27th November 2020 | By Robin Harrison Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Finance Strategy Online casino M&A Management LeoVegas Group has appointed a pair of banks to serve as joint bookrunners as it explores the possibility of issuing a senior unsecured bond to facilitate the operator’s expansion strategy. Swedish financial institutions Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) and Swedbank to arrange investor meetings ahead of a potential bond issue. Earlier this month LeoVegas reported marginal year-on-year growth for the third quarter of 2020, with revenue up 0.8% to €88.9m (£80.2m/$104.4m). It said that growth was slowed by Sweden’s temporary restrictions on spend for online casino, which the operator has strongly opposed from the outset. The operator added that it would look to maintain a leverage ratio of net debt to adjusted earnings before, interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of 1.0x, though may exceed this level in the short term, to pursue larger acquisitions or other strategic initiatives. Alongside the transaction, the operator has entered into a new three-year revolving credit facility for €40m. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “This enables us to continue to deliver on our expansion strategy where we focus on regulated markets and markets soon to become regulated,” he explained. “Further, we continuously evaluate strategic and complementary acquisitions that may fit into the LeoVegas Group.” This week it was one of a number of operators to speak out against plans to extend measures including an SEK5,000 deposit cap until June next year, arguing that the Swedish authorities should instead shift focus to tackling offshore activity. “With this, we ensure a long-term and stable financing for LeoVegas. We strengthen the company’s financial flexibility and diversify our financing with the combination of a bond and new bank loans,” LeoVegas chief executive Gustaf Hagman said. The proceeds from the potential bond issue would be used to refinance existing debt and fund future M&A activity. Regions: Nordics Sweden Its other, existing financial targets remain unchanged. The business will therefore aim to continue outperforming the wider gaming market, and keeping the long-term EBITDA margin of at least 15%, as well as returning at least 50% of profit after tax to shareholders as dividends. Tags: LeoVegas Management LeoVegas preparing bond issue to fund growth strategy The senior, unsecured bond would have an expected volume of SEK500m (£44.0m/€49.2m/$58.7m), within an SEK1.2bn framework, that would mature after three years. This may be followed by a capital market transaction, depending on market conditions.
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National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) 2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileNational Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON) manufactures and markets a range of edible salt for industrial use and iodine-fortified kitchen salt for domestic use in Nigeria. By-products from the salt refining process include fine (butter) salt used to make biscuits and confectionary products; and granulated kitchen salt and industrial salt. The company has factories located in Oregun, Apapa and Port Harcourt and installed capacity of 400 000 tonnes per annum for 25-50 kilogram bags of salt and 100 000 tonnes per annum for salt sachets. Salt products for domestic use are marketed under the brand name Annapurna and Dangote. Annapurna is a brand name owned by West Africa Popular Foods (WAPF) as a joint venture between the former NASCON and Unilever Nigeria Plc. The company was established in 1973 and formerly known as National Salt Company of Nigeria Plc. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. National Salt Company Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
I&M Holdings Limited (IMH.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about I&M Holdings Limited (IMH.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the I&M Holdings Limited (IMH.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: I&M Holdings Limited (IMH.ke) 2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileI&M Holdings Limited (I&M Bank Group) is a financial services institution providing products and services for the personal, commercial and corporate sectors in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Mauritius. Its product offering ranges from transactional accounts, home and car loans and overdraft and term loans to e-commerce payment and salary processing services, trade finance and insurance premium financing services I&M Bank Group also provides services for foreign exchange, fund transfers, tax payment, bancassurance and agency banking. Its investment management division offers securities accounts and fiduciary services and facilitates the purchase and sale of securities from the stock market and invests in government securities. Its asset finance division caters for personal and corporate clients and covers vehicle and machinery purchases and cash management services. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. I&M Holdings Limited
