CJI Bobde recommends Judge Ramana as successor
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-03-2021; The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, Sharad A. Bobde, recommended to Justice N.V. Ramana, as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
- The CJI’s recommendation to the government was followed by the publication on Wednesday of a short statement reporting that a complaint by Andhra’s chief minister, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy v. Judge Ramana before the CJI on October 6 last year was dismissed in the domestic proceedings after careful consideration.
- Reddy had complained that Judge Ramana had influenced the Andhra High Court judiciary to destabilize his rule.
- In an affidavit filed with the 2019 election bid documents, Reddy said there were 31 criminal cases pending against him with the CBI, the Law Enforcement Branch and various police stations in Andhra. Pradesh and Telangana.
- Justice Ramana will become the 48th Chief Justice of India from April 24.
- Chief Justice Bobde delivered a copy of his recommendation letter to Judge Ramana on Wednesday after sending it to the government.
- The Center recently asked Chief Justice Bobde, who will retire on April 23, to begin the transition process to the post of superior judge.
- Justice Ramana would be the CJI until August 26, 2022. He was elevated to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014 while serving as Chief Justice in Delhi.
Coronavirus mutation: the Ministry of Health reports two new “worrisome variants”
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-03-2021; Two new “worrying variants” (VOCs) and a new “double mutant” Covid variant have been discovered in India, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
- Variants of concern are mutated types of coronavirus associated with increased transmission, decreased neutralizing antibodies, or severe illness.
- However, the government said that none of the recent spikes in Maharashtra and Punjab were attributable to volatile organic compounds.
- Analysis of samples from Maharashtra revealed that, compared to December 2020, there was an increase in the fraction of samples with the E484Q and L452R mutations.
- It is concerning that the ministry also noted that these mutations were found in around 15-20% of the samples and did not correspond to any previously cataloged VOCs.
Lok Sabha passes the bill amending the Juvenile Justice (Child Care and Protection) Bill, 2021
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-03-2021; Lok Sabha approved a bill on Wednesday that aims to strengthen provisions for the protection and adoption of children.
- The amendment bill would address several issues reported by the National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights, which had reviewed the operation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act of 2015.
- The Juvenile Justice (Child Care and Protection) Amendment Bill of 2021, which seeks to amend the Juvenile Justice Act of 2015, proposes to increase the role of district magistrates and district magistrates in custody and adoption matters of minors.
The Attorney General refuses consent to open a contempt process against Rahul Gandhi
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-03-2021; India’s Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, refused to consent to the opening of contempt of court proceedings against Congressman Rahul Gandhi on the grounds that he had scandalized the judiciary during an interview.
- Venugopal said Gandhi’s statements were “too vague to say that they had lowered the authority of the institution in the public eye.”
- Highlighting an interesting point, the attorney general said that Gandhi’s statements generally referred to “the judiciary” and that no specific mention was made of the Supreme Court or its judges.
- Venugopal said his prior consent as attorney general to bring a contempt was only necessary if the contempt had been committed against the Supreme Court.
- “Then the question of giving my consent would not arise,” he said.
- Venugopal was responding to a petition filed by lawyer Vineet Jindal, who alleged that Gandhi had scandalized the judiciary by commenting that “the ruling party in the Center has inserted its people into the judiciary”.
Eight parties condemn police action against opposition MLAs in Bihar assembly
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-03-2021; Eight opposition parties issued a joint statement on Tuesday condemning the events in the Patna assembly, where opposition members were brutally beaten and dragged out of the state assembly by police following the attack. chaotic scenes on the armed police bill. Bihar Special, 2021.
- RJD MP Manoj K Jha tried to raise this issue in Rajya Sabha, but was not allowed to speak by President Venkaiah Naidu.
- In a joint statement signed by the RJD, Congress, Samajwadi Party, DMK, TRS, TMC and Shiv Sena, the opposition said the Bihar Armed Police Bill is an “insidious conspiracy to enforce a police raj in Bihar “.
- This law, the parties said, gives Bihar military police unchecked powers to carry out warrantless raids and arrests.
- The events of the Patna assembly, according to the joint statement, also indicated what the BJP wants to do in the rest of the country, “using the sheer tyranny of power.”
Huge freighter turns sideways and blocks Suez Canal in Egypt
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-03-2021; A huge freighter capsized in Egypt’s Suez Canal, blocking traffic on an east-west waterway crucial for global shipping, satellite data viewed Wednesday.
- Traffic on the narrow waterway that separates mainland Africa from the Sinai Peninsula came to a halt on Tuesday after the MV Ever Given, a Panamanian-flagged container ship whose owner is registered in Japan, was blocked.
- It was not immediately clear what had prompted Ever Given to turn sideways on the canal.
- GAC, a global transportation and logistics company, described Ever Given as “a power outage while traveling north,” without giving further details.
- The bow of Ever Given touched the east wall of the canal, while its stern appeared to be lodged against the west wall, according to satellite data from MarineTraffic.com. Several tugs circled the ship, likely trying to push it the right way, the data showed.
- An image posted to Instagram by a user on another waiting freighter appeared to show the Ever Given stuck on the other side of the channel.
- The ship appeared to be stuck about four miles north of the southern mouth of the canal, near the town of Suez.
- Freighters and tankers appeared to be lined up at the southern end of the Suez Canal, waiting to be able to pass through the waterway to the Mediterranean Sea, according to data from Marine Traffic.
- A United Nations database indicated that the Evergreen was owned by Shoei Kisen KK, a boat rental company based in Imabari, Japan.
- The ship had indicated its destination as Rotterdam in the Netherlands before finding itself stuck in the canal.
- Opened in 1869, the Suez Canal provides a crucial link for the transport of oil, natural gas and goods from east to west.
- About 10% of world trade passes through the waterway and it remains one of Egypt’s main sources of foreign exchange.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,17,38,574 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,61,868.