Top StoriesAttitude Of Mutual Respect Between Bar And Bench Necessary For Functioning Of Judicial System : CJI Bobde In Farewell Speech Mehal Jain23 April 2021 7:06 AMShare This – xOutgoing CJI, Justice S. A. Bobde, on Friday emphasised on the quality of communication and the relationship between the bar and the bench for the fulfillment of the most important function of the judiciary to protect the life, liberty and property of the citizenry.Speaking at his farewell ceremony, organised virtually by the SCBA, CJ Bobde expressed, “One area which has attracted a lot of attention is the communication and the relationship between the bar and the bench. I am not criticising anybody and I am sure there are persons at fault on both sides. But an attitude of mutual respect is necessary for the functioning of the judicial system”It may be noted that earlier in the day, the Supreme Court witnessed a face-off between a three-judge bench of CJ Bobde, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Ravindra Bhat and some members of the bar as the decision of the bench to take suo motu cognizance of COVID-related issues, while the High Courts were already seized of them, had come under criticism. Another bone of contention was the bench’s appointment of senior advocate Harish Salve as Amicus Curiae in the matter.At the function, CJ Bobde began by saying, “Since morning, I have discovered a new cause of becoming speechless – having a lot to say – which is contrary to the experience of not knowing what to say. I discovered that there are some things which one can say. I shall endeavour to say them””The system, the atmosphere is such today that nice words about one really surprise one. It is very heartening to hear good things about oneself”, he said in response to the addresses by AG K. K. Venugopal, SCBA President and senior advocate Vikas Singh and CJI-designate Justice N. V. Ramanna at the function.”I am not saying that we should be an association of people who pay compliments to each other and look over each other’s faults, but it is on this communication and relationship that depends the fulfillment of the most important function of the judiciary- of protecting life, liberty and property of the citizens. As of now, much is wanting in the narrative, if I can even use that term…”, continued the CJ.He clarified that did not mean for there to be a “mutual admiration society”, but that the bar and the bench “must work in a way which is harmonious, nourishing and fulfills the purpose of the system”.”For example, when we had joined the bar, we were taught that we must accept that, at times, the judge may not agree with you. It is not a reflection of your skill or your ability to persuade as an advocate, but it is human nature that people may not see eye to eye on every issue. In such circumstances, we must gracefully accept a contrary decision”, continued CJ Bobde.Stating he did not wish to “lecture’ on these aspects, he added that he has had no problems, “except for occasional problems of an overenthusiastic argument”.”Having served at Bombay (parent HC), Madhya Pradesh (as CJ) and now Delhi, I can say that it is the relationship between the bar and the bench which is to matter the most for the judiciary in the future”, he said.CJ Bobde proceeded to quote what veteran advocate Nani Palkhiwala had written in his book ‘We, The People’- “A lawyer with a well furnished mind alone can be truly a counselor at law; he alone can, not merely look up precedents, but guide his client along the path of wisdom, even of generosities which may appear irrelevancies to the preoccupied client. In the hands of such a lawyer, the law represents the application of reason to noble and purposeful ends.”Quoting novelist Walter Scott, he recited that “a lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect”CJ Bobde also cryptically mentioned the issue of how the media and the social media interprets one’s actions.”We have been given a unique designation of guardians of the Constitution – by ‘we’, I mean both the bar and the bench. It is not just the bench’s duty, but the bar also has the duty to assist the bench in arriving at the right decision. This is possible only when the bar is committed to the dynamic rule of law. Only then can the bar assist the judiciary, particularly in its service to the marginalised and vulnerable sections of the society”, continued the judge.”When I took the oath, I had not imagined the complexity of the task as the Chief Justice of India – the judicial side, the administrative side, the management of courts, the problems of the High Courts, the requirement of the bar. It takes time to understand. But there is no way around when you have to understand and do your best. The variety of litigation before the Supreme Court is dazzling, the arguments are the best as it it is the last court, the lawyers very capable and the standards very high”, said the CJ.He canvassed how the Covid pandemic required the judiciary, and primarily, him as the CJI, to learn new things about communication, and how they decided that video conferencing is the way forward- “With the help of my colleagues, particularly the E-committee and more so the registry, we managed to tide over the challenge”CJ Bobde said that while sitting before a TV screen, being looked upon by a camera, speaking into a mike, was initially difficult to imagine, now