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Top 5 Current Affairs: 7 May 2019

The Supreme Court has rejected the review petition filed by 21 opposition parties seeking 50 percent verification of VVPAT during counting of votes in Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

May 7, 2019 17:40 IST
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INS Ranjit decommissioned

INS Ranjit, a Rajput class front-line missile destroyer, was decommissioned at a ceremony at Naval Dockyard at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, after having served the Indian Navy for 36 years.

The ship was commissioned in the fleet of Indian Navy on September 15, 1983. The ship has since then sailed for 2190 days, covering a distance of over 7,43,000 nautical miles.

The ship is the third of the five Kashin-class destroyers built by erstwhile Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

Centre announces Rs 1000 crore aid to Odisha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a further release of Rs 1,000 Crore for assistance to the Fani affected state Odisha on May 06, 2019. Earlier Rs 341 crores had been provided to Odisha as an advance to its State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

The Prime Minister also announced Rs. 2 lakh ex-gratia each for the family member of dead in the natural disaster and Rs. 50,000 for the injured.

Around 1.08 crore people in 14,835 villages spread across at least 11 districts have been affected by the cyclone Fani. Over 13.41 lakh people were evacuated ahead of the severe cyclonic storm on May 3.

SC rejects review petition for 50% VVPAT verification

The Supreme Court on May 7, 2019 rejected the review petition filed by 21 opposition parties seeking 50 percent verification of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during counting of votes in Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, "We are not inclined to review our order".

Earlier on April 8, 2019, the apex Court had directed the Election Commission of India (ECI) to increase the random checking of VVPAT slips from 1 EVM to 5 EVMs in each assembly of a parliamentary constituency during the ongoing Indian General Elections 2019.

SC inquiry panel dismisses charges against CJI

The Supreme Court on May 6, 2019 dismissed the complaint of sexual harassment against Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

The three-judge in-house inquiry panel headed by Justice S A Bobde stated that it did not find any substance in the allegations of the dismissed SC employee who had filed a sexual harassment complaint against the CJI.

The in-house panel submitted its report to the next senior-most judge competent to receive the report. A copy of the report was also sent to the CJI.

Zero pendency court project by Delhi high court

Delhi High Court has recently released a report that talks about the problem of increasing backlog and pendency of cases. Prompted by the urgent need to ensure timely justice, the Delhi High Court started a Pilot Project titled “Zero Pendency Courts” in certain subordinate courts in Delhi.

The primary goal of the project was to study the flow of cases in the absence of backlog. The conclusions from this project would help in identifying benchmarks for different types of cases time lines, number of judges, case flow management rules and a host of other relevant factors.

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