No new vehicle to be sold without mandatory third party insurance cover: SC

Supreme Court: The Division Bench comprising of Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta JJ., ordered that no new vehicle would be sold without the mandatory third-party insurance cover. In the Supreme Court order, the essentials to be noted were that from September 1, all the new four and two wheeler vehicles would have to get 3 and 5 years premium respectively for third-party insurance. The recommendations of the Supreme Court appointed committee in regard to road safety were accepted by the bench in light of road safety as most vehicle owners don’t renew their cover after the first year, leaving accident victims vulnerable by depriving them of compensation. [Source: The Times of India] Tweet The post No new vehicle to be sold without mandatory third party insurance cover: SC appeared first on SCC Blog.…
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UGC Committee to regulate fee for medical courses in Deemed Universities

Pursuant to the order dated 26.04.2018 of Madras High Court in Writ Petitions Nos. 14232 and 17778 of 2017, University Grants Commission (UGC) has constituted a Committee consisting of Prof. R.C. Deka, Former Director, AIIMS, New Delhi (Chairman), Dr. O.P. Kalra, Vice-Chancellor Pt. B.D. Sharma University of Health Sciences Rohtak; Prof. (Ms.) Saroj Chooramani Gopal, Former VC, King George Medical University, Lucknow; Prof. Mahesh Verma Director, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi; Prof.  Dr. Ajay S. Chandanwale, Dean, Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College & Sassoon General Hospitals, Pune; Shri S.K. Ray, Former Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, MHRD and nominee of each of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Dental Council of India, Medical Council of India and Ministry of Human Resource Development to regulate the fees chargeable by self-financed Deemed to be Universities in Medical and Dental Courses. Ministry of Human Resource Development Tweet The post UGC Committee to regulate fee for medical courses in Deemed Universities appeared first on SCC Blog.…
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Johnson & Johnson to pay damages to claimant’s who developed ‘ovarian cancer’ due to their product

Johnson & Johnson has been asked to pay nearly $4.7bn as damages to 22 women who claimed that ‘Johnson’s baby powder’ was the reason for the development of ovarian cancer in them. The trial to claim punitive and compensatory damages of $4.14bn and $550m in the said case was held at a Court in St. Louis. Medical experts testified that asbestos a known carcinogen was mixed with the talcum powder and is the primary ingredient in the said talcum powder. So far about 9,000 women have claimed damages from the company as they stated that the talcum powder had contributed to their ‘ovarian cancer’. The company said that it intended to appeal as they were disappointed with the Court’s verdict. [Source: The Guardian] Tweet The post Johnson & Johnson to pay damages to claimant’s who developed ‘ovarian cancer’ due to their product appeared first on SCC Blog.…
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Israel Parliament passes Bill determining Israel as ‘Jewish nation-state’

As reported by media, the Israel parliament has passed a bill which characterizes the country principally as a Jewish State by undermining the Arab minority. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the passage of this legislation as a ‘historic moment’ for the nation. He also stated that ‘Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people, and respects the rights of all its citizens’. The essence of this law is that it defines Israel first and foremost as a Jewish State. Israel has no constitution but with the passage of time, it has successfully passed a series of ‘Basic Laws’ which have constitutional status. The current legislation which has been passed by Parliament is the 14th basic law. [Source: BBC] Tweet The post Israel Parliament passes Bill determining Israel as ‘Jewish nation-state’ appeared first on SCC Blog.…
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Google fined by the European Union for breaching anti-trust violations

