June 17, 2021
Houses Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/427483/the-barn-mark-neuner-and-mostlikely-architecture Clipboard Year: “COPY” photographs: Maik PerfahlPhotographs: Maik PerfahlSave this picture!© Maik PerfahlRecommended ProductsBeams / PillarsAccoyaAccoya® Structural ApplicationsLaminated Wood FlooringEGGEREGGER PRO FlooringWoodTechnowoodSiding Façade System in Ottomare SuitesText description provided by the architects. To build a one family house in the region of Kitzbühel I, architect Mark Neuner, and the team of mostlikely took a better part of the design process as a research quest on how to build in a contemporary way without neglecting the historic traditions. Questions with great significance in an area where tradition not only weighs heavily on old houses but hardly any new houses that are more daring are to be found at all. This coherent architectural landscape allows for a romantic identity as well as regional authenticity and serves as the layer stone of the tourism industry in this area. To respect and preserve the substance of the idyllic mountain village Going am Wilden Kaiser (the name of the mountain which literally translates to “Wild Emperor”) mostlikely chose to stage the well-known and proven in a new way.Save this picture!© Maik PerfahlNumerous walks through the environment and a deep dive into the history as well as the clichees associated with the area helped to analyse, measure and document the surroundings. These physical and mental excursions would then lead to a visualized outline of the plan that was full of variety and complexity. This way of “working in pictures” at the beginning of the design process enabled us to get a stronger connection with the space. This approach eventually led us to the barn instead of the traditional house to play the model for the further development. The typology of the barn with its brick-built, massive socket that contrasts its open hayloft seemed to suit today’s needs better than the traditionally poor-lit farmers house of the old days.Save this picture!© Maik PerfahlThe point of culmination for the idea of the barn was the socket. Instead of brick, concrete was the material of choice and the magic could take place: flowers and creatures that would slightly remind the myths of the mountains would grow – thanks to a corrosion technique – on the especially designed and each separately cast concrete panels. Moreover in my almost manic cooperation with the sculptor Stefan Buxbaum we were able to create panels of concrete almost as light as a feather so that even the automatic garage door would open and thus be integrated invisibly in the façade of the building.Save this picture!© Maik PerfahlIn the living areas of the house especially designed furniture, walls made from exposed concrete and most prominently the wooden roof timbering that would dominate the shape and feel of the upper floors would connect the shapes of the past with modern living styles just naturally without insinuating. Unpretentious and natural as a barn should be a new typology of housing in the mountains was born: “Scheune Edition Kitzbühel 2012” its name.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessAntonio Solá / Dcpp ArquitectosSelected ProjectsEight Years Later, A Post-Katrina Report CardArticles Share Save this picture!© Maik Perfahl+ 17 Share The Barn / Mark Neuner & Mostlikely Architecture Year: ArchDaily Architects: Mark Neuner & Mostlikely Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Projects Austria CopyAbout this officeMark Neuner & Mostlikely Architecture OfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGoing am Wilden KaiserHousesAustriaPublished on September 15, 2013Cite: “The Barn / Mark Neuner & Mostlikely Architecture ” 15 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
June 16, 2021
Funds to repair Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral have already stared pouring in, hours after the fire that ravaged the roof and spire took hold.While French President Emmanuel Macron has said that a global fundraising campaign will be launched to rebuild the historic 850-year-old building, over €300million has already been pledged or donated.Billionaire François-Henri Pinault, and his family quickly pledged €100m. Pinault is CEO and Chairman of Kering, which owns a number of luxury brands including Alexander McQueen and Gucci. Another French billionaire, Bernard Arnault, owner of LVMH Group, which includes Louis Vuitton and Fendi, has pledged €200m. Notre Dame fire inspires immediate fundraising effort Tagged with: crowdfunding disaster The New York-based French Heritage Society also quickly launched a Notre-Dame Fire Restoration Fund.Elizabeth Stribling, Chair of the French Heritage Society said: “Notre Dame is more than a religious symbol, it speaks of human achievements and great art. Although it’s located in France, it is part of great world art that informs our culture and heritage. We must all spring to action.” The Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris site has a donation page and several appeals have been set up by individuals on GoFundMe and JustGiving. A GoFundMe spokesperson said:“Since the news broke last night, hundreds of campaigns have been launched by people wanting to help rebuild Notre Dame. As ever on GoFundMe, we are in full control of funds until we are absolutely sure that they will get to the right place. We will be working with authorities in France to make sure funds flow smoothly into the rebuilding effort.”The fire was brought under control early on Tuesday morning and has now been declared extinguished. While the spire and much of the roof have been destroyed, the main structure, including the two bell towers and the famous rose window, are thought to have been saved. 