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Legal Updates

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25 Jun , 2016  

June 25, 2016 #Adani’s Australia project faces legal hurdle  The $21.5-billion project of Adani Mining in Australia has hit a legal roadblock. A community group has asked the Queensland Supreme Court to examine the Queensland government’s decision to ratify the Abbot Point Terminal expansion. The community has pleaded for a hearing on the issue to […]

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Editorial

A Thunderbolt from the Supreme Court

15 Jun , 2016  

Chief Justice Thakur should rightly be proud of his brothers who, despite attacks on “judicial activism”, are safeguarding this republic from the dangers of becoming a police state. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF INDERJIT BADHWAR highlights a recent judgment which should resound in all countries that profess their faith in the Rule of Law. A recent Supreme Court judgment penned […]

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Competition Commission rules in favor of DCI

25 Jun , 2016  

India Legal Bureau An Indian company and digital-cinema provider K Sera Sera recently accused Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) of indulging in anti-competitive activities under Section 3 of the Competition Act, 2002. DCI is a conglomerate of companies, such as The Walt Disney Company India, Fox Star Studios, NBC Universal Media Distribution Services, Sony Pictures, Warner […]

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Telangana government restrains unruly lawyers

25 Jun , 2016  

India Legal Bureau The Telangana government has issued a circular directing district collectors, superintendents of police and police commissioners of Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Warangal to ensure that judicial work is not hampered and judges remain safe in the state. The measure has been taken in view of the ongoing agitation by advocates over the bifurcation […]

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Society

Basket of Woes

25 Jun , 2016  

Despite laws banning this deplorable practice, it continues with impunity. It is time society gave these workers a leg-up so that they live a life of dignity and courage  By Deepti Jain Manual scavenging is India’s shame and has been callously overlooked. Though in 2013, the parliament passed the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers […]

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Exclusive

Supreme Court to decide WhatsApp’s fate

24 Jun , 2016  

India Legal Bureau Doing WhatsApp may soon be history if the apex court agrees with a PIL filed by a petitioner. The PIL claims that it is helping terrorists and could become a threat to national security. As of now, the apex court has decided to examine the matter on June 29. Sudhir Yadav, an […]

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Defense

Identity Crisis!

24 Jun , 2016  

Despite the Supreme Court of Bangladesh confirming that Biharis there were its citizens, they live in deplorable conditions due to their legal status not being clear By Prakash Bhandari in Dhaka Visit Mohamedpur and Mirpur in old Dhaka and one will come across a large number of Pakistani Biharis in crowded camps there. Living in […]

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US Supreme Court upholds affirmative action program at Texas varsity

24 Jun , 2016  

India Legal Bureau In a landmark ruling, that will go a long way in establishing racial inclusion and ethnic diversity in university admissions in the US, the Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin. The ruling gives supporters of affirmative action a major victory. […]

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My Space

Will the Floodgates Open?

24 Jun , 2016  

While Bollywood celebrated the Bombay High Court verdict okaying Udta Punjab, it could be seen as a license to show films full of sleaze, smut and violence. An emasculated Censor Board is worse than none at all By Bikram Vohra In a world of open-ended audio-visual piracy and the almost comical ease with which you […]

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Madras High Court strikes down I&B ministry’s order on e-auctions

24 Jun , 2016  

India Legal Bureau The Madras High Court recently asked the central government to announce the names of successful bidders of FM Station Phase III e-auction, subject to conditions being fulfilled by the applicants. It also struck down the order of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting against Sun TV Network and its allied radio broadcasters. […]

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No, No, No!

24 Jun , 2016  

Instantaneous triple talaq in one go, is against the Quran, the Indian constitution and a woman’s human rights. Spurred by a lone Muslim woman’s charge, a brigade of activists and supporters is urging the Supreme Court to ban this “abhorrent practice” By Ramesh Menon It’s remarkable how courage can suddenly erupt in completely ordinary lives […]

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Courts

Mumbai civic body still in line of fire

24 Jun , 2016  

Neeta Kolhatkar in Mumbai Taking a suo motu cognizance of potholes in Mumbai, the Bombay High Court today asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to submit a detailed report on the repair work by July 6, the next date of hearing. Earlier, the court had taken a grim view of the alarming incidents of injuries […]

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States

Poison Pen?

23 Jun , 2016  

Rajya Sabha elections in the state led to acrimony between the Congress and the BJP with allegations that some MLAs of the saffron party had surreptitiously changed the pens used for voting By Vipin Pubby in Chandigarh The biennial election for one of the two Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana this month was nothing short […]

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Companies can’t file an RTI

23 Jun , 2016  

India Legal Bureau For all legal purposes, a company is considered a “personality”, distinct from the people who are part of it. However, unlike any other individual, it can’t file an RTI, according to a Central Information Commission (CIC) verdict. The CIC, while hearing an appeal in Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd vs Central Public Information Officer, […]

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Free ride on highways for people with disabilities

22 Jun , 2016  

India legal Bureau In a move to empower differently-abled persons, the National Highways Authority of India in a recent circular has added mechanical vehicles, especially designed and manufactured for people suffering from physical defects or disabilities to its list of vehicles that are exempt from “user fees” on highways. Rule 11 of the National Highways […]

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FOR USE WITH DONALD MCNEIL PAIN SERIES--TRIVANDRUM, INDIA--MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007-- Dr. Mhoira Leng, right, a palliative care consultant fron Scotland, comforts Radha Chellamma, 74, as she monitors her pain  due to her late stage mouth cancer in her room at the Karunya Visanthi Bhavan Home (the name is in the Keralan language, Malayalam, and translates into the 'Home of Peace and Kindness') Monday, May 21, 2007 in Trivandrum, in the capitol of the southwestern state of Kerala, India. Dr. Leng is working with  Pallium India, a non profit palliative care institution. Once a week a palliative care team visits the home and monitors the pain of various destitute patients. Palliative care provides emotional and psychological support as well as pain medication to people in the final stages of life. 
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Medicine

High on Pain

22 Jun , 2016  

While amendment to this act was meant to make access to morphine and other such opioids easier for those suffering from pain, stringent jail terms and fear of addiction means that few doctors prescribe them By Shobha John When Nidhi Gupta*, a media professional, was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years back, she kept […]

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