INDIA – Namaz Should Not be an Inconvenience to Others, Says All-India Muslim Personal Law Board
Reacting to the controversy over namaz on the roads, on Sunday, All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahli said prayers should not be offered by causing inconvenience to anyone. He said on the roads, however, namaz was not a daily affair and was only seen on Friday (July 26, 2019). “They offer prayers on the road on Friday in some mosques when there is no room left for people. But if anyone has any objection to it, then the namazis should make an extra effort to get to the mosque in time for it,” he added. Speaking about the recent alleged incidents of people being forced to chant “jai shri Ram,” Farangi Mahli said.” As far as Hinduism is concerned, there is no scope of force.
INDIA – Doctors Are Unhappy With The NMC Bill, Say New Law Only Complicates Medical Education Regulation
The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019, tabled by health minister Harsh Vardhan in the Lok Sabha on Monday (July 22, 2019), continues to receive criticism from several quarters of the medical fraternity. Resident doctors strongly criticized the bill on Tuesday (July 23, 2019), while doctors associated with the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said they would sensitize MPs about their concerns. The IMA burned copies of the bill outside its Delhi office. It is also planning a protest march from Nirman Bhawan to Jantar Mantar on Monday (July 29, 2019) requesting amendments to the bill.
INDIA – Tension Hits Kashmir Over The Possible Scrapping Of Article 35 A
Uncertainty has grabbed Kashmir after India’s Minister of Home Affairs (MHA) instructed 10,000 paramilitary staff to be sent, ostensibly, to ‘counter-insurgency’ and to maintain ‘law and order’ in the Valley. The sense is that after possible scrapping of Article 35 A, which gives the state subject special status, ground is being prepared for the arrest of a fallout. A day after National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval returned from a Valley visit, speculations were rife that the Center had decided to move 10,000 additional paramilitary troops. He had thorough conversations with senior officers of state administration, police, paramilitary forces, army, state, and central intelligence agencies during Ajit Doval’s three-day visit.
USA – Gun Rights Advocates Sue To Block California’s ‘Absurd’ Law Requiring Background Checks On Ammo Sales
Several gun rights advocates are suing for blocking a new California law that needs extra background checks ahead of ammunition purchases, calling it a breach of Second Amendment rights. The preliminary injunction filed on Monday (July 29, 2019) at a federal court in San Diego by the California Rifle and Pistol Association names Kim Rhode, an Olympic shooter, and member of the board of the National Rifle Association, as its lead plaintiff. The text of the injunction relates to the newly implemented constraints in Proposition 63, authorized by California voters in 2016, as a “scheme” that “goes too far” and must be halted.
INDIA – Why Don’t Top Law Colleges Have VCs Woman: Ramachandra Guha
Rising issues about the absence of females holding the vice-chancellor’s position in Indian universities, particularly those teaching laws, eminent historian Ramachandra Guha said on Saturday that India’s path to equality is an “ongoing method” even now. In delivering the address at the Nalsar University of Law, he highlighted how women are still discriminated against every day in every sphere of life – in homes, universities, workplaces – and highlighted the need for gender equality. He is Venki Ramakrishnan, a student from the Baroda University of Maharaja Sayajira. The varsity as vice-chancellor had Hansa Mehta. Thus, a woman VC produced the only Indian Nobel laureate, Guha said. “Does any university have a VC female? My alma matter – Delhi University – hasn’t had a woman VC yet,” he added.
USA – Jews, Outraged By Restrictive Laws On Abortion, Invoke The Hebrew Bible In The Debate
When Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation in May, she invoked her faith. “To the many followers of the bill, this legislation stands as a strong testament to the deeply held faith of Alabamians that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,” Ivey said in a speech. In January, Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox quoted biblical scripture when he came out against a proposed bill that would lift constraints on late-term abortion.
