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DY Chandrachud Takes Oath As 50th CJI; Says ‘Serving The Ordinary Citizen is my Priority’

DY Chandrachud Takes Oath As 50th CJI; Says ‘Serving The Ordinary Citizen is my Priority’

Today, Justice Dhananjay Y Chandrachud or DY Chandrachud, took oath as the 50th Chief Justice of India. Justice DY Chandrachud succeeded Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, who served as the top head of the Supreme Court for a short period of 74 days. Justice Chandrachud’s official tenure as the head of the Supreme Court will end on November 10, 2024. The oath-taking ceremony of Justice DY Chandrachud took place in Rashtrapati Bhawan and was administered by the President of India, Droupadi Murmu. In his first statement to the media, Justice DY Chandrachud established his stance as ‘Citizens First’ CJI as he said: “Serving the ordinary citizen is my priority,” He also promised big reforms in the registry and judicial processes and said: “My work, not words, will speak,” Justice DY Chandrachud has had a promising legal career. He has been a part of several landmark verdicts, including the Ayodhya Land Dispute, the Right to Privacy, the Striking down of Article-377, Sabrimala and the validity of the Aadhar Scheme. For the unversed, Justice DY Chandrachud is the son of late Justice YY Chandrachud, the longest-serving Chief Justice of India who held the post for 7 years. Interestingly, Justice Chandrachud has overturned his father’s judgements twice. Earlier, Justice DY Chandrachud served as a judge in the Bombay High Court and as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court.

Also read: Dissenter, Liberalist, Most Disliked Judge by Right Wingers, Meet Justice DY Chandrachud, The 50th CJI!

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Nepal; Tremors Felt In Uttarakhand and Parts of Delhi NCR

An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 jolted Nepal at 1:57 AM on Wednesday. A house situated in the Doli district of Nepal collapsed after the latest round of earthquake killing 6 people. Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and said: “Expressing my heartfelt condolences to families of those who died in the earthquake, which was centred in the Khaptad region of Far West. I’ve instructed relevant agencies to arrange immediate & proper treatment of the injured & victims,” The National Centre for Seismology has confirmed that the epicentre of the earthquake was 21 km from Dipayal in Nepal. For the past couple of days, Nepal has been experiencing a series of low-magnitude earthquakes. Meanwhile, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake was also recorded in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh region at 2 AM on Wednesday morning. The tremors were felt across Delhi NCR, including Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurugram and even Lucknow. There was a panic state in several areas of Delhi NCR as people stayed out of their homes for nearly two hours.

Union Minister Amit Shah to Chair a High-Level IB Meet Today to Asses Internal Security Situation, Threats of Terrorism

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will soon chair a high-level meeting of Intelligence Bureau officers in Delhi. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 11 AM – 5 PM at a highly secured and secret location in the national capital. The meeting has been called by the Home Minister to asses the internal security situation and threats of terrorism in the country. A senior official in the Ministry of Home Affairs told ANI: “The Home Minister will take stock of the overall internal security scenario, intelligence gathering network and other aspects needed to be addressed so that robust internal security is ensured in the country,” Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and IB Chief Tapan Deka are some topmost officers who will attend the high-level meeting. Themes such as global terror groups, illicit use of cyberspace, narco-terrorism, terror financing, and organised crime-terror nexus are expected to be taken up during the meeting.

After S Jaishankar’s India Will Continue To Buy Oil Comment, US Says ‘Russia Not Reliable’

After India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar made it clear with his statement that India will continue to engage with the Russian economy and continue buying oil from them, the United States reiterated its position. It said it is in the collective interest that India should decrease its dependency on Russia. US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said: “Russia is not a reliable supplier of security assistance. Russia is far from reliable in any realm,” However, the US added that the issue is of India’s bilateral interest with Russia. Ned Price was questioned on United States’ stand on countries doing business with Russia as long as they condemn the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. “No, to be very clear, we have been intentional about exempting oil and gas — the energy sector– from the sanctions that have been imposed on Russia. So the fact that India has a high demand for energy that it continues to seek oil and other forms of energy from Russia — that is not something that runs afoul of the sanctions,” said Mr Price. The US State Department also acknowledged the India-Russia relationship was developed and cemented over the course of decades when the US was not in a position to be India’s economic, security and military partner.

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