4th October 2019 Daily Current Affairs:
Seven high court het new chief justice:
- The centre has appointed seven Chief Justices to seven High Courts.
- Justice Ajay Lamba of Allahabad High Court has been appointed as Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court.
- Justice Inderjit Mahanti of Bombay High Court has become Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court.
- Justice Indrajit Mahanty of Bombay High Court has become chief justice of Rajasthan High Court.
- Justice A Mani Kumar of Kerala High Court has been appointed as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court.
- Madhya Pradesh’s Justice Ravi Shanker Jha has appointed as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
- Apart from that, Justice Bishwanath Somadar of Calcutta High Court and Justice Vivek Agarwal of Telangana High Court have been sent to Allahabad High Court and Justice PV Sanjay Kumar of Madhya Pradesh High Court to Punjab and Haryana High Court.
No curbs thrust on Kashmiris: Centre
- Fifty-six days into a lockdown that began on August 5 in Jammu and Kashmir, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta claimed in the Supreme Court that “no restrictions” had been thrust on the Kashmiris and “100% landlines are working”.
- At one point when one of the judges on the Bench, Justice B.R. Gavai, asked Mr. Mehta about the state of mobile phone connectivity in the State, the top law officer indicated that mobile phones were a relatively recent phenomenon in Jammu and Kashmir.
- “Mobile lines were there in the rest of the country from 1995, but it started in J&K only in 2005… If mobiles start, WhatsApp messages will come from across the border,” Mr. Mehta replied.
- Senior advocate Meenakshi Arora submitted that “people who come from far-flung districts of Jammu and Kashmir are not able to access medical care in Srinagar… Health schemes, including the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, is linked to the Internet.”
- In an affidavit, the J&K government justified the ‘temporary restrictions’ and claimed they had prevented loss of life.
- In a separate affidavit, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs fully endorsed the J&K affidavit and said the Centre is “committed to making every endeavour to ensure that the region returns to a state of normalcy as expeditiously as possible, consistent with the requirements of national security and maintenance of peace and order.”
- On September 30, another three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi suddenly decided to shift the petitions to this “Kashmir Bench.”
- The CJI cited paucity of time due to the marathon Ayodhya appeals hearings.
Prime Minister declares country open defecation-free
- On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the country open defecation-free, claiming success for the government’s initiative under which every household now apparently has access to a toilet.
- The Prime Minister pressed a remote, unveiling the map of India as open defecation-free at the Sabarmati riverfront ground in the presence of more than 20,000 village heads from across the country and also representatives from several countries.
- “Today, rural India has declared itself open defecation-free. This is a great achievement of the Swachh Bharat movement, which has people’s participation,” the Prime Minister said.
- He said his government is committed to making the country free of plastics by 2022, setting an ambitious target.
- “Plastic is a major threat to the environment so we have to achieve the goal to eradicate ‘single-use plastic’ by 2022.”
One Year of Ayushman Bharat:
- Arogya Manthan event was organised by the National Health Authority, to mark the completion of one year of Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY.
- The purpose of the event is to provide a platform to meet for all the important stakeholders of PM-JAY to meet and discuss the challenges faced in the implementation of the scheme in the past year and to forge new understanding and pathways to improving implementation.
- The world’s largest health insurance/ assurance scheme fully financed by the government.
- It provides cover of 5 lakhs per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization across public and private empaneled hospitals in India.
- Coverage: Over 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable entitled families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) are eligible for these benefits.
- Provides cashless access to health care services for the beneficiary at the point of service.
- Launched as recommended by the National Health Policy 2017, to achieve the vision of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
- This initiative has been designed on the lines as to meet SDG and its underlining commitment, which is “leave no one behind”.
- Aim: to undertake path breaking interventions to holistically address health (covering prevention, promotion and ambulatory care), at primary, secondary and tertiary level.
- Includes the on-going centrally sponsored schemes – Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS) and Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY).