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Court upholds ban on Navalny running for Russian presidency

Court upholds ban on Navalny running for Russian presidency

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Russia's highest court on Saturday upheld a decision barring opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president in March. The Supreme Court turned down Navalny's appeal against the Central Election Commission, ruling that the commission's decision to bar him from the race fully conforms to law. President Vladimir Putin, whose approval ratings top 80 percent, is expected to easily win a fourth term in the March 18 election. Navalny has campaigned for the presidency all year despite an implicit ban on his candidacy due to a fraud conviction seen by many as politically driven. Election officials formally barred him from the ballot Monday. Navalny responded by calling for a boycott of the vote, and the Kremlin said authorities will look into whether such a call violates the law. In a...
Uber must follow same rules as taxis – EU court

Uber must follow same rules as taxis – EU court

Business
Ride hailing phone app Uber is a taxi service and can be regulated, an EU Court has ruled.The ruling from Europe's highest court found that Uber "must be regarded as being inherently linked to a transport service and, accordingly, must be classified as 'a service in the field of transport'​​​​​​".In short, this means Uber will now be officially recognised as a cab company rather than a technology company.Image:Uber has insisted the outcome of the case will not affect their businessOne implication of the ruling is that the company will now be regulated as transport company, meaning that rules can be set at country level.:: 10 Uber-interesting facts from 'brilliant jerks' to forced selfiesIn contrast, rules for digital platforms - which the company had argued that they were - are set Europe-
German court: Ancient forest can be cleared for coal mine

German court: Ancient forest can be cleared for coal mine

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A court in western Germany says an ancient forest near the Belgian border can be chopped down to make way for a coal strip mine. Cologne's administrative court ruled Friday against a legal complaint brought by the environmental group BUND that wanted to halt the clearance of much of the Hambach forest. The group said it would appeal the decision and seek an injunction to prevent energy company RWE from clearing the trees in the meantime. Hambach forest has become a focus of environmental protests against the expansion of a vast mine that supplies much of the coal used in nearby power plants. The coal, a light brown variety called lignite, is considered one of the most polluting forms of fossil fuel.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International
Next week's Royal Mail strike blocked by court

Next week's Royal Mail strike blocked by court

Business
Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction preventing next week's 48-hour strike by postal workers.Around 110,000 members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) were set to walk out from 19 October in what would have been the first national postal strike since Royal Mail was privatised in 2013.Staff had voted overwhelmingly earlier this month in favour of industrial action in a long-running dispute over pensions, pay and jobs.Union leaders say they have been trying to find a solution to the impasse for 18 months.But a High Court judge supported Royal Mail's case that the CWU was breaking its contract by calling a strike before outside mediation, which began on 5 October, is completed.The injunction is necessary to prevent hundreds of thousands of people across the UK being deliberately ...
Supreme Court orders Unitech to pay litigation cost to home buyers

Supreme Court orders Unitech to pay litigation cost to home buyers

Finance
NEW DELHI: In a first of its kind order, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed Unitech to pay litigation cost to home buyers who have succeeded before the grievance redressal commission in their lawsuit against the real estate major.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the real estate major to pay Rs 80,000 each as litigation cost to 39 flat buyers in one of the developer's projects.The court directed Unitech to pay the amount of the litigation costs within four weeks to buyers who have succeeded before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) in getting their principal amount and interest.Let's block ads! (Why?) Personal Finance News-Wealth-The Economic Times