India: Bengal Political Rivals Oppose Citizenship Act Amendmendment
Bengal political rivals comprising of the Trinamool Congress, the Congress, and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday unanimously opposed an amendment to the Citizenship Act. They demanded that the term “minority communities” should be expunge from the proposed bill. The proposed amendment seeks to allow non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to become Indian citizen. The bill is currently pending before the Parliament.
India: Amended Definition Of Rape Would Not Be Applicable For Acts Committed Before 2013, Bombay HC Says
The Bombay High Court bench of Justice AM Badar in a recent ruling held that the amended definition of rape would not be applicable to any act committed before 2013. The court also changed the conviction of an accused person from rape to attempt to rape. The court made this remark after hearing an appeal filed by an accused person. It would be recalled that the accused person was convicted by the Additional Sessions Judge in Mumbai in June 2013.
Pakistan: Ban On Hafiz Saeed’s Organizations Still in Force, Pakistan Information Minister Says
The Pakistan Information Minister, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Tuesday said a ban on Hafiz Saeed’s organizations which include the Falah-I-Insaniyat Foundation, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) was still in force. Hussain made the remark after pressmen interviewed him to seek the government’s position on the ban. “It is important for us to clarify situation around the ban on Hafiz Saeed in view of the fact that anti-terror ordinance has elapsed,” Hussain noted.
India: Gujarat HC Reserves Judgement On The Cancellation Of Medical Students Admission
The Gujarat High Court bench of Justice JB Pardiwala on Tuesday reserved its verdict on the cancellation of medical students’ admission following the revocation of the students’ domicile certificates. The court took the decision after medical and dental students moved the court with multiple petitions. Medical courses admission rules were amended in May 2018; hence invalidating the students’ domicile certificate since they had not stay up to 10 years in Gujarat.
India: Gujarat HC Chides Mall Managers For Imposing Parking Fee
The Gujarat High Court bench of Acting Chief Justice AS Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav on Tuesday chided the management of malls for imposing a parking fee on visitors. The court said it is likely that malls will introduce entry fee for children and senior citizens. The court was hearing a plea file before it by Ruchi Malls Private Limited which challenged the decision of the same court led by Justice Bela Trivedi. It would be recalled that Justice Trivedi had directed the management of Ruchi Malls not to charge Visitors parking fee for the first one hour.
Ukraine: First-ever Martial Law To Come Into Effect In Ukraine
Ukraine’s first-ever thirty days of martial law will come into effect in 10 out of the country’s 27 regions. President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday said the martial law is meant to prevent an all-out Russian invasion. The country’s parliament has given approval for the martial law to be introduced. It would be recalled that Russian forces and its Ukraine counterpart had clashed recently in the Sea of Azov which resulted in death of some civilians.
India: Provide Interim Relief Within One Week To Victims Of Cyclone Gaja, Madras HC Tells Union Government
The Madras High Court bench of Justices K K Sasidharan and P D Audikesavalu on Tuesday ordered the Union government to within one week provide interim relief to victims of Cyclone Gaja after the team appointed by the latter has submitted its interim damage assessment report. Earlier, the court directed the team to file its damage assessment report within two days of concluding the assessment. The court also sought a report on the implement of its orders by December 6.
India: ‘No Pallikaranai Marshland Was Transferred To Any Private Party,’ Tami Nadu Forest Department Tells Madras High Court
The Tamil Nadu Department of forest on Tuesday told a bench of the Madras High Court that no Pallikaranai marshland was transferred to any private party. The court was hearing a PIL which claimed that a private infrastructure company committed a loan scam worth Rs 1,350 crore. “We have not permitted any alienation after the municipal administration transferred the marshland to the department,” the additional advocate general said while representing the department.
Australia: Bill To Ban Foreign Donations In Australian Politics Passes Parliament
A bill which seeks to ban foreign donations in Australian politics has passed both houses of the country’s parliament. The bill passed the lower house on Tuesday after passing the Senate a fortnight ago. The Australian government has promised to flagged the ban as a matter of priority. “Foreign donations from $100 upwards to politicians or political parties will be banned,” government sources said.
India: Madras HC Hauls Up Advocate For Attempting To Extract Champertous Legal Fees
The Madras High Court bench presided over by Justice PT Asha in a recently ruling hauled up an advocate, N Ponnusamy for attempting to extract champertous legal fees from his client. The petitioner in the case had expressed his desire to hire a new lawyer even as Ponnusamy endorsed that he had no objection to the re-assignment of the case to another lawyer. Justice PT Asha said “Law is no trade, briefs are no merchandise.” The court was hearing a petition involving the non-payment of rental arrears.
India: Bombay HC Dismisses Moushumi Chatterjee’s Plea Seeking Guardianship Of Daughter
The Bombay high court bench of justices BP Dharmadhikari and Sarang Kotwal on Tuesday dismissed a plea filed jointly by a veteran acress, Moushumi Chatterjee and her husband, Jayanta Mukherjee which sought the guardianship of their daughter, Payal, who was in a coma. The petitioners had accused their daughter’s husband, Dicky Sinha of not taking good of her and frustrating their efforts to meet her. However, Sinha in his affidavit denied the allegation and said that he has been taking care of Payal. The court after hearing the case dismissed the same and asked them to resolve the issue at home.
US: Border Agents Use Tear Gas To Turn Back Immigrants At The US-Mexico Border
Border agents deployed to the US-Mexico border reportedly used tear gas on Sunday to repel immigrants who attempted entering the United States illegally. The actions of the border agents has come under intense scrutiny in a similar fashion like that of the 2014 Ferguson riots. One prominent American who has condemned the border agent action is the California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom. Newsom said he saw images of children crying in agony.
Canada: Canada Post Reveals Deeper Losses Due To Massive Pay-equity Order
2018 may not be the best times for Canada Post as the company revealed on Tuesday that it suffered deeper losses amounting to $94 million owing to massive pay-equity order this year, even before its unionized workers started strike rotation. The company made the revelation while releasing its third quarter financial result for 2018. The Federal government, however, insisted that the “back to work legislation” which the Canada post workers back to work was in line with the nation’s constitution.