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Towards a Global Secular Village

The call of the Delhi High Court for a UCC is a progressive step towards not only proper administration of justice but for a cohesive personal law regime leading to greater harmony among communities.

A New Tax Floor

The imposition of a global tax rate of at least 15 percent on multinationals by G20 finance ministers recently is a positive effort to deter tax dodging and end tax havens. But it remains to be seen how the contemplated tax structure will be implemented.

Zomato, Swiggy versus restaurants: Data masking, anti-competition practices and more

The National Restaurant Association of India has filed a case in the Competition Commission of India against anti-competitive practices of Zomato and Swiggy. These have got worse during the pandemic.

IT Act Section 66A: Police Turns a Nelson’s Eye

Despite this Section being struck down by the Supreme Court in 2015 as unconstitutional, the police continues to use it against citizens. This is open disobedience of the apex court.

Death was virtually delivered to Stan Swamy’s cell by the system

The system can lament, apportion blame, but it never interfered, never once tried to understand why a man would want to live among tribals and work for them, ignoring calls to comfort. Death was virtually delivered to Stan Swamy’s cell by the system.

The Age of Drones

Even as India’s military establishment was shocked by the use of drones on a Jammu air base, the IAF is planning to acquire UAS which will detect, track and destroy them with laser-directed weapons systems.

Empowering Independent Directors

The Securities and Exchange Board of India has overhauled the norms regarding the appointment, removal, and remuneration of independent directors. However, the new proposals need accurate supervising.

Bail is Rule and Jail, an Exception

Recently, the Punjab and Haryana High Court was pulled up by the apex court for not hearing a bail application for over a year. This is a deprivation of liberty, leaving the accused to languish in jail for years.

Harnessing the Digital Giants

As in the case of the new IT rules—aimed at controlling social media majors Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, as well as digital news portals like The Wire, Scroll and The Quint—the objective behind the draft e-commerce rules is shadowing.

The World and the Word

A recent SCOTUS decision about the “ordinary meaning” of words in the statute makes for strange reading. The Indian SC too has resorted to such rules of “ordinary meaning”, but the judicial recourse in both societies is rather puzzling, if not extraordinary.

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