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Budget Session 2017 commenced with the President, Pranab Mukherjee, addressing a joint sitting of Parliament on January 31, 2017.  This address by the President highlights the legislative and policy activities and achievements of the government in the previous year.  In...
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Jindal Stainless Limited & Anr. Vs. State of Haryana and Ors.   *Decided on 11th November 2016   Facts: Jindal Stainless Limited along with companies like Vedanta, Hindalco, Reliance Industries and others (collectively, “Appellants”), in an appeal to the Supreme Court,...
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R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2016] EWHC 2768 – A remarkable decision by the High Court of England and Wales on notification under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union and the quintessential executive...
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The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 was introduced in Lok Sabha on November 21, 2016 and is listed for passage this week.  The Bill regulates altruistic surrogacy and prohibits commercial surrogacy.  We present a brief overview of the Bill and some...
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On November 8th, Mr.Narendra Modi’s Central Government launched a sudden and a historically unprecedented demonetisation of Rs.500/Rs.1000 notes. The preparation until then was said to be fundamentally ‘secretive’ and known to none except the Prime Minister and the Governor of the...
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The Ministry of Human Resource Development released the draft National Education Policy, 2016 in July this year.[1]  The Ministry was receiving comments on the draft policy until the end of September 2016.  In this context, we provide an overview of...
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Earlier today, the Union Cabinet announced the merger of the Railways Budget with the Union Budget.  All proposals under the Railways Budget will now be a part of the Union Budget.  However, to ensure detailed scrutiny, the Ministry’s expenditure will...
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Earlier this month, on the 7th of September, noted jurist and senior advocate Fali S. Nariman proffered a piece of advice (he called it an unsolicited suggestion) to the Supreme Court: the citadel never falls, except from within. This is an...
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The proposed changes to the Maternity Benefit Act does a lot to bring India on par with international standards.  However, some of the changes proposed could significantly increase costs for employers. The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (the Amendment) was recently passed...
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Earlier today, a Bill to raise maternity benefits was introduced and passed in Rajya Sabha.  The Bill amends the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961.  The Act regulates the employment of women during the period of child birth, and provides maternity benefits. ...
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 The Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is listed for discussion in Rajya Sabha today.[i]  The Bill aims to expeditiously resolve cases of debt recovery by making amendments to four laws,...
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Yesterday, the government circulated certain official amendments to the Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014 on GST.  The Bill is currently pending in Rajya Sabha.  The Bill was introduced and passed in Lok Sabha in May 2015.  It was then referred...
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The Bihar Prohibition and Excise Bill, 2016 was introduced and debated in the Bihar Legislative Assembly today.  The Bill creates a framework for the levy of excise duty and imposes a prohibition on alcohol in Bihar.  In this context, we...
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A Bill to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 was introduced and passed in Lok Sabha yesterday.  The Bill makes amendments in relation to the declaration of assets of public servants, and will apply retrospectively.Declaration of assets under the...
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The Union Cabinet approved the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations yesterday.  The Commission was tasked with reviewing and proposing changes to the pay, pension and efficiency of government employees.These recommendations will apply to 33 lakh central government employees, in addition...
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- By Mitali Yadav In the case of ABC vs. The State (NCT of Delhi), the Supreme Court (a bench headed by Justice Vikramajit Sen) has held that an unwed mother, in India, can apply to become the sole guardian of a child,...
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- By Mitali Yadav The High Court of Delhi, by way of judgement delivered on May 24, 2016, in the case of Rohit Tiwari v. State has held that if a grown woman engages in an act of sexual intercourse, whilst giving her...
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Previously on this blog, we have extensively discussed sex equality under Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution. Today, while reading Flavia Agnes’ book, Law and Gender Inequality, my curiosity was piqued by reference to the case of Ambika Prasad Mishra...
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In a recent judgment dealing with the Domestic Violence Act, the Supreme Court, while dealing with the concept of stridhan, observed:“The next issue that arises for consideration is the issue of limitation. In the application preferred by the wife, she was claiming...
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At the heart of the Supreme Court’s upholding of criminal defamation is the argument that the right to freedom of speech under Article 19(1)(a) must be “balanced” against the right to “reputation” under Article 21 (as I pointed out in...
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