As reported by media, in a recent ruling, European Union antitrust regulators have fined Google with 4.34 billion euro in order to restrict Google from using its Android mobile operating system. This move is said to cause a trade war between Brussels and Washington. EU antitrust Chief directed Google to halt anti-competitive practices with smartphone makers and telecom providers with a period of 90 days or face additional penalties of up to 5% of parent Alphabet’s average daily worldwide turnover. Vestager also stated that ‘Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine. The practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits. Reason for the ruling: The US tech firm required smartphone manufacturers to pre-install Google’s search and browser apps on devices using its Android operating system, which is used on 80% of all phones. Manufacturers that refused Google would not be allowed to use its Google Play online store and streaming service. [Source: The Guardian] Tweet The post Google fined by the European Union for breaching anti-trust violations appeared first on SCC Blog.…
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UGC frames Guidelines on Safety of Students on and off Campuses of Higher Educational Institutions

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has framed guidelines on Safety of Students on and off Campuses of Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs). As per UGC guidelines, HEIs should mandatorily put in place a broad-based “Students Counseling System” for the effective management of problems and challenges faced by students. It is a unique, interactive and target-oriented system, involving students, teachers and parents, resolved to address common students concerns such as anxiety, stress, fear of change and failure to homesickness and a slew of academic worries. HEIs should also make self defense for women mandatory component of extra-curricular activities. Further, it is incumbent upon HEIs to institute a mechanism to address issues/concerns of all girls and women in HEIs. All universities may make or amend their ordinances and other relevant statutory provisions accordingly to ensure that the directions contained in the guidelines are implemented in the best interests of students. The aforesaid guidelines may be viewed here. Ministry of Human Resource Development Tweet The post UGC frames Guidelines on Safety of Students on and off Campuses of Higher Educational Institutions appeared first on SCC Blog.…
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Delhi HC: Dignitaries including President, Vice-President, Lt. Governor to have number plates on their cars in compliance with MV Act, 1988

Delhi High Court: The Division Bench comprising of ACJ Gita Mittal and C Hari Shankar J., decided in a petition filed by an activist group ‘Nyayabhoomi’ that every vehicle in Delhi has to comply with the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. In a move to eradicate the VVIP culture, the Delhi High Court issued that all the VVIP ’s including the President, Vice-President, Governor’s and Lt. Governor should get number plates on their cars. No exception has been laid own for the same, as till now the cars of President, Vice-President, and other Constitutional authorities had only the state emblem of India in place of the number plates. The High Court has directed the Centre and the Delhi Government to ensure that all official cars used by them should get registered at the earliest. [Source: Financial Express] Tweet The post Delhi HC: Dignitaries including President, Vice-President, Lt. Governor to have number plates on their cars in compliance with MV Act, 1988 appeared first on SCC Blog.…
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Cow Vigilantism| Parliament to frame a separate offence of lynching with punishment: SC

Supreme Court: The Bench comprising of CJI Dipak Misra, A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud JJ., addressed the issue of ‘Violence by vigilante groups/cow vigilantism’ today i.e. on 17-07-2018. CJI Dipak Misra: No citizen can become law unto himself. Supreme Court while addressing the issue stated that the recent incidents of lynching are ‘horrendous acts of mobocracy’. One of the prominent observations to be noted is that the Apex Court along with issuing series of guidelines on cow vigilantism has asked the Parliament to frame separate offence of lynching with punishment in order to instill fear of the law. Therefore, by fixing 28-08-2018 as the next date for the further hearing, SC has ordered ‘that no citizen can take law into their own hands. In case of fear and anarchy, the state has to act positively. Violence can’t be allowed’. [Tehseen S. Poonavala v. Union of India, WP(C) No. 754/2016, dated 17-07-2018] Further details to be updated. [Source: ANI] Tweet The post Cow Vigilantism| Parliament to frame a separate offence of lynching with punishment: SC appeared first on SCC Blog.…
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NGT to opt for ‘video-conferencing’ to reduce pendency in regional benches

