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INDIA – Delhi HC: Do The Street Vendor Require Licence To Sell Meat Under The Law?

The Delhi High Court (HC) has questioned the North Delhi Municipal Corporation to sell meat and meat products by which law a street vendor needs a permit. “Where is the law that prevents a street vendor from selling meat without a permit? Which law entitles you (company) to ban it? It is neither here nor there to say you have a policy,” said Justice Vibhu Bakhru. The corporation’s counsel, Monika Arora, then sought time to bring the law, if any, before the court, requiring road sellers to obtain a meat selling permit. The court gave the corporation time to specify the law that prohibits road sellers from selling meat or meat products without a license until July 22.

 

INDIA – NCPRI Rejects Amendments To The RTI Laws, Describes Them As ‘Regressive’

The National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) rejected the amendments to the Right to Information (RTI) law proposed by the Modi government and called them “regressive.” In a press release, the NCPRI stated that the amendments dilute the RTI legislation and requested that discussions be held without further delay before a suitable Standing Committee of Parliament. The autonomous RTI watchdog has also advised that it will resort to a nationwide protest if the government goes ahead with the amendments. The bill seeks to eliminate the stature of information commissioners from the equivalent of election commissioners and give the Center the authority to set their salaries and tenure, thereby eroding their capacity to function freely.

 

USA – Approximately 3,100 Federal Prisoners To Be Released Early Following Current U.S. Law

Approximately 3,100 U.S. prisoners, including many convicted of drug offences, will be released soon from federal prisons for excellent conduct under a criminal justice reform law signed by President Donald Trump last year, the Department of Justice said Friday (July 19, 2019). Officials detailed the early effect of the law, adopted in Congress last December with bipartisan support and championed by lawyers across the political spectrum to assist decrease sentencing disparities historically with greater levels of conviction for racial minorities for low-level crimes. Inimai Chettiar, a legislative and policy director of the Justice Action Network, who advocated the bill, said the announcement on Friday indicates that progress is being made in implementing the law, but concerns remain.

 

INDIA – Straining For Strict Laws, Shia Board On July 28 To Discuss On Mob Lynching

At its annual conference planned for July 28 in Lucknow, the All India Shia Personal Law Board will hold extensive discussions on the need for strict laws on mob lynching. Referring to the reported mob lynching cases from different areas of the nation, he said the attackers are targeting members of a specific group. “The Shia community thinks that there is a need for strict laws to curb this and that even the capital punishment is awarded,” Abbas said. The meeting is also likely to discuss how consecutive governments are “ignoring” the Shia community.

 

INDIA – India Is Ready To Get Its First Devoted LGBT Recruiting Consultancy

Nearly a year after the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court decriminalizing homosexuality, India is set to hire its first devoted consultancy firm for members of the LGBT community (lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, intersex and queer / questioning). At present, members of India’s LGBTIQ community lag behind their western counterparts in achieving equal pay, corporate representation, and other benefits even after the change in the law. The company also seeks to organize the work fair over the next 18-24 months in 10 towns. Within one year, the company is hoping to place at least 1,000 LGBTIQ applicants.

 

USA – New Law Causing Affordable Housing, Even Scarcer

New York State’s new law on rent regulation brings drastic modifications to housing rules — limiting rent increases after owners make significant improvements and even after units become empty and rents have not been raised for years. The law is likely to lead to reduced rent-stabilized building values, possibly weakening the tax base of the city. Ironically, it could prevent the creation of fresh, so-called accessible homes, the type that Major Bill de Blasio considers as his mayoralty’s main objective. Rent regulation theory is merely that housing should be inexpensive. The problem — for the mayor and the tenant proponents who pushed the new law through — will find enough cash from other people to pay for it.

 

INDIA – USFDA Found Various Dietary And Medicinal Claims On The Sharbat Bottles Of Patanjali

According to the U.S. health regulator, labels on the two sharbat products of Patanjali, designed to be sold within India, were found to have “additional claims on the medicinal and dietary market” compared to those on bottles set aside for export to America. The food safety laws of the United States are more stringent than the regulations of India. If the company is discovered to be selling a misbranded product in the U.S., the USFDA can issue a warning letter to prevent the import of that product entirely, seize the entire batch of that product, receive an injunction from a federal court against the business, and even initiate criminal prosecution that may result in penalties of up to $500,000 and corporate authorities being imprisoned for up to three years.

