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India: Post-Gay Sex Decriminalisation- “Pink Dollar” Set To Boost India’s $2.6 Trillion Economy After SC Ruling

The Supreme Court of India’s recent judgment decriminalizing gay sex is expected to boost Indian economy, even as the private sector prepares for a new era of inclusiveness. Before the Supreme Court ruling, several multinational businesses operating in the country have already started implementing policies to stop discrimination on employees’ benefit with a view to promoting a competitive workforce. It is expected that more businesses will tap into the “pink economy” now that the highest Court in the land has overthrow anti-gay law.

 

India: Cryptocurrency: SC To Decide The Fate Of Crypto Exchanges Today

The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday will decide whether or not the use of cryptocurrencies should continue in India. Exchanges operating in the country had dragged the Reserve Bank of India to the apex court for imposing a ban on all forms of cryptocurrency trading citing investors’ protection, security, and scams as the reasons for the ban. Apart from the RBI, other parties to the suit are SEBI, income tax department, and the enforcement directorate.

 

UK: Mooting Competition Final Round: SC Offers 12 Slots To Law School Graduates

The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom on Tuesday offered 12 free slots to law school graduates as well as the University law Societies to hold their Mooting Competition Finals in the presence of the court’s Justices. The competition is scheduled to take place between February and May next year. The opportunity would be given to law graduates, law societies, undergraduate groups that have not hosted a final in the court’s premises before within the last two years. The court directed that institutions from Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland should submit their applications not later than 31st October 2018 at 1700 through enquiries@supremecourt.uk.

 

India: Aravalli Hills: SC Orders The Demolition Of All Constructions Made After 1992

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that all constructions made after August 1992 by influential builders should be demolished and that the builders should compensate unsuspecting investors, as well as, pay a fine totaling Rs 5 crore for the damage done to the Aravalli. The court directed that the fine should be deployed for rehabilitation work. The court also expressed concern over the seeming damage done to the 1,600 plots eco-sensitive Aravalli green belt by the builders. The case was brought before the court by an environmentalist, MC Mehta.

 

 

India: Rising Fuel Prices: Delhi High Court To Hear A Plea By Petitioner

The Delhi High Court will today begin the hearing of a suit brought it by Pooja Mahajan, a designer based in Delhi, through her public interest litigation. The petitioner is praying the court to check the rising fuel prices citing the lukewarm attitude of government towards essential commodities like fuel and diesel. Mahajan alleged that the rising fuel prices are politically motivated. An advocate of the court, Ajay Tejpal, said that “this is a rare instance of the issue of petrol and diesel prices, which has huge consumer interest, being examined legally.” On Tuesday, the price of fuel was Rs 72.97 in Delhi.

 

USA: Appeal Court Allows Missouri To Enforce A Restrictive Abortion Law

A United States Appeal Court in St Louis on Tuesday ordered that Missouri can enforce a restrictive abortion law. The court decision has raised the stake for a Supreme Court justice nominated by President Donald Trump. The law requires that abortion providers will have the privilege to admit in a local hospital, as well as allows the licensing of clinics as hospital-grade, ambulatory surgical centers.

 

 

India: You Cannot Terminate Your Pregnancy, Bombay HC Tells 17-year old Rape Survivor

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday rejected the plea to terminate a 27-week-long pregnancy by a 17-year-old rape survivor, citing a threat to her life. The court through a bench of Justices MS Sonak and Ahay Oka delivered the judgment leveraging the report of six doctors of Pune’s BJ Medical (Sassoon) College and also in line with the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act. The court adviced the girl to deliver the baby and then put it up for adoption in order to get compensation under the Manodhairya scheme.

 

 

India: No Toll Exemption For Motorists, Maharashtra Government Tells Bombay HC

The Maharashtra State government on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court bench led by Justice R M Savant that it has decided not to exempt motorists plying the ever-busy Mumbai-Pune Road from paying levy at the toll plazas at least till April 2030, considering factors like the number of vehicles using the expressway, flow of traffic, and its financial resources. The government decision was made known to the court through an affidavit by its Public Works Department. Recall that in July, the High Court had written to the State government to decide whether or not it would exempt motorists plying the route.

