Calling ISA investors! 2 UK shares I’d buy today to make a growing passive income

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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. Peter Stephens | Tuesday, 6th October, 2020 | More on: BHP NG Making a passive income has been a challenge for ISA investors in 2020. Many FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares have cut or cancelled their dividends in response to coronavirus and the market crash.However, a number of companies continue to pay attractive dividends that could improve your level of income.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…Here are two such examples. They could be worth buying today and holding for the long run as part of a diverse portfolio of shares.A resilient passive income opportunityNational Grid’s (LSE: NG) robust business model could make it an attractive means of making a passive income in 2020. The utility company has a long track record of being relatively unaffected by periods of weak economic growth. Therefore, it may be able to offer modest dividend growth in the coming years.Its recent results showed it’s making progress in becoming more efficient. For example, £100m in savings were delivered in the most recent 12-month financial period. It’s also investing heavily in its asset base, with record capital expenditure of £5.4bn.Looking ahead, National Grid expects to deliver asset growth of 5-7% per annum. It also anticipates Covid-19 won’t have a material impact on its financial performance in the long run.As such, now could be the right time to buy while it offers a dividend yield of 5.4%. It could prove to be a solid passive income option at a time when many FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies are facing challenging prospects. And that may impact on their capacity to pay rising dividends in the coming years.A FTSE 100 growth opportunityBHP (LSE: BHP) may not be an obvious choice when it comes to making a passive income during a period of weak economic performance. After all, commodity stocks have historically been negatively impacted by slowing global GDP growth.However, the diversified mining company’s financial prospects are relatively encouraging. For example, it’s forecast to post a 4% rise in net profit next year. And, with its recent results showing it has a solid financial position, it seems to be well-placed to deliver improving profitability in the long run.In terms of BHP’s passive income potential, the company’s dividend yield currently stands at around 6.3%. This is higher than the income returns available across much of the stock market. It suggests the stock offers a wide margin of safety. That means it can produce an attractive income return even if it experiences an increasingly difficult outlook.Of course, over the long run, the prospects for a global economic recovery seem to be relatively bright. Therefore, alongside its income potential, BHP could deliver an attractive rate of capital growth that helps to grow the size of your ISA portfolio. This could make it easier to generate a worthwhile income in older age. 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.last_img read more

Coverage of Executive Council’s March 2015 meeting

first_img Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC Posted Mar 21, 2015 Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Press Release Executive Council, 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 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Music Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Executive Council March 2015 Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Coverage of Executive Council’s March 2015 meeting This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 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 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Submit an Event Listing Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel last_img read more

Wekiva Mustangs football schedule announced

first_img TAGSWekiva Mustangs Previous articleApopka High football schedule announcedNext article18 new FHP troopers start their careers in Central Florida Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mustangs look to build off 2016 successLast season the Wekiva High School Mustangs enjoyed their best season in its 10-year history with a 7-4 record and a trip to the state playoffs. This year, Wekiva hopes to build on that success as they open their 2017 campaign on the road against Oak Ridge High School. In the Mustangs 10-game schedule they never leave Central Florida. They open their home schedule against Windermere High School, and open their district schedule on September 29th at home against West Orange High School.The Mustangs will face Apopka High School in the Mayor’s Cup at Roger Williams Field on the campus of Apopka High School on October 27th. Last season Apopka rallied past the Mustangs 38-31.Orlando Jones High School defeated the Mustangs in their spring game 20-0. Wekiva begins fall football with a pre-season game against Lake Brantley High School (in Altamonte Springs) at the Wekiva Football Field with a 7 PM kickoff on August 18th.WEKIVA MUSTANGS• Week 1 — Fri. Aug. 25 — @ Oak Ridge• Week 2 — Fri. Sep. 1 — Windermere• Week 3 — Fri. Sep. 8 — @ Winter Park• Week 4 — Fri. Sep. 15 — BYE WEEK• Week 5 — Fri. Sep. 22 — @ Olympia• Week 6 — Fri. Sep. 29 — West Orange*• Week 7 — Fri. Oct. 6 — Dr. Phillips• Week 8 — Fri. Oct. 13 — Evans*• Week 9 — Fri. Oct. 20 — @ Orlando University• Week 10 — Fri. Oct. 27 — @ Apopka*• Week 11 — Fri. Nov. 3 — Lake Nona Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear center_img Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter * – denotes district game Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Casa la Roca / Parque Humano

