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Legal Update of 18th March, 2021

Written by Vanshika Sharma

INDIAN NEWS

 

Lok Sabha approves the Appropriation Bill

The Appropriation Bill 2021-22 was approved by the Lok Sabha, allowing the government to draw funds from the Consolidated Fund of India for its operations and the execution of its programmes and schemes.[i]

New building of the Parliament to get ready by Oct 2022

The New Parliament Building is expected to be completed in October 2022. Though the government had set August 27, 2022, as the project’s deadline, it had to be rescheduled because construction could not begin for another 37 days due to a Supreme Court stay. Almost a month after the foundation stone was laid, construction began.[ii]

Rajasthan State Textbook board booked for hurting religious sentiments

A reference to Islamist extremism in a political science textbook has resulted in the Rajasthan State Textbook Board and the owner of a publishing house being charged with injuring religious sentiments.

“Islamist terrorism is a form of Islam,” says a chapter in a Hindi political science textbook titled “Terrorism, Criminalization of Politics, and Corruption.” The textbook was released in 2018 under the previous BJP administration and is no longer in circulation.[iii]

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Uber gives drivers in UK ‘worker’ benefit

Following a UK Supreme Court decision last month, Uber drivers in the UK have been reclassified as “workers” and will now be entitled to paid vacation, a living wage, and private pensions. The changes are not for its food delivery business, Uber Eats.[iv]

Japan Court supports Right to same-sex marriage

A Japanese court ruled that the country’s refusal to accept same-sex weddings was unconstitutional, a historic ruling that could pave the way for the implementation of such unions in the country. The decision was taken in a civil suit brought by three same-sex couples against the Japanese government in the northern city of Sapporo.[v]

Senate confirms Biden’s trade chief as USTR

Katherine Tai was unanimously confirmed as the new US Trade Representative (USTR) by the US Senate. Ms. Tai is the first woman of colour to hold the role, as her parents are Taiwanese.[vi]

 

 

[i] ‘Appropriation Bill gets the nod of Lok Sabha’, The Hindu, (18 March, 2021), 09.

[ii] Dipak K Das, ‘Parliament’s new avatar to be ready by October 2022’, Times of India, (18 March, 2021), 09.12

[iii] ‘FIR against Rajasthan State Textbook Board, publishing house owner for hurting religious sentiment’, Indian Today, (18 March, 2021), <https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/fir-rajasthan-state-textbook-board-publishing-house-owner-hurting-religious-sentiment-1780720-2021-03-18> accessed 18 March, 2021.

[iv] ‘Uber ‘willing to change’ as drivers get minimum wage, holiday pay and pensions’, BBC News, (17 March, 2021), <https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56412397> accessed 18 March, 2021.

[v] Ben Dooley and Hisako Ueno, ‘Landmark Ruling Cracks Door Open for Same-Sex Marriage in Japan’, The New York Times, (17 March, 2021), <https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/17/world/asia/japan-gay-marriage.html> accessed 18 March, 2021.

[vi] Sriram Lakshman, ‘Katherine Tai unanimously confirmed as USTR by Senate’, The Hindu, (18 March, 2021), 13.

 

 

Written By:

Vanshika Sharma

B.B.A.LL.B.

National Law University, Odisha

 

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