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Justice Banumathi: Frist woman to become Supreme Court judge from TN

Justice R Banumathi has become the first woman judge from Tamil Nadu to be elevated to the Supreme Court.

Justice Banumathi is only the 6th woman judge of the SC since India’s Independence. Now, the 30-judge SC will now have two woman judges. The other is Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai. The sanctioned strength of the apex court is 31. Justice Banumathi is the one who ordered ban on jallikkattu and bull taming game in rural Tamil Nadu. The judgment paved the way for formulating guidelines to regulate the traditional sport in the state.

The other women judges of the court were Justice M Fathima Beevi (Kerala) who was the first woman SC judge, Justice Sujata V Manohar (Maharashtra), Justice Ruma Pal (West Bengal) and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra (Bihar).   

Kerala temples observe Ramayana month

Karkkidakam, the last month of the Malayalam Calendar is observed as Ramayana month. Temples in Kerala started observing Ramayana month on July 17, 2014. In Malayalam, the month is called the ‘Ramayana Masam’.

During this month the temples and homes of the state recites Adyatma Ramayana Kilippattu written by Thunjath Ezhuthachan for the 31 days. Ezhuthachan is regarded as the father of Malayalam literature. The recital of epic Ramayana begins on the first day of the month and is completed on the last day of the month Karkkidakom, which is on August 16, 2014. Elder members recite the

Ramayana everyday in the evenings after lighting traditional lamp nilavilakku.

Several competitions and cultural activities based on Ramayana are organised across the state in pursuance of the centuries old custom of Ramayana month.

Sachin Tendulkar chosen as Goodwill Ambassador of the 35th National Games

Kerala Government has announced cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as the Goodwill Ambassador for the 35th edition of National Games, slated to be held across seven cities in Kerala early in 2015.

Sachin was chosen as the ambassador during his meeting with Oommen Chandy, the Chief Minister of Kerala. Besides, Mr. Chandy also announced the name of the Kochi franchise team owned by Sachin Tendulkar in the Indian Super League Football Tournament. The team will be called Kerala Blasters Football Club.

Supreme Court allows Tamil Nadu to raise Mullaperiyar height

The Supreme Court has given permission to Tamil Nadu to raise the height of a 116-year-old Mullaperiyar Dam from 136 feet to 142 feet quashing the objections raised by Kerala which opposed the move citing safety concerns of the dam and nearby areas.

The decision marks second consecutive defeat for Kerala as on February 27, 2006 the court permitted Tamil Nadu to raise the dam height and carry out necessary repairs setting aside Kerala’s objections on safety. A month after the judgment, Kerala passed a law — Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservation (Amendment) Act 2006 fixing the full reservoir level of dam at 136 feet.

Tamil Nadu challenged the constitutional validity of this law that has now been declared null and void by the apex court. The court was fully satisfied that the dam was safe after an Expert Committee submitted its report assuring safety of dam from all aspects — hydrological, structural and seismic safety. Besides, it observed no change in circumstances since its earlier order of 2006. However, the court’s judgment would facilitate TN to divert more water for its agricultural purposes.

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