World Rugby have released an official statement that clarifies their position on the Nations Championship concept

first_imgWednesday Mar 6, 2019 World Rugby have released an official statement that clarifies their position on the Nations Championship concept After a week of confusion, anger and threatened boycotts over a new annual global competition concept that could leave some tier two countries out in the cold, World Rugby have today released a statement that explains their point of view ahead of key meetings in Dublin next week.ADVERTISEMENTBelow is the statement, verbatim, as released by World Rugby.“Tasked by unions last May to examine the feasibility of competition structures that had the potential to reinvigorate the July and November windows, World Rugby’s goal has always been to create:• the best-possible environment and opportunities for players• a first-ever pathway for emerging unions to compete at the top table of annual competitions• a better fan experience with enhanced meaning and attractiveness of fixtures• financial certainty for unions• harmonisation with club rugby• revenue maximisation for reinvestment in all levels of the game globallyThe current rugby broadcast market is complicated, which impairs the overall ability of the game – including players, fans, unions and clubs – to realise its full potential. World Rugby is undertaking this important work on behalf of our unions to secure the long-term growth and stability of the sport in an ever more competitive sports and entertainment environment.It is incumbent on World Rugby to champion and represent the whole game, not just the top of the game, and we are committed to working with our union and player representative colleagues to ensure an equitable solution that works for all.That is why we tabled the below competition model with union CEOs and International Rugby Players in September 2018:ADVERTISEMENT• Nations Championship to debut in 2022• The 6 Nations, The Rugby Championship and British and Irish Lions completely retained and protected as jewels in the calendar• Two-division, merit-based format with promotion and relegation and a potential pathway for all unions• Two conferences comprising the 6 Nations and The Rugby Championship (where two tier two teams would be immediately added to make six in total)• Each team plays the other 11 teams once either home or away with points accumulated throughout counting towards a league table• Top two teams from each conference would play cross-conference semi-finals, followed by a grand final• Running in two of the four years in the Rugby World Cup cycle (not running in a Rugby World Cup year and truncated version in a Lions year)• Broadcast rights aggregated and collectively sold, increasing revenue potential. Possibility to centralise some sponsorship rights• The competition would provide qualification and seeding for future Rugby World Cups• Rugby World Cup to be enhanced as the pinnacle global event, potentially moving to 24 teams in 2027Player welfare is fundamental to our sport. Within the original proposal, players would play a maximum of 13 matches if their team reaches the final, compared to an average of between 12 and 14 test matches presently. Most teams would play 11 matches.Growing the sport’s fan base through more compelling competition is also vital as broadcasters will only pay more for a product that fans want to see. As part of the analysis, market research was conducted in the UK and France and more than 60 per cent of people surveyed, who saw a video of the competition format, said the concept would increase their interest in international rugby, while only four per cent said they would be less interested.Contrary to reports, our proposed competition provides opportunities for all teams to compete at the top level on merit, with promotion and relegation.ADVERTISEMENTUnder this model, the Pacific Islands and all teams outside the current 6 Nations and The Rugby Championship would have a potential pathway. With the proposed model incorporating competitions that are not owned or run by World Rugby, not all unions are presently in favour of immediate promotion and relegation. We continue to consider the feedback, but remain absolutely committed to an eventual pathway for all.Commercial considerations are important for long-term growth at all levels. Under the proposed competition, media rights would be combined, enabling greater consistency and overall value. Strong interest from media entities has indicated that the model would boost annual media revenue for international rugby and unions, for reinvestment in the game, by a substantial amount.Ongoing conversations and stakeholder views have shaped and evolved further elements for discussion, including improvements on player load in November.The next step in this process is a joint meeting of the World Rugby Executive Committee and Professional Game Committee (the bodies overseeing the project), who will be joined by union Chairmen and CEOs and player representatives to consider and discuss progress and a way forward that is in the best interest of the whole game.Change is always difficult, and nobody expected complex multi-stakeholder discussions to be simple, however for a sport to grow and thrive, it must explore ways to innovate and evolve.”You can watch a video that they released on their website here. Note: The video features teams based on rankings as of September 2018 and points accumulated during the 2018 6 Nations for illustrative purposes only and therefore team movements are hypothetical Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Bet 4 Charity launches

