Meghalaya High Court will integrate customs, legal system: CJI

Altamas-KabirShillong, March 25 : Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir Monday said the opening of a high court in Meghalaya will help integrate the different traditional laws and customs of the state together with the legal system of mainstream India.

"There are different systems prevalent here, which need to be integrated, and with the coming into operation of the new high court here, I think it will go a long way in fulfilling these aspirations," Kabir said, after inaugurating the Meghalaya High Court.

Lok Sabha approves anti-rape bill

Sushilkumar-ShindeNew Delhi, March 19 : The Lok Sabha Tuesday passed the anti-rape bill which keeps the age for consensual sex at 18 years and makes voyeurism and stalking punishable offences.

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, was tabled in the house by union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde a day after the cabinet approved its draft.  The house debated it during the day.

The anti-rape bill will replace the ordinance promulgated by President Pranab Mukherjee Feb 3.  The legislation had to be passed by parliament before April 4, when it would have lapsed.

Women activists welcome anti-rape bill

anti-rape-lawNew Delhi, March 16 : Women's rights activists welcomed the anti-rape bill cleared by the union cabinet, terming it a step forward for women's rights in India and urging political parties to enact it into law.

"The approval by the union cabinet of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 on March 14 signals a step forward for women's rights in India. We call upon the political parties who profess to stand up for women's rights to show this in their deeds, and ask parliament to enact this bill into law," a statement from a group of women's rights activists said.

Cabinet to take up criminal law amendment bill Tuesday: Shinde

Sushilkumar-Shinde12New Delhi, March 11 : The cabinet will consider the Criminal Law (Amendment) bill Tuesday, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said, asserting that there were no differences in the government on the issue.

"There are no differences between home and other ministries. There are certain legal points which need to be examined. We are bringing it to the cabinet tomorrow," Shinde told reporters at his monthly press conference Monday.

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 seeks to impose tougher sentences for crimes against women than those on the statute book at present.

Union Cabinet fails to reach consensus on anti-rape law

Manish-TiwariNew Delhi, Mar 7 : The Union cabinet on Thursday failed to arrive at a consensus on the way forward on anti-rape laws, but reiterated its commitment to introduce tough laws to combat crimes against women.

It maybe recalled that the Centre had constituted the Justice Verma Committee to recommend changes in the laws that deal with crimes against women in wake of nationwide protest against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012.

Putin signs smoking ban bill into law

Vladimir-Putin23Moscow, Feb 25 : Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a smoking ban bill into law, the Kremlin said Monday.

The law bans smoking in public places, including bars, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, stadiums and train stations, reported Xinhua.

It also imposes measures to reduce the demand for tobacco products and restrict trade in them. Advertising and sponsorship of tobacco is prohibited under the law.

The State Duma, or lower house of the parliament, approved the bill on Feb 12 and the Federation Council, the upper house, passed it Feb 20.

It will come into effect June 1.(IANS)

Low-paid foreign workers to face ‘closed doors’ under tough new Oz immigration laws

brendan-o-connorMelbourne, Feb 23 : Thousand of low-paid foreign workers will be stopped from coming into Australia and finding employment, under the federal government's crackdown on visas.

Under the new law which is to be announced by Immigration Minister Brendan O''Connor, employers will have to pay from the former market rate of 180,000 dollars to 250,000 dollars so as to close loopholes which allow a foreign worker to be paid less than an Australian citizen, the Courier Mail reports.

PM hopes Parliament will pass comprehensive law to deal with crimes against women

Manmohan-singhNew Delhi, Feb 18 : Terming the incidents of violence and sexual offences against women as a "matter of shame", Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today hoped that Parliament would urgently pass the necessary legislation to enact a comprehensive law in this regard.

"It is indeed a matter of shame that, notwithstanding the gains we have made, incidents of violence and sexual offences against women are on the increase," Dr. Singh said at a function to confer the Indira Gandhi prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development 2011 on social worker Ela Bhatt.

Law took its own course: Manish Tewari

Law took its own course: Manish TewariNew Delhi, Feb 9 : The law had taken its own course in the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said here Saturday.

"The process of Article 72 unfolded and the once the mercy petition was rejected by the president (Pranab Mukherjee) the law took its own course," Tewari told Times Now news channel, referring to the article of the constitution under which a president can grant pardon or commute the sentence of any convict.

Supreme Court to examine definition of juvenile in Juvenile Justice Act

Supreme-Court-of-IndiaNew Delhi, Feb 4 : The Supreme Court today decided to examine the constitutional validity of the provision giving the definition of juvenile in the Juvenile Justice Act which treats a person as a minor till he or she attains the age of 18 years.

The apex court accepted a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), which challenges some of the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act.

Attorney General G E Vahanvati was asked by the apex court to assist on the issue raised in a petition, which seeks to strike down the definition of juvenile from the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.

