HC says it can not give directions to Election Commission

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Gujarat High Court today rejected a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking direction to the Election Commission (EC) to fit Electronic Voting Machines with camera and to video-record the voting process. “High Court doesn’t have powers under Article 226 (of the Constitution) to give direction to the Constitutional authority like Election Commission of India,” division bench… Read more »

Guidelines being framed on health food in schools, court told

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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that a consultant had been tasked to frame guidelines on making available quality and safe food in schools. The FSSAI said this in a status report during the hearing on a public interest litigation that has sought a ban on… Read more »

Illegal hookah bars to be raided, police tell Court

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The Delhi Police on Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that they have asked all Deputy Commissioners of Police to have illegal hookah bars running in city restaurants raided and ensure their closure to comply with the anti-smoking Act. Delhi Standing Counsel Najmi Waziri made this submission before a Division Bench of the Court comprising… Read more »

Court notice to Delhi University on teachers’ attendance

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The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the Delhi University and the University Grants Commission (UGC) on a plea for introducing biometric attendance system for teachers to ensure punctuality. A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw sought response from the university and the UGC by Sep 19,… Read more »

Civil services English paper has experts’ nod, court told

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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that it has introduced a new aptitude test paper on English in the civil services exam on the suggestion of its experts’ panel. A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked the commission to present the… Read more »

HC asks city govt to decide on plea to ban tobacco products

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The city government was asked today by the Delhi High Court to examine and decide in two weeks a plea to ban the sale of tobacco products in Capital. A bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw gave the direction to the government, while disposing of a petition by… Read more »

SC notice to Centre, States on 55,000 missing children

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The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Centre and all the state governments on a PIL seeking its direction to them for tracing 55,000 missing children in the country. Agreeing to hear the public interest litigation (PIL), a bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam sought response from the Centre and States on the issue… Read more »

Helmets to be made mandatory for women : Delhi high court

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The Delhi high court on Wednesday disposed of a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking to make helmet wearing compulsory for pillion riders irrespective of their gender and religion, after the city government informed it that motor vehicle rules would be amended to make it compulsory for women to wear helmets. A division bench of Acting… Read more »

Court dismisses PIL against Tata housing project

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The Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) against construction of a multi-storeyed housing project by the Tata Housing Development Company (THDC) in an ecologically fragile zone in Punjab, north of Chandigarh. Disposing of the PIL the court said that Tata Housing could go ahead with the project after obtaining… Read more »

Supreme Court to hear PIL against Cairn-Vedanta deal

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The Supreme Court will hear March 2 a suit that wants the acquisition of Cairn India, the nation’s biggest onshore oil deposit, by Anil Agarwal-promoted Vedanta Resources declared invalid. A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the apex court Monday seeking invalidation of the government approval for the Cairn Energy-Vedanta deal under which Vedanta… Read more »