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Justice RF Nariman Retires, Chief Justice Says “Losing One Of The Lions” – dot newz

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Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, who studied at Harvard University, practiced law for 35 years.

New Delhi:

Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, the second most senior Supreme Court judge after Chief Justice NV Ramana and a high profile judge involved in several landmark judgments, retired today with the legal fraternity praising his legacy.

“This institution will miss his knowledge and intellect…He was one of the pillars of our strong judicial system. He always stood for what is right,” Chief Justice NV Ramana said in an emotional address at his farewell,

“I am little overwhelmed. I am finding it difficult to express my thoughts,” Chief Justice Ramana confessed.

On his last working day, Justice Nariman sat with the Chief Justice in Court no. 1 of the Supreme Court, a tradition for retiring judges.

Justice Nariman, who studied at Harvard University, practiced law for 35 years.

The son of renowned lawyer Fali Nariman, he was 37 when the Supreme Court designated him senior lawyer.

He was appointed Solicitor General of India in 2011. In 2014, he became only the fifth lawyer in the country’s history to be directly appointed Supreme Court judge.

The Chief Justice said Justice Nariman dealt with 13,565 cases.

At a time when the independence of the judiciary is under a shadow, Justice Nariman’s judgments stand out.

In his seven years in the Supreme Court, he struck down Section 66A of the IT Act that allowed the government to jail people over social media posts. He said the law infringed upon the right to free speech.

“The freedom of speech and the press is the Ark of the Covenant of Democracy because public criticism is essential to the working of its institutions,” the judgment said.

He was part of the historic Supreme Court judgment that ended a colonial-era law that deemed homosexuality a crime.

In 2017, a majority judgment by him and two others held as unconstitutional the practice of instant Triple Talaq.

Justice Nariman was part of the majority on the Supreme Court bench that ruled that women between 10 and 50 years can’t be banned from the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

When the case came up for review, he gave a dissenting verdict.

To stop custodial deaths, Justice Nariman directed the installing of CCTVs at police stations and the offices of agencies like the and National Investigation Agency.

His most recent judgement warned politicians to “wake up from their slumber” and remove criminal elements from politics. 

With Justice Nariman’s retirement the Supreme Court’s strength will be reduced to 25, with nine vacancies. With another judge set to retire later this month, there will be 10 spots to fill.

For around two years no judges have been appointed to the Supreme Court because of a lack of consensus among members of the collegium that selects judges. Former Chief Justice SA Bobde could not appoint any judge during his 18-month term.



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1 Crore Jabs Till 1:30 PM. On PM’s Birthday, Government Aims At Record – dot newz

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The vaccination campaign is key to BJP’s three-week celebrations to mark PM’s birthday.

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As the government raced to deliver a vaccination record on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday today, the country clocked over 42,000 vaccinations a minute, a senior health official said. Vaccinations crossed one crore in the afternoon – for the fourth time in less than a month – setting up a milestone by the end of the day.

Aiming at 2 crore vaccinations as PM Modi turns 71, the government added a ticker to track Covid shots being given across the country.

“Celebrating the relentless efforts of India’s vaccinators against COVID-19, we have added a ticker to show vaccinations happening in near real-time. We are currently clocking over 42,000 vaccinations/minute or 700/second,” tweeted National Health Authority chief RS Sharma, sharing the new feature.

The vaccination campaign is key to the BJP’s three-week celebrations to mark the Prime Minister’s birthday.

“Let’s do #VaccineSeva and give him (PM Modi) birthday gift by getting vaccinated those who have not taken the dose so far,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had tweeted yesterday, urging people to get the shots.

To achieve its target, the BJP had prepped health volunteers “to ensure that the maximum number of people get their COVID-19 vaccines on the day”.

In recent days, India has reported more than one crore Covid shots in a day more than once.

Senior BJP leaders say the party wants to see the day “recorded in history” as one that saw a record number of Covid vaccines given.

By noon, over 94,00,000 vaccinations had been achieved. PM Modi’s home state Gujarat had crossed five lakh doses, more than the daily doses in the last seven days.

By afternoon, Bihar had given Covid shots to 7.3 lakh people, three times more than the average of the last three days. Madhya Pradesh was at more than 5 lakh doses – 75 per cent of the last two days’ average.





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Under-Construction Flyover Collapses In Mumbai’s Bandra, 14 Injured – dot newz

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The under-construction flyover collapsed at about 4.40am.

At least 14 people were injured after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Bandra Kurla Complex in Maharashtra’s Mumbai today. The injured were taken to the VN Desai Hospital and their condition is stable, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.

The flyover collapsed at about 4.40am.

Visuals shared by news agency ANI showed police personnel and fire departments on the spot as the rescue work is underway.

There has been no loss of life and no person is missing due to the collapse, Deputy Commissioner Of Police Manjunath Singe told news agency ANI.

The flyover is located at MTNL junction in suburban Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and will connect the complex’s main road and Santa Cruz- Chembur link road. The construction work of the flyover is being undertaken by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

Further details related to the flyover’s collapse are awaited.





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On PM Modi’s 71st Birthday, President Kovind, BJP Leaders Extend Wishes – dot newz

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Today marks the 71st birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 71 on Friday as President Ram Nath Kovind and other dignitaries and politicians greeted him with BJP leaders hailing his leadership.

Wishing him a long and healthy life, President Kovind said may he continue to serve the nation with his spirit of relentless service.

Home Minister Amit Shah lauded Modi, saying he not only gave the country the idea to think ahead of time and fulfil its resolve with hardwork but also made it a reality.

In PM Modi, the country has got a strong and decisive leader who gave a dignified life to those who were deprived of their rights for decades, he said.

PM Modi brought them in the mainstream of development, Mr Shah added.

The prime minister has shown the world what people-loving leadership is like, he said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said PM Modi has written many new chapters in development and good governance in his tenure so far and wished that he fulfil his dream of making India a strong, prosperous and proud country.

Born in Gujarat in 1950, PM Modi joined Hindutva organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at an early age and was later drafted into the BJP.

Made Gujarat chief minister in 2001, PM Modi has never suffered an electoral setback when votes were cast on his leadership, leading the BJP to power in the state for three consecutive terms and then at the Centre back to back in 2014 and 2019.

The BJP embarked on a mega 20-day public outreach, “Seva and Samarpan”, from Friday to mark his 71st birthday and it will continue till October 7 to also commemorate his 20 years in public life, including as Gujarat chief minister.

It has asked its workers to facilitate the COVID-19 vaccination drive as it eyes record-breaking numbers on Friday.





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