President Inaugurates Centenary Celebrations of Patna High Court


The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the inauguration of the Centenary Year Celebration of Patna High Court, in Patna, Bihar on April 18, 2015. The Union Minister for Law & Justice, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda and the Chief Justice of India, Shri H.L. Dattu are also seen. --------------------------

President Inaugurates Centenary Celebrations of Patna High Court

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Centenary Year Celebrations of Patna High Court today (April 18, 2015) at Patna, Bihar.


Speaking on the occasion, the President said that when the foundation-stone of the Patna High Court building was laid on December 01, 1913, the then Viceroy and Governor-General of India, Lord Hardinge had said: “I feel assured, that within its walls in future days, justice will be administered with courage and impartiality, to the terror of evil-doers, and to the triumph of every cause which is right and true, so that the High Court of Bihar shall earn a name for sound sense and good law." The President stated that if any one goes through the history of Patna High Court, it will be seen that the Court has more than lived up to that expectation of Lord Hardinge. Landmark judgements have been delivered by this Court.
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the inauguration of the Centenary Year Celebration of Patna High Court, in Patna, Bihar on April 18, 2015. The Governor of Bihar, Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi, the Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Minister for Law & Justice, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, the Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Nitish Kumar and the Chief Justice of India, Shri H.L. Dattu are also seen. 
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The President said that the many legal luminaries of the Patna High Court included the first President of India and one of the chief architects of our nation, Dr. Rajendra Prasad who was a practitioner before this Court. Shri Syed Hasan Imam who presided over the Indian National Congress in 1918 was also a member of the Patna High Court Bar. The first President of the Constituent Assembly, Dr. Sachchidanand Sinha was a member of the Bar of this Court. Three Chief Justices from Patna High Court namely, Justice B.P. Sinha, Justice Lalit Mohan Sharma and Justice R.M. Lodha went on to become the Chief Justice of India.

The President said that the independence of the judiciary is the cornerstone of our democracy. The judicial system in our country should be not only accessible but also affordable. He urged all judges and lawyers gathered there to join hands in order to achieve the goal of accessible but affordable justice. He also stressed on the need to speed up disposal of cases, as justice delayed is justice denied. He emphasized that integration of information communication technology in Court processes is required.


The President stated that filling of vacancies in courts across the country must be taken up as a priority. The process of selection and appointment of judges should conform to the highest of standards. We must make haste in this regard but without compromising on quality. He stated that the Patna High Court has today 31 judges against the sanctioned strength of 43 judges.

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Governor of Bihar, Chief Justice of India, Chief Minister of Bihar, Union Minister of Law & Justice, Union Minister of Communication and Information Technology and Chief Justice of Patna High Court.

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MV Kavararatti and MV Corals arrive Kochi

MV Kavaratti and MV Corals arrived Kochi to a rousing welcome by Naval and other Officials in the presence of Shri KC Joseph, minister for Non Resident Keralite Affairs (NORKA) and Shri Hibi Eden, MLA on 18 Apr15 amidst fanfare by Naval Band.

The ships were received by the Chief Staff Officer, operations (CSO) of the Southern Commodore Alok Khanijo and Naval Officer in charge of Kerala (NOIC-KL) Capt Verghese Mathew. The ships had brought 475 passengers which included 337 Bangladeshi nationals, 65 Yemenis of Indian Origin besides 73 Indians . The ships which also had Marine Commandoes (MARCOS) on board were escorted by INS Tir upto harbour mouth after which they were led to their assigned berth by two Fast Interceptor Crafts (FIC).

This concludes the evacuation of personnel under Operation Raahat.
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Indian Navy Ships Mumbai And Tarkash Return to Hero’s Welcome

