सामयिक विषय: Law & Justice

Government withdraws Architects (amendment) bill 2010 from Rajya Sabha

Architect (Amendment) Bill-2010

Question- Recently, the Central Government withdrew which of the following bill after its introduction for amendment in the Rajya Sabha?
(a) Architects Act, 1972
(b) Architects Act, 1973
(c) Architects Act, 1974
(d) Architects Act, 1975
Ans: (a)
Related facts:-

  • On July 24, 2017, the Central Government withdrew the bill introduced in the Rajya Sabha for amendment in the Architects Act, 1972.
  • The bill was first introduced in the Rajya Sabha by the previous government in 2010, which was later referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development. The committee has not submitted its report yet.
  • Some of the important provisions of the bill were- registration of architects, establishment of a Council of Architecture to prescribe minimum standards of architectural education in India and maintenance of the register of architects.

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Supreme Court Issues New Guidelines To Prevent Misuse Of S.498A IPC

Supreme Court strikes out immediate arrests in dowry cases

Question: To prevent the misuse of which of the following section of Indian Penal Code the Supreme Court has recently struck out immediate arrests in dowry cases?
(a) Section 198-A
(b) Section 398-A
(c) Section 218-A
(d) Section 498-A
Answer- (d)
Related facts:

  • On July 27, 2017, the Supreme Court issued comprehensive guidelines to prevent the misuse of dowry prohibition law of 1983 and Section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code.
  • The direction was issued by a two-judge Bench of Justices A.K. Goel and U.U. Lalit.
  • Simultaneously, the Supreme Court struck out immediate arrests of husband and his family members in cases of dowry harassment filed under Section 498-A of IPC.
  • The Supreme Court has directed to constitute one or more Family Welfare Committees in every district by the District Legal Services Authorities.
  • The Committees comprising of three members, may be constituted out of para legal volunteers/social workers/retired persons/wives of working officers/other citizens who may be found suitable and willing.
  • Every complaint under Section 498A received by the police or the Magistrate will bereferred to and look into by such committee.
  • Report of such committee will be given to the Authority by whom the complaint is referred to it latest within one month from the date of receipt of the complaint.
  • Only after the report of the committee will the investigating officer (IO) or magistrate see whether action should be taken or not.
  • Till report of the committee is received, no arrest should normally be effected.
  • However, the Committee members will not be called as witnesses.


The Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2017

The Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2017

Question:- Through which of the following orders Goods and Services Tax regime will become applicable in the State of Jammu & Kashmir?
(a) Constitution Jammu & Kashmir Amendment Order, 2017.
(b) Constitution Jammu & Kashmir Amendment Order, 2012
(c) Constitution Jammu & Kashmir Amendment Order, 1956
(d) Constitution Jammu & Kashmir Amendment Order, 2013
Answer:- (a)
Related facts:-

  • On July 26, 2017, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its ex-post facto approval for amendment of the Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Order, 1954 by way of the Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2017.
  • The approval paves the way for applicability of Goods and Services Tax regime in the State of Jammu & Kashmir.
  • The Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2017 has already been notified in Gazette of India on 6th July, 2017 after the assent of the President.


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