Forget gold! I’d buy these FTSE 100 shares in the market crash

first_img Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 12th April, 2020 Forget gold! I’d buy these FTSE 100 shares in the market crash See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. The Motley Fool UK has recommended AstraZeneca. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Investors have rushed to buy gold as stock markets around the world crashed. However, historically, gold has been a poor investment to own. As such, FTSE 100 shares might be a better investment for your portfolio today.FTSE 100 shares on offerFor the 30 years to the beginning of March, the gold price had underperformed the stock market by a factor of three. This tells us that, over the long term, gold underperforms stocks.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…This trend doesn’t hold true in times of crisis. As we’ve seen over the past few weeks, when markets plunge, investors rush to buy gold. Nevertheless, if you’re serious about investing for the long term, FTSE 100 shares could be a better buy.Some of the market’s top blue-chips are now on offer. For example, pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca are dealing at relatively low valuations compared to history.Even though the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted large swathes of the global economy, healthcare systems have never been busier. Over the long term, this trend should continue. The world’s population is only growing and living longer. That should translate into a growing demand for drugs and treatments over the long run.As such, Glaxo and Astra look well-placed to continue to earn profits for shareholders.Other FTSE 100 shares that could be an excellent alternative to gold are utilities. Even though the whole population of the UK is currently stuck in lockdown, we still need access to running water and electricity.That’s where United Utilities and National Grid come in. These are some of the best run and financed utility businesses in the UK. They also both offer mid-single-digit dividend yields.As the UK’s population continues to expand, demand for these companies’ services should continue to grow. That will lead to rising profits for shareholders.Investment trust optionIf you can’t pick one company to buy, the Scottish Mortage Investment Trust is another option. Scottish Mortage owns a portfolio of some of the best tech companies in the world. The trust has an excellent track record of picking tech stocks and growing businesses that have the edge over the rest of the market.As the global technology sector continues to expand, these businesses should do well over the long run. The trust also offers international diversification, which many FTSE 100 shares don’t. Income investmentsThese FTSE 100 shares could all yield a better return than gold over the long run. A significant advantage of FTSE 100 shares over gold is the fact that they produce an income.All of the companies above, for example, offer investors a regular dividend. There’s no dividend with gold. Most of the time, investors have to pay to own gold. This can erode returns over time.Therefore, if you’re looking for a way to protect and grow your wealth for the next 10-20 years, the FTSE 100 shares above seem to be some of the best options on the market right now. Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.last_img read more

Carta a la Iglesia Episcopal del Obispo Presidente, Presidente de…

first_img Submit a Press Release Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Belleville, IL Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Press Release Service New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Carta a la Iglesia Episcopal del Obispo Presidente, Presidente de la Cámara de Diputados Suspensión del estatuto de limitaciones para mala conducta sexual del clero comienza el 1 de enero de 2019 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Jobs & Calls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Posted Dec 13, 2018 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Job Listing Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Estimado Pueblo de Dios en la Iglesia Episcopal:Hace casi un año, nosotros publicamos un llamamiento a que la iglesia examinara su historia y lograra una mejor comprensión de cómo hemos manejado o maltratado casos de acoso sexual, explotación y abuso a través de los años. En particular, pedimos escuchar las voces de la iglesia más amplia en la Convención General para que los diputados y obispos pudieran considerar tanto cómo expiar el pasado de la iglesia y formar un futuro más justo. Como seguidores de Jesús de Nazaret, como hijos de Dios con todo el mundo, no podíamos hacer menos y debemos hacer más.En julio, la Convención General consideró 26 resoluciones y una conmemoración que abordan los asuntos que el movimiento #YoTambién (#MeToo) ha sacado a la luz, muchos desarrollados por el Comité Especial de la Cámara de Diputados sobre Acoso y Explotación Sexuales. Una de estas resoluciones, Resolución D034, suspende por tres años el canon (ley eclesiástica) que impone un plazo para iniciar procesos en casos de mala conducta sexual en contra de adultos por parte de clérigos. No existe un plazo para denunciar mala conducta sexual en contra de niños y jóvenes menores de 21 años de edad por parte de clérigos.Como resultado de esta resolución, desde 1 de enero de 2019 hasta 31 de diciembre de 2021, los que quieren iniciar un caso de mala conducta sexual contra un clérigo podrán hacerlo, independientemente de hace cuanto tiempo ocurrió la supuesta mala conducta. Las alegaciones de mala conducta pueden presentarse al gestor en la diócesis donde ocurrió la supuesta mala conducta, o, si la alegación es contra un obispo, a la Oficina de Desarrollo Pastoral. Pueden aprender cómo comunicarse con el gestor en una diócesis buscando en su sitio web o llamando a la oficina del obispo.Esperamos que esta suspensión temporal del estatuto de limitaciones será una manera en que la iglesia pueda aceptar los casos de mala conducta sexual en nuestro pasado colectivo. De aquí a la Convención General en 2021, los laicos, clérigos y obispos nombrados a varios grupos de trabajo por la Convención General de 2018 trabajarán en otras maneras de abordar estos asuntos, incluso un proceso de ayudar a la iglesia a involucrarse en la veracidad, la confesión y reconciliación respecto a nuestra historia de discriminación basada en género, acoso y violencia.Agradecemos los numerosos diputados, obispos y otros voluntarios en toda la iglesia cuyo trabajo cuidadoso antes de, durante y después de la Convención General ayudan a que nuestra iglesia avance al día cuando, habiéndonos arrepentido de nuestros pecados y enmendado nuestra vida común, podamos ser restaurados en amor, gracia y confianza el uno con el otro mediante nuestro Salvador Jesucristo.Fielmente,El Rvdmo. Michael B. Curry                          La Rda. Gay Clark JenningsObispo Presidente y Primado                       Presidente, Cámara de Diputados Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC last_img read more

