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Courts need infrastructure, automation and aesthetics: CJ

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Jammu Dec 2: Chief Justice, Jammu and Kashmir High Court Justice Gita Mittal Sunday called for professional management of judicial institutions with regard to infrastructure, automation and aesthetics, saying the personnel deployed for the purpose have to be well equipped with necessary training on periodical basis.

She said the training should focus on generating adequate know how to the Court Managers so that they understand the domain of courts and formulate responses accordingly.

“Court Managers have a crucial role to ensure congenial atmosphere in courts and an environment where in judicial officers are able to concentrate on work for dispensing justice,” Justice Mittal said at the valedictory function of two-day Regional Conference on Enhancing Excellence in Judicial Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities here this afternoon.

 

The Chief Justice said that a mechanism will have to be evolved to examine the need for Court Managers for the subordinate judicial institutions as well to ensure appropriate environment for both the judicial officers and the litigant public. She said healthy and conducive environment is imperative for improving the work culture.

“At the same time the Court Managers should focus on aesthetics like landscaping and provision of basic amenities especially health and hygiene”, she said adding that neat and clean environs leave a positive impact on the working. She also stressed the need for sensitizing the community on healthy environment and generating awareness in this regard.

The Chief Justice also emphasized the need for pro-active interaction between higher and subordinate judiciary and said the District Courts have onerous responsibility on this count.

Justice Mittal said judicial officers were natural leaders to discuss and debate various issues unlike other departments which are not empowered to take decisions. Therefore, she said, the judges should see beyond the courts and explore wider horizons. She said judicial officers have to be role models with high degree of intellect, honesty and integrity. She laid stress on adopting positive attitude for dispensing justice. She urged the young judicial officers to take some time out of their busy schedule and concentrate on meditation, which is important for mental and intellectual growth.

“A happy and healthy judge can deliver healthy judgments”, she opined.

Justice G Raghuram, Director National Judicial Academy, while elaborating on several challenges and numerous demands in the world of Judiciary, emphasized continuous promotion of quality legal education and appropriate funding for ensuring a good working environment to the Judicial Officers and staff.

“ICT has to be integral part of Judicial system to extend prompt and unprejudiced justice to the litigants”, he maintained.

Expressing optimism that this regional conference would certainly add to the skills and knowledge of the participating Judges for enhanced deliverance of Justice, Justice Raghuram appreciated the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and State Judicial Academy for their commendable performance despite numerous challenges and odds besides topographical difficulties in the state.

Justice Sunil Ambwani, Former Chief Justice Rajasthan High Court, while addressing the session on Court Management and Information and Communication Technology in Courts, dwelt in detail on E-Committee and E-Courts projects in India besides highlighting broader contours of Court and Case Management.

Justice Ambwani elaborated on several innovative ways to further streamline working of Courts and emphasized the need for a comprehensive and firm policy on equipping these Judicial institutions with technologically advanced infrastructural edifice and manpower. “This is pre-requisite to tackle various issues of infrastructure and management in Courts”, he asserted.   He said that adherence to Customs and Traditions in Courts are as significant as the Court rules. He emphasized the need to regulate the role and functions of Bar Associations which occupies a significant place in the system of justice dispensation.

Justice Rajesh Bindal Judge J&K High Court, while addressing the concluding ceremony of the conference, described disposal of court cases as most significant part of the Judiciary which needs to be expedited for speedy and impartial justice to the litigants. He stressed upon further enhancing court management skills to deal effectively with frivolous litigations besides emphasizing prioritization of litigation disposal on the basis of urgency.

“The improvement in working environment has a direct impact on the quality and quantity of justice dispensation so it must be focused upon at all levels”, Justice Bindal maintained while laying focus on use of all technology and innovations in this regard.

Earlier Justice Rajesh Bindal, through an impressive power point presentation gave an overview of the e-Courts Project. He explained as to how the facility of video conferencing in hearing remand application and trail through VC can prove to be boon in expeditious disposal of cases. Justice Bindal stressed upon the Judicial Officers to make maximum use of ICT while discharging their judicial functions. He further stated that despite topographic difficulties and issues of connectivity, the Courts of the J&K have been able to excel in use of ICT in courts.

On the occasion, Justice Sachdeva also presented an informative Power Point Presentation on ICT in Courts highlighting the need and importance of making optimum use of technological innovations in Courts. He elucidated issues like transformation of Courts through e-systems, technical empowerment of judges, digitization of old records, Metadata, use of electronic devices, improving connectivity in courts etc.

Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Justice Tashi Rabstan and Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta, Judges High Court of Jammu and Kashmir also graced the occasion.  The Conference was attended by Judges of the High Courts of various states including Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Uttrakhand, Allahabad, Dehli, and Punjab and Haryana. Judicial Officers from seven participating states were also present on the occasion.


