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Justice Kurian Who Stood Up To Chief Justice Dipak Misra Retires

New Delhi: Third senior-most judge of the Supreme Court Justice Kurian Joseph, who was one of the four senior judges to have conducted an unprecedented January 12 presser mounting a virtual revolt against the then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, retired from the top court on after a five-and-a-half-year tenure.

Along with Justices Ranjan Gogoi, J Chelameswar and Madan B Lokur, he had raised questions on “selective” allocation of cases, including the sensitive case of special CBI judge BH Loya, who died on December 1, 2014.

Justice Gogoi is presently the Chief Justice of India and Justice Chelameswar retired in June this year. The press meet on January 12, the first such in the chequered history of the apex court, had caused shock waves across the nation.

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General Bipin Rawat Says, Pakistan Involved In Hybrid Warfare Against India Since Independence

New Delhi: India army chief General Bipin Rawat said that Pakistan has used “hybrid warfare” against India since Independence and continues to do so. He cited the use of irregulars by the Pakistani army in 1947-48, 1965 and, most recently, in the 1999 Kargil war.

Delivering the 9th YB Chavan Memorial Lecture at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses on Addressing the Challenges of Hybrid Conflict in the 21st Century, Rawat said each act of cowardice in Jammu and Kashmir would be responded to with vigour and no sacrifice made by soldiers would go in vain.

Rawat said the whole world was aware that terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir were being run by government agencies to cause disruptions in India and that all terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir was state sponsored.

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Satya Pal Malik Says, Threat Of Transfer Remains For Him Over His Remarks On Dissolving Assembly

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik has said the threat of transfer remains for him amid a ranging controversy over his remarks on dissolving the state Assembly. He was speaking at a function organised to pay tributes to Congress leader and former minister Girdhari Lal Dogra on his 31st death anniversary, when he mentioned about the threat of transfer.

“Girdhari Lal ji dedicated his life to the cause of the poor. As long as I am here, I will definitely come to pay my tributes to him... It (transfer) is not in one’s hands. I will not lose my job but the threat of transfer remains,” he said.

The transfer remark by the governor drew chuckles from the audience.

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Voters Enthusiasm Remains Intact In Madhya Pradesh And Mizoram Elections

New Delhi: Heavy voters turn out has once again left psephologists clueless that which way the results go as over 75 per cent of the electorate in Madhya Pradesh and 80 per cent in Mizoram voted in the Assembly elections in the two states where the BJP and the Congress are seeking a fourth and third term in power respectively.

Around 75 per cent of Madhya Pradesh’s over 5 crore voters - 2,63,01,300 men, 2,41,30,390 women and 1,389 of the third gender - cast their ballot till 6 p.m. in 227 assembly constituencies against 72.13 per cent recorded in the 2013 assembly polls, Election Commission officials said in New Delhi.

In three Maoist-affected constituencies - Baihar, Lanji and Paraswada - in Balaghat district, polling figures were 78 per cent, 79.07 per cent and 80.06 per cent respectively. The polling in these three constituencies began at 7 a.m. and finished at 3 p.m.

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Modi And Xi Jinping To Meet In The Sidelines Of G20 Summit In Buenos Aires On November 30

New Delhi: Foreign secretary of India Vijay Gokhale said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet in the sidelines of the upcoming G20 summit in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires on November 30. Modi will be leaving for Argentina on November 28 evening and return on December 2.

This will be the fourth meeting between the two heads of state in last seven months, Gokhale said that a meeting with BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) head of states is also scheduled.