Top StoriesSupreme Court To Hear Plea For “One Rank One Pension” In Defence Forces On March 24 Srishti Ojha19 Feb 2021 6:02 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday adjourned to March 24th the plea seeking implementation of the “One Rank One Pension” in Defence Forces.A division Bench of DY Chandrachud & Justice Subhash Reddy was hearing a plea filed by Indian Ex Servicemen Movement averring that despite assurance on floor of Parliament, what is being implemented is “different pensions for same rank depending on when…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday adjourned to March 24th the plea seeking implementation of the “One Rank One Pension” in Defence Forces.A division Bench of DY Chandrachud & Justice Subhash Reddy was hearing a plea filed by Indian Ex Servicemen Movement averring that despite assurance on floor of Parliament, what is being implemented is “different pensions for same rank depending on when the person retired”During the hearing today, Justice DY Chandrachud observed that the Bench of Justices Chandrachud and Subhash Reddy was scheduled to sit only for one day, and therefore the OROP case could not be taken up. The Bench observed that the matter will be taken up on 14th March and the Court will hear arguments from both sides and dispose of the matter.The petitioners through their plea have averred that the Koshiyari Committee on 19th December 2011 had recommended that one rank one pension implies that uniform pension is to be paid to the Armed Forces Personnel who retire on the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension will be automatically passed on to the past pensioners.The plea contended that the Union of India on November 7, 2011 under the guise of implementing OROP, altered the definition of OROP as being uniform payment of pension to retired servicemen retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, regardless of their date of retirement which implies bridging the gap between the rates and pension of current and past pensioners at “periodic intervals”. However this according to the petitioners, goes to the very heart and soul of the OROP & alters it, as the OROP involves enhancement in the rates of pension being passed on to passed pensioners and OPOP is not merely about pension but about “justice, equity, izzat and status”.The plea stipulates that the new definition actually means “one rank different pensions” and would cause great injustice to 24 lakh ex-servicemen, 6.5 lakh war widows & veteran widows.”It is necessary to revise the pensions benefits automatically instead of a periodic revision of 5 years because when next pay commission recommendations will be be applied past pensioners will still be kept 1.5 years behind because of this periodic revision.. it is submitted that therefore the UOI has by implementation of the new definition of OROP completely destroyed the spirit of OROP which was uniform pension to be paid to Armed Forces…” the plea read.Supreme Court had in May 2019, asked the Central Government to seriously consider the concerns raised by retired army personnels about One Rank One Pension.”We are of the considered view that it would be appropriate if the Union government scrutinises the grievances which are placed before the Court in the above note…We would expect the government to seriously consider the grievances and to determine whether and, if so, to what extent, justice can be provided for the satisfaction of all concerned.” the Bench had observed.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Atlanta Police Department(ATLANTA) — An Atlanta community is mourning the death of a recent high school graduate who was killed by a stray bullet while asleep in her bedroom.Jessica Daniels, 18, was at home with her mother and grandfather early Thursday morning when three stray bullets came flying through the wall with one fatally striking the teen in the chest, according to police.“I was downstairs asleep. I heard the shots and I jumped up,” Daniel’s grandfather, Sanders Love, told reporters on the scene. “I heard shots. I’m thinking it’s just outside. Then I hear them in the house.”“And then I heard my daughter in the back scream, ‘Jessica’s been shot,’ and I just lost it. I’d rather for it to be me than my granddaughter,” he added.Investigators arrived to the family’s home in southwest Atlanta at around 5:30 a.m. and found Daniels unresponsive. She was pronounced dead on the scene.“That hurts me so bad and I’m not going to rest until somebody lets me know something,” Love said.Police found at least 18 shell casings from two guns outside of the home, indicating an apparent shootout. There was no evidence to suggest Daniels was the intended target, police said.“Our victim was lying in bed when she was shot a single time and killed on the scene,” Atlanta Police Department Lt. Andrea Webster told reporters Thursday. “We’re not sure if the house was targeted. … We can’t think of any reason why she may have been a target.”Daniels, who graduated from South Atlanta High School in May, was scheduled to attend a job interview later that morning, according to her family.Police are offering up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest. There were no suspects or leads as of Thursday evening.“We believe that the gunfire took place exclusively on the street,” Webster said. “We don’t know who the shooters are. We’re canvassing the area for witnesses and any video cameras that may have captured the incident.”“At this point, we need the public’s assistance … we really need their help,” she added. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
