Good News for Rental Investors

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Good News for Rental Investors in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Good News for Rental Investors Previous: What Lies Ahead? Next: Risky Business Average retention rates of expiring leases among single-borrower, single-family rental securitizations remained strong in September 2017, according to Morningstar Credit Ratings’ latest Single-Family Rental Research. The retention rate on full-term leases climbed to 76.3 percent in September, up from a revised 74.6 percent for August 2017. Of the single-family, single-borrower securitizations monitored by Morningstar, only three posted a retention rate below 70 percent. That’s half as many as in August’s total of six. Moreover, seven deals posted retention rates above 80 percent, as opposed to four in August. Rents themselves rose 2.9 percent in October. All of this amounts to good news for rental investors.The overall turnover over those two months, dipping from 3.9 percent in August to 3.2 percent in September. According to Morningstar, “vacancies for single-family rentals tend to decline in the late autumn and winter months.” October 2017 bucked that trend, with the average vacancy rate remained stable at 5.9 percent.The Houston metropolitan statistical area (MSA) had the highest vacancy rate at 10.0 percent—the first single-family MSA in 2017 to hit a vacancy rate of 10.0 percent or higher. For comparison’s sake, the next highest MSA vacancy rate was Nashville, Tennessee, at 7.6 percent. According to Morningstar, “While Hurricane Irma appears to have little to no impact on the Florida single-family rental markets, Hurricane Harvey may have contributed to the increase in vacancies and decline in rents in the Houston market.” Houston rents declined for two consecutive months, dropping by 0.4 percent in October and 0.8 percent in September.Lease expirations were up slightly for the month, hitting 6.5 percent for October, compared to a revised 6.3 percent in September and 9.0 percent in July.The average delinquency rate increased slightly for October, landing at 0.9 percent.You can read Morningstar’s full Single-family Rental Research report here. Also, be sure to register for the 2018 Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit by clicking here. Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] December 1, 2017 1,575 Views Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Tagged with: Morningstar Credit Ratings Single Family Rental single-family rental research Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Morningstar Credit Ratings Single Family Rental single-family rental research 2017-12-01 David Whartonlast_img read more

School Closures & Cancellations North West, Monday February 12th

first_img School Closures & Cancellations North West, Monday February 12th Homepage BannerNews Previous articleFresh appeal for information over 2008 murder of Andrew BurnsNext articleIrish Water says excessive users will be identified News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook WhatsApp BUSES:Mc Gettigans Buses no runs at allGallaghers Bus – all routes to Illistrin School cancelled. May run in the afternoon subject to weatherHome James – all routes cancelledBus Eireann – Castledooey, Sheskin & Mondooey area going to Raphoe National School WhatsApp Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Update – A meeting which was to have been hosted by Deputy Thomas Pringle in Ramelton tonight has been cancelled as a result of the weather.Overnight snow and ice has left a number of routes in the North West treacherous this morning.As a result, some local bus companies won’t be running while black ice has also been reported on a number of roads.Below is a list of travel updates and closures, it will be updated throughout the morning so keep refreshing this page:ROADS:Mungorry Road (back road from Raphoe to Letterkenny) blocked (car stuck)Carndonagh to Mountain Road, Buncrana – several cars stuckRoad between Doochary & Fintown – car stuck. Passable with careLorry off the road in Glentogher – the road between Carndonagh & Quigley’s Point. Road passable with care but very slippy.SCHOOLS CLOSED:Scoil Cholmcille, Convent Road, LetterkennyLurgybrack National SchoolGaelscoil Adhamhnáin, LetterkennyScoil Mhuire Gansmál, LetterkennyWoodlands Primary School, LetterkennyLetterkenny Educate Together, LetterkennyMurlog National School, LiffordSt. Eunan’s National School, RaphoeSt. Patrick’s National School, DrumkeenDrumoghill National SchoolKilmacrennan National SchoolBallyraine National SchoolLittle Angels SchoolSt. Bernadette’s SchoolDrumfad National School, KerrykeelScoil Mhuire, CreesloughCashel National School, FanadLearn n Play Preschool, LetterkennyRaphoe Community Play GroupLittle Acorns Playgroup, RaphoeDrumkeen Community ChildcareRay National SchoolScoil Colmcille Drumman/BallyareNew Beginnings Preschool, BurnfootSt. Gabriel’s Preschool, Letterkenny By News Highland – February 12, 2018 Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

