NEW DELHI — India’s Parliament passed a sweeping new law on Thursday to protect women against sexual violence in response to a fatal December gang rape and beating of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi.
The regulations came as Indian police said on Wednesday that a British tourist who jumped off her hotel balcony to escape a feared sex attack would return home, as two men were set to appear in court over the incident.
By Nigam PrustyNEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian lawmakers passed a bill to create the country's 29th state on Thursday despite mayhem in parliament, as opponents made a futile last attempt to stop the upper house carving landlocked Telangana from coastal Andhra Pradesh.
When the moment came, it was joyous and loud. There were deafening cheers as the gay marriage bill passed its first parliamentary hurdle in the House of Commons last night from supporters squeezed into a committee room anxiously waiting the result. "As a boy I never thought this moment would happen in my lifetime," said Greg Leonard, 44. "It's really quite emotional".
Australia's controversial tax on the country's mining industry, seen by Canberra as a critical economic reform, cleared a key hurdle Wednesday when it passed through the lower house of parliament.Prime Minister Julia Gillard's fragile minority government gained support from the Greens to enable the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 to scrape through the House of Representatives after a marathon session in the early hours.It will now move to the upper house Senate before it officially becomes law.
The Russian upper house of parliament on Wednesday passed the bill ratifying Russia's entry into the WTO, the final legislative step required before President Vladimir Putin signs it into law.The Federation Council voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), bringing Russia to the verge of finally joining the organisation after 18 years of often acrimonious negotiations.
MOSCOW — A bill that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality won overwhelming approval Tuesday in Russia’s lower house of parliament.
Hours before the State Duma passed the Kremlin-backed law in a 436-0 vote with one abstention, more than two dozen protesters were attacked by hundreds of anti-gay activists and then detained by police.
The launch event, hosted by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was attended by Jo Swinson MP, Minister for Business and Minister for Women and Equalities.
As part of the campaign, Chambers of Commerce across the UK have held business workshops where they have been discussing the importance of equality in the workplace. The events each featured a government speaker, including Ministers Jo Swinson and Helen Grant, and Mary Macleod MP. This is the first time that the government has reached out in this way to engage with the business community on equality issues.
Kate Sheppard reports that the bidding war among anti-abortion state legislators to see how far they can push the envelop on the ever-shrinking constitutional protections around abortion has reached its logical conclusion—just straight up ignoring the existing constitutional doctrine: