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The hard realities of India's fast-track courts -Arunav Kaul

Fast-track courts (FTCs) have been around for a long time, with the first ones being established in the year 2000. Since then, much has been spoken and written about them. To quote the Ministry of Law and Justice, at the end of March, there were 581 FTCs operational in the country, with approximately 5.9 lakh pending cases, Uttar Pradesh having the most number of cases. However, 56% of the States and Union Territories, including Karnataka, Madhya P

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Soon, a child can withdraw from Aadhaar at adulthood -S Ronendra Singh

the UIDAI will have to delete all the data, including biometrics of the person who withdraws from the scheme. According to sources in the know, a Cabinet note has been prepared by the Ministry of Law and Justice on this, and will be tabled at a Cabinet meeting soon. “The choice will be given to the child once he/she attains the maturity age, and he/she will have only six months to take the final decision,” a senior government offici

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Nod to prisoner amnesty scheme

ity will also be granted remission if they have completed half their terms. Terminally ill convicts and prisoners who have completed two-thirds of their sentence period will be eligible too. Union Law and Justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the cabinet meeting that the decision was taken to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. The prisoners, he said, would be released in three phases: on October 2 (Gandhi's

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The Great Transparency 'Jumla'

i.e. on May 5. However, the next note, dated May 24, 2017, shows that the meeting in fact took place on May 23 and that a draft letter addressed to the Secretary, Legislative Department, Ministry of Law and Justice was put up for approval by the ECI. On June 6, 2017, the note stated that a letter dated May 26, 2017 was ready to be uploaded both in Hindi and English, and it only required the signature of “DG(DS)” which probably refers to D

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We Need Annual Diversity Statistics for the Judiciary -Diksha Sanyal

ome data on the overall proportion of women judges in the lower judiciary was compiled and made public. Even this data was incomplete as it had not been compiled for all states. The Union minister of Law and Justice also clarified that this was not a regular exercise for the Central government. Please click here to read more.

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Govt favours long-term solution on fuel prices -Prashant K Nanda and Utpal Bhaskar The issue of frequent hikes in fuel prices is a matter of debate and concern, Law and Justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said after a Union cabinet meeting New Delhi: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government on Wednesday signalled its intent to stay the course on fuel pricing reforms and said that it was working toward a “long-term solution”. This comes against the backdrop of an international crude oil

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Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha: The 6 Questions that MP Sumitra Dev Asked Law Minister Prasad -Seema Mustafa

ld like “some lacunae” to be sorted out by the Standing Committee of Parliament Dev tore into the government’s Bill with hard hitting facts and arguments that remain irrefutable. Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, shed tears for the “poor Muslim woman” placed on the streets by the husband with the instant declaration of triple talaq. BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi spoke of the need to codify the Muslim personal law,

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EC to house panel: State funding wont help, need radical changes to monitor poll expenditure -Anand Mishra

funds are spent by them so as to provide complete transparency in the matter,” the EC said in a four-page submission before the parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances, Law and Justice headed by Anand Sharma on Friday. Appearing before the parliamentary panel which is examining a gamut of issues related to electoral reforms, the EC said that the exemption to political parties from reporting details of donations receiv

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Supreme Court seeks govt's response on PIL for ban on female circumcision -Dhananjay Mahapatra

tal mutilation (FGM) in the Dawoodi Bohra community. A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul issued notice to four central ministries — Law and Justice; health and family welfare; social justice and empowerment; and women and child development — and the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Delhi. While entertaining a PIL filed by advocate and social activist Sunita Tiwar

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Vacancies in high courts touch 470 as govt.-judiciary logjam continues -B Muralidhar Reddy

recommendation it will not be bound to reconsider it even after reiteration by the collegiums. Allahabad tops list Data on vacancies in the High Court as on July 1, released by the Ministry of Law and Justice, shows that against the approved strength of 1079 judges, the 24 high courts are functioning with 609 judges. The Allahabad High Court has the maximum of 82 vacancies against the sanctioned strength of 160 judges. The Punjab and Hary

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