The Supreme Court has reiterated that forcible dispossession
of a person of his private property without due process of law is a
violation of human rights.
In a recent judgment by a Bench led by Justice S.K. Kaul, the
court stressed that right to property is both a human right and a constitutional
right — the latter under Article 300A of the Constitution.
The verdict came on the acquisition of a few acres in Sikkim by
the State’s Agriculture department in 1980 for building the Progeny Orchard
The land was recorded in two names — 1.29 acres in the name of
the Maharaja of Sikkim and 7.07 acres in the name of Man BahadurBasnett, who was
the father of the original appellant in this case.
The judgment found that “in this case, the appellant could not
have been forcibly dispossessed of her property without any legal sanction”
The court gave the State three months’ time from the date of the
judgment for it to “make up their mind as to what they want to do”. “Would they
still like to retain the land by issuing a proper notification, or would they
like to surrender possession of the land. In either eventuality, the question of
payment for use and occupation would still arise, which will have to be
determined in accordance with law,” the judgment said.
“It has been decided that all States/Union Territories
should be advised to invoke provisions of Section 2 of the Epidemic Disease
Act, 1897 so that all advisories being issued from time to time by the
Ministry/State/UTs are enforceable,” Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said on
Wednesday, after a meeting of a high-level Group of Ministers here.
Ms. Sudan added that as a measure of prevention, it is
reiterated that as per the travel advisory, passengers with travel history to
China, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Japan, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Iran,
Malaysia, France, Spain and Germany should undergo self-imposed quarantine for
14 days from the date of their arrival, and their employers should facilitate
work-from-home for such employees during this period.
The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), UNICEF and
the World Health Organization (WHO) also issued new guidance to help protect
children and schools from transmission of the COVID-19.\
Commerce and Industry Ministry has called a meeting of all
stakeholders on Monday to discuss issues related to the forthcoming foreign
trade policy (FTP) for 2020-25.
The meeting will be attended by industry chambers and exporters
from various sectors such as textiles, chemicals, agriculture, capital goods,
electronics, engineering, pharmaceuticals, leather, higher education,
hospitality, e-commerce, and entertainment.
All exports and import-related activities are governed by the
foreign trade policy, which is mainly aimed at enhancing the country's exports
and use trade expansion as an effective instrument of economic growth and
The meeting assumes significance as the commerce ministry is
likely to soon come out with the policy for the next five financial years
2020-25. The validity for the old one will end on March 31, 2020.
The new policy could focus on simplifying procedures for
exporters and importers besides providing incentives to boost outbound
shipments.The ministry's arm Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) is
formulating the policy.
Currently, tax benefits are provided under the Merchandise
Export from India Scheme (MEIS) for goods and Services Export from India Scheme
In the new policy, changes are expected in the incentives given
to goods as the current export promotion schemes are challenged in the World
Constitutional changes allowing Vladimir Putin to run for
President again in 2024 sailed through Russia’s lower house of Parliament on
Wednesday, opening the way for him to potentially stay in power until 2036.
Mr. Putin, a former KGB officer, is currently required by the
Constitution to step down in 2024 when his second sequential and fourth
presidential term ends. But the amendment would formally reset his presidential
term tally to zero.
The 450-seat State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, on
Wednesday voted in favour of the change, along with other amendments to the
Constitution, by 383 votes. Nobody voted against, but 43 lawmakers abstained.
Twenty-four lawmakers were absent.
If, as Mr. Putin critics expect, the constitutional court now
gives its blessing to the amendment and it is backed in a nationwide vote on
April 22, Mr. Putin would have the option to run again for President in 2024.
Kremlin critic and opposition politician Alexei Navalny has said
he believes Mr. Putin will now try to become President for life.Two people
staged lone pickets outside the State Duma on Wednesday.
On March 6, 2020, the Comptroller and Auditor General tabled
the report for the year that ended on 31st March 2018 (2017-18). The report
was tabled inthe assembly. According to the report, between 2014 and 2016,
40% of environmental crimes in India were from Rajasthan.
The report pointed out that Wildlife Crime Control units were
not established in the state. The crimes violated Forest (Conservation) act and
Between 2014 and 2016, the number of environmental crimes
registered in the country were 15,723 and those registered in Rajasthan were
The Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve and Sariska Tiger Reserve were
not regulated due to the absence of Local Advisory Committee. In Ranthambhore, 5
out of10 core areas were not closed in monsoon season.
The CAG identified several irritants to the wild life in the
area. The Abheda Biological Park in Kota had garbage dumping yard nearby. The
other concerns were firing range of the army, industrial areas and slums.