431 total views, 2 views today Melanie May | 16 April 2019 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis42 432 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis42 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
June 14, 2021
SHARE Previous articleFirst One To The Microphone WinsNext articleSeed Consultants Market Outlook 7/2/12 with Gary Wilhelmi Gary Truitt Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Extension Starts Website For Information On Drought Purdue Extension Starts Website For Information On Drought Purdue Extension has created a website that provides information and resources to help homeowners, community leaders and farmers manage issues involving the worsening drought in Indiana. The site, called IN Drought, is at https://www.purdue.edu/drought. It offers an array of information for anyone seeking guidance to help them through this period of extreme heat and dryness. In addition to the latest news on the drought, the site contains numerous links to Extension publications and other websites that offer tips to homeowners and other consumers on such topics as how to keep garden plants healthy, protect lawns, conserve water and avoid heat stress.Community leaders will have quick access to information on burn bans, including a map of Indiana showing the status of restrictions in each county and other information they can share in their communities, such as advice on fireworks safety. Farmers will see links to Purdue websites with resources they can use to help them in their operations affected by drought. The Indiana map of the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, showing the severity of dryness in each county, is displayed on the home page. By Gary Truitt – Jul 1, 2012 SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter
June 13, 2021
Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Samantha Fristachi is a senior from Massapequa, New York. She is a journalism and sports broadcasting major and a business minor. She hopes to be a sports broadcaster on ESPN one day. Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello ReddIt Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ printWith the help of a 12-point performance by Lauren Heard and a clutch three-pointer from Kianna Ray, TCU women’s basketball held off SMU 57-56 in Dallas.With the victory, TCU moves to 4-0 on the season after winning their sixth-straight game against SMU, including the third-straight at Moody Coliseum.Despite shooting just 29 percent from the floor, TCU led 29-24 at the half. Strong defense by the Frogs limited the Mustangs to 7-28 (.250) shooting in the half, with nine of their 15 second-quarter points coming from the free-throw line. TCU was limited to a 21% shooting effort in the third quarter, with SMU shooting nearly 38 percent from the field. This helped the Mustangs take a 44-41 lead at the end of the third after outscoring the Frogs 20-12.TCU scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to regain the lead, but SMU took it right back to go up 49-47. With less than five minutes to play, the Mustangs hit a three-pointer to go up 52-49, but that did not stop the Frogs. Kiana Ray had 10 points against SMU, which marks her fourth straight game with 10-plus points. Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.comRay hit a clutch three-pointer with 3:08 left to play which gave TCU a 55-52 advantage. SMU then pulled within a point of the Frogs, but Jayde Woods responded with a layup to put the Frogs up by three once again. TCU outscored SMU 8-4 down the stretch and to close out the game 57-56.For four straight games, the Frogs have forced 20 or more turnovers.The team will wrap up its two-game road trip by traveling to West Point, NY, for a contest with Army Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. ReddIt Women’s Basketball on three-game skid after loss to Oklahoma Previous articleThe Skiff: Nov. 21, 2019Next articleBoschini pushes to change alert system company Sam Fristachi RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Women’s basketball falls in Big 12 Championship quarterfinals to Baylor Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Linkedin TCU now has six straight wins over SMU. Photo Courtesy of TCU Women’s Basketball Instagram TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks + posts Linkedin Women’s Basketball falls to Kansas State in overtime loss Twitter Women’s Basketball falls in regular-season finale against Texas Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Facebook Sam Fristachi Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Twitter
