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Law Ministry came under fire over vacancies in courts in 2016
Business & Finance   Monday, December 26, 2016 IST
 
Law Ministry came under fire over vacancies in courts in 2016

Law Ministry came under fire over vacancies in courts in 2016

As of now, names of 18 retired judges from six HCs for re-appointment are pending with govt 2016 can be summed up as a year when the Law Ministry came under constant fire of outgoing Chief Justice of India TS Thakur for rising vacancies in the higher judiciary even as its efforts to finalise a document to guide appointments in high courts and the Supreme Court failed to get finalised.

On its part, the ministry appointed 126 judges this year, the highest number in the past several years.

On April 24, those present at the inauguration of the Chief Ministers-Chief Justices conference were shocked to see Justice Thakur in tears in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The CJI lamented government's "inaction" in raising the number of judges from 21,000 to 40,000 to handle mounting cases, saying, "you cannot shift the entire burden on the judiciary".

"Nothing moves", an unusually emotional Thakur said, recalling a 1987 Law Commission recommendation to increase the number of judges from then 10 judges per 10 lakh people to 50.

Days after Justice Thakur had quoted the Law Commission recommendation on judge-population ratio, the then Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said the report was not based on scientific data.

At the conference, it was decided that an extraordinary provision of the Constitution would be used to appoint retired high court judges in high courts to help bring down rising pendency of cases.

But days after the Law Ministry approved the minutes of the conference, it told a Parliamentary committee that there is no mechanism in place to deal with complaints against retired judges.

As of now, names of 18 retired judges from six high courts for re-appointment are pending with the government.

Another major point of confrontation was the decision of the government to return the names of 43 candidates for appointment as high court judges to the Supreme Court collegium.

Out of the 43 names, the collegium reiterated the names of 37, deferred three proposals while three other names are still with it.

On November 18, the Supreme Court had informed the government that it had reiterated every one of the 43 names that were sent back by the government to the collegium for reconsideration.

But Minister of State for Law PP Chaudhary told the Lok Sabha in a written reply that the collegium has reiterated its recommendation for 37 candidates only.

The main sticking point between the government and the judiciary remained the finalisation of the memorandum of procedure -- a document which will guide future appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts.

While the Supreme Court collegium rejected the first draft, the second draft sent to it in August is still pending. A decision is now expected after Jagdish Singh Khehar takes over as the CJI on January 4.

The decision of the government to refer the controversial uniform civil code matter to the Law Commission to see whether it can be implemented is another issue which kept the Law Ministry in the limelight.

Amid voices of protest and support, the Law Commission sought views of the public on the common code and triple talaq. Until December 22, it had received over 40,000 responses.



 
 
Hyundai opens global quality centre in india; plans to expand operations
Business & Finance   Monday, December 26, 2016 IST
 
Hyundai opens global quality centre in india; plans to expand operations

Hyundai opens global quality centre in india; plans to expand operations


South Korean auto major Hyundai on Friday opened its international quality centre in India with the associate aim for its operations here to play an even bigger role in new development for domestic and international markets.

Named India Quality Centre  (INQC), the centre is one among the 5 Hyundai quality centres worldwide when the U.S., Europe, China and therefore the geographical area.

Hyundai Motor India  Ltd (HMIL) manager and chief operating officer Y K Koo said: "The creating of India quality centre is our future strategy to benchmark quality product for India and international markets."

The centre has the associate objective to check market conditions in Asian nation and different Asia Pacific regions to develop new cars and adapt methods for continuous product quality improvement, he added.

Koo additional same that the key activity of the Asian nation quality centre would be to "contribute to new automotive development from pilot stage to make the quality product with zero defect".

Besides, the centre will also be responsible for ensuring "top level safety quality" through proactive customer oriented management system and understanding feedback from them to eliminate potential risks, he added.

The India centre, located at Faridabad in Haryana, will also conduct durability study of existing models and benchmark parts and systems for constant improvement, Koo added.

The company also opened a training centre at the same facility. It will have its own body and paint training unit .

The first time that the company has introduced such a feature at its skill training centres.

"The new service training centre will ensure overall skill development of the entire service profile of dealer manpower and we are confident of training more than 15,000 manpower in 2017 through our six training centres across India," Koo said.

HMIL also plans to open two new skill training centres at Guwahati and Ahmedabad by end of the year.

The company has already started tie-ups with ITIs in different states.



 
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