INDIA-ED allowed to quiz Geelani’s Son-in-law on terror funding case
DeDelhi Court permitted the Enforcement Department to interrogate the son-in-law of Separatist Leader, Altaf Shah, along with Zahoor Watali and Naval Kishore Kapoor, who were arrested for the terror funding case and currently lodged in Tihar. ED can quiz them for 3 days between 24th March and 5th April. The alleged case against them is to conspire against the government and disturb the law and order in Kashmir.
UAE- Social Media Comments on NZ Attacks leads to Deportation from UAE
A Dubai-based Transguard Group employee was booked for inappropriate use of Social Media under UAE Cybercrime Laws for celebrating the attack on New Zealand’s Mosques on facebook. The terror attack killed 50 people with several injured on 15th March in Christchurch on 2 mosques. Strongly condemning the actions of their employee Transguard Group investigated to find out that the accused used an assumed name on the social media platform and confirmed his identity before handing over to the concerned authorities.
INDIA- LSAT India 2019 decided to be conducted on June 2, 2019
After a variety of date shifting, law aspirants finally relieved to know the final date of LSAT-2019, which was previously scheduled to clash with CLAT on May 26. The date 2nd June 2019 has been decided while taking in consideration Lok Sabha elections 2019 and students appearing for CLAT and LSAT together.
UK- Review of a 184-Year-old law to legalize modern day E-scooters
Since the spurge of scooter sharing services in 2018, e scooters in the UK have faced legal issues in implementation. Large scale E-Scooter production have been hauled due to existing yet old laws. UK authorities are considering the revaluation of these age-old laws and pledge to fund pilot programs within 90 million pounds. The aim is to permit public trails as this would her reduce pollution.
Pakistan- PAF deploy F-16 fighters to its fleet
Amidst the tensions between India, Pakistan, and China, a recent addition to Pakistan Air Force has been the new squad of fighter jets, namely Squadron 29, which is to be stationed at Mushaf Air Base located along the border of India in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The Squadron includes 8 F-16 fighter aircraft. With this recent addition, the need to upgrade IAF fleets and squadrons has been uplifted as twin troubles from China and Pakistan cast a shadow on India.
CANADA- The Proposed ban on Cryptocurrency Short selling in Canada
A proposed framework to halt short selling and margin trading of cryptocurrency has been jointly presented by Canada’s Securities Administrators and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) on 14th March 2019. The proposal has been filed as a consultation paper seeking community response and suggestions over it. However, others like Japan still persists the possibility of short trading of the same.
INDIA- Request to forbid Priyanka Gandhi’s Entry in Vishwanath Temple
The District Magistrate of Varanasi was presented a letter by a group of lawyers regarding banning Priyanka Gandhi’s entry in the Vishwanath Temple as she is a Christian. The General Secretary of congress should be stopped from entering the temple as it is against the values of Sanatan Dharma. The letter is addressed to the Chief Minister of the State, Yogi Adityanath and also stated that her place of worship is the church.
USA- Pennsylvania’s elected officials to forfeit pension if convicted
A legislation offered by Senator John DiSanto was passed by the state house determining to cut off pension and it’s benefits for public employees and officials if and when they are found guilty of any job-related crime punishable for five or more years. Public school employees and state workers also come under the passed law. The bill was passed without any debates in the house to a 194-1 vote ratio.
INDIA- A list of common people for Lok Sabha seats by Makkal Needhi Maiam
A list of 21 candidates have been released by MNM party fielded by Kamal Hasan (Actor turned Politician), who declared that another list and the party manifesto will be declared by March 24th. Amongst the announced candiates, Retired Indian Police Service officer A.G. Mourya will contest from Chennai North while former District Judge K. Guruviah will contest from Nagapattinam. Doctors M.A.S. Subramanian, S. Sudhakar and M. Logarangan will contest from Puducherry, Dindigul and Tiruvallur constituencies, respectively.
USA- New York City’s Lactation Room Law
The new law directs the New York City Commission on Human Rights to introduce a model lactation room policy and a model request form for employers. The law instructs most employers to provide break time to employees who need to feed breast milk during the working hours and to provide a place free from any encroachment or trespassing (not a bathroom), where an employee can express milk unless doing so presents any hardship. the room provided for breastfeeding should be in the proximity of the employee’s work area, have a refrigerator for storing break milk, an electrical outlet, a chair, and a surface on which a breast pump and other personal items can be kept. The law is to be put to effect on March 18.