AGELESS WISDOMBy Jim RedwineWhen Jeanne and Nathan Maudlin as representatives of New Harmony, Indiana’s Working Men’s Institute that along with the University of Southern Indiana and the New Harmony Kiwanis Club is helping sponsor this year’s New Harmony Fourth of July celebration asked me to speak, my first thought was to research prior speeches. I am a judge after all and precedent is important to me. Jeanne graciously sent me a copy of the excellent book, New Harmony’s Fourth of July Tradition, by Donald Pitzer and Josephine Elliott.The book includes verbatim Fourth of July speeches given by Robert Owen (1826), William Owen (1827) and Frances (Mad Fanny) Wright (1828). Each talk contains observations and advice that address issues that could have been found on the front pages of today’s newspapers or on T.V. news programs. War and peace, racial problems, women’s rights, religious discrimination and freedom of thought and action are exposited clearly.Independence as declared on July 04, 1776 and our country’s often slow and incremental progress toward accomplishing the ideals encapsulated in our Constitution are referenced or implied in each address. As Frances Wright explained, the genius of our Founders was they gave us a government that we could change if we needed and wanted. Mad Fanny was called mad in 1828 because she called for freedom from religion, freedom for enslaved Negroes, equality for women and liberty from wars of aggression for the United States of America and all other countries. As not so mad Fanny might observe today, America has made substantial progress toward these ideals through incremental, democratic, constitutional change. Of course, we still have work to do.In his address on July 04, 1827 William Owen, Robert’s twenty-five year old son, concentrated on the evils of superstition and bloody wars of aggression as egged on by various religions. And William Owen thanked the heroes of July 04, 1776 for fighting for our liberty and freedom of speech:“Are we prepared to exercise the right, as we enjoy the power, secured to us by the heroesof the revolution, of expressing our thoughts openly and sincerely? Are we willing to runthe risks they encountered? Are we ready like them to meet the prejudices of past times, torisk name and reputation in the cause of truth, – in defense of the honest expression of ouropinions?”William both recognized the sacrifices made by our Founders and cautioned of the repercussions should we fail to follow our own Constitution:“Man had been slowly but gradually freeing himself from that thraldom in which he wasso long enslaved, when our ancestors, on that day, the anniversary of which we thismorning celebrate, by one bold step recovered that state of liberty and independence, whichis the birthright of humanity, and gave a death blow, to the unnatural league betweendespotism and superstition, by the adoption of a Constitution, which forever precludes, solong as adhered to, the recurrence of such an unhappy connection.”Robert Owen, whose vision of humanity and equality was the bedrock of the secular commune of New Harmony, 1825-1828 (c), on July 04, 1826 fearlessly stated his view as to the root cause of the world’s evils:“Religion, or Superstition – for all religions have proved themselves to be Superstitions, –by destroying the judgment, irrationalized all the mental faculties of man, and made himthe most abject slave, through the fear of non-entities created solely by his own disorderedimagination.”Owen was a wealthy industrialist who cared about his workers and their families. He put in place many of the better conditions of employment that eventually were adopted by the United States of America, and other countries. Owen fought for women’s equality, freedom from religion and the avoidance of wars of aggression. And along with numerous other idealists such as his own sons, William Maclure of the Working Men’s Institute fame and Frances Wright, Robert Owen established a legacy that all of us in Posey County should treasure.Gentle Reader, if you wish to help carry on New Harmony’s Fourth of July traditions of celebrating our Independence, the festivities begin the morning of July 04, 2019 at the Atheneum in New Harmony. Peg and I plan to be there and look forward to the reading of the Declaration of Independence by our friend Chuck Minnette as well as a golf cart parade, hot dogs and patriotic music. Hope to see you there. Happy birthday!For more Gavel Gamut articles go to www.jamesmredwine.comOr “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooks&KnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Today, Resonance Music & Arts Festival announced its first headliner for 2018: Brain Damaged Eggmen, the long-inactive side project featuring Brendan Bayliss, Jake Cinninger, and Kris Myers of Umphrey’s McGee and Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits which pays tribute to two iconic rock and roll outfits, Pink Floyd and The Beatles. As noted by Resonance Music Festival in an announcement posted on Facebook, this will be Brain Damaged Eggmen’s sole performance of 2018.The long-running spinoff band’s special performance at Resonance Music & Arts Festival this year will mark Brain Damaged Eggmen’s first performance since 2012, when the band performed at Summer Camp Music Festival, marking a gap of six years. The Umphrey’s McGee/Disco Biscuits tribute to The Beatles and Pink Floyd was particularly active from 2006 to 2008, before more or less dropping off the map, save for rare performances in the years since.