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INDIA – Ministry of Law, Is Not A Post Office, But A Court Appointment Stakeholder, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was nominated Minister of Union Law on Monday 3 June 2019, said that neither he nor his ministry would be a “post office” for judicial appointments and that he would work as a stakeholder in consultation with the Supreme Court and high courts to accelerate the appointment of judges. He also said the government is in a “mood” to quickly track stakeholder consultations to set up an all-India judicial service to recruit lower court judges.

INDIA – Delhi HC Crushes ‘Make In India’ Notification Giving Indian Built Ships Preference

Under the ‘Make in India’ program, the Delhi High Court (HC) quashed a notification that provided preferential commercial treatment for ‘Indian built ships.’ The Court stated that the 1958 Merchant Shipping Act, under which the notification was allegedly issued, was not concerned with the location where the ship was built; it was concerned only with ship ownership. Samson Maritime Ltd lodged the petition. The argument was that the promulgation of the February notification and a subsequent circular in March – according to Sections 406 and 407 of the 1958 Merchant Shipping Act allowed an utterly alien concept of an “Indian Built Ship” to obtain trade rights higher than an Indian Flag Vessel pursuant to the 1958 Act and to destroy any statutory recognition and preference available to an Indian Flag Vessel over Foreign Flag Vessels.

USA – United States Abortion Ban: Celebrities Opposed To New Laws

Several high-profile individuals have been using their platforms from Rihanna to London Mayor Sadiq Khan to publicly condemn the introduction of new abortion bans in the US. Last week, Louisiana became the latest US state to pass new legislation restricting abortion rights. This year, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi and Ohio passed similar “heartbeat bills.” Meanwhile, in almost every circumstance, including in the event of incest or rape, Alabama passed legislation banning abortions.

INDIA – Next Govt. Agenda: Protection Of The Right To Information

In this article (published 3rd June 2019) is the fifth in the series that looks at the agenda for the Narendra Modi government’s second term. It explains the selection of the right individuals as commissioners of information and the protection of those who use RTI to expose wrongdoing are essential to governance accountability. The 2005 Right to Information Act (RTI Act) makes it abundantly clear at the outset by stating that “democracy requires informed citizenship and transparency of information vital to its functioning, as well as containing corruption and holding governments and their tools accountable to the governed.” It also states that the law is being enacted to provide a practical regime “to secure access to information under public authority control, to promote transparency and accountability in the functioning of any public authority.”

INDIA – Lawyers Battered On A Policeman At the Court House In Greater Noida, Booked and Charged After That

Approximately half a dozen lawyers were booked for rioting and attempted murder on Monday (03 June 2019), officials said after they allegedly thrashed an on-duty police constable at the premises of the district court in Greater Noida. Constable Vipin Kumar from the Kasna Police Station had gone to the Surajpur court for official work where an argument broke out between him and the lawyers, a spokesman for the police said. “A complaint was lodged at the Surajpur police station concerning the incident, and an FIR was lodged against the lawyers. The names of the FIR advocate Satish Kumar, Vijendra and Mukul, as well as mentioning unidentified lawyers from four to five. Section 7 of the amending Criminal Law Act, 1932, he added, was also charged to the accused.

USA – SC To Hear Dispute Over Famous Pirate Ship Of Blackbeard, Captained Three Centuries Ago

The Supreme Court (SC) is digging into a dispute over a sunken pirate ship that the legendary Blackbeard pirate captained three centuries ago. The case, to be heard in court’s next term starting in October, pits North Carolina against a video production company documenting the salvation of the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck, which was found in 1996 and ran aground in 1718. While federal law protects such copyrighted content from the breach, a federal court of appeal agreed with North Carolina that countries are immune from some allegations of personal copyright infringement under the 11th Amendment to the Constitution. For all copyright violations, the judgment did not extend blanket immunity to nations. That did not sit well with the videographers, who in their Supreme Court filing resorted to a play on words.