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Time for talks over, world must act now: PM

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New Delhi, Feb 18: The Pulwama attack which claimed the lives of 49 CRPF men shows that the time to hold talks on “terrorism” is over and there is an urgent need to unite against such elements, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

The Prime Minister, who was holding talks with Argentina President Mauricio Macri, said dithering to take action against militants and their supporters will be like encouraging militancy.

“Brutal attack in Pulwama proves that time for talks have passed. Now the entire world needs to unite against ‘terrorism’ and its supporters and take strong actions,” PM said.

 

President of Argentina Mauricio Macri said, “I would like to convey my condolences to the victims of the cruel attack (Pulwama) perpetrated just a few days ago. We condemn every kind of terrorist attack. I am truly pleased to be able to working together to fight this scourge on mankind.”

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Cross LoC trade, bus service suspended

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Srinagar, Feb 18: The cross-LoC trade between India and Pakistan via Poonch has been suspended in backdrop of the Pulwama suicide attack in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed last Thursday.
“Since the incident, no truck was allowed to cross the Line of control hence affecting the trade,” an official said.
He added that Poonch-Rawalakot cross-LoC bus service too has been suspended till further orders.
President, Cross LoC trade Union, Pawan Anand told The Kashmir Monitor that 60 trucks are stranded at trade centre (Chakan Da Bagh).
“We got orders to suspend the trade,” he said.
Pawan said that at least they have endured more than 4 crore of losses due to the trade suspension.
He added that most of the trucks are loaded with grapes, tomato, banana, tamarind and ser (zeera).
Besides Poonch, the cross-LoC trade also takes place through Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road in Uri.
However, DC Baramulla, Nasir Ahmad Naqash, confirmed that Uri has not received any order for trade suspension yet.

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MBS conferred Nishan-e-Pakistan: Saudi vows to ‘de-escalate’ India-Pakistan tension

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Islamabad, Feb 18: Saudi Arabia vowed to “de-escalate” rising tensions between Pakistan and India during a high-profile summit in Islamabad Monday as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to travel from Islamabad to New Delhi.
The kingdom’s foreign minister spoke at a press conference in Islamabad as Pakistan recalled its envoy from Delhi for “consultations”, the latest development in a fresh diplomatic crisis between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
Delhi has vowed to retaliate after a suicide blast which killed over 40 Indian paramilitaries in Kashmir on Thursday, the deadliest attack in Kashmir in recent decade.
The attack has sparked widespread calls in India for action against Pakistan.
“Our objective is to try to de-escalate tensions between the two countries, neighboring countries, and to see if there is a path forward to resolving those differences peacefully,” said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.
The pledge came as the crown prince, widely known as “MBS”, prepared to head for India later Monday, at the conclusion of his two-day visit to Pakistan.
India is garnering diplomatic support after the attack and has vowed to “isolate” Pakistan diplomatically in the international community, saying it has “incontrovertible evidence” of Islamabad’s role.
Pakistan has rejected the allegations.
Meanwhile, Pakistan President Arif Alvi on Monday conferred the country’s highest civil award — Nishan-e-Pakistan — on Saudi Crown Prince.
Mohammad bin Salman was honoured due to his “outstanding support for reinvigorating Pak-Saudi bilateral relationship”, Dawn reported.
Following the Pakistan president’s speech, the Saudi crown prince, as per Dawn, addressed the audience. “I was honoured to meet the president of Pakistan. I thank you for honouring me with Pakistan’s highest award.
“The brotherly relationship between the kingdom and Pakistan focus on the principle of Islamic solidarity. It is a model to be emulated by other nations. Our [countries’ relationship] go back 67 years that witnessed continuous development that rendered itself beneficial for both countries.
“The founding fathers for both countries established these relations on the principles of truthfulness, common understanding and mutual respect that go back to the first days of the establishment of Pakistan, post-World War 2.
“Our Pakistani brothers participated truthfully and effectively in the great development project that Saudi Arabia witnessed, especially the enlargement project of Masjid-e-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabwi. More than 2 million Pakistanis are working in Saudi Arabia and are contributing to the development of both the countries.
“I wish all the best to the president and the prime minister in the service of this country and its people.”
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Saudi crown prince said his goodbyes to the Pakistan president and members of the federal cabinet before leaving for Nur Khan Airbase. As was the case when he had arrived, Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan personally drove the car carrying the Saudi crown prince.
On Sunday, MBS signed $20 billion in investment deals with cash-strapped Islamabad and vowed to free thousands of Pakistani prisoners in Saudi custody.

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