Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The most popular game on smartphones and tabs, the 'Candy Crush Saga', is embroiled in a court case in India. King.com, the company which owns intellectual property of the game, filed a copyright infringement suit against the Apeejay Surrendra Group in the Bombay high court recently to restrain it from using the images of its popular game.
The Candy Crush Saga has 97 million daily active users.
The high court, based on King's ownership of the intellectual property rights for the Candy Crush game and the evidence of its popularity, had passed an ex-parte order, restraining Park Hotel from using the intellectual property.
"In its ex-parte order, the Bombay high court recognized that the intellectual property rights in the game are exclusively associated with King.com.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Each year, millions of people across the world hanker after US visas and green cards for sundry reasons, from perceived economic opportunities and political and social persecution at home, to dreams of a better lifestyle in the US. More than half million immigrants eventually become naturalized US citizens each year, an expanding segment that has pushed the overall immigrant population in US to over 42 million in 2014, a historic 13% high in a country of 313 million.
Friday, September 12, 2014
The Calcutta High Court today exonerated Asian Games gold medalist Pinki Pramanik of charges of rape and cheating against her brought by a woman who was her live-in partner.
Justice Subrata Talukdar quashed the charges of rape and cheating against Pramanik who was accused by the woman in June 2012 of not marrying her despite promising to do so and having physical relationship.
Charges were framed against the athlete on the basis of the woman's complaint under sections 376 (rape) and 418 (cheating) of IPC by the Barasat court sessions judge.
Challenging this, Pramanik had moved the high court in late 2013 and prayed for quashing of the charges against her.
Her counsel Kaushik Gupta submitted before Justice Talukdar that medical examination conducted on her proved that she was a woman.
Gupta stated before the court that under Indian law only a man can be accused of rape and as such charges of rape and cheating against Pramanik be quashed.
The prosecution opposed the plea of Pramanik. Justice Talukdar quashed the proceedings against Pramanik after hearing both the parties.
The Supreme Court on Friday held that three per cent reservation for disabled people be given in all categories of government jobs including in appointments and promotions to IAS, while pulling up the Centre for "blocking" the very purpose of this empowering legislation by opposing it.
A bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha said that people with disabilities have not got their due in the last 19 years despite the framing of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, which was passed in 1995.
Govt moves bill on raising quota for disabled people in jobs
Additional solicitor general Pinky Anand, appearing for the Centre, contended that reservation cannot be given in case of promotion to Group A and Group B officers category as it is not a case of appointment.
The bench, however, observed that appointment is a broader concept and the Centre is giving a narrow interpretation of it.
"You are frustrating the very reservation policy and cause of class for which Parliament passed the law," the bench said.
"For the last 19 years it is not being implemented and the class, for which the legislation was made, had not got benefited as it should have," the bench said.
The court dismissed the petition of the Centre challenging an order of Bombay high court which had directed the Centre and the Union Public Service Commission to implement 3 per cent quota in direct recruitments and promotions for the disabled in the IAS.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The Delhi high court on Tuesday ordered that the ban on plying of e-rickshaws in the national capital would continue till the law is amended to bring them under the ambit of the Motor Vehicles Act.
A division bench of Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul confirmed the ban it had imposed July 31 "till such time rules and regulations are brought about by the legislatature".
The bench had banned plying of e-rickshaws on the city roads, saying they were illegally running and were hazardous to other traffic as well as citizens.
The Centre and associations of E-rickshaws Owner's Association then moved the court seeking a review of its order banning e-rickshaws as thousands of people and their livelihood were being affected by the ban.
The bench dismissed their plea.
The Centre and the associations had sought that the stay be vacated, saying e-rickshaw operators live on the basis of their earnings and the government was seeking an exemption or interim directions till Oct 15, by when the government would be able to bring an amendment in the rules under the Motor Vehicles Act.
The Bombay high court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentence of state transport driver Santosh Mane over two and a half years after he went on a rampage mowing down pedestrians and motorists in Pune. Nine people were killed and 37 others injured in the incident.
A division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice P D Kode rejected Mane's plea of insanity and ruled that there was no chance he could be reformed.
"This is an exceptional and rarest of rare cases where the crime is so cruel, diabolical and revolting so as to shock the collective conscience of the society," said the judges. The high court has stayed its verdict for eight weeks to allow Mane to file an appeal in the Supreme Court.
Monday, September 8, 2014
While the HC denied bail to Sai, it also rejected anticipatory bail plea filed by Kaushik Vani, the key accused in this bribery case. The prosecution vehemently opposed Sai's bail plea. Sai was booked and arrested along with others in this case after he and his followers allegedly offered Rs 9 crore to release 42 bags of documents recovered during a search in his ashram. tnnwhile investigating the rape charges levelled against him and his father by two sisters. The accused offered money to cops for returning bags in exchange of other bags so that they could hide their huge transactions of properties.
While HC has turned down bail plea of some accused, it has granted bail to a cop involved in this case along with two Surat-based builders.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Padmini Rao, of Kilpauk Garden Road, had couriered five boxes containing 85 oil canvas paintings to New Orleans, Louisiana through two companies — DTDC Courier and TNT India Private Ltd.
Rao's counsel T V Lakshmanan said that her husband Ramachar Murali had booked a booth for the exhibition and sale of the paintings at a four-day Rotary International Convention, which was being held from May 21, 2011. The proceeds from the sale were to be donated to the Rotary Foundation. DTDC courier, which received the paintings on May 12, did not send it to the concerned airline carrier till May 15, Lakshmanan said.
Five days later, TNT India, which was to off-load the consignment, "gave a vague assurance" that the parcel would reach JFK Hub, New York by 1.30pm. Despite Murali's repeated calls to the courier companies underlining the "urgency of receiving the parcel immediately," the consignment was delivered only around 11am on May 25, the last day of the convention. Because of the negligence of the companies, Rao suffered "enormous mental agony, and a loss of 6000$," said the counsel.