 

USA: US Securities Law Can Cover Cryptocurrencies, Judge rules

A New York Federal Judge, Raymond Dearie, on Tuesday Ordered that the US securities law can be used to investigate and prosecute cases involving Cryptocurrencies. The judge decision appears to be the first of its kind judgment on cases involving cryptocurrencies. The Judge further directed federal prosecutors to pursue their case against Maksim Zaslavskiy. The case was brought before the judge by federal prosecutors against Brooklyn residents who defrauded crypto investors, hence violating the federal Securities Exchange Act.

 

 

India: Abide By Noise Rules, Bombay High Court Tells DJ Association

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday told the Professional Audio & Lighting Association (PALA) to abide by the noise pollution rules if it granted them their pleas to operate. The court directed the state government to file their response within two days regarding the suit brought before it by the DJ Association. PALA which supplies Dolby sound system during Ganpati Visarjan has over 1,400 DJs in its fold.

 

India: Madras HC Constitutes Medical Committee To Examine A Boy’s PVS State

The Madras high court bench of Justice S Baskaran and N Kirubakaran on Monday constituted a medical committee with a view to examining the persistent vegetative state (PVS) of a Nine-Year-Old boy. The report has it that the boy has been suffering the ailment since birth which prompted his father to seek permission for passive euthanasia. The court also directed the medical committee to file its recommendation after the examination.

 

Canada: Leading Environmental Groups Sue Ontario Government

Leading environmental groups, Ottawa-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic and Ecojustice, on Monday sued the government of Ontario over the cap and trade program cancellation. The petitioners filed the case through their lawyers on behalf of Greenpeace Canada. The group’s intention is to stop the regulation that was approved in July. The previous Liberal government had introduced the program before the cancellation by the present government.

 

India: Make Women and Transgender Inmates Of Open Prisons, High Court Tells TN State Government

The Madras High Court bench of Justice M M Sundresh and Justice N Satish Kumar on Tuesday directed the TN state government to consider making women and transgender inmates of each other belonging to open prisons with 12 weeks, citing that the existing prison’s rules deny them such rights. The court decision was based on a PIL asking the state government to create at least an open-air prison for women and transgender in Tamil Nadu.

 

Canada: Nova Scotia Bans The Practice Of Using Conversion Therapy With LGBTQ Youth

Nova Scotia on Tuesday prohibited the practice of using conversion therapy with LGBTQ youths under the age of 16. A statement by the province’s spokesman clarifies that “the ban extends to youth under 19 if they are not capable of consenting to the services, according to the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protection Act.” Nova Scotia is now the third province to implement such a law, along with Ontario and Manitoba.

 

US: Alleged Sexual Assault: LA District Attorney’s Office Clears Nick Carter

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office on Tuesday cleared Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter of alleged sexual assault, citing the passage of statue limitation. The case was brought before the Attorney’s office by the Santa Monica Police Department in February and subsequently submitted it report to the Attorney’s office last month. Carter in his response had denied the accusation. The alleged assault took place when the victim was still 18 in 2003.

 

Thailand: Illegal Animal Trade Uncovered On Facebook In Thailand

A Facebook group on Tuesday was discovered in Thailand for engaging in illegal animal trade. This was made known by a Wildlife Trafficking Watchdog. The group has called out Facebook over the issue. According to the BBC, the listing on Facebook includes dead animals, live animals, and animal parts.

 

 

New Zealand: Employment Law: Government Ministers On A Collision Course

Government ministers from Labour and New Zealand are at loggerheads over the Employment Relations Amendment Bill. The bill seeks to scrap the 90 days trial period granted to big businesses and replace the practice with a guaranteed meal and rest breaks. The bill would also stop employers of labor from opting out of Multi-Employer Collective Agreements at the start of bargaining.

 

Hungry: UN Human Rights Expert Lambasts Hungarian Government For Fueling Discrimination Against Migrants

A UN Human Rights Expert on Tuesday expressed disappointment in the handling of migrants in Hungry. The Expert released a statement condemning the Government’s decision to adopt a legislation christened “Stop Soros,” with the intention to restrict the rights of migrants to seek asylum, submit asylum claim, and regularise their migration status. The Expert said in his statement that “since the last general election, the Hungarian Government has engaged in smear campaigns against civil society, especially in connection to migration issues, discrediting and intimidating dissenting voices, notably through its own agencies and through the public media.”

 

 

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