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INDIA – Heavy Traffic Fines Will Overburden Individuals, Will Not Enforce New Law In Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that she will not enforce the new Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act in the state citing a sharp rise in traffic violation penalties. Mamata Banerjee said, “I can’t enforce this Motor Vehicle Act right now, because our government representatives are of the view that if we enforce it, it will overburden individuals.” Earlier, Mamata Banerjee had rebuffed steeper penalties as part of the new amendments to the MV Act as it would distress commuters. Not only West Bengal, but many other countries have raised concerns about the heavy penalties imposed by the new traffic laws.

INDIA – States Are Entitled To Reduce Fines Under The New Motor Vehicle Act:  Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highway Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday that states were free to amend the penalties provided under the new Motor Vehicle Act. The Minister said that the concept of enforcing a fine was to make individuals disciplined so as not to receive income from a fine. “First of all, the Motor Vehicle Act is on our concurrent list, where both state and central governments have the right to formulate laws. Fines differ as per violation, and states have the right to make a decision, “said the Minister. He added that India reported the highest number of accidents in the world.

INDIA – There Is No Averse To Inter-faith And Inter-caste Marriages: SC

The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that it is not opposed to inter-faith and inter-caste marriages since such relations will support “socialism.” Justice Mishra added: “It’s also a nice thing if caste difference is done away with. People in so-called high caste and low caste should marry each other. That’s even better. They’re great for socialism.” Further, The bench also said that living-in relationships have already been acknowledged by the court, and therefore, there is no need to look into the matter at all. The bench made the observations while hearing a man’s petition against his daughter’s interfaith marriage in Chhattisgarh. The case arose in Chhatisgarh, where a Muslim man converted to Hinduism to marry the girl.

USA –  Enacting the 9/11 Laws To National Terrorism Could Harm Minorities More Than White Supremacists

Following a mass shooting targeting Mexicans in El Paso, Texas, national security officials have been aggressively promoting new laws to deal with white nationalist violence the way we have dealt with international terrorism since 9/11. It recognizes the systemic and political nature of the threat and the need for a concerted reaction. Since 9/11, the state has been intensively monitoring and controlling American Muslim communities. The FBI, through a large network of informants, singles out people considered susceptible to “radicalization “— including vulnerable people with mental health problems — and encourages them to commit offences.

INDIA – The Supreme Court examines the question of marriage before 18

The Supreme Court has chosen to examine whether a Muslim girl who has reached puberty can marry a individual of her choice under Mohammedan law even if she is below 18. According to the general law, a girl must be at least 18 years old and a groom must be 21 years old to be eligible for marriage. Judges N.V. Ramana, Indira Banerjee, and Ajay Rastogi asked Dushyant Parashar, a lawyer for the girl and her husband Javed Ahmed, to send a copy of their appeal to the government of Uttar Pradesh and posted the matter to a further hearing after two weeks.

INDIA – ‘ Filmed, Blackmailed, Raped ‘: Law Student Charge A Senior BJP Leader

A law student in Uttar Pradesh has claimed that she has constantly filmed, blackmailed and raped by Chinmayanand, a senior BJP leader and a former union minister who has not been questioned by the police so far. Sources say in a declaration to the Delhi police and magistrate, the 23-year-old lady described what she claimed was a year of sexual assault by a politician who operates a number of ashrams and academic institutions. She supposedly reiterated the accusations before a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Supreme Court, which had been questioning her for some 15 hours and had seen videos of the woman.

CANADA – Judge Suspends components of the federal, provincial law on medically assisted dying in Quebec

The Quebec Superior Court of Justice has ruled that sections of both the federal and provincial laws on medically assisted dying are unlawful because they are too restrictive. In January, two Montrealers with degenerative diseases, Jean Truchon, 49, and Nicole Gladu, 73, filed a court case seeking access to Quebec and Canada’s doctor-assisted dying laws. Both suffer from severe health issues, which their lawyer claimed to cause constant and intolerable pain.

