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INDIA – Porn Sites Get Back By Tweaking Their Portal Names, Despite the Ban on them in India

The Department of Telecommunications issued a letter to all Internet service licensees for the disabling of porn websites (subject to the  provision of Section 79(3)(b) of the Information Technology Act, 2000), “the content posted on these websites relates to morality, and is decent as set out in Article 19(2) of the Constitution.” The order prohibited 857 websites, calling their content “immoral and indecent.” Since the crackdown is on.com domain names, porn websites can be easily accessed on a variety of screens without the need for a virtual private network (VPN), alternative browsers, proxies and other methods of accessing blocked websites. At the recent round table in the capital, experts raised concerns about issues related to cyber-crime, including increasing child porn, sex, sex trafficking, cyber-intimidation / trafficking, and violence against women.

INDIA – PMO Direct Reviewing On Effectiveness of the Existing Laws Against The Abuse Of Elderly Parents

Strengthened law against the abuse and abandonment of elderly parents may take more time to see the light of the day as the Prime Minister’s Office has asked the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to ensure the effectiveness of the existing laws on the matter reviewed by a third party, according to sources. The Ministry drafted and forwarded the amended legislation to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Recently, a meeting was held at the PMO, which then asked the Ministry to ensure the effectiveness of the implementation of the existing legislation assessed by a third party. In the bill, the Ministry also suggested broadening the definition of children to include adopted kids or stepchildren, sons-in-law, and daughters-in-law, grandchildren and minors represented by their legal guardians. Currently, the term only includes sons, daughters, and grandchildren.

INDIA – Power Ministry Is Drafting Up A New Bill To Allow Consumers To be A King

The Ministry of Power is drafting a new Electricity Act to make consumers the king, to set standards of service, to make systems more transparent for ease of operation and to guarantee the viability of investments through secured payment mechanisms. “The new Act will offer the power sector a contemporary ring in line with the aspirations of a modern India. We had drafted amendments to the Electricity Act of 2003, which was very forward-looking at its time. But there were so many amendments that we decided to bring in a new Act, “said Minister of Power R K Singh to TOI. The Electricity Act of 2003 is considered to be the forerunner of reforms in the Indian power sector. Transformation measures, including the separation of generation and distribution wings of state utilities and the introduction of non-discriminatory open access concepts for transmission, have resulted in the flow of private investment.

USA – Trump Has Signed A Law To Stopgap U.S. Federal Financing Through November 21

The U.S. President Donald Trump signed a stopgap public financing bill on Friday to maintain the government open through November 21. The law prevents a brutal government funding battle in the midst of the U.S. president’s impeachment by the House of Representatives. In December and January, the U.S. federal government was partially shut down for 35 days after Trump refused to approve government funding that failed to provide money for a wall along the southern border with Mexico. Trump has repeatedly and publicly pledged to build a wall on the frontier as a presidential candidate and later as president but has so far failed to convince Congress to approve such a measure.

INDIA – Thousands Of People Rally For Human Rights In Kashmir

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun’s memories of the summer of 1984 are still vivid. A teenager at that time, he remembers security forces taking boys from his village in Punjab after a deadly Indian army operation in the Golden Temple, the holiest of the Sikh shrines. On Friday (September 27, 2019), Pannun, a New York lawyer, stood outside the United Nations alongside thousands of human rights protesters in Kashmir as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Pannun and others in the Sikh community, argues that the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 reflect the current crisis in Indian-run Kashmir, where a lockdown has been in place for almost two months after the Indian government’s decision to abolish a constitutional provision giving exclusive rights and a degree of autonomy to the Muslim-majority state. That’s why, Pannun says, he’s helping Modi sue for alleged human rights violations in Kashmir.

USA – Calling Someone An “Illegal Alien” Out Of Hatred Banned By New York City

It is now against the law in New York City to threaten someone with a call to immigration officials or to refer to them as an “illegal alien” when they are motivated by hatred. Restrictions, violating of which are punishable by penalties of up to $250,000 per offense — are set out in a 29-page directive issued by the Human Rights Commission of City Hall. “‘ Alien’—used in many laws to refer to a ‘ non-citizen ‘ person — is a word that can bear adverse connotations and dehumanize immigrants, labeling them ‘ other,'” reads one passage of the memo. “The use of certain languages, including ‘ illegal aliens ‘ and ‘ illegals, ‘ with the aim of demeaning, humiliating or offending an individual or individuals, constitutes discrimination.” The Directive also sets out some examples of acts and remarks that would undermine constraints, including harassing individuals over their accents or grasping English, or threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement as an instrument of hatred.