first_img Howard Lake | 11 July 2002 | News Bet 4 Charity launches Bet 4 Charity Casino launches today from Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles, claiming to be “the first online charitable casino that lets players choose the recipient of the Casino’s donations.” Charities can benefit in three ways, says the casino. First, each month the casino says that it will match the winnings of three of its top ten players and donate those amounts to the winners’ chosen charity. Secondly, they will select at random one of the listed charities to be their Charity of the Week, and donate to them “a share of the casino’s monthly net profit.” Thirdly, all charities that link their Web sites to Bet 4 Charity.com will receive “up to 35% of the net gaming profits generated by players referred from the charity website.”There are 36 participating charities listed at present, apparently all US organisations, such as Greenpeace USA, American Hospice Foundation, and the American Red Cross. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1center_img  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

New association for board members

first_imgNew association for board members  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Christine Morrison, Co-Director of Governance Works says: “The Association is exclusively for board members. Members will identify issues that affect the development of good governance practice and devise an agenda to match. The Association will be a voice ­ representing the needs and interests of board members to external agencies, funders and governments.”Governance Works will develop the Board Association to offer a service that will bring board members together, providing technical support, and help in combating the isolation commonly experienced by board members.The Association will offer: a regular newsletternetworking opportunities via a programme of seminarsdiscounted rates on all Governance Works events a telephone hotline for support to Board MembersThere will be access to:specialist training opportunitiesa meditation and conflict resolution serviceaccess to consultancy and in-house trainingassistance with Board Recruitment. Howard Lake | 2 October 2002 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Newcastle upon Tyne company Governance Works has launched a new association dedicated to the needs and interests of Board Members.The Board Member Association will help trustees, board members and committee members of non-for-profit distributing organisations such as voluntary or community associations, charities, regeneration partnerships, school and health trusts.Rhona Howarth, Co-Director of Governance Works says: “The Association will help board members from different organisations share experiences, exchange information and become more effective in their role. Workers in organisations are often members of a professional body or a trades union from this they gain support and direct services for their role. Not so for board members. Board members need to be seen as an asset and given the assistance they need to carry out their role.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

King County, Wash., councilmembers question contract with Veolia union-busters

first_imgNew YorkWW photo: Brenda RyanOur regular readers know that the militant Boston school bus drivers union, USW Local 8751, has been combating a union-busting attack from Veolia and Transdev, the companies which took over the bus contract. Workers World reprints below a news release from ATU587, Transit Riders Union and Stop Veolia Seattle, that exposes more Veolia/Transdev anti-worker and anti-people wrongdoing in pursuit of profits.Seattle, March 26 — Members of the King County Council have asked King County Executive Dow Constantine to reconsider the county’s contract with Veolia and Transdev for operation of Access paratransit bus service. On March 18, Chair Larry Phillips of the King County Council sent a letter to Constantine signed by the five Democrats of the nine-person Council, urging the executive to investigate “serious concerns for many aspects of Access service, including rider experience, labor protections and wages, and potential cost overruns to our government.”According to Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond, signing with Veolia was supposed to save King County $1 million annually. But changes to the contract three years later approved an additional $7 million in annual costs incurred to King County.“We thank the County Councilmembers for responding to our concerns and urging the County Executive to act,” said Katie Wilson, General Secretary of the Transit Riders Union. “We hope that Dow Constantine and Metro will act quickly and decisively to end their contract with Veolia/Transdev. Doing so will not only improve our community, it will send a strong message that union-busting multinational corporations seeking to privatize and operate our public goods and services for their own profit will not be tolerated in Martin Luther King Jr. County.”The letter follows a resolution from September 2014 in which the Martin Luther King County Labor Council – local affiliate of the National AFL-CIO representing over 150 labor organizations and 75,000 workers – voted unanimously to pass a resolution to end the contract with Veolia, to preclude Veolia from bidding on future contracts, and to bring Metro Access in-house. The resolution was introduced by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587.According to Ninus Hopkins, ATU 587 Executive Board officer and Seattle Personal Transit driver, “The policies of Veolia are completely inconsistent with Executive Constantine’s stated objective of achieving equity and social justice in Martin Luther King Jr. County.”The Access program provides ADA-mandated service for folks with disabilities and the elderly, but since Veolia Transportation took over the contract in 2008, Access users report that the service has deteriorated. Costs to the County have gone up by 30 percent, but Veolia/Transdev has cut training hours in half and cut back on vehicle maintenance. Access drivers report impossible scheduling of pickups, disrespectful scheduling of hours and low wages.The March 1 fare increases, which make our public transportation among the most expensive in the country, hit Access users hardest. Fares went up twenty-five cents for all riders except Access users, whose fares increased by fifty cents and whose monthly pass cost increased by $17.Veolia is under attack internationally from labor and human rights groups for a variety of anti-labor practices and flagrant human rights abuses, including profiteering off inflated water costs as the largest privatizer of water in the world.Veolia is also suspected of “fraudulent misrepresentation” concerning the legal ownership changes attached to its name change and rebranding. In a July 15, 2014, letter to King County Department of Transportation in Washington State, Veolia Transportation wrote: “Veolia Transportation will be going through a name change and rebranding process. … There are no other changes — no changes in ownership, in management, or in any other aspect of our operations.”But in fact, Veolia Transportation Services changed its name from that of a subsidiary wholly owned by Veolia Environnement to that of a new subsidiary wholly owned by Transdev, which is presently only 50 percent owned by Veolia Environnement and 50 percent owned by a French financial institution. (Veolia Environnement has since changed its name to Veolia Group.)“The name change of the subsidiary from Veolia Transportation Services Inc., a Maryland company, to Transdev Services Inc., undeniably represents a change in ownership,” said Susan Koppelman of Stop Veolia Seattle, an emerging coalition of local groups and residents who practice solidarity for each other alongside resistance to the Veolia/Transdev contract. “This is a change that King County and all entities that were contracted with Veolia Transportation Services need to know about.”If it is recognized that Transdev Services is a new entity, this suggests that when Veolia Transportation Services ceased to exist, all of its contracts should have been reopened to a public bidding process.For more information, contact ­Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, Norma Appel: 206-448-8588; Transit Riders Union, Katie Wilson: 206-781-7204; and Stop Veolia Seattle, Susan Koppelman: 617-775-4864.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Hawley, Blackburn, Introduce Bill to Move Most Federal Agencies

