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Cancel Licences of Drivers Using Cell Phones; Helmets With ISI Mark Compulsory: Uttarakhand HC

It must be stated at the outset that it is most concerning to see that it is India which records maximum deaths due to road accidents. The deaths due to road accidents is more than the death caused by terrorists or by any other known cause! What is even more shocking to see is that still we see the rampant use by drivers of cell phones and not wearing helmets at all or wearing not proper helmets which can protect their head if met with an accident!                                            As it turned out, in a slew of directions issued to ensure road safety, the Uttarakhand High Court in the landmark case of Avidit Noliyal v State of Uttarakhand and others in Writ Petition No. 148 of 2014 (PIL) on June 18, 2018 in a slew of directions issued to ensure road safety directed the State to issue directions authorizing cancellation of licences of drivers found using cell phones while driving. This landmark ruling was the crying need of the hour also! Now people will be compelled to follow…

Uttarakhand HC Issues Directions To Curb Drug Peddling

Coming straight to the nub of the matter, it has to be said at the very outset with a lot of appreciation that in the landmark case of Manoj Singh Pawar v State of Uttarakhand & others Writ Petition (PIL) No. 156 of 2016 which was delivered on June 18, 2018, the Uttarakhand High Court issued a slew of landmark directions to check drug peddling and abuse in the state. We all know that drug peddling and abuse has become a very common phenomenon. It has to be checked from spreading further so that the damage can be contained from further spreading!
                                       As it turned out, the Bench comprising Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Lok Pal Singh specifically took note of drug abuse in educational institutions, prevailing so rampantly. It directed the State to ensure that a policeman in plain clothes is stationed around each educational institute from 8 am to 6 pm. It further directed all educational institutes in the State to ensure appointment of the senior-…

Ceasefire Sham Stands Completely Exposed In J&K

To begin with, I am not at all surprised by the withdrawal of support by BJP to PDP which was till a few hours ago its alliance partner in Jammu and Kashmir! This was long long overdue! The brewing resentment among party workers compelled the top leadership to immediately call for withdrawal of support to PDP in J&K soon after ceasefire was ended!                                               BJP has most certainly now taken the right decision even though it has been too late! The minute PDP decided to withdraw cases against stone pelters or traitors or Pakistan supported foot soldiers BJP should have acted! It was the biggest national disgrace to see time and again in different news channels our soldiers being beaten, their helmet being thrown away from their head and yet soldiers were ordered to exercise complete restraint! This is not restraint but surrender in front of soldiers of Pakistan!                                   As if this was not enough, the same old mistakes whic…

India- China Relations taking a turn and how India can balance out its Relationship with US and China

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Inthepastyears, India-Chinarelationshavekeptupadecentenergyintheirimprovement, withmutualco-operationasthekeyfactor. Thetwocountrieshavelookeduptokeepraisingthelevelofmutualpoliticaltrustandtopromotethedevelopmentofbilateralcooperation. Thepresentcircumstancerecommendsthatco-operationbetweenthetwonationshasprimarilyfocusedon ‘economicareasofinterest’. Ithaslikewisebeenpromotedintheareasofgovernmentalissues, borderissues, tradelimitationsandarrangements, etc. Ifboththecountriescanembracetheirrespectiveresponsibilitiesandhelpeachotherinfacilitatingeconomicallyandculturally, alotcanbedone.
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Uttarakhand HC Very Rightly Issues Landmark Directives For Senior Citizens Welfare

It has to be stated at the outset that in a historic and latest judgment titled Senior Citizen Welfare Organization & Another v State of Uttarakhand & Another in Writ Petition (PIL) No. 52 of 2013 with far reaching consequences, the Uttarakhand High Court on June 12, 2018 has issued a slew of directions for welfare and protection of rights of senior citizens in the state. This shall ensure that senior citizens don’t get a raw treatment anymore. It is thus a landmark judgment from all angles!                                             Before proceeding ahead, it would be instructive to go through briefly the manner in which the case proceeded. The petitioner no. 1 is a Society, registered under the Society Registration Act having its registration no. 1344/1997-98 dated 29.12.1997. The petitioner no. 2 is the Vice President of the Society. The present petition has been filed by the petitioners for protecting the rights of the senior citizens as per the provisions of the Maintena…