Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Now Leaders are responsible for envisioning the future and executing the plan to make that future a reality. This is growth: current state, new results, better future state. Leaders manage two types of growth.Company GrowthThe leader is responsible for the growth of their company. They’re responsible for things like revenue growth, profit growth, increased market share, and the growth of new capabilities. This is true whether you are the CEO, COO, CFO, CSO, department head, manager, shift supervisor, or team leader.This type of growth as a responsibility is expected of leaders. But the second kind of growth is the catalyst for the first type of growth. And often it isn’t given the same attention as the first.Individual GrowthThe growth of a company is accelerated when the leader focuses on the second, equally important type of growth: the growth of the individuals that the leader is responsible for leading.In order for a company to grow, the individuals within that company also need to grow. They need to grow by adopting new beliefs of what is possible, new beliefs of what is necessary, and new ideas about who they are. Einstein said it this way, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”The individuals inside the company also need to grow by gaining new capabilities, new competencies, and new skill sets. The greater the capabilities and skill, the more easily and more certain you produce new results.Leaders spend a lot of time and energy working on the first type of growth, the growth of the company’s results and financial metrics. Great leaders invest time in the second type of growth, the growth of the individuals that produce the first type of results, knowing that this is the fastest, surest way to produce those results.
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The storm has passed. After weeks of speculation, it finally became clear that all was not well between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble in the one year they spent together. The marriage that was made in heaven, was in shambles by the time Kumble decided to move on.Kumble, appointed by his the cricket advisory committee (former teammates Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman), to coach Team India, delivered stunning results. Test series wins over West Indies, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Australia, limited-overs series triumphs over New Zealand and England and a final in the Champions Trophy. That is not a bad record at all for a man who had come in without any prior experience of coaching.But Kumble had to go because the captain was not happy with his style of coaching. Kohli was panned – he had defied the CAC and stood up to Kumble’s “overbearing” nature. Maybe there was some justification in the anger directed at the skipper. He is just about settling down as captain and he needed someone like Kumble to be by his side.Reports of a rift between Kumble and Kohli had first emerged just before the Champions Trophy. Kumble’s one-year contract was set to be over on June 20 but there was a lingering feeling that it would be automatically extended given the impressive track record. Yet on May 25, the BCCI went ahead and advertised for the next head coach. Subsequently, five names were shortlisted and Kumble also re-applied.There remained some hope the impasse would end. The advisory committee backed Kumble to continue but wanted more time to decide the course ahead. The CAC met Kohli on the eve of the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan – the captain reportedly showed signs of taking a step back to work things out but Kumble was in no mood to budge.advertisementThe final nail in the coffin came on June 18 when Kumble screamed at the team after the drubbing against Pakistan. The players did not expect to be shouted at when they were already smarting from a crushing defeat. And that possibly sealed Kumble’s fate – he put in his papers two days later when the rest of the team had left for the West Indies.Look at it from a distance and it is obvious there was a clash of two very strong personalities. But the irony here is that both men are passionate about Indian cricket and want to win at all costs. Together, Kohli and Kumble (despite their differences), forged a strong combination and put India firmly on the perch in the ICC Test rankings and laid a foundation in the shorter formats.India were being moulded into a crack unit and their sole objective was to win – ruthless cricket, aggressive body language and relentless pressure on the opposition became trademarks of the team.(Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli rift: A timeline of events)So who is to really blame for the fracas that unfolded this week? Should Kohli continue to be panned? Or should Kumble be taken to task for doing his job so well? The advisory committee selected a candidate who in their wisdom was the best man for the coaching job. And then they backed him.But where was the BCCI in all this? The acting secretary said he was not aware of any problems in the dressing room and said the news surrounding the rift was “purely” in the realm of the imagination. But then who expected the BCCI to come out and reveal the dirty secrets on the eve of a big tournament?There is no one party which should be held accountable. Kumble had to go and there was widespread criticism of the captain, who is now in the West Indies, far away from the limelight here. After the gruels of the last one year, it is expected to be a more relaxed series and maybe, maybe sometime in the course of those matches, Kohli would be prompted to speak up on the issue and present his side of the story.Kumble has had his say in the matter and it is now important for the captain to come out and clear the air a little bit. He is the best batsman in the side and the only one capable of leading India. The team needs him, the cricketing fraternity looks up to him – what is his side of the story? That would be the next story we would all be looking forward to.advertisement