Ordinance on sexual assault is a legislative process, not the final bill: Chidambaram

P-ChidambaramNew Delhi, Feb 4 : Asserting that the government is committed to introducing a strong bill to amend laws regarding crimes against women, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said the ordinance approved by the Union Cabinet is not a final decision, and it is an obligation on the government to introduce a bill and get it passed in Parliament within six weeks.

Lokpal Bill amendments officially released

Central-GovernmentlNew Delhi, Jan 1 : The Central Government on Friday came out with the official amendments approved by the Union Cabinet in the proposed Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill- 2011.

Salient features of amendments to the bill approved by the cabinet on January 31 are as below:

- a) Collegium for Selection of Lokpal: The Bill provides for selection of members of Lokpal by a Selection Committee comprising the Prime Minister, Speaker (Lok Sabha), Leader of Opposition (Rajya Sabha), Chief Justice of India or a Supreme Court judge nominated by CJI and an eminent jurist nominated by the President.

New York becomes first US state to pass toughest gun-control law

/gun-control-lawWashington, Jan 16 : New York has become the first state to pass a gun control law, which is the toughest in the nation, since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre last month.

Acting one month and a day since the rampage that left 20 children and six educators dead, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law shortly after 5 p. m.

Called the New York Safe Act, the law includes a tougher assault weapons ban that broadens the definition of what constitutes an assault weapon, and limits the capacity of magazines to seven bullets from 10, ABC News reports.

Ramalingam declines to share details about US treasury bonds worth Rs 27,000cr

Ramalingam declines to share details about US treasury bonds worth Rs 27,000cr S Ramalingam, the Tamil Nadu-based trader who was recently caught by the I-T Department with US treasury bonds worth $5 billion (around Rs 27,000 crore), declined to reveal where he got those bonds from.

Declining to share details, Ramalingam said, "Till the time this issue (the probe by the I-T department) is over, I will not be able to share anything."

However, he emphasized that he was confident that he would come out clean.

Supreme Court agrees to hear PIL seeking speedy trials in rape cases

Supreme-Court-IndiaNew Delhi, Jan 2 : The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a public interest litigation (PIL) that seeks speedy trials in rape cases.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir will hear tomorrow the PIL which also sought suspension of MPs and MLAs in case a charge sheet is filed against them for crime against women.

The apex court agreed to hear the PIL filed by a former woman IAS officer seeking directions to the government to ensure safety of women and for conduct of fast-track court proceedings in all rape cases.

Police, judicial reforms will curb crime against women: Lawyers

s/Lawyers.jpgNew Delhi, Dec 29 : Immediate reforms are needed in the police and the judiciary along with sensitised courts and witness protection programmes to end incidents of rape, lawyers here said Saturday.

"Lots of reforms are required - judicial and police reforms - and only then will rate of crime against women drop," lawyer Aman Lekhi told IANS.

However, as reforms in police include more independence and autonomy, state governments would never be interested as they want to keep police under control, he said.

Apple fined by Chinese court for copyright violation

/Apple-IncBeijing, Dec 28 : A Beijing court ruled against Apple Inc. in a copyright dispute on Thursday, saying the company must pay a fine for selling unlicensed electronic versions of books online.

The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People''s Court ordered Apple to pay a total of 1.03 million yuan (165,908 U. S. dollars) to eight Chinese writers and two companies for violating their copyrights.

The plaintiffs said they spotted applications containing unlicensed electronic versions of their books available for download last year, adding that the books were downloaded in great quantity, resulting in large economic losses for their authors, their lawyer said.

Patiala gang-rape case: Top Punjab cop on defensive

Sumedh-Singh-Saini-DGP-Punjab.Chandigarh, Dec 28 : The chief of Punjab Police went on the defensive in connection with the Patiala gang-rape incident after the high court served a notice on his force on Friday, and admitted that the incident has been handled unprofessionally.

Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini said that all essential action would be taken against those guilty in the case.

"We have registered a criminal case against the erring Sub-Inspector and other Policemen who were involved in the case," he said.

Passing of Banking Laws Amendment Bill 2011 just the beginning

Passing of Banking Laws Amendment Bill 2011 just the beginning The Parliament has approved the Banking Laws Amendment Bill 2011 to allow the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to issue new bank licences, but the success of setting up of new banks will depend on a lot more factors.

Experts are of the view that passing of the controversial Banking Laws Amendment Bill 2011 is only the beginning.

Narayanan Ramaswamy, partner at KPMG, said, "Amendment to the Banking Bill is just the beginning. A lot more factors, starting with entity structure, will determine the success of setting up new banks."

CBI files charge sheet against three telecom firms

CBI files charge sheet against three telecom firms The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed charge sheet against three telecommunication firms, viz. Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone India and Sterling Cellular Ltd, as part of its investigation into alleged corruption in allocation of excess spectrum during the NDA regime.

In the charge sheet, the investigation agency also named former telecom secretary Shyamal Ghosh. Filed under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act, the agency estimated that the irregularities in the allocation of spectrum cost the exchequer around Rs 846 crore.

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