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INDIA – The Supreme Court Retains Delhi High Court’s Order On Black Money Law Applicability

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the Supreme Court stayed the Delhi High Court order regarding the Black Money Law’s retrospective applicability. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra remained the high court order of May 16, which had prevented the Income Tax department from taking any action against VVIP chopper scam accused Gautam Khaitan, against whom a black money case was lodged. In six weeks, the court asked to file a reply. The high court asked the Center to consider the applicability of the Act’s retrospective effect from July 2015 to its enactment in April 2016, taking into account unrevealed foreign income and assets.


INDIA – The Panel Of Rights Requests Legislation Against Superstitions

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has asked the government to explore the possibility of enacting a law against witchcraft and superstitions in the background of revelations that witchcraft and related harassment have resulted in the recent suicide of a mother and daughter in Neyyattinkara in the state capital. At a meeting on Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Commission directed the chief secretary to examine the possibility of such legislation and submit a report within a month. Also, another report was sought from the state police on the department’s ways of preventing killings and harassment involving superstition and evil rituals, “reported from different parts of the state.” In the Commission’s petition, it was pointed out that the Indian Penal Code did not contain any specific session for such criminal activities. It is also reported that the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP) had prepared and submitted a model Bill to the government in this regard.


USA – Law Schools Will Face Severe Penalties If Too Many Graduates Fail The Bar Examination: ABA

The American Bar Association (ABA) has recently approved a new standard after more than two years of controversy and debate that requires schools to have 75% of their graduates who take the bar examination pass it within two years or risk having their ABA accreditation revoked. Schools previously had to meet the standard for up to five years. The change starts with students who graduated in 2017. However, Supporters of the amendment say the five-year time frame was too long to meet the standard, allowing schools with dismal bar test-passage rates to continue to operate.


INDIA – India Is Slamming The UN Report On Torture Against Civilians In Kashmir

India rejected a report by the Human Rights Council (HRC) based in Geneva on allegations of violations and torture in the Jammu and Kashmir militancy-hit. It also declined to engage in any further communication about it. The report listed 76 cases of civilian torture and murder, including 13 incidents alone in 2018. Cases of 2018 included eight alleged civilian killings by security forces and five allegedly militant killings of civilians. Jammu Kashmir’s rights organizations urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate the allegations made by the report.


INDIA – CCI Investigating Allegations Against Maruti, Reports Say

India’s Competition Commission (CCI) is investigating allegations that Maruti is forcing its dealers to limit the discounts they offer, effectively stifling competition between them, and harming consumers who might have benefited from lower prices if dealers were reporting free, unidentified individuals reports. One of the people who know the case directly said that for about ten months, the CCI has been reviewing the allegations. A final decision was not reached as to whether there should be a full investigation, the person added. The sources refused to be identified as case details were not public. Maruti Suzuki and the CCI did not respond to requests for comments from news reporters, however.


USA – Pa. Legislators Apply To Impose A Fee For Full-Time State Police Service

State legislators are moving to impose a fee on communities that rely on Pennsylvania State Police for law enforcement after decades of diverting funding from infrastructure to cover those costs. State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, introduced a bill last week; it is expected that his Senate companion will be presented at the beginning of June when negotiations on the budget begin in earnest. The measures would implement the proposed scaled fee budget for the coming year, generating almost $ 106 million in the formula. Reports stated that it would affect about half of the municipalities of the Commonwealth and 20% of its population.


INDIA – SC Says The Strike Of Lawyers From West Bengal Is An “Extraordinary” Situation Since April 29

The Supreme Court (SC) has called the situation in West Bengal “extraordinary” where lawyers have been observing strike since April 29 affecting citizens ‘ fundamental right to life and freedom even to seek bail from the courts. The apex court noted that the “Bar Council of West Bengal’s call for the cessation of work” came in the way of seeking relief for eight people arrested on April 23 in connection with the alleged IPL betting racket. Thus, on Wednesday, May 22 2019, the Supreme Court Vacation Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna ordered the petitioners to be brought before the Calcutta High Court in connection with their bail pleas, arrested for an alleged IPL betting racket.


INDIA – Madhya Pradesh Sentenced 26 Rapists To Death Under The New Law

Madhya Pradesh passed a law in February 2018 to allow those convicted of violating minor girls to be sentenced to death. The special court established under the Sexual Offenses Protection of Children (POCSO) Act has since served 21 death sentences in 2018 and another 5 in 2019. This law has however raised severe concerns as activists believe that the speed with which judgments are delivered could mean that the accused – who usually come from poor socio-economic backgrounds, will not receive a fair trial. Thus, demand swiftness in passing judgment is looked into as no statistics showing that the death penalty helps to reduce rape.


CANADA – What Changes In Abortion Laws Mean For Canadians: Registered Nurse

Although abortion rights are reportedly protected in our Constitution, many are concerned that conservative lawmakers will change Canadian laws on abortion. Martha Paynter, a Halifax-based registered nurse, fighting for reproductive freedom, said that although governments cannot explicitly change abortion laws, they start with small issues. “Surely they are doing their best in other ways to undermine reproductive justice,” she says. “It’s one of the first steps to undermine body autonomy,” things like Doug Ford’s actions to destroy quality sex education in Ontario. Overall, Paynter says states like Alabama — which is close to passing legislation that even in cases of rape and incest will outlaw abortion — are turning uterine owners into second-class citizens.