Architects: Ubalt architectes Area Area of this architecture project Projects Photographs: Yohann Fontaine Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” Apartments France ArchDaily Area: 250 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/954532/le-grand-marais-apartment-ubalt-architectes Clipboard CopyApartments•Paris, France Manufacturers: Balsan, Fantini, Florim, HAY, ACOVACONCEPTION:NASTASIA POTEL, MYLENE VASSELIGHT DESIGN:FRANZ & FRITZCity:ParisCountry:FranceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Yohann FontaineRecommended ProductsBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXConcealed Blind System – One-BoxWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. Le Grand Marais is a former 250sq data centre converted into a flat, located in a building dating from the 1970s on the outskirts of Le Marais in Paris. This building, belonging to the largest co-ownership in Paris, includes mixed programmes of offices, housing, amphitheatre, swimming pool, etc. The first challenge of this project was therefore to evoke the 1970s inside the flat. This was notably achieved through the choice of materials: the omnipresent plexiglass, coloured metal joinery, iridescent curtains, concrete. Moreover, this loft is located on the ground floor and overlooks the covered circulation of the building. This is the great particularity of this space, which is almost blind, with no view of the outside and little light.Save this picture!© Yohann FontaineSave this picture!AxoSave this picture!© Yohann FontaineWith this observation in mind, the project’s intention was to intensify this phenomenon rather than to come up against it. Thus, the layout and distribution of the spaces have been designed with a view to concentration and focus. A buffer space entrance with the exterior serves three bedrooms, a bathroom, and the living room while evoking an interior patio. The spaces are linked together, the material slides from one room to another, on the floor, on the wall, or even as furniture. The materials echo each other to offer identity and staging to the spaces and in particular to the blind rooms of the flat.Save this picture!© Yohann FontaineSave this picture!© Yohann FontaineIn addition to the desire to make rigid spaces exuberant, the intensification of the project also involves the possibility for this space to be transformed to change its destination and become a showroom, a workplace, or a place of awakening thanks to its double kitchen, laundry, storage spaces, projection room/gymnasium and bedrooms that can easily be transformed into meeting rooms.Save this picture!© Yohann FontaineFinally, the only substantial light entrance is located at the end of the flat where four skydomes are deployed. Here again, it is the intensification that is sought in the project: the terrace garden located above the premises enters through the zenithal bays to become a planted jardiniere until it drips into the flat. The whole project seeks to offer a dreamlike and self-sufficient universe.Save this picture!© Yohann FontaineProject gallerySee allShow lessHealth Center Jugon Les Lacs / Violi ArchitecteSelected ProjectsThe Second Studio Podcast on Sharing Design Process Tips for Designers and ArchitectsArticlesProject locationAddress:Paris, FranceLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Photographs 2020 CopyAbout this officeUbalt architectesOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsParisOn FacebookFrancePublished on January 10, 2021Cite: “Le Grand Marais Apartment / Ubalt architectes” 10 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features Related Articles Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the September issue of DS News.Heather Rogers was recently elected as Davidson Fink’s first female partner. Rogers joined the firm in May 2003 where she focused on commercial and residential real estate, and managed the day-to-day operations of the Default Department, which she has continued to do for over 16 years. Rogers is a past Chair of the then approximately 4,900-member Real Property Law Section (RPLS) of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), and is still involved with the Executive Committee of the RPLS as the Co-Chair of the Real Estate Finance Committee. She has also served on the board as the Section Vice-Chair and Section Secretary. Rogers was selected as a Super Lawyer for the past nine years and is also a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. She recently spoke to DS News on how the industry is impacted by the drop in foreclosures, what natural disasters have done to the market, and how she plans to move forward as the firm’s newest Managing Partner. What are some of the biggest challenges facing the default servicing sector in today’s market? The current biggest challenge facing the market from the attorney side is the decrease in foreclosures. We have to maintain the practice with less work coming in, as well as an increase in pressure to invest in technology, security, and staffing. Many firms are struggling to maintain this level. We are also seeing a lot of movement in the industry to smaller, newer servicers, and with others, merging, closing, and selling off their portfolios. Keeping up with this is difficult from all sides. What are some industry trends that are you are looking out for as 2020 approaches? It appears we may be looking at a baby recession at the end of 2019, so we need to be ready for that. Some of the other trends I see are how to increase efficiency without losing quality, technology improvements and security issues.Black Knight reported the Mortgage Delinquency Rate increased 11% for June. What can be done to help borrowers at risk of delinquency and foreclosure? First, the dissemination of information to borrowers is key. In New York, we send numerous notices to borrowers prior to commencing a foreclosure, but those notices come from the very entity that these folks are in fear of (lenders/servicers