SC agrees to examine plea to bar politicians from contesting from two seats

Context:  The Supreme Court has agreed to adjudicate on whether politicians could be barred from contesting from more than one seat in an election and has sought assistance from the Attorney General (AG) to decide the issue. Background: A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging Section 33(7) Read More …

U.P. becomes first State to endorse Centre’s triple talaq draft bill

Uttar Pradesh has become the first State to endorse the Central government’s draft bill that makes instant triple talaq a cognisable and non-bailable offence. The draft law, which provides for three-year imprisonment and a fine to a man trying to divorce his wife by uttering “talaq” three times, got the State government’s approval Read More …

A woman does not mortgage herself to a man with marriage: CJI

Context: A woman does not mortgage herself to a man by marrying him and she retains her identity, including her religious identity, even after she exercises her right to marry outside her community under the Special Marriage Act, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra orally observed while heading a five-judge Read More …

Kapu Reservation Bill, 2017

Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly has unanimously passed Kapu Reservation Bill, 2017 to provide 5% quota in education and employment. The reservation to Kapu community will be given by including them in Backward Classes list. The reservation to existing Backward Castes will not be affected by this decision. The Bill left Read More …

Hepatitis B and C co-infection on the rise, say experts

Context; Cases of co-infection of hepatitis B and C viruses are rising and are yet highly underestimated. A large number of patients with hepatitis C infection are also infected with hepatitis B virus, which stays in a repressed state and can reactivate at a later stage. Facts & Figures: With Read More …

21st century India cannot shun leprosy patients: SC

Context: Twenty-first century society cannot justify shunning persons affected by leprosy or keeping them hidden in homes and away from the mainstream, the Supreme Court declared in an order. The court asked the Centre to respond in eight weeks to a call to repeal 119 Central and State laws in Read More …

Gram panchayat certificate no proof of citizenship: SC

Context: A certificate of residency issued by a gram panchayat is not a document of citizenship and is “meaningless” unless supported by some other valid record to make a claim for inclusion in the National Register of Citizenship (NRC), the Supreme Court said. The Issue: A Bench of Justices Ranjan Read More …

International Court of Justice

It is the primary judicial branch of the United Nations (UN). Seated in the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, the court settles legal disputes submitted to it by states and provides advisory opinions on legal questions submitted to it by duly authorized international branches, agencies, and the UN General Assembly. The Court is composed of 15 judges, who Read More …

Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016

Context: The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has decided to junk the recommendations of a parliamentary committee report which was the first ever government document to recognise the rights of transgender persons to partnerships and marriage, so that they were no longer criminalised under IPC Section 377, apart Read More …