India: Government Exempts Companies From Paying Interest On Rupee Dominated Bonds Issued Abroad
In a bid to ensure the inflow of dollars into the economy, the Indian government on Monday exempted foreign companies from paying an interest rate on income tax on the rupee dominated bond issued abroad from September 17 to March 31, 2019. This was made known by the finance ministry in a statement on Monday. Under the I-T law, the interest payable by companies belonging to Indians or foreigners on rupee dominated bonds issued outside the shore of the country before 20th July 2020 was pegged at 5% tax.
India: 328 FDC Drugs: SC Reverses Ban On Saridon And Three Other Drugs
The Supreme Court bench of Justices R F Nariman and Indu Malhotra on Monday reversed a ban on a popular painkiller drug known as Saridon and three other drugs. The Health Ministry had issued a notification banning all drugs under 328 FDC Drugs. Not satisfied with the health ministry’s decision, pharma associations and Drugs marker approach the court seeking a reversal order on the affected drugs. The Supreme Court after hearing the plea allowed the sale of Saridon, Juggat Pharma’s Dart, GlaxoSmithKline’s Piriton, and another drug.
Canada: Litigants To Represent Themselves In Legal Disputes Using Online Resources
Litigants in Canada will soon start representing themselves in legal disputes using online resources developed by some law schools, a report revealed on Monday. A professor of law at the University of Windsor who doubles as the director of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project said that Canadians are now accessing justice without legal representation.
India: Bombay HC Queries Maharashtra Government For Allowing Illegal Bungalows
The Bombay High Court bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Riyaz Chagla on Monday queried the Maharashtra government on what action it has taken to tackle illegal bungalows, and hence directed the divisioner commissioner to report to the forest department of the Maharashtra government within three months on why it allowed builders to build illegal bungalows in Alibaug. The court gave the directive after hearing a petition against the tehsildar of Alibaug filed by Shambhuraje Yuva Kranti. One of the illegal building is owned by Nirav Modi, a fugitive diamond trader.
India: DUSU Poll: Three Students Challenge Results At The Delhi High Court
Three students on Monday filed a petition in the Delhi High Court challenging the outcome of the Students’ Union poll which held on September 12 at the Delhi University. The students alleged that EVMs were tampered by an unknown cabal, hence questioning the transparency of the election results. The students contended that EVMs used to conduct the election was not issued by the Election Commission and that it must have been procured privately.
UK: New Terror Laws Could Violate Fundamental Legal Rights, Law Society Warns
Lawyers in the United Kingdom on Monday warned that the new Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill being proposed by the government may cause Infringement on the legal rights of citizens, by giving the police undue power to delay suspected terrorists from having access to their lawyers. According to the bill detainees in the UK, Northern Ireland, and Wales can consult a lawyer privately at any given time.
India: Insult On Hindu Religion: Bombay HC Sets Aside Suit Against 5 Individuals
The Bombay High Court bench of Justices TV Nalawade and Vibha Kankanwadi on Monday set aside a suit against Ashok Deshmukh and four of his friends for allegedly insulting the Hindu religion and also comparing the religion to a movie character from Sairat to Lord Parashuram. The court in its ruling said that “it is observed that in India due to the absence of humor the tolerance level has gone to shocking down. Those “few” who want to get political advantage by raising such issue or who want to create a rift in the society or those who are oversensitive and take such posts seriously have created problems for our society.”
India: It Is Illegal To Fix Age Of Asst. Professors, HC Tells MCI
The Madras High Court on Monday told the Medical Council of India that fixing the age limit of the Senior resident or Assistant Professors to 40 in medical schools is illegal. The court in its unanimous ruling ordered a service of notice to the MCI through a PIL seeking an injunction that would restrain schedule-l, clause 6 of the amended Teachers’ Qualification in medical school Regulations 1998.
Australia: Mandatory Prison Terms For Those Assaulting Emergency Workers Underway, Government Says
The Australian government on Monday said that henceforth anybody assaulting emergency workers would likely face prison terms. A statement issued by the government spokesman said a bill is underway to that effect. State media reported that the latest move to protect emergency workers seems to be the top priority of the Andrews Government before the November parliamentary elections. The report added that since the Upper House does not hold a majority, several bills before it have not been passed.
India: Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Plea On Banning 85 Pesticides
The Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Misra and Vineet Saran has expressed readiness to hear a plea that seeks to ban over 85 pesticides used by Indian farmers on the ground that they are dangerous to health. The court ordered a service of notice to the Centre and other relevant authorities. The Petition was filed by Advocate Prashant Bhushan who argued that other countries have banned the use of these pesticides.
India: SC Accepts The Use Of Colour-Based Hologram Stickers On Vehicles
The Supreme Court on a bench of justices S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta on Monday agreed to the suggestion of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to classify vehicles operating in the country using color-based hologram stickers. The court’s decision is on the grounds that the sticker would help to recognize the fuel type used by each vehicle.
US: More States launch Investigations Into Clerical Abuse Since The Pennsylvania Report
Since the report of the Catholic sex abuse crises got to the public domain, several states have since launched investigations into the abuse of minors by Catholic priests. It appears justice is finally coming the way of the sex abuse victims. The states that have launched investigation are Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, New Mexico, Illinois, Nebraska, and Wyoming
India: SC Stays NGT’s Order Refusing Exemption To Two-Wheelers
The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Dipak Gupta on Monday stayed the 2017 order of the National Green Tribunal refusing exemption to two-wheelers and women drivers in Delhi. The Delhi government had last year December approached the court for a stay of the NGT’s order. The Delhi government in its petition argued that “it would be impossible to accommodate people in public transport if the odd-even scheme is made applicable for two-wheelers”.
US: California Government Signs New Law To Allow Sidewalk Vendors To Operate Legally
The California Government on Monday signed a bill into law to allow sidewalk vendors to operate legally. This was made known by the government’s spokesman in a press release. The bill was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Monday Morning. Brown also signed a bill to ensure that voters’ mail ballots are counted. Senator Ricardo Lara, the Bell Gardens Democrat was the legislator that authorized the bill and supported by a majority of other senators.