INDIA – 66A: How To Use Dead Law To Kill Dissent
Four (4) years ago, freedom of speech was given a boost as the Supreme Court declared a draconian provision — Section 66A of the 2000-unconstitutional Information Technology Act. It was expected that the case-Shreya Singhal vs Union of India-would stop the misuse of this law to scotch dissent and contrary views. However, the country’s police stations appear to have missed the memo. This follows the May 15 event — after five days in prison, BJP activist Priyanka Sharma was released. Her “crime”: posting a meme of CM Mamata Banerjee from West Bengal. Protests from the BJP and other use of social media followed her arrest. Under the obsolete Section 66A, the state police had booked her. Thus, Section 66A is reportedly used as unlawful and an affront to the rule of law.
INDIA – For Some Indians, Tweaking U.S. Immigration Law Could Be ‘Disastrous’
The new immigration plan of U.S. President Donald Trump, which Democrats have called “dead-on-arrival,” could be “disastrous” for those already in the Green Card queue, including hundreds of thousands of Indians, intending to replace the existing system in favour of one that merits priority over the family. Also, the new system will make sponsoring specific categories of relatives impossible.
USA – Most Voters In Alabama Do Not Support The Exemption-Free Abortion Ban Of Their State
A previously unreleased poll shows that most Alabamians do not support the kind of extreme abortion ban that their state legislature passed last week, reports, revealing that legislators in Alabama appear out of step with their own highly conservative electorate. Overall, however, the numbers reveal, according to news reports, that while most Alabamians are opposed to abortion, at least most believe in an exception to rape or incest. In other words, the poll found that 65% of Alabamians believe that victims of rape and abuse should have access to abortion.
INDIA – “Vishaka is faulty … Submit a civil suit to the court of the nearest magistrate. Let the law go its way.”
Senior advocate Indira Jaising questions the in-house investigation into the sexual harassment case against CJI, claims polarization at the bar, emphasizes the need for more SC / ST and female judges at the Supreme Court, and states that the appointment of judges should be more transparent.
INDIA – Incorporate Decade-Old Law for Voters’ Voice In The Civil Bodies Of Mumbai
The high court in Bombay has asked the state to consider notifying a date to bring into force a decade-old “laudatory” amendment that would allow voters to play a more participatory role in municipal decision-making. Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Nitin Jamdar’s high court bench recently remarked, “The purpose of the law is to further participatory democracy. The municipalities should implement the same after expanding the participatory role of voters in wards.”
USA – Emily Ratajkowski Restrains Everything To Protest The Law Of Alabama (Photo)
Emily Ratajkowski, the fantastic model posed naked to protest the recent law banning abortions in Alabama. She reportedly shared a photograph on Instagram, where she decried the ’25 old white men’ who approved HB 314, a comprehensive bill that essentially prohibits abortion even in the event of rape and incest. Emily Ratajkowski appears to stand with all the women affected by the law. Her support against the bill, as she is a celebrity, could go a long way.
INDIA – National Law University Of Gujarat Signs MoU With One Of The Oldest Law School In The United States
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with William & Mary Law School, Virginia, one of the oldest law schools in the United States, in yet another collaboration with an international institution. The MoU will result in collaboration between both institutions’ students and faculty in academic and research. Reportedly, the William & Mary Law School is the second oldest higher education institution in the United States. It’s called a ‘ Public Ivy ‘ — one of only eight in the United States.
INDIA – Naan-sense! Delhi High Court Rejects A Plea For A Trademark ‘chur chur’
The battle between two neighborhood shops reached the high court in Delhi in April when a small shop’s owner, claiming to have “exclusive rights” over the name, sued another outlet on the lane selling the same flatbread. However, the court quashed the petition from Jain, saying that the expression chur chur naan is generic and can not be marked. “The word ‘chur chur’ means nothing more than ‘crushed’ and chur chur naan means ‘crushed naan. It is unable to acquire meaning from the trademark,” reads Judge Pratibha M Singh’s court order on May 8. Consequently, both parties were told by the court that they could continue to use the term, but only after their names prefixed it to give their shops a distinct identity. The next hearing is to take place in September.
USA – Roe V. Wade Provided Women With The Right To Choose Abortion; However, There Is Also A Choice For Doctors Like Me
Roe v. Wade is currently being challenged in the states with new laws, and the number of states with highly restrictive abortion laws pending is increasing. Missouri’s legislature passed a bill on Friday, May 17, 2019, to outlaw nearly every abortion after eight weeks. This came on Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s heels signing a near-total law on abortion in her state into law. Roe said as a doctor; I’m not there to do either the state or the individual’s will but to do what I see as being consistent with my medical role.
INDIA – Bombay HC Allows Sensodyne Toothpaste To Be Sold
Recently, the Bombay High Court allowed GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Limited to resume the sale on the market of Sensodyne toothpaste, which was placed on hold last year by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the ground that it was sold as a “cosmetic product.” Therefore, the court says the government did not call it harmful, allowing the firm to petition FDA within two weeks for categorization.
