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INDIA – Police: Hafiz Saeed’s Brother-in-law (26/11 Mastermind) Arrested in Pakistan

The Mumbai terror attack brother-in-law and proscribed Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed arrested for hate speech and criticizing the government of Pakistan, police said on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Abdul Rehman Makki was arrested under the Public Order Maintenance Act. Reports say the Jud was declared by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization in June 2014 and was also banned by the government of Pakistan in March.


INDIA – Designation As Senior Lawyer: Delhi HC Stays Recommendation Rule Of 3 Senior Lawyers

The Delhi High Court (HC) stayed in Rule 7 of the amended “The High Court of Delhi Designation of Senior Advocate Rules, 2018” on Wednesday, May 15 2019, which provides that the High Court may consider a lawyer for being appointed by three Senior Advocates as Senior Advocate on a Joint Proposal. The bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anup J Bhambhani maintained the operation of the amended rule while allowing petitioner advocates Nandita Rao and Farrukh Rashid to apply without any recommendation for the appointment of a senior advocate. For May 27, the matter is now listed.


USA – Lawmakers Vote In Alabama To Ban Abortion Effectively

A measure that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state was approved by the Alabama Senate on Tuesday 14 May 2019, creating a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the case that recognized the constitutional right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy. The law prohibits abortion at all stages of pregnancy and criminalizes the procedure for doctors who may be charged with felonies and face up to 99 years in prison. It includes an exception for cases where the life of the mother is at serious risk, but not for rape or incest cases — a subject of massive debate among lawmakers in recent days.


INDIA – Students Throughout India Are Calling On PM To Ban E-Cigarettes

More than 1000 students and teachers, together with several public health organizations, have called on the Prime Minister (PM) to enforce a complete ban on e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). They said in a letter that there is gross misinformation among adolescents about the harmful effects of these products as they perceive them as safe “fun devices.” According to reports, 13 states in India and 36 countries around the world have also banned e-cigarette sales.

INDIA – Madras High Court Rejects The Plea To Cancel The Thiruparankundram By-Election

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking either to cancel or postpone the May 19 by-election to the constituency of the Thiruparankundram assembly alleging that three major political parties – the AIADMK, the DMK and the AMMK, distributed Rs 1,000 each to voters.


USA – Activists Are Using Environmental Law In California To Block Homeless Shelters

Earlier this spring, residents of a waterfront neighborhood in San Francisco appealed to GoFundMe to raise $100,000 to file a lawsuit under one of the landmark environmental laws in California. The fundraiser was not meant to fight a toxic waste facility or industrial warehouse, which surpassed its goal. Instead, residents are planning to sue to stop a proposed temporary homeless shelter in their community on a parking lot.


INDIA – The NBA Appoints Former Judge Of The Supreme Court A K Sikri As Chairman Of The NBSA

As chairman of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has appointed Justice (Retd.) A K Sikri, former Supreme Court of India judge. On May 26, 2019, he will take office succeeding Justice (Retd.) R V Raveendran. NBA President Rajat Sharma said in a press statement that the vast experience of Justice Sikri in the judiciary and impeccable record as a judge would strengthen self-regulation and NBSA.


INDIA – The Supreme Court Dismisses The Bail Plea Of A Man Charged With Raping A Minor

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Supreme Court declined to grant anticipatory bail to a 45-year-old man who raped a 17-year-old girl, filmed the offence and then circulated the video clip on social media, calling it a “serious” case. A vacation bench comprising judges S A Nazeer and Indu Malhotra took strong note of the offence and said the accused, who is already married, will have to surrender to custodial interrogation before the police.


CANADA – The Tangle Of Sex Toy: B.C. Man Is Suing Ex-Girl Friend To Get Back The Vibrator

This week a tribunal member ordered a B.C. woman to return one of the vibrators after a recent breakup to her ex-boyfriend. She will also have to give up two down pillows he purchased to use at her place during sleepovers. The decision depended on whether, under Canadian law, the Magic Wand and pillows, worth around $ 300 together, count as gifts. However, “the evidence does not show that a gender-specific item is the Magic Wand,” says the CRT decision. As a result of the decision, by registered mail or courier, the ex-girlfriend will have 30 days to return the Magic Wand and pillows. She will have to pay $ 125 for court fees as well.


INDIA – Karti Chidambaram Seeks Reimbursement From The Supreme Court For Rs 10 Crore Deposited For Abroad Travel

In the face of criminal cases being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate, Karti Chidambaram moved the Supreme Court to seek the return of Rs 10 crore that he had previously deposited with the court’s registry for foreign travel. The matter was mentioned in front of a vacation bench consisting of Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Sanjiv Khanna who asked Karti’s counsel to refer the matter to the regular bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi later.


