Madras HC directs constitution of a committee to decide on implementation of OBC Reservations regarding seats in Tamil Nadu Medical colleges

Today, the Madras HC directed the formation of a committee to decide the manner in which reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in State-surrendered medical seats for the All India Quota (AIQ) in non-Central Medical Colleges in Tamil Nadu can be implemented.The Bench of Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Senthil Ramamoorthy passed the verdict on a batch of pleas filed by a number of petitioners, including various political parties in Tamil Nadu as well as the Tamil Nadu Government. However, since the Centre is yet to enact any law on this particular issue, the Court refrained from issuing any positive, straight mandamus. It was noted that the Centre had only proposed to bring about a policy to allow OBC reservation for State surrendered seats with some riders. Therefore, the Court opined that the question of implementing OBC reservation would require the participation of the Central Government, the State Government, the Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India.

(BY- SAMARTH GOGIA)

TISS student gets to the UN climate change advisory group, Archana Soreng joins the six membered group named by UN chief

Archana Soreng joins six other youthful atmosphere pioneers from around the globe who have been named by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to his new Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. A atmosphere extremist from India has been named by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to his new warning gathering involving youthful pioneers who will give viewpoints and answers for tackle the intensifying atmosphere emergency, as the worldwide body prepares activity as a component of the COVID-19 recuperation endeavours.

“Our precursors have been ensuring the woodland and nature over the ages through their conventional information and practices. Presently it is on us to be the leaders in battling the atmosphere emergency,” said Soreng, who has considered administrative administration from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai and is the previous TISS Students Union President.The youthful activists, matured somewhere in the range of 18 and 28 years, will prompt the UN boss normally on quickening worldwide activity and desire to handle the compounding atmosphere emergency.

The declaration denotes another exertion by the United Nations to bring increasingly youthful pioneers into dynamic and arranging forms, as the UN attempts to activate atmosphere activity as a major aspect of the COVID-19 recuperation endeavours.

The individuals from the Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change speak to the different voices of youngsters from all locales just as little island states. They will offer points of view and arrangements on environmental change, from science to network activation, from business enterprise to governmental issues, and from industry to protection, the UN said.

The highest point brought more than 1,000 youthful atmosphere champions together from in excess of 140 nations to share their answers on the worldwide stage and convey an unmistakable message to world pioneers: we should act presently to stand up to the atmosphere emergency. The activity is additionally lined up with the Secretary-General’s vision for the UN Youth Strategy, propelled in September 2018.

(By- Adarsh Khuntia)

GOOGLE SUED BY AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION FOR ALLEGEDLY MISLEADING CONSUMERS

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has filed a legal action against Google over allegations the company did not gain explicit consent from consumers when it expanded its use of personal data and privacy policy.
Aside from tracking people’s online activity on its search engine and platforms, Google also monitors users’ internet activity on “non-Google” sites to boost its targeted advertising.
Google’s updated privacy policy also stated that: “We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent”.
The ACCC alleges that as Google did not obtain explicit consent from consumers about this change to the privacy policy, Google’s statement that it would not reduce consumers’ rights without their explicit consent was also misleading.

(BY- ANUPAMA SOUMYA)

DELHI HC ASKS BCI TO PROTECT ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE IN VIDEO CONFERENCES

The Delhi High Court today (July 20), directed the Bar Council of India (BCI) to consider as representation a petition seeking the constitution of an expert committee for the protection of attorney-client privilege during virtual meetings.

The division bench, comprising Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, was hearing a petition filed by advocate Akhil Hasija, who submitted that video conferencing platforms used for the purpose of recording advocate client conversations were susceptible to hacking and hence interfered with the right to privacy of the parties.

The petitioner submitted that due to the present pandemic the courts have been functioning virtually and also the meetings with clients are being conducted virtually. However, no clarification has been provided with respect to the safety of the video conferencing platforms.

Referring to Section 126 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1982, the petitioner further submitted that the law mandates an advocate to not disclose privileged communications with client.

Since the petitioner had not made a representation before the BCI before approaching the Court, the bench directed the petitioner to first make a representation before the BCI.