NBA’s Crump Law Camp aspires to ‘grow lawyers’

first_img NBA’s Crump Law Camp aspires to ‘grow lawyers’ NBA’s Crump Law Camp aspires to ‘grow lawyers’ September 1, 2003 Managing Editor Regular Newscenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThe National Bar Association recently received the 2003 ABA Partnership Award for its Crump Law Camp, which encourages minority students to seek careers in the legal profession.The Crump Law Camp offers 32 students of diverse backgrounds and races, ages 14 to 17, an introduction to law school and the skills required to be an effective lawyer, said Port St. Lucie’s Evett Simmons, a former NBA president and past member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, who chairs the program. The two-week camp is held at Howard University School of Law; the faculty includes members of the National Bar Association’s Law Professions Division and visiting guest lecturers.The award was presented at the joint luncheon of the National Conference of Bar Presidents/National Association of Bar Executives/National Conference of Bar Foundations during the recent ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.Simmons noted that more than 90 percent of the nation’s lawyers are white, as are more than 80 percent of the students enrolled in law school. Yet, more than 30 percent of the United States is comprised of minorities and projections are that by 2050, more than half the people in the nation will be of color.Simmons said that’s why the NBA feels it is imperative to begin now to direct students — while they are young — to seek careers in the legal profession.“The objective is to grow our own lawyers,” Simmons said. “Sometimes justice is a perception and that is if justice is not perceived to be just, then it is still not just. If you go into a courtroom and you see people in key roles that happen to look like you. . . you at least perceive that you have a better opportunity of having a fair outcome.”The ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services administers the Partnership Awards, which are given to programs that seek to increase the participation of minorities in the organized bar and attract students of color to the legal profession. The awards are cosponsored by the Hispanic National Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the National Native American Bar Association.Simmons said the NBA’s Crump campers are paired with college and law students, professors, and practicing attorneys to serve as mentors as they continue through high school, college, and law school. The camp provides students with an academic and social agenda, which includes field trips in the Washington, D.C., area.The competitive highlight of the camp is the Evett L. Simmons Mock Trial Competition. The four winners of this competition are invited to the NBA’s Annual Convention to compete in the final round for a chance to win a laptop computer, which is provided by Ruden McClosky, Simmons’ firm.Tuition for the camp varies depending upon family income, and is free for those from the most economically disadvantaged homes. Simmons said tuition covers transportation to Washington, D.C., housing, meals, educational materials, and expenses for field trips.The bulk of the funding for the first three-years of the $185,000 a year project has been provided by a grant from the Ford Motor Company Foundation. Simmons, however, said the NBA has plans to expand the program to two sessions and is actively seeking those willing to contribute.“We hope other law firms will get excited about it and commit their time and money to it,” she said.For more information about how to become involved in the Crump Law Camp e-mail Simmons at [email protected] or contact NBA Executive Director John Crump at 1225 11th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20001-4217, phone (202) 842-3900.last_img read more

