Legal News Shots- The Most Important Picks- A Must Read
Legal News Shots- The Most Important Picks- A Must Read

INDIA – First India’s Lokpal Flags Off Xavier Law School Courses  

Xavier Law School has begun admissions, and shortly around 180 students will join the coveted BA LLB and BCom LLB degree programs. The opening of the law courses on Saturday was attended by India’s first Lokpal, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose in the presence of St Xavier’s University vice-chancellor Fr Felix Raj and others. Several other justices, senior advocates, judges, and members of the bar were also present at the event. Ghose, a former Xaverian, said, “Law is a subject needed to bind the whole society together. Law is the king of kings. He encouraged professors and students to strive to make the new institution an incredible achievement and highlighted the significance of the field in all walks of life.

INDIA – India Has Passed A ‘Historical’ National Minimum Wage Law

India’s parliament passed a “historic” law on Friday (August 2, 2019) to guarantee a minimum wage for hundreds of millions of workers, but labour activists said it didn’t go far enough to safeguard those in the informal sector. The Code on Wages seeks to set standard salaries across India, where nearly 90% of the workforce works in the informal sector with no safety, low pay and little or no advantages. Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said the “historic” bill would ensure that about 500 million Indian workers received minimum pay for the first time. According to official data, one in three casual workers on daily wages were previously excluded.

INDIA – The Law That Permitted The Circulation Of Rs 1000 Notes in 1999 Is Discarded

A law that permitted the Indian Reserve Bank to circulate Rs 1000 denomination notes to tide over currency shortages in the early 1990s has been scrapped. The High Denomination Bank Notes (Demonetisation) Amendment Act, 1998 is one of 58 “redundant” laws abrogated on Friday (August 4, 2019). In December 1998, the then finance minister, Yashwant Sinha, had moved the bill to allow RBI to circulate Rs 1000 denomination notes. Also, the 58 legislation abolished last week would now be withdrawn from statute books.

USA – Mammograms Covered Under The New Law For Women Over 35

Insurance companies must cover annual mammograms for women over 35, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Cuomo on Friday. Under present law, most insurance companies are only required to cover annual female mammogram screenings over the age of 40. More than 1,000 women under the age of 40 die from breast cancer, according to the Young Survival Coalition. Nearly 80% of young women diagnosed with the disease find breast abnormality themselves. The law, known as “Shannon’s Law,” is named for Shannon Saturno, a teacher from Long Island who died of breast cancer at 31.

INDIA – High Court Grants Bail To A man Accused of Raping A U.S. Female, Suspends the Sentence of Seven Years

The Delhi High Court granted bail to a man accused of digitally raping an American woman and suspended the seven-year sentence given to him by a trial court. Bothered with the order of the high court, the lady shot a video in front of the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, saying she was denied any help there. She gave details of the alleged 2013 incident and said: “you don’t bail convicted criminals who are being sentenced.” The high court’s Justice Chander Shekhar said the court finds force in the woman’s counsel’s argument and directed the man not to leave the NCR without his permission.

INDIA – FPI Outflows, Trade War Concerns To Maintain Equity Volatility

Concerns over the flight of foreign funds along with fears of a further rise in the U.S.- China trade war is anticipated to maintain Indian equity markets stable over the coming week. Even appealing valuations and an anticipated easing of the lending rate might not be enough to uplift sentiments, which are also overshadowed by disappointing Q1 earning outcomes and a weak Monsoon. The carnage at equity indices began on July 5, when the budget proposed an additional surcharge on individuals and trusts earning more than 2 crores and 5 crores respectively.

USA – New York Outlaws Guns on Campus for All but Security and Law Enforcement

New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that makes it a crime for universities to authorize anyone other than law enforcement or security staff to carry firearms on campus. The answer to the gun violence epidemic plaguing this country has never been and will never be more guns, and today we are expanding the nation-leading gun safety laws in New York to protect our children further, “Cuomo said following the bill’s signing. “These measures will assist slow the proliferation of weapons by maintaining unneeded firearms out of school zones and helping to guarantee that unwanted or illegal weapons do not fall into dangerous hands.”

INDIA – UAPA Has Become An Instrument Of Repression, But It Is Unlikely To Be Effective

India has changed its anti-terrorism law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Such regulations offer the state broad power to hold and imprison people without charge and usually before any crime has been committed. They make it difficult for people to get bail, and such laws offer police a sweeping power that facilitates corruption and tyranny. Although reports said Congress had voted to change the law, Chidambaram said the party would challenge it in the Supreme Court, and one hopes it will do that. However, from 2014 to 2016, as many as 75% of UAPA cases ended in acquittals or were discharged. Equally draconian laws like TADA and POTA also failed. Making UAPA more draconian is not likely to assist.

USA – Day At A Texas Shopping Mall Turns fatal

According to Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, a gunman who opened fire in a shopping centre in El Paso on Saturday killed 20 people and injured 26 others. Police said one suspect, a white male from Allen, Tex., in his 20s, was in custody, and the gunman had shot an A.K.-47-style gun into a crowded Walmart shop, sending panicked shoppers fleeing for their life. Officials said that the gunman had surrendered to the police. The Walmart, a short distance from the mall, was packed at the time, near Hawkins Boulevard and Gateway Boulevard West.

INDIA – Madhya Pradesh Model Will Inform You What Is Wrong With The New Child Sex Abuse Law

Madhya Pradesh could well be on his way to recording books in India by ordering the hanging of one person each month for the last year. Since the state modified the child sexual assault law in May last year, its courts have granted the death penalty in 25 cases, the latest on July 11. And it is a model that is set to be followed in the rest of the country now that Parliament has passed the Child Protection Against Sexual Offenses (Pocso) Amendment Bill 2019. The amendments also criminalize consensual sexual activity among adolescents between the ages of 16-18, which has severe consequences for their right to life, privacy, and health.

