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Governance And Right To Information

A blog I came across: http://egovernance.wordpress.com/

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Clarification On NRI Divorces

I am revisiting an old case, the YN Rao vs Venkatalaxmi, NRI divorce case. The crux of the matter is that the Supreme Court has stated, according to the article in TOI given below, that a foreign court has no authority to dissolve a marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act, IF, the person who filed the case in the foreign court is not domiciled (a permanent legal residence) in the jurisdiction of the foreign court.

Here is the link to the YN Rao Vs Venkatalaxmi judgment

Please read this article to understand what the court meant.

Finally read this post to understand the reality of broken NRI marriages and Indian court judgments

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Students Who Find Jobs Abroad To Be Taxed

This is a deviation from 498A and related issues, but it fits in with the idiocy that appears to have taken over some of the ministries of the GOI. This time, it is the HRD ministry.

Here is the article

Basically the HRD ministry, headed by the accused in a 498A, Arjun Singh, has come up with another asinine proposal whereby students who graduate from the IITs and the IIMs (maybe other places too) will now need to pay if they find jobs in other countries. They are planning to call it “graduate tax” and “exit tax”,

If the country needs money so desperately, sure, no problem. I am sure the students will willingly pay taxes. Would GOI also consider widening the tax base to include, the friends and relatives of the ruling establishment? I guarantee that this will definitely bring in more money into the treasury than the taxing a few students.

GOI should remember, that it is the Indian students who have gone on to hold high positions in high tech US companies, and it is they who are contributing to the outsourcing boom in the country by steering business to India.

Any moron who suggests that expat students have not given back to their motherland, is just that, a moron.

Just another question. All of us pay taxes regularly and honestly. No choice there as we are taxed at source. The question I have is, what has the GOI given back to us, the average citizens? We can’t even walk into a govt office without having to pay a bribe.

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FOIA Principal Contacts

Here is the link

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Interpol Global Standards To Combat Corruption In Police Forces

The Interpol document on combating police corruption

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The Wife Of A Karnataka Cadre IAS Officer Is Fighting Corruption

I read about Mrs JN Jayshree here:

“In the southern Indian state of Karnataka (of which Bangalore is a part), J. N. Jayashree, wife of a state bureaucrat named M. N. Vijayakumar who has spoken out vigorously against corruption in the government there, started a blog as a way to spread the word about the pilferage currently plaguing Karnataka . Raising her husband’s international profile in the face of the recent murders of whistleblowers such as Satyendra Dubey and Shanmughan Manjunath was another motivation.”

This is an article about her in the New York Times

This is her blog: Fight Corruption Now

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What Does An Interpol Red Corner Notice Application Form Look Like ?

I really like these AP CID guys. They have a lot of information posted at their site, including a downloadable Red Corner Alert application form. Here is a link to their site.

This is what it looks like

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Some Interesting Stats On Arrests Of Women

In 1930, the British govt arrested 17,000 women for their involvement in the Dandi Yatra (Salt March). During 1937 to 1947 (10 Years), they arrested 5,000 women involved in the freedom struggle. From 2004 to 2006, the govt of India arrested 90,000 women of all ages under 498A. On the average, 27,000 women per year are being arrested under this flawed law. These are stats from the NCRB.

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The family of the writer was tortured by the Indian Police in an attempt to extort over a $100,000 by holding them in custody for over a week. The police, in cahoots with the magistrate and the PP, did this due to the ridiculous allegations made in a 498A case by his embittered ex-wife. She filed the case years after he and his family had last seen her. Thousands of 498A cases are filed each year in India by women seeking to wreak vengeance on their husbands and in-laws. Enormous sums are extorted from intimidated families implicated in these cases by corrupt Indian police officers and elements of the Indian judiciary. The author and his family haven't bribed any public official nor have they given in to the extortion. This blog aims to raise awareness of due process in India. The content of this blog constitutes, opinions, observations, and publicly available documents. The intent is not to slander or defame anyone or any institution and is the manifestation of the author's right to freedom of expression – with all the protections this right guarantees.

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