Eto’o offers Chelsea hope of return ahead of PSG clash

first_imgSamuel Eto’o has offered Chelsea hope that he might yet be available for Tuesday’s return leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Paris St Germain after the Cameroon striker played a part in training at Cobham on the eve of the fixture.The veteran striker, who turned 33 last month, has been absent from the first-team since suffering a hamstring strain during the 6-0 victory over Arsenal on 22 March. Eto’o had hoped to play a part at Parc des Princes last week but was not deemed fit enough to travel but, having sat out Saturday’s comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke, he ventured out on to the training pitch on Monday morning, joking with Fernando Torres and John Mikel Obi as he walked with his team-mates from the main building and out on to the turf.Eto’o undertook his own stretching routine, working with the assistant first-team coach Rui Faria, while José Mourinho’s squad conducted their warm-up with the fact the striker was not able to play a full part from the start an indication of the serious doubts still surrounding his participation against the French.But the reality that he felt able to feature at all represents progress, with Mourinho and his fitness staff now to monitor his fitness before deciding whether or not to start the game with the Cameroonian.His potential availability would represent a huge boost to Chelsea as they attempt to claw back a 3-1 deficit from the first leg. Eto’o has scored 11 goals this season, all at Stamford Bridge, and is the most prolific of the club’s three available strikers. The last of his goals had opened the scoring early on against Arsenal. Indeed, he has registered in each of his last three appearances having also been on the scoresheet against Tottenham Hotspur and Galatasaray.If Eto’o is not deemed to be ready for the second leg, Mourinho is likely to select Torres – who was dropped for the first game, with Andre Schurrle preferred as a makeshift No9 – ahead of Demba Ba for the role. Chelsea’s options are limited against PSG, with Ramires suspended following his third booking of the competition at Parc des Princes. Both Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah, who trained with the squad this morning, are ineligible with Marco van Ginkel, who has featured for three times for the under-21s since recovering from knee ligament damage suffered in a League Cup tie at Swindon last autumn, a possibility for the substitutes’ bench alongside the likes of Nathan Ake and Tomas Kalas.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: China, Spain advance after 0-0 tie

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Women’s World Cup 2019: Carli Lloyd claps back at critics That’s one way to stifle @Jennihermoso – surround her with three opposition players! 🇪🇸#CHNESP | #FIFAWWC— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 17, 2019Spain carved out the best chance of a subdued opening 30 minutes when Lucia Garcia went within a whisker of turning in Mariona Caldentey’s ball across the face of goal.Peng Shimeng was almost caught out on that occasion, but the China goalkeeper made amends with a sharp low save from Jennifer Hermoso’s downward header before the break.The pitch eventually opened up for Nahikari Garcia seven minutes after the interval, only for the forward to screw her shot wide of the far post.Peng then needed to be at full stretch to turn away a Patri Guijarro attempt as Spain continued to probe for the breakthrough.The Steel Roses’ impressive shot-stopper made two more smart saves in the latter stages of the match, first from Guijarro and then Hermoso, to make certain of a crucial clean sheet. Women’s World Cup 2019: Germany shuts out South Africa, 4-0, to clinch top spot China and Spain advanced to the Women’s World Cup knockout rounds after settling for a drama-free 0-0 draw Monday in Le Havre.With a stalemate enough to secure their places in the last 16, the two sides risked little and combined for few chances in a largely lackluster encounter.center_img Spain appeared likeliest to turn a wealth of possession into a winner but will be satisfied with a point that sews up second spot behind Germany in Group B.China, meanwhile, has done enough to earn one of four third-place qualifying berths, a narrow win over South Africa last week in Paris proving crucial. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Sweden to change tactics for USA match Jorge Vilda, however, will remain the more confident of the two coaches of making an impression on the remainder of the tournament, his team now unbeaten in five of its past six matches.Key Opta Facts:- China has progressed to the knockout stages in each of its seven appearances at the Women’s World Cup (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015, 2019).- Spain has failed to score in consecutive internationals for the first time since July 2017. – China became just the second side in Women’s World Cup history to be involved in more than one goalless game (two, level with the USA), also drawing the 1999 final with the USA.- Spain mustered 24 shots in this game, the most a team has attempted without managing to score in a Women’s World Cup game since 2015, when Germany fired 32 without a goal against England in the third-place playoff.- At an average age of 24 years and 335 days, Spain named their youngest-ever starting 11 at a Women’s World Cup match.last_img read more

