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Justice NV Ramana: Recommended For Next CJI

  • Ahead of his retirement on April 23, Chief Justice of India SA Bobde has recommended the name of Justice NV Ramana -- the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court -- as his successor.
  • The CJI has sent a letter recommending Justice Ramana to be appointed as the 48th CJI to Law Ministry.
  • Justice NV Ramana will take over as the next CJI on April 24, 2021, and will retire on August 26, 2022.

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ECI Revises ‘Rule’ For Polling Agents

  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) has revised its rules for polling agents, allowing a party to nominate a polling agent for any booth within the assembly segment where the person is an electorate.
  • Earlier, a polling agent had to be a voter of the booth where he was to be a polling agent.
  • ‘This norm will help the political parties to appoint one polling agent to each booth.
  • It will help any political party to appoint a polling agent amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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India Abstains From UNHRC Resolution On Sri Lanka

  • India on 23 March 2021 abstained from a crucial vote on Sri Lanka’s rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
  • The resolution on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ was, however, adopted after 22 states of the 47-member Council voted in its favour.
  • 14 countries, including India, Japan and Nepal abstained from voting, while 11 countries, including China, Pakistan, Russia and Bangladesh, that voted against the resolution.

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China, Russia Propose New Security Dialogue Platform

  • China and Russia have proposed setting up a new “regional security dialogue platform” to address security concerns of countries in the region, as their Foreign Ministers hit out at the United States for “forming small circles to seek bloc confrontation”.
  • The proposal came following a meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in the southern Chinese city of Guilin, and days after the March 19 U.S.-China summit in Alaska and the March 12 leaders’ summit of the Quad (India, Australia, Japan and the U.S.), grouping that both Beijing and Moscow have viewed warily.