Prevented Plant Resources Now in One Spot Thanks to CCSI

first_img SHARE Previous articleStabenow Says This Dairy Program is a ‘Much Better Program’Next articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for June 17, 2019 Eric Pfeiffer Prevented Plant Resources Now in One Spot Thanks to CCSI“Weird. Tough. Use any adjective you want to for this season. It’s been a bear and farmers are facing a lot of tough decisions that they have to make relatively quickly.”That’s Lisa Holscher, Director of the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative in Indiana. She says resources to help with those decisions are aplenty, but they’re in too many different places. Her inbox has been flooded with emails, “regarding prevented planting, late planting, seeding cover crops after prevented planting. I have a folder now dedicated to prevented planting.”Holscher said, “We started sorting through the information, what was public, what could be made publicly available, and tried to organize it in a way that can help farmers and other people making decisions about what they’re going to do with their non-planted fields this year.”And those resources can now be found in one place at It’s Holscher’s hope that farmers who have not explored using cover crops before might take the opportunity to do that now given their situation.“Especially to protect those acres that have not been planted. To give those fields a nice cover to protect them from sun, rain, erosion, and to also keep living root in the ground, that’s not a weed, but keep a good living root to feed the soil biology and help improve soil health.”Again, you can start by utilizing the resources found at, but Holscher says don’t stop there.“I would highly encourage people going through this process and making these decisions, contact your local soil and water conservation district, your local NRCS office, Purdue Extension. They can help guide you through the process.” Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter By Eric Pfeiffer – Jun 16, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News Prevented Plant Resources Now in One Spot Thanks to CCSI Prevented Plant Resources Now in One Spot Thanks to CCSIlast_img read more

RSF reiterates call for EU sanctions against CCTV and Xinhua

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF is appalled by the growth of this practice by China’s state media, which poses an alarming threat to freely reported news and information.The latest victims include Gui Minhai, the owner of Mighty Current, a Hong Kong-based company that publishes books critical of the Chinese Communist Party. After disappearing in Thailand in October in circumstances that led many to suspect he had been kidnapped, Gui delivered a tearful “confession” on CCTV on 17 January, saying he wanted to be tried in China despite having Swedish citizenship.Yesterday, it was the turn of Peter Dahlin, a Swedish citizen working for the NGO Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, to make a “confession” on CCTV, while Xinhua published a dispatch about his “confession” and reported that he had been arrested for “encouraging the masses to oppose the government.”“We are outraged by the dissemination of forced ‘confessions’ that have no informational value,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “By knowingly peddling lies and statements were presumably obtained under duress, CCTV and Xinhua become mass propaganda weapons and cease de facto to be news media.”Ismaïl added: “In view of their growing international role – seen in the increasing number of partnerships with CCTV and the many international media subscribing to Xinhua’s service – these two organizations represent a threat to freely produced news in the public interest. We call on the European Union to urgently adopt a resolution sanctioning these practices, which are part of the Chinese government’s repressive system.”RSF already called on the European Council to adopted sanctions against CCTV and its executives in August 2014. Such sanctions would be in line with a previous European Union measure. In decision 2013/124/PESC of March 2013, the European Council found that certain Iranian officials – including Press TV’s CEO and news director – had violated the right to a fair trial by their use of forced confessions and were complicit in the use of violence to make detainees “confess.”Other recent victims of this practice in China include Gao Yu, a journalist who disappeared on 23 April 2014 and who was shown on CCTV two weeks later confessing to having made a “big mistake” and admitting her “guilt.” She was accused of “disclosing state secrets to sources outside of China.”During her trial in November 2014, she said she made the confession under duress, because threats had been made against her son.Xiang Nanfu, a regular contributor to the New York-based news website Boxun, was showed on CCTV 13 in May 2014 confessing to having “smeared the Party and government.” When he was released on 19 August 2014, the police said it was “because of his poor health and above all because of a relatively good attitude in pleading guilty.”Designed to discredit independent news providers, this practice was also used in November 2013 against Chen Yongzhou, a reporter for the Xinkuai Bao newspaper.CCTV producer Wang Qinglei was fired the same month after criticizing CCTV for broadcasting well-known social network commentator Charles Xue’s forced confession. “Televised confessions serve political needs,” Wang said in an open letter that was quickly removed after being posted online.China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. to go further RSF_en News Organisation China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China June 2, 2021 Find out more News News January 21, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF reiterates call for EU sanctions against CCTV and Xinhua China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for European Union sanctions against state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) and the official news agency Xinhua for broadcasting and publishing what are presumably forced “confessions.” News Receive email alertslast_img read more

‘Effort To Hold Judiciary To Ransom’ : SC Sentences 3 Contemnors To 3 Months Imprisonment For Scandalous Allegations Against Judges