Just days after being declared bankrupt, Boris Becker suffered another blow when his cars were towed from outside a private club in London earlier this week.According to a report in the Daily Mail, Becker has been slapped with two parking tickets after he left his Porsche Cayenne GTS and his Electric Blue Maserati GHIBLI S outside his South Kensington private member’s club.The former German tennis star Becker was declared bankrupt by a court in London after failing to pay a “substantial” long-standing debt since 2015.Lawyers for the the three-time Wimbledon champion pleaded with a Bankruptcy Court registrar last week to allow Becker a “last chance” to pay off the debt.But Registrar Christine Derrett, who recalled watching Becker play on Centre Court, ruled there was a lack of credible evidence the outstanding payment would be forthcoming and refused to adjourn the case.”One has the impression of a man with his head in the sand,” she said of the six-time major winner after making the bankruptcy order following a brief hearing.The bankruptcy application was made by private bankers Arbuthnot Latham and Co. in connection with a judgment debt owed them by Becker dating back to 2015.The German’s lawyers had argued there was sufficient evidence to show that he would be able to pay the debt soon through a refinancing arrangement, involving remortgaging a property in Mallorca, which was expected to raise six million euros (6.7 million).His advocate told the registrar his instructions from Becker were that it was expected the deal would be approved by a Spanish bank in approximately one month.advertisementBecker’s advocate said his client was not likely to benefit from bankruptcy and it could have an adverse effect on his “image”.But the judge responded: “He should have thought about that a long time ago.”She added: “It is not often the case that a professional person has a judgment (debt) outstanding against them since October 2015. This is a historic debt.”Becker split with former world number one Novak Djokovic last December following three successful years together, the Serb winning six of his 12 Grand Slam titles with Becker as coach.
zoom The Suez Canal Authority has reduced transit tolls for Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) of more than 200,000 dwt in ballast coming from America and heading for the Arabian Gulf, GAC Egypt said.According to a circular released by the Suez Canal Authority, the vessels coming from the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the North Coast of South America would receive a 45% reduction from the applicable Suez Canal transit tolls excluding other services dues.In order to receive the reduction, a company needs to submit a request before the transit through its agency, subject to forward a certificate from the port of origin and a certificate from the port of arrival after transit.Furthermore, in case of stopping in between ports, a certificate stating the reason of stoppage is to be submitted as well as an undertaking from the shipping agency confirming the payment of the whole transit dues without any rebates in case of changing port of origin or port of arrival.The documents should be submitted a maximum of 60 days from the date of transit, GAC Egypt added.According to the Suez Canal, the circular came into effect as of July 24 as an experimental period to be renewed.
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday agreed to examine the constitutional validity of certain legal provisions that allow abortion only to save the woman’s life or in case of abnormal foetus and allegedly violate women’s right to health, “free reproductive choice” and “privacy”.The apex court sought response of the Central government on a PIL of three women who have sought that provisions like sections 3(2) (a) and 3(2) (b) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, be declared as “void and unconstitutional” as they were violative of their fundamental rights. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”Issue notice,” said a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta. The plea, filed by Swati Agarwal, Garima Sekseria, Prachi Vats, said a provision of the MTP Act mandated that the opinion of a registered medical practitioner to terminate pregnancy would be needed and the abortion after 20 weeks can only be allowed on the ground of risk to life of a pregnant woman and it violated the women’s right to health, reproductive choice and privacy. Section 3(2) (a) of the Act provided that for pregnancies not exceeding 12 weeks, a medical practitioner need to state that continuance of pregnancy would involve a risk to the woman’s life or cause grave injury to her physical or mental health or there is substantial risk to the child if born, as it would suffer from serious physical or mental health abnormalities.
