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Sri Lankan lawmakers punch-up in parliament An MP injured himself trying to rip out the speaker's microphone and had to be taken to hospital.
Published Date: 15/11/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka's parliament descended into chaos on Thursday with MPs swinging punches and throwing projectiles a day after legislators voted the "purported" prime minister out of office. "It was difficult to make out immediately who was hitting whom, but several were hurt, but not seriously," an official in parliament told AFP. "The speaker adjourned the House."
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Turn the page: on Sri Lanka crisis Sri Lankan President Sirisena must find a way to work with Ranil Wickremesinghe
Published Date: 15/11/2018 (Thursday)
After three weeks of political turmoil, Sri Lanka’s controversially dismissed Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, appears to have gained the upper hand. A majority of lawmakers backed a no-confidence motion in Parliament against Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former President who was sworn in Prime Minister on October 26. The Speaker declared the motion to have
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CBK accuses SLFPers of betraying peoples’ demands
Published Date: 15/11/2018 (Thursday)
Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said that she is watching with concern and regret the efforts by some Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members to betray the peoples’ demands for a better Sri Lanka which gained victory on January 8th, 2015. Kumaratunga said that the SLFP, together with most other parties and civil society, built a
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‘GAJA’ moves closer to northern coast of Sri Lanka
Published Date: 15/11/2018 (Thursday)
Severe Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ is expected to cross South Tamil Nadu coast and the center of the system is very likely to move approximately 120km away from the northern coast of Sri Lanka during this evening, said the Department of Meteorology. The severe Cyclonic storm over the Central Bay of Bengal is now located approximately
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President meets Speaker, UNF, TNA & JVP leaders
Published Date: 15/11/2018 (Thursday)
A special meeting is currently underway between President Maithripala Sirisena, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the leaders of the parties that supported the no-confidence motion brought against the Prime Minister and the government in Parliament. Leaders of the United National Front (UNF), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Janatha VImukthi Peramuna (JVP) are participating in the meeting with the President, which is taking place at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.
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Excavations at Mannar mass grave halted
Published Date: 15/11/2018 (Thursday)
Excavations of the Mannar mass graves have been suspended since Monday. Those in charge of the site said that they had suspended excavations following an order from their superiors in Colombo. The said that they believed the process would resume in two weeks’ time.
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President Sirisena Currently Chairing Meeting With UPFA Parliamentary Group: Cabinet Now Stands Dissolved According To Constitution
Published Date: 14/11/2018 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena is currently chairing a meeting with the UPFA Parliamentary group at the Presidential Secretariat, informed sources told Asian Mirror. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the current political situation with the outcome of the heated parliamentary session this morning.
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Govt. has no majority in Parliament: Karu
Published Date: 14/11/2018 (Wednesday)
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today announced that the no-confidence motion brought in against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and the Government passed in Parliament. However, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) of Mr Rajapaksa declined to accept the Speaker’s ruling.
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Sri Lanka parliament votes out Rajapakse's government
Published Date: 14/11/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka's parliament passed a motion of no-confidence in the controversially appointed government of Mahinda Rajapakse Wednesday, a day after the Supreme Court overturned a presidential decree dissolving the legislature.
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True story behind Mahinda and Namal Sept.12 th Indian tour..! Mahinda burns his own cash on workshop in India..!!
Published Date: 14/11/2018 (Wednesday)
Indians are well noted for fattening on others’ deaths and despair. They will eat, drink and rejoice even right in the midst of ‘three deaths ’ . It is a well known fact that there exists an endless conflict over India’s territorial borders with Pakistan and China. In order to continue its business monopoly it also has conflicts with Nepal and Bhutan. There is also the issue of Bangla Deshis jumping over the fence . Catching them is like catching frogs .
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Constitutional paradox: There is no such thing called Election Commission
Published Date: 13/11/2018 (Tuesday)
Our Constitution, which was certified by Parliament on 31 August 1978, has 19 amendments; the First Amendment to the Constitution was certified by the Speaker in the same year on 20 November. By the end of 1988, there had been 14 amendments made to the Constitution (within a 10-year period). The most recent amendment was the 19th Amendment which was passed in May 2015.
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Longer wait for SC decision
Published Date: 13/11/2018 (Tuesday)
• Three-member bench hears cases in a packed courthouse • 11 petitions filed against President’s decision to dissolve Parliament declaring the move “unconstitutional and illegal” • AG’s request for more time refused • AG to file his arguments today morning Civil society members, activists, and politicians alike sought the intervention of the Supreme Court as their last refuge yesterday, filing 11 fundamental rights petitions claiming President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament was unconstitutional.
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Constitutionality Of The Dissolution Of Parliament: An Interpretation?
