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INDIA – Company Directors Will Have To Pass Exams On Law, Ethics Before Appointment

Independent directors on company boards will soon have to complete an examination before they can be appointed, said Injeti Srinivas, the top bureaucrat in charge of corporate affairs. The exam will be an online assessment covering, among other fields, the basics of Indian company law, ethics, and capital market norms. While aspiring managers will have a set timeframe within which they will have to clear the exam, an infinite number of attempts will be permitted, he said. Experienced directors who have been on boards for several years will be exempted from the exam but will have to register on a database prepared by the government. Srinivas, who aims to roll out the new oversight program within two months, said the ultimate aim of the exam is to guarantee that officials are unable to plead ignorance if they are hauled over a lack of oversight.

 

INDIA – India’s Apex Court Orders Release of Freelancer Journalist Arrested For A Social Media Post

India’s top court instructed the discharge of an imprisoned freelance journalist for a social media article on Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu monk who is Uttar Pradesh state’s prime minister. Prashant Kanojia, 26, was arrested on Saturday (June 8) after uploading and commenting on a woman’s video clip claiming to be in contact with Adityanath, a chief in the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Justice Indira Banerjee said “We order the petitioner’s immediate discharge from prison,” in her decision on Monday, June 11 2019, amid a state government attorney stating that the article of Kanojia was extremely inflammatory.

 

AUSTRALIA – Winning Lawyers Named Among The 100 Most Influential People In The World

Time Magazine today hailed Dr Arundhati Katju and Dr Menaka Guruswamy as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Last year, the two lawyers led the historic legal battle for LGBTIQ rights in India. Their efforts finally overturned section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Both women have a stellar legal career. Dr Menaka Guruswamy has earned advanced law degrees from Oxford University, Harvard Law School, and India University’s National Law School. Dr Arundhati Katju received her PhD from the University of Columbia.

 

INDIA – Indian Government Misuses “Lawless” Detention Act In Kashmir: Amnesty Rights Group

The Indian government is extensively abusing a law enabling detention without trial in the Indian part of the contested Kashmir region and fueling animosity with it, the human rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The Public Safety Act (PSA) was a “lawless law” under which the authorities hold children, the elderly and the disabled, and it should be abolished, the group said. The law enables imprisonment for up to two years if an individual is considered to be acting “in a manner detrimental to the security of the state.” Amnesty said it was a violation of international human rights law. Amnesty centred its report on the analysis of 210 PSA detention cases between 2012 and 2018.

 

INDIA – World Day Against Child Labour: Violators are Scot-free Because Only 25% Of Cases In India Are Convicted

The practice in India remains more than 30 years after Parliament adopted a law to safeguard kids under the age of 14 from child labour. Despite global and domestic initiatives, baby labour avoidance continues a current job in India. A wrong violator conviction rate is a significant obstacle, apart from poverty, unemployment and illiteracy. More than 80% of kids under the era of 14 who work in baby labour are in agricultural regions. On World Day Against Child Labour (June 12), Kailash Satyarthi, granted the Nobel Peace Prize for his attempts to stop child labour, summarizes the task and dichotomy in a tweet stating: “Whose children are they who work in mines, factories and fields at the expense of their freedom and education? They are all our children. Please do not accept hospitality where children work. Why 152 million children labourers when 210 million are unemployed adults?”

 

USA – New State Bans On Abortion Offer Women The Same Option As Males: Sex or No Sex

With a slew of red states passing harsh new constraints on abortion, pro-choice activists lament the laws to the point of hyperventilation. They stated that “So it’s outrageous that Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio do not include exceptions for rape and incest in their restrictive fresh abortion laws. Deciding to have sex is one thing for a female and then later discarding the apparent result as if a distinctive human life had no significance. It’s quite another to be driven into sex and then have an abortion to safeguard yourself from the life that arises as a consequence of the violence of someone else.” Backers of the pitiless attitude to rape and incest victims of the new abortion laws claim that children should not be punished for the sins of their parents.