first_img 2011 “COPY” Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Casa la Roca / Parque Humano Save this picture!+ 21 Share Mexico Casa la Roca / Parque HumanoSave this projectSaveCasa la Roca / Parque Humano “COPY” Projectscenter_img ArchDaily Area:  450 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeParque HumanoOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMexico CityHousesMexicoPublished on January 02, 2012Cite: “Casa la Roca / Parque Humano” 02 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesProdemaProdEx Wood Facade in the Aspen Art MuseumSealantsSikaRenovation of Zeitz MuseumSinksBradley Corporation USAVerge Coordinated Soap Dispenser and Faucet SetsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Etch PrintingWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEngineered Wood FlooringAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)Australian Oak Engineered FlooringLouvers / ShuttersConstruction SpecialtiesSunshades – Airfoil LuxMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Text description provided by the architects. For the concept of this project we have taken advantage of the triangular character of the plot, the slope of the land and the views towards the Cerro Gordo´s Natural Reserve. The building has been conceived as a homogenous mass, hollowing out a huge opening with an inviting forced perspective effect caused by the asymmetric walls that frames the natural panorama. With the objective of building an interior/exterior relation, the volumetric setting of sloping walls and slabs allow the visual journey from the interior space, deeply linking the project to the existing landscape, it is the exterior landscape which organizes our interior spacesSave this picture!Recommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEADoorsAir-LuxPivoting DoorDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineThe house is developed in two volumes separated by a garden and connected by a bridge. Parking and service areas organize the access level. From here, the stairs lead to the main access. Within the first volume, we have place on the ground level the living and dining space and the kitchen; bedrooms were placed in the second level. The subsequent volume hosts a working studio, facing the inner court. Each spaces has a proportion and a characteristic relation with the adjacent space, as well as a relation with the existing Landscape.Save this picture!The house overlooks the environment incorporating the landscape, making an atmosphere of outdoor life, reconstructing the dynamic perception of the space with an emphasis on the emotional bonds between subject and nature. Working with nature is a way of working towards the understanding of our world.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessOpen Call for Ideas: ‘How Much Does Your Building Weigh?’ArticlesAugmented Structures v1.1: Acoustic Formations / Salon2Articles Share Architects: Parque Humano Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Mexico City, Mexico Year: last_img read more

Blanket Coverage Podcast – 2019/20 NFL Exit Interviews Episode 114 – 2020 NFL Mock Draft

first_imgFacebook Jack Wallace Jack Wallace TAGSblanketblanket coveragecoveragedraftNFLspecial Facebook Twitter printJack and Noah give and compare our two big boards in preparation for the 2020 NFL Draft. 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Jack Wallace Jack Wallace 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Linkedin ReddIt Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East + posts Jack Wallace Linkedin TCU News Now 4/28/2021 ReddIt Previous articleBlanket Coverage Podcast – 2019/20 NFL Exit Interviews Episode 113 – Titans, Packers, 49ers, ChiefsNext articleReagor, Gladney selected in first round of NFL draft Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC Westlast_img read more

Lawyer gunned down after reporting police abuses to the media

first_img HondurasAmericas News Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en The lawyer Ricardo Rosales was murdered two days ago, three days after he was quoted in the newspaper Diario Tiempo as accusing police officers in the northern town of Tela of serious human rights violations. Rosales (on the right of the picture) was leaving home, where he also has his office, to attend a court hearing when he was shot dead by three hooded gunmen. He had recently defended Marco Joel Alvarez, nicknamed “el Unicornio”, who was charged, and later acquitted, of the murder of the journalist David Meza Montesinos on 11 March 2010. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News “Lawyers, alongside journalists, academics human rights activists, trade unionists, community representatives and ordinary citizens, are equal pillars of freedom of information and too often pay for this with their lives,” Reporters Without Borders said.“According to the Honduras College of Lawyers, 74 have been killed in the past three years with total impunity. This toll once again illustrates the total failure of the rule of law in Honduras – already classified as one of the most dangerous countries in the world – since the coup of June 2009.“We hail the courage of Ricardo Rosales and urge that justice is done on his behalf and on behalf him of the others,” said the press freedom organization, recalling that 17 Honduran journalists had been murdered since 2010. Follow the news on Honduras January 19, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lawyer gunned down after reporting police abuses to the media HondurasAmericas Rosales learned of the police officers’ behaviour from statements made by victims’ parents and from an eyewitness account by a young girl who was unwilling to press charges for the time being. April 27, 2021 Find out more Reports to go further May 13, 2021 Find out more News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies According to the lawyer, police recently assigned to Tela as part of a rotation scheme were reported to have carried out acts of torture and other forms of humiliation against detainees, including sexual abuse of young women, some of them minors. The rotation scheme was part of “Operation Lightning”, launched by the security ministry in November and officially aimed at combating violence and crime. “Is it really a question of fighting crime, or of deflecting attention from the worst human rights abuses by playing a transfer game?” Reporters Without Borders asked.“The murder of Ricardo Rosales makes one wonder. Meanwhile, crackdowns and terror continue.” Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Neighborhood Church’s Youth Religious Education 2015-2016