first_imgTop Stories’Effort To Hold Judiciary To Ransom’ : SC Sentences 3 Contemnors To 3 Months Imprisonment For Scandalous Allegations Against Judges LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK5 May 2020 6:30 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has sentenced three contemnors to three months imprisonment for raising “scandalous and scurrilous allegations” against sitting SC judges.On April 27, the Court had held them – Vijay Kurle(State President, Maharashtra & Goa, Indian Bar Association), Rashid Khan Pathan (National Secretary, Human Rights Security Council) & Nilesh Ojha (National President, Indian…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 has sentenced three contemnors to three months imprisonment for raising “scandalous and scurrilous allegations” against sitting SC judges.On April 27, the Court had held them – Vijay Kurle(State President, Maharashtra & Goa, Indian Bar Association), Rashid Khan Pathan (National Secretary, Human Rights Security Council) & Nilesh Ojha (National President, Indian Bar Association) – guilty of criminal contempt under the Contempt of Courts Act.The bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose took the up the matter on May 4 for hearing on sentence.Meanwhile, one of the contemnors, Nilesh Ojha, filed an application seeking recusal of Justice Deepak Gupta stating that he was in a “hurry” to decide the matter. This application was dismissed.The contemnors also filed application for recall of the judgment holding them guilty for contempt.The bench noted that in the recall applications, the correctness of the judgment was questioned on many grounds.”No recall application can lie on these grounds and the proper remedy for the contemnors is to file a review petition, if so advised”, observed the bench. As regards sentence, none of them were ready to argue on sentence on the ground that the judgment was per incuriam and they had a right to challenge the same.”There is not an iota of remorse or any semblance of apology on behalf of the contemnors. Since they have not argued on sentence, we have to decide the sentence without assistance of the contemnors. In view of the scurrilous and scandalous allegations levelled against the judges of this Court and no remorse being shown by any of the contemnors we are of the considered view that they cannot be let off leniently”, the bench observed.The Court also noted that it had held in the judgment that “the complaints were sent by the contemnors with a view to intimidate the Judges who were yet to hear Shri Nedumpara (Advocate Mathews Nedumpara) on the question of punishment, so that no action against Shri Nedumpara is taken”.”Therefore, it is obvious that this is a concerted effort to virtually hold the Judiciary to ransom”, added the bench.Hence, they were sentenced to three months simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2000 each. The Court clarified that the sentence would come into effect after COVID-19 lockdown “Keeping in view the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown conditions we direct that this sentence shall come into force after 16 weeks from today when the contemnors should surrender before the Secretary General of this Court to undergo the imprisonment.Otherwise, warrants for their arrest shall be issued,” the order said.Bench declines plea for adjournmentThe bench declined the plea for adjournment made by the contemnors. Since Justice Deepak Gupta is set to retire on May 6, the bench was particular about hearing the matter on May 4 itself.The Court noted in the order that the registry had received a WhatsApp message from Mr. Ishwari Lal S. Aggarwal, Advocate for Rashid Khan Pathan,  that around 100 advocates would appear for him, and he wanted to know the limit for Video Conferencing. Later, he sent a list of 11 advocates appearing for Rashid Khan Pathan.Proper Video Conferencing communication was established with Mr. Ishwari Lal S. Aggarwal but he refused to argue the matter on merits and stated that the matter would be argued by Mr. Ghanshyam Upadhyay. Proper Video Conferencing communication could not established with Mr. Ghanshyam Upadhyay though he was visible, he was not audible. Therefore, communication was established with him through WhatsApp and he stated that there was no urgency in the matter and it should be listed after the lockdown.In this backdrop, the bench noted :”It is obvious that Contemnor No.2 in one way or the other is trying to delay the matter”.The contemnors were held liable for ‘scurrilous and scandalous’ allegations  against Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Saran over their order sentencing Advocate Mathews Nedumpara guilty of contempt in March 2019.After discussing the contents of the complaints filed by the contemnors in detail, the bench found them to be “ex facie contemptuous”. Proxy battle for Nedumpara In the judgment delivered on April 27, the SC observed that the contemnors were fighting a “proxy battle” for Advocate Mathews Nedumpara.”Though the alleged contemnors claim that they are not expressing any solidarity with Shri Mathews Nedumpara nor do they have anything personal against Justice R.F. Nariman, the entire reading of the complaints shows a totally different picture. When we read both the complaints together it is obvious that the alleged contemnors are fighting a proxy battle for Shri Nedumpara. They are raking up certain issues which could have been raised only by Shri Nedumpara and not by the alleged contemnors Nedumpara”, the bench observed.Vijay Kurle and Rashid Khan Pathan did not deny that they have sent these letters. The Court noted that they, in fact, justified the sending of these letters. “There is not even a word of regret in any of the affidavits filed by them”, the Court exclaimed. As regards the third contemnor Nilesh Ojha, the Court said that the letters sent by Vijay Kurle and Rashid Khan Pathan were sent with his knowledge and consent. “Shri Rashid Khan Pathan is basically waging a war against the Members of the Bench and against this Court at the instance of Shri Nilesh Ojha, if not Shri Nedumpara because in his complaint he states that Shri Nilesh Ojha was the lawyer for the respondent before the Court and could be the only person who could have supplied the material to Shri Rashid Khan Pathan”, the Court observed. “There can be no manner of doubt that this complaint by Shri Vijay Kurle was filed with a view to intimidate the Judges so that no action against Shri Nedumpara is taken”, the bench said. The Court also noted that Ojha had appeared for Nedumpara in many contempt cases. In March 2019, the Supreme Court had issued notices to Vijay Kurle, Rashid Khan Pathan, Nilesh Ojha and Mathews Nedumpara after taking suo moto notice of their letters against judges. However, the Court discharged Nedumpara in a separate proceedings in September 2019, after he claimed that that he barely knew Vijay Kurle and Nilesh Ojha, and did not know Rashid Khan Pathan at all.Click here to download orderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Arjun Panditrao Decision- The Time To Revisit S.65B Of Indian Evidence Act: A Scientific Legal Analysis