 

INDIA – Osmania University Announces 2019 UG, PG Law Results On The Official Website osmania.ac.in

On its official website, osmania.ac.in, Osmania University has published the result of undergraduate and postgraduate law courses for the 2019 academic session. The LLM examination was conducted between January to February. The results for LLB, BBA LLB, LLB Honors and LLM are on the homepage of the University of Osmania and can be accessed by entering the 12-digit registration number assigned to applicants while filling in the applications.

 

INDIA – Government New Education Policy Draft: Law To Be Taught In English & local languages

Law must be taught in English and regional languages in the respective states so that legal operations in lower courts can take place quicker, the draft New Education Policy (NEP) of the Narendra Modi government has proposed. The draft New Education Policy (NEP) committee said that legal transactions in lower courts are still conducted in regional languages, causing a delay in the legal outcome as a case can only move forward once its papers have been translated and thus assist bilingual education will help.

 

CANADA – Canada Passes Legislation Prohibiting Dolphins And Whales From Being Held In Captivity

In Canada, dolphins and whales will soon be given liberty from confinement when at the end of the month a federal “Free Willy” bill becomes law at the end of the month. The law, which bans keeping the animals in captivity or for reproduction, was enacted by Canada’s parliament this week and has been praised by animal rights activists. Violations will be punishable under the new law with fines of up to 200,000 Canadian dollars (about $150,000 or £ 118,000). The bill will have significant exceptions-animals that are already being held will be permitted to be kept in captivity, and marine animals can be held for a short time for injury rehabilitation or scientific research.

 

INDIA – Following New Violence In Kolkata, The Governor Of Bengal Calls For All Parties To Meet

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi of West Bengal is calling for an all-party meeting tomorrow (June 13) at 4 PM to evaluate the state’s law and order condition. Governor KN Tripathi has decided to call for an all-party meeting after the ongoing violence in West Bengal, even after the general elections had been concluded. During a huge meeting organized by the group in solidarity against post-poll violence and supposed attacks on its employees and followers, clashes broke out between BJP employees and police today Wednesday, June 12 2019. Banerjee had previously charged the BJP with “distributing fake information as part of a match scheme to overthrow her administration.”

 

INDIA – Lawyer Attempts Suicide After Killing ‘UP Bar Council Chief’ In Agra Court Chambers

The newly elected chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Bar Council, Darvesh Kumari Yadav, 36, was shot dead on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, by a colleague in her room at the civil court premises, police said. The colleague, Manish Babu Sharma, fired after an altercation at her thrice with his licensed revolver and then shot himself in the head. The incident took place when most attorneys left the court because the procedure is to hold morning court in May and June. Police authorities, including ADG Agra Zone and SP city, came to the civil court premises and reviewed the blood-stained room. A forensic group was called in, and samples were collected.

 

CANADA – Legal Assistance Cuts ‘Mean-Spirited,’ Attorneys In Ottawa Warn

On Wednesday (June 12), Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) announced that it would compensate for that $70-million loss by eliminating legal aid for bail proceedings, refugee and immigration claimants and by reducing the number of hours it will pay lawyers to prepare for a Gladue hearing, used for Indigenous defendants. Without a lawyer, defendants will have to depend on a court-appointed duty counsel during their bail proceedings, someone who may have no clue what the defence of the trial might be, Russomanno said. Cuts to Legal Aid Ontario are “mean-spirited” and will move the province closer to a two-tiered legal system where indigenous people, the poor and refugees are at an even higher disadvantage, Ottawa attorneys warn.

 

INDIA – Delhi Govt. Assures High Court After Warns Of Contempt Action, To Plant 1.4L Saplings In Ridge

The AAP government has guaranteed the Delhi High Court that the direction of the latter to plant 1.4 lakh saplings in the main ridge region here will be performed without any delay further. The assurance came after the court had warned of a contempt action against forest department authorities for failing to comply with its order. However, the assurance of the Delhi government is contrary to the statement of its forest department that the land under his control in the main ridge region would not support plantation in such enormous numbers. It also told the high court that before June 15, it would plant 30,000 trees in the first instance and file a report along with aerial photographs indicating compliance.