“Fearless” & “Tomorrow Never Knows” – Summer Camp Music Festival 2012[Video: SummerCampFest]As explained by Resonance in a Facebook post:First formed in 2006 performing a pool deck closing set aboard Jam Cruise IV, this rare ensemble has only performed a handful of times including The Vic Theater in 2006, Caribbean Holidaze in 2007, and Summer Camp Music Festival in 2012. … The band’s only goal, respectfully and tastefully pay homage to two of their biggest influences; The Beatles and Pink Floyd.Resonance Music Festival will take place from September 20th to 22nd at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio. Thus far, the festival has also announced TAUK (two sets, including a TAUKing Beatles set), Clozee, Bluetech, Frameworks (one live band set and one solo set), Sunsquabi (three nights), Random Rab (two sets), Kung Fu (two sets), Melvin Seals & JGB, Pink Talking Fish (two sets), Thriftworks, Satsang, Freddy Todd, and Cofresi. You can snag tickets for the festival here and get more information about the festival here.
New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is approaching the business end. There is only one week left of the league games and there is a tough fight for the semi-finals. Australia’s victory over England in Lord’s has made them the first team to enter the semi-final. The five-time champions displayed their mettle and will now be aiming to top the group by winning their last two games against New Zealand and South Africa. England’s loss, though, has opened up a massive opportunity for Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and even the West Indies, albeit mathematically. New Zealand and India are in a good position but they will be desperate to avoid a slip-up in their last few league games. With South Africa and Afghanistan being eliminated and with Australia already securing qualification for the semi-final, here is what the remaining teams need to do.New ZealandP – 6, W – 5, L – 0, N/R – 1, Points – 11Position in table: 2ndRemaining games: vs Pakistan (June 26), vs Australia (June 29), vs England (July 3)What they must do:A win in any of their three games will guarantee them a spot in the semi-final. If they beat Pakistan, then they seal the spot in the semi-final. If they lose their remaining games, they will have to hope Sri Lanka do not win two out of three games and that Bangladesh loses one game. They will be hoping Pakistan also does not win more than two games.IndiaP – 5, W – 4, L – 0, N/R – 1, Points – 9Position in table: 3rdRemaining games: vs West Indies (June 27), vs England (June 30), vs Bangladesh (July 2), vs Sri Lanka (July 6)What they must do:Virat Kohli’s side is in top form at the moment and they have played the least number of games. A win in two out of their remaining four games guarantees them a spot in the semi-final. However, if they win only one, then they will have to hope Sri Lanka do not win their remaining games and that Bangladesh does not win their remaining two games. If they lose all their games and England win one, Sri Lanka wins all and Bangladesh win two of their remaining games, Kohli’s side will be eliminated.EnglandP – 7, W – 4, L – 3, N/R – 0, Points – 8Position in table: 4thRemaining games: vs India (June 30), vs New Zealand (July 3)What they must do:England is the most vulnerable of the lot. If they lose their remaining games, they will be eliminated. They must win both games to secure qualification. If they win only one, they must hope Sri Lanka win only one out of their remaining three games and that Bangladesh wins only one game. They must also hope that Pakistan loses one game.BangladeshP – 7, W – 3, L – 3, N/R – 1, Points – 7Position in table: 5thRemaining games: vs India (July 2), vs Pakistan (July 5)What they must do:With England’s loss, Bangladesh has gotten a lifeline but their next opponents are difficult. They must win both their games to seal qualification. However, if they win one game, they will have to hope England lose to both New Zealand and India. They must also hope that Sri Lanka does not win more than one game and that Pakistan loses two out of their remaining three games. If they lose both, they will be eliminated.Sri LankaP – 6, W – 2, L – 2, N/R – 2, Points – 6Position in table: 6thRemaining games: vs South Africa (June 28), vs West Indies (July 1), vs India (July 6)What they must do:Sri Lanka was the team who threw the entire race for the semi-final wide open with a win against England in Leeds. They have to win their remaining games in order to seal a spot in the semi-final. If they win only two games, they must hope England lose their remaining games by a massive margin. If England wins one game, then it boils down to net run-rate. They must pray that Bangladesh does not win their remaining two games and that Pakistan wins only one out of three games. If they win only one game and that England or Bangladesh win a game, they will be eliminated.PakistanP – 6, W- 2, L – 3, N/R- 1, Points – 5 Position in table: 7thRemaining games: vs New Zealand (June 26), vs Afghanistan (June 29), vs Bangladesh (July 5)What they must do:For Pakistan, the equation is simple. They must win their remaining games. If they lose to New Zealand today, they will still not be eliminated. If they win two out of their three games, then they will have to hope England lose their remaining games and that Sri Lanka does not win more than one game. They will be hoping Bangladesh lose both their games. There is a possibility that if Pakistan wins all their games and that Australia, New Zealand lose one and India win all their games, there could be an India vs Pakistan semi-final.West IndiesP – 6, W – 1, L -4, N/R -1, Points – 3Position in table: 8thRemaining games: vs India (June 27), vs Sri Lanka (July 1), vs Afghanistan (July 4)What they must do:West Indies still have a mathematical chance. If they lose to India, they are out. If they win all their games, they must hope England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh loses all their games and that Pakistan does not win more than one game. West Indies have to win all three for such a scenario to arise. Australia is the only team to have sealed a semi-final spot in World Cup 2019.South Africa and Afghanistan are the only teams to be eliminated.England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and West Indies will be vying for the fourth spot. