The government is learnt to have requested the Supreme Court collegium to reconsider two names recommended for appointment as judges of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
Sources in the government said the names were sent back for reconsideration last month.
The collegium had separately recommended the names of lawyers Rahul Bharti and Moksha Kazmi Khajuria for appointment as judges of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
The names were returned with a request to reconsider the recommendations, the sources said.
They pointed out that under the memorandum of procedure, a document which guides transfer and elevation of Supreme Court and high court judges, the government has a right to seek reconsideration on recommendations made by the SC collegium.
The sources refused to give out the reasons for the government”s move.
Centre Issues New Guidelines for Foreign Travellers
Travellers arriving in India from any country who will test positive for COVID-19 shall be treated/isolated as per the laid down standard protocol and will not mandatorily be managed at an isolation facility, authorities have said.
According to the revised Guidelines for International Arrivals’ released on Thursday, the new norm will apply from January 22 till further order.
The rest of the provisions have remained the same in the revised guidelines.
The existing guidelines state that travellers coming from any country including those considered at-risk shall be managed at an isolation facility and treated as per laid down standard protocol.
The revised guidelines removed the clause that mandated staying at an isolation facility upon arrival.
Passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility as per health protocol.
If tested positive, their contacts shall be identified and managed as per protocol.
Foreign arrivals who test positive will still have to undergo home quarantine for seven days even after they test negative and undertake RT-PCR test on the 8th day of arrival in India.
No place for discrimination in India: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that today we are creating a system in which there is no place for discrimination and building a society that stands firmly on the foundation of equality and social justice.
Prime Minister Modi was delivering the keynote address at the national launch ceremony of ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav se Swarnim Bharat Ke Ore’. He also flagged off seven initiatives of Brahma Kumaris.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that the program by Brahma Kumari Sanstha, in the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration, exemplifies the feeling, spirit and inspiration for a golden India. “There is no difference between personal aspirations and successes on the one hand and national aspirations and successes on the other,” he said.
The Prime Minister stressed that our progress lies in the progress of the nation. “The nation exists from us, and we exist through the nation. This realisation is becoming the biggest strength of us Indians in the making of a new India.
Everything the country is doing today includes ‘Sabka Prayas’. ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’ is becoming the guiding motto of the country,” Modi said.
He noted the contribution of remarkable women in different epochs of Indian history and listed developments like the entry of women in the armed forces, more maternity leaves, better political participation in the form of more voting and representation in the Council of Ministers as a mark of new confidence among women. He expressed satisfaction that this movement is society-led and the gender ratio has improved in the country.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the time of ‘Amrit Kaal’ is not for dreaming while sleeping, but for fulfilling your resolutions awake. The coming 25 years are the period of utmost hard work, sacrifice, and ‘Tapasya’. This is a period of 25 years to get back what our society has lost in hundreds of years of slavery, he said.
“It needs to be admitted that in the 75 years after Independence the evil of ignoring duties and not keeping them paramount has entered the national life. During this period, we only spent time talking and fighting about rights,” he said.
The Prime Minister regretted the tendency to tarnish the image of India, even at the international level. “We cannot get away from this by saying that this is just politics. This is not politics, this is the question of our country. Today, when we are celebrating the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, it is also our responsibility that the world should know India properly”, he added.
India logs 3,47,254 new COVID cases, 703 fresh fatalities
India added 3,47,254 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,85,66,027 which includes 9,692 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.
The active cases have increased to 20,18,825, the highest in 235 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,88,396 with 703 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.
There has been a 4.36 per cent increase in Omicron cases since Thursday, the ministry said.
The active cases comprise 5.23 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.50 per cent, the ministry said.
An increase of 94,774 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 17.94 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 16.56 per cent, according to the health ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,60,58,806, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.27 per cent.
The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 160.43 crores.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.
India crossed the grim milestone of two crores on May 4 and three crores on June 23.
The 703 new fatalities include 341 from Kerala and 43 from Delhi.
A total of 4,88,3961 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,41,971 from Maharashtra, 51,501 from Kerala, 38,515 from Karnataka, 37,112 from Tamil Nadu, 25,503 from Delhi, 23,000 from Uttar Pradesh and 20,230 from West Bengal.
The ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
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