INDIA – I Will Make Health Insurance A Priority For Lawyers: Prasad

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who took charge on Monday (03 June), said he would focus on fast-tracking lawyers’ provision of medical insurance and looking to provide necessary facilities for lawyers working in remote areas. Lawyers need rooms, facilities, accommodation with well-equipped libraries, e-libraries and medical insurance, according to the Bar Council of India (BCI). The Law Ministry had formed a medical insurance committee for lawyers, according to a source in the ministry, before the general election. After initial discussions, the committee still has to submit its report.

INDIA – Giriraj Singh Calls On People To Take The ‘Population Control Law’ Campaign To Every House And Make It A Movement

Reiterating his position on controlling the population of India, Union Minister Giriraj Singh said on Monday, June 3, 2019, “Growing population is a hurdle in the development of India and the harmony of society. Take the campaign for population control law to every house and make it a movement from road to Parliament. Time and resources are limited.” Earlier, the Minister of the Union supported the declaration of Yoga guru Baba Ramdev that the government should introduce a law that would require third-borns to be deprived of voting rights and any privileges and facilities given by the government. India’s population was 1.3 billion in 2017, according to a United Nations estimate, and is expected to surpass China’s by 2024.

CANADA – NWT Will Have The Most Advanced Access To Information Law In Canada Soon

The most progressive access to data law in the nation will shortly be available to the Northwest Territories (NWT). MLAs unanimously approved the first significant revision of the territory’s Access to Information and Privacy Protection Act (ATIPP) since 23 years ago, it became law on Thursday (May 30). People who file applications for data with a department of state and disagree with the decision of the department on what data should be released may appeal to Keenan-Bengts to review the decision. The commissioner could make recommendations only to the government under the old law.

INDIA – Government Will Bring A Bill In Parliament To Ban Triple Talaq, Says Prasad

On Monday, June 3, 2019, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government would bring a bill to ban instant triple talaq practices back in Parliament. Last month, with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha, the controversial bill on banning triple talaq had disappeared as Parliament could not pass it and was pending in Rajya Sabha. In response to a question about uniform civil code, he said the government would hold “political consultations” on the issue even as it goes through the report of the Law Commission on the matter.

INDIA – Diamond merchant, Mehul Choksi ‘Fugitive And Absconder’ ED Says To Bombay HC

On Monday 03 June 2019, Diamantaire Mehul Choksi, accused of the Punjab National Bank’s scam, the Bombay High Court (HC) was told by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that he was a “fugitive and absconder.” In its affidavit, the agency sought to dismiss two petitions submitted by Choksi — one against a plea to declare him a fugitive economic offender and other to allow him to cross-examine those persons on whom the ED relies on saying Choksi, a fugitive economic offender. Also added in the affidavit “He deliberately avoided appearing before the investigating agency even after a special court issued non-refundable warrants against him, showing that he had no regard for the law of the land.”

UNITED KINGDOM- Trump Concludes The First Day Of The UK Tour With The Queen’s Banquet

On Monday 03 June 2019, President Trump is in London, kicking off his first formal British state visit. There, Mr Trump and his first lady Melania Trump had dinner with the king, a state banquet with Prince Charles where both Queen Elizabeth and Mr Trump gave speeches. “In the face of the 21st century’s current problems, the D-Day anniversary reminds us all that our countries have achieved together. Britain and the US worked with other allies to build an assembly of international institutions after World War II shared sacrifices to ensure that the horrors of conflict would never be repeated,” said the Queen.

INDIA – Rajasthan To Pass A Bill On ‘The Right To Health’

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Sunday (02 June 2019) said his government would soon pass a “right to health” law to ensure excellent health services for all in the state. He said his previous government’s free medical scheme was appreciated worldwide, and on this pattern, nearly 17 countries introduced similar schemes. He also said, however, that the government alone cannot do everything and that players in the private sector should also play an active role in serving society.