May 31, 2021
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe HOUSING mortgage U.S. Supreme Court 2017-11-14 Jason Weber The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Mortgage Growth Experiences Rapid Recovery Next: Flood Insurance Reform Passes in House Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Winter Is Coming Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: HOUSING mortgage U.S. Supreme Court Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago November 14, 2017 1,301 Views About Author: Jason Weber in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines Home / Daily Dose / Winter Is Coming Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Editor’s note: This story was originally featured in the November edition of DS News, out now. Finally, after several years of debate, major changes have been approved that will have a profound impact on consumer bankruptcy cases. On April 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States, through Chief Justice John Roberts, submitted to Congress amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure that set forth extensive changes dealing with forms and filing of claims. The proposed changes will take effect December 1, 2017, and will significantly change how creditors should approach consumer bankruptcy cases (Chapters 7, 12, and 13). The new rules will require crucial adjustments to conform to the shortened timelines for creditors to take action, particularly in Chapter 13 cases.Notice to CreditorsThe amendments to Rule 2008 on notice to creditors now require that Creditors are to be provided at least 21 days’ notice of the time fixed for filing an objection to confirmation of a Chapter 13 plan and be provided at least 28 days’ notice of the confirmation hearing in a Chapter 13 case. Neither of these notice provisions existed prior to the proposed rule change and each provides creditors with advance notice for the date of the scheduled confirmation hearing and the deadline for filing an objection.Filing of Proof of ClaimThe amendments to Rule 3002 which outline filing a proof of claim may have the biggest impact on creditors largely due to the shortened deadlines for filing claims and the requirement that all creditors—including secured creditors—must file proofs of claim within 70 days of the filing date of a Chapter 7, 12, or 13 case or within 70 days of the date of conversion to a Chapter 12 or 13 for the claim to be deemed allowed. The new rule does add a provision that allows a creditor the opportunity for an extension of time of up to 60 days to file a proof of claim upon motion and order, if the creditor can establish that it did not have a reasonable time to file a proof of claim because the debtor failed to timely file the list of creditors and addresses or because the notice was mailed to the creditor at a foreign address. The rule does clarify that a lien that secured a claim is not void should the creditor fail to file a proof of claim.Moreover, the new rule adds a two-stage deadline for filing proofs of claim secured by a security interest in the debtor’s principal residence. These claims must be filed with the Official Form 410, the Attachment (Official Form 410A), and an escrow account statement no later than 70 days of the filing date (or conversion date). Also, in order to be timely, all other loan documents evidencing the claim—e.g. the note (allonge), mortgage, assignment of mortgage—must be filed as supplements to the proof of claim within 120 days of the filing date (or conversion date). For such a claim to be timely, both of these deadlines must be met.The new 70/120-day time period is significantly shortened compared to the current rules which permit a claim to be timely if it is filed within 90 days after the Section 341 Meeting of Creditors date, which, in practice, permits claims to be filed within an approximately 120- to 140- day time period from the filing date or conversion date.Objection to ClaimsRule 3007 requires at least 30 days’ notice to creditors of an objection to claim. The objection may be filed on “negative notice” and provides for service via first class mail to the name and address most recently designated on the creditors’ original or amended proof of claim or in accordance with Rule 7004 for federally insured depository institutions. This is significant because it clarifies that Rule 7004 no longer applies to the service of most claim objections with the exception of insured depository institutions. Instead, service can be accomplished by first class mail, meaning creditors must be cognizant of the name and address listed on their proof of claim and may no longer rely on raising Rule 7004 as a defense to a claim objection. Determining the Amount of Secured Claims Rule 3012 sets forth numerous ways for the court to determine the amount of secured claims, to and including by motion, claim objection, or by Chapter 12 or 13 plan. Most importantly, the new rule, in combination with amended Rule 3015 (see below), provides that any determination made in a plan formed under Rule 3012 regarding the amount of a secured