‘COLLEGIUM SYSTEM A BLOW TO INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY’

The introduction of the collegium system to appoint judges has been a great blow to the independence of the judiciary, senior Supreme Court advocate Sanjay Hegde has said. “We probably had more independent judges when politicians appointed them than we have today, when judges began appointing judges,” said Mr. Hegde, who was speaking at a discussion on ‘Is the independence […]

WOMEN’S WALL A TURNING POINT, SAYS INDIRA JAISING

‘Sabarimala issue being used to influence election outcome’ The women’s wall formed in the State on January 1 was a turning point in gender justice, noted social activist and lawyer Indira Jaising has said. The next day, two women entered the Sabarimala temple and offered prayers. The Sabarimala temple case was basically a gender issue. Preventing women from offering prayers […]

PLEA IN HC FOR POLICY TO PROVIDE FREE LEGAL AID TO INDIANS ABROAD

New Delhi. A plea has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Centre to frame a policy to provide free legal aid to Indian citizens living abroad. NGO Pravasi Legal Cell filed the public interest litigation claiming that India has the world’s largest diaspora according to the United Nations. The petition claimed that over 17 million […]

AIR INDIA ANNOUNCES FIXED COST FOR REPATRIATION OF HUMAN REMAINS FROM UAE

Announcement has drawn mixed reactions from UAE’s social workers and the Indian expat community. India’s national airline Air India has announced that it has decided to fix the repatriation costs of mortal remains at Dh1,500 for adults and Dh750 for children under the age of 12 to India. The decision also applies to passengers of Air India’s budget subsidiary Air […]

AUSTRIAN’S 22-MONTH ORDEAL IN THIRUVANANTHAPURAM JAIL ENDS

KOLLAM: It will be a memorable Christmas reunion for 38-year-old Austrian citizen Martina Kropej. She will be reuniting with her mother in her homeland after spending 22 months in a jail in Thiruvananthapuram. Her ordeal began when she was arrested by the local police in Karunagappally when she overstayed for five days after her tourist visa expired back in February […]

PIL on airlines’ policy on repatriation of Indian emigrants’ mortal remains: HC seeks Centre’s stand

The Delhi High Court on Monday sought response of the Centre on a petition against the policy of several airlines, including Air India, to allegedly charge “exorbitant” rates for domestic transportation and repatriation of mortal remains of migrant Indian workers who die abroad. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao issued notice to the ministries […]