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India: Supreme Court Upholds Mandatory Use of Biometric Identification for Filing Taxes and Tax Account Applications

(July 21, 2017) India’s Supreme Court, on June 9, 2017, upheld the constitutional validity of section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961, which made the Act’s biometric-based identification project, Aadhaar, mandatory for filing income tax returns and applying for Permanent Account Numbers (PANs). (Binoy Viswam v. Union of India & Ors., (2017), Supreme Court […]

Japan/India: Diet Approves Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

(June 14, 2017) The upper house (House of Councillors) of the Diet (Japan’s parliament) approved the Japan-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement on June 7, 2017. (Information on Bills: Japan-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, House of Councillors website (in Japanese).) The Agreement had previously been signed on November 11, 2016. (Reason for Submission: Treaty No. 3, […]

India: Law Bans Discrimination Against AIDS Patients

(Apr. 27, 2017) On April 24, 2017, Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, approved new legislation that bans discrimination against people who are HIV-positive or who have AIDS. (Jonathan Niznansky, India President Approves Law Banning Discrimination Against AIDS Patients, PAPER CHASE (Apr. 25, 2017).) The law was formally introduced in 2014 as the Human Immunodeficiency […]

India: Decision Not to Sign Hague Treaty on Child Abduction

(Jan. 23, 2017) In a decision made by the Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister, Maneka Gandhi, and agreed to by the Ministry of External Affairs, the government of India has decided not to ratify the Hague Convention on Child Abduction. (Shalini Nair, India Will Not Ink Hague Treaty on Civil Aspects of Child Abduction, […]

India: Maharashtra Passes Legislation Against Social Boycott

(Apr. 28, 2016) On April 13, 2016, the state legislature of Maharashtra passed the Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016. (Betwa Sharma, Maharashtra’s New Law Against Social Boycott Could Spark A Renaissance, Say Activists, HUFFINGTON POST (Apr. 14, 2016).) The legislation prohibits the social boycott of individuals or […]

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 […]