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India: Draft Legislation Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technology Published

(Nov. 2, 2015) On September 30, 2015, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, through its Department of Health Research, published for public and stakeholder comments draft legislation regulating assisted reproductive technology (ART). (Sushmi Dey, Foreigners May Be Barred from Commissioning Surrogacy in India, TIMES OF INDIA (Oct. 16, 2015).) According to the Director of […]

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal: Motor Vehicles Agreement

(Sept. 21, 2015) Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal (BBIN) signed a Motor Vehicles Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger, Personal and Cargo Vehicular Traffic on June 15, 2015 in Thimpu, Bhutan.  Aside from facilitating the cross-border movement of passengers and goods, the agreement is expected to “promote safe, economical [,] efficient and environmentally sound road […]

Bangladesh; India: Decades-Long Border Dispute Resolved Through Implementation of Land Swap Agreement

(Aug. 11, 2015) Bangladesh and India have resolved a decades-old border issue through a land swap agreement that started with a physical exchange of enclaves on July 31, 2015, to continue in phases between that date and June 30, 2016. (Bangladesh, India in Historic Land Swap After Nearly 4 Decades, HINDUSTAN TIMES, (July 31, 2015); […]

India: Cabinet Has Approved Amendments to Child Labor Law

(May 20, 2015) On April 14, 2015, India’s Union Cabinet approved amendments to the child labor law among which is the inclusion of an exception that would allow minors, which the law defines as children under the age of 14, to work in certain family enterprises or industries, provided they are not hazardous occupations and […]

India: Proposal to Decriminalize Attempted Suicide

(Dec. 29, 2014) On December 10, 2014, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs announced in a press release its decision to decriminalize attempted suicide by repealing section 309 of India’s Penal Code. (The Indian Penal Code (IPC), World Intellectual Property Organization website; Press Release, Ministry of Home Affairs, Decriminalisation of Section 309, Press Information Bureau website […]

India: No Import of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

(Oct. 17, 2014) Under new rules that will enter into effect in India in November 2014, “[n]o cosmetic that has been tested on animals … shall be imported into the country.” (Madhur Singh, India Bans Import of Cosmetics Tested on Animals, BNA DAILY REPORT FOR EXECUTIVES, Bloomberg BNA online subscription database.) The rules, called the […]

India: High Court of Himachal Pradesh Bans All Religious Forms of Animal Sacrifice in the State

(Oct. 6, 2014) On September 1, 2014, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh issued an order banning animal sacrifices for religious purposes and in places of religious worship. The ban was issued in response to a number of petitions made by animal rights activists about the practice of animal sacrifice in temples or at religious […]

India: Possible Amendment of IT Law to Address Cybercrimes Against Women

(Aug. 21, 2014) It was reported on August 15, 2014, that the Indian government has taken preliminary steps to introduce amendments to India’s information technology law that would specifically treat cybercrimes against women. The move comes in the wake of reports of men recording rapes of women and girls with their smartphones and using the […]

Bangladesh; India: Court Awards Control of Maritime Region

(July 15, 2014) On July 7, 2014, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which is located in The Hague, issued its decision on the maritime dispute between Bangladesh and India. (Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration Between Bangladesh and India (Bangladesh v. India), Permanent Court of Arbitration website (last visited July 11, 2014).) The Court considered […]

India: New Anti-Corruption Law

(Jan. 8, 2014) On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, including the Prime Minister of the country. (Indian President Signs Historic Anti-Corruption Law, AUSTRALIA NETWORK NEWS […]