Mumbai: Filmmaker Karan Johar has praised sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan’s sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, saying there is a lot of honesty in their music.The Bangash brothers have released their new album, “Infinity”, on Friday.Present at the launch of Amaan and Ayaan’s latest album, Karan said: “I know Amaan and Ayaan for about 15 to 20 years and I am proud and excited to see their musical journey unravel over the years.”I love the way how they’ve gone from strength to strength and it is not easy to live under the shadow of an international legend (their father). There is a lot of humility and honesty in their music.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Infinity”, produced by Karsh Kale, is a mix of classical and electronic.Karan also expressed his wish to collaborate with Ayaan and Amaan in future.”I’d love to work with both of them. Our cinema is evolving and so is the sound of our cinema and I think it’s now so related to the plot and the characters.”I did a film where the lead character was a singer and if ever there’s a zone like that again it would be wonderful to kind of create new sounds and new energies in our film with these guys,” he added.
NEW YORK — One of France’s largest banks, Societe Generale, is paying $1.3 billion in penalties for violating U.S. trade sanctions on Cuba.U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in New York announced the deal Monday.He says it’s the second largest penalty ever imposed on a financial institution for violating U.S. economic sanctions.As part of the deal, prosecutors deferred criminal charges including conspiracy to violate the Trading with the Enemy Act. The charges would be dropped entirely after three years.Authorities say between 2004 and 2010, the bank facilitated the flow of $13 billion through Cuban businesses.The bank says it regrets “shortcomings” identified in the case.Berman says the bank has co-operated and promised to revamp internal controls so it doesn’t happen again.The Associated Press
Antananarivo – Malagasy President Hery Rajaonarimampianina stressed, here Monday, that the visit of King Mohammed VI to Madagascar has “a strong symbolic meaning.”“This is the first visit of HM the King to Madagascar and has a strong symbolic meaning,” the head of the Malagasy State told the press following the signing ceremony of several cooperation agreements of bilateral cooperation.This visit will reinforce the friendship relations between the two countries and the two peoples, he said, expressing his thanks to the Sovereign. “It is with great pleasure and honor, of course, that the entire Malagasy people and I have received King Mohammed VI,” he pointed out.The Malagasy president highlighted Morocco’s special ties with Madagascar, notably the city of Antsirabe, which had welcomed late King Mohammed V and the royal family during their forced exile in 1954.In this regard, he underlined that the discussions he had with the King and the agreements signed under the presidency of the two heads of State “herald a fruitful future” of bilateral cooperation and between the operators of the two countries
Brock will be home to five new research institutes and centres. Brock University has entered a new era with the formation of five research groups that will expand and disseminate expertise in biotechnology, health care, the environment, and social issues.“Once again, Brock is taking a leadership role in pursuing research that is of vital interest to the community and the world,” says Gary Libben, Brock University’s Vice-President of Research.The five institutes and centres will be taking a trans-disciplinary approach to research. Experts from completely different disciplines – a biologist and a social scientist, for example – will combine their expertise to come up with a fresh, new approach to a common problem.In the process, Brock will work with local governments, business groups, organizations and others, both to gather information needed for the research and to distribute or implement the research findings.“The partnerships and synergies being created amongst Brock researchers and the community will result in information, programs and services that will transform many lives,” Libben says.The five institutes and centres are:The Institute for Advanced Biomanufacturing will pair the cutting-edge work of Brock’s plant biologists and chemists with biotechnology companies that will develop this research into innovative products and services. Many of Niagara’s agricultural businesses will need to innovate to compete on the global stage in these challenging times.As Brock has research strengths in plant biology and natural product chemistry, new partnerships are expected to create jobs and economic growth in Niagara and beyond.The Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-being is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with an array of health conditions and chronic diseases, and for at-risk populations, such as the obese or those vulnerable to Type 2 diabetes. The centre will co-ordinate programs, link researchers to groups in Niagara, and partner with local, provincial, and national organizations to set up networks of excellence.Researchers will come from a variety of disciplines to address the biological, psychological and social determinants of health. The centre’s mission is to promote health, prevent disease and work to help rehabilitate/reintegrate people.The Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC): A Transdisciplinary Space for Transformative Change brings together faculty