is your problem in holding off the auction?”, said the CJ.”The state said postpone the auction to maximise the revenue! They never said that auction not be held at all! Why don’t you ask them?’, argued the AG.”We are not sure of the stand or the intentions of the state of Jharkhand. But this is not a matter for you or for Jharkhand or against you or against them”, noted the CJ.”Between the governments, our anxiety is that resources are not depleted”, commented the CJ.”Give us one day’s time. We will place the situation before you instead of the long drawn process of a committee”, suggested the AG.The bench adjourned the matter to Friday, acceding to the AG’s request.”I may be allowed to withdraw the writ petition. I say it everytime, but everytime it becomes a point”, requested Dr. Singhvi, which was allowed.Next Story