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Hawley, Blackburn, Introduce Bill to Move Most Federal Agencies Facebook Twitter Hawley, Blackburn, Introduce Bill to Move Most Federal Agencies Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Oct 24, 2019 Missouri Senator Josh Hawley introduced legislation this week to move the Department of Agriculture to Missouri.Joined by Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn, the Republicans seek to move the headquarters of USDA to Missouri and the Department of Education to Tennessee.However, the legislation doesn’t stop there, as the bill would move 90 percent of ten federal agencies out of Washington, D.C., and into what the lawmakers describe as economically distressed regions.Hawley claims federal employees of the two agencies are “too removed from the rest of America.”The Helping Infrastructure Restore the Economy, or HIRE Act, the Senators claim, would “move policymakers directly into the communities they serve.”Senator Blackburn says moving federal agencies out of Washington, D.C., “boosts local economies and lowers costs.”The Senators cited the relocation of two USDA agencies, the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, along with the Bureau of Land Management’s planned move to Colorado, in introducing the legislation. SHARE SHARE Previous articleChina First Year Phase One Agreement Ag Purchases Aimed at $20BNext articleHarvest Windows are Narrowing; Snow Possible Next Week NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

Political tremors

first_imgFacebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCllr Cian Prendivillelimerick Previous articleSomething brewingNext articleTrapping moths Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLocal NewsPolitical tremorsBy Alan Jacques – May 1, 2015 723 Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LIMERICK Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Cian Prendiville is warning of a “political earthquake” coming to shake things up in Ireland. According to the City North representative, the AAA movement has politicised whole strata of society that has never become actively involved in politics before. He believes that those who have taken part in the water protests regard them as protests against austerity in general. “It is in this context that the Anti-Austerity Alliance has launched its appeal to the community groups and activists across the country to discuss the movement standing genuine activists as candidates in the upcoming general election,” he said. Email Advertisementlast_img read more

Garage Sale Fundraiser

first_imgLocal News Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By admin – May 15, 2018 Garage Sale Fundraisercenter_img Previous articleLunch ministry trainingNext articleNational Police Week, memorial service admin Facebook Humane Society of Odessa logo WhatsApp Facebook Humane Society of OdessaThe Humane Society of Odessa has scheduled garage sale fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 89th Street and Rainbow Drive.For information, call 432-425-2416.last_img read more

Qatar Donates More Than $200K to Celebrity Sweat Cares, the OCSC Community Foundation and…