they are used to it. “I must say that at least in a certain class of cases, video conferencing is here to stay”, he asserted.However, he acknowledged that there is one problem associated with the system which has created a new kind of inequality- The inequality which already existed has now been augmented because one’s access to justice is now technology dependent; it requires one to acquire all the devices necessary.”I am proud to say, having examined the records of the Supreme Courts across the world, that our performance during Covid was among the best. One indicator of it is that the Supreme Court did not fail to sit on even one day. The number of working days in the last year were more than they have ever been in the history of the Supreme Court”, stated the CJ.Earlier this month, the Supreme Court’s Artificial Intelligence Committee launched its Artificial Intelligence portal SUPACE (Supreme Court Portal for Assistance in Court’s Efficiency)As regards the adoption of artificial intelligence, he wished to issue a warning – that artificial intelligence is set to grow in the future and that it is futile to ignore it. “I remember when computers had just been introduced and people had started communicating through emails, there were some people wondering why? But when something like this is introduced, it catches on like wildfire and there is no way to stop it. Can you imagine that the post offices have been closed now and the government is wondering what to do with the buildings?! Artificial intelligence is in the same league. We will find ourselves at a great disadvantage if we ignore it”, he said.Finally, to the young members of the bar disheartened by the pandemic, he urged not to lose hope and to carry on- “Things will change. My heart goes out to the younger members of the bar as they are ones who need the greatest degree of encouragement”Tags#CJI SA Bobde Chief Justice of India Supreme Court Bar Association Next Story
FairPoint Files Provisional Notice of Cutover Readiness; Triggers Formal Process to Expected Cutover at the End of January CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — FairPointCommunications, Inc. (NYSE: FRP) today announced it has filed itsprovisional notice of cutover readiness with the Public Utility Commissions(PUC) in New Hampshire and Maine and the Department of Public Service (PSB)in Vermont. The notice was filed after Liberty Consulting Group indicatedin its November 12th monthly Status Report that FairPoint had metsubstantially all of the criteria required to cut over at the end ofJanuary. The state PUCs/PSB will now hold technical conferences withFairPoint and, if necessary, or at the request of intervening parties,public hearings. Subsequent to the hearings, FairPoint expects to file itsirrevocable notice of cutover with Verizon. In its report, Liberty stated FairPoint needed additional attention inone area (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) testing), so FairPointtoday also filed its rebuttal to the Liberty Monthly Status Reportindicating that, in its opinion, it had met the acceptance criteria.However, FairPoint agreed to complete the additional CLEC tests recommendedby Liberty. Gene Johnson, chairman and CEO of FairPoint stated, “A tremendouseffort was put forth in order to get to this point. While our work is notdone, I thank the employees of FairPoint and Capgemini U.S. LLC(FairPoint’s lead integration partner) and Verizon for making these effortsto date. As we move closer to the expected end of January cutover date, welook forward to being that much closer to better serving the residents andbusinesses of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont with new broadband and voiceproducts, services and bundles through our approximately 60 new,state-of-the-art fully integrated systems.” The Vermont Public Service Board has scheduled a status conferencelater this week and the Public Service Commission staffs in Maine and NewHampshire have a joint technical session scheduled on November 17. ThePUCs/PSB may choose to conduct hearings on the matter later this month anddates are being held for that purpose. About FairPoint FairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider ofcommunications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPointowns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advancedcommunications with a personal touch, including local and long distancevoice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint istraded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP. Learn more athttp://www.fairpoint.com(link is external). This press release may contain forward-looking statements by FairPointthat are not based on historical fact, including, without limitation,statements containing the words “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,””plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates” and similar expressions andstatements. Because these forward-looking statements involve known andunknown risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that couldcause actual results, events or developments to differ materially fromthose expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Suchfactors include those risks described from time to time in FairPoint’sfilings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including,without limitation, the risks described in FairPoint’s most recentQuarterly Report on Form 10-Q on file with the SEC. These factors should beconsidered carefully and readers are cautioned not to place undue relianceon such forward-looking statements. All information is current as of thedate this press release is issued, and FairPoint undertakes no duty toupdate this information. SOURCE FairPoint Communications, Inc