India- Mumbai foot overbridge mishap termed as “An Act of God” for bail
Six people were killed and over 30 injured after a portion of a foot overbridge gave way on the March 14. The court proceedings took a turmoil when the lawyer of the Neeraj Desai, the bridge’s auditor called the incident “An Act of God” while applying for the defendant’s bail. Desai is one of the directors of M/s DD Desai’s Associated Engineering Consultants and Analysts Pvt Ltd. He along with others was arrested on the charge of Negligence and is under police custody until March 25.
USA- Catholic Diocese accused of hiring Pedophile Priests knowingly
West Virginia’s Attorney General Patrick Morrissey filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Tuesday, claiming that it knowingly employed pedophile priests. It was claimed that the Diocese and its bishops “chose to cover up, and conceal arguably criminal behavior of admitted child sex abusers.” In its defense, the Diocese claimed that some of the suits filed are cases more than 50 years old and are not accurately described.
INDIA- Robert Vadra pleads for relaxation in BJP-CONG tiff
Accused in several money laundering and corruption charges Robert Vadra, the husband of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (Gen. Secretary, Cong.) moves to Delhi High Court to request to set aside the money laundering case against him by ED. He also plans to plead to declare various provisions under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) unconstitutional. The court will be hearing his plea on 25th March, which also happens to be the last day of his interim protection from arrest in the case.
USA- Earliest Slave Photos lands Harvard into trouble
A lawsuit filed in a Massachusetts county court states that Harvard is profiting from one of the earliest known photographs of an enslaved man, despite requests by his descendants to stop doing so. The daguerreotype pictures of an enslaved man commissioned by a Harvard professor in 1850 is now being used by Louis Agassiz, the professor, to push junk science popular at the time that Africans and African-Americans were inferior to whites. Harvard has ignored her requests to stop licensing the pictures for the university’s profit. More importantly, for the descendant, the true story about the picture is to be told.
INDIA- Madras High court says, a person should be ready for trial by media
Tamil Nadu’s local administration minister S P Velumani moved to court appealing it to file a case against an NGO which is making statements of corruption on him on social media without any material or proof. In response, the court stated that material evidence must be required to conclude that the minister was corrupt but not to make a complaint seeking probe. The NGO has already filed a case of corruption against the minister in front of a sitting bench and has the right to the allegation on social media while the case goes on. The minister has also filed a charge sheet demanding Rs. 1 Crore for the damage to this public image.
INDIA- Delhi Courts cited relief for slum dwellers after 3 years
Announcing forced eviction to be illegal and providing slum dwellers right to city has proved to a major sigh of relief for Slum Dwellers in Delhi. A case in 2015 was filed about forced eviction on 5000 occupants in Shakur Basti, New Delhi. Illegal encroachment over slums is a punishable offense. However the court and Lawmaking authorities are still very unclear on rehabilitation policy, slum dwellers await for a better law for them.
INDIA- JNUSU to be able to attend welfare meetings
An interim relief to Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) to attend welfare meetings without any prejudice on a varsity notification till July 17 has been issued by the Delhi High Court. A case was undergoing with the office bearers of the campus challenging the restraining decision for them to not attend any statutory meetings. After winning the elections justly, the court has directed them to declare themselves as office bearers and elected candidates. Further the matter has been transferred to the Grievance Redressal Cell.
INDIA- Delhi HC provides relief to E-cigarettes vendors
Delhi High Court has stayed the ban on import, manufacture, sale, and distribution of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems(ENDS) like e-cigarettes, e-sheesha, vape, e-hookah with nicotine flavor etc. The single bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru ordered the stay in a batch of petitions filed by manufacturers and importers of ENDS. petitioners contended that ENDS will not come within the definition of “drugs” as per Section 3(b) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. They also advanced that ENDS offer a healthier substitute to tobacco-based smoking habit.
INDIA- Govt. of Gujrat asks for more time to produce paperwork
Gujarat govt gets time till March 26 from HC to produce documents on Hardik’s rioting case. On March 8, Patel had moved the Gujarat High Court to stay his conviction in a 2015 rioting case. Also, a stay has been put on his conviction so that he can contest for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Hardik Patel and two others were sentenced to two years imprisonment in a case of rioting and arson in Visnagar town here in July 2015.
INDIA- Trafficking charge in minor’s assault case dropped by Bombay HC
Due to lack of evidence, The Bombay High court decided on dropping human trafficking charges on the accused sex offender in a minor assault case of a 14-year-old girl. POSCO on the case file has been invoked and the case is due to move on and if found guilty the offender is sentenced to jail term up to 8-10 years. the court said, “It is groundless to frame a charge under Sections 366A and 354A of the IPC.” As no proof of crimes coming under these sections were presented.