Cemetery hosts its first Oktoberfest fundraiser

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And with the nearly $30,000 they earned, officials believe this will be enough to help it stay in business. “It went really well,” said Randy Wiggins, president of the El Monte Cemetery Association. Most of the proceeds came from the raffle ticket sales, but the Rosemead Moose Lodge also will donate $1,100 to the cemetery from its beer sales. “All in all, everyone had a good time,” Neil Sorensen, administrator for the Rosemead Moose Lodge. The cemetery, located across from Rosemead High School, has been in financial trouble for several years. According to officials, the El Monte Cemetery Association, which oversees and owns the site, has been losing money and has been pursuing ways to help the cemetery by trying to preserve it as a national historic landmark. ROSEMEAD – Children climbed rocks, longtime residents sipped beer and a band played as couples strolled through the Savannah Memorial Park on Saturday. This was the first Halloween Oktoberfest – a fundraiser for the four-acre cemetery on Valley Boulevard that dates back to the 1800s – and some are saying that it was such a success that more events will follow. “I don’t think I could have envisioned anything better than it was,” said lead organizer Barbara Murphy said. “I am very happy with the way it turned out.” The event, which attracted at least 10,000 people, was organized by residents who were on a mission to save the cemetery. In 2005, the association, made up of those who own plots in the cemetery, spent $34,000 but only brought in $9,000. Operating costs were cut in 2006 to $22,000. The cemetery has graves from the 1840s and is the final resting place of a veteran of the War of 1812. City leaders said they were glad the event could help raise money for the cemetery as well as build a sense of community. “I was incredibly impressed,” said City Manager Oliver Chi, “with the support from the community for attending the events and incredibly happy with the support of the staff.” The event came to fruition after Murphy along with Rosemead resident Francis Chavez were able to get city staff, elected officials and the parks and recreation department to plan the event. “For a first-time event, it was a great turnout,” said Murphy, who now has plans for a citywide rummage sale in the spring. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

World’s Top Ten Airlines has announced along with its Airline Excellence Awards its Top Ten airlines for 2017.Heading the list is Air New Zealand followed by Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Etihad Airways, All Nippon Airways, Eva Air and Lufthansa.To be named in the top ten, airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort.Book your cheap flights with the world’s best developed its unique seven-star ratings system after two years of evaluation and the system is now endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization.The editors of, some of the most experienced and awarded, look for a consistent level of service, innovation and staff engagement from each major contender.According to Editor-in-Chief “we are looking for leadership and airlines that innovate to make a real difference to the passenger experience particularly in economy class.” “In our evaluation we will also consider the considerable audited website feedback from passengers on our website.”Mr Thomas noted a big mover this year was Australia’s Qantas which jumped up to 2nd spot from 4th while Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic went from 7th up to 5th. Qantas produced a stunning financial turnaround in 2016 and will take delivery of its first Boeing 787s in 2017. Its customer approval rating is at an all-time high and it continues to innovate with lie-flat beds on all its A330s that operate domestic and regional international flights.Singapore Airlines which took 3rd position is always at the forefront of airline awards and introduced its new premium economy, revamped business class and the new A350 over the last 12 months.  Cathay Pacific Airways held number 4 spot and is always in the winner’s circle. It has won numerous awards from including Best Business Class in 2013 and 2015 and Best Asia/Pacific Airline for 2016.Moving into 5th spot are two of the Virgin Group airlines – Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic. Both in their own markets have been taking giant strides. Virgin Australia has introduced its new business class and has completed its makeover from a low-cost carrier to a new world airline while Virgin Atlantic has introduced 787s and ordered A350s.In 6th position British Airways continues the introduction of 787s and A380s while rolling out cabin enhancements.Taking 7th position Etihad Airways continues its leading role in global aviation with the world’s best First Class while launching new aircraft such as the 777X. It is also proceeding with its aggressive fleet roll out with 10 787s in service and 65 on order. The airline also has 65 A350s on order.    In 8th position All Nippon Airways continues its dominance of Japanese aviation. It is the leading operators of the Boeing 787 and a launch customer for the 777X. The airline is at the forefront of cabin innovation.Taking out 9th spot EVA Air has always been the leader in Taiwanese aviation and has been a leader in introducing cabin innovation such as premium economy in 1992.At number 10 Germany’s Lufthansa is a byword for operational excellence and professionalism and one of the world’s most respected airlines. ‘’Whether number 1 or number 10 these airlines are the best of the best – the elite in aviation,” said Mr Thomas. “They are the trendsetters and the benchmark by which all others are judged.”last_img read more