INS Tarkash which participated in the Operation Rahat returned to Mumbai harbour this morning while INS Mumbai had entered on 16 April 15. The ships’ crew was greeted by senior officers of the command and the Chief of Naval Staff will be interacting with the crew on Monday, 20April 15.
Earlier this year, a raging civil war in Yemen has left thousands of people homeless and stranded. Military intervention by Saudi Arabia and other nations have further complicated the situation with aerial bombardments continuing relentlessly across the country. The airports and seaports of the country, with the exception of Al Hodeidah, have been thrown out of gear leaving very little room for movement of people from the strife-torn country.
Prior to commencement of operations, Indian diaspora in Yemen was estimated to be approximately 4000 people working in all walks of life. Some of them had been working and earning a living in Yemen for decades. Most of them were located in and around the capital city of Sanaa,which had seen much violence and had been under relentless attack. With the situation in the country deteriorating rapidly, the Indian Government had ordered evacuation of Indian nationals from Yemen on 30 Mar 15.
The Indian Navy was first off the starting block, with INS Sumitra, one of the newest Offshore Patrol Vessels of the Indian Navy, being diverted immediately from her operational tasking in the Gulf of Aden. She immediately entered the Port of Aden and evacuated the first wave of 349 Indians on 31 Mar 15 and transported them to Djibouti.During the evacuation operations at Aden, the ship reported bombing and gunfire and a general disorder, pandemonium and unrest. At Djibouti, the evacuated Indians were met by Gen (Retd) VK Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs, before they were airlifted to India by the Indian Air Force.
After the first group of evacuees was disembarked at Djibouti without losing any time, INS Sumitra after a quick operational turn around dispatched for the Port of Hodeidah on 02 Apr 15, from where the ship evacuated another 317 people (mostly Indian nationals) amidst similar unsecure conditions with bombing in the distance. This second wave was transported to Djibouti on 03 Apr 15.
In the meanwhile, two major warships i.e. guided-missile destroyer INS Mumbai and the guided-missile frigate INS Tarkash were sailed from Mumbai to Yemen on evening of 30 Mar 15. Two Indian passenger ships, MV Kavaratti and MV Coral, which normally ply between Kochi and the Lakshadweep Islands, were also sailed out from Kochi towards Yemen. IN Ships Mumbai and Tarkash were tasked to escort these passenger ships till Djibouti as the waters of the Gulf of Aden have been piracy-infested since 2008.
As the days progressed, the Port ofAden was engulfed in shelling and firing and permission for entry of ships was not accorded by the local authorities as fighting raged in the port city. As more than 300 Indians were known to be awaiting evacuation from Aden, INSMumbai was relieved of escort duties and was dispatched to reach off Aden,where she arrived in the wee hours of 04 Apr 15, while INS Tarkash continued to escort the passenger ships, which reached Djibouti on 05 Apr 15afternoon. In a well coordinated operation, 441 people, including foreign nationals, women, elderly persons and children were evacuated using boats from the Port of Aden to INS Mumbai, which was just outside the port and were evacuated to safety in Djibouti by the morning of 05 Apr 15.
After all ships were in area the evacuation cycle continued with close cooperation between various government agencies participating in the area and the three ships. As very few countries were participating in evacuation, requests poured in from the international community to evacuate their citizens from the war zone also. Keeping safety of life as paramount requirement, these ships, provided assistance to many foreign nationals in escaping to safety. In all these ship undertook a total of nine missions to various ports to evacuate over 3,000persons form war torn Yemen. This included nearly 1,300 people from over 30 foreign countries. A table depicting details of evacuations undertaken is as follows:-
DATE
EVACUATION
PORT
SHIP
AT DJIBOUTI
NO OF PERSONS
INDIA
OTHERS
TOTAL
31 MAR
ADEN
SUMITRA
01 APR
349
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349
02 APR
AL HODEIDAH
SUMITRA
03 APR
306
11
317
04 APR
ADEN
MUMBAI
04 APR
265
176
441
05 APR
ASH SHIHR
SUMITRA
05 APR
182
21
203
06 APR
AL HODEIDAH
MUMBAI
06 APR
463
11
474
07 APR
AL HODEIDAH
TARKASH
08 APR
54
20
74
09 APR
AL HODEIDAH
SUMITRA
10 APR
46
303
349
10 APR
ADEN
TARKASH
11 APR
42
422
464
15 APR
AL HODEIDAH
SUMITRA
16 APR
76
327
403



TOTAL
1783
1291
3074

With most Indian already evacuated,Indian Naval Ships Mumbai and Tarkash left Djibouti for Indian coast on PM 12April 2015, while INS Sumitra continued to remain in the area for the final evacuation mission conducted on 15 Apr 15 and for expeditious response to any contingency. INS Sumitra will also resume her Anti Piracy patrol duties and will thus be available in the area for quick response to any untoward development. INS Mumbai reached Mumbai Harbour on 16Apr 15 and INS Tarkash escorted the two MVs Kavaratti and Coral out of piracy ridden Gulf of Aden and returned Mumbai harbour on 18 Apr 15. The two MVs with evacuees on them entered Cochin on PM 18 April 15.
The operation was executed under the operational control of the Western Naval Command, headquartered at Mumbai under the directives and monitoring at Integrated Headquarters (Ministry of Defence) Navy. In an unprecedented show of synergy, the MEA and MoD (Inidan Navy and Indian Air Force) worked in absolute synchronisation and real-time information was exchanged with the ships on thescene through satellite communications.

