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SC restrains Tamil Nadu Government from conducting its Traditional Bull-taming sport ‘Jallikattu’

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had sent a draft on June 15, seeking to change section 22 of the Act by adding a new sub-section

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  • SC had restrained the Tamil Nadu government from conducting its traditional bull-taming sport ‘Jallikattu’
  • The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has sent draft on June 15
  • Once Cabinet passes it, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (amendment) Bill, 2016 will be brought to Parliament in the monsoon session

After the Supreme Court restrained the Tamil Nadu government from conducting its traditional bull-taming sport Jallikattu, and stayed the Centre’s notification lifting the ban on it, the Law and Justice Ministry has given its approval to a draft amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which will allow the use of animals in traditional cultural practices.

“What is the necessity of such festivals… like Jallikattu? There was no festival for four years… as an interim measure, we direct that there shall be stay of notification dated January 7, 2016, issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, until further orders,” a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and N V Ramana stated in January.

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had sent the draft on June 15, seeking to change section 22 of the Act by adding a new sub-section.

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“Any animal notified in the official gazette, in exercise of the powers conferred under sub-section (II) of section 22 of the Act shall continue to be exhibited or trained as a performing animal, at events, in a manner prescribed the religion of any community, or practiced traditionally under the customs or as a part of the culture, in any part of the country. These events may, inter-alia, include Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, and bullock cart races in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala, Gujarat, etc,” reads the draft amendment, reports Scroll.in.

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Once Cabinet passes it, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (amendment) Bill, 2016 will be brought to Parliament in the monsoon session, which starts on July 18, reported The New Indian Express.

-This report is modified by Ajay Krishna, a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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  • Aparna Gupta

    It is good to retain your tradition but not by bothering any animal and also it will hinder Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960

  • AJ Krish

    If necessary precautions are taken while the traditional bull-fighting takes place, nothing should stop the government from conducting it.

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Lawmakers In Egypt To Submit Request For Constitutional Amendments

Egyptian court had scheduled hearings on a petition by a number of Egyptian citizens demanding that the parliament speaker take steps to introduce constitutional changes that would allow Sissi to seek re-election after his second term in office expires.

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Members of Egypt's parliament convene in Cairo. VOA

A coalition of Egyptian parliamentarians will submit a request for constitutional amendments providing for a second chamber of parliament and the appointment of one or more deputy presidents, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday.

The move follows a separate attempt by a group of ordinary Egyptians to change presidential term limits in the constitution, which was adopted in 2014 after the military overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi following protests against his rule.

Speculation has been rife that the authorities will seek changes to the constitution, which limits a president to two four-year terms in office, since President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi’s re-election in March in a vote against a marginal opponent.

The lawmakers’ proposed amendments will be presented to parliament speaker Ali Abdelaal on Sunday. Any changes need approval by two-thirds of parliament members, followed by a referendum.

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Egyptian Shura Council members meet in the parliament’s upper house, April 23, 2013. VOA

MENA said the lawmakers’ proposed changes include restoring the Shura Council, an upper chamber that operated alongside the current 596-member House of Representatives, previously known as the People’s Assembly, until it was canceled in 2014; and the appointment of one deputy or more for the president.

The proposed amendments also include a quota guaranteeing women at least 25 percent of parliament seats, as well as “adequate representation” for youth, farmers, workers and the country’s Christian minority.

There was no word on any proposed changes to the limit on presidential terms, but the head of the “Support Egypt” coalition, which is spearheading the amendments, Abdel-Hadi al-Qassabi, said that parliament members were entitled to present a request to amend any article in the constitution.

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First Lady Melania Trump meets with Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and his wife Entissar Mohameed Amer at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt. VOA

Qassabi said that Article 226 of the constitution allows the president and a fifth of parliament members to propose an amendment to any article of the constitution.

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MENA said in December that an Egyptian court had scheduled hearings on a petition by a number of Egyptian citizens demanding that the parliament speaker take steps to introduce constitutional changes that would allow Sissi to seek re-election after his second term in office expires.

The petitioners argue that Article 140 of the constitution, which sets the term limits, is “unfair to the great Egyptian people” and that eight years gives a president little time to deal with the economic and security challenges facing the country. (VOA)