INDIA – Schools Cannot Force Parents To Purchase Accessories: Madras High Court
Madras High Court has told schools not to insist on parents buying accessories other than textbooks. Vacation judge CV Karthikeyan gave the directive to this effect while passing interim orders on a petition from M Hemalatha and S Vijayababu, parents of three students studying at a private school in Coimbatore, on Friday, May 17, 2019. The matter is posted for June 10 for further hearing.
CANADA – Ontario Takes Steps To Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws By Human Societies
Once the animal welfare charity of the province abdicates its role next month, humane societies in Ontario may be allowed to enforce animal cruelty laws. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said Friday, May 17, 2019; the move is a transitional measure until the fall government comes up with new laws.
INDIA – Original Punishment Cannot Be Raised Later: Punjab and Haryana HC
The High Court (HC) of Punjab and Haryana held that the original punishment for any lapse awarded to an employee could not be further enhanced. The high court also made it clear that it is similar to economic death penalty to punish an employee by ordering their removal from service. The high court passed those orders while directing the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to restore a constable who was dismissed in 2008 after being found duty-sleeping.
INDIA – Gujarat High Court Rejects PIL For The Sale Of Acid And Poison
The Gujarat High Court dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the Gujarat Scientific Association seeking to enforce the rules on the sale and use of acids and poisons in the state effectively. Acting Chief Justice AS Dave’s division bench and Justice Biren Vaishnav dismissed the PIL because it was deprived of any ‘public interest.’ The petitioners sought the intervention of the court to effectively implement the rules to put an end to acid attacks.
CANADA – Canada Needs Laws To Address AI-Related Life And Death Issues, Experts Warn
Notwithstanding its status as a machine-learning innovation hub, Canada still needs to develop a regulatory regime to address issues of discrimination and accountability that are prone to AI systems, prompting regulatory calls – including from business leaders. “We need the government, we need the Canadian regulation,” said Mahdi Amri, Deloitte Canada’s head of AI services. According to a report he co-authored, the absence of an AI-specific legal framework undermines confidence in the technology and, potentially, accountability among its providers.
INDIA – Guidelines For The Dying Declaration Issued By The High Court Of Gujarat
In a critical judgment, the high court in Gujarat set out guidelines for believing in a dying statement (DD), on which courts can base their decision on whether or not the accused can be found guilty. While acquitting Ashok Boricha and four members of his family from Mendarada District of Junagadh who were sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2013 for setting up his wife Vilasben ablaze, Justice J B Pardiwala and Justice A C Rao chartered 10 points for trial courts to consider when deciding a case based on a victim’s DD.
UNITED KINGDOM – The UK Acquires New Weapons Act, Ensures Sikh’s Right To Carry Kirpans
After receiving Queen Elizabeth II’s Royal Assent last week, a new Offensive Weapons Bill aimed at tackling rising knife crime in the UK completed her journey through Parliament to become an act of law. “We have been closely involved with the Sikh community on the issue of kirpans. As a result, we have amended the Bill to ensure that the possession and supply of large kirpans can continue for religious reasons,” said a spokesman for the UK Home Office. A delegation to the UK Home Office had been led by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Sikhs to ensure that the kirpan remains exempt when the new Bill becomes law.
USA – Trump Supports Abortion In Rape And Incest Cases, In Opposition To The New Law Of Alabama
“As most people know, and those who know want to know, I am strongly pro-life, with the three exceptions – Rape, Incest and protecting the mother’s life – the same position that Ronald Reagan took,” Mr Trump tweeted late on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Donald Trump opposes Alabama’s prohibition of abortion, urging Republicans to unite in the matter.
UNITED KINGDOM – Revenge Porn Laws ‘Not Working’, Says Group Of Victims
Revenge porn-sharing a person’s private or sexual images or videos without their consent in April 2015 became an offence in England and Wales. The laws that cover the so-called revenge porn are not fit for purpose, however, and police still need more training, experts say. According to Sophie Mortimer of the Revenge Porn helpline, victims should receive anonymity and laws must include threats to share images. As figures from 19 police forces in England and Wales revealed, police investigations have doubled over the past four years, but the number of charges has fallen.
DUBAI – What To Do If UAE Visa Is Refused Due To A Previous Disease?
It may be noted that all matters relating to medical fitness assessment are within the purview of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) for a residence visa in the UAE. Since you have not qualified the DHA medical fitness test, you may approach a relevant medical authority and obtain medical reports stating that the X-ray scars were due to past disease and the same has been cured. Subsequently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, your country and the UAE Embassy may have your medical reports duly notarized and legalized. Then get them certified in the UAE with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and file them further with the DHA for review. For further inquiries about this, you may contact the DHA.