INDIA –  Shift Of Andhra Pradesh High Court: Lawyers’ Protest Rages Against the Move

With Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy adding fuel to speculation over the transfer of the AP High Court to Kurnool, advocates’ associations in coastal districts have stepped up their opposition to the move. While advocates are already boycotting Guntur’s court duties against the move, Buggana’s statement may encourage protests in other parts of the state. Although lawyers from the Rayalaseema region want the High Court to be moved to Kurnool, those from the coastal zone are opposed to the proposal and want the High Court to continue operating from Amaravati. Though it has not officially been announced, there have been speculations about the shift of the High Court to Kurnool after the change of regime in the state.

INDIA – Prof Madhava Menon, Ram Jethmalani Was Honored At The 17th NLSIU Convocation

Yesterday (September 29, 2019 ), the twenty-seventh Convocation of the National Law School of the University of India (NLSIU) took place in Bangalore. The dignitaries present at the Convocation were the NLSIU Chancellor, Justice SA Bobde, former Chief Justice of India Rajendra Babu, and the Supreme Court Judges NV Ramana, Mohan Shantanagoudar, S Abdul Nazeer, Deepak Gupta, Vineet Saran, and MR Shah. The Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka  Justice Abhay S Oka and the other High Court judges were also present. Prof. KRS Murthy, former director of the Bangalore Indian Institute of Management, was the guest-in-chief. The newly appointed NLSIU Vice-Chancellor Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy congratulated the graduate students. During his address, he paid homage to NLSIU’s founder, Prof Madhava Menon, who died this year. He said, Tribute was also paid to Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani who died previously this month. Prof Krishnaswamy credited Jethmalani with having played an active role in the establishment of NLSIU.

CANADA – Dental Hygienist Considered ‘ Sex Abuser ‘ For Cleaning The Teeth Of His Wife Is Awaiting Exemption From The Law

An exemption from the law that automatically labels a dental hygienist a sexual abuser for cleaning his wife’s teeth remains under government review for more than four years after the regulators proposed the change. While Alex Tanase said he hoped for a “miracle” and tried to raise money for legal bills, the spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Health offered no explanation as to why the process had taken so long. “The Ministry is aware of the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario has filed a proposal for a regulation that would allow its members to treat their wife,” said David Jensen. “The proposal is currently under review and will be submitted to the Minister for consideration as soon as possible.”

INDIA – Sukhbir Singh Badal To Jharkhand CM, Ensure The Reopening Of Massacre Cases In 1984

On Sunday (September 29, 2019), Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal urged Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das to guarantee the reopening or transfer of all 1984 Sikh massacre cases to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He said that the party would send a team of lawyers from the Supreme Court to study these cases before taking up the case at the highest level. Addressing a congregation as part of the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev, the president of the SAD said that more than 100 Sikhs were brutally killed in Bokaro in 1984. He said it was unfortunate that not a single accused had been convicted and punished for such a heinous crime so far.

INDIA – Recommendation Of 8 Judges To Bombay HC By the Supreme Court Collegium

The Supreme Court recommended the appointment of a lawyer and seven judicial officers as judges of the High Court of Bombay. The Collegium of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Sharad Bobde and N V Ramana recommended on Thursday (September 29, 2019) that Amit Borkar, Deputy Judges M G Sewlikar, V G Bisht, B U Debadwar, M S Jawalkar, S P Tavade, N R Borkar, and S D Kulkarni, should be appointed as judges. Debadwar, Tavade, and Kulkarni passed the age limit when the vacancies recommended were created. But the collegium said it deemed that Bombay HC “was dealing with an enormous amount of civil and criminal cases, as it operates with 67 judges, against the complete power of 94.”

INDIA – Delhi HC Seeks Center Response On A PIL Against Digital Thermometers, BP Monitors Notified As Drugs

The High Court of Delhi sought a reply from the Center on a plea in challenging its decision to notify blood monitoring devices, digital thermometers, nebulizers, and glucometers as ‘ drugs ‘ under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued a notice to the Ministry of Health, the notification of which was challenged by an association representing manufacturers and traders of surgical and other medical equipment. The court requested the Ministry to file a response before the next hearing on 11 December. The petition, filed by Harsh Kumar, Bhagya Yadav and Aditya Raj, argues that the notification would generate an unwarranted burden of spending on importers, traders and suppliers of such appliances and would, therefore, be passed on to customers.

UNITED KINGDOM – Shamima Begum: The Isis Bride Will Not Be Allowed To Return From Syria To The United Kingdom, Says Home Secretary

Former Isis Bride Shamima Begum was reported to have been told again by the Home Secretary that she would never be allowed to return to the United Kingdom. Ms. Begum, who was 15 years old when she secretly fled her home in Bethnal Green, East London, to join the terrorist group in 2015, is now living in a camp run by Kurdish forces in northern Syria. She repeatedly begged the British authorities to allow her to return, even if that meant jailing in the United Kingdom prison. Ms. Begum In an interview last week, said that her only role in the caliphate was to “make babies,” adding that her mental health was poor after all three of the children she had a Dutch Isis fighter died.

