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Baghjan fire reveals oilfield didn’t have environmental clearance

An NGT report exposed the fact that the oilfield in Assam is operating without mandatory environmental clearances. It also said that a blowout has been spewing gas for 160 days now, impacting 10 km of eco-sensitive land.

Transfer of Judges: A policy that needs revision

While the transfers of High Court judges may be constitutionally permissible, they may not be necessary. Ending transfers of judges will make High Courts judicially strong, effective and independent.

The Aarogya Setu app whodunnit

Three central organisations, responsible for the app, have little knowledge about its creation and were issued show cause notices by the CIC, leading to privacy concerns of some 16.23 crore people who downloaded it.

Covid-19 and Testing: Govt should not limit tests

Under the Epidemic Diseases Act and the Disaster Management Act, the government has a duty under Articles 47 and 21 to save and protect lives. It, therefore, cannot put curbs on testing of Covid-19 patients.

Contempt of Court In Bihar Elections?

By Inderjit Badhwar   In an extraordinarily timely story, this week’s India Legal returns once again to the subject of criminals in politics. This subject has been discussed ad nauseam f...

Sex workers: Supreme Court order on dry rations, allowances for them is a landmark

What made the Supreme Court ask state governments to provide allowances and rations to them? It relates to the peculiar situation governing sex workers.

Plasma therapy for Covid-19 patients: Handle with care

There has been much debate about the pros and cons of the therapy and trials have shown that it improves symptoms like difficulty in breathing and fatigue. But the decision is best left to the physician.

Kerala Police Act bells social media misuse, cyber crime

The state has taken the lead in introducing a penalty for the misuse of social media by way of an ordinance in the Kerala Police Act. While freedom of expression is a fundamental right, it is not an ...

Pharma data breaches should stop once data protection law comes into force

Pharma companies, which keep valuable data, are vulnerable to cyber attacks as these can be monetised by criminals. Once India passes the Personal Data Protection Bill such breaches should be fewer.

Ramayana Under Legal Scrutiny

The book is appropriately called "Ramayana Revisited: An Epic Through A Legal Prism". The title was an eye-grabber that drew me into its contents. It is a serious and scholarly piece of work by senior journalist Anil Maheshwari and Vipul Maheshwari, a prominent Supreme Court advocate

News Update

Why aren’t international institutions so easily accessible to Indian lawyers, professors: Justice P.S. Narasimha

The Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) on Wednesday inaugurated its Post Graduation Diploma Courses for 2021-22 and also, the Convocation ceremony for its 2019-20 and 2020-21 batches.

Delhi High Court directs Delhi govt, IHBAS to explain why they didn’t constitute state mental health authority

A single-judge Delhi High Court bench was hearing a plea to set up the State Mental Health Authority (‘SMHA’) and the Mental Health Review Board (‘MHRB’) for Delhi in compliance with the obligations under the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.

Rs 50,000 per Covid death: NDMA recommends ex-gratia payment in affidavit to Supreme Court

Center said in an affidavit in the Supreme Court that the NDMA has recommended an amount of Rs 50,000 each as ex-gratia payment to covid-19 deceased families. The Affidavit, was filed by Govind Mohan, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, was in response to Supreme Court directions.

Supreme Court reserves verdict on plea seeking free education to every child with special needs, disabled children

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment on a petition seeking directions to ensure free and compulsory education to each and every Child With Special Need (CWSN)/Disabled Children by initiating the process of appointment of Special Teachers as per the Teacher Pupil ratio, which is 1:5.
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