from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to research how society can best move forward in a time where the earth’s natural, social and economic resources are being threatened. The basic challenge of sustainability is to map out ways in which people and societies can live within the limits of our physical and natural world to safeguard our planet’s life support system.Partners from across Brock University and beyond will collaboratively examine issues of: water and environmental resources, meanings and measurements of sustainability, climate change, adaptation and transformation, science and public policy, and social justice, development and health. The centre embraces Brock’s privileged location in a biosphere reserve and draws upon the UNESCO framework for understanding, innovating and measuring all aspects of sustainability through education, science and culture.The Jack and Nora Walker Centre for Lifespan Development Research will expand its focus on community-based research in mental health and biological, social and psychological adjustment across the lifespan. Staff will be hired to develop research partnerships with the local community and share with the community knowledge that comes from the research.Plans are underway to offer a new post-master’s certificate program in clinical psychology and counselling, involving community-based internships. The increased contact between the community and Brock University because of the certificate program and new partnerships will assist faculty research and improve the area’s access to good mental health care.The Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI) will bring together researchers and students from a wide variety of disciplines to produce socially relevant and community-based scholarship on social justice issues and create connections with community organizations. The institute will focus on five research clusters: global justice, jobs and justice, gender and justice, animals and justice, and epistemic justice.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMexico: Huge earthquake topples buildings, killing more than 200September 20, 2017In “World”Mexico races to save 12-year-old girl as quake toll hits 237September 21, 2017In “World”New earthquake rocks JapanApril 15, 2016In “Internet” This building collapsed in Mexico City after the earthquake (AFP)(BBC) A strong earthquake has hit central Mexico, causing panic and sending thousands of people into the streets.The 7.1 magnitude quake was felt in the capital Mexico City, and caused the collapse of at least one building.The capital’s airport has suspended operations, and buildings across the city have been evacuated. Fires have also been reported.Less than two weeks ago, a powerful 8.1 magnitude killed at least 90 people in the country.The quake hit the state of Puebla, next to the capital, at a shallow depth of 32 miles (51 km), the US Geological Survey said.The tremor happened as an earthquake drill was being held in Mexico City, on the 32nd anniversary of a quake that killed up to 10,000 people.The extent of the damage caused by the quake was still unclear (AFP)
Do you remember that Steve Jobs action figure that was recently up for pre-order? You know, the one that looked so much like the late CEO that it creepily merged the Silicon Valley with the Uncanny Valley? It is no more.The company that was manufacturing the figures, In Icon, has announced that it is cancelling the launch of the Steve Jobs doll. Why pull it now? Apparently the lawyers of Apple and Jobs applied immense pressure, and In Icons decided to cancel it “out of heartfelt sensitivity to the Jobs family.”In Icons does, however, insist that there was nothing illegal about the figures. It may have had a case too. Legal experts weighed in and said that, in most US states, non-actor celebrities’ images aren’t protected after death. Since the sale of the figure may have been legal in many areas, it isn’t clear what kind of legal pressure led to the cancellation. The company may have looked at the lengths that Apple was willing to go and decided that — win or lose — the legal fees didn’t justify the potential profit.The few models of the Jobs figure that are available are now hot collector items that have skyrocketed in value. Though the figures could recently be found on eBay for $130 or so, the remaining dolls are now listed for $1,200 up to $3,500.No detail was spared in creating the figure, which was based on a 2007 image of a still-healthy looking Jobs. It wore his trademark black faux-turtleneck, blue jeans, and New Balance sneakers. There was even an extra pair of hands (for gestures like pointing), and a “One more thing” backdrop.In Icons, via MacRumors
Share Tweet Email1 Image: Eamonn Farrell Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 12:45 AM 9 Comments 22,673 Views “The idea that people whose purpose in life, whose motivation in life, was to save people have lost their lives themselves makes it all the more poignant. These people have saved some people’s lives in the past and have now lost their own. It’s a tragedy.”CircumstancesLate in the afternoon came some real and, given the circumstances, good news – a beacon from the helicopter’s black box had been located close to the Blackrock lighthouse, some eight miles from Blacksod.This was, all involved say, a significant breakthrough, one that some air accident investigations take weeks or months to come by.