In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court has held that the
office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) is a public authority under the
Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The court, however, said that judicial independence has to
be kept in mind while disclosing information in public interest.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of
India, Ranjan Gogoi yesterday dismissed the appeal filed by the Central
Public Information Officer and the Secretary-General of the apex court
against the Delhi High Court's 2010 judgement.
Writing the judgement on behalf of the CJI, Justice Deepak
Gupta and himself, Justice Sanjiv Khanna referred to several decisions and
viewpoints to highlight the contentious nature of the issue of transparency,
accountability and judicial independence.
He said it is necessary that the question of judicial
independence is accounted for in the balancing exercise.
The judgement, which has been concurred by Justices N V
Ramana and D Y Chandrachud in separate verdicts, said that in some cases,
judicial independence may demand openness and transparency by furnishing the
information and in some cases, disclosure may not be needed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon business
leaders from the BRICS nations to invest in India, particularly in
Mr Modi said, India is the world's most open and
investment-friendly economy due to political stability, predictable policy
and business-friendly reforms.
Mr Modi was addressing the closing ceremony of the BRICS
Business Forum in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, last night. Mr Modi said,
the BRICS has led to economic development despite the global economic
Prime Minister said, BRICS accounts for 50 per cent of the
world's economic growth. Mr Modi called upon BRICS business leaders to
exploit the opportunities among member countries.
The meeting of working groups of BRICS Business Council
concluded on the first day of BRICS 2019. In this meeting, leaders of
working groups have agreed on 30 important proposals related to different
Out of which, 10 proposals have been placed on priority and
all these proposals will be submitted to BRICS leaders tomorrow.
Secretary-General of FICCI Dilip Chinoy told AIR that working groups have
come up with the proposals to remove regulatory difficulties in bilateral
trade, normalise phytosanitary measures for agriculture exports and to
increase mutual cooperation in digital literacy.
To ensure better price to the farmers of newly created union
territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on
Tuesday said the government will seek help of NABARD in procuring farm
produce like saffron, peaches and walnuts from them.
Also, she said, the government wants to promote solar energy
generation in the union territory (UT) of Ladakh, which is also carved out
of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The government has recently procured apples from the farmers
of UT of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) through National Agricultural Cooperative
Marketing Federation of India (NAFED
NABARD will speak to farmers of Jammu and Kashmir and
understand their issues, he said, adding that efforts will be made to
provide help farmers of saffron, peaches and walnuts.
"NABARD can focus on marketing of local nutrients in the
coastal areas. It can work with the farmer producer organisations (FPOs) and
self help groups (SHGs) in these areas to help increase nutritional input of
the area, which could be well received in the wellness industry,"finance
Pointing out that the government has taken various measures
to promote financial inclusion and insuring un-insured and funding the
un-funded, additional secretary in the finance ministry Debasish Panda said
the effort is to ensure that the banking services are available within 5 km
of every villages in the country.
Iran has discovered a new oil field in the country's south
with over 50 billion barrels of crude, its president said Sunday, a find
that could boost the country's proven reserves by a third as it struggles to
sell energy abroad over U.S. sanctions.
The announcement by Hassan Rouhani comes as Iran faces
crushing American sanctions after the U.S. pulled out of its nuclear deal
with world powers last year.
Rouhani made the announcement in a speech in the desert city
of Yazd. He said the field was located in Iran's southern Khuzestan
province, home to its crucial oil industry.
Iran currently has the world's fourth-largest proven
deposits of crude oil and the world's second-largest deposits of natural
gas. It shares a massive offshore field in the Persian Gulf with Qatar.
The new oil field could become Iran's second-largest field
after one containing 65 billion barrels in Ahvaz. The field is 2,400 square
kilometers (925 square miles), with the deposit some 80 meters (260 feet)
deep, Rouhani said.
Any company or government that buys Iran's oil faces harsh
U.S. sanctions, the threat of which also stopped billions of dollars in
business deals and sharply depreciated Iran's currency, the rial.