first_imgColumnsArjun Panditrao Decision- The Time To Revisit S.65B Of Indian Evidence Act: A Scientific Legal Analysis Ayan Bhattacherjee & Indrajit Adhikari8 Sep 2020 5:22 AMShare This – x”Every new time will give its law” – Maxim Gorky, The New Lawyer’s Wit and Wisdom In its quest to emplace the judicial discipline relating to admissibility of any electronic record and to obviate the controversies created by the previous judgments as to whether certificate under Section of the 65B of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 (‘the said Act’) is a condition…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?Login”Every new time will give its law” – Maxim Gorky, The New Lawyer’s Wit and Wisdom In its quest to emplace the judicial discipline relating to admissibility of any electronic record and to obviate the controversies created by the previous judgments as to whether certificate under Section of the 65B of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 (‘the said Act’) is a condition precedent for admissibility of any Secondary electronic record and at what stage the same may be produced; a Three Member Bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, in its latest referendum judgment namely, Arjun Panditrao Khotkar Vs. Kailash Kushanrao Gorantyal & Ors, decided on July 14, 2020 has hand down, inter alia, as follows:- a) Anvar P.V. v. P.K. Basheer & Ors [(2014) 10 SCC 473] is the authoritative law of the land on Section 65B of the said Act and therefore certificate required under Section 65B(4) is a condition precedent to the admissibility of any Secondary electronic record; b) Earlier Three Judge Bench decision of Tomaso Bruno v. State of U.P. [(2015) 7 SCC 178] on Section 65B of the said Act, having not considered Anvar P.V. (supra) being per incuriam, does not lay down the law correctly; c) Earlier Division Bench decision rendered in Shafhi Mohammad v. State of Himachal Pradesh, reported in (2018) 2 SCC 801 and the judgment dated 03.04.2018 reported as (2018) 5 SCC 311 do not lay down the law correctly and are therefore overruled; d) The decision of Madras High Court in K. Ramajyam v. Inspector of Police [(2016) Crl. LJ 1542], which states that evidence aliunde can be given through a person who was in-charge of a computer device in the place of the requisite certificate under Section 65B(4) of the said Act is also an incorrect statement of the law and is, accordingly, overruled. e) No certificate under Section 65B(4) of the said Act is required if the original document (electronic record) itself is produced and the same can be done by the owner of a laptop, computer, computer tablet or even a mobile phone, by stepping into the witness box and proving that the concerned device, on which the original information is first stored, is owned and/or operated by him; f) In cases where the computer happens to be a part of a computer system or computer network and it becomes impossible to physically bring such system or network to the Court, then the only means of providing information contained in such electronic record can be in accordance with Section 65B(1), together with the requisite certificate under Section 65B(4). Judgments Considered in Arjun Panditrao (supra): Before moving further, let us first understand as to what were the ratio of the earlier judgments relating to Section 65B vis a vis electronic evidence, which have been dealt with in Arjun Panditrao (supra): Judgment Citation Forum Ratio Followed/ Overruled Anvar P.V. v. P.K. Basheer & Ors (2014) 10 SCC 473 Supreme Court (3 Judges) Section 65A & 65B is a complete Code. A certificate required under Section 65B(4) is a condition precedent to the admissibility of any Secondary electronic record. If an electronic record is used as primary evidence under Section 62 of the said Act, the same is admissible in evidence, without compliance with the conditions in Section 65-B of the said Act. Followed Tomaso Bruno v. State of U.P. (2015) 7 SCC 178 Supreme Court (3 Judges) Secondary evidence of the contents of a document can also be led under Section 65 of the said Act to make CCTV footage admissible Overruled Paras Jain v. State of Rajasthan 2015 SCC OnLine Raj 8331 Rajasthan High Court Certificate as required under Section 65-B can be produced subsequently in any circumstances if the same was not procured alongwith the electronic record and not produced in the Court with the charge-sheet or produced but not in proper format. It is curable irregularity. Given Concurrence Kundan Singh v. State 2015 SCC OnLine Del 13647 Delhi High Court Requisite certificate need not necessarily be given at the time of tendering of evidence but could be at a subsequent stage of the proceedings. Given Concurrence K.Ramajyam v. Inspector of Police (2016) Crl. LJ 1542 Madras High Court Evidence aliunde can be given through a person who was in-charge of a computer device in the place of the requisite certificate under Section 65B(4) of the said Act Overruled Vikram Singh & Anr. v. State of Punjab (2017) 8 SCC 518 Supreme Court (3 Judges) Where primary evidence in electronic form has been produced, no certificate under Section 65B would be necessary Followed Shafhi Mohammad v. State of HP (2018) 2 SCC 801 Supreme Court (2 Judges) A party who is not in possession of device from which the document is produced, cannot be required to produce certificate under Section 65-B(4) of the said Act. The applicability of requirement of certificate being procedural can be relaxed by the court wherever interest of justice so justifies. Overruled State of Karnataka v. M.R. Hiremath (2019) 7 SCC 515 Supreme Court (2 Judges) The need for production of a certificate under Section 65-B(4) would arise when the electronic record is sought to be produced in evidence at the trial. It is at that stage that the necessity of the production of the certificate would arise. Followed Positivity of Arjun PanditraoNo doubt Arjun Panditrao (supra) is an asseveration of the Apex Court on Section 65B of the said Act setting in quietus all the controversies in law relating to production of certificate under Section 65B in respect of an electronic record. The judgment is imbibed with the erudite, analytical mind, expertise, interpretative skills of the Hon’ble Judges. In giving shape to the judgment, the Apex Court has not only thoroughly scrutinized and analyzed the relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2002 as amended by 2008 Act; Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973; Civil Procedure Code, 1908; the said Act but also has made hair spitting survey of the origin of Section 65B and dealt with relevant branches of law relating to electronic evidence prevailing in UK, USA and Canada. Some of the ingenious measures giving strength and positivity to the judgment are as follows:- A. Paving the way for Trial Courts to secure 65B certificate: Through this judgment, the Apex Court for the first time has devised a pragmatic mechanism for the Trial Courts to secure Certificate under Section 65B in respect of any Secondary electronic record from the person(s) in control of such original electronic record by taking resort to Sections 91/ 311/173(8)/231 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (‘Cr PC’) and Order XVI of the Civil Procedure Code, 1908 (‘C P C’) and Section 165 of the said Act. B. Utilization of Legal Maxims of Equity in balancing the rights of parties and powers of Courts while securing certificate: This judgment has also semantically analyzed and applied two well settled Maxims of Equity, namely, i) actus curiae neminem gravabit (an act of the Court shall prejudice no man) and ii) lex non cogit ad impossibilia (the law does not compel a man to do that which he cannot possibly perform) to set forth a range for the Trial Courts to exercise their powers in securing certificate under Section 65B in relation to any Secondary electronic record. The object was to create a balance between the rights of parties and the powers of the Court while procuring such certificate. C. Directions for maintenance and management of CDRs: This judgment to a great extent, has referred to and discussed various Clauses and License Conditions of the Department of Telecommunications and issued general directions upon Cellular Companies and Internet Service Providers to maintain CDRs and other relevant records for the concerned period (in tune with Section 39 of the said Act) in a segregated and secure manner if a particular CDR or other record is seized during investigation in the said period. Such Directions are made applicable for criminal trials, till issuance of appropriate directions under applicable licenses, or under Section 67C of the Information Technology Act, 2002. The judgment has also laid down a process for the concerned parties to summon such CDRs and other records at the stage of defence evidence or during cross-examination of a particular witness. D. Underscoring statutory recognition of Draft Rules for Reception, Retrieval, Authentication and Preservation of Electronic Records : This judgment has, in extenso, delved into the Conference of the Chief Justices of the High Courts, chaired by the Chief Justice of India held on 23 April 2016 followed by formation of a five-Judge Committee constituted on 28 July, 2018 and Final Report of the said Committee given in November 2018 containing Draft Rules for the Reception, Retrieval, Authentication and Preservation of Electronic Records and has emphasized for giving them statutory force, to guide Courts with regard to preservation and retrieval of electronic evidence. Some thoughts: India is presently holding 3rd position in the world in terms of highest rate of cybercrime (as per a recent Report released by USA’s Internet Crime