Source: – India Legal Bureau

(By – Anupama Soumya)

CA EXAMS POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 2020: ICAI NOTIFIES SC

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) propounded before the Supreme Court that the May cycle exams, condemned to be held in July-August amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, have been rescheduled till November 2020. Ramji Srinivasan, the lawyer appearing for the ICAI, contended before the apex court bench that the institute had decided not to organise the CA examinations this semester and added that it is likely to delay the same till November 2020. A two-judge bench headed by Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and also constituting Justice Sanjiv Khanna discarded of the plea after hearing the submissions of ICAI.


However, the apex court permitted the petitioner the liberty to make a representation to the ICAI for the persisting issues, if any. ICAI will have to conclude a decision on the same within four weeks. The apex court was hearing a petition filed by Anubha Shrivastava Sahai, the President of India Wide Parents Association, desiring orders to organise the exams at a huge number of centres amidst appropriate safeguard measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava had represented for the petitioner before the top court and was debating through video conferencing in the matter .


The plea also sought a prevail on the rejected scheme for around 3.46 lakh CA students, who were scheduled to attend in the May cycle exams, that was prior set to be conducted by the ICAI between July 29 to August 16. The ICAI had given its candidates, who had already submitted an online examination application for May 2020 Examination cycle, the option to drop out from May 2020 examinations and proceed their candidature to the next examination. The top court had earlier recommended the ICAI consider the students who are inadequate to appear for the exam to be considered an “opt-out case” even if they don’t choose the same.

(By- Vasundhara Dhar)

SC REFUSES TO ENTERTAIN PLEA SEEKING RESTRICTION ON AMARNATH YATRA AMID COVID-19

Expressing regard for the principle of “separation of powers”, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking to stop the Amarnath Yatra this year citing the risk of COVID-19.

A bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and K M Joseph said that local administration was better equipped to take a decision on the matter. Accordingly, the bench left the matter to be decided by the local administration in accordance with statutory guidelines.

A bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and K M Joseph said that local administration was better equipped to take a decision on the matter. Accordingly, the bench left the matter to be decided by the local administration in accordance with statutory guidelines.
Matter must be left to competence of Local Administration, keeping in mind the Statutory Provisions”, the bench ordered The bench pointed that the SC had to modify its earlier order banning Jagannath Rath Yatra to allow Rath Yatra at Puri, based on the proposals of Puri administration.

This means that the local administration is better equipped to deal with the exigency of the situation, the Court said.

By – Samarth gogia

CHINA ANNOUNCES RETALIATORY SANCTIONS ON US LAWMAKERS OVER XINJIANG ISSUE

China on Monday slapped retaliatory assents on three senior Republican legislators and a US emissary in an extending column over Beijing’s cure of Uyghurs inside the western Xinjiang region.

A couple of the most frank pundits of China — Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz along with Congressman Chris Smith — had been engaged by the movement, notwithstanding the US minister everywhere for overall otherworldly opportunity, Sam Brownback.

The vague “relating sanctions” had been presented days after the US forced visa bans and resource freezes on various Chinese language officials, along with the Communist Social get-together boss in Xinjiang, Chen Quanguo, over rights maltreatment inside the territory.

The exchange was “because of the US’s inappropriate activities”, abroad service representative Hua Chunying referenced at an every day preparation.

“We encourage the US to immediately pull back its ill-advised goal, and stop any expressions and activities that intercede in China’s inside issues and hurt China’s interests,” she referenced. “China will make an extra reaction depending on the occasion of the situation.” Assents will even be used on the US Congressional-Govt Fee on China, an organisation that screens human rights inside the Asian country. The 2 worldwide areas have exchanged thorns and approvals on a huge number of focuses since President Donald Trump took working environment, from trade to more modern disagreements over the coronavirus pandemic, a security enactment in Hong Kong, and Chinese language protection strategies inside the far west regions of Tibet and Xinjiang.

Witnesses and human rights groups state that China has gathered together various million Uyghurs and diverse Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang in a boundless programming advertising effort designed for persuasively homogenising minorities into the country’s Han greater part.

