Bombay high court upholds death penalty against repeated offenders of child
The Bombay High Court on Monday upheld the constitutional validity
of a section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) under which life imprisonment or
death penalty can be awarded to repeat offenders in rape cases.
The provision was introduced by the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act,
2013, on February 3, 2013, on the basis of recommendations of the Justice
J.S. Verma Committee, which was formed to consider changes in law to deal
more sternly with offenders in sexual offence cases following the outrage
over the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student in Delhi in
In its 117-page judgment, the court held, “There is no vagueness
and confusion inasmuch as there exists a procedure which is just, reasonable
and fair to deal with the implementation of Section 376E.” The court said it
did not find any merit in the challenge to the constitutional validity of
Section 376E, and dismissed the petitions.
Government to consider new bill to ban triple talaq
Government will again bring a bill in Parliament to ban the
practice of instant triple talaq.
The contentious Bill had lapsed as it could not be passed by
Parliament and was pending in the RajyaSabha. Bills that are introduced in
the RajyaSabha and are pending there do not lapse with the dissolution of
the LokSabha. But Bills passed by the LokSabha and pending in the RajyaSabha
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill makes all
declarations of instant triple talaq void and illegal. It seeks to make the
practice a punishable offence with imprisonment of three years.
RBI to reduce exposure of public sector banks
The Reserve Bank of India has decided to reduce banks’ exposure to
a group of connected parties to 25% of its capital base, while the exposure
to a single party has been capped at 20%. However, bank boards can allow an
additional 5% exposure in ‘exceptional cases.’
Till now, a bank’s exposure to a single borrower and a borrower
group was restricted to 15% and 40% of capital funds respectively.
The RBI has introduced economic interdependence criteria in
definition of connected counterparties in the new guidelines. “The sum of
all the exposure values of a bank to a single counterparty must not be
higher than 20% of the bank’s available eligible capital base at all times,”
the RBI said.
“In some cases, a bank may have exposures to a group of
counterparties with specific relationships or dependencies such that, were
one of the counterparties to fail, all of the counterparties would very
likely fail. A group of this sort, referred to in this framework as a group
of connected counterparties, must be treated as a single counterparty,” it
Draft copyright amendment rules published in gazette
Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade has sought
-suggestions from the people on the proposed draft Copyright Amendment
In a statement, Commerce and Industry Ministry said, the draft
rules are available on www.egazette.nic.in for seeking comments and
suggestions from all people till 29th of this month.
The Ministry said, Copyright Amendment Rules have been introduced
to ensure smooth and flawless compliance of Copyright Act in the light of
technological advancement in digital era and to bring them in parity with
other relevant legislations.
The UN Security Council will meet today to discuss the crisis in
Sudan after security forces violently broke up weeks of protests against
In this incident, more than 30 people have been dead and hundreds
injured. According to reports, Britain and Germany requested the talks
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticized Sudan's security
personnel for using excessive force.
In a statement, Mr.Guterres said, he is alarmed by reports that
security forces have opened fire inside a hospital in Khartoum and called
for an independent investigation into deaths from the violence.
Mr.Guterres urged Sudanese authorities to facilitate an
independent investigation of the deaths and ensure that those responsible
are held accountable.
The US said it was a brutal attack while the UK called it
outrageous. After the President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in a coup in
April, the country has been governed by a military council.
Meanwhile, leaders of the pro-democracy movement, said they were
stopping all contact with the Transitional Military Council and called a
India rejects OIC reference to Kashmir issue
India on Monday categorically rejected yet another unacceptable
reference to matters internal to India at the conclusion of the 14th Islamic
Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Meeting was held at Makkah, Saudi Arabia on 31st May. In response
to media queries, on the reference to the Indian State of Jammu Kashmir in
the OIC Final Communique, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the OIC
has no locus standi in matters relating to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
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Army rehabilitation centre brings in ‘Udchalo’ initiative
In a bid to make wounded soldiers, who are now confined to
wheelchairs, self-reliant, an initiative ‘UdChalo’ is all set to take off at
the Army’s Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) in Punjab’s Mohali.
‘UdChalo’ is a travel portal, that caters for the personal travel
of the military and paramilitary forces personnel by aggregating defence
fares and getting exclusive discounts. The PRC has joined hands with UdChalo
with an aim to empower the disabled military veterans.
Col. Chadda points out that paraplegic and quadraplegic veterans
have found a purpose in life through ‘UdChalo’, when they interact with
fellow soldiers and resolve their concerns.
“It is a life re-lived. The initiative is unique and has given a
new lease of life of these soldiers who are now confined to wheelchairs,” he
said. PRC provides institutionalised care to soldiers, who are wounded in
military or insurgency operations and can’t adequately provide for
themselves the constant medical care associated with quadriplegia and
paraplegia. Currently, PRC has 31 ex-servicemen from across the country.