INDIA – UPSC 2019 Mains Syllabus to become IAS 2019, For Becoming IAS Officer (Responsible for Law and Order)

The main course of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Examination is aimed at evaluating the overall intellectual characteristics and understanding of concepts rather than merely checking their memory and information. The entire UPSC Mains 2019 syllabus has been published, for you to become an IAS officer in a news report dated June 03, 2019. IAS Candidate may prefer to choose the language they may wish to be interviewed. UPSC will arrange the translators. It is worth noting that in the area under him, an IAS officer is responsible for law and order maintenance, revenue administration and general administration.

AUSTRALIA – Senator Want To Activate The Legislation On Climate Change

The environmental regulations of Australia are “not fit for purpose” and should be altered to address climate change threats, suggests Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young on Tuesday 04 June 2019. The Greens are drafting legislation that would insert a “climate trigger” into federal environmental law, ensuring that pollution is taken into consideration in project suggestions. Labor also reportedly promised a fresh Agency for Environmental Protection.

INDIA – Lawyers Want Punalekar To Be Released From CBI Custody

On Monday (June 03 2019), a group of lawyers called for the immediate release from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody of lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar. They called for the case to be heard impartially at a press conference. On May 25, in connection with the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, the CBI had arrested Punalekar and his assistant, Vikram Bhave. The lawyers said they would seek bail in court from Punalekar and call on the government to change the case’s investigation officer. They claimed that the CBI had always altered its stance to identify the assailants of Dabholkar.

INDIA – Cases Of Rape For Repeated Offenders: Bombay HC Sustains Death Penalty Clause

On Monday (June 03), the Bombay High Court (HC) upheld the constitutional validity of section 376E of the Indian Penal Code stating that a repeat offender of rape should be imprisoned or sentenced to death for the rest of his life. The court Division Bench of Justices B P Dharmadhikari and Revati Mohite Dere dismissed petitions submitted in the case of Shakti Mill gangrape by three convicts challenging the constitutional validity of the laws under which they were sentenced to death in 2014. An amendment made by Parliament in 2013, following the Nirbhaya gangrape incident, added the stringent provision. The trials were conducted simultaneously in both cases and on the same day, the conviction was handed out.

DUBAI – Mid-Day Work Prohibition For Employees In The Gulf Country

The Ministry of Manpower Oman announced that building site employees and those involved in manual labour in open spaces should not work for three hours during the summer months from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The announcement comes with the safety of these employees in mind as heat is high in June, July and August months. “The Ministry of Manpower announces a ban on the job on building sites or open spaces between 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm in June, July and August to safeguard workers ‘ health and security at these locations,” a ministry spokesperson was cited as stating in the Times of Oman. This is in line with Article 16-3 of the Labor Law.

INDIA – Contamination Of Water Near Okhla Landfills In Delhi: NGT Takes Cognizance From Suo Motu

A news item published about massive water contamination in unauthorized dwellings near Bhalswa, Gazipur and Okhla landfills in Delhi has been taken into consideration by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Water’s colour has turned yellow-orange. The leachate contaminated the aquifers, and the leachate also discharges into the Yamuna River, affecting the river’s water quality. The groundwater contains heavy metals that exceed WHO standards. Given the seriousness of the matter, the Tribunal has directed Municipal Corporation Commissioners to demonstrate their presence in person on the next hearing date. The next hearing date in this matter is July 11, 2019.

SOUTH AFRICA – Major Revision Of The Law Degree After CHE Report

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program, taught at the universities of the country, is heading for a significant revision after many institutions have found themselves doing shoddy work on aspects such as critical thinking. A recent study by the Higher Education Council (CHE), the statutory body responsible for quality assurance, suggested general improvements in the teaching of the LLB at 17 universities. Panels on behalf of the CHE performed it following repeated worries from professional attorneys that law graduates were of bad quality. “One of the stuff that stands out in the report for me is the need to get the basics, like abilities in writing and communication, right.” Professor Ahmed Bawa, South Africa University Chief Executive, said.

 

 

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