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Afternoon briefing: SC refuses to stay CEC Act; Houthis' stern warning, and all the latest news

Jan 12, 2024 12:58 PM IST

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The Supreme Court declined to stay the implementation of a new law pertaining to the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (ECs). The law, which excludes the Chief Justice of India (CJI) from the selection panel, faced challenges for allegedly violating the separation of powers. The court issued notices to the Union government while refusing an immediate stay, emphasizing that it's a statutory provision. The new law, enacted on December 28, 2023, establishes a search committee chaired by the Union law minister for the selection of CEC and ECs. The court will examine the constitutional validity of the law in April. Dig deeper

The new law marked a major shift from a decision of a Constitution bench in March last year, which directed for inclusion of the CJI in the selection panel until Parliament came up with a new law. (ANI)
The new law marked a major shift from a decision of a Constitution bench in March last year, which directed for inclusion of the CJI in the selection panel until Parliament came up with a new law. (ANI)

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Tensions have escalated between the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Houthi rebels in Yemen following targeted strikes by the American and British militaries. The Houthi deputy foreign minister, Hussein al-Ezzi, warned of dire consequences and a heavy price for the U.S. and UK. In response to strikes on their positions, Houthi members announced retaliatory assaults on U.S. and UK warships in the Red Sea. The U.S. and UK justified their actions, emphasizing the need to safeguard freedom of navigation, trade, and the security of military and civilian vessels. Iran condemned the strikes as a breach of international laws. The conflict has intensified amid the Houthi group's attacks on Israel and commercial vessels in the Red Sea. Dig deeper

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That’s all we have at this hour in our Afternoon briefing. Catch you in the evening

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