claim is binding on the holder of the claim even if the holder files a contrary proof of claim, and regardless of whether an objection to the claim has been filed. This is a significant change to the prior rules, particularly for creditors in Florida and similarly situated districts, which will now require creditors to file objections to confirmation of Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 Plans or be bound by the plan terms upon confirmation.Rule 3015: Filing of Plan, effect of Confirmation of Plan—The Model Chapter 13 PlanThis rule requires the use of an Official Form Model Chapter 13 Plan, unless a Local Form is adopted and is in compliance with Rule 3015.1. For example, the Southern District of Florida has recently announced it will “opt out” and adopt a Local Form and has solicited public comment prior to its implementation in December. It would not be a surprise to see many districts across the country announce similar “opt-out” plans, enabling them to marry the content and notice provisions required under the Model Plan with the local customs and language incorporated into the Local Form. The Model Chapter 13 Plan is intended to streamline the plan-review process for creditors. The new rule also requires an objection to confirmation to be filed at least seven days before the confirmation hearing. As noted above, the proposed changes also provide that a determination of value or “valuation” of a secured claim done through the plan will become effective and binding upon confirmation, despite the absence of a claim objection or contrary proof of claim.When the new rules become effective December 1, 2017, they will apply to all cases filed after that date and all pending cases “insofar as just and practicable,” meaning they will likely apply to almost all consumer bankruptcy cases, so it is important that creditors take immediate measures to ensure compliance under these rules. Although the shortened deadlines and increased attention to plan treatment may be burdensome in some respects, the above rule changes may provide some assistance to creditors by establishing predictable proof-of-claim deadlines, consistent plan content, and clear notice and objection deadlines across all districts, which should enable creditors to more efficiently process consumer bankruptcy cases.
May 31, 2021
Subscribe Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, News condos Delinqiency mortgage 2019-05-31 Mike Albanese Related Articles Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Nearing the End of Conservatorship? Next: Mortgage Servicing: Trends and Challenges About Author: Mike Albanese Checking in on Condo Delinquency Rates The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Checking in on Condo Delinquency Rates Share Save Tagged with: condos Delinqiency mortgage Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago May 31, 2019 3,020 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago CoreLogic is reporting that the serious delinquency rate for mortgages on condos has fallen under 1%, which is the lowest report rate since 2007.According to the report, the serious delinquency rate for condo mortgages in the top-25 markets was 0.9% in February 2019. Single-family residences (SFR) had a serious delinquency rate of 1.3% and multi-unit residences had a rate of 2.2%.Serious delinquency is defined as 90 days or more past due or in foreclosure proceedings.The serious delinquency rate has been steadily declining since 2010 when it peaked at more than 10%.“The delinquency rate for condos was higher than the rate for other SFRs during 2008 to 2012. As a result, the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) tightened their lending standards,” the report states. “For instance, the current lending guidelines for condo mortgages not only focus on the borrower’s creditworthiness and ability to repay but also on even better fiscal and physical health of the condo community, such as more capital reserve and higher owner occupancy rates.”CoreLogic’s report adds that declining unemployment rates and rising home prices have helped lower delinquency rates. The Federal Housing Finance Agency released a report that showed home prices have risen 1.1% in Q1 2019 from Q4 2018, according to the latest Home Price Index. The report states that around 63% of condo loans that were seriously delinquent in February 2019 were originated between 2003 and 2009, compared to 27% between 2010 and 2018. Both condo and additional single-family residence loans originated in 2007 had the highest delinquency rate.Experian reported in April that while the average mortgage debt increased from $191,357 in 2008 to $208,180 in 2018, delinquency rates have dropped. The delinquency rate has dropped from 2.9% to 1.9% since the financial crisis, and average 90 days or more past due delinquency rates have fallen to 6.7%.Older Americans, aged 72 and up, saw the biggest increase in mortgage debt, up $29,602 for a total of $160,735 in 2018 since 2008. Younger age groups saw smaller increases in mortgage debts, with consumers aged 22 to 35 increasing their average mortgage debt from $192,554 in 2008 to $209,713 in 2018.