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness TAGS  WhatsApp Pinterest Qatar Donates More Than $200K to Celebrity Sweat Cares, the OCSC Community Foundation and the LAFC Foundation in Celebration of National Sports Day Pinterest WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Qatar’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, announced more than $200,000 in donations to Celebrity Sweat Cares, the OCSC Community Foundation (OCSC) and the LAFC Foundation (LAFC) to support healthy, active communities in celebration of National Sports Day. Qatar Sports Day is celebrated annually on the second Tuesday in February to promote a healthy lifestyle among Qatar’s population. The Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, D.C. hopes to extend that message to the U.S. through this support of organizations that offer sports opportunities to individuals from all backgrounds and regions. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on sports, underscoring its importance to the health of our communities. A survey of over 13,000 adolescent athletes throughout the country, published in the Journal of Academic Training, found that 40% reported moderate to severe depression symptoms, and 37% reported moderate to severe anxiety due to restrictions placed on sporting activities during this time. The same nationwide survey found that adolescent athletes from areas with the highest levels of poverty reported the lowest physical activity levels as well as the highest levels of depression and anxiety. 1 “Qatar believes in harnessing the power of sport to drive positive change. In celebration of our National Sports Day, we are proud to support organizations that are making sports more accessible to communities across the United States,” said His Excellency bin Hamad Al-Thani. “During this health crisis, ensuring that kids can remain active and reap the benefits of sports is essential. Our partners are ensuring that, even at home, children can do just that.” Celebrity Sweat Cares is a multidimensional organization that has a built-in media presence through its live events and TV programming, and is committed to philanthropic outreach of all types. In addition to the work it does supporting American troops, first responders and their families, it is committed to finding ways to secure better sports equipment and fitness gear for kids. The organization uses its network of partnerships with charitable groups like children’s hospitals, breast cancer research centers, shelters and community youth organizations to reach those with the greatest need. This $150,000 Qatar National Sports Day donation will ensure access to sports equipment for kids in communities across the U.S. “The importance of sports in the physical and mental development of children has been proven a powerful tool to break down barriers and offer children from all backgrounds a positive way to improve their self-esteem,” said Lisa Levine, CEO of Celebrity Sweat Cares. “This donation will allow many children to enjoy the benefit of sports, and continue the pursuit of their dreams.” As the charitable arm of the professional soccer team Orange County Soccer Club, the OCSC Community Foundation understands the immediate and long-term needs of underserved individuals and families in the greater Orange County community. Funds from this $40,000 donation will provide soccer balls and prizes for students who complete the OCSC Virtual Soccer curriculum. “We are incredibly thankful for this generous gift from the people of Qatar,” said OCSC Community Foundation Executive Director Lisa Keston. “The ongoing support we have received from the Embassy of the State of Qatar in the United States allows us to continue making our community a better, healthier place through soccer clinics, mental health clinics, equipment distribution and academic programs.” LAFC’s mission is to empower youth and communities across Greater Los Angeles by providing access and opportunity to the world’s game, teaching life skills, supporting public education, and promoting health and well-being. This $25,000 donation will support efforts regarding empowering youth in LAFC’s athletic and mentorship programs. “Our vision is to create real and lasting change in the Los Angeles community as we continue to unite the world’s city through the world’s game,” LAFC Foundation Executive Director Alina Beruff said. At a time when global dialogue is emphasizing cultural differences rather than similarities, Qatar continues its firm commitment to bringing the world together through cultural and sports exchange. In 2022, Qatar will take its celebration of sports one step further to become the first country in the Middle East and the Arab world to host soccer’s most prestigious event: the FIFA World Cup. Qatar is dedicated to ensuring that the tournament leaves a positive human, economic, social and environmental legacy for the country, the region and the world. About the Embassy of the State of Qatar to the United States The Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, D.C. houses Qatar’s diplomatic mission to the United States. The primary purposes of the Embassy of Qatar are to highlight Qatar’s policies on regional issues, strengthen Qatar-U.S. bilateral relations and to assist Qatari citizens who travel or live in the U.S. The current Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States of America is His Excellency Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani. 1 From “The Health Of US Adolescent Athletes During Covid-19 Related School Closures And Sport Cancellations,” by Timothy A. McGuine, Ph.D., ATC; Kevin M. Biese, MA, ATC; Labina Petrovska, B.S.; Scott J. Hetzel, M.S.; Claudia Reardon, MD; Stephanie Kliethermes, Ph.D.; David Robert Bell, Ph.D., ATC; Alison Brooks, MD; and Andrew M. Watson, MD, MS, 2020, Journal of Athletic Training View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005430/en/ CONTACT: Allison Smith 409-781-3835 KEYWORD: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA QATAR UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MIDDLE EAST INDUSTRY KEYWORD: OTHER GOVERNMENT OTHER SPORTS SPORTS PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT PHILANTHROPY HEALTH GENERAL HEALTH OTHER PHILANTHROPY FOUNDATION SOURCE: Embassy of the State of Qatar to the United States Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 09:17 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 09:17 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005430/en Twittercenter_img Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Previous article Blackline Safety Recurring Revenue Business Model Enables New $15M Financing Facility From National Bank of CanadaNext articleFerrari 750 Monza (1954) ganha o Best of the Best 2020 do The Peninsula Classics Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Relocate Belfast’s “Big Wheel” in Derry – Durkan

