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News Highlights 26 May 2018

News Highlights 26 May 2018

  1. Uniform civil code on rage: Law panel asks Muslims groups why to deny some rights to women

The law commission of India headed by Justice BS Chauhan which has started consultations to formulate recommendations for a uniform civil code(UCC) has sought views from the Muslim groups including the All India Muslim Personal Board and former law minister Salman Khurshid, BJP leader AK Upadhyaya on at least 7 key issues:

  • Custody of children
  • Inheritance
  • Adoption
  • Muslim personal law not allowing the mother to be the natural guardian
  • Talaknama & Nikahnama to be implemented across the country
  • Maintenance of wife
  • The share of wife and children of a predeceased son in the property
  • A duty of father and father-in-law to maintain widow and their children
  • Whether there are dar-ul-qaza(Islamic courts) judgments in which the best interest of the child would prevail.
  1. SEBI notice to ICICI bank CEO for alleged non-compliance in the listing agreement of videocon case

The MD and CEO and the bank received a notice from Sebi on 24th may 2018 requiring responses on the matter related to the alleged non-compliance with the certain provisions of the erstwhile listing agreement Sebi regulations 2015. The CBI initiated a preliminary inquiry into the matter to check any wrongdoing, while other agencies have also opened investigations. The bank board stood firmly behind Chanda Kochchar, saying no wrong was committed by the MD and CEO

  1. Pakistan seeks reparitarian of 54 prisoners in India

Pakistan on Friday said it expected India to release 54 Pakistanis who had completed their prison terms in several Indian jails. The Foreign Office (FO) here said Pakistan expects the friendly gestures it had extended towards India to be reciprocated. During a press briefing here, FO spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said that Islamabad was pursuing the release of 54 Pakistani prisoners who he claimed were currently in Indian jails despite completing their sentences. He said Pakistan was also waiting for India to respond to humanitarian proposals with regard to the exchange of prisoners above 60 and below 18 years of age.

“Pakistan has made positive gestures on the humanitarian track vis-a-vis India, as reflected in the release of civilian prisoners, fishermen, and the facilitation of visits of pilgrims to religious shrines. We expect our friendly gestures to be reciprocated,” Faisal said.

He also raised the issue of the Kishanganga Dam in Jammu and Kashmir saying that a Pakistani delegation had met World Bank officials to discuss the issues under the Indus Waters Treaty. He said Pakistan regretted Indian attempts to make the Indus Waters Treaty dysfunctional and that the inauguration of the Kishanganga Dam by India is a “flagrant disregard” of the commitments to the World Bank and an “utter violation” of the treaty.

 

  1. Acid attacks: SC directs states, UTs to provide free treatment, rehabilitation to victims

the Supreme Court on Monday directed all the states and union territories (UTC) to compensate, rehabilitate and provide free treatment to the survivors of acid attacks in pursuance of guidelines issued by it earlier.

The direction was given by a bench of justices M Y Eqbal and C Nagappan while dealing with a case of an acid attack victim from Bihar.

The court asked the Bihar government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the victim, besides providing her free treatment including reconstruction surgery.

The apex court said the government should “consider the plight” of the acid attack victims and consider their cases under the disability law for according various benefits.

The present matter was brought before the apex court by Bihar-based NGO Parivartan Kendra which has sought its direction on rehabilitation of acid attack victims, alleging that private hospitals were not providing free treatment to the victims

Earlier, the court had come to the aid of acid attack survivors by issuing directions including an order to all private hospitals across the country to provide free treatment, including medicines and expensive reconstruction surgeries, to such victims.

It had asked all state governments and Union Territories to “take up the matter with private hospitals” to ensure acid attack victims are attended to immediately and adequately.

The hospitals, where such victims are rushed after the incident, would have to provide a certificate or document stating that the person was an acid attack victim and the document would enable her or him to access free treatment, including surgeries, at a later stage, it had directed.

On the banning of off-the-counter acid sale across the country, it had asked all states and UTs to notify acid as a “scheduled substance” to stop its unregulated sale.

The court had also said its order should be sent to Chief Secretaries of all states and UTs, who in turn, would ensure that it reached district magistrates for compliance and directed them to publicise it to ensure awareness among the people.

