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US President Barack Obama nominates Merrick Garland for US Supreme Court

President Barack Obama has nominated veteran appeals court judge Merrick Garland (63) to be the next US Supreme Court Justice.

His nomination comes to vacancy in the US Supreme Court which was created after the death of SC Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Supreme Court vacancy follows the death of Antonin Scalia last month. This appointment now has to be ratified by the Senate.

Judge Garland is viewed as a centrist and moderate. He is highly regarded by the legal fraternity and lawmakers.

India-born Srikanth Srinivasan was also one of the contenders for the nomination. Currently he is serving as US Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

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US President unveils Cyber Security National action plan

United States President Barack Obama has unveiled a cyber-security national action plan to boost security awareness amid of growing risks from new technologies.

Under this action plan, President Obama in his budget request has asked for 19 billion US dollars for cyber-security efforts. This budgetary request is 35 per cent up from current levels which have 3 billion dollars allocation.

This plan has been earmarked to help modernise the patchwork of computer systems used in government agencies. The budgetary funds will be used for replacing overhaul of aging government networks and establishing a high-level commission to boost security awareness.

The Obama cyber initiative responds to an epidemic of data breaches and cyber-attacks on both government and private networks in recent years. Earlier in 2015, a cyber-security bill was also passed which aims to facilitate better cyber threat sharing. The US intelligence agencies has named China, Russia, Iran and North Korea as leading threat actors which pose risks for US cyber security.

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