INDIA – A Week After The Attack, The Advocate Dies; Lawyers Block Rajiv Chowk In Protest
District lawyers blocked Rajiv Chowk on Thursday morning after Wednesday night a Sohna-based lawyer thrashed around a week earlier succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. They demanded an immediate arrest in the case of all the accused. Police have nabbed Five (5) persons, including a woman, in connection with the attack so far. At around 9 am, lawyers affiliated with Sohna and Gurugram’s bar associations gathered with Naveen Yadav’s body at Rajiv Chowk and placed it on the main road. They were affecting traffic to Subhas Chowk and the road leading to district courts and police commissioner’s office.
INDIA – Final Secret Dialogs In The Babri-Temple Conflict In India From July 29
A high-powered mediation panel seeking out-of-court settlement for India’s over a century-old temple-mosque dispute will launch the final round of secret talks with Muslim and Hindu litigants in New Delhi on July 29, Gulf News can disclose exclusively. The mediation panel that comprises Justice FM Ibrahim Kalifulla, religious guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, was established in March by the Supreme Court, which is hearing a batch of requests challenging the order of a higher court that split a disputed piece of land into three parts – two to Hindus and one to Muslims. The sources said on Saturday (July 27, 2019) that Muslim stakeholders engaged in the negotiations are moving forward cautiously to prevent any community backlash. “However, things are moving in the correct direction,” added the sources.
CANADA – Just for Laughs Comedians Take Shots At The Construction Woes In Montreal, Quebec’s Religious Symbols law
The newly passed secularism law of Quebec hasn’t escaped Minhaj’s attention. “Civil liberties that give people equality in expressing their faith is something we should fight for in democracies,” said Minhaj, whose family has Indian Muslim roots. “We must be consistent with the symbols,” Minhaj laughed. “We’re talking about no costumes: a complete ban on Halloween, a prohibition on the jersey, we can’t have any logos. “The comedian got the Breakthrough Comedy Star of the Year Award at the JFL awards ceremony on Friday evening, given to him by his fellow Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng, star of the CBC show Ronny Chieng: International Student.
INDIA – Punjab & Haryana High Court Lawyers In An Indefinite Strike Against The Haryana Tribunal
Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) lawyers on an indefinite strike against Haryana constituting a state administrative court to adjudicate service-related matters will call on their next course of action Monday (July 29, 2019). The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association’s general body met Friday (July 26, 2019) and had unanimously decided to proceed the strike after a two-hour deliberation. “The general house will meet again on Monday to decide on the further course of action,” said D.P.S. Randhawa, president of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association.
INDIA – RERA Lawyers Form MahaRERA Bar Association
With more and more lawyers representing clients in Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) cases, the lawyers handling these cases registered their MahaRERA Bar Association with the Maharashtra and Goa Bar Council on Friday. State Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni officially submitted a registration certificate to the members of the MahaRERA Bar Association at his office on Friday (July 26, 2019). Advocate Harshad Bhadbhade has been elected President of the Association while advocate Anil D’souza and advocate Bishwajeet Mukherjee will serve as Secretary and Joint Secretary.
UNITED KINGDOM – Labour Tax Caution: Jeremy Corbyn Will Double The Tax Burden On Hard-Working British People
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is planning to double the tax rate on thousands of hard-working Britons, one of the UK’s most prominent law firms has warned. The veteran left-winger is trying to raise the tax to 32% for thousands of companies in Britain, with the present rate set at 17%. His updated figure is only 2% off being double the current rate, and the plan would be implemented as soon as next year Herbert Smith Freehills has warned all potential clients. The plan falls under the compulsory share ownership scheme of Mr Corbyn, which forces big companies to pay the equivalent of an extra 6% higher corporate tax.
INDIA – SC To Hear Plea Requesting Guidelines To Protect The Identity Of The Sexual Crime Accused
The Youth Bar Association of India (YBAI) submitted a petition before the Supreme Court seeking instructions to safeguard the identity, reputation, and integrity of people supposedly accused of sexual offences until the completion of the investigation. The petition, submitted by lawyers Sanpreet Singh Ajmani and Kuldeep Rai, will be brought to the hearing on July 29. The allegation of sexual harassment tarnishes such a person’s image, reputation, and goodwill in society and adversely impacts his entire life in all aspects, even if he (accused) is discovered to be innocent at a later stage in time, YBAI indicated in his petition.