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Relocate Belfast’s “Big Wheel” in Derry – Durkan News WhatsApp Calls are being made to bring Belfasts big wheel to Derry.It was annouced on Tuesday that the Belfast Wheel is to shut down in a matter of weeks. It’s understood the last ride on the wheel in Belfast will be Sunday 11th April.The wheel has been a familiar sight outside Belfast City Hall since October 2007.Now, SDLP Derry City Councillor, Mark H Durkan, has said the “big wheel” should be relocated in Derry.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/markh1.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleCalls for all-Ireland ban of mephadroneNext articleProject to promote Marine Tourism to be launched in Donegal Town News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+center_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – March 26, 2010 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Google Pay Is A Third Party App Which Operates Within the Regime Set Up By National Payments Corporation of India: Google Informs Delhi HC

first_imgNews UpdatesGoogle Pay Is A Third Party App Which Operates Within the Regime Set Up By National Payments Corporation of India: Google Informs Delhi HC Karan Tripathi22 July 2020 9:32 AMShare This – xGoogle India has informed the Delhi High Court that Google Pay is a third party application for providing United Payments Interface service to various banks and it works within the regime and as per the guidelines of National Payments Corporation of India. The information was provided to the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan in a plea seeking a ban…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?LoginGoogle India has informed the Delhi High Court that Google Pay is a third party application for providing United Payments Interface service to various banks and it works within the regime and as per the guidelines of National Payments Corporation of India. The information was provided to the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan in a plea seeking a ban on Google Pay for allegedly violating the law governing payments banks. At the outset, Google submitted that the present petition is frivolous and can’t be entertained as it wrongly presumes that Google Pay is a payments bank. As it is clarified by the Reserve Bank of India in its counter affidavit, Google Pay is just a third party app and it is not registered as a Payments Bank so as to make it subject to the regulations of NPCI. It is further submitted by Google that the only protocol which was required to be followed was to seek authorisation from the NPCI to operate as a third party app and the same was compiled with by Google Pay before starting its operations. The counter affidavit further states that: ‘Google Pay is also not the operator of a pre-paid payment instrument (PPI)/ wallet and is also not a PSP Bank regulated by RBI under the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, and accordingly the question of requiring an approval from the RBI does not arise since Google Pay does not perform any of these roles/ functions.’ Filed by Mr Abhijit Mishra, the petition seeks following reliefs from the court: the Petitioner has sought the following directions from the court: Direct the RBI and Centre to immediately take action against respondent No. 5 which is provisioning its services by way of “Google Pay” in India Direct the RBI and Centre to immediately suspend operations of respondent No. 5 in UPI through its App “Google Pay” till it completely complies with interoperability; Direct RBI and Centre to conduct a thorough third party and independent investigation of respondent No. 5’s App Google Pay app to check compliance of every directive, guidelines issued by NPCI and RBI; Direct respondent No. 5 to suspend its operations and/or not expand its user base till a thorough independent third party audit by CERT-IN or any other reputed third party app of the Google Pay App is conducted and certified by RBI and Centre Direct RBI and Centre to initiate proper punitive action against the respondent No. 5 for its wilful and continued non-compliance of directions/ circular of RBI Impose a hefty penalty amounting to at least 10 times revenue of Google Pay, since start of its operations in India to be contributed towards Covid-19 Relief Fund in India Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more