“We’d regard this as a very important step forward in progressing the recovery stage of the search operation. We’ve detected a signal, the next stage would be to locate it. We’ve now begun the process of establishing its exact position,” Gerard O’Flynn said.But with that news, and the confirmation that it was in the water – some 40 metres deep – came the realisation that this was now a question of logistics, timing, circumstances and luck. The tides, the sea and the weather must now cooperate.For the time being, the families must continue to wait.Read: Rescue 116: Black box homing beacon detected in search for missing crew Mar 16th 2017, 12:45 AM https://jrnl.ie/3290526 Image: Eamonn Farrell The community involvement is getting wider as time goes on. We have five or six boats in the search and smaller crews and ribs bringing crews, food and equipment to and from the larger vessels.Gallagher says the small coastal community is “shocked” at the disappearance of Rescue 116.“People are shocked and quite sombre around the area. We rely on the emergency services every day because we’re in such a remote and disadvantaged area.We’re used to helicopters coming into Blacksod all the time, flying in to rescue someone or going out to sea. These people are putting their lives in danger all the time for the sick and boatmen in our community.SilenceThe pier in Blacksod has been quiet since Tuesday morning.Completely, utterly still despite the massive amount of work ongoing.Every hour or so that surreal silence would be punctured by the overwhelming din of helicopter rotors landing on the pier’s helipad, which sits between the lighthouse and a holiday home as innocuously as any back garden, separated from the road only by a low wall and gate.The silence was caused by a mixture of elements, the unprecedented nature of and scale of the tragedy, and the fact that everybody was simply waiting for news.That complete silence was amplified when a dark minibus arrived in the afternoon, carrying family members of the missing men. The families have been in Mayo since late on Tuesday and the holiday home beside the helipad had been opened up as a base for them by the owner, a local man.There, they could view boats coming and going from the search area eight miles out. This was “enormously difficult” for them during the morning according to the Coast Guard’s Gerry O’Flynn.“They see a lot of activity, there are boats moving, aircraft moving and they’re just looking for hard information – they’re just clutching at straws.” Source: Eamonn FarrellThat hard information wasn’t coming through the afternoon, leading to more silence. Even the arrivals of Ministers Shane Ross and Kevin Boxer Moran didn’t lead to the chatter it might on another occasion.Ross spoke softly of the families being “devastated”.“It’s been a very, very devastating experience for them as is to be expected. We saluted them for the extraordinary bravery which they’re showing in this situation.We also thanked them for the family members which they have lent to the nation and who have done such extraordinary work and have given their lives for other people. By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘We thanked them for the family members which they lent to this nation’ – Anxious wait for news of Rescue 116 Shane Ross spoke softly of the families being “devastated”. DID YOU KNOW that up to two million North Americans can trace their ancestral journey to Blacksod in north-west Mayo?Or that the weather forecast for D-Day was transmitted by the areas lighthouse?Both of those facts are immortalised in plaques and memorials on the pier in this quiet north-west Mayo town. And, for many, they represented the town’s place in history.A starting point for 3,300 emigrants in 1883 and 1884 and a vital part of the liberation of Europe. Not bad for a tiny dot on the westernmost reaches of Ireland.Since late on Monday night, however, that has changed and the town’s name has become a byword for tragedy. Four Coast Guard crew gone. Captain Dara Fitzpatrick pronounced dead, her colleagues Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy and Ciaran Smith missing.But over two days the locals of Blacksod and the surrounding areas have ensured that anyone who was here because of the tragedy – rescue workers, media, grieving families – know it too as a byword for compassion.Rallying Source: Eamonn FarrellFor a second straight day, the locals rallied around on land and sea. While the search for the missing crewmen became more specialised their boats were not required, but they continue to provide important support. Indeed, many are volunteers with Ballyglass Coast Guard, who coordinated today’s shore search, which brought debris back to the makeshift command centre at Blacksod Lighthouse.And, says community co-op chairman John Gallagher, they intend to keep doing that as long as is necessary.“We’ll continue on as long as we have to. We’re getting calls from all over the area of people who want to get involved and help. Short URL
Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame second baseman dubbed the “Silent Captain” of the Boston Red Sox by longtime teammate and friend Ted Williams, has died. He was 99.Doerr died on Monday in Junction City, Ore., the Red Sox said Tuesday in a statement. The Red Sox said Doerr had been the oldest living major league player.“Bobby Doerr was part of an era of baseball giants and still stood out as one himself,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in the statement. “And even with his Hall of Fame achievements at second base, his character and personality outshined it all. He will be missed.”Signed out of the old Pacific Coast League on the same scouting trip that brought Williams to Fenway Park, Doerr played 14 seasons with the Red Sox and joined his fishing buddy in the Hall of Fame in 1986. He had a .288 lifetime average and helped the Red Sox to the 1946 World Series.The nine-time All-Star often forgave his more accomplished friend for his storied anger and impatience.“Ted couldn’t understand mediocre, see. And I was in that mediocre class,” Doerr told The Associated Press on his 90th birthday in 2008, which the governor of Oregon declared Bobby Doerr Day. Boston Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams, left, tests the arm of Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr in this 1942 photo. Doerr, a Hall of Fame second baseman who was dubbed the “silent captain” by longtime Red Sox teammate and life-long friend Ted Williams, has died. He was 99. (AP Photo/File)
