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Supreme Court rejects Curative Petitions filed over Nirbhaya Case: What are Curative Petitions?

On March 16, 2020, the Supreme Court of India rejected the curative petitions filed over Nirbhaya case.

A Brief outlook

In September 2013, a fast track court of Delhi found the defendants guilty and pronounced death penalty to those accused of rape and murder of a 23-year old female. Since then the accused were appealing to high court of Delhi and Supreme Court of India. Recently, the accused had filed a curative petition seeking to put his execution on hold. However, the Supreme Court has rejected their pleas and the accused are to be hanged on 20th March, 2020.

The mercy petition and review petition were also rejected by the Supreme Court

What is Curative Petition?

A curative petition is filed after the plea conviction against final conviction is dismissed. The Curative petitions are filed under Article 142 of the constitution. It shall be filed after the review petition is dismissed by the apex court.

The concept of Curative petition is supported by the Article 137 of Constitution of India. The Article enables Supreme Court to review its own judgements made under Article 145.

Article 145

The article empowers the Supreme Court to make rules for regulating practices and procedures of the Court. The rules include proceedings in the court, to stay proceedings, grant bail, etc. the minimum number of judges to sit for the purpose of interpretation of the constitution is 5 according to the article.

Review Petition

The Review petitions are filed under Article 137 of the Constitution that enables Supreme Court to review its own judgement. Under Supreme Court rules, 1966, these petitions should be filed within 30 days of judgement.

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TIFAC under Ministry of Science and Technology launches Vigyan Jyoti

On March 8, 2020, TIFAC operating under Ministry of Science and Technology launched Vigyan Jyoti. The scheme was announced to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Highlights

The Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) launched Vigyan Jyoti in order to encourage women to take science as their career. Under the scheme, selected qualified women from more than 500 women are to be provided opportunities to attend science camps at NITs, IITS and other leading institutions in the country.

Vigyan Jyoti

The Vigyan Jyoti was launched by the Central Government to promote STEM Education among girls. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It was launched in October 2019. It is essential to bring in such initiatives because according to ministry of science and technology only 24% of total passed out students are in the field of STEM and only 22% of the post graduates are women.

TIFAC

TIFAC was formed as a registered body in 1988 under DST (Department of Science and Technology).

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