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Justice Sikri appointed as Singapore International Commercial Court Judge

Justice A K Sikri, former Supreme Court judge has been appointed as an International Judge of Singapore International Commercial Court.

Key Highlights

President of Republic of Singapore, on advice of Prime Minister of Singapore, has made appointment of Justice Sikri starting from 1 August 2019. He is appointed until 4 Jan 2021.

About Justice A K Sikri

He retired from Supreme Court of India on 6 March 2019.

He was nominated in January 2018 for appointment to Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT) at London in United Kingdom (UK). But, following the controversy arising out of coincidence of his nomination with his participation in committee meeting which recommended removal of Alok Verma as Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI) Director, he later chose to withdraw his consent for CSAT appointment.

On 14 May 2019 he was appointed as Chairman of News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA).

About Singapore International Commercial Court

SICC was officially launched on 5 January 2015. It was establishment in line with vision to promote Singapore as a leading dispute resolution hub.

It is established as part of Supreme Court of Singapore, and is a division of Singapore High Court.

It deals with international commercial disputes and has 16 international judges in its panel.

Alan Turing: WW-II Code-breaker to appear on U.K.’s new £50 bank note

Alan Turing, the code-breaker during World War II has been chosen by Bank of England to feature on Britain’s new £50 note. The £50 note will be the last of Bank of England collection to switch from paper to polymer and is due to enter circulation by end of 2021. It shows a photo of Alan Turing taken in 1951.

This prestigious announcement comes decades after his tragic death following a conviction for homosexuality.

About Alan Turing

He is known for his code-cracking work that proved vital to Allies in World War II.

He played a pivotal role in development of early computers. He was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on today’s world.

He is also referred as Father of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for his far ranging and path-breaking contributions in field.

His career was cut short by his conviction in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man. Although he did not go to prison but was chemically castrated and died aged 41 due to cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide in 1954.

Royal Pardon: In 2013 he received a posthumous pardon from Queen Elizabeth II.

Later in 2017, the Alan Turing Law posthumously pardoned men who had been cautioned or convicted under historical legislation that outlawed homosexual acts in Britain.