January 9, 2016 3:20:10 am
Chief Justice of India T S Thakur on Friday issued a caution against the lawyers’ deteriorating value. At a function where he was felicitated by the Bar Council of India, the CJI said the profession has a crowd of people who passed with third division or could not get through elsewhere. “In the marriage market, they say your son is IAS officer, ok yes, IFS, IPS and so on but when you say lawyer, they say no no… In the marriage market also the lawyer has no value,” said CJI Thakur, adding that lawyers need to raise the bar to improve the marital prospects.
WEST BENGAL Urdu Academy will be participating in the New Delhi World Book Fair, which begins from Saturday, and the star of the show, of course, will be Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Tamanna, Mamata’s urdu poetry collection, along with her other Bengali books, cassettes and CDs will be available. Her second urdu poetry book, Roshni, is likely to be launched at the book fair.
Keeping An Eye
PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi has been taking a keen interest in education lately. Last year, he chaired two meetings with HRD Ministry officials to bounce off ideas on school and higher education. His office has been consistently in touch with the ministry to track action taken on issues raised by him. On Friday, the PM made yet another intervention on education, but, this time, it was on a public platform. Modi tweeted in favour of offering technical education (engineering, MBA) in regional languages. He said this while referring to a suggestion received on “youth-led development” in the context of celebrating National Youth Day.
THE CENTRE Friday asked for six more weeks to fill the vacant posts of Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission although the posts have been vacant for almost a year. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi argued it is not an easy task to scrutinise hundreds of applications and make the selection. This submission made Justice J S Khehar quip: “You have to appoint the Information Commissioners and you are having so much trouble. Now you can understand how much difficult it is for us to appoint judges.” Notably, it was Justice Khehar’s bench that quashed the NJAC, which was unsuccessfully defended by the Attorney General.
DAYS AFTER the I&B Ministry set up a committee under eminent filmmaker Shyam Benegal to suggest measures to revamp the Central Board of Film Certification, Union Minister Arun Jaitley and his deputy Rajyavardhan Rathore will hold their first interaction with this panel in Mumbai on Saturday. While Jaitley’s visit to Mumbai was essentially to hold pre-budget consultations with various stakeholders, he decided to have a meeting with this newly constituted committee, given the importance the government is said to be attaching to streamlining the CBFC’s affairs, and asked Rathore to join him.
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