first_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Neighborhood Church announces enrollment of its Youth Religious Education (YRE) 2015-2016. Please let the Church office know if your child will be participating in the 2015 – 2016 school year YRE program by registering them online here or filling out a registration form at the Lifelong Learning Table.Neighborhood Church request families to complete a registration form each fall to keep files current and to volunteer in key areas within the program. All children and youth must be registered.  Please contact Kat Roberts with questions.Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 449-3470 or visit Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Faith & Youth Neighborhood Church’s Youth Religious Education 2015-2016 Article and Photo courtesy of Neighborhood Church Published on Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 11:50 am First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Business News HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Not to be sniffed at: Agony of post-COVID-19 loss of smell

first_img Facebook WhatsApp A researcher holds one of the small pots of fragrance used during tests in a clinic in Nice, France, on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, to help determine how patients’ sense of smell and taste have been degraded since they contracted COVID-19. A year into the coronavirus pandemic, doctors are striving to better understand and treat patients who lose their sense of smell. Local NewsWorld News Twitter Pinterest Previous articleHundreds protest coup in Myanmar as resistance spreadsNext articleAgroaceite is Certified for 97.3% of Its Commitment to Good Manufacturing Practices Digital AIM Web Support Facebookcenter_img TAGS  Not to be sniffed at: Agony of post-COVID-19 loss of smell Twitter Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021 WhatsApplast_img read more

The Week Ahead: Providing Insight

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago August 27, 2017 1,405 Views Previous: Quality Over Quantity Next: CalyxSoftware Pronounces Plan for National User Conference The Legal League 100, a professional association of default servicing law firms and service providers, will be conducting an educational webinar to provide insight into the developments in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFBP) servicing rules and enforcement trends.Regulatory compliance continues to be at the forefront of the industry concern. Even now, the industry is still coming to grips with issues stemming from the latest iteration of the CFPB mortgage servicing rules. In this webinar, three industry experts will walk you through the latest developments in Bureau’s enforcement.Those industry experts include Michelle Garcia Gilbert, President and CEO, Gilbert Garcia Group, Rose Marie Brook, Found Partner and President, Fabrizio & Brook, and Stephen Hladik, Onorato & Federman, LLP.As an association committed to the mortgage servicing industry, The Legal League 100 supports being able to provide educational opportunities. Whether it is by conducting webinars, producing reports, or providing a forum for legal professionals to collaborate with their mortgage-servicing partners at The Legal League 100 Servicer Summits.The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 31, at 2 p.m. CT. To register, click here.The 2017 Legal League 100 Fall Servicer Summit, which is a part of the Five Star Conference and Expo, will be held September 20 in Dallas, Texas. To learn more, click here.Other Events in the Week Ahead:  S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller HPI,  Tuesday, 9 a.m. EDT.Genworth Mortgage Insurance First Q2 2017 First Time Homebuyer Report Conference Call, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. EDT.Freddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Survey, Thursday, 10 a.m. EDT.Pending Home Sales Index, Thursday, 10 a.m. EDT.Construction Spending Report, Friday, 10 a.m. EDT. in Daily Dose, Featured Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Nicole Casperson Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago HOUSING Legal League 100 mortgage Webinar 2017-08-27 Nicole Casperson The Week Ahead: Providing Insight Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: HOUSING Legal League 100 mortgage Webinar Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: Providing Insight The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Postlast_img read more

[Central Vista] “SG May Keep His Advice to Himself” Shyam Divan To SG When SG Said “Words Like ‘Shameless’ Can’t be Used In Context Of Govt”

