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Judgement of the High Court of Uttarakhand in the matter of Gram Sabha Mawakot & Others Vs State of Uttarakhand & Others dated 14/05/2018 regarding declaration of rural self governing institutions like "gram panchayat" to an urban local body, by converting it into a "Nagar Panchayat". The main matter relates to notification issued on 05.04.2018 by which 73 villages were proposed to be included in the Nagar Palika Kotdwar.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Kalpana Mehta & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 09/05/2018 on whether a Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) report can be placed reliance upon for adjudication of a fact in issue and also for what other purposes it can be taken aid of.

The main points of the judgement are the following:

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Rojer Mathew Vs South Indian Bank Limited & Others dated 07/05/2018 regarding restructuring of Tribunal System in the light of constitutional scheme as interpreted in decisions of the Supreme Court. Concept of Tribunals was evolved to decongest the court system and to provide speedy and inexpensive justice. Separation of powers and independence of judiciary are the constitutional concepts which have to be followed in setting up of Tribunals.

African Governance Report V examines efforts to improve the governance of Africa’s abundant natural resources, with particular emphasis on strengthening natural resource governance institutions and frameworks for the enhancement of domestic revenue mobilization and engendering economic diversification and structural transformation on the contine

Centre for Science and Environment Director-General Sunita Narain, while urging society and Governments to see Patthalgarhi in the right perspective, has cautioned against painting it as an act th

Order of the Supreme Court in the matter of Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay Vs Union of India & Others dated 19/04/2018 regarding appointment of Lokpal/Lokayukta in states of India. Supreme Court directs all the states to expedite the process of appointment of Lokayukta at the earliest and inform the Apex Court of the progress reached on 10/07/2018 by means of a status report.

Each year, CIVICUS publishes the State of Civil Society Report, which chronicles major global developments and key trends impacting civil society. The report draws from interviews with civil society leaders at the forefront of social change from around the world and CIVICUS’ ongoing research initiatives.

Order of the Madras High Court in W.P. Nos. 8132 of 2018 dated 06/04/2018 regarding irregularities and illegalities committed in the utilization of funds allocated under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Perambalur District, Tamil Nadu. Madras High Court notes that on an average, about Rs.80,000/- is being sanctioned for each beneficiary and that the funds allocated for a particular village panchayat appear to be substantial. District Collector - Perambalur District has been directed to submit an affidavit to the Court regarding the issue.

Tribunals form an important parallel structure for dispute resolution alongside regular courts. By involving expert members, administrative and logistical support from the executive, and specialised procedures, tribunals promise a speedy and more technical resolution of disputes under certain statutes.

This new bill introduced in the Lok Sabha includes provision for fine and imprisonment for adulteration of products, compounding of offences and establishment of the Central Consumer Protection Authority. Celebrities endorsing misleading ads will have to pay penalty of up to Rs 50 lakh and serve a ban of up to three years says this which replaces replaces the Consumer Protection Act 1986.

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