SUPREME COURT JUDGMENTS

  • Adult couple has the right to live together without marriage: SC
    In a historic first, the Supreme Court of India ruled on May 6, 2018 that an adult couple has the right to live together without marriage.
  • SC permits courts to refer to Parliamentary Committee reports
    The Supreme Court on May 9, 2018 ruled that the courts can look into Parliamentary Standing Committee reports and take them into record while deciding on an issue.
  • Death or injury while boarding or de-boarding train entitles passenger to compensation: SC
    The Supreme Court of India on May 9, 2018 held that railways will be liable to pay compensation to passengers in case of death or injury while boarding and de-boarding trains.
  • SC directs all HC Chief Justices to form anti-sexual harassment panels in all courts
    The Supreme Court on May 11, 2018 directed Chief Justices or acting Chief Justices of all high courts to set up anti-sexual harassment committees in courts across the country within two months in accordance with a 2013 law.
  • Women can file domestic violence complaint even after divorce: SC
    The Supreme Court of India has held that a woman can lodge a complaint under the domestic violence law against the cruel acts committed by her ex-husband even after the dissolution of marriage.
  • SC directs HCs not to entertain pleas on RBI circular on virtual currencies
    The Supreme Court on May 17, 2018 barred all the high courts from listening to any plea related to an RBI circular that prohibited dealings in virtual currencies such as the Bitcoin.
  • SC issues directives to High Courts for monitoring POCSO Act cases
    After witnessing the high rate of pendency of child sexual assault cases, the Supreme Court on May 1, 2018 issued a slew of directions to all the High Courts regarding speedy trial in sexual assault cases involving children under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
  • SC strikes down law allowing government bungalows to former UP CMs
    The Supreme Court on May 7, 2018 struck down a legislation that allowed former Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers to continue occupying government accommodation even after demitting office.
  • SC approves Centre’s draft Cauvery management scheme
    The Supreme Court of India on May 18, 2018 approved the Centre’s draft Cauvery Management Scheme for smooth distribution of Cauvery river water among the southern states.

POLITY/CONSTITUTION

  • President Ram Nath Kovind approves Minimum Wages (Delhi) Amendment Act, 2017
    The Minimum Wages (Delhi) Amendment Act, 2017 was officially notified on May 4, 2018 following the approval of the Bill by President Ram Nath Kovind on April 26, 2018.
  • 15th Finance Commission constitutes an Advisory Council
    The 15th Finance Commission has constituted an Advisory Council to advise and assist the commission on the matters related to its terms of reference.
  • Cabinet reshuffle: Smriti Irani loses I & B Ministry, Piyush Goyal steps in for Jaitley
    In a significant cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 14, 2018 gave Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore the independent charge as Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in place of Smriti Irani, current Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
  • Karnataka Elections 2018: Governor Vajubhai Vala to take the final call
    The Bharatiya Janta Party emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka after the final votes were counted on May 15, 2018.
  • The Governor’s Role In The Hung Assembly
    The Assembly Elections in Karnataka produced an inconclusive verdict as no single party getting a simple majority to form the government. However, the BJP won 104 of the 222 constituencies and emerged as a single largest party. The Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) won 78 and 37 seats respectively.
  • Union Cabinet approves National Policy on Biofuels 2018
    The Union Cabinet on May 16, 2018 approved the National Policy on Biofuels 2018.
  • Government to set up national registry of crimes against women
    The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is in the process of creating a national registry of crimes against women.

Legal GK

  • Inter-State Council Standing Committee completes deliberations on Punchhi Commission report
    The Standing Committee of the Inter-State Council (ISC) headed by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on May 25, 2018 completed its deliberations on all the 273 recommendations of the Punchhi Commission.
  • A sigh of relief for homebuyers, Union Cabinet approves ordinance to amend Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code
    The Union Cabinet on May 23, 2018 approved the ordinance to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC), heaving a sigh of relief to homebuyers who have invested in housing projects of real estate companies that have gone bankrupt.
  • UGC approves online degree, diploma courses from upcoming academic session
    The University Grants Commission (UGC) on May 24, 2018 approved new regulations for online courses by universities.
  • Aadhaar linkage not mandatory for getting pension: Union Government
    The Union Government has clarified that the Aadhaar card is not mandatory for central government employees to get their pension.