INDIA – Not Every Act Contrary To Court Orders Is A Contempt: Bombay HC
Recently, the Bombay High Court (HC) said that every act of a litigant or authority that is contrary to a court’s order would not amount to contempt of the court. The HC said there must be an intention to defy court orders. A bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrjog and Justice Nitin Jamdar observed while refusing to hold the Maharashtra government’s Education Department guilty of court contempt. “Thus, these educational officers and deputy directors cannot be held to have individually flouted the court’s instructions as they are simply adopting the government’s stance. We believe that these contempt proceedings, which have lasted for the last four years, cannot result in punitive action,” ruled CJ Nandrajog.
CANADA – Activists Should Be Allowed To Speak In Court On Behalf Of Animals, The Lawyer Argues
A retired Toronto lawyer went to court in a bid to secure the right of advocates to speak in legal settings on behalf of animals. The case started earlier this year when Sandra Schnurr submitted an application notice against five retail giants selling glue traps, or tools frequently used to capture rodents. Schnurr contended that the traps subject mice and rats to agonizing, extended deaths and submitted an application seeking to prohibit Canadian Tire, Walmart, Home Depot, Home Hardware and Lowe from selling them. The retailers, in turn, filed a motion to reject Schnurr’s complaint on the basis that she did not stand to bring such a matter before the courts. In the case, Sossin has reserved his judgment, although no date has yet been set.
INDIA – Petition By Vande Mataram And Jana Gana Mana At The Delhi HC
The The Delhi High Court (HC) has rejected a petition seeking directions from the Center to elevate the patriotic song Vande Mataram to a status equivalent to that of Jana Gana Mana, the National Anthem. A Court Division Bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said they saw no reason to entertain the petition lodged by lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. “We see no reason for the respondent (Centre) to declare Vande Mataram as a national anthem or national song,” the Bench said. The petitioner in Delhi High Court had asserted that Vande Mataram had played a vital part in the National Movement and should be given the same status and respect as the National Anthem.
INDIA – Madras HC Rejects Interim Relief To Banned ‘Bike Taxis’
On Friday, the Madras High Court (HC) denied any interim relief to the state-banned bike taxi service provider Rapido until the Tamil Nadu government framed the required laws. Directing the state government to file a response to the appeal lodged by Roppen Transportation Services Private Limited, which runs Rapido, by July 30, a court division bench of Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad made it clear that no interim orders can be passed without hearing the state.
INDIA – Dispose Cases That Are Pending For More Than Five Years: Karnataka HC Chief Justice
Karnataka High Court (HC) Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka directed judges in Dharwad District to begin the process of disposing of cases that have been pending for more than five years. Speaking on Saturday (July 27, 2019) after being congratulated at the Dharwad Bar Association, Justice Oka said the method would begin on an experimental basis from the Dharwad district. He said he promised to visit all district courts shortly after he took over as chief justice and added that he had already covered six districts.
INDIA – Madras HC Directs Tamil Nadu To Take Action Against Public Servants Who Commit Bigamy
On Friday (July 26, 2019), the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court (HC) directed the State Department’s Secretary for Personnel and Administrative Reforms to initiate disciplinary action against public servants who commit bigamy. Passing the order while dismissing a petition submitted by the second wife of a deceased police officer seeking pension advantages equal to the first wife, Justice SM Subramaniam directed the government to issue rules to all government agencies to enter the name of the spouse in the service records of public servants only after verifying the authenticity of the information. The State should, therefore, adopt a fool-proof procedure for entering the names of the nominees in the public servants’ service records, opined the judge and giving the above directions.
DUBAI – Men On Family Visas Can Now Obtain A UAE Work Permit
According to a new law introduced by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE), men who are under the sponsorship of their families will be eligible for UAE job permits. The ministry said it began issuing job permits for employers wishing to employ qualified male employees supported by their families in a declaration on Saturday (July 27, 2019). The move is implementing a resolution recently issued by the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, on legislation on the granting of job permits. The granting of job permits to males and females sponsored by their families is intended to assist companies to satisfy their demand for recruitment from the resident population itself.