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Achievement Booklet and Pocket Book of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Released

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has said that inter-linking of rivers will help to develop inland water ways in the country. Releasing the Achievement Booklet and Pocket Book of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation here today the Minister said an overwhelming majority of people are in favour of inter-linking of rivers in the country. Referring to the clean Ganga Mission the Minister said more than half of the population of the country is dependent on Ganga for its livelihood and if we are able to clean this river it will give a tremendous boost to our economy. She said every section of the society has to be involved in this gigantic task. Sushri Bharti said Government can clean Ganga once but it will be the responsibility of the people to keep it clean in the years to come.

Earlier Secretary of the Ministry, Shri AK Bishnoi gave an over view of the various initiatives of the Ministry under taken during the last one year. He said constitution of Godavari and Krishna river management boards, constitution of special committee on inter-linking of rivers, flood forecasting of central water commission and launch of 5th census of minor irrigation projects in the country were some of the significant initiatives of his Ministry during the last one year.

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Uma Bharti Calls for Close Coordination with ULBs Nirmal Ganga Sahbhagita Initiative Launched

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has called for close coordination with Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to achieve the goal of clean Ganga. Launching the Nirmal Ganga Sahbhagita, a sustainable initiative with ULBs situated on the banks of the river Ganga here today she said that economic and cultural significance of Ganga is no less than its religious significance. The Minister said millions of our countrymen have a tremendous devotion towards this sacred river and we have to convert this devotion into a big public movement. Sushri Bharti said ULBs have a major role to play in this regard as they are directly communicating with the people at the grass root level. She said if necessary, a separate act will be considered for clean Ganga mission. The Minister said clean Ganga mission should be an example for the whole world and we should be able to invite foreigners to see our clean Ganga. She said this task is very arduous and complex but not impossible to achieve.

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), an autonomous society under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has launched ‘Nirmal Ganga Sahbhagita’ for initiating a sustainable partnership with 118 Urban Local Bodies located along the River for a Clean Ganga. Main objectives of the‘Nirmal Ganga Sahbhagita’ is to provide required assistance by the Centre to Urban Local Bodies for following activities:

•             Formation of Ganga Project Implementation Units (PIU) in various towns to enable implementation of the ‘Clean Ganga’ Programme at the town level

•             Systematic Solid Waste Management near Ghats and confluence of Nalas into the River

•             Maintaining the 500 mt. area along River Ganga and connecting drains as a ‘litter-free zone’

•             Providing livelihood opportunities for unemployed youth to monitor the litter free zone and the health of the river

•             Public Outreach Activities

For this purpose, NMCG will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with each ULB and work with them to achieve the cherished objective of a Clean Ganga.

Chairperson/Municipal Commissioner/Executive Officer of 78 ULBs from the States of Uttrakhand, UP, Bihar and Jharkhand attended the day long dialogue. It may be recalled that only last month NMCG had directed these ULBs through a public notice to furnish the action plans for construction / rehabilitation and / or upgradation of the sewage treatment plants (STPs), installation of requisite equipment / augmentation of the STPs by such municipalities / urban local bodies and Effluent Treatment Plants / Common Effluent Treatment Plant (ETPs / CETPs ), zero liquid discharge / real time monitoring for the discharge of trade effluents for abatement of pollution by the industries, as the case may be within 15 days.

Untreated municipal sewage account for the bulk (over 75 percent) of pollution in Ganga, mostly generated by the larger cities. Currently, the responsibility for provision of adequate sanitation and waste management services overlap considerably across the State Governments and the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). Ownership and commitment of local agencies, supported by an incentive to recover Operations and Maintenance (O&M) costs, is required to progressively build technical and management capacity for effective implementation of Clean-up Programme of River Ganga.


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