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cctvs in courtrooms: don’t need privacy as nothing private happens there, says sc

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: cctvs (representative image) maintaining that courtrooms do not need privacy as nothing private happens there, the supreme court bench of justices a k goel and u u lalit on tuesday (november 22) supported early installation of close circuit televisions (cctvs) in the courts.“what privacy? this is not a case of privacy. we don’t need privacy here. judges don’t need privacy in court proceedings. nothing private is happening here. we all are sitting in front of you,” the bench observed.following up with its earlier order, the bench sought a progress report from the centre and directed it to file by november 23.additional solicitor general (asg) pinky anand during the course...




gm mustard case: issue to be again heard at sc after 12 weeks

above: a woman works inside her mustard field on the outskirts of srinagar (file picture). photo: uni the application field by activist aruna rodrigues, seeking an urgent stay on the commercial release of genetically modified (gm) mustard came up for hearing at the supreme court on wednesday (november 22) before the bench of chief justice dipak misra and justices a m khanwilkar and d y chandrachud.with the decision on commercial approval of gm mustard on the anvil, anti-gmo campaigner rodrigues had filed this petition seeking a moratorium on the release of any genetically modified organisms (gmos) into the environment pending a rigorousbio-safety protocol conducted by independent expert bodies.the government of india had earlier submitted be...




sell, mortgage, do whatever, but pay the homebuyers, sc tells jaypee directors

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: flat buyers under the banner of jaypee aman owners welfare association shouting slogans during a demonstration demanding for a judicial probe for delay in allotment of their pre-booked flats in new (file picture).photo: uni the supreme court bench of chief justice dipak misra and justices a m khanwilkar and d y chandrachud on wednesday (november 22) admonished the directors of embattled real estate major jaiprakash associates ltd (jal) and told them to pay up the home buyers.the bench, which had called all the directors in court (eight independent and five regular directors had come), said: “we don’t have any grudge against you. homebuyers invested theirhard-earned money and...




amid padmavati row, deepika padukone pulls out of global entrepreneurship summit

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.facing death threats, actor joins dhoni in deciding to give november 28 event a go-by actor deepika padukone has joined cricketer ms dhoni and a few other invitees in skipping the november 28 indo-us global entrepreneurship summit. slated for inauguration in hyderabad by prime minister narendra modi, the meet will be attended by us president donald trump’s daughter ivanka who will head the american delegation.padukone has been at the receiving end of death threats by right-wing fringe groups for her portrayal of rajput queen padmini in padmavati, director sanjay leela bhansali’s upcoming offering.while padukone has not commented on the reasons behind her decision, government sourc...




delhi hc refuses to pass order on “arrow” symbol allotment

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: (left) arrow, the symbol of jd (u); (right) bihar cm nitish kumarthe delhi high court bench of justice indermeet kaur on wednesday (november 22) refused to pass any order on the petition seeking stay of election commission of india (eci) order allotting jd(u) symbol “arrow” to bihar cm nitish kumar faction.the court asked the poll panel to explain reasons for their decision to allot “arrow” to bihar cm nitish kumar faction at the earliest, and directed it to apprise it by thursday (november 23). the court asked it that until then it is holding up the order.the court listed the matter for next hearing to november 23.the bench was hearing the petition filed by chhotubhai a...




quadrilateral on the sidelines of asean summit: combating the dragon

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: prime minister narendra modi along with other leaders who attended the asean-india summit in manila, philippines. photo: unithe formation of the quadrilateral on the sidelines of this summit is more like an insurance policy for india against china’s growing clout than a defence pact ~by seema guhathe association of southeast asian nations (asean) has played a significant role in bringing india out of its sub-continental moorings. it was the economic reforms of 1991 and the consequent opening up to foreign investors, which propelled the 10-nation asean grouping to take an interest in india. today, indo-asean relations have come a long way.indian leaders regularly attend the ase...




