Legal News Shots- The Most Important Picks- A Must Read
Legal News Shots- The Most Important Picks- A Must Read

INDIA – India’s Recommendations To Amend The Laws On Bankruptcy Are Bold And Necessary

Finally, there will be some urgency and good judgment in India’s bankruptcies in court. The government said on Wednesday (July 17, 2019) it would amend the insolvency law of 2016, a signature reform of the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Investors are going to cheer up. The law became mired in frustrating legal delays and strange decisions, threatening to scare off worldwide investors from a $200 billion-plus debt cleanup. As I mentioned, the order would have decreased an assured recovery rate of 92% to just 61% for financial lenders. Although it has already been appealed in India’s Supreme Court by State Bank of India and other lenders, it is useful that the state has chosen to get off the sidelines. By amending the bankruptcy code, animal spirits will not be revived overnight, but it would at least stop an indefinitely worse unfortunate scenario.

 

INDIA – Animal Lawyers: Legal Specialist Animals Should Be Grateful For This

While animal enthusiasts across the nation rejoiced the decision of the Supreme Court’s stay on January 14 to ban jallikattu or bull taming in rural areas of Tamil Nadu during the Pongal festival, a lawyer and animal rights activist was hooked to her phone, receiving family and friends ‘ thanks. The 31-year-old Ambika Hiranandani was one of six senior councils, twenty junior councils, and NGO groups that had drafted and submitted six petitions over the weekend to save the plight of innocent bulls who are induced to run by hurting them. In addition to continuing her work (she is also the legal advisor to People For Animals (PFA), Hiranandani has broader goals to raise awareness among more lawyers for animal help.

 

INDIA – Govt. Plans Water Reforms By Introducing New Model Law

The government of Narendra Modi is developing a legislative package for reforms in the water sector, including a model law to manage what has become the scarcest resource in more than a third of the districts of the country. The government has recognized as highly water-depleted 1,592 blocks in 256 districts. Discussions are on in Jal Shakti, as the Ministry of Water Resources is now called upon, to introduce a model law on water resources regulatory processes to be established by each state government, as the task of replenishing water resources falls squarely within the domain of the countries, according to a constitutional division of jurisdictions. The law is probably to be called the model water resources regulatory bill, and since 2005 only Maharashtra has such a body working, an official said, asking for anonymity.

 

USA – N.H. Passes Law That Requires Free Tampons, Other Menstrual Products In Public Schools

New Hampshire (N.H.) middle and high schools now have to provide free menstrual products to students under a bill signed on Wednesday (17 July 2019). Describing access to period products as an issue of equality and dignity, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu added the Granite State to a movement aimed at helping those who skip class because they can’t afford tampons and sanitary napkins. According to the bill, these products must be available in female and gender-neutral restrooms at public middle and high schools.

 

INDIA – New Amendments Prevent Companies From Escaping CSR Responsibilities

The Union cabinet has endorsed amendments to the 2013 Companies Act which make it compulsory for companies to establish a ring-fenced escrow account for spending on corporate social responsibility and transfer unused funds to the National CSR Fund. The modifications are also aimed at gradually extending the dematerialization of stocks to all companies. The Cabinet also extended the Finance Commission’s term to November 30 by one month and extended its terms of reference to tackle issues about defence and inner safety resources. In addition, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) endorsed initiatives to enhance the ability and increase regional connectivity on new railway paths and duplication of lines worth Rs 6,000 crore.

 

INDIA – Day after the judgment of the ICJ, India Is calling On Pak To Instantly Release Jadhav

On Thursday (July 18, 2019), after the ICJ ordered a stay on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s execution, India requested Islamabad to release the former Indian Navy officer immediately and vowed to pursue vigorous attempts to bring him back even as Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan said Islamabad would continue “as required by law.” Khan “valued the decision of the ICJ not to acquit, release and return” Jadhav in a tweet on Thursday morning. Making a statement on the ICJ judgment in both Parliament houses, Minister of Foreign Affairs S Jaishankar vowed to pursue vigorously efforts to bring back Jadhav.

 

USA – The Language ‘Go Back’ Of Trump Violates The Federal Anti-Discrimination Law: Senator Tim Kaine

Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Twitter users on Wednesday (July 17, 2019) made the case that racist tweets from President Donald Trump telling four progressive Democratic lawmakers to “go back” to other countries use language that violates federal anti-discrimination law. Kaine tweeted the message along with a portion of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency governing anti-discrimination workplace laws, on the appropriate section of federal law.

