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Coverage of Indian Election Campaign - restrictions

 India Legal News: The Election Commission of India has provided some guidelines ahead of second lef of the state elections starting from February 8. According to the Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, display of any election matter by means, inter alia, of television or similar apparatus, during the period of 48 hours before the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in a constituency is banned.  

Citizens Charter Bill

India Legal News:  “The Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011” is a step forward towards good governance. The salient features of the Bill are:

Right to Citizens

It confers right on every individual citizen to time bound delivery of goods and provision for services and Redressal of grievances.

The dissolution of states

If the constitutional theorists are to be believed, India has been bestowed with a quasi-federal judicial framework; but the State Reorganisation Act of 1956 is enough to uphold the supremacy of the central legislative authority over all provinces of the country.

Unique Identification Authority Bill Put on Hold by Parliamentary Standing Committee

 India Legal News: The much touted UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) – Aadhar may run into rough water as the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance has directed the central government to revise the Unique Identification Authority Bill.

Markandey Katju at JNU

The following is the text of a speech delivered by Justice Markandey Katju, chairman of the Press Council of India, at Jawaharlal Nehru University on November 14, 2011.

On Corruption

LIG Survey : Public Opinion on Legal Drinking Age

 Yesterday, we asked your views on legal drinking age. We have received a stupendous and varied response from all of you.

Pending Cases in High Courts and the Supreme Court of India

India Legal News: The Union Government has approved the ‘National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms’. The objective is to expediate the pending cases across India. Going by the latest information, almost 57,179 cases were pending in the Supreme Court of India as on June 2011 and number of cases pending in the High Courts were 42,17,903 as on September 2010.

The Wikileaks Exposé

Wikileaks, a whistleblower website, began releasing sensitive US documents on November 29, 2010. In what is seen as the largest cumulative leak of classified information in history, the site claimed to have more than 250,000 secret US State Department documents, which it intends to release over the next couple of months.

HRD Ministry’s Proposed Legal Education Plan Is Backed By Academicians

Indian Legal News: The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry's decision to include legal education within the ambit of higher education has takers. A panel of academicians has reportedly backed Kapil Sibal’s plan for legal education.  

Constitution of India: Advertisements and Freedom of Speech

Freedom of speech and expression is a natural right guaranteed under the Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution of India. Freedom of speech and expression implies the right to express one’s thoughts and ideas freely via any medium, such as gestures, signs, verbal communication, print media, radio or television.