Current Affairs – November, 2013

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National Lok Adalat settles around 35 lakh cases in India: NALSA

The National Lok Adalat held all over the country effectively settled a record 35 lakh cases pending in various courts.

The National Lok Adalats were organised by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee. They were organized in the apex court, all 24 high courts and all the district and sub-district courts of the country. This was the first time that cases were taken up at the same time all over the country for settlement.

The National Lok Adalat, organized simultaneously in the Supreme Court and courts all over the country, resolved over 35 lakh cases related to accident claims, matrimonial disputes, dud cheques and traffic fines, among others, in a single day.

The gigantic exercise was held to settle 39 lakh pending cases relating to motor accident claims, matrimonial disputes, labour disputes, dud cheques, bank recovery cases, civil suits and traffic tickets.

As per Chief Justice P Sathasivam who inaugurated National Lok Adalat, the main object of the adalat was to expedite justice to litigants and make sure that there were no further appeals. He viewed the settlement of disputes through the Lok Adalat as cost-effective, and also providing easy access to justice.

Afghanistan Assembly gives nod to Afghan-US bilateral security agreement

Paving the way for the continuation of some US troops in Afghanistan after 2014, the Loya Jirga, Afghanistan’s Grand Assembly of tribal elders and elite persons on gave nod to the issue of signing the Afghan-US Bilateral Security Agreement. The Afghanistan National Grand Council (Loya Jirga) called on country’s President Hamid Karzai to sign the bilateral security agreement with United States by the end of the year.

What would be the effect of this development?

The resolution passed by the Loya Jirga will render thousands of US troops to remain in Afghanistan once combat operations are over. Earlier, Afghan president Hamid Karzai said that the bilateral security agreement with the US will be signed after presidential elections in 2014. However, as per the US, the delay to agreement was neither practical nor possible. Once the pact is in place, at least 15,000 foreign troops may remain in Afghanistan, which will primarily provide training and mentor to Afghan national security forces.

What is Loya Jirga?

The Afghan constitution of 2003 established a Loya Jirga, consists of both houses of parliament and elected heads of regional administrations, with the power to amend the constitution, impeach the president and decide on matters of national sovereignty.