May 27, 2021
HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Deputy McConalogue calls for dedicated unit to be set up to co-ordinate response to fodder crisis Google+ Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Fianna Fáil is calling for the establishment of a dedicated unit within the Department of Agriculture to co-ordinate the response to the fodder crisis.Donegal Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue was one of the members who moved the motion last night, arguing that the government’s response was not fast enough, and more has been done by the co-ops and farm organisations than was done by the department.He claims that a slow and inadequate official response to the crisis which has been devastating for hundreds of farmers across the North West, and a 10 million euro fund is needed to provide much needed help…………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/charl830.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Facebook Previous articleMissing sex offender hands himself into policeNext articleINMO conference to hear calls for review of Irelands midwifery practise News Highland Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report News Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – May 8, 2013 Twitter
May 26, 2021
ColumnsThe Growing Relevance Of Babasaheb Dr B R Ambedkar, Chief Architect Of Indian Constitution Y Jaya Raju13 April 2020 8:08 PMShare This – x”Political democracy can’t last long unless there lies at the base of it, social democracy. Social democracy means, a way of life which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life”, Dr AmbedkarDr.B.R.Ambedkar, fondly called as Babasaheb, is a world known intellectual, great social and political reformer, staunch nationalist, doyen of Social Justice and Chief Architect of the constitution of India. By this time the Indian nation must have geared up and celebrating his 129th Birthday in a grand manner at all levels, but, for the global disaster in the form of Covid-19 Corona…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?LoginDr.B.R.Ambedkar, fondly called as Babasaheb, is a world known intellectual, great social and political reformer, staunch nationalist, doyen of Social Justice and Chief Architect of the constitution of India. By this time the Indian nation must have geared up and celebrating his 129th Birthday in a grand manner at all levels, but, for the global disaster in the form of Covid-19 Corona virus leading to total lock-down and social distancing, bringing the nation to a grinding halt, preventing people from celebrating his Jayanthi by processions and public meetings. All of us are constrained to celebrate it in a simple and individual manner, wherever we are. On this occasion, I extend my warm greetings to all of you and offer my salutations to Babasaheb Ambedkar. In the last few months, we have been witnessing intense debate nationwide, particularly in the background of CAA, NRC and NPR, on the Constitution, and we saw even mass movements with the slogan “Save Constitution – Save Nation”, bringing the Constitution of India into public focus and discussion on large scale. At the outset, it is necessary to have a brief look at the life of Babasaheb Ambedkar, his evolution as a student, scholar, politician, social reformer, intellectual and above all as Father of Indian Constitution. Having born in an untouchable caste, the social segregation and discrimination suffered in his childhood and as an adult had a lasting influence on his outlook and approach on Indian social system and its political life. However, caste discrimination and humiliation did not deter him, instead strengthened his resolve to acquire knowledge and to rise to greater heights in academic, social and public life. He firmly believed that attaining knowledge, self respect and self help alone matters to come up in life. Ambedkar has got the distinction of many firsts as a student; he was the first Dalit student to enter into a high school in 1897, first to join the college of University of Bombay and first to enter into Foreign Universities. By time he was 30 years of age, he had been through real life education, which most people including the most renowned scholars, do not acquire in life time. His multifaceted talents and versatile knowledge in all the fields of education, mastery over many languages made him a peerless leader of his times. His deep insights into the social and religious system of Indian society, its Varna and caste system led him to forge his own conception of socio economic justice in idealistic sense. He was very vocal about his views on the link between caste and classes in India. He said “there cannot be a more degrading system of social organization than Varnasramadharma and its offshoot caste system. It is the system which deadens, paralyses and cripples the people from helpful activity and the real remedy is to destroy the belief in the sanctity of the Sashtras and their caste born tyranny”. By 1919, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar became a high profile leader in Indian social and political arena and became increasingly concerned and active about the plight of his fellow suppressed classes people. He started a weekly “Mook Naik” (Silent leader) in 1920 to spread his philosophy of social justice and equality through his writings and speeches. In, 1924 he founded the “Bahishkrit Hitakarini