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KHURSHEED AHMAD KHAN v. STATE OF U.P. & ORS.
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA

"...what was protected under Article 25 was the religious faith and not a practice which may run counter to public order, health or morality. Polygamy was not integral part of religion and monogamy was a reform within the power of the State under Article 25. This Court upheld the views of the Bombay, Gujarat and Allahabad High Courts to this effect. This Court also upheld the view of the Allahabad High Court upholding such a conduct rule. It was observed that a practice did not acquire sanction of religion simply because it was permitted. Such a practice could be regulated by law without violating Article 25..."...

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The Risks of Suspension under Construction Contracts

AUSTRALIA
Construction
Dangers of wrongful suspension of works
Two recent cases from Australia and Hong Kong highlight the serious dangers of a wrongful suspension of works under a construction contract. Wrongful suspension may ultimately lead to the termination of a contract, and serious financial consequences for the party in the wrong.

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AWB “oil for wheat” scandal – the duty of directors to investigate

AUSTRALIA 
Company law
Directors should remain watchful for possible misconduct relating to sanctions, anti-corruption laws
The Supreme Court of Victoria has found that Trevor Flugge, the former chairman and director of AWB Limited (AWB), breached his duties as a director by failing to make inquiries and prevent conduct by AWB that contravened United Nation’s sanctions. Even though the Court found that Mr Flugge did not participate in, or did not have any direct knowledge about, the contravening conduct, he may be liable for civil penalties.

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