5 Things You Should Consider When Adding Text to Video

first_imgHere are the five most important things you should consider when adding text to your future film or video editing projects.Cover image by Jacob Lund.How to add text to your videos has gotten plenty of coverage here on the PremiumBeat blog. From simple text blocks to sleek animations and everything between, it’s undeniable that text can be a powerful film and video production tool. However, just because it looks flashy, that doesn’t always mean it’s necessary (or even optimal) for your project’s needs.Let’s look at the 5 most important things to consider when deciding whether or not to add text to your videos — and how to make sure your text gets the message across to your audience.1. SizeFirst, let’s look at one of the biggest (or smallest) aspects of text on your screen. The size of your text is an important consideration. If it’s too small, people simply can’t read it; if it’s too big, it may get in the way of other information. Yes, you can simply eyeball the screen, but to really make strong decisions, you need to understand where and how viewers are going to see your video.Text on a big theater screen is a completely different conversation than text on a video embedded on Facebook and seen through a mobile device. The best way to truly eyeball text would be to create a mockup and view it on every platform you’re considering for distribution.2. FontsAlong with size, an early decision when working with text in your video is which font (or fonts) to use. Fonts come in many shapes and styles — some more straightforward and clear, and some more abstract and artistic. When choosing your font, it’s important to consider how you’re going to use it, the tone of your project, and (above all) readability. Options like serif and san-serif are also important elements to consider — as are terms like leading and kerning.Here are some great resources for learning about and using fonts effectively.Free Cinematic Title Style Library for Premiere Pro10 Free After Effects Templates: Typography25 Free Sans-Serif Fonts for Motion Design11 Great Fonts for Lower Thirds GraphicsAvoid These 15 Common Typography Mistakes on Your Next Project Finally, there are many schools of thought on how quickly humans can read and process text on a screen. While results may vary, the consensus is that people grasp information really quickly when they want to. However, when you include text in a video, you’re also presenting other information that may be distracting. That’s all to say that when you’re adding text to your video, how long you leave it up on screen should be sufficient for the majority of your viewers — but not too long, or it will become annoying or distracting.You can test this yourself when viewing playback, but for the best results, try showing video clips to an objective source like a friend who can process both the text and the visual information (for the first time) together and let you know if it was on-screen too long or not long enough.For more text templates, text animations and other resources, check out some of these links below.Make Your Video Graphics Stand Out with These 6 TipsHow to Create Realistic On-Screen Text MessagesHow to Shoot Practical Floating Text in Your VideoAnimate Your Text with Handwriting Motion GraphicsHow to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After Effects 3. Obstruction/BackgroundsBefore: Text slightly obscured by the background.After: Text separated from background with shadow and edges.When working with text in video, unless you’re using it over title or black screens, you’ll need to make sure the text isn’t obstructing the image behind it. Lower thirds or titles at the bottom of the screen may seem safe for one shot, but if your subjects move or your shots change, it can obscure important visual information. You should never simply drop text into a video without previewing how it looks all the way through. (I recommend going frame-by-frame for absolute certainty.)4. Safe MarginsIf you’re working on a video project that viewers will see across a wide array of devices, you need to pay attention to safe margins in case your video gets cut or reformatted in a manner that changes the edges and corners. Templates for safe margins are included in most NLEs, and they’re vital for ensuring that your text will be safe from any aberrations.5. Read Timelast_img read more