  1. Lingayat Minority needs a separate flag for which a fresh proposal to be made

The Centre has dropped the state’s demand for a separate flag and minority status for Lingayats, saying the proposals were made by the previous government. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will now be required to send a fresh request, it is learned. The proposals for a separate flag and minority tag for Lingayats were made by the Congress government under Siddaramaiah just weeks before the assembly election was announced.

Home Ministry officials said the demands of the Karnataka government were still under process until last week but with a new government in charge, it was suggested that a fresh proposal was necessary before examining the matter further. “While the proposal to declare Lingayats as a minority was sent to Ministry of Minority Affairs, the discussion for a separate flag to be used on occasions like the state’s raising day was under inter-ministerial consultations,” said an official familiar with the development.

The Flag Code of India, 2001 and the State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 2005, refers only to the Tricolour and does not mention any other flag. Only Jammu and Kashmir have a separate flag because of the special status it enjoys under Article 370 of the Constitution. Central paramilitary forces like CRPF, BSF and the state police have separate flags but do not have any constitutional backing and are only used on the occasions such as foundation day. The Home Ministry opposed the demand on Lingayats but did not take a decision since the election process was on. The MHA had argued that if given the minority tag, Lingayats would be “deprived” of Scheduled Caste status and had said that the move may have “widespread implications” if other sects of Hinduism also raise similar demands.

 

 

6.     High Court notice to Delhi govt on the plea to lower drinking age

The Delhi High Court Friday sought the Delhi government’s response on a plea seeking to quash the provision prescribing 25 years as the legal age for buying and drinking alcohol in the capital.

Issuing notice to the Delhi government and the office of the Commissioner of Excise, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar directed them to file counter-affidavits in eight weeks. It listed the matter for further consideration on August 9. Delhi government’s standing counsel Ramesh Singh opposed the PIL filed by advocate Kush Kalra, saying that it is not maintainable. The plea said that the rule is “discriminatory against residents of Delhi as compared to citizens residing in other states, where the legal age for consuming alcohol is less than 25 years”.

7.     After zoo cover-up on animal deaths, Delhi HC asks Centre for report on action against officials

After several deaths of protected animals, including the common langur and hog deer, at the capital’s National Zoological Park were reported by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), the Delhi High Court Friday sought a report from the Centre. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Deepa Sharma directed the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to file an affidavit on the steps being taken against the Delhi Zoo, which had allegedly suppressed the deaths by submitting inaccurate inventory reports and fabricated post-mortem reports.

It also sent a notice to the Ministry and Delhi Zoo, asking them to file counter-affidavits in eight weeks. The court’s directions were issued on plea by an animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi. The plea highlighted rampant irregularities and illegalities in the administration and veterinary care at the Delhi Zoo, which have been brought to light by the CZA. The petitioner said that as per the report accessed by her through an RTI, the CZA found negligence in the medical care provided to the animals, leading to the death of a newborn Sikka deer; widespread use of expired medication as well as illegal procurement; and inability to explain missing stock of Schedule X drug Ketamine, also notified as a psychotropic substance.

8.     Indo-Bangla relations have entered golden phase, says PM Modi

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing the gathering at Bangladesh Bhavan, which was inaugurated by Modi, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “Relations between India and Bangladesh have entered a golden phase. In the last few years, rail and road connectivity between the countries has improved a lot. We congratulate our neighbour for doing great work on poverty alleviation. We also congratulate the country for launching its first satellite,” Modi said. “Complicated issues related to land boundary and coastal boundary, which seemed impossible to solve at one point of time, were finally resolved.”

Hasina, without mentioning the Teesta water-sharing treaty, hoped that India and Bangladesh would be able to resolve all issues in a “friendly atmosphere”

Recognising India’s contribution in helping her country, Hasina said, “I pay my deepest respects to India for helping us win the Liberation War of 1971 and providing shelter to Bangladeshi refugees… A Bill on the land boundary agreement between the countries was passed in the Indian Parliament and I thank the political leaders of the country for rising above politics to make this breakthrough. Later, both countries exchanged conclaves in an amicable environment…”

  1. Court rejects UP government plea to drop rape case against Chinmayanand

The former chief minister Chinamayanand was booked in a rape case at the city of Kotwali police station in November 2011 by a woman who had spent 11 years at his ashram. Police filed charge sheet under section 376 and 506 of IPC. The court also issued a bailable warrant against him and fixed 12th July as the next hearing date.

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