first_imgTop Stories[Central Vista] “SG May Keep His Advice to Himself” Shyam Divan To SG When SG Said “Words Like ‘Shameless’ Can’t be Used In Context Of Govt” Mehal Jain30 Oct 2020 12:11 AMShare This – xThe Central Vista hearing before the Supreme Court on Thursday witnessed a verbal spat between Senior Advocate Shyam Diwan and SG Tushar Mehta, when the former described the Government’s stand on the matter as “shameful”.The hearing is progressing before a bench of Justices A. M. Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjeev Khanna. Mr. Diwan was appearing for the petitioner.On Thursday, Mr….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 Central Vista hearing before the Supreme Court on Thursday witnessed a verbal spat between Senior Advocate Shyam Diwan and SG Tushar Mehta, when the former described the Government’s stand on the matter as “shameful”.The hearing is progressing before a bench of Justices A. M. Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjeev Khanna. Mr. Diwan was appearing for the petitioner.On Thursday, Mr. Diwan was pointing out how the original NIT was originally for only the Central Vista and it was amended subsequently to include the PM’s residence and other offices and how numerous bid participants could not submit their plans on account of that. Mr. Diwan had earlier indicated, by way of examples, that for the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, conceptualised in 1986-89, an open single stage global design competition was held, where over 120 bids were received. For the Parliament Library, in 1989, a national design competition was conducted. And most recently,for the National War Memorial and Museum in 2016, a two-stage open global design competition was held where over 400 bids were received. “So in Lutyen’s Central Vista zone, this has been the norm. In stark contrast to this is the Central Vista redevelopment project, where a Quality Cost Based Selection (QCBS) Tender system has been employed…”, he had explained.”It was a 7-week process. As per the pre-bid meeting, 24 bidders had participated. A total of 6 bids were received. After the technical bids, presentations were to be made on approach and methodology to a jury whose composition is not known. Ultimately, 4 were selected for the financial bids. The tender was awarded to H1 Bidder ‘APC Designs’ at 229 crores”, Mr. Diwan had elaborated. On Thursday, he argued that only 6 bids were received and that the Respondents, including the Government of India, claim that after the technical bids, only 4 were found eligible- “These are trustees acting. This is not some private contractor for a bridge. Even Amaravathi was developed through an international design tender. The promoters have to be given the widest possible choice…it is shameful!”To this, SG Tushhar Mehta requested against the use of such language in the context of the government. “Such terms- ‘shameless’ and all- may not be employed. Personal views may not be voiced”, urged the SG.”The SG may keep his advice to himself”, commented Mr. Diwan in response.He continued to point out that no estimate cost was determined and it was to depend on the design of the bidder. “If the bidder cannot judge the budgetary limit, it will result in a huge variation in the designs. Rule 182 of the General Financial Rules, 2017 provides for assessment of costs based on the current market and other organisations functioning in it. This has been violated…They said that the project cost can be assessed only after the consultant has been selected, but they have not denied the applicability of 182. Even CPWD Works Manual 2019 provides for the estimated cost to be determined at the pre- construction stage”, he indicated.Earlier in the week, Mr. Diwan had contended, “The notice inviting the bids is dated September 2, 2019. It was uploaded on September 4. And the last date of submission was September 23, which was extended by a week and made 30. Even the date and time for the pre-bid meeting was decided as September 11! People need time to download, study, understand and digest the document! The time frames were grossly inadequate! There are national and international norms to this effect! For even the most basic tender, where a government university wants a new hostel, you have to give adequate time!”, contended Mr. Diwan.”Is there a corrigendum? Maybe the expression ‘pre-bid meeting’ is inappropriate. Maybe it was something else”, Justice Khanwilkar had asked then.”Between the opening of the bids and the last date, the meeting that is called for giving clarifications is called the pre-bid meeting. What I find absurd are the time frames! For such a complex document, and given its purpose!”, Mr. Diwan had submitted.”I am only on the standpoint of the citizen who is entitled to ensure that when the Central Vista is re-designed, there is adequate participation. I am not on whether this condition was fulfilled or that condition was complied with. Don’t approach this as a tender matter, but one of the greatest Constitutional significance”, he had urged.”How many respondents were there to the bid? If there were only 1 or 2, we can understand your grievance. If there were more and only 4 are found eligible, then that is the tender process. That can’t be the basis to question everything!”, Justice Khanwilkar had observed, adding that the Senior Counsel’s other arguments are nevertheless “valid”.”Yes, open competition is the global best practice”, Justice Khanwilkar had agreed.”The bid document states that they are creating a legacy for 150-200 years. But the time-lines provided clearly don’t support this…Your Lordships said that the court can’t go into whether 21 days are provided and whether it is enough as it is a policy matter. But is this a tender for a marriage hall or something much more profound and firm? They are acting as the trustee of a public trust here!”, he continued.”Did any of these 24 participants mention about the short time-lines? We’ll take note of it here itself”, Justice Khanwilkar had wanted to know.”Yes. At least 10 said we need more time. Alteast 10 sought 2-3 weeks or 3-4 weeks more time. They said they need more time to work out the approach and methodology and the vision and the master plan”, replied Mr. Diwan.”And in response, the government asked them to see the corrigendum by virtue of which an extension of 1 week was given? So they asked for 3-4 weeks but were given only 1 more week?”, Justice Khanwilkar had noted. Next Storylast_img read more