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INDIA- Seeking info under RTI Act can’t put question mark on petitioner’s integrity: Punjab & Haryana HC

Snubbing Chandigarh Administration for its decision to demote an employee of the Department of Food and Supplies and Consumer Affairs for seeking information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asserted the staffer has an “absolute right” to seek information under the law. “The order reverting the petitioner is vindictive. The petitioner has absolute right to get the information under the Right to Information Act. Seeking information under the Right to Information Act cannot put question mark on his integrity,” the judgment passed by Justices Rajiv Sharma and Harinder Singh Sidhu reads.

INDIA- Unhappy with decision, prosecutor attacks judge outside courtroom in Nagpur

A sessions court judge was allegedly assaulted by an assistant prosecutor in a court premises here in Maharashtra on Wednesday, a police official said. The incident took place around noon outside a lift on the seventh floor of the district sessions court, he said.Senior civil judge K R Deshpande alleged that assistant public prosecutor D M Parate slapped him outside the courtroom, Sadar police station in-charge Sunil Bonde told reporters, quoting the judge’s complaint. The accused was apparently miffed over a decision taken by the judge in a case, he said. An investigation was on into the incident, police said, adding that no arrest was made so far. When contacted, district government pleader Nitin Telgote condemned the incident.

 

INDIA- Need law to check population, revoke voting rights of violators:Union minister Giriraj Singh 

Union minister Giriraj Singh here Tuesday advocated for a law to control the population in the country, noting that it was becoming an impediment for development and social harmony. The Minister of State, Independent Charge, in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Entreprises (MSME) also threatened to resign over the issue, saying he could go to “any extent” for it.  Singh was here to participate in a programme organised by the Jansankya Samadhaan Foundation, its activists and office  “Development is also hampered by overpopulation and it is evident if you go to any road (traffic), school, hospital, and is also impacting employment opportunities. That is why it is very important that a law is framed in the country to control population,” he said.

 

USA- New Law Allows Police, Firefighters To Break Into Cars To Save Pets Lives In Pennsylvania

New law allows police officers and firefighters to break into cars to save animals in Pennsylvania. The legislation seeks to protect animals in emegency situations when they’ve been locked in cars in concerning climates. The legislation, House Bill 1216, was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf and is the second such type of law to increase protections for animals in the state. If a dog or cat is removed from a car, the law states that the emergency responder must leave a note stating the circumstances, detailing the officer’s information, and explaining where to pick up the pet. The law also states that the emergency responder will not be liable for damages done to a vehicle in order to remove a dog or cat.

 

 

USA- Agency seeking volunteers to aid in tax prep under new law

The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could have “a dramatic effect” on the upcoming tax filing season, according to a column on the website of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. With that in mind, a local nonprofit agency is seeking volunteers who are willing to aid those who need help filing with the Internal Revenue Service.Volunteers meet with taxpayers, answer their questions and, with information the filers provide, prepare returns online. Those who sign up to assist are asked to commit to participating three to four times a month from late January through early April.

 

INDIA- Punjab University Fails to Grasp the Concerns of the Court Over Ambiguous LLM Admission Rules

After a plea submitted by a law student who had applied for a Master of Laws (LLM) course at the Panjab University, both the Punjab and Haryana High Court have raised questions over application requirements and admission rules issues by the Panjab University. Just like Panjab University’s postgraduate students themselves, the court has found the term “Hons. like system” confusing and disputable. According to this “rule” from the University’s 2018 information handbook, the candidates who have completed their graduation with Honours, as well as candidates who have passed BA/BSc/BCom examination, are given 15% of the basic merit marks.The Punjab and Haryana High Court have described the term as “completely ambiguous” and demanded the University’s application requirements and admission rules to be further clarified since “Hons. like system” and similar vague terms fail to be of any assistance to postgraduate students. It has also been ordered that the student who had applied for an LLM course at the Panjab University be granted provisional admission, but neither the student nor the division bench and the Punjab and Haryana High Court have not heard from the Panjab University’s representatives since October 2018.

 

INDIA- Caste-based recruitment for President’s Bodyguard: Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response

The Delhi High Court has sought response of the Centre and the Chief of the Army Staff on a plea alleging that only three castes were considered for recruitment to the President’s Bodyguard. The court was hearing a PIL by Haryana resident Gaurav Yadav, who sought setting aside of the recruitment of President’s Bodyguard which was held on September 4, 2017 as only three castes–Jats, Rajputs and Jat Sikhs were invited for it.The petitioner said he belonged to Ahir/Yadav caste and fulfilled all the eligibility criteria of recruitment as President’s Bodyguard except caste and sought that he be recruited for the post. The petition, filed through advocate Ram Naresh Yadav, said the “preferential treatment” provided to the three castes has deprived other citizens, who were also eligible, of the opportunity of recruitment.

 

UKRAINE- Martial laws comes to an end in Ukraine after 30 days

Martial law declared in parts of Ukraine has ended after 30 days, amid continuing tensions with Russia in the Kerch Strait. The measure was in force in 10 regions along the Black Sea and the borders with Russia, Belarus and Moldova. It was declared after the capture of three Ukrainian naval vessels and 24 sailors by Russian forces in November. Russia’s foreign ministry said it hoped Western countries would dissuade Ukraine from any “provocations”. During the emergency, Ukrainian armed forces were put on combat readiness and reservists were called up.