 

INDIA – CSE Welcomes The Food Labeling Law Recommended By FSSAI

The Center for Science and Environment (CSE) welcomed the recently introduced draft Food Safety and Standards Regulations (Labeling and Display) from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), 2019. The draft (submitted on July 2, 2019, for remarks on the FSSAI website) will replace the current Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labeling) Regulations, 2011 when enacted. The proposal mandatorily that quantities of salt, added sugar, saturated fats, trans-fats, and cholesterol be declared mandatory. The draft further suggests that labels should include data on serving size and per serving percentage contribution to the recommended nutritional allowance (RDA) of a specific nutrient.

 

INDIA – Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: Only Re 1, Charged By Harish Salve, Pakistan Paid Crores On Lawyers

A day after Pakistan was snubbed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague by suspending the death sentence served by its military court to retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, a study showed that India was spending only a rupee on legal fees, while the beleaguered neighbour spent crores on the case. In its budget paper submitted at the National Assembly last year, the Pakistan government said it paid Khawar Qureshi Rs 20 crore. He is a law graduate from Cambridge University and the youngest attorney in the ICJ fighting a case. On May 15, 2017, former external minister Sushma Swaraj had revealed in a tweet that Salve charged for his legal representation only a token amount of Re 1.

 

CANADA – Vancouver ‘Kink’ Society Is Locked In A Legal Battle With The Exiled Dungeon Master

A non-profit society dedicated to the kink community of Vancouver is locked up in a legal combat with a Burnaby dungeon master who claims to have been unfairly and openly accused of sexual abuse. Seann Lyncaster – also known as Lord Braven – sued last year the directors of the Metro Vancouver Kink Society in the aftermath of an open letter and two city halls alleging wrongdoing at Braven Manor, his Burnaby home. The kink society quotes B.C.’s new anti-SLAPP legislation in New Westminster B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday to argue that the suit of Lyncaster should be rejected. That’s SLAPP as in “strategic lawsuit against public participation.”

 

INDIA – Exactly Define Conditions When Drafting Contracts: lawyer

With the evolving times, there has been an increasing need for lawyers to define every word while drafting a client agreement to make sense of it and guarantee that the confidentiality clause is preserved, said on Wednesday by senior counsel Anand Jaiswal. He gave a talk on ‘Modern Contract Law’ organized by the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) as part of the lesson on ‘Study Circle’ conducted at Bar Room No. 1. HCBA president Anil Kilor, PS Khubalkar secretary, Gauri Venkataraman vice presidents, and PB Patil were present. The session was conducted by Umesh Bisen.

 

INDIA – Bombay HC Cancels Coastal Regulation Zone clearances To Road Project Of Rs 14,000 Crore

On Tuesday, the Bombay high court (HC) quashed the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances given to the ambitious Rs 14,000-crore coastal road project of the city municipal body. The court ruling means that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cannot continue the job on the 29.2 km-long project proposed to link the Marine Drive region in southern Mumbai to suburban Borivali in northern Mumbai. The court said, “We have held that the project requires environmental clearance. The civic body requires to receive an environmental clearance under Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification. “The court also requested the BMC to acquire approval under the Wildlife (Protection) Act -1972.

 

USA – Civil Servants That Process Immigration Applications Are Asked Instead To Help ICE

As the U.S. agency that processes legal immigration requests is struggling with a backlog, its leaders have asked staff to volunteer to assist ICE with administrative work, including a program to keep asylum seekers in Mexico. Under the Trump administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an agency charged with choosing citizenship apps, green cards, job visas, and asylum, has experienced a noticeable change. The email sent to staff by USCIS deputy Mark Koumans on Wednesday (July 17, 2019) and received by BuzzFeed News told staff to volunteer for administrative job in ICE field offices across the nation, including processing documents that are part of a program forcing immigrants seeking asylum to stay in Mexico as their instances are adjudicated and promoting applications for government documents.

 

INDIA – Delhi HC Gives Parole Of 4-Weeks To 1984 Riots Convict To File Appeal

On Thursday (July 18, 2019), the Delhi High Court (HC) given parole to Balwan Khokhar, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in an anti-Sikh riot case in 1984, along with former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar. Judge IS Mehta permitted Khokhar’s request to be released on parole to file in the Supreme Court a unique leave petition challenging the Delhi High Court order of December 17, 2018, convicting him in the case. Kumar has already filed a Supreme Court appeal challenging the judgment of the high court. The riots broke out after her two Sikh bodyguards were assassinated by then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.