INDIA – There Is No Averse To Inter-faith And Inter-caste Marriages: SC

The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that it is not opposed to inter-faith and inter-caste marriages since such relations will support “socialism.” Justice Mishra added: “It’s also a nice thing if caste difference is done away with. People in so-called high caste and low caste should marry each other. That’s even better. They’re great for socialism.” Further, The bench also said that living-in relationships have already been acknowledged by the court, and therefore, there is no need to look into the matter at all. The bench made the observations while hearing a man’s petition against his daughter’s interfaith marriage in Chhattisgarh. The case arose in Chhatisgarh, where a Muslim man converted to Hinduism to marry the girl.

INDIA – P Chidambaram Has Moved Plea Bail in the case of INX Media

Former finance minister and senior congress P Chidambaram have moved the High Court of Delhi to seek bail in the INX Media case. Chidambaram also challenged an order of a trial court of September 5, which ordered him to stay in custody for 14 days in the case until September 19. In his bail plea, Chidambaram challenged his judicial custody and called his detention “illegal.” He requested bail on the basis that no other accused had been arrested in the INX Media case. In his bail plea, Chidambaram also said that he had already been interrogated and therefore there was no rationale for his arrest.

CANADA –  Canadian Warship Sails Across The Taiwan Strait Again

For the second time in three months, Canada has sent a warship through the Taiwan Strait, likely to exacerbate already strained relations with China. On Tuesday (September 10, 2019), the B.C .- based ship HMCS Ottawa sailed from South Korea through the disputed straits en route to the South China Sea. The last time a Canadian warship crossed the line was on June 24, when HMCS Regina and its re-supply ship were buzzed by two Chinese fighter jets at a distance of only 300 meters.

INDIA – Unnao rape case: Judge At AIIMS To Record The Victim’s Witnesses, Accused Kuldeep Sengar Also Present

Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was brought to AIIMS, New Delhi, where a temporary court was set up to record the statement of the Unnao rape survivor. Sengar, along with Shashi Singh, was charged with sexual assault by a woman in 2017. The statement of the woman is recorded by District Judge Dharmesh Sharma in an ‘ in-camera ‘ trials which are not accessible to the public or to the media. She is currently admitted to the hospital following an incident on 28 July. On Friday, the Delhi High Court endorsed the recording of the rape survivor’s declaration at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center in AIIMS.

INDIA – Delhi High Court Dismisses PIL Seeking Compulsory OTP Requirement For Transactions On International Websites

Delhi High Court dismissed the writ petition seeking directions to be given to the central government to make the One Time Password (OTP) requirement compulsory for transactions taken on global websites. He pointed out that there is no requirement for OTP authentication for payment gateways that are not operated in India. This makes the customer vulnerable if his or her card is robbed. The petitioner also asserted that the subscription fee charged by various apps should also have an extra OTP safety layer, as the same would guarantee the customer’s approval before the transaction is made.

EUROPE – Europe Is Anticipated To Sell 1 Million Electric Automobiles Next Year

The new Transport & Environment report estimates that one million electric cars will be sold in Europe next year. Car manufacturers are stepping up their attempts to sell EVs, as the goal of the European Union to reduce CO2 emissions by 2021 is only halfway complete. The goal has been set since 2009. T&E estimates that EV sales in 2020 will be around 5% of the total cars sold, and it is expected to double to 10% in 2021, depending on the strategies used by car manufacturers to force EVs on consumers.

INDIA – Delhi Government Apprises High Court On Policy Being Drafted To Build Breastfeeding, Childcare Rooms

The aim of the move to create child-feeding rooms is to create an atmosphere that promotes, protects and allows the mom to nurse her child in a secure, comfortable and hygienic place. The Ministry is grinding over the By-law to pave the way for such a room. This information was told  to the Dehi high court recently.  The draft policy was also shared with the landowning agencies for their views. The Government is exploring the option of integrating it into future construction plans and amending by-laws to enforce the policy.

