- Nine new judges, including three women, have been administered the oath of office as judges of the Supreme Court by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana.
- The strength of the Supreme Court would go up to 33, including the CJI, out of the sanctioned strength of 34, after the swearing-in of the nine new judges.
- Three out of these nine new judges — Justice Vikram Nath and Justice BV Nagarathna and Justice PS Narasimha — are in line to become the chief justice of India.
- This is the first time that nine judges were sworn in together in the history of the top court.
- Traditionally, new judges take the oath of office in the CJI’s courtroom, but due to that Covid pandemic, the swearing-in ceremony would be held in the auditorium of the Supreme Court’s additional building complex.
- Here are the names of nine new judges of the Supreme Court:
- Justice Vikram Nath: Justice Nath, who was the chief justice of the Gujarat High Court, is in line to become the CJI upon the retirement of sitting top court judge Justice Surya Kant in February 2027.
- Justice BV Nagarathna: Justice Nagarathna was a judge of the Karnataka High Court. Justice Nagarathna is in line to become the first woman CJI in September 2027.
- Justice PS Narasimha: Justice Narasimha was a senior advocate and former additional solicitor general. Justice Narasimha would succeed Justice Nagarathna as the CJI and would have a tenure of over six months.
- Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka: Justice Oka was the chief justice of the Karnataka High Court).
- Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari: Justice Maheshwari was the chief justice of the Sikkim High Court.
- Justice Hima Kohli: Justice Kohli was the chief justice of the Telangana High Court
- Justice CT Ravikumar: Justice Ravikumar was a judge of the Kerala High Court
- Justice MM Sundresh: Justice Sundresh was a judge of the Madras High Court
- Justice Bela M Trivedi: Justice Trivedi was a judge of the Gujarat High Court
(SOURCE: LIVE LAW, INDIAN EXPRESS)
- Maharashtra government launched a special mission called “Mission Vatsalya” in order to help women who lost their husbands to COVID-19.
- Mission Vatsalya will provide several services and some 18 benefits under one roof to those women.
- It been designed for widows, with a special focus on widows coming from rural areas, poor backgrounds and deprived sections.
- Under this mission, schemes like Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana and Gharkul Yojana will benefit those for women.
- About the scheme: Under this scheme, 8,661 women have applied for the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Anudan Yojana, 405 for the Shravanbal Seva State Pension Scheme and 71 for the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme.
- Applications have been received from 1,209 women for the Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme.
- The Department has received three applications for the Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme. So far10349 applications have been received from the women contacted by the department of women and child development.
(SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES)
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated to the nation the renovated complex of Jallianwala Bagh Smarak in Punjab’s Amritsar, to mark 102 years of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
- The historic garden is a memorial of national importance, preserved in the memory of countless revolutionaries, sacrificers, fighters, who were killed in the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, which occurred on the festival of Baisakhi on 13 April 1919.
- Apart from this, PM Modi also inaugurated four museum galleries developed at the Smarak, to showcase the historical value of events that unfolded in Punjab in 1919.
- PM also announced multiple development initiatives taken by the government to upgrade the complex.
(SOURCE: TIMES OF INDIA)
- Raksha Mantri, Rajnath Singh visited the Army Sports Institute (ASI), Pune and named the Army Sports Institute stadium as “Neeraj Chopra Stadium”.
- The focus of the Indian Army (in the field of sports) is to identify and train promising sportspersons in 11 disciplines.
- The Indian Army’s “Mission Olympics” programme was launched in 2001 with the intent to deliver medal-winning performances in the Olympics and other international events.
- Revision: Neeraj Chopra has won a Gold medal for India in the javelin throw event at Tokyo Olympics. With a throw of 87.03 metres in his first attempt, Neeraj killed the competition. In his second he improved it to 87.58m and that turned out to be the golden throw.
- The Athletics Federation of India has decided that javelin throw day will be on 7th August every year in honour of Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra.
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has started a public awareness campaign to warn people against digital banking frauds. For the new campaign, RBI has roped in Olympic Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra.
- The Indian Navy and the German Navy carried out a joint exercise in the Gulf of Aden near Yemen, in the Indian Ocean leg of Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021.
- The Indian Navy was represented by frigate “Trikand” while the German Navy was represented by frigate “Bayern”.
- The exercise included helicopter (cross deck helo) landings and visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) operations.
- The joint exercise aimed at enhancing interoperability and exchange of best practices between the navies of the two countries in the maritime domain.
(SOURCE: LIVE MINT)
- At the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics 2020, India’s greatest paralympian, Devendra Jhajharia won the silver medal in the men’s javelin throw – F46 final event on August 30, 2021.
- The 40-year-old Devendra performed his best throw of 64.35, for the silver.
- In the same event, Sundar Singh Gurjar won the bronze medal, with his best throw of 64.01.
- With this, the total medal tally of India at the Paralympics 2020 Games reaches to seven.
(SOURCE: JAGRAN JOSH)
- India’s Sumit Antil has won the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw F64 final event at the Tokyo Paralympics, and in the process set a new world record throw of 68.55m.
- The 23-year-old Sumit hails from Sonepat in Haryana.
- Michal Burian of Australia won the silver medal (66.29m), while Sri Lanka’s Dulan Kodithuwakku won the bronze medal.
- This is the second gold medal for India at the ongoing Tokyo Games and now the total medal tally of India has reached 7.
- Earlier, the bronze medal won by Vinod Kumar in the discus throw F56 final was declared as ineligible by the classification panel.
(SOURCE: JAGRAN JOSH)