INDIA – Imran Khan Claims That India Has Breached International Law And Intends Trump To Mediate

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the National Security Committee session on Sunday (August 4, 2019) to hold consultations with the country’s top civil and military officials over the sudden spike in tensions with India. Khan called the conference after the military claimed that India was using cluster bombs to target the civilian population in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The Indian Army on Saturday (August 3, 2019) called Pakistan’s allegations as “lies and deceit.” Defense Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and other top officials attended the NSC meeting.

UNITED KINGDOM – Protesters Want A Change Of Law To Allow Electric Scooters On UK Highways

Protesters brought their e-scooters into central London and said the act was “outdated,” claiming that e-scooters provide an environmentally friendly alternative to cars. Protest organizer Peter Williams said: “This is a peaceful protest to increase awareness of the obsolete laws of the Road Traffic Act, slowing the progress of the United Kingdom as a country when it comes to sustainable transport projects. E-scooters are categorized as Personal Light Electric Vehicles and are presently illegal to drive on public land. Riders can face a £ 300 fixed-penalty notice and six points on their driving license, but many are unaware of the laws.

INDIA – What Does The Criminalization Of Instant Divorce Mean To Indian Muslims

Women’s rights activists, Islamic groups, and political parties are split on the controversial problem. Many Muslim women’s organizations have requested the shift, saying the tradition of immediate divorce is detrimental to them. (The custom is prohibited in more than 20 Muslim nations, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.) More conservative Islamic organizations claim the state has no business engaging in what is, in effect, a religious practice. Instant divorce among Indian Muslims is far from universal. There is no mention of it in the Koran, which says a pair selects separation once they have made every effort to settle their differences. Many Muslim organizations in India question the need for legislation when the Supreme Court struck down immediate divorce in numerous hearings.

INDIA – Lawyers Want RBI To Close The Gap, Block The Entry Of Foreign Companies

Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) told the government to guide the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is plugging what it called a loophole in its March 29 directive “which may lead to the backdoor entrance of foreign law firms in India.” The lawyers ‘ body believes that the direction of the RBI, as well as an amendment to the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) rules in India, could be used by international law firms. In a July 29 letter to the Prime Minister, the BCD said directive of the central bank said that for the establishment of the branch office, liaison office, project office or any other place of business in India, foreign entities rendering professional or consultancy services could operate after the RBI grants them an approval under the Foreign Exchange Management and Regulation Act.

DUBAI – Dubai Police Caution Beachgoers About Filming Other People On The Beach

Before taking pictures of their beach trip, citizens and tourists should be cautious who else is in the frame as Dubai Police warned that “filming or taking pictures of others without their permission is punishable by law.” On Saturday (August 3, 2019), a weekend in the UAE when many people head to the beach for leisure time, the force gave advice to beachgoers on their Twitter handle. The rule of taking pictures or video of others also applies to other places, but it can be particularly sensitive on the beach where most people are only clad in swimwear.

INDIA – Data Protection Law: Mahua Moitra Alleges Conflicts Of Interest Against The Lawyers Working With Government

Trinamool Congress, MP, Mahua Moitra, on Thursday (August 1, 2019), claimed that attorneys empanelled with different ministries, including the IT Ministry and the Ministry of Justice, may have private technology clients. Here there is a fundamental conflict of interest. If a lawyer or business consultant is working on the draft Data Protection Bill and, on the other side, has personal technology clients, how can we be ensured that the interests of these private clients were not included in the draft bill? She said in Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour. Moitra demanded that the Ministry of Information & Technology make public the names of lawyers and companies empanelled with the government, particularly those drafting the Data Protection Bill.

INDIA – Delhi High Court Order Shuts Down Delhi’s 50-Year Ancient Daryaganj Book Bazaar

After 50 years, the iconic Sunday book market at Delhi’s Daryaganj has shut down. The Delhi High Court had ordered earlier closure of the market. The North Municipal Corporation followed up with the order and closed the market. The historic book market that has been famous among book enthusiasts has been operating for several centuries. The market has been a hit among youth across the country. Following the public movement, the market was closed once in 1990. However, after the prominent social personalities came forward to get the market open again, the whole matter came to the limelight, and the market was restarted.

INDIA – Plea in Delhi HC To Delay The Release Of John Abraham Starrer Batla House

Two (2) accused in the Batla House encounter case have moved the Delhi High Court (HC) to seek a stay on the film’s release based on the 2008 Delhi incident. The plea, submitted by Ariz Khan and Shehzad Ahmad, both charged in the Batla House encounter case, is most likely to come up for hearing next week. The petition requested direction from the Center to perform a pre-screening of the Batla House film. The plea further indicated that the film’s poster and promotional videos claim that the sequence of occurrences in the film is inspired by real events that create the feeling that the film represents a real account of events in the Batla House encounter.

INDIA – Bombay High Court Directs The Government For Fir Against NGOs

The Bombay high court ordered the state government to register an FIR against 27 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for siphoning off money allocated under the central government scheme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, to build hostels for Adivasis and students with disabilities. A court bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nadrajog and Justice N.M. Jamdar was hearing a PIL lodged by the Forum for Fairness in Education, a Mumbai-based organization, claiming that funds assigned to the Adivasi student were misappropriated in the Thane district of Jawhar taluka. The scheme also directed at building hostels for students living in remote areas.

 

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