×

UPSC Courses

DNA banner

DAILY NEWS ANALYSIS

  • 30 March, 2021

  • 5 Min Read

20th Amendment of Sri Lankan Parliament

20th Amendment of Sri Lankan Parliament

Key points

  • It envisages expansive powers and greater immunity for the Executive President.
  • The Amendment rolls back Sri Lanka’s 19th Amendment, a 2015 legislation that sought to clip presidential powers while strengthening Parliament.
  • The new legislation in turn reduces the Prime Minister’s role to a ceremonial one.

19th Amendment Act

  • The reduction in the terms of the President and Parliament from six years to five years.
  • Re-introduction of a two-term limit that a person can have as President.
  • The power of the President to dissolve Parliament only after four and a half years.
  • The revival of the Constitutional Council and the establishment of independent commissions.
  • The President remains the head of the Cabinet and he can appoint Ministers on the advice of Prime Minister

18th Amendment Act

  • It mainly sought to weaken the power of the presidency which the 18th amendment had greatly expanded.
  • The 18th amendment allowed four basic changes:
    • The President can seek re-election any number of times;
    • The ten-member Constitutional Council has been replaced with a five-member Parliamentary Council;
    • Independent commissions are brought under the authority of the President; and,
    • It enables the President to attend Parliament once in three months and entitles him to all the privileges, immunities, and powers of a Member of Parliament other than the entitlement to vote.

Source: TH


Same-sex Marriage under the Special Marriage Act, 1954

Same-sex Marriage under the Special Marriage Act, 1954 In response to a petition filed by two gay couples seeking recognition of same-sex marriage under the Special Marriage Act of 1954, the Supreme Court has served notice to the Indian Government and Attorney General. A two-judge panel led by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud issued t

Periodic Labour Force Survey 2022

Periodic Labour Force Survey 2022 The Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) was just released by the National Statistical Office (NSO). In metropolitan areas, the unemployment rate decreased from 9.8% in July-September 2021 to 7.2% in July-September 2022. What are the main conclusions of the PLFS (July–September 2022)? Unemp

CITES COP19

CITES COP19 The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is holding its 19th Conference of the Parties (CoP19) meeting in Panama City. A second name for CoP19 is the World Wildlife Conference. What were the Conference's High Points? 52 suggestions that would change the laws gover

Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act

Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act The Union Government recently proposed 61 amendments to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. More on the news The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairy has prepared the draught Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, (Amendment) Bill-2022. The following are the draft's ke

Dispute on the Assam-Meghalaya Border

Dispute on the Assam-Meghalaya Border The killing of six people in an Assam police shooting comes ahead of the second phase of talks between the two states to resolve their boundary dispute, and there are fears that it will cast a long shadow over the talks. Background During the British colonial era, undivided Assam included moder

Toppers

Search By Date

Newsletter Subscription
SMS Alerts