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Step aside, Michigan, and take a seat, Ohio State. There’s a new Fab Five, and they’re for real.During a week that culminated in the rising of a savior for Christians, the Florida Gators started it with a rise to the occasion and secured a second consecutive national championship. Unlike Michigan’s Fab Five — whose star, Chris Webber, blew their chance to establish themselves as not only some of the best talent to breach the hardwood, but also the most successful in terms of titles (he signaled for a timeout when the team’s supply of them had expired) — Florida’s five didn’t blink.In the past two NCAA tournaments, the Gator Fab Five — Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Corey Brewer, Lee Humphrey and Taurean Green — bared their teeth, going 12-0 and winning by at least eight each time. True to form, Florida’s starting group was simply too much for previous winners of 22 straight — Ohio State — in the championship game. They won by nine, 84-75. It was the way Florida won, however, that truly sets them apart. After playing close in the early stages of the game, the Gators’ Five opened a hole in the Buckeyes’ armor, striking them with dagger after dagger. Not once could OSU’s star-studded front five close the gap to less than six. Each time they reared back and gave it their all, and each time All-American freshman Greg Oden threw down ferocious, earth-shaking, two-handed slams or came up with a big-time block, Florida’s bunch had a response. Inside and everywhere in between — on the run, leaning in, off the glass — it was Horford coming up big. If it wasn’t the junior forward, it was Brewer, Humphrey or Green spotting up from the outside and draining pure-released 3s time and time again. In all, the four combined for 61 points and 10-for-18 from downtown. Last year’s star, Noah, didn’t play up to par, battling foul trouble all night and finishing with eight points. Still, he happily swallowed his tough night in exchange for a second championship in as many years, something Michigan’s bunch couldn’t realize at all.Four of the Wolverine’s Fab Five dressed in the NBA. Two of them went on to become quite solid players — Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard. Even one, Webber, reached the brink of superstardom before injuries and attitude brought him down. But that’s just it: Attitude brought him down. Sure, Michigan’s Fab Five had undeniably talented players, but ultimately, selfish play, and of course that dimwitted timeout call, resulted in their demise. Money-grubbing Webber left soon after his costly error to become the 1993 Draft’s lottery pick, and Howard left early the following year. The Fab Five quickly dissolved, preventing something that could have been historic from coming to fruition. Unless guard Jamar Butler can work his magic and retain backcourt mate Mike Conley Jr., and unless Oden does the right thing and sticks around another year to develop into something more prolific than what the world witnessed last Monday night — 25 points, 12 boards and four blocks — OSU’s “Thad Five” will be nothing more than an unpronounced nomenclature. It’s not that Conley Jr. or Oden are selfish should they decide to pursue professional careers. It’s that the real Fab Five players aren’t. That was evident throughout the tournament, and it was evident last Monday. During the press conference following the decision for all four juniors — Noah, Horford, Brewer and Green — to enter the draft, Horford summed up the group’s togetherness with a moving, tearful speech. It was difficult for him to say goodbye, to leave his family.Always willing to make the extra pass, always willing to stick around just long enough to secure another title, always playing above the competition when it mattered most. That’s what Florida’s group stood for.As is typically true, great teams go through periods where they get conceded or lackadaisical — unable to motivate themselves to play inferior competition. Florida was no exception, losing three of four at the end of February.Even throughout its struggles, the Fab Five never played for themselves. They never pointed fingers. And they remarkably never clashed egos. Instead, they shouldered the blame, regrouped and went on to wrap up the season as winners of 10 straight. They played together for three seasons. They won two championships. And at least four of them are headed to the NBA. Although those four juniors are leaving a year early, it’s fitting that they all went out together in one last glorious hurrah. Whether any of Florida’s Fab Five amount to anything in the NBA is not significant. That they all came back and played together one more year when millions were waiting for a few on the table in front of them is.They truly are the embodiment of what you want in a Fab Five. They are the real deal. And they will be remembered.Kevin is a junior double majoring in journalism and economics. If you want to talk all-time great college basketball teams he can be reached at [email protected]