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On February 15, 2020, the Chief Justice of India Bobde announced that total shutdown of Supreme Court and other courts are not possible. The SC on the other hand is to launch virtual courts. The SC Court commences on March 16, 2020 after Holi holidays
Article 145 of the Constitution empowers Supreme Court to make its own rules in order to regulate procedure and practices of the court. The holidays, leaves and commencing of the Supreme Court are fixed by the court itself under the article.
According to the Article 145, Supreme Court Rules, 1950 were framed. These rules were amended in 1966, 2013 and 2015.
Under the rules, the SC adopted Rooster System
Under the Rooster system, the CJI is the person eligible to hear leave petitions, matters related to social justice, public interest, elections, criminal matters. He has powers to allocate cases to other justices as well. He also empowered to announce holidays for the court.
With these powers, in the wake of Corona Virus, the CJI has limited the operation of the SC.
Tags: CJI • Corona Virus • COVID-19 • Elections • Justice Bobde
On 16th December 2018, Ranil Wickremesinghe has once again become the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka after the end of the weeks-long political crisis in the island nation.
On 26th October 2018, Mr. Ranil Wickremsing was ousted as Prime minister of Sri Lanka. He was replaced by Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister. Mr. Rajapaksa resigned on 15th October 2018 after he failed to prove majority in the Sri Lankan Parliament. Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the Prime minister for the fifth time which is a record in Sri Lanka.
About Ranil Wickremesinghe:
- Ranil Wickremesinghe is a Sri Lankan politician and the incumbent Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
- He belongs to United National Party and has served as its leader since 1994.
- He got elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for the first time in 1977 from Colombo District.
- Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the J. R. Jayewardene government.
- He also became the youngest cabinet minister of Sri Lanka after he was promoted to the post of Minister of Youth Affairs and Employment.
- Ranil Wickremesinghe has also been the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 1993 to 1994 and 2001 to 2004.
- After the assassination of Gamini Dissanayake, during the 1994 presidential election campaign, Wickremesinghe was appointed the party leader of the United National Party in November 1994.
- Maithripala Sirisena defeated Mahinda Rajapaksa in the 2015 presidential elections of Sri Lanka. Following which, on 8th January 2015, Wickremesinghe was appointed as prime minister by Sirisena.
In the 2015 parliamentary elections of Sri Lanka, Wickremesinghe’s coalition alliance, called as the United National Front for Good Governance, won 106 seats. Although it did not attain an outright majority, Wickremesinghe got re-elected as Sri Lankan Prime Minister as over 35 MPs from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party joined his cabinet.
Tags: Elections • Ranil Wickremesinghe • Sri Lanka