Calif police use Tesla system to halt sleeping mans car

first_imgDETROIT — The Autopilot system on a Telsa Model S may have helped the California Highway Patrol stop the car after its driver fell asleep on a freeway.Similar systems, now offered by nearly all automakers, use cameras and radar to detect objects in front of them and automatically keep a safe distance or even stop or slow the vehicles before a crash. The systems also can keep cars in their lanes. Tesla’s Autopilot feature allows the vehicle to change lanes automatically when prompted by the driver, navigate interchanges and exit freeways.In the case of the driver who fell asleep, California Highway Patrol officers spotted him Friday afternoon as they were looking for drunken drivers. They pulled alongside the grey Model S on U.S. 101 and saw that the driver was asleep. When the driver didn’t respond to their lights and siren, they slowed traffic behind him and tried to figure out if Autopilot or other driver-assist systems were engaged, according to Officer Art Montiel, a CHP spokesman. They then pulled in front of the car and slowed down, and the car eventually stopped.No one was hurt and the car didn’t crash. The 45-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.Systems like Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot are the building blocks of self-driving vehicles, but humans still must be ready to take control. Here are answers to questions about how the systems work and the incident in the San Francisco suburb of Redwood City:Q: Was the driver using Autopilot system?A: Maybe. Montiel said officers believe it was on but they haven’t confirmed that yet. Telsa won’t comment. The car’s automatic cruise control system, which keeps it a safe distance from vehicles in front of it, could have been operating without Autopilot being engaged, as could its automatic emergency braking system. Authorities are investigating which systems were in use.Q: Isn’t the system supposed to stop the car if the driver is not paying attention?A: Telsa’s Autopilot is designed to safely pull over if a driver doesn’t put force on the steering wheel. But some drivers have been able to fool the system. It’s unclear whether that happened in the case of the sleeping driver. A similar system from General Motors called Super Cruise monitors the driver’s eyes and will stop the car if they are not paying attention. Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that it is “default Autopilot behaviour” to gradually slow to a stop and turn on the hazard lights. “Looking into what happened here,” Musk wrote.Q: Can’t these cars drive themselves?A: No, they can’t. All manufacturers, including Tesla, warn drivers that the systems are for assistance only and they must pay attention and be ready to take over driving. Tests by AAA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety both found that the systems can’t handle every situation they encounter on the roads. Safety advocates criticized Tesla for naming its system Autopilot, especially after an Ohio man died in a crash while using it in Florida two years ago. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating several other crashes in which the drivers appeared to place too much confidence in Autopilot, including one fatality earlier this year near Mountain View, California.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

MHA MoD leave it to CCS to take final call on dual

first_imgNew Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs has conveyed to the Delhi High Court that it, along with the Ministry of Defence, will abide by any decision of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on the dual control over the Assam Rifles.In an affidavit filed to the Delhi High Court, the MHA has conveyed that the Union Home Secretary had held a meeting with the Defence Secretary on April 4 to discuss the issue. Assam Riffles, the 184-year-old paramilitary force of the country, is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) while the operational control lies with the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The meeting discussed about a note moved by the MHA for the CCS on March 20 for resolving the issue of dual control over Assam Rifles. The CCS is chaired by the Prime Minister and comprises the Minister of External Affairs, the Home minister, the Finance minister and the Defence minister. It was decided by both MHA and MoD that they will abide by the decision of the CCS, the MHA told the high court in its affidavit. The court is now learnt to have issued a notice to the Cabinet Secretary to inform it as to what decision the CCS had taken on the note forwarded to it by the MHA, an official said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe court was hearing a petition filed by the Assam Rifles Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association through lawyer Neha Rathi on the difficulties faced by the retired personnel of the force with regard to the payment of pension due to the dual control of the force. The Assam Rifles came into being in 1835 as a militia called the ‘Cachar Levy’. With approximately 750 men, this force was formed to primarily protect British tea estates and their settlements against tribal raids. Subsequently, all these forces were reorganised and renamed as the ‘Frontier Force’ as their role was increased to conduct of punitive expeditions across the borders of undivided Assam. This force significantly contributed in opening the region to administration and commerce and over time it came to be known as the “right arm of the civil and left arm of the military”.last_img read more