Complaint Centre of FBI) and second largest online market and internet user in the world, ranked only behind China (as per Report dated July 07, 2020 published by Statista). As students of law and giving highest reverence to the judgment, may we now put in our thoughts over the probable gray areas of the judgment and their implications: A. Whether S. 65B is a complete Code in itself: The entire foundation of Arjun Panditrao (supra) and Anvar P.V. (supra) is based on the supposition that “The very caption of Section 65-A of the Evidence Act, read with Sections 59 and 65-B is sufficient to hold that the special provisions on evidence relating to electronic record shall be governed by the procedure prescribed under Section 65-B of the Evidence Act. That is a complete code in itself. Being a special law, the general law under Sections 63 and 65 has to yield.” Let us analyze how far this proposition is true and how far Section 65B is a complete Code guiding electronic evidence. i) Section 65B itself contemplate “electronic record” as “document” and then make it admissible: If we follow the plain language of Section 65B, then at first, it considers ‘any information contained in an electronic record’ (in whatever format) produced by a computer as ‘document’ if conditions mentioned in Sub Secs (2), (3) are satisfied. If the Legislatures wanted to assign a different class to ‘electronic record’, then there was no requirement for deeming such ‘information contained in electronic record’ as ‘document’ and thereafter admit it into evidence on fulfillment of certain conditions. So, the intention of legislature might be to contemplate ‘any information contained in electronic record’ as a species of the genre ‘document’. ii) Doctrine of “intelligible differentia” vis a vis Section 65B: If we consider Section 65B of the said Act to be a complete Code within itself, then it must travel through the test of doctrine of “intelligible differentia” deeming “electronic record” and “document” as two distinct and different classes. To pass that test, Section 65B must exhaustively deal with all kinds of “electronic record” – primary and secondary as well as their mode and manner of admissibility, relevancy and proof like Sections 61 to 73 achieve in relation to “document”. But Section 65B merely lays down a Rule of admissibility of electronic record. This Section also cannot independently deal with all kinds of eventualities in relation to electronic record unlike Sections 61 to 73 and other provisions of the said Act do in relation to ‘documentary evidence’. It also fails to regulate the ‘source’ and ‘authenticity’ of any electronic record, which are the primary criterion for proving an electronic record. Section 65B further fails to define or deal with ‘public electronic record’ unlike Sections 63, 74, 76, 77 and 78 of the said Act. The latter provision provisions deal with “public document”, quite comprehensively. iii) Whether Section 65B is Alma Mater regarding admissibility of all electronic record: Section 65B even cannot properly deal with admissibility of all kind of electronic record. An Illustration may make this clear. A person, who is interested to obtain his digital signature to authenticate his electronic records, can easily apply for the same before any licensed Certifying Authority (generally Third Party Vendors), who has been granted license by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India to issue a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) under Section 24 of the Information Technology Act, 2000. Such Certifying Authority after completion of procedural formalities, grants such DSC (containing the Public Key that can be used to validate the Private Key that is associated with a digital signature) for a limited period to the applicant. In simple, DSC is digital equivalent (in electronic format) of physical or paper certificate. Such DSC can be presented electronically to prove one’s identity, to access information or services on the internet or to sign certain documents electronically. This DSC is provided to the applicant/signature holder in PEN Drive and every time the owner has to give access to the Pen Drive to use his digital signature in any electronic record. This Pen Drive is the primary electronic evidence and as per Arjun Panditrao (supra) or Section 65-B, only production of that original Pen Drive before the Court should suffice to prove the authenticity of the signature of that person and he can prove the same by examining himself on dock. If Section 65B is the sole Section dealing with its admissibility, then Section 73A would not have been incorporated in the said Act to deal with the manner of proof of verification of such DSC. To prove the fact that the digital signature is that of the person by whom it purports to have been affixed, Section 65A has to give a way to Section 73A. If the production of DSC by the signature owner under Section 65B would have been final, then Court could not be vested with the power to direct the Controller or Certifying Authority to produce the DSC or direct any other person to apply the public key listed in DSC to verify the digital signature purported to have been affixed by that person. Thus Section 65B alone even cannot regulate the admissibility of all kinds of electronic record. Section 73A is a clear example of it. B. Relevant provisions regarding Electronic Record: In the thought process of making of the judgment, only Sections 3, 22A, 45A, 59, 65A, 65B of the said Act and various relevant Sections of the Information Technology Act, 2000 have been considered and analysed by the Apex Court. However many a Sections of the said Act dealing with electronic records including Sections 17, 34, 39, 47A, 67A, 73A, 81A, 85A, 85B, 85C, 88A, 90A, 131 have not at all been taken into consideration. If those Sections, which were inserted in the said Act by way of amendment (after coming into effect of the Information Technology Act) were considered and analyzed in the judgment, then probably the intention of the Legislature would have been more clearer. A conjoint reading of these Sections [not considered by Arjun Panditrao (supra)] may probably throw light upon us to come to the conclusion that the Legislatures had enacted these Sections in order to breach the gap between “document” and “electronic record” with regard to their relevancy, how much of its contents come into the arena of proof, mode and manner of proof, presumptive value etc. If Section 65B would have been a complete Code governing electronic records then these Sections would not have been incorporated by the Legislature. It may give us an impression that Section 65B not in isolation but together with these Sections, can form a Code to govern “electronic record”. C. Can Section 65B operate independently barring Section 63/65 to deal with Secondary Electronic Record: Secondary evidence of an electronic record covers a large field in our modern era. With the aid of advanced technology, we can very easily create, copy, store and preserve authenticated copies of any electronic record in various formats. Today, most of the original electronic records are stored in Cloud Storage like Google Drive, One Drive etc. (even user data in various social medias like Facebook, Twitter etc are stored in Cloud) and the servers of those Cloud Storage are kept in different countries to protect data from physical damage. In case any such electronic data, stored in Cloud, is required to be produced as evidence, then as per Arjun Panditrao (supra) either original hard drive stored in Cloud Device has to be produced (which is quite difficult if not impossible) or any authenticated copy of the data can be produced as evidence backed by certificate under Section 65B. Arjun Panditrao (supra) has only made it clear that the original computer or device wherein the electronic record is created or stored is primary evidence. But as neither Section 65B nor Arjun Panditrao (supra) defines or lays down any yardstick for ‘Secondary electronic record’, these huge class of copies are left into an uncertain arena of admissibility. So to decide as to whether any electronic record is primary or secondary, we have to take resort to Section 63 of the said Act. It clearly reflects that the Legislatures have intentionally not defined and explained “Secondary electronic record” thinking that Sections 63 and 65 are already there to take good care of them in relation to electronic evidence. So again without taking the help of Sections 63 and 65 of the said Act, we can not possibly apply Section 65B to prove any electronic record as Secondary evidence. D. Whether [email protected] v. State of Haryana [AIR 2017 SC 3441] has been considered in proper perspective in Arjun Panditrao(supra): Following Anvar P.V. (supra) the Apex Court in Arjun Panditrao (supra) has held that pleas regarding admissibility of electronic records on grounds of non production of certificate under Section 65-B, cannot be entertained before an Appellate Court, if an objection had not been given in Trial Court. According to Apex Court the mode or method of proof is procedural and objections, if not taken at trial, cannot be permitted at appellate stage. This decision was based on the finding that the requirements of Section 65B merely pertain to issues of mode of proof and not inherent admissibility of the electronic record. But Arjun Panditrao (supra) has held that mandatory certificate under Section 65B is a condition precedent and goes to the very root of admissibility of any Secondary electronic evidence. Since Arjun Panditrao (supra) has not overruled Sonu alias Amar (supra), the ratio of that judgment will follow. As Arjun Panditrao (supra) has made it clear that it is the duty of the Trial