Supreme court to take final decision about IPC 377
The government chose not to take sides on the question of the legality
of Section 377 IPC, a provision which criminalises homosexuality, leaving
the decision entirely to the Supreme Court.
The government’s decision to not contest writ petitions against Section
377 however came with a rider that the court should specify that the freedom
to choose a partner does not extend to perversions like incest.
However the court was not confining its ambit merely to LGBTQ or sexual
orientation. It is examining the aspect of two consenting adults who should
not be liable for criminal action for their relationship.
Government approves net neutrality principles
In a move that will ensure open and free Internet in India, the
government has approved the principle of net neutrality. This means that
telecom and Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet
equally, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, site,
platform, or application.
They cannot engage in practices such as blocking, slowing down or
granting preferential speeds to any content.
The Telecom Commission (TC) — which is the highest decision-making body
in the Department of Telecom, on Wednesday approved the recommendation made
by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the subject eight
However the TC claimed that certain emerging & critical services will be
kept out of the purview of these norms,which may include autonomous
vehicles, digital healthcare services or disaster management.
Centre demands adultery to be a punishable offence
The government on Wednesday submitted that dropping of adultery as an
offence from the Indian Penal Code (IPC) will erode the sanctity of marriage
and be detrimental to the “intrinsic Indian ethos.”
The Centre said the provision punishing adultery — Section 497 of IPC —
“supports, safeguards and protects the institution of marriage” considering
the “unique structure and culture of Indian society
The government agreed to the thought that “stability of a marriage is
not an ideal to be scorned” and striking down Section 497 would destroy the
fabric of society itself.
The Constitution Bench was scheduled to decide on whether the
pre-Independence provision of adultery in the IPC treats a married woman as
her husband’s “subordinate” and violates the constitutional concepts of
gender equality and sensitivity.
The United States has escalated a trade war with China, threatening to
impose fresh tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese goods as soon as
September, sparking a furious reaction in Beijing.
The latest shot in a spiralling trade conflict between the world’s top
two economies came just days after tit-for-tat tariffs on $34 billion in
goods came into effect.
President Donald Trump has therefore ordered the trade department to
“begin the process of imposing tariffs of 10% on an additional $200 billion
of Chinese imports”, Mr.Lighthizer said in a statement.
The eventual goal is to impose tariffs on 40% of Chinese imports, the
same proportion of U.S. goods hit by Beijing’s retaliation, an official told
U.K to take action against facebook for data breach
Britain’s data regulator said on Wednesday that it will fine Facebook
half a million pounds for failing to protect user data, as part of its
investigation into whether personal information was misused ahead of the
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) began investigating the
social media giant earlier this year when evidence emerged that an app had
been used to harvest the data of tens of millions of Facebook users
INDIA –U.K sign MoU for cooperation in legal affairs
The two governments signed anMoU for enhancing bilateral cooperation in
legal affairs which, inter alia, provides a framework for promoting greater
co-operation between the judicial and legal professionals in both countries
through exchange of expertise and training; exchanging information regarding
current issues of international significance.
The MoU also provides for establishment of a Joint Consultative
Committee to facilitate such exchange.
Indian IT minister alsoinformed his counterpart about the progress made
in India in the field of ensuring access to justice for all, particularly
using the power of technology through initiatives like Tele-Law, e-Court
services and digitization of Courts in India.
Appointment of deloitte as the only auditor of banks irks bankers
The decision of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to
appoint Deloitte as the only agency authorised to do mandatory audits of
Information Security (IS) in banks, financial institutions and telcos using
the Aadhaar-based authentication regime, has attracted flak from bankers.
In a missive to banks and other Aadhaar agencies on April 4 this year,
the UIDAI had asked them to ‘enter a contract’ with Deloitte since the firm
has been ‘empanelled’ by it.
As per the UIDAI, Deloitte would perform the assessment once a year and
a fixed fee of Rs. 1,94,700 per unit is to be paid by ecosystem partners to
Deloitte for conducting the mandatory IS audit. Banks will also need to pay
for the travel, boarding and lodging of Deloitte officials.
According to bankers, not only are the specified costs too high, but the
UIDAI’s move has created a monopoly situation for the firm that has been
empanelled. The inclusion of more alternatives as empanelled auditors could
allow individual user agencies of the Aadhaar ecosystem to negotiate better
rates and services. Banks have conveyed these views to the UIDAI.
SEBI brings in guidelines for large corporates in raising funds via bond
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) will soon come out
with a consultation paper on making it mandatory for large corporates to
meet one-fourth of their financing needs through the bond market as
envisioned by the FY19 Union Budget, according to its chairman Ajay Tyagi.
Noting that a lot needed to be done for increasing liquidity in the
secondary market, he said that the SEBI would move towards that direction in
consultation with the RBI and the government.
Secondary market products such as interest rate futures, credit default,
swaps, repo and others had to be made more attractive to the participants
for development of secondary market in corporate bond.
Nilgiritahr faces risk of climate change
The antics of the sure-footed Nilgiritahr are a treat to watch, but
these endangered wild mountain goats – found only in high altitudes in
India’s Western Ghats — could be losing their footing with increasing
Even under moderate scenarios of future climate change, tahrs could lose
approximately 60% of their habitats from the 2030s on, predict scientists in
their study in Ecological Engineering , an international journal that
emphasises the need for ecological restoration.
There are only around 2,500 tahrs left in the wild and their population
— “small and isolated, making them vulnerable to local extinction” — shows a
“decreasing” trend, as per the International Union for Conservation of
FIFA finalists ready for final match
Croatia beat England ( 2-1) in the semi finals of the 2018 FIFA world
cup to reach the finals to face France in Moscow on july.15th.
Croatia is reaching the finals of the worldcup for the first time in
The losers final will be played on 14thjuly between England and Belgium.