 

INDIA – Delhi High Court Prohibits 249 Companies From Broadcasting The ICC Cricket World Cup

An Indian court has granted an injunction that will prevent 249 companies from transmitting or streaming any audio or radio coverage of the present ICC Cricket World Cup. In a judgment on Monday, June 3, the Delhi High Court discovered that Channel 2 Group Corporation, which holds the rights to cover the incident, could have a significant economic loss if it did not issue the injunction. The injunction also prevents the parties from providing live commentary on World Cup cricket games, ruling that they could only offer score updates after a 15-minute time lag.

 

UNITED KINGDOM – Legal Assistance: Students Offer Free Advice To ‘Hopeless’ Clients

A free counselling clinic given by law students has a six-month waiting list because low-income individuals are struggling to get a solicitor, claims its director. The number of companies offering legal aid in Wales has dropped by 29% since 2012-the average drop across England is 20%. The Ministry of Justice said it was dedicated to helping individuals.

 

INDIA – LOC Should Only Be Used when A person Is Evading Prode: HC

A circular look-out (LOC) should only be used when an individual evades investigation as it severely impacts the fundamental rights of a citizen who is prevented from travelling, the Delhi High Court (HC) said. “The instrument of a LOC is only to be used in an urgent situation where a person is found to have evaded the investigation process. The investigating agency must be circumspect in using this instrument, as it seriously affects the fundamental rights of the citizen who is restrained from travelling.” The court permitted K C Chakrabarty, also the former RBI Deputy Governor now living in the United Kingdom, to return to his family subject to his depositing with the Registrar General of Delhi High Court a fixed deposit receipt of Rs 1 crore and undertaking to respond within five weeks of his departure.

 

INDIA – 44 Laws Merged Into 4 Categories As Government Plans New Labour

To assist investors and accelerate development, the Modi government is preparing a new labour law that would merge 44 labour laws into four categories — salaries, social security, industrial security & welfare, and industrial relations. The ruling was taken at an inter-ministerial conference chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah and attended by, among others, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar, Trade and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. “A new Labour Bill will be presented in Parliament’s forthcoming session,” Gangwar informed journalists after the hour-long conference on Tuesday (June 18).

 

DUBAI – New Law On Employment Introduced In Dubai

His Highness Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, adopted on Wednesday (June 12) a new DIFC Employment Law, Law No. 2 of 2019 in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai. The new legislation that will come into force on August 28, 2019, clarifies the implementation of DIFC’s employment system to employers and staff, including seconded, part-time and short-term staff. The law focuses on the need to balance the requirements of employers and staff in the DIFC while preserving a solid structure of employment standards that contribute to the Centre’s achievement.

 

INDIA – Union Cabinet Approves Fresh Bill Banning The Practice Of Instant Triple Talaq

On Wednesday (June 12), the Union Cabinet endorsed a new bill banning the practice of instant triple talaq before the beginning of the new Parliament session, after the opposition retained the contentious initial bill. “We will implement the triple talaq bill in the forthcoming parliamentary session. We are optimistic that it will also be passed in Rajya Sabha this time. The nation is advancing, and it will be launched in this meeting,” said Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar. The bill, to be implemented in the parliamentary session starting on June 17, makes it illegal for a Muslim person to divorce his wife by uttering the word “talaq” three times and gives for a three-year jail term for violators.

 

AFRICA – Botswana Scraps Gay Sex Legislation As A Large Win For LGBTQ Rights In Africa

The High Court of Botswana has reversed a colonial-era law criminalizing consensual same-sex relationships in a landmark win for the LGBTQ movements in Africa. The court in the southern African country held unanimously on Tuesday that the legislation was a discriminatory, unconstitutional and contrary interest of the public. “A democratic society embraces tolerance, diversity and open-mindedness,” said Justice Michael Leburu, noting that criminal law not only serves to the detriment of LGBTQ individuals but also holds back all of culture. The move comes just one month after Kenya’s high court upheld its legislation criminalizing homosexuality.

 

 

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