Court to ensure production of certificate in some cases, the adversary would be precluded in raising their objection in those cases, creating serious prejudice to their rights in appellate stage. Now, if in any given case, in spite of best of endeavour of the parties as well as Court, if the requisite certificate under Section 65B cannot be produced, then by virtue of Arjun Panditrao (supra) such certificate would be excused and the Secondary electronic record would probably be admitted in evidence without any certificate. So the challenge of admissibility in respect of that Secondary electronic record would never be possible to be raised by the adversary party even in appellate stage. E. Uncertainty of Public Electronic Record: In modern days, most of the public documents and public records like records of Registrar of Companies, records of Income Tax and Sales Tax Department, records of Postal Authority, orders of Courts of Law and Tribunals etc. are maintained in electronic form in public domain. If a person having right to inspect such public documents and obtain a certified copy of such documents in physical forms, then he cannot be denied such right of inspection and get copies of such public documents available in electronic form as well. In fact, advancement of science and technology has ensured these rights of inspection at our doorsteps and made it easy to get copies of such public documents in many sectors by adhering various authenticated means but if our Laws (whether Legislated or Judge-Made) do not provide an easy and simple method to admit these copies of public documents as electronic evidence in Courts or Tribunals, then such Laws will fail to cope up with the need of society and will be fruitless. But neither Section 65-B nor the decisions of Arjun Panditrao(supra) or Anvar P.V.(supra) do ensure such burning need of the society and to withstand the test of time. F. What if Certificate u/s 65B is false: Section 65B does not provide any checks and balance to ensure genuinity of a certificate. Anybody pretending himself to be the ‘person occupying a responsible position in relation to operation of the relevant device or the management of the relevant activities’ can actually sign and execute such certificate. There is no pointer prescribed in Section 65B to connect the electronic record and the originator of the electronic record. There is also nothing in Section 65B(4) to ensure the source and authenticity of the Secondary electronic record. Even otherwise, since a certificate under Section 65-B is only in the form of a declaration and not in the form of an affidavit or affirmation, if any person falsely makes such declaration without actually adhering to the procedures contained in the letters of Section 65B(2) or (3) of (4), Court will be obliged to accept such certificate as true and admit any Secondary electronic record as evidence on the strength of such certificate. Since furnishing of a false certificate is not punishable offence, anyone can take the Court in a ride with him on the basis of such false certificate. G. Section 91 Cr PC vis a vis An Accused vis a vis Section 131 of Evidence Act: A Conundrum The Hon’ble Supreme Court in Anjun Panditrao (supra) has discussed in details about application of Section 91 of Cr P C for procurement of the certificate from a third person in case the same was not filed with the FIR/complaint. Though the provision under Section 91 Cr P C can definitely be invoked in such a situation, however it cannot be lost sight of the fact that in a given case ‘electronic record’ and the computer in question may be in the possession and/or with the custody of an accused person. In such a contingency, the provision under Section 91 Cr P C will have no application inasmuch as an accused person cannot be compelled to disclose documents which are incriminatory and based on his personal knowledge. Provision under Section 91 of Cr P C, in its true interpretation, cannot envisage an accused person. In this regard, it is not out of place to mention that the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India in ‘State of Gujrat vs. Shyamlal Mohanlal Choksi’ (AIR 1965 SC 1251) by interpreting Section 94 of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (which is pari materia to Section 91 of Cr P C) has unanimously held that the said provision in its true interpretation does not apply to an accused. “30. It seems to us that in view of this background the Legislature, if it were minded to make S. 94 applicable to an accused person, would have said so in specific words. It is true that the words of S. 94 are wide enough to include an accused person but it is well recognised that in some cases a limitation may be put on the construction of the wide terms of a statute (vide Craies on Statute Law, p. 177). Again it is a rule as to the limitation of the meaning of general words used in a statute that they are to be, if possible, construed as not to alter the common law (vide Craies on Statute Law p. 187). 31. There is one other consideration which is important. Art. 20(3) has been construed by this Court in Kalu Oghad’s case, (1962) 3 SCR 10: (AIR 96l SC 1808), to mean that an accused person cannot be compelled to disclose documents which are incriminatory and based on his knowledge: S. 94, Criminal Procedure Code, permits the production of all documents including the above-mentioned class of documents. If S. 94 is construed to include an accused person, some unfortunate consequences, follow. Suppose a police officer — and here it is necessary to emphasize that the police officer has the same powers as a Court-directs an accused to attend and produce or produce a document. According to the accused, he cannot be compelled to produce this document under Art. 20(3) of the Constitution. What is he to do? If he refuses to produce it before the Police Officer, he would be faced with a prosecution under S. 175, Indian Penal Code, and in this prosecution he could not contend that he was not legally bound to produce it because the order to produce is valid order if S. 94 applies to an accused person. This becomes clearer if the language of S. 175 is compared with the language employed in S. 485, Cr. P. C. Under the latter Section a reasonable excuse for refusing to produce is a good defence. If he takes the document and objects to its production, there is no machinery provided or the police to hold a preliminary enquiry. The Police Officer could well say that on the terms of the Section he was not bound to listen to the accused or his counsel. Even if he were minded to listen, would he take evidence and hear arguments to determine whether the production of the document is prohibited by Art. 20(3). At any rate, his decision would be final under the Code for no appeal or revision would lie against his order. Thus it seems to us that if we construe S. 94 to include an accused person, this construction is likely to lead to grave hardship for the accused and make investigation unfair to him. ………………………………. 33. Keeping the above considerations in mind, let us look at the terms of the Section. It will be noticed that the language is general, and prima facie apt to include an accused person. But there are indications that the Legislature did not intend to include an accused person. The words attend and produce’ are rather inept to cover the case of an accused person. It would be an odd procedure for a Court to issue a summons to an accused person present in Court ‘to attend and produce’ a document. It would be still more odd for a police officer to issue a written order to an accused person in his custody to attend and produce a document. 40. Therefore, agreeing with the High Court, we hold that S. 94 on its true construction, does not apply to an accused person…..” Even by virtue of Section 165 of the said Act, the court cannot compel a party to produce a document which is constitutionally protected inasmuch as Section 165 of the said Act cannot override Part III of the Constitution of India. As it is not open to a court to compel a party to make a particular kind of pleading or to amend its pleading or to examine a particular witness while, it is duty of a court of law not only to do justice but to ensure that the justice is done and it should bear in mind that it should act only according to law and not otherwise. (Vide The Municipal Corporation of Greater Bombay vs. Lala Pancham and Others. AIR 1965 SC 1008. At Page 1014) In view of the aforesaid pronouncement, it can be said that the mechanism of Section 91 Cr. PC cannot be applied at all, either directly or indirectly, in order to obtain certificate and/or original computer when the same is within the custody of an accused. Since an accused cannot be compelled through the process envisaged under Section 91 of Cr P C, a proceeding under Section 175 of the Indian Penal Code (‘IPC’) for omission to produce document as sought for cannot be instituted against an accused as is evident from the language of Section 175 of the I P C. The charge under Section 175 I P C is premised that the person called upon to produce document or electronic record has to be person ‘being legally bound to deliver the same’. Since an accused is not ‘legally bound’ to produce the document, charge under Section 175 of IPC cannot slapped against an accused. (Vide ‘Iswar Chandra Ghosal Vs. Imperor’, (1908) 12 Cal WN 1016). On the same logic, the charge under Section 204 I P C which penalizes destruction of document and/or electronic record in order to prevent its production as evidence, cannot be slapped against an accused. It can further be added that in terms of Section 131 of the said Act, even where the document and/or electronic record of an accused is under the control of a third