Sabha”, to promote and improve education, socio and economic welfare of the outcastes in India. That apart ,he conducted historic social movements like Mahad Satyagraha (for opening tank to the outcastes for drinking purpose), burning of Manusmriti as a symbolic protest against sanctioning of caste discrimination (25.12.1927) and temple entry (1930), to name a few. While fighting against social evils in the society, Ambedkar was also active in political front, closely observing the developments under British Colonial rule. In 1919, Ambedkar took active part in discussions in the Mansford commission and argued for separate electorates to the outcastes and minorities and autonomous status to India. Due to his consistent efforts and engagements with the British Govt, the then British PM Ramsay Macdonald announced Communal award 1932 for formation of separate electorate for depressed classes. But Gandhi fiercely opposed separate electorate for untouchables stating that they should remain in Hindu caste system and went on fast unto death in Yerawada Central jail. Due to pressure from the leaders and also taking into consideration the larger interest of freedom movement and the nation, Babasaheb Ambedkar reluctantly entered into an agreement which popularly called Poona Pact on 25/09/1932, giving up the right for separate electorate for depressed classes. As per Poona pact within the general electorate certain seats were reserved for suppressed classes in the provincial legislatures. At that moment, Babasaheb Ambedkar was so disappointed, depressed and with anguish he stated “there are many Mahatmas in our country with sole aim of eradication of Untouchability and to lift up untouchables but all of them failed. Many mahatmas have come, many mahatmas have gone but untouchables remained as untouchables”. The effect of Poona pact is now visible as the representatives elected from reserved constituencies are not really reflecting the aspirations and voice of Dalits communities and the representation is almost nominal and notional. Babasaheb with his foresight got communal award for real representation of SC/ST’s in the legislative bodies, but had to relent and compromise in the national interest as he said “where there is clash between community interest and nations interest he opted national interest”. The respect he commanded from the huge masses of social groups and adversaries as well, his radical nature of questioning Varna and caste system, his passion for social justice and equality, open mindedness to modern, scientific and rational ideas, total commitment to secularism and forward looking on many issues particularly on the condition and future of women in Hindu society, his great intellect, tireless curiosity to learn and progress, wide ranging of interests, his ability to concentrate on any attainable practical goals and his sense of realism made him a towering personality, setting him apart from many of his contemporaries and marking him out as a unique leader and statesman. The doctrinal, political and sociological differences between Babasaheb Ambedkar and Gandhi and Congress were well known at that time. However, after attaining independence on 15/08/1947, the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, being aware of multi-faceted talents of Babasaheb Ambedkar, invited him to join his cabinet and thus he became first law minister of Independent India. At that time, PM Jawaharlal Nehru and home minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel approached, the International Constitutional expert, Sir Ivor Jennings to take up the responsibility of drafting constitution to our country. He was said to have told them, why they should be looking for foreign experts when they had right within India an outstanding legal and Constitutional expert in Dr.Ambedkar. Then there was no second thought for Pandit Nehru and Dr.Ambedkar was made chairman of the 7 Member drafting committee formed on 29/08/1947. Though they were 7 Members on the drafting committee, the other six could not attend their work or participate in the process of preparing the draft constitution and the entire burden fell on the shoulders of Dr. Ambedkar. He spared no efforts and put his heart and soul, disregarding his failing health and toiled single-handedly concentrating all his energies and health without rest or recreation for two years, 11 months and 18 days exclusively for drafting the constitution .Thus, the drafting of constitution flowed heavily in his head, blood and veins all the time during this period. The same was openly acknowledged by T.T. Krishnamachari, one of the committee members in the full constituent assembly meeting on 5/11/1949 by saying “Though a committee of seven members was framed, one of the them resigned, another was nominated in his place. Another member died. No one took his place. One of the members was busy with govt work in his state. Owing to ill health two other members stayed away from Delhi, as a result Dr.Ambedkar alone had to carry the entire burden of preparing the draft constitution. The work he has done is so admirable “. Dr.Ambedkar gave a shape to independent Modern India of a complete sovereign democratic socialistic, republic based on adult franchise. The Preamble of the constitution itself is the replica of the Aims and Objectives of the Indian State. The draft constitution was adopted by the constitution assembly on 