 

UK- If you use your phone while in the passenger seat of a car you could be fined £200

It has been illegal to use your phone while driving since 2003 but it wasn’t until 2017 that laws became stricter. The fine and penalty point endorsements doubled to £200 and six penalty points if you were caught. The dangers of using your phone while driving are widely publicised and there are regularly initiatives coming into place to outlaw the use of them while on the go.

 

INDIA- Madras HC quashes criminal cases against 400 members of Popular Front of India

The Madras High Court has quashed criminal cases filed against 400 members of Popular Front of India (PFI) for staging a protest here without permission against the ban on the outfit by Jharkhand government in February this year.Justice Anand Venkatesh passed the order recently, allowing a plea of Mohamed Shaik Ansari, a member of the PFI. The petitioner contended that the FIR against the proesters was filed under IPC sections, including 188 (disobedience to order promulgated by public servant) in violation of guidelines issued by the court in Jeevanandham case.

 

INDIA- Report sought from Collector on toilet facilities in schools

The Madras High Court has called for a detailed report from the Kanchipuram district Collector on the availability of toilet facilities for children in local schools. The PIL prayed for appropriate action against the correspondent of RC Middle School, a government-aided institution, for allegedly compelling students to clean toilets. It also urged the court to constitute a district-level committee of officials to inspect all government and government-aided schools to ensure that adequate toilet facilities are provided with sanitary workers.

 

UK- Boxing Day hunts: Labour pledges tougher laws

Labour is promising to toughen up the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales, saying it will consult on jailing those caught breaking the law. Ahead of the Boxing Day hunts, shadow environment secretary Sue Hayman said jail terms would put penalties on a par with those for other wildlife crimes. An unlimited fine is currently the most severe punishment available. The pro-hunting Countryside Alliance says Labour’s “obsessive pursuit of hunting… looks increasingly bizarre”. Some 250 packs are expected to meet for traditional Boxing Day hunts, with up to 250,000 people taking part or watching.

 

JAPAN-  Japan to withdraw from International Whaling Commission

Japan will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling from July, it said on Wednesday, abandoning a decades-old campaign to persuade the commission to allow it to hunt whales commercially. The announcement drew criticism from anti-whaling groups and others, with Australia saying it was “extremely disappointed” and New Zealand regretting the resumption of the “outdated and unnecessary” commercial killing of the ocean mammals. Japan’s commercial whaling will be limited to its own territorial waters and its exclusive economic zone, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who made the announcement at a news conference after a cabinet decision on Tuesday.

INDIA- Seeking info under RTI Act can’t put question mark on petitioner’s integrity: Punjab & Haryana HC

Snubbing Chandigarh Administration for its decision to demote an employee of the Department of Food and Supplies and Consumer Affairs for seeking information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asserted the staffer has an “absolute right” to seek information under the law. “The order reverting the petitioner is vindictive. The petitioner has absolute right to get the information under the Right to Information Act. Seeking information under the Right to Information Act cannot put question mark on his integrity,” the judgment passed by Justices Rajiv Sharma and Harinder Singh Sidhu reads.

 

INDIA- Panchayat Election : Punjab Government moves application in High Court to review orders

Punjab government has moved an application in Punjab and Haryana High court asking it to review the orders related to panchayat elections. Earlier, more than 100 petitions were filed against the mass rejection of nomination papers for the posts of panch and sarpanch in Punjab and Haryana high court. Following which the Vacation Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday asked the authorities to pass fresh orders on the nominations. The court sets a 48-hour-deadline for the same.

 

THAILAND- Thailand’s junta backs Bill approving same-sex unions

Thailand’s outgoing military government has approved a Bill legalising same-sex civil unions as well as another on medical marijuana, putting the country ahead of most of its neighbours in legal reforms on both fronts before a February election, the Financial Times said on Wednesday (Dec 26). The Bill on same-sex civil partnerships is likely to require final approval by a new parliament that takes power after the election on Feb 24. It was approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday alongside a Bill legalising medical marijuana. If the Bill enters law, it will make the politically conservative but socially relaxed country the first in Asia to approve civil unions.

 

ISRAIL-  Israeli lawmakers approve medical cannabis exports law

Israel’s parliament has given its final approval to a long-awaited and controversial law to allow exports of medical cannabis, a move that is likely to boost state coffers.Lawmakers voted 21-0 late on Tuesday in favour of the bill, which still needs approval from cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Israeli companies – benefiting from a favourable climate and expertise in medical and agricultural technologies – are among the world’s biggest producers of medical cannabis.The finance and health ministries estimate exports could raise tax income by 1 billion shekels (208.9 million pounds) a year. The bill to allow exports imposes tough regulations on exporters and threatens jail terms and hefty fines for violations.

 

INDIA- Words uttered in fit of rage not instigation to commit suicide: Gujarat High Court

The Gujarat High Court has held that words uttered in a fit of rage without any intention cannot be termed as ‘instigation’ to commit suicide and granted bail to a man accused of abetment of suicide. Notably, the man had approached the high court challenging the order of a lower court, which refused to grant him bail. A single judge bench of the high court cited Supreme Court judgments and held that: “The offence of abetment depends on the intention of the person who abets and not upon the act which is done by the person who has abetted.”

 

 

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