Published Date: 13/11/2018 (Tuesday)
“The only true guide and the only course which can produce stability in constitutional law is to read the language of the constitution itself, no doubt generously and not pedantically, but as a whole and find its meaning by legal reasoning.” ~ Garfield Barwick (CJ, Australia, 1964-1981)
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Dissolution Invalid: Supreme Court Issues Historic Order Allowing Parliament To Meet Tomorrow
Published Date: 13/11/2018 (Tuesday)
In a landmark order, the tripartite bench consisting Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice Priyantha Jayawardena stayed both Gazette notifications issued by President Maithripala Sirisena proroguing and dissolving Parliament. The Gazette dissolving Parliament was stayed till the 7th December while the case was fixed for argument on the 5th, 6th and 7th December.
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Hostile Environment: Home Office now using military base for deportation flights
Published Date: 13/11/2018 (Tuesday)
Britain's Home Office used a Royal Air Force base five times last year to deport hundreds of people to west Africa, it has emerged. The military's involvement in the 'Hostile Environment' policy, initiated and championed by Theresa May during her tenure as home secretary, was uncovered by JOE through a freedom of information request.
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Stop Tinkering with the Constitution -
Published Date: 13/11/2018 (Tuesday)
The Constitution of a country is supposed to be the bedrock of the rule of law in a given country. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, the constitution had been tinkered with on many an occasion. The Constitution of the country - the third since independence and the second Republican Constitution - has been tinkered with and trampled underfoot by the leaders of all governing political parties all of whom have vowed to protect and defend it.
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Assault on the Constitution The Implosion of Liberal Democracy: Charting our Action for the Future
Published Date: 13/11/2018 (Tuesday)
The changes that have happened in a dramatic manner at the helm of the state within the past two weeks or so have shaken our faith in the Constitution drastically. When I say “our,” I include all of us, those who occupy both the centers and the various peripheries of our polity. What we today describe as the constitutional crisis is an implosion of liberal democracy, one that is created by liberal democracy itself at the convergence of executive presidency,
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UN chief expresses concern over Sri Lankan President’s decision to dissolve Parliament
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve the nation’s Parliament, underlining the “utmost importance” of respecting democratic processes and resolving differences in accordance with the rule of law. Sri Lanka’s political crisis deepened on Friday as President Sirisena dissolved the Parliament
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Report: 13 Sri Lankan asylum seekers imprisoned in Israel Lawyers say their lives were at risk; PIBA says they came for work.
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
Thirteen Sri Lankan regime opponents have been imprisoned in Israel for two weeks and deprived of rights, according to a report by KAN Bet. The 13 reportedly fled to Israel on tourist visas after having received death threats following the October revolution in their country, and planned to apply for asylum in Israel.
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Largest but voiceless minority plead at ‘Court of last resort’ Says new CJ fresh hope for speedy redress
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
Fervent accessibility rights activist Dr. Ajith C. S. Perera, Hony. Chief Executive of IDIRIYA, has moved the Court to re-activate invocation of a Fundamental Rights Public Interest Litigation of utmost importance to Sri Lanka, nationally and internationally. Its main purpose is to seek redress for a most vulnerable and fast increasing, voiceless and underprivileged marginalised group of persons with limited mobility, estimated at 20% of Sri Lanka’s population.
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President's Fund from 2015: Rs. 26.6 mn paid to 16 MPs
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
Sixteen parliamentarians have been paid a total of Rs. 26,617,357 as benefits by the president fund from 2015 to up to now. The highest payment has been paid to 3 Members of Parliament in the year 2016 amount to Rs. 11,700,000.
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Sri Lanka President’s Undemocratic And Unconstitutional Moves – OpEd
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
Believing that he could win a third term as president, Mahinda Rajapaksa scheduled the presidential election for January 2015. After some time, it became clear that Ranil Wickremesinghe will not be contesting the election as he was perceived as a week candidate. Several alternative names were suggested. One of my friends who had a deep connection to the United National Party (UNP) told me that Maithripala Sirisena would be the common opposition candidate. I laughed because I did not believe the theory. One, I did not believe
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Hearing of 11 petitions adjourned for the day
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
The hearing of the 11 petitions filed before the Supreme Court challenging the dissolution of Parliament adjourned for the day with the Supreme Court due to convene once again tomorrow. NewsRadio Court correspondent said the hearing was suspended for 10am tomorrow.
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Legal action against all involved – Dinesh
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
Steps will be taken to institute legal action against all persons who were involved in selling the valuable lands in Colombo at low prices under the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, during the time of the previous government, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Dinesh Gunawardena told Mawbima.
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Western diplomats shun meeting with Sri Lanka minister on political crisis
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
Eight Western countries stayed away from a meeting with Sri Lanka’s government on Monday to register their protest against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament, diplomatic and government sources said.
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