26/11/1949. Piloting it Dr.Ambedkar said, “the constitution is strong enough to hold country together both in peace time and war time. If things go wrong, the reason will not be that we had bad constitution, what we will have to say is that man is vile”. Thus he emphasized that if any wrong is happened, it is fault of the people who are given power to implement or enforce the constitution of India, and not of the constitution. Dr.Ambedkar was also very vocal about working of the constitution which came into force on 26/01/1950. On the occasion, Ambedkar said,” Political democracy can’t last long unless there lies at the base of it, social democracy. Social democracy means, a way of life which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life”. He further said,” In Politics, we will have equality but our social and economic structure continue to deny the principle of one man, one value. How long shall we continue to deny equality in our social and economic life? We must remove this contradiction at the earliest possible moment. Else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of democracy which this constituent assembly laboriously built-up”. He strongly advocated the principle one man, one value in all walks of life, based on Liberty, Equality and Fraternity to strengthen the political and social democracy. He further warned “People don’t want governments run on their name but one which work for them. If we want to protect our constitution which is to establish a govt of the people, for the people, by the people; we must identify the evil forces lying ahead without any delay and remove them with no compromise in this regard. To my knowledge, there is no other better way than this to serve our country”. By this warning Ambedkar entrusted the responsibility of protecting the constitution to the people of India themselves. On political leadership, Ambedkar categorically stated however may be great the leader, the right and liberties of the people should not be thrown at his feet. Personality cult/ hero worship in politics is dangerous and sure road to degradation of democracy giving rise to authoritarian rule or dictatorship, as such absolute power should not be given to political leadership however great and strong he may be and that is not the intention or the object of our constitution.”Bhakti in religion may be a road to the salvation of the soul. But in politics, Bhakti or hero-worship is a sure road to degradation and to eventual dictatorship.”, he said in his last speech to the Constituent Assembly of India. Dr.B.R.Ambedkar was a great visionary and looked beyond drafting the constitution. He fore warned people to live up to their responsibility of safe guarding the constitution. Babasaheb Ambedkar gave best constitution under the world to the largest and biggest democracy with diverse social structure, regions, cultures, religions and languages to keep India united under any circumstances with its unique characteristic of unity in diversity. The inherent strength and stability of Indian democracy lies in its constitution. That is why Babasaheb Dr.B.R.Ambedkar is rightly called as father of Indian Constitution and lauded for his stellar role in shaping modern India. It is the bounded duty of every citizen while celebrating the Jayanthi/ Birthday of Babasheb Ambedkar, to take a vow to commit themselves to the ideal of one man, one value in all walks of life and protect the constitution from all evil and undemocratic forces to make the country move forward with progress unitedly and that will be the greatest tribute we can pay to the great leader on this occasion. (Author is a Senior Advocate at Andhra Pradesh High Court) Next Story
May 18, 2021
KABC(LOS ANGELES) — A pair of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were injured in a fatal shootout on Wednesday after responding to a call about a man with a deadly weapon, authorities said.The deputies were responding to a scene near a park in East Los Angeles around 6:30 p.m. when three suspects opened fire as the officers approached them, according to police. At least one of the deputies managed to fire back and one of the suspects were killed. “They approached the vehicle, and the suspects inside the vehicle got out and engaged them with gunfire,” L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said during a Wednesday press conference. “Both our deputies were hit. They went down and additional units responded and also, I believe, engaged the suspects.” McDonnell said the officers were shot in the upper body area and were transported to a trauma center in serious but stable condition. He would not disclose their identities, but McDonnell said the deputies were in their early 30s and “very season,” with more than 10 years of experience.Police have not disclosed details about the suspects other than confirming one was killed at the scene, one was wounded and hospitalized and the third was arrested. The department said it planned to conduct a “long and exhaustive” investigation over the next few days and is asking anyone with knowledge about the shootout to come forward.“We really need your help. If people do not come forward, then it empowers people who are willing to do these kinds of acts of senseless violence,” McDonnell said. “We need to take a stand as residents of Los Angeles County [to show] that we won’t tolerate this.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.