The total value of Vermont construction contracts this year through October were down 23 percent as federal funding for highway and bridge construction waned. But both residential and commercial spending showed modest gains after two years of sluggish building in each. Residential was up 16 percent for the year-to-date and commercial was up 12 percent. New Hampshire showed a similar rebound in residential and commercial construction.Meanwhile, total US construction spending increased by 0.7 percent in October, driven largely by growing demand for power projects and public construction, the Associated General Contractors of America noted today in an analysis of new Census Bureau data. The new data, however, indicated continued weakness in many construction categories, including private nonresidential and single family construction, association officials observed.‘Without any upward trend in key private-sector construction components like homes and office buildings, it is hard to feel optimistic about the near future,’ said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. ‘With public construction at risk of cutbacks, it is premature to conclude that construction has awakened from its long nightmare.’Simonson commented that power construction increased by 8.8 percent between September and October at a seasonally adjusted rate, although the total remained 3.9 percent below the year-ago level. Public construction, aided by federal spending on stimulus, military base realignment and Gulf Coast hurricane-control projects, edged up 0.4 percent for the month and 2.2 percent year-over-year.Private nonresidential construction, however, slumped 0.7 percent in October, leaving the total 20.7 percent below the October 2009 figure. All 11 of the Census Bureau’s private nonresidential categories were below year-ago levels, Simonson added, with only private power and transportation showing gains from September.Private residential investment jumped 2.5 percent for the month. However, Simonson cautioned that the apparent leap is attributable to a 3.2 percent advance in new multi-family construction and a 6.2 percent rise in improvements to existing properties, whereas single-family construction sank 1.2 percent for the month.Association officials said that a proposal released today by the Deficit Commission to increase investments in highways, bridges and transit system construction provided some room for optimism. They urged Congress to embrace the transportation proposal, noting it would help the economy over the long run while giving a much-needed boost to short term construction demand.‘The best way to reduce the deficit and simultaneously support a strong and expanding economy is to invest in our aging network of highways, bridges and transit systems,’ said Stephen E. Sandherr. ‘Even as the broader report calls for dramatic reductions in federal spending, it is clear that our country can’t afford to neglect its infrastructure.’View Census Bureau data.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:German renewable energy developer Baywa r.e. has begun constructing what will be the largest floating solar farm outside of China.The 27-megawatt Bomhofsplas solar farm is set to include 73,000 solar panels on a sandpit lake in Zwolle in the Netherlands, the company said in a statement. For places like Northern Europe where land is in tight supply, floating technology could open up new areas for renewable energy development.Baywa has installed close to a third of the solar farm in two weeks, its fastest deployment time yet for such a project. The company said floating installations are easier to install than similar projects on land and could produce more power thanks to a cooling effect from the water.“Our ability to deliver floating solar farms in such a short space of time is an exciting new opportunity for Europe and its bid to be carbon free by 2050,” said Benedikt Ortmann, global director of solar projects at Baywa.China has led the way with floating solar farms so far, with the biggest projects in the world. But other countries could soon catch up. The project in Zwolle is Baywa’s fourth in less than two years and Thailand has ambitions to build utility-scale projects in the coming years.[Will Mathis]More: Europe’s largest floating solar farm underway in Netherlands Baywa building Europe’s largest floating solar project in the Netherlands