and their attorneys). Many times, the message is lost. More needs to be done to present this information as being from someone “on their side.” The message will be better received and hopefully better utilized.Second, I think that lenders and servicers need to be more flexible in settlement and be given the power to think outside the box. We often run into a case where the solution is easy, but because it doesn’t fit inside a neat box, the answer is “no.” While I understand investor guidelines and the need to streamline processes, it can be frustrating and difficult to explain to opposing counsel and the court. In fact, it is often the threat of the court that may finally force a lender to proceed with an outside-the-box solution.Finally, many lenders’ attorneys take the position that the borrower and their counsel are the enemy. I have never operated that way and try to take a more collaborative approach while still zealously representing our clients. Foreclosure isn’t good for anyone, including our own clients. Working together to come up with a solution that works for all parties should be the goal, if possible.What does it mean to you to be named the first female Managing Partner for Davidson Fink? Of course it is quite an honor that my partners deemed me worthy of the position. I’ve been running the day-to-day operations of the firm’s Default Practice for over 16 years, and it was a good learning experience and proving ground for the larger job. I have spent most of my career as one of, if not the only, female attorney at the firm, but it never occurred to me to focus on that. I worked hard, got involved, spoke up, and took advantage of the opportunities that came my way. I asked questions, I learned. No excuses, no free ride. I hope to bring a fresh, creative perspective to the operation of the firm and to expand on our “work hard/play hard” culture. What have been some of the challenges you’ve faced during your career, and how did you overcome them? First, I am a wife and a mother of two boys, both of whom I had while I was practicing law full time. My husband, Todd, and I worked together as a team and made plans and decisions that would allow each of us to succeed in our own careers and as parents and spouses. That was not always easy, and we all had to make sacrifices. It was very important to us that our boys saw us working as a team and that anything worth doing or having is worth working for.Second, being often the only woman, and for most of my career so far, youngest partner, I had to figure out a way to gain respect from both the other partners and the staff. I overcame this, frankly, by putting in the work—getting my hands dirty. I had to learn when to listen and when to speak up; when to take care of it myself, and when to ask for help. It is also really important to me that the staff know that I have their back and that I would never ask them to do something that I wouldn’t or couldn’t do myself. I am someone who never met a task that was beneath me.Finally, the challenge of navigating a department—and now firm—through the ups and downs of this industry and the ever-changing legal services market. Early on in my career in this industry, things were very quiet and quite routine. When the mortgage market crashed and the largest firm in New York closed—and both happened in quick succession—everything we knew changed. Our own practice more than tripled in size in about a little over a year, and that, coupled with all of the new laws and procedures surrounding foreclosures and servicing, made it nearly impossible to navigate.I have a team-based management style, so I assembled the team, put together a plan, meet often to adjust it and then we worked hard. It wasn’t easy, and we made some mistakes, but overall we survived the storm. We also learned a lot from the process and have used those lessons to navigate new challenges since. The reality is, I would be nothing without the great people around me: my husband, boys, partners, and staff. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Hurricane Relief’s Overlooked Segment Next: Mortgage Contracting Services and M&M Merger: Industry Outlook Tagged with: default Delinquency Home / Daily Dose / Counsel’s Corner: Assisting At-Risk Borrowers default Delinquency 2019-10-14 Mike Albanese Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Print This Post 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. 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News UpdatesTelangana HC Suspends Functioning Of Courts Till June 30 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK13 Jun 2020 9:08 PMShare This – xIn the light of the continuing COVID-19 crisis, the Telangana High Court has issued a circular to extend the suspension of work of subordinate courts, tribunals etc in the State till June 30, until further orders.The cases which are listed up to June 30 will be adjourned automatically en bloc to a working day after one month, which will be uploaded in the District Court website as well as…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?LoginIn the light of the continuing COVID-19 crisis, the Telangana High Court has issued a circular to extend the suspension of work of subordinate courts, tribunals etc in the State till June 30, until further orders.The cases which are listed up to June 30 will be adjourned automatically en bloc to a working day after one month, which will be uploaded in the District Court website as well as CIS.All judicial officers have been instructed to take up urgent civil, criminal cases, Family Court matters such as custody, visitation rights and maintenance, and cases ripe for final disposal via video conferencing. They may also hear cases from Courts instead of from their homes through video conferencing. The judicial officers may also instruct the staff to attend the office on turn basis to assist the Court.Click here to download CircularRead Circular Next Story