INDIA – Dumped Into A Toxic Hell & Forgotten: Mahul Locals Retaliate

Residents residing in 72 houses in Mahul’s transit camps have coined many names for their new home. Some of these are ‘ Toxic Hell ‘ and ‘ Gas Chamber, ‘ because Mahul is also home to at least 10 chemical plants, such as Rashtriya Chemical and Fertilizers Ltd and 3 oil refineries. Mahul has been proclaimed unfit for housing by the National Green Tribunal and IIT Bombay owing to serious air and water pollution. More than 34 individuals in Mahul suffer from pulmonary illnesses in a study undertaken by IIT Bombay on 10% of the population. On 3 September, the Bombay High Court directed petitioners battling to relocate Mahul residents to prepare a comparative graph of air quality studies in Mahul by multiple organizations to determine whether air quality has worsened or improved in the region since 2015.

INDIA – Upon Conversion, The Supreme Court Asks A Man To Prove Bona Fide

On Wednesday (September 12, 2019), the Supreme Court asked a guy who had converted from Islam to Hinduism to marry a Hindu girl to demonstrate his bona fide. Noting that he must be a “faithful husband and not just a wonderful lover,” a Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and M.R. Shah clarified that the tribunal had requested him to demonstrate his excellent intentions by filing an affidavit only to ensure the future and safety of the girl. The case was heard in an appeal filed by the parents of the girl for their daughter. They moved the court after the Chhattisgarh High Court recorded the readiness of the 24-year-old girl to live with her ‘ husband. ‘

INDIA – Abused As A Kid, Son Appeals To The Supreme Court Of India To Withdraw His Father’s Bail

A 20-year-old in India has appealed to the Supreme Court to cancel the bail granted to his dad and stepmom who physically abused him so badly that he was left with deformities. In 2012, the victim’s dad, former Army Major Lalit Balhara, and his stepmother Preeti Balhara were sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Delhi tribunal for torturing and attempting to murder him. The victim was 13 years old at the moment of the sentencing. He’s the son of Lalit from his first wife. The apex court of Justice Indu Malhotra and Justice R Subhash Reddy issued a notice to the Delhi Police and the man’s dad wishing to understand why bail should not be canceled, according to an Indian Express newspaper report.

INDIA – Muzaffarpur Shelter House Case: Charges Against 21 Accused, Trial Starting On 3 April

Delhi’s Saket court has brought charges against all 21 accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter case of sexual assault under sections of the Indian Penal code, including the Child Protection from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), rape and criminal conspiracy. Additional sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshth has pronounced the order. The court will be brought to trial for rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, drug use by minors and criminal intimidation, among other charges. The trial is planned to begin on 3 April

INDIA – The FDA Found Bacteria In MDH Sambhar Masala, The US Will Not Buy Asli Masale Sach Sach

The Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or the U.S. FDA, has detected salmonella bacteria in at least three batches of MDH Sambhar Masala. The US FDA confirmed that the three batches of MDH Sambhar Masala had been removed from the shelves previously this week after the test findings disclosed that the item contained salmonella, according to the Indian Express report. Salmonella poisoning is often related to contaminated water or food. Symptoms of salmonellosis include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting.

INDIA – FIRs filed under non-existent Sec 66A, Internet group plans to keep a zombie tracker tab

The Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) has recommended the launch of a ‘ zombie tracker ‘ which will list cases where Section 66A of the Information Technology Act — decreased by the Supreme Court in March 2015—has been used to reduce dissension across the nation. A research paper was published last year by the privately-run watchdog, which indicated that cases were still filed under Section 66A of the IT Act. Its new tracker, to be developed in collaboration with CivicData Labs, will check if any new Section 66A cases are recorded on a monthly basis.The tracker will analyze and publish big data sets that will be openly available for public scrutiny and public knowledge.

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