person, the latter cannot be compelled to produce the same by court process. According to Section 131 of the said Act, the extent of the obligation of a person having interest in the document is the determining issue. In case the said person is not compellable to give up the custody of the document, then the custodian of the document is also not compellable. Way back in 1961, the Hon’ble Bombay High Court in ‘The State of Maharashtra vs. Nagpur Electric Light and Power Co. Ltd. and Another’ (AIR 1961 BOM 242), had applied Section 131 of the said Act qua a company against which proceeding was pending. It was held that since the company being an accused cannot be reached by virtue of Article 20(3) of Constitution of India to produce incriminating document, the company can therefore, object to its own employee producing the document without the consent of the company under Section 131 of the said act. In the aforesaid backdrop, it is therefore evident that the modalities under Section 91 Cr P C cannot be invoked in a situation where the document is either in the custody of the accused or in the custody of a third person. Analyzing form aforesaid angle, it would be evident that the consequence of non-availability of the document in aforesaid contingencies which may often surface out in a criminal prosecution, was not addressed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Arjun Panditrao (supra). H. Compellable Modes of Recovery of certificate: The Hon’ble Supreme Court had discussed the provision under Section 91 Cr P C without there being any reference to other compellable mode of recoveries such as Search Warrant under Section 93 Cr. PC, etc. The Supreme Court has merely taken refuge to the ancient maxim ‘Lex Non Cogit ad impossibilia’ (the law does not compel a man to do which he cannot possibly perform). In a given case for indifference of a third party the certificate under Section 64 B of the said Act, may not be obtained by a trial court despite its best effort under Section 91 of Cr P C. In such a case, if only on such count the certification is dispensed with as apparently held by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, the consequence would be deleterious since the same will open flood gate whereby Secondary evidence will be accepted by a court of law. Such receipt of Secondary evidence is not only contrary to the Best Evidence Rule but may in appropriate cases affect the interest of either of the parties. Since from the structure of Cr P C (vide Chapter VI/Section 90), it would be evident that harsher mechanism for procuring evidence is already conceptualized by the Legislature, there is no reason not for not resorting to the same. Since in Arjun Panditrao (supra) the other compellable methods were not dealt with, therefore, trial court may abort the other mechanism as envisaged under Cr P C after invocation of Section 91 Cr. PC and its failure to obtain the electronic record, and may admit the Secondary evidence which eventuality tinker upon the fundamental right of fair trial under Article 21 of the Constitution of India of a litigant be it an accused or complainant/informant. I. Concurring view, the Law of Future: As indicated in Arjun Panditrao (supra), sub-Sections (2) to (5) of Section 65B of the said Act are reproduction of sub-Sections (2) to (5) of Section 5 of the Civil Evidence Act, 1968 (UK), with minor changes. These Sections have been repealed by the Civil Evidence Act of 1995 (UK) and is no longer applicable in UK or European Union but we are still carrying out British Legacy. The concurring opinion of V. Ramasubramanian J. in Arjun Panditrao (supra) has vigorously dealt with Legislative developments in U.S.A., U.K. and Canada on the admissibility of electronic records and finally came to the conclusion that the major jurisdictions of the world have come to terms with the change of times and the development of technology and fine−tuned their legislations. Therefore, it is the need of the hour that there is a relook at Section 65B of the Indian Evidence Act, introduced 20 years ago, and which has created a huge judicial turmoil, with the law swinging from one extreme to the other in the past 15 years from Navjot Sandhu to Anvar P.V. to Tomaso Bruno to Sonu to Shafhi Mohammad. This signifies a lot. Unlike USA, UK, Canada and other developed countries of the World, in India the Information Technology Act, 2000 is still the standalone legislation to give a fillip to the growth of electronic based transactions in the context of widest possible use of information technology worldwide. Whatever amendments have been made in Indian Penal Code, 1860; the Banker’s Books Evidence Act, 1891; the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 and the said Act are pursuant to IT Act. Sec 65B is also a product of IT Act. Let us not make two bones of it that Technology is always a double-edged sword and can be used for both the purposes i.e. good or bad. Steganography, Trojan Horse, Scavenging (and even Dos or DDos) are all technologies and per se not crimes, but falling into the wrong hands with an illicit intent who are out to exploit them or misuse them, those technologies can come into the array of cyber-crime and that is why those are punishable offences in some of the countries but not in India. Our IT Act is not good enough to combat the 21st Century Cyber Security Threats like Deepfakes, Synthetic Identities, AI-powered Cyberattacks, Disinformation in social media, Cyberattacks on Iot and lot more. Now keeping in mind that our country is the 2nd in position in terms of usage of internet and 3rd in position in terms of cybercrime threats, it is time to take a lead in making new laws to ensure that technology do not betray us. A better law would not only provide us better protection from modern day cyber threats but would also introduce effective, better, easy and scientific Rule of Evidence into our Evidence Act by way of amendments to do away with the strict rule of admissibility of Secondary electronic evidence and eliminate Section 65-B. Otherwise, the Law will not be able to keep pace with the society. J. What can be the substitute of Section 65B Certification: According to our humble opinion, on scientific basis, ‘Metadata’ and ‘Hash Value’ authentication can be a better substitute of Section 65B. Metadata is ‘data about data’. It is generated by virtually everyway, we communicate in our 21st Century life. It can be said to be the scientific footprint/genome of every single electronic record/communication in whatever form it is e.g. data file, image, video, message, call record etc. From metadata, even a detailed picture of anyone’s life including one’s interactions, behavior, tendencies etc. can be ascertained. Every electronic record which is created/modified/stored by any computer, laptop, mobile or other digital devices like digital camera, scanner, e-reader, flash drive etc. maintains and stores metadata containing various attributes/information relating to that electronic record. For example, in respect of a picture taken by a mobile phone or digital camera, the metadata would consist with the attributions like the name of the image, camera brand and model, aperture, shutter speed, ISO No, focal depth, dots per inch, the date and time when the image was created, GPS location of taking of the picture, keywords related to the image and so on. Likewise in respect of a word file, the metadata would consist with the attributions like file name, author’s name, name of the application through which it was created, date and time of creation, date last printed, date last saved, last modified, last accesed, file size, counts of page/paragraph/line/character, hash value and so on. Country like Australia has already brought amendments into their telecommunication laws in relation to metadata. On the other hand, Hash Value can be contemplated as fingerprint of files or digital data. The contents of a file are processed through a cryptographic algorithm and a unique numerical value, called Hash Value. Hash Value is produced to identify the contents of the file. If the contents are modified in any way, the value of the Hash will also be changed. This Hash Value Authentication thus can ensure the authenticity of the contents of any Secondary evidence generated/copied from any original electronic record. So whenever any Secondary electronic record is intended to be used as Secondary evidence for the reason that the original record/device is missing or forms part of a computer system or network which becomes impossible to be brought before the Court or electronic data is stored in a cloud storage etc etc, then instead of producing certificate under Section 65B, the metadata authentication and hash value authentication can be asked for by the Court to authenticate the same. This would be more scientific than mere parroting the Victorian language of Section 65B by the producer of the certificate. Not only it would minimize the time and energy because metadata and hash value are easily available but also would ensure reliability of the copy intended to be produced before the Court. And this is only possible when appropriate legislation is brought into effect by eliminating the rigors of Section 65-B. Conclusion: Law declared in Arjun Panditrao (supra) is a step forward in creating alarm for evolution of a suitable law in India to militate the rift between Section 65B of the said Act and the Society and if our Legislature doesn’t immediately step in, it is the citizens of India who are going to pay heavy price for it in future. Views are personal only(Advocates are practising Lawyers at Calcutta High Court)Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Covid cases remain high in some Donegal areas