INDIA – BCTNP Says “In Court, Not In Police Stations, Lawyers Should Argue”

Observing that lawyers were expected to argue in court rather than in police stations, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry’s Bar Enrolment Committee (BCTNP) said lawyers have no right to barge into a police station and pick up disputes with personnel. Focusing the need to avoid unnecessary police confrontation, the committee stated that if the Bar Council of India’s resolutions, as recorded in a December 2002 Supreme Court judgment, had been implemented in letter and spirit, a solution to the frequent tussle between law enforcers and lawyers could have been found.


INDIA – General Elections 2019: The Supreme Court States That 100% VVPAT Counting As “Nonsense”

A request seeking 100% matching of Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) was dismissed by the Supreme Court of India yesterday, May 20, during the national election counting on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Justice Arun Mishra said the Indian chief justice CJI bench had already decided on the issue, adding why you raise the question before the vacation bench. He said that if they continue to do this, democracy will suffer. He also said the petition was “nonsense.”


UNITED KINGDOM – Nurses Are Calling For Decriminalization Of Prostitution

Nurses call for the decriminalization of prostitution, saying that it is a question of “fundamental human rights.” Following a vote at the union conference in Liverpool, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will actively lobby the government to change the law. Nurses said the current law jeopardizes sex workers and discourages them from seeking NHS assistance.


INDIA – Procured high-power motorcycles, SUVs For Enhanced Policing: Police In Delhi Tells The Court

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the Delhi Police told the Delhi High Court that it had procured several high-powered motorcycles such as Enfield Thunderbird and four-wheelers such as Scorpio S5 for efficient and effective policing following its direction on July 2018. Also, the Police Control Room (PCR) vehicles would also have onboard fingerprint scanners as part of their emergency response support system, the court was told.


INDIA – Green Activists See Hope For The Civic Body In The Direction Of Bombay High Court

Environmentalists say the Bombay High Court asking the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to include more experts in the tree authority might be a shot in the arm to protect the city’s green cover. The tree authority of the civic body consists of 14 corporators and four nominated experts. Activist Zoru Bhatena, who has fought a legal battle to stop indiscriminate tree chopping and the BMC’s random granting of permits, said activists want the body to follow the April 2018 high court order.


USA – U.S. Companies Are Increasing Their Pay For New U.K. Lawyers As Salary War Heats Up

Shearman & Sterling has become the latest hiking company in the U.K. Salary bands, increasing pay by 14% to £ 120,000 (around $ 152,000) for their newly qualified (N.Q.) lawyers. The U.S. company has also increased rates across its senior ranks of associates. The U.S. company is the latest to announce its United Kingdom country scale. It matched the starting salary of the N.Q. published by Ropes & Gray earlier this year that kicked off the pay war of the associate. With the hike, Fresh-fields partners are the Magic Circle’s best-paid new starters.


INDIA – Madras HC Reserves MACT Relief For Two Accidentally Injured People

The Madras high court’s Madurai bench has set aside an order from the Motor Accident Claims Court (MACT) to distribute compensation to two injured persons in an accident. TNSTC appealed to the high court challenging the Melur court’s order to pay the injured persons Rs 1.58 lakh and Rs 2.12lakh. The judge granted TNSTC’s appeal and set aside the trial court’s order. The wounded, Prabhu and Thirumurugan, who works at Odaipatti District in Theni as a grade I police constable, had a vehicle collision accident with a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) while travelling in the dark hours on 19 October 2015.


INDIA – High Court Queries Govt. On Free Power Given To Rich People

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the Punjab and Haryana High Court questioned the governments of Punjab and Haryana on free or subsidized power on agricultural pump sets to wealthy farmers during the hearing of two petitions in the public interest on the matter. “Why are we giving rich farmers free or subsidized power on agricultural pump sets?” On behalf of the Bench, Chief Justice Krishna Murari questioned. The petitions submitted by advocate Hari Chand Arora sought directions to Punjab and Haryana to exclude wealthy and wealthy farmers from the scheme to provide total power subsidies for agricultural pump sets. Counsel for both states sought adjournment before filing appropriate affidavits in this regard to reconsider the issue of power subsidy to wealthy farmers.


DUBAI – How Can You Sponsor Your Siblings, Their Kids In the UAE?

It should be noted that the first-degree relationship category includes a spouse, children and parents, and therefore, an individual in the UAE can apply for their residence visa. An individual may, however, sponsor his siblings and their children by citing it as a special case to the Residency and Foreign Affairs Directorate-General-UAE (the ‘GDRFA’). If there are compelling reasons that require you to sponsor your siblings in the UAE, the GDRFA may approve your application. Such compelling reasons may include no one in your home country to look after your minor siblings or if any of the siblings or their children are ‘people of determination’ and require special care and attention. For further advice on this matter, you may approach GDRFA.


AUSTRALIA – Indigenous Bones Returned To Australia After Revealing Cruel Treatment In The Black Market Century

An ugly chapter of trafficking in human beings and black-market trading of body parts in Western Australia has been laid bare, with the return of 14 sets of human remains sold to Germany over 100 years ago. Autopsies performed on the skeletons revealed headache and malnutrition, providing insight into the cruel conditions endured by Aboriginal Australians in the 19th century forced to work on vessels known as pearl luggers.


Germany – The Thai Transexual Pimps Are Being Tried In Germany

The four Thai women and a German were charged with forced prostitution, trafficking in human beings, and exploitation across Germany. Over five years, prosecutors say the gang took 39 Thai women to Germany. The gang trial began in Hesse on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The trafficked women, described as transsexuals, were reportedly forced to rotate between three brothels in North Rhine-Westphalia’s western state before being transferred to others in Hesse, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarlan.


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