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Tamil Nadu legalises Jallikattu, the popular Bull taming Sport with a New Law

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Chennai, Jan 23, 2017: Tamil Nadu on Monday passed a law legalising the conduct of Jallikattu – the popular bull taming sport – in the state which was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014.

The law now replaces the ordinance that was promulgated amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act on January 21.

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An ordinance has a life of six months and it would lapse unless a law is passed to replace that.

The bill was moved by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselavam in the state assembly, and was passed quickly.

The law seeks to protect Jallikattu from legal challenges.

Earlier in the day, Governor C.H. Vidyasagar Rao told the assembly that the bill to replace the ordinance issued to enable holding of Jallikattu will be placed in the assembly immediately.

The passage of bill was welcomed by the Jallikattu activists.

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Speaking to reporters, P. Rajasekhar, President of the Jallikattu Peravai, welcomed the law.

While the assembly took up the bill for discussion, former judge Hari Parandhaman explained the aspects in detail to the protesters for Jallikattu at Marina.

He assured the protesters that the law is a permanent solution protecting Jallikattu.

The law while legalising the sport also laid out various safety measures in favour of the bulls and the manner in which the sport should be held.

Meanwhile, the protesters have demanded a permanent solution — amendment of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act by the central government removing bull from the list of performing animals. (IANS)

 

 

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US: Supreme Court Blocks Administration’s Effort to Add Citizenship Question on Census

The citizenship question was meant to better enforce the Voting Rights Act

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FILE - Demonstrators protest during a Fair Maps rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, U.S., March 26, 2019. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump responded Thursday to the Supreme Court’s decision to block his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the upcoming U.S. census by saying he’d asked his lawyers whether there was a way to delay the nationwide head count.

In a tweet hours after the court announced its decision, Trump said it “seems totally ridiculous” that the government could not question people about their citizenship on the census, which takes place once every 10 years.

The Supreme Court ruled the administration’s explanation — that the citizenship question was meant to better enforce the Voting Rights Act — was “more of a distraction” from the issue than an explanation.

Opponents of the citizenship question say it would intimidate noncitizens into not answering the census, ultimately leaving them underrepresented in Congress.

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U.S. President Donald Trump responded Thursday to the Supreme Court’s decision to block his administration’s effort. Pixabay

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal justices in the 5-4 ruling.

 The nation’s highest court also announced Thursday that it was rejecting a request to intervene in states’ redistricting efforts.  Redrawing the boundaries of voting districts is meant to ensure proportional representation in state legislatures as the population grows and changes locations.

Republicans in the state of North Carolina and Democrats in the state of Maryland have been accused of redrawing the lines of voting districts to keep power in the hands of the ruling party.

The chief justices said manipulation of the electoral map, a practice known colloquially as gerrymandering, is a problem for state governments to solve, not the Supreme Court.

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Thursday was the final day of rulings by the Supreme Court before its summer break. (VOA)