first_img Previous article‘A massive day for Harps & soccer in Donegal’Next articleNorth has ‘greater sense of hope’ compared to Republic News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – April 2, 2021 Facebook There have been increases in the 14 day incidence rate of Covid-19 in some areas in Donegal.Although still returning a high figure, the previous Covid surge in South Inishowen appears to have levelled out and North of the peninsula has seen a slight increase in cases.The south and west of the county continue to record low cases numbers.The figures cover the 14 days up to last Monday March 29th.Letterkenny has seen a substantial increase going from 225 to 416 and 124 cases in the latest data.Milford also recorded a jump this week at 385 and 53 cases compared with 211 and 29 cases in the previous figures.South Inishowen still has the highest Covid incidence rate in the county although has recorded a drop this week at 426 and 93 cases compared with a rate of 519 previously.North Inishowen has witnesses a slight increase, going from 277 to 307 and 52 cases in the latest data.Lifford/Stranorlar has recorded an increase too at 317 and 82 cases compared with a previous figure of 282.Although still low figures, slight increases were recorded in the south and west of the county with Glenties having a rate of 63 and 15 cases in the latest data, while Donegal recorded a rate of 60 and 16 cases compared with a previous rate of 45. Covid cases remain high in some Donegal areas Pinterest WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

PLAS gains Blue Ribbon Ribbon School title

first_img Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Secrets Revealed “The Blue Ribbon School designation is something that we strive for at PLAS,” Baggett said. “We are proud and honored to receive this recognition and that the AISA has deemed PLAS a worthy recipient of the award.”However, PLAS is not standing on its laurels.“We, like all AISA Blue Ribbon Schools, are involved in an on-going process of school improvement,” Baggett said. “We stress academics at Pike Liberal Arts. We don’t deal with federal programs so we can focus on teaching our students without dealing with volumes of paperwork.” Published 3:00 am Thursday, March 5, 2015 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… By Jaine Treadwell Print Article PLAS gains Blue Ribbon Ribbon School title Becky Baggett, PLAS headmaster with students as they show the blue ribbon.Pike Liberal Arts School has attained the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) Blue Ribbon School designation for the 2014-2015 school year.Becky Baggett, PLAS headmaster, said an AISA Blue Ribbon School is recognized as exemplifying excellence in teaching, student performance, school life and school and community interaction.PLAS has been attained Blue Ribbon School status for each of the 14 years the AISA has sponsored the Blue Ribbon School program.center_img Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day And, we also have chapel time and pastors and youth leaders are invited to speak to our students. That’s the ‘Patriot Way’ and the AISA way.”Baggett said the AISA has been steadfast in its efforts to maintain an organization of independently operated non-public schools that are rich in diversity, committed to academic excellence and deeply concerned about the growth and development of children and youth. Baggett said PLAS offers an advanced curriculum that is directed toward meeting the educational needs of its students so they can be successful at the next level.“The graduation rate at Pike Liberal Arts is 99 percent, actually closer to 100 percent,” Baggett said. “Our 2014 graduating class accepted $2 million in scholarship awards. That says a lot about PLAS.”Baggett said PLAS also places a great emphasis on extra curricular activities and on community service.“At PLAS, we are dedicated to building character as well as educating kids,” she said. “When prayer was taken out of schools, things started to go downhill. We start every day with scripture and prayer. We begin all our activities with prayer. You Might Like Students host Model United Nations Assembly Middle school students from Troy and the region are coming together at Troy University for the Southeast Alabama Model United… read more Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Patients heed warning on antibiotic resistance

People are becoming less inclined to pressurise their doctors into prescribingantibiotics for conditions such as sore throats, research has found. The survey of 100 GPs in England, Wales and Scotland for Crookes Healthcareshowed patients were getting the message that they do not always needantibiotics. More than half the GPs had reported less pressure from patientsfor antibiotics over the past two years. And one in five (20 per cent) had noted a definite reduction in requests forantibiotics, while 36 per cent had seen little reduction. But nearly one in 10 said the vast majority of their patients still expectedan antibiotic for a sore throat. The main reason for the decline was that more people were now prepared toleave without an antibiotic. Dr Ian Williamson, senior lecturer at Southampton University, said thesurvey showed concern over antibiotic resistance continued to grow among thepublic. But he added: “With nearly one third (31 per cent) of GPs saying thathalf their patients still expect an antibiotic for a sore throat, there isstill a need for further education of patients.” Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Patients heed warning on antibiotic resistanceOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. read more


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