Plea to ensure OROP for retired judges: Retired Madras HC judge moves SC for formula
Fact : Pension for those appointed directly from the Bar was less than that of counterparts promoted from the subordinate judiciary. Ruling in Raju’s Case 2014 : when persons holding constitutional office retire from service, making discrimination in the fixation of the pensions depending upon the source from which they were appointed is in breach of Article 14 and 16(1) of the Constitution of India. One Rank, One Pension must be the norm in respect of a constitutional office. It’s end result : The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 2016. This law amended provisions in the High Court Judges Act of 1954 and the Supreme Court Judges Act of 1958. Sad truth : “ highly discriminates” between high court judges drawn from the subordinate judiciary and judges drawn from the Bar in many respects relating to retirement pension.
Justice seeking Justice : A former Madras High Court judge(Justice M. Vijayaraghavan) has approached the Supreme Court for implementation of the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ norm for retired High Court judges.
Direction prayed : To evolve a formula “to obviate the disparities in the pension payable to judges drawn from subordinate judiciary and the judges drawn from the Bar in tune with ‘One Rank, One Pension’ norms laid down by the Supreme Court in the 2014 judgment in Ramakrishnam Raju’s case.
Boosting horticulture through remote sensing : Novel project to be ready by March 2018, says Minister
Fact : The horticulture sector to be developed using remote sensing technology and geo-informatics by 2018
Who said : Union Agriculture Minister - Radha Mohan Singh Position of India : India is the second-largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world and the biggest producer of fruits such as banana, mango, papaya and lemon among others.
The need for revival : But the country still has some distance to cover in terms of exports as post-harvest wastage of produce in India is high.
Land mark Plan : CHAMAN — acronym for Coordinated Horticulture Assessment and Management using geo-informatics Year : 2015 Details : It is a comprehensive horticultural plan. What it do ? Using remote sensing technology to study soil conditions, land use, weather and cropping patter, the Centre has chosen 185 districts across the country where seven selected crops are being promoted. Final step : Once complete, the findings of the project would be shared with all states to give to boost to cultivation of horticultural crops.
With stealth ship, India in elite group
News about : The newly commissioned warship INS Kiltanin
Details : It is third Kamorta class Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvette . INS Kiltan is, the third of the four Project-28 Kamorta class ASW.
Ship building : This ship is unique, as about 81% is built indigenously and is the first built by India that has a superstructure made up of carbon fibre composite material. Significance : This makes it a stealth corvette and makes India one among the few nations that have this technology or this class of ships.
Who built it ? The keel was laid in 2010 under the Project-28 scheme and was built by Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. ‘Make in India’ initiative . Material built with : High grade steel (DMR 249A) produced by the state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).