India: SC Issues Notice To Kerala Government On Pleas Challenging Temple Control Law
The Kerala government on Friday was served a notice by the Supreme Court bench of Justices K M Joseph and U U Lalit regarding the pleas filed by a leader of BJP, Subramanian Swamy and other petitioners challenging some provisions of the Kerala temple control legislation, Travancore-Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act, 1950. The petitioners contended that the selection of Devaswom boards process was undemocratic and an Infringement on devotees’ rights. The Kerala temple control law guides the process of constituting the boards of Travancore and Cochin, which controls the temple in the central and southern parts of Kerala.
India: #MeToo Movement: Government To Announce Committee To Look Into Sexual Harassment
As the #MeToo campaign continues to trend of social media, more women who are sexual harassment victims are leveraging the movement to publicly share their bitter experiences in the hands of corporate bosses, journalists, and filmmakers. The Indian government through the State Minister For External Affairs, M J Akbar on Friday expressed readiness to announce a committee which would be saddled with the responsibility of looking into the complaint of sexual harassment victims. Conversely, the Ministry of Women and Child Development also gave an indication that it would constitute a commitment of lawyers and senior judicial officers to look into the legal framework already in place to handle sexual harassment.
Australia: Rehabilitate Your Off-shore Health Facilities For Refugees And Asylum Seekers, UNHCR Tells Australian Government
The UN Refugee Agency on Friday called on the Australian government to as a matter of urgency immediately rehabilitate its off-shore health facilities located in Nauru and Papua New Guinea where refugees and asylum seekers are currently receiving treatment. UNHCR made this known through its official. The official said Australia is responsible for the welfare and safety of those seeking protection from their country home.
India: We Cannot Force People To Be Vegetarian, SC Tells Petitioner
A petitioner on Friday was told by the Supreme Court bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Madan B Lokur that granting his plead would amount to forcing people to become vegetarians. The petitioner had filed a suit before the Supreme Court praying the court to intervene in the promotion of meat exportation. The Court after hearing the petition refused to grant the pleas as prayed by the lawyer representing the petitioner.
India: Delhi HC Quashes AAP’s Government Directive On Reservation Of Hospital Beds For Residents In The Capital City
The Delhi high court bench of Justices Rajendra Menon and V Kameswar on Friday quashed the Aam Aadmi Party’s government directive to the management of the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital through a circular for the latter to reserve 80% of bed space to residents of the capital city. The court in its ruling asserted that it was unconstitutional to pass such directive and ordered the state government to provide medical care to all residents of the state regardless of race, tribe, caste, and religion. The case was brought the court by an NGO, Social Jurist.
UK: Law Society Demands Independent Body To Review Legal Aid
A Law Society in the United Kingdom on Friday requested the constitution of an independent body to review the present legal aid’s economic sustainability. The society made this request through its spokesperson, Chancery Lane. Lane lambasted the government for reforming the lawyers’ fee scheme, positing that the reform does not add up. Lane said the reform won’t reverse the crisis currently plaguing the recruitment of lawyers.
India: Delhi University Student Sues School For Setting Law Courses Exam Using Two Patterns
A year three law student of the Delhi University, Parthsarthi Saraf on October 9 filed a lawsuit at the Bombay High Court against the Delhi University for using two different patterns to set the law school examination. The legal tussle came on the heels of an ongoing issue regarding the 60:40 pattern of law courses examination. Recall that the Delhi University had on the 24th of August issued a circular for the assessment of the five-year BLS-LLB and three-year LLB law courses.
US: Pennsylvania To Fine People For Using Drones To Spy
The State of Pennsylvania in the United States on Friday expressed readiness to start imposing fines on those who make use of drones for spying purposes. This followed the signing into law a bill criminalizing the practice by the state governor, Tom Wolf. Wolf said the law would take effect in the next 60 days. According to the bill, offenders would pay a fine of $300 for compromising the Privacy of fellow citizens using drones.
Canada: Legal Village Helps Hospitalized Children And Their Families
A legal village in Atlantic Canada comprising of Together McInnes Cooper and the IWK Health Centre on Friday helped hospitalized children and their relatives by providing free legal services to them. Together McInnes Cooper is the Nova Scotia’s society for legal information. A partner at the Together McInnes Cooper, Melanie Comstock said the village decided to represent sick kids and their families in court in order to rejuvenate their health status.