Opposition submits motion to impeach Chief Justice Dipak Misra

Image result for Opposition submits motion to impeach Chief Justice Dipak MisraIn a first, seven opposition parties led by the Indian National Congress on April 20, 2018 submitted a notice to the Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu for the impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
Naidu rejected the notice stating that the motion lacked substantial merit and that it was based on mere suspicion, conjecture or assumption rather than factual proof. The decision comes a day after Naidu held extensive consultations with experts to determine the legality of the motion.

Indu Malhotra takes oath as Supreme Court Judge

Image result for Indu Malhotra takes oath as Supreme Court JudgeSenior advocate Indu Malhotra took oath as a Judge of the Supreme Court on April 27, 2018.
The oath was administered to her by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. The Union Law Ministry had approved Malhotra’s name for the position on April 25, clearing the way for her to become the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed from the Bar as a Judge in the Apex Court.

President signs ordinance to provide death penalty to rapists of girls below 12 years

Image result for President signs ordinance to provide death penalty to rapists of girls below 12 yearsPresident Ram Nath Kovind on April 22, 2018 promulgated an ordinance that provides for stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years. The President’s approval followed Union Cabinet’s approval of the ordinance on April 21, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting in response to nationwide outrage in the wake of a series of shocking rape cases.

POLITY/CONSTITUTION

  • Union Cabinet approves Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018
    The Union Cabinet on April 4, 2018 approved the Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018, aimed at protection and promotion of human rights in India.
  • HRD Ministry constitutes Committee to reduce the fear of maths amongst students
    The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development on April 11, 2018 constituted a committee under the Chairmanship of Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama to eliminate the fear of maths among the students.
  • Union Government to constitute Task Force for fast-tracking Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology
    The Union Government on April 12, 2018 announced to constitute a Task Force under the Chairmanship of Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, for fast-tracking the roll-out of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology.
  • Union Environment Ministry notifies Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2018
    The Union Environment Ministry on April 16, 2018 notified the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2018.
  • President promulgates Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance
    President Ram Nath Kovind on April 22, 2018 promulgated the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, which will allow the government to confiscate properties and assets of loan defaulters who flee the nation.
  • Government panel suggests one-window solution for inter-country removal of children
    A panel that was appointed by the Union Government has recommended one window solution in cases of inter-country removal and retention of children.
  • NITI Aayog launches Atal New India Challenge
    The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) of the NITI Aayog on April 26, 2018 launched the Atal New India Challenge with an aim to bring-in innovations and technologies relevant to the people.

SUPREME COURT JUDGMENTS

  • Provision of Aadhaar Act validating collection of data is ‘badly drafted’: Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court on April 10, 2018 ruled that the provision of Aadhaar Act, 2016 that seeks to validate the collection of data from 2009 to 2016, the time before the Act was enacted, has been “badly drafted”.
  • Consent to marriage is inherent in Hindu Marriage Act: Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court on April 11, 2018 ruled that the consent to marriage is inherent under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. The court also ruled that it will not consider arguments on how marriage ceremonies should be performed.
  • Supreme Court to Waqf Board: Show documents signed by Shah Jahan to prove ownership on Taj Mahal
    The Supreme Court on April 11, 2018 asked the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board to show documents signed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to prove its ownership on the iconic Taj Mahal, a 17th century monument.
  • SC stays NGT declaration of Amarnath shrine as ‘silence zone’
    The Supreme Court of India on April 16, 2018 struck down the order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that had declared the Amarnath cave shrine as a ‘silence zone’ and prohibited religious offerings such as chanting of hymns and ringing bells beyond the entry point.
  • Supreme Court seeks government’s response on plea against Section 377
    The Supreme Court of India on April 23, 2018 sought a response from the Central Government on pleas challenging the Indian Penal Code’s Section 377, which criminalises homosexuality.
  • SC rejects stay on its earlier verdict on SC/ST Act
    The Supreme Court of India on April 3, 2018 refused to order a stay on its earlier verdict on SC/ST Act, in which it had ruled that there shall be no immediate arrest on any complaint filed under the law.

LEGAL GK

  • Union Government launches UTTAM App for Coal Quality Monitoring
    Union Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal on April 5, 2018 launched the UTTAM App for Coal Quality Monitoring. The word ‘UTTAM’ here is abbreviated as ‘Unlocking Transparency by Third Party Assessment of
    Mined Coal’.
  • Government appoints panel to review CSR enforcement under Companies Act
    The union government has set up a 12-member panel to review the enforcement of CSR provisions under the Companies law as well as look at having a centralised scrutiny and prosecution mechanism to deal with violations.
  • Indian courts ordered 109 death sentences in 2017: Amnesty report
    According to Amnesty International’s global report ‘Death Sentences and Executions’, the Indian courts gave away 109 death sentences in 2017 but no executions were carried out. The report was released on April 12, 2018.
  • Explained: AFSPA removed from Meghalaya and few parts of Arunachal Pradesh
    The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) was completely removed from Meghalaya and some areas of Arunachal Pradesh with effect from April 1, 2018.