Instagram Mobile Tech Industry Mobile Apps Internet Services Share your voice You can now ask your favorite beauty bloggers questions live. Instagram There’re now more ways to use the questions sticker on Instagram. On Tuesday, the image-oriented social network added features that let users interact with each other in new ways. The popular photo app now lets you use question stickers in Live, and people can respond to questions with music. For example, you can use a sticker question in Stories to ask friends what their favorite holiday track is or what new song is stuck in their head. People can respond by choosing a song from the music library. You can tap the Play button and listen to the track, according to an Instagram blog post.Instagram also lets you take photos and videos in Stories while playing music on the app. New effects in the camera can respond to the beats and sounds of a song. You can also now use the questions sticker on Instagram Live. For example, if you’re watching a beauty blogger live, you may see Q&A in your Stories tray. You can see what questions the blogger is currently answering, and if you want to ask more questions, you can go back to their story and fill out the questionnaire. Your question will appear in their questions list. In addition, you can use countdown stickers in Stories. Whether it’s your friend’s birthday or the New Year, you can add the sticker in your Instagram story, name the countdown, choose a color and share it with your friends to remind them of an upcoming event. Everyone who follows or shares your countdown will be notified when the countdown ends. You can update the Instagram app for iOS and Android today and try the new features out. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Best Netflix series: There’s no shortage of original Netflix series to binge. Tags Post a comment 0
New Delhi: The contentions of the former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram could lead to a mini-trial at an anticipatory bail stage which is neither contemplated nor permissible, said Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Supreme Court. Mehta was arguing, on the fourth day of the hearing, on Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea before a bench headed by Justice R. Banumathi. He contended that in the peculiar nature of the offence under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), as soon as an accused gets to know the nature of information received by an investigating agency during the course of the so-called “confrontation”, he can immediately tamper with the evidence and try to erase the money trail and create a camouflage depending on the information revealed during such “confrontation”. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Mehta told the court that there is no warrant or justification to read a requirement that first the accused would be shown and confronted with the material while he is at large. It will give an opportunity to the accused to tamper with the evidence and influence witnesses. Thereafter, the accused can file an anticipatory bail, after which the court would undertake a detailed exercise such as a mini-trial of perusing the record, Mehta contended, referring to offences under PML Act as the gravest of the grave offences irrespective of the punishment provided. The gravity of these offences has an impact on the society, economy, financial stability of the country and national interest. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Mehta also told the court that the offences under PML Act are always very sophisticated and well-crafted where the persons involved are resourceful, educated, well-informed and brilliant. in these cases, money is laundered by layers of shell companies or reported entities, and also by individuals incorporated or located in different parts of the world with several layers and facades. Advertise With Us “The investigation material collected at a pre-charge sheet stage is required to be handled with extreme confidentiality”, submitted Mehta affirmatively before the court. The ED’s counsel also submitted a nine-point reply based on a scenario if the accused’s contention regarding confrontation were accepted by the court. He argued that such a contention would surely have devastating consequences and would defeat the very purpose of investigation into such serious offences. “If such a self-serving course of action is accepted, the accused may even go to the extent of making potential co-accused co-conspirators, a link in the chain of money laundering or informant disappearing or erasing the trail,” ED submitted in its reply. Mehta told the court that under PMLA, there is always a requirement of confronting the accused not only with some of the material but with some of the accused/co-conspirators. (Sumit saxena can be contacted at email@example.com)