IAF inaugurates Vijaynagar’s Advance Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh

The Indian Air Force (IAF) inaugurated the resurfaced runway at the Vijaynagar Advance Landing Ground (ALG) in Changlang District in Arunachal Pradesh, which will enable operations by military transport aircraft at the base near the China border. This has also re-established military transport aircraft connectivity at this Eastern most hamlet of India.

The resurfaced runway was jointly inaugurated by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Commander Air Marshal R D Mathur and Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan.

About Vijay Nagar ALG

Background: As part of efforts to strengthen military infrastructure along China border, IAF reactivated 8 ALGs to enable aircraft operations along border with China. The Vijay Nagar ALG was 1st activated in 2011-12 and was non-operational for fixed-wing operations since 2016. However, the runway has been resurfaced under recently completed works there.

The repair of runway at Vijaynagar, was coordinated by Air Force Station, Jorhat. It was a challenging task as there being no road connectivity, all the load had to be airlifted by helicopters.

Benefits of Airfield

The movement of larger transport aircraft to and from this airfield will act as a catalyst for development of area and it will also facilitate movement of locals.

It is also important not only for local administration in extending their reach to residents of this remote area but also crucial from a strategic point of view. ALG will assist in effective management of borders with Myanmar and China (due to its location and proximity to both the borders) as well as will facilitate launch of joint operations by Indian Army and Indian Air Force for defence of Vijaynagar salient.

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India shares 3488 km of border with China, out of this State of Arunachal Pradesh share 1126 km length of India-China border called Line of Actual Control (LAC). India shares 1643 km of border with Myanmar and the border of Arunachal Pradesh with Myanmar is 526 km long.

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Four new Supreme Court judges appointed, strength now 34

The Centre on 18 September 2019 cleared the appointments of four new judges to the Supreme Court. With the appointment, the judges’ strength in apedx court is now 34. On August 30, the Supreme Court four chief justices for the appointment to the top court in order to fill the vacant posts.

Key Highlights

The newly appointed SC judges are-

  1. Haryana High Court Chief Justice Krishna Murari
  2. Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice V. Ramasubramanian
  3. Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice S Ravindra Bhat
  4. Kerala High Court Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy

Once the newly appointed 4 SC Judges takes oath, the total strength of Supreme Court (34) will be highest ever till date.

The Supreme Court vacancies had increased its judicial strength from 31 to 34 (including Chief Justice of India) following the enactment of Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Bill of 2019 into law. One of said four judges would replace the vacancy following retirement of SC Justice A.M. Sapre.

Background

Originally, the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Act, 1956 provided for a maximum number of 10 judges (excluding CJI). This strength was increased to 13 by Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Act, 1960, and to 17 in 1977. However, till the end of 1979, the working strength of Supreme Court was, restricted to 15 judges by cabinet (excluding CJI). But the restriction was withdrawn at request of chief justice of India.

In 1986, the strength of top court was increased to 25 (excluding CJI). Later, the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Act, 2009 further augmented the strength of SC from 25 to 30.

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