Feb 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday confirmed Laos’ first human case of H5N1 avian influenza, involving a 15-year-old girl from Vientiane, and Egypt and China also have reported new cases.The Laotian girl fell ill Feb 10 and was hospitalized in Vientiane with fever and respiratory symptoms on Feb 15, the WHO said. She was transferred 2 days later to a public hospital in Nongkhai, Thailand, where she was in stable condition.Last week officials from Thailand, Laos, and the WHO investigated the girl’s village and districts where poultry had died, the WHO report said. The patient’s close contacts were being monitored daily, and adults have been given oseltamivir; all remained healthy, the agency said.Samples obtained by Lao epidemiologists and Thai clinicians were submitted to the National Institute of Health in Thailand, where they tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, the WHO said. The country has reported sporadic bird outbreaks since 2004; the most recent one involved ducks at two locations in Vientiane prefecture.Elsewhere, Egypt’s health ministry announced yesterday that a 4-year-old girl from the Nile delta province of Daqahliya, about 75 miles northeast of Cairo, had tested positive for H5N1 avian flu, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.Health ministry spokesman Abdul Rahman Shahin said the girl was in stable condition in a Cairo hospital, where she was admitted yesterday with fever and tested positive for the H5N1 virus, the AP reported. If her case is confirmed by the WHO, she will be listed as Egypt’s 23rd case-patient and the country’s fifth patient this year.Two days ago, Egyptian officials denied a report from the Middle East News Agency (MENA), the country’s state news agency, that a 31-year-old woman from the Nile Delta town of Beheira had tested positive for avian flu. The denial was reported Feb 26 by Reuters.Amr Qandil, director of communicable diseases at Egypt’s health ministry, told Reuters the report wasn’t true. “I do not know where they got this information,” he said.The MENA report said the woman, who raised chickens at home, was hospitalized in Damanhour, but was transferred to a hospital in Alexandria when her condition deteriorated, according to Reuters.In China today, officials confirmed that a 44-year-old woman, a farmer from Fujian province, tested positive for avian flu, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. According to a report released by China’s Department of Health to Hong Kong’s Government Information Service, the woman developed fever and a cough 10 days ago, AFP reported. Tests conducted by the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention were positive for the H5N1 virus.The woman’s case is China’s first in 7 weeks and will raise the country’s official count to 23 if confirmed by the WHO.In other avian flu news, Myanmar reported that the H5N1 virus killed poultry at a farm about 5 miles from Rangoon, the country’s largest city, according to a report submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) today.The outbreak began 2 days ago, killing 68 of 1,360 layer chickens, ducks, and pullets, and officials attributed the outbreak to poor biosecurity on the farm, the report said. The remaining birds were destroyed, and authorities instituted several control measures including limiting poultry movement within the country, screening poultry, and disinfecting the affected area.Myanmar’s last poultry outbreak was reported in April 2006.See also:Feb 27 WHO statementOIE reports on Myanmar outbreak
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A Russian institute developing one of the country’s potential coronavirus vaccines hopes to start its final stage testing in a small section of the general public in mid-August, the RIA news agency cited the institute’s director as saying on Monday.Globally, of 19 experimental COVID-19 vaccines in human trials, only two are in final Phase III trials – one by China’s Sinopharm and another by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. China’s Sinovac Biotech is set to become the third later this month.Early results from the first small-scale human trial of the vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow has shown it to be safe for use, according to a separate RIA report on Sunday. “Around 14-15 August, I hope, the small amount of vaccine that we should be able to produce will enter public circulation,” Alexander Ginsburg, the institute’s director, was quoted as saying.This will be equivalent to a Phase III trial, since people getting the vaccine will remain under supervision, RIA reported, citing Ginsburg.Phase I and Phase II trials typically test the safety of a drug before it enters Phase III trials that test its efficacy on a bigger group of volunteers.Human trials of the Gamaleya Institute’s vaccine began on June 18, with nine volunteers receiving one dose, and another nine testing the prospective booster dose.The group did not experience any significant side effects and is due to be released from hospital on Wednesday, RIA reported on Sunday, citing a director at the Sechenov University in Moscow where the trial took place.”Data currently available… shows the volunteers to have developed an immune response to the coronavirus vaccine,” the defense ministry, involved in the trials, was cited by RIA as saying on Monday. Another 20 volunteers were administered the vaccine at a military hospital on June 23. Topics :
Mexico on Wednesday became the first country to ratify a new free trade agreement with the United States and Canada.The Mexican Senate’s upper chamber voted 114 to four, with three lawmakers abstaining in favor of the deal, called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).President Trump has been demanding a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement that the new agreement could potentially replace.The treaty still needs to be considered by lawmakers in the U.S. and Canada.