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New Delhi: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday chose a white judge over Indian American Sri Srinivasan as his nominee to the Supreme Court, setting up a dramatic political fight with Senate Republicans who have vowed to block his choice.

Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland, 63, a judge on the US Courtof Appeals for the District of Columbia, is much older than Chandigarh-born Srinivasan and other contenders on his short list such as judges Paul Watford and Jane Kelly.

In a speech in the White HouseRose Garden, Obama praised Garland, a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School and an appointee of president Bill Clinton as “one of the America sharpest legal minds”.

After conducting interviews last week, Obama is reported to have narrowed his list to include Srinivasan, Garland, and Watford, each of them considered “consensus” candidates for their history in gaining confirmation support from Republicans.

But Senate Republicans do not plan to vet or have hearings on the nominee and say the next president should be able to choose a replacement for justice Antonin Scalia who died last month.

Obama and Democrats argue that with 10 months left in his term, there is plenty of time for the Senate to take up and confirm a new justice.

Garland’s supporters argue he is the nominee that the senators couldn’t refuse even in a contentious environment, according to CNN. “He’s the establishment of the establishment,” one backer was quoted as saying.

Obama’s formal announcement came hours after telling his supporters in an email: “I’ve made my decision.”

“I’ve devoted a considerable amount of time and deliberation to this decision,” he wrote.

“I’ve consulted with legal experts and people across the political spectrum, both inside and outside government. And we’ve reached out to every member of the Senate, who each has a responsibility to do their job and take this nomination just as seriously.” (IANS)

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Yahoo Calls Ayodhya Verdict “Event Of The Decade”

Political heavyweights Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Banerjee and Union Minister Smriti Irani were India's "Top 3 Most Powerful Women in 2019"

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Every year Yahoo publishes the list of top newsmakers and happenings that catches the interest of Internet users in the country in the "Year in Review for India" report. Pixabay

The Ayodhya verdict was named the “Event of the Decade” while the five Supreme Court judges behind the verdict were named as the “Personality of the Year 2019” by search engine major Yahoo India on Monday.

The SC Bench — comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer — laid to rest the century-old dispute and emerged as YIR’s “Personality of the Year.”

Every year Yahoo publishes the list of top newsmakers and happenings that catches the interest of Internet users in the country in the “Year in Review for India” report.

The abrogation of Article 370 came in at the second spot with the decriminalisation of Article 377 and India’s 2011 World Cup win also making it to the “Top Indian Events of the Decade”.

The Nirbhaya rape case found a place on the list. This year also marked the end of a decade where India discovered its love for the Internet and the smartphone, thus, earning the telecom/smartphone revolution a place on this list.

On the back of a landslide victory in the Indian general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was 2019’s “Most Searched Personality” which he also held in 2018.

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The Ayodhya verdict was named the “Event of the Decade” while the five Supreme Court judges behind the verdict were named as the “Personality of the Year 2019” by search engine major Yahoo India on Monday. IANS

Cricketer M.S. Dhoni and actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas joined Modi on this list along with a surprise entrant — Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

Modi topped the list of “Most Searched Politicians of 2019” with Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee claiming the second spot, edging out Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who had to settle for the third position.

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Political heavyweights Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Banerjee and Union Minister Smriti Irani were India’s “Top 3 Most Powerful Women in 2019”.

Sports champions Harmanpreet Kaur and P.V. Sindhu also found a place on the list, with filmmaker Zoya Akhtar, whose film Gully Boy is headed for the Oscars, rounding off the top 10. (IANS)