 

INDIA – The Face Of Section 377’s Historical Judgment, Lawyers Menaka Guruswamy & Arundhati Katju, Announce That They Are A Couple

The Supreme Court ruled last year on 6th September in favour of humanity by unanimously decriminalizing homosexuality, a part of the 158-year-old colonial law under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. India saw a new ray of hope thanks to the leading ladies-advocates Menaka Guruswamy (44), and Arundhati Katju (36)-who argued against the discrimination and violence faced every day by the LGBTQ community. The duo opened up about being in connection with each other in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. They also said the win for 2018 was not just a professional accomplishment, but also a personal win.

 

Canada – The New Law Of Ontario Extends Police Powers In Cases That Involve Missing Persons

In the early hours after someone has been reported missing, police have frequently found roadblocks to possibly important information: clues to the whereabouts of the missing person kept inside their cell phone, computer, home, and more. That’s because when someone disappears, there is rare proof that a crime has been committed, a precondition for police to seek approval from the court for a search warrant, or private documents to assist their inquiry. The Missing Persons Act gives police fresh powers to acquire warrants or access to records – such as hospital, cell phone or bank documents – without having to provide proof that a crime may have been committed. Obtaining these documents when required “helps us to create the route or footprint of a missing person,” police chief Mark of Toronto said.

 

INDIA – Delhi HC Drags The AAP government For Failing To Take Action Against Schools That Lack Fire Safety Measures

On Thursday (July 18, 2019), the Delhi High Court (HC) pulled up the AAP government for failing to take action against schools run by it and private ones that have insufficient fire safety policies and asked if it was “waiting for a tragedy to strike” before acting. The court raised the question while hearing a PIL by lawyer Kush Kalra, who asserted that many schools, both private and government-run / assisted, had failed to meet fire safety standards and build stability norms. The court bench said the matter has been going on for a while, and through the PIL, the court was doing the job of the government. The court said the government of Delhi has the authority to guarantee that the domestic capital’s schools are structurally secure and have appropriate fire safety measures.

 

INDIA – Delhi High Court Receives A New Plea Filed For The Decriminalization Of Marijuana In India

The petition also discusses how “unfathomable” it is that despite coming from the same plant as pot, bhang is lawful. Police in India has seized big amounts of late marijuana in a significant downer for potheads everywhere. And now, on June 9, they captured more than 3,000 kg in Odisha. Busting a significant drug racket involving 34 individuals selling Rs 2 crore cannabis, this is this week’s third weed bust. In no way does India endorse the unlawful use of marijuana or other drugs. The above material is designed solely for information purposes and is not designed to propagate the use of any illegal substance.

 

UNITED KINGDOM – Tenants Will Have Access To The Database Of Rogue Landlords

Campaigners welcomed public plans to open their rogue landlord database to potential tenants as part of renter protection proposals. A package of reforms released for consultation involves proposals to halt no-fault evictions, described by the charity shelter as “the most significant thing the state can do far and away” to assist renters. On Sunday (July 21, 2019), community secretary James Brokenshire announced plans to enable public access to the worst landlords register, which is presently only available to local authorities.

 

INDIA – Jokes Made On All The Communities: Bombay HC Rejects Petition Asking A Ban On The Phrase “Alibaug Se Aya Hai Kya”

On Friday (July 19, 2019), the Bombay High Court rejected a request calling for a ban on the popular sentence “Alibaug se aaya hai kya?” The line used with a little sarcasm means, “Did you come from Alibaug?” and is usually used to tackle someone who is deemed naive. Rajendra Thakur, a resident of Mapgaon town in Alibaug, submitted the request. The dad of Rajendra Thakur is Madhukar Thakur, a former Congress Party MLA. The sentence “Alibaug se aaya hai kya?” was offensive to the Alibaug inhabitants and projected them as illiterate and without common sense, according to the petition.

