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.
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".
A landmark law that would reserve a third of all seats in India's parliament for women cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday when members of the upper house approved it after a rancorous debate.The bill won the backing of 186 of the 248 members of the upper Rajya Sabha chamber, more than the two-thirds majority needed for the draft legislation which would result in a constitutional change.
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.
LONDON — Britain’s gay marriage bill has cleared its last major hurdle, passing through the House of Lords and prompting celebrations from campaigners outside Parliament.
Supporters of the bill in Parliament’s upper house wore pink carnations Monday as the Lords agreed to send it back to the House of Commons, where lawmakers will review government amendments before it becomes law.
That is expected to go without a hitch, as the House of Commons earlier passed the bill 390 to 148.
Ireland's upper house of parliament passed Saturday a key finance bill needed to secure the country's bailout package, paving the way for embattled Prime Minister Brian Cowen to call elections.The budget -- which hikes taxes and slashes spending as part of the price for the 67.5 billion euro ($91 billion) European Union-International Monetary Fund bailout -- had already passed the lower house of parliament on Thursday."The finance bill now goes to the president for signing into law," a government spokesman said.
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.
The German parliament sealed plans Friday to phase out nuclear energy by 2022, making the country the first major industrial power to take the step in the wake of the disaster at Japan's Fukushima plant.The nuclear exit scheme cleared its final hurdle in the Bundesrat upper house, which represents the 16 regional states, after the legislation passed the Bundestag lower house with an overwhelming majority last week.