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LS passes Bill repealing 245 old laws The Lok Sabha passed two Bills repealing 245 obsolete and archaic laws including the 1911 Prevention of Seditious Meeting Act. Calling it a progressive move of the Modi government, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said many of them were “unfortunate part of the colonial legacy”. The Minister said over 1,800 such laws had been abolished since the Modi government came to power. Parliament had repealed 1,029 laws in 1950. Such an exercise was undertaken even during the Vajpayee government, he said. Some of the repealed laws were the Calcutta Pilots Act of 1859 and the Dramatic Performance Act 1876.
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CURRENT AFFAIRS DECEMBER 2017 40 | Page 9004078746 [email protected] Amendments to Companies Act passed; to ease compliance The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to strengthen corporate governance standards, initiate strict action against defaulting companies, and help improve the ease of doing business in the country, was passed by Parliament . The Bill provides for more than 40 amendments to the Companies Act, 2013. The latest legislation would help in simplifying procedures, make compliance easy, and take stringent action against defaulting companies, Mr. Chaudhary said. UPCOC Bill tabled, Opposition fumes Opposition parties have come together to oppose the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organized Crime (UPCOC) Bill, 2017 introduced by the State’s BJP government . They say it could potentially be used as a tool to suppress rivals, settle political vendetta and target specific communities. The Bill was drafted by the BJP government after an “intensive study” of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in Maharashtra. Incidentally, a similar law was passed by the Uttar Pradesh government during Ms. Mayawati’s rule in 2007-08, but it was withdrawn after the then President Pratibha Patil refused to give it her assent. The UPCOC Bill envisages special powers to the police to arrest offenders and members of the crime syndicates. The State would be empowered to seize the property of such people after taking the consent of a special court constituted to hear the cases . Properties acquired through illegal activities and organised crime would also be seized.
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CURRENT AFFAIRS DECEMBER 2017 41 | Page 9004078746 [email protected] Some of the crimes defined under the Bill are: land grab [government and non-state property], illegal mining, manufacture and sale of illegal medicines and illicit liquor, money laundering, wildlife smuggling, extortion, abduction syndicate, hafta collection, murder and conspiracy to murder and white-collar offences. If found guilty, offenders would face a minimum jail term of three years and a maximum of life imprisonment or even death sentence .
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