News UpdatesClarify The Steps Taken For Affording Reservation In Field Of Education/services To Members Of Transgender Community: Patna HC Seeks Govt. Response [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay28 Sep 2020 12:44 AMShare This – xThe Patna High Court on Monday (21st September) asked the State Government to explain and clarify the steps taken for affording reservation in the field of education or services to the members of the Transgender community.The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar issued this order in a petition highlighting the pitiable state of affairs of the transgender in the…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 Patna High Court on Monday (21st September) asked the State Government to explain and clarify the steps taken for affording reservation in the field of education or services to the members of the Transgender community.The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar issued this order in a petition highlighting the pitiable state of affairs of the transgender in the state. Allegedly, the community is ostracized, more so in times of the current outbreak of Pandemic Corona Virus.The Court appreciated the efforts of the State for taking some measures for providing immediate relief as now ration is being distributed without insisting upon furnishing a Ration Card to the members of the Transgender community.The Court noted that the basic necessity of meeting the need of hunger stands taken care of.In this regard, the Court fully appreciated the efforts taken by Shri Ajay, learned Government Advocate No. 5, who has been fairly assisting the Court along with Shri Akash Keshav, learned counsel for the petitioner.Further, the Court also appreciated the efforts put in by the Government in now establishing the Facilitation Centres at the District Level wherein at least two members of the transgender community would be associated.However, the court said that other issues warranting immediate attention, are required to be considered in the light of the direction issued by the Hon’ble Apex Court in National Legal Services Authority Vs. Union of India and others, (2014) 5SCC 438 paragraph 135.It may be noted that Section 8 of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 mandates the Government to take all steps securing full and effective participation of the members of the transgender community so as to make it an inclusive society.Equally, different welfare measures protecting their rights and interest have to be taken. It is the mandate of the statute that the Government shall formulate schemes and programmes ensuring inclusive growth and protection from stigmatization and discrimination. Fair and equal treatment and opportunities have to be afforded to them.The High Court was of the considered view that a lot more needs to be done. The Court highlighted the following points:-(a) Evidently, the proposal for setting up of a separate HIV Surveillance Centre has yet not been established.(b) As per the decision taken in the meeting dated 21.03.2018 by the Bihar Kalyan Board established under the Bihar Rajya Kalyan Board Rules, 2015 two committees were formed for making recommendations and giving suggestions for the welfare of the members of the community. What is its outcome is not known.(c) The process of sensitization of the residents of the State of the plight and the problem faced by the members of the transgender community is under process. But details thereof are not disclosed.(d) What are the steps taken for affording reservation in the field of education or services is not clear.On all these issues, the Court directed that a supplementary affidavit indicating the latest status and the progress made be filed by the Additional Chief Secretary, State of Bihar (within a period of two weeks).Further, the Court directed that a report, indicating the number of facilitation centres established in Bihar and the names of members of the Patna High Court transgender community identified be also made known in a tabular form.What facilities, including remuneration, if any, are being made available to them be made known, asked the Court.The matter has been listed for further hearing on 15.10.2020.Notably, a plea has been preferred in the Supreme Court seeking equal protection of laws to the transgender community from sexual crimes in the context of the Indian Penal Code.The plea states that there is no provision or section in the IPC which may protect the third gender from sexual assault by males/females and from other transgender and anti-discrimination laws are needed to safeguard the Transgender community.The previous orders of the Patna HC related to this PILThe Patna High Court on Wednesday (09th September) asked the State Government to think about enhancing the economic support to the members of the Transgender community who, “at this point in time, are suffering acute hardship, more so on account of the nature of the activity to which they are engaged.”Further, the Patna High Court on 20th May had directed the Government to ensure that the persons belonging to the Transgender community are not deprived of food grains distributed under the social security schemes, solely for not possessing a ration card.On 