wooing the patidar community in gujarat: the reservation riddle

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: hardik patel (in red turban) at a patidar rally in gujarat. photo: uniwith the patidar community constituting 14 percent of the population of gujarat, it is being wooed by political parties with promises of greater reservation. do they really deserve such concessions?    ~by rk misra in gandhinagarback in the 1980s, the patidar community in gujarat staged massive anti-reservation protests. now, politics and a no-holds-barred election has turned the issue on its head. hardik patel, convener of the patidar anamat andolan samiti (paas), and a festering thorn in the side of the ruling bjp, has raised the demand for reservation for the community in educational institutions and gov...




pil against rahul gandhi and his spg protection thrown out by delhi hc

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: congress vice president rahul gandhi during roadshow (file picture). photo: uni  yet another politically motivated pil was been thrown out by the court on wednesday (november 22), this time by the delhi high court bench of acting chief justice gita mittal and justice c hari shankar.it was a petition filed by maharashtra bjp member tuhin sinha against congress vice-president rahul gandhi for supposedly violating provisions of the spg act by lea...




‘the credibility of judiciary has been dented in the up medical college scam’

the latest edition of the india legal show discussed the up medical college case filed by advocate on record kamini jaiswal which was dismissed by the apex court.rajshri rai, editor-in-chief, apn anchored the show. the panellists included:justice r b misra, former acting chief justice, himachal pradesh high courtjustice shobha dixit, former judge, allahabad high courtrupinder suri, president, supreme court bar associations p singh, senior advocate, supreme courtjustice a k tripathi, former judge, allahabad high courtvikas singh, senior advocate, supreme courtjustice an mittal, chairman, up law commissionk k manan, senior advocate, delhi high courtanil pratap singh, chairman, up bar council         rai started the debate by asking s p...




national law university protests: campus on the boil

nliu students in bhopal raise placards to highlight their proteststudents of this prestigious university in bhopal are up in arms and one of their main grouses is against the director, whom they accuse of acting like a dictator and being prone to making sexist and casteist remarks~by rakesh dixit in bhopalsince november 9, the prestigious national law institute university (nliu) here has been swamped by protests. a large number of special task force (stf) policemen are guarding the campus to avert confrontation between agitating students and a recalcitrant administration.amid the prevailing tension, classes have been suspended and uncertainty looms regarding the resumption of teaching. students say they are terrified and worried about their ...




tug-of-war between states: a sweet success for west bengal

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the legal row between odisha and west bengal over the origin of the rosogolla has ended in the latter’s favour. for many, it’s a sniff of nostalgia and history but getting the gi tag is a bigger story ~by sujit bharwhat everybody, especially every single bengali, knew for almost forever, is now an official truth. the revered and luscious rosogolla is theirs. the claim by odisha to own this delicacy has ended and on november 14 the geographical indications (gi) registry announced that “rosogolla” indeed resonates with bengali identity and that is where it originated, not in odisha which formally laid claim to the name.rosogolla was “discovered”, if you like, by confectioner ...




wooing the patidar community in gujarat: the reservation riddle

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: hardik patel (in red turban) at a patidar rally in gujarat. photo: uniwith this community constituting 14 percent of the population of gujarat, it is being wooed by political parties with promises of greater reservation. do they really deserve such concessions?    ~by rk misra in gandhinagarback in the 1980s, the patidar community in gujarat staged massive anti-reservation protests. now, politics and a no-holds-barred election has turned the issue on its head. hardik patel, convener of the patidar anamat andolan samiti (paas), and a festering thorn in the side of the ruling bjp, has raised the demand for reservation for the community in educational institutions and government...




cough syrup phensedyl is a narcotic, rules calcutta high court

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.used for treating cough and common cold and often abused by youngsters, the codeine-based phensedyl (trade name) will now be considered as a narcotic substance falling under the narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances act, 1985.the calcutta high court on tuesday decided to treat it as such while hearing a bail plea of a person found with 600 bottles of the medicine.the petitioner had argued that phensedyl came under the purview of the drugs and cosmetics act and not the ndps act. but the bench of justices moushumi bhattacharya and joymalya bagchi held that he was found in illicit possession of the ...