(By – Adarsh Khuntia)

YouTuber booked for calling out rape-threats to a female stand-up Comedian in live video

The Cybercrime cell registered an FIR against Shubham Mishra, a resident of the Atladara area in Vadodara, for abusing a stand-up comedian and arrested him on Sunday night. The action was taken after the National Commission of Women (NCW) addressed the issue by writing to the Gujarat Police, after receiving multiple complaints from comedians and celebrities.
Twenty-six-year-old Mishra had on Saturday posted a video on his Instagram account wherein he is seen sitting in a car and hurling abuses at stand-up comedian Agrima Joshua who had made some funny remarks on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s statue to be made in Maharashtra.

(BY- ANUPAMA SOUMYA)

Netherlands lands Russia in European Court of Human Rights over MH17 flight downing


The Netherlands lodged an inter-state complaint against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) due to its contribution in the downing of a Malaysian Airlines flight six years ago.
Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in July 2014 when it collided in Eastern Ukraine; all 298 passengers and crew on board were killed, 193 of whom were Dutch citizens. Dutch prosecutors made headway to launch a war crimes investigation, as the crash happened during a political and military crisis between Russia and Ukraine. It is believed the airliner was shot down by a Buk surface-to-air missile. Russia has disagreed any collaboration in the crash, progressing as to veto a UN Security Council resolution that would have generated an independent tribunal to litigate those involved in the crash .
Article 33 of the European Convention on Human Rights furnishes that any High Contracting Party may mention to the Court any alleged violation of the provisions of the Convention and the Protocols thereto by another High Contracting Party. On the implementation Article 33, the Netherlands is apportioning all their information regarding the downing of MH-17 with the Court, and it permits the Netherlands to support the cases brought by closely against Russia. The adjacent cases allege that Russia was either directly or indirectly responsible for the downing of the airliner as well as failed to scrutinize the crash or cooperate with international investigations effectively.

(BY- VASUNDHARA DHAR)
Russia persists to deny any sort of contribution in the crash, and Russia’s foreign minister Maria Zakharova referred to the inter-state complaint as yet another hit to Russia-Netherlands relations. Netherlands foreign minister Stef Blok contended that accomplishing justice for 298 victims of the downing of Flight MH17 is and will remain the government’s highest priority.The Netherlands’ government maintains that all legal remedies are on the table.

UNITED NATIONS CHIEF CALLS OUT TO PROTECT HEALTH & RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for endeavours to ensure the wellbeing and privileges of ladies and young ladies. “Let us act to defend sexual and regenerative human services, ensure the wellbeing and privileges of ladies and young ladies, and end sex based viciousness. The (COVID-19) pandemic has made our employments a lot harder, yet we should win,” Guterres said on Saturday in his message for World Population Day, which falls on July 11 yearly, Xinhua news organisation announced.

The pandemic is developing existing imbalances and vulnerabilities, especially for ladies and young ladies, Guterres said. “With numerous nations on lockdown and wellbeing frameworks battling to adapt, sexual and conceptive wellbeing administrations are being sidelined and sex put together savagery is with respect to the ascent,” he cautioned. As indicated by the UN boss, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) ventures that if lockdown estimates proceed for a half year with significant interruptions to wellbeing administrations, 47 million ladies in low-and centre pay nations will most likely be unable to get to current contraceptives.

“This would bring about 7 million unintended pregnancies,” he said. In addition, about 31 million extra instances of sexual orientation based brutality can likewise be normal, the secretary-general included. “Consistently, a large number of young ladies are exposed to rehearses that hurt them truly and inwardly, denying them of their entitlement to arrive at their maximum capacity,” he noted.

Guterres said referring to UNFPA’s’ State of World Population 2020 that in excess of 4 million young ladies will be exposed to female genital mutilation and 12 million compelled to wed for the current year. Total populace Day is a yearly occasion, saw on July 11 consistently, which looks to bring issues to light of worldwide populace issues. The occasion was set up by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program in 1989. It was enlivened by the open enthusiasm for Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, the inexact date on which the total populace’ contacted 5 billion individuals. Total populace Day expects to expand individuals” mindfulness on different populace issues, for example, the significance of family arranging, sexual orientation equity, neediness, maternal wellbeing and human rights.

(BY- ADARSH KHUNTIA)