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SC orders setting up of special court for prosecution of Italian marines

The case pertains to the killing of two Indian fishermen allegedly by two Italian naval officers—Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone—on board “Enrica Lexie” in mid February last year


New Delhi: In a setback to Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, the Supreme Court of India on Friday turned down their government’s plea that Indian courts had no jurisdiction in the case and directed that their trial be conducted by a special court, reports PTI.


A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Altamas Kabir said the southern state Kerala government has no jurisdiction to prosecute the two foreign marines.


It said the trial of the case be conducted by a special court to be set up by the Centre after consulting the CJI.


The bench passed the order on a petition filed by the Italian government through its ambassador questioning the jurisdiction of Indian courts in hearing the case against its marines.


The bench also comprising justice J Chelameswar did not specify where the special court is to be set up for the trial and left it to the Centre to decide on the issue after consulting the CJI.


The apex court had on 4th September last year reserved its order on the Italian government’s plea challenging the jurisdiction of Indian courts to try its two marines.


The case pertains to the killing of two Indian fishermen allegedly by two Italian naval officers—Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone—on board “Enrica Lexie”.


Fearing a pirate attack, the two officers had allegedly fired at the fishermen' vessel off Kerala coast in February last year, killing two of them.


On 29 May the high court had ruled that the Italian marines were liable to be tried before a Kollam court in Kerala, southern state of India.


The apex court had on 2nd May, in a conditional relief, allowed the vessel to leave Indian shores along with crew members and remaining marines, subject to the condition that they make themselves available whenever required by authorities during the investigation and prosecution of the two arrested marines.


It had directed the ship owner to execute a bond of Rs3 crore before the registrar general of the Kerala High Court as a surety for the presence of crew members and the vessel, whenever required.


The apex court had, however, made it clear that its order would not affect the right of the Kerala government to conduct the investigation and the prosecution of the two arrested marines.


After the incident, the two marines were arrested and charged with murder and lodged in the central prison in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, under judicial remand.


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Nokia cuts 300 jobs; outsources IT function to TCS, HCL Tech

Nokia, which in June 2012 had had announced slashing of up to 10,000 jobs globally by the end of 2013, said these are the last anticipated reductions as part of its focused strategy announcement


New Delhi/Helsinki: Nokia on Thursday said it will outsource the IT function to Indian technology firms TCS and HCL Technologies, a move that will see the Finnish handset maker cutting up to 300 jobs, reports PTI.


Nokia plans to transfer certain activities and up to 820 employees to HCL Tech and Tata Consultancy Services as part of the process, it said in a statement. The financial details were, however, not disclosed.


“Nokia has outlined a range of planned changes to streamline its IT organisation. Nokia believes these changes will increase operational efficiency and reduce operating costs, creating an IT organisation appropriate for Nokia’s current size and scope,” the statement said.


Nokia, which has a strong presence in India including a manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu, said it plans to reduce its “global IT organisation by up to 300 employees... These are the last anticipated reductions as part of Nokia's focused strategy announcement of June 2012”.


The company had announced slashing of up to 10,000 jobs globally by the end of 2013 as part of the restructuring process.


The majority of the employees affected by Thursday’s announcement are based in Finland.


“Nokia will offer employees affected by these planned reductions both financial support and a comprehensive bridge support program,” the company said.


Nokia is beginning the process of engaging with employee representatives on these plans in accordance with country- specific legal requirements, it added.


The handset maker has been witnessing tough competition from rivals Samsung and Apple in the smartphone category. It lost its leadership position to Samsung but has been aggressively launching new products based on Microsoft’s Windows platform along with other operating systems like Belle.


As part of the restructuring process, Nokia announced the closure of its facilities in Ulm (Germany) and Burnaby (Canada) last year. It also sold its luxury brand Vertu to a private equity firm, EQT.


Besides, it sold its head office building in Espoo to real estate investment firm Exilion for 170 million euros (over Rs1,218 crore).


The company ended the third quarter with gross cash of 8.8 billion euros, and a net cash position of 3.6 billion euros. Nokia Group’s net sales in Q3 2012 stood at 7.2 billion euros, down from 7.5 billion euros in Q2 2012.


Meanwhile, in a separate statement, HCL Tech said its new agreement with Nokia includes functions like data centre, network management, end-user computing services and cross- functional service management.


HCL Tech has been delivering global service desk and desktop management outsourcing services for Nokia since 2009.


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