Indian Judiciary

DATA PROTECTION FOR MINORS

First, instead of incentivising online platforms to proactively build safer and better services for minors, the Bill relies on parents to grant consent on behalf of the child in all cases. In a country with low digital literacy, where parents in fact often rely on their children (who are digital …

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2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ‘ELECTION INTEGRITY’

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is hosting the 2nd International Conference on the theme ‘Use of Technology and Elections Integrity’ at New Delhi on 23-24 January, 2023. ECI is leading the Cohort on Elections Integrity which was established as a follow up to the ‘Summit for Democracy’ held virtually in December, 2021. …

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THE SUPREME COURT COLLEGIUM

The Supreme Court collegium has done well to push back against the Union government’s attempts to block the appointment of some advocates as High Court judges. The three-member collegium, which makes recommendations for High Court appointments, has reiterated its decision to elevate lawyers Saurabh Kirpal to the Delhi High Court, …

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ARTICLE 141 OF THE CONSTITUTION

The public criticism aired by Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar on the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) judgment may be seen as comments by a high constitutional authority against “the law of the land”. The Supreme Court has held that its judicial pronouncements lay down the law. Article 141 of the Constitution …

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THE STALEMATE BETWEEN TELANGANA AND AP

More than eight years after the bifurcation of the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh, division of assets and liabilities between the two States remain elusive as the States make their own interpretation of the provisions under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2014. Several bilateral meetings between the two States as well …

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IMPORT LEVY ON NATURAL RUBBER REMOVED

The All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA) has urged the government to not impose further restrictions on the import of rubber compounds. The industry imported 1,12,500 tonnes in 2021 under the ‘4005 Compounded rubber, unvulcanised, in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip’ category to make products such as …

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JALLIKATTU-CULTURAL PRACTICE OR CRUELTY

With the Supreme Court recommencing its work after the winter vacation, all eyes in Tamil Nadu are on the verdict of a five-member Constitution Bench of the Court on a batch of petitions seeking to strike down a 2017 Tamil Nadu law that protects jallikattu, a traditional event involving bulls. …

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