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Collegium recommends 82 more names for appointment as HC judges

Collegium recommends 82 more names for appointment as HC judges

India
Satya PrakashTribune News ServiceNew Delhi, September 4 Faced with a vacancy of 465 judges against a sanctioned strength of 1,098 in 25 high courts, the Supreme Court Collegium has gone into overdrive to appoint judges. "The Collegium has recommended, if I am not wrong, yesterday 82 names to various high courts. I hope the Honourable Law Minister is herehellip;the government will ensure that the names are cleared at the earliest just the way the nine names were cleared for the apex court," Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said on Saturday. SC Collegium recommends 4 names for elevation as Punjab and Haryana HC judges The latest recommendations were yet to be published on the top court's website. Terming it "an ongoing process," the CJI said, "We hope to live up to the herculean challen...
Plea filed in Supreme Court seeking model police bill

Plea filed in Supreme Court seeking model police bill

India
New Delhi, September 4 A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking constitution of a 'model police bill' to make policing system "transparent, independent, accountable and people-friendly". The petition, filed by advocate and former Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay, sought a direction to the Centre to constitute a 'judicial commission' or an expert committee to examine the Police Act of developed countries, particularly the US, Singapore and France and draft the 'model police bill'. The PIL, which is likely to come up for hearing in the coming days, also urged the court to direct the Law Commission of India to examine police acts of these countries for drafting the bill in order to make the police system "efficient, effective, transparent, sensible, accountable and tec...
EC announces bypoll in Bhabanipur assembly seat where WB CM Mamata Banerjee plans to contest

EC announces bypoll in Bhabanipur assembly seat where WB CM Mamata Banerjee plans to contest

India
New Delhi, September 4 Bypoll to the Bhabanipur assembly seat in West Bengal, from where Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee plans to contest, would be held on September 30, the Election Commission announced on Saturday. Polling for three "deferred adjourned" elections—in two assembly seats of West Bengal and one of Odisha—will also be held on September 30. Elections in these seats—Samserganj and Jangirpur in West Bengal and Pipli in Odisha—could not be held due to various reasons, including the death of candidates during electioneering earlier this year. Counting on all four seats will take place on October 3. The EC said it has kept "much stricter" norms as an abundant caution to safeguard from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Bhabanipur bypoll will allow Mamata B...
Dabholkar murder: CBI seeks UAPA against 5 accused for striking ‘terror among section of people’

Dabholkar murder: CBI seeks UAPA against 5 accused for striking ‘terror among section of people’

India
Pune, September 4 The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has argued in a court that the five accused in the 2013 murder case of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar be tried under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for striking "terror among a section of people". The arguments over framing of charges against the five accused - Dr Virendrasinh Tawde, Sharad Kalaskar, Sachin Andure, advocate Sanjeev Punalekar and Vikram Bhave - began before additional sessions judge (special court judge) SR Navandar here on Friday. Special public prosecutor Prakash Suryawanshi, while arguing the case on behalf of the CBI, said that the accused had been charged under IPC sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 120 B read with 302 (murder), relevant sections of the Arms Act and section 16 (punish...
India records 42,618 new Covid cases, 330 more deaths

India records 42,618 new Covid cases, 330 more deaths

India
New Delhi, September 4 India's Covid infection tally rose by 42,618 in a day to reach 3,29,45,907 while the number of active cases touched 4,05,681 following an increase for the fourth consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The death toll climbed to 4,40,225 with 330 more people succumbing to the viral disease, showed the data updated at 8 am. In a span of 24 hours, the active caseload rose by 5,903. The number of active cases now comprise 1.23 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid recovery rate was recorded at 97.43 per cent, the ministry said. The daily positivity rate was recorded 2.50 per cent and the weekly positivity rate was 2.63 per cent. It has been below three per cent for the last 71 days. Of the 330 fatalitie...
Taliban indicated they’d be reasonable in addressing Indian concerns: Foreign Secretary Shringla

Taliban indicated they’d be reasonable in addressing Indian concerns: Foreign Secretary Shringla

India
Washington, September 4 India and the United States are closely watching Pakistan's actions in Afghanistan, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Friday. In the limited engagement that India has had with the Taliban, the new Afghan rulers have indicated that they would be reasonable in addressing New Delhi's concerns, the foreign secretary added. "Obviously, like us, they're also watching carefully and we have to watch Pakistan's actions with a fine tooth comb," he told a group of Indian reporters at the end of his three-day official visit to Washington DC, adding that the US would have a wait-and-watch policy with regard to how the situation evolved in Afghanistan. India also has a similar policy. "That doesn't mean you don't do anything. It simply means that you have to......
India and US 2+2 dialogue to be held in November: Foreign Secretary

India and US 2+2 dialogue to be held in November: Foreign Secretary

India
Washington, September 4 The fourth annual 2+2 dialogue between India and the US will be held in November this year in Washington, according to Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. Shringla, who arrived here on a three-day visit on Wednesday following his successful trip to New York, said: "We used this opportunity to have the 2+2 inter-sessional meeting at the joint secretary level. "We're looking at the 2+2 which will happen in November. The exact dates are not yet worked out," Shringla told a group of Indian reporters on Friday at the conclusion of his visit. During his stay in Washington, Shringla held meetings with top officials of the Biden administration, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The 2+2 ministerial dialogue takes place between foreign and defence minist...
US reaffirms its strong defence relationship with India

US reaffirms its strong defence relationship with India

India
Washington, September 4 India and the United States on Friday reaffirmed the strength of their defence relationship underscoring their commitment to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation for a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Under Secretary of Defence for Policy Colin H Kahl met visiting Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to reaffirm the strength of the defence relationship between the US and India, Defence Spokesperson Eric Pahon said in a readout of the meeting. India is the only designated Major Defence Partner of the United States, he said. "The Foreign Secretary and Under Secretary underscored their commitment to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation to sustain a free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region," Pahon said. The officials ...
Biofuel from pine needles a reality

Biofuel from pine needles a reality

India
Ambika Sharma Tribune News Service Solan, September 3 Pine needles will no longer be a source of forest fires causing losses worth crores every year as scientists at Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry in Nauni have devised a method to convert these into enthanol, a green biofuel. The scientists of the Department of Basic Sciences had been on the mission for the past two years under a Rs 50.65-lakh project — "Bioconversion of pine needles: A challenging waste of Himalayan forest to second-generation biofuel". It was funded by the National Mission on Himalayan Studies, GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, Almora. Dr Nivedita Sharma, professor and head, Department of Basic Sciences, was the principal investigator of the project...
Varsities told to fill 6,000 vacant posts by October

Varsities told to fill 6,000 vacant posts by October

India
Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 3 Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today directed central universities to work on filling up the 6,000 vacant posts by October, create a framework for alumni endowment and establish campuses as breeding ground for sports and job creation. Addressing Vice-Chancellors of 46 central universities, he urged them to fulfil responsibilities outlined in the National Education Policy-2020 and fill the vacant posts on a mission mode, setting a deadline of September 10 for advertising the vacancies. Ensure teaching not compromised The onus of ensuring that teaching and learning is not compromised lies with the VCs. Universities should focus on bringing back on schedule the academic routine which had been disrupted by the pandemic in last two years...