Lack of governance choking justice delivery system: SC Judge

13 02 2015

Feb 13

Is government system are junked and is unable to  provide ultimate obligation of the people by the executives the people are fed up with the political outfits and so is judiciary with the Executive.

Senior Supreme Court judge Justice TS Thakur has blamed “lack of governance” and “officials’ inability to take decisions” as prime reasons behind the deluge of cases choking the justice delivery system. Pointing out that the government of India is a party in most cases pending across the courts in the country, Justice Thakur said that it is neither a good sign nor a good policy of the government to drag all sorts of disputes to the courts.

He was delivering a lecture at Asia-Pacific International Summit on Mediation in New Delhi yesterday. Justice Thakur is due to take over as the Chief Justice of India later this year. He said, the government requires to be responsive to time and should also promote dispute resolution mechanism that is essential to avoid litigation in courts.

Justice Thakur said, a lot of government disputes can be easily resolved via mediation. He said, there is a need to take away the extra burden on judiciary by promoting alternate dispute resolution like mediation.

BJP, PDP work on a CMP to form government in J&K

13 02 2015

BJP, PDP work on a CMP to form government in J&K

BJP, PDP close to seal deal on J&K govt formation

BJP leader Ram Madhav has said that talks with PDP over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir is in progress. Talking to reporters in New Delhi yesterday, he said the two parties are working on a common minimum programme and will soon be able to reach a consensus to form government in the state.

He said there are some issues on which common understanding between the BJP and the PDP is yet to arrive.

Govt forms SIT to probe 1984 anti Sikh riot cases

13 02 2015

Feb 13

The Home Ministry has constituted a three-member Special Investigation Team, SIT for re-investigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases. According to the Ministry, the newly-constituted SIT has been empowered to examine afresh evidence in cases which had even been closed. The SIT will look into all serious criminal cases relating to the riots, examine evidence and even re-open cases and file charge sheets in the courts concerned.It has been given six months to complete its work, including filing of charge sheets in nearly three-decade old cases. It will be headed by Pramod Asthana, an IPS officer of 1986 batch.

The SIT will have retired district and sessions judge Rakesh Kapoor and Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police in Delhi Police Kumar Gyanesh as its members. The constitution of a SIT for re-investigation of the riot cases was recommended by a government-appointed committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice G.P. Mathur had submitted its report to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh last month, recommending a fresh probe of such cases.

The government had recently provided additional 5 lakh rupees compensation to the kin of Sikhs killed in the 1984 riots, which claimed 3,325 persons. Delhi alone accounted for 2,733 and the rest were killed in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other States.

UNSC aims to choke financing of IS militants

13 02 2015

13 02 2015


Feb 13

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at choking the Islamic State militant group of millions of dollars in earnings from oil smuggling, antiquities trafficking and ransom payments.

The yesterday resolution was co-sponsored by more than 35 countries in a show of international resolve to confront the threat posed by the jihadists who overran parts of Syria and Iraq nearly a year ago.

The measure calls for sanctions against individuals and entities that trade in oil with IS and Al Qaeda affiliates such as the Al Nusra Front in Syria. It urges all 193 countries of the United Nations to take appropriate steps to prevent the trade in cultural property from Iraq and Syria.

SC stays Teesta Setalvad’s arrest till tomorrow

13 02 2015

Feb 12

The Supreme Court has stayed till tomorrow the arrest of social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand . Earlier in the day the Gujarat High Court had rejected the anticipatory bail plea of the couple in a case of alleged embezzlement of funds for a museum at Gulbarg society, devastated in the 2002 riots.
A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu said Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand would be protected from the arrest till the matter is heard tomorrow.

The couple is accused of misusing funds to the tune of Rs 1.51 crore. Setalwad, who has been espousing the cause of the victims of 2002 Gujarat riots, and others, have been contending that the case was filed against them with political motives and they had not misused the funds. On March 25, 2014, the sessions court had rejected their pre-arrest bail applications.

IIP slows to 1.7% in Dec ; Retail Inflation rises to 5.11% in Jan

13 02 2015

Feb 12

Growth in industrial production slowed to 1.7 per cent in December last year, from 3.9 percent in November, mainly due to contraction in the mining sector. But growth in factory output in December last year, as measured by the Index of Industrial Production, was better than the 0.1 percent growth in December 2013.

According to government data, manufacturing output grew by 2.1 per cent in December last year, compared to a dip of 1.1 per cent in December 2013. But mining sector output contracted by 3.2 per cent in December last year.
For the April to December 2014 period, industrial output rose to 2.1 percent, against 0.1 per cent in year-ago period.

Meanwhile, retail inflation rose to 5.11 per cent in January this year, measured on the new base year of 2012. Inflation based on the Consumer Price Index had stood at 4.28 percent in December last year. Food inflation rose to 6.06 per cent in January.
Apart from revising the base year to 2012, from 2010, for computing the Consumer Price Index, the Central Statistics Office has changed the weights of items and groups, and has shifted to geometric mean for computing inflation, from the arithmetic mean used previously.

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