The Rajasthan High Court on Friday issued notices to the State government and BJP State president Madan Lal Saini on a public interest litigation raising questions over the expenses incurred on Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s ongoing ‘Gaurav Yatra’. BJP president Amit Shah had flagged off the yatra from Charbhuja temple in Rajsamand on August 4.The petition, moved by lawyer Vibhuti Bhushan Sharma, has contended that since the ‘Gaurav Yatra’ was an initiative of the ruling BJP ahead of the State Assembly elections, no orders could be issued to the government departments to make arrangements for the march.The State government had ordered the Public Works Department on August 1 to make arrangements for setting up the stage, sound system and decoration for the yatra by inviting tenders for these works. The Information and Public Relations Department was also handed over the task of giving publicity to the yatra.A Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog asked the government counsel as to who was footing the bill for the yatra and issued notices to the respondents seeking their reply by August 16. The counsel representing the Chief Secretary and PWD informed the court that the impugned orders had since been withdrawn.The writ petition has named the Chief Secretary, PWD Principal Secretary and Chief Engineer and Mr. Saini as respondents. It said the yatra could not be described as a part of the government’s functioning, as the BJP itself had announced that its election campaign had started with the launch of the march.
Categories: Lauwers News 25May Bills to update horse racing rules move out of House committee Rep. Lauwers lauds effort to modernize 21-year-old lawState Rep. Dan Lauwers today praised the House Committee on Agriculture for passing legislation to modernize the 21-year-old law that regulates Michigan’s horse racing industry.Rep. Lauwers, who chairs the committee, said the current horse racing law was created in 1995, when Michigan had nine horse racing tracks. Today, only two remain – Hazel Park, which operates as a thoroughbred track, and Northville Downs, which hosts live standardbred harness racing.“The legislation we approved today better reflects the needs of Michigan’s horse racing industry,” said Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “I’m pleased we were able to come up with a solution that both the tracks and the horsemen’s associations are able to support.”Under the current law, the Standardbred Certified Horseman’s Organization (CHO) receives approximately 60 percent of the common purse money from the simulcast bets placed, and the Thoroughbred CHO receives approximately 40 percent. The allocations were set in 1995 because the state had significantly more standardbred tracks, so that industry was engaging in more simulcast betting. Now that only one type of each track remains, Rep. Lauwers said the arrangement doesn’t make sense.Senate Bills 504 and 505, introduced by Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, will allow money to stay at the track where the bet is made.As passed by the House committee, the legislation also creates a seven-member Horse Racing Advisory Commission to establish procedures governing the operation and promotion of horse racing in Michigan, and make recommendations to the Legislature about how to maintain the long-term viability of the industry in Michigan. The Commission is intended to steer decisions that will strengthen and improve the vitality of the Michigan horse racing industry.“The equine industry is an important part of Michigan’s agricultural economy,” Rep. Lauwers said. “Horse racing employs more than 12,000 people and contributes nearly $1 billion to our state’s economy each year. It’s important we do what we can to ensure the industry’s survival.”The bills now head to the full House for consideration.#####
Categories: Maturen News State Rep. Dave Maturen has again been named to a committee that assists U.S. Rep. Fred Upton in interviewing candidates seeking nominations to military service academies.“I have been honored to participate in the selection process for more than 20 years, and every year I continue to be thoroughly impressed by the talented young people from the greater Kalamazoo area who have an interest in serving their country,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “I look forward to meeting with this year’s candidates.”Service academies are federal education institutions that prepare officers for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Merchant Marines and the Coast Guard. Nominations for appointment may be given by the president of the United States, vice president of the United States, senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives.Candidates are evaluated in five areas: moral character, academic record, leadership potential, physical fitness and commitment to the military.Rep. Maturen – who previously served in the Army – will screen and interview candidates along with other committee members appointed by Congressman Upton. The committee will then provide Congressman Upton with a list of potential nominees.Interviews will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3.### 29Nov Rep. Maturen looking forward to interviewing military academy candidates
Fátima BarrosPortuguese regulator ANACOM’s president Fátima Barros has taken over the presidency of BEREC, the international telecom regulators association that brings together 28 European regulators. Barros will be charged with leading BEREC’s ongoing work on the European Connected Continent proposals developed by former EC vice-president Neelie Kroes last year, including regulations covering international roaming tariffs, net neutrality and spectrum use.
Middle East and North African streaming service, Icflix, has partnered with Humax to integrate the Icflix app directly into Humax Android set-top boxes for the Gulf region.Humax’s new H1 Android set-top box will be the first OTT set-top box in the MENA region to bring together customised local content such as Icflix, according to KW Shin, general manager of Humax Gulf FZE.Shin said the new pocket-sized box would overcome the need of multi decoders for different operators, “as we [are] working closely with all OTT operators and pay TV operators to integrate their VOD services on Humax Set Top Boxes.”Customers will also get a free one-month Icflix trial with the new set-top box.“The integration of the ICFLIX app on Humax’s Android set-top boxes will make it easier for customers to watch premium content on their television sets, giving them access to award-winning Hollywood movies alongside Jazwood and Bollywood content,” said Icflix’s head of business development, Mohammed Amine Lalami.The Humax H1 Set Top Box will become available to customers the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, Lebanon, Palestine and Algeria, with other countries to follow.