INDIA – Law Firms Hope To Edge The Big Four (4) Out Of The Legal Advisory Space
Law firms in India are seeking to prevent the Big Four accounting and consulting firms in the country from entering their market share, as illustrated by a directive recently adopted by the Delhi Bar Council, which instructed these firms not to launch legal consulting practices. Reports have it that these companies are on a drive to expand and diversify and have invested heavily in developing a talent pool that can meet the growing needs of the Indian market. While the law sector has had to compete with international competitors, accounting and advisory firms are now pushing back on these unwanted advances.
INDIA – Woman Moves Delhi HC Against The 30-Day Notice Period Under The Special Marriage Act For Marriage Registration
The Delhi High Court (HC) ordered the Sub-Divisional Magistrate to solemnize an inter-faith couple’s marriage after the woman belonging to the Muslim faith knocked at its doors aggrieved by the mandatory 30-day notice period for inviting objections before a marriage could be registered under the 1954 Special Marriage Act. The high court was approached through NGO ‘Dhanak of Humanity’ which has been working on challenges faced by interfaith couples.
USA – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Signs A Fetal Heartbeat Bill, One Of The Nation’s Most Restrictive Laws On Abortion
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed on Tuesday, May 07 2019, an anti-abortion bill that is one of the country’s most restrictive and is likely to be challenged in court. The bill of “fetal heartbeat” makes it illegal to get an abortion once a heartbeat is detected in the womb, which occurs about six weeks. The law has stirred opposition among Democratic legislators and advocates of abortion rights. Up to the 20th week of pregnancy, the current state law allows abortions. The new law will come into force on January 01, 2020.
INDIA – McDonald’s India and Vikram Bakshi To Settle Out Of Court A Five (5) Years Dispute
McDonald’s Pvt.Ltd, the Indian subsidiary of the US fast food chain, and its estranged local partner Vikram Bakshi, who owns Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt. Ltd, have decided to settle their Five (5) Years dispute out of the courts. The tribunal bench stated that both parties could file an affidavit including the terms of settlement on the next hearing date on Monday 13 May 2019, the report said.
INDIA – RBI Scraps Foreign Investor Single Company Bond Limits
On 15 June 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and India’s Securities and Exchange Board (SEBI) released circulars reviewing foreign portfolio investor (FPI) investment requirements in debt securities. Both leaflets required that no FPI be allowed to have a single company exposure of more than 20% of its corporate bond portfolio (including exposure to its group companies). To encourage a broader spectrum of investors to access the Indian corporate debt market, the RBI has withdrawn this limit with immediate effect through its circular dated 15 February 2019. To give effect to the RBI direction, SEBI also withdrew the requirement set out in its circular of 15 June 2018 through its circular of 12 March 2019.
USA – ‘ Law & Order: SVU ‘ Outweighs The Original NBC Drama: A Franchise Look
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SUV)” reaches a huge milestone: it becomes the longest-running show in the great franchise of Dick Wolf with the 457th episode on Thursday 02 May 2019. Officially, the spinoff outlasted the original “Law & Order,” which was premiered in 1990, but cancelled in 2010, for financial reasons. Moreover, that’s not stopping there. Recently, “SVU” was renewed for a 21st season, shattering the 20-season record held by “Law & Order” and mid-century Western “Gunsmoke,” aired between 1955 and 1975.
INDIA – “Clat Possible” Holds Law School Awareness Summit In Chandigarh
Recently in Chandigarh, “Clat Possible” held National Law School Awareness Summit-2019. It has been organized in partnership with India’s Times and NIE. Industry professionals and over 700 students attended the summit.
INDIA – Women Lawyers, Activists Detained By Police for Protest Against Clean Chit to CJI In Sexual Harassment Case
On Tuesday 07 May 2019, many women lawyers and activists protested outside the Supreme Court as they questioned the clean chit given to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in a case of sexual harassment a day ago. Since no protests or gatherings outside the Supreme Court are permitted, the Delhi Police detained the protesters and imposed section 144 CrPC in the area to prevent further escalation.
CANADA – Toronto woman raises awareness of medical care in the days of death before she plans to end her life
Violeta Mikaia is eager to talk about her future in a sparsely decorated private room on the 16th floor of the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto. “I’m on the way I looked back a long, long time ago. I found a perfect solution when I was diagnosed with cancer, but I always thought what to do if I couldn’t care for myself,” explained the 59-year-old from her bed. Even though Bill C-14 was passed in June 2016, federal legislation allowing eligible Canadian adults to seek medical assistance when they die, Mikaia said she had no idea that it was legal.
INDIA – Government Is Free To Expel Any Foreigner Without Cause Says Home Ministry
The central government has “unrestricted right to expel” foreigners, including those with valid visas, from the country without notice of show cause, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Tuesday 07 May 2019, to the Delhi High Court. The MHA’s submission was made before a Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani bench in response to a plea from a Pakistani woman’s husband who was asked by the government to leave the country because of adverse security reports against her. She has a long-term visa valid until 2020, which has not been cancelled, but she was asked to leave the country, according to the plea of her husband.
