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INDIA – Karnataka Crisis: 14 Disqualified MLAs Move Supreme Court Against Disqualification Order

All Fourteen (14) disqualified Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs in Karnataka on Thursday (August 01, 2019) approached the Supreme Court, challenging their disqualification from the state assembly as legislators. They attempted to quash the July 25 disqualification order by KR Ramesh Kumar, who resigned as House Speaker on Monday (July 29, 2019). While Three (3) Karnataka MLAs – Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumatalli, and Shankar – who resisted against the former Congress-JD(S) government were dismissed on July 25, 2019, the rest – Pratap Gowda Patil, BC Patil, Shivram Hebbar, ST Somashekar, Byrati Basavaraj, Anand Singh, Roshan Baig, Munirathna, K Sudhakar and MTB Nagaraj and Shrimant Patil were disbarred on July 28.

 

INDIA – Parliament Passes A Bill Aimed At Making India An International Arbitration Hub

Parliament enacted a bill on Thursday (August 01 2019) to make India an international arbitration hub by providing settlement facilities for business conflicts. Rajya Sabha has already cleared the bill. The Lok Sabha cleared a previous bill in August 2018, but the Rajya Sabha could not pass it. The bill lapsed after the 16th Lok Sabha was dissolved. Successive governments have been pushing for India to become a centre of domestic and international arbitration.

 

INDIA – Four Districts May Have Special Courts To Settle POCSO Cases

Following the Supreme Court ordering States to set up special courts in districts with more than 100 cases of child abuse pending under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Four (4) districts in Andhra Pradesh are likely to have the courts. A Bench, led by India’s Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday (August 01, 2019) directed the states to set up the centrally financed judiciary within 60 days. The financing of the courts would be borne by the Centre, from the payment of staff to child-friendly infrastructure. According to the State Crime Records Bureau, East Godavari, Chittoor, Kurnool and Guntur are the four districts where more than 100 POCSO cases are pending trial.

 

INDIA – Court Asks Reserve Bank Of India: Why Keep Changing Notes, & Coins Features?

On Thursday (August 1, 2019), the Bombay High Court sought to know from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) the reason for changing the size and other features of currency notes and coins from time to time. A court division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice N M Jamdar asked the question while hearing a request from the National Association of the Blind (NAB). The NAB petition stated that new RBI issued currency notes and coins presents visually impaired persons with difficulties in identifying and distinguishing them. The court added that no other nation in the world continues to change the size and properties of their currency notes so often. The court ordered the top bank to file its affidavit on the issue within six weeks.

 

USA – New York Law Seeks To Safeguard Survivors Of Trafficking By Making Addresses Confidential

New York became the latest U.S. state on Thursday (August 1, 2019) to allow human trafficking survivors to conceal their addresses, part of an attempt to safeguard them from fear of renewed violence, the governor said. Under the new law, victims of sexual offences, stalking, and human trafficking can engage in a confidentiality program that allows them to maintain their location private and use the state’s substitute address. Survivors often attempt to prevent further violence by moving, and the new measure helps if a trafficker or attacker attempts to locate them, authorities said.

 

INDIA – All Muslim Personal Law Board To Oppose Triple Talaq Bill In Supreme Court

With Rajya Sabha passing the triple talaq bill on Tuesday making it a criminal offence attracting up to three years in prison, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Thursday (July 01 August) said it was likely to be challenged in the Supreme Court. AIMLB convenor Zafaryab Jilani stated that the board’s legal committee would meet after bakrid, falling on August 12, 2019, and make a final call on the matter. Following the passage of the bill in Rajya Sabha, the Muslim clergy is divided on the matter with some welcoming the act, while others are slamming it against women’s interests.

 

USA – U.S. Lawmakers Plot To Push Saudi Arabia On Rights, Despite Trump

The America Congress left Washington on Thursday (August I, 2019) without enacting legislation to punish human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, but lawmakers said attempts to halt military sales and impose sanctions would continue after their break in August. There are several other pieces of legislation-including 18 more resolutions to block arms sales-making their way through the Senate or House of Representatives as some lawmakers still hope to move Trump towards greater action against Riyadh. Critics of Trump’s close links to Saudi Arabia also want the Pentagon’s National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, a must-pass annual bill setting policy, to include measures to suspend military sales to Saudi Arabia and restrict Trump’s capacity to declare “emergencies” to sidestep Congress ‘ review of foreign defence deals.

