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INDIA – Good News For Holders Of H1B Visas: US Company Will Pay $1.1 Million In Back Wages To Employees

An American employment service company has agreed to pay back wages of $1.1 million to nearly 600 H-1B employees, many of whom are highly skilled Indian IT professionals. This follows an inquiry by the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division that discovered that when work sites were shut down for holidays, Populus Group failed to pay H-1B staff needed salaries. In addition to paying back salaries, Populus Group, based in Troy, Michigan, will review past and present payroll documents to guarantee compliance with program demands.

 

INDIA – Supreme Court Raises Concerns Over Students’ Admission Stress, Says Education System Should Be Streamlined

On Tuesday, June 04, 2019, the Supreme Court articulated its “anxiety” over the uncertainty that students face each year, especially those planning to enter professional classes such as medicine and engineering, and called for streamlining the entire scheme for stress-free entry and counselling. Taking note of “plight of students,” the observation came as the top court directed the government of Maharashtra to conduct the final round of counselling in the state on or before June 14 for postgraduate medical and dental courses.

 

USA – Who Gets To Give Dietary Advice, A Health Coach OR Dietitian? Health Coach Fight The Law

Heather Del Castillo provided advice on natural eating as a wellness coach in California. But in Florida, the title did not allow her to offer nutrition advice. After receiving a complaint that she was working without a permit, authorities from Florida sent a cease-and-desist order and fined her $750. Del Castillo sued, stating that her right to free speech was breached. Now, as other countries weigh restrictions on professional nutritional advice, a federal court is anticipated to rule on her lawsuit. The case highlights the confusion surrounding dietitians and health coaches, and how different are their qualifications. The Institute for Justice, a free-market group that took up Del Castillo’s case, has questioned professional licensing criteria for years and says nutritional advice should be protected as free speech, regardless of context.

 

INDIA – The Humane Perspective Of The Supreme Court On Mentally Sick Convicts

A verdict must not be seen merely as the law that catches up with an offender. On occasion, a decision can illuminate the philosophy that is essential to jurisprudence. In a distinct judgement, one that led India to a select fraternity of countries with a delicate, humane and contemporary perspective towards weakening mental circumstances, the Supreme Court barred the execution of convicts with severe mental illnesses that evolved during their incarceration, leading in the impairment of their cognitive abilities. What is particularly heartening in this case is the interpretation of deterrence by the court, its functions, and, in the wisdom of the court, its seamless relationship with the rights of the inmates.

 

INDIA – Rehabilitation Of Slum Requires To Be Performed Adequately: HC

The Bombay High Court (HC) hearing a case where rehabilitation on Andheri’s government property has been dragging on since 1997, said It is high time that the Maharashtra government and the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) developed a system to guarantee that slum redevelopment plans are conducted in a “professional and time-bound way.” The court ordered a copy of the 59-page judgement to be forwarded to the Principal Secretary, Department of Urban Development, the Principal Secretary (Housing), and the Chairman, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority, Mumbai.

 

USA – Legislators In Alabama Pass A Bill That Would Chemically Castrate Child Molesters Before Parole

Alabama lawmakers sent the governor a bill that would require some convicted sex offenders to be chemically castrated before being released on parole. The bill, passed late last week in the State Senate and sent to Gov. Kay Ivey, would also require sex offenders convicted of offences involving children under 13 and eligible for parole to pay for chemical castration. Chemical castration means taking medication to decrease testosterone, hormones and other chemicals that drive libido, according to the bill. However, Attorney Raymond Johnson said there would probably be a challenge under the Eighth Amendment, claiming “that it is a cruel and unusual punishment for someone who has served their time and has to be castrated for the rest of their lives.”

 

INDIA – Shakti Mills Gang Rape Case: Bombay HC Upholds The Death Penalty Clause For Repeated Perpetrators In Rape Cases

A Bombay High Court Division Bench while delivering a landmark ruling on Monday, June 3, upheld the constitutional validity of section 376E of the Indian Penal Code while hearing an appeal lodged by three Shakti Mills gang rape prisoners ; under this section, repeat offenders in rape instances face the death penalty. Vijay Jadhav, Mohammad Qasim Shaikh, and Mohammad Salim Ansari were sentenced to death in July of last year for the gang rape of a telephone operator and a photojournalist in August 2013.

 

INDIA – Madras HC Disposes Petition For Special Queues Arrangement At Temple 

The Madurai high court bench of the Madras has disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that attempted unique darshan queue for senior citizens and pregnant women inside the Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple in Madurai by directing the temple officials to follow processes in the existing circular strictly. There are currently two queues-general and paid-for the temple devotees. People who can’t afford the paid queue have to wait for darshan for several hours. Senior citizens, pregnant females and people with tiny kids are facing problems for this reason. So the petition.

 

USA – Trump Administration Enacts Travel Restraints To Cuba, Bans Cruise Ships

The Trump administration on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, stopped the most common forms of the United States travel to Cuba, banning cruise ships and a heavily used educational travel category in an attempt to cut off cash to the communist government of the island. The new restrictions are part of a wider effort by President Donald Trump’s administration to reverse Obama-era efforts to restore usual relationships between the U.S. and Cuba, drawing sharp criticism from the more hard-line components of the Cuban-American community and their allies in Congress.

