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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 […]

India; United States: Arrest of Diplomat Affecting Bilateral Ties

(Dec. 19, 2013) On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, India’s Deputy Consul General in New York. Khobragade is accused of “making false statements and visa […]

India: Criminal Law Amendment Bill on Rape Adopted

(Apr. 9, 2013) On April 2, 2013, India’s President, Pranab Mukherjee, signed an anti-rape bill into law. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was approved by the country’s Upper House of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha (Council of States), on March 21. Presidential assent to the bill occurred just two days before the Cabinet’s Criminal Law […]

India: Crime of Sexual Assault Penalized

(Feb. 11, 2013) On February 3, 2013, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, signed with immediate effect a Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, adopted by the country’s Cabinet on February 1, which will impose harsher penalties for the current crime of rape, which is replaced in the Ordinance with the crime of sexual assault. (Alison Sacriponte, […]

India; Sri Lanka: Talks on an Agreement to Strengthen Nuclear Cooperation

(Oct. 16, 2012) On October 12, 2012, in New Delhi, India and Sri Lanka began talks on enhancing their cooperation in the field of civil nuclear technology. The two nations agreed to work for the peaceful use of nuclear power, to improve the lives of their citizens. The discussions covered the concerns expressed by Sri […]

India: State of Jammu and Kashmir Amends Public Safety Act

(Apr. 11, 2012) On April 5, 2012, the legislature of Jammu and Kashmir, a state in northern India, amended the state's 1978 Public Safety Act (PSA), limiting its strict provisions. (Act No. 6, 1978, REFWORLD.) The PSA has been used to arrest thousands of people in past years. The revisions include reducing some pre-trial detention […]