National Green Tribunal (NGT): Due to lack of experts and judicial members, the NGT is planning to conduct hearings through video-conferencing to deal with the pendency of cases in its regional benches. NGT is currently functioning with less than one-third of its sanctioned strength of 20 officials besides the chairperson. It has been reported that due to the non-availability of the judicial members and experts the cases are being transferred to the principal bench in Delhi, which eventually is creating a hassle for the petitioners in terms of financial as well as the physical burden. Therefore, in order to deal with present issue NGT is planning to devise an interim mechanism to get rid of the pendency by holding hearings through video-conferencing. [Source: PTI] Tweet The post NGT to opt for ‘video-conferencing’ to reduce pendency in regional benches appeared first on SCC Blog.…
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Committee constituted to review offences under Companies Act, 2013

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has constituted a 10 Member Committee, headed by the Secretary of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, for review of the penal provisions in the Companies Act, 2013 may be setup to examine ‘de-criminalisation’ of certain offences. The MCA seeks to review offences under the Companies Act, 2013 as some of the offences may be required to be decriminalised and handled in an in-house mechanism, where a penalty could be levied in instances of default. This would also allow the trial courts to pay more attention on offences of serious nature. Consequently, it has been decided that the existing compoundable offences in the Companies Act, 2013 viz. offences punishable with fine only or punishable with fine or imprisonment or both may be examined and a decision may be taken as to whether any of such offences may be considered as ‘civil wrongs’ or ‘defaults’ where a penalty by an adjudicating officer may be imposed in the first place and only consequent to further non-compliance of the order of such authority will it be categorised as an offence triable by a special court. It is also required to be seen as to whether any non-compoundable offences viz. offence punishable with imprisonment only, or punishable with imprisonment and also with fineunder the Companies Act, 2013 may be made compoundable.…
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Notice issued against proposal of ‘Social Media Hub’ by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting: SC

Supreme Court: In a PIL filed by Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra challenging the decision of the Centre on creating a Social Media Communication Hub (SMCH) on the ground that it was an attempt on snooping the citizen’s social media activities in violation of their Right to Privacy under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, Supreme Court has issued a notice against the same. The Division Bench comprising of S Abdul Nazeer and Indu Malhotra JJ. had addressed the said petition in which Moitra had accused the government of attempting to invade the privacy of citizens, which eventually violated the Right to Life guaranteed by the Constitution of India. According to the tender document, the successful bidder will be required “to collect digital media chatter from all core social media platforms as well as digital platforms like news, blogs, and forums”. Therefore, Supreme Court Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra on hearing the petition filed earlier, today issued a notice against the “Social Media Communication Hub” that has been proposed by the central government and has sought the assistance of Attorney General KK Venugopal. [Source: News18] Tweet The post Notice issued against proposal of ‘Social Media Hub’ by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting: SC appeared first on SCC Blog.…
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Ram Mandir Babri Masjid | Shia Waqf Board to SC: Want to settle the dispute by peace

Supreme Court: The 3-Judge Bench comprising of CJI Dipak Misra, Ashok Bhushan, and S. Abdul Nazeer JJ. resumed with the proceedings on the ongoing Ayodhya matter dispute over the rights of the Hindu and Muslim community to build a temple or a masjid today. Shia Waqf Board submitted to the Supreme Court that they want to settle the dispute by peace. They also stated that the custodian of the Babri mosque was a Shia and the Sunni Waqf Board or anyone else is not the representative of Muslims in India. Senior Advocate Rajiv Dhawan said ‘Shia Waqf Board has no locus to speak in this case.’ ‘No faith has the right to destroy a mosque. The fact that a mosque is destroyed does not conclude the argument of the right to prayer’: Rajeev Dhawan Further, Dhawan placed his arguments on whether collateral issue decided by Court would constitute ‘Res Judicata’. Shia Waqf Board: Matter need not be referred to Constitution Bench reiterates that it is ready to relinquish claims in the national interest. The proceedings in the said matter to continue on 20-07-2018. [Source: ANI] Tweet The post Ram Mandir Babri Masjid | Shia Waqf Board to SC: Want to settle the dispute by peace appeared first on SCC Blog.…
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