 

INDIA – Justice Stalled In Gujarat Courts For More Than Half A Century

Justice delayed is said to be denied justice. The wait in Gujarat has lasted over half a century in some cases. Take the case of Harishankar Gorkha, who has been awaiting trial for the last 54 years. In a Surendranagar court, when he was a young person under the age of 16, a case was recorded against him. However, this is not the oldest pending case in Gujarat. The judiciary has compiled a list of 100 oldest cases in the state. The 100 oldest case list was obtained from information produced by the State Court Management Systems Committee from the District Judicial Data Grid (DJDG) on June 26, 2019. “The high court monitors the pending state cases, and all attempts are on for their swift disposal,” said a senior official working in the state’s legal department.

 

USA – BRAUN: How Many Drinks Is A Driver Allowed To Have? What About Zero?

A worried citizen lately alerted York Regional Police to a King Township alleged drunk driver. He’s not alone in questioning if zero alcohol would help drivers solve the issue. “That makes it simpler for most individuals to make a choice. It’s cut and dried if it’s zero.” No more dithering about whether or not two beers are too much. They are no longer asking about just another glass of wine. Zero tolerance is the law for under-21 and novice drivers (i.e. licenses for G1 and G2), and it is also zero for commercial drivers. So why not for every driver? “The legal limit of 0.08 — what does it mean? Most people don’t understand until they’re blowing into a machine with a policeman on the side of the highway,” Pattenden added. “Zero is the safest quantity.”

 

INDIA – Gujarat HC Order That Shopkeepers Hit By Riots In 2002 To Receive Compensation

The High Court (HC) in Gujarat instructed the state government to pay the 2007 central government compensation package to eight Himmatnagar town shopkeepers who endured damage during the post-Godhra riots in 2002. During the 2002 riots, eight shopkeepers received compensation of only Rs 2,500 each for harm to their business premises. In 2007, the Center developed a compensation package requiring individuals affected to receive ex-gratia ten times the sum that the state government paid previously for loss of uninsured business property.

 

CANADA – Animals On Factory Farms Neglected Under New Animal Welfare Law

The Supreme Court of Canada held in a true head-scratcher in June 2016 that sexual contact with an animal was legal as long as there was no penetration. Whatever uncertainty it generated for Canadians is now gone. The new animal welfare law of the Trudeau government, adopted by Parliament last month, stipulates that any sexual contact with an animal is illegal and toughened the laws against bestiality and other off-beat animal abuse practices. One might argue that the government is cracking down on the worst animal mistreatment, perhaps in reaction to enhanced public sensitivity. While the new legislation will assist safeguard a comparatively tiny amount of animals from their owners’ unwanted sexual advances, it does not provide any protection whatsoever for the hundreds of millions of animals residing in miserable, pain-filled life trapped within our factory farming system, says Linda McQuaig (a journalist and author).

 

USA – ‘Bring Your Dogs In’: Animal Control To Strengthen The Law On Dog Tethering

Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill this year requiring companion animals to have appropriate shelter during hot weather that is correctly shaded and not perform heat easily. Lynchburg also has an order that makes tether a dog between 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. illegal, if the dog is sick or wounded, if the dog is in ‘ heat, ‘ if the dog is under four months of age, or if the manner of tethering is likely to cause injury, strangulation or entanglement to the dog’s fences, trees or other physical barriers. The ordinance also makes it so that during extreme weather conditions dogs can’t be left outside, including a fenced-in yard, a kennel, tied or tied outside. The punishment for breaking Danville’s ordinance is a Class 2 misdemeanour with possible jail time and up to $1,000 in fine.

 

UNITED KINGDOM – Horror As Three Million Animals Tested In The UK Last Year

Figures released yesterday by the UK government show that in 2018, 3.4 million animals were abused in UK laboratories. Animal welfare organization Naturewatch Foundation is calling for a law change as it is a criminal offence to reveal what happens to pets in laboratories testing. Sarah Carr, campaign manager of the Naturewatch Foundation, called animal treatment in UK laboratories “torture.” The foundation thinks that the use of non-human pets to test the hazards of chemicals to human health is ethically incorrect. Scientifically, animal test precision is not always applicable to all animals, including controversial humans, it said. We need to stop innocent animal torture in the UK and around the world.

 

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