INDIA – Delhi High Court Directs The GST Council To Review The Solar Tax Structure
After reviewing a petition submitted by the Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA) challenging the new tax formula structure for solar projects, a Delhi High Court bench asked the GST Council to review the new tax formula. Commenting on the development, the SPDA spokesman said, “We welcome the Delhi High Court decision and will, as directed, bring relevant facts and figures to the table before CBIC and hope to reach an amicable and fair settlement on the matter.
UNITED KINGDOM – The UN Committee Against Torture Examines The Human Rights Record Of The United Kingdom
Britain’s record on immigration detention, detention and overcrowding of prisoners will be subject to intense international scrutiny at a United Nations Committee Against Torture meeting in Geneva. In the wake of the “hostile environment” policies aimed at migrants and critical parliamentary reports on complicity in torturing jihadi suspects, the high profile examination of the UK’s human rights standards comes.
INDIA – Delhi HC Directs NDMC To Plant 100 Trees, Donate Five (5) Footballs To Government Schools
The Delhi High Court (HC) informed the North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Deputy Health Officer (DHO) to donate Five (5) footballs each to Four (4) government schools in Delhi and to plant Hundred (100) trees for the delay in compensating a man who had suffered 64 percent disability after being hit by the vehicle of a civic agency. According to a report, the court has also directed the commissioner of the North MCD to enquire into the delay in releasing the money to the disabled person. The judge has asked the commissioner to file an affidavit in the case before the next hearing on what action should be taken against the DHO who has failed to dispense the money.
INDIA – Delhi HC Report States; 43 More Judges Will Have To Decide Pending Cases Within One (1) year
A Delhi high court pilot project report on the backlog of cases found that the national capital required 43 more judges over the current 143 to clear all pending cases in one year. Called the ‘ zero pendency court project, ‘ it is a one-of-a-kind Indian project aimed at studying the lifecycle of cases and creating ideal timelines for disposing of cases. However, the report attributed to the absence of witnesses as the reason for delays or backlogs.
AUSTRALIA – Former Midwife At The Homicide Trial Did Not Violate Existing Laws, Hears The Court
Former midwife Lisa Jane Barrett was on trial in October 2011, and December 2012 for Two (2) counts of homicide over the deaths of Two (2) babies during home births. The prosecution argued that if not for the involvement of Ms Barrett, the babies would have survived. Stating “Ms Barrett chose to ignore opportunities to bring these women to hospital to deliver their babies safely.” The claim was rejected by the defence attorney of Ms Barrett, who told the court that “the direct causes of their death were not acts of the accused or her omissions.” The trial is ongoing.
INDIA – Bombay HC Upholds The Decision Of The Maharashtra Government To Regulate The Sale Of Methanol
The Bombay High Court (HC) upheld the Maharashtra government’s decision to regulate the sale of methanol. The HC scrapped the chemical manufacturers ‘ contention, claiming that the decision would have a direct impact on their business as it would hamper inter-state trade. A Bench of Justices Bhushan Gavai and Dama Naidu rejected the contention of Rashtriya Chemical Fertilisers (RCF) and other manufacturers that the government introduced an ‘extraterritorial’ law. Trashing all these arguments, the bench said, “The contested provisions only require the sale of methanol whereby a licensed seller is obliged to determine the intended use of the substance from the prospective buyer. Under these circumstances, we fail to see how any extraterritorial operation is carried out by those rules. We, therefore, reject both the petitions for writing as unworthy of any merit.
INDIA – Murder Case Of Rajiv Gandhi: Nalini Approaches The High Court Against The Governor Of TN
India’s longest serving woman prisoner and life sentenced in the Rajiv Gandhi murder case, Nalini Sriharan lodged a petition against Tamil Nadu, Governor Banwarilal Purohit before the Madras High Court. In her appeal before the High Court of Madras, Nalini stated that the governor of the TN had delayed counter-signing the resolution of the cabinet to release her and the six others accused in the case of Rajiv Gandhi assassination.
IRAQ: Confining Families With Alleged Unlawful ISIS Ties, Government Rejects Plan
The Iraqi government should reject a plan to illegally detain families with perceived Islamic State affiliation (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said Tuesday 07 May 2019. The plan, Human Rights Watch said, could also violate Iraqi law.
INDIA – Use Funds Of MPs, MLAs In Order To Divert Excess Water: Madras High Court
Conscious of the water scarcity across Tamil Nadu, the high court in Madras suggested that the state government use the local area development funds available to MLAs and MPs to divert surplus water received during the monsoon period to ponds and lakes.
DUBAI – Four (4) Attorneys In Court Proceedings For Insults
An Emirati lawyer lodged a criminal complaint against Four (4) lawyers whom he accused of insulting him in a civil lawsuit brought before the court. The defense attorney of Al Kabban Associates, who represents the Four (4) lawyers, said that the Court of First Instance found his clients not guilty, but Dubai Public Prosecution appealed the verdict. A verdict is expected to hold on June 13 2019.