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No paper files, all case records on laptops — Supreme Court holds first paperless proceedings

The proceedings were held by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Ajay Rastogi. By Wednesday, court masters may go paperless too.
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People who call each other Modi bhakt or urban Naxal are equally intolerant: Justice Kaul

SC Justice S.K. Kaul says criticism of a judgment is not a problem, but 'imputations' are damaging the institution, also calls out ‘misinformation pandemic’.
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Judge vacancies high, but Modi govt returns dozen names to SC collegium for ‘reconsideration’

The recommendations sent back pertain to judicial appointments to eight high courts, including those of Allahabad, Jammu & Kashmir, and Punjab & Haryana.
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Indian courts will have to prepare for a different kind of a Covid crisis

The massive disruption in trade and commerce will flood the already burdened courts with various Covid-19 induced cases. Is Indian judiciary ready?
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Start-ups and AI can rescue choked Indian courts

Reform to reduce the burden on Indian courts has been long overdue. The coronavirus pandemic has merely exacerbated the urgency to use technology.
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde

Modi govt drafting bill to launch IAS, IPS-like judicial service for judges

The idea of a judicial service is expected to help tackle vacancies. However, with the exception of SA Bobde, successive CJIs & many states have opposed the idea. 
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Overburdened Supreme Court can use Covid lockdown period to change Indian judiciary for good

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity for Supreme Court to reassess how it plans to go about its functioning once this health crisis goes away.
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Corona is a wake up call for Indian courts. They aren’t equipped to function in a crisis

Just like Supreme Court, many high courts in India have said they will only take up urgent matters for hearing. What encompasses as urgent is not clear.

Indian courts, stop believing everything Modi govt counsels tell you. Trust citizens first

Harsh Mander’s case hearing and the deeply divided debate it sparked shows the fault lines Indian judiciary has to tread in these politically charged times.
Villagers whose names are missing in the final list of National Register of Citizenship stage a protest in Assam | PTI

Gauhati High Court’s citizenship order is flawed because it ignores Indian reality

While putting onus on people to prove their citizenship, Indian courts have failed to establish some kind of standard for how one can discharge such a burden.

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China’s on India’s side in Pangong, Hot Springs. ‘Difference in perception’ line suits it

China has, over the years, specialised in salami slicing. In Sept 2017, then Army chief Bipin Rawat had cautioned that China was silently taking over territory.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

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File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

India, China army commanders to meet tomorrow. These are the issues 14 Corps chief will raise

14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh is scheduled to meet China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District chief at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point Saturday.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.