INDIA – The Center Prepares A Scheme For Witness Protection; The NE States Implementing

In consultation with the National Legal Service Authority, the Bureau of Police Research and Development and the State Governments, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India prepared a Witness Protection Scheme for 2018. The scheme provides witness protection based on the assessment of the threat. It should be noted that the 2018 Witness Protection Scheme was endorsed by the Supreme Court of India and also directed the Union of India, as well as States and Union Territories, to enforce the scheme in letter and spirit and that it will be the ‘ law ‘ pursuant to Article 141/142 of the Constitution until appropriate parliamentary or state legislation is enacted on the matter.


MEXICO – Mexican Law Provides Benefits, Higher Pay For Domestic Workers

For the first time, a law requiring written contracts paid holidays, and the Mexico Senate has approved annual bonuses for domestic workers. The new law will prevent domestic workers under the age of 15 from being hired. It requires a defined rest period of at least nine (9) hours per day, at least one and a half (1.5) days off per week, and an annual bonus paid around Christmas, usually equivalent to two weeks’ pay. On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the bill was passed on a 117-0 vote and went to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for signing into law.


INDIA – RTI Reply Reveals, Election Bonds Worth 5,029 Crore Issued On May 4.

The State Bank of India (SBI) has issued 10,494 electoral bonds at an average of about ₹48 lakh per bond in nine phases so far, worth more than ₹5,029 crore, revealing an RTI response. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a volunteer group working on electoral reforms, demanded a stay on electoral bond sales while the CPI (M) challenged it in separate petitions before the Supreme Court.


INDIA – Declarations Of Rape, Victims Of Sexual Abuse Should Not Be Taken At Face Value: Bar Council Head

The Chairman of the Indian Bar Council, Manan Kumar Mishra, said Tuesday 14 May 2019, that there was a need to take a closer look at the statements of victims of rape and sexual harassment. Mishra spoke in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against India’s Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who has since been cleared of the charges.


UNITED KINGDOM – The Law to Protect Future Generations in Wales is ‘Useless’

A law to protect future generations in Wales, a senior barrister said, is “virtually useless.” This was because it was unsuccessful in attempting to use the Future Generations Act to challenge a school closure for the first time. The Welsh government has said that this is an issue for the courts to interpret the law.


INDIA – Take Action On Contaminating Units Of Dyeing: Punjab and Haryana HC

The high court of Punjab and Haryana ordered the government of Punjab to take action on suggestions made by the amicus curiae, who was appointed by it on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed on the release of toxic gasses from dyeing mills in Ludhiana causing adverse effects on the health of Ludhiana Central prisoners. Taking note of the report, the bench comprising Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Pal Palli, asked the state to initiate suitable steps in the next two weeks and to submit a status report by May 29.


INDIA – HC Directs Home Secretary To Take Disciplinary Action Against Karnal SP For Failure To Comply With The Order

THE PUNJAB and Haryana High Court Tuesday, May 14, 2019, directed Haryana Home Secretary to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the Karnal Superintendent of Police (SP) for failing to send custody certificates of eight convicts (sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for guilty homicide) to court despite a communication from the Advocate General’s office. In its order, the court stated that the custody certificates are of “most importance” as they are to be taken into account when pronouncing sentence. The proceedings will commence within four weeks from today, read the order.


FRANCE – What Is The New Law On Education In France, And Why Is It So Controversial?

French lawmakers have been debating plans for a far-reaching change in the education system of the country-but what do the planned reforms mean and why are both parents and teachers struggling over them? The new measures will affect pupils from maternal schools (nursery schools) to primary schools (primary schools) and middle schools (pupils between 10-11 and 14-15 years of age). The main point of the changes is the plan to unite elementary, primary and middle schools under one administrative entity-and, the one that has riled parents.


FRANCE – Cost of Calling In Europe Drops, Due to New EU LAW

Within European countries, mobile phone calls are set to fall in price and be capped from yesterday (Wednesday 15 May), as the law has entered into force limiting costs. The law of the European Commission states: ‘ Retail prices (excluding VAT) charged to consumers for calls within the regulated European Union may not exceed € 0.19 per minute for calls and € 0.06 per SMS. This corresponds to € 0.228 per minute for calls in France and € 0.072 per text in France. The new rates will automatically be applied within two months.


DUBAI – Iraqis Mock Police Crackdown on Wearing ‘Bermuda’ Short

If you love wearing shorts in Bermuda, never do it in Kirkuk, as the Iraqi city police arrest anyone seen wearing shorts or ripped jeans. Many have mocked the move on social media. A Kirkuk Police spokesman said “The decision to ban shorts and ripped jeans came from Kirkuk’s (central police) operations room.” He added that 20 men had already been detained under the new law.



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