INDIA – 13 Bombay HC Benches Refused To Hear The Case Of MSCB Scam Case Petitioner Earlier

Surinder Arora, the complainant in the case of the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank (MSCB), said 13 benches of the High Court of Bombay refused to hear the case, quoting “not before me” until it was lastly heard by its bench that ordered the (EOW) Economic Offences Wing  of the Mumbai Police to file an FIR on August 22. The presumed scam came in the media spotlight after the Enforcement Directorate appointed NCP Chief Sharad Pawar in the alleged money-laundering situation this week. Addressing Saturday’s press conference, Arora said, “I don’t want to take any names that are engaged in the crime. I have no private agenda with any of the parties. It’s my own movement for cooperative banks, “he said, adding that the ED had approached him to record his statement and to submit documents relating to the case

AUSTRALIA – Failing to walk Your Dogs Every Day, Face $2,700 Fine In This Australian Territory

Dog owners could be fined up to $2,700 (AU$4,000) if they do not walk your pets at least once a day under new legislation that recognizes animals as sentient beings in the Australian Capital Territory. The Animal Welfare Legislation Amendment Bill, which became law on Thursday, imposes several strict penalties to improve animal welfare. Owners may face hefty on-the-spot fines if they fail to provide basics such as shelter, food, and water. People who confine dogs for 24 hours must also be allowed to move freely for the next two hours or face prosecution.

INDIA – Give a nod to pandals after consulting traffic police; Karnataka High court to BBMP

BBMP can not mechanically authorize the erection of temporary pandals or structures for religious festivals/functions on public streets/footpaths, the High Court said on Friday. The court ordered the civil authority to carry out spot inspections and consult the traffic police before granting authorization in such cases, while exercising its powers under section 288(2) of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation (KMC) Act, 1976. Disposal of a PIL filed by Thyagarajanagar resident Prashant Rao, a division bench led by Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka directed Palike to ensure that that given approval clearly set out the circumstances and dismantle the constructions within the specified timeframe.

INDIA – 10 Private Medical Colleges To Submit Admission Details Under The NRI Quota; Madras High Court

On Friday (September 27, 2019), the High Court of Madras directed 10 private medical colleges in Tamil Nadu to submit details of the admissions made under the Indian non-resident (NRI) quota. Given the interim direction on the appeal that claimed 207 unfilled NRI quota seats had been sold for large sums without merit, it also directed the Indian Medical Council to file an affidavit explaining the process for filling vacant positions. At the hearing, a bench consisting of Justice N Kirubakaran and Justice P Velmurugan made oral observations as to whether there was any possibility of a rule giving preference to students who studied in government schools for admission to government medical colleges. Appellant S Dheeran of Coimbatore challenged the order of a single judge to dismiss his petition to the state government for proper counseling and mop-up to fill the 207 management quota seats that had become available due to the non-filling of NRI quota seats.

INDIA – The Madras High Court Rule, Club Members Can Bring Liquor

The High Court of Madras quashed a circular issued by the Commissioner for Prohibition and Excise on 23 March 2010, which restricted the members of the recreation clubs and their guests from carrying liquor purchased outside clubs and consuming it inside the premises. Allowing a batch of written petitions filed since 2010 by various clubs in the city, Justice M.S. Ramesh held that the Commissioner had imposed a restriction by wrongly relying on Rule 34(2) of the 1981 Tamil Nadu Liquor (License and Permit) Rules. The judge pointed out that Rule 34(2) only delivers that liquor can be supplied from the clubs to its members and its guests for consumption in the premises. It also allowed them to take away sealed bottles of liquor from the clubs. Accordingly, the clubs could allow some amount of alcohol to be carried on payment of corkage or similar charges, the court ruled.

INDIA – CBI Is Not God, Every Case Need Not Go To The Premier Agency; SC

“CBI is not God,” the Supreme Court (SC)said, stressing that not every case needs to be referred to the investigative agency. Justices NV Ramana and Sanjiv Khanna have made this observation when setting aside an order of High Court of Punjab and Haryana, which had handed the case to the CBI by the local police. By order in August 2017, the High Court ordered CBI to investigate the disappearance of a person whose brother had approached it. The petitioner, Shyambir Singh, complained that his brother had been missing since 2012 when he had gone to collect cash from specific individuals who had purchased their father’s land.

INDIA – 6 judicial Officers As Punjab And Haryana HC Judges Recommended By The Supreme Court Collegium

The Supreme Court of Collegium has decided to propose the appointment of six judicial officers as judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Courts. The judicial officers to be appointed are Ashok Kumar Verma, Sant Parkash Phutela, Karamjit, Vivek Puri, Meenakshi I Mehta and Archana Puri. The recommendation for their elevation was initially produced by the then Chief Justice of Punjab and the High Court of Haryana on 14 March, in consultation with his two senior colleagues. The list has competition from the states of Punjab and Haryana. Currently, the High Court has 47 judges against the approved strength of 85.

 

 

 

 

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