 

INDIA – Banks Do Not Require A Fire NOC From the Municipal Office: Bombay High Court

In its order, the Bombay high court said, “If banks want to open their branches in buildings or any private property, they don’t need to bring any fire NOC from the local municipal corporation office.” The court added, “There’s no law that says banks should bring a local municipal fire NOC.” The court heard public interest litigation (PIL) lodged by activist Sapan Shrivastav stating that, according to section 23 of the Banking Regulations Act, 1949, and the rules given by the RBI, banks are required to acquire a NOC from the municipality involved. Under the Right to Information Act, the petitioner had acquired the data. Ultimately, while rejecting the petition, the court observed, “On the fire safety issue, it is enough to state that there is no law requiring a bank to acquire clearance for fire safety. According to municipal law, the building requiring fire safety clearances must be subject to inspection and it is the responsibility to receive a fire clearance with the building’s proprietor.

 

DUBAI – Dubai Lays Down New Laws On Alcohol For Tourists

According to local reports, Dubai is set to alter its alcohol consumption laws. However, according to Gulf News, with the implementation of licensed off-licenses, these stiff laws could shortly be relaxed for tourists. Visitors will still need a 30-day license to buy alcohol from specially licensed stores and fill out the appropriate forms. Only 17 licensed shops are planned for Mercantile and Marketing International (MMI), so the conviction will stay restricted. You will need to take a passport to complete the free request and possibly read through tips to make sure you know the laws. This involves stipulating that tourists are non-Muslims and over 21 years of age.

 

INDIA – On New Year’s Eve, Temples Can Be Opened: Madras HC

A PIL moved by a lawyer seeking to prevent the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) department from opening shrines for ‘western’ New Year celebrations at midnight has been rejected by the Madras High Court (HC). A division bench of Justice Subramonium Prasad and Justice S Manikumar said, as held by the Supreme Court, the judicial committee is an essential component of judicial discipline, the corner-stone of judicial integrity needs that coordination benches decisions be respected.

 

INDIA – Punjab And Haryana HC For “Fallacious” Plea Penalizes University Teacher Rs 2 Lakh

The high tribunal of Punjab and Haryana imposed Rs 2 lakh costs on a department of commerce associate professor at Chaudhary Devi Lal University (CDLU), Sirsa, for making “atrocious and fallacious” requests against university administration before the court. “The petitioner has such a bent of mind and rancour against the appointing power without revealing the pendency of the petition for disdain and the sheet of charge. Writing petition is needed to be rejected with exemplary expenses of Rs 2 lakh to be deposited with the bar association, Punjab and Haryana high court, within two months,” Justice Amit Rawal of the HC noted in his order issued Friday (July 19, 2019).

 

GERMANY – German Cabinet Approves The Compulsory Measles Vaccination Law

On Wednesday, the German Federal Ministry of Health endorsed a wide measure that would require evidence of measles vaccination to access community facilities, including daycares and schools. Despite an efficient vaccine, the bill arises as a response to ongoing measles diseases. In 2018, 651 specific cases of measles were reported, and more than 400 cases of measles were reported within four months of 2019, implying an escalating infection problem. This bill hopes to address vaccine hesitancy, which has become a global health problem. The law is to take effect on March 1, 2020.

 

INDIA – New Infrastructure Should Boost Legal Fraternity To Work Much Harder: Karnataka High Court

Judge Abhay Shreenivas Oka, Chief Justice, Karnataka High Court, encouraged legal fraternity members to fulfil expectations through hard work and guarantee justice is delivered. He spoke after Saturday (July 20, 2019) inauguration of the court building’s first to fourth floors at Malalavadi. The building’s new amenities include extra courtrooms, meeting rooms, library, canteen, etc. Justice Oka said that the state’s judicial officers were a privileged class as Karnataka’s court complexes were better than installations in other states and had the infrastructure to carry out their job. But having only excellent facilities and fresh houses with lovely environments would make little difference if they were not matched by performance enhancement.

 

FRANCE – The French Senate Approves by 2050 The Law On Carbon Neutrality

French senators endorsed a bill setting a fresh aim for France to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The bill is a component of the climate and energy package of the government and was accepted after several changes at first reading. The bill was endorsed without a vote, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015. The proposition describes that by 2030, France will reduce its fossil fuel consumption by 40% and shut down its remaining coal plants by 2022. It also delays nuclear energy cutbacks by a decade.

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