All Supreme Court judges will be holding court proceedings virtually after around 44 staffers have tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). There are around 3,000 staffers working in the apex court. A notice issued by the Supreme Court Additional Registrar stated that benches would sit one hour later than their scheduled time.
Central teams sent to Maharashtra to coordinate the response to the COVID-19 pandemic surge observed that containment operations were sub-optimal. In their report, they mentioned districts Satara, Sangli and Aurangabad mostly due to limited manpower engaged in this task. "Team from Bhandara said, most cases are being reported from outside of containment.
Myanmar authorities's brutal use of lethal force against pro-democracy protestors led to widespread condemnation. Authorities opened fire on civilians protesting against military coup, killing at least 100 people including children. Defence minister of 12 nations including United States, Britain, Australia, etc. issued a joint statement condemning it.
The pandemic has impacted the functioning of the court at all levels of judiciary, pushing the pendency of cases at all-time high, according to the National Judicial Data Grid. Pendency of cases rose 10.35% in the Supreme Court. The increase is the highest at least since 2013 when the Supreme Court began making monthly pendency data publicly available.
New Zealand Parliament passed legislation that grants bereavement leave for those who underwent miscarriages and stillbirths. Bill was presented by Labour MP Ginny Andersen, and the legislation was passed unanimously. "Leave would allow parents to come to terms with their loss. Grief on the loss os a child is not a sickness or illness," she said.
The Supreme Court ruled that the statutory OBC reservation cannot breach the ceiling of 50% in local bodies. The reservation shall not go beyond the constitutionally ensured reservation of SCs/STs/OBCs in terms of the seats in the concerned local bodies, the court said. The SC also quashed the EC notifications to the extent they provide for reservation.