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By Newsgram Staff Writer

In a decision taken in the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the Rajya Sabha on Monday, the Upper House of the Parliament will sit beyond its scheduled working hours in the coming week to complete all pending business, including passing of the General and Railway Budgets and the Mines and Coal Bills. This was confirmed by an official release Saturday.

The Rajya Sabha is said to sit beyond 7.00 p.m. to take up the governments and other businesses, stated the official release.

While discussions on Railway Budget have reached it concluding stage, the Rajya Sabha is all set to hold discussions on the General Budget 2015-16 and related appropriation bills after they are passed by the Lok Sabha in the coming weeks.

Ahead of the session, the government had listed 20 Bills for introduction and 19 Bills for consideration and passing, including six to replace an ordinance.

The Rajya Sabha is also set to take up consideration and passing of the much debated Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015 and the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015 as passed by Lok Sabha and to be reported by the respective select committees.
The Parliament will be adjourned on March 20th, 2015 after two select committees submit their reports on the respective ordinance replacement bills by March 18th, 2015.

The Business Advisory Committee of Rajya Sabha has prearranged one hour for dialogues on the Mines Bill, two hours for the Coal Mines Bill next week and 10 hours for the General Budget. Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and The Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2015 have also paved way to be passed next week.

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President’s Dissolution of Parliament Unconstitutional: Sri Lanka’s Court

The push to oust Rajapaksa dragged Sri Lanka's parliament into chaos.

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Supporters of ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe celebrate outside the supreme court complex in Colombo. VOA

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena’s move to dissolve parliament last month was illegal.

In a unanimous decision announced Thursday, the seven-member court said that Sirisena violated the constitution when he called a snap election nearly two years before the parliamentary session was due to end.

The decision adds another chapter to a political crisis that began on on October 26, when President Sirisena fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, claiming that an informant told police that a Cabinet minister was part of a plot to assassinate him.

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Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe holds a copy of the constitution of Sri Lanka as he attends a media briefing at his official residence in Colombo, Oct. 29, 2018. VOA

He replaced Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country’s former president and strongman, then suspended parliament the next day. In an apparent bow to international pressure, Sirisena summoned lawmakers back to work last Monday.

But when it became apparent that Rajapaksa would not survive a no-confidence vote, Sirisena dissolved parliament on November 9 and called for snap elections. The Supreme Court overruled the president’s decree in a ruling issued just days later.

Wickremesinghe has remained in the prime minister’s official residence in Colombo in defiance of Sirisena’s actions.

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Newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks during the parliament session in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 15, 2018. VOA

The push to oust Rajapaksa dragged Sri Lanka’s parliament into chaos. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya held a voice vote on November 14 on the no-confidence motion after Rajapaksa’s supporters staged an noisy, impromptu protest in the chamber before debate began.

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The next day, rival lawmakers exchanged blows after Jayasuriya declared that Sri Lanka had no prime minister or a cabinet, with some of Rajapaksa’s supporters hurling water bottles and other objects at Jayasuriya. (VOA)