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In the top news today, the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud Tuesday reiterated for the third time its decision to appoint advocate Nagendra Ramachandra Naik as a judge of the Karnataka High Court. It also recommended eight other names for appointment as judges of five High Courts. Along with Naik’s recommendation, the Government had on November 28 last year returned 19 names recommended by the Collegium. Conventionally, the Government is bound to accept the Collegium’s recommendation if the decision has been reiterated. Naik was first recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium on October 3, 2019. The Collegium reiterated its decision on two occasions: March 2, 2021, and September 1, 2021.
Protests erupted in Joshimath on Tuesday as the administration began preparing for the demolition of two hotels which are among the worst hit by the land subsidence in the city. While the residents, including the owners of the two hotels, demanded compensation as per the rates listed under the Badrinath Dham redevelopment masterplan, a district administration official said they have only been directed to demolish the two hotels, and no official discussions have been held on a compensation plan. According to the latest data available from the Chamoli district administration, cracks have been reported in 723 houses, while 86 houses have been identified as unsafe so far in the region.
As the students are preparing themselves for graduation and placement season, Indian Institutes of Technology(IITs) see a significant drop in the placement offers coming from America-based tech giants such as Amazon, Meta, Twitter, and Google in the 2022-23 placement season. This shift must be seen in the backdrop of global layoffs and experts say that companies that recruited more during the Covid-19 pandemic to meet the growing demand arising out of online engagement are forced to cut costs with the world going back to normal again. Out of the 45 international offers recorded in IIT-Kharagpur so far, there were only three offers from US-based companies.
As Delhi is shivering in the cold wave which has enveloped north India, the temperature drops and high pollution levels are causing a spike in the cases of respiratory illness in hospitals across the city. Doctors say this is a usual occurrence every winter but symptoms are persistent in patients for a longer period this year. Doctors say that dry air during winter can irritate the airways of people with lung diseases and cause wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
In other political news, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said the new-found aggression among Hindus in India and elsewhere is due to the Hindu society has been at war for over 1,000 years and finally awakened with the Sangh’s support. In an interview with the RSS-affiliated magazines, Organiser and Panchjanya, Bhagwat claimed that the Hindu society is in the midst of yet another war and said to defend Hindu society, Hindu dharma, and Hindu culture. Bhagwat said Muslims have nothing to fear in India but they must abandon their claim of supremacy. He said Hindustan should remain Hindustan and there is no harm to Muslims living today in Bharat.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has got a song commissioned to honour its party president Mayawati for her birthday on January 15. Sung by renowned singer Kailash Kher, the song says Indians consider the BSP chief to be a goddess. It was distributed to all the local BSP units on Tuesday and will be played at party events organised to celebrate Mayawati’s birthday. The song says nothing is impossible for Mayawati and goes on to claim that she can even bring the moon and stars to earth if she sets her heart on doing it. It hails Mayawati as the saviour of all of society and the protector of all religions.
In world news, Australian Cardinal George Pell who was accused of sexual abuse allegations in 2020 died on Tuesday. He died from heart complications following his hip surgery, the Archbishop of Melbourne reported. Pell was acquitted in 2020 after 13 months in prison for sexually assaulting two choir boys in the 1990s. This was one of Australia’s most divisive cases and some media organisations even breached a court suppression order barring coverage of the trial. Pell was a revered figure in the two decades that he dominated the Australian Catholic hierarchy before the allegations and even after the ruling he had several meetings with Pope Francis in the Vatican and was a close friend of Pope Benedict.
Shifting focus to Brazil, the country’s judicial authorities have ordered the arrest of top public officials after supporters of ex-President Jair Bolsonaro stormed Congress, the presidential palace, and the Supreme Court in Brazil. The rioting comes a week after President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, widely known as Lula, was sworn in. Almost 1500 people were arrested and bought to the police academy while 600 were taken to other faculties. Lula has accused security forces of neglecting their duty in not putting a stop to the terrorist acts in Brasília. Bolsanaro, the former President, has expressed intent to return to the country after he was flown to the US before the handover for medical treatment.
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