 

INDIA – Madras HC Says No; To The transfer Of Government Medical Officers

In pursuant to a circular issued by the Director of Medical Education, the Madras High Court (HC) has restricted authorities from transferring government medical officers from their current positions in government colleges. Justice V. Parthiban issued an interim injunction in regard of a batch of requests from Dr B. Saravanapriya and Dr Nimmi Sivakumar seeking to quash the circular which directed the mandatory transfer of 860 medical officers within the framework of assistant professors/senior resident/junior resident/tutor under DME’s control.

 

INDIA – Helmets Wearing, Mandatory: Madras High Court Summons The Top Traffic Officers

The Madras high court ordered the Joint Police Commissioner (Traffic) and Deputy Police Commissioner (Traffic) to be present in court today (06 June 2019) in connection with a case pertaining to the application of the regulations of the Motor Vehicles Act, which made it mandatory for drivers and pillion riders of two-wheelers to wear helmets. The division bench also directed the additional government pleader to obtain information from the police / medical department regarding the number of accidents with head injuries. The court said individuals need to be made aware of the law that makes it compulsory for riders and pillion drivers to wear helmets, as it was a safety measure following the Motor Vehicle Rules.

 

USA – In California, Oakland Legalizes Magic Mushrooms And Peyote

On Tuesday (June 04 2019), Oakland City Council in California voted unanimously to decriminalize hallucinogenic fungi, otherwise known as “magic mushrooms.” The vote makes Oakland the next U.S. town to decriminalize the natural hallucinogens after Denver decriminalized them on May 08. The vote of the town council directed law enforcement to stop investigating and prosecuting people for using or possessing medicines from crops, cactus and – most frequently – mushrooms containing hallucinogenic psilocybin.

 

INDIA – Haryana Govt. Withdraws Reservation Of Economically Backward To Accommodate Economically Weaker Sections

On Wednesday 06 June 2019, the Haryana government withdrew the reservation of Economically Backward Persons in the General Caste Category (EBPG) in employment and academic establishments in the state saying that it is no longer needed since the reservation of Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) came into effect. The aforementioned is a notice issued in a letter from Haryana Chief Secretary Depinder Singh Dhesi to necessary Administrative personnel and government bodies. The Haryana government had previously prescribed a reservation of 5% for Group A and B posts for Economically Backward Persons in General Caste Category and 10% for Group C and D posts.

 

INDIA – Complaint Of The Gurugram Farmer’s ID Theft Contributes To Bailout Racket

Gulab, a landless farmer in Sohna, was surprised when he got court summons in 2016. The farmer, who had never before visited a court, was left clueless and frightened. He appeared before the court on the planned date to get another shock of his life. He was told that in a theft case he had provided surety against the bail bond to the individual accused. Even before he could comprehend what was going on, Gulab began receiving similar summons from Delhi, Rewari and Mewat courts. After several court summons, Gulab realized that his identity had been misused in 16 instances to secure bails. Unable to get out of the vicious trap, three months earlier, he approached the high court of Punjab and Haryana, which directed Gurugram police to create a Special Investigation Squad (SIT). The SIT is still investigating the issues to determine whether it is an individual’s or a gang’s job.

 

CANADA – RCMP Investigates Crimes Against Humanity Charges Toward ISIS Members In Canada

The RCMP is investigating whether war crimes legislation can be used to prosecute detained Canadians in Syria for their supposed participation in the so-called Islamic State, reports Global News. National security investigators are investigating not only whether terrorism charges are warranted, but also whether the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act could be applied, officials said. The inquiries are part of the RCMP’s preparations for the possible return of ISIS members caught to Canada.

 

UNITED KINGDOM – Govt. Takes Urgent Action To Safeguard Judicial Recruitment

The government set out immediate measures to address emerging and unprecedented recruitment problems in the senior judiciary yesterday (05 June 2019). More than 10% of the judicial positions are available in the High Court and the Chancery Division, which handles significant business instances, are already 20% below strength and will be up to 40% below strength by the end of the year without urgent intervention. Temporary recruitment and retention allowance have been implemented to avoid delays in life-changing court choices.

 

AFGHANISTAN – Young People, New Faces Make Up 70% Of The Afghan Parliament

At least 70% of Afghanistan’s parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, which has 249 members, is made up of youths and new faces. Afghan women managed to secure 27 of the seats in parliament after the October elections, according to the house secretary. “We are optimistic that the young lawmakers are using their skills and trying to implement the law in Afghanistan,” said Narendra Singh Khalsa, an MP representing the Sikh minority in Afghanistan.

 

FRANCE – New Tax Regulations Generate Hidden Expenses For France’s Second Homeowners

Owning a second home in France is a prevalent dream for many, but while you can save enough for a deposit, it’s essential not to forget those-sometimes significant-concealed expenses. Local tax or council tax is being phased out in France and will be abolished by 2021, but this is only the case for principal residences and not second homes. Tax habitation can add a lot to your annual outgoings and is calculated based on the rental value of the properties in your region that have been mapped out and have tax rates connected with them that have been voted on and approved by local authorities.

 

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