bill on triple talaq likely to be introduced in upcoming winter session

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the centre is planning to introduce legislation to end the instant triple talaq in the upcoming winter session of parliament.a union minister was quoted as saying: “we are likely to bring a legislation to provide shield and shelter to the victims suffering at the hands of their devious husbands.”a ministerial committee has been constituted to draft the legislation, sources quoted as saying.the move comes more than two months after the apex court revoked th...




pradhyumn murder case: gurugram court grants bail to bus conductor

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: ashok kumar, the school bus conductor arrested in the ryan international school murder case a gurugram court on tuesday (november 21) granted bail to ashok kumar, the school bus conductor arrested in the ryan international school murder case of pradhyumn thakur as per tv news reports. he was released later in the day.the cbi, which two weeks ago, arrested a class xi student in the case, did not oppose kumar’s bail plea.“the bail was granted under article 21 of the constitution. there were a lot of differences between findings of cbi and gurugram police. we were given the benefit of doubt,” kumar’s counsel anil sharma said. kumar’s parents earlier announced that they wi...




furore over goods and services tax regime: course correction

above: (left) finance minister arun jaitley (10th in first row from left) in a group photo during the 23rd gst council meeting at guwahati. photo: pibthe furore over this tax regime led the gst council to make timely changes which will mitigate the problems of many businesses. more relief is in the offing~by sumit dutt majumdergst is now about four-and-a-half months old. since its introduction on july 1, it has undergone many course corrections through monthly gst council decisions. this shows that when gst was implemented, apart from it glitches, there were many policy glitches too. more important, the government, particularly the gst council, was ready to acknowledge the policy lapses and undertake the necessary changes. major course corre...




justice bhandari remains in his post at icj as britain withdraws candidate

above: justice dalveer bhandari. photo courtesy: icj it was a tooth-and-nail fight between the uk and india. india needed its nominee, justice dalveer bhandari, to be re-elected to the last post at the international court of justice (icj) and the uk was not willing to give an inch. there was a deadlock between justice bhandari and britain’s christopher greenwood.finally, with the uk relenting, justice bhandari was re-elected to the highly prestigious position on tuesday (november 21). britain withdrew its candidate.the general assembly vote went 193-183 for bhandari, while he also received all the 15 votes from the security council in separate and simultaneous votes at the un headquarters in new york.it may be recalled that britain is a pe...




a sneak peek from india legal in to the buzz in the media world

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.passport enquirymedia owners looking to hire professionals from abroad with editorial expertise and professional standing will need to think again. this government is using the colour of the passport to crack down on those publications it sees as being even mildly critical of not just the government but those who are perceived as being close to the powers that are. one example was when shobhana bhartia, chairperson of the hindustan times, met the prime minister to invite him for her paper’s annual leadership summit. he instead quizzed her on the nationality of the then editor of ht, bobby ghosh (above left) who had an american passport, and why a “foreigner” was running an influe...




why has the winter session of parliament not been convened so far?

with no news of whether this session will be called, the opposition is up in arms. but the ruling bjp does not want to face an acrimonious house before the gujarat polls~by kalyani shankarwhen entering parliament for the first time before he was elected leader of the bjp parliamentary party in may 2014, narendra modi kneeled on the steps of the house and described it as a “temple of democracy”. later, while addressing mps during the commemoration of the constitution to mark the 125th birth anniversary of dr br ambedkar, the prime minister said the religion of his government was “india first” and referred to the constitution as its “holy book”. the opposition is now asking whether all this was the mere rhetoric of a politician or ...




new targets in the country: some soft, some hard, some dead and some who never even lived

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.  ~by dilip bobbit’s not just soldiers on the northern borders who are in the line of fire, a whole range of people have become soft targets of late, despite the fact that some are dead or fictional characters. everyone has become an instant expert on ancient history, morality, limits of freedom and the sacred values of a cow, which basically means that being indian has acquired a new matrix.  here are the new targets—some soft, some hard, some dead and some who never even lived.film producers and actors:  rarely does a movie get such bad reviews and brickbats even before anyone has actually seen it. sanjay leela bhansali’s padmavatihas got rajput filmgoers ready to draw blood...