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  May 2016
  April 2016
  • The International Criminal Court in The Hague delivers a verdict of guilt in the case of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on war crimes charges.
  • British police made six arrests in the British media's phone hacking scandal, including Rebekah Brooks, the former top executive of Rupert Murdoch's News International .
  • Pakistan's government has issued orders banning the country's largest Islamic extremist group. Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat was first banned in 2002 by then Pakistani leader Gen Pervez Musharraf. Activists from the pro-al-Qaeda group formerly known as the Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP), or Soldiers of the Companions of the Prophet, have been convicted of killing hundreds of Shia Muslims.
  • Libyans protest outside a courthouse building in Benghazi calling for it to reopen rather than be used as a militia headquarters.
  • Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland and Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, criticises government plans to allow same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom.
  • The Supreme Court agreed to examine the constitutional validity of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 and admitted a PIL, which accused the UPA government of succumbing to foreign pressure to limit compensation obligation of nuclear reactor operators to a meagre ` 1,500 crore when leakage or accident could prove catastrophic for a huge population.
  • "Saving Face" - an Oscar-winning Pakistani Documentary-2011 has stirred that Acid attacks on women should be taken seriously as rape attempts are. The Women and Child Development Ministry is inspired and now planning to move the law and Home Ministries for amendment of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to include a separate section on acid attacks or equate the gravity of the crime to rape.
  • The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on 4 th March, 2012 released guidelines to eliminate physical punishment and to discipline schools.   The NCPCR survey disclosed that the use of physical punishments is common in Indian schools and corporal punishments are often used by teachers as a means to discipline children. Even children in the age group of 3-5 years are not spared.
  • The Supreme Court on 2 nd March, 2012 appointed its former Judge H.S. Bedi to head a monitoring committee to supervise investigations into 22 cases of alleged fake encounters in Gujarat between 2002 and 2006.
  • Uninor and Sistema Shyam filed a petition on 2 nd March, 2012 seeking review of Supreme Court's order to cancel their 2G licences. Uninor, the joint venture between Unitech and Norway's Telenor in its petition pointed out the severe adverse consequences for the licence holders and their stakeholders, such as massive subscriber base, foreign investors, lenders, suppliers and employees. Sistema Shyam TeleServices (SSTL) in its petition stated that it has a different case altogether as it was a CDMA operator. The SSTL was the only operator to have applied for a Pan India CDMA spectrum in 2008.
  • In Uttar Pradesh, Lokayukta Justice NK Mehrotra has written to the newly elected Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recommending probe into complaints against former Mayawati government Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui and his MLC wife Husna Siddiqui for allegedly amassing assets and indulging in large scale corruption.
  • Giving some relief to tax payers, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has proposed raising the income-tax exemption limit for individuals to ` 2 lakh per annum from ` 1.80 lakh.

Anil Shukla

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