27th August, the Patna High Court had sought a report from the Central as well as the State Government, delineating the steps taken by them to implement the welfare provisions contained under Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar had also asked the Government to show steps taken for compliance with the implementation of the directions issued by the Supreme Court in National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India.Notable orders of other High CourtsNotably, the High Courts of Karnataka, Jharkhand and Telangana have also ordered the Government to ensure that the Transgender community is provided adequate protection and benefits during the lockdown.In the month of May, a petition was also filed in the Kerala High Court seeking protection of the community against discrimination in the grant of relief measures during the lockdown.In the month of June, the Bombay High Court had directed the Principal Secretary to the State Social Justice and Special Assistance Department to consider and dispose of within a fortnight, concerns expressed by an activist working for the transgender community, regarding the plight of the members especially after the lockdown and seeking directions for the formulation of a welfare scheme for the 40,000 members of the community in the State.Recently, the Karnataka High Court has directed the State Government to take steps for implementation of the relevant provisions of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 and also extend all kinds of the reservation to members of the community.In the month of July, the Karnataka High Court had sought a reply from the state government on why it has not included a separate category for the transgender community in its notification for recruitment to the post of Special Reserve Constable Force and Bandsmen.Case Details:Case Title: Veera Yadav v. Government of Bihar & Ors.Case No.: CWJC No. 5627/2020Quorum: Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. KumarAppearance: Advocates Akash Keshav, Shaswat and Deepak Kumar Singh (for Petitioner); ASG KN Singh, CGC Ratnesh Kumar Singh and Govt Advocate Ajay (for Respondents)Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Story
Top Stories’We Also Want To Get Back To Action’: Supreme Court Expresses Intention To Reassess Possibility Of Physical Hearings Radhika Roy20 Jan 2021 3:57 AMShare This – xTwo Benches of the Supreme Court expressed an inclination on Wednesday during separate instances to reassess the possibility of resuming physical hearings. A Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India observed that the Court was eager to “go back to action”, however, the same would be done only after taking into account the opinion of health authorities. The Court was presiding…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?LoginTwo Benches of the Supreme Court expressed an inclination on Wednesday during separate instances to reassess the possibility of resuming physical hearings. A Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India observed that the Court was eager to “go back to action”, however, the same would be done only after taking into account the opinion of health authorities. The Court was presiding over two pleas challenging the decision of the Delhi High Court to resume large-scale physical hearing before itself and subordinate courts in Delhi with effect from January 18, without giving a choice to lawyers to appear via the virtual mode. Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal had raised the issue pertaining to the “clear and present danger” involved with lawyers exposing themselves to COVID-19. Senior Advocate Vikas Singh informed the Court that the common man was unable to access justice due to the virtual mode of hearing. To this, the CJI responded, “We also want to get back to the action. But, we want to ask health authorities before that. We are not going to take the opinion of advocates on a health issue”. In a separate instance, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan observed that the matter of resuming physical hearings would be deliberated upon within two weeks. The remark was passed while hearing petitions challenging the Bombay High Court verdict wherein the Maharasthra Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018, which provides for reservations to Marathas in jobs and education, was upheld. Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi sought for an adjournment as he informed the Bench that due to the virtual nature of proceedings, the lawyers were all scattered and unable to prepare for the case. “We are lawyers scattered in different places and there are huge records. It is difficult to argue over virtual hearing. We are not entering into merits. Vaccination process has startred and there is a 6-8 weeks wait for the elderly”, stated Rohatgi. Justice Bhushan then stated that the Court did not intend to begin hearing for the case on January 25th, and that the matter would be kept after two weeks so that there would be some clarity regarding the commencement of physical hearings. In wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court had begun following restricted functioning since March 16, 2020, hearing only urgent matters. Several precautionary measures had also been adopted to avoid overcrowding. With the national lockdown being declared on March 23, the Supreme Court issued a circular, directing for suspension of entry of litigants and lawyers into the court premises. Since then, matters have been taken up through the medium of video conferencing. Next Story