Day: September 23, 2015

Give two helmets with every new two-wheeler: Madras High Court

Chennai, Sept 23 (ANI): Madras High Court has directed the Central Government to issue suitable direction to helmet manufacturers for two-wheelers to provide helmet lock as a component and not as an accessory, adding two helmets should be given to people at the time of purchase of a vehicle. “Centre should ensure two-wheeler manufacturers provide helmets confirming to the Bureau of Indian Standards,” said Justice N Kirubakaran emphasizing the relevant sections of Motor Vehicle Act, which mandated providing helmets to two wheeler riders. “If helmet is provided by the manufacturer, it will prevent the use of sub-standard headgears,” he added. Justice Kirubakaran also said that the celebrities too could also be roped in to popularise the mandatory helmet rule. Union Ministry of Surface Transport had earlier submitted details regarding standard designs and details of helmets....

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Deleting WhatsApp, Google Hangouts messages could become illegal in India

You may soon need to keep a copy of all messages sent through encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp (Android version supports encryption), Google Hangouts or Apple’s iMessage, for 90 days, if the proposed National Encryption Policy is implemented in its current form. Online businesses too would need to keep your sensitive information including passwords in plain text for the same period of time, thus exposing your information to potential hacking attacks. The government has published a draft of the policy document online to seek feedback from citizens and organisations. It details methods of encryption of data and communication used by the government, businesses and citizens. Here are some implications for citizens and companies if the policy is implemented in its current form … According to the draft, citizens may use encryption technology for storage and communication. However, encryption algorithms and key sizes will be prescribed by the government through Notification from time to time. This means that the government will determine the encryption standards for all and entities like Google and WhatsApp will have to follow the encryption standards prescribed by the Indian government. What’s bizarre is that the draft lists specific guidelines for all citizens who use encryption services including instructions that individuals should store in plain text versions of communication for 90 days. So this may imply that you’ll have to store your WhatsApp messages for...

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Corporate Updates

MINISTRY OF MINES   the Ministry of Mines has released a notification in respect of “MINES AND MINERALS (DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATIONS) ACT, 1957”. These Rules may be called as the MINES AND MINERALS (CONTRIBUTION TO DISTRICT FOUNDATION) RULES, 2015. These rules shall be deemed to have come into force on the 12th day of January, 2015.   Amount of contribution to be made to District Mineral Foundation: Every holder of a mining lease or a prospecting licence-cum-mining lease, in addition to the royalty, pay to the District Mineral Foundation of the district in which the mining operations are carried on, an amount at the rate of: (a) Ten per cent of the royalty paid in terms of the Second Schedule to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 in respect of mining leases or, as the case may be, prospecting licence-cum-mining lease granted on or after 12th January, 2015 and (b) Thirty per cent of the royalty paid in terms of the Second Schedule to the said Act in respect of mining leases granted before 12th January, 2015.   SUPREME COURT The Supreme Court sought responses from Tamil Nadu Government and the Registrar of the Madras High Court on a plea seeking pensionary benefits for former Fast Track Court (FTC) judges, appointed on ad-hoc basis like other retired judicial officers. The appeal has been filed against the February 14 order of...

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