This Doesn’t Fit the Bill

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By: Laxmi Joshi

Infrastructure development is largely dependent on acquisition of land. The cost of land acquisition forms a significant portion of the project cost and it often impacts the project timelines. According to the report of Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation as on December 01, 2012, about 270 central sector infrastructure projects are delayed and one of the reasons for such delay was the failure of the State to acquire land in time and hand over site for construction.

The Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (the “Act”) currently sets out the framework for the government to acquire land from private landholders for public purpose projects by

Lobbying needs Strong Regulation

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By: Ramesh Vaidyanathan

For the UPA government that was desperate for some light at the end of the nervous parliamentary vote tunnel, the news brought no cheer.

Walmart, the big daddy of international multi-brand retail, disclosed to the US authorities that it has spent nearly 120 crore rupees since 2008 on lobbying activities, including entry into the fast-growing Indian retail market.

The development came close on the heels of internal investigations ordered by the company into alleged illegal payments made by their Indian arm and the related suspension of some members of the company’s senior management in India. The Mexican corruption allegations earlier didn’t help either.

Where Does The Blame Lie?

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By: Ramesh Vaidyanathan

Of late, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube have all been dominating the headlines. In one high-profile story from 2009, it was reported that hackers managed to hijack the Twitter accounts of more than 30 celebrities world-wide, including U.S. President Barack Obama and pop singer Britney Spears. And who can forget the most recent spam attack on a social networking site, which unleashed a spate of violent and pornographic images across users’ newsfeeds for more than 24 hours? Such incidents bring to light the dark and unglamorous side of social networking sites, rendering them to be uncharted liability minefields. These social media sites are perceived to be a veritable Pandora’s Box, exposing their owners/operators and users to myriad risks, such as copyright and trademark infringement, defamation, privacy and data security issues and consumer fraud.