Judiciary

PIB AND FACT-CHECKS

A proposal by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology that seeks to force social media platforms to take down content “fact-checked” by the Government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) as false needs to be opposed without even a second look. The proposed amendment to the IT Rules opens the door …

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INDIA’S NEW PROPOSAL FOR MIGRANT VOTING

The Election Commission of India (ECI) could not demonstrate a prototype of its new Remote Electronic Voting Machine (RVM), which would allow domestic migrants to vote in national and regional elections, after the Opposition raised concerns about the logistical and administrative challenges to remote voting. The Congress had earlier urged …

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OFFICE OF REGISTRAR-GENERAL OF INDIA

The Office of the Registrar-General of India (RGI) is following the set of criteria set out by the Lokur Committee nearly 60 years ago to define any new community as a Scheduled Tribe, The Hindu has learnt. Approval of the Office of the RGI is mandatory for the inclusion of any community …

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REHABILITATION NORMS FOR EVICTION FROM PUBLIC SPACES

The Supreme Court’s timely intervention has halted the forcible eviction of some 50,000 people from Haldwani in Uttarakhand, where the occupants are accused of squatting on railway property for decades. The Uttarakhand High Court had taken a tough stand against the residents, and passed a slew of directions that would …

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TIMELINES FIXED BY SC FOR JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS

Attorney-General R. Venkataramani told the Supreme Court on Friday that the Union government will adhere to the timelines fixed by the court to process recommendations for judicial appointments. The government’s statement seems to be a step down from its earlier view that it was not a “post office” to clear …

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SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN INDIA

The Supreme Court on Friday transferred to itself petitions pending in various High Courts seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriage. A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud said there was broad consensus among the petitioners to shift the cases to the Supreme Court for an authoritative …

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KRISHNA WATER DISPUTE

Poondi reservoir, which is a major storage point for the city’s drinking water, is filled to the brim with copious inflow of Krishna water and run-off from catchment areas. Water is now being diverted to fill the three other reservoirs that feed Chennai’s needs. Chennai’s daily water supply at the …

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BAN ON PURSE SEINE NETS

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre what would happen to the small and traditional fishermen in the State of Tamil Nadu if “affluent” purse seine fishermen on mechanised boats are allowed to operate beyond the 12 nautical mile territorial waters and end up catching hundreds of tonnes of …

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SC JUDGEMENT ON 2016 DEMONETISATION PROCESS

A majority of four judges on a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Monday found no flaw in the Union government’s process to demonetise ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes through a Gazette notification issued on November 8, 2016. The sole woman judge on the five-member Bench, Justice B.V. Nagarathna, however, …

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