Sunday Morning News Brief, May 13

Sunday Morning News Brief, May 13

Sunday morning brief May 13 2018
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The United States is set to undo the policy enabling spouses of H-1B workers to obtain work permits. The decision was taken under US President Donald Trump&rsquo;s recent &ldquo;spring regulatory agenda&rdquo;. Over a lakh Indian spouses hold the permit, referred to as employment authorisation documents (EADs). The new draft regulation to cancel the existing policy is expected in June. The draft will be notified in a federal register and a 30-to 60-day window will be open for public comments. The entire process up to the issuance of the final rules could take several months. <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/june-to-heighten-job-worries-for-h-1b-spouses/articleshow/64142353.cms”>Read more</a>
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Majority of the Karnataka election exit polls predicted a hung assembly while showing BJP in lead. A couple of exit polls suggested BJP’s victory, one leaned towards Congress’ win and three others predicted a hung assembly. Of the six polls available, four gave BJP the lead while two put Congress ahead. All of them agreed that HD Deve Gowda’s JD(S) could have a substantial chunk of seats, anywhere between 20 and 40 and could turn out to be kingmakers in the event of a hung House.
The Centre may increase prison term for people abandoning or abusing parents for up to six months. Taking note of the often under-reported abuse of elders, the Centre is likely to take this step. Tribunals may also be empowered to sentence children to prison for a month for violating an order to pay maintenance allowance to parents or senior citizens. Surveys have shown that abuse of elders is more prevalent than might be estimated previously as it is often not reported.
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A sessions court in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore sentenced a child rape convict to death in just 22 days. The court termed the rape and murder of a <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/indore/in-just-22-days-child-rapist-gets-death-in-indore/articleshow/64143254.cms”>three-month-old infant</a> &ldquo;rarest of rare&rdquo; and sentenced the accused to death on Saturday. The sentencing was possible with one of the fastest police investigations and trials. The accused, a distant relative, had kidnapped the infant on April 20 when she was sleeping with her parents. He then took her to a secluded building, where he raped and then smothered her as she began wailing.
The Supreme Court wants to reorganise tribunal system on the lines of the National Judicial Appointments Commission. The Supreme Court decided to undertake a comprehensive re-evaluation of the functioning of tribunals, the appointment of members and their supervision and on the table is the 74th report of the parliamentary standing committee which recommended the creation of a National Tribunal Commission (NTC). Similar to NJAC, the NTC provides for selection of its members by a committee comprising the Chief Justice of India, two most senior SC judges, the law minister and leader of the opposition.
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