 

INDIA – Supreme Court To Hear The Mediation Report Of Ayodhya Today

The Supreme Court will hold a hearing today Friday (August 02, 2019) on the Ayodhya mediation report. The mediation committee of Ayodhya, which was allowed time to continue talks on the temple conflict between Hindu and Muslim, presented a report in a closed cover on Thursday (July 31, 2019). Based on the study, the top court will decide on its further proceedings. Recommending mediation, the court said it was looking for “the possibility of healing relationships.” It expected mediation to succeed in finding common ground on the sensitive issue. He told the panel to perform in-camera proceedings.

 

INDIA – Supreme Court Affirms The Death Sentence In The Rape & Murder Of A 10-Year-Old Girl and Her 7-Year-Old Brother

On Thursday (August 1, 2019), the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of a convict who raped and killed a 10-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother in Coimbatore in 2010 stating the case raised the spectre of a frightful rape and murder, and he warranted no tolerance. However, R F Nariman, Sanjiv Khanna, and Surya Kant were unanimous in convicting the sole accused in the case; Justice Khanna differed from his fellow judges in awarding the death sentence. While dismissing his plea against conviction, the apex court said there was adequate evidence to prove his guilt.

 

AUSTRALIA – Government Proposes New Legislation To Retain Extremists In Jail

On Thursday (August 01 2019), the Australian government launched legislation to Parliament that would give law enforcement more authority to keep extremists behind bars after serving prison sentences if they are still deemed dangerous. The move is a reply to a 2017 siege in which a gunman who once trained with Muslim extremists, Yacqub Khayre, murdered a receptionist in a Melbourne apartment building and injured three policemen months after being released from prison early. The law would generate a presumption against parole for convicted terrorists and supporters of terrorism.

 

INDIA – High Court Bar Association Protests Could Spread To Punjab, Haryana

Protests by members of the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) Bar Association against the establishment of the Haryana Administrative Tribunal may extend to other districts of Punjab and Haryana. Yesterday, the HC Bar Association asked all District Bar Associations and other tribunals to support the call for an indefinite strike. Sources said several associations have already promised their assistance to the HC Bar Association. The HC Bar Association continued the “symbolic shutdown of the High Court” by denying access to attorneys, litigants and public officials.

 

FRANCE -France Disagrees With U.S. Sanctions Against Iranian Foreign Minister

France said Thursday (August 1, 2019) expressed concern over a U.S. move to impose sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister and said it disagreed with the decision along with Britain and Germany, the French Foreign Ministry said. The United States slapped sanctions on Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, a pivotal player in the nuclear deal, at loggerheads with Iran over Gulf shipping and Iran’s nuclear program on Wednesday (July 31, 2019).

 

 

INDIA – India’s Top Court Moves The Rape Case Of Politicians Over Fears Of Intimidation

India’s Supreme Court on Thursday (August 1, 2019) shifted an influential regional politician’s rape trial to the capital, New Delhi, to allay concerns that he might affect the result, a further embarrassment for the Hindu nationalist governing party. This week, federal police opened a murder investigation against Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a lawmaker from northern Uttar Pradesh (UP) state, after a truck crashed into the young woman’s car accusing him of rape. Two (2) of her relatives were killed in the Sunday crash, and she is fighting in hospital for her life. He denies the rape and any participation in the crash of the car.

 

INDIA – Senior TRS Leader B Vinod Kumar Writes To The Union Law Minister And Wants One Supreme Court Bench In South India

On Thursday (August 1, 2019), TRS senior leader and former MP B Vinod Kumar wrote to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad seeking the establishment of a Supreme Court bench in South India. Kumar said the matter was relevant in securing access to justice for all citizens. The senior TRS chief informed Prasad that there was an apex court pendency of 58,669 cases and the amount was increasing. He said there was a need to increase the power of judges.

 

DUBAI – Social Media Users Urged Not To Share Or Spread Rumors From Casual Sources: Police

The Dubai Police dismissed rumours about waiving traffic fines after a picture of a message from the department received by a Saudi visitor went viral on social media. The message proposed that the person was engaged in a rapid violation, but was not fined. According to 24.ae, Colonel Faisal Issa Al Qassim, director of the Dubai Police Security Media Department, said the picture of the message that went viral is not a recent one, adding that it was an initiative initiated ten years ago to spread happiness among Dubai tourists. He added that the Dubai Police launched an initiative in February to waive all penalties for motorists if they did not commit any violations in a year.

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