Current Affairs – September, 2019

Latest Current Affairs September, 2019 with Current Affairs, news summary on current events of National and International importance of September, 2019 for UPSC Civil Services, Banking, SSC, CLAT, State PCS, IBPS, Railways and other Competitive Examinations.

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurates Delhi-Meerut PKG-3

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Delhi-Meerut Package-3 connecting Dasna in Ghaziabad to Hapur. It is the most awaited third package of Delhi Meerut expressway.

About Delhi-Meerut Package-3

It is a 22 kilometre-long stretch built with a cost of Rs.1989 crore. The ambitious project boasts several underpasses and construction of a major bridge across upper Ganga canal.

The project will help in decongesting National Capital Region (NCR) and will bring significant reduction in pollution level. It will also lead to reduction in travel time by more than an hour.

The Package 3 has-

  • A 6 lane section with 2 plus 2 lane service road on either sides
  • An important 4.68 long 6 lane elevated cooridor at Pilkhuwa.

This 4.68-km long 6-lane elevated corridor at Pilkhuwa has been conferred Gold Medal for innovation in construction technology. Also, Pilkhuwa Viaduct has also been awarded as outstanding concrete structure of western UP.

The Delhi-Meerut Expressway project

It is 82 kilometre-long Delhi-Meerut Expressway that connects Delhi with Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh.

It is being implemented in four packages-

  1. 7 kilometre-long expressway from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to UP Gate which was already completed in June 2018 under Phase-I
  2. 28 km long 6-lane expressway/ 8-lane NH 24 from Ghazipur border to Dasna in UP (which is 60% complete)
  3. 23 km long 6-lane NH 24 with 2+2 lane service roads on either sides from Dasna to Hapur in UP (which is inaugurated)
  4. 78 kilometre-long greenfield six-lane expressway from Hapur to Meerut, under Phase-IV which is expected to be completed by end of 2019.

Justice Rajendra Menon recommended as next Chairman of Armed Forces Tribunal

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has recommended former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajendra Menon as the next chairman of Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT). The other members of bench included Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer.

Key Highlights

If the appointment of Justice Rajendra Menon is approved by Centre, he will assume the charge once the incumbent Chairman of Armed Forces Tribunal, Justice Virender Singh retires on 6 October 2019.

Attorney General KK Venugopal informed the court that the file of Justice Menon was under consideration of Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister.

About Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT)

It is a military tribunal in India that was established under the Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007. The Act gives the AFT power for adjudication/trial of disputes and complaints with respect to enrolments, appointments, commission, and conditions of service in respect of persons subject to Army Act (1950), The Navy Act (1957) and Air Force Act (1950).

The AFT has the Principal Bench in New Delhi. It has Regional Benches at Lucknow, Chennai, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Guwahati, Kochi, Mumbai and Kolkatta. Except Chandigarh and Lucknow Regional Benches, which have 3 benches each, all other locations have a single bench. Each AFT Bench comprises of a Judicial Member and an Administrative Member.

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